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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
qms commented on the word vraisemblance
In Cleveland they'll mime nonchalanceFor cocksureness' vraisemblance.Despite a brave showAt heart they must knowThe exercise is a totentanz.
July 8, 2016
qms commented on the word totentanz
See dance of death, danse macabre.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Totentanz
qms commented on the word farl
I read your response and I wince.I paid him and have not heard since.You give me a frightBut It must be all right;He told me (aside) he’s a prince.
July 7, 2016
qms commented on the word baisemain
A courtier with little shame feignsHe's smitten by royal plain janes.He'll hint at hot blissTo a credulous missBut give her no more than baisemains.
qms commented on the word centesimate
A general of Rome grown irateIn heat may incline to decimate,Or soothed by the touchOf one he loves muchRelent and benignly centesimate.
July 6, 2016
In my high school Latin class I learned that decimation was a punishment in which one of every ten members of a disgraced legion or other military unit was bludgeoned to death by the other nine. The idea made a deep impression on me. The word seems, however, to be more commonly used to mean "utterly destroy." The common usage has always grated on my ear because the word so loudly proclaims its root in the number ten.Perhaps the more general application has come about because it sounds so much like "devastate." Something similar could happen to centesimate, which by its sound suggests a sensitivity to pheromones. It could come to describe mating behavior, as in, "I can tell by the tomcats' yowling that a female has been centesimated."
There is nothing I would enjoy more than a visit to Australia and the pleasure of kindly, witty company. At present I am awaiting the cash part of the Nobel Prize for Limericks, which a nice man from Nigeria assured me will follow promptly on the processing of my fees. As soon as that comes through I'll be on my way. You'll know I'm coming if you listen at night by the Alimentation Station:I loathe to promote hysterical gamesBut cock an ear for chimerical trains.Midst whistles and clatterAnd such ghostly matterYou'll faintly catch limerical strains.
Should antipodeans assail yaYour virtue may nothing avail ya.Oh beware, my darling!There's danger of farlingIn all the rough parts of Australia.
July 5, 2016
qms commented on the word bearjam
Isn't bearjam what you find between your toes after walking barefoot in the woods?
qms commented on the word fellmonger
While shunning is painfully felt,A tradesman must work with what's dealt.Though no one smells strongerThan a busy fellmongerIt's the price that is paid for the pelt.
qms commented on the word pyrotechny
At mid-day they pander abjectly;By twilight they cry out "elect me!"But shrill pleas are drownedBy sight and the soundOf Fourth of July pyrotechny.
July 4, 2016
Alas, the degenerate levelsThey reach in their unseemly revels!Hear the tormented screechOf abused parts of speechIn the jaws of Tasmanian devils!
qms commented on the word apophantic
Befuddlement makes me quite frantic.The migraine I get is gigantic.I sadly confessI feel this distressWhile struggling to grasp "apophantic."
July 3, 2016
qms commented on the word chewet
You fill it with lean meat or suetAnd call it a mortress or chewet,But if crust enfold itSo that you can hold itIt's pie any way you construe it.
July 2, 2016
qms commented on the word brocatel
The walls of the cold palace spellThe distance the old family fell.Their misery's toldIn Gobelins soldAnd hung in their place, brocatel.
July 1, 2016
Let not Aussie customs perturb.Their scorn for the rules is superb;They brew up their cropsOf barley and hopsThen dare to use farl as a verb.
A piece of an oatcake for sureIs more than this scribe can endure!I'm stymied by 'farl''Cause dressing up 'harl'Has left me no rhymes to procure.See comments at harl, which was Word of the Day May 24, 2014.
June 30, 2016
qms commented on the word soothfast
How long should the shadow of youth lastAnd when shed the shame of uncouth past?From miscreant youngThere often have sprungGrown men who are noble and soothfast.
June 29, 2016
qms commented on the word Gruffalo
If challenged to poems at dawnLet doubting be banished and gone.Your foe cannot strike youIf he's armed with haikuAnd you have your limerick drawn.
June 28, 2016
qms commented on the word teapoy
A memorable tiffin gives joyFrom the delicate gear you deploy.It's always more swankIf the tea that you drankWas served from a little teapoy.
qms commented on the word nisus
Contemplative, maybe? Or constitutionalist?
qms commented on the word synderesis
The conscience patrols and policesBut nonetheless sin never ceases.If we're to evolveThe change must involveUpdating our old synderesis.
June 27, 2016
qms commented on the word mythopoeia
A lifetime of bills in arrearTrump paints as a golden career!For avid bullshittersIt's not gold that glittersBut polished brass mythopoeia.
June 26, 2016
This is one of those words that is pronounced in starkly different fashion on opposite sides of the Atlantic. In England the word rhymes with Ethiopia; in the U.S. It rhymes with gonorrhea.
qms commented on the word nipperty-tipperty
Patricia takes many a liberty,Is flippant and nipperty-tipperty.Will nothing inhibitThis flibbertigibbet,So impishly perky and flirty?
June 25, 2016
Intending a light and fluffy showI came across as stuffy though.Please pardon my folly.I aimed to be jollyBut struck, it seems, too rough a blow.
qms commented on the word panmixia
Romance is afloat on the breeze,That highway of birds and the bees.Miasmic panmixiaIs lovers' asphyxia.A coupling that's random can't please.
