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qms commented on the word microseism
The old man was shriveled and wizened,
The lassie however was lithesome.
I’ve heard it reported
The ways she contorted
Brought on a discreet microseism.
July 17, 2018
qms commented on the word tanuki
Thanks, zuzu. Can we make this a regular date?
July 16, 2018
In appearance it’s comically kookie -
Both mutt and raccoon - a tanuki!
A gigantic scrotum
Is his magic totem.
That’s fable but still pretty spooky.
qms commented on the word manway
I’d rather be elsewhere than stay
In caverns where nightmares can prey.
It’s foolish, not brave
To enter a cave
Unless you’ve been shown a manway.
July 15, 2018
qms commented on the word multure
The tasks to support agriculture
Include an unglamorous dull chore,
As most men will find
That milling’s a grind,
Relieved by receipt of the multure.
July 14, 2018
qms commented on the word barege
Isadora, oldtimers allege,
Would dance in a cloud of Arpège,
Adorned all the while
With only a smile
And diaphanous wisps of barege.
July 13, 2018
qms commented on the word tarriance
Your status you may well enhance
By carefully casual dalliance.
The rich and the great
Are stylishly late,
And greater the longer the tarriance.
July 12, 2018
qms commented on the word pugging
The Word of the Day definitions for “pugging” omit one that I find intriguing. Both GNU and the CDC suggest “thieving” as a synonym. Although its normal use is as an adjective it works just fine as a noun.
Whenever not smugly flag hugging
He’s giving the gov’mint a mugging.
He’s snug with rich thugs
Who buzz thick like bugs
Engorged with the glut of their pugging.
July 11, 2018
The job of enclosing and snugging
Needs patience for doing the pugging,
A good eye and feel
To make clay congeal
And strength for the tedious lugging.
qms commented on the word nahual
If you should be born a narwhal
And find it won’t suit you at all,
Apply to a shaman
To make you a cayman
Or other exotic nahual.
July 10, 2018
qms commented on the word aversation
The landscape’s a bleak desolation,
Too grim to bear long contemplation.
A guy could do worse
Than write silly verse
While giving the news aversation.
July 9, 2018
qms commented on the word synteny
I sought the report and I’ve read it -
Our genes are now subject to edit.
And delicate synteny
Might serve as a reason to dread it.
July 8, 2018
qms commented on the word trommel
In heartwarming tableaux of old
The prospector pans for his gold;
The motorized trommel
Is now what is normal,
A scene that leaves dreaming hearts cold.
July 7, 2018
qms commented on the word quincuncial
Milady likes tea that’s served punctual
With certain wee treats that are munchable.
All implements furnished
Are brilliant and burnished,
Laid out in a pattern quincuncial.
July 6, 2018
qms commented on the word absolutism
It could be a slavish faux Putinism
Or native enjoyment of brutalism,
Or weak leader’s dread
Of being gainsaid
That fosters his crude absolutism.
July 5, 2018
qms commented on the word patriotical
The gestures are false but methodical:
Flag hugging is crudely symbolical;
His staging quite brims
With anthems and hymns
And all of it mock patriotical.
July 4, 2018
qms commented on the word autarchy
Good people be silent and hark ye!
Believe not the goblin’s malarkey!
He’ll wheedle and flatter
But words do not matter.
He means to construct an autarchy.
July 3, 2018
qms commented on the word vortex
Many years ago I saw a notice of a talk to be given at MIT: “Viscous Vortices on the Vertical Verges of Variable Velocity Vessels.” I did not attend but I have wondered since if the speaker had anything substantive to say on the subject or just could not resist alliteration.
qms commented on the word sycee
Very generous, bilby, thank you. I am grateful not only for the compliment but for reassurance that I am not alone out here. Where is everybody?
July 2, 2018
qms commented on the word boutade
A bon vivant might play a new card
Affecting a flashy foulard,
But such fashions fade
As soon as they’re played
Replaced by the latest boutade.
qms commented on the user tanstaafl
Impoverishment is a damn nuisance
But think of these words in a new sense:
A currency which is
A transfer of riches -
A free and renewable two cents.
July 1, 2018
To live in Hong Kong can be dicey -
The housing is terribly pricey.
The rents are so bloated
That often they’re quoted
In carats per month or in sycee.
qms commented on the word velarium
The place was a burning solarium
So, wilting, he waved his orarium;
Thus Caesar conveyed
His need for some shade,
And slaves trotted out the velarium.
June 30, 2018
qms commented on the word cultigen
The eugenics project resulted in
An unsatisfactory cultigen.
Reversing bold plans
They bred Yankees fans
Instead of a species of ultra-men.
June 29, 2018
qms commented on the word galantine
In whom is such consummate talent seen,
Picasso perhaps, or in Balanchine?
