ruzuzu commented on the list befouled
January 20, 2017
ruzuzu commented on the list 5-letter-animals
ruzuzu commented on the word nemertes
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia:
"n. A genus of nemertean worms, to which different limits have been given."
ruzuzu commented on the word rubbished
"|Paul| Burrell said that he had approached a Catholic priest about a private marriage between Diana and the heart surgeon Dr Hasnat Khan, and he rubbished rumours that Diana was about to announce her engagement to Dodi Fayed."
ruzuzu commented on the list coffee-house
ruzuzu commented on the word banoffee
I misread this as banana and "coffee" until just now.
Do we have any coffee lists? *wanders off in search of kopi luwak"
ruzuzu commented on the word emolument
"No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."
-- U.S. Const. art. I, § 9, cl. 8. (https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/constitution-transcript)
January 12, 2017
ruzuzu commented on the word vexilloid
""Vexilloid" is a term used tenuously to describe vexillary (flag-like) objects used by countries, organizations, or individuals as a form of representation other than flags. Whitney Smith coined the term in 1958, defining it as:
"An object which functions as a flag but differs from it in some respect, usually appearance. Vexilloids are characteristic of traditional societies and often consist of a staff with an emblem, such as a carved animal, at the top."
"Vexilloid" can be used in a broader sense of any banner (vexillary object) which is not a flag (that is, taking only Smith's first sentence into account). Thus it includes vexilla, banderoles, pennons, streamers, standards, and gonfalons."
January 8, 2017
ruzuzu commented on the list shores-of-knowledge
January 6, 2017
ruzuzu commented on the list a-bean-list
You might enjoy the butter-beans-and-snaps list.
ruzuzu commented on the word swill milk
"What is swill milk? The New York Times described it as a “filthy, bluish substance milked from cows tied up in crowded stables adjoining city distilleries and fed the hot alcoholic mash left from making whiskey. This too was doctored—with plaster of Paris to take away the blueness, starch, and eggs to thicken it and molasses to give it the buttercup hue of honest Orange County milk.” Back when people were drinking the stuff, reported the Times, it probably killed as many as 8,000 children a year."
-- From CityLab's "The Sanitary Nightmare of Hell's Kitchen in 1860s New York" by John Metcalfe, Dec 27, 2016 (http://www.citylab.com/work/2016/12/swill-milk-fat-boilers-and-other-smelly-delights-of-1860s-new-york/511673/)
January 4, 2017
ruzuzu commented on the word swill-milk
See citation in comment on swill milk.
ruzuzu commented on the word boustrophedon
I like weirdnet's "'as the ox ploughs.'" Wouldn't that be a terrific soap opera?
ruzuzu commented on the user chained_bear
Greetings! I have a potential typo to report in your citation over on the Georg Elser page (it's in the last sentence).
ruzuzu commented on the word surcharge
"In ceramics, a painting in a lighter enamel over a darker one which forms the ground: as, a white flower in surcharge on a buff ground."
January 3, 2017
ruzuzu commented on the word atobarn
Should this be attobarn? (see atto-)
ruzuzu commented on the word pisang
Ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, ring, pisang-a-phone!
December 29, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word Farmer's reducer
See example in citation at potassium ferricyanide.
December 27, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word potassium ferricyanide
"The compound has widespread use in blueprint drawing and in photography (Cyanotype process). Several photographic print toning processes involve the use of potassium ferricyanide. Potassium ferricyanide is used as an oxidizing agent to remove silver from negatives and positives, a process called dot etching. In color photography, potassium ferricyanide is used to reduce the size of color dots without reducing their number, as a kind of manual color correction. It is also used in black-and-white photography with sodium thiosulfate (hypo) to reduce the density of a negative or gelatin silver print where the mixture is known as Farmer's reducer; this can help offset problems from overexposure of the negative, or brighten the highlights in the print."
ruzuzu commented on the word spaghettifies
"During a tidal disruption, the extreme gravitational forces of a supermassive black hole “spaghettifies” and rips apart a star when it wanders too close."
