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ankles - Swell.

e.g., "How was your day?" "Just ankles, thanks."

submitted by Cara

ankulôsis - Stiffening of the joints; to crook, bend. From ankulos, crooked, bent. Stiffening of a joint as the result of abnormal fusion.

e.g., I am sorry, ma'am, but you have ankulôsis.

submitted by Dr. Gary Rothfeld - (www)

anna mossity - A woman who, against her will, is coerced into attending a dance, party, or other social event and is determined not to enjoy it. (ED. I laughed on seeing the word in the input queue. . . . Laughed out loud by the time I got to the end of the example. . . . And I laughed again on seeing it months and months later. That's one of the advantages of flagging entries with «ED.». This sort of entry might have had an influence on me -- my latest adopted internet identity: Bess Twit. I'm almost sure Bennett Cerf edited a book titled This is My Best Wit in the 1950s. It was one of the first books I ever bought, as publisher's overstock.)

e.g., Pal: Hey, you with the frown. I know you're one of the Mossity girls. Aren't you Anna? Anna Mossity?
Gal: Yep. That's right. And I know you're one of the Thead boys. Isn't your first name Shi?

submitted by Charlie Lesko

annat - And that. Used by ferals to complete a sentence that encompasses more than the speakers' vocabulary will allow her to express.

e.g., We went down to the library and it was full of books annat.

submitted by Aaron

annerban - To jerk someone around by contradicting yourself.

e.g., Rich: "I'm bored. Watch me use the annerban on Albert." Paul: "Sweet. This should be good." Rich: "Al, I made out with your girlfriend last night." Albert: "What?" Rich: "I didn't mean that, but I did." Albert: "What the hell!" Rich: "No, I'm kidding. Only I'm not." Albert: "I swear you better not do that again." Rich: "Okay, I won't. But seriously, I will."

submitted by natmac

annexecon - A reformed criminal whose MO was to break into outbuildings

e.g., When on hard times in the past Alan had resorted to breaking into many outbuildings. Putting his days as annexecon behind him he looked forward to a rosy future.

submitted by jonty Reason - (www)

annibler - In the context of weight loss, a person who makes access to snackfoods possible, practical, or easy -- the diet saboteur.

e.g., Despite my protests, my wife came home from the supermarket with potato chips, pretzels, cake, cookies and ice cream. I asked her, "What are you, some kind of annibler?"

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

annie audix - The woman who is the voice behind the popular Audix (TM) Voice-mail system.

e.g., Annie Audix told me I have 17 new messages.

submitted by Ben

anniverse - (n.) The several plans, variables, and schedules involved in any celebration of an event in the past (i.e., an anniversary, a memorial, vel cet.), especially when the planned festivities are elaborate or complex.

e.g., "I've got all the flowers! They'll be here at 2130 tomorrow." "Okay, so that's the flowers, the caterer, the chairs and the tables---...what are we forgetting? Oh! The band! Shoot! Eddie! ..." "Wow---I had no idea this was such a busy anniverse."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

anniversorry - The act of apologizing for a forgotten anniversary. It is usually accompanied with presents, preferably jewelry that sparkles with diamonds.

e.g., Julie: What a wonderful bracelet! I though your anniversary was last weekend. Ann: It was. This is my anniversorry present since Jose forgot our 10-year anniversary.

submitted by Tolu

annivorcery - (n.) The anniversary of one's divorce. [I don't recall the movie or series I heard this in, but it sounded very pseudo to me.]

e.g., Madison is weird: she just spent all day celebrating her annivorcery ... with her ex!

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

annoilerate - To render otherwise perfectly good food completely inedible by deep frying and serving undrained, usually in Scotland.

e.g., My good man, this Scotch Pie has been annoilerated. It is ruined. It is an ex-Scotch Pie. It is wholly unfit for eating and I demand a full cash refund forthwith.

submitted by Miles Gavin

announciation - Texan or Czech for pronunciation.

e.g., She's always using the wrong announciation.

submitted by John Booth, Jr.

annoxication - Making it through hard times in your life, but not bragging about it or showing off that you did it but feeling self-accomplished and knowing that you did it.

e.g., Her annoxication is what made her the person she is today.

submitted by jay

annoyeristic - one who has a habit of being "annoying" in a teasing manner, one who is enjoys good natured jokes

e.g., I have a habit of being annoyeristic.

submitted by IceHawk

annoygravating - Combo of annoying and aggravating, used to describe someone or something that transcends both.

e.g., Telemarketers are perhaps the most annoygravating people of all.

submitted by McG

annoying compulsive disorder - ACD is characterized by the effect that you have on others. Technically, it's not the person with ACD but everyone else around her who suffers. Here are some of the symptoms: 1: Detrimental effect on your central nervous system -- those with ACD get on your nerves. 2. Affect your urinary output -- they piss you off. 3. Affect your vocal level whenever they operate their temporal mandibular joint -- they make you want to scream every time they open their mouths.

e.g., If you repeatedly have doors slammed in your face, or if your phone calls are consistently terminated without a "goodbye," you may be the cause of suffering from ACD.

submitted by Gayle Hurmuses - (www)

annoysibantileave - A sibling who is always near you and won't go away.

e.g., Yes, he is my annoysibantileave.

submitted by Stephan

annsessive - Obsessive to the point of being annoying.

e.g., Chris is way too annsessive about Sam.

submitted by Sam

ano - Something you sit on.

e.g., The ano was covered with clothes.

submitted by September 7th English

anomalyzic - To analyze anomalously. To be anomalous analytically.

e.g., Chris' a bit anomalyzic; she seems to examine only the portions of things which suit her, and then once she's had her fill, she often discontinues the course until some random time she chooses.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

anonamuse - Humorous word, phrase, saying from a forgotten or unknown source.

e.g., "Did you make that joke up yourself?" "No, actually, it was an anonamuse."

submitted by Geoff

anonymize - The removal of all distinguishing characteristics in a person or thing, for example a strip mall. To make anonymous.

e.g., This area of the city has been anonymized.

submitted by nicholas paredes

anonymize - To make someone or something anonymous.

e.g., Glenn didn't want to be recognized, so he anonymized himself by wearing a fake beard.

submitted by Matt Vines

anonymousity - Expressing hatred or anger in a secret or covert way.

e.g., The anonymousity of the perpetrators is what disturbed me the most.

submitted by tr kerth

anoraksia - An eating disorder sufferred by trainspotters and geeks.

e.g., Nigel spent so much time collecting train numbers that his mum, Ethel, was worried he would contract anoraksia.

submitted by jonty Reason - (www)

anotartive - To be overly ignorant and obnoxious; stupid.

e.g., Chris has this tendency to be anotartive. Oh, you've noticed it, too.

submitted by Charlie Benson

anotherwhere - This is a word that should be used instead of "somewhere else" to add dramatic effect and a bit more mystery to the unknown destination. This sense of unknown should be portrayed in the way this word is said, a pause before saying is a good effect.

e.g., I don't think I'll go to the show this year for New Year's Eve; maybe I'll go . . . anotherwhere.

submitted by Rob Cohen

anotherwise - In some other way, in an alternative manner -- you may choose to try a different approach or path.

e.g., If boring straight through the Earth does not work to more quickly deliver excellent Chinese goods to American people eagerly awaiting arrival of same, solution will then have to be anotherwise.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

antagoggolin - Diagonal.

e.g., Go across the field antagoggolin. It will be the shortest route.

submitted by Jim - (www)

antagonista - bobjuliano's journal: "A person compelled to create antagonism and crisis politics in a group. Said person is known to constantly indulge in rumors, witch hunts, insults, and flaming."

e.g., Why is Chris chrissified in so many examples? Because she's an antagonista, that's why. She deserves all the negative references to her . . . the bitch.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

antarial - Combo of antenna and arial.

e.g., Adjust the antarial to get better TV reception.

submitted by Eric Hensen

antecipation - Akin to the French "esprit de l'escalier" or the German "treppenwitz," the word for a carefully planned expression or comeback which one screws up at the last possible second.

e.g., Neil Armstrong meant to say "... one small step for a man," but under the influence of antecipation said "... one small step for man" instead.

submitted by PPM - (www)

antecrastination - Acting after it's too late.

