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  • A box on the ear? What kind of box.. a cereal box, a cake mix?

    August 4, 2020

  • Thanks for this clarification, bilby. "Humans essen and animals fressen." Easy and worth remembering!

    August 4, 2020

  • To gobble up food; to gorge oneself. "To eat quickly or noisily, like an animal".

    August 3, 2020

  • The stench or high flavor (?) of game meat. Hm.

    August 3, 2020

  • My favorite word for today.

    August 2, 2020

  • It also awarded $354 million to Phlow Corp. in May to start producing active pharmaceutical ingredients, or API, among other chemical ingredients, used in certain essential medications. A spokesperson for Phlow said the company can’t disclose the list of drugs, but it includes treatments for pain and blood pressure that can be used by hospitalized COVID-19 patients. The total contract is worth up to $812 million. Phlow cites a shift toward producing API in China and India as the rationale behind its business model.

    July 30, 2020

  • Ironically (or not), with the rising militancy of suffragists, skirts began to narrow until they became the barreled, banded style known as the hobble skirt or "the speed-limit skirt."

    July 30, 2020

  • Discovered in 1957 by a Swiss pharmaceutical firm, isotonitazene is an analogue of its banned parent compound, etonitazene, which was discovered in 1956 and is itself 60 times more potent than morphine.

    “Isotonitazene is the most persistent and prevalent new opioid in the U.S.,” said Logan, adding that he is now seeing 40 to 50 isotonitazene-related deaths per month in the U.S. compared to about six per month last summer (2019).


    Isotonitazene is legal to export from China and is not specifically banned in the U.S., Europe or China. America’s Analog Act would cover it as a derivative of a banned substance, but no case has come to court yet. It could take years before it is scheduled in the U.S. and internationally.

    Chemists in Shanghai and other major manufacturing centers are still out-inventing lawmakers the world over, quickly synthesizing new, legal variants of recently banned drugs. Isotonitazene and several variants of it are now being sold online, legally by Chinese suppliers offering bulk deals.

    July 30, 2020

  • "Previously, isotonitazene was a niche drug used by internet drug geeks, or psychonauts, Logan said. But he now, as happened with fentanyl, there are bags of heroin on sale on the streets in the U.S. with mixtures containing isotonitazene, with users having no idea what they are buying."

    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/wxebjb/40-americans-are-dying-every-month-from-taking-this-new-legal-opioid

    July 30, 2020

  • I believe that this is a common MISSPELLING for spinal cord but no way is it a legitimate, alternative spelling.

    July 23, 2020

  • What's wrong with long-legged petrel? Stilts are artificial legs, are they not?

    noun stilt-bird. In ornithology, any bird of the genus Himantopus: so called from the extremely long, slender legs.

    July 18, 2020

  • Now I know what a zeme meme is, I guess.

    July 18, 2020

  • A fear of symbols is concise and seems to make sense, but the definition provided adds different layers of meaning that appear made-up.

    July 18, 2020

  • There are other examples of vowelless sentences in Czech and Slovak, such as prd krt skrz drn, zprv zhlt hrst zrn, meaning "a mole farted through grass, having swallowed a handful of grains"

    July 18, 2020

  • So, every -ist is an addict? How exactly does an addiction to vowels manifest itself? Do vowelists insist on buying game-show vowels even when a vowel is not needed to identify a word or phrase? Do vowelists suffer mercilessly when encountering languages such as Czech?

    Strč prst skrz krk

    --a Czech and Slovak tongue-twister meaning "stick a finger through the throat".

    July 18, 2020

  • A sucker surrounding the genital opening...

    Not sure why this particular detail describes this worm, unless it helps to distinguish one trematode worm from another.

    July 18, 2020

  • To make a trope of.

    July 8, 2020

  • mummichog

    July 8, 2020

  • There were galleys and caravels, barques and feluccas, pinnaces and caraccas.

    July 3, 2020

  • What? Not an earful of bilbies? (BTW, my spell-check keeps trying to change bilbies to bibles.)

    July 3, 2020

  • A pathocracy is a social movement, society, nation, or empire wherein a small pathological minority takes control over a society of normal people.

    June 30, 2020

  • Political ponerology (originating from the Greek word for evil, poneros) is a science on the nature of evil adjusted for political purposes which ultimately on a larger scale results in a pathocracy.

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/55641292@N03/5482658316

    June 30, 2020

  • See ponerology

    • noun In theology, the doctrine of wickedness.

    June 30, 2020

  • Cross-cutting relationships is a principle of geology that states that the geologic feature which cuts another is the younger of the two features. It is a relative dating technique in geology. It was first developed by Danish geological pioneer Nicholas Steno in Dissertationis prodromus (1669) and later formulated by James Hutton in Theory of the Earth (1795) and embellished upon by Charles Lyell in Principles of Geology (1830).

    June 29, 2020

  • The principle of faunal succession, also known as the law of faunal succession, is based on the observation that sedimentary rock strata contain fossilized flora and fauna, and that these fossils succeed each other vertically in a specific, reliable order that can be identified over wide horizontal distances. A fossilized Neanderthal bone will never be found in the same stratum as a fossilized Megalosaurus, for example, because neanderthals and megalosaurs lived during different geological periods, separated by many millions of years. This allows for strata to be identified and dated by the fossils found within.

