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  • The definition of the word is: to extreme measures; measures so extreme they're extremely more extreme than the definition of extreme.

    August 16, 2017

  • "The biggest limitation to this research may be the definition of swaddling itself. The authors of the study acknowledge one of the “several” limitations to their meta-analysis is the fact that none of the studies they reviewed clearly outlined what constitutes a swaddle. And besides that, as anyone who has tried to swaddle a baby can confirm, good swaddling takes practice. Many parents, for fear of too tightly wrapping their babies, end up swaddling too loosely, which is itself a suffocation hazard. (Some daycare centers in the United States don’t allow swaddling for this reason.)"

    -- https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/05/is-swaddling-safe/482055/

    August 16, 2017

  • "The term "sousveillance", coined by Steve Mann, stems from the contrasting French words sur, meaning "above", and sous, meaning "below", i.e. "surveillance" denotes the "eye-in-the-sky" watching from above, whereas "sousveillance" denotes bringing the camera or other means of observation down to human level, either physically (mounting cameras on people rather than on buildings), or hierarchically (ordinary people doing the watching, rather than higher authorities or architectures doing the watching)."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sousveillance&oldid=788558213

    August 16, 2017

  • walk

    August 16, 2017

  • When bound for the last destination

    I hope to create no sensation,

    Ask no trumpet blast

    To hear at the last

    But subtle and sweet avolation.

    August 16, 2017

  • man child , pro-am, dwarf galaxy

    August 15, 2017

  • See Lucullan.

    August 15, 2017

  • See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Lucullan

    August 15, 2017

  • The fear of doctors.

    See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/iatro-

    iatro- "From Ancient Greek ἰᾱτρο- (iātro-), combining form of ἰατρός (iatrós, “doctor”)."

    August 15, 2017

  • Person who is afraid of doctors.

    See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/iatro-

    iatro- "From Ancient Greek ἰᾱτρο- (iātro-), combining form of ἰατρός (iatrós, “doctor”)."

    August 15, 2017

  • See chorea

    August 15, 2017

  • So jealous are chefs of their story

    They'll quibble at terms gustatory.

    Your balls in a pot

    Will still get as hot

    And you'll claim it's all to your glory.

    August 15, 2017

  • What perchance is this 'fry cooking vessel'?

    With such terms my inner-grammarian doth wrestle

    For every chef's simple job

    Is preparing morsels for gob

    And if not I'll be seeking redressal

    August 15, 2017

  • See also cecils.

    August 15, 2017

  • rigidly flexible

    August 15, 2017

  • This is a term that I heard in the USAF. It meant that you were required to be ready to engage in a certain activity, but to also realize that the timing, process, or the activity itself may (likely) change at any moment. For example, an exercise would be scheduled to kick off at 0500, but there was a very good chance that the time of commencement would change or that the exercise itself would change. However, you'd better be ready to go at 0500 no matter what.

    August 15, 2017

  • In higher class fry cooking vessels

    Each savory orb of meat nestles.

    What mere cooks will call

    The common meatball

    A master chef turns into cecils.

    August 15, 2017

  • A diplomat viewing disaster

    Might say that the artist's a dabster.

    Though bungling's averred

    The Janus-faced word

    Is heard as the praise of a master.

    August 14, 2017

  • Thank you, ruzuzu.

    August 14, 2017

  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4787548/Women-obsessed-pore-size-porexia-flawless-skin-how.html

    If you spend hours in front of the mirror each day poring over the little openings on the top of your skin and willing them to disappear before you take an Instagram selfie, you're not alone.

    In fact, obsessing over our pores - from the size to the number of them - is the beauty industry's latest preoccupation.

    This is so much the case that dermatologists have coined a word for this pore fixation - 'porexia'.

    August 14, 2017

  • refers to uncontrolled eye movement; consists of rapid, involuntary, multivectorial (horizontal and vertical), unpredictable, conjugate fast eye movements without intersaccadic intervals. It is also referred to as opsoclonus or reflexive saccade. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

    August 14, 2017

  • Original spelling by Humphrey Davy, 1812 . https://books.google.ca/books?id=YjMwAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA201

    August 14, 2017

  • wow

    August 13, 2017

  • "It was coined by US internet entrepreneur Gina Pell, 49, who explains, ‘Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages." Telegraph

    August 13, 2017

  • A fox pup must study and train hard

    Or risk he's dismissed as a caynard.

