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illiciticity - The quality -- or degree -- of being illicit.

e.g., His action had a high degree of illiciticity.

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illighterate - Used to describe the person utterly incapable of producing a flame with a lighter.

e.g., Mike may be the most unlucky person in the world. He either never buys a lighter that works, or he's just illighterate.

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illiteragitimate - The term stupidicious unedjumicated folks might say instead of"illiterate."

e.g., Chris doant no wat ees sain, that thar boi's illiteragitmate.

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illiterati - Sadly, the modern equivalent of the literary intelligentsia, who have little or no ability to write without violating the prescribed standards of writing. Specifically, internet "writers" and "reviewers" who can't spell or construct a sentence.

e.g., Movie studios these days have to play their cards close to their chest lest they incur the wrath of the internet illiterati, who have the power to ruin their film's potential at the box office with one poorly written "review."

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illiterative - Repeating the same misspelled word(s). Often online, and often by lamers or people who don't know better. Illiterate + iterative.

e.g., "ill send it too you to." "no." "y not? tougt u wanted it to." "my god, you're so illiterative."

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illmathematical - Maximum state of illness.

e.g., That flow was illmathematical.

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illmatical - very ill, but not quite as ill as 'illmathematical'

e.g., my new sweat pants are illmatical.

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illogy - A situation or occurrence which can be said to be illogical or which makes no sense.

e.g., Given that it is now mathematically impossible for your team to acheive promotion this year, your insistence that it will is clearly illogy.

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illucidate - A cross between illuminate and elucidate.

e.g., Please, illucidate me.

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illuminaughty - A group of lizards, disguised as people, who tread on your flower bed, never tidy their rooms, and hide your stapler when you need it. Unlike the Illuminati they actually exist, but are not terribly dangerous.

e.g., He knew he had been visited by the Illuminaughty when one of his socks vanished from the radiator.

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illuminot - A conspiracy buster or debunker, usually a thing but could be a person.

e.g., Seeing the wreckage of the weather balloon should have proved that the "alien craft" flying around with "mind control lasers" was a bunch of illuminot.

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illungiaticbus - For those times when you try to use toothpaste and you squeeze the tube and you know there's more left but you have to keep squeezing from the back and it takes so long and it's just too annoying.

e.g., I tried to brush my teeth this morning, but my toothpaste was illungiaticbus.

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ima - can represent various forms such as 'I' 'I am' 'I am going to' & 'I have'

e.g., ""Ok, ima gonna go home now. see you later. Ima love you..Ima having some food""

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ima - a different way to say "i'm going to," usually implying some sort of physical violence. typically used in hip hop lyrics.

e.g., ima get you, foo. | ima kick your scrawny ass.

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ima - I am going to.

e.g., Ima go to the bathroom.

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ima - I'm going to, I shall, I will, I'll, etc.

e.g., "IF ROMNEY GETS ELECTED AND TAKES AWAY MY FOOD STAMPS IMA SEND SOMEONE TO MURDER HIS ASS."

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imagibang - Mentally envisioning sex with a person found attractive yet probably unattainable. Can be used by either gender for same or opposite sexes. It is an omni-use word.

e.g., "Did you see those cheerleaders?" "Yes, and I imagibanged them all!"

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imaginary morning sickness - (IMS) A woman pretending to feel ill in the morning so that her husband or boyfriend will be extra nice to her, like making a cup of coffee or breakfast.

e.g., Sorry I'm late. My wife had IMS this morning.

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imaginectomy - Cutting that results in loss of imagination.

e.g., I've met too many people working in the "exact" sciences who have had imaginectomies.

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imagineer, imagineering - From General Electric or Disney. Imaginative construction or progression. Used primarily by marketing and sales people to describe some "leap of faith" taken by someone with regards to a project. Word is a fusion of "imagine" and "engineer(ing)."

e.g., The project looks like it's going really badly. You need to do some serious imagineering on the details to get yourselves out of trouble.

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imaginism - Someone or something that has a high level of imagination.

e.g., John's artwork was a piece of pure imaginism.

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imaginorganism - Any imaginary life-form.

e.g., "Haylee, are you having fun with your friend?" "Yes." "You do know she's just an imaginorganism, right?" "No."

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imbareassed - Embarrassed.

e.g., I don't know whether I'm imbareassed by my spelling or because imbareassed.

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imbascil - Imbecile.

e.g., "Krystal," at the link provided, called Melissa Harris-Perry an imbascil.

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imbesire - Mix of imbecile and sire. One who is at once a person of wealth and status and at the same time an imbecile. Can also be used in regard to a person of supreme idiocy, a king of imbeciles so to speak.

e.g., Mom has a new boyfriend, but I think she is just with him because of his wealth and status. After speaking with him for five minuites, it was clear to me that he is an imbesire.

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imbiguer - It's a synonym of "to hinder" and "to impede". It's a verb. Sure there are already two words with similar meaning, but why not have a third?

e.g., The sun imbiguered by ability to see and caused me to run a light.

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imbiguity - Ambiguity caused by the nature of instant messaging and its lack of tone or context.

e.g., It's difficult to express the concept of IMbiguity when you're IMing. But it's not the least bit difficult to be IMbiguous. It's difficult not to be.

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imby - Used when you are about to say something and it completely slips your mind, and you're left trying to remember what you were about to say.

e.g., What was I going to say? I can't remember, another imby moment. This is happening more and more often since I retired.

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imconfidence - Privately, but not overtly or publicly confident about something.

e.g., Although she appeared to know nothing about the subject, she was brimming with imconfidence when she saw the test paper.

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imdb - To use the interet movie database (imdb.com) to find something.

e.g., Bryan: How old is Tom Hanks. Jay: Imdb it.

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imdb - As a verb: To look up someone in the Internet Movie Data Base.

e.g., Some whippersnapper thought Kevin James belonged on a short list of the greatest comedians ever? Kevin James? Who the hell is Kevin James? I IMDbed him and found out he was the male lead in King of Queens, his main claim to fame. More recently he's made some not-so-good movies. Yeah, right. One of the greatest comedians ever. Sure he is.

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imeweus - All purpose pronoun.

e.g., Imeweus like food. It was imeweus. Imeweus all went to the store after school.

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imf - International Mother Fund.

e.g., I'm our of money again. I'm going to go plead to the IMF.

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imfeasibubble - A bubble constructed entirely from nothing, thus, a completely ludicrous and absurd idea or concept.

e.g., "Why don't we make a goat-powered helicopter?" I stared at him incredulously. "That's completely imfeasibubble!" I shouted.

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iming - (v) To be instant messaging.

e.g., I was just iming her and she thought we should get together for a movie.

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iminoidal - Adjective to describe the shape of a slope-sided slab placed on top of a low wall--like a shallow roof.

e.g., Jack liked his new iminoidal wall--it stopped the kids from trying to tightrope-walk across it and falling into his petunias.

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iml - (n., pronounced “iml”) The American Sign Language sign for “I love you”, sometimes used as emoticon.

e.g., “I'll always remember the last time I saw her, waving an iml at me over the crowd in the airport.”

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imma - Used to make "I am going to" shorter.

e.g., Imma go make something cool now.

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immaculant - Huge.

e.g., The biggest problem I have with Hummers is that they are immaculant.

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immaculate - A way of complimenting someone for gross incompetence.

e.g., Chris is an immaculate worker. He has no conception of what to do.

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immaculate pre-conception - An idea born of nothing; one that has no basis in fact.

e.g., Chris's belief that he is better than everyone else is an immaculate pre-conception. He is, in fact, a loser.

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immeadiately - Immediately, when you need beer.

e.g., Barmaid, bring me another brewski ... immeadiately.

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immelman, to pull an - A U-turn. Taken from the name of a manuver used by airplanes to accomplish much the same thing -- that is, a swift reversal of direction.

e.g., Wrong way. Just pull an Immelman -- no one's looking.

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immersive - Absorbing, enthralling. Despite its common usage, it's not a real word and does not show up in a dictionary.

e.g., The game was an immersive experience. I felt like I was really there.

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immigration dictionary - Where you can find plain English definitions of immigration-related legal terms from the common to the unusual. With over 400 terms, it is the most comprehensive immigration dictionary on the internet. Check the link.

e.g., Look it up in the immigration dictionary. I've provided a link.

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immination - The experience of hearing two or more coincidental references to something unusual within a short span of time.

e.g., I had an immination the day I finished a book by an obscure novelist--I learned he had died that morning.

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imn't - I am not.

e.g., Robert: Ashley, you're a dork. Ashley: No, imn't.

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imn't - A conjunction of the words "I am not." I'm a college graduate. I've used this word my whole life, been laughed at and ridiculed. But you know what? It makes sense to me. Now I can show everyone it actually is a word.

e.g., Mom: "If you hit your brother one more time, you're grounded." Me: "I imn't!"

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imogen - A Little More Invention, Please

e.g.,

Of all the thousands of languages in the world, English has probably one of the largest vocabularies. This is not just the number of things, ideas, feelings, and states that the language can describe, but, like a hydra, one concept often spawns more than one word. Why say sea when you can say whale road? Why use only dog, when there are hounds, or harts instead of stags? Mogs and cats?

Not only that, but the number of dead words is nearly as large as the number ofliving ones — or perhaps as large or larger. Still more words are simply not used anymore — for example, slubberdegullion. Many readers thought Dumbledore was a great name for a wizard. Did Rowling make it up? Seems very unlikely, not because she’s not good at making things up, but because in the Cotswold region where she grew up, dumbledore is another way of saying bumblebee.

English is also filled with half-assed combinations. You know, where there is a word that suggests the other half of the equation has been lost. We have ruthless but no ruthful or ruth? We have unkempt, but where is kempt? Why can you be underwhelmed and overwhelmed, but never simply whelmed?

Our language has a great history of making stuff up. Take dog — who on earth knows where that one came from? No one. It was hund/hound for thousands of years … then suddenly it’s dog. We know the meanings of many words. Some come directly from other languages and cultures, such as juggernaut, sofa, and shampoo. Sometimes they get adopted more than once as the meaning changes in the country of origin — leading to hotel, hostel and hospital, which all have the same root. Others develop out of other languages such as Greek and Latin. Some words, such as pea (pease), cherry (cerise), penthouse (pentice), sweetheart (sweetard), and bridegroom (bryd-guma) are mistakes and mishearings.

Many words are just invented by creative types. Jeremy Bentham, best known for best seller guides such as Emancipate Your Colonies, invented the word “international” and then apologized for its inelegance. Shakespeare, for example is credited with having invented a whole raft of words:barefaced, critical, dwindle, gust, hint, lonely, and tons more.

For all their inventive quality, whether it is turning slang mainstream, playing with other languages, making stuff up, or just making a mess of things, the English language has not covered everything. There are gaps. Ones so huge, in fact, there is almost unlimited potential for wordsmiths to get creative — or as Elvis may have said, “time for a little more invention please.”

So what is English missing? Well, for starters, what comes between hard and soft? Normal does not quite cover it. How about between near and far? Here is not quite right either. Or, for that matter, between big and small/little? Is it normal again? Average? Other languages have managed to fill these voids.

A few years ago, a British writer working for the TV show QI, which stands for Quite Interesting, wrote a book called The Meaning of Tingo and Other Extraordinary Words from Around the World. The book compiled lists of words thematically, words that espoused themes, ideas and things English could not.

Some favourite gaps highlighted by Adam Jacot de Boinod include farik (a woman who hates her husband — there’s ‘normal’ again), muka (licking the lips to show that food is tasty), karoshi (death from overwork), radfahrer (one who butt kisses bosses, but bullies underlings), backpfeifengesicht (someone who has a face you just want to slap), and varevare (young and hopeless).

As well as gaps in the language, there are a number of areas that are dominated by dull, descriptive vocabulary. Think finance and business for example. Along with government, these sectors are stuffed full of jargon and management speak. This is a shame because there are many good things about business and about finance, such as when it comes to the best ways and places for moving finances, to transfer money, hire staff, sell the brand, and so on. What English needs is better ways to express these ideas without putting people to sleep.

So, squires: pens, pencils, keyboards, and crayons out — time to get smithing on new letter ensembles. Then, when you come up with something new, submit it to the PseudoDictionary for your fifteen minutes of fame.

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imogenial - Of or relating to the British pop star Imogen Heap.

e.g., My best friend makes this very imogenial music. She also uses very imogenial auto-tune equipment, and sometimes speaks with an imogenial (high-pitched, British) accent.

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imoncutcha - Ah-mon-kuh-cha. Contraction of the phrase "I'm going to cut you." A ghetto threat. Rarely used, but hilarious in the right context. Observed in the Second Annual Yadda Yadda Yadda Blah Blah Blah Yackety-Shmackety Variety Show at Del Campo High School, Sacramento, CA.

e.g., You don't shut yo mouth, imoncutcha.

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imow - contraction of "I'm going to". southern

e.g., Imow have a PBR and watch some Springer.

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imp - Cool, suave, and sophisticated.

e.g., Sean Connery was the best James Bond. He's always imp in the 007 movies.

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imp of the perverse - That which "forces you to do that which does not require to be done, to the defeat of everything else that should be done." Edgar Allan Poe || "The Imp of the Perverse is a metaphor for the common tendency, particularly among children and miscreants, to do exactly the wrong thing in a given situation. The impulse is compared to an imp (a small demon) which leads an otherwise decent person into mischief." The Imp of the Perverse is the converse of a shoulder angel such as Jiminy Cricket, who acted as Pinocchio's conscience.

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My Imp of the Perverse kept urging me to search the internet for midget sex, though I knew I should really be attending my son's birth. || While I certainly won't 'fess up to being a miscreant, I'll admit to behaving at times as if the Imp of the Perverse is sitting on my shoulder. | A friend says my looks alternate between those of a cherub and those of The Imp of the Perverse.

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impact - If you're using impact as a verb, a better choice is probably affect -- and by "probably," I mean "almost always." If you're using it as a noun, effect may well be a better choice.  
 
If you're talking about one thing striking another -- falling objects, getting shot, or jackhammers, for example -- impact is going to fit. Otherwise, you're unlikely to go wrong by avoiding its use as a verb entirely. If you simply must use it as a verb other than in the striking sense, restrict its use to very significant (great) effects. (Yeh, yeh, I know about impacted teeth. Ouch.)

e.g., Inferior: Cutting prices one percent will impact our bottom line. Better: Cutting prices one percent will affect our bottom line. Better yet: Why aren't we raising our prices instead of lowering them? We have the best product on the market.

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impact adjustment - An educated maneuver that "repairs" (usually temporarily) a piece of hardware via a swift smack or calculated drop (see "percussive maintenance").

e.g., If the VCR starts buzzing, just lift the front edge about an inch and drop it -- that's usually enough of an impact adjustment to make it stop.

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impactful - To have a significant impact.  
 
{ED. Consider yourself well-advised not to use impactful -- unless you're making a little joke of using it and want to make people laugh. If you use it seriously, you may well be laughed at, anyway -- but you shouldn't be happy when that happens. This seems like a good place to remind you of what we've said elsewhere:

Do not believe anything you read in the pseudodictionary.
Do not take us seriously. Do not believe anything we say.
Seek wisdom elsewhere. Watch out for leg-pulling and tomfoolery.
This site is a lark for the owners and you always need to keep that in mind.

}

e.g., We've got to find a way to make these statements more impactful. {ED. We're screwed unless we find a way to say this more effectively.}

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impactuous - Of or containing impact; either emotional (as in an emotive speech) or physical impact.

e.g., Your speech about 50 Cent certainly was impactuous, Earlene.

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impassenger - The person sitting in a car whot tries to unlock the car door while another tries to open it from the outside. This results in the door remaining locked and entry into the vehicle still denied.

e.g., Damn. Thwarted again by an imbecile impassenger.

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impasta - Someone who eats unleavened bread before Passover ends.

e.g., He ordered the rolls before remembering what day it was and then realized what an impasta he had become.

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impastrinate - To feed someone pastry. Noun forms include "impastrination" (the act of being impastrinated) and "impastrinator" and "impastrinatrix" (male and female, respectively, engaging in the act of impastrination).[From "im-," variant of "in-" from Latin "in" = "in, within" + "pastry" from Middle English "pastee" poss. from Old French "pastitz" = "cake"]

e.g., That sunny day, we strolled to the bistro down the street where we served ourselves coffee and then publicly impastrinated each other, first with an almond croissant and then a pain au chocolat, in quick succession.

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impatience fee - Additional cost of a product stemming from the buyer's unwillingness to do the legwork to find a better price.

e.g., I paid $85 dollars for those hubcaps, including a $45 impatience fee there, 'cuz I'm sure I could have found them somewhere else for $40.

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impch - Measurement comparable to the size of an imp.

e.g., She was less than an impch high.

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impeccably peckable - The perfectly hen-pecked husband -- a hen-pecking wife's dream spouse.

e.g., Sigmund was so agreeable with everything -- yes even the constant nit-picking, nagging, and complaining of Lenore, his wife. On her part, Lenore was never happier than when she was complaining, and was never so secretly pleased with him as when she bitterly displeased with his every thought and action. Still, no complaint ever escaped Sigmund's lips. Truly, Sigmund was impeccably peckable.

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impedaphilia - When a minor is seeing someone over 40.

e.g., As I was walking down the street, I saw an act of impedaphilia.

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impedestrian - A pedestrian who crosses the street very slowly so as to hold up traffic.

e.g., I was held up at 3rd and Main by a group of impedestrians.

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impedoom - Strange feeling of impending doom.

e.g., The night had been going well. However, on downing her fourth shot of tequila, Milly couldn’t help but get a feeling of impedoom about the remaining dark hours before morning would dawn. (See www.bulwer-lytton.com for more writing in this vein.)

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impeeve - To impede someone in such a manner as to cause great annoyance.

e.g., My sister impeeves me every morning by running into the bathroom to take an hour-long shower, when she knows I'm late for class.

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impercussion - A combined form of "implication" and "repercussion"--an effect which is largely uncertain, but probably going to be bad.

e.g., The impercussions of Arctic National Wildlife Refuge drilling are not yet known.

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imperial doughnut - 1. A ring-shaped cake made of rich, light dough that is fried in deep fat and manufactured for consumption by minions of the evil Galactic Empire. 2. A convention-defying site containing traces of satirical wit, nostalgic insights on popular culture, and deep-thinking philosophical illusions of grandeur relating to a certain individual's so-called life.

e.g., Bob the Stormtrooper was gagging for an imperial doughnut after a hard day's rebel blasting on Hoth.

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imperience - To purposely not pursue an endeavor or do something that is highly likely to bring success if actually done.

n. one's previous life focused on the things that one purposely did not do that could have brought the individual more success.

e.g., Speaking from my imperience in working with children, I know that getting them to like me first needs to come before I can expect any respect.

If you ever choose to imperience reading books, you know you will be sorry since you will soon regret your lack of knowledge and wisdom.

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imperior - 1. Between superior and inferior. 2. Something that has lots of flaws, but also good points.

e.g., The _Garbage Pail Kids_ movie is imperior to the original trading cards.

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impersenator - n - A political hack, masquerading as a statesman.

e.g., The new conservative majority in the House of Representatives at first appeared to be a new breed of politician, but now, they're looking more like a bunch of Impersenators.

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impervertous - Unable to be swayed by sexual come-ons or influences.

e.g., I am impervertous to the amorous temptations you subject me to.

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impeticos - (v) To pocket, impocket. OED says: a burlesque word put into the mouth of a fool. Applied as a perversion of impocket, and perhaps intended to suggest petticoat.

e.g., Used only once by Shakespeare, in _Twelfth Night_: "I did impeticos thy gratility."

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impictinate - To imagine vividly.

e.g., Impictinate this, a perfect world with no crime, no pollution, and no famine.

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imping - The practice of repeatedly sending IM ping messages (e.g., "r u there?") because the other person has stopped replying.

e.g., I've been IMing the new blonde secretary a lot but I spend most of my time impinging her because she's answering the phone or handling reception.