e.g., He was guilty of antecrastination and missed the boat.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

anteloped - Ever want to convey the sense of something moving like a prancing pronghorn, but without all the funny looks when you say "like a prancing pronghorn"? Then anteloped is the word for you

e.g., The dog sat up and anteloped out of the dining room into the kitchen.

submitted by Adam R. Lee

antepenultimate - “I have always liked the sound of penultimate. It is fun (and a bit pretentious) to use, but antepenultimate is even more so. In addition, although I would choose ‘third from last’ for the item preceding the next-to-last item, I have encountered multiple people who call the item before the next-to-last one the ‘second-to-last’ one. That gives me the excuse of using antepenultimate in order to eliminate any ambiguity.”  
From My Favourite Word, it refers to the thing that precedes the penultimate thing: third from the end. I have no idea why, but I thought the word prepenultimate existed. And so it shall. My Favourite Word is definitely wort a visit. You can take this link to get there. Why not twist someone's favorite and make it one of our favorite words? Folks do that all the time.

e.g., I wonder how long it will take before this is the antepenultimate entered into the pd? | The thing before the antepenultimate thing would then be the preantepenultimate thing, would it not?

submitted by [Charlie Livingston] - (www)

anteprimanova - /an tee prime uh no vuh/ Prior to the initial "Big Bang" which resulted in our Universe; where a purported pin point "went nova" and filled our space with expanding energy and matter.

e.g., E.Y.E. don't remember much from anteprimanova time, but surely it must have been satisfactory in every respect, dark and cool and supremely restful.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

antherplatz - (n.) 1. a chicken coop; 2. a room full of cubicles; 3. a place filled with available members of the opposite sex. [a false germanic version of anthropos platonos "plato's man." The philosopher Plato defined "man" as "a featherless biped"; Demosthenes, another philosopher, plucked a chicken and called it "plato's man."]

e.g., I'm selling all the birds in my antherplatz and raising horses instead. | I'm tired of the antherplatz; I want an office!

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

anthropologetic - Feeling remorseful about the elimination of a culture.

e.g., After burning the Shilakkalak tribe out of their homes, the explorer felt a bit anthropologetic.

submitted by matt

anthropomaximologist - One who studies, maximizes, and enhances the human experience. A coach.

e.g., I have been a practicing cultural anthropomaximologist for the past thirty years. I assist humans in being all they are capable of being.

submitted by Linda Starr

anti claus - (Also known as "Bills!Bills!Bills!" "Repo," "Hock," and "Deferred Interest"; n.) The emaciated, chartreuse-clad, sneering goblin that comes around after Christmas (repeatedly) to extort money from you for the gifts Santa brought to you as well as those you may have purchased for family and friends. He does not bring gifts down the chimney, but shoves savings down the toilet. And as he disappears in his (repossessed) Maserati, you'll hear him exclaim, "If you have already paid what you owe, please disregard me, and thank you for your payment."

e.g., "Wow, man, you look awful. What's wrong?" "It's Anti Claus: I found him siphoning funds from my paycheck yesterday." "Ouch." "Yeah, tell me about it. I did some checking---" "You mean you did some credit carding." "Don't be funny. Anyway, I checked my acounts: I don't know how I can possibly keep up the payments." "That's bad. Can I help?" "You mean it?" "Sure I do: that's what friends are for, man." "You could return the big screen tv I bought you." "... ... Wow, man, Anti Claus, huh? Good luck with that. I gotta take this call." "Wait! you said---" "I really gotta take this, man. It's my woman: I told her she could watch chick flicks on my big screen tv!" "But---" "Look, I give it back to you in my will." "Gee, thanks. I guess I could exercise my option to give Anti Claus and arm and a leg ...."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

anti-bee - A person who is opposed to the use of silent b's in spelling words. Are they there just to separate the wheat from the chaff in spelling bees? Has notning to do with Aunt Bea on The Andy Griffith Show.  
The first word I ever misspelled in spelling class was "missed" -- because my classmate Loretta wouldn't define the word for me so I'd know whether the word was "missed" or "mist." Stayed in at recess afterwards to go over the next day's spelling lesson -- the first time I had ever studied spelling.  
codebtor codebtors debt debtless debtor debtors debts doubt doubtable doubted doubter doubters doubtful doubtfully doubtfulness doubtfulnesses doubting doubtingly doubtless doubtlessly doubtlessness doubtlessnesses doubts indebted indebtedness indebtednesses misdoubt misdoubted misdoubting misdoubts overindebtedness overindebtednesses oversubtle redoubt redoubtable redoubtably redoubts subtle subtleness subtlenesses subtler subtlest subtleties subtlety subtly undoubtable undoubted undoubtedly undoubting unsubtle unsubtly

e.g., I'm an anti-bee -- and have been since about second grade when I first encountered the word doubt. And enunciated the bee sound on first reading it: duh-boot.

submitted by HD Fowler

anti-cementic - A cement bigot.

e.g., Ron Paul is an anti-cementic who would not defend us against the real dangers of radical islam.

submitted by HD Fowler

anti-deja vu - "It was on the tip of my tongue." Used when you forget what you were going to say.

e.g., Mr. Graham asked a question about a second possible solution to the math problem, and Kea raised her hand to give the clever response she had come up with. Unfortunately, by the time Mr. Graham called on her, all Kea had to say was, "Dang it. Anti-deja vu."

submitted by Kea

anti-magogophone - The opposite of something.

e.g., This is the complete anti-magogophone to their assertion.

submitted by shane

anti-miracle - Something that happens by some quirk of fate, but is bad instead of good. Similar to a miracle, but has a bad effect.

e.g., If by some anti-miracle the presentations are fast and I end up presenting today, I'll shoot myself in the face.

submitted by Dave

anti-neopets - The organization originally founded by Neobuks and Mae Noelle to cast the downfall of This has since been taken into two other eras. As of February 14, 2005, it is in the 2nd era. The current leader is Tezeti, and the co-leaders are Blackdove, Rodentberry, and Nemmy. Invented by Neobuks and Mae Noelle at an unknown date

e.g., Billy saw a website about Anti-Neopets, and wondered who would want to destroy such a good website.

submitted by Nemmy - (www)

anti-safe - (ant-eye-say-f). Descriptive word used when proclaiming that something is not all that great.

e.g., "Paul, they're towing your car!" "Anti-safe!"

submitted by Richard Linney

anti-socializer - One who is very outgoing but makes the people around her uncomfortable and anti-social.

e.g., I realized that Mr. Moon was an anti-socializer when he fingered his nose and absentmindedly wiped the goldmine on my sleeve; nonethess, I was captivated.

submitted by Todd _merely_bored_U_C

anti-swearing table - The Anti-swearing table. Warning: If you are shocked by obscenities in print, you may not like this passage. (ED. If you want to see the rest of what's in this field, you'll have to do a View Source.)

e.g., I hope you editors trying to keep things clean enjoyed this anti-swearing table from star651, several-month contributor to the Pseudodictionary.

submitted by star651

antiacoustication - 1. The suppression or cancellation of sound wave antinodes through the introduction of an equal, but opposing (inverted) sound, thereby creating silence or reducing wave amplitude. 2. The complete or partial suppression of sound by any means without manipulation of the source.

e.g., I have an antiacoustication device in my room which generates silence through the introduction of inverted sound waves.

submitted by Sammers

antibelli - Against war.

e.g., Is the Peace Corps antibelli?

submitted by Alex Cordner

anticalamitible - Propensity towards being docile and unexcited.

e.g., Don't bother trying to get Steve riled up; he's totally anticalamitible.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

anticipassion - A combination of anticipation and passion: The anticipation that comes with a passionate situation.

e.g., Walter's in total anticipassion of finally meeting his online dream woman.

submitted by Dylon Whyte

anticipatious - Combination of anticipate, anxious, and nervous.

e.g., Nick was anticipatious about going sky diving. A little nervous and anxious, but excited at the same time.

