rolig has looked up 2609 words, created 91 lists, listed 3792 words, written 2965 comments, added 57 tags, and loved 15 words.

Comments by rolig

  • (Sorry about that last one.)

    August 16, 2014

  • A man kin git a mahty tharst in the Karst.

    August 16, 2014

  • Have you ever played a fugue on a Moog?

    August 16, 2014

  • limp'st (what thou dost when thou hast twisted thy ankle) rhymeth with glimpsed, methinks.

    August 16, 2014

  • Perhaps we should start using UKoGBaNI more in colloquial speech. We could pronounce it "ooko gbanee" with an African inflection, or "yookog banny" (more Southeast Asian, perhaps?). It also makes a convenient demonym: Ukogbanian.

    August 16, 2014

  • A word very much in the news these days in Slovenia. The closest English word for it is "sleet". It's the icy covering that forms on branches, electrical cables, and other things, and it has been doing a great deal of damage this week, bringing down trees and cables and resulting in power outages and road closings across a large swath of the country.

    February 5, 2014

  • Just missed this on a crossword, where the clue was "A digital plate"!

    December 28, 2013

  • This occurred to me yesterday while listening to the news about the Iran nuclear deal, and it begged me to put it here. It's more than three words, but i can't remember where we put STF-like collocations of this sort.

    November 26, 2013

  • According to the theory of the Orientalist Sir Richard Burton, this is the region in which different-generation male homosexuality was prevalent and even celebrated by the indigenous peoples. (See the Wikipedia article for details.)

    November 26, 2013

  • Here the "v" and the "r" both serve as (semi-)vowels, to give you a pronunciation that is something like oozBURST -- which is nice, considering that the word means "a budding".

    October 8, 2013

  • Slovene: budding, efflorescence; (in medicine) eruption of a rash. The deverbal noun of vzbrsteti

    September 30, 2013

  • What are izbas doing in Mexico? Are there a lot of Russian peasants living in Xochimilco?

    September 18, 2013

  • So I suppose "matricide" is killing yourself after watching the whole Matrix series a dozen times and still not being able to figure out what's real not.

    August 23, 2013

  • Or now that I think of it, from Tolstoy. After all, he wrote kilonovels Inot to be confused with killer novels).

    August 7, 2013

  • And here I thought this was a character from a Gogol story, some Pelageya Arkadiyevna Kilonova.

    August 7, 2013

  • Came across this yesterday reading Henry James and I thought, what a nice word. I was looking for such a word recently in one of my translations and it didn't occur to me (I used "mirth" instead, another great word). And yet it's not an unusual word, not archaic, just a little dusty. When was the last time I used "levity" in a sentence when I wasn't saying, facetiously, "This is no time for levity"?

    July 29, 2013

  • Just tell those pandorable creatures to beware of Greeks bearing gifts and not open any boxes.

    July 11, 2013

  • Fascinating. In Russian, the piece is still called "elephant" ("slon"), and in Slovene, it's a "hunter" ("lovec"), which I assume is connected with the old "archer" name. I did not know the word "alfin" and am surprised to learn that it was ever used in English, but it must have been, if the Century has a definition for it.

    July 7, 2013

  • I wasn't familiar with this term until I came across it in this PartiallyClips comic: http://partiallyclips.com/2013/06/17/flowers-at-work-2/
    and looked it up on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exposition_(narrative)
    It actually describes something that amuses and annoys me on so many US TV shows, as when the CSI guys explain to each other exactly the process they are use ("and now I'm going to run the fingerprints through the database"). I keep waiting for one of them to say, "Yes, of course you are. You always do. That's your job. Why are you telling me this? Do you think I don't know what goes on in a CSI lab? I've been working here 15 years, forgodsake!"

    July 7, 2013

  • I am so glad you made this list. I find this particular form fascinating. How about waddle (from wade) and dazzle (from daze)?

    June 9, 2013

  • In Canto XV of Don Juan, Byron describes a sumptous dinner, listing all the dishes. But in the midst of his list, he breaks off with this aside:

    But I must crowd all into one grand mess
         Or mass; for should I stretch into detail,
    My Muse would run much more into excess,
         Than when some squeamish people deem her frail.
    But though a 'bonne vivante,' I must confess
         Her stomach 's not her peccant part; this tale
    However doth require some slight refection,
    Just to relieve her spirits from dejection.

    Of course, what he describes, is hardly "some slight refection".

    June 8, 2013

  • In Canto XV of Don Juan, Byron lists all the foods served at a sumptuous dinner. At one point, he breaks off to say of his Muse:

    But though a 'bonne vivante,' I must confess
         Her stomach 's not her peccant part; this tale
    However doth require some slight refection,
    Just to relieve her spirits from dejection.

    Presumably, in Byron's case, the "peccant part" of his Muse was located a few inches lower than the stomach.

    June 8, 2013

  • Feel free to pilfer from my list exploring-the-i-id-i. (No idea why I have to add -i to the name of the list to make the link work!)

    June 8, 2013

  • This is the Slovene word for a fan (the old kind of folding fan people, women especially, or rather, ladies) would use to cool themselves on hot days. I like the way it sounds. It sounds cool (in both sense of the word): the puff of pah- with the release of -ljača.

    May 16, 2013

  • Someone needs to create a tude list. I'd do it myself if it weren't for this damn hebetude going around.

    April 30, 2013

  • And for the effeminate villeggiatura
    Rife with more horns than hounds—she hath the chase,
    So animated that it might allure a
    Saint from his beads to join the jocund race;
    Even Nimrod's self might leave the plains of Dura,
    And wear the Melton jacket for a space:—
    If she hath no wild boars, she hath a tame
    Preserve of Bores, who ought to be made game.
    — Byron, Don Juan Canto 13

    "She" is England. Byron is describing the fall hunting season in the English countryside.

    April 25, 2013

  • Come again?

    April 25, 2013

  • The tourist agency drives them every day to a different natural wonder in the mountainous country: cliffs and ravines, rivers and streams sparkling in sunshine. There is always something else to be oohed at, photographed, and always some arduous narrow trail to be followed to get to the breathtaking vista. It is beautiful but exhausting. The group is bloated from the beauty, as every day it gorges gorgeous gorges.

