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apoikotic - (Rhymes with cap-oh-ick-COT-ick; adj.) Of or pertaining to settlers, pioneers, or colonists. [From Greek άποικος apoikos "settler"; a shorter version, apoic (cap-OH-ick), saves space but doesn't sound as good.]

e.g., Irrigation is almost always, archaeologically speaking, the apoikotic solution to arid or desert agriculture. || "Apoikotics 101? What's that?" "The study of settlements: the 13 colonies, the Celtic migration, Greek colonies in the ancient Mediterranean, Australian convict transportation, the Polynesian expansion, and so on."

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writhered - Skin that is both wrinkled and withered.

e.g., The old woman had writhered skin and needed a lift, so I picked her up and took her to a specialist for de-writhering.

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to the fourth power - (adv.) 1. A toast given either to encourage someone to go beyond the boundaries set for them or the limitations they have accepted, or to recognize that someone has done so; less poetically, 2. to recognize that someone is or is willing to go outside their comfort zone.

[From mathematics---the first, second, and third powers, of course, correspond to the three dimensions: linear, square, and cube; to raise a number to the fourth power is to go beyond the comfortable reality to which we are used.]

e.g., "So, you're on your way. You've put aside the froth of the world and walked open-eyed into the chaotic splendor of truly finding yourselves in the mad rush of reality: dating and mating, networks and schmoozing, debt, perqs, and cruising. I envy you the journey you are beginning, where mine is nearing its end. Revel in it! To the Fourth Power!" ||

"I've never performed surgery on an extinct animal before, and here I'm supposed to extract organs and harvest DNA." "Hey: to the Fourth Power!"

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sympanthaumatos - (Rhymes with sim-pan-ta-MATT-dose (or, more Greekly, sym-pawn-cow-POT-dose); n.) The Marvel Comics universe, which seems to have taken control of a significant share of the modern motion picture industry. [From Greek σύμπαν sympan "the universe, all things" + θαύματος thaumatos "of [a] marvel": literally, the "universe of marvel" or the "marvel universe."] The adjective form would be "sympanthaumatic," and the process of somethings becoming, entering, or being made part of the marvel universe would be "sympanthaumasis."

e.g., It seems like i can't turn around without bumping into the sympanthaumatos: Everything's Thor, X-Men, and Captain America. I don't see much of the DC comics world; it's all sympanthaumatos.

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astropolemic - (adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to Star Wars and its various themes, plots and subplots, characters, settings, tech, dialog, etc.; 2. of or pertaining to interstellar war, which, I am delighted to note, we have not yet had any experience---and, it is to be hoped, we do not have any experience for a long, long time.

[From the Greek αστρο- astro-, combining form of αστέρι asteri "star" + πολεμικ, derived adjectival form of πόλεμος "war."]

e.g., I'll admit, 35 years ago, I loved all things astropolemic; now, however, I just don't feel it .... maybe I'm too old. || I remember fantasy literature classes exploding with astropolemic theories about the Force, the Jedi, the nature of the empire, and where George Lucas could take the story next. I'm not sure any of us kids expected the astropolemic denouement we ultimately received, nor the sequels. || When our colonies on Alpha Centauri B declare independence in 2253, we'll find out what real astropolemics are like.

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-stan - (noun suffix) A sociogeographic suffix meaning "place of the ____s, the blank being the main or a major characteristic of the particular area to which the speaker wishes to draw attention.

[From from the ancient Indo-Iranian *stanam "where you stand." E.g., Kazakhstan "place of the Kazakhs," Afghanistan "place of the Afghans," etc. See "Stans" herein.]

e.g., Politically, one might call the major cities in the U.K. "labouristan" (la-BOR-is-tan), and the countryside generally "conservatistan" (con-ser-VAT-is-tan), just as you could call the west coast of the U.S. "liberalistan" (lib-er-AL-is-tan). Meteorologically, islands in and lands bordering the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico sit in "hurricanistan." India was once known a the "place of the Hindus": "Hindustan." One might call Medieval Mexico City "Azteckistan." Well, you get the idea.

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stans, the - (n.) The seven Asian nations whose names end in "-stan": Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The suffix "-stan" comes (we think) from the ancient Indo-Iranian word *stanam, which meant "where you stand" (more or less): "your place."

e.g., Citizens of the Stans suffer from crushing poverty in many areas, but the cultures they are part of are rich and delightful.

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fakestudism - It refers to the people who always do well on tests, assignments, or competitions while always pretend to be lazy in public.

e.g., He said he never practice and always be lazy but always does well on competitions. This is typical fakestudism!

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bonivict - A person who has a good or benevolent and uplifting air after having lost; a good-sport; a good loser.

e.g., I was nervous to tell my friend that I got the part he wanted in the play, but he was such a bonivict, I had no need to worry in the first place.

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yoctominute - Two seconds = one yoctominute. {ED. FYI. You may or may not be aware of it but a yoctosecond is a real unit of time. Seeing it led me to define yucktosecond in the pd. "Until now, the second smallest unit of time named has been a yoctosecond (10-24 second) or one septillionth of a second."}

e.g., It takes one yoctominute to open a refrigerator.

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goldeneye - (n.) An orbital (or at least high-altitude) atomic weapon designed specifically to produce an electromagnetic pulse (an "EMP"), shutting down (or rendering inoperative) electrical equipment.

[From the title of the James Bond movie Goldeneye, in which Janus (the bad guy) attempts to use a nuclear EMP device to rob the Bank of England and destroy its electronic records, sending the world into disastrous financial chaos.]

e.g., It is well to fear goldeneyes: they are strategic tools of terrible effect and devastating precision---utterly disrupting every electrical, and digital, advantage the victim army or city has without blowing anything or anyone up. Still, ignorance has created quite a few erroneous beliefs. No one's running about wearing tin-foil pyramids on their heads, perhaps, but still, some of the myths would have people believing goldeneyes ineffective because of some apocryphal countermeasures which, in truth, no one has taken; others, however, see goldeneyes as the apocalypse. Neither point of view is true, however.

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macheography - (Rhymes with MACK-(or MOCK)-bee-DOG-ruff-ee; n.) A formal word for fight choreogaphy. In fact, it's from the Greek μάχη mache "battle" + γράφω grapho "write" (just like choreography comes from χορός choros "dance" + grapho "write.") Occurred to me after I submitted "swordeography" (q.v.), a word suggested by a child (and it's a cool word, honestly); mine's just his word in Greek. Doubtless it's my linguistic arrogance. Still, "macheography": it sounds good.

e.g., Have you ever seen "Hero"? That show's got some amazing macheography.

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swordeography - (Also swordography, n.) 1. The choreography of sword-fighting, for movies and plays and such; also, more generally, 2. fight choreography for fights with hand-to-hand weapons of any sort. [Coined by a little boy from "sword" + "eography" (from "choreography," as in fight choreography).] Agentive: swordeographer, swordographer. Also "fighteography," "fightography."

e.g., The Hero movie has some amazing swordeography.

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incumbentcy - How the word incumbent should be spelled. Suggested by a ytpo in my previous entry. A google search shows that the word appears on the Internet ~250 times. Exmples are taken from the Internet.

It appears that even "learned" folks aren't necessarily good spellers. On the other hand, based on the time in history some of the examples were written, it may well be that incumbentcy was once the correct or preferred spelling, but eventually gave way to incumbency. If that were the case, though, shouldn't a reference to the change in spelling have turned up?


  • "Incumbentcy has become a decease, a pandemic and we have the cure." |

  • "The faculty produces the feeling of obligation, incumbentcy, right and wrong, for which we have no single definite expression in the English language; just as Ideality produces the sentiment of Beauty. Justice is the result of this sentiment, acting in combination with the intellectual powers. " |

  • "It was a regulation not extending to useful incumbentcy, nor to those preferments which gave a title, like our freehold, and a tenantcy for life." |

  • "Besides, if a customer is using Teradata already, the Sunopsis solution can be a good way to improve their incumbentcy (sp?)." |

  • "At 12/02/2007 02:23:00 PM, Campaign Manager said... While I will refrain from such vociferous phrase of Mahoney -- I haven't followed his legislative record closely enough -- I will say that I always thought that the stories of his vulnerablity were vastly overrated.

    The inability of the NRCC to recruit Joe Negron into the race (the inability to recruit the top candidates is becoming something of a trend for them), the advantage of incumbentcy, Mahoney's fundraising prowess, and the fact that the seat isn't all that Republican. The seat also has a very difficult geography, snaking all the way across the state, covering multiple media markets, and generally making it very difficult to campaign in.

    Yes, Bush won 56% of the vote, but ultimately, that's not so much of a landslide that we should be surprised that a Democrat would hold it. Is is a Republican advantage? Yes, but not overwhelmingly. The voters in the 16th are not rapid (sic), right wingers, foaming at the mouth -- they are moderates who consistently re-elected a man (Mark Foley) who was widely known to be gay."

  • "'I will floor him just as I have done to others in the previous elections', he said and called on Ghanaians to stand up against any attempts by the NPP to use its incumbentcy to win the impending elections." |

  • "[Theodore Roosevelt] became a third partie (sic) canid (sic) ateafter abandoning his former republican (sic) partie (sic). He created a partie (sic) called the 'Progressive Party' in which he tried to form a last stand to protect his incumbentcy. But his switch in parties (sic) dur (sic) to not losing the republican (sic) vote managed to spark contriversial (sic) voting.

    The election of 2009 provided a progressive movement close to the election of 1912." {ED. This seems to have been written by a student -- a student who needs to use a spellchecker, I'd say.} |

  • "Better The Gorillas Of Rwanda

    Better the gorillas of Rwanda are given birth certificates
    Within a brief while of their visiting the earth,
    Their security is guaranteed by the state machinery
    Basking in the full confidence of three meals a day,
    Not wary of political repression based on suspicion,
    They have a national day in their honour
    Fully agitated for clean environment
    By the political incumbentcy.

    alexander opicho" |

  • "PA just got a Democratic gov, ending a cycle of incumbentcy party-switching that's gone on for 60 years. Lord_Emwurst, Nov 4, 2014." |
  • "Anonymous said ...

