mat8iou commented on the word mugwump
Probably much more popular since Boris Johnson's use of the term today
April 27, 2017
mat8iou commented on the word natatorium
Why not just say Swimming Pool?
September 28, 2016
mat8iou commented on the word tribologist
Learned from reading this article:
Although I imagine that the bulk of their work doesn't come from sorting out chafing for cyclists.
August 16, 2016
mat8iou commented on the word pseftesocracy
Government by liars
June 30, 2016
mat8iou commented on the word recuse
Came across this one in a quote from Boris Johnson.
May 12, 2016
mat8iou commented on the word temerarious
Used by Boris Johnson on the Today Programme on Radio 4 (perhaps to distract from a relatively thin argument), no doubt sending many listeners rushing to their dictionaries.
May 11, 2016
mat8iou commented on the word aliphatic
I came across it in the term aliphatic polyurethane coating in relation to the corrosion protection of steelwork
April 4, 2016
mat8iou commented on the word returnism
Used by British Prime Minister David Cameron (who does not believe in Returnism), with reference to the Koh-i-Noor diamond & the Parthenon Marbles.
February 25, 2013
mat8iou commented on the word necropedophilia
Used in this article in the Independent based around the predilections of the late Jimmy Saville.
October 24, 2012
mat8iou commented on the word contraflexure
When a beam or surface bends under load, some parts bend up & some bend down. The point of contraflexure is the zone where the deflection is lowest where two opposing directions of movement intersect.
October 23, 2010
mat8iou commented on the word Contraflexure
September 13, 2010
mat8iou commented on the word bootery
Seen in Thailand on the sign for a shop selling boots. Its not in any dictionaries I can find, although searching online reveals a lot more examples of its use.
May 3, 2010
mat8iou commented on the word bloviation
I'm amazed this term isn't used more often, as the situation it describes is something that crops up very frequently.
March 14, 2010
mat8iou commented on the word anti-deaccessioning
Many public museums & similar institutions in the UK have anti-deaccessioning clauses in their governing charters that forbid them of removing any items from their collections (with occasional exceptions such ass if the item is damaged to the extent of being worthless).
mat8iou commented on the word totemism
I have (for want of a better word) described the act of something becoming totemised as totemification - however, a search of the internet suggests that this is not a word that has ever really been used. Would be interested to know of a better term for the describing the action by which something become a focus of totemism.
mat8iou commented on the word elginism
An interesting term - with a fairly clear definition & etymology. I wonder what word would describe the action if Lord Elgin hadn't done what he did? Others did similar, but in all other cases the artefacts are renowned more than the accquirer.
mat8iou commented on the word amomaxia
Does anyone know what the etymology of this term is?
mat8iou commented on the word boke
I liked the definition of is as to butt / poke.
March 21, 2009
mat8iou commented on the list mat8ious-unusual-words
Words that are interesting / useful - and maybe ought to be used more often
mat8iou commented on the word infandous
According to the news this word describes British MP George Galloway.
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