    April 24, 2013

  • Not to be compared, however, with the macedoine of Macedonia, the doyenne of macedoines.

    April 21, 2013

  • Of all tales 't is the saddest – and more sad,
    Because it makes us smile: his hero 's right,
    And stil pursues the right; – to curb the bad
    His only object, and 'gainst odds to fight
    His guerdon: 't is his virtue makes him mad!
    But his adventures form a sorry sight;
    A sorrier still is the great moral taught
    By that real epic unto all who have thought.
    – Byron, Don Juan, Canto 13 (about Don Quixote, aka Don Kwix-oat)

    April 21, 2013

  • Thanks, Pro! It's interesting how some words are only used in certain contexts.

    March 28, 2013

  • Pro! First - Hi! It's been a long time.
    Second: Is that any different from saying "drenched in sweat"?
    Third: I always associate "bedraggled" with being wet, though being in a generally miserable-looking state is essential too. It would sound strange to me to say: "Gene Kelly was cheerfully bedraggled as he celebrated the joys of crooning in precipitation."

    March 27, 2013

  • "To wear the arctic fox
    you have to kill it. Wear
    qiviut — the underwool of the arctic ox –
    pulled off it like a sweater;
    your coat is warm; your conscience, better."

    — Marianne Moore, "The Arctic Ox (Or Goat)"

    March 27, 2013

  • Colloquial Slovene for "wings", as in chicken wings. A cute word derived from the onomatopoetic word "frfotati" – "to flutter", hence: "flutterers".

    March 8, 2013

  • Great list, hernesheir! I added a few: the obvious signature and tag, as well as crest and tell (in the sense of a sign that someone is lying), though I'm not sure that this last one fits with the idea of the list. With open lists, especially, I think it's wise to say what sort of words you're looking for.

    January 7, 2013

  • I love the older sense of truant, as "stray, displaced, wandering", used by George Eliot in this passage from The Mill on the Floss, describing the Red Deeps, an area of hollows and hills where Maggie Tulliver enjoyed taking her walks. The place, she says, had a charm for Maggie:

    especially in summer, when she could sit in the grassy hollow under the shadow of a branching ash, stooping aslant from the steep above her, and listen to the hum of insects, like tiniest bells on the garment of Silence, or see the sunlight piercing the distant boughs, as if to chase and drive home the truant heavenly blue of the wild hyacinths.

    — George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860), Book V, chap. 1, "In the Red Deeps"



    December 31, 2012

  • Thanks for the "evanid" suggestion, ry!

    December 31, 2012

  • Those crazy mathematicians. Wiener, indeed.

    August 23, 2012

  • Slovene: "crowd, multitude"

    August 23, 2012

  • Pro, good luck on your future endeavors! Have you got something lined up? Returning to Italy? Drop me a line if you're interested in visiting neighboring Slovenia!

    August 2, 2012

  • By 1979, "gay" in the sense of "homosexual" was already widespread among gays and lesbians themselves, so I expect that there is a play on words going on here. Bishop was a lesbian, who like most lesbians of her generation had to be very discreet; it may indeed be the case that this poem about freedom and escape (from the mirror!) indicates a new acceptance of her own homosexuality.

    July 25, 2012


  • Sonnet
    - by Elizabeth Bishop

    Caught—the bubble
    in the spirit-level,
    a creature divided;
    and the compass needle
    wobbling and wavering,
    undecided.
    Freed—the broken
    thermometer's mercury
    running away;
    and the rainbow-bird
    from the narrow bevel
    of the empty mirror,
    flying wherever
    it feels like, gay!

    1979

    July 23, 2012

  • specious, meretricious

    July 12, 2012

  • I thought mortal enemy of polish is russish, or maybe germanish.

    July 12, 2012

  • That is hardly surprising, dailyword. This is a word that a lot of aspiring poets use when they are human.

    June 5, 2012

  • The sense you mention, alasdair17, pertains to the noun phrase Pyrrhic victory, not to the word pyrrhic per se, which is why I do not give it here. I do, however, provide it under "Pyrrhic victory" (note the capital "P", which I prefer since in this sense the word derives from the proper noun Pyrrhus). By the way, there really was no need to use four question marks in a row. I hope you have calmed down a little.

    June 5, 2012

  • Were the Maccabees especially macabre?

    June 2, 2012

  • As far as I can tell, "rampid" is (still) non-standard English. People often use it (mistakenly, I would say) for "rampant". The standard phrase is "run rampant".

    June 2, 2012

  • "According to anonymous senior administration sources quoted in the New York Times, Obama decided to speed up a programme first launched by his predecessor, George W Bush, codenamed Olympic Games, whose aim was to use computer viruses to attack Iran's nuclear enrichment programme."
    – Peter Beaumont, "Obama 'sped up cyber-attacks on Iran's nuclear programme'", The Guardian, 1 June 2012.

    The lack of a hyphen in "codenamed" (read "code-named") here is annoying. I initially read this as "co-denamed" and imagined Bush and Obama together "denaming" this programme as Olympic Games. Why do people hate hyphens? Hyphens are our friends!

    June 1, 2012

  • This is a misspelling. Note that the correct spelling is griping. As a general rule, verbs that end in a silent -e, drop the -e when the ending -ing is added. There are exceptions (the only ones that come to mind are dyeing, to distinguish it from dying, and ageing, though here many prefer aging) – but "gripeing" is not one of them.

    June 1, 2012

  • The adjective exists, only it is spelled differently: erinaceous. Feel free to use this word, spelled correctly with the adjectival -ous suffix, to describe any hedgehoggy acquaintances you may have.

    May 21, 2012

  • Outstanding! Thank you, Ruzuzu, for this.

    *feeling a little sad, and a little curmudgeonly about the fact that modern dictionaries don't make references like "the leap of Curtius into the chasm, or the death of the martyr Stephen". Today it's all about quantifiable information with little thought to knowledge and none to wisdom.*

    May 19, 2012

  • Interesting, mtc. Baratynsky's "wondrous city" has a very different connotation than "Cloud Cuckoo Land", but the latter certainly belongs on my states-of-mind-from-absurdistan-to-zion list.