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implaqueable - Describing teeth that, no matter how poorly oral hygeine is maintained, are impervious to plaque and decay.

e.g., Despite the fact that he hardly brushes, and never flosses, Ned hasn't had a single dental issue in more than 30 years. How's that possible? Easy -- Ned's teeth are implaqueable.

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imposeter - A stupid question, one often asked when the answer is clearly visible or obvious. A poser that should not be; a not real question used as means of getting someone's attention or starting a conversation, the answer already being known by the asker.

e.g., "Hey, Bubba, what you doin'? Watchin' t.v.? What ya watchin'? . . . Is that Bugs Bunny? . . . What ya eatin'? VCereal?" "Sissy, I'm just not answering your imposeters."

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imposthume - An abscess. The example is taken from Michael Quinion's World Wide Words Newsletter 03 March 2012. | From The Free Dictionary: "A collection of pus or purulent matter in any part of an animal body; an abscess." Impostume.

e.g., “Dost thou know me bladder, / Thou insolent impostume?” snarled a character in John Fletcher’s The Island Princess. That was in 1621, when people had a more imaginative way with insults. Impostume is now rare, its infrequent escapes from the less-thumbed pages of our dictionaries being mostly in quotations from old herbals.

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imprathetic - Impressive yet pathetic. For a back-handed compliment that "praises" one's knowledge or ability regarding something that is otherwise useless.

e.g., His ability to quote the entire final scene of Point Break word for word is imprathetic.

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impraze - An amalgamation of the words impress and amaze.

e.g., That pet monkey of yours never fails to impraze.

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impressional - An impressive yet original look.

e.g., That shirt he was wearing was very impressional.

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imprestidigitation - The appearance of captured sailors on deck by conjury.

e.g., Most of the band of pirates three sheets to the wind and pretty darn useless from a night of drinking rum, Blackbeard ordered imprestidigitation from a somewhat sober magician captured in Barbados.

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imprise - Impressed and surprised state.

e.g., Dave’s ability to pull dental floss from his mouth through his nose imprises me.

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imprized - Surprised and impressed.

e.g., Wow, I'm imprized at all the progress you've made.

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improbulous - So improbable as to be miraculous.

e.g., Candy: I met my boyfriend on the Internet, and he's not creepy or ugly or grotesquely overweight. Pretty improbulous, huh? Mandy: Unh, huh. But you still haven't actually seen him.

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impropagandized - wrongly or unfairly or unethically indoctrinated or brainwashed, mindwarped. Propagated on the innocent or unsuspecting, simple or ignorant, gullible or defenseless.

e.g., Many humans on planet Earth are essentially impropagandized. But many are convinced that this is OK and normal, not improper at all. People are told what to think and do and believe, often not a matter of choice or freedom at all. Humans of the world, be revolting -- or at least, significantly evolving..

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improvisention - Inventions that are hastily put together to get the task done quickly.

e.g., "Are you sure this improvisention will work?" "Of course not."

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improvokation - Quickly assessing and implementing what annoys and irritates another person.

e.g., Chris is a master of improvokation. Yesterday a guy pulled a gun on him in less than 20 seconds.

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improxible - Unapproachable, that cannot be gotten close to, you can't get near it

e.g., While we were still in Shangrilala I wanted badly to obtain the signature of the king, but he turned out to be totally improxible.

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imuna - I'm going to

e.g., Imuna get something to eat.

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imvasion - Returning to your computer to find an overwhelming number of instant messages waiting to be responded to.

e.g., I forgot to change my status to "Away" before going to lunch, and returned to find a full scale IMvasion in progress.

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in accordance with the prophecies. - Used at the end of an idea to add variety to the conversation. Makes you sound a little bit loony, but in a good way. It grabs your listener's attention plus it gives them something to think about.

e.g., I heard the math test is really hard. In accordance with the prophecies. OR Nick asked me to prom today, in accordance with the prophecies.

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in all my born days - Ever, never, not ever, in my whole life.

e.g., I ain't seed the likes a that in all my born days.

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in burrito - A twist on "in cognito"--being undercover in a low-down casual way.

e.g., There's my evil ex-boyfriend. I better go home, get sunglasses and a wig, and stay in burrito for a while.

submitted by Jennifer Fader - (www)

in con gruesome - The current ugly state in Congress that is in opposition to the intended objectives of our founding fathers.

e.g., The original purpose of our national governing body was to serve the American people. Instead, almost all our Congrassmen (c.f.) today are self-serving pollyticians (c.f.) who vote to protect and advance the interests of those whose huge financial contributions support re-election funding -- millionaires, corporations, and financial institutions. (As example, why haven't the blatantly greedy individuals in Wall St.firms, who were clearly responsible for our great financial crisis, not been prosecuted?)  
 
Clearly, the mission of those elected to office is not to vote for laws that benefit our citizens, but to take any and all actions to ensure re-election, and maintain the lifestyle they voted for themselves -- generous salaries, financial perks, and large staffs, exceptional medical benefits, lifetime pensions, power, privilege, and "special" treatment -- all to avoid the lesser benefits of the careers they are best suited for, in used car sales.  
 
The deplorable situation in Congress is more than incongruous with the principles of good government -- it's downright in con gruesome!

submitted by Charlie Lesko

in ex 'orible - The intractable bad relationship between spouses after divorce.

e.g., After the arguments, the bitter accusations and fighting, you'd think that they'd appreciate the new relationship. Free! Free of each other; free to do whatever each wants; free to make a new start.  
 
Shouldn't bygones be bygones; shouldn't each have some modicum of respect for the, albeit few, good times, the things that attracted them to each other; the old special warmth and love? No way!  
 
What inevitably becomes their eternal, never changing relationship? In ex 'orible.

submitted by charlie lesko

in high weeds - To be very busy or slammed. To be in potential trouble with someone.

e.g., The hostess at the restaurant had a line out the door and an hour's wait for seatings. You could tell she was in high weeds.

submitted by Paul

in medias recipe - (phrasal adv.) 1. Before a particular dish or dessert (or snack) is fully prepared; especially 2. Eating the batter or dough or ingredients of a favorite food rather than waiting for it to be cooked or served (or whatever). Less particularly, 3. during the preparation of a meal, but before everyone comes to eat it. [From the Latin _in_medias_res_"in the middle of the thing," a term describing the opening of a tale in the middle of the action, and explaining everything later on.]

e.g., I love eating squeebles (q.v.) in medias recipe, especially cookie dough squeebles. I sometimes wonder if the cookies that come from the dough are even necessary, since most people like the dough better, or the batter better, or whatever. | I enjoy meal preparation, since I can be sure that few will come near me while I work (for fear of having to help), and I can have some quiet time to think in medias recipe.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

in mountain - Having reached a hightened state of sexual arousal. Past the plateau but not quite at the peak.

e.g., Never switch techniques on a woman who's in mountain; just keep doing what you're doing.

submitted by Mila Eighteen

in ocea - In Osha. Someone or something that is temporarily unavailable. Usage originated in Maryland, USA, and literally translates to 'In Ocean," as in Ocean City, MD.

e.g., 1. Wanda: Where's Pete? Haven't seen him all week. Siss: OH, din'tcha know? He's in ocea all week on vacation, hon. 2. This fax line's been in ocea all morning.

submitted by Paul

in one eye and out the other - Similar to "in one ear and out the other."

e.g., I told him in AIM to meet me after work, but it just went in one eye and out the other.

submitted by Mila Eighteen

in the book - Gay. Assumes that there's an International Directory of Gays somewhere.

e.g., Is he in the book or just overly interested in window treatments?

submitted by Michelle

in the weeds - 1. Overloaded, can't keep up. 2. Military: in the field, in the thick of it.

Kate Ramos | Decoding Diner LingoIn the Weeds = when a worker is overloaded. Jane Sherman has been a waitress at the Tastee Diner in Laurel, Maryland, since 1978, and this is the only term she ever remembers using. "We say that all the time when we can’t keep up with our tables," she explains. The term refers to the military roots of many diner chefs: When a regiment was in the weeds, it meant the soldiers were in danger of being slaughtered.

e.g., 1. Take a break, Mabel -- maybe dance on the table or somethin'. I'm in the weeds already. 2. When I asked a US Army lieutenant colonel (at my son's promotion-to-full-colonel ceremony) where he and the others with him were from, he said, "We're in the weeds in Afghanistan. . . ."

submitted by HD Fowler

in ure, in urred - First part of an expletive used in response to an irritating action by another person. | The state where an individual has become hardened to expletives used as response to his irritating actions.

e.g., "In ure... EYE!, you old sod! You SAW me waiting for that parking spot!" | Noticing that shouting was coming at him from another car, the elderly gentlemen yawned. He was in urred to such noise, heard most often when he went out for a drive.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

in you end, oh - Derogatory statements that impugn, by implication, one's character or actions.

e.g., Listen up, Bucko! You say one bad word about me, my family or my friends, I'll respond with "in you end, oh!"

submitted by Charlie Lesko

in-act - Enact.

e.g., Why would such a law be so difficult to in-act?

submitted by Miss Speller

in-office holiday - A period of time in which an individual continues to arrive and leave work at normal hours, however, instead of performing expected duties, one pursues relaxing and otherwise personal interests. In-office holidays are not commonly requested, or even discussed with the management and are frequently kept confidential for obvious reasons (see: management).

submitted by chrish

in-pending doom - The point at which one's in-tray and pending-tray are filling up at a greater rate than one's out-tray, resulting in burnout and tears.

e.g., She's tearing her hair out over there--the poor woman's facing in-pending doom.

submitted by Uncle Deech

in-possible - More impossible than impossible. Far beyond the realm of possibility.

e.g., My roommate asked to borrow $500 and my new car so he could take my sister to Vegas for the weekend. Inpossible.

submitted by AndyS

in. - In. = inch ("uncia" - one) - the length of the end joint on a Roman emperor's thumb. 1/12th the length of his foot ("ft.", q.v., and see also "ga.") -- as ludicrous as this may seem, it is also true.

e.g., He wanted to be measured by the ft. but he only extended to the in.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

ina - I would like to.

e.g., Ina take a walk.

submitted by Echowolf Fenris

inabit - Short for "I will see you in a bit (of time)." Usually used as the very last word spoken when parting company.

e.g., Bert: "See you later." Ernie: "Inabit."

submitted by AceSnypa

inacceptable - Pronounced with the accent on the second syllable instead of the third. Unacceptable. Now considered a misspelling -- "It's not acceptable as an everyday variant of 'unacceptable.'" -- it was once used regularly in foreign policy, international relations, psychology, and science. Merriam-Webster: "This word doesn't usually appear in our free dictionary, but the definition from our premium Unabridged Dictionary is offered here on a limited basis. Note that some information is displayed differently in the Unabridged."  
 
Oxford English Dictionary 
Definition : Not acceptable, unacceptable. 
Quotations : 1878 LECKY Eng. 18th C. II. viii. 445 The French made propositions of peace, but they appeared utterly inacceptable. 1908 Westm. Gaz. 22 Oct. 7/1 The Turkish Foreign Minister replied that the proposal was inacceptable. 1934 A. S. C. ROSS in Neuphilol. Mitt. XXXV. 129 The perpetuation of a Victorian prudishness (inacceptable in philology beyond all other subjects). 1938 E. BEVAN Symbolism & Belief v. 108, I am in the company of others who find Professor Alexander's philosophy in this respect inacceptable. 1970 H. BRAUN Parish Churches xii. 160 Such dreariness being inacceptable to the parish churchman..Gothic forms began..to represent the appropriate Anglican architecture.

e.g.,

  1. “JPEG, the de-facto standard for image compression, while still one of the fastest methods available, has one major drawback: it compresses lossy, in other words, whenever the image is saved, some fidelity is lost. For situations where multiple load/save cycles are to be expected, for example in photo manipulation applications, this is inacceptable.” |

  2. “We should stabilize the East and establish peace upon a basis not inacceptable [sic] to the Chinese themselves. We should increase our own prestige. Strengthen the hands of the free powers. Quench fascism. Spread the gospel of peace and. . . .” |

  3. “It is associated with a kind of logic of which I am the enemy; it entangles me in metaphysical paradoxes that are inacceptable, etc., etc.” |

  4. “This detestable evil will intrude in all great inacceptable obedience through Jesus Christ.” |

  5. “It is inacceptable! Why was it inacceptable? What did this formula of Sazonof contain which could be inacceptable for Austria? Was it, by any chance, the recognition of the fact that the Austro-Serbian question had assumed the character of a. . . .” |

  6. “In view of the above, the representatives of the friendly Powers agreed with me in thinking that the note would impose very difficult terms on Serbia, but that there would be no inacceptable demands.” |

  7. “The inacceptable thought or wish is forced out of consciousness into the unconscious, ‘repressed’ as Freud calls this . . . Now this inacceptable thought or wish, which has been split off from the main body of consciousness, does not lose its. . . .” |

  8. “It is evident that this is impossible; this illustration, which is entirely within the realm of possibility in every war, shows by the evidence that the provisions of Articles 3 and 5 are inacceptable from the military point of view.” |

  9. “At present Austria considered only the extension and the occupation of Bulgaria as inacceptable to herself. This she could have carried through alone by an ultimatum to Russia, or eventually in a Conference of three.” |

  10. “But to Japan, which has been denied recognition, in the covenant, of racial equality, it is inacceptable. . . . Can it be possible that a covenant privately considered, privately arrived at, inacceptable to some of the Allied nations, will be forced upon. . . .” |

  11. “Hriit’s hostility to Hrolfr made her inacceptable (to a Danish audience) as a heroine. The poets had to neglect her, and though as a result of this neglect her original hostility came to be forgotten, it was then too late to incorporate her into the. . . .” |

  12. “I became acquainted with the fundamental works of Lamarck, Spencer, and Darwin, and was able to taste the fruitful and elegant, though often inacceptable or exaggerated bio- genetic hypotheses of Haeckel, the spirited professor of Jena.” |

  13. “. . . their numerical inferiority rendered the task of abolishing the system easier ; pointing, as it did, to the obvious inference that the employment of slaves appeared not only inacceptable, but unnecessary, in the eyes of the bulk of the population.” |

  14. “All around us artists, who today are annihilated by oblivion, were living handsomely on the adaption and mediocritization of Dalinian ideas. If Dali, the authentic king, was inacceptable and unassimilable, like a too violently seasoned food. . . .” |

  15. “Such a view of the nature of the differential, although possessing heuristic value in the application of the calculus to problems in science, has been judged inacceptable in mathematics because no satisfactory definition has as yet been framed. . . .” |

  16. “. . . out that Point 6 was not new either; the argument that the USSR proposals had been considered and rejected carried no conviction, for the same was true of the U.K. text, the contents of which were known to be inacceptable to the USSR.” |

  17. “They are inacceptable for Germany, Austria and Turkey. The history of the German peace . . . Volkszeitung writes Wilson’s program conforms in the main to Lloyd George’s and is equally inacceptable for us. Wilson demands even more boldly. . . .” |

  18. “‘Inacceptable?’ Rudolf Adlon bent forward threateningly. ‘Inacceptable! You fool! The Si -Fan! I have had more than enough of this nonsense! My time is too valuable to be wasted upon Chinese conjurers. Let this farce end or I shall be. . . .’” |

  19. “We were the first to declare that the Bolshevist terms to Poland were inacceptable. But to reject them on the ground of counter-demands equally inacceptable to every Russian is very poor diplomacy indeed. We do not wish to say that Polish. . . .” |

  20. “A socially acceptable symptom is then ennobled by the label ‘sublimation,’ while the socially inacceptable symptom is called ‘neurosis.’ I have stated in my aforementioned paper that when the psychotherapist enables the patient to. . . .” |

  21. “Table 5.3 also shows that inacceptable spellings of vowels were produced, but the number was very small. In only five spellings was the vowel grapheme omitted. With one exception, it was the e before the l that was omitted (e.g., schnll for. . . .” |

  22. “Psychoanalysts have theorized that work is a socially approved means for sublimation of the aggressive instincts and that when work is not available the individual suffers from anxiety aroused by the pressure of inacceptable impulses (cf. . . .” |

  23. “Speaking after a meeting Monday with government and UNITA officials, Beye said such violations of the year-old cease-fire were ‘inacceptable’ and came ‘at exactly the most inappropriate moment of the peace process.’” » ANC Daily News Briefing |

  24. “Beye labeled it ‘inacceptable’ and said it came ‘at exactly the most inappropriate moment of the peace process.” » ANC Daily News Briefing |

  25. “Champion sleeper suddenly finds bedtime inacceptable and that 4: 45am is a good time to wake up.” » Praise The Sleep Gods And Pass The Cookies » Her Bad Mother |

  26. “What is inacceptable is government controlling women as if they are chattel, and not allowing them to have complete control of their bodies.” » Think Progress » Kansas lawmaker compares rape to auto theft. |

  27. “It’s the association between being gay and being a pedophile that’s inacceptable,’ said Patane.” » The Huffington Post: Italy Debates If Calling Someone Gay Is An Insult |

  28. “Since this does not allow for territorial contiguity of the future Palestinian State, it will be inacceptable for the Palestinians and the international community.” » The Huffington Post: Carlo Strenger: Why Israel is Moving to the Right |

  29. “We will dig out the babies that sprout in inacceptable places, and maybe even resort to the *gasp* hoe.” » Hellebore Experiment-The Results » Fairegarden |

  30. “We have months in which we could witness his inacceptable political stance, we will have years to see it unfold.” » Coyote Blog » Blog Archive » Good Stuff From Obama |

  31. “‘To go say in Africa that condoms increase the danger of AIDS is, first of all an untruth and it is inacceptable for the African people and for everyone else,’ he continued.” » Archive 2009-03-01 |

  32. “Among the 2 papers to review, one is already known to be inacceptable or acceptable, and one is not.” » Reviews Should be Published |

submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

inadaksen - (rhymes with "line a lock sen"; negative) 1. "No! No! A thousand times NO!" 2. "Never! Never!" 3. "In your dreams." [from the German einundachtzig "eighty one" (horribly mispronounced and -spelled). The reason for this usage appears to be that 81 is 9x9, and the word "nine" in English sounds the same as the word "no" in German: "nein." Hence, 81 means NO times NO.]

e.g., "Tell me where the radio is hidden!" "Nein! Nein!" "For the last time: where is the radio?!---tell me, or face the Gestapo's legendary hospitality!" "Inadaksen!"

submitted by Scott M.Ellsworth

inamo - To tell someone that you will just be a moment.

e.g., I'll be with you INAMO.

submitted by Ali Goodacre

inanemotion - Having feelings for or believing an inatimate object has feelings.

e.g., His inanemotion shows when he feels sorry for his old shirt, for not wearing it.

submitted by Trevor

inantimate - Getting intimate with an inanimate object.

e.g., When John saw the postman, his excitement returned. He was thinking of the date he ordered and was really looking forward to an inantimate evening with "Barbara."

submitted by ash simmonds

inapped - Of a person who's unable to sleep during daylight hours.

e.g., I tried to get little Johnny to sleep after recess, but he's inapped.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

inaquedation - Blank state of mind; to drift off unknowingly; state of emptiness or nothingness; no emotions, thoughts or feelings; to pause thinking, going blank.

e.g., The deceased are permanently inaquedated.

submitted by Davanie rodrigo

inattention span - The measure of how long one can go in an IM without the other person saying anything and without saying anything oneself.

e.g., You haven't said anything for sixteen minutes. My inattention span just ran out.

submitted by 216

inauguralation - Misspeak between "inauguration" and "inaugural."

e.g., No doubt the President invited everyone from his Arkansas cabinet to his inauguralation.

submitted by Lisa

inavitago - Place worse than hell but a prettier place than oblivian.

e.g., I used my power to send him to Inavitago.

submitted by Donovan Duran

inbelievable - However uncredible (which see) that is, I believe that.

