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deathiversary - the anniversary of a death.

e.g., It's the deathiversary of my grandfather tomorrow.

submitted by Zoe

deathquest - A search for a product (usually trivial) that becomes difficult and aggravating, thus more important. The implication being that one will search without rest until successful, or until death.

e.g., We had a hard time agreeing which video to rent. It became a deathquest.

submitted by Scott Marchus

deathritis - Pain from arthritis so bad you want to die

e.g., Gladys barely made it to the meeting with her deathritis keeping her down until 9.

submitted by Treesbarc

deathstarity - Acrobatic ability to fire off looks that kill from most any position in nearly any situation.

e.g., Glowering over her shoulder while simultaneously eating an ice cream cone and combing the poodle, Amanda's exhibited deathstarity that left Heathcliff pale and whimpering.

submitted by wogerdodger

deathstyle - Like a lifestyle, but with a focus on the potential negative consequences of a pattern of behavior.

e.g., I used to be a smoker, but then I decided I needed a change of deathstyle.

submitted by Purple Martin

debasement - Mafia term for "cellar."

e.g., "Yo, Chooch -- remember the 'Prof' who got Guido very, very angry?" "He said he would never lower himself to such a manner of debasement." "Hey -- now he's there anyway!"

submitted by Charlie Lesko

debatolatry - (Rhymes with key-state-ALL-a-tree; n.) The astoundingly shallow belief that watching a timed and televised debate somehow reveals (a) which candidate is better for the job of President or Vice-President (or Governor, or Senator, or Custodian, vel cet.); (b) the intricacies of the plans each candidate has for foreign policy and the economy in a way Jack and Jill Average can comprehend; (c) which candidate can analyze, weigh, and determine a safe course through deep philosophical differences with other nations and various factions within the United States. In reality, of course, such a debate accomplishes practically nothing with fence-sitters, panders to each candidate's already supporters, allows each side to create or avoid soundbites for informal campaign slogans, arms pompous pundits, and fives the political cartoonists pencil-fodder for a couple of weeks (sadly, the cartoonists are, for the most part, as firmly entrenched in their chosen parties as most of the voters, and the cartoons---one of the greatest (and most dangerous) tools of political commentary in history---are little more than the-other-guy-is-going-to-make-everything-worse eyebites).

e.g., Modern debatolatry began, perhaps, with the Kennedy vs Nixon debate in 1960. That business should have taught us something: when later polled, those who heard it on the radio said that Nixon had clearly won; those who saw the debate on television, however, said Kennedy had won. Political office should not be granted based on who looks better than the other; if so, Marilyn Monroe should have been in the audience while John Kennedy sang HER "Happy Birthday." Thinking on your feet is a great skill, much to be desired in a leader; knowing when it's time to pause and really think something through before reacting is an even better skill, especially when an issue requires deep reflection. But with a nation full of people who want everything done for them in a predictable little chunk of attention-span, you're ALWAYS gonna get de Neuvillette, not de Bergerac. You've just got to hope for a halfway decent support staff and a tolerable cabinet. Come to think of it, maybe we should really be voting for a Chief-of-Staff.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

debeautify - To make -- uglier -- it's torture to people who are really self-centered.

e.g., The only way to make her talk was to threaten to debeautify her.

submitted by snowboardinghockeyplayer3 - (www)

debocracy - The preferred choice of government applied in my classroom. A slightly flawed combination of democracy and momacracy.

e.g., "Mrs. T., that's not fair. I should be able to leave the lids off all the glue sticks. "Sorry, Buddy, but that's the rule. This is a debocracy, you know."

submitted by D.S. Tuxhorn

deboed - To take with authority.

e.g., Jonathan just deboed Jason's watch.

submitted by Robby

debrett - Expurgate, bowdlerize, prettify. . . . To remove material that offends Victorian sensibilities -- or replace it with something that not even Little Goody Two-Shoes would find offensive.

e.g., Once in a while a potential submitter gets upset when her submittal gets debretted. Thank God none of the looneys know where we live.

submitted by HD Fowler

debrief - To take off someone's underpants.

e.g., "So whaddaya gonna do once you get her in the conference room, Bobby? Ya' gonna debrief her, interrogate her, interview her, question her, or somethin' else?" "Debriefing sounds like it would be the most fun."

submitted by HD Fowler

debt with dignity - No longer will you be harassed with threatening letters or troubling phone calls. Relax, for the time being.

e.g., But eventually you will suddenly be whisked off to Mars, the new debtor's prison -- all very discreet. It's debt with dignity.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

debtionary - The location for words I've invented . . . complete and unabridged.

e.g., "Mrs. T., 'confoodled' isn't in the dictionary." "You're right. It's in the debtionary right next to 'debocracy.'"

submitted by D.S. Tuxhorn

debtitor - A person, employee, or manager who twists around the amount of money her company owes.

e.g., Enron's president is the world's biggest debtitor right now.

submitted by PPM - (www)

debubbletize - To pop all the air bubbles in your bubble wrap.

e.g., I can no longer enjoy this peice of bubble wrap--it's already been debubbletized.

submitted by Jessie

debuno - (deb-ew-no) (verb) To go or act crazy. (Noun) an insane or crazy person.

e.g., Mrs. B went debuno on the class when she saw kids throwing books out the window. | Ever since kids threw books out the window Mrs. B became a debuno.

submitted by Miss McCann

debutart - Debutante + tart, "a debutante of easy morals." Celebutantes, celebutards, celebutardts, celebutarts, debutards, debutardts, and debutarts all share that common characteristic.  
 
Far from being a neologism, this slang for "a woman of easy morals" has been around at least since the 1940s. I don't remember what I was doing,(See here.) but I happened across it in the "monumental American Thesaurus of Slang by Lester V. Berrey and Melvin Van Bark (Thomas Y. Crowell, 1952), which covers everything" (Paul Dickson, Slang, 1988).



H. W. JONES BERRY, LESTER V., and VAN DEN BARK, MELVIN. The American Thesaurus of Slang. 1,174 pp. Thomas Y. Crowell Company, New York, 1942. $5.00.  
 
Here is a complete reference work of modern slang and colloquial speech. It follows the same plan of Roget's International Thesaurus, that is, words which are grouped under ideas, with the addition of a complete index. The book has been in the process of production for ten years and has no counterpart except Roget. The reader is amazed at the completeness and minuteness of detail which he encounters and the authors may be said to have filled the last gap in the study of American slang. With Roget's and Mencken's classics, and now with this splendid contribution, we may well say that the American language is covered. In the opinion of the reviewer this volume is indispensable in the armamentarium of the modern librarian.
Among the ~200 entries at 439. Woman of easy morals were these previously unknown to me designations for a woman of easy virtue: demi-rep, faloosie (The unusual spelling is what's new to me.), fizgig, fluzie (sp), frail flossie, gay1 wench, gay woman, gill, hard-boiled baby, huzzie (sp.), jane, Kate, pashy petter, sack, scrunch, slack-puller, speed-dame, speedster, swift baby, touchable, tough baby, traipsing twerp, wild party, wised-up babe, zipper-moraled Susie, Madamoizook (the French variety).
1 How many people these days are familiar with a dated meaning of gay, still being used in the 1940s, when The American Thesaurus of Slang (TATS) was published? "debauched: leading a debauched or dissolute life."
My own copy of TATS came through an estate sale. It might not be an overstatement to call the worn copy in my hands a word lover's treasure, annotated as it is by the book's previous owner.
Judging from the address embossed on the first blank page at the front of the book, I have to think "estate" is the right word. "Mr. Brown" lived in Tulsa Oklahoma's longest-established high-rent district. He's the only person I've ever seen who writes smaller than I do. I'll have to locate a magnifying glass to read his notes, especially his cross-references. I'll miss too many goodies otherwise.  
 
I'm going to check online bookstores to see if I can find copies for sale -- and hope I can afford them. (Whatever copies were going for when I first wrote this, about the cheapest I can find now is $70.00 -- and at least one is offered for ~$350.00. That's too much for my pocketbook. [And now, two years later, this: " We're sorry, the book can not be found in any store.") I'd like to send copies to my grandkids for Christmas. Strangely enough, I think all except the youngest (a four-year-old) would be quite pleased. (Hmmm, strange that I should think that or strange that they might well like an old slang thesaurus as a gift?)
Brown seems to have had an abiding interest not only in oil field slang, but also in the slang used to describe the "naughty parts" of the body . . . as well as the associated bodily fluids and functions. In addition, he made several notes for drunkenness, my favorite being "drunker than a waltzing piss-ant" -- the waltzing part being what is new to me. TATS itself has three full pages for drunk and dead drunk.
Do you still wonder what someone has in mind when she says "I like pie" or "Pie is good?" Uni-poster lulupie asked us about that oncet upon a time. Finding "pie, piece, and piece of tail" in a single character string in TATS removes any lingering doubt for me. (To be truthful -- always the best policy -- there never was any doubt for me.) So, I'll now give a definite answer to lulupie: Yes, my dear, "I like pie" and "Pie is good" do have a sexual meaning.
. . . Having come across this entry while doing some clean-up, I re-googled and found a review of TATS, from "Monday, Mar. 02, 1942." The style of the date is antiquarian, and so is some of the language in the review.
Time Magazine | U.S. Slang | Monday, Mar. 02, 1942

THE AMERICAN THESAURUS OF SLANG-Lester V. Berrey and Melvin Van den Bark - Crowell ($5).

Lester V. Berrey has been at work on this absorbing, 1,174-page thesaurus since 1931. He got special checking help from such experts as Bing Crosby (on music), Variety's Jack Edward (entertainment slang), John A. Leslie of Ohio State Prison on the language of tramps and the underworld. His collaborator, Nebraskan Philologist Melvin Van den Bark, worked out the main outlines of classification and groupings of words. In general these follow Roget but they culminate in 430 highly readable pages on "Special Slang" of various trades, sports and regions. That section alone will probably help more third-rate novelists look like second-raters than any previous book in history.

Everything, it seems at first, is in this book; such ghoulish, semi-slang tintypes as "God's image cut in ebony" (for Negro); such beautifully graphic trade terms as the miner's "snow" (for the sifting of earth presaging a cave-in), the ballplayer's "floater" (for a slow ball), the prostitute's "pivot" (for solicitation from a window). Practically all the unmailable words turn up, along with a tremendous set of their variants and embellishments. So does the surrealist language of drug addicts, the high-heeled dialect of perverts, the likable archaisms of lumberjacks (they still say "whitewater bucko"), and the shoptalk of the stock exchange and of the turf, which significantly share such terms as "sleeper," "tip sheet" and "past performance."

A complete job on U.S. slang is beyond human compass. "God-box" is given for Church but not for organ. "Profile" is curiously absent from journalistic slang. The Hollywood section fails to include "ootchimagootchi" (hot talk as an obbligato to Latin lovemaking), though it does give "wrinkle" (an actress' mother).

There are many other omissions; but on the whole, for every ten words any reader will miss, he will recognize a thousand and learn at least fifty. Thanks to the form of the book, even the mildest categories read like nothing since Rabelais:

"Interj. 10. CEASE!; STOP! Avast! belay that or there!, bottle it!, break it off!, can it!, cheese it!, cheezit!, chuck it!, come off (of it)!, come off the grass!, curl up!, cut it (out) !, douse it!, dowse it!, drop it!, enuff!, fade away!, freeze!, hold on!, hold up!, kill it!, lay off!, leave off!, let up!, nix!, nix on that!, ring off!, sign off!, siphon off!, sound off!, stow it!, turn it off!, whoa Bill!, whoa Maud!, whoa Mud!, whoa there!"

Or. in another dialect (the newspaperman's) : 30.