December 12, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word dumpster fire
Thanks, vm. I especially liked the Nebraska reference in the article you linked to--and I had no idea the trademark for Dumpster had expired in 2008. Cool!
December 9, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list new--3
Oh, fun. I added a couple--if they're not what you had in mind, I can find new homes for them.
December 8, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word dumpster
See citation in comment on dumpster fire.
"The word “dumpster” sounds so perfectly suited to its purpose that it hardly seems necessary to question its origins. But that would be a mistake, because the real story is even more linguistically charming. The dumpster broke onto the scene in 1936, part of a brand-new patented trash-collection system that introduced the basic concept of the modern garbage truck, with containers that could be mechanically lifted and emptied into the vehicle from above. The system, invented by future mayor of Knoxville, Tennessee, George Dempster, took its creator’s name, and the Dempster-Dumpster was born.
“Dumpster,” the word we use today, emerged from the fortuitous marriage of “dump” and “Dempster.” Though Dempster trademarked the brand name “Dumpster,” the term has been so thoroughly applied as a generic noun that the Associated Press now directs that it be styled in lowercase. No one, after all, would choose to write “trash bin” when “dumpster” would do better.
Had this sanitation system not been engineered by a man with such a punny name (Dempster-Dumpster), would “dumpster fire” as an insult have ever taken off?"
-- "Where Did ‘Dumpster Fire’ Come From? Where Is It Rolling?" by Claire Fallon. (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/dumpster-fire-slang-history_us_576474d4e4b015db1bc97923)
ruzuzu commented on the word nickroll
My misreading of rickroll. See Morzouksnick.
December 6, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word Morzouksnick
The community page was showing that someone recently adopted rickroll--which I, perhaps intentionally, misread as nickroll.
ruzuzu commented on the word Bourbaki dangerous bend symbol
"The dangerous bend or caution symbol ☡ (U+2621 ☡ CAUTION SIGN) was created by the Nicolas Bourbaki group of mathematicians and appears in the margins of mathematics books written by the group. It resembles a road sign that indicates a "dangerous bend" in the road ahead, and is used to mark passages tricky on a first reading or with an especially difficult argument."
ruzuzu commented on the word spaghetti bolognese
Also see comments on spaghetti alla bolognese.
ruzuzu commented on the word spaghetti alla bolognese
Also see spaghetti bolognese.
"Spaghetti bolognese translates, roughly, to “spaghetti from Bologna.” But if you try to take this particular flavor train back where it supposedly comes from, forget it—you’ll be turned straight around. The British broadcaster and politician Michael Portillo found this out the hard way when he took a camera crew to the city seeking the dish. “Oh my gosh, no,” says the first young woman he encounters in the footage. She makes an X with her arms, as though warding off a great evil. ”Absolutamente no. No no no no.”"
ruzuzu commented on the word spaghettification
"You don’t hear about a lot of meatball backlash. But many Italians clearly see the spaghettification of bolognese, specifically, as a dire wrong. Their attempts to right it have ranged from organized, high-level efforts to, more recently, a kind of Internet comment trench warfare. In 1982, Bologna’s chamber of commerce officially notarized what they consider to be the authentic recipe, which contains beef skirt, pancetta, celery, carrot, onion, a little tomato, wine, and milk."
ruzuzu commented on the word The Nutmeg State
"According to the book State Names, Flags, Seals, Songs, Birds, Flowers, and Other Symbols by George Earlie Shankle (New York: H.W. Wilson Company, 1941):
“The sobriquet, the Nutmeg State, is applied to Connecticut because its early inhabitants had the reputation of being so ingenious and shrewd that they were able to make and sell wooden nutmegs. Sam Slick (Judge Halliburton) seems to be the originator of this story. Some claim that wooden nutmegs were actually sold, but they do not give either the time or the place.”
