leaden commented on the word monocle
April 20, 2017
leaden commented on the word apoplex
I tried shopping there. I can’t recommend it.
April 10, 2015
leaden commented on the word phthisis
Phthis is a good find.
(Sorry. It had to be said.)
November 2, 2014
leaden commented on the list wordnik-poetry
michaelchang’s open list “Haiku together” is an epic pseudo-haiku written by multiple wordniks.
leaden commented on the list words-to-torment-grammar-nazis-with
Don’t you mean, “Words with which to torment grammar Nazis”?
leaden commented on the word inkhornizer
And, of course, inkhornize.
leaden commented on the word buttered cat array
Excellent. Thanks, bilby. I found one with noises.
February 10, 2014
leaden commented on the list frequentative
@ruzuzu: Thank you. I should probably survey fbharjo’s inscrutabations* before some hapless ESL student stumbles across this page.
I infer the list description was displayed improperly on word pages. If you were referring to the square brackets, the only way for me to eliminate those is to remove the corresponding links on this page. I’m sure the wordnarchs (Wordnikarchs? Logocrats?) will have that bug fixed very soon.†
If you were referring to some other problem (that hasn’t subsequently disappeared), please describe it. (My list no longer appears on the page for recant,‡ but it looks like it should stick to poor, neglected dartle for a while.)
* I wanted to use “inscrutab” or “inscrutabbing” in that sentence by application of fbjarjo’s implied joke§ about the suffix -le to the word inscrutable, but couldn’t resist the poetry of “inscrutabation”.‖ I only mention this because at the time of writing, this paragraph contains the only instance of the “word” inscrutabbing on the Web or in print, as far as Google knows.
† That was a joke.
‡ Word pages now only display up to fifty lists (the most recent, perhaps). Pages for words on more than fifty lists display “Show all lists containing” links, which I’ve no doubt will eventually work. (See the previous footnote.)
§ I assume it was a joke.
‖ “The Poetry of Inscrutabation” would be a good title for something. I hereby release it into the public domain. You’re welcome.
February 9, 2014
leaden commented on the word backie
Look at that unusually coherent usage in the Twitter feed: “Giving my brother a backie on the bike to school after leg day was not ideal”. (Dunno what “leg day” is, but I infer it’s rough on one’s legs.)
January 10, 2014
leaden commented on the word bovaristic
January 5, 2014
leaden commented on the word coprolalial
leaden commented on the word oligophrenial
leaden commented on the word jigawatt
A unit of power, defined as the rate at which one Christopher Lloyd consumes energy by performing one jig
leaden commented on the word unguinous
See also unguent.
leaden commented on the word wlatsome
See also wlate.
leaden commented on the word yirn
<b>YIRN,</b> <i>v.</i>¹ and <i>sb.</i>¹ Sc. Irel. Also written <b>yurn</b> Sc. (JAM.) ［jərm.］ <b>1.</b> <i>v.</i> To whine, complain; to grumble; also used with <i>at.</i> See <b>Girn</b>. Sc. Nae mair sal Ephraim yirn at Judah, WADDELL <i>Isaiah</i> (1879) xi. 13. Cld. Applied to the whimpering fretfulness of a sickly child (JAM.). Gall. That day they had nathing to whine ’bout or yurn. MACTAGGART <i>Encycl.</i> (1824) 78, ed. 1876. N.I.¹ <b>2.</b> To distort the face; to make grimaces. Sc. He yirned and struck back when I hit him (G.W.). <b>3.</b> <i>sb.</i> A complaint; a whine. Sc. O Lord, afore thee is a’ my yirn, WADDELL <i>Ps.</i> xxxviii. 9. e.Sc. The prayer o’ the Pharisee was mair worthy than sic a yirn an’ yelp as yours. SETOUN <i>R. Urquhart</i> (1896) xxvi. <b>YIRN,</b> <i>v.</i>² Sc. To twist; to entwine. He went to wind worsted, but it yirned and hindered him. He threw his line across the stream, but it caught a branch and got yirned (or yirned round it) (G.W.). <b>YIRN,</b> <i>sb.</i>² Sc. An eagle. Gall. MACTAGGART <i>Encycl.</i> (1824). See <b>Erne.</b> <b>YIRN,</b> <b>YIRP,</b> see <b>Earn,</b> <i>v.</i>², <b>Yerp.</b><blockquote>― Joseph Wright, ed. <i>The English Dialect Dictionary, Vol. IV</i>, p. 582. London: Henry Frowde, 1905. <i>Google Books.</i></blockquote>
leaden commented on the list visuals
bilby: I see a flood of images. Check your speed and make sure your reactor is generating enough jigawatts.
leaden commented on the word Lampyridæ
leaden commented on the word culicino
I suspect this is a misspelling of culacino originating from a typo on the Phrontistery.
