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  • A lion in murderous launch
    Sinks teeth in a wildebeest haunch.
    There's no tune that cheers
    The leonine ears
    More than the sound of that craunch.

    May 4, 2016

  • When peasants were gin-soaked and smelly
    The wagon was hitched to Old Nelly.
    The churls with the wobbles
    Were trundled 'cross cobbles
    While feeling the strike of each felly.

    May 3, 2016

  • 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 pairs
    That work without putting on airs.
    Though maybe not crisp,
    If you have a lisp
    The rhymes are not really that scarce.

    May 2, 2016

  • A new term was tried to anoint
    A fixture with bulbs at each point.
    They tried electrolier
    Instead of chandelier
    But now it's the update that's quaint.

    May 2, 2016

  • I think TankHughes deseves some sort of word hoarder's trophy for knowing about this They Might Be Giants song.

    May 1, 2016

  • See comments at doorcase.

    May 1, 2016

  • A Murphy bed's shy but polite;
    In daytime it keeps out of sight.
    It hides in a doorcase
    To free up some floor space
    And only comes out in the night.

    May 1, 2016

  • The North slav will miss his sastruga,
    The slav of the East his beluga.
    For the sad southern slav
    The homesickness salve
    Is talk of his cherished zadruga.

    April 30, 2016

  • Said Ernest, contrite and compunct,
    "When tested I surely have flunked
    I called it a fraud
    But 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

  • We Wordniks, well-mannered though droll,
    Have wearied of Spamski the Troll.
    When a hideous spam spike
    Stands out like a rampike
    Please, Erin, quick chop down that Pole.

    April 28, 2016

  • The bottle's a liar at best,
    As many a wretch can attest.
    To drink supernaculum
    Is a sad simulacrum
    Of life that is lived with true zest.

    April 27, 2016

  • A French croissant's a revelation,
    A triumph of morning gustation.
    The dull sheen of butter
    Sets my heart aflutter
    And crunch of the crusty crispation.

    April 26, 2016

  • The punk kids all yearn to be jazzier
    And wear duds once dull but now snazzier.
    Like loud clouds of locusts
    Ferociously focused
    They subject the thrift shops to razzia.

    April 25, 2016

  • treacherous, duplicitous, mendacious

    April 24, 2016

  • Each romcom you write will require
    Some trick to provide the needfire,
    Some sort of meet cute
    Like a silly dispute
    To kindle the flames of desire.

    April 24, 2016

  • Alphonse was a pampered reptile,
    A model of serpentine style.
    He basked in a tazza
    On a sunny piazza
    While folks fed him bugs all the while.

    April 23, 2016

  • 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 partake
    In horrors that carnivals make.
    If the danger is faux
    We'll give it a go
    To thrill at a harmless heartquake.

    April 22, 2016

  • The maiden of Calcutta kneeled
    And to her stern father appealed.
    "We need no more dowry
    Than your tattered chowry.
    Let love be our shelter and shield!"

    April 21, 2016

  • A lumberjack pleases his girl
    By skill at the lubricious twirl.
    The peavey applied
    To front and backside
    Is something they learn when they birl.

    April 20, 2016

  • His dancing was wildest gyration
    And sure to induce dehydration,
    The which to avoid
    Our Ernest employed
    A liberal dose of prelibation.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    April 19, 2016

  • From her window(alone, pale and wan)
    Conchita espied handsome Juan:
    To the door in a rush,
    And a maidenly blush
    To draw him within her zaguan.

    April 18, 2016

  • Why'd the angry viper viper nose?
    'Cause the adder adder 'ankerchief
    To 'elp 'er asp irate.

    April 18, 2016

  • A good coat need not be enormous
    But cite for a still doubting thomas:
    Pioneers braved the storm
    While still keeping warm
    With only the short humble wamus.

    April 17, 2016

  • A teacher was heard to profess
    That teenaged boys are a mess
    Discussion of algebra
    Will close up their palpebra-
    Wide open for bras in a dress.

