bilby has looked up 19097 words, created 203 lists, listed 22519 words, written 22855 comments, added 722 tags, and loved 48 words.

Comments by bilby

  • Wouldn't have been my first definition.

    December 5, 2014

  • I'm a mango-eating poet with a penchant for electric bicycles. I hope we'll get along.

    December 5, 2014

  • That too!

    December 4, 2014

  • The faffot was a prototype fuflun that, frankly, resembled a mutant rock cake dipped in bligewater. Hence we prefer not to mention our wee fa**ot misadventure.

    December 4, 2014

  • Hence called and didn't leave a message.

    December 2, 2014

  • Next time someone cuts in front of me I shall say: "I deign to thwart thy leverage of precedence!"

    December 2, 2014

  • SPAM

    December 2, 2014

  • SPAM

    December 2, 2014

  • Most probably a misspelling of casino. That goes for Spanish and Italian too.

    December 2, 2014

  • I hate dogs.

    December 2, 2014

  • A bus rapid transit system in Bogota, Colombia.

    November 29, 2014

  • Spanish - apron.

    November 29, 2014

  • I'm sure The Common People of Wordnik will fully subscribe to the image of qms in tight black vinyl whipping pesky obscurantia into digestible five-line verse.

    November 29, 2014

  • This is one of those words where I thought I might find a fascinating etymology, and didn't.

    November 28, 2014

  • I'm charmed by qms' verbal matrix
    And prowess as a verse dominatrix
    Just give him a chance
    With a cymbal & dance
    And he'll conjure a gem from his box-o'-tricks

    November 28, 2014

  • I'd like one please. On toast.
    Thank you.

    November 27, 2014

  • Shac-shac shac-shac shac-shac your boogie, madmouth.

    November 26, 2014

  • The Peruvian panpipe.

    November 25, 2014

  • Another name for the maraca.

    November 25, 2014

  • Nice try :-)

    November 25, 2014

  • What God does when he sees how humankind is behaving.

    November 25, 2014

  • plumber's crack? Mainly hazardous for innocent bystanders :-/

    November 25, 2014

  • It's hard to imagine that amok was ever much more in currency than it is at present. I'd classify it as a loan word that fits within a particular idiom and simply doesn't go any further. A bug on sticky paper, perhaps, rather than a fossil.

    November 24, 2014

  • fox! I like the list :-)

    November 24, 2014

  • See also hellgrammite.

    November 24, 2014



  • masterfire commented on the user masterfire

    Well, I am sorry that I've not done much commenting or tagging, but here is something that might get a conversation going. It concerns dragonflies...or rather another name for them. I grew up in the 50s near Memphis, TN. We lived in the country. Back then and there my young ears heard dragonflies called what sounded like Snake Doctor. This is so ingrained in my brain that I call them that to this day. Yet, I have been wondering about it. I've not heard Snake Doctor any other place or time. I am wondering also if what I really heard was Snake Dotter? Dotter is a word but it is not associated with dragonflies in your references. Yet, country folk would say, "dotter" about something flickering around a pond or the farm yard. Therefore, at age five or six I must have heard "doctor" rather than "dotter." Whatever the case, I heard these words/sounds referring to dragonflies. My little imagination clung to the idea of the little fliers attending to sick snakes. But "dotter" makes more sense in the context of people born in the 19th century or early 20th. Either way "doctor" or "dotter" may be what I often heard. If I have done this right, perhaps I'll get a response from someone. Thanks!

    November 22, 2014

    November 24, 2014

  • Not-quite-identical happens!

    November 24, 2014

  • Hey guys, what's with the crappy puns?

    November 23, 2014

  • Surely the reverse dictionary entry for shit should be food.

    November 21, 2014

  • May I add that the punctuation error in the fourth line is not mine ;-)

    November 21, 2014

  • Reposted for posterity from a deleted user profile:
    qms commented on the user jrp82746

    The city has gained great fame for it.
    As steel is made in PA's Pitt,
    Detroit's famed for cars,
    LA for it's stars,
    So Fort Wayne's renowned for its shit.

    November 21, 2014

  • Cute! Looking forward to seeing the love child of Gabriel Gaté and the lady who fries those pink things by the side of the road in Quito.

