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  • '“A combination of lower interest rates and more stringent macroprudential policy would likely work to reduce both financial stability risks and the risk of an undershoot of inflation at the same time,” Poloz said. “This is because interest rate changes have their largest effect on inflation risk, while stronger macroprudential settings will lead to a higher quality of household indebtedness over time.”'

    via: http://business.financialpost.com/news/economy/bank-of-canada-actively-discussed-more-stimulus-but-uncertainty-convinced-policymakers-to-hold-rate-instead

    October 19, 2016

  • Short article from Webster's: http://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/phubbing-words-we%27re-watching

    "'Phubbing' is the act of snubbing someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention."

    February 24, 2016

  • Used by Sarah Palin 20-February-2016 during her endorsement of Donald Trump.

    "...endless Middle Eastern squirmishes..."

    E.g.: https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/689601577355730944

    January 20, 2016

  • Via the Wordnik blog:

    "Irja translates literally as “postponing,” and was a “theological principle put forward by some Muslim scholars” in the first century of Islam, as the result of a major civil war being fought during that time.

    The proponents of irja — known as murjia, or “postponers” — asserted that the “burning question of who is a true Muslim should be ‘postponed’ until the afterlife.” In other words, true faith was something that could only be judged by God and not other humans. In the end, however, the murjia didn’t have enough influence in the Muslim world."

    Here: http://blog.wordnik.com/word-buzz-wednesday-bean-to-bar-digital-dementia-schlonged#.dpuf

    December 30, 2015

  • Used by Paul Krugman here: http://krugman.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/12/23/today-in-trumpenfreude/

    The joy of watching the GOP implode tempered with the horror that Trump or a clone might actually win.

    Quote: "You know what I’m talking about, of course — that feeling of glee mixed with fear as one watches the cynical race-baiting of the Republican establishment finally come home to roost, confirming that you were right to be shrill (and the centrists were naive), but with the slight admixture of panic because one of these guys might actually become president."

    December 29, 2015

  • Although this neologism seems to be used in a positive way (i.e. the opposite of bureaucracy), I heard it today used in a more negative sense. Specifically that a lack of defined rules allowed all members of an organization to run with whatever idea that they had, leading to chaos.

    November 5, 2015

  • A villanelle composed as an elegy.

    March 1, 2015

  • Mentioned by Jonathan Kay of the National Post on the CBC National evening news in regard to the idea that hashtags and tweets can, somehow, effect real social change. The conversation was particularly in regards to the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls and the social media "activism" that has followed. 11 May 2014

    May 12, 2014

  • That's not a word. This is a word.

    April 8, 2014

  • A tweet from a religious leader (or self-appointed "leader"), usually of the fundamentalist/conservative variety, in which they seemingly excommunicate another individual or organization for a perceived fault.




    Used with context here:




    Noted in this tweet (with some subsequent discussion):


    April 2, 2014

  • A reference to the developing world ("third world") that retains "third" but also notes that 2/3 of the world's population lives in such countries.

    Read several times in: http://www.amazon.com/Planted-Story-Creation-Calling-Community/dp/1620327082

    November 27, 2013

  • This is literally the most misused word in the universe.

    August 28, 2013

  • Just received an email that had the terms "de-risk" and "incentivize" in one sentence. Could barely read the rest of the missive without losing my lunch. Who thinks of these words? Gah!

    August 19, 2013

  • Here's a usage (final paragraph): http://scientopia.org/blogs/proflikesubstance/2013/05/16/on-review-repetition/

    There it's being used as per: http://www.wordspy.com/words/anecdata.asp

    "Anecdotal evidence used as data in an attempt to prove a hypothesis or make a forecast."

    May 16, 2013

  • Just heard during a meeting. Presumably means to revise the revised curriculum.

    May 9, 2013

  • If CNN can have an "earwitness", then why not have a few nosewitnesses too so that we get the full sensory story?

    April 19, 2013

  • Just heard a CNN correspondent use this word, pertaining to a potential shootout with Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Watertown MA.

    April 19, 2013

  • Heard it this evening on the CTV (Canada) news referring to trinkets and stuff on shelves in the context of things that could fall off in an earthquake.

    In other words, as a noun.

    October 28, 2012

  • Seen here: http://scienceblogs.com/pharyngula/2012/10/09/newsweek-panders-to-the-deluded-again/

    (A few paragraphs in...)

    October 15, 2012

  • "The act of a candidate or surrogate offhandedly proposing a policy so outrageous that it significantly harms the candidate’s electability."