    Ruzuzu, Baratynsky and I go way back. I was introduced to him by Pushkin and Nabokov, with an added endorsement from Brodsky.

    May 15, 2012

  • Originally mentioned by a character in Aristophanes' play The Birds.

    May 15, 2012

  • I love the Century Dictionary.

    Btw, in my real life I am translating the poems of the Russian poet Yevgeny Baratynsky. Here is one that seems appropriate:

    Now and then a wondrous city
    from floating clouds will coalesce,
    but the wind need only touch it,
    and it’s gone without a trace.
    Thus the momentary inventions
    of poetic fantasy
    vanish at the merest breath of
    meaningless activity.

    (1829)

    Translated by Rawley Grau

    May 15, 2012

  • Coined by none other than Alfred Hitchcock. I placed this on my bywords list (for now at least) because this sounds like a person's name; presumably the MacGuffin in movie could be an (unnamed) character.

    February 24, 2012

  • As someone who doesn't play violent role-playing video games I am not interested in having my images taken anywhere near WOW, thank you. And if I want any jism-layered group montages (especially of the fraternity variety), I know a few select websites where to find them.

    And by the way, SPAM ALERT!!!!

    February 16, 2012

  • I think the Piper is called "pied" because he wears clothes made of different colored patches, like a harlequin.

    February 5, 2012

  • Sadly, in his notes to Lolita (The Annotated Lolita), the otherwise seemingly erudite Alfred Appel Jr. believes that "auroch" is the singular of "aurochs", a word Nabokov uses in the all-important penultimate sentence of the novel.

    February 5, 2012

  • "I loved you. I was a pentapod monster, but I loved you. I was despicable and brutal, and turpid, and everything, mais je t'amais, je t'amais!"

    Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita, ch. 32.

    February 5, 2012

  • "In modern times the term 'pornography' connotes mediocrity, commercialism, and certain strict rules of narration. Obscenity must be mated with banality because every kind of aesthetic enjoyment has to be entirely replaced by simple sexual stimulation which demands the traditional word for direct action on the patient. … Thus, in pornographic novels, action has to be limited to the copulation of clichés. Style, structure, imagery should never distract the reader from his tepid lust."

    — Vladimir Nabokov, "On a Book Entitled Lolita"

    February 5, 2012

  • 2010, kakovostno, suho, Vipavska dolina, Mansus - družinsko posestvo Makovec, Brje na Vipavskem 79, SI-5263 Dobravlje

    January 29, 2012

  • A dry white wine indigenous to the Vipava valley in Slovenia (according to the Slovene Wikipedia, for what it's worth, this variety was first mentioned in 1324). The excellent bottle I tried (2006 vintage) came from the Sončni škol cellar in Renče.

    January 29, 2012

  • The difference between the spellings hryvnia and hryvnya for the Ukrainian гривня is one of English transliteration, specifically how to transliterate the Ukrainian Cyrillic letter я. In both transliterations the letter before the "a" does not represent a separate syllable, but only the softening (palatalization) of the "n". Other possible renderings would be "hryvnja", "hryvňa", "hryvn'a", and "hryvña", since the letter "j", the caron, the apostrophe, and the tilde are all conventional ways (in separate systems) of indicating such palatalization. Curiously, the Oxford American Dictionary gives "hryvna" as its main headword (despite indicating the iotization of the a in its pronunciation guide), with "hryvnia" as an "also". (I can understand why it might make sense to reserve the y-transliteration for the Ukrainian vowel "y"/"и", though the same argument can be made for preserving "i" for the Ukrainian vowel "i".)

    LesHerasymchuk is right, though, about the history of the Ukrainian language: both Ukrainian and Russian (as well as Belorusian) come from Old East Slavic (the language of the medieval state known as Kievan Rus); Ukrainian does not come from Russian. In terms of continuity, it is more accurate to say that Russian comes from Old Ukrainian (though linguists don't usually use that anachronistic term, preferring instead "Old East Slavic"). And it is also true that Russian was profoundly influenced by Church Slavonic, a by-product of Old Bulgaro-Macedonian (a South Slavic language). I don't know whether modern Ukrainian has been as deeply influenced by Church Slavonic.

    January 21, 2012

  • Which is the correctly cased form, yarb? I would guess the lowercase barometz, since this is the name of a type of (mythical) entity (like unicorn), not a personal name (like Pegasus).

    January 21, 2012

  • Well, since it's Nabokov, there could well be a Slavic solution. In Slovene the verb gugati means "to rock"; a gugalnik is a rocking chair, while a gugalnica is a swing. The Russian word for "to rock or swing" is different (качаться / kachat'sya), but I wondered anyway if there was a cognate. It turns out that Dahl's mid-19th-c. dictionary includes the word гугала / gugala (from a northern Russian dialect) which means "swing" (noun) and, indeed, the verb гугаться / gugat'sya, "to swing". So I would suggest that Nabokov playfully Englished this as "google", meaning something like "sway back and forth".

    January 21, 2012

  • Jenn, I love the list but don't understand the title: "You haven't lived unitl you've had…" Is that it? Am I missing something idiomatic?

    January 16, 2012

  • Ah, Ru! This -trix is for dames.

    January 12, 2012

  • Erazma / Erasma (2004– ), a.k.a. Razmica, Razmička, Razma-Taz, Tazma-Raz, Tazma, Razi, or just Raz.

    January 12, 2012

  • Aglaja / Aglaia (2004– ), a.k.a. Glajca, Glajko, Glajkica, Glajka, Glajči, Glajči-Glu, or just Glaj.

    January 12, 2012

  • My beautiful, beloved, sweet-spirited, wise and deeply mourned feline companion Nastasya / Настасья (1986–2003), a.k.a. Nastenka, Nastechka, Nastka, Nastusya, Nusya, Nuska, Nus / Настенька, Настечка, Настка, Настусья, Нусья, Нуська, Нусь, or more formally, Anastasia / Анастасия.

    January 12, 2012

  • A curious choice as a collective for an order of gamless mammals!

