alexz commented on the word level 8
network communication is based on 7 layers from hardware, low level packets, to interfaces. Level 8 refers to the user.
March 11, 2014
alexz commented on the word Glasswipes
another insult for Google glass wearers, seen in The Register
alexz commented on the list glitches-in-wordnik
You're welcome.I'll remove these words from the list then.
alexz commented on the word Goxed
seen in the BBC. article. http://m.bbc.com/news/technology-26387800. "It's time that MtGox got the Bitcoin community's wrath instead of the Bitcoin community getting Goxed,"
March 10, 2014
alexz commented on the word I am an alumni
good point. I think that English frequently breaks Latin rules.
has beat out "I am an alumnus". http://googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1;="I+am+an+alumnus"&word2;="I+am+an+alumni"
March 9, 2014
alexz commented on the word MtGox
"Magic the Gathering online exchange" , in 2014, became a failed bitcoin exchange after being hacked. Pronounced "Mount Gox"
March 5, 2014
alexz commented on the word holacracy
spotted in Dilbert comic, Mar 4 2014. pointy haired boss and catbert.phb: Now that were organized as a holacracy, I have no idea what I should be doing.cb: Holacracy involves dynamic governance, transparent operations, and harnessing your conscious capacity.Phb: That sounds like "wander around".cb: Try to do it dynamically.
March 4, 2014
alexz commented on the word dromocracy
where people take to the streets and change government.from dromos, Greek for street. http://m.thetyee.ca/Opinion/2014/03/01/Dromocracy-Now-Streets-Takeover/ , dromocrat.
alexz commented on the word dizzy
Car part - the Distributor. UK Slang.
March 3, 2014
alexz commented on the word dizzy cap
UK slang for Distributor Cap.A car engine part.
alexz commented on the word WINE
WINE Is Not an Emulator./more recursion
March 1, 2014
alexz commented on the word Hird
linux term "Hurd of Interfaces Representing Depth"/ recursive definition.
alexz commented on the word Hurd
linux term for "Hird of Unix-Replacing Daemons"/ recursive definition.
alexz commented on the word shadow system
in IT, this is an unauthorized file server which was installed by a department besides the IT department - It may be an uncontrolled file server or software server installed because the IT solution isn't compatible with engineering tools.
alexz commented on the word shadow IT
This refers to a department installing their own networking and wireless equipment separate from a corporate IT department.
alexz commented on the word pagpag
the subsistence diet of eating leftovers Philippines.
alexz commented on the word impune
for some people, the present usage drives the present definition.
February 26, 2014
alexz commented on the word M2M
acronym for Machine to Machinehow devices connect to each other, aka 'the internet of things'.
alexz commented on the word bran new
brand new shows up in a Shakespeare sonnet.Cupid laid by his brand a fell a sleepe,A maide of Dyans this aduantage found,And his loue-kindling fire did quickle steepeIn a could vallie-fountaine of that ground : Which borrowd from this holie fire of loue,a deteless liuely heat still to indure,And grew a seething bath which yet men proue,Against strang malladies a foueraigne cure:But as my mistres eie loues brand new fired,The boy for triall needes would touch my brest,I sick withall the helpe of bath desired,And thether hied a sad distemperd guest.But found no cure, the bath for my helpe lies,Where Cupid got new fire; my mistres eye.1609 - from a 1918 reprinting.
February 24, 2014
alexz commented on the word orange
Here's an 1869 book of Orange Poetry.http://books.google.ca/books?id=8OlT81Z_ceoCUncle, can you find a rhyme for orange?
spotted 'bran new' in the examples listed for 'biffin'.Looked up 'bran new' and it goes back to a 1675 dictionary "A copius English and Netherdutch dictionary..."http://books.google.ca/books?id=835FAAAAcAAJ under the definition of 'Spick Spelder Nieuw' Spick Spelder reminds me of Spic and Span.
alexz commented on the user tytyler
SPAM Click there? This website uses the nofollow tag. Google isn't going to index your link. You're wasting your time here.
alexz commented on the list old-school-internet
good catch, madmouth.
alexz commented on the word TPP
refers to 'twitch plays pokemon'.