While I continue to marvel at the completeness of the thesaurus with its more than 100,000 slang words, the review reminds us how daunting it is to come up with more than a snapshot of the slang of any given moment. You might as well try to catch a bird in flight with your bare hands. . . . Wait, that's something I've done more than once. Hummingbirds only. With the aid of a window in a stairwell, I held three hummingbirds in my hands in the space of about two minutes. They're even tinier than you might think -- what you see is mostly feathers.

e.g., There were only a few internet references to Paris Hilton as a debutart. The designation is obvious enough and may fit her even better than celebutard or celebutart, given that it was a pornographic video that brought her her notoriety -- and turned the celebutart into a celebrity. Would it be fair to call Paris Hilton a bimbo? I don't know. Is she stupid?



David West Brown | University of Michigan In 1939, Walter Winchell coined celebutante in recognition of young Brenda Frazier's status and fame. More recently, celebu- has detached and become a productive combining form. Part of that productivity can be ascribed to its felicitous phonological properties. Many celebu- coinages, however, appear in blogs. Thus, the productivity of celebu- results from the specific register conditions of blogs. The specific case of celebu- reveals much about these conditions — the need for semantic economy, the saliency of humor, the function of nominalization, as well as the role of critique and sometimes cruelty. Additionally, celebu- coinages illustrate how blogs have emerged as sites of linguistic innovation.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

debutaunt - Verbally disparaging a parent's sister who is making her first public performance. (This "invention" was quite satisfying -- a three level meaning in one word!)

e.g., Although she was a pretty good singer, we just couldn't help but debutaunt.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

debute - A combination of debate and dispute together.

e.g., While in a deep discussion with a friend I yelled,"That's it, I'm not going to debute this with you anymore!" We laughed and that's how it came to be.

submitted by Tiffany

decadance - A process, condition, or period of deterioration or decline in moral standards whilst boogying, shimmying, and doing the shuffle on the dance floor.

e.g., Youngsters today are full of decadance. Not like when I was their age. Oh, no.

submitted by jonty Reason - (www)

decaf - Relax, chill out.

e.g., Decaf, Willie. I shipped the parcels yesterday morning. They should be there this afternoon.

submitted by Paul d'Aoust

decafalon - The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you. (Washington Post Style Invitational.)

e.g., I'm worn out from all the decafalons I've been in this month. I want a jelly donut.

submitted by HD Fowler

decakilonym - The name for the ten-thousandth element in any list.

e.g., My word was selected as the decakilonym.

submitted by Stephen Mize

decap - To remove the capitalization of a proper name, usually a product, indicating that it's ubiquitous.

e.g., Watch as I decap the internet and world wide web. There, I did it.

submitted by i_monk

decapacitate - An act of violence intended to remove the subject from a situation. A step beyond "incapacitate."

e.g., I swear, if you don't shut up, I'm gonna decapacitate you.

submitted by Puck

decapacitated - Incapable of action due to lack of a functioning head.

e.g., As the evening wore on, Chris became decapacitated as usual. Too much to drink..

submitted by Susan

decar - To get out of a car. Similar to "deplane," an existing word.

e.g., We have stopped, so you may now decar. (ED. Would you please get out of decar?)

submitted by Mike C

deceipt - (Pronounced dee-SEET; n.) A padded or falsified bill, price tag, or reimbusement request.

e.g., "A $300 lunch meeting?!" "There were a lot of people." "At least five, I hope: otherwise, this is a deceipt. . . . What did you eat?"

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

deceivening - The most dishonest time of day.

e.g., When are people most likely to lie? Deceivening.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

deceivious - Both deceitful and devious.

e.g., I didn't trust him after seeing his deceivious smile.

submitted by nellie

december - When you decide to remember something.

e.g., I repeated her name to myself 100 times, to make sure I decembered her name.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

december 11, 2015+ - "Go have some Ben and Jerry's and get a pedicure. You'll feel better." Saw that as putdown on an Internet comment thread several months or years ago and saved it as a possible tagline or signature for myself. When I was talking to my friend Travis a couple of days ago, he told me he has been getting foot massages and pedicures for years. No, not a fetish -- not as far as I know. His wife had Amyotropic Lateral Sclerosis and he had a nurse come in every six weeks or so to give her pedicures and foot massages. He must have thought it looked like a good deal, so he started getting them himself. For years I took Melba to a podiatrist to get her toenails clipped, but no toenail polish -- a no-no for anyone with diabetic neuropathy. When I took her to the beauty shop to get her hair done, sometimes I'd have them give her manicures and pedicures since she was no longer able to do them herself. I considered doing fer feet myself, but thought better of the idea -- figuring she might end up in more pain than she was already in. I'm going to suggest the subject as an e-mail signature for Travis. (... Done, by voicemail. Better than to forget to send him an e-mail.) I thought of sending Travis a copy of this, but I'm going to mention a hole in our care system for the elderly that he doesn't know I discovered a couple of weeks ago. The last time I talked to Jim was on July 26, 2015, according to my cell phone record. Next time I called, I ran into a telephone company message his telephone number had been change and that no new number was available. Sounded reasonable that he would change his phone number, because he told me in our last conversationi that he had been getting annoying telephone calls from someone trying to get him to make an investment -- with all the signs of it being a scam. I said, "Next time you get a call, tell the guy you're very interested in putting in some money, but that you can't talk right now. Ask him to give you a call-back number for later. Then give the number to me and I'll get them off your back. I may string them along for a while until I get bored, but I'll eventually make them sorry they ever wasted their time with you." I figured if I was wasting their time, then they'd have less time to catch some fish. Next time I called Jim, I couldn't reach him. My guess was that he had decided to solve his annoying-phone-call problem himself. I figured he would give me a call soon and tell me what his new telephone number was. He never called. Up until recently, I've checked with his brother Bob once in a while to see if Jim ever called and gave him a new number. All Bob has heard from Jim since last July came in a September "note" that didn't include a new telephone number. Since Jim lives only about a half-hour from Scott, I dropped by his apartment before coming to Scott's. Brogan and Scott were still at work when I got to the KC area. Had time enough to get over to Lawrence, see Jim, and get his new telephone number. ... And also pull a joke on him. Knocked on his apartment door. It wasn't unexpected, but he came to the door naked. it was obvious that he had been sitting around naked until he heard my knock. I was well aware of that eccentricity. When I called the apartment manager one time when I couldn't reach him for several days, I asked her to check on him. I gave her a heads-up: "He doesn't wear any clothes when he's in his apartment by himself." She said, "We know." A couple of years ago he got charged with indecent exposure and had been given a court date to appear. He thought he could blow it off because "there's a relaxed attitude about nudity in Europe" where he had been stationed for several or many years. "Jim, you're not in Europe. You're in the middle of the Bible Belt in Kansas -- where the attitude about indecent exposure is anything but relaxed. No one wants to see your old man's junk." I located a lawyer for him, then called Bob and told him what the situation was -- that it was essential that Jim get lawyered up. Bob mad sure he did and the charges were dropped. Bob asked me not to mention it to anyone -- meaning anyone in Searcy County -- and I never have. Another time, Deanna (my sister) was on the phone talking to him. He set the phone down to do something and never came back. Deanna called me, frantic. She thought he must have had a heart attack. I told her I'd take care of it for her. After not being able to get through myself, I called the Lawrence police and asked them to check on his well-being. Nothing else to do in the middle of the night. Later, Jim called me -- mad at me -- and asked me if I was the one who had called the police on him. I said, "Jim, your carcass isn't going to go to rot on my watch." He said, "just a minute, I need to put some clothes on." It was obvious that he didn't recognize me. When he came back to the door, he had thrown on some overalls. Still barefooted, the first thing I noticed was how filthy his feet were. Then I noticed that his carpet and a big, dark brown ring on it, more or less an oval about two feet wid and three feet long. It looked as if he had let in his dog when it had muddy feet and let it run around. Since he didn't know me, I passed myself off as a delivery man -- with what I was delivering being a six-pack of enemas. Short story: he figured out right away that the enemas must have been sent as a gag either by his brother -- or by his friend Mike, confirming that he didn't know who I was. "Bob's always telling me I'm full of shit," he said. I asked him about his friend "Mike." He said Mike's a really smart guy, but he doesn't have any common sense. Then he said. "Mike's a social misfit." (Pot calling kettle black.) When I asked him for his telephone number., he wondered why I wanted it. I said something along the lines of calling back to see if the delivery service had been adequate. He went over to his dead computer and read from a note: 785-749-1933. That's the number I've been calling him on since 2004. He said his telephone wasn't working, but that he was having someone come out "tomorrow" to fix it. Don't remember what pretext (a pretext, but not a lie) I used for calling Bob -- but might have "lied to him" about why I had Bob's number. I called Bob and talked to him briefly. I let Bob know that Jim was in need of help and then put Jim on the line. The two of them talked for a while. There would have been no reason for Bob to realize anything was wrong if I hadn't told him. Bob wanted to talk to me again, but I begged off. (I had other things on my mind: car problems and needing to get over to Scott's.) I knew I'd be able to call Bob within a few minutes. Then I took my leave, intending to drive to Westwood, KS, to Brogan & Scott's. No go. My transmission completely went out on me. I had to get my car towed to a transmission repair shop. ~$2300 to have the transmission rebuilt -- plus enough other work (brake pads, regrinding, etc.) to bring my total bill to $2692.48. That just solidifies my determination to get the body work done and keep the car until I go to my grave. Gave me impetus to called the woman who caused the accident a second time. I got her voicemail and left a second message, mostly repeating what I had said before. I had called her in February to ask her to go to the sheriff's office with me to meet with the deputy sheriff who wrote the accident report to get it corrected. She didn't return that call. I thought it was worth one more shot to try to get her to do the right thing. I told her my latest "investment" made me even more determined than I had been before to seek justice. I told her I would definitely pursue a case in small claims court if she didn't do what she should: the right thing, admit that the wreck was 100% her fault because she made an illegal turn from the middle lane right in front of me. I had two legal choices of what to do: either go straight ahead or turn left. I slammed on my brakes when I saw her but couldn't stop before we collided. I never left the lane I was in. I told her I might well end up paying a couple hundred dollars for nothing more than the satisfaction of putting her in a position where she either told the truth or committed perjury. Doing that would be a felony, given that a lie under oath would be consequential to the tune of ~$4,000 to $6,000. Estimates to repair my car have ranged from $3,900+ to $4,400+. She (Amy Elliott) has submitted a claim for $2,000 on her truck. ~$200 to replace the tire (the only point of contact between our vehicles) and alleged damage of $1,800 to the rocker panel. Charlie, when her husband was at the scene of the accident, I said, "Well, at least no damage was done to the truck." He said that the rear axle might have been damaged -- but it was plain to see that no other damage was done. White paint from my car was left on the tire, and "shavings" from the tire and a black streak ended up on my bumper. (Can't remember if I've told you before what happened, so I may be repeating myself. Nothing will change -- because if I have described what happened, I'll be saying the same thing again -- the truth. (Since I can't find "December 11" in any e-mails, I must never have told you.0 I bought in to her telling me we were blocking three lanes of traffic and that we should unblock two lanes by moving out of the way. I fell for it -- and didn't think to take pictures beforehand. I'm convinced that her husband told her to do that when she called him -- to make it look as if the accident was at least partially my fault. We told the deputy sheriff when she arrived that we had moved our vehicles to keep from blocking so many lanes of traffic. If the deputy sheriff had done what she should have done before having us move to a nearby movie theater parking lot, she would have noted where the debris from the accident was in the the road -- the northernmost lane going east, and mostly in the far side of the middle lane going north. The debris could have been left there only if the woman made a left turn from the middle lane. I am absolutely convinced that she lied and told the deputy sheriff that she had turned from the leftmost lane, and not from the middle lane. That would have her admitting that she was turning into the wrong lane, but not from the middle lane -- the illegal left turn she in actuality made. When we got to the parking lot, I fiddled around for a couple of minutes taking a new pair of sunglasses I had just bought at Costco out of the packaging. The bright sun had bothered my eyes after I got out of my car at the scene of the accident and didn't want a repeat. By the time I got to the deputy sheriff with my driver's license and insurance card, the woman had had time to tell her version of what had happened. All the DS did was take my information and go over to her car -- presumably first checking for warrants. After a couple of minutes, I walked over. She looked up and in a not friendly voice said, "What do you want?" I said, "I want to make sure you're noting that the cause of the accident was her making an illegal left turn from the middle lane." She then snapped at me, "I know how to do my job." Unfortunately, I backed off rather than say, "Why don't you talk to both of us at the same time and hear what we each have to say." ... Anyway, she wrote up a report that said I was 50% responsible for the accident -- claiming I had changed lanes at the intersection. I did no such thing. And I wasn't t0% responsible for the accident. I was 0% responsible. Last time I talked to State Farm I told who[m]ever I was talking to what I have written here. Not word for word, but close enough. I must have watched a Rocky movie a day or so before the December 11, ~12:45 pm, accident. I say that because I used the word absolutely at least twice when the insurance investigator(?) asked me questions. I was absolutely not at fault in any way, so it's maybe not so surprising that I used a word I rarely use. Blogged January 23, 2016. I think my negligence may be due at least in part to a fender bender I was in on December 11. A woman in the lane to my right made an illegal left turn right in front of me. Maybe a professional stunt driver could have avoided hitting the big (to me) truck , but I couldn't. One repair estimate is $3900+, the other $4400+. Either exceeds the value of the car. I'm bound and determined to keep my care, given that it's the last one Melba and I bought. I intend for it to be the last car I buy, too. How the sheriff's deputy managed to conclude that I had wandered out of my lane is beyond my ken. But maybe not. She didn't ask me anything about what happened, but the other driver talked to her quite a while as I was rummaging around in my car trying to find my insurance information. I walked over to the cop while she was writing her report. She asked what I needed and I said "I just want to make sure you're showing that the accident occurred after she made a left turn in front of me." She snapped at me, "I know how to do my job." I gots my doubts about that. I think maybe I'm at a disadvantage because I'm an old, white, man. Anyway, the upshot is that the other driver's insurance company (Travelers) says it will only pay half the cost of the repairs -- because the adjuster has concluded that I'm 50% responsible for the accident. (Or half what their appraiser says the car is worth: totalled -- for damage confined to about one cubic foot around the bumper and passenger side headlight. Farts for a twenty-year-old Cadillac Fleetwood are might expensive -- given the difficulty of finding salvaged parts.) I'm trying to get that changed, given that it's wrong. The only reason there was an accident is that the other driver turned left right in front of me, from a lane not marked to allow left turns. Getting anything changed will more than likely depend on the other driver telling the truth. Fat chance? Maybe. The insurance adjuster hasn't talked to her yet. When she called, the husband answered. He said his wife was making a left turn, but I'm sure he didn't say it was from the middle lane. Most other intersections in the vicinity are marked to allow such turns. He wasn't there until several minutes after the accident, by which time both of us had moved our vehicles to keep from blocking traffic. The woman suggested it -- and now I think I may have allowed myself to be manipulated. Possibly at her husband's behest. If it was a ruse, I fell for it. When we collided, the woman had to have been mostly or completely in the easternmost lane, going north by then --having turned north from going east -- from the middle of three lanes. There were also three lanes going north -- so that would have been an illegal turn even if the lane she was driving in had been marked to allow for either going straight or turning left. Northernmost curb lane going east to westernmost curb lane going north, and middle lane going east to middle lane going north -- provided the middle lane is marked to allow left turns. Southernmost curb lane can legally only go east at the intersection in question. Same for the middle lane. I was in the northernmost lane, going east -- and, given that there were no lane markings at all, could legally either turn left or go straight ahead. I went straight ahead -- until my right front bumper collided with the driver's side rear tire on the truck. The truck, as near as I could tell, was completely undamaged. Have some "black stuff" on the white molding at the front of my car -- a pretty good indication that the right front fender hit the tire, as I said. That would have been pretty hard to do if I had "wandered into the wrong lane" with both of us going east until she turned left, to the north. Anyway, I've been like a dog with a bone, fretting about it. I've asked the adjuster to call the woman to see if she will tell the truth about what happened. A little later this morning, I'll call the adjuster and remind her that the husband has already told her his wife was making a left turn. Given that the only lane from which a left turn can be made legally is the curb lane which I was in, I obviously couldn't have "wandered" into that lane and caused the accident that was reported. I'll also be going to a nearby sheriff's office to get a copy of the accident report. I've been once, but the office was closed. I've been sick since then and have no interest in going anywhere at all until the weather gets warmer. Far more than enough. A belated Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Mike

