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  • Now some people browse for a swap

    And others use Paypal to shop,

    But oniomania

    Infects certain crania

    And online they never need stop.

    June 24, 2018

  • No -blast list? No blasted lists?

    June 24, 2018

  • A palindromic football team from Neuchatel, Switzerland. I presume they play something like a 1-3-3-3-1 formation.

    June 24, 2018

  • Antiquity’s singers were apt to tell

    Of ominous blooms of asphodel.

    Persephone’s bower

    Was full of this flower,

    Bred of the netherworld’s sapropel.

    June 23, 2018

  • "Heliox generates less airway resistance than air and thereby requires less mechanical energy to ventilate the lungs. "Work of Breathing" (WOB) is reduced. It does this by two mechanisms:

    1.increased tendency to laminar flow;

    2.reduced resistance in turbulent flow."

    -- From Wikipedia's heliox page: https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Heliox&oldid=835607282

    June 22, 2018

  • Big Bird, on a new diet slant,

    Suggests that his pal eat an ant,

    But Ol’ Snuffleupagus

    Is not myrmecophagous.

    He tries to comply but he can’t.

    June 22, 2018

  • From The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia:

    "In botany, a name applied by Richard to a second small cotyledon which is found in wheat and some other grasses.

    In embryology, the outer or external blastodermic membrane or layer of cells, forming the ectoderm or epiderm: distinguished at first from hypoblast, then from both hypoblast and mesoblast. See cut under blastocæle."

    June 21, 2018

  • I like your lists.

    June 21, 2018

  • For pessimists life has gone dark

    Lit only by danger’s faint spark.

    Expressions of joy

    Serve but to annoy

    A sufferer shrouded in cark.

    June 21, 2018

  • spotted as "just for shiggrins"

    June 21, 2018

  • confused, but less frazzled than confuzzled, and more positive than confused

    June 20, 2018

  • basically yep, like yerp, but excited and fun

    June 20, 2018

  • yerp just means yep but is more fun

    June 20, 2018

  • When striving and troublesome quest abate

    And days of diversion and rest await,

    I’ll work to no goal

    Nor pay labor’s toll,

    For starting tomorrow I’ll estivate.

    June 20, 2018

  • twitterese for 'quote tweet'

    June 20, 2018

  • It pleases us all to play critic

    And make our assessments acidic.

    Oh, let us not hasten

    To cavil and chasten

    But walk with the other a bittock.

    June 19, 2018

  • Science fiction - a shape shifter. Goes back to at least 1979

    June 19, 2018

  • New place name in Vancouver. The plaza by the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.


    There's a pronunciation guide.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6j_eu1_T5Jg

    June 19, 2018

  • There’s many a line to be drawn

    To finish my chiliagon.

    With pencils and rules

    And paper my tools

    With patience I’ll see you anon.

    June 18, 2018

  • Computer gaming - refers to a game where huge teams play against each other.

    ie, 50 vs 50, last team standing wins.

    June 17, 2018

  • Warhol had an ingenious plan

    To paint a tomato soup can.

    He knew to expect hype

    And many an ectype.

    Call Andy a shrewd businessman.

    June 17, 2018

  • The symbol comes from the semaphores for N and D which stand for Nuclear Disarmament

    June 17, 2018

  • schmancy

    June 16, 2018

  • High Intensity Interval Training

    June 16, 2018

  • We plan, we prepare and we scheme

    Constructing the future we dream,

    But by nature’s kindness

    We’re sheltered by blindness

    And spared the despair of foregleam.

    June 16, 2018

  • https://twitter.com/MarshallCohen/status/1007667538786963456

    Prosecutors said Manafort used a method called "foldering" to covertly talk to people. It's not that complicated: He made an email account and shared the password. He wrote messages but saved them as drafts, never sending actual emails. Other guys open the draft, read it, delete.

    June 16, 2018

  • Its origin in Middle English raten etc. is thoroughly documented above.

    June 15, 2018

  • "Origin unknown" (according to the OED) only for the verb in sense "to scold."

    June 15, 2018

  • The cries made in old Pomerania

    Are echoed in our Pennsylvania.

    The party that’s out

    Still gives a great shout

    Of outrage at such squandermania.

    June 15, 2018

  • slang shortening of with

    June 15, 2018

  • fittin ta


    "We not fittinta kiki with..." - spotted on twitter

    June 15, 2018

  • I know, right?

    Also IKR

    June 14, 2018

  • Glitched definition

    June 14, 2018

  • The goblin in triumph has stunned the nation;

    Let’s pray that his tenure is one duration.

    What words can convey

    Our fear and dismay?

