billifer commented on the word candidiatic
Indeed, given the discussion later in the book of various molds and even molds that grow only on other molds, it would appear that the second definition previously offered would be the more correct one. However, I still assert that Prince Q— could be likened to Candide and thus candidiatic is in fact a double entendre.
January 31, 2008
billifer commented on the word gasper
Within the novel Infinite Jest, a gasper is the argot for cigarette.
billifer commented on the user quotato
I simply adore your username. So portmanteau, semi-onomatopoeiac, and illusory all in one succinct word: I envision a half-pound Idaho baker spouting Shakespearian soliloquy -- King Lear, perhaps -- while awaiting its fate in the microwave.
August 29, 2007
billifer commented on the list dijinn-s-words
Thanks for the great comments on my IJ word list! I have a Bunyanesque list of words that I've notated but haven't yet added to this list; I've been more focused on the congeries of words themselves than on the accurate documentation, taxonomy, and etymological research involved. I try to not list the words until I can work uninterrupted on the nisus needed for those tasks.
billifer commented on the list infinite-jest-2
By Himself, of course, I mean not James Incandenza, but DFW. :)
I just got your comment on my IJ list. I've got tons more words to add; I've just been remiss in doing so. It's interesting to see, also, which words you've added that I passed up or vice versa.
I know there's at least one other IJ list here on wordie; it's small, but it's at http://wordie.org/people/yearofglad?wl=1523.
I've been reading IJ since November. I'm still around page 520.
April 28, 2007
billifer commented on the word sephenoid
Likely misspelling of sphenoid.
January 6, 2007
billifer commented on the word vitreally
Main Entry: vitreous body
: the clear colorless transparent jelly that fills the eyeball posterior to the lens, is enclosed by a delicate hyaloid membrane, and in the adult is nearly homogeneous but in the fetus is pervaded by fibers with minute nuclei at their points of junction
Note: A Google search of "vitreally" returned 445 hits, virtually all related to the eyeball. This is the correct headword for this listing. One can infer the definition of "vitreally" from that of "vitreous body."
billifer commented on the word chachetic
Probable misspelling of (coined) cachetic, adjectival form of cachexia. Within the text of Infinite Jest, it appears immediately adjacent to anorexic and tabescent, so this is a likely assumption.
billifer commented on the word steatocryptotic
Unlisted in both Webster's Third New International Unabridged and Webster's Medical.
Breaking down root words: steato-, meaning fat, and -crypt-, meaning unknown or hidden, it's reasonable to guess that David Foster Wallace intended this word to mean "having too little or unseen fat upon one's body." Compare with, for example, steatopygiac.
billifer commented on the word steatopygiac
Main Entry: ste·ato·py·gia
Pronunciation: (IPA) /ˌsti.ət.ə.ʹpɪʤ.i.ə/ also /sti.ˌæt.oʊ.ʹpaɪ.ʤi̯.ə/
Pronunciation: (phonetic respelling) ˌstē-ət-ə-ˈpij-ē-ə also stē-ˌat-ō-, -ˈpī-j(ē-)ə
: an accumulation of a large amount of fat on the buttocks
- ste·ato·py·gous or ste·ato·py·gic adjective
Merriam-Webster's Medical Dictionary, http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com/medical.htm
billifer commented on the word fantods
Main Entry: fan·tod
Variant(s): also fan·tad
Inflected Form(s): -s
Etymology: perhaps alteration of fantigue
1 usually fantods plural a : a state of irritability, fidget, and tension; sometimes : a state of acute worry and distress b : a state of bodily or mental disorder especially when ill-defined and more or less chronic
2 sometimes fantods plural a : an instance or occurrence of the fantods b : a violent or irrational outburst
3 : a fidgety fussy officer of a ship
"fantod." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (6 Jan. 2007).
billifer commented on the word suppuratively
In essence, it means to ooze pus.