June 24, 2016
Now, bilby, I weary of guff you throw.This really is more than enough, you know.I haven't the timeTo search for a rhymeFor something as silly as Gruffalo.
qms commented on the word euthenics
There's much that a spa can instill:Cold showers can stiffen the will;Applying euthenicsCan calm the splenetics,While mud baths cure many an ill.
June 23, 2016
qms commented on the word bascule
When Ernest was young and in schoolThe boy was a nerd en capsule.Since one of his whimsWas strange synonymsA seesaw he'd call a bascule.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
June 22, 2016
qms commented on the word caddle
One's work and nutrition do battleSo breakfast each morning's a caddleOr, too rushed to grapple,We pocket an appleAnd, thwarted again, we skedaddle.
June 21, 2016
qms commented on the word Texit
I see little of Brexit in TexitIt's only the sound that connects it.The most they can musterIs boasting and bluster.From Texans one simply expects it.
qms commented on the word wraprascal
I ask as it's colder and wetterIf heat or more clothing is better?As per my last gas billI'll buy a wraprascalTo wind around me in my sweater.
June 20, 2016
qms commented on the word rudas
In case the depiction elude us:I think the old crone is construed asA termagant hag,A shrewish old bag,A harridan Scott calls a rudas.
June 19, 2016
qms commented on the word boxiana
A bloke with no fisticuffs skillCan have his vicarious thrillAnd use boxianaIn safe proxy mannerTo imagine he's king of the hill.
June 18, 2016
qms commented on the word skilts
Some folks with Highlandish tiltsAffect rather outlandish liltsBut nurse an aversionTo whole Scots conversionBy dressing in two-legged skilts.
June 17, 2016
qms commented on the word nesh
Still warm from the oven and freshA new loaf heals spirit and flesh.Succumb to the spellOf crust like a shellAnd crumb that is fragrant and nesh.
June 16, 2016
qms commented on the word lubitorium
Compare lubritorium. This used to be a label commonly placed over gas station service bay doors when I was a kid - long, long ago.
qms commented on the word bourasque
Continuing to reflect on the thin documentation for bourasque I am now thinking that most lexicographers who have considered the matter may have decided that its rare occurrences are simply instances of a French word misspelled.
June 15, 2016
qms commented on the word tarasque
See comments at bourasque.
According to the Golden Legend, an 11th century compendium of hagiography, three siblings prominent in the New Testament made their way to the South of France in the first century, AD. These were Martha, Mary (in this tale a conflation of Martha’s sister Mary and Mary Magdalen) and Lazarus, their brother who had been raised from the dead by Jesus. Pagans had set these three adrift on the Mediterranean in a boat with neither sail nor rudder but by miraculous intervention they landed safely near Marseille. There they set up shop as miracle workers. The region around the mouth of the Rhône river had long been ravaged by a fierce dragon called the Tarasque. With hymns and holy water Martha tamed the Tarasque and led it back to the village it had been terrorizing. The villagers killed the unresisting beast, regretted doing so, and as a token of their remorse renamed the village Tarascon.Traversing the Med's a tough task,Becalmed or else tossed by bourasque,And then you arriveWhere locals conniveTo get you to tame the tarasque.
I find bourasque defined only in Century and Collins. None of the other internet-accesible dictionaries (not even the OED) include it. However bourrasque (with a double ‘r’) is routinely included in French dictionaries where it is defined as a storm or a gust of wind. Google Translator renders it as squall. It is odd that it should have been borrowed into English with an altered spelling and then hardly ever used.
qms commented on the word brigading
Your definition makes sense, alexz, if the emphasis is put on a long 'a' for the middle syllable. If the emphasis is put on the first syllable it becomes the dinner bell in the ship's prison.
qms commented on the word allopatric
Hot passion online's a safe tactic,Most outcomes are anticlimactic.So spew molten wooWhile knowing that youAnd she are no doubt allopatric.
June 14, 2016
qms commented on the word wrang
ruzuzu, weary of wretched Don's dreck,Resolved to kick ass and wreak heck.Her sly wry aspersionsAnd animadversionsEffectively wrang Herr Trump's neck.
June 13, 2016
qms commented on the word cheveril
My wardrobe's omissions are several.They're things I don't own nor ever will:A cane and cravatA shiny top hat,Or buff-colored gloves made of cheveril.
qms commented on the word vareuse
To give some cachet to a jacketThat otherwise simply would lack itYou can, if you choose,Say it's a vareuse.It's a ruse of the high fashion racket.
June 12, 2016
qms commented on the word lusk
Some oxen are known for their muskAnd narwhals are typed by the tusk.The sloth is a creatureWhose defining featureIs being quite perfectly lusk.
June 11, 2016
qms commented on the word alpargata
It is my understanding that alpargata and espadrille do share ancestry. The Wkipedia entry for Espadrille contains the following:
The existence of this kind of shoes in Europe is documented since at least 1322, when they appear described for the first time with its current Catalan name.The term espadrille is French and derives from the word in the Occitan language, which comes from espardenya, in Catalan or alpargata and esparteña in Castilian/Spanish. Both espardenya and esparteña refer to a type of shoes made with esparto, a tough, wiry Mediterranean grass used in making rope. Its name in the Basque region is espartina.
