Comments by erinmckean

  • Hi Valerie! Information about the Wordnik API is at Documentation is here:

    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.
    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."

    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.”

    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.”

    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. (

    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:

    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

  • availability/capability (coined by Hattie McDonnell)

    April 7, 2015

  • "Flakka is the latest derivative to come out of the designer-drug phenomena, a lineage that includes Ecstasy, MDMA, Molly and bath salts. Flakka contains the chemical compound alpha-PVP, a powerful and highly addictive synthetic stimulant, said Jim Hall, a Nova Southeastern University epidemiologist who studies substance use and drug outbreaks." Sun-Sentinel

    April 7, 2015

  • "So have you noticed lately, the in-vogue words, words like - I guess they always were in the dictionary but suddenly you hear them more and more - words like pejorative, charisma certainly, dichotomy - Susskindisms we call them (audience laughter). We use that in the pejorative sense, of course." from Bob and Ray The Two And Only (at about 5:01)

    April 6, 2015

  • author definition: "It is a flower, an invented one, description is in The Summer Tree." @guygavrielkay tweet

    March 30, 2015

  • "A word you can't spell no matter how often you look it up." Kathryn Schulz

    March 30, 2015

  • "A word you can't define no matter how often you look it up." Kathryn Schulz

    March 30, 2015

  • "And it seemed that amid all the burdens and sorrows, joy could still flower like a bannion in the wood." from The Summer Tree by Guy Gavriel Kay

    March 30, 2015

  • "Simply put an algorist is anyone who works with algorithms. Historically we have viewed algorists as mathematicians. But it also applies to artists who create art using algorithmic procedures that include their own algorithms."

    March 30, 2015

  • "Notel or 'notetel' - the name is a uniquely North Korean word combining 'notebook' and 'television' - are easily found on the black market for around 300 Chinese yuan ($48), and are also available in some state shops and markets." Reuters

    March 27, 2015

  • vendingmachine, maggiemae isn't a spammer, she's adding synonyms. Until we have a better way of adding related words, adding them in the comments is the only way.

    I'd very much like it if spam was reported directly (with the little thumbs-down icon) instead of with further comments. Actual spammers do not come back to Wordnik to read the comments anyway, and it can sometimes be offputting to nonspammers who simply haven't gotten the hang of the site yet. :-(

    March 22, 2015

  • So sorry -- had to delete last comment as it was breaking the community page after I deleted the spammy comment. :-(

    March 19, 2015

  • Recently, the topic has been re-introduced by David Estlund in his discussions of the legitimacy of “epistocracy”, a “rule of the knowers” or knowledge-based rule, referring to the Greek word episteme. source

    March 9, 2015

  • "an article composed of (or heavily relying on) gifs". Seen first here from @NicoleBlades: tweet

    March 9, 2015

  • MARGARET: (GENUINE) Susan, if I had a million more sisters, I'd want them all exactly like you.

    SUSAN: You're just saying that because I'm so sklonklish. Good night, Margaret. (from The Bachelor and the Bobbysoxer)

    March 5, 2015

  • ""Mooncusser" is the name that Cape Codders gave years ago to people who used to lure storm-tossed ships onto the reefs with a light on the shore." Mystery of the Mooncusser

    March 3, 2015

  • "The fire service in France is known as Sapeurs-pompiers, except in Marseille, where naval "sailor-firefighters", marins-pompiers, provide fire and rescue services." Wikipedia

    March 3, 2015

  • "A jumping jack (Canada & US) or star jump (UK and other Commonwealth nations), also called side-straddle hop in the US military, is a physical jumping exercise performed by jumping to a position with the legs spread wide and the hands touching overhead, sometimes in a clap, and then returning to a position with the feet together and the arms at the sides." Wikipedia

    March 3, 2015

  • Ooh! Also wasserman.

    March 3, 2015

  • A Balinese Lontar, is an ancient manuscript made out of dried palm leaves used for centuries to tell stories. Best of Bali

    February 27, 2015

  • No such thing as overposting! Especially not when the posts are so GOOD ... :-)

    Please, keep up the great work!

