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qms commented on the word paraphrenia
Of note in his psychical scenery areHis boasts that he's king of Slovenia:A comical claimBut nuts just the same,A sure sign of some paraphrenia.
December 5, 2016
qms commented on the word mumchance
The Muses React to the 2016 ElectionTerpsichore writhes in some dance;Melpomene casts a glum glance.And once merry Thalia?She weeps, inter alia,While Clio, appalled, sits mumchance.
December 4, 2016
Why do people seem always to "sit mumchance?" Cannot one stand, lie, stride or simply be mumchance?
qms commented on the word bobbery
Thus endeth a season of bobberyReplete with conspicuous daubery.The master of squabblesNow gathers the baubles.Prepare for a circus of jobbery.
December 3, 2016
qms commented on the word sclaff
Note that sclaff can be either a verb or a noun. Oddly the Word of the Day notification provides three definitions for its use as a verb only, yet all the examples supplied use it as a noun.
December 2, 2016
In Scotland the golfers will quaffA dram before plying the staff,Then mar in their hazeThe luckless fairwaysWith many a duff and a sclaff.
qms commented on the word pliskie
Of course a thrifty (thriftey?) Scot would not spend an inessential "e" but I have a more expansive ancestry.I hope the Tasmanian hibernation has concluded.
In Scotland on taking some whiskeyThe young men are prone to feel frisky,But liquor soon wiltsWhat stirs in their kilts.Alas, a most chastening pliskie.
December 1, 2016
qms commented on the user Quintesabd
Quintesabd, by entering your comments as new word entries you are creating a great deal of clutter and confusion. At the bottom of every word entry page is a comment box. Please put your comments there and click "Save." The results will be much cleaner, will give you access to some HTML formatting, and will remain editable by you
November 30, 2016
qms commented on the word nutraceutical
The flesh of no nutria is suitableTo pitch as a true nutraceutical.The trouble is thatIt's called a swamp ratAnd bias against it's immutable.
qms commented on the word octastyle
There is the architectural application:Let's sit ourselves down and talk a whileOf how may a portico beguile,And what are the gracesAttending such spacesAnd tally the virtues of octastyle.But also this:The she-squid bestows a shy smilePermitting an amorous trial,Inviting his charmsAnd myriad armsFor loving that's done octastyle.
November 29, 2016
qms commented on the word ragstone
I'm making it red white and blueAs all good deplorables do.My patio ragstoneI'm painting as flagstoneTo show I'm more loyal than you.
November 28, 2016
qms commented on the word intercalate
Should dalliances usurp a dateThen Trump will invoke a perk of state.If the day's come and goneThen the calendar's wrong.He'll order the gov to intercalate.
November 27, 2016
qms commented on the word marthambles
November 26, 2016
qms commented on the word macle
An ailment that doctors can't tackleA sorceress with crystals and knack'll.She'll bring out the quartzTo cure you of wartsOr treat your marthambles with macle.
qms commented on the word cosmorama
Victorians loved their melodramaAnd spectacles like cosmorama,Now stale and passé;Amusements todayDerive more from digits or pharma.
November 25, 2016
qms commented on the word harvest-home
The harvesters in from the gloam,Kids bright from the scrub and the comb.The windows alightBejewel the nightAs darkness enfolds harvest-home.Happy Thanksgiving, all.
November 24, 2016
qms commented on the word banhammer
Protect us from Polish spam mills,Purveyors of nostrums and pills.Oh, heed your fan clamorTo bring the banhammerAnd cast out the scammers and shills.
November 23, 2016
qms commented on the word spoon-meat
The bird as a whole is a boon treatBut remnants are what we will soon eatIn fragments instead - In fritters, on bread,And finally we'll sip it as spoon-meat.
November 22, 2016
qms commented on the word eschar
Mon Dieu! What a dégoutant deed!Cette blessure est vraiment putride!When you have an escharYou tend to it, n'est-ce pas?America, please now debride.
November 21, 2016
qms commented on the word tocher
In Scotland a good marriage brokerWill find you a lass and will yoke her.If he's done his dutyShe may be no beautyBut bring you a generous tocher.
November 20, 2016
qms commented on the word cates
The gourmet is cursed by the fatesTo crave only rarest of cates.Though plain food may nourishYet he needs a flourishAnd only the Lucullan sates.
November 19, 2016
qms commented on the word argy-bargy
The Grant's ranch was tranquil and graciousBut Barbara and Rob disputatious.To praise argy-bargyThey chose "RG bar G"To brand their own wide open spaces.
November 18, 2016
The few times I have heard this term used have mostly been while watching television coverage of the Tour de France. The venerable announcing team of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen (both Brits) use it to describe the fierce bumping and jostling that goes on during sprint finishes. The definitions provided here all assume its application to verbal contention, but Liggett and Sherwen seem comfortable with it in a physical context.
qms commented on the word cyclothymia
Events all conspire to annoyAnd forces of evil deploy.No ailment is timelierThan this cyclothymiaThat unbid gives moments of joy.
November 17, 2016
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.This a reposting of a comment originally posted on October 25, 2015 which was accidentally deleted. We REALLY need some sort of safeguard associated with the delete button. A single touch activates it. There is no “are you sure” warning and no way of undoing.
November 16, 2016
qms commented on the word fervid
A third option is perfervid, which unambiguously implies excess.
qms commented on the word scientism
Competitive pumpkiners knowThe road to blue ribbon is slow.Accomplish your giantismWith patience and scientismAnd pray that the monster will grow.
qms commented on the word caca
I am surprised that none of the dictionaries that Wordnik aggregates provides a definition for this word. When I was growing up in New England this was the common childhood term for excrement. I don’t know to what extent American dialect varies on this, but versions of the word are pervasive in European languages.Wikipedia provides a fascinating discussion of cacāre and its descendants:https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin_profanity#Cac.C4.81re:_to_defecateThe whole article on Latin profanity is entertaining.See also kakistocracy and cacatopia.
