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qms commented on the word taphephobia
You tell 'em they hafta keep probin' yaAfore they start layin' sod ovah ya!If ye yelps and ye squirmsY'ain't ready for worms -I knows me way 'round taphephobia.
February 27, 2015
qms commented on the word filiation
Some offspring will bear humiliationIn pageants of sham conciliation.Such steps they will takeWhen money's at stakeTo make the most of a bad filiation.
February 26, 2015
qms commented on the word fyrd
When Norsemen roll in with the tideA plowman must quickly decideTo fall in his fieldOr refuse to yieldAnd fight in the ranks of the fyrd.
February 25, 2015
qms commented on the word gerbil
'Gerbils replace rats' as main cause of Black DeathThe deadly (this truth is ironic)Are often subdued and laconic.I give you the gerbil -So shy and non-verbal -And newly revealed as bubonic.
Other sources provide three ways to pronounce fyrd: 1. As a homophone for "feared." 2. To rhyme with "third." 3. To rhyme with "ride."The most frequently suggested is the last of these.
qms commented on the word bycocket
Fat Tuck never ventured to knock itNor Marian made bold to mock it.'Twas well understoodIn Robin's green 'hood:No jokes on the headman's bycocket.
February 24, 2015
qms commented on the word thaumaturgus
When sense with the silly convergesA fresh understanding emerges.There's transforming tonicIn the work of the comic -The secular thaumaturgus.
February 23, 2015
qms commented on the word bantling
Take care with your self-righteous canting;A label can be a cruel mantling.The fatherless sprat'sNot urchin or brat,Just call the poor bastard a bantling.
February 22, 2015
qms commented on the word sprat
A young, small, or insignificant person.Merriam-Webster Dictionary
qms commented on the word desinence
Does "giant" mean bigger or less immense?By context you have to guess the sense -A marketing labelIs wholly unstableAnd shuns the assistance of desinence.
February 21, 2015
qms commented on the list my-words--76
qms commented on the word Altoids
Demented, according to Freud,Demanding his joy unalloyed,Oblivious in blissFound nothing amiss:Demantoids as mints he enjoyed.See also demantoid.
February 20, 2015
qms commented on the word demantoid
An orbiting rock claims it's planetoid;Devices assert that they’re android.If a stone cannot musterA diamond's bright lustreIt struts its poor stuff as demantoid.See also Altoids.
Altoids are a brand of breath mints that have existed since the 18th century.
qms commented on the word stratovolcano
The process of building is simple:It starts as a lava-clogged dimpleThen swells to a moundIn successive rounds.A stratovolcano's a pimple.
February 19, 2015
qms commented on the word agapanthus tub-hauler
Spelt in Nebarska? I thought it was all corn.
February 18, 2015
qms commented on the word agapanthus
Agapanthus, I learn, is a flower, but, this being Ash Wednesday, if I had had to guess at its meaning I would have thought it named some appliance worn by a desert eremite to promote mortification of the flesh – specifically the flesh of the lower body.As the solemn season of Lent advancesRejoice in the burdens God grants us.Your mortificationNeeds amplification:Your hair shirt extend to agapanthus.This would be particularly stimulating to the gentials, and thereby hangs a tale.For context see live baiting.
qms commented on the word antechinus
I see that the antechinus carries enthusiasm to an extreme:
The black-tailed antechinus, found at high altitudes in the wet areas of southeast Queensland and northeast New South Wales, partakes in marathon mating sessions that can last up to 14 hours, with each marsupial cavorting with several partners during that time.Unfortunately for the male black-tailed antechinus, these feverish marsupial orgies often prove fatal. All that exertion raises their stress hormone levels dramatically, eventually causing the males’ systems to shut down….
qms commented on the word gentials
I was intrigued to see gentials on the “Recently Loved Words” list today. I thought it must be a misspelling of genitals, and so it was, but why should a misspelled word qualify for favorite status? Perhaps it is because the usage examples are such a hoot. The image loses its power to cause alarm when spelled thusly. What might have been shocking is instead amusing. I am reminded of immigrant families who, to support assimilation, will change their surname to something blandly unthreatening to the natives:The name change preserves the essentialsBut cuts down on scary potentials.They're far less exotic(And hardly erotic)When known to the neighbors as Gentials.
qms commented on the word propine
I had to do a little research to come up with the pronunciation of this word, which is not surprising since it has probably never been heard out of earshot of a Walter Scott novel read aloud. Curiously, while the first definition is for a verb, all the examples I can find use it as a noun. Should one say, “The merry band then propined”? Or, “I propine the generosity of our noble host?” Don’t know and can’t find out.Another curiosity is the value of the cluster “ine” at the end of a word. This is impressively flexible: alpine, gasoline, determine, aborigine. I wonder if there is any other three-letter cluster that can be so variously pronounced. Also, is “aborigine” a unique instance of that pronunciation? I cannot think of any other naturally-occurring word with its final syllable so spelled and so said.I warn you be wary of Scottish propineFor sharing the cup cannot be clean.As noun its clear driftIs good-natured gift;As verb it prescribes some risky hygiene.
qms commented on the word bunny rumble
See rabbit stampede.
qms commented on the word rabbit stampede
How about bunny rumble?
qms commented on the word live baiting
Thank you kindly. erinmckean, but these are Japanese rabbits and there are no daisies. After I left my last message it occurred to me that suggesting to an Australian that there is joy in rabbits might have been in poor taste. Maybe quokkas in the eucalyptus?
