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qms commented on the word disselboom
The shopkeeper cheerfully mocks
The way that the Boer farmer talks.
He’ll give him a thistle bloom
When he wants a disselboom
To hitch up his weary old ox.
November 16, 2018
qms commented on the word berimbau
Yep. I’m wired.
November 15, 2018
The dancer with all limbs akimbo
Contorts in a lithesome low limbo.
In firelight flesh glistens
And all the world listens
To the beat of the haunting berimbau.
qms commented on the word garth
In seasons when sunlight is sparse
The Princess stays in by the hearth.
When Winter is gone
And sun soaks the lawn
Her court will disport on the garth.
November 14, 2018
qms commented on the word freakshake
Brilliant, bilby! Can you copyright a dance move? Shall we race to the patent office? Gimme, gimme, gimme some money for that shimmy.
November 13, 2018
qms commented on the word alestake
I guessed it was old Abenaki
Or maybe a rare type of sake,
But alestake is pure
Plain English for sure
And none of that furrin malarkey.
When travelers and steeds need a break
There’s thirst of the horses to slake,
But coachmen will push
To the welcoming bush
And go till they find an alestake.
qms commented on the word lingcod
On the Great Puget Sound Octopus Survey
Beware what the scholars purvey!
Octopuses are coy in their way.
They’re dodgers and dancers,
You can’t trust their answers.
Who knows how they’ll twist a survey?
November 12, 2018
qms commented on the word illation
Concerning our great tribulation
I offer a hopeful illation:
The problem derives
From imbibing lies
And abstinence ends pixilation.
qms commented on the word demyship
If I were more learned and polished
I’d know how to say “Magdalen College.”
Odd words likes demyship
Would trip light from my lip
And all would admire my knowledge.
An interesting note on local pronunciation:
Don’t make the faux pas of pronouncing Magdalen College ‘Mag-de-len College’. It’s pronounced ‘Maudlin College’. Just to make things more confusing, Magdalen Street in the centre of Oxford IS pronounced ‘Mag-de-len’ but lively Magdelen Road in East Oxford is pronounced ‘Maudlin’ like the college. Got it?!
November 11, 2018
qms commented on the user sionnach
It’s strange prey the bandicoot stalks.
A sionnach, I learned, is a fox.
It’s not like he will be
A pal to a bilby.
He’ll eat him like bagels and lox.
November 10, 2018
qms commented on the word ponderate
Lexicographers eagerly explicate.
Though some are disposed to pontificate
A scholar who’s prudent
Is modesty’s student,
Inclined to first quietly ponderate.
qms commented on the word metanoia
The bed ought to be like a cloister
But some noisome neighbor may roister.
An unwelcome shellfish
Is Yanno, the selfish,
Notoriously boisterous, oyster.
My neighbor’s a noisy annoyer
And drove me to go find a lawyer.
Once keen on hip hop art
He now swears by Mozart
My lawyer has wrought metanoia.
November 9, 2018
qms commented on the user olcio45
November 8, 2018
qms commented on the word emunctory
In typical practice of Trumpery
Civility’s scarce and perfunctory.
The organs of speech,
Disgraced in the breach,
Are put to a service emunctory.
qms commented on the word baldaquin
There’s uncles and aunts and grandmothers
And spawn of your sisters and brothers,
A small baldaquin
For all balder kin
And tables in sunlight for others.
November 7, 2018
qms commented on the word ostent
Is this how our twigs should be bent?
The goblin’s example has meant
The way to succeed
Is easy indeed,
With bluster and pompous ostent.
November 6, 2018
qms commented on the user ultralighticeaxe
A penetrating observation, bilby.
November 5, 2018
qms commented on the word BOFA
This is how the critics at Variety acclaim a successful all-women show. Compare boffo and brava. (The all-caps is a regrettable bit of condescension.)
qms commented on the word parrel
There once was a parrot named Darryl
Who perched by the store’s pickle barrel.
In his salty past
He’d sailed ‘fore the mast
So chattered of halyard and parrel.
qms commented on the word dinkey
As humpback compares to a minke
Or fist to a fluttering pinky
Do engines for trains
That roar ’cross the plains
Compare to the stuttering dinkey.