    November 21, 2014

  • What is this, Invasion Of The Dooty Snatchers?

    November 21, 2014

  • Awww! You've outdone yourself qms!

    November 21, 2014

  • No idea why he didn't call it Bilbioburro though.

    November 20, 2014

  • A mobile library where books are carried in a saddle on a donkey's back. The original Biblioburro was started by the inspirational Luis Soriano in Colombia.

    November 20, 2014

  • Active pensioners enjoy living in the kismetaphoresthome.

    November 20, 2014

  • Yes, we need answers. Though frankly not expecting great gobs of illumination from a spammer who trawls for dog shit.

    November 20, 2014

  • A traffic restriction system implemented in Bogota, Colombia. It is based on banning cars with a particular final digit on the licence plate (placa) during peak hours (pico).

    November 20, 2014

  • In Colombia, a snack made from squished plantain that is fried in oil then served with various sauces.

    November 20, 2014

  • patacon

    November 19, 2014

  • I read that as 'fear of thrusting people...'

    Must get glasses fixed :-/

    November 19, 2014

  • There once was a man from Caracas
    Who tried hard to rhyme the word glacis
    But try as he might
    His attempts were pure shite
    And gringo linguists thought he was crackers

    November 18, 2014

  • This list could be a great piece of conceptual art.

    November 18, 2014

  • I'm glad we have an elbow list.
    *makes some elbow room*

    November 18, 2014

  • I wasn't familiar with this use of process.

    November 18, 2014

  • I love this glacis to piecis.

    November 17, 2014

  • Thank you for you precis of glacis.

    November 17, 2014

  • Uffa, I read that as 'every snuggle in your life...'

    November 17, 2014

  • "Mike Bowers has been down shooting pool pictures for the Xi visit. Here’s a sample.
    Might be just me but I did a small recoil at the grip and grin. More like a grimace from the prime minister."
    - Katharine Murphy, The Guardian, 17 Nov 2014.

    November 17, 2014

  • Hi Cole.

    November 17, 2014

  • WTFBBQROFLMAO.

    November 17, 2014

  • Oh, poor babies! I am so going around there to sing them a lullaby.

    November 17, 2014

  • Prevalence of the wine label image appears to be due to an OCR error in reading cliff as gliff.

    November 16, 2014

  • Words containing the root tsoots are cute.

    November 16, 2014

  • If you feel like bleeding the lizard
    It's not really a sanitary hazard
    Just take aim at the drain
    And let loose your refrain
    To show you can whiz like a wizard

    November 15, 2014

  • Has all the elan of a Twitter word.

    November 14, 2014

  • Note: does not apply to bath time.

    November 14, 2014

  • A big cat that is reportedly sighted but never found.

    November 13, 2014

  • *applause*

    November 13, 2014

  • For a quieter drink while dancing, try serenade. No added HFCS.

    November 12, 2014

  • Hush, we Wordniks don't usually mention the P-word.

    November 12, 2014

  • *padded face hole*

    November 12, 2014

  • Compare virtutroll.
    *Holds up mirror to stephen378 for definition*

    November 12, 2014

  • You know the most entertaining kind of dance hall would be one with qms limericks about the various dances projected on a big screen, for us wallflowers to read while, ummm, you know.

    November 12, 2014

  • Obviously I need to go to more interesting dance venues.
    Vamos a bailar?

    November 12, 2014

  • Poor Martin, clearly a guzzletwit.

    November 11, 2014

  • Compare for example the page you created Pauciloquent with the pre-existing pauciloquent.

    November 10, 2014

  • Martin Chuzzlewit likes this!

    November 10, 2014

  • Variant: chiao

    November 10, 2014

  • Well done!

    November 10, 2014

  • To pee while you're in the shower.
    #multitasking

    November 10, 2014

  • Seems weird these days to come across any kind of -bot that is not a piece of software or autonomous device.

    November 9, 2014

  • Sorry for the farrago barrage barrage :-(

    November 9, 2014

  • Yes, Bogota. And beyond, hikingly.

    November 8, 2014

  • Show me whatcha woeking with!

    November 6, 2014

  • A person welded to the past, and perhaps not very aware of it. See also retronaut.

    November 6, 2014

  • Brackets please!

