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qms commented on the word crypsis
Like words that hide in ellipsis
Or planets obscured by eclipses,
Some peace-seeking prey
Have mastered a way
To thrive under threat using crypsis.
February 22, 2017
qms commented on the word cheese-dream
See comments at cheese dream.
February 21, 2017
qms commented on the word cheese dream
n. An especially vivid and/or bizarre dream.
n. An open-faced sandwich of grilled or broiled cheese on bread.
I came across this term in a Guardian interview with Lorraine Bracco:
The famous fill Bracco’s conversation. Somehow, though, it feels less like namedropping than her just being one of those people for whom life ended up like an ongoing cheese dream, random faces drifting by. Madonna turns up here, Christopher Walken there.https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/20/lorraine-bracco-goodfellas-the-sopranos-martin-scorsese
It seems to be a British expression and may be founded in a study of British cheeses published by the British Cheese Board in 2005 claiming to have determined that eating cheese just before going to bed can affect your dreams. It further claimed that the type of cheese you ate controlled what sort of dream you had: Stilton for bizarre effects, cheddar for dreams of celebrities, etc.
I have seen it used as two words and as a hyphenated word. The definition I provide above is my best guess at the application of this term. Can anyone add more to this?
(For the sake of completeness I include the sandwich definition but I am in no way curious about that. It has a Wikipedia entry.)
qms commented on the word snotter
A sailor should be a good knotter
And know how to rig his lines tauter:
So master the riches
Of bowline and hitches
And humble but mem'rable snotter.
qms commented on the word antiphlogistic
My tea, made of herbs and holistic,
Has a health-giving characteristic:
It soothes and it tames
Intestines in flames
Because it is antiphlogistic.
February 20, 2017
qms commented on the word locomote
The egg can be coy and just float;
Her suitor though must locomote.
An ambitious sperm
Must earnestly squirm
If ever he'll be a zygote.
February 19, 2017
qms commented on the word squareabout
No doubt a precursor to the zigzagabout, which will bring traffic to a complete stop.
qms commented on the word diapason
If pretty miss mammoth should happen upon
A masculine hunk of a mastodon
Like trumpets his bellows,
Her sighing like cellos,
Will swell a primeval diapason.
February 18, 2017
qms commented on the word phreatophyte
Thank you, ruzuzu.
February 17, 2017
The dilettante's blossom is bright
But withers in weather and light.
The deep-rooted scholar,
Though paler and smaller,
Persists like a phreatophyte.
qms commented on the word ex-vivo
That's going to be one big test tube!
February 16, 2017
qms commented on the word jurat
A true but a somewhat obscure fact
Is wombats make cubes out of pure scat.
This isn't a trick;
They do shit a brick.
I'll swear it and sign with a jurat.
See also comments at scat.
qms commented on the word onychoschizia
Also known as onychoschisis or lamellar dystrophy.
See also onychorrhexis.
February 15, 2017
onychoschizia n. The term onychoschizia includes splitting, brittle, soft or thin nails. (fingernails and toenails)
qms commented on the word isostasy
With nukes that fly across the sea
We strive to balance bellicosity.
The nations assume
Their mutual doom,
So peace is preserved by isostasy.
qms commented on the word domiciliation
When love's first mad exhilaration
Gives way to a plan for affiliation
Wise lovers adjust
And temper their lust
To tend to their domiciliation.
February 14, 2017
qms commented on the word perdure
You are kind, ruzuzu.
February 13, 2017
qms commented on the word consociation
In post-prison con convocation
Alumni convene for confabulation.
The ex-cons confer
And try to concur
On concepts of consociation.
The insight of Barnum was pure -
There's one born per minute for sure.
That worm has not turned
And nothing is learned
So bunkum and folly perdure.
February 12, 2017
qms commented on the word gametophobia
From the model of gamomania I think gamophobia would be a better candidate.
February 11, 2017
qms commented on the word kanzu
Old Ernest's odd look is brand new:
He sports now a grand Fu Manchu
And thinks it is chic
To foster mystique
By wearing a flowing kanzu.
Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
qms commented on the user msrose88
All together now: "Hello, msrose88!
February 10, 2017
qms commented on the word guisarme
A peasant had only his farm
To furnish the stuff for his arm,
So faced armored horsemen
And bloodthirsty Norsemen
With only an axe called guisarme.
qms commented on the user Petrona273
Well, shake off the snow and have a cup of hot chocolate!
February 9, 2017
qms commented on the word hyperbaton
If grace notes you'd have conferred upon
The featureless drone of your wordathon,
Keep reader alert!
Your language invert
By liberal use of hyperbaton
qms commented on the word plastron
The righteous who dress to defeat
The slings and the arrows they meet
Each morning will strap on
A stout mental plastron
And brace for the next crazy tweet.
February 8, 2017
qms commented on the word greenfish
I knew that bilby was venerable, but I had no idea! This must be from before he was transported.
February 7, 2017
qms commented on the word deobstruent
The rhythms of verse should be fluent
And rhymes come quick and congruent.
It's often suggested
A poet congested
Use sleep as a sure deobstruent.
qms commented on the word bioregionalism
By bioregionalism's grace
Our maps will display a new face.
The borders it draws
Scorn language and laws.
It's nature that outlines a place.
February 6, 2017
qms commented on the word pistoleer
The self-conscious cowpoke makes clear
His chaps are not fellows but gear,
His high heels and spurs
Are what he prefers
And mark him a bold pistoleer.
February 5, 2017
qms commented on the word brancard
Miss Gurney is fallen and anchored
After one too many a tankard.
