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  • Coined by lovely Rebecca Regnier, @LaughItOff to describe procrastinating out of compassion. Comprastinating.

    Rebecca engages in comprastination when she purposely delays in sending hilarious and insightful submissions to syndicators and editors in an effort to protect them from over laughing.

    October 28, 2009

  • A fabulous concept introduced by the fabulous @GrammarGirl The phrase refers to a stash of chocolate you keep on hand so if civilization collapses you'll die happy.

    July 25, 2009

  • A word created by created by Paula Kelley @divine_pk to describe a person who is smart, hilarious and warped.

    July 15, 2009

  • A phrase coined by handsome Kemal Ispirli @kemalispirli. I am not exactly certain what he means by this, but am quite inclined to find out.

    July 9, 2009

  • A word coined by clever Rachel Kay, @rachelakay, to express her admiration for a fellow PR executive.

    June 8, 2009

  • Apparently a deathnap virgin, the concept of a deathnap was too much for Gerry Riskin, @riskin, to get his brain around.

    I sought assistance in explaining the deathnap concept from Brian Simpson, @Bsimi, a charming and flirtatious rogue. Brian, who claims that instead he is a "fragile and shy boy from Maine" told Gerry that a deathnap is, quite simply, a "powernap on steroids."

    While Brian's definition is quite cliche ridden, it is useful, perhaps, in being, an explanation that Gerry can understand.

    I love deathnaps and friends who are so kind to amuse me!

    April 14, 2009

  • Word created by Janet Chang @LoveMeDeux to describe a nap that you will understand only when you awaken from one.

    April 13, 2009

  • A somewhat useful phrase that was coined by witty Grant McDonald @chichiri to describe and explain his use of the phrase "to be honest."

    Some might question Grant's motive for creating the phrase. Some might posit that he did so merely to change the subject when when his charming collaborator on the Twitter Follow Friday Manifesto, Kay Ballard, @kayballard, cried out in surprise and horror when he used it. Until that very moment, she had assumed he was being honest at all times.

    April 9, 2009

  • Delightful Rhonda LaShae @Caught_Thriving coined this term for Twitter in response to my assertion that it is a magical place.

    April 5, 2009

  • The retry is an invention of Daniele Di Gregorio, ikaro @ikaronet It is a variation of a retweet (RT) The Retry was designed by Daniele as a somewhat tactful way to say, "based on your response to my tweet, I think you are rather dense. Therefore, I shall retweet in the form of a 'retry' to give you an opportunity to get it right." LOL

    April 5, 2009

  • A word coined by the delightful Carla Birnberg @MizFitOnline to offer me comfort when I wanted to eat a pear for breakfast and discovered that I had none.

    March 28, 2009

  • A word coined by the delightful Carla Birnberg @MizFitOnline to offer me comfort when I wanted to eat a pear for breakfast and discovered that I had none.

    March 28, 2009

  • A term coined by the always clever Kemal Ispirli @kemalispirli to refer to twitter users who receive a follow back from him in substitution for a follow back from the person the user originally followed. LOL

    March 27, 2009

  • A term coined by Daren Forsyth, @DarenBBC, to describe friends who aren't fully integrated into the digital world that Daren now inhabits.

    March 27, 2009

  • Micah L. Sifry term to describe "the odds of fortuitously connecting with someone you don't know but share an interest with, or the odds that you will learn something timely or surprising or valuable to you.

    These are chance meetings between people, and chance meetings between facts, and chance meetings between people and facts.

    Interactive communications technology is all about upping the odds of a chance meeting. It's the combination of search + living in public that makes this possible."

    March 26, 2009

  • One who claims another's word or phrase, purposely but without attribution.

    March 25, 2009

  • A phrase coined by the always eloquent Gavin, @servantofchaos, to describe pretending to check email or SMS on phone while secretly tweeting location or local observations

    March 25, 2009

  • A term coined by the always original @divine_pk as an alternative to the much overused term "twitterverse"

    March 23, 2009

  • Useful phrase created by a a clever mid-western teenager.

    March 9, 2009

  • David Armano's term for anonymous hate speech--pilfered with the assistance of Alan Wolk.

