alexz has looked up 12878 words, created 105 lists, listed 9518 words, written 1831 comments, added 3 tags, and loved 98 words.

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  • 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

  • You know you want to adopt this word just for the certificate.

    March 27, 2015

  • theoretical

    spotted in Hubble Space Telescope google talk - "Astronomers Find Dark Matter Even Darker than Previously Thought" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zLzkUsAMEKk at 17:30 in video.

    March 26, 2015

  • "professional development" - where teachers update their curricula for teaching.

    March 26, 2015

  • a day off for teachers, a 'Pro-Development day'  pro-d

    March 26, 2015

  • Chlorin e6

    March 26, 2015

  • Science Friday article on the origin of the word Physician
    http://sciencefriday.com/segment/01/28/2011/science-diction-the-origin-of-physician.html
    "In the 13th century, Anglo-Normans appropriated the French physique, or remedy, to coin the English physic, or medicine, which is still in dictionaries today. Science historian Howard Markel discusses how physic became physician, and the parallel evolution of the word physics."

    March 26, 2015

  • spotted in an article about biohacking
    "Science for the Masses, a group of biohackers based a couple hours north of Los Angeles in Tehachapi, California, theorized they could enhance healthy eyesight enough that it would induce night vision. To do this, the group used a kind of chlorophyll analog called Chlorin e6 (or Ce6), which is found in some deep-sea fish and is used as an occasional method to treat night blindness."

    March 26, 2015

  • spotted as an abbreviation for 'weather'
    "Special Wx Statement 100-200mm in 3 days"

    perform a search for 'special wx statement' and you'll find it's a North American term.

    March 26, 2015

  • a quick search of 'home circle' indicates it means home and family, so it's more of a 'family circle' than a house circle.

    I'm thinking of the phrase "... what makes a house a home"

    March 25, 2015

  • spotted in The Guardian
    "The time-travelling hipster
    In 1940, a photo was taken of the reopening of the South Fork Bridge in Canada. In 2010, someone noticed that this photo appeared to show a man wearing very modern dress: a T-shirt, sunglasses and a haircut that marked him out as the quintessential 2010 alt-bro...."

    March 25, 2015

  • Pikes peak. The Tour de France has some iconic mountains, specifically Mont Ventoux http://www.theguardian.com/travel/2013/jun/25/tour-de-france-classic-mountain-climbs

    March 25, 2015

  • a ketogenic diet or food.

    see ketogenesis

    March 25, 2015

  • Transit Oriented Development.

    The building of an increased density urban village around a transit hub or train station.

    March 24, 2015

  • NASA / ESA speak for Pistol Grip Tool.

    March 24, 2015

  • The 'Shaw Root' couple name for the tv show Person Of Interest.

    https://twitter.com/POIWritersRoom/status/580126946987622400
    "Their couple name is Shoot. What other reason do you need? Vote for Root and Shaw! "

    March 24, 2015

  • Spotted in the news -
    "Alleged StubHub cyberscalper will be extradited to the US"

    Someone who uses stolen credit card info or a compromised online ticket account to get tickets to an event, then scalps the tickets just before the event.

    March 23, 2015

  • A USB adapter which only delivers power to downstream plugged in USB devices to protect a user from malicious or suspect USB ports.

    It's typically used by business travelers who don't want to risk having the data on their phone or tablet read by a suspect or virus infected computer.

    March 23, 2015

  • An emoji made with Japanese characters.

    March 20, 2015

  • "Social Justice Warrior" - I see this on reddit discussions.  I'm not a fan of this tag.  It's used against people who have issues with racism or inequality.

    March 20, 2015

  • "Increased Cognition Break" ? at TED2015 - getting up and exercising for a minute in the middle of a meeting to improve blood flow and reduce stress.


    text speak for "I can't believe" (from tweet examples)

    March 20, 2015

  • hi vendingmachine, I've seen a few emoticon lists online, but I'd prefer to use sources that I stumble across in forums, or comments posted.

    For example, searching twitter for ツ gives results. ツ

    March 20, 2015

  • Heard at Ted2015 in Vancouver in Monica Lewinski's presentation. had to look it up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damocles#Sword_of_Damocles

    March 20, 2015

  • I think a hug will help that one feel better. (つ ツ )つ

    March 19, 2015

  • A printing of a 3D object which then goes on to change shape in the future after printing.

