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  • HALEU is high-assay, low-enriched uranium. Pronounced like "hay-loo."

    October 4, 2022

  • What is a bleaunt? https://youtu.be/e3qwuMzzMTU

    September 30, 2022

  • I have smellfeast on my big list of cutthroats, but the example from "English Past and Present" brought me to a fun intersection of references and light thoughts about cutthroats that I either haven't read before, or it's been 10 years so it's worth reading their gentleman scholarly work again: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/20900/20900-0.txt Thanks Gutenberg Project!

    September 30, 2022

  • Seems Italian.

    September 28, 2022

  • I'm seeing a lot of typos for smart in the citations. Could the attitude definition from aurowra0 be a shortening of smarmy?

    September 26, 2022

  • I like that the metaphorical definitions from AHD show up first, and then Wiktionary's "plural form of banana."

    September 23, 2022

  • I think it's an American football reference, or a sports reference at least, about running with your elbows out to keep other people away from you, or to suddenly jut your elbows out to knock nearby racers out of your way. Someone who's not afraid to show their mercilessly competitive side.

    September 22, 2022

  • Some type of cougar variant creature, possibly originating on Tumblr.

    September 22, 2022

  • Verlan is an example of verlan, which is 'l'envers' (the inverted) inverted.

    September 19, 2022

  • In the musical version of Heathers, the 3 Heathers sing their villain song called Candy Store.

    "Honey what you waiting for? Welcome to my candy store. Time for you to prove you're not a loser anymore, then step into my candy store." https://youtu.be/BQOoTX1Nxx8

    I guess it's evoking how she (Veronica) could do fun, destructive rich girl shit (be a kid in a candy store) if she chooses their clique over morality, but I'm not sure why it's that specific image, which isn't anywhere else in the musical. Maybe it's from the original movie?

    September 14, 2022

  • When you face-tank in a game, it means your character chooses to open a door or box without checking, even though it may set off traps, because your constitution/HP is high enough that you're not worried that you'll die even if you get hit with the full blast. Other characters, like rogues in DnD have thieves tools and proficiencies in skills that let them check for traps and disarm them, but if your party doesn't have a rogue, or if you just have a particularly stalwart dwarf paladin who doesn't fear death, you may see the consequences of face-tanking.

    In video games and RPGs of all kinds, a tank is a common defensive class, as opposed to fighter (damage-focused), healer (group health-focused), or magic user (special abilities/buff-focused).

    September 14, 2022

  • A very hard hit ball in baseball (or other sports). Not sure of the meaning. I'd guess it's a missile that you hit the piss out of.

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Piss%20Missile

    https://www.wrestlingattitude.com/2021/06/pat-mcafee-explains-piss-missile-viral-term-from-wwe-hell-in-a-cell.html

    September 14, 2022

  • It's bait for you to click on, it's bait that wants clicks. So it's either N+N or V+N but it's endocentric either way. Kind of an odd connection. fishbait it to catch fish, so clickbait is to catch clicks. THE MORPHOLOGY OF THIS WORD WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE...

    bear bait shark bait jailbait

    September 14, 2022

  • Things being "azimuthally symmetric" is a thing I learned about today.

    September 14, 2022

  • This is not the word guardrail, this is the name of a fictional character on an episode of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend who was very stingy with their cocaine. https://cxg.fandom.com/wiki/Guardrail

    September 13, 2022

  • like spinster and brewster as female occupational terms?

    September 12, 2022

  • 404 page not foundland

    September 12, 2022

  • How many non-living horses are there? sawhorse, hobbyhorse, high horse


    September 12, 2022

  • In improv 101 classes, yes-anding someone means accepting whatever element they add to a scene and then building on top of it to further create the world and its characters. Sometimes written as yes, and...

    September 12, 2022

  • Some kind of strange Tumblr moment about Sans from the video game Undertale vs the anime character Reigen in a Tumblr Sexyman vote that coincided with the death of Queen Elizabeth II (Sept 8, 2022). also #sansweep also #SANSWEEP (vs. #reigensweep)

    September 10, 2022

  • Oh! I missed this list by ruzuzu. https://www.wordnik.com/lists/dungeons-and-dragons

    September 8, 2022

  • I added dungeon crawl and dungeon crawler for you, bilby. I haven't actually done a lot of that in DnD yet.

