qms has looked up 12289 words, created 10 lists, listed 387 words, written 1819 comments, added 2 tags, and loved 79 words.

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  • Rob Burns wrote some verse on a louse -

    Apostrophized once a wee mouse.

    Was I out of school when

    We studied his fool-hen

    Or has he not honored the grouse?

    February 24, 2017

  • I take a great pleasure in knowing

    That aftermath follows on mowing.

    This naming of eddish

    Has turned to my fetish

    And foggage foretells the next sowing.

    February 23, 2017

  • Like words that hide in ellipsis

    Or planets obscured by eclipses,

    Some peace-seeking prey

    Have mastered a way

    To thrive under threat using crypsis.

    February 22, 2017

  • See comments at cheese dream.

    February 21, 2017

  • n. An especially vivid and/or bizarre dream.

    n. An open-faced sandwich of grilled or broiled cheese on bread.

    I came across this term in a Guardian interview with Lorraine Bracco:

    The famous fill Bracco’s conversation. Somehow, though, it feels less like namedropping than her just being one of those people for whom life ended up like an ongoing cheese dream, random faces drifting by. Madonna turns up here, Christopher Walken there.

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/20/lorraine-bracco-goodfellas-the-sopranos-martin-scorsese

    It seems to be a British expression and may be founded in a study of British cheeses published by the British Cheese Board in 2005 claiming to have determined that eating cheese just before going to bed can affect your dreams. It further claimed that the type of cheese you ate controlled what sort of dream you had: Stilton for bizarre effects, cheddar for dreams of celebrities, etc.

    http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=4851485

    I have seen it used as two words and as a hyphenated word. The definition I provide above is my best guess at the application of this term. Can anyone add more to this?

    (For the sake of completeness I include the sandwich definition but I am in no way curious about that. It has a Wikipedia entry.)

    February 21, 2017

  • A sailor should be a good knotter

    And know how to rig his lines tauter:

    So master the riches

    Of bowline and hitches

    And humble but mem'rable snotter.

    February 21, 2017

  • My tea, made of herbs and holistic,

    Has a health-giving characteristic:

    It soothes and it tames

    Intestines in flames

    Because it is antiphlogistic.

    February 20, 2017

  • The egg can be coy and just float;

    Her suitor though must locomote.

    An ambitious sperm

    Must earnestly squirm

    If ever he'll be a zygote.

    February 19, 2017

  • No doubt a precursor to the zigzagabout, which will bring traffic to a complete stop.

    February 19, 2017

  • If pretty miss mammoth should happen upon

    A masculine hunk of a mastodon

    Like trumpets his bellows,

    Her sighing like cellos,

    Will swell a primeval diapason.

    February 18, 2017

  • Thank you, ruzuzu.

    February 17, 2017

  • The dilettante's blossom is bright

    But withers in weather and light.

    The deep-rooted scholar,

    Though paler and smaller,

    Persists like a phreatophyte.

    February 17, 2017

  • That's going to be one big test tube!

    February 16, 2017

  • A true but a somewhat obscure fact

    Is wombats make cubes out of pure scat.

    This isn't a trick;

    They do shit a brick.

    I'll swear it and sign with a jurat.

    See also comments at scat.

    February 16, 2017

  • Also known as onychoschisis or lamellar dystrophy.

    See also onychorrhexis.

    February 15, 2017

  • onychoschizia n. The term onychoschizia includes splitting, brittle, soft or thin nails. (fingernails and toenails)

    http://www.aocd.org/?page=BrittleSplittingNail

    February 15, 2017

  • With nukes that fly across the sea

    We strive to balance bellicosity.

    The nations assume

    Their mutual doom,

    So peace is preserved by isostasy.

    February 15, 2017

  • When love's first mad exhilaration

    Gives way to a plan for affiliation

    Wise lovers adjust

    And temper their lust

    To tend to their domiciliation.

    February 14, 2017

  • You are kind, ruzuzu.

    February 13, 2017

  • In post-prison con convocation

    Alumni convene for confabulation.

    The ex-cons confer

    And try to concur

    On concepts of consociation.

    February 13, 2017

  • The insight of Barnum was pure -

    There's one born per minute for sure.

    That worm has not turned

    And nothing is learned

    So bunkum and folly perdure.

    February 12, 2017

  • From the model of gamomania I think gamophobia would be a better candidate.

    February 11, 2017

  • Old Ernest's odd look is brand new:

    He sports now a grand Fu Manchu

    And thinks it is chic

    To foster mystique

    By wearing a flowing kanzu.


    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    February 11, 2017

  • All together now: "Hello, msrose88!

    February 10, 2017

  • A peasant had only his farm

    To furnish the stuff for his arm,

    So faced armored horsemen

    And bloodthirsty Norsemen

    With only an axe called guisarme.

    February 10, 2017

  • Well, shake off the snow and have a cup of hot chocolate!

    February 9, 2017

  • If grace notes you'd have conferred upon

    The featureless drone of your wordathon,

    Keep reader alert!

    Your language invert

    By liberal use of hyperbaton

    February 9, 2017

  • The righteous who dress to defeat

    The slings and the arrows they meet

    Each morning will strap on

    A stout mental plastron

    And brace for the next crazy tweet.

    February 8, 2017

  • I knew that bilby was venerable, but I had no idea! This must be from before he was transported.

    February 7, 2017

  • The rhythms of verse should be fluent

    And rhymes come quick and congruent.

    It's often suggested

    A poet congested

    Use sleep as a sure deobstruent.