February 17, 2015
qms commented on the word interpellate
Humpty Dumpty would approve of interpellate. It seems able to mean whatever you want it to mean. Even better, pronunciation is apparently a matter of personal preference - perhaps because nobody has ever heard the word spoken. Absent the risk of comprehension or contradiction, utter it with authority.A flexible word, interpellate;The meanings quite proliferate.Pronounce as you pleaseWith confident easeAnd wield it to intimidate.
Thank you, bilby, but I think I will heed your reluctance. I don't hanker for more documentary evidence of depravity. If you have any links to videos of happy bunnies frolicking in fields of daisies I could use them.
And might bilbies sometimes be the fodder for this barbaric practice?
qms commented on the word jougs
In Scotland the miscreant snoolsWhen faced by shame and cuttystools,And threat of the jougsWill settle the droogsAnd chasten the keelies and fools.
February 16, 2015
qms commented on the word glass-paper
Confirmation of my belief that there are numberless ways of being abrasive.
February 15, 2015
qms commented on the word dwalm
When restive Scots want to be calmThey imbibe an indigenous balmWhich, after brief riot,Induces deep quiet - The famed Caledonian dwalm.
qms commented on the word midkablam
There is also the live eyewitness report: “Kabla…..!”
February 14, 2015
qms commented on the word loveling
Valentine's Weekend Snowstorm; New England Could See Blizzard Conditionswww.weather.com, Feb. 12, 2015. In this, the season of love and snow,How pay the double dues I owe?What better, my loveling,Than heartfelt shovelingTo soothe the sting of Cupid's bow?
qms commented on the word terella
The GQ ideal is athleticBut master of matters noetic.He's quite the model fella,A masculine terella -Exemplar of forces magnetic.
February 13, 2015
qms commented on the word portmantoh
You mean it's not something to be found on a man's left foot?
February 12, 2015
qms commented on the word ballonet
A vice president's duties are metBy speeches that all will forget.He owns the hashtag#Auxiliary_gasbagHis mail is addressed to "ballonet".
qms commented on the word clevis
Between the idea and the startThe want and the will stand apart.We need a strong clevisTo tackle that creviceAnd harness the horse to the cart.
February 11, 2015
qms commented on the word winze
Our dreams are dug by elves and djinnsWith many a twist to shaft and winze -The infernal minesOf nocturnal mindsThat grub for gold mid this day’s sins.
February 10, 2015
qms commented on the word aerugo
Seems bilby likes some Gallic spiceTo make a plate of rhyme taste nice.When you mix your sugoInclude Victor HugoTo pay his rare approval's price.
qms commented on the word sugo
n., from Italian: sauce; juice; gravy.
qms commented on the word tip
See the informative essay at World Wide Words.
qms commented on the word sunscald
Cower abed in the storm-haunted night,By day be dazzled in a world of white -Snow-blind and wind-mauled,Frostbite and sunscald!Oh, tell me again of Winter's delight!
February 9, 2015
You'll tarnish no matter where you goLike brass exposed to air, you know.Since age we all mustYour shine will soon rustTo interesting colors of aerugo.
February 8, 2015
qms commented on the word shelby
Some days a steady upward creep,Or else it climbs by sudden leap.Now more! Great Scott!Such an awful lot!The snow lies more than a shelby deep.
qms commented on the word gamp
A brolly has too light a stamp;A parasol will fail the damp.For a serious roofWhen you're on the hoofA bumbershoot should be your gamp.
February 7, 2015
qms commented on the word demit
What news to include and what omit?We can't say the boss was unfit.We won't say he's firedBut that he grew tiredAnd reluctantly chose to demit.
February 6, 2015
qms commented on the word Sutherland of snow
See also shelby.
February 5, 2015
qms commented on the word bieldy
You can't shave a sheep on a windy heightOr do other things that a shepherd might.But a dale, still and bieldy,Makes sheep less unwieldy.There Jock can proceed in shear delight.
n. A unit of measure for the depth of snow. About five feet. Named in honor of Shelby Scott, former reporter for WBZ-tv in Boston whose invariable assignment over many years was to be the one who reported remotely during bad weather. Shelby stood exposed to many a blizzard and gust. She was so identified with heavy snowfall that the Boston Globe took to reporting snow depth in “shelbies” and depicting it with stacked images of the diminutive lady.For a pale imitation of this innovation see Sutherland of snow.
qms commented on the word eleutheromania
Poor Ernest grows weary of censureAnd longs for release from indenture:EleutheromaniaIn some RuritaniaWhere words are not work but adventure!Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
February 4, 2015
qms commented on the word zuzu, zuzuer, zuzuest
Some louts imagine Zuzu nudeBut bilby's not so crudely lewd.His dreams combineTwo lusts condign.He views Zuzu bedewed with food.
qms commented on the word orenda
It's on every pubescent agendaTo study with care the pudenda.It's the way of the whelp,A thing he can't help;He's drawn by a mystic orenda.
