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blogopic - A motion picture that has its origins in a particularly fascinating blog, often by way of a blogobook.

e.g., After mastering the cuisine of Julia Childs, Julie Powell wrote a book based on the detailed blog she wrote while making every recipe in Julia's book. Blogopic next?

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blogorrhea - Pronunciation: blog-uh-RI-uh & lä-
Function: noun
Etymology: New Latin
: compulsion to publish online with a typically excessive and often incoherent talkativeness or wordiness.

e.g., He was struck by another fit of blogorrhea and stayed online typing away for 52 hours straight.

submitted by Fred

blogress - Progress on one's blog.

e.g., No matter how much time I spend at my keyboard, I feel like I'm making no blogress.

submitted by [Gabriel Loh weiyang] - (www)

blogrupt - Depleted; destitute: devoid of new blog ideas.

e.g., I ran out of ideas to post today; I was blogrupt.

submitted by Fred - (www)

blogsecution - Getting fired from your job or pink-slipped on the grounds that you wrote a blog (web log diary) that exposes a weakness or trait in the company or organisation that you work for. Blogsecuted.

e.g., Jim was blogsecuted after he exposed internally irregular activities about the company in his daily blog.

submitted by Clinton Jones - (www)

blogsnatch - Snatching and posting content from another blog to your own -- with a credit and link back to the blogger from whom it was taken, of course.

e.g., Joke posted was blogsnatched from minddiversion dot com.

submitted by Anne Mathewson - (www)

blogspiracy - (We)blog + (con)spiracy. Used for persuasion on the Internet, primarily in blogs. The purpose of a blogspiracy is to spread a non-truth, partial-truth, or urban legend to make people aware of a current event. Often used for political persuasion. The blogspiracy topic can then spread via the Internet, and like a sound bite taken out of context, convince someone uneducated in politics or current events that a particular position is valid. Many blobspiracists take news items from years past and "reissue" them as recent.

e.g., 1. Linking the draft to 6/6/06: Prior to June 6, 2006, many blogs made reference to a Congressional debate on reinstating the draft happening that day, linking that event to the Biblical mark of the beast. The event never happened. No stories were reported by the AP, CNN, etc., and it wasn't listed in Congress's daily logs. The goal of the blogspiracy: to raise awareness of the ongoing war in Iraq. 2. Per an anonymous source President Bush was autographing US flags while in Austria in June 2006. This is not illegal (there is no law against "desecration" of a flag, just a code of guidelines), but bloggists use this to point out that the GOP is currently leading a campaign to make illegal the burning of the flag, and therefore this is hypocrisy. The blogs that use this show a picture of the President signing a flag from an AP story in 2003. Again, no reporting by the AP, CNN, etc. The goal of the blogspiracy: to raise awareness of the GOP's amendment to ban flag burning and claim the party is hypocritical on this issue.

submitted by John Sebben - (www)

blogstipation - A painful and sometimes disabling condition whereby the excitement of setting up one's blog is replaced with the inability to find anything remotely interesting to blog about.

e.g., Were it not for a severe case of blogstipation, Richard may have been the greatest online author never known.

submitted by Issa Breibish - (www)

blogstorm - When a blogger doesn't update a blog for a significant period of time, then overcompensates with an insane flurry of posts in a few hours.

e.g., Sean's blogstorming again.

submitted by Sean

blogtrail - The progression of links followed from one blog to to the next.

e.g., Followed a new blogtrail yesterday. It was great. I started at "J-Walk" and found a link to "Coudal Partners" who in turn mentioned "Things Magazine." Wonderful blogs all.

submitted by Anne Mathewson - (www)

blogtroversial - A contraction of "blog" and "controversial." Essentially, a post or other action taken by a blogger that causes a commotion amongst bloggers.

e.g., Joe's post is very blogtroversial--everyone's talking about it.

submitted by Pete - (www)

bloguistically - For a particularly fluent style of writing found in stream-of-consciousness blog entries.

e.g., "I don't have time for your verbal ramblings at this juncture. Yours is simply a point of view to be expanded and supported blogistically," said the Jennavator.

submitted by paige_archer

blogvy - Envy of someone else's superior blog.

e.g., There I was thinking I had the trend of the "fifty quid bloke" comprehensively covered, but then someone showed me Lloyd's blog, and I was struck by a sudden, overwhelmingly painful case of blogvy.

