deinonychus commented on the word puppy pregnancy syndrome
"People suffering from this condition believe that shortly after being bitten by a dog, puppies are conceived within their abdomen." (Wikipedia)
March 8, 2014
deinonychus commented on the word mummyberry
Yes, ruzuzu there should be a list! Surely there must be some vampires that should fit in too...
March 7, 2014
deinonychus commented on the word dauer tower
This article contained lots of good stuff:"At some point during its early days, P.pacificus pauses its growth and becomes a dauer—an especially tough larva that’s adapted to survive through harsh conditions.""groups of P.pacificus can merge to form a single waving 'dauer tower', composed of up to a thousand individuals.""Such teamwork! Such togetherness! Such low odds of ever appearing on a motivational poster!"
"Another fungus, called 'mummyberry,' infects blueberry plants and turns their fruits into pale, shriveled carcasses. But it doesn’t stop there. Infected shoots of the plant grow grayish spots at their tips that reflect UV light, smell like flowers, and leak sugary liquid. Pollinators that are attracted to these 'pseudoflowers' will pick up more infectious spores on their bodies." http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/inkfish/2014/02/25/the-5-creepiest-ways-plant-diseases-mutate-flowers/
March 6, 2014
deinonychus commented on the word slime flux
"Slime flux is a bacterial disease of certain trees, primarily elm, cottonwood, poplar, boxelder, ash, aspen, fruitless mulberry, and oak. A wound to the bark, caused by pruning, insects, poor branch angles or natural cracks and splits, causes sap to ooze from the wound. Bacteria may infect this sap causing it to darken and stain the bark, eventually taking on a foamy appearance and unpleasant odor. This slimy ooze becomes toxic to the bark and eats into the tree. Additionally, the fermented sap attracts insects like flies, ants, worms, and maggots, which further weaken the tree." (Wikipedia)
February 26, 2014
deinonychus commented on the word chronic bee paralysis virus
I was reading about bee diseases (here) and found this:"Chronic Bee Paralysis Virus (CBPV), is a virus that cause an infectious disease of the adult honey bees. Previously known with different names in different countries such as 'little blacks' (UK), 'hairless black syndrome' (US), 'mal nero' (Italy), 'Schwarzsucht' (Germany) and 'mal noire' (France) (Ribière et al., 2008)."The "prevously" made me a bit sad, since all of these names fit better at my list of sick animals (that often also would be great band names) but I guess I'm just going to list them all anyway...
February 20, 2014
deinonychus commented on the word skinny pig
There, almost hairless bracketed. (I get an image of a poor guinea pig losing its hair but trying to make the most of what's left, maybe trying a combover?) Are there any lists of naked or almost naked animals?edit: I got so frustrated by trying to edit my original post that I slipped and deleted it. Fortunately, it wasn't very important.
February 13, 2014
deinonychus commented on the word sword razor
"Ensis ensis, or the sword razor, is a razor clam, a marine bivalve mollusc in the family Pharidae." (Wikipedia) Perhaps sharpest sounding animal on my weaponized-animals list so far.
February 7, 2014
deinonychus commented on the list parasitic
Thanks markusloke! (It's an open list so feel free to add words, but it's nice to get a comment so I'll notice it.)Now I wonder if kentrogon will also fit on my sounding-like-a-superhero list, there's something about words ending i -on...
January 19, 2014
deinonychus commented on the word backlash
Do it, bilby! I'm sure I can think of something to add...
January 13, 2014
deinonychus commented on the word speech banana
"The speech banana is a region in which all the phonemes of the world's languages fall on an audiogram. An audiogram is a graphical representation of a person's hearing acuity at a range of frequencies and loudness levels, and it is generally charted with frequency level (in Hertz on the x-axis and decibel level (dB) on the y-axis. When the sounds of speech or phonemes of all known human languages are plotted on an audiogram, they cluster in a banana-shaped region known as the speech banana." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word ferret legging
"The ferrets are occasionally put inside the contestants' shirts in addition to their trousers. An attempt to introduce a female version of the sport—ferret busting, in which female contestants introduced ferrets down their blouses—proved unsuccessful." (Wikipedia)
January 1, 2014
deinonychus commented on the word evangelical superhero
I found this disappointing link (actually two links) researching Bibleman. But there's most likely more than one evangelical superhero out there...
October 31, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word fighting teeth
Sharp teeth that male alpacas develop.
October 26, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word ruin value
"Ruin value (German: Ruinenwert) is the concept that a building be designed such that if it eventually collapsed, it would leave behind aesthetically pleasing ruins that would last far longer without any maintenance at all. The idea was pioneered by German architect Albert Speer while planning for the 1936 Summer Olympics and published as "The Theory of Ruin Value" (Die Ruinenwerttheorie), although he was not its original inventor." (Wikipedia)
October 17, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list medtech
Nice list! I think I'll stay here a while...
October 15, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word buccal fat pad
"The buccal fat pad (also called Bichat’s fat pad, after Marie François Xavier Bichat, and the buccal pad of fat), is one of several encapsulated fat masses in the cheek. It is a deep fat pad located on either side of the face between the buccinator muscle and several more superficial muscles (including the masseter, the zygomaticus major, and the zygomaticus minor). The inferior portion of the buccal fat pad is contained within the buccal space. It should not be confused with the malar fat pad, which is directly below the skin of the cheek. It should also not be confused with jowl fat pads. It is implicated in the formation of hollow cheeks and the nasolabial fold, but not in the formation of jowls." (Wikipedia)
October 14, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word Mormon cricket
"Despite its name, the Mormon cricket is actually a shieldbacked katydid, not a cricket. They take their name from Mormon settlers in Utah, who encountered them while pushing westward, and for the prominent role they play in the miracle of the gulls." (Wikipedia)
October 10, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word play
Thanks, dinkum! I was just about to check my geology list for terms that could be used in an erotic context...
October 9, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list the-porn-birds
Anyone interested in a porn bird comic?
