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qms commented on the word diegesis
A parable mates sundry pieces:The set-up we call diegesis,But all who are ableTo tinker a fableWill use it to prop up a thesis.
May 30, 2016
qms commented on the user Carolynsteiner
It's all right Carolynsteiner. Don't mind bilby. Some of the nicest people I know fard.
May 29, 2016
qms commented on the word waragi
Our Ernest abroad keeps his hand in.There's never a word he'll abandon,Though it does seem a vagaryTo glean such as waragi - A word that's not ours but Ugandan.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
qms commented on the word two weasels
How can you tell that an artist's work is selling fast?
May 28, 2016
qms commented on the word whirlicote
Since a cart may be open or closedAppropriate dress is supposed.If you take a whirlicoteIn Winter a burly coatIs worn by the rider well-clothed.
Looks like a feeble borrowing of the "lesser of two weevils" joke from O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels. Or is there something here too subtle for me?
qms commented on the word uhhh
So now we know where Spamski gets those blocks of text, although I have to say that "Smoking of the lake..." is a less lively example than most.
May 27, 2016
qms commented on the user proof.hsu
qms commented on the word benignant
No matter how clearly malignantThe Trumpies think their man's benignant,But cite, if you dare,Preposterous hairAnd see them all rise up indignant.
qms commented on the word italicosis
italicosis. - n. A noxious typographical infection by which characters once sturdy and upright are compelled to limp across the page bent like weary travelers fighting a strong East wind. Italics are like some medicines, such as Warfarin, which are beneficial in small amounts but deadly in quantity. Wordnik is struck by this malady from time to time when an infected comment is placed and the telltale rash is spread to all the text on the page below it. This is the result of a double error: first, failing to close the italics HTML markup and, second, failing to check the fresh entry in the context of the Community page to see if it is affecting its neighbors.Italics are good in small dosesAs means of directing the focus.But if they're uncheckedThe whole site is wreckedBy rampaging italicosis.
May 26, 2016
qms commented on the word Quvenzhané
I shudder (I do hope genteelly)And ask myself, "Can it be, really?"I must trust the fairyWho answers my query:Quvenzhané's in no way Swahili.
qms commented on the word scotopic
If you'd not be thought misanthropicThen hew to a course philosophicAnd look on your fellows,The whites, blacks and yellows,Alike with an eye that's scotopic.
qms commented on the word kentledge
The Ship of State's rules can be dull;There's ballast that lards its deep hull.A certain percentageIs no more than kentledgeAnd not worth the work to annul.
May 25, 2016
qms commented on the word Velella velella
His scorn for the lecture was utter.I heard the old fisherman mutter,"I'll heed that scientist fellaAnd call the thing 'vellela,'But damned if I'll copy his stutter."
qms commented on the word uncus
In the lab curiosity fuelsThe use of unorthodox tools:We find that rotiferaIn juice of viniferaAre tasty wheel-animalcules.
qms commented on the word jean dimmock
May 24, 2016
qms commented on the word plumicorn
When Missy awakes on dewy mornsShe spruces up her unicorns.Each ear, though of leather,She tops with a feather,Preferring her myths have plumicorns.
qms commented on the word nyckelharpa
The gamelan comes from JakartaAnd Stockholm supplies nyckelharpa.When they jam togetherRegardless of weatherThey dress in sarong and a parka.
May 23, 2016
qms commented on the word scammony
From hearing that man on the stumpI acquired a gut full of Trump.A healer examined meAnd dosed me with scammonyFor a purgative triumphant dump.
May 22, 2016
qms commented on the word wowf
I’m having a hard time finding pronunciation guidance on this one. The OED suggests what looks like a diphthong – wuh-oof. It’s Scottish of course, so it’s anybody’s guess.The Scots stay from good sense aloof,A word such as this is the proof.In Winter wits wiltFrom wearing a kiltAnd poor Jocks are driven quite wowf.
May 21, 2016
qms commented on the word anamnesis
The doc thought, "These symptoms are specious.This patient is being facetiousOr hypochodriacalTo a point near maniacalTo claim such a strange anamnesis."
May 20, 2016
qms commented on the word satisfice
When asked if the hairdo is niceKnow truth can exact a high price.Dispense with your honorAnd heap praise upon herFor timorous lies won't satisfice.
May 19, 2016
qms commented on the word infare
To many a custom the South is heirBut many are gone to thin air.No more are we blessedBy the welcoming fest,Oh grieve for the vanished infare!
May 18, 2016
qms commented on the word rail market
Come shop at the market on railsAnd find a sure cure for what ails!Some babaganoushWill slim your cabooseOr stoke up your boiler with kales.
qms commented on the word guiser
Her lover may come as a guiserObscured in a Carnival vizor,Concealing his visageFrom casual quizzageTo intrigue and then to surprise her.
May 17, 2016
qms commented on the word spontoon
A drum major's tool to commune And measure the beat of the tuneIs a staff that is bladelessAnd part of parade dressBut surely near kin to spontoon.
May 16, 2016
qms commented on the word genitrix
To homeland their hearts do men afixIn love confused by gender tricks.While perfectly gladThat Patria's DadThe Motherland's their genitrix.