e.g., Did you see the inbelievable way that "Shogun Chef" sliced them vittles whilst they were flyin' through the air? An' then, ta beat all, they landed in that sizzlin' skillet.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

inbikinious - adjective describing an attractive male or female clad in a skimpy bathing suit.

e.g., The models in the pin-up calendar were inbikinious.

submitted by The

inboobtubated - The state of being inextricably linked to one's television set (boob tube) to the exclusion of all else; analagous to the emergency-medical necessity of having a plastic tube inserted in one's throat (being intubated) as the only possible way for the patient to remain breathing.

e.g., I was so completely inboobtubated this morning that I didn't hear the antique grand piano as it fell through the living room floor into the cellar, totalling our internationally renowned wine collection.

submitted by Blake Burba

incagulous - Unbearable or awful beyond belief. Can also mean incredibly stupid or lame.

e.g., A 42-page writing assignment? That's incagulous.

submitted by Rachel

incandescant - The state of being unable to shine in the performance of any activity -- i.e., burnt out.

e.g., Gretchen had planned to go to a party Friday evening, but after four hours of exams she was incandescant.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

incangestion - Swallowing one or more lightbulbs for the purpose of illuminating a stray piece of fear or pain that one has accidentally eaten.

e.g., For relief of Ralph's paranoia his psychiatrist prescribed a course of incangestion.

submitted by Bryn Kanar - (www)

incapability - A needlessly longer version of the word inability.

e.g., "Are you finally admitting to an incapability to comprehend reasoned discussion?"

submitted by HD Fowler

incarsarfarfolous - A fungus that grows betweem one's index toe and an adjoining appendage.

e.g., It appears I have Incarsarfarfolous between my index toe and my heel. It itches terribly.. What a pain. I might require the customary medical treatment, a bath in rootbeer. I can only hope that it adresses my current situation.

submitted by Charlie

incentivate - To forcibly motivate someone, frequently done with a blunt object.

e.g., They don't want to wrok, eh? Well this (branshies a cattleprod) will incentivate them.

submitted by Sam

incentivize - To give a reward, to motivate.

e.g., I want to incentivize you.

submitted by Neil

inceptacle - The object at fault when children and whack-o's consider an electrical receptacle is inciting them to poke something in it.

e.g., Would you get the safety covers for the inceptacles? Uncle Steve is coming over today.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

inched - Misled, wrongfully informed.

e.g., I was talking to customer support and was inched. | No matter how honest I was, I still got inched. | Nothing pisses me off much more than to post a comment to an online discussion only to find that I had been inched and used misinformation.

submitted by sjdkjjs

inchocitation - Phony feelings of romance by women due to excessive eating of chocolate.

e.g., That date was a bit intense after the Godiva ice cream dessert, due to her extreme inchocitation.

submitted by Jonathan Brooks

inchocolated - A state of chocolate overindulgence which borders on obscenity. Usually indicated by chocolate smeared on face, hands, and other areas of the body.

e.g., "My goodness, that man is completely inchocolated!" she exclaimed in horror.

submitted by Ryan B

inchterable - Adjective and noun, can also be spelled "instrable." This word was invented by my sister and me as children, and many of our family and close friends have used it for years. There are many meanings for it, so I shall do my best to explain. 1) It refers to people who like to talk using extensively long words. 2) It can describe certain textures that delight the senses. 3)It can describe sounds, such as the clicking of high heels on a hard surface. 4) It describes many actions people do that are humorous, such as licking one's fingers before turning a page.

e.g., Sounding very inchterable, she described the cookies as delectable and moist, with the sweet chocolatey morsels beckoning for her to consume mass quantities.

submitted by Amanda Evangelista - (www)

incite - Insight. | "To stir, encourage, or urge on; stimulate or prompt to action. . . ." Insight -- "an instance of apprehending the true nature of a thing, especially through intuitive understanding. . . ." In the example, "insighting" has been used where the correct word should be "inciting." Note: there's no such word as "insighting" -- and I'm not about to add one here. Given such absurd misuses of words, the person quoted in the second example is underestimating how egregiously a hate crimes statute may be misused.

e.g., "And I'm also skeptical that the Army's 'pogue' is related to the Marine's 'pogey bait.' Does anyone have any incite?" | "It IS irrational to feel like there is 'something at stake.' Even at 'secular' colleges where speech is controlled, religious speech has the widest berth: it mainly tackles vulgarity, rudeness, and insighting (mob) language."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

includements - That which is included.

e.g., The hotel includements are....

submitted by Thomas PAtry

incly - To do something at once.

e.g., Get online incly.

submitted by Adrian

incognito batman route - More widely known as "the road less travelled" and is often used to avoid people, places, or obstructions.

e.g., "This isn't the right way to the mall. Where the heck are you going?" "There's construction on the highway so we're taking the incognito batman route instead."

submitted by Julie Andersen - (www)

incohesive - Scattered and not collected, usually referring to a person's thoughts.

e.g., My head is buzzing, thoughts whizzing this way and that, colliding and combining, but ultimately remaining fragmentary and incohesive.

submitted by tom - (www)

incolved - Any situation in which a person or animal has been killed by its own knee.

e.g., The corpse was found incolved in the alley.

submitted by Morgan Bowker Brown

incommunicato - An inability to contact a minion.

e.g., OJ tried to reach Mr. Caelin in the cottage but he was incommunicato.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

incompat - (v.) 1. to be out of conformity with, to be contrary or contradictory to, to be noncompliant (a back-formation from incompatible).

e.g., "Garbage dumps incompat nearby housing developments." | Using "incompat" keeps you from having to use "is incompatible with" all the time.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

incompenitent - A person who says she feels remorse for her misdeeds, but really doesn't feel that way. Alternatively, a confessor whose remorse is expressed so poorly that it's hard to believe she means it. (Think about this: a confessor is both the one who confesses and the one who hears the confession.)

e.g., "Martin, is that you? Are you back from confession already? How was Father Dante?" "Didn't go well, Mary. Father Dante's not buyin' it. He even called me an incompenitent."

submitted by [Father Dante]

incompetaint - Said of a woman who's not worth the effort it takes to bed her.

e.g., I don't know whether you've bedded Chris yet or not, but if you have or once you do, I'm sure you'll agree with me that she's incompetaint.

submitted by beelzebub

incompetron 2000 - One who does something incompetent. Meant to imply that the offender is the latest version of a robot that does incompetent things. Can also be used with later "versions" -- such as incompetron 5000.

e.g., Hey, incompetron 2000, you just took a left turn on a red light.

submitted by Nick

incomplexpletive - An expletive or oath that is uttered in the form of an incomplete thought.

e.g., My uncle habitually expressed irritation or astonishment by means of the incomplexpletive "Well of all the. . . ."

submitted by Jonathan Caws-Elwitt - (www)

incomputerado - This is similar to being incommunicado. The user is not able to communicate through e-mail. This condition often afflicts those whose computers are infected with a virus, or whose internet providers are not functioning properly.

e.g., Sorry, Fred, I was unable to reply to your e-mail this weekend because I was incomputerado. | Uh-oh, I want to check out this website today but my PC is in the shop. I'm going to be incomputerado until at least tomorrow

submitted by Mark Stanisz

incomputerate - Someone who hasn't a clue about computers. I was taught the rudiments of computing by Alex Kapranos (Franz Ferdinand).

e.g., "Alex, I am without a doubt incomputerate. Can you help me?" "Yes, Nell. It is a steep learning curve. I will help you up that hill."

submitted by NellBrennan

incongrue - (v.) to be unlike in size, area, shape, etc., so as to be "incongruent." [Back formation from "incongruent."]

e.g., "That can't be the right angle: it totally incongrues."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

inconsequencia - Matters of no consequence or import.

e.g., Having frittered away his youth on trivial pursuits -- comparing and contrasting tequilas, collecting shot glasses, and repairing jet skis -- he decided he'd had enough of getting virtually nothing done and that it was damn well time for him to really knuckle down and focus his energy on accomplishing absolutely nothing at all. Therefore, he embarked on the route traditionally chosen by those bound and determined to occupy themselves with, and produce, inconsequencia -- he went to graduate school to get his PhD in literary analysis.

submitted by Nat

incorpitol - Businesslike, fancy, not trashy.

e.g., Dress for the evening is incorpitol. Can you handle that, Desiree?

submitted by BoB - (www)

incorr-dir-igible - A term for those obese individuals who repeatedly gain back all lost pounds immediately following each diet and weight management program.

e.g., Someone should do his or her utmost to convince my (estimated) 280-pound cousin, Diane, not to spend $60 a month on the new TV Miracle Cure diet pills. It's time that she finally realizes she is indisputably incorr-dir-igible.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

incorrection - Any attemt (sic) made to correct something that is already correct.

e.g., I hate it when he edits my articles, there are always so many incorrections.

submitted by Josh

incorrigenda - Mistakes made over and over again.

e.g., He was simply impossible; his spelling and grammar goofs were incorrigenda.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

incremental up-fuckery - Steady, negative movement wrought in small, individually minor, changes.

e.g., All these new IT policies on e-mail attachments, printer use, and password changing are just incremental up-fuckery.

submitted by David Glover

incresting - Incrementally plus interesting.

e.g., As hard as he tries, he is only somewhat incresting.

submitted by mel-mel

incriminelia - Various pieces of equipment, piping, tubes, straighteners, cleaners, screens, filters and such that might get one in trouble if found by the wrong people.

e.g., Stash that, would you? Can't have Mom finding that incriminelia.

submitted by Geo - (www)

incringe - Kind of a bouillabaisse of "encroach," "infringe," and "impinge." One of my friends used this word by accident. She does this sort of thing a lot. We call her the Mayor of Malapropolis.

e.g., I don't mean to incringe on your time.

submitted by Jo Ginsberg

incumbant - An ant currently holding an elective office. Not to be confused with incumbaunts.

e.g., The movement to throw the incumbants out in the 2010 elections is picking up a head of steam. Since more Democrats at the federal level are incumbants than Republicans, that should mean more Democrats get thrown out.

submitted by HD Fowler

incumbpetent - A incompetent imcumbent.

e.g., Tom Daschle is incumbpetent.

submitted by Bob B.

incuriate - To make curious. As infuriate is to make furious, so incuriate is to make curious.

e.g., "I'm going to make some funny faces to see if I can incuriate her." "Don't you think at 30 you're a bit too old for that?"

submitted by Chace M. Stewart

incystence - The condition where a nasty core of stubbornness is embedded in an individual's psyche. The core of stubbornness causes the person to believe that he or she is always right, even well beyond the boundaries of common sense.

e.g., Bob Singley sat across the table from his wife, Sheila. Sheila was having her every day Summer lunch -- a light romaine lettuce salad, two all-wheat crackers, and a glass of iced green tea.  
 
"What's happened to that shy, sweet, complacent girl I married, almost 40 years ago, who always looked up to me whenever a family decision had to be made?" he mused.  
 
It started some years ago when Sheila announced, on New Year's Day, that they were buying season's tickets to the local opera's concerts. And they were going to attend every single one.  
 
"The opera? The goddam opera?" Bob screamed and yelled, pleaded, begged, cajoled, but to no avail. "We're retired. We can afford it. And we are not going to sit home and rot culturally when we're fortunate to have a first class opera group in our town," Sheila replied. So every season since, as much as Bob continued to complain, they've gone to the opera performances . . . every single one.  
 
Then, a few years ago, Bob made the mistake of coming home from his regular Thursday night poker game with the guys, and telling Sheila that he lost $200. Sheila immediately called all the other wives and they collectively decided that the poker players would not be allowed to take more than $25 dollars to each game. And Sheila had the nerve to check his wallet on Thursday before he went to the game. That action didn't make any sense!  
 
"We're not going to let our men turn some pleasant entertainment into an expensive obsession," Sheila said firmly.  
 
The topper came this morning. Sheila announced that she and her three sisters would each take their elderly mother into their homes for three months a year. Bob would have to give up his "Man Cave" in the basement to house her mother for that period of time.  
 
"Three full months," Bob bellowed (to himself, internally -- he didn't want to face Sheila's extra-steely glare so early in the day). With his luck, Mother would likely be staying over the whole football season!  
 
Seeing that sour old battle axe every day, facing her frowns and gloomy disposition . . . Bob sat back in his chair with a start. He still loved Sheila, but was she turning into her mother?  
 
Bob peered intently into Sheila's face. He noticed that a tip of a black, thick hair was emerging from the mole "beauty mark" on her cheek.  
 
"Hmmm," Bob thought to himself. Was Sheila really affected by progressive incystence, or was she facing . . . horror of horrors, for Bob's future life, expanding testosterone?

submitted by Charlie Lesko

indeblog - A blog that is on its own, independent website rather than blogspot or any blogging website.

e.g., I found out that Mottie's first blog is an indeblog on mottie.com, a site he created himself.

submitted by star651 - (www)

indecisijig - The jig-like dance two people unwittingly perform when approaching eachother on the sidewalk, each trying to get out of the other's way, but ending up both moving in the same direction, then back in the other direction.

e.g., I was rushing to the photocopier, but got caught up in an indecisijig with someone on the way.

submitted by Buck

indefatigable samurais - An alternative title for c-level executives who have an unquenchable thirst for working on their business with passion and excitement.

e.g., She is the Chief Indefatigable Samurai at her company. | He runs his business like a indefatigable samurai.

submitted by Aliesha Crozier - (www)

indefatigullible - Always and forever -- and tirelessly -- gullible.

e.g., She has children of her own now, but my daughter remains indefatigullible.

submitted by HD Fowler

indefinity - (n.) (in-duh-FIN-uh-tee) The highest degree of uncertainty, indifference or lack of knowledge. Specifically, an answer to a question that can mean anything from one extreme to the other. (For instance, "I have no idea" is indefinity because it can mean anything from "Definitely" to "Hell, no!".) [Etymology: Contraction of indefinite + infinity.]

e.g., My personal experience: Try holding a debate club on the Monday morning after Super Bowl Sunday, and you'll get indefinity and yawns from every one of your students.

submitted by Mirakle B.

independ - (v.) 1. to be independent.(Back-formation from independent.)

e.g., "Are you a Democrat or a Republican or what?" "I am philosophically opposed to the party system: it encourages ignorance of issues at the expense of conformity." "What does that mean?" "That I independ." | "The United States independed in 1776."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

indepublicrat - One whose political views are not fully-encompassed by any single major political party (INDEpendent, RePUBLIcan, DemoCRAT).

e.g., As no political party fully embraces my beliefs, I must create my own; I shall become the first Indepublicrat.

submitted by Scott Walsh

inderbitude - Stamina, strength, fitness, confidence.

e.g., Watch him run--he's definitely full of inderbitude.

submitted by Platinum

indestructabubble - Hardy, sturdy, unlikely to be injured or damaged.

e.g., Mom: Wrap up warm our you'll catch cold. Son: No need, Ma, I'm indestructabubble.

submitted by Aido

indevidably - The word to use when a response is needed without any time to think.

e.g., Red: I reckon potato chips are dumb; they can't even work. Ted: Indevidably.

submitted by Rosie

index - Append "index" to your adjective as a way of measuring the degree of something.

e.g., That car has a high rust index. My little brother has a low coolness index.

submitted by camille

indi-cation - A vacation in India or among American Indians or in the East or West Indies.

e.g., Mitch wanted to show us pictures of his Indi-cation. How boring.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy

indian standard time - Indian Standard Time or IST is the timetable your Indian friends run on. It's typically an hour or so later than regular time.

e.g., Q: "Where's Tapash?" A: "He'll be along shortly. I think he's running on IST."

submitted by Yuppie Boy

indianapoleis - Plural of Indianapolis.

e.g., According to indo.com, there are three Indianapoleis in the world.

submitted by Jeff

indier-than-thou - For someone who desperately tries to be more "alternative" or "counterculture" than everyone else.

e.g., Alex is indier-than-thou, with his vintage threads and his journal and his obscure music tastes.

submitted by amanda lee

indieted - Bound over for a diet by your significant other. From a misspelling of "indicted."

e.g., Nope, can't have another slice of pizza, Paul. Mandy indieted me last week when she saw what I weighed. I had ballooned up to over 250.

submitted by Miss Speller

indignate - Similar to "indeed" but used in a posh accent. Pronounced in-dig-narta.

e.g., "Have you had enough caviar, Giles?" "Indignate, I have, Samuel."

submitted by moop

indignitary - Someone who thinks of herself as a righteous authority and gets uptight and bent out of shape at almost anything.

e.g., The usual indignitaries raised a howl of protest.

submitted by Steve McDonald

indivitopia - A state which fulfills all the desires of an individual; a personal heaven.

e.g., My indivitopia would be having a remote control for every device on earth.

submitted by Paul

indoor fins - Pep tides that result from high levels of physical activity, especially in indoor pools.

e.g., Pep tides have been shown to occur naturally in enclosed swimming pools when certain intimate actions, emulating whalers and dolphins, result in high production of indoor fins.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

indubelate - Derived from the word "indubitable" which means "undoubtable," indubelate means to make certain. The word indubelate was in fact primarily invented by a friend of mine with the minimum of help from me, but he was too lazy to put it on here, so I did it.

e.g., Are you sure that they are coming at 10:30? No? Well indubelate it.

submitted by L. Gillies

induhvidual - A person lacking intelligence. Coined by Dilbert fans. Can be used to a foolish person's face without risking physical harm.

e.g., Me: You're quite an induhvidual, Tim. Tim: Thank you.

submitted by SkippyZone - (www)

inebriathon - A particularly long drinking session -- over days. Credit to Steve McVay for inventing the word.

e.g., Kath and Steve's wedding celebrations allowed us to fly over to Canada for a weeks-long inebriathon.

submitted by Graham Roberts

inebrious - Intoxicating.

e.g., With passions rising, the lovers yet again sipped of love's inebrious wine.

submitted by Linda L. Dowd

ineeda - An ineeda is a female who always needs more of everything and is never satisfied.

e.g., A man can become deep in debt if his mate is an ineeda.

submitted by marianne VanAmburgh

inefficate - Unable to produce an effect or have impact.

e.g., Her plea for an extended deadline proved to be inefficate.

submitted by Daniel J

inemployed - Employed in household activities without any remuneration.

e.g., Geetha is inemployed at home.

submitted by J. Ajith Kumar - (www)

inepotism - The result of hiring stupid (inept) relatives (nepotism).

e.g., Inepotism was blamed for the financial ruin of XorexPd a mere six months after the Chairman and CEO pressed pushed the issue and got his son Chris named president.

submitted by Janice A. Hathy - (www)

ineptendent - What a politician unaligned with any political party tends to be. Especially appropriate with the two alleged independents currently in the US Senate. The example was found in a comment thread, correcting a commenter who said seven Democrats in the Senate would have to join the Republicans in order to convict the President on an impeachment advanced by the House of Representatives.

e.g., "The count of Dims and ineptendents caucusing with Dims in the Senate stands at forty-six. A minimum of thirteen of them would have to join Republicans to convict obama after the House voted to impeach. A two-thirds majority of the Senate is required to convict and remove a President from office. Say, all fifty-four Republicans in the Senate along with thirteen or more crossovers."

submitted by [Mr. Independent]

ineptitutes - Generally highly trained, highly qualified, got all the tickets punched idiots that just keep getting in the way. Part of the problem, not the solution.

e.g., Most of us know many trained professional ineptitutes.

submitted by Dave Johnston

ineptocracy - "A system of government where the least capable of leading are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers." Found at www.obamalaise.com.

e.g., As an example of ineptocracy, the site shows the current loss of buying stock in General Motors at $14,081,837,552.64 . . . and growing.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

inertiative - self-initiated inactivity

e.g., I'm going to take the inertiative and relax this weekend.

submitted by Dragonfly

inertiavation - The quality or characteristic of being motivated to do nothing.

e.g., Bob lacked the inertiavation to remain in bed because the house was on fire.

submitted by Mark Lee - (www)

inevitababble™ - Inescapable political drivel intended to cover up personal ambition, aggrandizement, greed, and great errors in judgment by continually assuring the working class of a leader's unwavering dedication to the "Greater Good." Based on the real life of Eva "Evita" Peron, Argentina's political "Vice President for Life" in the 1940s.

e.g., Pam: Do you think it likely that Congressman Dodgem will ultimately expand on his good reasons for building the new Walter J. Dodgem U.S. Post Office building ten miles from town on his parent's property?