January 4, 2014
leaden commented on the word spiff
. . .
n. countable, dated A well-dressed man
n. countable A bonus or other remuneration, . . . .
n. countable, colloquial, Jamaica a hand-rolled marijuana cigarette; a joint
v. to reward (a salesperson) with a spiff.”
Could you be more specific, please?
May 16, 2013
leaden commented on the word plumbing
I can’t believe I didn’t know the word plumbum. I might have to change my nom de plumb again.
May 9, 2013
leaden commented on the word kerfluflun
n. A flocculent kerfuflun
May 4, 2013
leaden commented on the word fortuitous
Although some, seeking pomposity, substitute fortuitous for fortunate, the words are not synonymous. Fortunate means “lucky.” Fortuitous means “by chance,” “by accident.” Something that is fortuitous can also be fortunate, but unless it happened by chance, fortunate is the correct word.
– Rene J. Cappon, The Associated Press Guide to Writing, Peterson’s, 2000
That’s the usage problem to which the AHD entries refer. Until recently, “fortuitous” meant “accidental”, not “lucky”. (See the CDC definition.) In the twentieth century some English speakers began to conflate fortuitous with fortunate and using it to mean (as you say) serendipitous. Some audiences regard this usage as confused or pompous, and a good dictionary won’t include it without a warning.
leaden commented on the list fingernails-on-my-chalkboard
@arby: Calm down. Have a kerfluflun. Or some kerflunitrazepam.
leaden commented on the list unenthusiastic-interjections
This list is unobjectionable.
leaden commented on the word acanthopterygian
Spiny, fish of the
February 26, 2013
leaden commented on the word snowmenclature
February 20, 2013
leaden commented on the word inexplicable exclamation mark
February 4, 2013
leaden commented on the word misconfigure
January 10, 2013
leaden commented on the word weekâ€ ™ s
See also mojibake.
December 31, 2012
leaden commented on the word antœci
See also antecians.
December 2, 2012
leaden commented on the word antecian
leaden commented on the list some-html-is-allowed
Did the blockquote tag break recently? Or was it broken in the Great Fiasco and never fixed? E.g.:
This is a block-quoted sentence.
This is not.
October 6, 2012
leaden commented on the word orthography
I stumbled across a video of David Wolman promoting his book Righting the Mother Tongue: From Olde English to Email, the Tangled Story of English Spelling at Google (from March 26, 2009): “Righting the Mother Tongue tells the cockamamie story of English spelling. When did ghost acquire its silent 'h'? Will cyberspace kill the one in rhubarb? And was it really rocket scientists who invented spell-check?”
I don’t know if the book is any good, but I think it likely someone here will enjoy the talk.
leaden commented on the word camel case
See also medial capital.
August 8, 2012
leaden commented on the word medial capital
See also camel case.
I learned this morning that my employer has a new service which is spelled with a lowercase first letter, two medial capitals, and an inexplicable exclamation mark, like so: "xyXxxXxxlxk!",* even if it appears in the middle of a sentence. (I don't know what it looks like at the beginning of a sentence; I doubt anyone who works here is brave enough to try it.)
* That's not the real name, but the pattern of risers and descenders is approximately right.
leaden commented on the word tyroma
Really, CD&C? “Cheesy”? (Please pardon me while I step out to be sick.)
June 3, 2012
leaden commented on the word trichorrhoea
See also trichorrhea.
leaden commented on the list body-parts--2
I think there might be one or two problems with your list, Emil.
leaden commented on the list a-shedding-of-the-hair
You’re welcome. It was my pleasure to populate your list instead of attending to things to which I really should be attending. (Feel free, of course, to cull.)
Nice find. I hadn’t guessed how many English words (almost all medical or anatomical, of course) derive from this Greek root. I found an extensive list titled “tricho-, trich-, -tricha, -trichia, -trichan, -trichic, -trichosis, -trichous, -thrix, -trichum, -trichy +”.
leaden commented on the list gates
See also Bilbygate.
leaden commented on the word nocake
“The cake is a lie.”
leaden commented on the word cong you bing
I can’t believe Microsoft passed up working this into a slogan — something along the lines of “Cong you Bing, today?”
See also scallion pancake.
leaden commented on the word battledoor
To clarify, a battledoor is neither a battle nor a door, and is used to strike a shuttlecock, which is neither a shuttle nor a cock. The catgut and hornbook, on the other hand, are more or less what one might expect.
See also battledore.
leaden commented on the word battledoor and shuttlecock
See battledore and shuttlecock.
leaden commented on the word Memorical Day
I typed this, then realized that I prefer it to the correct spelling.