e.g., Looked at the input queue for your entry -- not realizing that I'd get something much better, an emeal from the top banana, but second-billed member of the Machiavellean & Lesko vaudeville team. (Did I use that recently?) Don't know how to generat a pd link for my most recent blog entry, an unabridged version of of my most recent pd entry. (Don't know what character string the pd back-end generates as a link for The Wainwright Phenomenon | Machiavellean Speculation. Does the «string» show the special characters proberly on your monitor when you look at the pd entry? What I see is this: �Unabridged�. If others are seeing the special characters as trash, I may need to stop using them. So far I haven't found anything to make them display properly on my computer. Doesn't matter what browser I use, I see trash with all of them. Added a sentence to the exchange below: There's no one I'd rather share a brain with. Charlie, that ranks right up there with my saying about Scott, "If I had my life to live over, he's the man I'd want to be." Subject: Garret got the pd working again and I've added your new entries. Date: Sun, 10 Apr 2016 13:14:23 -0400 From: ab To: mikeweaver@entouch.net A real enjoyable update, my friend. It's apparent that you're determined to be "up and about" instead of sitting home alone. Good for you! I got a major chuckle from your Alamo Drafthouse theater story, and, yes, it did motivate a M&L moment. (And not my entry, but a "true" M&L). It's nothing earth shaking, but pertinent, I believe. Here it is: "pop" corn -- An ironic financial arrangement whereby adult children "treat" their father by purchasing his movie ticket and he pays for the snacks. However, the extensive and expensive modern movie fare means that Dad pays out several times the price of a ticket. i.e., Thanks, kids, and I don't mean to rue it,. you want to buy my ticket, and it's kind of you to do it, but I'm left broke and financially forlorn. when it costs me eighty dollars to buy the "pop" corn! Am finally out of the aging birthday doldrums and into bad weather depression. April has brought more snow and cold than we had all winter. It looks like the Canadians are getting even for our stronger dollar by shipping Artic air that keeps us indoors for weeks. However, with our part of the planet moving so much closer to the sun, the cold weather can't last. (Can't it?). Please keep up the engaging reports -- they make my day! Love from Anne and me, Charlie From: Mike To: Scott Cc: Charlie Sent: Sat, Apr 9, 2016 6:02 am Subject: Garret got the pd working again and I've added your new entries. Since some of them needed editing to add line-breaks and paragraphs, I've read them -- for a change. Your entry for "dimmercraft" clearly was sent in before you were finished with it. Still at Scott's and am having a good time. Don't know how long I'll be here. Went to a movie with Scott and Brogan a couple of days ago. When Brogan called from work to ask me if I'd like to go to a movie with them, I said yes, if you'll let me buy the tickets. She said she had already bought the tickets online, but that I could buy the popcorn. Turns out that "popcorn" at an Alamo Drafthouse movie theater is a lot more than pocorn and soda -- it can be alcoholic beverages and a meal if you go that route. We did. With a tip added to an $80+ tab, I went to my first $100 movie. A long way from the 12¢ (or less) movies I went to as an Arkansas hillbilly in the 1940s and 1950s. Gladly paid the tab to spend a couple of hours with them. Haven't mentioned it to Brogan or Scott, but next time they invite me to a movie, I may say, "Sure, I'll go with you. I'll buy the tickets; you buy the 'popcorn.'" ------------------------------------------- Sending a copy of this to Charlie, hoping to end up with either an SME entry or a Machiavellean & Lesko entry for popcorn. The way our vaudeville team has been working, Scott, is that I come up with a "word" and then Charlie does all the creative work. That's definitely the best way for us to work as a team. I'm happy to play second banana to him, especially since he insisted that I get top billing. There's no one I'd rather share a brain with. Charlie, I'm sitting here pounding my keyboard, wearing my Deposit t-shirt. I wear it more often than any of the ~200 "blouses" I have in my closets. Some go back thirty years and more, but I'm not ready to give them up. The Catskills Forestry Association knife you gave me? Have it here with me at Scott's. Yes, I use it more than any other knife I own. ------------------------------------------- Haven't figured out where I'll go for my "last long road trip" -- which I thought might be the one I'm on now until my transmission went kaput. Have several friends in the Denver area and family in Las Vegas, Phoenix, and Tuscon (I think) -- so my final excursion may well be to the West rather than to the South, North, or East. My nephew Kyle got cold feet and backed out of his October wedding in Florida, so I'm unlikely to ever go to Florida again. Just as well. The worst part of my trip back to Houston from Carlisle was driving on I-10 across southern Louisiana. Swamps on both sides of the road, and no way to get around the almost bumper-to-bumper traffic from just east of Baton Rouge to St. Charles. I figure that slowed me down about an hour on my long drive back from Carlisle. Will never -- and I guarantee you -- never drive 1500+ miles in one day again -- ~1530 miles in 23 hours 48 minutes. Paula (Melba's 14.5 years younger sister) and Ron want to meet up with me this summer in New Orleans, his home town. I'll probably go, but that's certainly not the time of the year to be going to New Orleans. Time to stop typing and start sleeping. Have a great weekend. Mike PS. Copy of thank you "note" to Garret to follow, maybe later today. Turned it into a tome, too. I've become Bob Ginivan, of whom my boss, Paul, said, "He speaketh in paragraphs" Bob was easily the best Personnel Department guy I ever encountered. I think part of it came because he started working before that crowd gave themselves the hyper-inflated name Human Resources. Kingmakers, my ass.

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decendent - Descendant. Possibly confused by the spelling of decedent.

e.g., "Why would anyone blame [Ben Affleck] for his ancestors [owning slaves]. This country is full of great people, many of whom are decendents of less-than-perfect individuals. If anything its an indicator of the growth of humankind." What Ben Affleck should be embarrassed about are his efforts to keep his slave-owning ancestors names out of the series. Youre getting what you deserve for your efforts, Ben -- more awareness about your slavery roots than would otherwise have been the case. Its not what happened in a bygone era thats your problem, its your recent attempt at a cover-up. PS. Whatever anyone may think of Ben Affleck, there's little danger that anyone outside his immediate family will think of him as a great person.

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decent - A very common misspelling of descent. I doubt that it will replace the old spelling no matter how much it's used. I've also seen descent spelled as decesnt, but I don't expect to see that spelling again.

e.g., "Germany was not interested in fighting us, and honestly most Americans weren't interested in fighting Germany due to the number of Americans with German decent." | "I am a first generation AMERICAN of Portuguese decent." | "I am of Irish decent, who where well know friends and supporters of the Spanish in Europe." | "I agree 100%. If anyone asks me I am an American. If they press then I am and American of Polish/Irish decent." | "Im an American of Italian decent." | "I am an American first and foremost and of Cuban decent second." | "Im an American of Mexican decesnt."

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deceptacon - A person suspected of being a liar, or untruthful.

e.g., "Don't trust Jimmy. I think he might be a Deceptacon."

submitted by Finley

decepticon - Someone who looks good from behind (or in poor lighting) but horrid when they turn around. |

(dee-SEP-tick-on; n.) 1. A really good-looking muscle car, monster truck, or semi, especially if it's painted in super-high gloss and carries a load of chrome. (adj.) 2. Of or pertaining to such a vehicle. [From the Transformers toys, cartoons, and movie franchise.]

e.g., On TV, Calista Flockheart looks pretty good, but in person she looks like Golem from The Hobbit! Serious decepticon. |

"Whoa! Check out that Camaro!" "That is so totally decepticon!"

