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qms commented on the word talion
The logophile suffers a curseThat tolerance only makes worse.In keeping with talionThe sesquipedalianIs sentenced to writing in verse.
October 4, 2015
qms commented on the word ree-raw
If a wide oscillation's a seesawAnd a wild celebration a ree-rawA laugh uninhibitedWith tonsils exhibitedCan fairly be labeled a hee-haw.
October 3, 2015
qms commented on the word nitid
The truth must at last be admitted:Though Donald is beaming and nitidGood opinion goes southWhen he opens his mouthTo leave not a doubt he's half-witted.
October 2, 2015
qms commented on the word geognosy
A worm is indifferent to poesy;His interests are mundane and prosy,But he will be furiousIf you call him incurious,Ignoring his deep geognosy.
October 1, 2015
qms commented on the word sigla
A scrivening monk would come to griefIlluminating a sacred leafUnless his amygdalaAre stocked with the siglaTo ornament but keep it brief.
September 30, 2015
qms commented on the word ptyalism
It was spit when I was in schoolOr spawl from the mouth of a fool.It's sheerest sciolismTo call it ptyalismWhen all of us know it's just drool.
September 29, 2015
qms commented on the word riggite
Though Franklin was pleased to igniteThe colonists' spirit to fight,When not incendiaryOld Ben was very merry -A maker of mischief, a riggite.
September 28, 2015
qms commented on the word epicedium
The mourner should master a mediumAnd grieve in a coherent idiom:The coronach's wailThe flagellant's flailOr stately and slow epicedium.
September 27, 2015
qms commented on the word hirsel
In sudden pastoral reversalThe congregants suffered dispersal.The shepherd's de-flockedAs all of them walkedAnd left hm without any hersil.
September 26, 2015
qms commented on the word beau-pot
In Keats's Isabella, or The Pot of Basil, which has received some attention in this forum (see comments at swelt), Isabella digs up her murdered lover's body, decapitates it and buries the head in a plant pot in which she then grows a basil plant. It's enough to turn you off pesto genovese.She buried his head (why, I know not)And basil was fed on its slow rot.Now mixed with cut flowersThat sweet scent empowersLorenzo to breathe from the beau-pot.
September 25, 2015
qms commented on the word supellectile
A termagant's small supellectilesShould mainly be baskets and textiles.It's best to take careTo keep the house bareOf heavy potential projectiles.
September 24, 2015
qms commented on the word snow
Another article with some useful links. It seems that 421 is the official tally, but you have to be careful with those canny Scots.http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/sep/23/scots-thesaurus-reveals-421-words-for-snow
September 23, 2015
qms commented on the word paper-and
At last those damn Inuits get their comeuppance!Scots 'have 421 words' for snow
qms commented on the word kang
The Chinese are a numerous crewSo intimate moments are few,But on top of a kangThey'll bed a whole gang!Who knows what adventures ensue?
qms commented on the word jean dimmock
qms commented on the word bullionist
Once thought consigned to history's mistSome notions, like zombies, persist;Thus silver and goldHave a mystical holdOn the mind of the credulous bullionist.
September 22, 2015
qms commented on the word anagnost
No chance for more sanctity’s lost,So meals of the monks are not saucedExcept by what's heard -The seasoning WordIn the voice of the mild anagnost.
September 21, 2015
qms commented on the word ecchymosis
The fat man's preferred diagnosisIs news that he's got adiposis;Another, though bruised,Is downright enthusedIf told he endures ecchymosis.
September 20, 2015
qms commented on the word gnomide
A gnome alone wants his own bride.(It's bliss to be wed, goes the bromide.)But search as he mightThe chances are slightThe garden will harbor a gnomide.The only pronunciation guidance I can find for this word in English is the OED's /ˈnəʊmɪd/, which can be rendered "gnome-id." When googled the word appears most often in French texts. It seems to be a direct borrowing from French and if the French pronunciation is used it would be "gnome-eed." However in English the overwhelming number of words ending in "-ide" are pronounced as in "ride." This last sounds most natural to me; I prefer it and declare the word domesticated. Should there be a general outcry to protest this decision I will reconsider.
September 19, 2015
qms commented on the word bearward
I would have thought that this word describes the direction of the spawning salmon in an Alaskan river.http://images.fineartamerica.com/images-medium-large/alaskan-brown-bears-catching-salmon--mcneil-river--alaska-phil-degginger.jpg
September 18, 2015
qms commented on the word epiphonema
In journalism one-hundred-oneThe tyros are taught how it's done:The Time mag old schemaNeeds epiphonemaSo every piece ends with a pun.
qms commented on the word sciolist
Who answers the socialist callCan remain a sciolist, withal,Supplying the peasantryWith generous pedantry - A man of the people and know-it-all.
September 17, 2015
You may well disparage the nihilistBut I rank him less than the vilest.I prefer abnegationTo smug affectation - The insufferable sin of the sciolist.
qms commented on the word nonage
Most infants are given to yawnage;It's parcel of life's sleepy dawnage.What seems impoliteIn them is all right,For rude is the rule in one's nonage.
September 16, 2015
qms commented on the word maieutics
A wise man instructing young folkSucceeds with a humorous stroke.He knows a few tricksPromoting maieutics,Like cracking an ingenious joke.
September 15, 2015
qms commented on the word ejectamenta
Opinions of value can clash- My gold to you is dust and ashAnd your ejectamentaTurns my impedimentaIf left to tempt me in your trash.
