ruzuzu commented on the list what-a-headache
December 5, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list human-geography
There's a town in Nebraska called Friend.
ruzuzu commented on the list food-and-wine-pairing
Thanks, HH. Add more, if you like!
ruzuzu commented on the word Josephus
"In computer science and mathematics, the Josephus Problem (or Josephus permutation) is a theoretical problem related to a certain counting-out game.There are people standing in a circle waiting to be executed. The counting out begins at some point in the circle and proceeds around the circle in a fixed direction. In each step, a certain number of people are skipped and the next person is executed. The elimination proceeds around the circle (which is becoming smaller and smaller as the executed people are removed), until only the last person remains, who is given freedom.The task is to choose the place in the initial circle so that you are the last one remaining and so survive." -- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Josephus_problem&oldid=583415364
November 27, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list localisms-for-sun-shower
ruzuzu commented on the list wtnv
I just added dog park, but I think it would be best to ignore it.
November 21, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list frogapplause-suitcase
I miss you.
November 20, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list dinged-gerunds
ruzuzu commented on the word butter
For your consideration: http://m.imgur.com/boUQ0Kw
November 16, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list constants
Today I'm smitten with Newton, and I rediscovered this list because of the word momenta.
November 7, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word motion
"In mech., any mechanism for modifying the movement in a machine, or for making certain parts change their positions in certain ways; also, the action of such mechanism: as, the slide-valve motion of an engine; heart-motion in spinning-machines, etc."-- Century Dictionary
ruzuzu commented on the list heart-phrases-words
I heart this list.
ruzuzu commented on the list ephemerides
ruzuzu commented on the user mykulbee
Your hoity-toity phrases would make for an amusing list (hint... hint...).
November 6, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the user mrya
I like your lists.
November 5, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list a-gin-list
Aha. There it is on weirdnet. This is a fun list. :-)
(Although who knows... kids these days... etc.)
Psst. You might want to check your recipe for Harvey Wallbangers--I think they're made with vodka, not gin.
ruzuzu commented on the word pern
For more about Sailing to Byzantium, see perne. In the meantime, check out this etymology: "Presumably from a verb pern, a variant of preen, from Middle English prene; pernyng is read by some editors in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (v. 611) and interpreted as the present participle of this verb, also reflected dialectally as pirn ("reel; bobbin") (Charles Moorman, The Works of the Gawain-Poet, 2009, p. 324) See also pirl."
October 31, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list poetrie-sailing-to-byzantium
This is so lovely. Thank you.
ruzuzu commented on the list get-to-the-bottom-of-it
What a fun list!
ruzuzu commented on the word The Parliament of Bees
Oh, funny. I was just reading about Byzantine drone-singing (see, e.g. ison). Bzzzzzzzz.
ruzuzu commented on the list afet---acp-countries
It looks like a couple of these entries have missing words (specifically "Democratic Republic of the" and "Saint Vincent and the").
October 30, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list trees-of-chaucer
ruzuzu commented on the list pleasing-to-the-ear-but-not-to-the-body
This is a fascinating list. Thank you.
ruzuzu commented on the list the-braggadocio-recipe
I suppose my only recourse is to start my own list....
October 25, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list mountain-goats
ruzuzu commented on the word spaghetti
Also see comments on spaghetti alla bolognese.
October 24, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list •open-list-plural-looking-singular-nouns
ruzuzu commented on the list a-casual-observer-might-believe-incorrectly-that-i-am-an-elderly-time-traveling-british-woman
I adore you too, pterodactyl.
My 'friend' is not on Wordnik--strange, I know.Maybe I should look through pterodactyl's lists.
ruzuzu commented on the list the-janus-file
I adore you.
Do we have any lists with words ending in "o" which don't take an "es" for the plural? (I'm asking for a friend.)