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decevious - Adjective to describe one who lies and is shady.

e.g., You mean she called him and said she was sick and then went to the party and hooked up with another guy? That's decevious.

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dechain - To avoid or boycott chain stores and instead find the same products and services through local enterprises or nativists.

e.g., After the city of Moncton dechained from the stranglehold of large corporations, the native shops prevailed once again.

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decide and announce - A usually dysfunctional meeting here the boss announces which secret decisions will now be part of the staff's work plans and objectives. Often preceded by short notice, lack of an agenda, and no background material. Such quick action is often taken to prevent rumors from gaining a foothold.

e.g., We're going to have a decide and announce on our new product strategy after lunch today.

submitted by Ross

deciept - Deceit. Remember: i before e, except after c. Not always, but most of the time. (Why does receipt have a silent p and not deceit?) {Duplicate.} || [ED. With this entry, I'm switching to Fowler Style with respect to the use of quotation marks for words used as words: no quotation marks. Using the style of putting them in quotation marks takes too much of my precious remaining time on this mortal coil. My grammar school days when I did my very best to follow "the rules" are long behind me. As you should realize by now, I've been making up my own rules for years now: Fowler Style & Machiavellean Standards. | Not saying I'll be consistent with the change, though. I have the same excuse for that as California Senator Dianne Feinstein had the other day -- after she single-handedly released a transcript of testimony taken behind closed doors by the Senate Judiciary Committee: I have a cold and my thinking may be clouded.]

e.g., "If you mistakenly get caught in this web of deciept (an almost invisible web) you won't know about it until after you've been bilked out of at least one outlandish payment."

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decievery - Decieving (sic) someone so you can steal his ideas or property.

e.g., She committed a major act of decievery when she asked to take a look at his screenplay, and then produced something similar.

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decifer - To procrastinate when one should be doing homework.

e.g., He left his assignment until the last minute because he spent too much time decifering on IRC.

submitted by Samah

decimaholic - One who talks loudly when consuming alcohol.

e.g., Her decimaholism left others wishing they'd worn earplugs.

submitted by Marci

decipient - A person who did not receive what he or she is supposed to receive in a distribution. adj. describing a method or system where a considerable amount of intended recipients do not receive what they need to receive.

e.g., You need to call your credit card company if you never got your bill when you expected it. You could have been an unlucky decipient of errors made by the U.S. Postal Service.

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deck - Similar to cool.

e.g., Mid-town Manhattan is nowhere near as deck as downtown Manhattan, with the exception of Korea Town, because mochi is completely deck.

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deck of smokes - Western Canadian for what Americans call a pack of cigarettes.

e.g., How much does a deck of smokes go for these days? | I've seen better go for a deck of smokes. (A variation of what Frank E.J. Jeffries would say of a young woman whose attractiveness I might remark on: I've seen better go far a bar of soap. What Frank was speaking of, of course, was what it might cost to purchase the services of a lady of the evening for the evening. Search though I have, I've never found Frank's merchant marine expression used other than by him.

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deck-chairs - Private schoolboys or schoolgirls forced to wear, under the rules of their "school uniform policy," a multi-coloured, vertically striped blazer -- a design not unlike that often found adorning the canvas of traditional wooden deck-chairs.

e.g., The Richmond train was crammed full with rowdy deck-chairs this morning.

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deckcandy - Gorgeous girls in bikinis on boats.

e.g., As the yacht cruised by the dock where he was fishing, Joe stared wistfully at the deckcandy lounging around.

submitted by Rush Bergman

deckerating - Like decorating but the early bit of the process involving nice big power tools.

e.g., When Janet came in from work the bedroom was full of holes, plaster, sawdust and beer bottles. John had been deckerating again.

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decket - A map with descriptions of each level of something that has levels. For example, a building, a dream, or a complex screenplay

e.g., Here's a decket to help you understand how it's set up.

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deckler - A bingo player who plays more than one deck of bingo cards.

e.g., My friend Donna is a decker player of obvious talent. She deckles every time we play bingo. Her deckles are filled with colorful ognibs.

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declineation - A refusal to accept.

e.g., I accept your declineation of the job offer.

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decoffinated - Exhumed, perhaps for further forensic examination, or to be moved to another burial ground, or possibly to be cremated.

e.g., In the old days it was perhaps not uncommon for a rich person to be decoffinated by rude ruffians, intent on robbing the helpless bejeweled corpses.

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decomplish - To have one's acomplishment undone.

e.g., Joe finally reached the summit of Mt. Everest, only to be decomplished by an avalanche.

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decompuflation - The driving force that is responsible for the price of any computer item you buy falling rapidly as soon as you buy it.

e.g., If decompuflation operated in the automobile industry, your next Chevy would go 700 MPH and cost $87.95.

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decorpotate - (dee-CORE-puh-tate; v.) To cut off someone's head, to decapitate. [Note that, (1) since the brain is in the head, and (2) the body can neither act nor feel anything without the brain, it is logical to assume that a person beheaded feels (assuming they feel anything) their body being severed rather than their head falling off. The new word reverses the traditional notion.] "Decorpotate," is of course Latinate; the Anglo-Saxon cognate would be "BEBODY."

e.g., During the French Revolution, thousands were bebodied---that is, decorpotated---by the guillotine.

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decrapulated - A combination of the words decrepit, dilapidated, and crap.

e.g., That house is decrapulated.

submitted by Dave Stanley

decreasements - The measurements at any given dimension.

e.g., The decreasements of the dimensions are approximately 87 by 92.

submitted by Laura

decrepitography - The study of the hills and valleys on that develop on our faces as we get older.

e.g., I think gerontologists should be called decrepitologists -- and that they should spend much of their education in decrepitography courses.

submitted by HD Fowler

decrepting - To disfigure or damage your classmates' art work.

e.g., Stop decrepting my work with your elbow.

submitted by Decreper

decroded - Decayed + corroded. My wife uses this word as if it were already in the dictionary.

e.g., I found the hammer you lost in the yard last year. It was all decroded.

submitted by Leslie Pierson

decruitment - Retrenchment, layoffs, downsizing, outplacement.

e.g., I was headhunted for the agency three years ago, and then this week, suddenly, I was decruited.

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decrustification - The art of getting to know someone better. Getting past the surface of some issue.

e.g., You have to decrustify someone in order to really know if you can trust them.

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decusuib - (n., pronounced day-KYU-soo-ib) a word resulting from one's fingers being upon the wrong keys of a keyboard. (From the term 'decusuibs' appearing in a legal document (rather than 'decisions') as a result of the typist's right hand being one letter over to the left (i.e., index finger on the J, etc.) while typing.)

e.g., "Sweet card---But if she's so head-over-heals for you, why does she end with 'so so'?" "Oh, that's supposed to be xoxo---you know, kiss-hug-kiss-hug?" "Are you certain? You gotta admit, so-so's not the best---" "It's just a decusuib, okay?"

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dedryhated - The right pronunciation for "dehydrated," same meaning

e.g., I drank too much gin last night, now I feel very dedryhated.

submitted by Jerry Giberti

deduce - Unseat an Italian tyrant.

e.g., The partisans deduced Clara Petacci, after which she just hung around.

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deebo - To fake someone out psychologically, to trick someone into doing something by using "mind tricks" to control that person's actions without her knowing. Origin: the movie Friday, when Smokey says, "I have mind control over Deebo."

e.g., Did you see how I deebo'ed Chris? It was simple with that simpleton.

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deece - From "decent": cool, good, etc. Deecenox: goodness, coolness.

e.g., Gray thinks she's deece, but she's lame. She lacks deecenox.

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deeferdee - D for D. Dressed for Drinks. A state of dress for woman. When a woman is dressed rather sluttily for a night on the town.

e.g., Did you see how tight her skirt was? She's deeferdee.

submitted by Corey Lyons

deek - Combination of "dork" and "geek." Synonym: gork.

e.g., Sarah is a deek. She's always on her computer.

submitted by Sarah

deeluck - Combination: delicious and yuck. For the taste of something that appears delicious but tastes yucky.

e.g., My two-year-old daughter has three descriptions for food: delicious, yuck, and deeluck.

submitted by Justin Smith

deems - (pl.n.) (1) one's philosophy of life; (2) one's conclusions and inferences drawn from experience and accepted premises, in regard to a given situation.

e.g., "I think we ought to invest some of the money now, and see what happens, and then sit down and see if investing the rest is worth it---that's my deems, anyway." | "My deems are that people should try anything rather than fall back on assault or even lawsuits."

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deep hack mode - That wonderful hyper-acute frame of mind where you get inside the problem you're fixing, and often fix it without knowing how.

e.g., I'll give your message to Sean. Yes, he's here, but he's in deep hack mode.

submitted by Sean Tomlinson

deep-dish - Embedded, or hardcore.

e.g., He's a deep-dish baseball fanatic.

submitted by Joel Parker

deepdish - When someone is looking perplexed or overwhelmed by some problem we say, "What's his deepdish all about?"

e.g., He is acting so strange, it makes you wonder what his deepdish is all about.

submitted by Danny Kostyshin

deeper-than-thou - For someone who desperately wants to be more intellectual than anyone else and will go to any length to show it.

e.g., When we were talking about the assignment, Amanda was deeper-than-thou. She was always correcting people's ideas and spewing forth philosophical jargon.

submitted by amanda lee

deerest friend - Someone who will buy her friend a cheeseburger at two in the morning if asked.

e.g., Andy is Katy's deerest friend because he bought her a cheeseburger in the middle of the night.

submitted by Katka

deeriary - Variant of topiary. Shrubbery with interesting shapes created by deer munching them. Also connotes derriere, behind, as in left behind by deer.

e.g., The focal point of her landscaping was her unique deeriary garden.

submitted by Pam Knight

deevie - Shortened form of deviation. Used to let co-workers know that you are making a quick deviation from the planned workflow, so they don't spend any of their time covering your assigned area.

e.g., In retail pharmacy, the clerk at prescription drop-off counter yells "Deevie" when she steps away from counter to perform a task that is assigned to another station, because she realizes that she has a free second needed to complete the task. Her co-workers hear the call, and are not worried with watching for customers. Also, nearby customers are not alerted that she is leaving her post for a bit, because they do not know what a deevie is.

submitted by Marc Queen

deeznuts - Quickc omeback to any comment made to you. Used similarly to "yourmom."

e.g., Erica: Hey, nice pants. Mike: Uh, yeah...deeznuts.

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def - Definition.

e.g., I looked around for the dictionary to find the def of a wrod.

submitted by Ray

defarge - Resembling Madame Defarge from A Tale of Two Cities (Charles Dickens); carries a knife in her shirt, alcoholic, sadistic, and poor.

e.g., Mrs. Goat Gruff is not a defarge.

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defecreate - To procreate in a manner that is detrimental to society as a whole. For example, concieving a child even though the couple has no intention of ever rearing that child.

e.g., The act of defecreation weakens a society because resources must be allocated to deal with the problems that are generated: jails, social services, police, etc.

submitted by Ronald Harvey

defective shake-n-bake - One whose face peels due to dryness or high acid acne medication.

e.g., Look at defective shake-n-bake over there.