February 3, 2015
qms commented on the word nival
Super Bowl XLIX: New England 28, Seattle 24The landscape of hope was cold and nivalAnd bleak were the chances of survival,But a foolhardy foeCan melt fields of snowAnd invite blessed rescue’s arrival.
February 2, 2015
qms commented on the word definiens
In Wordnik's unruly dominionsYou're free to assert your opinions.Invent a new wordThat no one has heardAnd you get to write the definiens.
February 1, 2015
qms commented on the word immane
Superlatives grow tame and wane.A boast grown stale is a claim innane. It's hard to extolThe old Super BowlSo next year it's The Game Immane.
January 31, 2015
qms commented on the word ultimo
A very simple sense of "ultimo" is "last" - last month, last finale. Seems pretty direct to me.
Is bilby’s blague the merest jestOr is he quite Zuzu obsessed?Will he pursue The true ZuzuOr will he rue his Zuzu zest?
January 30, 2015
If you would let your learning showDo not cite simply "a month ago,"Nor deal out the scanty,Like "pre-" and wee "ante-,"When you can impress with "ultimo."
There's Zuzu North and Zuzu WestIs one Zuzuer than the rest?And not the leastIs Zuzu East,But which, I wonder, is Zuzuest?
qms commented on the word palinode
Some things just need to be said.
qms commented on the word concinnity
Now here is a word I would have guessed had a different meaning:Indulging a tender affinityWith a partner in consanguinity?If from the same nestIt's mortal incest;With cousins it's venial concinnity.
January 29, 2015
qms commented on the word metagrabolized
Since voters can't be lobotomizedA winning campaign's a job of lies.Not blushing veracityBut robust mendacityWill keep the rubes metagrabolized.
As best I can determine the "grab" spelling best honors Rabelais' playful French invention but the "grob" spelling better represents the way the word is pronounced in English and is the more common spelling, although to deploy the word "common" in this context is rather absurd.
He bleated betimes in the Palin foldAnd authored an odious Palin ode.In sheepish remorseHe reverses his courseBy penning a penitent palinode.
January 28, 2015
qms commented on the word peryearn
Oh, dear, oh, dear. That latest TED talk does explain a lot. I think that sharing one’s favorite cute coinages on a discussion board is good clean fun. Adding them to a list of the twee is also harmless, but giving them an entry among the organically grown or spontaneously generated seems a step too far for me.Truly ingenious neologisms, on the other hand, have much charm. Some years ago there was a fashion, I think it might have been sponsored by a magazine or a web site, for coining words for things that we recognize as discrete entities but which go unnamed. I vaguely recall, for instance, that someone came up with a word for the clandestine competition we all engage in for the elbow rest shared by the person sitting next to us in the theater or on an airplane. The word was something like “elbowage” but it was cleverer than that. There must be a compendium of such witty terms somewhere but I cannot find it. Does anybody know where it could be? alexz?
January 27, 2015
qms commented on the word postliminy
In custom to be much commendedThe captive, when exile is ended,Thanks to postliminySits nigh his old chimney,His wounds and his memories mended.
qms commented on the word onomatope
I wish that we had an onamatopeTo capture the gait of the antelope.It’s a crying shameWe used up the name.It’s wasted completely on cantaloupe.
January 26, 2015
qms commented on the word lahar
A solid that flows, cold and plastic,A smothering river fantastic - It's swift and bizarre,The deadly lahar,Cruel gruel of debris pyroclastic.
January 25, 2015
qms commented on the word zareba
Some bugs in the water, I'm told,Combine in the night and grow bold.I crave a zarebaTo stave off amoebaBefore they become a slime mold!
January 24, 2015
qms commented on the word corrade
Thank you, bilby.
When Nature is miffed she corrodes.If she really is pissed she erodes.Her wrath is displayedWhen you see her corradeBut at peak of her pique she explodes.
January 23, 2015
qms commented on the user MaureenK
If you would like a word to be defined in Wordnik you do not need permission. Look in comments for robinsonja15 and cauteous (which is not actually a word but has found a home in Wordnik) to learn how this is done.I’m not a big fan of personal coinages myself, but Wordnik is the lexicographical equivalent of the Wild West. If you want to promote a new word this is the place to do it.
qms commented on the word corrasion
In debate there will be occasionOf failure to move by persuasion.Who will not be swayedYou must slowly abradeAnd subdue by relentless corrasion.
qms commented on the word paillasse
The shepherd's in distress, alas!By day he's still lacking a lassBut he'll not eschewA flirtatious eweTo warm his lonely paillasse.
January 22, 2015
qms commented on the word Deflategate
The refs asked the Colts about air(For testing should be fair and square).In response to fans’ callsThey checked the Colts’ ballsBut alas! They found nothing there.
January 21, 2015
Deflategate is a “scandal” arising from the allegation that in the American Football Conference championship game played in Foxboro, MA on January 18, 2015, in which the New England Patriots defeated the Indianapolis Colts 45-7, the Patriots had cheated by slightly deflating the footballs they used in order to provide a better grip in cold, wet weather.
qms commented on the word decumbiture
Grave illness affrights, to be sureBut the stoic shows no discomfiture,He calmly awaitsThe word of the fatesOn the outcome of his decumbiture.
qms commented on the word toft
The sound on the dark wind was soft,As though the Grim Reaper had coughedTo remind us politelyHe passes by nightlyAnd pauses to wait by each toft.
