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googloid - A person obsessed with Google. (ED. A "googloid" could also be similar to a "factoid." Either a "fact that's not a fact" or a "tiny fact." Check the link to see a usage note on the suffix "oid.")

e.g., Look at Dani over there. Doing another search. She's a googloid. I have to admit, though, that she can be very helpful when it comes to homework.

submitted by Jamie P - (www)

googlong - The result of googling with insufficient restrictions on the search argument. A googlong may contain millions of hits.

e.g., Look, if your search argument is Jim, all you'll end up with is a worthless googlong.

submitted by HD Fowler

googly - when you fell grossed out and discusting

e.g., He makes me googly

submitted by Margie

googoogajoob - Used when in extreme confusion, used to confuse other people.

e.g., Did you know that the Product of the limits is the limit of the product? googoogajoob!?

submitted by FlyinDuke

goojy - Firm in consistency, but turning gooey.

e.g., I nearly choked on that day-old sushi because the rice was no longer goojy.

submitted by Milt

gook - 1. Someone living in the 21st Century who thinks the internet is a waste of time. 2. Someone who is able to use a computer but never or rarely uses one.

e.g., Richard is a gook; he's never online when you need him.

submitted by Simon Gordon - (www)

gookamoonga - An exclamation of surprise, disbelief, or elation.

e.g., Great gookamoonga! I can't believe that Dean Kamen's IT was just a silly scooter.

submitted by M. Bean - (www)

gookie - Repulsive in sight, taste, or smell; dirty; unclean.

e.g., Get your gookie hands out of that cookie dough.

submitted by Chad Brooks - (www)

gooky - (adj.) Qualifies usually rather edible matter, but very sticky and appetizingless.

e.g., Woah, that's gooky. Got any tweezers ?

submitted by Jerome

gool - A combination of cool and good, the perfect person would be described as gool.

e.g., Mike is so gool.

submitted by Lucy

goolash - Used to claim the right to sit in the front passenger seat of a car (i.e., "shotgun"). Words such as plopenstein and snarfle may also be used for this purpose.

e.g., While walking with a group toward a friend's car: Goolash.

submitted by Wilton

goombah - Someone who is not intelligent in the ways of daily human activity--social outcast or moron.

e.g., I saw a man today wearing a red sneaker on his right foot and a combat boot on his left foot. He asked me if I had change for a dollar--because he needed to cross the street! What a goombah.

submitted by Jason Back - (www)

goon - Cheap wine that only comes in quantities of 3 Litres or more usually in a bladder-type dispenser.

e.g., That goon gave me a terrible hangover. Wow this place must be classy, they got goon!

submitted by jay-z

goon sack - I believe that this word originated in Australia, which is to say that the first time I heard it was when I wasthere. A goon sack is the metallic bag inside box wine.

e.g., These Aussies I knew would sit around and pass the goon sack around. Four guys could empty one in ten minutes. Then they'd go and try to surf. It was great.

submitted by zach

goon-hunt - Driving around late on a Friday or Saturday night yelling abuse at strays and groupies.

e.g., We went on a goon-hunt last night and saw many randoms.

submitted by Mark Bell

goonache - The splitting headache that a person gets after drinking too much wine. It can happen while drinking, but most commonly the morning after.

e.g., My head hurts. I have the worst goonache after last night.

submitted by rachael

goonie bag - Another word for a goon sack, or the bladder of a cask of wine (Australian slang).

e.g., So, did you leave your goonie bag in the car?

submitted by Oscar

goonta - 1. arm fat 2. oral sex

e.g., 1. I hate my goontas. 2. I got goonta last night. He never gives me goonta.

submitted by sarah

goontripper - Pinhead.

e.g., Geez, I just mailed all my bills without stamps...what a Goontripper!

submitted by pat taylor

goop - A condiment made of roughly 50% ketchup and 50% Miracle Whip. In a pinch, mayonnaise will work. You may also add Tobasco or Salsa. Goop is for tacos and enchiladas mostly.

e.g., Please pass the goop. My taco is making me hungry.

submitted by Ken Flint

gooponya - Gooponya is a noun that means the worst kind of gummy junk food, especially the kind women crave at certain times of the month -- like chocolate, creme-filled donuts, and chocolate chip cookie dough.

e.g., I'm cranky, bloated and I can't eat pizz and chips -- I crave only gooponya!

submitted by sara saldi

gooray - Sarcastic exclamation of joy...not.

e.g., It's time to clean your room. OR Oh, gooray!

submitted by Mark Haire - (www)

goosebumpples - A cross between goose bumps and the pimples on your skin.

e.g., You can tell that I'm cold by the goosebumpples on my arms.

submitted by Tim McInerney

gooseliver - This used to be a perfectly good word for liverwurst, braunschweiger, liver sausage, etc. This popular lunch meat does taste much like the expensive "pate' de foie gras" -- paste made from geese's livers.

e.g., I like mustard on my gooseliver sandwich.

submitted by Paul EDIC - (www)

gooses - More than one goose, makes sense with modern English.

e.g., The gooses were waddling along the path.

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goosley - Descriptive of the feeling in your mouth when you bite on one of those fatty, soft connective tissue blobs in moist cooked meat.

e.g., I dread her pot roast because she uses chuck, slow-cooked at a low temperature, and it's always goosley.

submitted by SassyLee - (www)

goot - 1. Dreamlike | mystical. 2. Fool.

e.g., 1. The clouds look very goot like in this picture. 2. Stop gooting around.

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gootalious - The word to describe the residue left in the bottom of a milk carton.

e.g., The carton had gootalious dwelling upon the bottom.

submitted by Matt

goowah - Gross, nasty.

e.g., What's that goowah stuff on your shoe?

submitted by Tara

gooz - good

e.g., the salami was real gooz! ;)

submitted by jerk

goozally - Gross and slimy.

e.g., Mom's spaghetti is always goozally.

submitted by Ashes

goozle - Overabundance

e.g., Bill Gates has a goozle of money.

submitted by Tom

goozle - southern slang for adams apple found in throat.

e.g., He got hit in the goozle.

submitted by Dave

goppin', gopping - Ugly, with a face like a crushed turnip. Often caked in beige foundation in a futile attempt to hide it.

e.g., Ugh, Diane. Your brother's plain goppin'.

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gorange - A really disgusting beverage, like the stuff in the bottom of a beer can. Useful--it rhymes with orange.

e.g., Yuck! Can't you walk around the gorange, not go through the middle.

submitted by Elin

gorch - A really old porch that is falling apart.

e.g., Last week my uncle fell through the old gorch.

submitted by Brandon Ducharme

gordian - (GORE-dee-un; adj.) 1. Hopelessly complicated, convoluted, or confusing; 2. ALMOST Hopelessly complicated, convoluted, or confusing; 3. (loosely) Extremely difficult either to understand (if concepts) or to do (if actions).  
(From the Gordian knot of ancient Greek history: An insoluble knot used by a man named Midas [no, a different Midas] to tie his father's ox-cart to a post. His father's name was Gordias (and probably still is). Depending upon which story you've heard, only he who was destined to rule the world (or just Asia Minor) could untie it. Alexander the Great---as intense a combonologist as a strategist---simply cut the thing with his sword. See "Anagordian." .... Current scholarship, btw, suggests that Alexander was actually not attempting to fulfill any prophecies (indeed, the prophecies, says modern research, appear to have been invented and interpolated into the story some time long after the event, but was, instead, trying to discover the knot's structure (much more like the ardent student of Aristotle he was than the sly conqueror the popular stories make him out to be). Some histories suggest that Alexander didn't even cut the knot at all, but chopped away the cart and hitching post, sliding the knot off the wood to expose the ends of the bark-fiber cord with which the knot had been tied, so that he could unravel this marvel of knotted-ness.)

e.g., "So, whose flashbacks were the true ones? The bald terrorist? The chick with the Mohawk? The dead oil-well worker? or Captain Studly Sunglasses?" "Well, none of them is completely true, and none is completely false." "So this was a ten-dollar, two-and-a-half-hour lesson in points of view?!" "Yes. Yes, that's it exactly!" "Well, the lesson was lost on me: That film is more Gordian than the Congressional Record."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

gore merchant - This term has two meanings. The first is a death metal band in the vein of Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, or the Berzerker, and the second is a fan of splatter style horror films.

e.g., Watching the _Texas Chainsaw Massacre_ again, Tony? You're a gore merchant if ever there was one.

submitted by Xnoybis

gorenje - The look that comes across your face when you put your foot into your shoe only to find something unexpected and typically (but not always) scary already in there. Most notable however for it's ability to rhyme with "orange."

e.g., Did you see on Chris' face
The sweet and startling gorenje,
Where within her shoe was found
By her toes a moldy orange?

submitted by Steve Zihlavsky

gorenography - Material (print, media, online or otherwise) that presents images of real and graphic death and mutilation.

e.g., Websites like and are examples of gorenography.

submitted by Andrew Babb - (www)

gorg - Anyone who works in a corporate IT department. Usually large creatures with buggy eyes and surly attitudes. From the giant puppet on _Fraggle Rock_.

e.g., If you can't get your sound card to work, call up one of the gorgs to help you.

submitted by Sam Spade

gorgacious - Of something that is both gorgeous and bodacious.

e.g., The weather outside is gorgacious.

submitted by aguynamededdy - (www)

gorgeful - A mix of "beautful" and "gorgeous" (spoken by my 4 yr old daughter while looking at the moon).

e.g., Oh, Mama, isn't the moon gorgeful tonight?

submitted by sandra - (www)

gorgeoisie - A class of people who are gorgeous, often shunning people who are not looking quite as good at the time.

e.g., "How do I look in this new outfit?" "You, my dear, are a member of the elite gorgeoisie."

submitted by John Burton - (www)

gorgeousness and gorgeousity - For something that is visually perfect.

e.g., The sunset was just gorgeousness and gorgeousity, filled with reds and purples.

submitted by SilverMaiden - (www)

gorgertar - A way to decribe how you're feeling--gorgeous.

e.g., "How are you today?" "I'm gorgertar, thanks."

submitted by Laura

gorgonzoloid - Containing a profusion of Gorgonzola.

e.g., My four cheese pizza last night was particularly gorgonzoloid.

submitted by Dave Widdicombe

gorilla-beat - To beat something or someone savagely. (As in the old Samsonite commercial when the luggage is thrown in a cage with a gorilla)

e.g., If you drink one more of my Peppers, I'm gonna gorilla-beat you.

submitted by Ken Dicke

gork - A person, typically male, exhibiting the worst character traits of both a geek and a dork.

e.g., The guy who wrote that program must be a real gork.

submitted by Schmengus McGillicutty

gorked - Unknown mental status or acronym for God Only Really Knows.

e.g., That head trauma patient is way GORKed.

submitted by chris

gorkmeister - A person who is a comination of a geek and a dork (gork) who is the follower, and basic servant of a higher gork.

e.g., Have you noticed what a gorkmeister Phillip has become since he began hanging out with Trey?

submitted by Brnadon Ducharme

gorman - A technique for doing efficient partition exchanges in Oracle databases, named for expert Tim Gorman. The humor is, people who use the word have to explain what it means 100% of the time.

e.g., For a partitioned table just copying the problem partition and doing a gorman is probably the cheapest way to fix the problem.

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gormley's castle - Cumbrian (NW England: Lake District, Beatrix Potter country) dialect word for the more usual "in the clouds," "cloud cuckoo land," etc. The word originates from the 16th century Baron Philippe de Gormley of Wigton in Cumbria who always had grand schemes but they never came off. Indeed, the magnificent castle that he wanted to build is still just a mound of rock and stone in Wigton High Street as just after he started construction he lost all his money gambling with the notorious Sir Melvyne de Bragge of Ambleside.

e.g., Bryn's idea will never catch on -- he's living in Gormley's Castle, that one. | If you think that people are going to pay £20 for a cup of tea you may as well visit Gormley's Castle.

submitted by David Ford

gorny - Horny as a goat.

e.g., You like that guy? Don't you realize he's gorny.

submitted by Scubin - (www)

gorow - Wrong.

e.g., "Is it true that the earth rotates around the moon?" "No, that is gorow."

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gorp - A term for any sort of food that tastes really good but you don't know the name of it.

e.g., Have you tried Mom's gorp. It's delicious.

submitted by Brandon Ducharme

gorpulent - The state of being overweight and large of body as a consequence of ingesting large quantities of trail mix.

e.g., If you'd pick more wild berries and select some of those healthy natural foods found out in the wild, you wouldn't huff and puff quite as much on our mountain trail hikes. Eating those extra big bags of Good Old Raisins and Peanuts has made you gorpulent, old pal!

submitted by Charlie Lesko

gorpy - Dorky, stupid.

e.g., Oh, my God. . . . Look at that gorpy haircut on Chris.

submitted by Bob182

gorram - Bastardisation of Goddamn typically used when describing a person or organisation, as seen in .

e.g., Keep your gorram hands offa me.

submitted by Morgan

gorril - A gorril is a hirsute shambling person bearing a resemblance to a great ape.

e.g., Colin watched with fascination and ill-concealed amusement David's gorril-like attempt to don his coat.

submitted by david flett

gorrilla cuts - Out in the middle of nowhere.

e.g., Where do I live? I live in the gorrilla cuts near Kelly Lane.

submitted by Timothy Clay

gorse - Semi-violent basketball game played exactly like HORSE with one exception: when you get a letter you also get punched by the other player.

e.g., He proudly wore a black and blue bruise on his arm from yesterday's GORSE game.

submitted by Drew Richardson

gorsel'd - This is what a worm does inside an apple that is being baked in an oven. While there is some shrinking, the most noticeable thing is writhing, squirming. twisting. If you put a worm in a cup in the oven, that is what you would see as it heats up. Also spelled "gorsulled."

e.g., As the oven heated up, the worm gorsel'd and gorsel'd.

submitted by SassyLee

gorsplagular - The definitive term for awesomeness.

e.g., Your wheels are gorsplagular. Truck's not bad either.

submitted by Matty D

goshdangpotatowedge - It's an expression to use when you are annoyed about something or can't think of the word to say.

e.g., "We're gonna be late for class." "Ohhh, goshdangpotatowedge!"

submitted by LeeNi

gossipel - Catty talk about others behind their backs, spoken with an air of moral authority. Combination of "gossip" and "gospel."

e.g., Some took Hedda Hopper's Hollywood society columns as gossipel.

submitted by lookout

gossipsist - A gossip columnist. From Time, April 7, 1930.

e.g., "One of his best friends is Walter ('Vulture') Winchell, gossipist of the New York Mirror, who writes his blurbs only with a heavy-leaded Variety pencil."

submitted by HD Fowler

gossipsize - To downsize by spreading gossip about an individual. "Spreading slanderous gossip about an employee until she's compelled to quit."

e.g., I've noticed that crowd around the water cooler several mornings in a row now. Who do you suppose they're gossipsizing about?

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gosu - Adj, to be very good at something, to be elite.

e.g., The gosu Starcraft player was able to build a hundred hydralisks in less than seven minutes.

submitted by Jeff

got - Past tense and past participle of get. If you're from the South, you can't talk long without saying got.

e.g., Got milk? | Can't help myself, I got it bad for the girl. | Got any spare change? | I got sunburned so bad cutting the grass I couldn't stand to wear a shirt for almost a week. | Pedey ate his way through his cage's chicken wire and got loose. I'm sure it was because he wanted to get some from a girl squirrel.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

got dandruff! some of it itches. - Non-vulgar expletive that kinda resembles a vulgar expletive.

e.g., When you stub your toe and you are letting it out, but notice two 4-year olds staring at you, you then yell, "Got dandruff! Some of it itches!"

submitted by That Hated Guy

got ilk? - Interrogative statement, basically meaning, "Do you have what it takes to belong?"

e.g., Katrine: I'd really like to try out for the rowing team this year. Milli: Got ilk?

submitted by Paul

gotamollie - God almighty. Oh, wow.

e.g., Gotamollie. There's ten dollars on the ground.

submitted by Sue Fagan

gotch - Children's slang for boys' underwear. Used regionally in Manitoba, Canada.

e.g., Gordon's got new plaid gotch.

submitted by Gordon Reid - (www)

gotcha - Getting someone to look at your crotch or breast area by pointing at them.

e.g., Any one who went to Milton Hershey knows what GOTCHA is.

submitted by Mary MHS

gotcha moment - The moment when you are without any doubt completely bested by your opponent. Made famous recently during the Microsoft antitrust trial.

e.g., The gotcha moment came when Dubois silently laid the e-mail evidence before a silent Bill Gates.

submitted by L. H. Markwell - (www)

gotchyoffer - An offer, usually too good to be true, made on the internet -- non-existent in reality.

e.g., The free cellular phone turned out to be a gotchyoffer.

submitted by Paul Dobbins

goth - Derived from Gothic. Refers to an object that has a psycho, scary appearance. If in referance to a person, the person will be dressed in black, and listen to grunge music--and may worship Satan.s.

e.g., Ralph is out walking his pet alfafa bean. He sees a guy walking around wearing black robes, with long black hair. Ralph: What a goth! Alfalfa bean: Yeah, I reckon.

submitted by Sammmy

goth points - The ratings by which a Goth is measured for her gothiness.

e.g., Janet lost 10 Goth Points for smiling at the door guy at the club.

submitted by eanya

gothism - A belief, made especially popular in the late 20th century, that openness when dealing with depression contributes something valuable to the public.

e.g., Trent Reznor was a forefather of gothism because his music was famous for dealing with issues relating to depression.

submitted by Benjamin Nelson - (www)

gothobee - A unique and precise state that has no equal and leaves no room for error.

e.g., Look, I told you can't do it like that. Its a gothobee.

submitted by Sid

gotholic - A Goth who is also a Catholic. Rare, but they do happen (especially if their particular congregation is fairly liberal).

e.g., Mandy: Missy isn't coming to the club tonight... she's going to mass instead. Sandy: Really? Mandy: Yeah, she's a Gotholic.

submitted by Arin

gothwalk - A form of dance popular among goths, also known as the two-step. It consists of stepping two steps forward, and two back, repeatedly and slightly off the beat. Swaying and hand movements optional.

e.g., The gothwalk is the simplest of the standard Gothic dances.

submitted by Drew Shiel

gotsta - Something you simply have to do -- whether you want to or not.

e.g., I gotsta go to skool now so I can lern how to spel betr. See ya.

submitted by John N.

gotta - Got to. When you hear a speaker on television say "gotta," if you have a captions feature turned on, you're very likely to read "got to." The spoken word: gotta; the written word: got to. | Sometimes: have a.

e.g., You hear the speaker say, "If you're going to give yourself the best chance of being successful, you've gotta have confidence in yourself." You read the speaker as saying, "If you're (or 'you are') going to give yourself the best chance of being successful, you've (or 'you have') got to have confidence in yourself." (ED. Of course, if you start with the written word, you might choose to write this instead: "To give yourself the best chance of being successful, you must have confidence in yourself.") | "I gotta big ol' zit, so I'm not leaving the house tonight." "You may need to hole up for a week, Chris."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

gottwatha - Two-year-old's word for grandmother.

e.g., Gottwatha gave it to me.

submitted by John Booth, Jr.

gouch - Pronounced like "couch." Any generic red, sometimes painful rash on the skin. Commonly used by idiots who don't know what gout is, nor know how to pronounce it if they did.

e.g., I woke up this morning with a case of gouch on my arm. I can move it, but it stings to touch it.

submitted by Bill

goulie - A rock greater than one foot in diameter.

e.g., Don't trip over that goulie.

submitted by Eric Thiesburger - (www)

govil - An action that is called both good and evil. E.g., one group calls an action good (for them) and another group calls the same action evil (for them). Many of the happenings around the world in everyday life can be described as govil. ORIGIN OF WORD…….The word govil is formed from parts of the words God and Devil, and also from parts of the words Good and Evil.

e.g., His firing was a govil act. (Good for the boss, evil for him and his family.)

submitted by Adrian R. Lawler

govvo - Youth allowance payments for students.

e.g., Adam. I've got no money at all. Ryan. Nah, I'm cashed up. Thank you govvo.

submitted by grilla

gow - To eat with too much gusto. To stuff one's face. Thought to be related to gag and chow.

e.g., We were starving. We gowed down that chicken 'til we choked.

submitted by Jim Dacayanan

gowitelle - A made-up word.

e.g., I just added a lot of cool gowitelles to a website called pseudodictionary.

submitted by paws

goyfriend - Christian boyfriend. "Goy" is a derogatory word for Christians used by Jews.

e.g., Christine accidentally hit on her sister's goyfriend.

submitted by HD Fowler

gozillion - The amount of money someone owes you for doing a favor which is not always in your own or his best interest. Actual amount somewhere near 2128.

e.g., If I give you the answer, you owe me a gozillion dollars.

submitted by Darwin

gozinter - Refers to the pot or jar into which all your odds and ends, spare change, etc. "goes in ter." WWII Royal Air Force slang, still used by me today.

e.g., A single paper clip? Just put it in the gozinter.

submitted by micheil

gpneumatic - Pneumatic, the g is silent. Pneumatics.

e.g., Sorry, you'll have to bring your computer back tomorrow. Our gpneumatic drill repair guy is out sick today.

submitted by HD Fowler

gps - someone who really likes to give driving directions. (after Global Positioning System)

e.g., She wants to know how to get here? Give her to John, he's the GPS.

submitted by dina

gps-pda-whatever - Devices used by geeks for purposes that only they understand. Those who have never used a GameBoy or cell phone should not attempt to use these devices.

e.g., When sailing in the bay, Greg studied his GPS-PDA-whatever, but his confused expression revealed that he is not the geek that he aspires to be.

submitted by greg foster

grab the shovel! - A phrase you say to someone you're with when the two (or more) of you are just about to be caught doing something you aren't supposed to be doing...knowing that you're gonna have to dig yourself out of it.

e.g., Lauryn is copying Nicky's 100 point chem assignment as Mr. Pav walks in the room. Nicky says: "Lauryn, grab the shovel!"

submitted by Nicky Ubben

grabamoco - Tissue, handkerchief

e.g., She blew her nose on the grabamoco and threw it on the table.

submitted by Carmen

grabfidget - (v) To pick up small items and play with them in a pointless and annoying way.

e.g., Stop grabfidgeting. Leave the stuff on the table alone.

submitted by Lee

grabilicious - Greedy, always takin' your stuff.

e.g., Gloria was always takin' my makeup outa my purse an' usin' it without askin' because she's just grabilicious.

submitted by Fred Harth

grabotologist - I'm not sure if this is a word. There is a quiz at work asking: What is a grabotologist? I can't find anything on the internet about it. Can someone please help. (ED. A grabotologist is one who practices grabotology, the study of Norman Grabowski and his works.)

e.g., I'm not sure Mel is a grabotologist, but he's certainly a fan and a friend.

