Comments by bilby

  • Touche!

    June 27, 2015

  • There's a great expression they use in Indonesian when someone who is supposed to say something doesn't. Used particularly in reference to policicians, for example, when they are seeking to avoid stating a position on something they know is controversial and hence just go into hiding.
    'bungkam seribu bahasa' - silent in a thousand languages

    June 26, 2015

  • I've thought about buying some noise cancelling headphones so I can get more silence.

    June 26, 2015

  • I didn't hear the pin drop.

    June 26, 2015

  • Sometimes I might claim I'm a bilky
    Who hangs out with bandicoots and their ilky
    But try as I may,
    I hear my naysaysers say:
    "Oi! His ears are leathery, not silky!"

    June 26, 2015

  • bilky

    June 26, 2015

  • No, I'm not changing my name to bilky to get on this list.

    June 25, 2015

  • A small, puffy Danish pancake.

    June 25, 2015

  • Ooh, polyplosivity!

    June 23, 2015

  • Danish for blackcurrant, 'sun berry'.

    June 23, 2015

  • I like broccoli that tastes like broccoli.

    June 23, 2015

  • Yeah, the Council in my former town of Darwin was one that went around chopping down coconut trees because of the supposed risk.

    June 22, 2015

  • Hara-kiri, fall on your sword and other such behaviours?

    June 22, 2015

  • Neat list idea. Despite Wordienik not really doing phrases very well, we show 'em.

    June 22, 2015

  • Throw the baby out with the bath water?

    June 22, 2015

  • Sack and ruin.

    June 22, 2015

  • Oh dear, I have a list for this.

    June 22, 2015

  • Hard to tell if that's satire.

    June 19, 2015

  • From kakapo, "a chick raising facility and permanent Kakapo exhibition attached to the Invercargill Museum and Art Gallery on the south island of New Zealand."

    June 19, 2015

  • This made me think of you: http://www.metrolyrics.com/song-ml-video-cea.html
    It was probably the bananaphone.

    June 18, 2015

  • Compare German senf.

    June 18, 2015

  • Sozzled journalists had often been known to indulge when officebound without much happening for them to report. Hence the expression'sloe news day'.

    June 17, 2015

  • Good pic! Thanks dude.
    p.w. We are old.

    June 16, 2015

  • There's a whole genre of this in Indonesian, known as plesetan, which translates from Javanese as 'slipping'.
    One of the better examples that sticks in mind in English is a Monty Python sketch where John Cleese was giving a speech as the Minister for Pisrenunciation.

    June 15, 2015

  • It seems in the case of bs it's a two-syllable tie.

    June 15, 2015

  • Neat idea.

    June 15, 2015

  • What does one use to put out vending machine fires?

    June 13, 2015

  • Only with no added sugar.

    June 12, 2015

  • Nope, rumoured to contain fun and we know how horrible that is.

    June 11, 2015

  • I used to hear Jacobite a lot when I lived in Scotland.

    June 11, 2015

  • Stop this nonsense or I'll hang up.

    June 11, 2015

  • I've gone to a lot of trouble you know.

    June 10, 2015

  • Here, have a prune.

    June 10, 2015

  • Vegans are allowed to use rubber chickens.

    June 10, 2015

  • It was somewhat mode, when I was a young'un, for someone to go to the last page of your autograph book / yearbook and write'by hook or by crook I'll be last in your book' and sign there.

    June 9, 2015

  • I wonder if this qualifies for the Not Edible list.

    June 7, 2015

  • The giant golden W over your drive-thru infringed their trademark.

    June 7, 2015

  • Apparently something that whales do.

    June 1, 2015

  • Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?
    Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?
    But forgive me this jest,
    I wish you and elbows my best,
    *shakes fist at said stupid driver*

    June 1, 2015

  • I'm patiently waiting for the moment someone uses this technique to smash through a farm fence and steal sheep.

    June 1, 2015

  • The Scots origin of jiggery-pokery.

    June 1, 2015

  • Football jargon: a pre-game event run by and for fans.

