cutlery has looked up 777 words, created 8 lists, listed 284 words, written 23 comments, added 0 tags, and loved 22 words.

Comments by cutlery

  • This word does not have the definition that it must, and therefore I will redefine it thus: interesting by virtue of texture, having a (or multiple layers of) teeth-massaging texture, interestingly and mysteriously detailed. I want this word to be attached, as I find it to be, to items that are delicious particularly because of their texture as experienced by the teeth, like the tough-crunch to smooth-melt of creme brulet or the gritty soft twisty melting web of cotton candy. It should extend to conversations and other non-food things that are interesting and enjoyable because of their many layers and delicious turns and nuances. And so it is!

    May 30, 2011

  • I love this word as an adjective. It often cuts right through to the heart of the matter.

    May 10, 2011

  • "harem; women's apartments; menagerie"

    March 22, 2010

  • "An astronomical instrument used to measure the time through the observation of the Pole Star and the position of bright stars in the celestial sphere."

    March 21, 2010

  • a word that keeps slipping through my mental cracks

    March 18, 2010

  • I absolutely hate the sound of this word. It sounds like it should be "ancillIary" and it actually makes the hair stand up on my nape, reading it.

    March 13, 2010

  • I think I should use this word more. I talk too often about glam parties and soirees to let it lie.

    March 3, 2010

  • I feel like this word takes the descriptive usefulness of language, and shoves it.

    January 28, 2010

  • one of those words that runneth over my cup

    January 24, 2010

  • Useful word, this. Much more appropriate-sounding than "turned-up" or "piggish."

    January 24, 2010

  • One of the ugliest words ever for one of the most glorious things ever. A shame. It sounds like it means solidified plaque. "Aha, Mr. Johnson, it looks we've got quite a bit of firmament building up on the side of your molars."

    January 24, 2010

  • "Might she see in me a louche English freeloader down on his luck, here to lure her sickly father into a glorious Indian summer where she can't follow and isn't welcome?" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 051.3).

    January 24, 2010

  • "Mlle. Ayers is a horsey creature of seventeen with her mama's retrousse nose" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 051.3).

    January 24, 2010

  • "alleys stank of effluent" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 048.1)

    January 24, 2010

  • "My daydream had me traveling to Belgium, persuading Vyvyan Ayers he needed to employ me as an amanuensis, accepting his offer to tutor me, shooting through the musical firmament, winning fame and fortune..." (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 045.5).

    January 24, 2010

  • "No, before you say it, I can't go running back to Pater with yet another cri de coeur" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 044.3).

    January 24, 2010

  • (French phrase) whether with good grace or bad

    January 22, 2010

  • "Husbandry was not practiced, for no mammals walked these isles until passing whalers willfully marooned pigs here to propagate a parlor" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 011.3).

    January 22, 2010

  • "Moreover, he possesses a handsome army of scrimshandered chessmen whom we shall keep busy until either the Prophetess's departure or the Nellie's arrival" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 005.4).

    January 22, 2010

  • "Attentive conversation is an emollient I lack sorely aboard the Prophetess & the doctor is a veritable polymath" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 005.4).

    January 22, 2010

  • "These provocations the Moriori faced as our Lord importuned, by 'turning the other cheek,' & the transgressors returned to New Zealand confirming the Moriori's apparent pusillanimity" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 013.3).

    January 22, 2010

  • "The doctor has his eccentricities & recounts them gladly for a dram of Portuguese pisco (never to excess), but I vouchsafe he is the only other gentleman on this latitude east of Sydney & west of Valparaiso" (Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 005.3).

    January 22, 2010

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