alexz has looked up 14287 words, created 114 lists, listed 10426 words, written 2018 comments, added 3 tags, and loved 107 words.

Comments by alexz

  • the airline that transfers prisoners. i wonder if Con Air has air con.

    June 30, 2015

  • short for air conditioning

    June 30, 2015

  • jiggery-pokery indeed!

    June 30, 2015

  • spotted on the Daily Show, thanks to Justice Scalia.

    June 30, 2015

  • a concentration of light so intense if forms a blackhole.

    /this is why I'm hot.

    June 30, 2015

  • a distributed record of cryptocurrency transactions.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Block_chain_(database)

    June 28, 2015

  • A mythical Canadian animal.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/House_Hippo

    June 28, 2015

  • Name of a space program landing drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You"

    June 28, 2015

  • the period between sneezes

    "The intersneeze interval was two to four seconds"

    June 25, 2015

  • "For example, the reflex is now also known by the hilariously apt acronym Achoo, which stands for Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-opthalmic Outburst. "
    - not making this up - http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20150623-why-looking-at-the-light-makes-us-sneeze

    June 25, 2015

  • sneezing caused by the light

    June 25, 2015

  • variant of ass backward - something is backward.

    June 25, 2015

  • the wave of support for Bernie Sanders also Berniementum

    June 25, 2015

  • slang for sasquatch

    from Bubbles - Trailer Park Boys tv show.

    June 23, 2015

  • the city that bans everything.  No bottled water for you! San Francisco

    June 23, 2015

  • spotted as Bitcoin ATM (automatic teller machine)

    June 22, 2015

  • 1886 Anglo English dictionary - referred to from BBC article on India's influence on English.
    Hobson-Jobson: The Definitive Glossary of British India
    https://books.google.ca/books?id=baFHAQAAMAAJ

    BBC Article http://www.bbc.com/culture/story/20150619-how-india-changed-english

    June 22, 2015

  • think this would be a good word to make up. a quick search shows that i'm not the first to think of this term.

    June 22, 2015

  • spotted for the second time in a month...

    Did this originate with television?

    June 22, 2015

  • Noise Induced Hearing Loss

    June 21, 2015

  • ZOMG came to being because the SHIFT key is next to the Z key on a QUERTY keyboard when people were trying to type OMG


    also needs to be a scrabble word.

    June 19, 2015

  • all the comments end up on the community page
    https://wordnik.com/community

    June 18, 2015

  • slang for Taylor Swift  - musician 2015

    June 18, 2015

  • Where you strain your thumb from swiping pictures left to right on the Tinder app.

    June 18, 2015

  • Tinder thumb

    June 18, 2015

  • I used google autocomplete to see what It would suggest for zipperless, buttonless, brimless...

    June 17, 2015

  • no ngrams to plot, no Google trends. Googlefight has meowzers beating meowsers 3 to 1.

    June 17, 2015

  • someone who snap chats, or uses Snap Chat.

    June 16, 2015

  • www  WWJD oomf


    June 14, 2015

  • Science Friday had a 'Science Diction' segment on the origin of the word radio.
    http://sciencefriday.com/playlist/#play/segment/8540
    http://sciencefriday.com/segment/06/24/2011/science-diction-the-origin-of-the-word-radio.html
    At the time, radioactivity was a term which referred to a radiating energy. broadcast was an agricultural term referring to spreading seeds widely.

    June 13, 2015

  • Comfortable knit socks. 


     I just saw the term today even though it's been around for decades.  This is a different sock from athletic socks, or thin dress socks which go into dress shoes. 
    The image search results lean towards the gray woolen knit socks which sock monkeys are made from, but these can be any colour and seem to group the 'comfort' types of socks. 
    Earliest search result was a 1917 'log cabin' sock.   edit to add: man, this comment totally looks spammy.

    June 13, 2015

  • Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System.

    workplaces would have binders of MSDS datasheets for all the chemicals used with data on toxicity, flammability, and lethal dosage levels.

    pronounced whimmiss

    June 13, 2015

  • Vancouver real estate development term -

    A protected view of selected scenery from designated viewpoints.
    http://vancouver.ca/docs/planning/view-protection-guidelines.pdf
    This is a Vancouverism term where buildings which are 'too tall' are prevented from being built.