Is it fitter to fetch her
By litter or stretcher
Or summon an elegant brancard?
February 4, 2017
qms commented on the word lairage
Consider the bees' looted hives
And kine in their bucolic lives,
Kept safe in their lairages
From natural ravages
En route to the abbatoir's knives.
February 3, 2017
qms commented on the word volost
A city gives refuge at cost:
Imperial favor is lost.
Czar Donald the Great
Will not hesitate
To punish a rebel volost.
February 2, 2017
qms commented on the word synteresis
The sybarite does as he pleases,
No shame or regret ever teases,
And each night he knows
The sweet deep repose
Of living without synteresis.
February 1, 2017
qms commented on the word matrass
The alchemist, bubbling with lust,
Cried, "Love me, my lovely! You must!
I'll brew in my matrass,
A philter that's matchless
Else surely my heart will combust."
January 31, 2017
qms commented on the word equivoque
It's gospel to haughtier folks
That puns are inferior jokes.
While quibbles evince
A groan and a wince
They're witty if called equivoques.
January 30, 2017
Note a typo in the second GNU definition where a "g" is printed instead of the correct "q." The word is quibble. Also see comments at quibble for Sam Johnson's eloquent and funny take on Shakespeare's fondness for quibbles (puns).
qms commented on the word epify
EAMHarris, go to edify for edification. This is, among other things, a dictionary.
January 29, 2017
qms commented on the word heteronomy
I see clearly how it's gonna be:
While Donald's a mastermind wannabe
There's more that's astute in
Sly Vladimir Putin.
Prepare for a harsh heteronomy.
qms commented on the word errorist
Some fail at the truth, though they try.
Some fear climate change, so deny,
But the true eco-terrorist's
The cold-blooded errorist
Who knowingly sells the big lie.
January 28, 2017
qms commented on the word circumzenithal
Thank you, zuzu. That one was a challenge and I appreciate your noticing.
January 27, 2017
qms commented on the word systasis
The marriage did once in bliss persist
Until she discovered he'd kissed her sis
With passion so awful
And ruptured forever their systasis.
When systasis was selected as Word of the Day, June 24, 2015, I wrote a limerick based on a mistaken notion of its pronunciation. This is embarrassing, especially as it follows on the discovery of my quaff gaff. I could try the eye rhyme dodge, but that would be unpersuasive in a limerick. Now that systasis is once again the Word of the Day I could delete and replace the old limerick, but that feels rather dishonest. I will let the old limerick remain. Like the corpses (or corpses in the making) of criminals that were once hung from gibbets to admonish some and gratify others, I will leave it in place:
The wages of sin were exhibitedAs pirates at Tyburn were gibbetedTo serve as a warning,That crimes still a-borningAnd errors in train be inhibited.
As pirates at Tyburn were gibbeted
To serve as a warning,
That crimes still a-borning
And errors in train be inhibited.
qms commented on the list trix--1
Maybe because it's a list of words ending in "-trix."
qms commented on the word inpeccinate
You are too kind, bilby. If you only knew the things I have been compared to! And the superlatives are worse.
January 26, 2017
qms commented on the word birl
See also comments at birling.
qms commented on the word birling
A lumberjack proves he is sterling
By showing he's skillful at birling.
This so fills with thrills
The sweet lumberjills
They queue up in lines for a twirling.
See also comments at birl.
qms commented on the user AnnePern
See suggestions at inpeccinate.
January 25, 2017
In response to the following query from AnnePern;
Hi All,A friend is looking for a word that means to make something a sin, akin to "medicalize."Any suggestions?Thanks!Anne
A friend is looking for a word that means to make something a sin, akin to "medicalize."
If I understand correctly you are not looking for an equivalent to “commit a sin” but for something to mean “to designate or to classify as a sin.”
anathematize is one possibility.
v. To cause to be, or to declare as, an anathema or evil.
But that may be more subjective and context-dependent than you want – closer to condemn (which is also a possibility).
incriminate might come close, but that applies more to the actor than the act.
impeccable comes to mind as describing a condition nearly opposite of what you are looking for.
adj. Incapable of sin or wrongdoing.
After some reflection on the roots of both incriminate and impeccable (which entries see) I suggest:
inpeccinate; v. transitive To designate, classify, or declare a specified action to be sinful.
qms commented on the word zek
The victims surviving the wreck
Begin the quadrennial trek,
In Winter begun
But South to the sun
And end to a life as a zek.
qms commented on the word mugwump
He relishes fanfare and tubthump
But tepid reactions will bug Trump,
So fragile his pride
He cannot abide
The quiet and wavering mugwump.
January 24, 2017
qms commented on the word bossism
Mankind in its imperfect wisdom
Builds many a governing system,
But powers entropic
Inhere in this topic
So tending them all toward bossism.
January 23, 2017
qms commented on the word alternative fact
For too long this circus has lacked
A memorable signature act.
Ms Conway provides it,
Sits boldly astride it:
The untamed alternative fact.
January 22, 2017
qms commented on the word mumpsimus
Thank you, bilby.
qms commented on the word wanhope
Like moles in the darkness we grope
To unearth a rhyme or a trope.
For means to compare
Our sense of despair
We dig in the mine of wanhope.
qms commented on the word refusenik
Electoral purists learn new tricks,
Like playing with poems or Poohsticks,
To cope with the trial
Of internal exile
And abide for a while as refuseniks.
January 21, 2017
qms commented on the word quaff
I have just listened to a half dozen audio clips that all pronounce it to rhyme with off or cough. This is bad news for my limericks.
