TankHughes has looked up 23551 words, created 68 lists, listed 1305 words, written 175 comments, added 9908 tags, and loved 232 words.

Comments by TankHughes

  • I was unaware that cauldron had any cousins, but here it is.


    Also: chauldron which is chawdron which is entrails.

    August 28, 2015

  • Acknowledgment appreciated, @FuriousPeng.
    -@TankHughes

    August 28, 2015

  • You said it, bilby. And what's wrong with clearing the front page of international spam in the process?

    August 28, 2015

  • Nooooo... It's my own self-made DaVinci Code National Treasure hunt, and it's slowly murdering me. I haven't left myself enough clues. I do too many weird things with language to narrow down that it might be.

    It could be song lyrics, it could be Spoonerized, it could be an innovation on a compound, it could be non-English, there are just too many possibilities. I like how big this list has gotten, though. Wordniks are swell folks.

    August 27, 2015

  • spaghetti strap

    August 26, 2015

  • If you'd like to ruin the heart-wrenchingly romantic song "The Luckiest" by Ben Folds, please think of this word when you next hear it.

    August 25, 2015

  • In trading card games (namely Yu-Gi-Oh!), a card you place face down on the board so the other player cannot see what it is, but it can be brought into play when certain conditions are met. For example, your opponent thinks they are attacking you undefended, but they fall into your trap and you crush them.

    Used in the phrases "you just activated my trap card!" and now "you have triggered/set off my trap card!"

    August 25, 2015

  • Busy baver.
    Baver dam.
    Eager baver.
    Not the sam.

    August 25, 2015

  • Brought this up a few times yesterday and here's the best answer:

    A merger between put your feet to the fire as a high-stakes testing environment, and add another log to the fire meaning to add a new idea to the mix.

    August 25, 2015

  • For a moment, I thought post-temporal meant that omoplata was a time-travelling fishbone. Then I remembered there are temporal lobes of the brain. It's a boring non-time-jumping fishbone.

    August 24, 2015

  • I heard this repeatedly in a meeting this morning, used like stick your neck out in the context of volunteering to do QA between three websites. Before someone said that, I said "I know I'll probably kick myself for mentioning this, but..." so maybe kick primed a leg-based sacrificial idiom? Is it a translation or corporate jargon or a mixed metaphore?

    August 24, 2015

  • Lovat or leave it?

    August 21, 2015

  • This can't be right.

    August 20, 2015

  • I guess I was thinking of acronyms that go under the radar (ha!) and that aren't immediately recognizable as acronyms from the sound of them. Most (if not all) seem like backronyms.

    LCARS is a hybrid, part initialism. L-CARS. like T-Mobile, b-boy, or the Animaniacs referring to Dr. Scratchansniff as a p-sychiatrist.

    August 20, 2015

  • I learned about these in my Spanish Lit class in Granada! My favorite was something like ... Remember well that the first swords were held by angels.

    August 19, 2015

  • This is a wug.
    Now there is another one.
    There are two of them.
    There are two ____.

    August 19, 2015

  • Do collarless green sheep sleep furiously as well?

    August 19, 2015

  • A fictional stereotypical comedy club name. The point is to make fun of the over-the-top names a lot of comedy clubs have. Real ones: Rooster T. Feathers, Laugh Factory, Acme Comedy Club, Wisecrackers, Zanies, Helium, Hyena's, FunnyBone, Hilarities, Go Bananas, etc. Presumably during the 1980s comedy boom, a lot more comedy clubs popped up, and the multitude meant they were more likely to have ridiculous names.

    Kevin Pollak uses the term a lot during his video podcast interviews on the Kevin Pollak Chat Show. He attributes it to another comedian, whose name escapes me.

    August 19, 2015

  • Never apologize for creative swearing, ry. Jennifer Lawrence recently swore up a storm for charity on Conan, and my favorite of her impromptu expletives sounded like steak twat. https://youtu.be/PlTuiW7oTW0 I love the dismay of those around her. Fuck 'em.

    I just wondered if something had popularized it lately, since it's showing up on Twitter and Urban Dictionary.

    August 18, 2015

  • Oh god, I never would have thought of clarify as a synonym of defecate. #buttertrauma

    August 18, 2015

  • I've never known a Waldemar
    I never hope to see one
    But I can tell you anyhar
    I'd rather see than be one.

    August 17, 2015

  • a murder of pilcrows is great, as is a fling of cow pies.

    My cousin enjoys: a smug of Prii.

    August 14, 2015

  • Was this used on a TV show or in a movie recently? Seems to be spiking among young'uns on Twitter.