    June 13, 2015

  • ethnic suburb
    "The population of the Metro ethno-burb of Burnaby, for instance, is 50 per cent foreign born. For the city of Vancouver proper, the figure is 44 per cent." - Vancouver Sun

    June 13, 2015

  • starts with an e, ends with an e, and contains one letter

    June 12, 2015

  • acronym for "harden the fuck up"
    - cycling term.

    June 12, 2015

  • slang - no-wine-phobia : the fear of running out of wine.

    June 12, 2015

  • twitter's got in the last week:
    fun in dysfunction /al x5
    broad in broadband
    sac in Sacramento
    cyber in cyberbullying
    program in welfare program
    Exceptional in American Exceptionalism
    meth in Methacton
    adventure in adventure camp
    fun in fundraising - x3
    spring in Springfield
    unfair in funfair
    us in trust baby
    fun in 'no refunds'
    style in freestyle
    roll in rock n roll

    June 12, 2015

  • to be modified to use a GUI interface instead of a file or text based command line.

    June 11, 2015

  • my firmware jedi co worker used a rubber chicken

    June 10, 2015

  • A new mom in zombie mode.

    June 9, 2015

  • hoverboard because 21'st century #antigravity

    June 9, 2015

  • tappen is quite specific

    June 9, 2015

  • verbing the VPN acronym.

    June 8, 2015

  • having used FOIA as a verb

    sounds like Foy-Yuhd or Foy-Yahd

    June 8, 2015

  • this phrase was commonly heard on the 60's/70's tv show 'The Prisoner'.

    June 8, 2015

  • in the late 70's/early 80's is when I first saw belly bucking on tv.

    June 8, 2015

  • SNL just did a Cialis 'Turnt' sketch.
    NSFW - Not Safe For Wordies

    June 7, 2015

  • a walking texter
    wexting

    June 6, 2015

  • a texting pedestrian - spotted in the news online.

    June 6, 2015

  • spotted in the news today. Politically loaded word which comes up in Canada's oilsands debate, incorporating consumer backlash, removal of ads from a donut store, and further backlash from people affected by the removal of the ads who then boycott the donut store.

    June 6, 2015

  • spotted in Vancouver. Short for styles? "Come show off your summer steeze."

    June 5, 2015

  • spotted on a Register article about the TV show Silicon Valley.

    allegedly it's computergame speak, but I've never heard it before.  (and don't play much)

    June 4, 2015

  • a hashtag to virtually wave a flag on social media
    ie
    #CAN #USA

    June 2, 2015

  • scare quotes

    googlefight shows "scarequotes" and "scare quotes" having the same frequency of usage, but the ngram viewer shows "scare quotes" being used much more.

    ... and then there's the awkwardness of seeing a word in the wild, seeing it not defined on wordnik, and then realizing it's also someone's user name.  

    I'm surprised it's not listed by now.

    June 2, 2015

  • the anticipated huge Cascadia earthquake.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Megathrust_earthquake#The_Big_One

    June 1, 2015

  • I would have guessed this word would have meant the fact that your brain atrophies because it doesn't have to know any trivia any more.. just Google it.

    June 1, 2015

  • currently in the news in Canada. Also in the news in Australia.

    June 1, 2015

  • spotted in the news as someone who uses a vehicle to break into a store to steal valuables.

    The car or truck is used to smash through the storefront to gain access to goods.
    ram-raiding

    May 31, 2015

  • from the facebook post: "when a person ignores their friends in favour of a boyfriend/girlfriend"

    May 31, 2015

  • clothing strewn on a chair.
    see also floordrobe

    May 30, 2015

  • a series of artificial sandy islands created in the South China Sea in a marine territory dispute.

    May 30, 2015

  • see Ophiuchus. was wondering what this word meant after seeing the emoji.