    June 29, 2020

  • The principle of lateral continuity states that layers of sediment initially extend laterally in all directions; in other words, they are laterally continuous. As a result, rocks that are otherwise similar, but are now separated by a valley or other erosional feature, can be assumed to be originally continuous.

    June 29, 2020

  • The Principle of Original Horizontality states that layers of sediment are originally deposited horizontally under the action of gravity.1 It is a relative dating technique. The principle is important to the analysis of folded and tilted strata. It was first proposed by the Danish geological pioneer Nicholas Steno (1638–1686).

    June 29, 2020

  • The law of superposition is an axiom that forms one of the bases of the sciences of geology, archaeology, and other fields dealing with geological stratigraphy. It is a form of relative dating. In its plainest form, it states that in undeformed stratigraphic sequences, the oldest strata will be at the bottom of the sequence. This is important to stratigraphic dating, which assumes that the law of superposition holds true and that an object cannot be older than the materials of which it is composed.

    June 29, 2020

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outcrop

    June 29, 2020

  • See also prairie remnant https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Prairie_remnant

    Land that has never been plowed and remains undisturbed by agricultural and urban/suburban development.

    June 29, 2020

  • thaumaturgy

    June 29, 2020

  • nut-culture; a branch of pomology.

    June 26, 2020

  • demonymic: bearing a name derived from the deme, or township, to which one (who was an inhabitant of ancient Attica) belonged.

    June 23, 2020

  • “Take the red pill.” The term is popular in internet communities such as the alt-right and the manosphere, and refers to the scene in the film The Matrix in which the protagonist, Neo, is offered the choice between a blue pill that will allow him to remain safely deluded, or a red pill, which will allow him to discover the underlying truth about reality. The phrase has come to mean rejecting widely accepted truths — particularly those that relate to equality between races, genders and social groups — and choosing an alternative narrative about society. Such narratives lean, in many cases, towards racism, misogyny and other highly controversial beliefs. While this is not true of every single person who would consider themselves “redpilled”, the members of pretty much every alt-right group you might have heard of – incels, neo-Nazis, eco-fascists – will often consider themselves to have awakened in this way to their fringe theories and socially unacceptable beliefs.

    June 23, 2020

  • How do the Jans, Chads, Janets, and Sharons of the world feel about the memeification of their names? While their experiences are obviously in no way comparable to people who face real-world, racially-motivated name discrimination, it is potentially frustrating to have a name that is part of pop culture. Just ask Harry Potter.

    June 23, 2020

  • These words don't actually describe women; they label women. Words used to describe women could be: intelligent, tall, brave, adventurous, funny; meddlesome, annoying, attractive, unattractive...

    *climbing off my soap-box now.

    June 18, 2020

  • A variation of bilby-ian theory. Not sure about spelling. bilbian? bilbyian?

    June 18, 2020

  • Nice alliteration!

    June 18, 2020

  • Beats decreased glaciation, I guess.

    June 17, 2020

  • Meaning what? Is it a disparaging term? My first thought was a weed, but then, I just got through pulling a bunch from my garden.

    June 17, 2020

  • Hey, we got a visual below. This must be the wordnik factor!!

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/9361468@N05/1338213272

    June 17, 2020

  • Thanks, Alex. I was hoping for more intrigue than this. The explanation ended up sounding as boring at its newfound meaning.

    What do you suppose the definition is for the wordnik factor? :)

    June 17, 2020

  • reverse dictionary: hong.

    Still not helping to explain foreign factor. You are such a tease, wordnik.

    June 16, 2020

  • OK, wordnik. You randomly selected this term for me. Explain it. What is the foreign factor?

    June 16, 2020

  • A real event, apparently.

    June 16, 2020

  • "Luce's climbing style was dynamic and determined and she seemed to thrive in the modern style of competition bouldering. Athletes and coaches sharing tributes online are recalling the energy that she brought to competitions with her ever-smiling presence.

    Luce began climbing from a young age with her father on crags in the Chartreuse Massif near her home. In May, Luce ticked her first 8b+ on rock at a local crag, just weeks after French lockdown ended."

    June 16, 2020

  • So much gloom and doomage...

    June 16, 2020

  • Everyone needs a bolthole.

    May 29, 2020

  • Many badger species are very social creatures and live in groups called a cete or clan. A clan shares territory and setts. Setts can be centuries old and are used by many generations of badgers. One sett can be 22 to 109 yards (20 to 100 meters) or more long.

    May 29, 2020

  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg

    Honey badgers became popular due to a YouTube video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4r7wHMg5Yjg)  with a humorous voiceover. Honey badgers are known for their ferocity. Some fun facts about honey badgers:

    * They are called ratels because of the rattling sound they make when they are being attacked.

    * They have a resistance to snake venom.

    * When attacking beehives, they release a fume that spreads throughout the hive.

    * When attacking large animals, such as lions, they go for the scrotum.

    May 29, 2020

  • This visual makes more sense than the actual definition:

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/148501304@N06/49855658911

    May 27, 2020

  • Interesting history regarding this insect's name.

    May 18, 2020

  • From Twitter:

    A rare representation of an Ogbanje and mami-water spirit messenger communicating in encrypted language..

    Yep. Water spirits communicate in encrypted language. Good to know.

    May 18, 2020

  • Found this:

    Any substance added to the soil with the view of rendering it more fertile; specifically, and as used in leases and other contracts relating to real property, the excrementitious product of livestock, with refuse litter, accumulated, and used for enriching the land.

