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  • Panty raid? pant heist.

    November 17, 2021

  • There are many kinds of sucker holes, but in aviation, sucker holes have killed more than a few pilots. If you're not qualified to fly on instruments and find yourself above a solid deck of clouds extending to the horizon and beyond, whilst needing to get down to visual conditions because you're low on fuel, you can be fatally lured to punch through a suddenly appearing but evanescent  break in the clouds and run straight into cumulo-granite - i.e., terra firma. Don't do it! Get instrument qualified and have appropriate map resources with you.

    May 25, 2021

  • Neologism by cartoonist Wayno for what Wordies know as a Sweet Tooth Fairy. http://waynocartoons.blogspot.com/2011/08/whatchamacallit_11.html

    May 10, 2021

  • See https://www.wordnik.com/lists/japanese-style

    December 13, 2020

  • See https://www.wordnik.com/lists/japanese-style

    December 13, 2020

  • "Misled by the internet" - heard on NPR's Marketplace - Make Me Smart.

    October 1, 2020

  • Congrats, T., on FA success!! :)

    October 1, 2020

  • The collecting of egg cups. https://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-poc1.htm

    September 14, 2020

  • Zat ewe, Ms. T.?

    August 23, 2020

  • Latest palindrome series compliments of Teresa's Frog Applause. Thanks, T.! Also, credit to sionnach.

    August 23, 2020





    March 28, 2020

  • The weight at the end of a pendulum according to NPR's Says You!.

    January 4, 2020

  • The pecking order in a harem according to NPR's Says You!.

    December 28, 2019

  • Plump, well fed and happy according to NPR's Says You!.

    November 30, 2019

  • An employee who undertakes to police the food in the break-room fridge. From Gray Matters cartoon.

    October 3, 2019

  • The amount of a spirit or wine in a cask that is lost to evaporation.


    October 2, 2019

  • Idea used by Will Shortz for a puzzle on NPR's Sunday Weekend Edition program.

    September 28, 2019

  • A concoction of honey and apple cider vinegar thought to have curative powers according to NPR's Says You!.

    September 28, 2019

  • Permission to direct rainwater off one's roof onto a neighbor's property according to NPR's Says You!.

    September 28, 2019

  • Googie (/ˈɡuːɡi/ GOO-gee) architecture is a type of futurist architecture influenced by car culture, jets, the Space Age, and the Atomic Age. It began in Southern California with the Streamline Moderne architecture of the 1930s, and was popular nationwide during the late 1940s into the mid-1960s.(from Google search).Heard on NPR's <i>Says You!</i>.

    August 17, 2019

  • Song of the white-crowned sparrow.

    June 11, 2019

  • Hi Teresa!

    May 7, 2019

  • A yarn making tool according to NPR's Says You!.

    April 27, 2019

  • A brief flash of time according to NPR's Says You!.

    March 23, 2019

  • "The psychoneurosis of everyday unmarried life, especially on the weekend." From: https://pressf1.pcworld.co.nz/showthread.php?39244-WFTWE-74-Azygophrenia-This-one-is-for-all-you-single-PF1-ers

    February 10, 2019

  • People who live their whole lives close to where they were born, according to NPR's Says You!.

    January 19, 2019

  • The organ pipe in a cuckoo clock, according to NPR's Says You!.

    January 19, 2019

  • A large earthworm according to NPR's Says You!.

    December 15, 2018

  • A ceiling curtain in a tepee to keep moisture out and heat in, according to NPR's Says You!.

    December 1, 2018

  • The offspring of a male llama and a female alpaca, according to NPR's Says You!.

    October 6, 2018

  • A traditional fermented water buffalo milk popular among people of West Sumatra, according to NPR's Says You!.

    July 28, 2018

  • "Myturtlepanchowillmylovepickupmynewmovergingermame."

    This is a mnemonic for pi out to 25 decimal places based on a system shown in the book "Mathemagics - How To Look Like a Genius Without Really Trying." 

