Comments by erinmckean

  • "Once SuperSat gets off the ground, the plan is to have it lock into a lunar orbit and map the surface with an HDTV camera and panospheric video." WIRED

    August 21, 2016

  • "After that the engine passed into a building called the lubitorium, where oil and soft greases were piped under pressure direct from supply tanks to the various points needing lubrication." Railways of the USA

    June 15, 2016

  • You might mean lascivious?

    May 5, 2016

  • Hi -- sorry about the warning, a few of the sites we link to DID have malware, but because of our redirects, ALL of the Wordnik example links are now throwing a warning. :-( We're removing the links to the affected sites but it's a very slow, manual process. :-(

    Wordnik itself is not affected by malware.

    In the meantime, if you want to see the original site for a link, the safest/easiest way is to copy/paste the whole example and google it.

    April 17, 2016

  • Thanks for the reports on what I am going to call the Icelandic Problem (because that sounds cool). I'm not sure what's up but I will look into it.

    One rubber-chicken-wavy solution that often seems to work in cases such as this is favoriting a problem word before trying to comment or list it.

    April 15, 2016

  • "Onlyness is that thing that only that one individual can bring to a situation. It includes the journey and passions of each human. Onlyness is fundamentally about honoring each person: first as we view ourselves and second as we are valued. Each of us is standing in a spot that no one else occupies. That unique point of view is born of our accumulated experience, perspective, and vision." from Onlyness (the topic and the talk at TEDxHouston)

    April 13, 2016

  • I think it may have to do with cookie expiration ... I'll look into it!

    March 13, 2016

  • The Minneapolis Star-Tribune's Word of the Week. "Sample usage: "Everyone's saying we should go try that new live-squid restaurant, but I am definotely eating anything with moving tentacles."" Word of the week: definotly

    March 10, 2016

  • = 'NB', or non-binary, in terms of gender expression

    March 5, 2016

  • there's a leading space (the percent-sign-20) in the url. We're working on a fix for this issue!

    February 24, 2016

  • Tiny, yolkless eggs are sometimes known as witch eggs or fairy eggs. MyPetChicken.com

    February 22, 2016

  • Tiny, yolkless eggs are sometimes known as witch eggs or fairy eggs. MyPetChicken.com

    February 22, 2016

  • ‘Cock Egg’ is a synonymous term for any type of abnormal egg. Granny-Miller.com

    February 22, 2016

  • A cross between a hammered dulcimer and an electric guitar, the construction of the chordstick allows for a more percussive playing technique, building atmospheric ambiance. Classical MPR

    February 22, 2016

  • “Text neck,” a term coined by a Florida chiropractor, Dean L. Fishman, is a repetitive stress injury resulting from hours spent with the head positioned forward and down while using electronic devices. NY Times

    February 22, 2016

  • My friend and former colleague Dave McCrory coined the idea of data gravity —the inclination for pools of data to attract more and more data. DZone

    February 22, 2016

  • Derbyshire confirms; each and every part of the song “was constructed on quarter-inch mono tape,” she says, “inch by inch by inch,” using such recording techniques as “filtered white noise” and something called a “wobbulator.” Open Culture

    February 22, 2016

  • Many other words belong to MLE—multi-ethnic or multicultural London English—sometimes derided as jafaican, the speech variety strongly influenced by Caribbean usages and non-European accents and parodied by Ali G and TV comedy Phoneshop. Quartz

    February 22, 2016

  • We have some beer from the beererator (there’s also a winerator and a boocherator for kombucha). California Sunday

    February 22, 2016

  • The girls use their perky dance moves to threaten “enemies of freedom” and explain “Ameritude,” which, according to the song, is “American pride, it’s attitude, it’s who we are.” Quartz

    February 22, 2016

  • And as Americans buy more and more holiday gifts online, they’re also returning more, creating new opportunities for businesses prepared to handle what others don’t want. Call it “re-commerce.” WIRED

    February 22, 2016

  • On the CPU side, typically there is a “hot path” (a code that is visited often) that is not optimized. StrongLoop

    February 22, 2016

  • “Scratching” in the language of computer science means to reuse code that can be beneficial and effectively used for other purposes and easily combined, shared and adapted to new scenarios, which is a key feature in Scratch – “remix”, in which users can download and build up on public projects uploaded and developed by other users. Wikipedia

