ry commented on the word teleolexical
There’s even a word to describe words that are exactly the right word for what you want to say – “teleolexical”. Why wouldn’t we want to give every word a chance to be someone’s teleolexical word?
June 12, 2018
ry commented on the word Antum
There is a definition under antum. The consort of the sky god Anu in ancient Babylonian myth.
ry commented on the word Taprobane
pronounced tap-ROB-a-nee. Name used by the ancient Greeks, from the time of Alexander, to refer to the island of Sri Lanka.
ry commented on the word Taprobana
ry commented on the word lapis exilis
In ancient alchemy, a precious stone believed to cause the phoenix to renew its youth. Also referred to as the "slender stone." In the work of 13th-century minnesinger Wolfram von Eschenbach, the Lapis exilis is conflated with the Holy Grail.
ry commented on the word Molokan
A member of various Russian free-thinking Christian sects.
A Molokan (Russian: молокан, IPA:məlɐˈkan or молоканин, "dairy-eater") is a member of various Spiritual Christian sects that evolved from Eastern Christianity in the East Slavic lands...The term Molokan is an exonym used by their Orthodox neighbors; they tend to identify themselves as Spiritual Christians (духовные христиане, dukhovnye khristiane).
ry commented on the word vis inertiae
Vis inertiae1. The resistance of matter, as when a body at rest is set in motion, or a body in motion is brought to rest, or has its motion changed, either in direction or in velocity.2. Inertness; inactivity.Usage notesVis inertiae and inertia are not strictly synonymous. The former implies the resistance itself which is given, while the latter implies merely the property by which it is given.
1. The resistance of matter, as when a body at rest is set in motion, or a body in motion is brought to rest, or has its motion changed, either in direction or in velocity.
2. Inertness; inactivity.
Vis inertiae and inertia are not strictly synonymous. The former implies the resistance itself which is given, while the latter implies merely the property by which it is given.
ry commented on the word roister
never thought I would like a piece of verse with the word 'moister' in it, but the conceit has now proven false.
ry commented on the word hypoechogenic
in medicine, refers to body parts that are minimally echogenic, reflecting less sound waves in ultrasound scanning.
ry commented on the word atramentum
obsolete form of atrament. In ancient Rome, atramentum referred to various types of black coloring matter, such as writing ink or octopus ink.
ry commented on the word amarevole
In music, "with bitterness;" "poignantly." Used as a musical direction
June 11, 2018
ry commented on the word retrocausation
ry commented on the word glitch definition
PSA: I have been using this to tag "words" whose definitions that belong to other words entirely. Anyone else is of course welcome to do the same.
There are also alexz's glitched-definitions and TankHughes' this-definition-is-wrong lists.
Eyebeam is amusing.
June 4, 2018
ry commented on the list i-fold
June 2, 2018
ry commented on the word Sadalmelik
sa‘d al-malik "Luck of the king". An equatorial star, Alpha Aquarii, a yellow supergiant.
March 7, 2018
ry commented on the word Zaurak
Arabic, "the Boat". Traditional name of Gamma Eridani, a southern star, a red giant.
ry commented on the list just-one-thing
tie one on, one of the boys, got it in one, one day (or one fine day?) one-two punch, one thing after another, with one hand tied behind one's back
March 1, 2018
ry commented on the word ugly cry
phrasal verb, to effect agonized crying or sobbing with such "ugly" displays as grimacing/facial clenching, flush, shuddering, rhinorrhea, etc. Merriam Webster did a blog post about it.
January 19, 2018
ry commented on the list fictional-beasties
November 22, 2017
ry commented on the list steampunk
hard to believe it's been almost 5 years since the week that this list took over my life
November 21, 2017
ry commented on the user Jewelnik
ry commented on the word pappy-mashy
obsolete slang corruption of papier-mâché
November 20, 2017
ry commented on the list kickassery
cf. Words that make me want to drink single malt scotch whiskey
May 6, 2017
ry commented on the word quagma
theorized phase of matter occurring at extremely high temperature and density, composed of free quarks. Could have been extant shortly after the Big Bang
January 31, 2017
ry commented on the list thwartmanteau
similar to cloud-mine
November 29, 2016
ry commented on the word banhammer
This word is still in high frequency usage in video gaming contexts, from my observation. Blogs and such, it does seem a little dated, recalling to mind things like Geocities and latter Usenet. I don't think it was much in common usage at all prior to 2000, though. It's not in the jargon file, which is telling.