    All the integers 1 thru 9 occur in the expansion except "0". After "mame" add: "a famous Nike belle" and the next digit (the 32nd) is "0".

    July 20, 2018

  • New mnemonics system explained here: https://www.futilitycloset.com/2018/07/19/piphilology/

    July 20, 2018

  • New mnemonic system for pi at: https://www.futilitycloset.com/2018/07/19/piphilology/.

    July 20, 2018

  • Taxes or levies; plural of cess according to NPR's Says You!.

    July 14, 2018

  • Fear of change according to The Phrontistery.

    May 26, 2018

  • A confidence game involving dishonest card play, according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 19, 2018

  • To walk about, stupidly, according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 7, 2018

  • To pluck wool from a sheep by hand, according to NPR's Says You!.

    April 21, 2018

  • A naval command to change the course of a ship, according to NPR's Says You!.

    April 7, 2018

  • To drag a fire hose off a firetruck manually rather than merely holding it while the truck drives off, according to NPR's Says You!.

    March 24, 2018

  • A diminutive person according to NPR's Says You!.

    February 24, 2018

  • Bathing area fed by a medicinal spring according to NPR's Says You!.

    November 25, 2017

  • When a common word looks strange and ungainly. Wordnesia. "Here’s how they work: Every now and again, for no good or apparent reason, you peer at a standard, uncomplicated word in a section of text and, well, go all row-ads on it. If you’re typing, that means inexplicably blanking on how to spell something easy like cake or design. The reading version of wordnesia occurs when a common, correctly spelled word either seems as though it can’t possibly be spelled correctly, or like it’s some bizarre combination of letters you’ve never before seen—a grouping that, in some cases, you can’t even imagine being the proper way to compose the relevant term." (Mathew J.X. Malady, in Slate.com)

    October 9, 2017

  • A cold in the head, according to NPR's Says You!.

    September 9, 2017

  • Propelling a barge or a boat with a long pole, according to NPR's Says You!.

    September 2, 2017

  • A sheep on its back, unable to stand upright due to the weight of wool on its back, according to NPR's Says You!. Potentially fatal if not corrected expeditiously.

    August 19, 2017

  • A steep, narrow valley according to NPR's Says You!.Conan Doyle used the variant goyal.

    August 12, 2017

  • Fit for drinking according to NPR's Says You!.

    August 12, 2017

  • To tweak, change, improve, spruce up, according to NPR's Says You!.

    July 22, 2017

  • A kayak with a hydrofoil attachment according to NPR's Says You!.

    July 15, 2017

  • The Subaru logo is an oval containing one large star and five smaller ones which represent the Pleiades or Seven Sisters (only 6 of which can be seen by the naked eye). The company was formed by the merging of six companies. Heard on NPR's Says You!.

    July 8, 2017

  • A cutlery implement with spoon on one end and fork on the other, according to NPR's Says You!.

    July 1, 2017

  • To mistreat something by dragging it around according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 20, 2017

  • To inhale with one's upper lip curled back according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 20, 2017

  • One who when asked a question responds irritably according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 13, 2017

  • A pathological reluctance to talk about a certain subject according to NPR's Says you!.

    April 8, 2017

  • To relax after a good meal according to NPR's Says you!.

    April 8, 2017

  • Measurement of the distance between the ears of a dog from tip to tip across the head according to NPR's Says You!.

    April 1, 2017

  • Aleutian waterproof pullover shirt made of dried animal intestines according to NPR's Says You!.

    February 25, 2017

  • Sin + gap + ore and sing + a + pore.

    February 25, 2017

  • First rate and fabulous according to NPR's <i>Says You!</i>.

    February 25, 2017

  • Fear of marriage.

    February 11, 2017

  • One whose helplessness others find exasperating according to NPR's Says You!.

    February 4, 2017

  • According to realtors, a residence of 8000 or more square feet. Heard on NPR's Says You!.

