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skipvia has looked up 62 words, created 42 lists, listed 1821 words, written 2944 comments, added 2211 tags, and loved 2 words.

Comments by skipvia

  • Brang and brung are pretty much interchangeable, as in "It was brung up yesterday" and "It was brang up yesterday." No diffyraunce.

    March 1, 2011

  • In sibling strife when Joy meant
    to cause bro' Kent annoyment,
    did she, for her enjoyment,
    place into her employment
    oinks and grunts, a ploy meant
    to tease that little boy Kent
    through ceaseless loud aboiement.
    To be corrected by Laurent--
    It's really pronounced aboiement.

    March 21, 2010

  • In sibling strife when Joy meant
    to cause bro' Kent annoyment,
    did she, for her enjoyment,
    place into her employment
    oinks and grunts, a ploy meant
    to tease that little boy Kent
    through ceaseless loud aboiement.
    To be corrected by Laurent--
    It's really pronounced aboiment.

    March 21, 2010

  • *blushes even more* Yoink, plunder, and pillage all you want. My pleasure, as usual.

    March 20, 2010

  • *blushes and then realizes ruzuzu must be thinking about someone else*

    March 20, 2010

  • They're just words. Have at it, gangerh!

    November 5, 2009

  • The state of being cut off socially, economically, or culturally due to the lack of an Internet connection. Seen here. Interesting article.

    October 30, 2009

  • Sorry, bilby. I was having my quiet time...

    So--this guy walks in to his doctor's office and says "I'm feeling very depressed. This morning I looked in the mirror and all I could see was gray hair, an enlarging bald spot, bags under my eyes, wrinkles under my chin, yellowing teeth, and splotchy skin."

    The doctor replied, "Well, at least your eyesight is still good."

    *rimshot*

    October 29, 2009

  • I returned this from my constitutional in the woods this morning with a song in my heart. I think it was the rutabagas.

    Whack Job Diva
    (sung to the tune of Pinball Wizard)

    I thought she'd left the scene when she didn't get the job
    No national TV coverage, no chances to hobnob.
    But she's engulfed us all, like the finale from The Blob
    That deaf, dumb and blind kid
    Sure is a real whack job.

    She's a Whack Job Diva, she's coming back for more
    A Whack Job Diva, a bald-faced media whore

    Why do you think she does it?
    (I don't know)
    What stokes her ego?

    She don't read no books or papers, just listens to Limbaugh
    Don't need no facts or figures, she ain't no liberal snob
    She counts on her charisma to make right wing members throb
    That deaf dumb and blind kid
    Sure is a real whack job

    I always thought we were finally rid of her
    But now she's back and reality becomes a blur...

    October 21, 2009

  • "All the Himalayan glaciers are melting, an average of 10-20m a year," he says.

    One of the most obvious changes, he adds, is the growth of what are known as glacial lake outburst floods (glofs).

    "A glof happens when a glacial lake is created by a melting glacier and it then bursts. Imja lake is the most dramatic example of a potential one. It is growing 74m a year. When it bursts its banks, we will have a mountain tsunami. Billions of gallons of water will be released and it could wipe out about 70% of the trekking trail to Everest base camp. Not only will that destroy our homes and potentially kill people, but it will wipe out the jewel in the crown of Nepal's tourism industry," he says.
    -Guardian.co.uk

    October 13, 2009

  • "How do you respond to “Islam is the solution�? or “Jesus Christ is my Lord and Savior�?? How do you converse with someone who justifies the war in Iraq—as Christopher Hitchens does—with the tautology that we have to “kill them over there so they do not kill us over here�?? Those who speak in these thought-terminating clichés banish rational discussion. Their minds are shut. They sputter and rant like a demented Othello. The paucity of public discourse in our culture, even among those deemed to be public intellectuals, is matched by the paucity of public discourse in the Arab world."
    - Truthdig: The War on Language (an excellent read)

    October 2, 2009

  • Or is it "Spotted Richard?"
    -TheRegister.com

    October 1, 2009

  • 98.6 is a pretty consistent temperature. Maybe mountaineers with hypothermia experience it differently.

    September 20, 2009

  • Sheer poetry.

    September 19, 2009

  • My sister-in-law in Los Alamos makes fig ice cream. It's not as good as you might hope...

    September 18, 2009

  • Head cheese?

    September 16, 2009

  • "Too small to be a country, to large to be an insane asylum."
    -James L. Pettigrew, 1863 (Reference)

    The more things change...

    September 15, 2009

  • HAR!

    September 14, 2009

  • Speak for yourself, reesetee... :-)

    September 14, 2009

  • Is there a Farsi phase for "my nipples explode with delight?"