    In [a] sane world the meeting would be to discuss a small carton of milk way in the back of the fridge that is long past it's (sic) expiration date. Just a sad statement on the effects of long incumbentcy.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:56 AM" |

  • "There has been a meeting of Christ Church seat holders, at which the conduct of the Bishop relative to the incumbentcy, was severely censured." |

  • "To: Protect the Bill of Rights

    I have heard people calling it the Incumbentcy(sp)Protection Act

    4 posted on 02/15/2002 12:48:39 PM PST by linn37" |

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skotonolatry - (Rhymes with crow-toe-MALL-uh-tree; n.) The strange need television and movie-makers exhibit to fill their work with gratuitous violence and death; and the equally worrisome tendency audiences seem to have in enjoying blood and mayhem.

Derived forms: skotonolater "one who practices skotonolatry" & skotonolatrially "in the manner of a skotonolater." [From the Greek σκοτώνω skotono "to kill" + λατρεία latreia "worship"; literally "kill-worship."]

e.g., Modern TV is just loaded down with beautiful young "good guys" running all over murdering people. Their skotonolatry seems to be more and more like some kind of blood quota ... in gallons. || Skotonolaters don't like G-rated movies: nobody dies.

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psychotripsy - (SIGH-co-trip-see; n.) Soul-crushing bad news or bad treatment, such as a dear John letter or a truly miserable dead-end job. (Adj: psychotriptic; adv.: psychotriptically.)

[From the Greek ψυχή psyche "mind, soul" + τριψις tripsis "to pound, crush, wear out."]

e.g., "What's wrong?"

"Angie dumped me."

"Oh, wow. I'm sorry, man."

"And my boss says I gotta work three twelve-hour shifts this weekend."

"That's just psychotripsy. You oughta quit."

"I wish."

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corp ulent - Describing an particularly stolid business entity, heavy in cash, weighty in assets, and often bulging with marketable securities.Suc h companies are often prime candidates for takeovers.

e.g., The Hersey Corporation not only has products that are deliciously sweet and highly caloric, but as a company is itself rich and corp ulent. Yum!

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presidebt - Sugested by ytpo. A presidebt is a president who presides over a company or country while it slides deeper and deeper into debt.

e.g., History will decide where obama ranks in the pantheon of American Presidents -- will he get a high rank for doing a good job, or a low rank for doing a poor job? I may not live to see where he comes out, but he's far and away at the top of the pantheon of American presidebts. No president of a private company could ever come close to him for a debt increase during her incumbency. And it's doubtful whether any POTUS will ever do so either.

Hmm, I wonder if the first derivative of the increase in the national debt has ever been higher than it's been for the last seven years. Left as an exercise for the reader.

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czas podróżny - (choss-poe-drewzh-neh (to rhyme with LOSS-go-BOOZE-eh); n.) An aficionado of the cold war: history, movies, music, politics, nuclear-apocalypse fiction, etc. [From Polish czas podróżny "time traveler."]

e.g., "What's with all the early Bond movies?: From Russia with Love, Doctor No … and is this Doctor Strangelove? What are you, a closet czas podróżny?"

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attah ha'ish - (ah-TA high-EESH; interj.) 1. An accusation called out to show your listener that HE or SHE is actually the perpetrator of whatever misdeed is being discussed, especially if you've first been able to get your listener to condemn him- or herself out of his or her own mouth; also 2. an interjection to use when you realize just who the perpetrator of a misdeed is; 3. the sudden realization that YOU are guilty of whatever thing you have accused (or have thought about accusing) someone else of doing or having done.

[Hebrew: "Thou art the man," the accusation leveled by Nathan the prophet at King David, after telling the king the story of the man who fed his friends his neighbor's pet lamb rather than one of his own many sheep (2 Samuel 12:1-7)---actually an allegory of David's murder of Uriah the Hittite so as to have Uriah's wife, Bathsheba, despite already having many wives and concubines (eleven or so, give or take two or three either way).]

e.g., "Sufficient experimentation must result in certainty." "Certainty?! Bah! There's no such thing as 'certainty.'" "Oh, really? Are you sure?" "Absolutely." "Ha!! Attah ha'ish!" || "Lord Lawrence told us he had never been to see Lady Lydia ... attah ha'ish, Holmes! I know who the murderer is!" || "Who keeps leaving my papers on the ground instead of on my desk?" "That would be you." "Me?! Nonsense! I, um .... oh phooey: attah ha'ish."

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jarlic - Chopped or minced garlic that is packaged in a jar.

e.g., I always keep some jarlic on hand; it's great for when I'm craving pasta but don't have time to make a sauce completely from scratch.

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plimsoll - (Rhymes with SLIM-ball; n.) A person's level of stress; that is, how overwhelmed they are.

[From the line drawn on a ship to show how deep it should ride in the water when fully loaded. Any deeper, and the ship is in danger of being swamped and of sinking.]

e.g., Using "plimsoll" for level of stress is similar to using "temper" for intensity of anger. "Temper" compares a person's ability to control his frustration to the resilience of iron or steel. Someone who "shatters" at little provocation has a "bad temper." Like "temper," "plimsoll" compares a person's ability to handle stress to how low a fully laden ship should float. The plimsoll of someone close to "breaking" under stress is "low" or "sinking": in a word "bad."

For example:
1. "Look, the poor guy is pale and shaky, he's not eating, and I could swear he was crying earlier. He's got a really low plimsoll."
2. "Wow, you look terrible! Is it the debate? How's your plimsoll?" "Fathoms down. I'm petrified."

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so - (adv.) Aside from its various, already meanings, "so" has become a marker that means either (a) "the following is the information you (that is, the listener) have requested," (b) "I have something to say, and here it is," or (c) "Okay, here's the story." It's actually very odd to hear it used as a general introduction to any multisentence statement, but I've heard it out of everyone from my 14-year-old daughter to a 38-year-old entrepreneur just a few hours ago.

e.g., "How did you do on your geography test today?" "So, she handed out the tests, and we all...." || "So, my lunch was missing this morning when I looked for it before leaving...." || "So. Today, when Edgar came over after the party...."

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kuchka - (Kooch-ka; n.) 1. A small number of experts in a particular discipline or of highly talented persons noted as a group or school, or organized (as a taskforce, e.g.) to address a given matter. (v.) 2. To recognize or organize such a group.

[From Russian кучка kuchka "handful," after the famous set of five Russian musicians---Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Borodin, and Cui---called the Могучая кучка Moguchaya Kuchka "the Mighty Handful," recognized as "the New Russian School" of composers in 1867.]

e.g., The word kuchka ("handful"), like junta (Spanish "together"), is used metaphorically for any small group focused on a given, particular topic. So, for example, there is a kuchka famous actors, all trained in high theater and generally cast as "bad guys": Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, John Carradine, and Vincent Price; the "Rat Pack" of Las Vegas---Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford---forms another kuchka. So do the Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr; The Mercury Astronauts: Shepard, Grissom, Schirra, Carpenter, Cooper, Slayton, and Glenn. (My researches have thus far failed to show me any well-known kuchkas comprised of women. It's very frustrating.)

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scheherazade - (sheh-HEH-ra-ZOD; n.) 1. A delaying tactic, especially one based upon unfulfilled expectations or unsatisfied desire; 2. a cliff-hanger presented to retain or reacquire an audience. (v.) 3. To offer fulfillment or satisfaction, but only upon the waiting party's agreeing to delay acting or to perform some other action.

[From the heroine of Richard Burton's translation of The Thousand and One Nights: a beautiful woman who staves off her own death by telling the sultan the beginning of a tale which she can only complete if the sultan delays putting her to death---a feat she repeats for a thousand evenings.]

e.g., Jennifer refused to give us that amazing cake of hers until we all ate the ratatouille she'd made---what a Scheherazade. || Mark keeps telling her he'll marry her if she keeps working to keep him in school. I think it's a bit of a Scheherazade. I mean, people can agree to whatever they want, but I'm not sure I trust Mark in this.

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netflicking - While at Netflix with your iPhone or tablet, the flicking through the movie selections in vain for a movie that you haven't already seen or didn't want to watch in the first place but finally settling for a one- or two-star movie in desperation.

e.g., I have been netflicking until my finger is numb.

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nerd layering - The act of stacking different fandoms in a single outfit: comic-related hat, band-related shirt, TV series|toy line jacket.

e.g., Steve was really nerd layering today. Rocking his Superman hat, Iron Maiden shirt and C.O.B.R.A. jacket. I wouldn't be surprised if he was wearing Star Wars underwear.

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topatadie - Anything and everything, and everything but anything.

e.g., You are a topatadie. | I can tell time by looking at my topatadie on my wrist, and the whole world is just a big topatadie.

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demobbed - Demobilized from military service.

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

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equipotestas - (ek-we-poe-TESS-toss; n.) "Horse power," in Latin. That is, 550 foot-pounds (which is, they tell me, 745.7 watts). Of course, in Latin, it sounds boastfully erudite (although it makes you sound as though you're stuck with a few flesh-and-blood horses instead of an engine).

e.g., "My boat's got a V10 engine: that's 360 equipotestas." "Wow!...uh, what? Equipi---" "Equipotestas. It means 'horse power.'" "Oh! cool." || The stagecoaches of the American West ran on between four and six equipotestas ... literally.

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nikolith - (NEE-co-lith; n.) A statue or monument celebrating a victory or a victorious person or group. [From Greek nike "victory" + lithos "stone," since most older statues and monuments are stone rather than metal or other materials.]

e.g., "Oh, look! It's a nikolith!: Admiral Wallaby, recognizing his amazing victory at the battle of Felgercarb. Wow, impressive: Look at the sailors around himj, and that crashing wave!" "Why is he on a horse?"

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caloriotropogenic - (Rhymes with "pal-oreo-SOAP-uh-JEN-ik; adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to any practice, item, or strategy designed or applied to make one "hot" (i.e., sexually desirable, admirable, or noticeable).

[From Latin calori, dative "toward the heat" + Greek trope "turn" + genic "producing"; literally "making (someone) turn toward the heat."]

e.g., You should wear those bangle earrings: they're seriously caloriotropogenic, especially with that blouse. || "Nobody pays any attention to us when Paul's along: How come he's so caloriotropogenic?" "Well, twelve hours a week in weight training, six hours a week running, and ---" "Okay, I get it."