February 23, 2014
alexz commented on the word AlohaNet
a 1970's packet radio system for Universities on Hawaii to talk to each other.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALOHANET
alexz commented on the word gonch pull
a wedgieto pull someone's underwear up out of their pants while they are wearing them.
alexz commented on the word Newfie steak
Bologna cooked in a pan.Newfoundland.
alexz commented on the list canadianisms
Found online - a Canadian Slang dictionary.http://www.coolslang.com/in/canadian/index.php?OL=eng&TL=eng&Letter=A
alexz commented on the word Squampton
a nickname for Squamish BC
alexz commented on the list alternate-internets
It's a list of mesh networking projects, community mesh projects, some of the historic 'dark nets', and some fictional networks (Ansible, subspace radio, FTL radio)
February 22, 2014
alexz commented on the word IrDA
Infrared Data AssociationBefore bluetooth and NFC, people would have their iPaq connect to their laptop using an infrared connection
alexz commented on the word FFTF
Fiber From The Farms - describes Spains decentralized mesh network.
alexz commented on the word verboss
I think it would be like a pit boss for verbs.
alexz commented on the word parenthesesfarian
alexz commented on the word altcoin
an alternate digital currency besides the bitcoin, ie. litecoin, dogecoin, colored coins (used on meshnet)
alexz commented on the word internet
In 1992, all the websites on the internet were listed in one book.. this one: http://books.google.ca/books?id=4_8QLDDoFhsCThe whole Internet: user's guide & catalog by Ed Krol.
February 20, 2014
alexz commented on the word tweaa
has been banned in Ghana's Parliament. http://m.bbc.co.uk/news/blogs-news-from-elsewhere-26259494 It's a word of disapproval. Now, if they could only ban Twerk.
February 19, 2014
alexz commented on the user mustafwi
It's interesting to see Punjabi and internet slang mixed together.
alexz commented on the word Doge
many words http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/feb/18/doge-such-questions-very-answered
February 18, 2014
alexz commented on the word bout
right a bout not bout now bout now bout now.. http://youtu.be/FMrIy9zm7QY?t=2m33s
alexz commented on the word Idiotopia
a word referring to an idiot utopia.The future looks dumb.Seen on a Robocop movie review. Also seen in the reviewIdiotocracyIdiotopian
February 17, 2014
alexz commented on the word NekNominate
Hopefully this is just a fad.
February 12, 2014
alexz commented on the list c s-bird-–-grandiloquent-dictionary
The usage says that more people use abecedarian instead of abcedarian http://googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1=abecedarian&word2=abcedarian
February 11, 2014
alexz commented on the list fire-bearing-or-fire-producing
here be dragons
alexz commented on the word technogoggles
seen in The Register. I like this one. Not only does it apply to things like Google Glass, and Oculus Rift, but can be used for any sci fi like set of specs.
February 10, 2014
alexz commented on the word vowel bigot
Nothing says 'Consonant Hoarder' quite like the people from Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
alexz commented on the word boombastic
1991 - mentioned in a Dream Warriors song "Definition of a Boombastic Jazz Style"1995 - song by Shaggy "Boombastic"1990 - Option Magazine - Sonic Options Network
alexz commented on the word wordnarch
A Royal figure or Monarch who decrees what is and is not a word and what that word actually means. see OED
February 9, 2014
alexz commented on the word kriptovalyuty
Russian for Cryptocurrency, which was banned Feb 2014
February 8, 2014
alexz commented on the word Nightmare Bear
The Mascot of the 2014 winter Olympicshttp://www.buzzfeed.com/bennyjohnson/the-internet-reacts-to-sochi-mascot-known-as-nightmare-bear
alexz commented on the word p-mail
Mentioned in CBC's Quirks and Quarks Feb 8 2014 show. How dogs communicate by peeing and sniffing.
alexz commented on the word neknomination
the name of a 'pay it forward' drinking game where someone challenges 2 of their friends to drink. http://bc.ctvnews.ca/mobile/controversial-pay-it-forward-drinking-game-neknomination-reaches-b-c-1.1674716. the article mentions this trend may have originated in Australia.
