yarb has looked up 10561 words, created 89 lists, listed 7036 words, written 7654 comments, added 344 tags, and loved 190 words.

Comments by yarb

  • Great list!

    December 6, 2014

  • What a lovely list. And Dickens's best novel (that I've read).

    December 6, 2014

  • "Fyne made an extraordinary simiesque grimace."

    Conrad, Chance, 1913

    November 25, 2014

  • This list shows how adept we are at describing things despite not having words for them.

    November 8, 2014

  • Are you in Bogota? I was just there! Ships passing in the cliché.

    November 8, 2014

  • Dear Santa, this year I want a flesh-brush, some pricey booze and a labrador called Misha. Season's greetings, Yarb.

    November 1, 2014

  • I must say I like the idea of this "flesh-brush". I might ask for one for Christmas.

    November 1, 2014

  • This is a brilliant list. Are you still there, alincarman? How you doin'?!!

    November 1, 2014

  • So whence "jugum"?

    October 31, 2014

  • See flesh-brush.

    October 31, 2014

  • Don't you mean coarse toilet gloves?

    October 31, 2014

  • Sensible? Hmm, probably not. Sorry.

    Senseational? Even worse.

    Sense-ient?

    Argh.

    How about "someone who has no sensory disabilities"?

    October 31, 2014

  • Beer Snake at Headingly.

    Tantalisingly we don't see the epochal meeting of the beer snakes.

    October 31, 2014

  • Whereas you are a lady or gentleman of the first order...

    October 18, 2014

  • Or thoe you thay!

    October 18, 2014

  • Excellent!

    October 10, 2014

  • I'm pretty sure Feance is a specific kind of excrement.

    October 10, 2014

  • Yeah but you have to ride full Grouse, up the logging road. Just riding on the tarmac to the bottom of the grind is like 2 1/4 crown.

    October 10, 2014

  • Telofy - name a random occupation.

    October 10, 2014

  • I don't think it is accepted, ladybv. Everyone I know still pronounces it Frenchly.

    October 10, 2014

  • "A vendor of old-clothes, in the act of hanging out a pair of long hose, had distractedly hung them round his neck in his eagerness to join the nearest group; an oratorical cheesemonger, with a piece of cheese in one hand and a knife in the other, was incautiously making notes of his emphatic pauses on that excellent specimen of marzolino; and elderly market-women, with their egg-baskets in a dangerously oblique position, contributed a wailing fugue of invocation."

    - Eliot, Romola

    October 9, 2014

  • This may be a coinage based on the aforesaid "lovely jubbly". This is in widespread usage to mean "that's good", "good-oh", in a slightly ironic way. But the sound puts one in mind of jelly, and trouble, and belly, and bubble, hence perhaps, the usage. While I agree that the citation is pretty outré, so must many citations be, and this one made perfect intuitive sense to me. I don't mean to diminish HH's nautical proposal, but I struggle to see how it reaches us across such a void.

    September 26, 2014

  • I certainly agree about the knowledge of the spelling affecting how I believe I pronounce them. I think that's probably right and after much practicing, I can't say there is any real distinction.

    But clothes and close, are you serious?! My tongue is very firmly between my front teeth when I say the former - where's yours?!

    July 1, 2014

  • I'm a big fan of the archaic past tense of climb, clomb.

    Generally, though, I find it quite odd to think of most of these words as having silent final b's. Some of them - comb, tomb, succumb, bomb I am pretty sure I pronounce, if ever so slightly. Others like limb and jamb I don't think are audible but they're very much in my mind when I say the words. For me the real stand-out here is womb, which really does sound (and present itself) to me like "woom", no b to be seen.

    July 1, 2014

  • See CD def. for urd.

    July 1, 2014

  • I love the CD's characteristically laconic "same as mash" and freaky "spice-balls".

    July 1, 2014

  • I want to make glove, but baby I trank too much.

