alexz has looked up 10894 words, created 86 lists, listed 8243 words, written 1600 comments, added 2 tags, and loved 90 words.

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  • drunkspeak for officer

    December 20, 2014

  • drunkspeak for officer

    December 20, 2014

  • a fictional drug which makes people not care or worry about things.

    December 20, 2014

  • update to link above -

    December 20, 2014

  • Vancouver Island Heatlth Authority

    December 20, 2014

  • A large winter storm at Christmas time.

    December 20, 2014

  • North Korea's military hacking unit.

    December 20, 2014

  • An exoplanet larger than earth, smaller than neptune.

    December 20, 2014

  • no.  Just no.

    December 19, 2014

  • spotted on Person Of Interest tv show - Artificial Super Intelligence

    December 18, 2014

  • refers to Beijing China's air pollution problem

    December 17, 2014

  • "Next Generation FireWall" - a "new" computer firewall, compared to the old model.(an ever moving standard of 'new')

    December 15, 2014

  • fMRI

    December 14, 2014

  • short for 'On This Day'

    December 13, 2014

  • BBC report about too many weather buzzwords -

    December 13, 2014

  • In NASA speak, the 'weather is 60%"go"'

    December 7, 2014

  • Gasoline

    December 7, 2014

  • Long Range Acoustic Device - aka. A sonic gun.

    December 6, 2014

  • Today, stumbled across "smashbrown potatoes" on the menu. This might be local to the restaurant chain.

    December 4, 2014

  • charknado?

    December 1, 2014

  • a skiff of snow

    December 1, 2014

  • Spotted on Facebook with caption of "Take that, grammar police!"

    November 29, 2014

  • The name if the app 'button' which had 3 vertical dots and gives access to app settings.  Android developers call it 'action overflow'

    November 27, 2014

  • similar to the Slashdot Effect when a website which is talked about gets an overload of internet traffic.

    November 24, 2014

  • sow , crow

    November 24, 2014

  • It might be known by a plethora of names ranging from humorous to innocuously vague -- "transpoosion" to "bacteriotherapy" -- but there's no sugar-coating the news: the most effective known cure for C. difficile may be to receive a transplant of -- or ingest --someone else's feces. -

    November 24, 2014

  • 2014 a fecal transplant.

    November 23, 2014

  • hi Masterfire, snake doctor was a term for a dragonfly circa 1892 page 207

    November 22, 2014

  • to smile with the eyes (from twitter examples)

    November 22, 2014

  • British Columbia - The Kootenays region around Nelson BC

    spotted the term 'koots roots' , had to look up koots.  It seems to be a nickname for other places as well, like a place in Alaska referring to the Chilkoot.

    November 20, 2014

  • can be found online at

    November 20, 2014

  • yes bilbyzcat you can haz dicshunary.

    and grammar rules

    November 20, 2014

  • twitter sweeties?

    November 17, 2014

  • "Ice wave comes ashore in Minnesota" - 2013 thx ruzuzu

    November 17, 2014

  • Vice has an article on 'Soul-Sucking Office-Speak"

    November 16, 2014

  • I wonder how many other words have triple cultural origins.

    Chai - is an Indian/Chinese word
    nog - unknown origin/English
    latte - Italian.

    November 16, 2014

  • in BC, it's someone who makes money off the poor people in a poor neighbourhood and who has no incentive to make the neighbourhood better.

    November 15, 2014

  • Washington Heights

    November 13, 2014

  • comet landscape - spotted this term on the BBC web page. Nov 13, 2014

    November 13, 2014

  • "European Space Operations Centre"

    November 13, 2014

  • I feel that fearbola is the epidemic of fear that makes people behave irrationally to the ebola threat:
    People close borders, healthy people get quarantined, people wear plastic suits and gloves and facemasks on planes, kids get denied entry to schools even though they're healthy and passed a 21 day incubation period, countries bar flights from affected countries, countries impose visa restrictions, and health workers get stigmatized by co-workers

    November 8, 2014

  • multiple of TOS (Terms Of Service)

    November 6, 2014

  • Spotted on XKCD 1443.

