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  • A panvocalic dessert!

    July 22, 2021

  • An Alorn Clan-Chief is really a sort of miniking in many respects, and he's usually surrounded by a group of retainers who serve as court functionaries and double as bodyguards on the side.

    --David and Leigh Eddings, 1995, Belgarath the Sorceror, p. 334

    May 30, 2020

  • Especially if you're a panda.

    December 16, 2018

  • ...geologists have long noted that early sediment deposits became muddier at some point and suggested a connection with plants.... But no one had pinpointed when that muddening happened.

    --Carolyn Gramling, 2018, Science News 193(6): 9

    July 8, 2018

  • It's hard to imagine nematodes fighting at all. There's little, if any, weaponry visible on the see-through micronoodle body of the species called Steinernema longicaudum.

    --Susan Milius, 2018, Science News 193(8): 37

    July 4, 2018

  • Breaking snail shells? (shudder)

    May 23, 2017

  • I have a most curious coincidence to report. Last year I added the word "crocogator" to Wordnik. Today I realized that Crocs and gaiters are footwear in addition to being homonyms of reptiles.

    April 17, 2017

  • The white termites (called locally "duck-ants") also build large dome-shaped nests, but more often on the slopes, and I did not see that they had much influence on the distribution of the molluscs.

    --A. P. Brown, 1911, "Variation in some Jamaican species of Pleurodonte", Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 63: 131.

    August 23, 2016

  • By way of explanation, he was told that "a crocogator has the head of a crocodile on one end and the head of an alligator on the other end."

    Graphic Communications Weekly (1972) Volumes 5-6, p. 78

    August 14, 2016

  • In some instances you might get, "I discussed it with an agent of the insurance company," and you might get a mistrial. In this day and age the subject of insurance does not always cause a mistrial, still you find that some judges, if they think you are fishing for that, will mistry you.
    --1963, Trial and Tort Trends: Belli Seminar 13: 7

    February 18, 2016

  • Thanks, bilby!

    February 15, 2016

  • The most celebrated case of the confusion of genomorphic and phenomorphic features is afforded by the free-standing chamber, around which there raged during the nineteenth century one of the most violent and classic disputes in the whole development of chamber tomb theory.

    --Glyn E. Daniel, 1950, The Prehistoric Chamber Tombs of England and Wales, p. 8

    February 15, 2016

  • Some still deny the authenticity (i.e. the genomorphic character) of the earth-fast chamber, claiming that such chambers are 'simply greatly dilapidated exposed dolmens' or 'imperfect collapsed dolmens', and, while there is no doubt that the form of the earth-fast chamber can be, and has been, imitated by certain collapsed chambers, this does not detract from the genomorphic validity of the class as a whole.
    --Glyn E. Daniel, 1950, The Prehistoric Chamber Tombs of England and Wales, p. 7

    February 15, 2016

  • Sometimes archaeologists have not been over-careful in distinguishing between genomorphic and phenomorphic features, original features being claimed as phenomorphic or phenomorphs being taken as original.

    --Glyn E. Daniel, 1950, The Prehistoric Chamber Tombs of England and Wales, p. 7

    February 15, 2016

  • The terms genomorph and phenomorph are here used to describe respectively features which are original, i.e., the deliberate work of the tomb builders, and apparent, i.e. the result of subsequent destruction.
    --Glyn E. Daniel, 1950, The Prehistoric Chamber Tombs of England and Wales, p. 7

    February 15, 2016

  • An artificial "uniseason" is unnatural and stressing. Better body weather is a self-controlled acclimatization to seasonal changes.

    --Bruce Palmer, Body Weather, 1976, p. 162

    February 1, 2016

  • "Bad timing belt" was in the cartoon "Dustin" today.

    January 14, 2016

  • Someone who studies apps: "Robbie Melton: Appologist."

    October 31, 2015

  • Why is "Community" giving a message "502 Bad Gateway nginx/1.7.6" today?

    December 20, 2014

  • As punishment your username will be changed to AnkhUghes.

    October 18, 2014

  • Well-begotten!

    July 17, 2014

  • I don't know of a list for obsolete and disused science terms. Maybe time to start one?

    May 11, 2014

  • My daughter just found personal space invader in the wild.

    April 7, 2014

  • So is it with fame and success; and so with the Easiness of Chairs. As for this one, it has no friend, to itself unknown, with whose hopes and ambitions it has not constant sympathy. Why not have as much for it--not for its own comfort, but for yours? Why believe that it must needs be a disagreeable, vain, cowardly, flippant pufferdoodle because it is an Easy Chair?
    --Harper's New Monthly Magazine 16: 699 (1858)

    March 22, 2014

  • A little niece.

    March 22, 2014

  • A little nephew.

    March 22, 2014

  • The dog whose name must not be mentioned (otherwise he'll want to be taken for a walk).

    March 22, 2014

  • Mowgli was sitting cross-legged, and explaining things with his forefinger in his usual way, when Bagheera put out a paddy paw and pulled him over backward into the water.

    --Rudyard Kipling, 1895, The Two Jungles Books, p. 57

    March 22, 2014

  • Glypheme's family, meet my family.