    July 1, 2014

  • But armory has come to refer also to the broader range of weapons or devices at one's disposal, I think. For example, a physician's armory might include fresh air, a week at Bath, laying off the booze and sausages, or reading more or less Poe. But the armamentarium would solely be the drugs.

    June 22, 2014

  • Do you like Dorking?

    June 22, 2014

  • Bilby you put the rongh in porn.

    June 22, 2014

  • I also like the "both not wearing helmets". As if the child bears some of the responsibility...

    June 15, 2014

  • I think this might be an example of the linguistic fecundity of the Police Mind!

    June 15, 2014

  • This week I learnt that this word isn't generally known/used in the U.S.

    I guess they just say "plastic" instead?

    June 15, 2014

  • Mike, thanks for bringing it up. This is what wordnik is all about.

    June 15, 2014

  • There is an oyster called the kusshi. It's known for its seductive dancing in your belly.

    June 15, 2014

  • I don't understand why a vegetable as hypnotic, as vibrant as the turnip has come to refer to a dull person.

    June 15, 2014

  • I try this with my cats occasionally, but they just think I'm sadistically pinching their necks.

    June 15, 2014

  • Basically, Holmes is sarcastically mocking Watson for not profiting by his (Watson's) amicable nature.

    June 13, 2014

  • I'm sure "lark" here is closely related to "lark" as in pastime or diversion. It's a way of making something out to be un-serious, sort of a folly.

    June 13, 2014

  • Perhaps as a Brit I could just step in here. "Not much cop" is a colloquialism meaning "not up to much", "not great". It is a frozen idiom; you can't say "much cop" or "pretty cop", only "not much cop".

    Describing something as a lark, in the way that Sherlock does, is a mark of sarcasm. So Sherlock is saying that Watson's "caring" is basically a waste of time, a foolish thing. Again, this only works in context. "This x lark" is the construction, and it serves a healthy measure of disrespect to x.

    E.g. "so, yarb, this Wordnik lark, enjoying it, are you?"

    June 13, 2014

  • "I gave him the money, and professed myself so well convinced of his sincerity, that he had no occasion to put it to such extraordinary proofs for the future. "I thought," said he, "to have asked five pieces more, but hearing you were bubbled of eighteen last night, I presumed you might be out of cash, and resolved to model my demand accordingly." I could not help admiring the cavalier behaviour of this spark, of whom I desired to know his reason for saying I was bubbled."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    June 4, 2014

  • I will try and take photos but I don't know if they'll let me.

    May 31, 2014

  • We've had an unwontedly wet couple of weeks here, and all along the usually dry canal bed, these barbarous matt-green fernlike things have sprung up, some taller than a small person. Terrifying! Sorry I don't know what they're called.

    May 31, 2014

  • I love four letter words - and I mean that quite sincerely.

    May 31, 2014

  • grue

    May 29, 2014

  • "...I was, by hunger and hard duty, brought down to the meagre condition of my fellow-soldiers, and my linen reduced from three tolerable shirts to two pair of sleeves and necks, the bodies having been long ago converted into spatterdaches..."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 28, 2014

  • "...he held up his hands, assured me he could do me no service, wished I might not be in a state of reprobation, and returned to his messmates, who were making merry in the ward-room, round a table well stored with bumbo and wine."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 27, 2014

  • "That we might do the Spaniards as much honour as possible, it was determined, in a council of war, that five of our largest ships should attack the fort on one side, while the battery, strengthened by two mortars and twenty-four cohorns, should ply it on the other."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 27, 2014

  • See also the immortal syrup of ipecac.