    January 28, 2017

  • A blunderbuss according to NPR's Says You!.

    January 28, 2017

  • If the wound fails to heal in 3 days it is proof of guilt, according to NPR's Says You!. A basis for "Now you're in hot water!" ?

    January 21, 2017

  • The ancient Etruscan symbol for the number 500, according to NPR's Says You!.

    January 14, 2017

  • A hole made in ice for breathing by seals, according to NPR's Says You!.

    January 7, 2017

  • Conventional or hackneyed art according to NPR's Says You!.

    December 3, 2016

  • The smell emitted by a clown struck by lightning? (heard on NPR's Says you!.

    November 26, 2016

  • To give up one's place in line to another according to NPR's Says You!.

    November 26, 2016

  • A phalanx of medieval spear-carrying soldiers according to NPR's Says You!.

    November 19, 2016

  • A large luau involving the marriage between two families - brothers from one family to sisters of the other according to NPR's Says You!

    November 12, 2016

  • See also zamburak.

    November 12, 2016

  • A small cannon mounted on the back of a camel according to NPR's Says You!.

    November 12, 2016

  • tutament
    n. a means of defence; a safeguard

    Strange freaks these round shot play! We saw a man coming up from the rear with his full knapsack on, and some canteens of water held by the straps in his hands. He was walking slowly, and with apparent unconcern, though the iron hailed around him. A shot struck the knapsack, and it and its contents flew thirty yards in every direction; the knapsack disappeared like an egg thrown spitefully against the rock. The soldier stopped, and turned about in puzzled surprise, put up one hand to his back to assure himself that the knapsack was not there, and then walked slowly on again unharmed, with not even his coat torn.

    — Franklin Aretas Haskell, The Battle of Gettysburg, 1908

    (from <a href="http://www.futilitycloset.com/2016/09/27/in-a-word-553/">Futility Closet.com</a>)

    September 28, 2016

  • An autantonym: for - "I'm with you on that." v. against - "Got into a fighting with my wife."

    September 20, 2016

  • A word with a non-planar spelling net is called an eodermdrome, an ungainly name that itself illustrates the idea.   Illustrated explanation here.

    August 25, 2016

  • Bad tempered or peevish according to NPR's Says You!.

    July 9, 2016

  • This concept is brilliantly depicted in the Taoist symbol of "yin-yang". The "eyes" of the contrasting yin and yang complements represent the seed of its opposite whereby it "sees". Imagine that each eye expands until its color fills the containing yin or yang figure while a new eye, of contrasting color, emanates in the center of a new eye, and the whole process repeats indefinitely.

    June 20, 2016

  • The quantity one can hold in hands cupped together according to NPR's Says You!.  Edit 1/17/22 - entered in error - see yepsen.

    June 18, 2016

  • See also heautoscopy.

    June 9, 2016

  • Out-of-body experience; Wikipedia article here.

    June 9, 2016

  • I've encountered a vendingmachine that certainly seemed not to be in a hurry and/or in a coma...but that eventually delivers the goods. And delicious goods they are....

    May 23, 2016

  • Garrison Keillor touted it as a 'wonderful word' at the end of an early monologue listing complaint words on his Prairie Home Companion show this morning on NPR.

    May 23, 2016

  • To walk about meaninglessly according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 21, 2016

  • Said of silk having a crisp, rustling feel, according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 9, 2016

  • Moist from sweat according to NPR's Says You!.

    April 30, 2016

  • To clear away topsoil in preparation for planting trees according to NPR's Says You!.

    April 30, 2016

  • Military: Urinal deodorizing cake.

    March 19, 2016

  • Military serviceman missing or AWOL.

    March 19, 2016

  • Military serviceman Morse code operator.

    March 19, 2016

  • Military speak for "get out of the way".

    March 19, 2016

  • A decorative tool that was used to turn pages in medieval times to keep from soiling texts with dirty fingers, according to NPR's Says You!.