Example: "The ulcer in his leg was wet with suppuration."
billifer commented on the word aminating
Verb, third principle part (present participle) of aminate: to convert into an amine.
billifer commented on the word magiscule
Although spelled as magiscule in the text of Infinite Jest, it is apparent, from context and phonology, that the word intended is in fact majuscule.
billifer commented on the word gonfalonish
Main Entry: gon·fa·lon
Etymology: Italian gonfalone, from Old Italian, from Old French gonfanon, gonfalon -- more at GONFANON
1 : the ensign or standard in use by certain princes or states (as the medieval republics of Italy)
2 : a flag that hangs from a crosspiece or frame
"gonfalon." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (6 Jan. 2007).
billifer commented on the word arachnodactylic
Main Entry: arach·no·dac·ty·ly
Inflected Form(s): -es
Etymology: arachn- + -dactyly (from New Latin -dactylia)
: a hereditary abnormality characterized by excessive length of the long bones (as of the fingers and toes) and usually associated with other abnormalities
"arachnodactyly." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (6 Jan. 2007).
billifer commented on the word suprasubliminal
One can only guess that suprasubliminal (adjective) describes a stimulus that is perceived somewhere between the subliminal and the liminal.
As liminal is defined as "barely perceptible,"1 and subliminal is defined as "influencing thought, feeling, or behavior in a manner unperceived by personal or subjective consciousness"2, one might suppose that suprasubliminal would be the space between imperceptible and minimally perceptible: sort of a void, really, as it is the space between zero and the number right after zero, philosophically speaking.
billifer commented on the word wopsed-up
Main Entry: 2wopse
Function: transitive verb
Inflected Form(s): -ed/-ing/-s
Etymology: origin unknown
dialect : to heap, wrap, or tangle in a disorderly way
"wopse." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (6 Jan. 2007).
billifer commented on the word phalloneurotic
Definite portmanteau of phallus and neurotic, as phalloneurotic is not listed in the Webster's Third.
billifer commented on the word strettoing
Main Entry: 1stret·to
Etymology: Italian, literally, narrowly, closely, from stretto narrow, close, pressed together, from Latin strictus, past participle of stringere to draw tight, press together -- more at STRAIN
: more quickly -- used as a direction in music
"stretto." Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged. Merriam-Webster, 2002. http://unabridged.merriam-webster.com (6 Jan. 2007).
billifer commented on the word pedantic
So, John, can I put the antic in pedantic? :-D
January 5, 2007
billifer commented on the word quixotic
I totally know where you're coming from, Valse. You're being neither persnickety nor pedantic. Unfortunately, English — especially when adapting foreign words and names — is one big miasma of bafflegab.
I still spell "fish" as ghoti1 and "potato" as ghoughphtheightteeau.
billifer commented on the word intension
No, it wasn't my intention to list intention.
Some of the words people post on here give me the howling fantods.
billifer commented on the word entrepôt
See also entrepot.
billifer commented on the word entrepot
See also entrepôt.
billifer commented on the word noninsecure
Somewhat of a rarity, this is a one-word litotes. Because English allows the piling on of multiple affixes, both non- and in- can be prefixed to secure instead of requiring the writer or speaker to say "not insecure."
While technically a double negative, figures of speech and rhetorical devices, especially litotes, are given a certain amount of latitude with regard to the double-negative rule.
billifer commented on the word map
Within the novel Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace, the word map refers to a person's face, e.g., "erasing someone's map" means to kill or (possibly) horribly disfigure a person.
billifer commented on the list word-of-infinite-jest
This list, and the comments that I make on the words listed here, are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Feel free to reuse this list however you see fit within the scope of the license! Other users’ comments may not be licensed as such.
