slumry commented on the word pediculous
Or silly feet--ped=feet+ridiculous
August 13, 2007
slumry commented on the word privy
I have always heard both pronounced the same way, with a short i, rhyming with chivvy.
August 12, 2007
slumry commented on the word carbon copy
Apparently you can still buy carbon paper; if I rummaged enough, I probably would find some at home.
slumry commented on the word time is money
I am also a long time fan of Lakoff.
slumry commented on the word idiopathic juxtafoveal telangiectasia
You sound as if you have more intimate knowledge of this than you would like.
slumry commented on the user john
Welcome, Infostyx! I also became an instant addict--I am enjoying your list. Oroboros is right--that delete function seems to be broken.
slumry commented on the word grandmother
Teach your grandmother to suck eggs.
What? Never made a carbon copy? What?
Looks like you have been reading George Lakoff, O.
August 11, 2007
slumry commented on the word dyslogistic
In contrast to eulogistic.
slumry commented on the word phylactery
I think I first read about phylacteries in Chaim Potok's novels. So many books, so little time!
August 10, 2007
slumry commented on the word antioxidant
He said he did not need to eat blueberries because he wears his seatbelt. That is what he said. *groan here*
slumry commented on the word solipsism
Oh, Reesetee, you mean I really do have voices in my head, too? In that case, I also wonder why I can't get them all to agree with each other.I think I will opt to simply enjoy the illusion.
It was a memorable conversation, U.And R--I feel sure you will fill your suitcase with plenty of Canadianisms!
August 9, 2007
*Green with envy*
slumry commented on the word empurple
It happens. Old abandoned cameras, that sort of thing. :)
slumry commented on the word conbobberation
I like it!
I like this word! When very old Kodak film is developed, the pictures are all purplish--a phenomenon I saw demonstrated this week. Our 20 year old selves all all empurpled.
slumry commented on the word favorited
I agree, with you, U (amazing, I know). These idiosyncratic lists are fun. I also like to frustrate myself by looking at the inscrutable lists where it is hard to see what the lister was getting at.
Okay, I am getting separation anxiety now. I will miss you two voices in my head next week. (Dear S calls all of you my imaginary friends). U, give your regards to Granny Smith. R, do you to care to give us any hint of your vacation plans?
slumry commented on the word cathexis
Any particular writing's of Wilber's that you can cite on that subject?
Are you sure? It may be very lonely!
Well, he should care--if you are a part of him, he would be diminished by your absence. Says Judge Slumry. So there.
slumry commented on the word save
And just wait until I start in on the word fancy!
Oooh, I hadn't thought of that!
Invective and spleen and treason too? Wow! Am I a Wordie heretic? Will I be burned on a pyre?I will join with my conbrethren and found the Savesave sect.
slumry commented on the list a-bazillion-imaginary-numbers
This is a great list, and enlightening. I am going to add umpty-umpth to my words, because I particulary like it as an ordinal.I like infinity minus one a lot too, U. It reminds me of the old joke about the natural history museum docent. Asked how old a particular fossil was, he said "Two million and twenty one years." As explanation for such a precise number, he explained that when he started working there 21 years ago, it was two million years old.
slumry commented on the word stuff and nonsense
It always amuses me--it was a favorite of my mother's, usually used semi-humorously.
That is interesting. As I recall, one of Freud's translators more or less coined this word as a translation of a German word that means someting like "to occupy" If a person cathects something, he or she invests emotional energy in it and makes it his own. Bruno Bettelheim wrote a book about what he regarded as the mis-translation of Freud's writing.
Stuff and nonsense! Eyewash! Save is a perfectly fine preposition, having evolved in parallel with the other sense of save. It does mean except.As for having cofusingly contranymic meanings, that is just balderdash. It may be a near-contranym, but in practice it would take a real dunderhead to fail to understand the two meanings.
slumry commented on the word rugose
Rosa rugosa has wringkly leaves
August 8, 2007
slumry commented on the word eyewash
Used as an expression of disbelief; poppycock
slumry commented on the word carbuncle
"We sailed for America, and there made certain preparations. This took but little time. Two members of my family elected to go with me. Also a carbuncle. The dictionary says a carbuncle is a kind of jewel. Humor is out of place in a dictionary."Mark Twain, Following the Equator, Chapter 1, page 1
slumry commented on the list poetrie-the-emperor-of-ice-cream
Thank you for this Poetrie, Reesettee!