    I don't mean to go all language nerd on you, but I just legit adverbed "legit," verbed "adverb," and adjectived "language nerd."

    Not to go all sentence fragment on you

    November 5, 2014

  • ascend? rise up? promote? succeed?

    November 5, 2014

  • Florida

    "- Ponce de Leon set out with this extravagant view as well as other, and fully persuaded of the existence of a third world, the conquest of which was to immortalize his name. "

    Encyclopedia Britannica - page 301 volume 7, part 1, MDCCXCVIL

    November 3, 2014

  • I think you mean 'whom'.

    November 2, 2014

  • Acronym for "Hockey Night In Canada"

    November 2, 2014

  • election funds from undisclosed sources. (wiki page edits goes to feb 2012)

    October 31, 2014

  • sensate ? (from worknik's reverse dicshunnary)

    October 31, 2014

  • Using Googlefight, lk has 1 million results, Ebola has 3 million results.
    comet has 384,000 results.

    I don't think lk has peaked yet in usage. So maybe it will be WOTY 2015.

    October 30, 2014

  • Japanese for bike (Motorcycle? ).

    I've seen it referenced as
    a bike (bicycle) haiku. (source - local bike shop)

    October 30, 2014

  • 1990's computer gaming acronym for 'low ping bastard' - someone with a low ping.

    opposite of 'HPW' High Ping Whiner (or Warrior). (someone with 200 ping)

    October 30, 2014

  • I should publish an English-Lol Lol-English dicshunary

    October 30, 2014

  • acronym for Ebola Treatment Unit
    note the visuals.

    October 28, 2014

  • fear-bola ?

    October 27, 2014

  • A drug resistant cootie.

    October 26, 2014

  • Hi adorak, the tweets listed show the examples of how people use the word on twitter, so those users won't get feedback from the wordnik site which would display their tweets. *edit to add italics ender.  

    October 24, 2014

  • text speak for would

    October 24, 2014

  • another version of 'bro'

    October 22, 2014

  • an ethnic slur for people 'Fresh Off the Boat' : who don't know local customs or language. I'm not a fan of slurs.

    October 21, 2014

  • "Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday" 

    Early use spotted in 1970  Page 7. "Teaching Agriculture" University of Wisconsin.

    edit - earlier use spotted in 1968 book  "m t w r f" 

    October 21, 2014

  • Checking with some people, I seem to be alone in using Thursday, but they did recognise the R for Thursday code. MTWRF

    in further looking, the Mac OS has a command line command 'pmset' which uses MTWRFSU for date codes.  

    October 21, 2014

  • Rhursday is a joking reference to the old weekly code of
    "M T W R F S S" which appeared on paperwork referring to
     Monday to Sunday, and using R instead of a T for thursday.  You can find references to MTWRF in some books - typically college course calendars.

    October 19, 2014

  • "got heeem" appears to be a meme where you trash talk an opponent and say 'got him' with an annoying accent.

    Youtube video "got heeem explained"  circa 2011?  This peaked in google trends in Feb 2012

    October 19, 2014

  • this words seems to be a person's surname ...

    October 17, 2014

  • Text speak for "just kidding LOL"  </i>

    October 16, 2014

  • A toe which is transplanted to replace a missing thumb. From Thumb/toe

    October 15, 2014

  • I think I spotted this in 2011-2012. That store which can not be named.

    October 14, 2014

  • The Intergalactic Computer Network was conceived in the 1960's.

    and predated ARPANET and the internet.

    October 13, 2014

  • Automated/Automatic License Plate Reader

    October 12, 2014

  • I've yet to do a single crown. My biggest hill is 2 laps of Burnaby Mountain. 2 x 900 feet.

    October 10, 2014

  • Today I Learned that "your dumb" beats out "you're dumb" on googlefight.

    my apologies to the strict grammarians.
    p.s. you may want to look at the google ngram viewer for these phrases.
    it seems that "you're" came about in the 1800's, and a usage like "you're" beat out "you are" in the 1930's.

    it's interesting to see someone correct someone's grammar on internet forums with a "you're", but this whole "you're" thing is a recent development.