    March 6, 2009

  • A useful expression coined by Rebecca Regnier to indicate extreme astonishment!

    March 5, 2009

  • My daughter said, "The term curriculum creep can be used at the individual course level or more abstractly at a program level. I first heard this term used in relation to a single course. A faculty member was so geeked about technology that he eventually began to load his weekly curriculum with every possible url and journal article and web-activity he could find and did so year after year after year--simply because he could. The Web was so user-friendly that more and more curriculum creeped in, with little thought or reason given as to why. The lesson? More is not always better; boosting the rigor of a course does not always lead to an improved learning outcome."

    February 5, 2009

  • A word created by Jay Aaron to refer to the desirable practice of taking care of yourself first so you can better take care of others. This word is useful, because, as Jay points out, "selfish" has such negative connotations.

    February 1, 2009

  • What the fabulous Phoebe Legere calls the non-virtual world.

    January 29, 2009

  • An expression used by my daughter and her colleagues to describe the added course reading requirements that are enabled, if not inspired, by the ease of providing internet links.

    January 27, 2009

  • A line-by-line, or paragraph-by-paragraph, refutation of an odious written work, often with an acidic or sardonic tone. Pilfered from Public Intellectual 2.0, William Beutler.

    January 15, 2009

  • a great term used by @onehipmama to indicate her enthusiasm about men

    January 13, 2009

  • a kindle edition of a book purchased through an amazon.com link sent by the book's author

    January 12, 2009

  • An eighth grade student of Jonna, @Xaukxi used this expression to describe duct tape.

    January 10, 2009

  • Shama Hyder's sister came up with this name for her.

    January 9, 2009

  • Phoebe Legere calls this the kind of WASP remark that whirls its abdomen around and stings you.

    January 9, 2009

  • Phoebe Legere calls this the kind of WASP remark that whirls its abdomen around and stings you.

    January 8, 2009

  • Pilfered from Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Future-blindness is being unable to anticipate a future you have never personally experienced.

    January 5, 2009

  • Ariane Goodwin says it is the training (self taught or otherwise), ignited by the urge to create and fueled by the freedom to choose over your lifetime.

    January 4, 2009

  • Saying a word like "brownies" while hugging your mother.

    January 4, 2009

  • A much treasured title given to me by Jon Swanson, @JnSwanson to acknowledge my semi-successful decision not to tweet about coffee on twitter.

    January 4, 2009

  • A title claimed by @CahthleenRitt while writing her Christmas cards on January 3rd.

    January 4, 2009

  • Ana Marie Cox, the original Wonkette says, "Cold going around seems always on verge of going away before reasserting itself with mysterious new power. I call it, "The Cheney Strain.""

    January 3, 2009

  • @CathleenRitt said, "The Mopeatorium is having an impact. I started moping earlier and forced myself to stop."

    January 2, 2009

  • Originates from the Turkish khavyar, first appearing in English print in 1591.

    January 2, 2009

  • The rhetor provides the discourse; the rhetorician studies it.

    January 1, 2009

  • My father uses this expression. It is rather hard to get your brain around and I believe that is the source of its whimsy.

    January 1, 2009

  • This is how @PaulaBrett of the UK knows that 2009 is going to be a great year.

    January 1, 2009

  • When "word processing I sometimes find myself wanting to "reuse" (copy/move) a word rather than erasing/retyping. Weird pre-digital conservation?" (said by @MarkPeysha)

    Or is it instead digital conservation, influenced perhaps by Mark's pre-digital desire to conserve?

    January 1, 2009

  • According to @DarenBBC it is enough alcohol to be silly, red cheeked, but dizzy, but NOT pissed.

    January 1, 2009

  • a timely reminder from @astrout

    December 30, 2008

  • A phrase used by Jeff Pulver to describe his social media interface.

    December 29, 2008

  • From the NYT a description of swimming pools at homes abandoned due to foreclosure.

    December 29, 2008

  • @jnswanson's description of six year old Collin's playful costume.

    December 29, 2008

  • actually, I don't know what it means. I just like the sound of it.