    May 18, 2020

  • I thought manure consists of feces. How can hair, lime and oil be classified as manure?

    Never heard of the word POAK.

    May 18, 2020

  • That's what you get for giving us a swift kick when we don't uncoil your Dorito's fast enough.

    April 30, 2020

  • What pajamas? --frogapplause

    April 30, 2020

  • A diegetic sound is any sound that originates from the world of a production. A very simple way to think about diegetic sounds is to think of them as anything that’s real, or anything that could make sound in the world of a film. The sound doesn't have to be featured on-screen.

    In fact, many diegetic sounds are not shown on-screen. Say there’s an emergency and an ambulance is called. The corresponding siren sound would be diegetic, even if it’s not shown on screen. This is because it’s a natural sound of the film world.

    Examples of Diegetic Sounds

    *Dialogue between characters

    *Music played within the world. Piano playing at a restaurant, music in an elevator, a street performer banging drums.

    *Sound effects such as: explosions, rain drops on a stormy night, wind whirring through a turbine, and many, many more.

    https://www.studiobinder.com/blog/what-is-diegetic-sound/

    April 25, 2020

  • nonbilby... that which is not a bilby.

    non + bilby
    The possibilities are endless! 

    April 25, 2020

  • Who knew?

    April 11, 2020

  • Why not call it a stocky lemur?

    April 10, 2020

  • I'm not sure she I want to know what a butt woman is.

    April 10, 2020

  • A paroled man, huh? So, is this a one-size-fits-both-genders type word?

    April 10, 2020

  • According to a 2018 survey by the United States Department of Agriculture, 11.1 percent of American households could be described as “food insecure.”

    April 8, 2020

  • I misread it as fishdancing.

    April 2, 2020

  • See oxland, oxgang.

    March 27, 2020

  • See oxland, oxgate.

    March 27, 2020

  • Seriously?

    March 27, 2020

  • Don't you mean remote computer fraud/scam/control/hijacking/stealing? Shame on you and scum like you.

    March 27, 2020

  • True or False... the CDC recommends that instead of shaking hands, people touch elbows.

    March 27, 2020

  • M-m-m-my Coronavirus

    March 25, 2020

  • I read that coins pose a greater threat to virus transmission than paper money.

    March 20, 2020

  • This is listed under Fun Words?

    March 17, 2020

  • The janitor's hat?

    March 17, 2020

  • I like this statement:

    "Kerr was well known for panning musicals that were musically ambitious."

    March 11, 2020

  • The military has a long history of discriminating against servicemembers who either were or were perceived to be Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, or Queer (LGBTQ). That history of discrimination included the Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy in place from 1994 to 2011, as well as predecessor policies that were even more harsh, and extends to the current ban on service by openly transgender individuals. Under DADT and prior policies, between the end of World War II and the repeal of DADT, over 100,000 servicemembers were discharged with bad paper discharge because of their actual or perceived LGBTQ status. In addition, thousands of LGBTQ servicemembers were discharged with bad paper for behaviors—interpreted as inexcusable misconduct—that stemmed from the trauma of having to conceal their sexual or gender identity or were discharged for pretextual reasons, such as minor misconduct, when the true cause was discrimination against them due to their LGBTQ status.16 The nation’s history of discrimination against LGBTQ servicemembers is therefore another cause of bad paper discharges that is perpetuated when these veterans are turned away from VA without being allowed to apply.

    March 10, 2020

  • PTSD and TBI Traumatic Brain Injury are considered the signature wounds of the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts and both conditions can significantly impair a person’s ability to conform their behavior to the military’s standards. In particular, the symptoms of PTSD can lead to behaviors that are misinterpreted by military commanders, which in turn can lead to a bad paper discharge.

    http://www.legalservicescenter.org/wp-content/uploads/Turn-Away-Report.pdf

    March 10, 2020

  • Others may have been discharged with bad paper based on discriminatory policies, such as the now-repealed Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell (DADT) policy.

    March 10, 2020

  • Military Sexual Trauma

    March 10, 2020

  • Every servicemember is assigned a “character of service” or “discharge status” upon leaving military service. While most servicemembers receive Honorable discharge statuses, a substantial percentage—approximately 7 percent of (American) veterans discharged since 1980—receive discharge statuses that are not Honorable, which are known as “bad paper.” Servicemembers usually get “bad paper” because of some alleged misconduct, though that misconduct frequently is minor, for a military-only offense, or not proved in any court. Studies also show that many servicemembers are separated with bad paper for misconduct related to a service-related mental or physical health condition or Military Sexual Trauma (MST).

    March 10, 2020

  • Former military servicemembers with “bad paper” — an Other Than Honorable, Bad Conduct, or Dishonorable discharge...

    (Dear VA: Stop kicking veterans with PTSD out of your hospitals)

    https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/486640-dear-va-stop-kicking-veterans-with-ptsd-out-of-your-hospitals

    March 10, 2020

  • What are super-spreaders?

    Not everybody is equal when it comes to the transmission of infectious diseases. In fact, it has been established for at least two decades that there is something called the 20/80 rule – that a small core group of about one in five people transmit infections to far more people than the majority do.