In my native dialect, the fast disappearing one of eastern New England, laugh and half might have the vowel that pterodactyl hears in quaff.
qms commented on the list befouled
I am glad you like it, zuzu. I have a hunch there are lots more out there.
For rhymes with quaff see comments at sclaff and bibliotaph.
qms commented on the word prexy
Addicted to money and sex he
Induces in some apoplexy.
Oh, what's gone amiss
That one such as this
Today is anointed our prexy?
January 20, 2017
A trump to the limit is trumpsimus,
If trumpier outright presumptuous.
But Trump in the rough
Is trumpy enough
For chumps and their comforting mumpsimus.
January 19, 2017
qms commented on the word chrematistics
Forget all your fussy statistics
For wealth is a game of heuristics.
Getting more than your neighbor
With minimum labor
Is practicing good chrematistics.
January 18, 2017
qms commented on the word bioenergetics
While athletes may swear by athletics
As central to bioenergetics.
We aesthetes still know
An energy flow
Is felt when we practice aesthetics.
January 17, 2017
qms commented on the word fanfaron
Oh, wonder not that he yammers on;
He was to the bullshit manner born.
His loftiest notion
Is crude self-promotion
It lives in the genes of the fanfaron.
January 16, 2017
qms commented on the word to the manner born
For an interesting discussion of "to the manner born" and its illegitimate spawn "to the manor born" see
qms commented on the word East Jesus
What better a haven could please us
When orage and outrage besiege us
Than a place that's pacific,
Albeit quite mythic,
The safe and unchanging East Jesus.
January 15, 2017
qms commented on the word entelechy
I reckon the teacher respects me
'Cuz he's all smart and intellecky
And don't call me no fool
For lovin' my mule
But sez that we share a entelechy.
qms commented on the word braggardism
His manner's a comical bastardism,
A union of unction and braggardism,
But soon comes the hour
The clown will take power
And shtick become serious blackguardism.
January 14, 2017
qms commented on the list theres-no-place-like-nowhere
I believe Brendan Behan coined this.
Podunk. Also podunk. An interesting history. Lots of places claim to be the original Podunk.
January 13, 2017
qms commented on the word dogged
witch's comment addresses the past tense of the verb to dog, which see. Among the many definitions there is:
idiom dog it Slang To fail to expend the effort needed to do or accomplish something.
qms commented on the word ophelimity
Affluence is happiness' mimicry.
To highlight the hidden asymmetry
They've coined a new word
You might not have heard:
The useful but awkward ophelimity.
qms commented on the word anergia
The Church of Indifference's teaching
Holds holiness not worth the reaching.
Its superfluous clergy are
Sunk deep in anergia
And cannot be bothered with preaching.
January 12, 2017
qms commented on the word frustraneous
Since improv is extemporaneous
The best are the quickest and zaniest.
The slow and dull-witted
Are wholly unfitted
And they find the challenge frustraneous.
January 11, 2017
qms commented on the word bowfarts
I should think bowfarts are very unkind to those amidships.
qms commented on the user foozilla
Yo, fozilla! I hope you will find the company congenial.
January 10, 2017
qms commented on the word blague
The venue in vogue was the stage
And plays about plague were the rage.
His ague a blague yet
Still vaguely on target
Gave tongue to the fears of the age.
qms commented on the word moonbow
Young people who crave now to know
What fortune may some day bestow
Will assuage this fancy
And dance 'neath the pearly moonbow.
January 9, 2017
qms commented on the word marplot
Intentions are good, outcomes are not,
We end twixt a rock and a hard spot.
While bossy and silly
She means well, this Milly,
But Millicent's merely a marplot.
January 8, 2017
qms commented on the word fadge
A very versatile word which can be, among other things, a verb describing a kind of complementary blending -
All muslims amicably fadgeWhile mingling in making the hajjAnd, hajis returned,A title they've earned, And ever will wear like a badge.
While mingling in making the hajj
And, hajis returned,
A title they've earned,
And ever will wear like a badge.
or it can be noun naming a kind of rustic loaf of bread -
A clever bezonian blokeHas many a trick in his poke.He's able to cadgeA freshly baked fadgeWith a jig, or a rhyme, or a joke.
Has many a trick in his poke.
He's able to cadge
A freshly baked fadge
With a jig, or a rhyme, or a joke.
Or a short fat person -
Poor Margaret's a dreamy pretender
Who wants to be lithesome and slender.
Alas! Pudgy MadgeIs ever a fadgeAnd exercise cannot amend her.
Alas! Pudgy Madge
Is ever a fadge
And exercise cannot amend her.
It can mean a lot of other things but I have run out of rhymes.
January 7, 2017
qms commented on the word vibrissa
When traveling how sorely I miss her,
My cat, the beguiling Clarissa!
How sad 'tis to slumber
Where she'll not encumber
Nor wake to a tickling vibrissa.
January 6, 2017
qms commented on the word mankini
Said Bella, "I know how to swing.
When boys say they'll pay for a fling
I tell the bambini,
'Then bring a mankini,
'Cause I'll put your balls in a sling.'"
January 5, 2017
qms commented on the word hydronym
No mapmaker serves his own whim;
The naming’s not left up to him.
Our heroes account
For each soaring mount,
But Indian words for a hydronym.
January 4, 2017
qms commented on the word carucate
The ploughman endures a cruel fate:
Obliged as he is to hew straight.
All day thus he walks
In the shit of his ox
To furrow the whole corucate.
January 3, 2017
qms commented on the word etesian
To sail waters peloponnesian
Attend to the winds of the season,
And haste to adjust
To Meltemi's gust
And go with the flow that's etesian.