September 14, 2015
qms commented on the word xenia
The fragile and homeless EugeniaAwaiting the next neomeniaMust monthly dependOn folks who extendThe comfort of sheltering xenia.Find Eugenia's peculiar affliction explained in comments at neomenia..
September 13, 2015
qms commented on the word amphibolic
It's odd how indulgence alcoholicCan mix the manic and melancholic,How sadness and cheerCombine in a beer.The stuff is downright amphibolic.
September 12, 2015
qms commented on the word cunctative
It's easy for a skunk to liveSecure while he has funk to give.Who'd dare interruptBefore he's well supped?His foraging can be cunctative.
September 11, 2015
qms commented on the word rumbullion
When pirates have counted the deadAnd drunk to the full and been fed,The gossoon and scullionWill quaff their rumbullionAnd stumble off witless to bed.See also rumbo.
September 10, 2015
qms commented on the word pudder
Celebrities, when they go out,Expect the loud, unruly rout.They pretend to shudderAt such vulgar pudderBut silence sows the seeds of doubt.
September 9, 2015
qms commented on the word concenter
A teacher, a coach or a mentorConverts the doubter to assenter.The team that she leadsCooperatively heedsSo eccentric courses concenter.
September 8, 2015
qms commented on the word peegate
When you're caught doing this you know urine trouble.
qms commented on the word langrel
In politics his preferred angleIs not to skewer but to mangleBy spewing barragesOf spurious chargesWith loads of rhetorical langrel.
September 7, 2015
qms commented on the word talesman
If science cannot sell the pillInspiring chronicles will.The craftiest salesmanIs also a talesman,Like Mehmet Oz, the medical shill.
September 6, 2015
qms commented on the word velitation
The pundits treat each perturbationAs though an omen for the nation,But surely they mock usWith the Iowa caucus,That farcical rustic velitation.
September 5, 2015
qms commented on the word holophotal
Her vanity's said to be total,Though evidence is anecdotal.To capture her glory(So goes the story)Her mirrors must be holophotal.
September 4, 2015
qms commented on the word grum
With Summer's end at long last comeIt's back to the book and the sum.Oh, pity the dolorsOf unwilling scholars,Their once merry faces grown grum.
September 3, 2015
qms commented on the word palynology
Be calm and please give me your trust:While, true, it's a pest-laden gust,Palynology's notThe horror you thought,But knowledge of organic dust.
September 2, 2015
qms commented on the list anytown--usa
Riverdale from Archie comics.
September 1, 2015
qms commented on the word doab
Doab is a Word of the Day selection to sow confusion in the minds of weary rhymers:1. I think I have identified five accepted pronunciation of the word: dew ab/ub, dough ab/ub, or as one syllable to rhyme with globe.2. Every usage example on the Wordnik page is from Flashman and the Mountain of Light. I love the Flashman novels but would prefer more illuminating illustration than G.M. Fraser's infatuation with the word.3. From Wikipedia:"Doab is a term used in India and Pakistan for the "tongue," or tract of land lying between two converging, or confluent, rivers." The notion of a tract of land defined by rivers that converge (that is, that are not parallel) seems to me crucial, but it is missing from the Wordnik definitions. It is the reverse of a delta.4. The Century is the only dictionary to mention the Irish clay definition. I suspect a confusion with daub.The feeble old swagman has dreams:Through haze in his memory it seemsHe sits by a boabIn some Western doabAnd watches the commingling streams.
qms commented on the word boab
Adansonia gregorii, commonly known as the boab, is a tree in the family Malvaceae. As with other baobabs, it is easily recognised by the swollen base of its trunk, which forms a massive caudex, giving the tree a bottle-like appearance. Endemic to Australia, boab occurs in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, and east into the Northern Territory.WikipediaI am surprised at this omission in Wordnik. I would have expected bilby to have unearthed it in the course of Aussification patrol.
qms commented on the word callant
Most boy bands are generally badBut pleasures are nonetheless had.A good-looking callantHas no need of talent;The girls will still swoon - lucky lad!
August 31, 2015
qms commented on the word cachalot
An unhappy sperm can trash a yacht;Those fierce white teeth can gnash a lot.Recall Ahab's leg,That cold wooden pegHe got for offending a cachalot.
August 30, 2015
qms commented on the word mullock
So oligarchs might merrily frolicWe worship the extractive Moloch.We blast and we drillThe ore from the hillAnd fill up the valleys with mullock.
August 29, 2015
qms commented on the user 85q2q2vl
If monkeys in infinite numberShould type without ceasing for slumberThey well might emitA like sum of shitBut Spamski's would still be the dumber.
qms commented on the word triangularization
Compare with triangulation, a term recently popular in politics. It means the finding of a “third” or “middle” way. It is most closely associated with the Clinton administration and it implies either a willingness to compromise or an abandonment of principle, depending on your point of view. The usage examples at triangulation are instructive.
August 28, 2015
qms commented on the word chuffy
In youth Ernest posed as a toughie-Laconic, disheveled and scruffy,But the act was beliedBy the cherub insideRevealed in his cheeks pink and chuffy.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
qms commented on the word retund
Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
Poor Ernest obsessively punned -A habit he ought to have shunned -For rapier witExpended on itWill wear out and tend to retund.
August 27, 2015
qms commented on the word fother
Her garden relentlessly draws herIt's care is her joy, not a bother.It is all-consumingFrom planting to bloomingAnd veg gathered in by the fother.