    February 7, 2017

  • By bioregionalism's grace

    Our maps will display a new face.

    The borders it draws

    Scorn language and laws.

    It's nature that outlines a place.

    February 6, 2017

  • The self-conscious cowpoke makes clear

    His chaps are not fellows but gear,

    His high heels and spurs

    Are what he prefers

    And mark him a bold pistoleer.

    February 5, 2017

  • Miss Gurney is fallen and anchored

    After one too many a tankard.

    Is it fitter to fetch her

    By litter or stretcher

    Or summon an elegant brancard?

    February 4, 2017

  • Consider the bees' looted hives

    And kine in their bucolic lives,

    Kept safe in their lairages

    From natural ravages

    En route to the abbatoir's knives.

    February 3, 2017

  • A city gives refuge at cost:

    Imperial favor is lost.

    Czar Donald the Great

    Will not hesitate

    To punish a rebel volost.

    February 2, 2017

  • The sybarite does as he pleases,

    No shame or regret ever teases,

    And each night he knows

    The sweet deep repose

    Of living without synteresis.

    February 1, 2017

  • The alchemist, bubbling with lust,

    Cried, "Love me, my lovely! You must!

    I'll brew in my matrass,

    A philter that's matchless

    Else surely my heart will combust."

    January 31, 2017

  • It's gospel to haughtier folks

    That puns are inferior jokes.

    While quibbles evince

    A groan and a wince

    They're witty if called equivoques.

    January 30, 2017

  • Note a typo in the second GNU definition where a "g" is printed instead of the correct "q." The word is quibble. Also see comments at quibble for Sam Johnson's eloquent and funny take on Shakespeare's fondness for quibbles (puns).

    January 30, 2017

  • EAMHarris, go to edify for edification. This is, among other things, a dictionary.

    January 29, 2017

  • I see clearly how it's gonna be:

    While Donald's a mastermind wannabe

    There's more that's astute in

    Sly Vladimir Putin.

    Prepare for a harsh heteronomy.

    January 29, 2017

  • Some fail at the truth, though they try.

    Some fear climate change, so deny,

    But the true eco-terrorist's

    The cold-blooded errorist

    Who knowingly sells the big lie.

    January 28, 2017

  • Thank you, zuzu. That one was a challenge and I appreciate your noticing.

    January 27, 2017

  • The marriage did once in bliss persist

    Until she discovered he'd kissed her sis

    With passion so awful

    'Twas sister-unlawful

    And ruptured forever their systasis.

    January 27, 2017

  • When systasis was selected as Word of the Day, June 24, 2015, I wrote a limerick based on a mistaken notion of its pronunciation. This is embarrassing, especially as it follows on the discovery of my quaff gaff. I could try the eye rhyme dodge, but that would be unpersuasive in a limerick. Now that systasis is once again the Word of the Day I could delete and replace the old limerick, but that feels rather dishonest. I will let the old limerick remain. Like the corpses (or corpses in the making) of criminals that were once hung from gibbets to admonish some and gratify others, I will leave it in place:

    The wages of sin were exhibited

    As pirates at Tyburn were gibbeted

    To serve as a warning,

    That crimes still a-borning

    And errors in train be inhibited.

    January 27, 2017

  • Maybe because it's a list of words ending in "-trix."

    January 27, 2017

  • You are too kind, bilby. If you only knew the things I have been compared to! And the superlatives are worse.

    January 26, 2017

  • See also comments at birling.

    January 26, 2017

  • A lumberjack proves he is sterling

    By showing he's skillful at birling.

    This so fills with thrills

    The sweet lumberjills

    They queue up in lines for a twirling.

    See also comments at birl.

    January 26, 2017

  • See suggestions at inpeccinate.

    January 25, 2017

  • In response to the following query from AnnePern;

    Hi All,

    A friend is looking for a word that means to make something a sin, akin to "medicalize."

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks!

    Anne

    If I understand correctly you are not looking for an equivalent to “commit a sin” but for something to mean “to designate or to classify as a sin.”

    anathematize is one possibility.

    v. To cause to be, or to declare as, an anathema or evil.

    But that may be more subjective and context-dependent than you want – closer to condemn (which is also a possibility).

    incriminate might come close, but that applies more to the actor than the act.

    impeccable comes to mind as describing a condition nearly opposite of what you are looking for.

    adj. Incapable of sin or wrongdoing.

    After some reflection on the roots of both incriminate and impeccable (which entries see) I suggest:

    inpeccinate; v. transitive To designate, classify, or declare a specified action to be sinful.

    January 25, 2017

  • The victims surviving the wreck

    Begin the quadrennial trek,

    In Winter begun

    But South to the sun

    And end to a life as a zek.

    January 25, 2017

  • He relishes fanfare and tubthump

    But tepid reactions will bug Trump,

    So fragile his pride

    He cannot abide

    The quiet and wavering mugwump.

    January 24, 2017

  • Mankind in its imperfect wisdom

    Builds many a governing system,

    But powers entropic

    Inhere in this topic

    So tending them all toward bossism.

    January 23, 2017

  • For too long this circus has lacked

    A memorable signature act.

    Ms Conway provides it,

    Sits boldly astride it:

    The untamed alternative fact.

    January 22, 2017

  • Thank you, bilby.

    January 22, 2017

  • Like moles in the darkness we grope

    To unearth a rhyme or a trope.

    For means to compare

    Our sense of despair

    We dig in the mine of wanhope.

    January 22, 2017

  • Electoral purists learn new tricks,

    Like playing with poems or Poohsticks,

    To cope with the trial

    Of internal exile

    And abide for a while as refuseniks.