    September 8, 2022

  • A TPK is a "total party kill" in Dungeons and Dragons or other TTRPGs. That means that the group (adventuring party) of player characters (PCs) was fully killed in an attack of some kind. Often times, one of two of a party will fall to 0 hit points (HP) during a battle, but another character with healing spells or a healing potion will bring them back from death saving throws and continue on their adventure. However, when all of the player characters die, and no one is there to resurrect them, it's a TPK. TPKs can result in the end of a campaign - like dying in a story, or they can be a temporary setback that resets the progress of the party, like a video game. TPKs can lead to player characters changing who they are role-playing as, or lead to a conversation with the DM about how difficult the battles should be going forward. Or they can just be a fun story about the time that everybody died because they went to the ominous deserted village, ignored multiple red flags, released the goats of a clearly evil woman to annoy her, and then were killed by that witch in a skull-shaped airship (for example)

    September 8, 2022

  • For this candle-hour, the scent is "fresh linen."

    September 8, 2022

  • Also referred to as eye bleach - when someone intentionally posts wholesome content in order to counteract doomscrolling.

    September 8, 2022

  • Well explicked, ruzuzu. Being a murderhobo is one way to play DnD, and is fine if it fits with the story setting and the player group. Some people want to play out a high-fantasy court drama, some want to shapeshift into bears and talk to demigods, some want to explore non-binary identities and creative problem-solving, and some people want to ruthlessly murder anyone they meet without real-life consequences. That last type is murderhobos.

    September 6, 2022

  • When a DM or GM applies the rule of cool, they allow a player character to do something cool in DnD (or another RPG) that isn't strictly what is intended by the rules/the manuals, but is such a cool idea, the DM wants to reward their creativity.

    September 6, 2022

  • not persnickety. tie-sicky.

    September 6, 2022

  • A murderhobo is a character in DnD who just wants to kill any NPC that they come across or have an issue with, because it's a fictional world and they know how to wield weapons and/or magic. The whole party can be murderhobos who never try for diplomacy, or it can just be one character who flies into battle when faced with most situations.


    The hobo part is because an adventuring party travels from town to town in a normal campaign. Their backstory isn't that important because they're just focused on whatever monster or corrupt official they run into and murder that day.

    September 1, 2022

  • Not sure when/where the original source is from, but a good explanation of this distortion of working to rule: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/view/seldo/694106680062001152

    August 31, 2022

  • Interesting that the citations and tweets don't use it for time, mostly for "quantities of about 4". #RandomWord

    August 31, 2022

  • I know thaumaturgy from DnD. I guess thauma is miracle, and this definition is trying to say "when people try to describe the wonders of the world, their writings are thaumatography," Writing about wonders.

    August 29, 2022

  • Not quite twit, not trite, not tweet, not thwite. #RandomWord

    August 26, 2022

  • Per https://www.wordnik.com/users/the_mighty_quinn, a mix of oblom and excited.

    August 25, 2022

  • Per https://www.wordnik.com/users/the_mighty_quinn, a mix of oblom and excite.

    August 25, 2022

  • Per https://www.wordnik.com/users/the_mighty_quinn, a mix of oblom and excitable.

    August 25, 2022

  • Very cool

    August 24, 2022

  • An aestophobe is afraid of hot weather.

    This appeared in an article about hot weather in Seattle today - it's on phobia lists but aesto doesn't seem to appear in other English words. Very specific. https://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/weather/more-heat-is-in-store-for-seattle-area-but-fall-is-just-29-days-away/

    August 24, 2022

  • Hey cirri, show me a nasal cavity.

    August 23, 2022

  • I would love to nap next to abear.

    August 23, 2022

  • An alternate way to say fungi to have it treated as an equal to flora and fauna. https://undark.org/2021/08/09/flora-fauna-and-funga/

    August 20, 2022

  • Note to me for later to look this up. I think there's a French cutthroat loanword that uses this verb.

    August 18, 2022

  • A place where you could put spent nuclear fuel, but no one has yet.