November 4, 2018
qms commented on the word wunderpus
Let speciesism never asunder us
But love from we two make but one of us.
Though some think it odd,
My sweet cephalopod,
Forever you’ll be my dear wonderpus.
November 3, 2018
qms commented on the word curtilage
The yard has a drive and a fertile edge
Set round by a well trimmed myrtle hedge.
It’s modest for sure
But green and secure,
A bargain in comfortable curtilage.
qms commented on the user bilby
Reading comments such as those at eckle-feckle I grieve that I missed some merry times at Wordnik.
qms commented on the word fanion
Surveyors come always in twos.
The head man is careful to choose
A jolly companion
To plant the last fanion
Then off to the pub and the booze.
November 2, 2018
qms commented on the word auberge
Old friends will at times feel the urge
To lay down their tools and converge
To learn how each fares,
Their hopes and their cares,
In the warmth of a cozy auberge.
November 1, 2018
qms commented on the word caphar
The caravans come from afar
With goods for the local bazaar
Paid each local chief,
Lest they come to grief,
A bribe that they called a caphar.
October 31, 2018
qms commented on the word ghazal
A poet I once knew named Basil
Tried hard to impress and to dazzle.
For verses erotic
He liked the exotic
And spurned the dull sonnet for ghazal.
October 30, 2018
qms commented on the word acephalous
Astride his dark snorting Bucephalus
Whose thundering hoofbeats can deafen us,
The horseman delights
In haunting our nights,
More horrid because he’s acephalous.
October 29, 2018
qms commented on the word zoosemiotics
The boffins who deal in robotics
Avoid the weird look of exotics
So study a lot
To mix pet and bot,
October 28, 2018
qms commented on the word pharmacophore
We can't do much more than deplore
The tenants our frail bodies store.
I’m glad of the pills
Addressing my ills
With versatile pharmacaphore.
October 27, 2018
qms commented on the word artivism
Some radicals acting to start a “-vism”
More pungent than middle-class artivism
Now practice disruption
By fragrant eruption,
Harassing their targets with fartivism.
October 26, 2018
qms commented on the word jean dimmock
qms commented on the word listric
Its signature characteristic
Is ponds that bespeckle the district.
By locals it’s said
They mark giants’ tread.
More likely their forming was listric.
October 25, 2018
qms commented on the word alterity
In times of great want and austerity
Comparisons pump our prosperity.
We’re pleased to discover
A more wretched other
And comfort ourselves in alterity.
October 24, 2018
qms commented on the word assoil
His minions must always be loyal,
Defending his hopeless turmoil.
They fall out of favor
Who waffle or waver;
He does not forgive or assoil.
October 23, 2018
qms commented on the word epeiric
Emissions have made the earth’s sky sick
And soiled all the waters epeiric.
We should get on board
The Paris Accord
Then learn the new rules and comply quick.
October 22, 2018
qms commented on the user scmcloud2
I look forward to your contributions.
October 21, 2018
qms commented on the word fanfaronade
His duty and truth are betrayed
With every new rodomontade.
His coarse conversation
His speeches sheer fanfaronade.
qms commented on the word kurgan
In life Ghengis Khan dressed in ermine,
For headgear - a tight proto-turban.
We know not his clothes
In deathly repose
But know they’ll be found in a kurgan.
October 20, 2018
qms commented on the word paleotechnic
Museums these days are eclectic,
If some call it art they collect it,
From classical schools
To stuff with no rules
And even the paleotechnic.
October 19, 2018
qms commented on the word camlet
There once was a prince, name of Hamlet,
A madman (or did he just sham it?),
Who wore silken pants
For his epic rants
But talked to the dead wearing camlet.
October 18, 2018
qms commented on the word innatism
Some argue the path to true wisdom
Begins with the font and the chrism,
But others protest
The infant is blessed
With insights of deep innatism.
October 17, 2018
qms commented on the word bleb
Ambitions advance and they ebb
Like throbs of the life-giving web.
Once ardently sought
Are goals now forgot
And heart-breaking woe a mere bleb.
October 16, 2018
qms commented on the word dene
A dun dune adorns a beach scene
While inland the valley is green.
The one’s made of sand
The other, rich land,
Yet somehow they both are called dene.