October 7, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word chick-a-dee-dee-dee
"It has been observed to consist of up to four distinct units which can be arranged in different patterns to communicate information about threats from predators and coordination of group movement. Recent study of the call shows that the number of dees indicates the level of threat from nearby predators. In an analysis of over 5,000 alarm calls from chickadees, it was found that alarm calls triggered by small, dangerous raptors had a shorter interval between chick and dee and tended to have extra dees, usually averaging four instead of two. In one case, a warning call about a pygmy owl – a prime threat to chickadees – contained 23 dees" (Wikipedia)
October 4, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list bird-songs
How did it take me so long to find this list? Some of these will definitely end up in my nest...
deinonychus commented on the list the-sound-of-birds
Of course I don't mind. I feel a little sorry for those cars, especially the ones with rather human-like cries and a typically raucous honking call...
deinonychus commented on the word donkey dung sea cucumber
"Holothuria mexicana, also known as the Donkey Dung sea cucumber is commonly found in the Caribbean. It is a commercially important aspidochirote (sediment feeding) sea cucumber that can reach a total length of 50 cm (20 in)." (Wikipedia)
September 22, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list upward-mobility
Ooh, thanks for the wienermobile! "Drivers of the Wienermobiles are known as Hotdoggers and often hand out toy whistles shaped as replicas of the Wienermobile, known as Wienerwhistles."
August 30, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list religous
Thank you, ruzuzu! And I don't need to have the words to myself, they are free to be a band or do what they please...
August 27, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word Bullycide
I was just heading here to say something about what that definition would make matricide, but I was too late! At least I was rewarded by finding a list of "familial killing terms" on Wikipedia.
August 23, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word cat scratch fever
Oh, I see now that I had put this on the wrong list! It's not about sick-animals but sick people. Fortunately, I found feline foamy virus today.edit: Are the word-links out of order or am I doing something wrong all of a sudden? Hmm... Well, at least I'm not the only one, it seems.
deinonychus commented on the word normopathy
Ooh, that's a word I've been missing without knowing it!
July 16, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word fecal shield
Here I am, thinking that I found something new and amazing, only to find that it's been discussed here five years ago! Anyway, here's a beautiful picture of it.(And how come it's not on the specific-excrement list?)
July 12, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list rosenfield-titles-of-attribute
Then I will have to control myself a bit. Now to investigate titles...
July 1, 2013
So, are the attributes mostly positive? I can imagine that this form would work well for insults...
deinonychus commented on the word cryptic female choice
"Cryptic choice allows females to preferentially choose sperm. Females are thus able to mate multiple times and allocate sperm to their eggs according to paternal phenotype, or according to other characteristics. In some cases, such as in the yellow dung fly, certain male traits will affect the fitness of eggs laid in particular environmental conditions. Females can choose sperm based on male quality as a function of its interaction with the environment. In other species, such as the fly Dryomyza anilis, females preferentially choose sperm from one storage location over another. Males of this species have developed behaviors, such as abdominal tapping, to increase their number of sperm stored in the favored storage site." (Wikipedia)
June 26, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word golden dung fly
"Scathophaga stercoraria, commonly known as the yellow dung fly or the golden dung fly, is one of the most familiar and abundant flies in many parts of the northern hemisphere. As its common name suggests, it is often found on the feces of large mammals, such as horses, cows, sheep, deer, and wild boar, where it goes to breed." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the list remarkable-wikipedia-categories
June 16, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word orthosexuality
June 10, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word pyrogen
It's all just water, anyway...
June 5, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list astronomical--1
Thanks! I haven't been adding anything to this for a long time, might be time for a new astronomical Wikipedia binge...
June 4, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word fruit mimicry
"Myrmeconema neotropicum is a new genus and species of parasitic tetradonematid nematode that apparently induces fruit mimicry in the tropical ant Cephalotes atratus. Infected ants develop bright red gasters, tend to be more sluggish, and walk with their gasters in a conspicuous elevated position. These changes likely cause frugivorous birds to confuse the infected ants for berries and eat them. Parasite eggs passed in the bird's feces are subsequently collected by foraging Cephalotes atratus and are fed to their larvae, thus completing the life cycle of Myrmeconema neotropicum." (Wikipedia)
May 23, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word yellow-bellied sapsucker
There's just so much insult potential in this poor animal: yellow-bellied + sap + sucker!
May 22, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word pair of pants
"In mathematics, a pair of pants is a simple two-dimensional surface resembling a pair of pants: topologically, it is a sphere with three holes in it. Pairs of pants admit hyperbolic metrics, and their isometry class is determined by the lengths of the boundary curves (the cuff lengths), or dually the distances between the boundaries (the seam lengths)." (Wikipedia)
May 6, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word Carpediemonas
"Carpediemonas is a genus of protozoa. The single known species, Carpediemonas membranifera, is a small flagellate that was originally isolated from anaerobic intertidal sediment. It is distantly related to diplomonads. It has been shown to have a membrane-bounded organelle reminiscent of a hydrogenosome." (Wikipedia)
May 3, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word hog-nosed skunk
I liked the name hog-nosed skunk, but "naked-muzzled" in the description is even better...
May 2, 2013
Or maybe the list of fictional Antichists...
April 27, 2013
List of fictional colors!
deinonychus commented on the list science-fact-or-fiction
I guess those are more sciency-fictiony...
April 26, 2013
Ooh, nice meta list, I need to check the others out! And I bet I could find quite a few words that should be used in speculative or science fiction.(I was wondering if it was metalist, meta list or meta-list, but metalist seems to be someone who works with metals, and the internet is full of lists and all things meta, and then I gave up searching...)
April 25, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list things-that-freak-me-out--animals
Nice list! Nature is good at making that sort of things...
April 22, 2013
deinonychus commented on the user FreeRun_5
When a spammer is too wordy, the link to report them seems to fail...
April 19, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word surface of last scattering
Ooh, I really like it!
