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elliptical

  

      adj  
1    relating to or having the shape of an ellipse  
2    relating to or resulting from ellipsis  
3      (of speech, literary style, etc.)  
a    very condensed or concise, often so as to be obscure or ambiguous  
b    circumlocutory or long-winded,   (Also (for senses 1, 2))    elliptic  
  elliptically      adv  
  ellipticalness      n  
The use of elliptical to mean circumlocutory should be avoided as it may be interpreted wrongly as meaning condensed or concise  
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n.
endearment phrase used for someone we find sweet
[Fam.] syn.: sweetie, pumpkin, cutie, cutesy pie
exp.
phrase meant to emphasize the speaker's self-assurance
syn.: you can bet on it; trust me; you can count on it; I'm telling you...
v.
A culture of internet only jobs has coined the phrase Wirk. Wirk simply means Internet Work. Internet work is defined by job opportunities that did not exist before the rise of the internet and furthermore the work is likely to be carried out over the internet and payment received for work undertaken via the internet. Wirk describes both full time and part time internet work. Because of the nature of Wirk and the ability for anyone that has internet connection to earn money from Wirk, it is currently more likely to be a part time occupation than full time. Paid Online Questionnaires, Content Writing, Search Marketing are all examples of Wirk.
This is a term rising in popularity
n.
a false acronym created "backwards", i.e. from a phrase deliberately invented to generate the acronym, e.g. posh "port out starboard home".
n.
Phrase used when someone has brought all the evidences to support his point of view; "I'm done with explanations"
id.
the phrase is uttered in an attempt to excuse the user of profanity or curses in the presence of those offended by it under the pretense of the words being part of a foreign language
Syn.: excuse my French

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