    October 9, 2014

  • something I noticed, was that this word appeared in the opening credits, as well as during the show.

    October 8, 2014

  • The Ten Hundred Most Used Words list has been used for XKCD's Upgoer 5 comic, and a physics book 'The Edge of The Sky' by Roberto Trotta.

    the wordlist appears to be from Wiktionary's most frequently used words.

    XKCD Upgoer Five comic:

    Ten Hundred Most Used Words text editor :

    October 6, 2014

  • Is when you have a lunar eclipse at sunrise.

    This is possible because the atmosphere bends light, so you will see the sun rise while the lunar eclipse is happening for a few minutes.

    October 6, 2014

  • neonicotinoid a type of insecticide which has been linked to damage to bees. 2014

    neonics are neonic pesticides

    October 3, 2014

  • a tattoo of a cat.
    spotted this word at the Atlantic

    October 2, 2014

  • Similar to WTF, but asking Why instead of What.

    September 29, 2014

  • in Vancouver, it's cycling Cypress, Grouse, and Seymour mountains in one day. (2000 meters of elevation gain)

    September 29, 2014

  • saw this in the 'recently listed' pile. Now a favourite word.  Apparently it's Australian for Gronk Parliamentarians

    September 27, 2014

  • Dutch-ese for Baseball

    September 27, 2014

  • twitterese short form of 'nothing' or its shortened 'nuttin'

    from the example tweets
    "... she can't get nttn right"

    spotted this on Reddit, but twitterers seems to use this.

    September 26, 2014

  • on twitter, 'asf' is a short form of 'as f*ck'
    from the examples "Damm my phone is hot asf!!"

    September 25, 2014

  • minecraft? watercraft? aircraft? spycraft?  The words start to look odd when you look at the list too long.

    September 23, 2014

  • 1923 poem
    (found using Google search)

    Would he believe in our divorce Or would he have another course? I wonder how he'd like the price of gas. Would Conan Doyle make him feel spooky? Would he have a sweet Patootie Or rather go right back into his tomb?
    page 473 Xi Psi Phi Quarterly, Volume 21 1923 ( thanks for qroqqa for the date update)

    September 22, 2014

  • it comes from the Greek word γλέντι

    September 22, 2014

  • uhmmm hummmnn

    "I picked up a kaiser blade that was sitting there by the screen door. Some folks call it a sling blade, but I call it a kaiser blade"

    September 22, 2014

  • ...and you have to put it together yourself.

    September 21, 2014

  • A Greek food festival.

    September 20, 2014

  • A Greek traditional party. According to my local Greek restaurant.

    September 20, 2014

  • Twitterese for questions

    September 18, 2014

  • Wordnik beats out Frankenstein in a cage match.

    September 17, 2014

  • Nickname of a dump fire in Iqaluit which burned May - Sept 2014.

    September 17, 2014

  • spotted online as 'fake Uggs'      or fUggs

    word also used as a bowdlerism for f**ks

    September 15, 2014

  • Alberta right now. Sept. 10,2014. Snow in September

    September 10, 2014

  • Metropolitan Magazine mentions dancing the Rigadoon at the Yardarm.

    September 10, 2014

  • The truth is one of the first casualties of war. I suspect it could be storytelling to propagate a 'our army is tougher than your army' story to deter attacks.  From what I read, the rigadoon was 'the dance of life'

    September 9, 2014

  • This technical dictionary has shelling being a punishment almost as bad as death. page 310 

    see rigodon  these dictionaries seem to have copypasta'd an 1842 dictionary.

    September 9, 2014

  • Just noticed a lock symbol on the browser bar. Yay Encryption!

    September 9, 2014

  • Hi JJ.

    You will find that sometimes new words will show up in the Community tab

    In the right hand column of that page, you will see 'recently listed' and 'recently loved' words. Some of these are new words that show up in media.

    Some lists look for "____ is not a word" to spot new words being used in social media

    I find that the online newspaper TheAtlantic loves to use new words.

    September 9, 2014

  • standing 'shoulder to shoulder' goes back to the 1600's.