Sam: Most assuredly. His detailed explanation will be inevitababble.

submitted by Machiavellean & . . . Lesko - (www)

inexplicagon - The shape of many modern styles of eyeglasses: round but not round, square but not square, with corners but smooth -- you can't really explain the shape properly.

e.g., "What style are your glasses?" "They're kinda round but with corners, but not square, y'know?" "Ahh, I see, you mean they're an inexplicagon."

submitted by Zsuszo

infant - Crybaby. Added because of seeing the word "infant" in a comment about a woman suing because a movie didn't live up to her expectations from the trailer. The most memorable mislead for me is from 1972. The trailer for the Charles Bronson western Chato's Land implied it was an action film. As it turned out, all of the action scenes were part of the trailer.  
 
"I recently bought Seven Years in Tibet for the princely sum of £1 from a 'Bargain DVD bin.' A bargain, I felt at the time.  
 
"Imagine my outrage when I got home to find the film ended after only 136 minutes, 3,681,505 minutes earlier than the name of the film promised. Needless to say I will be taking legal action against Mandalay Entertainment, who in keeping with their relentless practices of false advertising are NOT in fact based in the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, as the name would suggest, but in the United States of America. When will this endless cycle of deceit end?"

e.g., "Would anyone like to join my class action suit against Ms. Deming for perpetuating the stereotype of Americans as a nation of over-litigious infants who really need to build a bridge and get over themselves, and promoting intense hatred and self-esteem destroying mockery of said minority?"

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

infantchile - A very young baby, a child who is still but an infant, a term of endearment.

e.g., After freshening her nappies one more time mummy laid our infantchile out in the sun and stuck her favorite dummy twixt her nips.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

infanticipating - Expecting a baby, pregnant.

e.g., My friend is infanticipating.

submitted by Margarette Walker

infantuation - Adoration of newborns.

e.g., The Joneses sure have a bad case of infantuation over that new baby of theirs.

submitted by John Breen

infatuant - The object or focus of your desire; that which elicits infatuation.

e.g., As wine is to you an intoxicant, you are to me an infatuant.

submitted by James Francis Harrod

infatuationitis - "a disease caused by falling in love, usually followed by extreme smittenenza (follow under 's' for detailed description of the word)"

submitted by JC Noorman - (www)

inferiorate - To make someone feel inferior and furious at the same time.

e.g., He was inferiorated when his girlfriend dumped him for a new boyfriend who had a Ph.D. and his own company.

submitted by nelie

infermation - Supposed knowledge gained through inference.

e.g., I saw Susan waiting in the obstetrician's office, so I passed along the infermation that she was pregnant.

submitted by Nonesuch

infernal medicine - Bad tasting, or bothersome, or damned expensive, meds or pills, fluids, powders, etc. -- bitter, nasty, foul, disgusting, gagging.

e.g., Grandpappy refuses to take any more of that infernal medicine; he says he's dying anyhow.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

infernoismologyism - The study of paranormal infernos that occur in paranormal locations in the universe

e.g., Those silly scientists are trying to study infernoismologyism in order to understand those strange fire-like images they see in space.

submitted by jeff - (www)

infillion - A very large uncountable number.

e.g., There are infillions of stars in the sky!

submitted by L.Arvind

infinalarity - Infinite choice available when examining life. As contrasted to the polarity of only two options.

e.g., Susan was overwhelmed by the infinalarity of options and possibilities available to her after being laid off from her dead-end job.

submitted by Linda Starr

infini-ess - Just shy of infinity. The generally accepted view is approximately 83 vigintillion googolplex millenia, give or take.

e.g., Having been struck in the head by a meteoroid while circling Krypton, Buzz Lightyear shook off the dazed feeling he had and raised his finger to any point in space and asserted, "To infini-ess and beyond!"

submitted by steve zihlavsky

infinigers - A combination of inifinity and integers. Used when math is just too confusing and your numbers look meaningless and wrong.

e.g., That test was horrible. All the answers were infinigers.

submitted by Jason Martin - (www)

infinite neutralization - The principle of leveling and eliminating the playing field and the players.

e.g., Infinite neutralization yields sameness, agreement, harmony, tranquility, elimination of obstacles, progressively perfect programming -- in a word, boredom.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

infinitebluff - a scenario on from a double bluff where you get so confused as to whether you're being contrived or ironic that you lose all semblance and anything is possible ( only it might not be )

e.g., "are you on the pull ? " "no. " " really ? " " well, yes, but maybe no " "ahhh, infinite bluff"

submitted by andy

infinitic - Something not infinite but which appears as if it may be boundless.

submitted by HD Fowler

infinitights - the ultimate snugly fitting clothing or other surface protective material which has practical, medical, aesthetic, or other applications. Look better, feel better and safer, live longer, retire within your lifetime.

e.g., Infinitights are sprayed or painted on; when perfectly dry they protect you from sun, pollution, germs, wayward bullets, harmful radiation, negative thoughts, and everything else imaginable. Be a nudist without technically being nude. Highly fashionable, practical, and useful. On other worlds will help you survive and flourish.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

infinition - Definition + infinity. An infinite process of defining something that cannot be fully or precisely defined; an endless list of possible definitions.

e.g., Certain fluid concepts in their emergent state are subject to infinition--infinite dispersal of their meaning--rather than to definition. To infine is to suggest the infinity of possible definitions of a certain term or concept and therefore to problematize its meaning and the possibility or the benefit of defining it. If definition circumscribes a specific conceptual area, then infinition releases the concept from restricting demarcations and places it in an indeterminate zone.

submitted by Mikhail Epstein - (www)

infinity quotient - What you say if you can't think of any other reason that someone would do something multiple times. Sometimes used as a synonym for obsessive-compulsive disorder.

e.g., Teddie: Dunno, must be the infinity quotient again.

submitted by Rainbow Woman

inflajeatorant - A large and insatiable ducklike mammal.

e.g., That is a mighty fine inflajeatorant you got there!

submitted by kilo

inflamagist - A person who can do anything.

e.g., That's too many jobs you're giving me. What do you think I am, an inflamagist?

submitted by Carol Estornell

inflatabiz - A business front created by applying a kit, with a minimum of work or maintenance, possibly indicative of fraud, neglect, or satire.

e.g., Check it out, WiReD just wrote up her inflatabiz as the next big thing.

submitted by jutta

inflatable titanium - (n.) An astonishingly light, strong, versatile, and (alas!) fictional material, from which are made (1) any remarkably constructed buildings, (2) seemingly gravity-defying structures, (3) improbably still-standing things (following indiscriminate massacres, blanket or nuclear bombings, or stupefying natural disasters), (4) surprisingly resilient balloons or other inflatable toys, (5) wished-for (preferably indestructible) replacement parts, or anything else desired but unobtainable. [An analogy from a Star Trek movie's plot device called "transparent aluminum" (which is weird, since that what rubies and sapphires are made of)].

e.g., "Hey! How come that awful hailstorm didn't break any of your windows?!" "Because my windows are solid inflatable titanium." | "What are black boxes made of that they always survive airplane crashes?" "Inflatable titanium." | "Whoa. Don't eat the muffins." "Why not?" "They're inflatable titanium ... I think I cracked a molar." | "the Sphinx is actually being eroded by the wind! How can we save this ancient sculpture?!" "Replace it with a Sphinx made of inflatable titanium!" "Why don't we just build a climate-controlled building over it?" "An excellent backup plan! We can make it out of infla--" "Will you shut up?!"

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

inflormmation - The complex biological response of vascular tissues to harmful irritating data.

e.g., Every day, I'm inundated with so much data, that I can develop severe inflormmation.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

influenca - A malady that occurs in households where one spouse is retired, but not the other, and causes an increase in the non-retired spouse's sick leave usage.

e.g., She was sick with influenca 12 times in the first year of her husband's retirement.

submitted by Tom McMasters-Stone

influentellectual - A combined structure of orderly influence and intelligence that demonstrates the level of thought power during conversation and the tendency behavior engaged in actual practice through mind movement and the measurement of self-experience.

e.g., The thoughts spoken from the mind of an individual expressed in an influentellectual manner to a person or an audience during his or her speech.

submitted by Joseph Mercado - (www)

influkes - Influx.

e.g., I wonder if she will march in protest for the jobs the Black people lose to the in flukes of Mexican migration..!

submitted by Miss Speller

infocentric - Centered on or obsessed with research and media information, usually used disparagingly.

e.g., Jon's so infocentric that if it's not on CNN, he doesn't know about it. (Even if it's on CNN, you still don't know about it.)

submitted by Preston Mark Stone - (www)

infodex - A rolodex of information that goes beyond address or contact information but includes additional information: rates, pricing, age limits, hours of operation, etc.

e.g., The website is a one-stop infodex of startups in the Research Triangle Park and surrounding areas.

submitted by Joseph J. Briggs

infoemation - Useful data on your known enemies|arch-rivals|nemeses.

e.g., Fran: I have some intelligence which you may be interested in. Joker: About whom? Fran: The Batman. Joker: Is it the whereabouts of his . . .Batcave? Fran: Yes. Joker: Thank you . . . that is particularly good infoemation.

submitted by Jonny

infomaniac - An individual who obsesses about the gathering and storage of information.

e.g., This shelving system would be perfect for an infomaniac--there's a place for everything.

submitted by Fauzia

infopause - infopause, n. (info-rmation + pause) -- staying away from computers, newspapers and other sources of information in order to recover from informational stress.

e.g., The infopause may take from several minutes to several months, depending on the gravity of the initial affliction. | Every business should introduce at least two five-minute infopauses during the working day. All computers and all lights are turned off. This will sharply refresh employees' ability to process new information.

submitted by Mikhail Epstein - (www)

infoporn - Thorough, comprehensive information about a meaningless subject.

e.g., It used to be a great site for news, but now it's just infoporn on Britney Spears and Hollywood gossip.

submitted by Preston Mark Stone - (www)

informassionaisenism - Any incredibly long, complex and usually boring text (information) which smothers all interest you might have had in the subject matter (like mayonnaise smothers everything).

e.g., I asked Tony to help me with my essay on sea creatures and he sent back a load of informassionaisenism on whales. I think I'll write about sharks now.

submitted by rusty

information stuporbahn - A play on the likes of "information superhighway" and "infobahn" (read: the Internet), especially when applied to its perversion by the ilk of swindlers, online pornographers and "spammers" generally. (The allusion is to an episode of "The Fairly OddParents" entitled "Information Stuporhighway.")

e.g., "Can you imagine just how low spammers are getting in their use of the Information Stuporbahn these days?"

submitted by Larry Ellis Reed - (www)

infosmog - The overload of information (and hype) now available in the web environment which makes it so hard to efficiently find quality information.

e.g., "How do we find that needle of relevant information in the haystack of infosmog that surrounds us." - see http://www.ontopia.net/topicmaps/what.html

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infostructure - Used in the IT world for information infrastructure.

e.g., The current infostructure in my company slows down the dissemination of ideas.

submitted by Chuck Phelps

infotoxin - "Abuse of mass-communication and the concentration of its control, coupled with the persuasiveness and ubiquity of its technologies, messages, and implicit value structures; operates in conjunction with unconscious, instinctive processes within the human mind to generate an overall psychological condition of unreality, denial, and paralysis." -- Jeff Phillips for Abusters magazine.

e.g., The Intel jingle is an infotoxin because it's always stuck in your head.

submitted by nfotxn

infracaninophile - A real word, though seldom or rarely used. Encyclopedia.co.uk says the word was coined by Christopher Morley in 1930. Originally defined as "a defender or champion of the underdog," all definitions I have found mean essentially that. Infracaninophile has no synonyms, but words with broader meanings in a similar vein include champion, fighter, hero, and paladin. It probably wouldn't be too much of a stretch to say that an infracaninophile is someone who stands up for the downtrodden. Given that the word has so little currency, I feel comfortable extending its definition to include that. After all, that's essentially the main reason the pseudodictionary even exists.

Collins English Dictionary: "a person who loves an underdog" | Definition.com: "someone who fights for the underdog." | Dictionary.com: "a supporter or champion of an underdog" | Grandiloquent Dictionary: "one who supports or defends the underdog" | Luciferous Logolepsy: "champion of the underdog" | Merriam-Webster Online: "underdog lover." | Wordinfo.info: "a defender, supporter, or champion of the underdog." | Worthless Word For The Day: "a person who champions or favors the underdog."

Wikipedia gives an elaboration for the term underdog: "An 'underdog' is a person or group in a competition, usually in sports and creative works, who is popularly expected to lose.top dog. In the case where an underdog wins, the outcome is an upset. An 'underdog bet' is a bet on the underdog or outsider for which the odds are generally higher.[2]" Betting on an underdog without getting better odds is seldom a wise thing to do -- don't let your emotions for your favorite player or team override your good sense.

e.g., I'm almost always an infracaninophile when it comes to competitions; however, I was hoping Kentucky would win the NCAA Championship this year and set a new standard with a 40-0 winning season. Alas, that wasn't to be. | It's not at all unusual for infracaninophiles to be incurable.

submitted by [infracaninophile] - (www)

infragable - So amazing and true it cannot be defiled or fragmented.

e.g., Mr. Teel is an infragable teacher.

submitted by Jeremiah

infraggable - A concept so impossible to understand that it is just ridiculous.

e.g., Light and relativity are simply infraggable; they just don't make any sense.

submitted by Bombastic Days

infraphysical - The word infraphysical acts as an antonym to the word superphysical, and so describes all that is below physicality.

e.g., Infraphysical worlds litter our lives. Imagine walking, but in between steps unknowingly experiencing whole realities lost in time or space.

submitted by Sam Doble - (www)

infraz - To pour pasta into.

e.g., I infrazed the pot on top of the stove.

submitted by JJ

infrequently - Where a newly married young groom's penis is likely to be with respect to his new bride's vagina on their honeymoon: in frequently. Unlike what the situation is likely to be when they celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. Inrarely, possibly occasionally, if at all. Original? Not a chance.

e.g., "Where will you spend your honeymoon?" "Infrequently." "Say what?"

submitted by beelzebub

infringe - To infringe is to encroach on a right or privilege or to violate. See.  
 
This is a word much in the news these days -- and it will be for the foreseeable future.  

Various synonyms for infringe:
Eventually, we'll have a better idea what the word means in the Second Amendment. What it means will depend on what instance of nine black-robed justices is serving when the next big gun control case reaches the Supreme Court. It will also depend on how sweeping the upcoming gun control legislation (or Executive Order) is.

e.g., Amendment II (1791): 
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.  
 
Example sentences from thesaurus.com:

  • It is never a good idea when you allow the government to infringe on your rights. |
  • At the same time it is prepared to infringe any or all of these in the interest of self-preservation. |
  • Don't infringe upon my right to purchase a game for entertainment because you are afraid of the impact it will have on minors.

submitted by HD Fowler

infrivolate - "to cause excitement, to cause to shake"

e.g., That amusement park ride was cool - it was infrivolating!

submitted by Brian Williams

infromative - Interesting and helpful, despite grammatical errors, irritating style, or typos . (Esp. on front page of website)

e.g., Tht txt msg ws vry infromative

submitted by Hammerton - (www)

infuritainment - (n) Anything that has entertainment value based solely on its most annoying qualities.

e.g., I hate that show, but I can't stop watching it. It's infuritainment at its best.

submitted by Brian Bjolin

ingenuitive - With great cleverness, genius.

e.g., The inventer is very ingenuitive, coming up with new words every day.

submitted by Marc

ingestives - Goodies that can be ingested. The word "food" is too plain.

e.g., Mary and John sent me a box of beatific ingestives including Goose Thigh Confit.

submitted by Frank Mandriota

inggix - Used when a person is doing things that normally anyone would do.

e.g., Have you noticed that Chris is inggix lately.

submitted by Kojimory

inging - The present imperfect form of the verb, "to ing," which is to perform any intransitive verb, or to act in any capacity. Yeah, that's what it is.

e.g., Othello: I wish we lived in eternity. Then we could be kissing for ever. Desdemona: Honey, don't apply a temporal framework to eternity. In eternity we couldn't be inging at all, much less kissing. *Othello strangles Desdemona*

submitted by Jonathan Charles Wright

inglorisplat - Used to denote any humiliating situation suffered in public; a substantial bruise to one's dignity--or posterior.

e.g., I turned around to check out a sale poster, lost my balance, and ended in an inglorisplat heap at the foot of the escalator.

submitted by Amanda Faulkenberry - (www)

ingratuity - A tip which is given begrudgingly, because of poor service, but the customer still feels obligated to leave something.

e.g., Leaving a penny -- that's the ultimate ingratuity! {ED. During a 1960s World Series, at a restaurant on The Hill in St. Louis, my uncle picked up the check for a dinner party of eight and left a nickel for a tip because of poor service. The waiter followed him out of the restaurant yelling and screaming at him.}

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

ingreedient - The ingredients in a recipe where you use more than the recipe calls for.

e.g., The ingreedients that make my fudge so delicious are pecans and butter.

submitted by Nonesuch

ingreedyments - The ingredients of any dish that appeals to the voracious appetite of gluttons, gourmands, or trenchermen.

e.g., Tom wolfed down his entire birthday cake, then went straight to the chef to obtain the ingreedyments.

submitted by Gordon Black - (www)

ingroan toe nail - The under-the-breath mutterings of one who is afflicted with a medical condition caused by a toe nail growing into the flesh of the toe.

e.g., Elwood's little cries of "Aw, aw, aw" when he put on his sox were a sure sign that he was suffering from an ingroan toe nail.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

ingumozen - Someone who is extremely drunk.

e.g., The bride was ingumozened at the reception.

submitted by Major Alapo

inhale - To eat something with great speed and vigor, and without any conscious awareness.

e.g., Whoa! He just inhaled that burrito.

submitted by DavidJ!

inhead - Contraction of the phrase "Go on in ahead of them."

e.g., Go on inhead the line.

submitted by Chris

inhume - Slang for "to assassinate," from Terry Pratchett books or Terry Pratchett fans.

e.g., "The important thing is not how many people you inhume, it's how many fail to inhume you." -- Pyramids, Terry Pratchett.

submitted by Alyssa

iniment - Not guilty.

e.g., The girl was iniment.

submitted by Brandy 7th English

ininisin - To make a verb more hip by removing the "g" from the "ing" at the end.

e.g., "Shootin'" and "sleepin'" and "jumpin'" are all examples of words that have been ininised.

submitted by Tim

init - Isn't it?

e.g., It sure is cold out today, init?

submitted by lauryn

inker - Someone who still writes letters with a pen.

e.g., She was an old-fashioned girl who preferred a homely inker to a dashing e-mailer.

submitted by Bruce Hurley

inker - Intelligent wanker. A connoisseur of pornography.

e.g., Inkers prefer artistic or well-written pornography over cheap visuals.

submitted by Jenn

inkfight - A war of words fought against someone with media clout. Don’t pick a fight with someone that buys ink by the barrel and paper by the ton.

e.g., Don’t get into an inkfight with the Times or any other big paper.

submitted by Michael Cohen

inky binky - A small transparent room with handy round windows, for babies who need extra warmth in those first few days of life.

e.g., Little Tristan was four weeks premature and had to stay in an inky binky.

submitted by ShannonH - (www)

innappropriate - Inn-appropriate. Appropriate for someone eating or staying at an inn, but inappropriate otherwise.

e.g., It may be innappropriate to use words (or spelings) from the PseudoDictionary in your school papers -- at least, not the made up words.