    March 19, 2015

  • term spotted at TED about social equality.

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

    March 19, 2015

  • A game where you write something down, and people have to guess if you're telling the truth or lying.

    March 19, 2015

  • Louis Armstrong was a 'super early adopter' of the tape recorder.

    March 19, 2015

  • I think they meant roboticist

    March 19, 2015

  • More snow carrot pics on IO9.

    http://space.io9.com/when-a-meteorite-hits-snow-it-forms-a-snow-carrot-ins-1692259034

    March 19, 2015

  • "Mysterious 'snow carrots' observed at meteorite impact sites"
    http://news.sciencemag.org/earth/2015/03/mysterious-snow-carrots-observed-meteorite-impact-sites

    " In the first phase of the impact, a rounded crater is formed, and the snow beneath the rock is compressed, causing its density to increase. Over the next 10 milliseconds, the denser snow gradually slows the meteorite and the walls of the funnel narrow accordingly."

    March 18, 2015

  • The movie had 'lesser of two weevils'

    March 18, 2015

  • stair steps combined with a wheelchair accessible ramp - part of Robson Square in Vancouver.

    "I'm walking on a stramp. Great thing. It's a cross between a stair and a ramp" - Jack Webster news report 1978 on when Robson Square was built. https://youtu.be/1LclsiY5BTo?t=24s


    Performing a search - this is Scottish for 'to tread or to trample'  https://books.google.ca/books?id=PYpFAAAAcAAJ

    March 18, 2015

  • The response to when someone asks "There are three words in The English Language that end in -gry. Hungry and Angry are two. What is the third?"

    March 18, 2015

  • hangry  http://xkcd.com/169/

    March 18, 2015

  • from BBC article "Rosetta: Comet's wind mystery may be solved" - mar 17 2015
    "But the team has now come up with a formation mechanism. A process called splash saltation, invokes a stream of falling particles that cause surface dust grains to be ejected from their original positions."


    see also saltation

    March 17, 2015

  • This word was debated by the BBC to see if it was racist after BBC's Top Gear made a "Pikey's Peak" joke about Pike's Peak hill climb race.

    http://m.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-31922773

    I previously saw the term 'pikey' in the 2000 movie Snatch


    I wonder if it's coincidence that this article is from March 17th.

    March 17, 2015

  • Acronym for "I'm So Meta Even This Acronym"

    March 17, 2015

  • IS META

    March 17, 2015

  • "Abraham Lincoln" - viewed by tilting your head to the left.

    March 17, 2015

  • "table flip" "flipping tables" emoticon is upset and flipping over a table.

    March 17, 2015

  • "putting the table back" compliment to the table flip. (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    March 17, 2015

  • is a Pikachu

    March 17, 2015

  • That's nidonkulous!

    March 15, 2015

  • in the orz emoticon,

    the o is a person's head
    the bottom of the r is a person's arms
    the z is the person's back, thigh, and lower leg (from top to bottom)

    the emoticon is either banging their head against the ground, praying, or sick and vomiting on the ground.

    March 15, 2015

  • at first, i saw this referred to as actual destruction of optical media over time even when it was stored in a cold dry space.

    sometimes, this refers to a computer system getting crappy over time

    stumbled across this years ago.
    Wiki page - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bit_rot

    March 15, 2015

  • spotted on the TV show Elementary (US) Mar 12, 2015

    March 13, 2015

  • Information Obese

    Spotted on Twitter referring to a CBC Doc-Zone documentary about information oerload.

    Quick search shows this going back to 2010, likely earlier.

    March 13, 2015

  • I'd go with the magnitude of the hike. TCT crosses Canada. The Great Divide Trail and Continental Divide trails run along the Rocky Mountain ranges.

    The Pacific Crest trail goes from Canada to Mexico.
    The Continental Divide Trail goes along the Rocky Mountains from Canada to Mexico.
    The Great Divide Trail goes from the Canada-US border up the Rocky Mountains to east of Prince George in Northern BC.

    Since these are huge trails, I thought the abbreviations needed to be listed as people refer to them by the short names.