submitted by Nick Sullivan

anticipointment - A greatly awaited event that turns out to be a fizzer.  
Rico Mossesgeld: "Anticipointment, as Berkeley, California, editor Hank Roberts explained in an online computer conference, is a word coined 'to describe [the feeling one gets on] always finding that, just as the techie-toy I've been dreaming about getting for six months has become affordable, there's something so much better on the horizon that I guess I have to wait just a bit longer.'"  
Nancy Friedman: "Anticipointment: High expectations followed by a letdown; a portmanteau of 'anticipation' and 'disappointment.' According to legend, the word was coined in the 1960s by a Los Angeles ad agency that used it as the punchline of a holiday card whose outside read, in paraphrase: 'At this time of year, just one word sums up the feeling in all of our hearts.' Now used for any instance of media or technology hype.  
(I read the ad-agency story years ago and have been unable to corroborate it. Anyone?)" | The emotional state of being which results from a highly anticipated event not turning out as well as expected.

e.g., For some, Y2K was an event of great anticipointment, especially if you were holed up in a shed in the desert surrounded by cans of Spam. | I was really looking forward to that movie. How could that many stars make such a bad film. Talk about anticipointment.

submitted by Mark Allen | John Bray - (www)

anticlock - Any device which obstructs the ability to measure and perceive time.

e.g., My wife's towel acted as an anticlock, whereas it completely blocked my view of the clock.

submitted by Sammers

anticloudblaster - A powerful portable particle beam device that blasts huge holes in the clouds overhead.

e.g., The anticloudblaster is great for picnics, ballgames, sunlight ,and a piece of blue sky.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

anticonstitutionnellement - Anticonstitutionally. A French word that I want to put in an English dictionary, the longest non-technical word in French.

e.g., I do not know about those anticonstitutionnellement.

submitted by Le Chat 90(lespoils90)

anticonsume - 1. To abstain from eating or drinking something that is almost finished out of fear that one will have to throw away the container, or replace the food anddrink consumed. 2. To abstain from eating or drinking something that is almost finished, so that someone else will eventually consume it, dispose of any containers, and replace it if it calls for replacing.

e.g., I decided to anticonsume the milk when I discovered that it was almost finished.

submitted by Sammers

anticrastinate - (v.) 1. To refuse to put something off, even if there is no hurry in completing it. 2. To prepare long in advance.

e.g., "Hey, you wanna shoot some hoops with us?" "No, I've got Christmas shopping to do." "Christmas shopping?! In May?! That's overdoing anticrastination pretty bad, don't you think?"

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

anticuse - To imply that someone is innocent of something of which he is accused.

e.g., The defense team did everything to anticuse their defendant.

submitted by Ty Evans

antideluvian - Antedeluvian is before the flood. Antideluvian is against a flood.

e.g., Frank's house is on the coast and he is antideluvian.

submitted by Frank J. Mandriota

antidenim - Any fabric that isn't denim.

e.g., Check out her new antidenim skirt.

submitted by Krowbar

antidisestablishmentaryanism - Opposition to the Nuremberg trials. | The word is already in the pseudodictionary with a humorous definition. This additional definition takes it to be a synonym for Dominionism: the movement that seeks to preserve the establishment of a white-supremacist Christian domination of the political system.  
The word should not to be confused with "antidisestablishmentarianism." To use one of these words in place of the other is to make one of the (rare?) long multi-letter word errors (ytpos that are words) in the English language.

e.g., Antidisestablishmentaryanism is one of the two longest words in the English language and is coming back into vogue in light of the resurgence of skinheads. | Although apparently multi-racial, the TEA Party movement seems to be antidisestablishmentaryanism.  
Also, see the 2008 poem "Termination; Ny Antidisestablishmentaryanism'' apparently authored by UpsAndDowns and published at as entry 58664. The poem uses it as part of a crypto-racist expression of love.

submitted by S. Berliner, III | Mario Bourgoin - (www)

antidonaphobia - The fear that when solicited for a donation that failing to contribute will increase one's risk of contracting the disease or condition being funded.

e.g., Bob was not really philanthropic, but his antidonaphobia compelled him to contribute to the American Cancer Society every time he was solicited.

submitted by Michael Katz

antidressant - The one kid who either goes to school in regular clothes on Halloween when everybody else is wearing a costume, or vice versa.

e.g., Matt was last year's antidressant. I laughed so hard when he came into class late wearing a tuxedo.

submitted by Duncan

antientrophilia - 1. Love of the process of ordering. 2. Love of order. From the Greek roots en-trop, in transformation.

e.g., "The problem with the marriage wasn't simply that she wanted forks and spoons in separate slots, it was that she took neatness to the neurotic level of antientrophilia; order and structure were the 'til death do we part' of her marriage vows."

submitted by Gerre Guerrant

antifortuitous - Unlucky.

e.g., The gambler had an antifortitous streak in Vegas.

submitted by George Levy

antiganda - (n.) Propaganda designed specifically to attack the character, provenance, utility, propriety, morality, and/or goals of some person (as in a campaign), social group, religion, or race.

e.g., “Does it seem sometimes that political campaigns are nothing but antiganda anymore?”

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

antiglutable - For something that is said, done, or even thought of where the person who said, did, or thought of it is bound to get his or her ass kicked for it.

e.g., It's fine for women to compliment each other on their physical features but the same words become antiglutable when a man says them to another man. OK . . . most of the time.

submitted by MD Caruso

antigrammer - (n.) 1. Someone who writes viruses; also, antithetically, 2. someone who writes antivirus software. (Derived from "programmer.")

e.g., "He's usually here most of the night working on stuff, but I'm not sure what." "So, we don't really know whether he's a programmer or an antigrammer, do we?"

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

antilesbitest - A test taken by two people of the same sex, could be two men or two women, to find out if they're gay or not.

e.g., Could you imagine? The footage shown on TV made it look like a random female substitute teacher and a random female student were doing the dances a little bit different than normal. Maybe there was an antilesbitest or something.

submitted by star651 - (www)

antimas - Anti-Christmas. Afraid to say "Merry Christmas" for fear of excluding someone.

e.g., So many government bureaucrats have become antimas, that it's now spread to the workplace bureaucrats as well. At work we now have to say, "Happy holidays" instead of "Merry Christmas."

submitted by Trebor

antimasterpiece - Art produced to go directly into the waste receptacle.

e.g., As an artist, it really bothers me to see in boutiques, shoppes, and fairs all the antimasterpieces that are stamped out in factories crowding out the works of those that put some thought into each product of her imagination.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

antipastarian - A person who is morally oposed to pasta.

e.g., Graeme will not eat pasta because of his antipastarian beliefs.

submitted by Ian Morrison

antipathic - Against feeling, heartless.

e.g., He was antipathic to her.

submitted by Adrian Hobbs

antiphany - A sudden realization or revelation that is very stupid. |

On behalf of Kyle 1: The sudden realization that a vexing problem or puzzle has no solution. 2: The realization that the elusive meaning one has been searching for in a challenging work of art or literature does not, in fact, exist. 3: The realization that the answer one has been looking for is what the individual has consciously known all along. . . . {Example:}This revelation put me in mind of another antiphany I experienced some years ago. In high school I participated in forensics, and one year I competed in the poetry interpretation event. For my reading selection, I chose "The Hollow Men" by T.S. Eliot. My forensics coach always praised my interpretation of it, and thought I demonstrated an excellent understanding of the poem. I always thought I was a fraud, because I really didn't understand much of the poem. Again, I thought it was full of mysterious symbolism that was beyond my grasp.

e.g., I had an antiphany that Mario the Plumber is this generation's new Popeye the Sailor, man.

submitted by BigAssFries - (www)

antiprime - To be the first one stopped by a red light or other means to control any type of traffic.

e.g., I always rush through the yellow light since I hate to be antiprimed.

submitted by MD Caruso

antiprostyle - Said of a person hesitating and undecided between not doing or doing something: for it and at the same time against it, a situation which characterizes a lot of people.

e.g., 1. Ramona is a veritable example of antiprostyle, in the same time she wants to not go and to go to see the movie. 2. More beautiful things could take place in society if antiprostyle would be abandoned.

submitted by Tatomir Ion Marius, poet

antipseudolexicographicationally - Adverb, in the manner of one opposing the inclusion of a suggested word.

e.g., The Review Committee convened to consider the latest suggestions. "I think we should reject 'turdlet,'" said Paul. "It seems to me to be overtly scatological," he added, antipseudolexicographicationally.