August 26, 2015
qms commented on the word skijoring
When the jumper has tired of soaringAnd touring on skis becomes boringHe'll harness his nagFor a midwinter dragAnd dodge shit for a day of skijoring.
August 25, 2015
qms commented on the word put your leg in the fire
Slumry, thank you! The list of mixed metaphors is great. Years ago, when I was a TA in an English department, we grad students compiled such a list from student papers, but it was much shorter and my ancient ink-on-paper version vanished long ago.I am going to save this until December and use it for Christmas presents.
August 24, 2015
qms commented on the word excrementitious
If a coprophage had all his wishesWhat meal would he find most delicious?Would He eat Polish spamOr would gówno with jamBe the most excrementitious?
qms commented on the user Bettfvon65
Are you sure it's safe to talk to them, ruzuzu? Isn't it a bit like standing outside the monkey cage, pointing and saying, "Oh, what a lovely piece of feces!"I could not find a specific-excrement entry for "monkey shit" but I did discover that the Polish for shit is gówno. Please make good use of it.
qms commented on the word cataphract
Politicians never have lackedOpinions in absence of fact.The taunt and the gibeAre arms of the tribeAnd ignorance their cataphract.To honor the spirit of kindly fellowship which ordinarily characterizes this forum I have used the generic term “politicians” in this limerick, although it is unfair to tar them all with the same brush. Readers may substitute the name of any faction they choose to give the verse more piquancy. I have one in my mind for circulation elsewhere. (It scans better too.)
qms commented on the word affiche
The French of a mess make pastiche,From eggs - a soufflé or a quiche.Should a poster aspireTo dignity higherA canny artiste makes affiche.
August 23, 2015
qms commented on the word wug
Unless, of course, they are Jewish, in which case they would be wugim.
August 22, 2015
qms commented on the word tenace
When young I thought old age a menace But wiser now I shrewdly senesce.If victory's speltBy the next card dealt,I'll take the last trick with my tenace.
Legit or not I do not knowSo prudence points one way to go:The rare "paper-and"Is, I understand,An Inuit word meaning "snow."
qms commented on the word minikin
Aquinas, an obese Dominican,Thought excess had hardly been a sinTrue, many acts oralWere greatly immoralBut gluttony merely a minikin.
August 21, 2015
qms commented on the user ryszardgarda90
Dear Spamski, a tip of my cap,And thanks to the translator app!Your offer's obscureBut one thing's for sure:You've emitted some mighty claptrap!
August 20, 2015
qms commented on the word illapse
Be watchful! The fiend spreads his seed!Take care you not nurture that weedAnd sicken perhapsFrom such an illapse.'Twould be a most ill lapse indeed.
qms commented on the user guyot583
Oh, Spamski, your own deeds accuse you,But think not that I shall abuse you.Your fate is much worseThan a few lines of verse.Prepare for the wrath of ruzuzu!
August 19, 2015
qms commented on the word rundle
Each tumbrel its despairing bundlesTo death by the blade slowly trundles.At Guillotine's ladderWhat effort is sadderThan climbing of those bloody rundles.
qms commented on the word Bastard Toadflax
comandraComandra is a monotypic genus containing the single species Comandra umbellata. Its common names include bastard toadflax, umbellate bastard toadflax, and common comandra. The plant has a disjunct distribution; its four subspecies occur in North America and the Mediterranean.Bastard Toadflax would make an excellent name for a comic book villain. Bastard Toadflux would be even better.
qms commented on the user Frileyredsv
August 18, 2015
qms commented on the word barrad
Despite the tall cap on his dome,You'll find him no dunce when you know'mOn a witch it bodes badBut the Irish barradIs the badge of the bard, not the gnome.
Ruzuzu our ramparts patrolsRepelling all spammers and trollsAnd priapic elves,Full of beans and themselves,Attacking with long Slavic poles.
August 17, 2015
qms commented on the word parachronistic
You'll never fool Ernest with this trick;He knows the whole fakery district.There were no iron ballsIn cold brazen stalls;*That pretense is parachronistic.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit*See the "Supposed etymology" section at the Wikipedia entry for Brass monkey.
qms commented on the word giglot
She was a most wanton wee pigletWho'd show you her butt and then wiggle it.The farmer, quite takenWith flirtatious bacon,Has named tonight's dish roasted giglot.
August 16, 2015
qms commented on the word shackles
Thank you, slumry.
August 15, 2015
qms commented on the word capillaire
Come hither, my love! Let us shareA libation of virginal hair.Oh, how we both yearnFor a taste of the fernAnd lips festooned with sweet capillaire!
qms commented on the word mortrew
See also mortress.
Heard in the movie “Mr. Turner:” a couple of unfamiliar words that do not appear in standard dictionaries. One was “shackles” as a type of food:
MRS BOOTHI hope you’re enjoying your supper. TURNERMmm.MRS BOOTHOh, good. Some folk do find shackles too salty for their taste.TURNERCan never be too salty for me, madam
qms commented on the word foying
Heard in the movie “Mr. Turner:” a couple of unfamiliar words that do not appear in standard dictionaries. One is “foying:”
MRS BOOTHWell, he were a dear man. ‘Tis twice in my life now I have found myself a widow. My first husband were taken from me when I was but a young woman.TURNERHow was he taken?MRS BOOTHHe were foying over there on Goodwin Sands.TURNERA life-saver.MRS BOOTHAye. He did save many a life but in the end he could not save his own.
