Comments by bilby

  • SPAM

    May 23, 2018

  • Go on, read yarb's comment in the context of the etymology.

    May 22, 2018

  • Seems like more standard forms are bhindi, ghobi and baingan bharta. Thank you for sharing your lunch with me :-)

    May 22, 2018

  • Female equivalent is / was dandizette.

    May 22, 2018

  • It's a nice effort, bless 'em.

    May 22, 2018

  • Some of us here are good at worrying.

    May 21, 2018

  • To be fair there are some definitions above that pretty much describe the formation of this type of portmanteau.

    May 21, 2018

  • See also ha ha ha.

    May 19, 2018

  • What, is, your, problem?

    May 19, 2018

  • *blows on knuckles*

    May 18, 2018

  • South African English / Afrikaans.

    May 18, 2018

  • Nice list rzz!

    May 18, 2018

  • Every time I visit this list I remember that prolagus had different expectations.

    May 18, 2018

  • Scots: a stupid fellow.

    May 18, 2018

  • Hello John.

    May 18, 2018

  • From the examples, my interpretation:

    Asian cautioners cautiousness

    danced dashingly!

    diggings

    disposals factory falcon finality...

    give greyhound

    humidifier imitation.

    May 18, 2018

  • Mate no-one gives a snob subversive for your so-called poetry.

    May 18, 2018

  • Put a sock in/on it.

    May 18, 2018

  • *wild applause*

    May 18, 2018

  • Mkay I'll arrange some sensitivity training.

    May 18, 2018

  • Needs a warmed up limerick, aye.

    May 17, 2018

  • Promising rhyme with useless.

    May 17, 2018

  • OCR error.

    May 17, 2018

  • Hey MailChimp, the word chimp is available for adoption.

    May 17, 2018

  • A term found in scientific names honouring the botanist John Carne Bidwill.

    May 17, 2018

  • A traditional bush food of north-eastern Australia. The nuts come from the cones of the bunya pine, Araucaria bidwillii.

    May 17, 2018

  • Eft, I tell you, eft!

    May 17, 2018

  • I like 'smooth newt' with its connotation of having gone to the right kind of finishing school.

    May 17, 2018

  • Wot, no flowers?

    May 17, 2018

  • Dickieeees!

    May 17, 2018

  • I am ready to be discovered.

    May 17, 2018

  • Surely somewhere there are men working on robots to do it for them automatically.

    May 17, 2018

  • The two examples currently visible are more akin to homecoming or return.

    May 16, 2018

  • Primarily Scots.

    May 16, 2018

  • Recorded in English since 900!

    May 16, 2018

  • In modern use often refers to the tendency of 3-D printed objects to curl up a bit as they cool.

    May 16, 2018

  • Do you have hot doughnuts? I like those.

    May 16, 2018

  • See etymology of lady.

    May 16, 2018

  • For example a line joining places that are all the same travel time from a certain point.

    May 15, 2018

  • A southern / central American sauce whose key ingredient varies depending where it's made: pumpkin seeds, almonds, sesame seeds, peanuts, etc. There are red - with tomato - and green - cilantro infested - varieties.

    May 15, 2018

  • Hmmm.

    May 15, 2018

  • Finding a lot of borked definitions lately.

    May 15, 2018

  • Run away!

    May 15, 2018

  • Always wanted to visit garage-type but the visa is hard to get.

    May 15, 2018

  • Also missel.

    May 15, 2018

  • SPAM

    May 15, 2018

  • See also tub.

    May 15, 2018

  • 17C slang for pulpit, hence tub-thumper.

    May 15, 2018

  • Finally found something useful to do with you:

    A late Old English translation of the Medicina de Quadrupedibus of Sextus Placitus advises, for women "who suffer troubles in their inward places, work for them into a salve a foxes limbs and his grease, with old oil and with tar; apply to the womens places; quickly it healeth the troubles." It also recommends, for sexual intercourse without irritation, "the extremest end of a foxes tail hung upon the arm." Rubbing a fox's testicles on warts was supposed a means to get rid of them.