May 15, 2016
qms commented on the word aroph
The mustachioed lady's devotionIs testing each balm and each lotion.In hunting an arophTo take her lip hair offShe'll try any alchemist's potion.
May 14, 2016
qms commented on the word corposant
Scared sailors in tempests desireAn omen to calm and inspireAnd pray for a corposantTo burn in the topgallant,The comfort of Saint Elmo's fire.
May 13, 2016
qms commented on the word stot
From the definitions and examples provided it seems that among the beasts who may be called stot are: horse, stallion (aka staig), ox (aka stirk), bull, heifer (aka quey), calf, weasel, stoat.Pray tell if you can: what's a stot?It's most of the livestock we've got -A stirk or a queyOr a staig in it's way.It seems there's near nothing it's not.The definition as a verb is more appealing. It describes an amusing form of locomotion favored by young chamois, goats, lambs and the like in which they progress in an exuberant series of four-footed leaps. This is also known as pronking. YouTube abounds in videos of animals stotting or pronking.When creatures walk not as they oughtBut bound on all fours from a spotIt's joy they announceWith each silly bounceAs ungulates happily stot.
May 12, 2016
qms commented on the word terete
Rodin was a sculptor complete,Not least when he sat to excrete.That exquisite shaperControlled so his taperThat each of his turds was terete.
May 11, 2016
Curiously the Word of the Day notification supplies the only definition of the five aggregated on the full entry page that omits mention of the "tapered at the ends" feature of terete structures.
qms commented on the word deceits
bilby flatters me outrageously - a practice I encourage at every opportunity. As to The Limerick King - self-anointed royals tread a perilous path:The "King" should eschew boastful ways.The rhyming gift visits but strays.We surely will stumbleSo, best we be humbleAnd wait until others give praise.
qms commented on the word swire
While some to bare hilltops aspireAnd others scale cliffs of desire,The sage wisely seeksThe way between peaksAnd tranquilly travels the swire.
May 10, 2016
qms commented on the word patency
True friendship must follow on latency -An interval promoting patency,For time and some trialExpose any guile.So bide for a while to wait and see.
May 9, 2016
qms commented on the word matriarchate
Should mantises on Noah's ark mateThe male must embrace a stark fate:Only she will debarkFrom that saving arkTo rule in her matriarchate.N. b., I understand that current science teaches that the female praying mantis only sometimes eats her mate during copulation, but I have it on good authority that this was standard practice in Noah's day.
May 8, 2016
qms commented on the word strepitus
Preserve me from neighbors obstreperous,And night squalls appallingly crepitous.My sleep, so hard won,Must not be undoneBy any disturbance or strepitus.
May 7, 2016
qms commented on the word persiennes
For love-stricken ParisiennesThe long fevered night finally ends,With limbs sweetly tangledIn dawn light that's angledAnd stippled by closed persiennes.
May 6, 2016
qms commented on the word bombilla
Thank you, bilby. You are generous and wise.
A gaucho of taste adds vanillaOr soupçon of fine manzanillaAnd calls his maté,Thus rendered parfait,The best that has kissed a bombilla.
May 5, 2016
qms commented on the word craunch
A lion in murderous launchSinks teeth in a wildebeest haunch.There's no tune that cheersThe leonine earsMore than the sound of that craunch.
May 4, 2016
qms commented on the word felly
When peasants were gin-soaked and smellyThe wagon was hitched to Old Nelly.The churls with the wobblesWere trundled 'cross cobblesWhile feeling the strike of each felly.
May 3, 2016
qms commented on the word scarce
And I think in some parts of Ireland words such as fierce and immerse would rhyme with scarce. This will require some thought. Meanwhile,I'll search for consonant pairsThat work without putting on airs.Though maybe not crisp,If you have a lispThe rhymes are not really that scarce.
May 2, 2016
qms commented on the word electrolier
A new term was tried to anointA fixture with bulbs at each point.They tried electrolierInstead of chandelierBut now it's the update that's quaint.
qms commented on the word cephalophore
I think TankHughes deseves some sort of word hoarder's trophy for knowing about this They Might Be Giants song.
May 1, 2016
qms commented on the word Murphy bed
See comments at doorcase.
qms commented on the word doorcase
A Murphy bed's shy but polite;In daytime it keeps out of sight.It hides in a doorcaseTo free up some floor spaceAnd only comes out in the night.
qms commented on the word zadruga
The North slav will miss his sastruga,The slav of the East his beluga.For the sad southern slavThe homesickness salveIs talk of his cherished zadruga.
