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  • sorry for the jargon. Pretty much everything IEEE or NASA is Jargon.

    https://www.nas.nasa.gov/hecc/resources/viz_systems.html

    April 24, 2017

  • crop dusting

    2. Colloquial the practice of releasing a silent fart while walking close to another person or group of people.

    April 24, 2017

  • Read the faint text under the Comments box for an eclaircissement of Wordnik's treatment of brackets.

    April 24, 2017

  • Holy jargon alert Batman.

    April 24, 2017

  • Hello Alexandrdragon!

    April 24, 2017

  • 2017 - a newly discovered stream of glowing gas spotted in the night sky.

    "Testing showed it appeared to be a hot stream of fast-flowing gas in the higher reaches of the atmosphere." - spotted in the BBC.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39686055

    The downside to calling a natural phenomenom 'Steve' is that future researchers will have a hard time trying to look it up in journals.

    April 23, 2017

  • the lexicon of doggos and fluffers spotted on NPR

    April 23, 2017

  • I had a dream. I was the darkness in a cave. I wrapped myself around a person who was in the cave and floated him out setting him down on the ground outside the cave in the dark of night. Then it came to me. I heard me say my name is Ligurinus. I do not know the spelling. This is what I wrote down when I awoke. I am looking for name meaning. Attempting other forms of spelling.

    April 23, 2017

  • The addict is wrapped in the dire hug

    Of mania felt as a higher tug.

    For twitchers it's birds,

    For others it's words

    Or smoke and bright flame for the firebug.

    April 23, 2017

  • Spotted in news as superbug carbapenemase-producing Enterobacteriaceae

    Guardian.

    April 23, 2017

  • a shitstorm of fucktardation

    April 23, 2017

  • "soft music faded in--a wokka-wokka guitar...the theme from Shaft" Futuristic Violence and Fancy Suits: A Novel by David Wong, Chapter 9

    April 23, 2017

  • "silly dance and accompanying song featured in her book How Do You Wokka-Wokka?" per http://www.nysoclib.org/events/elizabeth-bluemle-how-do-you-wokka-wokka

    April 23, 2017

  • "Purled and meandering lines drawn by knives;" - Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, Chapter 4

    April 23, 2017

  • a massive high definition wall sized display. NASA and Apple have these.
    UC Irvine has one (from 2007 CNN story)
    IEEE has a 2003 description of this  "We describe the hyperwall, a visualization cluster that uses coordinated visualizations for interactive exploration of multidimensional data and simulations. The system strongly leverages the human eye-brain system with a generous 7/spl times/7 array of flat panel LCD screens powered by a Beowulf cluster."

    April 23, 2017

  • I looked up the word schlock after seeing the word schlocky in an article. I noticed that none of dictionaries included kitsch in their list of synonyms. Given certain context (e.g. art), is kitsch a reasonable synonym?

    ref -

    http://www.wordnik.com/words/kitsch

    https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/kitsch#English

    April 22, 2017

  • This leaves me scratching my head. An "engineer hoist with his own petard" (from Hamlet) is a bomb-layer blown up by his own device. How is this without foundation? It seems to me a fruitful metaphor. In fact, the “See also” list at the end of this expression’s Wikipedia entry is full of possibilities:

    Own goal

    Poetic justice

    Irony

    List of inventors killed by their own inventions

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoist_with_his_own_petard

    April 22, 2017

  • New Scientist used this term to refer to "metaphors without foundation" (e.g. "hoist with his own petard"). 17 May 2014

    April 22, 2017

  • Appears in an episode of Downton Abbey, spoken by Mary, possibly in the library. The same episode contained another fun, rare word. If I think of it I'll try posting it here, under Comments for CURFUFFLE. The other fabulous word used in the same Downton Abbey episode as curfuffle, is falderal

    April 22, 2017

  • The Polish eat more than just ham.

    They breakfast on pancakes and jam.

    They garnish with sea moss

    Their big bowls of bigos,

    But mostly their kitchens make spam.

    April 22, 2017

  • I now see that brackets surrounding words will NOT appear in Comment.

    April 22, 2017

  • Independently, after finding NO definition, i related tsimmis to TIZZY, merely from the two worlds having nearly identical contexts in their usage. Plus they sound a bit similar to one another. Check out some of the recipes ... I'll definitely be adding sunflower seeds to mine : ) P.S. I use brackets in place of parentheses bcuz I often type ": )".

    April 22, 2017

  • = Hello

    April 22, 2017

  • Hey, that's where I live! And I have a list for this.

    April 22, 2017

  • Привіт = Hello

    April 22, 2017

  • Not a single word but I never use:

    "... at the end of the day ..."

