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qms commented on the word connate
The beasts have convened to debate:
Should jackal or louse bear the weight,
Or lizard take blame
Sparing others the shame
That Donald and they be connate.
January 18, 2019
qms commented on the word jean dimmock
January 17, 2019
qms commented on the word faunistic
One weather chat characteristic
Is rather a linguistic missed trick:
Why rain dogs and cats
Not pigeons and bats,
A figure more aptly faunistic?
qms commented on the word tombac
January 16, 2019
qms commented on the word stound
His voice and his pictures surround,
Like a pair of assailants they pound.
They stab and they wound
And leave us in stound
Then kick us when we’re on the ground.
qms commented on the word nobby
Could a name for “enforcer of law” be
More cozy than plain British “bobby?”
See “peeler” that was
The cockneys considered it nobby.
January 15, 2019
January 14, 2019
Carpal dog snot
qms commented on the word cephalalgia
I’ve rhymed my long weary way
Five years without missing a day.
Now rest on nostalgia
Or choose cephalalgia,
The price the obsessive must pay?
qms commented on the word lewth
High sentiments can’t hide the truth
That much of our lives is uncouth.
We desperately muddle
And struggle to huddle
Like penguins in search of some lewth.
January 13, 2019
Reality’s under attack,
Each speech a stinging gob smack.
His gilt is amazin’;
It seems as if brazen
But even his brass is tombac.
January 12, 2019
qms commented on the word maslin
From cold northern seas to the Tasman,
And islands perfumed with sweet jasmine,
O’er endless bleak fetches
The transported wretches
Survived on slim hope and coarse maslin.
January 11, 2019
qms commented on the word sipple
An infant who’s fierce for the nipple
Once grown may be given to tipple
And if so accursed
Must manage his thirst,
Not guzzle but daintily sipple.
January 10, 2019
qms commented on the word mellophone
That's cool, man. Pas de problemo.
January 9, 2019
Though legal, leave pot well alone;
It made my backyard Yellowstone.
There Old Faithful spat
And frightened the cat
While a bear played a fine mellophone.
qms commented on the word galea
There once was a youth in Australia
Who slept in odd paraphernalia -
Wore armor to bed,
To cushion his head
A pillow was stuffed in his galea.
January 8, 2019
qms commented on the word sooterkin
The Dutch have odd habits, by Jove!
And sooterkin shows us a trove:
Just why should Dutch ladies
Be toasting their nates
Or want to sit over a stove?
January 7, 2019
qms commented on the word theophany
Some credit strange creatures from space
Or think that a ghost haunts the place
But don’t often see
Made plain in a babe’s smiling face.
January 6, 2019
qms commented on the word beanfeast
The suffering drones who are seen least
Will say that their boss is a mean beast
But turns a fine fellow
When workers grow mellow
At the annual company beanfeast.
January 5, 2019
qms commented on the word swage
The poets of old made a song
With anvil and hammer and tong,
Now rap’s all the rage
That’s stamped by a swage
So writers need never be strong.
January 4, 2019
qms commented on the word chine
The barbering tar would opine,
“The hardest to shave’s the jawline.
The prow of the chin
Is easy as sin
But not the damned barnacled chine.”
January 3, 2019
qms commented on the list autantonyms
See ferial, which means pertaining to a holiday or pertaining to any day of the week which is not a holiday.
January 2, 2019
qms commented on the word ferial
The day of the week’s immaterial
Official, mundane, or ethereal.
You’re sure to be vexed
Without some context
When told the occasion is ferial.
Ferial is one of those words that supports opposite meanings. There are at least three lists that try (more or less strictly) to collect these:
autantonyms, self-antonyms, contranyms.
qms commented on the word year-day
It may be all rumor and hearsay
But true in a chillingly weird way:
The Kremlin’s thick walls
Hide banquets and balls
On Donald’s inaugural year-day.
January 1, 2019
qms commented on the word horologe
The crow of the cock was more cheery
Or the bell tolling bedtime when weary.
A lovely hodgepodge
We’ve called horologe
Gives way to Alexa and Siri.
December 31, 2018
qms commented on the word undertime
He mines his deep mind for some rhyme
And hopes he will find the sublime.
In fits and in spasms
He scours those chasms
Constrained by his scarce undertime.
December 30, 2018
qms commented on the word empressement
Our energies ought to be less spent
In making the past year’s assessment.
To Hell be it sped!
Let’s focus instead
On next year with hopeful empressement.
December 29, 2018
qms commented on the word Childermas
In what an immoral dark wilderness
Could infants be brutally killed en masse?