    Oh dammit! And bother! And thunderation!

    June 14, 2018

  • Spotted in the news. Leave the baby deer alone.

    June 14, 2018

  • Philosophers routinely postulate

    And pundits are prone to prognosticate

    But if you’d be blessed

    A twitcher knows best,

    Whose passion is always to auspicate.

    June 13, 2018

  • To those who will beg to be friend

    The goblin may well condescend.

    A different matter

    Are those who won’t flatter

    And these he is pleased to vilipend.

    June 12, 2018

  • There’s even a word to describe words that are exactly the right word for what you want to say – “teleolexical”. Why wouldn’t we want to give every word a chance to be someone’s teleolexical word?
    —Erin McKean

    June 12, 2018

  • There is a definition under antum. The consort of the sky god Anu in ancient Babylonian myth.

    June 12, 2018

  • pronounced tap-ROB-a-nee. Name used by the ancient Greeks, from the time of Alexander, to refer to the island of Sri Lanka.

    June 12, 2018

  • see Taprobane

    June 12, 2018

  • In ancient alchemy, a precious stone believed to cause the phoenix to renew its youth. Also referred to as the "slender stone." In the work of 13th-century minnesinger Wolfram von Eschenbach, the Lapis exilis is conflated with the Holy Grail.

    June 12, 2018

  • A member of various Russian free-thinking Christian sects.

    From Wikipedia:

    A Molokan (Russian: молокан, IPA:məlɐˈkan or молоканин, "dairy-eater") is a member of various Spiritual Christian sects that evolved from Eastern Christianity in the East Slavic lands...The term Molokan is an exonym used by their Orthodox neighbors; they tend to identify themselves as Spiritual Christians (духовные христиане, dukhovnye khristiane).

    June 12, 2018

  • from Wiktionary:

    Vis inertiae

    1. The resistance of matter, as when a body at rest is set in motion, or a body in motion is brought to rest, or has its motion changed, either in direction or in velocity.

    2. Inertness; inactivity.

    Usage notes

    Vis inertiae and inertia are not strictly synonymous. The former implies the resistance itself which is given, while the latter implies merely the property by which it is given.

    June 12, 2018

  • never thought I would like a piece of verse with the word 'moister' in it, but the conceit has now proven false.

    June 12, 2018

  • in medicine, refers to body parts that are minimally echogenic, reflecting less sound waves in ultrasound scanning.

    June 12, 2018

  • obsolete form of atrament. In ancient Rome, atramentum referred to various types of black coloring matter, such as writing ink or octopus ink.

    June 12, 2018

  • In music, "with bitterness;" "poignantly." Used as a musical direction

    June 11, 2018

  • see retrocausality

    June 11, 2018

  • Middle English form of sennight, a week.

    June 11, 2018

  • Should friends be inclined to support

    Or join in the trumpish cohort

    Then make it your chore

    To strongly deplore,

    To reason, implore and dehort.

    June 11, 2018

  • end/put an end to (slang)

    June 10, 2018

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampulla

    June 10, 2018

  • See ampulla

    June 10, 2018

  • Figurative example of flushing out:

    "The second was when I asked to see the culture minister to tell him about a festival we were planning, Britain in Greece. I got no answer from his office, so I tried again. When I got no answer the third time I put a ferret down the hole to find out what was going on. My ferret reported that the minister, who was a distinguished musician but no politician, didn’t want to see me because he knew that if he did he would have to bang on about the marbles, but he wasn’t interested and didn’t want to. I left it at that."

    Clooney and the Marbles

    Oliver Miles

    13 February 2014

    https://www.lrb.co.uk/blog/2014/02/13/oliver-miles/clooney-and-the-marbles/

    June 10, 2018

  • Literal example, from hunting:

    THE WAR YEARS by Derek and Alan Wheeler, Bromton Regis, UK

    http://bromptonregis.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/1939-The-War-Years-Edited.pdf

    "With dogs, a load of green string nets and two ferrets in a sack, we’d go to a rabbit warren which we knew, from the rabbit dung, was occupied. Then we’d put nets over all the rabbit holes we could see or get at, put a ferret down the hole and wait. It would not be long before a rabbit came bounding out of a hole, often one we had not netted, in thick brambles. Then the animal would either run down another hole, often netted, or across the field, zigzagging, with the dogs in hot pursuit."


    Similar, more detail: http://www.worcesternews.co.uk/news/7492920.The_merits_of_ferrets/ 

    1st November 2004

    The merits of ferrets

    Worcester News

    June 10, 2018

  • To flush out.

