@yarb - ha!
@frogapplause, belatedly - yes, I hate that too, but since "Pacific" is technically a real word (albeit misused in your example), I shan't include it on this list. This list is for words/expressions that just don't exist. (Well, "kerfluffle" is arguable, but I don't like it, I think it should be "kerfuffle".)
This list is awesome!! I love extra lemurs - like there is some magic number of lemurs it is acceptable to have, but if there's one more, chuck it. (Picturing the cow being hurled on the catapult in The Holy Grail.)
Well I'm one of the few who would notice - I was the one who begged you to add it, because it cracked me up so much. Maybe it's just me who automatically wants to end any sentence beginning "take this x and.." with "shove it" - it's no reflection of my feelings towards x itself. Totally silly, of course you want to put real functional items in the drop-down. Maybe we could link "shove it" to a page saying "Why would you want to shove this word? Don't you like it? Be nicer to words! Unless it's irregardless. You are allowed to shove that evil non-word."
I found a bug! My newly added "word", What's That Blue Thing Doing There?, comments link yields a "Disallowed key characters in global data" message. But only on the direct link - if you go to the regular word page and then click "Comments" it removes the question mark and works fine.
I don't think so. It should be cuntfa but that really is sort of still breaking the rules of the game. The point is it's almost innocent-sounding without the last two letters, and cuntfa, while weird, is not exactly innocent-sounding.
I agree with marky. I think that keeping the distinction between Turkey and turkey is much less critical than the risk of being flooded with unwanted dupes and illiterate-looking entries. Misspellings are one thing, but caps? What' the approximate percentage of words are spelled the same but change their meaning from capitalization?
Sorry, I didn't see the welcome/disclaimer on the Zeitgeist page, I wouldn't have come in so guns a-blazin' had I done so. The font was unexpectedly normal and tiny instead of gimongous, I think that threw me off.
Where can we access our preferences or site settings? (Not editing profile, but controlling things like the order in which comments are displayed.) And is there any way we can turn off the Flickr or Twitter feed display on a user level?
1) My profile is a hot mess - tons of unrecognized characters. I know I like annoying HTML so I'm sure some of my comments would be hard to render no matter what, but I doubt bilby went back in time and left me a cryptic chinese message reading "�?走常规路，独特视角。" Unless perhaps he is sekritly Hiro from Heroes? (bilby, if it's true, don't deny it.) 2) Also my "you are a" looking for etc is all blank, I know some of them are the same from Wordie but the order is different and I suspect it has boggled the gui; 3) In addition all my counts are 0 except it's randomly counting one list. I know I've been away some time so if it got purged that's cool; 4) I tweeted an obscure word and then tried to look it up in the usual places, no one had it so I went to Wordie. (blissfully ignorant of the changeover.) Is the "On Twitter" function independently scanning the public feed or is it stalking me? I was not logged in to Wordie WordNik at the time I looked up the word and it had my tweet; and last but far from least, 5) I really want a dummy menu item for "shove it" under the Take this word and... menu.
Oh and yes, I know the rhyme's not exact. I don't pronounce it PEE-tard.
PS skipvia I don't get it, what's The Enterprise ref. I'm thinking of the latest and most horrible Star Trek series - and to me that totally makes sense because I hate Scott Bakula and find him retarded.
I associate this word with two things: 1) retard, simply due to the rhyme, and 2) wedgies - I always thought a petard was like a Renaissance garment, and hoisting by one's petard meant being hung up by one's underwear. I know this makes no sense in the actual sense of the phrase (which is analogous to cutting off your nose to spite someone else's face) but I secretly like my definition better.
Yes. It's one of my Dad's favorites, used to infuriate me as a child. But now I think, at least there's some hope in it - it could be worse. Could be "for you NOT to find out". But it doesn't specifically preclude you from finding out, it just says, "I'm not going to tell you, just for fun".
I called my BF a crumb bum and he was genuinely insulted. That was hilarious - I can't imagine anyone taking this word seriously enough to be insulted by it. It's just so ridiculous. And then there's the excellent crummy.
According to the pompous Kenneth G. Wilson (The Columbia Guide to Standard American English), buttle (v.) "is a back-formation from butler (past tense and past participle are buttled) describing what this functionary does: at best it is Conversational and Informal; at worst it is slang."
I beg to differ, sir - it is hilarious and adorable.
Ok it seems I always misuse backformation - is there no equivalent for this (awful, awful) trend of changing verbs into adjectives?? (*sucks at grammar, not entirely sure that's what she means to say*)
I've been seeing this particular abomination a lot lately on real estate listings. Similar to the pathetic ignorance and backformation that brought us ice coffee and ice tea. It's regular glass that has been STAINED, realtors! How does that not compute?!?! It's not some wacky new thing, it's been around for f-in' centuries!
I (and vets I have known) draw a distinction between immediate regurgitation of undigested food and vomiting of partially digested food.. the latter is usually due to hairballs, while the former can be due to eating too fast or as my vet said, if the cat is nervous because another cat is trying to steal his or her food, that can result in a snarf-n-barf.
"as balls" is a general qualifier, not really necessarily indicating the qualified item has any characteristics in common with actual testicles. Other favorites are hot as balls, cold as balls. See also: "like ass".
Is it just me, or is Wordie slow as balls today? I'm trying to take my mind off work, damn it! Plus, the server delay is making double posts. (OK, that could just be me clicking the button more than once because it looks like nothing's happening.)
I have no problem contributing genetic material, I just don't want anything to do with the resulting spawn. My friends in college used to call me the Replicator because all I want to do is replicate my DNA.