May 18, 2012
leaden commented on the list lost-for-word
February 27, 2012
leaden commented on the word expectatorium
I had hoped this word would turn out to mean “a room for anticipating” or “a room for spitting”. Either way, I could have found no end of uses for it.
February 25, 2012
leaden commented on the word galluptious
The earliest occurrence of this spelling* I can find on Google Books appears in The Metal Worker, Vol. V, No. 14, published 1876 April 1:
“Your grandfather would as soon have spit In his wife’s best bonnet as in that galluptious cuspadore, and your grandmother would have got a glass case made for that coal vase and kept It on exhibition in the best parlor.”
The phrase galluptious cuspadore in which it appears† is causing me to swoon. As far as I can tell it hasn't been repeated in the century-and-a-third since.‡ Someone please use this phrase as a name for your book or your band or your child§ immediately. Thank you.
* The spelling “goluptious” is more common, with “about 848 results”, as opposed to 143 for “galluptious”.
† And on April 1st, no less.
‡ At this time, the phrase is a bona fide Googlewhack, although of course that will no longer be true soon after I post this.
§ Or, I suppose, your spittoon.
leaden commented on the word tidal wave
(Edit: It appears deinonychus beat me to the punch.)
February 4, 2012
leaden commented on the word cursory
“But this original name is dying out because sod over here is a cursory so is not used much.”
Sometimes the Internet makes me sad.
January 18, 2012
leaden commented on the word pointing at the moon
It’s “Godo no tsuki” (“Moon of Enlightenment”) from the very popular 1885-1892 woodblock print series Tsuki hyaku sugata (月百姿) (One Hundred Aspects of the Moon) by Tsukioka Yoshitoshi (月岡 芳年). The British Museum has a print. The following website is nice for thumbing through the series:
December 16, 2011
December 14, 2011
leaden commented on the word Eyebeam Creed
December 11, 2011
leaden commented on the word reduplicative paramnesia
This looks exactly like the other page about reduplicative paramnesia.
December 3, 2011
It’s a right (closing) single-quote (used, as hernesheir said, as an apostrophe) encoded in UTF-8 and subsequently mangled by Microsoft Windows, which obtusely uses its own character encodings in place of Unicode.
November 11, 2011
leaden commented on the word The Dangers of Epileptic Lagomorph Driving
See comments at the dangers of epileptic lagomorph driving and moro reflex (sic).
leaden commented on the word If Ruzuzu is infinitely powerful, can she also be infinitely good
Note that omnipotence further implies responsibility for everything, which leads directly to the topic implied by the title of this page, e.g., the problem of pain.
Wait a minute . . . . Is this turning into a panel discussion? Curse you, yarb!
I agree, rolig, that omnipotence implies (at least the capacity for) omniscience. The converse, however, is false. (Consider Cassandra.) Ruzuzu's statement, parsed as claiming the two ain't equivalent, therefore still stands.
leaden commented on the word Von Kármán vortex street
Please tell me that somewhere a city council has had the wisdom to so name an appropriate boulevard.
November 9, 2011
leaden commented on the word tsunamis
(Offpage) [sound of gnawing]
No, no--seething. It's like teething, but comes earlier alphabetically. Good night. Wanders off to find his [tsunamiform seething ring]
Still seething Done.
With a [vaguely tornadoform scribble over his head] Fine.
leaden commented on the word email@example.com
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language has once again completely changed my understanding of history.
Why are you imagining when you could be open-listing?
Edit: Were you also not bilby-baiting, I'd have suspected an impostor.
leaden commented on the word snell
The item described by the CD&C is also known as a snood, sneed, or sed. See also snod and cockernonny.
leaden commented on the word preimage
“. . . The subset . . . defined by . . .”? Well? (The suspense is killing me.)
Continues [obsessively refreshing the page]
leaden commented on the word elegant
You take away its debonair card?
November 6, 2011
leaden commented on the word Peano curve
See also Hilbert curve.
leaden commented on the word Hilbert curve
This is a 256-by-256-pixel 16-bit grayscale representation of a Hilbert curve. The relative luminance of each pixel indicates its preimage in 0, 1: the image of 0 is the black pixel in the lower-left corner (0, 0); the image of 1 is the white pixel in the lower-right corner (1, 0).
(I used sed, bc, gawk, and pnmtopng to generate the image.)
leaden commented on the word Homburg hat
This word always confuses me; I never know if the speaker is referring to “a stiff felt hat similar to a fedora” or “a stiff felt hat similar to a fedora”.
Perhaps she or he meant “an elephant” (and speaks as a first language one lacking articles).
leaden commented on the word barrel roll
See also this Google search for "do a barrel roll".
leaden commented on the word My hovercraft is full of eels.