    September 9, 2014

  • Twitterese for 'follow'

    September 8, 2014

  • "a terror of Tyrannosaurs"
    a proposed name for a group of Tyrannosaurs, according to Dr. Richard McCrae

    September 7, 2014

  • a GSX-R motorcycle or someone who rides a GSX-R motorcycle.

    September 7, 2014

  • First appearance of this word seems to be in the 2002 book "Sally Dog Little" with a character called Swiggity Jim.

    This is now a 2013 meme (knowyourmeme) , and looking up swiggity on twitter brings up a lot of humour.

    A 2013 book "100 Days in Deadland" uses this in a poetic form.
    from google search : “Swiggity swire, guess what's on fire,” I murmured and pulled the trigger. Then smiled. “Swiggity swed, guess what's dead.

    September 6, 2014

  • Saw a Reddit thread called "Cool young people of Reddit, what are some cool 2014 words and what do they mean?"

    ... and finna's listed on wordnik.

    September 5, 2014

  • I think they got it from alkane and aquifer

    I saw it on a NASA tweet

    September 4, 2014

  • refers to subsurface hydrocarbons on Titan.

    September 4, 2014

  • Throwback thursdays

    September 3, 2014

  • "to be honest". #tbh

    September 3, 2014

  • a traffic jam caused by the wave action of cars stopping quickly and speeding back up slowly.

    September 2, 2014

  • Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation - zapping your head with electricity.

    August 30, 2014

  • slang for human casualties.

    from an aerial perspective, people appear tiny like ants.

    saw this term a year ago regarding the "not bugsplat" art piece.
    Saw this again on the Colbert Report.

    August 30, 2014

  • google books has a zenobite in the 19th Century

    " When the holy zenobite gave the signal, all present repeated these songs with the ecstatic convulsions which are so frequently to be seen at camp-meetings" books?id=DOwRAAAAYAAJ Putnam's Monthly Journal Vol 10 page 180 in the article Schamyl and his Harem

    other zenobites are written in Latin.

    August 29, 2014

  • (edit-added a close italics tag)

    Since 1800, people have been typically saying further instead of farther.
    I suspect the Atlantic likes to use the more obscure words, or this is a regional thing.,further&year_start=1700&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share;=&direct_url=t1;,farther;,c0;.t1;,further;,c0

    August 29, 2014

  • Relating to Madison. This is a US term.

    August 28, 2014

  • Slang for ICBC , Insurance Corporation of British Columbia

    August 28, 2014

  • quantum, Newtonian, relativity

    August 27, 2014

  • Early 20th century: "This "cameraphone" idea is the use of the phonograph in conjunction with the moving-picture machine"

    August 26, 2014

  • giggidy?

    August 24, 2014

  • ...has been looked up 1198 times.  WOTD candidate?

    Found in a 19th Century  "A Glossary of Provincial Words used in the County of Durham. "

    AKWARD a. Awkward    When a sheep is on its back and not able to rise it is said to be laid akward 

    August 23, 2014

  • Today's rainy weather report is triple tropical tempests in the east Pacific. C/o NASA

    August 23, 2014

  • A mass transit scope - pictures On a subway wall which turn into a movie as the train moves.   a linear zoetrope 

    August 22, 2014

  • The admin of a Diaspora social network 'pod'.

    August 22, 2014

  • but, purple nurple

    August 20, 2014

  • one definition is 'Vehicle to Vehicle'.

    August 19, 2014

  • Put the hearth in a zarf?

    August 17, 2014

  • I feel like a blind person listening to people talk about different shades of a colour.

    August 16, 2014

  • How about Garth and Darth?

    August 16, 2014

  • does dearth rhyme with hearth?
    (I never use these words)

    August 15, 2014

  • Interesting looking word. It looks like Demon-opolized, but is rather de-monopolized, as in demonopolizing the wheat board.

    August 14, 2014

  • "letters which are said together form words" - spotted on Vsauce'S 'Dord' video.
    examples "SKP, JL, IC, OBDNC , XS, DK, MLE, QT, JQZ"

    August 13, 2014

  • VAXen

    August 12, 2014

  • VAXen

    August 12, 2014

  • twitter news speak for 'reaction', 'reaction stories' or 'reaction piece'

    a news story which shows people's reactions to an event.

    spotted on twitter. "...reax from fans in ...."

