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thtownse commented on the word a ways to go
I am beginning to warm up to this one.
July 27, 2012
thtownse commented on the list dumbisms
I am listening to a series of lectures-on-CD by linguist John McWhorter, and am starting to think I am too hard on the peculiarities of spoken language. Most of the items on this list annoy me because they are dumb, but some are legitimate verbal English. But in revisiting these, almost every one of them makes me cringe.
thtownse commented on the list b-adjectival-arcana-a
Wow - this is a truly astounding list. However did you go about compiling it? It looks like the work of several years of eschewing the company of humanity as you spend each waking hour typing...typing...
thtownse commented on the word 0xB16B00B5
It seems obvious who are the big boobs here.
July 20, 2012
thtownse commented on the word chamfer
Often found in National and State forests. More common in summer. Variable number of sleeping accommodations.
thtownse commented on the word cheeses of Nazareth
While I think it reasonable that cheese may be older than Jesus, I would not think that Nazareth is a big cheese area - too dry.
December 7, 2010
thtownse commented on the word rubicon
I do notice that a Wordnik denizen has chosen "rubicon" as a user identity, so I apologize if any offense is taken.
I don't know what the deal is, but in Bloomington Indiana, wherein I doth make my humble abode, the term "Rubicon" is suddenly all over the place - there are businesses, an office park, a recurrent event - I think there is also a Jeep called this. I can only assume this is a fad word and I make it a point to automatically reject fads.
thtownse commented on the word Bits Of Skylab
Love this one
December 6, 2010
thtownse commented on the list funny-fun-to-say
Wow - how can I say I have lived without knowing of this wonderful list! Every entry is an extravaganza of verbal vim!
December 2, 2010
thtownse commented on the list inky
Such a list! Wordnik paydirt!
December 1, 2010
thtownse commented on the word Hinky Dinky
See also the song Hinky Dinky Dee here - http://www.amazon.com/Bottle-Let-Me-Down-Songs/dp/B000066JE8
thtownse commented on the word to itch his own
sorry - had to do it.
November 30, 2010
thtownse commented on the word love the feeling you get when you see a word or phrase listed on wordie for the first time
I live for this feeling!
November 23, 2010
thtownse commented on the word butte
Mesas are only found in Spain, whereas buttes are found in France and possibly Canada.
November 13, 2010
thtownse commented on the list eleven-eleven
11 has long been my favorite number.
November 12, 2010
thtownse commented on the word fenugreek
Does it actually work?
thtownse commented on the list pretentious-words-i-have-used-or-hope-to-use-when-discussing-operas
Now why must these legitimate music terms be called pretentious? I suppose opera fans are perceived as pretentious and perhaps rightly so in some cases, but I don't think of myself as pretentious simply because I take tremendous delight in the splendid pulchritudinous virtuosity of coloratura ornamentation?
November 11, 2010
thtownse commented on the word fo reals
Take that, jwjarvis!
November 10, 2010
thtownse commented on the word The First Pancake
Enjoy your fennel, ruzuzu! HAHAHAHA!
thtownse commented on the word Team Building
This one is particularly horrid. Heard it the office, spoken in all seriousness. Had to leave the room.
thtownse commented on the word Hottentottenpotentatentantenattentat
Thanks, ruzuzu but can we have Elephant Ears instead?
November 5, 2010
*fires fuflun-loaded trebuchet*
ruzuzu - no, Rush did a series of atheist/libertarian rants propounding the virtues of Godless science and white dogs fighting with mythical whatsits (spoiler: the doggie, personified by a bitchin' wah guitar solo, wins).
thtownse commented on the word diet of worms
This is a very funny unintentionally funny phrase.
Hmm - interesting combination of paprika and fennel. Asked for dionysus, and was redirected to a Rush album.
What is a fuflun, pray tell?
November 1, 2010
Do what I do - don't make the first; just start with the second.
October 29, 2010
thtownse commented on the word Punitive Vomit
thtownse commented on the word advertorial
These are insidious web advertisements disguised as commentaries or articles.
October 25, 2010
thtownse commented on the word Recently viewed
I Recently viewed this.
thtownse commented on the word I Can Haz Rok Grup
Love it. For a good laugh, look up LOLMetal on the webs if you haven't already.