April 30, 2016
qms commented on the word unked
Said Ernest, contrite and compunct,"When tested I surely have flunkedI called it a fraudBut the word is just odd,Not pompous or phony, just unked.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
April 29, 2016
A cephalophore (from the Greek for "head-carrier") is a saint who is generally depicted carrying his or her own head; in art, this was usually meant to signify that the subject in question had been martyred by beheading. Handling the halo in this circumstance offers a unique challenge for the artist. Some put the halo where the head used to be; others have the saint carrying the halo along with the head.The term "cephalophore" was first used in a French article by Marcel Hébert, "Les martyrs céphalophores Euchaire, Elophe et Libaire", in Revue de l'Université de Bruxelles, v. 19 (1914).https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephalophore
April 28, 2016
qms commented on the word rampike
We Wordniks, well-mannered though droll,Have wearied of Spamski the Troll.When a hideous spam spikeStands out like a rampikePlease, Erin, quick chop down that Pole.
qms commented on the word supernaculum
The bottle's a liar at best,As many a wretch can attest.To drink supernaculumIs a sad simulacrumOf life that is lived with true zest.
April 27, 2016
qms commented on the word crispation
A French croissant's a revelation,A triumph of morning gustation.The dull sheen of butterSets my heart aflutterAnd crunch of the crusty crispation.
April 26, 2016
qms commented on the word razzia
The punk kids all yearn to be jazzierAnd wear duds once dull but now snazzier.Like loud clouds of locustsFerociously focusedThey subject the thrift shops to razzia.
April 25, 2016
qms commented on the user pappajoseph
treacherous, duplicitous, mendacious
April 24, 2016
qms commented on the word needfire
Each romcom you write will requireSome trick to provide the needfire,Some sort of meet cuteLike a silly disputeTo kindle the flames of desire.
qms commented on the word tazza
Alphonse was a pampered reptile,A model of serpentine style.He basked in a tazzaOn a sunny piazzaWhile folks fed him bugs all the while.
April 23, 2016
qms commented on the word heartquake
This could also be a word you don't want to hear from the mouth of your cardiologisy.
April 22, 2016
We mock grim death to partakeIn horrors that carnivals make.If the danger is fauxWe'll give it a goTo thrill at a harmless heartquake.
qms commented on the word chowry
The maiden of Calcutta kneeledAnd to her stern father appealed."We need no more dowryThan your tattered chowry.Let love be our shelter and shield!"
April 21, 2016
qms commented on the word birl
A lumberjack pleases his girlBy skill at the lubricious twirl.The peavey appliedTo front and backsideIs something they learn when they birl.
April 20, 2016
qms commented on the word prelibation
His dancing was wildest gyrationAnd sure to induce dehydration,The which to avoidOur Ernest employedA liberal dose of prelibation.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
April 19, 2016
qms commented on the word zaguan
From her window(alone, pale and wan)Conchita espied handsome Juan:To the door in a rush,And a maidenly blushTo draw him within her zaguan.
April 18, 2016
qms commented on the word viper
Why'd the angry viper viper nose?'Cause the adder adder 'ankerchiefTo 'elp 'er asp irate.
qms commented on the word wamus
A good coat need not be enormousBut cite for a still doubting thomas:Pioneers braved the stormWhile still keeping warmWith only the short humble wamus.
April 17, 2016
qms commented on the word palpebra
A teacher was heard to professThat teenaged boys are a messDiscussion of algebraWill close up their palpebra-Wide open for bras in a dress.
April 16, 2016
qms commented on the word gluggaveður
Gluggaveður is a popular word on the net, perhaps because it has been promoted as one of a list of words in Icelandic that could be usefully borrowed into other languages. "'Window-weather' describes weather that 'is nice to look at through a window, but not nice to be out in.'” The eth character (ð) is pronounced like a furry version of the English th, or, as Wikipedia has it: "In Icelandic, ð represents a (usually apical) voiced alveolar non-sibilant fricative ..." It is best to find an audible pronunciation online to get the idea.The strange gods of Iceland bequeath herA magical shape-shiftng ether.Where fire burns on iceAnd fine views enticeThat the unwary find gluggaveður.
qms commented on the word rampacious
Though roommates complain he's voracious;And girls in alarm cry, "salacious",To parents the boy,Their bundle of joy,Is only a trifle rampacious.
April 15, 2016
qms commented on the word hypogeum
A cavegirl no doubt in the past,Assessing each caveguy who asked,Assigned a high premiumTo a dry hypogeumAnd love, if considered, came last.
April 14, 2016
qms commented on the word madrina
The Biblioburro and learned madrinaMeet secretly behind the cantina.For better or worseThey bray out their verse,A sonnet for him, hers a sestina.
April 13, 2016
qms commented on the word acescent
We're carefree until we're pubescent,Ambitious until we're senescent.Our ripeness is fleet;Let's pray it be sweetBefore we are old and acescent.
April 12, 2016
qms commented on the user mizbpdjryeq
I salute your foresight, alexz, but why spamblast a bilbism? Is he collateral damage?
My rather lengthy comment below is reposted (unfortunately out of sequence) because it had been blown away by an overeager spambuster. In fact for a while everything posted by qms was FLAGGED AS SPAM. Usually people are too politely discreet to make this declaration. Apparently Erin has admonished all to mind their manners.