February 7, 2014
alexz commented on the word spokhaus
Used by The Register to refer to Canada's spy agencies; this word was then reused by a multitude of copypasta news sites. I think this word comes from Spukhaus which is German for a Haunted House.
February 4, 2014
alexz commented on the word Stasiland
In a Guardian article, slang for East Germany, and its former Stasi.
February 3, 2014
alexz commented on the word pre-k
pre-kindergartenI think this is a US term. Heard in a Macklemore song.
alexz commented on the word bus loop
I think the rest of the world uses terms like 'bus stand' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bus_stand and 'bus terminus' , 'bus depot' , 'bus station'. Other cities use 'bus loop' to refer to a circular route.
alexz commented on the word speed hump
you're reading it as a verb?
February 1, 2014
alexz commented on the word WTDSS
"What Time Does Superbowl Start"The common answer is to use this phrase as SEO bait to drive traffic to a website ie. www.wordnik.com as explained by an article in The Atlantic article A Brief History of 'What Time is the Super Bowl?'
January 31, 2014
alexz commented on the word oomf
#oomf is twitterese for "one of my followers"
alexz commented on the word quadrocopter
alternate of 'quadcopter'.http://googlefight.com/index.php?lang=en_GB&word1=quadcopter&word2=quadrocopter
January 29, 2014
in Vancouver, we have things called "bus loops" : this isn't referring to a circular route, it's referring to the concrete bus platform and bus roundabout in a city lot where several buses connect.We have Blanca Loop, Kootenay Loop, Stanley Park Loop, UBC Loop, Dunbar Loop, etc.. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blanca_Loop and refer to the term "bus loop" for those places where multiple buses pull in, wait for connecting passengers, and leave on schedule.
January 27, 2014
alexz commented on the word FaceTime
double timing, two-faced FaceTimers!
alexz commented on the word The Machine
.. the Artificial Intelligence from Person Of Interest
alexz commented on the list british-columbian-terms
makes me think of the song War Pigswhich makes me think of War Hawks
Would that have been referring to using the apple app? http://www.apple.com/mac/facetime/ or was it referring to meeting in person?
This would be the first time I read the term 'skypigs' ; a quick search shows it's used by anti police activists in stead of 'Transit Police'. This term seems to refer to video games more by a factor of about 100 or so.
alexz commented on the word Siberian Express
is what we used to call a 'polar vortex'. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siberian_Express
alexz commented on the word crotch-rot
a skin infection in the groin area
January 26, 2014
alexz commented on the word re-up
I first heard this in a Macklemore song in 2013, now I seen it in my Twitter feed as repeat.
alexz commented on the word harm reduction
in BC's injection sites, it refers to reducing the spread of diseases due to needle sharing, and providing care in preventing overdose deaths.
January 24, 2014
alexz commented on the word in-site
in BC, it is a legalized drug injection site where nurses monitor addicts and provide clean needles for 'harm reduction'
alexz commented on the word side-pee
typo - stopover (unable to edit links)
January 23, 2014
do we need to create a list? : inflexion gaucherie finial capsize stopover spin-off upwelling fusiladematerialization benison
alexz commented on the list what-flies-like-a-what-what
Earliest 'flies like an arrow' ?