October 21, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list secret-club
I refuse to be a member of any club that won't have me as a member.
ruzuzu commented on the word WABAC Machine
"The WABAC Machine or Wayback Machine refers to a fictional machine from the cartoon segment Peabody's Improbable History, a recurring feature of the 1960s cartoon series The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show. The WABAC Machine is a plot device used to transport the characters Mr. Peabody and Sherman back in time to visit important events in human history." -- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=WABAC_machine&oldid=575935714
ruzuzu commented on the list trix-words
Silly bilby, trix are for kids.
October 15, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the user wordmonger
Thank you for taking on that responsibility, wordmonger.
ruzuzu commented on the user chained_bear
First: Welcome to Wordnik! Second: I think you're asking about the tables of related words... each word page might shkw different categories of related words (depending on what you've looked up). Some standard or common words might have loads of different related words. Others might not have been around long enough for the Wordnik elves to generate anything yet. It is, of course, possible for us as users to generate our own (unedited, unofficial and/or random) tags for things. Add whatever you like!Third: I'd not heard that bit about the butter and the butter dish before. Thank you--I like it.
October 14, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word viges
"Now the vigilantes were riding again and all opposition would be taken care of in the usual way. Jules looked curiously into the frightened faces of the land seekers about him and started away to buy a glass of beer. It was all just another joke on the greenhorns and soon the laughing would begin. At the bar a half-drunken youth, several years younger than Jules, was talking big. "Let the viges come. We'll make 'em eat lead," he drawled, and spit into the sawdust at his feet."--from Old Jules by Mari Sandoz
ruzuzu commented on the list references-historical-events
October 11, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list names-for-imaginary-bands
Bilby, are you still the manager for almost Solveig?
ruzuzu commented on the list carlos-words--1
It's true. I am fascinated by cattle.
ruzuzu commented on the list redeem-brownie-points-here
This is a fun list.
October 8, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list mandles-candles-for-men
It's one of my faves, too.
ruzuzu commented on the word poetry
I have too many. Should we make a list? I nominate hernesheir to create it.
October 3, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list volcanic-action
Cool list! I forgot about this one--I came across it again as I was yoinking things for my own volcano list.
October 2, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word NoCal
Is the Salton Sea in NaCl?
ruzuzu commented on the word autotomic
"At least two species of African Spiny mice, Acomys kempi and Acomys percivali, are capable of autotomic release of skin, e.g. upon being captured by a predator. They are the first mammals known to do so. They can completely regenerate the autotomically released or otherwise damaged skin tissue - regrowing hair follicles, skin, sweat glands, fur and cartilage with little or no scarring. It is believed that the corresponding regeneration genes could also function in humans."-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Autotomy&oldid=572873099
ruzuzu commented on the word pulque
Somewhere along the beach in the state of Oaxaca, there's a place called Liza's which has a giant container of pulque behind the bar. I think there's a scorpion and some other stuff floating in its milky depths. Whenever a patron gets too rowdy, the bartenders--Liza's sons--offer a contest to see who can drink the most pulque and prove to be the most macho person there. The offending patron will invariably feel the need to compete, and things will quiet down again after said patron almost immediately passes out after a sip or two.
September 16, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the user Cindyliamsan
I prefer carp spelling, but not as much as I prefer spelling carp.
ruzuzu commented on the list frequentative
This is a great list! I came here from the page for "recant," where I'd noticed that you might be missing a bracket or something at the end of your description here.
September 13, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the user dinkum
Of course, there are always exceptions. (Especially for Vonnegut, amirite?) And besides, I'd rather have citations on the appropriate word page (instead of on the list where the words appear)--but we all come at this from different angles.Welcome to Wordnik, by the way. Glad to have you here.
August 28, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list religous
Ah, the infamous fourth album. Remember that time we tried to get the goats to stand still for the photo shoot? I know they say goats can eat anything, but an entire panda suit? To say nothing of the poor theremin.
Ach. Sorry. I couldn't resist adding powder of sympathy to one of mine. It'd be an awesome name for a band.