Thank you, alexz, for taking my peculiar limitations into account, but I don't think I'm quite ready for haiku:The limerick for now is my niche.I don't think I'm likely to switch.Though noble, haikuJust simply won't doAs leaving unscratched the rhyming itch.And, bilby, I don't know whether rhyming mizbpdjryeq is an impossible challenge or none at all. My limited exposure to Polish persuades me that the pronunciation of any word is completely arbitrary. I don't know how those people communicate with one another. I could probably rhyme mizbpdjryeq with orange and proclaim myself victor.I wonder if our polskispam is the output of the legendary million monkeys typing away to produce the works of Shakespeare? I think they are closing in on Finnegan's Wake.I will be traveling for a while and may miss a day here and there but I will be pondering the content of the bqrxqhslbdi spam and considering how to get Xanthippe and Calvin into the same limerick.
qms commented on the word snottygobble
I sent my snottygobble limerick to a group of my old Peace Corps buddies. The one who lives in Perth, a naturalist by trade, was pleased to tell me that the plant is native to his corner of Oz. He even sent a photo. He deprecated the appearance of the shrub but I found it handsome enough. He also observed that six-year-old boys find the word hilarious. I am glad to have defined my true peers.
April 11, 2016
From Kraków to Łódź, confused as heck,The spammers are diffusing dreck.To spam about artYou need to be smartAnd know how to spell Toulouse-Lautrec.
qms commented on the word vitelline
I have found at least eight proposed pronunciations for this word. The first syllable can be vi, vuh, or vai. and the third syllable can be in, ine, or een. Stress can fall on any of the three syllables. What is a rhymer to do?As how to pronounce there's no tellin'.I guess it could rhyme with Magellan,(But, oh, the disgraceOf egg on my faceIf I misrepresent vitelline!)Should I opt for a course anodyneAnd yoke it with Sweet Adeline?(But, ah, the crude jokesAbout curdled yolksIf I'm wrong about damned vitelline!)I wonder would rules contraveneIf I drag in the works of Racine?(But hear my shell crackingFrom the shellackingI'll take for a failed vitelline.)
qms commented on the word autophage
See also snottygobble.
April 10, 2016
What shocks us more than snottygobble,Revolts us worse than naughty snot’ll?The ultimate gaugeOf the true autophageIs he who will savor the potty bauble.Connoisseurs of such themes really should consult the comments at autophage, where much deep delving is done.
qms commented on the word ushabti
From golden shoes to double pschentYoung Tut displayed a dandy's bent.His tomb room ushabtiWere notably nattyBefitting the shade of a gent.
qms commented on the word cinereous
The zombies, disfigured and carious,(What flesh still attaches - cinereous)Are meant to apallBut I find withalTheir affect is downright hilarious.
April 9, 2016
qms commented on the word pneumatic
Methinks that the allusion is to mammary protrusion.
qms commented on the word ruck
There is also this: "To ruffle the temper of; annoy; vex: followed by up."As in, "I say, Matilda, you've quite rucked me up,"
Among the many definitions offered for "ruck" is this from The Century: "To perch; seat, as a bird when roosting: used reflexively."Does this mean that one can affect an air of innocence while telling someone to "go ruck himself?"What a useful piece of information.
April 8, 2016
qms commented on the word xerophagy
For hermits in their xerophagyA diet of dust is philosophy.It's also their practiceTo forego a mattressAnd slumber in wooden sarcophagi.
qms commented on the word pluvious
I maintain a "movies to view" listTo separate good from the dubiousSo I never need cringeWhen I sit down to bingeOn weekends cold, gloomy or pluvious.
April 7, 2016
April 6, 2016
qms commented on the word wadcutter
Though fans of mass transit may mutterOf trains that melt distance like butter,Amtrak can't compareWith bullets elsewhere.Our train is at best a wadcutter.
qms commented on the word diseuse
A sultry seductive chanteuseHer hypnotic voice fairly purrs.I once was quite smittenBy Eartha, sweet Kitten,The actress and charming diseuse.
April 5, 2016
qms commented on the word barranca
If wadi will work in CasablancaOr canyon in old Salamanca,When gulch and ravine,And gully all meanArroyo, what need of barranca?
April 4, 2016
qms commented on the word pochade
The definitions provided are inadequate. They give the misleading impression that a pochade could be a sketch in pencil or charcoal (a croquis). A pochade is a preliminary sketch for a painting executed in a pigmented medium - oil, watercolrs or acrylic. See Wikipedia.His painterly pose was facadeFor ladies on their promenade.His prating of pigmentWas only a figment.The man couldn't paint a pochade.
April 3, 2016
qms commented on the word crepidoma
The jewels of Picasso's PalomaAre famous in Paris and Roma.Does she feel any guiltThat her house is builtOn Pablo's revered crepidoma?
April 2, 2016
qms commented on the word lutulent
His campaign is nasty and lutulent;In Donald's discourse is brute intent.With so much mud flungA portion has clungTo judge by the lingering putrid scent.
April 1, 2016
qms commented on the list sad-wallpapers
Spamwallopers would be a good name for an outfit selling services to block Polish penis ads.
March 31, 2016
qms commented on the word fopdoodle
A caricature can be quite crudeOr subtly by details allude:A chap with a poodleWill seem a fopdoodleBut a guy with a mastiff's a dude.
qms commented on the word eigengrau
Old Homer the poet was blindBut, eyeless, had sight of a kind.He managed somehowTo make eigengrauGlow vivid with hues of the mind.