Such blasphemous crime
In ‘Great’ Herod’s time
Is subject and theme of our Childermas.
December 28, 2018
qms commented on the word Detention
Be quiet and give your attention:
Obey every rule and convention;
Just be a good Tassie,
Not vain or too snazzy,
And never be sent to Detention.
December 27, 2018
qms commented on the word appetency
If a boob should protrude ‘accidentally’
She cannot help what he happens to see.
I’ll give you few clues
As to what then ensues
But mention in passing his appetency.
qms commented on the word shieling
Imagine how lonely he’s feeling -
The shepherd immured in his shieling.
Forgive if you can
That natural man
For finding a sweet ewe appealing.
December 26, 2018
qms commented on the word magus
Oh, might some benevolent magus
With gift of his wisdom assuage us,
And bring us, we pray,
On this Christmas Day
Surcease from the sorrows that plague us.
December 25, 2018
qms commented on the word nascency
These days in their fruitful adjacency
Can tempt us to hope and complacency.
The new year and yule -
A birth and renewal -
Seem marks of a new age in nascency.
December 24, 2018
qms commented on the word curule
We save for those fellows who rule
The sturdy and hallowed curule.
Its virtues are spare
As a practical chair
But, my! What a really cool stool.
December 23, 2018
qms commented on the word pontlevis
A moat had its uses I’m sure:
It must have been mainly a sewer,
But when the pontlevis
That crossed that foul crevice
Was raised all within were secure.
December 22, 2018
qms commented on the word trental
He dreams of a thirty-day rental
But beaches and basking are mental,
For Ernest though poor
Just loves the allure
Of saying he’s paid for a trental.
Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
December 21, 2018
qms commented on the word intonaco
It’s Banksy I hear who in Monaco
Installed a big fresco ironical.
At night it evinces
Affection for princes,
In daylight it fades to intonaco.
December 20, 2018
qms commented on the word couvade
Let all of us be on our guard
Lest judgment be hasty and hard.
Is it tenderest sharing
Or harsh and uncaring
For a husband to suffer couvade?
The definition supplied with the Word of the Day gives a positive spin to couvade but other definitions and examples are less generous.
December 19, 2018
qms commented on the word kymograph
Might science discover a measure
For comedy’s varying pressure,
A new kymograph
For giggle and laugh
To trace precise records of pleasure?
December 18, 2018
qms commented on the word pococurante
He can be annoying now, can’t he,
Accepting our treats nonchalantly?
In his humble view
It’s only his due.
He’s clearly a pococurante.
December 17, 2018
qms commented on the word colubrine
Is your ear befuddled or mine?
I’m pleased with the aural design.
The internet voices
Confirm my first choices,
But maybe it’s different in Strine.
We all crave a leader who’s leonine,
An image that’s noble and fine,
But something’s amiss
With slither and hiss
And leadership that’s colubrine.
December 16, 2018
qms commented on the word gentilesse
Grown tired of wealth’s mental stress
He worked and he spent a bit less.
He kept all he’d bought-
His houses, his yacht-
And honed a relaxed gentilesse.
December 15, 2018
qms commented on the word quatuor
You’d hardly believe it, just what furor
Was stirred by that tuneless loud quatuor!
Hell’s recesses shook
In every dark nook;
The doors blew off and bats flew o’er.
December 14, 2018
qms commented on the word visitatorial
At beauty fests times immemorial
He claimed rights visitatorial
And cheekily breached
The dressing room niche
As though he had privilege seigneurial.
qms commented on the word oxime
From the pronunciation guidance I find it rhymes with mock steam, but I have not found a true two-syllable, one-word rhyme.
qms commented on the word chorology
Just where might you look for a wallaby
Or find a big prairie dog colony?
What habitats boast
The least and the most
And why, is the realm of chorology.
December 13, 2018
qms commented on the word skopos
In the matter of Moses’s toes
Just what may the scholar suppose?
The text could be comical
Or else anatomical.
He’d better define the skopos.
Any unfamiliar with the matter of Moses’s toes can be enlightened at this link:
December 12, 2018
qms commented on the word cake
One of the nicest Swedish deserts is a big sponge cake coated in whipped cream and studded with strawberries. In my wife’s family this is called by a name that translates to “maternal grandmother’s cake” but phonetically it is “murmur’s caca.” This give pause to those who are first introduced to it.
December 11, 2018
qms commented on the word freshie
The forms of address can get messy
When croc and newcomer are freshie.
