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  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of feature.
  • n. Plural form of feature.


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  • We oppose a socialization that has features, -- I will say no more, -- has _features_ of generous breadth and promise, that are the best fruition of many countries and centuries.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 11, No. 67, May, 1863

  • So that's my solution - 1 really says that A enjoys e if it is wrong, taking into account all the normatively relevant features of e into account * except A's reactions, if those are wrong / right-making features*.

    PEA Soup

  • : It will receive many reviews for several reasons, including the fact that it's the smallest Wi-Fi gateway (when you include its built-in power supply); it's the only one to stream audio in the particular way it does; it includes several interesting features in one wrapper; it's relatively cheap for any two of its four unique set features*.

    Wi-Fi Networking News

  • It's in the $12 ballpark and the label features a colourful, modernist depiction of a castle.

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • The title features a weight-activated controller, called the Wii Balance Board, on which gamers stand to tackle various challenges.

    Nintendo Sets Launch of Wii Fit Game

  • Do you recognize any terrain features from the map?

    Shepard, Vernon C.

  • While each mission is fairly short, the title features enough content that it should keep most players occupied for quite a while.

    Ars Technica

  • The bottle has the same profile we've come to expect from Beefeater, but the label features less of the yeoman warders of the brand's namesake in favor of something airy, floral, and summery.

    Liquor Snob

  • The title features Rip Hunter assembling a team of time travelers tasked with finding Batman, who has been lost in time since the final pages of "Final Crisis."

    Comic Book Resources

  • In addition to a guided experience, the title features a Free Play mode, where players can battle all they wish without any limitations.

    GameSpot's News, Screenshots, Movies, Reviews, Previews, Downloads, and Features


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  • If you google inurl:lists inurl:whatever, you can find all lists that have "whatever" in their title. inurl:lists schadenfreude will find all lists that have the word "schadenfreude" somewhere on the page.

    March 18, 2010

  • John, is there a way to search for lists (by title, say) and I'm not seeing it? It annoys me to scroll through my own seventy bazillion lists to find one in particular, but at least that's do-able; finding someone else's list that way is just about impossible.

    March 18, 2010

  • I seem to remember case-sensitivity being one of the most exciting things that Wordnik would bring...once...

    I wonder if we should have different pages for wound and wound, and the suchlike. That's be clever, eh.

    January 9, 2010

  • Any ideas on what to do with plurals / capitalisations? Shouldn't Disregard and disregard direct to the same place? Surely they should. The problem is of course with proper nouns, but they're in the minority.

    January 9, 2010

  • Hmmm, I just noticed that there's no option to see my collected past comments, which I thought might be a way around the "recent activity" lack. Is that also in the works, John?

    January 9, 2010

  • Yes, absolutely—that's high on my list of things to add back, I used it all the time too.

    The old version worked well enough at Wordie scale, but I have to admit, it was a clusterfuck under the hood. So we want to redesign the guts of it before rebuilding. But it's definitely on the list.

    January 7, 2010

  • Yes! Yes, we need that back!

    January 7, 2010

  • I haven't got time to search all thru the comments but I've been wanting to say that I miss the "recent activity" option we had on Wordie. Am I missing some version of it on Wordnik?

    I can't always remember what the heck I did last and recent activity was a no-brains way to find it.

    January 7, 2010

  • Hi c_b!

    Yes, all contributed examples/usages/citations should go in comments. Down the road we hope to add a way to categorized comments, something I long wanted to do on YOW but never got around to.

    December 2, 2009

  • I'm just wondering if, by adding usages in the "comments" box as I used to on YOW, I'm doing the right thing, as there is also an "examples" section here—though I didn't immediately see any way to add to the examples, so I went ahead and placed them as comments. If I did wrong, someone please enlighten me.

    December 2, 2009

  • Hey! How does 'ordnik know that I'm leaving a 'note' rather than a 'comment' or 'citation'?