    May 30, 2015

  • Canadian term for a political shift towards the NDP party which uses orange as its colour.

    May 28, 2015

  • hot enough to turn asphalt soft.

    May 28, 2015

  • Dear Spammers,

    With Wordnik having 18000 actual living twitter followers, you'll get more online traffic by adopting a word instead of spamming random message boards.

    May 28, 2015

  • InterPlanetary Networking SIG

    May 27, 2015

  • Multiple Inputs Multiple Outputs - why your wifi routers have 2 or 3 antennas now.

    May 27, 2015

  • Wireless Gigabit

    May 27, 2015

  • spotted this today as 'peameal bacon'.  see peameal bacon
    the pea equivalent to cornmeal?

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

    May 25, 2015

  • the tendency for a linux system to use the swap partition instead of running things quickly in memory

    May 25, 2015

  • NPR's science friday has a 17 minute episode on how emoji's are used in language.

    http://www.sciencefriday.com/segment/05/15/2015/emoting-with-emoji.html

    May 24, 2015

  • an array of cubicles in an office.

    May 23, 2015

  • stack cats is another cat palindrome (from the examples listed)

    May 20, 2015

  • oh.. why did I have to check 'meowgarita' usage on twitter?

    May 20, 2015

  • A kitten wrapped up in a towel.

    May 19, 2015

  • short for instant / instantly/ readily available
    short for Instagram

    May 19, 2015

  • short for Instagram

    May 19, 2015

  • we came, we saw, we conquered  / I came, I saw, I conquered

    May 19, 2015

  • the 'extra menu' icon in web pages and apps which consists of 3 horizontal lines.

    "Kill The Hamburger Button" - Techcrunch May 14, 2015

    May 19, 2015

  • found spittens , slusch  ,yird-drift  ,scud , stock-storm , moorawav , rone , pewil , speen-drift , spuine-drift , waufle white shower , sleek , skalve , ree , smore thow , ringing black frost

    in the Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=c4VHAQAAMAAJ

    700 or so words now.

    May 18, 2015

  • googlefight shows in a tizzy and in a dither being much more common versions of this.

    May 18, 2015

  • all the Twitter
    was in a tither
    because Queen Lizzy
    was in a tizzy

    May 18, 2015

  • 1903 - Joseph Wright - filled with some interesting words and phrases.  https://books.google.ca/books?id=rQUIAwAAQBAJ such as tither-thorns

    May 18, 2015

  • in a tither is allegedly from tither thorns https://goo.gl/MtcXdB English Dialect Dictionary - 1903 - Joseph Wright

    May 18, 2015

  • I've seen in a tither quite a few times.


    http://findwords.info/term/tither lists it as being extremely anxious.  

    May 18, 2015

  • "... and appears on 209 lists" Really?

    May 17, 2015

  • just learned spacecake is an actual thing. (from wordnik, not from experience)

    May 16, 2015

  • on reddit, it's a yearly anniversary for a user signup.
    it's celebrated with a cake icon next to the user name.

    May 15, 2015

  • a gondola filled with marijuana smoke

    May 15, 2015

  • soft drink from the science fiction cartoon Futurama

    May 15, 2015

  • ... because the X-Files is making a return.

    May 15, 2015

  • slang term for the Victoria Day long weekend
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Day
    this seems to be an Eastern Canada term.

    May 14, 2015

  • short for "May long weekend"
    the 3 day weekend around Victoria day.
    "What do you have planned for the May long?"
    example tweet "It's May long, I'm not going camping & I'm pissed"

    I sometimes see this as May Long which makes it look like a Chinese name.

    For a lot of Canadians, it's the first warm long weekend of the year and the friday is taken off as well as the monday making it a 4 day weekend.  For some people, May long starts this afternoon.

    May 14, 2015

  • it's a play on Soviet Canuckistan which was made famous by Pat Buchanan.. probably after some 'in Soviet Russia' jokes.

