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  • Ablaut (aka apophony) occurs across Indo-European, and is the reason behind English sing / sang / sung / song. While umlaut (aka regressive metaphony) occurs in Germanic, and is the reason behind English foot / feet.

    August 21, 2020

  • resembling an egg white

    September 9, 2019

  • Per this research, originally meaning “to hesitate” (cf. startle), it later acquired idiomatic contronym status in the Scottish dialect of English. “He didn’t tartle me” and “He tartled at me” both mean roughly “He didn’t recognize me”.

    April 30, 2017

  • Confusing this for a croquette can lead to a very disappointing birthday dinner.

    September 22, 2016

  • a dark elf / spider “centaur”, from Dungeons & Dragons

    November 15, 2015

  • kung fu fiction

    August 14, 2015

  • Also “daily active users”, a metric of internet popularity, or “dumbest assumable user” (from German „dümmster anzunehmender User“; cf. GAU), the demographic target for some approaches to product design.

    August 7, 2015

  • Non-autistic. But see also this abstract.

    June 16, 2015

  • An alternative for nibling that doesn’t invoke chewing. See http://www.wordspy.com/index.php?word=niephlings .

    April 21, 2015

  • A variant of floccinaucinihilipilification.

    October 30, 2014

  • Do not confuse with callous.

    June 1, 2014

  • “If you bite it and you die, it’s poisonous. If it bites you and you die, it’s venomous.”

    April 15, 2014

  • Also a three-quarters anniversary, or three quarters of an hour (45 minutes).

    February 25, 2014

  • A lover of weapons; a gun nut.

    July 1, 2013

  • (p)tisan(e)

    May 9, 2013

  • Spoken, uncensored, in the 2012 movie The Avengers, causing the English and Anglophiles in the audience at our viewing to question the film’s MPAA rating.

    March 2, 2013

  • The difficulty of naming the color in which a word is printed, if that word is the name of a different color. For example: If the word red is printed in green, it will be harder to say that it is green.

    November 11, 2012

  • A creature from Dungeons & Dragons, somewhere between a mosquito and a bat.

    November 4, 2012

  • To address as “Dude”. (cf. French tutoyer)

    June 14, 2012

  • A symbol composed of multiple interlocking infinity symbols. First used to describe Doctor Who’s Seal of Rassilon in The Infinity Doctors, by Lance Parkin.

    April 24, 2012

  • See also grundle, taint, perineum.

    March 9, 2012

  • Also, the medical term for the distribution of human pubic hair. Do try to resist the opportunities rife with low-brow humor this provides.

    March 6, 2012

  • Wrack and ruin, but rack one’s brains.

    February 13, 2012

  • also spelled “thegn

    December 7, 2011

  • Onymous, but not pseudonymous. Not to be confused with autonomous.

    November 30, 2011

  • Part of the littoral, beyond low tide but before the pelagic & benthic. Shallow waters.

    November 21, 2011

  • Before the pelagic & benthic. The shore. From the high water mark to the continental shelf; includes the splash, intertidal, and neritic.

    November 21, 2011

  • Beyond the littoral, above the benthic. The open sea.

    November 21, 2011

  • Beyond the littoral, below the pelagic. The sea floor.

    November 21, 2011

  • “A number whose existence can only be defined as something other than itself.” For example, the agreed-upon time of arrival at a restaurant is the one time at which it can be guaranteed no one in the party will actually show up. Coined by Douglas Adams in Life, the Universe, and Everything.

    July 14, 2011

  • Spider-Woman, She-Hulk, Supergirl, Lady Deadpool, Scorpia, Ms Marvel… comic-book writers love to spin off distaff counterparts

    June 21, 2011

  • What I should have said about half the time I’ve used the word “haberdashery”.

    June 20, 2011

  • noun as adjective (cf. gerund, participle)

    May 28, 2011

  • “The heady mix of partisan hackery, character assassination, and manufactured outrage” generated by Fox News. Coined by John Stewart on The Daily Show, May 2011.

    May 17, 2011

  • Asclepius’ staff, one snake & no wings, symbol of medicine (cf. “caduceus”, Hermes’ staff, two snakes & wings, symbol of commerce)

    May 2, 2011

  • a cigarette holder

    April 3, 2011

  • verb as noun (cf. participle, attributive)

    January 23, 2011

  • verb as adjective (cf. gerund, attributive)

    January 23, 2011

  • venture capital, capital city, capital knockers… but capitol building

    November 3, 2010

  • A legless Ottoman.

    May 29, 2010

  • chicken: pullet (poulet)

    calf: veal (veau)

    cow: beef (boeuf)

    deer: venison (venesoun)

    pig: pork (porc)

    sheep: mutton (mouton)

    April 22, 2010

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  • I liked your comment on capital, but I loved your comment on hassock. Hope you're having fun here. :-)

    March 4, 2011