    February 26, 2015

  • "These are the videos that, instead of playing clips back-to-back, smash them all together in one simultaneous, terrifying fog of video art. Let’s call them “superfuses.”" Fusion

    February 25, 2015

  • "Here we report a new antibiotic that we term teixobactin, discovered in a screen of uncultured bacteria." Nature

    February 24, 2015

  • found another! barrad

    February 23, 2015

  • Hey qms here is a video of a rabbit stampede for you: YouTube

    February 17, 2015

  • "It was only over time, Lynch writes—over the century roughly between 1750 and 1850—that reading became a “private and passional” activity, as opposed to a “rational, civic-minded” one." The New Yorker

    February 16, 2015

  • "I have read two books more than a 100 times, for different motives and with different consequences. Hamlet I read a 100 times for my dissertation, The Inimitable Jeeves by PG Wodehouse a 100 times for comfort. The experience is distinct from all other kinds of reading. I’m calling it centireading." The Guardian

    February 15, 2015

  • Thanks vendingmachine! You can reach me at :-)

    February 12, 2015

  • They do! I know there's a list but I'm not sure where it is right now. Maybe alexz put it together?

    I'll fix this one asap.

    Turns out the Flickr issue is on their side -- they may be blocking a range of IPs that includes ours. :-( I'm digging further.

    February 11, 2015

  • I'm trying to fix that now but seem to have broken other things in the process. Please bear with us (hangs up TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES sign)

    February 11, 2015

  • "FUTURE DAYS is a book about that thing we point at when we say "Krautrock," which is a word that should never have been used and should never survive to the present day. I feel like that truth that the word just stuck and became a practical label isn't reason enough, but the fact remains that there really isn't another word that covers the entire movement. A movement that lasted from 1968 to, what, 1975? "Elektronische" doesn't necessarily cover everything, and neither does "kosmische."" (Warren Ellis, writing in Orbital Operations, 1 February 2015)

    February 1, 2015

  • Professor Lancy calls the American way of doing pick when green a “neontocracy,” in which adults provide services to relatively few children who are considered priceless, even though they’re useless. The Only Baby Book You’ll Ever Need

    February 1, 2015

  • Thanks oroboros!

    We should have pronunciation help on all words this year -- it's a data conversion issue, but we have new data coming in. :-) Sometimes the "hear" links will time out if the page has been open for a while; reloading the page should work!

    For the "support" and "feedback" links -- they should open a link in your preferred email program. If they don't, your browser may not be configured to open that kind of link.

    And thanks for noticing our DuckDuckGo friends! They have a great search engine and are using our API. :-)

    January 12, 2015

  • when a oven or hob is turned off and you are still cooking on the residual heat.

    January 12, 2015

  • If something is edible, you can eat it (and won't die), if something is eatable you actually WANT to eat it.

    January 8, 2015

  • "On the episode of the NBC program Welcome to Sweden that aired in the U.S. on July 31, 2014, the character Bruce Evans says a semla is "kind of like a donut exploding in your mouth."" Wikipedia: Semla

    January 7, 2015

  • "combination of malt and volcano. In the mashing process of beer brewing a maltcano is formed when sparging and the wort spurts out the top of the malt."

    January 7, 2015

  • "in Nottingham England the bodega social club is a name of hipster alternative bar. The word bodega has come to mean hipster/trendy/alternative/retro/indie."

    January 7, 2015

  • "Combination of mistake and tool meaning to use the wrong tool for a job. E.g. Using a brush to dig a hole."

    January 7, 2015

  • "to indulge excessively in an action or event"

    January 7, 2015

  • a generic term for any cute or adorable thing. "Oh, what a pupcake!"

    January 7, 2015

  • An assignment deadline that fills you with dread in the face of impending doom.

    January 7, 2015

  • "a particularly witty twitter exchange"

    January 7, 2015

  • A blend of nil and zilch.

    January 7, 2015

  • Messed up or disorderly; for instance when socks are wrinkly inside one's shoes, or when one's seat belt gets twisted.

    January 7, 2015

  • "Like the word inherit, but limited to characteristics obtained genetically. You can't hereditate money like you can inherit money, but you can hereditate hair color, or a big nose."

    January 4, 2015

  • A blend of awesome and incredible.

    January 4, 2015

  • A blend of stomach and tummy.

    January 4, 2015

  • A jumble or confusion of emotions, from Latin conturbo, meaning 'jumble, disturb' as well as the Latin word for perception, sensus.

    January 4, 2015

  • A blend of focus and concentration.

    December 31, 2014

  • Hi oroboros! Sorry I missed this. :-(

    The tags page isn't showing all tags right now, but it's on the list to fix. The bad gateway (bad gateway!) is gone, hopefully for good; and I will look at the links now! And the open list bug is also on the list -- luckily it's just the label that is wrong, not the behavior.

