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Tuesday Word: gelicide

If you like cold weather, sure, call it frost. But if every snowman's smile looks unbearably smug, walking through a winter wonderland sounds about as enjoyable as visiting the Ninth Circle of Hell and Jack Frost makes an appearance on your personal Ten Most Wanted list, call it gelicide, which is a very unpleasant-sounding synonym for frost. Good luck pinning any criminal charges on Frost, though, as here the -cide ending means "fall," as in "fall down," rather than "kill."

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kryptyd
Dec. 4th, 2013 07:48 am (UTC)
This is the second cide-not-meaning-kill word we've had recently, isn't it?
ellesieg
Dec. 4th, 2013 08:02 am (UTC)
I envy your memory! ersatz_read did barmecide on October 28th.
prettygoodword
Dec. 4th, 2013 02:29 pm (UTC)
I keep wanting that to mean specifically the harder forms of frost, with heavy ice involved ...
med_cat
Dec. 6th, 2013 10:01 am (UTC)
What an unusual word! Thanks for sharing :)
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