    August 12, 2022

  • blorbo is your favorite character from any piece of media that you care about.

    August 9, 2022

  • Doing your job a normal amount, not over-achieving. From

    an Aug 9, 2022 article: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/view/radish-radish/692057183537561600

    August 9, 2022

  • euphemism for bomb to avoid demonization on a MarioMaker speedrunner video game video: https://twitter.com/AnAnimeGiraffe/status/1471094373479763978

    August 8, 2022

  • hospital socks (provided by the hospital) are always grippy and sometimes fuzzy, depending on the hospital. (These are both: https://www.amazon.com/Socks-Hospital-Fluffy-Slipper-Gripper/dp/B09FHPMYYP)

    August 8, 2022

  • It's not a verb, but I'm pleased that SBD has the definition for "silent but deadly."

    August 8, 2022

  • OF can be short for OnlyFans.

    August 4, 2022

  • @vendingmachine a euphemism used online. also grippy sock vacation: https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=grippy%20sock%20vacation

    August 4, 2022

  • Algorithm-avoidant stripper. Also skrippa.

    August 4, 2022

  • Nudes. Naked photos.

    August 4, 2022

  • phat ass white girl

    August 4, 2022

  • A clipped compound of Delaware County = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

    August 4, 2022

  • People definitely spell murder this way now, but I can't tell if it's for fun, to avoid algorithm bans on saying murder, or just because they liked the SNL murdur durdur sketch, which was making fun of Delco (Philly) accents from Mare of Easttown. https://youtu.be/qaKZi6p6sxg

    August 4, 2022

  • This job title is used by sex workers (and others who don't want to talk about their jobs or can't for censorship/safety reasons). https://youtu.be/psCTNvhF9cE

    August 2, 2022

  • Time spent in a psych ward.

    August 2, 2022

  • I would think change course would refer to changing the ship's direction, not your location on a ship. #RandomWord

    August 1, 2022

  • Short for "kill myself", used by people to talk about mental health without being blocked or demonetized on certain sites.

    July 29, 2022

  • Oh! In DnD, Avernus is the first level of the Nine Hells. Good to know it's in Italy.

    July 29, 2022

  • Little Bear Winnie. Chinese word bans called "river crab" https://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-china-blog-40627855

    July 29, 2022

  • Used to mean "men" some places online to avoid men who are searching for safe-space groups to harass.

    July 29, 2022

  • I didn't know about that Latin participle form! Now I want to go to onelook.com and type *ate and see what else pops up for this list.

    July 27, 2022

  • I think the tankhughes might cross the road because she felt overwhelmed about something happening on the side of the road where she was.

    July 27, 2022

  • neck gaiter makes me think of turkey wattles. I don't think this was in the discussion of WOTY 2020, but it shoulda been, as a mask alternative of people who have sensitive ears, or who only want to nominally comply with mask laws but just keep this around their neck as a scarf.

    July 27, 2022

  • I saw this term used to describe warnings for the cat-based video game Stray. The category included trypophobia (fear of tiny clustered holes), clusters, and parasites. Reminds me of the similar category of body horror, which includes too many limbs or eyes, limbs in the wrong places, and all kindsa gross mad scientist monster manipulation of what humans should look like.

    July 27, 2022

  • Sounds more like ASMR foot fetish terminology than a legit engineering measurement, but here we are.

    July 18, 2022

  • kabuto!

    July 18, 2022

  • Thimbles are so small! how could their parameters warrant a whole report section?

    July 18, 2022

  • Feels like a betrayment department in here.

    July 15, 2022

  • Maybe Jr for junior. Can be pronounced J.R., not quite treated like an acronym.

    July 13, 2022

  • New potential category: measurements. cm km ft hr GB MB etc. I don't know if I'd call hr or ft an acronym, but it's being similarly shortened into a 2-letter entity.

    July 13, 2022

  • ruzuzu I don't care how it's pronounced, I care that normally, it's larger phrases that are turned into acronyms, even if it's just 2 letters (HR for human resources, or PB for peanut butter, OJ, TP, etc) but these just kinda break up one word in a place where it's not immediately obvious that you could do that. TD for touch/down is kind of similar, but I can see that logic of breaking on the compound, where as I'd think tuberculosis could be abbreviated in a whole lot of other ways instead of TB. TC for tuber/culosis, tubey, 'culosis, t-losis. (It's a serious medical thing, so probably not too many nicknames, but still, other shortenings feel a lot more likely).

