ry has looked up 29186 words, created 64 lists, listed 9986 words, written 836 comments, added 253 tags, and loved 24 words.

Comments by ry

  • markusloke — these are great...some of them I can't believe I missed.

    June 24, 2015

  • this noun usage of suck is also seen in the military catchphrase embrace the suck.

    May 26, 2015

  • a while back I worked at a meat+fish counter at a supermarket. One day a man with a distinct accent I could nevertheless place no more specifically than maybe South Asian, came and requested a cut of halibut. Cuts, rather: he wanted it coarsely diced. What he actually asked was that it be cut into "cubics" and repeated this word several times to ensure I understood. I always wondered if it was usage particular to some variant flavor of english, rather than a one-off malapropism

    April 30, 2015

  • see above in the Wiktionary entries:
    "intransitive v. To have the intended effect; operate or work: The skin graft took."

    March 3, 2015

  • see hell-for-leather

    March 2, 2015

  • see also mitrailleuse

    March 2, 2015

  • i would like to nominate this for WOTD as an excellent example of the kind of spectacularly deadpan output lexicography often produces

    March 2, 2015

  • *disapproves of the premise of this list while heartened at there being only one word on it*

    March 2, 2015

  • cf. me three

    March 2, 2015

  • the elusive "palindrome-anagram poem" (cf. loons snool).

    February 11, 2015

  • the usual noun form of chastise would be chastisement, alternately the gerund chastising. Chastice is not a word in modern English. Unless you decide it is, say, a name for the hook attached to a rooster's feet in cockfighting.

    February 4, 2015

  • leximation!

    January 29, 2015

  • one who oversees or presides over orgies. OED, I think

    January 29, 2015

  • A land of fufluns? One can dream. This is actually an archaic Etruscan/Latin name of an archaeologically significant region of Tuscany, today called Populonia.

    January 29, 2015

  • Ancient name of Etruria

    January 29, 2015

  • displaying or having concinnity

    January 29, 2015

  • high-speed watercraft, often of hydrofoil, hovercraft, or catamaran design

    January 29, 2015

  • LOL

    January 29, 2015

  • "a small stone or fragment of ore made smooth by the action of water running over it." (1907 New American Encyclopedic Dictionary)
    "Loose pieces of veinstuff lying about on the surface are known in Cornwall as shoad-stones; and shoading is the term given to the process of tracking them to the parent lode." (A Treatise on Ore and Stone Mining
    Clement le Neve Foster, 1905)

    January 29, 2015

  • is this a legit alternate spelling of metagrobolized?

    January 29, 2015

  • cf. blutterbunged, addlepated

    January 29, 2015

  • amazing!

    for reference, see sea elephant

    November 5, 2014

  • hi everyone!

    November 4, 2014

  • main-gauche

    September 21, 2014

  • hmm, similar to the popular (but strictly speaking, mis-) conception of the meaning of lion's share

    September 21, 2014

  • collective nouns specific to groups of animals. see comment at term of venery.

    September 12, 2014

  • per Wikipedia, the English tradition of specific collective nouns for different types of animal arose in the late Middle Ages and were originally referred to as "terms of venery".

    September 12, 2014

  • yo, I was just looking at Wikipedia re: collective nouns and found out a fun old name for collective nouns specific to animals: term of venery

    September 12, 2014

  • check out hairy eyeball

    September 12, 2014

  • imagine a first date where all these words were used, though.

    September 12, 2014

  • bilby, erin, belated thanks.

    September 12, 2014

  • reliable reddit. this is more like a cool 2004 word. not surprised it's in Wiktionary.

    September 5, 2014

  • Hi long time no see Wordniks!!
    Have you guys heard about this new dinosaur? Properly dreadnoughtus schrani, it's the “new” largest dino. I find the critter notable as much for the unwieldiness of its name as for its purported size.

    September 5, 2014

  • June 16, 2014

  • infra dig is actually far more common

    June 16, 2014

  • great, thanks

    June 16, 2014


  • June 16, 2014

  • to cover a large area and use a number of resources in searching for something; or to set a low threshold for selection or acceptance

    May 13, 2014

  • adorbs? (blech)

    May 12, 2014

  • recently described unusual purple mineral. from Australia, natch.
    http://www.popsci.com/article/science/unique-mineral-discovered-australia

    A previously unknown mineral has been discovered in a remote location in Western Australia. The mineral, named putnisite, appears purple and translucent, and contains strontium, calcium, chromium, sulphur, carbon, oxygen and hydrogen, a very unusual combination.
    While dozens of new minerals are discovered each year, it is rare to find one that is unrelated to already-known substances....
    It appears as tiny semi-cubic crystals and is often found within quartz. Putnisite is relatively soft, with a Mohs hardness of 1.5 to 2 (out of 10), comparable to gypsum, and brittle. It's unclear yet if the mineral could have any commercial applications.