What chef can impart
That tone of high art
We seek in the glistening galantine?
June 28, 2018
qms commented on the word scrappage
When efforts at mending and wrappage
Can’t hide your tin lizzie is crappage
Then turn in your honey
And take the blood money
To buy a new friend with the scrappage.
June 27, 2018
qms commented on the word weasand
The harried mom desperately reasoned
Her brat needed mush highly seasoned.
The trick was a help;
It silenced her whelp
By stifling his cries in his weasand.
June 26, 2018
qms commented on the word bastide
A taste for the market stampede
And years in the bourse may well lead
To regal facility
For rustic gentility
At the court of your summer bastide.
June 25, 2018
qms commented on the word oniomania
Now some people browse for a swap
And others use Paypal to shop,
Infects certain crania
And online they never need stop.
June 24, 2018
qms commented on the word sapropel
Antiquity’s singers were apt to tell
Of ominous blooms of asphodel.
Was full of this flower,
Bred of the netherworld’s sapropel.
June 23, 2018
qms commented on the word myrmecophagous
Big Bird, on a new diet slant,
Suggests that his pal eat an ant,
But Ol’ Snuffleupagus
Is not myrmecophagous.
He tries to comply but he can’t.
June 22, 2018
qms commented on the word cark
For pessimists life has gone dark
Lit only by danger’s faint spark.
Expressions of joy
Serve but to annoy
A sufferer shrouded in cark.
June 21, 2018
qms commented on the word estivate
When striving and troublesome quest abate
And days of diversion and rest await,
I’ll work to no goal
Nor pay labor’s toll,
For starting tomorrow I’ll estivate.
June 20, 2018
qms commented on the word bittock
It pleases us all to play critic
And make our assessments acidic.
Oh, let us not hasten
To cavil and chasten
But walk with the other a bittock.
June 19, 2018
qms commented on the word chiliagon
There’s many a line to be drawn
To finish my chiliagon.
With pencils and rules
And paper my tools
With patience I’ll see you anon.
June 18, 2018
qms commented on the word ectype
Warhol had an ingenious plan
To paint a tomato soup can.
He knew to expect hype
And many an ectype.
Call Andy a shrewd businessman.
June 17, 2018
qms commented on the word foregleam
We plan, we prepare and we scheme
Constructing the future we dream,
But by nature’s kindness
We’re sheltered by blindness
And spared the despair of foregleam.
June 16, 2018
qms commented on the word rate
Its origin in Middle English raten etc. is thoroughly documented above.
June 15, 2018
qms commented on the word squandermania
The cries made in old Pomerania
Are echoed in our Pennsylvania.
The party that’s out
Still gives a great shout
Of outrage at such squandermania.
qms commented on the word thunderation
The goblin in triumph has stunned the nation;
Let’s pray that his tenure is one duration.
What words can convey
Our fear and dismay?
Oh dammit! And bother! And thunderation!
June 14, 2018
qms commented on the word auspicate
Philosophers routinely postulate
And pundits are prone to prognosticate
But if you’d be blessed
A twitcher knows best,
Whose passion is always to auspicate.
June 13, 2018
qms commented on the word vilipend
To those who will beg to be friend
The goblin may well condescend.
A different matter
Are those who won’t flatter
And these he is pleased to vilipend.
June 12, 2018
qms commented on the word dehort
Should friends be inclined to support
Or join in the trumpish cohort
Then make it your chore
To strongly deplore,
To reason, implore and dehort.
June 11, 2018
qms commented on the word ephemeron
The mayfly begins life at dawn,
By sundown the wee beast is gone,
And all it desires
Before it expires
Is love with a friendly ephemeron.
June 10, 2018
qms commented on the word roister
It would be shellfish of me to want more praise.
When high tide arrives they get moister,
Then quahogs and cherrystones roister,
But twice-daily frolics
Of mud-dwelling mollusks
Are spurned by the dignified oyster.
June 9, 2018
qms commented on the word bullyrag
Oh, why must her tongue unduly wag
And flail like a scourge to cruelly nag?
Her chosen life path
Is unbridled wrath
To hector and chide and bullyrag.
June 8, 2018
qms commented on the word cunctative
Also see comments at cunctatory.
June 7, 2018
qms commented on the word cunctatory
Old Aesop once in drunken glory
Concocted a famed but bunkum story
Of rabbit and turtle.
A tale ever fertile
That comforts today the cunctatory.
Also see comments at cunctative.
qms commented on the word spruit
What praise has this rivulet due it
That dies if the dew not renew it?
But readers are fickle
And even this trickle
Gains charm if you call it a spruit.
June 6, 2018
qms commented on the word putchist
Misspelling of putschist?
qms commented on the word vacillant
Be patient with Malcolm the malcontent.