    May 25, 2014

  • "...when they pretended to fasten him on his back he grew outrageous, and drawing a large couteau from his side-pocket, threatened to rip up the belly of the first man that should approach him..."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 23, 2014

  • "I was not very much tempted with the appearance of this dish, of which, nevertheless, my messmates ate heartily, advising me to follow their example, as it was banyan day and we could have no meat till next noon. But I had already laid in sufficient for the occasion, and therefore desired to be excused: expressing a curiosity to know the meaning of banyan day. They told me, that, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, the ship's company had no allowance of meat, and that these meagre days were called banyan days, the reason of which they did not know; but I have since learned they take their denomination from a sect of devotees in some parts of the East Indies, who never taste flesh."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 22, 2014

  • "The apothecary ... was a little old withered man, with a forehead about an inch high, a nose turned up at the end, large cheek-bones that helped to form a pit for his little gray eyes, a great bag of loose skin hanging down on each side in wrinkles, like the alforjas of a baboon, and a mouth so much accustomed to that contraction which produces grinning, that he could not pronounce a syllable without discovering the remains of his teeth, which consisted of four yellow fangs, not improperly, by anatomists, called canine."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 21, 2014

  • "We went down stairs, and conferred together on our expectations, when I understood that each of them had been recommended to one or other of the commissioners, and each of them promised the first vacancy that should fall; but that none of them relied solely upon that interest, without a present to the secretary, with whom some of the commissioners went snacks."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    Thank you Cent. Dict. and Ruzuzu for helping me with this one!

    May 21, 2014

  • "I assured him no part of this extraordinary expense should fall upon his shoulders; at which declaration he was affronted, and told me he would have me to know that, although he was a poor barber's boy, yet he had a soul to spend big money with the best squire of the land."

    - Smollett, Roderick Random, 1748

    May 19, 2014

  • Brilliant! Thanks ritw.

    April 20, 2014

  • An Accountant Helps a Manic Pixie Dream Girl with her Taxes.

    - McSweeney's, 15/4/14

    April 15, 2014

  • Not sure why but I always assumed gangerh to be a Yorkshire lad.

    April 14, 2014

  • Sadly, I know nothing of BB. My love of the list springs wholly from its awombatism and the general funcussion it provoked in me.

    April 11, 2014

  • One of my favourite lists.

    April 11, 2014

  • "So to the Salutacion tavern, where Mr. Alcock and many of the town came and entertained us with wine and oysters and other things, and hither come Sir John Minnes to us, who is come to-day to see “the Henery,” in which he intends to ride as Vice-Admiral in the narrow seas all this summer."

    - Pepys, 10th of April 1661

    April 11, 2014

  • I'm forever mowing bubbles...

    April 11, 2014

  • Surely taramasalata, all the a's?

    April 1, 2014

  • winckle?? Sorry! Please delete!

    April 1, 2014

  • cool list!

    March 28, 2014

  • Splendid!

    March 26, 2014

  • I've never had it pickled but I've had it grilled and quite enjoyed it. I had fried pickles for the first time the other day.

    March 26, 2014

  • That's good, but I prefer the sinister vagueness of rubber clothing.

    March 26, 2014

  • The scientific model holding that the earth revolves around a colossal holographic bust of Steve jobs.

    March 26, 2014

  • And I end up back with Ruzuzu and her okra. See autophage.

    March 26, 2014

  • I think rubber clothing is my favourite.

    March 26, 2014

  • Does anyone else think this word is kind of muculent? For a long while I didn't eat muesli, I think because of the slimy way it sounded.

    March 26, 2014

  • You mean like, "I'm a muco-lactic cannibal - I eat snot and breastmilk, but not my own, and I don't do flaky skin-parts"?

    March 26, 2014

  • UK equivalent of booger.

    March 26, 2014

  • I think I'd need more than one suck to completely evacuate one of my kids' nostrils when they're snotting full-on.

    March 26, 2014

  • I think that might not be too harsh, mads.

    Zuzu, not all eds are fascists - only the majority - but it would still be a funny joke. He did write quite a lot of the later cantos while he was locked up (in a psychiatric ward, I think) but I'm only 1/3 of the way through. Now distracted by the complete Calvin & Hobbes which my son recommended.

    March 26, 2014

  • He's certainly a strong presence in his own work, completely unlike Joyce and much more directly than Eliot, but more than that, he's a prickly presence... I think he challenges the reader very directly, polemically. In a work as long and (at times) claustrophobic as the Cantos it's like being locked in the basement with that nutty throwback.

