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wildebeest - (n.) Someone suffering from obesity, according the seven-year-old son of family friends. The actual origin story, as told by his mother: "We were driving in the car and my husband said, "Babe, we've gotta lose weight. I read somewhere that if one parent is obese, there's a 33% chance of the kids being obese, but if both parents are, it goes up to 50% or 90% or something crazy." I asked him teasingly if he was saying I was obese. Then our son interrupted and said, "He was just saying you're NOT 99% wildebeest!"

e.g., "Well, your BMI is up at about 41%." "What does that mean?" "It means you're obese." "Wildebeest." "What? No. You're obese. You've got too much weight on you for your heart, your lungs, your pancreas .... You're going to go diabetic soon, and you probably already have sleep apnea. If you don't do something about it, and fast, you're going to die young. ... You are, quite literally, dying of obesity. Do you understand?" "I think I prefer 'wildebeest.'"

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neuronics - The study of the brain and the nervous system. This is a more concise synonym of "neuroscience" formed according to the typical model of derivation for names of disciplines (cf. mechanics, electronics, physics, mathematics, linguistics). The term "neuronics" can be used interchangeably with the terms "neuroscience" and "neurobiology." The plural "s" emphasizes the multiplicity of its branches, from molecular neuronics to neuropsychology and neurolinguistics.

e.g., I've spent quite a bit of my time for the last several years on neuronics/

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sympsychosis - a union of two or more people who are psychologically dependent on each other; close and long-term interaction making them emotionally inseparable (cf. symbiosis). adj. sympsychotic – based on sympsychosis {Duplicate.}

e.g., The sympsychosis between spouses can either strengthen or destroy their personalities. Dostoevsky masterfully presented sympsychotic relationships among his characters, such as Myshkin, Nastasya and Rogozhin in "The Idiot."

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hypocracy - Political regime based on systematic lies and propaganda (from Greek roots: hypo – under and kratos – rule, strength). {Duplicate.}

e.g., Hypocrisy is a moral quality, while hypocracy is a political system. Nazi Germany and communist Russia are historical examples of powerful hypocracies.

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multiversics - Scientific study of the multiverse, the multiplicity of parallel worlds, or alternate universes

e.g., The founder of multiversics was Giordano Bruno in his teaching on plurality of worlds (1584). The pioneer of scientific multiversics was Hugh Everett III (1930 – 1982), an American physicist who proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics.

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ockham's tonsure - (Also "Occam's tonsure"; n.) _Entia_non_sunt_delenda_praeter_necessitatem, Latin for "things should not be deleted without need." The counter to Ockham's razor, which reads entia_non_sunt_multiplicanda_praeter_necessitatem_ "things should not be multiplied without need"---the idea being, of course, that hypotheses ought to remain simple until some evidence calls for additional aspects to be added to the explanation. In modern terms, simpler explanations are more likely than complicated ones. Ockham's tonsure is my way of cautioning against over-enthusiastic simplification: sometimes, the simplest answer doesn't cut it. It's rare, but it happens.

e.g., B: "Look, Arnie's porch is covered in newspapers. His mailbox is stuffed. And his lights all go on at exactly 10 p.m.---I think he's gone somewhere." C: "Actually, he was kidnapped by aliens." B: "Don't be ridiculous: Ockham's razor says the simpler explanation is probably the right one." C: "But don't forget Ockham's tonsure: the simple answer isn't always sufficient." B: "Well, what evidence do you have to justify the addition of aliens and kidnapping to his simply being on vacation or something?" C: "Witness testimony. I was there." B: "What? Somebody actually saw an ALIEN drag Arnie off?!" C: "Yeah. Me. I was there: It was Quiznob of Bizzorg." B: "Quiznob. Bizzorg. Right. Are you nuts?! You don't expect me to believe this nonsense, do you?" C: "But it's true! Don't be overly Ockhamous." D: "Hey, guys, There's a note here on the door: 'I have your friend. If you want him back, bring me 800 dachshunds, 50 rhyming greeting cards, and a bucket of your Earth petroleum. On the 10th of your month July.' It's signed 'Quiznob of Bizzorg.'" B: "Holy crap." C: "Told you." B: "Ockham's tonsure, huh?" D: "What's a Quiznob?" C: "Don't you think we should start buying dachshunds? And greeting cards?"

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able oboe easy queen - (n.) 1. Acronym in military phonetic for "Advanced Ordnance and Equipment," referring to any next-level weaponry or protective armor or other gear; 2. Any TV show that shows, demonstrates, or otherwise lauds some military-scientific breakthrough. [From the words used for A, O, E, and Q in the old Joint-Army-Navy ("JAN") alphabet radio code (promulgated in 1941).]

e.g., The development of radar back in the 30s was a real Able Oboe Easy Queen. So was the invention of wire guided antitank missiles, stealth technology, the vulcan cannon, and attack drones.