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/feb/27/what-are-super-spreaders-and-how-are-they-transmitting-coronavirus

    https://www.cnbc.com/2020/02/11/what-is-a-coronavirus-covid-19-super-spreader-infections-explained.html

    March 8, 2020

  • Coronavirus is more of an infodemic than an epidemic.

    March 8, 2020

  • On 2 February, the WHO declared there was a "massive infodemic" accompanying the outbreak and response, citing an over-abundance of reported information, accurate and false, about the virus that "makes it hard for people to find trustworthy sources and reliable guidance when they need it."

    March 8, 2020

  • Elephants doing somebody job, eh? What kind of job?

    March 6, 2020

  • About Hawaiian diacritical marks. https://www.hawaii.edu/site/info/diacritics.php

    The Hawaiian language uses two diacritical markings. The ‘okina is a glottal stop, similar to the sound between the syllables of "oh-oh." In print, the correct mark for designating an ‘okina is the single open quote mark. The kahako is a macron, which lengthens and adds stress to the marked vowel. For example 'pau,' depending on placement of ‘okina and kahako, can mean completed, smudge, moist or skirt.

    The State of Hawai‘i and University of Hawai‘i strongly encourage use of Hawaiian diacritical markings.

    March 2, 2020

  • "In many Polynesian cultures, it is believed that a person's errors (called hara or hala) caused illness. Some believe error angers the gods, others that it attracts malevolent gods, and still others believe the guilt caused by error made one sick. In most cases, however, specific 'untie-error' rites could be performed to atone for such errors and thereby diminish one's accumulation of them.

    Among the islands of Vanuatu in the South Pacific, people believe that illness usually is caused by sexual misconduct or anger. "If you are angry for two or three days, sickness will come," said one local man. The therapy that counters this sickness is confession. The patient, or a family member, may confess. If no one confesses an error, the patient may die. The Vanuatu people believe that secrecy is what gives power to the illness. When the error is confessed, it no longer has power over the person.

    Like many other islanders, including Hawaiians, people of Tikopia in the Solomon Islands, and on Rarotonga in the Cook Islands, believe that the sins of the father will fall upon the children. If a child is sick, the parents are suspected of quarreling or misconduct. In addition to sickness, social disorder could cause sterility of land or other disasters. Harmony could be restored only by confession and apology.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoʻoponopono (grave accent mark messes up link; must copy and paste. In Hawaiian, the grave accent is not placed over another character but is sometimes encountered as a typographically easier substitute for the ʻokinaHawai`i instead of Hawaiʻi.).

    March 2, 2020

  • See hooponopono.

    March 2, 2020

  • Nebraska's tag line. https://www.omaha.com/news/state_and_regional/nebraska-s-new-tourism-pitch-honestly-it-s-not-for/article_4e7a5320-fe58-544a-b8ac-078e075fb3f8.html

    Another ad, which was popular with focus groups in Minneapolis, Kansas City and Denver, was titled “Festivals for everything from mud to testicles.” The latter refers to a Father’s Day weekend Testicle Festival, at the Round the Bend Steakhouse east of Ashland, that features deep-fried sheep and beef testicles.

    February 23, 2020

  • So, slim and plim isn't so good, I guess.

    February 16, 2020

  • We call these snow devils; they are pretty much the opposite of a dust devil.

    February 16, 2020

  • And yo' Momma was a celery-looper, too.

    February 16, 2020

  • This is probably what I'd call green onions. Some people call them, irk, scallions.

    February 16, 2020

  • Sounds like a good insult.

    February 16, 2020

  • See pintle.

    February 3, 2020

  • "Equilibristics is a blanket term for a number of circus skills which involve balancing or maintaining equilibrium. The term applies equally to acts in which the performer balances on a prop, and acts in which the performer balances or spins a prop. Many different tricks and stunts fit into this category. Some well-known examples of equilibristics include juggling, baton twirling, unicycle riding, stilt walking, tightrope walking, the manipulation of devil sticks, plate spinning, and some acrobatics. Couch juggling is a stunt in which one lies on one's back, balancing an upended sofa on the soles of one's feet. The couch is flipped end-for-end and caught at the other end, beginning a spin which is maintained by deft movements of the feet. This stunt can also be performed with a canoe, or any other large and unwieldy object. It can even be performed as a gymnastic stunt, using a human gymnast as the juggled object. Technically, balancing a cane on the tip of a finger is an equilibristic stunt, but generally equilibristics is more flashy."

    February 2, 2020

  • "During times of rapid change, there is always a lag between events and our perception and understanding of those events. “Thought” is past tense. Reflection is always after the fact. Someone once said that “time makes hypocrites of us all”, but what that really means is that there is a dissonance between change and the adequacy of our responses to that change. We are already living in the future, but our thinking is still in the past, so that we live divided between the past and the future."

    --https://longsworde.wordpress.com/2017/11/15/horseless-carriage-syndrome/

    February 2, 2020

  • Thanks for liking my shitty anagram poem!

    My two-word poem also works on another list of mine (created by my former user identity, frogapplause).

    https://www.wordnik.com/lists/two-word-poems

    February 1, 2020

  • I'm having fun adding to this list. One entry, however, might be misconstrued:

    this shit

    January 25, 2020

  • Clinodactyly is an autosomal dominant trait that has variable expressiveness and incomplete penetrance


    *(the frequency, under given environmental conditions, with which a specific phenotype is expressed by those individuals with a specific genotype.)