    March 12, 2016

  • Pilots have emergency procedures manuals for every kind of aircraft and equipment malfunction. The manual is categorized into the various aircraft systems, hydraulic, electrical, flight controls, etc., for quick reference to the, sometimes extensive, troubleshooting steps that must be followed. Some of the emergencies are so critical (e.g., catastrophic engine failure) they are placed in a red-outlined frame, called a "red box" and pilots are required to commit these procedural steps to memory. During the occasion of a pilot's training and/or checkride in "the box" s/he is given a "mini-oral" designed to evaluate his/her knowledge of aircraft systems and always includes a recitation of these red box items. As the flight industry, both military and civilian has evolved over the years, the trend has been to limit the number and complexity of red box items due to the frailty of human memory. Increasingly, improvements in technology facilitate this trend. Nowadays emergency procedures are available on aircraft-provided computer-analysis and recommended actions are printed on flight deck instrument display screens. Often, many critical actions are automatically initiated by the computer brain of the affected system. It's a safe bet however, that red box items will never go away completely.

    February 27, 2016

  • Also, boldface action. See red box items. Here's Col. Chris Hadfield's definition from his An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: "'Boldface' is a pilot term, a magic word to describe the procedures that could, in a crisis, save your life. We say 'boldface is written in blood' because often it's created in response to an accident investigation. It highlights the series of steps that should have been taken to avoid a fatal crash, but weren't." Boldface actions, like red box items must be committed to memory, as there isn't time to refer to the emergency checklist.

    February 27, 2016

  • Revisit L.A. International?

    February 11, 2016

  • all I gat or

    February 10, 2016

  • Dirty room.

    February 6, 2016

  • A dull and grumpy person according to NPR's Says You!. Of Scottish derivation.

    January 16, 2016

  • Howdy, DP. Your old buddy oroboros sends his bestest regards. And here's one of his favorite words: raccoonnookkeeper!

    December 28, 2015

  • A coquettish air, according to NPR's Says You!.

    December 19, 2015

  • See also chevaster.

    December 14, 2015

  • I wonder if this word is of Native American origin?

    December 2, 2015

  • To collect and spread gossip; a busybody - according to NPR's Says You.

    November 14, 2015

  • Grammagram: FND

    October 31, 2015

  • The sculptural figure on top of a sarcophagus of the person inside according to NPR's Says You!. See <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gisant">more</a>.

    October 31, 2015

  • An impossible object; an optical illusion. An Echeresque object or drawing. Here's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blivet">one.</a> According to NPR's Says You!.

    October 31, 2015

  • A word expressible phonetically as sequences of letters, e.g., opium = OPM.

    October 30, 2015

  • A grammagram: NVS

    October 30, 2015

  • A person who pumps the bellows of a pipe organ before the advent of electricity (NPR's Says You).

    October 17, 2015

  • Someone who will do a job that no one else will, according to NPR's Says You.

    September 19, 2015

  • Cider with honey according to NPR's Says You.

    September 12, 2015

  • See comments under barbecue for an eyeful of condiments!

    August 20, 2015

  • The one- to two-inch portion of a straw's paper packaging left over the upper end projecting from a beverage to ensure its cleanliness/purity.

    August 15, 2015

  • A bi-sonic: Chinese pronunciation: chee (energy); Greek: kai (Greek alphabet member).

    August 6, 2015

  • If you move each of its letters to the mirror position in the alphabet (A <-> Z, B <-> Y, etc.), WIZARD becomes DRAZIW. Credit: futilitycloset.com.

    July 26, 2015

  • Thanks for your correction; only saw it for the first time today! As a retired USAF and airline pilot (10 years, this month) this formula is a hazy recollection from USAF pilot training a lot of years ago. I've had the luxury of black boxes for my entire career after that and have never done any small aircraft flying outside that career, so thanks, again, for your clarification.

    July 14, 2015

  • An unwelcome companion tolerated only because he picks up the check, according to NPR's Says You.