    November 6, 2014

  • *offers precursory glance*

    November 6, 2014

  • mating ball-and-chain

    November 6, 2014

  • Good sweet tooth fairy material, this.

    November 6, 2014

  • Wittgenstein says hi, appears to wanna know if you're gonna hang out.

    November 6, 2014

  • *linguistically primed & ready for my next coffee date with an emaciated sea elephant*

    November 6, 2014

  • Thank you! Or should I say gracias from Bogota. Somehow I always pictured you with a duck balanced on your head.

    November 6, 2014

  • I'm not sure if we have a Wordnik Santa. Although, like Westminster, we have an Abbie.

    November 1, 2014

  • Sextuple-u, oroboros.

    October 31, 2014

  • Of course.

    October 31, 2014

  • A Japanese food term for a casserole, gratin or pilaf style dish.

    October 30, 2014

  • *sprays The Unabridged Wordniktionary with essence of catnip*

    October 30, 2014

  • Same context: sandworm.

    That's one of the saddest things I have ever discovered on Weirdnik.

    October 30, 2014

  • Excellent!

    October 30, 2014

  • *high 5 syllables*

    October 28, 2014

  • For optimal reflexivity, I think the list title should have been five-syllableness.

    October 28, 2014

  • I'm calling it. Congratulations, this is officially the most hideous sentence ever written on Wordnik:
    "Levolution Levolution is the thermodynamically spontaneous process of creating a new, more ordered, naturally-occurring, dissipative system by changing a set of existing dissipative systems into a composite of complementary parts."

    October 28, 2014

  • SPAM.

    October 26, 2014

  • SPAM.

    October 26, 2014

  • Oh my, Century has it in for Canadia!

    October 26, 2014

  • Hmmm. Does a word like kneebone count?

    October 25, 2014

  • Them's fightin' words!

    October 25, 2014

  • SPAM

    October 25, 2014

  • b-thng lk Flckr, vry entrtng. Evn mmth gy hr, bckts f awsm.

    October 21, 2014

  • Any idea why?

    October 20, 2014

  • An online video site for potatoes.

    October 20, 2014

  • Makes me think of the kind of pretentious hipster who'd willingly die for a wimpy beard just so or that retro telephone table.

    October 20, 2014

  • It's almost time to bring out your Hallowe'en smoking jacket.

    October 20, 2014

  • How do they attach it? Thew it on?

    October 20, 2014

  • Hey, wasn't Borned Identity a movie by Kiarostami?

    October 20, 2014

  • Traditionally thought of as British, but undergoing a modern revival in Texas.

    October 15, 2014

  • A role in the Catholic Church, whereby a cardinal questions why a man should be Pope when he is prepared to do Beelzebub's work regarding apostrophes.

    October 15, 2014

  • A physical altercation.

    October 15, 2014

  • Has it rung yet? I'm ready to glean.

    October 10, 2014

  • They should change the name to Googlefite.

    October 10, 2014

  • Welcome. Wordnik is no longer sans francisco.

    October 8, 2014

  • Maker of sweets. Possibly follows the chai wallah around 2 paces behind.

    October 8, 2014

  • I'm blaming France, because sionnach of the Auld Wans has gone off to study Frog and I like a cheap shot.

    October 3, 2014

  • Scots: mischievous.

    October 3, 2014

  • Of The Booty.

    September 25, 2014

  • I wonder if this ruzuzuqualifies as a cow word?

    September 25, 2014

  • "They require that when a personage talks like an illustrated, gilt-edged, tree-calf, hand-tooled, seven- dollar Friendship’s Offering in the beginning of a paragraph, he shall not talk like a negro minstrel in the end of it. But this rule is flung down and danced upon in the 'Deerslayer' tale."
    - Mark Twain.

    September 25, 2014

  • Rumpal.

    September 24, 2014

  • Wouldn't be me if I didn't feel I had to leaf a comment here too.

    September 24, 2014

  • A Greek food festival where men in kilts toss souvlaki cabers and talk in thick Salonika brogue about glens, haggis stuffed with olives and the forthcoming holiday for the country's Declaration of Dependence.

    September 21, 2014

  • An economic strategy whereby a government creates extra money via its central bank and distributes it to people, i.e. metaphorically dropping it from a helicopter.