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December 27, 2006
billifer commented on the word droog
Neologism first appearing in Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange, probably as a direct transliteration of the Russian дроог.
billifer commented on the word cringeworthy
This is such a cute word — it's almost an onomatopoeia, but not quite. I can see people cringing at things that are cringeworthy!
billifer commented on the word literatus
See also literati, plural form, used more commonly than the singular
billifer commented on the word literati
See also literatus, singular form
billifer commented on the word meticulosity
This is listed as my least-favorite word. It’s not, really, but there’s a story. See, when Starbucks was running their Akeelah and the Bee promotion… (read more)
billifer commented on the user john
I actually hadn't even heard of GCIDE until I went looking for it, but evidently it's the entire 1913 (or whatever) public-domain Websters in well-formed XML format. A good parser and some glue and you've got yourself a headword checker -- at least, one that checks for headwords from 100 years ago. :)
I love the site and I'm glad you had the idea to develop it before I did. I tend to overextend myself and if I had thought of wordie.org, I know it would have stalled and failed. Congratulations on a great "Web 2.1" site: semantic, folksonimied, but not eye-candied.
I know that it's a massive request, given the morphology of English, but as a future enhancement, it would be great if you could have wordie try to guess (potentially with user confirmation) the root word when a word is entered, so that we don't end up with, say, discern, discerning, discerned, discernable, discerns, etc., all as separate entries, each with different people listing each one. So if I entered "discerned" maybe it should ask me in a nice AJAXy way, " 'Discern' is already listed. Add it to list instead?"
There are XML-based dictionaries (or one, at least) on the web that might make the task a little easier -- GCIDE.
This is a great site, and I'm glad to have it. Thanks for putting it together!
December 24, 2006
billifer commented on the word memento mori
"Ah, what was the question?
Oh yeah, 'Memento Mori'
It means remember it's inevitable that we will all die
It sounds quite depressing when said so raw and direct
But it means don't hang yourself on a material life
But that gets dropped when I'm bop on shopping day
Am I shallow, am I hung up on such wrong ways?"
— "Memento Mori" by The Streets
billifer commented on the word sesquipedalian
thecosas describes it in a very non-sesquipedalian way!
December 23, 2006
billifer commented on the list there-is-no-x-in-espresso-words-butchered-by-americans
This was one that was recently featured on the KPBS show A Way With Words: dour. The correct pronunciation, which I didn't realize until hearing the show, is not (IPA) /daʊɹ/ ("sour") but actually /dʊɹ/ ("sure").
December 22, 2006
billifer commented on the user yearofglad
Hey there! Looks like we've got a common goal: Capturing the words of IJ. My list is at http://wordie.org/people/billifer?wl=993 if you'd like to take a look at what I've got thusfar. I'm still reading the book (slowly but surely), and I'm adding words to the list every few days.
billifer commented on the word crepuscular
It reminds me of seafood. Crepuscular... crustacean.... Same thing. :)
billifer commented on the word murated
Muration is a close relative of mutation, the best I can determine. However, this word was added specifically as an element of a list I am harvesting — words which appear in the novel Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. As such, the word murated should stay.
Additionally, as I've pointed out in my comment, muration is, indeed, an actual word, though it might best be considered scientific jargon.
billifer commented on the word experialist
A contrived political ideology, one infers experialism to be the opposite of imperialism.
December 19, 2006
Possibly a double entendre. A neologism that could describe something as similar to Voltaire's antihero Candide; or, possibly, describing an object as similar to the yeast Candida albicans. Both seem to be applicable to the Infinite Jest character (Prince Q―) described by this word.
billifer commented on the word pedalferrous
Adjectival form of the noun pedalfer, used within Infinite Jest antonymically in relation to denuded and fallow.
billifer commented on the word annular
This word is a very commonly occurring word within Infinite Jest. Learn it well should you choose to read the work.
billifer commented on the word semion
A sign, signal, etc. Related to the word semiotics. A semion is the basic unit of semiotics, indivisible and the smallest piece of information that can be encoded. It is analogous to the words meme, morpheme, grapheme, phoneme, and atom within other contexts of communication and linguistics.
billifer commented on the word lume
Synonymslight, gleam, brilliance, radiance, effulgenceRelated wordslumen, luminance, luminesce, illuminate, luminescence, luminiferous, luminosity
billifer commented on the word ancipitals
Referring, in this context, to the ancipital edges of the tooth.
billifer commented on the word plasticene
Usually capitalized. Preferred spelling Plasticine.
billifer commented on the word droogies
One can infer droogy(-ies) to be DFW's adapted form of, and a nod to, Anthony Burgess' Droogs from A Clockwork Orange. Within the context of Infinite Jest, droogies is used analogously to the way Droogs is used in A Clockwork Orange: by the leader of a group addressing the other members of the group.