April 18, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word squashed face rattail
A fish, Nezumia namatahi, suitable for insults.
April 16, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word nuchal hump
"Flowerhorn cichlids are ornamental aquarium fish noted for their vivid colors and the distinctively shaped heads for which they are named. Their head protuberance, or kok, is formally termed a 'nuchal hump.'" (Wikipedia)
April 15, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word Inglorius mediocris
The mediocre skipper.
April 14, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word mediocre skipper
Poor Inglorius mediocris. "The scientific name Inglorius means undistinguished, as the only known species is a nondescript brown butterfly referred to as mediocris, meaning ordinary." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word bloody parrot
"The blood parrot cichlid (also known as parrot cichlid and bloody parrot; no binomial nomenclature) is a hybrid cichlid." (Wikipedia)
April 12, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word abundism
"Pseudo-melanism, also called abundism, is another variant of pigmentation, characterized by dark spots or enlarged stripes, which cover a large part of the body of the animal making it appear melanistic. A deficiency in or total absence of melanin pigments is called amelanism." (Wikipedia)
March 23, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word starry sturgeon
Also known as stellate sturgeon, but that isn't as nice to say...
March 20, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list twitter-favorites
Oh, I love these automatically generated lists! Someday I'll make my own.
deinonychus commented on the list identify-the-word-ie-nik--2013
Is there a deadline for this? (So I know when to give up thinking and send in a random word)
deinonychus commented on the word Killing field
I am so happy that Wilhelm Killing got to name so many things! Killing horizon and Killing form are other good ones. (If anyone finds more good eponyms, I've got a list for those...).
March 17, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word latrinophone
"At any given moment, there could be heard a 'latrinophone' (which is a toilet seat strung with catgut), a 'crashophone' (bags of metal balls dropped into a metal washtub, in order to make the sound of breaking glass)" (From this article about Spike Jones)
March 12, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word bipolar feeding
What a sea cucumber does when it ingests food through its anus, according to this study. Found here.
March 10, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list identify-the-wordienik
I guess I want to be in on this too, even though I might have a disadvantage since I haven't played before...
March 8, 2013
I just found the List of chics. "This is a list of notable chics.".
March 6, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list specific-excrement
Maybe you can find some good words in this article about human dung being the most attractive (for dung beetles, that is).
March 3, 2013
Location hypotheses of Atlantis.
February 28, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word explosive breeding
"Two main types of reproduction occur in frogs, prolonged breeding and explosive breeding. In the former, adopted by the majority of species, adult frogs at certain times of year assemble at a pond, lake or stream to breed. Many frogs return to the bodies of water in which they developed as larvae. This often results in annual migrations involving thousands of individuals. In explosive breeders, mature adult frogs arrive at breeding sites in response to certain trigger factors such as rainfall occurring in an arid area. In these frogs, mating and spawning take place promptly and the speed of larval growth is rapid in order to make use of the ephemeral pools before they dry up." (Wikipedia)
February 25, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word functional necrophilia strategy
"A species of frog has been found to operate a 'functional necrophilia strategy' whereby males extract eggs from dead females and then fertilise them.The tiny central Amazonian frog -- the Rhinella proboscidea -- is a species that engages in 'explosive breeding', that is, a frantic competition for mates that takes place when large groups of animals gather for a few days. In this case, that means several hundred males congregate in small streamside ponds or headwaters for two or three days. When this happens, there is a brutal struggle to procreate, where many males become exhausted from fighting other males for receptive females. Meanwhile the females can sometimes get unintentionally crushed to death or drowned." (http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2013-02/20/frog-necrophilia)
deinonychus commented on the word hoard house
"In his later years, Grainger developed an aversion to English words with Latin roots—so the word 'museum' was, in this system, to be replaced with the term 'Hoard House'. He hoped this was what all museums would henceforth be called. I agree. The Guggenheim Hoard House, the Hoard House of Modern Art—let’s be honest about what these places are." From David Byrne's Journal about Percy Grainger, where there's also a list of "Blue-Eyed English", wich is "the English language purged of all Latinisms", and might deserve a list of its own.
February 23, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word death sandwich
I wonder what sort of drink you should serve to a death sandwich...
February 20, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word ꙮ
"Multiocular O (ꙮ) is the most rare and exotic glyph variant of Cyrillic letter O. This glyph variant can be found in certain manuscripts in the phrase «серафими многоꙮчитїи» ('many-eyed seraphim')." (Wikipedia)
February 14, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list o--6
I like these: Ꙩ (monocular O), Ꙫ (binocular O), Ꙭ (double monocular O), and ꙮ (multiocular O), described by Wikipedia as "exotic glyph variants of Cyrillic letter O".(I've got an oooooolist, but that's mostly for words starting with oo.)
deinonychus commented on the list wordnik-puzzle--neat-porters
A porn street?
February 8, 2013
Paternoster? Or maybe... pater noster?
deinonychus commented on the word imp of the perverse
Ooh, that sounds like an interesting (professional? honorary?) title...
February 7, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word love
Somehow that feels like cheating, but it can't really be since you make the rules for your list...
February 6, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list trending-words
But... does that mean that someone somewhere is looking up all the other words even more often than every few minutes? Someone who really wants to know everything about infertility? A Fonkbot?
deinonychus commented on the word bonytongue
"Arowanas are freshwater bony fish of the family Osteoglossidae, also known as bonytongues. In this family of fish, the head is bony and the elongate body is covered by large, heavy scales, with a mosaic pattern of canals. The dorsal and the anal fins have soft rays and are long based, while the pectoral and ventral fins are small. The name 'bonytongues' is derived from a toothed bone on the floor of the mouth, the 'tongue', equipped with teeth that bite against teeth on the roof of the mouth. The arowana is a facultative air breather and can obtain oxygen from air by sucking it into the swim bladder, which is lined with capillaries like lung tissue." (Wikipedia)
February 5, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word hornyhead turbot
Another potentially indecent fish, Pleuronichthys verticalis (see more at Harry hotlips). Time for a list, i guess...
deinonychus commented on the word broth of a man
Wow... But what could you call a lesser (more watery) man, not (yet) boiled down?
