I'm trying to understand the connection between the definition of mince in phrases like minced oath and mince your words and its etymology "minūtiāre"-- to make smaller. Because every time I hear "I'm not one to mince my words", the first thing I picture is someone with a bunch of words on a chopping board and a cleaver.
Is the idea that a minced oath, in general, was not only euphemized, but also contracted, i.e. made smaller?
You might want to put your definition in the comment section of the word veteranarian rather than here on the comment section of your list. Less confusing that way, especially if you intend to add more words to your list.
It's got connections with Sputnik and Beatnik. (But I think more with the latter than the former, hence the hippy-heart in w♥rdnik.) It's striving to be the "first" in a Sputnik way, but also it wants to be counter-cultural in a Beatnik way: to revolutionize the way dictionaries work. (See Erin Mckean's video on TED)
Even if I've checked 6 or 7 times that the right movie is in the right case, if I don't check the second before I drop it down the slot, I am quite convinced it either had no movie in it or it was the wrong movie.
What an interesting word! Why bed? Sure, the water lies there, but it also runs there as well. Might as well be rivertrack. But it's not-- and I think it shouldn't be. I wonder how this concept is played out in other languages.
Cyberman: Daleks, be warned; you have declared war upon the Cybermen. Dalek: This is not war. This is pest control! Cyberman: We have five million Cybermen. How many are you? Dalek: Four. Cyberman: You would destroy the Cybermen with four Daleks? Dalek: We would destroy the Cybermen with one Dalek! You are superior in only one respect. Cyberman: What is that? Dalek: You are better at dying!
Sorry, was just watching this and thought this quote did a good job of expressing the essence of the dalek.
I would guess, according to its etymology, that a Christmas carol is one that sung in a chorus, going door-to-door. A Christmas song is just a more general category? So "Grandma got run over by a Reindeer" is a Christmas song, but not one you'd really sing in a group at someone's doorstep.
Don't like words like these. It's almost like they are trying to making fun of language itself. Whoever coined this word liked using dumbass so much that they had to expand its usage. It's almost self-referential in that sense.
Although ... if the pronunciation de-silenced the 'B,' I might like it. As in dum-BASS-ery.
OK ALREADY! My guilt builds, builds, and builds each day! I admit it-- they are my words! Are you happy? These words that I used to love, I now hate! Pygopagus, sanglant, Astacus, sweetbread, checkerberry, sparple, horse coursing ... I admit it. OUT, DAMNED SPOT! OUT, I SAY!! It was me. I broke the favorites machine! These things of darkness, I acknowledge mine!
I wonder if that's too narrow still. What about words like runcible that are pure nonsense and can't be strictly understood? I'd say they're still words. And I'd like to think that I am free to make up words, and they are indeed words (in the barest sense), even if the rest of the population never happens to adopt or understand them. They may not be very good words, but what else would they be?(Maybe in that case, the communicator and communicatee are one and the same?)
This word doesn't work. It never has. It's too ... too what? Too sweet? Too obvious? Too forced? Too tongue-tying? And the imagery it evokes is sticky, slow, and viscous-- sort of the opposite of what it wants to do.
Was wondering about "Random word" link at top. Last night it was great fun, giving me plenty of new words to think about. But today it was the opposite-- spitting out mostly typos like "Goolge" or randomly culled proper names or even computer code. I'm sure this is something on your radar, but just thought I'd point it out.
The etymologies don't help much. One gives us the impression of some sort of clean, baptismal rebirth: new, fresh. The other claims it derives from mold and mucus. So I guess the resolution is to see moist in the sense of a new and fresh, moldy mucus. (As in, "Hey that's some new mold on that there mucus!")