November 15, 2016
qms commented on the word bouleversement
The polity's trust has been rendedAnd amity's wagon upended,A brute renversementA bouleversementA wreck that's not readily mended.
qms commented on the word trumpenproletariat
The prospect's now so scary thatThe thought's no place to tarry at.Our doom is presagedBy the loud and enragedThe howling trumpenproletariat
November 14, 2016
trumpenproletariat – n. A class of American voters, privileged by race and income, who nevertheless nurse an overweening sense of grievance and share a conviction that they are the victims of both ambitious ethnic minorities and mysterious “elites.” They are characterized by nostalgia for a golden age that never was and limitless credulity.Cf. lumpenproletariat.
qms commented on the word autopoiesis
A system engaged in autopoiesisReplenishes loss but never increases.Is it fated to goForever on so,Or comes there a time when it ceases?
qms commented on the word pseudoplastic
As ketchup can tend to confuseThe kids must be given some clues:It's goop pseudoplasticSo shaking extracts it;Unshaken it never will ooze.
November 13, 2016
qms commented on the word daven
A friend called this very odd combination of definitions to my attention:daven - n, a person with a huge cock However, the example given, " Dude, that's such a huge Daven! ", applies the term not to the whole person but to the appendage itself.http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=DavenIf you read the prayers aloudYou've blessings of which to be proud.A ritual mavenEncouraged to davenIs bound to be found well-endowed.
November 12, 2016
qms commented on the word choenix
Boys come to the Greek teacher's doorWhen cheated by Cook and implore,"He's up to his mean tricksAnd shorting my choenix.I pray you, Dear Master, some more!"
n. A Greek dry measure, mentioned by Homer, and originally the daily ration of a man, but varying from a quart to over a quart and a half.
qms commented on the word tirl
It can mean to whine or to twirl,To quiver or else to unfurl,A wheel or a sampleOr thrill, for example.My head's in a whirl over tirl.
November 11, 2016
qms commented on the word plout
In the Highlands when angling for troutBe silent or whisper - don't shout.You'll displease your gillieWith conduct that's silly.Wade gently and don't ever plout.
November 10, 2016
qms commented on the word alexipharmic
Misfortunes quite often are karmic -The evil we've done and the harm stick.We sicken at lastFrom sins of the pastBut good deeds are alexipharmic.
November 9, 2016
qms commented on the word psephology
Election Day, 2016We simply don't know what to think!Just how have we come to this brink?In absence of knowledge weAbandon psephologyAnd flee to the solace of drink.
November 8, 2016
qms commented on the word manufactroversy
Announce something new on emailAnd Hillary hauled off to jail:A manufactroversyThat persists perversely.It's bait they will take without fail.
November 7, 2016
qms commented on the word circumduce
My self-assigned daily challenge is to write a limerick that rhymes on the Word of the Day (WotD). I have occasionally posted a limerick that included the WotD somewhere other than at the end of a line, but only rarely. A word like circumduce is especially troublesome because it is a transitive verb and it takes some engineering to place it naturally at the end of a line. I came up with a serviceable solution after reading that the word is an adornment of Scottish law. The Rangers and the Celtics (the “Old Firm”) are famously bitter football rivals in Glasgow, so it seemed apt to acknowledge a Scottish connection.Not only is the verb transitive but it seems to pair with only one direct object – “term”. Every usage example uses the verb in the phrase “circumduce the term.” I bethought myself of some way of writing a limerick on that phrase rather than on the verb alone. It looked unlikely but there is perverse inspiration to be got from current events. The 2016 Clinton/Trump presidential election is two days away and it is a great stimulant to the imagination.Elections circumduce the termSo pauses Trump to spruce his perm.He thinks that electionCan spread his infection,And gleefully he'll loose the germ.
November 6, 2016
The Old Firm are Glaswegian tribesWhose loyalists hate circumscribes.Why not call a truceThey can't circumduceAnd give up the insults and jibes?
qms commented on the word bioprocess
Biologists greedily dreamOf a captive microbial team,To build a colossusOf new bioprocess,A rich biotechnical scheme.
November 5, 2016
qms commented on the word feretory
It seems to me a tasteless lapseTo march about with saintly scraps.The apter territoryFor any feretoryIs seen through a pane in the apse.Note. I have found three suggested pronunciations for this word: fer-uh-TORY, fuh-RET-urry, FERRET-tree.
November 4, 2016
qms commented on the word epidiascope
For plain folk to get the straight dopeA lecture was a way to cope.The ones they liked best,So records attest,Were blessed with an epidiascope.
November 3, 2016
qms commented on the word soul-cake
Our sins do a burdensome toll take.While prayer and works on the whole makeOur vile purgatoryA less lengthy storyThe ticket to heaven's the soul-cake.Compare dumb-cake.
November 2, 2016
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November 1, 2016
qms commented on the word Hallowmas
In Autumn is death's shadow castOn thoughtless lad and callow lass.The death lust they showIs fervent but fauxThe eve of the feast of Hallowmas.
qms commented on the word hollop
What mischievous rhymes can I call upThat wouldn't be utter codswallop?It's driving me dottyTo find something naughtyIn a word that's as harmless as hollop.