August 27, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word powder of sympathy
"The method was first proposed by Rudolf Goclenius, Jr. and was later expanded upon by Sir Kenelm Digby. An abstract of Digby's theory is found in an address given before an assembly of learned men in Montpellier, France, and which is discussed in Thomas Joseph Pettigrew's Superstitions Connected with Medicine and Surgery. The recipe for the powder is: "take Roman vitriol copper sulphate six or eight ounces, beat it very small in a mortar, shift it through a fine sieve when the sun enters Leo; keep it in the heat of the sun and dry by night." The powder was also applied to solve the longitude problem in the suggestion of an anonymous pamphlet of 1687 entitled "Curious Enquiries." The pamphlet theorised that a wounded dog could be put aboard a ship, with the animal's discarded bandage left in the trust of a timekeeper on shore, who would then dip the bandage into the powder at a predetermined time and cause the creature to yelp, thus giving the captain of the ship an accurate knowledge of the time. There are no records of the effectiveness of this procedure. It is also uncertain if it had ever been tried, and it is possible that the pamphlet was a form of satire. The powder of sympathy was termed weaponsalve ("A salve which was supposed to cure the wound, being applied to the weapon that made it.") by Dr. Johnson in his Dictionary of the English Language (1755)."-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Powder_of_sympathy&oldid=561466217
ruzuzu commented on the list lost-for-word
ruzuzu commented on the word weaponsalve
You are the only person listing weaponsalve and powder of sympathy. I tip my hat to you, deinonychus.
I'd forgotten about animism. Thanks, ry.Would potageist work for potatoes too, or would that be something like papageist? Kartoffelgeist?
During the summer, when it's hot and humid, I'll sometimes put a glass of ice water or a cold pop can down on a smooth surface and the glass or can will start to move as if possessed by a ghost. I know it's got something to do with condesation and maybe buoyancy or displacement. But is there a word for that creepy phenomenon where objects seem to have a mind of their own? It makes me think of Leibniz and monads (but also Skinny Legs and All). But I'd accept "anthropomorphism," if that's all it is.
ruzuzu commented on the word olinguito
Ry, mollusque. Mollusque, ry.
August 16, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list noah-and-the-whale
This fascinates me.
ruzuzu commented on the word literally
I like that all of the examples above mention translation. I've been reading one of Plato's dialogues this week, and the translator's introduction talked about having to find a balance between translating things literally and allowing for modern phrasing (etc.).
ruzuzu commented on the word moth bean
Is there no moth list to add this to!? What a terrible oversight.
August 13, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word kikayon
Wikipedia tells us "Kikayon (קיקיון) is the Hebrew name of a plant mentioned in the Biblical Book of Jonah." Then it says, "The word kikayon is only referenced in the book of Jonah and there is some question as to what kind of plant it is. Some hypotheses include a gourd and a castor oil plant. The concurrent Hebrew usage of the word refers to the castor oil plant." But it also tells us it could be a fly agaric. See http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Kikayon&oldid=508052100
August 11, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word soring
Thanks, Erin. This was mentioned over on CarlosG's list of Carlos Words.
August 8, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word kilonova
ruzuzu commented on the word feedback
I'm glad to see the tags have reappeared. I like it!
August 2, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list geographical-entities-named-after-forks
ruzuzu commented on the user testette
That blog post was not at all what I was expecting. I won't say that the end of it almost made me want to cry, but... if you'll excuse me... I think I have something in my eye....
ruzuzu commented on the list exotic-tastes
Glad to see tibicos listed here. I've never knowingly consumed tibicos, but I like all the variations on the name (including balm of gilead).
ruzuzu commented on the word ayup
July 17, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word pish
Also see pugh.
July 5, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word abas
Means "down with" in Hartrampf's Vocabularies.
ruzuzu commented on the word inkhornizer
Also see inkhorn.