    And it also baffles me that this strange abbreviation method has turned into PJ twice. That's what kicked this off.

    July 13, 2022

  • State abbreviations do this out of necessity, with so many states starting with the same letters - AK AL AR AZ, MA MD ME MI MN MO MS MT

    July 13, 2022

  • These don't even necessarily break on a morpheme boundary, you know? On a consonant cluster. Maybe ID is different. I need more examples. Morphology is wild.

    ProJects PaJama TuBerculis IDentification

    July 13, 2022

  • "Going to the pond later?"

    "Oh fish-show."

    #RandomWord

    July 13, 2022

  • a dot fish

    July 8, 2022

  • Well noted, ry. It was a 2021 Word of the Year nominee. It came from cannabis culture - originally referring to "mid-grade weed", then expanding in use through hip hop and Black Twitter to talk about middling music, media, and celebrities. smoking mid, middest of the mid, it's mid af. It's featured in the upcoming Among the New Words part of the American Dialect Society's journal along with other nominees like hard pants and horny jail.

    July 5, 2022

  • Not that I know of, bilby, but there's a lovely song by the a capella group The Bobs about helmets. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SopKJlMvNkk

    June 28, 2022

  • RNG = random number generator. In video games, you sometimes have to depend on the "luck" of what item will appear in what chest, or when an NPC will appear in a certain location, and so speedrunners pray to RNGesus, that luck will be on their side. Pronounced R-N-Jesus.

    June 28, 2022

  • Are there dialects where would these be pronounced the same? (non-rhotic something?)

    June 23, 2022

  • The Nuclear Information and Records Management Association

    June 23, 2022

  • blorbo from your ads: https://www.tumblr.com/blog/view/kingkirkwall/687106166764011520

    June 23, 2022

  • vendingmachine how do you pronounce it? This is a new term to me, but based on quintet and bicentennial, that robot man's pronunciation sounds good to me.

    June 23, 2022

  • Check out the eggcorn database for more. My favorite is firstable for first of all. https://eggcorns.lascribe.net/

    June 22, 2022

  • An eggcorn I heard in a meeting today said during a compliment to a one-man team. Some kind of mashup with punches above his weight class or pulls his own weight. Not sure where belt is coming from.

    June 22, 2022

  • Sounds like a room where you give eulogies. #RandomWord

    June 21, 2022

  • Whoa! I don't want to look more into this, but I'm intrigued. #RandomWord

    June 21, 2022

  • OLS: Ordinary Least Squares regression. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ordinary_least_squares

    June 20, 2022

  • Welcome pugnatio! The New Yorker style is proudly eccentric, with their use of the diaeresis https://www.grammarly.com/blog/diaeresis/ and their refusal to move forward at the speed of tech for things like Web site and e-mail. The New York Times is also slow to adopt revisions to their style guide. Maybe it's an East Coast thing.

    June 17, 2022

  • Standard Nuclear Unit Power Plant System

    June 15, 2022

  • Can you repeat that? #RandomWord

    June 14, 2022

  • Just heard this in a business meeting in reference to a group that is supposed to be advised, but this person couldn't think of a reason for them to have a demand signal for this document/issue. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Demand_signal It's about the chain of notifications, and if someone doesn't care, why are they in the chain?

    June 14, 2022

  • IN rock climbing bouldering competitions, you get half points on a problem for getting halfway through the wall to the zone hold during your 4 minutes of attempts, and full points if you can maneuver around to the top hold as well.

    June 13, 2022

  • In rock climbing, when you match a hold, you have both hands on the same hold at the same time. Sometimes in competitions, there's only room for 3 fingers in a hold, but competitors still find a way to transition from one hand's 3 fingers to the others' to make progress on a boulder problem. In competitions, you top a wall (complete it) by matching both hands to the hold labeled Top.

    June 13, 2022

  • Also Nuclear Energy Institute

    June 10, 2022

  • All I can think of is the Bass-o-Matic.