January 20, 2015
qms commented on the word asportation
The skid row crook soon comes to grief;His course to shame and jail is brief.But the mortificationsOf mere asportationsAre spared the grander Wall Street thief.
January 19, 2015
qms commented on the word weeping-ripe
The fad was at first the creeping typeThen came waves of meeping hype.To the young it's a gift:Its meaning can shift,And keep Mrs. Grundy weeping-ripe.
January 18, 2015
qms commented on the word meep
The Meep: Embraced By Youth, Misunderstood by Adults?Thompson said the word is a bit like the F-word, in that it can be used as virutally any part of speech -- verb, noun, adjective.
qms commented on the word blore
This candidate's pitch is a bore,His speech a monotonous snore.I like some bluster,An old-fashioned guster,A blowhard, a windbag, a blore.
January 17, 2015
qms commented on the word stertor
Unmoved by suasion or forceA snorer must follow his course.An incessant stertorWon't justify murderBut often results in divorce.
January 16, 2015
qms commented on the user Imawordsmith
Why not, "I give it to you."?
January 15, 2015
qms commented on the word alack
The shepherd cried out, "Alas and alack!I'm lonely and taken aback.I'm tending these sheepWithout a Bo Peep.The pay is okay but a lass is a lack."
qms commented on the word agnate
Our genes in a way are our fatePrescribing each talent and trait.I wish I could chooseMore maternal duesAnd work with a few less agnate.
qms commented on the user robinsonja15
This had me confused for a long time. If you “search” for a word for which there is no Wordnik entry Wordnik will generate an entry page with that word as its title. That page will be empty of content. You can then add a definition as a comment. Anyone else searching for that word will come to that page with your comment as the only substance. They can add a comment of their own, of course. I do not know of a mechanism by which an entry defined only by a comment is promoted into an entry with information in the “Definitions” section. This way of doing things unfortunately means that every misspelled search generates an entry page. Wordniks learn to stay alert.
qms commented on the word ristra
Carmencita threaded chilis on stringWhen Juan came in and love took wing.They shared 'midst the ristraThe kisses that blister,So los amantes began their hot fling.
January 14, 2015
qms commented on the list of-or-pertaining-to-a-feather-or-feathers
January 13, 2015
qms commented on the word putty
I think the more common spelling for the gaiter is puttee. The golf ball application must refer to balls with a gutta-percha core.
qms commented on the word goetic
There's much to be loved in realms noeticWhere chanting muses wax poetic,Alas, much to dreadIf the mind is insteadSeduced by songs of sirens goetic.
qms commented on the word pensile
If long warbling obliges a bird to rest A cradle that rocks will suit him best.His hot and intense styleIs cooled by the pensileAnd soothed in a filipendulous nest.
January 12, 2015
qms commented on the user bilby
Bilby is, as usual, a lode of useful information. I once went skiing in Chamonix, where les Guides des Alpes are universally admired, but I failed to understand the sense of their characteristic cries.They're famed for feats of derring-doBut guides of the Alps are scholars too.It's knowledge they seekWhen they call from a peakAnd plaintively ask, "Beaudelaire, he who?"
January 11, 2015
qms commented on the word torsade
My pate cannot muster a braidNor profit from comb or pomade.Now hats are my glory -A rich inventoryWith feathers and wound in torsade.
qms commented on the word acrospire
The wintering earth cannot respireBut Spring brings a sun grown higher,And warm penetrationA great exhalationWith mist to nurture the acrospire.
January 10, 2015
qms commented on the word anagnorisis
By charm he stole a few kisses - No harm if kept hid from the Mrs. -But if he's espiedThen woe him betide!He'll burn in her anagnorisis.
January 9, 2015
qms commented on the word hawbuck
The Backwoods HumoristHis patter full of "pshaw!" and "aw-shucks,"His rustical tales are sure to draw yucks.But he always outwitsThe city-bred twitsTo confirm the illusions of paying hawbucks.
January 8, 2015
qms commented on the word piblokto
All Winter no hope of a cock crow;Nothing to do but to talk snow.Can one not intuitWhy a snowbound InuitMight rave in the grip of piblokto?
January 7, 2015
qms commented on the word quibble
On “quibble” as a synomym for “pun,” Samuel Johnson on Shakespeare’s love of them:
A quibble is to Shakespeare, what luminous vapours are to the traveller; he follows it at all adventures, it is sure to lead him out of his way, and sure to engulf him in the mire. It has some malignant power over his mind, and its fascinations are irresistible. Whatever be the dignity or profundity of his disquisition, whether he be enlarging knowledge or exalting affection, whether he be amusing attention with incidents, or enchaining it in suspense, let but a quibble spring up before him, and he leaves his work unfinished. A quibble is the golden apple for which he will always turn aside from his career, or stoop from his elevation. A quibble, poor and barren as it is, gave him such delight, that he was content to purchase it, by the sacrifice of reason, propriety and truth. A quibble was to him the fatal Cleopatra for which he lost the world, and was content to lose it.