FOYING foi-ing part.Victualling ships; helping them in distress, and acting generally as agents for them. "They who live by the seaside are generally fishermen, or those who go voyages to foreign parts, or such as depend upon what they call foying." - Lewis, p 32 A Dictionary of the Kentish Dialect and Provincialisms(1888) Page 59
qms commented on the word bursch
To get drunk at a kneip's not a smirch.Be proud of the belch and the lurch!It's a teutonic truth:Such a toot for a youth’sThe mark of a red-blooded bursch.
August 14, 2015
qms commented on the word sperate
What a fellow can't get by his meritHe may by his patience inherit,And if he befriendRich folk near their endHis ignoble goals may be sperate.
August 13, 2015
qms commented on the word onomatapology
I assume that such an expression of false regret would be offered by one adept at simumility.
August 12, 2015
qms commented on the word androsphinx
The brain when awake merely thinksBut dreaming it finds mystic links.Of these not the leastIs man mixed with beast,As playful faun or grim androsphinx.
qms commented on the word serpentry
Tank hughes very much, bilby.
When Adam and Eve frolicked nudeThen Eden abounded in foodBut hid in a certain treeIn sinuous serpentryThere dangled the fruit of the lewd.
August 11, 2015
qms commented on the word bridewell
A man can be said to have died wellIf he spent some time in a bridewell.If his fate is not blissWe're certain of this:He will know how best to abide hell.
August 10, 2015
qms commented on the word caboche
I found a number of definitions for caboche including this one in the French Wikipedia...
Une Caboche est un clou à tête carrée qui est utilisée pour fixer les fers à chevaux, pour les clouer il faut évidemment taper sur la caboche, d'où l'expression"tête de caboche"( qui a du mal à assimiler des informations, qui à la tête "dure" ).
August 9, 2015
qms commented on the word red-tapism
Be Batman or Robin, but askOr officials will take you to task.To limit escapismThey practice red-tapismAnd make you apply for a mask.
August 8, 2015
qms commented on the word hahaha
Thank you, alexz. You do manage to turn up the most interesting oddments.
qms commented on the word defail
When Le Nôtre decides to defineAnd devise a new garden divineTo deny a detailWold be to defailAnd defile the delightful design.
August 7, 2015
qms commented on the word cacolet
A howdah is an elegant wayTo ride in the heat of the day,Or else sit astraddleA horse in a saddleOr lounge in a cool cacolet.
August 6, 2015
qms commented on the word dephlogisticate
When alchemists come to titivateTheir methods are slow and ornate.It's never enoughThe athanor's snuffedThey also will dephlogisticate.
August 5, 2015
qms commented on the word bingle
I think that when Australians convene to decide on the names of things a great deal of spiritous refreshment is consumed.
qms commented on the word ornithocoprophilous
Then taurocoprophilous must mean “bullshit-loving,” a word to describe many factions and people I can think of.
August 4, 2015
On the other hand I like the Australian application of the word. It is somehow onomatopoetic. When utes collide you feel the tingleAnd hear the shattered headlights' jingle:In the asphalt jungleAn ordinary bungleThe Aussies dismiss as a bingle.
qms commented on the word pitchpole
When tumbling from your velocipedeYour style of dismount is decreed.Determining which roll,The sideways or pitchpole,Is purely a function of speed.
As to bilby's question from 2008: the WordNet definition is a puzzler. I have been paying close attention to baseball for many years and have never heard or read the word "bingle." The WordNet contribution defines an ordinary single. Maybe a bingle is a single batted by a batter with a speech impediment.
qms commented on the word virago
See comments at viraginity.
August 3, 2015
qms commented on the word viraginity
n 1973 a group of women founded a publishing company with a feminist mission in London and called it Virago Press. The writer and linguist Anthony Burgess was sympathetic to their cause but opined that they had done a poor job of choosing a name because virago has negative connotations. The ladies disagreed and a literary feud was commenced.In Burgess's understanding virago was roughly synonymous with harridan or termagant and the amazonian connotation intended by the publishing house was obscure and archaic. I see that dictionaries offer both conflicting definitions and that the older ones give prominence to the negative sense while newer (or more populist) dictionaries tend to feature the positive.While Burgess asserted affinity'Twixt virago and foul masculinityThe ladies said, "Nay!We'll have it our wayBy defining our own viraginity."
qms commented on the word agnation
The point of royal administrationIs hoarding the luck of relation,So many a foolHas ascended to ruleBy primogeniture and agnation.
August 2, 2015
qms commented on the word RPCV
I am surprised this initialism does not already have an entry. It has been in use since the 1960s. Perhaps we are too humble a band. (Google "RPCV" for numerous links,)
August 1, 2015
qms commented on the list fuck-phrases
qms commented on the word fuckerino
I am sometimes moved by events to utter this exclamation, but it would make a good name for a subatomic particle.
qms commented on the word gambade
From the usage examples it appears that the horse cavort is the most common meaning of this word but the splatterdash definition in The Century is one of those appealing preservations in amber. To celebrate the beginning of August I will honor both.For a pleasant equestrian rambleSelect an old mare who will amble,So safely evadeThe sudden gambadeOf a filly inclined to a gambol.In springtime provisions are madeIn gear for a fine promenade:To wade through the washWe deploy the galosh,Each shank tightly cased in gambade.
qms commented on the word down cellar
VM seems to suffer from an impaired sense of humor. It may comfort him to insult some effigy of his prejudices to compensate but I do not appreciate being his target. This is a lexicographical site, not a therapy couch.
qms commented on the word suller
See comments at down cellar.
