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qms commented on the word bingle
As to bilby's question from 2008: the WordNet definition is a puzzler. I have been paying close attention to baseball for many years and have never heard or read the word "bingle." The WordNet contribution defines an ordinary single. Maybe a bingle is a single batted by a batter with a speech impediment.
August 4, 2015
qms commented on the word virago
See comments at viraginity.
August 3, 2015
qms commented on the word viraginity
n 1973 a group of women founded a publishing company with a feminist mission in London and called it Virago Press. The writer and linguist Anthony Burgess was sympathetic to their cause but opined that they had done a poor job of choosing a name because virago has negative connotations. The ladies disagreed and a literary feud was commenced.In Burgess's understanding virago was roughly synonymous with harridan or termagant and the amazonian connotation intended by the publishing house was obscure and archaic. I see that dictionaries offer both conflicting definitions and that the older ones give prominence to the negative sense while newer (or more populist) dictionaries tend to feature the positive.While Burgess asserted affinity'Twixt virago and foul masculinityThe ladies said, "Nay!We'll have it our wayBy defining our own viraginity."
qms commented on the word agnation
The point of royal administrationIs hoarding the luck of relation,So many a foolHas ascended to ruleBy primogeniture and agnation.
August 2, 2015
qms commented on the word RPCV
I am surprised this initialism does not already have an entry. It has been in use since the 1960s. Perhaps we are too humble a band. (Google "RPCV" for numerous links,)
August 1, 2015
qms commented on the list fuck-phrases
qms commented on the word fuckerino
I am sometimes moved by events to utter this exclamation, but it would make a good name for a subatomic particle.
qms commented on the word gambade
From the usage examples it appears that the horse cavort is the most common meaning of this word but the splatterdash definition in The Century is one of those appealing preservations in amber. To celebrate the beginning of August I will honor both.For a pleasant equestrian rambleSelect an old mare who will amble,So safely evadeThe sudden gambadeOf a filly inclined to a gambol.In springtime provisions are madeIn gear for a fine promenade:To wade through the washWe deploy the galosh,Each shank tightly cased in gambade.
qms commented on the word down cellar
VM seems to suffer from an impaired sense of humor. It may comfort him to insult some effigy of his prejudices to compensate but I do not appreciate being his target. This is a lexicographical site, not a therapy couch.
qms commented on the word suller
See comments at down cellar.
July 31, 2015
The definition for this expression is wrong. “Down cellar” does not mean “downstairs” it means “in the basement,” as affirmed by kraduate’s comment. It is a New England regionalism (note its inclusion in regional lists). I am a native New Englander but my wife is not. I have managed to move her from “in the basement” to “down in the cellar” to “down the cellar” but she cannot shake the pesky article. It sounds like it could be a survival from immigrants from Yorkshire. Unfortunately it is succumbing to the homogenization of American English.
qms commented on the word Cholmondeley
See comments at cholmondeley.
qms commented on the word cholmondeley
See also comments at drumly.
qms commented on the word drumly
I note with alarm and yet humblyIt's perverse the way we say Cholmondeley.If there's no way of tellingThe sound from the spellingThen English is hopelessly drumly.See sionnach's amusing verses on this theme in comments at cholmondeley.
qms commented on the word abulia
The waitress will bring the bill hitherAnd cause our composure to wither.Not feeble abuliaBut crude dyscalculiaWill force us to helplessly dither.
July 30, 2015
qms commented on the word mazard
When clams have been hunted and gatheredThe diggers turn homeward quite slatheredWith hardening grimeAnd odorous slimeFrom tip of the boots to the mazard.
July 29, 2015
qms commented on the word colly
Let's reprehend Sir Walter RaleighFor fostering the New World's folly.The deathead's hungIn many a lungTobacco's rendered stiff and colly.
July 28, 2015
qms commented on the word zariba
See also zareba.
July 27, 2015
qms commented on the word hydrometeor
Now "damp" would work sans explanation;More pompously there's "precipitation."But hear my confiteor:I say "hydrometeor"For pleasure of nerdy obfuscation.
qms commented on the word cymar
'Isadora* wore a scarf like a cloakThat floated toward the spinning spoke.The bright scarlet cymarStreamed out behind herUntil the Amilcar engaged its choke.*On September 14, 1927, dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcaps of her open car. (“Affectations,” said Gertrude Stein when she heard the news of Duncan’s death, “can be dangerous.”)
July 26, 2015
qms commented on the word aculeate
When hedgehogs have a heavy dateThey'll yelp and shrilly ululate.Their poignant criesAre no surpriseFor passion pains the aculeate.
July 25, 2015
qms commented on the word hucklebone
In coping with effects of harm"It could have been worse" has its charm:'Twas luck aloneSpared my huckleboneWhile I crushed a superfluous arm.
July 24, 2015
qms commented on the word Benelux
July 23, 2015
qms commented on the word demiss
In failing to flatter you've been remissAnd now must appease unhappy Miss.So forestall perditionBy abject contrition - In posture and word be demiss.
qms commented on the word suffering succotash
The "suffering savior" proposal emits a strong odor of folk etymology. See a persuasive dismissal at http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/forums/viewthread/2330/.