    November 25, 2009

  • An extension of the previous one is that I often copy and paste the word I'm looking up. I also have a Wordnik button as a custom search on my Google toolbar, but it doesn't work so well as my Wordie button did.

    (By the way: I looked up Venn diagram and I was redirected to submodularity. WTBH?!)

    November 12, 2009

  • Moreover: if I look up a word on the search box, I usually don't care whether I am typing lower or uppercase. On Wordnik this is important, since you'll end up on a different page. I think the system should suggest all the alternative, preexisting options - something it's apparently not doing at the moment. I believe this is a very important feature (and if I remember well, this is how works).

    November 11, 2009

  • John,

    If one wants to follow a discussion on Wordnik, the way we used to do on Wordie, every bracketed reference will link to the main page for that word, and not to the comment section. Don't you think it makes everything much slower for us?

    November 11, 2009

  • This has got to be the page with the most comments!

    October 8, 2009

  • I feel a couple Heaven forbid! getting ready to meet this suggestion, but what about little "Thanks" buttons like in many forum softwares for comments and lists?

    October 3, 2009

  • Has some extra handing for the % symbol been added, or has it always been there without my having noticed before %25c2%25a1?

    Edit: goodness, a lot of the Wordie Paradox list has lost its paradoxical nature.

    September 7, 2009

  • John, you can delete Yahoo 360 from the 'also on' drop-down list that appears on profile pages as it is now extinct.

    September 1, 2009

  • John, thanks for the alpha browse. Love it. :-)

    August 12, 2009

  • Hi bilb, that would be a large insect you've found--I'll fix by tonight (my tonight :-) at the latest.

    I'll see if I can quickly add a 'toggle tags' option in your profile preference section, too.

    July 31, 2009

  • Seconded. For people who like the new version there's always, which is what now appears to be using.

    July 31, 2009

  • Don't know if this is feature or bug. Clicking on random word now gives five at a time. Don't like it at all ... to me 'random word' is about discovery and this requires being able to see comments, tags, lists the word appears on & WordNet definition all in one go. The fiver just gives the bare words :-( If this blighter remains, may we at least have the option on our personal preferences of toggling between five mode and the lovely old one-at-a-time mode.

    While we're on toggling, I'd like to be able to hide tags, globally. Currently tags are visible for every word and you have to click to hide them. Basically I'd like the option to have them hidden them for every word and then visible by a click, i.e. the inverse of the current mode.

    July 31, 2009

  • Oops. Fixed, thanks. Perfectly straight forward indeed :-)

    July 14, 2009

  • Thanks, only, you must have put there a virgule instead of a dot between the sobriquet and the domain.

    For now I tricked the bug. :-D

    July 13, 2009

  • Soup is done :-)

    July 13, 2009

  • is missing under "also on". The URL structure is perfectly straight forward (e.g., shouldn't be the slightest problem. Thanks. :-)

    July 13, 2009

  • What's the reason for this upper case revolution, John?

    July 9, 2009

  • Hi, I could use a feature that would allow me to categorize my lists so that the lists list shows—​for example—​first a number of lists that might be interesting for everyone (under an appropriate title) and then a few lists that are just my private—​and most probably less interesting—​vocabulary learning lists (under the appropriate title again). Also some Wordees with >100 lists on their lists list could profit from that.

    Thanks a lot (also and specifically generally). ;-)

    June 14, 2009

  • It's been asked at least twice, 6 months ago by me and 5 months ago by whichbe. And The John told us he would do it, someday!

    May 31, 2009

  • John, how about marking open lists in the list of lists on the right hand side of word pages? Maybe with •

       Agile Methologies, by ggasp

       bootload's Words, by bootload

       Meta, by VanishedOne

       Conversations for the Ages, by chained_bear

       TBH meta, by TheBigHenry

       ♦ Mia's invisible list ♦, by MiaLuthien

    • Wordie for dummies! (open list!), by Prolagus

    • Knuckle tattoos (open list!), by Prolagus

    May 31, 2009

  • Maybe people like that are scared future employers will discover their tastes for bilabial fricatives and self-descriptions as homonyms seeking autoantonyms.