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defenescotti - Throwing a piece of biscotti out the window. Taken from the Latin "defenestrati," or to be thrown through a window, and the Italian "biscotti," or crisp nutty cookie.

e.g., When she found her cookie was stale, Susie defenescottied it.

submitted by Delilah

defenestrata - Material that has been thrown out the window.

e.g., The pedestrians on the sidewalk below Jay's apartment windows were annoyed when defenestrata began landing on their heads.

submitted by Jason Brandenburg

defenestrate - 1. To throw someone or something out of a window. 2. To switch from Windows to Linux. 3. To show that one lost one's hearing from the volume on the speakers being too high.

e.g., 1. If this computer crashes one more time, I'm defenestrating the piece of junk. | "Okay, but when you say you 'defenestrated' your PC, do you mean that you threw it out your window, or that you wiped your entire operating system off your hard drive?" From http://www.funwords.com/library/d.htm#defenes 2. He defenestrated his computer after Windows crashed for the fifth time. 3. She was deafened by his overly-loud speakers, as she defenestrated to the judge.

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defenestratocast - To throw a guitar through a window.

e.g., The music video's director made sure to defenestratocast in slow motion for maximum effect.

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deferential calculus - This word describes the ultimate of the type of mathematics, in which the feelings of the pupil are much more important and precious than whether they actually learn anything, and in the process have their self-esteem threatened.

e.g., "Don't worry, Geselda. You can take Deferential Calculus without a qualm. I guarantee you will pass with an A. You might also gain a faint impression of what calculus is all about; but if that doesn't happen, don't worry!"

submitted by Dennis R. Ridley

defess - A person who is deaf and also guilty.

e.g., Johnny Belinda's mother was deaf, but she was not defess. She was the victim of a felony, not the felon.

submitted by Matthew Colwell

defibrelate - Attempting to rescind a lie or a fib, sometimes in midsentence.

e.g., When Kevin said he wasn't at Kathleen's last night but then backpedaled and said he might have dropped by, I sensed he was defibrelating. Didn't you?

submitted by Paul

deficky - Offensive, disgusting. Combination of "definitely" and "icky."

e.g., Nicky: "Yum.. peanut-butter-and-green-olive sandwich." Lauryn: "Nicky, that's deficky."

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defile - To remove abraders from gifts sent to prisons.

e.g., The warden was adept at defiling pies.

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definastration - Violently tossing someone out of a window from a great height. Violent defenestration.

e.g., Marcus definastrated the hapless cannibal from the thirteenth story window to save the dog from being eaten.

submitted by Mikey

definately - Common misspelling for "definitely"and now for "defiantly." For its dunderheaded duality, it deserves recognition as a pseudoword. Added for those who don't use a spelling checker. Google's N Gram Viewer shows that its American English use in books increased almost steadily from about 1900 until about 1982 and then began to decline. The pattern for British English is substantially different, with a drop off starting later, about 1990. Lacking the datasets used for the graphs, the change in the count of uses is unavailable.



e.g., There's definately a caterpillar in the pudding down there. | I definately intend to express myself definately at the next school board meeting. I think our band uniforms should be black & white, our school colors, not red & gray. Who came up with that stupid idea? Oh, it was the principal's idea? Well, it's still stupid.

How often does the misspelling occur?:
Even though it can be caught by any run-of-the-mill spell-checker, "definately" is one of the most common misspellings around. Google shows millions of citations for it. It appears even in edited writing: in books and in newspaper and magazine articles.

If this trend continues, some day this spelling will tiptoe its way into dictionaries as "miniscule" did. The original word was "minuscule", from Latin minus (less). English language speakers erroneously believed the word came from the prefix mini- and began spelling it as miniscule. As this newer spelling grew in usage, it found a place in the dictionaries, first tagged as erroneous, and later simply as a variant spelling. The rising popularity of "definately" appears to be inspired by the sound rather than the meaning.

Purists might agonize over the "decay" of the English language, but the best way to handle language change is this: be conservative in what you send and generous in what you accept. In other words, be punctilious in your own grammar and spelling, but overlook others' solecisms.

In this week's AWAD, we feature five words that might trip us in another way. These are words that appear as misspellings even though they are genuine dictionary words.

-Anu Garg
anuwordsmith.org
A.Word.A.Day
15 August 2005

submitted by Miss Speller

definission - Submitting to H. D. Fowler in the submittal of PD words instead of the submission thereof.

e.g., Submittal (in lieu of submission) of a daffynition is caving in to the word nazis, by definission (pointing out things like this is my mition in life).

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

definitiopoeia - DEF-uhn-ISH-uh-PAY-uh. When a grammatical term becomes an example of itself.

e.g., The word "noun" is a case of definitiopoeia, since words are nouns, but since "verb," "adjective," and "adverb" are also nouns, they do not fall into this category.

submitted by Paul

definotion - The loosely formed conceptualization of a word's meaning.

e.g., My mind could only tentatively come up with a vague definotion of the word "antidisestablishmentarianism."

submitted by Charles Pyott

definotly - Defin-ot-ly. Definitely not, with a passion.

e.g., Q. Wanna go to the jazz club tonight? A. Definotly.

submitted by Whizzbang McGuirk

deflavination - The sound of flatulence makes as the gas exits through flabby buttocks.

e.g., Chris's deflavination was heard long before the smell reached us.

submitted by Rochelle Rush

deflexible - Not flexible.

e.g., You are deflexible.

submitted by Jeremy 7th English

deflook - Past tense of deflake, as in deflaking a flaky test in computer science.

e.g., I finally deflook that test; now it quits failing every other time anyone runs it.

submitted by Tommy - (www)

deflufferate - To remove the fluff from an article of clothing

e.g., It is important to deflufferate your jacket before going for the job interview.

submitted by the dark

defo - Definitely.

e.g., I defo want to go to a movie tonight.

submitted by Bethany T

defongerate - To extract bad smells from a facility.

e.g., It took quite an effort to defongerate after Chris visited.

submitted by Steve

deforte - To become worse at something over time.

e.g., I am deforting a basketball, i don't even start the games anymore.

submitted by snowboardinghockeyplayer3 - (www)

defraudulate - To undo a fradulent activity. For example, a friend was ripped off of personal property. Action to recover property and or damages is an act to defraudulate. Note, this is not referring to any civil or criminal legal action.

e.g., Vincent got ripped off by John. We need to defraudulate this.

submitted by Susan Rastella

defreshing - Fails not only to reinvigorate as expected, but, in fact, reduces vigor.

e.g., On a hot, humid day, a plunge into tepid water is defreshing.

submitted by Scott Stoltenberg - (www)

defriend, to - To defriend somebody is to break off friendly relations with her. CF.: befriend.

e.g., He defriended me a year after we met, with no reason or explanation. He just stopped calling, period. | Mary: "I want to defriend you." John: "What's wrong? I need something more than friendship from you. I need love."

submitted by Mikhail Epstein - (www)

defrost - (v) To make horrible music with the intent of its being funny. (n) A band that does this.

e.g., I brought my tape recorder, let's DEFROST. Your guitar only has three strings? Oh, well, that's good enough.

submitted by BigAssFries

defunk - Underarm deodorant.

e.g., Hey girl, didya put defunk on the wallyworld list?

submitted by steve zihlavsky

defunkdedrain - The process of taking toilet paper or one's bare finger to swipe after shower hair and residue off of the drain.

e.g., There's no way I will defunkdedrain after Grandpa.

submitted by Mikey

defunkify - Fix something that is broken or that is acting funky. From defunct and funky.

e.g., Will you please format that hard drive and defunkify my computer. | I have to take a shower and defunkify from my day working in the garden.

submitted by Angel Heinemann - (www)

defunkify - To get out of one's depressed, moody state.

e.g., Joe needed to defunkify after moping around for a month since his girlfriend broke up with him.

submitted by Queen of Washington Heights

defuse - To render something understandable; the opposite of "confuse."

e.g., I didn't understand the psychology lecture at all. Can you help defuse it for me?

submitted by Mike Dunn

defyfinition - Suggested by a ytpo in a submittal: a defyfinition is a new slant on an existing word, in defiance of all previous meanings.

e.g., While I'm pleased that the pd is replete with defyfinitions, I sometimes have second thoughts. Language maven Robert Hartwell Fiske says putting a word in a dictionary ultimately gives it more exposure and makes it more likely to become acceptable than would other wise be the case.

submitted by HD Fowler

defynition - Submitting words in defiance of the Word Nazis's "rules" and "regulations." (Triumph is getting away with same).

e.g., Daffynitions are sometimes submitted in defiance of the rules, resulting in defynition (or is it defynission?) of same or something similar which, by defynition, is against said rules, as defyned by HD Fowler and Co., thus defying defynition (or is it defynission?) - - - {O.K., HD - I give up!}! {ED. Yes, but you did get away with it -- this time.}

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

degliche - Deg-luh-shay. Faux French adjective for a person who is declasse and gauche.

e.g., Roger is so degliche, he pronounces faux pas "fokes pass." Or do you think he's trying to be cute?

submitted by Robert

degraditated - Completely and utterly debased to the lowest point of human dignity.

e.g., After being put in stocks for indecent exposure, the man felt degraditated as the town threw rotten vegatables at him.

submitted by Kristie Edling

degreeorator - A digital thermometer.

e.g., The bank has a sign out front with a clock to tell time and a degreeorator to tell you the temperature.

submitted by Jacqueline

degret - Lost, forgot. {Duplicate.}

e.g., Crap, I degret to fill the tank. As a result, I'm now sitting here waiting for someone to bring me gasoline.

submitted by Lukas Friga

degret - (v.) 1. To stop feeling guilt or sorrow over something; 2. never to feel either guilt or sorrow over something which most would believe deserving of sorrow or guilt. (Derived terms: 'degrettable' = "not worth troubling about"; 'to send one's degrets' = "not to bother sending a refusal" or "declaring an event not worth attending.")

[From 'de'="opposite, undo, away from" + '*gretan' "to weep or groan" (proto-Germanic)(probably), on analogy from "regret."] {Duplicate.}

e.g., Are you still moaning over breaking up with her?! Sheesh, degret already! || "I degret I shall be unable to attend your fatuous office party, not that I ever would."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

degunkulator - Anything that initiates a process through which a dirty thing becomes clean.

e.g., A car wash is a great example of a degunkulator.

submitted by ditnis

dehab - (Short for "dehabilitate"; n.) 1. The process of causing someone to lose or forget a certain behavior, or a given pattern, skill set, or approach to a task or type of activity; (v.) 2. to unteach or cause someone to unlearn a certain behavior, etc.

e.g., I know a guy who could run like the wind in high school, but his college coach said he didn't run "correctly" and, in trying to force him to run differently, essentially dehabbed him right out of being able to run fast at all. | "Time was when my first response to frustration was to fly into a rage, but I'm dehabbing myself." "Really? How?" "Well, whenever I feel myself getting angry I have to stop and write out all of the Japanese katakana." "Wow. How's it going?" "Pretty well, actually, at least it will be when I stop flying off the handle because I can't remember them and have to look the damn things up on the Internet and don't have a pen handy ... AAARrrgh! ... You don't happen to have a pen, do you?"

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

dehancement - Antonym of enhancement, an enhancement being "an improvement that makes something more agreeable." It may be a real word -- I don't know. See monstrosi-titties.

{ED. Rather than think in terms of breast enlargement, women so inclined might be well-advised to think in terms of titivation: sprucing up; making decorative additions to or the verb form: titivate: make neat, smart, or trim. Speaking for myself as a man, and not as your erstwhile editor, I find the notion of decorative additons for breasts appealing. Perhaps something seasonal or for the holiday at hand. Jingling bells for Christmas? Something booming for the Fourth of July? Tattly Temporary Turkey Tattoos for Thanksgiving -- a wild turkey, not the too dumb to come in out of the rain type we eat for Thanksgiving dinner. Given that breasts serve a truly useful function after Labor Day, something jucier than a turkey tattoo is called for then: peacocks, one or more.}

Line of peacocks

e.g., Monstrosititties, with monstroso-titties and monstrosotitties as possible alternatives.