Caloriotrophogenes (that is, "things that are caloriotropogenic"): women: trim physique, tight clothes, high heels, well-done make up, a flattering hair style, a wiggle in the walk and a giggle in the talk, etc.; men: muscles, two or three days unshaven, no shirt, sunglasses, v-shaped torso, etc. Smiles are good on both sexes, though younger men like to affect expressionlessness or even hostility. I have no idea why they believe women would be attracted to an angry animal, though.

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squeeg - One who has a defining quality of being squeegable, or is similar to a object holding a property of squeeginess.

{ED. Presumably associated with squegee: T-shaped cleaning implement with a rubber edge across the top; drawn across a surface to remove water (as in washing windows.)}

e.g., Man, I hate that insufferable Maxim; he's such a squeeg.

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ingeny - (adj.) 1. Smart, intelligent, clever, crafty, cunning; as well as the quite different (n.) 2. clever mechanical gadget or device. [A real word from Middle English around ~1350; from Latin "ingenium," whence our word "ingenuity."]

e.g., 1. Odysseus is truly ingeny, with his trick to discover Achilles hiding among the women, and his Trojan horse. 2. The steam engine was ingeny back in the day: it paved the way for all our modern ingenies.

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quenchy - (adj.) 1. Thirst-quenching; 2. of or pertaining to the drink you crave most when you're thirsty. (n.) 3. A thirst-quenching break; and, by derivation, 4. a drink taken in extreme thirst. (Quenchier, quenchiest.)

[Coined in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Season 2, Episode 11 "The Desert," by Sokka, who, in his desperate thirst, has drunk the hallucinogenic juice of a lone cactus.]

e.g., "Drink cactus juice:
It'll quench ya!
Nothing's quenchier!
It's the quenchiest!"

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serious serious serious - Used to ratchet down a too deep topic in which your group is engaging. First used by Patrick \"Kitten\" Braden in \"Breakfast on Pluto.\"

e.g., Bertie: \"Patrick, you can\'t live as a transvestite /magicians\' assistant/peepshow girlie for the rest of your life!\" Patrick: \"Serious serious serious!\"

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cino - Christian In Name Only.

e.g., To me, obama appears to be CINO.

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black peter - (n.) Asteroid 2003-SD220. so called because carbon and carbon compounds comprise much of its substance, and it will pass by the Earth at the waving distance of seven million miles on Christmas Eve.

"Black Peter," of course, is the soot-begrimed chimney sweep who accompanies Santa Claus, and whose job it is (according to Dutch folklore) to fill the stockings of naughty children with coal. Asteroid 2003-SD220, I thought, fits the niche nicely: it's a lump of, well, not coal really, but close enough for folkloric purposes, that will whip past us on Christmas Eve. It doesn't get any closer than that (semantically speaking) for such a label.

.... Maybe 2003-SD220 is a lump of coal for humanity, because we're all being naughty: callous, brutal, and heartless to one another: unrelentingly merciless and spiteful.

[Oh, and there seems to be a movement to delete Black Peter from the Sinterklaas mythos in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe. Somehow, over the years, Peter has become, not a sooty chimney-sweep, but a "blackamoor" (i.e., African), enslaved by St. Nicholas and made to do all the punishing so as not to trouble the saint with the task. I've never much liked the lump-of-coal threat as a tool for frightening little ones, and I've never understood folklore's anti-African bias that seems to give all the nasty jobs and bad press to Black guys (especially when the original Black Peter was a white guy), so I have no problem with undoing any racial connotations of Black Peter. ... but of course, that's neither here nor there with my new label for 2003-SD220.]

e.g., With a slight shift in trajectory, Black Peter could really mess up Christmas 2015. Think of it: an extinction-level lump of coal right in our nasty stockings.

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heterobellion - (n.) 1. A set of simultaneous uprisings or revolts, each of which is aimed at a different goal; 2. a rebellion made up of groups united in tearing down the current norm, but each desiring a different state of affairs to replace it. (See also "vicarza" herein.) [Hetero "different" + bellion (from "rebellion") < bellum "war."]

e.g., The miners' revolt seeks better working conditions; the student think they want to overthrow the "man" and replace him with a socialist ruling council; and the southern rebels want their own country. It's heterobellion everywhere.

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prebellion - (n.) the acts of dissent, disobedience, and defiance that inevitably precede open revolt.

e.g., The whole world seems to be nothing but a litany of prebellion: growing dissidence, sit-ins and marches, slogan chanting, angry demonstrations, students throwing rocks at police with riot shields, Malatov cocktails, suicide bombers, and then guerrilla "incidents," and finally open war (even if nobody calls it that). There's so much prebellion, in fact, that it's next to impossible to tell when peace has broken out.

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cheechandchonga - My wife loves Mexican food especially chimichangas, a fried burrito all kinds of goodies rolled up inside like beans, rice, meat, cheese. Speaking of rolling stuff up inside something -- back in the 60s the comedy duo Cheech and Chong used to roll other things, hence the name I use for that Mexican dish: cheechandchonga

e.g., At a Mexican restaurant: "Yes, Ma'am, I would like a plate of cheechandchongas."

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solvation - (Rhymes with doll-NAY-shun; n.) A solution that resolves all the difficulties, dilemmas, and distresses presented by a particular situation. [From "solve" + "salvation."]

e.g., His idea for selling cakes by putting them as 3D images on a website, rather than waiting for customers to come in and see them, was the solvation of our company. || The solvation of European mathematics was arabic numerals and place-value notation, ditching roman numerals entirely: you try to divide MMMDCCLIX by XL and see how far you get.

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duh bate - The vai glorious posturing and preening of party presidential candidates in a televised "meet the hopefuls" event. Much is said and done for audience appreciation; nothing concrete will be accomplished until the real behind-the-scenes power brokers warm up and take over.

e.g., Honey: Dear, I'm proud of you. You've been sitting in front of the tv watching the entire Republican presidential candidate duh bate. You've seen and heard five individuals express their views, contend with, question and answer each other. Who were you impressed by? What did they say? Dear? Dear? Sonny (asleep): Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z

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paremiology - Paremiology is the study of the proverb.

e.g., If we are to compare the proverbs that have prevailed, across numerous cultures over the millenium, we will see that the field of paremiology will show many commonalities.

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potestatemology - The comprehensive study of all forms of power.

e.g., If we are to fully grasp the powers that are influencing the need to resort to terror we should seek the advice of a well known potestatemology.

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paradoxology - Paradoxology is the study of the paradox.

e.g., If we are to thoroughly examine the mathematical inconsistencies associated with entropy and its implications in the theory of black holes we will need an epert in paradoxology among others.

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nomophobia - n

e.g., n

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honkenbonkers - Awesome and amazing.

e.g., That was honkenbonkers! You are honkenbonkers!

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bossess - A female boss. {ED. Won't bother with the sic notation in the example, taken from a comment at the linked site.}

e.g., Looking at all these comments it confirms what I already know. Racism is EVERYWHERE in this country. Please try to understand how our people feel. Because of a racist bossess I have been forced to be on disability and have not worked for five years. People are especially racist against our president who people think everything his fault because he is African American. This is why we need to pass the Reparations Bill 464 for $9000.00 per African American per a year. The wounds of slavery reach into this generation. FACT. It is only fair and would help with white guilt. We all NEED this to make things better before the knockout game comes to YOUR area or neighborhood. People who disagree need to look really hard at themselves for racist motives!!!!

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

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

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

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gaudess - (Rhymes with WOW-less (or, less accurately, to rhyme with "goddess"); n.) 1. a woman decked out in (or habitually given to self-decoration with) cheap, gauche, tasteless (gaudy) accessories; 2. a trophy wife or girlfriend, used to engender envy.

[From the Latin 'gaudium/gaudia' "joy/joys" shortened and shifted to 'gaud' "a trinket or bauble," probably because people thought 'gaud' the singular of 'gaudia.']

e.g., Mrs. Plumb-Dougly is certainly a gaudess: all that jewelry she's dripping with must be worth at least a buck twenty. | Have you seen Mr. Braggart's new wife? A gaudess: I mean, she can't be more than 19.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

sus - Suspicious, suspect.

e.g., The sus fool was wearing a sus hoodie with sus sneaks.

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pillar - An acronym for Philosophy, Information, Language, Literature, Art and Religion. These areas are deeply intertwined in the real world and in the history of culture. PILLAR is an educational program complementary to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), the acronym for "hard" disciplines in academic curriculum.

e.g., PILLAR is indeed the pillar of humanistic education and should be promoted as the field of interdisciplinary intensity in all liberal arts colleges. | The PILLAR project addresses the concern that these six subjects are often taught in isolation, instead of as an integrated curriculum.

submitted by Mikhail Epstein - (www)

interjectionable - (in-ter-JEK-shun-uh-bull; adj.) Calling for or exciting spontaneous cries expressing of terror, horror, disgust, chagrin, disappointment, relief, approbation, praise, worship, vel cet.; 2. In the opinion of the speaker, worthy of such cries. {Duplicate.}

e.g., "This is protein supplement. It will help your body repair your wound. Unfortunately, it tastes, well, interjectionable." "GAG! You're right!" "Bad, huh?" "Bad?! That's the most regurgitating slop I've ever tasted!"

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qwerty - (adj.) 1. Arranged in a pattern different from what is regular or expected; (v.) 2. to arrange in an unexpected pattern; ("qwertily"; adv.) 3. in a qwerty (i.e., unexpected or counter-intuitive) manner.

[From the QWERTY keyboard arrangement, designed to avoid the bunching of the various keys on a manual keyboard, an artifact of putting the keys in alphabetical order.] {Duplicate.}

e.g., Qwerty color arrangement, by the increasing number of vowels in their names, which is totally arbitrary, for colors, which are usually arranged by frequency: red, yellow, purple, green, blue, indigo, orange. ||

Continents qwertied by number of people I know who are from there: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica. Obviously, it's far more natural to arrange them by something sensible, like size or population or something. ||

And really odd: Planets arranged qwertily by generation of each one's eponymous deity in the pantheon: 1. Earth (mother) and her husband, 2. Uranus, (sky) father of 3. Saturn (who killed him) and of 4. Venus (born of his dismembered genitals); then Saturn's children: 5. Neptune and 6. Jupiter (in that order), and Jupiter's children: 7. Mars and 8. Mercury. (Were Pluto still part of the "planets," it would be number 5, before Neptune ... I think.)

