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  • riff on beg the question

    June 12, 2008

  • ninja words:
    (v) : to improvise in the performance or practice of an art, esp. by expanding on or making novel use of traditional themes

    June 11, 2008

  • The extraction "extreme prejudice" is popularly thought to have originated in military circles and to mean a "take no prisoners" or "show no mercy" attitude by military forces.

    June 11, 2008

  • Quantization (linguistics)
    In linguistics, a quantized expression is such that, whenever it is true of some entity, it is not true of any proper subparts of that entity. Example: If something is an "apple", then no proper subpart of that thing is an "apple". If something is "water", then many of its subparts will also be "water". Hence, "apple" is quantized, while "water" is not. Quantization has proven relevant to the proper characterization of grammatical telicity (roughly, sentences that present events as bounded/unbounded in time) and the mass/count distinction for nouns. The notion was first applied to linguistic semantics by the logician Manfred Krifka.

    June 8, 2008

  • From netlingo:
    favorite icon

    The name for a small icon used in Internet Explorer (version 5 and higher) to identify a favorite or a bookmark.

    When users visit certain Web sites, you may see a "favicon" in the browser address bar next to the URL, and in your list of favorites next to the title of the Web site you've bookmarked. Favicons act as a branded icon as these small images are often modified versions of a company's logo. Most browsers support favicons, including IE 5/6+, Firefox 1+, Mozilla 1+, Netscape 7+, Opera 7+, Konqueror 3+, and Safari.

    June 7, 2008

  • ninja words:
    (n) : a single page in a website, together with any referenced images or scripts etc; often hyperlinked to others

    June 7, 2008

  • alsoTCP/IP
    ninja words:
    (abbrev) : Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. This is the standard now widely in use for computers to communicate on networks, especially the internet

    June 7, 2008

  • (adj) : processed via a network technology that breaks up a message into small packets for transmission.

    June 7, 2008

  • ninja words:
    (adj) : able to be routed

    June 7, 2008

  • From ninja words:
    (n) : one of the computer networking protocols that are antecedents or descendants of that specified by the IETF STD005, "INTERNET PROTOCOL"; all of which are characterized by providing routable internetwork addressing and by being packet-switched, unreliable, and connectionless; the most widely used of these protocols, IPv4

    June 7, 2008

  • ninja words:
    (n) : an information space on the Internet in which the items of interest, referred to as resources, are identified by global identifiers called uniform resource identifiers. Abbreviations: WWW, 3W

    June 7, 2008

  • From ninjawords --
    (interjection) : expression signifying a pause or hesitation
    synonyms: er, erm, um

    June 5, 2008

  • Note to myself: Try to have less fun on Wordie.

    June 4, 2008

  • lighten up, bilby;

    June 3, 2008

  • (v) : to become less serious and more cheerful or casual; to relax

    June 3, 2008

  • (adj) : pertaining to the internet;

    June 3, 2008

  • Short for 'robot', specifically a cyber-robot, almost exclusively used on the internet.

    June 3, 2008

  • Yes, if one is a bot.

    June 3, 2008

  • Since "hotshots" is also composed of "hots" + "hots", it is a tautonym.

    June 3, 2008

  • square root of hotshots

    June 3, 2008

  • (n) : to have the "hots" for someone means to be physically attracted to them

    June 3, 2008

  • hots squared, as in, "She has the hots² for him!"

    June 3, 2008

  • It could be, but my intention was to coin the female form of lobcock.

    May 30, 2008

  • n. 1. A dull, sluggish woman.

