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mialuthien commented on the list identify-the-wordie-2
Thanks for pointing that out, Bilby, I didn't notice. I copied it straight from my Notepad, where I was shifting around all these words during the last two days to see which one would fit best for each participant. And grawlax is a great word, me likes it too much :P I'll leave it to Rolig then, and try to come up with a new word for Seanahan. Ugh, it's so difficult and discombobulating!
August 1, 2008
It really is impossible to guess. I'll be ecstatic if I get three of them right, but even one may suffice. Come on, what are the odds? (Someone calculate, quick!).Asativum esemplasticBilby zoetropeChained_Bear pluripotentDarqueau – that loooooooooong word that messes up this commentDontcry sunflowerFrogapplause ingenueGangerh hunky-doryJohn pluripotentOroboros relaxedPalooka thoughtfulPlethora psychasthenicProlagus irreverentPterodactyl inexorableRolig gravlaxSeanahan cavalier (or gravlax!)Sionnach sighSkipvia mojoWhichbe groovin'Yarb stripperIt's pure guessing from my part, based on vague, vaguer than vague, intuitive associations about the participants' personalities and what they would consider an appropriate word for themselves.Edited.
mialuthien commented on the word a glaring of cats
A company of cats very uncertain of each other.
mialuthien commented on the word thuringer
If your comment was any more suggestive, it would be having sex, Skipvia.*g*
mialuthien commented on the list ready-set-guess-this-language
It is a Slavic language, amirite? Czech? Let me improvise: a small boy and a small girl (the emphasis on small) are eating something or walking somewhere, drinking cacao? Don't laugh. It sounds like that (I'm using my Russian to decipher that).Edited. That's what I get when I don't read the comments!! Darn.
July 31, 2008
mialuthien commented on the word wodge
Heh, that's a good one, thanks, Chained_Bear. Surprisingly, it isn't in my 85,000-word bilingual dictionary. It looks like I'll have get out my bulky English-Russian dictionary for a precise translation.Wodge – ком, комок and ломоть, ку�?. Nice!
Um... er, Serbian? I've no idea. But it certainly looks obscure enough *g*
mialuthien commented on the word a wedge of cheeses
See also a wedge of cheese.
mialuthien commented on the word a wedge of cheese
Were were you earlier, C_B? Damn, that's a good point. *added*
mialuthien commented on the word a glossary of nipples
A glossary of nipples, as suggested by Gangerh (because it has a "good mouthfeel", I suppose), and seen on Sakhalinskii's list of nipples and their derivatives.Nipples are found in glossaries the same way geese wander around in gaggles, and turtledoves travel around in pityings.
mialuthien commented on the word ∞
I love it!! And the definition is appropriate, Bilby.
Done! It's a collective term for a group of cheese :) See a wedge of geese for comparison.
mialuthien commented on the word a minge of badgers
*sporfles coffee all over keyboard* Sorry, folks, I didn't check it before painstakingly copying it from my huge list. I innocently presumed that minge is a kind of collective term for a group of something, I didn't even think of looking it up in the first place. Is it even correct? Still, even if it isn't, I'll leave it up for the entertainment value.
mialuthien commented on the list 2008-wordlist
You think "a group of nipples" should have a glossary as its collective noun? :P Well, I might add it in that case!
mialuthien commented on the word a wedge of geese
Er, sorry, but occasionally a joke is lost on me. No matter how hard you study a foreign language, you can't be as fluent and well-versed in the intricacies of language as its native speaker.When I stop and think about it, other meanings of these words immediately come to mind. However, words in general are much more polysemous in English language than my own, so it's sometimes difficult for me to separate the funniest sense of the word from the most obvious one.And no, C_B, I don't normally look at birds with an unreserved carnivorous intent, birds are cute and cuddly :PEdited. I use the indefinite article a so it would be immediately obvious that what I'm referring to is a group, for example, a pitying of turtledoves (won't it sound a little ambiguous otherwise?).
It is a plump of geese when it's in front of you, making you think of nice, appetizing roasted fowls, whereas when it's above you and in movement, and you are in danger of being defecated on from up above, it is a wedge of geese. Right? Right.