    January 21, 2017

  • I have just listened to a half dozen audio clips that all pronounce it to rhyme with off or cough. This is bad news for my limericks.

    In my native dialect, the fast disappearing one of eastern New England, laugh and half might have the vowel that pterodactyl hears in quaff.

    January 21, 2017

  • I am glad you like it, zuzu. I have a hunch there are lots more out there.

    January 21, 2017

  • For rhymes with quaff see comments at sclaff and bibliotaph.

    January 21, 2017

  • Addicted to money and sex he

    Induces in some apoplexy.

    Oh, what's gone amiss

    That one such as this

    Today is anointed our prexy?

    January 20, 2017

  • A trump to the limit is trumpsimus,

    If trumpier outright presumptuous.

    But Trump in the rough

    Is trumpy enough

    For chumps and their comforting mumpsimus.

    January 19, 2017

  • Forget all your fussy statistics

    For wealth is a game of heuristics.

    Getting more than your neighbor

    With minimum labor

    Is practicing good chrematistics.

    January 18, 2017

  • While athletes may swear by athletics

    As central to bioenergetics.

    We aesthetes still know

    An energy flow

    Is felt when we practice aesthetics.

    January 17, 2017

  • Oh, wonder not that he yammers on;

    He was to the bullshit manner born.

    His loftiest notion

    Is crude self-promotion

    It lives in the genes of the fanfaron.

    January 16, 2017

  • For an interesting discussion of "to the manner born" and its illegitimate spawn "to the manor born" see

    http://www.word-detective.com/2011/10/to-the-manner-manor-born/

    January 16, 2017

  • What better a haven could please us

    When orage and outrage besiege us

    Than a place that's pacific,

    Albeit quite mythic,

    The safe and unchanging East Jesus.

    January 15, 2017

  • I reckon the teacher respects me

    'Cuz he's all smart and intellecky

    And don't call me no fool

    For lovin' my mule

    But sez that we share a entelechy.

    January 15, 2017

  • His manner's a comical bastardism,

    A union of unction and braggardism,

    But soon comes the hour

    The clown will take power

    And shtick become serious blackguardism.

    January 14, 2017

  • I believe Brendan Behan coined this.

    See https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/East_Jesus

    January 14, 2017

  • I believe Brendan Behan coined this.

    See https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/East_Jesus

    January 14, 2017

  • Podunk. Also podunk. An interesting history. Lots of places claim to be the original Podunk.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Podunk

    January 13, 2017

  • witch's comment addresses the past tense of the verb to dog, which see. Among the many definitions there is:

    idiom dog it Slang To fail to expend the effort needed to do or accomplish something.

    January 13, 2017

  • Affluence is happiness' mimicry.

    To highlight the hidden asymmetry

    They've coined a new word

    You might not have heard:

    The useful but awkward ophelimity.

    January 13, 2017

  • The Church of Indifference's teaching

    Holds holiness not worth the reaching.

    Its superfluous clergy are

    Sunk deep in anergia

    And cannot be bothered with preaching.

    January 12, 2017

  • Since improv is extemporaneous

    The best are the quickest and zaniest.

    The slow and dull-witted

    Are wholly unfitted

    And they find the challenge frustraneous.

    January 11, 2017

  • I should think bowfarts are very unkind to those amidships.

    January 11, 2017

  • Yo, fozilla! I hope you will find the company congenial.

    January 10, 2017

  • The venue in vogue was the stage

    And plays about plague were the rage.

    His ague a blague yet

    Still vaguely on target

    Gave tongue to the fears of the age.

    January 10, 2017

  • Young people who crave now to know

    What fortune may some day bestow

    Will assuage this fancy

    With selenomancy

    And dance 'neath the pearly moonbow.

    January 9, 2017

  • Intentions are good, outcomes are not,

    We end twixt a rock and a hard spot.

    While bossy and silly

    She means well, this Milly,

    But Millicent's merely a marplot.

    January 8, 2017

  • A very versatile word which can be, among other things, a verb describing a kind of complementary blending -

    All muslims amicably fadge

    While mingling in making the hajj

    And, hajis returned,

    A title they've earned,

    And ever will wear like a badge.

    or it can be noun naming a kind of rustic loaf of bread -

    A clever bezonian bloke

    Has many a trick in his poke.

    He's able to cadge

    A freshly baked fadge

    With a jig, or a rhyme, or a joke.

    Or a short fat person -

    Poor Margaret's a dreamy pretender
    Who wants to be lithesome and slender.

    Alas! Pudgy Madge

    Is ever a fadge

    And exercise cannot amend her.

    It can mean a lot of other things but I have run out of rhymes.

    January 7, 2017

  • When traveling how sorely I miss her,

    My cat, the beguiling Clarissa!

    How sad 'tis to slumber

    Where she'll not encumber

    Nor wake to a tickling vibrissa.

    January 6, 2017

  • Said Bella, "I know how to swing.

    When boys say they'll pay for a fling

    I tell the bambini,

    'Then bring a mankini,

    'Cause I'll put your balls in a sling.'"

    January 5, 2017

  • No mapmaker serves his own whim;

    The naming’s not left up to him.

    Our heroes account

    For each soaring mount,

    But Indian words for a hydronym.

    January 4, 2017

  • The ploughman endures a cruel fate:

    Obliged as he is to hew straight.

    All day thus he walks

    In the shit of his ox

    To furrow the whole corucate.