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blogzombie - Someone who's sole thrill in life is reading other people's weblogs, journals, and diaries.

e.g., Kay was a lot more fun before she turned into a blogzombie.

submitted by Dylon Whyte

bloin - Section of the digestive system between the duodenum and the small intestine.

e.g., Splarkey ate so many cheesey-poofs that his bloin became inflamed.

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blole - The effect seen on the web when a link to report a broken link is broken.

e.g., I tried to report a broken link on your site but ended up in a blole.

submitted by Ray Cassick - (www)

blomage - The method by which holes are made in cheese--using a narrow tube to blow air into cheese, thereby creating holes

e.g., While the Swiss cheese was still soft, Eric used his blomage tool to add some decorative holes.

submitted by gary blaney - (www)

blomit - Blog vomit. The act and product of posting to a weblog whatever thoughts come to mind.

e.g., I'd hoped that Kyle's online journal would be insightful and intelligent, but it was really just blomit. | I don't really have any point to make in today's post, so instead I'll just blomit for a while.

submitted by Mike Garvey - (www)

blonde-day - A day when an otherwise intelligent person is tricked or does something foolish.

e.g., I fell for her scheme because I was having a blonde-day due to overwork and distractions.

submitted by Danny Middleton

blonde-lectual - What a slow blonde would say to someone calling her stupid.

e.g., Shut up, Kiri, I'm a blond-lectual. In case you dont know, that means I'm clever. So there.

submitted by charley

blonde-moment - The blank facial expression associated with having a blonde moment.

e.g., When I asked him what today's date is, he just gave me a blond-moment.

submitted by pat - (www)

blonde-out - Used when a person says or does something which gives the impression that she has the same intelligence level as a blonde cheerleader. "Blond-out" for males.

e.g., Amber had a blonde-out yesterday when she used white-out on our monitor on a spelling mistake she made in Word.

submitted by whippyX

blondefinger - The unfortunate tendency of the less-than-diligent typist to put her finger(s) on the wrong key(s).

e.g., No thanks, Gramma, I'll just fook it up. Ooops! Blondefinger. I mean, I'll just look it up.

submitted by angelinfreefall - (www)

blondefolded - State of mind in which one fails to see the obvious.

e.g., Connie was so blondefolded that she had only enough time to put her name on the test.

submitted by Amanda Beckwith

blondefounded - To be speechless due to lack of intelligence.

e.g., I was so overcome by the wit and thougtful structure of that speech I was blondefounded.

submitted by matt clarke

blondelle - An adjective describing a fine specimen of the female of the species, of particular flaxen or golden variety. Note that this characteristic is most often doled out to females not of natural blonde hair, as the bleached hair has a tendency to catch the eye and enchant the soul.

e.g., B: Wow, she was fine. A: She was a fabulous blondelle.

submitted by j. charles hay - (www)

blonding - To act incredibly stupid, as in every single blonde joke you've ever heard.

e.g., "Do you think she's an idiot?" Naah, she's just blonding."

submitted by Rainbow Woman

blood libel - Wikipedia, accurate enough this time: "Blood libel (also blood accusation) is a false accusation or claim that religious minorities, usually , murder children to use their blood in certain aspects of their religious rituals and holidays."  
The fact that the term has long been used to malign Jews simply shouldn't be a legitimate reason for not using it when someone is falsely accused of having been involved in a bloodletting. The false accusation nature of the term should be the key to its use, not the party against whom the accusation is made.


