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Hi

I stumbled upon this word twice today (once on BBC). Would you say it is common among native speakers? I think the word it springs from (spleen) is fairly common.

Splenetic outburst, etc

Thanks,

Tom

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I stumbled upon this word twice today (once on BBC). Would you say it is common among native speakers? Definitely not.

I think the word it springs from (spleen) is fairly common. Only in medical contexts.

Clive

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I've never heard it, but could guess the meaning. The spleen was once thought to be the organ of anger and violent emotions.

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It is in the OED's Frequency Band 3 (out of 8)—down the rare end—occurring at the rate of about 0.05 times per million written words, alongside "merengue" and "argentiferous". It happens to be in my active vocabulary along with the other, more familiar, words derived from the old medical theory of humors, but I would only use it in the knowledge that I would be throwing a curveball at many people and knuckleball at the rest.

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