TankHughes has looked up 19702 words, created 37 lists, listed 814 words, written 74 comments, added 9700 tags, and loved 206 words.

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  • Also written as worldsuck. The online community of Nerdfighteria, home to the Nerd Fighters, has established the Foundation to Decrease World Suck. http://fightworldsuck.org/.

    It's a curious compound, maybe related like world peace, using suck as an mass noun.

    May 22, 2015

  • Is there a list of non-animal objects with animal names? This and frogs from clothing go on that list.

    May 21, 2015

  • This sounds like a great insult. "Unhand me, thou simpering Fragonard!" but then I look up his paintings that have soft light, like vaseline on the lens, and I feel a bit bad for wanting to drag his name in the mud just for fun.

    May 20, 2015

  • Howbout one-eyed Jacks found in playing cards?

    May 20, 2015

  • Related: the tacocat palindrome. One more and it's an official feline Mexican food trend.

    May 19, 2015

  • This is the ship name for Enjolras and Grantaire, two of the barricade boys from the book/play/movie Les Miserables. The x in exR is a common element in shipping that connect the two names in a pair (e.g. KirkxSpock). e is for Enjolras and R is for Grantaire, a pun off of his name sounding like "big r" in French (grand r). I don't know how you would pronounce it, maybe just as an initialism. I don't personally ship it, but there are strong OTP believers wherever fandoms are found.

    May 19, 2015

  • This list makes me so happy <3.You take the cake, ruzuzu.

    May 15, 2015

  • What a jolly word to misinterpret. I'm not sure how I could ever take this word seriously if I met it in the wild.

    May 15, 2015

  • Indefatigibility. It makes me a little tired and nauseous getting through all the stressed syllables in this word.

    May 14, 2015

  • "...from the way we architect our services." As heard in the 3 hour meeting I just got out of.

    May 13, 2015

  • I've always thought remedy would be a lovely name for a storybook character.

    May 13, 2015

  • Maybe rapier? As discussed in the Alec Baldwin episode of Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee (starting about 5:40): http://comediansincarsgettingcoffee.com/alec-baldwin-just-a-lazy-shiftless-bastard

    Several industrial valve parts end in cock: blow-cock turncock stopcock

    May 13, 2015

  • I went to a wedding in August 2010 where the mother of the bride had baked 7 different cakes. ...Well you have to try a little bit of all of them, you don't want to be rude. That's justificaketion.

    Related: anticipicaketion or caketicipation, which is the antsy feeling you experience during the reception when you're waiting to try the 7 cakes, but it's not time to eat them yet.

    May 13, 2015

  • So, it's a blend of clumsy and cumbersome? Maybe the sound symbolism of clump as well, alluding to an innumerate number of weighty difficulties.

    May 12, 2015

  • You've also got fuckwind as a variation of windfucker to describe a windhover/kestrel.

    May 11, 2015

  • Yes, a noun. A haughty sort of person who swings their breeches side to side as they walk, full of pomp and circumstance. An obsolete slang term I've come across in my cutthroats research. A person who swings their breeches. A quakebreech is a coward, a shuffle-breeches moves slowly, and the cowardly shit-breech adds nothing to society but the load in their pants.

    May 11, 2015

  • I don't like brain fart. It's either a lazy excuse, or a terrible volcano eruption in your head that could cause irreversible damage.

    May 8, 2015

  • Ziffy Whomper was an orange plastic sled my family owned in the late 1980s. It was a great toy, and so much fun to say. The sled itself puts a hyphen in the name Ziffy-Whomper.

    May 8, 2015

  • In the May 1, 2015 episode of the podcast How Did This Get Made (http://www.earwolf.com/episode/face-off-live/), discussing the movie Face/Off, Paul Scheer uses the term face waterfall to describe the motion that John Travolta (and other characters) repeatedly do in the movie. Slowly touching another person's face down from their forehead all the way to their chin with a flat palm. It's weird. There's a Youtube compilation video of it called Face/Off Face/Touch.

    May 6, 2015

  • Hi, vendingmachine. It seems to be a name for neoconservatives, specifically American republicans during the George W Bush administration. It could technically be a blend with neoliberal as well, but my guess is it's aimed towards conservative Republicans only. We should ask a political blogger.