    October 15, 2012

  • "A individual who constantly changes his political positions to suit his audience and objectives."


    October 15, 2012

  • As in "they narcissize hospitality by making it all about their culinary skills."

    August 8, 2012

  • Or, better yet, "doctoral father."



    June 11, 2012

  • From German, referring to a Ph.D. thesis supervisor. Doctor + Father.

    June 11, 2012

  • Verapamil? You've got Vera and Pam all in one.

    June 1, 2012

  • OED word-of-the-day for 30 May 2012.



    May 30, 2012

  • Tickle, tickle.

    May 29, 2012

  • OK. Now do pear.

    May 29, 2012

  • Armageddon brought on via Iran.


    May 29, 2012

  • See: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Karmageddon

    "A portmanteau of "Karma" and "Armageddon." References "shit hitting the fan" in an extreme way while acknowledging one's contributions to that event.

    Specifically, when all the (usually unpleasant) stuff you've done comes back to you at once. "

    January 29, 2012

  • :)

    January 29, 2012

  • Also, seemingly, carnage that particular pundits ascribe to Obama-era policies.

    January 29, 2012

  • Presumably...

    1) The day of reckoning when Obama is elected to his second term, or

    2) The result of Obama winning his second term.

    E.g. http://www.alternativeright.com/main/blogs/malinvestments/is-this-obamageddon/

    January 29, 2012

  • Presumably referring to the supposedly bad things that would happen due to Mitt Romney becoming the GOP presidential candidate and/or winning the US presidency.

    ...and/or the final blow dealt by Romney to his primary competitors.

    E.g.: http://nomoremister.blogspot.com/2011/09/mittpocalypse-now-most-of-chortling.html

    January 29, 2012

  • Presumably referring to the supposedly bad things that would happen due to Newt Gingrich becoming the GOP presidential candidate and/or winning the US presidency.

    E.g.: http://talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/2011/05/newtpocalypse.php

    January 29, 2012

  • Two pop-culture definitions.

    First, the name of an annual NCAA football game between the Iowa State UniverstiyCyclones and the Kansas State University Wildcats.

    Second, the name of a 2011 documentary on food rights and security: http://farmageddonmovie.com/

    January 29, 2012

  • Thanks! Start -geddon ready to add some words...


    January 29, 2012

  • From http://www.wordspy.com/words/Eurogeddon.asp

    More ...-geddon stuff.


    January 29, 2012

  • From http://sesquiotic.wordpress.com/2012/01/21/scattermalia/

    “odds and ends of queries or information scattered through several emails instead of being nicely cleaned up into one clear listing.”

    January 29, 2012

  • As seen on:


    A MacLean's Magazine article on Canada's seeming housing bubble.


    'No, it won’t be “housemageddon.”'

    Just another example of the use of -mageddon to indicate something bad of Biblical, eschatological proportions.

    January 27, 2012

  • Got to try this one.

    January 27, 2012

  • Me too. My (real) name includes one. So I'm particularly fond.

    January 26, 2012

  • Splat!

    January 23, 2012

  • Heard on American Idol on Sunday 22 January 2012. A fellow aptly nicknamed "Wolf" used this word to refer to his guitar.

    January 23, 2012

  • 'Kevin Lam submitted forgetfory (a very useful antonym of memory, as in “don’t expect me to remember your phone number, I have an excellent forgetfory”). That word that was also used in a 1907 issue of “The Leather Workers’ Journal,” although more as a synonym for “head”: “Another correspondent noted that we would get a bump on our forgetfory that would hold us for a while.”'


    January 22, 2012

  • "...the combination of nitpicking and blowing things out of proportion, submitted by Vlad Marian Birladianu?"


    January 22, 2012

  • "mundaneabilia - the banal cheap merchandise sold at the typical tourist attraction."



    July 2, 2011

  • http://www.worldwidewords.org/weirdwords/ww-sco3.htm

    From the link:

    “Good-morrow, Master Richard!” hailed the man, in a voice that matched his person. “What! not abroad yet, thou bed-worm, thou scobberlotcher!” and leaning down rolled a snowball in his massive hands, but desisted at the last moment from throwing it at Dick’s window lest it should enter by mistake the adjoining room, where his father and mother slept; and flung it instead with great shrewdness at Sally, the pretty serving-maid, who was sweeping the snow away from the top flight of broad front steps."

    Dick Willoughby, by Cecil Day Lewis, 1933.