    May 12, 2014

  • a humorous riff on the slang terms YOLO and swag (from Wiktionary: n. Style; fashionable appearance or manner), and the character Bilbo Baggins from The Hobbit

    May 8, 2014

  • I enjoyed this limerick very much.

    May 8, 2014

  • mamagoose26 commented on the user mamagoose26

    I looked up the word fever-bright. Although it has been used in plenty of places, there is no listed definition. I would say that fever-bright means "eyes radiant through a fever from illness, or excitement; frenzied."

    May 8, 2014

  • this kind of info is very welcome here! Normally you would place such a comment on the word's entry page. I'm copying your comment to the fever-bright entry, q.v.

    May 8, 2014

  • to fall on one's face, or to die.

    May 8, 2014

  • Not sure about that etymology, at least in regards to the vernacular salutation usage. I believe it's a contraction of "hey, yo"

    May 2, 2014

  • wanted to check this out. some googling shows this word was probably coined by Cynic philosopher Crates, in reference to his marriage; both husband and wife were of the Cynic school. So it sounds like he was simply saying it was a "marriage of dogs", or of dog-like people, in other words, of Cynics. I don't think he was trying to connote retrocopulation. "Marriage" is a stronger translation of the Greek γάμος—gamos—than "coupling" (indeed, the IE root *gem(e)- is supposed to be "to marry")

    May 2, 2014

  • does this really qualify as a retronym? I can't imagine there having been a time in human history when foster or adoptive parents weren't a thing.

    May 2, 2014

  • leveraging punch-out optionality would reduce synergy and damage my personal brand though.

    April 25, 2014

  • glitch definition. this definition belongs under recombinant DNA, I believe

    April 25, 2014

  • From Logolepsy:

    n. - (pl. -aux ) stained glass.
    Also, per earthmothercrafts.com's Bead Glossary, it "Refers to an iridescent coating or finish that is applied to only one part or one side of a bead."

    April 24, 2014

  • Spanish for lettuce

    April 24, 2014

  • see pad-eye

    April 24, 2014

  • obsolete/alternate spelling of ulikon/eulachon

    April 24, 2014

  • same as panacea. from Greek πάγχρηστος, panchrestos, “useful for everything”. Found on Wikipedia, and on Google books (Encyclopaedia Londinensis (vol. 18), John Wilkes, 1821, inter alia)

    April 24, 2014

  • alchemical term. According to Wikipedia,

    Yliaster is the term coined by Paracelsus which refers to "Prime matter, consisting of body and soul". It is most likely a portmanteau of the Greek hyle (matter) and Latin astrum (star). To Paracelsus, the iliaster represented the two basic compounds of the cosmos, matter representing "below", and the stars representing "above".
    ...
    In this sense, the iliaster is the same as the prima materia. It is the formless base of all matter which is the raw material for the alchemical Great Work.

    April 24, 2014

  • see yliaster

    April 24, 2014

  • the slang term is definitely a misspelling/mispronunciation of the word wretched. With that rendering has developed a somewhat more specific usage, at least on twitter, as some kind of derogatory term for women. see the Urbandictionary entry.

    April 24, 2014

  • I'm not sure the above etymology is correct. I always thought it was a Japanglish portmanteau of the emo from emoticon and -ji (meaning “characters”) on the model of the etymologies of romaji and kanjiquod vide.

    April 24, 2014

  • i've also seen this used in reference to the haters gonna hate meme, and also to connote enthusiasm to partake in some activity, as though in a mad dash towards it. it's technically an emoticon or emoji

    April 24, 2014

  • see also listicle(?)

    April 24, 2014

  • organ grinder?

    April 23, 2014

  • see comments at hindsighting

    April 23, 2014

  • onsite today with new client; heard hindsight repeatedly verbed; blech

    April 23, 2014

  • see butcherbird

    April 17, 2014

  • fiscal shrike?!

    April 17, 2014

  • wth, this is great. Trying to figure out what wood refers to in this context, and if it's the same as in wood-wroth

    April 17, 2014

  • I have a list like this one! — should be a word. Yours seem more plausible though. I might take a couple of them

    April 17, 2014

  • I like cat as a name for a cat. If you have more than one, cat 1, cat 2...
    I hope that doesn't sound mean spirited—i'm very much a dog person but i like cats.