    April 22, 2017

  • When a queen bee is old or diseased, the worker bees huddle around here and overheat her to death. This is known as cuddle death.

    http://www.ilknowledge.com/2013/10/worker-bees-will-cuddle-old-queen-bee.html

    I think it's true? But either way, a good phrase.

    April 22, 2017

  • "And I recalled the sluggish misgivings I'd felt when the man took the money out of my hand and held up a tethered bundle of muricated sprigs for me to somehow take hold of in return."

    Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett, p 159

    April 22, 2017

  • Spotted in a PSA as Designated Texter. Someone else who texts While you drive

    April 22, 2017

  • https://qz.com/592710/why-some-koreans-make-10000-a-month-to-eat-on-camera/

    Mukbang is a portmanteau word that combines the Korean word for “eat” (muok-da) with the word for “broadcast” (bang song). The top mukbang earners can earn as much as $10,000 a month by some accounts, not including sponsorships. The oddest part of their payment structure is that it’s not pay-per-view, ad-based, or salary-based. Rather, ordinary viewers voluntarily send their favorite BJs (which stands for Broadcasting Jockey, a uniquely Korean use of this acronym) money in the form of “star balloons”—a type of proprietary virtual currency that can be bought and sold with regular fiat cash.

    April 21, 2017

  • https://qz.com/592710/why-some-koreans-make-10000-a-month-to-eat-on-camera/

    I am frequently asked why Koreans are so weird. Just as soon as I think I have an answer, some new trend materializes that subverts all previous theories. Take, for example, mukbang, a uniquely Korean trend of people getting paid to eat large meals in front of a webcam for a live-streaming broadcast. Wow, the future really is now.

    Mukbang is a portmanteau word that combines the Korean word for “eat” (muok-da) with the word for “broadcast” (bang song). The top mukbang earners can earn as much as $10,000 a month by some accounts, not including sponsorships. The oddest part of their payment structure is that it’s not pay-per-view, ad-based, or salary-based. Rather, ordinary viewers voluntarily send their favorite BJs (which stands for Broadcasting Jockey, a uniquely Korean use of this acronym) money in the form of “star balloons”—a type of proprietary virtual currency that can be bought and sold with regular fiat cash.

    April 21, 2017

  • Per a conversation I've had, a Saturday where dad takes the kids to give mom a break.

    April 21, 2017

  • Snake-flower (a poem by The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia):

    n. The viper's-bugloss, Echium vulgare.

    n. The greater stitch wort, Alsine Holostea.

    n. The white dead-nettle, Lamium album.

    n. The white campion, Lychnis alba.

    n. The star-flower or American chickweed-wintergreen, Trientalis Americana.

    April 21, 2017

  • In Guardians of the Galaxy Thanos says to Ronan, "Fail again and I will bathe the starways with your blood."

    April 21, 2017

  • Democrat2/ˈdɛməkræt/ (say 'demuhkrat)

    noun a large, crisp, deep red apple, sweet with acidic overtones, originating near Glenorchy, Tasmania, in about 1900.

    Also, (formerly), Tasma.

    April 21, 2017

  • "But there is also the issue of confusability, or homograms — different identifiers that look similar or identical — which can cause frustration and bugs at best, security concerns at worst." Unicode Identifiers in Your Language

    April 21, 2017

  • "A homogram is a poem in which every two adjacent words share a letter in common." Table of Forms

    April 21, 2017

  • 'NONSTOP CHUCK NORRIS' game app. Ad says "Chuck Norris already finished this game. On a landline phone."

    April 21, 2017

  • The Scot has his kilts and his pipes

    And names for the scorn-worthy types:

    The treacherous skellums

    And obnoxious blellums,

    Ungainly and foolhardy gypes.

    April 21, 2017

  •  What hidden treasures are waiting to be found in a beard? Food crumbs?

    April 21, 2017

  • memespeak for a snake

    April 21, 2017

  • I think Kory said it because she (and I) recently attended ACES in Florida and Anne Curzan in her keynote speech, used the term grammando. Curzan has used it for years.

    http://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/10/13/going-grammando/

    It's a proposed alternative to grammar nazi. I'd like to disassociate asshole pedants from state-funded murderers, ao I use it a bit and hope it catches on.

    April 21, 2017

  • Also see sand-box.

    April 20, 2017

  • See sandbox.

    April 20, 2017

  • *favorited*

    April 20, 2017

  • Spotted in a Kory Stamper reddit AMA

    "So, here's the thing: most people assume that I am a grammando of the highest order, or that I'm the sort of person who walks around with a Sharpie in my pocket ready to correct bad apostrophization and such."