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hurrayable - (her-RAY-uh-bull; adj.) 1. Exciting or worthy of exciting spontaneous cheers or cries of praise, approbation, or delight; 2. (less spontaneously) praiseworthy; 3. calling for a formal show of approbation (e.g., three cheers). (Also "hurrahable," "huzzahable," vel cet.)

e.g., e.g., That last catch was amazing, unexpected, ... positively hurrayable. | The work of the Red Cross volunteers during this disaster has been hurrayable. | Welcome, your hurrayable highness.

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gritification - (Also spelled grittification, from the verb "gritify"; n.) The addition of "reality" to a story (usually a fan fiction), though the "reality" added is usually of the sordid, dark, and harsh sort, the rewriter believing that stories with happy endings are misleading, unrealistic pipe dreams, and that literature should examine the seedy underside of things rather than promulgating a false ideal. This, at least, is the premise of Naturalism (a literary offshoot of Realism), championed by writers such as Emile Zola, Thomas Hardy, and Frank Norris). I've never much liked Naturalism.

e.g., Gritification, it seems to me (as it has seemed to literati since its inception at the end of the 19th century), revels in misery, vice, and hopelessness. And this is hardly surprising given Naturalism's focus on social Darwinism and determinism, and its view that the many woes of the human condition are inevitable and insuperable. It does get a bit silly, however, when my kids find fan-fictions on the internet that treat of Scootaloo the pony's dying while giving birth to her illegitimate foal; or (from Scooby Doo) of Shaggy's being arrested for possession and distribution of meth, which he did to somehow support his wife, Velma, and their son, even though the child is really Fred's. When one of the PowerPuff Girls dies of AIDS, I'll know that the Juggernaut of Gritification is unstoppable.

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proxy-versary - When my son and his wife were both stationed in Iraq, the got married by double proxy -- Montana or Wyoming. They celebrate their proxy-versary in April and their anniversary in October, having had a full-blown wedding performed 10/10/10 at 10 o'clock in the morning. {Dupicate.}

e.g., "He told me he posted pictures from their proxy-versary San Francisco trip to his Facebook account."

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ornigraphic - As for "ornigraphic," I'm surprised that you didn't recognize what it is right away. It can only be a description of a girlie magazine for those Brits who reside in the Cockney section of the Island. (From an e-mail dated Wed, 4 Apr 2007 19:28:15 EDT.]

e.g., "Crickey, Bloke -- Odd like to talk wif ya, but me ornigraphic arrived in today's post and I'm off to the bafroom!"

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vexilladury - (vex-il-LAD-oo-ree or vex-SIL-uh-doo-ree; n.) Flag burning, especially when such burning is performed as a protest---generally a fairly pointless gesture that means little more than "I hate your country/nation/state/company/association/whatever," which most observers will very likely already know. If you want to protest something specific, you really need a sign or something. [From the Latin "vexill-" < vexillum 'flag' + Latin -adury" (from Latin "singe," "cauterize")]

e.g., I have no problem with vexilladury, so long as the vexilladurists accept my burning them in effigy for it.

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femicide - (FEM-ih-side; n.) 1. The killing of women; 2. the killing of (human) females of any age, especially as part of a pogrom against females; 3. "genocide," but directed at women, rather than at a particular group. (v.) 2. A killer of women. [From "femi" < Latin femina "woman, female" + "cide" < Latin -cida "cutter" < -cidere < caedere "to strike, chop, hew, slay." Analogy from "homicide," "matricide," "fratricide," "regicide," "pesticide," etc.]

e.g., Most serial killers commit femicide, because they are cowards most likely.

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nidget - Fortunately, it has just the right meaning for its pronunciation looks: nidj"it, nidg"et. I ran across it when I was looking for words ending in nedget -- none. It's a real word: (n.) A fool; an idiot, a coward. Smellfungi and zoilists who comment on the Internet can make use of more such words ... not that your erstwhile Editrix Extraordiniare would lower herself to such namecalling. ...

{ED, HD. Yeah right.}

"(This definition is from the 1913 Webster's Dictionary and may be outdated.)"

e.g., Even for this forum, I've run across an unusually high number of nidgets.

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phtheirophagous - An alternative spelling of phthirophagous: one who eats lice. Saw it in an issue of Michael Quintion's Newsletter, used it at the zoilism pd entry, and repeated it below. Nota bene: zoilistsmellfungus.


p.370-1. The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka & New Guinea: With Notices of Formosa, Liu-Kiu, and Various Islands of the Malay Archipelago:
These Alfuros [aborigines] were phtheirophagous, going over the dense mat adorning their heads with the most praiseworthy perseverance; layer after layer being worked through systematically with the aid of a long bamboo comb. Their method of obtaining fire was new to all of us, the spark being struck from the hard, siliceous exterior of the bamboo and a fragment of pottery, which latter article they had probably obtained from the coast tribe.

More from Mr. Quinion's entry at Zoilism:

A correspondent identified only as J Hooker wrote a disgusted letter to the Lady's Newspaper of London in January 1863 about slovenly and unhygienic rural servants in France:

If I were to do more than hint at their hydrophobic habits, their pulicidal, pulicivorous, and even phtheirophagous propensities, I should call down, not undeservedly, the Zoilism of our correspondents.

The writer -- from the tone of the piece he is likely to have been the famous biologist Joseph Dalton Hooker -- must have had an uncommonly large vocabulary, or a talent for word coining, for that set of alliterative insults is uncommon. The first two -- pulicidal and pulicivorous -- have not reached the pages of the Oxford English Dictionary, though their form suggests "flea-killing" and "flea-eating", from Latin pulex. The third word, phtheirophagous, is from Latin, based on a Greek word that literally means louse-eating but was used figuratively for persons with unsavoury habits. The original epithet was applied by the Roman writer Strabo to a tribe living near the Black Sea, the Sulae, whom he disgustedly renamed the Phthirophagi.

submitted by HD Fowler

p,lsb - Poor, Long-Suffering Bride. From Jim Lewin'sbook flaps: musings of a smalltime bookseller:: "A Flappers' Dictionary". Some of the following flapper slang has already been added to the pdeudodictionar. More and more expansive definitions|descriptions and examples will be added … soon -- soon, at least in terms of geological time and the age of the universe.

JimL sez, : "Originally published in the July 1922 edition of FLAPPER magazine, this dictionary went into some detail, listing the group's slang and providing definitions. In the process, it also provided an insight: through the slang we can begin to discern attitudes and priorities and the mindset of the adherents. And the adherents, after all, were our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Who knew?"
Absent Treatment -- Dancing with a bashful partner.
Airedale -- A homely man.
Alarm Clock -- Chaperon.
Anchor -- Box of flowers.
Apple Knocker -- A hick; a hay-shaker.
Apple Sauce -- Flattery; bunk.
Barlow -- A girl, a flapper, a chicken.
Bank's Closed -- No petting allowed; no kisses.
Barneymugging -- Lovemaking.
Bee's Knees -- See "Cat's Pajamas"
Bell Polisher -- A young man addicted to lingering in vestibules at 1 a.m.
Bean Picker -- One who patches up trouble and picks up spilled beans.
Berry Patch -- A man's particular interest in a girl.
Berries -- Great.
Biscuit -- A pettable flapper.
Big Timer -- (n. masc.) -- A charmer able to convince his sweetie that a jollier thing would be to get a snack in an armchair lunchroom; a romantic.
A Flappers' Dictionary (Thanks, JimL, via Submitterator!)

e.g., "My P,LSB, ready and eager to join the movement, was amused by the term 'Father Time' and couldn't help but notice that it applied to one of us at the dinner table. And that was fine, until I pointed out that 'Rock of Ages' might also have a present application."

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pandle - (v.) 1. To panhandle (i.e., beg). [An odd criscoid (q.v.) mush of "panhandle" that came out when I was trying to say the word the other day (actually, I was trying to remember "panhandler" and "pandler" came out.)] Note: I created the term while thinking of the verb "panhandling," not the noun "panhandle," which means "a long strip of territory connected to the main part of a town, territory, province, state, county, country, etc."; I don't have a problem with the word also becoming a replacement for the territorial noun ... so, (n.) 2. A territorial panhandle, like "the Oklahoma Pandle," or "the Alaska Pandle."

e.g., I felt terrible, since I'd spent all my cash at the movie and had no change left at all for the poor pandlers outside the theater. || Everything to the west of Hancock, Maryland, is the Maryland Pandle. || The Mexican state of Tamaulipas has a panhandle alongside the Texas counties of Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata, and Webb.

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melon lord - (n.) 1. An effigy or impersonator of one's enemy (especially when an impersonator impersonates the enemy too enthusiastically); 2. Such an effigy or impersonator used as a practice target in rehearsing an attack; more broadly, 3. the main objective of a planned attack, with or without a mock-up or effigy. (v.) 4. To overdo one's role as enemy in a war-game or in the rehearsal of an attack.

[From episode 3x18 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, "The Phoenix King," in which the young earthbender Toph impersonates the antagonist (the "Firelord") by defending an effigy made of stones, sticks, a robe, and a melon---she ... overdoes it a bit.]

e.g., "Okay: you attack from the right; you guys, from the left; and we three, through the center. Angie's giant plush panda is the melon lord." | In "Ender's Game," the enemy's gate was always the melon lord. | "You're supposed to test the cadets! not destroy them! Quit melon lording!"

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caliphonia - An alternative name for California, given all the phonies who live there. Not new by any means, as indicated by the URL, but I thought of it because I made a ytpoe, not because I had ever seen it before.

e.g., "Without reading the article, the decision, the Caliphonia Constitution, or Caliphonia law, it's a given that the Caliphonia Supreme Court was not wrong in its unanimous decision. By definition, it can't be wrong in its interpretation of California law. Right?"

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cuttee - The critter cut by the doctor.

e.g., Think of it in terms of the castration procedure, a not perfect analogy for sure. Consider a veterinarian who has castrated only chimpanzees but has not castrated a man. The procedure is the same (essentially), but it's not the same thing to castrate a monkey as it is to castrate a man -- due to the cuttee.