    February 22, 2016

  • In Epic Mafia, there is a word for the act of scanning someone’s messages for clues as to whether they are mafia: scumreading. The Guardian

    February 22, 2016

  • In a city filled with slot machines spilling jackpots, it was a “jackpotted” ATM that got the most attention Wednesday at the Black Hat security conference, when researcher Barnaby Jack demonstrated two suave hacks against automated teller machines that made them spew out dozens of crisp bills. WIRED

    February 22, 2016

  • Each of these traits has a “biogenic” nature (it’s a matter of genetics); a “sociogenic” nature (it’s a part of what our culture teaches us); and an “idiogenic” nature (it’s just one of those things that makes us us). TED blog

    February 22, 2016

  • This story begins when Associated Press foreign correspondent John Roderick became the unlikely owner of an enormous, rundown farmhouse, or “minka.” AIA-MN

    February 22, 2016

  • The proliferation of new breeds is in part a product of “linebreeding,” a type of inbreeding in which a close relative occurs more than once in a puppy’s pedigree. Vice

    February 22, 2016

  • He pioneered “originalism,” a theory holding that the Constitution should be interpreted in line with the beliefs of the white men, many of them slave owners, who ratified it in the late eighteenth century. The New Yorker, 29 Feb 2016

    February 22, 2016

  • "Pultrusion is a continuous process for manufacture of composite materials with constant cross-section. The term is a portmanteau word, combining "pull" and "extrusion"." Wikipedia

    February 9, 2016

  • December 28 is officially Christmas comedown day. Today’s the day that you’re most likely to be involved in some kind of family conflict or blazing row. ... It’s because many people will be travelling back from visiting relatives for the festive season and perhaps also preparing to return to work the following day. It has been dubbed Moody Monday by Kwik Fit who commissioned the poll of 2,000 Britons. Metro UK

    December 29, 2015

  • According to Genderqueerid.com, skoliosexual refers to “sexual attraction to non-binary identified individuals" or those who do not identify as cisgender. Huffington Post

    December 28, 2015

  • Common diseases more likely to come from MAGOTS, or ‘multiple assorted genes of tiny significance.’ Medium @belldejour

    December 28, 2015

  • Or take this skill, called a barani—a front flip with a half twist—on beam. New Republic

    December 28, 2015

  • Nearby was a squat device that looked like a photocopier — a farinograph, which assesses the strength of dough as it is mixed — and a cylindrical machine that tests raw grain for adequate levels of starch. New York Times

    December 28, 2015

  • The style of dress has earned a few nicknames, including soft dressing, sports luxe, and when it goes really upscale, athluxury—think Vladimir Putin in $1,600 sweatpants. Quartz

    December 28, 2015

  • Considering the contents of "Unplugged," his take on Wired's usurping of Mondo 2000's "cyber-hipeoisie" mouthpiece privileges, the publication couldn't have been timed more perfectly. Suck

    December 28, 2015

  • Just as the heavy industry can greenwash to produce the appearance of environmental responsibility and the consumer industry can pinkwash to connect themselves to cause marketing, so the technology industry can “engineerwash”—leveraging the legacy of engineering in order to make their products and services appear to engender trust, competence, and service in the public interest. The Atlantic

    December 28, 2015

  • In practice, baugruppen are basically like condos, but with much more robust shared spaces and collective ownership rather than developer ownership. Vox

    December 28, 2015

  • I better liked Mitch Kapor’s talk, which advised against becoming an ageist, racist, or sexist “mirrortocracy” and calling it a meritocracy. Michael O. Church

    December 28, 2015

  • “Bleisure” trips, or ones that combine business and leisure, are rising fast as a common form of travel worldwide, according to a new report from Bridgestreet Global Hospitality published by Skift. Fusion

    December 28, 2015

  • A kalyptic culture is typified by peacefulness, tolerance and individualism. Tamil Nation

    December 28, 2015

  • Collaborative robots — or cobots — need to be configured so they're aware of their fleshy colleagues and slow or stop after an unexpected collision to avoid stabbing skin or slicing limbs. Bloomberg

    December 28, 2015

  • But it is equally important to train and encourage men to take jobs that require skills in health, education, administration and literacy, so-called HEAL jobs. New York Times

