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Clever MNers wanted: Does this word exist?

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ghosty Thu 23-Aug-07 22:46:52


It was on DS's spelling list this week. They have a big sign up in the classroom labelled "Managing Our Impulsivity" and they are brainstorming how to 'think before we act' and 'make good choices' which is all very good and proper.
But "impulsivity"? Don't they mean "impulsive" or even "impulsiveness"?

TheQueenOfQuotes Thu 23-Aug-07 22:47:47

yes it does

ChipButty Thu 23-Aug-07 22:48:49

Sounds American English to me.

Pruners Thu 23-Aug-07 22:48:58

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TheQueenOfQuotes Thu 23-Aug-07 22:49:44

there's even a International Society for Research on Impulsivity (ISRI)

littlelapin Thu 23-Aug-07 22:50:59

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ghosty Thu 23-Aug-07 22:51:26

"Impulsivity is home to literally dozens of useless electrons, their friends, and a yeti named Frank."


Seriously though, is it a new word or something? It isn't in our dictionary ... and it sounds so clumsy.
<<clicks false teeth>>

TheQueenOfQuotes Thu 23-Aug-07 22:51:37

no LL - we know we are....... - ok some of us just like to pretend

ghosty Thu 23-Aug-07 22:53:25

I live in Australia and they do take on some odd words at times ... Like 'farewelling' ...
Maybe that's it ...
Sounds funny though doesn't it?

ChipButty Thu 23-Aug-07 22:53:46

I like to to think I'm clever.
I also like to think I'm witty and attractive.

littlelapin Thu 23-Aug-07 22:55:25

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ghosty Thu 23-Aug-07 22:56:44

<<enjoying rubbing shoulders with that witty and attractive ChipButty>>

melpomene Thu 23-Aug-07 23:18:33

It's a perfectly cromulent word [hmmm]

Not in Chambers online. I would say 'impulsiveness'.

littlelapin Thu 23-Aug-07 23:29:10

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McEdam Thu 23-Aug-07 23:32:57

It's in my Chambers English Dictionary.

WideWebWitch Fri 24-Aug-07 08:19:58

I wouldn't have said it was a word, no. But I'm prepared to believe it is in Australian English.

(followed this from another thread btw!)

WideWebWitch Fri 24-Aug-07 08:20:14

lol at embiggened

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