    May 6, 2015

  • There's no N.

    May 5, 2015

  • If artists were superheroes, they could seek justice in a Caldermobile.

    May 5, 2015

  • Truly, I have no strong feeling about this. I have stronger feelings about my favorite numbers. This does reminds me of the Radiolab episode (http://www.radiolab.org/story/love-numbers/) that explores the emotional opinions that people have about numbers - ones they love, hate, or think of as gendered. In most cases, the reasoning had to do with the shape of the symbol or usage on a very base level. 1 is phallic and independent and male, whereas 2 is curved and feminine and partnered and secondary. Using those thoughts:

    I, L, T, Y are kinda phallic.
    B, C, G, O, Q, U are rounded like lady-parts (yonic?).

    O is used at the end of masculine nouns in Romance languages, and A for feminine. That carries into a lot of names (Julio, Julia), so O seems conflicted between feminine shape and masculine marker use.

    I think of Roman numerals as a pretty masculine system, but out of that context C, D, I, L, M, V, X don't really strike me as gendered. An interesting thought to pursue, though.

    May 5, 2015

  • Eunomia looks like it means 'well-named' which is a weird self-referential pat on the back by the scientist/discoverers. "We're so good at naming things, this one is called the well-named bug." No. Eunomia is also a Greek goddess, where -nomia means order, not names. You get a pass, genus eunomia.

    May 5, 2015

  • I got out of an adult charity spelling bee on this word. It angers me because I was close to the "lightning round" which was a novel format I feel like I could have pwned.

    The word is defined on this pyrotechnic site: http://www.faqs.org/docs/air/ttpyro.html, "An explosive can be characterized by the amount of energy it releases when detonated, as well as by its shearing and shock effect, or 'brisage'."

    May 5, 2015

  • As explicked on QI Series D episode 7, Eskimos (Inuit?) have 32 words for demonstrative pronouns, whereas English has 4 (this that these those). They pack prepositions into their demonstrative pronouns, so you get words that mean "that one up there" and "those ones inside." HOWEVER, the fake fact is a convenient way to say that a lot of languages have synonyms, and that there's more than one right way to say something. The fact about sharks always having to move is also untrue, but is also a convenient shorthand. There are many others.

    tl;dr: Some common knowledge is not true, but it's useful, so keep using it. Dance your heart out at the shark-in-motion surplus snow vocab party, but be prepared to be confronted by grumpy fact-focused people out in the harsh world.

    May 5, 2015

  • "The Fishstick" is a dance proposed by the You Look Nice Today podcast in the 2008 Sacks-Minelli Disease episode: http://youlooknicetoday.com/episode/sacksminnelli-disease.

    The Fishstick is a dance that is not noticeable unless someone really pays attention to the "dancer" for several minutes. You can do the Fishstick to any song, but a recommended song for beginners is Tighten Up by Archie Bell and the Drells. There are many Youtube videos of people possible doing the Fishstick.

    This is not an instructional video: https://vimeo.com/1063136

    May 5, 2015

  • I love g'night's inclusion to the list. If it weren't limited to word-initial gn, hangnail would eagerly join the party.

    How about gnaphalium for the botanist set?

    Related: http://tankhughes.com/?p=1249

    May 4, 2015

  • oarginary. oarthopedic. oarly. orlish.

    May 1, 2015

  • Jonathan Green (Mister Slang) said in a recent podcast interview (http://slate.me/1tyUHIO) that slang is from the male perspective. Men have historically ruled the public sphere, so the shaming slang comes from them and shows their biases about the place of men and women in society. 


    Men do things and it's cool and normal. Women do the same thing and they're not good, not worthy, not allowed to participate in society. Men doing "women" things are also bad, maybe worse.

    For a male equivalent, see the affectionate common use of wifebeater shirts.

    Are harpy, succubus, and siren applicable? Maybe a male mythical beast like troll could work.

    April 29, 2015

  • My friend Mr. Goines brought up an interesting point about rhyme.

    Such a small list leads to the question Why do most words rhyme? One answer: because it is easier to remember a story when it's written in verse. Reciting an epic poem, or the history of your village is easier when you know every other line will end in a predictable way. Most words rhyme on purpose, as memory aids.

    Why are so many non-rhymers color words? I don't know, but that question interests me. Thanks papageno.

