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Comments by ry

  • see braam

    August 13, 2022

  • hi snowsim1 is it possible you were logged in here in the past as snowsim? That account has a list or two going, and a few comments posted in the mid-oughts, so it fits that timeline

    July 19, 2022

  • this is art.

    July 15, 2022

  • my fave word for Tasmanian people is vandemonian

    July 15, 2022

  • practik is identifying a case of "semantic generalization" or broadening here. Dictionaries usually update with new or revised definitions of words that evolve this way, but rarely immediately

    July 1, 2022

  • Oh copium is in use out there on the Twitters, in the exact sense you're suggesting with that, bilby

    July 1, 2022

  • noting a rise in colloquial use of "mid" as an adjective (and maybe a noun?) denoting risible mediocrity. Some examples in the Twitter feed

    June 30, 2022

  • I should note attribution to fbharjo for this phrase

    March 24, 2022

  • see also comments at fogdog

    March 19, 2022

  • how is this a noun?

    January 19, 2022

  • the persistent reference to coins is probably due to the word, I assume, being derived from LL numisma, similar to numismatics

    January 19, 2022

  • chasg you can make a word list where other users can add words by clicking the "new list" link in the drop down menu under your username. (https://www.wordnik.com/lists/new) and leave the "editable by anyone" radio button selected.

    January 11, 2022

  • defined at Nostratic

    December 30, 2021

  • oh hai

    December 30, 2021

  • Unexpected. I thought this might be a cutthroat compound referring to a diener or corpse collector

    November 26, 2021

  • see also number two

    November 26, 2021

  • used to describe something at the pinnacle of excellence, quality, efficacy etc.; of the highest possible classification. Comes from "tier list" rankings in popular culture. See comments and Twitter content at tier-list, s-tier

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=God%20tier

    November 26, 2021

  • cf god tier

    November 26, 2021

  • i lerned alot of Eglish from he.

    November 26, 2021

  • I don't think Pineapple Express is really deprecated in meteorology for PC reasons, just informal. Weather reporters in Northern California still use it on air from time to time. Also atmospheric river is hypernymous to Pineapple express, the latter being a particular example of the former

    November 26, 2021

  • if you look at the Tweets content, it looks like it's used in a fanfic-adjacent sense of shipping

    November 1, 2021

  • "A place of wickedness." as in Wordsmith.org WOTD of today. Frequently capitalized Domdaniel

    October 27, 2021

  • see comments at domdaniel

    October 27, 2021

  • this has got to be a typo or transcription error of some kind, cormorant has a definition exactly like the one here

    October 26, 2021

  • waddup

    October 21, 2021

  • a Welsh word referring to a maze worked into the turf on a hilltop, usually following a design very similar to the sevenfold Cretan style labyrinth. Their exact purpose is not now known. In Welsh the word means "a labyrinth, a maze; maze cut by shepherds in the sward, serving as a puzzle." the original literal meaning is "Walls-of-Troy" (cf. caer). Note flickr image in visuals

    October 20, 2021

  • spend an enjoyable minute contemplating potential occasions to use this word

    October 18, 2021

  • no problem

    October 18, 2021

  • absolutely

    October 18, 2021

  • anytime

    October 18, 2021

  • acinaces

    October 18, 2021

  • "water of the Nile," a pale or pastel-ish greenish color. See eau de nil

    October 5, 2021

  • Writing in All Caps is Like Shouting

    October 4, 2021

  • phototeller makes me think of wordplay with bank teller. It sounds like an alternate universe Fotomat

    October 4, 2021

  • incredibly, this last comment should have been placed at Dieudonne

    October 4, 2021

  • HEY DUDE

    October 4, 2021

  • other examples of this: L10n, g11n, i18n

    there seems to be a list numeronyms

    October 4, 2021

  • words can have multiple senses. mebebit is interesting though

    September 28, 2021

  • it's in the Century, so almost certainly dates to 1800s at least

    September 23, 2021

  • see defœdate

    September 17, 2021

  • refers to the aplomado falcon of South America.

    aplomado is Spanish word cognate with plumbeous

    September 15, 2021

  • refers to the aplomado falcon, <em>Falco femoralis</em>

    September 15, 2021

  • philomath is another one that follows this pattern

    September 1, 2021

  • They were a form of chat or instant messaging used in the early internet. see Wiktionary entry at talker, last definition

    August 27, 2021

  • did you create an alt account to further promote this word? I like the enthusiasm...