    March 25, 2014

  • If you have to pretend that a work is fiction, doesn't that imply that you believe it to be real? I'm not sure that kind of self-deception is possible, or at least it must be very difficult (assuming by "real" Eggers means something like "describing events that actually happened"). For an author of course it's completely different.

    March 25, 2014

  • Joyce is a different animal, I don't think he ought to be in that famous triumvirate... Obviously Eliot and £ are very close to each other but £ is like Eliot's misbegotten, basement-confined progeny... undecorous, malformed, deranged. I like the Homeric strand of the Cantos and one or two other things but the stuff on monetary policy and the early politics of the USA is awful. And I've never liked troubadours, Chanson de Roland and all that, either.

    March 25, 2014

  • The Can't-os... I think Flann O'Brien was right:

    My grasp of what he wrote and meant
    was only 5 or 6 %.
    The rest was only words and sound -
    my reference is to Ezra £.

    March 25, 2014

  • Really I ought to re-read Rabelais first. I read a bit about the "carnivalesque" at uni but that was before I read Rab. Perhaps I'll make that my reward when I eventually finish the Pound-cake I've been trying to digest for some months now.

    March 25, 2014

  • Sensuous, passionate glove-making I presume?

    March 25, 2014

  • Pretty sure I did at uni... but it would have been a rather superficial reading. Recommend me a volume!

    March 25, 2014

  • To pull a sickie is just one way of skiving. One would be equally skiving by spending excessive time in the local pie shop or discussing the meaning of words like this on the internet.

    All those other definitions about paring and iron laps seem pretty obscure to me.

    March 25, 2014

  • See also bemute.

    March 25, 2014

  • Unless the words are "dearest, kindly butter these parsnips".

    March 24, 2014

  • The mouthfeel is really in the tongue-tapping ts and the p and the n. The sag doesn't contribute. And for sure you have to pronounce it the second way. I wonder if there's an IPA keyboard pack you can download?

    March 24, 2014

  • Save the last flounce for me!

    March 24, 2014

  • Groovy mouthfeel here.

    March 24, 2014

  • Why have a specific word for anything? Why not just grunt and point?

    March 24, 2014

  • You could also look at it as removing the upper half...

    March 24, 2014

  • Could you rephrase that comment as a list please? I only read list now.

    March 24, 2014

  • If I found out it was Edgar Rice it would make my day.

    Actually, reading, it could be! But paradigm, no way.

    March 24, 2014

  • <a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-23447439">Hypothetical football score.

    March 24, 2014

  • East Fife four, Forfar, five.

    March 24, 2014

  • Gorgeous list. Sorry for vomiting on it.

    March 24, 2014

  • If tofu comes into contact with spam, they mutually regurgitate.

    March 24, 2014

  • Hoters gonna hote.

    March 24, 2014

  • Just added this to as many of my lists as logically possible.

    March 24, 2014

  • wub?

    March 24, 2014

  • When you read a list like this, it seems like prose - even good prose - is just a list with a lot of unnecessary words in it.

    March 24, 2014

  • Inspirational!

    March 12, 2014

  • And surely you wouldn't disbar yoghurt just because it doesn't technically end with -gut??

    March 12, 2014

  • What about the Canadian beat combo Gorguts?

    March 12, 2014

  • what about guttersnipes &c?

    March 11, 2014

  • Ditto!

    March 11, 2014

  • I read Ulysses before Portrait and Dubliners, and it's so different from them I'm not sure how necessary they are. Personally I like an edition with copious endnotes but they're not essential either. Once I read it parallel with the Odyssey which was great fun (though you have to monkey with the order of the books/chapters to make it fit). It's really not that "difficult" a novel. I'm reading "The Recognitions" at the moment which is more difficult than Ulysses.

    March 11, 2014

  • *holds lighter in air*

    March 11, 2014

  • YES

    March 11, 2014

  • Adorable list!

    March 11, 2014

  • I finally got around to reading The Secret History, so I'll probably get to The Goldfinch in 2035.