    May 15, 2018

  • Top limerick, qms!

    May 15, 2018

  • Apathy rules.

    May 15, 2018

  • Pants.

    May 15, 2018

  • Aber er ist als Geisel festgesetzt worden und wird wie ein Kriegsgefangener behandelt.

    Yet he is taken hostage and treated as a prisoner of war.

    May 15, 2018

  • Pathetic list.

    May 14, 2018

  • So concupiscible.

    May 14, 2018

  • SPAM

    May 14, 2018

  • Also lilli pilli, lilly pilly, lillypilly.

    Generally refers to trees of Syzygium genus.

    May 14, 2018

  • Scots: closed.

    May 14, 2018

  • Scots: mother.

    May 13, 2018

  • Etymonline has this useful rider about what it's doing in funeral rites:

    Old English dust, from Proto-Germanic *dunstaz (source also of Old High German tunst "storm, breath," German Dunst "mist, vapor," Danish dyst "milldust," Dutch duist), from PIE *dheu- (1) "dust, smoke, vapor" (source also of Sanskrit dhu- "shake," Latin fumus "smoke"). Meaning "that to which living matter decays" was in Old English, hence, figuratively, "mortal life."

    May 13, 2018

  • SPAM

    May 12, 2018

  • Trending: I poked a blafferty with a spoon.

    May 12, 2018

  • Interesting word.

    May 11, 2018

  • Shakespeare: a fat person.

    May 11, 2018

  • A hobgoblin said to inhabit and protect orchards and fruit groves.

    May 11, 2018

  • Scots: the cry made by a duckling.

    May 11, 2018

  • Boisterously.

    May 11, 2018

  • A lazy idler, says @HaggardHawks.

    May 11, 2018

  • A nickname for the yellow wagtail, supposedly because of its habit of bobbing up and down beside waterways.

    May 11, 2018

  • Short for bilby in civilised countries.

    May 11, 2018

  • See pileate.

    May 11, 2018

  • Hey is there a good frolic going on?!

    May 11, 2018

  • HW Fowler says:

    "string is not the verb string; we do not string the ham, but do something to the tendon called the hamstring; the verb, that is, is made not from the two words ham & string, but from the noun hamstring. It must therefore make hamstringed."

    May 10, 2018

  • Tut-tut CDC definition.

    May 10, 2018

  • I get nervous when the tigers are chuffling.

    May 10, 2018

  • I'll define it!

    cribose - misspelling of cribrose.

    May 9, 2018

  • Words containing these kinds of symbols will not display properly on Wordnik in its current form.

    May 9, 2018

  • Mr Welles, so nice to see you!

    May 9, 2018

  • See candy-pull.

    May 9, 2018

  • noun, Military.

    1.

    a 16th-century cannon, smaller than a culverin, firing a shot of between 5 and 8 pounds (11 and 17.6 kg).

    May 9, 2018

  • German: 'one born on a bench', ie. a bastard.

    May 9, 2018

  • French: 'pack saddle son', ie. a bastard.

    May 9, 2018

  • See candy-pull.

    May 9, 2018

  • Sounds like a ye olde time get-together where people made candy:

    'Candy pulls or candy stews were popular in the 19th century. One definition, from A Dictionary of Slang...1897: "Candy-pull (American), a candypull is a party of both sexes at which molasses or sugar is boiled and pulled by two persons (whose hands are buttered) to give it proper consistency, and then mixed and pulled again, till it becomes true candy." As described puckishly in Puck, "The necessary materials and plant are a goodsized warm kitchen, a number of active young women, aged from fifteen upward, several dudes and non-dudes—none over twenty-five — a large supply of white aprons, a larger supply of table-napkins, a well-heated cooking-range, two or three copper stew-pans." Puck. NYC: March 6, 1884 '

    - http://www.angelfire.com/md3/openhearthcooking/aaCandypull2.html

    May 9, 2018

  • taupie

    May 9, 2018

  • *applause*

    May 9, 2018

  • Goo, goo, glorious goo!

    There's nothing quite like it madmouth's purview!

    May 9, 2018

  • Japanese?