submitted by Miss Speller

innaworld - Slang word for a preview that plays for a movie. Short for "In a World", a standard movie trailer cliche phrase. "In a world where laughter was king". The first occurence I saw of this was in a Fantastic Four comic written by Mark Waid.

e.g., "How many Innaworlds at this movie? I'd bet at least twelve."

submitted by zachwilson - (www)

inner jink valve - A word meaning penis, typically used by people working in a machine shop or garage.

e.g., Hey, I'm gonna go to the bathroom . . . I gotta drain my inner jink valve.

submitted by Andrew Troupis

inner-city nittygritty - The cliched cinematic atmosphere of noir films or Stephen Bochco's TV cop series Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue.

e.g., Raymond Chandler's Marlowe novels always appear with inner city nitty-gritty on film, not the morality plays you experience when you read them.

submitted by Joel Parker

inner-web - Internet.

e.g., My grandma asked me to come over to help her look up something on the inner-web.

submitted by Gary Tripp

innercorks - Sphincters, fifty or so in the body, which serve to allow flow or restraint of the same at various points in the corpus.

e.g., You normally can't see them but they're there, thank goodness. Without your innercorks the flow would go on and on as moved by pressures and gravity and we don't know if that would be a good thing. Intelligent Nature hath put us together in a logical manner that we function and survive sometimes for a remarkable length of time, which is agreeable to him or her who desires to live and continue to live

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

inneresting - Interesting in a less-than-fortunate way; outright stupid. Can be used as a stealth adjective, masquerading as a light compliment.

e.g., That's quite an inneresting idea ya got there, Skippy.

submitted by Tavia

innerflee - Trying to avoid oneself out of annoyance with one's own character.

e.g., Once I realized I was a shmuck, I tried to innerflee; but, somehow, I always managed to find myself.

submitted by Ben Kopit

innerfrumpsanctum - An entryway of an abode, inside the door -- a "room" too small for a table.

e.g., Inside the innerfrumpsanctum I couldn't set down my bags in order to lock the door behind me.

submitted by Joe Gloor

innersecting - When in an ordinary group or (sect) a sub-group is established.

e.g., When innersecting Canadian incumbents provide healthcare insurance benefits that are out of this world, I feel like a jackass. And, no, I do not mean I feel like an American Democrat. Wait...I'm a Dumbass!

submitted by derek - (www)

innersplat - Your inner self that inspires you to do your best at anything.

e.g., My innersplat says that I should enter this contest; I love reading.

submitted by Rainbow Woman

innit - Shortened form of 'Isn't it'. Invented in London UK

e.g., "hey that is a wicked movie innit?"

submitted by DJ niJ - (www)

innit - British slang for "isn't it."

e.g., That's British slang, innit?

submitted by HD Fowler

innstructors - A cadre of professional innkeepers who serve on the faculty of colleges that offer hotel management courses.

e.g., While I knew her husband had worked for Howard Johnson in the early days and was an innstructor at Penn State, I had no idea that he was also a multi-millionaire. If he couldn't stay married to her, I guess I'll have to take her off my list of prospects. Too rich for my blood.

submitted by Miss Speller aka HD Fowler

innuendate - To inundate with innuendo.

e.g., He wasn't openly flirting with me, but I certainly got innuendated during dinner.

submitted by Louise Van Hine - (www)

innuendelicious - A comment absolutely dripping with innuendo, sexual or otherwise.

e.g., Most forms of "dirty talk" contain phrases which are simply innuendelicious.

submitted by PPM - (www)

innuendous - Adj: Containing or possessing the properties of an innuendo. Adv: innuend·ous·ly N: innuend·ous·ness

e.g., It was short and comical, yet deliciously innuendous enough that I didn't think I would be flogged over it.

submitted by Wayne Elgin

innumerate - Unfamiliar with mathematical concepts and methods.

e.g., Being innumerate is almost as bad as being illiterate.

submitted by Will Mengarini - (www)

innykine - Hawaiian Pidgin English for "any kind."

e.g., I'm so hungry right now, I would eat practically innykine food you put in front of me.

submitted by Paul

inoculatte - To take coffee intravenously when you are running late. (Washington Post Style Invitational.)

e.g., I was sure to miss my 9 o'clock morning flight unless I took an inoculatte.

submitted by Dana Friedman - (www)

inpanse - The spread in rather than out; the opposite of expanse.

e.g., When I delve into the inpanse of my mind, I usually only find a mirror reflecting my own eye.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

inpissid - Exposure for the younger set to a new beer with fruit flavors and ginseng suggested some comparatives: insipid, inpissid, indungous.

e.g., That new flavored beer is inpissid.

submitted by Frank J. Mandriota

inquant - Fatigued to the point of ludicrous hysteria. In other words, it's when you're so tired that you can't stop laughing.

e.g., While staying up late one night, Martha was so inquant that even the word tomato made her laugh.

submitted by Robert Mijares - (www)

inqueersition - The assault on gays and lesbians by Christians.

e.g., Gays and lesbians are the target of a Christian inqueersition.

submitted by Tom McMasters-Stone

inquisolution - A reply to a question that is a question itself.

e.g., The use of an inquisolution to answer a question is a tactic to avoid disclosing ignorance.

submitted by Kevin Landers - (www)

insanal - The next step up from anally retentive is insanally retentive, where one sees obsessive-compulsive behaviour sufficient to cause actual brain damage.

e.g., Josh's habit of individually vacuum-packing used cigarette butts, and then filing them in a diary of cigarettes smoked, was so insanally retentive it caused a brain embolism in several of his flatmates.

submitted by Ochre Orientis

insance - Making sense of insanity.

e.g., Ian was insance.

submitted by Kevin

insane in the membrane - An expression of astonishment or excitement.

e.g., We got tickets to finding Nemo on Ice? That insane in the membrane.

submitted by Lauren Walzenhiemerstien

insane troll logic - Something that makes absolutely no sense. From "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."

e.g., You want me to sneak into my neighbor's house and steal his cat so you can paint it pink? That's insane troll logic.

submitted by Haplo781

insaneriffic - Terrifically insane in an amusing way.

e.g., Barbapapas are insaneriffic.

submitted by sorcia - (www)

insania - A cross between "insane" and "mania."

e.g., From his behavior, I'd say that Chris is insania.

submitted by Robert

insanityomnia - The condition of having gone insane due to an excessive amount of sleep deprivation.

e.g., I haven't slept in a week, so now I have insanityomnia.

submitted by David Cunningham

insault - Noun, verb. An insult so strong it's a true verbal assault.

e.g., 1. No matter how much I try, I've been unable to come up with an insault for Deacon. It's just impossible. 2. I think Ochre Orientis may have insaulted me at pseudoctrinate. I'm sure that's what he had in mind.

submitted by HD Fowler

inscentive - A sweet-smelling bribe or inducement.

e.g., Dr Alan gave her the bunch of flowers as nothing more than an inscentive

submitted by jonty Reason - (www)

inscrutablydubitably - Too hard to understand, but too obvious to question.

e.g., "(Lots of scientific jargon) blah blah which results in you receiving high-definition television." "Inscrutablydubitably."

submitted by patrick g

insectable - Plants that eat insects, such as the Venus Flytrap.

e.g., The Venus Flytrap is an insectable plant.

submitted by kate

insectclopedia - Insect encyclopedia.

e.g., I am researching the insectclopedia.

submitted by PedagoNet - (www)

insegrievious - Expresses anything and nothing at the same time, while sounding official enough to dazzle your listeners.

e.g., Thank you; that was very insegrievious of you. You are the most insegrievious SOB I've ever met! If you'd stop being so insegrievious, I'd be more than willing to listen to you.

submitted by Earl Harris

insert - To have sex. Shortened form of the slang term "insert tab A into slot B."

e.g., I won't let any men insert until I marry.

submitted by Rainbow Woman

inshalla - God willing.

e.g., I will win the lottery. Inshalla.

submitted by jeff boulter

insignificacy - (n.) the state or condition of being (1) unskilled at perceiving cultural importance or allusions, or (2) deciphering subtexts or implications. (An analogy from illiteracy and innumeracy)

e.g., "These lyrics are weird, listen: 'he's gone, he's gone the way of John and George---and Paul, if you believed Abbey Road ...' What does all that mean?!" "Wow, you've got a real insignificacy problem."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

insignificant other - Somebody in someone's life who means very little to them or others. Nothing in common with someone else, boring, uninteresting, not outstanding or significant in any way.

e.g., When one has been an insignificant other virtually all her life is it her fault, or is it no one's fault? On a cosmic scale the insignificance is not particularly of any significance. | I wanted it to be otherwise, of course, but all I ever was before this year was an insignificant other. Is it possible it's changed or is changing?

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

insigrevious - Unbelievable, improbable, astounding, shameless, belligerant, intolerable, or otherwise unpleasant or unsavory.

e.g., Chris's behavior was completely insigrevious. In other words, he was acting just like he always does.

submitted by gerard k

insinuendo - Combines the meanings of insinuate and innuendo, to suggest in an indirect manner usually unpleasant, unkind, or generally unfavorable information about a person.

e.g., Darla's insinuendo about Bill's leisure activities crept into conversations all through the company.

submitted by Nico

insinuendo - Combination of insinuate and innuendo. Gentle indicator that a certain level of impropriety is afoot. A great word for folks who are poor decision makers.

e.g., Shirley: Are you calling me a fat bitch? Curley: Why, yes. That was my so subtle insinuendo.

submitted by marissa - (www)

insinuwindows - This fine word needs a description.

e.g., This word needs an example.

submitted by shade

insomnism - The belief that when world leaders give up sleeping, the world will become a peaceful place--because people will spend their time talking and solving problems rather than wasting their time sleeping.

e.g., I am a follower of insomnism.

submitted by lauryn

inspectigate - A cross between inspecting and investigating something.

e.g., I need to inspectigate the situation.

submitted by Drew

inspector gadget - An individual obsessed with gadgets and inventions. Quite frequently they are inspired to make "spaceships" out of egg cartons and have a tendency to name inanimate objects, particularly plants. Inspired from the cartoon series Inspector Gadget.

e.g., Andy: Hey, Clarice. Look at my new flashlight-keyring-microdigitalcamera. Clarice: Lovely, Inspector Gadget.

submitted by Pilau

inspiritational - A figure or idea that inspires people spiritually.

e.g., I find Buddha very inspiritational.

submitted by virgio

insta-bitch - Referring to the ability to instantly turn into a true bitch. Also for a person who can turn into a bitch with the least bit of provocation or for no provocation at all.

e.g., One minute she was happy and in a good mood. Next thing I knew -- and for no detectable reason -- she had become became an insta-bitch. . . . No, PMS had nothing to do with it.

submitted by Susan

insta-goth - A derogatory term used for people (usually juveniles) who have recently discovered the gothic subculture. Also sometimes known as a "mall goth."

e.g., Check out the insta-goths coming out of Hot Topic.

submitted by George Edward Purdy

instacold - A cold or sickness that suddenly affects you. You feel fine one minute and awful the next.

e.g., I was just sitting and watching TV, then I got this instacold.

submitted by Tom Stylinski - (www)

instafood - Food that can be prepared in five minutes or less.

e.g., I'm out of instafood so I'll have to cook tonight.

submitted by Lee

instaknowledge - The transfer of knowledge by ESP or past life experience which is not learned but acquired without any explanation.

e.g., Though the library has many things from which one can learn, the hero was gifted with instaknowledge.

submitted by phil

instamatically - Combines "instantly" and "automatically." Could mean either or both, depending on the situation

e.g., When "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" comes on, Steve instamatically changes the channel.

submitted by Ryan L.

instamediately - faster than both immediatelty and instantly

e.g., I want it done instamediately.

submitted by steve

instinguish - (in-STING-gwish; v.) 1. to determine subconsciously: that is, by "luck," a "gut-feeling," "intuition," "vibe"; 2. to be impelled to a particular course of action without conscious or explicable rationale. [From_instinct_, analogizing distinct-distinguish, extinct-extinguish.]

e.g., "No, I think we should head back north; for some reason, I really feel like the road is that way." "What, like ... instinct?" "Yeah, he's actually pretty good with directions. Let him instinguish the way back." "And if he's wrong?!" "Well, we could always eat him." | "But you don't even like astronomy: why choose it as a major?" "I don't know, really. It's like I'm being instinguished."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

instink - An odor or smell which is natural or typical to a thing or place. This word applies whether the odor is pleasant or unpleasant.

e.g., Many things can be identified sight unseen simply by their instink, sometimes even certain human beings who exude a particular je ne sais quoi.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

instrapopolating - The practise of sitting in front of your computer playing on Facebook because you have nothing else to do during a dull day at home whilst on holiday.

e.g., Stap me vitals, I was bored yesterday. I just spent the whole day instrapopolating.

submitted by John Ilcjef

instupetuous - Exceedingly grandiose in absurdity; surprisingly overdone; stupendously incredulous.

e.g., Your rhymes are instupetuous, George. Your spelling is not.

submitted by George Bowles

instupituous - Really cool, awesome.

e.g., I heard this instupituous DJ last night.

submitted by doug

insuferior - Both insufficient and of inferior quality.

e.g., This sammich is insuferior. It's way too small and has not nearly enough butter.

submitted by Klamath

insulanym - (in-SOO-luh-nim; n.) 1. The name given by its indigenes to a particular island as opposed to any political entity established thereon by any aftercomers (explorers, migrating tribes, etc.); 2. The name given by its indigenes to any particular place (island or not) as opposed to the names of countries, counties, provinces, villages, or whatever; 3. A landform's name as opposed to any later labels or lines drawn upon it. [from Latin insula "island" + nym "name," as in "pseudonym."]

e.g., The country called New Zealand occupies the islands called by the Maori "Aotearoa" 'Land of the Long White Cloud.' "Aotearoa" is thus New Zealand's insulanym. Similarly, Japan's northmost island---Hokkaido---was known by its original inhabitants, the Ainu, as "Ezogo," the insulanym. "Taiwan" is the Chinese version of the island's original (or, at least, earlier) inhabitants' name for it; for several centuries, however, it was called "Formosa," after the name given the island by the Portuguese (ilha formosa 'Beautiful Island'). "Taiwan" is thus the proper insulanym for Taiwan. The nation of Cuba sits atop Caobana island, the proper insulanym. The constructed language, Palawa kani (made of bits from the dozen or so languages spoken pre-Europe), calls Tasmania, the Australian island, "Lutriwita," which can serve as its insualnym. Other uses of "insulanym": calling Mt McKinley "Denali" (its original name) or Everest "Chomulongma" or devil's Tower "Matho Thipila." Finally, the western "Middle East," which is covered by Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, and Syria, is properly called "Canaan" or "Bilād ash-Shām," its Hebrew and Arabic names, respectively.

submitted by scott m. ellsworth - (www)

insultant - A consultant who criticises negatively is an insultant.

e.g., He's not a consultant, he is an insultant.

submitted by Danny Kostyshin

insults -

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agrexophrenic condiddling gulchin parnel shotclog
amatorculist crambazzle hog rubber pathodixiac slockster
ambodexter cumberground hogminny petulcity slotterhodge
anile cypripareuniaphile hybristophiliac phallocamposis smatchet
anisomastic dandisprat igly philopornist smellsmock
antithalian diggot janiform pigwidgeon snarge
antivitruvian dizzard jehu pinch-weasel sneckdraw
avisodomite draffsack kirkbuzzer pinchback snoutband
barlichood drazel klismaphiliac pinchgut snudge
bdolotic droud knipperdollin pinchpin spintry
blowmaunger dunderwhelp licktwat plooky thelypthoric
blowsabella fizgig lily-livered poltroon twiddlepoop
bratchet flambuginous mackabroin pygobombe uzzard
buffard fling-dust mattoid quakebuttock waghalter
buffarilla furciferous mudsill quibberdick wallydraigle
byspel fussock muscod rabiator weasel
callet gink mutton-humper rudas widdiful
carminative grizely mutton-thumper rudesby wittol
chalcenterous gubbertush naffin sangrado yazzihamper
chordee gugusse ninmenog shardborn zob

submitted by beelzebub

insurlation - Sharp intake of breath used by plumbers and other repairmen when they see a thing that needs fixing.

e.g., At the sight of my decaying wall the builder gave a loud insurlation and said "That'll cost you."

submitted by Phatman

insurmia - A state of wonderment so strong it results in sleeplessness.

e.g., After my religious experience I was so mentally awakened I had insurmia.

submitted by Ochre Orientis

insurvocivating - A description of a person who is out of this world.

e.g., My Grandfathers charm was insurvocivatingly beautiful.

submitted by Beverly - (www)

int - Is not.

e.g., It int a frog, it's a toad.

submitted by Luke McCarthy

intaxication - Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realise it was your money to start with.

e.g., I was intaxicated only until I realized how long it had taken to get my refund.

submitted by Dana Friedman - (www)

integratuitous - When you have so much integrity, that it almost becomes a little gratuitous. To be usedonly sarcastically.

e.g., Lyndon Johnson? I'd say he was integratuitous, wouldn't you? No one ever trusted Richard Nixon.

submitted by Pat Nowak

integrify - To add integrity.

e.g., We need to integrify our actions ... by telling everyone how wonderful what we did is.

submitted by bigred

integrious - To operate or conduct oneself with integrity.

e.g., Jim is very integrious; you can always count on his word.

submitted by Brian Sutton - (www)

integritous - Having or showing integrity.

e.g., You can trust me; I am an integritous woman.

submitted by esther lafair

integritous - (adj., in-TEG-ri-tus) 1. Having integrity: honest, honorable, just, fair, self-consistent; 2. Whole, solid, unbroken, uncompromised [An adjectival form of "integrity" which is sorely needed ... both the word and the character trait it represents.]

e.g., "So what do we know about this judge? Is he in Sharkey's pocket too?" "No way: Judge Oats is really integritous: as clean as the proverbial whistle, as honest as a bad photograph, and as uncompromising as the bottom of the sea." || "COB! Damage report!" "She's still integritous, Sir; two injuries reported in the forward torpedo room."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

intelactual - Having Intel inside. | Spilling milk inside your CPU.

e.g., He theorized that eating the chip would make him deathly ill in addition to making him Intelactual. | Got milk? Intelactual happened. Milk inside.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

intelicthys - Fish and chips.

e.g., Too much Intelicthys made the Intelactual deathly ill.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

inteligent - A guy who has only Intel chips inside.

e.g., No IBM or Motorola chips for the Inteligent.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

intelimal - Used to refer to animals commonly used by intelligent people. Such animals include penguins, moose, llamas, and platypuses.

e.g., Did you ever notice how much Monty Python makes use of intelimals? I mean they got the penguin on the tele and the moose that bit my sister?

submitted by Trev

intellectual - Those who point out the marketing ploys Intel uses to get you to buy their products. The Intellectuals come up with long technical descriptions to straighten you out.

e.g., The I.T. worker just read a review of the latest Intel model and immediately posted on the newsgroups his Intellectual views of what's wrong with the latest release.

submitted by Choibacco - (www)

intellectual property - Real estate on which an institution of higher learning is built. {ED. In the future, please submit entries without capitalizing every word.}

e.g., Columbia University occupies a LOT of intellectual property.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy

intellectualist - Someone who has a bias or exhibits bigotry against people of lesser intelligence

e.g., Dave: I am not a racist, or a sexist. I'm an intellectualist. Ed: Uncalled for, I might add.

submitted by Dave Flomberg - (www)

intellefluence - A point in time that allows an abstract thought to filter through a person's intellect and how thoughts become the influence resulted from motivation and motive-action of an individual embracing the negativity of another person, healing their wounds with words of wisdom.

e.g., As a result of Suzy's traumatic experience and stress related measures, the counselor managed to soothe the mind-set of Suzy by engaging in the state of intellefluence.