    January 23, 2020

  • Some phenotypes (characteristics) of people who have Russell–Silver syndrome are inadequate catch-up growth in the first two years, body asymmetry, lack of appetite, low-set posteriorly rotated ears, clinodactyly* (inward curving) of the 5th finger, webbed toes, non-descended testicles, weak muscle tone, delayed bone age, downturned corners of mouth and thin upper lip, hypospadias, high-pitched voice, small chin, delayed closure of the fontanel, hypoglycemia, and a bossed forehead.


    *spelling (copied from source) corrected. Thanks!

    January 18, 2020

  • A shuriken. A throwing star.

    January 16, 2020

  • The omoluwabi is a philosophical and cultural concept that's native to the Yoruba people. It's used to describe a person of good character. The omoluabi concept signifies courage, hard work, humility and respect. An omoluabi is a person of honor who believes in hard work, respects the rights of others, and gives to the community in deeds and in action. Above all, an omoluwabi is a person of integrity.

    The Omoluwabi concept is an adjectival Yoruba phrase, which has the words - "Omo + ti + Olu-iwa + bi" as its components. Literally translated and taken separately, omo means 'child', ti means 'that or which', Olu-iwa means the chief or master of Iwa (character), bi means 'born'. When combined, omoluabi translates as "the baby begotten by the chief of iwa". Such a child is thought of as a paragon of excellence in character.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Omoluwabi

    January 16, 2020



  • January 16, 2020

  • The act of plowing.

    January 14, 2020

  • What kind of springs? Bedsprings?

    January 14, 2020

  • More than 1 in 5 wealthy people pay an extra fee for direct access to their doctor, according to a new poll from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health. For low and middle income people, the rates are less than half that.

    https://tinyurl.com/wwghlyn

    January 14, 2020

  • So, a bilby with coenestopathy is perhaps unaware that he has big ears.

    January 14, 2020

  • This term seems rather harsh and belittling (no pun intended.)

    January 11, 2020

  • Another fun and creative list by yarb.

    January 7, 2020

  • Not to be confused with a puddler, cuddler, fuddler or huddler.

    December 31, 2019

  • The Houdini Deluxe Mojito Muddler:

    https://tinyurl.com/whz7y9q

    Also, get your muddler away from my double jigger!

    https://tinyurl.com/rg5ktyc

    December 28, 2019

  • also known as creative reuse, is the process of transforming by-products, waste materials, useless, or unwanted products into new materials or products of better quality and environmental value.

    December 23, 2019

  • aka urinal cake-urchin

    December 23, 2019

  • A severe beating with hazel rods? What's a severe beating with bilby ears and feet?

    December 23, 2019

  • I've never heard of a muddler. I suppose it could be used interchangeably with potato masher.

    December 23, 2019

  • My new favorite word, birdwise.

    December 19, 2019

  • I'm looking for a used rickshaw to add luxury to my life and to boost my bidness. Please help me most promptly.

    December 17, 2019

  • The newspaper report of 1 September featured in the comments suggests that Annie Anderson may have been involved in prostitution. This is made more explicit in a report of a later arrest in the Shields Daily Gazette for 21 July 1904, 'disorderly house' being a euphemism for brothel.

    "At North Shields Annie Anderson (34) was charged with keeping a disorderly house in Liddell Street on July 1st. Sergt. G. Scougal proved the case. Chief Constable Huish said that the prisoner was convicted for a similar offence on March 28th of this year, and committed for one month. Immediately she came out of prison she went back to the room and continued to carry on the house in the same manner as before. The complaints received by the police about it were serious. Defendant, who pleaded not guilty, was committed for three months with hard labour".

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/29295370@N07/6628772201

    December 17, 2019

  • So you're a medieval landlord, collecting property rent from your peasants in eels. How do you measure them?

    Eels were usually counted in units called sticks (25 eels) -- likely from the number of eels you can smoke on a stick at one time. 10 sticks of eels was called a bind.

    --https://twitter.com/greenleejw

    December 13, 2019

  • ‘clickership’ is no one's favorite word yet, has no comments yet, and is not a valid Scrabble word.

    Ah, what a sad and lonely word!

    December 2, 2019

  • The killer was Colonel Mustard in the scriptorium!

    December 2, 2019

  • The plot thickens...

    necker's knob: A knob attached to the steering wheel of an automobile, especially before the widespread availability of power steering, helping the driver steer with one arm and leaving the other arm free to provide romantic attention to a companion.

    November 25, 2019

  • The plot thickens... "leaving the other arm free to provide romantic attention to a companion."

    A knob attached to the steering wheel of an automobile, especially before the widespread availability of power steering, helping the driver steer with one arm and leaving the other arm free to provide romantic attention to a companion.

    See Brodie knob.

    November 25, 2019

  • A few examples here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brodie_knob

    I remember seeing this thingamajig but I never knew it had a name.

    November 21, 2019

  • The opihi, or Cellana exarata, is an edible shellfish of the limpet species of molluscs. There are 3 types in Hawaii. The opihi alinalina or yellowfoot is one. The opihi makaiauli or blackfoot is the second. And the opihi ko`ele or giant opihi is the third. Most say they prefer the taste of the opihi alinalina or yellowfoot.

