cydonian commented on the word 秋波
Qiūb�?: Literally "autumn waves," but by poetic association, "girl's bright glance" as defined by DeFrancis's ABC Chinese-English Dictionary (source)
June 8, 2008
cydonian commented on the word hobzhk
The Monster that Cannot Be Pronounced. It however comes with its own market research teams.
March 11, 2008
cydonian commented on the word chunyun
春�?� - The world's largest free movement of people for a festival. Happens every year in China; according to Wikipedia, two billion people used the transport system during Chinese New Year.
February 4, 2008
cydonian commented on the word hogra
hogra : mépris (en dialectal algérien), terme utilisé par le mouvement démocratique algérien à partir de 2001 pour désigner l'attitude des autorités vis-à-vis du peuple
January 28, 2008
cydonian commented on the word blamestorming
As seen in this Times article.
cydonian commented on the word nosism
The editorial, or royal, we.
Mark Twain once said, "Only kings, presidents, editors, and people with tapeworms have the right to use the editorial 'we'." (quote)
October 26, 2007
cydonian commented on the word zeitlang
Pennsylvania Deutsch to describe "the intense grief a parent feels when a child dies". (source via Wordsmith)
October 22, 2007
cydonian commented on the word hottentottenpotentatentantenattentat
That's the beauty of German compound-nouns. They say exactly what you're thinking.
Just this. Who or what is a Hottentot potentate? :-|
October 21, 2007
cydonian commented on the list hippopotomonstrosesquipedalianism
Added both! :-)
Loved your songs, VanishedOne, especially We Didn't Start Inquiry. Hope you wouldn't mind if I forward the link to some of my friends who'd love it as well! ;-)
cydonian commented on the word tired and emotional
Check out the wikipedia link for a fascinating reading on the subject.
October 9, 2007
cydonian commented on the word sisyphysicist
I am liking this.
October 1, 2007
cydonian commented on the word mishy-phen
A good list of which would be here.
September 26, 2007
cydonian commented on the word parhelion
Reseetee, well, you shouldn't be. It's simple, really; while I had promised to not correct my misspelling for the word-that-is-the-opposite-of-perihelion, it appears that I had already corrected it auto-magically and had forgotten about it. Something Pavlovian, I would presume, in hitting the edit button.
I have now gone back on my promise, re-re-editted the spelling to show the right misspelling, and have brought peace, prosperity and much tranquility to this thread. If you haven't been confused even more, that is.
September 25, 2007
cydonian commented on the word goonoo goonoo
What does this mean?
September 24, 2007
cydonian commented on the word e-slexia
When chiefs become cheifs, and aphelion becomes aphelion.
That it is. Yes.
This e-only dyslexia (e-slexia ?), it keeps popping up when you least expect it, doesn't it.
(I'll leave my misspelling in tact to let folks know what we're talking about.)
cydonian commented on the word esprit d'escalier
I just thought it was me. :-|
(You can be sure I'll come back to this comment in an hour or two, and edit it with a further witticism).
This is not the same as perihelion, which in turn, is the opposite of apehelion, both of which can be generically called an apsis.
None of which is related, but heck.
cydonian commented on the word bouquinist
Stolen, favouritized, and dusted for a possible sale in a musty warehouse in small Victorian shop with wooden stairs.
cydonian commented on the word sloane ranger
Here it is.
cydonian commented on the word oberwieserdampfschiffahrtsgesellschaftsehrenrunfahtrtskapitänsmütze
There are no google hits for this word! :O
cydonian commented on the word syntax destruction
"And I become Greenspan, destroyer of syntaxes".
One good example:
"Modest pre-emptive actions can obviate the need of more drastic actions at a later date, and that could destabilize the economy."
cydonian commented on the list nakshatra
Good to see another fan of the Indic calendar system. :-)
cydonian commented on the word darshan
While 'darshan' is often used to describe the act of seeing an idol in a temple ("I stood in the queue at Tirumala for two hours to have a darshan of the Lord"), the word is entirely secular in nature. As far as I know, it merely means 'the acting of seeing something'. Consequently, you have India's state-run television, 'doordarshan', ('the act of seeing, ie, vision, from afar').
