Off topic: Have you ever been defenestrated?
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Amy Duncan  Identity Verified
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Feb 22, 2009

Find out!

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Louisa Berry
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Defenestration Feb 22, 2009

Only when playing Dungeons and Dragons!

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Steve Booth  Identity Verified
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not quite Feb 22, 2009

I have never been thrown out of a window
I have been thrown out of a door and thrown through a window (yes it was closed at the time)

so i suppose i have come close but not quite been defenestrated

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Jack Doughty  Identity Verified
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Stopping using Windows Feb 22, 2009

I like the geek definition of defenestration: stopping using Windows. I've often found the Mcrosoft system irritating, maybe I'll defenestrate myself one of these days.

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Hilde Granlund  Identity Verified
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Very funny! Feb 22, 2009

I thought - oh, I don't know what that word means....
Now I do
And no, I don't think I have ever been defenestrated - in any sense of the word.

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Rod Walters  Identity Verified
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God forbid! Feb 22, 2009

I submit that if you have ever experienced defenestration, something is wrong in your life.

I have been discombobulated at various times however (for instance, when I pulled up too sharply on a Segway at an ecofair and mashed my face into a concrete floor).

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YES! Feb 23, 2009

This is a true story.

Several months back, I underwent a ureteroscopy to have a kidney stone removed from my left ureter. The surgeon then implaned a device called a double J stent to keep the ureter open while it healed.

The double J stent was FENESTRATED i.e. it had a series of slots cut into it to allow urine to flow freely from the kidney to the bladder.

Two weeks later, the surgeon removed the stent, at which point, I was DEFENESTRATED.

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RNAtranslator  Identity Verified
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I am a defenestrator Feb 23, 2009

Because I stopped using Windous operating system.

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Giles Watson  Identity Verified
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The defenestration of Prague Feb 23, 2009

Defenestration is part of the English political lexicon because of an incident that helped to start the Thirty Years War, the "defenestration of Prague":

It wasn't actually Prague that got thrown out of the window, of course, just a couple of Catholic nobles who disagreed with Bohemian Protestants about the niceties of land law.

Of course, if I'd bothered to read Amy's link, I'd have seen that the incident was mentioned

[Edited at 2009-02-23 07:25 GMT]

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Damian Harrison
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W.A.S.T.E. Feb 23, 2009

I believe it's still wildly popular in San Narciso...

[Edited at 2009-02-23 07:42 GMT]

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Angie Garbarino
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Is defenestration an English word? Feb 23, 2009

I was really surprised when read the title of the topic lol

We use this word in Italian, I have just learnt another word

Thank you!

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Krzysztof Łesyk  Identity Verified
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Almost Feb 25, 2009

I came close to being defenestrated once, when drawing from the veritable cornucopia of linguistic competence I was stentoriously lauding pulchritudinously callipygian physique of a beauteous damsel. I felt unusually sprightly that day, so fortunately I managed to gracefully abscond before being disfigured, dismembered, disemboweled and possibly disgraced.

[Edited at 2009-02-25 09:43 GMT]

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