submitted by Colin Taffel

antisaginarian - From Latin. Anti: against or opposed to. Saginare: to fatten up. A meddlesome individual who feels compelled to lecture you about your weight, usually in public, in piercing tones, and at the most inconvenient times.

e.g., Antisaginarians are fond of delivering denunciations in the grocery store: "Ben and Jerry's? Dear, don't you think you should be getting rice cakes instead? I mean, you are awfully large, aren't you?"

submitted by Amanda Faulkenberry

antiscurvies - Green vegetables, or limes, for avoidance of scurvy.

e.g., No desert until you eat your antiscurvies.

submitted by spongeboy

antisequence - (pronounced an-ti'-si-kwins; n.) 1. an occurrence contrary to all expectations, in spite of antecedent action; 2. an action taken to avoid the consequences (punishment, duties, responsibilities, vel cet.) your actions would otherwise entail.

e.g., Alka Seltzer, abortion, and hiding the body (or the loot) are antisequential.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

antisocialite - A loner who particularly dislikes hobnobbing with the jet set.

e.g., Muffy yearned to be home on her couch, curtains drawn and watching TV, instead of this lunch at Le Cirque for the von Furstenburg triplets. She felt she was quickly becoming an antisocialite.

submitted by Jeff M

antitartaron - (n.) (an-tee-TAR-tuh-rahn) (In cartoon physics.) The mythical machine that permits cartoon, game, and other fictional characters to survive otherwise invariably fatal situations without dying. Its means are unknown, but almost always present. It is, therefore, considered the God of the cartoon universe. (Etymology: Greek anti- [against, preventing] + Tartarus [the underworld of the dead in Greek mythology]).

e.g., Look, kid. You're falling off that cliff, you're _not_ gonna survive. It's just not gonna happen -- no way, no how. Unless, of course, you happen to be Daffy Duck or Mario or somebody, because the antitartaron caters to them all.

submitted by Mirakle B. - (www)

antitransubstantiationalism - The "belief system" of those who object to being turned into another substance. Inspired by my old friend Christopher Inwood.

e.g., I am one of countless people who does not want to be frozen, burned, melted, mashed, etc. As such, I am most definitely antitransubstantiationalist.

submitted by L. Gillies

antittilate - To tickle or prod with any sort of rod-like object, esp. an antenna.

e.g., Despite the woman's scorn, Sven was antittilated by the icy tip of the ten-foot pole.

submitted by Da Yeti

antitude - Against atittude.

e.g., We believe in antitude.

submitted by rita

antiversary - The day on which you celebrate your divorce. Suggested by aneversery, a misspelling of anniversary.

e.g., December 22nd my wife and I will celebrate our 44th anniversary. On the same day, Christine will celebrate her 2nd antiversary.

submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

antiwod - Against the War on Drugs. Antiwod, anti-wod, anti-WoD.

e.g., I have no idea why you think Robert Downey, Jr, is involved in antiWoD organizations. Can I buy a clue?

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

antochent - A yard full of ant hills.

e.g., I've got an antochent.

submitted by Squackle! - (www)

antrivalence - Wavering or uncertainty caused by desires to do three different things at once.

e.g., When the forest path diverged, my antrivalence caused me a moment of hesitation. I could not decide whether to turn left, to turn right, or to head back the way I had come.

submitted by Evman

antycrastination - Acting after the ant infestation is complete.

e.g., He was guilty of antycrastination and the food was all ruined.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

anull it all - One who knows everything about getting divorced.

e.g., When it came to the most divorces from monogamous marriages, Glynn Wolfe aka “Scotty” Wolfe holds the record. A former Baptist minister, Glynn divorced a heartbreaking 28 times. But some young couples still went to Wolfe for marriage advice. He was, after all, an anull it all.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

anxietous - Agitated and anxious.

e.g., I've got an interview, so I'm very anxietous.

submitted by feng

any brushes? - Musician slang: "You're playing too loud/fast/slow and maybe you'd better 'tone it down.'" Shorthand for "turn it down -- you're too loaded, etc."

e.g., Ringo? RINGO! Any brushes?

submitted by Artie

anyhoo - Play on "anyhow"

e.g., Anyhoo, I think I should go now.

submitted by Mark Barilla

anykey - What dumb people look for when their computer tells them to press any key.

e.g., Where's the anykey?

submitted by Brandon Ducharme

anyways - A different version of anyway, used as a verbal pause. Meant to be said somewhat like a child: Aaaaaaaannnny wayzzzzz.

e.g., Judy, how you doing? Ya, I was talking to Dolly, and she said you weren't going to the dance, so. . . . Anyways . . . would you like to go with me?

submitted by Carlos Coutinho

anyways - Used in exactly the same ways as "anyway," but this one is a North Dakota Scandinavian thing, especially Norwegians.

e.g., I don't like that kind of food anyways.

submitted by Rainbow Woman

anywhat - Anyhow, anyway.

e.g., Anywhat, that's what I was thinking of as I started to leave.

submitted by Miss Speller

anywho - A variation of anyway, usually to be followed by a long pause and a change in topic of conversation.

e.g., Anywho, that's enough of talking about Dave. What's up with you?

submitted by Anne

anywhoodles - Play on "anyhow."

e.g., [url=]Anywhoodles[/url], I think I should go now.

submitted by natalia manzocco - (www)

aohater - One who hates users of the America Online internet service provider.

e.g., You guys are all aohaters. Leave us AOL users alone.

submitted by Michael - (www)

aolcaps - Text written in or continually typing in ALL CAPS, as so many AOLers and net noobs in general do.

e.g., Even though Dad's been online for a while now, he's still stuck in aolcaps.

submitted by mike

aomori - One who is very gifted in music. Specifically used to describe a Julliard student.

e.g., Did you see how fast that aomori played the concerto? He did it in a second.

submitted by Jeff

aotearoa - Where Kiwis come from.

e.g., Look, there's a Kiwi from Aotearoa.

submitted by Kestrel

aotearoan - Another name for a Kiwi from Aotearoa.

e.g., I'm an Aotearoan(or a Kiwi) from Aotearoa.

submitted by Kestrel

apacrat - The political party of someone who doesn't care for politics. A melding of the words "apathetic" and "Democrat."

e.g., This budget discussion does not concern me. I vote apacrat. I used to be a pathetic Democrat, but I gave up.

submitted by Lord Argent - (www)

apartyteid - The celebration that happens after one receives her divorce decree.

e.g., After checking the mail, the long awaited official divorce documentation was now in, confirming that the oppressed were now allowed to apartyteid like rock stars.

submitted by becca & shea

apas - as possible as soon

e.g., I'll come apas

submitted by owens xu

apatheist - Someone who believes that the existence of God is immaterial to daily life. (A combination of apathy and theism.)

e.g., Many people I know aren't actively atheists or believers. They're apatheists.

submitted by Arun Sannuti

apathetorexic - Someone who eats very little, not because of an eating disorder, but simply because she can't be bothered. First used to describe Marky Lazer.

e.g., "Want some food?" "No thanks, I'm apathetorexic." | "He doesn't eat much, is he anorexic?" "Nah, he's just apathetorexic."

submitted by Chyld/Marky/Emu - (www)

ape-fest - A rowdy party. Danish.

e.g., Erasmus's birthday party was an ape-fest.

submitted by Adam Leslie

ape-touching - For an item that a person is in great awe of. A reference to the "Dawn of Man" scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey.

e.g., That's an ape-touching new widescreen TV you've got there.

submitted by Baz

apenuts - Crazy. To be crazy about something, or simply lose your mind, like going senile or mad.

e.g., Upon receiving a strong dose of catnip, the feline warrior went apenuts.

submitted by Robert

aphrodicial - Of the highest beauty.

e.g., I find all Greek sculptures and artwork simply aphrodicial.

submitted by Adam

aphrodisinsomniac - A person who stays up past bedtime and gets all sexy. Something -- such as a drug -- which induces someone to do that.

e.g., Beware of all the aphrodisinsomniacs you are liable to encounter online and take care not to become one yourself. | Some people believe the internet itself is addictive, often with the properties of an aphrodisinsomniac.

submitted by Zeromay Zentroclo

apinfinate - To do something unexpected when all expectations and current trends suggest that an event is not going to happen

e.g., My stocks apinfinated.