November 24, 2016
ry commented on the word Sachlichkeit
see comment at Neue Sachlichkeit
November 23, 2016
ry commented on the word Neue Sachlichkeit
A German post-Expressionist style of art circa 1920s.
Although "New Objectivity" has been the most common translation of "Neue Sachlichkeit", other translations have included "New Matter-of-factness", "New Resignation", "New Sobriety", and "New Dispassion". The art historian Dennis Crockett says there is no direct English translation, and breaks down the meaning in the original German:
Sachlichkeit should be understood by its root, Sache, meaning "thing", "fact", "subject", or "object." Sachlich could be best understood as "factual", "matter-of-fact", "impartial", "practical", or "precise"; Sachlichkeit is the noun form of the adjective/adverb and usually implies "matter-of-factness".
ry commented on the word lightmans
archaic British cant slang, referring to daylight/daytime. cf. darkmans
November 22, 2016
ry commented on the word kakistocratic
of, like, or in the manner of a kakistocracy
ry commented on the word Aspinwall
obsolete American name for the city of Colón, Panama
ry commented on the word kappa
I saw this word used in online conversations with video gamers. Fascinating article about how the word is used as a sort of emoticon indicating sarcasm or mild provocation:http://fivethirtyeight.com/features/why-a-former-twitch-employee-has-one-of-the-most-reproduced-faces-ever/The most interesting part of is how this usage derives, tortuously, from the Japanese folkloric kappa.
ry commented on the word Palilicum
archaic name for the star Aldebaran
ry commented on the word trabaccalo
see comments at trabaccolo
ry commented on the word trabacalo
ry commented on the word trabaccolo
A type of shallow-hulled sailing coaster once used in the Adriatic as a cargo vessel. Typically about 20 meters long with a crew of 10-20. Also trabaccalo, trabacalo
ry commented on the word peu de chose
French, "a few things." A trifle or trifling matter. c'est peu de chose: essentially, "it's nothing; don't worry about it."
ry commented on the word shithawk
I always understood this to refer to a person who stirs up trouble, and/or enjoys watching others argue and fight.I found this which says it is "a person who does not prevent bad behavior," per students at University of Leicester (UK)
ry commented on the word zedification
Can be used to refer to a somewhat vague linguistic process. See comment at zedify
ry commented on the word zedify
to shorten a normal word with the letter Z at the end. usually used in text messages or in chat rooms/instant messaging programs on the net.
2moz instead of tomorrow; soz instead of Sorry
ry commented on the word Chewbacca Defense
perhaps a useful phrase for political discourse circa 2016...
ry commented on the word merked
see comment under merk
ry commented on the word merk
transitive verb (slang): to murder, literally or figuratively. From "mercenary." To "get merked" is to be killed; to be beaten badly (in a game, sport, or exchange of insults); or to become highly intoxicated.
ry commented on the word envirofactory
seems like the definition given ("positively influences the environment") would require the facility to produce something of value to the environment rather than simply doing no harm. I.e., solar distributed back into the grid, compost production, waste heat recovery, etc. etc. Simply having a zero-waste facility, laudable as it is, wouldn't fit the criteria given.
October 19, 2016
ry commented on the word cynical foul
Heard this watching football (soccer and Irish football). An intentional or tactical foul, i.e., with little or no intent to gain the ball but instead for breaking opponents' rhythm, stopping an attack, intimidation or sometimes even sheer bloody-mindedness
ry commented on the word phong
shorthand in computer graphics for Phong shading. Phong shading is an implementation of the Phong reflection model, which is a local illumination model devised by computer scientist Bui Tuong Phong in the 1970s that can produce a certain degree of realism in three-dimensional object rendering by combining three elements—diffuse, specular and ambient lighting—for each considered point (usually a pixel) on a surface.
Phong is the math behind that particular jelly-like sheen that is, or was, common to many computer graphics renderings.