June 10, 2016
Throughout all the Catalan hillsThey're worn by who talks and who tills.Though all social strataMay wear alpargataThe well-born will say "espadrilles."
qms commented on the word cabas
Now bilby's strange lingo's all tangled,A mélange that's new and odd-fangled.I have to be frank - I'm drawing a blank;Methinks his bahasa's bemangled.
Poor bilby, I say with respect,Ignores the French boat that was wrecked.For Javans descendedFrom Frenchies upendedThe cabas is apt and correct.
June 9, 2016
qms commented on the word cellaret
He seemed a hail fellow well metAnd offered his "last" cigaretteHe bought with his bonhomieA friend with economyFor many "last" bide in his cellaret.
qms commented on the word blottesque
The painting begins as blottesqueThe genius is found in what's next:There's vigorous rubbing(A furious drubbing!)Et voilà! Un chef-d'oeuvre frottesque!
June 8, 2016
qms commented on the word fozy
Since she is a baker and so's heThe dough balls they start with are fozy.When the kneading is doneAnd the rising begunThey nestle together quite cozy.
June 7, 2016
qms commented on the word pushti
The shah loved his hairdo quite bushyAnd fondly protected his tushy.The settee he sat inOn cushions of satinWas backed by a glorious pushti.
This is a westernized village. (Picky, picky.)
Pronunciation note: Sometimes the 's' is omitted. When present it is silent.
June 6, 2016
When mountains blow up out in JavaThe villagers flee from the lavaWith the clothes on their backs,Some food in their packs,And each baby tucked in a cabas.
qms commented on the word latchico
According to the “Irish Slang” site (http://www.irishslang.info/roscommon/roscommon/latchico) it means: a lazy person, usually male.
June 5, 2016
qms commented on the word slimsy
Our plans and ambitions are flimsy,Assembled from movies and whimsy,But the brutal banalityOf dreamless realityMakes mock of cloud castles so slimsy.
qms commented on the word couraging
It was probably shunned by the herd.
qms commented on the word alamort
Ha! Good one, alexz, although it took me a while to realize that I was not getting an extremely bad review.
June 4, 2016
The innocent pay simple courtNot knowing that love is blood sport.Who enters those listsExpecting sweet trystsSoon finds they're engaged alamort.
qms commented on the word drumble
What hides in the syllable 'umble'That makes all its settings so humble?A tumble's a fall(But only if small)And a stumbling mumbler will drumble.
June 3, 2016
qms commented on the word catasterism
For Puss in eternal cat rhythmHer last breath is no cataclysm,For soon she will riseInstalled in night skies.Her next stage is catasterism.
June 2, 2016
qms commented on the word biometry
To shrink my unwelcome enormityAnd profit by healthful conformityOn my bicycle rideThe Fitbit's my guide,Reporting on crucial biometry.
June 1, 2016
qms commented on the word exoteric
Your epic needs echoes Homeric;For thrillers use tough talk generic.If nonfiction's your gameThen make it your aimAbove all to be exoteric.
May 31, 2016
qms commented on the word diegesis
A parable mates sundry pieces:The set-up we call diegesis,But all who are ableTo tinker a fableWill use it to prop up a thesis.
May 30, 2016
qms commented on the user Carolynsteiner
It's all right Carolynsteiner. Don't mind bilby. Some of the nicest people I know fard.
May 29, 2016
qms commented on the word waragi
Our Ernest abroad keeps his hand in.There's never a word he'll abandon,Though it does seem a vagaryTo glean such as waragi - A word that's not ours but Ugandan.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
qms commented on the word two weasels
How can you tell that an artist's work is selling fast?
May 28, 2016
qms commented on the word whirlicote
Since a cart may be open or closedAppropriate dress is supposed.If you take a whirlicoteIn Winter a burly coatIs worn by the rider well-clothed.
Looks like a feeble borrowing of the "lesser of two weevils" joke from O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels. Or is there something here too subtle for me?
qms commented on the word uhhh
So now we know where Spamski gets those blocks of text, although I have to say that "Smoking of the lake..." is a less lively example than most.
May 27, 2016
qms commented on the user proof.hsu
qms commented on the word benignant
No matter how clearly malignantThe Trumpies think their man's benignant,But cite, if you dare,Preposterous hairAnd see them all rise up indignant.
qms commented on the word italicosis
italicosis. - n. A noxious typographical infection by which characters once sturdy and upright are compelled to limp across the page bent like weary travelers fighting a strong East wind. Italics are like some medicines, such as Warfarin, which are beneficial in small amounts but deadly in quantity. Wordnik is struck by this malady from time to time when an infected comment is placed and the telltale rash is spread to all the text on the page below it. This is the result of a double error: first, failing to close the italics HTML markup and, second, failing to check the fresh entry in the context of the Community page to see if it is affecting its neighbors.Italics are good in small dosesAs means of directing the focus.But if they're uncheckedThe whole site is wreckedBy rampaging italicosis.