    August 27, 2021

  • wow yeah reverse dictionary is a phantasmagoria. I think it's pulling in every word that has "pass" in its definition

    August 26, 2021

  • defined at passing bell

    August 25, 2021

  • fuck probably has plenty of faves/lists

    August 23, 2021

  • Chrimble pud is a gem

    August 20, 2021

  • you might like my list kickassery and many of the lists linked in the comments there.

    August 18, 2021

  • there's a funny list waiting to happen here

    August 18, 2021

  • yeah not sure why all these old users thought this was a good list name. It's oxymoronic in like 3 different ways. Good list if overlooking that issue

    August 18, 2021

  • on and so forth

    August 18, 2021

  • interesting that decemfid also shows up in the reverse dictionary though

    August 16, 2021

  • think it's just a fid as in a bar or pin that supports or braces something. compare setting-fid, fid-hole

    August 16, 2021

  • ugh gross

    August 5, 2021

  • cf. kinglet, underking

    August 5, 2021

  • a paste made of sandalwood, used in rendering the tilak

    August 5, 2021

  • see comments at kintsugi

    August 5, 2021

  • 金継ぎ, "golden joinery," a cool technique/art form of Japanese origin, repairing broken ceramics by filling and mending breaks with a lacquer incorporating powdered gold or other precious metals

    The conceit is that the breakage and repair are incorporated with the object's haecceity rather than being disguised/erased

    also kintsukuroi

    August 5, 2021

  • Of fatal prognosis; signaling the approach of death (medical)

    August 5, 2021

  • Indicating the approach of death. Rare variant of thanatognomonic

    August 5, 2021

  • wow. Is it cognate somehow with Origen?

    August 5, 2021

  • gah

    August 2, 2021

  • per Collins, an anthology or a "gleaning." (French spicilège, a scrapbook, a collection of selected pieces, various documents, observations, from Latin spicilegium, action of gleaning, from spica, ear + legere, to choose)

    July 30, 2021

  • archaic spelling of slaw.

    July 30, 2021

  • seems to be a phrase used to denote condo developments in English-targeted media from South Asia and the Mideast.

    July 30, 2021

  • the diencephalon. Also 'tween-brain, between-brain

    July 30, 2021

  • see salt-spoon

    July 30, 2021

  • coinage by Mervyn Peake:

    he calls Fuchsia a querail, which I think means someone who complains querulously, and a tempestable thing: bad-tempered, liable to stormy moods.

    July 30, 2021

  • a minced oath for damn it

    July 30, 2021

  • hanged in Scots dialect (dated). Also eye-dialect for the interjection hang it

    July 30, 2021

  • byrthynsak (bər-thən-sak), also burdinseck, burdingseck, burdensek, birthinsake, n. (Anglo-Saxon byrthen “burden” + sacu “lawsuit”) Historical; the theft of the most a man can carry on his back (as of a calf or ram).

    July 30, 2021

  • a word that seems to have been used exclusively in pulp action-adventure stories from "Gold Eagle Publishing" imprint under Harlequin, authored under the pseudonym James Axler. Not sure what it's supposed to mean

    July 30, 2021

  • miraculousness

    July 30, 2021

  • see aleatory. stuartmathergibson, the search results on this site are case-sensitive. Try searching for words without using initial caps.

    July 30, 2021

  • the trait of being a faunivore; carnivory but without, necessarily, predation.

    July 30, 2021

  • nonstandard for yonic or vaginate; also, disparaging slang noun for a person with female genitalia.

    July 30, 2021

  • from Wiktionary:

    A human or a creature having human characteristics or traits.

    July 30, 2021

  • the smallest basic unit of meaning in the theory of glossematics, a structuralist linguistic theory incorporated in semiotics. A glosseme can be lexical, where it is basically identical to the phoneme, or grammatical, where it represents the smallest unit of meaning (the signified), and forms a relationship with taxemes and tagmemes

    Seems analogous to pheneme too.