August 7, 2007
slumry commented on the word celestial
As a noun, celestial refers to a heavenly being, a god or angel.
slumry commented on the word metempsychosis
the doctrine of transmigration of souls into another body
slumry commented on the word hand-handled
That's what the sign on the peaches at the grocery store said.
August 6, 2007
slumry commented on the word furibund
slumry commented on the word badminton
Bad mitten! Bad mitten! Go to your room, mitten!
August 4, 2007
slumry commented on the word edulcorate
There are some words I just can't pass up; this is one.
slumry commented on the word postprandial
This word makes me blush--then I remember: food--it is food they are talking about.
slumry commented on the list poetrie-the-owl-and-the-pussycat
Aw gee. . .I am glad you did that. I love Edward Lear. I was trying to recall if it was the honey or the money that was wrapped up in the five pound note. It sounds like it was both!
August 3, 2007
slumry commented on the word mercurochrome
Oh, I must add mercurochrome to my evocative smells list! And speaking of stains, this made me think of gentian violet.
slumry commented on the list stuffie-see-the-light
a bit of a stretch, maybe, but what about under a bushel?
slumry commented on the list the-jumblies
Thanks--that was fun to do--and I had to do it, because you had planted an earworm! :)
slumry commented on the list out-to-sea
sieve? And I just learned that a pink is a small sailing vessel
Poetrie: The Jumblies Inspired by Reesetee's Out to Sea list
I second that--nice list; I like the Lyle Lovett quote. In fact, I think I will stop listening to this disturbing news about the nation's infrastructure and listen to some Lyle Lovett.
August 2, 2007
slumry commented on the word axunge
Why, to make mercurial ointment, of course: "In the old formula for making mercurial ointment, the quicksilver is merely directed to be rubbed with the axunge and suet until it be killed, which is nearly impossible. . ."from The Edinborugh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1805
slumry commented on the word whimmy
full of whims; whimsical
slumry commented on the word shibori
a Japanese textile art
slumry commented on the word kumihimo
Japanese braid making
slumry commented on the word bump
Probably an echoic for hitting
slumry commented on the word bumper
a cup or glass filled to the brim
slumry commented on the word passing
slumry commented on the word pud
Formed by apocope from pudding. Used to refer to dessert in general. "What's for pud?
August 1, 2007
slumry commented on the word mastadon
The extinct animal was a mastodon, not a mastadon.
slumry commented on the word slickenside
Sounds like if you tried to walk on it, it would be a slip 'n slide!
slumry commented on the word staghorn moss
a club moss
slumry commented on the word reverb
slumry commented on the word anent
a preposition that means in regard to or concerning
slumry commented on the word shake
Cedar shakes look similar to cedar shingles; however, the shakes are split rather than sawn.
slumry commented on the word done
Alas, I have offended. I am undone!
slumry commented on the word faineant
slumry commented on the word do-all
slumry commented on the word weirdo
slumry commented on the word vendor
Or we could go the other directions and call ourselves Wordors.
slumry commented on the word daubery
Yup, less-than-skillful painting at that.
slumry commented on the word hooverville
After the eponymous President Hoover--a collection of shacks and huts at the edge of the city where unemployed people lived in the 1930s
slumry commented on the word apatheism
Just a step removed--summed up flippantly by "I don't know and I don't care."
slumry commented on the word hoover
verb: to clean with a vacuum cleaner
slumry commented on the word crumb bum
Ah yes, glad to remember this one.
slumry commented on the word caymadian
A Canadian expat who lives in the Cayman Islands. (in jest, of course) Seen on a T shirt worn by an American who would like to pass for Caymadian.
slumry commented on the word vendition
It is real--from OED--funny, huh?
slumry commented on the word vender
OED says: "One who sells; a seller; sometimes in restricted sense, a street-seller."I have seen it used only in the restricted sense, such as the "food venders" at fairs.