March 30, 2016
qms commented on the word necropsy
Thank you, bilby. I had assumed the general silence was out of grief for lost innocence.
qms commented on the word canakin
His passion was waxen tableauxWith every small detail just so,Like miniature canakinsIn hands of wee mannequinsIn the Mad Hatters tea at Tussaud's.
March 29, 2016
qms commented on the word diremption
The 1040 filing might tempt someTo concoct a phony exemption.Should an IRS auditUncover the fraud itWill take back the cash by diremption.
March 28, 2016
qms commented on the word bingle
We have been here before. (See comments and limerick below.) The highly doubtful baseball application continues to puzzle. Perhaps this:It could be a typo, this "bingle,"Or has it a pedigree lingual?If a batter is swiftFirst base is a giftTo one who beats out a bunt single.
March 27, 2016
qms commented on the word sbirro
Maria, though fond of constabulary,Prefers local cops to carabinieri.The neighborhood sbirroIs her secret hero,Her ideal man to love and marry.
March 26, 2016
qms commented on the word nyctalopia
Today's Word of the Day is a seriously conflicted item. The definitions and examples provided support its use to mean1. night blindness2. day blindness3. especially keen vision in low lightThe OED confirms this multiplicity of uses, including among its examples the following:"1684 tr. S. Blankaart Physical Dict. 208 Nyctalopia is two-fold: the first is a Dimness of Sight in the Night..: The other is a Dimness in the Light, and clear Sight in the Night, or in Shades."To add to the confusion see the definition offered by The Century for hemeralopia:"n. In pathology, a defect of sight in consequence of which distinct vision is possible only in artificial or dim light; day-blindness. The term is also used, however, to express exactly the opposite defect of vision. See nyctalopia."Versatility is a useful quality in many things but not so much in words.Also, all the links to the Jules Verne novel “In Search of the Castaways” in the usage examples fail. Here is a working link to the book at the Gutenberg Project: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2083Low clouds the sun's set alightI saw once as dawn growing bright.As grim nyctalopiaTurns everything taupierI now see the falling of night.
March 25, 2016
qms commented on the word lunisolar
At night he is solemn and lazy,Distracted and quietly hazy.He must be bipolarOr else lunisolar -In daylight he rages like crazy.
March 24, 2016
qms commented on the word uranography
Confusion is normal though comical;It whispers the base anatomical,But true uranologyNeed blush no apology.The action is all astronomical.
March 23, 2016
qms commented on the word phronesis
Of wisdom's constituent piecesA chief is well-practiced noesis.So nurse your capacity For healthy sagacityAnd nourish your skill at phronesis.
March 22, 2016
qms commented on the word jimply
Thank you,bilby. I need a spectacle revision. I will now look into Elmer's history, which seems unlikely.
qms commented on the word eclaircissement
In Dido or Pelléas et MélisandeWe know what follows eclaircissement.It's fitting and properAnd a fast rule of opera:The clamorous death is the dénoument.
March 21, 2016
My cat finds contentment so simply:After dining she drapes herself limply,Sufficiently fedAnd flopped in her bedThat catches the sunbeam just jimply.
March 20, 2016
qms commented on the word calembour
Mercutio was funny and ribaldTill stilled by the sinister Tybalt.A wit's end for sure,To spew calembourAs enemies fatally quibbled.
March 19, 2016
qms commented on the word Deesis
See also deesis.
March 18, 2016
qms commented on the word deesis
When whelmed by more joy or despairThan words can express or repair,Resort to deesis,A verbal prothsesisThat props up a curse or a prayer.
See also Deesis.
In Byzantine art, and later Eastern Orthodox art generally, the Deësis or Deisis (Greek: δέησις, "prayer" or "supplication"), is a traditional iconic representation of Christ in Majesty or Christ Pantocrator: enthroned, carrying a book, and flanked by the Virgin Mary and St. John the Baptist, and sometimes other saints and angels. Mary and John, and any other figures, are shown facing towards Christ with their hands raised in supplication on behalf of humanity.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Deesis
qms commented on the word boxty
A hostage to harsh orthodoxyPoor Bridey, still yearning for boxty,Mashed tofu and fried itSo honored her dietWhile eating potatoes by proxy.And a happy Saint Patrick's day to all!
March 17, 2016
qms commented on the word samogon
In Winter to muster a sham of dawnBleak Russkies break out the samogon.As moonshine makes nightGrow warmer and brightThey conjure the sun in a dramathon.
March 16, 2016
qms commented on the word poe
Well po-po and Poe Dameron are new ones to me, zuzu, so I reciprocate gratitude.
qms commented on the word ventripotent
The pleasures of those ventripotentAre first, to secure the best quotient,Next savage the feast,Gorging veggie and beast,And after to dream of time so spent.
March 15, 2016
A poe is someone on the internet who expresses a deliberately extreme position as an instance of Poe's law - a poker-faced parodist in a context where parody is indistinguishable from the real thing. The Urban DictionaryWikipedia
qms commented on the word sleepasm
See nocturnal emission.
qms commented on the word en croute
In a pastry crust.Oxford Dictionaries
March 14, 2016
qms commented on the word lotic
Some scholars, authority-centric,Think culture is stable and lenticBut those more demoticContend it is loticAnd change is more truly authentic.