    December 28, 2015

  • But after a slew of 4-5 day work-plus-weekend trips that one colleague has dubbed “the work-end,” I’ve noticed my suitcase holds the same items, again and again: a striped breton shirt, a black crepe slip dress, a grey wool plaid scarf for the plane. Quartz

    December 28, 2015

  • To waste time throughout extra time with the aim of forcing - and then winning - a penalty shootout, eg: "Both teams are clearly penastinating now!" BBC

    December 28, 2015

  • There was even an effort called FOAF (which stands for “friend of a friend” and is pronounced “fofe”) that described the social network between individuals. The New Republic

    December 28, 2015

  • But when the critical establishment rejects Tartt and other women who manage to create literary juggernauts, Weiner suggests that sexism is also partly to blame. “Call it Goldfinching,” she writes. The Atlantic

    December 28, 2015

  • The pieces were made by painstakingly manipulating a typewriter — rotating paper, adjusting spacing and overstriking letters — to make what the Sackners call “typed artpoe.” New York Times

    December 28, 2015

  • Yes, America still has a formidable high-tech and military industry, but, as James Kunstler and others have pointed out, for the last thirty years American society has become an economy centered on building more suburbs and filling them up with foreign cars, plasma TV’s and and the like. I call this living accommodation autoburbia. Island Breath

    December 28, 2015

  • Halbig’s sandyhookjustice.com had by then drawn a benificent counterbalance, blogs like sandyhookfacts.com, devoted to debunking every crackpot claim put forward by the hoaxers, whom they referred to as “conspiratards.” The Trace

    December 28, 2015

  • This in turn makes them more likely to look for coping mechanisms, including 'stalking' their ex on social networks - officially known as interpersonal electronic surveillance (IES). Daily Mail

    December 28, 2015

  • There's an Hermès black lambskin blanket-scarf — blarf? — that has certainly never seen a moment of inclement weather. Racked

    December 28, 2015

  • "Zythophile is a beer blog written by an unidentified British beer enthusiast. The name of the blog is a neologism meaning, according to the author, a lover of beer." Home Brew Talk

    (likely from zythum, a kind of beer)

    December 26, 2015

  • "A quaducant—following the Russian matryoshka nesting doll model of meat—would be quail's breast meat stuffed in duck's breast meat stuffed in a deboned pheasant." Serious Eats

    December 24, 2015

  • "a gangster who steals food" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "a mix between pink, orange, and blue" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "when you make a hashtag that is too long" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "frustrated and angry at the same time" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "when you're little & your mum tells you that a really yuck vegetable is actually a really yummy lollie ( but it's not!)" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "no eyebrows" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "too much eyebrow" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "you're happy because it's Friday" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "a really wild party or festival" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "bored because of parents" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "a mixture of pineapple and bacon" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "two combovers joining in the middle" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "terrible and amazing" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "from the Nike slogan: Just Do It" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "happiness in a crazy way" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "when you're laughing non-stop and you start finding it really hard to breathe" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "someone who sings loudly and out of tune. Usually an out-tuner thinks that they are an amazing singer and think a lot of their singing skills." (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "someone or something that is going absolutely crazy!" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "very skilled" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "a fear of hurting someone" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "it means you're sad because it's your bedtime" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "it means you are happy because you are eating" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • a baby duck (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "more baby ducks" see bucky (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "freezing children" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "to whisper about a secret" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "to write wonky" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "come here because I'm happy" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "bulging eyes" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "book addict" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "clean and pretty" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "frightened and scared" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "your room is tidy" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "your room is messy" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "mean and nasty" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "you look just like Barbie" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "bored and lazy" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "I don't understand" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "a collector of book series" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "a book that's turned into a movie" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "a parent teacher" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "an abbreviation of do it" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "go away because I'm angry" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "cemented bricks" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "food emojis" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "gas that turns into liquid" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "a biscuit with fruit" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "someone who goes for a walk and strolls and whistles at the same time" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "When the rubbish people recycle plastic and use it for different things" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "confused" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "a large crowd" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "weak muscles" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • a "freaky creature" (from Aspendale Primary School, Melbourne)

    December 9, 2015

  • "I call it a kaleidophone,” he said.“The idea is that it will convert any rhythmical sound, such as music, into pleasing and symmetrical, but always changing, visual patterns." Prelude to Space, by Arthur C. Clarke

    November 22, 2015

  • "Grimdark is a subgenre or a way to describe the tone, style, or setting of speculative fiction (especially fantasy) that is, depending on the definition used, markedly dystopian or amoral, or particularly graphic in its depiction of violence. In most grimdark literature the supernatural is a passive force, controlled by humans—unlike supernatural horror where the preternatural forces are most often an active entity with agency." Is it Grimdark or is it Horror?