July 3, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word identity does not exist
That's great. Do we have any lists about existentialism?
ruzuzu commented on the list time-travel
Did we ever answer telofy's question about rhetorical figures?
ruzuzu commented on the word currant
Yesterday my Latvian neighbor called them Saint John's Day berries.
July 2, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list see-rock-city
I like this list a lot.
ruzuzu commented on the list my-stupid-day
I really love that this list has the word dictionary.
June 30, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word morris
"A curious fish, allied to the eels, of the genus Leptocephalus. Its body is so compressed as to resemble tape."-- Century Dictionary
ruzuzu commented on the word spelling
I adore seeing misspelled complaints about spelling. Does that make me a bad person?
ruzuzu commented on the word eccedentiast
"|O|ne may smile, and smile, and be a villain"--Hamlet
ruzuzu commented on the word wide-umbraged
June 24, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list remarkable-wikipedia-categories
List of medical emergencies.
ruzuzu commented on the word rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz
Uh oh. "The word - which refers to the "law for the delegation of monitoring beef labelling", has been repealed by a regional parliament after the EU lifted a recommendation to carry out BSE tests on healthy cattle." -- http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/germany/10095976/Germany-drops-its-longest-word-Rindfleischeti....html
June 21, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word throne
Also see see.
June 13, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word see
"The seat of a bishop, whether an ordinary bishop, or a bishop of higher rank (metropolitan, etc., patriarch, pope); the local center of a diocese and of diocesan authority, or of a diocese and other subordinate dioceses; the city or locality from which ecclesiastical jurisdiction is exercised; hence, episcopal rank, authority, and jurisdiction as exercised from a permanent local center. The word see, from meaning any seat of dignity, came to apply specifically to the cathedra, or episcopal throne, situated in a cathedral, thence to the city which contained the cathedral and was the chief city of a bishop's diocese, and so in modern usage to the diocese itself. It differs from diocese, however, in that diocese represents the territorial province for the care of which the bishop is responsible (that is, where his duties lie), whereas see is the local seat of his authority, dignity, and episcopal privileges. Both words differ from bishopric, in that bishopric represents the bishop's office, whether actual or nominal. See throne."--Century DictionaryI especially like the "See throne" bit. Does throne tell us to "See see?"
ruzuzu commented on the word diaphone
I like this example: “Like the lighthouse keeper who could not sleep when the diaphone did not wrneeee-hrnawwww for five seconds of each and every minute, Jerry” Instinct
June 3, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word wrneeee-hrnawwww
The sound a diaphone makes. Duh.
ruzuzu commented on the word lightvessel
Also see lightship.
ruzuzu commented on the list torture
What about gibbet?
May 13, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the user trauco
I was just reading your excellent comment on phlogiston. Your other comments are also amusing and good.
ruzuzu commented on the word plumbum
Also:"Historically, graphite was called black lead and plumbago. Plumbago was commonly used in its massive mineral form. Both of these names arise from confusion with the similar-appearing lead ores, particularly galena. The Latin word for lead is plumbum, which gave its name to both the English term for this grey metallic-sheened mineral and even the leadworts or plumbagos, plants with flowers that resemble this colour."-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Graphite&oldid=554936861
ruzuzu commented on the list oofy
I'm surprised manic pixie dream girl hasn't been listed more often.
It makes me think of crumb bum (which makes me think of yarb).
ruzuzu commented on the user napoleonic
Fabulous! Thanks, napoleonic. Hope you're having fun here.
ruzuzu commented on the list native-tongue
I came to this list for the timpula, but I *favorited* it because of potawatomi (as a nebraksan, I'm always hearing the Omaha stations talk about storms in Pottawattamie County, Iowa).
ruzuzu commented on the word timpula
Thanks, tusseymountain. I just added it to my list of turnips.
