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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
qms commented on the word placemaking
To clear eyes there is no mistakingRenewal that's no more than faking.Avoiding cheap tricks,The twee and the kitsch,Is crucial to proper placemaking.
February 8, 2016
qms commented on the word metamaterial
Fact with fiction's now indivisible;As science can make what was risible,A cloak etherealOf metamaterialTo render a lurker invisible.
February 7, 2016
qms commented on the word Provenance
qms commented on the word photoclinometry
"You can be whatever you wanna be,"They told the bright lad from Menominee.But who knew he'd steerTo a brilliant careerAs champion at photoclinometry.
February 6, 2016
qms commented on the word cerrado
In daytime they strut with bravadoBut weep in the night at the fado.The gaucho's lamentIs achingly sentTo the indifferent stars of cerrado.
February 5, 2016
qms commented on the word stick-up
Great visuals, though.
February 4, 2016
qms commented on the word Umwelt
The newborn has reason to scowlAnd protest the change in a howl.The babe in the womb feltA comforting Umwelt;Now Mom is replaced by a towel.
qms commented on the word frass
Truly, bilby is wise in the ways of Wordnik:We Wordniks have authentic classAnd honor what others call crass.A frank designationDeserves celebration,So kudos to unabashed frass!
She was a fastidious lassWho never would picnic on grass.Why dine on the lawnWhere vile insects spawnAnd frolic in heaps of their frass?Also, I repost here a limerick (a rather long-legged variant) I posted to the specific-excrement list on June 17, 2014. I would hate to see the literature of frass go uncollected.Philosophers know all things must pass.What enters the mouth comes out the assAs dung, scat and scumber -Too many to number!Saints leave us turds, insects their frass.
February 3, 2016
qms commented on the word vexillologist
For words in a text a philologistMight be an effective apologist.To decipher mannersOf pennants and bannersConsult with a sharp vexillologist.
February 2, 2016
qms commented on the word neurodiversity
Though autism looks like adversitySome question how much of a curse it be.Why call them disabledWhose talents are fabledAnd thrive in their neurodiversity?
February 1, 2016
qms commented on the word swoon
For thirsty Cecilia BethuneThere's wine with the luncheon at noonThen evening cocktailsAnd (it never fails)To the couch in a ladylike swoon.See pass out, faint, syncope, lipothymy.
January 31, 2016
qms commented on the word syncope
Nurse Pruitt's first sip tastes like hopeThe next speeds her slide down that slope.As each new infusionBreeds greater confusionShe ends in a fuddled syncope.See pass out, faint, swoon, lipothymy.
qms commented on the word faint
Old Roger, by God, was no saint,And never escaped the drink's taint.I regret to divulgeHe could overindulgeAnd end on the floor in a faint.See pass out, syncope, swoon, lipothymy.
qms commented on the word pass out
Bob Dobbs knows what booze is about:You drink till your full to the snout.Have near to handA soft place to landAnd guzzle until you pass out.See faint, syncope, swoon, lipothymy.
qms commented on the word lipothymy
In Reggy's self-flattering sophistryHe boasts of an odd idiopathy,Of taste so exquisiteThat should Bacchus visitThe good stuff induces lipothomy.Today's Word of the Day brought to my attention how many words English supplies to denote a loss of consciousness. You can probably find a term to describe the result of too much liquor that is apt for every character type. See pass out, faint, syncope, swoon.
qms commented on the word penstock
Poor Ernest was bored to despairAnd damned his bad luck to be there.There's only intense talkOf turbine and penstockAt the hydroelectric dam fair.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
January 30, 2016
qms commented on the word contra crayon
Conté crayon, French crayon conté, drawing pencil named after Nicolas-Jacques Conté, the French scientist who invented it late in the 18th century. The conté crayon is an especially hard pencil, made of an admixture of graphite and clay that can be varied for different degrees of hardness. It is usually made in black, red, or brown and is used as a drawing medium in any combination of these colours.
qms commented on the word danger triangle of the face
Oh, good. I was running out of things to worry about.
January 29, 2016
qms commented on the word knobkierie
The shillelagh though left home in Kerry,In the veldt it's ok - not to worry:For your kind of clubThere's an African sub;They fustigate with the knobkierie.
qms commented on the word Daddy-O
Well, that's enough to discourage the spirit of adventure.
My goodness, bilby, how do you find these things?
qms commented on the word Pugnacious
January 28, 2016
qms commented on the word furphy
The cats quell the quoll and the bilbySo Australia announces a kill spree.It's only a furphyThey're aiming at cur-free,But cats are kaput, or soon will be.The dogs were in agency purviewAnd doubtless some barking and fur flew,But their count is slightWhen hunting at night-Most dogs will abide by a curfew.
qms commented on the word novercal
The fairy tales' libelous work'llCondemn them to Hell's inner circle.The Grimms and the GooseHave knotted the nooseTo hang the poor ladies novercal.