    November 5, 2015

  • Hmm. I was just able to add my favorite, Governor Moonbeam

    November 3, 2015

  • "Hey, there's another American on Ring City who's not a spy, a diplomat, or that deadly combination, the spiplomat." from Constellation Games

    October 31, 2015

  • I used to have a poster that read "Be alert. The world needs more lerts!"

    October 29, 2015

  • that's a great idea, bilby! I'll see what I can do!

    October 27, 2015

  • "In college I took a literature course which examined Marilynne Robinson’s innovative use of spaces–especially the domestic space–in her novel Housekeeping. My teacher also mentioned that the book actually includes a neologism- the word “lucifactions,” used to describe light on water, in the scene where the girls are out on the lake." HTMLGiant

    October 27, 2015

  • It is an alternate spelling of the word wincey which is a kind of cloth. :-)

    October 22, 2015

  • "Sent to large numbers of correspondents using the reply-all button, memails contain no substance. Their sole function is to draw attention to the sender, using the fewest words possible. Recently received examples include "that's just great", "good news", "fantastic", or just plain "yup"." The Guardian

    October 15, 2015

  • Hi Valerie! Information about the Wordnik API is at developer.wordnik.com. Documentation is here: http://developer.wordnik.com/docs.html

    October 9, 2015

  • "Mr. Ascheim defines “becomers” not as a generation but as a life stage — “from your first kiss to your first kid,” or people roughly 14 to 34." NYTimes

    October 9, 2015

  • "Kronos’s promotional videos emphasize the risk of time theft by employees—“In a few minutes late?
    Taking a few extra minutes on a break? It adds up”—and some of the firm’s most invasive systems, which require employees to clock in with a finger scan, are meant to prevent “buddy punching,” when an employee clocks in a co-worker who hasn’t yet arrived." Harper's Magazine

    October 7, 2015

  • brelfie a selfie taken while breastfeeding: "The latest fad clogging up social media, heaping shame on those who dare commit the sin of bottle-feeding, is the brelfie: the tedious habit of posting a breastfeeding selfie, creating yet more #bressure on those who don’t, or can’t." Telegraph

    September 28, 2015

  • The acting in this film is superb and the language is even better. As Rose and Jimmy wander around town making up scenarios, she uses such descriptions as "figures on a nunswept pier," for the people in her line of vision. Wilmington Town Crier

    September 25, 2015

  • "So are you going to write it all down? What'll you call it?"
    "Figures on a Nunswept Pier." The Mirage

    September 25, 2015

  • "doorfoolia is when you start to push open an opaque door at the exact instant someone on the other side of the door pulls the door open so that you stumble forward pushing air." (from Don Moyer of Calamityware)

    September 25, 2015

  • "Jana Dambrogio, the Thomas F. Peterson conservator at M.I.T. Libraries, is analyzing how letter writers have tried through the ages to keep their correspondence sealed and unread until it reached the intended recipients. She has coined the word “letterlocking” to describe methods of folding and gluing pages to deter snooping." A Trove of ‘Letterlocking,’ or Vintage Strategies to Deter Snoops

    September 21, 2015

  • "A typogram is a word that, through the manipulation of the letterform itself, illustrates the meaning of the word." IAMALI Design

    September 20, 2015

  • "Cognitonaut is not something I own. It is something that anyone can be; an explorer of ideas." Bravo Child

    September 19, 2015

  • "His bizarre allegorical stories fashion fantastical yet oddly believable worlds which deftly fuse 'magic' and 'realism' in a way critics have termed: 'stoicheiotical fidelity'." Blacklist Publishing