    May 29, 2008

  • lariat

    May 27, 2008

  • a Continental Spanish lasso

    May 27, 2008

  • From the famous passage in East of Eden:

    “Do you remember when you read us the sixteen verses of the fourth chapter of Genesis and we argued about them?�?
    ...
    “Well, the story bit deeply into me and I went into it word for word. The more I thought about the story, the more profound it became to me. Then I compared the translations we have—and they were fairly close. There was only one place that bothered me. The King James version says this—it is when Jehovah has asked Cain why he is angry. Jehovah says, ‘If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.’ It was the ‘thou shalt’ that struck me, because it was a promise that Cain would conquer sin.�?
    ...
    “Then I got a copy of the American Standard Bible. It was very new then. And it was different in this passage. It says, ‘Do thou rule over him.’ Now this is very different. This is not a promise, it is an order. And I began to stew about it. I wondered what the original word of the original writer had been that these very different translations could be made.�?
    ...
    “The American Standard translation orders men to triumph over sin, and you can call sin ignorance. The King James translation makes a promise in ‘Thou shalt,’ meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’�?
    ...
    “And I feel that a man is a very important thing—maybe more important than a star. This is not theology. I have no bent toward gods. But I have a new love for that glittering instrument, the human soul. It is a lovely and unique thing in the universe. It is always attacked and never destroyed— because ‘Thou mayest.’�?
    A great book; a wonderful passage; and a word loaded with nuance and implication.

    May 25, 2008

  • Verily, I jest thou not; que será, será. If your comment, Sir yarb, concerns my use of the archaic "thou" and "mayest" in defining timshel, it is simply because I am quoting the passage in Steinbeck's East of Eden, where the biblical meaning of timshel is discussed. The passage is conveniently accessible online at the URL:

    http://timshel.org/timshel.php

    May 24, 2008

  • The Second Law of Thermodynamics specifies that entropy, the measure of randomness in a closed physical system, increases with time. Entropy is that physical phenomenon responsible for the inexorable expansion of the universe toward a state of complete dissipation of useful, creative if you will it, energy. This, crucially, does not obviate the possibility of temporary localized reductions in entropy, however.

    May 23, 2008

  • negative entropy

    May 23, 2008

  • Timshel is a transliteration of the Hebrew word that means "thou mayest." It is a succinct exposition of the philosophical concept of Free Will. 'Timshel' memorably appears as the last quote in Steinbeck's East of Eden, and is, arguably, the principal theme of that novel. 'Thou mayest' suggests a divine (or from an as yet unknowable source) grant of potential. If we define an adjective "timshel" as a contextual extension to mean 'Thou mayest cause', it gives us the means to express, in local spacetime (i.e., in local 3-dimensional space and also temporarily), that aspect of potential for a reduction in entropy, which offers a possibility for an increase in useful, and conditionally creative, energy.

    May 23, 2008

  • TheBigHenry's definition of life that not only does not violate the Second Law of Thermodynamics, but also incorporates potential creativity.

    May 23, 2008

  • unsportsmanlike conduct on the tennis court

    May 22, 2008

  • alternative spelling for opportenism

    May 22, 2008

  • people waiting for antibiotics

    May 20, 2008

  • a retro trend

    May 18, 2008

  • epact (n): an electronic international treaty

    May 15, 2008

  • an artichoke lodged in the windpipe

    May 14, 2008

  • Coining new words from typos, as, for example, lovelty.

    May 14, 2008

  • Truth be told, I found it online. It was a typo for lovely, which I appropriated for my own purpose.

    May 14, 2008

  • nice and new

    May 13, 2008

  • see Urban Dictionary

    May 13, 2008

  • I'm with sushiaddict. If we struck boobs (the word) we could get rid of moobs, which would be a good thing.

    May 13, 2008

  • The speed of acceleration, as well as the acceleration of speed.

    More at Distance, speed, acceleration, and time.

    May 13, 2008

  • Fer shur, gangerh, but it may actually be more complex than that.

    May 13, 2008

  • The auto-generated definition is mathematically correct for a complex number, though in common usage it also applies to an imaginary number. The mathematically correct definition for imaginary number is:

    (n): (mathematics) a number of the form "bi" where "b" is a real number and i is the square root of -1

    May 13, 2008

  • complex number (n): (mathematics) a number of the form a+bi where a and b are real numbers and i is the square root of -1. The term "a" is the real part and the term "bi" is the imaginary part.