It’s not that he’s always recalcitrant,
But suffers from bouts
Of worries and doubts
That make him reluctant and vacillant.
June 5, 2018
qms commented on the word geoponic
The stirring in regions chthonic
And warming of earth are synchronic
As seeds grow and flourish
To comfort and nourish,
Encouraged by skills geoponic.
June 4, 2018
qms commented on the word barranca
See comments at clough.
June 3, 2018
qms commented on the word clough
Aren’t gorge and ravine quite enough
For valleys and such hollowed stuff?
Barranca and canyon
Don’t need a companion.
I think we’ll dispense with this “clough”.
See comments at barranca.
qms commented on the word attrite
When buzzards descend and alight
Then plutocrats take an affright
And fiercely abjure
All Satan’s allure.
At Hell’s looming gate they’re attrite.
June 2, 2018
qms commented on the word sturdy
Now sturdy’s an interesting word.
I note it derives from a bird.
I see how the thrush
Could seem like a lush
But why did they call it a turd?
June 1, 2018
qms commented on the word hypaethral
The worshippers, eager and gleeful,
Now thronging their civic cathedral
In service of sport
Send prayers of support
To heaven from temples hypaethral.
qms commented on the word snarfly
Adverbial form of the verb ‘to snarf’.
May 31, 2018
qms commented on the user puyan
Ahoy there, puyan!
qms commented on the word barfly
madmouth, I am pleased to have tickled you. (In a purely notional sense, of course. No touching involved. Kept my hands in my pockets.)
qms commented on the word lazuline
Oh, stranger, I ask have you seen
Her eyes, so sublimely serene?
The depth of both gem
And sky is in them,
Cerulean yet lazuline!
There once was a drunk named McCarthy
Consuming all alcohol snarfly.
His limit once struck
He’d quickly upchuck
Sustaining his drinking bouts barfly.
May 30, 2018
qms commented on the word nipaluna
The scholars arrived in a schooner
And drinking began all the sooner
For, as sailors will,
They fired up the still
And raised up their first nipaluna.
But given Australia’s colorful history I am sure that in time the origin of “nipaluna” will be construed to be a politer version of “sip-o’-moonshine.”
qms commented on the word tharm
In Scotland they claim there is charm in it
And doctors do say there’s no harm in it,
But eating of haggis
I’m certain would gag us
Because we’re alarmed by the tharm in it.
qms commented on the word obreptitious
The victory sure was suspicious,
Defying the voters’ clear wishes,
Not obvious fraud
But obscurely odd,
Obtained by some means obreptitious.
qms commented on the word jackleg
Mike Cohen’s a slippery twister
Who loves to be thought a slick fixer.
At law he’s the dreg,
A shabby jackleg,
But passably good as a trickster.
May 29, 2018
qms commented on the word contemnor
*The monkey doffs his hat,*
May 28, 2018
The judge with his voice all a-tremor
Ordered the witness’s hem lower.
Miniskirts are distractions
In criminal actions
And get you adjudged a contemnor.
qms commented on the word exclave
It’s either foolhardy or brave
To capture the sense of enclave
While leaving in place
The lexical space
To service its shadow, exclave.
May 27, 2018
qms commented on the word sgraffito
It’s boring to be incognito,
Celebrity, though, gets my veto.
Expose with great care
The parts you will share;
You should be a work of sgraffito.
May 26, 2018
qms commented on the word necrology
A Christmas card list has a quality
At first of good cheer and frivolity.
By decades that column
Grows more and more solemn
And ossifies into necrology.
May 25, 2018
qms commented on the word recess
The lumberjacks lay down their peaveys
And gypsies dispose of their tea leaves.
Good sense is forsaken
And liberties taken
While Erin consorts with the Kiwis.
May 24, 2018
qms commented on the word quodlibetical
Conversing in mode quodlibetical
My contrary friend is heretical.
In subsequent talks
He’s more orthodox
To savor all joys antithetical.
qms commented on the word bezil
qms commented on the word cateran
On lonely roads nothing is rarer than
That stranger should prove a samaritan,
So pray he’s a blellum
Or at worst a skellum
But never a prey hunting cateran.
May 23, 2018
qms commented on the word ultramundane
It‘s no term of slighting disdain;
Like “out of this world” it’s no stain.
Without taint of “boring”
But downright adoring,
It’s good to be ultramundane!
May 22, 2018
qms commented on the user squisch
A noble aspiration. Good luck.
May 21, 2018
qms commented on the word soroche
Up high in the Andes the folks say
The chewing of coca is ok.
It’s sovereign cure
For pains of the poor
And proof against dreaded soroche.
qms commented on the word cuadrilla
The shy matador’s bright idea
For wooing the haughty Maria
Was a sweet serenade
For that tease of a maid,
Backed up by his loyal cuadrilla.