    January 11, 2012

  • In Russian and Slovene and, I expect, many other languages this name has become a common noun referring to a patron of the arts, especially someone who supports a particular artist, writer, or art institution.

    January 5, 2012

  • In a statement, this is "a commitment to an extra message that (metaphorically speaking) comes through on a second channel, without adding anything to the factual content of what is said." –Geoffrey K. Pullum, "A wee conventional implicature", Language Log, http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=3650#more-3650

    Pullum gives the examples of "damn" in such statements as "Somebody stole my damn guitar" and "wee" in Scottish usage: "I'll just be going off for a wee cup o' tea":

    "It seems to me that wee has a similar syntactic privilege of occurrence — you can just pick a salient noun at random and stick wee on that — but the semantic contribution is just an optimistic and comforting attitudinal overtone: rather than the vague impression that the speaker is pissed at the situation, which is what damn conveys, wee supplies a vague impression that the speaker is being helpful and optimistic and that things are going to be just fine."

    December 25, 2011

  • This is a word I've been encountering recently -- it feels academically faddish -- in the sense of "ideological" or perhaps simply "purported": In an article in the New York Times Book Review on the (obviously) important role of the Bible in Western literature, the author, referring to Faulkner and Dostoevsky, writes: "The failure of the notionally Christian worlds of Russia and Mississippi to be in any way sufficient to the occasion of Christ among them would be a true report always and everywhere." (Marilynne Robinson, "The Book of Books: What Literature Owes the Bible," NYT Sunday Book Review, 22 Dec. 2011)

    December 25, 2011

  • Thanks, ru! But Nancy's citation there simply confirms my point. Ammon Shea (the guy who read the OED), writes about the word: "The OED does not give any citation for its use except for Henry Cockeram's 1623 English Dictionarie." This is a white elephant of a word, a verbal knick-knack: it sits on the shelf and people say, "Oh, how pretty!" but nobody really knows what to do with it except display it as a pretty word. And when you do try to use it (right now, a certain @impropaganda has Tweeted®, "Hope the weather holds for some beautiful southern apricity!") you end up sounding precious, arch, or pompous.

    December 22, 2011

  • The fact that all of the examples, and even the Tweets®, merely cite this word and do not use it make me wonder if it is in fact a word that people say (or more likely, write). This seems more like a museum piece than an "actual word".

    December 21, 2011

  • Ah, yes, the world's first story was also its first same-sex love story.

    December 21, 2011

  • This is astonishing. I was born and grew up in Baltimore, where I lived for some 30-odd years, and I never noticed that anyone said "groshery".

    December 21, 2011

  • A rhyme in the hymn "O God, Our Help in Ages Past".

    December 21, 2011

  • A rhyme in "O God, Our Help in Ages Past".

    December 21, 2011

  • A rhyme in "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing".

    December 21, 2011

  • A rhyme in "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing", "O God, Our Help in Ages Past" and many other hymns.

    December 21, 2011

  • A rhyme in "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing".

    December 21, 2011

  • From "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing".

    December 21, 2011

  • From "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing".

    December 21, 2011

  • From "Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing" (and many other hymns).

    December 21, 2011

  • It occurred to me today that this is a retronym, which only appeared once it became standard practice to send young children out of the home to receive a primary education. Until the 19th century, or thereabouts, young children, if they received any education at all, were educated at home.

    December 18, 2011

  • Spooky.
    *Disappointed there are no visuals.*

    December 16, 2011

  • Thanks, leaden! What beautiful work this is! So I suppose one message in the image is that happiness points the way to enlightenment but is not enlightenment.

    December 16, 2011

  • I suppose this is a much larger version of the µ-stachio (mu-stachio)?

    December 15, 2011

  • In her view, acupuncture was little better than quackery; "needless needles" she called it.

    December 14, 2011

  • This is a wonderful image! Very Zen. Do you know anything about where it comes from?

    December 14, 2011

  • the opposite of ion.

    December 9, 2011

  • I could imagine "wear" being used as a count noun in a situation where someone was comparing the durability of different items (their various "wears" after a year of use, for instance), but it's hardly elegant English. It is simply a matter of count-nouning the already existent deverbal noun "wear".

    December 7, 2011

  • Apparently, one of these, recently found on Little Barrier Island in New Zealand by Mark Moffatt, is the biggest insect in the world. Click on the following link (if you dare), for more:
    http://gizmodo.com/5864195/the-worlds-biggest-insect-is-so-freaking-huge-it-can-eat-a-carrot

    December 3, 2011

  • me too.

    December 1, 2011

  • An early word for a steamship.

    December 1, 2011

  • Wonderful!
    A simple but evocative (meta-)palindrome is mirror rim.

    December 1, 2011

  • Apparently, this was named after the Croatian Dr. Franjo Kogoj, of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Zagreb.

    I suppose in certain circles it's a wonderful thing to have a pustule named after you.

    December 1, 2011

  • See comments on Kaiserschmarrn and kaisersmarrn.

    November 30, 2011

  • Delicious Austro-Slovene dessert.

    November 30, 2011

  • The Slovene vernacular term for cesarski praženec, or Kaiserschmarrn. See comments on kaisersmarrn.

    November 30, 2011

  • See comments on kaisersmarrn.

    November 30, 2011

  • This is very popular in Slovenia, where it is called šmoren (from the German word Schmarrn), or more formerly cesarski praženec, a calque on Kaiserschmarrn, meaning something like "the Emperor's pancake" (for a recipe, see http://www.austria.info/uk/austrian-cuisine/kaiserschmarren-1561302.html). According to the Slovene culinary website www.kulinarika.net, this treat got its name when an innkeeper in Ježica served it to the Austrian and Russian emperors, who were stopping there on their way to the 1821 Congress in nearby Ljubljana (Laibach). Today Ježica is part of Ljubljana, and that same inn, or gostilna, is still there; it is called "Pri ruskom carju" ("The Russian Czar"), and it has lent its name to the surrounding neighborhood: the Russian Czar neighborhood.

    November 30, 2011

  • For the time being, we could use the "Feedback" tab. I suggest going to the Feedback (a different website), clicking "Problems" and titling the comment, for example, "SPAM: timberlandsalgs profile".