    May 9, 2018

  • Wiktionary guy doing raindy-day etymologies.

    May 9, 2018

  • My brother lives near a town called Yea so he says that a fair bit. If only I can get him to say forsooth.

    May 8, 2018

  • 'of the hound kind'

    May 8, 2018

  • Mmm, infusions of hay.

    May 8, 2018

  • A Dominican plantain mash.

    May 8, 2018

  • Top stuff.

    May 7, 2018

  • List idea: cat but no cat, thanks.

    May 7, 2018

  • An Old English word for spider, 'a weaver as he goes'.

    May 7, 2018

  • Vertu, Brute!

    May 7, 2018

  • See hammercloth.

    May 5, 2018

  • Also hammer-cloth.

    May 5, 2018

  • Etymology online:

    spout (n.)

    late 14c., from spout (v.). Cognate with Middle Dutch spoit, North Frisian spütj. It was the slang term for the lift in a pawnbroker's shop, the device which took up articles for storage, hence figurative phrase up the spout "lost, hopeless, gone beyond recall" (1812).

    May 5, 2018

  • I like the reference to 'certain dogs' in the etymology above.

    May 5, 2018

  • Welcome to Wordnik :-)

    May 5, 2018

  • The first week of May is national comics poetry week.

    http://www.gocomics.com/frogapplause/2018/05/01

    May 5, 2018

  • Appears to be definition of Norway maple.

    May 5, 2018

  • Common names: Leopard's bane, mountain snuff, sneezewort, mountain tobacco, wolfsbane.

    May 5, 2018

  • A bad mood.

    May 5, 2018

  • obviously moi is the baddie

    'cause "no-one's favorite word" is maddy

    so with p's and q's minded

    I beseech the unblinded

    to larf and not crack a saddy

    May 5, 2018

  • Work-to-rule going on over at CDC definitions division.

    May 5, 2018

  • I have 25 thousand, you'll be busy.

    May 4, 2018

  • How do I make this go away.

    May 4, 2018

  • A bit yucky, but, ehrm, pith.

    May 4, 2018

  • Reminds me of this list: http://www.wordnik.com/lists/on-the-border-of-imagination-and-reality

    May 4, 2018

  • An institution where students learn to make beetroot and vegetable soup. In their spare time they decipher long consonant strings.

    May 3, 2018

  • SPAM

    May 3, 2018

  • Have you moved Des Moines?

    May 2, 2018

  • Perhaps have a look at fraught for some perspective on this kind of usage.

    May 2, 2018

  • Thank you deinonychus.

    May 2, 2018

  • calque?

    May 2, 2018

  • What I said 5 years ago *sigh*

    May 2, 2018

  • Nice!

    April 27, 2018

  • kakapo

    April 27, 2018

  • A traditional Peruvian term for a high-pitched pack animal used for transport to mountain pharmacies.

    April 27, 2018

  • Smorgasbugaboo.

    April 27, 2018

  • I usually find that one person pursuing me is sufficient.

    April 26, 2018

  • Looks very Fwench but it is geek.

    April 25, 2018

  • I had no idea there were South American 'ostriches'.

    April 25, 2018

  • I'd quit the waiting and walk 500 miles. And 500 more. Worked for The Proclaimers.

    April 25, 2018

  • I think you're confusing roadie with groupie.

    April 25, 2018

  • Note that no cultures are known to have spirit vending machines. Just saying ;-)

    April 25, 2018

  • See also atomic priesthood.

    April 24, 2018

  • Was nice knowing you.

    April 24, 2018

  • If fish-ball = fish-cake, then clearly ball = cake.

    So what is a cake ball?

    April 24, 2018

  • Also scoggin.

    April 24, 2018

  • CDC's resident hyphenator has been putting in the overtime.

    April 24, 2018

  • "Only 9 percent of white Christians are young millennials, compared with 21 percent of Asian Christians and 16 percent of Latino Christians. Some 17 percent of white Christians are from the so-called silent generation. No other group comes close. In other words, white Christians are aging. Christians of color are youthening."