The hyphenated forms, of course, draw more attention to the … ahem, subjects at hand. Which, after all, is what those who get the so-called breast enhancement surgery have in mind. Their intent is clearly tittilation. Other than the operations some "dancers" have done to increase their earnings ability, the worst call I ever saw made for surgical enlargement of her breasts was made by one Laurie O'Boyle. Laurie was the prettiest woman in town, bar none, with right-sized breasts for her frame. She had herself put under the knife only to have the result be more a transmogrification than a transformation -- a dehancement rather than an enhancement.

submitted by HD Fowler

dehappy - Beyond unhappy, furious, steamed up to the max. (L.Swain, et al)

e.g., Larry's mother was dehappy when he dropped her $2,000 Hummel figurine and broke it intentionally.

submitted by Peter Bonzani Jr.

dehermitize - When a person comes out of self-imposed isolation and engages in social activities.

e.g., Thanks for asking me to join you. I guess I can dehermitize myself for today.

submitted by Robert Hansen - (www)

dehundu - The word means a peice of furnature

e.g., The dehundu was on the street awaiting sale.

submitted by Amy

deicification - Removing ice from something.

e.g., Please perform some deicification on the car.

submitted by Melody Stone

deificate - To shovel your particular brand of religious b.s. upon a disinterested party.

e.g., Look, I'm glad you've found Jesus and all, but don't deificate on me now!

submitted by Giovanni Dania - (www)

deinition - Definition of one as a deity.

e.g., It's been interesting to see how the deinition changes depending on one's stand on the Mel Gibson film The Passion of the Christ.

submitted by Miss Speller

deipnosophist - This is a real word, meaning "a person who is an adept conversationalist at table." | "A person skilled in dinner-table conversation."

Deipnophobia is the fear of dinner or dinner conversations.

e.g., Of course I'd like to be a deipnosophist, but I'd settle simply for not stammering and being tongue-tied when I'm trying to have a conversation with a pretty woman. If I hadn't been such a lollygagger when I was a teenager and had applied myself in speech class, maybe I'd have caught a lovely lass for my own. … Oh, wait, I managed that, didn't I?

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

deironize - The process by which certain words become immune to all but the most extreme applications of irony, usually rendering the speaker a complete social misfit. Deironization is thought to occur through frequent, cyclical applications of irony to certain "dweeb identifier" words such as "par-tay." (CAUTION -- heavily deironized words should only be attempted by trained professionals with an "expert" or better sarcasm rating.)

e.g., The best example of deironization is the pseudo-word "par-tay" in place of the word "party."

submitted by Hal Colombo

deitical - Referring to god(s) and or god-like traits in someone or something; highly exceptional.

e.g., His deitical skill astounded all those around him.

submitted by josh

deja eew - Seeing something revolting that you feel as if you've seen before.

e.g., "Jackson's getting caught for something we assumed about him is a cringeworthy rerun -- deja eew. . . ."

"The O.J. saga was riveting original programming; Jackson's getting caught for something we assumed about him is a cringe worthy rerun -- deja eew. . . . 'Step right up, ladies and gentlemen! Check out the she-man who sings and dances and French-kisses 12-year-old boys!'"

submitted by [Jonathan Alter] - (www)

deja poo - The feeling that you have taken this restroom break before.

e.g., I was sitting on the toilet when I got hit with a feeling of deja poo.

submitted by Kim Gordon - (www)

deja reve - The feeling you've had this dream before. Often illusory, I suspect.

e.g., I experienced a curious sense of deja reve.

submitted by Erasmus Thrasamund

deja vous - The feeling that I've been you before.

e.g., Dr Alan's sense of deja vous should make you worry.

submitted by jonty Reason - (www)

deja-booboo - The inexorable feeling that you've made this mistake before.

e.g., John's hanging out with a blonde again--I'm getting a strong sense of deja-booboo.

submitted by m. level - (www)

deja-fool - Defa-gossip. A person who tells you something after she's forgotten you were the one who told her in the first place.

e.g., Well, yeah, deja-fool, of course I know she's pregnant. I told you that last week, remember?

submitted by Greg

deja-moo - The feeling you've seen that cow somewhere before.

e.g., Driving past Farmer Bill's field, I had a real feeling of deja-moo.

submitted by Nasixi

deja-moo - The strong feeling that you've heard this line of bull somewhere before.

e.g., Boo: Baby, you know I'll always love you and respect you, and you're the only girl I've ever loved, and tonight will be one incredible experience for both of us. Nancy: I'm getting a strong sense of deja-moo, Boo.

submitted by Jack

deja-true - (n.) The feeling you've seen, heard, or done something, or been somewhere before, ... because you have. You just didn't remember it clearly until you re-experienced it.

e.g., I had deja-true when I visited Albany, NY, way back in '96. I got of the commuter plane and walked into the airport, and I suddenly found myself standing in a familiar room. At first, of course, I thought it was deja vu. Then I realized it was really deja-true: I recognized the room because I'd actually been there before. As children, my brother and sister and I had waited there with our mother every week or so, 35 years ago, for my father to come home from his consultations. I felt amazingly detached all of a sudden, and could almost see and hear my little siblings and young mother sitting there. It was like a gift in the middle of a stressful, state-hopping couple of weeks.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

dejabloog - Reading the same comments over and over on a blog or other electronic forum, because there is no way to tell where you left off.

e.g., I suffer from dejabloog every time I check what words there are in the pseudodictionary about blogging before I submit a new word about blogging. I suffer from dejabloog every time I check what words there are in the pseudodictionary about blogging before I submit a new word about blogging.

submitted by Joel Garry - (www)

dejaflu - Repeatedly getting the flu.

e.g., Again, it's dejaflu.

submitted by david

dejafoobar - Having the sense that the same mistake is about to be made again. Deja foobar, dejafubar, deja fubar.

e.g., I get dejafoobar every time I take a shot of tequila.

submitted by Lee Bradley - (www)

dejamoo - Used when you hear someone talking about the same BS you've already heard.

e.g., John: I got a sweet new car. Jim: I've heard this dejamoo before.

submitted by sicsided

dejanym - The name you select to use in a message forum, unaware it is already being used by another.

e.g., What? That message isn't mine. Somebody's picked my name as a dejanym.

submitted by daydreamer

dejecstinacity - Suffering from the curse of being a rejected hero.

e.g., Michael knew what would happen were he not around to help his friends, but as they didn't want him he had to submit to his dejecstincity.

submitted by any - (www)

dejuno, djuno - Did you know?

e.g., Dejuno that Katie was running with scissors?

submitted by Stephen Free - (www)

delaborated - Not elaborating.

e.g., I'll delaborate the state of my room.

submitted by janine hughes

delarious - Delirious plus hilarious. Used to describe late-night behavior, behavior that usually follows a long day of work. Marked by strange and funny behavior.

e.g., Although physically and mentally drained from three days' worth of studying, Mark's attitude changed from serious to delarious.

submitted by Paul Daniel - (www)

deldrums - A state of mind characterized by depression and hopelessness.

e.g., He had the deldrums after losing his job.

submitted by Crystal Hickey

delect - (dee-LECT; v.) 1. to be voted out of office; 2. to fail to receive enough votes to move on after a multicandidate runoff election.

e.g., During last general elections, our MP was delected, and the Blue Party's guy was installed. I don't trust the Blue Party, though: they're so ... I dunno, Blue.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

delectile - Someone who can be endearing at times -- almost nice -- but at the same time does the most incredibly stupid things -- usually threatening the lives of people around them.

e.g., "Adam, you're a delectile" -- after Adam has just managed to flatten the battery of a forklift whilst a full pallet of vegetable oil is suspended 6 metres in the air.

submitted by Stuart H

delecto - Used to decribe an object or act that is positive in every which way.

e.g., That hotdog was so good, it was delecto.

submitted by Philip Piercey

delete yourself - Go away, leave.

e.g., Melissa, you're really starting to annoy me. Would you please just delete yourself?

submitted by Melissa

deletionial - Refusal to comply with or satisfy the fact that yes, all those pages that you just typed have just been eaten by the evil computer monster that makes everything stop just as you click the "save" button.

e.g., Just before I could save my 10-page American Literature paper, my computer froze up. I went into deletionial and wasted an hour looking for it on my computer.

submitted by lauryn

delft - Past tense of "delve."

e.g., The dealer in antique china delft into his stock for an old blue-on-white bowl I sought.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

delfugo - A car with one missing or burnt-out headlight. Comes from a game played by young lovers on car trips. If the girl spots the Delfugo first, she gets to slap the boy. If he spots it first, he gets to kiss her. Either way, it's win-win for the girl. {ED. And, the way I see it, pretty much lose-lose for the guy -- if he has a "girlfriend" who gets off on slapping him.}

e.g., Mary smacked John when she spotted the Delfugo first.

submitted by Sara

delibanger - A combination pool hall and delicatessen.

e.g., Meet me at the delibanger after work. We'll get a couple of delis and rack a few games.

submitted by Paul

delic - 1. For things found at, or related to, a delicatessen. 2. For an unpleasant psychological arousal directly related to a change in luncheon-meat conditions.

e.g., 1. The mayor's lunch included meats, cheeses, and other delic treats. 2. The mayor becomes quite delic when the ham is overcooked, but nothing compares to the time when some dry pastrami sent him into a delic frenzy.

submitted by Phabulocity

delicatessian - Exceptionally delicious junk food.

e.g., That pizza was a delicatessian delight.

submitted by Paul Dobbins

delich - Delicious. Same as "delish," but misspelled -- if that's possible for a slangish shortening of a word. {ED. Found at the linked blog, with its highly appropriate title, "Daily Babble." Not surprisingly, the "obsessed" "Jennifer" hasn't babbled on the blog she started for slightly more than 10 years. I'm guessing that Jennifer is between 21 and 25 now. Wonder how life has progressed for her and "sweetie bear"?}

e.g., "You'll probably hear more about this totally hot and delich guy in this blog."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

deliciouticity - The level of tastiness a food has.

e.g., Wow, the deliciouticity of this strawberry ice cream is off the charts.

submitted by Giles - (www)

delictation - Neglect. Comes from the legal term "delict" meaning negligence.

e.g., And now, for your delictation and indifference: the latest Pokemon movie.

submitted by Andrew MacCormack

delinquinate - To contribute to one's delinquency.

e.g., By telling Sarah not to do her homework and to go out and party, Madeleine delinquinated her.

submitted by Madeleine

delinquish - To destroy, demolish, get rid of.

e.g., The Greeks delquinshed the Persians in their wars.

submitted by paul o'callaghan

delirium godivas - This is a medical term (also known as the DG's), which names the symptoms of withdrawal from extreme addiction to dark chocolate. The onset commonly occurs between 24 and 48 hours after the last portion of dark chocolate, and includes signs of distress, mental fixation on the image of a chocolate candy bar, and (after 72 hours) the shakes, spells of delirium, paranoia, contemplation of suicide, and refusal to clean one's room.

e.g., "Mother, why are you withholding my dark chocolate--you're killing me here! If this continues, I will never - I repeat NEVER - clean my room again! See these shaking hands? Don't you recognize it? That's Delirium Godivas again! You are a heartless mother, and you are fired as my mom!"

submitted by Dennis R. Ridley

deliver - To remove someone's liver.

e.g., Prometheus was delivered by an eagle

submitted by J Arthur Random

delivery - Statue in New York harbor.

e.g., The Statue Delivery. (Common children's misconception -- yea, even my own.)

submitted by S., Berliner, III - (www)

delle - A German acronym: Durch einfach liegen lassen erledigt. In English: solved by simply not handling. Leave the e-mail with the notification of a problem in your in-box. Sooner or later the submitter will send another one stating that the problem has been solved in the meanwhile, or at least changed.

e.g., No, I did not yet look into this dynamic TCP/IP addressing problem: it'll turn out to be a delle.