    December 29, 2008

  • Bernie Madoff told the FBI that this is what he used to pay his investors

    December 29, 2008

  • pilfered from David Streitfeld

    December 29, 2008

  • a business owner describes his reaction to financial uncertainties

    December 29, 2008

  • a term I coined to refer to amazon.com gift cards

    December 28, 2008

  • A response to the offer of oatmeal for breakfast to @onehipmama.

    December 28, 2008

  • From an interview of Rick Myers @Rickm of Atlanta, Georgia in a Tweetabix interview by Richard McKay.

    December 28, 2008

  • A description of the 140 character limit to twitter updates, from an interview of Rick Myers @Rickm of Atlanta, Georgia in a Tweetabix interview by Richard McKay.

    December 28, 2008

  • From an interview of Rick Myers @Rickm of Atlanta, Georgia in a Tweetabix interview by Richard McKay.


    "It's like Osama bin Laden. He doesn't want us around, and we don't want him around. It's just a mutual go to hell. I'm cool with that."

    December 28, 2008

  • Hello. I suppose you are welcoming me by way of a scold. I find comfort in knowing that others find my ineptitude charming.

    December 27, 2008

  • Pilfered from Leonard Cohen.

    December 27, 2008

  • Pilfered from Leonard Cohen.

    December 27, 2008

  • Pilfered from Leonard Cohen.

    December 27, 2008

  • pilfered from Christopher Hitchens

    December 27, 2008

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    December 27, 2008

  • expression used by @Stranahan (author Lee Stranahan)

    December 27, 2008

  • a phrase used by @ABartleby

    December 27, 2008

  • Phrase used by @plish (Michael Plishka) "riding the daily cortisol curve"

    December 27, 2008

  • @YatPundit's term for Evangelical Christians

    December 27, 2008

  • @ginahyams said, "Thinking my father is happy to welcome Eartha Kitt and Harold Pinter to the afterlife party."

    December 27, 2008

  • This phrase comes from Jonna, @Xaukxi. She overheard one of her 6th grade band students using it to describe himself in a dream.

    "SAPUP = Super Awesome Princess Unicorn Pony. Use it on those days when you feel so good it defies traditional explanation!"

    December 27, 2008

  • a phrase pulled from @jnswanson's blog.

    http://levite.wordpress.com/2008/12/27/traveling-mercies/

    "Among people who pray, some ask God for traveling mercies. It's a funny phrase. Mercy is, briefly, not getting what you deserve (in contrast to grace which is getting what you don't deserve).

    A request for traveling mercies must mean a request for protection, a request for smoothness in the face of the expected roughness of the road, a request for less traffic than might be expected."

    December 27, 2008

  • I was introduced to this phrase by @joshacagan as a description of Sarah Palin speak

    December 27, 2008

  • Creation of @badbanana

    December 27, 2008

  • Request from @MochaMom365

    December 27, 2008

  • This is what Jonna's (@Xaukxi) mother calls a wet road when the weather has "warmed up"

    December 27, 2008

  • Well let's put it this way: He didn't visit me this year. I first learned of him from @LilPecan who tells me that he visits everyone who truly believes.

    December 27, 2008

  • Possibly the invention of @sarjack

    December 27, 2008

  • a funny remark from my father, Claud Bain, on December 25, 2008

    December 27, 2008

  • phrase used by @sarjack on December 26

    December 27, 2008

  • a made up word by @amyderby to describe @jnswanson's occasional duty at the podium

    December 25, 2008

  • an expression used by @TheDailyBlonde on twitter as she was about to embark on a shopping trip

    December 24, 2008

  • this phrase was used by @PaulaBrett of the UK to refer to drinks with vodka--diet coke being her favorite mixer.

    December 24, 2008

  • an @LynnTerry expression

    December 23, 2008

  • @Mark_Salinas has teenagers who use this expression constantly

    December 23, 2008

  • a description Frank Kern used to describe his preference

    December 23, 2008

  • inspired by a tweet by @AndreaYager

    December 23, 2008

  • misquote and preface with "snowball rt" (invented by @darious)

    December 23, 2008

  • from a tweet by @chrisguillebeau

    December 23, 2008

  • inspired by a tweet by @ezrabutler

    December 23, 2008

  • from a tweet by @ezrabutler

    December 23, 2008

  • from a tweet by @nwjerseyliz

    December 23, 2008

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