ruzuzu commented on the word Natick
In Rex Parker's blog about solving crossword puzzles, he complains about a puzzle where 1A "Natick" and 1D "NC Wyeth" share a letter: "I am going to honor this puzzle by naming a crossword constructing principle after one of its elements. I call it: The NATICK Principle. And here it is: If you include a proper noun in your grid that you cannot reasonably expect more than 1/4 of the solving public to have heard of, you must cross that noun with reasonably common words and phrases or very common names." -- http://rexwordpuzzle.blogspot.com/2008/07/sunday-jul-6-2008-brendan-emmett.html
April 6, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list whist-and-bridge-terms
Found this list again because Random Word led me to crossruff.
April 4, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word missing sock monkey
Thanks, vm! I'm always on the lookout for them (and my missing socks).
ruzuzu commented on the word The St. Augustine Monster
"The St. Augustine Monster is one of the earliest examples of a globster—a delightful term referring to an unidentified animal mass that washes up on a beach and results in cryptozoologists speculating about sea monsters. This particular—and particularly large—carcass was discovered by a couple of young boys playing on Anastasia Island, Florida in November 1896. The boys assumed it was a whale, but Dr. De Witt Webb, the founder of the St. Augustine Historical Society and Institute of Science, concluded that it was the remains of a giant octopus and sent photos and a specimen to the Smithsonian labeled as such. Over the next century-plus, various tests claimed to “prove” at one time or another that it was a whale or an octopus, depending on which test was run. Finally, in 2004, it was conclusively proven that the St. Augustine Monster was a whale all along—just like the two boys who discovered it had thought."-- http://mentalfloss.com/article/76883/11-weird-things-have-washed-ashore
Related to the missing link, no doubt. Thousands of monkeys at thousands of keyboards would be likely to generate bunches of 404's, amirite?
ruzuzu commented on the user MaryW
I hear you about editing from a phone--but don't give up, MaryW! I enjoy your citations.
ruzuzu commented on the list sad-wallpapers
I'll have my people talk to their people.
Wait. I thought you were the manager/Svengali.
April 1, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word gulible
This works on so many levels. Thanks, qroqqa!
ruzuzu commented on the word cwm
I nominate qroqqa to make that list for us!
March 31, 2016
I can't decide which would be a better name for a band: Sad Wallpapers or spam redacted.
ruzuzu commented on the list eye-dialect
March 29, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list feedback-loops
Thank you, bilby. Yes. And add away, Alexz!
ruzuzu commented on the word Pendulum Music
"Pendulum Music (For Microphones, Amplifiers Speakers and Performers) is the name of a work by Steve Reich, involving suspended microphones and speakers, creating phasing feedback tones. The piece was composed in August 1968 and revised in May 1973, and is an example of process music."-- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pendulum_Music&oldid=686787841
March 22, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word poe
I might have gotten around to Poe Dameron, though.
March 15, 2016
My first thought was poet, my second thought was Edgar Allen, and my third thought was the po-po. I never would have gotten to Poe's law. Thanks again, qms.
ruzuzu commented on the word Sarg
March 14, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word burin
I like this definition from the Century: "The manner or style of execution of an engraver: as, a soft burin; a brilliant burin."
ruzuzu commented on the word marionette
Actually, I think being puzzled by a puzzle counts as being buffled.
ruzuzu commented on the word baffle
See how I was baffled over on Sarg.
I'm working on a crossword puzzle where one of the clues is "Sarg plaything." The answer is "marionette," but I can't figure out why.
ruzuzu commented on the word Old Baldy
That's fantastic! Thanks, vm--I hadn't heard of Old Baldy.
February 29, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word skift
"With the skift of snow, temperatures on Thursday are expected to hold in the low 40s."-- http://journalstar.com/news/local/a-skift-of-snow-degrees-on-the-horizon/article_1837a68e-45a0-509d-bc4a-ac770281a1bd.html
February 25, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list onomatopoeia-that-best-describes-you-greatest-hits-vol1
Ach. I forgot what mine was.
February 23, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word chia
Cheers! *takes a sip*
February 22, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word trespassing
Not that I know of, vm. When I was a kid we used to have big yellow and black hand-painted signs that said "POSTED NO HUNTING" but they never seemed to do much good.