Yankee peddlers from Connecticut sold nutmegs, and an alternative story is that:
“Unknowing buyers may have failed to grate nutmegs, thinking they had to be cracked like a walnut. Nutmegs are wood, and bounce when struck. If southern customers did not grate them, they may very well have accused the Yankees of selling useless “wooden” nutmegs, unaware that they wear down to a pungent powder to season pies and breads.” Elizabeth Abbe, Librarian, the Connecticut Historical Society; Connecticut Magazine, April 1980."
ruzuzu commented on the word Connecticut
For a list about Connecticut, see the-land-of-steady-habits.
ruzuzu commented on the word clove
This is such fun, c_b.
November 28, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word nosing
ruzuzu commented on the word Trump
Lol. I just got tumescence, so....
November 17, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word sett
Oh funny--another badger word is cete. I wonder whether there are any others (I'd like to collect the whole set).
November 14, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word ROYGBIV
Also see Roy G. Biv.
ruzuzu commented on the word pilot wave
I was picturing someone in a boat on a river--waving at people on the banks.
November 7, 2016
"While this experiment isn’t on the quantum scale, it does help to demonstrate the way quantum-scale particles may operate according to the pilot wave theory. And for any lay people who’ve struggled with grasping why things are so strange on the quantum scale according to the standard interpretation, this pilot wave theory—proposed by Louis de Broglie in 1927—provides a far more palatable framework for understanding quantum mechanics."
November 4, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list the-medieval-european-fantasy-adventurers-backpack
This is great! I arrived here after looking up cuirass from the lobster definitions.
October 17, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the user Imakeabunchoflists
Hi! I'm wondering whether we're related--I'm definitely a member of the bunchoflists family.
ruzuzu commented on the word lepo
"According to Merriam-Webster, “lepo-” — that’s as in “what’s a lepo?” — topped the list of search terms queried over the course of the 90-minute" presidential debate.
October 11, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word Kwisatz Haterade
I finally watched Barbarella the other night. It gave me a completely new understanding of David Lynch's Dune.
October 6, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word affinity
September 21, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word avidity
"In physical chemistry, a constant by means of which can be expressed the distribution of a base between two acids each sufficient to neutralize the whole of the base, or conversely; that is, the relative energy with which the acids tend to seize their shares of base: a term employed to avoid the use of the word affinity."
-- from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
ruzuzu commented on the word rabaska
"A rabaska or Maître canoe (French: canot de maître, after Louis Maitre, an artisan from Trois-Rivières who made them) was originally a large canoe made of tree bark, used by the Algonquin people."
September 8, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word Like the architect and the lawyer--who agree on everything.
I'm not sure what the rest of my dream was about this morning, but this was the last line before my alarm woke me.
September 7, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word chuffah
This is great!
ruzuzu commented on the list wow-plays-in-scrabble
I had someone play vomito on me at a charity tournament once. That one definitely evokes some memories.
September 6, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list canadianisms
Fun! I'd suggest adding Bird's custard powder, but only because it's an essential ingredient in Nanaimo bars (which you've already cleverly listed).
ruzuzu commented on the word telescopic
"Capable of being extended or shut up like a spy-glass; having joints or sections which slide one within another; especially, in machinery, constructed of concentric tubes, either stationary, as in the telescopic boiler, or movable, as in the telescopic chimney of a war-vessel, which may be lowered out of sight in action, or in the telescopic jack, a screw-jack in which the lifting head is raised by the action of two screws having reversed threads, one working within the other, and both sinking or telescoping within the base—an arrangement by which greater power is obtained."