    March 13, 2015

  • Continental Divide Trail

    March 12, 2015

  • Trans Canada Trail

    March 12, 2015

  • spotted as Great Divide Trail - a Rocky Mountain Trail.

    March 12, 2015

  • saw this as Pacific Crest Trail. A west coast trail.

    March 12, 2015

  • good catch.

    March 12, 2015

  • "Vertically Aligned Carbon NanoTubes"

    March 10, 2015

  • in printing, black printed over the CMY colours for extra darkness on paper.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rich_black

    March 9, 2015

  • in printing, CMYK, K is black, also known as 'key' for the letter K.

    March 9, 2015

  • it's not "black", it's Spaaaaaaaace Black.

    March 9, 2015

  • >A row of chipped garden gnomes.

    ᕖ ᕖ  ᕖ ᕖ ᕖ
    ☺☺☺☺☺

    March 9, 2015

  • zippity zoppity the list is the boppity

    March 9, 2015

  • ᕗ ok.

    March 9, 2015

  • This one is super sad.

    ╮ ㋩ ╭

    March 8, 2015

  • "Buginese letter ya"

    kinda looks like frog eyes in water.  ᕕᨐᕗ

    March 8, 2015

  • Double monocular O.

    Love the tweets.


    (╯ꙭ)╯

    March 8, 2015

  • ╮ ( ꙮ) ╭   .. many eyed seraphim?  

    March 8, 2015

  • emoticons have their own videos now.

    March 8, 2015

  • ᕕ㋡ ᕗ

    March 8, 2015

  • This face is a 'postal mark' face.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_postal_mark

    March 8, 2015

  • it seems that i've been distracted by characters that look like faces.😮

    March 8, 2015

  • How about some CJK characters that look like houses?
    㒴 㚎 㒲

    ☉☉ツヅッジシ㋛


    㒲houses㒲  㚎houses㚎    㒴houses

    March 8, 2015

  • so, no googley eyes? hʘʘuse

    March 8, 2015

  • Flames   (this seems to be a twitter image)


    you could also run a character map application (in windows it's called charmap ) to pick a symbol.

    March 8, 2015

  • >I think there needs to be a word to describe those that base their opinions on emotion rather that science and data.

    Stephen Colbert came up with truthiness

    March 8, 2015

  • Emoticons vendingmachine


    or cat emojis.... 😺

    March 8, 2015

  • an archaic measure of electrical resistance based on "a column of mercury 106 cm long and 1 mm square in cross section" https://books.google.ca/books?id=N-4yAAAAMAAJ
    in 1884, electrical measurements varied from country to country.

    March 6, 2015

  • This verb means to check the electrical resistance of a circuit or cable.
    A continuity tester can tell you wires are attached, but checking the resistance will let you know how good the electrical contacts are within a connector or circuit.

    For techies, ohm is a verb as well as a noun/unit of measure.

    March 6, 2015

  • Yogi Bear cartoon version of the word picnic

    March 6, 2015

  • spotted on wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glossary_of_curling

    March 4, 2015

  • curling term - sweep faster.

    March 4, 2015

  • I suspect it's a popular word because of the duang remixes

    Youtube Jackie Chan Duang https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3WdEtx29q98

    (fast forward to 0:50 1:00 abd 1:59)

    original version of commercial at 0:30  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5RXg7IdOFlA

    March 4, 2015

  • from the Rick Mercer report - 2015 - driving a snowmobile over a patch of open water on a frozen lake as a competitive sport.

    other puddle jumping examples require rubber boots and puddles, or float planes and remote lakes.

    March 4, 2015

  • To deface the Canadian $5 bill to make Laurier look like Spock. "Spock On" http://www.buzzfeed.com/tanyachen/canadians-are-spocking-their-money-in-tribute-to-leonard-nim#.swwdOr6vQ

    March 4, 2015

  • a new chinese character.

    spotted on the BBC.
    http://m.bbc.com/news/blogs-trending-31689148

    March 3, 2015

  • what people say when they are too slow to second a motion under robert's rules of order.  thirded is the slow man's seconded, and doesn't actually count.

    If you use fourthed, then you're just too slow.   If you hear fifthed, then it's time to bang the gavel and demand order.

    March 2, 2015

  • The fashion version of "Ooo swish!" - spotted in a 1930 film reel.
    http://youtu.be/U9eAiy0IGBI?t=1m1s
    staunch etymologists may want to double check the date of the audio on that film.