May 26, 2016
qms commented on the word Quvenzhané
I shudder (I do hope genteelly)And ask myself, "Can it be, really?"I must trust the fairyWho answers my query:Quvenzhané's in no way Swahili.
qms commented on the word scotopic
If you'd not be thought misanthropicThen hew to a course philosophicAnd look on your fellows,The whites, blacks and yellows,Alike with an eye that's scotopic.
qms commented on the word kentledge
The Ship of State's rules can be dull;There's ballast that lards its deep hull.A certain percentageIs no more than kentledgeAnd not worth the work to annul.
May 25, 2016
qms commented on the word Velella velella
His scorn for the lecture was utter.I heard the old fisherman mutter,"I'll heed that scientist fellaAnd call the thing 'vellela,'But damned if I'll copy his stutter."
qms commented on the word uncus
In the lab curiosity fuelsThe use of unorthodox tools:We find that rotiferaIn juice of viniferaAre tasty wheel-animalcules.
qms commented on the word jean dimmock
May 24, 2016
qms commented on the word plumicorn
When Missy awakes on dewy mornsShe spruces up her unicorns.Each ear, though of leather,She tops with a feather,Preferring her myths have plumicorns.
qms commented on the word nyckelharpa
The gamelan comes from JakartaAnd Stockholm supplies nyckelharpa.When they jam togetherRegardless of weatherThey dress in sarong and a parka.
May 23, 2016
qms commented on the word scammony
From hearing that man on the stumpI acquired a gut full of Trump.A healer examined meAnd dosed me with scammonyFor a purgative triumphant dump.
May 22, 2016
qms commented on the word wowf
I’m having a hard time finding pronunciation guidance on this one. The OED suggests what looks like a diphthong – wuh-oof. It’s Scottish of course, so it’s anybody’s guess.The Scots stay from good sense aloof,A word such as this is the proof.In Winter wits wiltFrom wearing a kiltAnd poor Jocks are driven quite wowf.
May 21, 2016
qms commented on the word anamnesis
The doc thought, "These symptoms are specious.This patient is being facetiousOr hypochodriacalTo a point near maniacalTo claim such a strange anamnesis."
May 20, 2016
qms commented on the word satisfice
When asked if the hairdo is niceKnow truth can exact a high price.Dispense with your honorAnd heap praise upon herFor timorous lies won't satisfice.
May 19, 2016
qms commented on the word infare
To many a custom the South is heirBut many are gone to thin air.No more are we blessedBy the welcoming fest,Oh grieve for the vanished infare!
May 18, 2016
qms commented on the word rail market
Come shop at the market on railsAnd find a sure cure for what ails!Some babaganoushWill slim your cabooseOr stoke up your boiler with kales.
qms commented on the word guiser
Her lover may come as a guiserObscured in a Carnival vizor,Concealing his visageFrom casual quizzageTo intrigue and then to surprise her.
May 17, 2016
qms commented on the word spontoon
A drum major's tool to commune And measure the beat of the tuneIs a staff that is bladelessAnd part of parade dressBut surely near kin to spontoon.
May 16, 2016
qms commented on the word genitrix
To homeland their hearts do men afixIn love confused by gender tricks.While perfectly gladThat Patria's DadThe Motherland's their genitrix.
May 15, 2016
qms commented on the word aroph
The mustachioed lady's devotionIs testing each balm and each lotion.In hunting an arophTo take her lip hair offShe'll try any alchemist's potion.
May 14, 2016
qms commented on the word corposant
Scared sailors in tempests desireAn omen to calm and inspireAnd pray for a corposantTo burn in the topgallant,The comfort of Saint Elmo's fire.
May 13, 2016
qms commented on the word stot
From the definitions and examples provided it seems that among the beasts who may be called stot are: horse, stallion (aka staig), ox (aka stirk), bull, heifer (aka quey), calf, weasel, stoat.Pray tell if you can: what's a stot?It's most of the livestock we've got -A stirk or a queyOr a staig in it's way.It seems there's near nothing it's not.The definition as a verb is more appealing. It describes an amusing form of locomotion favored by young chamois, goats, lambs and the like in which they progress in an exuberant series of four-footed leaps. This is also known as pronking. YouTube abounds in videos of animals stotting or pronking.When creatures walk not as they oughtBut bound on all fours from a spotIt's joy they announceWith each silly bounceAs ungulates happily stot.
May 12, 2016
qms commented on the word terete
Rodin was a sculptor complete,Not least when he sat to excrete.That exquisite shaperControlled so his taperThat each of his turds was terete.
May 11, 2016
Curiously the Word of the Day notification supplies the only definition of the five aggregated on the full entry page that omits mention of the "tapered at the ends" feature of terete structures.
qms commented on the word deceits
bilby flatters me outrageously - a practice I encourage at every opportunity. As to The Limerick King - self-anointed royals tread a perilous path:The "King" should eschew boastful ways.The rhyming gift visits but strays.We surely will stumbleSo, best we be humbleAnd wait until others give praise.
qms commented on the word swire
While some to bare hilltops aspireAnd others scale cliffs of desire,The sage wisely seeksThe way between peaksAnd tranquilly travels the swire.
May 10, 2016
qms commented on the word patency
True friendship must follow on latency -An interval promoting patency,For time and some trialExpose any guile.So bide for a while to wait and see.