    March 22, 2014

  • You're in good company using it in a locomotory sense:

    "Mr. Jasinski was believably old, with a beetling walk and mannerisms that made Dr. Coppelius something between the unusual poles of tragic eccentric and lovable codger."

    ---New York Times, 30 October 1989

    March 22, 2014

  • Saturate plus one.

    March 22, 2014

  • Four-day fivecast?

    March 22, 2014

  • Maybe the script should filter out duplicates?

    January 13, 2014

  • Sweet! Thanks, yarb.

    September 20, 2013

  • Researchers announced Thursday 15 August 2013 a rare discovery of a new species of mammal, the olinguito. The reddish-brown animal is about 14 inches long with an equally long tail and weighs about two pounds.

    --Seth Borenstein, Associated Press, Philadelphia Inquirer, 16 August 2013, p. A4

    August 16, 2013

  • And the one thing I thought was that the creature comforts of the dungeon did nothing to mitigate the basic fact of oubliation.

    --Kurt Vonnegut, 1963, Cat's Cradle

    August 1, 2013

  • Until your short yet still not unlongish collection, no revolutionary has concerned himself with our oppression, with the silken mechanisms whereby America reduces her writers to imbecility and cozenage.

    --John Updike, 1970, Bech: a Book, p. 6

    June 3, 2013

  • A man bored with being a channel marker came and touched her elbow, and statelily she turned, leaving Bech her emanations, like an astronomer flooded by radio waves from a blank part of the sky.

    --John Updike, 1970, Bech: a Book, p. 160

    June 3, 2013

  • I noticed a town of Bilby in Jamaica on a topographic map today.

    March 13, 2013

  • This phrase is listed in In Other Words, A Language Lover's Guide to the Most Intriguing Words Around the World by C. J. Moore (2004), however, I can't find any bona fide uses online. Does it actually occur in French?

    December 18, 2012

  • Thanks for sharper ruzuzu!

    November 8, 2012

  • My daughter and I use this to describe margarine that does not melt satisfactorily.

    September 14, 2012

  • Abra is a genus of clam.

    August 20, 2012

  • In script mode, the next-less-indented (or dedented) statement, print a marks the end of a block but is not part of the block...

    --Chris Fehily, 2002, Visual Quickstart Guide: Python, p. 182

    August 5, 2012

  • After cooling, open-head drums are shot blasted, dedented, leak tested, lined, and painted.

    --C. J. Touhill and Stephen C. James, 1981, p. 325, in David Balack, ed., Land Disposal, Hazardous Wastes: Proceedings of the Seventh Annual Research Symposium

    August 5, 2012

  • Solenidae are variously known as 'razor shells' (Britain), 'jack-knife' or 'razor clams' (USA), 'finger oysters' (Australia) and 'pencilbait' or 'stickbait' (South Africa).

    --R. Kilburn & E. Rippey, 1982, Sea Shells of Southern Africa, p. 180

    July 7, 2012

  • There's also the bizarre segregation of comments by the user from those of other users, which makes it hard to follow a conversation. And speaking of user unfriendliness, we can't even sort lists into alphabetical order. I miss John.

    April 28, 2012

  • Hi bilby, I check back in every once in a while to see if things have improved on Wordnik. Now I see "Spam?...Spam?...Spam? running down the home page. I conclude that the decline continues. What an ugly, ham-handed way to do things. Sigh.

    April 28, 2012

  • No asparaging remarks.

    April 28, 2012

  • They will always be able to get the point of view of the man— husband, he was, of one of the village librarians— who couldn't tell an autoful of tourists how to get to Chatham.

    --Katharine Crosby, 1946, Blue-water Men and other Cape Codders, p. 3

    April 24, 2012

  • autosome, autoful?

    April 24, 2012

  • I do consider it a misspelling. How did you come across it.

    January 27, 2012

  • Thanks, actung: washbrew lead me to girdbrew.

    January 14, 2012

  • With sproingy rhinophores?

    January 5, 2012

  • Thanks actung, I have it listed under tabinet.

    December 22, 2011

  • One definition is based on the method of analysis that produces the branching diagram (tree), the other is based on the way the tree is converted into a classification. The cladistic method identifies characters that are shared by groups (features inherited from a common ancestor), but some of those characters might be lost in some members of the group. The cladistic method also says that given a particular tree topology, the only groups that should be recognized are those that can be removed from the tree with a single cut (which gives an ancestor and all its descendants, i.e., a monophyletic group).

    November 22, 2011

  • We next wrote to Key West, Florida. They answered our letters in excellent language and we learned many new and interesting facts. With characteristic southern generosity they sent us a box of curiosities by freight. In the box were cocoanuts as they grow on the tree, both large and small, king conch, queen conch, micromoc shells, several specimens of coral, and a branch showing how it begins to form, star fish, three sponges (one fine one ), one picked up on the sea coast, sea caps, plumper, soldier crab, king crab, clam shells, sun shells, periwinkle, coffee shells, barnicles, sea fan, sea moss, snake shells, and other rare things from the sea.