January 19, 2014
From The Affectionate Pair, Or the History of Sung-Kin: A Chinese Tale http://books.google.ca/books?id=rak-AAAAcAAJ "They were each upwards of forty years of age but had neither son nor daughter Sung tun one day observed to his wife there is an old adage which says Men should rear children to wait on them in old age and store up provision against times of famine You and I are now both upwards of forty and are still without children Time flies like an arrow In the twinkling of an eye we shall be grey headed and when we become infirm on whom can we depend for support Having thus spoke the tears involuntarily trickled down his cheeks ""Time flies like an arrow and ere they were aware a year and two months elapsed when Ech uen bore him a daughter The husband and wife loved it more than gold and each nursed it in turn "This phrase shows up in many Chinese/English dictionaries in the 1800's.Summary: Wikipedia can be wrong.
From the year 1722 , Year of the Plague"In the summer before the Plague," says Mr. Boghurst, " there was such a multitude of flies, that they lined the insides of houses, and if any thread or string did hang down in any place, it was presently thick 'set with flies, like a rope of onions;"
so, this is a linguist thing. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Time_flies_like_an_arrow;_fruit_flies_like_a_banana
alexz commented on the word mathematician
an odd number of...(if they disagree with the 'odd' number, reply with 'prove it'
January 18, 2014
alexz commented on the word chemists
I propose that we refer to a group of chemists as a " mix of chemists"
a group of mathematicians is called a ... http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/roots-of-unity/2014/01/14/collective-noun-for-mathematicians/ of ofonumber numbernumbenumbnumnun irrationalirratiirratirrairririan anasuggest suggestsuggessuggesuggsugsusI I
alexz commented on the word riccing
fitting yourself in to a small enclosure, having your picture taken, and posting it to social media, a la Christina Ricci#riccinghttp://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2014/01/christina-ricci-crawls-into-refrigerator-sparks-riccing-meme.html
January 17, 2014
alexz commented on the word doob tube
Seen on a CNN Report on legalization of pot.It's a tube container to store a partially smoked marijuana joint.
January 15, 2014
alexz commented on the word quintessence
Seen today in a Google tech talk regarding the nature of dark matter. Alex Filippenko: "Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe"
January 14, 2014
alexz commented on the word Cajón
the original spelling of Cajon, the Peruvian musical instrument. http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cajón
January 12, 2014
alexz commented on the word cajon
from Peru, Cajón
a boxlike percussion musical instrument which has snare drum wires inside which add to the sound.
alexz commented on the word slap-top
a type of Cajon musical instrument where the striking surface is on the top.
alexz commented on the word snuffbumble
I'd like to think this was coined in the video History of the English Language in 10 minutes? c. 2011
alexz commented on the word widdiful
In Soviet Grammarstan, using lolspeak like 'widdul' is a hanging offence.
alexz commented on the word banter
I think it shows up in the lexicon tetraglotton. 1660. http://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Lexicon_Tetraglotton_an_English_French_I.html?id=PCtWAAAAYAAJ
January 10, 2014
if it had truly Roman roots, I would have expected Google translate to show similar words in French, Spanish, Italian.
This word was around in 1653, so maybe nobody's sure where it came from before being an English word.http://books.google.ca/books?id=USmgAAAAMAAJGoogle translate has Banter being Banter in the Cebuano and Maltese languages.I like the use of Banter and Banterina in the Don Quixote sequel.
alexz commented on the word Torontarded
Coined by Rick Mercer to describe how useless Torontonians can behttp://youtu.be/0EQdXyKiFY4?t=56s
January 9, 2014
alexz commented on the word ragchew
this is a ham radio term 'chewing the rag' or having a conversation.
January 5, 2014
alexz commented on the word spaceling
page 201 An astronaut's guide to life on Earth. By Chris Hadfield. "... It took six weeks until I felt like a true spaceling and movement became almost unconscious; ... "
alexz commented on the word frost quake
January 4, 2014
alexz commented on the word The Jargon File
this is a list of technical computing slang terms which has been maintained since the 70s.
alexz commented on the word magic smoke
magic smoke is what gives electronic components their magical powers http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magic_smoke
January 3, 2014
alexz commented on the word let the smoke out
refers to magic smoke
alexz commented on the word pixie dust
in 2002, IBM announced 'pixie dust' hard drives. "antiferromagnetically-coupled (AFC) media technology"
alexz commented on the word magic packet
in computing, it's a 'wake on lan' networking packet of data. In usage, it's the magic behind a techie waving a cell phone at a computer, pressing a button, saying alacazam, and the computer turning on.