    March 11, 2014

  • It's Swiss, according to the cite provided by bilby. So I'm thinking of something like a row of hobbit holes, in an alp, with optional raclette.

    March 11, 2014

  • It's not just a concept, madders! It's a thing!

    March 2, 2014

  • The extravagant brother of your father, Pyrus.

    March 2, 2014

  • Yeah but the meaning is completely different!

    February 25, 2014

  • My favourite Moloch is in Flaubert's "Salammbo". The original, and still the best!

    February 13, 2014

  • For some reason I read "almost hairless" as "still has its hair, but about to be ruthlessly shaved".

    February 12, 2014

  • Surprised to find all the tweets bar one referring to some kind of snack product!

    February 10, 2014

  • foghorn, fogbow?

    Phileas Fogg?

    February 10, 2014

  • See kip.

    February 10, 2014

  • Good one! Plenty of these around!

    February 10, 2014

  • I'm in the mood for some lovely creamy swedes tonight.

    February 10, 2014

  • That Dream Warriors song is the one I always put in the hat for charades.

    February 10, 2014

  • A <a href="http://www.yr.no/place/Antarctica/Other/Office_Girls,_The/">place in Antarctica</a>

    February 5, 2014

  • Only to realize that it was no more than a Folie d'Espoir.

    February 5, 2014

  • I think it's more fun if you do. Many's the time I've imagined myself stranded ten leagues from the pole, wondering if I should be justified in eating Imogen de Rierre.

    February 5, 2014

  • Why not?

    February 5, 2014

  • Pretty sure I heard a Gratfeul Dead song by that name once, on the radio in deepest Colorado.

    February 5, 2014

  • Wait, maybe it's the name of a soft drink and not an incubus?

    February 5, 2014

  • I'm in Brazil right now, and pronouncing it as instructed, but it's not working?

    February 5, 2014

  • Where can I find more lists like this?

    February 3, 2014

  • I was bemused when my kids started calling them wood bugs. To me they were always wood louses. That is, wood lice.

    February 3, 2014

  • Hang on... I thought they had bus loops everywhere? How else do buses turn around?

    February 3, 2014

  • Significant overlap here with the list of Wikipedia lists.

    February 3, 2014

  • A dog in War and Peace.

    "...a small, pure-bred, red-spotted bitch ... slender but with muscles like steel, a delicate muzzle, and prominent black eyes."

    September 26, 2013

  • amplituhedron?

    September 19, 2013

  • ""Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality."

    - Quanta Magazine, 17-9-13

    September 19, 2013

  • And a particularly piercing call?

    May 6, 2013

  • I dreamt about weyant recently. I was pointing at the internet and saying to my wife "look, it's real, it's real! They've found them" - it was aliens on Mars, large bright grublike things - and she replied "weyant, it's weyant."

    May 3, 2013

  • The heighth of ignoranth.

    May 3, 2013

  • The scholar in this particular mental image is wearing horn-rimmed spectacles. Should suffice against eruptions of larvae.

    May 1, 2013

  • Ha! c.f. oche then, I suppose.

    April 30, 2013

  • I can't decide if the CD is being cutting, or boring.

    April 30, 2013

  • Calls to mind the image of a scholar peering intently at a piece of cheese.

    April 30, 2013

  • A favourite of Conrad, along with desuetude and mansuetude.

    April 30, 2013

  • I would have listed it, if I weren't so bone-oidle.

    April 15, 2013

  • The tweets are occasionally useful.

    April 8, 2013

  • Wow, totally new to me.

    April 8, 2013

  • Well that's cool. I always thought night crawlers were hookers or johns, being an amalgam of ladies of the night and kerb-crawlers, We had a little night crawler here tonight, snuck in just after sundown with rugged gusts.

    April 6, 2013

  • See comment on night crawlers.

    April 6, 2013

  • I am really enjoying your esoteric contributions to Wordnik. Forgive my not rendering this in Anglish.

    April 6, 2013

  • Did you notice that vancouverism is panvocalic?

