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logodaedalus commented on the word crickquet
This game was invented by a caretaker of a house infested with camel crickets. This is typically a solitary pursuit, but teams can be formed as long as everyone brings their own legal equipment. The unpublished rules blend croquet with shuffleboard and are not nearly as anal as golf. (an e-book is pending) The object is to use a flyswatter to slide dead camel crickets through a designated goal (exterior door, dust pan, etc.) using the fewest number of strokes. Crickquet should not to be confused with Crickcurling where play is limited to the dead of winter. Any suggestion that Crickquet is derivative of Trailer Park Roachquet is spurious conjecture.
February 16, 2014
logodaedalus commented on the word esquivalience
I am rather fond of fake words such as esquivalience and its sister word esquivalient. Firstly, becuase my forum posts typo error rate earned me a free membership in the Typonese Erratum Club, and thirdly because tossing in a few fictishious vowel-consonant strings that an opponint fails too challenge makes teh game of Scrabble demisfully sprubious. If you haven't played a game of Scrabbull (Scrabble played after midnight with the special characters tiles @ * ~ and shots of vodka) you haven't lived.
logodaedalus commented on the word radical honesty
Individuals diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome tend to practice this form of communication without realizing it... until immediately after someone takes affront.
July 3, 2011
logodaedalus commented on the word ORA
Acronym - "Oblique/Obsolete Reference or Analogy": Most often precedes a forum comment when someone has or is about to make a (joke or aside) that may only be recognized and appreciated by a few, say, those familiar with a particular television episode/movie/book passage/historical event. If someone wants to "get it" they go and look it up.
logodaedalus commented on the word futile care
Futile care refers to costly but essentially useless medical care by hospitals and doctors, often for the elderly in the last few days of a patient's life under the guise they're following the Hippocratic Oath; but in actuality it's done to CYA and protect themselves from overly litigious relatives. End result, the patient still dies and health insurance rates soar.
logodaedalus commented on the word frood
Froods celebrate Towelday... don't soak your feet in a sentient puddle!
February 26, 2011
logodaedalus commented on the word sapiosexual
If it weren't for my need for attractive visual stimuli, I'd probably be much more sapiosexual.
January 25, 2011
logodaedalus commented on the word tête-bêche
Although I, too, date back to Wordie, I appreciate the historical reference to diacriticals, reesetee. Filing under: did.not.know.that.now.i.do.
January 12, 2011
logodaedalus commented on the word coupla two-three
Never encountered "a couple two-three" until wordnik. Decades ago, I picked up this variant from my grandpa - "a couple three." Inserting the "two" just seems redundant. Wordnik turns up quite a few examples of my grandpa's version in a media search. With the caveat that Google skews results by lumping either of the above with the wholly different "...a couple, three" and "...a couple. Three" its results are: 239,000 for "a couple two-three" vs 2,940,000 for "a couple three." Grandpa wins. :-)
logodaedalus commented on the word fingerbabbling
Coined (by me*) in the early 90's as a way to describe prolific, garrulous emails replete with tongue-in-cheek asides and metaphors. *early Google hunts failed to turn it up, but it wouldn't surprise me to learn that sign language users actually thought of it first.
January 1, 2009
logodaedalus commented on the word biomess
Hi, Summer. FWIW, I believe that's one of many examples of "biomass" misspelled, and a librarian at Chem. Abst. confirmed. Google finds a few other citations of the same research paper using "Biomass" correctly in context - http://tinyurl.com/5aw78h
December 12, 2008
logodaedalus commented on the word logotrove
Logotrove - Possible new word? (no Google results) Means a list/index of good word sources for serious logophiles (e.g., phrontistery.info), coined by logodaedalus during an exchange with Wordie. Differentiate from the phrase "logo trove" - that pertains to graphic logos.
November 5, 2008
BIOMESS is a descriptive pun/portmanteau derived from blending BIOMASS (quantified amount of living matter in a given area) and BIOMES (regional or global biotic/ecological communities often defined by climate or dominant plant/animal species) and MESS to essentially indict man's impact on nature and the environment, the biosphere... life on earth.
Earliest known use - circa 1993, coined by The Suburban Naturalist for his single-panel cartoon series of the same name. Google now shows a 1992 paper on computers and problems with automated spell checkers linking biomess to misspellings of biomass. Most recent links show a colloquial morphing that now taints biomess with a noxious, odiferous connotation. C'est la vie. (oh look, another pun)
November 3, 2008
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