October 31, 2016
qms commented on the word grue
Tonight pay the devil his dueAnd savor the witches' strange brewAs bandits and zombiesAnd other bad hombresCause many a shriek and a grue.
qms commented on the word heart-scald
"The worst thing a man can do is go bald. Never let yourself go bald." Donald J. TrumpHe looked in the mirror appalled,His tonsure a horror and heart-scaldAnd took then to buildingWith fleece of much gildingA pelt to conceal that he's bald.
October 30, 2016
qms commented on the word quale
While humorous verses are jollyThe words if unheard are mere follyThe laugh we provokeBy telling a jokeIs purely the listener's quale.
October 29, 2016
qms commented on the word textuary
I read in a serious bestiaryA clownfish can cause its sex to vary.I know it may soundLike I'm clowning aroundBut trust me, I'm strictly a textuary.
October 28, 2016
qms commented on the word TBR pile
Oh, alexz! Say it ain't so.
October 27, 2016
qms commented on the word red-tapism
See also comments at red-tapist.
qms commented on the word red-tapist
The office of humor correctionHas experts at offense detection.Each earnest red-tapistMaintains a bad-jape listOf jokes that will cause an objection.See also comments at red-tapism.
qms commented on the word pygostyle
A plowshare first sounded terrificBut vomer seemed more scientific,Then after a whileI loved pygostlyeAs sweet to the ear philornithic.
October 26, 2016
qms commented on the word frontless
Poor Ernest's affront caused him shameAnd liquor again was to blame.If only he'd drunk lessHe'd not have been frontlessNor owe now effrontery's claim.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
October 25, 2016
qms commented on the word gallinipper
The wee pest's a dangerous vectorBut heed this key gender corrector:The gal gallinipperAlone's the blood sipper;The guy bugs imbibe only nectar.
October 24, 2016
qms commented on the word meal-pock
He's glad that you fill up his meal-pockBut spare him your flattering sweet talk.He'll not be your friendSo don't condescendTo a pauper as proud as a peacock.
October 23, 2016
qms commented on the word palingenesis
Sweet reason's political nemesis,Or so some experienced men insist,Is Sarah's sour cantInforming Don's rant,An instance of strange palingenesis.
October 22, 2016
qms commented on the word levet
A biker to feel well-endowedRequires an engine that's loud.At daybreak he'll rev it -The neighborhood levet -Then flee from the rage of the crowd.
October 21, 2016
qms commented on the word elutriate
A consummate broth, experts say,Is filtered the albumin way.The soup you createWhen you elutriateIs elegant clear consommé.
October 20, 2016
qms commented on the word nugae
Despairing the rhymester hurls cursesAt info that Wordnik disperses:Though clumsy and kludgyOh, call them not nugaeOr damn them as trivial verses.
October 19, 2016
Research reveals that nugae is pronounced as though it were spelled "new-jee." There are other possibilities for a terminal "-ae" and you can read some of these discussed in comments at lunula.
qms commented on the word almsdeed
A comfortable conscience balm's creedHolds charity nurtures harm's seed:Don't coddle the poorBut give them a cureBy nobly withholding almsdeed.
October 18, 2016
qms commented on the word transpare
His slowly diminishing hairIs causing the Donald despair.He's fighting the tideBut cannot abideHis pink pate should baldly transpare.
October 17, 2016
qms commented on the word volery
Our laughter when humor is lightMay soar like the swallows at nightBut cynical drolleryCan conjure a voleryWhere fluttering never takes flight.
October 16, 2016
qms commented on the word hemolymph
She was to the eye a delighter,To hot-blooded youth an exciter,But cold hemolymphFilled veins of that nymphAnd no ardent boy could ignite her.
October 15, 2016
qms commented on the word femtobarn
The boffins with patient precisionExamine each tiny collisionAnd don't give a darn -Not one femtobarn - For ignorant cries of derision.
October 14, 2016
qms commented on the word scapulimancy
An oracular fellow named ClancyClaimed knowledge of scapulimancy.But a blade from a sternum?He could not discern 'em,So forecasts were generally chancy.
October 13, 2016
qms commented on the word bioswale
Consider the throughput travailDesigning a new bioswale.Input the terrainAnd volume of rainAnd hear the weary BIOS wail.
October 12, 2016
qms commented on the word solutionism
His manner is cheerful and breezy,Asserting all remedies easy,But airy solutionismIs trumped by his PutinismAnd more than foolhardy - he's sleazy.
October 11, 2016
qms commented on the word kincob
Oh pity the spokesperson's woes!Exposed to the jibes of his foes,The surrogate's spin jobMust dress up in kincobA king who is wearing no clothes.
October 10, 2016
qms commented on the word spleuchan
Old Angus was given to moochin'But Scotsmen in thrift have few kin.When he begged a smokeThey claimed to be brokeAnd not one would open his spleuchan.
October 9, 2016
qms commented on the word creepy clown
The rumors abound in the townThat wealth's not the cause for renown.No, Donald's real claimTo nationwide fameIs status as creepiest clown.
October 8, 2016
In the Autumn of 2016 the United States, and lately the UK as well, has been plagued by creepy clown sightings:
CBS News, October 8, 2016Hoax or threat? Clown sightings fuel panic nationwideThere’s been a wave of creepy clown sightings across the United States. Going back to late August, there have been dozens of reports of threatening clowns, largely centered around schools and colleges. Many have been dismissed by law enforcement as pranks, but more than a dozen people have been arrested in connection with the sightings. Whether they are pranks, threats or actual sightings, police and other officials have to take them seriously as a potential threat to safety. That’s starting to drain resources from law enforcement agencies, who are also concerned about feeding into hysteria…
qms commented on the word rigorism
A suspect avowal of stigmatismIs tested with maximum rigorism.Hysterical miraclesImperil the clericalsAnd threaten to trigger a schism.
qms commented on the user majdalawi
It is good to have you with us.