July 22, 2015
qms commented on the word laccolith
To science these hills are laccolith;Embrace either that fact or this:Their outline suggestsThe Earth's milky breastsAnd proves thereby the lacto-myth.
qms commented on the word champing
Honors vary in Wordnikian eyesBut surely I've won the top prize?I blush head to toe!It's so good to knowThat bilby thinks well of my thighs.
I suppose people making such visits to Church of England sites are champing at the Brit.
qms commented on the word sadden
Now damask has lost its bright glowAnd dimity's low as old calico.The poor saddened stuffIs sad-ironed enoughTo be fuller than crape is of woe.
July 21, 2015
qms commented on the word spawl
When he starts to rant and to bawlThe Donald can empty the hall.Such violent throesWill drench the front rowsIn a mist of his venomous spawl.
qms commented on the word antibiosis
All newlyweds must know of this: To stifle your anger is remiss;Fight antibiosisWith mithridatic dosesFor years of mitigated bliss.
July 20, 2015
qms commented on the word spekboom
By grazing of the tusky herdThe purslane seed will be interred.The succulent spekboomWill most likely next bloomFrom out an elephant's dusty turd.
July 19, 2015
qms commented on the word kisher
If you're a bored and weary YemeniYou fight the stifling heat's hegemonyBy drinking some kisher,That desert elixir,The Arab's friend and ennui's enemy.
July 18, 2015
qms commented on the word glisk
A highland fling danced strong and briskCan put a young Jock's heart at riskIf the bonnie lass dancingIs also enhancingThe dance with a beckoning glisk.
July 17, 2015
qms commented on the word dyssynchronicity
This is a word that fills a need. It describes (in part) the plots of Thomas Hardy novels. Thank you, YoMama_T.
July 16, 2015
qms commented on the word lampas
The gaucho done roaming the pampasAnd scholar at home on his campusBoth think that it suitsTheir glorious glutesTo rest on a divan of lampas.
qms commented on the word pectinate
The sign of an ice hockey greatIs the skill with which he can skateOr the classically comicalPhysiognomical:A smile that is proudly pectinate.
July 15, 2015
qms commented on the word giggle loop
This brings to mind the famous “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode (Oct. 25, 1975) of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” commonly cited as a candidate for the funniest sitcom episode of all time.The episode can be viewed here.
July 14, 2015
qms commented on the word picul
A Siamese can count his tical;A Chinese chap can gauge a picul.Scots too can be pickyBut after some whiskeyContent with their "wee" and their "mickle."
qms commented on the word whata
“The bones, after being well scraped and cleaned, are then deposited in a whata, or elevated box, somewhat resembling a provision store…”Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand: Being an Artist's Impressions of Countries and People at the Antipodes, Volume 1. p. 331.(1847)
July 13, 2015
See the Maori Dictionary
qms commented on the list storage-facilities
Whata apparently originates in the Maori language. All the usage examples (with the exception of the imitation of a bird call) are instances of omission of the space between “what” and “a,” either as a typo or as an attempt to render dialect.
qms commented on the word anisodactylous
My myna bird, far gone in booze,Can mime a bird in blameless snooze.He's anisodactylousSo even if crapulousHe'll perch upright on iron thews.
qms commented on the list tree-free-paper-alternatives
Our bilby with his nib and plume,His eyes asquint and tongue abloom,With exquisite precisionIncises his visionOn the husk of a humble legume.
qms commented on the word yard
If observation did not establish this either your grandfather was a master of discretion or you are remarkably inattentive.
qms commented on the word gynaeceum
The ladies in waves besiege the gymThat once was the guys' elysium,Now a hostile environFor louts pumping ironAnd turning a proper gynaeceum!
July 12, 2015
qms commented on the word poetaster
I prayed to my muse and I asked herA word for a prose poetaster.She told me directly,"To fail so abjectlyIs classed as a simple disaster."
qms commented on the word clitter
When the bowl of the day is aglitterThe songbirds will warble and twitter,But take silent flightFrom smothering night - The cave of the hoot and the clitter.
July 11, 2015
qms commented on the word yonderblown
An excellent word!
July 10, 2015
qms commented on the word curmurring
Percussion and melodic partMake music to gladden the heart,Thus, steady curmurringSets sweet things astirringAnd summons a concussive fart.
As paper gives promise of pithAnd marble an aura of myth,So rice would be niceIf I'm very preciseBut most apt would be coprolith.
qms commented on the word aesthesis
If learning made me scholar-CroesusMy peace of mind would fall to pieces.I'm wealthy with lessIf I truly possessThe knowledge acquired by aesthesis.
July 9, 2015
qms commented on the word languaging
Clearly TankHughes is destined for duxhood.
July 8, 2015
qms commented on the word dux
Your typical high muckamucksAre experts at passing the bucks.Avoiding all blameIs part of their game - A skill that is learned as a dux.
qms commented on the word up-putting
Initial contact can be fraught When trust and his friendship are sought.To establish your footingRequest an up-putting,For begging a favor flatters a Scot.
