optimusprime has looked up 0 words, created 3 lists, listed 118 words, written 12 comments, added 1 tag, and loved 2 words.

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  • A political functionary sent to collect campaign contributions.

    September 1, 2008

  • Mencken "The American Language" says this word dates back to 1830 amongst settlers in the West. Means "to depart stealthily."

    September 1, 2008

  • i love that this word exists. i think it this word has some nuance of meaning not reflected in the definition given here. it captures a category of behavior/personality type quite well.

    May 31, 2008

  • like ghosting, this is from first-person shooter online games. Your frag rate is the number of kills you have made divided by the number of times you have died. A source of pride for some, a meaningless statistic for others.

    May 18, 2008

  • H.L. Mencken, 1922, "The Libertine": "Even more effective than the fiscal barrier (between man and philandering) is the barrier of poltroonery. The one character that distinguishes man from the other higher vertebrata is his excessive timorousness, his easy yielding, his incapacity for adventures without a crowd behind him."

    May 12, 2008

  • The distinction would be that spectating live players while dead by using "spectate mode" is in itself entirely legitimate--it is the passing on of enemy locations to friendly teammates, in the manner of an undead spirit, that warrants the novel term "ghosting" to concisely refer to the prohibited conduct.

    April 29, 2008

  • Ghosting is used in online multiplayer first person shooter games. Sometimes when your avatar is dead, you can continue to spectate the game and see other live players. If you pass on the locations of enemy to your teammates while you are dead, you are ghosting. Widely condemned, difficult to prove.

    April 28, 2008

  • Interesting historical note: When Christopher Columbus landed in the New World, the first indigenous people he encountered were the Taino people on the island of Hispanola. The Tainos were wiped out before much could be documented about their culture, but a word of their vocabulary made it into the journals of Columbus' crew and into the English language. Thus, the word "hammock" is perhaps the only surviving remnant of this culture.

    April 28, 2008

  • On the point of bulk add, I do agree that allowing people to dump huge text files (ie, entire works, books, stuff from the e-Gutenberg project) would not be a good idea. But for those of us who do have lists of words, allowing 20-30 words to be added at a time would be great, and should be enough to protect against spamming.

    April 27, 2008

  • This is used by lawyers, especially those who deal with patents. In the US patent system, a construct used is the notion of a "person having ordinary skill in the art," such a person having different knowledge and skills according to the art at issue. Thus, the notion of "inartful."

    It might refer to an amendment to a pending patent application that, due to unskillfulness, prejudices the application, ie, needlessly narrows the scope of the claims.

    April 27, 2008

  • I got this word from my mother, whose family goes back to the old West and the post-Civil War south. She used it as a generally disparaging term, and then only rarely.

    April 26, 2008

  • Am I crazy, or is there no way to bulk add words? I have txt files full of words I have been keeping for years that I would love to dump into Wordie, but I am not going to type them out one by one.

    Is there a combinatoric I can use to put multiple words in the same field?

    April 26, 2008

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