See also comments at my hovercraft is full of eels.
October 31, 2011
leaden commented on the word indecisive teas
Nein! I mean, no! I mean, von Who? I know not about which you are speaking, mein herr.
October 23, 2011
I’ve decided to start a project devoted to dubbing English machine-translations of foreign-language human translations onto films and programs which were originally in English. Anyone want to help?
I hope to further confound the issue by posting the dialogue as it was originally spoken in English:
Marge: Homie! What happened to you?
Homer: Marge, please. I’m too upset to talk about it.
Marge: But seeing you like this is more than I can bear!
Homer screams and runs upstairs.
I suppose the translator had to improvise in order to maintain the very lame joke that motivated Homer’s sudden flight.
leaden commented on the word spondylolisthesis
This word is so full of words, it’s practically a sentence, e.g., “Spondy LOL is the sis!” I suppose practically isn’t exactly the right word.
October 22, 2011
leaden commented on the word list in spondylolisthesis
(Not to mention the LOL.)
leaden commented on the word devil piñata
See comments at piñata.
October 21, 2011
leaden commented on the word butter hamlet
It’ll sell fine in the west provided it actually tastes like Danish butter or buttered Dane.
leaden commented on the word inscrutability of fbharjo
I know it’s uncouth to quote The Simpsons; I nonetheless can’t resist citing Lisa’s description of Nelson Muntz as “like a riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped in a vest”.
October 20, 2011
Incroyable. I assumed it was idiomatic, but I was reading it as “bad bear milk” (by confusing Spanish and French).
leaden commented on the word CRÉDITO
This is a good one. It’s a fine enough name for a province (especially one that isn’t autonomous); that they would spell it in all caps is the icing on the cake. (The definition belongs under Colonial Mexico, by the way.)
I didn’t know the word ours,* so I asked Google. It translates “Ours mal leche!” as “Uncouth!”, but suggests “Unlicked cub!” as a possible alternative. Such is the inscrutability of fbharjo that I can’t decide which was intended. Neat.
* The French word ours, of course.
Your blushing pear appears to have flustered everything below it. Neat.
leaden commented on the word Pat the cat
Lest an iroquoisity should go unremarked upon, I must call your attention to the following example: “The teacup was back on the saucer, and Mrs. Bunny Arkle was unfolding the napkin in the muffin basket.”
October 18, 2011
leaden commented on the word unmasked media
I suspect dielectric materialism would be a more practical philosophy. (I have no opinion on dielectrical maternalism.)
leaden commented on the word a very plain button with no obvious function
A panel lights up with the words [Please do not press this button again.]
Until last year I lived with a cat named Teacake (after Hurston’s character Tea Cake). His human and all her former flatmates called him “the muffin”.* Does that qualify?
* By a curious coincidence.
But not a porcupine or jellyfish.
leaden commented on the word I wonder what he’s up to.
That’s the most concise example I’ve seen.
bilby & fbharjo: Touché.
fbharjo: First it’s angels, now it’s the masked mystery of the trinity? (Or are you lining up an Abbot and Costello routine?)
October 17, 2011
leaden commented on the word Prädikat
German for predicate; pronounced something like “preddy caught”. It can also refer to a rating (assessment) of quality or a title (appellation) of rank or respect. I think.
leaden commented on the word predicate
I think your analogy works better (poetically and functionally) if we equate the modern media with the intermediaries and ask instead what are the angels.
leaden commented on the word incent
See also “Words that MUST BE DESTROYED”.
October 16, 2011
leaden commented on the word Artiodactyla
You may find the definitions that belong on this page misfiled under artiodactyla.
leaden commented on the word artiodactyla
A, Yak (Bos grunniens). B, Moose (Alces malchis). C, Peccary (Dicotyles torquatus). Left fore foot of each. s, scaphoid ; l, lunar ; c, cuneiform ; t, trapezoid ; m, magnum ; u, unciform ; p, pisiform ; II, III, IV, V, second, third, fourth, and fifth digits ; 1, proximal phalanx ; 2, median phalanx ; 3, ultimate phalanx. The fifth digit of a moose is moved outward to show its length. In Bos and Alces metacarpals III and IV are fused in a single canon-bone.
Century Dictionary, Vol. I, Page 328, Artificially to Artless
This cut belongs under [Artiodactyla, as do the definitions above. I put it here because I couldn’t bear seperating them.]
October 15, 2011
leaden commented on the word dudgeon
leaden commented on the word owlery
Now try “sixth owlery squirrel”.
leaden commented on the word fbharjo
No; eleven divides 29,843. But almost. (Look out for 29,851.)
leaden commented on the word unbrick
In my mind this word evokes the final moments of “The Black Cat”.
