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  • The egg can be coy and just float;

    Her suitor though must locomote.

    An ambitious sperm

    Must earnestly squirm

    If ever he'll be a zygote.

    February 19, 2017

  • No doubt a precursor to the zigzagabout, which will bring traffic to a complete stop.

    February 19, 2017

  • .is a squared off roundabout. The sharper turns supposedly slow down cars more.

    February 19, 2017

  • Do CamelCase and snake_case etc. count?

    And lowercase and UPPERCASE?

    February 18, 2017

  • If pretty miss mammoth should happen upon

    A masculine hunk of a mastodon

    Like trumpets his bellows,

    Her sighing like cellos,

    Will swell a primeval diapason.

    February 18, 2017

  • I ventured from the hotel and joined the hajj of blue-jeaned yokels that paraded slowly and patriotically past the empire's historic landmark. ~ Paul Beatty, The Sellout

    February 18, 2017

  • :all you can eat:

    February 18, 2017

  • techy speak - short for debug

    February 18, 2017

  • An example of mawworm:

    “He would be the very Mawworm of bachelors who pretended not to expect it.”

    Excerpt From: George Eliot. “Middlemarch.” iBooks. https://itun.es/us/dOSzx.l

    February 18, 2017

  • Shitgibbon was used in a presidential insult tweet: "Hey @realDonaldTrump I oppose civil asset forfeiture too! Why don't you try to destroy my career you fascist, loofa-faced, shit-gibbon!"

    shitgibbon is an example of a shitgibbon compound.

    http://allthingslinguistic.com/post/157210818652/the-orgin-and-constraints-of-shitgibbon

    February 18, 2017

  • kishon

    February 17, 2017

  • double amphibrach a stanza form using amphibrachic dimeter, - ' - | - ' - ; it consists of eight lines, with the shortened 4th and 8th lines rhymed, and one line (usually the sixth) consisting of a single word. It is a variation of the double dactyl form.

    Example: this rendering of "Humpty Dumpty":

    As Humpty was sitting

    upon a partition,

    he misplaced his balance

    and suffered a fall.

    A sodden, unsightly

    reorganization

    of yolk and albumen

    appeared by the wall.

    Though all the king's horses

    were called to the rescue,

    he couldn't be saved from

    the blistering sun.

    In spite of their dazzling

    equestrianism

    and expert attendance,

    poor Humpty was done.

    Does this have a moral?

    Perhaps that in life as

    in politics sitting

    on fences is fine,

    but slipping a bit is

    anticipatory

    of suddenly facing

    a fatal decline.

    Several pieces in *The Bard & Scheherazade Keep Company* by Jan D. Hodge, are written in this form, including "The Taming of the Shrew" and "Hamlet."

    February 17, 2017

  • http://www.thedrum.com/opinion/2017/02/14/move-over-millennials-here-comes-gen-real

    So-called 'gen real' (that’s generation Z to the unacquainted) currently constitutes 35% of the world’s population and will soon make up four in every 10 consumers in the world’s largest markets.

    February 17, 2017

  • Thank you, ruzuzu.

    February 17, 2017

  • Lovely! You might find a few yoink-worthy things over on the-glassworks list.

    February 17, 2017

  • Ah, qms. Another delight. Thank you.

    February 17, 2017

  • The dilettante's blossom is bright

    But withers in weather and light.

    The deep-rooted scholar,

    Though paler and smaller,

    Persists like a phreatophyte.

    February 17, 2017

  • prosumer

    February 17, 2017

  • Short for organizations

    February 16, 2017

  • That's going to be one big test tube!

    February 16, 2017

  • From the examples listed: psychological operations

    February 16, 2017

  • Spotted in article about bringing back mammoths, or mammophants

    February 16, 2017

  • Mammoth cloning article in the guardian: '“We hope to do the entire procedure ex-vivo (outside a living body),” he said. “It would be unreasonable to put female reproduction at risk in an endangered species.”'