ruzuzu commented on the list person-or-measurement
May 9, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list miscellanea
May 8, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word plumbing
"Pipe is made in many materials including ceramic, fiberglass, many metals, concrete and plastic. In the past, wood and lead (Latin plumbum, from which comes the word 'plumbing') were commonly used."-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pipe_(fluid_conveyance)&oldid=552694106
ruzuzu commented on the word overfitting
"Did you by any chance mean overfishing?"
ruzuzu commented on the word door prize
ruzuzu commented on the user bilby
Any thoughts for us about ry's question over on wurly?
ruzuzu commented on the list with-upturned-snout
Hm. I think maybe this list is now my favorite list ever.
ruzuzu commented on the list bread-eating
I think this is my favorite list ever.
ruzuzu commented on the user theungratefulbiped
I liked your comment about heterotopia, and you have interesting lists. Hope you're having fun here!
ruzuzu commented on the word oersted
I think "Öërstëd" would be a funny name, too.
May 7, 2013
"In electricity, the unit of magnetic reluctance."--Century Dictionary
May 6, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word tyrology
If the cheese is casu marzu, I hope that scholar is wearing protective goggles.
April 1, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word cutting-tool
ruzuzu commented on the word notch
Please tell me that somewhere there's a list of these former two-word phrases.
ruzuzu commented on the word phonon
"The concept of phonons was introduced in 1932 by Russian physicist Igor Tamm. The name phonon comes from the Greek word φωνή (phonē), which translates as sound or voice because long-wavelength phonons give rise to sound."-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Phonon&oldid=551664841
April 29, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list melvilles-letters
ruzuzu commented on the list specific-excrement
Fecal odorgrams: http://scientopia.org/blogs/scicurious/2013/04/26/friday-weird-science-stop-and-smell-the-st/(Note the bit about the bear doing its part for science.)
April 28, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word Lu Burke
"Lu thought that elements of New Yorker style were ridiculous; for instance, our habit of putting points in I.B.M. when I.B.M. itself had long since done without them, and of sticking a comma in Time, Inc., as if oblivious of the publisher’s own practice (and of the pun on “ink”). Yet there was no more zealous enforcer." -- http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/06/lu-burke-new-yorker-southbury-library.html
ruzuzu commented on the list the-new-yorkers-style-manual
Here's a bit from that article: "Quoth the style book: “When alternatives are possible, use double ‘p’ in words like ‘kidnapped,’ double ‘s’ in words like ‘focussed,’ and double ‘l’ in words like ‘marvellous’ and ‘travelled.’” No kidnapper ever focussed so marvellously on this well-travelled territory."
Doubled letters! I just saw this on the tweetie: http://m.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2013/04/the-double-l.html?mbid=social_retweet
ruzuzu commented on the list nouns-first-attested-in-shakespeare
April 25, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list us-presidents
As I was skimming this list, millard fillmore and franklin pierce somehow combined in my mind to form mildred pierce.In other news, I'm thinking Benjamin Franklin Pierce is a sweet tooth fairy.
"A tool with a sharp edge intended or adapted for cutting, as distinguished from a boring-, piercing-, planing-, riving-, sawing-, or other tool."--Century Dictionary
ruzuzu commented on the word scarf
"A cut; notch; groove; channel."--Century Dictionary
The etymology is fun.
ruzuzu commented on the word ultraviolet
"An illustration of how ultraviolet appears is provided by the Impressionist painter Claude Monet. Following cataract surgery in 1923, his colour palette changed significantly; after the operation he painted water lilies with more blue than before. This may be because after lens removal he could see ultraviolet light, which would have given a blue cast to the world."-- http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2002/may/30/medicalscience.research
April 24, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word aphakia
"When the lens becomes opaque due to cataracts, it may be surgically removed, and can be replaced with an artificial lens. Even with the lens removed (a condition known as aphakia) the patient can still see, as the lens is only responsible for about 30% of the eyes' focusing power. However, aphakic patients report that the process has an unusual side effect: they can see ultraviolet light. It is not normally visible because the lens blocks it. Some artificial lenses are also transparent to UV with the same effect. The receptors in the eye for blue light can actually see ultraviolet better than blue."-- http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/2002/may/30/medicalscience.research
ruzuzu commented on the word floc
See citation on alum.