I’d stumble, by gosh,
‘Cause we call them frosh
And ‘gators are what might distress me.
qms commented on the word fluviatile
Old crocs that are cruising the Nile
To Aussie eyes look juvenile.
They are mighty paltry
Compared to a saltie
And prosaically fluviatile.
qms commented on the list cookie-monster
The pepparkakor is one of the seemingly infinite variety of cookies my wife’s Swedish family bakes at Christmas.
December 10, 2018
qms commented on the word wully-wus
Ol’ bilby persists in his pranks
But, weary, I tell him, “No thanks.”
He may embrace fully
The wus and the wully
But my brief stops well short of Manx.
qms commented on the word incult
A young person’s mind is in tumult,
While fertile and green it is uncult,
So passionate youth
Neglects tact for truth
And old withered ears hear an insult.
qms commented on the word borrel
To set a tone lofty and moral
Some leaders eschew petty quarrel.
The goblin by contrast
Loves insult and bombast.
He’s hopelessly clumsy and borrel.
December 9, 2018
qms commented on the word empyreal
Some suitors use comic material;
Others are sweet and ethereal.
Some try derring-do
But the most daring woo
Is feigning the sexless empyreal.
December 8, 2018
qms commented on the word tramontane
December 7, 2018
qms commented on the word ultramontane
The still mists stifle and stain
Befouling the air of the plain.
Skies formerly bright
With reason’s clear light
Need fresh gusts ultramontaine.
qms commented on the word pandect
He’ll hunt and he’ll peck to collect,
To source, classify and connect,
But Ernest’s best hope is
An eccentric opus.
He’ll never compose a pandect.
December 6, 2018
qms commented on the word catadromous
*Doffs his hat.*
December 5, 2018
It’s deep sea that makes a shad amorous
But love misapplied is calamitous.
How bad must she feel
To fall for an eel
Then learn that her lover’s catadromous.
qms commented on the word zambomba
While some play the spoons or the bones
Let others percuss with two stones,
Or add a zambomba
And cry ¡Ay,caramba!
Enriching the idiophones.
December 4, 2018
qms commented on the word incondite
The flourish too much was the bonnet;
Mugs curses the moment he donned it.
The cops on the hunt
Could see through his stunt;
His costume was sadly incondite.
December 3, 2018
qms commented on the word boistous
I prithee, begone! Thou annoyeth us,
Profaning these sanctified cloisters.
A monk should be meek
And hark more than speak
But thou stealeth ale and are boistous.
December 2, 2018
qms commented on the word gentilitial
His statements, both tweets and official,
Give proof of a grave mental issue.
His dad joined the Klan
And formed the young man
So call it a trait gentilitial.
December 1, 2018
qms commented on the word lapstone
Fresh leather, uneven and knobbled,
Must always be thoroughly cobbled,
But whacking on lapstones
Is hard on a chap’s bones
And prospects of offspring are hobbled.
November 30, 2018
qms commented on the word spaghett
This pasta, I think you will find,
Accepts sauce of most any kind.
She’s not a cheap floozy
Yet cannot be choosy
For, i-less, spaghett is thus blind.
qms commented on the word kylix
Penelope’s dining is stylish:
A dainty and well-seasoned dry mix
In a Baccarat bowl
That’s food for the soul
And catnip infusion en kylix.
November 29, 2018
qms commented on the word jasey
The customs of England amaze me.
Their judges wear gowns and a jasey.
Has no one there twigged
They’re strangely bewigged
Considering wiggy means crazy?
November 28, 2018
It’s countless the pastas I’ve met:
Farfalle, linguini and yet
From out all the many,
The orzo and penne,
The noblest is humble spaghett!
November 27, 2018
In Venice the portly Geppetto
Near capsized a small vaporetto.
Resolved to get thinner
He had for his dinner
A polpetta bewreathed in spaghetto.
qms commented on the word stithy
A remarkable archaeological achievement, bilby. Also reminds me why I don’t want to be a fisherman.
Poetasters flog wits with a withy
To beat out some words that are pithy,
Or bellow in time
To the hammer of rhyme,
Forging lines on the limerick’s stithy.
qms commented on the word trudgen
The hunk at the neighborhood lido
Swims freestyle and wears a tight speedo,
But for the curmudgeon
It’s trunks and the trudgen
To show that he’s conquered libido.
November 26, 2018
qms commented on the word tapotement
Priscilla, provisioned for hope, went
Again for light strokes and tapotement.
Should charm not procure
A willing masseur
Her checkbook might lead to elopement.
November 25, 2018
qms commented on the word siffle
Don’t go to the doc with a sniffle;
She’ll warn of an ominous siffle.