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ludomancy - (Rhymes with SUE-no-man-see or too-DOUGH-mun-see; (also spelt (and pronounced) ludimancy; n.) The practice of divining the future by one's victory, defeat, or performance in a game, especially a game of chance. Also applies vicariously to the victory, defeat, or performance of one's chosen (or default) player(s) or team(s). [From ludo, ablative ("out of") singular of Latin ludus "a game" + -mancy, derived from Greek μαντεία manteia "divination"]

e.g., "What is that you're watching?" "Roller derby." "Roller Derby?! I didn't think anyone even knew what that was anymore." "Oh, yeah, big revival back in the---that's GOATING, you imbecile, break up the---...idiot. Goating should be illegal. I'm sorry, what were you saying?" "You're obviously a big fan. Um, is today's game important?" "Well, no, not really: it's the Femmy-Niners against the Clevagettes. Neither team's very good." "So why are you watching?" "This bout will tell me whether I get the Newly account." "What? How?" "Well, if Cleveland wins, I get the account." "How? Is it a bet or something?" "No, it's just the deal I have with the univer---CUTTING THE TRACK?! She did NOT! Who hired that ref? Are you trying to ruin my Newly account chances? You IDIOT!" "Oh, I get it. Ludomancy. I get it. Like when you proposed to Claire because of how far you got in Halo." "Hey, it worked." "No, it didn't. You were 'engaged' for what, ten days?" "Ah, but I was engaged." "Uh-huh. Well, I guess you can't argue with the facts. Good luck to your skaters." "Yeah. Thank---LOW BLOCK! That was a low block, you moron! Are you blind?!"

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othermobile - (n.) Any of the various forms of automobile we have developed over the years that do not run on petroleum (i.e., gasoline or diesel): electrical, hybrid, natural gas --- everything from Fred Flintstone's feet to Mr. Fusion. [From "other" + "automobile"]

e.g., "Whoa, new car?" "No, it's an othermobile." "Oh, yeah, I see. It's all over solar panels. Kinda weird." "Yeah, but I pay only about 12 cents for every hundred miles." "Wow." "Yep: wow." || Oh, and so that nobody goes ballistic, I know that Mr. Fusion only powered Doc Brown's flux capacitor, while the Delorean ran on ordinary gasoline---so the Back-to-the-Future time machine was not, in fact, an othermobile. But "Flintstone feet to Mr. Fusion" had a good ring to them; I couldn't help myself.

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oilbow - (n.) 1. The beautiful shifting colors on the oily surface of a street puddle; sadly, however, the word also applies to 2. the beautiful shifting colors of the slick of an oil spill that's befouled everything for miles, killed thousands of animals, occasioned an ecological disaster, and cost everyone hundreds of millions of dollars. (Sort of gives an ironic twist to the "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow, doesn't it?)

e.g., 1. As my son loaded furniture into my van in the pouring rain, I became engrossed in the slowly turning oilbow at his feet. | 2. After the Gomex well disaster back in 2010, there were amazing oilbows for miles and miles ... it was horrifying.

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wala3ofee - Wala3ofee is the term used to describe a frequent condition among Lebanese people, characterized by spontaneous and impulsive excitement, unexpected enthusiastic reactions, and "losing oneself's" momentarily.

e.g., When Wassim goes fishing, his Wala3ofee kicks in, and he always ends up jumping after the fish out of impatience.

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cowtow - Kowtow.

e.g., "The media is cowtowing to Islamic attempts to restrict our freedom of speech, which ultimately results in aiding the Islamic efforts to use our freedom of religion against itself."

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pretensident - A pretender to the Presidency of the United States.

e.g., "Pamela Geller deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but she sure ain't gonna get one from the current pretensident."

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profit - Prophet.

e.g., "We have free speech no matter what your profit of evil and the devil Muhammed says."

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enemedia - The media as an enemy of some group, person, or position -- in particular the liberal media's opposition to conservatives and conservative positions.

e.g., "Pamela supports Muslim women by giving them safe houses to avoid honor killings. She's also a brave advocate for Secular Islam and their courageous St. Petersburg Declaration. But you wouldn't learn any of that from all the ignorant know-nothing enemedia parrots."

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proglodyte - A progressive who is also a troglodyte. "Agnew's conservative posture, and his snide and alliterative phrases attacking the protesters -- 'effete snobs,' 'radiclibs,' 'troglodyte leftists,' and 'nattering nabobs of negativism' produced a plethora of pique."

e.g., "Pamela has done well, by luring the goat humpers to their demise and exposing the proglodytes masquerading as conservatives."