October 14, 2011
leaden commented on the word theodolite
Century Dictionary, Vol. VIII, Page 6273, Theodicaea to Theologue
leaden commented on the word sestertius
Mais oui, je t'en prie (provided we have this exact conversation again, as I’ve now spent all my French).
(Tutoyer gives me an idea for a list.)
October 13, 2011
Ruzuzu: Je vous en prie.
Whispering (Is he OK? Should we call someone?)
leaden commented on the word rory
See also irrorate, irrorated, irrorating, irroration, Pandrosus, roral, roration, roric, rorid, roriferous, rorulent, and roscid.
leaden commented on the word If there are no list comments, either comment on word pages or add comments to lists as though they were very long words. (The comments, that is, not the lists. You know what I mean.)
blafferty: Dunno, but it’s not because of my “coments” sic, ’cause she’s over here, too. (I suppose we could deduce the Magda connection by eliminating words until she goes away.)
October 12, 2011
leaden commented on the word cobbling
I suspect someone at the CD&C had really bad shoes.
An HTML tag anywhere between the brackets disarms them. I usually use a set of span tags, e.g., “<span>stage direction</span>” renders as “stage direction”. (The placement of the tags doesn’t matter; “stage direction<span></span>” works just as well.) Below I used
fiddles with a <a href="/lists/the-universal-calculator">calculator</a>
(Originally I also had span tags in there, but since you got me thinking about it, I realized I don’t need them in addition to the anchor.)
If you nest brackets, only the innermost are magic; if I had wanted merely a mundane, commonplace, humdrum (dare I say quotidian?) arithmetic-only calculator, I could have just typed
fiddles with a [calculator]
leaden commented on the word moro reflex
Dear Prolagus two years ago,
Thanks! I was wondering about that.
leaden two years later
leaden commented on the word If there are no list comments, either comment on word pages or add coments to lists as though they were very long words. (The comments, that is, not the lists. You know what I mean.)
And another thing: Who is that woman at . . . oh.
Always two steps ahead, aren’t we, bilby?
Mortified My spell-checker stopped working! The cat got on the keyboard! Yetis did it! Sunspots! (’Zounds. Nothing spoils a wisecrack like a typo spoils a wisecrack.)
Wait a minute. . . . This wouldn’t have anything to do with my harping on your “hidesous” typo at loo, would it, sionnach?
leaden commented on the word wiliwili
(This sudden riot of Hawaiiousness is very iroquoisy. I just made a joke about Hawaii—I actually reconsidred and changed it to “Polynesian”, but now I know better—based soley on a random stupid metapun. Then I saw the “Hawaii Tours” spam, and now this. Is there a luau* going on about which no one told me?
* Also, I’ve had an urgent need to use the word luau all evening. Luau luau luau. So much better now.)
October 11, 2011
No, no—the bear seeds used to make the leis, back before that erythrasmatic wasp converted the trees to metric. Nonetheless, it makes me wiliwili angry.
leaden commented on the word Doc Tou Who
A long-running Hawaiian science-fiction television program in which a mysterious man (known only as “the Doc”) travels through space and time by alternately climbing and falling out of a blue banago.
leaden commented on the word touchwood
An anagram of Doc Tou Who.
leaden commented on the word ö
It also makes a fine emoticon. (It’s the only emoticon Mr. Bill needs.) If, however, your reader is Swedish, she might wonder if you have an unusual form of Tourette’s.
It was nice to see you again! :) Right after you left, the dog was sick.
leaden commented on the word isabella
There are also some nice apocryphal definitions amoung the “reverse dictionary” words. (My favorite is sloooowwwww.)
October 10, 2011
leaden commented on the word Un renard à Paris
You’re too kind, and thank you. (I prefer “god”, but then, as the adage goes, “On the Internet, nobody knows you’re a god.”)
Likewise, I find your contributions edifying and droll. My knowledge of French is feeble (gleaned mostly from Pimsleur CDs and a girlfriend), and I am in debt to you for some recent additions to my (latent) French vocabulary (as well as my active English vocabulary). I hope to live in France for a while someday (so far I’ve only managed a month a few years ago), so I’m glad that, if you leave Wordnik, I can still live vicariously through the exploits you post on your ’blog (followed).
For the year I’ve been here (most of which was under a different alias), Wordnik has had the most consistently impressive membership I’ve seen in a website. (This is, I’m sure you’ll agree, its greatest asset.) I fear I must remain until it sinks.
October 9, 2011
Oh, there’s yet another bug I hadn’t noticed before: See how the very long line (in the HTML) in my previous post makes the text in the last paragraph scroll off and get truncated at the right border?