    - Stephen Carter, Bloomberg, 24 April 2018, https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/companies/the-ugly-coded-critique-of-chick-fil-as-christianity/ar-AAwg9Dg?ocid=spartanntp

    April 24, 2018

  • Bollocks. The capital of Paraguay is Asunción and using online maps I can't find any city in the world called Stanicky.

    April 23, 2018

  • Calm down a bit. If you post too many comments in a row it floods them off the Community page before anyone actually gets a chance to see them.

    April 23, 2018

  • "not a valid Scrabble word"

    April 22, 2018

  • See also mack nor mell.

    April 22, 2018

  • See also mack nor mell.

    April 22, 2018

  • SPAM

    April 22, 2018

  • I've read the citation below, twice, and still feel like I need someone to hold my hand and gently explain it to me.

    April 22, 2018

  • Nope. Crumpet rings are for cooking crumpets.

    April 22, 2018

  • pangolins v orchids, it's on!

    April 20, 2018

  • Re 'eye', see fascinum.

    April 20, 2018

  • Second meaning under CDC is interesting.

    April 20, 2018

  • I wonder how much the fine is.

    April 20, 2018

  • Try following the link for the adopter of this word.

    April 20, 2018

  • BREAKING: "Mueller's tinchel made great progress this week when..."

    April 20, 2018

  • Someone teach me this dance.

    April 20, 2018

  • Etymology at tumescent.

    April 19, 2018

  • Love bone connected to the...

    April 19, 2018

  • Good lad. I'll think of you when so long variations are earworming you at 3am.

    April 19, 2018

  • So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    I've sung this song, but I'll sing it again

    Of the people I've met and the places I've seen

    Some of the troubles that bothered my mind

    And a lot of good people that I've left behind, singing

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    The sweethearts they sat in the dark and they sparked

    They hugged and they kissed in that dusty old dark

    They sighed and they cried and they hugged and they kissed

    But instead of marriage they talked like this: honey

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    I went to your family and asked them for you

    They all said take her, oh take please do

    She can't cook or so and she won't't scrub your floor

    So I put on my coat, tip toed down the door, singing

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    I walked down the street to the grocery store

    It was crowded with people both rich and both poor

    I asked the man how his butter was sold

    He says one pound of butter for two pounds of gold, I said

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    My telephone rang and it jumped off the wall

    That was the preacher makin' his call

    He said, "we're waiting to tie the knot

    You're getting married believe it or not"

    The church was jammed and the church was packed

    The pews were crowded from the front to the back

    A thousand of friends waiting to kiss my new bride

    But I was so anxious I rushed her outside, told her

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    - Woody Guthrie

    April 19, 2018

  • I couldn't find the Malay connection in either of those links and nothing really comes to mind. I find the Norwegian / Swedish links reasonably plausible.

    Tut-tut to Meriam Webster for not knowing that salam is also used when taking leave.

    April 19, 2018

  • We were looking for you on narrowbody.

    April 19, 2018

  • Bracketed.

    Have you tried anybody and everybody?

    April 19, 2018

  • Call me a busybody, but currently nobody is listing narrowbody.

    April 19, 2018

  • Yes, Wikipedia has more:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Blissett_%28nom_de_plume%29

    April 19, 2018

  • This, from an article about great football flops, is a lovely account of the luther blissett thing in Italian.

    "Ninety-five league goals in just 246 appearances established Blissett as one of the most prolific strikers in Britain, thriving at Graham Taylor's no-nonsense Watford. Quite why Milan thought his robust talents would be similarly successful in Serie A remains one of football's enduring mysteries. He scored five goals in 30 games and, according to one Italian newspaper, was 'famous for missing open goals and for the inexorable precision with which he would find the goalpost'. His name lives on in Italy, however, but not for footballing reasons. 'Luther Blissett' has become a byword for anarchy. In 1997 four men went on trial in Rome for travelling on a train without tickets. When asked to identify themselves, all said they were Luther Blisset and argued that 'a collective identity does not need a ticket'. They explained that they chose Blissett because he was 'just a nice Afro-Caribbean guy who had problems with the Italian way of playing football.'"