    June 2, 2011

  • adj. Simultaneously skeptical and optimistic.

    —skeptimist n.

    —skeptimism n.



    June 2, 2011

  • True enough. :)

    May 31, 2011

  • Although, I had a different definition...

    "Is there a word for the moment that you realize that although it feels like Friday it is, alas, only Tuesday? Schadenfriday, perhaps?"


    May 31, 2011

  • "The day where you can finally laugh at another's misfortune and not be taken as a heartless bastard."

    From: http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Schadenfriday

    May 31, 2011

  • Worst. Word. Ever.

    (Well, among the worst anyhow. Gah!)

    May 31, 2011

  • No prob. Thanks for unlinking my account. Unfortunately, though, that didn't help. When I chose "List it" from the pull-down menu next to a word, I still get:

    "Please sign in or sign up to list words."

    ...even though I'm signed in. Strange.

    November 27, 2009

  • So, how do I unlink my Wordnik account from my Facebook account? I have now, several times, unlinked Wordnik while in Facebook. But Wordnik seems never to forget. It won't let me sign in with my normal username and password, but forces me to reconnect the account with Facebook.

    November 25, 2009

  • OK, it's not working after all.

    But, I think that I've figured it out.

    It WAS working on one of my computers where I had signed in but hadn't linked to Facebook. It WAS NOT working on my other computer where I had completed the FB link.

    So, I completed the FB link on the computer that was unlinked (and previously working for list making). And voila! Now lists are nonfunctional there too.

    So, I suspect that it has something to do with the FB link.

    But... I try to remove the FB link in FB and, while FB unlinks me, Wornik won't "believe" that I'm unlinked and forces me to relink when I sign in.

    I.e., I can't just sign in with my Worknik username/password. I need to sign in to Wordnik via FB, even after I've unlinked FB.

    November 24, 2009

  • grantbarrett: Well, it's working now. So, I guess the point is moot.

    The problem *was* with the "Create new word" link. I would click that and then get the error message before even having the opportunity to fill in the various fields for list creation.

    November 24, 2009

  • Hmmm, still on the list thing. When I try to create a new list, I get:

    "Unable to Complete Request" in 82 point font.

    November 24, 2009

  • Hmmmm, there seems to be something wrong with the listing function. Although I am logged in, when I try to list a word, I get a message that I must be logged in to list it.

    November 23, 2009

  • As seen in a friend's blog post. A typo, but it sounds a lot like it should be an extremely interesting type of alcohol.

    July 30, 2009

  • I heard a colleague down the hall use this word a moment ago. Think that it will catch on?

    June 23, 2009

  • Ugh. I'm adding that to my "hated" list.

    December 22, 2008

  • OK, slightly pre-Christmas.

    December 20, 2008

  • A massive, potentially devastating, snow storm. This term was used to describe the Christmas 2008 storm that hit Toronto, Ontario.

    See, for example:


    December 19, 2008

  • One who is neither strictly egalitarian nor complementarian, but develops a theology of gender roles in the church that draws from both traditions.

    At the time of my writing this, there is only one Google result for this word. Thus, I can't claim to have made it up, but I'd say that I'm probably the first to define it.

    November 4, 2008

  • From:


    "A person who is obsessed with minimizing his or her use of carbon."

    October 25, 2008

  • From Latin... "force of the county"

    October 11, 2008

  • As in:

    "Wordie.org is definitely an integral part of the growing Luddosphere."

    October 10, 2008

  • A cell membrane channel that is permeable to water, but not to ions.

    October 2, 2008

  • Way, way too much, "like wow! That was random..." going around these days. Though, thankfully, it seems to be a dying trend.

    October 1, 2008

  • The external layer of many cells made up of carbohydrates covalently linked to proteins which are closely associated with the cell membrane.

    September 30, 2008

  • Nice! Thanks everyone!!!

    September 27, 2008

  • Newer version: fascicle

    September 27, 2008

  • My favorite definition, from botany (taken from the OED) is:

    "A cluster of leaves or flowers with very short stalks growing closely together at the base; a tuft. Also, a bunch of roots growing from one point."

    Note that it has also been spelled: fasickle

    September 27, 2008

  • Currently fascicle.

    September 27, 2008

  • See ascidian

    September 27, 2008

  • OED: A. adj. Of or pertaining to the Ascidia (or Ascidiæ), a group of animals belonging to the tunicate Mollusca, considered by evolutionists to constitute a link in the development of the Vertebrata. B. n. A member of this group. see -ARIUM, the aggregate mass of organisms in compound ascidians. asmscidioid a., resembling the Ascidia. ascidiozooid, one of the organisms forming an ascidiarium.