    September 18, 2015

  • "This summer, a new, trendier one, emerged: NATU, for Netflix, Airbnb, Tesla and Uber." Monday Note

    September 7, 2015

  • "Here in Europe, the enemy is designated by acronyms. A year ago it was GAFA, for Google Amazon, Facebook, Apple." Monday Note

    September 7, 2015

  • "assigned female at birth"

    September 4, 2015

  • "Arguably I would say that your work is a form of hypercartoonism. It’s really sharp the same way hyperrealism is." Lisa Frank on Lisa Frank

    September 2, 2015

  • family + company: "In Issue No12, we take an insider's look at Zendesk’s impressive growth with co-founder Alexander Aghassipour; ustwo co-creator Matt ‘Mills’ Miller shows us how to create a ‘fampany’ of 250 employees while putting fun first; travelling photographer and designer Dan Rubin examines his new career path – powered by Instagram; science geek Ariel Waldman calls on the web community to participate in space exploration; Basecamp co-founder Jason Fried defies the startup hype and makes a case for longevity in business; and the father of web standards, Jeffrey Zeldman, reflects on the web that was and the web that will be." Offscreen Magazine no12

    September 2, 2015

  • "A recent extension of the concept of genocide associates the prospect of nuclear destruction with the threat of 'omnicide' or 'anthropocide'—the killing of all groups and individuals." The Politics of Gender

    August 31, 2015

  • "And he told me about ngondi, the kinds of weather: mawalala is rain far off in the distance that doesn't ever come." The Poisonwood Bible

    August 28, 2015

  • "Big International NGO"

    August 28, 2015

  • I read "Reasonably well-known in Australia" and thought that it was applying to bilby and not DILLIGAF ...

    August 24, 2015

  • "names for categories of people (race, sexual orientation, nationality, etc.)" American Dialect Society

    August 24, 2015

  • "And spoffle seems a perfectly suitable word for a soft baffle to muffle the pop and spit of aspirations, given its sound and the words it sounds like." Sesquiotica

    August 24, 2015

  • "relaxed but still unsettling tracks from horror (or horror-themed) games." N4G

    August 24, 2015

  • OED has this as "A hurried accumulation of several points."

    August 22, 2015

  • I am learning so much from this list!

    August 21, 2015

  • First, there’s the fetching hybrid (or halforism?) called the gregueria. The gregueria was invented and named by the 20th Century Spanish writer Ramón Gómez de la Serna. He defined it as “humor plus metaphor,” a poetic joke:
    The couple of eggs we’re eating look like identical twins, and they’re not even third cousins.
    —GOMEZ DE LA SERNA
    from Short Flights

    August 19, 2015

  • To go quickly about any thing, to walk along smartly. Supplement to The Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language

    August 19, 2015

  • "I was drenched to the skin when a chap in a slicker Splashed up and he yelled, “It's the Midwinter Jicker! The Midwinter Jicker came early this year And it's not going to be very comfy 'round here."" I Had Trouble in Getting to Solla Sollew by Dr. Seuss

    August 19, 2015

  • "All the noises of an apology without the actual remorse" via @LindaHolmes

    August 12, 2015

  • Someone who uses words improperly, or who abuses metaphor.

    August 12, 2015

  • Thanks vendingmachine! Neither an unintelligible nor a dumb suggestion -- it's on the wishlist to improve! I don't have a date yet.

    It's a two-part improvement: one, to make the random words slightly less random in the boring way (to weight them more towards more interesting words) and also to link those "grammatical" definitions to the root form.

    Thank you!

    August 11, 2015

  • To be technical, Sophia is an “echoborg” – a living, breathing person who has temporarily given themselves over to become a robot’s mouthpiece. BBC

    August 5, 2015

  • "While working at Google, I developed pretotyping, a set of techniques, tools and metrics to help determine if a new product is The Right It, and to do so quickly, objectively and reliably." http://www.albertosavoia.com/

    August 5, 2015

  • "Bargemen not in constant employ, who assist occasionally in towing. East." A Dictionary of Archaic & Provincial Words, Obsolete Phrases, Volume 2

    July 31, 2015

  • How is this word not on any hat lists?