    April 16, 2016

  • 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 her
    A magical shape-shiftng ether.
    Where fire burns on ice
    And fine views entice
    Thar the unwary find gluggaveður.

    April 16, 2016

  • 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

  • A cavegirl no doubt in the past,
    Assessing each caveguy who asked,
    Assigned a high premium
    To a dry hypogeum
    And love, if considered, came last.

    April 14, 2016

  • The Biblioburro and learned madrina
    Meet secretly behind the cantina.
    For better or worse
    They bray out their verse,
    A sonnet for him, hers a sestina.

    April 13, 2016

  • We're carefree until we're pubescent,
    Ambitious until we're senescent.
    Our ripeness is fleet;
    Let's pray it be sweet
    Before we are old and acescent.

    April 12, 2016

  • I salute your foresight, alexz, but why spamblast a bilbism? Is he collateral damage?

    April 12, 2016

  • 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.

    April 12, 2016

  • 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, haiku
    Just simply won't do
    As 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.

    April 12, 2016

  • 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 art
    You need to be smart
    And know how to spell Toulouse-Lautrec.

    April 11, 2016

  • 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 disgrace
    Of egg on my face
    If I misrepresent vitelline!
    )

    Should I opt for a course anodyne
    And yoke it with Sweet Adeline?
    (But, ah, the crude jokes
    About curdled yolks
    If I'm wrong about damned vitelline!
    )

    I wonder would rules contravene
    If I drag in the works of Racine?
    (But hear my shell cracking
    From the shellacking
    I'll take for a failed vitelline.
    )

    April 11, 2016

  • See also snottygobble.

    April 10, 2016

  • What shocks us more than snottygobble,
    Revolts us worse than naughty snot’ll?
    The ultimate gauge
    Of the true autophage
    Is he who will savor the potty bauble.

    Connoisseurs of such themes really should consult the comments at autophage, where much deep delving is done.

    April 10, 2016

  • From golden shoes to double pschent
    Young Tut displayed a dandy's bent.
    His tomb room ushabti
    Were notably natty
    Befitting the shade of a gent.

    April 10, 2016

  • The zombies, disfigured and carious,
    (What flesh still attaches - cinereous)
    Are meant to apall
    But I find withal
    Their affect is downright hilarious.

    April 9, 2016

  • Methinks that the allusion is to mammary protrusion.

    April 9, 2016

  • 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,"

    April 9, 2016

  • 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

  • For hermits in their xerophagy
    A diet of dust is philosophy.
    It's also their practice
    To forego a mattress
    And slumber in wooden sarcophagi.

    April 8, 2016

  • I maintain a "movies to view" list
    To separate good from the dubious
    So I never need cringe
    When I sit down to binge
    On weekends cold, gloomy or pluvious.

    April 7, 2016

  • potsherd

    April 6, 2016

  • Though fans of mass transit may mutter
    Of trains that melt distance like butter,
    Amtrak can't compare
    With bullets elsewhere.
    Our train is at best a wadcutter.

    April 6, 2016

  • A sultry seductive chanteuse
    Her hypnotic voice fairly purrs.
    I once was quite smitten
    By Eartha, sweet Kitten,
    The actress and charming diseuse.

    April 5, 2016

  • If wadi will work in Casablanca
    Or canyon in old Salamanca,
    When gulch and ravine,
    And gully all mean
    Arroyo, what need of barranca?

    April 4, 2016

  • 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 facade
    For ladies on their promenade.
    His prating of pigment
    Was only a figment.
    The man couldn't paint a pochade.

    April 3, 2016

  • The jewels of Picasso's Paloma
    Are famous in Paris and Roma.
    Does she feel any guilt
    That her house is built
    On Pablo's revered crepidoma?

    April 2, 2016

  • His campaign is nasty and lutulent;
    In Donald's discourse is brute intent.
    With so much mud flung
    A portion has clung
    To judge by the lingering putrid scent.

    April 1, 2016

  • Spamwallopers would be a good name for an outfit selling services to block Polish penis ads.