July 7, 2015
qms commented on the word kermis
The Dutch boy who covets her kissMust patiently defer his blissUntil annual revelsUnleash the devilsWhen all is allowed at kermis.
July 6, 2015
qms commented on the word ichor
My guess is that ichor is an unlikely source for icky. The Wordnik entry for icky borrows a suggestion of an origin in jazz lingo. I think it sounds like generic baby-talk. Compare yucky and gooey.
July 5, 2015
qms commented on the word entremets
A great dinner like a great playWill nourish and charm all the way.Delight should be certainFrom prologue to curtain,From hors d'oeuvre to last entremet.
qms commented on the word amuse-bouche
An amuse-bouche (plural amuse-bouches) or amuse-gueule is a single, bite-sized hors d'oeuvre.Wikipedia
July 4, 2015
qms commented on the word autarkic
When impinging passions anarchicConfuse and then render him heart sick,He seeks out the balmOf contemplative calmWhere feelings are pure and autarkic.
qms commented on the word flammulated
As rufescent as though immolated,Flamboyance, alas, simulated.The bird's not aflame;He plays at a gameSo twitchers are flim-flammulated.
July 3, 2015
qms commented on the word spoonerism
In 2010 a BBC radio 4 presenter committed a spoonerism that will live forever on the internet. At that time the UK's Culture Secretary was Jeremy Hunt. The presenter managed to spoonerize the surname and the area of responsibility. He then struggled lengthily to regain his composure. A listener emailed an amusing message of comfort:"It's well known in psycholinguistic research that two words that share a vowel are prone to a speech error in which the initial consonants are exchanged. For this reason making Jeremy Hunt the Culture Secretary was reckless in the extreme."It is true, although hard to credit, that the presenter's name is James Naughtie.James Naughtie Jeremy Hunt Today Programme BBC Radio 4 - long version.
July 2, 2015
qms commented on the word disspelling
For many years influential members of one of the two major political parties in the United States have been refusing to call the other party by its proper name. Right-wing Republicans will not utter the word “Democratic” in any medium with respect to the rival party. They refuse to acknowledge the existence of the adjectival form of “Democrat” and insist on referring to the “Democrat Party” or to “Democrat voters” or to “Democrat proposals.” This is presumably to deny by implication that any “democratic” virtues attach to that party and to insult their opponents by the deliberate malformation of their name. The practice has become so widespread as to cease to draw comment or correction.See also newspeak.
qms commented on the word erubescent
Oh, pity the male adolescent,Unwillingly often tumescent!Though closely concealedHis plight is revealedBy cheeks that will glow erubescent.
qms commented on the word dacquoise
A skilled chef will manage the pauseWhile diners await the dacquoise.The tension will buildTill hopes are fulfilledAnd the room can erupt in applause.
July 1, 2015
qms commented on the word entasis
The cause of diplomacy benefitsFrom delicate shifts of emphasis,So politely belittleThe bulge in his middleWith praise of the genius of entasis.
June 30, 2015
qms commented on the word imflammable
Misspelling of inflammable.
qms commented on the word chape
A young blade's accoutrements apeProvocative parts in their shape.His scabbard is phallic, Long, smooth and metallic,And tipped with a glistening chape.
June 29, 2015
qms commented on the word pschent
The royalty's bred in his marrow - The bloodline is straight as an arrow.You can tell the descentBy the cut of his pschent.The young man was born to be pharaoh.
June 28, 2015
qms commented on the word agraffe
While buttons may service the riffraffA zipper is bourgeois - a gaffe.An elegant closureDelights in exposure:Apply to your fly a bright agraffe.
June 27, 2015
qms commented on the list words-ending-with--lky
If a seal and a lass make a selkieWith flesh that's both silver and milky,An elk and a bilbyAmalgam then will beBoth antlered and long-eared - a bilky.
June 26, 2015
qms commented on the word chantage
The culture of card and corsageIs sentiment rendered mirage.By custom extracted,In duress enacted,Such gestures are merchant’s chantage.
qms commented on the word cogger
If rich,then the villain will dog her;If plain, he'll cunningly snog her.He'll simper and smile,Conniving the while.The man is a cad and a cogger!
June 25, 2015
June 24, 2015
qms commented on the word systasis
As wealth to the privileged amassesEstrangement bedevils the classes.It’s no longer givenA nation so rivenCan nourish the dream of systasis.
qms commented on the word plerophory
The bishops convene a consistoryTo prove their opinions error-freeAnd silence the talkOf an aberrant flockDisturbing their placid plerophory.
June 23, 2015
qms commented on the list never-going-back-there
Carthago delenda est.
June 22, 2015
qms commented on the word cringle
When a tar and a lady co-mingleThe overture's most likely lingual.He's adept at unlacingFor further embracing -A dab hand at clearing a cringle.
qms commented on the word counterbuff
When Ernest has had quite enoughOf smiling at rustics' crude guffHe'll flummox a bumpkinWith Latin for "pumpkin"And stun with this stern counterbuff.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
June 21, 2015
qms commented on the word swelt
"Isabella, or the Pot of Basil": a very odd poem, but it was an early work and it does, one might say, grow on you.
qms commented on the word wem
A tight ship will shine like a gemAnd gleam from its tiller to stem.On bright decks unblemishedThe cordage is flemishedAnd sails billow white without wem.