    March 2, 2015

  • Let’s define a “nice day” in the winter, in Vancouver, as any day with no rain and a high over 10 degrees. - GlobalTV weather.

    - http://globalnews.ca/news/1857393/was-this-vancouvers-nicest-february-on-record/?hootPostID=901fd6fbe070d4bfa5b978d8cd2b9415

    (temperature in Celcius)

    The definition of 'nice day' is a variable concept that changes depending on date, time, location, etc.

    March 2, 2015

  • added 8 icy words from the word hoard : shuckle, tankle, cancervell, daggler, clinkerbell, aquabob, wurr. (already had ickle on my list)
    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/27/robert-macfarlane-word-hoard-rewilding-landscape?CMP=share_btn_tw

    March 1, 2015

  • spotted at the 'word hoard' "...a Devon term for the thin film of ice that lacquers all leaves, twigs and grass blades when a freeze follows a partial thaw."


    http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/27/robert-macfarlane-word-hoard-rewilding-landscape?CMP=share_btn_tw

    March 1, 2015

  • A poetry word? Time to summon qms

    March 1, 2015

  • "no lootering and idling here" sign spotted in a BBC video about Botswana.
    Interesting trying to look this up.  http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-31607284 at 2:05 

    might be a typo., or a localism

    March 1, 2015

  • acronym for Live Long And Prosper , spotted in Leonard Nimoy's last tweet.

    February 28, 2015

  • apparently, backstalking is a thing. I don't know what that thing is.

    February 28, 2015

  • St. Louis arch?</i>

    February 27, 2015

  • the Phillipine 'repatriate' box. A Post Office standard sized box for mailing gifts back to family in the Phillipines.

    February 27, 2015


  • spotted in nymag
    "This meant daily exposure to the kind of horrific injuries for which doctors and nurses must be trained in the emotional distancing known as aequanimitas." http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2015/02/american-military-deserters-canada.html

    February 26, 2015

  • googlefight has this marginally beating bruuuh 15000:14100 but nowhere near bruh at 1.3 million results.


    February 25, 2015

  • "Lord, as exclamation" - spotted on New York Times language quiz - Feb 2015.

    February 25, 2015

  • a version of 'coolin' according to New York Times language quiz.

    February 25, 2015

  • Xanax pills, according to 2015 New York Times Language Quiz.

    February 25, 2015

  • a 'ribbon' on Twitter - a logo displayed on a twitter user's profile which shows they support a certain cause or charity.

    February 25, 2015

  • A frozen winter greenway for skating, skiing and sledding.

    February 24, 2015

  • I propose that Australia make this their official word for a light dusting of snow.

    February 24, 2015

  • made famous in Good Will Hunting.

    "The L Street Tavern, in Boston’s infamous Southie neighbourhood, is exactly the kind of place where you can find guys shelling peanuts and drinking pints over Boston-accented banter." -BBC news. The Boston Immortalized in Good Will Hunting.

    February 24, 2015

  • someone who says haitch instead of aitch for the letter H.

    February 23, 2015

  • some people say haitch and dubya

    February 23, 2015

  • spotted this today.
    from the tweets, it's a forehead that's so big it's now a five head.
    from the example I spotted online, it appears to be an enlarged forehead due to hair loss, or pulling your hair back in a hairstyle.


    ""People called me Olive Oyl, Lightbulb Head, and Fivehead, because my forehead was so big," Banks recalled." - 1996 Contempoary Black Biography

    February 22, 2015

  • >What does it mean to take the _mick_ out of someone?

    I think it's to knock the chip off their shoulder: Verbally 

    edit - urban dictionary has a few examples  

    February 22, 2015

  • I thought I previously listed fnaar fnaar, but cant find it.   - edit, It was phnaar  , also spelled phnarr 


    Score card from googlefight
    fnar 26400 (also means 'for no apparent reason)
    fnarr 3350 
    fnaar 1230
    phnaar 752
    phnarr 146


    February 22, 2015

  • LDC - Liberal Democrat Conservative

    A blend of all 3 major political parties in Canada.

    February 21, 2015

  • I assumed this was a wiki for wordnik.

