Comments by marrymemckean

  • I believe this is a secondary synonym to omphaloskepsis: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/omphaloskepsis

    June 13, 2013

  • Contemplation of one's navel to aid in meditation and facilitate enlightenment.

    Origins: Greek omphalos + skepsis

    Similar words: omphaloskeptic, omphaloskeptical

    See: http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/omphaloskepsis

    June 13, 2013

  • there should be a flag for 'inappropriate list inclusion'...

    October 3, 2010

  • Hello John, here's a searchbox javascript nuisance in Chrome: as I type into the search box, longer words keep getting redacted; the last few characters will be deleted (perhaps as I'm typing unusual word that no longer have matches? this happens while the list of matching word-endings is updating and getting shorter).

    October 3, 2010

  • I am still looking for ways to unpronounce iterability.

    June 15, 2010

  • 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!

    June 15, 2010

  • 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

  • (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)

    March 3, 2010

  • is alphasyllabary used anywhere?

    March 3, 2010

  • fix vexillologist ! no colon.

    March 3, 2010

  • a vocabulary for your eyes... like wordnik! (backconstruction)

    March 3, 2010

  • Is there a way to comment on examples or flag them for deletion?

    Example examples:

    (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).

    March 3, 2010

  • A canonical example of a collective pseudonym.

    March 3, 2010

  • This examples section is massively broken.

    March 3, 2010

  • awesome, thanks. other example weirdness: fueris

    March 3, 2010

  • 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.

    March 3, 2010

  • A glorious and historically lovely mineral. Is "multieponymous" a word?

    March 3, 2010

  • 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?

    February 26, 2010

  • 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.

    February 26, 2010

  • 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.)

    February 26, 2010

  • This is now, with disambiguation, topping my favorites list. From the OED:

    ..on conscionable:
    "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)."

    on conscien-ce:
    "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!

    February 26, 2010

  • Overflow Bug! when viewing
    bababadalgharaghtakamminarronnkonnbronntonnerronntuonnthunntrovarrhounawnskawntoohoohoordenenthurnuk

    trying to follow the 'comments' link to view the 4 comments takes one to this page instead.

    January 28, 2010

  • I suppose these sorts of well-known words get looked up less...

    January 28, 2010

  • 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.

    January 28, 2010

  • Wordnik-whacks with well known gists.

    January 28, 2010

  • tracheotomize includes this as an alt-spelling; this word should automatically include a link to it.

    January 28, 2010

  • the obvious connotation, which is evident in half of the examples, is not in the definitions... how does one update these dagblasted entries anyhow? ^_^

    January 28, 2010

  • Broken example (doesnlt contain the word):
    "# A rectangle of plaster covered the wound on his forehead. — Hard Frost"

    January 28, 2010

  • Those recordings don't seem to have worked very well. Please delete them / let me flag them for deletion. -mmm

    January 28, 2010

  • 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

  • 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 :)

    August 8, 2009

  • you should include transliterated dictionaries for definitions.

    May 19, 2009

  • separate proper nouns from the rest

    May 19, 2009

  • plural of zyzzyva. again with the variant merging.

    May 19, 2009

  • This showed up without a single reference.

    May 19, 2009

  • Provide merge options for variants

    May 19, 2009

  • Separate words from usernames...

    May 19, 2009