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low quacious - The attempt to make the use of vulgarities socially acceptable by "dumbing down" the Anglo-Saxon verbiage.

e.g., "You may think it 'cute' to say, 'frooney,' 'shite,' 'plick,' and the like, but you're just being low quacions. And it's not right language in mixed company!"

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the c-word - Competition.

e.g., "Being a class valedictorian is no big deal, of course, but whatever it's worth shouldn't be diminished the way it was in an Ohio school district last year. Apparently, so no one's feelings would be hurt, the district named 222 students as class valedictorians. For whatever reason, competition has become a bad word in the United States. Henceforth, I'm going to refer to it as the c-word."

submitted by Lillith

tv - Television, of course. Usually seen in upper case: TV. Nonetheless, HD, in his dotage, says he's getting tired of having to use the shift key so much. So, he's ordered me to starting using lower case as the canonical form: tv. Thus spake HD. … Dammit, the old coot says the same thing goes for pseudodictionary. The S.O.B. is making me do all the work to change pd entries. If he didn't pay me so much, I'd tell him to take the job and shove it up his.

Note that tvs instead of TVs doesn't look right. So, televisions will need to be spelled out in full.


My best Internet buddy and dear friend, Marty, refers to me as "The Man of a Thousand Personas." So you might receive another e-mail from me some day using one of my many, many Internet aliases -- mostly all used in good fun, but some occasionally used to settle a virtual score with some pissant whippersnapper.

I'll never do anything illegal on the Internet -- unless my brain turns into a cabbage or a mush melon. But I've been known to do semi-outrageous things for an old codger sitting in his rocking chair, rocking back and forth, and screaming obscenities at his tv. I dismay my wife of 50+ years no end when I do that. I just asked her if she finds me lovable. She said, "Sometimes."

submitted by Lillith

reefereshment - What "medical" marijuana is to its users.

e.g., Nah, I won't be going anywhere tonight. I'm staying home and indulging myself in some reefereshment. | Dave O'Brien doesn't look at all reefereshed in his photo at Wikipedia, the one used to promote Reefer Madness.

Wouldn't have recognized him as the hapless star of the Pete Smith Specialties. One of the shorts was shown on Turner Classic Movies over the weekend. I do recognize him from his 1942 IMDb photo. Hadn't realized until I saw it that he had also starred as Captain Midnight in the serial.

submitted by Miss Speller

parrotcide - The killing of a parrot. Not to be confused with parricide: the killing of a parent.

e.g., "Lillith, do you remember Monty Python's dead parrot routine? Do you know what killed the parrot?" "No, HD, I don't. I'm normal -- I never liked the show the least little bit, so I never watched it." "Oh ... well, anyway — it was parrotcide that killed it."

submitted by HD Fowler

my asthma (mi\' asma) - A persistent, chronic health condition that hangs like an unpleasant mental cloud over individuals and sours activities of daily living.

e.g., \"No, I\'m not upset with you. I\'m not mad at the world, either. It\'s just that my arthritic knees are aching like hell, and that \'my asthma\' situation is fogging my mind and making me very irritated.\"

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

hairridan - A harridan with bad hair.

e.g., Not only was the hairridan unpleasant in all imaginable ways, she had the gall to verbally attack one of my pseudo-friends. | "Hairridan Haiku While killing world boss, Some ass uses a cookie. Application crash. Ran to grab dailies Ooooh, look at all the people. Application crash. At mobs for daily. Tank pulls ten mobs, so I pray. Application crash. Hmm, my runes seems low. I think I will buy somemore. Nice! I didn't crash."

submitted by Lillith - (www)

dudgeon -

Certainly not a new word by any means:"a feeling of intense indignation (now used only in the phrase 'in high dudgeon')" according to Wordnet. Not only is it rare to hear dudgeon used, it's even rarer for it to be used other than in high dudgeon. As the Ngram below shows, dudgeon is used some in conjunction with other words.

e.g., "Yes, he's in high dudgeon -- whatever that is." |

Pam Robertson, at A.Word.A.Day: "When we were in Venice my husband, Douglas, snapped a photo of me having a 'hissy fit.' What I realise now is that I was actually walking off in high dudgeon."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

illegal alien - An illegal alien is a foreigner who is in a country illegally. Recording the term before it becomes obsolete and can be found only in antiquarian or unabridged dictionaries.

e.g., I sneaked into Mexico as a teenager in 1971, making me an illegal alien. Lucky for me I didn't get caught.

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the streisand effect - "The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet."

e.g., "The Streisand Effect is now in play."

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hotuguese - The secret "language" spoken between hotties worldwide. Only part of it is verbal. Attitude & carriage play a very large part in crossing barriers (for example, cultural barriers).

e.g., Would you please put in a good word for me to her? After all, you do both speak hotuguese.

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doomdo - Doing under pressure eventually leading to doom

e.g., Afer being pulled up by the management, the team attempted to undo, redo and eventually doomdo their project

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clickbait - From Wikipedia:

Clickbait is a pejorative term describing web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy, relying on sensationalist headlines to attract click-throughs and to encourage forwarding of the material over online social networks. Clickbait headlines typically aim to exploit the "curiosity gap," providing just enough information to make the reader curious, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content.[1][2][3] From a historical perspective, the techniques employed by clickbait authors can be considered derivative of yellow journalism, or the yellow press, a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines that include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.

e.g., The Drudge Report screams "UN DEMANDS: TAKE THEM IN!" With an exclamation point, no less. The linked to article is headlined this way: "UN warns Europe against 'backtracking' on migrant commitments."

The only place "demand" appears in the article is in this sentence: "But some European populist and far-right leaders have seized on the jihadist attacks in Paris to demand the continent stem the migrant influx." Not a demand made by the United Nations. And also not a demand that anybody be taken in. Quite the opposite.

Are Matt Drudge et al. aware that demand and warn are not synonyms? Once again you have been found guilty of journalistic malfeasance. Shame on you for continuing to use clickbait.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

incumbentcy - How the word incumbent should be spelled. Suggested by a ytpo in my previous entry. A google search shows that the word appears on the Internet ~250 times. Exmples are taken from the Internet.

It appears that even "learned" folks aren't necessarily good spellers. On the other hand, based on the time in history some of the examples were written, it may well be that incumbentcy was once the correct or preferred spelling, but eventually gave way to incumbency. If that were the case, though, shouldn't a reference to the change in spelling have turned up?


  • "Incumbentcy has become a decease, a pandemic and we have the cure." |

  • "The faculty produces the feeling of obligation, incumbentcy, right and wrong, for which we have no single definite expression in the English language; just as Ideality produces the sentiment of Beauty. Justice is the result of this sentiment, acting in combination with the intellectual powers. " |

  • "It was a regulation not extending to useful incumbentcy, nor to those preferments which gave a title, like our freehold, and a tenantcy for life." |

  • "Besides, if a customer is using Teradata already, the Sunopsis solution can be a good way to improve their incumbentcy (sp?)." |

  • "At 12/02/2007 02:23:00 PM, Campaign Manager said... While I will refrain from such vociferous phrase of Mahoney -- I haven't followed his legislative record closely enough -- I will say that I always thought that the stories of his vulnerablity were vastly overrated.

    The inability of the NRCC to recruit Joe Negron into the race (the inability to recruit the top candidates is becoming something of a trend for them), the advantage of incumbentcy, Mahoney's fundraising prowess, and the fact that the seat isn't all that Republican. The seat also has a very difficult geography, snaking all the way across the state, covering multiple media markets, and generally making it very difficult to campaign in.

    Yes, Bush won 56% of the vote, but ultimately, that's not so much of a landslide that we should be surprised that a Democrat would hold it. Is is a Republican advantage? Yes, but not overwhelmingly. The voters in the 16th are not rapid (sic), right wingers, foaming at the mouth -- they are moderates who consistently re-elected a man (Mark Foley) who was widely known to be gay."

  • "'I will floor him just as I have done to others in the previous elections', he said and called on Ghanaians to stand up against any attempts by the NPP to use its incumbentcy to win the impending elections." |

  • "[Theodore Roosevelt] became a third partie (sic) canid (sic) ateafter abandoning his former republican (sic) partie (sic). He created a partie (sic) called the 'Progressive Party' in which he tried to form a last stand to protect his incumbentcy. But his switch in parties (sic) dur (sic) to not losing the republican (sic) vote managed to spark contriversial (sic) voting.

    The election of 2009 provided a progressive movement close to the election of 1912." {ED. This seems to have been written by a student -- a student who needs to use a spellchecker, I'd say.} |

  • "Better The Gorillas Of Rwanda

    Better the gorillas of Rwanda are given birth certificates
    Within a brief while of their visiting the earth,
    Their security is guaranteed by the state machinery
    Basking in the full confidence of three meals a day,
    Not wary of political repression based on suspicion,
    They have a national day in their honour
    Fully agitated for clean environment
    By the political incumbentcy.

    alexander opicho" |

  • "PA just got a Democratic gov, ending a cycle of incumbentcy party-switching that's gone on for 60 years. Lord_Emwurst, Nov 4, 2014." |
  • "Anonymous said ...

    In [a] sane world the meeting would be to discuss a small carton of milk way in the back of the fridge that is long past it's (sic) expiration date. Just a sad statement on the effects of long incumbentcy.

    September 28, 2010 at 7:56 AM" |

  • "There has been a meeting of Christ Church seat holders, at which the conduct of the Bishop relative to the incumbentcy, was severely censured." |

  • "To: Protect the Bill of Rights

    I have heard people calling it the Incumbentcy(sp)Protection Act

    4 posted on 02/15/2002 12:48:39 PM PST by linn37" |

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snippersnapper - Dr. Goodword: "a conceited, insignificant fellow."

Collins English Dictionary: "An insignificant but pretentious person."

Different from whippersnapper: "A feisty, snippy, combative upstart." However, Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 11th Edition, says it's a synonym for whippersnapper and gives the following as an example of its use: "[HD's] an old hand who regards these kids right out of business school as a bunch of snippersnappers who don't know beans."