    February 21, 2015

  • Acronym for Prime Minister Stephen Harper - spotted on Twitter.

    February 20, 2015

  • AUW - how heavy your aircraft or RC drone is.

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

    February 20, 2015

  • I spotted this in a story about Canada's terrorist knitters. https://twitter.com/rabbleca/status/568500346420633600/photo/1

    February 20, 2015

  • A fast, silent, and deadly knitter.


    A knitting ninja.

    The k may be silent an deadly as well.

    February 19, 2015

  • A piece of software that scolds users of social media (Reddit, Twitter) for using "bad grammar".

    Because if there's one place that language 'needs to follow rules' and be all formal, it's on the /r/funny subreddit.   /sarcasm

    February 17, 2015

  • And XKCD was like, deal with it. http://xkcd.com/1483/

    February 17, 2015

  • combination word of PoCo (Port Coquitlam) and Compton (California)

    I think PoCo is actually a nice working class neighbourhood.


    And having been to LA in the 90's, Compton isn't a 'bad' neighbourhood either.  Some people base their assumptions on television watching instead of reality.

    February 17, 2015

  • growing up, the Rumpus room was an unfinished basement where people would play. Generally, the old couch, old beer fridge, old tv and game controllers would go there while the upstairs living room had the nice stuff.

    February 17, 2015

  • acronym for 'what are you doing"


    Before twitter and texting, we had to phone people up and ask them on the phone...

    February 15, 2015

  • The usage is more of 'male chauvenist' or 'anti feminist' instead of 'male version of feminist'.

    An example of usage creating the definition, or changing the definition.

    In 2003, this term meant a 'male feminist' (Google books)

    February 15, 2015

  • I'm starting to see this on Twitter - twice in the same day.

    February 15, 2015

  • spotted on the US version of Elementary - episode where Zebras used to de-extinct an extinct South African animal.

    February 14, 2015

  • Half way through an explosion.
    "Kablam! An eruptive prominence explodes off the Sun's surface on Aug. 31, 2012. SDO caught it midkablam." - Slate article on SDO capturing an eruptive prominence.

    February 14, 2015

  • Hi vendingmachine, I didn't invent the corgi snow depth measurement.

    I think it goes back to 2011. Twitter has two feb 9 2013 tweets of "two corgis deep", with pictures.  

    February 13, 2015

  • Uni-name for the Sheldon/Amy couple on the TV show Big Bang Theory

    February 13, 2015

  • The combination of Reese / Finch on the TV show Person of Interest.

    February 13, 2015

  • I"ll assume that 'your bilbyship' is how you properly address a bilby

    February 13, 2015

  • "that feeling when"
    spotted on reddit, twitter.

    February 13, 2015

  • When Nova Scotia is covered in snow.  spotted at http://thechronicleherald.ca/opinion/1267769-lethbridge-fifty-shades-of-snova-scotia-snow


    February 12, 2015

  • spotted on the Daily Show, Feb 11, 2015

    "Where was the Bible written again? For what I remember, ancient Galilee is not one of the 50 states. Which makes it a foreign law. You have f*cked yourself with your own statute. Or as I hope it would be known, Brownbacking"

    February 12, 2015

  • Yep. I had a glitches definition list. https://wordnik.com/lists/glitched-definitions

    February 11, 2015

  • on Twitter TL means "timeline"


    Twitter messages are too short for the 'Too Long' meaning seen elsewhere on the net.

    February 11, 2015

  • <i>"Stop the Dubai-zation of Vancouver"</i>

    spotted in a news article which refers to the influx of 'signature' buildings.

    February 10, 2015

  • For  Chiropractic, see chiropractic

    February 9, 2015

  • Australian eggs and toast?

    February 8, 2015

  • Terrace and Kitimat BC has had a Shelby amount of snow on Feb 6 - Feb 7, 2015 https://weather.gc.ca/warnings/weathersummaries_e.html#BC


    Storm total snowfall from 4 P.M. Thursday to 4 A.M. Saturday.

    Location snow (cm)

    Terrace Airport 159
    Onion lake highway station 157
    Kitimat 168

    February 8, 2015

  • The sound of the Himilayan Cuckoo
    "108 Cuculus himalayanus Vig 200 Common from 5000 to 9000 feet their peculiar call of Goog goog goog constantly heard in forests " -The Ibis https://books.google.ca/books?id=FYo-AAAAcAAJ

    The sound of liquor escaping a bottle.

