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  • I used to help my father collect night crawlers when he wanted to go fishing. They are large, pinkie-thick earthworms that come out at night. To catch them, we used a flashlight and attempted to grab them before they found an escape hole. (I'm not the least bit squeamish about such things; though, I must confess... stroking the leathery ears of a bilby gives me the creeps.)

    April 8, 2013

  • Not blogging (otherwise known as nogging)

    April 3, 2013

  • Shit with a political agenda for texture.

    March 29, 2013

  • Harrington's Tulsa practice is in a tony part of town, on a row of some of the city's most upscale medical practices. The white-and-green stucco, two-story dental clinic has the doctor's name in fancy letters on the facade.

    "HIV test urged for 7,000 Oklahoma dental patients", Justin Juozapavicius, AP, March 28, 2013. link

    March 29, 2013

  • I found this on the RECENTLY LOVED WORDS list. What does it mean? Does it have anything to do with a burning sack of dog poo left at someone's front door?

    March 27, 2013

  • @Pro. What a tease. You tell us there is a word in Italian that incorporates both exhaustion and sweat, then you don't share it.

    March 27, 2013

  • "Justice Antonin Scalia said a person has the Fourth Amendment right to be free from the government's gaze inside their home and in the area surrounding it, which is called the curtilage."

    March 26, 2013

  • Who eats Cheerios on a plate?

    March 26, 2013

  • Twitter: Clean poops with no wipe necessary.

    March 12, 2013

  • I like the sound of this word.

    March 12, 2013

  • A "snowdrop" is a corpse that lies buried or hidden in the snow until the thaw.

    --The Guardian World News. Link here

    March 12, 2013

  • Bilby scat everywhere. Is there no clean spot for a frog to jump?

    March 8, 2013

  • I'm in. Where do we send our word?

    March 8, 2013

  • So, where's the obscure airport code for ONE, hernesheir?? A promise is a promise.

    February 26, 2013

  • I really hate it when my ephemeral pools dry up.

    February 26, 2013

  • February 22, 2013

  • I experienced my first thundersnow yesterday. Thunder during a snowstorm?! Strange.

    February 22, 2013

  • A giant diamond Britain forced India to hand over in the colonial area that was set in a royal crown will not be returned.

    "I certainly don't believe in 'returnism', as it were. I don't think that's sensible."

    --"Britain to India: Diamond in royal crown is ours", Reuters, February 20, 2013.

    February 22, 2013

  • I can't even say it once.

    February 18, 2013

  • "We have enough names and descriptions for women's behavior or relationship status. However, a great disparity exists in the available characterizations for men. Now that all people are slowly being allowed to marry, regardless of sexuality, the timing seems important to introduce an equal playing field -- a counterpart -- for the linguistic application of "spinster" to women. For men, "bachelor" is far too celebratory in its connotation. Therefore, we should begin to embrace, employ, and apply a word more suitable for men, one that is less forgiving than "bachelor" and at least balances "spinster": so what is dished out to the Goose can be dished out to the Gander.

    In that, I propose an extension to the definition of "peddler." "Peddler" originates in an era and period of history close to that of "spinster" and similarly evokes a lonely, isolated profession ever less common in contemporary times. It also captures a stereotypical male tendency toward clandestine mobility in their commitments. It can also deliver the same sort of twisted and cloaked jab as does "spinster," both words benign until applied within a cultural context. The male populace can surely benefit from learning what it feels like to have other people use this type of term to describe or scrutinize their relationship status; one that may or may not be what it appears, or why it appears, to be so."

    ~Adam Foldes, 'Spinster'? What About Peddler;? A Gender Inequality in Terms of Commitment, Huffington Post, December 11, 2011. link

    February 15, 2013

  • Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

    n. Marriage within the tribe: a custom among some savage peoples: opposed to exogamy.

    Savage peoples? When was this definition written ... 100 years ago?

    January 11, 2013

  • Silly bilby tradition.

    December 11, 2012

  • Cringeworthy words for me include: closure and at the end of the day

    "It is our fervent hope that at the end of the day justice will be served, and the victims' families will have closure ."

    November 6, 2012

  • canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus) aka timber rattlesnake.

    October 31, 2012

  • n. lowercase A luggage thief who steals from vehicles.

    n. lowercase A thief who uses knockout drops as an aid to robbery.

    What's a knockout drop?