Given that I'm prone to use whippersnapper, I'm going with Dr. Goodword's take on snippersnapper. I'll find it useful to treat it as having a meaning different from whippersnapper. His newsletter says he found the word used 109 times on the Internet. I'd bet at least several of those are instances where I'd use whippersnapper.

e.g., I'm sure there are some days a snippersnapper would annoy me more than a whippersnapper and days where the reverse would be true. | The most annoying person currently in TV ads is the Peter (Pan?) character in the GEICO ads. If any kid had ever said to Melba what the kid in the ad says to the woman, I would have had to be restrained to keep me from strangling him. To me, he's a whippersnapper but not necessarily a snippersnapper.

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hot err - Political tv ads that are crafted to impugn the character and abilities of the opposing candidate, using exaggeration, half truths, and unproven suppositions.

e.g., Watch, my friends, and you shall see
from candidates of claimed integrity,
who aspire to positions that require honesty
Campaign TV ads of density.

Do they challenge the opposition by words that are true and fair?
Nope. All we always get, is hot err!

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criscoid - (n.) A word derived by shortening another word. [An obvious, and fairly awful, pun based on the shortening made by the JM Smucker company.]

e.g., "Prolly" (q.v.), "opportuny," "terrist" (q.v.), and "hunnit" are criscoids. Someone should compile a list of the criscoids in English, and then expand it to other languages as well.

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reminessence - A reminiscence triggered by a smell -- sometimes by merely thinking about how something smells.

e.g., Many of the things I remember from when I was growing up are reminessences.

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aino - AINOs: Americans in Name Only.

e.g., When I read about the campus police at the University of Missouri calling for students to report hurtful speech, I concluded that we're having to deal with entirely too many AINOs these days. | AINOs continue to succeed in squelching speech from those they disagree with. For instance, Condoleezza Rice was invited to give a commencement speech at Rutgers University in 2014. She had to back out because of student and faculty protests.

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straightdar - The ultra-politically-correct way of saying out loud that you have a finely developed sense of gaydar.

e.g., Ohhhh, my straightdar has eliminated all possibilities of our venturing further into that particular bar. Gentlemen, let us depart quickly. Quickly now.

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fillaround - The mediocre students that colleges deign to admit after they've found the top students they really want.

e.g., What colleges are really looking for are a few exceptional students with great academic and life potential. The rest of us are just fillarounds.

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antiprocrastination - A term used when one is lazy -- continuing to procrastinate by doing something they were supposed to complete earlier. It does not mean getting work done, as there are still other objectives.

e.g., Martha, I'm sorry the floors weren't mopped, but I did wash the dishes because I antiprocrastinated.

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

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

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nominegg - To give a name to a newly fertilized ovum, generally in pairs, male and female .. until the sex of the egg has been determined at a later date.

e.g., Our first pregnancy we nominegged Primero/Primera, which seemed very logical. Later we modified the name, of the female fetus, to Prima Donna, mama mia. When all grow n'up everyone said, Donna e mobile ... like a butterfly flittering from flower to flower, perchance.

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smellfungus -

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Indented material below Dr. Robert Beard, Bucknell University.
Pronunciation: smel-fng-gsHear it!

Part of Speech: Noun

Meaning: A fault-finder, a disagreeable curmudgeon who finds fault in everything, who loves misery and sharing it with others.

Notes: The plural of this good if cranky word is smellfungi [smel-fun-jai]. It is still used by those familiar with the Sterne-Smollett debate over the relative merits of France and Italy (for which see below) and other discerning conversationalists. It is a lexical oddity you might find amusing and useful in view of the dearth of politically correct terms for such people these days.

In Play: Smellfungi are bitterly egotistical people addicted to themselves to the point of constant wretchedness: "That old smellfungus could find fault in the very saints!" By implication, such people become a misery to those who know them, "Farthingsworth is a smellfungus who finds enough misery in the world for himself and all his acquaintances."

Word History: This lexical oddity is fallout, believe it or not, from a dispute over the relative merits of France and Italy. Tobias Smollett's collection of letters entitled Travels through France and Italy (1766) is remarkable for its persistent criticism of those two countries. Laurence Sterne referred to Smollett as "the learned Smelfungus" in his more sympathetic appraisal of the region in 1767 entitled A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy. Apparently Sterne felt that Smollett could smell a fungus even where none existed, and hence created this funny word to the delight of others. The word has since picked up an additional L and found a snug niche for itself in the speech of discriminating logophiles.

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e.g., I'm not quite a smellfungus, but I'm not that far removed from being one either. I may well be mistaken, of course, but I see myself as a "loveable" curmudgeon -- but only to an extent. Most of the time when I tell people about curmudgeonly behavior on my part, they laugh. No doubt some of the laughter comes because they think I'm being too persnickety, but some of it also seems to be empathetic. On occasion, I even think the listener wishes she had responded the way I did when something similar happened to her.

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terrist - (n.) A terrorist, minus the middle syllable.

Another in a long line of criscoids (as I call words made by shortening other, longer words), such as "prolly" for probably, "opportuny" for opportunity, and so forth. As a descriptive linguist, I note these neologisms as perfectly in keeping with the well-established laws of elision, deletion, and sandhi forms. I must, nevertheless, admit that I find them as annoying as a swarm of horseflies.

I have always held that we should listen to one another with an ear toward understanding, rather than picking apart the way others speak (or write). Conversely, I have always also held that we should speak to one another, insofar as possible, in their own idiom. To a certain extent, to be sure, this is rather difficult when we are speaking in our own language to someone who speaks that same language in another dialect (whether or not we find that dialect "lazy," "low," or just "wrong"---labels, we should note, which the Aramaic speakers in Judea gleefully applied to the Lord's own Galilean speech). It is tempting to simply stop listening to someone speaking with different grammatical rules or a distinct accent or whatever, ignoring WHAT they say entirely and focusing instead on the WAY they are saying it.

Consider the situation of someone being told by another, "We come down dis mornin and seen da dam ready to bust! We was set to go fishin, but now we gotta book!" It is hardly the time to start 'correcting' the fellow's speech. Quite aside from the danger of a flood, he's not likely going to change because of a metalinguistic reprimand.

Despite the detachment enjoined by my linguistic creed, however, every time somebody says something like "this is prolly a good opportuny for a terrist," I feel an overwhelming urge to leap to my feet and yell, "It's proBABly a good opportuNITy for a terrORist, you mumbling blockhead!" Fortunately, I have never given in to my base rage, so nobody knows how truly vile I consider these criscoids to be. I can hardly condemn them, of course, since English is riddled with criscoids. The word York, for example, comes from the drastically foreshortened "Eboracum," lady is the descendant of the ancient "hlaf-dige," which meant "bread-kneader," and even goodbye comes from "God be by ye." And I shouldn't condemn the criscoids anyway, since sitting in judgement upon them seems to me to be "taking the chief seats," which the Lord specifically enjoins in Luke 14.

Anyway, "terrist," a neologism I encountered in a Twitter post (by someone else, mind; I don't like social media. It worries me.). A word that's prolly here to stay. (Heaven help us.)

e.g., It seems the whole world spends its days and nights trembling in fear of terrists. I guess the terrism worked.

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sjw - Social Justice Warrior. Pejorative. At Know your meme. In addition, Urban Dictionary has a good definition and several good examples.

Don't hold your breath waiting for me to refer you to UD again. Can't in good conscience do so. Suffice it to say, the site is nowhere near as family-friendly as this site. On the other hand, it's much, much better than it used to be. Still, its number of definitions of chode has gone from somewhere around 400 when I last checked to over 600 now -- some 87 pages of definitions, many of which are vulgar. On the plus side, it has a considerably better look to it than it once did.

The term Social Justice Warrior is so new it doesn't turn up at all using Google books Ngram Viewer. The SJW finds for the chart below seem to be for St. John's Wort.

e.g., Guess I've been living under a rock. I had to look up the meaning of the initialism SJW: Social Justice Warrior. Thanks for the prod. | "SJW originally referred to the crazy tumblr types who would say things like 'White people wearing dreadlocks is cultural appropriation,' or 'I was mentally raped by a man yesterday because he looked at me in the subway.' That sort of thing." |

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john's cabin - A site that has duplicated PseudoDictionary content for years now without once giving credit for where the content came from.

If you have a suggestion for how John's Cabin should be described (or defined, if you will), please submit a duplicate entry with your definition and example.

Maybe you live in John's neighborhood and could drop by to tell him that what he's been doing doesn't particularly seem to be intellectually honest. If you do, please tell him HD and I said hello. (Maybe a fax or a few might be a better way to get his attention? Who knows. No efforts have borne fruit so far.)

It's easy enough to find other sites that have plagiarized PseudoDictionary content. All you have to do is Google jabitzer DeWayne. We really don't mind if a site uses a few of our entries, even if they don't give us credit. It's the sites that duplicate our content in its entirety and pass it off as their own that's bothersome. We don't make much of a fuss about it -- because our content comes primarily from our contributors and not from our own fertile minds. If you stumble across a site that goes beyond fair use in using our (yours and ours) copyrighted material, you can get in touch with HD (not through the About page.

e.g., Registrant Contact
Organization: JOHN'S CABIN
Mailing Address: 1540 IOWA AVE E, SAINT PAUL MN 55106 US
Phone: +1.6517717148
Fax: 651-771-7703

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palimpsest - Palimpsest: "a very old document that writing was removed from and the surface written on again. Sometimes the older writing on a palimpsest can still be read."

A real word that's getting added only because I didn't recognize it when I ran across it in a review of the new James Bond film at Rotten Tomatoes.

e.g., "A Bond that, for all its grandiose production values, is little more than an anthology of previous Bonds, a palimpsest even, to be fancier about it." | For me, all but the worst of the Bond films are worth a look, palimpsest or not. Chances are excellent that I'll go to a movie theater to see it. Can hardly go wrong with a $4.32 ticket. The opening sequence will probably be worth that in entertainment value.

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gmab - Gimme a break. What I often think when I become aware of some of the bizarre political correctness that's killing US these days.

e.g., HD: "Wait a mintue, Lillith. Are you sure? Some school district in Ohio named 222 class valedictorians?"

Lillith: "That's right, HD. Dublin, Ohio. Over 200 students were told they had the highest grades in the class. Around twenty percent of the class."