    November 30, 2011

  • AIDS Committee To Unleash Power: ACT UP! FIGHT BACK! FIGHT AIDS!

    November 29, 2011

  • What a lovely word!

    November 29, 2011

  • Pro, for your question about comments on tags, try writing Erin directly by email (erin (at) wordnik.com) -- if you haven't already.

    November 29, 2011

  • But the comment box is hard to find.

    November 29, 2011

  • Yes.

    November 29, 2011

  • In contemporary visual-art practice, this refers to works that cross different media (for instance, that combine painting and video; installation and social action; intervention and performance, etc.).

    November 25, 2011

  • Is anybody else using the "feedback" tab on the left side of the new Wordnik Preview? It seems like I am the only one asking questions and pointing out problems, which is crazy, since I know many other people should have comments about the new interface.

    November 24, 2011

  • This word brings back memories of ACT UP.

    November 24, 2011

  • Headline meaning: The booze-making system remains idle.

    November 22, 2011

  • In fact, the distinction is still very much alive in certain contexts. I don't think anyone would disagree that "a jealous husband" means something very different from "an envious husband". But whereas "envious" still cannot mean what "jealous" has traditionally meant (fearful about losing something one thinks one possesses); "jealous" has been encroaching on the territory of "envious".

    November 19, 2011

  • This is a printmaking technique, generally known in English as a "soft-ground etching".

    November 19, 2011

  • A term from French philosophy, notably the work of Michel Foucault, usually translated as "apparatus", "deployment", or just left as "dispositif".

    November 19, 2011

  • Ru, that is the way I have always understood the distinction. But since the phrase, "I'm so jealous!" (which really is a kind of compliment when said to a friend -- meaning, essentially and paradoxically, "I celebrate your good fortune") has become ubiquitous, the finer distinction may be lost on the hoi polloi.

    November 18, 2011

  • Very curious. The semicolon comments have come full circle.

    November 18, 2011

  • What a great word!

    November 17, 2011

  • Perhaps it's ultimate iteration, in which case Wizard Alex, aka He Who Started Monday, would, perhaps, specialize in repeating things to the point where no further repetition is necessary.

    November 17, 2011

  • Ah, wonderful. I should do the same. And thanks for the word drupe!

    November 14, 2011

  • Hern, I actually meant first to comment on your apply day: it sounds lovely. Do you have apple trees? That's one of the things I miss in my urban life.

    November 14, 2011

  • GHibbs's grasp of grammar is less than firm, I fear. Not every modifier is an adjective -- or more precisely, it's neither standard practice nor useful to label every modifier an adjective. In the case of the listing ship, we are dealing with a present active participle (as it was termed when I was learning grammar some 40 years ago) from the verb "to list" ("lean to one side").

    November 14, 2011

  • According to Urban Dictionary, this is Portland, Ore., slang for penis, among other definitions.

    November 14, 2011

  • Ru, perhaps it's a short story by Poe (http://www.yeoldelibrary.com/text/PoeEA/purloined/index.htm).

    November 14, 2011

  • So does it follow, then, that Occident means "characterized by killing"? A lot of postcolonial theorists would say that's true.

    November 14, 2011

  • Compare the word untoward, which has a similar, though not identical, meaning ("inappropriate, unacceptable, etc.). Surely, the words must be derived from to and fro (which I guess meant originally "toward and away from").

    November 14, 2011

  • Yes, it is actually, though that had not occurred to me before, since it shows up in some very common words, like fant ("boy") and in a lot of slang: ful ("completely", from the German voll), zafrkniti ("to mess up, screw, cause problems"), and of cours fukati (another borrowing from the Germanic languages) and its derivatives. But these are all borrowings (fant comes from the Romance infant, but most of the others are Germanisms) or, occasionally onomatopoeic forms (frfotati, for example, means "to flutter"). Historically, the Slavic languages did not have a separate "f" phoneme; the f-sound existed only as the devoiced allophone of the "v" phoneme. But Slovene, having lived in very close quarters with German (and Friulian) for some 14 centuries, has made "f" its own, although I guess, compared to the other letters, it is still somewhat rare. But then, the other 10-pointer, "ž" is a full-fledged Slavic phoneme and doesn't strike me as particularly rare either.
    Thanks for the Scrabble counts, Froggy. That's very interesting!

    November 14, 2011

  • The edge of the looking-glass brings together two inversely symmetrical worlds: a palindrome that is the image of a palindrome.

    November 13, 2011

  • Would that be mirror rim?

    November 13, 2011

  • But can-canning (i.e. reduplicative canning) and sinning may, in fact, be related. Allow me to cite Irving Berlin: "She started a heat wave by letting her seat wave in such a way that the customers say she certainly can can-can." Here the "heat wave" caused by the can-canning of the woman in the lyric is, clearly, a not-so-subtle reference to what one may argue is, at least, a pre-sinning state or even, to be sure, a sinning one, if we accept the Gospel dictum that lustful thoughts are themselves sinful. Hence, reduplicative canning may in fact possess a relation of causality with regard to non-reduplicative sinning.

    November 11, 2011

  • But I don't think you can parse it that way. And why would you want to? Obviously, omnipotence and omniscience are not equivalent; they are different concepts. The question is, does one presume the other?

    November 11, 2011

  • I beg to differ. If knowledge is a form of power, then omnipotence -- the possession of all power -- must include omniscience -- the power of knowing all.

    November 11, 2011

  • done.

    November 10, 2011

  • Strange that "o" should be the only vowel without a macronic partner.

    November 10, 2011

  • But I'm glad you did. This is beautiful.

    November 10, 2011

  • Don't you mean "assuage"?

    November 10, 2011

  • Khrushchev didn't rehabilitate them with Stalin's other victims?

    November 10, 2011

  • The Serbian/Bosnian alphabet, or азбука / azbuka (Cyrillic version, or ћирилица / ćirilica).

    November 10, 2011

  • I sure hope "UI" doesn't mean "under the influence" here.

    *crossing fingers*

    November 10, 2011

  • Done: "Ab C. Defghi & Co." It's an open list, so please contribute as you can. (Milosrdenstvi, I'm looking forward to seeing the Georgian alphabet up there, and the Indonesian from Bilby, the Irish from Fox, etc.)