    September 15, 2014

  • Alert! We have a Doritos mole in our midst.

    September 11, 2014

  • Loving that fustian cuss string.

    September 11, 2014

  • Makes me think of Ron Paul. The canned variety, of course.

    September 11, 2014

  • Is this a companion list to Put A Sock In It?

    September 11, 2014

  • listogenesis. There.

    September 10, 2014

  • Consider this definition from shell:
    A cartridge-case of paste board, containing a charge of powder and shot, to be exploded by center-fire or rim-fire percussion, now much used for breech-loading shot-guns instead of metal shells.

    If you can envisage that once upon time shells were not the giant artillery cases we think of today but more humble ammunition for shotguns, then presumably punishment by shelling translates to execution by firing squad.

    September 9, 2014

  • Your speling of orignal is orignal.

    September 9, 2014

  • qms :-)

    September 8, 2014

  • I like the idea of 6 and a half million years with no cats.

    September 8, 2014

  • Willingness to bare your soul. Unless you're writing digital camera instruction manuals or something.

    September 8, 2014

  • What if they were the cute hipster Tyrannosaurs from my basket-weaving class?

    September 7, 2014

  • Who says they're laboring? Maybe to them it's an endless party and they're happily chomping away and go-go dancing inside the beams.

    September 1, 2014

  • Look, there!

    August 31, 2014

  • Yikers. One of those things that looks like a boxcar pile-up of different words.

    August 31, 2014

  • I came across this word, meaning raisin(s), in an Indian recipe.

    August 31, 2014

  • Arguably 'reversion to a former type' and 'reappearance of an earlier characteristic' come gollydarn close.

    August 30, 2014

  • What she said.

    August 29, 2014

  • Etymology?

    August 29, 2014

  • Oddly enough, my town has a GASP.

    August 29, 2014

  • Spiffing little definition there.

    August 29, 2014

  • Oh. PantRy.

    August 29, 2014

  • The notion that you need a word for when a sheep is on its back and unable to rise by itself says a lot about the cultural life of County Durham.

    August 24, 2014

  • Gin and isotonic.

    August 24, 2014

  • Flounce and trepidation.

    August 24, 2014

  • Riff and raff.

    August 24, 2014

  • Most intriguing first comment. Welcome to Wordnik.

    August 23, 2014

  • Unless you mean correct this page in The Shining sense.

    August 23, 2014

  • Correct what? There are no definitions listed.

    August 23, 2014

  • "Classifieds have imploded, local display ads are down, and black newsroom humor long ago re-labelled the Obituary column ‘Subscriber Countdown.’"
    - Clay Shirky, 'Last Call', medium.com, 19 Aug 2014.

    August 20, 2014

  • scuffling moose-bush reminds me of...oh, never mind.

    August 20, 2014

  • *Liberace's turd-eating grin*

    August 20, 2014

  • I'm sure Liberace would be honoured.

    August 20, 2014

  • Definition is incorrect. This term refers to a portable food/drink cart.
    Derivation is more or less correct. The five 'legs' are the two wheels of the cart, the post it rests on when stationary, plus the two legs of the vendor.

    August 20, 2014

  • Don't you have wigwags over there?

    August 19, 2014

  • Would ye like to meet A.K.A. Crummock?
    He's a root that's so fine in yer stomach.
    As for some supposition
    He's a Tas politician...
    Sorry to have left y'all flummoxed.

    August 19, 2014

  • Can we pass the hat around and buy ptero another syllable? Here's my two cents.

    August 19, 2014

  • A.k.a. crummock.

    August 19, 2014

  • Extra, extra dark.

    August 19, 2014

  • There's an auto parts distributor near me called Martin Gorringe. I'm sure he'd be interested in marrying your daughter Zorange.

    August 18, 2014

  • path - hearth, no worries mate!

    August 18, 2014

  • Matter of time before it gets the overhyped superfood treatment.

    August 15, 2014

  • Woe, let me tell the tale of Fred,
    Once a diver, now verily dead.
    Down he dove and dashed his head:
    From the highboard, into his JQZ.

    August 14, 2014

  • To be or unbe, that is the question.