    January 3, 2017

  • To sail waters peloponnesian

    Attend to the winds of the season,

    And haste to adjust

    To Meltemi's gust

    And go with the flow that's etesian.

    January 2, 2017

  • See also comments at Meltemi.

    January 2, 2017

  • Meltemi is the Greek and Turkish name for the well known etesian wind blowing from north to northwest across the Aegean Sea.

    http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/reports/wind/The-Meltemi.htm

    See also comments at meltemi.

    January 2, 2017

  • The Century definition addresses the origin of the term manzai but does not explain its contemporary application:

    Manzai (漫才?) is a traditional style of stand-up comedy in Japanese culture.

    Manzai usually involves two performers (manzaishi)—a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzai

    We gaijin in our way can try:

    Remember that hoary standby

    And be not averse

    To "Who is on First"

    As an instance of Yankee manzai.

    January 1, 2017

  • trumple - v. To figuratively crush underfoot. To damage or destroy by actions or words employed with callous indifference to truth or consequences.

    Collected by Dr. W.G. Marx from a CBS News report on "mall brawls," Dec. 27, 2016.

    Civility's surface, though rumpled,

    Had never before wholly crumpled

    Till electoral games

    In this year of shames

    Saw standards of decency trumpled.

    December 31, 2016

  • The wondering world is aghast

    At change that has happened so fast

    And quivers with dread

    That what we've been fed

    Is only a foul antepast.

    December 31, 2016

  • Note a typo in the Century definition: "light" should be "fight."

    December 30, 2016

  • There's nothing will Angus abash

    Once fed with the juice of the mash.

    Then, reft of all shame,

    Indifferent to blame,

    A ceilidh he'll make a stramash.

    December 30, 2016

  • It's Angus's dream to be doused

    In the finest distillery's browst,

    To float and submerge

    In gluttonous splurge,

    Emerging quite perfectly soused.

    December 29, 2016

  • The breadth of the new moon's girth might

    Be darkest when viewed on the first night,

    But the sun's growing blaze

    On successive days

    Will outline the glow of the earthlight.

    December 28, 2016

  • For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at neomenia and psychasthenia.

    December 27, 2016

  • For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at psychasthenia and xenia.

    December 27, 2016

  • We visit again poor Eugenia,

    An anchoress now in Armenia,
    Unable to stir
    From helpless longueur
    And locked in a deep psychasthenia.

    For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at neomenia and xenia.

    December 27, 2016

  • Engage only with great trepidation

    Those debts that proceed in rotation.

    The risk is substantial

    In matters financial

    That trap you in endless novation.

    December 26, 2016

  • He's downed milk and cookies aplenty

    So after a weary descent he

    Is pleased with the treat

    Of hot milk and wheat,

    For Santa is fond of frumenty.

    December 25, 2016

  • She offers a glance of shy surmise

    That hints a hope of sweet surprise.

    Her gaze is expressive

    But never excessive;

    Her looks speak volumes but subtilize.

    December 24, 2016

  • Beware of high fashion's appeals

    And perils that lurk in high heels.

    The danger that's grossest

    Is dread exostosis

    That marketers' cunning conceals.

    December 23, 2016

  • A chronogram for a desolate scene,

    A twelvemonth both wretched and mean:

    Though MeMory's vexed

    There's hope that the neXt

    ImproVes on vIle twenty-sIxteen.

    December 22, 2016

  • A sailboat's a thicket of slang:

    A salt links the gaff to the vang

    Or he may connect it

    By means of a becket

    That hooks up a shroud to a tang.

    December 22, 2016

  • "With wood spars, the conventional method used to attach the shroud and forestay is to use TANGS. Tangs are short metal straps usually with a crimp or bend to splay them out from the mast when in position."

    https://www.glen-l.com/free-book/rigging-small-sailboats-3.html

    December 22, 2016

  • Evade an importunate Claus

    Who rings for some nebulous cause

    With a scowl so emphatic

    It's aposematic.

    Escape in his stunned silent pause.

    December 20, 2016

  • It's common to many a prelate;

    Their age and their gender compel it.

    This rampant nocturia

    Afflicts the whole curia,

    As Vatican leakers will tell it.

    December 19, 2016

  • They've tried since Jimmy Hoffa died

    To honor him with proper pride,

    To answer the urge

    To play him a dirge

    With glockenspiel and ophicleide.

    December 18, 2016

  • The Highlands are treeless and boggy,

    The winters there chilly and foggy.

    Wise crofters repair

    To a fireside chair

    For talk and a comforting coggie.

    December 17, 2016

  • When daylight is short and branches bare
    My yearnings turn to Mexican fare.
    Some chicken in mole
    Or bowl of atole
    Can help me pretend that I'm there.

    December 16, 2016

  • The sun sends at times an epistle

    Through water condensed into crystal.

    A solar hello

    To creatures below

    In an arc called circumzenithal.

    December 15, 2016

  • I find no dictionary that defines "alities." All of the usage examples on this page are instances of the string's occurrence as part of a longer word. The presumed singular, ality, is defined in some places (including Wordnik and the OED) as a suffix. In the quote attributed to Dierdre Shaw "alities" is almost certainly a typo.

    December 15, 2016

  • John Clayton, a truly bizarre man,

    Is set among Hollywood's stars and

    We've only known him

    By this, his mononym -

    That swinger, the ape-man, our Tarzan.

    December 14, 2016

  • A lady in waiting mistook

    A page for the unabridged book.

    When damsel and donzel

    Entangled some tonsil

    The lady her waiting forsook.