    (Not that i understand much of this)

    final note: this word appears in Wiktionary, but not here.

    July 30, 2021

  • any of the member species of genus homotherium, the sabre-toothed tigers.

    July 30, 2021

  • an alternate term used to describe the sabre-toothed cats.

    July 30, 2021

  • from Wikipedia:

    A meridarch or meridarches (Greek: μεριδάρχης, from meris, "division", and -arches, "ruler") was the civil governor of a province in the Hellenistic world (4th-1st centuries BCE)

    interestingly, inscriptions in Northern India, the extreme eastern margin of the ancient Hellenistic sphere, have been found mentioning meridarches.

    July 30, 2021

  • cf. sundog, fogdog

    July 30, 2021

  • see encomium

    July 29, 2021

  • the fact, huh?

    July 29, 2021

  • a term used in sound design to describe a loud, brassy, low-end sound effect or sting used in film and film trailers.

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/braaams-beginners-how-a-horn-793220/

    https://harmony-music.sourceaudio.com/#!explorer?b=7435209

    sometimes also braaam

    July 29, 2021

  • see also comments at AF

    July 13, 2021

  • Wait are those the TVA elevator buttons

    July 2, 2021

  • I was just trying to give advice, you can leave the comment or not! What you could do is copy and paste your comment to litterateur, or littérateur, where the definitions appear.

    July 2, 2021

  • see archæus

    July 2, 2021

  • I think maybe this is supposed to be fuguing

    June 30, 2021

  • from Greek βαφή, which just means "dye." Also a component of the word phlobaphene

    June 30, 2021

  • appropriate places to use pareidolia can occur quite frequently, given that most everyone is constantly experiencing it

    June 28, 2021

  • replying to an 8-year old comment to say that it should be Aegir, referring to the Trent Aegir, not "aiger." And it's not a tidal wave in the tsunamic sense, it's a tidal bore

    June 28, 2021

  • smash-mouth??

    June 28, 2021

  • awsome

    June 28, 2021

  • love this usage. It might be more than being very smart. I picture the patient orchestration of a multiplex, intricate plan, with pawns and schemes maneuvered according to plans either unfathomable or counterintuitive to us rubes, but seen at last to be borne of flabbergasting shrewdness and foresight.

    It's also become (through its use WRT Sidney Powell and similar) self-parodic, and is now often facetious, giving implication that simple idiocy gave rise to anything counterintuitive or unfathomable

    June 8, 2021

  • he means one-off icyww

    June 1, 2021

  • the actual etymology of vagrant is above—it comes from an Old French word wacrer, to wander, of Germanic and ultimately Indo-European origin.

    May 15, 2021

  • defined at han't

    May 14, 2021

  • "(meme name).(typical file extension)" is a super interesting snowclone format used in web and text contexts, when the user is technically constrained from or just perfunctorily eschews displaying the actual image. dealwithit.gif is another common one, and I've seen stonks.jpg used several times recently. Where the meme is widely-enough known, this shorthand immediately brings to mind the image and its usual connotation

    May 3, 2021

  • etymonline has some info at their entry for gig which mentions "Middle English ghyg "spinning top" (in whyrlegyg, mid-15c.),"

    This also makes me think of thingamajig and jiggumbob. Also fizgig. it seems to have taken on a role of intensifying whimsicality in constructions. Possibly related to the idea of spinning.

    April 8, 2021

  • see corporatespeak. Also called bizspeak

    April 6, 2021

  • I think two nonstandard usages are conspiring to create confusion there. First the intransitive execute, and second against in a sense vaguely like "with reference to". Both characteristic of American corpspeak in the tens.

    I think one of the standard meanings of against, "in comparison with," (as in "checking the cargo against the manifest") has undergone a semantic shift to give rise to this newfangled meaning.