July 31, 2015
The definition for this expression is wrong. “Down cellar” does not mean “downstairs” it means “in the basement,” as affirmed by kraduate’s comment. It is a New England regionalism (note its inclusion in regional lists). I am a native New Englander but my wife is not. I have managed to move her from “in the basement” to “down in the cellar” to “down the cellar” but she cannot shake the pesky article. It sounds like it could be a survival from immigrants from Yorkshire. Unfortunately it is succumbing to the homogenization of American English.
qms commented on the word Cholmondeley
See comments at cholmondeley.
qms commented on the word cholmondeley
See also comments at drumly.
qms commented on the word drumly
I note with alarm and yet humblyIt's perverse the way we say Cholmondeley.If there's no way of tellingThe sound from the spellingThen English is hopelessly drumly.See sionnach's amusing verses on this theme in comments at cholmondeley.
qms commented on the word abulia
The waitress will bring the bill hitherAnd cause our composure to wither.Not feeble abuliaBut crude dyscalculiaWill force us to helplessly dither.
July 30, 2015
qms commented on the word mazard
When clams have been hunted and gatheredThe diggers turn homeward quite slatheredWith hardening grimeAnd odorous slimeFrom tip of the boots to the mazard.
July 29, 2015
qms commented on the word colly
Let's reprehend Sir Walter RaleighFor fostering the New World's folly.The deathead's hungIn many a lungTobacco's rendered stiff and colly.
July 28, 2015
qms commented on the word zariba
See also zareba.
July 27, 2015
qms commented on the word hydrometeor
Now "damp" would work sans explanation;More pompously there's "precipitation."But hear my confiteor:I say "hydrometeor"For pleasure of nerdy obfuscation.
qms commented on the word cymar
'Isadora* wore a scarf like a cloakThat floated toward the spinning spoke.The bright scarlet cymarStreamed out behind herUntil the Amilcar engaged its choke.*On September 14, 1927, dancer Isadora Duncan is strangled in Nice, France, when the enormous silk scarf she is wearing gets tangled in the rear hubcaps of her open car. (“Affectations,” said Gertrude Stein when she heard the news of Duncan’s death, “can be dangerous.”)
July 26, 2015
qms commented on the word aculeate
When hedgehogs have a heavy dateThey'll yelp and shrilly ululate.Their poignant criesAre no surpriseFor passion pains the aculeate.
July 25, 2015
qms commented on the word hucklebone
In coping with effects of harm"It could have been worse" has its charm:'Twas luck aloneSpared my huckleboneWhile I crushed a superfluous arm.
July 24, 2015
qms commented on the word Benelux
July 23, 2015
qms commented on the word demiss
In failing to flatter you've been remissAnd now must appease unhappy Miss.So forestall perditionBy abject contrition - In posture and word be demiss.
qms commented on the word suffering succotash
The "suffering savior" proposal emits a strong odor of folk etymology. See a persuasive dismissal at http://www.wordorigins.org/index.php/forums/viewthread/2330/.
July 22, 2015
qms commented on the word laccolith
To science these hills are laccolith;Embrace either that fact or this:Their outline suggestsThe Earth's milky breastsAnd proves thereby the lacto-myth.
qms commented on the word champing
Honors vary in Wordnikian eyesBut surely I've won the top prize?I blush head to toe!It's so good to knowThat bilby thinks well of my thighs.
I suppose people making such visits to Church of England sites are champing at the Brit.
qms commented on the word sadden
Now damask has lost its bright glowAnd dimity's low as old calico.The poor saddened stuffIs sad-ironed enoughTo be fuller than crape is of woe.
July 21, 2015
qms commented on the word spawl
When he starts to rant and to bawlThe Donald can empty the hall.Such violent throesWill drench the front rowsIn a mist of his venomous spawl.
qms commented on the word antibiosis
All newlyweds must know of this: To stifle your anger is remiss;Fight antibiosisWith mithridatic dosesFor years of mitigated bliss.
July 20, 2015
qms commented on the word spekboom
By grazing of the tusky herdThe purslane seed will be interred.The succulent spekboomWill most likely next bloomFrom out an elephant's dusty turd.
July 19, 2015
qms commented on the word kisher
If you're a bored and weary YemeniYou fight the stifling heat's hegemonyBy drinking some kisher,That desert elixir,The Arab's friend and ennui's enemy.
July 18, 2015
qms commented on the word glisk
A highland fling danced strong and briskCan put a young Jock's heart at riskIf the bonnie lass dancingIs also enhancingThe dance with a beckoning glisk.
July 17, 2015
qms commented on the word dyssynchronicity
This is a word that fills a need. It describes (in part) the plots of Thomas Hardy novels. Thank you, YoMama_T.
July 16, 2015
qms commented on the word lampas
The gaucho done roaming the pampasAnd scholar at home on his campusBoth think that it suitsTheir glorious glutesTo rest on a divan of lampas.
qms commented on the word pectinate
The sign of an ice hockey greatIs the skill with which he can skateOr the classically comicalPhysiognomical:A smile that is proudly pectinate.
July 15, 2015
qms commented on the word giggle loop
This brings to mind the famous “Chuckles Bites the Dust” episode (Oct. 25, 1975) of the “Mary Tyler Moore Show,” commonly cited as a candidate for the funniest sitcom episode of all time.The episode can be viewed here.