mialuthien commented on the word deadpan
"The term "deadpan" first emerged as an adjective or adverb in the 1920s, as a compound word combining "dead" and "pan" (a slang term for the face). It was first recorded as a noun in Vanity Fair in 1927; a dead pan was thus 'a face or facial expression displaying no emotion, animation, or humor'. The verb deadpan 'to speak, act, or utter in a deadpan manner; to maintain a dead pan' arose by the early 1940s, apparently as a journalistic coinage rather than a theatrical one.It must be noted that today its use is especially common in humour from the UK, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. It is also very appreciated in France, by the influence of the "esprit" (dry-humour mostly). Many popular American sitcoms also used deadpan expressions, most notably Friends and Seinfeld. Dry humor is often confused with highbrow or egghead humor. Although these forms of humor are often dry, the term dry humor actually only refers to the method of delivery, not necessarily the content." – Etymology of "deadpan" from the Reference.com
mialuthien commented on the word wildware
I don't think we have any furries in here *looks around* What we do have is one occasionally irate, but otherwise good-natured, she-bear (mama-bear? ursine specimen?) and one cheery marsupial.
mialuthien commented on the list a-glossary-of-nipples
Wow. *lost for words*
She is only chained in a figurative sense; wait until she mauls the both of you for throwing around innuendos about her so carelessly.
Mwhahaha. Hee hee.
July 30, 2008
mialuthien commented on the word tektonik
I tried to Google it, C_B, but got a slew of contradictory results back. The word tectonic was already familiar to me from geography, but my little sister is currently obsessed with what she calls tektonik, a very popular new dance with difficult-to-learn moves, supposedly invented (and copyrighted, can you believe it!) in France.This is what Google regurgitates to me:Results 1 - 10 of about 4,210,000 for tectonic.Results 1 - 10 of about 225,000 for tectonik.Results 1 - 10 of about 160,000 for tektonic.Results 1 - 10 of about 1,270,000 for tektonik.
mialuthien commented on the user pterodactyl
Have a good time in California, P.! Make sure to gather up all the peculiar new words the Californians use, and bring them back here to share! :P
mialuthien commented on the word red-ringed madrona sucker
It sounds sirius-ly dangerous. I wouldn't want to bump into a red-ringed madrona sucker alone in a dark night. Do you know what kind of places they frequent? And who is madrona and why is she (it?) being sucked? And how? *creeped-out* *alarmed*
Are you sure? Because my sister, who attends these (French?) dancing lessons, prefers the word tektonik. But I know even less about the origin of both this term and dance, so I'm not arguing.
I hope I got the spelling right; if not, correct me.
mialuthien commented on the word cuil
Cuil the search engine does not support Boolean/wildcard queries, which means that it's never going to be my default search engine :/ And its name is a bit off-putting, too, because of its similarity to Latvian kuilis, a (domestic) boar.
mialuthien commented on the word tree octopus
Ahaha, I concur. Octopus should just not be in trees pretty much sums it up. Tree-crawling octopi (octopuses? octopodes?) are just creepy.
mialuthien commented on the word clichache
A cliché-induced headache from the "makes your teeth grind" department :-t
mialuthien commented on the word croupier
In Latvian, we use a transliterated form of this word: krupjē. For a long time I believed that what it meant was a toad, because of its striking similarity to the Latvian word for this amphibian krupis. I only got the meaning right when I turned about twelve :/
mialuthien commented on the word godde
← masculine God – Godde – Goddess feminine →
mialuthien commented on the word cellcert
It's a nice coinage, certainly. And it once more proves it that there's a word for everything, no matter how trivial.
mialuthien commented on the word obscenicon
Language Log, Obscenicons in the workplace, by Benjamin Zimmer, Aug 24, 2006
mialuthien commented on the word solrad
solrad – (comics) the radiating lines that show a bulb (or the sun) is shedding light (Mort Walker ©)
mialuthien commented on the word swalloop
mialuthien commented on the word blurgit
blurgit – (comics) blurgits are the curved lines preceding or trailing after a character's moving limbs (compare with swalloops) – word invented by Mort Walker
mialuthien commented on the word agitron
agitron – in comic art, agitrons are the wiggly lines around an object that is shaking, or in movement (Mort Walker ©)
mialuthien commented on the word digiton
digiton – in comic art, digitons are the character's stylized fingers (Mort Walker ©)
mialuthien commented on the word squean
squean – in comic art, squeans are short lines and circles drawn in a starburst pattern that signify intoxication, dizziness, confusion, or sickness (Mort Walker ©)
mialuthien commented on the word oculama
Also, Xs over a character's eyes to indicate drunkenness or death (Mort Walker ©).
mialuthien commented on the word plewd
plewd(s) – the sweat droplets that appear around a character’s head when sweating, working hard, or stressed by a dissertation project (Mort Walker ©)
mialuthien commented on the word briffit
briffit – the cloud of dust that appears when a comic character is running fast, or clouds of dust that hang in the spot where a swiftly departing character or object was previously standing (Mort Walker ©)
mialuthien commented on the word waftarom
waftarom – rising serpentine lines indicating odors or heatCoined by the cartoonist Mort Walker, who also invented words like grawlix, squean, spurl, neoflect, plewd, vite, dite, hite, direct-a-tron, throwatron, sailatron, staggeratron, swishatron, briffit, solrad, whiteope, indotherm, crottle eyed, neoflect, jigg, jarn, quimp, and nittle.