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gracile - A real word meaning gracefully slender. Slender; thin. I'm adding this word not only because it's new to me, but also because of the way I saw it used.

e.g., "In physique, a bonobo is as different from a chimpanzee as a Concorde is from a Boeing 747. I do not wish to offend any chimpanzees, but bonobos have more style. The bonobo, with its long legs and small head atop narrow shoulders, has a more gracile build than does a chimpanzee. Bonobo lips are reddish in a black face, the ears small and the nostrils almost as wide as a gorilla's. These primates also have a flatter, more open face with a higher forehead than the chimpanzee's and -- to top it all off -- an attractive coiffure with long, fine, black hair neatly parted in the middle." | "Yes, some men might find Michelle somewhat attractive -- in a gracile, bonobo-ish way." "Dude, you better take another look. Michelle's the 747, not the Concorde. Not only is she a multi-tattooed bottle blonde, she's not at all graceful, much less slender. She reminds me of the girl I met on a blind date whose name I can't remember, so I refer to her as 'The Linebacker.'"

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graddoo - Gross, icky stuff that may or may not be organic. Always disgusting, usually unidentifiable.

e.g., Since Harold never once cleaned his bathroom, there was some really wierd graddoo growing up the side of his shower curtain.

submitted by Cj Critt

gradely - Good, or fair. Lancashire colloquialism.

e.g., Steve was a gradely sort of fellow, even if he did work for a large multinational mobile phone company.

submitted by Graham Roberts

gradetwoyearold - A foolish person either acting two years old or acting like she's in grade two.

e.g., That guy is a gradetwoyearold.

submitted by B

gradgiate - To get a college diploma without learning to spell.

e.g., He gradgiated last June, but can barely spell his own name.

submitted by Steve McDonald

gradidude - A graduate who's very grateful to (finally) be graduating; or, whose parents or others are (also) very grateful he's graduating.

e.g., The entire hamlet erupted with joy and celebration when Rollie came home from school for the last time, a happy gradidude. Tacos and frijoles for everyone.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

gradoo - Anything disgustingly nasty, especially the accumulation of dust, food, etc. that builds up on top of the refrigerator.

e.g., Paul, I did the dishes, it's your turn to clean up the gradoo on the fridge.

submitted by Scott Lattimore

gradu - Dirt or crud.

e.g., I had to clean all the gradu out of the barbeque pit from last summer.

submitted by Katie D.

graduate of the school of the ... - A term used to describe someone who says exactly what everyone and their brothers are thinking, yet feels she is the only one attuned to the knowledge.

e.g., John Madden: Well, the quarterback either has to throw the ball or hand it off to avoid being sacked by the other team. The world at large: This guy must be a graduate of the school of the bleedin' obvious. Perhaps even the perfesser.

submitted by Larry C.

graduate stridents - Stridently liberal graduate students who indoctrinate more than teach their charges in first and second year college courses.

e.g., The graduate strident who taught one of my freshman history courses in college was probably no older than I was. I was already in graduate school myself when I finally got around to taking Western Civ.

submitted by HD Fowler

graduation present - A special little gift your girlfriend finally gives you on graduation night.

e.g., What a night. She gave me the graduation present I wanted the most.

submitted by Steve McDonald

graduit - Grä-dôô´,n. Used to describe build-up on various surfaces; usually oil-based and often found in kitchens or restaurants. Graduitous, adj. Used to describe an object that has graduit on it.

e.g., Could you please clean the graduit off the side of the oven? That oven sure is looking graduitous.

submitted by Galley - (www)

gradumatate - To be graduated from college with little effort and flying colors. Usually with a communications or kinesiology degree.

e.g., Bill screwed up the company payroll--again. But then again, he did gradumatate from college.

submitted by converge

graduwaitress - A college graduate who is forced by poor economic times to work in the food service industry.

e.g., Sara, after four years of computer science study and faced with a poor economy, found herself working as the third graduwaitress on staff at the Sankofa Restaurant.

submitted by Mark Howell - (www)

graf - Journalist slang for "paragraph."

e.g., The lede is nice, but by the third graf things start to slow down. From Ken Layne's warblog.

submitted by Slithy Tove - (www)

grafeetie - Counterculture drawings and slogans on urban community spaces rendered by artists who are skilled in applying paint with their toes.

e.g., Jass is a tiny, black, cross-eyed city kid and not much to look at. But, on the streets, when he goes by with his orange Nikes and purple sox, all the dudes in the gangs smile -- he's a number one home boy. Jass walks tall as a grafeetie artist of much renown.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

grahamazingly - Originally from Stop and Shop Chocolate Graham crackers, to describe their combination of being filled with Grahamy goodness, and also amazingly good. Can also used to describe anything beyond amazing.

e.g., Those crackers are Grahamazingly good.

submitted by Tristan

gralm - Between a grope and a palm of a person's body.

e.g., He gralmed her buttocks.

submitted by Kathryn Lee - (www)

grammar czar - Neither an ordinary grammar nazi or nor a grammar snob, a the grammar czar is an the authority on all points of English usage for the PseudoDictionary: capitalization, diction, etymology, grammar, language history, lexicography, literature, poetics, pronunciation, punctuation, rhetoric, semantics, spelling, style, syntax, usage . . . you name it™. Why? Because she says so, that's why. And you do not argue with the grammar czar. Even ytpography conventions? Now that you mention it, sure, why not?  

After all, the grammar czar herself uses idiosyncratic extra spaces around em dashes. Depending on her mood, she'll tell you she does it because she thinks it's easier on the eyes, because it helps distinguish dashes from hyphens, or because she thinks it looks prettier. The grammar czar can get real big on pretty at times. Did you catch that, grammar nazis and grammar snobs? No point in getting on the grammar czar's case. She does as she damn well pleases. She makes the rules and she won't hesitate to break them, certainly not if she's trying to make her point that breaking the rules can be fine if you know you're doing it and have a good reason for doing so. You can do the same. Of course, you may be wrong in that your readers may not care for your choice. If you're worried about that, why are you revealing your writing to perfect imperfect strangers? If you want your readers to be kind to you, stick to friends and family. Just don't get pissed off at them when they're not kind either. They won't be.  

The grammar czar -- no, better make the initial characters capitals (perhaps all small caps?) from now on -- The Grammar Czar (TGC) knows no bounds for the powers she assumes.  

Yes, TGC is a female -- namely me, Lillith Ms. Lillith Miss Lillith. Yeh, that's the ticket, Miss Lillith. You can forget that sexist czarina poppycock. And you can forget the alternative spelling tsar, too. That lacks the strong sound I want my title to have.  

Wouldn't it be ridiculous to continue to refer to The Grammar Czar in the editorial third person now that the cat's out of the bag that I'm The Grammar Czar, stripped of all pretense of being omnipotent? With that revealed, I'm no longer the wizard, just the man woman behind the curtain.  

What distinguishes her me from your run-of-the-mill grammar nazi is that she has I have absolutely no background, credentials, or research to back up my opinions. Hmm, perhaps that's not a distinguishing feature after all? …  

Correction: I do have almost five years experience posting on internet message boards. That gives me enough experience with an I'm-not-listening-I-know-everything-I'm-always-right argumentation style that I'm confident I can pull this off. I've also read enough results-oriented-end-justifies-the-means Supreme Court opinions, concurrences, and dissents to know how to get around or ignore points that work against my mine.

HD's addendum.  
Except for a bit of arbitrariness and idiosyncracies, I usually follow The Chicago Manual of Style. I try not to be capricious, but may not always be successful. That's the way it is with geezers (US usage) who can't maintain their focus.  
I follow the American ytpographer's practice for placement of punctuation marks relative to both single and double quotation marks: commas and periods go inside, always with rare exceptions, even though the logical place for a closing comma or period may be outside. Why? Because I like the symmetry of the American practice.  
I use doubled quotation marks for "scare quotes" for single words, as well as for direct quotations of multiple words. I'm not saying I won't change your use of left and right [curly] quote marks to double marks for single words, your use, but I'll make at least a modest effort not to do so.  
If I maintain my focus, I'm particular about using a space on either side of a dash, whether doubled hyphens ( –– ) or a ytpographer's em dash ( — ). When I took typing in high school, I was taught to use either « – » or «––», the latter without spaces, for a dash. I prefer the look of a space on either side of the punctuation mark -- which is definitely not Chicago Style.  
I somewhat facetiously refer to my arbitrary and idiosyncratic style as Fowler Language or Fowler Style on the Submit Page. Doing what I do for submittals to your input is what I intended to alert you to in my first e-mail: I can be a nitpicker when it comes to making things look right to my eye and sound right to my ear. I've been known to edit my own writing dozens of times before being satisfied. I'm not quite like Flaubert when it comes to finding le mot juste, but I can certainly come close.  
Chances are that I use many, many more commas than you do. That's because it's unusual for a comma to decrease clarity, although a comma can impede the flow of words. So do parenthetical comments -- whether indicated by commas, dashes, or parentheses. Sometimes, however, the parenthetical remarks are needed to clarify or explain.

e.g., Seriously, though, most of the time the grammar czar will find a respected authority who sees things the way she does and will quote a snippet of text that embodies what she wills to be the canonical rule to follow. She will not necessarily agree with the pre-dominant view, but that is by far the most likely outcome.

It's all about the rules, tools… Oh, and it's all about the links, too.  
Note: For simplicity, and based on the assumption that readers will click on the hyperlinks to find out more about the usage or other usages, the source of quoted material is not spelled out with a formal copyright notice. A second assumption is that the quoted snippets are legal under fair use provisions of copyright law. Any copyright holder who objects to the use of her material should send an e-mail to my the bossman, H.D. Fowler  

Helen Moody (Miss Grammar):

The Case of the Serial Comma

The Mystery Solved | A Puzzle Remains | The Wrong "Wrong Rule" | The Authorities Speak! | The Letters

The Mystery Solved


Dear Readers,  

Many thanks to all who responded to my plea for help in tracing the origin of the Wrong Rule about omitting the final comma in a series ("red, white and blue" instead of "red, white, and blue"). Your letters and my further research have revealed this: The only authorities who advocate omitting the final comma are newspaper style guides (which wish to save column space) and some English writers (who waffle on the rule).  

My original assertion stands, with minor qualifications: Except for journalists, all American authorities say to use the final serial comma: "He went to the store to buy milk, butter, and eggs."  

The reason for the final serial comma is to prevent the last 2 items' being confused as a unit (butter-and-eggs).
Rules for Comma Usage Use a comma to separate the elements in a series (three or more things), including the last two. "He hit the ball, dropped the bat, and ran to first base." You may have learned that the comma before the "and" is unnecessary, which is fine if you're in control of things. However, there are situations in which, if you don't use this comma (especially when the list is complex or lengthy), these last two items in the list will try to glom together (like macaroni and cheese). Using a comma between all the items in a series, including the last two, avoids this problem. This last comma — the one between the word "and" and the preceding word — is often called the serial comma or the Oxford comma. In newspaper writing, incidentally, you will seldom find a serial comma, but that is not necessarily a sign that it should be omitted in academic prose.
March 1997 | Thoroughly Modern Burchfield | by John Simon

The new, third edition of Fowler’s Modern English Usage[1] is out, ta-rah, ta-rah! It was edited by Robert Burchfield, a New Zealander and Oxford don, author of numerous books on the English language and editor-in-chief of the venerable—if not sacrosanct—Oxford English Dictionary, second edition. As editor also of the Cambridge History of the English Language, Burchfield made himself a true citizen of Oxbridge. But an ox bridge can be no better than a pons asinorum.  

Besides giving full due to American English and looking into other Englishes, F3— as I shall call it with a bow to Auden and Isherwood’s The Ascent of F6, a similarly daring enterprise in scaling the heights— boasts many other new features. H. W. Fowler’s F1, born a year after me in 1926, predates my linguistic interests. F2, from 1965, was a light revision by Sir Ernest Gowers, a user-friendly volume of 725 duodecimo pages, and much easier to handle than the current 864 octavo ones. It was also decently modest. It did not, like F3, proclaim itself on the jacket “The acknowledged authority on English usage,” the sort of self-advertisement worthy of Norman Mailer. And F3, of course, has a much jazzier jacket altogether.  

It must be faced right off that Burchfield is essentially, though not entirely, of the descriptive rather than prescriptive school of language savants. Although he bridles at some usages, he is also astoundingly tolerant of others. About of a—as in “how big of a house?”—he writes that it “may possibly be a slowly evolving extension of a much older” usage; about comprised of, he notes that “opposition to this … construction is … weakening.” It seems that “only elderly eyebrows are now raised” at finalize; passive defeatism is the order of the day: “We may rail against the loss of a useful distinction [between amount and number]— and I do—but can it be stopped now?”  

There are times, though, when Burchfield is simply wrong—seduced, perhaps, by permissiveness. Under machismo, for instance, he accepts a secondary pronunciation with a k (mack-), as if the word were Italian in origin rather than Spanish, where “ch” is always pronounced as in Charles. I have no idea why he prefers e pur si muove for Galileo’s eppur etc., as it is always given. Under marvellous, he tells us “usu. marvelous in AmE,” though I have yet to meet an American unusu. enough to stick in that second, British l. Burchfield writes: “Off of is still strongly present in the language of the less well educated but is indisputably non-standard in Britain.” It is just as non-standard in polite America; and what is that “still” doing there? In fact, off of, which was virtually unknown in America until a couple of decades ago, has now burst out all over, even among college graduates. So; not “still,” but “already,” and “even the educated.”  

Again, Burchfield is categorical about penchant: “still pronounced in a Gallic manner … in English.” Well, it has always been pronounced in an English manner in America, as all dictionaries attest. He writes “de Saussure” for what, without a first name or Monsieur, is “Saussure,” in the Gallic manner. Première, accented on the last syllable, is not the “dominant” pronunciation in America, but the only one. Remonstrate, however it may be pronounced in Britain, is always accented on the penult in America. There is no such thing as rhyme royale: in French, it is rime royale; in English, both British and American, rhyme royal. Pace Burchfield, no civilized person pronounces schism with a k sound. The sentence “Strait-jacket is better so spelt rather than straight-jacket,” should be recast, “Strait-jacket is better so spelt than as straight-jacket.” And so on.  

Though the principal problem with F3 is permissiveness, its second-gravest offense is fuzzy writing and thinking. Take this, under literally, where we are warned about using the word inexactly. “It’s a case,” writes Burchfield, “of ‘stop, look, and think’ before using the word in any manner short of its exact sense.” That strikes me rather like telling someone hefting a gun, Before you shoot to kill, stop to consider whether you’re committing justifiable homicide. Among the suspect examples quoted, two are especially interesting. First, from Nabokov, “And with his eyes he literally scoured the corners of the cell.” Obviously, eyes are less suitable than brushes for literal scouring. But isn’t hyperbole a legitimate trope? Yes, but scouring without the literally is in itself a heightened statement, so that the increment makes it pleonastic. By the way, the date given for the Nabokov quotation is 1960, in which year, according to the Library of America chronology, Nabokov produced nothing that could have contained that sentence.  

The next alleged abuse comes from the Spectator in 1991: “Zagreb believes that Europe is fiddling with face-saving diplomatic measures while Croatia—quite literally— burns.” On the one hand, all of Croatia did not actually burn; on the other, parts of it were burning—literally, I would say, rather than “quite literally,” which is redundant. So the question arises: how literal need literal be to qualify for literalness? Are scattered fires sufficient, or must there be a border-to-border conflagration? To be sure, Burchfield covers his flanks—or some other part of his anatomy—by saying that a few of his examples exhibit merely “a slight movement” in the direction of “the weakened sense” of literally, which strikes me as poor selection of illustrative examples.  

The entry on acquaintanceship begins: “The logical progress of ideas in a sentence occasionally allows this word to slip into print, sometimes when acquaintance would have served instead.” Here confusion hath made its masterpiece. What kind of logical progress leads to slippage? Only the illogical kind, I should think. But a slip is surely an error, is it not? Not always, it appears. We get the prompt qualifier sometimes, from which we deduce that there are times when a slip is not a slip. So we now want to know exactly when the longer form would not have been improved on by the shorter, but about this F3 keeps mum.  

Under point of view, we are told that it is “freely interchangeable with standpoint … and viewpoint.” That is quite a departure from F2, which asserts that “the idiomatic English is undoubtedly point of view.” What accounts for Burchfield’s change of heart? All we get is, “The run of the context governs the choice of word.” Alas, “run of the context” is no clearer than “the logical progress of ideas.” Perhaps Burchfield meant “rhythm of the context,” in which case he should have said so.  

Under infer, we get at first a firm distinction between infer and imply, with all the needed examples of correct and incorrect usage. But then comes the slippage, or slipperiness: “The clarity of the distinction between imply and infer is often questioned, and with a certain justification.” The argument for that “certain justification” is that the OED (Burchfield’s other baby) “gives unquestionable examples” of infer used in the sense of imply. These examples constitute “excellent supporting evidence from the 16C. to the 19C. (and some less impressive 20C. examples).”  

This raises an interesting question: who exactly is a reliable witness, giving excellent rather than less impressive evidence? On this rock much—if not all—linguistics comes to grief. Excellent evidence is usually construed as coming from reputed writers and reputable publications. But are writers, even great ones, above solecism? If famous writers are caught in error, as they often are, why should they be invoked as arbiters? Or is an error that can be found, let’s say, in Alexander Pope and the present pope (quite a writer, he!), and in both Powells, Anthony and Dawn, ipso facto no longer an error? Does its occurrence in the Times—either the London or the New York variety, or both— absolve it from guilt? I think not. It was as fine a writer as Dickens who entitled one of his novels erroneously, and mistakes in large type hurt more than those in fine print.  

But before we check out F3 on mutual, let’s consider one more piece of information it offers on infer: “There is also abundant evidence that lawyers and judges sometimes use imply in contexts where a layman would have expected infer.” That raises the question of why lawyers and judges should be taken seriously when it comes to linguistics, and casts doubt on Burchfield’s use of layman in this context. I would think that the layman here is not the non-jurist, as the statement implies (not infers!), but precisely the jurist who uses imply for infer and proves linguistically ignorant.  

Now for Burchfield’s crowning absurdity: “Linguistic attitudes tend to change as time goes on,” which may be the understatement—or platitude—of the decade. Forthwith our pundit turns prophet: what the “OED’s sense 4” tends to legitimate by all those examples “may well become one of the natural uses of infer at some point in the 21C.” Such prognostication can easily be misread as approbation; where is, at the least, a sense of regret about such an erosion of needed distinctions? True, it is now customary to make fun of Jonathan Swift for having deprecated the coinage mob from mobile vulgus, which, over his fulminations, became standard usage. But what if Swift was right, and it was enough to have crowd and masses and hoi polloi (not “the hoi polloi,” which Burchfield accepts). How many synonyms does a word need? It would be better for Burchfield to be proved wrong by the future than to prove a doormat in the present. The future might even turn out different if the Burchfields of this world took a more courageously combative stand.  

On to mutual. F2 was clear on this one: “it involves the relation x is or does to y as y to x, and not the relation x is or does to z as y to z.” And it went on to reject “mutual friend” in favor of “common friend” or (lest common be mistaken for vulgar) “friend in common.” This may be a bit awkward, but better awkward than absurd. Burchfield, expectably, waffles away like the best waffle iron; indeed, this entry is as good a place as any from which to start scrutinizing F3. It condones “of mutual benefit to both the Scots and the English” without even noticing that both is redundant.  