    The skulk's tough tuition

    Achieves full fruition

    In raising a wily red Reynard.

    August 13, 2017

  • "year over year"

    August 13, 2017

  • slang - asking

    August 13, 2017

  • Wropper - a pinafore styled coverall worn by women engaged in farm work during the 19th & early 20th centuries in Britain & elsewhere.

    August 13, 2017

  • from the examples on the right 'don't get "tilted," which means emotionally upset.'

    spotted tilted in a video about the top Dota2 gamer versus a general Artificial Intelligence.

    "At first it was easy to get titled..."

    August 13, 2017

  • A steep, narrow valley according to NPR's Says You!.Conan Doyle used the variant goyal.

    August 12, 2017

  • Fit for drinking according to NPR's Says You!.

    August 12, 2017

  • eater

    August 12, 2017

  • As talk for the troubled's a palliative

    And Congress, a failing collaborative,

    Inept to the hilt

    Is Babel rebuilt,

    It's frantic and futilely babblative.

    August 12, 2017

  • FE worker

    August 12, 2017

  • I just encountered this word in a crostic puzzle. It was the first time I'd ever seen it used as an adjective. Why didn't they just use "Eighth month" as the clue?

    August 12, 2017

  • dweeberlips.

    I just looked up this word. Here is how I used it in an email.

    All the frustrations I dealt with today make me want to go sit in a corner and do dweeberlips.

    August 11, 2017

  • *diplomatically passes around some squaffluns*

    August 11, 2017

  • Y'all might like Ella Minnow Pea: https://www.amazon.com/Ella-Minnow-Pea-Novel-Letters/dp/0385722435

    August 11, 2017

  • From The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia:

    "n. A place where pies, tarts, etc., are made.

    "n. Viands made of paste, or of which paste constitutes a principal ingredient; particularly, the crust or cover of a pie, tart, or the like."

    August 11, 2017

  • hummingbirds
    also found - 1994 usage slang for homies

    August 11, 2017

  • I prefer fufluns.

    August 11, 2017

  • I've always found that getting up and heading for the exit is a pretty good way to speed this up.

    August 11, 2017

  • SPAM

    August 11, 2017

  • Compare wankar, a driver who mistakenly thinks it is their right to drive at or above the speed limit regardless of circumstances.

    August 11, 2017

  • "Families who would once have eaten potato waffles are now experimenting with lower carb butternut “squaffles” (slices of butternut squash cut to resemble a waffle)." Guardian article - Why we fell for clean eating.

    August 11, 2017

  • Another great one. Thanks, qms.

    August 11, 2017

  • Don't fall for the cynical listicle

    Where news is typically mythical.

    The "ten things you must"

    Are hot air and dust,

    Just click-bait that's wickedly twistical.

    August 11, 2017

  • Here is my definition of carstage: Carstage: n. To be held hostage by a driver you are following on a one-lane road because that driver is driving below the speed limit. (The word is a combination of car and hostage).

    August 10, 2017

  • Here's my definition for restage: Restage: n. To be held hostage by a waiter or waitress who disappears before bringing, or otherwise takes a very long time to bring, you your check. (The word is a combination of restaurant and hostage).

    August 10, 2017

  • "In music of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras, a bicinium (pl. bicinia) was a composition for only two parts, especially one for the purpose of teaching counterpoint or singing."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bicinium&oldid=782797821

    August 10, 2017

  • for when the term super-power isn't good enough

    term goes back to early 20th century for vacuum tubes, amplifiers, and hydraulic systems.  Later 20th century for political speak.

    August 10, 2017

  • Except that in English word construction con as a word-initial morpheme typically carries the meaning 'with', hence most people are not going to be able to readily decipher your word.

    August 10, 2017

  • This is my word.

    It combines "control" with " in charge ".