Of course, my understanding could be clouded by dialectal usage in modern Indian languages, something that may, or may not, reflect on its original Sanskrit roots.
cydonian commented on the word yummy mummy
The Urban Dictionary clarifies:
There is an important age distinction between a yummy mummy and a MILF. Yummy mummys are younger than 30, while MILFs are older than 30.
Also note that the plural appears to be 'yummy mummys', and not yummy mummies, as is the case with 'mummy'. Additionally, it is interesting to observe that that it is 'mummy'and not 'mommy', a distinction that is often lost on this Indian-flavoured brain.
And finally, this word doesn't seem to be hypenated.
cydonian commented on the word chelsea tractor
Dry British wit gets a lock on gas-guzzling consumerism.
September 19, 2007
cydonian commented on the list eigo-wasei
I'm thinking I should split this into more groups.
Hmmmm. Naah, will create other groups _in addition_. :-)
cydonian commented on the word lezayen
1) v. (archaic) "to arm/to reinforce"
2) v. (urban Jerusalem slang) "to fuck"
cydonian commented on the list words-that-are-also-excellent-band-names-if-the-rules-below-are-correctly-applied
John, that's a great band-name, Testing Email Notification. Techno-rock, I'm sure. ;-)
September 17, 2007
cydonian commented on the word antequasimetasuperpreparacontraneoantidisfloccianaucinihilipilificatarianistifiabilitificationarologistlessnesslessnesses
I agree! ;-)
September 16, 2007
cydonian commented on the word antihypersyllabicsesquipedalian
This page is one of the five sites on the web to feature this term.
September 14, 2007
cydonian commented on the word persönlichkeit
Personality, in German.
cydonian commented on the word tryptophan synthase
Consider its IUPAC name:
Page-widening trolls were a major problem in this forum I used to frequent, so I know about how irritating this can get. Funny that I seem to have become one here, even for a few minutes! ;-)
(Moved the comment over to tryptophan synthase, btw.)
cydonian commented on the word convinience
My preferred spelling for a word with a very inconvenient spelling.
cydonian commented on the word mudita
I've just had kensho. I get it: the next time you want to (correctly) use that s-fraud word, just say, "It's not mudita".
More points if you can pull it off with a zen-like serenity; you might want to raise your palm gently while saying it. Or if you have a beard, you could also gently stroke it. (Won't work with moustaches or fake beards though.)
cydonian commented on the word curry western
I don't know how I forgot this one, but this song is the very definition of a curry-western. (The movie isn't, and for the most part, is crap; just the song)
cydonian commented on the word grok
quepol, perhaps you don't, ah, grok Wordie sufficiently.
September 13, 2007
Reesetee: I have this weird urge to laugh at your inability at pronouncing a certain word, but that would be plainly ironic, wouldn't it. ;-)
cydonian commented on the word panopticon
to allow an observer to observe (-opticon) all (pan-) prisoners without the prisoners being able to tell if they are being observed or not, thus conveying a "sentiment of an invisible omniscience."
jennarenn: There are close to 950-odd movies produced in India every year, so you'd have a lot of choice. :-)
To stick on-topic, though, let me suggest some good curry-westerns:
a) Sholay: The biggest, baddest, and most popular of them all. Defined Hindi cinema for a generation.
b) China Gate: Clearly Kurosawan.
c) Lagaan: No guns, but lots of horses and lots more cricket. Like China Gate before, (and, years earlier, Yul Brynner's Magnificient Seven), clearly inspired by Kurosawa's The Seven Samurai. Except that, it's set in the British Raj, and amidst dust, guns and cross-racial romance, ends in an exciting, international cricket match.
d) takkari donga (Not in Hindi, but Telugu): More cowboy-ed fun.