October 15, 2018
qms commented on the word revet
How best the erosion abet
In dunes by nor’easters beset?
Though some, shrugging, say
You only can pray
It makes much more sense to revet.
October 14, 2018
qms commented on the word sullage
Brett’s drinking improved only ullage;
His judgment was worn to a dull edge.
He mistook for beer
Concoctions of poisonous sullage.
October 13, 2018
qms commented on the word burgee
May each dreaming sailor’s keen urge be
To break from the dock and to surge free
With wind at her back
From tack after tack
Her hair streaming out like a burgee.
October 12, 2018
qms commented on the word plateresque
zuzu, you make it a pleasure to post them.
October 11, 2018
His lashings of gold are grotesque,
A Midas self-mocked in burlesque.
His shill, pallid Pence,
Is small change and hence
Permitted the cold plateresque.
qms commented on the word relume
The light of decorum’s entombed,
God knows when we’ll see it exhumed.
The shadows that cloak us
In all that’s atrocious
Will stay till that lamp is relumed.
October 10, 2018
qms commented on the word cosmogony
Some think there are mischievous progeny
Descended from tales of cosmogony.
No maker need be
A he nor a she
But a being of holy androgyny.
October 9, 2018
qms commented on the word heliotherapy
The nurses are unctuous and syrupy,
Their chatter theatrically chirrupy
To make you feel sure
They’ll manage your cure
With doses of heliotherapy.
October 8, 2018
qms commented on the word sacellum
Their postures are true antebellum;
They’d write if they could on old vellum.
They yearn for the day
When cotton held sway
And call Sumter’s walls their sacellum.
October 7, 2018
qms commented on the word downhole
It could be a Stephen King clown stole
Some oil giant’s blackening brown soul
And crammed it like phlegm
In the steel flower’s stem,
Accounting for obstacles downhole.
October 6, 2018
qms commented on the word morra
There’s almost a sanctified aura
To ruins of great Roman fora,
But best bear in mind
They thronged with our kind
Who idled their time playing morra.
October 5, 2018
qms commented on the word esclandre
A justice should be an upstander,
A model of frankness and candor,
And heaven forfend
He need to defend
‘Gainst stories of drunken esclandre.
October 4, 2018
qms commented on the word mythomaniac
The pundits deploy their ungainly tact,
Unwilling to say what is plainly fact.
He doesn’t misstate
The man is a frank mythomaniac.
October 3, 2018
qms commented on the word airscrew
It’s good for a lusty air crew,
No more, they contend, than their due:
High over the deep
While passengers sleep
To join in a lively airscrew.
October 2, 2018
qms commented on the word centration
The problems that harry the nation
Persist to the general frustration.
They’re readily dumped
And easily trumped
By the goblin’s bizarre self centration.
October 1, 2018
qms commented on the word enthalpy
A physicist, stars in his eyes,
Cried, “Love is a lovely surprise!
The system’s enthalpy
Is measurably paltry
But, oh! How it does energize!”
September 30, 2018
qms commented on the word Amstetdamster
Sorry. These old eyes ain’t what they used to be.
qms commented on the word Amsterdamster
I think Amsterdamster is more pleasing to the ear tham Amsterdammer.
qms commented on the word latchet
A bad shoe can drive a man batshit.
It shouldn’t be work to attach it.
You needn’t bend over
To put on a loafer.
To hell with the laces and latchet!
September 29, 2018
qms commented on the word scop
Well done, zuzu!
September 28, 2018
Ahoy, bilby! Long time no read. Have you been off foraging for tasty lichens?
qms commented on the word phonophobia
The news makes me feel like old Job.
It bruise some cranial lobe.
I crave only quiet;
I cannot deny it,
I’m now a confirmed phonophobe.
In Heorot he gave them all hope,
At least a bare method to cope.
Now hear Grendel’s roar
At our trembling door
But where is our comforting scop?
Note: Pronunciation guidance varies: skop, shop and shope. The last of these is the one I was taught by scholars I trust.