I love this. Thanks, vm!
February 19, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word Grypserka
This reminds me of our spammer friends.
ruzuzu commented on the word yad sdrawkcab
Another interesting name for a band!
ruzuzu commented on the user andrewk
Comments are a good way to start a conversation--welcome to Wordnik!
I've also had chia pudding. It was okay.
Generally I'm not a big fan of mucilaginous foods, but I like do like chia--especially when it's in kombucha.
February 17, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word Verdachtspunkt
Would this be too obvious as a name for a band?
ruzuzu commented on the word pakeha
Sorry, bilby. I don't know how to crochet. I'm surprised vanderpink couldn't help you out--doesn't she knit pantsuits out of tiger hair or something?
ruzuzu commented on the word jobber
February 12, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word lavender-pink
Gee! Thanks, mister!
Sorry! I know: Better to be seen than heard....*scuffs shoe on floor*
February 11, 2016
*stomps in*Old enough to know better!*stomps out*
February 10, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list noun-en
I like this list!
ruzuzu commented on the word non-private
How are we tagging these, again?
Oh! I wanna go! I promise I won't disclose the location of your secret lair... again....
ruzuzu commented on the word umbonate
"Having a conical or rounded projection or protuberance, like a boss."-- from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
January 27, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word sunshade
"n. A hood or front-piece made of silk shirred upon whalebones, worn over the front of a bonnet as a protection from sun or wind. Such hoods were in fashion about 1850. Compare ugly, n."-- from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
ruzuzu commented on the word cakewalk
"Vaudeville actress Aida Overton Walker refused to act in the mammy stereotype, though became known for performing the cakewalk with her husband, a dance originally designed to mock slave owners’ gaudy dance moves and later used as a tool to mock black dancers.Dora Dean, another black actress of the time, similarly rejected minstrel stereotypes. She performed the cakewalk with her husband and helped influence public views that black women were as elegant as their white peers, evidenced in her professional nickname “The Black Venus.” Both women, though restricted by racist laws and an unfair social order, were able to earn and control assets that were essentially barred from them in other facets of society."-- http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/the-heavily-judged-female-entertainers-who-crushed-stereotypes-in-the-old-west
ruzuzu commented on the word cake-walk
It's actually more of a fuflun run.
ruzuzu commented on the word tack
The Oxford Dictionary of Word Histories tells me "The tack associated with horse-riding was originally dialect in the general sense 'apparatus, equipment' and is a contraction of tackle. The current sense (as in tack room) dates from the 1920s."
January 26, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word carriage
"In saddlery, a long handle fitted at one end with a knob and at the other with a branch for receiving a small circular tool: used for ornamenting leather."-- from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
ruzuzu commented on the list sheepishness
Just added skin-wool. Yeesh.
ruzuzu commented on the word scrog
Here's one for the heraldry lists.
ruzuzu commented on the list remarkable-wikipedia-categories
List of fictional colors.
January 20, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list complimentary-animals
Oh, fun! Great list.
January 19, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list things-to-do-with-animals
This is great. I might yoink some of these for my against-nature list--thanks!
ruzuzu commented on the list 1712-cookbook-terms-found
This is my new favorite list.
January 12, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word endiff
Hm. Could it be endive?
ruzuzu commented on the word bung starter
"They had viewed, through widely different lenses, the amazing and disturbing and exhilarating American scene, Mencken aiming his binoculars and his bung starter at those well-known and badly battered objects of his eloquent scorn and ridicule, the booboisie, the Bible belt, the professor doctors, the lunatics of the political arena, and the imbeciles infesting literature; while Ross, fascinated by many things that would have bored Mencken, took in the panorama and personalities of New York City and finally the whole American spectacle, interested in everything from a swizzle stick he picked up one day ("There's a story in this damn thing") to the slight swaying of the Empire State Building in a stiff gale."--From The Years With Ross by James Thurber
January 9, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word marl
"The 65-acre quarry, once the source of a water treatment product called marl, shut down amid the 2007 recession."--from http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/73306/new-jersey-fossil-haven-might-reveal-what-killed-dinosaurs
January 6, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word a plump of geese
See skipvia's comment on plump.
ruzuzu commented on the word break the internet
Is this why we can't have nice things?
ruzuzu commented on the word soft
"Go softly! hold! stop! not so fast!"-- from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
December 22, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word sniffing position
Just in time for the holidays--a turducken cover to match your tea cosy and beer koozie.