    According to local researchers, the opihis are probably the most expensive seafood in Hawaii. In terms of cost of the delicacy (including the shell), one can value it in the range of $150 a gallon. A long time ago, pickers were selling over 140,000 pounds annually. Today, there are only 13,000 pounds harvested annually. This due to diminished stock and over harvesting. Despite this, demand for opihis remains very high.

    November 17, 2019

  • See also marionette.

    November 17, 2019

  • In Eastern Christianity, a passion bearer (Russian: страстотéрпец, tr. strastoterpets, IPA: strəstɐˈtʲɛrpʲɪts) is one of the various customary titles for saints used in commemoration at divine services when honouring their feast on the Church Calendar; it is not generally used in the Latin Church.

    The term can be defined as a person who faces his or her death in a Christ-like manner. Unlike martyrs, passion bearers are not explicitly killed for their faith.

    Notable passion bearers include the brothers Boris and Gleb, Alexander Schmorell (member of the White Rose resistance movement), and the entire Imperial Family of Russia, executed by the Bolsheviks in 1918.

    November 17, 2019

  • noun An airtight full-body suit intended to protect wearer from biologically hazardous persons, serums, materials, or lifeforms.

    What's an example of a hazardous lifeform? An alien from Mars maybe?

    November 12, 2019

  • Really?

    November 11, 2019

  • BIG from “Biological Isolation Garment” + suit.

    November 11, 2019

  • How can a value change because of its locality?

    November 11, 2019

  • Misread puddling-furnace. Thought I saw pudding-furnace. Like pudding-furnace better.

    November 11, 2019

  • I'm afraid to find out what a donkey-boiler is.

    November 11, 2019

  • A podium sweep is when one team wins all available medals in a single event in a sporting event.

    November 5, 2019

  • Woke (/ˈwoʊk/) as a political term of African American origin refers to a perceived awareness of issues concerning social justice and racial justice. It is derived from the African-American Vernacular English expression "stay woke", whose grammatical aspect refers to a continuing awareness of these issues.

    November 2, 2019

  • This term describes a form of boycott in which someone (usually a celebrity) who has shared a questionable or unpopular opinion, or has had behavior that is perceived to be either offensive or problematic called out on social media is "canceled"; they are completely boycotted by many of their followers or supporters, often leading to massive declines in celebrities' (almost always social media personalities) careers and fanbase.

    November 2, 2019

  • Call-out culture (also known as outrage culture) is a form of public shaming that aims to hold individuals and groups accountable for their actions by calling attention to behavior that is perceived to be problematic, usually on social media. A variant of the term, cancel culture, describes a form of boycott in which someone (usually a celebrity) who has shared a questionable or unpopular opinion, or has had behavior that is perceived to be either offensive or problematic called out on social media is "canceled"; they are completely boycotted by many of their followers or supporters, often leading to massive declines in celebrities' (almost always social media personalities) careers and fanbase.

    November 2, 2019

  • Fox, Paramount, Avon, Alameda, Plaza, Majestic, Repertory, Regent, Imperial, Jewelbox, Mayfair, Garden, Savoy, ShowRoom, Apollo, Beach, Capitol, Colonial, Hollywood, Embassy, Empress, Exposition, Globe, Palace, Park, Roxy, Century, Victory, Alpha, Union, Bourbon, Glacier, Memorial, Prism, Auburn, Village, Frontier, Moonlight, Crescent, Stadium, Ruby, Spectrum, Sunland, Ritz, Crestview, Arcade, Boulevard, Old Mill, Colony, Rainbow, Classic, Cascade, Thunderbird, Westgate, Starlite, Suburban, Venture, Liberty, Sunset, International, Gateway, Clover Leaf, Bengal, Philmore, Uptown, State, Dixie, Rivoli, Casino, Vogue, Cottage, Radio City, Folly, Star, Fremont, Renaissance, Midway, Heritage, Capri, Carousel, Tower, Medallion, Varsity, King, Holiday, Jubilee, Studio...

    November 1, 2019

  • strangling, smothering...

    October 30, 2019

  • I like the three Ls: wallless, cowbellless...

    October 28, 2019

  • Steal This Book is a book written by Abbie Hoffman. Written in 1970 and published in 1971, the book exemplified the counterculture of the sixties. The book sold more than a quarter of a million copies between April and November 1971.

    The book is, in the style of the counterculture, mainly focused on ways to fight the government, and against corporations in any way possible. The book is written in the form of a guide to the youth. Hoffman, a political and social activist himself, used many of his own activities as the inspiration for some of his advice in Steal This Book.

    October 28, 2019

  • Culture jamming (sometimes guerrilla communication) is a tactic used by many anti-consumerist social movements to disrupt or subvert media culture and its mainstream cultural institutions, including corporate advertising. It attempts to "expose the methods of domination" of a mass society to foster progressive change. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culture_jamming

    October 28, 2019

  • Timber mafia refers to organized crime in the field of illegal logging in timber. Not to be confused with lumber cartel.

    October 28, 2019

  • Anonymous Christian is the controversial notion introduced by the Jesuit theologian Karl Rahner (1904–1984) that declares that people who have never heard the Christian Gospel might be saved through Christ. Non-Christians could have "in their basic orientation and fundamental decision," Rahner wrote, "accepted the salvific grace of God, through Christ, although they may never have heard of the Christian revelation.