submitted by Joseph Mercado - (www)

intellegent key - A compound attribute composed of a sufficient number of (otherwise) non-unique attributes of an Entity that results in a mathematically probable (although not absolute) unique identifier (Information Modeling).

e.g., The combination of First Name, Last Name, Birthplace, and Birth-date concatenated form a unique identifier for a Person Entity, an Intelligent Key.

submitted by Jack L Swayze - (www)

intelligence in stupidity - Definitely, there is some intelligence in a stupid person. Trust me, it's not easy bein' stupid. One has to be really intelligent to be a stupid person.

e.g., Yeah, I know, I gave a stupid description. But, you know, there really *is* intelligence in stupidity.

submitted by Varun

intelligenius - Intelligence so great that you can only call it genius. Can describe certain humans, but most especially intergalactic visitors who occasionally (or frequently) visit Earth's shores..

e.g., The humans failed to recognize our subtle but inherent intelligenius, so we blasted them out of existence before we could change our minds.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

intelligentiosityness - All that good intellectual and mental astuteness that people have worked for, could work for, and are working for.

e.g., The gentleman reclining in his chair has gained several degrees in his lifetime so you can well imagine his intelligentiosityness.

submitted by Stephanie

intelligentize - To become smart and intelligent.

e.g., Eating lots of peanuts is known to have intelligentizing effects.

submitted by Jerwin Maximo - (www)

intelphakenlectual - 1. A a know-it-all who puts on airs of being an intellectual. 2. Doing something "intellectual."

e.g., 1. Cliff, the postal worker in Cheers was an intelphakenlectual. 2. We went to the ballet; it was an intelphakenlectual date.

submitted by John Horvath - (www)

intenseticles - A cross between the word intense and the ending ticles. It is a fun word to use because it sounds funny. It means cool or sweet.

e.g., MJ's slam dunk was intenseticles.

submitted by Chris Sullivan

intensicle - Very intense or cool, with the added "-sicle" to make it sound cooler.

e.g., Alex: It's snowing. Brandon: I know, it's intensicle.

submitted by Alex

intentative - A half-hearted commitment to accomplish something.

e.g., I promise to start a regular program of aerobic exercise for an hour every day. Perhaps next week -- at least that's my intentative.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

intention span - That brief period for which resolve holds firm. Derivation: malapropism of "attention span" Mike Lincoln (2002)

e.g., His New Year's resolutions were dashed almost immediately by his brief intention span, which pathologically under-bid the attention span of a goldfish.

submitted by David Johnston - (www)

intentional care - Special care unit in a hospital.

e.g., He was so sick they had to put him in the intentional care unit at the hospital.

submitted by Brian Kovacs

inter-twingled - The relationship of data in databases as referred to by someone who knows little about them.

e.g., I'll get back to you on exactly how those fields are inter-twingled with each other.

submitted by Pete from OPS

intercapping - "generally a company name that is a compound word, where there is no space between the 2 words and both the first and second words are capitalized. From the book Microserfs by Douglas Coupland."

e.g., MicroSoft

submitted by chuck - (www)

interchorus - Two or more choruses singing together

e.g., I think you're going to enjoy the interchorus this evening as much as I do..

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

interchronoselfcommunication - Communicating with one's past or future self.

e.g., I utilised interchronoselfcommunication to discover tonight's lotto numbers.

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intercoination - Checking every foreign coin you come across in case you can use it in a vending machine at home regardless of whether or not it's worth more or less than the coin it's impersonating.

e.g., Michael practised his intercoination when he visited Europe last summer.

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intercrastination - Joint procrastination: When two or more people wait for each other to complete a task. The task never gets completed because each is waiting for the other to make a move. Intercrastination also occurs when two or more people are waiting for others to complete other tasks before they can commence on the common task, but each prolongs his personal tasks thinking that the others haven't finished yet.

e.g., Jane continued to apply her make-up in the belief that Pete was still getting dressed. Pete in turn took longer getting dressed believing Jane was still applying her make-up. Both engaged in intercrastination that led them to be late for an evening engagement.

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intercurse - To curse using an acronym on the Internet.

e.g., WTF is wrong with you?

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interdate - A person you met on an internet dating agency.

e.g., On Saturday I'm going out with my interdate.

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interdigital - When two people with affection for one another hold hands, interlocking their fingers or "digits." The biggest step forward in any relationship.

e.g., Tyler: Have you and Jessica accomplished interdigital? Boris: Oh yeah, last night during the movie. It was beautiful.

submitted by Felix

interdisciplinarity - The degree to which something addresses several academic disciplines.

e.g., The interdisciplinarity of the course curricula at Carleton College is continually increasing.

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interexplijective - Word or phrase with an expletive injected into the middle of it.

e.g., "My stupid-ass boss" is an example of an interexplijective.

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interfaker - A person who takes on an identity different from her own, including age and sex, so that she can pretend to be someone she is not on the Internet

e.g., The interfaker showed his age when he commented how "rad" her wrinkles were.

submitted by Rick Slover

interfarce - 1. A farcical interface. 2. A ridiculously poor high tech product design, usually in reference to the software user interface. 3. Political conversation at the highest levels.

e.g., 1. The Redmond Company internally develops interfarces and then purchases small companies with benchmark product usability but little cash. 2. The conversation between the President and prime minister was an interfarce.

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interfenestration - The physical spacing of windows, particularly in a building or other edifice.

e.g., Carlos noted the unique interfenestration in Rebecca's house.

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interflict - Mutiple conflicts caused by an interdependent multitude of sources.

e.g., Having that many devices running at the same time is going to result in interflict.

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interfrastically - To return without delay.

e.g., I shall return interfrastically

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interiator - Someone who works inside.

e.g., Amanda's an interiator.

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interlationship - A word used to describe someone who has a relationship over the Internet.

e.g., I see that James is in a new interlationship.

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intern-net - A communications system set up for beltway interns and only interns.

e.g., If the intern-net had been around in the late 1990s, can there be any doubt that Monica Lewinsky would have been bragging on it about her beau?

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internal compass - One's inner sense of direction.

e.g., "There's no need to stop and ask directions," he insisted. "My internal compass tells me it's right over the next hill."

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international - Used to describe people who continually date people outside their nationality -- often used to describe said person's jet-setting style as well.

e.g., I saw Aisha last night with a hot Brazilian guy she met at the club. She's very international.

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internaut - "Internaut (a combination of Internet and either Astronaut or Cybernaut) is a slang term for a habitual user of the Internet."

e.g., "What's this all about? Well, our fearless Internauts forage the web each week, looking for useful, bizarre, and fun web sites." (From linkydinky.com)

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internerd - A computer geek who is addicted to the Internet.

e.g., Long a computer geek, Chris followed his usual pattern when the Internet came along and became an internerd.

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internesia - Phenomena of creating membership logins and passwords to websites, only to have time pass and completely forget them.

e.g., Last night, the craziest thing. I tried to sign on to play some hammerhead pool and I had a complete case of internesia.

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internet exploiter - Derogatory name for Internet Explorer.

e.g., It sucks that you can't uninstall Internet Exploiter--it's part of the operating system.

submitted by Purple Martin

internet security - The comfort of knowing that one can get online at any moment.

e.g., I always carry my PDA when I'm traveling. It gives me internet security.

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internetelligence - A working knowledge of the Internet; web savvy.

e.g., Of course I have heard of memepool; don't insult my internetelligence.

submitted by mutaGenesis

internetese - Referring to a word from the language of the Internet.

e.g., "LOL" is internetese for "laugh (or laughing) out loud."

submitted by val kreil

internetian - One whose entire life is consumed or decided by the Internet.

e.g., He bought those pants online. He got advice on women online. The poor guy is a pure-blooded Internetian.

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internetiquette - Etiquette while using others' Internet access. E.g., don't abuse downloads, don't search illegal material, limit time spent on the net to a reasonable amount. For places such as internet cafes, don't look at others' screens and read their material. . . .

e.g., John showed poor internetiquette when he looked over Susan's shoulder and read her e-mail. Susan's internetiquette was of a high standard. She received an e-mail that wasn't addressed to her and sent it straight back without reading it.

submitted by Adam Abbassi

internight - When you've spent so much time on the internet that the night is past and the morning is upon you.

e.g., Didn't go to work Monday. Sunday was another internight.

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internot - A period of downtime on the www.

e.g., Jerry decided to take an early lunch because of the Internot.

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interpitude - To interrupt and intrude on someone's conversation, be it in a coffee shop, on the phone, on the beach, or in a speech.

e.g., "Please, do not interpitude me again"

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interpolate - When two machines understand each other. I.e., if you create CAD drawings for a part on a computer, you can send it to a CNC lathe and the CNC lathe interpolates the information given to it by the computer.

e.g., The CNC machine interpolates the data sent to it.

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interpundit - (IN-ter-PUN-dit; n.) 1. Political 'authorities' (real or presumed) who hold forth on the internet. (Also, pejorative) 2. Someone who believes himself to have the ultimate answers to the world's political woes (in general) and those of their own country, nation, region, province, state, county, city, town, village, or neighborhood (in particular), AND feels the uncontrollable need to tell everyone about it over the internet. [From "inter" (of "internet") + pundit.]

e.g., Real interpundits: Andrew Bolt, Paul Wells, Iain Dale, Glenn Beck, Andrew Breitbart. Unfortunately, most interpundits fall within the second definition (above), and turn up mostly in the email forwarding circles we all wind up being part of. They also tend to end their emails with the logically bizarre ultimatum that "if you agree, forward this email" and "if you don't, you are a %$*^#@ bastard" or something equally refined.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

interregnum - Private discourse between two rulers.

e.g., I overheard the interregnum; they were discussing dying by inches until they heard my footfall out in the yard (inspired by sweet Rosie O'Grady).

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interrobang - Punctuation used when a combination of an exclamation and a question mark is needed. Expresses excitement or disbelief and a question at the same time.

e.g., WTF‽ Can you believe this‽ He did what‽

submitted by Kevin Weaver

interrodate - A date characterized by incessant questions

e.g., At first I liked his curiousity, but I wasn't in the mood for an interrodate.

submitted by Stephanie

interrorgate - To interrogate needlessly under the pretext of defending against terror.

e.g., The gate agent was concerned that I was only carrying with me a small carry-on bag. She summoned Airport Security who proceeded to interrorgate me with a series of personal questions.

submitted by Michael Rodent

interspexicate - (v.) (in-ter-SPECKS-uh-kate) A general business conference buzzword, thrown out there to make sure your employees are listening. (Etymology: Early 21st century, came into English from the cubicle farm.)

e.g., The paradigm shift occurring in Web 2.0 models is projected to interspexicate synergic enterprise immersion.

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interstate - To drive down an interstate road at extremely high speeds while playing loud music. Best done in a convertible. Also "to go interstating."

e.g., Hey, Lance, let's go interstating! I'll bring my new Linkin Park CD so we can blare it while we ride.

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intertainment - Online entertainment, esp. broadband delivery of Internet content.

e.g., With no decent films showing this week, we opted to stay at home for intertainment.

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intertional - To be intertional is to be stubborn far past the point of its actually being advantageous to be stubborn. This word comes from the misspelling of "international" on a sign.

e.g., A person who refuses to get a smoke detector because he'll "never need it" might be said to be intertional if he still won't get one (for the same reported reason) after his house has caught fire twice. (The word would esp. apply if he was the cause of the fires--say, by throwing cigarettes into a paper-filled trash can).

submitted by Heather Fuller

intertwingled - Intertwined and intermingled.

e.g., The conscious and the subconscious are intertwingled.

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interuptimications - Interruptions.

e.g., I mean it, no more interuptimications.

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intervag - Beggar, vagrant. Person who stands at intersections holding a sign stating, "Will work for food."

e.g., I don't give the intervags any money. Most of the time, they look pretty well dressed and well fed. I've offered some work before and they turned me down. Once I even offered to buy a guy a meal--he said he'd just eaten. Something like three Double Whoppers, French fries, and a couple of large chocolate shakes. I'll bet he outweighed me a hundred pounds.

submitted by Wild Jill - (www)

interweb - Internet, used by people who are either unfamiliar with the internet or (more often) by people who are very familiar.

e.g., I'm not sure. Maybe you could go back to your computer and look it up on that interweb thing.

submitted by keir

interweber - One who engages and participates in web 2.0 services such as blogs, wikis, and social networking sites.

e.g., Interwebers Gary and Dan run personal blogs and are members of numerous social networking web sites.

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intherjot - The entrance of something, such as a building or a house.

e.g., The intherjot of the store was locked down at night.

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intipsicated - Intoxicated.

e.g., Nothing makes MADD madder than intipsicated drivers.

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intivilization - Combination of intelligence and civilization; discovered in a lousy attempt to describe the intellegence of our civilization

e.g., How can intivilization be described by your village idiot?

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into - Often used when two words should be used: in to. In all the examples, into is incorrect: Hand in, cave in, turn in, tune in -- all followed by to would be correct. Here, it's needed for the joke: I think she was a witch. She whispered something in his ear and he turned into a motel.

e.g., An Olympics ambassador alleged to have hurled bricks at a police car was handed into cops by her mum. | Recently, National Review Online seems to have caved into the demands of CAIR and removed an advertisement for a book that criticizes their prophet Muhammad. | Lohan, who will also have a new probation officer, was ordered to turn herself into the Lynwood Correctional Facility by Nov. 9. | This time around, I predict that the voters will be very much tuned into the phoniness factor. | These are the deadheads who just finally gave into the fact that Jerry Garcia really is dead.

submitted by Miss Speller

into vs. in to - I've long had in mind adding an entry about when to use "into" and when to use "in to," but was undecided about how to do so. I've decided to find several explanations and use this slot in the pd to introduce several sites which can help you with correct usage. All of the material in the example field will be copyrighted, with the copyright holder indicated in the first part of the entry. You can see what each has to say, then decide which, if any, you want to add to your favorite grammar & usage sites. I think what I have in mind falls under fair use provisions of copyright law. Nothing is cited with permission, so if it doesn't, I'll be glad to prepared to address any complaints. See into for more.

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Into vs. In To | WritersDigest.com: Q: Can you explain when to use "into" versus when you should use "in to"? -- Char Using "into" and "in to" interchangeably is a very common grammar faux pas -- heck, my sister commits this grandiose error in e-mails at least twice a day and, despite my attempts to sic the grammar police on her, she continues to write recklessly. But if you understand their individual definitions, it's easy to pick the right word to convey your true meaning and avoid the grammar police altogether. 
 
The word "into" is a preposition that expresses movement of something toward or into something else. I made it into work a few minutes early today. The tooth fairy tucked the tooth into her pocket before placing a $1 bill under my daughter's pillow.  
 
"In to," on the other hand, is the adverb "in" followed by the preposition "to." They aren't really related and only happen to fall next to each other based on sentence construction. My boss sat in to audit the meeting. The tooth fairy came in to collect my daughter's tooth. 
 
One trick to help you decipher which word (or word pairing) is correct is to think of it this way: "Into" usually answers the question "where?" while "in to" is generally short for "in order to." So look at your sentence and replace "into" or "in to" with "where?" If the second half of your sentence answers it, use "into." If it doesn't, replace "where" with "in order to." If that works, use "in to." Here is this method put into practice: 
The tooth fairy put my daughter's tooth where? Ah -- into her pocket. 
 
The tooth fairy came in where? To collect my daughter's tooth? Hmm -- that doesn't work. The tooth fairy came in order to collect my daughter's tooth. 
Grammar police, rest easy -- we've got this one under control.
Common Errors in English Usage | Paul Brians "Into" is a preposition which often answers the question, "where?" For example, "Tom and Becky had gone far into the cave before they realized they were lost." Sometimes the "where" is metaphorical, as in, "He went into the army" or "She went into business." It can also refer by analogy to time: "The snow lingered on the ground well into April." In old-fashioned math talk, it could be used to refer to division: "Two into six is three." In other instances where the words "in" and "to" just happen to find themselves neighbors, they must remain separate words. For instance, "Rachel dived back in to rescue the struggling boy." Here "to" belongs with "rescue" and means "in order to," not "where." (If the phrase had been "dived back into the water," "into" would be required.)  
 
Try speaking the sentence concerned aloud, pausing distinctly between "in" and "to." If the result sounds wrong, you probably need "into."  
 
Then there is the 60s colloquialism which lingers on in which "into" means "deeply interested or involved in": "Kevin is into baseball cards." This is derived from usages like "the committee is looking into the fund-raising scandal." The abbreviated form is not acceptable formal English, but is quite common in informal communications.  
 
See also turn into.
EnglishForums.com | Mister Micawber Action or movement traditionally require into: I ran into the bar. This is in contradistinction to the location preposition, in: I am drinking in the bar.  
 
In to is two separate particles (an adverbial and an infinite marker): I sat in to learn the details of my assignment; I came in to warm my feet.

PS: I can also make the to a preposition: I went in to the jeers of my enemies.
Tina Blue | January 19, 2001 I. Into is a preposition. In a sentence, the preposition into will be part of a prepositional phrase consisting of into + its object + any modifiers of its objects. The entire phrase it is a part of will function adverbially to modify the verb or verb phrase that precedes the phrase.  
 
1. When he walked into the room, he found that the meeting had already started.  
 
2. Put the toys into the basket.  
 
3. The pumpkin was turned into a carriage.  
 
II. In the phrase in to, in is an adverb, directly modifying a verb, and to is a preposition with its own object. When the word into is used in a sentence where in to is meant, the resulting statement can be absurd.  
 
1. She turned her paper in to the teacher.  
 
vs.  
 
2. She turned her paper into the teacher.  
 
In the second sentence, the paper is transformed -- poof! -- into the teacher. We've all heard the old joke about the magician who was so talented that he could drive down the street and turn into a gas station. Of course, if he just wanted to get gas somewhere, he would turn in to a gas station. 1. Put the cookie back into the jar.  
 
2. I need to turn this book back in to the library.  
 
3. Would you hand this assignment in to the teacher for me?  
 
4. Turn your badge in to the officer at the desk.  
 
5. Cinderella stepped into the carriage.  
 
6. At midnight, the carriage turned back into a pumpkin.
The Snarky Student's Guide to Grammar Quick rules:
  • There should generally be only one preposition per phrase. 
  • Use the prepositions into and onto to indicate movement from one place to another. I stepped into the room. He stepped onto the podium. She jumped into the pool. I tossed my book onto the desk.
  • You can often use into and onto interchangeably with in and on, which are also prepositions. She jumped in the pool. I tossed my book on the desk. In both sentences, the sense of movement is obvious through context.
  • If the preposition is an integral part of a phrasal verb, also known as a two-word verb*, then don't consider it a preposition; consider it part of the verb. Keep phrasal verbs intact.

    1. Correct: The robbers will break in to the bank at 6pm. The phrasal verb is 'break in,' meaning to enter without permission. In is part of the verb and the preposition is to.
      Incorrect: The robbers will break into the bank at 6pm. The phrasal verb has been corrupted.
    2. Correct: I'll look into this matter before the end of the day. The phrasal verb 'to look into' means to investigate.
      Incorrect: I'll look in to this matter before the end of the day. The back-to-back prepositions in this phrase signals the error.
    3. Correct: Turn your paper in to your teacher. The phrasal verb 'to turn in' means to submit. In is part of the verb and to is the preposition.
      Even better: Turn in your paper to your teacher. The phrasal verb is kept together.
      Incorrect: Turn your paper into your teacher. Shazam! Your paper is now your teacher. 'To turn into' is another phrasal verb meaning to transform. D'oh, that's not what you meant.
    4. Correct: I am really into alternative music. The phrasal verb 'to be into' means to be passionate about.
      Incorrrect: I am really in to alternative music. The double preposition is the clue that there is an error.
Daily Writing Tips: "How to Choose Between 'Into' or 'Onto' and Their Two-Word Forms" | Mark Nichol Into or in to? Onto, or on to?  
 