    October 31, 2012

  • What does subtweeting mean? (I barely care; I just became curious after reading this: “Subtweeting is for weenies. If you have something to say, might as well include the name.”)

    October 31, 2012

  • Why use an "A" when a symbol will do.

    October 31, 2012

  • No definition or examples but plenty of tweets. Go figure.

    October 31, 2012

  • “The semaphore is a quicker means of communication than the wig wag; but the wig wag can be used in a prone position under shelter.” ~Military Instructors Manual.

    October 31, 2012

  • "A hole in the ground into which bilbies are thrown in the game of bilby-flinging; also, the game itself." See also chuckhole

    October 31, 2012

  • If I had a list of truly awful words, this would be on it.

    October 31, 2012

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    October 25, 2012

  • "In her interview, as reported on Radar online, she (Susan Sarandon) also defended her romance with her much-younger boyfriend, ping-pong entrepreneur Jonathan Bricklin."

    via YahooNews, 15 Oct 2012 (ANI)

    October 15, 2012

  • A fun word to say.

    October 14, 2012

  • I agree, Pro. I've never read an entire ToS, but I read this one. (I'm actually a little embarrassed that I did it, too.)

    Giant Inflatable Hedgehog?! Haha. Good one, Wordnik.

    October 8, 2012

  • The doctrine of final causes? The doctrine of adaptation to purpose?

    My pea-sized brain can't grasp the meaning of this word. The examples don't help.

    October 5, 2012

  • I'm afraid I'll die before I get to use this word.

    October 4, 2012

  • I don’t know if I’ve already mentioned this, but my uncle is living with us now. He tagged along with my parents to visit me a couple days ago and it was so awk. I don’t know why it doesn’t bother me that I have little to no desire to know my extended family. ~Unknown

    I didn't realize that awk stood on its own. I thought it was lazy English, which prompted me to play with this nonsensical variation: "He tagged along with my parents to visit me a couple days ago and it was so razor-billed auk."

    October 4, 2012

  • This sounds like a good suspect, too.

    October 3, 2012

  • "We are a charity that works with children and their self-esteem and relationships with others. Clearly there is a brand values disconnect, we believed, between being involved with Mr. (Mike) Tyson. Certainly the rape conviction was the key thing."

    October 3, 2012

  • I remember an acquaintance who used the word "sisters" in the same context. Ick. "Join me at ye olde water cooler for a sip, sisters?"

    October 2, 2012

  • It's really annoying when Wordnik asks if I really mean the same word only capitalized.

    September 24, 2012

  • See jillaroo.

    September 24, 2012

  • My guess would have been sheilaroo, even though I understand the "Jack" and "Jill" connection.

    September 24, 2012

  • pertaining to twigs.

    The plantation was then a model of beauty and vigorous health, clothed in a dense viminal mass — Francis George Heath

    September 23, 2012

  • "Pig God". Said to be one of the most blasphemous phrases in Italian. Allegedly used by Silvio Berlusconi in public on more than one occasion.

    September 14, 2012

  • Watch it you... you parasitic blood fluke.

    September 14, 2012

  • You have such a good memory for the lists of others, ruzuzu.

    September 14, 2012

  • This comment was left on my Frog Applause page the other day. Love it.

    "I'm reminded of a funny typo in a family obituary years back.

    In the list of surviving family members was the name of a son and “wide Pat”.

    Simple typo, “f” and “d” are side by side.

    What made it funny is that Pat is about 5 feet tall and nearly as wide.

    Pat didn’t think it was so funny."

    September 12, 2012

  • A jiggeh is a an open-framed backpack made of branches or pliable wood, usually used for holding rice. Origin: Korean.

    September 6, 2012

  • August 17, 2012

  • mollusk doorknob.

    August 17, 2012

  • ... or on one of bilby's magically delicious lists!!

    July 20, 2012

  • I've never heard patching used in this context:

    "Apple picking and pumpkin patching is out because they did it last weekend.”

    July 13, 2012

  • As young eels attain pigment and begin the journey into freshwater, they are called elvers.

    July 13, 2012

  • I grew up hearing people being called clodhoppers. I had no idea that the word had anything to do with eels, especially since eels are uncommon in Missouri.

    Interesting fact: All eels in Missouri are female.


    July 13, 2012

  • Word playfully coined by Daniel Clowes. He disliked the term "graphic novel".