January 27, 2016
qms commented on the word scarabiasis
Well, I once worked in public health. I know how these things need to be done.
January 26, 2016
Beware, young laddies and lasses,Of bowel-stopping scarabiasis.There's nothing to bind youLike looking behind youAt bugs flying out of your asses.
qms commented on the word tregetry
Thank you kindly, bilby:As compliments go that's a dilly,But I versify willy-nilly.Old Geoffrey could rhymeOn matters sublimeWhile I merely strive for the silly.
qms commented on the word paraph
Discarded to hasten our paceAre many old gestures of grace.A gent's autographForsakes the paraph,Appending instead a smiley face.
qms commented on the word gratulation
The young pursue sense saturation,But lusts will abate with maturation.We welcome surceaseOf threats to our peaceAnd pray for a bower of gratulation.
January 25, 2016
qms commented on the word jebel
Flatlanders must learn how to speak:A hillock's a hummock with cheek;A mountain is trebleThe size of a jebelAnd a cowlick on top is a peak.
January 24, 2016
qms commented on the word hypermnesia
Since Jeopardy! is his ecclesiaTo live all alone is just easier.A partner distractsFrom gathering facts,The food of his mad hypermnesia.
January 23, 2016
qms commented on the word fustigate
Invasions of mice I must abateWhen I open the house to rusticate.If I determineThe presence of verminI get out my cudgel and fustigate.
January 22, 2016
qms commented on the word tertulia
A check on the internet findsAppointments of interesting kinds:A postponed tertuliaFor those with abuliaWho never can make up their minds.
January 21, 2016
qms commented on the word neritic
Emissions make oceans acidicAnd sewage the seashore mephitic.Less sensibly tragicIn regions pelagicBut woeful in waters neritic.
January 20, 2016
qms commented on the word hogchoker
Thus saving the critters from the predations of the lexically scrupulous?
qms commented on the list insulting-animals
With maddening frequency I get telephone calls form "David" or "Walter" in India, claiming to represent "Windows Support" and wanting to tell me that my computer can only be saved by their expensive intervention. This list provides a whole new vocabulary of epithets to hurl at "Charles" or "Matthew!"
January 19, 2016
qms commented on the word uhtceare
Oh! What a lovely list!
qms commented on the word antelucan
uhtceare's long-suffering pawnMust pray for the coming of dawn,For fears antelucan,With birdsong and dew canDisperse like the mists of the morn.
Despite the comment of 02/10/2013 below, I think this word is better understood as a noun. It’s only appearance in print is in the Old English poem “The Wife’s Lament” where it is glossed with the following note: Line 7b'uhtceare' - The period just before dawn, a time when the Anglo-Saxon imagination felt grief was particularly potent. Klinck finds 'an element of sexual deprivation'.http://www.english.ox.ac.uk/oecoursepack/wifeslament/notes/note07b.html
qms commented on the word hesternal
The garden of memory's vernalIf tended each day in a journal.For all we have knownAlready has flownAnd tomorrow today is hesternal.
January 18, 2016
qms commented on the word doxastic
Full faith in your surgeon is chief;Mistrust will lead but to grief.If your doc is spasticBe blithely doxasticAnd steady his hand by belief.
January 17, 2016
qms commented on the word lurgy
When ailments are all in your headFaith healing may cure what you dread,But efforts of clergyCould drive out your lurgyAnd give you marthambles instead.
January 16, 2016
qms commented on the word hanap
My postman has the same problem, dammit!
qms commented on the word reify
Something odd is happening here. If you click on the hyperlinked “reify” in Jimmydiamonds comment you go to an entry page for the word that contains only his comment. I thought this was a surprising omission, since reify is a well-established word. If you enter “reify” in the search box you will come to a full entry for the word. What gives?
January 15, 2016
A chalice will serve for a nip,A rhyton ennobles the lip,But no vessel can capThe majestic hanap - The cup of the right royal sip.
qms commented on the word fulgor
There's many a Christmas aesthetic,Serene to the wildly frenetic.Electrical fulgorI find rather vulgarAnd opt for a style more ascetic.
January 14, 2016
qms commented on the word deemster
A visitor mocking things ManxLearns quickly contrition and thanks.He'll write to the deemster,"I pray you, esteemed sir,Forgive my impertinent pranks."
January 13, 2016
qms commented on the word andragogy
The hard truth about andragogyIs mastering it is rather dodgy.Those students not skepticsAre often dyspeptics,So never be boring or stodgy.