    --Susan H. Teas, 1894, "Letter writing in connection with the geography work", Indiana School Journal 39(10): 585

    November 20, 2011

  • To the naturalist, of whatever "persuasion," these mangrove thickets afford a wonderful field 'for observation. If he is an ornithologist, the homes of the herons and the eyries of the ospray sic are here at hand; is he a conchologist, how rapturously he views in the still water the winged aplysea sic, the rich tints of the triton, or, as it climbs the buttress of the mangrove, the mottled mickramock; a lover of crustaceans, the great hermit-crab, with his imbricated armor and formidable side-arms, most potent for defense, at the mouth of his confiscated castle; mayhap a gorgeously colored strombus of the larger growth.

    --"Along the Florida Reef", 1871, Harper's New Monthly Magazine 42(249): 359

    November 20, 2011

  • The Cowries. . .called in Florida micramocs, have richly enameled and marked shells; the spire not seen and the opening is small.

    --C. F. Holder and J. B. Holder, 1884, Elements of Zoölogy, p. 63

    November 20, 2011

  • We are not enthusiastic over the use of common names. Vernacular names are actually in use for conspicuous shells and those of economic value. Many in use, such as "paper fig" or "micremoc" (Cypraea cervus) are not adopted in this book. But to make up names for every insignificant periwinkle seems to us of little use.

    --Henry A. Pilsbry, 1954, The Nautilus 68: 36 (in a review of American Seashells by R. T. Abbott)

    November 20, 2011

  • I once heard Peter Schickele in a P. D. Q. Bach performance render this as "virtuasuoso".

    September 29, 2011

  • Searching for bling along with words related to jewelry in Google Books suggests that it appeared around 1999.

    September 24, 2011

  • Hi biocon, I've tracked down anatomical uses of prominentia and protuberantia as early as 1625 in this Latin text. In English texts, the words diverge, with terms based on protuberantia much earlier than those based on prominentia: "protuberantia ossea longitudinalis" in 1698, versus "prominentia frontalis" in 1839.

    September 11, 2011

  • Listed as passalorhynchite in the Century Dictionary, but that seems to be a rarer spelling.

    September 3, 2011

  • Headbutt your mouth's face! (Seen here.)

    September 2, 2011

  • I seem to be an autantonym, not being female, gangster or single.

    August 31, 2011

  • More likely jetsam than flotsam.

    August 14, 2011

  • I had this perfect sweet tooth fairy for dessert last night.

    August 13, 2011

  • Hi Erin,

    Thanks for explaining more of what's going on behind the scenes. Any chance you could file a ticket to get the 20,000 character limit on lists descriptions raised? I've mentioned it several times before, but haven't gotten an answer as to whether it was possible or in the works. It's particularly a problem with my Panvocalic euryvocalic list, because each link to a sequence uses up 58 characters. If it's not possible to raise the limit, would it be possible to restore the "u=mollusque" syntax in place of (or in addition to) "?created_by=mollusque". That would shorten the links.

    August 6, 2011

  • Are there places where worship and warship are pronounced the same?

    August 3, 2011

  • Hi agi, notice the oiaeu tag on "Molineaux". Similarly, alphavocalic words are tagged aeiou and aeiouy.

    July 30, 2011

  • Rolig, are you implying that some panvocalics are not amazing?

    July 13, 2011

  • The quotations below are the earliest and latest currently in Google Books; the earlier one antedates the OED's sole example, which is from 1782.

    July 10, 2011

  • This constant Distention of the uterine lacteals, proceeds from the great Quantity of spissid Chyle, or the Coarctation, Obstruction, and Compression of the Colatoria, whereby they retain too long their Contents.

    --Jean Astruc, 1743, A Treatise on all the Diseases Incident to women, p. 101

    July 10, 2011

  • . . . numerous investigations have convinced me that the smallest streamlets, if devoid of proper membranous parietes, have, even in the glandular organs, a kind of boundary, furnished by a thick or more spissid substance than the blood.

    --E. Geddings, 1837, review and translation of Johannes Mueller on the secernent glands, American Journal of the Medical Sciences 19: 430

    July 10, 2011

  • The night was spissy darkness itself; the sky was completely overcast, and it seemed to us as if fate was wholly relentless, in pursuing us with such a cruel complication of disasters.

    --Owen Chase, 1821, Narrative of the most Extraordinary and Distressing Shipwreck of the Whale-ship Essex of Nantucket

    July 10, 2011

  • Schize is a rare word, more often used as a noun than a verb. Here's an example that uses both:

    "If psychoanalytical discourse reposes on 'woman' as absence, on the imposibility of elaborating what is beyond the phallus, on the impossibility of feminine rapport and on the othering of 'woman' to the point of her foreclosure, in an analogy to a 'gaze' that is the forever schized so that a certain unconscious and a split subject can emerge, then art may be a site from which some light may be shed on another 'woman', for in the act of painting the schize between the gaze and the eyes melts and is woven into swerved distance."

    --Brian Massumi, 2002, A Shock to Thought: Expression after Deleuze and Guattari, p. 237

    July 10, 2011

  • Schism is a very common English word; but who has heard to schize?

    --C. Deedes, 1900, Notes and Queries (9)6: 208

    July 10, 2011

  • I've found examples for schize, spissy, and spissed other than those given in the OED. I'll add them to the pages for the words.