    Oooh, I just noticed that at some point John's fixed the weird list links, e.g. Meta is now reachable from /lists/meta again, rather than defaulting to /lists/metaphysics-buzz-words-2.

    May 28, 2009

  • I'm confused as to why someone might want to delete their account. I mean, in general I understand, but on this site, it seems... why?

    May 28, 2009

  • Hey, 404 is a palindrome.

    May 28, 2009

  • Apparently so, since an hour later /people/profile/palindromica is 404'd.

    May 28, 2009

  • <div style="color: red; font-size: 30pt; text-transform: uppercase;">


    Tags are not the same as definitions



    on the tags/pos box when first viewed might be less taxing on my schedule.

    Actually, in all seriousness it may be worth wondering whether the tags/pos box could have some short, explanatory wording added; I imagine people might be more likely to read it than to browse an entire FAQ page.

    May 21, 2009

  • Maybe newbies shouldn't be allowed to tag words until they have gone through a tagging tutorial with VanishedOne.

    May 21, 2009

  • I think that's a bug.

    May 20, 2009

  • :(

    May 19, 2009

  • *rushes off to see how many hundreds of times she can add some juicy word like tuft to a single list called Tuft*

    May 19, 2009

  • Absurd lists on Wordie? Unthinkable.

    May 19, 2009

  • Why can we add the same word to a list multiple times? Seems a bit absurd to have a list consisting of the same word in greater numbers.

    May 19, 2009

  • I was just looking at the blink and marquee pages for the first time in a coon's age. Has John disabled those features? NOT that I want to use 'em of course! :o)

    May 17, 2009

  • I too am a tabbing maniac. Why, right now I have 10 open, and five of those are on some Wordie page or another. :-)

    May 2, 2009

  • mollusque (and gangerh): that's what I do all the time. Tabs are awesome, but sometimes I even use several tabs and windows at the same time. Makes life easier and quicker. :)

    April 27, 2009

  • Hi gangerh, there's an alternative to waiting: have more than one Wordie window open at a time. Use one for reading comments, the other for adding words, or whatever else you want to be doing.

    April 27, 2009

  • I want to second Prolagus's thanks for the "Most active threads" page, and I also want to thank John (again) for the "Most commmented on" section on the front page. Between those two features, I'm actually able to keep a handle on the great roiling mass that is Wordie.

    (Also I really like the idea of a quick and easy way to make links to people's profiles. It'd be nice to not have to type out the HTML tags and URL every time!)

    April 27, 2009

  • Yes, sure, why not. The good thing is that all our sobriquets are single words, so we do not really need a closing symbol (space and punctuation will do). Whatever John likes or finds more feasible.

    April 27, 2009

  • Or maybe double-brackets, like LibraryThing uses for authors' names.

    April 27, 2009

  • The easiest (but ugly) option would be @mentions, like on Twitter.

    I was thinking about something similar, but for very different reasons. HTML on Wordie is a bit time-consuming, and I think it would be good to have something equivalent to brackets to link to users (and lists, too, but it's harder because you can change their name, and the corresponding URL). Introducing @mentions could be the solution, and this is the way I imagine it: when I type @John, what we actually see on the page is John (or John, if you prefer). That would be an integration, not a substitute, of traditional HTML tags (just as this and this look the same, and both work, but are made in a different way).

    I hope my comment is intelligible enough.

    April 27, 2009

  • Ok, that's a major problem.

    What about a little button then, which waits patiently somewhere around the comment box and when clicked opens a little box into which one can write the names of the people who are to be notified of ones comment (by means of a feed for example)?

    April 27, 2009

  • memambodogfacetothebananapatch

    April 26, 2009

  • I imagine the some people would find such a feature more usable than others: recall she, for example.

    April 26, 2009

  • No more than once per post. Prolagus, plethora

    And I just did.

