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  • spotted cmte. as short for committee (spotted in a news headline)

    May 24, 2017

  • 19th century article suggests that this term may come from french chien for dog.

    May 23, 2017

  • See citation on side splash.

    May 23, 2017

  • See citation on side splash.

    May 23, 2017

  • "Justin believes that he experienced what’s called a side flash or side splash, in which the lightning ‘splashes’ from something that has been struck – such as a tree or telephone pole – hopscotching to a nearby object or person. Considered the second most common lightning hazard, side splashes inflict 20 to 30 per cent of injuries and fatalities."

    -- https://qz.com/989827/what-happens-to-people-who-are-struck-by-lightning/

    May 23, 2017

  • Breaking snail shells? (shudder)

    May 23, 2017

  • Oh, reverse dictionary. You're my favorite. (Just don't tell weirdnet.)

    Edit: (Or the Century.)

    May 23, 2017

  • Excellent.

    May 23, 2017

  • Thanks, bilby.

    May 23, 2017

  • My new favorite list! Thanks, kalayzich.

    May 23, 2017

  • The voter is bored with me-tooism,

    Impatient with faux folksy truism.

    He longs for much more

    Like great days of yore

    When orators mastered euphuism.

    May 23, 2017

  • runner a bird that cannot fly, either because it is too young, or because it is deceased or wounded.

    May 23, 2017

  • by David Sutton

    May 23, 2017

  • Vocabularies

    Like stars, or swarming bees, or flocks of birds,

    We think them hardly countable, our words.

    Yet fifty thousand's all we use, it seems,

    For truth and lies, reality and dreams.

    Which puzzles me. The world's more things than that.

    Do languages grow lean as lives grow fat?

    Is so much absent from our brains and eyes?

    What's lost, I say, when we economize?

    There's too much difference we make the same.

    All poets love the miracle of name

    Yet mourn exactitudes they cannot state:

    The single noun that might denominate

    Their moods of quietness like falling snow,

    Or yearn for lexicons they cannot know:

    The speech of eagles, what the dolphins sing,

    The glossolalia of leaves in spring...

    Nothing, we dream, could bring us to content

    But fifty million words for what we meant,

    To fit whatever happened like a glove,

    Redeeming lost pluralities of love,

    Until we wake to truth, and see again

    Unharvested, like leagues of sunset grain,

    Outnumbering all stars and bees and birds,

    The matchless universe beyond our words.

    May 23, 2017

  • See conker.

    May 23, 2017

  • verb

    gerund or present participle of susurrate

    Soft whispering, murmuring, or rustling sound

    May 23, 2017

  • "In old trucks, carburetors are finicky: sensitive to particles, to climate, to air, to residue, and to tinkering. Gasoline congeals in the carburetor's orifices, plugging the venturis with a gelatinous film."

    Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao, p 25

    May 23, 2017

  • "Her heels click as she descends into the street. Alone, I turn to face the wall. I stare at the daedal patterns on the wallpaper."

    Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao, p 21

    May 23, 2017

  • I remember many happy childhood hours spent in my small town playing games such as "How Far Does This Crack In The Dirt Go?" or "Can We Knock Down That Icicle With A Snowball?"

    Kids these days don't know what they're missing.

    May 22, 2017

  • n. A snail-shell or a horse-chestnut used in a boys' game, in which the object is to break the snail-shell or horse-chestnut by striking it, with another.

    Wow. So easy even boys are able to grasp the rules. Must be an easy game.

    May 22, 2017

  • I just found oner.

    May 22, 2017

  • Just arrived here again after looking up conker. I still love this list!

    May 22, 2017

  • I had the same thought, seanahan.

    May 22, 2017

  • rectangled

    May 22, 2017

  • See comment on pittacal.

    May 22, 2017

  • "Pittacal was the first synthetic dyestuff to be produced commercially. It was accidentally discovered by German chemist Carl Ludwig Reichenbach in 1832, who was also the discoverer of kerosene, phenol, eupion, paraffin wax and creosote.

    As the history goes, Reichenbach applied creosote to the wooden posts of his home, in order to drive away dogs who urinated on them. The strategy was ineffectual, however, and he noted that the dog's urine reacted with creosote to form an intense dark blue deposit. He named the new substance píttacal (from Greek words tar and beautiful). He later was able to produce pure pittacal by treating beechwood tar with barium oxide and using alumina as a mordant to the dye's fabrics. Although sold commercially as a dyestuff, it did not fare well."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pittacal&oldid=534436190

    May 22, 2017

  • "In the 18th century airwood came to be used by marqueteurs; for most artificial colours they used holly, which takes vegetable dyes very well, but airwood was employed either in its natural off-white state or stained with iron sulphate to produce a range of silver and silver-grey hues. The reason that airwood was preferred to holly for this colour was that it gave a metallic sheen or lustre, while holly dyed by the same process turned a rather dead grey. The use of airwood in this way meant that by the 19th century it was associated specifically with that colour, and at the same time name gradually changed from airwood to harewood."