    February 16, 2017

  • A mammoth elephant hybrid.

    February 16, 2017

  • Oh, sheet. It is a truth universally acknowledged that every potential list is an existing list.

    I made it to worksheet before I realized the sheet list I'd just created already exists here!

    February 16, 2017

  • My new favorite list! Thank you.

    February 16, 2017

  • A true but a somewhat obscure fact

    Is wombats make cubes out of pure scat.

    This isn't a trick;

    They do shit a brick.

    I'll swear it and sign with a jurat.

    See also comments at scat.

    February 16, 2017

  • An overly aggressive handshake where someone's whole arm is pulled, spotted in the news. aka yankshake

    February 16, 2017

  • Cf. Byronic.

    February 15, 2017

  • Also known as onychoschisis or lamellar dystrophy.

    See also onychorrhexis.

    February 15, 2017

  • onychoschizia n. The term onychoschizia includes splitting, brittle, soft or thin nails. (fingernails and toenails)

    http://www.aocd.org/?page=BrittleSplittingNail

    February 15, 2017

  • With nukes that fly across the sea

    We strive to balance bellicosity.

    The nations assume

    Their mutual doom,

    So peace is preserved by isostasy.

    February 15, 2017

  • As you wish both, too!

    February 15, 2017

  • As you wish too alexz.

    February 14, 2017

  • SPOILER ALERT: in the movie The Princess Bride, "as you wish" means "I love you"

    February 14, 2017

  • Spotted in a linux presentation: "Auto industry is way behind smartphones. 36mos to produce infotainment system."

    February 14, 2017

  • Amazon's word for an interjection, so their talking gizmo can say Bazinga with emphasis. Speech emoticon?

    February 14, 2017

  • Rhyming synonym for "asshole" in a public forum.



    Whoa, whoa, whoa. What the H?! No, any manager who isn’t a complete and utter glassbowl is not going to start feeling that FMLA is being abused if the employee who has properly requested it actually uses it.

    February 14, 2017

  • As blogging went mainstream in the aughts, a small circle of feminist bloggers—mostly straight, thirtyish or younger, American, and living on the coasts—was elevated along with it to the status of regular columnists.

    https://www.candybank.com/public/50AF55E3-0D89-0AB8-816C-57B32B97D1D8

    February 14, 2017

  • When love's first mad exhilaration

    Gives way to a plan for affiliation

    Wise lovers adjust

    And temper their lust

    To tend to their domiciliation.

    February 14, 2017

  • sometimes refers to Portland Oregon. Letters come from the airport code.  Not everyone refers to their city by airport code. 

    February 14, 2017

  • The version I saw was So-Called Ruler...

    February 14, 2017

  • First use? Elayne Boosler on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElayneBoosler/status/797658318411960324

    1/20/17, when our classy POTUS & FLOTUS are replaced by SCROTUS and HOTUS. #nevertrump

    February 14, 2017

  • From Dec 15 2016, "Supremely Corruptible Ruler of the United States"

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/debra-jane-campbell/its-the-little-things-fro_b_13642952.html

    I have been reminded of Roger Boisjoly recently as I see our current President-Elect crossing some ethical lines that others have not crossed in the past and I worry that we are taking baby steps in a very dangerous direction. I fear that instead of choosing the next President of the United States (POTUS), the electoral college is about to vote for a man who could become known as SCROTUS - Supremely Corruptible Ruler of the United States.

    February 14, 2017

  • Bottoms up!

    February 14, 2017

  • "You can tell me at supper. Aunt Oona's having the whole family over for Irish stew and crubeens."

    Crosstalk by Connie Willis, p 27

    February 14, 2017

  • explained in emoji: 👀 😒

    February 13, 2017

  • You are kind, ruzuzu.

