"I've just learned a term so marginal it's not even in the newly revised M section of the OED, but useful enough to occur frequently in books about West Africa: moriman, plural morimen (sometimes written "mori man," "mori men"). It refers to people in Sierra Leone who earn a living from writing Arabic charms for magical amulets, and of course I wanted to know its origin. Assiduous googling made it clear that mori is a Mende word for 'Muslim' (morimo or moremo is "Muslim/mori man"), but the only suggestion I could find about its origin is in a footnote on page 211 of The Mende Language: Containing Useful Phrases, Elementary Grammar, Short Vocabularies, Reading Materials (London: Kegan Paul, 1908) by F. W. H. Migeod (available at Archive.org): "Mori, corruption of Moor, means magician, or Arabic charm writer, etc." Now, Moor goes all the way back to Latin Maurus 'inhabitant of North Africa,' so it's not unthinkable (as dear Prof. Cowgill used to say) that some related form is the source of the Mende word, but I have no idea whether it's plausible." from Language Hat.
I saw this in the context of (I think) promotional material, especially promotional material put up illegally in public places: "At the same time, Mercury did a snipe poster campaign in retail stores and on the streets with the image of the band and call letters of stations playing "Laid."" Billboard Feb 19, 1994
and "It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm or corporation
to post, stick, tack, or otherwise affix or cause to be posted,
stuck, tacked or otherwise affixed any bill, snipe, poster, banner,
notice or advertisement to or upon any building, outbuilding or
part thereof, or upon any wall, fence, gate, post, sidewalk, tree,
telegraph pole, telephone pole, awning or shelter pole in the City
of Oakland, except on a regularly authorized bulletin board, bill-
board or structure built especially for that purpose, and then only
on consent in v/riting from the owner or authorized agent of the
property on which the advertisement is to be placed." General municipal ordinances of the city of Oakland, California, in effect November 1, 1912
I keep meaning to let you guys know that cat is the word looked up by the service we use (Pingdom) to test that the website is up and running. It's looked up every few minutes all day every day without fail (unless, of course, we're NOT up and running, in which case it does fail).
It's like Schroedinger's Cat, actually -- until we look it up we don't know if Wordnik is alive or dead. :-)
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Dear Prolagus, thank you! I know it is frustrating not to be able to find what you need.
We're working on a lot of these things but progress is (a lot) slower than we'd like.
Can you give me more feedback on what you'd like the comment boxes to be like? And I'm not sure I understand the problem with clickable text with a link is -- is it a problem with putting in a href= type tags?
Thank you again for the feedback. I know it comes from a good place ... I wish I had firm dates for certain improvements and updates.
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The story is that “flow” is especially possible for people with an *autoletic* personality. That is, people with high levels of curiosity, persistence, low self-centeredness, and a high rate of performing activities for intrinsic reasons only. (from Dan Russell)
Nov 21, 2012
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I would love to learn (and possibly I am not the only one) how many of my uploaded entries were entirely new to Wordnik (my net contribution). Is there a way to find it out?
The general statistics on the Community main page doesn't seem to be refreshed, at all. It would look better from a PR point of view for Wordnik, if it did. Has it been forgotten?
I may be the only one who uploads masses of collocations (do you need them?) but there had been tens of thousands collocations on Wordnik even before I started mass upload. It would be great to see in the statistics how many words (in the strict sense) and how many word combinations Wordnik has. Surely, it is not too difficult to keep URLs with and without the "%20" tag separate. Please make them appear separately if there is a way.
hey erin, what happened to the floating words? just doing a little blog post on Wordnik - we met last year at Thinking Digital... must remember to get bunnyskantch in sometime soon, but i have a new word now from my most eloquent daughter.... Vahowwge! I think it means Awesome / I'm happy!
so the site is working much better now. I can certainly tell the difference. fairly usable. I need to get used to the interface I suppose. some things I like, other things just not sure yet. the main thing is the site is working faster! thanks.
A dear college friend of mine assisted TW for many years in putting together TED conferences and coauthored a book with him. My friend has moved on and is completing a dissertation on Iliazd's books and other art, shuttling between French Canada, Paris, and NYC.
Well, it might be hard to get Grant to work on Wordie, since he's now working down in San Diego for someone else ... but John's still here and working hard!
The next big goal, sitewise, is to make it easier for people to contribute in fun and interesting ways. I'm not sure if definitions are the way to go, but we'll be testing all sorts of different things, for sure.
Our goal for Wordnik is still the same: all the words, and everything about them. It's a big goal, but we'll get there ...
Could you spare John and Grant to work on Wordie for a while? They are spending all their time on another site called Wordnik, and the old Wordie spirit is slowly fading away. Two years ago, Wordie was rollicking along at up to 3000 comments a week. Wordnik limps along at one tenth that. Requests for routine fixes often take weeks to months to act on, and some functions/features that we had on Wordie still have not been implemented on Wordnik, making it harder for new users to get oriented and resulting in the loss of long-time stalwarts such as sionnach.
I think the emphasis on portal and other automated functions ignores much of the potential of the site. What about crowd-sourcing? Maybe you could get a grant to train selected users in lexicographic principles and allow them to create and edit definitions. If one percent of the 50,000 users defined one undefined word per day, almost 200,000 definitions would be added per year. Other aspects of the site could also benefit from concerted attention. For example, a slightly upgraded related word function could be the basis of an extraordinary navigable network of words.