    -- From Wikipedia's harewood (material) page

    May 22, 2017

  • "Known since ancient times as copperas and as green vitriol, the blue-green heptahydrate is the most common form of this material."

    -- From Wikipedia's Iron(II) sulphate page

    May 22, 2017

  • See citation in comment on harewood.

    May 22, 2017

  • It's fine if the state is initial

    When infancy's cute and official,

    But helpless and squalling,

    Is sad and appalling

    When old folk are worn to altricial.

    May 22, 2017

  • an El Camino car

    "Yeah Man, El Camino!" (from a movie)

    May 22, 2017

  • A nickname for a Maud Lewis painting

    May 21, 2017

  • I know how the vampirish sort doth:

    Their fashion is always to sport goth.

    Their trademarks are fangs

    And ebony bangs

    And capes that are sewn out of mortcloth.

    May 21, 2017

  • Ford Australia produced the first Australian "ute" in 1932.

    https://au.pinterest.com/pin/470133648574160197/

    May 21, 2017

  • The term pickup is of unknown origin. It was used by Studebaker in 1913 and by the 1930s pick-up (hyphenated) had become the standard term.5 In Australia and New Zealand ute, short for utility, is used for both pickups and coupé utilities. In South Africa people of all language groups use the term bakkie, a diminutive of bak, Afrikaans for bowl.

    May 21, 2017

  • https://au.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=morris%201000%20utility%201960&rs=typed&term_meta=morris%7Ctyped&term_meta=1000%7Ctyped&term_meta=utility%7Ctyped&term_meta=1960%7Ctyped

    May 21, 2017

  • xxxx pronounced 4x

    May 21, 2017

  • spotted in the comments section of a video where someone was petting a leopard.

    adorable/terrifying

    May 21, 2017

  • To mistreat something by dragging it around according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 20, 2017

  • To inhale with one's upper lip curled back according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 20, 2017

  • Lambeosaurinae = the subfamily of Hadrosauridae (duck-billed dinosaurs) that possessed a crest.

    May 20, 2017

  • Cult members once loved how he talked

    But now for his gaffes he's bemocked.

    His status, once clerical,

    Is changed to chimerical.

    The high priest of con is defrocked.

    May 20, 2017

  • GOOSE, to poke between the buttocks

    –verb (t) (goosed, goosing)

    1. to poke (someone) between the buttocks, usually in fun and unexpectedly.

    –noun (plural gooses)

    2. an unexpected poke between the buttocks.

    ? rhyming slang goose and duck fuck

    May 20, 2017

  • Acronym for "Security Identification Display Area", the area in which airport employees must wear an ID badge at all times, but used as a metonym for the badge itself: "can I see your SIDA?" Pronounced as sigh-duh. Airport ID badges are not sexually transmissible.

    May 20, 2017

  • 4. Could also mean, "less than fully sexual," no?

    May 20, 2017

  • 3. Could also mean, "subliminally suggestive of sex," no?

    May 20, 2017

  • 2. Could also mean, "a tuttifruitti type of sex," no?

    May 20, 2017

  • 1. Could mean, "a nondescriptive type of sex," no?

    May 20, 2017

  • "Theirye're, problem solved."

    because seeing that someone has mixed up 2 or 3 words that sound the same doesn't really confuse the reader, especially in an informal writing environment such as Facebook or Twitter.

    May 20, 2017

  • I have a list for that.

    May 19, 2017

  • A non-existent Earth twin planet we can all fly to when we ruin this one.

    "There is no Planet B" - most scientists in 2017

    May 19, 2017

  • "This week paleontologists from the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto unveiled the latest addition to their dinosaur menagerie: a massive, rhinocerous-sized armoured dinosaur they're calling Zuul - because of its striking resemblance to the demon-monster in the original Ghostbusters movie." -CBC Quirks and Quarks

    May 19, 2017

  • http://outlawvern.com/2017/05/19/steel-arena/

    STEEL ARENA doesn’t seem at first glance like a particularly distinguished b-movie, especially in its current form as a poorly transferred old VHS tape that’s scanned but not panned. Many scenes, including the first one, are conversations in the front seats of vehicles with one or more participants mostly cropped out of frame. I rented it because it’s one of these stuntsploitation movies I find so interesting, but this time it’s about the lives of professional stunt drivers in a road show, not in movies. Most of the stars are real drivers playing themselves and doing their own driving. STEEL ARENA is to stunt drivers as ACT OF VALOR is to Navy SEALs.

    May 19, 2017

  • I also love that this list has proofread.

    May 19, 2017

  • One associate referred to Comey’s preparation as a kind of “murder board” — a phrase used to describe a committee of questioners that hurls tough questions at someone as practice for a difficult oral examination.
    Devlin Barrett et al., Comey prepared extensively for his conversations with Trump, Wash. Post, May 18, 2017

    May 19, 2017

  • Ooh! More excellent band names here.

    May 19, 2017

  • Someone just listed cattle egret on a different list. I clicked on it, made sure it was listed on my cattle list, then showed up over here--only to see my comment from 2012.

    Egrets, I have a few.