May 9, 2016
qms commented on the word matriarchate
Should mantises on Noah's ark mateThe male must embrace a stark fate:Only she will debarkFrom that saving arkTo rule in her matriarchate.N. b., I understand that current science teaches that the female praying mantis only sometimes eats her mate during copulation, but I have it on good authority that this was standard practice in Noah's day.
May 8, 2016
qms commented on the word strepitus
Preserve me from neighbors obstreperous,And night squalls appallingly crepitous.My sleep, so hard won,Must not be undoneBy any disturbance or strepitus.
May 7, 2016
qms commented on the word persiennes
For love-stricken ParisiennesThe long fevered night finally ends,With limbs sweetly tangledIn dawn light that's angledAnd stippled by closed persiennes.
May 6, 2016
qms commented on the word bombilla
Thank you, bilby. You are generous and wise.
A gaucho of taste adds vanillaOr soupçon of fine manzanillaAnd calls his maté,Thus rendered parfait,The best that has kissed a bombilla.
May 5, 2016
qms commented on the word craunch
A lion in murderous launchSinks teeth in a wildebeest haunch.There's no tune that cheersThe leonine earsMore than the sound of that craunch.
May 4, 2016
qms commented on the word felly
When peasants were gin-soaked and smellyThe wagon was hitched to Old Nelly.The churls with the wobblesWere trundled 'cross cobblesWhile feeling the strike of each felly.
May 3, 2016
qms commented on the word scarce
And I think in some parts of Ireland words such as fierce and immerse would rhyme with scarce. This will require some thought. Meanwhile,I'll search for consonant pairsThat work without putting on airs.Though maybe not crisp,If you have a lispThe rhymes are not really that scarce.
May 2, 2016
qms commented on the word electrolier
A new term was tried to anointA fixture with bulbs at each point.They tried electrolierInstead of chandelierBut now it's the update that's quaint.
qms commented on the word cephalophore
I think TankHughes deseves some sort of word hoarder's trophy for knowing about this They Might Be Giants song.
May 1, 2016
qms commented on the word Murphy bed
See comments at doorcase.
qms commented on the word doorcase
A Murphy bed's shy but polite;In daytime it keeps out of sight.It hides in a doorcaseTo free up some floor spaceAnd only comes out in the night.
qms commented on the word zadruga
The North slav will miss his sastruga,The slav of the East his beluga.For the sad southern slavThe homesickness salveIs talk of his cherished zadruga.
April 30, 2016
qms commented on the word unked
Said Ernest, contrite and compunct,"When tested I surely have flunkedI called it a fraudBut the word is just odd,Not pompous or phony, just unked.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
April 29, 2016
A cephalophore (from the Greek for "head-carrier") is a saint who is generally depicted carrying his or her own head; in art, this was usually meant to signify that the subject in question had been martyred by beheading. Handling the halo in this circumstance offers a unique challenge for the artist. Some put the halo where the head used to be; others have the saint carrying the halo along with the head.The term "cephalophore" was first used in a French article by Marcel Hébert, "Les martyrs céphalophores Euchaire, Elophe et Libaire", in Revue de l'Université de Bruxelles, v. 19 (1914).https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cephalophore
April 28, 2016
qms commented on the word rampike
We Wordniks, well-mannered though droll,Have wearied of Spamski the Troll.When a hideous spam spikeStands out like a rampikePlease, Erin, quick chop down that Pole.
qms commented on the word supernaculum
The bottle's a liar at best,As many a wretch can attest.To drink supernaculumIs a sad simulacrumOf life that is lived with true zest.
April 27, 2016
qms commented on the word crispation
A French croissant's a revelation,A triumph of morning gustation.The dull sheen of butterSets my heart aflutterAnd crunch of the crusty crispation.
April 26, 2016
qms commented on the word razzia
The punk kids all yearn to be jazzierAnd wear duds once dull but now snazzier.Like loud clouds of locustsFerociously focusedThey subject the thrift shops to razzia.
April 25, 2016
qms commented on the user pappajoseph
treacherous, duplicitous, mendacious
April 24, 2016
qms commented on the word needfire
Each romcom you write will requireSome trick to provide the needfire,Some sort of meet cuteLike a silly disputeTo kindle the flames of desire.
qms commented on the word tazza
Alphonse was a pampered reptile,A model of serpentine style.He basked in a tazzaOn a sunny piazzaWhile folks fed him bugs all the while.
April 23, 2016
qms commented on the word heartquake
This could also be a word you don't want to hear from the mouth of your cardiologisy.
April 22, 2016
We mock grim death to partakeIn horrors that carnivals make.If the danger is fauxWe'll give it a goTo thrill at a harmless heartquake.
qms commented on the word chowry
The maiden of Calcutta kneeledAnd to her stern father appealed."We need no more dowryThan your tattered chowry.Let love be our shelter and shield!"
April 21, 2016
qms commented on the word birl
A lumberjack pleases his girlBy skill at the lubricious twirl.The peavey appliedTo front and backsideIs something they learn when they birl.
April 20, 2016
qms commented on the word prelibation
His dancing was wildest gyrationAnd sure to induce dehydration,The which to avoidOur Ernest employedA liberal dose of prelibation.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
April 19, 2016
qms commented on the word zaguan
From her window(alone, pale and wan)Conchita espied handsome Juan:To the door in a rush,And a maidenly blushTo draw him within her zaguan.