ruzuzu commented on the word alum
"Alum has been used at least since Roman times for purification of drinking water and industrial process water. Between 30 and 40 ppm of alum for household wastewater, often more for industrial wastewater, is added to the water so that the negatively charged colloidal particles clump together into "flocs", which then float to the top of the liquid, settle to the bottom of the liquid, or can be more easily filtered from the liquid, prior to further filtration and disinfection of the water."-- Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Alum&oldid=551044797)
ruzuzu commented on the word natron
"Historical natron was harvested directly as a salt mixture from dry lake beds in Ancient Egypt and has been used for thousands of years as a cleaning product for both the home and body. Blended with oil, it was an early form of soap. It softens water while removing oil and grease. Undiluted, natron was a cleanser for the teeth and an early mouthwash. The mineral was mixed into early antiseptics for wounds and minor cuts. Natron can be used to dry and preserve fish and meat. It was also an ancient household insecticide, was used for making leather and as a bleach for clothing. The mineral was used in Egyptian mummification because it absorbs water and behaves as a drying agent. Moreover, when exposed to moisture the carbonate in natron increases pH (raises alkalinity), which creates a hostile environment for bacteria. In some cultures natron was thought to enhance spiritual safety for both the living and the dead. Natron was added to castor oil to make a smokeless fuel, which allowed Egyptian artisans to paint elaborate artworks inside ancient tombs without staining them with soot. Natron is an ingredient for making a distinct color called Egyptian blue, and also as the flux in Egyptian faience. It was used along with sand and lime in ceramic and glass-making by the Romans and others at least until 640 AD. The mineral was also employed as a flux to solder precious metals together."-- Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Natron&oldid=546277082)
ruzuzu commented on the list sick
"bruit de diable appears on just this list"Nice!
ruzuzu commented on the word brick
"n. A good fellow, in an emphatic sense: a term of admiration bestowed on one who on occasion or habitually shows in a modest way great or unexpected courage, kindness, or thoughtfulness, or other admirable qualities. n. “In brief I don't stick to declare Father Dick, So they called him for short, was a regular brick; A metaphor taken, I have not the page aright, Out of an ethical work by the Stagyrite.” n. Barham, Ingoldsby Legends, Brothers of Birchington."-- Cent. Dict.
ruzuzu commented on the word natalitious
Thank you, you!
April 22, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word genethliac
Aww! Thank you! Totally *favorited*
ruzuzu commented on the list manuscripts
April 19, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the user fbharjo
I haven't read Crazy Brave yet--but I'll be borrowing a copy soon. Have you heard her perform? I love that she had a band called Poetic Justice.
April 16, 2013
Did you know that Joy Harjo plays saxophone? Apparently her grandmother did, too.
April 15, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list to-nounen-and-adjectiven
ruzuzu commented on the word girdle book
"Girdle books were small portable books worn by medieval European monks, clergymen and aristocratic nobles as a popular accessory to medieval costume, between the 13th and 16th centuries. They consisted of a book whose leather binding continued loose below the cover of the book in a long tapered tail with a large knot at the end which could be tucked into one's girdle or belt. The knot was usually strips of leather woven together for durability. The book hung upside down and backwards so that when swung upwards it was ready for reading. The books were normally religious: a cleric's daily Office, or for lay persons (especially women) a Book of Hours. One of the most well known texts to become a girdle book is Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, although it is the only surviving philosophical/theological girdle book."-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Girdle_book&oldid=541666088
ruzuzu commented on the user writerinkc
The romantics are sublime! Will Dorothy and William Wordsworth be there? Last year Lord Byron signed my arm with a Sharpie and I had it turned into a tattoo!
ruzuzu commented on the list monty-python-words
I just added herring.
ruzuzu commented on the list open-list--what-to-name-chained-bears-newest-cub
Um, is it too late? I just added Gervase Brooke-Hamster.
ruzuzu commented on the word eckyeckyeckyeckypikongzoopboinggoodemzuowlyzhiv
Yes, it is a good word. I like the laurels particularly.
ruzuzu commented on the word bone oil
I can't believe this hasn't been listed!