<img src="http://a4.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc7/300067_2537725647930_1397299807_32911430_2030638689_n.jpg"; width="100%"/>
(Note that it won’t display properly on the “Community” or “all comments” pages, thanks to the double-parsing bug I already pointed out elsewhere, not that it does any good to debug someone else’s website when they sabotage it themselves and make it so very clear that they have no intention of fixing it.)
leaden commented on the word craudestopper
I really hope this website doesn’t sink. I don’t even knower the lifeboat yet—what if I don’t liker it?
leaden commented on the word hafted
You mean “Inexplictionary”.
The present definition at Wiktionary is “Simple past tense and past participle of haft.” I don’t know if it’s a Wordik bug, or if it just scraped Wiktionary at a bad time, but it’s going on my list of apocrypha. (This will be the first entry not from The American Heritage Dictionary.)
leaden commented on the word botton plug
See citation at craudestopper.
leaden commented on the word brake clever
leaden commented on the word To hold the children for hand.
leaden commented on the word Remove off the craudestoppers.
(Also, don’t forget “width="100%"”.)
Try adding a slash (/) before the closing angle bracket (>), i.e., “/>”.
P.S.: That’s a lovely and vaguely creepy photo.
leaden commented on the word subgenus
Not to be confused with SubGenius
leaden commented on the word Austrasia
This is the home of the bisby (Macrotis sagotis).
leaden commented on the word pseudolism
Century Dejectory and Cyclicopedia
1. The worship of pseudols.
2. The worship of pseudol
3. The doctrine of or belief in pseudol; pseudolylism.
1. alternative spelling of pseudoleism.
American Heritage® Dictionary of Madeupical English, Fourth Edition or So
1. A pseudolistic investigation or system of treatment.
2. Variant of pseudoleism.
leaden commented on the word pseudolist
Haven’t seen it. Did you athk ask Theudoald? (He used to be the mayor of Austrasia—where you live, or close as makes no odds.)
leaden commented on the word loo
Wait a minute, you might be on to something there: The game is also known as lant, which also means “stale urine”. If it’s not related, it’s at least iroquoisy.
Back from planet [Ambigram, with his letters neatly scrambled and his digits freshly rotated and lowercased]
I think that etymology applies to the card game division loo, which (I assume) has a distinct ancestry.
Suddenly [relieved] (Oh, that’s to what bilby was alluding.)
So that works out to fiddles with a calculator . . . forty bilbies per ass.
leaden commented on the word limerence
Possibly. Try it in a complete sentence. Also, have a look at the examples to the right, above.
Edit Oops. I meant “right”, I typed “left”. Corrected.
leaden commented on the word pseudol
Mendaciously Such a singer is also known as a pseudoler (not to be confiused with a pseudolater). I infer that a pseudole is the music performed thereby. (And I believe it’s technically ye olde-timey hobby.)
leaden commented on the word lodged
Curiously, Wordnik lists couchant as an antonym, while the CD&C declares it a synonym. Perhaps this is related to the “rare” confusion the CD&C notes, in its third definition of couchant (which see), between couchant and dormant.
leaden commented on the word superposer
French: to superimpose. See also superpose and superposition.
leaden commented on the word superposition
It warms my heart not only to be reminded by the CD&C of the mathematical term superpose, but to learn as well that there’s a French word spelled superposer.
leaden commented on the word Google’s Favorite Wordnik Lists
yarb: More or less.
1. A worshiper of pseudols.
2. A believer in pseudolism.
1. A pseudolater.
2. A performer on the pseudol.
3. A performer on the pseudola.
4. The writer of a pseudole or of pseudoles.
1. a musician who plays the pseudola
2. a poet who writes pseudoles
3. A writer of a pseudole or pseudoles.
1. a person who plays the pseudol or the pseudola
2. A believer in, or practitioner of, pseudolism.
1. of or relating to pseudolism
1. Of or relating to pseudolism.
leaden commented on the word dictyophera
Resisting . . . urge . . . to make juvenile . . . wisecrack . . . .
leaden commented on the word rarefaction
“I do not know,” he began, “if you have ever considered the nature of sound. Suffice to say that it consists of a series of waves moving through the air. Not, however, waves like those on the surface of the sea — oh dear no! Those waves are up and down movements. Sound waves consist of alternate compressions and rarefactions.”
“Don’t you mean ‘rarefications’?”
“I do not. I doubt if such a word exists, and if it does, it shouldn’t,” retorted Purvis, with the aplomb of Sir Alan Herbert dropping a particularly revolting neologism into his killing-bottle. . . .