HD: "GMAB. How long did the graduation ceremony last? At just over a minute for each valedictory speech, it would have lasted four hours."

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blatherati - What are sometimes called journalists and pundits.

e.g., "You, Mr. Luce, and the rest of the Washington batherati must be so pleased."

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f2f - (adv.) Abbreviation for "face to face."

e.g., Abbreviations such as f2f turn up more and more these days. It's part of a new dialect: lol "laugh out loud," g2g "got to go," tbh "to be honest," imho "in my humble opinion," and so on and on. It takes a while, of course, to see meaning rather than random letters in these initialisms. I call it "glyphisis" (q.v.): the process by which we start seeing, not three symbols (f-2-f) but the words "face to face." Now, f2f hasn't fully glyphed in my mind. I still see "f-2-f." It doesn't help that it looks like it should be pronounced "fuh-toof!" like some magical sound effect: "Abracadabra!" Fuh-toof!

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hulax - To watch Hulu with no plans for further activity planned.

e.g., She wanted to Netflix and chill but I just wanted to spend the night Hulaxing.

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xoxo - (Pronounced keh-socks-oh; interj.) 1. "hello" or "farewell"; (n.) 2. an affectionate greeting or valediction, 3. kisses and hugs. [From x "kiss" and o "hug" shorthand at the end of written messages.] {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Goodbye! Goodbye! xoxo!"

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skibbereen go ballyhillin - (Rhymes with JIB-the-clean-go-sally-HILL-in; metaphorical adv.) 1. all the way through or across, completely; (n.) 2. a long way; 3. a great deal, the whole thing; (v.) 4. to walk the length of Ireland, between the southern town of Skibbereen all the way up to the area called Ballyhillin, essentially meaning 'impossible!' or 'tell it to the marines!'; also 5. 'you'd better get started' or 'wow, do you have a lot to do.' [After two places set as far apart as they can get on the emerald isle of Ireland]

e.g., "We're supposed to count all the graves in the cemetery." "What?! All of them? ... That's a lot." "Yeah, Skibbereen go Ballyhillin." "What?" "Best get started."

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replore - (v.) 1. To go over some event or action with a different emphasis than that with which it is usually viewed, especially 2. to review something normally considered good or glorious with a view to the bad it engendered, or with which it was associated at the time. Adj.: replorable; Noun form: reploration.

[From the Latin re- "again" + -plorare "to weep, cry out," as (probably) in explore, implore, and deplore.]

e.g., The old film Nosferatu is today considered rather comic, even campy; but if you replore it, trying to focus on what the original audience knew and saw, it's positively terrifying. | To understand the meaning of "replore," one must learn that every silver lining has a cloud.

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hogen-mogen - "A person having or affecting great power."

e.g., If Hillary Clinton gets elected President of the United States, she will be the world's ultimate hogen-mogen.

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gnawesome - Also nawesome. For not awesome: somewhere between good or great and awesome. Awesome has become trivialized in recent years, from being used as a descriptive for things that might be good but are also far from awesome. Very far from awesome. Miracles are awesome. Not much else is. When it comes to diminishing such a useful word, I dissent.

e.g., "You performed well in the play, Alec." "Was I awesome?" "Umm, well, no. You were great ... but you weren't awesome. Let's say you were gnawsome."

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trumpet / trumpette - (Pronounced, respectively, TRUM-pet and trum-PET; n.) a devotee of Donald Trump, masculine and feminine forms.

e.g., Pete and Laura are rabid trumpets: they are so caught up in Donald Trump's slogan "make America great again," that they've never asked whether or not Trump even knows how.

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probablility - Probability, to cover for a ytpoe I make frequently.

e.g., Given that Marty's seven years older than I am, there's certainly a greater than zero probablility that I'll outlive him. I'm not going to count on it.

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heteroflexible - Stumbled across this word recently with no context given for it. Until I locate something different, I'm going to take it to mean a person who is up for sex acts of any sort as long as the other person involved is of the opposite sex. (ED. Yeah, that's right -- H.D., Marty, and I are dinosaurs, from a generation where we heard the word gender only in English class. It was used to classify pronouns by gender: feminine, masculine, neutral.) (Duplicate.}

e.g., "Lillith, are you heterosexual." "Yes, I am." "Exclusively?" "Yes." "Are you heteroflexible?" "I have no idea, because I don't now what the word means, Marty. I do know this, though: At my age the only thing flexible about me is ... well, nothing really."

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maureen dowd syndrome - A condition my son named about ten years ago: Maureen Dowd is both fact and logic-proof: neither can gain purchase on her grey matter.

e.g., More and more people seem to suffer from Maureen Dowd Syndrome.

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foodstitute - Servers of food in a restaurant. Waiters and/or waitresses.

e.g., The only relationships I have are with foodstitutes. I give them money, they give me food.

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wreck havoc - "To devastate, wreak havoc, cause extensive damage." The usage is now common enough (since ~1990) that it would hardly be surprising if it eventually becomes acceptable.


e.g., He murmured, Are these shifting images harmless or actual adversaries creeping up toward my patrol car to wreck havoc on me? He jumped, wide-eyed, as a raccoon bounded up on the polished hood of his cruiser.

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gan - 'Gan' is a far better thing than what you see being used to-day, namely 'went' [ illogical ]..?! Shouldn't the sequence be, 'go, gan, gone'..?! But of course..!!

e.g., The man's plan hit the fan when it gan longer than planned, man..? [ The Rhine in Spine lieth Minely in the Pline ]..? it goes without saying [ poe edic licence ]..?! They gan without eating, 40 daze an' 40 nites, an' were thereafter mere shadows of their former selves..?! [ poe edic ]..?! pie 0201

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

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

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slug - (v.) 1. To commute by riding with a stranger who needs another person or people to legally drive in a high-occupancy highway lane; conversely, 2. to offer rides to strangers in order to get enough riders to commute in a high-occupancy lane. [Evidently coined on the US East coast back in the 90s.]

e.g., Jenny married a guy she met slugging to work last year; an added benefit of market-driven commuting strategy. | The city finally caved and put a pickup lane at the bus station for sluggers to find people willing to ride with them so as to get there faster.

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walking school bus - (n.) 1. A group of young (i.e., elementary-school-aged) children walking together under the supervision of an adult (or several adults); 2. such a group of young children walking together to or from school under adult supervision; 3. a group of school children walking to a given location (such as a mall or the zoo) under adult supervision. [A very recent coinage, I'm told, appearing on the internet in a number of newspages and blogs.]

e.g., The walking school bus approach is healthier, happier, and better at ensuring attendance than the mechanical school bus. Perhaps we should try it in more elementary school districts.

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scotch free - Scot free.

e.g., Is it true that Bruce aka Caitlyn Jenner was tried for killing a woman in a traffic accident and got off scotch free? If so, I hadn't heard about it.

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trencherman -

A real word that whose use has, unfortunately, declined:

  • "noun trencherman \ˈtren-chər-mən\ 1. a hearty eater 2. archaic hanger-on, sponger" |
  • "a person who eats in a specified manner, typically heartily" |
  • "1. a hearty eater. 2. archaic One who frequently eats meals at another's table; a hanger-on" |
  • "1. a person who enjoys food; hearty eater 2. archaic a person who sponges on others; parasite" |
  • "a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess."

The first example comes from a column by Wesley Pruden.

e.g., Cocoa husk custard probably wont kill anyone, either, but it sounds like the dessert that Winston Churchill, a trencherman of note, once sent back to the kitchen because this pudding has no theme.

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probaly -

Probably, as it's often pronounced and sometimes spelled. Those who pronounce probably as probaly probably also tend to pronounce library as liberry

From the Dumbtionary, a dictionary for misspelled words: The word listed above (probably) is probably the correct spelling for the word that you entered (probaly). This is just an educated guess based on commonly misspelled words. To double check that this is the correct word you can use the resources below to find the definition of probably, antonyms for probably, synonyms for probably, quotes relating to probably and other information about probably.

e.g., HD: "I probaly won't see you again until we meet in Heaven." Lillith: "Oh, in other words, this is the last time we'll ever see each other." HD: "Why do you say that? Don't you believe in Heaven?" Lillith: "Sure. It's just that you'll never make it past the Pearly Gates. For you, it will be the same as it is when they hang out a No Vacancy sign at a motel."

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dictionary of the rat pack -