Well then, if we cannot trust even our common friend Dickens (sorry, Charlie!), can we trust some sort of majority, or substantial minority, usage—which is what descriptive linguistics does? Again, I think not, and beg permission to digress somewhat. I can understand, though not condone, a usage such as “everyone [or everybody] removed their overcoats”—which Burchfield, citing fancy authorities, cheerfully approves—on the grounds that the logical his would slight women, and (here I agree) “his or her” would be clunky. But what about the following inanities that are gaining firm footholds?  

Take, first, what used always, sensibly, to be “You can’t eat your cake and have it too,” as it appears, for instance, in Joyce’s Ulysses. Suddenly, we hear on all sides, “You can’t have your cake and eat it too,” as it is listed in the Random House Dictionary of Popular Proverbs and Sayings (1996). The first form makes sense: once you’ve eaten the damned thing, you can no longer have it. Not so the later, corrupt form: you can have your cake—enjoy looking at it, or keep it in the freezer, or have it set aside for you at the bakery—and then, at the proper moment, eat it, too. But some dolt somewhere along the line reversed the order, and it stuck.  

Or take “I could care less,” as some dimwit misconstrued “I couldn’t care less,” and now we are saddled with this absurdity. Burchfield, who records it, adds: “No one has satisfactorily accounted for the synonymy of what would appear to be [!] straightforward antonymous uses.” How delicately this is put; simple human stupidity is no longer acceptable as an explanation—therein lies its supreme triumph.  

Consider next a persistent American mispronunciation that, widespread as it is, has escaped the attention of both Burchfield and all American linguists known to me: groceries pronounced as “grosheries,” as if it were spelled “grocieries.” This stems from a faulty analogy with such like-sounding words as glazier and hosiery. False analogies of a similar kind account for any number of errors, yet this has not been sufficiently stressed. So, for instance, “work period” and “play period” begot the tautology “time period.” None of this is in F3; conversely, it finds space for the following entry: “okapi (Zaïrean animal). Pl. unchanged or okapis.” What a relief to know that however you form this plural, you will always be safe.  

One could multiply instances—not quite ad infinitum, but surely ad nauseam. The treatment, for example, of different than, protagonist, intrigue/intriguing, and cannot help but I find highly objectionable in its passive acceptance. So what if Sir Hall Caine, as early as 1894, wrote “She could not help but plague the lad”; does that make the tautology respectable? Let me, however, conclude my case against Burchfield and others of that stripe (to avoid the controversial ilk) with a discussion of one of today’s choicest bones of contention, the misused hopefully.  

Burchfield, interestingly, groups this under sentence adverbs, a term unknown to F1 and F2. I myself refer to it informally as “the impersonal hopefully”; others call it a sentence-modifying adverb. Burchfield begins with the undisputed use of the word: “in a hopeful manner.” But under the rubric sentence adverb, we read about the “bitter war” that erupted with hopefully “as its chief focus.” He states a general proposition: “in the 20C. there has been a swift and immoderate increase in the currency of -ly adverbs to qualify a prediction or assertion as a whole,” and offers as examples actually, basically, frankly, hopefully, regretfully, strictly, and thankfully. “Suddenly, around about the end of the 1960s, and with unprecedented venom, a dunce’s cap was placed on the head of anyone who used just one of them —hopefully—as a sentence adverb.”  

On the basis of entries in the OED, but not only on them, Burchfield shows that this practice is of long standing. Yet what neither he nor other pontificators note is the difference between endings in -ly, and those in -fully. The latter (and they are all equally culpable, it is only that hopefully is the most frequent) cannot be defended as, to quote Burchfield, “elliptical uses of somewhat longer phrases.” Thus frankly stands for “speaking frankly,” strictly for “strictly speaking,” and actually for “as things actually stand,” though basically does not expand so readily. But what is hopefully the contraction of? (Note that I do not hold with the antiquated injunction against split infinitives and sentence-ending prepositions.) Find me, however, the unelliptical version of hopefully if you can.  

Simply stated, hopefully presupposes a human agent; but who is filled with hope in “Hopefully it won’t rain tomorrow”? Certainly not the rain, which, even if you think of it as having Cummingsian small hands, does not hope for its not coming, or even for its coming. Well, who then? Burchfield explains the opposition to all -ly adverbs as follows: “Conservative speakers, taken unawares by the sudden expansion of an unrecognized type of construction, have exploded with resentment that is unlikely to fade away before at least the end of the 20C.”  

This is ludicrous, to begin with, because of that “at least the end of the 20C.” coming three or four years before century’s end. “At least” arouses expectations of a considerably longer stretch. Next, how does Burchfield know, even roughly, when a resentment will end? Further, what is this “taken unawares”? Anyone with ears and eyes could witness this thing coming—first gradually, then diluvially—for quite some time. And it is precisely conservative speakers who, on the constant lookout for such abuses, are most prepared for them.  

But, of course, the real cause for consternation—which Burchfield, after noting it, fails to analyze—lies elsewhere. This abuse is a horrible example of cravenly shirked responsibility. In the insecure Sixties, people became increasingly uneager to stick out their necks and say, for example, “I hope X won’t be elected.” What if your interlocutor was for X? Now, saying “Hopefully X won’t be elected” removes the onus from the speaker’s person to a nebulous generality of hopers, the ones for whom German provides man, and French on. Hopefully defuses responsibility through diffusion. And when people won’t even say “I hope it won’t rain tomorrow,” the moral cowardice that pollutes speech goes beyond the ungrammatical to the deplorable.  

I repeat, neither F3 nor any usage manual I know of perceives the simple but salient difference between -ly and -fully. Some books, such as Sidney Greenbaum’s Oxford English Grammar (1996), avoid the issue altogether. Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage (1989), however, is gung ho: “the storm appears to be moderating,” it proclaims, and cites the Prince of Wales’s using the sentence-modifying hopefully in a press conference. “What more prestigious cachet,” it asks, “could be put on it?” I don’t know —perhaps Lady Di’s endorsement. Conversely, The American Heritage Dictionary (1992) notes that opposition to it is growing: whereas in 1968 it was approved by 44 percent of the usage panel, only 27 percent approved in 1986. AHD concludes that the word has become a shibboleth.  

To my satisfaction, there remain definite holdouts, preeminently Wilson Follett and Jacques Barzun’s Modern American Usage (1966) and B. A. Phythian’s wonderfully jaunty Concise Dictionary of Correct English (1979). I reproduce part of the latter’s entry because I relish its tone: “Uses such as Hopefully the stain will not show are illiterate. … The climbers set off hopefully is correct. Hopefully, all the terrorists are now dead is not correct, unless the intended sense is that they are dead in a condition of hopefulness … Like many Americanisms, however, this wrong use of hopefully is now so widespread that it will probably become standard English in due time. The reader is urged to resist this growth.”  

That is the right attitude: a realistically pessimistic appraisal of the situation, but with determination to resist, and hope even against hope. How different from F3’s supine acquiescence! But then, Burchfield in many ways betrays what Fowler and Gowers stood for; indeed, in his preface, he is smugly condescending as he writes of Fowler’s “isolation from the mainstream” and “heavy dependence on schoolmasterly textbooks,” and wonders why “this schoolmasterly, quixotic, idiosyncratic, and somewhat vulnerable book … retained its hold on the imagination of all but professional linguistics scholars for just on seventy years.” In other words, a book for mere amateurs—but note that faint-hearted somewhat. Well, maybe the reason it did not hold the imagination of professional linguistics scholars is that they, poor things, don’t have any. Only slavish dependence on what the unwashed say and the illiterate write, with the now added encumbrance of political correctness.  

One wonders why Burchfield was picked for this job when one notes his patronizing tone toward Fowler’s book: “It is not, of course, as antiquated as Aelfric’s Grammar. … But it is a fossil all the same, and an enduring monument to all that was linguistically acceptable in the standard English of the southern counties of England in the first quarter of the twentieth century.” In other words: parochial and passé. Yet what the Greenwich observatory was for time, England’s southern counties have been for standard speech. Things have indeed changed since 1926 and F1, but we must remember that all change is not for the better, some of it downright harmful. The new hopefully can foster needless ambiguity, as in this example from the American Heritage Dictionary: “Hopefully the company has launched the new venture,” where “the meaning changes depending on whether hopefully represents the standpoint of the speaker or the company.”  

Even in elegant terseness, Fowler is well ahead of Burchfield. Consider F2 on piebald, skewbald: “P. is properly of white and black, s. of white and some colour.” In F3, this becomes the prolix, “A piebald animal (esp. a horse) is one having irregular patches of two colours, esp. black and white. A skewbald animal has irregular patches of white and another colour (properly not black).” Quite so, and what was that plural of okapi again?  

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Lessons 266-270 Adverb Clauses
Lessons 271-275 Noun Clauses
Lessons 276-280 Clauses - Review
Lessons 281-285 Clauses - Review
Lessons 286-290 Sentence Variety
Lessons 291-295 Compound and Complex
Lessons 296-300 Compound and Complex

Lessons 301-305 Capitalization
Lessons 306-310 Capitalization
Lessons 311-315 Capitalization
Lessons 316-320 Capitalization
Lessons 321-325 Capitalization
Lessons 326-330 Capitalization
Lessons 331-335 End Punctuation
Lessons 336-340 Periods
Lessons 341-345 Commas
Lessons 346-350 Commas
Lessons 351-355 Commas
Lessons 356-360 Commas
Lessons 361-365 Commas
Lessons 366-370 Commas
Lessons 371-375 Quotation Marks
Lessons 376-380 Quotation Marks
Lessons 381-385 Semicolons
Lessons 386-390 Colons
Lessons 391-395 Colons
Lessons 396-400 Italics/Underlining
Lessons 401-405 Apostrophes
Lessons 406-410 Apostrophes
Lessons 411-415 Apostrophes
Lessons 416-420 Hyphens
Lessons 421-425 Hyphens
Lessons 426-430 Dashes
Lessons 431-435 Parentheses
Lessons 436-440 Brackets

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

grammar notzi - Someone who knows something is wrong but chooses not  to correct the speaker or writer. Word notzi.

e.g., Unless I want to annoy someone, my preference is to be a grammar notzi, not a grammar nazi.

submitted by HD Fowler

grammarful - The act or process of completely slaughtering the English language by perverting common words to fit the situation

e.g., I love being romantical, but being grammarful is way more fun.

submitted by Nicholas Green

grammarizing - Being the grammar Nazi on someone else's document.

e.g., I've been grammarizing this proposal for hours -- whoever wrote it failed English unpossibly.

submitted by Brett Looney - (www)

grammasphemy - Grammatical blasphemy. Misuse of the English language so profane it is the verbal equivalent of fingernails grating against a chalkboard.

e.g., I cringe every time I hear such grammasphemy as "I seen it."

submitted by Robert

grammaticaster - From Michael Quinion: "a contemptuous term for a petty or inferior grammarian."

e.g., Slings and arrows -- Lillith says I'm a grammaticaster. For once, she may be on to something.

submitted by HD Fowler

grammatized - 1. To make one a grandmother. 2. To behave like a gramma. For twenty-year-old friends who start behaving like old, blue-haired ladies.

e.g., 1. Sheila's daughter grammatized her by having a baby girl. 2. After her 25th birthday, Heidi became grammatized -- going to bed early, crocheting, and adopting stray cats.

submitted by Tara

grammazon - Used by Roy Peter Clark in The Glamour of Grammar for those grammar czars and czarinas who go a step too far by jumping on anyone who makes the slightest grammatical error. I picture grammazons as being of the female persuasion, and built like those "lady wrestlers" on WWE's Monday Night Raw -- or like the high school girl (name unremembered) I had a blind date with my second year in college. Can also be a verb.

e.g., "What happened to your arm, HD." "It's sprained. Lillith, grammazon that she is, took me to task physically for slipping up and using it's for its. Dammit, it was just a ytpo. I know the difference." "Ah, now I know why you gave her the e-mail address you did for her to use at the pd:" "You got that right, Betsy. I'm close to revoking her grammar police license. I can do that, you know." | Lillith grammazoned me.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

grammer - Grammar. Saying that grammer is an acceptable alternative spelling of grammar is just the sort of descriptivist nonsense (accepting errors as mere change) that drives prescriptivists such as John Simon mad. I'm on Simon's side as a prescriptivist; however, Simon himself managed to misspell grammar in a review he wrote for The New Criterion. Neither he nor anyone else caught the mistake before the review went into print.

Rather than sic Simon and thus call attention to his error, I am (reluctantly) issuing an edict: By virtue of my authority as principal editor of the PseudoDictionary, grammer is henceforth a correct spelling of grammar. I'm also, of course, going out of my way to point out how ironic it is that Simon should have made the mistake in that particular review -- one in which he was characteristically and caustically critical of R.W. Burchfield's revision of Fowler's Modern English Usage for its descriptivist approach.

"Usage is as usage does" is what one much-published [at least 40 books] descriptivist replied in an e-mail after I remarked on his ready and willing acceptance of they as a singular pronoun. In contrast, Simon calls for prescriptivists to have the courage to stand and fight for what is right. As I said, I'm with Simon -- except when it comes to the spirit of the PsuedoDictionary and making it up as you go along.


March 1997 | Thoroughly Modern Burchfield | by John Simon

I repeat, neither F3 nor any usage manual I know of perceives the simple but salient difference between -ly and -fully. Some books, such as Sidney Greenbaum’s Oxford English Grammer (1996), avoid the issue altogether. Webster’s Dictionary of English Usage (1989), however, is gung ho: “the storm appears to be moderating,” it proclaims, and cites the Prince of Wales’s using the sentence-modifying hopefully in a press conference. “What more prestigious cachet,” it asks, “could be put on it?” I don’t know—perhaps Lady Di’s endorsement. Conversely, The American Heritage Dictionary (1992) notes that opposition to it is growing: whereas in 1968 it was approved by 44 percent of the usage panel, only 27 percent approved in 1986. AHD concludes that the word has become a shibboleth.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

gramminated - To be nominated for a Grammy Award.

e.g., They were gramminated for "Best New Artists of the Year."

submitted by Linda Myers

grammo - A grammatical error in typed or typeset material.

e.g., Oops, that last e-mail I sent contained a few grammos. The corrected version will be sent shortly.

submitted by Tom Abrahamson

grammophone - Someone who constantly corrects your grammar.

e.g., "See all of youse later." "No, it's see all of *you* later." "Geez, Merf, you're a grammophone. Do you have any idea how annoying you can be when you correct people?"

submitted by Merfi

gramouflage - Speech or text that adheres to grammatical rules, or not, but conveys little or no meaning.

e.g., The press secretary responded to the hostile question with gramouflage, leaving members of the press baffled.

submitted by michael miller

grampa rat - (n.) 1. The person (or animal, tree, building, etc.) who (or which) has been in or at a particular place, building, occupation, organization, rank, task, or office longer than anyone (or anything) else. (Also, of course, "Gramma Rat.") (Used both pejoratively and endearingly, as well as a simple descriptive.) 2. The person (or thing, etc.) assigned to remain behind, cover a retreat, hold at a specific spot, or the like.

e.g., "Apartment 7G belongs to old Mr. Kongwe. He's like 100 years old, and he's lived here since 1960!" "Whoa! That is seriously Grampa Rat." | "How do we keep the Enemy from following us?" "Let's sink the Lizzy here at the narrows; they won't be able to come after us in force until they've cleared it." "The Lizzy, Cap'n? Gramma Rat? That's too bad: she's been a good ship." "Can't be helped, Doc--at least it's a hero's death."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

grampage - When someone over the age of 40 starts killing people, etc.

e.g., Did you hear about that 60-year-old grandfather from the Bronx? Went on a grampage and ran over four kids in a stolen taxi.

submitted by Lord Argent - (www)

grand theft amnesia - A mental ailment which occurs after one plays the game Grand Theft Auto for too long. Depending on an individual's level of intelligence, the game rewires the subconscious mind so that one forgets some of the basic learned behaviors which before were second nature.

e.g., After I played GTA for two days straight I started running red lights by accident -- clearly a case of Grand Theft Amnesia. | Two boys in Tennessee were arrested for shooting at cars on the freeway, killing one driver and wounding several others. During the investigation one boy stated that they had just finished playing GTA and thought that shooting at cars might be fun -- Grand Theft Amnesia?

submitted by Wendy Martin

grandamndidilyumious - A word used to describe something (usually food) that surpasses the meaning of delicious, as if used by Don King.

e.g., Boy, that sure was a grandamndidlyumious sandwich.

submitted by Kurtles - (www)

grandbrother - The offspring of your daughter and father.

e.g., Only people in the South are capable of having Grandbrothers.

submitted by Jeff and Matt

grandee - A real word that always reduces in one way or another to bigshot. We're taking it for our own use to mean VIP -- a Very Important Pseudodictionarier. When you accumulate enough points for your submittals, we add you to our list of grandees. That guarantees your place in pseudo-history. Here's our current Top 40 PD Grandee List. Can you buy your way onto the Grandee List? Absolutely. E-mail HD and he'll tell you how.

e.g., The following excerpts from current news article show just how meaningful it is to be referred to as a grandee.

The $50 billion grandee: Many wealthy clients face financial ruin following the arrest of 70-year-old Bernard Madoff, a Wall Street grandee and one of its most respected and well-connected money managers, on charges of operating a $50bn (£33.5bn) investment scam. Many more expect to emerge with substantial losses and beetroot faces.
The man who conned the world The fallout from the arrest of the Wall Street grandee Bernard Madoff was continuing to grow last night, as institution after institution detailed the extent of their possible losses, and the victims in the UK were headlined by HSBC and the Royal Bank of Scotland, which is majority-owned by the British Government.

submitted by HD Fowler

grandies - Grandfather + Grandmother

e.g., I went to my grandies last summer.

submitted by Pirahna

granding - (v., participial/gerundive) rendering something magnificent, glorious, resplendent, or exceptional (also "to grand," "granded").

e.g., That new marble and granite memorial sure grands that roundabout. | It's a fun musical, but the finale needs granding.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

grandma metric - A form of measurement used in baking using such units as the "dash," the "pinch," the "dollop," and the "smidgen," generally used by people who have been baking for so many years that they can pretty much throw ingredients together in an apparently haphazard fashion and still have everything come out absolutely perfect. Used by grandmothers and professional chefs.

e.g., I'm sorry, I don't know grandma metric. How much is a pinch again?

submitted by Shaduan

grandmotherhood - The later state corresponding to the earlier state of motherhood.

e.g., My wife is enjoying grandmotherhood. It's certainly easier than motherhood.

submitted by emma kimor - (www)

grandpaboy - Immature man.

e.g., Eminem is a grandpaboy.

submitted by christopher miller - (www)

grandy - Better than great and dandy.

e.g., On this beautiful morning I feel just grandy.

submitted by david

granfalloon - A proud and meaningless association of people.

e.g., Our esteemed manager is a member of the Elks Club, the Society of American Management, the Kiwanis Club and other well-known granfalloons. --Kurt Vonnegut's _Cat's Cradle_

submitted by Joel Parker

grannystick - Another word for a bridge in pool. Sometimes called a "cheat stick."

e.g., You don't need the grannystick for that shot, do you? I could reach it without one.

submitted by Andrew - (www)

granoids - Panties that Grandma wears, the big, up to the ninnies variety.

e.g., Mom was helping with Grandma's laundry when she held up a pair of granoids. "But Grandma's so small. Why does she get such big unders?"

submitted by Lisa

granola - "an overage hippie, somebody lost in the '60s or '70s"

e.g., "Oh yeah, there's a lot of granolas living up near Klamath Falls."

submitted by RaggedClaws49

granola - A guy who is a real outdoorsy backpacker type. Sort of plain and naturalistic, you may find him eating granola on the hike.

e.g., You're really into that guy? He's so granola!

submitted by joelle

grant - A fifty dollar bill.

e.g., I would like two grants back from my hundred.

submitted by Rick

grantartica - The cold, isolated place where art companies dwell without funding. (Washington Post Style Invitational.)

e.g., Anna, you major in art and you'll probably end up in Grantartica.

submitted by HD Fowler

granticiate - Used in conjunction with someone who takes things for granted and doesn't appreciate things.

e.g., She granticiates things. | He is a granticiator.

submitted by Oliver

granties - Large unattractive underwear having the qualities of "grandma panties." Big butts look so much better in thongs.

e.g., I know it's time to do laundry when all I have left in my underwear drawer is my granties.

submitted by dollywhacker

grantsalot - Someone who is generous and allows others to do as they wish, to be themselves.

e.g., My buddy is very lucky -- his father is a true grantsalot.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

graoondified - Graoond is ground in grossness. A thing is graoondified if it has the essences of ground in grossness.

e.g., A brother may ask his sister about her dress, saying "How graoondified can you get?" This of course should be asked with extreme facial expression and body attitude.

submitted by Rebekah J. McCormick

grape root - 1. Traditionally the subterranean vine organ responsible for absorbing nutrients and water and providing structural support. 2. More recently, the vine itself.

e.g., Public Service Announcement: Please don't confuse "grape root" with "grape root." It has been linked to birth defects.

submitted by Stosh

grape smuggler - A small bikini, thong, or Speedo-like swimsuit worn by a older, balding, hairy male.