mialuthien commented on the word cross smiley
:-tAdded because I didn't know what a cross smiley looked like* – had to look it up, actually.*it is, you know, important
A cellcert is an audio transmission from a live concert which is transmitted to the interested party as-it-happens via cell phone from a person attending the event.
mialuthien commented on the word wordie ice shelf
*boggles the mind* I hope no Wordies, or words, or Wordies for words, were lost *finds self entangled in own words*
mialuthien commented on the word personal pleasure
See Commercial categories for reference.Language Log, Commercial categories, by Arnold Zwicky, July 25, 2008
mialuthien commented on the word earworm
Thanks, P. I knew it had a name, and now I have one more ****-related name to watch out for!This would have been listed as my "least favorite word", if I could stand to have it on my profile.
The latter, Dontcry, and I'm not joking :/BTW, who on earth has an ear phobia? And what do they do, then – cut their ears off? Ow.
July 29, 2008
mialuthien commented on the word blunt spoon
Well, I must admit that I'm more partial to the whole merciful beheadings and cancellation of Christmas bit *g*
mialuthien commented on the word squib
No, a squib is a non-magical person of magical parentage, just like a witch or a wizard is a magical offspring born to non-magical parents, a.k.a. Muggles :P
Eugh, just eugh. Please be advised not to use this word in a conversation with me. I have a ****-phobia (what's the correct word for it?). It's an apt coinage, but an ugly word *totally grossed-out* *selective memory on*
mialuthien commented on the word mjau
If this is meow in Norwegian, then my cat speaks a foreign language!Both ņau and mjau is something a 'Latvian' cat would say.
mialuthien commented on the word juste milieu
You've obviously researched the subject :) I'll put it away in my passive vocabulary, then. Heaven forbid I'd come across as a pretentious twit!
July 27, 2008
mialuthien commented on the word innamorata
You sure you didn't mean inamorata instead?A definition would be nice! :)
mialuthien commented on the word cephalopygian
I'd actually love to see it in print :P
mialuthien commented on the word dasykakosteatopygian
Oh, thanks for providing an explanation! I was trying to figure it out myself. So, it's having hairy + ugly + fat buttocks, right?
mialuthien commented on the word mesopygion
Er, what exactly dasykakosteatopygian means? I'm guessing it's something to do with 'ugly' and 'ass', but it sounds more weighty.
Other synonyms: the middle course, the middle-of-the-road, aurea mediocritas.I'd never heard of this term either, Sionnach. While it may not be in common use anymore, I still find it somewhat useful to know, especially as I like French-sounding words (I don't speak French) and might be inclined to try to use it in a conversation some day.
mialuthien commented on the word jawbation
jawbation – a rebuke, reproof, esp. one of a lengthy and tedious character; a talking to, a lecture; also a long discussion
juste milieu – the happy medium, the golden mean; judicious moderation, esp. in politics
mialuthien commented on the word kef
kef – a state of dreamy tranquility; a smoking material that produces such a state (WWFTD)
mialuthien commented on the word klazomania
klazomania – compulsive shouting
mialuthien commented on the word lability
lability – susceptibility to change; instability
mialuthien commented on the word largiloquent
See also grandiloquent.
mialuthien commented on the word legrity
legrity – Fr. 'leger', light /le JER i tee/ lightness; quickness or agility of mind or body
mialuthien commented on the word lexicographicolatry
lexicographicolatry – reverence for the dictionary
mialuthien commented on the word logolept
See also verbivore and logophile.
mialuthien commented on the word longiloquence
Way to ruin the mood, B.! Here I was, sitting and picturing assorted fine male asses parading in front of me, and you go and throw sweaty and hairy at me! *pouts* Not that some aren't, mind, but I had a better mental picture!
mialuthien commented on the word dasyproctic
dasyproctic – with hairy buttocks
mialuthien commented on the word kakopyge
kakopyge – someone who has ugly buttocks
mialuthien commented on the word steatopygous
steatopygous – having extremely fat buttocks
mialuthien commented on the word paraphrast
A paraphrast is "one of those conversationalists always paraphrasing their own words; that is, a paraphraser, who repeats things in different ways, which is to say, he or she expresses the meaning in yet another fashion, or, as it were, simplifies and rephrases the sentence in order to clarify, in a word, by paraphrasing" – The Insomniac’s Dictionary: The Last Word on the Odd Word by Paul Hellweg. See also paraphraser.