    May 13, 2008

  • There is negative, imaginary, as well as complex deathspan.

    May 13, 2008

  • synonym for infinity

    May 12, 2008

  • Bofellow (n): Barack Obama's stage name when playing title role of William Shakespeare's Othello, the hero who would not trust his wife.

    May 11, 2008

  • Thanx, gangerh. Even a blind squirrel finds an acorn now and then.

    May 11, 2008

  • supposed to be pouting

    If Obama becomes the putative nominee, Clinton will become the poutative candidate.

    May 11, 2008

  • neatness counts

    May 10, 2008

  • New baby daughter keeping you awake, John? I vaguely recall all that (it happened to me about 39 years ago). Take heart; it will pass.

    Best,
    Henry

    May 10, 2008

  • What was happening on-stage?

    May 10, 2008

  • Hello John,

    I had no idea that I was annoying you; it was not my intention to do so. I will delete those words that are offensive to you.

    You might simply have told me all this. There was no need to issue a threat along with it.

    Best,
    Henry

    May 10, 2008

  • a dispute about cardinal numbers

    May 10, 2008

  • a wordie or wurdie with a penchant for wourds

    May 10, 2008

  • a word derived from adding a "u" after an "o"
    a word derived from adding an "o" before a "u"

    H/T sarra

    May 10, 2008

  • wordie with a penchant for wurds

    May 10, 2008

  • to pun pompously

    May 10, 2008

  • a word derived by replacing an "o" with a "u"

    May 10, 2008

  • a bitch with offspring

    May 8, 2008

  • lower part of a Boston Bruin's helmet

    May 8, 2008

  • malodorous mayonnaise

    May 5, 2008

  • On the Dog Channel it's called Sausage.

    May 4, 2008

  • Here is how the joke goes at our home:

    The Chinese fellow was asked by his colleagues how it came about that his name is Kowalski. He explained that when his grandfather came off the boat, the guy in front of him was a big Polack. And when grandfather was asked what his name was, he told the man it was Sam Ting.

    May 4, 2008

  • Dad's dogma.

    May 3, 2008

  • synonym for he's-at-home

    May 2, 2008

  • She said, "Meshuggah and spice and everything nice".

    May 2, 2008

  • sticky segments of linguini

    April 28, 2008

  • counterfeit caca

    April 28, 2008

  • I'm a Durham (U.S.) physicist, and my wife is a grad student working for a Ph.D. in linguistics. Small world.

    April 28, 2008

  • @ Treeseed said: My real first name is Terrie ...

    Terrie » Terry » Theresa » Therese » treesed ?

    April 28, 2008

  • The Lone Ranger's horse was named Silver:

    "A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty 'Hi Yo Silver, away!' With his faithful Indian companion Tonto, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains, led the fight for law and order in the early west. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. The Lone Ranger rides again!"

    April 27, 2008

  • Gene Autry and Champion. See "A Horse is a Horse"

    April 27, 2008

  • Jupiter's oldest moon.

    April 27, 2008

  • Since guvno means shit in Polish:

    guvno n. shitload

    April 27, 2008

  • Life is timshel negentropy.

    April 27, 2008

  • De scratchin'* is de bitter part of Mahler.
    _____________________
    * of the string section

    April 27, 2008

  • Discretion is the better part of pallor.

    April 27, 2008

  • Sound produced when inhaling deeply through stuffy nose.

    April 26, 2008

  • Since smark means snot (in Polish): a snotty or smartass remark.

    April 26, 2008

  • 2 × trilby ÷ 3

    April 24, 2008

  • 1.5 ⊗ bilby

    April 24, 2008

  • antonym for debride

    April 24, 2008

  • collective nouns

    April 22, 2008

  • terms of venery

    April 22, 2008

  • CB,
    Can't; I have a bad back.