    September 12, 2009

  • So--here's what I love about Wordie. I love that the joyfully organized chaos of conversations and comments takes a preeminent spot in the interface. I love that we can list whole madeupical phrases, play with book titles with one letter changed, make lists like My Little Phonies, Sweet Tooth Fairy, and Firmament-Clogging Rotteness, and apply the Wordie Treatment as necessary--or whenever we just feel like it. I love sionnach, chained_bear, plethora, reesetee, prolagus, uselessness (miss him...), treeseed (ditto), bilby, pterodactyl, dontcry, rolig, frogapplause, yarb, whichbe, mollusque, gangerh, seanahan, fbharjo, jennaren, brookdale_chick (still laughing), trivet, vanquishedone, and all the other Wordies that I've forgotten to mention--and, of course, our own slack bastard John. I love the black and white (and blue) pages with no pictures except when sionnach gets the urge or when the occasional emo kid appears. I love panvocalics, specific excrement, and random words. And I love being goaded.

    I'm not necessarily making suggestions for Wordnik. I don't find much of this there, though. I've joined, and I'll give it a fighting chance, but I'll sure miss Wordie.

    September 12, 2009

  • I feel so...goaded.

    September 12, 2009

  • I dibs being the Special Correspondent on Sarah Palin.

    September 11, 2009

  • What if they don't allow fart jokes?

    September 9, 2009

  • So...couldn't we assimilate them? Then Prolagus and I wouldn't have to grow up. :-)

    September 9, 2009

  • I had to look it up, c_b...

    August 28, 2009

  • Welcome to the spelling hall of shame, hern--an organization that I founded and still rain rein reign (choose the proper spelling) over as its most prolific contributor.

    August 28, 2009

  • For some reason, I woke up this morning with the overwhelming urge to change the name of this list from "Sounds One Way, Means Another" to "The Bucolic Abattoir." I think it was the pizza.

    August 28, 2009

  • At least she's not our governor anymore...

    August 14, 2009

  • You know, I'm quite sure I have never heard "yes siree." I've always encountered it as an emphatic "no." I wonder if it's regional.

    Who is Bob, anyway?

    August 11, 2009

  • Not just no...hell, no. Often said to Bob, for reasons unknown.

    My grandfather used to say "No siree, bobtail catbird."

    August 8, 2009

  • We're not race-baiting. No siree, not Rush Limbaugh.

    And, apparently, no one has listed no siree, a phrase I hear all the time.

    August 8, 2009

  • Nobody defines it better than Paul Simon. Or here, if you want the audio.

    I suspect this is the only use of desultory in a song title.

    August 8, 2009

  • It kind of makes you wonder what sort of career his parents envisioned for him.

    Reminds me of Rhythm Belcher...

    August 6, 2009

  • Har! Our (finally!) ex-governor is famous for those.

    August 4, 2009

  • I don't know if you accept images, pleth, but this one rang a bell, so to speak.

    August 2, 2009

  • The Bhagavad Gita, yes.

    I don't get to use my religion major very often...

    August 1, 2009

  • pree AM ble, the way God intended it be said.

    August 1, 2009

  • More white culture artifacts:

    "Nation, as you know, I don’t see race," Colbert said. "People tell me I’m white and I believe them because my fridge is full of drinkable yogurt.�?

    -The Raw Story

    July 31, 2009

  • And also by where it's parked, at least in that photo.

    So--are Irish "white people?" How about Germans? Or is "white culture" limited to Americans?

    *having an identity crisis*

    July 30, 2009

  • "Glenn Beck said this today on Fox News: "This president, I think, has exposed himself as a guy, over and over and over again, who has a deep-seated hatred for white people, or the white culture."

    -TPM; Obama-haters Becoming Increasingly Racial in Their Rhetoric

    I wonder what the artifacts and beliefs of white culture are? Commercials? Country clubs? Sunbathing?

    July 30, 2009

  • She also made it to the most trusted news show on TV, The Daily Show, only this time it was the obverse: "You Go Girl" with "Please" in fine print.

    I'm so proud of her. (My wife, that is--not, you know, the one who quit.)

    July 29, 2009

  • C-B, I haven't laughed that loudly in some time. What a hoot. It actually kind of makes sense when Shatner says it.

    July 29, 2009

  • She got on TV! Well, at least her sign made it. Too bad you couldn't read the small print.

    If you want to know the true definition of narcissism, listen to Palin's speech.

    July 29, 2009

  • The sign that my wife held at Sarah Palin's resignation event yesterday (the iQuitarod). Less visible at the bottom of the sign was the word "Please."

    July 28, 2009

  • Brickhouse!

    July 27, 2009

  • That would be aitch dubya. In 1990, dubya was probably too wasted to give a statement that coherent. Although, I guess he never reached that level even when he sobered up.

    July 25, 2009

  • I always thought LEM was an acronym for "lunar exploration module." But I guess we're probably talking about the same thing.

    July 25, 2009

  • I think the opening lines of this song say it all.

    July 24, 2009

  • That does sound like a place I'd like to pass some time. Especially these days, with all the...ummm...nuts.

    July 24, 2009

  • "Why the warm embrace of the deeply insane? The only possible reason is that the insane has become the base. Teabaggers and birthers are now the mainstream of the Republican Party. It has lost so many moderate voices that this nuttery is all it has left."