    May 27, 2015

  • Recently seen on Twitter: A skeme is a picture of words used to skirt around the 140 character limit.

    May 25, 2015

  • I saw this in the Botanical Gardens in Bogota. When I looked it up my online dictionary said: "An umbelliferous plant of Colombia, having an edible farinaceous root, cultivated in large quantities."
    Wikipedia says: "Arracacia xanthorrhiza is a root vegetable originally from the Andes, somewhat intermediate between the carrot and celery. Its starchy taproot is a popular food item in South America where it is a major commercial crop."

    May 25, 2015

  • Also, in Australia we have an ant we call a jack jumper.

    May 21, 2015

  • Don't want to hijack the comments, but may I suggest manjack.

    May 21, 2015

  • Hot diggity dog.

    May 21, 2015

  • Do cats make better stacks than tacos? Discuss.

    May 20, 2015

  • -ity is a weird ending to choose.

    May 18, 2015

  • SPAM

    May 18, 2015

  • Only ever heard it in Australia as in a tizzy.

    May 18, 2015

  • *puts away shattered hopes for more Wild West vegan ice cream flavours*

    May 12, 2015

  • The first two cases are old jokes. I hadn't heard the third before but it's a good 'un.

    May 11, 2015

  • pickling babies indeed you are a monster

    May 10, 2015

  • You're trying to romance scam yourself?

    May 9, 2015

  • Not to be confused with prolagus.

    May 9, 2015

  • Hahaha!

    May 9, 2015

  • It's a pretty good review too, all things considered.

    May 7, 2015

  • #happy

    May 7, 2015

  • Vaguely (sorry) reminds me that Criena Rohan used vag as a term for vagrancy in The Delinquents. I have no idea whether the period use is accurate. Or what percentage of high school classes titter when they hear it these days.

    May 7, 2015

  • *chuffle*

    May 7, 2015

  • The checkout lady used this when I was in a department store in Portland OR last Sunday.
    Checkout: Are you sure you wouldn't like another pair of shoes? There's a bogoho.
    Customer: ....
    Checkout: That's buy one get one half off.
    Customer: .....

    I don't think the customer spoke English. My shit Spanish translation is also not worth reproducing here.

    May 7, 2015

  • How do we know these are really foods and not hipster bands?

    May 7, 2015

  • I like the nuance of comfortable bread.

    May 6, 2015

  • Not sure if these are wacky enough: humbug, soldier, toad in the hole, Welsh rarebit, hobnob.

    May 6, 2015

  • Let's say quaark means a black cockatoo and fnaark means a white cockatoo. This lanaguage has more cockatoo words than English, although one could argue that English is more 'economical' because it only needs the denominator cockatoo and is able to re-uise colour words. But hang on, what if culturally / environmentally / spiritually the distinction between white and black cockatoos is so imporant that, unless there were specific terms, the gravity might not be adequately embodied?
    This example is from an Auatralian indigenous language.

    May 6, 2015

  • Ntbc with rumpy-pumpy either :->

    May 6, 2015

  • I thought this was frog golf.

    You know, when you grab the little feckers, pop them in the freezer until they're solid, ,then put them on the rear doormap and hit them with a pitching wedge over the neighbour's house.

    May 5, 2015

  • Look, there it is! On Pluto. Oh sorry, Pluto's just been relegated from outer planet to very distant rock.

    April 30, 2015

  • I live in Kelvin Avenue and I'm pretty sure it's never been degree Kelvin avenue.

    April 28, 2015

  • I don't like dogs or honey so those berries are are out.

    April 27, 2015

  • Thank you for sharing with me your dangly bits.

    April 27, 2015

  • I went to leave a comment on your page, and I arrived at a 404 and a steampunk rhino. Both of which are about right in your case.

    April 27, 2015

  • I had an artisan salsa picante moment today, i.e. when you really want something to happen (like sauce to come out) and it doesn't. At all.

    April 27, 2015

  • I like the way you're thinking.

    April 27, 2015

  • Yeah yeah, shotta wotta cotta.