    November 10, 2011

  • The Croatian/Bosnian/Serbian alphabet, or abeceda (Latin version, or latinica), in which "dž", "lj", and "nj" are treated as separate letters.

    November 10, 2011

  • Erin, any progress on list and profile comments?

    November 10, 2011

  • The official Russian alphabet, called азбука / azbuka, from Old Church Slavonic names of the first two letters ("az" – "I"; "buka" – "beech").

    November 10, 2011

  • The official Slovene alphabet (abeceda)

    November 10, 2011

  • Slovene: hválnica: encomium, song of praise, homage

    November 10, 2011

  • The d and the e have been reversed. But I have always pronounced this something like "abseh défghi jekyll minópker stoov wyxes". Once you've tackled a Slavic language, you can find a way to pronounce almost any string of letters.

    November 9, 2011

  • "Writers, by nature, tend to be people in whom l'esprit de l'escalier is a recurrent experience: they are always thinking of the perfect riposte after the moment for saying it has passed. So they take a few years longer and put it in print."
    – Louis Menand, "Bad Comma" (a review of Lynne Truss, Eats, Shoots & Leaves, The New Yorker, June 28, 2004.

    November 6, 2011

  • Apparently not. There is something rather sad about GHibbs's postings.

    November 6, 2011

  • So Christinerick, in your opinion, devout Catholics do not practice hagiolatry? If you agree with that statement, then you would agree that "hagiolatry" is a word. We don't get to choose what is or is not a word on the basis of whether we support the concept the word represents.

    November 2, 2011

  • In the UK, Van Dyke's name has become a byword for someone can't imitate an English accent successfully – the result of the American actor's woeful imitation of a Cockney chimney sweep in the film Mary Poppins.

    Cf. the following usage:

    "I’m a Londoner with a very neutral British accent living in the US and my (American) Siri doesn’t understand me either. I have to repeat myself numerous times and in an increasingly bad American accent to make myself understood. And since I am the Dick Van Dyke of American, this can get very tedious. Why not use British Siri, you ask? British Siri understands me perfectly, but unfortunately it has been programmed to say "I can only search for businesses, maps and traffic in the United States, and when you’re using US English’, which seems very unreasonable to me. Why can’t I search for US businesses in British English?"
    – A reader writing on Andrew Sullivan's blog "The Daily Dish", http://andrewsullivan.thedailybeast.com/2011/10/hogmanwhat-ctd.html

    October 29, 2011

  • This one is going on my Slavonicisms list.

    October 20, 2011

  • And here I was thinking this had something to do with Uri Geller.

    October 19, 2011

  • Bravo, Foxy! Excellent!
    (*Putting on my copy-editor hat* The comma after "squibbs", however, needs to go.)

    October 19, 2011

  • fbharjo, you were there? I remember watching that game on TV.
    One correction though, we natives call our town Bawlmer (the standard spelling for the native pronunciation).

    October 17, 2011

  • Not a great word, but I guess it's awrite.

    October 16, 2011

  • Froggy, I think it has something to do with the Swedish meaning of my name ("fun, amusing, comical"); curiously, I'm told that in Danish, "rolig" means "calm".

    October 12, 2011

  • Thanks, guys. Glad to see there's been some response to my suggestion.

    *Trying to imagine Louis Armstrong with a foxy Irish brogue.*

    October 12, 2011

  • People are welcome to leave comments for me here, if they so desire. I would also suggest that they add their own name to my "Wordizens/Wordnikians" list and use this space for keeping in touch with each other. I would add a few names myself, but I'm not sure whether people want to be capitalized or not, and I am also afraid of forgetting someone and having all sorts of umbrage taken and fufluns flung.

    October 12, 2011

  • For more discussion, see l'esprit de l'escalier.

    October 11, 2011

  • I suppose one of those lasses must be Clara Bow.

    October 11, 2011

  • Once I was editing a text and this word came up, only with a hyphen: "post-colonialism". I suggesting removing the hypen in order to be consistent with the style we were using, but the author insisted that there was an important difference between "post-colonialism" and "postcolonialism". I bit my tongue.

    September 20, 2011

  • This must be related to wriggle, surely.

    September 20, 2011

  • Good one, Dan.

    September 17, 2011

  • In American (and I suppose British, too?) English the idiom "go to the bathroom" doesn't mean go to a certain room, it means "to urinate and/or defecate". Which is why the sentence: "The dog went to the bathroom in the kitchen" makes sense. So the original example is misleading. Also problematic for Americans is that a room with just a toilet can certainly be called a bathroom, but it is just as likely to be called other things as well, ranging from "the head" and "the john" to "the powder room" -- terms that, I think, would never be used for a room that had a bathtub but no toilet. Unlike in Europe, where having a separate room just for the toilet (with or without a sink) is not unusual in homes, especially older ones, in the standard American home the toilet and the bathtub are usually in the same room, though there may also be another room with just a toilet and a sink ("the powder room"), which is there for convenience (e.g. it will be on the floor where one does one's entertaining, or in the basement; it will probably not be on the floor with the bedrooms).

    September 16, 2011

  • Like the first CD definition here. A Scot might say he's looking for loo, but don't believe him. He's just cottaging.

    September 15, 2011

  • The color of Erazma.

    September 15, 2011

  • There was a fine lady from Surtsey
    who practiced and practiced her curtsey.
    She tried to convince us
    'twas done for the princess,
    and not for the guardsman who's flirtsy.


    September 15, 2011

  • Note to GHibbs: This is not the present participle of "earthle".

    September 15, 2011

  • There's nothing inferior about the vino I like to drink.

    September 15, 2011

  • I think you mean "a rupture or a tear". While a feeling of rapture (euphoria, ecstasy) may bring tears to one's eyes, a rupture (division, break, split) may be caused by a tear.

    September 15, 2011

  • Although a tree may eventually become a valid scrabble tile.