October 18, 2016
ry commented on the word womp womp
A written representation of various trombone stings used humorously in television and film to punctuate instances of misfortune, stupidity, or awful jokes.One examplehttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKdcjJoXeEYcf. rimshot
October 12, 2016
ry commented on the list words-that-can-be-typed-entirely-with-the-left-hand
ry commented on the word self-own
slang, noun. An act or instance of owning oneself, usually as an unintended consequence of some act—"own" in the sense of defeating, subjugating, embarrassing or otherwise achieving dominance over another (cf. pwn). Often, a self-own is when someone inadvertently insults themselves due to unawareness of the implications of their own statement(s).Not related to the political concept of self-ownership
ry commented on the word stuffie
cf. plushie.Also a style of word-listing from back in the day: stuffie-the-castle-keep; stuffie-who-s-keeping-score; stuffie-monging; stuffie-picking-up-the-pieces
September 30, 2016
ry commented on the list phraseologue-one-two-punch
similar/related lists: collection-o-collocations, collocative-phrases, great-race-horse-names3, phrases--cool, junk-drawer--2
also if you are interested in simply huge programmatically generated lists of all possible collocations within various subjects, you can check out gulyasrobi's lists.
The Google Books ngram generator (https://books.google.com/ngrams) is a fun tool for this stuff. Also the COCA (http://corpus.byu.edu/coca/) for serious, committed wordgeekery.
ry commented on the user hiteshkalwani1112
September 29, 2016
ry commented on the word zyxnoid
seems like a kind of mountweazel, in a way
September 26, 2016
ry commented on the word dramady
this is usually spelled dramedy
ry commented on the word sabretasche
I've always seen this spelt sabretache
ry commented on the word aliquote
April 25, 2016
ry commented on the word renaissance-fair jazz
March 28, 2016
ry commented on the word hot second
Slang, a very short time.
March 23, 2016
ry commented on the word hot minute
slang. A very long time. Not to be confused with a hot second, which is a very short time.
ry commented on the word aspie
many persons diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome consider this an acceptable and even affectionate epithet. Some however do not.
February 22, 2016
ry commented on the word aspy
more commonly rendered as aspie
ry commented on the word kerflooey
I haven't heard that. kablooey is common. I say splooey. Or "it asploded"
January 20, 2016
ry commented on the word easy listening satanic
from a deleted wikipedia article.
December 24, 2015
ry commented on the word the man on the Clapham omnibus
The man on the Clapham omnibus is a hypothetical reasonable person, used by the courts in English law where it is necessary to decide whether a party has acted as a reasonable person would — for example, in a civil action for negligence. The man on the Clapham omnibus is a reasonably educated and intelligent but nondescript person, against whom the defendant's conduct can be measured.
November 19, 2015
ry commented on the word paenula
November 13, 2015
ry commented on the word reverse-spelunkering
shouldn't this be reverse spelunking?
ry commented on the word stickerbomb
to put stickers on walls in public places as a form of street art, vandalism, or both
November 12, 2015
ry commented on the list hats-off
ry commented on the word grindage
the consensus on urbandictionary is that this word refers to food, but after a cursory read through of Google search results, I conclude that it means whatever you want it to mean.
ry commented on the word Yaeyama
see comment at yaeyaema
ry commented on the word wordstrife
this should go on those "words about words" type lists maintained by some wordniks
ry commented on the word keraunophilia
a great fondness or paraphilia for thunder, lightning, and/or thunderstorms
November 11, 2015
ry commented on the word Fedexodus
It doesn't have anything to do with FedEx?
ry commented on the word cumberer
i don't know if I can adequately follow that madmouth, I have a motto of sorts that's apt here, "ry: paltry ribaldry"
ry commented on the word sardonic
that must be one of the top ten etymologies I have ever read.
November 10, 2015
ry commented on the user ry
Hi everyone, by the way. How are you all?
Or a county cumberer would be more alliterative. But you could also say maybe a borough burden. Or a burg blag? Or a local lackadaisical. a district drain. a parish pain point. Sorry. Suggesting any kind of simple wordplay to me is like waving a chew toy over your dog's head
ry commented on the word Tarascon
a commune in the south of France, population ~13,500. Legendary stomping ground of the tarasque in the 1st century CE.
ry commented on the word -gasm
this is used to form any number of hyperbolic nonce words referring to a "climactic" level of enthusiasm for something.
ry commented on the word superfino
a sizing grade of arborio rice used in making risotto. The largest-grained varieties of arborio rice are termed superfino.
weird, this word appears on Wiktionary but the Wiktionary entry does not appear here.Nouncumberer (plural cumberers)Someone or something that cumbers
ry commented on the word scheedam
archaic alternate spelling of schiedam, referring to gin.
ry commented on the word z-stack
the "stack" of photographic images of the same subject, captured at different focal depths, used in focus stacking, a.k.a. z-stacking.
ry commented on the word z-stacking
see focus stacking
ry commented on the word focus stacking
"Focus stacking (also known as focal plane merging and z-stacking or focus blending) is a digital image processing technique which combines multiple images taken at different focus distances to give a resulting image with a greater depth of field (DOF) than any of the individual source images."