    -Dan Sweeney, Embracing the Crazy

    July 24, 2009

  • One who still believes, even in the face of overwhelming evidence, that Obama was not born on the US and therefore not a legitimate president.

    "Michael Medved, a leading far-right voice, recently referred to the Birthers as "the worst enemy of the conservative movement." He added, "It makes us look weird. It makes us look crazy. It makes us look demented. It makes us look sick, troubled, and not suitable for civilized company."

    -Steve Benen, Washington Monthly

    As if they needed help...

    July 23, 2009

  • Oh...sorry, reesetee. I thought you...ummm...had some children.

    I guess it's not too too odd to be unconjugated at your age. I think that was true of my high school French teacher, anyway.

    July 22, 2009

  • *is relieved*

    July 22, 2009

  • *still trying to figure out how "you're soaking in it" connects with wiener*

    July 21, 2009

  • I'm starting to really like the word wiener. Wiener, wiener, wiener.

    July 21, 2009

  • Sometimes a wiener is just a wiener. You may already be one.

    July 21, 2009

  • They're wild currants. They grow all over in interior Alaska. As to the difference, it may be largely semantic. Check this article from Wikipedia. The ones pictured are redcurrant berries.

    July 21, 2009

  • A photo (20-Jul-09) of some currants from my back yard.

    July 21, 2009

  • Whoa--I thought the freckles were a map to the planet Nebali.

    July 21, 2009

  • He looks like he's using those wieners as a sort of chaser for whatever it is he is eating. (His mother could have at least cooked them, or maybe put them on a plate.)

    July 21, 2009

  • Sadly true, c_b. All you have to do is say it loudly enough and get some wackos to believe you and you've got gospel truth. "Sotomajor is a racist." "Obama wasn't born in the US." "Health care reform is socialism."

    I know--let's get all the intelligent folks in the world to breed, and...oh, wait. We've tried that.

    July 21, 2009

  • What is it about wieners that makes people think of me?

    July 21, 2009

  • Julian Gough of the UK's Prospect Magazine opined facetiously this past December that "Palin is a poet, and a fine one at that. What the philistine media take for incoherence is, in fact, the fruitful ambiguity of verse." His example of this "fruitful ambiguity" is a found poem he termed "The Relevance of Africa:"

    And the relevance to me
    With that issue,
    As we spoke
    About Africa and some
    Of the countries
    There that were
    Kind of the people succumbing
    To the dictators
    And the corruption
    Of some collapsed governments
    On the
    Continent,
    The relevance
    Was Alaska's.


    -Huffington Post, Sarah Palin, the Anti-Poet

    What we've had to put up with for 18 months is about to be unleashed on the rest of you. We're counting the days until July 26th...

    July 20, 2009

  • Palin's authentic, all right: An authentic product of what author Charles P. Pierce calls the "Three Great Premises" of America's decayed TV celebrity culture. First, "Any theory is valid if it moves units," i..e. sells advertising. Second, "Anything can be true if someone says it loudly enough." Third, "Fact is that which enough people believe. Truth is measured by how fervently they believe it."

    -Salon; Sarah Palin Should Just Go Home

    July 20, 2009

  • I think it was a copy of the Constitution.

    July 19, 2009

  • He did, and there was absolutely nothing that could be done. Now he's worried about the potatoes, which are also susceptible.

    July 19, 2009

  • No clue c_b. It was a delightful discovery. Thanks, groqqa.

    July 18, 2009

  • Destroyed my son's prodigious crop (Ithaca, NY) in about 2 days. Dreadful.

    July 18, 2009

  • For some reason this post just made my day--maybe because I'm looking out over the wild currants growing in my back yard. We make jelly from them.

    I love Wordie...

    July 17, 2009

  • For me it was "To Sir With Love." Unfortunately.

    July 14, 2009

  • From Peggy Noonan, a former Republican speech writer, on Sarah Palin:

    "In television interviews she was out of her depth in a shallow pool. She was limited in her ability to explain and defend her positions, and sometimes in knowing them. She couldn't say what she read because she didn't read anything. She was utterly unconcerned by all this and seemed in fact rather proud of it: It was evidence of her authenticity. She experienced criticism as both partisan and cruel because she could see no truth in any of it. She wasn't thoughtful enough to know she wasn't thoughtful enough. Her presentation up to the end has been scattered, illogical, manipulative and self-referential to the point of self-reverence. "I'm not wired that way," "I'm not a quitter," "I'm standing up for our values." I'm, I'm, I'm.

    In another age it might not have been terrible, but here and now it was actually rather horrifying."

    -WSJ Online: A Farewell to Harms

    Couldn't have said it better myself.

    July 12, 2009

  • Even WeirdNet gets this one right.

    July 11, 2009

  • Right on, c_b. You have to get up at 4:00am to have barbecue ready by supper.