e.g., Look at that hairy back gorilla with a grape smuggler on.

submitted by Rob T.

grape smugglers - Pants, shorts, sweats, or other legware worn by males. The clothing is so tight that their private parts are prominently featured. Grape-smugglers.

e.g., The visit to the beach was fine, but there were too many guys wearing grape-smugglers.

submitted by Patrick

grape written - Bristolian term for the country in which we live.

e.g., I K Brunel designed a ship called the Grape Written.

submitted by Bryan

grapeciousness - The being and description of grapes. (ED. I felt sympatico with the e-mail address (fatguy) of the submitter and allowed the entry, even though it seems to violate the guideline about making sense. I think it has something to do with the quality or state of being a grape. I'll have to re-educate myself on forming words with -ness endings. Maybe I can figure out what to do with it later. The braces ({}) flag it for re-examination.)

e.g., I really like the grapeciousness of that grape.

submitted by C.J. Read

grapes - Weed, pot, marijuana, dro, purple. A medicinal plant that can be smoked or chewed. Makes you feel relaxed and happy, aka "high." (ED. And, according to recent Australian research, smoking it results in shrinkage of important parts of the brain.)

e.g., We got them grapes and a swisher.

submitted by Denahli

graphicity - The quality of being extremely graphic (visually, verbally).

e.g., John Donne's imagery in his poetry shows exreme graphicity.

submitted by Scott

graphiglia - Patterns in the sky that resemble drawings.

e.g., There was a great deal of graphiglia in the sky yesterday, due to the large number of jets practicing at the bombing range.

submitted by Ken Barefield

graphophobia - Fear of coordinates.

e.g., Cam's graphophobia would not let him get near a GPS unit. AutoCAD was also out of the question -- too many coordinates to mess with.

submitted by Ty Evans

grapple-grummit - "the technical term for something that you forget the name of , or don't know what it's called."

e.g., "Would you pass me the GRAPPLE-GRUMMIT over there?No, no, the other one!"

submitted by serenity

gras - Abbreviation for "gracias," the Spanish word for "thanks." Often followed with "nad," short for "de nada," the Spanish term for "you're welcome."

e.g., Can you hand me that book? Gras.

submitted by Pineapple - (www)

gras bra - A malformed version of "Gracias, brother" --slang for "Thank you." "Gras bra" first saw widespread use in the Pacific Northwest, especially in Ashland, Oregon. The term has since spread to small pockets in Los Angeles and New York City.

e.g., That new CD you gave we was sweet. Gras bra.

submitted by Brady Brim-DeForest - (www)

grass hopper - Railroad term for special hopper cars that carry two completely different kinds of cargo.

e.g., Grass hopper cars are used to carry lawn clippings and also to carry potted plants.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

grass pants - What we laughingly call the quaint little town near a mountain pass, named for Ulysses, the 18th President of the U. S.

e.g., Grass Pants is where you go to spend a quiet weekend, because the locals head for the big city to get some excitement.

submitted by Steve McDonald

grassiti - (grass-'ee-dee; n.) 1. crop circles; 2. Any symbol cut, carved, incised, or otherwise textured into grass or other ground cover. [from _graffiti_.]

e.g., "Wow: hey, have you seen that big grassiti on the news? Maybe it's aliens!" "No it isn't: it's 'you are so stupid' in Devanagari."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

grassoline - (n.) The smell of freshly cut grass and cheap gasoline: the odor of lawn mowing.

e.g., Grassoline is the smell of baby boomer adolescence. The heat, the sweat, the endless pushing of those old, much heavier, mowers without any mechanical help. Those machines were as heavy as the humidity. And grassoline brings up memories of lemonade and chilled root beer in the shade of the oaks and the elms.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

grasstroturf - The new turf they've been installing in football and baseball stadiums of late. The surface is cushiony like grass, but still made from Astroturf-type materials.

e.g., Gillette Stadium, home of the New England Partriots, will be replacing the natural grass on the field with grasstroturf.

submitted by BL

graticious - Free and gracious. Combination of "gratuitous" (complimentary, costless, free, gratis) and "gracious."

e.g., Jonathan H of graticiously purchased the domain name and linked it to us for those who interchange the "e" and "u" in the spelling. Thanks very much, Jonathan.

submitted by Miss Speller

gratifaction - Gratifaction is a simple but rewarding hybrid, melding satisfaction and gratification into a much more useful and--to my mind--powerful word.

e.g., The overwhelming sense of gratifaction I experience from a wilderness sunset is unsurpassed.

submitted by Larry

gratisfaction - Combination of gratifying and satisfaction.

e.g., I can't get no ... Gratisfaction!

submitted by Professor Plum

grattery - Really smelly armpits.

e.g., Jessica used to have some friends, until her grattery drove people away from her.

submitted by Jessica Bowers

grattitude - Sarcastic thanks.

e.g., "I kind of broke this priceless heirloom. "Thanks," he said with grattitude.

submitted by Gebusa

gratuitize - To ad a gratuity to a bill, usually for parties which exceed 6 members.

e.g., Boss, I need to you gratuitize table twenty -- they asked for the check.

submitted by Jim Lafferty

graunch - The sound of a car panel being crumpled slowly against an immovable object such as a light pole.

e.g., Charlie heard a terrible graunch, and realized that he'd left the passenger side door open, and that is was slowly crumpling against the parking meter pole.

submitted by Catherine Perry

graunt - Great Aunt

e.g., I love my Graunt!

submitted by Dede

graupel - White hail that bounces without making any sound; a hybrid between snow and hail; to precipitate graupel.

e.g., Look out the window. It's graupelling.

submitted by Colin Taffel

grave - Used to describe or forewarn of a "no lie" topic; equivalent to serious, or "I swear to God." More serious still: grandma grave.

e.g., I saw a terrible accident on the freeway just now, and I think somebody was hurt really bad...grave.

submitted by Johnny King

grave demeanor - A cemetery attendant who refuses burial to nasty deceased.

e.g., He had to be kept refrigerated because of a grave demeanor.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

grave perjury - To swear on a living person’s grave.

e.g., He committed grave perjury because he had swore on his mother's grave, but she wasn't yet dead.

submitted by Sammers

gravitass - Taking yourself too seriously, when everyone else thinks you are an idiot. (ED. 2. Howard Dean. 3. One completely lacking in gravitas. Especially applicable to politicians lacking sufficient stature to be running for the offices they are running for. Given their party's symbol, the term is usually better suited to Democrats than Republicans.)

e.g., Many TV evangelists need to deal with their gravitass a little better. (2. Monday, January 19, 2004, Howard Dean showed his gravitass after the Iowa Democratic Caucus. 3. Ladies and gentlemen. It gives me great pleasure to introduce Howard Dean, candidate for the 2004 Democratic nomination for President -- and gravitass extraordinaire.)

submitted by Mark Woolley

gravitory - Space toilet that works because of artificial gyroscopic gravity.

e.g., The only thing about the gravitory is that you can't stand up.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

gravity shield - Any material or device which will nullify or neutralize the usual force of gravity.

e.g., Humans have not yet managed to develop or use the gravity shield, as they've already done on other worlds. Interstellar travel is made much easier with this simple application of reverse repulsory interaction.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

gravity test - When playing Hackie Sack and you toss the sack to someone to begin the round, and she is unaware you tossed it until it hits the ground.

e.g., "What th . . .?" "Gravity test. Yep, gravity is on."

submitted by Daniel Canna - (www)

gravity, mean old mr. - Said in response to someone dropping something. Puts the blame for the event on this mythical character. The more clumsy or messy the thing dropped is, the funnier this phrase gets.

e.g., Mean Old Mr, Gravity! Better get a mop for that.

submitted by Cory

gravolade - Accolade given after the death of a person, usually at the grave.

e.g., Nothing nice was said about him in life, but his gravolades were good.

submitted by Adrian R. Lawler

gravory - A place where gravy is stored.

e.g., "Darling, where's the gravy?" "In the gravory, where else?"

submitted by O Turner

gravy - "Cool, smooth"

e.g., "It's all gravy''

submitted by Nolan

grawble - A grey creature that lives in beards.

e.g., I have a grawble in my beard.

submitted by Bradley and Emma

grawdue - A mixture of grime, dirt, and residue.

e.g., Every time he shaves he leaves a ring of grawdue in the bathroom sink.

submitted by Melissa

grawlix - Substitute typographical characters used to symbolize profanity.

e.g., The blog's profanity filters block any forbidden terms so it's suggested you use grawlix.

submitted by Joel Parker - (www)

gray - (adj.) homicidal. [this word requires some explanation, obviously: the word comes from a pro/con debate on homosexuality. One of the students coined the term to identify a logical quandary he saw in the pro-side's argument. Someone who is "Gray" is homicidal, said he, and ought to have the right to murder someone suicidal, or, conversely, someone who is suicidal [I don't know why he didn't call the suicidal person "gray" as well] should be permitted to call upon the services of someone who is homicidal to end their life. It was a thought-provoking argument, but I didn't get to hear the rest of the debate. Perhaps the PD forum will take it up for discussion.] 2. Homiphobic: (n.) someone averse to the homicidal/suicidal idea explained above. (adj.) to be averse to this philosophy without rational grounds (I guess).

e.g., "I'm in so much pain, can't someone help me die?" "Don't worry, Dr. Bortda is Gray: he'll help you." | "But he wanted me to kill him." "Yes, but you knew assisted suicide is illegal here, didn't you?" "Yeah, but that's just homiphobic conventionality."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

gray bar hotel - Prison. Long-existing slang.

e.g., Gonna do my best to see that she gets a room at the gray bar hotel.

submitted by HD Fowler

gray-bar land - Where you are when you are waiting so long for your computer to finish something that it has to display a progress bar on the screen.

e.g., I would like to install this freeware, but I am still in gray-bar land waiting for it to download.

submitted by Stephanie - (www)

graze - Process involving two or more people at a meal who devour with great zeal, gusto, and relish every last morsel of food within arms-reach. From Raymond Carver's short story "Cathedral."

e.g., We really grazed that table. I can't believe we were all so starved.

submitted by Lunch

grazer - Used to describe someone who is a vegetarian.

e.g., Don't bother grillin' a burger for Cassie, she's a grazer.

submitted by Lynchmob

grazing rights - Petty theft. Usually at the company you work for, usually overlooked. Students may interpret their grazing rights as including not just school property, but also another student's or a teacher's property.

e.g., "Where you going with that box of pens you took out of the supply cabinet?" "Home. Grazing rights." | "Where'd the guys on the loading dock get those steaks they're eating?" "Someone accidentally dropped a box of Omaha Steaks. It broke open, so they put 'em on the barbie. Grazing rights." "Accidentally? Where'd the grill come from?" | Mmmm, grazing rights don't extend to taking Mr. Hall's sousaphone, Chris. Put it back. And take the basketball goal and the coach's sneakers back to the gym.

submitted by [Mr. T]

gream, scroan - Groan-scream, scream-groan. Used by author Spider Robinson.

e.g., He scroaned in agony over the rotten pun. He greamed in pain as the children landed on his stomach.

submitted by Eric S.

grease - Used like "smurf"was used in "The Smurfs." Takes the place of a word one is too lazy to say, think of, or even know. Most often used to state that good looking women are around.

e.g., 1. That's some grease walking in. 2. She's greasy. 3. Pass me that grease over there.

submitted by Gerald Lebolo

grease bomb - Originally a McD's Quarter Pounder with Cheese, but extended to any fast food burger that has a massive slab of meat and relatively little bun, condiments, etc.

e.g., "You OK, Bob?" "I think the third grease bomb was a mistake."

submitted by Tom Topham

greasy spoon - English cafe that serves an all-day breakfast, the greasier the better. A good greasy spoon usually consists of two eggs, two sausages, two bacon, baked beans, black pudding, chips, and a cuppa or three. Ramon's, a fantastic greasy spoon in Cardiff, Wales, adds to this with pink walls and photographs of kittens in wine glasses. This contrasts nicely with the sweaty-arsed builders who form its constituency. Impressively, even the tea at Ramon's is greasy.

e.g., I felt like death when I woke up this morning, but after going down to the greasy spoon with my housemates, I felt a lot better. Well, after I'd thrown the greasy spoon back up, actually.

submitted by Bent Udder - (www)

great big head - When hair gets itself into a posture (usually over the course of sleep) that makes the person's head look uncharacteristically large.

e.g., Look at Jill, she's got great big head.

submitted by ditnis

great horned spoon - A large shovel used in gold mining during California's Gold rush during the 1850s.

e.g., Mad used her great horned spoon to load the placer box while mining for gold.

submitted by Frederick J. Smith - (www)

great nudini - A person who virtually comes out of nowhere onto the playing field of a sporting event completely naked.

e.g., Last week's Cowboys-Eagles game was delayed due to a great nudini strutting on the 30-yard line just before kickoff.

submitted by reese danger epstein

great unposhed, the - A variant of the great unwashed, it, too, refers to hoi polloi.

e.g., The Queen does not care to meet the great unposhed, as she feels they are beneath her.

submitted by Jason Jones

great wooze - A state that eventually comes over most chronic insomniacs that usually leads to at least an hour or two of sleep. Usually preceded by "a" or "the."

e.g., After nine nights of less than four hours sleep, finally, a great wooze swept me into sandmanland.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

greatless - Appreciation knowing no boundaries.

e.g., Your efforts are greatless.

submitted by p Hollander - (www)

greazy - someone has done you wrong

e.g., "if your hangin out with your friends and you all go out to eat and they run out leaving you to pay the bill, that's greazy."

submitted by Mo-gal - (www)

greb - Person of no fixed abode, possibly of limited wealth. Person lacking in hygiene and personal appearance. Often a Gypsy.

e.g., I see the grebs are setting up their caravans on the park.

submitted by Coofer Cat - (www)

greb, grunger, greebo - Someone who tends to be either a skate(board)er, BMXer, MTBer or similar extreme sporter. Generally wears baggy trousers with long (two feet or more) chains from belt loops to pocket, hoodies and suchlike. Usually likes rock and metal, but many are also into hip-hop these days. can be an insult esp. from townies however grebs don't actually care what they are called

e.g., This place is full of grebs. Look at all the skateboards.

submitted by dekoi

greco-romanono - To combine a Latin or Greek word with a vulgate word creating a phrase which is meaningful but (technically) wrong. "Blood-mobile" should be "blood-van" or "sanguine-mobile."

e.g., The term "blood-mobile" is the most commonly used Greco-Romanono in the English language.

submitted by Stephen Mize

grecofro - An afro on a person of Greek descent.

e.g., Apostolos has a grecofro.

submitted by Allison Harris

greeble - The action of adding small, useless, meaningless, space-filling detail to an image, graphic, or model to give the sense of size and realism.

e.g., Snoop greebled his space fighter mesh to make it look more realistic.

submitted by CyberSnoop - (www)

greece the skids - To "grease the skids" is to facilitate something. To "greece the skids" is to facilitate a country's downfall with unaffordable government spending, primarily entitlements.

e.g., Don't expect Congress or the President to make much of an effort to improve the economy. They're too busy greecing the skids to bother with that.

submitted by HD Fowler

greediot - Person whose brain is ruled primarily by avarice.

e.g., The greediots in the RIAA have failed to see the long-term wisdom in devising a workable online music swapping scheme.

submitted by Thomas Ingledew - (www)

greek olive factor - When you eat something and you expect it to taste a certain way, and it tastes completely different. (Because once I thought a Greek olive was a black olive, and it tasted like a green olive. I hate green olives.)

e.g., I took a drink of what I thought was regular milk, but the greek olive factor kicked in and it turned out to be soy milk.

submitted by Zanny - (www)

green - "Okay" or "Is that clear?"

e.g., A: That's *my* chocolate bar, green? B: Green.

submitted by May Trix

green glop - What we called the government-surplus canned spinach they served in our high school cafeteria. It was always very old and slimy and I doubt if anyone ever actually ate it. But they were required to serve it anyway. It usually was put on small paper plates that had been furnished along with the spinach.

e.g., I'll never forget the day before spring break, when dozens of plates of spinach went sailing across the lunchroom, dropping their loads in mid-flight.

submitted by Steve McDonald

green lightning - The "flashing green" on computer terminals in days of yore.

The Hackers' Dictionary of Computer Jargon [IBM] n. 1. Apparently random flashing streaks on the face of 3278-9 terminals while a new symbol set is being downloaded. This hardware bug was left deliberately unfixed, as some genius within IBM suggested it would let the user know that "something is happening." That, it certainly does. Later microprocessor-driven IBM color graphics displays were actually programmed to produce green lightning. 2. [proposed] Any bug perverted into an alleged feature by adroit rationalization or marketing. "Motorola calls the CISC cruft in the 88000 architecture `compatibility logic', but I call it green lightning." See also ((feature)) (sense 6). -- The AI Hackers Dictionary

e.g., No, it's not dead yet -- see the green lightning?

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

green on thursday - Many years ago when I was in school, if you came to school wearing green, that was supposed to mean that you were "queer."

e.g., Needless to say, no one ever seemed to come to school wearing green on Thursday. It would be interesting to know where this idea might have originated. It was undoubtedly just someone's silly invention. (ED. Don't know where it came from, but it was the same story in rural Arkansas -- more than 50 years ago.)  

Always wear GREEN on Thursdays.

"Queers and fairies wear green on Thursday" is among the many words and phrases Judy Grahn explores in her bookAnother Mother Tongue, (Beacon Press, 1984).

Grahn writes that in her high school, words like "queer" and "fairy" began entering her classmates' vocabulary around 9th grade. She goes on to tell that by 10th and 11th grade,"it suddenly became a known 'fact' that anyone who wore green on a Thursday was automatically a queer or a fairy." pg. 77

In researching the etymology of this saying, Grahn discovered through the work of Margaret Murray that there had been a Fairy people who lived in the British Isles preceding the conquest of Caesar in 58 [CE A.D.]. These Fairy people were dark-skinned and wore green. The Fairies typically celebrated in ceremonies that included snake dances winding through town. She also discovered that on Thursdays, they partook in ceremonies including same sex activity.

Wishing to wipe out any forms of indigenous religion, the Romans slaughtered the Fairy people much as the Spanish later slaughtered the indigenous tribes of South America. She puts forth the idea that people began the habit of not wearing green on Thursday, "lest you be mistaken for one of them."(pg. 81). . . .

You can find more here.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

green stuff - A food substance that has been in the fridge for an unfathomable period of time, and is hence unidentifiable to all but those with psychic powers. Something you will eat after you come back from a party.

e.g., Bob ate the green stuff he found in the fridge last night and he felt a bit uncool this morning.

submitted by chris

green terror - Mascot of Western Maryland College and the name of the school's football team. Jokingly ambiguous creature, as no one has ever seen one, or even a picture. Mascot faces extinction due to the unpopularity of its name and ambiguity.

e.g., My school's mascot is the Green Terror, but don't ask me what it looks like.

submitted by Tara DellaFranzia - (www)

green-gray - A hipster, artist, or hippie who doesn't appear to shower. Approximates the color of her skin.

e.g., That bar is full of green-grays. Let's go somewhere else.

submitted by Mike C - (www)

green-neck, greenneck - Redneck hater.

e.g., Shut up. Why? Just cause you're a green-neck.

submitted by Aleezia

green-sweating - Being all up in the business of an environmental advocate at a social gathering.

e.g., Look at Hagen -- he's green-sweating the lady from the wind power company.

submitted by Charles Bozonier - (www)

greenfield - Virgin territory, wide open land. Greenfield has been so overused that it's now almost inherently mocking, "greenfield approach" being loosely synonymous with frittering away millions of dollars on a project that will never make any money.

e.g., Shall we take a greenfield approach to building the network, or shall we leverage our existing systems?

submitted by Joe Baressi

greengrocers' apostrophe - Misused apostrophes, such as adding «apostrophe s» for a plural when an «s» by itself is the correct way to make the plural. | An incorrectly used apostrophe; an unnecessary apostrophe.  

The Word Spy (green.groh.surz uh.PAWS.truh.fee) n. An apostrophe erroneously inserted before the final "s" in the plural form of a word. Also: greengrocer's apostrophe.

e.g., "The sheeple do not hold the politician's accountable until after the fact." "Ummm, I don't know how I'm able to do it, but I think I hear a greengrocer's apostrophe there." | You see greengrocers' apostrophes all the time these days. Especially at stores such as WalMart where the express lanes say "10 items or less" -- which would be better said as "10 or fewer items."  