    August 12, 2014

  • Australian rules football jargon: a forward-line position that is either to the left or the right of the goals rather than straight in front.

    August 12, 2014

  • Hey babe, read any good hummus books lately?

    August 10, 2014

  • If I had a khet, I think I'd call it Belle.

    August 8, 2014

  • See pellucid.

    August 8, 2014

  • SPAM

    August 8, 2014

  • SPAM

    August 8, 2014

  • Oh geez, this is a hangman winner if ever I saw one.

    August 7, 2014

  • Territorial wire terriers?

    August 7, 2014

  • See definitions on oxter.

    August 5, 2014

  • periwinkle

    August 5, 2014

  • Comet Halleybut?

    August 5, 2014

  • Ooh, great work. Will be long remembered in the canon of holluschickie verse!

    July 29, 2014

  • Sidekick is what ruzuzu does when I go with her to gallery openings and then say something embarassing.

    July 29, 2014

  • "Every summer, we gather as a family in a corrugated steel shed to make sauce. There are crates of tomatoes as far as the eye can see. It takes all morning and much patience, but we eventually complete the task. This is followed by a lunch of pasta with freshly made sauce.
    This tradition is probably not uncommon amongst many Australian families which have Italian origins. The Australian novel and film Looking for Alibrandi somewhat accurately portrays what the greater Australian public have come to know as ‘sauce day’."
    - Raffaele Piccolo, As Australian as ‘spag bog’ and ‘special fried rice, independentaustralia.net, 27 July 2014.

    July 26, 2014

  • A Cornish barley soup. See sinker.

    July 26, 2014

  • "Sixty or seventy years ago the breakfast of Cornish apprentice lads on a farm was invariably sky-blue and sinkers. Into a three-legged crock fixed over a brisk fire of furze, and turf, was poured a quantity of water. While this was coming to the boil some Barley-flour was mixed in a basin with scalded milk, and the same was emptied into the water in the crock, and allowed to boil for a minute or two. Next it was poured into basins containing sops of Barley bread. These sops sank to the bottom, nothing being visible but the liquid mess, sky-blue in colour, and therefore called in its entirety "sky-blue and sinkers," being eaten with an iron spoon. As the price of wheat was in those days nearly double that of Barley, wheaten bread was a delicacy which the working classes could but rarely afford themselves: their ordinary bread, and their pasties, were made of Barley-flour."
    - W.T. Fernie, 'Meals Medicinal', 1905.
    Read more: http://chestofbooks.com/health/nutrition/Medicinal-Meals/Barley.html#.U9MkmWNMCiA#ixzz38XipGwrI

    July 26, 2014

  • mustmonger?

    July 26, 2014

  • "By comparison to Mr Ridley, the likes of Paul Flowers, our poor old crystal Methodist, were pretty half-hearted. In fact about the only things which distinguish Mr Flowers from the rest of the banking fraternity were that a) he allegedly bought his own cocaine and b) he singularly failed to bring the entire banking system to its knees."
    - George Monbiot, 'The Pricing of Everythig', monbiot.com, 24 July 2014.

    July 25, 2014

  • vinovendolo?

    July 25, 2014

  • Come to think of it, the Luftwaffle did require a constant maple syrup supply line.

    July 25, 2014

  • Why is maple syrup committing genocide in Gaza?

    July 25, 2014

  • A large, dead tree. Possibly this usage is just limited to Australia. Derivation...maybe from resemblance of crown of branches to stag antlers?

    July 24, 2014

  • Whopping sweet tooth fairy article title by George Monbiot.

    July 24, 2014

  • Is this a list I see before me?

    July 24, 2014

  • Eye Of The Zombie?

    July 24, 2014

  • Does penuche really rhyme with coochie, or are you just fudging?

    July 23, 2014

  • Are you trying to pique a fight marky?

    July 23, 2014

  • SPAM

    July 21, 2014

  • So who's a naughty boy, alexz?

    July 21, 2014

  • Diplotaxis tenuifolia.

    July 21, 2014

  • Said the guru in solemn solicitude,
    "What I'm smoking is something illicit, dude."
    But his habit was quite kempt
    For someone allegedly hemped...
    I think he was taking the pissitude.

    July 21, 2014

  • An old term for dysentery.