February 4, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word Harry hotlips
Maybe it's time for a list of porn fish? It's not as easy as with the birds, but... checking my fish list gives me slippery dick, sucker barb, half-naked hatchetfish, honey-head damsel, cockabully, smooth lumpsucker, orange roughy, naked puffer, velvet belly, lollipop catshark and pink-lipped moray eel...
February 3, 2013
A fish, Plectorhinchus gibbosus. Many of the sweetlips have funny names that sound like (disturbing or sweet) nicknames: sordid rubberlip, dusky rubberlip, rubberlip grunt, harlequin sweetlips...
deinonychus commented on the list model-organisms
Nice list. (I added some yeast to the mix...)
February 2, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word busy beaver
"In computability theory, a busy beaver is a Turing machine that attains the maximum number of steps performed or number of nonblank symbols finally on the tape among all Turing machines in a certain class. The Turing machines in this class must meet certain design specifications and are required to eventually halt after being started with a blank tape.A busy beaver function quantifies these upper limits on a given measure, and is a noncomputable function. In fact, a busy beaver function can be shown to grow faster asymptotically than does any computable function. The concept was first introduced by Tibor Radó as the 'busy beaver game' in his 1962 paper, 'On Non-Computable Functions'."(From Wikipedia, and there a lot more on big numbers (the biggest even) in this essay.)
February 1, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list death--4
Thanks, ruzuzu!n. Greek mythology Ancient Greek God of peaceful or natural death. n. psychoanalysis the death drive in Freudian psychoanalysis.Hmm... peaceful or natural death and death drive sound almost like opposites to me.
January 31, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word fuming ptomaine
The title or the words? I guess it's easier to be fond of Swedish detectives if they're a bit exotic and not in your face everywhere all the time... (I might be exaggerating a bit here.)
deinonychus commented on the word beating heart cadaver
"A beating heart cadaver is a human body that though dead in all medical and legal definitions is attached to a medical ventilator and retains cardio-pulmonary functions. This will keep the organs of the dead body, including the heart, functioning and alive for a few days. As a result, the period of time in which the organs may be used for transplantation is extended." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word rocksucker
Also a species of clingfish, Chorisochismus dentex.
deinonychus commented on the word bois durci
"A hard, highly polishable composition, made of fine sawdust from hard wood (as rosewood) mixed with blood, and pressed." (GNU Webster's 1913, on bois-durci but the hyphenated spelling seems less common)
deinonychus commented on the word lovely poison frog
Phyllobates lugubris. I can't really tell why this is more lovely than other poison dart frogs, but at least the lovely hatchetfish has a companion now. (Not ready to create a list for them just yet...)
January 30, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word Fonk
As you wish, bilby (although now there's a complete Fonk absence, but I bet it's just a trick). I must say that the trending words list is the thing I understand the least around here. Does anyone know anything about what sort of algorithm it might be using?
January 29, 2013
They seem to be taking over Wordnik (or the internet? or the world?). Now they're six.edit: But there seems to be some sort of battle going on, since the number never stays the same when I recount. Maybe I should go to bed now...
deinonychus commented on the word sugar-coated spleen
I can't belive that this isn't listed by anyone else. Or that it's not a brand name for candy."In pathology, hyaloserositis is the coating of an organ with a fibrous hyaline, resulting from inflammation of the serous membrane (serositis) covering the organ.The spleen is commonly affected and often referred to as sugar-coated spleen. The liver and heart are also sometimes affected and referred to as frosted liver (or sugar-coated liver) and frosted heart respectively." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word broken heart syndrome
"Takotsubo cardiomyopathy, also known as transient apical ballooning syndrome, apical ballooning cardiomyopathy, stress-induced cardiomyopathy, Gebrochenes-Herz-Syndrome, and stress cardiomyopathy is a type of non-ischaemic cardiomyopathy in which there is a sudden temporary weakening of the myocardium (the muscle of the heart). Because this weakening can be triggered by emotional stress, such as the death of a loved one, a break-up, or constant anxiety, the condition is also known as broken heart syndrome. Stress cardiomyopathy is a well-recognized cause of acute heart failure, lethal ventricular arrhythmias, and ventricular rupture." (Wikipedia)
Am I imagining things now? I was sure that there was four(!) fonks in the trending list just now, but when I reloaded the page it went down to a more reasonable one Fonk level...edit: and now they're back!
deinonychus commented on the word cooing dove murmur
"The cooing dove murmur is a cardiac murmur with a musical quality (high pitched - hence the name) and is associated with acute mitral valve regurgitation, preceded by a rupture of the chordae tendinea (the fibrous 'strings' that connect the papillary muscle to the cusps of the valves). It is a systolic murmur which is best heard over the left second, third and fourth intercostal spaces." (a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cooing_dove_murmur#Cooing_dove_murmur">Wikipedia) Part of me wants to list this on the-sound-of-birds, but I guess I won't...
deinonychus commented on the word cœur en sabot
"Cœur en sabot, (French for 'Boot shaped heart'), is a radiological sign seen most commonly in patients with Tetralogy of Fallot, a cyanotic congenital heart disease." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word Lynch motor
"The Lynch motor is a flat (pancake) axial gap permanent magnet brushed DC motor invented by Cedric Lynch." (Wikipedia) That sentence doesn't make much sense to me, but I like the word anyway.
deinonychus commented on the word muskellunge
I keep seeing this word as if it was in Swedish. Not that it makes sense, but muskelunge (Wikipedia says that's an alternate way of spelling it, but it doesn't matter, I see it in muskellunge as well) would mean muscle-kid, or perhaps muscle-offspring. So now my brain is trying to make images of what that would look like...