    July 4, 2015

  • So, is the word nonouroboric, ouroboric?

    July 3, 2015

  • See, also, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glory_(optical_phenomenon)">glory</a>.

    July 1, 2015

  • Getting a larger sized drink than one really wants because unable to resist the volume discount.

    June 27, 2015

  • LiFe: lithium, iron.

    June 19, 2015

  • As applied to aviation: the impressive geyser of water generated behind a jet aircraft flying at high airspeed a few feet above a body of water; it's caused by the aerodynamic flow surrounding the airframe and/or the high pressure jet engine exhaust exiting at the rear of the aircraft. Image here.

    June 15, 2015

  • Hi Bilby - Just spotted a question you posed in a comment back in 2009 (!) on my aviation list ("Let's go strap on the ole air'chine and bore holes in the sky!") to wit: "what is a 'rooster tail'?" If it still matters see image here...or, since I've added it to the list: rooster tail.

    June 15, 2015

  • Chic ago.

    June 6, 2015

  • Tar nation. Tarn at ion.

    June 5, 2015

  • How a bouncer checks a mother?

    May 23, 2015

  • Scarlet's nightmare?

    May 23, 2015

  • To pretend to be working according to NPR's Says You.

    May 23, 2015

  • Interesting the right way around as well. Slyly.

    May 13, 2015

  • allergese.

    April 30, 2015

  • BTW, for grins: raccoonnookkeeper

    April 28, 2015

  • Thanks, Tank, for the alert to this list. "Brother" came from a Bizarro cartoon. Saw 'barfly' recently in another cartoon gag.

    April 28, 2015

  • One who makes broth.

    April 27, 2015

  • Bi-sonic: morally unprincipled person vs. sending through probate again.

    April 3, 2015

  • A bi-sonic in that kicking back sounds different than the capability of a wasp to resting.

    April 3, 2015

  • Consider your scopes affected. De nada. As long as I was at it I effected 'em too!

    March 19, 2015

  • dionysian

    March 14, 2015

  • Corf was used on NPR's Says You! bluffing round this week (along with callithump).

    March 9, 2015

  • Nice detective work on 'on fleek'.

    March 7, 2015

  • A fist bump according to NPR's Says You!.

    February 28, 2015

  • Some exotic, amply flaunted new socks should restore the former eclat...'tho, truth be told, there is no going back.

    February 25, 2015

  • He's active as heck on FB. So's 'zu and reesetee et al. I think those folks have clocks with more than 24 hours on 'em. PROLIFIC!

    February 24, 2015

  • Hey, hey! Checking in. Good to see 'zu get what's coming to her! :) I only occasionally visit these days. I'll try to bring it more into my crosscheck. Toodles for now.

    February 23, 2015

  • A plot device where something appears wildly out of context. Think of John Cleese sitting at a desk in the middle of a stream, saying: "And now for something completely different!" Heard on an NPR <i>Says You</i> show segment.

    February 22, 2015

  • See fnarr.

    February 22, 2015

  • Lecherous, half-suppressed laughter according to NPR's Says You.

    See, also, definition <a href="http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us/definition/english/fnarr-fnarr">here</a>.

    February 21, 2015

  • (T)o (I)nsure (P)romptness: acronym behind the name for gratuity at an eatery.

    February 8, 2015

  • An inaccessible corner of a purse according to NPR's Says You

    February 8, 2015

  • Siren = lure vs. siren = warn away. Autoantonym

    January 27, 2015

  • Hi Erin. Just saw this...kind of forgot about it after the first or second check back and not being sure if this was still a viable avenue of comm with you. Thanks for your reply and fixes. I'm using Chrome and Windows 8.1 OS.  I also use Safari on my iPad but not so much; if I notice something there I'll advise here. One other thing: is the "hear" option going to be available on all words eventually? Some words have it, others don't, and some have no action/sound when clicked. "Hear" option notwithstanding, why isn't there a pronunciation guide for words on their respective page? I think it should be there regardless of audio availability. Or is that a can or worms too complicated and huge to re-engineer? Btw, I notice that DuckDuckGo puts wordnik at the top (and with an audio button if the wordnik presentation has one), good show! Neither Google nor Bing show wordnik at all in the first five pages of my cursory look (used 'anagnorisis').  Have a  special arrangement with DuckDuck? :)