    ""Goog goog goog" the fragrant liquor jerked itself from its prison house and mingled with the surrounding water..." - Scotts Monthey Magazine https://books.google.ca/books?id=w3dHAAAAYAAJ

    February 8, 2015

  • A futuristic or space-age style of architecture from the 40's to 60's.

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

    February 7, 2015

  • I'm not sure, but the internet has a lot of nice pictures that go along with 'two corgis deep'

    February 6, 2015

  • I think it's from the Southern United States - Sheldon on Big Bang theory uses the term for his grandmother. 


    It may have come from  même and the French Canadian / Cajun  influence in the south.  Google translate lists même as an option for grandmother translating English to French.

    http://goo.gl/jA8a3n  - Google Translate

    .. but that would be speculating.

    February 6, 2015

  • Stumbled across the written version of phonograph - pictures used to display sound - in the American Phonographic Dictionary. https://books.google.ca/books?id=4WQOAAAAYAAJ

    February 6, 2015

  • “the snow is now two corgis deep.” - spotted on Twitter.

    February 5, 2015

  • Donald Sutherland is from that town, and he played a character named Snow in the Hunger Games movies.

    "For some perspective on how much snow that is: Here's how Saint John's recent snowfall compares with one of the city's most famous sons, actor Donald Sutherland. Recently renowned for playing President Coriolanus Snow in the Hunger Games film franchise, Mr. Sutherland is 6-foot-4, yet his hometown's piles of snow would nearly bury him."

    February 5, 2015

  • "A Donald Sutherland amount of snow"


    193 centimeters of snow.

    Someone is trying hard to make this an acccepted unit of measurement.

    http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/more-snow-coming-to-storm-battered-saint-john-tonight/article22779334/?click=sf_globe

    February 5, 2015

  • I like this word. Added to the big snow list.   Twitter has lots of snorkling typos.

    February 4, 2015

  • spotted on word buzz wednesday http://blog.wordnik.com/word-buzz-wednesday-bombogenesis-the-starbucks-effect-supertweet along with subtweet .

    February 4, 2015

  • Tell me about it. I ran into a burning building wearing an inflammable suit, and it didn't help at all. https://wordnik.com/words/inflammable
    I should get my money back from the English language.


    Google books has 'invaluable' going back to the 1650's https://books.google.ca/books?id=qs8sAAAAYAAJ

    February 2, 2015

  • A fusion of Brazilian Portuguese and South American Spanish - kind of like Franglais. - spotted on the BBC


    "But Brazilians are proud people, so not everybody approves of Portunhol. Some find it a lazy tactic to avoid learning proper Portuguese. They want you to commit to their country and understand them." - BBC Getting lost in translation in Brazil

    February 2, 2015

  • The black medic or black medick listed above refers to the plant Medicago Lupulina http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medicago_lupulina

    February 2, 2015

  • "a stable nitrate salt form of thiamine (vitamin B1)" - wikipedia

    February 2, 2015

  • a form of Vitamin B6

    February 2, 2015

  • The Canadian broadcaster practice of substituting the US ads with Canadian ads on US channels broadcast in Canada.

    From Simultaneous Substitution?

    February 1, 2015

  • What is this sportsball thing?

    February 1, 2015

  • short for reservations or resolutions

    spotted on twitter referring to restaurant reservations. The tweet examples listed for this word also have it used for resolutions - such as new years resolutions, and hardware device resolutions (camera/monitors)

    February 1, 2015

  • spotted on CBC's Doczone "A TV Renaissance" - "cable companies are trying to eventize shows"..."turning them into events"

    January 30, 2015

  • reliable enough for people to use.  (sometimes written manrated)

    Man-rated software, "software which is in control of systems and environments upon which human life is critically dependent," must be highly reliable. - ntrs.nasa.gov/archive/nasa/casi.ntrs.nasa.gov/20100033619.pdf

    January 30, 2015

  • Acronym for Delta IV Heavy rocket.

    January 30, 2015

  • Radial Outward Firing Igniters - the sparklers at the base of a rocket before a launch - it burns off excess fuel.