    July 29, 2015

  • "a real success. "That north show window of Shute & Haskell's is a 'lally-cooler,' " the Jan. 4, 1890, Salina, Kan., Republican noted." NPR History Department

    July 26, 2015

  • = false local "love this Berlin dev because you know the locals and fauxcals are losing their shit over ANY hint of gentrification" @rsporter

    July 26, 2015

  • does sleeping policeman count?

    July 21, 2015

  • It's miso-gy(n)-noir, noir as in black

    July 17, 2015

  • The distortion and devaluing of Black women’s gender identity is a curious feature of what Dr. Moya Bailey has termed “misogynoir,” which refers to the unique hatred of Black women and girls. Salon

    July 16, 2015

  • Thanks for the heads-up! :-) I'll see what I can do to make our comments more resilient, style-wise.

    July 15, 2015

  • "Charlie Loyd and I coined the term ultrastructure, for the cultural, political and regulatory systems around infrastructure, and I wrote these three narratives to think about what my commute would look like with a different ultrastructure, rather than the current default of ceding self-driving cars to private companies and the road to individual vehicles." Metafoundry

    July 13, 2015

  • Hi Prolagus! You can use < a href > tags to add links in the comments.

    July 10, 2015

  • "Perhaps the term metrosophy can better express this bond between the metropolitan and philosophical experiences. It is meant to help us see cities not only as hubs of economic activities but also as fountains of abstract meditations." Metrosophy: Philosophy and the City NYT, 6 July 2015

    July 9, 2015

  • "The overlooked word “woggin”, with many variants, was widely used by Yankee whalers for both the great auk (Pinguinus impennis) and for penguins (Spheniscidae), as documented in numerous logbooks and journals and at least two published sources. Although in use from at least 1762 until the 1860s, this word appears to be entirely unknown in scholarly literature and merits wider recognition both for understanding early accounts and for its potential for revealing new information about the extinct great auk." Whalers and woggins: a new vocabulary for interpreting some early accounts of the great auk and penguins

    July 6, 2015

  • I would love to take credit for this but I think it might have been something re-juggled on Flickr's end! Let's be very very quiet and hope they don't bump into it again. :-)

    July 1, 2015

  • Probably connected to parbuckle.

    June 22, 2015

  • "A 17th century English word that means “coming together through the binding of two ropes,” according to a 1627 publication housed at the New York Public Library’s Rare Book Division, was, until this month, dead to the digital world—and to almost every living person." The Word The Internet Didn't Know

    June 22, 2015

  • "Cohen found that the term “shyster,” slang for someone who acts in an unscrupulous way, was first used in 1843 by a crooked lawyer disparaging his rivals as incompetents. That’s what the word meant in British criminal slang, where it appeared as “shiser.”
    The lawyer used the term in a conversation with editor Mike Walsh, who misheard it and published it as “shiseters.” A new word was on the way to being born. Ultimately the word derives from an off-color word in German." The Rolla Daily News

    June 15, 2015

  • Ooh, also accolated.

    June 12, 2015

  • used in The Flame Alphabet by Ben Marcus: "I'd parry with oily fathery lameries."

    June 11, 2015

  • "He referred to a small canvas rucksack he habitually carried (one with a single strap that he slung over his shoulder), as his sacheverell – at least I assume it was spelt like Sacheverell Sitwell’s first name, but I never saw him write it down, and unfortunately he died before I could ascertain the origin of this bizarre ascription – it may be it was his private word entirely, and perhaps related to some incident that had occurred involving him and Edith Sitwell’s brother." The Guardian

    June 11, 2015

  • seems to be another way of saying 'dinosaur', in the sense of 'out of touch old person'.

    June 10, 2015

  • "Decompiculture is the cultivation of decomposing organisms. The term decompiculture was coined by Timothy Myles of the Urban Entomology Program at the University of Toronto." The Infinity Burial Project

    June 8, 2015

  • Thanks Warrior_mouse! I'm so sorry -- we do hope to make listing easier on mobile soon. In the meantime, I wish you a speedy recovery!

    June 7, 2015

  • Hi Warrior_mouse! nice to have you here! To start your own list, click on your username in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, and choose 'New List' from the dropdown. :-)

    June 6, 2015

  • At Wordnik we are truly blessed
    To have, as lyricist, qms.
    Although a recent awkward injury
    may make his typing a bit gingery
    we still daily receive of his best.