December 21, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list non-rhyming-food
"The sniffing position has been recommended as optimal for patient intubation and airway management. Historically, the definition of this position is credited to an Irish-born anesthetist, Sir Ivan Magill, who described it as “sniffing the morning air” or “draining a pint of beer.”"-- from "Airway Management And Patient Positioning: A Clinical Perspective" by Davide Cattano, MD, PHD, and Laura Cavallone, MD. (http://www.anesthesiologynews.com/download/Positioning_ANGAM12_WM.pdf)
December 20, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word privelobliviousness
"I coined a term a while ago, privelobliviousness, to try to describe the way that being the advantaged one, the represented one, often means being the one who doesn’t need to be aware and, often, isn’t."-- "MEN EXPLAIN LOLITA TO MEREBECCA SOLNIT: ART MAKES THE WORLD, AND IT CAN BREAK US" December 17, 2015, by Rebecca Solnit.(http://lithub.com/men-explain-lolita-to-me/)
ruzuzu commented on the word ound
Ooh! I'm yoinking this for my waves-and-waveforms list.
December 15, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word Pentaour
"Pentaour (Pentaur, Pentewere), the Egyptian scribe, is the least known of the major historic figures on the outside of Nebraska's capitol. An unknown court poet of the 13th-century-B.C. pharaoh, Ramses II, composed a poem celebrating his pharaoh's exploits at the battle of Kadesh in Syria. A copy on papyrus was made of this epic-like poem by the scribe, Pentaour. Early scholars mistakenly thought Pentaour was the author and he still often receives credit. This poem, when coupled with reliefs on various surviving Egyptian temple walls, makes the battle of Kadesh the first battle in history which can be studied for its maneuvers and strategy. History, the record of man's experience, although viewed and interpreted anew through the eyes of each generation, provides both guidance for, and understanding of, the present. On the capitol the scribe Pentaour stands holding the tools of his craft: pen, papyrus and ink pot."-- From http://www.nebraskahistory.org/publish/publicat/history/full-text/1981-3-Capitol_Sculpture.pdf
December 10, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word brother-uterine
"Your half-brother from the same mother. A term used in old legal documents or other discussions of inheritance and succession. Half-siblings of the same mother are "uterine" and of the same father are "consanguine.""-- http://mentalfloss.com/article/54486/11-little-known-words-specific-family-members/
ruzuzu commented on the word patruel
"Child of your paternal uncle. Also, a child of your own brother. It hasn't gotten a lot of use in the past few centuries, but it was once convenient to have a term for this relationship because it factored into royal succession considerations. The first citation for it in the OED, from 1538, reads, "Efter his patruell deid withoutin contradictioun he wes king.""-- http://mentalfloss.com/article/54486/11-little-known-words-specific-family-members/
ruzuzu commented on the list relatives
I just found a few more words from this site: http://mentalfloss.com/article/54486/11-little-known-words-specific-family-members/
ruzuzu commented on the word melopink
I saw a melopink sunset last night. It was beautiful.
ruzuzu commented on the word grandam
The visuals for this are almost as interesting as the related words.
December 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list light-delight
Delightful as always, fbharjo.
ruzuzu commented on the word memorylessness
See citation on Markov chain.
ruzuzu commented on the word Markov chain
"A Markov chain (discrete-time Markov chain or DTMC), named after Andrey Markov, is a random process that undergoes transitions from one state to another on a state space. It must possess a property that is usually characterized as "memorylessness": the probability distribution of the next state depends only on the current state and not on the sequence of events that preceded it. This specific kind of "memorylessness" is called the Markov property. Markov chains have many applications as statistical models of real-world processes." -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Markov_chain&oldid=693268836
ruzuzu commented on the user ChrisFWestbury
So cool! Thank you.