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erradic - Erratic.

e.g., "Here's an entertaining article of Bush's erradic behavior and paranoia from Capitol Blue. Rumor has it (rumor=latest conspiracy theory) that Tenet, Powell, and others were involved in a plot to kill Bush. But things like that don't really happen in our government. ... Tenet resigned 'cause none of his family members that are ill need him and Bush is just paranoid because Osama hasn't been captured after 3 years."

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snogard - A dead dragon.

e.g., "Look, they're selling dead turtles at Kroger's." "Well, we'll be having snogard for dinner this evening. Maybe have the dead turtles later in the week."

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stackle - A stackle is very simple; it's a little line on a basketball. You should know what it is.

e.g., The paint is coming off the stackle. Soon all of the stackles will be gone.

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sluggered up - Used when sinuses are all plugged up.

e.g., I am all sluggered up.

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

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

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strenergy - Strenergy is a consistent flow of energy which allows the nodes within your mind to develop key specific charges such as positive and negative to their neighboring neurons; before providing an established connection with one another and establishing another network through the process of multiplicity. It's a strategy and energy of a thought combined to what is called a strenergy. Basically, its an energy wave induced by neighboring positives.

e.g., In order for Harry to successfully complete his project he needed to rely on the strenergy of his thoughts to develop a hypnotic focus enabling his mind to become free from distraction.

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maletto - Mulatto: "Offspring of a Black and a White parent."

e.g., "Love the avatar. Self-portrait I assume?" "Nope. I am not a maletto. Your dear leader is."

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fuhrenbunker - (FEW-rin-BUNG-ker; n.) 1. A despot's hidey-hole. 2. A bigwig's growlery (which is a really good word), connoting a bigwig you don't like or who you believe is plotting evil behind closed doors or with his malevolent minions. 3. Enemy headquarters (literal or figurative). 4. a bolt hole or refuge (again, connoting a hefty dose of criminality or atrocity). [From the German "Fuhrenbunker": Hitler's Berlin air-raid shelter/bunker/office complex.]

e.g., When they found Saddam Hussein, he was squatting in a teeny little rat hole: quite a comedown from the opulence he was used to. A miserable excuse for a fuhrenbunker. --------------------------- "The president is being viciously lampooned on al Jazeera." "Well, what a surprise. Last time I watched an al Jazeera broadcast, I was stunned to discover that he's a fascist cannibal who dreams up atrocities in the White House." "Yeah. It's like the SitRoom's a fuhrenbunker or something." --------------------------- "This guy had a nuclear shelter? Why? Does he think it's 1955?" "No, it's more of a hiding place from the Justice Department." "Oh. Let's see." "Let me unlock it here ... there we go." "Holy CRAP! This is not a hiding place; it's a fuhrenbunker!... Is this marble? Is that a fountain? Why didn't he just live in here?" "Oh, well, let me show the actual house." "That bad?" "Worse."

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handy work - Handiwork: 1. Work performed by hand. 2. The product of a person's efforts and actions. | A work produced by hand labor

e.g., "These lowlifes have been rioting since the 60's. Pelosi's daddy and brother were mayors in that declining city and you can see their handy work to this day."

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horse - Hoarse

e.g., "I have been arguing myself horse trying to tell my neighbors and family that the rich and their enforcers are the enemy, not the black community."

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chyorny monakh - (Rhymes with she-OR-he go-LOCK; also pronounced "CHORneemonak"; n.) A quasi-supernatural character (actually the result of a hallucination, a delusion, or an impersonation (or whatever)) introduced into an otherwise realistic story as an expository mechanism or plot element necessary to the theme of the story. [From Anton Chekhov's short story, "Chyorny Monakh" (in the original Russian "Чёрный монах," which means "Black Monk"), in which the main character, Andrey Kovrin, hallucinates a black-robed monk who leads him to believe himself chosen by God for his genius.]

e.g., In some ways, Rappaccini's daughter (from Nathanael Hawthorne's story of the same name), is a Chyorny Monakh, as the science explaining her is fairly impossible and her role is an almost archetypal one, much like the birthmark in his other story, "the Birthmark." | The imaginary people in "A Beautiful Mind"---hallucinated by John Forbes Nash, Jr.---are all Chyorny Monakhs (properly, in Russian, it would pluralize as "Monakhi") (even though Nash actually heard voices; he didn't see hallucinations). I suppose you could call Chyorny Monakhs "Benedictines," since the Order of St. Benedict uses a black habit, like that of Chekhov's monk. But, then again, Chekhov's monk would have to be of an order extant in the Russian Orthodox Church: The analavos worn by the monks of the Great Schema (the highest order). So maybe we should call them "schemas" or, more properly "schemata" (σχήματα, the actual Greek plural).