October 7, 2016
qms commented on the word vellicate
When amorous urges accelerateA prudent seducer will hesitate.As moods can be fickleFirst test with a tickle.It's safer at first if you vellicate.
qms commented on the word life-car
After posting my Word of the Day limerick on life-car I became curious to see what one looked like and to know if they had ever been put to practical use, so I ventured on to the net and discovered an interesting story. An American named Joseph Francis invented the life-car in the mid 19th Century and it was used in the saving of many lives from wrecks near the shore. Francis’s achievement seems to have been first recognized by foreign nations and he received recognition and awards from many countries. He was in Europe, perhaps to accept some of these accolades, when a Captain Douglass Ottinger of the United States Revenue Cutter Service applied to congress for a grant to recompense him for the invention of the life-car. Since Francis was not there to dispute Ottinger’s claim the congress awarded Ottinger $10,000. Only many years later was Francis recognized by congress with a gold medal. You can read an account of the matter here and see an image of a life-car here.How shameful that envious strife marWhat ought to be Francis's bright star,For Ottinger's claimOccluded his fameFor gifting the world with his life-car.
October 6, 2016
The best choice for rescue by far -As cozy as man and his wife are!When next you're ship-wreckedBe sure you selectThe safety and speed of the life-car!
qms commented on the word drysalter
I once was a sea salt exalterBut desiccant preferences alter.At present I thinkThat Himalayan pinkIs key for the gourmet drysalter.
October 5, 2016
qms commented on the word hubbly
Swamp gases make pond water bubblyAnd snowfall confuses things doubly.The mingling's not niceFor mid-winter ice,Which skaters will find sadly hubbly.
October 4, 2016
qms commented on the word previse
Cassandra with far-seeing eyesWas cursed with the gift to previse.Her passionate pleadingYet yielded no heeding,For truth needs a pleasing disguise.
October 3, 2016
qms commented on the word misspense
The climate deniers are dense,Unwilling to listen to sense.There's little occasionFor fruitful persuasion - The effort's a noble misspense.
October 2, 2016
qms commented on the word latitudinarianism
The commune's nudist agrarianismThe neighbors call lewd barbarianism.The counsel I giveIs live and let liveIn tolerant latitudinarianism.
October 1, 2016
qms commented on the word magsman
Though comics and internet wags canMake fun of faux hair and his gag tan,Suspicion still lingersThat such tiny fingersAre marks of the natural magsman.
September 30, 2016
qms commented on the word excogitate
Though you may prefer to meditateOr idly to ponder and speculate,Should thinking involveSome problem to solveYou'd better prepare to excogitate.
September 29, 2016
qms commented on the word aquacade
Ms Williams, quite fetchingly madeAnd big in the movie star trade,Unable to act(A regrettable fact),Excelled in the old aquacade.
September 28, 2016
qms commented on the word apophasis
News item: Trump Praises Self During, After Debate for Not Bringing Up Bill Clinton’s Infidelity The Donald traversed discourtesy's axisFrom casually rude to utterly classless.Self-praise for his silencesOn Bill's misalliancesIs no more than thuggishly crude apophasis.
September 27, 2016
qms commented on the word ambigu
A buffet for plain folk must do,Though some will say smorgasbord too,But a table of noshIf the setting is poshTurns into a true ambigu.
qms commented on the word cumbrous
When Autumn turns chilly and umbrousAnd burdens once light become cumbrous,The long shadows deepen,The way seems to steepen.And pilgrims grow weary and slumbrous.
September 26, 2016
qms commented on the word umbrous
OED:umbrous — 1. Lying in the shade; shady, shadowed.
qms commented on the word intertrigo
The doctor said, "Sorry, amigo;I know it's a blow to the ego:That flab that you cacheHas done something rash.It's blooming with wild intertrigo."
September 25, 2016
qms commented on the word metate
The gaucho at end of the dayReclines with his gourd of maté.His hammock will swing,His gaucha will singTo the beat of mano and metate.
September 24, 2016
qms commented on the word emargination
The stock of his gun, so it's said,He notched for each man he shot dead;What meaning then place onThe emarginationThat pocked the headboard of his bed?
September 23, 2016
qms commented on the word catena
In New Pagan lit's strange arenaThey work for an antique patina.They'll quote and they'll citeBy wizard and riteTo build up a mystic catena.
September 22, 2016
qms commented on the word sabretasche
A hussar must dress with panacheFrom spurs to his sash and mustache;And he must affordA damascene swordAdorned with a fine sabretache.
September 21, 2016
qms commented on the word mouchoir
Curmudgeons will always get crankyAt toffs who won't call it a hanky:"To call it a mouchoirIs Frenchified bushwa,But snot rag does fine, very frankly."
September 20, 2016
qms commented on the word caffa
Mustafa, who ruled once in Jaffa,Insisted his women wear caffa.A lip-hugging veilTo be worn without failWas known as Mustache of Mustafa.
September 19, 2016
qms commented on the word waney
Some lumberjacks, when it is rainy,Make tabletops - rustic and grainy.It's work they can getWhen weather is wetAnd uses what's knotted and waney.
September 18, 2016
qms commented on the word margent
When parties set out to augmentThey'll boast that they have a large tent,But under that big topThe clowning is nonstopTo flatter the crazy margent.
September 17, 2016
qms commented on the word loof
True saintliness calls for some proof:One, praying, might drift to the roof,Or, best of all data,Could bear the stigmata,The blessing of wounds in the loof.