Earliest Citation In the nonstandard ('illiterate') use often called in BrE the greengrocer's apostrophe, as in apple's 55P per lb and We sell the original shepherds pie's (notice in a shop window, Canterbury, England). -- Thomas McArthur ed., The Oxford Companion to the English Language, Oxford University Press, September, 1992

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

greenheads - Environmentalists, tree huggers, etc. Easier to say greenhead.

e.g., The greenheads' idol is Arianna Huffington, because of her protesting the use of SUVs.

submitted by K. B. Hurst

greenwheel - (n.) 1. the cycle of seasons through the year; 2. the procession of the vernal equinox, the summer solstice, the autumnal equinox, and the winter solstice; 3. the eight holidays of the neopagan year.

e.g., It seems only yesterday I lived in the Poconos, but that was 33 years ago. The greenwheel rolls ever faster as your days pile up.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

greeting - Scottish slang, crying.

e.g., "Why are you greeting?" "I fell over and hurt my knee."

submitted by Adam Leslie

greetz - Greetings. A generic salutation used to begin an e-mail or other non-personal communication. Use for "Dear," especially when you don't know the person's name or whether or not she is dear.

e.g., Greetz, could you please help? I am too lazy to write the word "greetings."

submitted by Mark Rucker

gregorian remixes - Those thecno songs that include sounds and instruments from other countries and eras of music.

e.g., On Sunday nights they have an entire hour-block of Gregorian remixes.

submitted by Ian Faynik

greige - The otherwise unexplicable color of office cubicles and "walls." An unknown mixture of grey and beige.

e.g., The new cubicles management ordered were a lovely shade of greige.

submitted by AndyChrist420

gremlin - Little kid that gets on you nerves.

e.g., The gremlins are coming!

submitted by Spunky

gremmie - One who is not very apt or talented in surfing. A beginner. A young inexperienced person.

e.g., Chris can't surf. He's a gremmie.

submitted by Mike Cuentas

greol - Great and cool.

e.g., I can't wait until tonight. It is going to be greol.

submitted by Brianna 7th English

grep - To search for something in background physical noise (ie, files, pile of unwashed clothes, desk detritus) compulsively for something that you know is there but can't remember where you put it. For example, car keys, passport, prophylactic, security swipe card, underpants, cigarettes. First seen in a breathless letter to Computer Business Review from a former Microsoft contractor spilling the beans on an adviser to M$ Chief Screaming Officer Steve Ballmer.

e.g., "So there I was in London Grepping for a cab, 'cos I was late for a meeting..."

submitted by Bent Udder - (www)

gress - (v.) 1. to do something, usually reserved for activities that could be listed under one of the 'gress' words: progress, egress, ingress, regress, etc.; 2. to do the sort of inexplicable things lawmakers do when gathered together (e.g., give speeches to entirely empty rooms, meet with lobbyists right outside of chamber doors while a vote is being taken, table or circle things, and the like); 3. to alter a project in any way (toward or away from completion); 4. to "give something a try" so as to figure out what it is or does (as opposed to "guess"). ADJ:_Gressive_, ADV:_Gressively_; N: Gression.

e.g., "George, we've all been at this research nonstop for almost two solid days: we've gotta get some sleep." "But we're finally making progress!" "Well, we're gressing, I suppose, but I'm not sure it's progress."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

gretchen - Used for a female who is constantly in bitch mode. Nagging, yelling, dominating, etc.

e.g., Get off your Gretchen, sis. I'm tired of hearing you yell about nothing.

submitted by Ben Johnson - (www)

grettic - To explode, or make something explode.

e.g., If the balloon grettics, you can hear the sound.

submitted by Danyll

grexcellent - A combination of the words great and excellent, thus creating a more powerful word.

e.g., What you produced was not merely great, it was grexcellent.

submitted by Jesse Hunter

grfrk - Pronounced "gur-firk." When someone says something stupid you say this.

e.g., Pam, "Pass me the peanuts, I mean ashtray" Mel, "OK. Grfrk."

submitted by Melanie

gribble - To fall down stupidly.

e.g., Chris is so stupid. We were walking down the street and he was so focused on watching the waves he tripped and gribbled right into the street. Got hit by a bus and was killed. That was so funny. Oh, guess that would be “Chris was so stupid,” wouldn’t it?

submitted by puakehauLani

gribbly - Used to describe horrid fatty lumpy parts of certain foodstuffs, such as steaks, sausages, pork pies, and burgers.

e.g., I never eat the gribbly bits.

submitted by Mazrim Taim

gribney - anything annoying that sticks to something you don't want it to.

e.g., "I was shredding paper and now I have these gribneys all over my sweater." or "The cats ripped open a package and now there are foam gribneys all over the carpet."

submitted by j jacobson

gricer, gricing - A gricer is a railway enthusiast. Gricing is what railway enthusiasts do: ride on trains.

e.g., He was disconcerted to find that the only other passengers on the 0817 train from Broxbourne to Stratford were gricers all intent on gricing. this, the only train of the day to travel over the line from Seven Sisters to Stratford via South Tottenham.

submitted by David Flett

griddy - Describes a dull and predictable (albeit easily-navigable) layout of streets.

e.g., I loved New York, but it was so griddy. I missed finding unexpected little pathways.

submitted by Lisa Cirèlle Hansson - (www)

gridluck - One's good fortune in finding a viable alternative route around a traffic mess.

e.g., Due to the expert map-reading and navigational skills of his wife, Gerald's gridluck held throughout his trip from Washington to New York.

submitted by Nancy Israel

grief - (v) In an online computer game, to intentionally interfere with another player's experience (typically as a form of retribution.).

e.g., Why are you griefing me? I didn't throw the grenade on purpose...

submitted by Jim Heffman

grierson - To cause rapid evacuation of a room or other confined space by floating a particularly nasty fart or air biscuit. Most commonly, a grierson requires the assistance of a dish of curried lentils for maximal effect. The word is derived from the name of a rotund large-eared red-headed gentleman scholar of an unathletic nature, who claimed to be able to clear the audience of a 300-seat lecture theatre in 10 seconds.

(ED. Sufficient effort has gone into this for this word related to farting to be accepted. However, it is only fair to note that a "phil" or a "madison" or a "philmadison" is very much the same thing as a "grierson." If there's any difference at all, it's that a "phil" is more potent than a "grierson." Entries such as this are more suited to UrbanDictionary -- where it also appears. Have no idea which came first.)

e.g., From the Philadelphia Enquirer, 23rd March 2004: "Mass panic ensued after shouts of 'grierson, grierson' were heard in the darkened room. Firemen with breathing apparatus recovered the bodies of 18 of the deceased several hours later."

submitted by philmadison

grikadec - The indescribable discomfort one often feels around one's family.

e.g., I'm feeling a lot of grikadec today. (Said after a family gathering perhaps. This was the actual sentence that was used in the dream I had in which the word was defined.)

submitted by Joel Crabb - (www)

grill - One's face.

e.g., Hey! Get outta my grill.

submitted by Darla Norman

grill - To go out to a bar or restaurant that contains the word "grill" in its name.

e.g., Let's grill, gril--I mean "girl"!

submitted by McBain

grill-monkey - A low-level fast food restaurant employee whose primary job is to run the grill, but also used to run errands.

e.g., Guy on the assembly table: We're out of quarter meat. Where's my grill-monkey? Manager: Oh, I sent him to get shake mix out of the walk-in.

submitted by Schiz

grilled cd sandwich - A food that you make by putting a CD in between 2 slices of bread, putting it in a pan of butter and frying it evenly on both sides.

e.g., Mmmmm, grilled CD sandwiches are so toxic...

submitted by Squackle! - (www)

griller - This word has several different meanings. Any person asking too many questions, anyone giving you the evil eye because she is jealous of you, any child with something on her face.

e.g., I had to stop talking to that chick -- too many grillers at the end of the bar. | He wasn't sharing, so I took the little griller's crayons away.

submitted by andrew soik

grillion - Incalcuably large number, more than a google. From Douglas Adams.

e.g., King: "How many killed in the battle?" Lieutenant: "A grillion, mahlud."

submitted by oakvegas - (www)

grillustrious - Renowned for barbecuing expertise.

e.g., Our grillustrious neighbor invited us over for his specialty, shish-kebabs.

submitted by Nonesuch

grimble - 1. Any movie in which, no matter how important the man's job (stopping an assasination, saving the universe, generally preserving life), his wife does nothing but gripe about how it's breaking the family up and that he missed little Jimmy's birthday again. 2. A movie woman griping in this way.

e.g., Sissy Spacek did nothing but grimble all the way through the movie _JFK_.

submitted by Adam Leslie

grimble - The pretend grumble that TV presenters do when they get slightly wet or have to walk in a strong wind or eat odd food or something, just to prove that they're human and worthy of your sympathy in spite of being paid a lot of money to have adventures in an exciting exotic place.

e.g., Grimbling about the danger of bears, he sighed, then took in a panorama of such startling beauty that would have caused God himself to say: "Hmm, not bad."

submitted by Comander Amander

grimgribber -

Grimgribber: From Robin Bloor's Words You Don't Know

A grimgribber is a lawyer or attorney or solicitor. The term solicitor, by the way, is chiefly British. In America 'solicitor' usually denotes someone who directly seeks donations or to trade goods or services, such as a sales rep or a prostitute or a lawyer. In Britain solicitors aren’t allowed to advertise or directly solicit work and hence they are called solicitors. The meaning of grimgribber was originally legal jargon, but the term also came to embrace those who trade in it, until, sadly, it fell out of common usage. It is, in my opinion, a much more apposite word than 'lawyer,' 'solicitor,' or 'attorney' can ever hope to be.

According to the American Bar Association there are around currently 1.1 million grimgribbers practicing in the United States. That means one grimgribber for every 265 people. The typical US grimgribber is caucasian (90%) and male (75%). New York and California are the states with the highest number of grimgribbers, each with about 100,000 or so.

It's widely and wrongly believed that America has about 70% of all the worlds grimgribbers. Despite the fact that it is the most litigious country in the world, that suggestion is wide of the truth. Brazil has a grimgribber for every 326 Brazilians, New Zealand has one for every 391, Spain one for every 395 and so on. If you take the top seven grimgribberish countries, the US has about 50% of the grimgribbers. If you keep on adding countries to the list, you soon encounter India with one million grimgribbers, many of whom are eager to provide grimgribbing services to the US. It's doubtful whether the US even has 25% of the world's grimgribbers.

e.g., "We're grimgribbers from Corporate and we're here to help you." "Yeah right."

submitted by HD Fowler

grimmer - To jump into the middle of someone else's conversation without being invited.

e.g., Right in the middle of my story, he grimmered me and finished it.

submitted by Stephen Shannon

grimple - The unclassifiable mix of stuff usually found in a kitchen drawer, old purse, or a little boy's pockets.

e.g., Wow, you should have emptied the grimple out of your pockets before putting your pants in the washer.

submitted by Mary Henry - (www)

grimpster - A crucial tactical error.

e.g., Guy 1."Stevo just tried to scoop that blonde over there." Guy 2. "What happened?" Guy 1. "I'm not sure. Wearing that torn-up 'Party Naked' t-shirt was probably a grimpster."

submitted by Jersey Faceplant

grimwade's syndrome - Robophobia (q.v.), from Doctor Who story "The Robots Of Death."

e.g., Yikes! This guy's got Grimwade's Syndrome all right.

submitted by Adam Leslie

grinace - A facial expression denoting great pleasure and contentment. Antonym to "grimace."

e.g., If the outlook ain't grim, it's
Better to grin . . . ace.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

grinch - To take, use, or otherwise assume control of another's belongings.

e.g., 1. Don't grinch my french fries. Get your own. 2. If you try to grinch my boyfriend, I'll scratch your eyes out. 3. You grinched my CDs last week and I want them back.

submitted by Tena

grincher - This is a random act of stinginess, something the Grinch would randomly NOT do for you or NOT give you -- not because of anything personal but simply because he is the Grinch.

e.g., Look out, Stephie, Here comes Harold, and you just know he's going to pull another grincher on you. Let's get outta here.

submitted by Dennis R. Ridley

grindage - Food.

e.g., Brah, I am starving. We have to scrape up some grindage soon or I/m gonna die.

submitted by steven kahn

grinder - New England slang for a submarine sandwich. Pronounced "Grindah." Confuses the hell out of Canadians.

e.g., Let's go get a grinder before the movie.

submitted by Carlos Coutinho

grinds - Snacks or hors d'oeuvres.

e.g., Hey, let's go to the Buffalo Bar after work. I hear they got great grinds.

submitted by Paul

gringle - To change.

e.g., I gringled the trout so bad that it became a catfish.

submitted by bob - (www)

gringo - Used by Mexicans to refer to Americans.

e.g., That gringo is crossing the border into Mexico.

submitted by Luis

grink - Aa contraction of "green" and "pink." Can be used where one sees these colors combined or any other bad combination of colors.

e.g., The house has a green roof and pink brink. It's grink. | It's grink alert time.

submitted by Michael Katz

grink, grank, grunk - Understand really well, grasp completely, think clearly -- akin to "grok."

e.g., The scientist, having a superior mind, observes, thinks, and grinks. The "average" mind observes poorly, thinks poorly, and grinks not at all ... pity that.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

grinlet - A small, often supressed grin.

e.g., I knew Sara was only teasing, 'cause I saw the beginnings of a grinlet forming at the corners of her mouth.

submitted by Paul

grinnies - When you just can't help but smile all day, you have this condition

e.g., When I thought about getting my word published, it gave me a case of the grinnies.

submitted by Tina Nettles

grinny - Chipmunk, used in western Pennsylvania.

e.g., Hey, ya wanna go grinny huntin' this weekend? They're great in rodent stew.

submitted by fred reese

grip - Money, cash.

e.g., I'm broke. Ain't got no grip.

submitted by Jennifer H

grip - Not cool, opposite of mint.

e.g., The police kicked us out of our favorite skate spot. That's grip.

submitted by alex

grip-a-tight - Really cool. Word used among friends to proclaim something really cool. A combination of the words "grip" (a lot of some thing) and "tight" (cool).

e.g., Ed: Have you seen that Abuseatron website? Eed: Yeah, that site is grip-a-tight.

submitted by Eli

grip-load - A lot of something.

e.g., Ernie, there's a grip-load of people here.

submitted by Ed Morling

gripper - An obviously too tight piece of clothing.

e.g., Come on, that`s a bit of gripper. We don`t want to see that.

submitted by unknown - (www)

grippery - Used to describe a non-skid surface. The opposite of slippery.

e.g., Stair steps should have a grippery surface.

submitted by J Mann

gription - The gripping of a tire to a road surface. | Rubbery soles of shoes that do not slip. | Friction force between two abrasive surfaces that causes adhesion. | "The purchase gained by friction.|

e.g., The car slid off the road due to the poor gription of the tires. | Joe fell on the slippery floor because his shoes have no gription. | Knurling on the hammer handle gave it much more gription than a smooth handle would have. The grip tape that Steve applied to the skateboard increased the gription tremendously. | "My car needs new tires because the old ones have lost their gription."

submitted by Sabredude | Brandon | Andrew Troupis - (www)

grismin - 1. A nondescript part to a machine. 2. A part on a machine you don't know the name of.

e.g., "No, not the drain plug, grab the grismin." "I need to take that to a machine shop and get that grismin fixed."

submitted by Peter Bonzani Jr.

griswald - "a tourist (from the "Vacation" movies, said dismissively by native Floridians)"

e.g., Could those griswalds wear any more cameras?

submitted by JPtigercat

griswoldian - A house that is overly decorated with Christmas lights, etc.

e.g., Remember the Griswolds from the vacation movies? Well, their house was certainly griswoldian.

submitted by Joe Gloor - (www)

grit - a person who takes no interest in personal hygiene

submitted by Wayne

grit - Cigarette

e.g., I need a grit. Got a light?

submitted by blayk

grit - Nonsense, pointless words.

e.g., Bill is full of grit.

submitted by Lukas Friga

grit newspaperboy - From the ads in the back of old comic books -- where you could deliver The Grit newspaper, and if you sold enough subscriptions you could win a vast array of crappy prizes. Someone who lacks talent or potential.

e.g., Someday, my manager could grow up to be a grit newspaperboy.

submitted by buckethead

gritball - An unrefined or dirty person typically from a poor or southern background. Trailer-trash. Also may be said as "g-ball"

e.g., This wrestling event is just crawling with gritballs.

submitted by Jim Pipkin

gritch - A very uncomfortable feeling.

e.g., Flying since 911 gives me gritch.

submitted by B.J.Clark

gritch - A grouchy witch. Sometimes mis-pronunced, which causes great consternation.

e.g., Don't be a gritch.

submitted by Ray Haglund

grith - The measurement around the largest part of an object. Usually associated with height and width.

e.g., Man did you see that guys grith.

submitted by chris gifuni

grixxle, grixxxle, grixxxxle - Being in a state of complete and utter disgust for yourself, those around you, and life in general. The numbers of Xs the word is spelled with indicates the degree of grixxled-ness. The more Xs, the more hate for life.

e.g., Today, Abbe crashed her car, spilled food on her favorite shirt, and slept through class. She's super grixxxled.

submitted by Keifer

grizzle - "The verb usually refers to bringing on a bad mood ('His off-color remarks grizzled all the women in the office') but it can also refer to the process of graying."


When he held the door open for me to go through -- as if I'm a doddering old fool on my last legs -- and called me buddy, it grizzled me.

submitted by [© 2003 Eileen Loveman - 4/19/03] - (www)

groady - Used to describe something that is extremely gross. (Frequently spelled "grody.")

e.g., Man that pickle and chocolate ice cream is groady.

submitted by Nick

groak - To look pleadingly at someone who is eating. | Rhymes with croak: "to stare silently at someone while she is eating, hoping she will offer some food." Groakers are a step above scaffers.

e.g., Stop groaking, Fido. | When we had to put Dad in the nursing home we were initially concerned that he wouldn't have enough company. The staff assured us that he would have plenty of company, starting with the meals he'd be eating in the dining room. What they didn't tell us was that everyone in the dining room groaks everyone else's food -- even though they're all eating the same thing. As a result, Dad has taken to eating in his room -- and he's lost more than 20 pounds in just over a month. Makes you wonder how many geezers are starving in "retirement homes" because they have trouble feeding themselves and there aren't enough staff on hand to feed them. Then, there's how the food tastes. It may be nutritionally adequate -- if you can manage to get enough of it down -- but it sure tastes awful. Reminds me of the school lunch room when I was growing up.

submitted by Mavis Moog | HD Fowler - (www)

groat - Female chin whiskers

e.g., My wife, Joan, was standing in front of the mirror pulling groats out with some tweezers.

submitted by Miah Morris

grocered - The quality and quanity of one's food items.

e.g., "Because he'd just returned from the store, Bill was incredibly well grocered."

submitted by Nathan M Kerr

grocery getter - Car slang. Describes a nondescript car, generally bought by mothers and used primarily to get groceries.

e.g., I think Mom's Toyota is a great car, but it's just a grocery getter -- it has no style.

submitted by Carlos Coutinho

grockle - That kind of tourist who takes a caravan to the English seaside or other scenic location, typically down 'A' and 'B' roads. Grockles seem to enjoy driving verryy sloowwly down single-lane sections. They will often bunch up so that when a dual carriageway is reached one can legitimately nip out into the overtaking lane and spend the next three miles playfully crawling past the others--thereby inducing dangerously elevated blood pressures in the frustrated car drivers behind. Also used in "grockle-boxes", a mildly derogatory slang term for caravans in general.

e.g., "How was your trip?" "Hideous, the roads were full of grockles."

submitted by Dave Andrews

grod - Northern slang word used in Dronfield for bike. Perhaps derived from "Frifter," a make of bike in the 1980s.

e.g., Going for a brev (to travel fast) on your Grod is great.

submitted by Andy

grodendicular - Anything that is highly disgusting or repulsive. Grody.

e.g., The smell of that trash is grodendicular. Get it out of my bedroom.

submitted by Angela

grodiscotesque - Of someone who's such a bad dancer it makes you wanna puke. Combination of "grotesque" and "disco."

e.g., He ain't got no rhythm, he ain't got no moves . . . he's grodiscotesque.

submitted by Peter Couch

grody - Very vulgar or disgusting.

e.g., Thats grody!

submitted by Matt Cordes

grogolific - To drink copious amounts of alcohol. A combination of "grog," a term used in days of yore for an alchoholic beverage, and "prolific."

e.g., I have such a hangover this morning. Last night was extremely grogolific.

submitted by jazzbo

groinocologist - Gynecologist. From All in the Family. That would not be an unreasonable name for a doctor who specialises in problems in the region of the groin.

e.g., Archie Bunker said, "I don't see why you had to drag me to her doctor, this groinocologist guy."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

grok - To understand deeply. From Stranger in a Strange Land, by Robert A. Heinlein. | "To understand something intuitively or by empathy. . . . To grok is to gain an instant deep spiritual understanding of something or to establish a rapport with somebody."

e.g., Do you grok the new process? | "Do I grok on the first date? Don't you realize that if you don't grok with me on the first date, you won't grok with me at all. And that's basically only if the first date is a blind date."

submitted by Randy | HD Fowler - (www)

grok a toa - Intuitively and completely comprehend, understand something, in its essence, its significance, as it really is. ("A" is a reduced form of "at"; "toa" is likewise a simplified sort of "total.") (cf. Krakatoa!)

e.g., On Mars you automatically learn to grok a toa, and the Earthman who learns this skill has a distinct advantage over the average human bean.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

grok together - It's understanding and knowing something so very completely, interactively with another Martian, or would-be Martian. Used by Robert A. Heinlein in Stranger in a Strange Land.

e.g., "Words of the weather, grok together": motto of the weatherman on Mars (or elsewhere).