    Hope your holidays were stellar. Cheerio  from o. (TK)

    January 12, 2015

  • Erin - I just discovered all my tags of yesteryears aren't listed under my profile tags. Also, I used to be able to click on a tag and all words so-tagged would appear. What use are tags now? Another thing: trying to access community page displays "bad gateway" and 'give us feedback' and 'need support' links go nowhere!. I notice my lists are described as "open" when they aren't. I'm hoping these bugs are part of the ongoing non-profit project.

    December 18, 2014

  • See comments under e-force.

    December 18, 2014

  • The EQUATION (I + Not-I = Everything): (1) This equation describes the relationship between one person and the rest of life, and at first glance may appear simple, but is subtly complex and informative to an attentive eye, and gives an interested man a precise representation of where his consciousness stands in relationship to his overall conception of what is reality. (2) The signs: "+" and "=" should be seen as verbs in one's process of expanding their consciousness, and the words: "I" and "Everything" though apparently fixed factors, are not, they too are process, forever in flux: the "I" is not a permanent, distinct and separate thing; it is but one element in a world wide network of other "I's" which comprise a unified organism of which ordinary men are not aware, and the "Everything" which certainly by its very name seems stable, also is not, and actually grows through the extensions of the entities that compose it.

    December 18, 2014

  • A petty thief; a pickpocket; one cleverly dextrous in an occupation or art. Also, see here for less common connotations. The book Fingersmith by Sarah Waters is an engrossing read.

    December 18, 2014

  • An autoantonym: change for the better v. change for the worse. Discussion here.

    November 11, 2014

  • Original name for a lawyer, especially one who prosecutes debtors, according to NPR's Says You.

    November 8, 2014

  • A plowman, especially a hired hand on a farm, according to NPR's Says You.

    November 8, 2014

  • "Flick flack motion" is how scientists describe the unique locomotion of a new species of desert spider when it is threatened.

    November 4, 2014

  • Peach fuzz, according to NPR's Says You.

    November 1, 2014

  • To pry into a coworker's private life according to NPR's Says You.

    November 1, 2014

  • Zombie New Year!

    October 31, 2014

  • Wow! Five year comment hiatus. Zany list!

    October 31, 2014

  • Slang for a blueberry muffin, according to NPR's Says You.

    October 25, 2014

  • Fictional disease invented by Don Martin of Mad Magazine.

    October 25, 2014

  • To manipulate knobs and controls on an electronic object to see what they do (according to NPR's Says You).

    October 25, 2014

  • Sophomore (wise fool); cephalopod (head, foot); preposterous (pre, post); monopoly (one, many). Heard on NPR's Says You.

    October 25, 2014

  • Yo mama!?

    October 25, 2014

  • One having little or no money.

    October 23, 2014

  • Fear of giants (thanks, sionnach).

    October 14, 2014

  • A crack that has been mended, according to NPR's Says You.

    October 11, 2014

  • A person who is just bad luck, according to NPR's Says You.

    October 11, 2014

  • Army threat? (NYT crossword puzzle clue)

    October 1, 2014

  • Place with wheels and deals?

    September 23, 2014

  • Top off?

    September 23, 2014

  • Words within words: pet + rich + or

    September 12, 2014

  • Thanks, Grawlix. I used yummy mummy. Good luck with the book. Perhaps a second edition is in order?

    September 7, 2014

  • @Gralix: perhaps a second edition is in order? :)

    September 7, 2014

  • An autoantonym.