    April 29, 2015

  • Love your style, oroboros, unless you're serious in which case great job adding another legit definition. If facetious, perhaps this list will interest you: https://wordnik.com/lists/are-you-sad--misparse-me.

    April 27, 2015

  • "bilby commented on the user bilby
    I went to leave a comment on your page, and I arrived at a 404 and a steampunk rhino. Both of which are about right in your case."

    Are you talking to yourself?

    April 27, 2015

  • I recommend listening to the children's song "Crazy ABCs" by Barenaked Ladies for further inspiration.

    April 27, 2015

  • The definition sounds like it was written by an august great aunt who has recently taken over as guardian of some children and has no interest in learning about what makes them happy, least of all ice cream.

    April 24, 2015

  • I know it's not Fosse, but please consider visualizing gorillas doing jazz hands.

    April 23, 2015

  • I saw this in a list. Maybe in a newspaper contest about neologisms? Ickpocket is the pocket that you put the DIRTY kleenex into when you've sneezed and you're out and about. And sometimes you accidentally put your hand, or clean things into it, and it's gross.

    Citation needed, me.

    April 22, 2015

  • As rhymed in a student poem in "Wayside School Gets A Little Stranger " by Louis Sachar

    Purple
    by Allison

    The baby won't stop crying.
    His face is turning purple.
    Will anything make him feel better?
    I bet a burp'll.

    April 21, 2015

  • It rhymes with purple!

    April 21, 2015

  • I'd respond to you on my list... BUT I DELETED IT! *shock* It made more sense to add my 4 to tbtabby's Location Slang list instead. I'm happy someone else has made a large list that I can legitimately add Canadian tuxedo and Mexican wave to.

    April 21, 2015

  • Happiness pro tip: Make hacksawing a folksy reading of hack-swing.

    April 20, 2015

  • There should probably be a secondary definition - most people know the Star Wars cannon fodder and not their namesakes from the 3rd Reich. (I was one of those people until recently).

    April 18, 2015

  • I really love how PC the title of this list is. We don't wanna insult the underlings. :)

    April 18, 2015

  • One time I was on a plane and a kid said "I'm stubbing my toe!" Normally, the event is so brief, you can only talk about it in the past, but somehow this child had the presence of mind to describe the trauma while still in the middle of it.

    April 17, 2015

  • A feature of RP (Received Pronunciation, AKA Southern Standard British English) where the /æ/ vowel in HAPPY is tensed, pulling it forward and up and sounding more like /ɪ/ in KIT or /ɛ/ in DRESS.

    Used profusely in the Superego sketch "M" (Season 3, Episode 3 from 2011) making fun of the exceedingly British character of M, James Bond's superior officer. http://www.gosuperego.com/podcast-episode-3-3/

    RP and happy tensing also heard in Disney's Alice in Wonderland (1951) when Alice shouts "Mister Rabbit!"

    In summary: it's fun, even just to use in the term happy tensing itself.

    April 13, 2015

  • My friend and I made and used this in elementary school to mean "special and neat." Maybe a blend? It was a real shock to find it written down on a Halloween-themed rubber stamp one day, we'd thought it was a totally unique creation.

    April 13, 2015

  • Oh hello, bilby. The scholarly use of the word is about rituals, not cooking. But! If you were a hippophage, you could roast it for that reason and the roots would back you up.

    I just know the first time I saw this word, I pictured the systematic extinction of 1940s hippos, which is historically tragic, and then the real definition didn't really lift me out of that hole of sadness. So by talking about this word, I'm making other people also have these thoughts, but it's making me feel less depressed and alone about that imagery. This is my free internet word therapy. How are you?

    April 9, 2015

  • A catchfart is an obsolete slang term that referred to a servant who walked closely behind their master, and was therefore likely to catch the farts of their master in their face. One of my favorite cutthroat-type compounds.

    April 9, 2015

  • It's not the same as hypocaust. It's the (ritualistic) burning of a horse. hippopotamus = river horse. Holocaust = wholly burned. hippocaust = burn a horse.

    April 7, 2015

  • How about yapock?

    April 3, 2015

  • Pumpernickel, sourdough, ciabatta, pita, challah. I have a great breadth of knowledge.