June 20, 2015
qms commented on the word pontil
We're shaped by reproach and by counsel,Though praise will do more than a taunt will.A good mentor's markMust never be starkAnd mar us no more than a pontil.
June 19, 2015
qms commented on the word cucurbita
qms commented on the word ataraxia
In deserts calm camels of Bactria,In mountains impervious yaks appear.Amid hills and sandsOf the turbulent 'stansThe livestock has learned ataraxia.
June 18, 2015
qms commented on the word aporetic
His excuses, profuse and poetic,To her ear still sounded cosmetic.If honest remorseIs noble of course,But his left her heart aporetic.
June 17, 2015
qms commented on the word chirk
The imps of the silly will workAnd times meant for tears they will chirk.At loved ones' last partingYou imagine them fartingAnd struggle to stifle your smirk.
June 16, 2015
qms commented on the word camarilla
Les éminences grises, qu'est-ce qu'il y a?In Paris, Madrid or Manila,Behind every throne(It's very well known),There gathers a dim camarilla.
June 15, 2015
n. The practice of deliberately misspelling a word as a way to convey disapproval or contempt.disspelling is a combination of dis + spelling.See sprots.
qms commented on the word sprots
Googling "deliberate misspelling" I find that many people have posed this question. There is cacography, which is just bad spelling, whether or not deliberately inflicted. Wikipedia provides an entry for Sensational spelling, which is a common marketing ploy as in "froot" for "fruit." Such misspellings are meant to confer cuteness rather than express scorn.If I understand correctly vendingmachine's quest is for a term to describe the practice of deliberately misspelling a word as a way to convey disapproval or contempt. I think "disspelling" is a good candidate if it is allowed to cohabit with the sense of dispersal or dissipation. (I also find a "dispelling ring" defined as an apotropaic piece of jewelry in the Dark Souls game, but this is probably ephemeral.)disspelling is a combination of dis + spelling.
qms commented on the word Miffy
A fictional rabbit in a series of books for children.Wikipedia
June 14, 2015
qms commented on the word miffy
To banter with Grandpa is iffy.His temper is lost in a jiffy,So raillery's outIf he's feeling his gout.It's then that he's at his most miffy.
qms commented on the word renaturation
renaturation: n. restoration to a natural state, as a river or wetland.It is a policy of the European Union (feebly supported) that many rivers that have been dammed and/or channelized be restored to their natural or wild state as the best means of flood prevention and environmental enhancement.See, for example, Projects in Slovenia
qms commented on the word kissing-gate
Milk maids betimes their swains arouseAnd tempt them away from their plowsTo the kissing-gate,There to osculateUnhindered by curious cows.
June 13, 2015
qms commented on the word charactery
The beginning of Keats' sonnet "When I Have Fears: "When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,Before high-piled books, in charactery,Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain;
qms commented on the word incuse
CanterburyThey wear this way, their souls to soothe,Devotion's the tool that so hews,As, barefoot or shod,The pilgrims have trodThe stone of these steps to incuse.
June 12, 2015
qms commented on the word canty
He bristles and fights, so he's banty;Delighted with life - call him canty.An irascible sortOr thorough good sport?Depends if he's pro- or he's anti-.
June 11, 2015
qms commented on the word cryptonym
When life becomes pallid and grimEnhance it by wit and by whim.Give a glamorous sheenTo your daily routineBy adopting a deep cryptonym.
June 10, 2015
qms commented on the word peculium
When Lexicographers Go BadHis offer she called "An amusing sum!"Her exit conveyed her opprobrium.To the lobby she flouncedAnd loudly announced,"He's sure got a puny peculium!"
June 9, 2015
qms commented on the list specific-excrement
qms commented on the word milltail
See also mill-tail.
qms commented on the word precariat
They grasp but never tarry atThe fringe of the proletariat.The edge is too brittleOr strength is too littleFor rescue from the precariat.
June 8, 2015
qms commented on the word tappen
Dismissing those uncertain "coulds"We once affirmed, sure of the goods.But, considering tappens,Tell me what happens:Does a bear always shit in the woods?
qms commented on the word cosmolatry
His worship provokes general jollity.Its breadth seems a sign of frivolityBut, science his psalterAnd nature his altar,He practices peaceful cosmolatry.
June 7, 2015
qms commented on the word ashlar
The word evokes "mysterious lascar"Or dangers that lurk in the casbah.So idle mind playsOn a poolside chaiseAdoze by the warm flags of ashlar.
June 6, 2015
qms commented on the word absonant
Those rappers who natter and howlSpew verse whose savor is foul.If the match is just assonantThe rhyming is absonant.A rhyme is much more than a vowel.
June 5, 2015
qms commented on the word typomania
It began as a mere hypomaniaBut grows ever stronger and zanier,First paper and inkNow blog, tweet and link - The web abets wild typomania.
June 4, 2015
qms commented on the word alicorn
Some fleece from the golden ram shorn,The tears of a mermaid forlorn:Nepenthean mixtureAnd blissful elixirIf sprinkled with powder of alicorn.
