TankHughes has adopted the words boustrophedonic and inexpressibles, looked up 30402 words, created 90 lists, listed 2205 words, written 625 comments, added 9927 tags, and loved 313 words.

Comments by TankHughes

  • See: nut paragraph

    March 21, 2017

  • As explained in Writing Tools by Roy Peter Clark, a nut paragraph answers the "so what?" question for the reader.

    Also nut graph

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

    March 21, 2017

  • *eats a chocolate old-fashioned* good idea, bilby.

    March 17, 2017

  • An American punk rock band.

    March 10, 2017

  • nippleless

    March 7, 2017

  • Raynaud's phenomenon is often a sequela.

    March 3, 2017

  • I would guess it's an allusion to Dicken's A Christmas Carol when Scrooge tries to explain Marley away:

    "“You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of underdone potato. There's more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”"

    February 22, 2017

  • Short for International Correspondence Writing Month: http://incowrimo.org/

    Every February

    February 21, 2017

  • Shitgibbon was used in a presidential insult tweet: "Hey @realDonaldTrump I oppose civil asset forfeiture too! Why don't you try to destroy my career you fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon!"

    shitgibbon is an example of a shitgibbon compound.

    http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/157210818652/the-orgin-and-constraints-of-shitgibbon

    February 18, 2017

  • An acronym short for "grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre, unprecedented."

    Not military slang as I first suspected.

    Based off of this quote by then Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland, Charles Haughe, in 1945: "It was a bizarre happening, an unprecedented situation, a grotesque situation, an almost unbelievable mischance."

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

    February 10, 2017

  • Fake food item proposed by David Ortiz (Kenan Thompson) that's like a turducken but with mofongo, chicken, and a penguin.

    From Kristen Stewart SNL episode Feb 4, 2017 during the Weekend Update segment.

    February 9, 2017

  • You get em, qms. Sub-limerick the bastard.

    February 8, 2017

  • I think you're thinking of couture, pumpumrock. Good definition.

    February 8, 2017

  • It seems like a lot of these are backformations. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_English_back-formations

    February 3, 2017

  • See the comments about Lawcast on WordSmith2099's page: https://wordnik.com/users/WordSmith2099

    January 30, 2017

  • No one has publicly verified the intended meaning of this company name.

    Two websites talking about branding think it is "Trip(s), Vacation, Go"

    http://www.rewindandcapture.com/why-is-trivago-called-trivago/

    https://www.namerobot.com/All-about-naming/tips-for-naming/start-up-names-pro-contra-fantasy-names.html

    January 24, 2017

  • A for asexual/aromantic.

    People who identify as asexual sometimes abbreviate that to ace.
    People who identify as aromantic sometimes abbreviate that to aro.

    January 23, 2017

  • In this example, someone in a fandom (BBC Sherlock) who believes something strongly, even though they know they'll be treated like a wigged-out conspiracy theorist. http://221behavior.tumblr.com/post/155972809187/i-believe-in-bbc-sherlock

    January 17, 2017

  • Comes from a Greek myth where Zeus appeared to a woman as golden rain: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dana%C3%AB :/

    January 11, 2017

  • LRT on Twitter is short for "last retweet." Meaning that they simply

    retweeted something without comment, but then wanted to comment on it

    after

    Tweet 1: A picture

    Tweet 2: LRT it me

    January 6, 2017

  • As said about Alexander Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda on his episode of Drunk History (2016). https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel/status/803892779889922048

    January 6, 2017

  • As said about Alexander Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda on his episode of Drunk History (2016). https://twitter.com/Lin_Manuel/status/803892779889922048

    January 6, 2017

  • Sometimes also called puzzle monkey tree, which might be a cutthroat compound - a tree that would puzzle a monkey.

    January 3, 2017

  • took me a second, ruzuzu, but it was worth it.

    December 29, 2016

  • A baby was born on December 24, 2016 and now has Euphemia as her middle name.

    December 27, 2016

  • This is a whispered term.