December 2, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word snunkoople
"A group of researchers at the University of Alberta have developed what may be the first mathematical theory of humor, all thanks to a funny-sounding nonsense word: snunkoople.Psychology professor Chris Westbury was studying people with aphasia, a disorder affecting language comprehension, when he noticed something strange. Subjects were asked to read strings of letters and identify whether they were real words. After a while, Westbury noticed subjects seemed to laugh at certain nonsense words—snunkoople in particular."-- http://www.mentalfloss.com/article/71851/researchers-have-developed-mathematical-method-identifying-certain-kinds-humor
ruzuzu commented on the list australian-films
November 23, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list titles-for-my-memoirs
Aw. Thanks, theanadroid--this is a fun list!
ruzuzu commented on the word piecemeal
Your wish, my command, &c.
November 17, 2015
Maybe. I think my friend settled on outright, which seemed appropriate to whatever the context was.
Hmm--synthesis has promise.
ruzuzu commented on the list shapes--3
ruzuzu commented on the user snack
Hello, snack. Nice to meet you!
Probably. But somehow they don't seem parallel--not that words have to be all matchy-matchy to be antonyms.
ruzuzu commented on the word OODA loop
"The phrase OODA loop refers to the decision cycle of observe, orient, decide, and act, developed by military strategist and USAF Colonel John Boyd. Boyd applied the concept to the combat operations process, often at the strategic level in military operations. It is now also often applied to understand commercial operations and learning processes. The approach favors agility over raw power in dealing with human opponents in any endeavor."-- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=OODA_loop&oldid=682717349
Ooh! A tasty food pellet!
Great. Now I'm hungry.
November 16, 2015
Is there a good single-word antonym for this? Maybe wholesale? (Asking for a friend.)
ruzuzu commented on the word ballas
"Ballas or shot bort is a term used in the diamond industry to refer to shards of non-gem-grade/quality diamonds. It comprises small diamond crystals that are concentrically arranged in rough spherical stones with a fibrous texture. Ballas is hard, tough, and difficult to cleave. It is mostly found in Brazil and South Africa."-- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Ballas&oldid=573450822
ruzuzu commented on the word seiche
Ooh! I have no idea, but now I really want to know too--there's great potential for some poem with a sea-bear in it.
November 13, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word petunse
See citation on kaolin.
November 12, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word kaolin
"Porcelain is traditionally made from two essential ingredients: kaolin, also called china clay, a silicate mineral that gives porcelain its plasticity, its structure; and petunse, or pottery stone, which lends the ceramic its translucency and hardness. Kaolin is the more essential ingredient—a potter’s clay is meant to exist, like his glazes, in variations—and it takes its name from a mountain in Jingdezhen, China, where porcelain was first created, more than a thousand years ago, called Gaoling, which means “high ridge.” The name was recorded incorrectly by a Jesuit priest, Pere d’Entrecolles, in the early eighteenth century, in his letters home describing the Chinese technique."-- http://www.newyorker.com/books/page-turner/the-european-obsession-with-porcelain
ruzuzu commented on the word dropped cat with buttered toast on its back
See buttered-cat array (or buttered cat array).
November 10, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user ry
*brings out the tray full of fancy fufluns*
ruzuzu commented on the word phopling
Ooh! Look! A delicious phood pellet!
Did you say phood pellet? I wonder what would happen if I were to press that button.
Brackets around "phuphlun" please. I have a list for it.
ruzuzu commented on the word spolia
"So what to make of the current state of these medieval buildings-as-museums? Certainly, good preservation practices will ensure a long life for the aged stones. But there is also a sense in which the medieval buildings have been deadened by their modern lives as display pieces. Old material given life through new use, called spolia, is, after all, very medieval. The altar at Sant-Miquel-de-Cuixà, the very heart of the religious life of the monastery, was itself made of part of a Roman column. Reuse did not erase the old meaning, it augmented the new one, though of course that column did not mean the same thing to a medieval person as to a Roman, nor the library wall the same thing as a medieval one. Even now, many San Franciscans shared memories of crawling over the medieval stones in their park as children, of the blocks as meeting places and landmarks. On the other hand, maybe the distinction between the museumified version of these places and their "freer" state is not so different, since New Yorkers were equally eager to share memories of their childhood trips to The Cloisters."-- http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/in-the-early-1900s-dozens-of-centuriesold-european-buildings-came-to-america-where-is-medieval-america-now
ruzuzu commented on the word fountain pen day
November 6, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word ungum
November 5, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word bateria
"The term bateria means “drum kit” in Portuguese and Spanish. In Brazil, the word is also used for a form of Brazilian samba band, the percussion band or rhythm section of a Samba School. It might also mean battery.Baterias are also used to accompany the Brazilian martial art, capoeira."-- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bateria
ruzuzu commented on the word high tone
November 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word deglutition
Pearls of wisdom. Thanks, qms!