    March 31, 2016

  • A caricature can be quite crude
    Or subtly by details allude:
    A chap with a poodle
    Will seem a fopdoodle
    But a guy with a mastiff's a dude.

    March 31, 2016

  • Old Homer the poet was blind
    But, eyeless, had sight of a kind.
    He managed somehow
    To make eigengrau
    Glow vivid with hues of the mind.

    March 30, 2016

  • Thank you, bilby. I had assumed the general silence was out of grief for lost innocence.

    March 30, 2016

  • His passion was waxen tableaux
    With every small detail just so,
    Like miniature canakins
    In hands of wee mannequins
    In the Mad Hatters tea at Tussaud's.

    March 29, 2016

  • The 1040 filing might tempt some
    To concoct a phony exemption.
    Should an IRS audit
    Uncover the fraud it
    Will take back the cash by diremption.

    March 28, 2016

  • 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 swift
    First base is a gift
    To one who beats out a bunt single.

    March 27, 2016

  • Maria, though fond of constabulary,
    Prefers local cops to carabinieri.
    The neighborhood sbirro
    Is her secret hero,
    Her ideal man to love and marry.

    March 26, 2016

  • Today's Word of the Day is a seriously conflicted item. The definitions and examples provided support its use to mean
    1. night blindness
    2. day blindness
    3. especially keen vision in low light
    The 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/2083

    Low clouds the sun's set alight
    I saw once as dawn growing bright.
    As grim nyctalopia
    Turns everything taupier
    I now see the falling of night.

    March 25, 2016

  • At night he is solemn and lazy,
    Distracted and quietly hazy.
    He must be bipolar
    Or else lunisolar -
    In daylight he rages like crazy.

    March 24, 2016

  • Confusion is normal though comical;
    It whispers the base anatomical,
    But true uranology
    Need blush no apology.
    The action is all astronomical.

    March 23, 2016

  • Of wisdom's constituent pieces
    A chief is well-practiced noesis.
    So nurse your capacity
    For healthy sagacity
    And nourish your skill at phronesis.

    March 22, 2016

  • Thank you,bilby. I need a spectacle revision. I will now look into Elmer's history, which seems unlikely.

    March 22, 2016

  • In Dido or Pelléas et Mélisande
    We know what follows eclaircissement.
    It's fitting and proper
    And 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 fed
    And flopped in her bed
    That catches the sunbeam just jimply.

    March 20, 2016

  • Mercutio was funny and ribald
    Till stilled by the sinister Tybalt.
    A wit's end for sure,
    To spew calembour
    As enemies fatally quibbled.

    March 19, 2016

  • See also deesis.

    March 18, 2016

  • When whelmed by more joy or despair
    Than words can express or repair,
    Resort to deesis,
    A verbal prothsesis
    That props up a curse or a prayer.

    March 18, 2016

  • See also Deesis.

    March 18, 2016

  • 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

    March 18, 2016

  • A hostage to harsh orthodoxy
    Poor Bridey, still yearning for boxty,
    Mashed tofu and fried it
    So honored her diet
    While eating potatoes by proxy.

    And a happy Saint Patrick's day to all!

    March 17, 2016

  • In Winter to muster a sham of dawn
    Bleak Russkies break out the samogon.
    As moonshine makes night
    Grow warmer and bright
    They conjure the sun in a dramathon.

    March 16, 2016

  • Well po-po and Poe Dameron are new ones to me, zuzu, so I reciprocate gratitude.

    March 16, 2016

  • The pleasures of those ventripotent
    Are 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 Dictionary
    Wikipedia

    March 15, 2016

  • See nocturnal emission.

    March 15, 2016

  • In a pastry crust.
    Oxford Dictionaries

    March 14, 2016

  • Some scholars, authority-centric,
    Think culture is stable and lentic
    But those more demotic
    Contend it is lotic
    And change is more truly authentic.

    March 14, 2016

  • 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 expect
    From mother's neglect
    And a dad who departed en croute.