    I'm familiar with a similar story about the etymology of the term, but in the stories I was told it was hunters sitting around campfires that fried up the cornmeal and fed it to the hounds to keep them quiet.

    July 11, 2009

  • Walter Cronkite: "I think the distinction is both clear and important. I think being a liberal, in the true sense, is being nondoctrinaire, nondogmatic, non-committed to a cause - but examining each case on its merits. Being left of center is another thing; it's a political position. I think most newspapermen by definition have to be liberal; if they're not liberal, by my definition of it, then they can hardly be good newspapermen. If they're preordained dogmatists for a cause, then they can't be very good journalists; that is, if they carry it into their journalism."

    Can we take this term back, somehow?

    July 11, 2009

  • That would be luncheon, c_b. Not that I want to contribute to your nightmares--just for the sake of wordieternity.

    July 10, 2009

  • Copremesis. This is a fun place.

    July 10, 2009

  • I was immediately reminded of one of my favorite Gary Larson cartoons.

    July 10, 2009

  • Pimiento load comes to mind...

    July 10, 2009

  • I might go just to watch her squirm.

    July 9, 2009

  • *wishing I had thought of that*

    July 7, 2009

  • Actually, I should have said "see lame duck," but for some reason probably related to senility or at least dementia I bracketed flight attendant. I didn't mean to disparage flight attendants. They've suffered enough by being associated with our ex-after-seeing-the-bright-lights-and-soon-to-become-really-ex-governor.

    July 7, 2009

  • *Hee hee*

    Where do I sign up?

    July 7, 2009

  • We love our bacula up here, reesetee. Next time you come up, we'll go to Skinny Dick's Halfway Inn and see some...ummm...bacula.

    July 7, 2009

  • See flight attendant.

    July 7, 2009

  • I'm also fond of Bil Maher's term retarded flight attendant, although it's a slam on both cognitively challenged people and flight attendants.

    July 7, 2009

  • See lame duck.

    July 7, 2009

  • I'm going to start using the term lame schmuck.

    July 7, 2009

  • As Alaskans, we're so proud that our ex-governor has given a whole new meaning to this term.

    July 4, 2009

  • And don't forget the restraining order.

    I guess the folks over at the Promise Keepers, to which Gov. Sanford belongs, had better change their locks, too.

    July 3, 2009

  • Amen, sister.

    July 2, 2009

  • You know, placed strategically it could be a temporary boon to hemorrhoid sufferers.

    *always looking for the silver lining*

    July 2, 2009

  • Just when you think body manipulation can't get any worse...

    July 1, 2009

  • Help, mollusque! This is really creeping me out.

    July 1, 2009

  • I have a feeling it's more like "I Can't Believe It's the Goat We Sacrificed on the Altar to Ba'al Last Night."

    June 30, 2009

  • Oh. My. God.

    June 30, 2009

  • I...ummm...I'm at a loss for words.

    June 29, 2009

  • You've got to wonder what's in that substance being spread on the bread.

    June 29, 2009

  • Bilby, I hope that dish has plenty of 7-Up in its ingredients list. You can even have 7-Up salad with 7-Up dressing! For a real thirst quencher, wash it down with some 7-Up! (Don't forget to hit the Next button for examples...)

    June 29, 2009

  • Oops...right, c_b. 1988 would have put this in the Regan administration, and as we all know there was no hint of any kind of scandal during those years, unless of course you count illegally and covertly selling arms to Iran to illegally and covertly finance a revolution in Central America. At least there was no sex going on.

    June 29, 2009

  • Or was that McCain? Oh..wait...it was both of them.

    June 29, 2009

  • "Well, well, well. Governor Mark Sanford, a publicly admitted adulterer. Six months to a year in prison? Might be plenty of that "alone time" you seem to need to refresh yourself.

    I hope to G-d all the self-righteous religious douchenozzles in South Carolina who laid flowers at Sanford's feet are now caught trying to talk the state out of prosecuting him for his sins."

    -Adultery is a Crime in South Carolina

    June 26, 2009

  • I can't make this stuff up:

    "In 2001, Gingrich, R-Ga., admitted he was having an affair with a young aide during the impeachment proceedings while married to his second wife. Gingrich told right wing Christian leader James Dobson that his fling was different from Clinton's because the president lied about it while under oath."
    -ABC News: Sanford Was One of Many Who Criticized Clinton

    June 26, 2009

  • "Henry Hyde on Clinton: During the impeachment hearings in the House of Representatives, Hyde was the lead prosecutor and one of Clinton's most outspoken critics. Hyde, R-Ill., said the president should be impeached because he "trivializes, ignores and shreds the sanctity of the oath" of office.

    During the impeachment proceedings it was revealed that Hyde had cheated on his wife during the 1960s. He dismissed the revelation by saying that it was a "youthful indiscretion." He was 42 at the time of the affair."
    -ABC News: Sanford Was One of Many Who Criticized Clinton

    June 26, 2009

  • According to Chris Matthews of MSNBC's Hardball, the number of high-profile political sex scandals that have occurred since the Monica Lewinsky affair in 1988. That we know about, anyway.