    April 6, 2013

  • Have you pronked today, gangerh?

    April 4, 2013

  • I'm glad Koontz added the explanation. I always thought Joyce would have done better writing "Snotgreen sea, making a single adjective from an adjective and a noun".

    April 4, 2013

  • They should have called it "Purg" instead.

    April 4, 2013

  • Got the quote?

    April 3, 2013

  • #cdcwtfbbq

    March 29, 2013

  • One baffled as to the spelling of buffoon.

    March 29, 2013

  • You don't have the house rule allowing bendy words?

    March 29, 2013

  • I like reesetee's "bed-raggled". I can well imagine how an intense twelve-hour sleep could raggle a person, top to bottom.

    March 27, 2013

  • Not a valid scrabble word. Presumably because of the umlaut?

    March 25, 2013

  • Absolutely, this is the night. Good list.

    March 25, 2013

  • '...his ministry was here, here in the wilderness of conscience; this sodden dorp and river midden where he preached each week from a teepee...'

    - Gass, Omensetter's Luck

    March 24, 2013

  • 'His soul scaly ... furfuraceous scalp ...'

    - Gass, Omensetter's Luck

    March 24, 2013

  • 'Mat's right eye rose, his hispidulous cheeks bulged with air: puff pop, he spoke.'

    - Gass, Omensetter's Luck

    March 24, 2013

  • Well after the initial rush of excitement, we have run into a doldrum. Come on, hurry up and submit words before I get busy again.

    March 23, 2013

  • Nice job. Possibly there's something on my Yo-yo words list that you've missed, but I doubt it.

    March 23, 2013

  • Just stopping by to make the exact same comment I made in October 2010.

    March 21, 2013

  • I'm not sure which I find more arousing: competitive arousal or foggy-windowed marathons of phony umbrage-taking.

    March 21, 2013

  • I find this term arousing.

    March 20, 2013

  • Derivation of this term anyone?

    March 20, 2013

  • Cool list (to quote marky).

    March 20, 2013

  • No tweets found. Someone really ought to tweet about yarsagumbu.

    March 20, 2013

  • No deadline. I'm enjoying inferring things about people based on how long they agonise over their words.

    March 20, 2013

  • No, a thinking cap is one of those caps with yellow, red, blue and green segments to it and a flower or whirligig sprouting from the top.

    March 19, 2013

  • Yarsagumbu... you probably think this song is about clam stew.

    March 19, 2013

  • Hello Harry. I have read Houellebecq on Lovecraft. Can't say I agree with most of what he says, but as a spectacle of literary nihilism it's just tits.

    March 19, 2013

  • How are you with hiccupping cows?

    March 19, 2013

  • I got into a fight after playing this word in scrabble once.

    March 14, 2013

  • It's a mixed bag bilby. Eat no chips is still intact. Drink no soda, almost intact. Nose-picking is dscreet, I'm not adept but less inept than formerly with tools.

    The spelling one was Ruzuzu I believe. The cats are as bloody lazy buggers as ever.

    March 13, 2013

  • Please email your words to idthewordienik13 at gmail dot com!

    March 13, 2013

  • That's fine for my poop, but what about my tween deck, my orlop and my gun deck?

    March 13, 2013

  • I read a novel called "Snowdrops" recently, set in Moscow. Wasn't really my cuppa but I love the snowdrop concept.

    March 13, 2013

  • Looks like normal Twitter fare to me, bilby.

    March 13, 2013

  • I much prefer this to etc and use it frequently.

    March 13, 2013

  • OK, I'll do it! I'll be getting this show on the road pronto. All interested apply within. Ideas for a trophy? I'm loth to surrender my heavily tea-stained "molotov cocktail waitress" mug, but I'm sure I could arrange for a STF mug of the winner's choosing.

    March 6, 2013

  • I understand the usage, but doesn't one stick a fork in it to determine whether it is in fact done?

    January 15, 2013

  • Vang you, Bilby.

    January 15, 2013

  • What a coinc-idence!