    December 13, 2016

  • My dog drinks his brew without fail,

    Reviewing each batch with his tail.

    I know that he'll wag it

    For a big bowl of bragget.

    He does like his honey and ale.

    December 12, 2016

  • Did Ernest mislead by design?

    The preacher, not bright but benign,

    Assembles his homily

    By means of stichomancy

    Because he was told it's divine.


    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    December 11, 2016

  • The peacock prefers the boldly erotic

    And butterflies go for coyly exotic

    For dumb creatures must

    Thus signify lust

    By means that are biosemiotic.

    December 10, 2016

  • I grant we elected the crazy one

    While loathing the hideous ways he won.

    The vista dismays,

    Outrages the gaze,

    An eyesore, a stye, a chalazion.

    December 9, 2016

  • In addition to being a noun blessing is also the progressive or continuous form of the verb to bless.

    See http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/English/bless.html

    December 8, 2016

  • Oh, pity the good man's malaise

    Who grew up in honor's strait ways,

    In all things astucious,

    As wise as Confucius

    Yet governed by knaves in late days.

    December 8, 2016

  • Strange: The definition is of an enthusiastic interjection yet every usage example makes reference to losing (one's) shpadoinkle. Those users clearly regard it as a noun meaning something like "mind" or "composure."

    The word can be used to enthuse

    But usages tend to confuse.

    It changes like "boink"ll,

    This shifting shpadoinkle,

    And sometimes it's something you lose.

    December 7, 2016

  • See also spag bol.

    December 7, 2016

  • A Britishism for spaghetti bolognese.

    December 7, 2016

  • The true sporting fan's not a shouter,
    No brazen uncritical touter.
    He's both mind and heart,
    Like a patron of art:
    A loyal but discerning fautor.

    December 6, 2016

  • Of note in his psychical scenery are

    His boasts that he's king of Slovenia:

    A comical claim

    But nuts just the same,

    A sure sign of some paraphrenia.

    December 5, 2016

  • The Muses React to the 2016 Election

    Terpsichore writhes in some dance;

    Melpomene casts a glum glance.

    And once merry Thalia?

    She weeps, inter alia,

    While Clio, appalled, sits mumchance.

    December 4, 2016

  • Why do people seem always to "sit mumchance?" Cannot one stand, lie, stride or simply be mumchance?

    December 4, 2016

  • Thus endeth a season of bobbery

    Replete with conspicuous daubery.

    The master of squabbles

    Now gathers the baubles.

    Prepare for a circus of jobbery.

    December 3, 2016

  • Note that sclaff can be either a verb or a noun. Oddly the Word of the Day notification provides three definitions for its use as a verb only, yet all the examples supplied use it as a noun.

    December 2, 2016

  • In Scotland the golfers will quaff

    A dram before plying the staff,

    Then mar in their haze

    The luckless fairways

    With many a duff and a sclaff.

    December 2, 2016

  • Of course a thrifty (thriftey?) Scot would not spend an inessential "e" but I have a more expansive ancestry.

    I hope the Tasmanian hibernation has concluded.

    December 2, 2016

  • In Scotland on taking some whiskey
    The young men are prone to feel frisky,
    But liquor soon wilts
    What stirs in their kilts.
    Alas, a most chastening pliskie.

    December 1, 2016

  • Quintesabd, by entering your comments as new word entries you are creating a great deal of clutter and confusion. At the bottom of every word entry page is a comment box. Please put your comments there and click "Save." The results will be much cleaner, will give you access to some HTML formatting, and will remain editable by you

    November 30, 2016

  • The flesh of no nutria is suitable

    To pitch as a true nutraceutical.

    The trouble is that

    It's called a swamp rat

    And bias against it's immutable.

    November 30, 2016

  • There is the architectural application:

    Let's sit ourselves down and talk a while

    Of how may a portico beguile,

    And what are the graces

    Attending such spaces

    And tally the virtues of octastyle.

    But also this:

    The she-squid bestows a shy smile

    Permitting an amorous trial,

    Inviting his charms

    And myriad arms

    For loving that's done octastyle.

    November 29, 2016

  • I'm making it red white and blue

    As all good deplorables do.

    My patio ragstone

    I'm painting as flagstone

    To show I'm more loyal than you.

    November 28, 2016

  • Should dalliances usurp a date

    Then Trump will invoke a perk of state.

    If the day's come and gone

    Then the calendar's wrong.

    He'll order the gov to intercalate.

    November 27, 2016

  • Compare lurgy.

    November 26, 2016

  • An ailment that doctors can't tackle

    A sorceress with crystals and knack'll.

    She'll bring out the quartz

    To cure you of warts

    Or treat your marthambles with macle.

    November 26, 2016

  • Victorians loved their melodrama
    And spectacles like cosmorama,
    Now stale and passé;
    Amusements today
    Derive more from digits or pharma.

    November 25, 2016

  • The harvesters in from the gloam,

    Kids bright from the scrub and the comb.

    The windows alight

    Bejewel the night

    As darkness enfolds harvest-home.

    Happy Thanksgiving, all.

    November 24, 2016

  • Protect us from Polish spam mills,

    Purveyors of nostrums and pills.

    Oh, heed your fan clamor

    To bring the banhammer

    And cast out the scammers and shills.

    November 23, 2016

  • The bird as a whole is a boon treat

    But remnants are what we will soon eat

    In fragments instead -

    In fritters, on bread,

    And finally we'll sip it as spoon-meat.

    November 22, 2016

  • Mon Dieu! What a dégoutant deed!