OED says: "late Anglo-French; earlier vendour from the French vendeur. One who disposes of a thing by sale; a seller." Cf. vender
the act of vending; sale
slumry commented on the word dwarfling
a diminutive dwarf
slumry commented on the word fixings
accompaniments or ingredients for food
slumry commented on the word lower
intransitive verb: to be dark and threatening; also lour. noun: an angry or threatening look
slumry commented on the word henbane
slumry commented on the word daftberries
slumry commented on the word pappus
It is what allows a dandelion or thistle seed to sail through the air.
slumry commented on the word pumpkin positive
Results of a medical test where, "a penlight shone in the mouth reveals a brain so small that the whole head lights up." Doctor humor, or so I hear. ;-) Some days I feel pumpkin positive.
slumry commented on the word toreador
bullfighter; also toreadors, a style of pants worn by women in the 1950s
slumry commented on the word vie en rose
life as seen through rose-tinted glasses
slumry commented on the word vielle
slumry commented on the word stramonium
dried leaves of jimson weed
slumry commented on the word stinkweed
a name for jimson weed and other plants
slumry commented on the word jimson weed
slumry commented on the word atropine
slumry commented on the word daturine
a poisonous alkaloid, also called atropine
slumry commented on the word crataegus
a genus of small trees in the rose family
slumry commented on the word hawthorn
several species of crataegus are called hawthorn
slumry commented on the word thorn apple
datura stramonium; also the fruit of the hawthorn
slumry commented on the word datura stramonium
datura, jimson weed, stinkweed or thorn apple; a poisonous tropical plant
slumry commented on the word dwayberry
atropa belladonna, most commonly known as belladonna or deadly nightshade
slumry commented on the word dory
a small fishing boat; also walleye
slumry commented on the word wallydacker
slumry commented on the word walleye
walleyed pike, dory
slumry commented on the word creme broulee
slumry commented on the word flan
slumry commented on the word custard
Mmm...custard. Dang, I should make some custard.
slumry commented on the word donaught
a donothing; a slacker
July 31, 2007
slumry commented on the list to-marji
Thanks--you are right, these words represent wonderful memories.
July 30, 2007
slumry commented on the word whyever
Maybe I could gut most of the rooms in my house and install bookshelves and reading nooks--oh wait, my SO would have an opinion, too. Rats!
You are so right, R. I am trying to figure out where to put all my books as it is--but dictionaries, and especially OED, are sacred, aren't they? :)
Jen and Reesettee, thank you--you are right. Marji was a good friend whopassed away last March from melanoma. I was felt moved to list some Marji words last week; the word compote triggered the list! Funny, the power of words. :)
I agree, gerwitz--it is so much easier to use the on-line sources. My OED is the two volume set with magnifying glass; it is a major productionfor me to use it. I would love to be able to use the on-line OED but there is no way I could justify the expense for my current purposes.
Actually, whyever is in the OED. And whyever shouldn't it be?
slumry commented on the word grouk
Scottish--slowly enlivening after waking. A word I need!
slumry commented on the word multivious
obsolete--having many paths
slumry commented on the word transubstantiation
Funny, I had the opposite reaction: "Aha, makes sense to me."
July 29, 2007
slumry commented on the word charivari
also shivaree, which is phonetic
slumry commented on the word etymological fallacy
Beware the etymological fallacy.
July 28, 2007
slumry commented on the list last-words-before-death
This was a very disturbing bit of information in today's news, wasn't it?
July 27, 2007
slumry commented on the list player-roster
Sigh. Yes, an unavoidable bit of reality, isn't it:)
I would imagine that we will need to figure out a time that is good for all of us, since we all have commitments and are in different time zones.
slumry commented on the word snigger
Then they would need to take a second look, wouldn't they? I remember a perhaps-apocryphal story aout a crusade against the word niggardly. There is enough genuinely racist speech to object to; we don't need to imagine it where it does not exist.
As the newcomer, I defer to the rest of you.