I cannot confirm that Peter, Cottontail, Mopsy and Flopsy are eligible for necropsy, but I have learned more of their story.It has been many a long year since I last consulted the tale of Peter and company. If, like me, you need to refresh your memory, you can do so here. The seeds of the unhappiness to come are evident in this seemingly innocent history. Note, for instance, that Mrs Rabbit is guilty of euphemism of criminal proportion in warning against going to Farmer McGregor's garden : '...your Father had an accident there; he was put in a pie by Mrs. McGregor.'What followed was inevitable and sadly familiar.As youngsters undoubtedly cute,But grown they are broken-home fruit.It's what to expectFrom mother's neglectAnd a dad who departed en croute.Now Flopsy, that infamous floozy,Like Mopsy is idle and boozy.That wretch CottontailIs headed for jailBut Pilfering Pete's the true doozy.Mere cuteness is no sturdy crutchAnd social work didn't help much.So mired in bad habitsThis sad clan of rabbitsWill do some hard time in the hutch.
qms commented on the word Sarg
Anthony Frederick Sarg (April 21, 1880 – February 17, 1942), known professionally as Tony Sarg, was a German American puppeteer and illustrator. He was described as "America's Puppet Master", and in his biography as the father of modern puppetry in North America.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tony_Sarg
I had not been informed of their demise. A case of drunken joyriding,I expect. I will look into the matter.
March 13, 2016
qms commented on the list a-dram-too-many
qms commented on the word photovore
The breatharians set ultimate storeBy sun and the wind and no moreBut sunlight and air Are a diet too spareAnd darkness will cloak the photovore.The Definition describes the use of "photovore" in robotics only, although the examples supply other applications, as does common sense.See also inedia and this remarkable Wikipedia entry: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inedia
Old Yeller died not from the dropsy.The lump that they found in necropsyWas a radio playingHis musical bayingAnd tuned to the Grand Old Opry.
March 12, 2016
qms commented on the word gorp
Once sign for a number or poundNow hashtag and hex more abound.I pluck from this gorpThe bright octothorpe - A name for a key sans a sound.
March 11, 2016
qms commented on the word flumpet
...however; these days the "ump" cluster is just too tempting to resist:Don Trump is no fan of the flumpet;.You're welcome to like it or lump it.By explicit referenceThe organ's his preferenceAnd chumps are invited to pump it.
The genesis of the flumpet deserves attention . . .From the womb of a musical strumpetEmerges that bastard - the flumpet.Production is frugal,You need but a flugle,A bed, and some drinks with a trumpet.
qms commented on the word ebriety
When Ernest imbibes in societyHis drinking's done quickly and quietlyHis voice low and whiskeyishCondemning "preshcriptivishts"Is the sign he's achieved his ebriety.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
March 10, 2016
qms commented on the word crotalus
Aha! That accounts for the Tassie-style weather we're having.
March 9, 2016
qms commented on the word cabotage
Do pirate's harass the right's cabotage?The case seemed a trumpery chargeBut rubes with wild staresAnd cruising corsairsHave wrought depredation writ large.
I see that bilby is, as ever, at the cutting edge of current events. He must have read about the plan here in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts, to populate an island in the middle of the Quabbin reservoir with 150 timber rattlers.You can read about it here.Ma Nature's benign in The Commonwealth,Protecting our safety and health:No pythons to throttle usAnd the venomous crotalusPolitely declines to use stealth.
qms commented on the word dactylonomy
Let warnings be loud and be clarionIt invites financial despair againTo trust our economyTo the crude dactylonomyOf a rude short-fingered vulgarian.
March 8, 2016
qms commented on the word biophony
The hum that twice daily restartsIs solved by acoustical arts:The deep sea biophonyIs fragrant cacophonyFor fish do their talking in farts."A Curious Sound Deep in the Ocean," Slate, 02/28/2016
March 7, 2016
qms commented on the word albion
March 6, 2016
qms commented on the word sabulous
For tender feet rarely unshodSharp shingle's an unpleasant plod,But beaches more sabulousAre likely to jab you lessAnd need not be so gingerly trod.
qms commented on the word pieties
The cravat prevents improprieties(or foulard in better societies).Because they don't dangleThe tarts cannot tangleAnd stain with gelatinous pieties.
March 5, 2016
qms commented on the word amative
Affection enables a man to liveHe must be engaged and amative.No one's more forlornThan he who must scorn- The fellow without a damn to give.
qms commented on the word mulierose
Some meanings exist on a range,With context and time they can change;Thus, fond can mean likingOr something more striking.Mewonders why you find this strange?
His passion unrulier grows,Provoking peculiar throes:It's part of the essenceOf male adolescence,The curse of the mulierose.
March 4, 2016
qms commented on the word camelid
Would you shop for a camelid in the same haberdashery where you would look for a horsecollar?