mialuthien commented on the word oniomaniac
One who is a compulsive buyer, someone with an uncontrollable urge to buy things.
mialuthien commented on the word tsitser
One who is always going tsk, tsk.
mialuthien commented on the word bibliobibulus
bibliobibulus – "one who gets drunk on books" is someone who reads too much and so is generally oblivious to the world around them – coined by H. L. Mencken; see bibliobibuli, plural of bibliobibulus
mialuthien commented on the word coprolalomania
coprolalomania – an obsession with foul language
mialuthien commented on the word medectophobia
I wouldn't know *g*(Medectophobia is the fear of the contours of one’s penis being visible through one’s clothes).
mialuthien commented on the word logolatry
logolatry – veneration or excessive regard for words
mialuthien commented on the word logodaedalus
Logodaedalus is someone who is skilled in the manipulation of words (logos + Daedalus).
mialuthien commented on the word logocracy
A government that is all talk and no action. Just sayin'.
mialuthien commented on the word pasimology
pasimology – the study of gestures as a means of communication
Why sadly, B.? *g* I, personally, find mesopygions cute, not at all objectionable!
mialuthien commented on the word mokita
Well, I guess we need to ask Papuans for clarification on the correct use of it! :P
mialuthien commented on the word neti pot
Nasal irrigation? Eugh!
mialuthien commented on the word malnoia
malnoia – a vague feeling of mental discomfort
mialuthien commented on the word masculinist
An opposite of feminist.
mialuthien commented on the word mastigophorer
mastigophorer – obs. a fellow worthy to be whipped
mialuthien commented on the word matutolagnia
matutolagnia – antemeridian sexual desire
mialuthien commented on the word mendaciloquent
mendaciloquent – able to tell artful or skilled lies
mialuthien commented on the word menticide
menticide – the undermining or destruction of a person's mind or will, esp. by systematic means such as mental and physical torture, extensive interrogation, suggestion, training, and narcotics (WWFTD)
mesopygion – rare the cleavage of the buttocks
mialuthien commented on the word micawberish
micawberish – characteristic of an improvident person who lives in expectation of an upturn in their fortunes
mialuthien commented on the word misopedia
misopedia – a severe dislike of children, esp. one's own*g*
mokita – Papuan the truth that everyone knows but no one talks about
mialuthien commented on the word moonglade
moonglade – the track made by moonlight on water
mialuthien commented on the word morigerous
morigerous – obedient, compliant, submissive
mialuthien commented on the word motch
motch – to eat little, slowly, quietly and secretly; to consume or waste imperceptibly, hence, motching, fond of dainties, with the idea of eating in secret; (also) slow, quiet eating, with the idea of fondness for good living; imperceptible use, with the notion of thriftlessness
mialuthien commented on the word musard
musard – obs. a dreamer; an absent-minded person
mialuthien commented on the word mutatis mutandis
mutatis mutandis – 1) with the necessary changes having been made; 2) with the respective differences having been considered
mialuthien commented on the word natiform
natiform – resembling the buttocks
mialuthien commented on the word necrology
mialuthien commented on the word nephelococcygia
It is pronounced /ne-fê-lê-kak-'si-jee-yê/.
mialuthien commented on the word nulliverse
nulliverse – a world devoid of any unifying principle or plan
mialuthien commented on the user mialuthien
How did you guess, Dontcry? I'm an elvin princess! *twirls around in her foofy princess dress*
July 26, 2008
Maybe I'll add some Latvian words some time later this year. I don't want to start creating entirely new lists just now, as I'm going to be moving away in two weeks, and will be AWOL from the internets for a while until everything's settled (that will probably take a couple of months, I suppose).One meow added as per request (see your new and improved list here).And I'd love for you to engage in some wild speculations! *g* The second part of my nick does Mean Something. Er, well, not really – I've borrowed it form a certain book we've all read. Or should have read *g*
mialuthien commented on the word ņau
I don't think any of you will know how to pronounce it properly, unless, of course, you happen to be Latvian or Russian. Then it's easy, as the ņ sound is pronounced exactly like the н sound in "нет" (net).Kaķis saka "ņau!" – the cat says "meow!"Kaķis žēli ņaud – the cat is meowing piteouslyKaķa ņaudēšana krīt man uz nerviem – the meowing of the cat is getting on my nerves
mialuthien commented on the list you-know-what
Gather around! Gather around! Let's all eat cake at Bilby's expense! Thus, we can have a cake and eat it, too. We just have to make a point of eating only Bilby's cakes, keeping ours to ourselves.*nom nom nom*
mialuthien commented on the word sexotropic
Sure, sure, whatever you say, Bilby *g*
mialuthien commented on the word come on baby light my fries
This is one awesome list with seriously mental words *g*
mialuthien commented on the word the porch
Sorry, an inadvertent slip of the tongue, Dontcry, just an unfortunate lapse, a result of an overconsumption of psychelate! *relaxes again*
mialuthien commented on the list psychedelicatessen
Alright, not to worry, Dontcry, I'll take over some of the tasks while you go pursue pressing existentially spiritual matters *puts on apron, hums and busies self*
Just how many of you are lounging about here today? (I can't see you, my eyes are closed) *amused*
Quite an assorted crowd of slightly dotty and forgetful people has gathered here. Are you all high on sugar..? May I join? Where's my psychelatessen*?*who cares what it is
mialuthien commented on the word paphian
Do you often translate random poetry you like? *g* Anyway, thanks for clarifying that, your translation is nonetheless good.Once again, it is interesting to come across yet another euphemistic designation for practitioners of the world's oldest profession. It's got quite a colorful vocabulary.