January 12, 2016
qms commented on the word napoo
My allergies make much taboo - No peanut nor even cashew.My diet from hellBans fish in a shellAnd gluten of course is napoo.
January 11, 2016
qms commented on the word lough
An Irishman skilled in the talkCan outpace a laconic Jock.Take note how it's speltBy the wordier CeltAnd savor the grandeur of "lough!"
January 10, 2016
qms commented on the word frondeur
A leader who's challenged must ponderHow best to appease a fierce frondeur:Just gentle his griefWith a French apertif.With absinthe the heart will grow fonder.
January 9, 2016
qms commented on the word darg
He wondered how far will a darg goIn paying for heat here in Fargo.Much better by far:Head South in the carAnd look for some work in Key Largo.
January 8, 2016
qms commented on the word scortatory
If license should be ballyhooedBy Hefner or one of his brood -If scurrilous and hortatoryCan we call it scortatory,A dogmatic version of lewd?
January 7, 2016
qms commented on the word befana
While Santa and elves are all maleControlling the yuletide portrayal,The patient Italiana,Epiphany's Befana,Knows women who wait will prevail.
January 6, 2016
qms commented on the word santaxenia
I believe bilby has coined a new word!
January 5, 2016
qms commented on the word theoxenia
Old Aram, who had schizophrenia,Thought cats were once gods in Armenia,So they, harum-scarum,Would flock to poor Aram
qms commented on the word philomath
If thou wouldst know a false philomathAttend to the habit of speech he hath:Who scorns the prosaicFor the pompous archaic - He treadeth not true wisdom's path.
January 4, 2016
qms commented on the word crants
The mourners in silence advanceBehind the wee bier and the crants.Their minds are so ladenWith grief for the maidenThey move as though caught in a trance.
January 3, 2016
qms commented on the word Ague
January 2, 2016
qms commented on the word sitzmark
A skier among trees when it's darkCan schuss on until he hits bark.The beasts of the nightDelight in his plightAnd leave but a lingering sitzmark.
qms commented on the word kakizome
Oh please, my calligrapher friends,You masters of shadings and bends,I pray you will show meIn your kakizomeA happier year than this that now ends.
January 1, 2016
qms commented on the word muckibus
He thinks of himself as a lucky cussIf going to bed he is muckibus.He's loved by no mortalBut through liquor's portalHe blissfully visits his succubus.
December 31, 2015
qms commented on the word rhyton
The cup of your custom's an iconOf the level you rightly alight on.A rube off the wagonMight drink from a flagonBut a eupatrid uses a rhyton.
December 30, 2015
qms commented on the word surnape
At Brian's place be sure you drapeA sumptuous absorbent surnape.Let's hope he'll be flatteredAnd we'll be less spatteredWith gravy or juice of the grape.
December 29, 2015
qms commented on the word subtopia
The critics deploring subtopiaAre blinded by snobbish myopia.We're in happy thrallTo movies and mall,To retailing's vast cornucopia.
December 28, 2015
qms commented on the word douceur
In Hollywood's view it's a douceur:A starlet, to please a producer,Will offer her charmsTo elderly armsAnd spare him the work to seduce her.
December 27, 2015
qms commented on the word wastel
An old-fashioned cooking apostle,She animates many a fossil.She brews her own meadsAnd seasons with weedsAnd bakes humble pie and fine wastel.
December 26, 2015
qms commented on the word toyon
The season's come to make us merryLet wassail flow and loved ones serry!Hang tokens of joy onThe branches of toyonAnd dance around the Christmas berry!
December 25, 2015
qms commented on the word Christmastide
With patience the ebb to abideThe incoming flow will provideWhole shoals of good wishesLike new-stranded fishesAt flood of the high Christmastide.
December 24, 2015
qms commented on the word forty spot
Tasmanian twitchers are taughtTo count very quickly each dot.Thirty-nine is verboten!The best pardalotenMust feature that fortieth spot.