October 24, 2010
thtownse commented on the word On board, I'm the captain
ruzuzu - sure I guess. I mostly just like the awesome drum solo after the gamelan break.
October 23, 2010
thtownse commented on the word homosexuality
Thanks a lot, century dictionary. Why don't you go discriminate against someone your own size!
thtownse commented on the word trucker bomb
Most of my lists are bombs, Bil.
I love this Rush song!
October 21, 2010
thtownse commented on the list most-favorite-words
THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GOOD BAND NAME
thtownse commented on the word Ronald Reagan
Perhaps the funniest of the US presidents. The ones I tend to agree with politically are all so serious.
thtownse commented on the word ghosts of departed quantities
Wait - that guy looks just like Punky Meadows!
October 20, 2010
thtownse commented on the word cockshy
not what I thought it meant...
thtownse commented on the word philophile
totally meta dude
thtownse commented on the word Fagony
Love this one - it will play well at the bowling alley gigs.
thtownse commented on the word xanadu
You will join my band. You will play the doubleneck guitar and you will enjoy the plethora of Rush songs - RUSH SONGS R U S H S O N G S!
I'm thinking a Rush cover band, called "Hurry" or something. You in?
thtownse commented on the user thtownse
I just saw "Them!" - talk about creepy bugs!
thtownse commented on the list pop-latin
vice versa? I'm scared to add this until someone smart tells me it is Latin.
October 19, 2010
thtownse commented on the word subset
Bilby, I hope you get over your code.
thtownse commented on the word fin de siecle
I know a fiddle tune from Missouri called the "Findy Sickle Two-Step". I am guessing the title refers to 1899 and not 1999.
October 18, 2010
thtownse commented on the word woo woo
Yes! - from The amazing Randi?
thtownse commented on the word The Roustabouts
A friend of mine has a band called this.
No, that was Styx (Come Sail Away, right?). Rush's Xanadu is just yet another rock ditty that draws on classic literature to create a morality play analyzing the balance we must all strive between our reckless desires and the inevitable, disastrous yet unforeseeable consequences of going too far in our quest for immortality. Really now I think about it, not too different from O N-J's "Xanadu"?
October 16, 2010
thtownse commented on the word Stolperstein
Thanks for sharing this - it is interesting.
October 15, 2010
No dude, it's based on an awesome Rush song.
thtownse commented on the word Smear Me In Vegemite And Feed Me To Cats With Furballs
Gross - I like it.
This seems too - how shall I say this delicately - too "Australian" - a band with this name would never go viral.
thtownse commented on the word Unfriend
Thet's a good'un
thtownse commented on the word remarkable link
Has anybody seen my pinking shears?
thtownse commented on the word People With Chairs Up Their Noses
Don't know ruzuzu but that would surely be a fun list.
thtownse commented on the word Hubert Haydn
I am currently using this one, so nobody steal it, KTHXBAI
thtownse commented on the word boneless, skinless violin
OK, what is this???
thtownse commented on the user rhite41
thtownse commented on the list band-names--1
OMG - you guys are absolutely prolific! Some of these are gold. Anybody want to start a band (need at least 50 people)?
thtownse commented on the word thnik
I ma what I ma and that's all that I ma.
thtownse commented on the word Sanctimommy
Why do you never hear about sanctidaddies?
October 14, 2010
thtownse commented on the list gums-and-resins
Isn't this a band from the eighties?
September 29, 2010
thtownse commented on the list end-in-kin
madmouth - what does "Meatkin" mean?
thtownse commented on the word p.o.q.
No mention of "Precambrian Oolitic Quartz"?
thtownse commented on the word what the living fuck is THAT
sarra - isn't "living daylights" merely a politenessy version of "God" in this context?
thtownse commented on the word Frank Sinatra has a cold
Dis is weewy funny
thtownse commented on the list misspoken
Actually now you mention it I really like the word "jibe".
September 25, 2010
thtownse commented on the word I'm a frayed knot
That joke made okra nifty.
August 12, 2010
thtownse commented on the word Julius Caesar on an Aldis Lamp
Yay - one of my favorite productions of all time.
thtownse commented on the list funny---derogatory
I do get tired of hearing the many varieties of "Gay men are bad".