    EDIT: Now including this handy visual aid!

    June 26, 2009

  • It would have been taken very, very, VERY seriously, I'm sure.

    June 26, 2009

  • SC Governor Mark Sanford: "The governor was not known as a moralist but has frowned on infidelity and as a congressman voted to impeach President Bill Clinton after the Monica Lewinsky affair. 'He lied under a different oath, and that’s the oath to his wife,' Mr. Sanford said at the time on CNN. 'So it’s got to be taken very, very seriously.'�?

    We can only hope.

    June 26, 2009

  • Ah...those were the days, weren't they? Still, any word with vomit in it has to be pretty high on the list, doesn't it?

    June 25, 2009

  • So, there's a market for stolen penises?

    June 25, 2009

  • A substance created by a certain type of grain mold. Could a word possibly be any more disgusting?

    June 25, 2009

  • I had the immense pleasure of attending an Indian music workshop with Mr. Khan many years ago in North Carolina. An absolutely extraordinary musician.

    June 20, 2009

  • I can't encounter this word without thinking of the Mr. and Mrs. Git sketch.

    June 20, 2009

  • "Fixin' to" goes straight to the list, w42. Bless your heart.

    June 20, 2009

  • I didn't know that either when I started the list, wordlover42. I'm still looking some of them up. That's why I'm a Wordie. That, and the chicks. :-)

    June 20, 2009

  • *wincing at frogapplause's disturbing image*
    *thinks of lorena bobbitt*
    *wincing even more now*

    June 18, 2009

  • I've always hated in a family way.

    June 18, 2009

  • Could be used as a verb if you are an exterminator.

    June 18, 2009

  • See the discussion on beautiful.

    June 18, 2009

  • I like the term "Hallmark words," yarb. Sounds like a good list, and certainly bracketworthy.

    Hey--so is bracketworthy.

    June 18, 2009

  • Absolutely fascinating. There are many other sources as well.

    The whole world is finally watching.

    June 17, 2009

  • Here's a list of the 100 most beautiful words in the English language. How do we know? The author's an actual poet, for crying out loud.

    Bucolic?

    June 17, 2009

  • That was news to me too, rt.

    June 17, 2009

  • Then you might enjoy this page about typographic ligatures, fc.

    June 17, 2009

  • Didn't Jim Morrison get arrested for doing that?

    June 16, 2009

  • I wonder if this is in any way related to "la plume de ma tante est sur le bureau de mon oncle," a sentence used in many French lesson dialogs for English speakers--perhaps conveying that "all I remember about English is what I learned in junior high"?

    It's surprising how rarely you get to work phrases like "moi, j'aime mieux les frites" or "il faut que j'aille cherchez un livre" into conversations.

    June 15, 2009

  • *will not go for the cherry joke--will not go for the cherry joke--will not go for the cherry joke*

    June 14, 2009

  • You know, I have always kind of wondered about certain varieties of dinner rolls.

    June 13, 2009

  • I notice heaveno didn't use heavenvetica for her note, opting instead for the pagan Times New Roman.

    June 13, 2009

  • Better than impressing it with the mark of their nether throat, I imagine.

    June 13, 2009

  • I warned you about this, c_b. :-)

    The only true barbecue is pit-roasted pulled pork in a vinegar and pepper-based sauce. If it's not served with slaw and hush puppies, it's not barbecue. It may be good, but it's not barbecue.

    Oh--and iced tea. Sweet.

    June 12, 2009

  • Yeah. I was hoping for sexting.

    June 11, 2009

  • Or, as it's known where I come from, just plain slaw.

    There was a drive-in burger joint where I grew up that had two condiments for their burgers--chili and slaw. The first time I saw anyone put ketchup on a burger I nearly threw up.

    June 11, 2009

  • The 1,000,001st word in the English language. See Web 2.0.

    June 11, 2009

  • Web 2.0 officially became the 1,000,000th word in the English Language today, June 10, 2009--at least according to the Global Language Monitor.

    Isn't that two words?...

    June 11, 2009

  • If you want to start a lengthy, intractable argument in the South, ask someone what the best way to prepare barbecue is.

    June 11, 2009

  • Pleth: two things...

    1. "Woe woe woe" is the funniest line I've read on Wordie in quite some time.

    2. You make me feel very old.

    June 11, 2009

  • HA! Good one, gangerh.

    June 10, 2009

  • Really. We played Country Joe and the Fish.

    June 10, 2009

  • Even in the Finger Lakes region, you have to live with the New York State Legislature.

    June 10, 2009

  • I hope the other one is my invitation to Alaska.

    June 10, 2009

  • Ithaca is a true gem, its only drawback being that it's in New York.

    *braces for the deluge*

    June 10, 2009

  • My son lives in Ithaca. The system really works.