June 3, 2015
qms commented on the user qms
Thank you, ruzuzu. Verse is not neccessary but your good wishes are much appreciated. I only wanted to acknowledge Erin's gesture and to prepare my excuses in advance in case I miss a day here and there.
qms commented on the word nepenthean
Adjectival form of nepenthe.
qms commented on the word gubbings
The scales come off with the scrubbings.The salt goes on with the rubbings.When the codfish are doneTo dry in the sunThe gulls come to feast on the gubbings.
June 2, 2015
qms commented on the word gubbing
gubbing (noun) - a heavy defeat...BBC News Magazine (5 July 2014): Readers' 48 words for defeat
Bookmakers don’t like players who regularly win.....To counter this, regular winners might find that their bet size is restricted, in some cases to ridiculously small stakes – this being known as ‘gubbing’ within the industry.HIGH-TECH GAMBLING
qms commented on the word espieglerie
The fables of Wodehouse quite regularlyExemplify manic integrity.This brilliant absurd,In Bertie's own word,Grows out of inspired espieglerie.
June 1, 2015
qms commented on the word olecranon
Splinted and pinned I reflect uponMy sorely insulted olecranon.High spirits are pennedTill my elbow can bendIn tribute to merry Anacreon.
Kind Wordniks: In her generous verse of yesterday erinmckean referenced my injury, which could interfere with submissions to Wordnik. On my last bike ride, May 22 (alas, my last for some time I'm afraid) an inattentive driver cut in front of me, soMy dismount was the handlebar vault - A gracefully arcing somersault.An elbow twice brokenAnd concussion betokenThe boldness of that asphalt halt.Two days ago I had surgery to nail my funny bone back into place. Fortunately (or not - there are opinions) I have been able to continue limericizing. This is a tribute to Erin's helpfulness and the power of OCD.
May 31, 2015
qms commented on the word coronach
New fashion in grief hearkens backTo mournful cries our tongues now lack.Our keening falls muteSo pipes substituteTo lament our loss in shrill coronach.
qms commented on the word begunk
Great Scott! He made how many drunkWith sentimental rounds of junk?Rob Roy and WaverlyRomance and bravery -So Walter begot a world of begunk.
May 30, 2015
qms commented on the word meacock
A master of confident free talkHe struts on the stage like a peacock.At home though, I've heard,He's a different bird.A hen rules that stammering meacock.
May 29, 2015
qms commented on the word chickabiddy
A maiden aunt to afflict a kiddyWill squeal and be stickily giddy.The fastidious bratBears a kiss and a patBut draws the line at “chickabiddy.”
May 28, 2015
qms commented on the word Idaho stop
Some background: Idaho Has Surprising Progressive Traffic Laws for Bicycles
May 27, 2015
qms commented on the word erinaceous
Though cool at work and perspicaciousOur Erin provoked turns hellacious.Spammers learn quicklyThe lady is prickly.Be warned by the page on erinaceous.
qms commented on the word chomage
Expect some delays, c'est dommage.The taxis may stay au garage.There's an excellent chanceWhen visiting FranceYou'll deal with a bit of chomage.
qms commented on the word dommage
The French "dommage," lit. "damage," is heard most often in that language, and with some frequency in English, in the expressions c'est dommage and quel dommage. From the Urban Dictionary:c'est dommageSaid in a kind way it means:
qms commented on the word friseur
The change to a dog in a day!My mortified Bulldog won't play.That canine friseur -Alors, quelle horreur -Converted my Butch to a Bichon Frisé!
May 26, 2015
qms commented on the word umbel
Umbelliferous plants can be shy.Their modesty, I’m told, is whyThe dish that’s essentialTo the most deferentialIs a steaming slice of umbel pie.
May 25, 2015
qms commented on the word sudarium
I searched through Dictionarydom,From Collins to Webster and Merriam:If you want to save faceThen Wordnik's the placeTo look for a word like sudarium.
qms commented on the word chauffeuse
The race at The Brickyard's a doozieBut begs for a victor more newsy.Them Hoosiers with classWill root for the lassAnd cheer for a winning chauffeuse!
May 24, 2015
qms commented on the word overword
It's true (or has been so averredIn whispers and hints overheard):The insolent spammerWill feel Erin's hammer.Revenge is the new overword.
May 23, 2015
qms commented on the word logocentrism
I could understand, were I bright,Or might comprehend, save for fright,But logocentrism hostsStrange goblins and ghosts,And things that go bump in the night.
May 22, 2015
qms commented on the user alertbedbug
Bed bug dog detection?! Does this mean that they detect bed bugs' dogs? Does it mean that they have dogs that can detect bed bugs? Maybe they boast that they are dogged in their detection of bed bugs. Maybe there are bed bugs in all that dog shit they're collecting in Fort Wayne. (See comments at shit.)
qms commented on the word jack jumper
I looked up jack jumper. My goodness. In Australia if the crocs don't get you the ants will.