    April 20, 2017

  • ಠ_ರೃ

    April 20, 2017

  • A jazz magazine seeks a tool

    To edit without being cruel.

    I think that the diple,

    Deployed rather hiply,

    Is both copacetic and cool.

    April 20, 2017

  • Isn't all hair "pre-owned?" Who knows what shocking things have been done to it.

    April 20, 2017

  • How much are the Peruvian virgins? I presume there's a nice discount due them being bald, at least for the foreseeable future.

    April 20, 2017

  • New library name in Vancouver

    it's written in NAPA - North American Phonetic Alphabet

    https://ywcavan.org/sites/default/files/resources/downloads/Pronunciation%20guide%20for%20n%C9%99%CC%81c%CC%93a%CA%94mat%20ct.pdf

    April 20, 2017

  • In attempting to dissect "stompclacker" (Using thick gloves and very long tools. He's a wily one, that bilby.) I came across the following document which purports to be a glossary of informal medical terms current in Yorkshire. It's good for some chuckles.

    https://regmedia.co.uk/2006/04/24/glossary_for_international_recruits.pdf

    April 20, 2017

  • Gogue and Magogue :-/

    April 20, 2017

  • rfc3492

    it's like a compressed unicode. Instead of each unicode letter being 6 ascii characters (ie. u+1234), it's a starting point for the first character and then uses smaller numbers to represent the relative positions in that alphabet.

    April 19, 2017

  • Crack a tube of stompclacker.

    April 19, 2017

  • insult: a little man

    April 19, 2017

  • In 2010, many major companies filed prepackaged or prearranged bankruptcies rather than conventional ones. A 2011 AlixPartners survey of bankruptcy professionals predicted that more than half of the large company filings over the coming year would be prepacks, and that prepackaged bankruptcy filings would continue in significant numbers in the ensuing years as well.1 For parties seeking to restructure a company quickly, a prepackaged plan of reorganization can be a powerful and effective tool that provides distinct advantages over both a conventional bankruptcy filing and an out-of-court restructuring. Most notably, a prepack may offer a company the fastest route to restructure through bankruptcy and obtain at least some (though not all) of the benefits potentially offered to companies in a conventional bankruptcy under title 11 of the U.S. Code (the Bankruptcy Code).

    Unlike a conventional bankruptcy, in a prepack nearly all negotiation takes place out of the public eye and without the oversight of any bankruptcy court, the Office of the U.S. Trustee or a creditors' committee.

    Paul Basta et al., A Practitioner's Guide to Pre-Packaged Bankruptcy: A Primer (American Bankruptcy Institute), p. 1

    April 19, 2017

  • In 2010, many major companies filed prepackaged or prearranged bankruptcies rather than conventional ones. A 2011 AlixPartners survey of bankruptcy professionals predicted that more than half of the large company filings over the coming year would be prepacks, and that prepackaged bankruptcy filings would continue in significant numbers in the ensuing years as well.1 For parties seeking to restructure a company quickly, a prepackaged plan of reorganization can be a powerful and effective tool that provides distinct advantages over both a conventional bankruptcy filing and an out-of-court restructuring. Most notably, a prepack may offer a company the fastest route to restructure through bankruptcy and obtain at least some (though not all) of the benefits potentially offered to companies in a conventional bankruptcy under title 11 of the U.S. Code (the Bankruptcy Code).

    Unlike a conventional bankruptcy, in a prepack nearly all negotiation takes place out of the public eye and without the oversight of any bankruptcy court, the Office of the U.S. Trustee or a creditors' committee.

    Paul Basta et al., A Practitioner's Guide to Pre-Packaged Bankruptcy: A Primer (American Bankruptcy Institute), p. 1

    April 19, 2017

  • In 2010, many major companies filed prepackaged or prearranged bankruptcies rather than conventional ones. A 2011 AlixPartners survey of bankruptcy professionals predicted that more than half of the large company filings over the coming year would be prepacks, and that prepackaged bankruptcy filings would continue in significant numbers in the ensuing years as well.1 For parties seeking to restructure a company quickly, a prepackaged plan of reorganization can be a powerful and effective tool that provides distinct advantages over both a conventional bankruptcy filing and an out-of-court restructuring. Most notably, a prepack may offer a company the fastest route to restructure through bankruptcy and obtain at least some (though not all) of the benefits potentially offered to companies in a conventional bankruptcy under title 11 of the U.S. Code (the Bankruptcy Code).