    April 16, 2014

  • past tense of reny

    April 15, 2014

  • erinmckean / wordnik staff: can something be done about the glitchiness in lookups where an apostrophe is present in the word? Replace ' with ’ in all definitions and then also replace ' with ’ when search or word page urls are generated, similar to how the browser replaces space with %20? but actually no that's not server-side... hm (I hope it doesn't sound like i know what i'm talking about, b/c i don't). Anyway. It would be awesome if it were fixed.

    April 15, 2014

  • I wonder if wekau is somehow linguistically and/or cladistically related? Also, the Wordnet definition is boffo: "flightless New Zealand rail of thievish disposition..."

    April 15, 2014

  • I like that a lot.

    April 15, 2014

  • that article uses the phrase strip club terrorist act, which made my morning.

    April 15, 2014

  • saw this in an optometrist’s advert. Typo, malapropism, or insufferably gimmicky marketing-speak?

    April 15, 2014

  • I want to add acrobat, theremin, Segway, and t-shirt gun but I don't know if this list is open open or just sort of open.

    April 13, 2014

  • palindrome poetry(!?)

    April 11, 2014

  • check out loculus

    April 10, 2014

  • wow nice one, qms

    April 10, 2014

  • rimshot

    April 9, 2014

  • Does anyone know of a single word that means "member of the opposite sex"?

    April 9, 2014

  • another name for barchan dune

    April 9, 2014

  • if that's true, then you should know better than to spam-comment your links on sites like this—Google will ding you in results if it detects the pattern

    April 9, 2014

  • spam spam spam

    April 9, 2014

  • Hi sales! welcome

    April 9, 2014

  • see jenny haniver

    April 9, 2014

  • <blockquote>roylej commented on the user roylej
    I'd like to add the word 'adeptitude'.

    It's a noun meaning 'the ability to become proficient' or 'an innate skill or proficiency'

    It's been in use for a while. See examples here.

    April 9, 2014

  • hidey-hole?

    April 8, 2014

  • Tangiers’ angriest ingrates astringe granites, reasting rangiest ganister gantries.


    edit: yes i have no idea what that actually might mean

    April 8, 2014

  • see also vogon-anagram-poetry

    April 8, 2014

  • this list has gone from great to staggeringly awesome

    i can't quite express it

    April 8, 2014

  • same as iridaceous

    April 8, 2014

  • I still want a block under "Related Words" that lists other word entries where commenters have linked back to the entry page you're on.

    April 7, 2014

  • this is the funniest glitch definition i have found

    April 7, 2014

  • Canadian penny

    April 7, 2014

  • see Tu Er Ye

    April 4, 2014

  • A tutelary deity of Beijing, China. Depicted as a traditionally dressed anthropomorphic rabbit. Also transliterated Tu'er Ye and Tuer Ye; sometimes known as Gentleman Rabbit (in translation)

    April 4, 2014

  • (see anagram-poetry)

    April 3, 2014

  • it makes me think of an incomplete, particularly bizarre tabloid headline

    "BILBY GOT CHUB," TATTLES JILTED MISTRESS

    April 3, 2014

  • in re: potate as verb, I guess no official definition as such, but there is potator and compotator

    April 3, 2014

  • just want to say that I believe the limerick below was originally penned by Ogden Nash

    April 3, 2014

  • I liked this one

    April 3, 2014

  • tine, tres-tine?

    April 3, 2014

  • ce n’est pas une montagne


    ...anyway yes you caught me editing my comment. I just edited it again, so ha

    April 2, 2014

  • Blorenge or sometimes The Blorenge (/ˈblɒrɨndʒ/; WelshBlorens) is a prominent hill which overlooks the valley of the River Usk in Monmouthshiresoutheast WalesIt is situated in the southeastern corner of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The summit plateau reaches a height of 1,841 feet (561 m)

    April 2, 2014

  • A little late to the game, but how about Blorenge? I know, I know, kind of a stretch but I mean what else is there?