    January 15, 2013

  • Sounds like an amalgam of poppycock and hogwash.

    January 15, 2013

  • A miserable failure. This one would have been so easy, too.

    January 11, 2013

  • No problems so far with this one. Thinking of extending it to other days, in fact.

    January 11, 2013

  • Another failure.

    January 11, 2013

  • Didn't even try to keep this one.

    January 11, 2013

  • Managing to adhere to this one. Not difficult as I don't really like fizzy drinks (except as mixers).

    January 11, 2013

  • I've broken this once so far but with an excuse.

    January 11, 2013

  • There was never much hope of keeping this one. Only a fool's hope.

    January 11, 2013

  • Is that a mental protruberance in your pocket?

    January 11, 2013

  • Marvellous list!

    January 9, 2013

  • Seems obvious, but watermark?

    January 6, 2013

  • I thought this started as a reference to the supposed origin of some (or all?) of the 9/11 hijackers north of the border. However it does now seem to imply more generally those crazy communistical Canajunisms you mention.

    January 6, 2013

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  • Yes, Bogota. And beyond, hikingly.

    November 8, 2014

  • There's been talk of yardarms and skelping and keelhauling--and whenever I think of yardarms, I think of you.

    September 10, 2014

  • I think that might not be too harsh, mads.

    Zuzu, not all eds are fascists - only the majority - but it would still be a funny joke. He did write quite a lot of the later cantos while he was locked up (in a psychiatric ward, I think) but I'm only 1/3 of the way through. Now distracted by the complete Calvin & Hobbes which my son recommended.

    March 26, 2014

  • Ah. It's 14 ways for the blackshirts (it's by Umberto Eco).

    March 26, 2014

  • madmouth: Pound? I'd make a joke about all editors being fascists, but it's not true--so it wouldn't be funny, and then what's the point? But... also... you'd said something about the Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackbird, which reminds me that I once read something about Thirteen Ways of Looking at a Blackshirt.

    yarb: Didn't he write some of those cantos when he was in a cage or in a cell or something?

    and ry: I was thinking some of the same things about religion over on your lies--1 list.

    March 26, 2014

  • He's certainly a strong presence in his own work, completely unlike Joyce and much more directly than Eliot, but more than that, he's a prickly presence... I think he challenges the reader very directly, polemically. In a work as long and (at times) claustrophobic as the Cantos it's like being locked in the basement with that nutty throwback.

    March 25, 2014

  • 2 words:
    glorified
    editor

    March 25, 2014

  • I've been wanting to know more about The Lost Generation--I checked out a biography of Sylvia Beach and thought maybe it was time to read Ulysses, but I haven't gotten very far yet. I *have* read a little Eliot (all thanks to bilby's comments about the hyacinth girl), but Pound has always scared me.

    March 25, 2014

  • Joyce is a different animal, I don't think he ought to be in that famous triumvirate... Obviously Eliot and £ are very close to each other but £ is like Eliot's misbegotten, basement-confined progeny... undecorous, malformed, deranged. I like the Homeric strand of the Cantos and one or two other things but the stuff on monetary policy and the early politics of the USA is awful. And I've never liked troubadours, Chanson de Roland and all that, either.

    March 25, 2014

  • The Can't-os... I think Flann O'Brien was right:

    My grasp of what he wrote and meant
    was only 5 or 6 %.
    The rest was only words and sound -
    my reference is to Ezra £.

    March 25, 2014

  • I've had Gargantua and Pantagruel on my list forever--though lately I've been distracted by the Joyce/Pound/Eliot triumvirate and some of their detractors. Which Pound are you reading?

    March 25, 2014

  • Really I ought to re-read Rabelais first. I read a bit about the "carnivalesque" at uni but that was before I read Rab. Perhaps I'll make that my reward when I eventually finish the Pound-cake I've been trying to digest for some months now.

    March 25, 2014

  • Ha--I was hoping you could recommend one for me! I'm always starting in on Toward a Philosophy of the Act, but I'm always wishing I could read Rabelais and His World (especially this time of year, when the circus is in town).