    Unlike a conventional bankruptcy, in a prepack nearly all negotiation takes place out of the public eye and without the oversight of any bankruptcy court, the Office of the U.S. Trustee or a creditors' committee.

    Paul Basta et al., A Practitioner's Guide to Pre-Packaged Bankruptcy: A Primer (American Bankruptcy Institute), p. 1

    April 19, 2017

  • In 2010, many major companies filed prepackaged or prearranged bankruptcies rather than conventional ones. A 2011 AlixPartners survey of bankruptcy professionals predicted that more than half of the large company filings over the coming year would be prepacks, and that prepackaged bankruptcy filings would continue in significant numbers in the ensuing years as well.1 For parties seeking to restructure a company quickly, a prepackaged plan of reorganization can be a powerful and effective tool that provides distinct advantages over both a conventional bankruptcy filing and an out-of-court restructuring. Most notably, a prepack may offer a company the fastest route to restructure through bankruptcy and obtain at least some (though not all) of the benefits potentially offered to companies in a conventional bankruptcy under title 11 of the U.S. Code (the Bankruptcy Code).

    Unlike a conventional bankruptcy, in a prepack nearly all negotiation takes place out of the public eye and without the oversight of any bankruptcy court, the Office of the U.S. Trustee or a creditors' committee.

    Paul Basta et al., A Practitioner's Guide to Pre-Packaged Bankruptcy: A Primer (American Bankruptcy Institute), p. 1

    April 19, 2017

  • spotted on twitter: Right Wing Nut Job

    April 19, 2017

  • Mount Doom?

    April 19, 2017

  • I like your lists. :-)

    April 19, 2017

  • See examples at whupass.

    April 19, 2017

  • See comments at tin of hooraybum.

    April 19, 2017

  • I think our resident marsupial misconstrues the meaning of "whoop" in the countrified American expression "open a can of whupass.". It is not a celebratory cry but rather means a whipping or beating. So, one trash-talking basketball player might say to his adversary, "I'm gonna whup your ass!" To open a can of whupass is to invite calamity. It is a more local and limited version of opening Pandora's box.

    I find the key syllables spelled as an unhyphenated "whoopass," hyphenated as "whoop-ass," and as two words - "whoop ass." The first syllable may be whoop, woop, wup, or whup. The most common version I find is "whupass."

    A more exact British version might be, "open a tin of thrashbottom." The trouble with this formulation, however, is that the threat may not be received as entirely unwelcome. We colonials hear stories of the widespread plying of the cane on tender young bottoms in the "public" schools and of a fondness for such "correction" that persists into adulthood. Would an English cricketer intimidate his opponent by pledging to thrash his bottom or would he make a new friend?

    Perhaps bilby could lay a long ear to the ground and provide us with an Australian equivalent.

    April 19, 2017

  • http://neguswhoread.com/wypipo-explained/

    Why not just say “white people?” Again, because Black people are cool as fuck. Also, just because the terms are derivatives of each other, doesn’t mean they are the same thing. Wypipo are different from White People.

    Do tell. How so? Well, first of all, Wypipo say shit like “do tell,” whereas there are a number of white people who would never utter that phrase. To understand fully, you must come to terms with one fact:

    Not all white people are wypipo.

    The two should not be confused or used interchangeably.

    April 19, 2017

  • http://www.conwaydailysun.com/newsx/130970-jumbo-shrimp-are-state-seaperch-champs

    The boys attached an 8-inch piece of PVC pipe to the front of their SeaPerch that was capable of picking up rings in obstacle course and challenge course events.

    They also drilled a number of holes in their SeaPerch, and in the process coined a new word — "flinking."

    "It means floating but not sinking," Ben explained.

    April 19, 2017

  • "Bald’s eyesalve contains wine, garlic, an Allium species (such as leek or onion) and oxgall. The recipe states that, after the ingredients have been mixed together, they must stand in a brass vessel for nine nights before use."

    -- https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/getting-medieval-on-bacteria-ancient-books-may-point-to-new-antibiotics/

    April 19, 2017

  • "In 2015, our team published a pilot study on a 1,000-year old recipe called Bald’s eyesalve from “Bald’s Leechbook,” an Old English medical text. The eyesalve was to be used against a “wen,” which may be translated as a sty, or an infection of the eyelash follicle."

    -- https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/getting-medieval-on-bacteria-ancient-books-may-point-to-new-antibiotics/

    April 19, 2017

  • my name is ahmed

    April 19, 2017

  • British equivalent of a can of whoopass.

    April 19, 2017

  • Though bobbleheads children may call us

    Our wrynecks do bring us some solace.

    The world's all askew

    But not in our view:

    It's righted by our torticollis.