ruzuzu commented on the word Straw Vulcan
ruzuzu commented on the user bilby
Wait--I thought it was turtles all the way down. Mind? Blown.
ruzuzu commented on the word Bilby Ranch Lake Conservation Area
Bilby Ranch Lake Conservation Area Parking Permit Inspector Station.
November 2, 2015
I've never been the the Bilby Ranch Lake Conservation Area, but I imagine that it's close to a place called Hidden Valley.
ruzuzu commented on the word tae
"One: as, the tae half or the tither (the one half or the other)."--from the Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
November 1, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word according to Cocker
"Something done according to Cocker was done properly, according to established rules or what was considered to be correct.The etymological story starts in 1678, when John Hawkins published the manuscript of a book which Edward Cocker had left at his death two years earlier. Cocker had been the master of a grammar school in Southwark, across the Thames from the City of London, and Hawkins was his successor in the post. (It has been claimed that the book was actually by Hawkins, trading on Cocker’s name, but the current view is that Cocker really had written it.) The book, after the fashion of the time, had an expansive title — Cocker’s Arithmetick: Being a Plain and familiar Method suitable to the meanest Capacity for the full understanding of that Incomparable Art, as it is now taught by the ablest School-masters in City and Country."From World Wide Words (http://www.worldwidewords.org/qa/qa-acc1.htm)
October 29, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word waterpower
ruzuzu commented on the list whats-my-favorite-word
Haha! Well, I suppose rock 'n roll and moldy mayhem are inextricably linked. We could always start a new genre.
Wanna start a band? I had one going over on almost Solveig for a while.
October 28, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list leaden-bookmarks
Here I am visiting this list again. It was the word latericumbent that brought me here again, but I'm also pleased to see milk sickness.
These are great, TankHughes! I'm a fan of dendrochronology and Carolingian minuscule, too.
ruzuzu commented on the list industrial-cockblock
Oh! How nice! We haven't had a hilarious misunderstanding for ages.
Fun! I was excited to think that the four ancient elements might show up--there's fire-cock and air-cock. Unfortunately, even though watercock exists, it is a bird. And we would have to fudge a bit with sludge-cock for earth (though I am obviously game if you are).
ruzuzu commented on the word billycock
There should be a list of hats that remind us of bilby. I'd add this and trilby.
ruzuzu commented on the word hummie
From The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia:"n. A small protuberance. See the quotation, and hump, n.; 2."
October 27, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list top-shaped
Just ran across turbinal and wondered whether you'd listed it yet. You had, of course.
ruzuzu commented on the word bettabilitarian
ruzuzu commented on the word Chauncey Wright
See comment on bettabilitarianism.
ruzuzu commented on the word bettabilitarianism
On page 217 of my copy of The Metaphysical Club by Louis Menand there's a bit about Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., Charles Sanders Peirce, and Chauncey Wright that describes bettabilitarianism: "Holmes eventually lost sympathy with the views of his friend William James, which he thought too hopeful and anthropocentric. He never had much interest in Peirce; he thought Peirce's genius "overrated." But he continued to admire Wright, and years later cited him as the inspiration for what he liked to call his philosophy of "bettabilitarianism." "Chauncey Wright|,| a nearly forgotten philosopher of real merit, taught me when young that I must not say necessary about the universe, that we don't know whether anything is necessary or not," he wrote to Frederick Pollock in 1929, when he was in his eighties. "So that I describe myself as a bettabilitarian. I believe that we can bet on the behavior of the universe in its contract with us. We bet we can know what it will be. That leaves a loophole for free will--in the miraculous sense--the creation of a new atom of force, although I don't in the least believe in it.""
ruzuzu commented on the word posttentious
See the list pretentious-words-i-have-used-or-hope-to-use-when-discussing-operas for dontcry's comment.