    Now Flopsy, that infamous floozy,
    Like Mopsy is idle and boozy.
    That wretch Cottontail
    Is headed for jail
    But Pilfering Pete's the true doozy.

    Mere cuteness is no sturdy crutch
    And social work didn't help much.
    So mired in bad habits
    This sad clan of rabbits
    Will do some hard time in the hutch.

    March 14, 2016

  • 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

    March 14, 2016

  • I had not been informed of their demise. A case of drunken joyriding,I expect. I will look into the matter.

    March 13, 2016

  • ebriety

    March 13, 2016

  • The breatharians set ultimate store
    By sun and the wind and no more
    But sunlight and air
    Are a diet too spare
    And 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

    March 13, 2016

  • Old Yeller died not from the dropsy.
    The lump that they found in necropsy
    Was a radio playing
    His musical baying
    And tuned to the Grand Old Opry.

    March 12, 2016

  • Once sign for a number or pound
    Now hashtag and hex more abound.
    I pluck from this gorp
    The bright octothorpe -
    A name for a key sans a sound.

    March 11, 2016

  • ...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 reference
    The organ's his preference
    And chumps are invited to pump it.

    March 11, 2016

  • The genesis of the flumpet deserves attention . . .

    From the womb of a musical strumpet
    Emerges that bastard - the flumpet.
    Production is frugal,
    You need but a flugle,
    A bed, and some drinks with a trumpet.

    March 11, 2016

  • When Ernest imbibes in society
    His drinking's done quickly and quietly
    His voice low and whiskeyish
    Condemning "preshcriptivishts"
    Is the sign he's achieved his ebriety.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    March 10, 2016

  • Aha! That accounts for the Tassie-style weather we're having.

    March 9, 2016

  • Do pirate's harass the right's cabotage?
    The case seemed a trumpery charge
    But rubes with wild stares
    And cruising corsairs
    Have wrought depredation writ large.

    March 9, 2016

  • 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 us
    And the venomous crotalus
    Politely declines to use stealth.

    March 9, 2016

  • Let warnings be loud and be clarion
    It invites financial despair again
    To trust our economy
    To the crude dactylonomy
    Of a rude short-fingered vulgarian.

    March 8, 2016

  • The hum that twice daily restarts
    Is solved by acoustical arts:
    The deep sea biophony
    Is fragrant cacophony
    For fish do their talking in farts.


    "A Curious Sound Deep in the Ocean," Slate, 02/28/2016

    March 7, 2016

  • See Albion.

    March 6, 2016

  • For tender feet rarely unshod
    Sharp shingle's an unpleasant plod,
    But beaches more sabulous
    Are likely to jab you less
    And need not be so gingerly trod.

    March 6, 2016

  • The cravat prevents improprieties
    (or foulard in better societies).
    Because they don't dangle
    The tarts cannot tangle
    And stain with gelatinous pieties.

    March 5, 2016

  • Affection enables a man to live
    He must be engaged and amative.
    No one's more forlorn
    Than he who must scorn-
    The fellow without a damn to give.

    March 5, 2016

  • Some meanings exist on a range,
    With context and time they can change;
    Thus, fond can mean liking
    Or something more striking.
    Mewonders why you find this strange?

    March 5, 2016

  • His passion unrulier grows,
    Provoking peculiar throes:
    It's part of the essence
    Of male adolescence,
    The curse of the mulierose.

    March 4, 2016

  • Would you shop for a camelid in the same haberdashery where you would look for a horsecollar?

    March 3, 2016

  • The tv resounds with attack blight.
    Some pols choose insult and backbite
    And others entice
    With cheese for the mice
    Or capture the voter with jacklight.

    March 3, 2016

  • Bold Lucifer's too highly leavened id
    Assured that his glory be evanid.
    He famously fell
    But ruling in hell
    Pleases him better than heaven did.

    March 2, 2016

  • 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

  • On wedding days I often share
    The feelings of the nuptial pair.
    The mood that it has me in
    Is so syndiasmian
    I nidificate with the table ware.