April 12, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word house-proud
From the examples: “On the first occasion, Sir Ralph, a fireworks enthusiast, had been invited by Olivier and his house-proud future wife, Vivien Leigh, to celebrate her birthday at their bijoux London home.”
April 11, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list movies-ive-seen
This list makes me happy.
ruzuzu commented on the word night crawlers
I knew someone who used to squash lightning bugs onto his bobber when he was fishing at night. (Not sure whether I'm actually baiting anybody with that comment.)
April 9, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list fun-free-stuff-to-do-with-little-d
These all sound like fun.
April 6, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list just-because-i-feel-like-saying-it
I adore this list.
ruzuzu commented on the word teleology
Simon Newcomb, perhaps?
April 5, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word exclamation mark
I've heard (probably in that Lynn Truss Eats, Shoots & Leaves book) that exclamation point is more common in America. I like saying exclamation mark because then it's more like question mark. But that could just be me being fussy.
April 4, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list the-beat---the-break
ruzuzu commented on the list the-jazz-age
ruzuzu commented on the list minions-wanted
*trips silent alarm*
April 3, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list medtech
Some of these are disturbing. I mean, sphygmomanometer? Not so bad. But sphincterotome? Yikes.
ruzuzu commented on the list phones-ive-owned
Nice. I keep waiting for someone to create a bananaphone.
ruzuzu commented on the word herethere
"Behind the house, Vonetta put down the kickstand. She climbed off the Harley.'No here. No there. Herethere,' Shep said, making a single noun from two."-- By the Light of the Moon: A Novel by Dean Koontz p. 253
I wholeheartedly agree. I also wanted to add how nice it was to see these comments here instead of on exclamation point.
ruzuzu commented on the list words-for-ice
I'd wondered about the prize. :-)We could give you a madeupical Wordnik one. Do you like fufluns?
Thanks, Easter Bilby. Do all marsupials carry chocolate in their pouches?
ruzuzu commented on the list the-crucible
Yay! I wish we could make lists of lists--it'd be fun to have all of the plays in one place.
Excellent. Are Timbits anything like Tim Tams?
Happy Easter Bilby is a sweet tooth fairy.
March 30, 2013
The bendywordhausrule? Nein.
March 29, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word cheese
There's more fun in the comments over on head cheese, of course.
"The inflated appearance of a gown or petticoat resulting from whirling round and making a low courtesy, supposed to resemble a large cheese; hence, a low courtesy."--CD&C
ruzuzu commented on the word buffoon
No worries--we'll just calmly add a madeupical definition in the comments over on baffoon. Something about how it combines the meanings for buffoon and baboon, perhaps?
ruzuzu commented on the word kleptonarcissist
You probably think this song is about you.
March 28, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word schadenfreude
On Nov 11, 2010, milosrdenstvi wondered if there was "still a 'list of most listed words'."I nominate milos to create that list if we don't have one already.
The Scrabble board is a 15 by 15 grid--you'd need at least 4 boards to even attempt to play rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz.
ruzuzu commented on the word marriage
"For years, lexicographers have pored over the term at the center of Supreme Court proceedings today, trying to tweak dictionary entries to reflect how all people use the word, regardless of their political persuasions. “Lexicographers end up in a no-win situation, where no matter what they do, somebody’s going to have trouble with the definition,” says Ben Zimmer, linguist and executive producer at Vocabulary.com.Some dictionaries, like the historically ordered Merriam-Webster, have added a second definition for same-sex marriage and left the main entry referring to a man and a woman. Zimmer points out that some gay rights activists balk at that fix, however, feeling a second definition suggests that gay marriage is second class. Other references, like the American Heritage Dictionary, have wedged more information into a single definition: “The legal union of a man and woman as husband and wife, and in some jurisdictions, between two persons of the same sex, usually entailing legal obligations of each person to the other.”"From "Seven Hang-Ups in the Language of Gay Rights" by Katy Steinmetz (http://newsfeed.time.com/2013/03/27/seven-hang-ups-in-the-language-of-gay-rights/#ixzz2OmHlJlLl)
March 27, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word firecrap
It's a letter away from firetrap.