September 16, 2016
qms commented on the word stover
The cows feast on green grass and cloverTill seasons of fresh growth are over,Then autumn fields shornTo dry stalks of cornWill make up their wintering stover.
September 15, 2016
qms commented on the word dichotic
The Donald sows discord and fearWith nonsense I'd rather not hear.Since life's less chaoticWhen listening's dichoticI've learned how to turn a deaf ear.
September 14, 2016
qms commented on the word costrel
A wonderful vessel, the neti pot,A tool every New Ager's got:A sort of a costrelYou stick up your nostrilTo sluice out your stubbornest snot.
September 13, 2016
qms commented on the word dyspnea
Pygmalion carved GalateaAnd gave himself instant dyspnea.The girl of his makingHe made so breathtakingHe gasped and he panted to see her.
September 12, 2016
qms commented on the word singultus
A life can be rendered tumult'ousIf plagued by persistent singultusAnd peace so much rivenThat some folk are drivenTo seek out the help of occultists.
September 11, 2016
qms commented on the word holophrastic
If new to environs monasticYou'll find that the silence is drastic.They frown on the phonicSo monks are laconic,Conversing in bursts holophrastic.
September 10, 2016
qms commented on the word autotroph
I checked it out on WikipediaAnd other reliable mediaSo safely I'll scoffAt the smug autotrophExtolling the joys of inedia.See also breatharian and comments at photovore.
September 9, 2016
qms commented on the word complicacy
My recipes feature efficacyEschewing all fuss and complicacy.A poulet compliquéWould ruin my day.I'll stew up my bird in a fricassee.
September 8, 2016
qms commented on the word imaret
A sultan could put up a minaretBut virtuous actions are better yet.He'll garner more blessingBy simply addressingThe needs of the poor in an imaret.
September 7, 2016
qms commented on the word nebulium
Poor Huggins felt silly and truly dumbTo learn he was wrong on nebulium.If he had been ableTo add to the tableThe next thing he'd name was nofoolium.
September 6, 2016
qms commented on the word sistrum
A prophet in Egypt's old systemHad curious aids to assist him.While thinking up answersHe watched sacred dancersWho bent to the beat of the sistrum.
September 5, 2016
qms commented on the word polyptoton
True, rhetoric and its devicesThe mischievous in me entices,But having now tripped uponThat devil polyptotonI deem them all devious vices.
September 4, 2016
qms commented on the word sirvente
There are French words such as garage that the English have dressed up in local fashion (rhymes with marriage) while Americans have preserved some of the native sound (rhymes with barrage). Sirvente is such a one.The Brits, as often their bent,Domesticate Gallic sirvente.The Yanks may still flauntA proper sirventeBut the English are intransigent.
September 3, 2016
qms commented on the word ruckle
At sound of the grim reaper's chuckleEven the mighty must truckle.He finds it amusingTo hear at his choosingLaments and a jolly death-ruckle.
September 2, 2016
qms commented on the word crotaline
That rattle is dire serpentine -Your comfort and his don't align.The gauntlet is flungBefore you are stungIf the snake that you rile's crotaline.
September 1, 2016
qms commented on the word bilocation
How quantum mechanics is quaint,Giving physics a mystical taint!Wee bits in rotationAchieve bilocationWhich had been reserved to the saint.
August 31, 2016
qms commented on the word latinx
I don’t have strong feelings about latinx (although I do think it utterly lacks charm), but I don’t know what it provides that Latin does not. One of the American Heritage definitions cited in Wordnik is “n. A Latino or Latina.”
August 30, 2016
qms commented on the word sexting
It's a tide of the tawdry we're breasting.I pray we'll get on to the next thing,As Donald feigns shockAt views of his cockNow Anthony's back to his sexting.
qms commented on the word eurythmy
Come share in my metrical whimsy,If not agin, then you are with me,For insight shows best As limerick dressedIn humor and lively eurythmy.
qms commented on the word vaticinate
Young prophets who'll live out the fateMust cautiously anticipate.The old and the wise 'unsWith looming horizonsHave freedom to boldly vaticinate.
August 29, 2016
qms commented on the word jill-flirt
Beg pardon if I dish some dirt:They never were angels, for cert.The Jack and the JillWho went up that hillWere jackanapes and a jill-flirt.
August 28, 2016
qms commented on the word incony
An odd one, this old-time incony:The word is elusive and funny;Meaning artless or fragileBut, shifting and agile,It hops like a lexical bunny.
August 27, 2016
A word popular in Shakespeare's day and unused since:
OEDForms: Also inconie, in-conie, in conie, inconey, in conye.Etymology: A cant word, prevalent about 1600, of unascertained origin. It appears to have rhymed with money , compare coney n.1 Suggestions as to its derivation are that it represents French inconnu , or Italian incognito , unknown; that it is a variation of uncanny , unconnyincautious, etc. (see canny adj.); that it is connected with unco unknown, strange, etc.; but none of these is free from difficulty.
qms commented on the word tenson
Itinerant troubadors tiredBut gigs at the palace requiredThey stake their ascents onA winnowing tenson, Before they were comfortably hired.
August 26, 2016
qms commented on the word erumpent
Does random unreason triumphantExplain the party's entrumpment,Or is it the workingOf illness long lurkingWhose presence at last is erumpent?
August 25, 2016
qms commented on the word craniometry
Too clever by half, it's been said,If subject and science aren't wed.So use plane geometryAnd not craniometryTo measure a simple blockhead.