July 14, 2015
qms commented on the word picul
A Siamese can count his tical;A Chinese chap can gauge a picul.Scots too can be pickyBut after some whiskeyContent with their "wee" and their "mickle."
qms commented on the word whata
“The bones, after being well scraped and cleaned, are then deposited in a whata, or elevated box, somewhat resembling a provision store…”Savage Life and Scenes in Australia and New Zealand: Being an Artist's Impressions of Countries and People at the Antipodes, Volume 1. p. 331.(1847)
July 13, 2015
See the Maori Dictionary
qms commented on the list storage-facilities
Whata apparently originates in the Maori language. All the usage examples (with the exception of the imitation of a bird call) are instances of omission of the space between “what” and “a,” either as a typo or as an attempt to render dialect.
qms commented on the word anisodactylous
My myna bird, far gone in booze,Can mime a bird in blameless snooze.He's anisodactylousSo even if crapulousHe'll perch upright on iron thews.
qms commented on the list tree-free-paper-alternatives
Our bilby with his nib and plume,His eyes asquint and tongue abloom,With exquisite precisionIncises his visionOn the husk of a humble legume.
qms commented on the word yard
If observation did not establish this either your grandfather was a master of discretion or you are remarkably inattentive.
qms commented on the word gynaeceum
The ladies in waves besiege the gymThat once was the guys' elysium,Now a hostile environFor louts pumping ironAnd turning a proper gynaeceum!
July 12, 2015
qms commented on the word poetaster
I prayed to my muse and I asked herA word for a prose poetaster.She told me directly,"To fail so abjectlyIs classed as a simple disaster."
qms commented on the word clitter
When the bowl of the day is aglitterThe songbirds will warble and twitter,But take silent flightFrom smothering night - The cave of the hoot and the clitter.
July 11, 2015
qms commented on the word yonderblown
An excellent word!
July 10, 2015
qms commented on the word curmurring
Percussion and melodic partMake music to gladden the heart,Thus, steady curmurringSets sweet things astirringAnd summons a concussive fart.
As paper gives promise of pithAnd marble an aura of myth,So rice would be niceIf I'm very preciseBut most apt would be coprolith.
qms commented on the word aesthesis
If learning made me scholar-CroesusMy peace of mind would fall to pieces.I'm wealthy with lessIf I truly possessThe knowledge acquired by aesthesis.
July 9, 2015
qms commented on the word languaging
Clearly TankHughes is destined for duxhood.
July 8, 2015
qms commented on the word dux
Your typical high muckamucksAre experts at passing the bucks.Avoiding all blameIs part of their game - A skill that is learned as a dux.
qms commented on the word up-putting
Initial contact can be fraught When trust and his friendship are sought.To establish your footingRequest an up-putting,For begging a favor flatters a Scot.
July 7, 2015
qms commented on the word kermis
The Dutch boy who covets her kissMust patiently defer his blissUntil annual revelsUnleash the devilsWhen all is allowed at kermis.
July 6, 2015
qms commented on the word ichor
My guess is that ichor is an unlikely source for icky. The Wordnik entry for icky borrows a suggestion of an origin in jazz lingo. I think it sounds like generic baby-talk. Compare yucky and gooey.
July 5, 2015
qms commented on the word entremets
A great dinner like a great playWill nourish and charm all the way.Delight should be certainFrom prologue to curtain,From hors d'oeuvre to last entremet.
qms commented on the word amuse-bouche
An amuse-bouche (plural amuse-bouches) or amuse-gueule is a single, bite-sized hors d'oeuvre.Wikipedia
July 4, 2015
qms commented on the word autarkic
When impinging passions anarchicConfuse and then render him heart sick,He seeks out the balmOf contemplative calmWhere feelings are pure and autarkic.
qms commented on the word flammulated
As rufescent as though immolated,Flamboyance, alas, simulated.The bird's not aflame;He plays at a gameSo twitchers are flim-flammulated.
July 3, 2015
qms commented on the word spoonerism
In 2010 a BBC radio 4 presenter committed a spoonerism that will live forever on the internet. At that time the UK's Culture Secretary was Jeremy Hunt. The presenter managed to spoonerize the surname and the area of responsibility. He then struggled lengthily to regain his composure. A listener emailed an amusing message of comfort:"It's well known in psycholinguistic research that two words that share a vowel are prone to a speech error in which the initial consonants are exchanged. For this reason making Jeremy Hunt the Culture Secretary was reckless in the extreme."It is true, although hard to credit, that the presenter's name is James Naughtie.James Naughtie Jeremy Hunt Today Programme BBC Radio 4 - long version.
July 2, 2015
qms commented on the word disspelling
For many years influential members of one of the two major political parties in the United States have been refusing to call the other party by its proper name. Right-wing Republicans will not utter the word “Democratic” in any medium with respect to the rival party. They refuse to acknowledge the existence of the adjectival form of “Democrat” and insist on referring to the “Democrat Party” or to “Democrat voters” or to “Democrat proposals.” This is presumably to deny by implication that any “democratic” virtues attach to that party and to insult their opponents by the deliberate malformation of their name. The practice has become so widespread as to cease to draw comment or correction.See also newspeak.
qms commented on the word erubescent
Oh, pity the male adolescent,Unwillingly often tumescent!Though closely concealedHis plight is revealedBy cheeks that will glow erubescent.
qms commented on the word dacquoise
A skilled chef will manage the pauseWhile diners await the dacquoise.The tension will buildTill hopes are fulfilledAnd the room can erupt in applause.