    If you have a minute could you let me know the browser and OS you are using? (e.g. Chrome on a Mac, Safari on iPhone)

    December 30, 2014

  • Something shiny, silvery, sparkly and scythe-like when traveling at high speeds
    (either the viewer or the thing itself). via Capra J'neva

    December 29, 2014

  • "Looking at photos or watching any kind of cat videos instead of doing what you should be doing." via Neon Wortschatz

    December 29, 2014

  • A blend of hand + sanitizer.

    December 29, 2014

  • I'm so glad y'all are here ... a quick update. Moving the servers (as part of our push to be a separate, not-for-profit) has broken a couple of things, including email notifications and the Community page, and the deploy process. :-(

    So we're working to get the deploy process fixed so that we can fix the other things. Please don't hesitate to email me if you find anything else we should know about it.

    Moving the servers has felt like nothing so much as pulling an old house off its foundations and trucking it down the street, and then trying to reconnect it all on the new site. (And then finding out the previous foundation used different gauges of pipe for everything.)


    December 26, 2014

  • "McCawley, alias Quang, proposes a category of quasi-verbs, which Bopp expands to quasi-adjectives and quasi-adverbs, while Shad goes as far as proposing an entirely separate category of “frigatives”, to contain all and only swears." A Linguist Explains the Syntax of the F-Word

    December 14, 2014

  • This looks delicious! Like scrapple.

    December 10, 2014

  • "Tsukuroi, or the art of repair, is so revered in Japan that it is believed to create a new form of beauty, as the bowl demonstrates." Fixing Stuff, Repairing The World NYT 12/3/2014

    December 4, 2014

  • Gene Demby pointed out on Twitter that this dynamic was recently examined in “the first systemic empirical investigation into superhumanization, the attribution of supernatural extrasensory, and magical mental and physical qualities to humans.” The New Republic

    December 2, 2014

  • I think "R as in repeat" is especially diabolical ...

    November 21, 2014

  • "The major peculiarity of the chemical is its "endochronicity": when it is mixed with water, it starts dissolving before it contacts with water." Wikipedia

    November 19, 2014

  • I totally forgot that I made this list.

    November 18, 2014

  • "Now, at bedtime, it's not unusual for someone in my family to crack a grin and tell us he's off to strap on his snoremonica." From here:

    November 9, 2014

  • found a new one! crust punk

    November 7, 2014

  • "Again, here's where I'm completely talking out of my smugnorance because I've never actually experienced the miracle of phone bumping — such as it is, assuming there is such a thing — and perhaps it's far more stable and reliable a method than this virgin knows." —Christopher Butler, Don't Think About the Future

    October 30, 2014

  • a goblin that leads people astray in the dark (OED)

    October 29, 2014

  • A ghost. (English Dialect Dictionary)

    October 29, 2014

  • Thank you! I've fixed it.

    You can always leave a comment, or email with any typo reports!

    October 28, 2014

  • found one -- bellock!

    October 18, 2014

  • "Lovecraft transcribed the pronunciation of Cthulhu as Khlûl′-hloo and said that "the first syllable of Khlûl′-hloo is pronounced gutturally and very thickly. The u is about like that in full; and the first syllable is not unlike klul in sound, hence the h represents the guttural thickness."" source: H. P. Lovecraft, Selected Letters V, pp. 10 – 11.

    August 21, 2014

  • from a column by Vic Fleming, who researched this phrase:

    1: A railway car that has been converted into a residence for railway workers, usually located in a rail yard.

    2. A railway-related structure that has some of the qualities associated with a residence and that is located beside a train track.

    3: A residential structure located near a railroad track.

    4: A restaurant or bar with a railroad theme, or one that is near a railroad track.

    5. A descriptive term used in some business names of establishments near railroad tracks.

    August 20, 2014

  • Heard this in a line from a song: "maybe I'm a chronic melancholoholic" by TRWBADOR (yes that's the name). (link)

    August 18, 2014

  • "This interesting name derives from the Olde English pre 7th Century "tigel", meaning tile, plus "wyrhta", a craftsman (a derivative of "wyrcan", to work or make), and was originally given as an occupational name to a maker of tiles." SurnameDB

    August 14, 2014

  • "The setat was equal to one square khet, where a khet measured 100 cubits. The setat could be divided into strips one khet long and ten cubit wide (a Kha)." Ancient Egyptian units of measure, Wikipedia

    August 8, 2014

  • a genre of films or media that features stereotypical characterization and glorification of "computer hacking" or "hackers" often including technologically implausible procedures.

