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faraway commented on the word arvo
Yep. Well, I'm not sure about New Zealanders, but generally-speaking, Australians say ARfternoon, yes.
September 15, 2007
faraway commented on the word niche worrying
Careful, you're moving dangerously close to niche worrying, now: one thing at a time, and all that rubbish.
faraway commented on the word ashes
Haha. Yay for Douglas Adams. And cricket is a rather strange game. Test cricket matches can be played over 5 days, for example, and I mean all day, for 5 days. In the hot hot sun.
faraway commented on the word backchat
noun, colloquial. 'impertinent talk; answering back' - Macquarie dictionary
September 14, 2007
The Ashes = 'the trophy, in the form of an urn containing a cremated cricket stump, kept permanently in England, played for by England and Australia in test cricket'. - Macquarie dictionary
noun, colloquial, Australia & New Zealand: afternoon
I did a quick google to look for the origin of "can't hold a candle to" and according to this page:http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/183700.htmlit may have started when apprentices held candles to light the work for more experienced workmen. So your discipleship probably entitles you to say that you can hold a candle to the world's greatest worrier, it's just to be held at a safe and appropriate distance and with due concern for the dangers of open flames and hot wax. Shine on, I say :)
My hero! He should be giving lessons.
faraway commented on the word phantasmagoria
faraway commented on the word jargonaut
Yep, that works.
faraway commented on the word acreage
Real estate advertisements in Australia use this term all the time, even though land here is measured in hectares. Granted, "hectareage" is a bit messy, but still, boo.
September 12, 2007
faraway commented on the list mrjoe-s-words
Good idea, GraceR. (I'm hopeless at word games, sorry, so I'm not going to attempt it, but bravo on the idea.)
faraway commented on the list her-goddamn-bokhara-rug
Love the title!
faraway commented on the word curry western
I love this! I haven't ever seen a Bollywood western, but I bet they're fantastic.
Fair enough. Thanks for sharing.
Haha :) Your father deserves an award or something: World Class Worrier.
faraway commented on the list wordie-words
Yay for Wordie, hey? Thanks for your comments, and sorry to be so slow replying.
faraway commented on the word me-moir
Well... Hmm... Yes, self-centred in the sense of being one person's point of view. But a person's memories of the world needn't involve them sounding like they are the world.
September 3, 2007
I wasn't thinking at all, I was just quoting :) Much easier. But what do you mean - what would a jargony argonaut say?
faraway commented on the user faraway
Oh, I lerve it too! But I only found out about it the other day - here on Wordie, thanks to runonmaven... (sorry, I don't know how to link to his/her lists). Thanks to you, John, for Wordie itself. It's brilliant.
faraway commented on the word jeerleader
Would it involve a hecklephone?
faraway commented on the word spinnish
September 2, 2007
What, you worry about everything, just in case? That's what I do! Fun, isn't it? ;)
faraway commented on the word mouse arrest
See Urban Dictionary (ud) link.
faraway commented on the word herd crime
herd crime noun. "A crime or misdemeanour committed by a large percentage of the population." See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/herdcrime.asp
faraway commented on the word treeware
treeware noun. Printed material: books, newspapers, magazines and so on. See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/treeware.asp
me-moir noun. "A memoir that is exceptionally self-centered." See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/me-moir.asp
spinnish noun. "The language used by spin doctors and other political operatives." See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/spinnish.asp
faraway commented on the word micropolitan
micropolitan adjective. Relating to a small city or large town. See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/micropolitan.asp
niche worrying noun. "Dealing with fears by worrying about one thing at a time." See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/nicheworrying.asp
faraway commented on the word anticipointment
anticipointment noun. The disappointment which follows anticipation when expectations were excessively high. See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/anticipointment.asp
faraway commented on the word monomath
monomath noun. "A person who knows a lot about one thing, and very little about anything else. (The opposite of a polymath.)" See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/monomath.asp
faraway commented on the word slacktivist
slacktivist noun. An activist who seeks projects and causes that require the least amount of effort. See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/slacktivism.asp
Is that when the singer hates singing, oroboros? I can't work it out :(jeerleader noun. "A person who leads the jeering of spectators; a person who expresses thoughtless disapproval of another person or thing." See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/jeerleader.asp
faraway commented on the word stress puppy
stress puppy noun. "A person who thrives on stress, yet complains about it constantly." See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/stresspuppy.asp
jargonaut noun. "A person who uses a an excessive number of jargon terms when speaking or writing." See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/jargonaut.asp
faraway commented on the word dittohead
dittohead noun. A person who mindlessly agrees. See Word Spy:http://www.wordspy.com/words/dittoheads.asp
faraway commented on the word knowbie
"knowbie noun. A knowledgeable and experienced Internet user."See Word Spy: http://www.wordspy.com/words/knowbie.asp
faraway commented on the list just-saying
It's a great leap forward: we can now be of Wordie without being always in Wordie (and I do so hope those italics thingies work; I haven't tried them here before. Testing... testing...).
faraway commented on the word antilanguage
Thanks for posting the link to Word Spy, runonmaven. I haven't seen that site before.
August 29, 2007
There's a "recent comments" feed now! Excellent.
faraway commented on the user john
Thank you for the "recents comments" feed!
No problem, reesetee :) I'll leave the kettle, cups, teabags, etc. in the sidebar for you. Maybe a few biscuits (cookies) too, in case you're forgetting to eat.
Uh oh... I left my computer... Anybody want a cup of tea? Thanks for your comment-suggestions, people.
I nearly missed seeing your comment too, jennarenn. I thought I had this list on feed, but maybe not. What do you think is the best way to keep up with comments?
August 27, 2007
Oh, that gets my teeth in a tangle! (Seriously, I really can't say it properly! haha)
faraway commented on the word strike
An expression my sister uses - "Strike!" - to convey surprise or amazement.
faraway commented on the word pre-cap
"And coming up: the pre-cap of the recap!"? Hope that's what it means. I love it.
faraway commented on the word disconshirting
disconshirting: when someone removes their shirt and you really wish they hadn't? :)
August 26, 2007
faraway commented on the word pottering
To potter about. See putter
August 25, 2007
faraway commented on the word hebdomadally
Yeah, that's the problem with real life conversations - no Wordie links.
Dramatic, isn't it? :) To me it sounds like it's beating a drum. It actually makes "weekly" seem quite exciting.
August 22, 2007
faraway commented on the list windswept
Thanks for saying so, reesetee.
faraway commented on the list quiet
Thanks, jennarenn :)
August 21, 2007
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john commented on the user faraway
I'm really enjoying all the Word Spy contributions, thanks a lot for turning me on to that site. I lerve it.