    "It's a terrible term. They're not novels; most of them are memoirs, in fact. "Graphic" implies an illustrated novel; that's not what it is."

    Another term mockingly coined for comic books/graphic novels by Clowes: vulgar marketing sobriquet

    Source: Clowes Encounter: An Interview with Daniel Clowes, Mother Jones. link.

    June 27, 2012

  • bilby, bilbier, bilbiest

    June 25, 2012

  • I'm trying to find the Philly slang word for sunflower seeds. Anyone know? (It's not birdies.)

    May 8, 2012

  • abbr. Burning Man

    April 5, 2012

  • Sarah Palin as Bible Spice

    (modeled after the nicknames of the Spice Girls: Posh Spice, Scary Spice, Baby Spice, Sporty Spice and Ginger Spice)

    April 5, 2012

  • I need help!! I am desperately searching for a word to mean: fear of one's own comic strip characters.

    Suggestion so far: autoeffigiaphobia

    March 1, 2012

  • I visited chelster's profile, but there is no place to leave a comment.

    February 29, 2012

  • The word should be general enough to apply to all characters.

    February 29, 2012

  • I need help!! I am desperately searching for a word to mean: fear of one's own comic strip characters.

    I am a cartoonist. link

    Autoeffigiaphobia has been suggested so far.

    Kindly break down your word and explain how it was formed.

    I forgot how to get in touch with chelster.

    February 29, 2012

  • n. In bee-keeping, a boo which takes honey from a strange hive.

    A boo?

    February 6, 2012

  • See self-deportation

    February 1, 2012

  • term coined by Lalo Alcaraz and Esteban Zul.

    Entertaining article about the origin of the term and how it's evolved here.

    February 1, 2012

  • Nauseogenic carpet in Paris.


    January 27, 2012

  • Mine, too, Pro!

    Makes me wonder, though, if there are any Sardinian sumo wrestlers...

    January 23, 2012

  • Are definitions being blackened out to raise awareness about SOPA?

    January 18, 2012

  • His notes are profusely decorated with a rich array of rood screens, finial crockets, lavatories, aumbries, lecterns, lych sheds, albs, stoups, sedilia, credence tables, pixes, hagioscopes, baudekyns, and squenches. It is evident that he keeps a Bestiary, or record of his experiences in bestiology, otherwise called bestial eikonography...

    January 10, 2012

  • Lepers.

    Do you mean leopards?


    January 10, 2012

  • "It was a fortnight since my salary had been raised, but so

    far I had not a penny saved. The extra money had gone, I couldn't

    exactly say how, in sundry "trifling expenditures," such as pomatum, a

    scarf-pin, and a steel chain for my waistcoat, all of which it had

    seemed no harm to indulge in, especially as they were very cheap, under

    my altered circumstances."

    ~My Friend Smith: A Story of School and City Life, 1882.

    January 8, 2012

  • “Assess whether the infant is a candidate for skin-to-skin contact (kangaroo care) — the infant should be medically stable and not have a chest tube or intracardiac line.” --Guidelines for Skin-to-skin Contact

    December 29, 2011

  • Participants buy and choose land they think a cow will "plop" on. (Creative fundraising idea for a school.)

    December 28, 2011

  • Ho-hum. It's only baseball terminology. I'd hoped it had something to do with a virgin housefly plunging itself into a bowl of soup.

    December 28, 2011

  • abbr. sacrifice fly

    What is a sacrifice fly?

    December 28, 2011

  • Phage display is a method for the study of protein–protein, protein–peptide, and protein–DNA interactions that uses bacteriophages to connect proteins with the genetic information that encodes them.

    December 27, 2011

  • Thanks for this, ruzuzu.

    December 27, 2011

  • Yeah, reesetee... how lame of you to usen obsolete word just because it's a holiday.

    December 26, 2011

  • Haha!!!

    December 23, 2011

  • I say: I walked to the grosh-ree store to buy some grosh-reez.

    December 22, 2011

  • Hey, this is a sweet tooth fairy!

    December 8, 2011

  • --a thief who steals parcels/deliveries from porches.

    December 7, 2011

  • “Couple of you come aft here and brail up the spanker!”

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 2, No. 14, December 1858

    November 26, 2011

  • did this webapp just successfully fuzz(troll) wapiti? hmmmm.



    November 25, 2011

  • Tomato vines are typically pubescent, meaning covered with fine short hairs. These hairs facilitate the vining process, turning into roots wherever the plant is in contact with the ground and moisture, especially if the vine's connection to its original root has been damaged or severed.