    August 14, 2015

  • Outside of industrial settings, vibrator means sex toy. Only Wiktionary includes that definition.

    August 14, 2015

  • HaHA! I affect the universe!! *mad scientist background lightning*

    August 14, 2015

  • That's a lovely new word, Sandy. If you copy your comment and put in the Comments area of the empty page for seafloorese, you'll be helping future visitors to learn the meaning of that word in context. Same for ostracon.

    August 13, 2015

  • Ooh! cheatlaw is a cutthroat, as are lackwit, puzzle-wit, shatter-wit, wantwit, and our own (well, qms') fictional adventurer, Ernest Bafflewit: https://wordnik.com/lists/ernest-bafflewit--1 This bodes well, Thanks slumry and ruzuzu for not forcing me to wait post-commute for this knowledge.

    August 13, 2015

  • This word is an opportunity to expand your insult vocabulary, on analogy with weaksauce.

    August 13, 2015

  • Martin Chuzzlewit is the eponymous protagonist of a Dickens' novel. Is Chuzzlewit a cutthroat? Seems like it. What does chuzzle mean? It looks like a frequentative verb, like guzzle comes from gust (to taste, savor). 

    Chuzzle is now a match 3 online game, so it's harder to search for academic answers.


    Chuzzle -> choose? Martin Choosewit? Did Dickens make up chuzzle, or will I find it in the OED tonight?

    August 13, 2015

  • Not a radish.

    August 12, 2015

  • The irrigation systems at grocery stores mistify me.

    August 12, 2015

  • Also the name of the Marvel superhero Black Panther, real name T'Challa, who is the prince (then king) of Wakanda.

    August 12, 2015

  • Where in the World is Carmine Sandiego?

    August 11, 2015

  • Awwwwwwwwww <3

    August 11, 2015

  • I started Monday Comics in January 2010, along with a lot of other projects (like tagging convowel on Wordnik). It's the one new year's I've taken seriously as an impetus for a fresh start. I started the comic because I had a lot of mediocre jokes & ideas that I was waiting on to ripen, but they weren't ripening, they were just taking up brainspace. By posting rough drafts of their potential, I could let them go and make room for more (and possibly better) jokes & ideas. Thus: I keep doing it. It keeps everything moving. I have pages and pages of unpublished ideas and they are all terrible and I try to keep them quarantined from the public.

    TankHughes comes from my last name, Hughes, and my love of the WWII tank aesthetic. The combination came from a typo during an AIM chat in high school. Additionally, I like that Tank Hughes sounds very tough and militaristic, but if you say it outloud, it's a cute baby voice thanking you. One time, comedian Doug Benson said it outloud and the whole audience got it: http://tankhughes.com/?p=619

    Thank you for asking. Why are you curious?

    August 11, 2015

  • Nobody wants to get kicked in the jards.

    Somebody should make a horse anatomy list, they have so many unique terms.

    August 11, 2015

  • hootenanny?

    August 11, 2015

  • MacGuffin

    August 11, 2015

  • An appropriately unwieldy word.

    August 10, 2015

  • SOME FULL ANAGRAMS:
    Drink Ow.
    Ink-Word.
    Dork Win.
    Work Din.
    Kind Row.
    Rid Know.

    Ink-word's my favorite. (It's a cutthroat).

    August 10, 2015

  • Word I Ink <3


    But wait... where's that 2nd I coming from?

    August 10, 2015

  • kk (ㅋㅋ) in Korean.

    August 7, 2015

  • Spoonerism spoonerized,

    August 6, 2015

  • dilly-dally

    August 5, 2015

  • adj. Birdshit-loving? Used to describe plants that grow well in bird manure-rich soil.

    ornithocaprophilous would be birdgoat-loving.

    August 4, 2015

  • It feels like this should be an idiom but it isn't... yet.

    August 3, 2015

  • Do we have a list of things that sound like alien races? Chelonian belongs there.

    August 3, 2015

  • A term (I've seen mostly in gaming) for a weapon or character that has a lot of offense, but very little defense. Hard to defend against, but easy to defeat.

    July 31, 2015

  • mandible, mandibular, TMJ, lockjaw

    July 30, 2015

  • That was so incredible I need hyperbole, no, epanorthosis, to describe how it felt.

    July 29, 2015

  • No trouble, vendingmachine. I hadn't thought about lists clinically until you brought it up. It is an interesting situation, but I'm not sure what would wish for to change it.