    April 1, 2021

  • this should be at tridacna

    March 26, 2021

  • defined at han't

    March 25, 2021

  • see comments at Ha'n't

    March 25, 2021

  • see cultellation

    March 22, 2021

  • awesome. check the flickr example.

    this hawai'ian dictionary page mentions low lying rainbows, but also the phenomenon of clouds refracting in rainbow colors which i imagine this to be an example of

    March 22, 2021

  • adj that can refer to something with a distinctive question-mark-shaped swan-neck curve to it, as a lamp, or to a neck considered long and elegant, as of a person

    March 18, 2021

  • of, like, or comprising a cinerarium

    March 17, 2021

  • an insult for one who makes empty claims. Maybe a minced oath for full of shit? See four-flush

    March 17, 2021

  • A chaotic jumble, a shambles. Also capharnaüm. From the biblical town of Capernaum.

    March 17, 2021

  • archaic (Middle English) form of barrator

    March 17, 2021

  • Amazing word. Defined in the passage

    The house was one of those which belong to the class called cabajoutis. This significant name is given by the populace of Paris to houses which are built, as it were, piecemeal. They are nearly always composed of buildings originally separate but afterwards united according to the fancy of the various proprietors who successively enlarge them; or else they are houses begun, left unfinished, again built upon, and completed,--unfortunate structures which have passed, like certain peoples, under many dynasties of capricious masters. Neither the floors nor the windows have an ensemble,--to borrow one of the most picturesque terms of the art of painting; all is discord, even the external decoration. The cabajoutis is to Parisian architecture what the capharnaum is to the apartment,--a poke-hole, where the most heterogeneous articles are flung pell-mell.

    Honore de Balzac, Ferragus, Ch. IV

    March 17, 2021

  • phasgănĭŏn, ancient Greek word for gladiolus aka sword-lily. Appears in Pliny the Elder's Natural History

    March 17, 2021

  • archaic euphemism for the body considered as abode of the soul. Or for a corpse.

    A fiery soul, which working out its way,

    Fretted the pygmy-body to decay:

    And o'er-informed the tenement of clay.

    Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel Part i

    March 17, 2021

  • Deprived of an especially high proportion of moisture through drying or baking. Sometimes metaphorically.

    March 17, 2021

  • see Tophet

    March 17, 2021

  • French for provoking or provocative

    March 17, 2021

  • term in rhetoric, philosophy etc for something that is inherently contradictory, oxymoronic or impossible.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wooden_iron

    March 17, 2021

  • repetition of word endings in poetry, also known as near rhyme.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homeoteleuton

    March 17, 2021

  • an enthusiast or student of polyhedrons and their properties. Apparently Magnus Wenninger is a notable one.

    March 17, 2021

  • of, like, or comprising an apotheon

    March 17, 2021

  • A crease between the torso and the thigh, demarcated by the inguinal ligament that connects the pubic tubercle to the ilium. Considered as defining a 'V' shape in the direction of the groin, sometimes appears in discussions of male secondary sexual characteristics (ie sexy body parts)

    beware medical illustrations in Flickr tags

    March 17, 2021

  • a precursor garment to, and etymological root of, the bodice. Per Wikipedia, "The name bodice comes from an older garment called a pair of bodies (because the garment was originally made in two separate pieces that fastened together, frequently by lacing)."

    March 17, 2021

  • indeed

    March 17, 2021

  • featured in the phrase know shit from Shinola

    March 15, 2021

  • see know shit from Shinola

    March 15, 2021

  • see comments at oulipo. This is another word where the root form on this page is undefined (where Wiktionary.org has a definition), while its Reverse Dictionary tags xref to an inflection (Oulipian) that *does* source the Wiktionary def.

    March 9, 2021

  • see Maquisard

    March 8, 2021

  • some people out there on the internet are claiming this word refers to the smell of old books, instead of the act of smelling them. I disagree mostly because the -osmia particle is more used in word construction for pathologies like anosmia and hyperosmia and prefer the interpretation posted here by Logophile77

    March 8, 2021

  • a modern coinage (possibly from this blogpost), on the model of petrichor, referring to the smell of books (not necessarily old books).

    March 8, 2021

  • biblichor and bibliosmia are other more often cited recent coinages for this.

    In fact, after various searches I can find no other use of "antiquaroma" anywhere other than here.

    March 8, 2021

  • what would constitute Christmas crimes?