A cough and a sneeze
Are not real disease.
Avoid all that medical piffle.
November 24, 2018
qms commented on the word pandowdy
I just never know which ones are going to tickle people. Thank you both.
November 23, 2018
That cowpoke’s so terribly loud he
Quite shook the whole house with his “Howdy!”
From force of his yell
My wife’s soufflée fell.
We served it as apple pandowdy.
qms commented on the word cocozelle
Said Winchell to Howard Cosell,
“Have you ever had cocozelle?”
Retorted young Howard,
“I am not empowered,
To say more than that I know her well.”
November 22, 2018
qms commented on the word sangaree
In isles of the mangrove and manatee
Swamp fevers can bring on insanity.
To shelter your senses
The best of defenses
Is glass after glass of sweet sanagree.
November 21, 2018
qms commented on the word parvitude
The fingers are pale as a larval brood
And squirm like slick worms that are starved for food.
But goblin’s do jabbing
And coarse pussy grabbing,
More foul for insinuant parvitude.
November 20, 2018
qms commented on the word ventosity
He’s not much at subtle philosophy
And stranger to grace, wit or prosody,
But his vulgar sallies
Do gin up his rallies.
He’s champ when it comes to ventosity.
November 19, 2018
qms commented on the word contumely
I desperately hope and assume he
Will go before night fears consume me,
And take from the scene
His strut and his preen,
His self-praise and raging contumely.
November 18, 2018
qms commented on the word shadoof
The pyramids furnish the proof
We need but the hand and the hoof,
For camel and manpower
Built every grand tower,
Assisted by levers, the sledge and shadoof.
November 17, 2018
qms commented on the word disselboom
The shopkeeper cheerfully mocks
The way that the Boer farmer talks.
He’ll give him a thistle bloom
When he wants a disselboom
To hitch up his weary old ox.
November 16, 2018
qms commented on the word berimbau
Yep. I’m wired.
November 15, 2018
The dancer with all limbs akimbo
Contorts in a lithesome low limbo.
In firelight flesh glistens
And all the world listens
To the beat of the haunting berimbau.
qms commented on the word garth
In seasons when sunlight is sparse
The Princess stays in by the hearth.
When Winter is gone
And sun soaks the lawn
Her court will disport on the garth.
November 14, 2018
qms commented on the word freakshake
Brilliant, bilby! Can you copyright a dance move? Shall we race to the patent office? Gimme, gimme, gimme some money for that shimmy.
November 13, 2018
qms commented on the word alestake
I guessed it was old Abenaki
Or maybe a rare type of sake,
But alestake is pure
Plain English for sure
And none of that furrin malarkey.
When travelers and steeds need a break
There’s thirst of the horses to slake,
But coachmen will push
To the welcoming bush
And go till they find an alestake.
qms commented on the word lingcod
On the Great Puget Sound Octopus Survey
Beware what the scholars purvey!
Octopuses are coy in their way.
They’re dodgers and dancers,
You can’t trust their answers.
Who knows how they’ll twist a survey?
November 12, 2018
qms commented on the word illation
Concerning our great tribulation
I offer a hopeful illation:
The problem derives
From imbibing lies
And abstinence ends pixilation.
qms commented on the word demyship
If I were more learned and polished
I’d know how to say “Magdalen College.”
Odd words likes demyship
Would trip light from my lip
And all would admire my knowledge.
An interesting note on local pronunciation:
Don’t make the faux pas of pronouncing Magdalen College ‘Mag-de-len College’. It’s pronounced ‘Maudlin College’. Just to make things more confusing, Magdalen Street in the centre of Oxford IS pronounced ‘Mag-de-len’ but lively Magdelen Road in East Oxford is pronounced ‘Maudlin’ like the college. Got it?!
November 11, 2018
qms commented on the user sionnach
It’s strange prey the bandicoot stalks.
A sionnach, I learned, is a fox.
It’s not like he will be
A pal to a bilby.
He’ll eat him like bagels and lox.
November 10, 2018
qms commented on the word ponderate
Lexicographers eagerly explicate.
Though some are disposed to pontificate
A scholar who’s prudent
Is modesty’s student,
Inclined to first quietly ponderate.
qms commented on the word metanoia
The bed ought to be like a cloister
But some noisome neighbor may roister.
An unwelcome shellfish
Is Yanno, the selfish,
Notoriously boisterous, oyster.
My neighbor’s a noisy annoyer
And drove me to go find a lawyer.
Once keen on hip hop art
He now swears by Mozart
My lawyer has wrought metanoia.