    July 10, 2011

  • Prolagus, this malaise has been affecting Wordnik for at least a year. Ten months ago on Erin's profile, I noted that Wordnik had only one tenth as many comments per week as Wordie used to. It's still at that anemic level, including all the comments and complaints about the new interface.

    Zeke, you said, "Thanks for all the feedback. We are listening." You might be listening, but I don't think Wordnik the corporation is listening. In my comment ten months ago, I asked Erin "Where do you see Wordnik going?" I thought her response was just a pat on the head, but held my tongue at the time. The only meaningful thing she said then was "The next big goal, sitewise, is to make it easier for people to contribute in fun and interesting ways."

    As we have seen, for the most part, that has not happened. Instead the site continues to be depersonalized, substituting mash-up for original content. That's understandable. That's where the profits lie. And Wordnik is a corporation, currently with 18 employees, and advertising for a Head of Business Development.

    Notice that the Blog is active again, although this hasn't been mention under Community, and that it doesn't mention the site revamp. Or maybe it does, but there isn't a way to get to older blog posts. The Community just isn't important to Wordnik. There aren't enough of us contributing to make it worth the corporation investing much effort to keep us happy. I've been asking for an increase in the 20,000 character limit in list descriptions for about a year, and haven't even gotten a response to the comments, let alone a fix.

    It's time to admit that we don't matter to corporate Wordnik, even though we do matter to a few of the employees.

    July 10, 2011

  • Even larger than Mimivirus.

    July 8, 2011

  • Tortoises only, not turtles or terrapins.

    July 8, 2011

  • During his reign as box-office king in the 1980s, Murphy described the yes-man mentality that studio executives exhibited toward a supernovaing star.

    --Frank Sanello, 1997, Naked Instinct: the Unauthorized Biography of Sharon Stone, p. 195

    July 7, 2011

  • A specialty of Daystar Pets.

    July 5, 2011

  • Seen here.

    July 5, 2011

  • A service offered by Alco Animal & Pest Control.

    July 4, 2011

  • A service offered by Martin's Cleaners in Collingswood, New Jersey.

    July 4, 2011

  • Who's your nanny?

    June 29, 2011

  • I haven't been able to locate "fortin" as an adjective other than in the phrase "Samson Fortin".

    June 29, 2011

  • The problem is not that different people have different subscriptions, it's that you aren't activating the links you provide. It looks like you are using square brackets around the URL, but those are only for internal links to word pages; they are misdirecting to the "Not Found" page. If I paste your OED link directly into my browser, it takes me to the desired webpage in the OED (because I have a subscription and I'm logged in).

    To activate the links, use <a href="URL">text you want to show as link</a>. (A summary of html codes pops up if you click the "Some html" link over the comment box.)

    June 28, 2011

  • It seems no longer to be on the site. I couldn't find it by searching for words I know appeared in the comments, such as "Cyrillic" and "kacker".

    June 26, 2011

  • It's also easy to add words to a list accidentally, by click on the list name assuming it will take you to the list. Please restore the old way of adding words to lists.

    June 26, 2011

  • How about apophysis?

    June 25, 2011

  • bRAdburY

    June 25, 2011

  • I don't use software beyond the search tools that Google offers. The problem in researching a word like "malace" is sifting through all the false positives: misspellings of "malice", OCR errors, proper names, etc.

    Wordnik doesn't have a tool for bulk upload of words. One could probably use something like AppleScript to automate uploads from a Excel file.

    June 25, 2011

  • Hi biocon, thanks for the reply. I've also flagged many words as occurring in the OED, using the tag oed2 (lower case from the Wordie days when upper case wasn't accepted).

    Some of the words you've listed are what I call dictionary words, since there are no known examples of their occurrence outside of dictionaries (malace, mollicine, although the later is also a trade name Mollicine). Trawling Google Books and Google Scholar to find bonafide usages of these words can be fun.

    By the way, I'm also a biologist. Welcome to Wordnik!

    June 24, 2011

  • The links you're providing to the OED won't work for people who don't have passwords for the Galileo system.

    June 24, 2011

  • Hi ruzuzu, the Behr is colorfast. I searched about thirty color names and tags today and didn't find any changes.

    June 22, 2011

  • But a few steps removed from his hotel there was a notable grog shop, kept by one Donahue, where the drinking and uproarishness still continued and served to demoralize the town.

    --Autobiography of Rear Admiral Charles Wilkes, 1798-1877, p. 624 (1978)

    June 18, 2011

  • I'm getting the "Trouble delivering that page" message when I try to go to my word-of-the-day list.

    June 18, 2011

  • Curry? Grapes? Cabbage?

    June 15, 2011

  • haeccity, quiddity?

    June 12, 2011

  • Do you prefer magabook?

    June 12, 2011

  • *blushes*

    June 12, 2011

  • Roseanne Roseannadanna?

    June 12, 2011

  • baldface

    June 12, 2011

  • canning bee, spinning bee

    June 12, 2011

  • Have you plundered pterodactyl's Word's that look like adverbs but aren't?

    June 8, 2011

  • Hi buzznelson, first hand information from the men who flew the planes is an excellent source to support the "pickle barrel" derivation of the word. People have been writing about WWII since WWII, so it's odd that the first known occurrence of "pickle switch" in print hasn't yet been pushed earlier than 1960 (excluding references to "Pickle's Switch" in the railway industry before WWI).