    June 10, 2018

  • "Cow-kicking is when a horse (or cow!) kicks out to the side with a hind leg. It got its name from cows that kicked when being milked."

    https://www.horsekeeping.com/ask-cherry/20080503-cowkicking.htm

    June 10, 2018

  • The mayfly begins life at dawn,

    By sundown the wee beast is gone,

    And all it desires

    Before it expires

    Is love with a friendly ephemeron.

    June 10, 2018

  • It would be shellfish of me to want more praise.

    June 10, 2018

  • Stats

    ‘mrjyn’ has been looked up 1688 times, has been favorited 1 time, is on no lists yet, has no comments yet, and is not a valid Scrabble word

    June 10, 2018

  • Sublime qms!

    June 10, 2018

  • When high tide arrives they get moister,

    Then quahogs and cherrystones roister,

    But twice-daily frolics

    Of mud-dwelling mollusks

    Are spurned by the dignified oyster.

    June 9, 2018

  • thannks

    June 9, 2018

  • I dig this change in meter. Makes one pause to Think

    June 9, 2018

  • As One Does

    June 9, 2018

  • See citation (with a bit about Gauss) on pons asinorum.

    June 8, 2018

  • Maybe he was thinking of floxi, noxi and curtaintail.

    June 8, 2018

  • Wot, no limericks?

    June 8, 2018

  • Oh, why must her tongue unduly wag

    And flail like a scourge to cruelly nag?

    Her chosen life path

    Is unbridled wrath

    To hector and chide and bullyrag.

    June 8, 2018

  • indisputable

    June 8, 2018

  • "While reading Claude Gaspard Bachet de Méziriac's edition of Diophantus' Arithmetica, Pierre de Fermat concluded that a certain equation considered by Diophantus had no solutions, and noted in the margin without elaboration that he had found "a truly marvelous proof of this proposition," now referred to as Fermat's Last Theorem. This led to tremendous advances in number theory, and the study of Diophantine equations ("Diophantine geometry") and of Diophantine approximations remain important areas of mathematical research."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Diophantus&oldid=842662729

    June 7, 2018

  • Also see comments at cunctatory.

    June 7, 2018

  • Old Aesop once in drunken glory

    Concocted a famed but bunkum story

    Of rabbit and turtle.

    A tale ever fertile

    That comforts today the cunctatory.

    Also see comments at cunctative.

    June 7, 2018

  • Oh help, it's been adopted too.

    June 7, 2018

  • Very good, and bonus points for use of rivulet.

    June 7, 2018

  • That would make sense.

    June 6, 2018

  • What praise has this rivulet due it

    That dies if the dew not renew it?

    But readers are fickle

    And even this trickle

    Gains charm if you call it a spruit.

    June 6, 2018

  • After the title character in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, a short story by James Thurber, later made into a movie (1947) of the same name, with a remake released in 2013.

    June 6, 2018

  • Misspelling of putschist?

    June 6, 2018

  • no idea what this word means.

    spotted in the news.

    June 6, 2018

  • having 6 cpu cores

    June 6, 2018

  • can dew??

    June 6, 2018

  • Cogito ergo can.

    June 5, 2018

  • I think the implication is that people who are afraid to enter a place, ie. cross a threshold, are afraid of trying something new. Hence they are difficult customers to entice.

    June 5, 2018

  • can is heavy light. can is uncanny,canny hope.

    June 5, 2018

  • Fear of crossing a threshold to embark on something new.

    What's with the potential customer in the definition from Wiki?

    June 5, 2018

  • Be patient with Malcolm the malcontent.

    It’s not that he’s always recalcitrant,

    But suffers from bouts

    Of worries and doubts

    That make him reluctant and vacillant.

    June 5, 2018

  • PSA: I have been using this to tag "words" whose definitions that belong to other words entirely. Anyone else is of course welcome to do the same.

    There are also alexz's glitched-definitions and TankHughes' this-definition-is-wrong lists.

    Eyebeam is amusing.

    June 4, 2018

  • Aw, shucks. Thanks vm. I love this site and everyone here--and I'm glad you're on the remarkable list, too.

    June 4, 2018

  • ru: the day you started contributing to wordnik was--and continues to be!-- pure awesomeness. I love the way you think. You should be on a remarkable list yourself: a list of remarkable people! ♥♥♥♥

    June 4, 2018

  • "Euler's work touched upon so many fields that he is often the earliest written reference on a given matter. In an effort to avoid naming everything after Euler, some discoveries and theorems are attributed to the first person to have proved them after Euler."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=List_of_things_named_after_Leonhard_Euler&oldid=844040346

    June 4, 2018

  • I've been having fun with the "List of things named after Leonhard Euler" page.