August 24, 2016
qms commented on the word fabliau
The bawdy is narrative's fodderAnd broad jest its babbling water.Jongleurs had a goWith hot fabliauxAnd we work the famed farmer's daughter.
August 23, 2016
qms commented on the word smaik
What pleasure in geck the Scots take!In insults that sting like a snakeIt's limmer they'll fetch(Or skellum) for "wretch,"But scroyle is much like a smaik.Here's a provocative thought:Scots insults suit Donald a lot,Perhaps this is meritedBy genes he inherited.His mom was an immigrant Scot.
August 22, 2016
qms commented on the word skellum
Strange demons, it may be, compel him;Some think mental illness befell him.I rather suspectA cruder affect:The Donald is simply a skellum.
August 21, 2016
qms commented on the word pleochroism
A rock hound when he is wistfuldreams gemstones garnered by fistful,And rock turned to prismBy pleochroism - The trick of a magical crystal.
August 20, 2016
qms commented on the word supernal
The commonplace may hold truth's kernelAnd point the way to things supernal,So follow that arrowFrom a red wheelbarrowOr raise your eyes from Duchamp's urinal.
August 19, 2016
qms commented on the word geck
Some cock may presume he's execWith general permission to peckBut strutting your stuffMay not be enoughWhen the flock is aflutter with geck.
August 18, 2016
qms commented on the word coelostat
A sailor who finds where he's atAdjusts to the long and the lat;Astronomers thoughTo check any flowWill stick with a strict coelostat.
August 17, 2016
Note that coelostat is pronounced "seal-o-stat" as in coelacanth or coeliac disease.
qms commented on the word vespertine
When daylight's begun its declineAnd darkness is poured out like wineOur lusty young bravesLike bats from their cavesEmerge for the hunt vespertine.
August 16, 2016
qms commented on the word skin-game
A trickster betrays his sly aimAssailing his foe without shame.To charge voting fraudIn no way seems oddFrom one who has played the skin-game.
August 15, 2016
qms commented on the word hypermetropic
Cosmologists peer far and wide,Putting issues of history aside.To hypermetropicsSuch trivial topicsAre less than their minds can abide.
August 14, 2016
qms commented on the word skeezicks
His speeches can only fleece hicksWho'll swallow his dreary sleaze mix.They haven't a prayer — This snake oil purveyorIs famed as a thorough skeezicks.
August 13, 2016
qms commented on the word vol au vent
qms commented on the word paronymous
"Gregarious" hints at a commonness,"Egregious", however's, more ominous.The first is preferredAs part of the herdBut, cousins, the words are paronymous.
August 12, 2016
qms commented on the word archaeoastronomy
We've learned of our ancestors' yearningIn scholarship subtly discerningCalled archaeoastronomy,While paleoeconomyIs knowledge of primitive earning.
August 11, 2016
qms commented on the word ladrone
Democracy's cycles are proneTo flaws that the sages bemoan:Slick dealers hijackThe passionate packAnd try to elect a ladrone.
August 10, 2016
qms commented on the word collogue
My goodness! How do they say this in Hobart? Frafft? Frackit?Go to the site pasted below and hear some audio examples.http://www.memidex.com/fraught#audioIt must be the effect of hanging bat-like from the bottom of the planet.
Some private exchanges are fraughtAs innocent converse is not.In voices that collogueHear treachery's prologue,The reptilian hiss of a plot.
August 9, 2016
qms commented on the word fruitation
A vegan embraces fruitationWith many a happy potation — A sovereign cureFor all that's impureAnd slayer of cruel constipation.
See comments at nutation.
August 8, 2016
qms commented on the word nutation
Hunting rhymes for "nutation" I looked into the legitimacy of "fruitation" and was disappointed to find that what little attention it draws is scorn as an unsophisticated stand-in for "fruition". This is too bad. I like the word and think that it nicely evokes an image of a tree laden with ripened fruit. We have a mulberry tree that, at midsummer when its branches droop with the weight of berries, is visited by crowds of birds, squirrels, chipmunks, etc., and cats in pursuit of the wild creatures. Even on windless days the tree pulsates as though palsied. Thus,
The mulberry tree in fruitationIs swayed by a great disputationAs critters at oddsCause tremors and nodsAnd days of a steady nutation.
A language improves by mutationProducing delights like fruitation,Like saplings new-bornFrom acorns wind-tornFrom oak trees that bend with nutation.
qms commented on the word limmer
The lamp of sweet reason grows dimmerAnd decency's quite gone aglimmer.He sucks up the lightAnd brings on the night.The man is a lout and a limmer.
August 7, 2016
qms commented on the word scroyle
Amid the political moilRepublicans strive to be loyal,But this sorry fettleWill sure test their mettle,For Jumbo has spawned them a scroyle.
August 6, 2016
qms commented on the word estovers
We scurry in fortune's fierce raceTill age makes us slacken the pace.We cease being roversAnd guard our estoversAnd hope that we fade with some grace.
August 5, 2016
Ety. note: Old French estover, estovoir, subst. use of estovoir to be necessary. (OED)
qms commented on the word axiology
Damn! I was hoping it was the study of armpits.See axillary.
August 4, 2016
qms commented on the word furvert
Does an incestuous furvert in heat do a furgent search among her furkin?
qms commented on the word crepuscule
The heat of the day can be cruel.We swelter and yearn to be cool,To sip a cold drinkAnd watch the sun sinkAnd soak in the sweet crepuscule.
qms commented on the user mohsin12027
Greetings mohsin. I hope you will enjoy the experience.