    There is a tree near my suburban childhood home that is in the middle of the road surrounded by a 2 foot circular brick wall. Growing up, there was a much larger tree in that place, but several years ago it fell over. My mother cried, she thought they had cut it down on purpose. The city replaced it with a young tree with a sturdy trunk but not many branches.

    I decided that it looked sad, especially when its leaves fell off in winter. So I concocted festive crime, in which my mother and I brought oversized ornaments, bows, and boas of tinsel and hung them in the tree around midnight a few days before Christmas. 


    We take it down around New Years (but not New Years Eve, too many people out). We figure if we get caught we could be charged with jaywalking into the middle of the street where the tree is, or maybe littering for securing objects on the tree.

    We've done it for a few years now. Not sure it will happen this year. It's a fun term to whisper.

    December 13, 2016

  • Just saw this video of kulning by Swedish person Jonna Jinton.

    https://youtu.be/6fglBL7eQIA

    December 11, 2016

  • buttwoman also means fishwife: http://tankhughes.com/?p=983

    December 7, 2016

  • cherry+pumpkin+apple pie.

    December 6, 2016

  • Name of a comedy show with Seth Morris, Jason Mantzoukas and Nick Kroll. It's a clipped compound. MOR-ZOUKS-NICK.

    December 6, 2016

  • I've been told that this is very 1999 slang, and that my colleague prefers the slightly more recent 2000s version, b&, pronounced bampersand.

    November 23, 2016

  • For more examples, look at this list: https://wordnik.com/lists/contranyms--1

    November 23, 2016

  • It's the fictional planet where those gassy, baby-faced aliens come from in Doctor Who. (Season 1 of New Who).

    November 14, 2016

  • What's going on with you, lady-birds. Why you called lady-cow sometimes?

    November 14, 2016

  • I'm putting this here as a historical record and also a hope-filled persuasive argument. I will remove if it violates community standards:

    "I know it has its own complicated consequences, but I STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU to persuade 20+ members of the electoral college to switch their votes away from Drumpf.

    https://www.change.org/p/electoral-college-electors-electoral-college-make-hillary-clinton-president-on-december-19

    Sign the petition, but more importantly, CALL THEM. Write them. Offer to pay for their fines.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GlTW_UKpRg3l3qrkObP62PZgWB87QTuIH7TCMbRtFak/edit

    If Drumpf and everyone he's assembling get into office, 2020 will be too late.

    http://time.com/4560682/faithless-electors/"

    November 13, 2016

  • You're my only hope.

    November 13, 2016

  • This is an interesting list because most word aversion involves bodily function aversion. This list seems like an aversion to doing a lot of work in your mouth (except maybe intimate). It's refreshing.

    November 10, 2016

  • Paging qms or other poet for hollop-based limerick. Request from Twitter: https://twitter.com/GillHoffs/status/792865904598118401

    October 31, 2016

  • Are there any greek/latin adjectives describing something that is tea-like? Like nimbiform, vulpine, cretaceous?

    October 30, 2016

  • so dek and lede are both editorial nicknames that are spelled differently to denote their technical journalistic meaning. OK.

    October 24, 2016

  • Most examples are misspelling of controversy.

    October 24, 2016

  • More legible as co-religionist.

    October 24, 2016

  • Also contra-remonstrance.

    October 24, 2016

  • Misspelling of consequentialist.

    October 24, 2016

  • Another name for a grimme, which is a West African antelope.

    October 24, 2016

  • Misspelling of cogent mostly, in the examples.

    October 24, 2016

  • Misspelling of conflagration.

    October 24, 2016

  • Misspelling of condescension?

    October 24, 2016

  • Also misspelling of communism.

    October 23, 2016

  • Misspelling of colloborate.

    October 23, 2016

  • Misspelling of coenamour.

    October 23, 2016

  • Misspelling of cochineal.

    October 23, 2016

  • Typo of outdoor or outdoors?

    October 22, 2016

  • Misspelling of audacity.

    October 22, 2016

  • Abbreviation of opportunity in tweets and newspaper ads.

    October 22, 2016

  • Misspelling of ophidiophobic?

    October 22, 2016

  • Misspelling of ontophany.

    October 22, 2016

  • Misspelling of odontode?

