yarb commented on the word manic pixie dream girl
An Accountant Helps a Manic Pixie Dream Girl with her Taxes.- McSweeney's, 15/4/14
April 15, 2014
yarb commented on the word veronica
Not sure why but I always assumed gangerh to be a Yorkshire lad.
April 14, 2014
yarb commented on the list bobs-burgers
Sadly, I know nothing of BB. My love of the list springs wholly from its awombatism and the general funcussion it provoked in me.
April 11, 2014
One of my favourite lists.
yarb commented on the word vice admiral of the narrow seas
"So to the Salutacion tavern, where Mr. Alcock and many of the town came and entertained us with wine and oysters and other things, and hither come Sir John Minnes to us, who is come to-day to see “the Henery,” in which he intends to ride as Vice-Admiral in the narrow seas all this summer."- Pepys, 10th of April 1661
yarb commented on the word lawn bubble
I'm forever mowing bubbles...
yarb commented on the word taramosalata
Surely taramasalata, all the a's?
April 1, 2014
yarb commented on the list agentive-clothing
winckle?? Sorry! Please delete!
yarb commented on the list things-that-freak-me-out--animals
March 28, 2014
yarb commented on the word muculent
March 26, 2014
I've never had it pickled but I've had it grilled and quite enjoyed it. I had fried pickles for the first time the other day.
yarb commented on the list air-raid-precautions-1939-1945
That's good, but I prefer the sinister vagueness of rubber clothing.
yarb commented on the word Cupertinian
The scientific model holding that the earth revolves around a colossal holographic bust of Steve jobs.
And I end up back with Ruzuzu and her okra. See autophage.
I think rubber clothing is my favourite.
yarb commented on the word muesli
Does anyone else think this word is kind of muculent? For a long while I didn't eat muesli, I think because of the slimy way it sounded.
yarb commented on the word autophage
You mean like, "I'm a muco-lactic cannibal - I eat snot and breastmilk, but not my own, and I don't do flaky skin-parts"?
yarb commented on the word bogie
UK equivalent of booger.
I think I'd need more than one suck to completely evacuate one of my kids' nostrils when they're snotting full-on.
yarb commented on the user yarb
I think that might not be too harsh, mads.Zuzu, not all eds are fascists - only the majority - but it would still be a funny joke. He did write quite a lot of the later cantos while he was locked up (in a psychiatric ward, I think) but I'm only 1/3 of the way through. Now distracted by the complete Calvin & Hobbes which my son recommended.
He's certainly a strong presence in his own work, completely unlike Joyce and much more directly than Eliot, but more than that, he's a prickly presence... I think he challenges the reader very directly, polemically. In a work as long and (at times) claustrophobic as the Cantos it's like being locked in the basement with that nutty throwback.
March 25, 2014
yarb commented on the list lies--1
If you have to pretend that a work is fiction, doesn't that imply that you believe it to be real? I'm not sure that kind of self-deception is possible, or at least it must be very difficult (assuming by "real" Eggers means something like "describing events that actually happened"). For an author of course it's completely different.
Joyce is a different animal, I don't think he ought to be in that famous triumvirate... Obviously Eliot and £ are very close to each other but £ is like Eliot's misbegotten, basement-confined progeny... undecorous, malformed, deranged. I like the Homeric strand of the Cantos and one or two other things but the stuff on monetary policy and the early politics of the USA is awful. And I've never liked troubadours, Chanson de Roland and all that, either.
The Can't-os... I think Flann O'Brien was right:
My grasp of what he wrote and meantwas only 5 or 6 %.The rest was only words and sound -my reference is to Ezra £.
Really I ought to re-read Rabelais first. I read a bit about the "carnivalesque" at uni but that was before I read Rab. Perhaps I'll make that my reward when I eventually finish the Pound-cake I've been trying to digest for some months now.
yarb commented on the word skive
Sensuous, passionate glove-making I presume?
Pretty sure I did at uni... but it would have been a rather superficial reading. Recommend me a volume!
To pull a sickie is just one way of skiving. One would be equally skiving by spending excessive time in the local pie shop or discussing the meaning of words like this on the internet.All those other definitions about paring and iron laps seem pretty obscure to me.
yarb commented on the word immerde
See also bemute.
yarb commented on the word fine words butter no parsnips
Unless the words are "dearest, kindly butter these parsnips".