    September 15, 2011

  • Mr/s Hibbs, may I ask what it is you are doing? Is it your intention to make a special note of every inflected form of every English word on Wordnik? I'm trying to imagine how such an undertaking might be helpful. If you are learning English or trying to assist learners of English, I would advise you to get hold of a good English grammar book, such as A Student's Introduction to English Grammar by Huddleston and Pullum.

    September 15, 2011

  • Pro! I'm so sorry! Of course you're there on my list! Look again!

    ***offers Prolagus some extra umbrage to take, as well as a couple of fufluns to throw at me***
    ***gives thanks for the edit button***
    ***worries about who else might feel slighted***
    ***makes note not to write comments on Wordnik before drinking morning coffee***

    September 14, 2011

  • Fox, I'm glad/relieved you're sticking around. And yes, I come here not just for the words (there are lots of dictionaries around, in both material and immaterial forms), but also for Bilby, you, Prolagus, Reesetee, Yarb, Chained_Bear, Dontcry, Ruzuzu, Qroqqa, Madmouth, and a dozen or so other Wordizens, some of whom I haven't seen around for a while (including John!). Which is my point about fixing the comments on list and profile pages. During my hiatus from Wordnik, I would occasionally peek in and see messages on my profile page like "We miss you". That meant a lot. Not having the ability to comment directly to other Wordniki is like not knowing how to get in touch with a good friend. I might be forced to join Fascebook, which seems a bit too Orwellian for my tastes.

    September 14, 2011

  • This could become a measurement in art assessment. If your average picture is worth a kilolex, the Mona Lisa must be worth a gigalex at least.

    September 13, 2011

  • Yes, Yarb! Now that you mention it, I remember that ominous recording on the London tube. It's rather chilling when you think about it.

    Good one, Ru. The Gap Gaffe is right up there with the Classic Coke Kerfuffle in the Annals of Really Terrible Marketing Blunders.

    September 13, 2011

  • The warning posted everywhere on the Toronto subway, referring to the gap between the trains and the platform. Judging by the images below, I assume this phrase is used in the UK too.

    September 13, 2011

  • I'm guessing, but I think taint in the sense of "perineum" ("T'ain't your ass and t'ain't your balls") originated in the gay demimonde. At least, I first came across it, with an explanatory gloss, in a gay porn magazine sometime in the mid-1980s.

    September 9, 2011

  • Thanks, Ru!

    September 7, 2011

  • GHibbs, most dictionaries do not give separate entries for regular inflections of words. You may safely assume that the 3rd pers. sg. present form of a verb is derived by adding an -s. Dictionaries only specify inflected forms if they are irregular, for example, is, goes, and does.

    September 7, 2011

  • Well, how does this sound to you guys? Is it comprehensible? The poet is addressing a waterfall -- in the previous stanza he has been admiring the great roar it makes, and now he says:

    I hear the whistling aquilon –
    it rocks the spruce tree till it’s groaning;
    and with the weather, wild and roaring,
    your own defiant roar’s in tune.

    The Russian is:

    Я слышу: свищет аквилон,
    Качает елию скрыпучей,
    И с непогодою ревучей
    Твой рев мятежный соглашен.

    September 7, 2011

  • Bil, had you heard of this word before as the name of the north wind? Ever come across it in your reading? It is difficult for me to do any searches on Google Books because so many boats and other things are name Aquilon. That in itself is a sign that the word is known, but I haven't been able to find any relevant uses of the word in English.

    September 7, 2011

  • I am skeptical of the etymology provided above (from the classical name of the north wind, Boreas). Almost certainly, the Italians of the northern Adriatic shores borrowed this word from their Slovene and Croatian neighbors, who call this wind burja, a word that goes back to Old Slavic, meaning "windstorm", and that shares the same Indo-European root as the English word furious.

    September 7, 2011

  • Interesting, Pro.

    September 7, 2011

  • While I understand that there are still a lot of problems with the new interface (it's not really new anymore, is it?), for me the most aggravating loss is the inability to comment on list or profile pages. This makes it impossible to communicate directly with my fellow list-compilers. For example, I just realized that Sionnach doesn't have aquilon on his windy list, and I know he would want it there, but how do I get the message to him? In the good old days, I would put a comment on the list itself, or perhaps on his profile page, and even if he wasn't checking Wordie every hour, he would get an email message telling him there was a comment on one of his lists. A nice idea, huh? So why can't we bring that back, like, tomorrow? After all, that's how it worked for years.

    September 7, 2011

  • See comments on paphian.

    September 7, 2011

  • The north wind, as the Century tells us. But can I get away with using in a modern translation of Baratynsky? In his day, it was part of the stock of classical poetic expressions for the various winds. But while others of these, like zephyr have survived in English, the aquilon, it seems, blows no longer in our language.

    September 7, 2011

  • also mátičen

    September 4, 2011

  • also poslédičen

    September 4, 2011

  • mnóžica; also mnóžičen

    September 4, 2011

  • There should be a usage warning with Wiktionary's 2nd definition: The use of "nonplussed" in the sense of "unfazed" may result in the speaker being mercilessly mocked by those who are better educated.

    September 3, 2011

  • finished, polished; borrowing from SBC; the past participle of doterati, "to finish, polish, groom".

    September 2, 2011

  • All right, if Sr. Bertrille were the ninja (and why not?) who saved two kittens, then she would be "njuna nujna ninja-nuna" or, more properly, according to the rules of Slovene spelling, "njuna nujna nindža-nuna", which doesn't work quite so well.

    August 16, 2011

  • um, you all know that's not hair, right? Or at least, not his hair.

    August 15, 2011

  • The aerodynamics wouldn't work and Sister Bertrille would come crashing down.
    Or did you mean the kittens were still kittens, only ninja-kittens? Well, that's just silly. But it would still require the dual (not to be confused with the duel that would happen if the ninja-kittens turned on each other).

    August 15, 2011

  • The name Varyag is itself fraught with history, which is something the Time article fails to mention. It is the Russian word for "Varangian", a group related to the Vikings.

    August 15, 2011

  • You forgot: 3. the much older wife of young studly actor (and ex-wife of a older studly actor)

    August 15, 2011

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  • Oy, count-nouning, Noice.

    December 8, 2011

  • Thanks for mirror rim - nice!