July 29, 2010
thtownse commented on the word 10 ways people have gotten rich exploiting bilby power
I wanna get rich using Bilby power? Where do I sign up?
July 19, 2010
thtownse commented on the list thats-what-she-said-and-other-spoken-earworms
Nice list, I mean it rocks.
June 4, 2010
thtownse commented on the list everything-i-hate-about-me
How about a list of things you LOVE about yourself?
thtownse commented on the word toxic paint
I think that is exactly what is happening. The chemicals are in the brains of the marketers/content providers for the movie, and also in the drug dealers who run McDonald's.
Hey kids! First ingest some toxic pop culture garbage, then go to McD's and directly consume more garbage. And then get a free marketing promotional tool to remind you to repeat the cycle.
thtownse commented on the list you-dont-say
"You don't say" - funny name for the list!
June 2, 2010
thtownse commented on the word Cuthbert Girdlestone
Who is this who knows of Cuthbert Girdlestone? You must be a musicologist?
thtownse commented on the list for-me-not-to-overuse-when-public-speaking
This actually reads like a transcript of any one of my public speaking engagements. Oddly, demand for them has dropped off somewhat.
May 28, 2010
Thanks Frog - that was a great interview (I got to hear the first few minutes before my boss scowled at me. Love that theme song too - that is exactly the kind of fiddle I aspire to play.
I like your comic style too - very eccentric and literate. Are you doing that full-time?
thtownse commented on the list lexiplasia
These are quite nice!
May 26, 2010
thtownse commented on the word snowbilly
thtownse commented on the word reference Cheetos
thtownse commented on the word dudgeon
When I was a kid there was a very tough boy in the neighborhood with the last name Dudgeon. Adds credence to the idea that once's name can influence one's behavior.
May 25, 2010
thtownse commented on the list hold-my-place
So are these nouns? Their subject or object is really not defined, kind of a quantum mechanical entity, a probability.
thtownse commented on the word dogsbody
Good word. Lie down.
May 24, 2010
thtownse commented on the list boys
At least you don't have ants - they might get trodden upon. Which could hurt. Because of what is in many people's pants.
May 21, 2010
thtownse commented on the word The Happy Pan
One small step for pan, one giant leap for all fried eggs.
thtownse commented on the word anal thermometer, Runts®, green tea all-day moisture body lotion (infused with peony petals)
Wow - there is a comic called Frog applause! And it looks w-e-i-r-d! Excellent
May 20, 2010
thtownse commented on the word accordion, autoharp, birdseye maple banjo ukulele
For me it's easy. There are three things I like about the computer: Tom The Dancing Bug, Crayola Art Studio, and Wordnik. All other activities require sweet sweet loudness in order for them to be tolerable.
thtownse commented on the word yessireebob
Also as in "Yassir's rebab"
May 19, 2010
thtownse commented on the word defuse
do you ever look at the Twitter feeds? This one was in with defuse: "Ok now I'm not saying I'm excited for MacGruber but I just tried to defuse a bomb with pantyhose, a lighter and some cat hair. Didn't work "
Other people lead such interesting lives.
That makes sense.
thtownse commented on the word 4 guitars, 6 banjos, 1 fiddle
* drools over antique banjos *
Good question. I think the difference is whether the tension is going to explode, in which case it is defused (bomb-like). But a less tangible tension would be diffused.
Anyone want frogapplause to provide more info on the anal thermometer? I for one do not.
H - I am increasingly intrigued - can you describe your guitars and banjos? I have a gold tone 5-string banjo, which is kind of halfway betwixt bluegrass and old-timey, which is approximately what I do on the banjo. And I think you also have a tin whistle? does this imply a Celtic music interest?
What things do you play, chained?
Question - how do you focus on your work at the computer with all that fun within fifteen feet away? I usually keep mine in a locked shed and throw the key into a large pile of hay so I don't get distracted.
Actually, not true; I usually just get distracted.
Me too - mostly strings. But I am learning the piano a bit. I play guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, hammered dulcimer, bass, cello, ukulele, and a bit of piano. Nothing windy.
May 18, 2010
Nice collection - you play them all?