    — Tomato - Wikipedia.

    November 22, 2011

  • Is F a rare letter in Slovene?

    November 14, 2011

  • Slovene Scrabble sets use these 100 tiles:

    2 blank tiles (scoring 0 points)

    1 point: E ×11, A ×10, I ×9, O ×8, N ×7, R ×6, S ×6, J ×4, L ×4, T ×4

    2 points: D ×4, V ×4

    3 points: K ×3, M ×2, P ×2, U ×2

    4 points: B ×2, G ×2, Z ×2

    5 points: Č ×1, H ×1

    6 points: Š ×1

    8 points: C ×1

    10 points: F ×1, Ž ×1

    November 14, 2011

  • I started the mandles list: mandles: candles for men

    November 11, 2011

  • November 10, 2011

  • via bad lip reading: Herman Cain. Hilarious. Worth a listen. Other gems: give that woodchuck a tuna melt, and big potato moths.

    November 9, 2011

  • What does this mean? See change-of-life, sea-lion, jet-engine, knock-knock, abstinence-only. It's listed twice in the last example!!

    November 7, 2011

  • To get dooced is to lose one's job because of one's website. The term was coined by blogger Heather B. Armstrong, after she was fired for writing stories about her colleagues on her blog

    November 7, 2011

  • Yes. And it's mighty cold here, too!

    November 5, 2011

  • The over-the-counter product called Beano can help reduce gas brought on by foods such as beans and broccoli.

    November 5, 2011

  • Not to be confused with the Beano curve.

    November 5, 2011

  • This is where Soylent Green re-enters the story. The caps of lesser clergy were made from fabric made from people. LESSER CLERGY CAPS IS PEOPLE!

    November 1, 2011

  • "An investigation proves conclusively that the name (Burritt) was

    of French origin. We have shown how the French names

    were introduced into Wales at the time of the revocation of

    the edict of Nantes. Baret is recorded as one of these names.

    . . . These names became hereditary in the eleventh centuries.

    At that time the manufacture of caps became a leading oc-

    cupation. The work on the Cardinal's caps, the caps of

    clergy of lesser degrees, for physicians and students required

    skilled workmen; it was a distinctive trade. A picture of

    the barrette cap was painted on the sign board and so, in

    France, the makers of these caps became to be known as


    The Burritt Family in America: descendants of William Burritt of Stratford, Connecticut, 1635-1940.

    Not only am I French, but I come from a long line of skilled capmakers!

    November 1, 2011

  • People who eat people are the luckiest people in the world.

    ♩ ♪ ♫ ♬

    October 31, 2011

  • Oddly enough, "Bunburying" is the only entry with a definition. The words bilby linked to contain no defintion. (I prefer to list words without capitalization.)

    October 29, 2011

  • ... to these apostates tickets were issued attesting the fact that they had offered sacrifice (sacrificati) or burned incense (thurificati), while others, without actually performing these rites, availed themselves of the venality of the magistrates to purchase certificates attesting their renunciation (libellatici).

    October 29, 2011

  • Avoiding one's duties and responsibilities by claiming to have appointments to see a fictitious person.

    October 29, 2011

  • 0/4. Grade: F

    October 29, 2011

  • ... those tedious little "widgets" that offer to show who among your friends has the biggest "movie brain", or allow you to add some obscure psychological barcode profile to your page...

    October 28, 2011

  • That place of joysome destination would be teh alsome and not to be sucking.

    October 28, 2011

  • Eating at one's desk. Variation: dining al desko.

    October 26, 2011

  • Poor little guy!

    October 25, 2011

  • Good one, bilby!

    October 25, 2011

  • All of the examples are typos for appreciation.

    Yarb Apprecation Day.

    October 25, 2011

  • obseesionJustin

    October 25, 2011

  • Hey, I like this obsolete spelling for ivy. Bring it back!

    October 25, 2011

  • Study the sionnach so that you may become one with him.

    October 24, 2011

  • That sounds wonderful.

    October 21, 2011

  • Here's your brutal example text here.

    October 21, 2011

  • All is well, hernesheir.

    October 21, 2011

  • These ARE actual examples from examples listed via random word searches. I didn't make them up. (I deleted my examples from your list. Sorry.)

    October 21, 2011

  • bilby's bandicootic testicles rattled like castanets.