    June 9, 2009

  • So, reesetee...do you dare?

    Some of my animosity toward this song may stem from a huge argument I had with my mother when I first heard the song on the radio way back when. I insisted that Tillotson was singing "Oh a tree in motion." I was...wrong.

    June 9, 2009

  • A pretty common operation on farms--basically clearing and mulching brush from a piece of land. Here is a good example.

    June 9, 2009

  • ...There's so much I would change.
    It doesn't need improvement--
    It needs a complete RE AH RAAANGE!

    June 9, 2009

  • Sixteen reasons why I hate the song, gangerh. And Johnny Tillotson. And the coloratura soprano's shameless ripoff of The Lion Sleeps Tonight. Among other things.

    June 9, 2009

  • Astonishing. Of course, that does explain a few things...

    June 8, 2009

  • Would you trust your international document certification to a service that can't seem to use a thesaurus properly?

    "It is not just a case of supplying the original document and the Apostille Certificate gets issued but rather a document is handled dependant (sic) on what signatures or seals of authority it contains, country of intended use etc."

    June 8, 2009

  • No fair! Our politicians just lie and steal. Yours have orgies.

    June 8, 2009

  • Oh...Oh! This is so ripe for the Wordie Treatment. Shall we?

    *wondering where Palooka is these days*

    June 8, 2009

  • I actually hate this song but now it's stuck in my head.

    June 7, 2009

  • She's much too nice to RE - AH - RAAANGE...

    June 7, 2009

  • I had to read this headline several times before parsing it correctly. Your results may vary if you are not a fan of the PBS series.

    June 7, 2009

  • Or, on another note, "OOWWWWW!!!! If you want our love to last."

    June 6, 2009

  • If the poor chap being tossed out of the window has the misfortune to lose his...ummm...family jewels to an inconveniently placed shard of broken glass, is he then defenecastrated?

    I don't imagine he'd attempt to crawl back in.

    June 3, 2009

  • If you throw someone out of a window and they crawl back in, are they then refenestrated?

    June 3, 2009

  • For what it's worth, Rolig, many rural southerners are still very good storytellers, both in terms of the story content and the rich metaphors that are so typically used to tell them. My grandfather was a master anecdotalist, and a lecturer on the Chautauqua Society circuit for much of his life. As children, we were all instructed in the conversational arts. Sadly, though, it's a dying tradition.

    June 3, 2009

  • *is surprised you can fry blood*
    *is even more surprised that you could sell it*

    June 2, 2009

  • A quick trip to Spain sounds wonderful, if somewhat impractical. Quick trips from Alaska to anywhere are non-existent. I'm jealous.

    Wish I could help, Pro. At least, when you're awake, I get to read your much appreciated contributions to Wordie.

    June 1, 2009

  • A little warm milch, perhaps, Pro?

    OVALTINE!

    June 1, 2009

  • I'm waiting a few more years until I can authoritatively work whippersnapper into a conversation.

    June 1, 2009

  • Will the Antichrist Be a Homosexual? Irrefutable logic from our ex-governor Sarah Palin's hometown newspaper.

    June 1, 2009

  • *sigh* I love the Wordie treatment.

    May 31, 2009

  • Not as much as spam, spam, spam, baked beans, self-deception, and spam.

    May 29, 2009

  • Self-deception, self-mutilation, self-promotion, spam, and self-gratification...it's not got much spam in it.

    May 29, 2009

  • *thinks Roald Dahl must be much weirder than he's read*

    May 28, 2009

  • I think if I had read Roald Dahl's poem, I'd associate gloaming with dark, too, Milo. Thanks for sharing that wonderful piece. Although tonight, in the gloaming around 11:00pm, I fear I'm going to be listening for oily boily bodies oozing onward...

    May 28, 2009

  • Don't think so, Milo. From the Online Etymology Dictionary: "O.E. glomung, formed (probably on model of æfning "evening") from glom "twilight," related to glowan "to glow," hence "glow of sunrise or sunset," from P.Gmc. *glo- (see glow). Fell from currency except in Yorkshire dialect, but preserved in Scotland and reintroduced by Burns and other Scottish writers after 1785."

    Which is interesting because I've never associated gloaming with dark. I've always thought it was evocative of diffuse light, all around you but without a specific source. But that's just me...

    Edit: Gloaming is special in Alaska because it can last for hours.

    May 27, 2009

  • Or more accurately, I should have remembered.

    Gelatinous is perfect, isn't it?

    May 27, 2009

  • I should have known... :-)

    May 27, 2009

  • Exactly!

    May 27, 2009

  • Some words, without being onomatopoeic, seem to perfectly fit the item they name or describe. This is certainly one of them. So is brouhaha. And serene. I should make a list...

    May 26, 2009

  • At some point, many years ago, I gave up being the tortured artist/academic and decided that home was wherever I happened to be. Smooth sailing since then.

    May 25, 2009

  • Mmmmm...Green Onions...