October 23, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list pretentious-words-i-have-used-or-hope-to-use-when-discussing-operas
I think posttentious is my new favorite word.
ruzuzu commented on the list fach-voice-system-types
This is lovely. I adore coloratura.
ruzuzu commented on the list words-from-jane-eyre
Great! Thank you.
ruzuzu commented on the list bird-wirds-adjectives
I'm sure I've mentioned this somewhere before, but I once tried to play "throated" for a bingo in Scrabble, and my fellow players didn't believe it was a real word. My feathers are still ruffled.Also, chained_bear's earlier comment is totally ferruginous.
October 20, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list bird-words
Excellent. You might appreciate reesetee's bird-wirds-adjectives list.
ruzuzu commented on the list open-compounds
ruzuzu commented on the word desquamation
ruzuzu commented on the word hillbilly lilies
Thank you, bilby.
ruzuzu commented on the word happy pappy
Brackets around "hillbilly lilies" please.
October 19, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word to that ends
I'm reading something where the writer consistently uses "to that ends" instead of "to that end." Is this valid? Where does this phrase come from, anyway? (It's math, isn't it? It's always math.)
ruzuzu commented on the word you may wait here in the sitting room or you can sit here in the waiting room
Parley in the parlor?
October 16, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word appendiculate
Those visuals are lovely!
ruzuzu commented on the word spaaaace
So, of course, I read that too fast and wondered what "googleflight" could be.
Outstanding--that really stands out.
We won't stand for it.
ruzuzu commented on the word bat flip
ruzuzu commented on the word subtense
I assume the "are" in the Century definition should be "arc."
ruzuzu commented on the word cyclosis
I like this one from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: "In mathematics, the occurrence of closed paths."
ruzuzu commented on the user NYDenizen
Thanks for your addition of John Horton Conway to my mathematics--6 list.And welcome to Wordnik!
ruzuzu commented on the word wu
See comments on mu.
October 14, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list worlds-and-dimensions
This is obviously the best of all possible lists.
October 13, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list lost-for-word
Ah. But what about yarn? "n. Bundles of fibers twisted together, and which in turn are twisted in bundles to form strands, which in their turn are twisted or plaited to form rope."
October 7, 2015
Maybe it is strand. The Century told me a strand can be "A number of yarns or wires twisted together to form one of the parts of which a rope is twisted; hence, one of a number of flexible things, as grasses, strips of bark, or hair, twisted or woven together. Three or more strands twisted together form a rope. See cut under crown, v. t., 9." Not sure what the "v. t., 9" referred to, but there's something under crown about making a knot with some of the strands.
I have two questions that I'm too lazy to look up: first, is there a word for the strands that go together to make rope or thread? I'm fine if the word turns out to be strand, but I'd love it if there were some more complicated way to say "I was trying to thread a needle, but only one ________ went through the eye."Second, is there a better word for going through the motions or being on autopilot? Sometimes I'll be reading a page and realize that my eyes have been moving, but I haven't actually retained anything. It's something like active listening, or focusing. Is it focusing? Man. I think I need more coffee.
ruzuzu commented on the word pixelated
Oh! That's fantastic. I wouldn't have known if you hadn't pointed it out--but from now on I'll be tempted to use pixilated intentionally. Hilarious.
ruzuzu commented on the word Antediluvian
See antediluvian. Also see citation on drift.
October 6, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word drift
"Back in the early nineteenth century . . . geologists in Europe and the Great Lakes region of North America began to take note of so-called erratic boulders, which were composed very differently from the local bedrock on which they rested. Monoliths of granite sat, illogically, on limestone; slabs of schist, improbably, on sandstone. The most reasonable interpretation of these foreign rocks, in the context of the contemporary understanding of Earth's history, was that they had been washed in by the waters of the Great Flood of Noah. Geologists called such flotsam "drift," and an early version of the geologic time scale included a period known as the Antediluvian--that is, "before the deluge.""-- Stone's Throw, by Marcia Bjornerud, The New Yorker. (http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/a-tsunami-written-in-stone)
ruzuzu commented on the word shot and killed
Sometimes I can tell when I'm dreaming because I try to read something and the words are indecipherable. The other night I dreamed that I really needed to read an important text message, so the sender resorted to using a flower bed in a garden. The message was "white snake root will do if the ageratum in the border hasn't filled in yet."
