Admittedly, the name Wordie did surprise me at first — but only because the site itself immediately inspired, deep within me, what I believe bilby has termed a glow-worm symphony of delightedness.. It is a little "web 2.0," but it's cute, memorable, and to-the-point as well — it certainly didn't bother me enough to write, publish, edit, re-edit, and finally delete, when teased about – a blog post.
Criticker (my profile) is great for this! They are with movies a bit like we are with words; you can rank things, or just save them for later, and get (useful!) recommendations — plus, you can give your rankings names, which they call quips, and instead of friends, you have kumpels!* ..All in all, rather satisfying and dorky.
It seems to me, though, that woman is the sort of word you don't see as implying anything (like so many words in English used daily, remaining oblivious to their roots) until it's specifically brought to your attention. (Funny how, in focusing on the implications of the word woman, one could also choose to disregard the products of intentional misspelling being considered almost universally silly!)
And, by that logic (though faulty — woman is from wífman, a compound where wíf (wife) meant woman, and man meant human being), wife — which, for a time, after originally meaning "woman," meant "woman of lowly rank or employment" — should be just as reprehensible, yes?
It would be really glorious(ly convenient) to have some sort of program to read through everything I've wordied and just tell me what my history's been with everything you mention, 'be..
But yes. I love them, too — Reining them in by hand is time-consuming and kind of overwhelming (in scope and interestingness and usurious number of possibilities..), but I suspect it's really the most thorough way for me to try to answer the bibliophagists' (or this bibliophagist's) question-of-all-questions: "Why do I love what I love, and what do I love that I don't know I do yet?"
And thanks, Prolagus; I still have a few thousand words yet to look at..!
I think Izzy was the name of my childhood friend's iguana, come to think of it.
But yes, it's a cute nickname, and I like how Izi and Isidore have that little extra something without sounding wacky or misguided ("This is my daughter, Annavanessica! With a Q."). Who knows; if no Isidores turn up on reality television in the next ten or twenty years, I may report back with news of so-named spawn!
HA! I could've sworn this said "queer as a duck's hatband" when I saw it on the front page. (It was much more convincing than my usual misreadings—! A duck's hatband would be pretty queer-looking, I imagined, and left it at that.)
After pondering it for a bit, I decided c, m, and e were likely to blame for my suddenly finding "c'mere" to be very nice-looking (pronunciation aside), and I happened to be investigating this when I decided to finally start adding these lists to Wordie. There's a whole mess of other noted letters and sounds—some of which are already overlapping with (or closely related to) words I have on this list. And I'll probably end up pruning a few others, when I go back to edit for quality (ideally, I want words whose look/sounds I love, not just words that qualify). Bah—I'll figure it out eventually!
n., A woodwindinstrument capable of playing several tones at once, designed to imitate the sounds of orchestral instruments. It was invented by German shoe-maker J. Weinrich (1793-1855) and patented in 1828.
Fun fact! Before it meant what it does today, mons Veneris was used in Palmistry to mean the ball of the thumb (and mons to refer to that, or the corresponding part of the palm beneath a finger), giving us also:
An obs. instrument for measuringcolors — It employed three transparent wedges or prisms filled respectively with blue, red, and yellow liquids, each carrying a graduated scale; these were combined to match any given color.
I respectfully love and despise you all for playing into the hands of spam and putting this godawful thing all over the front page!
(It's mostly love, but really: I felt actual contempt for this list when I saw it. Spam popping up in places I'm attached to is incredibly bothersome, and the prospect of a gaping spam-hole on Wordie scares me; leaving cute comments instead of deleting it does absolutely nothing to discourage it — it's an eyesore, and a mindsore, and and, and.. help.)
I love(!) the idea of notes, particularly for saving reminders (as opposed to being secretive)—but right now, they're a little.. out-of-the-way for that? I'm afraid I won't be able to remember where I've left them. :(
n., The action of readingthrough a text; a reading (classical Latin, fr. perlegere, to read through; cf. later perlegate).
The Latin prefix per- can be given significance here—its most common senses are ‘through, in space or time; throughout, all over’ (as in vbs. pervade, perforate) and ‘thoroughly, completely, to completion, to the end’ (as in vbs. perfect, permute, perturb), which I think lend perlection the neat implication of 'reading a text from beginning to end.' I like it. :)
adj., Characteristic or suggestive of the novels of Ouida, the pen name of the English novelist Marie Louise de la Ramée (1839-1908); (Specifically, of a male character:) impossibly perfect; handsome and accomplished to an implausible extent.
n.¹, A privatepossession; that which a particular individual owns or has been allocated; the particular concern of an individual (plural peculia). n.², (in Roman law:) The propertyallowed by the paterfamilias to a family member, or a master to his slave, to hold and administer, and, within limits, to alienate, as though it were his or her own.
v., Originally among homosexual men (Polari slang): to make more stylish or smart; to enliven, make more exciting. Often zhoosh up. - OED
A word I've heard countless times (most often on television, as things were being done to hair with mousse), and had no idea how to spell; today, zhoosh (IPA: /ʒʊʃ/) appears more often under variant spellings, for the very same reason— See: zhuzh, tszuj, zhoozh..
(..) Her father, faithful keeper, fed me well, but she came daily with my special bowl barefoot into my cage (..)
Until today: an icy spectre, sheathed in silk, minced to my side on pointed feet. I ripped the scented veil from its unreal head (..) A ghost has bones, and meat! Come soon, my love, my bride, and share this meal.
If it's any help, all the special character jumblies seemed to coincide with the new notes feature (which is very nifty!); it feels like I noticed one within minutes of the other. I'm also using Firefox, but things're displaying fine on other sites, so it seems to be a Wordie issue. What browser are you using, pleth?
Thanks, freakish nighttime humidity! I had no idea I could come so close to fainting in a lukewarm shower, bathroom windows wide open. Boy golly!
Our weathery sensormabob (one of those silly man-gadgets, in this case a clock) is reading 99% humidity; it's 70 degrees outside, and I'm blasting the air conditioning. PLEASE TO BE MAKE WITH THE RAINING SOON THIS IS RIDICULOUS THANK YOU.
It seems more likely due to our tendency to favor clustering comments wherever the discussion happened to be started for the sake of continuity (my reason for leaving a comment on this page rather than your list's)— I personally feel no attachment to the fact of being American (Who does, really? Most American Wordies seem critical of America), nor pleasure in deprecating those who aren't. I don't see anyone else celebrating putting others down, here.
We're not trying to erase them; we're simply questioning your regard for them. No one is insisting they have "magical powers" (Think you could lay off the hyperbole for a moment?), but that they have meaning— and some meanings fall below what a lot of people here consider worth dignifying. I don't see the point of playing Abrasive Internet Tough Guy.
I would argue there's nothing clever about this sort of name-calling, as it's something we were all capable of in grade school. (I have no real problem with cunt, but I don't like the sound of it at all. In the United States, its meaning hasn't been watered down; it's one of those words that still sounds particularly awful when you mean it.)
Muslims experience racial prejudice for being or appearing Middle Eastern. Would you call Bible-thumper an "ethnic" slur?
Honestly, runumeratedfrog, this entire list strikes me as tasteless and childish. I don't believe it's wrong; I won't say that you shouldn't be able to, only: You may enjoy collecting words like "nigress," but don't expect many people here to share your enthusiasm. These are insipid words.