    June 10, 2022

  • one of many nonsensical terms that became popular on Tumblr in 2022, partially in response to a ban of common tags in December 2021. https://www.makeuseof.com/why-has-tumblr-banned-tags-ios-app/

    June 9, 2022

  • In rock climbing, to successfully reach the top of a route on a wall.

    June 9, 2022

  • An affectionate term that Tumblr users for Tumblr, and sometimes Twitter users use for Twitter, in reference to changes to the interface, layouts, new rules, bans, and choices that seem to ignore and go directly against what users want from that site. https://www.tumblr.com/blog/view/medeamybeloved/682632763736752128

    June 9, 2022

  • A very terrible 2007 movie written by and starring Jerry Seinfeld. Many memes about it, one of them involves making new cuts of the film - commonly in the form "Bee Movie but..." as in "Bee Movie but everyone time they say the word bee, it speeds up." The movie is mocked for many reasons, one because the human woman leaves her human partner because she falls in love with a bee (beestiality), who successfully sues the world for selling honey without the bees receiving a profit from it. https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/subcultures/bee-movie

    June 9, 2022

  • A verb backformed from the 2022 movie Morbius, which was given the Bee Movie treatment by online users (a meme-rich bad thing), and misinterpreted by the studio as a reason to return the poorly received movie to theaters a second time, where it flopped again. The verb is not used in the movie, it's just based on the title and that the movie is bad and that Jared Leto (who plays Morbius) takes his roles too seriously.

    June 9, 2022

  • On Tumblr, a reference to plinko horse from the game Plinko. There's a gif of a CG horse flopping down again and again through plinko pegs. Users felt bad for the horse and now use it as a facetious example of animal abuse. Also used in a bouba vs kiki linguistics meme with blorbo and plinko replacing the original examples since both were popular at the same time. https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/horse-plinko

    June 9, 2022

  • A fictional beloved character, making fun of fandoms latching onto random side characters without knowing much about them, or just trying to talk to someone about a rabbithole aspect of a niche interest: blorbo from my shows. Sometimes a Star Wars character, though another fake beloved character glup shitto specifically makes fun of weird Star Wars names. Created and popularized on Tumblr in 2022. https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/blorbo-from-my-shows

    June 9, 2022

  • Internet meme verb based on the flop 2022 movie "Morbius" about a Marvel Comics vampire. From the new backformation verb morb. Sometimes with apostrophe as morbin'. Often appears in the phrase "it's morbin time!"

    June 9, 2022

  • ruzuzu i'm not sure, but I found carrot on a list of this flavor by sionnach: https://www.wordnik.com/lists/not-the-sum-of-their-parts

    June 6, 2022

  • An art prompt about drawing a different kaiju every day in June.

    June 3, 2022

  • it's an ice cream made with eggs and heavy cream? Often with chopped cherries, almonds, or crumbled macaroons (biscuits) mixed in. More info at tortoni. #RandomWord

    June 2, 2022

  • In board gaming a shelf jerk is a board game box that is not a standard size and shape (12x12 or euro rectangle shape), making them difficult to fit into bookshelves. (Example: a shoebox, coffin box, or a novelty cylinder shape.)

    See also, this list: https://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/140577?page=3

    June 1, 2022

  • Doing some hard pants research and found this. https://www.elle.com/fashion/shopping/g25602198/cozy-sweatpants/?slide=10

    As ELLE’s associate beauty editor Margaux Anbouba says about these pants, “they are your classic dad-style thick, fleecy sweat-pants material, shaped into a flattering, just butt-hitting enough fit that you won’t be embarrassed leaving the house in them.”

    May 31, 2022

  • Just saw this in a Starbucks promotional email - it's a category that includes silverware plus napkins, straws. Basically, they are no longer going to automatically provide serveware to customers - to reduce waste, you now need to ask for them. Looks like it would be a service industry term, but because of laws it'll maybe become more widespread.

    May 31, 2022

  • I've always seen it as bupkis. Yiddish as heck.

    May 31, 2022

  • In rock climbing, if you flash a wall, it means you get up it all the way on your first try - especially used in bouldering competitions.