submitted by Denis Carr

apithology - The antonym of pathology, being the functional manifestations of healthy developmental growth.

e.g., The transition turning point in the 21st century was when as global society we moved away from pathology and towards apithology.

submitted by William Varey - (www)

aplistocracy - /AP-lis-TOK-ra-see/ -noun. A state or regime where rich or greedy people are in power and political and legislative activities are motivated by financial gain. [From Gk aplistos, greed + -cracy.]

e.g., With banks, oil companies, and CEOs having government at their beck and call, it's more an aplistocracy than a democracy.

submitted by Dr. Dan Muldoon

aplus - "See you later." From the French "a plus tard." Even shorter, "a+."

e.g., I'm leaving now. Aplus.

submitted by Boki

apneac - (Rhymes with TAP-lee-tack; n.) 1. a person who suffers from apnea; 2. someone who becomes annoyed at the sound of breathing, apparently desiring the offending breather(s) to suffocate themselves for his convenience. (adj.) 3. an appliance, accoutrement, apparatus, or mechanism designed to alleviate apnea. [Analogy with_maniac_.]

e.g., "What is this by your cot?" "It's my breather." "Your what?" "It's a CPAP, a 'continuous positive air pressure' machine; it helps me keep breathing." "You suffer from sleep apnea?" "Yup, I'm an apneac." | "I'm trying to study here, people." "We're not doing anything." "You are breathing too loud." "We're BREATHING too loud?" "Yes. Go away." "Sure thing, Mr. Apneac---Why don't YOU go somewhere else?"

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

apollogy - A half-hearted public expression of regret from a high ranking politician who believes that he is above the law but has been caught, red-handed, in an immoral or illegal activity.

e.g., The congressional leader of the dominant party was presented with irrefutable evidence that he was using campaign funds illegally. He then publicly apollogized for his "lapse of judgment."

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

apologentsia - Intellectuals, most often of a liberal orientation, who feel compelled to continually apologize for the flaws of the United States, both real and imaginary.

e.g., Making Americans out as the bad guys, the apologentsia have forgotten our recent history, how the Western world was rescued from Nazi tyranny and how millions of Europe's oppressed sought refuge on our shores.

submitted by Dennis R. Ridley

apolywogagy - Just a little apology; please forgive me; it wasn't intentional.

e.g., I didn't indeed to do it. Would you accept my heartfelt apolywogagy and everything will be all right.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

aposetadoo - Supposed to do.

e.g., What's a guy aposetadoo?

submitted by meredeth

apostrophesize - To routinely, but mistakenly, add an apostrophe to a word that does not require one. Apostrophesise.

e.g., The doctor always wanted to apostrophesize the word "wants" in his reports.

submitted by Stephen Hass

apostrophiacal - 1. Someone who inserts too many "apostrophes" into her writing. 2, A serious devotee of all things Frank Zappa, from Frank Zappa's album Apostrophe.

e.g., 1. Most of my students in Comp. 101 start out being apostrophiacal, but they learn. 2. Geldorf is apostrophiacal. He has Frank Zappa's entire discography on CD, plus he's got Apostrophe on 12" vinyl, cassette, and limited edition CD. He rocks.

submitted by Paul

appacoriffic - The last straw expression of frustration.

e.g., That's just too goddamned appacoriffic for me to accept. Tell her to get her ass back in here.

submitted by Fitz

apparel-elled - Incomparable or unparalelled, relating to clothes.

e.g., He was a man of such style. The clothes he wore were apparel-elled.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

appaulled - Rejection reaction.

e.g., She was appaulled that her oh-so-clever word was refused by the PD editors; she felt like garrotting them.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

appaulling - Appalling.

e.g., Perhaps you've notice how that poster calling herself "Paul" keeps posting appaulling lies about her paulitical enemies.

submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

appelation - Application of fruit for healing.

e.g., An appelation a day keeps the doctor away when, which is nice when you feels orful.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

append dectomy - The surgical act of an editor to remove extraneous material, redundancies, and fluff from a writer's manuscript.

e.g., "Let's go out for a drink after work." "Let's go. I had to perform an emergency append dectomy without anesthesia and the writer's screams were really unnerving!"

submitted by Charlie Lesko

apperceivement - like the word "apperceive" partially digested by the word "perceivement." this word implies "perceivement," but with more of the sense of physically undergoing the perceived experiance."

e.g., It seemed now that she existed in a new, separate reality far beyond her physical apperceivement.

submitted by jesse

apphole - An attorney who sends cease and desist letters to tech rumor blogs.

e.g., John Meyers is an apphole. He threatened to sue me because my weblog said that Apple may buy Microsoft.

submitted by Ryan Messner

applau - Singular of applause. Single clap at a joke or song. Comedian slang. See "mercy clap" and "audient."

e.g., Your joke went over like a lead balloon. Did you hear the applau?

submitted by Bill

apple knocker - A hick or redneck, someone who runs around in overalls and knocks apples off trees with a stick

e.g., The son of a woman from from Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, Chris sure is an apple knocker.

submitted by appleknocks

apple q - Get rid of, say good-bye to, or quit.

e.g., I need to Apple Q that chick--she's driving me crazy.

submitted by Jody Monson

applelapsy - That's when your laptop breaks down, stops working.

e.g., I must get me a new laptop; the old one suffers from applelapsy

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

appletite - Desire for apples.

e.g., The aroma of apple pie baking will usually stimulate my appletite.

submitted by G.S.W.

appletizing - Appealing, enticing, tempting, stimulating, good to look at or eat or experience, etc. Causes positive vibes: motivating, energizing.

e.g., The original pseudoapple must have appeared extremely appletizing. Who could resist a special piece of forbidden fruit to brighten your day and that of your one and only significant other? It seems evident that the happy couple needed to grow up anyway to become aware of their sexuality and start reproducing. The magical psychedelic forbidden fruit was the perfect vehicle to raise consciousness and bring about what needed to happen. The talking snake was a nice touch, and supposedly it originally walked erect on its tail, oh sure. Adam and Eve did not sin, for sin is not in Real God's vocabulary. Tiny humans, "sinning"? How droll. When you see the whole picture, as from outer space, the old human concepts tumble and beg for immediate change. goodbye to mindwarp and indoctrination and dogmatic untrue utterances.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

applord - To show strong approval or praise of that which God has done by applauding -- that is, by clapping your hands together.

e.g., The preacher urged his flock to applord God's many miracles.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

appocriating - Extremely bad, poor, or inferior.

e.g., We wasted 20 bucks on an appocriating movie. Aren't we smart?

submitted by Petro (created by Skitz)

appointmented - Sending oneself an e-mail or appointment in order to remind yourself of something you had to do.

e.g., Yeah, boss, I appointmented myself for that meeting Thursday afternoon.

submitted by Centuri

appreciagate - Being both grateful and appreciative.

e.g., I really appreciagate all you've done for me!

submitted by dee bonham

apprecionize - To recognize and appreciate the quality, significance, or magnitude of another.

e.g., You better apprecionize what I just went through to get this.

submitted by Enosh Svoray

apres hension - The internal emotion over eating eggs after confronting a mother chicken face-to-face.

e.g., The early morning chores of milking cows and feeding the chickens were over and done. Farmer Brown now sat at the breakfast table, staring at his breakfast omelet with apres hension.

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

apricity - (n.) "The warmth of the sun in winter." [Quoted in an e-mail column called the 'Futility Closet.'"---It's a real word, evidently, right out of the OED ... and it has the ring of just-rightness to it.]

e.g., On clear winter days, the apricity melts the snow off the driveways in our neighborhood; well, all except mine (my house faces north and is on a hill, so the shadow protects the ice from the apricity-thaw). | Pirates don't like the word "apricity"; they prefer "Mayity ... arrr (or avast or something).