Given that Infinite Jest's content matter deals substantially with drug abuse and addiction, the word may be a false paronym for the slang druggies.
billifer commented on the word kertwanging
An onomatopoeia used by DFW in Infinite Jest within the context of tennis matches. This definition from AllExperts is accurate and complete:
A term used in the novel Infinite Jest roughly meaning to insult or mess with someone. It can be used as a noun, e.g. Bobby felt his third nipple was an existential kertwang. Or a verb, e.g. God enjoyed kertwanging Bobby by sending gusts of wind to blow up his shirt to reveal his third nipple.
billifer commented on the word apercu
See also aperçu
billifer commented on the word aperçu
See also aper%e7u
billifer commented on the word motion-noise
Within the context of Infinite Jest, the hyphenated motion-noise can be thought to mean myoclonus, muscle spasm, or other involuntary jerking of the muscles, especially during sleep.
billifer commented on the word panagoraphobia
panagoraphobianeologism derived from adding the prefix pan- to the word agoraphobia. The meaning, thus, can be determined as "ubiquitous fear of crowds," or, more colloquially, a state in which everyone is afraid of everyone else: mass paranoia.
billifer commented on the word corticatization
This neologism could be murated from cortication, which means "having a cortex." Such a definition would fit the context of the text in which the word appears in Infinite Jest.
On the other hand, this word also bears striking similarity to corticalization, which, while the context does not bear out its definition, could still be a significant connection, given DFW's penchant for making such connections.
Muration is a scientific term, the definition of which is difficult to pinpoint via Google. The best I can get, without paying for access to the full text of a journal paper, is:MurationMuration is the occasional (with small probability) random alteration of a gene. It may reintroduce useful genetic material, which is lost through ...which comes from The development of a variable Schmidt number model for jet-in-crossflows using genetic algorithms, by Yanhu Guo, Guangbin He, Andrew T. Hsu (Miami, Univ., Coral Gables), A. Brankovic, S. Syed (Pratt and Whitney, West Palm Beach, FL), and N.-S. Liu (NASA, Lewis Research Center, Cleveland, OH); accessible at American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
All the words gathered in this list are words that I have encountered, or in some cases, reencountered, while reading David Foster Wallace's magnum opus Infinite Jest.
Unfortunately, I didn't think to start this list until I was more than a few dozen pages in, so many words, good ones, have not been captured in this list.
Many of these words, of course, are the author's own neologisms, and you will find them nowhere except in Infinite Jest or in essays, reviews, or surveys of the work. DFW's literary prowess is unmistakable upon reading this or any of his other works. As a writer myself, I aspire to the heights (or depths?) of genius that is DFW.
Others, naturally, are to be found in common dictionaries, or in exceptional cases, only in unabridged ones. Many, such as noninsecure, are merely compounded or strange twists of preexisting words: forms that, in many cases, make plenty sense to have around, but simply aren't part of the language proper.
I've found it difficult at times to know when to draw the line with respect to more common words, viz. not Wallace's neologisms, such as contemptuous. Many readers who find this list — and hopefully find it a useful reference while reading Infinite Jest — may not know that word, especially those who are non-native speakers of English. Many other people (especially the type to read Infinite Jest) will consider such inclusions germane. In any case, I've tried to set a tolerance for established words that everyone can be happy with.
If you have any comments regarding this list, please feel free to leave me a comment on my profile, or on my blog.
December 5, 2006
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