In French, this refers to the technique of "focus stacking" in digital image processing
ry commented on the word piezostage
alternate rendering of piezo stage
ry commented on the word piezo stage
"A piezo stage can be defined as a mechanical device driven be a piezoelectric actuator, which provides one or more axis of motion. In the case of nanopositioning, a piezo stage makes use of flexure hinges where a moving platform is linked to a static base."
whatever that means
ry commented on the word Blankshire
doesn't someone have a list of purely nominal locations?
November 9, 2015
ry commented on the word strom
it keeps the malt in the vat.
ry commented on the word détenus
oh hmm I've been tagging such words under glitch definition for a while now. i will continue to do so, no reason we can't have a list *and* a tag
ry commented on the word car-warrior
Interesting word. All the citations above are from the Mahabharata. Various heroic figures in the story are repeatedly referred to as "car-warrior". Appears to be a translation of the Sanskrit ratha which literally refers to a chariot.
ry commented on the word Kalebhut
I can't figure out what language this is from, but as shown in the citation, it meant "black devil" in a central Indian dialect as of 1919.
ry commented on the word picklement
pickle (as in to be in a pickle–see Wiktionary definition #4) + predicament
ry commented on the word Asterius
Alternate name for any of the Greek mythological figures called Asterion. Also a lesser known Greek Arian theologian of ancient Anatolia.
ry commented on the word Asterion
Distinct from the anatomical asterion, this is the name of several Greek mythological figures, including two kings of Crete, a minotaur, and a river god.
ry commented on the word chatoiement
don't know why I had this on my list of stuff to look up, but for the record, it's French, a noun meaning shimmer or shimmering
glitch definition. This is a French word meaning "detainees" or "inmates".
Lovely archival flickr content here.
ry commented on the word vitivert
archaic alternate spelling of vetiver
ry commented on the word tin mordant
from Webster's Revised Unabridged 1913: (Dyeing) stannous chloride, used as a mordant in dyeing and calico printing.
could go on lists of dyes/pigments.
ry commented on the word nar
this is great. I wonder if it is derived from gnarly?
ry commented on the word culaccino
supposedly this is an italian word referring to the ring of liquid or condensation left on a surface by a beverage in a glass.
November 3, 2015
ry commented on the word you may wait here in the sitting room or you can sit here in the waiting room
I'm great in the living room, but I'll live in the great room.
October 16, 2015
ry commented on the word hedcut
a type of illustration particular to the Wall Street Journal; a pen and ink head-and-shoulders portrait in a style mimicking the woodcuts used in early journalism.
ry commented on the word fanacle
a small temple or shrine
October 8, 2015
ry commented on the word pixelated
upset about how many times recently I've seen this word confused with pixilated. Otherwise reputable publishers in various media cannot seem to find proofreaders who know the difference.
October 6, 2015
ry commented on the word lumberjill
I nominate this for WOTD
ry commented on the list at-the-very-front
ry commented on the word mooseknuckle
also defined under moose knuckle
ry commented on the list a-particular-set
I want to read this book
ry commented on the word shot and killed
Late one night at home i was writing down ideas for a thing about postcolonialism or something like that and fell asleep. i woke up in the wee hours and the last paragraph i'd written unmistakably narrated a dream sequence, in some version of my handwriting, shaky but legible. Something about the Minotaur and my brother and a cargo ship full of hay bales? don't remember. i couldn't remember any part of the actual experience, but it was observed on some level obviously. i think i still have the page somewhere. strange
September 25, 2015
ry commented on the word schadenfreude
I don't know if it was already done between 2010 and now, but I have made a list of most listed words. I think schadenfreude continues to be the most listed word on this site.
ry commented on the word monomath
this reminds me of The Illustrated Guide to a Ph.D. from a few years back.
September 18, 2015
ry commented on the word burglarious
this was my first favorite word. I remember being pretty small, reading it somewhere, looking it up and becoming very enthused
September 1, 2015
ry commented on the list go-phrases
go to the mat, go for the gold, go big, go big or go home, go hard in the paint
August 29, 2015
ry commented on the word doodlesack
I got this from "Random Word" a couple weeks ago and had the same thought.