March 24, 2014
yarb commented on the word sagittipotent
The mouthfeel is really in the tongue-tapping ts and the p and the n. The sag doesn't contribute. And for sure you have to pronounce it the second way. I wonder if there's an IPA keyboard pack you can download?
yarb commented on the word frounce
Save the last flounce for me!
Groovy mouthfeel here.
Why have a specific word for anything? Why not just grunt and point?
yarb commented on the word hemicorporectomy
You could also look at it as removing the upper half...
yarb commented on the list the-life-of-madmouth
Could you rephrase that comment as a list please? I only read list now.
yarb commented on the list burroughs
If I found out it was Edgar Rice it would make my day.Actually, reading, it could be! But paradigm, no way.
yarb commented on the word East Fife four, Forfar, five
<a href="http://www.bbc.com/news/blogs-magazine-monitor-23447439">Hypothetical football score.
yarb commented on the word five-day forecast
East Fife four, Forfar, five.
yarb commented on the list polychronic-liquidators--cyf
Gorgeous list. Sorry for vomiting on it.
If tofu comes into contact with spam, they mutually regurgitate.
yarb commented on the word hote
Hoters gonna hote.
yarb commented on the word moss piglet
Just added this to as many of my lists as logically possible.
yarb commented on the word jean dimmock
When you read a list like this, it seems like prose - even good prose - is just a list with a lot of unnecessary words in it.
yarb commented on the list strangely-exigent-phrases
March 12, 2014
yarb commented on the list gut--1
And surely you wouldn't disbar yoghurt just because it doesn't technically end with -gut??
What about the Canadian beat combo Gorguts?
what about guttersnipes &c?
March 11, 2014
yarb commented on the list its-like-1997-all-over-again
yarb commented on the list everyones-a-critic
I read Ulysses before Portrait and Dubliners, and it's so different from them I'm not sure how necessary they are. Personally I like an edition with copious endnotes but they're not essential either. Once I read it parallel with the Odyssey which was great fun (though you have to monkey with the order of the books/chapters to make it fit). It's really not that "difficult" a novel. I'm reading "The Recognitions" at the moment which is more difficult than Ulysses.
yarb commented on the word toady
*holds lighter in air*
yarb commented on the list quaintnesses
yarb commented on the list the-goldfinch
I finally got around to reading The Secret History, so I'll probably get to The Goldfinch in 2035.
yarb commented on the list ute
It's Swiss, according to the cite provided by bilby. So I'm thinking of something like a row of hobbit holes, in an alp, with optional raclette.
yarb commented on the list a-dram-too-many
It's not just a concept, madders! It's a thing!
March 2, 2014
yarb commented on the word vampyrus
The extravagant brother of your father, Pyrus.
yarb commented on the word bran new
Yeah but the meaning is completely different!
February 25, 2014
yarb commented on the word moloch
My favourite Moloch is in Flaubert's "Salammbo". The original, and still the best!
February 13, 2014
yarb commented on the word skinny pig
For some reason I read "almost hairless" as "still has its hair, but about to be ruthlessly shaved".
February 12, 2014
yarb commented on the word Phileas Fogg
Surprised to find all the tweets bar one referring to some kind of snack product!
February 10, 2014
yarb commented on the list a-fog-list
foghorn, fogbow?Phileas Fogg?
yarb commented on the word consolatory brackets
yarb commented on the word Strunk and White supremacist
Good one! Plenty of these around!
yarb commented on the word swedes
I'm in the mood for some lovely creamy swedes tonight.
yarb commented on the word boombastic
That Dream Warriors song is the one I always put in the hat for charades.
yarb commented on the word office girls
A <a href="http://www.yr.no/place/Antarctica/Other/Office_Girls,_The/">place in Antarctica</a>
February 5, 2014
yarb commented on the list nomenclature-of-the-pole
Only to realize that it was no more than a Folie d'Espoir.
I think it's more fun if you do. Many's the time I've imagined myself stranded ten leagues from the pole, wondering if I should be justified in eating Imogen de Rierre.
yarb commented on the word bear garlic
Pretty sure I heard a Gratfeul Dead song by that name once, on the radio in deepest Colorado.
yarb commented on the word Fanta Caramel
Wait, maybe it's the name of a soft drink and not an incubus?
I'm in Brazil right now, and pronouncing it as instructed, but it's not working?
yarb commented on the list call-me-russell---russell-peters
Where can I find more lists like this?