submitted by Nico Egbers

dellshead - One as is especially fond of Wisconsin Dells, a popular summer resort in the American Midwest (especially to the point of obsession.) Patterned on "deadhead," a fan of The Grateful Dead -- especially if obsessive.

e.g., Of all the tourists that come to Wisconsin Dells every summer from Chicago, it seems one in three must be a Dellshead.

submitted by Kahuna Accidentale of the Dells

delorfirith - Dark knight. "Delor" means dark, and "Firith" means knight.

e.g., Squire, call forth your master, the Delorfirith of the Abyss, Zodie.

submitted by Fitly - (www)

delrayish - A word describing the personality of someone who is random, kind, and fun at the same time.

e.g., Since he did not get enough sleep the last night and just had a Mt. Dew, he became very delrayish.

submitted by DelRay - (www)

delumptious - Delicious and scrumptious. Very, very tasty.

e.g., French vanilla ice cream can be absolutely delumptious.

submitted by Dee Pitchford

delusionality - The opposite of reality.

e.g., Quinella's sure Brad's going to squire her to the prom and is telling everyone within earshot. Hmmph, they've never even spoken to each other. Wow, that's some serious delusionality, isn't it?

submitted by Felicia Squaire

dem boopa - Bowling expression, used to encourage the ball into the pocket for a strike, similar to "G'in deh ball" or "Go pop 'em."

e.g., Ken Green dropped the ball on the thumbhole, yet by saying "Dem boopa" managed to get it up to the 1-3 pocket.

submitted by thomas fontaine

demail - An e-mail with lots of details.

e.g., You're spouting off too much info. The date and time, complicated directions, even gift suggestions. Listen, I'd love to come to the party, but I don't wanna try to take dictation over the cellphone here. Just send me a demail.

submitted by tff

demandative - Applies to a person or thing that insistently requires attention or services from others.

e.g., Alan was very demandative at times. Alan's demandative nature would sometimes alienate his employees.

submitted by Alan Greene - (www)

demanize - To demonize a man so badly that it results in verbal castration.

e.g., She demanized him for many years to try to cover up and justify her many sinful actions.

submitted by Adrian R. Lawler

demapped - Assassinated; to have been figuratively taken off the map. Always used in the past tense.

e.g., The shopkeeper was found demapped behind the counter.

submitted by needfortweed

demeldegrade - To melt, to disentegrate, to combust, or to waste away in such a disgusting fashion that it almost cannot be explained by physical laws of nature.

e.g., We happened to walk by the dumpster in the back alley and saw a cat that seemed to be demeldegraded.

submitted by R. Anderson

dementacenter - Where you go, rather than to pay someone to rent household items, to get cranial shock therapy, be tested on new and unknown drugs, and generally pushed to the edge of sanity through whatever means you can afford for the day, week, or month. No refunds please.

e.g., They make me pay monthly and require a contract at the "kiddie mill" nursery to have multiple children scream and cry in my ears simultaneously. At the dementacenter I can go without an appointment and pay by the hour, there's such a diversity of wonders there; last week there was a growling cat with those hugely dilated eyes and bristly back hair just a few short inches from my face while I was being rapped in the shins by a Dutch school kid with clogs on.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

dementia loofaxia - insanity brought on by the loss,kidnapping,murder or damaging of a loofa sponge.

e.g., Steve was fine before that fateful day, now he suffers from dementia loofaxia.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

dementian - A measurement of mental deterioration.

e.g., Mitch's brain has so badly deteriorated, it's difficult to take a dementian.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy

dementified - To have become demented.

e.g., You dementified my hair when you put glue in it.

submitted by syd

demican - A politician who switches party affiliation from Republican to Democrat.

e.g., Former NYC Mayor John Lindsey became a prominent Demican when he left the Republicans for their rivals.

submitted by Frederick Carraher

demind - Opposite of remind. To forget.

e.g., We decided to demind the fact that Freddy was late.

submitted by Sodapop - (www)

demobbed - Demobilized from military service.

e.g., "When he was demobbed after six years in the army, he held the rank of captain. He returned to teaching drama, with occasional forays into off-Broadway acting. In 1947, he married Chicago scenic designer Ruth Shmigelsky and settled down to live in a converted 19th century former Baptist church."

submitted by [John McGiver] - (www)

demobbed - Demobilized from active duty in the military. {Duplicate}

e.g., "After being demobbed, he then completed his training at the Central School of Speech and Drama."

submitted by [Richard Vernon] - (www)

democrapublican - Relating to the typical (tip-pickle) unsavory political machinations or nonsense (jointly or unjointedly) of the two main political parties of the U.S. circa the year 2000.

e.g., It's more of the same old Democrapublican rhetoric.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

democrat party -
Same as Democratic Party, in the United States -- according to some Republicans. Many, if not most, Democrats take umbrage if their party is referred to as the Democrat Party. Democratic Party is certainly the term Democrats prefer and is much more common. A Google Books Ngram search shows that the use of the term Democrat Party dropped off significantly after the 1940 presidential election -- perhaps because Republicans had come to use the term more and more in a derogatory manner. Democrats can be very thin-skinned about the use of democrat as an adjective -- according to Wikipedia, "NPR has banned the use of 'Democrat' as an adjective."

It's not that nouns aren't commonly used as adjectives: "In grammar, a noun adjunct or attributive noun or noun pre-modifier is a noun that modifies another noun and is optional -- meaning that it can be removed without changing the grammar of the sentence; it is a noun functioning as an adjective. For example, in the phrase 'chicken soup' the noun adjunct 'chicken' modifies the noun 'soup.'" (Wikipedia)


Note: Haven't bothered to note errors in the quoted material.

e.g., "The only thing in common between the Democrat party of Van Buren and the Democrat party of Wilson is the name. That is the only thing about the party that endures, and that endures, I am persuaded, because of its demagogic flavor which signifies that it is a party of the people. In 1837, the Democrat Party stood for a strict interpretation of the Constitution which would prevent the Federal Government from interfering in the affairs and business of the citizens of the several states; in 1918, the Democrat Party stood for liberal interpretation of the Constitution which permits the Federal Government not only to regulate the affairs and business of the citizens of the several states, but to commandeer their business for state purposes. The boast of Van Buren was that he took the Government out of the banking business; the boast of Wilson is that he put the Government into the banking business through the Federal Reserve Banks." (One hundred years in Illinois, 1818-1918: an account of the ... - Page 295) |

"The democrat party is the only party that has ever had a principle, or that has a principle to-day. ... The democrat party has buried every party that has rose against it so far, and, by godfrey, next November it'11 bury your old republican party!" (A country chronicle - Page 30) |

"The Democrat Party of today claims lineal descent from the first Republican Party, with President Jefferson as its founder. Authorities differ as to the date when the party dropped the name of Republican and assumed that of Democrat, it being ascribed to various dates between 1805 and 1820." (Annual Report of the Secretary of State to the Governor and General Assembly of the State of Ohio for the year ending June 30, 1921 -- Page 252)

"In spite of these enemies and the powerful opposition in his own state of New York, Cleveland again received the nomination of the Democrat party. " (The illustrated world history: a record of world events from earliest historical times to the present)

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

demogenic - Whether a given technology has enough charisma or visibility to be worthwhile to include as a featured subject in a demo.

e.g., The ink control on TabletPC is very demogenic.

submitted by bristolz - (www)

demoliated - When the ultimate, massive, final, non-reversible destruction of something occurs; a cross between demolish and exfoliate.

e.g., When you drop a plate of food on the driveway and as you turn to go back inside the house to get something to try and "rescue" some of the food, your friend drives over it with the car as she is picking you up. The food and plate have been demoliated.

submitted by Jane Hays

demon - Person who is an absolute legend.

e.g., Larry. I got us front row tickets for the concert. Harry. You demon.

submitted by darrell milton

demons of stupidity - Mythical entities responsible for illogical bureaucracy, paradoxical regulations, hard-to-use software, and all problems that wouldn't exist if anyone in charge had thought about them at all. Coined by Scott Adams in "Dilbert."

e.g., The bank charges me a fee for each electronic transaction I make -- even though I'm saving them money by not going into the bank to be served by a teller. I guess they've been possessed by the demons of stupidity.

submitted by Paul-Michael Agapow - (www)

demonstraction - Demo with flashy presentation style that masks product shortcomings.

e.g., The input was so cool, we forgot to ask where the data went in that demonstraction.

submitted by Kiki

demonstraitor - Demonstrators (aka protesters) who morph from legitimate protest to acts of violence, effectively becoming traitors to the causes they claim to espouse.

e.g., I have little if any doubt that hate crimes are up -- but in a not politically correct sense. Look at Portland and other cities where anti-Trump demonstraitors are turning violent because -- guess what -- they hate Donald Trump.

submitted by beelzebub

demosclerosis - A term coined by Jonathan Rauch in his 1994 book _Demosclerosis_ to describe "governments progressive loss of the ability to adapt." Think blood vessels clogged with fat and arteriosclerosis, "hardening of the arteries."

e.g., Regardless of obama's repeated entreaties (demands?) that Congress pass his politically-motivated jobs bill "right away," demosclerosis tells me there's little chance that's going to happen.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

dempo - In music, taking a song or a part of a song down tempo, or slower. (See Umpo)

e.g., Until we get the rythm down, let's take it dempo.

submitted by Ben - (www)

demwit - A Democrat who is, by definition, a dimwit.

e.g., Like most demwits, you have no logical inference skills.

submitted by [NicolasBourbaki] - (www)

dench - A person who acts like a "tosser," acts studidly.

e.g., Stop acting like a dench.

submitted by Kevin Schubert

dendrophelific-necrophiliac - Someone who enjoys having sex with dead plants or trees.

e.g., Chris must be a dendrophelific-necrophiliac -- I saw him humping a dead bush in the alley.

submitted by Peaches

dendrophilliac - One whose sexual preference consists of trees. Most often used figuratively or sarcastically.

e.g., The way he keeps crashing into trees snowboarding, you'd think he's a dendrophilliac.

submitted by BigAssFries

denegrate - To make one less Negro-ish? Other misspellings in the example from the linked site were corrected when the comment was edited for entry here. The original text can be seen by un-invisibling the content.

e.g., When the phony black American politicians stop their political grandstanding for votes and do something that actually benefits their constituents by reducing black on black crime, fostering the work effort, stressing the values of real family life, demanding they actually go to school and use their God-given abilities and get an education, and stop denegrating successful Black Americans who are conservatives just because they are not liberal Democrats, then, and only then will all Black Americans gain the respect that is given to all responsible persons.

Racism in America is celebrated by black Democrat politicians and black activists to feather their nests and justify their existence. Without the grand illusion they perpetuate, they would cease to be of any true "value " and would have to get real and productive jobs to support themselves. Heaven forbid! Oh, and gun toting "whitey" wouldn't be the antagonist he is made out to be except to criminals of all ilks and to terrorists that seek to rob the "American Dream" from all of us.

submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

denglish - Neutered or degenderized English.

e.g., Why hassle yourself and others about sexist/PI language when you can switch to Denglish (see PD's "her, 'her' instead of 'their'"): In this way each of you can have zine cake and eat it, too (also).