August 3, 2016
qms commented on the word seely
Our Ernest knows Wordnik's a toolTo facet a phrase like a jewel.What does he mean reallyBy calling you seely?Is saint what he names you-or fool?Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
qms commented on the word pickthank
A crafty pol should be a pickthank.When voters send an impolitic blankHis career's not demolished;The apples he's polishedWill land him a post in a think tank.
August 2, 2016
qms commented on the list character-types
While I am a tilting toddler in Wordnik years I am a shambling mutterer in terms of sun orbits. You Wordie veterans have amazingly rich lists. I put together a few lists to collect the lovely words I don't want to forget. Then I forget the lists. I still don't understand what tags do.
qms commented on the word birkie
The nature of humans is murky.Our moods make our preferences quirky.Who one day beguilesWith laughter and smilesThe next is a tedious birkie.
August 1, 2016
qms commented on the word war-fain
Perhaps the cold grip of mortmainOr Olympian gods who ordainThat men through the agesIndulge their wild ragesDisposed to be always war-fain.
July 31, 2016
qms commented on the word hamshackle
When casting with fly fishing tackleThe novice who has not the knack'llFind that such anglingIs deeply entanglingAnd wind up impaled and hamshackled.
July 30, 2016
qms commented on the word tucket
He fondled each farthing and ducatBefore dropping them into his bucket.The comforting soundAs they rattled aroundTo him was both nocturne and tucket.
July 29, 2016
qms commented on the word ram-stam
Not like that repellent damn shamThat callously plays with "wham bam,"But just helter-skelter,An innocent welter.There's nought to offend in ram-stam.
July 28, 2016
qms commented on the word pussy
A pussy foot can be an omen - Remember ex ungue leonem.The essence of Trump'sExpressed in those stumps.Let Pussy become his cognomen.
July 27, 2016
qms commented on the word ex ungue leonem
ex ungue leonem: from the claw (we may judge of) the lion : from a part we may judge of the whole.Merriam-Webster
qms commented on the word panada
When hungry how low will we stoopOur dwindling strength to recoup?A bowl of panadaIs better than nada.If need be I'll eat some bread soup.
qms commented on the word screenwalking
'screenwalking = walking along looking at your cellphone with no attention to what's going on around you.
qms commented on the word orra
The gnomes are not fauna nor floraBut gardens are blessed by their aura.Their magic potentialMay not be essentialBut some find them charmingly orra.
July 26, 2016
qms commented on the word nayword
His small talking skills being waywardHe chattered at times like a jaybird.For marital peaceHis babble would ceaseIf she uttered the pre-arranged nayword.
July 25, 2016
qms commented on the word balneal
The best way I know how to healA pestilent rash poplitealIs immersing your kneesAs hot as you pleaseApplying the cure-all balneal.
July 24, 2016
qms commented on the word gabion
From Wikipedia:"A gabion (from Italian gabbione meaning "big cage"; from Italian gabbia and Latin cavea meaning "cage") is a cage, cylinder, or box filled with rocks, concrete, or sometimes sand and soil for use in civil engineering, road building, military applications and landscaping."See these employed with increasing frequency in retaining walls along roads and highways.
qms commented on the word drownage
Young ladies in crinoline gownageRefrained from riparian clownageElse they might have slidAs Ophelia didTo prolonged, if picturesque, drownage.
July 23, 2016
qms commented on the word habilatory
A gossip can never be dilatoryBut eagerly hastes to spill a storyAnd endlessly nattersOf such shocking mattersAs subtle transgressions habilatory.
July 22, 2016
qms commented on the word lampadrome
See lights in the Levantine gloamAs linkboys scamper for home.The torches glow brightIn encroaching nightAt the end of a long lampadrome.Also see comments at lampadedromy.
July 21, 2016
qms commented on the word idolothytic
As gods will not deign to eat meatYour slender amour spurns a sweet.It's not hypocriticBut idolothyticTo give her your favorite treat.
July 20, 2016
qms commented on the word niggard
July 19, 2016
qms commented on the word niggardly
qms commented on the word gelastic
Crude youngsters employ a crass trickTo replicate trumpetings gastric,While I, for my part,Can hear in no fartA note in the least bit gelastic.
Something to do with the way the Wordnik compiler processes quotation marks. I will ponder.
qms commented on the word dizzard
Much given to fretting his gizzardDoubts swirl like the flakes of a blizzard.When Percy must voteCold fear grips his throat - Well-meaning but sadly a dizzard.
July 18, 2016
qms commented on the word to fret the gizzard
At the entry for gizzard the Century supplies, "n. Figuratively, temper: now only in the phrase to fret one's gizzard." The "now" reference is to 1914. The expression is new to me and I like it. This is a fossil that deserves reanimation.
qms commented on the word simulacradomes
As fairies and elves have their homesWhy do we neglect our poor gnomes?Why can we not hardenThe roof of the gardenAnd give them simulacradromes?
qms commented on the word fulvescent
What rara avis bizarrely fluorescentAssails us with crowing incessant?It's only the rumpusOf brass-pated trumpusWho struts in his plumage fulvescent.
July 17, 2016
qms commented on the word balladmonger
Whether Brassens or Dylan or BrelThey draw from the same woeful wellFor each balladmongerAffects pallid longueur.What unhappy tales they do tell.
July 16, 2016
qms commented on the word celsitude
Though old the tycoon isn't done yet,But keeps on his staff young Yvette,Who's sufficiently lewdTo preserve celsitudeOn the oligarch's personal jet.