September 25, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word apophany
Also, see citation on apophenia.
ruzuzu commented on the word apophenia
"In 1958, German neurologist Klaus Conrad coined the term Apophänie to describe schizophrenic patients’ tendency to imbue random events with personal meaning. An apophany has the form factor of an epiphany—the sense of breakthrough, of events finally coming together and making sense—but without any relationship to real explanations. But though Conrad focused on instances of apophany occurring with psychosis, the phenomenon he described applies to the ill and the well alike. Now called “apophenia,” the instinct to pick out patterns from meaningless information is essentially universal."-- http://hazlitt.net/feature/goes-all-way-queen-puzzle-book-drove-england-madness
ruzuzu commented on the word strange loop
To which I'll add more from Wikipedia. "In I Am a Strange Loop, Hofstadter defines strange loops as follows: “And yet when I say "strange loop", I have something else in mind — a less concrete, more elusive notion. What I mean by "strange loop" is — here goes a first stab, anyway — not a physical circuit but an abstract loop in which, in the series of stages that constitute the cycling-around, there is a shift from one level of abstraction (or structure) to another, which feels like an upwards movement in a hierarchy, and yet somehow the successive "upward" shifts turn out to give rise to a closed cycle. That is, despite one's sense of departing ever further from one's origin, one winds up, to one's shock, exactly where one had started out. In short, a strange loop is a paradoxical level-crossing feedback loop. (pp. 101-102)"-- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Strange_loop&oldid=664233306
September 15, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word kiviak
I'd add a "hahahaewwwwww."
ruzuzu commented on the word prosthaphaeresis
"Prosthaphaeresis was an algorithm used in the late 16th century and early 17th century for approximate multiplication and division using formulas from trigonometry. For the 25 years preceding the invention of the logarithm in 1614, it was the only known generally applicable way of approximating products quickly. Its name comes from the Greek prosthesis and aphaeresis, meaning addition and subtraction, two steps in the process." -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Prosthaphaeresis&oldid=664935222
September 14, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word pons asinorum
"Another medieval term for the pons asinorum was Elefuga which, according to Roger Bacon, comes from Greek elegia misery, and fuga Latin for flight, that is "flight of the wretches". Though this etymology is dubious, it is echoed in Chaucer's use of the term "flemyng of wreches" for the theorem.There are two possible explanations for the name pons asinorum, the simplest being that the diagram used resembles an actual bridge. But the more popular explanation is that it is the first real test in the Elements of the intelligence of the reader and functions as a "bridge" to the harder propositions that follow. Gauss supposedly once espoused a similar belief in the necessity of immediately understanding Euler's identity as a benchmark pursuant to becoming a first-class mathematician."-- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pons_asinorum&oldid=674772528
ruzuzu commented on the word ass
"n. A post in the bridge of a pulp-vat on which the mold is placed to drain."-- from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
ruzuzu commented on the word stabilimentum
"A web decoration or stabilimentum (plural: stabilimenta) is a conspicuous silk structure included in the webs of some species of orb-web spider. Web decorations consist of silk ribbons, silk tufts, prey remains, egg sacs, and plant detritus." -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_decoration
September 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word fowling
Pronounced like foaling, no doubt.
August 31, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list anytown--usa
I added Grover's Mill because of The War of the Worlds broadcast from 1938. Okay. Actually, that's a lie. I added it because of Buckaroo Bonzai.
ruzuzu commented on the word text
I love this one from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: "n. A kind of writing used in the text or body of clerkly manuscripts; formal handwriting; now, especially, a writing or type of a form peculiar to some class of old manuscripts; specifically, in heraldry, Old English black-letter: as, German or English text; a text (black-letter) R or T."