alexz commented on the list technology-and-magic
software guru and hardware wizard appear c. 1977. found one citation in an IEEE document.Eascon Record http://books.google.ca/books?id=MtEsAQAAIAAJ
alexz commented on the word technomancer
came across this word today when looking up adhoc mesh networking linux distro's this word goes back to the mid 90's role playing game scene.
alexz commented on the list list-of-dictionaries
1880 Glossary of words in use in Cornwall http://books.google.ca/books?id=wckFAAAAQAAJ
December 28, 2013
alexz commented on the word cheerybiddles
Well, a biddle was mentioned by William Makepeace Thackeray "...The biddle who kips watch at the Halbany wodn keep misfortn out of my chambers.. " - The Works of William Makepeace Thackeray, Volume 8 It may be related to widdle-biddle and liddle-biddle or the biddle-rabbit as seen on Icanhazcheeseburger.
edit: better article at http://geekmom.com/2013/12/55-canadianisms/
alexz commented on the word donair
I didn't encounter the 'mediterranean wrap' version of this til the early 90's in Vancouver. http://www.cbc.ca/newsblogs/yourcommunity/2013/12/take-off-that-tuque-and-grab-a-donair-the-most-canadian-words.htmlit seems to be a Canadianism.
alexz commented on the word shelfie
a photo of a bookshelf
December 24, 2013
alexz commented on the word Stygian hole
The EFF called Google's removal of a privacy tool a 'Stygian hole'. This phrase was repeated by dozens of news organizations, but I don't think there is a clear meaning to this phrase. Was the EFF making a reference to Ultima's (game) Stygian abyss? Is it a reference to dark and gloomy? or were they calling it hellish? By hole, are they referring to a security hole (vulnerability). or a large pit? Is the EFF's usage a hellish dark and gloomy security vulnerability?
December 22, 2013
alexz commented on the list great-barriers-to-humanity
it refers to the speed of light. upper speed limit.
December 20, 2013
alexz commented on the word poundshop
English version of a dollar store.
alexz commented on the word Harperlandia
"The new Canadian passport is pure Harperlandia" - http://www.thestar.com/opinion/commentary/2013/09/09/the_new_canadian_passport_is_pure_harperlandia_mallick.html"According to the government, we are white guys, rural, warlike and sporty, but not literate. Our landscapes are bleak, our buildings drab, our statuary undistinguished. These are not propellant images. In most, we are either stationary or plodding.Worse, not a single Canadian face is shown cracking a smile."
alexz commented on the word hilljack
Seen on tv show Porter Ridge.
December 18, 2013
alexz commented on the list words-that-end-in-ish-but-aren-t-adjectives
tish pish swish Antigonish
December 17, 2013
alexz commented on the list ginger--1
December 15, 2013
alexz commented on the word news
Searching google for "* of news" givesworld of news, today of news, headlines of news,business of news I think the 1920's radio revolution turned news from a physical thing to something which flows rapidly.I think the top 2 'of news' descriptors in the 20th century are 'flow of news' 'stream of news'
December 14, 2013
so, far, I've got flow of newstrickle of newspile of newshttp://goo.gl/eFtiXc
alexz commented on the word srirachapocalypse
I think there are 2 criteria required for a 'pocalypseIt must make life hell.It must affect tens of millions of people.If a hurricane were to hit a hot sauce factory resulting in hot sauce raining from the sky, burning everyone's eyes out, getting into the lakes and streams, and ultimately people's faucets such that when they try to rinse their eyes out... MORE HOT SAUCE IN YOUR EYES, then you would have a true srirachapocalypse,
alexz commented on the word sorry
It's not that Canadians have 100 words for 'Sorry', but rather that Canadians use 'Sorry' in place of other words... such as 'excuse me','watch where you're going','hey' http://www.queensu.ca/strathy/publications/volume8/Barr-Gillberry-Wp8.pdf
is *.pocalypse overused?
alexz commented on the word quango
what a silly sounding word. can we call members of a quango, quangoroos?