    March 1, 2016

  • These people should be protected. They too have a right to life, liberty, and the fursuit of hairiness.

    February 29, 2016

  • Beware, little fly, entombment ghastly!
    That blossom could be what you'll last see,
    For should you alight
    When day turns to night
    The beckoning bud turns nictinasty.

    February 29, 2016

  • A wise man must notice with sadness
    How crowds consume hate with such gladness
    Cannot outcomes irenic
    Be sociogenic
    Or must trumpery always breed madness?

    February 29, 2016

  • jennarenn's comment from 2008 is a brilliant aperçu.

    February 28, 2016

  • Unable to show others affection
    Yet self-love he brings to perfection
    In the one-person hug
    That gift to the smug
    That calls only for proprioception.

    February 28, 2016

  • Now Clio may be ill at ease
    And claim Gregor Mendel used peas,
    But Euterpe has rooms
    For other legumes
    And will do damn well as she please.

    February 27, 2016

  • Abroad we're exposed to hijackers
    And online assailed by code crackers,
    But, by Mendel's beans!
    Please shelter our genes
    From schemes of the vile biohackers.

    February 27, 2016

  • Though copyright holders may whinge
    Enthusiasts still will impinge,
    For they who would cosplay
    Don't care what the laws say,
    They think they are blessed to infringe.

    February 26, 2016

  • 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

  • Manchester-By-The-Sea, Massachusetts.
    http://www.manchester.ma.us/Pages/index

    February 25, 2016

  • The hackney and hansom applied
    And made Ernest's list of paid ride.
    But his taxicab litany
    Excluded the jitney -
    Too public a lift to abide.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    February 25, 2016

  • 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

  • A modest ambition, without a doubt,
    But realized now, so shout it out,
    For poor simple Fergus
    Has run to the circus
    To go on the road as a roustabout!

    February 24, 2016

  • We are bound by all we discern,
    Delighting in what we should spurn.
    The guru's symposia
    Will induce agnosia -
    To transcend we first must unlearn.

    February 23, 2016

  • 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

  • Fans haunt them in restaurants and bars
    And orbit their houses in cars,
    Thus some who can act
    So strongly attract
    They're Tinseltown's own magnetars.

    February 22, 2016

  • 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

  • The hygiene of Poxie Dalrymple
    Was brutal, disgusting, and simple.
    She turned crops of pustules
    To a moonscape of cupules
    By squeezing and popping each pimple.

    February 21, 2016

  • 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.

    February 21, 2016

  • Many who shared upper class with
    A Windsor, a Churchill or Asquith,
    Incarnate again
    Will pay for their sin
    And come back as bony-eared assfish.

    February 21, 2016

  • Some planets are lit by a quasar
    And tonier 'hoods by a blazar,
    But I, being done right
    By moderate sunlight,
    Am fond of our shabby old daystar.

    February 20, 2016

  • 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.

    February 20, 2016

  • I'm slow, whatever the cause be -
    As though through a mist dim and gauzy
    A glimmer of sun!
    I see "chia's" a pun!
    It's a joke if you talk like an Aussie.

    February 20, 2016

  • Should a stiffly conventional couple
    Aspire to a more daring thrupple
    Then yoga and flexing
    Had best be their next thing.
    They're going to need to be supple.

    February 20, 2016

  • It's anything about words. Curiosity, kindness and good humor generally prevail.

    February 20, 2016

  • If a musical snob is a rockist
    Is a sports snob thereby a jockist?
    Is one who provokes
    Such humorless folks
    Assailed as a frivolous mockist?

    February 19, 2016

  • Lots of visuals here: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-35600546.
    A very odd place, Australia.

    February 18, 2016

  • Those youthful acoustical antics
    That blast from garages and attics
    Can so shake the breeze
    That resonant trees
    Give lessons in outdoor cymatics.