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cease - Sieze.

e.g., "Type of ship is cargo (container). Flag is Marshall islands. The rest they have not made public and probably won't. Probably will cease the millions of dollars in cargo, then release the ship. And yes, that is the same govt. we are allowing to continue developing the bomb."

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blackmale - Alternative spelling of "blackmail" -- suitable for use when a city is being ravaged by riots involving mostly black males.

e.g., "Baltimore has been 'blackmaled."

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bulamutumumo - (Pronounced BOO-lah-MOO-too-MOO-moe, n.) 1. Tarzan's pronunciation of the written word "G-o-d," meaning (literally) male-G, female-o, female-d; 2. Any unlearned, innocent perception of God or of the divine; or, more sublimely, 3. the perception of what we call the "conscience," "charity," or "pity": The human desire to be humane. [From Burroughs' "Jungle Tales of Tarzan," published in 1919.]

e.g., Edgar Rice Burroughs reasoned that Tarzan would call capital letters "he," because they were bigger, and the smaller letters "she" because they were smaller. In the language of the Anthropoids who raised Tarzan (in which "tar" means "white" and "zan" means "skin"), "male" ("he") was "BU" and "female" ("she") was "MU." Tarzan called the letter 'g' "la," the letter 'o' "tu," and the letter 'd' "mo." A capital 'G' is a "male g": Bu+la. A lower-case 'o' is a "female o": mu+tu. And a lower-case 'd' is a "female d": mu+mo. So, G-o-d = Bula+mutu+mumo. In Burroughs' short story "the God of Tarzan," Tarzan goes looking for God so as to challenge him and prove to all the apes that Tarzan is the strongest warrior in the jungle. He talks about his quest to challenge God so much that he annoys an older ape who is trying to eat termites in peace. The old ape, trying to shut Tarzan up, finally tells Tarzan to be quiet, adding something like "I am Bulamutumumo! Now be quiet." He quickly takes it back, however, when Tarzan nearly beats him to death, thinking the old ape actually IS God and trying to prove himself ther stronger. Later, Tarzan attacks a local village of humans, thinking to beat up its chieftain, a venerable old man named Mbonga. But when he is about to beat him, he sees, instead of his enemy, a terrified old man. He relents out of pity---an emotion he has never felt before---and returns to the jungle astonished that there is something that can make him feel sorrow and pity, and stop him from attacking, despite his great prowess as a warrior. Stunned, he realizes that whatever it is that turned him back is someone much stronger than Tarzan, indeed, much stronger than anything Tarzan has ever experienced. He realizes that whatever it is must be Bulamutumumo, and he humbles himself before his new Deity.

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arbacadarba - (interj.) 1. a variation on the well-worn magic word "abracadabra" (for variety, if nothing else---it helps distract the audience, too.); 2. a magic word for undoing or altering the result of a magic trick.

e.g., "Abracadabra! and she's gone! ... and arbacadarba! She's back!"

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non-squitter - Non sequitur. "1. An inference or conclusion that does not follow from the premises or evidence. 2. A statement that does not follow logically from what preceded it."

e.g., "Nice try at deflection with a non-squitter."

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ology - From The Free Dictionary: "An informal word (abstracted from words with this ending) for some unidentified branch of knowledge

"discipline, field of study, subject area, subject field, bailiwick, subject, field, study -- a branch of knowledge; "in what discipline is his doctorate?"; "teachers should be well trained in their subject"; "anthropology is the study of human beings"

e.g., Charles Dickens, from Hard Times: "If there is any Ology left, of any description, that has not been worn to rags in this house, all I can say is, I hope I shall never hear its name. | Of all the ologies available for study, I think I might enjoy callipygology -- the study of beautifully shaped buttocks, such as Aphrodites'.

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fig newton of my homogenation - For me, (being a "cookies-and-milk" kind of girl), saying that something is a "Fig Newton of my homogenation" (ho-mog-in-ation) is just a fun way of saying that something I'm saying or thinking, might JUST be, a "figment of my imagination"!

e.g., When he offered me a cookie and smiled, it looked to me as though he was flirting; but it may just have been a "Fig Newton of my homogenation." Got it?

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quotalicize - Verb: To punctuate a title (or emphasize a word/phrase) by both enclosing it in quotation marks and putting it in italics.

e.g., The confused student decided to cover all his bases and quotalicize the story's title in his essay.

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