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

grokbot - A cooking machine that thinks for itself.

e.g., Grokbot is the modern shmoo. It easily creates whatever you like to eat.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

grokkerjox - A popular food supplement on Mars. It sharpens the consciousness and tones up the entire physical apparatus as well.

e.g., The more you eat the more you increase your awareness and understanding -- and, flex more freely from upsun to downsun. Ingest grokkerjox in great quantity; you'll be glad you did.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

grollybeliumed - Comes from the rare invisible element grollybelium, used to make stealth tanks in Ireland.

e.g., At least 40 front line infantry members were grollybeliumed when the machine turned and headed straight for them

submitted by Keith Harris - (www)

grom - To grin. Common ytpo for "grin." Regular verb.

e.g., Bob always groms when he's plotting hix next prank.

submitted by |337C4bB4g3

gromax - (noun) That part of your leg that sticks to the vinyl car seat when you're wearing shorts on a hot summer day. Note: This word was introduced on TV in the 1980s as a Sniglet.

e.g., When getting out of the car at the pool, I had to peel my gromax off the seat.

submitted by G. Tom Tsao - (www)

gromish - A non-swear word. From an acting technique for crowd scenes. (Actors are given words to repeat to create the rumble of mob noises. Often phrases like "apples and oranges," "cheese and crackers," or in this case "gromish, gromish, nater, gromish."

e.g., Oh, gromish, I forgot to pick up the dry cleaning.

submitted by Susan Ray

gronk - Someone who changes the channel on the TV too fast

e.g., Don't be such a gronk!

submitted by chrissie

gronk - To drag something along the floor -- especially a school desk or chair --making excessive noise in the process.

e.g., If everyone's finished gronking their desks around, we can get started.

submitted by Name Withheld

gronky - An expression of disgust or mere unpleasantness.

e.g., Are you telling me you've worn that shirt for two weeks? That's gronky. | Get your gronky butt in the shower.

submitted by James Hamilton - (www)

groob - A low person -- particularly one with poor hygiene, low moral character, and lack of consideration for others.

e.g., 1. The used tractor salesman was a groob, trying to sell me junk for the price of a new tractor. 2. Chris has rotten teeth and showers only once a month, the groob. 3. Those guys are genuine groobs, spending Saturday nights drinking Budweiser while driving up and down the road in that rusted-out 1972 El Camino with no muffler, waking up the whole town.

submitted by Stephen Kowalski

groobilees - Germs, bacteria, and nasty critters. All that is bad and lurking on unwashed hands

e.g., That trash can lid has groobilees all over it. Make sure you wash your hands after touching it.

submitted by Kimi

groobles - Anonymous black floaties found in consumable beverages, particularly tea. They are always there, and they are impossible to remove or identify.

e.g., Aww...what are these groobles in my cuppa?

submitted by Nick

grood - The words good and great combined. A little better than good, but not great.

e.g., That homemade ice cream Penelope made was grood.

submitted by brian s.

groodness - Alamgamation of "great" and "goodness."

e.g., Oh, my groodness, I've driven my car into a Taco Bell filled with penguins.

submitted by Patrick Hyatt

groofle - A groove or channel cut or made in a soft plastics material. A groofle is made in a sheet of plastics material so as to provide a line of weakness enabling the sheet to be bent easily along the line of the groofle.

e.g., Let me put a few more groofles in that before we install it.

submitted by Trevor Jennings

groofy - Feeling grumpy but goofy at the same time.

e.g., He's so groofy he needs a nap.

submitted by Michael Thornton

grool - Mix between great and cool.

e.g., It would be grool if you came over tonight.

submitted by Megan L

groomal - Pertaining to the groom.

e.g., I wonder if they have a groomal waltz?

submitted by Brett Looney - (www)

groomibate - Unintentionally checking yourself out when passing by a mirror.

e.g., God, Chris, hasn't anyone ever told you how annoying groomibaters are? No? Well, they em annoying.

submitted by carl

groomio - A very nerdy, yet sometimes cool guy.

e.g., Oh, Mike? He's a groomio. I've never seen anyone hack into a computer so fast.

submitted by Cassie

groon - A hybrid verb combining groove and groan = To find oneself involuntarily humming along to the muzak in a lift, supermarket etc.

e.g., Grooning to the muzak from a speaker in a shoe rack.. (from Cat Food by King Crimson 1971

submitted by Peter Sinfield - (www)

groosome - Really cool, awsome, groovy. (Intentional misspelling of gruesome.)

e.g., Wow, did you see that groosome car that just went by?

submitted by Drew K.

groovacentrifucent - Of the way a good record begins to glow and give off groovoplasm when the RPMs are perfect as the needle grinds slowly outward as it spirals inward and the music tends to lull you into a dreamlike trance.

e.g., The groovacentrifucence of that last tune had me drifting across an astral plane.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

groovalating - Being groovy in whatever activity one is doing.

e.g., He was groovalating as he played his saxophone.

submitted by Grant Childers

groovalicious - To describe food that tastes great.

e.g., This pizza is groovalicious.

submitted by Grant Childers

groovalistic - Used to describe someone or something that chracterizes/embodies grooviness.

e.g., Austin Powers is one groovalistic cat.

submitted by steve

groove-tastic - An occasion so great it makes you want to jump up and dance.

e.g., Wow, this new video game sure is groove-tastic.

submitted by Ryan

groovesque - Descriptive of things modeled after or splattered with maximum groove.

e.g., Watchin' you dance to the BeeGees made me know just how groovesque you are, girl.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

groovetastic - Intense or extreme grooviness, an expression of joy, eternally being stuck in the 70s.

e.g., That is one groovetastic lava lamp.

submitted by Amy - (www)

grooveytuesday - (ga-roo-vee-toos-deh) Similar to "cool beans." This is used as an exclamation of happiness. Use instead of "wow" or "great."

e.g., I don't have to go to work today. GrooveyTuesday.

submitted by zealousquiche - (www)

groovie - Groovy movie.

e.g., Clueless is one of my favorite groovies.

submitted by HD Fowler

groovish - Things beyond groovy.

e.g., Man, them tunes were groovish.

submitted by Steve Zihlavsky

groovissimo - Extremely groovy

e.g., That is one groovissimo song!

submitted by William Tychonievich - (www)

groovo-graph - A visual aid tool used to describe the flavor of things groovesque and trippindicular in a rainbow display.

e.g., You don't understand your groovo-graph since you went all "wall street," do you?

submitted by steve zihlavsky

grop - To switch grocery bags between hands at regular intervals so as to give relief to the hand bearing the heavier load.

e.g., Because I broke my car that morning, I had to grop my groceries when I walked home from the store.

submitted by Sammers

grope - "Fondle (in a sexual fashion)." Not a new word at all. Added only because of the example found at The Septic's Companion.

e.g., "As soon as the lights went out, Bob groped her and she kicked him in the nuts. I knew he’d do something like that eventually but I don’t think any of us expected him to do it at a funeral."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

groppulate - To grope freely and with full permission, an adjunct to friendly expression of emotional feelings quite understandable.

e.g., My purpose is not to help populate the planet. That is done quite adequately by the other humans. To groppulate is sufficient to the day. Express thyself in a tactile way.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

gross pointe blank - (verb) To use your cell phone to call someone at home with access to the internet for information. From the film "Gross Pointe Blank" starring the Cusak siblings.

e.g., Sorry to Gross Pointe Blank you, sweetie, but can you look up the hours for the library?

submitted by Carmela Federico

grossel - To attack somone and whistle at the same time.

e.g., Don't grossel, it's bad luck.

submitted by Philip Liu

grossenheimer - A person who repeatedly does gross things (pass wind, burp long and loud), sometimes on purpose.

e.g., Stop burping, grossenheimer.

submitted by Frangonilda Jones

grossgasm - A full-body spasm in response to hearing or seeing something particularly disgusting or repelling, in effect the thematic opposite of an orgasm. May be accompanied by dry-heaving.

e.g., I had a grossgasm after the Dungeon Master showed me a picture of the obese, half-naked ogre matriarch we had just encountered in our adventure.

submitted by Dante668

grossomundo - Disgusting.

e.g., Yuk, you just puked all over me. That's grossomundo.

submitted by avie - (www)

grotty - The shorter term used to described something that is or was grotesque. Groty.

e.g., That tea they made was so grotty that I just about passed out.

submitted by Charlotte

grouch-potato - Someone who likes to sit in front of the TV a lot, objecting to things.

e.g., "This is the thing I've been saying," he began, in a grouch-potatoey kind of way.

submitted by Erasmus Thrasamund

grouchery store - What any store tends to become if it comes up against a mega-Wal-Mart as a competitor. Suggested by the example which was posted to a forum. The original had "grochery stores."

e.g., "When I started working at Wal-Mart it was just your regular Wal-Mart, not your SUPER Wal-Mart. Everyone was happy and other small businesses (like grouchery stores) had a chance."

submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

grouger - An older woman who dates a much younger man.

e.g., "Ms. Pennington became a grouger when she decided instead of dating the man her age named Frodo, to go with an 18-year-old high school student named Kevin." "Ummm, Kevin was only 17 when they started seeing each other."

submitted by KevDawg

groundation - Being Grounded or Restricted

e.g., I cant go out and play tonight, Im on groundation.

submitted by Sally

grounded - To lose an internet connection for unknown reasons

e.g., Dang, my comp's grounded again! Darn free ISP's.

submitted by Neil - (www)

groundhognamancy - The practice of predicting the weather by observing the movements of groundhogs rousing from hibernation.

e.g., It's Groundhog Day.The weather forcasters try their hand at groundhognamancy. It's almost as accurate as the satellites anyway.

submitted by Colleen

groupie - Sorority or GDI girl who is exclusively around the same fraternity house or its members at all times. Attends all social functions, invited or not, usually well on her way to passing out or otherwise embarrassing herself.

e.g., That groupie has been hammered and at the house every night for the last week. Word is she has hooked up with every in-house brother. We had to take her to the hospital last night because she passed out mid keg-stand.

submitted by Matthew Bobrowski

grouse - Australian slang. Cool, great, very good.

e.g., That band is grouse -- it rocks.

submitted by Purple Martin

grovel sauce - You pour it on humble pie.

e.g., I'll eat some humble pie, with some grovel sauce please.

submitted by alis

grover - 1. A student at Grove City College. 2. A typical Grove City College student. Overachieving, asks annoyingly obvious questions, turns papers in weeks ahead of time, came to college to look for a spouse, terrified of breaking the rules. 3. A freshman (typically a girl) who has been kissed by an upperclassman on the Rainbow Bridge.

e.g., "I can't hang out tonight. I have to finish up this Humanities paper." "That paper's not due for two weeks. Stop being a Grover."

submitted by Becca

grow some - Short for "grow some balls": act like a man, don't be a pushover, don't be a wimp, toughen up, etc. (Sometimes short for "grow some skin," q.v.)

e.g., So she insulted you about your manhood. Big deal. Don't come whining to me about how she verbally abused you. Grow some.

submitted by HD Fowler

grow some skin - An instruction to be less thin-skinned, thin-skinned being an idiom for "oversensitive, especially to criticism or insult." Easily offended or upset. The idea is that a "thin skin" is bad and a "thick skin" is good.


Mary Mitchell | "When satire goes too far" | Justin, on DOC's comment. Well, I thought about ignoring you because your comment was just so ignorant. I just can't do it, though. So, because he thinks that discriminating against more qualified whites in favor of diversifying colleges and the work place is just as bad as discriminating against blacks (if I'm wrong, then I apologize and he should rethink his views), that means that he is in favor of killing minorities to purify the white race? I'm sorry, I just don't see the connection. Please clue me in. Also, please don't try to get into a debate on [which] race is better. Katrina "victims" shooting at National Guard members and police who are trying to help them just doesn't leave a good taste in my mouth.

You know, all of you bleeding heart liberals need to step back and take a look at what it is you are trying to say. Who the hell cares if somebody says something racist? If what they are saying doesn't apply to you, why would you care? If you are truly offended, maybe you should take a good hard look at yourself and see if the shoe fits a little too well. Grow some skin and get over it. Every person out there is going to say something at some point in time that will offend you. Are you going to demand retribution and waste valuable time that could be better used?

A childhood saying comes to mind that many of you might benefit from. It goes something like this:

Sticks and stones can break your bones, but names will never hurt you.

Didn't your parents ever teach you this? If not, it's never too late to learn.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

grow the language - A usage in English carefully calculated to unmercifully irritate old crocks like H. D. Fowler and me. {ED. You got that right, pal. When I first heard the similar construct "grow the business," I cringed. Still do.}

e.g., The English language, incomprehensible though it be to foreigners, is a truly beautiful construct and any attempt to "grow the language" (as opposed to adding to it constructively) will set H. D. and me and like-minded and others busy constructing destructive counter-measures.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

growing up without permission - We all get to a certain age when we start doing things without asking permission.

e.g., My seven-year-old is finally growing up without permission. Yesterday, he spilled milk on the carpet, and he used six towels to clean it up.

submitted by Joanie

growler - "Arctic icebergs vary in size from the size of a large piano, called growlers, to the dimensions of a 10-story building. Icebergs about the size of a small house are called bergy bits."

"A 'Growler' is a colloquial term applied to icebergs of small mass, which therefore only show a small portion above the surface. It is not infrequently a berg which has turned over, and is therefore showing what has been termed 'black ice,' or more correctly, dark blue ice."

e.g., The New York Times | April 25, 1912: "The witness said he had cautioned the lookout and warned Sixth Officer Moody to keep a sharp watch for growlers and bergs."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

growley - To be angry in a cute way, in a not so serious way.

e.g., When I was fighting with Steve last week, he said I was really growley.

submitted by Kristin Hoult

growlies - Food.

e.g., I'm starving. Let's get some growlies.

submitted by Josh Brown

growls - British expression: what you have when you are very hungry.

e.g., I havn't eaten since last night and have a nasty case of the growls.

submitted by Stephen Mize

growtato - When people sit around on the sofa all day, they tend to become couch potatoes; this is known as the growtato process.

e.g., You really should get off the sofa -- you're starting to balloon in growtato proportions.

submitted by Alex Bacon

grp moment - GRP is short for the much-needed phrase, "Get a real problem." Useful when addressing or describing people or situations in which insignificant issues are being blown out of proportion. For example, when my fourth and fifth grade students complain about other students budging (Hey, is that an official word?) them in line, I tell them that it sounds like a GRP moment, because we are all going to the same place no matter where we are in the line.

e.g., After the school principal spent twenty minutes describing the problems with the pop machines in the staff lounge, several teachers suggested she might be having a GRP moment.

submitted by Molly Coyne - (www)

grr - Someone is very sexy or did something very sexy.

e.g., Grr, baby, very grr.

submitted by melanie

grrind - The act of attacking an objective with the determination and ferocity of a pit bull.

e.g., Don't you always find
That your bosses never mind
When your stomach turns unkind
And your bowels start to bind
'Cause you work the Daily Grrind?

submitted by Charlie Lesko

grrrness - Indicates very strong frustration. Whatever happened makes you want to scream and thrash wildly, but you say grrrness instead.

e.g., My term paper is due tomorrow and I haven't even started. Grrrness!

submitted by Jill

grub - Australian slang for food. (Pretty well-known in the US as well.)

e.g., Jake and I are going to the hamburger shop for some grub.

submitted by Chris Ormerod - (www)

grubalicious - For food that is one's favorite.

e.g., For me, tacos are grubalicious.

submitted by bobbi

grubbley - Waking up and feeling dirty, usually physically rather than metaphorically.

e.g., When I woke up in between a midget and the boy down the street, I felt all grubley.

submitted by Jenny

gruble - An unidentified speck floating in a glass of milk.

e.g., The boy wouldn't touch his milk, complaining about the grubles in it.

submitted by Terry

grubterfuge - The art of eating stealthily.

e.g., By utilising his grubterfuge skills, he managed to eat the whole kebab without being noticed, therefore preventing the others from stealing any of his food.

submitted by james

gruce - A particularly repulsive shade of green; the green equivalent of puce.

e.g., Have you seen my new car? Yes, you're right. It's gruce.

submitted by Colin Taffel

gruck - Combination of gross and yuck with an extra emphatic tone of one of the best four-letter words.

e.g., Sputum is gruck!

submitted by lisa

grudgery - Basically a combination of the word grudge and the word drudgery. To do a task not so angrily that you're resentful, but wearily enough so that you wonder why you always have to do it again and again.

e.g., I experienced a feeling of grudgery while picking dirty laundry up off the floor once again.

submitted by Alexandra Ottaway - (www)

grufty - Dirty, filthy, messy, untidy.

e.g., Mother to child, "Tidy up your room, it's well grufty."

submitted by Tim Salter

grum - gum found on the ground

e.g., That guy just ate grum! Nasty!

submitted by Kevin

grumb - A person who spoils fun

e.g., Annie: How about we go to the carnival? Jake: How about we don't? Annie: Oh, Jake, you're just a grumb.

submitted by Claudia

grumble-bragging - Ostensibly complaining about something, but really taking pride in it.

e.g., "You guys can come over, but my dad will probably make you do math problems like he does with me." "Ah, you're just grumble-bragging."

submitted by Robert Arvanitis - (www)

grumble-grunt - To complain incoherently, kind of exactly like it sounds.

e.g., George, I know you don't want to get up this early, but quit grumble-grunting about it.

submitted by Jo Ginsberg

grumbleking - Someone who is adept at the art of whining or moaning about a particular topic.

e.g., My girlfriend gave me plenty to be a grumbleking about.

submitted by greg robinson

grumblemunchkin - Someone who is prone to bouts of, or through her personality incites the use of, excessive grumbling, usually about minor things.

e.g., "I had to sit in that meeting for hours, with that grumblemunchkin Mac droning on and on about nothing" "So now who's the grumblemunchkin?"

submitted by Amanda Jeffrey

grumblestorm - A distant thunderstorm where you can hear the far off rolling of thunder but cannot see the lightning. | When so much stuff is going on around you at once (usually bad things) that you can't keep up and all you can do is grumble about them, you're in a grumblestorm.

e.g., It is very strange, even fascinating, when you can hear the sounds of a grumblestorm which never gets closer but eventually, in time, fades away. | You've caught me at a bad time. I'm in the midst of a grumblestorm, up to my ass in alligators. I'll call you back when things settle down. If they settle down.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

grumby - Describing Gumby when he's in a BAD mood.

e.g., Pokey: "Ouch, Gumby! Whatever's bothering you, don't take it out on me by kicking me! Man, you are grumby today!"