"'Blood libel' has particular, painful meaning to Jewish people": January 13, 2011 | By Rick Rojas, Los Angeles Times In saying her critics manufactured "a blood libel," Sarah Palin deployed a phrase linked to the false accusations made for centuries against Jews, often to malign them as child killers who coveted the blood of Christian children.  
Blood libel has been a central fable of anti-Semitism in which Jews have been accused of using the blood of gentile children for medicinal purposes or to mix in with matzo, the unleavened bread traditionally eaten at Passover. The spreading of the blood libel dates to the Middle Ages — and perhaps further — and those allegations have led to massacres of Jewish communities for just as long.  
The term blood libel carries particular power in the Jewish community, though it has taken on other shades of meaning. Abraham Foxman, national director of the Anti-Defamation League, said Wednesday that "while the term blood libel has become part of the English parlance to refer to someone being falsely accused, we wish that Palin had used another phrase, instead of one so fraught with pain in Jewish history."  
One of the first recorded tragedies attributed to blood libel occurred in the 12th century, when a boy named William in Norwich, England, was found dead with stab wounds. Local Jews were accused of killing the child in a ritual fashion and, according to several histories on religion, most of the Jewish population there was subsequently wiped out.  
Such charges continued for centuries, with Jews often assigned blame in the unsolved killings of children. Many of the dead children were considered martyrs; several were elevated to sainthood by the Roman Catholic or Orthodox churches.  
Allegations of blood libel spread during the Holocaust and persist today.
| Elsewhere: "Pundits say that the reason this phrase has provoked so much anger is because Palin is using the specific and intense sense of "blood libel" to refer to verbal criticisms, implying an equivalence between both circumstances. The famous linguist Deborah Tannen speculated today that Palin and her advisors are unaware of blood libel's historical meaning, and that the whole episode is a case of semantic bleaching, a phenomenon where a word or term with a specialized meaning takes on a more generalized set of associations with time. In this scenario, the term may simply be thought to mean 'a false accusation regarding responsibility for harm to others.'"  
ED. Regardless of whether Abraham Foxman or anyone else liked it, Sarah Palin's use of the term blood libel in January 2011 was apt, if not perfect. To be accused of being involved in the spilling of blood when you aren't is, indeed, a blood libel according to some dictionaries -- including this faux dictionary you're checking right now.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

blood sack - A human. The term is used by vampires.

e.g., "Esmeralda bared her fangs when the video store clerk told her all the copies of Love at First Bite were checked out. How dare a blood sack tell her what she could watch."

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bloodnut - A person with excessive red- or ginger-coloured hair.

e.g., Q: Do you think her hair colour's natural. A. Sure, she's a bloodnut.

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bloodsport - Something that is very dangerous, taken from the movie with the same name.

e.g., You better not flip that 8 stair, it's too bloodsport.

submitted by Herb

bloody sunset - A sunset that occurs shortly after rain and the sky has cleared just enough to see a sunset. The sky is all one colour and the earth is bathed in a glow--especially red or orange.

e.g., Shortly after the storm cleared up, a bloody sunset could be seen all over the city.

submitted by Liam Callaghan

blooger - A simple or mundane blog writer. A phonetic mix of "booger" and "blogger."

e.g., The Jennavator states, "Sadly, so much material posted in public blogs is submitted by the global village's idiot blooger."

submitted by paige_archer

bloogie - What comes out of your nose when you sneeze while searching Google.

e.g., I was searching Google for fun games when I sneezed and blew a bloogie onto the keyboard.

submitted by Carl

bloogle - Posting on newsgroups for weblogging.

e.g., That thread is a bloogle. Someone should tell the writer about web logs.

submitted by Joel Garry - (www)

bloogle - A blog on

e.g., I was reading the bloogle and the writer said they were hiring.

submitted by dplass

bloomable - Possible.

e.g., That idea could be bloomable.

submitted by Lis

bloompy - The word to use when you can't be bothered working out what mood you're in.

e.g., How am I today? Umm, I think I'm feeling a bit bloompy.

submitted by Rosie

bloompy - Someone who is a late bloomer.

e.g., That bloompy is so far behind he thinks he's a trend setter with his bell bottom pants and patent leather shoes.

submitted by chindonation

bloop - To cease functioning normally or "go up." Possibly of Caribbean extraction.

e.g., My computer just blooped. I think it has a virus.