    May 26, 2022

  • In rock climbing, this describes a hold on a wall that is particularly good to grab onto - like a jug handle. (As opposed to shallow holds, slopers, and other, less friendly kinds where you have to crimp your fingers to make them fit.)

    May 26, 2022

  • New euphemism. Class president Zander Moricz was banned from saying gay in his graduation speech, so he talked about his difficulties growing up in Florida with curly hair instead. https://twitter.com/JasonColavito/status/1528824713962786817

    May 26, 2022

  • GSI can stand for "generic safety issue" https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/doc-collections/nuregs/contract/cr6762/index.html

    May 25, 2022

  • The dentist near me page is a pretty blank, but it has some nice stock photography at the bottom. And that phrase does show up in tweets.

    May 25, 2022

  • A power-based move in rock climbing, named after a climber named Gaston who was photographed doing the move. https://sendedition.com/what-is-a-gaston-in-climbing/ also gastoning

    May 22, 2022

  • Radical! #RandomWord

    May 20, 2022

  • different from superspreader, but kind of a superspreader. #RandomWord

    May 20, 2022

  • My first thought was that this was a card game term like a royal flush, then a term about somehow hitting the line of succession jackpot, but it seems to describe a fancy hotel room like a presidential suite. #RandomWord

    May 20, 2022

  • I don't want this to be a new word to watch for in 2022, but as of today it might be.

    May 18, 2022

  • New euphemism for white supremacist terrorist attacks.

    May 16, 2022

  • Interesting that the Word of the Day version of this page doesn't include the etymology or all the meanings.

    May 13, 2022

  • multiball + Paris = multiparous #RandomWord

    May 13, 2022

  • Has anyone named a fictional character Witch Ever? Kind of a satisfying name.

    *Looks like its the name of a Toronto band. https://witchever.bandcamp.com/

    May 13, 2022

  • secrete-d not secret-ed, right?

    May 11, 2022

  • Also called jaquemart or quarter-jack, but those pages don't have definitions either.

    May 9, 2022

  • I don't get it either, vendingmachine. Maybe it doesn't 'member either.

    May 5, 2022

  • Wikipedia: "Simcenter STAR-CCM+ is a commercial Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based simulation software developed by Siemens Digital Industries Software. Simcenter STAR-CCM+ allows the modeling and analysis of a range of engineering problems involving fluid flow, heat transfer, stress, particulate flow, electromagnetics and related phenomena."

    May 5, 2022

  • Ouvroir de littérature potentielle; roughly translated: "workshop of potential literature", stylized OuLiPo)

    May 4, 2022

  • discosauriscids and discosauriscid lead here but there's nothing here or at discosauriscidae. They are a family of stegocephalian/stegocephalous animals with spines from the Permian. Kinda pre-amphibians? #RandomWord

    May 4, 2022

  • AKA pouch of Douglas or rectouterine pouch. A body part I only know about because it inspired the title of Hannah Gadsby's stand up special Douglas. #RandomWord

    May 4, 2022

  • You always hear about dismemberment but not the status quo that precedes it. #RandomWord

    May 4, 2022

  • Not sure when this originated, but it's grown in popularity this year as a way to start a phrase telling someone "my dude, i must kindly inform you that you have majorly fucked up."


    Reminded by this variation from the Met Gala last night: "my sister in Christ, you chose the theme" https://twitter.com/ames137/status/1521244075370086400

    May 3, 2022

  • Picture with a buncha advanced reactor designs around the world: https://aris.iaea.org/

    May 3, 2022

  • One of my favorite Shakespearean fairies along with peasblossom and cobweb.

    May 3, 2022

  • Earliest citation I found so far was from the 1992 book "A Leader's Journey to Quality" by Dana M Cound. There's a section called "Skip Level Meetings" and this quote after it:

    "The executive should consider making a plant tour following his skip level meetings - after not before."

    May 2, 2022

  • starboard

    May 2, 2022

  • It's not a metaphorical place only, but some cool work by song pluggers got done there. https://youtu.be/S659j_PdSt0

    April 29, 2022

  • From the Gungan Star Wars planet Naboo?

    April 28, 2022

  • Salt made from fluoride, lithium, sodium, and potassium.