May 20, 2018
qms commented on the word expunction
I think a serial comma is fussy, foolish and redundant.
May 19, 2018
qms commented on the word serial comma
See comments at expunction.
A comma should serve a clear function
Not pester a healthy conjunction.
At the end of a list
It need not exist.
I call for its lasting expunction.
See serial comma.
qms commented on the list fore
I have added forensic but I realize he (she?) may be the relative nobody wants to acknowledge. If he is unwelcome I will return to cast him into outer darkness. (If I can figure out how to delete an item frm a list.)
May 18, 2018
qms commented on the word vicariance
Ma Nature conducts such a merry dance
Ingeniously fostering variance,
With tectonic drift
And mountains’ uplift
Deployed in the cause of vicariance.
qms commented on the word réchauffé
I like finding rhymes recherché,
The fanciful, rare or outré,
But often I flail
To little avail
And serve up a soup réchauffé.
qms commented on the word toolpusher
Suggestive are names on the rig:
They drill till the gusher is big;
A roustabout’s lusty
But (read it and trust me),
The big score’s a toolpusher’s gig.
May 17, 2018
qms commented on the user Robby75
Do you think I ought to charge a rate per rhyme or just hold limericks hostage?
qms commented on the word Optix's
Something here is sadly awry.
May 16, 2018
qms commented on the word sophrosyne
Oh, Plato would weep if he was to see
The state of our current democracy,
Our meanest and least
At hubristic feast
And mocking poor starving sophrosyne.
Pronunciation note: so-FROZ-a-nee
qms commented on the word bossage
To minimize spoiling and lossage
The butcher stacks shrewdly his sausage.
The look is unkempt
But fashioned to tempt,
The oldest protruding like bossage.
May 15, 2018
qms commented on the word concinnity
A rock speeding in from infinity
Can slow in the stellar vicinity
And give up deep space
For the solar embrace
To circle in languid concinnity.
May 14, 2018
qms commented on the word scrumpy
It calms the old girl when she’s jumpy
And cheers her on days when she’s grumpy.
The proper elixir
For all that afflicts her
Is pomaceous nectar called scrumpy.
May 13, 2018
qms commented on the word cottabus
We drank from the shell of a nautilus
Till skolion wearied the lot of us
Then made dirty jests
And bragged of conquests
And spent the last wine playing cottabus.
May 12, 2018
qms commented on the word frolic
The winter left us melancholic
But May arrives bright and bucolic -
Cavorting and gambols
And giggles in brambles
And all sorts of innocent frolic.
May 11, 2018
qms commented on the word esbat
I liked the old comical fest that
Included the conical dress hat
And caldron a-stew
With dark witches’ brew,
Now banned at canonical esbat.
qms commented on the word gobemouche
"Deplorables" can mean the louche,
The wicked man coarsely uncouth,
Or simple unwise
Who swallows his lies,
The gullible, gaping gobemouche.
May 10, 2018
qms commented on the word candy-pull
Also called a taffy pull.
May 9, 2018
qms commented on the word tittup
This virtual college of dance
Will teach you to caper or prance:
The gambol is wilder
A tittup much milder.
Cavorting might suit you, perchance?
qms commented on the word taupie
Young ladies whose morals are sloppy
May yield to the call of the poppy.
With that fatal taste
Have lives gone to waste
And heroine turned into taupie.
qms commented on the word velure
Long gone is the beastly couture
That wrapped up the swells in pellure.
Farewell to the feathers
And exotic leathers,
Replaced now with sinless velure.
May 8, 2018
qms commented on the word attercop
qms commented on the word gangewifre
qms commented on the word catamite
One of the most memorable opening lines of any novel is that that begins Anthony Burgess’s Earthly Powers:
"It was the afternoon of my eighty-first birthday, and I was in bed with my catamite when Ali announced that the archbishop had come to see me."
This is in medias res with a vengeance.
May 7, 2018
qms commented on the word skolion
A yodel I figured had solely been
A feature of regions tyrolean,
But wine and a lyre
I bet could inspire
The Greeks to claim it’s a skolion.
qms commented on the word barlow
Les voyageurs of long, long ago
Could carry but little cargo
A fragile canoe,
Held a musket or two,
An axe and a handy barlow.
May 6, 2018
qms commented on the word swallet
When gravity’s dictates are followed
The river finds rock that is hollowed.
The miner’s will call it
A damnable swallet,
And live in the fear they’ll be swallowed.
May 5, 2018
qms commented on the user qms
ruzuzu, you are a generous soul. I thank you.
qms commented on the word zaddy
The prospect with horror does fill me!