January 6, 2015
qms commented on the word burke
In a strange attributive quirkTo kill for a corpse is to burke.Second billing's unfairTo poor William HareWho matched Billy Burke in the work.See more about William Burke and William Hare here and here.
qms commented on the word snickersnee
Among many paths to your victoryThe tried and most true is trickery.Earn first his trustThen subtly thrustBy slickly inserting your snickersnee.
January 5, 2015
qms commented on the word homologate
The dogmatist will not negotiate,Nor compromise nor tolerate.His will must prevailAnd foes must not failTo bow and to humbly homologate.
qms commented on the word lollop
Has the old salt taken a dollop?He talks, drunk or dry, codswallop.That odd bob and dip?Is it born of a sipOr just an old mariner's lollop?
January 4, 2015
qms commented on the word titify
For a more common spelling see titivate.
January 3, 2015
qms commented on the word enthymeme
A story may hide no secret subtext.Events need not be always complex - Can be what they seem - Like an enthymeme,With causes made plain by effects.
qms commented on the word halation
We celebrate each year's rotationWith merriment and strong potation.With liquor abetting Both hope and forgetttingThe world glows bright in brief halation.
January 2, 2015
qms commented on the word coetaneous
The simple say "contemporaneous"But what they prefer is extraneous.While we, more expert,Can safely assertSophisticates say "coetaneous."
qms commented on the user qms
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
qms commented on the word Grexit
Though Austerians refuse to accept itThe voters of Greece may elect it.At long last they’re gaggingOn smug finger waggingAnd heading en masse for the Grexit.
December 31, 2014
qms commented on the word Austerian
A supporter of the Austrian School of economics, particularly the libertarian, anti-Keynesian school advocated by Ludwig von Mises. Wiktionary
qms commented on the word focustration
Could it not also be a synonym for distraction; that is, a blend of focus and frustration?
qms commented on the word regnal
A cat's not a creature you own.Her love’s a conditional loan.In year twelve (that's regnal)I still am integral:I’m needed to tend to the throne.
qms commented on the word emergency assembly point
Moderation, ruzuzu, always moderation.
December 30, 2014
The Greek euro exit is the speculated withdrawal of Greece from the Eurozone. This is known as Grexit, a slang term introduced in 2012 in world business trading. It is a portmanteau combining the wods Greek Euro Area exit. The term was introduced by Citigroup's Chief Analysts Willem H. Buiter and Ebrahim Rahbari on 6 February 2012. WikipediaSee also grexit.
qms commented on the word sarsen
The theories abound and are far-flung - Druidical, say some, or else sarsen.Those strange monolithsHave spawned many myths.The favorite of late is they're Martian.
qms commented on the word eureka
Thanks and congratulations to erinmckean! It is good to start the new year with the Community page restored.
qms commented on the word whirret
Quoth Ernest while risen in spirit,"See, knave, my anger and fear it!So dread that I smite theeA blow which is mighty.Beware, lest I give thee a whirret!"Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
December 29, 2014
qms commented on the word shavie
When Ernest prods Angus or DaveyThey'll play him a sly highland shavie.He'll hear fervent talkOf a beast in the lochPursued by a shellycoat navyFind out more about Ernest Bafflewit
December 28, 2014
qms commented on the word shellycoat
In Scottish and Northern English folklore, a shellycoat is a type of bogeyman that haunts rivers and streams. Wikipedia
qms commented on the word edulcoration
Dilute the truth for presentationAnd be accused of adulteration.So sweeten your viewsWith bits of good newsAnd succeed through edulcoration.
December 27, 2014
qms commented on the word saggar
The pot that's enclosed in a saggarDevelops panache and some swagger.But a pot on its ownHas truly been thrownAnd limps from the kiln in a stagger.
December 26, 2014
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.
qms commented on the word donative
qms commented on the word community
December 25, 2014
The Little learn just how the Big giveTo those they sift in favor's sieve,And that Santa's giftIs a version of grift - It's baksheesh more than a donative.
qms commented on the word proleptic
Eschew all nuance, always assert;Conditional language will cause alert.Be never proleptic,So sway the skepticThat one so certain is surely expert.
December 24, 2014
What a clever idea ruzuzu has had! May your holidays of choice be merry ones.
qms commented on the word aphotic
The river dives deep and it flows quick;The mists and the shadows will grow thick.That cavern caliginousGives passage vertiginousTo a world without sound and aphotic.
December 23, 2014
qms commented on the user ruzuzu
Thank you for your kind comment of December 15, ruzuzu. It pains me to have overlooked your comment for so long but, in the absence of the Community page, I seem to have been looking in the wrong places for evidence of activity. I had begun to fear that I was the only one still visiting regularly.When I last communicated with Erin she wrote that she had a fix for the Community page but was having difficulty getting it installed on the server. I think it is possible we will not have the Community page back until after the holidays. I hope people will not have lost the habit of visiting.I hope your holidays are happy ones.