April 18, 2016
qms commented on the word viper
Why'd the angry viper viper nose?'Cause the adder adder 'ankerchiefTo 'elp 'er asp irate.
qms commented on the word wamus
A good coat need not be enormousBut cite for a still doubting thomas:Pioneers braved the stormWhile still keeping warmWith only the short humble wamus.
April 17, 2016
qms commented on the word palpebra
A teacher was heard to professThat teenaged boys are a messDiscussion of algebraWill close up their palpebra-Wide open for bras in a dress.
April 16, 2016
qms commented on the word gluggaveður
Gluggaveður is a popular word on the net, perhaps because it has been promoted as one of a list of words in Icelandic that could be usefully borrowed into other languages. "'Window-weather' describes weather that 'is nice to look at through a window, but not nice to be out in.'” The eth character (ð) is pronounced like a furry version of the English th, or, as Wikipedia has it: "In Icelandic, ð represents a (usually apical) voiced alveolar non-sibilant fricative ..." It is best to find an audible pronunciation online to get the idea.The strange gods of Iceland bequeath herA magical shape-shiftng ether.Where fire burns on iceAnd fine views enticeThat the unwary find gluggaveður.
qms commented on the word rampacious
Though roommates complain he's voracious;And girls in alarm cry, "salacious",To parents the boy,Their bundle of joy,Is only a trifle rampacious.
April 15, 2016
qms commented on the word hypogeum
A cavegirl no doubt in the past,Assessing each caveguy who asked,Assigned a high premiumTo a dry hypogeumAnd love, if considered, came last.
April 14, 2016
qms commented on the word madrina
The Biblioburro and learned madrinaMeet secretly behind the cantina.For better or worseThey bray out their verse,A sonnet for him, hers a sestina.
April 13, 2016
qms commented on the word acescent
We're carefree until we're pubescent,Ambitious until we're senescent.Our ripeness is fleet;Let's pray it be sweetBefore we are old and acescent.
April 12, 2016
qms commented on the user mizbpdjryeq
I salute your foresight, alexz, but why spamblast a bilbism? Is he collateral damage?
My rather lengthy comment below is reposted (unfortunately out of sequence) because it had been blown away by an overeager spambuster. In fact for a while everything posted by qms was FLAGGED AS SPAM. Usually people are too politely discreet to make this declaration. Apparently Erin has admonished all to mind their manners.
Thank you, alexz, for taking my peculiar limitations into account, but I don't think I'm quite ready for haiku:The limerick for now is my niche.I don't think I'm likely to switch.Though noble, haikuJust simply won't doAs leaving unscratched the rhyming itch.And, bilby, I don't know whether rhyming mizbpdjryeq is an impossible challenge or none at all. My limited exposure to Polish persuades me that the pronunciation of any word is completely arbitrary. I don't know how those people communicate with one another. I could probably rhyme mizbpdjryeq with orange and proclaim myself victor.I wonder if our polskispam is the output of the legendary million monkeys typing away to produce the works of Shakespeare? I think they are closing in on Finnegan's Wake.I will be traveling for a while and may miss a day here and there but I will be pondering the content of the bqrxqhslbdi spam and considering how to get Xanthippe and Calvin into the same limerick.
qms commented on the word snottygobble
I sent my snottygobble limerick to a group of my old Peace Corps buddies. The one who lives in Perth, a naturalist by trade, was pleased to tell me that the plant is native to his corner of Oz. He even sent a photo. He deprecated the appearance of the shrub but I found it handsome enough. He also observed that six-year-old boys find the word hilarious. I am glad to have defined my true peers.
April 11, 2016
From Kraków to Łódź, confused as heck,The spammers are diffusing dreck.To spam about artYou need to be smartAnd know how to spell Toulouse-Lautrec.
qms commented on the word vitelline
I have found at least eight proposed pronunciations for this word. The first syllable can be vi, vuh, or vai. and the third syllable can be in, ine, or een. Stress can fall on any of the three syllables. What is a rhymer to do?As how to pronounce there's no tellin'.I guess it could rhyme with Magellan,(But, oh, the disgraceOf egg on my faceIf I misrepresent vitelline!)Should I opt for a course anodyneAnd yoke it with Sweet Adeline?(But, ah, the crude jokesAbout curdled yolksIf I'm wrong about damned vitelline!)I wonder would rules contraveneIf I drag in the works of Racine?(But hear my shell crackingFrom the shellackingI'll take for a failed vitelline.)
qms commented on the word autophage
See also snottygobble.
April 10, 2016
What shocks us more than snottygobble,Revolts us worse than naughty snot’ll?The ultimate gaugeOf the true autophageIs he who will savor the potty bauble.Connoisseurs of such themes really should consult the comments at autophage, where much deep delving is done.
qms commented on the word ushabti
From golden shoes to double pschentYoung Tut displayed a dandy's bent.His tomb room ushabtiWere notably nattyBefitting the shade of a gent.
qms commented on the word cinereous
The zombies, disfigured and carious,(What flesh still attaches - cinereous)Are meant to apallBut I find withalTheir affect is downright hilarious.