    October 28, 2019

  • Black dog syndrome or big black dog syndrome is a phenomenon in which black dogs are passed over for adoption in favor of lighter-colored animals. Animal shelters often use the term BBD, or big black dog, to describe the type of larger dark-colored mixed-breed said to be typically passed over by adopters. Black cats suffer the same problem in shelters, being passed over for adoption in favor of other coat colors.

    October 28, 2019

  • A titman in the 19th century could mean a small or stunted person, as Henry David Thoreau indicates when he calls his generation “a race of tit-men.”

    October 28, 2019

  • double obelus rolls off the tongue much nicer than double dagger.

    October 27, 2019

  • Wow. eeeee.

    October 24, 2019

  • My new favorite word.

    October 23, 2019

  • Example: nasutus: One of a caste of termites in which the head is prolonged into a point like a long nose. A duct opens at the extremity of the point and from it issues a fluid used as a cement in. constructing the nest.

    October 16, 2019

  • In entomology, any one of the distinct forms found among the polymorphic social insects, especially the true ants and the white ants or termites.

    October 16, 2019

  • Smith Volcano, also known as Mount Babuyan, is a cinder cone on Babuyan Island, the northernmost of the Babuyan group of islands on Luzon Strait, north of the main island of Luzon in the Philippines. The mountain is one of the active volcanoes in the Philippines, which last erupted in 1924.

    October 16, 2019

  • A 1940 United States federal statute that set criminal penalties for advocating the overthrow of the U.S. government.

    October 16, 2019

  • A new term for me. Some sample sentences:

    Nike's Air Max line of running shoes is a prime example in which a single model of a shoe is often produced for years, but the color and material combination ( " colorway " ) is changed every few months, or different colorways are offered in different markets.

    Yarn with multiple shades of the same hue are called " omber ", while a yarn with multiple hues may be known as a given " colorway "  a green, red and yellow yarn might be dubbed the " Parrot Colorway " by its manufacturer, for example . " Heathered " yarns contain small amounts of fiber of different colors, while " tweed " yarns may have greater amounts of different colored fibers.

    The firm made wallpaper by block printing, where blocks of wood are carved and printed for each colorway of a design, and fabrics were produced using the indigo-discharge dyeing method, where cloth is stained a deep indigo, then designs are bleached out so that they can be dyed other colors.

    October 16, 2019

  • Anti-circumcision activists.

    October 12, 2019

  • But I want to pay the registration fee! I demand the opportunity to pay the registration fee in order to be initiated into the Illuminati ScamHood. Why are you depriving me of this great opportunity, wesleybrandon? I have money to burn and a hole in my pocket.

    I am not interested in owning a Lamborghini, though. I'd love an adult tricycle instead (yellow and with a basket.)

    TESTIMONY! TESTIMONY!! TESTIMONY!!!

    October 11, 2019

  • Often sold in small country stores run by Amish or Mennonite communities.

    October 9, 2019

  • yokefellow, yokemate, yoke bone, yoke elm, yoke-footed, yokelry, yoke riveter.

    October 6, 2019

  • See raincoater.

    October 6, 2019

  • noun A hatters' brushing-pad.

    October 5, 2019

  • Coordinated inauthentic behavior is a Facebook cybersecurity term defined as “when groups of pages or people work together to mislead others about who they are or what they’re doing.”

    Accounts with CIB were based on their behavior and not the content posted. Activity was coordinated and used fake accounts to misrepresent. For example, accounts from China were removed for what was described as a "disinformation campaign against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong."

    October 5, 2019

  • See survivorship bias.

    September 29, 2019

  • The logical error of concentrating on the people or things that made it past some selection process and then overlooking those that did not, typically because of their lack of visibility. This can lead to false conclusions in several different ways. It is a form of selection bias.

    September 29, 2019

  • It seems me more handy than others, too -- except when it not handy, in such cases it less or not more handy.

    September 29, 2019

  • Refers to the film industry of the state of Assam in India. The industry was born in 1935 when Jyoti Prasad Agarwala released his movie "Joymoti".

    September 29, 2019

  • Refers to the Malayalam film industry based in the state of Kerala, India.

    September 29, 2019

  • Refers to the Nepali film industry based in Kathmandu, Nepal.

    September 29, 2019

  • Refers to the film industry of Sri Lanka.

    September 29, 2019

  • refers to the Bangladeshi film industry (based in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh.) See also Dhallywood.

    September 29, 2019

  • Refers to the Bangladeshi film industry (based in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh.) See also Dhaliwood.

    September 29, 2019

  • More specifically refers to the Punjabi films of Pakistan based in Lahore, Pakistan.

    September 29, 2019

  • 1. The cinema of Punjab, India.

    2. The Pashto language movie industry in Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan.

    September 29, 2019

  • Wellywood is an informal name for the city of Wellington, New Zealand. The name—a conflation of Wellington and Hollywood—is a reference to the film production business established in the city.

    September 29, 2019

  • The snares collected by the anti-poaching units of (PaintedDog.org) who turn them into animal sculptures. Through sales of these snares and other crafts they spread the conversation message of the painted dogs both to their own community and internationally.

    September 11, 2019

  • Combining the definitions above: A poor person that poops.

    September 10, 2019

  • Scheele's Green was used as a color for paper, e.g. for wallpapers and paper hangings, and in paints, wax candles, and even on some children's toys. It was also used to dye cotton and linen. 