    September 27, 2008

  • OED: A. adj. Of or pertaining to the Ascidia (or Ascidiæ), a group of animals belonging to the tunicate Mollusca, considered by evolutionists to constitute a link in the development of the Vertebrata. B. n. A member of this group. see -ARIUM, the aggregate mass of organisms in compound ascidians. asmscidioid a., resembling the Ascidia. ascidiozooid, one of the organisms forming an ascidiarium.

    September 27, 2008

  • I love this word because it signifies a unique and seemingly effective method of making this world a better place.

    See www.kiva.org, for instance.

    September 27, 2008

  • OED: The style or language of academic scholarship; dry academicalism.

    Frankly, the word "academese" is, itself, academese, because it would be used nowhere else but in the academy in lengthy papers analyzing the academy.

    September 27, 2008

  • OED: A short lecture.

    September 26, 2008

  • The RNA produced in female mammals from the X-chromosome that is bound to be deactivated for the life of that female. The X-chromosome that produces XIST becomes highly condensed and forms a Barr body.

    September 26, 2008

  • An enzyme that catalyzes a reaction that puts one or more components together to form a new compound.

    September 25, 2008

  • An enzyme, a synthase. Also, a ligase.

    September 25, 2008

  • Greek, for "comb." A zoological derivative is the phylum Ctenophora, the comb jellies.

    September 25, 2008

  • Not too good with peanut butter, though.

    September 25, 2008

  • Those Greek and Roman gods lived, uh, interesting lives:

    MW - "the mother of Hercules by Zeus in the form of her husband Amphitryon"

    September 25, 2008

  • MW (poor grammar, but obviously soapstone-related word) - "used for a soapstone used to make acid-resistant or alkali-resistant surfaces"

    September 25, 2008

  • OK, one chemical exception, because I like resinous trees.

    MW - "the hydrocarbon mixture, chiefly C19H30 with two double bonds in the molecule, that results from heating resin acids"

    September 25, 2008

  • MW - "intransitive verb : to become added to something or become a part of it

    transitive verb : to come to or reach"

    September 25, 2008

  • MW - "a genus of shrubs and herbs (family Leguminosae) widely distributed in warm regions and having jointed pods and pinnate and often sensitive leaves"

    September 25, 2008

  • OED: (adv.) By stealth; secretly.

    E.g. 1786 BURNS Halloween x, Rob, stownlins, prie'd her bonie mou.

    September 24, 2008

  • OED: "The gullet

    1786 WOLCOT (P. Pindar) 2nd Ode to R.A.'s Wks. 1812 I. 134 Not one bit more could pass your swallow-pipe.

    September 24, 2008

  • Interesting that it means both to defraud and to fine. One could be mulcted for mulcting, I suppose.

    November 22, 2007

  • An information-bearing chemical, such as a pheromone.

    From Greek, semio = signal.



    November 20, 2007

  • Also, a noun... "a bully"

    or a verb... "to bully"

    November 16, 2007

  • "expressing earnest entreaty"

    -an alliterative definition

    November 15, 2007

  • ...uneven variances between variables.

    A bad thing to have if you are trying to meet the assumptions of certain parametric tests. But, this can be overcome by transforming your data in an appropriate manner.

    November 15, 2007

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypomnemata

    "Hypomnema (Greek. υπομνημα, plural υπομνηματα, hypomnemata), also spelled hupomnema, is a Greek word with several translations into English: a reminder, a note, a public record, a commentary, a draft, a copy, and other variations on those terms"

    November 15, 2007

  • "One who strolls about aimlessly; a lounger; a loafer."

    November 15, 2007

  • Adjective, describes a person who tends to make smacking sounds with their mouth/lips on a continual or circumstantial (eating) basis.

    November 14, 2007

  • Japanese term for folded paper with small cuts (like origami... but not origami).

    kiru = "to cut"

    kami = "paper"

    November 14, 2007

  • As in: "That insect presents certain coleopteran characteristics, but the lack of wing covers indicates that it is not actually a beetle."

    November 14, 2007

  • Zoology parlance - of which I am familiar - the breakpoint in a starfish's arm.

    November 13, 2007

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  • Has anyone made a -geddon list yet? If not, I nominate you!

    January 29, 2012