Indeed, given the discussion later in the book of various molds and even molds that grow only on other molds, it would appear that the second definition previously offered would be the more correct one. However, I still assert that Prince Q— could be likened to Candide and thus candidiatic is in fact a double entendre.
I simply adore your username. So portmanteau, semi-onomatopoeiac, and illusory all in one succinct word: I envision a half-pound Idaho baker spouting Shakespearian soliloquy -- King Lear, perhaps -- while awaiting its fate in the microwave.
Thanks for the great comments on my IJ word list! I have a Bunyanesque list of words that I've notated but haven't yet added to this list; I've been more focused on the congeries of words themselves than on the accurate documentation, taxonomy, and etymological research involved. I try to not list the words until I can work uninterrupted on the nisus needed for those tasks.
Main Entry: vitreous body Function: noun : the clear colorless transparent jelly that fills the eyeball posterior to the lens, is enclosed by a delicate hyaloid membrane, and in the adult is nearly homogeneous but in the fetus is pervaded by fibers with minute nuclei at their points of junction
Note: A Google search of "vitreally" returned 445 hits, virtually all related to the eyeball. This is the correct headword for this listing. One can infer the definition of "vitreally" from that of "vitreous body."
Unlisted in both Webster's Third New International Unabridged and Webster's Medical.
Breaking down root words: steato-, meaning fat, and -crypt-, meaning unknown or hidden, it's reasonable to guess that David Foster Wallace intended this word to mean "having too little or unseen fat upon one's body." Compare with, for example, steatopygiac.
Main Entry: ste·ato·py·gia Pronunciation: (IPA) /ˌsti.ət.ə.ʹpɪʤ.i.ə/ also /sti.ˌæt.oʊ.ʹpaɪ.ʤi̯.ə/ Pronunciation: (phonetic respelling) ˌstē-ət-ə-ˈpij-ē-ə also stē-ˌat-ō-, -ˈpī-j(ē-)ə Function: noun : an accumulation of a large amount of fat on the buttocks - ste·ato·py·gous or ste·ato·py·gic adjective
Main Entry: fan·tod Variant(s): also fan·tad Function: noun Inflected Form(s): -s Etymology: perhaps alteration of fantigue 1 usuallyfantods plural a : a state of irritability, fidget, and tension; sometimes : a state of acute worry and distress b : a state of bodily or mental disorder especially when ill-defined and more or less chronic 2 sometimesfantods plural a : an instance or occurrence of the fantods b : a violent or irrational outburst 3 : a fidgety fussy officer of a ship
Main Entry: gon·fa·lon Function: noun Inflected Form(s): -s Etymology: Italian gonfalone, from Old Italian, from Old French gonfanon, gonfalon -- more at GONFANON 1 : the ensign or standard in use by certain princes or states (as the medieval republics of Italy) 2 : a flag that hangs from a crosspiece or frame
Main Entry: arach·no·dac·ty·ly Function: noun Inflected Form(s): -es Etymology: arachn- + -dactyly (from New Latin -dactylia) : a hereditary abnormality characterized by excessive length of the long bones (as of the fingers and toes) and usually associated with other abnormalities
One can only guess that suprasubliminal (adjective) describes a stimulus that is perceived somewhere between the subliminal and the liminal.
As liminal is defined as "barely perceptible,"1 and subliminal is defined as "influencing thought, feeling, or behavior in a manner unperceived by personal or subjective consciousness"2, one might suppose that suprasubliminal would be the space between imperceptible and minimally perceptible: sort of a void, really, as it is the space between zero and the number right after zero, philosophically speaking.
Main Entry: 1stret·to Function: adverb Etymology: Italian, literally, narrowly, closely, from stretto narrow, close, pressed together, from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere to draw tight, press together -- more at STRAIN : more quickly -- used as a direction in music
I totally know where you're coming from, Valse. You're being neither persnickety nor pedantic. Unfortunately, English — especially when adapting foreign words and names — is one big miasma of bafflegab.
I still spell "fish" as ghoti1 and "potato" as ghoughphtheightteeau.
Somewhat of a rarity, this is a one-word litotes. Because English allows the piling on of multiple affixes, both non- and in- can be prefixed to secure instead of requiring the writer or speaker to say "not insecure."
While technically a double negative, figures of speech and rhetorical devices, especially litotes, are given a certain amount of latitude with regard to the double-negative rule.
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I actually hadn't even heard of GCIDE until I went looking for it, but evidently it's the entire 1913 (or whatever) public-domain Websters in well-formed XML format. A good parser and some glue and you've got yourself a headword checker -- at least, one that checks for headwords from 100 years ago. :)
I love the site and I'm glad you had the idea to develop it before I did. I tend to overextend myself and if I had thought of wordie.org, I know it would have stalled and failed. Congratulations on a great "Web 2.1" site: semantic, folksonimied, but not eye-candied.
I know that it's a massive request, given the morphology of English, but as a future enhancement, it would be great if you could have wordie try to guess (potentially with user confirmation) the root word when a word is entered, so that we don't end up with, say, discern, discerning, discerned, discernable, discerns, etc., all as separate entries, each with different people listing each one. So if I entered "discerned" maybe it should ask me in a nice AJAXy way, " 'Discern' is already listed. Add it to list instead?"
There are XML-based dictionaries (or one, at least) on the web that might make the task a little easier -- GCIDE.
This is a great site, and I'm glad to have it. Thanks for putting it together!
"Ah, what was the question? Oh yeah, 'Memento Mori' It means remember it's inevitable that we will all die It sounds quite depressing when said so raw and direct But it means don't hang yourself on a material life But that gets dropped when I'm bop on shopping day Am I shallow, am I hung up on such wrong ways?" — "Memento Mori" by The Streets
This was one that was recently featured on the KPBS show A Way With Words: dour. The correct pronunciation, which I didn't realize until hearing the show, is not (IPA) /daʊɹ/ ("sour") but actually /dʊɹ/ ("sure").
Hey there! Looks like we've got a common goal: Capturing the words of IJ. My list is at http://wordie.org/people/billifer?wl=993 if you'd like to take a look at what I've got thusfar. I'm still reading the book (slowly but surely), and I'm adding words to the list every few days.
Muration is a close relative of mutation, the best I can determine. However, this word was added specifically as an element of a list I am harvesting — words which appear in the novel Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. As such, the word murated should stay.
Additionally, as I've pointed out in my comment, muration is, indeed, an actual word, though it might best be considered scientific jargon.
Possibly a double entendre. A neologism that could describe something as similar to Voltaire's antihero Candide; or, possibly, describing an object as similar to the yeast Candida albicans. Both seem to be applicable to the Infinite Jest character (Prince Q―) described by this word.
A sign, signal, etc. Related to the word semiotics. A semion is the basic unit of semiotics, indivisible and the smallest piece of information that can be encoded. It is analogous to the words meme, morpheme, grapheme, phoneme, and atom within other contexts of communication and linguistics.