I don’t know where word nerds then will be.
Why purge grace and wit?
There’s little of it,
Except in the postings of bilby.
May 4, 2018
qms commented on the word tritanomaly
Because of severe tritanomaly
I view my environs abnormally.
You may think it crazy
But critics still praise me
No matter I paint so abominably.
qms commented on the word verism
Compiling my beach reading queue
I like an O’Brian or two.
But swashbuckling numbers
Disrupt my sweet slumbers -
At bedtime verism will do.
May 3, 2018
qms commented on the word sumpitan
His tweeting’s vituperative art
And close to his putative heart.
Some spittle to pump it in
The Trumpian sumpatan
Then blowhard delivers his dart.
May 2, 2018
qms commented on the word epopee
The critics praise Pope only tepidly
His work is too witty and echoey.
His epics are mock
So scholars still balk
To classify any as epopee.
May 1, 2018
qms commented on the word dortour
Friar Fred was a snorer and snorter
And brotherly tempers grew shorter.
The last straw was farting;
This led to the parting
As Fred was expelled from the dortour.
April 30, 2018
qms commented on the word exedra
Do we have a word for the dread
That pangolins lurk in the shed,
Or spiny echidna
Invade the exedra
And cobras wait curled in the bed?
April 29, 2018
qms commented on the word gyrene
The proud and committed marines
All know what a leatherneck means.
They cherish that name
And combative fame
They’ve earned as relentless gyrenes.
April 28, 2018
qms commented on the word squizz
Variety covers show biz
And glories in tags like Les Mis.
For such razmataz
And verbal pizazz
Just give the old rag a quick squizz.
April 27, 2018
qms commented on the word callllama
Uber in the Andes.
qms commented on the word dresssuit
See dress suit.
qms commented on the word wanigan
The lumberjack loved his new mannequin
And, oh, what a noisy shenanigan!
The ecstatic cries
And heartbreaking sighs
That shivered the walls of his wanigan!
April 26, 2018
qms commented on the word tufthunter
Google and I got that allusion and enjoyed a very amusing Youtube video.
April 25, 2018
But insults or slights don’t affront her,
A compliant tool
Too ready to snool,
And formerly known as tufthunter.
This is a problem in that groupie does not rhyme with toady. Can we suppose an especially abject roadie?
The measure of my knowledge of the culture of rock is probably a negative value. I am going to have to do some original thinking, unless of course the persuasive power of my application of roadie in this limerick has such influence that the common understanding of the word is changed. How long should I wait?
Their scorn could hardly be blunter
But insults or slights don’t affront her.
In rock she’s a “roadie,”
More generally - “toady,”
Michael Quinion has an excellent discussion of this word at
qms commented on the word bibliopolist
The pages of books can offer this:
A personal mental Acropolis,
A temple and shrine
That’s uniquely mine
Whose priest is the old bibliopolist.
April 24, 2018
qms commented on the word vowess
They prayed, “May the Good Lord endow us
With a novice of kitchen skill prowess.”
He answered their plea
With well-fed Marie,
The convent’s most welcome new vowess.
April 23, 2018
qms commented on the word flexuosity
A contortionist hailing from Ossipee
Won fame as a great curiosity.
From this we may know
How far you can go
With hard work and sheer flexuosity.
April 22, 2018
qms commented on the word groupuscule
Poor Bobby had thought it super cool
To start up a geeky troop at school.
Since scarcely a nerd
Is drawn to a herd
He rounded up only a groupuscule.
April 21, 2018
qms commented on the word quandary
I can find no adjectival version of quandary. To my surprise the OED reports that it can be used as a verb in the passive voice and supplies examples such as, “2007 www.rolandmc.com 23 Feb. (O.E.D. Archives) I'm seriously quandaried by the need to create and choose a MySpace name.”
April 20, 2018
qms commented on the word vegan
Oh, dear! Is this a bad sign for vegans?
qms commented on the word tinchel
According to common report
In Scotland the hunters consort
To stalk with a wrinkle
By forming a tinchel
But still call the killing a sport.
qms commented on the word so long
Dammit, bilby, I knew you were going to want more info since I know you speak Bahasa Malayu or its Indonesian cousin. The Malay origin was the first I found but now I cannot locate the specific source I used. I have found other sources that suggest the Arabic “ma’salaam” became the Malay “salang” and that British soldiers and sailors serving in Malaya in the 19th Century brought it home as “so long.”
Now I’m going to be awake all night looking for that damned first google hit.
