alexz I always picture the faller with their head aimed roughly in the direction of the fall when take a header is used, whether protecting it or not; for instance, a sot passes out while leaning on the railing of a pier and takes a header into the water.
came across this in an old Guardian UK article and find it's been attended to by assiduous wiktionarists. The gratifyingly droll phrase beware of deepities is the subheading beginning the paragraph in the article
a meme-ish phrase used when one has reached a milestone or accomplished something noteworthy. Derived from video games in which the player works through a hierarchical sequence or tree of goals; "unlocking" one allows further progress through the game, access to more difficult achievements, and often new powers, abilities, etc.
A term coined by researchers in Cornell University's Social Media Lab that describes small/innate lies which are usually sent electronically, and are used to terminate conversations or to save face. For example sending an SMS to someone reading "I have to go, the waiter is here" when you are not at a restaurant is an example of a butler lie.
(probably pseudo-) Latin for "swinging the lead"; British doctors' slang for malingering, or seeking a sick note to take time off work. I believe I saw this a while back in an old Eric Partridge slang dictionary. It may originally have been a British armed forces' slang term, equivalent to the U.S. goldbricking
I'm a fan of the origin of this phrase; it's an attribution to Julius Caesar (usually "alea iacta est"), supposedly stated as he gave the command to his army to begin crossing the river Rubicon, enter Roman territory, and thereby irrevocably commit to civil war. Thus also the phrase cross the Rubicon.
The Dunning–Kruger effect is a cognitive bias in which unskilled individuals suffer from illusory superiority, mistakenly rating their ability much higher than average. This bias is attributed to a metacognitive inability of the unskilled to recognize their mistakes.
so basically two consecutive palindromes (lexical or not) that can be concatenated to produce an acceptable word eg debedded. In fact, the simple plural of most single-word noun palindromes would be a circular palindrome: madams, ewes, rotators
"The surface of last scattering refers to the set of points in space at the right distance from us so that we are now receiving photons originally emitted from those points at the time of photon decoupling."
from Cosmic microwave background radiation on wikipedia
I find this a remarkable phrase on several levels
yes, medical device user documentation can be surprisingly pregnant with eldritch menace, I find. I imagine it's different if you are a doctor or technician. "Ho hum, another day, another cirrhotic stigmata"
I define this from my personal experience. In many cases synonymous with the "San Francisco Burrito", this is a large portable meal(s) consisting of meat, cheese, rice, beans, salsa (hot sauce, pico de gallo, or both), sour cream and certain optional ingredients (frequently lettuce, minced cilantro, or guacamole), wrapped in a large (usually 14-inch) tortilla, further wrapped in two layers of aluminum foil. It typically weighs 0.5 - 1 kg, contains >1500 calories, and by many is—indeed can only be—eaten in intervals over the course of a day. It is most often purchased from a taqueria or taco truck. Several Mexican-American chain restaurants, notably Chipotle, have adopted versions into their menus.
Transient lunar phenomonon (TLP): refers to short-lived lights, colors, or changes in appearance of the lunar surface. Claims of short-lived phenomena go back at least 1000 years, with some having been observed independently by multiple witnesses or reputable scientists. Nevertheless, the majority of transient lunar phenomena reports are irreproducible and do not possess adequate control experiments that could be used to distinguish among alternative hypotheses.
"‘guacolate’ has been looked up 497 times" and appears as a related word under capsaicin (along with paedophile and tyrannosaurus). According to Google, it may be some kind of chocolate-avocado cake recipe.
A cultivar of capsicum annuum, under widespread cultivation in South Asia, bearing as fruit a small, very pungent hot pepper, commonly used in cuisine of the cultures in this area. A.k.a. phrik khi nu, Thai chili pepper, cabe rawit in Indonesia, Thai dragon, boonie pepper and other names.
I added Legionnaires' disease because it's lexically pretty unique—a possessive medical eponym named for a group rather than an individual—and found that there are a bajillion possessive-eponymic diseases named for their describers/discoverers (which is presumably one reason sionnach disallowed names on x's y.... Anyway, if anyone wants to add them here, go ahead, but there are a lot.
Edit: there is also a metric f***ton of scientific laws, natural phenomena, and logical paradoxes named in this way. The listers at Wikipedia have done this job already.
I had noticed this too. I thought it might be related to Google's recent efforts to "personalize" search by ranking certain results based on your search and browsing history. alexz, do you have a Google account with which you were logged in, when you noticed those results?
kǔdīng chá, "bitter spikeleaf tea," a Chinese infusion with folk-medicinal uses, made with any of various plant species. One of the most commonly used is the holly species ilex kudingcha, which may explain the invigorating and focusing effects attributed to the drink, being that three other holly species (ilex paraguariensis or yerba mate, its close relative ilex guayusa, and yaupon holly) are known to contain caffeine.
commonly drunk in Tibet. Black tea leaves are brewed in boiling water for an extended period; the resulting tea preparation is then transferred to a vessel also containing yak butter and salt, and mixed therewith.
a coffee preparation very popular in Senegal, to the point of being referred to as the "spiritual beverage" of the country. The coffee beans are roasted with the addition of grains of Selim a.k.a. Guinea pepper, and sometimes cloves; then is ground and brewed in the normal filter method.
"Thai iced tea", a popular tea drink in Thailand and the U.S.; strongly brewed black tea (traditionally Ceylon tea) with additional ingredients, usually orange blossom water, star anise, crushed tamarind, sugar and condensed milk or cream.
fair enough Messer alexz, changed. bilby, essentially that is correct, however, I found recently that in fact, either spelling is acceptable in en_US (for the color, not the surname of course), gray being only the more common.
alexz! Thanks for your additions. Mountain Dew, Pepsi and Coke all have caffeine, but soda, pop and soda pop are words describing any soft drink regardless of caffeinatedness, so maybe those shouldn't go here.
hmm good point, I don't know. Basically what I want here is names of specific drinks and possibly methods/accoutrements of brewing. So unless someone starts feeding civets coffee grounds and then getting them to drink a lot of water...