April 9, 2016
qms commented on the word pneumatic
Methinks that the allusion is to mammary protrusion.
qms commented on the word ruck
There is also this: "To ruffle the temper of; annoy; vex: followed by up."As in, "I say, Matilda, you've quite rucked me up,"
Among the many definitions offered for "ruck" is this from The Century: "To perch; seat, as a bird when roosting: used reflexively."Does this mean that one can affect an air of innocence while telling someone to "go ruck himself?"What a useful piece of information.
April 8, 2016
qms commented on the word xerophagy
For hermits in their xerophagyA diet of dust is philosophy.It's also their practiceTo forego a mattressAnd slumber in wooden sarcophagi.
qms commented on the word pluvious
I maintain a "movies to view" listTo separate good from the dubiousSo I never need cringeWhen I sit down to bingeOn weekends cold, gloomy or pluvious.
April 7, 2016
April 6, 2016
qms commented on the word wadcutter
Though fans of mass transit may mutterOf trains that melt distance like butter,Amtrak can't compareWith bullets elsewhere.Our train is at best a wadcutter.
qms commented on the word diseuse
A sultry seductive chanteuseHer hypnotic voice fairly purrs.I once was quite smittenBy Eartha, sweet Kitten,The actress and charming diseuse.
April 5, 2016
qms commented on the word barranca
If wadi will work in CasablancaOr canyon in old Salamanca,When gulch and ravine,And gully all meanArroyo, what need of barranca?
April 4, 2016
qms commented on the word pochade
The definitions provided are inadequate. They give the misleading impression that a pochade could be a sketch in pencil or charcoal (a croquis). A pochade is a preliminary sketch for a painting executed in a pigmented medium - oil, watercolrs or acrylic. See Wikipedia.His painterly pose was facadeFor ladies on their promenade.His prating of pigmentWas only a figment.The man couldn't paint a pochade.
April 3, 2016
qms commented on the word crepidoma
The jewels of Picasso's PalomaAre famous in Paris and Roma.Does she feel any guiltThat her house is builtOn Pablo's revered crepidoma?
April 2, 2016
qms commented on the word lutulent
His campaign is nasty and lutulent;In Donald's discourse is brute intent.With so much mud flungA portion has clungTo judge by the lingering putrid scent.
April 1, 2016
qms commented on the list sad-wallpapers
Spamwallopers would be a good name for an outfit selling services to block Polish penis ads.
March 31, 2016
qms commented on the word fopdoodle
A caricature can be quite crudeOr subtly by details allude:A chap with a poodleWill seem a fopdoodleBut a guy with a mastiff's a dude.
qms commented on the word eigengrau
Old Homer the poet was blindBut, eyeless, had sight of a kind.He managed somehowTo make eigengrauGlow vivid with hues of the mind.
March 30, 2016
qms commented on the word necropsy
Thank you, bilby. I had assumed the general silence was out of grief for lost innocence.
qms commented on the word canakin
His passion was waxen tableauxWith every small detail just so,Like miniature canakinsIn hands of wee mannequinsIn the Mad Hatters tea at Tussaud's.
March 29, 2016
qms commented on the word diremption
The 1040 filing might tempt someTo concoct a phony exemption.Should an IRS auditUncover the fraud itWill take back the cash by diremption.
March 28, 2016
qms commented on the word bingle
We have been here before. (See comments and limerick below.) The highly doubtful baseball application continues to puzzle. Perhaps this:It could be a typo, this "bingle,"Or has it a pedigree lingual?If a batter is swiftFirst base is a giftTo one who beats out a bunt single.
March 27, 2016
qms commented on the word sbirro
Maria, though fond of constabulary,Prefers local cops to carabinieri.The neighborhood sbirroIs her secret hero,Her ideal man to love and marry.
March 26, 2016
qms commented on the word nyctalopia
Today's Word of the Day is a seriously conflicted item. The definitions and examples provided support its use to mean1. night blindness2. day blindness3. especially keen vision in low lightThe OED confirms this multiplicity of uses, including among its examples the following:"1684 tr. S. Blankaart Physical Dict. 208 Nyctalopia is two-fold: the first is a Dimness of Sight in the Night..: The other is a Dimness in the Light, and clear Sight in the Night, or in Shades."To add to the confusion see the definition offered by The Century for hemeralopia:"n. In pathology, a defect of sight in consequence of which distinct vision is possible only in artificial or dim light; day-blindness. The term is also used, however, to express exactly the opposite defect of vision. See nyctalopia."Versatility is a useful quality in many things but not so much in words.Also, all the links to the Jules Verne novel “In Search of the Castaways” in the usage examples fail. Here is a working link to the book at the Gutenberg Project: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2083Low clouds the sun's set alightI saw once as dawn growing bright.As grim nyctalopiaTurns everything taupierI now see the falling of night.
March 25, 2016
qms commented on the word lunisolar
At night he is solemn and lazy,Distracted and quietly hazy.He must be bipolarOr else lunisolar -In daylight he rages like crazy.
March 24, 2016
qms commented on the word uranography
Confusion is normal though comical;It whispers the base anatomical,But true uranologyNeed blush no apology.The action is all astronomical.