November 9, 2018
qms commented on the user olcio45
November 8, 2018
qms commented on the word emunctory
In typical practice of Trumpery
Civility’s scarce and perfunctory.
The organs of speech,
Disgraced in the breach,
Are put to a service emunctory.
qms commented on the word baldaquin
There’s uncles and aunts and grandmothers
And spawn of your sisters and brothers,
A small baldaquin
For all balder kin
And tables in sunlight for others.
November 7, 2018
qms commented on the word ostent
Is this how our twigs should be bent?
The goblin’s example has meant
The way to succeed
Is easy indeed,
With bluster and pompous ostent.
November 6, 2018
qms commented on the user ultralighticeaxe
A penetrating observation, bilby.
November 5, 2018
qms commented on the word BOFA
This is how the critics at Variety acclaim a successful all-women show. Compare boffo and brava. (The all-caps is a regrettable bit of condescension.)
qms commented on the word parrel
There once was a parrot named Darryl
Who perched by the store’s pickle barrel.
In his salty past
He’d sailed ‘fore the mast
So chattered of halyard and parrel.
qms commented on the word dinkey
As humpback compares to a minke
Or fist to a fluttering pinky
Do engines for trains
That roar ’cross the plains
Compare to the stuttering dinkey.
November 4, 2018
qms commented on the word wunderpus
Let speciesism never asunder us
But love from we two make but one of us.
Though some think it odd,
My sweet cephalopod,
Forever you’ll be my dear wonderpus.
November 3, 2018
qms commented on the word curtilage
The yard has a drive and a fertile edge
Set round by a well trimmed myrtle hedge.
It’s modest for sure
But green and secure,
A bargain in comfortable curtilage.
qms commented on the user bilby
Reading comments such as those at eckle-feckle I grieve that I missed some merry times at Wordnik.
qms commented on the word fanion
Surveyors come always in twos.
The head man is careful to choose
A jolly companion
To plant the last fanion
Then off to the pub and the booze.
November 2, 2018
qms commented on the word auberge
Old friends will at times feel the urge
To lay down their tools and converge
To learn how each fares,
Their hopes and their cares,
In the warmth of a cozy auberge.
November 1, 2018
qms commented on the word caphar
The caravans come from afar
With goods for the local bazaar
Paid each local chief,
Lest they come to grief,
A bribe that they called a caphar.
October 31, 2018
qms commented on the word ghazal
A poet I once knew named Basil
Tried hard to impress and to dazzle.
For verses erotic
He liked the exotic
And spurned the dull sonnet for ghazal.
October 30, 2018
qms commented on the word acephalous
Astride his dark snorting Bucephalus
Whose thundering hoofbeats can deafen us,
The horseman delights
In haunting our nights,
More horrid because he’s acephalous.
October 29, 2018
qms commented on the word zoosemiotics
The boffins who deal in robotics
Avoid the weird look of exotics
So study a lot
To mix pet and bot,
October 28, 2018
qms commented on the word pharmacophore
We can't do much more than deplore
The tenants our frail bodies store.
I’m glad of the pills
Addressing my ills
With versatile pharmacaphore.
October 27, 2018
qms commented on the word artivism
Some radicals acting to start a “-vism”
More pungent than middle-class artivism
Now practice disruption
By fragrant eruption,
Harassing their targets with fartivism.
October 26, 2018
qms commented on the word listric
Its signature characteristic
Is ponds that bespeckle the district.
By locals it’s said
They mark giants’ tread.
More likely their forming was listric.
October 25, 2018
qms commented on the word alterity
In times of great want and austerity
Comparisons pump our prosperity.
We’re pleased to discover
A more wretched other
And comfort ourselves in alterity.
October 24, 2018
qms commented on the word assoil
His minions must always be loyal,
Defending his hopeless turmoil.
They fall out of favor
Who waffle or waver;
He does not forgive or assoil.
October 23, 2018
qms commented on the word epeiric
Emissions have made the earth’s sky sick
And soiled all the waters epeiric.
We should get on board
The Paris Accord
Then learn the new rules and comply quick.
October 22, 2018
qms commented on the user scmcloud2
I look forward to your contributions.
October 21, 2018
qms commented on the word fanfaronade
His duty and truth are betrayed
With every new rodomontade.
His coarse conversation
His speeches sheer fanfaronade.
qms commented on the word kurgan
In life Ghengis Khan dressed in ermine,
For headgear - a tight proto-turban.
We know not his clothes
In deathly repose
But know they’ll be found in a kurgan.
