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  • So, cake, obviously. But also Witter Bynner, who appears in the index of a book I've been reading--even though he's nowhere in the text--and who apparently wrote a play called Cake as revenge against Mabel Dodge Luhan. (See

    December 11, 2018

  • I have a friend who's reading Plutarch and told me she's been thinking about virtue. We were talking about indulgences and Martin Luther. Then I was reading a Wikipedia article about criticism, which led to critical thinking, then sapere aude, then limit-experience, then limit situation, then antinomianism, and I was right back to faith and good works.

    Saint Kateri Tekakwitha strikes again.

    March 21, 2018

  • Oh, man. Okay. Kerchief again. Also Galen again (I just made a galen list!), and confectio Damocritis, obviously, again.

    March 25, 2014

  • “Moby single words: cinematographer = megachiropteran

    Wolfram Blog : Word Play with Mathematica

    Both megachiropteran and iroquoisy are whales in worddom?

    Megachiropteran is like a chopped palindrome ( there is a uncertain compote-ness to it) whereas iroquoisy has quasi-causal flow (as in Erie Canal) to it.

    And besides, fruit batty is eerie whereas iroquoisy is Erie!

    October 15, 2012

  • Does anyone know why we settled on iroquoisy rather than fruit batty? I've been thinking a lot about bats lately.

    October 15, 2012

  • Ha--cabinet again.

    Edit: Also lout.

    May 3, 2012

  • cabinet

    March 9, 2011

  • Ah, yes... maybe we'll just forget that last bit then, right?

    (Except that mass and withdrawal lead back to Catholicism, which would of course lead us to Kateri Tekakwitha, who is beginning to seem like the patron saint of Iroquoisiness. Iroquoisyness? Iroquoisyocity? Um....)

    February 7, 2011

  • No need to apologize! I just meant that its level of iroquoisyness is a tad scary. :-)

    February 7, 2011

  • Sorry--I even skipped the part about how P-waves, which I'd only associated with earthquakes, are also associated with electrocardiograms.... When I started looking up waves in that sort of medical context, I came across a very interesting meaning for wave motion and mass activity which has to do with sperm motility. Fine, sure, how does that relate to cruft? It doesn't. But lower down on strev's favorites is sperm bank withdrawl (which should probably be withdrawal, btw).

    February 7, 2011

  • That's a little frightening.

    February 7, 2011

  • cruft

    I had gotten P-wave as a random word, and I was surprised that I hadn't listed it already. Then strev made a comment about it, so I found myself looking at strev's profile, where the top favorited word was drunk mouse syndrome (first listed by sionnach). There was no definition here, so I found myself on answers dot com, where the drunk mouse syndrome entry mentioned what happens when a mouse accumulates cruft. It made me wonder whether cruft was one of the words sionnach mentioned when I was lost for word and trying to find a specific name for the stuff that builds up on mousepads and mice. Then, a few hours later, I was reading something on Twitter about temporal lobe seizures as a ridiculously easy explanation for any and all "supernatural" phenomena. The source was a ForteanTimes article, and I couldn't remember whether they were reliable or bonkers (or both). I was looking them up and came across something about UFOs, which led to foo fighters, then to FUBAR, which, of course, led to foobar--about which I learned that it is an important hackerism--along with kludge and, you guessed it, cruft.

    February 7, 2011

  • Moton Museum. Seriously.

    February 4, 2011

  • confectio Damocritis

    January 28, 2011

  • Kateri Tekakwitha

    January 28, 2011

  • Bering Strait and totally al(l)gon(e)quiany, too.It is all relative! All unmissedconceptions!

    January 27, 2011

  • tramontana

    January 27, 2011

  • Aw, nuts. And I was so enjoying gingerol....

    January 19, 2011

  • Reesetee just added a citation to gingerol, then I happened to see the word feague in the comments on chained_bear's horse list.

    January 18, 2011

  • And Wikipedia's "List of common misconceptions."

    January 10, 2011

  • Can we bring in outside conversations for iroquoisy connections? In that case, I should add galactagogue, kerchief, Antares, and Galen.

    January 6, 2011

  • bugwort

    January 4, 2011

  • Believe it or not... ronks. Which I first saw (today) here.

    May 13, 2010

  • pessary

    May 10, 2010

  • Reesetee's profile (comment on "The Birds").

    March 14, 2010

  • We should be seeing them soon...

    February 24, 2010

  • hyacinth

    February 23, 2010

  • ardent.

    February 19, 2010

  • Aren't I? Aren't I?

    January 31, 2010

  • You're SO vain.

    January 31, 2010

  • It's TOTALLY about me.

    January 31, 2010

  • You probably think this song is about you.

    January 31, 2010

  • adj. referring to a bizarre coincidence, especially when the same unusual word is heard in two different, unrelated conversations in a short time. See iroquois and fruit bat*.

    (I almost forgot to say it's a madeupical term.)

    *(On Wordie, until the Final Assimilation.)

    October 17, 2009

  • Thomas Crapper.

    October 5, 2009

  • Cannoli.

    September 26, 2009

  • Soutane. Dogsbody.

    June 18, 2009

  • And tralatition.

    May 30, 2009

  • And awooga.

    April 16, 2009

  • And Schadenfreude for chained_bear.

    February 11, 2009

  • And homesick, that I got the day before leaving Sardinia.

    January 20, 2009

  • *likes this page*

    January 15, 2009

  • And Heiligenschein.

    December 25, 2008

  • And coccyx.

    December 11, 2008

  • adj. referring to a bizarre coincidence, especially when the same unusual word is heard in two different, unrelated conversations in a short time. See iroquois and fruit bat.

    April 24, 2008