    April 27, 2015

  • Rubbish. It's a martial art invented by ruzuzu based on a combination of the movements of sandhill cranes and office guillotines.

    April 26, 2015

  • Belongs in a bun not a teacup, surely.

    April 24, 2015

  • Teacup?

    April 24, 2015

  • Yep! Keen as mustard!

    April 23, 2015

  • It's somewhat callipygian.

    April 17, 2015

  • This is probably the right time for someone to say 'suck it up, princess.'

    April 16, 2015

  • Flared-nostril blowhard & steel guitar.
    Besuited talking head & marimba.
    On-location weather reporter & sitar.
    The possibilites are endless.

    April 16, 2015

  • I like the way the AHD definition goes straight to the share-house.

    April 14, 2015

  • You're something of a bratwurst, aren't you?

    April 14, 2015

  • Most English speakers would recognise subscribe as a verb, in this case with me as the direct object.

    April 12, 2015

  • And thus qms goes on and on
    With his word-hopping, versefied marathon
    Though I'm now not quite sure
    Which I've come to love more:
    Limericks, breadfruit, or my iguanadon?

    April 10, 2015

  • Anything that can be written and exited.

    April 10, 2015

  • Note almost all the tweets indicate there is a techy/geeky meaning. Which I can't quite define.

    April 10, 2015

  • I'm appreciating your therapy :-)

    April 10, 2015

  • Not sure I'm getting you.

    April 10, 2015

  • A Middle Eastern pudding.

    April 8, 2015

  • Are we going to have the world's first slow-rolling argument about museum label nomenclature? Wordnik chalks up another one.

    April 8, 2015

  • Conceivably also endocrine disruptor.

    April 8, 2015

  • *headsplode*

    April 8, 2015

  • I'm trying to avoid stupefied foods.

    April 8, 2015

  • What about spit roasting it?

    April 8, 2015

  • Not sure whether to *chucklebarf* or *whinefutz*.

    April 7, 2015

  • A Bolivian bread with a hard crust.

    April 7, 2015

  • A coastal location on Bruny Island, Tasmania.

    April 6, 2015

  • Oh, sores.

    April 6, 2015

  • *makes chainsaw noises and runs through the cinema*

    April 6, 2015

  • Once you find your love on this site, you can adopt him/her and spend the rest of your life together. See https://www.wordnik.com/adoptaword

    March 31, 2015

  • Thanks! I think you both deserve a rough-faced shag.

    March 31, 2015

  • "Lighting and electrical componentry are high value items in building defit. Due to the expense required to create virgin material and the high recyclability of metals, the removal, separation and recycling of most metallic and electrical items is done very well.
    However, within the compressed timelines of commercial office defit, the separation of lamps (from their fittings) is often left to reprocessing facilities or services."
    - Blake Lindley, Edge Environment. Cited 31 March 2015, http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/products-services/waste/the-defit-blog-saving-the-furniture-and-the-fittings-landfill-money-etc/69716

    March 31, 2015

  • Apparently, the reverse of the verb to fit.

    March 31, 2015

  • Vegan revenge is a tofu dish best served cold.

    March 31, 2015

  • I wonder if inspired by banyan.

    March 31, 2015

  • Words like this give me greaxiety.

    March 31, 2015

  • Are these different from bike boxes?

    March 29, 2015

  • At last, a rhyme for crapifer.

    March 29, 2015

  • Ask it for a dance?

    March 26, 2015

  • There is another definition there, quite interesting. Or not. Read it and wheep?

    March 25, 2015

  • See wheep.

    March 24, 2015

  • 'If the Page satisfie not, inquire in the Margine' - John Selden.

    March 24, 2015

  • Weird. Here I am logged in. If I click on vexatiousmachine's link below I end up at the list he/she/it has linked to, but not logged in. Huh?

    March 24, 2015

  • When you're on a list page, click 'Love' in the top right to save the list to your Favourites. To get to your Favourites at any time, click your username - right side of the upper black bar - for the drop down list.

    March 23, 2015

  • You should make a listicle.