    April 1, 2015

  • This is just Spanish for Jupiter, the planet or the god. The accented "u" gives this word the hiccups, and I love it. A lot of good plosives in this word.

    April 1, 2015

  • Zurda means left-handed in Spanish. It comes from Basque. It sounds like the name of a South American revolutionary. I'm a fan.(Yeah, I'm left-handed).

    Spanish takes most of their vocab from Latin, which gave them 'sinestro' for left, which is full of sinful and criminal connotations. To find a more neutral left-meaning word, they borrowed two words from their northerly neighbors: zurda and izquierda. Zurda means left-handed, and izquierda means left in the directional sense.

    April 1, 2015

  • It means unfortunately in Spanish. The word just keeps going! On and on! Spanish words are often longer than their English equivalents, but this one feels like a child's rollercoaster, up and down and around longer and more enjoyable than you'd expect.

    To make an adverb in Spanish, take the fem. form of an adjective, then add "-mente". You did it, good job.

    April 1, 2015

  • In Spanish, if you say "Estoy lista" it means "I'm ready to go". If you say "Soy lista" it means "I'm clever" as in "my mind is ready, quick-witted, and sharp." I recommend looking into Spanish adjectives that change meaning based on their pairings with SER and ESTAR. Meanings move from the concrete to the abstract in a certain way that make sense once you know them, but would be hard to predict if you came upon them, unprepared, in the wild.

    April 1, 2015

  • It means everyday and is a cognate for quotidian in English. I enjoy the adjectival form of 'everyday' and I enjoy that in Spanish, it is not a fancy synonym, but rather the everyday word you would use to describe the mundane routines. Their vocabulary is far more Latinate than English, there are far fewer synonyms, and no highbrow/lowbrow variants based on language borrowings like English has - beef/cow pork/pig. canine/hound. They have one word, so that's your everyday word.

    April 1, 2015

  • Gaelic for "water of life." It is from this word that we get 'whiskey.' Manhole covers in Dublin say "UISCE" in the same way they would say "WATER" in English. At the beginning of some lovely Irish drinking song, they explain the history of the word whiskey, and the way the man says "uisce bheatha... water of life" makes me want to hug my relatives in Counties Galway and Mayo (god help us).

    April 1, 2015

  • I learned this word from reading works by Miguel de Unamuno, a lovely Spanish philosopher and generally badass guy, historically speaking. Anhelo is that sort of deep existential yearning that makes your heart hurt. Something is wrong and the feeling is anhelo.

    April 1, 2015

  • Sounds like a Pokemon hybrid of Eevee and... Pichu?

    March 26, 2015

  • The Dalles is/are a city near Portland, OR. It doesn't sound like Dallas, TX. It rhymes with pals.


    It uses the TRAP vowel /æ/.

    March 26, 2015

  • I couldn't find this list so I made my own! I'm also trying to remember a few female portmanteaus, but they're harder to find.

    March 23, 2015

  • I couldn't find this list so I made my own! I'm also trying to remember a few female portmanteaus, but they're harder to find.

    March 23, 2015

  • I've tried to make a terrible tankhughes.com Monday Comic about subjunctivitis for a long time.

    A: "It's important that I understand what's happening to me. If you were me, wouldn't you want to know, doctor?"
    B: "I recommend that you rest. And if I were you..."
    C: "OH NO IT'S CONTAGIOUS!"

    The conditional mood and a moody condition may also belong on this list.

    March 18, 2015

  • Yup bilby, the loosest interpretation of body parts should be used here. The goal is to make plain-looking words more interesting, like cockpit and earmuff. Have fun.

    If you want to list all of the bones in the human body, I probably can't stop you. Personally, I'm just hunting for the fun ones, not cataloging the whole species of compounds. But it's a free internet! Do what makes you happy.

    October 25, 2014

  • Welcome to Wordnik :)

    October 24, 2014

  • This is a confession. I've been adding some words, but not tagging 'behead.'

    October 16, 2014

  • Is this a scarecrow compound? It could be (a thing that) MAKES HAWKS. Or it could be a HAWK that MAKES new useful hawk soldiers for the falconers. OED this when I get home for sure.

    September 5, 2014

  • why did you make this list? It is a good list.