    February 18, 2016

  • For diet upgrade I see a need,
    A consult was had and we agreed:
    The reasons are legion
    To sample the vegan
    And sprinkle our steaks with chia seed.

    February 18, 2016

  • Your source for all-purpose spam!
    At Crestinfo spam is who we am!
    The rest may protest
    That Crest is a pest
    But, frankly, we don't give a damn!

    February 18, 2016

  • Collins
    noun
    1. (US & Canadian, slang) a small bundle of possessions carried by a homeless person
    2. a small paper packet containing drugs

    See bindle stiff.

    February 17, 2016

  • The changes in hackney ecology
    Beget fields of new praxeology.
    Academia's gift
    To Uber and Lyft
    Is work in applied taxiology.

    February 17, 2016

  • Posterity needs to know who started this thread:

    bilby commented on the word clatter

    If 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

  • 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.

    February 16, 2016

  • There ran through the crowd a quick titter,
    Leaving nudists alarmed and atwitter
    And so much aghast
    The beach emptied fast
    From dread he'd return as a clitter.

    February 16, 2016

  • Oh! Rascal from Texas j'accuse
    Of a dastardly visual ruse:
    Trawl feel the Bern
    And, horrified, learn
    You'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

  • I think the patent office is backed up with cranky grandmothers contesting the rights.

    February 15, 2016

  • Bipolars by spasm and spurt
    Are frantic or sadly inert,
    But one who controls
    His opposite poles
    Can thrive as a happy ambivert.

    February 15, 2016

  • I don't say that Bernie's too old
    Nor call his proposals too bold,
    But that finger awag
    Is becoming a drag.
    The man is a tedious scold.

    February 15, 2016

  • Adj. oscillating shaking; displaying a waggling motion. See wag, waggle.

    February 15, 2016

  • And then that too disappeared. A doggone shame.

    February 15, 2016

  • You started out as a pal of mine
    I rashly promoted to valentine,
    The outcome of which
    Is an amorous itch
    That's soothed by no known calamine.

    February 14, 2016

  • WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean

            Snow Fleas
    To Winter they're not giving in
    To slumber in chilly oblivion.
    They cheerfully go
    Underneath the snow
    And, happy there, hop subnivean.

    February 14, 2016

  • According to strict panpsychism
    From heaven to deepest abysm
    All things are aware
    And able to care,
    So shun the oblivion schism!

    February 14, 2016

  • A lady who seeks a philander
    Will summon the famed Alexander.
    The nights are so few
    Why risk someone new
    When Alex is such an upstander?

    February 13, 2016

  • A calico cat is a she;
    The shades of her coat are the key.
    It's quite automatic:
    If a cat's trichromatic
    A female is all it can be.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat_coat_genetics

    February 12, 2016

  • See comments at pilulous.

    February 12, 2016

  • I think that the moment has come,
    As qubits have turned my brain numb,
    To abandon spintronics
    For frosty gin tonics
    And concede that I simply am dumb.

    February 11, 2016

  • Please! You're embarrassing the guests.

    February 10, 2016

  • It's no friendly tournament, no ma'am,
    It's cutthroat, that merciless dough slam,
    So none but the foolish
    Leave unguarded poolish
    At the bakers's biennial pro-am.

    February 10, 2016

  • Elusive rhymes I can't yet fix
    With yoga or other pet tricks,
    But if, as they claim,
    They'll illumine my brain
    I'll sign up for optogenetics.

    February 9, 2016

  • To clear eyes there is no mistaking
    Renewal that's no more than faking.
    Avoiding cheap tricks,
    The twee and the kitsch,
    Is crucial to proper placemaking.

    February 8, 2016

  • Fact with fiction's now indivisible;
    As science can make what was risible,
    A cloak ethereal
    Of metamaterial
    To render a lurker invisible.

    February 7, 2016

  • See provenance.

    February 7, 2016

  • "You can be whatever you wanna be,"
    They told the bright lad from Menominee.
    But who knew he'd steer
    To a brilliant career
    As champion at photoclinometry.