    January 29, 2015

  • a brother/uncle - looking up usage on twitter, some of these are uncles who are raised as brothers.

    January 28, 2015

  • Tithadesh was Word of the Day in Israel in 2012 http://www.haaretz.com/news/features/word-of-the-day/word-of-the-day-tithadesh-1.463619

    January 28, 2015

  • aka SNet aka red callejera - a community mesh network in Havana Cuba - 2015

    January 28, 2015

  • Cracks and road damage that indicates a pothole will form.
    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31001119 

      It identifies signs of "ravelling" - damage to the asphalt that leads to cracks and potholes.

    January 27, 2015

  • when snowmageddon doesn't arrive.
    from the BBC
    "So do continuous news channels. Hype is the order of the day. We love tossing around phrases like "Snowmaggedon," and hanker after new ones. One has emerged today: "Snowperbole."

    January 27, 2015

  • when bacon is your bae - bae-con spotted on twitter.

    January 26, 2015

  • "on point" - from UrbanDictionary.

    Made the discovery of 'Brands Saying Bae' on twitter.

    January 26, 2015

  • Bilby, I think you missed the latest Ted Talk.

    http://www.ted.com/talks/erin_mckean_go_ahead_make_up_new_words?language=en

    January 26, 2015

  • spotted by user Pheng

    January 26, 2015

  • refers to making something more Chinese, or using more Chinese content.

    "server sinification..." "... refers to the transfer of Chinese banking systems from foreign servers to those manufactured and maintained by Chinese companies." - South China Morning Post article - China’s “Server Sinification” Campaign for Import Substitution: Strategy and Snowden (Part 2)

    January 26, 2015

  • seen this term refer to Home Owners Association - a US term.

    January 26, 2015

  • Jack Layton's moustache

    January 25, 2015

  • See definition posted by user tarara14

    January 24, 2015

  • Why the water is brown.


    "Unlucky divers submerged in whale 'poonado' "

    January 24, 2015

  • I'll have a strawberry shake

    January 23, 2015

  • Cold War - Semi Automatic Ground Environment system.

    January 23, 2015

  • The man equivalent of the C word.


    spotted on the Daily Show

    January 22, 2015

  • refers to the large coastal cities in the US, while Bubbaville refers to the other places where good old boys live.


    From The Daily Show Jan 19, 2015.
    Mike Huckabee: That's the viewpoint of people who live in Bubbleville.
    Stewart: What do you mean? America?

    January 21, 2015

  • refers to "Trans-Atlantic Trade and Investment Partnership"

    January 21, 2015

  • also refers to "Trans Pacific Partnership" - a Pacific Rim trade and business treaty.

    January 21, 2015

  • To cheat at this task, you could enter udlrabsudlra in to a scrabble or anagram solver. "subdural"

    January 20, 2015

  • a "Fast Radio Burst" - a radio astronomy term.
    "Fast Radio Bursts, also known as FRBs, consist of incredibly brief and intense bursts of radio energy that seem to originate from remote parts of space. " - International Business Times

    January 20, 2015

  • "Say hamburger" 

    "hangabur"

    January 18, 2015

  • Euphemism for Costa Concordia crash.

    January 18, 2015

  • Euphemism for fire and explosion.

    January 17, 2015

  • Euphemism for fire.

    January 17, 2015

  • Euphemism for atomic explosion.

    January 17, 2015

  • term used to describe how airbags did not inflate properly
    "...Two of the airbag inflaters Takata had retrieved from the junkyards showed cracks and the start of “rapid disassembly” during the tests, Takata’s preferred term for explosion, according to the two people. ..." New York Times , Nov 2014

    January 17, 2015

  • The site of a nuclear power plant meltdown in the 1970's

    January 17, 2015

  • An explosion, at Three Mile Island

    January 17, 2015

  • thanks, and listed.

    January 17, 2015

  • I like Quantas.
    In the 90's the planes were clean and well serviced.

    January 17, 2015

  • "flashback friday" - on twitter.

    January 16, 2015

  • "rapid unscheduled disassembly" (also "rapid unplanned disassembly")

    euphemism for your rocket blowing up.

    spotted a 2006 citation on Flickr regarding model rockets.  https://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/270913761/
    Quick search shows this term possibly used in 2005.

    January 16, 2015

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