    July 24, 2014

  • Hi alexz, I had this same exact issue on my iPhone4S, and it turns out there was a cache of some kind that was keeping the fix from loading in my mobile browser. Do you know how to clear the browser cache for Android?

    July 18, 2014

  • bilby I prefer you stay in a state of quantum superposition. Okay by you?

    July 17, 2014

  • hi alexz ... I just pushed an update to the site that should fix the n-1 list count problem on the community page.

    More fixes in the offing, I have carefully noted all the comments on this list. :-)

    July 16, 2014

  • Hi! I think the word you are looking for is zhuzh.

    July 13, 2014

  • This is a test. This station is conducting a test of the Emergency List System. This is only a test. If this were a real list there would be words here.

    July 11, 2014

  • "The flesh of a sheep that has died a natural death, as distinguished from braxy, which intimates that the animal has died of disease."

    July 11, 2014

  • Thirty-Machete Cheddar Element is probably one of the loveliest phrases I've ever run across. It's right up there with the Jerry McGeogheghan Galvanised Iron Workers' Apprentices' Left Hook Chowder Association.

    July 10, 2014

  • "Steady on, but it may appeal to those suffering from alogotransiphobia, the fear of being caught on public transport with nothing to read. A word coined in 1987 by a journalist, a novelist and a Washington DC saloon-keeper." cited in Authorisms, by Paul Dickson in the Times of London, July 7 2014

    July 8, 2014

  • Back in the days of yore there would be placeholder images marked in big letters FPO -- for position only.

    July 3, 2014

  • Hi pterodactyl! Deleted, and I'll look into why you weren't able to delete them yourself ... when you hover over a word on this list, do you see a little gray X off to the right? Clicking on that should delete a word.

    June 30, 2014

  • done!

    June 29, 2014

  • 'No ;they are like the British lollipop or suckabob,' asserted the young man boldly,' without tinsel or glitter, but honest and genuine, and' (from The Mystery of Mirbridge, by James Payn)

    June 19, 2014

  • A selfie taken by an elephant:

    June 3, 2014

  • Used to refer to realistic fiction about science and scientists.

    June 2, 2014

  • HI qms—I think the process is that anyone can add words to an open list but that only the creator of the list can remove words. I've gone ahead and used my Special Moderator Powers to remove capital-P Panacea.

    June 1, 2014

  • "This was no funnel cloud. “It’s composed solely of insects,” Scarpa wrote. “It’s not known for sure what kind of bugs made up this swarm, but they may be red locusts.” Scarpa noted that the mosquitornado approximated 1,000 feet in height."

    May 28, 2014

  • Catherine Hayward, fashion director at Esquire, is another grey-ite. She has what she calls a "mallard streak" of grey at the front of her head, which lends a sexy, Anne Bancroft aura.

    May 27, 2014

  • = bike revolution (from velocipede and revolution)

    May 24, 2014

  • TERF is an acronym for 'Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists'.

    May 14, 2014

  • Acronym: Fear Of Missing Out

    May 9, 2014

  • Snuffaluffphagy: The scientific term for eating a Muppet. from John Scalzi's Whatever blog.

    May 4, 2014

  • Not atmospheric pressure ... gravity! See here:

    April 24, 2014

  • thanks ry! Can you give me a bit more info on the glitchiness? An email would be awesome if you have time!

    I'm looking into a bunch of related encoding issues right now ...

    April 15, 2014

  • acronym for 'as many reps as possible' often used by Crossfit enthusiasts.

    April 13, 2014

  • "It’s only a few clicks beyond her red-carpet looks (Lanvin, Jil Sander when Raf Simons ran the place), Chanel ads, and W-­magazine fashion spreads (an ­amusing one was Juergen Teller’s 2008 shoot of different urban archetypes: a punk, a society lady, etc.) to see how she connects with those other fellow ­travelers, bohemeonauts like the late film director Derek Jarman; Luca ­Guadagnino, with whom she made I Am Love, in 2009; Wes Anderson, who directed her in The Grand Budapest Hotel; and Bong Joon-ho, the South Korean director with whom she did the upcoming sci-fi epic Snowpiercer."