August 28, 2015
ry commented on the word epitrochasm
as in rhetoric(?)
August 24, 2015
ry commented on the list femmesque
August 20, 2015
ry commented on the word spunktrumpet
I think there may have been an upswing in usage starting with this:
August 18, 2015
I'm sure this is simply the newest variation on the theme of words like cum dumpster, douchecanoe, turd burglar, fucknugget etc.(sorry for the profanity, I'm a fan of creative swearing)
ry commented on the word dogecoin
a half-serious alternative to bitcoin
August 14, 2015
ry commented on the list three-toed-portmanteaus
I had that book.
July 24, 2015
ry commented on the word lying sack
this is a shortened form of lying sack of shit, that i've heard younger folks use here and there in the last few years. "Don't listen to him, he's a lying sack," sort of thing.
July 21, 2015
ry commented on the list the-verbing-nouns
ry commented on the word unsanitary
like "that sounds too unsanitary," or "an unsanitary choice of words"? I've definitely not seen or heard such usage.
ry commented on the word Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem
The rock/jazz/funk band of long standing on The Muppet Show and in related film properties.
Also a bar on Valencia Street in San Francisco, CA.
ry commented on the word Thirty-Machete Cheddar Element
this got some attention and so I was remiss in not mentioning that it's simply an anagram of Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem which is itself an amazing bit of verbiage
ry commented on the word do a u-ie
to perform a u-ie, or U-turn
ry commented on the list phraseologue---x-the-y
oye vendingmachine, I took off a few of your additions bc this list is actually supposed to be phrases that included the word “the.” But of the ones I took off, most are now installed on phraseologue and phraseologue---confabular-locutions, so your efforts are far from in vain!But, I can't take off phrases that have apostrophes. if you see this can you take off beat one's brains out, blow one's top, break someone's heart, catch one's eye, and any others like that?not sure what to make of anasmkaa’s suggestion...
ry commented on the user ruzuzu
so myriad led to banzai via tags and I added that...therefore banzai, ruzuzuzuzuzu
July 20, 2015
Sort of an opportunity here
any suggestions for what word I should list next?
ry commented on the word folkbiology
see comment at folk biology
July 7, 2015
ry commented on the word folk biology
How people naturally classify and reason about the organic world, distinct from scientific biology.
"Humans everywhere classify animals and plants into obvious species-like groups...."
Folk biology (Wikipedia)
"The term "folkbiology" refers to people's everyday understanding of the biological world—how they perceive, categorize, and reason about living kinds. The study of folkbiology not only sheds light on human nature, it may ultimately help us make the transition to a global economy without irreparably damaging the environment or destroying local cultures."
Folkbiology (MIT Press)
ry commented on the word credobaptism
adult baptism (to oversimplify quite a bit), as opposed to pedobaptism
ry commented on the word uriposia
the drinking of urine.(from urine + Greek posis, drinking)
ry commented on the word uriposiac
ry commented on the word shotblast
wait so would media blasting be an umbrella term that includes shotblasting, sandblasting and bead blasting?
I was just looking at a website that talks about this and they talk about blast media (as in, the media with which a surface is blasted) which is a super delightful phrase.
ry commented on the word full fathom five
five full fathoms (~30 feet) under water, i.e, drowned, probably.an English catchphrase, originally from The Tempest
ry commented on the word vice-husband
a man who adopts some part of the role of husband to a woman who is widowed, separated, or otherwise unable or unwilling to (re-)marry.
And Laura waited long, and wept a little,And thought of wearing weeds, as well she might;She almost lost all appetite for victual,And could not sleep with ease along at night;She deem'd the window-frames and shutters brittleAgainst a daring House-breaker or Sprite,And so She thought it prudent to connect her.With a Vice-husband, chiefly to protect her.
ry commented on the word joglaressa
Archaic, a female troubadour or jongleur. Feminine of Old Provençal joglar.
ry commented on the word anchialine
An anchialine pool or pond (pronounced "AN-key-ah-lin", from Greek ankhialos, "near the sea") is a landlocked body of water with a subterranean connection to the ocean.
ry commented on the word cryptopolar
Describing a spore in which the distal and proximal faces have dissimilar sculpturing and lacks tetrad mark. Example: Calobryum dentatum, Haplomitrium hookeri.