April 19, 2018
The origins of “so long” are in fact mysterious. It’ suggested origins have been placed in Irish (slán), German (adieu so lange), Hebrew (shalom), Arabic (salaam). Also Malay, Norwegian and Swedish origins have been posited. An early appearance in print was in the poetry of Walt Whitman who reported that it was a common salutation among soldiers and sailors.
and in many other places.
qms commented on the word haemony
That beverage that formerly seemed to me
An ordinary serving of steaming tea
Was nothing prosaic
But apotropaic -
A cup of mysterious haemony.
qms commented on the word supernova
Really? I’m always hearing people say, “I’m going to supernova my erupt.” Maybe it’s different in Tasmania.
April 18, 2018
qms commented on the word sunbow
There’s nonsense and much mumbo-jumbo
In this, our linguistical gumbo:
In absence of rain,
The pedants explain,
You must call a rainbow a sunbow.
qms commented on the word tummler
He dances, who once was a stumbler.
She sings, who once was a mumbler.
The shy and unsure
Find solace and cure
Emboldened by wine and the tummler.
April 17, 2018
qms commented on the word weem
Though life in a burrow may seem
A low and impoverished scheme
Some in a snooty vein
Call it a souterrain,
But all of us know it’s a weem.
April 16, 2018
qms commented on the word chlamydia
A swagman once pined for his Lydia
Then met a koala much prettier.
Their meeting was pleasant
So he left a present,
Now all of her tribe has chlamydia.
April 15, 2018
The obvious question is, “Who has been screwing the koalas?” There is nothing those Aussies won’t stoop to. Next it’ll be the quokkas. Or (gasp!) bilbies!
qms commented on the word tutiorism
Recusants grown weary of dreading
And cautious confessional treading
As mere tutiorism
When faced with the threat of beheading.
qms commented on the word bayadere
Already a famed bayardere
Mata Hari began a career
Of laying and lying
And diligent spying,
A true multi-task pioneer.
April 14, 2018
qms commented on the word vulpicide
The woes of the gentry are multiplied;
And country house pastimes are stultified.
Laws new and obnoxious
Protect the damn foxes,
And limit the pleasures of vulpicide.
April 13, 2018
qms commented on the word ylem
Yes indeed, folks. The kettle is at a simmer and I am trying to keep the lid on. If anyone else would care to set this simpleton straight I would be happy for the help.
April 12, 2018
qms commented on the word forgott
qms commented on the word vending machine
And, in an early precedent for the tv preacher/pitch man, each machine bore the onscription,
Oh, sinner you need what I vend!
Those talents you foolishly spend
If spent here with me
Will set your soul free
To find the true way and amend!
qms commented on the word schollard
The pompous word tyrant’s been collared.
In shame and confusion he hollered,
‘Oh, give me reprieve
And I’ll give you leave
To tolerate riff-raff like ‘schollard!’”
qms commented on the word workfellow
Big Joe’s normal tone is a bellow;
He shakes down the leaves with his “Hello!”
His workplace is shared
By the hearing impaired
Who think him a perfect workfellow.
Before there was genus and phylum
Or God made adamic asylum,
Before night and day
Or man went astray,
Preceding it all was the ylem.
April 11, 2018
qms commented on the word daeva
My dreams are torn by incursion
Of hauntings in many a version.
Tonight’s chilling flavor
Was barking mad daeva,
A taunting malevolent Persian.
April 10, 2018
qms commented on the word thible
The Scot and the British cook quibble
‘bout tools used for stirring their nibble:
The Scotsman will hurtle
To call it a spurtle,
The Briton steadfastly says thible.
April 9, 2018
qms commented on the word phizog
The old salt sits down with his dog
And shares out his bread and his grog.
They’re birds of a feather
And, so long together,
Alike in their tastes and phisog.
April 8, 2018
qms commented on the word gowpen
The soda bread recipe lists
Ingredients in gowpens and fists.
So would you know how then
To shape your own gowpen
With palms that are joined at the wrists?
April 7, 2018
qms commented on the word claustrophilia
The Donald thinks walls give protection
From human or import infection.
But what could be sillier
Than this claustrophilia
And love of such rigid erection?
April 6, 2018
qms commented on the word fouter
In morals he’s perfectly neuter,
Self interest uniquely his tutor.
Should sanctity buy us
He’s publicly pious,
In private an unabashed fouter.
April 5, 2018
qms commented on the word bimble
The critic is mentally nimble,
Uncovering subtext and symbol,
But given the chance
Reads tales of romance -
A thinking man’s indolent bimble.
April 4, 2018
qms commented on the word inscape
Inscape and instress are complementary concepts about individuality and uniqueness derived by Gerard Manley Hopkins from the ideas of the medieval philosopher Duns Scotus.
April 3, 2018
qms commented on the word instress
qms commented on the word drey
He raids the bird feeder all day
And drives all the songbirds away;
Then, trading his swagger
For a corpulent stagger,
He ponderously climbs to his drey.
qms commented on the word Catherine Wheel
See Catherine wheel.
qms commented on the word above par
Less pleasant than madmouth conceives,
For Bertie disrupts and upheaves.