    Also, I make foolish puns on a weekly basis and should not be feared: http://tankhughes.com/?cat=519

    July 29, 2015

  • This is under "New Lists" on the community page, so it is new, but it's true after they fall off of that list, lists are timeless and their changes are only traceable through "Recently Listed Words"

    A space station wagon sounds like a sister product to the Winnebago from Spaceballs.

    July 28, 2015

  • That is a STUNNINGLY bad slogan.

    Ottawa: You have to go there (for work).
    Ottawa: Conveniently located near an airport.

    July 28, 2015

  • napiform = shaped like a turnip.

    July 24, 2015

  • Bialya from DC.

    Middle Earth  from LOTR
    Third Earth from Thundercats
    Thundera from Thundercats

    July 23, 2015

  • This is the fan theory that the writers of BBC Sherlock have always intended, from the beginning, that John Watson and Sherlock Holmes (shipping name Johnlock) end up in a romantic relationship on the show.

    July 23, 2015

  • Firm believers in the Johnlock Conspiracy on BBC Sherlock call all of the subtle costume and set design choices (e.g. green carnation wallpaper) the loudest subtext in television.

    July 23, 2015

  • I want to make a list for Benelux and Delmarva but what else would go there? Portmanteau places? Three words squished together? turducken hmmm. The croc-gu-phant was a favorite book of mine: http://www.amazon.com/Croc-gu-phant-Sarah-Ball-Books-Sara/dp/086724125X

    July 23, 2015

  • I misspelled tyuyamunite in an adult spelling bee a few years ago. It was pronounced as "T"-"U"-ya-moon-ite, something a gangster would say. I never had a chance. It's named after Tyuya-Muyun, the city in Kyrgyzstan where it was discovered. I'm always hoping it will come up in conversation.

    July 23, 2015

  • Sure, why not!

    I hurt my foot and I'm trying to keep my brain occupied.

    I'm avoiding instances of schwar in things like other and under but otherwise, have at it.

    July 22, 2015

  • Puddleglum is a marshwiggle.

    July 22, 2015

  • Another definition is a pitch in baseball that is high and inside and makes the batter back up so they don't get hit in the face. It's chin music because it's so close, they can hear the air whoosh by. Sometimes it's intentional if the batter has been crowding the plate. Sometimes it's just a wild pitch.


    That definition is represented under the entry for chin music, but some examples use the hyphen too.

    July 22, 2015

  • bilby Wordnik doesn't seem to like apostrophes in headwords.

    July 19, 2015

  • Sweet. I've had a soft spot for Perth ever since the demonym episode of the now defunct Lingua Franca podcast. People from Perth can be called Perthlings.


    July 17, 2015

  • Perth? Or must it sound like pert?

    July 16, 2015

  • A villain who has caused the California drought, as created on a Comedy Bang Bang podcast episode in October 2014, "Y'all Heard Any of These Names Before?" http://www.earwolf.com/episode/yall-heard-any-of-these-names-before/

    July 15, 2015

  • See also: Rich Kids of Instagram: http://richkidsofinstagram.tumblr.com/

    July 15, 2015

  • ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED: Broke the internet.

    I think that's the new American dream, so congratulations to vendingmachine and alexz.

    July 15, 2015

  • I'm looking forward to a future when a robo-stand-up comic ends their joke with DRUM DRUM CYMBAL.

    July 14, 2015

  • I am a fan of Anatoly Liberman's post on tautological compounds, which includes henbane as perhaps meaning death death: http://blog.oup.com/2006/06/between_beriber/

    July 14, 2015

  • re: gigglement


    From Urban Dictionary: "The exponentially irresistible urge to laugh and giggle in inappropriate situations, such as when asked to take a moment of silence in honor of someone or something, or a solemn ceremony like a wedding or funeral.
    The harder one resists the urge to laugh, the funnier the idea of what would have happened HAD you laughed becomes, resulting in an even stronger urge to laugh. Coined by the British sitcom Coupling."

    Coupling ran on BBC2 from 2000-2004. The Episode in question is from Series 1, Episode 3: "Sex, Death and Nudity", which aired in May 2000.

    July 14, 2015

  • I heard this more as prefunk or prefunc during college in 2005. Related: disco nap.

    July 13, 2015

  • I forgot I did this.

    July 10, 2015

  • 2004 on Urban Dictionary: "To be utterly obliterated to the point that you need assistance in your decision making."

    It sounds like it should have been made two centuries earlier, and related to wanderlust, but it just means very drunk.

    July 10, 2015

  • Well I am a quack.

    July 8, 2015

  • Resynergizing the instrument of languaging to pulse the overall scope of the work and leverage versioned deliverables.