    June 7, 2011

  • Interesting possibility for the derivation, but I can't find any citations of World War II vintage. The first uses of the term in Google Books (1960-1964) all concern activating cameras using a pickle switch. Some of these were aerial cameras, so the term could then have transferred to other aerial triggering functions.

    June 4, 2011

  • Bob stirred his sugar-and-cream-laced chicory with a twig, sipped at it and gave Rudi a shrewd slanticular glance before he squinted out at the plain to the east.

    --S. M. Stirling, 2007, The Sunrise Lands, p. 287

    June 4, 2011

  • Among other features, it is to the oblique, and as our Transatlantic friends have it, the slanticular direction of these rocks, from the point into the Bristol Channel, that the cause of some of the reciprocation of the waters under Penarth is owing.

    --W. H. Smyth, 1840, Nautical Observations on the Port and Maritime Vicinity of Cardiff, p. 16

    June 4, 2011

  • Also spelled brunescent, especially in the context of cataracts (of the eyes).

    June 4, 2011

  • To be emu-lated.

    June 2, 2011

  • When capitalized, a genus of bivalves that lives embedded in coral.

    June 1, 2011

  • Rheally fine!

    June 1, 2011

  • An appropriate name for such an effect, in which two or more flavor compounds together give a completely different flavor sensation, is a "synosmic effect".

    --George Charalambous and Ira Katz, 1976, Phenolic, Sulfur, and Nitrogen Compounds in Food Flavors: a Symposium, p. 106

    May 27, 2011

  • I would have thought synosmic, but that turns out to have different meaning.

    May 27, 2011

  • Do undervarmints wear undergarments?

    May 23, 2011

  • I made my first word list sometime in the 1970s. Chromonyms, the oldest list I have good records of, was started in the early 1980s, although it wasn't my first Wordie/Wordnik list. Panvocalic was my first word.

    May 20, 2011

  • There is an easier way, sionnach. For a list with more than 100 words, divide the number of words on the list by 100, add one to the part to the left of the decimal, and append it to the list URL:

    May 20, 2011

  • Thanks, hernesheir! I put grougrou on Isograms.

    May 20, 2011

  • The single example that Wordnik gives seems to be the only bonafide usage. It comes from Travels in Arabia by Burckhardt (1829). It was picked up by Davies (1881) in A Supplementary English Glossary. A review of the glossary used lithoclast to illustrate the importance of vocabulary: "If he could only frame his lips to call a stone-breaker a lithoclast (for which Mr. Davies furnishes him with good authority), we do not doubt for an instant that he would very shortly be raised by a unanimous vote of the villagers to the distinguished office of surveyor of the highways."

    May 13, 2011

  • ...grottoes?

    May 12, 2011

  • Not yet. I might start carrying a silver helix.

    May 11, 2011

  • You could make a list of bilby's list, ruzuzu, starting here.

    May 11, 2011

  • sign

    May 11, 2011

  • A parasitic clam that sucks fluids from its host.

    May 10, 2011

  • Thanks frogapplause, I added all but atalaya (with that pesky "y"), and haphtara (haftarah is on the list). I put Rakshasa on Monovocalic Proper, and pensée on Monovocalic polygot.

    May 7, 2011

  • Blafferty, I'm glad you're casting a shadow now!

    May 5, 2011

  • Here's my reasoning:

    bilby was an ingenue last time around, so I thought that the goings on about the world might make him queasy at times.

    blafferty has been on Wordnik for more than two years, but said very little until recently so ascian seemed appropriate.

    chained_bear likes old stuff like mortsafes.

    dontcry and erinmckean: I went for the obvious connections (not that they were immediately obvious) and hoped the words weren't gangerherrings.

    fbharjo makes different connections than I usually would, which seems sinistral.

    frindley: pandas are friendly looking.

    frogapplause: frogs metamorphose, and so does frogapplause, which is protean.

    gangerh: I judged he couldn't resist a STF, especially with all the double-think going around.

    hernesheir: is balsamaceous because he likes adjectives and has studied plants.

    oroboros: emordnilap, as he collects odd word patterns.

    PossibleUnderscore: harlequin is purely a guess from the remaining unmatched words.

    Prolagus: his sigh from the previous contest has escalated to an aaaaaaargh!.

    pterodactyl: when airborne a pterodactyl is lugged around by its hide.

    reesetee: an editor can be chrestomathic.

    ruzuzu: definitely playful even if that's not her chosen word.

    seanahan: prodigal is another pure guess.

    sionnach: is learning French, which is distingue.

    Wordicolina: Most recent Wordnik among the entrants, so a greenhorn.

    Wordplayer: young word afficionados often start with a love of long words.

    yarb: is often present when the conversation turns to him, even if he hasn't been commenting.

    May 4, 2011

  • Hi Wordplayer, both spellings are used. Online, nadaswaram is about 10 times more common than nagaswaram. In print (judging from Google Books), which is a proxy for having some editorial or copyediting input, the opposite pattern occurs: nagaswaram leads nadaswaram about 8 : 5. In the most reliable sources (judging from Google Scholar), they're in a virtual dead-heat. I've added nadaswaram.