    April 2, 2014

  • RUZUZU YOU CAN PUT BACK ON
    (·_·)
    ( ·_·)>⌐■-■
    (⌐■_■)
    YOUR PANTS
    not correcting you bilby, but this is how it played out in my head

    April 2, 2014

  • I've come to accept that—and as I type this it dawns on me that it may be a natural law on the order of every potential list is an existing list—that an open list may at any moment evolve unpredictably as an emergent behavior arising from adventitious contributions. And pretty much all my lists are open. So that's fine. I guess I should ask if ruzuzu wants to put pants back

    April 1, 2014

  • I would imagine that's a different sense of the word, i.e. (malevolent) supernatural agency.
    umm...pants? as in pantaloons? as in St. Pantaleon?

    April 1, 2014

  • this definition goes not with sacrosancta but with biotic or the suffix -biotic

    April 1, 2014

  • yummmm

    April 1, 2014

  • cf. shitkicker

    March 31, 2014

  • something to do, perhaps, with the uncanny valley?

    March 31, 2014

  • the above definition belongs under kümmel. Not sure what a DaJuane is.

    March 28, 2014

  • that is amazing.

    March 28, 2014

  • album graecum

    March 27, 2014

  • spellbound. wishing for more.

    March 27, 2014

  • pickled okra

    March 27, 2014

  • welcome to Wordnik—hope my humorless, cack-handed attempt at a bit of friendly ribbing doesn't deter you from exploring all that this site has to offer.

    March 27, 2014

  • yummmm

    March 26, 2014

  • transliteration of an ancient Greek word, used by Socrates, meaning wonder

    March 26, 2014

  • hey ruzuzuzuzuzu, can I jettison the contents of the-whole-wordnik-catalog here? I'm kind of not feeling that list anymore and I want to give it the deep-six, but some of those items I think would go nicely here.

    March 26, 2014

  • how about bulb syringe and nasal aspirator, apparatuses for removal of snot without employing, um, oral suction?

    March 26, 2014

  • #megalomania

    March 26, 2014

  • per google,

    pudeur
    /pyooˈdər/
    noun
    1. a sense of shame or embarrassment, esp. with regard to matters of a sexual or personal nature.

    March 26, 2014

  • greetings, Earthlings, on behalf of Wordnik, where a term has been devised to describe the spectrum of consumption of inanimate vs animate biomass

    you folks are breathtaking. i'm out of my league

    March 26, 2014

  • from the autophagy page on Wikipedia, I went to a link that said there is disagreement as to whether things like nailbiting amount to autocannibalism. Pathologically speaking, that is. If you want to be super literal, yes, eating skin would make you a cannibal while hair and nails would not (since it's not "flesh" in the normal sense).

    March 25, 2014

  • I like thinking about both Magritte and Duchamp questioning, in different ways, the power and role of representation. this sentence is false, paradox or nonsense? It reminds me that language is not only fun, but highly mysterious in its interplay of both constructing and being constructed by consciousness—with literature, art, and the sense of smell among the emergent phenomena (arguably) arising from that interplay.

    Also i like Miro but his work always makes me think of Klee. i don't know what that means

    March 25, 2014

  • the comments on bemute led me to conskite, beray, bescumber and finally immerd which appears to be the more common form of this word

    March 25, 2014

  • This reminds me of a character in a historical novel (Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson), a rogue whose pseudonym was "L’Emmerdeur,” which I think can be translated as “the enshittener”.

    March 25, 2014

  • did NPR specify the spelling? If this is a back-forming from lygerastia, wouldn't we normally spell it lygerast, in parallel with pederast?

    March 25, 2014

  • I feel like I've heard this word many times, more or less interchangeably with coastline, in phrasings like "along the coastway," but I can't find very much at all in the way of citations/definitions. I wonder if it's a regional thing.

    March 25, 2014

  • He spit on the Americans. The spit hit Roland Weary's shoulder, gave Weary a fourragière of snot and blutwurst and tobacco juice, and Schnapps.
    —Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five

    March 25, 2014

  • yes, that must be it. Thanks!!

    March 25, 2014

  • Latin American Spanish, equivalent to asshole

    March 25, 2014

  • see culero

    March 25, 2014

  • an organism that engages in autophagy.

    …evil in the form of two rather appalling manifestations: a cannibal and an autophage. He notes that our attention is immediately captivated by one…while the other is largely overlooked. One possible explanation for this, he suggests, is that we have no place to put the notion of a person who consumes his or her own flesh; this is a form of being with the self that we cannot really conceive of.
    Territories of Evil, ed. Nancy Billias, 2008

    March 25, 2014

  • discussion of this word on the English language Stackexchange site. Appears to be old Irish colloquial or dialectical variant of deluder, i.e., one who attempts to delude or obfuscate.