    Despite evidence of its high toxicity, Scheele's Green was also used as a food dye for sweets such as green blancmange, a fondness of traders in 19th-century Greenock; this led to a long-standing Scottish prejudice against green sweets.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheele%27s_Green

    September 10, 2019

  • "The Poison Dress", or "Embalmed Alive" features a dress that has in some way been poisoned.

    Also contributing to the poison-dress theme is the prevalence of smallpox-contaminated blankets, which were given to native Americans.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_dress

    September 7, 2019

  • "Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to minimise negative health, social and legal impacts associated with drug use, drug policies and drug laws. Harm reduction is grounded in justice and human rights - it focuses on positive change and on working with people without judgement, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that they stop using drugs as a precondition of support.

    Harm reduction encompasses a range of health and social services and practices that apply to illicit and licit drugs. These include, but are not limited to, drug consumption rooms, needle and syringe programmes, non-abstinence-based housing and employment initiatives, drug checking, overdose prevention and reversal, psychosocial support, and the provision of information on safer drug use. Approaches such as these are cost-effective, evidence-based and have a positive impact on individual and community health."

    https://www.hri.global/what-is-harm-reduction

    September 2, 2019

  • NIce! Thanks.

    August 29, 2019

  • I thought it might be jealousy (green-eyed monster) with a hint of cruelty added.

    August 28, 2019

  • A straw bed? Not the definition I expected. I assumed it meant someone who empties a pail.

    August 28, 2019

  • See flanchard.

    August 27, 2019

  • Is there no list pertaining to armory or knights, etc?

    August 27, 2019

  • This reminds me of the Medieval dunking ordeal to find out if a woman is a witch. If she drowns and dies, she's innocent. In this case, vomiting poison determines your innocence... but it could STILL kill you in the process. See tanghin.


    "In Madagascar, one way of determining guilt is to poison you, and see if you spew."

    August 27, 2019

  • Lunky and lanky sound like their meanings.

    August 27, 2019

  • I like this version because it emphasizes the speed spoken and its informality. I'm not a fan of tysm, for example.

    August 27, 2019

  • Glitch poetry is the practice of introducing orthographic anomalies in poems.

    https://medium.com/@massimo.franceschet/glitch-poetry-75e2247bfc43

    August 27, 2019

  • Good find, alexz.

    August 26, 2019

  • A word used only in the following phrase. That's the definition of orthosilicic?

    August 25, 2019

  • Today the dialect is highly endangered, with only a few elderly native speakers. It is thought that any remaining speakers live in or around Old Mines, Missouri.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Missouri_French

    August 24, 2019

  • Why is this named 43? Trump is, sadly, the 45th POTUS.

    August 24, 2019

  • Which is worse... being parasitic fungi or belonging to the smut family?

    August 17, 2019

  • At first glance, I thought I read tadpole pie.

    August 17, 2019

  • Hey, what happened to my list (created under a different user identity): https://www.wordnik.com/lists/wordniks-who-proudly-contribute-worthless-stuff--a-lot-of-dumb-comments--and-useless-words-to-the-zeitgeist-page

    August 14, 2019

  • A message popped up warning me that I was being directed to the site above for possibly nefarious reasons.

    August 14, 2019

  • Grouping plants with similar watering requirements together on a landscape.

    August 3, 2019

  • Hardscape refers to hard landscape materials in the built environment structures that are incorporated into a landscape. This can include paved areas, driveways, retaining walls, sleeper walls, stairs, walkways, and any other landscaping made up of hard-wearing materials such as wood, stone, and concrete, as opposed to softscape, the horticultural elements of a landscape.

    August 3, 2019

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  • Oh! Are the vending machines running?

    *waits two seconds, then shouts*

    Then we'd better go catch them!!!

    *wanders off to the Prince Albert page*

    March 17, 2020

  • Can you catch coronavirus from vending machines?

    March 17, 2020

  • Your list of lists is peauetrie

    February 2, 2018

  • So sorry -- had to delete last comment as it was breaking the community page after I deleted the spammy comment. :-(

    March 19, 2015

  • Consider your scopes affected. De nada. As long as I was at it I effected 'em too!

    March 19, 2015

  • Nice detective work on 'on fleek'.

    March 7, 2015

  • Hey, hey! Checking in. Good to see 'zu get what's coming to her! :) I only occasionally visit these days. I'll try to bring it more into my crosscheck. Toodles for now.

    February 23, 2015

  • *press*

    Ooh! Another delicious food pellet!

    You're the bestest vending machine ever, vendingmachine!

    February 22, 2015

  • LDC - Liberal Democrat Conservative

    A blend of all 3 major political parties in Canada.

    February 21, 2015

  • LDC - longform digital crepuscule

    February 21, 2015

  • Ooh! A delicious food pellet! And two cents!!!

    February 12, 2015

  • I wonder what would happen if I were to press the "Save" button below this comment box.

    February 12, 2015

  • Ooh! Look! Delicious food pellets. Looks like you're my new bff, vendingmachine.

    February 11, 2015

  • I'm sure ruzuzu will be along any minute looking for food pellets.

    February 11, 2015

  • Do you have anything for two cents?

    February 11, 2015

  • You know, you're still my favourite vending machine.

    February 11, 2015

  • What's in the vending machine? The usual bile, or can we now get canned vitriol for a dollar?

    February 10, 2015