    July 21, 2014

  • Mmmm, yummy edible weeds.

    July 18, 2014

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  • Have I ever told you how much I like your bagpipes list?

    December 15, 2014

  • Are you in Bogota? I was just there! Ships passing in the cliché.

    November 8, 2014

  • and I you with a waistband of tittering finches. Don't disillusion me!

    November 6, 2014

  • Happy belated selfie day, old bean.

    November 6, 2014

  • ...for of Afghan chutney is her soul compact

    April 2, 2014

  • Is there a way to search by tag?

    March 27, 2014

  • Now you've done it

    March 27, 2014

  • oh, he do

    March 14, 2014

  • a) that's exactly right
    b) I think of you as the only near-whitey invited ^-^

    March 12, 2014

  • didn't you have a list called "Drinky-time, or the most happy of hours" or some such? Maybe it was someone else...

    March 12, 2014

  • Meow.

    February 20, 2014

  • Bilby, I wish you a happy new year. I am grateful for the comments you have given me. I have been slow to respond mostly because I could not figure out how to do it. I have been looking for an ongoing thread I could reply to but I have failed to find it, so now I have visited your dashboard. This seems rather roundabout, like exiting the house and ringing the doorbell again before replying, but it is all I can manage for the moment.

    January 1, 2014

  • Thanks for jomo. It's perfect.

    December 16, 2013

  • Bonsoir, bilby! Un salut de Paris à toi et à tous les marsupiaux, même les moins jolies.

    Renard

    September 22, 2013

  • marky

    Sorry, this user profile is LAME.

    September 13, 2013

  • BILBY

    September 13, 2013

  • Any thoughts for us about ry's question over on wurly?

    May 8, 2013

  • No no. Only we hopping long-ears are designated chocolatiers to outback frontiers. Cheers!

    April 1, 2013

  • Thanks, Easter Bilby. Do all marsupials carry chocolate in their pouches?

    April 1, 2013

  • happy zombie jesus day, peter gone rabid day to you too BILBY

    March 31, 2013

  • Happy Easter everyone! Help yourself!

    March 31, 2013

  • meowz

    March 31, 2013

  • Happy Easter Bilby is a sweet tooth fairy.

    March 30, 2013

  • Good lord, bilby -- hello!

    March 20, 2013

  • I noticed a town of Bilby in Jamaica on a topographic map today.

    March 13, 2013

  • I'm so glad you finally have a trilby, bilby!

    February 3, 2013

  • Trilby's match

    What a thrill it must be!
    Is it a crowning achievement?
    How can you match it?
    You are off on the right foot!

    February 3, 2013

  • At a yard sale this morning. I bought a trilby. Just thought y'all would be very happy to know that.

    February 2, 2013

  • *purrrrrs*

    January 23, 2013

  • Bilby, bilby, bill
    be. Bilby be. Bilby bee.
    Bilby bilby be.

    January 15, 2013

  • Hello buddy!
    Old civil engineers had to work to master societal motif. Oh me oh my.

    Hello nursery!
    Hello sultry garlic?
    Evil garlic.

    Here's Praetor Isisof's dismantling tree...
    Hello Praetor Isisof!
    Hello exaggerating need...
    What a functional seed...
    Bye Praetor Isisof - you need an overhearing fee!

    Apparently legal secretaries like to say hello to architects.
    Hello cowboy!
    Hi damned lagoon...
    Hi rhythmic bagel.
    Good bye bagel.

    January 15, 2013

  • Hi bilby, how's it going you fertile mat cutter, you roaming invigorator, you cybernetic theologian of pifflecorn?

    January 15, 2013

  • PARKING:
    "But Tomsky also gives readers good reasons to be on their best behaviour at hotels. Raise your voice and you may get key bombed. That's where Tomsky, a front desk agent, programs your room key in a way that virtually ensures you will be locked out at some point in your stay."
    - AP, How to get the best treatment at hotels, theage.com.au, 14 Jan 2013.

    January 15, 2013

  • giant's kettle.

    December 13, 2012

  • Around which pants?

    November 25, 2012

  • Around these here parts, they call me Noel Renard.

    November 24, 2012

  • Baubles? Trinkets? I knew it! He really is the Santa Fox!