February 3, 2014
yarb commented on the list british-columbian-terms
I was bemused when my kids started calling them wood bugs. To me they were always wood louses. That is, wood lice.
yarb commented on the word bus loop
Hang on... I thought they had bus loops everywhere? How else do buses turn around?
yarb commented on the list top-500-shower-curtains
Significant overlap here with the list of Wikipedia lists.
yarb commented on the word erza
A dog in War and Peace."...a small, pure-bred, red-spotted bitch ... slender but with muscles like steel, a delicate muzzle, and prominent black eyes."
September 26, 2013
yarb commented on the list panvocalics
September 19, 2013
yarb commented on the word amplituhedron
""Physicists have discovered a jewel-like geometric object that dramatically simplifies calculations of particle interactions and challenges the notion that space and time are fundamental components of reality."- Quanta Magazine, 17-9-13
yarb commented on the word nisgul
And a particularly piercing call?
May 6, 2013
yarb commented on the word weyant
I dreamt about weyant recently. I was pointing at the internet and saying to my wife "look, it's real, it's real! They've found them" - it was aliens on Mars, large bright grublike things - and she replied "weyant, it's weyant."
May 3, 2013
yarb commented on the list fingernails-on-my-chalkboard
The heighth of ignoranth.
yarb commented on the word tyrology
The scholar in this particular mental image is wearing horn-rimmed spectacles. Should suffice against eruptions of larvae.
May 1, 2013
yarb commented on the word notch
Ha! c.f. oche then, I suppose.
April 30, 2013
yarb commented on the word cutting-tool
I can't decide if the CD is being cutting, or boring.
Calls to mind the image of a scholar peering intently at a piece of cheese.
yarb commented on the word hebetude
A favourite of Conrad, along with desuetude and mansuetude.
yarb commented on the word bone oil
I would have listed it, if I weren't so bone-oidle.
April 15, 2013
yarb commented on the word Ion
The tweets are occasionally useful.
April 8, 2013
Wow, totally new to me.
yarb commented on the word night crawlers
Well that's cool. I always thought night crawlers were hookers or johns, being an amalgam of ladies of the night and kerb-crawlers, We had a little night crawler here tonight, snuck in just after sundown with rugged gusts.
April 6, 2013
yarb commented on the word night crawler
See comment on night crawlers.
yarb commented on the user AnWulf
I am really enjoying your esoteric contributions to Wordnik. Forgive my not rendering this in Anglish.
yarb commented on the word AGF
Did you notice that vancouverism is panvocalic?
yarb commented on the word pronkers anonymous
Have you pronked today, gangerh?
April 4, 2013
yarb commented on the word herethere
I'm glad Koontz added the explanation. I always thought Joyce would have done better writing "Snotgreen sea, making a single adjective from an adjective and a noun".
yarb commented on the word binged
They should have called it "Purg" instead.
Got the quote?
April 3, 2013
yarb commented on the word cheese
March 29, 2013
yarb commented on the word baffoon
One baffled as to the spelling of buffoon.
yarb commented on the word rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz
You don't have the house rule allowing bendy words?
yarb commented on the word bedraggled
I like reesetee's "bed-raggled". I can well imagine how an intense twelve-hour sleep could raggle a person, top to bottom.
March 27, 2013
Not a valid scrabble word. Presumably because of the umlaut?
March 25, 2013
yarb commented on the list and-i-will-tell-the-night
Absolutely, this is the night. Good list.
yarb commented on the word dorp
'...his ministry was here, here in the wilderness of conscience; this sodden dorp and river midden where he preached each week from a teepee...'- Gass, Omensetter's Luck
March 24, 2013
yarb commented on the word furfuraceous
'His soul scaly ... furfuraceous scalp ...'- Gass, Omensetter's Luck
yarb commented on the word hispidulous
'Mat's right eye rose, his hispidulous cheeks bulged with air: puff pop, he spoke.'- Gass, Omensetter's Luck
yarb commented on the list identify-the-word-ie-nik--2013
Well after the initial rush of excitement, we have run into a doldrum. Come on, hurry up and submit words before I get busy again.
March 23, 2013
yarb commented on the list x-up-or-x-down
Nice job. Possibly there's something on my Yo-yo words list that you've missed, but I doubt it.
yarb commented on the word lego
Just stopping by to make the exact same comment I made in October 2010.
March 21, 2013
yarb commented on the word competitive arousal
I'm not sure which I find more arousing: competitive arousal or foggy-windowed marathons of phony umbrage-taking.
I find this term arousing.