    February 13, 2017

  • "A potato cannon (sometimes known as a spud gun, not to be confused with a toy of the same name) is a pipe-based cannon which uses air pressure (pneumatic), or combustion of a flammable gas (aerosol, propane, etc.), to launch projectiles at high speeds. They are built to fire chunks of potato, as a hobby, or to fire other sorts of projectiles, for practical use. Projectiles or failing guns can be dangerous and result in life-threatening injuries, including cranial fractures, enucleation, and blindness if a person is hit."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Potato_cannon&oldid=762925678

    February 13, 2017

  • See potato cannon.

    Also see spud gun.

    February 13, 2017

  • cf. potato gun

    February 13, 2017

  • Fabulous, qms.

    February 13, 2017

  • When performance of polishing of body is underway, is scent of lemon Pledge® used without flaw? I require utmost effective polish service with expediency and professional manner.

    February 13, 2017

  • "Aunt Oona's messages—except for three "Where are you, mavourneen?" inquiries—were all reminders that Sean O'Reilly was planning to read "The Passing of the Gael" at the Daughters of Ireland meeting, and the whole family was going."

    Crosstalk by Connie Willis, pp 11-12

    February 13, 2017

  • I'm not *that* lonesome in Bangalore but do you have anyone interested in Franz Kafka? We would exchange wistful longings about black clothes and perhaps draw some snow on pictures of Prague.

    thanks,

    B

    February 13, 2017

  • In post-prison con convocation

    Alumni convene for confabulation.

    The ex-cons confer

    And try to concur

    On concepts of consociation.

    February 13, 2017

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    February 13, 2017

  • Really?

    *puts potatoes away*

    February 13, 2017

  • Food-wise has different meanings throughout South America, generally referring to a mush of cooked grains.

    February 13, 2017

  • phylogenic

    The Apologetics Study Bible: Understanding Why You Believe.

    February 13, 2017

  • a Star Trek acronym " Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations" attributed to the Vulcans.

    sometimes spotted on twitter in human rights debates.

    February 12, 2017

  • a machine that rapidly places electronics components on a circuit board

    - spotted in a manufacturing video ; historically would have called this a pick and place machine

    February 12, 2017

  • The insight of Barnum was pure -

    There's one born per minute for sure.

    That worm has not turned

    And nothing is learned

    So bunkum and folly perdure.

    February 12, 2017

  • spotted in examples for a-gley "slang for gone haywire"

    " 'The best laid schemes of mice and men/Gang aft a-gley'" - Robert Burns

    February 12, 2017

  • hi there!

    February 12, 2017

  • http://www.cracked.com/personal-experiences-2452-a-look-inside-disturbingly-large-pro-anorexia-community_p2.html

    Sarah was open about what she viewed as the most dangerous aspect of the pro-anorexia subculture: "meanspo." You might've heard the term "thinspo" -- people posting pictures of incredibly skinny models, celebrities, etc., as inspiration to keep up with their weight loss. Meanspo is its even uglier cousin: Users can request to have someone basically shit-talk them into keeping their diet:

    February 12, 2017

  • http://www.allure.com/story/what-is-an-ab-crack

    Forget the thigh gap; there's a new, pretty much impossible fitness standard sweeping the world (or, um, Instagram). It's the ab crack. Picture every swimsuit model you can, or Bella Hadid and Jasmine Tookes. Do they have a line going down their abs? That's an ab crack.

    February 12, 2017

  • the computer term ping does not come from "p(acket) in(formation) g(roper)."   The fifth edition of the American Heritage dictionary fixed their etymology.

    February 12, 2017

  • Alaskan term - spotted in the book 'Whale Snow'

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=JsGC81aEorcC

    "...Whale snow comes from when a whale has given itself to the People"

    February 12, 2017

  • skiing term for a big mound of snow



    February 12, 2017

  • "No: I hold you a pelorus, a flexing mirror, strange quarters for the wind of God."

    The Bone People by Keri Hulme, p 535

    February 12, 2017

  • a Hampshire word for Icicle.

    spotted in a Robert McFarlane word hoard Guardian article. Feb 27 2015

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/27/robert-macfarlane-word-hoard-rewilding-landscape

    February 12, 2017

  • From the model of gamomania I think gamophobia would be a better candidate.