Not just trending, double trending! (I see it twice in the list, is it a bug perhaps, or just really trendy?)
January 28, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word oh-my-god particle
"The Oh-My-God particle was an ultra-high-energy cosmic ray (most likely a proton) detected on the evening of 15 October 1991 over Dugway Proving Ground, Utah. Its observation was a shock to astrophysicists, who estimated its energy to be approximately 3×10^20 eV (50 J)—in other words, a subatomic particle with kinetic energy equal to that of a 5-ounce (142 g) baseball traveling at about 100 kilometers per hour (60 mph)." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word mimesis
Yes, seems to be the same origin as meme (see etyomology section).
January 27, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word sabre squirrelfish
A fish, Sargocentron spiniferum, armed with a sabre squirrel?
deinonychus commented on the word pink slime
"Pink slime (often written with quotation marks as "pink slime") is the common name for a controversial beef product. The name used in the meat industry is lean finely textured beef (LFTB) and boneless lean beef trimmings (BLBT). It is also known by the dysphemistic slang term soylent pink. It is a processed beef product that was originally used in pet food and cooking oil. It was later approved for human consumption." (Wikipedia)
January 23, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word activated sludge
Sounds like food in a dystopian world. Maybe similar to pink slime.
deinonychus commented on the word monkey slug caterpillar
Eew? More like ooh to me! (I like all the ones listed at animal-identity-crisis, but the ones with three different animals are the best... I hope to one day find one made out of four animals.)
deinonychus commented on the word sloppiness space
"In graphonomics, sloppiness space is a term introduced by Goldberg and Richardson to describe the shape space of all graph (handwriting) around an idealized allograph. Sloppiness space can be so large that optical character recognition becomes very difficult due to overlap with shapes for non-intended characters." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word wordmap
Found in the same context as Godzilla: commedian, notecase, azz, carmaker, houseman, remake, head-mistress, wrestling-match, strongpoint, champan, roller-skate, firepot, safe,trackage, millionairess, exegete, tea-garden, bourse, exobiologist, shogun, concessionaire, homunculi. Interesting...
January 22, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word swoon hypothesis
"The Swoon Hypothesis refers to a number of theories that aim to explain the resurrection of Jesus, proposing that Jesus did not die on the cross, but merely fell unconscious ('swooned'), and was later revived in the tomb in the same mortal body." (Wikipedia)
January 21, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word chimpanzee fire
A bioluminescent fungus. There's a video of it here.
deinonychus commented on the word welcome home husband though never so drunk
One of the names for Sedum acre, a succulent plant.
Speaking of Australia... This article is about "earrings made out of koala feces sold by the True Blue Roo Poo Company, an Australian business that specializes in making products out of animal poop." But I can't find their web page, so maybe they are out of business? (But I don't see how that could be possible.)
January 20, 2013
deinonychus commented on the list 1906-railway-cipher-code
That's what I've been wondering too. And, will you be working these words into your telegraphic communications?
deinonychus commented on the word bat eagle ray
A fish, Myliobatis californica. But I prefer to think about as some sort of raygun, shooting eagles, that Batman uses.
January 19, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word anatiferous
I hope I'll find some good occasion to use this. Soon...
deinonychus commented on the word bat-eared fox
How did I miss this one when listing weaponized animals?
Ooh, you listed rectally applied yoghurt as well! That one sort of got stuck in my mind... I'm glad this list exists, it's not easy to find a place where an article like that will be properly appreciated!
January 16, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word goropism
I didn't know how much I needed this word until I saw it! So, would a person who invents these absurd etymologies be a goropist?
January 15, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word spammer
An unusually efficient spammer too, I had to cut my way through a wall of spam to ger here... And who knows what's buried so deep in spam that it's lost forever? (As far as I see, there is no way of seeing older stuff than what's visible on the first page, is that right?)
January 14, 2013
Not sure if they make the list, but this article about faecal transplants is full of stuff like RePOOPulate, stool substitute and pseudo-poo... And for some reason I felt that I had to share that with someone.
January 12, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word sinapize
That... sounds painful. And what kind of monster will be born after that pregnancy?
January 10, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word paternoster while
Ah, yes, all the different forms could be performed at the annual paternoster festival. Fun for the whole family!
January 6, 2013
Record for fastest or slowest? Both could be a challenge...
deinonychus commented on the word Scunthorpe problem
"The Scunthorpe problem occurs when a spam filter or search engine blocks e-mails or search results because their text contains a string of letters that are shared with an obscene word. While computers can easily identify strings of text within a document, broad blocking rules may result in false positives, causing innocent phrases to be blocked.The problem was named after an incident in 1996 in which AOL's dirty-word filter prevented residents of the town of Scunthorpe, North Lincolnshire, England from creating accounts with AOL, because the town's name contains the substring cunt." (Wikipedia)
January 5, 2013
deinonychus commented on the word wetting layer
"In experimental physics, a wetting layer is an initial layer of atoms that is epitaxially grown on a surface upon which self-assembled quantum dots or thin films are created." (Wikipedia)
December 30, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word quantum dot
"A quantum dot is a portion of matter (e.g., semiconductor) whose excitons are confined in all three spatial dimensions. Consequently, such materials have electronic properties intermediate between those of bulk semiconductors and those of discrete molecules." (Wikipedia)And, apparantly, you can make earthworms procuce them.
deinonychus commented on the user soba4u
Spam in (bad) swedish! That's exotic...
deinonychus commented on the word cherpumple pie
But... Shouldn't it be made into a pie instead? That would make it a perfect meta-pie...
December 26, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word myzotrophy
It looks like I wanted to fit too much into that poor comment. But I like the idea that the internet is big enough to offer everyone extremely specialized entertainment...