December 23, 2015
qms commented on the word soft as a grape
"Soft as a grape" is an expression meaning tetched. This was a favorite expression of my late brother, Brendan. I had thought it was just old-fashioned, but I have only learned today that it is probably local to New England. Googling it is complicated by the intrusive presence of a purveyor of sports-themed clothing (headquartered in Massachusetts) that has taken the name, although its aptness to such an enterprise eludes me.Its aptness as an idiom is also something of a puzzle. Perhaps it is that a grape gives a deceptive appearance of solidity but it comes apart under even very slight pressure?I see that some have construed the expression to imply kindness. They are welcome to this interpretation.
qms commented on the word soft
"But, soft! What light through yonder window breaks?" Romeo and Juliet, II, 2.
qms commented on the word schlonged
The Donald feels terribly wrongedBy schmucks insufficiently pronged.It's only a prudeWho'd say he's been rude.The poor fellow's clearly been schlonged!
qms commented on the word typocosmy
His jive makes it clear he's no fool.His rap and his 'toos they, like - rule!Such typocosmyTotally awes me.I mean, like - whatever! He's cool.
qms commented on the word sloth
A Brit will blame you for your slothAnd call for action with an oath.But cross the North Atlantic frothAnd hear the Yank condemn your sloth.The language is no tailored clothBut bubbles like a homemade broth.The Web promotes organic growth,So Wordnik wisely sanctions both.
December 22, 2015
qms commented on the word mapinguary
A sloth on the hunt cannot hurryAnd stinks to alert its shy quarry,So silence and guileAnd slow food's the styleFor the patient but foul mapinguary.
qms commented on the word telegony
This ewe's randy goat was a creep.He's gone and replaced by a sheep.If it isn't miscegenyIt must be telegonyExplaining her new kid - the geep.
December 21, 2015
qms commented on the word reechy
Smug folk, the pompous and preachy;And rich ones, so haughty and chichi,Like us were begottenBy primates besottenIn some cavern frigid and reechy.
December 20, 2015
qms commented on the list a-dram-too-many
What an amazing list! But it needs besotten.
qms commented on the word luculent
I must be unsparingly luculentIn hopes to forestall a fluke event:Believe not his slanderNor suffer his pander.The Donald is truly a spooky gent.
December 19, 2015
qms commented on the word eupatrid
The youth who boasts of "noble" birthOf wit displays a dismal dearth.He may be a stupid kidBut since he's a eupatrid,His playmates must simulate mirth.
December 18, 2015
qms commented on the word taigle
Thank you, bilby. I am encouraged.
In mornings my juvenile grumblerAttempts to impede and encumber.He'll tarry and taigleAnd try to finagleA few more sweet minutes of slumber.
December 17, 2015
qms commented on the word panyard
We adults are still girls and boysBut free to annoy with our toys.A cacophonous standardIs set in the panyard,A hell (or a heaven) of noise.However, I am not persuaded by the "steel band corral" definition for this word. It sounds like something concocted in a competition to guess what the word might mean, maybe beating out "the distance traveled by a pancake when flipped from a skillet." I see that the more commonly cited definition is an obsolete version of pannier, a kind of basket. This pleases me more. It's a sturdy weed surviving through neglect.A word may do what you ask itBut temper the challenge you task it;Above all stand guardSo a word like panyardCan gracefully age as a basket.
December 16, 2015
qms commented on the word Critical
December 15, 2015
qms commented on the word mouffle
The hunter affects a tough poseBut sentiment inwardly glows.He always is ruefulWhen dining on mouffle - A platter of Bullwinkle's nose.
qms commented on the word complemental
I read your short-lived response, alexz, and it was a noble effort, but this is just a case of a provocateur unloading a few drive-by insults. Such types are best ignored.
December 14, 2015
qms commented on the word nidificate
When worn by the turbulent questWe find ourselves weary and stressed,Our need is innateTo nidificateIn a place of safety and rest.
qms commented on the word sialorrhea
Now diarrhea, I've heard of it,And know it's an excess of shit,But had no ideaThat sialorrheaIs the word for a surfeit of spit.
December 13, 2015
qms commented on the word razure
If sin should take its heavy tollA conscience cure should be your goal.If you cannot stay pureThen seek a razure;Let shrift amend your battered soul.
December 12, 2015
qms commented on the word palilalia
If fresh inspiration should fail yaRepeat like they do in Australia.The Bungle Bungle RangeAnd Woy Woy aren't strangeIn Oz, where they've got palilalia.
December 11, 2015
qms commented on the word macrobian
Avoid every danger microbianAnd emulate habits cenobian:You'll not have much funBut when you are doneYou'll boast of a boredom macrobian.
December 10, 2015
qms commented on the word naumachy
A kid in a pool on long summer daysEnjoys himself in various ways Imagining a storm at sea,Perhaps a little naumachyOr, castaway, drifts in torpid daze.
December 9, 2015
qms commented on the word larmoyant
His moods are weirdly erraticBut never are less than emphatic.In sunshine he's buoyantOn gray days larmoyantBut always he's melodramatic.
December 8, 2015
qms commented on the list the-porn-birds
Is preoccupation with oxpecker a sign of grandiosity or of morbid anxiety?