    Cette blessure est vraiment putride!

    When you have an eschar

    You tend to it, n'est-ce pas?

    America, please now debride.

    November 21, 2016

  • In Scotland a good marriage broker

    Will find you a lass and will yoke her.

    If he's done his duty

    She may be no beauty

    But bring you a generous tocher.

    November 20, 2016

  • The gourmet is cursed by the fates

    To crave only rarest of cates.

    Though plain food may nourish

    Yet he needs a flourish

    And only the Lucullan sates.

    November 19, 2016

  • The Grant's ranch was tranquil and gracious

    But Barbara and Rob disputatious.

    To praise argy-bargy

    They chose "RG bar G"

    To brand their own wide open spaces.

    November 18, 2016

  • The few times I have heard this term used have mostly been while watching television coverage of the Tour de France. The venerable announcing team of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen (both Brits) use it to describe the fierce bumping and jostling that goes on during sprint finishes. The definitions provided here all assume its application to verbal contention, but Liggett and Sherwen seem comfortable with it in a physical context.

    November 18, 2016

  • Events all conspire to annoy

    And forces of evil deploy.

    No ailment is timelier

    Than this cyclothymia

    That unbid gives moments of joy.

    November 17, 2016

  • The Lord of Misrule make a paction

    With those of the frivolous faction

    To reign for a season

    Defying all reason

    And driving the proud to distraction.

    This a reposting of a comment originally posted on October 25, 2015 which was accidentally deleted. We REALLY need some sort of safeguard associated with the delete button. A single touch activates it. There is no “are you sure” warning and no way of undoing.

    November 16, 2016

  • A third option is perfervid, which unambiguously implies excess.

    November 16, 2016

  • Competitive pumpkiners know

    The road to blue ribbon is slow.

    Accomplish your giantism

    With patience and scientism

    And pray that the monster will grow.

    November 16, 2016

  • I am surprised that none of the dictionaries that Wordnik aggregates provides a definition for this word. When I was growing up in New England this was the common childhood term for excrement. I don’t know to what extent American dialect varies on this, but versions of the word are pervasive in European languages.

    Wikipedia provides a fascinating discussion of cacāre and its descendants:

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_profanity#Cac.C4.81re:_to_defecate

    The whole article on Latin profanity is entertaining.

    See also kakistocracy and cacatopia.

    November 15, 2016

  • The polity's trust has been rended

    And amity's wagon upended,

    A brute renversement

    A bouleversement

    A wreck that's not readily mended.

    November 15, 2016

  • The prospect's now so scary that

    The thought's no place to tarry at.

    Our doom is presaged

    By the loud and enraged

    The howling trumpenproletariat

    November 14, 2016

  • trumpenproletariat – n.  A class of American voters, privileged by race and income, who nevertheless nurse an overweening sense of grievance and share a conviction that they are the victims of both ambitious ethnic minorities and mysterious “elites.” They are characterized by nostalgia for a golden age that never was and limitless credulity.

    Cf. lumpenproletariat.

    November 14, 2016

  • A system engaged in autopoiesis

    Replenishes loss but never increases.

    Is it fated to go

    Forever on so,

    Or comes there a time when it ceases?

    November 14, 2016

  • As ketchup can tend to confuse

    The kids must be given some clues:

    It's goop pseudoplastic

    So shaking extracts it;

    Unshaken it never will ooze.

    November 13, 2016

  • A friend called this very odd combination of definitions to my attention:

    daven - n, a person with a huge cock

    However, the example given, " Dude, that's such a huge Daven! ", applies the term not to the whole person but to the appendage itself.

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Daven

    If you read the prayers aloud

    You've blessings of which to be proud.

    A ritual maven

    Encouraged to daven

    Is bound to be found well-endowed.

    November 12, 2016

  • Boys come to the Greek teacher's door

    When cheated by Cook and implore,

    "He's up to his mean tricks

    And shorting my choenix.

    I pray you, Dear Master, some more!"

    November 12, 2016

  • n. A Greek dry measure, mentioned by Homer, and originally the daily ration of a man, but varying from a quart to over a quart and a half.

    November 12, 2016

  • It can mean to whine or to twirl,

    To quiver or else to unfurl,

    A wheel or a sample

    Or thrill, for example.

    My head's in a whirl over tirl.

    November 11, 2016

  • In the Highlands when angling for trout

    Be silent or whisper - don't shout.

    You'll displease your gillie

    With conduct that's silly.

    Wade gently and don't ever plout.

    November 10, 2016

  • Misfortunes quite often are karmic -

    The evil we've done and the harm stick.

    We sicken at last

    From sins of the past

    But good deeds are alexipharmic.

    November 9, 2016

  • Election Day, 2016

    We simply don't know what to think!

    Just how have we come to this brink?

    In absence of knowledge we

    Abandon psephology

    And flee to the solace of drink.

    November 8, 2016

  • Announce something new on email
    And Hillary hauled off to jail:
    A manufactroversy
    That persists perversely.
    It's bait they will take without fail.

    November 7, 2016

  • My self-assigned daily challenge is to write a limerick that rhymes on the Word of the Day (WotD). I have occasionally posted a limerick that included the WotD somewhere other than at the end of a line, but only rarely. A word like circumduce is especially troublesome because it is a transitive verb and it takes some engineering to place it naturally at the end of a line. I came up with a serviceable solution after reading that the word is an adornment of Scottish law. The Rangers and the Celtics (the “Old Firm”) are famously bitter football rivals in Glasgow, so it seemed apt to acknowledge a Scottish connection.