September 27, 2018
qms commented on the word Heorot
Heorot is a mead-hall described in the Anglo-Saxon epic Beowulf as "the foremost of halls under heaven." It served as a palace for King Hroðgar, a legendary Danish king of the sixth century. Heorot means 'Hart, stag'. After the malicious entity Grendel slaughters the inhabitants of the hall, the Geatish hero Beowulf defends the royal hall before subsequently defeating him. Later Grendel's Mother attacks the inhabitants of the hall, and she too is subsequently defeated by Beowulf.
qms commented on the word anarthria
Tank, I am not worthy - but immensely flattered.
The goblin of course could still tweet.
I know it’s a foolish conceit
To wish for (pro patria!)
A case of anarthria
But wouldn’t the silence be sweet?
September 26, 2018
qms commented on the word fulminant
A bull fight’s a basically cruel event,
Provoking a harmless great ruminant
By pain and affronts
And daredevil stunts
To actions soon fatally fulminant.
September 25, 2018
qms commented on the word hydropathy
I think that there surely has got to be
At least a faint taint of hypocrisy
In places that get
Their guests very wet
And call the procedure hydropathy.
September 24, 2018
qms commented on the word shamefast
Demure to ensure there’s no blame cast
The coy maid is cautiously shamefast.
By blushes and sighs
She cleverly tries
How long she can make the old game last.
September 23, 2018
qms commented on the word Skein
qms commented on the word biggin
There once was a zealot named Wiggin
Who practiced outlandish religion.
Despite vulgar stares
He said morning prayers
Clad only in boots and a biggin.
September 22, 2018
qms commented on the word etalon
A beam of bright light was once set upon
By ambushers with a sly etalon,
Their ingenious aim -
To make the beam lame
And harness the hitch in its get along.
September 21, 2018
qms commented on the word finings
Good beer is one of life’s fine things,
Consoling our dry stomach linings;
So God bless the brewer!
Let’s never have fewer
Of vats and of casks and of finings.
September 20, 2018
qms commented on the word kouros
Miss Grundy was quite at a loss
To find a light comment to toss,
So breathlessly viewed
That arrogant nude,
The fleshless, compelling kouros.
September 19, 2018
qms commented on the word patache
‘Mongst hulking great vessels of war
That bristle with weapons galore
The humble patache
With nimble panache
Still flits between ship’s side and shore.
September 18, 2018
qms commented on the word palter
Thank you kindly, zuzu.
qms commented on the word winebibber
The curse of the bashful winebibber
Is drink at the first makes him glibber
But eloquence fades,
The right word evades
And soon he’ll do no more than gibber.
September 17, 2018
Blasphemers will profane the altar
And read from a mischievous psalter.
Some, without qualms
Will distort the psalms;
Instead of true preaching they palter.
September 16, 2018
qms commented on the word empuse
Her enemies cruelly abuse her
And call her a heartless Medusa.
Such charges are wild;
She’s really quite mild,
No more than a creepy empuse.
September 15, 2018
qms commented on the word dunderfunk
The pirates triumphant are plunder-drunk,
Their hardships for now all in wonder sunk,
Engorged with their loot
Of viands and fruit,
Forgetting their dinners of dunderfunk.
September 14, 2018
qms commented on the word morat
The Camelot ladies adore it
But knights of the table deplore it.
For questing you need
Some strong ale and mead.
You can’t hunt the Beast drinking morat.
September 13, 2018
qms commented on the word questing beast
See also Questing Beast.
qms commented on the word Questing Beast
The Questing Beast, or the Beast Glatisant (Barking Beast), is a monster from Arthurian legend. It is the subject of quests undertaken by famous knights such as King Pellinore, Sir Palamedes, and Sir Percival.
qms commented on the word wist
wist. - To have cognizance or knowledge of; to be aware of; to know (as a fact or an existing thing).
September 12, 2018
qms commented on the word dullardism
“Oh, mirror,” he asked, “Dost thou wist
If better than I could exist?”
The dun-colored prism
Of his dullardism
Showed only his face in the mist.
qms commented on the word livor
Once crimes were resolved by MacGyver,
That endlessly clever contriver.
Now villains are caught
More often than not
By white-coated experts on livor.
September 11, 2018
qms commented on the word Gello.
Gello in Greek mythology, is a female demon or revenant who threatens the reproductive cycle by causing infertility, spontaneous abortion, and infant mortality. By the Byzantine era, the gelloudes (γελλούδες) were considered a class of beings. Women believed to be under demonic possession by gelloudes might stand trial or be subjected to exorcism.