Hey, U--good to see you.
slumry commented on the word agape
unselfish love or mouth wide open
July 26, 2007
slumry commented on the word hoofing
slumry commented on the word censer
I can empathize!
slumry commented on the word highgrade
To select the best portion; cherry pick
slumry commented on the word confab
an informal conversation, especially for the purpose of problem solving; short for confabulation. Let's have a confab!
slumry commented on the word carbos
slumry commented on the word npr
National Public Radio, of course
Ah yes, that phenomenon, she blushed, recalling the upwelling of giggles at her own wedding, which was fortunately a tiny wedding.
slumry commented on the word salmon
slumry commented on the word oikonomia
I wondered about what pigs had to to with it too! Of course that was what attracted me to the word. The truth turned out to be interesting also.
often contrasted with chrematistics. For example: http://books.google.com/books?id=nNU3Kjg4rhgC&pg=PA67&dq=chrematistics&sig=bf6DOSb-qSn6o_gcTauXag8iaJw
household management Greek root of economics
slumry commented on the word echolocation
I have decided maybe I like tonocation; now what is the liguistics term for dropping a middle syllable, in this case lo?
I know a Swedish woman who pronounces it that way. It is actually charming. :)
slumry commented on the word spawn
As in salmon's imperative
Thanks, palooka, this is a word well worth pilfering.Now, I wonder what word this could spawn to describe the process of looking for a cell phone by dialing its number.
slumry commented on the word sadsome
I like the word too. I think I will tuck it away in a drawer--it might make a good Christmas present. I hope I don't forget where I put it!
Yes, my mother always warned me to avoid sacrilege. Chastened.
I wonder if the job requires stagged pants.
A funny image, R. . .I wonder what the priest's motivation in swinging censors would be. . .would such swinging punish the censor or the congregants? "Church was grim today. I was censor-whipped."
slumry commented on the word crestfallen
Indeed. But don't tell him I told you so! :)
I've seen many references to individual words and reflected on how common the phenomenon is. I will have to dig to find the lists. However, as always, reality intrudes. ;-)
Dear S always says chestfallen. We need a list of words that are comically mispronounced, whether accidentally or on purpose.
slumry commented on the word fieldfare
Nice. So it's a bird, not a farmer's lunch. I devoutly hope it is not a farmer's lunch. :(
slumry commented on the word mithridatism
R, you inspire me to give this link to the full poem: http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/5194I often think of lines from the poem, especially "Ale man, ale's the stuff to drinkFor fellows whom it hurts to think."Victuals is a classic case of a word that a reader would be likely to mispronounce!
Last stanza of "Terrence, this is Stupid Stuff" by A. E. HousmanThere was a king reigned in the East: There, when kings will sit to feast,They get their fill before they think With poisoned meat and poisoned drink.He gathered all that sprang to birth From the many-venomed earth;First a little, thence to more, He sampled all her killing store;And easy, smiling, seasoned sound, Sate the king when healths went round.They put arsenic in his meat And stared aghast to watch him eat;They poured strychnine in his cup And shook to see him drink it up:They shook, they stared as white’s their shirt: Them it was their poison hurt.—I tell the tale that I heard told. Mithridates, he died old.
slumry commented on the word hypocorism
Fortunately for me I don't expect to be asked to pronounce it anytime soon!
slumry commented on the word hypocoristic
Not at all! I changed to hypocorism, but forgot to eliminate all traces of my presence here. Somehow pet name loses something in this deal.
slumry commented on the word diphthongization
Funny word, no? "She had to go to the dressing room to complete her diphthongization. Fortunately she emerged wearing a towel."
a pet name
slumry commented on the word folk etymology
altering an unfamiliar word to make it more familiar
slumry commented on the word conjunct
An adverb with a chiefly connecting function; a conjunctive adverb
slumry commented on the word underextension
use of a word to refer to only part of its normal meaning
To add a diphthongal quality to what was formerly a pure vowel
I swear, every time I read about cencers, they are being swung by the priest.
slumry commented on the word bones
Fried chicken was served at a large family gathering. Little Georgie was offered a piece of chicken: breast or drumstick? He would only reply, "Must have been a mamma chicken." Repeatedly. Insistently. Louder each time. Never lived that down!
slumry commented on the word fud
an acronymn coined by whathisniame; also a fuddy-duddy (bacformation)
July 25, 2007
slumry commented on the word crummy
Something that produces crumbs or something that is covered with crumbs; something that is of poor quality; a bus used to transfer workers to a job site. Wish I knew how the last meaning evolved (I could speculate, but would like to find some actual evidence. ;-)
slumry commented on the word typeractive
Thanks! I know sometimes I get a bit carried away, and I am mindful of that *reality* thing. I love chatting with you Wordies!
slumry commented on the word keeper
What one is to one's brother?
slumry commented on the word china
Cute comment about VIers, R. I almost missed it. Somehow I am doubtful . . .