January 2, 2017
qms commented on the word meltemi
See also comments at Meltemi.
qms commented on the word Meltemi
Meltemi is the Greek and Turkish name for the well known etesian wind blowing from north to northwest across the Aegean Sea.
See also comments at meltemi.
qms commented on the word manzai
The Century definition addresses the origin of the term manzai but does not explain its contemporary application:
Manzai (漫才?) is a traditional style of stand-up comedy in Japanese culture.Manzai usually involves two performers (manzaishi)—a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzai
Manzai usually involves two performers (manzaishi)—a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags.
We gaijin in our way can try:
Remember that hoary standby
And be not averse
To "Who is on First"
As an instance of Yankee manzai.
January 1, 2017
qms commented on the word trumple
trumple - v. To figuratively crush underfoot. To damage or destroy by actions or words employed with callous indifference to truth or consequences.
Collected by Dr. W.G. Marx from a CBS News report on "mall brawls," Dec. 27, 2016.
Civility's surface, though rumpled,
Had never before wholly crumpled
Till electoral games
In this year of shames
Saw standards of decency trumpled.
December 31, 2016
qms commented on the word antepast
The wondering world is aghast
At change that has happened so fast
And quivers with dread
That what we've been fed
Is only a foul antepast.
qms commented on the word stramash
Note a typo in the Century definition: "light" should be "fight."
December 30, 2016
There's nothing will Angus abash
Once fed with the juice of the mash.
Then, reft of all shame,
Indifferent to blame,
A ceilidh he'll make a stramash.
qms commented on the word browst
It's Angus's dream to be doused
In the finest distillery's browst,
To float and submerge
In gluttonous splurge,
Emerging quite perfectly soused.
December 29, 2016
qms commented on the word earthlight
The breadth of the new moon's girth might
Be darkest when viewed on the first night,
But the sun's growing blaze
On successive days
Will outline the glow of the earthlight.
December 28, 2016
qms commented on the word xenia
For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at neomenia and psychasthenia.
December 27, 2016
qms commented on the word neomenia
For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at psychasthenia and xenia.
qms commented on the word psychasthenia
We visit again poor Eugenia,
For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at neomenia and xenia.
qms commented on the word novation
Engage only with great trepidation
Those debts that proceed in rotation.
The risk is substantial
In matters financial
That trap you in endless novation.
December 26, 2016
qms commented on the word frumenty
He's downed milk and cookies aplenty
So after a weary descent he
Is pleased with the treat
Of hot milk and wheat,
For Santa is fond of frumenty.
December 25, 2016
qms commented on the word subtilize
She offers a glance of shy surmise
That hints a hope of sweet surprise.
Her gaze is expressive
But never excessive;
Her looks speak volumes but subtilize.
December 24, 2016
qms commented on the word exostosis
Beware of high fashion's appeals
And perils that lurk in high heels.
The danger that's grossest
Is dread exostosis
That marketers' cunning conceals.
December 23, 2016
qms commented on the word chronogram
A chronogram for a desolate scene,
A twelvemonth both wretched and mean:
Though MeMory's vexed
There's hope that the neXt
ImproVes on vIle twenty-sIxteen.
December 22, 2016
qms commented on the word becket
A sailboat's a thicket of slang:
A salt links the gaff to the vang
Or he may connect it
By means of a becket
That hooks up a shroud to a tang.
qms commented on the word tang
"With wood spars, the conventional method used to attach the shroud and forestay is to use TANGS. Tangs are short metal straps usually with a crimp or bend to splay them out from the mast when in position."
qms commented on the word aposematic
Evade an importunate Claus
Who rings for some nebulous cause
With a scowl so emphatic
Escape in his stunned silent pause.
December 20, 2016
qms commented on the word nocturia
It's common to many a prelate;
Their age and their gender compel it.
This rampant nocturia
Afflicts the whole curia,
As Vatican leakers will tell it.
December 19, 2016
qms commented on the word ophicleide
They've tried since Jimmy Hoffa died
To honor him with proper pride,
To answer the urge
To play him a dirge
With glockenspiel and ophicleide.
December 18, 2016
qms commented on the word coggie
The Highlands are treeless and boggy,
The winters there chilly and foggy.
Wise crofters repair
To a fireside chair
For talk and a comforting coggie.
December 17, 2016
qms commented on the word atole
When daylight is short and branches bareMy yearnings turn to Mexican fare.Some chicken in moleOr bowl of atoleCan help me pretend that I'm there.
December 16, 2016
The sun sends at times an epistle
Through water condensed into crystal.
A solar hello
To creatures below
In an arc called circumzenithal.
December 15, 2016
qms commented on the word alities
I find no dictionary that defines "alities." All of the usage examples on this page are instances of the string's occurrence as part of a longer word. The presumed singular, ality, is defined in some places (including Wordnik and the OED) as a suffix. In the quote attributed to Dierdre Shaw "alities" is almost certainly a typo.
qms commented on the word mononym
John Clayton, a truly bizarre man,
Is set among Hollywood's stars and
We've only known him
By this, his mononym -
That swinger, the ape-man, our Tarzan.
December 14, 2016
qms commented on the word donzel
A lady in waiting mistook
A page for the unabridged book.
When damsel and donzel
Entangled some tonsil
The lady her waiting forsook.
December 13, 2016
qms commented on the word bragget
My dog drinks his brew without fail,
Reviewing each batch with his tail.
I know that he'll wag it
For a big bowl of bragget.