    August 12, 2014

  • The French term for someone who stays in Antarctica over the winter.

    August 9, 2014

  • love this word.

    August 9, 2014

  • I wonder if they use the word terpitude (instead of turpitude)

    August 1, 2014

  • it seems that food pellets have been around since the 1930's.

    you could probably use wordnik to be a passphrase generator:

    cobranded double-dyed mythmakers Early

    July 31, 2014

  • An 'us' selfie, or 'ussie'.

    July 31, 2014

  • listed at TESOL

    July 27, 2014

  • spotted this in a Pharrell Williams song, 'Come get it bae'

    July 26, 2014

  • Maple Syrup is strategic.

    Have you ever seen a Soviet Tank drive across a pool of maple syrup? Exactly!

    July 25, 2014

  • I'm seeing this more frequently online - see UrbanDictionary's interjective definition.

    July 25, 2014

  • "International Strategic Reserve" .. of Maple Syrup.

    July 24, 2014

  • I don't see wiktionary letting me add cheezeburgerism's any time soon.

    July 24, 2014

  • where people link to their blog in message boards (ie, reddit, usenet) to get more views.  I think this word has been around for at least 10 years.

    July 24, 2014

  • aka rollin' coal running a diesel engine so it blows black smoke out the exhaust pipes, resembling the notion of old coal fired steam engines.

    Typically done to be annoying to other road users.

    July 21, 2014

  • there's no way I'm clicking on that link.

    July 21, 2014

  • clearing the cache fixed it.
    For firefox it's under the settings/ privacy/ clear private data.

    July 18, 2014

  • If we're logging bugs,

    When viewing this site on an Android device, I cannot click on the 'examples' section on the small format screen. Instead, the etymologies section opens up above it, or I click on the reverb app link.
    Screen resolution :960 540 in portrait orientation.

    July 17, 2014

  • In Team Fortress, the scout calls people 'Chucklenuts'

    July 16, 2014

  • Walking while distracted by your gadget.  spotted on the BBC

    July 15, 2014

  • >Go on bilby, delete yourself.

    done. ... and re-added.

    July 15, 2014

  • I find that from the community page, in the 'new lists' section, they always list N-1 as the number of words in the list.

    I still cannot delete words that other people have added to my lists.  Ie, I cannot delete bilby's word in my list (not like I'd want to delete bilby's words) .  I don't have the gray X for bilby's word which I can see for words that I've added. 

    July 14, 2014

  • spotted on Reverb "Bad Poetry, Oh Noetry!"

    July 11, 2014

  • The origins of this phrase is on the vulgar side.

    July 11, 2014

  • Reform Conservative?

    To illustrate a story about the Republican Party’s “reformicons,” the New York Times Sunday Magazine produced a cover that could read either as a nearly completed to-do list or a record of vacillation.". -spotted on the Frittinancy blog.

    July 11, 2014

  • Software which posts data to Twitter on an automated basis.

    July 10, 2014

  • If we're fixing typos... cromulent

    July 8, 2014

  • an old tree stump which provides a growing platform for new trees to grow from.
    see nurse log 

    July 8, 2014

  • I'm thinking this means an alcoholic who abuses wine, beer, vodka, rum, and tequila.

    July 7, 2014

  • " ‘Like painting the Forth Bridge’ has long been a popular term describing a never-ending task. "

    BBC Article about world's most stunning bridges.

    July 7, 2014

  • Text speak for thank. Spotted on Twitter

    July 6, 2014

  • Science Friday has an episode about this instrument.

    July 6, 2014

  • ratchet is a new slang term for wretched.
    I kinda like it.   I was going over words I stumbled across in 2014, and added words that I think will be around in 10 years.