    May 13, 2015

  • May 11, 2015 - people having fun with Albertastan.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/calgary/albertastan-comment-from-peter-mackay-mocked-on-social-media-1.3065078

    May 12, 2015

  • short for Fort Chipewyan, Alberta

    May 11, 2015

  • from the examples - someone who doesn't believe that the Sept 11, 2001 attack was a terrorist attack. see nutjobs

    May 11, 2015

  • Open Smart Grid Protocol

    May 11, 2015

  • short for "Philisophical Transactions of the Royal Society"
    The scientific paper of the late Renaissance period.

    May 11, 2015

  • french version of 'meh' according to the tweets.

    May 11, 2015

  • The Quebec 'language police'

    May 10, 2015

  • an unexplained incident.
    from the tv show 'x-files'

    May 10, 2015

  • slang for people from Edmonton - 2013 , thanks to the National Post.

    May 9, 2015

  • The new name for Alberta after the left wing NDP swept the provincial election - 2015.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/laura-lynn-johnston-turns-peter-mackay-s-albertastan-comment-into-t-shirt-1.3066831
    "Someone said ... it's Albertastan now," MacKay told reporters after Wednesday's caucus meeting.

    May 9, 2015

  • slang for eBay , as it's like a fleamarket where people sell their stuff.

    May 8, 2015

  • spotted this today. I like it.

    May 8, 2015

  • Sounds more like potlatch for the communal dinner.

    May 6, 2015

  •     
    so is the word of the day 'fleuron' or 'undefined'?
       ❧        

    May 6, 2015

  • "not to be confused"? ඏ

    May 6, 2015

  • the dictionary of Chinook Jargon (1800s) has it listed as mowitsh or mahwitsh http://books.google.ca/books?id=ByNKAAAAcAAJ - page 18

    May 6, 2015

  • n. a pull apart pastry. OMFG THESE ARE GOOD

    May 6, 2015

  • stealing, forging, copying, credit cards and data for fraudulent use.

    May 3, 2015

  • a criminal group that forges, steals or obtains credit cards / credit card data and pin numbers through technical means.

    May 3, 2015

  • Hypothetical Dark Energy particle.  It's considered a chameleon because it doesn't have a fixed mass.

    May 2, 2015

  • Chicago's network of sensors.

    May 2, 2015

  • "dadbod is when laxbro gets lax about lax" - NYmag

    April 30, 2015

  • the outcry that ensues when your 1000 dollar watch cannot see through your arm tattoo, and stops working normally.

    April 30, 2015

  • To use rocks to rapidly slow down a spacecraft. See crash.


    "Well my lithobraking will occur tomorrow @ 3:26pm EDT. More info here: http://t.co/srfXEZlcz4" -Messenger spacecraft.

    April 30, 2015

  • At first, it looked like pink/purple, but today it looks orange. #theRhino

    April 30, 2015

  • apparently the name of the local supercluster of Galaxies.

    April 29, 2015

  • I spotted smishing at a Sophos computer security conference c. 2013
    I haven't seen any normal people using this word.

    April 29, 2015

  • you'd proably want to look at the blacks law dictionary for this term.

    http://thelawdictionary.org/wholly/

    http://thelawdictionary.org/independent/

    It means you're covered by the accident, but if you develop gangrene and have to have a leg chopped off due to infection they'll try to weasel out of paying. I'd look into medical insurance as well as accident insurance.

    April 28, 2015

  • I think it's silly to throw away the 'degrees' part of the Kelvin term, as degree has been used as n. A unit division of a temperature scale.

    When people write books, they tend to use 'degrees kelvin' instead of 'kelvin'
    Google Ngram of book usage of 'thousands of kelvin' versus 'thousands of degrees kelvin'  http://goo.gl/FlGvTa

    April 28, 2015

  • spotted online referring to 'pay as you go' mobile usage - where customers can sign up, and then pay as they go and cancel any time.

    This comes from Australia and the mechanical flag in the taximeter


    April 28, 2015

  • I just noticed the Rhino painted its nails.


    https://wordnik.com/404

    April 28, 2015

  • Apparently we're not supposed to say 'degrees kelvin' but rather kelvin.
    Stars are 'thousands of kelvin' instead of 'thousands of degrees kelvin'.
    Google Books lists 'thousands of degrees kelvin' outnumbering 'thousands of kelvin' at 2500 to 445.