    August 23, 2014

  • Janus-word: peer as an equal vs. peer as an elite, a superior.

    August 23, 2014

  • Change one letter to make it a different word with the same definition, viz.: "to cover, in a way".

    Answer here.

    August 16, 2014

  • Mastroianni & Heart's wordplay

    August 14, 2014

  • J.C.Duffy's take.

    August 14, 2014

  • A sharp friend?

    August 1, 2014

  • A quoit or horseshoe that leans against a peg in a pitching game according to NPR's Says You.

    July 26, 2014

  • An extrovert, but only via the internet, not in person.

    July 19, 2014

  • A period of time longer than a minute when you log on to FB planning on spending only a minute.

    July 19, 2014

  • See also truthiness.

    July 11, 2014

  • Related to factoid.

    July 11, 2014

  • Seen in a <a href="http://assets.amuniversal.com/397923d0d2fd013167b1005056a9545d">Peanuts cartoon</a>.

    July 3, 2014

  • The palm area of a glove according to NPR's Says You.

    June 28, 2014

  • A 5-pointed drawing device to draw the musical staff on a blackboard according to NPR's Says You.

    June 28, 2014

  • Barney & Clyde

    June 23, 2014

  • A young salmon spawning for the first time according to NPR's Says You.

    June 21, 2014

  • Interfering,pushy,intrusive, overly inquisitive according to NPR's Says You.

    June 21, 2014

  • Easily fooled by flattery according to NPR's Says You.

    May 31, 2014

  • Madeupical cartoon word

    May 21, 2014

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  • Good pic! Thanks dude.

    p.w. We are old.

    June 16, 2015

  • I go with the flow - even if it is a river in Italy?!

    November 25, 2013

  • I II will keep suggesting until I get the who+le she+bang! Great list idea!

    November 23, 2013

  • @shari. I simply have wordnik.com/community bookmarked and have no problem accessing the site. I note that your profile is private so I was unable to comment there directly. I don't know if that adds any complication to your access or not. Anyway, good luck and enjoy our Wordie community.

    April 20, 2013

  • Thank you kindly for Futility Closet!

    April 16, 2013

  • fracteur = mining gelignite

    October 22, 2012

  • There were some other funny ones, too. I think Possible Underscore had a list of them.

    April 25, 2012

  • I haven't tried creating any new recordings for some time now--and yes, I'm missing the old ones, too. The page for the word "feedback" doesn't get much traffic these days, but I've had some luck with the Feedback thingee on the left. (I see you've already used it to make a report--you're something of a hotdog, aren't you?) :-)

    April 25, 2012

  • The comment box is still here--you just hafta scroll down halfway until you see the orange "Comments for..." section.

    March 16, 2012

  • I can't get behind the supposed spelling of cincinate. Happy to be proven wrong, however!

    April 23, 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

  • Thanks much! Listening to them now.

    December 11, 2010

  • Hi oroboros, you might find something useful in the works of Scott Kim. He's invented lots of ways of making letters read more than one way.

    November 3, 2010

  • T: Send aviation-related blog fun to Vlad.~T.

    October 1, 2010

  • Thanks, T. I used it. Much appreciated.

    September 15, 2010

  • Thanks for the vuvuzela toot! I'm glad you're here. :-)

    September 5, 2010

  • "oroboros has added 103 lists containing 4,911 words, 4,125 comments, 1,904 tags, 106 favorites, and 10 pronunciations."

    September 5, 2010

  • T: I'm confused about these watches. Kindly explain.~T.

    August 2, 2010

  • Hyperacoustic musicotherapy counteractingly psychostimulates milquetoasty subpersonality.

    July 23, 2010

  • Thanks for the Eckler sentence, oroboros. I wonder if it's possible to construct a six word sentence with euryvocalics. I nominate psychostimulate as the verb.

    Can I pitch pitch for your Autantonyms lists?

    July 22, 2010

  • T: My turtle-balls are working just fine; they just don't like you!~T.

