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marrymemckean commented on the word omphaloscopy
I believe this is a secondary synonym to omphaloskepsis: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/omphaloskepsis
June 13, 2013
marrymemckean commented on the word Omphaloskepsis
Contemplation of one's navel to aid in meditation and facilitate enlightenment.
Origins: Greek omphalos + skepsis
Similar words: omphaloskeptic, omphaloskeptical
marrymemckean commented on the word toast under big fuck-off yellow underwater light transformer on toast
there should be a flag for 'inappropriate list inclusion'...
October 3, 2010
marrymemckean commented on the user john
marrymemckean commented on the user marrymemckean
I am still looking for ways to unpronounce iterability.
June 15, 2010
marrymemckean commented on the word cdonald's theorem
Amazingly enough, this term comes up on the first page of Google results for the phrase, despite being totally empty when I just visited it (though it is already on crunchysaviour's list). Bob's your uncle!
Database structure comments :-)
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).
April 7, 2010
marrymemckean commented on the word escutcheoning
(but is it every used to refer to fur patterns of animals?)
March 3, 2010
"Certain bifurcated pennons show a leaning towards ‘escutcheoning.’ "
-- Court Royal (http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Page:Court_Royal.djvu/14)
"Reform No. 4. -- a great reform in the character of the soldier will be effected by having every soldier ... honorably marked with indelible ink on the fore-arm... two dots, oo, or a line, -----, or a chevron, < ... signifying an honorably enlisted soldier. These men when they come to re-enlist will be recognized as having been honorable soldiers...
Now, this simple escutcheoning will remedy a great evil. To-day the land is full of deserters..."
-- Congressional serial set, Issue 1709, US Gov Printing Office (http://tr.im/Qt0v)
marrymemckean commented on the list writing-words--2
is alphasyllabary used anywhere?
marrymemckean commented on the list obscurities
fix vexillologist ! no colon.
marrymemckean commented on the word legibulary
a vocabulary for your eyes... like wordnik! (backconstruction)
marrymemckean commented on the user feedback
Is there a way to comment on examples or flag them for deletion?
(1) bourbaki shows an example which is a) no longer available from its source link, and b) not a good example; though it appears as one for almost every word in that arbitrary list. (hopefully all deletable on the backend in one fell swoop)
(2) antivirals has an 'example' from _Dragons of Autumn Twilight_, though it does not appear in the quoted string (nor I believe anywhere in the work).
marrymemckean commented on the word bourbaki
A canonical example of a collective pseudonym.
This examples section is massively broken.
awesome, thanks. other example weirdness: fueris
I'd like deletion to always be possible, by both the original user and by site admins. I'd like deletion to result in replacing the comment with a small, perhaps gray-text "comment by deleted by poster" or "...deleted by john".
this will take up less space on the page than if I go back and blank a comment; and can be shown in some unobtrusive way that doesn't interfere with someone reading a thread in the future.
marrymemckean commented on the word armalcolite
A glorious and historically lovely mineral. Is "multieponymous" a word?
please add a way to flag pronunciations for deletion, and even a way to delete one's own pronunciations. (for instance, I'd like to so flag my own pronunciations at iterability.)
February 26, 2010
Is there a strings file I can translate to help the site add a spanish-language interface?
agreed with sionnach. also an option to collapse a list of comments (for instance) to one line apiece, in order to fit a longer history onto one page.
marrymemckean commented on the word surusuru
Japanese slang. The sound of noodles being slurped. (or more punetically: the act of making that sound. since "-suru" also means "to do", one can abbreviate surusuru-suru.)
marrymemckean commented on the word conscion
This is now, with disambiguation, topping my favorites list. From the OED:
"Found with its compounds, and CONSCIONED, in first half of 16th c. These, with CONSCIONLESS, appear to be popular formations from conscion, taken as a singular of conscien-ce (see note to the latter)."
"In the 15-16th c., the word appears to have been often, by reason of its final s sound, associated with plurals like wits, brains, bowels, as patience is still in dialects. Cf. the illiterate spellings consions, conchons, etc.: hence apparently conscion- in CONSCIONABLE, CONSCIONED, CONSCIONLESS. "
I love it. Definitely used in speech (I use it a few times a year, without thinking about it), and the origin of some great com-fauxing-pounds, but invisible in print!
marrymemckean commented on the word bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnukcomments
Overflow Bug! when viewing
trying to follow the 'comments' link to view the 4 comments takes one to this page instead.
January 28, 2010
marrymemckean commented on the word charismatically
I suppose these sorts of well-known words get looked up less...
marrymemckean commented on the word draconian
A good example of why examples need to be clustered. All of the 'Dragons' examples should be under one larger heading, and all other examples under another 'English usage' heading. especially since the dicdefs don't list "evil creature spawned from Weis and Hickman's imagination" as an option.
marrymemckean commented on the list wild-warped-words
Wordnik-whacks with well known gists.
marrymemckean commented on the word tracheotomise
tracheotomize includes this as an alt-spelling; this word should automatically include a link to it.
marrymemckean commented on the word trothplight
the obvious connotation, which is evident in half of the examples, is not in the definitions... how does one update these dagblasted entries anyhow? ^_^
marrymemckean commented on the word Alcoholics
Broken example (doesnlt contain the word):
"# A rectangle of plaster covered the wound on his forehead. — Hard Frost"
marrymemckean commented on the word iterability
Those recordings don't seem to have worked very well. Please delete them / let me flag them for deletion. -mmm
marrymemckean commented on the word enterococcus
more updates from biologist Kelli:
"this was called strep D until the late 80s when it was reclassified as its own genus. it should no longer be defined as a type of strep."
any genus/genera confusions in the previous comment are the fault of the editor...
August 8, 2009
marrymemckean commented on the word Staphylococcus
My biologist friend says :
"there are so many things wrong with this definition I don't know where to begin. that's not the most common strain, it's not an invalid term, it's the name of a genera; staph, strep, and micrococcus are different genera names.
this might have been valid under old dated definitions of what 'staph' is. but you shouldn't use dated definitions to discuss staph today, or you could kill people."
word on :)
marrymemckean commented on the word Bravo
you should include transliterated dictionaries for definitions.
May 19, 2009
marrymemckean commented on the word Both
separate proper nouns from the rest
marrymemckean commented on the word zyzzyvas
plural of zyzzyva. again with the variant merging.
marrymemckean commented on the word Spoonflower
This showed up without a single reference.
marrymemckean commented on the word muskox
Provide merge options for variants
marrymemckean commented on the word unregarding
Separate words from usernames...
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john commented on the user marrymemckean
And examples, too, are in the midst of being retooled--the weirdness you've noted lately should all be fixed when we release the next set of updates. Not exactly sure when that'll be, but hopefully by early next week.
Hi mmm, we're working on making both comments and pronunciations deletable by their creators, should be available in the coming few weeks. I always announce site updates over on feedback.
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