December 7, 2015
qms commented on the word fantigue
Her frenzy has stirred some intrigue;It's a fit in a whole different league.We're not overawedBy a simple fantodBut she has achieved a fantigue.
qms commented on the word geep
Forbearance is wise but not cheap:The hotheads will call you a sheep.The blamers will voteTo make you the goat,So learn to be proud you're a geep.
December 6, 2015
qms commented on the word electrosmog
He so far cleared up his techno-fogTo succeed in posting his lexo-blog,But the world's unawareErnest's wisdom is thereConcealed in the mists of electrosmog.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
December 5, 2015
qms commented on the word caliginosity
Some candidates opt for pomposityOr hide in evasive verbosity;They shed little lightBut thicken the nightWith cynical caliginosity.
December 4, 2015
qms commented on the word magniloquence
Conspicuous for her stern militanceBut absent all malice or ill intents,At first you're alarmedBut then you are charmedBy the grandeur of her magniloquence.
December 3, 2015
qms commented on the word snunkoople
I think (but really I'm guessing)That Westbury, C., is expressingHis hope that this group'llEmbrace his snunkoopleAnd give it Wordnikian blessing.He needn't have worried his headBut asserted his new word instead.In Wordnik submissionAmounts to permission.We use it if once it's been said.
qms commented on the word shopportunity
You see, it's happened to bilby. You do a few, it feels good and then you can't give it up. You've lost your stopportunity.
December 2, 2015
qms commented on the word quisquous
It looks to be playful Latin. From the Oxford Dictionaries site:adjectiveDifficult to deal with or settle; perplexing; (of a person) of dubious character.OriginLate 17th cent. Origin uncertain; perhaps from classical Latin quisquis whoever, with subsequent alteration of the ending after adjectives in -ous. With the form quisquose perhaps compare -ose.
Actually fbharjo's last couple were pretty good, but that's how addictions start.
The whole of the Wordnik communityGives voice in an agonized unity:Oh, stop, we implore,And give us no moreOf the misshapen wretch, shopportunity!
qms commented on the word lickpenny
Though I have no money to spareI still like to spend and to share,Thereby to afflict anyEnvious lickpennyWho squats on a hoard in his lair.
qms commented on the word katabatic
An excellent site for the naming of winds:http://www.weatheronline.co.uk/reports/wind/
December 1, 2015
Phenomena purely climatic Can seem to us eerily vatic.That cold mountain breathDoesn't whisper of deathIt's merely a gust katabatic.
qms commented on the word imbricated
I thank you, gangerh, and my wife, famed for her pear tart, also thanks you.
The palate and eye are both satedBy pastry so much celebrated.With passion and artHer famous pear tartIs meticulously imbricated.
November 30, 2015
qms commented on the word hebetudinous
We've stuffed enough of food in usTo render us quite hebetudinous.We had something to sayBut it's slipping away.The thread of this verse is eludin' us.
November 29, 2015
qms commented on the word gamomania
Monogamy suited Prince RainierBut others have ways that are zanier.Tommy Manville, though rich,Had a marital itchThat amounted to sheer gamomania.
November 28, 2015
qms commented on the word fackeltanz
No longer for royals and fancy pantsIt's borrowed by fans of old romance.In their humble turnThey'll risk a bad burnPerforming a version of fackeltanz.
November 27, 2015
qms commented on the word edacious
Today is known for tables capaciousAnd mumbled unfamiliar graces,A fest that is excellentFor offerings esculentTo please both the pious and edacious.
November 26, 2015
qms commented on the word debouch
Some things ooze and others gushIn trickles or in a headlong rushBut all will debouchWith unifying whooshIn the Heraclitean morning flush.
November 25, 2015
qms commented on the word cachinnation
If life is a trail of woe and careRefresh with abderian fare.A strong inclinationTo loud cachinnationWill serve to displace your despair.
November 24, 2015
qms commented on the word collyrium
Though Donald's ambitious deliriumBreeds feverish dreams of imperium,He trumpets, by gosh,The sheerest eyewash- What Wordniks describe as collyrium.
November 23, 2015
qms commented on the word redolent
His winter reveries are redolentOf summer and of meadow scent,Of long golden daysAnd amorous waysToo sweet to be wholly innocent.
November 22, 2015
qms commented on the word conscient
Good guidance is subtle but constant,In tone only gently remonstrant.You job is fulfilledBy values instilledAnd a pupil who's morally conscient.
November 21, 2015
qms commented on the word Ubuntu
November 20, 2015
qms commented on the word agbada
He might put on spurs with his Prada,Or wear a parka atop his agbada.He's often seen wearingA startling pairing.His style is less dandy than Dada.
qms commented on the word bioform
The pretty girls go by in swarmsBut his restraint defies all norms.The sadhu's transcended;Desire's all ended.Not lasses he sees, but bioforms.