-- Century Dictionary
September 2, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word bull-trout
See Century Dictionary definition on whitling.
ruzuzu commented on the word ebru
See citation on size.
ruzuzu commented on the word size
"Another method of marbling more familiar to Europeans and Americans is made on the surface of a viscous mucilage, known as size or sizing in English. This method is commonly referred to as "Turkish" marbling and is called ebru in Turkish, although ethnic Turkic peoples were not the only practitioners of the art, as Persian Tajiks and people of Indian origin also made these papers. The term "Turkish" was most likely used as a reference to the fact that many Europeans first encountered the art in Istanbul."
ruzuzu commented on the list words-to-remember--15
I'm also fond of listing words related to cattle. :-)
But mostly it's because I've been learning how to marble paper. Synthetic ox gall is a surfactant used to create "blank" spaces in the paint floating on the size. I'm forever adding too much and ruining my designs.
ruzuzu commented on the word latinx
I like the x because it reminds me of Malcolm X, famous Nebraskan.
August 31, 2016
Aw, thanks, vm.
You know, it's funny--I've been thinking a lot about synthetic ox gall lately.
Fun! I just arrived here from the lateritic page.
August 30, 2016
Ooh! Is that umbrage? I'll take some--is it vegetarian?
*dives for cover*
ruzuzu commented on the word crocogator
August 15, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list the-many-names-of-misko
August 10, 2016
I love the synonyms from the Century: "Size, Magnitude, Bulk, Volume. Size is the general word for things large or small. In ordinary discourse magnitude applies to large things; but it is also an exact word, and is much used in science: as, a star of the fourth magnitude. Bulk suggests noticeable size, especially size rounding out into unwieldiness. Volume is a rather indefinite word, arising from the idea of rolling a thing up till it attains size, though with no especial suggestion of shape. We speak of the magnitude of a calamity or of a fortune, the bulk of a bale of cotton or of an elephant, the volume of smoke or of an avalanche."
ruzuzu commented on the list shoes
I arrived here with hopes of adding plimsolls, but they're already on the list!
July 28, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word lasagna cell
"A "lasagna cell" is accidentally produced when salty moist food such as lasagna is stored in a steel baking pan and is covered with aluminum foil. After a few hours the foil develops small holes where it touches the lasagna, and the food surface becomes covered with small spots composed of corroded aluminum.
In this example, the salty food (lasagna) is the electrolyte, the aluminum foil is the anode, and the steel pan is the cathode. If the aluminum foil only touches the electrolyte in small areas, the galvanic corrosion is concentrated, and corrosion can occur fairly rapidly."
ruzuzu commented on the list things-my-twenty-pound-dog-has-eaten
Aw. RIP, Tito. :-(
July 1, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word nisus
The random word feature showed me conatus, which brought me here. Then, a few clicks later, it showed me continent. I'm sensing a theme.
June 27, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word cresset
Also see fire-basket.
ruzuzu commented on the word Gruffalo
So, wait. It was a fight?
Well, kinda--but with limericks.
Yeah, and it was super polite.
--the very next conversation I'm going to have about why I adore this site
ruzuzu commented on the word Pelon Pelo Rico
Tamarind-flavored candy. See pelon pelo rico for tweeted usage examples.
June 15, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word wrang
Awwww! Thanks, qms!
June 13, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the list aubreys-brief-lives
Ooh! I like this! But wait--where's that "cod's-head" business from? I have a list for it.
June 7, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word uncus
May 25, 2016
ruzuzu commented on the word jean dimmock
May 24, 2016
"The head, hook, or comb of the malleolus or lateral tooth of the mastax of a wheel-animalcule." --Century Dictionary
ruzuzu commented on the user ruzuzu
May 17, 2016
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."
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."
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."
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
*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
Old enough to know better!
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."
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."
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."
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!"
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 ME
REBECCA 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.""
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.""
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."
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."
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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.
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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."
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."
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."
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."
ruzuzu commented on the word fountain pen day
November 6, 2015
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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."
ruzuzu commented on the word high tone
November 3, 2015
ruzuzu commented on the word deglutition
Pearls of wisdom. Thanks, qms!
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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
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