    June 4, 2018

  • An aversion to work: "He suggests that we make use rather of indifferent Greek terms like "philopony" (love of effort) and its opposite "aphilopony" (distaste for effort.)" The Nation's Health, Volume 9

    June 4, 2018

  • The stirring in regions chthonic

    And warming of earth are synchronic

    As seeds grow and flourish

    To comfort and nourish,

    Encouraged by skills geoponic.

    June 4, 2018

  • May I suggest this should be gild.

    June 4, 2018

  • Perhaps you’ve heard the term “helicopter parenting” as a way to describe the way today’s 20-somethings (Gen Y) were hovered over in childhood by their parents. As a life coach to 20-somethings and consultant to corporations with Gen Y employees, I’ve seen the effects of an even more intrusive child-rearing style that I have coined as “cockpit parenting.” Cockpit parents did more than hover. They sat right in the pilot’s seat of their child’s life, charting the course and navigating all of the twists and turns. And they often remain there well into their child’s adulthood. . . .

    . . .

    Cockpit parents tend to pull all kinds of maneuvers like this. Things like writing their child’s résumé, calling in favors to their friends to get their child an internship or job, or even making-up corporations where their child has “worked.” And let’s not forget my personal favorite: listing themselves as references. These parents think they are helping, but they are not. There is a line between supporting your children and enabling them. And if cockpit parents continue to sit in the pilot’s seat of their child’s life, then the adult child continues to remain dependent on mom and dad for advice, money and answers to questions they should be answering for themselves.

    Christine Hassler, Cockpit Parents: How They're Flying 20-Somethings into the Ground, Huffpost Blog (March 18, 2011)

    June 3, 2018

  • Perhaps you’ve heard the term “helicopter parenting” as a way to describe the way today’s 20-somethings (Gen Y) were hovered over in childhood by their parents. As a life coach to 20-somethings and consultant to corporations with Gen Y employees, I’ve seen the effects of an even more intrusive child-rearing style that I have coined as “cockpit parenting.” Cockpit parents did more than hover. They sat right in the pilot’s seat of their child’s life, charting the course and navigating all of the twists and turns. And they often remain there well into their child’s adulthood. . . .

    . . .

    Cockpit parents tend to pull all kinds of maneuvers like this. Things like writing their child’s résumé, calling in favors to their friends to get their child an internship or job, or even making-up corporations where their child has “worked.” And let’s not forget my personal favorite: listing themselves as references. These parents think they are helping, but they are not. There is a line between supporting your children and enabling them. And if cockpit parents continue to sit in the pilot’s seat of their child’s life, then the adult child continues to remain dependent on mom and dad for advice, money and answers to questions they should be answering for themselves.

    Christine Hassler, Cockpit Parents: How They're Flying 20-Somethings into the Ground, Huffpost Blog (March 18, 2011)

    June 3, 2018

  • a "sex robot" is any artificial entity that is used for sexual purposes (i.e., for sexual stimulation and release) that meets the following three conditions:

    Humanoid form, i.e., it is intended to represent (and is taken to represent) a human or human-like being in its appearance.

    Human-like movement/behavior, i.e., it is intended to represent (and is taken to represent) a human or humanlike being in its behaviors and movements.

    Some degree of artificial intelligence, i.e., it is capable of interpreting and responding to information in its environment. This may be minimal (e.g., simple preprogrammed behavioral responses) or more sophisticated (e.g., human-equivalent intelligence).

    John Danaher, "Should We Be Thinking About Robot Sex?", in John Danaher & Neil McArthur, eds., Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017), pp. 4-5

    Danaher and other contributors to the book seem to use sex robot interchangeably with sexbot.

    June 3, 2018

  • a "sex robot" is any artificial entity that is used for sexual purposes (i.e., for sexual stimulation and release) that meets the following three conditions:

    Humanoid form, i.e., it is intended to represent (and is taken to represent) a human or human-like being in its appearance.

    Human-like movement/behavior, i.e., it is intended to represent (and is taken to represent) a human or humanlike being in its behaviors and movements.

    Some degree of artificial intelligence, i.e., it is capable of interpreting and responding to information in its environment. This may be minimal (e.g., simple preprogrammed behavioral responses) or more sophisticated (e.g., human-equivalent intelligence).

    John Danaher, "Should We Be Thinking About Robot Sex?", in John Danaher & Neil McArthur, eds., Robot Sex: Social and Ethical Implications (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2017), pp. 4-5

    Danaher and other contributors to the book seem to use sex robot interchangeably with sexbot.

    June 3, 2018

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