mialuthien commented on the word oblectation
oblectation – pleasure; satisfaction; recreation; delight
mialuthien commented on the word obscurantist
Also, a person who opposes reform and enlightenment.
mialuthien commented on the word obtrectation
obtrectation – slander; detraction; calumny
mialuthien commented on the word ochlophobia
ochlophobia – the fear of crowds (mobs)
mialuthien commented on the word oikology
oikology – the science of the home; home economics; the "science" of housekeeping
mialuthien commented on the word oligophrenia
oligophrenia – feeblemindedness
mialuthien commented on the word omnilegent
Also, having encyclopedic curiosity and knowledge.
mialuthien commented on the word omninescience
omninescience – ignorance of everything, universal ignorance
mialuthien commented on the word onomatope
onomatope – an onomatopoeic word
mialuthien commented on the word ophiophilist
ophiophilist – a person who loves snakes
mialuthien commented on the word opsimathy
opsimathy – education late in life
mialuthien commented on the word orectic
orectic – pertaining to the desires and their satisfaction; hence, impelling to gratification
mialuthien commented on the word oscitation
oscitation – 1) the act of being inattentive; 2) the state of being drowsy
mialuthien commented on the word otium
otium – (rare) leisure; free time; ease
mialuthien commented on the word outrecuidance
outrecuidance – (rare) extreme self-conceit: presumption
You were very quick in finding the right reference! And I'm really amazed that you managed to render the poem so well in such a short time. Wow.
Paphian – pertaining to elicit love: wantonEdited.
mialuthien commented on the word papillote
papillote – 1) a greased paper wrapper in which food (as meat or fish) is cooked; 2) hist. a small triangular piece of paper used as a curl-paper for damp hair
mialuthien commented on the word persifleur
persifleur – a person who indulges in persiflage: one given to frivolous banter especially about matters usually given serious consideration
mialuthien commented on the word phillumenist
phillumenist – a collector of match-books
mialuthien commented on the word philography
philography – the collecting of autographs
mialuthien commented on the word pickthank
pickthank – one who strives to put another under obligation; an officious person; hence, a flatterer
mialuthien commented on the word platypygous
platypygous – /plae ti PAI gus/ having broad buttocks
mialuthien commented on the word plesiosynchronous
plesiosynchronous – nearly simultaneous
mialuthien commented on the word poietic
poietic – creative, formative, productive, active
mialuthien commented on the word psaphonic
psaphonic – planning one's rise to fame
mialuthien commented on the word pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism
pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism – false opposition to the withdrawal of state support from an established church
mialuthien commented on the word psychasthenia
psychasthenia – an incapacity to resolve doubts/uncertainties or to resist obsessions/compulsions that one knows are irrational
mialuthien commented on the word psychrolute
psychrolute – one who bathes in the open air daily throughout the winter; spec. a member of a society formed c. 1840 to promote this practice (thus, psychrolusia - bathing in cold water)
mialuthien commented on the word pygophilous
pygophilous – buttock-loving
mialuthien commented on the word quaesitum
quaesitum – that which is sought for; an object of search; the answer to a problem
mialuthien commented on the word wordanista
Maybe they need to have two separate meanings then. I... don't know, either.
mialuthien commented on the word merienda
It's Latvian, Yarb. And I've somehow managed to pick up some Russian – through osmosis, I guess, as I've never bothered to learn it properly (have always been more fascinated with English).