July 15, 2016
qms commented on the word late capitalism
"Late capitalism" is a term used by neo-Marxists to refer to capitalism from about 1945 onwards, with the implication that it is a historically limited stage rather than an eternal feature of all future human society. This period includes the era termed the golden age of capitalism.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Late_capitalism
July 14, 2016
qms commented on the word keout
Purportedly an Irishism, but I find only one dictionary entry (the Century), one usage example (the Carleton novel) and no pronunciation guidance.An insult is what it's about,A bold contumelious shout.Should I give a hootIf it rhymes with galootOr assume that the word is keout?
qms commented on the word iatric
A master of matters iatricIf blessed with some talent theatricAnd good looks to bootCan scoop up some lootIn scoring the tv doc hat trick.
July 13, 2016
qms commented on the word Itinerant
qms commented on the word prosaist
Forsooth, fulsome praise, as thou sayest,Could go to a clever essayist;But prithee bestow itOn some soaring poetAnd not a mere plodding prosaist.
July 12, 2016
qms commented on the list states-of-mind--2
A daze? stupefaction?
July 11, 2016
qms commented on the word flacket
Let a thirst build at first then attack it.A beer is improved while you lack it.The drier you getThe more the beer's wetAnd cooler the flanks of the flacket.
qms commented on the word diverb
Ignite a spark by useful frictionWith symmetry in contradiction.Inspire or perturbBy a clever diverb -An ancient tool of formal diction.
July 10, 2016
qms commented on the word alliaceous
For spuds and for meat he's voraciousBut Grandad makes haste to turn graciousAnd claim he is satedIf it's intimatedThe next dish could be alliaceous.
July 9, 2016
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qms commented on the user qms
Thank you, ruzuzu. Verse is not neccessary but your good wishes are much appreciated. I only wanted to acknowledge Erin's gesture and to prepare my excuses in advance in case I miss a day here and there.
June 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user qms
Dear qms,I'm sorry I haven't written a get-well verse for you yet. Everything I try to rhyme betrays my dislike of cars and drivers--and since most of the people I know happen to be drivers, I thought maybe I'd cool off for a bit. Get well soon,ruzuzu
bilby commented on the user qms
Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?But forgive me this jest,I wish you and elbows my best,*shakes fist at said stupid driver*
June 1, 2015
Kind Wordniks: In her generous verse of yesterday erinmckean referenced my injury, which could interfere with submissions to Wordnik. On my last bike ride, May 22 (alas, my last for some time I'm afraid) an inattentive driver cut in front of me, soMy dismount was the handlebar vault - A gracefully arcing somersault.An elbow twice brokenAnd concussion betokenThe boldness of that asphalt halt.Two days ago I had surgery to nail my funny bone back into place. Fortunately (or not - there are opinions) I have been able to continue limericizing. This is a tribute to Erin's helpfulness and the power of OCD.
May 31, 2015
erinmckean commented on the user qms
At Wordnik we are truly blessedTo have, as lyricist, qms.Although a recent awkward injury may make his typing a bit gingerywe still daily receive of his best.
May 30, 2015
The annum revolves from last to nextBut yields no daily tempting text.Is there some curseOn good-natured verseOr will 2015 be lexically hexed?
January 1, 2015
Dear Wordniks my aim is to woo youTo visit "community" if you choose to.Let not this hiatusDepress or abate us,Let's flock to the beckoning ruzuzu.
December 25, 2014
Thanks, qms! I was thinking that in the meantime maybe we should just congregate on one of the word pages--community makes as much sense as any. See you there?
December 24, 2014
I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!
December 15, 2014
By rights this should be posted on the account of the user lozonbeatty, but that account will soon be squished to wriggling flatness by the almighty thumb of erinmckean, if it has not already been so reduced. I post my comment here so that it will not be collateral damage.I was struck by the last few sentences of lozonbeatty’s message, that is, three or four sentences, depending on one’s inclination to generosity:
I experience scorching soon after using the tablet. and that i sweat quite a bit .they explain to me it is because the tablet si performing for me. I m seriously pleased with this particular outcome.
July 3, 2014
On any page, scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Community link under News. That will take you to what we used to call 'the front page' of the site where you can see all the latest user comments (and some other stuff). Sometimes you'll see that a 'conversation' between frequent users is developing on a particular word.Doorbelling is also fine, we do that too.p.s. There should also be a Community link on the black bar at the top.
January 1, 2014
You can comment on any word except the Word of the Day in the WotD section. Your double bracket theory is correct, you can make a clickable link to any word's page by doing that. Then just scroll down till you find the comment box.
December 19, 2013
I seem to have managed to make everything a comment FOR qms ABOUT qms. What I would like to do is offer comment FROM qms about a word. I wonder if double brackets on a word such as hebetude would land me in a useful place.
From 11/27/2013, hebetude Thanksgiving, 2013We dine this day on heaps of food,Then slump in sleepy lassitude.Sad bales of clothesNear comatose –Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.
WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean Snow Fleas To Winter they're not giving inTo slumber in chilly oblivion.They cheerfully goUnderneath the snowAnd, happy there, hop subnivean.
I have encountered enough success at posting a comment to look back a bit for other Word of the Day offerings that I have limericized. My skills as an archivist are weak, but I have found a couple.From 12/11/2013, cete"Coitus" supplies a word for "mate;"A batch of badgers it names "cete."It could be fun to viewWhat those badgers doIf, like words from roots, they proliferate.
From 12/05/2013, morosophThe lit'ry world may haughtily scoffAnd judge the writer in some way "off,"But a limericist's toolsAre the insights of fools.The form is the art of the morosoph.
You can comment on the word cacchinate, though not on the Word Of The Day entry which is in a different part of the site.
December 18, 2013
madmouth commented on the user qms
the meter is funky - a bit to the left of the limerickI like it!
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