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hober commented on the word kwality
Sometimes explicitly pronounced "quality-with-a-k." As krab isn't really crab meat, so to kwality isn't really quality.
July 31, 2010
hober commented on the word klassy
Sometimes explicitly pronounced "classy-with-a-k." As krab isn't really crab meat, so to klassy isn't really classy.
hober commented on the word parking structure
California English. In the rest of the country, such buildings are known as parking garages or just garages.
June 3, 2010
hober commented on the word detractor performant
"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
hober commented on the word negametaland
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
hober commented on the word sessionable
A beer is said to be sessionable when you could happily drink it for a whole drinking session.
May 29, 2009
hober commented on the word erlangst
"(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
hober commented on the word gnosophage
One who 'suffers' from gnosophagy.
February 27, 2009
hober commented on the word gnosophagy
"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.
hober commented on the word configurator
A coworker once told me this isn't a real word.
I sent her this Boston Globe column.
hober commented on the word lacrymatory
"a bottle used to hold the tears of grieving friends, and buried with the dead."
hober commented on the word zindernuff
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
hober commented on the word nebenformen
December 2, 2008
hober commented on the word gay marriage
See also antihomonuptialism.
November 22, 2008
hober commented on the word antihomonuptialism
Saw antihomonuptial here and had to ism it.
(For the record, I oppose antihomonuptialism.)
hober commented on the word futarchy
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
hober commented on the word polydork
November 18, 2008
hober commented on the word krab
Typically pronounced "crab-with-a-k." Has spawned other neologisms for fake versions of things, such as kwality and klassy.
November 13, 2008
hober commented on the word attachmeant
(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
hober commented on the word theriac
Seen on word porn.
October 30, 2008
hober commented on the word <3
neologasm calls this the asscone.
October 28, 2008
hober commented on the word ayuh
October 24, 2008
hober commented on the word hamburg
(n) ground beef; a shortening of "hamburger," but referring to the beef itself, not the patty-ification of it.
hober commented on the word for sale baby shoes used once
I thought it was "for sale: baby shoes, never used."
hober commented on the word cons up
(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."
hober commented on the word scary devil monastery
Anagram of the newsgroup alt.sysadmin.recovery.
hober commented on the word froup
Short for newsfroup, a typo of newsgroup.
hober commented on the word syndev
Slang shortening of syntactic device.
hober commented on the word syntactic device
(n) computer. Often shortened to syndev.
hober commented on the word deolator
October 23, 2008
hober commented on the word diabulemia
"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
hober commented on the word growlery
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.
hober commented on the word vertiginous
Used entirely too often in Perdido Street Station by China Miéville. Seriously, not a word you expect to be someone's crutch.
hober commented on the word doocracy
I lean more toward do-ocracy or doöcracy; this spelling doesn't lend itself to being pronounced correctly.
hober commented on the word gaganaut
Term for an Indian astronaut, see Wikipedia for more.
hober commented on the word brewery
I particularly like the Dutch "Brouwerij."
October 22, 2008
hober commented on the word at lagerheads
Engaging in drunken arguments. From neologasm.
October 17, 2008
hober commented on the word bytask
I feel like every task I complete produces several bytasks...
Neologasm strikes again.
hober commented on the word badvocate
Unfortunately, the web standards world is full of badvocates.
As seen on neologasm.
hober commented on the word assdashery
Found on neologasm.
hober commented on the word flashtulence
This isn't as common these days, but I think the concept's broadened to include any flash-only site.
hober commented on the word stalkumentary
Seen on neologasm.
hober commented on the word amalgorithm
It's kinda scary how much I love this word. Via neologasm.
hober commented on the word fauxpology
Politicians do this all the time.
Again I'm wowed by the folks over at neologasm.
hober commented on the word sobculture
The Internet has ushered in a profusion of sobcultures.
Also from neologasm.
hober commented on the word pretember
I think some people make pretembering into a sport. From neologasm.
hober commented on the word pokemonetize
Another gem from neologasm.
hober commented on the word ninjury
Seen on neologasm, which was my favorite word blog, though it's petered out of late.
October 16, 2008
hober commented on the word surreptician
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