    March 25, 2014

  • found on wordinfo.info:

    polychronicon
    A chronicle of many events or periods.
    see also Examples at Polychronicon

    March 25, 2014

  • I can't find a definition for this anywhere.

    March 25, 2014

  • ruzuzu, thx I wasn't sure if anyone was gonna get that—it was tenuous

    Erin, thanks a mill (as in a million, not 1/1000 of a thanks)

    March 25, 2014

  • yarb, I welcome your vomit. Wait, that doesn't sound right...o well.

    March 24, 2014

  • Can someone from the site help me remove this from my list inaugural-list? I accidentally pasted it in there and now I can't get rid of it.

    March 24, 2014

  • NPR didn't get it quite right. one of Sagan's catchphrases was "billions and billions"; I'm assuming they figured this would have to denote no less than 2¹² + 2¹², whereas strictly speaking, 1¹²+1 is technically "billions". Math pedantry aside, the Jargon File v5.0.1 has:

    sagan: /say'gn/, n. (from Carl Sagan's TV series Cosmos; think “billions and billions”) A large quantity of anything. “There's a sagan different ways to tweak Emacs.”

    March 24, 2014

  • I think I agree but am wondering what the exact nature of its mouthfeel is. My source seems to be indicating sʌˌdʒɪtəˈpoʊtəntwhile I would think it would be ˌsædʒɪˈtɪpətənt—kind of like "Sagit" in Sagittarius + "ipotent" in omnipotent


    not to be doctrinaire, given that in the entire English-speaking world, it's probably been spoken aloud only a smattering of times in the past hundred years. also, who the heck cares. I almost want to delete this comment now but I spent way too long piecing together those IPA symbols

    March 24, 2014

  • *France*

    March 24, 2014

  • Sagittipotent (suh-jit-uh-poht-nt) adj. 1656-1656, having great ability in archery
    Ex. The sagittipotent hunter found himself unable to kill the beautiful white stag.
    —from the Dead Words

    March 24, 2014

  • see trilost

    March 24, 2014

  • to peruse the wtf tagging section is to go a-wandering in a ward of gibbering bedlamites

    March 24, 2014

  • see comments at undisableable

    March 24, 2014

  • *shudder*

    March 24, 2014

  • if anti-SPAM comes into contact with SPAM, do they mutually annihilate?

    March 22, 2014

  • so I decided that the more mundane yet unusual items needed their own list, while the "Whole Wordnik Catalog" is now solely a repository of the nonsensical, madeupical, farcical, and heretical; so that's how "Polychronic Liquidators" came into the picture. And by all means add any nonsense here that strikes your fancy.

    March 21, 2014

  • bilby, don't tag this SPAM. These people are on the up-and-up, despite appearances.

    March 21, 2014

  • tamale?

    March 21, 2014

  • found on urbandictionary.com. The definitions aren't too clear, but it sounds like it's a vehicle owner who performs their own repairs, or possibly any car mechanic who works independently at their home; as though in a yard, under a shade tree. Looking at the twitter content, either of those holds up.

    March 21, 2014

  • retrotech has no official entry here but a while back i added some citations that make it sound to me like it'd lend itself pretty well to that idea, qms.

    March 21, 2014

  • mind screw you too

    March 21, 2014

  • see kosmokrator

    March 21, 2014

  • ancient appellation for a ruler, human or supernatural, of the world or of the cosmos. Also spelled cosmocrator

    March 21, 2014

  • another name for the infinite monkey theorem

    March 20, 2014

  • unrelated to theriac, but I just want to say that at first I was all "wait—therianthrope is so commonly used that it has a shortened form?" and then I looked at the content examples and I was all, "ohhh... furfans"

    March 20, 2014

  • collective noun for cobblers. A drunkship of cobblers.
    (from oxforddictionaries.com)

    March 20, 2014

  • latruncular, survenue

    March 20, 2014

  • nice! possibly related to / derived from shivaree?
    Also, happy anniversary! (your last comment was a year and a day ago)

    March 20, 2014

  • an installation of concrete into the matrix of which largish (>100lb) blocks of stone have been imbedded

    March 20, 2014

  • it's up to you. i seem to recall that the supposed double entendre in the lyric and song title was only ever speculative and was disavowed by the songwriters. yet it persists in the zeitgeist

    March 20, 2014

  • 1 to fill out a form containing blank lines indicating where data should be entered.
    2. to resolve missing pieces of information necessary to complete a history or analysis of some event or occurrence.