    May 30, 2015

  • "It sounds like something out of Footloose, but the Idaho Stop is not a dance.

    It is when a cyclist approaches a four-way or T-stop, and seeing no other vehicles or pedestrians in the vicinity, continues through, or slows to a rolling stop rather than a complete one." Global News

    May 27, 2015

  • I can't wait to read this novel.

    May 25, 2015

  • Panicked, I reached out to hoarding experts, who often refer to any kind of obsessive digital collecting as “infomania.” http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/12/17/i-m-a-digital-hoarder.html

    May 18, 2015

  • Submitting and resubmitting forms to check answers can lead to a form of the frustrating and often unsuccessful behavior sometimes called “pogosticking.” http://alistapart.com/article/inline-validation-in-web-forms

    May 18, 2015

  • The children grew up with boys zigzagging the street on home-built bikes and girls playing jumpsie with elastic ropes made of rubber bands. (http://www.sfchronicle.com/the-mission/a-changing-mission/)

    May 18, 2015

  • Millennials are generally the children of baby boomers, what some demographers call the “echo-boom.” Fortune

    May 18, 2015

  • A word being used by actor/director Stephen Amell to raise money/awareness for charity campaigns. He defines it as:

    1. The ability to speak freely, openly and honestly about anything; if you're going to say something, say it sinceriously.

    2. To initiate any action while spreading as much good karma as possible.

    May 14, 2015

  • Whoops, misnamed field! Fixed. :-)

    May 6, 2015

  • Looks like the PLU (price look up) codes are available here: http://www.plucodes.com/

    May 4, 2015

  • "Perhaps a bit crowded and joggly for rifle work," said Holmes. The Fifth Heart by Dan Simmons.

    May 3, 2015

  • used to mean "the land of meta" as in "I, as you might have guessed, can stay in metapotamia all day long." (from The Listserve, 3 May 2015)

    May 2, 2015

  • "A meronomy or partonomy is a type of hierarchy that deals with part–whole relationships, in contrast to a taxonomy whose categorisation is based on discrete sets." Wikipedia

    April 24, 2015

  • "We performed an ethnomycological study in a community in Tlaxcala, Central Mexico to identify the most important species of wild mushrooms growing in an oak forest, their significance criteria, and to validate the Cultural Significance Index (CSI)." The cultural significance of wild mushrooms in San Mateo Huexoyucan, Tlaxcala, Mexico

    April 23, 2015

  • hey Prolagus, great to see you!

    I miss those pronunciations too! I hope we'll have them back soon.

    April 15, 2015

  • "A priest, a horse, and a gelatologist walk into a bar ... OK, while this is clearly the start of a terrible joke, gelatology -- the study of laughter -- is a serious business." New Scientist, 13 May 2006

    April 11, 2015

  • "a word whose sound belies its meaning. Example: "doughty." It means brave, but—come on, seriously?" Kathyrn Schulz

    April 11, 2015

  • "For those of you who aren't able to commit to the full 33 minutes right now, let me gist-ify this for you because it's important." Upworthy

    April 8, 2015

  • "Reddit is brogressive. Liberal when it benefits their demographic, conservative when it benefits anybody else. Selectively liberal only when it is convenient for them. You'll see the same anti-welfare people pushing for student loan forgiveness and subsidies for education and job training. To be fair, these are all good things. It's just that if you're only liberal when it benefits your demographic, you have to ask yourself whether there is anything more to your values than what is good for your wallet."Reddit/r/news

    April 7, 2015

  • "On the contrary, it is so simple and self-contained that it is a holophrasm, a word that can serve as a complete sentence." What Part of “No, Totally” Don’t You Understand?

    April 7, 2015

  • My source told me it might be jargon specific to the Art Institute of Chicago. :-)

    April 7, 2015

  • fiction "filled with technologies inspired by predecessors from Classical Chinese antiquity" from Ken Liu

    April 7, 2015

  • another new one: silkpunk

    April 7, 2015

  • used in a kid's phrase, meaning 'chronologically': line up in agebetical order

    April 7, 2015

  • the placard next to a work of art in a museum or gallery that shows the bare details: title, creator, date

    April 7, 2015

  • a romantic partner (from heart + the -ner of partner

    April 7, 2015

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