    April 19, 2017

  • Rhymes with bollocks.

    April 19, 2017

  • Doubt it will stop me dumping a vending machine where it belongs.

    April 19, 2017

  • Not hinging upon!

    April 19, 2017

  • Dutch tulip inflation and speculation

    April 19, 2017

  • "In many ways this aerated point of view appeared more troubling than the costive statement from which it had originated, and I was quite defeated in my efforts to distinguish anything amusing about it."

    Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett, p 56

    April 19, 2017

  • "These peering tributaries are in amongst the other stones and stars, but they are not quite of them, I'd continue, warming to my minacious theme."

    Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett, p 48

    April 19, 2017

  • "It had something to do with love. About the essential brutality of love. About those adventitious souls who deliberately seek out love as a prime agent of total self-immolation."

    Pond by Claire-Louise Bennett, p 11

    April 19, 2017

  • she hero

    April 19, 2017

  • http://thefederalist.com/2016/04/14/economic-inequality-complaints-are-just-a-cover-for-anti-rich-prejudice/

    It’s not fair to blame individuals for other people’s wrongdoing. Yet we let envy-peddlers get away with it when unfairly attacking rich people.

    April 19, 2017

  • See anemone or sea anemone.

    April 18, 2017

  • Efik

    April 18, 2017

  • (Short for chicken nuggets.)

    https://twitter.com/carterjwm/status/849813577770778624

    HELP ME PLEASE. A MAN NEEDS HIS NUGGS

    April 18, 2017

  • Ha!

    April 18, 2017

  • rhymes with orange

    April 18, 2017

  • http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/04/24/vanlife-the-bohemian-social-media-movement

    Scroll through the images tagged #vanlife on Instagram and you’ll see plenty of photos that don’t have much to do with vehicles: starry skies, campfires, women in leggings doing yoga by the ocean. Like the best marketing terms, “vanlife” is both highly specific and expansive. It’s a one-word life-style signifier that has come to evoke a number of contemporary trends: a renewed interest in the American road trip, a culture of hippie-inflected outdoorsiness, and a life free from the tyranny of a nine-to-five office job.

    April 18, 2017

  • physics/optics - "Time of Flight"

    in the optics sense - a 2D sensor can be measured so fast to see the light waves arrive at different times to build up a 3d view of an object or to see through smoke and fog, or to see how neutrons bounce off of an object onto a bunch of detectors.

    Physics has this for 'time of flight' mass spectrometers where particles travel down a tube and hit a detector at different times; 

    Medicine - this is a heart condition called Tetralogy of Fallot


    April 18, 2017

  • See mockumentary.

    April 18, 2017

  • "“It’s sort of the unicorn of mollusks,” Margo Haygood, a marine microbiologist at the University of Utah, told The Washington Post.""

    -- https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/speaking-of-science/wp/2017/04/17/scientists-find-giant-elusive-clam-known-as-the-unicorn-of-mollusks

    April 18, 2017

  • Mock documentary

    April 18, 2017

  • All sages I'm sure will concur

    On need for a good porte-bonheur,

    A charm to protect

    And maybe deflect

    Capricious storms of force majeure.

    April 18, 2017

  • the context I saw this word was captioning a picture of a cat at a desk

    April 18, 2017

  • Every day in this country students come to school without a way to pay for lunch. Right now it's up to the school to decide what happens next.

    Since new legislation out of New Mexico on so-called lunch shaming made headlines, we've heard a lot about how schools react.

    Some provide kids an alternative lunch, like a cold cheese sandwich. Other schools sometimes will provide hot lunch, but require students do chores, have their hand stamped or wear a wristband showing they're behind in payment. And, some schools will deny students lunch all together.

    Megan Kamerick, Schools Will Soon Have To Put In Writing If They 'Lunch Shame', All Things Considered, NPR, April 17, 2017

    April 18, 2017

  • To obtain food, lodging, etc, from others by taking advantage of their generosity; to impose in order to obtain hospitality; sponge.

    April 17, 2017

  • Spring has sprong. Or is it sprung? Both sound unspringlike.

    April 17, 2017

  • A stone border at the top of a well.

    April 17, 2017

  • "The forewings are ochreous-white, strongly suffused with deep gray. The inner angle, veins, a longitudinal dash in the cell and a series of spots around the termen are all blackish fuscous. The hindwings are pale smoky gray."

    April 17, 2017

  • "The forewings are ochreous-white, strongly suffused with deep gray. The inner angle, veins, a longitudinal dash in the cell and a series of spots around the termen are all blackish fuscous. The hindwings are pale smoky gray."

    April 17, 2017

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