    Similar to FLiBe

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

    April 27, 2022

  • A #RandomWord from bridge affected by that Trump guy.

    April 25, 2022

  • Misspelling of holders in the quote below?

    April 23, 2022

  • When people get Covid but say they never went anywhere or were in contact with anyone.

    https://twitter.com/D_Bone/status/1514618716285145098

    Been around since 2020, but the phrase seems more common now that many high-risk situations are not considered risks and many precautions have been removed. https://twitter.com/russellgburger/status/1241837901614182400

    April 15, 2022

  • Petition to name the next pope Sixtus, so there will finally be 6 Sixtuses.

    April 13, 2022

  • June 13, 2009 https://accessible-digital-documents.com/blog/justified-text/

    "On the web, soft hyphens (­ or ­) can be added manually to tell browsers where a word can be broken across lines. A soft hyphen will be displayed only when needed and, if desired, can be added multiple times to long words to give the browser options as to where a break might occur. The mark up might look like the following: hy­phen­at­ion,"

    April 13, 2022

  • June 13, 2009 https://accessible-digital-documents.com/blog/justified-text/

    "The problem for dyslexic people occurs because large gaps between words are more likely to line up above one another than are the smaller gaps typical of more evenly spaced text. When they do, readers may perceive highly distracting white patterns flowing through the page that can become more prominent than the text itself. The effect is known as “rivers of white” and it can make reading difficult, if not impossible."

    April 13, 2022

  • society?

    April 12, 2022

  • The book "English Ancestral Names" by JR Dolan (1972) is a great resource for these. 360 pages of surnames grouped by occupation, with historical context for what that work meant between 1100 and 1350.

    April 11, 2022

  • On the Neopets site, your Neopet could have a petpet, which come in different fantastical breeds from the larger Neopets. One was called a Noil, which was a cute, plushie-looking lion. (Noil is lion backwards.)

    April 11, 2022

  • Historically related list: hu-science

    April 8, 2022

  • Like a paper town that only exists on maps but not in the world, this is a (for example, nuclear) power plant/design that only exists in concept without concrete plans to make it a reality. Also paper reactor.

    April 8, 2022

  • ID Dentification

    April 6, 2022

  • https://www.nrc.gov/reading-rm/basic-ref/glossary/source-term.html

    Source term can either mean a variable in the relevant equation, or the total result of that equation, which is also called dose consequence.

    April 5, 2022

  • The decay product from an isotope in radioactive decay.

    Heard the phrase "daughters of decay products."


    Does anyone have a list of potential band names? Please add that.

    April 5, 2022

  • what if you're hallergic to salt?

    April 4, 2022

  • The Girl with the Dogs TikTok/YouTube channel describes pre-groomed dog feet as Grinch feet, resembling the cartoon Grinch from Dr. Seuss. She often says "...I shave out their paw pads... and then I trim their grinch feet" during her narrated walkthroughs of her process with unique dog clients.

    Probably not an originator of the term but definitely a popularizer. Lowercase "grinch feet" appears more commonly in social media posts.

    March 31, 2022

  • The Girl with the Dogs TikTok/YouTube channel describes pre-groomed dog feet as Grinch feet, resembling the cartoon Grinch from Dr. Seuss. She often says "...I shave out their paw pads... and then I trim their grinch feet" during her narrated walkthroughs of her process with unique dog clients.

    Probably not an originator of the term but definitely a popularizer.

    March 31, 2022

  • I like PIOUS and TEARY to get all 6 vowels and PRST.

    March 30, 2022

  • This is a retronym compared to "dry" electronic signatures in digital documents.

    March 30, 2022

  • Oh, beknave! #RandomWord

    March 29, 2022

  • SEO people use this term. Also industrial plant people.

    March 28, 2022

  • I learned from a Gastropod podcast about an early version of chewing gum that people used to chew resin from the mastic tree. https://gastropod.com/gums-the-word-a-sticky-story/ (picture at link). So. The resin came from the tree name came from the French/Latin Greek verb?

    March 28, 2022

  • it means 3D printing.

    March 28, 2022

  • For more info, go to the lowercase infrangible page.