    October 20, 2011

  • blushing bartlett pear

    October 19, 2011

  • Frank Kameny, the gay rights pioneer who coined the slogan “Gay is Good,” died Tuesday on National Coming Out Day at the age of 86. ~source

    October 19, 2011

  • Fr. Patrick Peyton, a soft-spoken Irishman who coined the famous phrase “The family that prays together stays together.” Fr. Peyton believed so fiercely in the power of prayer, and the power of the rosary, that he staged events like that all over the world — in Nairobi, in Madrid, in Bombay. In 1953, a rosary rally in Manila drew a million people.

    October 19, 2011

  • In 1993, French philosopher Jacques Derrida coined the term “hauntology” in his book, Spectres of Marx. The term was used to describe the presence of ghost-like traces of the past in our culture as we move further into the future.

    October 19, 2011

  • ... include the pairing of each dish in an 11-course meal with a lukewarm flavored water in a lidded grappa glass. One water might be infused with leek and radish, another with jasmine and dried seaweed. Most taste like indecisive teas, commitment-phobic broths or pond runoff. ~source

    October 19, 2011

  • "Richard Joseph is the John Evans Professor at Northwestern University, in Chicago, Illinois. He said Nigeria suffers from “prebendalism,” a system of governance that he said exists in many other African countries as well.

    He coined the term about 30 years ago from the word “prebende” – a term that describes some early European forms of governance, including religious ones. A prebend, he said, is an elected or appointed office in which the officeholder uses its resources for personal needs." ~Jackson Mvunganyi, Voice of America, Oct. 19, 2011. link

    October 19, 2011

  • Vladimir Lenin is reputed to have coined the phrase "useful idiots" to describe those in the West who acted as apologists for the political brutality and economic failure of Soviet Communism.

    October 19, 2011

  • "The Wall Street greedheads (the fabulous word "greedhead" was coined by the late John Leonard) may have gotten away with thievery, but darn it, at least in some realms, fairness lives." ~Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune, 2011. link

    October 19, 2011

  • "In the sporting world, there is something called the "make-up call." Umpires and referees deny it exists, but the idea is that when they blow a call — and the crowd is always happy to point out when this has occurred, employing the time-honored technique of booing, chanting, yelling obscenities or flinging empty beer cans upon the grass or the court — then the folks in the striped shirts make up for the error by indulging in yet another incorrect call." ~Julia Keller, Chicago Tribune, 2011. link

    October 19, 2011

  • There are at least 190 meanings for AAD. See here. (Examples: Australian Antarctic Division; Antibiotic-Associated Diarrhea; Armoured Amphibious Dozer; Advanced Acoustic Decoy; Accidental Autoerotic Death)

    October 18, 2011

  • Pat!

    October 18, 2011

  • My canned fava beans say the same thing.


    October 17, 2011

  • Well, you are all those things (fun, amusing, comical)!

    October 13, 2011

  • Why does THIS photo appear as a visual for "rolig"?!

    October 12, 2011

  • I think bilby has eaten too much fermented fruit and too many tainted insect larvae.

    October 12, 2011

  • Have I told you philately that I love you?

    October 12, 2011

  • This word isn't on any lists.

    Pews collectively.

    October 11, 2011

  • The erythrina gall wasp decimated Hawaii's wiliwili trees, which bear seeds used to make leis.

    October 10, 2011

  • A marker???

    A marker of perukes or wigs.

    October 10, 2011

  • switcheroo of you knocked my block off

    October 9, 2011

  • Valued at two and a half asses... or 100 bilbies.

    A large bronze or (rarely) small silver coin minted during the Roman Republic and Empire, valued at two and a half asses.

    October 9, 2011

  • Kindly record how you pronounce "corn", crunchysaviour.

    October 1, 2011

  • I got swagger like a sagger with moves like Mick Jagger.

    (via twitter)

    September 29, 2011

  • I refuse to pay my chimney taxes.

    September 29, 2011

  • .

    September 28, 2011

  • My new favorite word.

    September 28, 2011

  • Bilby twins. Double the ears!

    September 27, 2011

  • testing... testing.

    September 27, 2011

  • Hilarious.

    September 27, 2011

  • Haha!!! Love it.

    September 27, 2011

  • My favorite schadenfreude photos

    September 26, 2011

  • Posers!

    September 26, 2011

  • Hahaha!!!