March 3, 2016
qms commented on the word jacklight
The tv resounds with attack blight.Some pols choose insult and backbiteAnd others enticeWith cheese for the miceOr capture the voter with jacklight.
qms commented on the word evanid
Bold Lucifer's too highly leavened idAssured that his glory be evanid.He famously fellBut ruling in hellPleases him better than heaven did.
March 2, 2016
qms commented on the word blackfriar
The Dominican habit is black and white. The Franciscan habit was originally the color of the humblest cloth of the day, which at first was grey. Later it was brown and there tradtion has frozen the costume. Thus Greyfriars, Oxford (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Greyfriars,_Oxford) is a Franciscan institution although the members of that order dress in brown.
March 1, 2016
qms commented on the word syndyasmian
On wedding days I often shareThe feelings of the nuptial pair.The mood that it has me inIs so syndiasmianI nidificate with the table ware.
qms commented on the word fursectution
These people should be protected. They too have a right to life, liberty, and the fursuit of hairiness.
February 29, 2016
qms commented on the word nyctinasty
Beware, little fly, entombment ghastly!That blossom could be what you'll last see,For should you alightWhen day turns to nightThe beckoning bud turns nictinasty.
qms commented on the word sociogenic
A wise man must notice with sadnessHow crowds consume hate with such gladnessCannot outcomes irenicBe sociogenicOr must trumpery always breed madness?
qms commented on the word soi-disant
jennarenn's comment from 2008 is a brilliant aperçu.
February 28, 2016
qms commented on the word proprioception
Unable to show others affectionYet self-love he brings to perfectionIn the one-person hugThat gift to the smugThat calls only for proprioception.
qms commented on the word biohacker
Now Clio may be ill at easeAnd claim Gregor Mendel used peas,But Euterpe has roomsFor other legumesAnd will do damn well as she please.
February 27, 2016
Abroad we're exposed to hijackersAnd online assailed by code crackers,But, by Mendel's beans!Please shelter our genesFrom schemes of the vile biohackers.
qms commented on the word cosplay
Though copyright holders may whingeEnthusiasts still will impinge,For they who would cosplayDon't care what the laws say,They think they are blessed to infringe.
February 26, 2016
qms commented on the word skift
Experience has made me leery of commenting on American regionalisms because some people can get quite choleric about a fondness for one's native idiom. But I lived many years in Michigan, an inoffensive state, where they used the term "skiff" for this meteorological phenomenon. My neighbors were amused at my East Coast ignorance of the term. There is something about the word in a Chigago newpaper:The origin is not clear, but some think it came from the Scottish verb "skiff," which means to lightly move across a surface barely touching it, as perhaps a "skiff" of snow barely covers the ground. The term appears to be colloquial, used mainly in northern parts of the country and in Canada to describe a minor rainfall or snowfall or a light breeze. The Oxford English Dictionary defines a skiff as "a slight gust of wind or shower of rain, etc. Also, a light flurry or cover of snow."
February 25, 2016
qms commented on the list city-names-with-three-or-more-words
qms commented on the word jitney
The hackney and hansom appliedAnd made Ernest's list of paid ride.But his taxicab litanyExcluded the jitney - Too public a lift to abide.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
qms commented on the word predilection
There is full entry for predilection. There must be something funky with the way the term was entered to spawn this new page. Perhaps a leading or trailing space?
February 24, 2016
qms commented on the word roustabout
A modest ambition, without a doubt,But realized now, so shout it out,For poor simple FergusHas run to the circusTo go on the road as a roustabout!
qms commented on the word agnosia
We are bound by all we discern,Delighting in what we should spurn.The guru's symposiaWill induce agnosia - To transcend we first must unlearn.
February 23, 2016
qms commented on the word originalism
Even Scalia’s ideological allies recognized the folly of trying to divine the “intent” of the authors of the Constitution concerning questions that those bewigged worthies could never have anticipated.
February 22, 2016
qms commented on the word magnetar
Fans haunt them in restaurants and barsAnd orbit their houses in cars,Thus some who can actSo strongly attractThey're Tinseltown's own magnetars.
qms commented on the word assfish
It may be that the problem only occurs when a closing italic tag is the very last element in a comment. I suppose we could experiment with this but only at the risk of making a real mess of things.
February 21, 2016
qms commented on the word cupule
The hygiene of Poxie DalrympleWas brutal, disgusting, and simple.She turned crops of pustulesTo a moonscape of cupulesBy squeezing and popping each pimple.
I observed that everything on the Community page subsequent to (that is, below) vendingmachine's assfish comment has become italicized. On the assfish entry page my limerick followed the vm comment and there its formatting was disrupted. I deleted and reposted the limerick and it formats correctly. Now a bilby comment immediately follows the vm comment and its formatting is disrupted. There is clearly something awry in that vm comment.
Many who shared upper class withA Windsor, a Churchill or Asquith,Incarnate againWill pay for their sinAnd come back as bony-eared assfish.
qms commented on the word blazar
Some planets are lit by a quasarAnd tonier 'hoods by a blazar,But I, being done rightBy moderate sunlight,Am fond of our shabby old daystar.