November 19, 2015
qms commented on the word osmosis
Gratefully heard. Thank you.
His drinking, prolonged and atrocious,Produced a fine case of cirrhosis.So he sips no libationsBut bathes in gin basinsTo take up his booze by osmosis.
November 18, 2015
qms commented on the word piecemeal
November 17, 2015
Seriously, though: are not "whole" or "entire" adequate antonyms for "piecemeal?"
qms commented on the word doggery
There's much to amuse in a doggery:There's laughter and loud pettifoggery,Displays oratorical,And often an oracleTo offer the kennel an augury.
Isn't this what you eat after you have smoked the peace pipe?
November 16, 2015
qms commented on the word entisol
A paralytic no-hoper or perhaps a gem of limitless value? How pregnant with possibility!
qms commented on the word sarky
When word nerds trade claims of malarkeyThe dueling can be rather sparky,But thrust and riposteAre pretty much lostOn those who can't tell when they're sarky.
qms commented on the word bêtise
To put your poor elders at easeYou must be unheard and yet please.So be a good child,Be modest and mild;Above all commit no bêtise.
November 15, 2015
qms commented on the word boodle
When Ernest lays him down to sleepHe tallies the toll his labors reap.He hoards in his noodleA lexical boodle,It's words that he counts, never sheep.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
November 14, 2015
qms commented on the word quiddle
His values were always a riddle;He tended to dither and quiddle.His unlikely heroWas Emperor Nero,Who set Rome afire for a fiddle.
November 13, 2015
qms commented on the word meretricious
Electoral fare, while inauspicious,Yet teases with flavors delicious.Aromas mendacious,A hint of salacious,But served up with sweet meretricious.
November 12, 2015
qms commented on the word otaku
Enthusiasms will surely mark you:A scholar if you love bunraku;A discerning manIf basebaru fan,Eccentric if you are otaku.
November 11, 2015
qms commented on the word halidom
Their sacrament is cranial kibbleSo do not be selfish and quibble.If zombies pallid comeIn search of some halidomStand still for a sip and a nibble.
November 10, 2015
qms commented on the word sardonic
Twixt gentle and cruel lies a chasmThat's vaulted in quick anger's spasm:From lightly ironicTo harshly sardonic,Fond jesting to biting sarcasm.
November 9, 2015
qms commented on the word anosognosia
He asks after sipping ambrosia,"Are we truly who we know we are?"For Ernest's confusedWhen booze is abusedAnd fearful of anosognosia.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
November 8, 2015
qms commented on the word praemunire
To my surprise the consensus is that this word is pronounced "pree-myoo-NIGH-ree." The concluding "-nire" cluster rhymes neither with "tire" nor with "ear," as I thought it might. The Brits are to blame.In Merry Olde the law once viewedThe pope a risk to be eschewed.Now Rome seems benignAnd Islam malign.So everywhere the fear's renewed.The rhetoric is loud and fieryTo thwart the menace in entirety.From France to KoreaThey're damning shariaAnd resurrecting praemunire.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ban_on_sharia_law
November 7, 2015
qms commented on the word chicane
He's running a brilliant campaign:He masters the art of chicane;He believes what you pleaseAnd lies with great ease.Who knows what heights he'll attain?
November 6, 2015
qms commented on the word tracklements
The main course was always the sameBut, oh! She could spice up the game,With fine tasty tracklementsTo charm and then shackle gentsAnd render the wildest rogue tame.
November 5, 2015
qms commented on the word empennage
Aunt Mildred affected a bustleSo haste was a terrible tussle.She needed a nudgeIn the empennageWhenever required to hustle.
November 4, 2015
qms commented on the word deglutition
My pleasure, zuzu.
The oyster's a dire propositionTo eat one requires tuition:Tilt bivalve to lip,Then let the beast slipAnd savor before deglutition.
November 3, 2015
qms commented on the word way-way
Would Woy-Woy be in the Bungle-Bungle mountains? That must have been one long night of namimg. (See comments at bingle.)
November 2, 2015
qms commented on the user Spruce
Welcome aboard, Spruce.
qms commented on the word nacarat
When ends the rain, how rare is that!The ark come aground on Ararat,And man and beastTurn eyes to the EastTo clouds aglow in nacarat.
qms commented on the word eructation
I believe in the Eskimo nationThat after a friendly collationThe best way to toastThe work of your hostIs to offer a loud eructation.
November 1, 2015
qms commented on the word potato-bogle
Old bones and witches grow triteAnd cannot trick a smirking mite,But let the imp ogleA potato-bogleAnd treat the wee bairn to a fright.