October 20, 2018
qms commented on the word paleotechnic
Museums these days are eclectic,
If some call it art they collect it,
From classical schools
To stuff with no rules
And even the paleotechnic.
October 19, 2018
qms commented on the word camlet
There once was a prince, name of Hamlet,
A madman (or did he just sham it?),
Who wore silken pants
For his epic rants
But talked to the dead wearing camlet.
October 18, 2018
qms commented on the word innatism
Some argue the path to true wisdom
Begins with the font and the chrism,
But others protest
The infant is blessed
With insights of deep innatism.
October 17, 2018
qms commented on the word bleb
Ambitions advance and they ebb
Like throbs of the life-giving web.
Once ardently sought
Are goals now forgot
And heart-breaking woe a mere bleb.
October 16, 2018
qms commented on the word dene
A dun dune adorns a beach scene
While inland the valley is green.
The one’s made of sand
The other, rich land,
Yet somehow they both are called dene.
October 15, 2018
qms commented on the word revet
How best the erosion abet
In dunes by nor’easters beset?
Though some, shrugging, say
You only can pray
It makes much more sense to revet.
October 14, 2018
qms commented on the word sullage
Brett’s drinking improved only ullage;
His judgment was worn to a dull edge.
He mistook for beer
Concoctions of poisonous sullage.
October 13, 2018
qms commented on the word burgee
May each dreaming sailor’s keen urge be
To break from the dock and to surge free
With wind at her back
From tack after tack
Her hair streaming out like a burgee.
October 12, 2018
qms commented on the word plateresque
zuzu, you make it a pleasure to post them.
October 11, 2018
His lashings of gold are grotesque,
A Midas self-mocked in burlesque.
His shill, pallid Pence,
Is small change and hence
Permitted the cold plateresque.
qms commented on the word relume
The light of decorum’s entombed,
God knows when we’ll see it exhumed.
The shadows that cloak us
In all that’s atrocious
Will stay till that lamp is relumed.
October 10, 2018
qms commented on the word cosmogony
Some think there are mischievous progeny
Descended from tales of cosmogony.
No maker need be
A he nor a she
But a being of holy androgyny.
October 9, 2018
qms commented on the word heliotherapy
The nurses are unctuous and syrupy,
Their chatter theatrically chirrupy
To make you feel sure
They’ll manage your cure
With doses of heliotherapy.
October 8, 2018
qms commented on the word sacellum
Their postures are true antebellum;
They’d write if they could on old vellum.
They yearn for the day
When cotton held sway
And call Sumter’s walls their sacellum.
October 7, 2018
qms commented on the word downhole
It could be a Stephen King clown stole
Some oil giant’s blackening brown soul
And crammed it like phlegm
In the steel flower’s stem,
Accounting for obstacles downhole.
October 6, 2018
qms commented on the word morra
There’s almost a sanctified aura
To ruins of great Roman fora,
But best bear in mind
They thronged with our kind
Who idled their time playing morra.
October 5, 2018
qms commented on the word esclandre
A justice should be an upstander,
A model of frankness and candor,
And heaven forfend
He need to defend
‘Gainst stories of drunken esclandre.
October 4, 2018
qms commented on the word mythomaniac
The pundits deploy their ungainly tact,
Unwilling to say what is plainly fact.
He doesn’t misstate
The man is a frank mythomaniac.
October 3, 2018
qms commented on the word airscrew
It’s good for a lusty air crew,
No more, they contend, than their due:
High over the deep
While passengers sleep
To join in a lively airscrew.
October 2, 2018
qms commented on the word centration
The problems that harry the nation
Persist to the general frustration.
They’re readily dumped
And easily trumped
By the goblin’s bizarre self centration.
October 1, 2018
qms commented on the word enthalpy
A physicist, stars in his eyes,
Cried, “Love is a lovely surprise!
The system’s enthalpy
Is measurably paltry
But, oh! How it does energize!”
September 30, 2018
qms commented on the word Amstetdamster
Sorry. These old eyes ain’t what they used to be.
qms commented on the word Amsterdamster
I think Amsterdamster is more pleasing to the ear tham Amsterdammer.
qms commented on the word latchet
A bad shoe can drive a man batshit.
It shouldn’t be work to attach it.
You needn’t bend over
To put on a loafer.
To hell with the laces and latchet!
September 29, 2018
qms commented on the word scop
Well done, zuzu!
September 28, 2018
Ahoy, bilby! Long time no read. Have you been off foraging for tasty lichens?
qms commented on the word phonophobia
The news makes me feel like old Job.