    April 22, 2008

  • Apropos cunt, I think it works well as a term of venery (i.e., collective noun), as, for example:

    a cunt of malcuntents

    April 22, 2008

  • @chained_bear said:Hi BH, ...

    Thanx for your response. I am in general agreement with your remarks.

    @sionnach said:TBH: ... intelligent ..., you know, interesting.

    Your, you know, repeated derision belies your claimed disinterest. You could, you know, go elsewhere.

    April 22, 2008

  • I am trying to get a sense of what this community is about. From your comments, so far, I have the following impressions:

    * The community appears to invest emotional connections to words, possibly to disguise their reactions to those who coin those words.
    * Some words elicit strong reactions because they are descriptive of scenarios deemed offensive, though other such words do not.
    * There is an implied correlation between speed of adding words and status in the community.

    These initial impressions are somewhat surprising. I would have thought there would be less emphasis placed on word definition as opposed to coining words. And I don't get the strong interest in quantifying the mere addition of words to lists.

    April 21, 2008

  • Kvetch, kvetch, kvetch ...

    April 21, 2008

  • Your marsupium would be an ideal place for it, but feel free to channel it wherever it fits.

    April 20, 2008

  • negique (rhymes with antique) n : someone with negative IQ

    April 20, 2008

  • "TheBigHenry" is my macronym.

    April 20, 2008

  • @ bilby said: Hmmm.

    ???

    April 20, 2008

  • I like your comment, plethora.

    April 20, 2008

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  • Thanks Henry, and thanks for taking people's feelings into consideration. I appreciate it, and I'm sure others do too.

    May 10, 2008

  • New baby daughter keeping you awake, John? I vaguely recall all that (it happened to me about 39 years ago). Take heart; it will pass.

    Best,
    Henry

    May 10, 2008

  • Yeah, you're right, I could have left that threat out. An ambiguous one at that -- I was threatening to be annoying, nothing more nefarious.

    You don't have to delete anything (they'll live on as orphans in any case), and I'm not scared of words, or think anyone here needs to be protected against them.

    But I'm very, very protective of Wordie and the community, and want it to be a civil, friendly place where all feel welcome. I ignored the first few rounds of cunt words, but when it was clear that it was a pattern, I came down, perhaps too hard. If it helps explain anything, I didn't sleep much last night, and am wearing my cranky pants.

    Repairing to the Verbal Arms is always a good idea. Also, free speech seems like a good place to discuss individual rights vs. community mores, public vs. private spaces and the hybrid zone Wordie occupies, my latent dictatorial nature, etc.

    May 10, 2008

  • Hello John,

    I had no idea that I was annoying you; it was not my intention to do so. I will delete those words that are offensive to you.

    You might simply have told me all this. There was no need to issue a threat along with it.

    Best,
    Henry

    May 10, 2008

  • TBH. John's right. Words are words and Wordies record them, discuss them, enjoy them. Playing with them is more delicate and needs more appreciation of community feeling. His very simple words of advice to me when I queried something on first joining in was 'just don't be a jerk'. Few of us would claim to getting it right all the time, so no need to leave. Just strive to know where wordplay doesn't offend.
    Come over to the Verbal Arms and put a tune or two on the jukebox. Mine's a bloody fbharjy. What's yours?

    May 10, 2008

  • Hello TBH. I'm far too tired to mince words right now, so I'm letting you know once that if you add one more "cunt" related word, I'm going to delete your account, and make every effort to find you elsewhere online and annoy you as much as you're annoying me, something I'm very capable of doing.

    I value free speech as much as anyone, but Wordie isn't a public space, it's a private web site run by me, and I have no problem whatsoever policing it forcefully if you keep fucking around.

    That said, I value your non-sexist contributions, and would much, much prefer that you stick around and join the rest of us in polite conversation, rather than playing the troll.

    Best,
    John

    May 10, 2008