pedalinfaith commented on the list opposites-without-commonly-used-opposites
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December 19, 2006
pedalinfaith commented on the list things-that-drive-me-nuts-that-i-am-sometimes-guilty-of
I mean 'grammatolatry' in the legalistic sense, not the word worshipping sense. The latter is nothing to scoff!
pedalinfaith commented on the list wordie-is
I mean 'grammatolatry' in the word worshipping sense, not in the legalistic sense.
pedalinfaith commented on the list you-say-either
Do you want to count Southernisms? If so, you gotta pay attention when you hear a sai-REEN because that means there's a firetruck coming.
pedalinfaith commented on the list inconceivable-the-most-misused-words
Oh, the inhumanity! Oh, the opprobrium! Definitely goes on the list.
pedalinfaith commented on the list that-mean-thing
pedalinfaith commented on the list there-is-no-x-in-espresso-words-butchered-by-americans
That list is spun gold! I'm heretofore pimping it in the list description. And, of course, you've just created another hour or two of pleasure reading for me. Hooray for PBS.
Or, what's even worse, the egregious 'inner-resting'.
I haven't heard that one blundered. How have you heard people misusing 'comprise'?
pedalinfaith commented on the word dhadak
It's a transliteration for the Hindi word for 'heartbeat'. Reference is here.
December 18, 2006
So, she sheepishly admits, I had to look it up and--gack--I've been pronouncing Porsche incorrectly all these years and thinking it was the "POR-sha" people who were being pretentious!
December 15, 2006
I could probably live with jagwire because I'm first generation Yankee and it makes up for all of the Southerners who pronounce "ire" words as "ahr" (for example, squire is pronounced squahr, which of course rhymes with square. :) I could probably go with sment too since it counteracts all of my relatives who pronounce it CEEment. :)
But ashfalt is unforgiveable. And that's definitely going on the list. In fact, maybe we need a list of the words with their mispronunciations spelled phoenetically (e.g., ashfalt, febbuary, reelator, and so on).
But, uselessness, I think you are the odd one out when it comes to salmon, though. Both the pronunciation guides for m-w and dictionary.com have the 'l' as silent.
This reminds me ... pronunciation is often mispronounced as pronounciation.
Thanks for the suggestions!
pedalinfaith commented on the list bushisms-where-wings-take-dream
Incorporated them. Thanks!
Thanks, kad, for 'uninalienable'. It also opened up an avenue to a few more gems.
Yes, sadly, these come from actual quotes. You can find the references for them all over the web. The only exception is strategery, which was coined by Will Farrell in a send-up of W on SNL. It's rumored the the president loved it so much, he adopted it and it became part of the White House vernacular.
December 14, 2006
pedalinfaith commented on the user inkhorn
Love the user name. I'm adding it my favorite words list.
Thanks, inkhorn. I'll take that compliment in stride. :)
Thanks, uselessness. 'subliminable' led me to finding a few others as well!
pedalinfaith commented on the word strategery
Thanks to doctorfad for this one.
This one wasn't made up by Bush himself, but by Will Farrell, playing Bush on SNL. However, it's rumored that Bush loved it so much that he adopted it into his vocabulary, and it became commonplace around the White House.
pedalinfaith commented on the word unforeseen
This one goes on my list of misused words in honor of President George W. Bush, who said, "We are ready for any unforeseen event that may or may not occur."
Ummmmm, how can one be ready for unforeseen events?
pedalinfaith commented on the list words-which-bring-to-mind-the-bush-administration
Yes! You've inspired me to start a list of Bushisms.
pedalinfaith commented on the list unused-positives-for-negative-words
December 13, 2006
Hi, pamelad. I work in the computer world and study the history and psychology of religion as a side interest. So, yeah, I see icons too. Everywhere. But do you find that people use this word to mean something other than what it is?
pedalinfaith commented on the list some-words
Which begs the question: how is it that no one has yet listed the verb "to smurph"? :)
pedalinfaith commented on the word pleonasm
A most exemplary example of battology. ;)
pedalinfaith commented on the list self-descriptors
Just kidding about the maenad. Just checking to see if you were paying attention. ;)
pedalinfaith commented on the list phobias
Well, if you get tired of all of the typing, you could just use the word pantophobia and be done with it. :)
If you can't find these in any of the usual dictionaries, try the Worthless Word of the Day site or answers.com.
pedalinfaith commented on the word procrusteanism
This one is hard to find in dictionaries. So, here's Worthless Word of the Day's take on it:
doctrine marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances
pedalinfaith commented on the word poliotic
OK, I might have made that word up. But it is meant to be "of or relating to poliosis". If anyone knows the right word for that, please send it my way.
pedalinfaith commented on the word walk
Not to be confused with oriental cooking.
pedalinfaith commented on the list pants-related-words
I'm all about stylish comfort. So, I can't thank feminist Amelia Jenks Bloomer enough for the eponymously named garment that broke us girls out of the hoop skirt trap. And I'm telling you I was way ahead of my time as a 2nd grader in my ever-so-fashionable gauchos. (They were almost as cool as my Garanimals outfits.) Nowadays, I step out in salwar and churidhar that I found on my shopping sprees in India.