    April 26, 2009

  • Good point, pleth.

    April 26, 2009

  • But 'ofy, then we'd have to start using everyone's full usernames all the time.

    April 26, 2009

  • Greetings, John. I find that I often decide not to click on the 'more...' link after a comment on the home page to see the whole comment because of the delay in loading the word/list page and the delay in reloading back to the home page.

    I'd love a hover window feature that opened the whole comment while the cursor is, say, over the 'more...'. I know it's generally possible as I've done it on, admittedly lesser, applications.

    April 26, 2009

  • Hi John.

    When someone uses my sobriquet in our IRC channel and I happen do be present at that moment, my IRC client flashes and displays the line in red. I find that pretty handy.

    Would it perhaps be possible for you to introduce a feed of the comments that contain one's own nickname, so to make it easier to address one another anywhere on the site?

    Have fun and blessed be. ;-)

    April 22, 2009

  • FYI - I've put instructions to make a wordie firefox search engine here:

    April 22, 2009

  • Thanks again for the "Most active threads" page, John. It's so useful.

    April 21, 2009

  • (see firefox add-ons)

    April 6, 2009

  • Fine for me. It's only a cosmetic change--and besides, I need reading glasses anyway. ;-)

    April 6, 2009

  • I didn't mean that I hate it, but the old one looked so clean and nice...

    April 6, 2009

  • Is it really that much of a problem? *wonders if she needs her eyes checked*

    *or priorities*

    April 6, 2009

  • I don't fancy the giant name, please blow me down.

    April 6, 2009

  • Yeah, I think all I did was blow up the font size in a few places. Trying to be consistent with words and lists, I think, though I can see how it could be distracting.

    April 6, 2009

  • I didn't notice a huge difference besides that, either. It's functionally the same, no? *perhaps is oblivious*

    April 6, 2009

  • Except for my GIANT name, it looks the same to me. :-)

    April 6, 2009

  • Just one thing: what do you Wordie think of the new profile page layout? I sort of prefer the old one...

    April 6, 2009

  • Oooh... Wordie just keeps getting sexier! Thanks John!

    April 6, 2009

  • Am I right in thinking the spinner image used when adding words on a list page is also new?

    April 6, 2009

  • John, thanks for taking up my active open lists suggestion. Even though it's not sorting the way you want, it's doing what I'd hoped: bringing old favorites to mind. Apparently you're excluding the recent list from the active list to avoid duplication, which is a neat trick. Glad to see the recent tags list too.

    April 5, 2009

  • Ooh, shiny!

    April 5, 2009

  • Oooh! A 'recent tags' section has appeared on the home page!

    April 5, 2009

  • I hadn't announced that yet because it doesn't really... work :-) The query to get active lists is screwed up somehow. I'll work on it tonight though, should be fixed soon. The criteria are meant to be simple: open lists that have had words added to them in the past 24 hours, sorted by volume of words added in that timeframe.

    April 1, 2009

  • Lovely.

    April 1, 2009

  • We now have Active open lists on the front page. Thanks John. How have you set up the rating/weighting? Let's see how it goes. Feedback over the next pater noster while pliz.

    April 1, 2009

  • Thank you, and yes, you're right. This is one of the many reasons why I will never cheat on Wordie.

    March 31, 2009

  • Yes, and done. Though I think it would be better still if Forvo let you add words from /word/(whatever). Like Wordie :-)

    March 31, 2009

  • John, wouldn't it be better if the Forvo button linked to instead of It would make it easier to add those words that are missing there.

    March 31, 2009

  • Ditto, VO.

    March 30, 2009

  • May I propose an amendment to 'as well as' instead of 'instead of'? I like looking for new open lists to investigate.

    March 30, 2009

  • I second that!

    March 30, 2009

  • John, how about showing the most active open lists in the home page instead of the most recent?

    March 30, 2009

  • Comment preview on the notification email: cool!

    March 23, 2009

  • We had an Oddocomplete once, but it was put out to pasture.