    October 22, 2016

  • Misspelling of ongoing.

    October 22, 2016

  • MORE LIKE WINE CELLAR, AMIRIGHT?

    October 22, 2016

  • nunc millennialism

    October 21, 2016

  • See numismatist.

    October 21, 2016

  • nulliparity?

    October 21, 2016

  • http://brendanoneill.co.uk/archives April 2012 article says it.

    October 21, 2016

  • Misspelling of nubivagant.

    October 21, 2016

  • Then wouldn't it be nostrich? Neither has citations outside of the previous comment.

    October 20, 2016

  • Some example are hypyhen line breaks on cognoscible.

    October 20, 2016

  • either nuked or part of a larger phrase like three-nooked or four-nooked.

    October 20, 2016

  • Misspelling of noctivagant?

    October 20, 2016

  • Misspelling of nitpick.

    October 20, 2016

  • Is this a superlative of the slur, or a misspelling of biggest?

    October 20, 2016

  • short for nerfing, which often describes game characters or powers that were OP (overpowered) in previous versions/editions/games that have now been underpowered or nerfed.

    October 20, 2016

  • Misspelling of neologism?

    October 20, 2016

  • Yiddish term.

    October 20, 2016

  • Misspelling of garrulous.

    October 20, 2016

  • Tagalog word.

    October 20, 2016

  • mucilaginous?

    October 19, 2016

  • Line break on homophobia.

    October 19, 2016

  • mooch

    October 19, 2016

  • monopoly tourism

    October 19, 2016

  • Misspelling of moiety.

    October 19, 2016

  • Misspelling of mistake. Seems intentional often for. Irony? For humor.

    October 19, 2016

  • Misspelling of misshapen.

    October 19, 2016

  • Line breaks with deterministic or maybe monastic misspelling.

    October 19, 2016

  • Mostly misspelling of milquetoast but might refer to milk toast.

    October 19, 2016

  • An eggcorn for first of all. What an adorably adoptable eggcorn.

    October 19, 2016

  • Wouldn't it be double L like mellifluous?

    October 18, 2016

  • Korean word.

    October 18, 2016

  • Has anyone made a list of post-positive adjectives? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Postpositive_adjective Someone ought to.

    October 17, 2016

  • Tagalog word.

    October 16, 2016

  • Pompeii brothel?

    October 16, 2016

  • luminance

    October 16, 2016

  • Slovenian word?

    October 16, 2016

  • liminal? liminally?

    October 16, 2016

  • Limarin is a drug.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of leverage.

    October 16, 2016

  • leucocytozoons?

    October 16, 2016

  • Mostly meant as lecherers or lecturers but it also seems like an old spelling of lecherer as in lechery.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of lesson or lesion.

    October 16, 2016

  • German "leading-word style" "was coined by Martin Buber and Franz Rosenzweig and applied to the field of Biblical textual studies."

    October 16, 2016

  • Variant of leg up or leg-up.

    October 16, 2016

  • Racist urban legend that a black woman named her child "Le-a" pronounced "Ledasha."

    October 16, 2016

  • Spanish word, dimunutive of leche meaning milk.

    October 16, 2016

  • Spanish word.

    October 16, 2016

  • Hard-to-translate Korean word.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of Kubrickian or kubrickian.

    October 16, 2016

  • See klabautermann?

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of kerygmatic.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of Greek kerygma.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of kibosh.

    October 16, 2016

  • Also juvenescence.

    October 16, 2016

  • Related to Latin ipse, which is a reflective pronoun or something like that.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of iontophoresis.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of inviolable.

    October 16, 2016

  • interfaction misspelling?

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspellin of inimical, enemy-like.

    October 16, 2016

  • Short for infra dig or infra dignitatem, a Latin phrase meaning "beneath one's dignity."

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of indumetal?

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of inchoate?

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of incantatory.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of anastatic?

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of impulsive.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of imperturbability I think.

    October 16, 2016

  • Misspelling of impediment.

    October 16, 2016

  • I hear this more often as idiolect.