    March 8, 2021

  • or a minced oath for pigfucker

    February 26, 2021

  • see raie ultime

    February 26, 2021

  • in spectroscopy, this means one of the emission lines of the spectrum of an element which is last or nearly last to disappear as the concentration of the element decreases. Also called ultimate line


    It's weird that there are definitions on Wordnik, from Wiktionary, for Raies Ultimes, Raie Ultime, and raies ultimes that reference this form of the word, and that those words appear on this page's Reverse Dictionary taglist, yet no definition appears on this page (despite it being defined on Wiktionary). erinmckean is this type of thing on your radar? 

    February 26, 2021

  • I want satanicopotatoverses to be a real word.

    February 26, 2021

  • and, of course there is a list for triple dactyls

    February 26, 2021

  • this is a triple dactyl!

    February 26, 2021

  • scans in iambic

    February 25, 2021

  • comments like this are awesome and welcome! Just a note that we do already have deific for this, not to mention divine

    February 25, 2021

  • another one scenariot

    February 23, 2021

  • obsolete rendering (from French) of assegai. See also lancegay

    February 23, 2021

  • I think when I posted that comment in 2013, it was still active ;)

    This list has something to do with preserving such ephemera even divorced from its sources, though. Perhaps it'd have been better if I didn't mention Horse_ebooks at all

    February 23, 2021

  • tango and delta elements derived from the NATO phonetic alphabet

    February 23, 2021

  • you've heard of molecular gastronomy, get ready for existential gastronomy

    February 23, 2021

  • notably the user has mongoloid, another once-acceptable-but-now-potentially-offensive word (is there a word for that?) in their username

    February 23, 2021

  • what does encase in a shell of non-being even mean?

    February 22, 2021

  • good luck.

    February 18, 2021

  • @tonyj tosh. No one missed anything—mellifluence is 100 per cent subjective

    February 18, 2021

  • also head over heels, arse over tit

    February 12, 2021

  • also "alita" is not Latin, or at least does not mean "elite" or "special" in Latin. Alit is a possible inflection of alō/alere, to feed, nourish or foster, as in Alit lectio ingenium "Reading nourishes the mind."


    the suggestion of "elite" or "noble" may come from the feminite given name "Alita", but the meaning is in Old German. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alita

    February 10, 2021

  • more at contorniate. Should be tagged so

    February 9, 2021

  • see Memphis style

    February 8, 2021

  • I can't find a real good definition for this, so I'm just linking to some sites that show/discuss it. You'll know it when you see it.

    https://design.tutsplus.com/articles/what-is-the-memphis-style--cms-31160

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memphis_Group

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/memphis-milano

    https://www.shutterstock.com/blog/memphis-style-design-trend-explained

    also called Memphis design

    February 8, 2021

  • cf. Memphis style.

    It's nice that, in in a few decades, someone can mimic or copy this style of graphics, and an audience will immediately date the associated content in the late 2010s (20teens?)/early 2020s.

    February 8, 2021

  • see Gammon, Shelta

    February 8, 2021

  • Well this just sounds like a description of depression

    February 8, 2021

  • how has this not shown up on the "Twitter isn'ts" and "Twitter hates" auto-lists?

    February 4, 2021

  • hi alikoo, these words aren't undefined—you can find definitions for them by searching without the initial capitalization e.g. impromptu. Wordnik is case-sensitive. Because Pole and pole are different words.

    February 4, 2021

  • defined at orchidaceous. Wordnik is case-sensitive.

    February 1, 2021

  • likely cognate with chatoyant, I realize five years later.

    January 25, 2021

  • see biosecuritybio-secure

    January 25, 2021

  • term used during the COVID-19 pandemic in reference to sport facilities in which players or competitors are isolated from contact with the outside world to prevent transmission of disease. Used in Wikipedia article on Bio-secure bubbles. UAE has an entire island that purportedly makes the cut.

    Saturday’s fight was held inside the new Etihad Arena on the “Fight Island” bio-secure sporting hub of Yas Island, which Abu Dhabi’s government established last July.

    https://www.aljazeera.com/sports/2021/1/24/poirier-stuns-mcgregor-in-2nd-round-at-ufc-257-upset


    see also biosecurity

    January 25, 2021

  • scarequotes is living up to their username

    January 25, 2021

  • commonly an alternate spelling of the colloquial merk (see Twitter examples here and at merk, merked)

    January 22, 2021

  • can be considered a type of antifashion

    January 22, 2021

  • WOTD contender here imo, although it'd be a much stronger one if anyone had ever used it after James Shirley in 1659

    January 19, 2021

  • see also tracksuit

    January 19, 2021

  • Common in UK English, more or less equivalent with U.S. English tracksuit

    January 19, 2021

  • more commonly haterade

    January 19, 2021

  • I wish tags could be gotten working again.