— Arthur C. Clarke. “Silence, Please”.
leaden commented on the word lost for word
In [fakey French accent*] Oracle: What eez zee enswer to zeennach’s kestio?
The oracle replies, “resettling”.
* Also known as a hidesous accent; see citation at loo.
October 8, 2011
leaden commented on the word loblolly
sionnach: Please be honest: Did you know when you asked your question that the only “related” word above, syllepsis, is a plausible answer, or is that just a very iroquoisy, very spooky coincidence?
sionnach: You’re right, we shouldn’t. Also, thanks for not letting that stop you. (My vote is skewism, but I just made it up.)
Edit I think it’s technically a faulty parallelism, but I agree that it’s a special case that works by superimposing two grammatically-correct constructions. (I’m tempted to apply the word superposition, but again I’d be inventing terminology.)
Thanks to Google, we can see the comments on the list at 2011.07.21 23:32:32 UTC, in case your question isn’t enough to get the threat restarted. We can always migrate the conversation back once the former glory of Wordnik is restored.
ruzuzu: I think that’s an excellent idea (setting up camp until we get list comments back part, I mean, not the being haunted. Not that the being haunted thing isn’t good question—it is. I’m just not saying that anyone should go out of her way to be so haunted. I mean, it was only the former, not the latter, to which I was referring. You know what I mean. Goosnargh).
The query “site:wordnik.com inurl:wordnik.com/lists” gives significantly more (583) results. (Google claims “about 1,060,000”, but says most of them are “very similar to the 583 already displayed”.) Perhaps I’ll begin on those next weekend.
(P.S.: The part of the Wayback Machine that serves pages is down for maintenance this weekend, so we’ll have to wait until Monday to see if the archived list pages have comments.)
Finally (ultimately, if you prefer) and indirectly, (as it’s actually a link on a Google Buzz post which shouldn’t technically match the search criteria, but who am I to dictate search syntax to Google?) the thirteenth and final Wordnik list about which Google claims to know anything:
“All you need is Lovecraft” by yarb
Read list comments on Google’s cached copy (2011.07.17 13:42:04 UTC).
(Thirteenth result on 2011.10.08; fourteenth on 2011.10.02)
“Ugliest Words Ever” by onegoodbee
(Twelfth result on 2011.10.08; thirteenth on 2011.10.02)
“Containers” by ruzuzu
(Twelfth result on 2011.10.02; mysteriously expurgated by 2011.10.08)
ruzuzu: Did you do something to anger the Google?
“Dinosaurs” by Chained Bear
Read list comments on
Google’s cached copy (2011.07.15 04:12:32 UTC)
The Wayback Machine (2010.02.26 05:14:34)
(Eleventh result 2011.10.02-2011.10.08 )
leaden commented on the word water fountain
Egad! A chocolate-covered monocled unicyclist!
leaden commented on the word Islamic-oriented
This one is just weird. Maybe these things I’m taking for bugs represent the Wordnik brain’s jumbled, puerile understanding (speaking metaphorically, I hope) of the lexical universe it inhabits. (It does seem more likely it’s some sort of parsing error specific to the American Heritage Dictionary, but I can dream.)
leaden commented on the word Eyebeam
It was probably “intended . . . to be spoken or sung as a part of worship. The creed itself uses the language of public worship . . . (‘Pew pew pew!’). In the Catholic Church in medieval times, this creed was recited following the Sunday sermon or at the Sunday Optimus Prime.”
— “Eyebeam Creed”. Madeupicalpædia.
leaden commented on the word biting mania
Aha! This is what afflicts my cat.
October 7, 2011
leaden commented on the word monocycle
Finally: a unicycle for the monocled.
leaden commented on the word velocipede
From the Wikipedia article “Velocipede”. (Click to distend. N.B.: The image is captioned in German.) See also manuped, tandem tricycle, and monocycle.
leaden commented on the word which see
leaden commented on the word (V) %3B,,%3B (V)
I think, due to the buggy double-decoding, this Dr. Z. emoticon (a bilby creation) will look correct on the “Community” and “all comments” pages (but nowhere else).
October 5, 2011
leaden commented on the word Pope D945GCNL
leaden commented on the word D945GCNL
That’s Pope D945GCNL to you.
(I’m definitely making a separate list for these.)
leaden commented on the word sustainism
Looks around for bilby, then whispers to ruzuzu (I thought it more polite than “Old Ones”.)
I do so enjoy reading about the old days.
leaden commented on the word :-%2F
This emoticon best expresses my feelings about the recent troubles here. I wanted to add :-/ to my Emotinomicon; this was the result. I can see why the URL must be spelled with %2F, but why doesn’t the page translate it back into a virgule? Oh, I see: it URL-encodes it twice; first it encodes the “/” as “%2F”, then it encoded the “%” as “%25”, so we get “%252F”.