    May 1, 2011

  • Thanks frogapplause and PossibleUnderscore! The list is now "unflampointed" and the others are added except yestereve (with a "y") and urubus (I have urubu).

    April 30, 2011

  • Ur Zuzu if capitalized words are allowed.

    April 28, 2011

  • monkeyshines . . .

    April 27, 2011

  • Butterfingers!

    April 27, 2011

  • Owner Jerry Zimmerman goes to great pains to see that his fish is as fresh as piscinely possible.

    --Neal O. Weiner, David M. Schwartz, 1986, The Interstate Gourmet: Midwest

    April 26, 2011

  • They should be called incurrent and excurrent, since sponges don't breathe air.

    April 26, 2011

  • I agree, ruzuzu. Better to post now. It's too late for me to avoid second-guessing, but at least I can avoid triple-thinking, like pondering what it means that you matched yourself to lunette.

    bilby: queasy

    blafferty: ascian

    chained_bear: mortsafe

    dontcry: tear-resistant

    erinmckean: calepinerienne

    fbharjo: sinistral

    frindley: panda

    frogapplause: protean

    gangerh: heartstringsplucker

    hernesheir: balsamaceous

    oroboros: emordnilap

    PossibleUnderscore: harlequin

    Prolagus: aaaaaaargh!

    pterodactyl: hidelugged

    reesetee: chrestomathic

    ruzuzu: playful

    seanahan: prodigal

    sionnach: distingue

    Wordnicolina: greenhorn

    Wordplayer: hippopotomonstrosesquipedaliophile

    yarb: present

    April 24, 2011

  • Don't know why, but I'm finding the Australians are the hardest to match to words.

    April 23, 2011

  • What do you call it if you train three horses at a time?

    April 19, 2011

  • Does citation qualify?

    April 19, 2011

  • See loadum and primero.

    April 19, 2011

  • He's both.

    April 19, 2011

  • And sometimes it's left out altogether: see minion in the Century Dictionary.

    April 18, 2011

  • See Bossypants (title of Tina Fey's new book).

    April 18, 2011

  • When people understand what she Thatcher is up to, they regard her as a great leader; when they don't, she is a bossypants.

    --The Spectator 256: 6 (1986)

    April 18, 2011

  • Can frogs get dandruff?

    April 17, 2011

  • Not even slightly.

    How about pristinity?

    April 16, 2011

  • They went into a dark hall. It was heavy with the odor of linoleum and creosote and another odor behind these two. The third one was an undersmell and Enoch couldn't name it as anything he had ever smelled before.

    --Flannery O'Connor, Wise Blood (1952)

    April 16, 2011

  • See mollusque baugh.

    April 16, 2011

  • How about integrity, yarb?

    April 15, 2011

  • Sixteen vowels: see eellogofusciouhipoppokunurious.

    April 15, 2011

  • Thanks, Wordplayer. It's not an isogram, but I added it to Tandem Repeat.

    April 13, 2011

  • Maybe he could use a vowelhound?

    April 12, 2011

  • bilious(ness)

    April 11, 2011

  • n1w, n1w, r4u.

    April 10, 2011

  • Are your cockles decorticated?

    April 9, 2011

  • "Test" is an old word for "shell".

    April 8, 2011

  • Thanks ruzuzu!

    April 8, 2011

  • See Sansculottides.

    April 6, 2011

  • Yes, but with a better selection of vowels.

    April 6, 2011

  • Cigarettes are often sold by the stick in the Philippines (and presumably many other places).

    April 6, 2011

  • I agree, Prolagus. "All the words, and everything about them, for everybody" suggests a tin ear for language.

    Feedback folks, please restore the "All the words" tagline!

    April 1, 2011

  • The CBE manual doesn't specifically address the possessive of "species". It does have a few of relevant guidelines: "The general principle of adding an apostrophe and "s" holds for most nouns, including proper nouns, that end in "s". Pronunciation can serve as a guide: if one would pronounce the possessive "s", it should appear in the written form". "If in a particular case the double sibilant sounds awkward, the sentence should be recast to avoid the possessive form altogether." "The possessive forms of Greek and hellenized names of more than 1 syllable ending in "s" (which often have an unaccented ending pronounced "eez", as well as those of "Jesus" and "Moses", are formed by adding an apostrophe only."

    March 31, 2011

  • Yes, the CBE Manual (1994). I have a copy in my office at work, so I'll see what it has to say about possessive species. (CBE stands for Council of Biology Editors; it's been supplanted by the Council of Science Editors.)

    March 31, 2011

  • Trying to figure out why "species's" sounds wrong to me, I come up with two possibilities. As a practicing biologist, I don't hear other biologists saying it, although biologists often do write "species's". Also, "species" sounds plural even though it can be singular, echoing "crises" and "bases". Difficulty of pronunciation doesn't seem to be a factor: "Moses's" and "Jesus's" don't sound wrong to me. I think the answer is that "species's" is generally pronounced the same way as "species", so the distinction is made in writing, not in speech.

    March 30, 2011

  • Whether you add " 's" or just an apostrophe depends on the pronunciation, not whether the word is singular or plural. "Douglas's watch" is correct because it's pronounced "Douglases". "Specieses" sounds wrong, so I'd use "species' ecology" rather than "species's ecology".