May 21, 2015
qms commented on the word guggle
Getting ketchup to move is a struggle.Some swear by the inverted juggle,But the xanthan emulsionWill give it propulsionSo shaking will make that jug guggle.
qms commented on the list jack--1
jacktar, union jack
May 20, 2015
How about the jackalope, that beast beloved of the humor impaired?
qms commented on the word euphuist
To fact he will always hew truestBut flourishes never strew fewest.Expect, willy-nilly,That he'll gild the lily.The man's a committed euphuist.
qms commented on the user amdevelopment
It is clear that this latest barrage of spam is all authored by the same smarmy hand. It makes me long for the Good Old Days of ads in Polish for day care services in Krakow.I have an idea for how to discourage this practice. The mechanism could be the recent offer of opportunities to “sponsor” a word in Wordnik. A banner ad strategically placed could do wonders. For example:Dear spammer we're giving you fameBy granting a sponsorship claim.Hereafter we'll teachTo those who seek "leech"The creature's defined by your name.
qms commented on the word resurrection men
See also burke, which was the Word of the Day, Jan. 6, 2015.
May 19, 2015
qms commented on the word clownage
A village expands due to “townage.”A blossom declines into “brownage.”Thus locals make merry,With each Ernest queryInspiring a fresh round of clownage.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
qms commented on the user BradfordAHeath
What marketing ploy is beneathThe wiles of Dr. Bradford Heath?When spam is the gameThere’s much in a nameIf a dentist can rhyme it with teeth.
qms commented on the word Dutch concert
1. A so-called concert in which all of the singers sing at the same time different songs2.A concert in which the various singers sing their songs simultaneously, or each one sings a verse of any song he likes between bursts of some familiar chorus.The link to the site that is the source of these definitions seems to make the Wordnik compiler ill ("Flagged as Spam" message). Does anyone know what this means?
May 18, 2015
To call a thing “Dutch” is usually not praise. “Dutch courage” is the courage you get from a bottle of gin; a “Dutch treat” is no treat at all but an even splitting of the bill; in carpentry a “dutchman” is an awkwardly improvised repair. See more at the Wikipedia entry for “Dutch uncle.”
qms commented on the word reginal
At May long, when weather gets sticky,Canadians give hist'ry a hickey.For reasons doctrinalThe fête is reginalBut who gives a fart for old Vickie?
qms commented on the user bunkandhokem
But tither, one who pays or collects tithes, has a proper entry in Wordnik. Perhaps you are conflating tizzy and dither, each of which denotes a state of agitated confusion.
May 17, 2015
qms commented on the word Chippy
qms commented on the word yaffle
Like chickpea, garbanzo, falafel,The bird and its many names baffle.Is it more fun to sayHe’s a smug popinjayThan a hewhole, a high-hoe or yaffle?
qms commented on the word pruritus
The rhyming urge begins to twitchAnd quickly builds into an itchReturned to smite usWith fresh pruritis.The limerick bug is a bitch.
May 16, 2015
qms commented on the word causerie
It's offhanded chat, supposedly,But prose hides a lot that’s poesy.Concealing the artIs a critical partOf successfully practicing causerie.
May 15, 2015
qms commented on the word stoccado
A matador must show bravado,To please the true aficionado.Display poise and graceAnd unhurried pace,But kill with a single stoccado.
May 14, 2015
qms commented on the word altarage
Or maybe a display of priestly anger from the pulpit?
May 13, 2015
qms commented on the word justificaketion
Is being told that you don’t have to eat any cake emancicaketion?
qms commented on the word callid
He feigned to be feeble and pallidSo illness might seem to be valid.He languished with skill,As clever boys will.Though lazy the young man was callid.
qms commented on the word Albertastan
Thank you, alexz. Now that I know the expression originates in the comments of Pat Buchanan the incoherence is explained.
I find the humorous “Albertastan” coinage puzzling. I associate the “-stan” suffix with Central and South Asian nations that are typically Islamic and conservative, but as far as I can tell “Albertastan” is being used like the tired old epithet “the People’s Republic of…” to suggest that the new NDP government is some version of communism. Perhaps to some people “stan” has come to suggest “other,” and replaces the enfeebled Marxist enemy.
May 12, 2015
qms commented on the word inessive
In Finland there's somewhere a hoardOf words they've saved up and stored.They have the inessiveSo they can use less ofPrepositions they decline to afford.N.B.,the case(s) for economy: In addition to inessive (replacing "in"), this limerick will also work with abessive ("without"), adessive ("by," "while"), and essive ("as"). They are a frugal bunch, those Finns.
qms commented on the word mennonite
May 11, 2015
qms commented on the word sequacious
The truthers are loud and loquacious.Their grip on belief is tenacious,But fervor distractsFrom an absence of factsAnd reasoning less than sequacious.
qms commented on the word Truther
qms commented on the word enate
When a boy attains a man's estateHe blends the learned and the innate,He may hew to the planOf the agnate clanImbued with spirit of the tribe enate.
May 10, 2015
qms commented on the word lady basket
There is precedent:The sideshow flow thins to a trickle.At carnivals once for a plug nickelYou could view the bizarrePreserved in a jarAnd see the two-headed babe in a pickle.
qms commented on the word agnate
qms commented on the word bloomery
The image is odd but please humor me:Though flowers are nature's perfumeryYour nostrils would meltIf you ever smeltThe blossoms produced in a bloomery.
