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Fear of constipation in French

Apopathodiaphulatophobie is a French word meaning fear of constipation.

What is balayage?

Balayage is a word of French origin which indicates a technique for highlighting hair. This technique consists in free-hand painting highlights onto your hair, creating a natural colour slightly deeper closer to the scalp and lighter towards the ends.

How to pronounce Icelandic volcanoes

Bárðarbunga is an Icelandic volcano, such as Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that disrupted flights in Europe when it erupted.

The meaning of Batrachomyomachia?

Batrachomyomachy is an English word indicating an epic poem about a battle between frogs and mice, a parody of the Iliad, the Greek epic poem attributed to Homer. The term Batrachomyomachy is used to define a silly fight, a tempest in a teacup.

Exacerbate in simple words

Exacerbate is an English word which means to make a situation worse, to aggravate something, to increase the violence of a situation, to embitter the feelings of a person.

The meaning of faux-fuyant

Faux-fuyant is a French term which originally referred to a footpath in the woods. Nowadays, the word is used to indicate an excuse, a subterfuge or an evasive answer with the intent to prevaricate.

How to say something is worthless

Floccinaucinihilipilification is an English word indicating the action or habit of estimating something as worthless. This English word has Latin roots: flocci, nauci, nihili, pili, which are all Latin words meaning at little value.

Fear of the long words

Hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophobia is an extremely English long word indicating the phobia of long words, exactly like this one.

Fear of failure

Kakorrhaphiophobia in an English word that can be used to indicate an abnormal fear of failure.

Reading in bed

Librocubicularist is an unusual English word used to define a person who reads in bed. This long neologism starts with "libro" deriving from Latin liber, which means book. Also the word "cubiculum", meaning bedroom (from "cubare": to lie or to recline), derives from Latin.

The day before yesterday

Nudiustertian is an English word meaning the day before yesterday. This term derives from the Latin words"nudius tertius", extracted from the phrase "nunc dies tertius est" (now is the third day).

What does onomatopoeia mean

Onomatopoeia is an English term, of Greek origin, which refers to words that imitate or suggest the sound that they are describing. Like bump, hoink, gobble…

The longest English word

Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is an English word used to describe a lung disease caused by silica dust. Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is one of the longest words in the English language.

What is pot-pourri?

Pot-pourri is a French expression referring to a mixture of different things. But the term pot-pourri is mostly used to indicate a mixture of dried flowers, leaves and spices placed in a bowl to fill a room with a pleasant scent.

Another word for magician

Prestidigitateur is a French word meaning prestidigitator, someone who performs magic tricks to amuse an audience, a magician.

How to pronounce thoroughly

Thoroughly is an English term which means completely, fully, properly, carefully, conscientiously. The word is considered very hard to pronounce, even by English speakers.

How do you say Turandot

Turandot is Giacomo Puccini's famous opera. The audience clapped for 11 minutes at Milan’s La Scala opera house where Turandot was on the program, on May 1st, for the opening of Expo 2015. What even Italians don't always know is whether the final T has to be pronounced or not. The correct pronunciation of Turandot is too-rahn-DOT, with the stress on the capital letters.

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