    July 8, 2015

  • I... just deleted my own comment like a damn fool.

    tl;dr Languaging is gross corporate jargon speak. I heard this yesterday in a team-building meeting:

    "That languaging has judgment in it."

    July 8, 2015

  • My brother was part of the Dead Language Society in high school, and I memorized the phrase on the back of his shirt:

    "Sibili si ergo, fortibuses inero. Nobili demis trux: sewatis enim? Cowsendux!"

    It's nonsense in Latin, but if you say it out loud it's a dumb catchy poem that you've made a suite for in your permanent memory banks.

    July 8, 2015

  • Wahoo! champagne and cream puffs for everyone!!

    July 1, 2015

  • gamekeeper's thumb is the same injury as skier's thumb.

    June 29, 2015

  • In English, tmesis mostly happens when the inserted word is placed in the syllable right before the primary stress syllable:
    fan-TAS-tic, so fan-frickin-TAS-tic.

    But sometimes right before the morpheme boundary is a more natural place to break up the word:
    un-/be-LIEV-a-ble, so: un-frickin-/be-LIEV-a-ble OR un-/be-frickin-LIEV-a-ble.

    In English, compounds normally have a primary stress on the first word, so tmesis doesn't work out so well.
    *BASE-frickin-ball, *FIRE-damn-fighter, *PAN-da-damn-cub.

    June 26, 2015

  • Excellent input, team!

    I was thinking about silence because of an episode of the Comedy Bang Bang podcast where their 'intern' Gino Lombardi is supposed to quietly provide water for the guests then leave, but ends up co-hosting the episode. When reminded he should be quiet, Gino invokes 'podcast silence' but then continues to talk: http://comedybangbang.wikia.com/wiki/Podcast_Silence

    June 26, 2015

  • Would another example be Oblivia Neutron Bomb for the star of Xanadu?

    June 25, 2015

  • Okay okay, I have a new answer for you, ruzuzu. Put the plinth down, don't hurt your back.

    You: "Also, how do you feel about the word plinth?"

    Me: "It's alright, but I wouldn't put it on a pedestal."

    (See also: rimshot)

    June 23, 2015

  • I'm not sure how to answer that, ruzuzu. Are you getting me a plinth for my birthday?

    I've never thought much about plinths, but I hope that there are Corinthian plinths somewhere, and absinthe labyrinths.

    June 23, 2015

  • Bubblegum was not initially a flavor, it just described the kind of gum it is. What flavor is bubblegum? Pink sugar?

    June 22, 2015

  • I don't have a pair of seatless chainsaw trousers right now vendingmachine, but they sound like part of a Wallace & Gromit caper, so I'll look into it.

    A hoodless hoodie is like dehydrated water. Why define it by the thing it doesn't have and therefore is not? Hoods make the hoodie. There are other zip-up pull-over sweater/jacket names available.

    June 17, 2015

  • Woo! This is grand. This list only exists because I wore a strapless bra yesterday. #BehindTheList

    June 17, 2015

  • Speak, friend, and enter.

    Scott Pilgrim clip showing secret passwords so hip they're easy to break: https://youtu.be/rX_F2YYUUMQ

    June 15, 2015

  • I read the etymology text wrong several times. See how you do.

    June 12, 2015

  • An eggcorn for guinea pig in the test subject sense, as in "gimme that, I'll try it out."

    June 12, 2015

  • Last year I couldn't remember this word, and tried to figure out what my brain meant by "like cryptography, but also dinosaurs."

    (See stegosaurus)

    June 10, 2015

  • That voice that tells you to sit up straight and press your shirts and heat the plates in the oven before serving a fancy dinner. It sounds like your mom, but it only represents the critical parts of your mom that focus on how you should appear and behave in polite company, not the lovingkindness.

    June 9, 2015

  • Nth metal is from the planet Thanagar (DC universe), where Hawkman and Hawkgirl are from. It's sort of like iron.

    Should mithril be here, or is Middle Earth fantasy too far from superheroics?

    June 9, 2015

  • DSNA can also stand for the Dictionary Society of North America: http://www.dictionarysociety.com/

    June 9, 2015

  • It sounds like you have a cold.

    May 30, 2015

  • I'm disappointed every time I go to a potluck where there are no potstickers.

    May 29, 2015

  • internet money?

    May 29, 2015

  • "Where you put the cows." - Erin McKean

    May 29, 2015

  • I'm glad I can help with the healing, ruzuzu. I carried around my camoflague mistake for a long time.

    May 28, 2015

  • 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