He does like his honey and ale.
December 12, 2016
qms commented on the word stichomancy
Did Ernest mislead by design?
The preacher, not bright but benign,
Assembles his homily
By means of stichomancy
Because he was told it's divine.
December 11, 2016
qms commented on the word biosemiotics
The peacock prefers the boldly erotic
And butterflies go for coyly exotic
For dumb creatures must
Thus signify lust
By means that are biosemiotic.
December 10, 2016
qms commented on the word chalazion
I grant we elected the crazy one
While loathing the hideous ways he won.
The vista dismays,
Outrages the gaze,
An eyesore, a stye, a chalazion.
December 9, 2016
qms commented on the word blessing
In addition to being a noun blessing is also the progressive or continuous form of the verb to bless.
December 8, 2016
qms commented on the word astucious
Oh, pity the good man's malaise
Who grew up in honor's strait ways,
In all things astucious,
As wise as Confucius
Yet governed by knaves in late days.
qms commented on the word shpadoinkle
Strange: The definition is of an enthusiastic interjection yet every usage example makes reference to losing (one's) shpadoinkle. Those users clearly regard it as a noun meaning something like "mind" or "composure."
The word can be used to enthuse
But usages tend to confuse.
It changes like "boink"ll,
This shifting shpadoinkle,
And sometimes it's something you lose.
December 7, 2016
qms commented on the word spagbol
See also spag bol.
A Britishism for spaghetti bolognese.
qms commented on the word fautor
The true sporting fan's not a shouter,No brazen uncritical touter.He's both mind and heart,Like a patron of art:A loyal but discerning fautor.
December 6, 2016
qms commented on the word paraphrenia
Of note in his psychical scenery are
His boasts that he's king of Slovenia:
A comical claim
But nuts just the same,
A sure sign of some paraphrenia.
December 5, 2016
qms commented on the word mumchance
The Muses React to the 2016 Election
Terpsichore writhes in some dance;
Melpomene casts a glum glance.
And once merry Thalia?
She weeps, inter alia,
While Clio, appalled, sits mumchance.
December 4, 2016
Why do people seem always to "sit mumchance?" Cannot one stand, lie, stride or simply be mumchance?
qms commented on the word bobbery
Thus endeth a season of bobbery
Replete with conspicuous daubery.
The master of squabbles
Now gathers the baubles.
Prepare for a circus of jobbery.
December 3, 2016
qms commented on the word sclaff
Note that sclaff can be either a verb or a noun. Oddly the Word of the Day notification provides three definitions for its use as a verb only, yet all the examples supplied use it as a noun.
December 2, 2016
In Scotland the golfers will quaff
A dram before plying the staff,
Then mar in their haze
The luckless fairways
With many a duff and a sclaff.
qms commented on the word pliskie
Of course a thrifty (thriftey?) Scot would not spend an inessential "e" but I have a more expansive ancestry.
I hope the Tasmanian hibernation has concluded.
In Scotland on taking some whiskeyThe young men are prone to feel frisky,But liquor soon wiltsWhat stirs in their kilts.Alas, a most chastening pliskie.
December 1, 2016
qms commented on the user Quintesabd
Quintesabd, by entering your comments as new word entries you are creating a great deal of clutter and confusion. At the bottom of every word entry page is a comment box. Please put your comments there and click "Save." The results will be much cleaner, will give you access to some HTML formatting, and will remain editable by you
November 30, 2016
qms commented on the word nutraceutical
The flesh of no nutria is suitable
To pitch as a true nutraceutical.
The trouble is that
It's called a swamp rat
And bias against it's immutable.
qms commented on the word octastyle
There is the architectural application:
Let's sit ourselves down and talk a while
Of how may a portico beguile,
And what are the graces
Attending such spaces
And tally the virtues of octastyle.
But also this:
The she-squid bestows a shy smile
Permitting an amorous trial,
Inviting his charms
And myriad arms
For loving that's done octastyle.
November 29, 2016
qms commented on the word ragstone
I'm making it red white and blue
As all good deplorables do.
My patio ragstone
I'm painting as flagstone
To show I'm more loyal than you.
November 28, 2016
qms commented on the word intercalate
Should dalliances usurp a date
Then Trump will invoke a perk of state.
If the day's come and gone
Then the calendar's wrong.
He'll order the gov to intercalate.
November 27, 2016
qms commented on the word marthambles
November 26, 2016
qms commented on the word macle
An ailment that doctors can't tackle
A sorceress with crystals and knack'll.
She'll bring out the quartz
To cure you of warts
Or treat your marthambles with macle.
qms commented on the word cosmorama
Victorians loved their melodramaAnd spectacles like cosmorama,Now stale and passé;Amusements todayDerive more from digits or pharma.
November 25, 2016
qms commented on the word harvest-home
The harvesters in from the gloam,
Kids bright from the scrub and the comb.
The windows alight
Bejewel the night
As darkness enfolds harvest-home.
Happy Thanksgiving, all.
November 24, 2016
qms commented on the word banhammer
Protect us from Polish spam mills,
Purveyors of nostrums and pills.
Oh, heed your fan clamor
To bring the banhammer
And cast out the scammers and shills.
November 23, 2016
qms commented on the word spoon-meat
The bird as a whole is a boon treat
But remnants are what we will soon eat
In fragments instead -
In fritters, on bread,
And finally we'll sip it as spoon-meat.
November 22, 2016
qms commented on the word eschar
Mon Dieu! What a dégoutant deed!
Cette blessure est vraiment putride!
When you have an eschar
You tend to it, n'est-ce pas?