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

grummage - rummaging for grub, most often with someone else, at their house.

e.g., After leaving the party last night, jake and i grummaged at his parents' house.

submitted by joe benevento

grump - An anatomical word describing the space between your eyebrows that scrunches when you are irritated.

e.g., Rogi is going to have a temper tantrum. His grump is huge!

submitted by Renee

grumpalicious - For someone who is grumpy.

e.g., If you don't stop making that face at me Mr. Grumpalicious, I won't make you any dinner.

submitted by Tina Jackson

grumpany - A person or persons of ill temperament, yet favorable presence.

e.g., On the way to dinner with Trent's parents, Tori exclaimed "Dear God, we've forgotten to bring wine." "Hey, we're supplying the company" Trent retorted. "Or in your case," she said evenly, "the grumpany."

submitted by The Dank

grumpasaurus - Miserable and grumpy in every conceivable fashion.

e.g., How's my new baby today? In a word, a "grumpasaurus." Took after her mother.

submitted by GeoffJ

grumplestiltskin - Grumplestilskin is a label to be applied to a person who is extremely grumpy or has a short temper.

e.g., Kevin became such a grumplestiltskin when he lost at Monoploy.

submitted by Byron

grumpocracy - Rule by vociferous complaint.

e.g., Radio station websites often devolve into an attempt by the peanut gallery to exercise remote program director authority through their grumpocracy.

submitted by Mark Lee - (www)

grumps - A group of elderly males.

e.g., Look at all those grumps. I think they must be from "The Village" -- that's how they refer to the old folks home.

submitted by Jonesey

grunch - A person who is grumbly and grumpy at once.

e.g., Don't be such a grunch today.

submitted by Rosemarie Bowerman

gruncle - Great uncle.

e.g., I saw my gruncle yesterday.

submitted by Dede

grunderflastic - Great, wonderful, and fantastic, all slammed together into one term.

e.g., Was it good? Good doesn't beging to cover it. It was grunderflastic.

submitted by zenrender - (www)

grundiful - Being both great and wonderful

e.g., "The day was warm, and not a cloud in the sky. It was grundiful"

submitted by Greg

grundle - Great bundle, tons and tons.

e.g., There are a grundle of words in this dictionary.

submitted by Brian

grundy - Dirty, unwashed.

e.g., After having overslept and missed his morning shower, Rob was feeling rather grundy all day at work.

submitted by Rob Solheim

grungemonkeys - The waste material that occasionally exits one's rectum an hour after having a bowel movement and wiping, and has the ability or potential to climb onto or cling to one's undergarments.

e.g., It is wise to exterminate all grungemonkeys immediately upon sensing their arrival, and eradicate all traces of their presence.

submitted by Andy Alt - (www)

grungin - The green growth that appears on old pennies.

e.g., Gimme another penny-this one's covered in grungin.

submitted by Saucy - (www)

grungry - The state of being grumpy because one has become hungry.

e.g., Sorry, I snapped . . . I must be getting grungry.

submitted by Tom - (www)

grunk - Verbal expression of absolute confusion or incomprehension

submitted by Usr bin Login

grunkle - The remnant stain produced from intimate moments on your sheets.

e.g., No way am I sleeping on your bed - I saw that huge grunkle spot on your sheets

submitted by Calvin

grunt - A Marine Corps infantryman in Viet Nam

e.g., In 1968, I was a radioman in a grunt unit.

submitted by hippie bob - (www)

gruntbuggly - A very lousy feeling.

e.g., I had a lot of fun at the party, but in the morning I suffered from gruntbuggly.

submitted by acidspork

gruntle - The opposite of disgruntle, in a verb form.

e.g., Careful now -- if you wake the baby and make it cry, it'll be your job to gruntle it, not mine.

submitted by Anne Walker

gruntled - opp of disgruntled. To be content. A state of contentment. Happy or pleased.

submitted by kevin - (www)

gruv - Paste of dirt, crumbs, water, and Mr. Clean resulting from insufficient sweeping before mopping.

e.g., Frank stepped into a big puddle of gruv where the mopwater had been dumped out. Adv: gruvly. I can't use this mop, it's all gruvly.

submitted by Cori

gruvular - (Beyond groovy, new age groovy, better than groovy.

e.g., That new car of yours is really gruvular.

submitted by Larry King - (www)

gsarp - Gus-arp. Good, great.

e.g., How am I doing? Oh, I'm pretty gsarp. How about you?

submitted by Anonymous - (www)

gsd - Short for Get Stuff Done. This abbreviation is only really beneificial when typing, but it's fun to say anyway.

e.g., Me: Steve, you want to come to lunch with us? Steve: No, I have to GSD right now.

submitted by Alan - (www)

gsolfot - Green Socks On Left Feet On Tuesdays. Practisied all over the world by elite and special mini-people. See for yourself at

e.g., Are you one of those GSOLFOTers?

submitted by Noni Allen - (www)

gtfo - Get The Fuck Out of here.

e.g., Hurry up. We've got to GTFO before the boss gives us another blivet.

submitted by Cujo - (www)

gtg - Got To Go

e.g., GTG to town.

submitted by Dan_L

gu - Geographically Unsuitable. From Nelson DeMille's Up Country.

e.g., Cynthia lived in Georgia; Paul lived in Virginia. They loved each other, but neither was willing to move. This made them GU for each other.

submitted by HD Fowler

guamie - An old man who hangs around public transport wearing "new" old clothes, carrying a sports bag, newspapers, maybe a flask of coffee, an unusual hat--not necessarily homeless but isn't in a hurry to get anywhere.

e.g., Ever since my aunty died my uncle has turned into a complete guamie.

submitted by Peter Upham

guandiffent - A thick blanket.

e.g., Cover up with a guandiffent.

submitted by Kevin 7th English

guanner - Southern "hick" term for fertilizer. Gue anner. From guano, bat excrement, used for fertilizer.

e.g., We picked enough squash to fill a guanner sack.

submitted by James Turk

guarantease - False or unjust promises, made in order to provoke a certain reaction. As with some other words I've submitted and forgot to add this remark, this word can only be used properly in writing.

e.g., The salesman's promises weren't realistic -- they were all just guarantease so that we would buy the car.

submitted by Nitsan

guardian angle - Not the slant put on a news item by the UK newspaper, The Guardian, but what may be needed by someone sitting too far away from the right hand of God to get the protection of a guardian angel.

e.g., You try to cheat me, bubba, you're gonna need a guardian angle.

submitted by HD Fowler

guayabo - (Rhymes with try-AH-bow; n.) 1. A hangover, especially a particularly bad one; 2. An awful, or horrifically unexpected, "morning after"; 3. The feeling of coming to terms with your faux pas while inebriated; 4. Anything that shocks you sober, like discovering that you've killed a pedestrian because you were too stupid to let somebody else drive; 5. The gradual realization that you have screwed up BIG TIME, even when you thought you were doing something "harmless." [From the Colombian term_guayabo_"hangover."]

e.g., "Wow. Rough night? You look terrible." "Stop shouting at me!" "Oh, a guayabo, huh?" "Can't you shut up?" "WHY? DOES YOUR HEAD HURT?!" "Aaaaaah! Go away and let me vomit." "You got, any idea what you'll be puking on the carpet?" "GO AWAaaaaah. Please go away." | "Boy, this is a bad one, Sarge." "Yeah: he killed a bicyclist, broke the old guy's back, and lost his own legs after crashing into an oak tree." "He's lucky to be alive." "Lucky? Think about it: what a guayabo he has to look forward too." | "But we were only roasting marshmallows." "Yes, well, your marshmallow roast has cost us a half-million acres of forest. ... Que Guayabo, eh, kid?"

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

gub - Gross ugly bug OR gross ugly belly.

e.g., Look at that guy's gub! Ahh, there's a gub in my soup!

submitted by naomi

gubbed - A term used to describe a situation where someone has been done over. Derived from the legendry MP Tony Gubber.

e.g., After a particularly hard night out you might say, "I got gubbed over last night."

submitted by Lee Hosford

gubbertush - When I was a lad -- after my twelve-year molars came in -- my teeth were notoriously crowded, and thus crooked. It was so bad that I seldom smiled, and often covered my mouth when I spoke. I made a point of smiling for one of my senior pictures. When a girl in the class behind mine saw it, she said, "You look like you have fangs." I found out today that what I had were gubbertushes.

Gubbertush at everything2


One who possesses buck teeth, particularly large, uneven and protruding horsey-looking teeth.

Alternately, a pair of fang-like eye teeth, protrusive as in a vampire.

Tushes is a term for tusks. Tusks are modified teeth used for weapons or defensive purposes as well as for digging, as with elephants and some species of hog.


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e.g., When I threw the horeshoe and knocked out several of Mary Pearl's teeth, my friends tried to console my by saying, "Don't feel bad, HD. Mary Pearl could never have afforded braces to fix her gubbertushes. Your grandfather's the town dentist. He's going to give her a partial plate for free. She's actually lucky she ran in front of you." "You don't suppose she did it on purpose, do you?"

submitted by HD Fowler

gubbins - Used as a synonym for something when you can't remember the right word.

e.g., Where'd you put erm...the gubbins?

submitted by Richard J

gubbins - A Cumbrian (Beatrix Potter, Lake District) dialect word for the small bits and pieces that go together to make the whole. The word dates back to the time of the Norman Conquest when the Earldoms of Westmorland and Cumberland (two ancient counties which together form modern Cumbria) were awarded by King William to Sir Hugo de Gubbins of Rouen for saving William's life early on during the Battle of Hastings. Indeed Sir Hugo de Gubbins features on the Bayeux Tapestry and can be recognised by the distinctive red unicorn on the coat of arms on his shield. Having two Earldoms to manage Sir Hugo de Gubbins needed two castles and he built his first at Barrow between 1076 and 1104 and the second in Carlisle between 1084 and 1134, the castle in Carlise being much larger and more defensible. It was the custom of Sir Hugo to spend time at both his castles, first he would spend 173 days in Barrow and the next 281 days in Carlisle. When he moved between castles he insisted that everything he owned was moved from one castle to the other and would often be heard shouting at his many serfs "Touts les Gubbins! Touts les Gubbins!" meaning take everything belonging to Gubbins. And so in time the word became accpeted in the local area to mean all the little things that go togther to make the whole.

e.g., Simon could not go snorkeling as he did not have all the gubbins with him. When packing a parachute it is important to pack all the gubbins in the correct place. One of the most remarkable things about a modern jet plane is how they manage to get in the gubbins in the right place.

submitted by David

gubby - Goodbye, good night, I love you, I'm sorry, I want to make up, etc.

e.g., After a fight and an awkward silence just say to your loved one, "Gubby."

submitted by Larrie Ervin

gud - Stands for Geographically UnDesirable.

e.g., I met this really nice looking girl at the mall, but since she lives an hour away she is definitely a GUD.

submitted by Scott Howard

guede - A person with a penchant for dressing up as a Girl Guide.

e.g., His neighbour, Mr.Noone was a harmless guede who kept to himself--although he did enjoy watching the Boy Scout Parade, all dolled up in his smart blue uniform.

submitted by Miguel Esteves Cardoso - (www)

guelph - The last sound a dying dog makes. A town in Ontario.

e.g., After horking up the pork chop bone the dog went "guelph" and that was the end of it.

submitted by bob fenner

guescipe - Guess + recipe. For a dish made without a recipe; typically a meal you make over and over but slightly different each time, depending on available ingredients and your mood.

e.g., Honey? What's the guescipe for that meat pie you make?

submitted by David Cater

guessoteric - Supposedly cryptic but easily guessed or figured out

e.g., His guessoteric password was just his name spelled backwards.

submitted by Nonesuch

guesstimate - somewhere between guess and estimate

e.g., guesstimate how many peas are in this jar

submitted by Andrew Hope

guessumentative - Being strongly argumentative about a topic you are guessing a lot about.

e.g., He accused her of being guessumentative as they argued about the strange sound the car was making. He suspected she had only a little knowledge about what she was saying, but she wouldn't give an inch.

submitted by Michelle

guest, guesting - To borrow someone else's computer to go online. | The phenomenon of being mistaken for someone else simply because you happen to have Instant Messenger while using her computer.

e.g., I sent a really erotic instant message to my boyfriend, only to find out his 13-year-old brother was guesting.

submitted by Dana Friedman - (www)

guestimate - An estimation based on inconclusive information or limited experince.

e.g., I'm not really a pokemon collector but I'd guestimate that Chraziard card goes for $50.

submitted by Paul Sebert

guestnoenteritis - "The fear of throwing a party and having no one show up."

e.g., "This annoying little fear, which manifests itself as a hole in the pit of one's stomach, is known as guestnoenteritis."

submitted by [Drew Slatton] - (www)

guff - Things you feel you need to take with you when you go out, but end up just taking up space: wallet, mobile phone, keys, gum, etc.

e.g., Can I put my guff in your bag?

submitted by Bryn - (www)

guff - Food, cleaning supplies, appliances, rooms, etc. that are common to everyone who lives in a (usually co-op) house. Non-guff refers to private property.

e.g., The coat closet is filling up with guff; someone ought to donate all that crap. Is that soymilk guff, or did someone just not put her name on it? If it's not, it shouldn't be in the guff refrigerator. Jon's mom sent him a huge tin of peanut brittle, but he guffed it because it was disgusting.

submitted by lis

guff - A repository for unborn souls, from the movie _The Seventh Seal_.

e.g., Should the guff become empty, dire catastrophe will befall you. Demons will swarm the earth. Beware.

submitted by thomas fontaine

guffaw - A meeting between two or more persons, whose main interests are using computers and reading about how to use computers.

e.g., Gerald and Maurice had a guffaw that lasted half the night.

submitted by A Bergman

guggle - A google search result completely off-target.

e.g., When I googled on "when to use a - " I got a complete guggle.

submitted by René

guh - A word meaning that you're not happy with something.

e.g., Guh. I've got to get up at 6am tomorrow for school.

submitted by doug - (www)

guidelines - Cordage used by freshwater fish to catch guides.

e.g., The muskie set out a whole string of guidelines and caught two Indian, one Aleut, and three French-Canadian guides. Gutted and pan-fried on the spot, they were delicious.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

guido - White boy. Like a white ni#^$r.

e.g., Sup' my guido.

submitted by Andrew

guidovision - Illegal cable hook up--a great deal of the channels come in solarized (like a negative).

e.g., Ramona refuses to give up her guidovision because she likes to watch "Kids in the Hall" solarized.

submitted by nitag - (www)

guileable - One who goes beyond believing the same lie for the umteenth time. Compare: gullible.

e.g., She ignored the fact that he had lied so many times before; this time was going to be different. She had moved beyond gullible to guileable.

submitted by John Pickels

guilt monster - The inner demon in us all that when awoken makes us regret something bad we've recently done. Usually seen the day after the Booze Monster.

e.g., Last night was fun, but today the Guilt Monster's got a hold of me.

submitted by Matt

guilt trip - Feeling guilty over something insignificant or over something you had no control over.

e.g., Her mum had put her on a guilt trip over her armed robbery of the bank, but really, what was the big deal?

submitted by Michelle

guilty gear machine - The Playstation 2 that has any of the Guilty Gear games in it ready to play as soon as it's turned on.

e.g., Is your Guilty Gear Machine ready for a 5-hour session of?

submitted by Jyushinshuu

guisigoo-hocktooey - The stuff you cough up when you have a cold.

e.g., I've been hacking up guisigoo-hocktooeys all day.

submitted by brenda

guiskers - Excess that hangs from guitars after re-stringing

e.g., Dwayne's guiskers swayed violently as he trashed out the new song.

submitted by Jeanne Ball

guistrustion - A verb that looks like a noun. To smash one's guitar over the head of another. (Prounounciation: giss-truck- hun.)

e.g., Watch out or I'll guistrustion you.

submitted by Mark Wade

guitarathlon - Playing guitar as fast as possible as if it were a sporting event. A neologism and a portmanteau; Guitar + (Athletics) with a word inflection, -athlon.

e.g., The guitarists on YouTube partake in a live guitarathlon event this night.

submitted by Jari - (www)

guitarpal tunnel - The syndrome associated with playing too much Guitar Hero.

e.g., Although warned about the damage he could cause to his forearms, Joel Zumaya's marathon round of Guitar Hero World Tour has made him unable to pitch in the game. His guitarpal tunnel injury is more serious than he thought.

submitted by Barbara Miller

guitarpenter - One who makes guitars.

e.g., I am buying a new guitar from a world-famous guitarpenter.

submitted by Darrell Wheeler

guitarthritis - What you have when your fingers hurt after too much Guitar Hero.

e.g., Last weekend's Aerosmith rock out left me with guitarthritis.

submitted by Alexa Bailey

guitbox - Guitar.

e.g., I can't go onstage without my guitbox.

submitted by Aaron - (www)

gulag-work - An adaptation of the word gulag, which was the name of the old soviet labour camps. It's a noun used to describe any horrible chore that you can't get out of doing.

e.g., I'd love to meet up today, but I have heaps of gulag-work I gotta do.

submitted by clea

gulfdogs - Expatriate underdog labour from South Asia working the Gulf countries.

e.g., Several gulfdogs have become billionaires by looting their fellow men.

submitted by J. Ajith Kumar - (www)

gullable - a word not in the dictionary that is now in this dictionary, which means people would be easily duped into thinking it is in the dictionary when it is not, although it could be, as "easily gulled" is an old root derivation for gullible.

e.g., Only the gullible would not look up "gullable" in the dictionary when told it is not in the dictionary.

submitted by Joel Garry - (www)

gullible travelers - We humans are gullible, travelers in this world for some several decades.

e.g., It's probable that we can't help being gullible travelers, molded and programmed by others, according to their will.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

gullible warming - Global warming -- as thought of by many. Perhaps started by Joe Soucheray on GarageLogic.

e.g., Blaming every natural disaster on gullible warming is as reckless and irresponsible as screaming "Fire!" in a crowded theater.

submitted by HD Fowler

gully - Adjective seen in phrase "Keep it Gully," designating a state of affairs where things have been maintained in a positive, productive, and down-to-earth condition -- as in _Fern Gully_. When they were living in the rainforest, they had to keep it raw.

e.g., "Hey, are you going to go start a fight with him and not make a lot of money?" "Not a chance. I'm keeping it gully."

submitted by jw

gulpable - Denoting a reaction to the time when past crimes come home to roost and the sudden realization that one is fully culpable for them.

e.g., Morris immediately felt gulpable when he looked out of the living room window of his home and saw a line of people -- his teen-aged babysitter's parents, three policemen, a Mafia hit man, an IRS auditor, a prosecutor from the D.A.'s office, and the manager of his bank's mortgage foreclosure department -- all waiting patiently for the SWAT team to break down his front door.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

gum band - Rubber band.

e.g., Donnie, you better gum band those cards back together when you're done. I don't want them all over the car.

submitted by Dave Welsch

gumba - A tall person with a really small head.

submitted by Jon Shurey

gumballistic - Of, like, or relating to a gumball.

e.g., See my bouncy ball? It comes out of a gumball machine and looks like gum, but you can't chew it even though it is very gumballistic. (Said by my two year-old niece.)

submitted by Suzanne Rollen - (www)

gumband - Rubber band. Used in New Kensington, PA, among other places.

e.g., Chris used a gumband to keep her wad of twenty dollar bills together.

submitted by Chris Cross

gumbie - A fool, one who is deficient in judgment, sense, or understanding

e.g., Chris demonstrated once again that he is a gumbie.

submitted by Alex Zenovic

gumbler - An abnormal growth of the gums sometimes experienced by orthodontic patients when they get braces.

e.g., Ed. Why haven't you kissed Sally yet? Her braces aren't that repulsive and you've been going out for a month. Fred. Are you kidding? Have you seen that gumbler between her front teeth?

submitted by bilyeu

gumbo ya-ya - Louisiana expression for everyone in the room talking at once and not listening.

e.g., I tried to make our case in the status meeting, but it was all gumbo ya-ya in there.

submitted by Joel Parker

gumby - A very flexible person. From the cartoon character. Especially used to describe women capable of performing outrageous acts on the dance floor.

e.g., The girls at Cagney's are all Gumby.

submitted by Ben Johnson - (www)

gumby - Ticket inspector on public transport.

e.g., Had to step quick to get away from the gumbys today or I would have got a $100 fine.

submitted by James - (www)

gumby - To go

e.g., The crowd is geting tense, so we should gumby.

submitted by Dizix - (www)

gummedovers - The little bits of food that get stuck between your teeth that you spend long periods of time to work out with your tongue only to chew them thoroughly...again...before swallowing them.

e.g., I had beef jerky gummedovers for about five minutes this afternoon.

submitted by murrman1 - (www)

gummies - A pair of rubber boots--contraction of gumboots. AKA waders, wellies.

e.g., It's hosing with rain outside. Get yer gummies on.

submitted by wnpxnff

gump - To succeed at something by means of dumb luck alone

e.g., I had no idea what I was talking about, but I gumped my way through the interview and got the job.

submitted by Stephanie

gumptified - To feel quite inclined to do something -- i.e., to take action.

e.g., Spring's comin' -- I'm feeling gumptified to git my garden dug an' some seeds sproutin'.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

gumshoeing - From the older term gumshoe, for a private investigator, whose job required that she burn off quite a bit of shoe leather in her quest for the truth -- or, in the case of the stealthier private eye, that she burn off gum from the gummed-soled shoes she wore.

e.g., 1. "A dozen or so FBI agents are gumshoeing away, examining documents, holding interviews. This is not the traditional stuff of front-page headlines."

2. "But her work bears little resemblance to classic journalistic gumshoeing. So what's her real contribution?"

3. "Reviewer Donald Douglas at the New Republic wrote that he evoked 'the genuine presence of the myth . . . not the tawdry gumshoeing of the ten-cent magazine.'"

4. ". . . one of the most astonishing and obsessive feats of scientific gumshoeing ever undertaken . . . an utterly fascinating work. . . ."