    The definition is: Used as a strong description of leadership in situations, usually as a strong admonition or as an assertion of supreme authority .

    From the youngest in the family to a controlling oldest brother: " You are not in concharge of me!" (Strong admonition)

    From the mother of said siblings: "I am in concharge." (Supreme authority)

    August 10, 2017

  • I just found billbeetles in the GNU definition so, *ahem*, of course they are cute.

    August 10, 2017

  • On tv at most he was B-list

    (Absent a C- or a D- list)

    But still self-assessed

    As clearly the best.

    The goblin's a true autotheist.

    August 10, 2017

  • Diffusant means "A substance that diffuses through something." https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/diffusant.

    Or "A substance which diffuses through another." https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/diffusant

    August 10, 2017

  • add your two cent

    August 10, 2017

  • Thank you kindly, ruzuzu. The challenge with such words is to rrsist the obvious "-ography" rhymes but after years of this I am running out of dodges.

    August 10, 2017

  • Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen

    August 10, 2017

  • "let your backbone slide"

    August 10, 2017

  • Is it weird that I think those weevils are kinda cute?

    August 9, 2017

  • Compare counternutation.

    August 9, 2017

  • "Nutation and counternutation refer to movement of the sacrum defined by the rotation of the promontory downwards and anteriorly, as with lumbar extension (nutation); or upwards and posteriorly, as with lumbar flexion (counternutation)."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Anatomical_terms_of_motion&oldid=778251662

    August 9, 2017

  • Arcades ambo.

    August 9, 2017

  • Nice one, qms!

    August 9, 2017

  • none

    August 9, 2017

  • Potemkin knew ways to delude.

    His town was struck down and renewed

    Repeatedly, doggedly,

    A feat of sceneography,

    The man was a talented dude.

    August 9, 2017

  • I (death) too am present in Arcadia

    August 9, 2017

  • The pulse of the heart felt though the skin.

    August 9, 2017

  • Condemned or damned earth or ground

    August 9, 2017

  • The bit ring is the ring on the side of a horse's bit, particularly on a snaffle bit. It is used as a point of attachment for the cheekpieces of the bridle and for the reins.

    August 9, 2017

  • A goad, from Middle-English.

    August 9, 2017

  • can'tcha

    can't you

    August 9, 2017

  • I take it to mean something carved or carved-like.

    "A carvern face"

    August 9, 2017

  • can't you

    August 9, 2017

  • Define sally gate: a minor gate or passage (as in the wall of a fort) used to avoid opening major gates.

    August 9, 2017

  • spotted in 1949 song 'Louisiana Girls' in a Baker's plays book

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=5DaCyLyjGn8C&pg=PA63

    spotted in 1915 Cosmopolitan

    August 9, 2017

  • "Young Blasarius yonder, he said."

    by Knoxvillage1982 flag this content

    Blasarius is an archaic legal term for an incendiary, a person guilty of arson.

    The Judge may be refering to the kid's participation in burning down the hotel in Nacogdoches.

    August 9, 2017

  • A tapadero, sometimes referred to as a "hooded stirrup," is leather cover over the front of a stirrup on a saddle that closes each stirrup from the front.

    August 9, 2017

  • A small copper coin used in 19th century Mexico worth 1/8 of a real.

    August 9, 2017

  • ain'tcha

    August 9, 2017

  • http://www.etiquettehell.com/?p=5120

    In the new trend called “sologamy,” women are committing themselves to themselves with their own wedding ceremony. These women, such as self-styled “sologamist” Erika Anderson, throw on a white gown, invite their close friends and family and marry themselves in a legally nonbinding way.

    August 9, 2017

  • http://www.etiquettehell.com/?p=5120

    In the new trend called “sologamy,” women are committing themselves to themselves with their own wedding ceremony. These women, such as self-styled “sologamist” Erika Anderson, throw on a white gown, invite their close friends and family and marry themselves in a legally nonbinding way.

