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joannasephine commented on the word imbecile
And apparently there's a number: having an IQ of between 25 and 50.
(So worse than a moron.)
July 1, 2009
joannasephine commented on the word moron
Apparently there's a technical definition: a person with an IQ between 50 and 70.
joannasephine commented on the word tasmanaut
An Australian living in New Zealand, or a New Zealander living in Australia; a person of either country with strong links to both.
April 30, 2009
joannasephine commented on the word gambrel
also the crossbar that a carcass is hung from when butchering
October 15, 2008
joannasephine commented on the word falu
joannasephine commented on the word formication
how disturbing that there's a word for it ...
April 3, 2008
joannasephine commented on the word borborygmus
A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines. Plural "borborygmi"
joannasephine commented on the word crepitus
The grating, crackling or popping sounds and sensations experienced under the skin and joints when two rough surfaces in the human body come into contact; sound and senseation produced in soft tissues when gas is introduced into an area where it normally isn't present; the crackling wheezing sounds produced by lung conditions; the noise produced by a sudden discharge of wind from the bowels.
joannasephine commented on the word petrichor
The common rain smell is a gas called petrichor. Volatiles evaporate from plants and are absorbed by rocks, concrete etc. When the rain hits the rock, the volatiles are released into the atmosphere and you smell it.
joannasephine commented on the word potamic
adj: of or pertaining to rivers
March 6, 2008
joannasephine commented on the word ghyben-herzberg lens
A freshwater aquifer below a tropical ocean island; rainwater percolates through the island and floats above the surrounding seawater; this groundwater forms a root shape beneath the island, usually 40 times as thick as below sea level as above.
joannasephine commented on the word thalweg
subsurface, groundwater stream percolating beneath and in the general direction of a surface stream; lowest thread along the axial part of a valley.
joannasephine commented on the word riffle
shallow rapids in an open stream
joannasephine commented on the word nappe
(noun) 1. A sheet of water flowing over a dam or similar structure.
2. (Geology) A large sheetlike body of rock that has been moved far from its original position.
3. (Mathematics) Either of the two parts into which a cone is divided by the vertex.
French, tablecloth, nappe, from Old French, tablecloth, from Latin mappa, napkin
joannasephine commented on the word fluvial
of or pertaining to rivers and streams
joannasephine commented on the word ephemeral stream
A stream that flows only in direct response to precipitation.
joannasephine commented on the word allochthonous
material (e.g. organic matter and sediment) which enters a lake from atmosphere or drainage basin.
joannasephine commented on the word autochthonous
Pertaining to substances (organic matter from plankton), materials, or organisms originating within a particular waterway or lake and remaining in that waterway.
joannasephine commented on the word allocthonous
joannasephine commented on the word aedile
An elected official of ancient Rome who was responsible for public works and games and who supervised markets, the grain supply, and the water supply.
joannasephine commented on the word fluffle
The movement that birds (especially poultry) make to settle their feathers.
July 4, 2007
joannasephine commented on the word squalloop
Denotes the powerful surging movements of cephalopods.
Coined for the poem "An amorous squid to his love";
Come, my love
past the roughness
of the clams
the yellow eye
that glitters above
is gone – let me
in my arms,
past the sleeping whale...
poem continues, I'm afraid
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nearsounds commented on the user joannasephine
Thank your for bringing to my attention tonight some new words. I wasn't aware of crepitus and petrichor before.
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