submitted by Douglas Balog

blorf - A person who's idea of exercise is taking the beer bottles back to the store in exchange for fresh brew. Generally overweight and shapeless. He/she can be winded tying up a pair of shoes.

e.g., We invited Jeff to go mountain biking with us but he's too much of a blorf to get off the couch.

submitted by Dave Burakoff

blorfidaguck - Any unpleasant semi-solid, especially if smells bad.

e.g., Holding the infant, Uncle George found blorfidaguck in his lap.

submitted by Brian Weeks

blork - Someone that is goofy, typically used as an insult

e.g., J is a complete blork.

submitted by John W. Flynt

blorky - Being ill or something causing a feeling of being ill.

e.g., That wheatgerm oatmeal has made me feel a little blorky.

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blorodenefing - Clutter.

e.g., Jack's room was filled with blorodenefing.

submitted by Sir Adam Jungers III

blosinct - Antonym for "succinct." Marked by bloated, vague expression with many wasted words.

e.g., AB sure doesn't say much. His writing is blosinct.

submitted by Asian Bastard - (www)

blote - Short for blog-note, it is related to a mini-blog, but has a defined purpose. The mini-blog could be any smaller blog contained within a larger one--perhaps even a guest blogger. The blote, on the other hand, is a small blog within a larger one that presents content the blogger would like to post without displacing the more important content in his main blog.

e.g., My Weblog is mostly about investing, so I post entries about my cat to my blote.

submitted by Chris - (www)

blouchie - The annoying, slightly painful bruise you receive on the inside of your arm afer receiving a blood test.

e.g., Check out my blouchie. The nurse really shoved that needle in hard. Guess I shouda waited until after the test to pinch her butt, huh?

submitted by amanda

blough - Like plow or plough a field. An expression used in reference to something exciting or unexpected.

e.g., I was walking along, and blough, up walks this beautiful woman. | I was going for a 360, and blough, right on my head.

submitted by Michael Keehn

blount - To have already put up money.

e.g., "Leggett. you need to put up your money for this pizza." "No way. I already blount. It's Josh who needs to ante up."

submitted by Leggett

blousefarten - Volunteering, helping, or teaching little children.

e.g., Since I refused to take swimming lessons, my father told me I had to do something productive, like blousefarten.

submitted by Emily Elizabeth

bloviator - Puffing with hot air but saying nothing.

e.g., Obama's speeches about change and "saving the world" make him a bloviator.

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blow chunks - To throw up. | Blowing chunks: throwing up, puking, up-chucking. (ED. Possibly, as the second example suggests, "deserves to be horsewhipped." Maybe just "sucks.")

e.g., Chris did it again. Drank too much and blew chunks all over the floor last night. | "8 The fact that this soldier did not just kick the crap out of this little douche is more proof to me that all of the MSM blows chunks for every slander they have thrown at our [m]ilitary for decades now. They can all kiss it high and deep. This particular one can eat my toe fungus."

submitted by tim dunk | Rachel

blow out - Being so tired (due to stress, fatique, a broken heart, etc.) that one cannot even be grammatically correct. Therefore, instead of being "blown out," one is simply "blow out." Makes more sense in a way, seeing as how stating it most of the time indicates that one is still in that state.

e.g., I am so blow out, it's crazy.

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blow your buffer - Used amongst the computer guys. To lose your train of thought, or when someone is talking so much she won't let you get a word in, and then you lose your train of thought.

e.g., Great, she threw me off and then I blew my buffer.

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blow your chips - To go insane, often used when a person is about to do something crazy or stupid.

e.g., You're going to go skydiving while your leg is broken? Have you blown your chips?

submitted by Aurora

blow-baggin - to not tell the truth on a certain matter, lying to one under extreme circumstances

e.g., A. I won the lottery the other day, Dustin. D.No way. You're blow-baggin'.

submitted by Nathan French

blowback - The unintented fallout due to the often ugly business of espionage work.

e.g., The decision to hold many top-level Al-Queda officials in Egypt and Jordan is a clear effort of the part of the CIA to minimize blowback. By holding them in a foreign nation the prisoners are not protected by American civil liberties and interrogation can be much more creative. Modern interrogation techniques bear little resemblance to the knuckle-busting nonsense portrayed in Hollywood action movies but, nevertheless, would violate many rights normally extended to Americans.