    March 23, 2015

  • Because Latin has two words for goat. And why that? Well most long-lived languages have a voracious appetite for vocabulary. In the case of Latin it's likely that the multiple goat words were acquired from the languages of peoples who were conquered or assimilated by the Roman empire.

    March 23, 2015

  • I am using Firefox 36.0.4 and cannot see any little thumbs-down icon.

    March 23, 2015

  • On behalf of your books, please don't pour anything over them.

    March 18, 2015

  • What snowbunnies eat. Nom nom brrrr, nom nom brrrr.

    March 18, 2015

  • Definition on snow carrots.

    March 18, 2015

  • cawfee?

    March 17, 2015

  • Point was that dictodudes come across modern words like cuprocking and, because the Establishment desires to be somewhat comprehensive - note I didn't say unabridged - they tend to include such words. This at best means that such words may at some time cross the horizon of a Macq subscriber. It is no confirmation that the words are in fact in use in Oz or even constitute legal tender as linguistic currency in Oz.

    March 14, 2015

  • Logical fallacy.

    March 14, 2015

  • I keep thinking this is made of cows.

    March 14, 2015

  • That list just slavishly picks up on words that have been added to the Macquarie. Being a modern and comprehensive dictionary there's nothing to necessarily relate the words to Australia.

    March 14, 2015

  • You read it here first.

    March 14, 2015

  • SPAM

    March 14, 2015

  • Endangered.

    SO YOU'D BETTER BE NICE TO ME.

    March 11, 2015

  • I ask you to remove the link from your comment on paycation. Musings about the meaning of paycation are fine. Use of this site simply to feed traffic to other sites for commercial gain is not.

    March 11, 2015

  • Ahahahaha do you think any predators ever catch clever and sprightly bilbies ahahahaha of course they do :-(

    March 11, 2015

  • Crikey.

    March 11, 2015

  • When?

    March 11, 2015

  • Sadly I saw a dead quoll by the road last Sunday. And quoll fur is gorgeous, says he jealously.

    March 11, 2015

  • Def 1... for realz?

    March 11, 2015

  • What a coincidence. I saw a Chinese restaurant last week. I think.

    March 11, 2015

  • I use my fat fingers to prise granola bars out of vending machines.

    March 9, 2015

  • Also rendered as billy-o.

    March 9, 2015

  • Turkey tail mushroom, Trametes versicolor.

    Very beautiful.

    March 9, 2015

  • A row of chipped garden gnomes.

    March 9, 2015

  • I'm waiting for the internet of penguins.

    March 8, 2015

  • Whorehouse.

    March 8, 2015

  • Similar to Makassan alphabet, see here: http://blackalpha5.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/mari-belajar-bahasa-makassar.html

    March 8, 2015

  • Or tits.

    March 8, 2015

  • Baseball.

    March 8, 2015

  • I came here for some nap time.

    March 7, 2015

  • It's a gas gas gas.

    March 4, 2015

  • I usually drink decat, or at least pick the fur out and pretend it's decat.

    March 3, 2015

  • Looks like some colourful insinuation about hell, and leather, IMHO.

    March 3, 2015

  • For me, your new example doesn't work. I mean take.

    March 3, 2015

  • Related to tahinite.

    March 2, 2015

  • I have no idea if it is native but there is certainly hemlock growing wild in Australia. If it's not native then you'd have to speculate about why British settlers chose to bring it here.

    March 2, 2015

  • That's a macabre description, though fascinating. I presume anyone who witnessed such an event could not lightly forget it, hence the hauntingly precise accounting for trajectories of body parts.

    February 25, 2015

  • This is where an Australian chimes in to say, "That's not a vegetable. This is a vegetable."

    February 23, 2015

  • The user reesetee has a lot of bird lists.

    February 23, 2015

  • Means to make fun of someone.

    February 23, 2015

  • joo-JOH-la, bearing in mind the first syllable is very short.

    February 22, 2015

  • It's a love nest for two dyslexic kiwis.