It bruise some cranial lobe.
I crave only quiet;
I cannot deny it,
I’m now a confirmed phonophobe.
In Heorot he gave them all hope,
At least a bare method to cope.
Now hear Grendel’s roar
At our trembling door
But where is our comforting scop?
Note: Pronunciation guidance varies: skop, shop and shope. The last of these is the one I was taught by scholars I trust.
September 27, 2018
qms commented on the word Heorot
Heorot is a mead-hall described in the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf as "the foremost of halls under heaven." It served as a palace for King Hroðgar, a legendary Danish king of the sixth century. Heorot means 'Hart, stag'. After the malicious entity Grendel slaughters the inhabitants of the hall, the Geatish hero Beowulf defends the royal hall before subsequently defeating him. Later Grendel's Mother attacks the inhabitants of the hall, and she too is subsequently defeated by Beowulf.
qms commented on the word anarthria
Tank, I am not worthy - but immensely flattered.
The goblin of course could still tweet.
I know it’s a foolish conceit
To wish for (pro patria!)
A case of anarthria
But wouldn’t the silence be sweet?
September 26, 2018
qms commented on the word fulminant
A bull fight’s a basically cruel event,
Provoking a harmless great ruminant
By pain and affronts
And daredevil stunts
To actions soon fatally fulminant.
September 25, 2018
qms commented on the word hydropathy
I think that there surely has got to be
At least a faint taint of hypocrisy
In places that get
Their guests very wet
And call the procedure hydropathy.
September 24, 2018
qms commented on the word shamefast
Demure to ensure there’s no blame cast
The coy maid is cautiously shamefast.
By blushes and sighs
She cleverly tries
How long she can make the old game last.
September 23, 2018
qms commented on the word Skein
qms commented on the word biggin
There once was a zealot named Wiggin
Who practiced outlandish religion.
Despite vulgar stares
He said morning prayers
Clad only in boots and a biggin.
September 22, 2018
qms commented on the word etalon
A beam of bright light was once set upon
By ambushers with a sly etalon,
Their ingenious aim -
To make the beam lame
And harness the hitch in its get along.
September 21, 2018
qms commented on the word finings
Good beer is one of life’s fine things,
Consoling our dry stomach linings;
So God bless the brewer!
Let’s never have fewer
Of vats and of casks and of finings.
September 20, 2018
qms commented on the word kouros
Miss Grundy was quite at a loss
To find a light comment to toss,
So breathlessly viewed
That arrogant nude,
The fleshless, compelling kouros.
September 19, 2018
qms commented on the word patache
‘Mongst hulking great vessels of war
That bristle with weapons galore
The humble patache
With nimble panache
Still flits between ship’s side and shore.
September 18, 2018
qms commented on the word palter
Thank you kindly, zuzu.
qms commented on the word winebibber
The curse of the bashful winebibber
Is drink at the first makes him glibber
But eloquence fades,
The right word evades
And soon he’ll do no more than gibber.
September 17, 2018
Blasphemers will profane the altar
And read from a mischievous psalter.
Some, without qualms
Will distort the psalms;
Instead of true preaching they palter.
September 16, 2018
qms commented on the word empuse
Her enemies cruelly abuse her
And call her a heartless Medusa.
Such charges are wild;
She’s really quite mild,
No more than a creepy empuse.
September 15, 2018
qms commented on the word dunderfunk
The pirates triumphant are plunder-drunk,
Their hardships for now all in wonder sunk,
Engorged with their loot
Of viands and fruit,
Forgetting their dinners of dunderfunk.
September 14, 2018
qms commented on the word morat
The Camelot ladies adore it
But knights of the table deplore it.
For questing you need
Some strong ale and mead.
You can’t hunt the Beast drinking morat.
September 13, 2018
qms commented on the word questing beast
See also Questing Beast.
qms commented on the word Questing Beast
The Questing Beast, or the Beast Glatisant (Barking Beast), is a monster from Arthurian legend. It is the subject of quests undertaken by famous knights such as King Pellinore, Sir Palamedes, and Sir Percival.
qms commented on the word wist
wist. - To have cognizance or knowledge of; to be aware of; to know (as a fact or an existing thing).
September 12, 2018
qms commented on the word dullardism
“Oh, mirror,” he asked, “Dost thou wist
If better than I could exist?”
The dun-colored prism
Of his dullardism
Showed only his face in the mist.
qms commented on the word livor
Once crimes were resolved by MacGyver,
That endlessly clever contriver.
Now villains are caught
More often than not
By white-coated experts on livor.