March 20, 2013
yarb commented on the word poka-yoke
Derivation of this term anyone?
yarb commented on the list encapsulations
Cool list (to quote marky).
yarb commented on the word yarsagumbu
No tweets found. Someone really ought to tweet about yarsagumbu.
No deadline. I'm enjoying inferring things about people based on how long they agonise over their words.
No, a thinking cap is one of those caps with yellow, red, blue and green segments to it and a flower or whirligig sprouting from the top.
March 19, 2013
Yarsagumbu... you probably think this song is about clam stew.
yarb commented on the list words-lurking-in-lovecraft
Hello Harry. I have read Houellebecq on Lovecraft. Can't say I agree with most of what he says, but as a spectacle of literary nihilism it's just tits.
yarb commented on the list things-that-freak-me-out
How are you with hiccupping cows?
yarb commented on the word surd
I got into a fight after playing this word in scrabble once.
March 14, 2013
yarb commented on the list resolutions
It's a mixed bag bilby. Eat no chips is still intact. Drink no soda, almost intact. Nose-picking is dscreet, I'm not adept but less inept than formerly with tools. The spelling one was Ruzuzu I believe. The cats are as bloody lazy buggers as ever.
March 13, 2013
yarb commented on the list identify-the-wordienik
Please email your words to idthewordienik13 at gmail dot com!
yarb commented on the word necessary
That's fine for my poop, but what about my tween deck, my orlop and my gun deck?
yarb commented on the word snowdrop
I read a novel called "Snowdrops" recently, set in Moscow. Wasn't really my cuppa but I love the snowdrop concept.
yarb commented on the word jounce
Looks like normal Twitter fare to me, bilby.
yarb commented on the word &c.
I much prefer this to etc and use it frequently.
OK, I'll do it! I'll be getting this show on the road pronto. All interested apply within. Ideas for a trophy? I'm loth to surrender my heavily tea-stained "molotov cocktail waitress" mug, but I'm sure I could arrange for a STF mug of the winner's choosing.
March 6, 2013
yarb commented on the word stick a fork in it
I understand the usage, but doesn't one stick a fork in it to determine whether it is in fact done?
January 15, 2013
yarb commented on the word vang
Vang you, Bilby.
yarb commented on the word gazzettino
What a coinc-idence!
yarb commented on the word poppywash
Sounds like an amalgam of poppycock and hogwash.
yarb commented on the word Stop obsessively monitoring global seismic activity
A miserable failure. This one would have been so easy, too.
January 11, 2013
yarb commented on the word On the Sabbath day, communicate only by means of fridge poetry
No problems so far with this one. Thinking of extending it to other days, in fact.
yarb commented on the word Start speaking Spanish to Marcelo
yarb commented on the word Pick nose more discreetly
Didn't even try to keep this one.
yarb commented on the word Drink no soda, except as a mixer
Managing to adhere to this one. Not difficult as I don't really like fizzy drinks (except as mixers).
yarb commented on the word Eat no chips
I've broken this once so far but with an excuse.
yarb commented on the word Stop speaking Spanish to Wladimir
There was never much hope of keeping this one. Only a fool's hope.
yarb commented on the word pogonion
Is that a mental protruberance in your pocket?
yarb commented on the list supernatural-creatures-according-to-m-a--denham
January 9, 2013
yarb commented on the list distinguishing-marks
Seems obvious, but watermark?
January 6, 2013
yarb commented on the word Canuckistan
I thought this started as a reference to the supposed origin of some (or all?) of the 9/11 hijackers north of the border. However it does now seem to imply more generally those crazy communistical Canajunisms you mention.
yarb commented on the word Start speaking Italian to Wladimir
Wladimir says 'quo vadis?'
January 5, 2013
yarb commented on the word Study Latin
Clearly we all already know Latin. I suggest, ruzuzu, you refocus on ancient Greek.
quid pro quo. ubi sunt reesetee?
per mer per terris!
yarb commented on the word fircmarbles
I like it too. Sounds like a bowdlerized oath.
January 4, 2013
in vino veritas
sic transit gloria mundi
This is the worst resolution I've ever heard of. There wouldn't be a recombobulation area big enough.
Oh wait, it's here. Bilby, I knew it was you! *shakes fist*
Thanks for alerting me! I've added it to my newest list for safekeeping.
ars longa, vita brevis
yarb commented on the word quantum spin liquid
I believe this is a setting on my new washing machine.
yarb commented on the word Shave a peach
Alternatively, peel a grape and bathe in asses milk.
yarb commented on the word potential deathtrap
This was a catchphrase from a comedy sketch show of my youth whose name I've forgotten. It was always uttered in a Scottish accent.
yarb commented on the word Fear death by water
Tsunamis, puddles... tarns... paddy fields... potential deathtraps, all.