A musician? Excellent.
thtownse commented on the word babbitt
Just know that forming alloys used in bearing surfaces in machinery bearings can be babbitt forming.
thtownse commented on the word fashion frump-off
"“It appears to be a fashion frump-off. Who can have the highest neckline?” –Rusty"
-Comment by a reader to this comic strip:
thtownse commented on the list rock--paper--scissors--rubber-ducky--pink-flamingo--emmy
All makes sense until Donald Trump rubs your doorkey.
Ina ll seriousness though, this is a really cool list.
OK, what now?
thtownse commented on the word rock, paper, scissors
Are you commenting about commenting? That's a meta-comment. There's nothing the meta with that.
thtownse commented on the list palin-drones
May 17, 2010
thtownse commented on the word waltzing matilda
I had always thought it was about waltzing with a woman named Matilda?!
May 7, 2010
thtownse commented on the word to table a question
There's a squeeze-resistant cover?! That changes the whole juice-box equation.
May 6, 2010
thtownse commented on the word fend
Forfend - interesting word, but I would not call it common. The four examples in Wordnik have it part of the "Heaven Forfend" expression or a variant thereof.
To save time cb you should try new "Strained Lit'l Smokies" - they are packaged like a juice box, each with its own straw.
I was thinking about this word today - to me it is pretty interesting because in its atomic form it only exists in common usage as part of two idiomatic expressions ("Fend for yourself", "Fend off an attack"). Can anyone think of any more? It also lives as the core of the words "offend" and "defend", and the only other one I can think of is "fender". It sounds like it has a relationship with "fence".
thtownse commented on the word hot dog etiquette
I feel really good knowing there is actually a National Hot Dog and Sausage council. Safer, somehow.
CB, according to the timestamps, you have been gnoshing on Lit'l Smokies for almost two hours. How many packages do you have? Don't forget to drink some water too.
May 5, 2010
According to http://www.parlipro.org/table.htm, one could interpret it both ways. To place a question on the table means to introduce it for debate, but not necessarily immediately. However when it is on the table it must be debated at some point during the session.
thtownse commented on the list furniture-verbs
Stonewall is certainly a fit, but in what sense do you verb "gaslight"?
I suggest we table this question. That way, those who interpret it to mean putting it aside can refrain from further comment for now, while those who see it the other way can continue the debate.
May 4, 2010
thtownse commented on the list gci
But what is meant by "GCI"?
April 30, 2010
I had thought this meant to "put the question aside for now"? Not really sure though.
thtownse commented on the word like water off a duck's back
Stays crunchy. Even in milk.
I agree with chained bear. It is easy because water does not absorb into a duck's feathers - thus they dry, even in milk!
thtownse commented on the word kicking it old school
Now that Sarah Palin has used this phrase, please join me in hating it. Of course, I hated it before.
thtownse commented on the list things-that-can-and-should-be-set-on-fire-and-hurled-out-of-a-trebuchet
"extra lemurs" - big funny
April 29, 2010
thtownse commented on the list words-waiting-in-the-wings
This is one wondertabulous list!
thtownse commented on the word bluegrass banjos
Cool - I love old-time style. I learned three-finger quasi-BG (using picks) a long time ago and have stubbornly refused to either become a bona-fide bluegrass player (I agree with you, the style is way too modern, too polished) or a bona-fide old-time player. I play a Gold Tone MM-150, which can swing to the old-time sound nicely by removing the resonator.
April 24, 2010
thtownse commented on the list wordniks-who-proudly-contribute-worthless-stuff--a-lot-of-dumb-comments--and-useless-words-to-the-zeitgeist-page
April 23, 2010
Hey! - on behalf of banjo players everywhere I am umbraged!
thtownse commented on the list the-character-analysis
April 22, 2010
thtownse commented on the word mad props
I keep my "Dumbisms" list myself. What I need though is one-click access to put words there.
No offendment is intended. I have found however that it is perhaps more fun to hate words and phrases than it is to like them. It's that smug feeling you get, that lasts long after your shower.
I might add that Wordnik has the 'Add to favorites' feature but should also have 'Add to despised'. feature.