    January 14, 2021

  • used in text media to represent a rimshot. See comment at ba dum tss 🥁

    January 14, 2021

  • see also rimshot and comments at sting

    January 14, 2021

  • sting can also refer to a short sequence played by a drummer in entertainment productions such as circus, vaudeville, or cabaret shows, to punctuate a joke, often a bad or obvious one.


    January 14, 2021

  • see comment on obelion user page

    January 14, 2021

  • an acronym used as shorthand for the volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity of large-scale conditions or situations. First used in post-Cold War geopolitics discourse, and later in general studies of strategic leadership.

    January 14, 2021

  • how wonderful (not sarcasm)

    January 14, 2021

  • see quisling!

    January 14, 2021

  • see comment at Respair

    January 7, 2021

  • see xenoglossy

    January 7, 2021

  • Hi! You might want to add your comments to the pages sanative and respair, and (possibly) psellismophiliac nebulophily. Word urls are case sensitive on Wordnik.

    January 6, 2021

  • see also oh-well-what-the-hell

    January 6, 2021

  • this list and my list unenthusiastic-interjections are substantially parallel conceptually but have very little crossover in content. Amazing

    January 6, 2021

  • Oh have I got a list for you: thresholds

    January 5, 2021

  • this is also a Good List

    January 5, 2021

  • but it seems that zuzu is entirely undefined

    January 5, 2021

  • as a note, vandemonian is here on Wordnik as an uncapitalized word, in the Century

    January 5, 2021

  • toponymy

    January 5, 2021

  • Your ideas are intriguing to me, and I wish to subscribe to your newsletter.

    January 5, 2021

  • "ko" is not "short for coating"

    January 4, 2021

  • sanative

    January 4, 2021

  • see comment on polychronicon

    December 19, 2020

  • embrangulée

    December 19, 2020

  • yes tits can be round, but also pointy

    December 14, 2020

  • variant spelling of mishegoss

    December 14, 2020

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  • *brings out the tray full of fancy fufluns*

    November 10, 2015

  • Welcome back!

    *waves the banner*

    November 10, 2015

  • Hi everyone, by the way. How are you all?

    November 10, 2015

  • Though if you'd like more than one, you can add your ten thousandth, delete a word from an old list, add a new 10K-er etc.

    July 21, 2015

  • Once upon a time mollusque used to politely ask users what their 10K was. Perhaps he was noting them down on a dusty parchment scroll.

    July 21, 2015

  • Congratulations! You might see some fun stuff on myriad.

    July 20, 2015

  • Sort of an opportunity here

    any suggestions for what word I should list next?

    July 20, 2015

  • hi everyone!

    November 4, 2014

  • You're fun, and I'm glad you're here.

    March 27, 2014

  • Not guilty. I have a list of terms for being drunk. And that's the truth, Your Honour.

    March 12, 2014

  • Have you ever taken the GRE?

    May 11, 2013

  • Hello!

    May 8, 2013

  • i've fallen off the "top listers" sidebar. woe.

    March 13, 2013

  • Thanks for the "evanid" suggestion, ry!

    December 31, 2012

  • I use >a href="URL">LINKTEXT and final < to make it work.

    December 28, 2012

  • Oh, q.v. is nice. I have entire lists devoted to some of those signals (my favorites are hence and see cut under).

    December 28, 2012

  • I like how traditional lexicographers used q.v. where wordniks use brackets.

    December 28, 2012

  • A general comment:

    Slang and Its Analogues, John S. Farmer ed., 1890

    is available at the Gutenberg pjt: http://archive.org/details/slangitsanalogue01farmuoft

    is enthralling

    December 18, 2012

  • Welcome to Wordnik! Hope you're having fun--it's so nice to see that another user has discovered the incogitable randomness around here.

    December 5, 2012