    I am trying to find words that are morphologically similar to stick-to-itiveness and I'm coming up blank so far. PHRASE+ADJ Marker+Noun Marker without having any history of an adjectival form... it baffles me.

    September 2, 2014

  • thanks hemesheir. Spurred by your comment, I've added more of the common and modern examples. I have a huge Excel spreadsheet of the 500+ I found in my research, but it doesn't seem helpful to list all of the obscure ones here.

    Interested parties can watch my 2013 Ignite Portland talk about these compounds: http://youtu.be/x1pYC0AAbJ0

    March 6, 2014

  • HA! Just noticed your list. i've made a similar list, because I found that most of the verbs that end in -ish in English comes from Old French stems that ended in -iss, and I'm writing up an explanation about it.

    December 17, 2013

  • I've found about 500 total, but this list sadly has 8.

    December 17, 2013

  • Hi everybody. I did my dissertation about this kind of exocentric verb-noun compound last year. Some linguists call them 'scarecrow compounds' because that's a popular example. They come from French and were mildly productive for a few hundred years. I made a list of all of them I could find in English - 483 in total, the newest of which is 'pesterchum.' The abstract for my dissertation is up on my site, tankhughes.com. Anyway. I know too much about this topic. This list and the comments make me happy. :)

    September 7, 2013

  • Just learned about this word through reading about the history of bishop and the bishop piece in chess. It looks like al-fin was the Arabic for elephant in which 'al' is the definite article like 'the' in English. The chess piece used to look like an elephant, then changed to archer then bishop.

    July 6, 2013

  • I made this list too a while back, but I didn't include Arsenic or Krypton. Don't know how I missed 'em. http://tankhughes.com/?p=91

    February 3, 2013

  • It's French for potato. Lit "apple of the earth" where apple is a generic food word.

    June 14, 2012

  • from the Christmas special, how about caretaker?

    January 22, 2012

  • Hey marky- I started tagging words with 'vcccv' patterns in January 2010. I've also tagged words as ch sounds like k, rh, and one-dollar words. I know C and V are used academically for sounds and not letters, and I made some linguists mad, but I wasn't trying to record the sounds, and I don't know what other system I might have chosen. I think organizing things which appear unrelated can bring out new features that have not been visible or considered. Mendeleev, Linneaus and Roget are my heroes. I'm not saying I accomplished anything with this idea yet, but tagging words in this way (which mollusque called convowel) was very cathartic for me at the time and I'm happy I had wordnik as an outlet. I've been thinking about possible uses for this list recently. No success yet, but you can watch me flail on tankhughes.com.

    December 10, 2011

  • <3 hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii. thanks for tagging cvcvcvcvcv!

    May 12, 2011

  • Wow, thanks! Right now I have the time to contribute here and it amuses me. Thanks for the heads up on the error, I'm definitely human. I have a blog that, among other things, tracks the silly tags I've been adding on wordnik: http://tankhughes.blogspot.com/search/label/wordnik

    February 14, 2010

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  • Bilby has been known to talk to himself, but this time he was talking to me. My comment page is experiencing a 404 bad ketchup gateway moment.

    April 27, 2015

  • who's my little paleoverbologist? <3

    May 12, 2011

  • Your tags are amazing. I adore the periodic symbol words.

    November 7, 2010

  • We're up to a thousand different consonant-vowel patterns now, tagged convowel.

    March 5, 2010

  • Have you figured out how many different consonant-vowel patterns are possible? I've found representatives for a couple of dozen more patterns. Your tag for descriptive missed the last vowel (assuming it's yours).

    I've tagged vowel patterns in lots of words over the last couple of years. See the list descriptions for Panvocalics, Panvocalic euryvocalic, Monovocalics, and Double diphthongs etc. Let me know if you find any errors with my tags.

    OneLook might help your search for other patterns, such as words with bh.

    February 16, 2010

  • Wow, thanks! Right now I have the time to contribute here and it amuses me. Thanks for the heads up on the error, I'm definitely human. I have a blog that, among other things, tracks the silly tags I've been adding on wordnik: http://tankhughes.blogspot.com/search/label/wordnik

    February 14, 2010

  • Hi Bri,
    Love the consonant-vowel tagging! You've covered a lot of ground. I've been adding a few of the odder patterns. There's an extra c in your tag for down.

    February 14, 2010