    February 6, 2016

  • In daytime they strut with bravado
    But weep in the night at the fado.
    The gaucho's lament
    Is achingly sent
    To the indifferent stars of cerrado.

    February 5, 2016

  • Great visuals, though.

    February 4, 2016

  • The newborn has reason to scowl
    And protest the change in a howl.
    The babe in the womb felt
    A comforting Umwelt;
    Now Mom is replaced by a towel.

    February 4, 2016

  • Truly, bilby is wise in the ways of Wordnik:

    We Wordniks have authentic class
    And honor what others call crass.
    A frank designation
    Deserves celebration,
    So kudos to unabashed frass!

    February 4, 2016

  • She was a fastidious lass
    Who never would picnic on grass.
    Why dine on the lawn
    Where vile insects spawn
    And 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 ass
    As dung, scat and scumber -
    Too many to number!
    Saints leave us turds, insects their frass.

    February 3, 2016

  • For words in a text a philologist
    Might be an effective apologist.
    To decipher manners
    Of pennants and banners
    Consult with a sharp vexillologist.

    February 2, 2016

  • Though autism looks like adversity
    Some question how much of a curse it be.
    Why call them disabled
    Whose talents are fabled
    And thrive in their neurodiversity?

    February 1, 2016

  • For thirsty Cecilia Bethune
    There's wine with the luncheon at noon
    Then evening cocktails
    And (it never fails)
    To the couch in a ladylike swoon.

    See pass out, faint, syncope, lipothymy.

    January 31, 2016

  • Nurse Pruitt's first sip tastes like hope
    The next speeds her slide down that slope.
    As each new infusion
    Breeds greater confusion
    She ends in a fuddled syncope.

    See pass out, faint, swoon, lipothymy.

    January 31, 2016

  • Old Roger, by God, was no saint,
    And never escaped the drink's taint.
    I regret to divulge
    He could overindulge
    And end on the floor in a faint.

    See pass out, syncope, swoon, lipothymy.

    January 31, 2016

  • Bob Dobbs knows what booze is about:
    You drink till your full to the snout.
    Have near to hand
    A soft place to land
    And guzzle until you pass out.

    See faint, syncope, swoon, lipothymy.

    January 31, 2016

  • In Reggy's self-flattering sophistry
    He boasts of an odd idiopathy,
    Of taste so exquisite
    That should Bacchus visit
    The 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.

    January 31, 2016

  • Poor Ernest was bored to despair
    And damned his bad luck to be there.
    There's only intense talk
    Of turbine and penstock
    At the hydroelectric dam fair.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    January 30, 2016

  • 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.

    January 30, 2016

  • Oh, good. I was running out of things to worry about.

    January 29, 2016

  • The shillelagh though left home in Kerry,
    In the veldt it's ok - not to worry:
    For your kind of club
    There's an African sub;
    They fustigate with the knobkierie.

    January 29, 2016

  • Well, that's enough to discourage the spirit of adventure.

    January 29, 2016

  • My goodness, bilby, how do you find these things?

    January 29, 2016

  • See pugnacious.

    January 28, 2016

  • The cats quell the quoll and the bilby
    So Australia announces a kill spree.
    It's only a furphy
    They're aiming at cur-free,
    But cats are kaput, or soon will be.

    The dogs were in agency purview
    And doubtless some barking and fur flew,
    But their count is slight
    When hunting at night-
    Most dogs will abide by a curfew.

    January 28, 2016

  • The fairy tales' libelous work'll
    Condemn them to Hell's inner circle.
    The Grimms and the Goose
    Have knotted the noose
    To hang the poor ladies novercal.

    January 27, 2016

  • 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 you
    Like looking behind you
    At bugs flying out of your asses.

    January 26, 2016

  • Thank you kindly, bilby:

    As compliments go that's a dilly,
    But I versify willy-nilly.
    Old Geoffrey could rhyme
    On matters sublime
    While I merely strive for the silly.