    Not only is the verb transitive but it seems to pair with only one direct object – “term”. Every usage example uses the verb in the phrase “circumduce the term.” I bethought myself of some way of writing a limerick on that phrase rather than on the verb alone. It looked unlikely but there is perverse inspiration to be got from current events. The 2016 Clinton/Trump presidential election is two days away and it is a great stimulant to the imagination.

    Elections circumduce the term

    So pauses Trump to spruce his perm.

    He thinks that election

    Can spread his infection,

    And gleefully he'll loose the germ.

    November 6, 2016

  • The Old Firm are Glaswegian tribes

    Whose loyalists hate circumscribes.

    Why not call a truce

    They can't circumduce

    And give up the insults and jibes?

    November 6, 2016

  • Biologists greedily dream

    Of a captive microbial team,

    To build a colossus

    Of new bioprocess,

    A rich biotechnical scheme.

    November 5, 2016

  • It seems to me a tasteless lapse
    To march about with saintly scraps.
    The apter territory
    For any feretory
    Is seen through a pane in the apse.

    Note. I have found three suggested pronunciations for this word: fer-uh-TORY, fuh-RET-urry, FERRET-tree.

    November 4, 2016

  • For plain folk to get the straight dope
    A lecture was one way to cope.
    The ones they liked best,
    So records attest,
    Were blessed with an epidiascope.

    November 3, 2016

  • Our sins do a burdensome toll take.
    While prayer and works on the whole make
    Our vile purgatory
    A less lengthy story
    The ticket to heaven's the soul-cake.

    Compare dumb-cake.

    November 2, 2016

  • toped?

    November 1, 2016

  • In Autumn is death's shadow cast

    On thoughtless lad and callow lass.

    The death lust they show

    Is fervent but faux

    The eve of the feast of Hallowmas.

    November 1, 2016

  • What mischievous rhymes can I call up
    That wouldn't be utter codswallop?
    It's driving me dotty
    To find something naughty
    In a word that's as harmless as hollop.

    October 31, 2016

  • Tonight pay the devil his due

    And savor the witches' strange brew

    As bandits and zombies

    And other bad hombres

    Cause many a shriek and a grue.

    October 31, 2016

  • "The worst thing a man can do is go bald. Never let yourself go bald." Donald J. Trump

    He looked in the mirror appalled,

    His tonsure a horror and heart-scald

    And took then to building

    With fleece of much gilding

    A pelt to conceal that he's bald.

    October 30, 2016

  • While humorous verses are jolly

    The words if unheard are mere folly

    The laugh we provoke

    By telling a joke

    Is purely the listener's quale.

    October 29, 2016

  • I read in a serious bestiary

    A clownfish can cause its sex to vary.

    I know it may sound

    Like I'm clowning around

    But trust me, I'm strictly a textuary.

    October 28, 2016

  • Oh, alexz! Say it ain't so.

    October 27, 2016

  • See also comments at red-tapist.

    October 27, 2016

  • The office of humor correction

    Has experts at offense detection.

    Each earnest red-tapist

    Maintains a bad-jape list

    Of jokes that will cause an objection.

    See also comments at red-tapism.

    October 27, 2016

  • A plowshare first sounded terrific

    But vomer seemed more scientific,

    Then after a while

    I loved pygostlye

    As sweet to the ear philornithic.

    October 26, 2016

  • Poor Ernest's affront caused him shame

    And liquor again was to blame.

    If only he'd drunk less

    He'd not have been frontless

    Nor owe now effrontery's claim.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    October 25, 2016

  • The wee pest's a dangerous vector

    But heed this key gender corrector:

    The gal gallinipper

    Alone's the blood sipper;

    The guy bugs imbibe only nectar.

    October 24, 2016

  • He's glad that you fill up his meal-pock
    But spare him your flattering sweet talk.
    He'll not be your friend
    So don't condescend
    To a pauper as proud as a peacock.

    October 23, 2016

  • Sweet reason's political nemesis,

    Or so some experienced men insist,

    Is Sarah's sour cant

    Informing Don's rant,

    An instance of strange palingenesis.

    October 22, 2016

  • A biker to feel well-endowed

    Requires an engine that's loud.

    At daybreak he'll rev it -

    The neighborhood levet -

    Then flee from the rage of the crowd.

    October 21, 2016

  • A consummate broth, experts say,
    Is filtered the albumin way.
    The soup you create
    When you elutriate
    Is elegant clear consommé.

    October 20, 2016

  • Despairing the rhymester hurls curses

    At info that Wordnik disperses:

    Though clumsy and kludgy

    Oh, call them not nugae

    Or damn them as trivial verses.

    October 19, 2016

  • Research reveals that nugae is pronounced as though it were spelled "new-jee." There are other possibilities for a terminal "-ae" and you can read some of these discussed in comments at lunula.

    October 19, 2016

  • A comfortable conscience balm's creed

    Holds charity nurtures harm's seed:

    Don't coddle the poor

    But give them a cure

    By nobly withholding almsdeed.

    October 18, 2016

  • His slowly diminishing hair

    Is causing the Donald despair.

    He's fighting the tide

    But cannot abide

    His pink pate should baldly transpare.

    October 17, 2016

  • Our laughter when humor is light

    May soar like the swallows at night

    But cynical drollery

    Can conjure a volery

    Where fluttering never takes flight.

    October 16, 2016

  • She was to the eye a delighter,

    To hot-blooded youth an exciter,

    But cold hemolymph

    Filled veins of that nymph

    And no ardent boy could ignite her.