August 28, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word context
I had never looked up the etymology for this before--I might have guessed something to do with text, but not weaving.
ruzuzu commented on the word pauldron
ruzuzu commented on the word doodlesack
I just saw it as I was paging through my Webster's New World Dictionary (College Edition). I also found Bifrost and biffin.
I'm surprised this hasn't been listed yet.
ruzuzu commented on the user cojarobietustus
Czy znasz historię wielkiego złego wilka i trzech spamerów?
August 27, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user zxk8mocv
This part reminds me of junior high math class: "A good criteria summoned Double Elliptic Curve, cultivated in the charity, was there while travelling in order to appreciation from the Native Company connected with Paradigm also Knowledge united associated with a number of good enough means in favor of cranking out accidental amounts."
August 24, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user Bettfvon65
And I like gówno. Here's what my dictionary has to say: "gown~iarz: mp wulg. 1. young shitass. 2. Br. nightman. ~o* -wien shit."
Ach, co za piękny kawałek kału!I actually bought a Polish/English dictionary to try to figure some of this stuff out--if they're going to spam us, I might as well have some fun and learn something new, right?For instance, as I was looking up the translation for feces, I discovered the word excrementitious. Isn't that divine?
Powiedz mi więcej o Polsce. Co możesz zobaczyć? Las? Morze? Spam? Chleb żytni? Buraki? Ach. Teraz jestem głodny.
ruzuzu commented on the list wordnik-spam-inquiries
I love this list.
August 18, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the user perotbek
Tworzyw sztucznych do pakowania spam? To sprawia, że chcę śpiewać. Co to za piosenka o sokołami? Hej, hej, hej sokołyOmijajcie góry, lasy, doły.Dzwoń, dzwoń, dzwoń dzwoneczku,Mój stepowy skowroneczku.Hej, hej, hej sokołyOmijajcie góry, lasy, doły.Dzwoń, dzwoń, dzwoń dzwoneczku,Mój stepowyDzwoń, dzwoń, dzwoń
ruzuzu commented on the user Frileyredsv
ruzuzu commented on the word clarify
Thanks! You've just given me an epiphany about Leonard Cohen's Famous Blue Raincoat song:Yes, and Jane came by with a lock of your hairShe said that you gave it to herThat night that you planned to go clearDid you ever go clear?
Witam, Próbuję nauczyć się mówić po polsku. Czy możesz nam powiedzieć coś więcej na temat innych produktów mięsnych, oprócz spam? Jestem szczególnie zainteresowany priapitc elfy, które pływają w kadziach z fasoli.
August 17, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word evolution
I love this one from the Century: "n. The extraction of roots from powers: the reverse of involution (which see)."
ruzuzu commented on the word evolvent
ruzuzu commented on the word why did the lion cross Hwange National Park
To get to the other pride.
August 15, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word why did the tourist cross the road
To get to the other guide.
ruzuzu commented on the word why did the chicken cross the playground
To get to the other slide.
ruzuzu commented on the word zoodle
I didn't know there was a word for these. Thanks!
August 14, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word crossing
Wait. Why did the bilby cross the road?
ruzuzu commented on the word 7457
It's also a Pantone color (7457 is a sort of robin's egg blue).
August 13, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the list there-is-no-place-like-nebraska
Haha! I just got flagged as spam for trying to add something over on 7457.
ruzuzu commented on the word chuzzle
I didn't see anything in my compact version of the OED (though, granted, it's hard to see anything in there without a magnifying glass). I did find chwine and chwot, though--so that was fun.
ruzuzu commented on the user dgstone
I like your comment on perfluorooctanoic acid.
ruzuzu commented on the word Lubber
See citation on abbey-lubber.
ruzuzu commented on the word abbey-lubber
How interesting! Have you seen Lubber? http://www.nebraskahistory.org/sites/mnh/weird_nebraska/have_you_seen.htm
ruzuzu commented on the word androsphinx
I think Yeats would agree that it's "a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi." (See http://www.potw.org/archive/potw351.html.)
August 12, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word dykon
I'm still adding it to my list.
Thanks, VM! You'll never be spam to me. <3
August 11, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word loophole
Fabulous! Thanks, slumry.
ruzuzu commented on the word machicolation
I should have known murder hole would be here already. Thanks, chained_bear.
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