    March 30, 2011

  • More likely a jaguar (to the degree that therianthropy is likely), since the word is from Quechua. See uturuncus.

    March 29, 2011

  • Thanks John and Tonytam!

    A few suggestions for the WOTD functions: html codes don't work in the "Add note" section. It would be great if they could be enabled. Also, if you go to another window while writing a note and then return, the note is lost. Could this be set to work like the comments box for lists and words, which "remembers" its draft contents? Also an edit function for the note would be helpful. Maybe the edit function (and others?) are shut off while John troubleshoots?

    March 25, 2011

  • Subject to being obtained or disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act in the United States.

    March 25, 2011

  • Any advice on the delete bug in WOTD lists? Should I just delete the list and start again?

    March 25, 2011

  • Help! I started a word of the day list. I accidentally entered a note without a word, and "delete" doesn't seem to work in that situation, so I'm blocked from making a entry for March 27. Also, it would be nice to have the option to edit the notes rather than having to delete the whole word and start again.

    March 24, 2011

  • Uncellophaning a comb he raked the dandruff from Danny's scalp.

    --Norman Stein, 1957, "A Second Chance for Samson", Commentary 24: 148

    March 22, 2011

  • Quick, make it plural.

    March 21, 2011

  • It could be useful as a term for malformed words (such as anatidaephobia).

    March 21, 2011

  • parapragmatic?

    March 21, 2011

  • Another thought, Liberty: your list title allows broader interpretation that mine. There are lots of things that are edible that one might hesitate to eat, considering literal or figurative meanings (rock candy, green M&Ms).

    March 16, 2011

  • Not at all! Part of the fun of Wordnik is seeing how similar lists develop in different ways. Also, it's a time-honored tradition to scan other lists for inspiration, or just to pillage them directly.

    *Strolls off to add pi to his list*

    March 15, 2011

  • And embergoose.

    March 11, 2011

  • You could fulfill both imperatives by tagging words that first appear in Rabelais or translations of his works: aleatory, baralipton, bebump, celivagous, centumviral . . .

    March 11, 2011

  • Ruzuzu, this is frightening. I don't have a three-to-make-four list, but On with their heads! is similar, with the corresponding tag behead.

    So stop muttering and start tagging!

    March 11, 2011

  • Tagging wouldn't give a way to see how many of the sequences are represented in at least one word. I do sometimes tag all the words that contain an interesting rare sequence such as abc.

    March 10, 2011

  • I first read this as gangerhonic.

    March 10, 2011

  • Thanks, ruzuzu. I stopped at "b" when I realized I'd skipped a couple of obvious sequences, like "ady" and "aff". I haven't had a chance to rebuild the list yet, which unfortunately involves deleting or moving and then readding each word, in order to insert the missing ones in order.

    March 10, 2011

  • I can't find my pronouns.

    March 10, 2011

  • And dubya. I collect those too, along with the letters. And Words about words.

    Come to think of it, all my lists are of perfect words. I don't list misspellings, which are the only imperfect words.

    March 10, 2011

  • How about parental, paternal, prenatal which are related though not synonymous.

    Of course I've been collected "perfect" words for years: panvocalics.

    March 9, 2011

  • An anagram with the same meaning is possible: enraged and angered. But grenade, grandee and derange are also anagrams, which detracts from the "perfection".

    Perhaps a word that has one and only anagram for each letter in the word could be said to be perfect: emit, item, mite, time. But what happens if Nepalese meti (a transgender person) is adopted into English? Would the set no longer be perfect?

    March 9, 2011

  • I think zymose edges it out.

    March 9, 2011

  • Variant of matutinal.

    March 8, 2011

  • More like a storm door.

    March 3, 2011

  • Fee-fi-ho-hum

    February 20, 2011

  • Sly use of "oh the humanity", Wordplayer!

    February 20, 2011

  • I'm glad you didn't try to eat the plague-cake.

    February 19, 2011

  • According to OED2, an amulet worn as protection against the plague.

    February 18, 2011

  • No, because words don't have factors. The words that can be formed by the letters within a word aren't essential properties of the word.

    February 16, 2011

  • The longest two-syllable word?

    February 15, 2011

  • Hi hernesheir, thanks for the invite. I've kept track of my coinages at Inflicted on Wordie. I added a few to your list. If you think some of the others have currency, go ahead and add them.

    February 14, 2011

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  • Hello mollusque.

    July 26, 2016

  • Much-belated (8 years belated) thanks for your help with my Pocketful of -ry list!

    April 16, 2016

  • We have a start from alexz: obsolete---disused-science-terms.

    May 14, 2014

  • I have to admit I'm daunted by how many obsolete and disused science terms there could be--would it make sense to break them down into categories, or should we just have one huge list?

    May 14, 2014

  • The "Random word" feature leads me to lots of old science words which no longer seem to be in use (today I got entomostraca). Do you happen to know if there's a list for them somewhere around here?

    May 7, 2014

  • Great news!

    Do my ears look big in these dreadlocks?

    March 13, 2013

  • It *is* strange to have all of our own comments above the text box--but below the text box the comments are all together (assuming we don't stray from profile to profile for our comment-leaving).