Gyllou, Gylou, Gillo, or Gelu are some of its alternate forms.
September 10, 2018
qms commented on the word gelloudes
Plural of Gello.
qms commented on the word brainge
A cowboy not home on the range
Is given to conduct that’s strange.
In search of romance
He’ll try hard to dance
But only can lollop and brainge.
qms commented on the word stupe
The witch who was doc for the group
Would steep an old napkin in soup.
When spells went awry
A broth of newt’s eye
Would make a most excellent stupe.
September 9, 2018
qms commented on the word visnomy
I’m welcome all over the town.
The grownups invite a sit-down,
But all the kids know me
By my odd visnomy
As Donald the Dangerous clown.
September 8, 2018
qms commented on the word uhtceare
A hapax legomenon.
September 7, 2018
qms commented on the word brabble
A scholar cries, “This is mere gabble!”
Another says, “Nay, it is babble!”
The conference is shattered
And comity battered
In a lexicographical brabble.
qms commented on the word maledicent
The annals record not a precedent
For comments like these of our president.
Some language was salty
Or grammar was faulty
But none so obtuse or maledicent.
September 6, 2018
qms commented on the word emprise
Oh, how many evils arise
When citizens blinker their eyes,
When allegiance to fact
Is a perilous act
And seeking the truth an emprise?
September 5, 2018
qms commented on the word prometheus
September 4, 2018
qms commented on the word cramoisie
I like my cheesecake framboise-y,
A scarlet and ivory jamboree
The cake’s at its best
When liberally blessed
With berries all lushly cramoisie.
qms commented on the word frounce
He listens to boring accounts
Of places he cannot pronounce,
With feigned close attention
And solemn executive frounce.
September 3, 2018
qms commented on the word caggy
There once was a lady named Maggie
Pathetically shriveled and saggy.
Bag ladies aren’t keen
On careful hygiene
So Maggie was savagely caggy.
September 2, 2018
qms commented on the word methomania
Our Ernest loves words like calcanea
And other such strange miscellanea.
It’s the wordy’s affliction,
A nerdy addiction,
A potent, though weird, methomania.
Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
September 1, 2018
qms commented on the word higgler
There once was a spokesman named Ziegler,
A famously flexible wriggler.
While still a mere youth
He bargained with truth
And proved a most obstinate higgler.
August 31, 2018
qms commented on the word pedantocracy
And Sanders decries our plutocracy,
But fears in me linger
From his wagging finger
That Bernie supports pedantocracy.
August 30, 2018
qms commented on the word Unscented
alexz has a list called Glitched definitions.
qms commented on the word ultraism
The Pharma Bro’s free market ultraism,
Though seen quite rightly as vulturism,
Was deemed unassailable
So crimes that were jailable
Were found to obtain a result in prison.
August 29, 2018
qms commented on the word ethnopoetics
They study the lore and phonetics
And delve into tribal memetics,
But some, sick of prying,
Are given to lying
To tart up the ethnopoetics.
August 28, 2018
qms commented on the word gigantomachy
We often respond rather comically
To sounds we produce anatomically.
Our rumbles and farts
Suggest martial arts
And sometimes a new gigantomachy.
August 27, 2018
qms commented on the word tympanites
The “blimp” was a British wry tease:
A Trump in his bright tighty-whities.
Onlookers were cheerful,
The Trump, though, was tearful,
Afflicted with gross tympanites.
August 26, 2018
qms commented on the word ferity
Though wise men maintain it’s a verity
That rudeness and insult are ferity,
With those who won’t see
What’s plain villainy
The sages permit some asperity.
August 25, 2018
qms commented on the word cacodorous
Despite our indignant chorus
Polluters still mock or ignore us
And now heaps of swill
On Capitol Hill
Grow fouler and more cacodorous.
August 24, 2018
qms commented on the word literatus
My muse is some days on hiatus
Affecting my lit’rary status.
In those trying times
I recycle rhymes
And bide as a passive literatus.
August 23, 2018
qms commented on the word metewand
August 22, 2018
The kindly ones look for a way
To soothe me on my natal day:
“To tally each dawn’s
A foolish metewand!