    October 15, 2016

  • stunting (without on) appears in Katy Perry song "This is How We Do" https://youtu.be/7RMQksXpQSk

    "Straight stuntin' ya we do it like that"

    October 13, 2016

  • Related to hypokeimenon?

    October 13, 2016

  • Misspelling of hypnagogia?

    October 13, 2016

  • hydropic or hydrophobic ?

    October 12, 2016

  • Misspelling of hullabaloo.

    October 12, 2016

  • Variant of hootenanny ?

    October 12, 2016

  • Misspelling of hooliganism.

    October 12, 2016

  • Proposed word from linguisten.de Tumblr account:

    :A glottonaut is someone exploring languages without necessarily acquiring them (thereby becoming a polyglot). Most people doing linguistic typology can be considered glottonauts."

    October 12, 2016

  • Seems to be mostly a ellisive misspelling of the suffix headedness.

    October 11, 2016

  • From "A Softer World" comic: http://asofterworld.com/index.php?id=152

    October 11, 2016

  • sometimes short for racist sexual term Mexican hat shag. mostly a misspelling of hashtag.

    October 11, 2016

  • Yiddish word meaning if only; "Would that it be so".

    October 11, 2016

  • Turkish.

    October 11, 2016

  • grelot means tiny bell in French but also refers to a type of onion.

    October 10, 2016

  • Korean food name. Also written as guksu.

    October 10, 2016

  • Most examples are misspellings of golf.

    October 10, 2016

  • misspelling of gimcrack?

    October 10, 2016

  • Where mushrooms go to college?

    October 10, 2016

  • Misspelling of fungible?

    October 10, 2016

  • long s spelling of submission

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of frustule

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of frisson?

    October 9, 2016

  • frenchifried

    October 9, 2016

  • A mountweazel?

    "This ghost word appears in Samuel Johnson's 1755 dictionary. It is defined as "To drive with a sudden impetuosity. A word out of use."

    The last part of the definition is certainly right. It was never in use. This is a misreading of soupe (due to the long s character used in those days), a dialect form of swoop." http://everything2.com/title/foupe

    October 9, 2016

  • Also written as fogbow or fog bow.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of fluctuate?

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelled backformation from flourescent. See fluoresce.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of fluviatile.

    October 9, 2016

  • In the video game Super Mario Bros., this is spelled fire flower.

    October 9, 2016

  • long s confusion? Do the examples mean silky?

    October 9, 2016

  • Literal translation of Korean food bulgogi.

    October 9, 2016

  • Variant spelling of fylfot meaning swastika?

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of fictitious.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of fibrous.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of fastidious.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of fastidious.

    October 9, 2016

  • Variant spelling of verkakte.

    October 9, 2016

  • emphasized variant of freezing.

    October 9, 2016

  • Maybe misspelling of exculpate?

    October 9, 2016

  • unable to explain -> inexplicable -> explick

    Backformation of the verb from the adjective.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of exophthalmic.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of exuberance.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of exequatur?

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of euxinic.

    October 9, 2016

  • Anglo-French relative of squeamish.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of equanimity?

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of ephemeral.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of ephemeral.

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of apercu / aperçu?

    October 9, 2016

  • Misspelling of enmity?

    October 9, 2016

  • Icelandic word meaning timeless or endless?

    October 9, 2016

  • Also written as comfortable bread.

    October 9, 2016

  • short for cuckholded? Been seeing it a lot on Twitter this political year.

    October 8, 2016

  • misspelling of emolument.

    October 7, 2016

  • misspelling of metaphorically?

    October 6, 2016

  • Some tweets are misspellings of drunk.

    October 5, 2016

  • From Golden Girls. also written as disdam.

    Dorothy: Ma, "disdam" is not a word.

    Sophia: It certainly is!

    Dorothy: Okay, prove it, use it in a sentence.

    Sophia: You're no good at disdam game.

    October 4, 2016

  • misspelling of densely.

    October 1, 2016

  • dégagé

    September 30, 2016

  • misspelling of tchotchke i think.

    September 26, 2016

  • Misspelling of caricature.

    September 20, 2016

  • "A zythologist is a true beer connoisseur who can share many interesting facts about an immensely complex and sophisticated beverage, its ingredients and the roles they play in the brewing process."