December 13, 2013
alexz commented on the word clerisy
alexz commented on the word PUA
short for 'Pick Up Artist'.http://xkcd.com/1027/
alexz commented on the word mummering
A masked Newfoundland Christmas tradition where masked marauders break into your house, sing songs, eat your food and drink your booze.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummering
December 12, 2013
alexz commented on the word blobsquatch
A blurry picture of 'Bigfoot' or 'Sasquatch'.seen on 'Bigfoot Hoedown' - Finding Bigfoot - Discovery Channel. 2013
December 10, 2013
alexz commented on the word NFV
Network Function Virtualizationreplacing custom hardware network boxes with virtual machines.
December 9, 2013
alexz commented on the word toldja
seeing this in print....ffrom "told ya"
December 8, 2013
alexz commented on the word caffeinstein
I would have assumed this to be a big German mug filled with coffee.
December 6, 2013
alexz commented on the list human-geography
Sleeping Beauty mountain http://goo.gl/maps/sMWKl near Terrace BCSeven Sisters mountains.http://goo.gl/maps/11wh8 near Kitwanga
alexz commented on the word ITAP
Reddit acronym for 'I took a picture'.
December 4, 2013
alexz commented on the word greedy gut
19th century 'french english' dictionaries list a 'greedy gut' as a definition for Gourmand or Gouliafre or Goulard I grew up with the phrase 'greedy gut' A quick search shows this going back to the 1500's.
December 3, 2013
alexz commented on the word tmrrw
Twitterese for 'tomorrow'
December 2, 2013
alexz commented on the word NCR
Canadian abbreviation for Not Criminally Responsible.
December 1, 2013
alexz commented on the word profanity
vsauce did a 10 minute talk on swearing.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dd7dQh8u4Hc
alexz commented on the word T-dot
November 30, 2013
alexz commented on the word alchy
an alcoholic, or a drunkard.a slang term for alcoholspotted in 1961 The Synonym Finder - Jerome Irving Rodale1843 , October New York - Journal of the American Temperance Union
alexz commented on the word walkavator
a moving sidewalk. a conveyor belt for people.
November 29, 2013
alexz commented on the word movator
this is what a local shopping center calls It's moving walkway. - a moving escalator?
1859 - Language of the Aborigines of the colony of Victoria(was looking up a word from Johnny Dangerously, and came across this dictionary)http://books.google.ca/books?id=3WwwAQAAMAAJ
November 28, 2013
alexz commented on the word tear down
n. , it's a building which you will be tearing down to put in a newer building.
alexz commented on the word chinny
spotted in the Dr. Who 50th anniversary.
November 27, 2013
alexz commented on the word dracut
I believe it's referring to the word 'cosmos', so this may be a 'glitch' in wordnik.
alexz commented on the word Devil is beating his wife
Was watching The Atlantic's video on regional dialects.Southern term for a sunshower - when it rains when the sun is shining.
November 26, 2013
alexz commented on the word royal we
... are not amused at managerial we
alexz commented on the word flying car
It's fun to look up old instances of the phrase 'flying car' especially 18th and 19th century books.
November 25, 2013
alexz commented on the word confusage
alexz commented on the word Whistralia
a name for Whistler, BC, due to the Aussie influx.
alexz commented on the list words-within-words
alexz commented on the word Satwhoday
caturday for Dr. Who fans.
November 23, 2013
cow a bung adude.
alexz commented on the word Whoniverse
I think the OED blug made this one up. Dr. Who universe.