    February 11, 2017

  • Fear of marriage.

    February 11, 2017

  • Bunny rabbit. 🐇

    February 11, 2017

  • Old Ernest's odd look is brand new:

    He sports now a grand Fu Manchu

    And thinks it is chic

    To foster mystique

    By wearing a flowing kanzu.


    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    February 11, 2017

  • "Sometimes, the egg veil is described as being as similar to bubble wrap. Each veil the monkfish lays is dotted with about a million eggs." (Pictures here)

    February 11, 2017

  • An acronym short for "grotesque, unbelievable, bizarre, unprecedented."

    Not military slang as I first suspected.

    Based off of this quote by then Taoiseach (prime minister) of Ireland, Charles Haughe, in 1945: "It was a bizarre happening, an unprecedented situation, a grotesque situation, an almost unbelievable mischance."

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GUBU

    February 11, 2017

  • All together now: "Hello, msrose88!

    February 10, 2017

  • Hello Wordnik

    February 10, 2017

  • A peasant had only his farm

    To furnish the stuff for his arm,

    So faced armored horsemen

    And bloodthirsty Norsemen

    With only an axe called guisarme.

    February 10, 2017

  • "Her left hand is studded by four silverset cabochons of greenstone, and there's a star sapphire with three dolphins circling it deiseal in gold on her right hand."

    The Bone People by Keri Hulme, p 299

    February 10, 2017

  • *offers marshmallows*

    February 10, 2017

  • Fixed

    You are a human and not always gonna be perfect you have to be happy with who you are but not afraid of changing your self for the better!

    February 10, 2017

  • Well, shake off the snow and have a cup of hot chocolate!

    February 9, 2017

  • I just got here !

    February 9, 2017

  • as opposed to ordeal.

    February 9, 2017

  • Showmance is a new word to me. It is precise and functional so I hope it sticks around. We could also have 'vacationmance' for those short-lived holiday romances.

    February 9, 2017

  • If grace notes you'd have conferred upon

    The featureless drone of your wordathon,

    Keep reader alert!

    Your language invert

    By liberal use of hyperbaton

    February 9, 2017

  • an insult spotted on the Samantha Bee show - Feb 8 2017

    Quick search shows it's officially recognized and not always an insult  http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/dictionary-confirms-bawbag-officially-real-8603625

    February 9, 2017

  • The example above is actually from The Essays of Elia by Charles Lamb.

    February 9, 2017

  • Fake food item proposed by David Ortiz (Kenan Thompson) that's like a turducken but with mofongo, chicken, and a penguin.

    From Kristen Stewart SNL episode Feb 4, 2017 during the Weekend Update segment.

    February 9, 2017

  • Common name for several Acaena species in New Zealand; they have burrs.

    "Two days ago in the Duke, and still the hooks in that conversation stick in her throat like a half-swallowed bidibid."

    The Bone People by Keri Hulme, p 168

    February 9, 2017

  • in looking up more ice words , came across 5 pages of icicle variants

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=pPQoAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA143

    Transactions of the American Philological Association, Volumes 24-26 1893

    February 8, 2017

  • hoar frost - from Jamieson's dictionary.

    February 8, 2017

  • an old Scottish word for icicle

    February 8, 2017

  • "fine snow"

    spotted in Jamieson's dictionary

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=y_s3AQAAIAAJ&pg=PA500

    February 8, 2017

  • "Twas frost and thro' leet, wid a greymin o' snaw,

    When I went to see Biddy, the flow'r o' them aw;"

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=MEBjAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA83

    February 8, 2017

  • Tank i am quite aware of the meaning of the word "couture" but the word "coutour" doesn't actually exist so i was trying to get creative to satisfy a business name situation. A little deviation.

    February 8, 2017

  • You get em, qms. Sub-limerick the bastard.

    February 8, 2017

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