5. May need to do a bit of gumshoeing of my own to check this out.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

gun - Used to describe someone who is really good at something, or is doing well at something.

e.g., "Andy is an absolute gun." "Mate, he's gunning it."

submitted by matt

gun monkey - Person who operates surveying equipment, generally has little knowledge of land surveying other than pushing buttons.

e.g., Bruce's resume listed his occupation as "survey technician," but he was really just a plain ole gun monkey.

submitted by Ty Evans

gun-fu - A word to describe hyper-kinetic action movies where characters leap into the air with a pair of hand guns, firing with acrobatic grace. This type of cinema was made popular by John Woo's Hong Kong films such as _A Better Tommorow_, _The Killer_, and _Hard Boiled_.

e.g., Chow Yun Fat is a master of gun-fu.

submitted by Sony

gun-upmanship - Parallel of one-upmanship, with gunpower replacing the muscle-power.

e.g., Caption published in Hindustan Times, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India. By Vivek Sharma A GUNFIRE INAUGURATION: These smoking guns are not in the hands of goons aiming high for gun-up-manship. They're party revelers at a shop's inauguration ceremony in the city. But, is this the way?

submitted by vivek sharma

gunch - verb; to ball up a piece of paper; usually used in conjunction with crinkle

e.g., She gunched and crinckled the bills in total disgust.

submitted by Tom McKenzie

gunch - Miscellaneous, and often by implication unnecessary or undesirable, items.

e.g., What are we going to do with all that gunch in the closet?

submitted by majick

gung - Irregular form of the verb "to google."

e.g., I knew how popular the word was because I'd gunged it.

submitted by patrick timony - (www)

gunga dindin - In Anglo-Indian it means, "It's time to eat, pussy-cat" (or, by extension, wiener-dog, whitey-mouse, dirty-bird, etc.).

e.g., Whenever we are shouting "Gunga dindin," too often a tiger is showing up and eating some of the villagers, may they rest in pieces.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

gungaprowl - Adolescent mating ritual.

e.g., Friday nights filled the town centre with young men and women on the gungaprowl.

submitted by Michael Stradling

gunggawack - Anything squishy that you would prefer not to touch or step in.

e.g., Don't step in that gunggawack!

submitted by Wigley

gunishment - Punishment. With a gun.

e.g., Arnie looked as if he was ready to deal out some gunishment.

submitted by Ian

gunjy - Distasteful, annoying, dirty.

e.g., That gunjy man keeps asking me for my phone number.

submitted by Dan Peters - (www)

gunk - Another name for margarine, based on the fact it's a bunch of chemicals.

e.g., Pass the gunk.

submitted by neale - (www)

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

e.g., If you throw someone in the mud, you are a gunkulator.

submitted by ditnis

gunkus - Bits of food or unidentifiable stuff stuck onto another object.

e.g., 1. What is all this gunkus someone left in the sink? 2. The dishwasher left some gunkus on my glass.

submitted by Lisanna

gunner's daughter - A name for a particular type of punishment on a ship. Involves leather straps soaked in oil.

e.g., You'll get the gunner's daughter for that if he catches you.

submitted by Freeda

gunnish - Something of supreme worth or admiration

e.g., Dave to Tony after Tony just did something quite awesome, "Tony, you are gunnish."

submitted by Torin Clack

gunny - Over the top, army fatigued, stud muffin.

e.g., Wha's with the gunny over there?

submitted by Jamie Miller - (www)

gunny bag - adj. broken, no longer functional, worn out

e.g., His '62 XKE was a fine ride until the clutch went gunny bag on him.

submitted by Allen Jones

gunnypuvy - the cavity of a turkey

e.g., "At Thanksgiving, I stuff the gunnypuvy of my turkey."

submitted by Cindee - (www)

guns - Biceps.

e.g., Look at the guns on Pete; kid must work out.

submitted by andrew rowe

gunsle - An idiot. Stupid, smartaleck, jerk, mean, ungrateful, arrogant, self-centered person.

e.g., Chris is a real gunsle.

submitted by jeff brown - (www)

gunth - Rhymes with month, which is handy, and means back of the knee for which there is no word. My mate Nicky Carter invented this word.

e.g., the jellyfish stung him painfully in the gunth

submitted by jose

guo - Great Unlucky One. Originally based on a D&D character who spent his entire existence being either breathed on or sat on by dragons -- is now used as an invisible scapegoat for any and all spurts of bad luck.

e.g., Four finals in one day? Looks like the GUO has struck again.

submitted by keyla

gup - To get out of bed early in the morning, esp. at the behest of an alarm clock. (Origin: a contraction of "get up.")

e.g., The alarm rang at 6 but I didn't want to gup.

submitted by Joyce - (www)

gurg - The digestive sound your throat makes that isn't quite a belch. Exacerbated by too much soda.

e.g., Ugh, I shouldn't have had three cans of Dr. Pepper. Now I'm all gurgy.

submitted by Michelle Smith - (www)

gurgitate - To swallow, to learn and understand.

e.g., How long did it take you to gurgitate Chinese?

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

gurglerz - People who are still at your house the morning after your party, usually asleep under the coffee table and such.

e.g., "How was the party last night, Josh?" "It was really great, I still have a few gurglerz left if you want to see."

submitted by Lady Dart

gurgnik - Person with violent reaction to a pop song that's just too cute, cloying, or twee.

e.g., That Spice Girls song turned Tom into a gurgnik.

submitted by beanie33

gurly gurl - A girl who enjoys and flaunts her girlishness in both her behavior and attire.

e.g., Sher looks hot and has the attention of all the men. She is a gurly gurl if I ever saw one.

submitted by Coozey

gurp - To click in a horrible manner. Especially used in relation to a body part.

e.g., My knee just gurped.

submitted by Robert Henson - (www)

gurple - Sloppy answer to my little sister, my children, and my grandchildren when I couldn't think of the correct name for some odd shade of color their mother would instantly call "puce" or "teal" or "mauve."

e.g., The funny thing about the color "gurple" is that it took and is now in use by three generations.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

gurruckumpucky - Sticky, cloying,gelatinous mass with adhesive and sometimes odorous properties.

e.g., Take that there gurruckumpucky and stick that cat to the wall.

submitted by james Tysoe

guru jee - A Sanskritized version of Teacher Jesus, who, rumor has it, once came to India and spent some time mingling with the holy people there.

e.g., Guru Jee, Avatar, Can we, like you, be a Cosmic Star? [to the tune of, "Jesus Christ, Superstar]

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

gush - A mix created by mashing together the ingredients in a falafel or a kebab, preferably with a fork. The purpose of this action is to evenly distribute the vegetables, sauce, and falafel balls|kebab meat inside the bread before eating.

e.g., I have turned the ingredients of my falafel into gush.

submitted by Joakim Heidvall - (www)

gushallow - Combination of "game show host" and "shallow," or combining "gushy" with "shallow."

e.g., Richard Dawson is the quintessential gushallow, fawning all over his guests and reeking of insincerity.

submitted by Joel Parker

gushsheegoo - A really creamy cake.

e.g., I'd love a gushsheegoo right now.

submitted by Eadaoin

gusp - A strange, groping, grasping, gasping, gurgling action that one performs when one is utterly surprised beyond any capacity for rational thought.

e.g., See that guy gusping? The restaraunt just told him he could have a glass of water for free.

submitted by Thomas Stuart Taylor - (www)

gussy down - (v.) to dress informally but entirely appropriately to the context. For example, dressing "trashy" for a "trashy" event; or sloppy for, say, a cement mixing task. Dressing "down" for a casual Friday. || Resubmitted. (v.) 1. To dress informally; 2. to dress informally in such a way as to look good (i.e., "alluring," "hot," etc.); 3. to dress less formally than is appropriate for a particular event. (The opposite of "gussy up.")

e.g., "Wow, Ellie, you look fantastic!" "Well, thanks, but it's just some old shorts and a tied off shirt my brother used as a midshipman." "Yeah, but you really know how to gussy down! You look as good Mary Anne!" "Is that a good thing?" "Yeah! that's a good thing." || "No need to stand on ceremony with us, child: Get back upstairs and gussy down a bit." | "Wow, my lady wife, you make headscarves and dusty denim look fabulous ... you gussy down pretty good." | "This is black tie?! Why didn't you tell me? I'm so ... so ... down-gussied: I'll never live this down."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

gustatize - To imagine what something would taste like, especially an untried combination of two or more flavors; analagous to "visualize" and "audiolize."

e.g., Before inventing a new recipe, Claire gustatized how it would taste and fine-tuned the list of ingredients.

submitted by Lee

gut course - A required, but easy undergraduate core-requirement.

e.g., Everyone has to take European History 101--it's a gut course--but it's so easy nobody sweats it.

submitted by Stephen Mize

gutenberg - Someone, usually an older person, who insists on printing everything rather than reading it online.

e.g., I can't believe you printed that entire article--you're such a Gutenberg.

submitted by Julie Jackson

gutfullofspareparts - Pregnant, with child.

e.g., "Blimey," said Tom. "Guess what! My Missus has got a gutfullofspareparts."

submitted by James Armstrong

gutfully - Descriptive of the movement of a large belly when the diaphragm is spasming.

e.g., That joke made me laugh most gutfully.

submitted by Chris

guti - My entry for the pseudodictionary would be "guti" (pronounced goo'-tee). It is an acronym for Get Used To It. Whenever you have to learn to do something no matter how much you don't want to do it, you just have to quit griping and guti! Being a teacher, this word comes in handy a lot during the school day.

e.g., You must learn to write sentences using active voice. Guti!  

Use passive voice and you automatically get an F. (Mr. Kennard, you're invited to write your own example. The "automatic F" business was something my son's English teacher came up with. I thought it was a boneheaded restriction. Found your "entry" at,24009,3375491-515590,00.html?netsection_id=2100114.)

submitted by [Tim Kennard]

gutrekker - Brand name of beer when capitalized. Generic for beer when lower-cased. From the "Our Boarding House (with Major Hoople)" comic strip.

e.g., Computer Conklin: "So let's drink a Gutrekker toast to Smittie for a new record -- most times trippin over the catcher's mask!"

submitted by [Bill Freyse] - (www)

gutter punk - a modern young hobo traveller usually sporting a backpack, dreaded hair, and patches.

e.g., "It seems like there are a lot of gutter punks in this city."

submitted by timon

gutteral -

The Eggcorn Database » gutteral Classification: English

Gutteral&thinsp is a common misspelling of guttural,  but these examples indicate that the orthographic shift often accompanies a semantic shift, evoking various associations with the figurative gutter  (low-down, vulgar) or even the gut  (visceral, intense).

Rush Limbaugh’s recent quasi-apology for referring to oral sex with a “guttural term” (as rendered in two transcripts of the radio broadcast) is something of an auditory version of this eggcorn. It’s possible that the “down-in-the-gutter” sense is overtaking the “back-of-the-throat” articulatory sense of guttural, however spelled.

[Update, 6 Nov 05: See this Language Log post for much more on the subject.]

| link | entered by Ben Zimmer, 2005/04/14 |


Spotted in the wild
  • We want comics to be better, but our discourse is admittedly coarse at times. Our opinions are so gutteral that tamer metaphors seem not to capture them, be they disgust or joy. (link)

  • These are some of the ugly things I’m reacting to here as of late. Your comments about Randall Terry seem so gutteral, they reveal more about you than you know. (link)

  • There would also be old guys in the neighborhood who had old blues 78s of various things like Smokey Hogg. That was off limits to my mother because she thought that those kinds of blues were much too gutteral, but I loved them. (link)

  • From Bakerina, this post was really gutteral and intense I thought. (link)

  • To insult someone with a mind as gutteral and obscene as yours, my Islamic-Fundamentalist friend, someone certainly does have to stoop low. (link)

  • Let’s not forget that these guys went into this with eyes wide open and a pile of explicitly worded releases signed, dated and witnessed. They knew exactly what they were getting into. Yet they were perfectly willing to undergo this sort of thing for money and perhaps that gutteral 15 seconds of reality TV “fame.”

    By the way, by “gutteral” did you mean “guttering”, as in “to burn low and unsteadily; to flicker”? Just curious!

    I guess what I meant was related to the gutter, lower in class than bona fide fame: gutteral (not like the throaty noise some folks make.) (link)

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

gutterpunk - A punk, usually homeless, who can be seen at every punk show pan handling change in hopes of buying a ticket. Dirty, smelly, drunk, stoned and broke.

e.g., I gave my extra ticket to that gutterpunk on the corner.

submitted by Mephisto

guttersnipe - One who passes you in the right lane.

e.g., You see officer, I was trying to make a right turn when that guttersnipe hit my car.

submitted by Norm De'Pleum

guy - Used commonly to refer to another person to get his attention. A generic nickname.

e.g., Yo, guy, gimme a smoke.

submitted by Sin - (www)

guy bounce, girl bounce - Serial dating with no time in between to learn whatever you were supposed to from the last relationship.

e.g., Sounds like she just needs to figure out who she really is and spend some time concentrating on becoming comfortable with that, cause the guy bounce is usually representative of just the opposite.

submitted by cinderella

guy candy - (n.) 1. Well-muscled, good-looking men of the sort it pleases women to ogle; 2. Such a fellow deliberately placed to draw women's attention. [The counterpart of calling beautiful women, especially those dressed to draw men's eyes, "eye candy." Well, I guess men so placed or portrayed are just as much "eye candy" as women, but the rhyme was so good, I just had to document it.]

e.g., If you've seen the ad on tv of the bodybuilder directing traffic, then you've seen purest guy candy. But guy candy doesn't have to be that Adonic. My wife truly enjoys watching shows starring Adrian Paul, and my elder daughter delights in watching Orlando Bloom, Messrs. Paul and Bloom being, according to them, the definition of "guy candy."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

guy-fi - A term describing media, especially movies, aimed at 18- to 35-year-old males, and featuring one or more of the following: pyrotechnics, stunts, martial arts, gunplay, female nudity, and fast cars.

e.g., "Don't waste your time watching XXX if you're looking for a movie with a plot. It's all guy-fi."

submitted by Jane - (www)

guy-q - Unlike IQ, which measures raw brain power, Guy-Q is a girl's degree of sophistication about the opposite sex -- i.e., her ability to understand what guys are about and to get the response she wants from them. Popularity with guys.

e.g., My sister is no big brain, but she seems to have a very high Guy-Q. Guys at school are always flocking around her, intrigued by her upbeat yet relaxed attitude toward them. They like it that she's friendly, but not grasping. My Guy-Q, on the other hand, is a little anemic.

submitted by natalie

guychick - Describes a person who does not appear to be male or female. Pronounced like the words "guy" and "chick" put together but must be said very fast.

e.g., What the heck is that person? I guess it's a Guychick.

submitted by Jeremy

guyjantic - Gigantic.

e.g., The project was going smoothly until Jake made a guyjantic error.

submitted by Damion

guype - Junk, garbage, trash, or leftovers.

e.g., Would you believe this place is built entirely from guype? It looks like new.

submitted by Reg Orza

gwabble - To wrinkle and wad something.

e.g., My socks are all gwabbled up in my shoe.

submitted by Danielle

gwails - Roof nails.

e.g., I got pricked by a gwail.

submitted by Colter 7th english

gwan - What's up, what's a matter, what's going on?

e.g., Gwan?

submitted by Vicky

gwangi - Inexpensive or low quality. From the title of the 1969 dinosaur & wild west film Valley of the Gwangi.

e.g., Dad likes to save money by buying Gwangi brand plastic bags instead of Ziploc.

submitted by Claire M

gwank - Ripping someone's arms off, and bludgeoning her with her own arms.

e.g., You best get that chipmunk off my rutabaga, 'fore I gwank you.

submitted by Dr. Phelps - (www)

gwankalowe - A gwank and bangalowe put together. Ripping someone's arm off, and hitting him with it.

e.g., I sure feel bad for Willie. He not only failed the test, the teacher gave him a gwankalowe for doing so bad.

submitted by Dr. Phelps - (www)

gwarms - The little holes you see when you stretch out a cloth-like something.

e.g., There are many gwams in your shirt.

submitted by Courtney 7th English

gwarvel - The language one speaks underwater.

e.g., Spock tried to tell Jim that there was a squid near him , but unfortunately Jim didn't understand gwarvel.

submitted by Chris

gweeb - A global idiot, a global dweeb. A person who is inept with regard to world affairs.

e.g., A Canadian tourist visiting Germany (known as Deutschland to natives) was frantically asking everyone at the train station in the city of Koln (that's the German name for Cologne) for directions to get to Cologne. The gweeb was already in Cologne.

submitted by Jeffrey Tong - (www)

gweet - To leave the area for food or sustenance.

e.g., I am really hungry. Let's gweet!

submitted by ReenieS

gwess - Verb or noun, the word that you would use to make fun of someone

e.g., You stupid son of a gwess

submitted by Matt Rockett

gwf - Goober With Firewall. An uninformed user of a "personal firewall" who inundates admins with complaints about normal network traffic "detected" by his firewall. Don't remember where I found this.

e.g., Just another GWF. Cripes, I wish these idiots would quit wasting our time and theirs with these complaints.

submitted by HD Fowler

gwoarmadise - To eat something completely, but especially to consume like a hog in one fell swoop.

e.g., I didn't have any dinner because your relatives gwoarmadised the lot.

submitted by Diana Braithwaite

gwoll - The heat that the sun produces.

e.g., Whew, the gwoll is really hot today.

submitted by Brooke 7th English

gwudmetscom - On Mars: "Welcome, glad to meet you." [good-meet-come]

e.g., Upon arriving at Marsport VII, the traveling Earthman is soon greeted with "Gwudmetscom" and a one way trip up Prime Canal to central distribution.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

gyah - Interjection. To express surprise or annoyance.

e.g., Gyah. I can't believe I have a 10 page paper due tomorrow. | Gyah. I just don't feel like doing the laundry right now.

submitted by SilverMaiden - (www)

gyk - Similar to the interjections used in the old Batman show: Pow! Wam! etc.

e.g., GYK! That looked like it hurt.

submitted by Garrett

gyl - A middle-of-the-road "good." Pronounced as "gill" or "gi-ol." Not great, but not bad. 6 or 7 out of 10. Negative term is no-gyl.

e.g., The movie was gyl. I'll watch it again when it gets to video.

submitted by Jim K

gym - Te state penitentiary. Criminals go in, come out bigger and meaner.

e.g., Chris is going to the gym, 5 to 10 for laundering illegal drugs money.

submitted by black jack

gym bag - Someone with a physique that fails to show any improvement despite regular attendace at a gym over a long period of time.

e.g., That gym bag should ask for a gym membership refund.

submitted by Mike Wiebel

gym pig - someone who spends too much time in the gym usually out of vanity

e.g., i just wanna be in shape, not a buffed out gym pig.

submitted by miko

gymcentric - For someone whose life revolves around working out in a gym and other healthy endeavors.

e.g., He was so gymcentric that when he wasn't actually working out, he was planning and prepping for his next trip to the gym.

submitted by david farand

gymming - Involving all aspects of gym work. || "Gymming" is a verb that I made up to best describe the physical act of going to the gym and working out. Relative to shopping, swimming, or cooking, is the athletically inspired word gymming. How else might one best describe the overall activities which they engage in during a workout session at the gym?

e.g., I've just been gymming, so I need a shower. || To keep my girlish figure, I try to go gymming as often as possible. | My boyfriend and I share a love for gymming; it's a great hobby in that it keeps us both healthy and fit.

submitted by Matthew Junee || Angie Hart

gymnacafetorium - (n) A large room usually found in modern schools and churches. It can be used as a gymnasium, cafeteria and an auditorium (though not all three at the same time.)

e.g., The first graders will be presenting a play in the gymnacafetorium.

submitted by Jason - (www)

gymnosperm - Of a man named Jim who lacks the ability to procreate.

e.g., Angie and Jim are childless because gymnosperm.

submitted by David

gymnostics - Kids who state that they believe that physical education is beneath them and refuse to participate, while in truth their position is one of mostly fear due to their lack of ability in PE class.

e.g., While the rest of the kids picked teams for volleyball in PE class, the gymnostics slunk around in the corners hoping to go unnoticed.

submitted by Dave Violette

gymteacherly - Acting in an evil or sadistic manner.

e.g., My mean gym teacher was especially gymteacherly this morning.

submitted by Juunana no Onna - (www)

gynae-omnibusologist - Driver who delivers all kinds of new buses.

e.g., I used to be an omnibusologist (bus driver) but now that I deliver new buses to the garages, I've become a gynae-omnibusologist.

submitted by Brian Cole

gynecomasticate - To chew on man-boobs.

e.g., The patient's abnormally enlarged mammary glands have several bite marks and chewed up areas that indicate he is a victim of gynecomastication.

submitted by James Barton - (www)

gynodolite - A male who is submissive to women.

e.g., In order to succeed in higher education a man must be a gynodolite.

submitted by David C. Morrow

gynology - The objective study of women.

e.g., Gynology should be a mandatory course for college men.

submitted by David C. Morrow

gynoporn - Material appealing specifically to women's prurient interests.

e.g., Romance novels are an example of gynoporn.

submitted by David C. Morrow

gynosaur - Old-school, white-haired, male gynocologist.

e.g., My mom wanted me to go to her gynosaur, but I prefer a woman, thank you very much.

submitted by Alex P.

gyp - 1. To be troublesome; to bother. 2. A confidence trick or scam.

e.g., 1. I'd love to help you carry that heavy piano up the stairs, but my old war wound is giving me gyp. 2. I just got gypped out of my life savings. That's the last time I buy shares in Enron.

submitted by Andrew Bell

gypsy cop -

Wikipedia The phrase "gypsy cop" is law enforcement slang for a peace officer who floats from department to department regardless of, or because of, misconduct or poor job performance. The phrase entered public parlance after the infamous Tulia drug stings, where gypsy cop Tom Coleman allegedly set up innocent people, most of them black, as part of a long-term undercover operation. There are many other examples of gypsy cops, though, often associated with smaller departments and drug task forces funded by the federal Byrne grant program.

e.g., "Gypsy cops don't usually end up on the city council."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

gyrocentric - The quality of being or being perceived as having inherent perceptual navigational abilities surrounding oneself. Often confused, but not synonymous with "new agey." The apparent ability to do so. The misguided belief in an internal compass.

e.g., I don't know, I got the 'jeebs off him, just a little too gyrocentric for me, ya know what I'm sayin'?

submitted by Christopher Speath

gyrometer - The internal level indicator of the body that lets you know if you've eaten a gyro lately.

e.g., Chuck, my gyrometer's on E. We need to go eat.

submitted by zeeterman - (www)

gzunder - The kitchen utensil more commonly known as the flipper, called gzunder becuause it "goes under" something.

e.g., Pass me the gzunder so I can flip the pankakes.

submitted by Ryan McBride

gzzt - Like. It indicates the brief short in your brain at the moment of using it instead of "like."

e.g., So she gzzt, "Yeah, are you talking to me?" and he gzzt "Yeah, my friend thinks you are gzzt cute."

submitted by kara - (www)

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