November 22, 2013
alexz commented on the word Chipzilla
slang for Intel corp. seen on TheRegister and other sites. (see examples section)
alexz commented on the word rat runner
dating back to 1969"In psychological jargon, a person who trains rats is called a 'rat runner', "Mental Health Research Institute Staff Publications - Part 2 - Page 248Found using google booksbooks.google.ca/books?id=nIcqAAAAMAAJUniversity of Michigan. Mental Health Research Institute - 1969
November 21, 2013
alexz commented on the word ratrunner
a rat runnerterm spotted in Burnaby Now newspaper.http://www.burnabynewsleader.com/news/232860961.html"Ratrunners often use Graveley, Brentlawn and Beta Avenue as part of their route to avoid traffic congestion at Lougheed Highway and Willingdon."
alexz commented on the word SDN
computing - software defined network
alexz commented on the word Cinderella gas
According to a BBC news article, it is Laughing gas, or nitrous oxide.
alexz commented on the word Canadazed
a contrived word seen on The Daily Show - referring to Toronto's crack smoking mayor Nov 19, 2013
alexz commented on the word QUBO
"A QUBO form, which stands for a Quadratic Unconstrained Binary Optimization form, is a mathematical representation of any optimization problem that needs to be solved. At this time — and as far as we know — every single quantum computer requires that the input be in QUBO form." Nov 20 Io9.com article on quantum computers.
alexz commented on the list what-do-you-think-will-be-word-of-the-year
This year STILL has a month and a half to go.I'm dejected that OED didn't pick Sharknado for word of the year.
November 20, 2013
alexz commented on the word tighty whities
... since 1989
alexz commented on the word twisty tower
This term seems to be used in the Vancouver news regarding two new towers which have a twisted shape to them.
November 18, 2013
alexz commented on the word skytwister
http://io9.com/these-sky-twisters-are-the-21st-centurys-answer-to-the-1465123926twisty tower,bendy buildinggooglefight shows "twisty tower" beating "bendy building". skytwister seems to be a hobby helicopter as well....
November 17, 2013
alexz commented on the word AOSP
"Android Open Source Project"An android device which doesn't have all the Google hooks in it.http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/nov/14/china-smartphone-android-google-iphone
alexz commented on the word Twitterville
today, in looking up the History of the word 'Twitterville', bumped into a "Twitter House in Twitterville NY." c. 1994
alexz commented on the list ughghghgh
It means you're a child of the 80's. Necessary http://goo.gl/EB3t6yhttp://goo.gl/sbCJMb Embarrass Graphs don't lie.Huk'd on Fonix Werkd fer U.
November 16, 2013
alexz commented on the word compo
Canada also uses 'compo' as workers comp.
alexz commented on the word SHA
Computer Encryption: Secure Hash Algorithm
November 14, 2013
alexz commented on the word di int
actually spelled di'int "oh no you di'int"but I can't add comments to that word.
alexz commented on the word 419er
it's an internet scammer in Nigeria.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nigerian_scam
alexz commented on the word hackerphobia
the fear of using the internet for fear of hackers. a quick search shows that this was first used in 2600 magazine in 1991.
November 13, 2013
alexz commented on the list heart-phrases-words
heart of gold
alexz commented on the list altered-states-research-lab
November 12, 2013
alexz commented on the word 4D
in 3D printing, it's the capability of being able to print all the parts to create a new 3D printer.
alexz commented on the word twttr
technically, tweet's are to the world. http://www.theguardian.com/media/2011/jul/24/jack-dorsey-mediaguardian-100-2011
November 11, 2013
the first tweet was Jack Dorsey. "just setting up my twttr"
alexz commented on the word iceality
just because someone coined a word at Urban Dictionary doesn't mean other dictionaries need to add it. The only hits I see for this word using google books is an OCR error of the word locality.