December 11, 2006
Wonderful! Thanks, kad and angharad, for the additions and the pointer to Kaichi's list.
December 9, 2006
Big Rio Grande River, It flows down to the sea, Bringing back my memories of the past.High up on Table Mesa,I feel her nearness close to meAs the evening sun sets in the West.
It flows down to the sea,
Bringing back my memories of the past.
High up on Table Mesa,
I feel her nearness close to me
As the evening sun sets in the West.
- from "Big Rio Grande River" by Austin Lounge Lizards
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pedalinfaith commented on the word duende
A foot stomps.
A head turns.
The house crumbles.
pedalinfaith commented on the word february
Don't forget the 'br' in 'February'. I like it when you to pucker up to say my birth month. ;)
pedalinfaith commented on the word poinsettia
Completely different from a pointsetta, which, from the sounds of it, must be a mixed breed dog found in a Georgia pound. I suppose those could make nice Christmas presents too, but they require a bit more than watering.
pedalinfaith commented on the word mischievous
It would be mischievous of you to pronounce this word miss-CHEE-vee-us when you know how much I hate that.
pedalinfaith commented on the list words-some-people-can-t-pronounce-no-matter-how-often-they-try
OK, I'm having one of those "if I don't know what in the hell they are talking about, then they must be talking about me" moments. Either I'm completely oblivious to my blunders or I'm living in a pronunciation safe zone. Seriously, how does one mispronounce "Vietnamese" and "realtor" and "spaghetti" and "macrame"?
December 8, 2006
pedalinfaith commented on the list words-you-hope-you-won-t-hear-in-your-doctor-s-office-even-though-they-sound-pleasant-enough
Anything that ends in -ectomy would have me looking for the exit!
pedalinfaith commented on the word awesome
OK, I know its use as a colloquial synonym of 'excellent' has been around since the early 80's, but I still need a word that only means 'inducing terror or unbounded awe' because when I get that feeling (which happens more often than you'd think), using an adjective that implies anything less would just sacrilegiously cheapen the experience.
So, my two euros (since pennies aren't worth much these days): If your breath hasn't been taken away or your perception of reality hasn't been turned on its head or you aren't quaking with terror, then perhaps what you've encountered is something merely hawesome. :)
pedalinfaith commented on the word species
When spechifying spechific, spechious spechimens, it can be espechially helpful to regard the lack of 'h' in the word 'species'. Unless, of course, you do your research in Yiddish. :)
pedalinfaith commented on the word espresso
So, then 'expresso' would be one who cannot resist the urge to run his mouth when hopped up on caffeine?
pedalinfaith commented on the word nuclear
Dear George, there is only one 'u' in nuclear. Adding more does not endear "u" to me. That is all I have to say about that.
pedalinfaith commented on the word ask
Does not rhyme with 'axe'. That said, if you insist on 'axing' me for something, you're probably going to get it. That is, until I buy a longer flail and take back what you axed me for. :)
pedalinfaith commented on the list anonomatopoeias
If I may, I nominate pulchritude.
pedalinfaith commented on the word ironic
For something to be ironic, it must be both coincidental and paradoxical (or at the very least counterintuitive). Not just coincidental or even coincidental and unfortunate. To say, "Ironically, we arrived at the same time," would be incorrect unless, perhaps, both of you left from the same point at the same time but one of you headed West by donkey and the other traveled by plane, heading East.
Personally, I like an element of poetic justice as well. So, if the donkey rider also sat atop an animal named "Glider" and the plane passenger had acted like an ass, well, that's ironic.
pedalinfaith commented on the word unique
Listen up, peeps. Unique means "unparalleled, one of a kind". So, something is either unique or it isn't. It's never is "most unique" or "very unique" or "pretty unique". Uniqueness cannot be qualified. If you ever feel compelled to do so, you are probably searching for the word "unusual" instead.
December 2, 2006
pedalinfaith commented on the list slings-and-arrows-shakespearean-insults
Thanks, John. Credit duly goes to The Shakespearean Insult Kit (which has been turned into a fun, automated insult generator here).
December 1, 2006
pedalinfaith commented on the user robotjohnny
This is a hoot. I'm definitely going to keep a watch on this list. And I'm going to find some opportunity today to use at least one of these words, just 'cause.
Perhaps I will make a salubrious meal of rhododendron goulash and rutabaga marmalade (fried using a spatula, of course) and feed it to my troglodytic doppelganger to help her get rid of her carbuncles.
November 29, 2006
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