April 21, 2010
thtownse commented on the word take our survey
No problem. I'll just write my own survey and take it.
thtownse commented on the word beazlebub
Just don't say it three times while looking into a mirror.
Aye em spatial
How do you get to the survey?
thtownse commented on the list bluzonia
I wanna take the survey too *sniff* - where is it *snuffle*? C'mon guys tell me!
thtownse commented on the list words-good
thtownse commented on the list the-bizarre-confectionery-dispenser-diorama-list
I appreciate this - can't tell you how many times I have had to search high and low for "bizarre confectionery dispenser dioramas" and its many variants.
I get it emailed to me.
April 20, 2010
thtownse commented on the list do-not-say-these-words-in-my-presence
This is a fine list of hate-able words. You and me clearly share some values. Maybe we're soul mates? Oh, there goes another one!
thtownse commented on the word progressive
Ooh, I hate this one too.
thtownse commented on the word mad skillz
Ick. Yuck. Go away, bad word.
Just read this in the Wordie blog! I hate it! H. A. T. E. I. T.
thtownse commented on the word pharaoh
That is a classic! Thank you! Additional praise!
thtownse commented on the word re-up
I'd just like to repeat, having seen this word in a news headline, that it is a Dumb word!
thtownse commented on the word my garland shall be
Need info - does anybody know what is meant by this phrase? What is the significance of the garland? Is it a grave decoration or something?
April 6, 2010
thtownse commented on the word Scunthorpe effect
What about the poor folks in Asstown?
thtownse commented on the word heterozygosity
Back in school they used to say "A-E-I-O-U-and sometimes Y". Who am I to argue with school?
thtownse commented on the list a-long-strange-trip
Nice - scrolling through them several tunes jump out at me - it's like rolling a radio dial.
thtownse commented on the word true bug
I suppose for this one instead of "etymologies" we need a link for "Entomologies".
There is something about this that I really like. It has a noble kind of sound. A noble, and true bug.
April 2, 2010
thtownse commented on the list words-i-hate--11
April 1, 2010
thtownse commented on the word LGBTT2IQQAA
Needs to be a TLA* to be effective.
*acronym of "Three Letter Acronym"
thtownse commented on the word rude
Any connection for this word, in the distant past, with "red"? I know that the word "evil" is related to "village" and carries some kind of prejudice against those people who live outside of our zone, somewhere else. So is "rude" referring to some kind of "red" people?
March 25, 2010
thtownse commented on the list hottest-guys-names
"Fly, lesbian seagull..."
March 24, 2010
thtownse commented on the word Animalcule
This is a very cute-sounding word!
March 16, 2010
thtownse commented on the word cupola
Now take "The Godfather", or "Apocalypse Now" - there's a good cupola movies.
March 9, 2010
thtownse commented on the list self-portrait-with-seven-fingers
Tremendits - I am a fan of surrealism, and you prob'ly are too?
February 24, 2010
thtownse commented on the word azure
Thet's purty, azure as ah'm settin' hayr.
February 11, 2010
thtownse commented on the list palinisms
Be sure to check out fruitful ambiguity - an excellent larf!
February 9, 2010
thtownse commented on the word fruitful ambiguity
This is fabulous!
OMG, this is the easiest list to add to. It's fun - try it!
thtownse commented on the user alincarman
Your name is really "A mandolin"? Musi-cool.
January 30, 2010
thtownse commented on the word moist towelette
Be sure to visit the museum: http://www.moist-towelette.com/
thtownse commented on the user mollusque
Thanks for being a B Kliban fan.
thtownse commented on the word ignominy
Love this word!
January 29, 2010
thtownse commented on the word lepadotemachoselachogaleokranioleipsanodrimypotrimmatosilphiotyromelitokatakechymenokichlepikossyphophattoperisteralektryonoptokephaliokinklopeleiolagoiosiraiobaphetragalopterygon
Belongs in a commonly-misspelt words list in the Sunday paper.
thtownse commented on the list to-parryphrase-the-porkmeister-as-it-were
Hey, my name is Townsend.
thtownse commented on the word iFul Tower
with special thanks to gangerh
thtownse commented on the list favorite-words-that-are-really-more-like-phrases
chained_bear, you are totally A-list at my grammys.
thtownse commented on the list favorite-words-that-arent-really-words
chained_bear, you are the wind beneath my wings.
thtownse commented on the user pterodactyl
thtownse commented on the word mountebank
There was an early silent comedian called Monty Banks.
thtownse commented on the list cool-sounding-words
these are way cool
January 15, 2010
thtownse commented on the word runcible spoon
There is a restaurant in my town called Runcible Spoon.