    May 25, 2009

  • It's just...so...clear now.

    May 23, 2009

  • Maybe WeirdNet is referring to pimping?...

    May 22, 2009

  • Fecaloid may be my new favorite word.

    May 21, 2009

  • Overheard yesterday at the end of virtually every sentence of an interview with an NBA basketball player. Literal translation: "Do you know what I'm saying?" At least, I think that's right. Nome seine?

    May 20, 2009

  • Cats' eyes and star sapphires, si.

    May 19, 2009

  • "Gorgeous Italian Spruce top with bearclaw figure that exhibits a brilliant shitoyance when turned in the light." Martin Music.

    I think he means chatoyance, but maybe the guitar just looks like...ummm...crap.

    May 19, 2009

  • Some fun spam comments I've received on one of my blogs recently:

    "School is very importance for our children and your blog contain about teacher, I love it. Teacher will be good teach for our child."

    "Any good books is very effective to us. I like every type of good books."

    May 12, 2009

  • What is it about Texas? Texas is Only 6000 Years Old!

    May 8, 2009

  • If we had a Be Kind to Everyone Month, then we wouldn't need a Be Kind to Writers and Editors month.

    I nominate you as chair, reesetee.

    May 2, 2009

  • Or maybe it's Brookdale_chick returning incognito.

    I miss her.

    May 2, 2009

  • I say forget it. It didn't work for Bristol Palin.

    May 2, 2009

  • You know, we've only got twelve months. We should pick twelve things, give each one a month, and call it good. No more month sharing.

    I vote we start with National Be Nice to Everyone month.

    And then you have to do it.

    April 30, 2009

  • Soon to be joining the Cartaret residents are the folks in Newtok, AK, whose village will be moved due to coastal erosion and permafrost melting. So will 26 other Alaskan villages.

    April 28, 2009


  • His clothes are loud, but never square...

    April 27, 2009

  • Like the Biggus Dickus scene in Life of Brian.
    *heehee*

    April 27, 2009

  • See prick.

    April 23, 2009

  • OMG!!! I'd forgotten how much I love this list!! Bucolic! Mucopurulent discharge!! OOSIK!!!! *hyperventilates*

    April 23, 2009

  • I love the MST3K jokes about interociters in their treatment of "This Island Earth."

    April 20, 2009

  • Really, Pro? How are terms like "the great apes" translated?

    April 20, 2009

  • How old Dara Torres will be next year.

    April 17, 2009

  • "If a guy can’t rape his wife...who’s he gonna rape?"

    No, that's not from the fine folks in the Taliban. It's an actual quote from Wayne Ross, governor Sarah Palin's nominee for state Attorney General. Even our Republican-dominated legislature rejected him today by a 35-23 vote.

    There's hope.

    April 17, 2009

  • Nothing a little echidna tea wouldn't cure, I suspect.

    April 16, 2009

  • As well as lawsy and lawdy, Miss Claudie.

    April 16, 2009

  • Words like deleted work if you're not from the South...

    April 14, 2009

  • Q: What's the difference between the tango and pea-green paint?
    A: Anyone can learn to tango.

    April 13, 2009

  • The Wordie musical.

    April 11, 2009

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  • Your name was mentioned over on luncheon. Just sayin'. :-)

    March 22, 2012

  • You cannot escape the charge that you have previously engaged in the amazing pastime that is IDENTIFY THE WORDIE.
    You are therefore prime target material for inviting to IDENTIFY THE WORDIENIK.
    The whole of the bit of Wordnik that joins in on this would be truly honoured should you participate this time round.
    Easily find the right page right now because it is currently the most commented on list shown on the Community page.

    April 14, 2011

  • What's the deal with Wasilla? I hear they're making a salmon-flavored vodka there.

    September 29, 2010

  • "Skip Via has added 42 lists containing 1,820 words, 2,211 comments, 2,211 tags, 13 favorites, and 0 pronunciations."

    September 5, 2010

  • :-)

    March 22, 2010

  • :-)

    March 21, 2010

  • Hello there! Nice to have you back.

    March 21, 2010

  • *blushes and then realizes ruzuzu must be thinking about someone else*

    March 20, 2010

  • I played with your name. 

    October 4, 2009

  • Will not go for the cherry joke was legendary.
    Made my day. Hell, made my cake.

    June 16, 2009

  • It was nice knowing y'll :-(

    February 20, 2009

  • It still looks broken to me...

    January 20, 2009

  • Fixed it, Pro. Thanks for the tip.

    January 20, 2009

  • Skipvia, your facebook link is broken!

    January 20, 2009

  • From a distance she looks like a triumph of marketing over substance. Then again, our brand of conservative politics is much different to yours, so much so that anything the Republicans do makes them look like caricatures of themselves to me.

    September 18, 2008

  • But seriously, folks...