For life that is stable
He should, if he’s able,
Obtain his narration from Jeeves.
April 2, 2018
qms commented on the word cagoule
No storm makes a proud Frenchman snool
No matter how windy and cruel.
Courage, mon ami!
With Gallic esprit
Look cool in your boots and cagoule!
qms commented on the list a-dram-too-many
I came across a list of Wodehousian words for drunk. Many are already in this list but the following are not: above par, rotten, groggy, ossified, tanked, illuminated, lit up like a Christmas tree, woozled.
April 1, 2018
Per Bertie Wooster - drunk.
qms commented on the word scenographic
Prepare your victorious maffick
With every theatrical tactic,
With lights and balloons
And boisterous tunes
And all of the arts scenographic.
qms commented on the word promptuary
Terrain and the temperatures vary
Explorers, though, knew what to carry.
A well-equipped chap
Expanding the map
Kept booze in the long promptuary.
March 31, 2018
qms commented on the word grumous
Our appetites finally doom us;
Our blood becomes fatty and grumous.
The lesson thus learned
Is painfully earned
And wisdom is sadly posthumous.
March 30, 2018
qms commented on the word stuggy
His friends ‘round his coffin all joked
How much Froggy ate, drank and smoked.
So squat and so stuggy
Yet gleefully buggy,
But none were surprised when he croaked.
March 29, 2018
qms commented on the word feculent
Though most think them tasteless and petulant
His fans find his tweets are quite esculent
They dine with delight
On venom and spite
And prize the most bitter and feculent.
March 28, 2018
qms commented on the word bort
A gem in the rough by report,
Was Ernest at Doubleday’s sport.
His diamond exploit
Though grew less adroit
And Ernest’s career was a bort.
Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
March 27, 2018
qms commented on the word noema
Prof. Husserl directs your attention
To quite a confounding invention.
He calls it noema,
A psychic edema
Inflating an act of intention.
March 26, 2018
qms commented on the word complimentarize
Dear bilby, you must have a heart!
I will, for a friend, do my part.
No matter how swollen
I’ll tighten my colon
And stifle the streperous fart.
March 25, 2018
qms commented on the word merism
I’ve stalked them from dusk until dawn
With middling success off and on:
Some words to share rhythm
And shape a merism;
I’ve hunted them hither and yon.
Or, ‘O faithless kin, my nemesis!’
March 24, 2018
Could be misinterpreted as ‘our farts keep mornings noisy.’
qms commented on the word battology
The Donald is best, he repeats,
The best in his mind and his feats.
To sift his battology
At best is scatology
Best sent to the pit of deceits.
Courage, bilby! We’ve still got complimentarization, and complimentarizability to go.
qms commented on the word debitage
The sound of persistent sharp tapping
Provoke us to know what is happening
Flint flakes and a severed edge,
The litter of debitage,
Are signs a boy scout’s been caught knapping.
March 23, 2018
qms commented on the word technetronic
Your typical nerd’s not ironic
And rarely a geek is sardonic.
The bytes and the bits
Please literal wits
That coin horrors like technotronic.
March 22, 2018
qms commented on the word calvity
His scalp has been twice overhauled
But Donald insists he’s not bald.
If such simple calvity
Were solely his malady
The world would be far less appalled.
March 21, 2018
qms commented on the word pericope
Now isn’t that bilby a nuisance. I do thank him, though I would represent the pronunciation as purr-RICK-a-pee.
The audio pronunciations never seem to work on my iPad, where most composition gets done. I will be more wary in future.
There once was a preacher in Chicopee
Beset by severe insipidity.
On Sundays he normally
Abandoned his homily
And served up a meal of pericope.
Theologians tell us there’s hope
Of limiting vile error’s scope.
The good can endure
With hearts that are pure
And doses of strong pericope.
This limerick left in place like a miscreant rotting on the gallows. Beware, ye hasty! (See above.)
March 20, 2018
qms commented on the word tit
There’s many a callow young wit
Who,watching one flutter and flit,
Has spread titillation
And naughty elation
Announcing his love of a tit.
I find crapulentus and comato-crapulose in the list but not crapulent, which is more common.
March 19, 2018
qms commented on the word oyabun
He laughs at a bright toy balloon,
And babbles a light joyous tune.
So ends the adventure
In childish dementia
Of him who had been oyabun.
qms commented on the word cranreuch
How spooky the look the scene took -
As eerie as woodland can look.
Damp came to emblanch
The trees, trunk and branch,
And paint the bare copse in cranreuch.
March 18, 2018
qms commented on the word thraward
Natasha sounds good to me. This could be the Rocky and Bullwinkle effect.