I am talking about the stringed instrument harp. I love stringed instruments and the harp has got the most strings so it pleases me much of a muchness.
PossibleUnderscore, you said "if there were two 'other' instruments" - so what is the other other instrument? And what instrument/s do you already know?
January 14, 2010
thtownse commented on the word slug-a-bed
This word belongs in sionacch's (sp -1) That's Just Beastly! list.
thtownse commented on the word my harp
thtownse commented on the word get my goat
So far I have read several different explanations on this phrase, including yarb and reesetee's (below). Another theory is that "goat" is here a corruption of "goad". More theories at http://www.zyra.org.uk/getgoat.htm. This could be a thesis in the making.
January 12, 2010
thtownse commented on the word judas sheep
What in the world does this mean? My guess is something along the lines of a wolf in sheep's clothing? Or perhaps the original moniker of my favorite British heavy metal band?
January 8, 2010
thtownse commented on the list word-bunnies
Nice list - why "word bunnies"?
Does anyone know about the origin of this phrase? It is one of my favorites.
thtownse commented on the word to where
People use this expression in daily parlance and it is just totally without merit as far as I can tell. Example: "You just turn the knob to where the light is on." I suppose it is an abbreviation of "to the point at which". But it is dumb and I unlike it.
January 6, 2010
thtownse commented on the word jugum penis
Usually necessity is the mother of invention, so who decided that this was something to make?
December 18, 2009
thtownse commented on the word squamish
What's the connection to the game (43-man Squamish)?
thtownse commented on the word all told
Why isn't the correct form of this "All tolled" if the meaning is "all counted"?
I keep saying "Awesome!" I wish I could stop.
December 17, 2009
thtownse commented on the word 25cm X 40cm piece of glass
Darn - I need a 24cm X 41cm piece of glass.
December 16, 2009
thtownse commented on the word frick and frack
Frequently heard on Battlestar Galactica?
thtownse commented on the word passing strange
Can anyone find a definition for this? I read it as "more than (passing) strange", which is to me a nice turn of phrase.
December 15, 2009
thtownse commented on the word [anything] - gate
Thanks pterodactyl - it is passing absurd how many of these there are. I hope it does not imply that we as a culture lack the imagination to come up with new morphemes. I suppose one could look at it as a very long-running joke that was kind of funny at first and gets a little less funny each time it is used.
thtownse commented on the list gate
Good Golly Gracious. (see the list referenced below) Why is it so enduringly popular?
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kiltwraith commented on the user thtownse
I too think bugs are creepy, and creeps really bug me.
frogapplause commented on the user thtownse
TT: I know you're a fan. Have you heard this interview?
May 27, 2010
mollusque commented on the user thtownse
Glad you liked meatloaf.
PossibleUnderscore commented on the user thtownse
Instruments I already know: piano, recorder and organ.
Other two: harp and harmonica
(and then follow all the other instruments like violins, pan flutes and drums etc... which I want to play.)
dontcry commented on the user thtownse
Before you decide, maybe you should consult the pan flute flow chart. It was around here somewhere....
Good idea, maybe it will be!
Actually, I was thinking harmonica.
Well, what would be the other??? No, no... let me guess: the pan flute?
Do you really have a harp??
That's fantastic! If there were two other instruments I could learn, one would be the harp. : )
jennarenn commented on the user thtownse
I'll never think about passwords the same way again. Thanks. ;)
edit: I had to take the apostrophe out of "passwords". Just couldn't take it!
June 26, 2008
vorpal commented on the user thtownse
And what do you have against ticky boxes? Ticky boxes make the world go 'round. Does this mean I have to hand in my writer card?
February 17, 2008
And not a bad list yourself. I'm guilty of using the evil marketing words at work. I can't help it! The suits make me do it!
February 11, 2008
I am leaving a comment about myself!
October 23, 2007
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