    December 1, 2011

  • Just stopping by to say you're awesome.
    You're awesome.

    November 26, 2011

  • Thank you!

    July 25, 2011

  • Got the message in my email. You can remove the comment now if you want. Thanks.

    July 21, 2011

  • Hi rolig, how can I contact you privately?

    July 21, 2011

  • You're fun. :-)

    July 21, 2011

  • Hi Rolig --- want to try again? John and Tony edited your list title.

    June 22, 2011

  • Hi rolig -- any luck getting word pages to load yet?

    June 21, 2011

  • We miss you!

    May 5, 2011

  • It was a little easier to do certain things on Wordie--but there are lots of functions here that I'd have wished for there too. If you want to suggest something, we generally post questions/suggestions/bitching/complaining/all-purpose-comments at feedback.

    Hope you stick around. :-)

    May 1, 2011

  • Yes, rolig -- we miss your wit and rigor. Not to mention the Slovenian updates!

    May 1, 2011

  • Nice to see you stopping by, rolig. :-)

    May 1, 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

  • "Rolig has added 72 lists containing 3,480 words, 56 comments, 56 tags, 50 favorites, and 2 pronunciations."

    September 5, 2010

  • Rolig sneaked in a post a few days ago. :-)

    June 15, 2010

  • I miss rolig.

    June 15, 2010

  • Rolig! You're back! (Or are you?)

    June 15, 2010

  • I was just reading zelena zelena and thinking about how much I appreciate your comments - especially the ones about etymology. Thank you!

    June 2, 2010

  • rolig! I miss you!

    April 14, 2010

  • Me too! Funny, Pro, I was just coming here to do the same.

    February 5, 2010

  • I just wanted to say hi.

    February 3, 2010

  • Rolig, just wanted to let you know that there are indeed situations in which moving from certain parts of the site to other parts of the site logs you out. Engineers are working on it. The rest of us are putting wood on the fire.

    November 21, 2009

  • I'm unable to hear your pronunciations! I can play the audio files, but they all come across as a few seconds of silence (or white noise). Are you previewing them before saving, just to make sure your microphone's working?

    November 19, 2009

  • I hope you'll pronounce some words and phrases in Slovene.

    November 18, 2009

  • Thanks for getting back to me on the Czech no/ano question. I was curious because I think Latvian (a Balto-Slavic language) has a word spelled "no," which means something more like "of" or "from."

    November 14, 2009

  • Hi rolig, wanted to apologize for the character encoding issues that have appeared on some of your lists. It's my doing--the Wordie database was kind of a mess after a few years not always careful noodling. We did the best we could moving things over, but some characters got a bit mangled.

    November 11, 2009

  • Hello helpful rolig,

    I had been asking Milosrdenstvi about the etymology of the Czech no/ano, but Milosrdenstvi said that would be probably more up your alley. Any suggestions?

    November 7, 2009

  • Thanks for offering to pack her alpaca. That's a big help.

    October 29, 2009

  • I played with your name. 

    October 4, 2009

  • It would make me extremely happy to come to Slovenia someday. In that case, I will bring some home-made fufluns.

    May 27, 2009

  • wow thaz cool

    May 26, 2009

  • WOW, crasy comments dude!

    May 23, 2009

  • Thank you; a labour of love.
    I find your lists and comments unique and noteworthy.

    It's hard to know what's a goodly time to reach comment or word quantities here...there's a bizarre absence of date-stamping on Wordie. Does anyone know why?

    May 23, 2009

  • Thanks, Pro! I wasn't really paying attention. I have no idea when I hit my fourth chiliad.

    May 12, 2009

  • 3008 words, rolig! Congratulations! I can't see your recent activity, what's your 3000th entry?

    May 12, 2009

  • What does "23" mean? As in "23 squidoo!"

    May 6, 2009

  • done.

    April 27, 2009

  • Thank you. I don't know why fate hadn't led me to Wordie (and kimchi) earlier.

    April 18, 2009

  • I'm a Bosno, actually, though it's always tricky; half the time I tell people Yugoslavian just because that's my sense of things.


    I take it you're Slovenian?

    April 18, 2009

  • Thank you :) Im still trying to get the whole concept of Wordie :P

    March 17, 2009

  • Norsk? :P

    March 17, 2009

  • The distinction between 'dis-' and plural '-s' is that the former is derivational, the latter inflectional. The non-existence of a free noun *'scissor' doesn't mean that the bound base 'scissor' can't be used in various ways: by conversion it can be used as a verb; it can take plural endings to become a free noun; and it can be used as a noun in attributive function ('scissor parts').

    It's a bit difficult to see because in English bases almost always have free existence: unlike in Latin or Greek where there's no such thing as simply the 'word for' X, but rather a bound base with obligatory complex inflexion.

    March 9, 2009

  • I thought of "interstice" in terms of something "standing", but it has a sense of "liminality" also. Thanks for the suggestion.

    March 9, 2009

  • On *scissor, *underpant, *hijink—sorry, I only saw this yesterday—I've had a look through a couple of books and the closest I can find is the CGEL term bound base. They distinguish bases from affixes, so 'lighthouses' contains bases 'light' and 'house', and 'disperse' and 'discombobulate' contain bound bases, ones that can't exist as words once the affix 'dis' is removed. Some pluralia tantum bound bases have some marginal independent (or loosely-bound) existence in attributive constructions, as in 'trouser leg', 'scissor blade'.

    February 27, 2009

  • Thanks for your help, rolig

    February 6, 2009

  • Oh, good point! I probably should have spelled it with an apostrophe. I created a new entry for b'icicle. Much funnier! Thanks!

    February 1, 2009

  • Oh, good point! I probably should have spelled it with an apostrophe. I created a new entry for b'icicle. Much funnier! Thanks!

    January 31, 2009

  • *32-tooth smile*
    Phantom Limb is waiting for you.

    January 29, 2009

  • Witajcže K'nam, I'm a 5th generation Texan whose family came from Reichswald Hoyerswerda Germany in 1854. Unfortunately I know nothing about either Sorbian dialect/language.

    I'm only really able to answer anything about my Sorbian ancestors from right at and after the time they left Lusatia Germany.

    January 13, 2009