    November 23, 2012

  • So, seriously, how was Trieste?
    And I am crestfallen at the thought that I might not get a copy of that poetry 'zine. That I was promised. I'm only claiming what is rightfully mine. I suspect you are just holding out for some kind of quid pro quo. Which, fair enough, just say the word and I will be happy to send some kind of Parisian bauble or trinket winging your way.
    But I'm damned if I'm gonna post my street address here on Wordnik, and you have the vice of being nowhere else contactable, to my knowledge.
    It's an impasse.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    November 22, 2012

  • I shall report on the status of fuflunnage in Trieste. Perhaps it was what kept old James Joyce there.

    October 1, 2012

  • I hear there are many kinds of coffee in Trieste (though my source claims it's hard to find kopi luwak).

    No word on the quality of the fufluns.

    October 1, 2012

  • I am, as they say around these here parts, *desolated*. But I understand that rolig is undoubtedly an infinitely more charming dinner companion than my miserable self. Given my druthers, I'd be dining nightly in Ljubljana and Trieste myself, instead of ...

    Well, no, actually. No, I wouldn't....

    But, de toute façon, safe travels, o leather-eared one. You do know that the big Swiss chocolate cartels have outlawed chocolate bilbies within Swiss borders, right?

    October 1, 2012

  • When will you be coming to Europe? You could have dinner with sionnach in Parigi. I will be having dinner with Son of Groucho week after next -- why not you? I am also trying to convince Prolagus to make the trip north from his Sardine fortress.

    September 29, 2012

  • Wassup, bilbykins? Are you coming to Europe, mebbe?

    September 26, 2012

  • first words spoken were a palindrome
    madam Im adam

    August 24, 2012

  • oh hai.
    *purrs*

    June 25, 2012

  • *goes to war zone*
    *scans everbody*
    *apoligizes and robs a bakery*
    Sorry 2 Fuflunder up

    June 21, 2012

  • Why Bologna indeed? Because I want to start a new language in 2013 and when I was in Dublin recently, my cousins there were surprisingly vehement in their insistence that (i) I should choose Italian over Russian and (ii) that the only city worth considering in Italy was Bologna. Given that Michael, who was the most voluble and insistent of the bunch, lived there for 6 months at some point in his career, I am not willing to discount his opinion.

    The basic rationale seemed to be that Russia was still basically a country that is run by gangsters, and that all other potential rival cities in Italy, such as Rome, Florence, Venice, Naples, Milan, Turin, or Siena, were either too large, too soulless, too overrun by tourists, or some combination of the above.

    But I know that some of your leather-eared past was spent in Italy, so I would be very interested in hearing your views on the subject. Needless to say, this is all just in the pipe-dream phase at this point, as it is a long way until spring 2013, and I have one more trip back to Paris to organise for Sept-Nov 2012.

    Paris did never pan out in terms of confectionery-dispensing dioramas, alas. But there are other compensations, not least of which is the unexpected charm of Parisians, which delights me on a daily basis.

    So, besides having pademelons for lawnmowers, what are you up to down there in chunderland?

    May 31, 2012

  • Does anyone know why this comment box is so oddly located?
    I am back in the City of Light, wrestling with such conundrums as why baguette bags only cover half the baguette and whether to splurge on the 30-month or 36-month aged Comté (Cheese-France.com tells me it has been produced since the time of Charlemagne, but I'm having a hard time tracking down the really good old stuff).
    The next exciting linguistic adventure is supposed to start in Spring 2013 in Bologna. But first I have to polish my little nugget of French to its glistening best, which will take until the end of 2012.
    Pademelons, eh? I've often thought that the whole pademelon/paddymelon thing is just the antipodean version of the vegetable lamb of Tartary.
    The frogblog continues, but at a much lower rate of publication, I regret to say. And the whole "search phrases by which people were referred to the frogblog" thing became less interesting after 1500 people arrived there around April 1st because they typed "poisson d'Avril" into their search engine. For one brief shining moment, I thought I had become an internet star, only to lapse back into skulking obscurity 48 hours later.

    May 26, 2012

  • Hey leather-ears. Wassssssuppppp???

    May 26, 2012

  • I came back to give you this.

    February 10, 2012