Er, wordanista is right and wordinista is wrong? *hopeful*
mialuthien commented on the word catch 22
*yanks C_B's chain sneakily* If you weren't tethered by these shackles, no one would ever be tempted to tug at your chain, you, fettered Bear. (I love your nick-name. It makes for some good – or bad – jokes).
mialuthien commented on the word that's for me to know and for you to find out
It's probably meant to be annoying. I know this selfsame expression in two more languages, so it's not necessarily solely an English thing.
mialuthien commented on the word teeth
I do have teeth, Bilby! (In a glass on my bedside cupboard – not!!).
It's a very useful word to know. It's a shame that there's no corresponding word for it in my native language. But we do have an unofficial word for a meal that we eat after nine or ten o'clock.
mialuthien commented on the word rectopathic
rectopathic – easily hurt emotionally; thin-skinned
mialuthien commented on the word renitent
renitent – resisting physical pressure; resisting constraint or compulsion: recalcitrant
mialuthien commented on the word retrogenesis
retrogenesis – the loss of mental abilities in old age in the opposite order in which they are gained in childhood, esp. as exhibited by Alzheimer's patients
mialuthien commented on the word roorback
roorback – a defamatory falsehood published for political effect
mialuthien commented on the word sagination
sagination – the act of fattening, or state of being fattened
mialuthien commented on the word scopophilia
Literally, the love of looking. See also voyeurism.
mialuthien commented on the word scripturient
scripturient – obs. having an overwhelming urge to write
sexotropic – constantly thinking about sex
mialuthien commented on the word sialoquent
sialoquent – obs. spraying saliva when speaking (hence, sialoquence)
mialuthien commented on the word spaneria
See also spanogyny, a scarcity of women.
mialuthien commented on the word spanogyny
spanogyny – a scarcity of women (contrast spaneria)
mialuthien commented on the word spheropygian
spheropygian – having full and rounded buttocks
mialuthien commented on the word stupiditarian
stupiditarian – (nonce-word) one whose ruling principle is stupidity (from stupidity, after humanitarian etc.)
mialuthien commented on the word stylometry
stylometry – the study of the chronology and development of an author's work based especially on the recurrence of particular turns of expression or trends of thought; hence, stylometrics and stylometrist (or stylometrician)
mialuthien commented on the word syllogomania
syllogomania – compulsive hoarding
mialuthien commented on the word talionic
talionic – pertaining to revenge in kind
mialuthien commented on the word thanatophilia
thanatophilia – an undue fascination with death
mialuthien commented on the word theomachy
theomachy – 1) fighting against or amongst the gods; 2) opposition to the divine will
mialuthien commented on the word trainspotter
trainspotter – (figurative sense) a person who collects trivial information of any sort
mialuthien commented on the word treppenwitz
See also l'esprit de l'escalier.
mialuthien commented on the word trichoptilosis
trichoptilosis – a longitudinal splitting of hair fiber better known as split ends
mialuthien commented on the word tub-thumper
tub-thumper – a speaker or preacher who for emphasis thumps the pulpit; a violent or declamatory preacher or orator; a ranter
mialuthien commented on the word wordster
wordster – one that is adept in the use of words, esp. in an empty or overblown manner
July 25, 2008
Oh... ha, thanks, B_C! I ♥ your snails!
mialuthien commented on the word caspric
(To Frogapplause: click on the "Some Html is allowed" to get directions on how to create links.)
mialuthien commented on the word conjunction
See pregnant pause for another meaning of conjunction!
mialuthien commented on the word pregnant pause
Wow, Skipvia, you win the internets today! That was a very well-thought out and age-appropriate explanation! And I'll never look at the word conjunction the same way again. *g*
mialuthien commented on the word g-hits
"Google hits" seems more appropriate, as it makes immediately clear what we're talking about.
Well, I don't know about Dontcry, but I loved your explanations, especially the examples provided (your illustration rocks, Bilby!). And slovenly and flabby is going on my list.
Yes, yes, yes, but when is it due? *taps foot* You can't wait indefinitely, as far as I know (and far be it from me to know).
mialuthien commented on the word odorous
Bzuh? is inseparable from its question mark. It saddens me that whenever I try to list it, Wordie goes all 500 Application Error on me. Oh, well.