You’re old as you feel,” so they say.
qms commented on the word hierurgy
A yearning heart and dramaturgy
Support effective hierurgy.
A conscience that’s raw
And penitent’s awe
Combine in solemn synergy.
August 21, 2018
qms commented on the user klezmania
Welcome aboard, klezmania.
August 20, 2018
qms commented on the word scoundrelism
The voters abide a mild bounderism
But will they endure outright scoundrelism?
May bring on reflection
And maybe a morsel of sounder wisdom.
qms commented on the word pecuniosity
Accustomed to shortage and paucity
The poor folk have great curiosity:
They cannot divine
Just why the rich whine.
What ails those in pecuniosity?
August 19, 2018
qms commented on the word ugsome
Maternal caresses and hugs come
To even the humblest of bugdom,
For like every other
A worm has a mother
Who cares not her offspring are ugsome.
August 18, 2018
qms commented on the word aristarch
Dilute not your umbrage with snark!
Your bite should be worse than your bark.
The highest of dudgeon
Befits the curmudgeon,
Who’s called to be arch aristarch.
August 17, 2018
qms commented on the word stelliferous
The owl and the robin do differ thus:
The chirper finds darkness somniferous,
The nocturnal owl
Is out on the prowl,
Aloft when the sky is stelliferous.
August 16, 2018
qms commented on the word genethlialogy
August 15, 2018
qms commented on the word consentient
Not crooked perhaps - only gently bent,
Charming withal, and a friendly gent.
The lobbyist’s wiles
Are favors and smiles
Enabling new friends be consentient.
qms commented on the word monomachy
Some suffer a boring monogamy
Afflicted by torpid monotony,
But others think strife
Twixt husband and wife
Should offer exciting monomachy.
August 14, 2018
qms commented on the word seamark
Historically sailors would hark
To foghorns that blast in the dark,
But these days they heed
The GPS feed
And don’t even need a seamark.
August 13, 2018
Stargazing has often a quality
Of mystic but harmless frivolity,
But don’t laugh or jibe
At that solemn tribe
That practices genethlialogy.
August 12, 2018
qms commented on the word codicology
Accept, if you will, a most odd apology:
I misapprehended this codicology;
It’s for ancient writing,
Not haddock and whiting,
Nor matters affecting our cod ecology.
August 11, 2018
qms commented on the word highbinder
You can’t say the man’s a blindsider
Or dodgy evasive sidewinder.
He comes with lips open
And stubby hands gropin’.
A venomous preening highbinder.
August 10, 2018
qms commented on the word glairy
Priscilla affirmed she would marry
Young Boris if he were less hairy.
He waxed and he plucked;
No oyster once shucked
Ever glistened more pallid and glairy.
August 9, 2018
qms commented on the word eutrophic
We shouldn’t be shy or myopic
But yogurt’s a sensitive topic,
For effluents leak
To make the stuff “Greek”
And all local ponds are eutrophic.
August 8, 2018
qms commented on the word riant
Ensure that you’re trademark compliant
Promoting your company’s giant.
It‘s copyright folly
To say “green and jolly”
So boast that he’s vernal and riant.
August 7, 2018
qms commented on the word sorner
Watch out for that little Jack Horner
With plums on his thumbs in the corner.
When Muffet’s astray
From curds and her whey
He’ll snatch ‘em, the wretched wee sorner.
August 6, 2018
qms commented on the word monopteron
A gothic estate needs a proper lawn,
A pond in the shape of an octagon,
A statue or two,
A ruin to view
And one mysterious monopteron.
August 5, 2018
qms commented on the word daren’t
Cambridge English Dictionary:
short form of dare(s) not:
I daren't tell him - he'll be so angry.
August 4, 2018
qms commented on the word alloparent
Though hearts are swiftly beguiled
By orphans that ought to be wild
The zookeeper daren’t
Attached to a beast like a child.
qms commented on the word krang
Some shanty the tired whalers sang
To work till the dinner bell rang.
On days spent at flense
It made perfect sense
To dine on a chowder of krang.
August 3, 2018
qms commented on the word plutonomy
Deluded, resentful, they throng to see
His orgy of bombastic bonhomie.