    February 21, 2015

  • LDC - longform digital crepuscule

    February 21, 2015

  • SPAM

    February 19, 2015

  • Is good.

    February 19, 2015

  • When losing a raging Twitter war, some choose to beat a hasty retweet.

    February 19, 2015

  • If I had to live in a vendingmachine, I probably wouldn't fit.

    February 19, 2015

  • See live baiting during them cold Nebarksa winners.

    February 18, 2015

  • On the ubran fringes there're certainly clumps of agapanthus around that have escaped from home gardens. Australia has a lot of similar climate zones here so the plant does well.

    February 18, 2015

  • SPAM

    February 18, 2015

  • If I could find you video of the joyous gambol of antechinus in the agapanthus, it would be yours.

    February 18, 2015

  • Wordnik - the world's go-to site for bunny stampede support in your hour of need.

    February 17, 2015

  • How did you remember to put them on this list?

    February 17, 2015

  • See jougs.

    February 17, 2015

  • Ya can't catch meee!

    Umm, seriously, we are currently having a live baiting scandal in Australia. The animals used as bait - as captured by hidden cameras - include piglets, rabbits and native possums.

    The documentary is available here, although some footage is so sick I'm reluctant to recommend viewing it: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/02/16/4178920.htm

    February 17, 2015

  • Good word. Came looking for etymology.

    February 17, 2015

  • What's the word?

    February 16, 2015

  • The practice of using live animals to train greyhounds for racing. Typically involves encouraging a greyhound to chase and kill a small animal bound to a moving lure.

    February 16, 2015

  • I liked this bit at the start of one of the FAQ answers:
    Loose stools have many causes (see "Soft Serve").

    February 16, 2015

  • Seems like it could be a Welsh word for a broad valley of inbred miners that had the life ripped out of it by Thatchernomics.

    February 16, 2015

  • Honey I Borked The Front Page.

    I did have an emphasis code in that comment but it theN applied itsel' to all the comments on this page and on the Community aka front page. Editing the comment gives you no way to check whether the code is correct because it's invisible. I was only able to 'fix' the problem by deleting the comment entirely. COST ME ANOTHER TWO CENTS TO REPOST COMMENT!

    February 15, 2015

  • Not to be confused with ass-paper, which is preferably not abrasive.

    February 15, 2015

  • Might increase the chance of eyedropping with Worcestershire sauce.

    February 15, 2015

  • Come here and I'll give you a damn good caulking, vendysnozz.

    February 14, 2015

  • No, but the maintenance costs are attractively low.

    February 13, 2015

  • What a load of -ship.

    February 13, 2015

  • When foot is in mouth, yes.

    February 12, 2015

  • A madeupical portmanteau that doesn't grab you.

    February 12, 2015

  • "Jordan is willing to exchange Sajida al-Rishawi for the Jordanian pilot. At this point we want to emphasize that we have asked for proof of life from Daesh (ISIS) and we have not received anything yet," Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said.
    - Israel National News, 29 Jan 2015.

    February 12, 2015

  • I have one, but given point 3 I had it desexed. And I could certainly never eat it. I'm proud of my newly-neutered non-nutricious nutria.

    February 12, 2015

  • I had some Bad Gateway the other day. And believe you me, I much prefer Good Gateway.

    February 11, 2015

  • I'm sure ruzuzu will be along any minute looking for food pellets.

    February 11, 2015

  • Do you have anything for two cents?

    February 11, 2015

  • You know, you're still my favourite vending machine.

    February 11, 2015

  • What's in the vending machine? The usual bile, or can we now get canned vitriol for a dollar?

    February 10, 2015

  • In ransom jargon, something sent by a kidnapper to demonstrate that the hostage is still alive.

    February 10, 2015

  • Alack, I was hoping for a rhyme with Victor Hugo.

    February 10, 2015

  • See inelastic.

    February 10, 2015

  • Folk etymology on steroids.

    February 10, 2015

  • Not currently in use.

    February 10, 2015

  • Any etymological speculation?

    February 5, 2015

  • Is there any particular reason why Donald Sutherland?

    February 5, 2015

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