September 11, 2018
qms commented on the word Gello.
Gello in Greek mythology, is a female demon or revenant who threatens the reproductive cycle by causing infertility, spontaneous abortion, and infant mortality. By the Byzantine era, the gelloudes (γελλούδες) were considered a class of beings. Women believed to be under demonic possession by gelloudes might stand trial or be subjected to exorcism.
Gyllou, Gylou, Gillo, or Gelu are some of its alternate forms.
September 10, 2018
qms commented on the word gelloudes
Plural of Gello.
qms commented on the word brainge
A cowboy not home on the range
Is given to conduct that’s strange.
In search of romance
He’ll try hard to dance
But only can lollop and brainge.
qms commented on the word stupe
The witch who was doc for the group
Would steep an old napkin in soup.
When spells went awry
A broth of newt’s eye
Would make a most excellent stupe.
September 9, 2018
qms commented on the word visnomy
I’m welcome all over the town.
The grownups invite a sit-down,
But all the kids know me
By my odd visnomy
As Donald the Dangerous clown.
September 8, 2018
qms commented on the word uhtceare
A hapax legomenon.
September 7, 2018
qms commented on the word brabble
A scholar cries, “This is mere gabble!”
Another says, “Nay, it is babble!”
The conference is shattered
And comity battered
In a lexicographical brabble.
qms commented on the word maledicent
The annals record not a precedent
For comments like these of our president.
Some language was salty
Or grammar was faulty
But none so obtuse or maledicent.
September 6, 2018
qms commented on the word emprise
Oh, how many evils arise
When citizens blinker their eyes,
When allegiance to fact
Is a perilous act
And seeking the truth an emprise?
September 5, 2018
qms commented on the word prometheus
September 4, 2018
qms commented on the word cramoisie
I like my cheesecake framboise-y,
A scarlet and ivory jamboree
The cake’s at its best
When liberally blessed
With berries all lushly cramoisie.
qms commented on the word frounce
He listens to boring accounts
Of places he cannot pronounce,
With feigned close attention
And solemn executive frounce.
September 3, 2018
qms commented on the word caggy
There once was a lady named Maggie
Pathetically shriveled and saggy.
Bag ladies aren’t keen
On careful hygiene
So Maggie was savagely caggy.
September 2, 2018
qms commented on the word methomania
Our Ernest loves words like calcanea
And other such strange miscellanea.
It’s the wordy’s affliction,
A nerdy addiction,
A potent, though weird, methomania.
September 1, 2018
qms commented on the word higgler
There once was a spokesman named Ziegler,
A famously flexible wriggler.
While still a mere youth
He bargained with truth
And proved a most obstinate higgler.
August 31, 2018
qms commented on the word pedantocracy
And Sanders decries our plutocracy,
But fears in me linger
From his wagging finger
That Bernie supports pedantocracy.
August 30, 2018
qms commented on the word Unscented
alexz has a list called Glitched definitions.
qms commented on the word ultraism
The Pharma Bro’s free market ultraism,
Though seen quite rightly as vulturism,
Was deemed unassailable
So crimes that were jailable
Were found to obtain a result in prison.
August 29, 2018
qms commented on the word ethnopoetics
They study the lore and phonetics
And delve into tribal memetics,
But some, sick of prying,
Are given to lying
To tart up the ethnopoetics.
August 28, 2018
qms commented on the word gigantomachy
We often respond rather comically
To sounds we produce anatomically.
Our rumbles and farts
Suggest martial arts
And sometimes a new gigantomachy.
August 27, 2018
qms commented on the word tympanites
The “blimp” was a British wry tease:
A Trump in his bright tighty-whities.
Onlookers were cheerful,
The Trump, though, was tearful,
Afflicted with gross tympanites.
August 26, 2018
qms commented on the word ferity
Though wise men maintain it’s a verity
That rudeness and insult are ferity,
With those who won’t see
What’s plain villainy
The sages permit some asperity.
August 25, 2018
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bilby commented on the user qms
Long before your persistent brilliance we had sionnach. There are a couple of limericks on eckle-feckle that still make me laugh.
qms commented on the user qms
ruzuzu, you are a generous soul. I thank you.
May 5, 2018
ruzuzu commented on the user qms
Just stopping by to say your prowess with the limericks is astonishing. I am ever in awe.
May 4, 2018
The Word of the Day limerick for July 27, 2017 is meant to be read in the context of the comment posted at logothete on September 4, 2014.
June 27, 2017
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
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,
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 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 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.
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.
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 view
What those badgers do
If, like words from roots, they proliferate.
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.
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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