    September 17, 2011

  • I hate it when people ruin peoples life's.

    September 9, 2011

  • Put an incandescent sock in it, bilby.

    September 9, 2011

  • Are you a cartoonist?

    September 9, 2011

  • Thank you for this!

    September 9, 2011

  • Berm, Baby! Berm!

    August 5, 2011

  • Members of the Missouri National Guard brought in trucks with sand and heavy equipment to help with the recovery effort. They built a berm to redirect the current of floodwater so it would make the search effort easier.

    August 4, 2011

  • Wordies and wordniks are the pollinators of this site. We are the bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds that continue to add variety and original content. Pollinators tend to be attracted to “bright colors”. Wordnik now looks black and white to me.

    July 16, 2011

  • Certain changes have depersonalized the community. For example, removing "first listed by". Madeupical words and phrases have now been stripped of their source.

    July 9, 2011

  • amala

    July 8, 2011

  • lightning-house makes more sense.

    July 8, 2011

  • “"adult-kids" said they couldn't afford to buy or rent their own home, others were choosing to become "kippers" - kids in parents 'pockets.”

    July 6, 2011

  • What do mangosteens taste like?

    July 6, 2011

  • Shock probation is a sentencing alternative available in most jurisdictions in the United States.

    Shock probation involves sentencing a convicted criminal defendant to a short period of time in a correctional facility and then placing him or her on more traditional probation. A typical term of incarceration in a shock probation sentence is 30 days or less.

    The purpose for shock probation includes the theory that sending a criminal defendant into the penal system, even for a short period of time, "shocks" the individual. The "shock" works to encourage an offender to adopt a law-abiding lifestyle.

    July 6, 2011

  • We are not told the prices of tammies or durants, romals or molletons, cades or shalloons, but we are always carefully informed that they may be had at the lowest prices.

    July 5, 2011

  • mamihlapinatapai

    July 3, 2011

  • Someone I know once said: "I'm all hopped up on Royal Crown Cola and Werther's Originals."

    dontcry has it right. It's funnier when it's all hopped up on.

    June 30, 2011

  • I forgot about this page! Ha.

    June 30, 2011

  • I suspect that you're the target of a disgruntled cilantrophobe. Reesetee comes to mind.

    June 29, 2011

  • Boy Electrocuted Near Water Hydrant

    Electrician Says Water Wellhead Was Energized


    June 26, 2011

  • Something I found out: moose poop smells like willow incense when dried and burned. (Not sure what willow incense smells like!)

    June 22, 2011

  • Paper links here. If anyone finds another paper source for a different animal, kindly let me know.

    June 22, 2011

  • My Little Pony fanboys (bro + ponies).


    June 16, 2011

  • New word for me.

    June 15, 2011

  • Nope. That's irksome, too.

    June 13, 2011

  • apple-bee (collecting and storing apples), knitting bee

    June 12, 2011

  • Make up your mind.

    June 12, 2011

  • Old spelling for enough. Like it!

    June 12, 2011

  • I showed up earlier, but there was nothing but my own echo, so I left. Nice bouncing sheep, sionnach!

    June 11, 2011

  • Too bad spamming isn't a dying art.

    June 11, 2011

  • Thanks, yarb!

    June 11, 2011

  • Inspired by your wonderful list change one letter!

    June 11, 2011

  • See examples here.

    June 11, 2011

  • Seed saving is a dying art, says Betsy Burton, who with her husband Mike Whipp, owns the Lyons Farmette in Lyons. “It’s been done for thousands of years, but we’re about to lose (the skill),” she says. To help create a new generation of seed savers, the Farmette has offered several classes this year. It also has added a seed library.


    June 11, 2011

  • Kanzashi is a Japanese craft which involves folding pieces of cloth into flower petals, arranging them and making them into ornate hair pieces.

    June 11, 2011

  • Popotillo is a kind of straw, which the artist dyes different colors, cuts into small pieces, and arranges to make colorful paintings and sculptures.

    June 11, 2011

  • Papel Amate is Mexican bark paper, hand-crafted for centuries and still made today. The town of San Pablito in the Sierra Norte of Puebla is famous for making papel amate. It is typical of the Otomi Indians of this region.

    June 11, 2011

  • Mola is the word for "clothing" in the Kuna language of the Kuna people living off the northern coast of Panama on the San Blas islands. It is the most famous form of art produced in Panama. Each mola is traditionally hand stitched using thousands of tiny stitches and several layers of different material.