The whole horde agrees
To be worker bees
And strive in the hive of plutonomy.
August 2, 2018
qms commented on the word wormery
The rules of the local infirmary
Ban pets as too pesky and murmurry.
My bucket of worms
Just silently squirms
So they let me hold on to my wormery.
August 1, 2018
qms commented on the word evincive
His style he supposes evincive
Of glories of sultans and princes,
But gilding is crass
In alloy with brass,
Evincing but snickers and winces.
July 31, 2018
qms commented on the word chordophone
By trumpets woodwinds and trombone
A great deal of music is blown,
And riding those gusts
In dartings and thrusts
Are flights of the sweet chordophone.
July 30, 2018
qms commented on the word propaedeutic
I offer a free hermeneutic;
The difficult work is propaedeutic;
But, competence gained,
Then freedom’s attained
And learning thereafter is therapeutic.
July 29, 2018
qms commented on the word yeggman
There once was a fellow named Stegman
Who worked as a butter and egg man,
But having grown chary
Of chickens and dairy
Embarked on a life as a yeggman.
July 28, 2018
qms commented on the word proletary
When feeling depressed and solitary
Recall that our blessing can vary.
Do not make life’s measure
The getting of treasure;
Embrace simple joys of the proletary.
July 27, 2018
qms commented on the word aiguillette
See also aiglet and aglet.
July 26, 2018
Attachments to clothes in most cases
Will stab you in sensitive places,
However a tag well met
Is the wee aigulette
That stiffens the end of your laces.
qms commented on the word ginglymus
Thank you, zuzu.
July 25, 2018
An internal metronome swings in us
And insight when rhymed aright clings to us,
But flexion is key
In lines four and three
For they are the limerick’s ginglymus.
qms commented on the list non-dairy-beverages
July 24, 2018
milk of human kindness
qms commented on the word sapidity
Our Ernest, despite his avidity,
Eschews any careless rapidity.
Like rarest of fungi
With lips and his tongue he
Will savor each new word’s sapidity.
qms commented on the word octonion
You mean it’s not an eight-sided onion?
qms commented on the word verbigeration
The words in such dull iteration
Are not even tergiversation.
“There was no collusion”
In witless profusion
Is no more than verbigeration.
July 23, 2018
qms commented on the word caesaropapism
In this so disconsolate season,
When fear tries to rule over reason,
Compared to the rumors of treason.
July 22, 2018
qms commented on the word dubbin
Mix tallow and oil and then rub in
Till fingers are worn to a nubbin.
To make your boot leather
Impervious to weather
You add lots of sweat to your dubbin.
July 21, 2018
qms commented on the word expressage
Oh, what did that yellow slip presage;
A baleful or jubilant message?
What‘s won or what’s lost
To merit the cost
Of telegram’s costly expressage?
July 20, 2018
qms commented on the word tanuki
Lucky for your sister. From what I read if he had taken offense he might have unholstered his scrotum, enfolded her in it and carried her off to Tanukiville.
July 19, 2018
qms commented on the word fricandeau
My loaf is a shame and a woe
But means to save face now I know,
Not slighting the bread
But praising instead
By claiming it’s called fricandeau.
qms commented on the word indult
Achieving the state of aged adult
These chances are few to exult:
I need not assent
To strict rules of Lent
All thanks to the papal indult.
July 18, 2018
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
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
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bilby commented on the user qms
Long before your persistent brilliance we had sionnach. There are a couple of limericks on eckle-feckle that still make me laugh.
qms commented on the user qms
ruzuzu, you are a generous soul. I thank you.
May 5, 2018
ruzuzu commented on the user qms
Just stopping by to say your prowess with the limericks is astonishing. I am ever in awe.
May 4, 2018
The Word of the Day limerick for July 27, 2017 is meant to be read in the context of the comment posted at logothete on September 4, 2014.
June 27, 2017
Thank you, ruzuzu. Verse is not neccessary but your good wishes are much appreciated. I only wanted to acknowledge Erin's gesture and to prepare my excuses in advance in case I miss a day here and there.
June 3, 2015
I'm sorry I haven't written a get-well verse for you yet. Everything I try to rhyme betrays my dislike of cars and drivers--and since most of the people I know happen to be drivers, I thought maybe I'd cool off for a bit.
