@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.
Some of the pines in my area: Sugar pine (a 5-needle pine holding largest cone title - by length. Also my favorite pine), Coulter pine ("big cone pine" holding title of largest cone by mass), Digger pine (named for the "Digger" indians who harvested its large seeds)
The wing-tip device makes the wing more efficient by inhibiting the natural flow of air from the high pressure area below the wing to the low pressure area above the wing. This high-to-low flow is what generates the dangerous wing-tip vortex which can upset aircraft in the wake of the generating aircraft.
"...There are many drawbacks to the use of the word 'consciousness.' In the first place it is used in half a dozen different senses by philosophers and psychologists, and in the second place it suffers from the great drawback that it has no active verbal form. One can say 'to be conscious of' but not 'to conscious' such-and-such an object. There is the word 'awareness' and the dubious coined derivative 'awaring,' which I have also occasionally pressed into service, but it is ugly and not very current. The best term is one that was coined by E. D. Fawcett in his The World as Imagination, Zermatt Dialogues, etc. The term in question is consciring – i.e. “knowing together” - and has as its correlative, for the content-form, the word conscitum (plural, conscita. I should certainly have availed myself of these coinages but, unfortunately, they are not as yet sufficiently widely current to be generally understood and, moreover, a great deal of the book had been written before I came across Fawcett's writings..."
--From Sri Krishna Prem’s “The Yoga of the Bhavagad Gita”: APPENDIX A – NOTE ON THE TERMS CONSCIOUSNESS AND FORM
Illinois State University mathematician Phil Grizzard points out that a person born on Nov. 30, 1999, is a “stopwatch baby” — the date always displays her age in months, days, and years. For example, today, 5/4/12, such a person has been alive for 5 months, 4 days, and 12 years. (Europeans can swap the month and day — the principle still works.)
A caveat: In December we must “make change” by setting the month to 0 and adding 1 to the year. So this Christmas, 12/25/12, a stopwatch baby will be 0/25/13 — 0 months, 25 days, and 13 years old.
How about a word for the feeling or sensation when seeing a common word where it suddenly seems strange and unaccountable? Had that happen once with the word maid! Gotta be one of them déjà-type words, me thinks.
In an unsuccessful fox hunt, to assuage the down spirits of the hunters the leader of the hunt would pick out a steeple seen in the distance and issue the challenge of a race to it among the riders. A sort of "last one there is a rotten egg!" dare. --Heard on NPR's Says You.
A David Foster Wallace-ism. To wit: "Meredith Rand is one of only a handful of females at the REC that every male with an opinion on such matters agrees is totally, wrist-bitingly attractive." --The Pale King p.447
The following is related by an eminent naturalist: ‘A young lady was sitting in a room adjoining a poultry yard, where chickens, ducks and geese were disporting themselves. A drake came in, approached the lady, seized the bottom of her dress with his beak, and pulled it vigorously. Feeling startled, she repulsed him with her hand. The bird still persisted. Somewhat astonished, she paid some attention to this unaccountable pantomime, and discovered that the drake wished to drag her out of doors. She got up, and he waddled out quietly before her. More and more surprised, she followed him, and he conducted her to the side of a pond where she perceived a duck with its head caught in the opening of a sluice. She hastened to release the poor creature and restored it to the drake, who by loud quackings and beating of his wings testified his joy at the deliverance of his companion.’
– Ballou’s Monthly Magazine, May 1870 (via futilitycloset.com)
Most of us can testify to it. After two or three heaping portions of turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, sweet potatoes and Waldorf salad you’re bursting at the seams. You’re so sated that you had to discretely place a crumpled napkin over that uneaten turkey wing on your plate. --Ingrid Spilde
Well, it appears that I can't add words to my "potpourri" list; not at the list page or the word page (with checkmark). Jesus Cristo y Madre de Dios!
Edit: Doh! I was trying to add a word that was already on that list (toothsome). Still, what produced the confusion in the first place is that the word page for toothsome shows no checkmark in my potpourri list box. And that's still the case: no checkmark, but I've verified it's on the list at the list page. Go figure! :o/
I agree with Pro and frogapplause: the site really has the feel of reference emphasis. I miss the "first listed by" and other such personalizing features. Another thing that strikes me, although it may be transitory, is surprisingly long wait times.
It would be nice to have the option, on the word page (in addition to adding the word) to delete a word from one's list as opposed to having to go to the list page and deleting it there. Or am I overlooking something?