    3. interj. "you can figure out the rest", "you can infer the remaining information"

    March 20, 2014

  • adj. describing something that is essentially unchanged from one instance to the next, with only names or other particular details changed. cf. cookie-cutter

    March 20, 2014

  • this is the best translation I could come up with for "chattering delirium"

    March 20, 2014

  • thanks yarb! i'm glad you're entertained

    March 20, 2014

  • hi madmouth! yeesh, some glaring omissions on my part and so thanks. i took the liberty of adjusting a couple of your additions to suit my orthographic cacoethes, hope this isn't a slap in the face. you're persona grata on my lists anytime

    March 20, 2014

  • indeed it is

    March 20, 2014

  • this definition doesn't go with the word. I've been tagging such instances glitch definition, but I can't with this one, I think because of the apostrophe

    March 20, 2014

  • I went on a hunt for a pronunciation and was frustrated. However I did find that the Humr are an African tribe, one out of the grouping of Arabic-speaking nomadic cattle herding tribes known as the Baggara inhabiting the Sahel region. Humr means "the red ones."

    see also Umm Nyolokh.

    March 19, 2014

  • see tardigrade, water bear

    March 19, 2014

  • older Irish colloq., see strap game

    March 19, 2014

  • a swindle in which a strap or belt is folded at its midpoint, then rolled up tightly; the mark is enjoined to bet that he can arrest the unrolling of the strap when both ends are pulled, by inserting a pencil in center of the roll.

    March 19, 2014

  • yum

    March 19, 2014

  • you could always make your own list...

    March 18, 2014

  • Jeez, maybe I'm a whippersnapper or something; I can't understand why this (and fart) are tagged "offensive"? "Impolite" and "use carefully" I could agree with, but offensive?

    March 18, 2014

  • curba, degree-day, dichas

    March 18, 2014

  • as indicated above, the following definition is found under the Century Dictionary & Cyclopedia entry at sorrow:

    n. The devil: used generally as an expletive in imprecation, often implying negation. Compare devil, n., 7. Sometimes the muckle sorrow. Also spelled sorra.

    March 18, 2014

  • could go on your lists of heraldic terminology

    March 18, 2014

  • madmouth anticipated this list: list of mustard diseases

    March 18, 2014

  • made me think of amphiscian

    March 18, 2014

  • doesn't make sense that amphiscii is the plural of this word, because shouldn't then the singular be amphiscios (or amphiscius)?

    March 18, 2014

  • found on dict.org

    Golden sulphide of antimony, or Golden sulphuret of antimony (Chem.), the pentasulphide of antimony, a golden or orange yellow powder.

    March 18, 2014

  • from the Webster's 1913 dictionary
    (old chemistry) stannic chloride; the chloride of tin, SnCl4, forming a colorless, mobile liquid which fumes in the air. Mixed with water it solidifies to the so-called butter of tin
    this could go on glypheme's "Magic Ingredients" list.

    March 18, 2014

  • from Wikipedia:

    A camoufleur is a person who designed and implemented military camouflage in one of the world wars of the twentieth century. The term was originally a person serving in a First World War French military camouflage unit. In the Second World War, the British camouflage officers of the Middle East Command Camouflage Directorate, led by Geoffrey Barkas in the Western Desert, called themselves camoufleurs, and edited a humorous newsletter called The Fortnightly Fluer. Such men were often professional artists. The term is used by extension for all First and Second World War camouflage specialists. Some of these pioneered camouflage techniques.
    See also comments under camofleur

    March 17, 2014

  • *facepalm* ...camoufleur is obviously the correct form. I think that is why I had little success finding citations.
    Here is a google books search ngram showing that camoufleur is by far the more prevalent spelling; in fact the number of instances of camOfleur is below the threshold needed to appear in the graph.

    March 17, 2014

  • see black fox

    March 17, 2014

  • this is slide-spitting!

    March 17, 2014

  • this is amazing. thank you for finding this.

    March 17, 2014

  • see comments at bumbaclot

    March 14, 2014

  • This word is of Jamaican origin. In Jamaican patois it means ‘blood cloth,’ referring to a menstrual pad, and commonly is used as an expression of anger or annoyance, or a general derogatory epithet.

    March 14, 2014

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  • 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

  • duplicitous flibbertigibbet! declivitous vicissitudes indicate this's titty-twisting, innit?

    January 18, 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
    and it is enthralling—literally: I am now its thrall

    December 18, 2012

  • A general comment: "Random word" may be considered potentially NSFW.

    December 13, 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