"The word Diener is German for servant. In English, it is generally used to describe the person, in the morgue, responsible for handling, moving, and cleaning the corpse (though, at some institutions dieners perform the entire dissection at autopsy). It is derived from the German word Leichendiener, which literally means corpse servant."
Hi Pro, no, absolutely not--I'm sorry I haven't been more responsive. A series of the issues you reported fell into the bermuda triangle zone where they weren't absolute showstoppers, nor were they two minute fixes, so I made a mental note to get to them and have been slow about it.
Though coincidentally, I'm moving some new stuff into production later tonight, including fixes for a handful of the things you've mentioned recently. The mislabeled link when comments appear on word pages is fixed, and most embedded video should start working again too--we upgraded some internal components, and the new versions had stricter embedding policies, which I've adjusted.
“In the continuing controversy surrounding the president's U.S. citizenship, a new fringe group informally known as "Afterbirthers" demanded Monday the authentication of Barack Obama's placenta from his time inside his mother's womb. ”
“Before joining The Times, Mr. Shortz was the editor of Games magazine. He holds the world's only college degree in enigmatology, the study of puzzles, which he earned in the Individualized Major Program at Indiana University in 1974.”
Monobina Gupta, who has researched domestic violence for Jagori, a nongovernmental organization, draws a direct link between these killings and the abortion of female fetuses: “The dowry is part of the continuum of gender-based discrimination and violence, beginning with female feticide.”
“Last June, Urban Treatment Associates in Camden hired Mr. Devoureau as a part-time urine monitor; his job was to make sure that people recovering from addiction did not substitute someone else’s urine for their own during regular drug testing.”
“Rarely does a minute go by without a customer stopping just long enough to pass a dollar bill to Lonnie Loosie, known to the police by his given name, Lonnie Warner, 50. They clench the two “loosies” — as single cigarettes are called — that he thrusts back in return.”
I've been noodling with the homepage tagline pretty regularly, so I'm not exactly sure what "bring back the old one" means. But clearly the current one ain't working, so I just flipped it back to the previous version.
"All the words" seems a bit ambitious. How about "Lots of words"?
“Or, as in a 2009 Wisconsin case of “sextortion,” a boy, pretending to be a girl online, who solicited explicit pictures of boys, which he then used as blackmail to compel those boys to have sex with him.”
“For centuries, each building, called a tulou in Mandarin Chinese, would house an entire clan, virtually a village. Everyone living inside would have the same surname, except for those who had married into the clan. The tulou usually tower four floors and have up to hundreds of rooms that open out onto a vast central courtyard, like the Colosseum.”
“Mr. Perkins, who dropped out of school after the third grade, taught himself the rudiments of blues guitar on a homemade instrument called a diddley bow: a length of wire stretched between nails driven into a wall.”
Update. After I chose to permanently deactivate the mobile version, I decided to see what happens when visiting m.wordnik.com. The "loop" bug disappears, but when I visit, say, my profile page (mobile version) and I select "View this page on regular Wordnik", I am redirected to www.wordnik.com instead of http://www.wordnik.com/people/Prolagus. It kind of reminds me of this comic strip.
Thanks! I actually still have some trouble. Login now works (I had to empty cache and delete cookies), but: - when I visit wordnik mobile, and I click "View this page on regular Wordnik", I can't access the "less mobile version" as The Onion calls it but I end up in a loop instead; - when I try to visit a user page, I am still being redirected to the mobile version, which creates a broken link such as m.wordnik.com/p/ Only permanently blocking the mobile version works. Thanks for checking that. P.
Hi John, is there a particular reason why I seem to be the only person whose comments on the Feedback page go unanswered? We are talking about lots of comments over the last 40 days or so. I'm not offended, but it would save me some time to know if there's something wrong about what I use that page for.
You cannot escape the charge that you have previously engaged in the amazing pastime that is IDENTIFY THE WORDIE. You are therefore prime target material for inviting to IDENTIFY THE WORDIENIK. The whole of the bit of Wordnik that joins in on this would be truly honoured should you participate this time round. Easily find the right page right now because it is currently the most commented on list shown on the Community page.