    March 25, 2014

  • Pretty sure I did at uni... but it would have been a rather superficial reading. Recommend me a volume!

    March 25, 2014

  • Have you read any of Bakhtin's stuff about Rabelais?

    March 25, 2014

  • If you're still looking for prizes, you should ask the bear about miniature trebuchets.

    March 13, 2013

  • Is it time for another identify-the-wordienik?

    March 1, 2013

  • Plumbum. Is it the new crumb bum?

    September 7, 2012

  • You are what in Italian we call uno str<3'aordinario membro della comunità internet, che pensa come un uomo sobrio e si diverte come uno sbr'onzo.

    January 13, 2012

  • You two <3'shouldn't send too many messages in a row or I can't see them, but you also' crack me up.

    January 13, 2012

  • Screw <3'the people who read your comment and don't understand! It's fun to be back with' you!

    January 13, 2012

  • I heart <3' that Prolagus and I have figured out we can send secret messages to' you.

    January 13, 2012

  • Yarb, clivose is derived from Latin clῑvōsus, which means hilly, steep, precipitous.
    Cliff is derived from Old English and Middle English words.

    July 25, 2011

  • Yarb, I just came across your villanelle on sustainism and am truly impressed. Kudos!

    July 24, 2011

  • oh, Yarb-thing - why in the world haven't we had a coffee yet??

    June 13, 2011

  • *favorited*

    June 8, 2011

  • Visiting the parentals in North Wales with pitstops in London at either end.

    May 8, 2011

  • Hey! Whereabouts in the UK, yarb?

    May 7, 2011

  • Hurrah! Now I'm treating myself to a well=deserved vacation (really: I'm in the UK this week).

    May 7, 2011

  • You won! You won!

    May 6, 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

  • Marvelous! I've half a mind to join you in a re-read, although this sudden interest in Greek is taking up more time than I intended it to at the outset.

    hh: it's always a pleasure to have one's lists pillaged, especially by such a luminary as you.

    March 16, 2011

  • I'm diving into Gargantua and Pantagruel. I will never think of bacon in the same way again.

    March 16, 2011

  • Thanks for your comments on my list Things We've Seen Moved By Ants, and providing a link to your list Of Ants and Men. I'll raid terms from that list to add to various of my lists, if you please, beginning with topochemical.

    March 10, 2011

  • glad to hear it

    March 9, 2011

  • Thank for adding “appendice” to my list; I particularly enjoyed the associated comments.

    P.S.: Have you tried “nuncle”? It’s Shakespearean, rebracketed, and proscribed, so you can hardly loose.

    January 28, 2011

  • Check the Wordnik blog for tips for searching comments, lists, etc.

    December 8, 2010

  • its witty

    December 5, 2010

  • test the line talking bird with wit

    December 5, 2010

  • It wasnt you who insulted the crown and if you help me defend it i shall offer you my friendship

    December 5, 2010

  • Hey yarb do you know anyone who can promote the single and give it the rightfully Halfholy place in the shops of england it should have?

    December 4, 2010

  • thx 4 listing Thor.. how could I have missed that god!?

    November 30, 2010

  • thx 4 listing Brazil.. how could I have missed that movie!?

    October 22, 2010

  • Fantastico! I hear there was a bad mudslide in Oaxaca--ten cuidado.

    September 28, 2010

  • Thank you very much. I'm just sitting here in the airport waiting to leave Mexico for Honduras so I'll probably get all crumb bum on you soon enough. Who knew I actually did have a mic on my laptop all this time?!

    September 28, 2010

  • The pronunciations are fantastic! Are you taking requests? If so, please add crumb bum to the list.

    September 28, 2010

  • *grabs microphone, but then begins to ramble about Temple Grandin's dancing in Beyonce's video*

    September 7, 2010

  • Someone get yarb a microphone, stat!

    September 7, 2010

  • Thanks! I'm really quite proud of not having a microphone.

    September 7, 2010

  • Congratulations!

    September 7, 2010