    June 11, 2011

  • Considered the world’s oldest profession, flintknapping dates back more than 2 million years ago when rocks were broken down into sharp tools and arrowheads.

    June 11, 2011

  • ... is a dying art according to Jemima Lewis:


    June 11, 2011

  • Hahaha!!!

    June 11, 2011

  • I like to eat baby bilbies, too. (I bite off the ears first.)

    June 10, 2011

  • Baby okra is teh alsome.

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  • Nice link, marky!

    October 18, 2010

  • frogapplause, it ain't easy bein' green.

    October 18, 2010

  • Alles war ihm beseelt,” yeah, I remember that. I used to empathize with all kinds of inanimate things—caps of shampoo bottles, corks, scraps of metal, etc.—which made it close to impossible to throw anything away. Luckily, I’ve outgrown that.

    October 16, 2010

  • I've never been there--what did you think of it?

    October 8, 2010

  • The "Wordie Loves Me" page on Facebook is dying of neglect and loneliness.

    October 7, 2010

  • Hey, T., I got an email with some aviation-related content that you might be interested in. I can fwd it to you if I had an eddress. You might be able to use one of your many Frog Blog tools to make it available to the "Froggistas", dunno, but you'd enjoy it anyway.

    September 30, 2010

  • And cubic!

    September 30, 2010

  • Still shiny.

    September 30, 2010

  • Fool's gold.

    September 30, 2010

  • Thanks, frog--you're worth more than your weight in gold.

    September 29, 2010

  • Homosexuals can donate blood in Italy.

    September 18, 2010

  • Hey, T. Don't know if this is blog material or not, but here it is anyway. As a retired pilot I've gotta love this guy!

    September 15, 2010

  • "Teresa has added 31 lists containing 932 words, 1,358 comments, 85 tags, 25 favorites, and 43 pronunciations."

    September 5, 2010

  • Ding'd Wings here you go.

    September 3, 2010

  • You know what? I'll make a special word list just for you with crowns and all sorts of lovely things.

    September 3, 2010

  • Thanks!

    August 30, 2010

  • digit-sum embarrassment

    August 30, 2010

  • Brackets around "digit-sum embarrassment," please.

    August 30, 2010

  • Too kind, thank you. *blush*

    Regarding the mean letter value this user pwns. Except, how are all the letters treated that are not part of our tiny alphabet? The rule might be generalized to the position in the Unicode table, making capital letters actually detrimental to one’s rank. An “ä” would be worth 228.

    August 30, 2010

  • I'm not sure, but I think ruzuzu has the largest digit sum with the fewest letters. (bilby, on the other hand, is a digit-sum embarrassment.)

    August 30, 2010

  • Hecko, T. Capitalization has no influence on the Wordnik hierarchy, for it is, as we both know, determined by the digit sum of our names, with A=1, B=2, …, Z=26.

    As you also know, one has to uppercase every noun in German, a tedium the English language does not impose. Hence, my flouting of even her capitalization guidelines, though limited largely to proper nouns, seemed grossly unappreciative of me and violated my personal aesthetic preferences.

    While a capital T may seem rather imposing in isolation or with inadequate kerning, it can, in context, contribute to a whole spectrum of expressions. None if its lowercase letters having extenders, “Teresa” almost necessarily looks more harmonious than “Telofy”, but in different types, with varying cap and ascender heights, my sobriquet’s typographic rendition can convey a variety of temperaments as well. Also in this regard, I think, it has gained from the uppercasing.

    By the way, “frogapplause” has a digit sum of 137, “Telofy” only 83, so don’t fret. ;-)

    August 30, 2010

  • Hi, T. Interesting. I'm a bit mystified meself. One thing about pilots and watches however: the joke has always been that pilots have the BIGGEST watches. They've got to have all those pilot-type bells and whistles: elapsed time, multiple timezone capability, 24-hour function face...all that keen stuff! Btw, I've never owned anything like that (well, almost never :o))....

    Edit: I think your idea about advertising cleverness is right. Must say, I've never seen anything like it, although I've spent plenty of time around airports (which is a natural place for such a product's advertising campaign).

    August 3, 2010

  • Does it have matching shelltub?