    With Sarah Palin, what you see is not what you get. Her leadership skills consist mainly of hiring her friends and firing her enemies, defined as anyone who disagrees with her or who doesn't believe that dinosaurs and people lived at the same time. There's a reason that McCain limits access to her. She's perfectly capable of looking you directly in the eye and lying to you. (In that regard she's a pretty good match for McCain.)

    Don't get me started, John...

    September 18, 2008

  • Yes--and her name is Sarah Palin.

    *rimshot!*

    September 18, 2008

  • Hi Skipvia. Alaska is much in the news these days. I was wondering, as our resident northern light, do you have any inside dope for us?

    September 18, 2008

  • At-choo!

    August 24, 2008

  • And thank heavens for that. :-)

    August 24, 2008

  • I like to think he does. :)

    August 24, 2008

  • Hee hee. Not this time, Pro, but I try.

    August 23, 2008

  • Do you appear as soon as someones calls your name, like Bob in the Bottle?

    August 23, 2008

  • A myrtle is a nice plant. I like crepe myrtles. Their bark is lovely in winter. And then there is Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. I grew up with myrtles, and I knew women named Myrtle. To me, Myrtle is a solid old-fashioned name, and I am surprised we have not seen a resurgence in its popularity

    August 16, 2008

  • Whahaha! Biff!

    July 24, 2008

  • I have the same issue with that Biff! list. I've learned to live with it.

    July 24, 2008

  • Interesting, bilby. I didn't favorite any of the lists above It Has a Name?, nor did I favorite whippersnapper. I'm going to speak to John about this. Reverentially, of course.

    July 24, 2008

  • But technically you don't have time to scratch yourself?

    July 23, 2008

  • Hi Skipvia. My family and I went on our Alaskan cruise two weeks ago, and while we were onship I thought of the comment you left me. I saw disappointingly few ravens on the trip, but I did see a black bear, a whale, a porcupine, and some very, very distant mountain goats. :)

    July 14, 2008

  • Spikvia, we need your help now. Please turn Pandora off and open her box.

    July 7, 2008

  • Hey Skip...
    Do you know about the Music Genome Project? That ongoing project resulted in Pandora.com. It is a pretty cool online radio project where you can essentially program your own musical tastes...but anyway...they have some pretty kick-ass obscure garage bands on there...I thought I knew the genre well...ha!

    Thought you might dig it.

    April 22, 2008

  • Hi skipvia! I'm really sorry I didn't reply to your comment (on that fabulous firmament-clogging list, which still amuses me endlessly, because -- godless and rock-shivering blast! Oh my) earlier, particularly because it was the first to be directed to me on this site. :) Thank you for your compliment on my username; ravens and I have a funny relationship that I'm still trying to condense into an articulate explanation.

    Where in Alaska do you live? My family and I are going on an Alaskan cruise a few months from now, and as cliche (and as unlikely, in June) as this might sound, all I'm really hoping for right now is to see the northern lights.

    April 8, 2008

  • What? And bring a halt to my trip down memory lane?

    February 16, 2008

  • I caught that, Treeseed, and immediately deleted my entry. I was getting kind of carried away with musicians. Perhaps I had better stop...

    February 16, 2008

  • Hey skipvia, I guess great minds think alike...I think we both entered Paul and Paula at the exact same second.

    February 16, 2008

  • Oh, I'm sure. Bird nicknames, obsolete words--all the good things in life. :->

    February 13, 2008

  • Whatever you do, don't stop contributing. I am learning so much...

    February 13, 2008

  • Aww...do I have to?

    February 13, 2008

  • Well, I can't let that slack bastard get ahead of me. Thank you, reesetee. Only ten thousand more and I'll be in your ballpark, assuming you stop contributing immediately.

    February 13, 2008

  • Hey, skipvia, congrats to you too on reaching 1,000 words! (You're tied with John.)

    February 13, 2008

  • Thanks so much for that classic toy article. Loved it!

    February 7, 2008

  • Thanks, treeseed. You were the inspiration for the list. I enjoy following the internal logic of your posts.

    February 4, 2008

  • Skipvia, I love your new list of free associations. I hope lots of people play.

    February 4, 2008

  • 'artificial intelligence test'
    Nice one, skipvia, I really like that.
    Keep them coming!

    January 27, 2008

  • That's haXorific! Now I'm all paranoid about people vandalizing my precious, precious profile.

    January 21, 2008

  • Well, that does it. I'm locking the back door to my profile. This used to be such a nice neighborhood....

    January 20, 2008

  • Wait...if it wasn't me and it wasn't you, who was it?

    Has anyone seen seanahan lately?

    January 20, 2008

  • Wow -- wasn't me! Someone has found a back door! Not sure who, but I'm pretty sure I know what they did. My compliments, back-door person, whoever you are! And thank you for using your powers for good, rather than evil.

    January 20, 2008

  • I'd like to claim credit for that, folks, but it was not I who did the deed. I suspect our über-guru John had a hand it in.

    It sure wasn't mi-vox.

    January 20, 2008

  • He's a technology guru, is our skipvia. :)

    January 19, 2008