Now try typing “and/or” into the search box. It doesn’t URL-encode the slash, so you get a broken link. And “http://www.wordnik.com/words/:-%2F” and “http://www.wordnik.com/words/and%2For” just lie.
leaden commented on the word new interface
I’m sure there are several wordniks who speak code; is there anything we can do to help?
Thanks for the list, blafferty. (There’s another evening down the drain.) I hope similar lists for other Elder Wordniks erupt soon.
I’ve been trying to collect best-of-Wordnik-commentary lists in an effort to get caught up with the shared culture here, and in the process realized the most important feature setting Wordnik apart from other online metadictionaries; it’s the same difference between attending a university campus and studying alone at home. (It is, unfortunately, also the feature most emasculated by the new interface.)
leaden commented on the word rude nation
I live in one of these.
Let us call it a new-interface-style pseudolist. (Someone here will think of a better word before you can type “Let’s not”.)
October 4, 2011
leaden commented on the word jowlopped
Please tell me it shares ancestry with jalopy.
leaden commented on the word 4M2-200709210919
1. This one’s a bit creepy.
2. I can’t believe I didn’t know that Turing’s middle name was Mathison.
3. I wonder what happened at 9:19 on September 21st of 2007.
leaden commented on the word therepublican
Here’s another ghost word attached to an American Heritage Dictionary biography. (I should make a separate list for these.) Disregarding its obvious etymology, I’m trying to decide whether to pronounce it like the phrase “their publican”, or with a voiceless th, a long u, and pronounced second e (a la therapeutic): “θaer-uh-pyoo-bluh-kuhn”.
leaden commented on the word idiomology
“study of idiom, jargon or dialect” — The Phrontistery. “I”.
leaden commented on the word haplography
The OCR software appears to have made a Freudian slip in the CDC’s definition.
N.B. that haplography refers to omissions of letters in written or printed language, while haplology refers to omissions of sounds in speech.
leaden commented on the word balagan
This word’s etymology (according to WeirdNet—compare with the CDC’s definition) is aptly confused.
October 2, 2011
leaden commented on the word fräck
According to Google Translate, fräck is Swedish for brazen or cheeky (among other things—these are the only two that it translates back to fräck in Swedish). The examples corroborate this translation.
You’re welcome; also, I hope it wasn’t too spammy of me to post so many comments all at once. (There are four left, so if so, say so now.) I was motivated primarily by nostalgia for list and profile comments.
“winds of the world” by sionnach
Read list comments on Google’s cached copy (2011.07.08 04:41:40 UTC).
(Tenth result 2011.10.02-2011.10.08)
“Words that start with a silent H” by pterodactyl
(Seventh result on 2011.10.08; ninth on 2011.10.02)
“A Galimafrée of Plant Anatomy & Morphology Terms” by hernesheir
(Third result on 2011.10.08, eighth on 2011.10.02)
“emo words” by shawnabowman
Read list comments on The Wayback Machine (2010.05.27 06:11:11).
(Seventh result on 2011.10.02; eighth on 2011.10.08)
“Archaic Occupations” by serendoxity
Read list comments on The Wayback Machine (2010.09.20 00:53:51).
(Sixth result 2011.10.02-2011.10.08)
“It’s Magic!!” by papageno
Read list comments on Google’s cached copy (2011.07.15 11:21:22 UTC).
(Fifth result on 2011.10.02; ninth on 2011.10.08)
“ESL Academic Word List” by Warren Ediger
(Fourth result 2011.10.02-2011.10.08)
“Words to Describe The Taste of Food” by arasmus
Read list comments on The Wayback Machine (2010.05.10 15:07:46).
(Third result on 2011.10.02; fifth on 2011.10.08)
“Most Obscure Words” by papageno
(Second result 2011.10.02-2011.10.08)
“List of onyms” by mialuthien
Google’s cached copy (2011.07.12 00:54:12 UTC)
The Wayback Machine (2010.07.06 17:50:15)
(First result 2011.10.02-2011.10.08)
These lists, for whatever reason, have the highest Google ranks. (Only Google knows why.) I’m including cached copies from The Wayback Machine and Google when they contain comments (which are no longer available on Wordnik).
leaden commented on the word Comic Sans
“Listen up. I know the shit you’ve been saying behind my back. You think I’m stupid. You think I’m immature. You think I’m a malformed, pathetic excuse for a font. Well think again, nerdhole, because I’m Comic Sans, and I’m the best thing to happen to typography since Johannes fucking Gutenberg.”
— Mike Lacher. “I’m Comic Sans, Asshole.”
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