March 23, 2016
qms commented on the word phronesis
Of wisdom's constituent piecesA chief is well-practiced noesis.So nurse your capacity For healthy sagacityAnd nourish your skill at phronesis.
March 22, 2016
qms commented on the word jimply
Thank you,bilby. I need a spectacle revision. I will now look into Elmer's history, which seems unlikely.
qms commented on the word eclaircissement
In Dido or Pelléas et MélisandeWe know what follows eclaircissement.It's fitting and properAnd a fast rule of opera:The clamorous death is the dénoument.
March 21, 2016
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qms commented on the user qms
Thank you, ruzuzu. Verse is not neccessary but your good wishes are much appreciated. I only wanted to acknowledge Erin's gesture and to prepare my excuses in advance in case I miss a day here and there.
June 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user qms
Dear qms,I'm sorry I haven't written a get-well verse for you yet. Everything I try to rhyme betrays my dislike of cars and drivers--and since most of the people I know happen to be drivers, I thought maybe I'd cool off for a bit. Get well soon,ruzuzu
bilby commented on the user qms
Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?But forgive me this jest,I wish you and elbows my best,*shakes fist at said stupid driver*
June 1, 2015
Kind Wordniks: In her generous verse of yesterday erinmckean referenced my injury, which could interfere with submissions to Wordnik. On my last bike ride, May 22 (alas, my last for some time I'm afraid) an inattentive driver cut in front of me, soMy dismount was the handlebar vault - A gracefully arcing somersault.An elbow twice brokenAnd concussion betokenThe boldness of that asphalt halt.Two days ago I had surgery to nail my funny bone back into place. Fortunately (or not - there are opinions) I have been able to continue limericizing. This is a tribute to Erin's helpfulness and the power of OCD.
May 31, 2015
erinmckean commented on the user qms
At Wordnik we are truly blessedTo have, as lyricist, qms.Although a recent awkward injury may make his typing a bit gingerywe still daily receive of his best.
May 30, 2015
The annum revolves from last to nextBut yields no daily tempting text.Is there some curseOn good-natured verseOr will 2015 be lexically hexed?
January 1, 2015
Dear Wordniks my aim is to woo youTo visit "community" if you choose to.Let not this hiatusDepress or abate us,Let's flock to the beckoning ruzuzu.
December 25, 2014
Thanks, qms! I was thinking that in the meantime maybe we should just congregate on one of the word pages--community makes as much sense as any. See you there?
December 24, 2014
I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!
December 15, 2014
By rights this should be posted on the account of the user lozonbeatty, but that account will soon be squished to wriggling flatness by the almighty thumb of erinmckean, if it has not already been so reduced. I post my comment here so that it will not be collateral damage.I was struck by the last few sentences of lozonbeatty’s message, that is, three or four sentences, depending on one’s inclination to generosity:
I experience scorching soon after using the tablet. and that i sweat quite a bit .they explain to me it is because the tablet si performing for me. I m seriously pleased with this particular outcome.
July 3, 2014
On any page, scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Community link under News. That will take you to what we used to call 'the front page' of the site where you can see all the latest user comments (and some other stuff). Sometimes you'll see that a 'conversation' between frequent users is developing on a particular word.Doorbelling is also fine, we do that too.p.s. There should also be a Community link on the black bar at the top.
January 1, 2014
You can comment on any word except the Word of the Day in the WotD section. Your double bracket theory is correct, you can make a clickable link to any word's page by doing that. Then just scroll down till you find the comment box.
December 19, 2013
I seem to have managed to make everything a comment FOR qms ABOUT qms. What I would like to do is offer comment FROM qms about a word. I wonder if double brackets on a word such as hebetude would land me in a useful place.
From 11/27/2013, hebetude Thanksgiving, 2013We dine this day on heaps of food,Then slump in sleepy lassitude.Sad bales of clothesNear comatose –Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.
WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean Snow Fleas To Winter they're not giving inTo slumber in chilly oblivion.They cheerfully goUnderneath the snowAnd, happy there, hop subnivean.
I have encountered enough success at posting a comment to look back a bit for other Word of the Day offerings that I have limericized. My skills as an archivist are weak, but I have found a couple.From 12/11/2013, cete"Coitus" supplies a word for "mate;"A batch of badgers it names "cete."It could be fun to viewWhat those badgers doIf, like words from roots, they proliferate.
From 12/05/2013, morosophThe lit'ry world may haughtily scoffAnd judge the writer in some way "off,"But a limericist's toolsAre the insights of fools.The form is the art of the morosoph.
You can comment on the word cacchinate, though not on the Word Of The Day entry which is in a different part of the site.
December 18, 2013
madmouth commented on the user qms
the meter is funky - a bit to the left of the limerickI like it!
I am a bit flummoxed. I thought I could offer a comment on a specific Word of the Day, but it looks like I am able only to talk to myself. At least I will have an appreciative audience. When the Word of the Day service supplies a word I think I might want to use I try to implant it in my working vocabulary by building a limerick around it. I have done that with the word of 12/17/2013, cachinnate. Thus,Against cruel fortune's machinationPartake of sorrow's vaccination.Your surest protectionFrom sadness' infectionIs regular doses of cachinnation.
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