December 22, 2014
qms commented on the word tourtiere
For Quebecois their Christmas fareIs partly pork and partly prayer.Their festive biasIs doubly pious:A mass to begin and then tourtiere.
qms commented on the word ecotone
Each language will feature a zoneWhere high words and humble are sown,And Ernest is hungryTo harvest the fungiThat grow in that rich ecotone.See also diglossia.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
December 21, 2014
qms commented on the word bretelles
He prefers to take his correctionFrom a lass with a Nazi connectionWho spreads her lapelsUnder leather bretellesAnd spanks him to show her affection.
December 20, 2014
qms commented on the word plim
It is neither too full nor too slimAnd comes from the genes, not the gym.The callipygian rumpIs not coarsely plump;When shaped to perfection it’s plim.See also buttocker, bottomry and nates.
December 19, 2014
qms commented on the word swell-mobsman
Some careers, it is widely observed,Are alike in the goals that are served.Thus political jobs canTempt the swell-mobsman,As honor and style are preserved.
December 18, 2014
qms commented on the word scriggle
The Mata Hari Finishing School AnthemA temptress must slink and not scriggle.Protuberances sway, they don't jiggle.Her throaty laugh low,Both knowing and slow,The femme who's fatale will not giggle.
December 17, 2014
qms commented on the word umbo
A mogul's what skiers call a hump - A term for a glorified bump.The kids like them jumboBut I'll take an umbo - Content with a notional jump.
December 16, 2014
qms commented on the word luz
The rabbi says that what Yahweh doesIs create again what once there was.We'll be born afreshEnrobed in fleshThat's grown from the seed of the luz.
December 15, 2014
qms commented on the word avicula
Gossip in whispers, not boldly.(I hear that it's true, but don't hold me...)Cite no one particular -Your source is avicula.Just say that "a little bird told me."
December 14, 2014
qms commented on the word peavey
Since lumberjacks don't often mingleThey tend to be lonely and single.When not plying the peaveyThey watch porn on TVAnd polish the trusty swing-dingle.
December 13, 2014
qms commented on the word swing-dingle
The term "swing dingle" has also been applied to a variant of the peavey or cant-hook. From the Wikipedia entry for cant hook:A logging tool description from the Lumberman's Museum at Patten, Maine, reads in part: "A cant dog or cant hook was used for lifting, turning, and prying logs when loading sleds and on the drive. At first, a swivel hook on a pole with nothing to hold it in position was used. This was called a swing dingle." However, the term swing dingle is more often published as being a type of logging sled. These early types are also called a ring dog or ring dog cant hook. In 1858, Joseph Peavey, a blacksmith in Stillwater, Maine, made a rigid clasp to encircle the cant dog handle with the hook on one side. It moved up and down, but not sideways. All loggers have used it ever since."
qms commented on the word toise
Include among our Ernest's joysQuaint measures only he employs,Like the speed of lightIn furlongs a fortnightOr stature tallied in cubits and toise.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
December 12, 2014
qms commented on the word ute
If it’s a coupe with cargo extension,The distinction is not worth a mention.It’s a conventional mix-upThat we call a pickup.A ute’s just a truck with pretensions.
December 11, 2014
qms commented on the word aleph-null
Some notions cause my brain unease;The scale of infinity is one of these.With weird aleph-nullIt batters my skull.Can't we say it's "everything," please?
qms commented on the word jurant
Admittedly I’m not au courant.It’s an opinion - I’m no jurant.But I’d be suspiciousOf offers of riches.You may believe, but I sure can’t.
qms commented on the word diurnal
Poor Wordnik, now in condition infernal.I pray will resume its mission fraternal;While words may be wishedIn puns and in lists,Still mostly I miss the emission diurnal.
December 10, 2014
qms commented on the word zetetic
We wonder why Wordnik waxes pathetic.The ailment they’ll find by method zetetic.The wise IT folkWill sniff, probe and poke,And prescribe, I suspect, a cyber emetic.
December 9, 2014
qms commented on the word strickle
The crofter measures bushel and peckSo landlord gets no extra speck.If the grain is too mickleHe smites with his strickleLike claymore through a sassenach neck.
qms commented on the word purfle
Some carve an edge as a kerf willAnd some like a border more girthful.Give me a shape boundBy a luscious surround:The disciplined riot of purfle.
December 7, 2014
qms commented on the word fa**ot
The culture of animal husbandry and displays of defiance described by ruzuzu must be what they mean by "the farrot and the shtick."
qms commented on the word whang
Your faux pas I'll try to explain:When somebody says up in Maine,"We're inviting a gangTo the house for a whang,"Don't go with a whip and a chain.
December 6, 2014
qms commented on the word mansuetude
With filial love the bro is imbued;To help his old Ma’s his habitude.And though it requireHe greatly perspireThat noble damp is man sweat, dude.
qms commented on the word delator
Their patois's exotic and rich.To know it makes poor Ernest itch.He needs a delator -A linguistic traitor -To serve as a lexical snitch.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
December 5, 2014
qms commented on the user deboweb
That bicycle thing sounds kinky.I am reminded of a famous interview Anthony Burgess gave on French television in which he reported that going to bed with a fashion model was like sleeping with a bicycle. He did not specify any supplementary propulsion.
qms commented on the word smashbrown
I have lately noticed television cooking instructors calling “mashed potatoes” “smashed potatoes.” I think by this they mean to say that the potatoes are only coarsely crushed and not blended to a smooth consistency. I find the usage irritatingly cute.