December 17, 2012
Ooh, cellular vampirism! (If people run out of ideas to make bad vampire movies from, this could inspire them to make one filmed entirely in microscope...) From Wikipedia: "A classic example of myzocytosis is the feeding method of the infamous predatory ciliate, Didinium, where it is often depicted devouring a hapless Paramecium. The suctorian ciliates feed exclusively through myzocytosis, sucking out the cytoplasm of prey via superficially drinking straw-like pseudopodia."(And Suctoria sounds to me like a name cruel children would invent from combining suck and Victoria. Here are some pretty animated gifs of them.)
deinonychus commented on the word brogrammer
Are bromanteaus like this one really pejorative? I would never use them (non-ironically) myself, but some people sure seem to think it's a good thing.
December 14, 2012
deinonychus commented on the list sweet-tooth-fairy
Oh, great! Then I don't have to make it myself...
December 8, 2012
Yes, where will it all end? But we must be brave, and continue to move on, further and further, towards the limit. (The human limit, that is, I guess it should be fairly simple to make some sort of computer script to do this... hmm... It could easily become an entire book... hmm...)
deinonychus commented on the word worm burden
Ooh, perfect for my parasitic list... (and I can't stop thinking that it's related to the diet of worms...)
December 6, 2012
Yes, do it! I think it's that kind of idea, that once you say it out loud, you have actually already started it...
December 5, 2012
deinonychus commented on the list weaponized-animals
Sure, go ahead and add them if you like. I think the best animals are the ones where I can imagine som sort of cyborg monster (like, the knife-footed frog is a frog with actual knives for feet) but other violent animals are also welcome.
deinonychus commented on the word advent calendar
At the risk of being spammy... I've made an advent calendar this year, with little stop motion animations for every day until Christmas. It's almost completely wordless, but if you like toys and decorations being sacreligious and/or silly you can see it here. I grew up with multiple advent calendars myself. In Sweden there is a calendar that is related to a daily television show that most swedish children probably watch every day...
December 3, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word dream box
Wow! Reminds me of relaxing chamber, the box where you let your dead insects soften up a bit before you pin them up... (found here)
November 30, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word chicken-powered nuclear bomb
"One technical problem was that buried objects—especially during winter—can get very cold, and it was possible the mine would not have worked after some days underground, due to the electronics being too cold to operate properly. Various methods to get around this were studied, such as wrapping the bombs in insulating blankets. One particularly remarkable proposal suggested that live chickens should be included in the mechanism. The chickens would be sealed inside the casing, with a supply of food and water; they would remain alive for a week or so. The body heat given off by the chickens would, it seems, have been sufficient to keep all the relevant components at a working temperature. This proposal was sufficiently outlandish that it was taken as an April Fool's Day joke when the Blue Peacock file was declassified on April 1, 2004. Tom O'Leary, head of education and interpretation at the National Archives, replied to the media that, 'It does seem like an April Fool but it most certainly is not. The Civil Service does not do jokes.'" (Wikipedia)
November 18, 2012
I couldn't help making another list now, with zoomorphic-weapons...
November 17, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word peach sword stripe night moth
Is the sword made of peaches, or especially made for cutting peaches? (Or something completely different?)
Honorable mention: flail snail (found when exploring the addictive prefix search of Wikipedia.)
It sounds like a bad translation of some strange anime, but..."The Raspberry Bud Dagger Moth, Raspberry Bud Moth or Peach Sword Stripe Night Moth (Acronicta increta) is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is distributed throughout the south of Canada and the United States down to Florida and Texas. The status of this species is disputed. Some authors regard Acronicta increta a synonym of Acronicta inclara." (Wikipedia)
Ooh, thanks for the kukri snake, I would never have found that myself since I didn't know what a kukri was.
November 14, 2012
Glad you all like it! And, of course, feel free to add your combatants. (The club-foot whiting might be more dangerous than you think...)
deinonychus commented on the word knifetooth sawfish
Wow, knifetooth sawfish (Anoxypristis cuspidata) is so full of sharp things...
November 12, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word cut-throat finch
So, today I stumbled over this cut-throat finch (Amadina fasciata) and the jack-knifefish (Equetus lanceolatus), and I get the feeling that there is a list out there, waiting for me...edit: I made a list of weaponized-animals, but now I feel that the finch doesn't really fit in... hmm...
deinonychus commented on the word chorea
So... en en en en, then?
November 7, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word caudal luring
"Caudal luring is the use of tail movements employed by a predator to attract prey animals. It is a form of mimicry classified formally as aggressive mimicry, but perhaps better described by the term feeding mimicry. The behavior is employed by a number of snake species and allegedly by two lizards, though other interpretations (e.g., distraction) seem more plausible for the lizards. Caudal luring also occurs in a shark, the tasselled wobbegong, Eucrossorinus dasypogon." (Wikipedia)Seductive and lethal...
deinonychus commented on the word shocking pink dragon millipede
It sounds like a monster, but seems to be a real animal..."The Shocking Pink Dragon Millipede (Desmoxytes purpurosea) is a spiny and toxic millipede named for its vivid pink color. First discovered in 2007 in the Hup Pa Tard limestone cavern in Thailand, within the Greater Mekong, the adult millipede is approximately 3 cm long and lives in the open on leaf litter. The millipedes have glands that produce hydrogen cyanide to protect them from predators, a fact advertised by their aposematic color. Because they produce cyanide, they smell like almonds." (Wikipedia)
November 5, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word common slug eater
"Duberria lutrix, or the common slug eater, is a small, ovoviviparous, molluscivorous, nonvenomous snake, which is endemic to Africa." (Wikipedia)
November 1, 2012
deinonychus commented on the list qi-words
today: no-eyed big-eyed wolf spider.
October 30, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word forcipule
"Forcipules are a unique feature found only in centipedes and in no other arthropods. The forcipules are modifications of the first pair of legs, forming a pincer-like appendage always found just behind the head. Forcipules are not true mouthparts, although they are used in the capture of prey items, injecting venom and holding onto captured prey. Venom glands run through a tube almost to the tip of each forcipule." (Wikipedia)
October 28, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word golly
"Hack up a golly" sounds disturbing as it is, but after those examples...
