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  • Thoreau has a spurious but appealing etymology as he opens his essay, “Walking” (1862).

    October 24, 2020

  • Wodehouse, ‘Heavy Weather,’ Collector’s Wodehouse, 287.

    October 11, 2020

  • Wodehouse, ‘Summer Lightning’ (Everyman/Overlook), 234.

    September 7, 2020

  • The positive connotation related to “clean” is apparently late—but powerful enough to make this word appear to fork into opposites.

    April 10, 2020

  • This word is the title of an 1866 Herman Melville poem about John Brown.

    March 29, 2020

  • Beware the ambiguity between the more common and the science-ese senses.

    July 20, 2019

  • Noun meaning a person or vessel involved in the smuggling of contraband. Occurs repeatedly in the 1898 novel ‘Moonfleet’ by J. Meade Falkner.

    March 2, 2019

  • "Origin unknown" (according to the OED) only for the verb in sense "to scold."

    June 15, 2018

  • See "soi-disant": https://www.wordnik.com/words/soi-disant

    February 28, 2016

  • A pointed example of usage in the sense of "solitary":

    "In much the same way good sullen reading is rare in a house, unless one is blessed with an impregnable and sound-proof room of one's own: interruptions, restless unnecessary movements, doors opening and closing, apologies, even whisperings, God forbid, and meal-times."

    —Patrick O'Brian, The Yellow Admiral (New York: W. W. Norton, 1996), p. 42.

    July 29, 2012

  • Used by Samuel Johnson of Gay' "Beggar's Opera," according to James Boswell's "Life of Samuel Johnson."

    February 20, 2012

  • Used by Roger Ebert in his 2011 memoir, Life Itself, in a way I can't find a good definition for: "…Aleister Crowley…was a flywheel but surely wrote one of the best Edwardian autobiographies…" (204).

    December 10, 2011

  • Used as a nonsense psychiatric term by Tove Jansson in _Moomin_, vol. 5 (Drawn &Quarterly), 78.

    November 27, 2011

  • A short-hand term used among journalists and editors.

    October 19, 2011

  • In Tove Jansson's classic _Finn Family Moomintroll_ (English translation 1950), "Mameluke" is used for the name of a monstrous fish.

    August 21, 2011

  • Shockingly misprinted as carparthins (sic) in Edgar Vincent, _Nelson: Love and Fame_ (Yale, 2004), p. 19 — shocking because the point of the paragraph and sentence is precisely about the nature of technical terms in square-rigged sailing, and one would think a copyeditor might pay particular attention (and because the error isn't itself a known word).

    December 27, 2010

  • Used in Patrick O'Brian, "The Ionian Mission" (1981), 14.

    December 26, 2010

  • Stated as an apparently real word of prodigious length in Tove Jansson, _Moominpappa's Memoirs_, trans. Thomas Warburton (New York: Farar Strauss Giroux, 1994), 86.

    November 30, 2010

  • Used as a technical term for the opening through which spun yarn passes onto a spinning wheel. See also orifice hook.

    November 20, 2010

  • See nostepinne.

    November 20, 2010

  • See niddy-noddy for a textile hand tool that may provide the derivation of this word?

    November 20, 2010

  • See niddy-noddy.

    November 20, 2010

  • See niddy-noddy for the main entry.

    November 20, 2010

  • This must mean something like, "of or related to wisdom." In addition to the examples provided by Wordnik, compare Andy Letcher, _Shroom_ (2007), 99: "Doubtless this sophianic justification in which Gordon Wasson defended himself as a pure inquirer after knowledge was heartfelt, but in several ways his behaviour failed to live up to this noble image of himself as dispassionate observer."

    April 19, 2010

  • From chap. 15, "The Metropolitan Touch," in _The Inimitable Jeeves_, by P. G. Wodehouse: "Mr. Little is very _e'pris_, sir."

    February 17, 2010

  • Wikipedia has historical information about the development of the game that yields a provisional etymology: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultimate_(sport)

    February 11, 2010

  • Inheritance or other privilege or position by virtue of being the firstborn

    April 1, 2009

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  • I like your lists.

    September 10, 2020