America, please now debride.
November 21, 2016
qms commented on the word tocher
In Scotland a good marriage broker
Will find you a lass and will yoke her.
If he's done his duty
She may be no beauty
But bring you a generous tocher.
November 20, 2016
qms commented on the word cates
The gourmet is cursed by the fates
To crave only rarest of cates.
Though plain food may nourish
Yet he needs a flourish
And only the Lucullan sates.
November 19, 2016
qms commented on the word argy-bargy
The Grant's ranch was tranquil and gracious
But Barbara and Rob disputatious.
To praise argy-bargy
They chose "RG bar G"
To brand their own wide open spaces.
November 18, 2016
The few times I have heard this term used have mostly been while watching television coverage of the Tour de France. The venerable announcing team of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen (both Brits) use it to describe the fierce bumping and jostling that goes on during sprint finishes. The definitions provided here all assume its application to verbal contention, but Liggett and Sherwen seem comfortable with it in a physical context.
qms commented on the word cyclothymia
Events all conspire to annoy
And forces of evil deploy.
No ailment is timelier
Than this cyclothymia
That unbid gives moments of joy.
November 17, 2016
qms commented on the word paction
The Lord of Misrule make a paction
With those of the frivolous faction
To reign for a season
Defying all reason
And driving the proud to distraction.
This a reposting of a comment originally posted on October 25, 2015 which was accidentally deleted. We REALLY need some sort of safeguard associated with the delete button. A single touch activates it. There is no “are you sure” warning and no way of undoing.
November 16, 2016
qms commented on the word fervid
A third option is perfervid, which unambiguously implies excess.
qms commented on the word scientism
Competitive pumpkiners know
The road to blue ribbon is slow.
Accomplish your giantism
With patience and scientism
And pray that the monster will grow.
qms commented on the word caca
I am surprised that none of the dictionaries that Wordnik aggregates provides a definition for this word. When I was growing up in New England this was the common childhood term for excrement. I don’t know to what extent American dialect varies on this, but versions of the word are pervasive in European languages.
Wikipedia provides a fascinating discussion of cacāre and its descendants:
The whole article on Latin profanity is entertaining.
See also kakistocracy and cacatopia.
November 15, 2016
qms commented on the word bouleversement
The polity's trust has been rended
And amity's wagon upended,
A brute renversement
A wreck that's not readily mended.
qms commented on the word trumpenproletariat
The prospect's now so scary that
The thought's no place to tarry at.
Our doom is presaged
By the loud and enraged
The howling trumpenproletariat
November 14, 2016
trumpenproletariat – n. A class of American voters, privileged by race and income, who nevertheless nurse an overweening sense of grievance and share a conviction that they are the victims of both ambitious ethnic minorities and mysterious “elites.” They are characterized by nostalgia for a golden age that never was and limitless credulity.Cf. lumpenproletariat.
qms commented on the word autopoiesis
A system engaged in autopoiesis
Replenishes loss but never increases.
Is it fated to go
Forever on so,
Or comes there a time when it ceases?
qms commented on the word pseudoplastic
As ketchup can tend to confuse
The kids must be given some clues:
It's goop pseudoplastic
So shaking extracts it;
Unshaken it never will ooze.
November 13, 2016
qms commented on the word daven
A friend called this very odd combination of definitions to my attention:
daven - n, a person with a huge cock
However, the example given, " Dude, that's such a huge Daven! ", applies the term not to the whole person but to the appendage itself.
If you read the prayers aloud
You've blessings of which to be proud.
A ritual maven
Encouraged to daven
Is bound to be found well-endowed.
November 12, 2016
qms commented on the word choenix
Boys come to the Greek teacher's door
When cheated by Cook and implore,
"He's up to his mean tricks
And shorting my choenix.
I pray you, Dear Master, some more!"
n. A Greek dry measure, mentioned by Homer, and originally the daily ration of a man, but varying from a quart to over a quart and a half.
qms commented on the word tirl
It can mean to whine or to twirl,
To quiver or else to unfurl,
A wheel or a sample
Or thrill, for example.
My head's in a whirl over tirl.
November 11, 2016
qms commented on the word plout
In the Highlands when angling for trout
Be silent or whisper - don't shout.
You'll displease your gillie
With conduct that's silly.
Wade gently and don't ever plout.
November 10, 2016
qms commented on the word alexipharmic
Misfortunes quite often are karmic -
The evil we've done and the harm stick.
We sicken at last
From sins of the past
But good deeds are alexipharmic.
November 9, 2016
qms commented on the word psephology
Election Day, 2016
We simply don't know what to think!
Just how have we come to this brink?
In absence of knowledge we
And flee to the solace of drink.
November 8, 2016
qms commented on the word manufactroversy
Announce something new on emailAnd Hillary hauled off to jail:A manufactroversyThat persists perversely.It's bait they will take without fail.
November 7, 2016
qms commented on the word circumduce
My self-assigned daily challenge is to write a limerick that rhymes on the Word of the Day (WotD). I have occasionally posted a limerick that included the WotD somewhere other than at the end of a line, but only rarely. A word like circumduce is especially troublesome because it is a transitive verb and it takes some engineering to place it naturally at the end of a line. I came up with a serviceable solution after reading that the word is an adornment of Scottish law. The Rangers and the Celtics (the “Old Firm”) are famously bitter football rivals in Glasgow, so it seemed apt to acknowledge a Scottish connection.