C_B, you sound too much like me for my piece of mind *g* Especially in your signature line.
mialuthien commented on the word far be it for me
Well, I choose a somewhat roundabout way to find out who tagged what – first, I go to the address bar, and then start to tinker around a bit, like this: http://wordie.org/tags/madeupical?u=mialuthien, where I replace my name with someone else's name instead – "sionnach", "gangerh", etc. But, of course, the way Skipvia described it is the most energy-saving one. Why do I always choose to complicate things? *rolls eyes at own stupidity*
*raises hand timidly* Aren't they clichéd expressions instead of idioms? At least, I thought they were (the last ones posted, I mean).Dontcry, I'm in agreement with you. But I've also got an impression (from reading stuff online, mostly) that the phrase "I couldn't care less" is mostly British, while its companion "I could care less" is more used in America. The latter does sound a bit nonsensical, if you ask me, but if so many people are still using it, there should be some justification for it. As to the other expression, "you can’t have your cake and eat it, too" sounds more natural to me :)
I love your corrections. Especially, when they are addressed to other people. Then it's *hilarious*.
As per Chained_Bear's suggestion (see a resounding silence). Does someone know of the origin of this phrase? Otherwise, I can't help but wonder who knocked up the pause and is the lucky father...
Wow. Did they really have to list all those smells? They forgot to include hundreds of thousands of others. Why is "smelling of tansy" more important than, say, "smelling of rain on warm asphalt"? Bzuh?Edited. Thanks, Dontcry! :)
mialuthien commented on the word post-traumatic stress disorder
No worries, C_B, I am remarkably hard to offend. The last I remember being offended, it was June 2000, and I remember that offense with a sliver of *evul* glee, because, for once, I had a chance to unleash all my fiery, scathing sarcasm on the unfortunate souls who'd dared to cross me. That was very energizing. I am more worried about offending others!
mialuthien commented on the word anaemic-faery-coloured cupcakes
Reesetee's special recipe? See data.
Well, I learnt a *lot* form the lively and opinionated debate on the data usage; however, the things that have stuck with me are not the proper use of the word in question, but things like bellowing grammarian frumpmudgeon and anaemic-faery-coloured cupcakes *smirks*
*relaxing in a comfortable wicker rocking chair, munching on chocolate chip cookies and slurping her banana milkshake*I'm all tranquil and serene now.
Thanks, Dontcry! *pictures self in a comfortable handcrafted wicker rocking chair, munching on a chocolate chip cookie* Yes, feeling all better now. Is Frogapplause relaxing on The Porch as well? This is a good pique managment tactic.I agree with Whichbe on genuine insight, so long as people's feelings are not being hurt. (Definition for yuks, Whichbe?)
Sorry, sorry! There's nothing boring about the concept of PTSD, but as a language unit, you've got to admit there's nothing particularly exciting or inventive about it.On an unrelated note... That's it! I'm officially renaming this list! I've been under flak about its current name all day and have finally had enough *eyebrow twitch*Edited. I really meant no offense :(
You're being really perceptive today, C_B! I am presaging that your famous last words will be "if I may... I think you mean... I hate to be persnickety, but!...". Amirite? Just yanking your chain *g*
If you keep bickering, Sionnach will come along and slap a "ridiculous" tag on this whole conversation! It happened to basonym (proof) *g*
To dispel some concerns, I have too say that I have no objections whatsoever to being corrected or amended – in fact, all suggestions on proper usage or spelling of words and expressions are very welcome. I'm here to learn, and I've already learnt so much from all of you.As to this list – it mostly serves as a repository for those words that I do not wish to see on my 2008 Wordlist, which is for words I want to memorize when there's enough time, or on my "invisible list", which is for fun Wordie creations or words I'm feeling partial to for one reason or another. This is not a themed list. Though I'm open to any suggestions on how to name it properly.Sionnach: I love all kinds of comments and the subsequent discussions they provoke, and it would take very strong and colorful language to really offend me, so don't ever be afraid to comment on my too broad, too narrow, or too feeble definitions! :)And herding cats is going straight to my "invisible" (read: favourite) list, Chained_Bear!
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ruzuzu commented on the user mialuthien
Dear Santa,Thanks for my Christmas presents--the fluffy bilby and the chained_bear are my favoritest presents ever! Now that the Christmas season is over, I was just wondering if there's any chance you might be able to allow one of your elves to come visit us--specifically the elf who makes great comments, wears foofy princess dresses, and can speak Latvian.Sincerely, ruzuzu
March 8, 2010
fbharjo commented on the user mialuthien
is Beren near?
February 16, 2009
whichbe commented on the user mialuthien
Are you still alive? Should we have a Wordie wake?
January 8, 2009
bilby commented on the user mialuthien
*taps paw* You're due back!
September 10, 2008
brookdale_chick commented on the user mialuthien
Thanks mia...you are so very kind....
July 28, 2008
dontcry commented on the user mialuthien
I'm really, really smart ;).
are you an elf?
Hi Mia, are you going to add some Latvian words? I'd love to see some and I'm sure there are others here who would also enjoy the enlightenment. Meanwhile, please miao for me here. P.S. Does your nick mean anything, or should sionnach and I commence wild speculation?