February 20, 2016
qms commented on the user andrewk
Perhaps, andrewk, you are puzzled, as was I at first, by an assumption that you are limited to the comment box on your newly-created personal page. You can insert comments in the boxes at the bottom of each word's entry page, although it can be a long scroll down to find one. Also, you can create a new word entry page just by searching for a word for which no page exists. A new entry will be spawned.
qms commented on the word chia
I'm slow, whatever the cause be -As though through a mist dim and gauzyA glimmer of sun!I see "chia's" a pun!It's a joke if you talk like an Aussie.
qms commented on the word thrupple
Should a stiffly conventional coupleAspire to a more daring thruppleThen yoga and flexingHad best be their next thing.They're going to need to be supple.
It's anything about words. Curiosity, kindness and good humor generally prevail.
qms commented on the word rockist
If a musical snob is a rockistIs a sports snob thereby a jockist?Is one who provokesSuch humorless folksAssailed as a frivolous mockist?
February 19, 2016
qms commented on the word hairy panic
Lots of visuals here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-35600546.A very odd place, Australia.
February 18, 2016
qms commented on the word cymatics
Those youthful acoustical anticsThat blast from garages and atticsCan so shake the breezeThat resonant treesGive lessons in outdoor cymatics.
For diet upgrade I see a need,A consult was had and we agreed:The reasons are legionTo sample the veganAnd sprinkle our steaks with chia seed.
qms commented on the user Crestinfotech
Your source for all-purpose spam!At Crestinfo spam is who we am!The rest may protestThat Crest is a pestBut, frankly, we don't give a damn!
qms commented on the word bindle
Collinsnoun1. (US & Canadian, slang) a small bundle of possessions carried by a homeless person2. a small paper packet containing drugsSee bindle stiff.
February 17, 2016
qms commented on the word praxeology
The changes in hackney ecologyBeget fields of new praxeology.Academia's giftTo Uber and LyftIs work in applied taxiology.
qms commented on the word clitter
Posterity needs to know who started this thread:bilby commented on the word clatterIf you'd like to make up a nonce defintion for clitter *ahem* I will leave that up to you.February 16, 2016
February 16, 2016
qms commented on the word biophilia
From single-celled swimmers with cilia,To sea beasts warm-blooded and chillier,Slow mammals, fast birds,Alone and in herds -All creatures inspire biophilia.
There ran through the crowd a quick titter,Leaving nudists alarmed and atwitterAnd so much aghastThe beach emptied fastFrom dread he'd return as a clitter.
qms commented on the word feel the Bern
Oh! Rascal from Texas j'accuseOf a dastardly visual ruse:Trawl feel the BernAnd, horrified, learnYou've dredged up a load of Ted Cruz.And thoroughly implemented, too. See the visuals at Bern, Feel the Bern, bernie, etc.
February 15, 2016
qms commented on the word scold
I think the patent office is backed up with cranky grandmothers contesting the rights.
qms commented on the word ambivert
Bipolars by spasm and spurtAre frantic or sadly inert,But one who controlsHis opposite polesCan thrive as a happy ambivert.
I don't say that Bernie's too oldNor call his proposals too bold,But that finger awagIs becoming a drag.The man is a tedious scold.
qms commented on the word awag
Adj. oscillating shaking; displaying a waggling motion. See wag, waggle.
qms commented on the word zoo
And then that too disappeared. A doggone shame.
qms commented on the word valentine
You started out as a pal of mineI rashly promoted to valentine,The outcome of whichIs an amorous itchThat's soothed by no known calamine.
February 14, 2016
qms commented on the word subnivean
WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean Snow Fleas To Winter they're not giving inTo slumber in chilly oblivion.They cheerfully goUnderneath the snowAnd, happy there, hop subnivean.
qms commented on the word panpsychism
According to strict panpsychismFrom heaven to deepest abysmAll things are awareAnd able to care,So shun the oblivion schism!
qms commented on the word upstander
A lady who seeks a philanderWill summon the famed Alexander.The nights are so fewWhy risk someone newWhen Alex is such an upstander?
February 13, 2016
qms commented on the word trichromatic
A calico cat is a she;The shades of her coat are the key.It's quite automatic:If a cat's trichromaticA female is all it can be.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_coat_genetics
February 12, 2016
qms commented on the word crosspatch
See comments at pilulous.
qms commented on the word spintronics
I think that the moment has come,As qubits have turned my brain numb,To abandon spintronicsFor frosty gin tonicsAnd concede that I simply am dumb.
February 11, 2016
qms commented on the word lavender-pink
Please! You're embarrassing the guests.
February 10, 2016
qms commented on the word pro-am
It's no friendly tournament, no ma'am,It's cutthroat, that merciless dough slam,So none but the foolishLeave unguarded poolishAt the bakers's biennial pro-am.
qms commented on the word optogenetics
Elusive rhymes I can't yet fixWith yoga or other pet tricks,But if, as they claim,They'll illumine my brainI'll sign up for optogenetics.
February 9, 2016
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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.
June 3, 2015
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*
June 1, 2015
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
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.
May 30, 2015
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.
WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean Snow Fleas To Winter they're not giving inTo slumber in chilly 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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