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

aprogressive - Not only conservative, anti-progressive.

e.g., I've decided you and Jim and I are not only conservatives, we're aprogressives. Not regressive, but anti-progressive -- given what today's progressives are: communists and socialists.

submitted by HD Fowler

apron string tenure -

Dave Wilton | An apron string hold or apron string tenure referred to property of one’s wife, which was controlled by the husband during her life but which afterwards would revert to her original family.

e.g., We had no idea that apron string tenures were common in southern Missouri, and that that was why my uncle's will returned the land to my aunt's family. That had probably been their understanding all along.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

apropospropriate - Not only right, but right at the right time.

e.g., His remark was apropospropriate.

submitted by Jay - (www)

aption - Action done in the right way.

e.g., Ramu's well-thought aptions saved his family from a major crisis.

submitted by Akash

aptronym - An apt characteristic or name for a person or character.

e.g., "There's no telling whether Mr. Vegas will make a lasting impact on the PGA Tour, and whether he'll stick to the aptronymic style he flashed Sunday."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

apulchrous - Not beautiful at all.

e.g., Unfortunately, there were a lot of apulchrous girls at the party.

submitted by Curt

aquabatty - For one who pretends to be a superhero.

e.g., The Tick is aquabatty.

submitted by Xander Bluesummers

aquadextrous - The ability to turn the bath water on or off with your toes, especially those on one's right foot.

e.g., My wife has no problem falling asleep in the bath with the water running. My wife is so aquadextrous she can turn the water off with her foot even when she's sleeping.

submitted by mallard, stephanie - (www)

aquaduct, the - An expression used after someone has made a statement that is true only if a large number of exceptions are applied. From Monty Python's Life of Brian. It is to be said in a relatively high-pitched voice.

e.g., Producer: That song is good. Except for that whole verse about the guy getting killed and all. Bandmate 1: Really? Producer: Yeah, and you'll have to use less distortion on the guitar, and then add some congo drums with a Latin beat. Bandmate 2: The aquaduct. Producer: But other than that, it was good.

submitted by iustitia

aquafiller - The one at the fancy restaraunt who fills your water glass.

e.g., While waiting for my calamari al frillente, the nice aquafiller came by to pour me a tall one.

submitted by Danruk

aqualibrium - The point where the stream of drinking fountain water is at a perfect height. (Not original to me.)

e.g., The fountain was adjusted to aqualibrium, thus relieving the drinker from having to suck the spout or squirt herself in the eye.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

aquaman - Derogatory term for someone who's useless -- just as Aquaman was useless in the 1970s cartoon show The Superfriends.

e.g., Doc: You can't borrow your dad's car and drive us? You're useless, Aquaman. Den: So, I guess that means you'll drive. Eh?

submitted by Doc

aquamaroon - A color--like bloody water or something.

e.g., After the shark attacked, the water was all aquamaroon instead of its normal clear blue color.

submitted by Mark

aquanaun - Abstract Noun: The spiritual evolution of mankind that can co-exist in (earth) water and space. | aqua=water | nau(short for naut)=Space | n(short for human kind)=earth

e.g., By evolving to our future form of existence, called aquanaun, humankind will unravel the mystery of space travel and obtain the ability to effortlessly move uninterrupted through water, space, and atmosphere.

submitted by philip moore

aquanaut - Condensation that drips off a cold glass and lands on you. Combination of "aqua" and "astronaut."

e.g., Don't you hate it when your glass drips aquanauts on your blouse?

submitted by Darrell James

aquarel - Aquatic apparrel. Diving equipment, and such.

e.g., Just a mo, got to get me aquarel.

submitted by Erasmus Thrasamund

aquiessence - Powerful localized smell (Hispanic.)

e.g., Not having bathed in weeks, he was easily apprehended by the rurales due to his aquiessence.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

aqwela - A blend of mood, music, color, and style.

e.g., When I went to college last year I definitely noticed aqwela from all of the students in my class.

submitted by James Furman

ar three-eighty - An anal rententive person. A perfectionist.

e.g., Ugh, look at how he continually straightens his hair. He's an AR three-eighty.

submitted by lauryn

araber - One who sells produce on the sidewalk or street, usually from a horse-drawn wagon.

e.g., The araber paid his assistant in fruit for tending his horse.

submitted by Leverett Butts

arachibutyrophobia - Fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth

e.g., Some people get arachibutyrophobia when they eat sandwiches.

submitted by Kica

arachnatingle - The feeling you get when your skin is crawling, easily mistaken for a spider traversing your skinscape.

e.g., Because Mary Beth always had arachnatingle, she didn't realize a tarantula was crawling up her back until it was too late.

submitted by Ally - (www)

arachnectomy - Intricate, humane operation to remove a spider from the bath or shower as it is acting as an unwelcome barrier to personal hygiene. Best accomplished with toilet paper or, for those brave enough, by hand.

e.g., Sorry I'm late. I had to perform an emergency arachnectomy before I could shower.

submitted by Benjamino - (www)

arachnoleptic fit - (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web. (Washington Post Style Invitational.)

e.g., Flailing her arms frantically in front of her face, Chris appeared to be having an arachnoleptic fit.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

arachnominium - A dwelling place for far too many spiders -- a spider condominium. Usually found in dark corners of homes occupied by the organizationally challenged.

e.g., Carl dreaded another night on Sara's couch, knowing that he was sleeping within a few feet of the largest arachnominium he'd ever seen.

submitted by Roger Wright - (www)

arachnophobiavictimia - The fear of people with arachnophobia.

e.g., Larry Block, another victim of arachnophobiavictimia, was found wandering aimlessly in Central Park early this morning.

submitted by Obed

arachnospasm - Wild gyrations one makes upon running into an unseen spider web.

e.g., Derek didn't see the spider web. When it hit him in the face, he flailed wildly--he had an arachnospasm, I'd say.

submitted by Derek Chapman - (www)

arama! - a suffix you add to the name of someone you are fond of as a greeting(you may have to shorten the name)

e.g., delerama! (for delyth)

submitted by carolyn

arb - All Right But. A person who is generally of good character but not entirely trustworthy.

e.g., Ever since the incident with the wheelbarrow Dave considered Andy to be an ARB.

submitted by Dave Widdicombe

arbit - Existing without order or predetermined reason, from arbitrary.

e.g., This snowstorm is arbit; we were just supposed to get rain.

submitted by Stephen C.

arbitraitor - A judge who has been or can be bribed.

e.g., Unfortunately, the International Skating Union seems to select too many arbitraitors to be judges. Not as bad as the basketball officials in the 1972 Olympics, though. | I dunno. Was the judge who overturned the murder conviction of Margaret Knoller an arbitraitor? Sure looked more and more that way when she was sentenced to only four years for involuntary manslaughter -- and perjury.

submitted by HD Fowler

arboramorous - Describes lovemaking that takes place in trees.

e.g., The arboramorous couple scaled the redwood tree and joined the 100-foot high club.

submitted by Steve McDonald

arborescence, arbo - From the French word for "flowchart." Used by Montreal web designers.

e.g., Did you finish the arborescence yet? I need an arbo before I start working on the interface.

submitted by Michael - (www)

arcake-ick - For describing old baked goods.

e.g., Covered with mold, the bread was arcake-ick.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

arcane logic - Secret or hard to understand logic.

e.g., Spock readliy shows arcane logic.

submitted by Nathan Daniel Buelt

archaeogolly - (n.) The displacement you feel as you age and the technology seems to get away from you, no matter how hard you try to keep up. (adj.) Archaeogollical, of or pertaining to such a feeling. (From Greek archae “old” + English golly ... “golly.”)

e.g., “Daddy, can I use your office computer for a sec? I just texted Peri, and she's gonna e-mail some songs to me. I need to download 'em into my ipod. . . . Daddy? are you okay?” “Sure, hon, sure. It's just that your ipod is smaller than my car keys. It's just archaeogolly.”