May 9, 2015
qms commented on the user EstherNamogo
The loneliness of the self-infatuated is tragic.The love of herself quite possessed herBut sad solitude still depressed her,So she sought out a date,With a defect-free mate,And hooked up online with sweet Esther.
qms commented on the word apricate
Since snow came early and lateNo surfeit of sunshine will sate.Now all that I askIs to blissfully bask,To languidly lie and apricate.
May 8, 2015
qms commented on the word cassation
Thank you kindly, slumry.
May 7, 2015
The sentence is death for all creationBut some regard life as probation.Good conduct, they feel,Will support an appealTo a heavenly court of cassation.
qms commented on the list the-foods-of-england
This cannot fail to include spotted dick.
May 6, 2015
qms commented on the word fleuron
He’ll want your opinion, you know,And his tastes are quite rococo,So politely demur onThe uses of fleuronAnd try to ignore the furbelow.
qms commented on the list lies--1
That those damned Eskimos have been lying about their words for snow!
May 5, 2015
qms commented on the word prosopography
A single life limned is biography.A people detailed is demography.If a history lacksBoth gossip and factsIt's probably prosopography.
qms commented on the word frolf
Is that what has been going on? I thought we were suffering one of the Plagues of Egypt.
qms commented on the word coruscant
Dim Jimmy will endlessly tryTo enliven the velvet night sky.He labors but just can’tAchieve the coruscant.The poor bug’s a failed firefly.
May 4, 2015
qms commented on the word sipe
A marketer knows how to hype:Extolling a tire of indifferent typeHe'll sing of its soundness,Its ebony roundness,Its tread and ingenious new sipe.
May 3, 2015
qms commented on the word impost
To Ernest it seems not a bribeTo pay as the locals imbibe.A few drinks at mostIs a modest impostTo loosen the tongues of the tribe.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
May 2, 2015
qms commented on the word operose
Hard labor is banned on this dayDevoted by custom to play.Forsaking the operose,Embracing the otiose,Be frivolous the first day of May.
May 1, 2015
qms commented on the list oar-shaped
orgiastic? auricular? origami? original? ornery?
qms commented on the word petalism
In Syracuse, you lose at trial,Your sentence is your home's denial.Your crime or civil schismBuys time in petalism -That’s five long years of sad exile.
April 30, 2015
qms commented on the word pinax
An Ancient when cheating on taxTook care in his choice of pinax.With a spell in the sunThe crime was undoneIf the lies were inscribed in thin wax.
April 29, 2015
qms commented on the word wholly independent
If there is anything significant at stake you should talk to a lawyer, or at least find an online site that claims legal expertise. My layman’s understanding of this is that “accident” is defined as an event that results in an injury, and that the injury must be entirely as a result of the accident itself and that no illness, infirmity, etc., of the person injured can have contributed to the injury. There is lots of wriggle room in there and wriggling is what insurance companies are good at.
April 28, 2015
qms commented on the word dipsas
The serpent in Eden was firstBut that one was hardly the worst.The sinister dipsasWho whispers, "Here, sip this,"Condemns to perpetual thirst.
qms commented on the word kelvin
I thought kelvin was already plural. Isn’t one degree a kelve?
qms commented on the word deuteragonist
To marry had long been his grailBut, wed, he is whirled in a gale.Can you imagine this?He's deuteragonistIn what had been his personal tale!
April 27, 2015
qms commented on the word shotta
Old mobsters retire 'cause they gotta.If a paisan don't know then he oughta:The new way to playIs the Jamaican way;Go now or you'll deal with a shotta.
April 26, 2015
qms commented on the word pygophilist
As Luke surely wrote to TheophilusIt’s all right if you are a pygophilist.While you ought to confessWhen e’er you transgress,As sins go it isn’t the awfullest.
pygophilist. n. One who enjoys pygophilia; that is, an aesthetic or sexual appreciation of buttocks.From Greek pūgē 'buttocks' + philía liking, fondness.See also callipygian.
qms commented on the word pygophilia
pygophilia. n. A buttocks fetish or buttocks partialism. Wikipedia.From Greek pūgē 'buttocks' + philía liking, fondness.See also callipygian.
qms commented on the list berry-me-deep-in-love
There is always the ultimately intense beriberi.
qms commented on the word towzled
qms commented on the word gazingstock
The lasses, especially the teens,Were agog over Jack's magic beansAnd made his amazing stalkThe village gazingstock,Provoking some unseemly scenes.
April 25, 2015
qms commented on the word gossoon
The minstrels provided the tuneWith jokes from the royal buffoon,But the work of the festBeyond music and jestWas done by the weary gossoon.
April 24, 2015
qms commented on the word mirific
Some seasons are wonder-prolificAnd April's last day is specific.On the eve of WalpurgisA good thaumaturgusCan cook up some mischief mirific.