Have a disorderly conductor perhaps a snail..._@/or two..._@/ \@_=]
Sorry, but for me, the delete option is nowhere in sight, and I've tried everything.Thanks, I'll do that! I'm constantly confusing those two words.
July 23, 2008
johnmperry commented on the user mialuthien
I use IE and I get delete option after I have edited a comment.btw check the difference between alternate and alternative
Why are you so smart??
July 22, 2008
Nope. There is no delete link for me, either real or imaginary :/ Could this be attributed to a different browser? I'm currently using IE.
reesetee commented on the user mialuthien
Click on "edit," then click the "edit" button that appears. You'll next see a "delete" link left of the original edit link.
But where do the option to delete the comment pops up, then? Sorry for being a bit obtuse, my mind has been temporarily hijacked by a horde of lipstick-wielding aliens in tights.
No, I just meant that you don't need to change anything in the field after you click on "edit."
Hiya, Reesetee. So, it's all about maintaining a credible pretense, then? Sneaky, sneaky.
You don't even need to edit it; just pretend you're going to. :-) Welcome, Mia.
Thank you so much for taking the time to explain it to me! It really works? It's quite a roundabout way to go about it; I don't suppose there was a way for me to infer it.
July 20, 2008
To delete a comment:First of all edit it, to reduce it to e.g. one letter.Then after you press the edit button, you are offered a chance to delete. When you select that, you are asked to confirm.Et voilà
jennarenn commented on the user mialuthien
Daaaang girl. You have more words in one week than I've listed in more than a year!
July 19, 2008
You are smart......
I sleep best when I shouldn't, for example, when there's a lot of work or studying to do, and currently everything's finished, which accounts for my total lack of desire to sleep. I mean, what's the point? Sleep is more valuable when my precious work time is spent indulging in it.
July 16, 2008
Pro, sleepless still, even at home? :(
Pity you can't just wake one up and pester them until they start posting words and lists.So you speak Italian?
Prolagus commented on the user mialuthien
I actually decided to move to Sardinia just to have more wordies on line when I'm sleepless at night.
seanahan commented on the user mialuthien
Sleep is for the weak.
July 15, 2008
It looks like all the wordies are sleeping.It's oh so quiet (shh, shh)It's oh so still (shh, shh)You're all alone (shh, shh)And so peaceful until...:)
I figured :)
I am very brave.
I know, I went and looked at your profile. Does it mean that you never cry? What do you do then, when the mood for crying strikes? Fight it off bravely? Don't mind me, just asking :)
No, I just don't like crying.
No, in no way am I related to or affiliated with Midlothian, Virginia, though it is a beautiful name. And uh, hello you, too!And is your name a subtle and genteel passive-aggressive suggestion to random people out there to cease their sniveling and cheer up a bit? *g*
Mia - there's a Midlothian, Virginia. Are you related?;)Welcome.
Thanks, I'll do that! It seems that it's not easy to find out how to navigate around here on Wordie on your own, you've got to know all these nifty things first – thanks for help, and hi! :)
tolland commented on the user mialuthien
July 14, 2008
vanishedone commented on the user mialuthien
Try the Meta list and the meta tag page for the rest of the manual. (/tags/faq has never been used much.)
Don't fret Mia. We're pretty easy to get along with. Welcome, have fun.
chained_bear commented on the user mialuthien
No problem. It might be worth looking around a bit, though. Some of the more historic pages that offer insight into how this site works (which isn't like any other site I've seen) are bugs and features. (Read from bottom to top, if you haven't noticed that already.) There's also a list of suggested "rules" someplace, though there really are no rules on Wordie, except "be nice." :)It isn't that you're flooding anything. But everything you enter, whether comment or word, appears within a minute or two on the front page. :)
It just occurred to me that I'm probably flooding all those poor unsuspecting folks who've innocently subscribed to the Wordie's Recent comments and citations feed – I'm sorry, I didn't mean to! :)
Oh, thank you! :) I didn't even look around, to tell the truth. All these words I'm adding here have already been posted on my LiveJournal first, I'm just transferring them here for easier viewing.I haven't yet fully figured out how this Wordie-thing works, so thanks for your advice!
Hi MiaLuthien! Welcome to Wordie. I hope you stay with us and enjoy the site!You may not have noticed the 12 icons below each word on a word page. Each of those takes the user to a dictionary. So you may want to reserve your valuable comment-entering time to enter usage notes, unusual definitions not in any dictionary, or other text, rather than entering a definition on each word page. Just an idea. Welcome!
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