submitted by Stephen Mize

blower - Australian and British slang for a telephone.

e.g., I tried calling to wish him a happy birthday last night, but I couldn't get through for over an hour. His teenage son was on the blower. | I haven't spoken to him in ages, so I'd best get on the blower to him.

submitted by condominimum | Tova - (www)

blowfish - A descriptive pejorative term for one who displays unjustifiably high self-esteem by assuming an exaggerated, large, or erect posture.

e.g., Did you see how he puffed out his chest when you told him the truth? What a blowfish.

submitted by Reed

blowin' the corncob - Talking about when one was young, about "the good ol' days."

e.g., Grandpa's blowin' the corncob again.

submitted by reese danger epstein

bloxes - The little circles covering X symbols at the end of each cell in a table in MS Word. The singular is blox.

e.g., I recognize that this is a table from the bloxes, so shut up.

submitted by killer

blu-why - The annoying habit of Hollywood to release any movie title (no matter how bad it did with the critics or audiences) on a higher-definition DVD format.

e.g., No offense, Chuck and Larry, but I don't think you're worth buying in Blu-why.

submitted by onjaysun

bluckie - Sick, ill. All the way to the bone. You're sore all over and haven't slept for days.

e.g., I would go out with you guys tonight, but I haven't slept in days and I feel downright bluckie.

submitted by Jeremiah

bludgeoneer - An in-your-face antagonist lacking subtelty.

e.g., A bludgeoneer doesn't care about results--he only cares about insults.

submitted by Joel Parker

bludgeonist - One who beats someone with extremely heavy blows.

e.g., He hits like a bludgeonist.

submitted by bob

bludger - Aussie slang for someone who is lazy and not doing work.

e.g., Get back to work, you bludgers.

submitted by Aussie Bloke

blue - Heterosexual. From the fact that the original meaning of "gay" is opposite one of the uses of "blue": heterosexual~homosexual, blue~gay.

e.g., Some blue people support gay rights, but keep quiet about it because they're afraid of rebuke.

submitted by dr_dan

blue and black - Of mixt parentage, part African Martian and part native Martian. A significant subset of the developing Martian populace.

e.g., Our blue and black community continues to contribute heavily to the general welfare of the planet, notably in the entertainment industry.

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blue beans - German slang for bullets.

e.g., Praise the Lord and pass the blue beans.

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blue falcon - Someone who is willing to harm her buddies for profit or personal advancement. Almost exclusively military slang.

e.g., I can't believe he would blue falcon you like that, telling the commander about your drinking just so he could get the slot.

submitted by Selena

blue funk - US: to be depressed; UK: to be fearful.

e.g., Seeing her again put me in a blue funk.

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blue hairs - Old people, especially women.

e.g., Sorry I was late, but the left lane was filled with nothing but blue hairs going 40. | How do you get 100 blue hairs to swear at the same time? Yell "BINGO!"

submitted by Carlos Coutinho - (www)

blue jeans - Police officers.

e.g., I was caught by the blue jeans.

submitted by Jerome Greco - (www)

blue laws -

Oklahoma Historical Society's Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture: Blue Laws

Regulations that prohibit individuals from engaging in certain private and public activities on Sunday and that impose legal sanction on violators are referred to as "blue laws," "Sunday legislation," "Sunday closing laws," or "Sunday statutes." Restricted behavior covers a broad spectrum. Through the years city ordinances and state statutes have prohibited sporting events and entertainment as well as the sale of certain items, such as alcohol, tobacco, and motor vehicles. Boxing, wrestling, horse racing, hunting, bingo, billiards, movie theaters, bowling, card playing, cockfighting, dancing, gaming, polo, and raffles have been among the banned recreational pursuits. Some states have prohibited serving civil processes (subpoenas, warrants, and so forth) on Sunday.