    May 19, 2017

  • core definition. Distanciation in general refers to the stepping back or distancing of the observer or reader from an object of scrutiny. explanatory context. NOTE: distanciation is sometimes spelled 'distantiation' Distanciation or estrangement allows for or facilitates a critical attitude.

    Distanciation - Social Research Glossary

    www.qualityresearchinternational.com/socialresearch/distanciation.htm

    May 19, 2017

  • Thanks! I was on the old Wordie ages and ages ago, completely even forgot under what username. When I started this job I started to notice all these words and figured I should store them somewhere, well why not here... nice to see you still kicking around, as well!

    May 19, 2017

  • Bad news. Ground a plane for a day and cost the company tens of thousands of $$$ to replace the slide. Probably gonna lose your job.

    May 19, 2017

  • open list is my middle name.

    May 19, 2017

  • I miss our-john.

    May 19, 2017

  • That's good to hear. I've been looking forward to reading it.

    May 19, 2017

  • So many potential band names here.

    May 19, 2017

  • tristero, you must be a cat lover. Penelope (my aged cat) and I rejoice in your approval.

    May 19, 2017

  • That's the one! I love the Anagram Times too. Also just read "The Dord, The Diglot, and an Avacado or Two: The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words" by Anu Garg the page's creator. Very fun book.

    May 19, 2017

  • Oh! Wordsmith? I get those e-mails, too--and I'm a huge fan of the Internet Anagram Server.

    May 19, 2017

  • This little poem by QMS might be my favorite of all the ones I've read so far :)

    May 19, 2017

  • Thanks. The word bodkin came up in a word a day type e-mail I get and it got me musing on this subject (and thinking about the Music Man and the old episode of the Twilight Zone where the traveling salesman fools death w/his sales pitch)

    May 19, 2017

  • My cat for the most part's indolent

    And curled in sleep seeming innocent,

    But fidgets will twitch her

    From dreams that bewitch her

    Betraying ambitions sanguinolent.

    May 19, 2017

  • The place where two streets meet.

    May 19, 2017

  • Corner is an unincorporated community in Jefferson County, Alabama, United States

    May 19, 2017

  • Mysteriously, progress on this list has stopped.

    May 19, 2017

  • Re chained_bear's comment, I would say that in some parts of Australia youse and all of youse is similar.

    May 19, 2017

  • Party!

    May 19, 2017

  • mustgo soup, stock

    May 19, 2017

  • South China Morning Post is using this term for Vancouver's Cantonese community

    May 19, 2017

  • In old Russian cookbooks it was called simply green soup.23

    May 19, 2017

  • Stats

    ‘Donald Trump’ has been looked up 322 times, is no one's favorite word yet, has been added to 1 list, has no comments yet, and is not a valid Scrabble word.

    May 19, 2017

  • This could be interesting....

    keep it succinct

    May 19, 2017

  • Love it

    May 18, 2017

  • coelomatous = possessing a coelom (corporal cavity). See coelomate.

    May 18, 2017

  • Oh, fun! Nice list, tristero.

    May 18, 2017

  • schav!

    May 18, 2017

  • I adore sorrels.

    Don't we have some soup lists around here?

    May 18, 2017

  • http://disinfo.com/2013/07/witchsploitation-witchcraft-documentaries-from-the-golden-age-of-groovy/

    Witchsploitation! Witchcraft “Documentaries” From the Golden Age of Groovy

    May 18, 2017

  • How'd y'all feel about adding all y'all?

    May 18, 2017

  • It's my favorite! :)

    May 18, 2017

  • Consider the choices you have

    Selecting a soup of the slav.

    There's bigos, quite thick,

    Or pick one that's quick

    And dine on a fresh bowl of schav.

    May 18, 2017

  • Wow, alexz! That's such a relief. So many wordniks had fun putting this list together and I thought I may have deleted it. Thank you for taking time to help out. Just need to work out how to re-instate it as a list on wordnik. Erin?

    May 18, 2017

  • I'm starting to see this on Twitter as a hashtag.

    Impeach The Motherfucker Already.

    May 18, 2017

  • Trexit, n.

    The Guardian, 18 May 2017:

    Trexit? Online gamblers bet on early end to Trump presidency

    May 18, 2017

  • High level of the Texan equivalent of the whom'st contraction.

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=7rOoDAAAQBAJ&pg=PA81

    May 18, 2017

  • C'mon, what have you done with the songbirds?

    May 17, 2017

  • spotted on ifixit "Some light adhesive secures the battery, but it's nothing that a little spudgering can't handle."      using the plastic pry tool :  spudger

    May 17, 2017

  • Sounds a lot like “okaley dokaley,” the favorite expression of assent of Ned Flanders, Homer Simpson’s pious neighbor. Could this be evidence of the influence of Dutch folk tradition on The Simpsons? There might be a PhD dissertation there.

    May 17, 2017

  • pond scoggin = South Georgia (USA) term for an egret or heron.

    May 17, 2017

  • http://web.archive.org/web/20150920130858/https://www.wordnik.com/lists/songbirds

    When a list is archived at archive.org, it lives forever. Hope it helps.

    May 17, 2017

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