Get well soon,
Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?
Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?
But forgive me this jest,
I wish you and elbows my best,
*shakes fist at said stupid driver*
June 1, 2015
Kind Wordniks: In her generous verse of yesterday erinmckean referenced my injury, which could interfere with submissions to Wordnik. On my last bike ride, May 22 (alas, my last for some time I'm afraid) an inattentive driver cut in front of me, soMy dismount was the handlebar vault - A gracefully arcing somersault.An elbow twice brokenAnd concussion betokenThe boldness of that asphalt halt.Two days ago I had surgery to nail my funny bone back into place. Fortunately (or not - there are opinions) I have been able to continue limericizing. This is a tribute to Erin's helpfulness and the power of OCD.
May 31, 2015
erinmckean commented on the user qms
At Wordnik we are truly blessed
To have, as lyricist, qms.
Although a recent awkward injury
may make his typing a bit gingery
we still daily receive of his best.
May 30, 2015
The annum revolves from last to next
But yields no daily tempting text.
Is there some curse
On good-natured verse
Or will 2015 be lexically hexed?
January 1, 2015
Dear Wordniks my aim is to woo youTo visit "community" if you choose to.Let not this hiatusDepress or abate us,Let's flock to the beckoning ruzuzu.
December 25, 2014
Thanks, qms! I was thinking that in the meantime maybe we should just congregate on one of the word pages--community makes as much sense as any. See you there?
December 24, 2014
I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!
December 15, 2014
By rights this should be posted on the account of the user lozonbeatty, but that account will soon be squished to wriggling flatness by the almighty thumb of erinmckean, if it has not already been so reduced. I post my comment here so that it will not be collateral damage.
I was struck by the last few sentences of lozonbeatty’s message, that is, three or four sentences, depending on one’s inclination to generosity:
I experience scorching soon after using the tablet. and that i sweat quite a bit .they explain to me it is because the tablet si performing for me. I m seriously pleased with this particular outcome.
There is something of poetry and of perversion in these words. I had hoped that bilby might address this, but he is probably out snowshoeing, or whatever it is they do in the Australian Winter. I have not his gift for mock Spammish so I must resort to my native idiom to give lozonbeatty some advice:
Anent your fiery fat pill story
More testimony is obligatory.
You should be testing
Other ways of ingesting.
Suppose you try suppository?
July 3, 2014
On any page, scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Community link under News. That will take you to what we used to call 'the front page' of the site where you can see all the latest user comments (and some other stuff). Sometimes you'll see that a 'conversation' between frequent users is developing on a particular word.Doorbelling is also fine, we do that too.p.s. There should also be a Community link on the black bar at the top.
January 1, 2014
You can comment on any word except the Word of the Day in the WotD section.
Your double bracket theory is correct, you can make a clickable link to any word's page by doing that. Then just scroll down till you find the comment box.
December 19, 2013
I seem to have managed to make everything a comment FOR qms ABOUT qms. What I would like to do is offer comment FROM qms about a word. I wonder if double brackets on a word such as hebetude would land me in a useful place.
From 11/27/2013, hebetude Thanksgiving, 2013We dine this day on heaps of food,Then slump in sleepy lassitude.Sad bales of clothesNear comatose –Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.
WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean Snow Fleas To Winter they're not giving inTo slumber in chilly oblivion.They cheerfully goUnderneath the snowAnd, happy there, hop subnivean.
I have encountered enough success at posting a comment to look back a bit for other Word of the Day offerings that I have limericized. My skills as an archivist are weak, but I have found a couple.
From 12/11/2013, cete
"Coitus" supplies a word for "mate;"
A batch of badgers it names "cete."
It could be fun to view
What those badgers do
If, like words from roots, they proliferate.
From 12/05/2013, morosoph
The lit'ry world may haughtily scoff
And judge the writer in some way "off,"
But a limericist's tools
Are the insights of fools.
The form is the art of the morosoph.
You can comment on the word cacchinate, though not on the Word Of The Day entry which is in a different part of the site.
December 18, 2013
madmouth commented on the user qms
the meter is funky - a bit to the left of the limerickI like it!
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