Derived from Sabbatarian laws existing in Europe, the first blue law in the present United States was enacted in the colony of Virginia in 1610. Two origins exist for the phrase "blue law." Some contend that it is a reference to the paper's color upon which Puritan colonial laws were printed or wrapped, while others believe it designates those who observed the laws as "true blue." In the nineteenth century the United States was predominately rural, and clerics utilized their power to influence legislators on what should constitute proper observance of Sunday. By 1931, of the forty-eight states, only California resisted the enactment of blue laws.

State legislatures have enacted general Sunday closing laws, although most states permit municipalities to regulate Sunday activities. In present Oklahoma the First Territorial Legislature included such laws in the 1890 statutes. These codes were carried forward into the Oklahoma Constitution at 1907 statehood. In 1911 Oklahoma City's blue laws included the closing of pool halls and movie theaters. In August 1923 an orchestra at Medicine Park was charged with "Sabbath breaking" for performing servile labor. The town of Bethany had restrictions prohibiting cigarette, tobacco, gasoline, and candy sales in 1926. Jazz, intercollegiate athletics, and the wearing of superfluous jewelry were also condemned, and Sunday newspapers were rarely read by Bethany citizens. In 1931 Tulsa officials enforced Sunday closing laws by prosecuting owners of grocery stores, movie theaters, gas stations, and drug stores.

Since the 1950s many states have gradually repealed general Sunday closing laws, and efforts for a national Sunday observance law have failed. However, the U.S. Supreme Court has upheld the constitutionality of such state legislation. In 1961 the court ruled decisively in McGowan v. Maryland, stating that blue laws were legal if they did not interfere with freedom of religion and did not establish a state religion. In the 1960s and 1970s Oklahoma citizens' groups such as the Save Our Sundays Committee and the Oklahoma Retail Merchants Association launched petitions for a state "uniform day of rest and recreation" law. The proposed amendment would require retail outlets to close one day per week, either Saturday or Sunday, would ban the sale of merchandise other than specifically defined "necessities," and would provide for stronger penalties for violators. The petitions were unsuccessful.

In 1985 twenty-two states, where religious fundamentalism remained strong, maintained general restrictions on Sunday behavior. Generally, the blue laws restricted commercial activity, alcohol sales, and automobile sales. These states made exceptions for works of "necessity" and "charity" and for individuals who worship on a day other than Sunday. Exceptions were also made for retail outlets that promoted Sunday as a day of relaxation, recreation, or religious observances. Legislators regulated such by imposing specific prohibitions on identified activities, writing a separate statute for each. A common restriction was alcohol sales. Some states prevented liquor stores from opening on Sundays, while other states banned the sale of hard liquor but allowed the sale of beer and wine. In 1985 Oklahoma statutes restricted boxing, wrestling, bingo, and liquor and motor vehicle sales on Sunday.

The enforcement of Sunday closing laws, either through the state court system or apprehension and prosecution of violators by state or local police, depends upon popular attitudes and debate, which constitute a mixture of religious convictions, commercial interests, and civil rights concepts. There have been three principal challenges to blue law legality: substantive, procedural, and preemptive. Substantive challenges constitute claims that blue laws violate freedom of religion and illegally restrain trade. Most litigation has involved procedural issues, in which plaintiffs argue violations of "equal protection and due process provisions, discriminatory enforcement, and impermissible delegation of legal rule-making authority" to local jurisdictions. The preemptive argument states that blue laws conflict with federal legislation.

Sunday, once called the Lord's Day, is now known as a day "in protection of the workingman." Oklahoma's statutes state that "acts deemed useless and serious interruptions of the repose and religious liberty of the community," such as trades, manufacturing, mechanical employment, horse racing, and gaming are forbidden. Public selling of commodities other than necessary foods and drinks, medicine, ice, and surgical and burial equipment, and other necessities can legally be prohibited on Sunday. In Oklahoma a fine not to exceed twenty-five dollars may be imposed on individuals for each offense.


BIBLIOGRAPHY: David N. Laband and Deborah Hendry Heinbuch, Blue Laws: The History, Economics, and Politics of Sunday-Closing Laws (Lexington, Mass.: D. C. Heath and Co., 1987). Daily Oklahoman (Oklahoma City), 12 December 1931, 3 August 1961, 24 March 1963, and 23 July 1970. Oklahoma Statutes Annotated, Crimes and Punishments, 2004 Supplement, secs. 907 911.