U, U are a silly billy! (and I don't care what your name is, I will call you Silly Billy Smith.Listen up: Uniters is not a good idea.
Me too, R. This word is a keeper! Thanks, Muamor.
slumry commented on the word moggy
Cat (or kitty) A word I learned from and Eric Bogle song
slumry commented on the word doohickey
slumry commented on the word thingamajig
slumry commented on the word whatchamacallit
slumry commented on the word whatsit
slumry commented on the word wotsit
Is it like a whatsit?
slumry commented on the list johnny-appleseed
I'll see what I can do!
I wondered about douban also. Turns out two of the people who recently listed douban also listed China. description of douban here: http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2005/12/13/douban Now I understand why the appearance of these words surprised me--they are outside of my usual frame of reference.
slumry commented on the word déjà vu
That's funny, Cranewang. ;-)
slumry commented on the list laochenstudent-s-words
Welcome! I hope you enjoy it here.
slumry commented on the word multi
a pattern of several colors
slumry commented on the word hail-fellow well met
Noun. A very sociable, agreeable person--a friend to everyone.
slumry commented on the word eskimo pie
Speaking of mythical, my second grade teacher regaled us with stories about Abe the Caveman. I assumed he was a historical figure, like Abraham Lincoln. (Now I don't believe in Abrahan Lincoln. ;-)
slumry commented on the word granny smith
Please tell Granny Smith hello for me. :)
slumry commented on the word bivouac
You mean three syllables like: "I don't biv uh wack!" (that was a joke, by the way--could not resist a little word play)
slumry commented on the word bivy sack
a cover for a sleeping bag that is sometimes used by backpackers and hikers instead of a tent, or for emergencies. (short for bivouac, of course)
slumry commented on the word preantepenultimate
This word makes me laugh.
slumry commented on the word eskimo sky
Have to think about that--my idea of the south is mostly as told in southern literature, which is of course full of riches. I have had very little reason to spend time in the south, so the region is still a little *unreal* to me.
Happily! Do you have a fax number?Really, I like to make apple pie (except when the crust will not hold together)
slumry commented on the word irenic
slumry commented on the word laminitis
slumry commented on the word meretricious
Quite different than meritorious
slumry commented on the word contrabulous fabtraption
Or this wonderful song:http://www.etni.org.il/music/marveloustoy.htm(and an appropriate website for usall.)
Makes me think of the Wonderful One Horse Shayhttp://www.legallanguage.com/poems/onehossshay.htm
slumry commented on the list shouldn-t-be-a-word
Well, it is an informal word, useful in some spoken contexts, but not in formal writing. Context is everything! And then there was Shakespeare, but what did he know? ;-)
slumry commented on the word french-braid
Probably if I had asked to have the sandwiches cut on the diagonal, my wish would have been granted, barring memory lapses! ;-)
slumry commented on the word jenny
Not exactly opposite--I think joey refers to babyhood rather than gender. I wonder if a baby female kangaroo is a joey too.
The female of some animals--Jenny Wren insisted on coming in our house one winter, no matter how many times she was put out. Honest. (Also my grandmother's name--my grandfather-to-be dipped her red braids in the inkwell, I am told)
July 24, 2007
I never learned to do french braids. Nor did my mother. In second grade, my idea of a perfect life was french braids, sandwiches cut diagonally rather than straight across, and snowball cakes in my lunch. Alas, these things were cruelly withheld from me. Sob.
slumry commented on the word sitting duck
Or seated duffs. Better get off mine soon!
slumry commented on the word marzipan
slumry commented on the word wealthy
So right you are. . .in this case wealthy is an old apple variety (which is in the dictionary.) That is, it is an apple variety until someone points out one of the other meanings of the word! It amazes me, too, that we have not even come close to naming all the lexemes used in the English language
If I buy any marzipan, I will have to hide it with the Eskimo Pies. ;-)
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