April 23, 2015
qms commented on the word eupeptic
I was, I must cede, a true skeptic,For haggis seemed really too septic.But the oat and the pluck,By a great stroke of luck,Though ugly are oddly eupeptic.
April 22, 2015
qms commented on the list footless--legless-or-ventrally-finless
One of zuzu's charms is how readily she takes delight.
April 21, 2015
qms commented on the word cespitose
Take note of the socks the navvy chose;He knows the importance of clothes.In these fetid pitsHe’s not wearing knits -In sewers he wears only cespitose.
qms commented on the word gawf
If Eliza Doolittle could pull it offThen Ernest could pass for a toff.The thought quite amuses:With rouge for his bruisesThis biffin could sell as a gawf.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
April 20, 2015
qms commented on the word adustion
When raising a glass to your hostThe jokes should be tepid at most.Some wry, dry adustionBests roaring combustion.The gesture's a toast, not a roast.
April 19, 2015
qms commented on the word honeyguide
His chicks in their stolen nests thrive;He'll betray and then feast on a hive.A stranger to prideThe sly honeyguidePrefers not to work but connive.
April 18, 2015
qms commented on the word stormtrooper
See storm trooper.
qms commented on the word polyphagia
In Winter the health risks increase;Your vigilance must never cease.Among the contagiaIs dread polyphagiaThat leaves you in April obese.
April 17, 2015
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ruzuzu commented on the user qms
Dear qms,I'm sorry I haven't written a get-well verse for you yet. Everything I try to rhyme betrays my dislike of cars and drivers--and since most of the people I know happen to be drivers, I thought maybe I'd cool off for a bit. Get well soon,ruzuzu
bilby commented on the user qms
Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?But forgive me this jest,I wish you and elbows my best,*shakes fist at said stupid driver*
erinmckean commented on the user qms
At Wordnik we are truly blessedTo have, as lyricist, qms.Although a recent awkward injury may make his typing a bit gingerywe still daily receive of his best.
The annum revolves from last to nextBut yields no daily tempting text.Is there some curseOn good-natured verseOr will 2015 be lexically hexed?
January 1, 2015
Dear Wordniks my aim is to woo youTo visit "community" if you choose to.Let not this hiatusDepress or abate us,Let's flock to the beckoning ruzuzu.
December 25, 2014
Thanks, qms! I was thinking that in the meantime maybe we should just congregate on one of the word pages--community makes as much sense as any. See you there?
December 24, 2014
I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!
December 15, 2014
By rights this should be posted on the account of the user lozonbeatty, but that account will soon be squished to wriggling flatness by the almighty thumb of erinmckean, if it has not already been so reduced. I post my comment here so that it will not be collateral damage.I was struck by the last few sentences of lozonbeatty’s message, that is, three or four sentences, depending on one’s inclination to generosity:
I experience scorching soon after using the tablet. and that i sweat quite a bit .they explain to me it is because the tablet si performing for me. I m seriously pleased with this particular outcome.
July 3, 2014
On any page, scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Community link under News. That will take you to what we used to call 'the front page' of the site where you can see all the latest user comments (and some other stuff). Sometimes you'll see that a 'conversation' between frequent users is developing on a particular word.Doorbelling is also fine, we do that too.p.s. There should also be a Community link on the black bar at the top.
January 1, 2014
You can comment on any word except the Word of the Day in the WotD section. Your double bracket theory is correct, you can make a clickable link to any word's page by doing that. Then just scroll down till you find the comment box.
December 19, 2013
I seem to have managed to make everything a comment FOR qms ABOUT qms. What I would like to do is offer comment FROM qms about a word. I wonder if double brackets on a word such as hebetude would land me in a useful place.
From 11/27/2013, hebetude Thanksgiving, 2013We dine this day on heaps of food,Then slump in sleepy lassitude.Sad bales of clothesNear comatose –Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.
From 12/06/2013, subnivean Snow Fleas To Winter they are not giving inTo sleep the season in oblivion.They cheerfully goUnderneath the snowAnd, happy there, hop subnivean.
I have encountered enough success at posting a comment to look back a bit for other Word of the Day offerings that I have limericized. My skills as an archivist are weak, but I have found a couple.From 12/11/2013, cete"Coitus" supplies a word for "mate;"A batch of badgers it names "cete."It could be fun to viewWhat those badgers doIf, like words from roots, they proliferate.
From 12/05/2013, morosophThe lit'ry world may haughtily scoffAnd judge the writer in some way "off,"But a limericist's toolsAre the insights of fools.The form is the art of the morosoph.
You can comment on the word cacchinate, though not on the Word Of The Day entry which is in a different part of the site.
December 18, 2013
madmouth commented on the user qms
the meter is funky - a bit to the left of the limerickI like it!
I am a bit flummoxed. I thought I could offer a comment on a specific Word of the Day, but it looks like I am able only to talk to myself. At least I will have an appreciative audience. When the Word of the Day service supplies a word I think I might want to use I try to implant it in my working vocabulary by building a limerick around it. I have done that with the word of 12/17/2013, cachinnate. Thus,Against cruel fortune's machinationPartake of sorrow's vaccination.Your surest protectionFrom sadness' infectionIs regular doses of cachinnation.
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