Introibo ad altare dei?
Tanto religio potuit suadere malorum.
Et tu, zuzu?
Errare humanum est. Alea jacta est.
Let's speak Latin then. Quo Vadis?
Who's your favourite Latin writer?
yarb commented on the word Stop dreaming about work
Me too, but I fear that resolving to stop will only reinforce this awful habit.
yarb commented on the word Stop riding on ice after dark
Ride faster? There must be some way you can continue to ride on ice after dark!
Shurely "buy studded tires and a bright light"??
Got any resos of your own, zuzu?
yarb commented on the list adoption-agency
Thanks, but I already figured i- I mean, yes, well done you passed.
yarb commented on the word recombobulation
Now I want to visit the Milwaukee airport. Not Milwaukee, just the airport.
yarb commented on the word yeuky
Small island kingdom in the North Atlantic.
yarb commented on the word discombobulate
I can't imagine using it professionally, but I use it quite a lot at home.I did use paramour today in an official report.
Happy to oblige. In return, please tell me how one creates a new list. I haven't forgotten, I'm just testing you.
Is that a holographic banana boat in your pocket, or are you etc?
yarb commented on the word grangerise
"He was a large, loose, fattish man with unintelligent brown eyes magnified by spectacles; he wore an ill-fitting frock-coat and a paper collar, and he showed me, as his great treasure and interest, a large Bible which he had grangerised with photographs of pictures."- Wells, Tono Bungay(I'm not sure if it ought to be "photographs or pictures" instead, but I'm going from the version at gutenberb.org)
December 3, 2012
yarb commented on the user toowoombachiro
Anagram of coma, writ, boo-hoo.Hope Justin and Jason know what they're doing!
November 16, 2012
I was thinking name, but really either.
November 15, 2012
Sounds like a Star Wars character...
November 14, 2012
yarb commented on the word abuwtiyuw
I bet you think this song is Abuwtiyuw.
November 8, 2012
yarb commented on the word chorea
These are the en-ed times.
yarb commented on the user allamas
Quit probing my llamas!
yarb commented on the word cgulppl
You mean children?
November 6, 2012
yarb commented on the list hork-du-jour
At the end of the day, I'm probably guilty of that one myself. But I think we need to draw a line under closure.
yarb commented on the word ziphiid
'The spade-toothed whale (Mesoplodon traversii) is one of the 21 species of beaked whales, or ziphiids. They’re enigmatic animals. It seems that they spend their time diving to exceptional depths in search of food, so few people have ever seen one.'- Discover Magazine, 5-11-12.
November 5, 2012
yarb commented on the word artisanal
Art is anal.
November 2, 2012
yarb commented on the word guybrarian
I do and it is. Thanks.
yarb commented on the word illusion
No, the other way round! Only the past is real. The present is a sensation, the future a diversion.
October 6, 2012
yarb commented on the word lingerie
The dictionaries differ. Is lingerie especially, or exclusively, for women? Which? Am I entitled to call my undistinguished nethergarments "lingerie"?
yarb commented on the word galloon
I mean that I checked my lingerie for galloons, not that there are checks but no galloons on my lingerie.Speaking of which, does my underwear count as lingerie? I must check.
*checks* no galloons on my lingerie :(
yarb commented on the word Vufflens-le-Château
I wonder what they throw there, when they are in the mood for lobbing?
yarb commented on the user deinonychus
While we're on the subject, we got our daughter a toy deinonychus for Christmas a couple of years ago. Of course really it was just a generic pteranodon, but at her age she didn't know any better.
September 27, 2012
yarb commented on the word early
ron, that sounds more like Irish to me - was character an immigrant?hat tip to sionnach's five year-old adverbial definition.
yarb commented on the word helicopter
I will never fly in one again.
yarb commented on the user nigelpike
yarb commented on the word unclubbability
'...excluded by disinclination, weak sight and independent intellect from the boisterous milieu his father had meant him to enter, excluded by poverty, by Catholicism and by unclubbability from the Anglo-Irish milieu in which Yeats cut so distinguished a figure.'- Hugh Kenner, Joyce's Voices
August 26, 2012
yarb commented on the word in all my born days
"I reckon the world is coming to an end. I never see the beat of it, in all my born days."- Twain, Huckleberry Finn
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