    July 19, 2010

  • Hi, oroboros, yes, I meant "demo" (demolish) as "tear down" versus "demo" (demonstrate, promote) as "build up". The fanfeel is mutual. I've mined quite a few of your lists.

    July 9, 2010

  • Thanks, Tom.

    June 29, 2010

  • O: Thought you might enjoy this. Worst airline ad ever! link

    February 8, 2010

  • Not from Ojai or Santa Barbara, but I've spent some quality time there.

    January 25, 2010

  • Thanks again for your help today (re: malware warning)!!!

    November 2, 2009

  • I played with your name. 

    September 30, 2009

  • Hi oroboros, I hope you'll contribute your nicknames-of-places to this open list that you inspired!

    August 18, 2009

  • I've seen two references to ipn-iee in your comments. What is that?

    December 31, 2008

  • Thanks for the comics crossword puzzle, oroboros. I forwarded it to a couple of cartoonist friends.

    November 27, 2008

  • For you, maybe--never seems to work when I try it. ;-P

    November 16, 2008

  • Man! Post something on reesetee's profile, and....wham! You're thick in the blizzard of Wordieness! Yeah! Moughty fine! ;o)

    November 15, 2008

  • It might be time to come about...

    November 15, 2008

  • I think you're all Liszting to starboard a bit. ;-)

    November 15, 2008

  • It was the Liszt they could do!

    November 15, 2008

  • The Liszt goes on and on!

    November 15, 2008

  • And Liszt, too!

    November 15, 2008

  • Babar and Paradise Lost? Now there's something for all the family.

    November 15, 2008

  • Best thing to do on a rainy Friday in a lagomorph's (therefore, humble) opinion: a visit to the Morgan Library and Museum*, to see an exhibition on Babar and the manuscript of Paradise lost**.

    *Where I am right now.

    **I don't know what it is, maybe the original screenplay of the TV series. But it looks pretty old.

    November 15, 2008

  • Thanks, O! I'll check out your Flickr site. Something to look forward to on a rainy Friday. :-)

    November 15, 2008

  • Oroboros, your facebook link is broken, and your blog can be added to your "also on" list (blogger). See faq...

    November 13, 2008

  • Yes, I know about grawlixes. I use them sparingly --mostly because I haven't created a unique grawlix combo that appeals to me.

    Because there are fewer restrictions about which words are "taboo" in the comics, many cartoonists don't need to use them as often. I think grawlixes work best when a cartoonist wants a reader to use his or her imagination (about what a character is saying) instead of just masking a "bad word".

    I've only seen Mort Walker once, but I distinctly remember that he didn't have any grawlixes following him around.

    November 13, 2008

  • Thank you! Having done all those citations I'll be gentle with what I add ;)

    November 13, 2008

  • Hi O: Check fracteur again. I may have uncovered a clue for you. :-)

    August 7, 2008

  • Hi. Would you like to be on Identify the Wordie #2? You'll need to email identifythewordie@yours.com with your Wordie nick and the single word that best describes you. Cheers!

    July 27, 2008

  • IE7

    bridgework may be a good word but it's not 10 different letters

    July 18, 2008

  • I can't say as I've heard dinkum oil more than once or twice in my life. I would take it to mean the lowdown, the inside story, the nitty gritty, something like that. Probably along the lines of oil as in essential oil; dinkum means genuine.

    July 11, 2008

  • Thanks for catching my mispelling the word opsimath. What could be compelling, when preaching the need to learn, then to mispell the key word. Thankfully, I was not instructing bungee jumping or snake charming

    July 5, 2008

  • Thanks for catching the error in my tag for cheerlessness, oroboros. I generally don't list words like cheerlessnesses. They're correctly formed, and sometimes listed in dictionaries (in this case MW3), but no one actually uses them. Although I do have a list for words created in dictionaries...

    June 1, 2008

  • Love with hickbonics. Each one on the list made me smile and smile.

    April 9, 2008