C_b, too bad we're both female and thus can only combine efforts via the help of Frankensteinian Science!
All cats are more or less hork-prone, trivet. My personal theory on this is because their digestive systems haven't evolved past being pure carnivores and thus all this grain-based manufactured food does not agree with them. My cat sadly has an eating disorder - when he wants attention he does a "Snarf and Barf" maneuver where he hoovers a large quantity of food and then immediately regurgitates it, preferably somewhere that will cause me the most possible distress, such as the couch. He has learned that if nothing else works, I will certainly stop whatever I'm doing to deal with the puke.
Thanks skipvia for the gherkin info! (Side note #1: doesn't gherkin almost sound like it could be used as a substitute curse word? Kind of less lame than using sugar for shit) (Side note #2: Weird words that rhyme with "gherkin" - firkin, merkin - I feel a limerick coming on!)
Everyone is so welcome for the Steve Don't Eat It, I'm proud to have found a community that can appreciate his truly sick & twisted humor!
PS because I cannot bear to edit a 10th time - this word is earworming me with "Every Time You Go Away" (You Take a Piece of Me With You). Needs a parody but what the hell rhymes with asparagus? Bus? Pus? Prolagus?
1) All asparagus is disgusting, canned or no *horks* 2) So is okra 3) Someone please tell me how gherkins are not a kind of pickle! ETA WordNet says "any of various small cucumbers pickled whole" - aka pickle 4) I love the word gherkin. Imagine if we never said boring old pickle again and instead referred to everything as gherkined okra or whatever. The world would be an awesomer place. 5) Now the word pickle looks weird to me. 6) Best blog about eating the most disgusting things known to man? Steve, Don't Eat It! I have spent hours laughing until I cried reading his descriptions of the unbelievably foul foods he's eaten. Language warning, he is quite crude. One of the reasons I love it.
Ha ha ha dontcry I too tea-totally agree - I used to think the same thing, and wonder what on earth not-drinking had to do with golfing. Seemed like the people my parents hung out with liked to do a lot of genteelly drunken golfing.
Ok, not to tootle my own horn or anything, but I think I spy with my little eye a bug - I happened to be hanging at palooka's profile and I noticed s/he has my default list (arby's words) favorited. In the list of hir favorites, it says "18" after the list name, but in reality my list has 245 words!
What I want to know is, who is the mysterious someone (or some thing - dun dun DUN!!) who conveyed to the alien-carwoman that s/h/it wanted this number (of the beast??) added to Wordie?? And how was this message delivered, via Morse Code?
"Used to refer to something unbearably stupid or ludicrous, usually in the form of "object of scorn iz pastede on yey!" (The deliberate misspellings are half the point of the joke.)"
Ultimately this derives from the JournalFen-based FandomWank community, which exists to mock the stupid in various fandoms. The original story involves Lord Of The Rings fangirl Crystal Gamgee, who perpetuated her false reputation for knowing the actors well enough to make sketches of them - sketches which were forgeries using borrowed photos and obvious Photoshop filters. In the course of her self-defense, she displayed an obvious photomanip of LOTR actor Dominic Monaghan supposedly lying on her bed. Thus, the original reference ("My hed iz pastede on yay!") indicated general lack of A) credibility and B) skillz. "Yay" in the original has mutated into "yey" in later fannish use.
Tell me about it. I see them every day while I'm waiting for the bus on Bedford Ave - hotbed of hipsters. Possibly even worse than the hair atrocities they commit are the sartorial abominations - grown women wearing orange rainboots and overalls as a fashion statement, and carrying ironic lunchboxes.
A follower of the linguistic school of thought that believes that language is made by the speakers and there is no "wrong" usage if it exists in the wild. Isn't Noam Chomsky a descriptivist, or am I misremembering?
A follower of the linguistic school of thought that says there is one true way to use language (usually the rules we are indoctrinated with in school) and that deviances from it in real life are wrong and should be frowned upon.
No joke, I actually have seen some BP haircuts. Along with assorted ridiculous haircuts that were lame in the 80's and have not been improved by the passage of time. I blame Urban Outfitters, among others, for bringing back things like Flock of Seagulls hairstyling.
"Even modern American marriages between progressive, trendy hipsters are, at the least, fanciful or ironic reenactments of a gruesome misogynist hegemony, and wreak some degree of megatheocorporatocratic carnage. Especially when the male hipster is a depressive artiste, and the female hipster has one of those Bettie Page haircuts." - Twisty, in this post
"These articles largely avoid the “empowerful�? trap, which is the trap so well-skewered by Twisty, wherein the relief that comes when you quit fighting for yourself and just give up is mixed in with the joy of actual victory. Pulling down a real paycheck, leaving the asshole and living by yourself, obtaining a powerful job — these are real forms of power. Stripper aerobics, where the fun mainly comes from being able to combine the pressure to exercise a lot with the pressure to practice being a sex object, is empowerful. Not real power at all, just feels like it in the hands of those who aren’t used to what real power might actually feel like." - Pandagon, from this article.
"Most of the spice sold as cinnamon in the United States and Canada (where true cinnamon is still generally unknown) is actually cassia. In some cases, cassia is labeled "Chinese cinnamon" to distinguish it from the more expensive true cinnamon (Cinnamomum zeylanicum), which is the preferred form of the spice used in Mexico and Europe. "Indonesian cinnamon" can also refer to Cinnamomum burmannii, which is also commonly sold in the United States, labeled only as cinnamon."
So, that makes cassia the Poor Man's Cinnamon. Cinnamon's Red-Headed Stepchild.