    March 28, 2022

  • A hacking group active in 2022 - causing Okta breach (and others?)

    March 24, 2022

  • In Season 1 of the TV Show Community, Pierce Hawthorne coins the phrase "streets ahead" to mean cool/ahead of its time, though it's just defined as "if you have to ask, you're streets behind. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCktKQKXNWg

    People use "streets ahead" IRL in a joking way.

    March 23, 2022

  • When motorcyclists pass each other going in different directions, they tell each other if there's a cop speed trap ahead by patting the top of their helmets. https://www.motorcyclelegalfoundation.com/motorcycle-hand-signals-chart/ If they have no news, they just give a finger gun salute down low to say "hey, you on motorcycle too. nice."

    My other favorite brief connection gesture is city bus drivers doin a little two-fingers-to-the-head salute when they pass by each other on their routes.

    March 23, 2022

  • Yes yes! My daily move is now: Heardle, Wordle, Dordle, Quordle, Octordle, hope my brain is awake, do work.

    March 23, 2022

  • Wordle has made frequentatives productive again this year. Absurdle, Airportle, BRDL, Crosswordle, Dordle, Heardle, Lewdle, Lordle of the Rings, Nerdle, Passwordle, Primel, Queerdle, Squabble, Squirdle, Sweardle, Weredle, Wordawazzle, etc.

    See also https://wordnik.com/lists/english-frequentative-verbs'>https://wordnik.com/lists/english-frequentative-verbs

    March 22, 2022

  • Perhaps a lovely girl's name? #RandomWord

    March 22, 2022

  • I was also wondering that, yarb. I was going to make a comment about rolling a nat 21 based on what you said, but there was nowhere to do so.

    March 21, 2022

  • Puzzle constructors make a buncha puzzles in March through prompts.

    March 18, 2022

  • Search results are all about backgammon though. I don't know what that means.

    March 17, 2022

  • The GPO Style Guide says "An en space is used for all bearoffs or insets." Seems like a printer's term for an aspect of tables. It's under the Tabular Work section, and the subsection after this is called boxheads. https://www.govinfo.gov/collection/gpo-style-manual?path=/GPO/U.S.%20Government%20Publishing%20Office%20Style%20Manual

    March 17, 2022

  • QR phishing. Other variants: SMiShing, vishing, angler phishing, spear phishing, whaling

    March 17, 2022

  • FLiBe and FLiNaK are both written using the elements that make them up, but not in that order. It's not the exact formula like H2O.

    March 16, 2022

  • I only know about the demon raccoon... not sure what would happen if you were possessed by a demon chicken. https://youtu.be/iLxtPxIXH_4 (Demon Raccoon by The Zach and The Jess)

    March 16, 2022

  • maybe I should fuel a little down, but I still feel rad.

    March 15, 2022

  • This is my best recent Random word button find. You know, same thing as a cheese-pale. You get it.

    March 15, 2022

  • Welcome, pedroy! if you go to the staycation page, you'll find that definition there. Hope you see your contributions to word pages for many years :)

    March 14, 2022

  • Cooperation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing = Co-R-D-E-L

    March 7, 2022

  • double-ended guillotine break https://www.osti.gov/biblio/6280449

    March 2, 2022

  • Uranium glass that glowed green (See Visuals below). So called because the Vaseline formula at the time (1930s) was a similar pale yellow-green color.

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

    February 26, 2022

  • ruzuzu thanks! I just started a new job at a nuclear power startup, so I'm writing down all the (non-proprietary, non-NDA) Manhattan Project codenames and diagram parts as I come across them and add them to my local Word dictionary :)

    February 25, 2022

  • vendingmachine looks like default is "by anyone" when you use the New List dropdown, but not sure if you build it starting from a word's page. You can change permissions under the list's Edit menu.

    February 25, 2022

  • maybe tokamak but maybe that's a Russian acronym. Don't know enough Russian morphology to tell.

    February 25, 2022

  • The 4 Drag Queens of the RuPocaLipstick: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaGPyKFgZ9I

    RuPaul + apocalypse + lipstick

    February 25, 2022

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  • Sorry about the condiment incident.

    October 28, 2015

  • 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