"Watch your language" is a choice and liminal turn of phrase which wryly strides over the threshold of a parental/authoritative warning and turns it into an invitation to witness the spirit of language and the words we use, historically and in real-time. I strongly feel that this phrase should be conserved on Wordnik. What if a "Community Zeitgeist" hyperlink led to a community page still called "Zeitgeist. Watch Your Language"?
I like the personal WotD feature. I've created a Sweet Tooth Fairy of the Day and was wondering how I let everyone know about it, and, conversely, how I discover other personal WotD lists without randomly checking individual profiles.
The single (there were 2 until late 2/12/11) delete button on personal WOTD pages does not seem to be working... something related to the "+" and "%20" adjustments? Thanks for your efforts at sometimes surprisingly odd hours when we users are relaxing, more or less!
You're wery wery welcome. I think it should be tomorrow's Word of the day. Thanks for spending time on the external link thing. I think it would be really helpful. And thanks for the NYC links on your Times People!
i still can't seem to login to my account with my android or with anything other than the facebook login on a computer .. mobile ALWAYS kicks me back to the sign in.. i wonder if this has to do with me essentially having 2 different usernames in 1..
Actually, it’s been just recently that I’ve decided to switch to “Telofy” everywhere. The capital T used to scare me a little, it looks so tall and towering, but I’m getting used to it. Also, the “Te” is useful either as a benchmark for the kerning of a typeface or as a test whether kerning works in the browser at all (it always works in XeTeX of course).
I’ve just added the pronunciations that have been requested a few months ago…
Hi John, I just sent a note to Erin on this, but when there is a word in Wordnik but no definition - how should a "regular Joe" let you guys know about this (and even point you to the definition, like I did for "diya")? Seems like it would be more intuitive (and satisfying :) to be able to actually just click on something that says "add/find a definition for this word" and even add a link where a definition for that word can be found to point you guys to it. Hope your knee is starting to feel better... :) Katherine
The page design has improved a lot without my noticing. I’ve always used my own Stylish CSS—now I have tried deactivating it and it turns out I hardly need it anymore. Only as a typeface I prefer Gentium and in lists I like my words better with less vertical padding.
But I have to test the new and improved random word feature now.
Edit: Perhaps the random word service could still be improved by considering only the stems of lexemes, without grammatical affixes or perhaps generally without too productive affixes. Several times I got pretty common word with just a “-ly” or “-ness” attached. (Not that common words aren’t just as interesting as obscure ones…) There are great libraries for such things, but I guess that is your metier much more than mine. :-)
1) It would be great to have access to the layered data that wordnet exposes (links through to hypernyms, hyponyms, &c by definition).
2) likewise, I want a way to link one definition to another across sources -- so that 8 sources with 72 (naively aggregated) total senses can be compressed down to 13 different senses...
3) which means having 'sense' as a first-class citizen among data types. sense is the level at which most translations are meaningfully made, so this is important to adding good translations without duplicating information.
3.5) if you have one data element per sense, you can also take in structured data from projects such as OmegaWiki (if you can manage a licensing arrangement).
Hey! Thank you for your comment on my word list and for welcoming me to Wordnik. That dreaded C-word most definitely does not have another meaning (at least that you or I knows of). I just hate the way it sounds when people say it! Most of the time I can't even eat it because when I look at it I think of its name and just shiver and put my food away. (My friends think I'm insane.)
Oh, how romantic! It’s always such a vivifying feeling when you enter your local type foundry early in the morning and you are greeted by the odor of freshly baked—I mean molded—still-warm sorts of letters and dashes, and then, at home, you can start your day with a hot cup of coffee and a fresh mat in the printing press. :-D
I’m looking forward to that blog post and to savoring those lovely statistics to the fullest. (Apropos, I recently used Google Charts to visualize my Free Rice experience.)