Tally D. Fugate

© Oklahoma Historical Society


  • The only blue laws I've ever noticed were those in Missouri in the 1960s and 1970s. The only stores I remember being open on Sundays were drug stores -- and some of the items were covered so they couldn't be purchased. |

  • David J. Hanson, Ph.D.: "Contrary to popular belief, there is no evidence to support the assertion that the blue laws were originally printed on blue paper. Instead, the word blue was commonly used in the eighteenth century as a disparaging reference to rigid moral codes and those who observed them (e.g., 'bluenoses').  
    "Other early blue laws prohibited work, travel, recreation, and activities such as cooking, shaving, cutting hair, wearing either lace or precious metals, sweeping, making beds, kissing, and engaging in sexual intercourse. The Puritans believed that a child was born on the same day of the week on which it was conceived. Therefore, the parents of children born on a Sunday were punished for violating the blue law nine months earlier." |

  • The New York Times: "PLYMOUTH, Mass. — Here in the birthplace of Thanksgiving, where the Pilgrims first gave thanks in 1621 for their harvest and their survival, some residents are giving thanks this year for something else: the Colonial-era blue laws that prevent retailers from opening their doors on the fourth Thursday of November." |

  • End CT Blue Laws:: "It’s time to put Connecticut’s consumers first by ending the state’s antiquated blue laws regulated the sale of alcohol. . . . [O]ur neighborhood grocery and package stores deserve the right to compete on an even playing field with stores in neighboring states that have already repealed their outdated blue laws." |

  • CBS New York | November 13, 2012 9:34 PM: "HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) — Bergen County, N.J. this week will reinstate its Blue Laws that ban retail shopping on Sundays, according to a published report." |

  • Blue Law Challengers Respond to 'Ridiculous' Comment | January 28, 2012 : "In a Letter to the Editor, Mitchell T. Horn responds to Paramus Mayor Richard LaBarbiera's recent comment that Modernize Bergen County's Blue Law repeal argument is 'ridiculous.' Readers can weigh-in by taking our poll." |

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blue mud - Full of crap. I'm not exactly sure. I found this site because I was looking for the origin of the phrase. I've always understood it to be a "polite" way of saying that another person is "full of 'crap.'" I've also heard it as "full of blue mud" or "your ass is full of blue mud." Again, I'm not sure but I think it comes from the southeastern U.S. (ED. Now that your "word" is here, it means "full of crap." Your entry means whatever you want it to mean, no more no less. Check the entry at humptydumptyism for Humpty Dumpty's quote regarding meanings of words.)

e.g., You can't believe a word Chris says. He's full of blue mud.

submitted by Chris Brown

blue peter - From the children's television program of the same name. A popular segment included the making of toys from household waste--bottles, egg boxes, and sticky back plastic . The phrase now relates to bodged work and improvisation to manufacture your way out of a problem.

e.g., I couldn't buy a Cold Air Feed for my car, so I had to go a bit Blue Peter.

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blue q-tip - The older woman who colors her hair to cover the gray.

e.g., The blue q-tip's head was just barely visble above the steering wheel.

submitted by Cecilia Marsh

blue room - A room where contractors are not allowed, only employees (blue-badges).

e.g., Did you have any of that chili in the break room? No, that's a blue room.

submitted by mila eighteen

blue screen - To perform something by rote, or without enthusiasm. Derived from TV or movie technology in which actors stand in front of a blue screen to perform their scene, and the fackground is added later. (ED. Are green screens out-of-date?)

e.g., The prime minister really "blue screened" his speech last night, didn't he?

submitted by Paul

blue screen day - A day when everything goes wrong and it all needs to be started again. From the use of blue error and installation screens on Microsoft operating systems. Usually occurs during moments of extreme work pressure.

e.g., No, I haven't got the system documentation. I'm having a blue screen day--everything needs to be reinstalled.