Not only is the verb transitive but it seems to pair with only one direct object – “term”. Every usage example uses the verb in the phrase “circumduce the term.” I bethought myself of some way of writing a limerick on that phrase rather than on the verb alone. It looked unlikely but there is perverse inspiration to be got from current events. The 2016 Clinton/Trump presidential election is two days away and it is a great stimulant to the imagination.
Elections circumduce the term
So pauses Trump to spruce his perm.
He thinks that election
Can spread his infection,
And gleefully he'll loose the germ.
November 6, 2016
The Old Firm are Glaswegian tribes
Whose loyalists hate circumscribes.
Why not call a truce
They can't circumduce
And give up the insults and jibes?
qms commented on the word bioprocess
Biologists greedily dream
Of a captive microbial team,
To build a colossus
Of new bioprocess,
A rich biotechnical scheme.
November 5, 2016
qms commented on the word feretory
It seems to me a tasteless lapseTo march about with saintly scraps.The apter territoryFor any feretoryIs seen through a pane in the apse.Note. I have found three suggested pronunciations for this word: fer-uh-TORY, fuh-RET-urry, FERRET-tree.
November 4, 2016
qms commented on the word epidiascope
For plain folk to get the straight dopeA lecture was one way to cope.The ones they liked best,So records attest,Were blessed with an epidiascope.
November 3, 2016
qms commented on the word soul-cake
Our sins do a burdensome toll take.While prayer and works on the whole makeOur vile purgatoryA less lengthy storyThe ticket to heaven's the soul-cake.Compare dumb-cake.
November 2, 2016
qms commented on the list a-dram-too-many
November 1, 2016
qms commented on the word Hallowmas
In Autumn is death's shadow cast
On thoughtless lad and callow lass.
The death lust they show
Is fervent but faux
The eve of the feast of Hallowmas.
qms commented on the word hollop
What mischievous rhymes can I call upThat wouldn't be utter codswallop?It's driving me dottyTo find something naughtyIn a word that's as harmless as hollop.
October 31, 2016
qms commented on the word grue
Tonight pay the devil his due
And savor the witches' strange brew
As bandits and zombies
And other bad hombres
Cause many a shriek and a grue.
qms commented on the word heart-scald
"The worst thing a man can do is go bald. Never let yourself go bald." Donald J. Trump
He looked in the mirror appalled,
His tonsure a horror and heart-scald
And took then to building
With fleece of much gilding
A pelt to conceal that he's bald.
October 30, 2016
qms commented on the word quale
While humorous verses are jolly
The words if unheard are mere folly
The laugh we provoke
By telling a joke
Is purely the listener's quale.
October 29, 2016
qms commented on the word textuary
I read in a serious bestiary
A clownfish can cause its sex to vary.
I know it may sound
Like I'm clowning around
But trust me, I'm strictly a textuary.
October 28, 2016
qms commented on the word TBR pile
Oh, alexz! Say it ain't so.
October 27, 2016
qms commented on the word red-tapism
See also comments at red-tapist.
qms commented on the word red-tapist
The office of humor correction
Has experts at offense detection.
Each earnest red-tapist
Maintains a bad-jape list
Of jokes that will cause an objection.
See also comments at red-tapism.
qms commented on the word pygostyle
A plowshare first sounded terrific
But vomer seemed more scientific,
Then after a while
I loved pygostlye
As sweet to the ear philornithic.
October 26, 2016
qms commented on the word frontless
Poor Ernest's affront caused him shame
And liquor again was to blame.
If only he'd drunk less
He'd not have been frontless
Nor owe now effrontery's claim.
October 25, 2016
qms commented on the word gallinipper
The wee pest's a dangerous vector
But heed this key gender corrector:
The gal gallinipper
Alone's the blood sipper;
The guy bugs imbibe only nectar.
October 24, 2016
qms commented on the word meal-pock
He's glad that you fill up his meal-pockBut spare him your flattering sweet talk.He'll not be your friendSo don't condescendTo a pauper as proud as a peacock.
October 23, 2016
qms commented on the word palingenesis
Sweet reason's political nemesis,
Or so some experienced men insist,
Is Sarah's sour cant
Informing Don's rant,
An instance of strange palingenesis.
October 22, 2016
qms commented on the word levet
A biker to feel well-endowed
Requires an engine that's loud.
At daybreak he'll rev it -
The neighborhood levet -
Then flee from the rage of the crowd.
October 21, 2016
qms commented on the word elutriate
A consummate broth, experts say,Is filtered the albumin way.The soup you createWhen you elutriateIs elegant clear consommé.
October 20, 2016
qms commented on the word nugae
Despairing the rhymester hurls curses
At info that Wordnik disperses:
Though clumsy and kludgy
Oh, call them not nugae
Or damn them as trivial verses.
October 19, 2016
Research reveals that nugae is pronounced as though it were spelled "new-jee." There are other possibilities for a terminal "-ae" and you can read some of these discussed in comments at lunula.
qms commented on the word almsdeed
A comfortable conscience balm's creed
Holds charity nurtures harm's seed:
Don't coddle the poor
But give them a cure
By nobly withholding almsdeed.
October 18, 2016
qms commented on the word transpare
His slowly diminishing hair
Is causing the Donald despair.
He's fighting the tide
But cannot abide
His pink pate should baldly transpare.
October 17, 2016
qms commented on the word volery
Our laughter when humor is light
May soar like the swallows at night
But cynical drollery
Can conjure a volery
Where fluttering never takes flight.
October 16, 2016
qms commented on the word hemolymph
She was to the eye a delighter,
To hot-blooded youth an exciter,
But cold hemolymph
Filled veins of that nymph
And no ardent boy could ignite her.