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

archeographology - The study of ancient handwriting.

e.g., Dr. Connors, being the only person in the world with a PhD in archeographology, was the first to observe that Newton's handwriting proved without a doubt that he copied all his ideas from Liebniz.

submitted by Ty Evans

archetypical - An archetype, but so overdone that it has become boring.

e.g., Jenni's Betty Page haircut was so archetypical at this point, she just looked silly.

submitted by Chuck

archetypical - Your garden variety, typical archetype (original, prototype).

e.g., Montezuma was the archetypical stinking.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

archidrake - A person who designs ducks.

e.g., Having designed the mallard, the teal, and the scoter, Bernard was probably the greatest archidrake there had ever been. | Philippa wanted a new duck on her pond so she called in an archidrake. | William studied to be an archidrake at university. For his final project he designed a new wing tip for the Merganzer.

submitted by David Ford

archistract - A concept, philosophy, and classification of fine art photography that focuses on the abstract qualities of various architectural styles and subjects using monochrome or colour compositions while highlighting patterns, forms, geometry, and gradations of light and shadows. "Archistract" is a portmanteau of the words "architecture" and "abstract." It is a style of abstract and architectural photography that has recently evolved into a cohesive and functional vision combining elements and traditions found in abstract art, architecture, and photography as a whole.

e.g., This archistract is a fine example of how architecture can be photographed in an abstract way.

submitted by John Kosmopoulos - (www)

archistructure - The framework of a design, particularly in software development projects. A smushing of "architecture" and "structure."

e.g., The program's archistructure is fundamentally flawed.

submitted by Dean Dvorak

architectrist - A female architect. (Possibly an architectrix, as well.)

e.g., She was the greatest architectrist of the 20th century.

submitted by Jessica

architorture - Post war, quickly built buildings made without any sense of aesthetics or architectural history, and designed with planned obsolescense in mind.

e.g., The street was filled with buildings that can only be described as architorture.

submitted by Danny Kostyshin

archive - A special spade-shaped fruit preferred by PD editors.

e.g., An endive archive is like a hive or ogive.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

arcoirisophobia - Fear of rainbows, derived from L., arcus iris = rainbow, phobia = fear.

e.g., Wallace, his arcoirisophobia in full swing, sprinted toward the safety of the movie theater after the spring rain.

submitted by Mark Lee - (www)

arctangable - A sharp touch.

e.g., The pencil is very arctangable.

submitted by snowboardinghockeyplayer3 - (www)

ard - A Reptile Dysfunction. When there is a problem with the lizard. (ED. Love the monicker ... so much that I'll probably use it somewhere else myself. I have literally hundreds of phonynyms.)

e.g., His date with the snake woman ended early because of his sudden bout with ARD.

submitted by Norm De'Pleum

ardm - (pronounced r'dum) acronym for A Remarkably Dumb Machine. term used in a sentence by one NASA honcho to describe a new generation of Mars landers

e.g., this is a remarkably dumb machine, meaning it cannot walk and chew gum at the same time

submitted by jbenz miguel

area 51ers - People who will see a conspiracy in everything.

e.g., Princess Diana is dead? I expect the Area 51ers will claim she was assassinated by UFOs.

submitted by Adam Leslie

arfenhouse - A mansion-sized house with only one room. Tends to be high in property value for no reason whatsoever.

e.g., The realtor sold the Arfenhouse for eleven billion dollars.

submitted by Misteroo

arfindel - An impersonator. (From Peter Jackson's The Fellowship of the Ring, in which Arwen whaps Glorfindel on the head with a shovel and steals his part)

e.g., Drew: then he pulls of his mask, and he really is a dog! Jenny: Ah. So he was an Arfindel pooch posing as a man? Gotcha.

submitted by Lemby

arflexia - Responding to a stimulus with a dog-like bark.

e.g., Startled, the "Arf!" escaped from John's lips before he even had time to think about stopping it. And so, yet another date with a most promising young lady was utterly ruined by his arflexia. Before the entree, too.

submitted by john r. brineman, m.d.

arfritis - Inflamation of the joints in a canine's jaw.

e.g., The old dog had trouble barking due to its arfritis.

submitted by David

arg - Used to describe discontent. Especially if you just realized you seriously screwed something up. Usually used at the begining of a sentence, but can be used at the end again to make sure your discontent is clear or for more effect.

e.g., Arg! I spent three hours doing this essay question and I did the wrong one. Arg!

submitted by WussyBoy

arga - Arguing.

e.g., Don't be arga with me.

submitted by Bob Timon

argargat - An eight-letter word invented in 1997 as part of a psychology course exercise. It is known that expletives and terms of endearment very commonly have four letters, or multiples of four. Eight letters allows the speaker more than one syllable for added effect. This word uses a vowel sound (arhh) associated with pain twice, in a repeated syllable "arg" which can be associated with the sound made while being strangled. This is followed by a sharp "a" and hard "t," indicating that the user has somewhat lost patience.

e.g., Argargat! Bloody Windows crashed again.

submitted by lewisgirl

arghit - Describing the feeling when you're angry, confused, and pissed off all at the same time.

e.g., I'm feeling arghit today.

submitted by eileen

arghmoment - The moment you scream in profound anger, frustration, or desperation.

e.g., The teacher had an arghmoment and told the student he was a twit for crawling under her desk to look up her dress. She was reprimanded, while the student got off scot-free. Partly because of that, she retired at the end of the school year.

submitted by ryan - (www)

argree - To seemingly agree with someone momentarily in the middle of an argument, just so you can follow it up with reasons that you disagree.

e.g., "Yes, but . . . " is the standard way to argree with someone.

submitted by Deacon

argumentater - The perpetual eruption of arguments over "small potatoes" issues.

e.g., She's got that angry because I didn't put the dishes away; she's being a real argumentater.

submitted by Saint714

argumentum ad moderatorum - In logic, an argumentum ad moderatorum (Latin: "appeal to the moderator") is a fallacious argument that concludes a proposition to be true because many or all moderators believe it; it alleges: "If many believe so, it is so." The word(-s) was introduced to the public by the philosopher Geser Kurultaev.

e.g., "Argumentum ad moderatorum" is a type of the "Argumentum ad numerum" ("appeal to the number").

submitted by George

argusation - A particularly long-winded argument that never achieves the critical mass to explode and finish, but goes on and on and on and on. . . .

e.g., I wouldn't go in there. Your parents are having another argusation.

submitted by Mark Bauer

argutecting - The typical arguments that arise around the discussions of system architecture and software design. Credit to my brother Matt for this one.

e.g., The design team worked late into the night argutecting the merits of upgrading the platform to version 2.0.

submitted by Peter Trask

arguvational - Texan/Czech for "argumentative."

e.g., I don't like playing bridge with her because she is so arguvational.

submitted by John Booth, Jr.

arinkydink - To be said when someone does something stupid and painfully obvious.

e.g., Bob pushes on a door with a huge sign that says pull. His friends say in response: "Arinkydink!"

submitted by Tyler

aristobrat - an aristocrat who acts terribly.

e.g., "Sarah-Jane, beware of that aristobrat slouching at the bar. He likes to flash more than his money."

submitted by timothy

arithmatwisted - Completely and utterly devoid of mental capacity due to excessively tedious or difficult math problems.

e.g., After spending three hours on his calculus homework, Alex just stared into space and laughed. He was completley arithmatwisted and even lost his ability to spell.

submitted by Alex

arithmigraine - The headache you get when attempting mathmatecal equations. Specifically, when inebriated.

e.g., This tipping thing gives me an arithmigraine.

submitted by Marci

arkensax - Arkansas saxophone.

e.g., Interest in playing the arkensax peaked when William Jefferson Blythe Clinton was President of the United States. President Bill's talent was often overshadowed when his tuxedoed cat joined him on the socksophone. That unwanted competition was the main reason the black and white was given to Betty Currie when the Clintons left the White House.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

arkensozarks - 1. Arkansas Ozarks, Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. 2. Also used to refer to people from the region. Sometimes "zark." Reflects the attitude that persons from the area are ignorant . . . and laissez in their spelling.


One woman told a tale about the Arkensozarks in which zarks who used the veterinary clinic where she worked spelled their names differently each time they came in.

(ED. No doubt the Arkansans enjoyed playing with heterography. Being a native Arkansan, and having just completed a visit home, I have a good idea of what was going on . . . if the tale is true.

PS. The Arkansans I know are a far cry from the Calico Rock white supremacist, the one who runs TightRope.)