submitted by Alien Burrito

blue screen saver - The sky. Used by workers in hi-rise offices where they are occupied in thankless IT jobs.

e.g., I was concentrating on debugging the code so much that I hadn't noticed the blue screen saver had gone dark.

submitted by Alien Burrito

blue sky folly - The error of deduction whereby a person automatically opens windows on sunny days, regardless of actual air temperature.

e.g., I soon realized why I was shivering. Georgina had succumbed to blue sky folly and opened all the windows.

submitted by Erasmus Thrasamund

blue-blood - Expression used by Americans to refer to Englishmen. Dates back to at least the middle ages when the aristocracy rarely, if ever, went out of doors. The result was a transparent, alabaster complexion which made the veins beneath the skin appear prominent and blue.

e.g., Most Americans think the actor Christopher Plummer is a blue-blood when, in fact, he's a Canadian.

submitted by Stephen Mize

blue-dog - A conservative Democrat who tends to vote with the Republican party. Also known as blue-dog Democrats.

e.g., The blue-dogs are such foreign policy conservatives they can always be counted on to vote with the Republicans on defence issues.

submitted by Stephen Mize

blue-eyed sex - Blue-eyed sex is a euphemism for necrophilia or the habit of people who have sex with corpses.

e.g., Blue-eyed sex was invariably reserved for the wealthier citizens of Athens.

submitted by Winston Truhorn

blue-hair - Used to describe annoying old people. Like those who haggle for ten minutes at the checkout counter because the price rang up five cents more than what the item was advertised for, or those out for a Sunday drive who cruise at 20 mph below the speed limit.

e.g., That's it. I'm going around this blue-hair. (Craaaaaash!)

submitted by Nemmers - (www)

blue-tiful - Blue and beautiful.

e.g., Ashley has the most blue-tiful eyes.

submitted by Natalie

bluebill - Common name for the Lesser and Greater Scaup Ducks. Often called "little bluebills" or "big bluebills," respectively.

e.g., A large raft of big and little bluebills was diving for food on the river.

submitted by Steve McDonald

bluejacking - Using a bluetooth-enabled device to broadcast spam messages to other bluetooth-enabled devices within range.

e.g., Some nitwit is bluejacking this area.

submitted by bristolz - (www)

bluenish - for a description of a wound, could be a black and blue mark.

e.g., The cut on the boy's hand looked bluenish.

submitted by Joe Sigrelli

bluescreen - When your computer crashes. Named after the old color of the screen when the computer crashed or had a fatal error.

e.g., Rats, my computer just went bluescreen on me ... for the third time this afternoon. Yeah, I'm running Windows. How'd you know?

submitted by Rainbow Woman

blueser - One who is profoundly unhappy about life or is always singing a sad song to the world.

e.g., The team was full of sullen bluesers, skulking off the field after losing a close game that was supposed to be just for fun.

submitted by eric kasarjian

bluestocking - An educated, intellectual woman. A woman with strong scholarly or literary interests.

e.g., I can't imagine it any more, but I once thought I might be interested in marrying a bluestocking. What was I thinking?

submitted by HD Fowler

bluey - A shearer's singlet.

e.g., All country guys wear blueys.

submitted by Nicole - (www)

bluey - Australian: A densly woven,heavy, half-length coat usually dark blue and black made from coarse wool.

e.g., Jeez, it's cold mate. If I didn't have me bluey I'd be knackered.

submitted by mick

bluey - Australian: A red-haired male.

e.g., Bluey, chuck us another stubbie will ya.

submitted by mick

bluey - Australian: A Blue Heeler dog. Australian cattle dog which has a dark blue-black, thick, short-haired coat often with white speckles. Medium-sized dog with stocky build. Bred for working with cattle.

e.g., If it wasn't for me blueys, these cows would be all over the place.

submitted by mick

bluger - A person who does nothing productive, useful, or unselfish.

e.g., The bluger sat on the porch all day drinking beer.

submitted by CyberSnoop - (www)

blumber - Something gross, nasty--not pleasant looking.

e.g., The boy's Two-month-old sandwich looked blumber.

submitted by Ariel - (www)

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