November 9, 2013
alexz commented on the word mendicants
I first saw the word mendicant in the Groo the Wanderer comic books.http://themalaysianreader.files.wordpress.com/2010/10/groo78-2.jpg
November 7, 2013
alexz commented on the word sitzpinkler
spotted at the BBC - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-24820279
November 6, 2013
alexz commented on the user mykulbee
Rectitude- Another hoity toity word introduced in the Georgian Era http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Georgian_era . There's nothing like using hoity toity words to intensify class divisions.https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=rectitude&year_start=1500&year_end=2000&corpus=15&smoothing=3&share;=&direct_url=t1;,rectitude;,c01843 Defnition of rectitude.http://books.google.ca/books?id=OGlBAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA541" Rectitude is the conformity of actions to an acknowledged standard of right"
alexz commented on the word cachination
it's a lesser used version of cachinnationit seems to be used by hoity toity types who don't want to sound common.
November 5, 2013
alexz commented on the word thunderstone
The examples for thunderstone listed above mostly refer to meteorites. http://books.google.ca/books?id=J0tJAAAAYAAJ
November 4, 2013
alexz commented on the word Swabian
Einstein referred to himself as 'The valiant Swabian'- sources, Oct 31,13 Science Friday. Other sources New Yorker.
November 2, 2013
alexz commented on the word easy peasy
from urbandictionary "It comes from a 1970's british TV commercial for Lemon Squeezy detergent. "
alexz commented on the word Darwin
Sadly, 'Darwin' is a comment used by insensitive people on comments sections to refer to 'Darwin Award' This use of Darwin is something I hate to see, as it's insensitive to the family and friends of the person who perished.
November 1, 2013
alexz commented on the word Mexclamation point
¡It's a Colbertism for the inverted exclamation point!
alexz commented on the word interrobang
⸘Did you know that for extra surprise, you can use an inverted interrobang‽ (no, not really)
alexz commented on the list i-can-haz-cheezeburgerisms
This list was made by looking up 'lolcatisms' on twitter, google, and that lolcat site by looking up words that go with 'teh' 'haz' 'cheeze' and in doing that, stumbled onto the story of T.K. Nupton and Max Beerbohm from almost 100 years ago which described a time traveller who goes to the future (our day) to discover people using the phonetic spelling of words.
October 30, 2013
alexz commented on the word ignis fatuus
seen in the 1600's under the translation for 'jack with a lantern'http://books.google.ca/books?id=3ikPAAAAYAAJ
October 29, 2013
alexz commented on the word Canadian girlfriend
a fictional non existent girlfriend.
alexz commented on the word sniggler
A slight frostfrom the Dictionary of Sussex Dialect
October 25, 2013
alexz commented on the word balderdash
From the Dictionary of the Sussex dialect" BALDERDASH Probably derived from Ang Sax Baldwyrda a saucy jester Obscene conversation "
Dictionary of the Sussex DialectThe English Dialect Society -http://books.google.ca/books?id=SSA_AAAAYAAJwas looking up early uses of Glitch, but Google found Clitch instead.missing from this dictionary.. the letter Z.
alexz commented on the word Huffpo
slang for Huffington Post
alexz commented on the word computer
From Charles Baggage's book of logarthyms"In presenting to the public a new table of Logarithms two things particularly demand the attention of the editor their correctness and the facility with which they can be used by computers..."I think in that day, Babbage's Logarythm book was aimed at computers being 'people who computed'.http://books.google.ca/books?id=piNNAAAAMAAJ
October 24, 2013
alexz commented on the word telegraph
prior to electroniic communications, telegraphs were visual and indicated with flags and signs.http://books.google.ca/books?id=hGcpAAAAYAAJ United States Telegraph Vocabulary - lists the flags which convert to numeric codes, which are then looked up in the book.
alexz commented on the word beerbarian
a locally contrived word for a 24 oz beer.
alexz commented on the list hiding-places
October 23, 2013
alexz commented on the word heisenbug
Just noticed the December 2013 release of Fedora Linux will be codenamed 'Heisenbug' http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Fedora_versions#Fedora_20
October 22, 2013
alexz commented on the word tahr
Ubuntu Linux 14.04 will be called 'Trusty Tarh'
October 21, 2013
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