October 31, 2015
qms commented on the word scunnion
Scunnion is a military slang word for effective destruction. It is generally employed in verb phrases such as "bring scunnion" or "rain scunnion.""...but by WWII we learned that planes could rain scunnion from even farther. Noted. Midway, etc."http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/politics/a39314/us-aircraft-carrier-russian-warplanes/From http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/bring-scunnion1. To inspire fear or anxiety in others2. To concentrate fire, esp. artillery fire.
qms commented on the word ecopoiesis
The Martian colonial thesisIncludes some challenging pieces,So develop a tasteFor personal waste - The menu of ecopoiesis.
October 30, 2015
qms commented on the word comptometer
The lady has ways that seem funky.Her tech she prefers to lean clunky.Expenses she'll monitorOn a vintage comptometerBecause of its aura steampunky.
October 29, 2015
qms commented on the word bumbledom
How smug can be the stumblebum!Incompetence might humble some,But some get elected,Become well-connected,And dominate our bumbledom.Cf. noodledom
October 28, 2015
qms commented on the list industrial-cockblock
One of the more arresting place names in England is Cockermouth.
qms commented on the word wayleave
Should Bessie, my cow, ever wander To unfriendly fields over yonderShould I beg for wayleaveTo retrieve my stray beeveOr hope that soon homeward she'll maunder?
October 27, 2015
qms commented on the word theophobia
An aesthete must trust for a start -Beginners need a humble heart.A case of theophobiaCould wreck a della Robbia.A skeptic should not study art.
October 26, 2015
qms commented on the word paction
The Lord of Misrule make a pactionWith those of the frivolous factionTo reign for a seasonDefying all reasonAnd driving the proud to distraction.
October 25, 2015
qms commented on the word chinampa
From gauchos abroad on the pampasTo peons afloat on chinampas,As cowboys iconicOr hands hydroponicHispanics have many estampas.
October 24, 2015
qms commented on the word villeggiatura
The commissars in nomenklaturaSold favors to help them secure aFar Tuscany farm,There, safe from all harm,To enjoy a long villeggiatura.
October 23, 2015
qms commented on the word winsey
Oh, dear, such a heavy responsibility. How to rhyme a variant spelling of an obscure British word? The letter "c" in the town of Quincy in my part of the world is voiced, like a "z." Elsewhere it is unvoiced, like an "s." I see the same potential for confusion in the "s" of winsey.The unvoiced version could produce something like this:
A man of refinement from CinciDespised all that's vulgar and chintzy.Bad taste, like an itch,Caused a squirm and a twitchThat earned him the sobriquet "Winsey."
There once was a fellow named LindseyWho mortified flesh out in Quincy.In strict disciplineHe wore next his skinOnly underwear woven of winsey.
qms commented on the word school refusal
I had never encountered this term until last week when, in the course of trying to do something to help a troubled teenager, I had a conversation with a counselor at a school for special needs children who mentioned school refusal and oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). These terms seem to have replaced “wayward child” and the like.
October 22, 2015
qms commented on the word oppositional defiant disorder
qms commented on the word ODD
Oppositional defiant disorder (ODD) is defined by the DSM-5 as "a pattern of angry/irritable mood, argumentative/defiant behavior, or vindictiveness lasting at least six months as evidenced by at least four symptoms from any of the defined categories and exhibited during interaction with at least one individual who is not a sibling". Unlike children with conduct disorder (CD), children with oppositional defiant disorder are not aggressive towards people or animals, do not destroy property, and do not show a pattern of theft or deceit.2 A diagnosis of ODD is also no longer applicable if the individual is diagnosed with Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD).Wikipedia
qms commented on the word interrogatrix
The fashion in our courtroom flicksIs for lawyers who are comely chicks.So looks get the part,But smarts are the artOf the cinematic interrogatrix.
qms commented on the word pomely
To some a horse is made homelyBy a coat that's mottled and pomely,But my heart is kindledBy all that is brindled,Recalling my old pinto pony.
October 21, 2015
qms commented on the word taqwacore
Might a mullah put out a fatwa forSuppression of noxious taqwacore?Hear the true ways inThe call of the muezzin!The decadent West is at the door!
October 20, 2015
qms commented on the word factette
A factoid as roguish as any getSeduced a coquettish factette.Their passionate actBegot a new factBut true or false we don't know yet.
October 19, 2015
qms commented on the word codework
If a programmer's heavy load irkThen might he insert some codework.You must look with careTo see if it's thereElse never discern an ode lurk.