    July 5, 2014

  • text shortening of 'because'

    example text "taking a shower at 1 in the morning bc why not"

    July 3, 2014

  • I that case, you would do an image search for 'generic logo'.

    in the printing industry, they would use screen resolution (72 dpi)  thumbnails of the high res pictures (300 dpi)  when laying out a magazine page or movie poster, and then have the higher powered system add the high resolution images when creating high res pictures for output.  They would use an 'OPI server' to swap the high res images back into the page for high res printing.

    July 3, 2014

  • comb? plumb,

    June 30, 2014

  • a 'fear of holes'
    coined in 2005

    June 30, 2014

  • It's bad luck to google "is bad luck to".

    June 29, 2014

  • smackaroos
    (this word shows up around 1960)

    going through a slang dictionary
    bottom dollar
    five shilling piece
    almighty dollar

    June 27, 2014

  • The small group of 'C Level' executives, CEO, CFO, CIO, CTO
    etc... within a company.

    June 27, 2014

  • Canadians and Australians can no longer give their two cents worth as the government requires them to round down.

    June 26, 2014

  • New York's 'North of Madison' neighbourhood.

    June 26, 2014

  • Fiber to the building, with ethernet throughout the rest of the building.

    June 26, 2014

  • 'Fiber to the curb' , 'fiber to the cabinet',

    Generally means fiber to just outside your house.

    June 26, 2014

  • Fiber To The _____

    placeholder for FTTN, FTTC, FTTB, FTTH

    Not sure what the tweets mean...

    June 26, 2014

  • Two Factor Authentication - the system where you need to have something you have, and something you know to access a system, ie, a physical key and a password.

    June 24, 2014

  • Spotted in the Atlantic
    Modern gadgets causing anxiety headaches, fatigue, depression.

    June 23, 2014

  • To electronically forget.  Remove from a search engine or database.   "Google forced to e-forget a company worldwide"

    June 19, 2014

  • puking? hucking? yakking? hurling?

    June 19, 2014

  • listed in xkcd's 1383th comic.
    I had to look this one up.

    June 18, 2014

  • I wonder if there's a word for 'thinking you're in a dream'.

    I bet the Germans have a word for that.

    June 16, 2014

  • We doubled on bikes when I was a kid.
    "double me!" or "gimme a double!"

    "double me" shows up in google books in reference to bikes.

    June 15, 2014

  • To carry a passenger on a bicycle built for one.

    From the  police blotter: "A woman doubling a young child on a bike on Tuck Ave, both not wearing helmets. Checks were done of the area."

    Would this be a localism? or do other people 'double' on bikes?

    June 15, 2014

  • titanium with carbon fiber added

    June 14, 2014

  • Where a cat is immobilized by pinching the back of the neck simulating how a mother cat would have carried it's kittens.  The 'clip' part of clipnosis comes from using binder clips to pinch the back of the neck.

    related terms - PIBI  - pinch induced behavioral inhibition - scruffing - tonic immobility - dorsal immobility 

    June 14, 2014

  • The 2014 ball for the World Cup

    June 13, 2014

  • Boo! It's Friday the 13th.

    June 13, 2014

  • Spotted this at the Atlantic

    "hitchBOT's knowledge about the world comes from reading Wikipedia. Let's hope he's not a Wikipedant: "Actually, R2-D2 would properly be referred to as an astromech droid.""

    June 13, 2014

  • Balloon / rocket? "NASA scrubs Flying Saucer over Hawaii ballocket mission"

    June 13, 2014

  • An amber coloured moon due to light passing through the atmosphere.

    June 12, 2014

  • nickname for Btrfs - the B-Tree File System.

    June 12, 2014

  • to tap a pets nose - boop. "i boop ur nose"
    see the first visual listed below.

    to tap a rfid card against a card reader - "... you just boop them on the machine to reload them"

    June 11, 2014

  • an "animal morpher" - a person who can shape change into an animal form.

    June 11, 2014

  • Apparently discovered. aka dibaryon

    June 11, 2014

  • That would be the waiting list waiting list.

    June 11, 2014

  • 4.5 Celcius change in the global temperature. From XKCD, "In the coldest part of the last ice age, Earth's average temperature was 4.5C below the 20th century norm"

    June 9, 2014

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