    Googlefight has 'thousands of kelvin' leading 'thousands of degrees kelvin' 639 to 358.
    http://www.googlefight.com/index.php?word1="thousands+of+kelvin"&word2;="thousands+of+degrees+kelvin"

    I think we're used to the 'unit temperature division' in the degree definition.


    apparently the disappearing degree goes back to 1967 
    "The 13th CGPM (1967) adopted the name kelvin (symbol K) instead of "degree Kelvin" (symbol °K) and defined the unit of thermodynamic temperature as follows..."

    April 27, 2015

  • see PM2.5 Air pollution term added to Chinese dictionary.

    April 27, 2015

  • Air pollution term added to the Chinese Dictionary

    "PM2.5 stands for particulate matter with diameter less than 2.5 microns." - http://www.metrohm-applikon.com/news/PM2.5.html

    A lot of the tweet examples show 【pm2.5】

    The Chinese usage seems to be lower case, and numbers in "μg/m3" micrograms per cubic meters.

    April 27, 2015

  • "He likened the shift to banging a bottle of tomato sauce for a while before it suddenly pours out."

    http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2015/apr/13/tv-industry-ketchup-moment-mobile-first-screen

    when I saw the phrase 'ketchup moment', I didn't know what it meant, and it still isn't clear what it means.

    I think it means: trying to make something happen for a long time, and then when that thing does happen, it happens way more than you wanted it to happe.

    April 26, 2015

  • I'm glad this list doesn't have dingleberry


    you may want to add saskatoon berry  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amelanchier_alnifolia

    April 26, 2015

  • a software glitch that resulted in free coffee for customers nationwide.

    April 25, 2015

  • " However, using anonymous accounts for blatant misrepresentation and puffery - known as sock puppetry - is often spotted and the offending content challenged or removed by other editors. "
    - BBC article about Wikipedia.

    April 24, 2015

  • "Before the World Wide Web, there was the Yentanet!"  - spotted on The Goldbergs. Pre-internet gossip network.

    April 24, 2015

  • refers to Uber's mapping feature that allows it to track all its customers movements.

    April 24, 2015

  • short for 'high-definition' - the sliding marketing term for more colour, more pixels, more details, more resolution.

    April 23, 2015

  • naan nachos  also known as naanchos

    April 22, 2015

  • according to a news story, 'doing penguin' is mixing liquid nicotine with juice and drinking it.

    apparently it's toxic.  This term seems to only show up in one news story, so perhaps it's a fabricated word for the news article.  

    April 22, 2015

  • rhymes with hirple

    April 21, 2015

  • slang/textspeak for 'wrecked'/drunk/messed up

    April 21, 2015

  • a more grammatically correct version of 'ur' ?

    April 21, 2015

  • "The very first Star Trek fanzine"

    April 21, 2015

  • a fictional mind enhancing drug from the TV show Fringe.

    April 19, 2015

  • spotted again in the news...

    this word seems to peak every april.
    https://www.google.ca/trends/explore#q=promposal starting 2011

    April 19, 2015

  • Laser Interferometer Gravitational Wave Observatory

    a large interferometer designed to find gravity waves from celestial objects

    April 18, 2015

  • a macrame thingie

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scoubidou


    April 18, 2015

  • nickname for people in a Crohns disease support group.

    April 18, 2015

  • nickname for a swarm of bees which was released in a truck crash.
    April 2015.

    April 18, 2015

  • for some people, it means 'peace sign'
    for other people, it means 'thumbs up' because it's the text code for the thumbs up symbol in instant messenger.

    April 17, 2015

  • generic acronym for Good x Practice, where x can be anything.