    January 26, 2016

  • Discarded to hasten our pace
    Are many old gestures of grace.
    A gent's autograph
    Forsakes the paraph,
    Appending instead a smiley face.

    January 26, 2016

  • The young pursue sense saturation,
    But lusts will abate with maturation.
    We welcome surcease
    Of threats to our peace
    And pray for a bower of gratulation.

    January 25, 2016

  • Flatlanders must learn how to speak:
    A hillock's a hummock with cheek;
    A mountain is treble
    The size of a jebel
    And a cowlick on top is a peak.

    January 24, 2016

  • Since Jeopardy! is his ecclesia
    To live all alone is just easier.
    A partner distracts
    From gathering facts,
    The food of his mad hypermnesia.

    January 23, 2016

  • Invasions of mice I must abate
    When I open the house to rusticate.
    If I determine
    The presence of vermin
    I get out my cudgel and fustigate.

    January 22, 2016

  • A check on the internet finds
    Appointments of interesting kinds:
    A postponed tertulia
    For those with abulia
    Who never can make up their minds.

    January 21, 2016

  • Emissions make oceans acidic
    And sewage the seashore mephitic.
    Less sensibly tragic
    In regions pelagic
    But woeful in waters neritic.

    January 20, 2016

  • Thus saving the critters from the predations of the lexically scrupulous?

    January 20, 2016

  • 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

  • Pronounced- oot-key-are-a

    January 19, 2016

  • Oh! What a lovely list!

    January 19, 2016

  • uhtceare's long-suffering pawn
    Must pray for the coming of dawn,
    For fears antelucan,
    With birdsong and dew can
    Disperse like the mists of the morn.

    January 19, 2016

  • 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

    January 19, 2016

  • The garden of memory's vernal
    If tended each day in a journal.
    For all we have known
    Already has flown
    And tomorrow today is hesternal.

    January 18, 2016

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  • 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

  • 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

    June 3, 2015

  • 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, so

    My dismount was the handlebar vault - 
    A gracefully arcing somersault.
    An elbow twice broken
    And concussion betoken
    The 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

  • At Wordnik we are truly blessed
    To have, as lyricist, qms.
    Although a recent awkward injury
    may make his typing a bit gingery
    we still daily receive of his best.

    May 30, 2015

  • The annum revolves from last to next
    But yields no daily tempting text.
    Is there some curse
    On good-natured verse
    Or will 2015 be lexically hexed?

    January 1, 2015

  • Dear Wordniks my aim is to woo you
    To visit "community" if you choose to.
    Let not this hiatus
    Depress 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.

    There is something of poetry and of perversion in these words. I had hoped that bilby might address this, but he is probably out snowshoeing, or whatever it is they do in the Australian Winter. I have not his gift for mock Spammish so I must resort to my native idiom to give lozonbeatty some advice:

    Anent your fiery fat pill story
    More testimony is obligatory.
    You should be testing
    Other ways of ingesting.
    Suppose you try suppository?

    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.

    December 19, 2013

  • From 11/27/2013, hebetude

           Thanksgiving, 2013
    We dine this day on heaps of food,
    Then slump in sleepy lassitude.
    Sad bales of clothes
    Near comatose –
    Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.

    December 19, 2013

  • WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean

                Snow Fleas
    To Winter they're not giving in
    To slumber in chilly oblivion.
    They cheerfully go
    Underneath the snow
    And, happy there, hop subnivean.

    December 19, 2013

  • 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 view
    What those badgers do
    If, like words from roots, they proliferate.

    December 19, 2013

  • From 12/05/2013, morosoph

    The lit'ry world may haughtily scoff
    And judge the writer in some way "off,"
    But a limericist's tools
    Are the insights of fools.
    The form is the art of the morosoph.

    December 19, 2013

  • 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

  • the meter is funky - a bit to the left of the limerick
    I like it!

    December 18, 2013

  • 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 machination
    Partake of sorrow's vaccination.
    Your surest protection
    From sadness' infection
    Is regular doses of cachinnation.

    December 18, 2013