Into and onto are prepositions, words that describe relative position. They are part of prepositional phrases, such as "She settled herself into her seat" or "He climbed onto the roof." These words are forward looking, in that, as their grammatical name implies, they are positioned before the object.  
 
In to and on to, on the other hand, are combinations of an adverb (in or on) and the preposition to. Unlike the single-word forms, they look both backward (in and on refer to a preceding verb) and forward (to pertains to the following object).  
 
Of the distinctions between each pair, that distinguishing into from in to is more straightforward. If you wish to write that you went somewhere to let a representative of a company know you are disappointed with a product or service, you can express that idea using either form. But if you write, "I walked into the office to lodge a complaint," the sentence focuses on the prepositional phrase "into the office." If you write, "I walked in to lodge a complaint," the emphasis is the phrase describing the action: "I walked in."  
 
Onto and on to can be more confusing, but think of the problem this way: "She drove onto the highway" means, "She drove so that she was on the highway." Conversely, "She drove on to the highway" means, "She headed for the highway." The two-word form is also appropriate for figurative meanings, where no physical movement or placement exists -- for example, "I think you're really on to something."  
 
Fortunately, there are a couple of ways to test whether onto or on to is correct -- temporarily insert the word up after the verb, or, just for the test, replace the word or the phrase with the word on:  
 
The Up Test
When you wish to write that you used a ladder, could you write, "I climbed up onto the ladder"? Yes, you could, so onto is correct. When you want to express that you clutched something, could you write, "I held up on my hat"? No, the sentence does not make sense, so the two-word form ("I held on to my hat") is the right one in this case.  
 
The On Test
When you wish to write that you scaled a boulder, could you write, "I climbed on a boulder"? Yes, you could, so onto is correct. When you want to express that you bequeathed something, would you write, "I passed it on him"? No, that doesn't make sense, so the two-word form ("I passed it on to him") is correct here.

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intoxiphoning - Telecommunicating after imbibing mass quantities of alcohol, resulting in regretful embarrassment.

e.g., Patrick went on an intoxiphoning bender after consuming a frightening amount of tequila, resulting in a dreadful hangover and a feeling of immense embarrassment.

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intoxivacation - Getting drunk on holiday.

e.g., Lorene drank so much on holiday that it led to her intoxivacation.

submitted by Suzan L. Wiener

intracarnation - Reinvention of oneself within this lifetime. A fresh start. A form of immortality-within-mortality.

e.g., I embarked on a new adventure when I left England -- an intracarnation that gave me a fresh view of the world.

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intregoo - A humourous misspelling of "intrigue," originally a mistake, but now used to denote fake, pseudo-, or otherwise unrealistic intrigue in a commonplace occurrence.

e.g., Someone is in the bathroom, you say. Such intregoo.

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intreme - Unusually calm or reserved; does not stand out like it used to; not as obnoxious as normal.

e.g., Since Jim Carrey is usually wacky in his movies, I was so surprised to see his intreme disposition in his movie Liar, Liar.

submitted by MD_Caruso

intriguering - Kinda like beleaguering, only intriguering.

e.g., Hmm, that's a very intriguering word, ZZ.

submitted by Zeromay Zentroclo

intrusittude - Strangers intruding and commenting on scandalous behavior, particularly among youths. Intrusive attitude.

e.g., She showed massive intrusittude in asking us to get off the computers, because we didn't "belong" there.

submitted by Adira

intuitious - Being intuitional and ingenious at the same time. Intuititious.

e.g., That was very intuitious of you.

submitted by Lisa Nujin

inuition - A semi-precognitive sense possessed by dwellers of northern frozen climes.

e.g., Herdlo's inuition told him there was a school of large fish just beneath the ice ledge on which he sat carving an ice fairy.

submitted by Andy Triggs - (www)

invenereal - Immaterial; beside the point; irrelevant. May be used either with deliberate irony or in complete and utter ignorance. Invenerial.

e.g., It doesn't matter. This whole discussion is invenereal.

submitted by Lunch

invenerial - Unimportant, trivial, illogical, irrelevant.

e.g., Most of the information given at the seminar was invenerial, which explains my lack of notes.

submitted by bob schwartz

inventocreativiplasm - The juices that flow thru an artist's mind.

e.g., Every time I hang out with other weirdos, explosive quantities of inventocreativiplasm begin to back-build.

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inverse / parallel stones time theory - Complex philosophical hypothesis which holds that the possibility of accurately predicting the state of the world at any point in the future declines in inverse proportion to the length of time in the future from now, with the sole exception that the possibility of the Rolling Stones still being on tour increases in direct proportion to the time in the future.

e.g., According to Inverse/Parallel Stones Time Theory, if the world survives until 2009 it can never end because after then, nothing can be accurately predicted EXCEPT that the Stones will be on a world tour, and for that the existence of the world is necessary.

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inversion mark - (n.; punctuation symbol) Shaped like a slightly elongated Greek alpha (α), the inversion mark allows a writer to quote passages out of order. So, for example, if a passage contains points A, B, & C, and the rhetoric of the situation suggests that point C be mentioned first, the writer can quote point C, followed by an inversion mark, and then points A and B.

e.g., From Alexander Pope's Essay on Man (the second section comes before the first in the original, but seems ever so much more powerful after it): "Vice is a monster of so frightful mien, As, to be hated, needs but to be seen; Yet seen too oft, familiar with her face, We first endure, then pity, then embrace. But where th'extreme of vice, was ne'er agreed: Ask where's the North? at York, 'tis on the Tweed; In Scotland, at the Orcades; and there, At Greenland, Zembla, or the Lord knows where: No creature owns it in the first degree, But thinks his neighbour further gone than he! E'en those who dwell beneath its very zone, Or never feel the rage, or never own; What happier natures shrink at with affright, The hard inhabitant contends is right. α Fools! who from hence into the notion fall, That vice or virtue there is none at all. If white and black blend, soften, and unite A thousand ways, is there no black or white? Ask your own heart, and nothing is so plain; 'Tis to mistake them, costs the time and pain."

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inversodoxy - Automatically adopting whatever happens to be the opposite viewpoint to current orthodoxy.

e.g., Watching TV always used to give me a powerful surge of inversodoxy.

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invertolitude - The sudden feeling of being upside-down and alone.

e.g., After watching too many bat movies, Sarah woke up with invertolitude.

submitted by Ty Evans

investigation - The investment of funds for the purpose of transporting water to a drought-stricken region.

e.g., When I was asked to donate to bring badly-needed water to midwest farmers, I asked, "You want an investigation? You think I give a DAM?"

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investigetting - When you go to check out the community food in your office, intending to come back with a plateful.

e.g., I caught Sheila investigetting in the kitchen again. There was still half a birthday cake when she got there... but not when she left.

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invide - (v.) to become or cause to become invisible (on analogy with "divisible": divide > divisible :: invide > invisible).

e.g., In the Fantastic Four, Jessica Alba invides a lot. | Sometimes, in Invisible Man movies, they have the guy uninvide slowly: blood vessels first, then nerves, then organs, etc. etc. ad nauseam.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

invidiate - People who do not watch TV enough to know what's going on with programs TV watchers like to talk about. Similar to "illiterate" for people who don't read. Note: this is not an insult, probably a compliment.

e.g., I don't know about that program. I'm too busy to watch TV, so I'm invidiate.

submitted by Elaine

invisibilize - To make a field invisible in a computer software application.

e.g., Tammy didn't want her customers to know her age, so she had the programmer invisibilize the date-of-birth field.

submitted by Matt Vines

invisible minority of one - It's almost like not existing. Or being a ghost that no one sees. Who wants to be noticed, or famous, anyway? But, you are aware of others.

e.g., An invisible minority of one has some advantages. Perhaps more freedom, uninvolved with the seething masses, pushing and shoving this way and that. You may be the ultimate minority, and that's some kind of accomplishment right there. Maybe you're more aware of some things, things that others don't seem to notice. Hey, look here too, don't you see things as they really are? Fat chance.

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invisible, to - 1. Transitive verb: to make invisible. HTML code to do this, using the controlling brackets in reverse order: >!--make me invisible--<. Invizible, to uninvisible = to make visible, uninvizible = uninvisible. 2. Invizible = not visible, perhaps non-existent.

e.g., Sometimes you can find out interesting stuff about a web page's creator by uninvisibling that which has been invisibled. Invisibling could also be used as a juvenile way to pass along secret messages. Ooooooh. Text can also be invisibled by making the text color the same as the background color. Drag your cursor over the rest of this field to see what has been entered.

Do you feel like you're ready to be a spy now?

submitted by HD Fowler

invisisquare - An imaginary box going around your body about six inches away from yourself. To make an invisisquare you take both index fingers and, starting in front of you, trace a box around to your back, and then back to your front again.

e.g., You're crowding me. Please stay out of my invisisquare.

submitted by Noelle

invisitize - A programmer's term for hiding an object from an end user's view.

e.g., It would be cool to invisitize the submit button if the form is not filled out correctly.

submitted by Jim

invisiword - Any word or part of a word hidden beneath another word or so far to one side as to be off-screen.

e.g., Fix your margins if you want to avoid invisiwords.

submitted by Rene Chenier

invulgarating - An action which or a person who makes you want to actually become vulgar or to use vulgar language.

e.g., I found Judy's attitude and behavior at the cast party to be quite invulgarating.

submitted by Mark Thistle - (www)

inworlders - People who live on planet earth.

e.g., The alien isn't an inworlder ... because she lives on Mars.

submitted by jeffery's english class

io - Someone who always owes her friends money. Applies to either gender. Basically, this is a word play on "He owes."

e.g., Mary is an Io. Yesterday she borrowed $10 from me, and today she wants another five.

submitted by Paul

iokiyar - It's OK If You're A Republican.

e.g., PWL: "I always think it’s interesting the Republicans think the rules they impose on other people never apply to themselves . . . one more example of IOKIYAR, I guess."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

ionparadox - A juxtaposition of ideas, images or experiences that propel you beyond your current level of understanding. Or simply to go beyond established opinions.

e.g., That movie was an ionparadox--the world seems like a different place after seeing it.

submitted by Richard Powell - (www)

iowegians - A combination of Norwegian and Iowa. Most folks in northern Iowa have ancestors from Nordic countries.

e.g., Iowegians are considred to be some of the most Internet literate in the nation.

submitted by rachel

ip - (n.) the converse or reciprocal of pi; that is, the diameter of a circle divided by its circumference. This number is a constant: 0.31831015. (Pronounced to rhyme with "hype," "rip," "deep," or even as _yop_, the sounds pronounced backwards.) The mathematical symbol is the greek letter pi, turned upside-down.

e.g., The area of a (round) pizza is equal to either (a) pi times the radius squared or (b) the radius squared divided by ip. Try it.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

iplod - Take a solitary walk while listening to your iPod. | Listen to your iPod while doing tedious work.

e.g., He went for an iPlod and should be back in an hour.

submitted by Craig Mussay

ipodded - To upload a song to your iPod.

e.g., I ipodded that song to my player last night.

submitted by nikcass

ippidy - Cool, awesome.

e.g., Well, isn't that ippidy!

submitted by Debbi

ipskitch - A small child, usually caught in an act of mischief. Either that, or our Bohemian grandma was calling us something else entirely.

e.g., You little ipskitch, get outta dem cookies.

submitted by patric kelly

ipswitch - Multipurpose word.

e.g., Oh, ipswitch. Where the ipswitch did I put my hat?

submitted by RAO

iq - (Pronounced: Itch) An itch anywhere on the tongue. Plural: Iqes

e.g., I always find it strange when I scratch the iq on my tongue.

submitted by Jeff

ira! ira! - Say it when you're annoying or frustrated. One of the many Japanese onomatopoeia.

e.g., Windows locks up your computer: "Ira! Ira!"

submitted by Mike Jump

iral - (n.) (EYE-ral) A page of a printed memorandum or document showing dates for important events in a corporation or general community. (Etymology: None. This word came to me during a dream last night, and I have no idea where it was from or why I remembered it.)

e.g., Clarence tore up his company's newsletter after reading in the iral that on the day of the Halloween office party he would have to go to the dentist.

submitted by Mirakle B.

irantecedents - What you find in Persian history, or your grandpa's angry speeches.

e.g., What you need to do is go to your irantecedents.

submitted by nbm - (www)

iraqnophobia - Fear that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction, close ties to Al Qaeda, or plans to rule the world.

e.g., After losing the Iran-Iraq War and the Gulf War--and with UN sanctions--why all the Iraqnophobia?

submitted by Danny Middleton

irascissimusia - Comes from the Latin for angry. A phobia for even the remotest signs of anger. Symptoms are hallucinations, fainting, and regular sneezing -- the time gap between sneezes will be precisely 2 minutes 43.27 seconds.

e.g., The only reason our teacher doesn't get angry with our class is because the boy in the back corner suffers from irascissimusia.

submitted by Tom

irection - Abbreviated version of "I reckon." Said in mid-conversation to agree with a previous staement or question. Be careful, however, innocent by-standers may think that you said "erection."

e.g., Enrico and Bruce are out walking. Enrico sees a beautiful and busty woman walking in the distance. Enrico: Wow, see that babe, she's beautiful. Bruce: Irection. Bruce has just agreed with Enrico's comment.

submitted by Sammmy

irgomat - Arrogant, self centered.

e.g., Chris is always an irgomat.

submitted by Lukas Friga

iridium - An expression, usually spoken by women after they've parted with a male partner.

e.g., "Suzie, are you still with that bum?" "No. Iridium."

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy

irie ites - Jamaican or Rastafarian equivalent of "It's all good." Good feelings all around. Sometimes can be shortened just to "ites."

e.g., Plinthe: So how was Ziggy Marley? Decca: Oh, ites, mon. Irie ites for sure.

submitted by Paul

irish bull - "A statement containing an incongruity or a logical absurdity, usually unbeknown to the speaker."

e.g., "She's dangerous when she's mad. Last night she came after me fully armed -- with a pistol in each hand and a carving knife in the other." "Hmmm, that sounds like a bit of Irish bull to me."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

irk. - Instead of using the text language ikr, for "I know right?," why not use IRK? It's simple, easy to remember, and a great way to get someone's attention. Soon, all your friends will want to know what the heck "IRK." means, and you'll feel like a more mysterious person. Go ahead and try it! IRK. away!

e.g., friend: wow i gtg but we totes have to hang sumtime! you: IRK. bye!!

submitted by Mira

iron knee - A situation created when an expected outcome unexpectedly turns out to be completely opposite. Based on American Indian folklore. The word is pronounced as if there were no space between iron and knee: eyer-un-ee.

e.g., All the birds were going to have an endurance flying contest. Wonderful prizes would be awarded. Crow knew that he would earn a prize because of his strength and perseverance. However, he was not happy with winning his prize, he wanted to have a bigger and better one.

Every day for a month, he went to the salt marshes and stood for hours in them until his feet became stiff and heavy as stone. He then flew to Eagle's nest.

"Hello, Eagle," Crow said. "Will you fly in the contest?" "Of course," said Eagle, "I will win a great prize." "Look," said Crow, "There is a succulent young rabbit hopping down there in the arroyo." As Eagle turned to look, Crow swiftly raised his foot and kicked at the center of Eagle's leg.

However, Crow did not know that Eagle had lost that leg in a hunting accident and that Raccoon had fashioned him a leg cast of iron. The result was that Crow not only did not get Eagle's prize, he broke his foot, was not able to enter the contest, and won no prize at all. Thus the condition called "iron knee" entered the World.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

iron law of bureaucracy - Pournelle's Iron Law of Bureaucracy:

Iron Law of Bureaucracy

In any bureaucracy, the people devoted to the benefit of the bureaucracy itself always get in control and those dedicated to the goals the bureaucracy is supposed to accomplish have less and less influence, and sometimes are eliminated entirely.

Or, restated:

. . . in any bureaucratic organization there will be two kinds of people: those who work to further the actual goals of the organization, and those who work for the organization itself. Examples in education would be teachers who work and sacrifice to teach children, vs. union representatives who work to protect any teacher, including the most incompetent. The Iron Law states that in all cases, the second type of person will always gain control of the organization and will always write the rules under which the organization functions.

e.g., Reform is impossible once the Iron Law of Bureaucracy is in effect.

submitted by [Jerry Pournelle]

iron-box - Slang for a virgin.

e.g., We can't call Sally iron-box anymore.

submitted by Brandon - (www)

ironeous - Filled with irony. Similar to ferroneous: filled with iron. (ED. Found on the internet as a misspelling of erroneous. The Rice University Neologisms Database: "Not being an acceptable use of the word irony or ironic. Formed by blending.")

e.g., Having the Star Spangled Banner led by Lola and the Kinks would be ironeous.

submitted by Fenix - (www)

ironoclast - Someone who is well known for being ironic. A prince of irony, if you will. (ED. From Langmaker: "ironoclast (i-ron-o-clast) n. [Blend of irony + iconoclast.] One who uses wit to attack traditional or popular ideas or institutions.")

e.g., I think Steven Colbert might be a bigger ironoclast than Jon Stewart, don't you?

submitted by Hal Colombo - (www)

ironosphere - The great field of sarcastic irony thath surrounds the earth beyond the ionosphere. Thought to be responsible for most of the world's irony.

e.g., Some think we should brutally subdue the natives to secure the peace, but I think it's just a storm in the ironosphere.

submitted by Hal Colombo - (www)

ironsherpa - In triathlon training and racing, the friends and family members who support the racers are commonly referred to as "sherpas." An IronSherpa is specifically a person who assists an athlete completing the full IronMan distance triathlon.

e.g., Mary has been on Jill's support team for many triathlons, but recently became an IronSherpa when she assisted Jill at the full Ironman Wisconsin race.

submitted by Diane Shelton

irony - When something is made of iron or has iron characteristics.

e.g., This place sure has a lot of irony.

submitted by Pat Ward

irony slap - When irony is presented most vividly in front of one's face -- when what expected does not occur.

e.g., I expected to get an A in chemistry, but then I got an F on my report card. That was an irony slap. | Chris, did you get accepted into that college you boasted about getting accepted for sure? No, I got irony slapped instead. All colleges I applied for rejected me.

submitted by Daniel Lee

irrationale - A worthless or misguided justification for a project or task, often handed down by Pointy-Haired-Bosses.

e.g., The project was so flawed I couldn't believe anyone could have thought it would work, until I found out the irrationale had come from the Marketing Department. Just what you should expect from Marketing, eh?

submitted by Adam Deslauriers

irreciperrous - /eer-reh-sip-ur-us/ Making no difference.

e.g., It is irreciperrous to me which restaurant we visit tonight.

submitted by Nebuul

irrefixable - Damaged or broken beyond repair.

e.g., I think that motor is irrefixable.

submitted by tony

irregardless - People use this to stress the meaning of regardless. | Used to dismiss a valid point or issue. To continue in spite of the facts.  
 