October 15, 2016
qms commented on the word femtobarn
The boffins with patient precision
Examine each tiny collision
And don't give a darn -
Not one femtobarn -
For ignorant cries of derision.
October 14, 2016
qms commented on the word scapulimancy
An oracular fellow named Clancy
Claimed knowledge of scapulimancy.
But a blade from a sternum?
He could not discern 'em,
So forecasts were generally chancy.
October 13, 2016
qms commented on the word bioswale
Consider the throughput travail
Designing a new bioswale.
Input the terrain
And volume of rain
And hear the weary BIOS wail.
October 12, 2016
qms commented on the word solutionism
His manner is cheerful and breezy,
Asserting all remedies easy,
But airy solutionism
Is trumped by his Putinism
And more than foolhardy - he's sleazy.
October 11, 2016
qms commented on the word kincob
Oh pity the spokesperson's woes!
Exposed to the jibes of his foes,
The surrogate's spin job
Must dress up in kincob
A king who is wearing no clothes.
October 10, 2016
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qms commented on the user qms
Thank you, ruzuzu. Verse is not neccessary but your good wishes are much appreciated. I only wanted to acknowledge Erin's gesture and to prepare my excuses in advance in case I miss a day here and there.
June 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user qms
I'm sorry I haven't written a get-well verse for you yet. Everything I try to rhyme betrays my dislike of cars and drivers--and since most of the people I know happen to be drivers, I thought maybe I'd cool off for a bit.
Get well soon,
bilby commented on the user qms
Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?
Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?
But forgive me this jest,
I wish you and elbows my best,
*shakes fist at said stupid driver*
June 1, 2015
Kind Wordniks: In her generous verse of yesterday erinmckean referenced my injury, which could interfere with submissions to Wordnik. On my last bike ride, May 22 (alas, my last for some time I'm afraid) an inattentive driver cut in front of me, soMy dismount was the handlebar vault - A gracefully arcing somersault.An elbow twice brokenAnd concussion betokenThe boldness of that asphalt halt.Two days ago I had surgery to nail my funny bone back into place. Fortunately (or not - there are opinions) I have been able to continue limericizing. This is a tribute to Erin's helpfulness and the power of OCD.
May 31, 2015
erinmckean commented on the user qms
At Wordnik we are truly blessed
To have, as lyricist, qms.
Although a recent awkward injury
may make his typing a bit gingery
we still daily receive of his best.
May 30, 2015
The annum revolves from last to next
But yields no daily tempting text.
Is there some curse
On good-natured verse
Or will 2015 be lexically hexed?
January 1, 2015
Dear Wordniks my aim is to woo youTo visit "community" if you choose to.Let not this hiatusDepress or abate us,Let's flock to the beckoning ruzuzu.
December 25, 2014
Thanks, qms! I was thinking that in the meantime maybe we should just congregate on one of the word pages--community makes as much sense as any. See you there?
December 24, 2014
I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!
December 15, 2014
By rights this should be posted on the account of the user lozonbeatty, but that account will soon be squished to wriggling flatness by the almighty thumb of erinmckean, if it has not already been so reduced. I post my comment here so that it will not be collateral damage.
I was struck by the last few sentences of lozonbeatty’s message, that is, three or four sentences, depending on one’s inclination to generosity:
I experience scorching soon after using the tablet. and that i sweat quite a bit .they explain to me it is because the tablet si performing for me. I m seriously pleased with this particular outcome.
There is something of poetry and of perversion in these words. I had hoped that bilby might address this, but he is probably out snowshoeing, or whatever it is they do in the Australian Winter. I have not his gift for mock Spammish so I must resort to my native idiom to give lozonbeatty some advice:
Anent your fiery fat pill story
More testimony is obligatory.
You should be testing
Other ways of ingesting.
Suppose you try suppository?
July 3, 2014
On any page, scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Community link under News. That will take you to what we used to call 'the front page' of the site where you can see all the latest user comments (and some other stuff). Sometimes you'll see that a 'conversation' between frequent users is developing on a particular word.Doorbelling is also fine, we do that too.p.s. There should also be a Community link on the black bar at the top.
January 1, 2014
You can comment on any word except the Word of the Day in the WotD section.
Your double bracket theory is correct, you can make a clickable link to any word's page by doing that. Then just scroll down till you find the comment box.
December 19, 2013
I seem to have managed to make everything a comment FOR qms ABOUT qms. What I would like to do is offer comment FROM qms about a word. I wonder if double brackets on a word such as hebetude would land me in a useful place.
From 11/27/2013, hebetude Thanksgiving, 2013We dine this day on heaps of food,Then slump in sleepy lassitude.Sad bales of clothesNear comatose –Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.
WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean Snow Fleas To Winter they're not giving inTo slumber in chilly oblivion.They cheerfully goUnderneath the snowAnd, happy there, hop subnivean.
I have encountered enough success at posting a comment to look back a bit for other Word of the Day offerings that I have limericized. My skills as an archivist are weak, but I have found a couple.
From 12/11/2013, cete
"Coitus" supplies a word for "mate;"
A batch of badgers it names "cete."
It could be fun to view
What those badgers do
If, like words from roots, they proliferate.
From 12/05/2013, morosoph
The lit'ry world may haughtily scoff
And judge the writer in some way "off,"
But a limericist's tools
Are the insights of fools.
The form is the art of the morosoph.
You can comment on the word cacchinate, though not on the Word Of The Day entry which is in a different part of the site.
December 18, 2013
madmouth commented on the user qms
the meter is funky - a bit to the left of the limerickI like it!
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