Glossary of Pollen and Spore Terminology
to treat a metal surface in order to clean or polish it, by continously impacting it with shot (round metallic, glass, or ceramic particles) impelled at high velocities by air pressure or other mechanism.
ry commented on the word shotblasting
ry commented on the word etourderie
thoughtlessness, blundering, absent-mindedness, or an instance thereof; a careless mistake
ry commented on the word hundo
one hundred. Usually in reference to US currency, i.e., a hundred dollars or a US$100 bill.
markusloke — these are great...some of them I can't believe I missed.
June 24, 2015
ry commented on the word world suck
this noun usage of suck is also seen in the military catchphrase embrace the suck.
May 26, 2015
ry commented on the word cubics
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
ry commented on the word take
see above in the Wiktionary entries:
"intransitive v. To have the intended effect; operate or work: The skin graft took."
March 3, 2015
ry commented on the word hell-bent for leather
March 2, 2015
ry commented on the word mitraille
see also mitrailleuse
ry commented on the word noncat
i would like to nominate this for WOTD as an excellent example of the kind of spectacularly deadpan output lexicography often produces
ry commented on the list words-we-dont-really-need
*disapproves of the premise of this list while heartened at there being only one word on it*
ry commented on the word thirded
cf. me three
ry commented on the word rotative evitator
the elusive "palindrome-anagram poem" (cf. loons snool).
February 11, 2015
ry commented on the word chastice
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
ry commented on the word obvuto
February 2, 2015
ry commented on the list leximation--words-i-imagined
January 29, 2015
ry commented on the word orgiophant
one who oversees or presides over orgies. OED, I think
ry commented on the word Fufluna
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.
ry commented on the word Tyrrhenia
Ancient name of Etruria
ry commented on the word concinnitous
displaying or having concinnity
ry commented on the word fastcraft
high-speed watercraft, often of hydrofoil, hovercraft, or catamaran design
ry commented on the word porcupig
ry commented on the word shoad-stone
"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)
ry commented on the word metagrabolized
is this a legit alternate spelling of metagrobolized?
ry commented on the word metagrobolized
cf. blutterbunged, addlepated
ry commented on the word slimskin
for reference, see sea elephant
November 5, 2014
November 4, 2014
ry commented on the list is-this-a-dagger-i-see-before-me
September 21, 2014
ry commented on the word vast majority
hmm, similar to the popular (but strictly speaking, mis-) conception of the meaning of lion's share
ry commented on the word terms of venery
collective nouns specific to groups of animals. see comment at term of venery.
September 12, 2014
ry commented on the word term of venery
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".
ry commented on the word terror
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
ry commented on the user michelledevilliersart
check out hairy eyeball
ry commented on the list words-that-shouldn-t-be-used-on-a-first-date
imagine a first date where all these words were used, though.
ry commented on the list strangely-exigent-phrases
bilby, erin, belated thanks.
ry commented on the word finna
reliable reddit. this is more like a cool 2004 word. not surprised it's in Wiktionary.
September 5, 2014
ry commented on the word dreadnoughtus
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.
ry commented on the word drop the mic and walk away
June 16, 2014
ry commented on the word infra-dignitatem
infra dig is actually far more common
ry commented on the word Uvid
ry commented on the word roll down a hill
ry commented on the word cast a wide net
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
ry commented on the list mapeupical-hipster-words
May 12, 2014
ry commented on the word putnisite
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 <a href="https://www.wordnik.com/words/Mohs%20scale"; target=_blank">Mohs</a> 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.
ry commented on the word Yolo Swaggins
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
ry commented on the word rumbo
I enjoyed this limerick very much.
ry commented on the word fever-bright
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."
ry commented on the user mamagoose26
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.
ry commented on the word eat dirt
to fall on one's face, or to die.
ry commented on the word ayo
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
ry commented on the word POWER! LIGHTNING STRIKES! SMITING!
ruzuzu's new favorite list
ry commented on the word cynogamy
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")
ry commented on the word birth mother
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.
ry commented on the word hindsighting
leveraging punch-out optionality would reduce synergy and damage my personal brand though.
April 25, 2014
ry commented on the word stdafx
glitch definition. this definition belongs under recombinant DNA, I believe
ry commented on the word vitrail
n. - (pl. -aux ) stained glass.
April 24, 2014
ry commented on the word lechuga
Spanish for lettuce
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