ruzuzu commented on the word bedraggled
Those definitions surprised me. In my mind it's definitely in the exhausted family--but exhausted the way a mouse is when a cat's been playing with it.
March 26, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list inedible-bugs
Are they anything like Tim Tams?
March 25, 2013
I thought beef was gluten-free.
ruzuzu commented on the word butter of antimony
This shows up in the Century's definition for browning, where it talks about "|c|hlorid or butter of antimony, called bronzing-salt."
March 24, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word browning
"n. The act of making brown. Specifically, the process of darkening the polished surfaces of gun-barrels and other metallic objects. Chlorid or butter of antimony, called bronzing-salt, is used in the process.n. A preparation of sugar, port wine, spices, etc., for coloring and flavoring meat and made dishes.n. In plastering, the second coat. The first coat, called the scratch coat, is generally deeply scored to receive and hold the browning.n. In botany, the discoloration which takes place in vegetable cells when they are injured, as by cutting. It is probably due to chemical changes."-- From the Century Dictionary entry over on Browning
ruzuzu commented on the word heavy metal umlaut
Also known as röck döts.
March 22, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list x-up-or-x-down
How do you feel about cook? Is letting a sauce "cook down" common enough?
ruzuzu commented on the list here-i-dreamt-i-was-an-archetype
I <3 pterodactyl, this list, and Wordnik. Yay!
ruzuzu commented on the user ttommey
Hold out for fufluns!
March 21, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word acatry
The Century has a couple definitions over on acatery.
March 19, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word yarsagumbu
ruzuzu commented on the list identify-the-word-ie-nik--2013
Does a tiara count as a thinking cap?
ruzuzu commented on the user shevek
I like your "stacked fifths" comment on quital. Also, you have lovely lists.
ruzuzu commented on the word cataract
"n. In fortification, a herse.n. A regulator for single-acting steam-engines, invented by Smeaton.n. The plungeon, a kind of cormorant: so called because of its violent downward flight in seizing its prey."-- CD&C
March 18, 2013
I think pareidolia works for what I was looking for, but apophenia is fantastic! Thank you!
ruzuzu commented on the list new-sound-effects
Excellent list! I think flan is my favorite.
What's the word for looking at random pattern and thinking you can see faces in it?
ruzuzu commented on the list intertanglement
See, e.g., Borromean.
ruzuzu commented on the list things-that-freak-me-out
March 16, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word Killing field
"In mathematics, a Killing vector field (often just Killing field), named after Wilhelm Killing, is a vector field on a Riemannian manifold (or pseudo-Riemannian manifold) that preserves the metric. Killing fields are the infinitesimal generators of isometries; that is, flows generated by Killing fields are continuous isometries of the manifold. More simply, the flow generates a symmetry, in the sense that moving each point on an object the same distance in the direction of the Killing vector field will not distort distances on the object."-- http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Killing_vector_field&oldid=542305952
March 15, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the word puddling
What's the word for a group of butterflies? (The visuals on this page are great, btw.)
ruzuzu commented on the list mining-terms
That's fun. What's the Wise Owl Club?
March 14, 2013
ruzuzu commented on the list fun---beatles-song-titles
Hilarious. I love seeing that Norwegian out of context.
Nice! You might also enjoy the coal-mining-terms list. I think hernesheir might have one, as well.
ruzuzu commented on the word fair-maids-of-february
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