    -Annhauser_Busch site. Se also: zythology

    September 19, 2016

  • "noun (ZIKS noid) Any word that a crossword puzzler makes up to complete the last blank, accompanied by the rationalization that there probably is an ancient god named Ubbbu, or German river named Wfor, and besides, who’s going to check?"

    http://sniglets.sanjeev.net/zyxnoid/ sniglets

    September 19, 2016

  • I didn't know tony was a capitonym. Then I did. That time is now.

    September 8, 2016

  • "Harris was also known as “the chuffah king.” Chuffah is the random nonsense characters in a scene talk about before getting to the meat of it that leads to story. Here’s one of the best chuffah moments from Parks from the “Hunting Season” episode:

    Tom: Your favorite kind of cake can’t be birthday cake, that’s like saying your favorite kind of cereal is breakfast cereal.

    Donna: I love breakfast cereal.

    Harris excelled at coming up with hilarious, random nonsense like this. It was a tool that no one else seemed to have."

    http://azizisbored.tumblr.com/post/111613105129

    September 7, 2016

  • According to 1999 Wired Style, they made daemon into the backronym "Disk And Execution MONitor."

    August 31, 2016

  • It's not difficult to call people what they want to be called. Sometimes it's a slight personal preference (Steven, not Steve), sometimes it's an affirmation of what someone has worked hard to define themselves as (Tess not Ted). You don't even have to use the marker of latinx. It's not for you. It's for people in the group to define themselves.

    I get that it's hypothetically absurd to pick a crazy name without thinking, but thought has gone into this. It helps some people who are in a vulnerable community have a sense of belonging and feel safe. It helps to make a space for a group that is not well known or understood.

    Punching up/down are comedy terms.

    Punching down is attacking/making fun of people who have less power and are vulnerable, kicking someone when they're down. Punching up is mocking the powerful, exposing them and holding them accountable for their actions through things like satire.

    August 31, 2016

  • you're making me frown, bilby. it's an interesting question in general of how to feel comfortable identifying as gender-expansive (nonbinary) in a gendered language. This particular term helps some people feel better. "-x all words in the dictionary" is reductio ad absurdum and you know it.

    It helps them, it doesn't apply to you, why are you putting so much anger on this page? This might be another proposed term like ze or hir that doesn't take off, so you could make fun of it as a neologism, but I don't get why you're making a stand here. Punch up.

    August 30, 2016

  • Why some people choose to call themselves latinx: http://www.latina.com/lifestyle/our-issues/why-we-say-latinx-trans-gender-non-conforming-people-explain

    August 30, 2016

  • feeling numb

    August 17, 2016

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  • Sorry about the condiment incident.

    October 28, 2015

  • Bilby has been known to talk to himself, but this time he was talking to me. My comment page is experiencing a 404 bad ketchup gateway moment.

    April 27, 2015

  • who's my little paleoverbologist?

    May 12, 2011

  • Your tags are amazing. I adore the periodic symbol words.

    November 7, 2010

  • We're up to a thousand different consonant-vowel patterns now, tagged convowel.

    March 5, 2010

  • Have you figured out how many different consonant-vowel patterns are possible? I've found representatives for a couple of dozen more patterns. Your tag for descriptive missed the last vowel (assuming it's yours).

    I've tagged vowel patterns in lots of words over the last couple of years. See the list descriptions for Panvocalics, Panvocalic euryvocalic, Monovocalics, and Double diphthongs etc. Let me know if you find any errors with my tags.

    OneLook might help your search for other patterns, such as words with bh.

    February 16, 2010

  • Wow, thanks! Right now I have the time to contribute here and it amuses me. Thanks for the heads up on the error, I'm definitely human. I have a blog that, among other things, tracks the silly tags I've been adding on wordnik: http://tankhughes.blogspot.com/search/label/wordnik

    February 14, 2010

  • Hi Bri,

    Love the consonant-vowel tagging! You've covered a lot of ground. I've been adding a few of the odder patterns. There's an extra c in your tag for down.

    February 14, 2010