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

arm candy - That exceptionally attractive and younger person walking with the older well-to-do person.

e.g., I met Dr. Watson's latest date. He always has the best arm candy.

submitted by Wm. H. Moffat

armacy - The art and science and practice and past and future of weapons, in peace and in war, on Earth and in Space.

e.g., Armacy deals with means of protection, fighting, warfare, battle and attack, destruction and disabling and neutralizing and death. Without weapons we are helpless and easy victims to the evil and aggressive and murderous ones.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

armageddon shopper - one of a very large group of people who, upon hearing of impending inclement weather conditions, will gather en masse at every Wal-Mart, convenience mart, and/or hardware store in the affected area and loot it of bottled water, canned goods, rock salt, cat litter, batteries, and/or any other supplies that could conceivably get them through the crisis, up to and sometimes including portable bomb shelter.

e.g., It was a nightmare at Wal-Mart! The armageddon shoppers got there before me and were fighting over the winter storm supplies.

submitted by Shaduan

armbow - A much more sensible variation of "elbow."

e.g., Lib kept getting armbowed as she tried to make her way into Westminster.

submitted by Helen

armchair activism - Taking action via the internet in support of a political, social, or ecological cause or goal. By virtue of its isolated nature, this form of activism is remote from active involvement, in a fashion similar to armchair warriors (in the Pentagon) and armchair travelers. An individual who uses armchair activism to take action is an armchair activist.

e.g., Between the demands of work and family, she does not have time for active involvement in her favorite ecological cause and has become an armchair activist instead.

submitted by Mary Helen Taft - (www)

arminuary - A place filled with a certain type of propaganda or an overabundance of something overall undesirable.

e.g., I live in an arminuary of TV dinners and self-help books.

submitted by Anna Demetrides

armisleeves - The sleeves of a garment, usually woollen. Specifically used during the action of donning or removing a garment and it gets stuck either because it's too tight or because of friction against the clothing worn underneath. Frequent use will lead to calling items of clothing (jackets, sweaters, etc) armisleeves.

e.g., Can someone please help me out--my armisleeves are stuck because of this nylon shirt I'm wearing.

submitted by Alison

armourous - describing a less-than-disceet public show of affection

e.g., "Those kids are certainly feeling armourous"

submitted by Charly

arms akimbo - Hands on hips, elbows bowed out. If you ever run across the word «akimbo» being used other than in «arms akimbo», let me know. No reason it can't be, it just isn't -- at least I've never heard or seen it done.


There she stood, my wife, arms akimbo, scowling at me and giving me the evil eye -- as if she didn't believe me when I told her it was an iPhone glitch that caused the pictures of me "pleasuring myself" to show up in my e-mail sent folder. So help me, God, I never done nuthin'. I didn't send those pictures to no one. No way. Nohow. Nuh-uh, not me. I don't even know a woman named Elaine Dimclench. . . . Susan? Where you going, honey? . . . Sweetie?
(No, Susan's face didn't look at all like Kristin Black's.)

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

armstrong - (n) to strong-arm people into compliance with your way of thinking. An especially egregious offense if you're an elected representative of the people and show that you don't understand First Amendment principles. Submitted in response to the linked article telling how Tennessee State Representative Joe Armstrong (D) had candy he considered insulting to obama removed from a University of Tennessee bookstore. As an elected official, Armstrong took "an oath to support the Constitution of the United States and of this state," both constitutions calling for freedom of speech.

e.g., What do you suppose the chances are that Comrade Joe will try to armstrong this entry? "Grow some skin and get over it. Every person out there is going to say something at some point in time that will offend you. Are you going to demand retribution and waste valuable time that could be better used?"

submitted by [Vinnie B]

arniefest - Screening multiple Arnold Schwarzenegger films in the one sitting. Also known as the "Arn Film Festival."

e.g., Arniefest. My house. Friday. Be there. Or don't.

submitted by Jeremy

arnookie - Military term for non-attractive women becoming more atractive after a long period of time without sex, such as a deployment.

e.g., After four months my standards have dropped so low, I am considering talking to that arnookie girl.

submitted by Jesse Galloway

arnoubi - Arnoubi = my little rabbit. It's a Tunisian word.

e.g., I love you, arnoubi.

submitted by hind

arnt, dont, wont - Aren't, don't, won't for those unwilling to use apostrophes or unaware that they should.

e.g., We wont hold it against you if you dont use apostrophes when you submit words that should be in a dictionary but arnt. Being prescriptivists, though, someone will make corrections such that any ensuing entries comply with Standard English Usage. Yes, such a beast exists -- despite the lame claims of some descriptivists.

submitted by Miss Speller

arntwunnathose - Contraction of "I want one one those." Coined by my niece with reference to seeing a giraffe at the zoo.

e.g., A: Shannon Elizabeth is foxy. B: Uh huh, arntwunnathose

submitted by wnpxnff

aromasphere - The area around an object within which you can smell the object.

e.g., That dog has a huge aromasphere; I can smell it across the room.

submitted by Mordecai Chalk

arpal - Of, or pertaining to, the internet. One of the earliest forms of the internet was called ARPAnet, therefore, arpal. (From Defense Department's Advanced Research Project Agency.)

e.g., E-mail or instant message -- just another form of arpal communique. | I'm going to go kill a few arpal trees posting this epic in my livejournal. | I've only met her arpally.

submitted by besserby

arresting devilments - The vexing problems you can have when trying to arrest someone.

e.g., Fighting, resisting arrest, running, hiding, gunfire, shooting you dead in the head (viz Twinsburg 2008), and other forms of lack of cooperation, these all constitute arresting devilments.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

arrestitution - A common belief that the ignominy of the public arrest procedure is sufficient punishment and atonement for committing any white collar crime.

e.g., Senator DeLay's lawyer stood in front of the press conference microphones. "My client admits to taking millions illegally in contributions, bribes, and favors at the expense of the U.S. government and its citizens," he said. "However, he is willing to have the police come to his mansion while he is having a large party for many influential people, handcuff him in front of all those important guests, escort him out, somewhat roughly, into a dirty, plain police car, remand him to a police station, book him and confine him for one night or more in a common cell -- in other words, provide complete arrestitution for his egregious misdeeds."

submitted by Charlie Lesko

arrgghh!!anization - That brainless, lethargic, can't-get-anything-right company, agency, bureau, industry, organization, department, division, section, etc., that contains more than its share of dunderheaded, bungle-minded managers, dweebs, and grunts, and for whom you toil 40 hours a week (or more).

e.g., Never have so many toiled for so long to produce so little. What an arrgghh!!anization to work for!

submitted by John Breen

arrgh ument - A heated discussion in which emotional intensity completely overwhelms logic.

e.g., It was an arrgh ument of biblical proportion. When Jim started yelling personal obscenities, his face turning purple, Little Joe jumped up, tore off his shirt, getting ready to swing his fists, while Bud violently turned the table over, and bent down to pick up a beer bottle, I realized that the gang's decision to meet at Bailey's Pub for a few beers and a friendly political discussion, was not a wise one.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

arrivederchievous - Mischievous departures.

e.g., The sudden arrival of the giant Roc imparted to his vanishing a distinctly arrivederchievous tone.

submitted by Zeromay Zentroclo

arrll-arse - Peculiar to Liverpool, England. Ancient in origin, corruption of English with Gaelic normally follows. "Arrll" is generally considered to represent "auld," Gaelic for "old." Means an old trick, but more specifically used throughout the socio-demographic strata to describe someone who is sly.

e.g., Yous did a really arrll-arse trick yesterday.

submitted by Robert the minute king

arrogantpipsqueak - Howard Dean. Suffers from Bush Derangement Syndrome. Delusional.

e.g., Arrogantpipsqueak on President Bush and 9/11: "I don't know. There are many theories about it. The most interesting theory that I've heard so far -- which is nothing more than a theory, it can't be proved -- is that he was warned ahead of time by the Saudis. Now who knows what the real situation is?" -- "The Diane Rehm Show," NPR, Dec. 1

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

arrove - Past tense of arrive.

e.g., He arrove yesterday.

submitted by joshua hockaday

arrow gant - An attitude of prideful, "in your face" conceit; one that is irritating, sharply provoking and hurtful.

e.g., The next time you come in here with that arrow gant look on your face, Buster, I'll smack you so hard, you'll quiver!

submitted by Charlie Lesko

arryth'metic - The study of irregular numbers.

e.g., I had no trouble with fractals but a arryth'metic is giving me fits.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

arse clown - Someone who has screwed up or is stupid.

e.g., Jerry Springer is a world-famous arse clown.

submitted by seal

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