    April 16, 2015

  • 1816 dictionary of the arts.
    https://books.google.ca/books?id=QFQKAQAAMAAJ

    April 16, 2015

  • Lightning on a clear day.
    spotted on twitter.
    '"Bolts from the blue" - technical term for lightning that happens up to 70 miles from a storm, says Phillip Bitzer.'

    https://twitter.com/cintagliata/status/588755697933750272

    April 16, 2015

  • spotted again on the Daily Show - april 2015

    frum musak and news

    April 16, 2015

  • from Marvel Agents of Shield - pairing of Fitz and Hunter.

    April 15, 2015

  • Spotted online as a joke.

    "Happy Canadian Christmas Eve

    The day before Stanley Cup Playoffs begin."

    April 15, 2015

  • Ripped off/swindled

    "BC 'hosed' in Burke Mountain land deal"

    http://globalnews.ca/news/1938813/b-c-hosed-in-burke-mountain-land-sale-says-ndp/?hootPostID=8eaf0c3a6e41f0c839766666e241ac06

    April 15, 2015

  • an Espresso on the International Space Station

    On Monday Apr 13, 2015, the ISSpresso will be flown to the space station.

    April 13, 2015

  • shortened version of amirite
    or french translation of the word merit

    April 13, 2015

  • Anglicized version of hors d'oeuvre

    April 12, 2015

  • to really anglicize a french word, you gotta go for the easiest spelling horderves

    http://www.googlefight.com/index.php?word1=horderves&word2=horsdouvre


    April 12, 2015

  • from eicar.org
    "European Institute for Computer Antivirus Research"
    mostly known for the EICAR test file to verify an antivirus program is running.

    April 10, 2015

  • I believe the seedbox in the techy/geeky sense is a computer (box) which seeds torrents for the bittorrent file sharing protocol.

    In bittorrent, seeding is maintaining a full copy of the shared file for other users to download.

    April 10, 2015

  • I misheard the word cheesecake as teascape. I think I like this word.

    April 9, 2015

  • Wikipedia has a 'grammar guy' whith 50,000 'fixes'.
    http://www.vox.com/2015/2/10/8013509/comprise-vs-compose

    April 7, 2015

  • was updating the 'banned words' list, and came across 'scottie' which is a term which replaces a term which Rick Scott doesn't want used by the state of Florida.

    http://tbo.com/list/news-columns-sotto/banned-terms-inspire-a-new-word-scottie-20150314/
    this term seems to only be used in one news article.

    April 7, 2015

  • The phrase 'climate change' banned by the state of Florida
    /problemSolved

    April 7, 2015

  • a third person's 'ditto'.
    similar to 'me three' , or a third person's 'me too'.

    spotted today.

    April 7, 2015

  • PBS show on the Easter Bilby
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rjy2-520KM

    April 5, 2015

  • Buzzfeed attributes the meat sweats to the TV show friends, and a David Kreizman who experienced 'meat sweats' in the 90's.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vhn44qSp0zw 0:30 seconds in.

    April 5, 2015

  • When your lips and face are frozen from an arctic wind, this is how you pronounce Canadian.

    April 4, 2015

  • CAPital EXpenditure.  capex

    April 4, 2015

  • SPecific AFFect coding system

    totally different from spaff

    April 4, 2015

  • Spotted online. "Smartphone marketshare over time."

    quick search - term goes back to 1964.

    "market share" has over 90% market share over marketshare when talking about share of use in the English language.

    April 3, 2015

  • 19 sided polygon

    April 1, 2015

  • have you considered adopting a word? The message boards at wordnik add a 'nofollow' for robots to not follow links, so pasting your link doesn't result in it getting indexed.

    April 1, 2015

  • Help Wordnik continue as an ad-free not-for-profit by adopting the word bilby here.


    March 31, 2015

  • from macleans
    Norwailing” describes a type of envious glance cast by columnists and editors at the sovereign wealth fund that Norway has built through the near-total sequestering of its oil revenues. The fund’s estimated value, as I write, is $6.94 trillion Norwegian kroner, the equivalent of $1.1 trillion Canadian. The fund is said to own about one per cent of the world’s financial equity.
    http://www.macleans.ca/economy/the-case-for-blowing-all-our-oil-riches/


    listed because I saw 'anti-anti-norwailing' and 'anti-norwailing' terms.

