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Old 18th April 2012, 13:39   #1606
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I don't remember when, but I'd heard that there are only 5 words in English that end in "dous". However, I can only think of 4 - hazardous, horrendous, tremendous, stupendous. For the life of me, I can't think of what the fifth one is. Any help, ??

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Here's what the internet told me. I can barely recognize some of these words lol. Is my English that bad?

amadous
apodous
iodous
nodous
palladous
vanadous

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Old 18th April 2012, 13:47   #1607
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I can barely recognize some of these words lol. Is my English that bad?
That sounds like a whole new language to me!

On a related note, I came across this a few days ago: Plain English Campaign homepage The "award nominations" section makes particularly interesting reading.

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Old 18th April 2012, 14:43   #1608
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I think there are only 4, and you got all of them.
Googled and found more.
  • apodous
  • hazardous
  • horrendous
  • iodous
  • iridous
  • jeopardous
  • macropodous
  • molybdous
  • palladous
  • phyllocladous
  • podous
  • stupendous
  • tremendous
  • vanadous
All words ending in dous
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According to this site, there are over fifty!

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Old 18th April 2012, 17:05   #1610
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Googled and found more.
  • apodous
  • hazardous
  • horrendous
  • iodous
  • iridous
  • jeopardous
  • macropodous
  • molybdous
  • palladous
  • phyllocladous
  • podous
  • stupendous
  • tremendous
  • vanadous
All words ending in dous
Good effort in digging out those words! I stand corrected.

But I meant only the commonly used words. Apart from "hazardous", "horrendous", "stupendous" and "tremendous", I have not come across the others.
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True. I have never heard of any of the others on the page I linked to.
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can someone define the term 'chocolate boy' or 'chocolate hero'?

seems like an Indian usage.
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can someone define the term 'chocolate boy' or 'chocolate hero'?

seems like an Indian usage.
Yes, seems like it is an Indian usage, cos only we have chocolate heroes.

In proper English it is called 'Justin Timberlake'
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What does it mean?

I'm not sure if there is any such English saying, but feel it would imply someone who melted away as soon as the heat started, like the proverb, "As useless as a chocolate fireguard."
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The term chocolate hero was termed before the term metrosexual was coined, it refers to the same sort of social and grooming behaviour, the well-dressed, clean shaven, romantic hero as opposed to the more rugged, 'macho' action hero types.
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Does one "fail an exam" or "fail to pass an exam"?
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I have failed to answer this question.


Your question is as nutty as your signature.

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I have failed to answer this question.
But you didn't fail the question. There in lies the answer.
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Does one "fail an exam" or "fail to pass an exam"?
If you can fail to pass an exam, is it possible to pass to pass an exam?
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If you can fail to pass an exam, is it possible to pass to pass an exam?
Technically, the opposite would be "succeeding in passing the exam".

EDIT: so "fail to", and "fail an exam" are totally different usages.

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