    - Oliver Irish, The 10 biggest wastes of money in football history, Sunday 2 September 2001

    Observer Sport Monthly. https://www.theguardian.com/observer/osm/story/0,6903,543912,00.html

    April 19, 2018

  • Well kilonova me with monounsaturated fat and call me an avocado.

    April 19, 2018

  • Did it taste laemony?

    April 19, 2018

  • I don't brother you I'm afraid.

    April 18, 2018

  • Not supported by examples nor personal experience.

    April 18, 2018

  • BTW CDC please take half-job Harriet off the definition writing desk.

    April 18, 2018

  • ennis, inis, inish = island.

    April 18, 2018

  • Icterus icterus, the Venezuelan troupial, is the national bird of Venezuela.

    April 17, 2018

  • Etymonline says: "jaundice," 1706, medical Latin, from Greek ikteros "jaundice," also the name of a yellowish bird the sight of which was supposed, by sympathetic magic, to cure jaundice (but the bird died).

    April 17, 2018

  • '...akin to Icelandic krappr, constrained, tight.'

    April 17, 2018

  • Dunno, pressing vendingmachine buttons is pretty much a national sport.

    April 17, 2018

  • Also inconjunct.

    April 17, 2018

  • I happen to have here a bucket of pellet hooch I made a while back.

    *cheers*

    April 16, 2018

  • I guess the Roman equivalent of Wheedle On The Needle might have been Basilisk On The Obelisk.

    April 16, 2018

  • Etymology note: compare hybrid.

    April 16, 2018

  • FOOD PELLET PARTY!

    April 16, 2018

  • *presses button*

    April 15, 2018

  • See noncat.

    April 14, 2018

  • Holy robogasm, Batman.

    April 14, 2018

  • How did I random word this?

    April 14, 2018

  • See anecdote on mercaptan.

    April 14, 2018

  • Oh dear.

    April 14, 2018

  • Who is the Royal Secret Society of Bilbies and what are you going to do with me?

    April 14, 2018

  • I got adopted!

    April 14, 2018

  • You too could be a lapotopogigiatore one day.

    April 13, 2018

  • A layered French gateaux featuring almonds, coffee and chocolate.

    April 13, 2018

  • Special mention for lapotopoto, a Samoan pancake (properly panikeke lapotopoto). http://www.samoafood.com/2010/11/panikeke-lapotopoto-round-pancakes.html

    April 13, 2018

  • A knotted pastry from Limburg, Netherlands. The name translates as 'nun's buttocks'.

    April 13, 2018

  • A Christmas bread from Iceland, usually decorated with geometric patterns.

    April 13, 2018

  • Is offensive in Wiktionary sense above?

    April 13, 2018

  • I was thinking about making a list of fairground foods, except that I don't really like them.

    April 13, 2018

  • Spanish: another name for churro. And a few other meanings.

    April 13, 2018

  • I found this out when we stayed in a finca - country plantation with accommodation - that rather self-deprecatingly named itself thus. It was about 8 hours' drive from the capital, so yeah.

    April 13, 2018

  • Colombian Spanish: way out nowhere, the back of beyond, etc.

    April 13, 2018

  • Despite being ravined and desperate, I was unsuccessful in procuring a morsel from the miserable vending machine.

    April 13, 2018

  • Very satisfying number of 1's.

    April 13, 2018

  • Yfavorited.

    April 13, 2018

  • Lol. Fufluns all around I reckon.
    n.b. Said fufluns were spontaneously created from the mysterious yellow matter of the universe, plus leftover coconut from last month's lamington drive.

    April 12, 2018

  • see earle.

    April 12, 2018

  • 'This Earle of Oxford, making of his low obeisance to Queen Elizabeth, happened to let a Fart, at which he was so abashed and ashamed that he went to Travell, 7 yeares. On his returne the Queen welcomed him home, and sayd, My Lord, I had forgott the Fart.'

    - John Aubrey, Brief Lives. https://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/John_Aubrey

    April 12, 2018

  • Beautiful!

    April 12, 2018

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