    And I miss John for sure, but I miss you, too.

    April 30, 2012

  • There's also the bizarre segregation of comments by the user from those of other users, which makes it hard to follow a conversation. And speaking of user unfriendliness, we can't even sort lists into alphabetical order. I miss John.

    April 28, 2012

  • This odd ruzuzu will take that as a compliment.

    I was going to try to make a sweet pun about "dessertification" and desserters, but then I got distracted by visions of dunes made of shifting grains of sugar.

    April 28, 2012

  • Speaking of which, I had to scroll up and down for a pater noster while to find the freaking comment box whereinwhichfor to make a comment. Yes, it's a desert of user unfriendliness with the odd ruzuzu blooming under a rock.

    spam fisted = ham fisted, oh yessireee.

    April 28, 2012

  • Psst. I think you're missing an HTML tag on micramoc.

    March 7, 2012

  • Always--the sproingiest, in fact.

    January 5, 2012

  • With sproingy rhinophores?

    January 5, 2012

  • And mollusque.

    January 4, 2012

  • And mollusks.

    January 4, 2012

  • Sometimes when I try to explain this site to my friends, I find myself talking about molluscs.

    January 4, 2012

  • Thank you very much.

    July 10, 2011

  • If you would inform me whether schize, spissy and spissid are "valid" words, I would be very grateful.


    July 10, 2011

  • Thank you much.

    June 29, 2011

  • As an adjective, does fortin exist in cyberspace outside dictionary definitions except for a reference to Samson (1866)?

    June 28, 2011

  • Thanks very much. Yes, my modified links work. I intended to try my links myself but continued to procrastinate. Thanks again.

    June 28, 2011

  • Thanks for providing me another word related to protuberance.

    Spissitude should not have been in that list.

    June 26, 2011

  • Thanks, mollusque for your kangaroo word suggestion. Definitely "outside the box". :o)

    June 25, 2011

  • Thank you for your informative response to my question.

    June 25, 2011

  • Thank you for your utile comments.

    Is there any way to simultaneously insert multiple words into a Wordnik list?

    June 24, 2011

  • Thank you for your comments.

    What trawling software do you use?

    June 24, 2011

  • I have provided links to Oxford English Dictionary in an attempt to demonstrate that the words so linked have a valid source. Following each of those links, I have delineated in parentheses "Oxford English Dictionary" so that the name of the source is explicit. Most persons who are associated with an institution of higher learning are able to access Oxford English Dictionary gratis, whether or not they must provide a password.

    June 24, 2011

  • A tandem repeat: grougrou.

    May 20, 2011

  • I found a few additional words for your Monovocalic list. It's becoming harder to find new words!

    May 5, 2011

  • 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.

    April 14, 2011

  • Hi mollusque, looking into the wotd delete bug right now, will get back to you.

    March 25, 2011

  • Hi mollusque, I've removed that boring, blank word for you.

    March 25, 2011

  • Uh... frogapplause just pointed out the word epiphragm and... uh....

    March 1, 2011

  • poulp

    February 19, 2011

  • pericarpous

    February 17, 2011

  • We all appreciate your additions to the Wordnikian Glossary.

    February 14, 2011

  • Hey Moll...I created a list to collect Wordie/Wordnik terms (coined or otherwise unique) that we use on this website. Your inputs would be greatly appreciated - and I ask that nobody be shy - take credit for your coinages that have become common. I call the list A Glossary of Wordnikian.

    February 13, 2011

  • One for your tandem repeats list: anorrhorrhea.

    January 2, 2011

  • The term anime is listed as a general term for "various resins, especially that of Hymenaea courbaril...Unof.", in the 1910 2nd edition of The Practitioner's Medical Dictionary by George Milbry Gould. I assume *Unof.*, which I don't see listed in the abbreviations in the Roman-numeral-paginated forward to the book, is intended to mean "unofficial". That it is listed seems to be an indication that the term was in common enough use among physicians at the time. See anime resin.

    January 2, 2011

  • Please add it to your 'pull out all the stops' list, if you wish.

    December 27, 2010

  • Good catch noticing that quintaphone is a euvocalic!

    December 27, 2010

  • All hail the antisturgeon. I found a reference with stated definition of semiparous tonight.

    December 17, 2010

  • See allegious. It would be nice to attest the adverb with -ly.


    December 16, 2010

  • Going to list/tag unponytailed?

    December 16, 2010

  • I find one reference for Euro-dynastic in Google Books. What do you think?

    December 16, 2010

  • I found a great new panvocalic euryvocalic pattern today: synrugoidate - yuoiae

    Go ahead and tag the word as you would prefer.

    December 15, 2010

  • Nothing new on the panvocalics front - every one lately I happen across has been tagged by you already!

    December 2, 2010

  • Hello, Moll, been awhile...

    December 2, 2010

  • Do you remember when convowels first started getting tagged? See cvcvcccvcvcv for more discussion. I know you and hernesheir have tagged quite a few. (I'll ask him, too.)

    November 7, 2010

  • Thanks, amigo. I'll give it a look. My surmise was right that you were the go-to guy on this! :o)

    November 3, 2010