July 1, 2015
qms commented on the word entasis
The cause of diplomacy benefitsFrom delicate shifts of emphasis,So politely belittleThe bulge in his middleWith praise of the genius of entasis.
June 30, 2015
qms commented on the word imflammable
Misspelling of inflammable.
qms commented on the word chape
A young blade's accoutrements apeProvocative parts in their shape.His scabbard is phallic, Long, smooth and metallic,And tipped with a glistening chape.
June 29, 2015
qms commented on the word pschent
The royalty's bred in his marrow - The bloodline is straight as an arrow.You can tell the descentBy the cut of his pschent.The young man was born to be pharaoh.
June 28, 2015
qms commented on the word agraffe
While buttons may service the riffraffA zipper is bourgeois - a gaffe.An elegant closureDelights in exposure:Apply to your fly a bright agraffe.
June 27, 2015
qms commented on the list words-ending-with--lky
If a seal and a lass make a selkieWith flesh that's both silver and milky,An elk and a bilbyAmalgam then will beBoth antlered and long-eared - a bilky.
June 26, 2015
qms commented on the word chantage
The culture of card and corsageIs sentiment rendered mirage.By custom extracted,In duress enacted,Such gestures are merchant’s chantage.
qms commented on the word cogger
If rich,then the villain will dog her;If plain, he'll cunningly snog her.He'll simper and smile,Conniving the while.The man is a cad and a cogger!
June 25, 2015
June 24, 2015
qms commented on the word systasis
As wealth to the privileged amassesEstrangement bedevils the classes.It’s no longer givenA nation so rivenCan nourish the dream of systasis.
qms commented on the word plerophory
The bishops convene a consistoryTo prove their opinions error-freeAnd silence the talkOf an aberrant flockDisturbing their placid plerophory.
June 23, 2015
qms commented on the list never-going-back-there
Carthago delenda est.
June 22, 2015
qms commented on the word cringle
When a tar and a lady co-mingleThe overture's most likely lingual.He's adept at unlacingFor further embracing -A dab hand at clearing a cringle.
qms commented on the word counterbuff
When Ernest has had quite enoughOf smiling at rustics' crude guffHe'll flummox a bumpkinWith Latin for "pumpkin"And stun with this stern counterbuff.Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
June 21, 2015
qms commented on the word swelt
"Isabella, or the Pot of Basil": a very odd poem, but it was an early work and it does, one might say, grow on you.
qms commented on the word wem
A tight ship will shine like a gemAnd gleam from its tiller to stem.On bright decks unblemishedThe cordage is flemishedAnd sails billow white without wem.
June 20, 2015
qms commented on the word pontil
We're shaped by reproach and by counsel,Though praise will do more than a taunt will.A good mentor's markMust never be starkAnd mar us no more than a pontil.
June 19, 2015
qms commented on the word cucurbita
qms commented on the word ataraxia
In deserts calm camels of Bactria,In mountains impervious yaks appear.Amid hills and sandsOf the turbulent 'stansThe livestock has learned ataraxia.
June 18, 2015
qms commented on the word aporetic
His excuses, profuse and poetic,To her ear still sounded cosmetic.If honest remorseIs noble of course,But his left her heart aporetic.
June 17, 2015
qms commented on the word chirk
The imps of the silly will workAnd times meant for tears they will chirk.At loved ones' last partingYou imagine them fartingAnd struggle to stifle your smirk.
June 16, 2015
qms commented on the word camarilla
Les éminences grises, qu'est-ce qu'il y a?In Paris, Madrid or Manila,Behind every throne(It's very well known),There gathers a dim camarilla.
June 15, 2015
n. The practice of deliberately misspelling a word as a way to convey disapproval or contempt.disspelling is a combination of dis + spelling.See sprots.
qms commented on the word sprots
Googling "deliberate misspelling" I find that many people have posed this question. There is cacography, which is just bad spelling, whether or not deliberately inflicted. Wikipedia provides an entry for Sensational spelling, which is a common marketing ploy as in "froot" for "fruit." Such misspellings are meant to confer cuteness rather than express scorn.If I understand correctly vendingmachine's quest is for a term to describe the practice of deliberately misspelling a word as a way to convey disapproval or contempt. I think "disspelling" is a good candidate if it is allowed to cohabit with the sense of dispersal or dissipation. (I also find a "dispelling ring" defined as an apotropaic piece of jewelry in the Dark Souls game, but this is probably ephemeral.)disspelling is a combination of dis + spelling.
qms commented on the word Miffy
A fictional rabbit in a series of books for children.Wikipedia
June 14, 2015
qms commented on the word miffy
To banter with Grandpa is iffy.His temper is lost in a jiffy,So raillery's outIf he's feeling his gout.It's then that he's at his most miffy.
qms commented on the word renaturation
renaturation: n. restoration to a natural state, as a river or wetland.It is a policy of the European Union (feebly supported) that many rivers that have been dammed and/or channelized be restored to their natural or wild state as the best means of flood prevention and environmental enhancement.See, for example, Projects in Slovenia
qms commented on the word kissing-gate
Milk maids betimes their swains arouseAnd tempt them away from their plowsTo the kissing-gate,There to osculateUnhindered by curious cows.