December 4, 2014
qms commented on the word appetence
The voyeur looks because he must.To call it a sin is not just.It's love in a sense -Or it's appetence,A eunuchoid version of lust.
qms commented on the word athanor
Beware the intemperate mageWhose alembic's abubble with rage,For hot wrath can pourFrom the athanorOf an angry alchemical sage.
December 3, 2014
qms commented on the word strass
Thank you kindly ruzuzu, and, bilby, good luck with the imprecation but in such events it is always better to be either bigger or faster than the offender.
December 2, 2014
Mere gemstones are tacky and crass.We Rhinestones are true upper class.Diamonds are coalDug from a holeBut we are descendants of Strass.
The Etymologies section provides information from The American Heritage Dictionary crediting the invention of facsimile gems to Joseph Strasser in Vienna in 1748. This theory is also embraced by the Encyclopdia Brittanica. The same Etymologies section also reports the Wiktionary claim that the invention was made by Georg Friedrich Strass (alt., Georges Frédéric Strass) in Alsace before 1730. This is supported by Wikipedia. Other sources simply report the controversy.The Alsatian (French) attribution has the leverage of precedence, seems thoroughly documented and does not require distortion of the proper name to produce the common noun. It gets my vote.
qms commented on the word castrametation
The platoon took flight at the information,Naively mistaking the implication.They deserted en masseWhen told they must passA required course of castrametation.
December 1, 2014
qms commented on the word cornemuse
Jock's French in his manner and views,Affecting a style Parisians might use.It's potage for soup,His kilt is his jupe,The bagpipes he calls his cornemuse.
qms commented on the word extreme prejudice
The Wiktionary information supplied above is misleading both in meaning and in sourcing. The term was in use long before it came to wider public attention in Apocalypse Now. "To terminate with extreme prejudice" was an expression used in some US intelligence services to mean "to assasinate".See this Wiktionary entry.The dialogue from Apocalypse Now in which the expression is used, and apparently misunderstood by some, is reproduced in this Wikipedia entry.
November 30, 2014
qms commented on the word chark
The true scout finds hardship a lark.His canoe he constructs out of bark;He laughs at the weatherIn his tepee of leatherAnd his campfire he starts with a chark.
qms commented on the word coulisse
On stage they are sets to the sideIn woodwork they let pieces slide - Both harmless coulisses,But that evil groove easesThe sword to withdraw from your hide.
November 29, 2014
qms commented on the word zill
Has somebody been spying on me?
dominatrix?My feelings, not normally tender,Rebel at confusion of gender.If I bully rhymes(And roughly at times)Why think I'm a female offender?In fairness, bilby does not mislead. He uses the masculine pronoun in line 3 so he does no more than confuse the literal-minded. Still, I had rhymes to use up.
November 28, 2014
Though chilled by his years some cues stillRecall to him youth's ardent thrill,So gyrating fleshHe admires afreshWhen warmed by the sound of the zill.
qms commented on the word obdormition
A hallowed Thanksgiving traditionIs post-turkey football attrition.In tryptophan dazeThe menfolk will gazeTill they nod into deep obdormition.
November 27, 2014
qms commented on the word megalophonous
The seal and the walrus are loud.Thus vocally richly endowed,Chat megalophonousRenders cacophonousThe prissiest pinniped crowd.
November 26, 2014
qms commented on the word abactinal
Do I detect a note of condescension? I thought it was quite ingenious, myself.Rhyming abactinal is tricky but the bigger challenge is finding a way to work it into a conversation.
November 25, 2014
A starfish's top, called abactinal,Is pretty but also transactional.Face down it takes supperSo what twinkles upperIs stuff not of stars but cloaca-full.
qms commented on the word dingleberry
Though Ernest took care to mingle waryAnd nursed all night a single sherry,He still bought the lieThat the best local pieIs stuffed with hand-picked dingleberry.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
November 24, 2014
qms commented on the word dingle
A mud room can be termed a dingle.A blazing fire some call an ingle.Such friendly welterFor comfort and shelter!To warm us words in Winter comingle.
qms commented on the word transpoosion
I thought it was transhitment.
November 23, 2014
qms commented on the word bawbee
The Scotsman of legend is brawny;His liquor he takes neat and tawny;His principal giftIs a talent for thrift - His sporran shuts tight on a bawbee.
qms commented on the word inwit
A writer should write not as might JoyceBu in an authentic and "right" voice.When a sinner's been bit By bitter inwitTo cite agenbite is the trite choice.