OTOH, you want to grab something on a (an Indian) theater near you, Chak de India is a good bet. Haven't seen it myself, but apparently has is an interesting commentary on women's empowerment, intra-national cultural clash and field-hockey.
cydonian commented on the word కూపస�?థమండూకమ�?
కూపమ�?, అనగా బావిలో, ఉన�?న మండూకమ�?, అనగా కప�?ప. "కూపస�?థ ఇతి మండూకః" అన�? సంస�?కృత మూలమ�?నక�? సమాసమ�?.
A compounded noun in Sanskrit1 (and by extension, Telugu) for 'a frog situated inside the well'. A frog inside a a well is figuratively so inward-looking that s/he doesn't know much about the outside world.
Similar to, or perhaps derived from, the Chinese chengyu about a frog and a turtle, supposedly composed by the ancient Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi.
Chengyu-related interpretations in other Asian languages:-
井底之蛙 -- Chinese
井�?�中�?�蛙 -- Japanese
우물 안 개구리 -- Korean
For a delicious multi-language irony, consider this rendition of the parable; the website in question, in turn, seems to be using the parable to train its readers in using the term abashed for their TOEFL test.
You could, therefore, say, that someone reading the parable there (and learning English) ironically will not be a frog-in-the-well anymore.
1 - Contemporary writers usually use the Devnaagri script to write Sanskrit. Because I'm lazy, and because my mastery over the Devnaagri script has been diminishing over the past few years, and more importantly, because I'm more at home in the Telugu script, I had chosen to write this word here in the Telugu script. Here's how you write it in the Devnaagri script:- कूपस�?थमंडूकमं
September 7, 2007
coz I got the spelling wrong earlier.
cydonian commented on the word కూపస�?తమండూకమ�?
కూపమ�?, అనగా బావిలో స�?థిర పడ�?డ మండూకమ�?, అనగా కప�?ప.
Literally, a frog in the well who, figuratively, is so inward-looking that s/he doesn't know much about the outside world.
Similar to, or perhaps derived from, the Chinese chengyu about a frog and a turtle, composed by the ancient Taoist philosopher Zhuangzi.
For a delicious multi-language irony, consider this rendition of the parable; the website in question, in turn, seems to be using the parable to teach its readers the usage of the term abashed!
cydonian commented on the word chengyu
Chinese idiomatic expressions consisting of four characters. 井底之蛙 (కూపస�?థమండూకమ�?) is one very good example, apparently.
cydonian commented on the word capisce
From Italian capisce, third person present tense form of capire "to understand", from Latin capere "to grasp, seize". Related to capture.
cydonian commented on the word robosexual
Here's what Uncyclopedia had to say on the topic:-
A robosexual is a term used to identify people who find themselves sexually aroused by presence or mere thought of the deliciously angular proportions of a man-made contraption designed to assist in the execution of tasks necessitating strength, danger, or a total immunity to the effects of mind-numbing interminably dull repetitive tasks. Such as sex.
cydonian commented on the list aa34aaaa34a-aaaa
This wasn't in English, this was in Telugu. :-)
Calling the list as 'vaartaanandamu' (the Joy in News); it's about 'hard' (ie, unknown for me) Telugu words I've come across while following contemporary news.
(Non-English words are a-okay, yes?)
cydonian commented on the word misfeasance
As mentioned in this BBC report.
September 6, 2007
Like spaghetti western, only more tear-jerking and melodramatic.
Sholay, for one.
cydonian commented on the word fecundity
Despite being bleak and dreary, the winter of 1914 was particularly fecund for Ramanujan, given his work on highly composite numbers.
cydonian commented on the word rodomontade
People who use big-sounding words like to think they have an innate sprachgefuhl; in reality, they're just being rodomontade.
cydonian commented on the word sprachgefuhl
cydonian commented on the word floccinaucity
The floccinaucity of collecting words on the web cannot be understated.
cydonian commented on the word keiretsu
Considered to be the opposite of schadenfreude, or epicaricacy. Buddhist concept; word comes from Pali or Sanskrit.
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