    July 27, 2010

  • That color green in rocks and sediments may be produced by various minerals containing Mn, Fe, Cl, and others, or by the elevated presence of unoxidized iron. I've seen blue-green sediments like those in the variegated shales of the Morrison Formation near Moab, UT, that yielded blue-green pieces of petrified wood and araucarian seed cones; and in glauconite sands and clays deposited in reducing, oxygen-poor estuarine depositional environments, such as at one Early Eocene locality I visited near Hanover Tavern, VA, that had carbonized fruits, seeds, fern stems, and wood mixed in with shark teeth, stingray plates and spines, and most remarkably, sea snake vertebrae.

    July 23, 2010

  • Dast-e shoma dard nakone, frogapplause. You provide lovely entertainments for us.

    July 22, 2010

  • Interesting. I can feed the turtles and click the balls with the Mozilla browser but the Chrome browser has stopped working for those activities.

    Edit: Now working again. I sent a bug report to Chrome and they fixed it.

    July 21, 2010

  • Well I'm crushed! I don't know if I can go on without being able to feed Tink and Toink Turtle. I hope it isn't the harbinger of computer doom. Oi yoi!

    July 20, 2010

  • Do you know what sega means in Italian?

    July 17, 2010

  • Thanks, frogapplause! (Have you been talking to my wife?)

    July 9, 2010

  • I love your fancy pigeons - you should make a list of them!

    June 29, 2010

  • Paleobotanists do study coprolites. Thin-sections or acetate peels of the petrified ones can reveal anatomical details of the plant material preserved therein, be it stems, seeds, leaves, flower parts, or even pollen. Mummified fecal remains can be disaggregated and the plant remains isolated by sieving or hand-picking under a dissecting microscope for study as well.

    June 28, 2010

  • I just visited my profile for the first time in ages. Thank you so much, happy frog! :)

    June 13, 2010

  • Your "Your scene" post is a picture of Camera Obscura - I was at their concert two days ago!

    June 10, 2010

  • Camera Obscura on Obituary Typo? Is it just a coincidence?

    June 10, 2010

  • Are you able to shed any light on this, frogbollix?

    jaywalking by 1912 in Amer.Eng. (said in original citation to be a Kansas City term), from jay, perhaps with notion of boldness and impudence. Related: Jaywalk; jaywalker.

    - Online Etymology Dictionary.

    June 7, 2010

  • Ha!

    June 4, 2010

  • June 4, 2010

  • Glad I could help.

    June 3, 2010

  • Oh, good.

    I’m a bit unsure about the punctuation in German, hence the en dash. (In analogy with this time-honored em dash rule in English.)

    June 3, 2010

  • Yep, then “Sie”.

    In Pushing Daisies the translations were “Jetzt sehen Sie mich …” (or “Nun sehen Sie mich …”) and “… und jetzt nicht mehr.”

    My favorite, I think, is “Jetzt sehen Sie mich – und jetzt nicht mehr.”

    Is the reduplication of the “see me” in “Now you see me, now you don't see me.” idiomatic in English? I only know the phrase without the last two words. The difference in sound is about the same in German, I guess. And I sort of prefer the version with “mehr”.

    Are you bringing something to an end? I read a poem about that only yesterday.

    June 3, 2010

  • Sounds fine to me. The “Sie” vs. “du” distinction, of course, depends on the addressee. She isn’t by any chance a child or a friend of the speaker? (But I could imagine a magician addressing a stranger with “du” as well.)

    But I’d like to first check with the German translation of a certain Pushing Daisies episode, for “Now you see me; now you don’t.” seems to me pretty much a set phrase in English and I don’t know if there is something equivalent in German.

    Please stand by…

    June 3, 2010

  • I am; where is it? :-D

    June 3, 2010

  • Your list creation of candle scents was great! Never thought candles before, for that way of naming. It was fun seeing wordniks expand on the theme.

    May 21, 2010

  • Happy... Cinco de Mayo!

    (I know this holiday is very important for you.)

    May 6, 2010

  • Thanks for the enthusiastic welcome!

    May 5, 2010

  • I *have* that history of art T-shirt!

    April 30, 2010

  • Aww, frog.

    April 29, 2010

  • Thanks for the comment; it has been answered. :-)

    April 8, 2010

  • Telofy delivers (Frühjahrsmüdigkeit). :-)

    Do you have the license to link and I don’t, or why aren’t your links filtered? Very puzzling.

    Edit: Oh, okay, anti-spam measures. I won’t tell anybody.

    April 8, 2010