October 25, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word diplomatic pouch
I prefer to imagine this as some sort of special anatomical feature of diplomats...
October 21, 2012
There, tagged! (I was lazy and copy-pasted the bird names from Wikipedia, so now they're capitalized, even though I prefer them uncapitalized...)
October 19, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word cat-like mew
Is there a way to remove a tag? (This is a description of the sound of a white stork, not a shoebill, I wouldn't want to spread lies like this by accident. (I prefer my lies to be planned.))
That's a good idea, I'll try to do that. (And a forceful cooing is perfect!)
deinonychus commented on the word plaintive woo-OO-oo-oo-oo call
"Did you mean plaintive woo-oo-oo-oo-oo call or plaintive woo oo oo oo oo call?" Of course not!
October 18, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word greatest known penis length relative to body size
"Deep water squid have the greatest known penis length relative to body size of all mobile animals, second in the entire animal kingdom only to certain sessile barnacles." (Wikipedia)
October 15, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word temporal slices of spacetime worms
Ooh, I like this even better than spacetime surgery!
deinonychus commented on the word spacetime surgery
"Matt Visser has described a way of visualising wormhole geometry:- take a 'normal' region of space- 'surgically remove' spherical volumes from two regions ('spacetime surgery')- associate the two spherical bleeding edges, so that a line attempting to enter one 'missing' spherical volume encounters one bounding surface and then continues outward from the other."(Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word terms of service
I like the sound of pornologic! (Even though it's unnecessary when you have -graphic. Maybe you can use some sort of pseudoetymology to claim that pornography is just one (extreme) form of calligraphy...)About vulgar, If they mean "adj. Of or associated with the great masses of people; common." there might problems... (that get worse as Wordnik gets more users...)
October 11, 2012
I appreciated (and read!) the terms as well. But I'm a bit confused about not being able to "Post, upload, publish, submit or transmit any text, graphics, images, software, music, audio, video, information or other material that: ... (iv) is defamatory, obscene, pornographic, vulgar or offensive".Surely "vulgar" and "pornographic" lists or words can't be banned? Is there a legal interpretation of these words that I'm not aware of?
October 10, 2012
Good idea! Just watching two episodes made me feel the need for this kind of list (but so far I have managed to put the words in my existing lists...).
October 8, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word virgin externa
"Sacculina larvae are dioecious. The male larvae are often smaller than those of the females. The life cycle begins with the female cyprid invading the crabs and then developing into a parasite with an internal root system (interna). Once the interna matures, it will develop a reproductive body outside the crabs through the abdominal part called the virgin externa. Male cyprids will then enter the virgin externa, which give rise to a fertilized externa with the eggs brooding inside it. Larvae will then be released via the externa once the eggs became mature." (Found here.)
deinonychus commented on the word awk
Being left-handed, I find these "synonyms" a bit insulting. (But I guess singular and distinguished are nice...)
October 4, 2012
deinonychus commented on the list thigmo-words
Do you have a list of the favorite prefixes of the years after that? (Or the years before?)
October 3, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word rapid plant movement
Like a triffid, then? (I love that there is a Wikipedia list of fictional plants...)
October 2, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word early
I'm trying to be more of an affirmative action fabulist, since I believe that some groups deserve special lying attention.
October 1, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word branchial heart
"Branchial hearts are myogenic accessory pumps found in coleoid cephalopods that supplement the action of the main, systemic heart. Each consists of a single chamber and they are always paired, being located at the base of the gills. They pump blood through the gills via the afferent branchial veins." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the list carl-friedrich-gauss
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_topics_named_after_Carl_Friedrich_Gauss (or is that cheating?)
September 30, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word love dart
"A love dart (also known as a gypsobelum) is a hard, long, sharp, calcareous or chitinous dart which some hermaphroditic land snails and slugs create. Love darts are made in sexually mature animals only, and are used as part of the sequence of events during courtship, before actual mating takes place. Darts are quite large compared to the size of the animal: in the case of the semi-slug genus Parmarion, the length of a dart can be up to one fifth that of the semi-slug's foot." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word pseudopupil
"In the compound eye of invertebrates such as insects and crustaceans, the pseudopupil appears as a dark spot which moves across the eye as the animal is rotated. This occurs because the ommatidia which one observes 'head-on' (along their optical axes) absorb the incident light, while those to one side reflect it. The pseudopupil therefore reveals which ommatidia are aligned with the axis along which the observer is viewing." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the word prefenestrated
"Sir, at this moment, you should consider yourself prefenestrated!"(SMBC comics)
September 29, 2012
deinonychus commented on the list gleaned-words
Ah, yes, it's quite a mess... Not sure where to start scrubbing.
deinonychus commented on the word Neverland
"The Neverland gene makes a protein of the same name, which converts cholesterol into 7-dehydrocholesterol. This chemical reaction is the first of many that leads to ecdysone – a hormone that all insects need to transform from a larva into an adult. Most species make their own ecdysone but D.pachea is ill-equipped. Because of its Neverland mutations, the manufacturing process fails at the very first step. Without intervention, the fly would be permanently stuck in larval mode. Hence the name, Neverland—fly genes are named after what happens to the insect when the gene is broken." (Not Exactly Rocket Science)
deinonychus commented on the list herring
Or maybe a LED herring (glowing stonger than the dead herring)?