    October 15, 2016

  • The boffins with patient precision

    Examine each tiny collision

    And don't give a darn -

    Not one femtobarn -

    For ignorant cries of derision.

    October 14, 2016

  • An oracular fellow named Clancy

    Claimed knowledge of scapulimancy.

    But a blade from a sternum?

    He could not discern 'em,

    So forecasts were generally chancy.

    October 13, 2016

  • Consider the throughput travail

    Designing a new bioswale.

    Input the terrain

    And volume of rain

    And hear the weary BIOS wail.

    October 12, 2016

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  • Thank you, ruzuzu. Verse is not neccessary but your good wishes are much appreciated. I only wanted to acknowledge Erin's gesture and to prepare my excuses in advance in case I miss a day here and there.

    June 3, 2015

  • Dear qms,

    I'm sorry I haven't written a get-well verse for you yet. Everything I try to rhyme betrays my dislike of cars and drivers--and since most of the people I know happen to be drivers, I thought maybe I'd cool off for a bit.

    Get well soon,

    ruzuzu

    June 3, 2015

  • Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?

    Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?

    But forgive me this jest,

    I wish you and elbows my best,

    *shakes fist at said stupid driver*

    June 1, 2015

  • Kind Wordniks: In her generous verse of yesterday erinmckean referenced my injury, which could interfere with submissions to Wordnik. On my last bike ride, May 22 (alas, my last for some time I'm afraid) an inattentive driver cut in front of me, so

    My dismount was the handlebar vault - 
    A gracefully arcing somersault.
    An elbow twice broken
    And concussion betoken
    The boldness of that asphalt halt.

    Two days ago I had surgery to nail my funny bone back into place. Fortunately (or not - there are opinions) I have been able to continue limericizing. This is a tribute to Erin's helpfulness and the power of OCD.

    May 31, 2015

  • At Wordnik we are truly blessed

    To have, as lyricist, qms.

    Although a recent awkward injury

    may make his typing a bit gingery

    we still daily receive of his best.

    May 30, 2015

  • The annum revolves from last to next

    But yields no daily tempting text.

    Is there some curse

    On good-natured verse

    Or will 2015 be lexically hexed?

    January 1, 2015

  • Dear Wordniks my aim is to woo you
    To visit "community" if you choose to.
    Let not this hiatus
    Depress or abate us,
    Let's flock to the beckoning ruzuzu.

    December 25, 2014

  • Thanks, qms! I was thinking that in the meantime maybe we should just congregate on one of the word pages--community makes as much sense as any. See you there?

    December 24, 2014

  • I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!

    December 15, 2014

  • By rights this should be posted on the account of the user lozonbeatty, but that account will soon be squished to wriggling flatness by the almighty thumb of erinmckean, if it has not already been so reduced. I post my comment here so that it will not be collateral damage.

    I was struck by the last few sentences of lozonbeatty’s message, that is, three or four sentences, depending on one’s inclination to generosity:

    I experience scorching soon after using the tablet. and that i sweat quite a bit .they explain to me it is because the tablet si performing for me. I m seriously pleased with this particular outcome.

    There is something of poetry and of perversion in these words. I had hoped that bilby might address this, but he is probably out snowshoeing, or whatever it is they do in the Australian Winter. I have not his gift for mock Spammish so I must resort to my native idiom to give lozonbeatty some advice:

    Anent your fiery fat pill story

    More testimony is obligatory.

    You should be testing

    Other ways of ingesting.

    Suppose you try suppository?

    July 3, 2014

  • On any page, scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Community link under News. That will take you to what we used to call 'the front page' of the site where you can see all the latest user comments (and some other stuff). Sometimes you'll see that a 'conversation' between frequent users is developing on a particular word.
    Doorbelling is also fine, we do that too.
    p.s. There should also be a Community link on the black bar at the top.

    January 1, 2014

  • You can comment on any word except the Word of the Day in the WotD section.

    Your double bracket theory is correct, you can make a clickable link to any word's page by doing that. Then just scroll down till you find the comment box.

    December 19, 2013

  • I seem to have managed to make everything a comment FOR qms ABOUT qms. What I would like to do is offer comment FROM qms about a word. I wonder if double brackets on a word such as hebetude would land me in a useful place.

    December 19, 2013

  • From 11/27/2013, hebetude

           Thanksgiving, 2013
    We dine this day on heaps of food,
    Then slump in sleepy lassitude.
    Sad bales of clothes
    Near comatose –
    Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.

    December 19, 2013

  • WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean

                Snow Fleas
    To Winter they're not giving in
    To slumber in chilly oblivion.
    They cheerfully go
    Underneath the snow
    And, happy there, hop subnivean.

    December 19, 2013

  • I have encountered enough success at posting a comment to look back a bit for other Word of the Day offerings that I have limericized. My skills as an archivist are weak, but I have found a couple.

    From 12/11/2013, cete

    "Coitus" supplies a word for "mate;"

    A batch of badgers it names "cete."

    It could be fun to view

    What those badgers do

    If, like words from roots, they proliferate.

    December 19, 2013

  • From 12/05/2013, morosoph

    The lit'ry world may haughtily scoff

    And judge the writer in some way "off,"

    But a limericist's tools

    Are the insights of fools.

    The form is the art of the morosoph.

    December 19, 2013

  • You can comment on the word cacchinate, though not on the Word Of The Day entry which is in a different part of the site.

    December 18, 2013

  • the meter is funky - a bit to the left of the limerick
    I like it!

    December 18, 2013