June 13, 2015
qms commented on the word charactery
The beginning of Keats' sonnet "When I Have Fears: "When I have fears that I may cease to be Before my pen has glean'd my teeming brain,Before high-piled books, in charactery,Hold like rich garners the full ripen'd grain;
qms commented on the word incuse
CanterburyThey wear this way, their souls to soothe,Devotion's the tool that so hews,As, barefoot or shod,The pilgrims have trodThe stone of these steps to incuse.
June 12, 2015
qms commented on the word canty
He bristles and fights, so he's banty;Delighted with life - call him canty.An irascible sortOr thorough good sport?Depends if he's pro- or he's anti-.
June 11, 2015
qms commented on the word cryptonym
When life becomes pallid and grimEnhance it by wit and by whim.Give a glamorous sheenTo your daily routineBy adopting a deep cryptonym.
June 10, 2015
qms commented on the word peculium
When Lexicographers Go BadHis offer she called "An amusing sum!"Her exit conveyed her opprobrium.To the lobby she flouncedAnd loudly announced,"He's sure got a puny peculium!"
June 9, 2015
qms commented on the list specific-excrement
qms commented on the word milltail
See also mill-tail.
qms commented on the word precariat
They grasp but never tarry atThe fringe of the proletariat.The edge is too brittleOr strength is too littleFor rescue from the precariat.
June 8, 2015
qms commented on the word tappen
Dismissing those uncertain "coulds"We once affirmed, sure of the goods.But, considering tappens,Tell me what happens:Does a bear always shit in the woods?
qms commented on the word cosmolatry
His worship provokes general jollity.Its breadth seems a sign of frivolityBut, science his psalterAnd nature his altar,He practices peaceful cosmolatry.
June 7, 2015
qms commented on the word ashlar
The word evokes "mysterious lascar"Or dangers that lurk in the casbah.So idle mind playsOn a poolside chaiseAdoze by the warm flags of ashlar.
June 6, 2015
qms commented on the word absonant
Those rappers who natter and howlSpew verse whose savor is foul.If the match is just assonantThe rhyming is absonant.A rhyme is much more than a vowel.
June 5, 2015
qms commented on the word typomania
It began as a mere hypomaniaBut grows ever stronger and zanier,First paper and inkNow blog, tweet and link - The web abets wild typomania.
June 4, 2015
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qms commented on the user qms
Thank you, ruzuzu. Verse is not neccessary but your good wishes are much appreciated. I only wanted to acknowledge Erin's gesture and to prepare my excuses in advance in case I miss a day here and there.
June 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user qms
Dear qms,I'm sorry I haven't written a get-well verse for you yet. Everything I try to rhyme betrays my dislike of cars and drivers--and since most of the people I know happen to be drivers, I thought maybe I'd cool off for a bit. Get well soon,ruzuzu
bilby commented on the user qms
Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?But forgive me this jest,I wish you and elbows my best,*shakes fist at said stupid driver*
June 1, 2015
Kind Wordniks: In her generous verse of yesterday erinmckean referenced my injury, which could interfere with submissions to Wordnik. On my last bike ride, May 22 (alas, my last for some time I'm afraid) an inattentive driver cut in front of me, soMy dismount was the handlebar vault - A gracefully arcing somersault.An elbow twice brokenAnd concussion betokenThe boldness of that asphalt halt.Two days ago I had surgery to nail my funny bone back into place. Fortunately (or not - there are opinions) I have been able to continue limericizing. This is a tribute to Erin's helpfulness and the power of OCD.
May 31, 2015
erinmckean commented on the user qms
At Wordnik we are truly blessedTo have, as lyricist, qms.Although a recent awkward injury may make his typing a bit gingerywe still daily receive of his best.
May 30, 2015
The annum revolves from last to nextBut yields no daily tempting text.Is there some curseOn good-natured verseOr will 2015 be lexically hexed?
January 1, 2015
Dear Wordniks my aim is to woo youTo visit "community" if you choose to.Let not this hiatusDepress or abate us,Let's flock to the beckoning ruzuzu.
December 25, 2014
Thanks, qms! I was thinking that in the meantime maybe we should just congregate on one of the word pages--community makes as much sense as any. See you there?
December 24, 2014
I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!
December 15, 2014
By rights this should be posted on the account of the user lozonbeatty, but that account will soon be squished to wriggling flatness by the almighty thumb of erinmckean, if it has not already been so reduced. I post my comment here so that it will not be collateral damage.I was struck by the last few sentences of lozonbeatty’s message, that is, three or four sentences, depending on one’s inclination to generosity:
I experience scorching soon after using the tablet. and that i sweat quite a bit .they explain to me it is because the tablet si performing for me. I m seriously pleased with this particular outcome.
July 3, 2014
On any page, scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Community link under News. That will take you to what we used to call 'the front page' of the site where you can see all the latest user comments (and some other stuff). Sometimes you'll see that a 'conversation' between frequent users is developing on a particular word.Doorbelling is also fine, we do that too.p.s. There should also be a Community link on the black bar at the top.
January 1, 2014
You can comment on any word except the Word of the Day in the WotD section. Your double bracket theory is correct, you can make a clickable link to any word's page by doing that. Then just scroll down till you find the comment box.
December 19, 2013
I seem to have managed to make everything a comment FOR qms ABOUT qms. What I would like to do is offer comment FROM qms about a word. I wonder if double brackets on a word such as hebetude would land me in a useful place.
From 11/27/2013, hebetude Thanksgiving, 2013We dine this day on heaps of food,Then slump in sleepy lassitude.Sad bales of clothesNear comatose –Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.
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.
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