October 18, 2015
qms commented on the word questionary
To fill in the blanks in his lectionaryPoor Ernest must endlessly query.To save wear on his vocalsWith literate yokelsHe prints out a quick questionary.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
October 17, 2015
qms commented on the word onomasticon
Old telephone tech's once vast iconIs gone like the dodo and mastodon.In vain do I lookFor a telephone book,That compendious onomasticon.
October 16, 2015
qms commented on the word frankenfoods
October 15, 2015
qms commented on the word pansophy
It's Ernest's most intimate fantasy,The acme of lexical vanity,To know every wordThe ear's ever heardAnd rule in the kingdom of pansophy.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
qms commented on the word contextomy
When an argument perplexes meAnd troubles by subtle complexity,So as to refute itI simply uproot itAnd mock it by means of contextomy.
October 14, 2015
qms commented on the word fadaise
In words and in flamboyant waysHe labored to charm and amaze.He strove to be WildeBut his wit was too mild.His mots were not bons but fadaise.
October 13, 2015
qms commented on the word evitate
A guilty pol should never waitBut hasten to tergiversate.To let voters wonderIs always a blunder.Proleptically he must evitate.
October 12, 2015
qms commented on the word dittography
Kamehameha, king of Hawaii,Declined to sup on simple ahi.It's shrewd lexicographyTo spot the dittographyAnd divine he would eat mahimahi.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
October 11, 2015
qms commented on the word pilulous
When I was in elementary school (a very long time ago) there lived a man in the neighborhood who was known as "Crosspatch Crosley." Mr. Crosley may have had a gentle side to him but he never showed it to the kids. To set foot on his lawn would draw him out fuming like Grendel defending his hoard. Even to slacken your pace while using the sidewalk in front of his house would bring an angry glower from the window.I do not know whether he left a legacy of descendants or friends. I suspect that all evidence of his having existed is gone save for faint unpleasant memories in the minds of a few aged children. This is sad.
October 10, 2015
qms commented on the word Cephalopod Awareness Days
I could not do as reesetee bidAnent the octopi and squid.Becoming awareA cephalopod's thereI pulled up the covers and hid.
October 9, 2015
qms commented on the word humanics
The engineer knows his mechanics,The farmer is wise in botanics,But be you bewareOf any who dareTo claim they are deep in humanics.
qms commented on the word caducity
Old age in its larcenous creepPurloins enough to make us weep.Let's hope we can lucidly Persist in caducityUntil we stretch in dreamless sleep.
October 8, 2015
qms commented on the word ruderal
When clearcutters take their brutal tollNo tree of size protrudes at all.The scenery leftIs sadly bereftOf all that's not wretchedly ruderal.
October 7, 2015
qms commented on the word garreteer
Kind stranger might you share a beerOr, failing, at least spare a tear?For some should be shedFor the dry and unread,The thirsty, impoverished garreteer.
October 6, 2015
qms commented on the word cacology
Debating is what they will claimBut prove themselves strangers to shame.Not rational colloquyBut fevered cacology - They'll boast, boldly lie, and defame.
October 5, 2015
qms commented on the word talion
The logophile suffers a curseThat tolerance only makes worse.In keeping with talionThe sesquipedalianIs sentenced to writing in verse.
October 4, 2015
qms commented on the word ree-raw
If a wide oscillation's a seesawAnd a wild celebration a ree-rawA laugh uninhibitedWith tonsils exhibitedCan fairly be labeled a hee-haw.
October 3, 2015
qms commented on the word nitid
The truth must at last be admitted:Though Donald is beaming and nitidGood opinion goes southWhen he opens his mouthTo leave not a doubt he's half-witted.
October 2, 2015
qms commented on the word geognosy
A worm is indifferent to poesy;His interests are mundane and prosy,But he will be furiousIf you call him incurious,Ignoring his deep geognosy.
October 1, 2015
qms commented on the word sigla
A scrivening monk would come to griefIlluminating a sacred leafUnless his amygdalaAre stocked with the siglaTo ornament but keep it brief.
September 30, 2015
qms commented on the word ptyalism
It was spit when I was in schoolOr spawl from the mouth of a fool.It's sheerest sciolismTo call it ptyalismWhen all of us know it's just drool.
September 29, 2015
qms commented on the word riggite
Though Franklin was pleased to igniteThe colonists' spirit to fight,When not incendiaryOld Ben was very merry -A maker of mischief, a riggite.
September 28, 2015
qms commented on the word epicedium
The mourner should master a mediumAnd grieve in a coherent idiom:The coronach's wailThe flagellant's flailOr stately and slow epicedium.
September 27, 2015
qms commented on the word hirsel
In sudden pastoral reversalThe congregants suffered dispersal.The shepherd's de-flockedAs all of them walkedAnd left hm without any hersil.
September 26, 2015
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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.
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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