    April 8, 2014

  • 'It has become known as wackaging, a blend from wacky packaging that was invented by the Guardian journalist Rebecca Nicholson in 2011." World Wide Words, issue 876

    April 7, 2014

  • A Yorkshire word meaning "Female frippery". English Dialect Dictionary

    April 7, 2014

  • "The huge ball of snow made by boys in rolling a snowball over soft snow." —English Dialect Dictionary

    April 3, 2014

  • As much as I love the surreality of this list, I'm going through and correcting the errors. :-)

    Thank you for listing them!

    March 10, 2014

  • hi qms! Great question. Right now we at Wordnik do not write any definitions ... we only show those from published dictionary sources. So if anthropophage isn't in one of our sources, we won't have a definition for it. I hope this makes sense!

    February 26, 2014

  • "There’s a lot we don’t know about our possible futures, but one thing we do: it’s got a software glitch in it, in the voicemail system, which is sending their voicemails back to our time. As these futurismo objects we call chronofacts. Huh. Weird." Future Coast

    February 21, 2014

  • "But now a new report from BI Intelligence finds that "reverse showrooming," or "webrooming,"—when consumers go online to research products, but then head to a bricks-and-mortar store to complete their purchase—is actually more common than showrooming and retailers are ready to capitalize on the trend." Reverse Showrooming

    February 15, 2014

  • Mexican Coca-Cola, which is made with cane sugar, not fructose.

    November 4, 2013

  • "Brand is precisely the sort of swaggering manarchist I usually fancy. His rousing rhetoric, his narcissism, his history of drug abuse and his habit of speaking to and about women as vapid, ‘beautiful’ afterthoughts in a future utopian scenario remind me of every lovely, troubled student demagogue whose casual sexism I ever ignored because I liked their hair." A discourse on brocialism

    November 3, 2013

  • test

    October 29, 2013

  • Hi Louise! I just left a note for you on GetSatisfaction, but just in case -- is there a chance you could have used a different email address previously? It sounds like you might have had a Facebook-connected account. If you could send me the names of any of your old lists I should be able to track down what's going on!

    October 24, 2013

  • "One of the very few formal scientific studies to look at the psychological consequences of blurting was performed in 2001 of the University of Texas at Austin. Authors William B. Swann and Peter J. Rentfrow not only organised a complex series of experiments to investigate the effects of various levels of blurting, but also devised the Brief Loquaciousness and Interpersonal Responsiveness Test (BLIRT) to quantify its effects. - See more at:" Improbable Research

    October 15, 2013

  • "A prime example of academic Zizekophobia is The Truth of Zizek, a recent work that should perhaps be charged with false advertising. It is not really concerned with the truth of Zizek, but rather the truth about Zizek, as in “we’ve dug up all the dirt on Zizek.” The contributors are obviously driven to distraction by Zizek’s view that the faddish postmodernism that has proliferated in academia is implicitly the most advanced form of capitalist ideology, and that we need to make the “fateful step from ludic ‘post-modern’ radicalism to the domain in which the
    games are over." from Acting Up on Zizek

    October 7, 2013

  • Yes! We're going back through our old words of the day so that we can start showing words of the day on weekends, too. :-) Also, a lot of our early words of the day were pretty fun, but we had way fewer subscribers then, so they missed out ...

    September 15, 2013

  • I prefer to spell this with two r's, gnarrgh.

    August 21, 2013

  • Thanks ry -- it's not you, it's us. I'll add that to the fixit list.

    August 16, 2013

  • So many comments about this one lately ... Stand Down, Semantics Nerds

    August 15, 2013

  • Soring is an abusive and prohibited practice illegal under the U.S. Horse Protection Act of 1970 that is associated in part with the production of "big lick" movement in Tennessee Walking Horses. It involves using chemical agents such as mustard oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, salicylic acid, and other caustic substances on the pasterns, bulbs of the heel, or coronary bands of the horses, causing burning or blistering of the horses' legs in order to accentuate their gaits. These chemicals are harmful, usually quite toxic and sometimes carcinogenic, such that trainers must use a brush and wear gloves when applying them. The treated area is then often wrapped in plastic while the chemicals are absorbed. The chemical agents cause extreme pain, and usually lead to scarring. A distinctive scarring pattern is a tell-tale sign of soring, and therefore attempts may be made to cover the scarring with a dye, or the horse's legs may be treated with salicylic acid before the animal is stalled (as many cannot stand up after the treatment) while the skin of the scars sloughs off.

    August 8, 2013

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