Drogulus commented on the word festchrift
German: a celebratory monograph to a person
September 30, 2012
Drogulus commented on the word chiburi
Chiburi: The act of slinging blood off the blade before re-scabbarding.
September 22, 2012
Drogulus commented on the word embolalia
Embolalia: the use of virtually meaningless filler words, phrases, or stammerings in speech, whether as unconscious utterings while arranging one's thoughts or as a vacuous, inexpressive mannerism
Drogulus commented on the word acrosonic
acrosonic: adj. a noise reaching to or past the sonic barrier
Invented by Humbert Humbert in Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita
September 12, 2012
Drogulus commented on the word copperhead
I feel like this would be the perfect word to describe a meanspirited brunette
Drogulus commented on the word backwoodsman
Melville is a genius:
"...not merely is the backwoodsman content to be alone, but in no few cases is anxious to be so. The sight of smoke ten miles off is provocation to one so remove from man, one step deeper into nature. Is it that he feels that whatever man may be, man is not the universe? that glory, beauty, kindness, are not all engrossed by him? that as the presence of man frights birds away, so, many bird-like thoughts?"
- Melville, The Confidence Man
September 8, 2012
Drogulus commented on the list not-quite-the-real-thang
moonshiny certainly belongs here as well. Not only by definition, but, playfully, by false connotation to moonshine (regarding alcohol).
Drogulus commented on the list abc
A couple more phobias have four consecutive letters: gymnophobia and apotemnophobia
September 7, 2012
Surely chimera belongs here!
Drogulus commented on the word aspersion
Strange how a word can simultaneously mean "the act of defaming of slandering" and "a sprinkling with holy water".
Drogulus commented on the word anchoritish
Drogulus commented on the user Drogulus
Indeed, it is an excellent word, and the lack of a definition is certainly appropriate!
September 6, 2012
Drogulus commented on the word hunks
Seems like Melville took a liking to this word:
The miser, a lean old man, whose flesh seemed salted codfish, dry as combustibles; head, like one whittled by an idiot out of a knot; flat, bony mouth, nipped between buzzard nose and chin; expression, flitting between hunks and imbecile - now one, now the other - he made no response.
Drogulus commented on the list •open-list-plural-looking-singular-nouns
What, no jackanapes?
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