I’ve had some more thoughts on iconic names. I have been trying to think of women’s names that have the same uniquely identifying value as men’s names and I am having trouble. ‘Ivan’ can mean a generic Russian man but can ‘Svetlana’ mean a generic Russian woman or is it just the name of a specific Russian woman? If I tell a joke featuring ‘Pierre,’ ‘Alphonse,’ or ‘Gaston’ you now that he is a French stereotype but I don’t think the same is true of ‘Francoise’ or ‘Marianne,’ even though this last is an official symbol of the French nation.
Is this an artifact of historic male supremacy or do women’s names just better permeate national boundaries? I know the Aussies have adopted the Irish ‘Sile’ (after demoting the initial uppercase letter) as ‘sheila,’ to mean a young woman. Is this still current? I don’t think it is used to mean a specifically Australian woman. I will be happy to be corrected in this assumption and enlightened by examples of nationally iconic women’s names.
March 17, 2018
qms commented on the word titchy
When Celia was angry with Richie
Her vengeance was cleverly bitchy:
She’d cook favorite dishes
But (this part is vicious)
The portions, though tasty, were titchy.
Yes! I had forgotten about Jock. I have used that before when a single syllable would do. Hamish is very good too. I will file that one away. Since Erin McKean has such an abiding fondness for Scottish utterance I need to have some on the shelf.
My friend Roo writes to tell me of the Aussie habit of addressing redheaded men as Bluey. I suppose this is akin to the custom of calling bald men Curly or large men Tiny. Is there a handy word or phrase for this convention?
I have used ‘Sandy’ as a generic name for a Scotsman. A quick google search confirms that it has been so employed before. It is used in Caledonia as a diminutive of ‘Alexander’ and possibly some other more formal names. I used to use ‘Angus’ for this but now I have a grandnephew by that name so it feels awkward to attribute opinions, behaviors or attitudes to Angus.
I can use ‘Ivan’ and all would recognize that I mean ‘a Russian,’ or ‘Guido’ and a generalized Italian would be understood. What might be some other generic names? Many years ago I resided in the Philippines and learned that the locals were happy to address all Americans as ‘Joe.’
I have a correspondent in Perth who signs himself ‘Roo.’ There is a notorious Tasmanian who uses the handle ‘bilby.’ Is there a generic moniker for marsupials that we could apply to all Australians?
The Scots are said to be froward
But Sandy asserts it’s a foul word.
It’s Sassenach sport
A Scotsman can thwart
Insisting it ought to be thraward.
Note: The OED identifies this as a Scottish variation of ‘froward.’
March 16, 2018
qms commented on the word sapor
In France I once ate salami
That whelmed me like a tsunami.
I pray for an encore
Of that rarest sapor,
The deepest and finest umami.
March 15, 2018
qms commented on the word quinzhee
A hogan’s a nice house for two.
A teepee or wigwam might do,
But when cold and windy
You need a dry quinzhee
Or else find a vacant igloo.
March 14, 2018
qms commented on the word clinquant
Ludmila’s taste lapses are frequent,
Her judgment amiss or delinquent.
For drama’s effect
She’s tinsel bedecked
And enters all slinkily clinquant.
March 13, 2018
qms commented on the word pishogue
The old gent’s a bit of a rogue
And knows that the occult’s in vogue,
So ply him with toasts
And he’ll talk of ghosts,
Or fairies and such rich pishogue.
As in all of the supplied usage examples, and contrary to the formal definitions, the word is used dismissively to mean superstitious nonsense.
March 12, 2018
qms commented on the word neuston
Now Big Oil’s determined to drill
In waters that can’t risk a spill
The poison is loosed on
The delicate neustron
To suffocate, wither and kill.
March 11, 2018
qms commented on the word paraselene
Illusions might come from Fellini
Or wonders from work of a genie,
And in right condition
The moon’s a magician,
As witness the paraselene.
March 10, 2018
qms commented on the word cicisbeism
Pronounced chich-iss-BEE-ism. It could serve as an onomatopoetic word for a sneeze.
The definition calls for some background:
cicisbeo – n. In Italy, since the seventeenth century, the name given to a professed gallant and attendant of a married woman; one who dangles about women.
dangle – To hang loosely; be suspended so as to be swayed be the wind or any slight force.
Hence To dance attendance; hover longingly or importunately, as for notice or favors: used of persons, with about or after: as, to dangle about a woman; to dangle after a great man.
In Italy all’s in a tangle
As gallantry’s got a new angle.
It makes a wee schism
As men become objects of dangle.
March 9, 2018
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ruzuzu commented on the user qms
Just stopping by to say your prowess with the limericks is astonishing. I am ever in awe.
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,
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 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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