    August 9, 2017

  • Introduced by Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, and Kurt Schrader, D-Ore., the Wildfire Disaster Funding Act would put an end to federal policy that amounts to throwing good money after bad. The bill, which is co-sponsored by a bipartisan group of 16 representatives, targets the practice of “fire borrowing” in the suppression of wildfires.

    In short, the approach forces federal agencies to redirect money from other areas — namely, forest management and fire prevention — when the cost of fighting fires exceeds expectations. This leaves less money for prevention, which exacerbates the fires in future years.

    In Our View: Put Out 'Fire Borrowing', The Columbian, June 19, 2017

    Fire borrowing is a budgetary practice that occurs when federal agencies divert funds from forest health and fire prevention programs to fight wildfires.
    Western Governors Urge Congress: Make End to 'Fire Borrowing' Top Priority, Western Governors' Association, Nov. 15, 2016

    August 8, 2017

  • Young adults living in poverty face high exposure to “go throughs”: lived experiences of structural disadvantage and trauma with lasting implications for educational, economic, and other life outcomes. They frequently “get through” these challenges without formal mental health supports, relying on community-based programs and peer networks to cope with their experiences.

    Go Throughs to Get Through: Low Income Young Adults and Mental Health, CLASP (June 5, 2017)

    August 8, 2017

  • Apparently some kind of stone.

    "To the north were the mines themselves: dangerous, undershored scratch drifts that went down fifty feet or so and then spread like fingers clutching for gold and silver and copper and the occasional nest of firedims. From the outside they were just holes punched into the bare and rocky earth, holes like staring eyes, each with its own pile of till and scrapings beside the adit." From Wizard and Glass by Stephen King

    August 8, 2017

  • SPAM

    August 8, 2017

  • "Few neuroscientists still believe in an immaterial soul. Yet many follow Descartes in claiming that conscious experience involves awareness of a ‘thinking thing’: the self. There is an emerging consensus that such self-awareness is actually a form of bodily awareness, produced (at least in part) by interoception, our ability to monitor and detect autonomic and visceral processes. For example, the feeling of an elevated heart rate can provide information to the embodied organism that it is in a dangerous or difficult situation."

    -- https://aeon.co/essays/psychedelics-work-by-violating-our-models-of-self-and-the-world

    August 8, 2017

  • They say the great pyramid had it,

    Though sheathing of marble once clad it:

    The way to the tomb

    (And curses of doom)

    Began with a well-hidden adit.

    August 8, 2017

  • '“sequester carbon” is ruled out and replaced by “build soil organic matter”.' - Guardian article climate change

    August 7, 2017

  • 'with the term “reduce greenhouse gases” blacklisted in favor of “build soil organic matter, increase nutrient use efficiency”. ' - Guardian article on banned terms.  climate change

    August 7, 2017

  • 'Instead of “climate change adaption”, staff are asked to use “resilience to weather extremes”' Guardian article climate change

    August 7, 2017

  • Term now banned by the USDA https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/aug/07/usda-climate-change-language-censorship-emails

    '“Climate change” is in the “avoid” category, to be replaced by “weather extremes”. '

    August 7, 2017

  • See comments on torks, torque, etc.

    August 7, 2017

  • There were a couple of examples over on torked.

    August 7, 2017

  • enough already! :)

    August 7, 2017

  • He copied the language and tone

    The goblin prefers on the phone,

    But, lacking the bite

    Of soul-searing spite,

    The Mooch proved a pale epigone.

    August 7, 2017

  • torque, v. to offend, to arouse anger.

    Ex.: Police say that between four counties, Jack McPeak stole flags from fire departments, schools, cemeteries, “and the one that really torques me off,” said Keith County Sheriff Jeff Stevens, “the American Legion.”

    https://www.facebook.com/NPTelegraph/posts/1350267468330821

    Google "really torques me" to find many such examples. Kitit, in comments at tork, reports that this expression was common when he was a teenager in the 1960s. I am about the same age as Kitit and I do not recall hearing this expression while growing up in New England. It may be a regionalism.

    August 7, 2017

  • I'd say it's relatively common for words to go out of fashion, especially words that are primarily in use in spoken language rather than written. Why is a difficult question and generally not one that linguists address.

    August 7, 2017

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