November 22, 2014
qms commented on the word shit
There are sufficient imponderables here to keep a band of academic philosophers dining out for a week. The offending user page has fallen to the mighty sword of erinmckean but she has permitted it’s bastards to live on since they should not be blamed for the circumstances of their generation. I was able to access the original posting on my user page and make the correction to “its” there. In the meantime bilby has reposted the limerick on the entry page for shit so the error lives on there. That is now bilby’s comment and editable only by him or by herself. I could ask bilby to correct the shit comment but then his subsequent disavowal of responsibility would become mysterious or, what’s worse, give the appearance that bilby has made a mistake. To ask him to both correct one comment and to delete another seems a bit much.But bilby has in fact made an error! He assumed that the liquidation of jrp82746 meant that my comment thereon (and his) would be lost. He has underestimated the magnanimity of erinmckean, so now the two versions of the limerick live on, abutting but forever disconnected. In the unimaginably distant future some curious race of people on the far side of the galaxy may intercept Wordnik as it drifts by and its Wise Ones will gaze at each other in wild surmise. Why does this oddly shaped block of text exist in two not-quite-identical forms, they will ask. Where is Fort Wayne and what is this shit?It is a shame that Fort Wayne must be forever thus remembered. I visited it once years ago and it seemed like a perfectly nice place. Except for all the dog shit.
November 21, 2014
qms commented on the user jrp82746
The city has gained great fame for it.As steel is made in PA's Pitt,Detroit's famed for cars,LA for its stars,So Fort Wayne's renowned for its shit.
qms commented on the word pudic
The brat has devised a new trickTo goad and alarm the pudic.He caresses the coneAnd emits a low moanWhile giving the ice cream a lewd lick.
qms commented on the word kismetaphorest
And their epic is sung by kismetaphoresthomerunseeing.
November 20, 2014
qms commented on the word Biblioburro
Fear not! You can still dig your furrowWith service that will be so thoroughThat books writ in StrineWill bend down the spineOf the Ausandean Bilbioburro!
qms commented on the word ponerology
For promoting a form of idolatrySome theorists owe an apology.The trickle down creedIn time of great needIs simply applied ponerology.
qms commented on the user kiernan889
So many questions! If the service is by post-poop appointment do they provide GPS beacons? If it's a scoop-while-it-steams service is walking included or does each dog get a walker-scooper entourage? Do they expect first class air fare for out-of-state travel?
qms commented on the word expiscate
Fish StoryThe lads came back shockingly lateUnsteady in speech and in gait,With a tale piscatoryOf ichthyic gloryThe ladies will labor to expiscate.
November 19, 2014
qms commented on the word glacis
And then there’s the word as spoke in Taz-ese,Where they improvise with loose jazz ease.In Van Diemen’s land(I have it first hand)They pronounce the word “glacis.”
November 18, 2014
qms commented on the word bister
Long ago you'd not have missed her.She stood out with diamond glister,But toil and tearsThrough long cruel yearsHave dulled her to a common bister.
It looks like the pigment is spelled with the French "-re" ending and, I am reliably informed, pronounced au francais by artists of the traditional bent; that is, to roughly rhyme with "Easter." At least this is true in the U.S. The Brits have a history of brutal naturalization of their imports so the word may have lost its panache crossing the channel. It is curious that with the anglicized "-er" ending all the usage examples describe an unhealthy condition of the skin about the eyes. Apparently bister is not a shade that flatters.
Wise bilby need not write it twice,Let’s lend an ear to his advice.We can use précis And rhyme it with glacisBut there are some who say “glacis.”
November 17, 2014
For some there’s joy in steepest places;They burn to climb high alpine faces.But a diligent studentOf what’s safe and prudentWill opt for a stroll on the glacis.
I found at least five different suggested pronunciations for glacis; also, some dictionaries treat it as a word of chiefly military application and only secondarily a term of geology while others reverse this balance. It is an oddly promiscuous word.
qms commented on the word insominator
Thank you, deinonychus. This is a great word. I know people to whom it can apply.
November 16, 2014
qms commented on the word gliff
She scurries and huddles under the bedAnd hides aquiver with fraidy cat dread.She flees the "What if?"She glimpsed in a gliffOr heard from the whispers in her head.
qms commented on the word praxeology
In Austria the tedious fact is That fashion wanes and then waxes.But you can be sureThe -ology , du jourIs somehow related to praxis.
November 15, 2014
qms commented on the user abckubo
Welcome aboard, abckubo, and good luck with your study of English. You should be warned, however, that if you learn your English here you may become a very eccentric speaker of the language. This site is haunted by lovers of rare and exotic words.
qms commented on the word caliga
The old hero is quite an enigma.Some say that he's stained by a stigma -A dux bellorumBut sworn to the forum -King Arthur once wore the caliga.
November 14, 2014
qms commented on the word tinkle under the sprinkle
Bilby is on to something .What benefits nature can’t hurt you.Dear Wordniks, I’m here to alert you:In the shower let goYour matinal flow.It’s an evolving standard of virtue.
November 13, 2014
qms commented on the word gallopade
Drink escapade to get away from it all.
qms commented on the word sweer
The Strolling Scot wears Highland gearAnd lets the tourists buy him beer.It's a sweet gig to getAnd done without sweat,Ideal if your thirsty and sweer.
You are kind, bilby. May you sweep some sweet senorita off her feet.
Do you suppose a drink of palisade will make you strut like a prince?
November 12, 2014
They rim round the floor in every hall,Those flowers that nod along the wall.But give them a chanceTo break into dance!They’ll shed their petals once for all.
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ruzuzu commented on the user qms
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?
I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!
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
bilby commented on the user qms
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.
From 12/06/2013, subnivean Snow Fleas To Winter they are not giving inTo sleep the season in 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.