    March 31, 2015

  • it seems wiktionary is lacking.
    Its a list of the most frequent letters, and in this case, selected to minimize wear and tear on hole punching equpment for paper tape systems.
    https://youtu.be/JafQYA7vV6s?t=2m0s

    March 31, 2015

  • Exploding Head Syndrome - where a person is woken up by a loud non existent sound.

    March 31, 2015

  • a 1 way data network which uses satellites and satellite receivers and caches gigabytes of data in a local village server for local use. http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32117447

    March 31, 2015

  • I found Openstreetmap to have a plethora of roadway types.

    http://wiki.openstreetmap.org/wiki/Key:highway

    March 31, 2015

  • surf clam

    March 31, 2015

  • cold tofu

    March 31, 2015

  • a sesame side dish http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goma-ae

    March 31, 2015

  • deep fried tofu  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agedashi_tofu

    March 31, 2015

  • flame seared - sushi

    March 31, 2015

  • from Wikipedia
    "Jack Dawkins, better known as the Artful Dodger, is a character in the Charles Dickens novel Oliver Twist. Dodger is a pickpocket, so called for his skill and cunning in that respect. He is the leader of the gang of child criminals, trained by the elderly Fagin."
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Artful_Dodger

    March 31, 2015

  • it's pretty much the same thing as a bike box.

    I saw a local youtuber refer to it as a 'left turn launch pad' and found the 'left turn launch pad' term used in other cities.

    March 29, 2015

  • Magic tricks based on mathematics.

    "The power of mathemagics" https://youtu.be/Y2lXsxmBx7E?t=1m59s

    March 29, 2015

  • in North American cycling, we have 'left turn launch pads' which is a marked box on a bike lane reserved for making a Copenhagen left turn.

    March 29, 2015

  • a December 25'th Christmas replacement holiday where Sir Isaac Newton's birthday is celebrated.
    Grav - from gravity
    Mass - from mass (ie Kilograms)

    also similar to Christmas, which is on the same day.

    March 28, 2015

  • "The expansion of one of Emacs' backronyms is Escape, Meta, Alt, Control, Shift, which neatly summarizes most of the modifier keys it uses, only leaving out Super." - 'Editor war' wikipedia page. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Editor_war


    other backronyms
    "Eight Megabytes And Constantly Swapping"
    "EMACS Makes Any Computer Slow"
     "Eventually Munches All Computer Storage"
    "Generally Not Used, Except by Middle-Aged Computer Scientists" 

    March 28, 2015

  • the 'war on using pseudonyms' on social media sites, also known as 'real name' policies.

    March 28, 2015

  • Where the POSIX name came from

    https://stallman.org/articles/posix.html

    The origin of the name POSIX.

    In the 1980s I was in the IEEE committee that wrote the standard that ultimately became known as POSIX. The committee set itself the task of standardizing interface specs for a Unix-like system, but had no short name for its work. When the first part of the specification was ready, someone gave it the name "IEEEIX", with a subtitle that included "Portable Operating System" — perhaps "Specifications for a Portable Operating System".

    It seemed to me that nobody would ever say "IEEEIX", since the pronunciation would sound like a shriek of terror; rather, everyone would call it "Unix". That would have boosted AT&T, the GNU Project's rival, an outcome I did not want. So I looked for another name, but nothing natural suggested itself to me.

    So I put the initials of "Portable Operating System" together with the same suffix "ix", and came up with "POSIX". It sounded good and I saw no reason not to use it, so I suggested it. Although it was just barely in time, the committee adopted it.
    I think the administrators of the committee were as relieved as I was to give the standard a pronounceable name.

    Copyright (c) 2011 Richard Stallman Verbatim copying and redistribution of this entire page are permitted provided this notice is preserved.

    March 28, 2015

  • The opposite of englightenment - when scientific research is quashed.

    spotted on Science Friday tweet
    'We're in the middle of an "endarkenment," says @PaulREhrlich, bc "many people in congress don't know how science works." #SciFriLive'

    March 27, 2015

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