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

denimize - (Rhymes with TEN-him-eyes; v.) 1. to describe somebody as (a) extremely laid back, informal, or indifferent to fashion or style (except denim styles, of course), or (b) a redneck; 2. to supply foreign visitors with denim pants (or coats or whatever); 3. to describe someone's jeans as (a) ugly, (b) badly over decorated, (c) badly bleached, or(d) really, really worn out. [Analogy from "demonize."]

e.g., "Look at him! He's a redneck with no sense of style!" "Oh, shut up! Stop denimizing the poor guy. After all, he's paying our salaries." "...! He's the boss?!...I never said anything, okay?" "Okay, but he IS a redneck; he's quite proud of it." | "Where is the delegation from Uzbekistan?" "Oh, Alice took'em to denimize themselves." | "Those jeans make you look awful! Don't denimize yourself."

submitted by evie embers

denimoxyribonucleicacid - A person who wears nothing but blue jeans.

e.g., Look at that denimoxyribonucleicacid. If those pants get any tighter, her genes will be made from jeans.

submitted by Dylon Whyte

deniro jockey - "A female who always expects the male to pay, whether he is her boyfriend or not. Originally from Vancouver CA, but supplanted to Sydney Aust"

e.g., "I'm broke, my deniro jockey has worn me/my wallet out"

submitted by mike - (www)

denisexual - One who denies everything when confronted by probing questions relating to sexual activities.

e.g., You may torture me to within an inch of my life, but I will tell you nothing about my private life, for I am a denisexual.

submitted by JayPea

denominatrix - Kinky math sex.

e.g., Fran and Daltyn crunched numbers while leafing through a denominatrix magazine

submitted by Gebusa

denos - the male phenomenon of having chest hairs poking out of the neck of your shirt.

e.g., That guy would have been cute, if he didn't have such a denos. (or "if he wasn't doing the denos")

submitted by camille

denoueman - The one who brings closure or brings things to a conclusion. A closer.

e.g., When the floor salesman and I had agreed to a price for the car, he sprung his trap by bringing out the denoueman. The denoueman said they couldn't sell it for $26,000 that they'd have to get $26,250. I said that's not what we agreed to and left.

That was Saturday afternoon. The salesman called me Monday night. I told him I had bought another car earlier in the day. When he asked what I paid for it and I told him $33,000, he said that's a lot more than we were talking about. I said yes it is, but it's a better car -- and they sold it for the agreed-upon price rather than trying to get more for it at the last minute.

submitted by HD Fowler

dental - "Like pulling teeth" -- painful, annoying.

e.g., Going to the DMV is dental.

submitted by Indrani

denten - Dents, punctures, and holes.

e.g., The old pop can was full of denten.

submitted by jeff - (www)

dentos - Dents in cars.

e.g., The golf balls made dentos in the cars.

submitted by Alex 7th English

dentrailium - The guts, the intestines, and other internal organs.

e.g., He jumped from the top of the Sears Tower; his dentrailium was everywhere.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

denzel crocker - Any notoriously cold and heartless elementary-school teacher, especially one fond of giving out failing grades wholesale or otherwise making things miserable for his students, as well as believing in the likes of weird or bizarre conspiracies in his off-time. From the character on The Fairly OddParents, who happens to be Timmy Turner's 4th-grade teacher.

e.g., Don't tell me--we'll be having a Denzel Crocker for music this year.

submitted by the daily phosdex - (www)

deogeny - The source, development, and ontological history of the One God. (Contrasted with "theogeny," the history of the gods in general.)

e.g., Rabbi Weinbaum and Bishop Muniz were able to agree on several points regarding the issue of deogeny, but not regarding messianic issues.

submitted by Mark Lee - (www)

deokay - To reject or reverse approval of an action after permission has been given; to reverse a prior permission = to change the rules, usually without notification.

e.g., He did as he had done in the past, but she deokayed it, acted angry, and then used his action as the basis for her betrayal, rejection, and desertion. She then acted as if it was all his fault.

submitted by Adrian R. Lawler

deom - A combination of both death and doom.

e.g., Know this, young traveler: If ye venture into the Cave of the Black Beast, ye be meeting certain deom.

submitted by PPM - (www)

depark - (v) To move a car from the space where it was parked. | (n) A place you take your children or grandchildren for them to work off excess energy -- and also to exercise their imaginations.

e.g., As I was deparking my car, I accidentally knocked down and ran over another shopper in the parking lot. | One of the things I enjoyed most in the last few years was taking Alec to depark. Specifically, to Castle Guard Park where we guarded "the princess" from the invading hordes. We never failed in our important mission.

submitted by Rebecca

depart mental - A description of the structure, as well as the consequences of attempting to deal with, a bureaucracy.

e.g., Whenever one has a question about, or needs help with, an issue that involves a large institution, such as an insurance company, large bank or hospital, or any local, state or federal governmental entity, we'd expect to have it quickly answered or resolved by one person. Not in this world, pal! Anything, large or small, that one brings to those large entities invariably results in arcane and inexplicable actions, depart mental.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

departee - The exchange of witty goodbye comments, what-I-forgot-to-says, and last-minute cleverisms held in or near the doorway as you leave a party or other social gathering.

e.g., We tried to leave the Baer-Jonses' dinner in time to get home for Mad Men, but twenty minutes of low-rent departee screwed that pooch good.

submitted by J T Gillick

department of payback - Formerly known as the Department of Justice.

e.g., "This is an enormously eye-opening book which makes painfully clear that, where racial issues are concerned, the Department of Justice has become the Department of Payback. A post-racial society is the last thing that Holder and Obama are pursuing."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

depend - What one goes off.

e.g., You can depend on wimps depending when being depended upon gets too much.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

depension - When something is dependent on something else.

e.g., Man: Are you coming to town? Woman: Well it has a depension on who else is coming.

submitted by Jenny Greveson

deper - Down through.

e.g., I passed deper the walls of spikes to the lab.

submitted by SlyDragon37

dephatco - Based on early Rapspeak to mean "in effect" or "in actuality." Generally, an affirmation or reinforcement of whatever has been said.

e.g., Frick: I vote we all go to the Concert on the Green this weekend. Frack: DePhatco.

submitted by Paul

depictioneer - A person who spends her time writing and illustrating use-case scenarios for software development.

e.g., This part of the spec was done by Betty, our staff depictioneer.

submitted by bristolz - (www)

deplastisize - To remove plastic covering.

e.g., I bought a new CD, but I had trouble deplastisizing it.

submitted by Ross

depleated - Having taken the pleats out of something, mostly about clothes. Usually caused by careless ironing.

e.g., The dry-cleaners have ruined my new skirt, it's completely depleated!

submitted by Robin Nilsson - (www)

deplenish - To subtract from, to take away from the whole, to decrease.

e.g., Reading books by certain prolific authors may actually deplenish your knowledge.

submitted by Lil p

deplosion - The process whereby the explosive population growth of any species eventually leads to the devaluation of that life form.

e.g., The deplosion of man is upon us. Where human life has little value, everyone can be replaced, and no one cares about anything except her own instant gratification.

submitted by Adrian R. Lawler

depositrauma - The panic that one goes into when despositing money into an ATM machine, usually occurs between when the machine starts beeping and when your envelope is finally accepted. Accompanied by thoughts (during and post transaction) such as, "Did I put the correct amount in?" "Is the envelope facing the proper side up?" "Will it spit my card back out when I'm done?" "Oh no, I forgot to lick the envelope. I hope I can still lick it and put it in before it stops beeping."

e.g., You and a friend are at an ATM and you just deposited a check and are quiet. Friend: "Are you okay?" You: "Yeah, it's just depositrauma. I can't remember if I signed the back of that check or not."

submitted by jay donaldson and valerie rutherford

deposse - To break up one's posse for good. Also depossession.

e.g., When everyone went off to college, we had to deposse.

submitted by Rachel Near

depot shock - Finding yourself in an unfamiliar Home Depot that's not organized exactly the same way as your "home" Home Depot.

e.g., Kevin went into depot shock looking for light bulbs at the new Home Depot on Markham.

submitted by Stephen

deprecipitate - Snow shovelling or "removing" the precipitation.

e.g., It snowed havily so I needed to deprecipitate my parcetorium. (Latin term for driveway.)

submitted by Peter Story

depressed depressive - Manic depressive with no mania, only depressive.

e.g., I'm feeling like I'm in my depressive mode of depressed depression.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

depresstimist - A person who is known as an optimist but can be angry or depressed at some issues that have no good side or meaning.

e.g., After hearing the news, I felt like a depresstimist.

submitted by titch411

depressume - Combination of the words "depress" (as in "depression") and "resume" (as in curriculum vitae). Used to express dissatisfaction or anxiety over the state of a resume and, by extension, the career of its author.

e.g., I'd like to apply for that position, but when they see how many jobs are already listed on my depressume they'll ding me for sure.

submitted by Andrew Morse

depritech - Deprivation of technology: any individual, social class, or economic class of individuals who are deprived of technology in such a manner that it may inhibit the personal, business, or professional growth or advancement of the individual or class of individuals.

e.g., Low income and urban families facing the "digital divide" could be considered depritech individuals.

submitted by Robert Pressley - (www)

deprove - To lose ability in a skill or talent you were once considered an expert at. To decrease in quality or appeal.

e.g., Once Phil became a couch potato, his abilities deproved so much that he forgot how to dribble the ball between his legs.

submitted by MD Caruso

deprude - To give someone her first kiss ever, therefore releasing her from the "never been kissed" stage.

e.g., I depruded Tracey after school yesterday.

submitted by Tracey

deprude - To remove the prudery from.

e.g., Best you stay away from Bad Santa unless you've been completely depruded. It's coarse. But funny . . . if you're a professional killer.

submitted by Machiavellean & . . . Lesko

dept - Describing word for a guy, especially when he's looking his best.

e.g., You're looking dept tonight, Jimmy--you shouldnt have any trouble meeting some new girls.

submitted by Ben

dept - Person capable of doing things well.

e.g., The warden who defiles (q.v.) pies is a dept.

submitted by S. Berlliner, III - (www)

deputamatic - Authoritative; feels sovereign.

e.g., James felt deputamatic toward the little kids.

submitted by Fitch - (www)

dequate - A faulty vessel.

e.g., The sample got lost when it was poured inadequate.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

der - Can be used in two different situations. One, as a substitute for "no kidding" when responding to an obvious statement. ("Today is Saturday? Der!") Two, to express exasperation over a situation. ("You mean I have to get up at 9:00? Der!")" | Pronounced /dr/, to rhyme with "sir," "fur," and "were"; prep.) 1. Atop, on top of, resting on; 2. Outside, surrounding; 3. Plainly apparent, obvious; 4. Ostensible, apparent. [Back formation from "under": "der" means "on top of" just as "un-der" means "not on top of."

e.g., "You know, if you add two and two, you get four." Response: "Der!" | "Where is my archeology book?! ... Who took it? It was right here on the table. Der!" "Well is it un-der? Perhaps it fell behind that TLC thingy of yours." "Ah, yes! Here it is! Thanks. Oh, and it's a TLD 'temporal location display.'"

submitted by h0merclies | Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

der fuhrer - Any person who physically resembles Adolf Hitler.

e.g., Who wears short shorts? Der Fuhrer wears short shorts.

submitted by Juice Maloose

derbis - Junk, trash, anything in a place where it shouldn't be. Often mistaken for '"debris." Can also be used as a mild expletive.

e.g., "I never knew kids who could creat so much derbis." "You're so stupid, you would spend weeks in a pile of derbis and not realize it."

submitted by Oracle

derder - A cardboard tube that used to be inside a roll of toilet paper, paper towels, or wrapping paper. Called a derder because kids of all ages inevitably hold the tube to their mouth and say "der der der" and make other nonsensical sounds.

e.g., Hand me that big derder. I need it to mail this poster to my friend.

submitted by Donna Peterson

derealizing - Not sure what it means because it isn't in the dictionary -- duh. I found it inJitterbug Perfume. I guess it means making something not real. Being a Buddhist and believing nothing is real, anyway, I would have to say this would be synonymous with the word "real" so it becomes a redundant set of words like whelmed and overwhelmed which mean the same thing. Weird. . . .

e.g., When my students eyes gloss over in the middle of a lesson, I feel derealized.

submitted by Catherine - (www)

derect - To tear down; the opposite of the verb "to erect."

e.g., As soon as we derect the tent, we can head out.

submitted by Curt