Nota bene: Don't use finding this entry in the PseudoDictionary as an excuse for using irregardless. Irregardless is not a word; the PseudoDictionary is not a dictionary.

e.g., You will follow the policy, irregardless of your feelings. | Abe: Your decisions have resulted in a loss in excess of $2.2 billion. Zeb: Irregardless. We still need to address our employees excessive smoke breaks.

submitted by James Turk | J Mealey - (www)

irrelephant - In an argument or a debate, an attempt by one party to obscure, or ignore, a very, very large issue.

e.g., "Now, honey. Didn't I get you that diamond necklace you always wanted, AND that beautiful bouquet of red roses AND a box of your favorite chocolates? Isn't that most important? The fact that I came home at 4:00 a.m. with lipstick on my collar and my clothes in a mess the day before the gifts is completely irrelephant!"

submitted by Charlie Lesko

irrelevate - To make something or someone irrelevant or moot.

e.g., The existence of a backdoor in the program irrelevated the logon security.

submitted by Bryan

irrespellsible - Of one who types a word without regard for correct spelling, even when a spell checker is available.

e.g., Spool chuckers are used against irrespellsible persons, no?

submitted by Gary Sumners

irresponsibility - Responsibility.

e.g., I refuse to accept irresponsibility for my actions.

submitted by Jeremy Richards

irrestible - Irresistible. Just a typo.

e.g., MP3 files are copied illegally because the music is irrestible.

submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

irri-tator - One who annoys a potato.

e.g., Relentlessly mocking his neighbor in the supermarket's vegetable aisle, the carrot was an irri-tator.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy

irrigance - Supreme arrogance combined with ignorance.

e.g., Most politicians' speeches and attitudes are irrigant.

submitted by Ian Purcell

irritaining - Extremely irritating yet still entertaining.

e.g., SpongeBob SquarePants is irritaining. The SpongeBob SquarePants TV series is irritainment at its best ... or is that worst?

submitted by John Lemon

irritainment - An especially lame movie, television show, or performance, especially if you spent a lot of time and money to get to it -- anything by Meatloaf or Pauly Shore, the slightest glimpse of Paris Hilton, one syllable of The View.

e.g., Nothing at the movies this summer but irritainment. I'll be damned if they'll get a nickel out of me until September.

submitted by Michael Nemiroff - (www)

irritati - An obnoxious or irritating group of people. | Irritating people.

e.g., I'd go downtown tonight, but I'm sure I'd be stuck standing around amongst the irritati if I did.

submitted by Nick Bielli

irriterate - To expound, as in "irriterate on a subject."

e.g., Mia irriterated on the qualities of her grandmother's mashed potatoes.

submitted by Mary Ellem McCann

irrits - A case of irritation.

e.g., Stop it, you're giving me the irrits.

submitted by Sara

irvine-vision - Similar to a Monet, Irvine-vision is used for a person who looks good from a distance, but whose good looks diminish the closer you get to her. From the city of Irvine, California, where this phenomenon was first experienced.

e.g., I thought she was good looking, but it was just Irvine-vision.

submitted by Mike Sperry

is - Adjective for describing how one feels. The meaning changes depending on emphasis.

e.g., Wil: How are you feeling today? Bil: It depends on what the meaning of "is" is.

submitted by HD Fowler

is it in yet? - Kiwi: Has the mail arrived?

e.g., Is it in yet?

submitted by HD Fowler

is such a - Ambiguous, inappropriate, inept, lame, overused, and weak phrase.

All right to use in sentences such as "Anyone who objects to the use of the phrase 'is such a' is such a jerk." | "Anyone who objects to the use of the phrase 'is such a' must be an English teacher -- either that or she's some kind of editor. Anyhow, only a really anal-retentive type person should have any objections." Otherwise, should be replaced by something more interesting or by something more enlightening, entertaining, or exciting. Possibly by something clever or coy or cute. For that matter, a pedantic, phlegmatic, or prosaic example would usually be an improvement over one's using "is such a."

e.g., That one old lady editor is, like, such a total curmudgeon -- or whatever you call a lady curmudgeon.

A biatch? Beech? Bich? Chib? Bioch? She must be really old -- maybe even 30! OMIGAWD!!! Could she be even older than that????? THAT'S IT!!!!!!! That's why she wants us to use the shift key and use standard capitalization, punctuation, spaces, and spelling. iTma KeSIteZIeEr fORHeRto REeD wHAtWEROte. She even expects us to use an occasional adjective or adverb in our examples. Thinks it'll make her job easier, faster, and more fun. I'll bet she thinks the visitors who browse through the words will enjoy them more if we give a little more thought to our examples, not just to the words we submit. She is such a jerk. Like, totally. EEEEEEWWWWW!!!!!!!

submitted by HD Fowler

is when - Occurs when. "Is when" often appears in submittals, either in the description or example. Given that I'm a prescriptivist fuddy duddy who thinks we're generally going to hell in a handbasket -- even worse in that regard than HillsDale -- I make an effort to change all such occurrences in submittals to something else. That may seem like a strange thing to do for a site that exists primarily as a way to publicize folks' made-up words and phrases, but our interest in change is largely limited to new words, not new "rules" of grammar -- or throwing away useful old "rules."

  
  

e.g., "Clicktivism is when political or social activists use online communication, largely social media such as Twitter, Facebook etc, to galvanize protests."

submitted by Lillith - (www)

ischnot - Is not. Use while you are in debate or argument. The opposite of isstew.

e.g., 1. Katy's behavior ischnot acceptable to Joe. 2. That ischnot the right answer.

submitted by Cris

ish - Issues.

e.g., That guy has major ish!

submitted by zak

ish, the ish - Something not cool, aAything that isn't with today's trends.

e.g., Failing grades are the ish. "Get that Honda ish away from me."

submitted by Aaron Marquis

ishatalef - (ee-shah'-ta-leff; n.) 1. a solution that is obvious when finally revealed or thought of (but not before); 2. a group of people acting in concert as one person, usually in order to provide alibis for one another; 3. a confederate tasked with providing an alibi. [From the Hebrew isha 'woman' and atalef 'bat'; alluding to the anime 'Mystery of the Batwoman,' in which three different women don the identity of Batwoman in order to give one another alibis so as to accomplish various goals.]

e.g., Various theories attribute the several Shakespeare plays to Francis Bacon; Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford; William Stanley, 6th Earl of Derby; Christopher Marlowe; and even Miguel de Cervantes. Derek Jacobi, the famed English actor, believes in what is called the "group theory"---an ishatalef approach that allows for a group working together to write these famous plays.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

ishe tray - An ice cube tray employed as an ash tray

e.g., Please don't spit in the ishe tray. That's disgusting. It is strictly for cigarette ashes.

submitted by Matt

ishi - A nauseatingly ugly garment, usually in some combination of light tan, gold, red, or brown.

e.g., I would not leave the house in something that ishi.

submitted by t&l

ishkababble - Nonsensical talk, gibberish.

e.g., Stop speaking ishkababble; otherwise, I'll have to forcibly quiet you!.

submitted by Ankur

ishkabibal - freakish term of endearment

e.g., "hey ishkabibal whats for dinner?"

submitted by Matt - (www)

ishmas - Pronounced as "its-mas." Basically, its a comedic idea full of irony, a funnier principle.

e.g., I don't care that you let peeps in on the secret, just remember it's the ishmas that matters.

submitted by Adam L. Glover - (www)

ishtar - Random stuff.

e.g., I got all kinds of ishtar in my room.

submitted by ditnis

ishu bashu - Shorter way of saying "I love you."

e.g., "Ishu bashu," she told me as I left.

submitted by ceana

ishy - Gross and icky.

e.g., Serving big parties at the restaurant is pretty cool when they tip well, but they usually leave the tables so ishy that it's hard to clean up after them.

submitted by Paul

iskadil - (rhymes with hiss-the-'bill; n.) The "men in black" to whom is ascribed the maintenance of the secrecy about the alien presence on Earth. [From the mescalero [?] apache iskle+dilhkih "black leggings"---note: Roswell, New Mexico (center of the main UFO tales of the 20th century), lies in what was Mescalero Apache territory.]

e.g., The iskadil have been around a lot longer than operation bluebook. The legend of these "black legs" predates Columbus by centuries. so how long have the aliens been coming here?

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

islamogration - Moslem immigration. Islamigration.

e.g., Will Sharia be the law after ten more years of Islamogration?

submitted by JMcD - (www)

islamophobiaphobia - Greg Gutfeld claims to have invented the word, as Islamophobia-phobia: "fear of being labeled Islamophobic." I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and not look for a use earlier than August 29, 2010.

e.g., The further to the right you are in the American political spectrum, the less likely you are to be an islamophobiaphobic and the more likely you are to be islamophobic.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

islandic - This is a shorter version for Pacif(ic) (Island)er that my Filipino friend and I came up with.

e.g., Look at that group of "b" boys. Most of them look islandic. Am I racial profiling when I say that?

submitted by bobby mcmillian

ismist - (Pronounced to rhyme with LIZ-m-fist; n.) Any one of us who believes, at any given moment, in the reality of one or a group of the various lines and labels (national, racial, religious, philosophical, vel cet.) that we use to separate people into different groups (us vs. them) as justification, rationalization, or excuse for our dismissal, distrust, dislike, and destruction of one another. (I'm using '-ist,' although you could just as well use '-er,' '-ite,' '-ist,' '-an,' -al,' '-ic,' '-ian', or a host of others.)

e.g., Ironically, calling someone an ismist can sometimes itself be ismism (pronounced to rhyme with LIZ-miz-m. Ismism is actually an imbalance rather than a prejudice. It is not so much condemnation of others' beliefs as it is misusing them to justify some kind of an attack (philosophical, physical) ... although the attacks, for some reason, usually end up killing people, not beliefs. The reality of ismism, however, does not call for, not can it justify, the rejection of all beliefs or of any particular belief (since such a rejection would be just as groundless as uncritical acceptance); so labeling someone an ismist (especially falsely), will often simply (a) curtail rational debate (like people need a reason to abandon rationality), as well as, far worse, (b) preclude human kindness (the very rarest of commodities) in a situation that really needs it. [So, if you think this term helpful in defining the hierarchy of belief-and-practice with which humans deal every minute of every day, great. But please: think about the word and discuss it carefully with others before you ever use it---give it at least a week before you push the red 'ismist' button.]

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

isness - Being or existence.

e.g., Marco: The other day I heard about this rap artist.... Marcello: "Rap Artist"? No, sorry guy, that's a contradiction in terms. No such thing could ever even come into isness.

submitted by Jonathan Charles Wright

iso - Used in the corporate world in reference to quality assurance standards (International Standards Organization), but in my office (process engineering) it's used for "I'm so. . . ."

e.g., The hooch wants me to complete this task by tomorrow, but iso covered up with this quality assurance thing I'll never get it done by then.

submitted by Dugg

isolatericostudy - Isolatericostudiousity. What is often done by students preparing for a test|quiz|finals where all life is blocked out but the cramming of info. Often accompanies persons suffering from Zihlavskitis.

e.g., I don't mind helping you with your test prep, but I really do better with isolatericostudy.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

isoscent - Filled with oneself.

e.g., I first thought Veda was innocent, and then I thought maybe she is ignorant. But then I realized she was neither, but a queer -- isoscent -- steeped with herself.

submitted by Vedapushpa

isoscrat - A contour on a map illustrating a line of constant density of muscrats. ("Muskrats" in the United States.)

e.g., Comparison of isoscrats on the two maps shows clearly the spread of muscrats in Transylvania over the past century since their introduction.

submitted by Tom White

issue - personal problems

e.g., "He's not coming tonight. He's got issues. Or Try another printer, this one's got issues."

submitted by Andy

issuematic - Substitute for problematic; extremely bad or stupid.

e.g., If you use Veg-O-Matic, you got automatic issuematic with what's for dinner.

submitted by Alisha

issuing - Having issues.

e.g., What's up with her? She's been issuing a lot lately.

submitted by Shireen

isth't - "It was thought to be a simple contraction of 'is' and 'that'. But when it began creeping into the language, it was noted that it is invariably preceeded BY 'is'."

e.g., The thing is isth't she went to the store and didn't tell me.

submitted by Matt

it makes me want to staple bagels to my face. - When something really annoys you or something horrible just happened...first used by Mo.

e.g., ARRRGH! Chris is so annoying. He makes me want to staple bagels to my face.

submitted by Maggie

it rivals my head - For something that is great, astounding, and ultimately superior in its class.

e.g., Susan: How did you like the new art opening at the Met? Jake: It's great. It rivals my head.

submitted by Paul

it'll be fun - As good a reason to do anything.

e.g., Come on, light the fuse already. It'll be fun!

submitted by Paul

it's all jesus - A phrase used to indicate something is all good.

e.g., Jane and I got in a fight, but we made up and now it's all Jesus.

submitted by Doc - (www)

it's not 1983 - A comment made when something is not cool, hip, fresh, or in anymore.

e.g., Get that coat off. It's not 1983. | "Your glasses look as if you met them in 1983. It's not 1983. You need to update your accessories." "My glasses are not accessories. I need them to see. . . . But I'll get a new pair to make you happy."

submitted by hughie - (www)

it'sn't - It is not. It's not. It isn't... Therefore we come up with "it'sn't."

e.g., Baseball. It'sn't a bad sport. It's a good sport.

submitted by Yakir - (www)

itaglish - Italian-English, a combination of two very different languages typical of the Italian diaspora. Prevalent in the US, Canada, Australia, and -- of course -- the UK.

e.g., Nonna was speaking Itaglish, so they couldn't tell what she meant.

submitted by thedom - (www)

itch - An edgy description of something that's seems indescribable. Can be interpreted as positive or negative at the same time by two different parties, making it a non-partisan, agreeable descriptor.

e.g., Rumsfeld's last news conference was itch.

submitted by Duane

itchygowwa - WORD USED IN THE PLACE OF AN EXPLICIT SWEAR WORD

e.g., ITCHYGOWWA! IS THAT PAN HOT.

submitted by ROBERT

ited - A state of disunity, separateness, disorganization, fragmentation.

e.g., The 13 Colonies were the Ited States until they adopted the Constitution and became the Un-ited States, and so did the Ited Nations, which finally got together at Lake Success and became the Un-ited Nations (how did this one ever get by all these years?). Ited we we fall, un-ited we stand. Workers of the word (sic) -- un-ite.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

iterate - what you do before you reiterate

e.g., John iterated the subject..then he reiterated

submitted by Lesah

itiots - Useless I.T. people who are supposed to assist you on the phone with your computer problems, but cannot speak regular English, only technical lingo that you don't understand.

e.g., I hope I don't get one of those itiots on the phone when I call computer repair again.

submitted by Celeste Simmons - (www)

itis - The feeling of a sleepiness after a big meal.

e.g., I've contracted the itis.

submitted by Colin

itits - 1. Breasts requiring an I cup bra size. 2. I cup boobies.

e.g., Just think how interesting the Super Bowl halftime show would have been if Janet Jackson had itits rather than ctits. Tempest in a pop tit, it was. | Yeah, the Janet Jackson brouhaha was big, but it would have been even bigger if she'd had itits.

submitted by HD Fowler

ito - Act of judicial incompetence.

e.g., He was guilty as hell. How could there possibly have been any resonable doubt? He got off only because the judge pulled an ito.

submitted by Alexander T. - (www)

its, it's, its' - NOTE. Some of these are words, some are not. "Its" is the possessive of the pronoun "it." "It's" is a contraction for "it is." "Its'" is not a word at all. I've convinced myself that many instances of using "it's" incorrectly for "its" come about because the writer is in a hurry and simply is paying attention to what she's doing.

e.g., It's too bad her cat lost its toy. |

Why Can’t Government Actually DO Anything? (Because it’s Government Stupid.) : Is it any wonder the Minerals Management Service (MMS) had no contingency plans in place when the Deep Water Horizon rig blew up? Is it any wonder Secretary of Interior Salazar was caught flat-footed? Not to me. MMS is one of no less than eight – count ‘em, eight – operationally independent bureaus falling under the Department of Interior (DOI). Each one has an organizational identity all its’ own. And a congressional budget all its’ own. DOI cannot be managed by anyone, period.
| The Conservative Treehouse has a lengthy post about the recreational drug, it’s effects and side effects, and alleged screen captures of Trayvon Martin’s social media sites discussing his fondness for the concoction. | "Why would anyone continue going to medical school with its’ concomitant costs of hundreds of thousand dollar loan requirements with zerocare limited income potential?"

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

itsa - Used in improper English. The slurred version of "it's a. . . ."

e.g., Itsa duck I tell ya. A duck

submitted by Kimberly Peterson

itsposed ~ it's'posed - The way we say the words in "The way it's supposed to be." Given this new word, you won't have to figure out whether or not an apostrophe is needed. You can see from the link that I make no claim to originality. It's'posed, itsaposed. Itsposed is used for search purposes.

e.g., The truth: I'm too idiosyncratic to be a true grammar snob. I'm not particularly interested in being a grammar nazi either. . . . But I'd damned sure like to be The Grammar Czar. At my age I can't afford to be pissing away my time arguing about grammar. What I want is to be able to tell you the way it's'posed to be. That's just what I intend to do at grammar czar.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

itup - A suffix that converts almost any word into a verb.

e.g., We were out golfing itup today at the local green. We went to a kegger and beer'd itup.

submitted by Nathan

iwonic - Winning a contest or a prize for which the entry or the winner is unsuited. Getting a promotion for which one isn't competent.

e.g., That blind guy winning the set of historical silent movie videos was about as iwonic as Elmer Fudd winning an elocution contest.

submitted by Richard Factor - (www)

iword - What we now say instead of saying the derogatory word "Indian." Used when referring to the original inhabitants of the continent of North America, the Native Americans. A word that came about in the early 21st century when NWORD became an acceptable and widely for an earlier word used for any and all people of black (i.e., dark) skin color. Just one word of many that has now become widely used in common speech. Other examples are CWORD, GWORD, m-word and others. (ED. Native Americans living in Oklahoma commonly refer to themselves as "Indians" -- and don't seem to mind the designation or consider it to be derogatory. There are several "Indian Hospitals" around the state: Claremore Indian Hospital, Lawton Indian Hospital, etc.)

e.g., At the casino in northern Michigan, I heard a gambler who had just lost a small fortune on the blackjack table call the Native American casino the IWORD.

submitted by creative guy

ix - This word is a solution to that annoying problem that your English teacher stuck you with. It is a third person singular gender-neutral pronoun. Contrast with: "Each child played with her toy."

e.g., Each child played with ix toy. Each person had the chance to air ix complaint.

submitted by Chris Wilson - (www)

iykwimaityd - If You Know What I Mean, And I Think You Do.

e.g., "Torta" is not used by all Hispanics to mean “sandwich.” Some Cubans use that term to mean . . . well . . . a female who REALLY appreciates other females, IYKWIMAITYD.

submitted by beelzebub

izify - (rhymes with size'-ih-lie; v.) to wrench an adjective into verbity by tacking on the ancient Greek "-ize," as in "legalize," "marginalize," "urbanize," "formalize," etc. ad nauseam.

e.g., "Can you izify any adjective?" "Pretty much, yeah." "Like _supersize_?" "What?_supers_ is not an adjective." "Oh. Okay: would it be_superize_ then? or_suprize_?!" "I'm gone-ized."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

iznik - (n.) 1. The true economic foundation of a place famous or well known for something else (e.g., Jerusalem's iznik, despite al Kuds having the most storied history of any city in the world, is essentially tourism and souvenirs); 2. More generically, the foundation of a city's or region's economy. [After the famous 'Kilns of Iznik' in Turkey, the ceramics and fine china of which being the driving force of the city's notoriety during the early middle ages---even though Iznik is the Turkic name for Nicaea, the site of at least three major doctrinal debates and promulgations in the history of the Christian churches.]

e.g., "Alas that this sandy strand, which saw so many hopeless sailors founder, was seen of so many lifeless eyes, should stand now naught but an iznik of shops, meaningless rituals for wealthy tourists, restaurants, guides for hire, and time-shares." | Switzerland's iznik is chocolate and discreet accounting.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

izzgasim - All of a sudden getting happy.

e.g., Don't have an izzgasim just because you passed the test. After all, you did get a D.

submitted by Harley Carter

izzle fashizzle - Being "all that," and then some. Similar to "all that and a bag of chips." The whole izzle-Pig Latin phenomenon has gained recent popularity due to such rap artists as Snoop Dogg putting it into the lexicon. However, the trend was actually started in 1981 by Rapper Frankie Smith in his one-hit wonder "Double Dutch Bus." In it he raps a nonsensical Pig Latin, and a group of children in the song rap back in Pig Latin.

e.g., Dan: If you could have any car, what would it be? Stan: Oh, definitely a DeLorean. That car is the izzle fashizzle, as far as I'm concerned. Dan: It always reminded me of a 1950s Mercedes Benz, with its gull-wing look. The Benz was awesome-looking. They're very popular replicas now.

submitted by Paul

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