September 27, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word Explosions-Polka
"Explosions-Polka, op. 43, is a polka written by Johann Strauss II in 1847. The title was inspired by a discovery of guncotton or nitrocellulose by German scientist Christian Friedrich Schönbein in 1840. The Viennese press eagerly reported this discovery many years later in 1846, describing many products that can then be made 'explosive'." (Wikipedia)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=It4VAl4JFH0
deinonychus commented on the user deinonychus
Lying! To children! About dinosaurs! And taxonomy! Well, I guess that's one of the privileges of being a parent...
deinonychus commented on the word coronary steal
Coronary steal (with its symptoms termed cardiac steal syndrome) is a phenomenon where an alteration of circulation patterns lead to a reduction in the blood directed to the coronary circulation. It is caused when there is narrowing of the coronary arteries and a coronary vasodilator is used - 'stealing' blood away from those parts of the heart. (Wikipedia)I think there's potential for some nice Valentine's Day cards somwhere around here...
deinonychus commented on the word uterine milk
"In sharks and rays, the term ovoviviparity has recently been deprecated in favor of aplacental viviparity. Authors may regard the two terms as synonymous, or equate ovoviviparity only with aplacental yolk-sac viviparity, in which the embryos are solely sustained by yolk (as opposed to secondary provisioning by their mother in the form of 'uterine milk', such as in the stingrays, or unfertilized eggs, such as in the mackerel sharks; the latter is referred to as intrauterine oophagy).There is a wide range of forms of intrauterine provisioning however, which could complicate the classification. In at least some sharks the routine intrauterine oophagy is not limited to unfertilised or trophic eggs, in various forms and in in some the principle extends to actual intrauterine cannibalism."(Wikipedia)
September 26, 2012
In this blog post about bioluminescence, they quote The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald:"An idiosyncrasy peculiar to the herring is that, when dead, it begins to glow; this property, which resembles phosphorescence and is yet altogether different, peaks a few days after death and then ebbs away as the fish decays. For a long time no one could account for this glowing of the lifeless herring, and indeed I believe that it still remains unexplained. Around 1870, when projects for the total illumination of our cities were everywhere afoot, two English scientists with the apt names of Herrington and Lightbown investigated the unusual phenomenon in the hope that the luminous substance exuded by dead herrings would lead to a formula for an organic source of light that had the capacity to regenerate itself. The failure of this eccentric undertaking, as I read some time ago in a history of artificial light, constituted no more than a negligible setback in the relentless conquest of darkness."I have a feeling that the dead herring is somehow related to the (more famous) red herring.
deinonychus commented on the word snus
"Did you mean anus?" No, I did not...
deinonychus commented on the word tappen
Good! I feel at home here. (Home is where my words are?)Netto is net (as opposed to gross) and snus is... snus. So they're saying that they sell cheap snus. I'd rather have some fufluns.
deinonychus commented on the word tit juice conjunctivitis
Thanks for that link! Reminded me of the SpeechJammer that really needs to be listed somewhere. Perhaps it's a good weapon for a superhero...
deinonychus commented on the word penis speed painting
The artist "Pricasso" paints portraits "in 20 minutes using only his penis as a brush." His web page is obviously NSFW...
deinonychus commented on the word herpes gladiatorum
"Herpes Gladiatorum is one of the most infectious of herpes-caused diseases, and is transmissible by skin-to-skin contact.""While the disease is commonly passed through normal human contact, it is strongly associated with contact sports — outbreaks in sporting clubs being relatively common. Other names for the disease are herpes rugbiorum or 'scrumpox' (after rugby football), 'wrestler's herpes' or 'mat pox' (after wrestling)."(Wikipedia)
September 25, 2012
Passing this yesterday, I realized that I needed to share this with... well, someone, and Wordnik might be the right place for it. I've always thought this sign was a bit disturbing, even before I knew the word tappen in English. ("Godis" means candy, and "tappen" means the gas station (in Swedish)).
deinonychus commented on the word bathtub Madonna
"A bathtub Madonna (also known as a lawn shrine, Mary on the half shell, bathtub Mary, and bathtub shrine) is an artificial grotto typically framing a Roman Catholic religious figure." (Wikipedia)
September 24, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word beefy meaty peptide
"Beefy meaty peptide, also known as delicious peptide and abbreviated as BMP, is an 8-amino acid long peptide that has been identified as giving a beefy flavor to foods in which it is present." (Wikipedia)
Found in this chart.
I guess I'm more of a dinosaur (if that was the question). I wasn't even aware of the Dutch doom metal band (now on my list of disappointing-wikipedia-links)!
September 23, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word Bitter electromagnet
"A Bitter electromagnet or Bitter solenoid is a type of electromagnet used in scientific research to create extremely strong magnetic fields. Bitter electromagnets have been used to produce some of the strongest continuous manmade magnetic fields on earth (up to 35 teslas as of 2008)." (Wikipedia) Named after Francis Bitter.
September 22, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word Darwinian demon
"A Darwinian Demon is a hypothetical organism that can maximize all aspects of fitness simultaneously and would exist if the evolution of species was entirely unconstrained. Such organisms would reproduce directly after being born, produce infinitely many offspring, and live indefinitely. Even though no such organisms exist, biologists use Darwinian Demons in thought experiments to understand different life history strategies among different organisms." (Wikipedia)
deinonychus commented on the list plant-diseases
Oh... I didn't find this list until I had listed 20 diseases in my own list. Probably going to steal some (or most) of these!
deinonychus commented on the word Erdős-Bacon-Sabbath number
Cool. It would be nice to have at least one of those numbers...
September 21, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word sloth moth
"Sloth moth is a generic term used to refer to coprophagous moths which have evolved to exclusively inhabit the fur of sloths and to use sloth dung as a substrate for the early stages of reproduction." (Wikipedia)"The large variety of arthropods associated with sloths comprise two distinct feeding guilds – the haematophagous guild, represented by biting flies and ticks, and the coprophagous guild which comprises a unique assemblage of moths, beetles and mites which utilize the sloth principally for phoresis and whose larval stages feed and develop in the dung of the host sloth." (Wikipedia)
September 20, 2012
deinonychus commented on the word obelisk posture
"The obelisk posture is a handstand-like position that some dragonflies and damselflies assume to prevent overheating on sunny days. The abdomen is raised until its tip points at the sun, minimizing the surface area exposed to solar radiation. When the sun is close to directly overhead, the vertical alignment of the insect's body suggests an obelisk." (Wikipedia)
September 17, 2012
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