    March 23, 2009

  • A few more suggestions:

    Put links to words that reference the word that you are on. If someone defines scarlet as red with a link to red, it would be cool to have red automatically reference scarlet. This might make it easier for people to connect words. Think of all the links you would then see on weirdnet.

    Autocomplete/ intellisense for the search field - kind of like google. This would help people find a lot of the weird phrases/non-words.

    March 23, 2009

  • Maybe a twitter-sized comment, that is published both on the list and the word pages? Hmmm...

    March 23, 2009

  • I wouldn't prevent it from being on the homepage. You could have a separate section for them on the homepage if it got too out of hand.

    Also, maybe have the option when adding tags as well since they create their own lists.

    March 23, 2009

  • That's an intriguing idea, myth: context-dependent comments. For each word one added to a list, there'd be an option to add a comment (then or later) specific to the listing. If this were to be implemented, one question would be if such comments should be displayed on the home page, or revealed only in list-view.

    March 23, 2009

  • As I start writing some lists or browsing others, I have no idea what drew the person to a particular word. Most words have multiple definitions, a lot of none or no comments, some people put descriptions of their lists but it is still hard sometimes to determine intent. Take this for example. I've made a list of animal -ine words.

    animal -ines

    If you look at the comments, you'll see I list out a short description of each to see why they were added. (still under construction but you get the idea) You don't need to click through each word to determine what each means. It's a one stop shop.

    It would be nice if I was able to put a comment on the line where the word was listed instead of it showing (was added by myth and has been listed 24 times with 5 comments).

    March 22, 2009

  • A Twitter button! Thanks, John! :-D

    March 12, 2009

  • I wonder how it should be interpreted when people put definitions in the tag box (e.g. on tjuze). If it's because they want their definitions floating above the comments, that's a sign that some sort of dedicated definition-adding facility (with additions displayed under WordNet's?) might be useful; but if it's because they're new here and haven't worked out how it all works, having yet another way of adding data to word pages might confuse them further.

    March 11, 2009

  • As regards viewing words by initial letter, see my comment from about a month ago regarding wildcarding, which would be still more versatile.

    Maybe if alphabetical searches are implemented there should be additional filters for searches, e.g. 'beginning with a AND listed by $username'. (And while we're on the subject of search and search filters, I wonder whether a search function for tags might be useful.)

    March 8, 2009

  • How about a way to view the entire length and breadth of Wordie 'words' (as we know, some are more like phrases :->) alphabetically? So, for example, you could click on Q and go to an auto-generated list of all entries starting with Q. That would provide a way for viewing words by initial letter, which as mechanolatry pointed out might be useful. BTW thanks John for your work here.

    March 7, 2009

  • John really is back on the bicycle. I can hear the whirring of the spokes from across the ocean.

    March 6, 2009

  • Good idea Pro. Didn't get to add Etsy tonight, ran out of time, but tomorrow I'll try to both do that, and add a preferences option to set who can see your also-ons,everyone or just registered users.

    March 6, 2009

  • That's Wordie PRO!

    March 6, 2009

  • You still got the guilts over The Soundlantern Incident, Pro? ;-)

    I go along with your second suggestion.

    I think at least one of the buttons under each word should squirt water in the user's face. For optimum effect, this feature can be assigned randomly to one of the existing buttons.

    March 6, 2009

  • Ahem... Forvo?

    By the way: I was thinking that maybe some of us would feel more comfortable if "also on" links were available for registered users only. So that random visitors can't read our facebook name, for instance.

    March 6, 2009

  • Mech, sorry you feel your comments haven't been well received--maybe it was a misunderstanding? Wordie humor, such that it is, can be obscure, and somtimes tart (though also obvious, and sweet). I just looked at your comments and fwiw, they look cool to me. As I've said before, I like almost all comments, but have a particular fondness for quotes and definitions, like the ones you've added.

    I love etsy, and will add it to the also-on list tonight. Thanks for the suggestion.

    March 6, 2009