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hober has looked up 121 words, created 2 lists, listed 386 words, written 49 comments, added 9 tags, and loved 0 words.

Comments by hober

  • Sometimes explicitly pronounced "quality-with-a-k." As krab isn't really crab meat, so to kwality isn't really quality.

    July 31, 2010

  • Sometimes explicitly pronounced "classy-with-a-k." As krab isn't really crab meat, so to klassy isn't really classy.

    July 31, 2010

  • California English. In the rest of the country, such buildings are known as parking garages or just garages.

    June 3, 2010

  • "any public discussion attracts some amount of “detractor performants” (I really am trying to reduce the use of the term “troll”) who have more time to write and send (often lengthy/crazy) email/proposals/bugs than those of us who actually spend most of our day *building* the web." -- Coined by Tantek in January 2010.

    January 14, 2010

  • Where conversations go when the participants get sidetracked into bickering with each other about how they're conversing, instead of simply conversing about the main topic.

    Coined by Doug Schepers in this email.

    June 30, 2009

  • A beer is said to be sessionable when you could happily drink it for a whole drinking session.

    May 29, 2009

  • "(n): The fear that (subject) is not smart enough to program in, or even comprehend, the Erlang programming language."

    Coined here, spotted there.

    March 12, 2009

  • One who 'suffers' from gnosophagy.

    February 27, 2009

  • "an insatiable appetite for knowledge; inordinate curiosity." I imagine someone who 'suffers' from this would be a gnosophage.

    Seen in Erin McKean's twitter stream.

    February 27, 2009

  • A coworker once told me this isn't a real word.

    I sent her this Boston Globe column.

    February 27, 2009

  • "a bottle used to hold the tears of grieving friends, and buried with the dead."

    Seen in Erin McKean's twitter stream.

    February 27, 2009

  • A corruption of zeppelin.

    A zindernuff is "something completely ridiculous that you believe as a kid. I'm not talking about stuff like Santa Claus and the Tooth Fairy, where there's a conspiracy of adults lying to children in order to trick them into believing that nonsense. I'm talking about theories that a child develops on his own based on his limited understanding of the world. For example, when I was young I truly believed that giraffes' horns were actually antennae that they used to communicate, using radio or ESP or some sort of mystical giraffe power."

    From this blog post.

    December 10, 2008

  • Seen in Erin McKean's twitter stream.

    December 2, 2008

  • See also antihomonuptialism.

    November 22, 2008

  • Saw antihomonuptial here and had to ism it.

    (For the record, I oppose antihomonuptialism.)

    November 22, 2008

  • A system of government in which "elected representatives would formally define and manage an after-the-fact measurement of national welfare, while market speculators would say which policies they expect to raise national welfare."

    See Robin Hanson's introductory article, Futarchy: Vote Values, But Bet Beliefs.

    November 20, 2008

  • Seen here.

    November 18, 2008

  • Typically pronounced "crab-with-a-k." Has spawned other neologisms for fake versions of things, such as kwality and klassy.

    November 13, 2008

  • (n) The file you have to resend because you forgot to attach it the first time.

    Coined by Julie Meyer, seen on Dictionary Evangelist.

    November 7, 2008

  • Seen on word porn.

    October 30, 2008

  • neologasm calls this the asscone.

    October 28, 2008

  • Sometimes ayup.

    October 24, 2008

  • (n) ground beef; a shortening of "hamburger," but referring to the beef itself, not the patty-ification of it.

    October 24, 2008

  • I thought it was "for sale: baby shoes, never used."

    October 24, 2008

  • (v) to allocate, to provision for. cons is a core Lisp function used to allocate pieces of lists, the fundamental data structure used in the language.

    "I'm getting hungry. Let's cons up some pizza."

    October 24, 2008

  • Anagram of the newsgroup alt.sysadmin.recovery.

    October 24, 2008

  • Short for newsfroup, a typo of newsgroup.

    October 24, 2008

  • Slang shortening of syntactic device.

    October 24, 2008

  • (n) computer. Often shortened to syndev.

    October 24, 2008

  • (n) theist.

    October 23, 2008

  • "An eating disorder in which people with Type 1 diabetes deliberately give themselves less insulin than they need, for the purpose of weight loss." -- Wikipedia

    October 23, 2008

  • A retreat for times of ill humour. This term has largely become obsolete, which is strange, given that so many people seem to have a place to go when they are in a bad mood - a place to be alone and think. It's similar in meaning to the Latin-derived sanctum sanctorum, with the added connotation that the individual in question is going to the place to be alone while upset.



    Seen on Forthwright's Favourite Words.

    October 23, 2008

  • Used entirely too often in Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. Seriously, not a word you expect to be someone's crutch.

    October 23, 2008

  • I lean more toward do-ocracy or doöcracy; this spelling doesn't lend itself to being pronounced correctly.

    October 23, 2008

  • Term for an Indian astronaut, see Wikipedia for more.

    October 23, 2008

  • I particularly like the Dutch "Brouwerij."

    October 22, 2008

  • Engaging in drunken arguments. From neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • I feel like every task I complete produces several bytasks...

    Neologasm strikes again.

    October 17, 2008

  • Unfortunately, the web standards world is full of badvocates.

    As seen on neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • Found on neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • This isn't as common these days, but I think the concept's broadened to include any flash-only site.

    Via neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • Seen on neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • It's kinda scary how much I love this word. Via neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • Politicians do this all the time.

    Again I'm wowed by the folks over at neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • The Internet has ushered in a profusion of sobcultures.

    Also from neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • I think some people make pretembering into a sport. From neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • Another gem from neologasm.

    October 17, 2008

  • Seen on neologasm, which was my favorite word blog, though it's petered out of late.

    October 16, 2008

  • Seen on neologasm.

    October 16, 2008

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