From the Dictionary of The Rat Pack

  • bag: a person's particular interest; as in "singing's my bag"
  • barn burner: a very stylish, classy woman
  • beard: a male friend who acts as a "cover"; usually for extramarital affairs
  • beetle: a girl who dresses in flashy clothes
  • big-leaguer: a resourceful man who can handle any situation
  • big casino: death
  • bird: the male or female genitalia; standard greeting: "How's your bird"?
  • bombsville: any kind of failure in life; see ville
  • broad: affectionate term for a girl or woman with sex appeal
  • bum: a person who is despised, most frequently linked to people in the media
  • bunter: a man who fails in almost everything he does; the opposite of gasser
  • Charley: a general term for anyone whose name has been forgotten; see also Sam
  • Charlies: admiring word for a woman's breasts
  • chick: a young and invariably pretty girl
  • clyde: a word used to cover a multitude of personal observations; e.g., "I don't like her clyde" means "I don't like her voice", etc.
  • coo-coo!: see crazy.
  • crazy: a term of admiration for a personal, place, or thing; similar to cool.
  • Creep: a man who is disliked for any reason
  • crumb: a person it is impossible to respect
  • dame: a generally derogatory term for a probably unattractive woman
  • dig: a term of appreciation; e.g., "I dig that broad."
  • "Drop it, charley": change the conversation; see "good night, all"
  • duke: tip
  • dying: an exaggerated term to mean slightly upset; e.g. "I'm dying"
  • end: a word to signify that someone or something is the very best; "the living end"
  • endsville: total failure; similar to bombsville; see ville
  • fink: a person who cannot be relied upon or trusted, especially someone in the media; a crumb
  • fracture: to make laugh; as in "that fractures me"
  • gas: a great situation; as in "that set was a gas"
  • gasoline: alcohol
  • gasser: a highly admired person; the end!
  • gofer: someone who performs menial jobs and tasks; "go for drinks"
  • "good night all": a term of invective used to change the subject of conversation
  • groove: a term of admiration or approval; as in "in the groove"
  • Harvey: a person who acts in a stupid or naive fashion; sometimes shortened to "Harv"
  • hacked: angry; as in "he's hacked off"
  • hello!: a cry of surprise to no one in particular when a beautiful woman is seen
  • hunker: a jack-of-all-trades; see gopher
  • jokes: an actor's lines in a screenplay
  • let's lose charley: a term used among intimates who want to get rid of a bore in their company
  • little hey-hey: romance; a little action with a broad
  • locked-up: as in "all locked-up," a term for a forthcoming date or engagement, private or public
  • loser: anyone who has made a mess of their life, drinks too much, makes the wrong enemies, etc.
  • mish-mash: similar to loser, but refers specifically to a woman who is messed up
  • mothery: terrific; wild and wicked
  • mouse: usually a small, very feminine girl who invites being cuddled
  • nowhere: a term of failure as in "he's nowhere."
  • odds: used in connection with important decisions, as in "the odds aren't right," meaning it's a no go
  • original loser: a person without talent; sometimes more fully expressed as "He is the original Major Bowes Amateur Hour loser
  • player: a man who is a gambler by nature, makes friends easily, and never gives up trying
  • punks: any undesirables, in particular criminals, gangsters, or mobsters
  • quin: derisive term for a woman who is an easy pick-up
  • rain: as in "I think it's going to rain" indicating that it is time to leave a dull gathering or party
  • ring-a-ding: a term of approval, as in "What a ring-a-ding broad!"
  • Sam: used in the same way as Charley for a person whose name has been forgotten, most often applied to females
  • scramsville: to run off
  • sharp: a person who dresses well and with style
  • "ta-ta": goodbye
  • twirl: a girl who loves dancing
  • ville: a suffix used to indicate changes in any given situation; see endsville, splitsville, etc.

e.g., Lillith: Sheesh, HD, where did you come up with that out-of-date lingo? HD: It's straight out of the Dictionary of the Rat Pack, m'dear.

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bombsville - From the Dictionary of the Rat Pack: any kind of failure in life; see ville.


“His Blackberry ring-a-ding dings. He rolls his blue eyes. Its another panicked call from Kevin McCarthy. Boehner is beginning to wonder if the kid just doesnt have it, if hes bombsville. McCarthy styled himself as one of the ‘young guns,’ along with Eric Cantor, who misfired, and Paul Ryan, who cant pull the trigger. Now Boehners worried that McCarthy might be a pop gun.

“‘Kevin, did you make another mess I gotta clean up?’ the Speaker growls. ‘Stop blubbering. Thats my department. Obviously, you really stepped in it with that Benghazi crack on “Hannity.” You told Sean that I get a B-minus as speaker? I give you a D for Dumbo.’”

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per say - Per se: Of, in, or by itself or oneself; intrinsically.


“Another lawmaker who has been a thorn in the side of intelligence agencies, outspoken Florida Democrat Alan Grayson, said the incident ‘illustrates the dangers of pervasive spying not just on members of Congress, but on members of the general public.’

“‘It’s not so much whether members of Congress, per say, might feel chilled, but whether its chilling to think that the federal government has a record of our phone calls, mail that we send, the mail that we receive, our purchases,’ he said Thursday during an interview in the Speaker’s Lobby.”

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genialogy - The study of how to be a nice person. Perhaps with an alternative spelling of genialology as a sop to the texting and chat room crowd.

e.g., For a few years in the 1970s and 1980s, my company sent me every once or two years to take a course in genialogy.

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bane of my existence - Not downgrading this particular piece, but I've found Keyes to be more conservative than I am. I wanted to vote for him in Oklahoma's Republican primary in 2000, but I'm not sure he got on the ballot. If he dd, I did.

e.g., Not downgrading this particular piece, but I've found Keyes to be more conservative than I am. I wanted to vote for him in Oklahoma's Republican primary in 2000, but I'm not sure he got on the ballot. If he dd, I did.

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preterition - (n.) "Passing over or omission; drawing attention to a thing by claiming to omit it." | Law Dictionary: "In the civil law. The omission by a testator of some one of bis heirs who is legally entitled to a portion of the inheritance."

e.g., ssssssssss

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heteronormative - A recent construct that seems to ... suggest that heterosexuality is normal? Whatever, it seems to me as if it's usually used in a way that suggests people who see that as being the case are in the wrong.
Oxford dictionaries: "Denoting or relating to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or preferred sexual orientation."

e.g., Am I heteronormative? Damned if I know. The people I've heard use the word are decades younger than I am, are educated in less scientific -- pseudo-scientific? -- disciplines than I am, and are much, much farther to the left in the political spectrum than I am. It's simply not the sort of word someone my age and with a Myers-Briggs INTJ personality type is going to find much use for. | "Much of the language used when discussing wedding planning is heteronormative, which can alienate homosexual couples."

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poped - Pooped from too much coverage of Pope Francis's visit to the United States.

e.g., Sheesh, I had no idea when I switched to the news that I'd get poped as fast as I did.

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paronomasia -

Meaning: Word play based on sound similarities, punning.

Notes: Paronomasia usually means "pun", but it actually covers other forms of wordplay, too. Using two different words in the same phrase also counts as paronomasia, e.g. 'pour out corruption from every pore'. Careful that you do not substitute A for the first O in this word: paranomasia. The adjective for this word is paronomastic or, if you need an extra syllable, paronomastical. However, for the adverb you must include the meaningless suffix -al: paronomastically.

AlphaDictionary word for 2015-09-23.

e.g., Several entries in the pd are paronomasia, submitted by Charlie Lesko.

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callithump - (n.) 1. a noisy boisterous parade 2. a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple

e.g., The Donald is surely the most callithumpian presidential candidate we've ever had.

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iatollah -

Ayotallah: a high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well.

From Wikipedia: Romanization of Arabic

Different approaches and methods for the romanization of Arabic exist. They vary in the way that they address the inherent problems of rendering written and spoken Arabic in the Latin script. Examples of such problems are the symbols for Arabic phonemes that do not exist in English or other European languages; the means of representing the Arabic definite article, which is always spelled the same way in written Arabic but has numerous pronunciations in the spoken language depending on context; and the representation of short vowels (usually iu or eo , accounting for variations such as Muslim/Moslem or Mohammed/Muhammad/Mohamed ).

Posted for RM by MS; however, the spelling can hardly be called wrong. Transliteration from Arabic to English isn't arbitrary, of course, but it's not and can't be perfect either.

The example uses the grocer's apostrophe.

e.g., I don't think they mean it personally either. But the bastard iatollah's and the religious leadership a**wholes over there … indoctrinates them to say it. Citizens of a totalitarian regime where information is controlled have a completely whacky outlook on the rest of the world. Look at North Korea. Same thing. The roving blackouts and abject poverty is blamed on us by their government [and the populace] then thinks we are the cause of all their problems. So we are the Imperialist American dogs. Place the blame on anyone OTHER than your government so your people don't revolt; this had been done in governments since the dawn of civilization.

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liberal arts education - An education that often does a better job of teaching college students how to enjoy the finer things in life than those with degrees in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, and other so-called hard sciences. I'll bet they're also more likely to be interested in social justice.

Unfortunately, unless they get advanced degrees, liberal arts majors are not terribly likely to be able to get jobs that will enable them to afford &hellip the finer things in life. Armed with advanced degrees, however, some of them can get teaching jobs in colleges and universities and earn a decent living. Lacking an advanced degree, getting employed as a sales clerk is about all they should aspire to.

e.g., Ah, no, Emily, surely you're not going to be a liberal arts major? ... You are? Well, at least with a liberal arts education you'll be able to get a job a bit better than working in a fast food joint. Maybe even get a job as a hostess at a decent restaurant.

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cissexism - "Cissexism (or cissexual assumption or cisnormativity) is the appeal to norms that enforce the gender binary and gender essentialism, resulting in the oppression of gender variant (non-binary) and trans identities."

Google cissexism kyriarchy POC queer to find out where such terms turn up together. I prefer the old day when the only time we heard about gender was when we studied pronouns in English class: feminine and masculine. These days, when it comes to self-identifification, I self-identify as a warthog.

e.g., "This thesis investigates how and in which way Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in New York City addresses issues of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and cissexism within the movement. Through a two-week field study including six semi - structured interviews with key informants and participant observation, an intersectional analysis was deployed to examine the organizing structure."

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anti-responsibility - (adj.) pro-choice.

e.g., It seems to me that those who tout abortion have already exercised their choice, and now seek only to avert the responsibilities that choice entails. Hence, anti-responsibility.

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interjectionable - (in-ter-JEK-shun-uh-bull; adj.) Calling for or exciting spontaneous cries expressing of terror, horror, disgust, chagrin, disappointment, relief, approbation, praise, worship, vel cet.; 2. In the opinion of the speaker, worthy of such cries.

e.g., "This is protein supplement. It will help your body repair your wound. Unfortunately, it tastes, well, interjectionable." "GAG! You're right!" "Bad, huh?" "Bad?! That's the most regurgitating slop I've ever tasted!"

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hurrayable - (her-RAY-uh-bull; adj.) 1. Exciting or worthy of exciting spontaneous cheers or cries of praise, approbation, or delight; 2. (less spontaneously) praiseworthy; 3. calling for a formal show of approbation (e.g., three cheers).

(Also "hurrahable," "huzzahable," vel cet.) {Duplicate.}

e.g., That last catch was amazing, unexpected, ... positively hurrayable. | The work of the Red Cross volunteers during this disaster has been hurrayable. | Welcome, your hurrayable highness.

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hinge - (n.) Together with its regular meaning(s), a tweak given to spelling or font in order to signal a particular language or dialect. Such hinges can range from calligraphy (such as angular additions to signal Asian logographs, alterations to signal Cyrillic (like a backwards "R" for the Russian "ya"), or curlicues and strokes for Victorian- or Edwardian-era writing) to diaereses and cedillas to imply cultural or areal distinctness. [Coined by my son Digory to explain the practice.]

e.g., Apostrophes appear in fantasy languages as a rather cliche hinge to signal alien-ness.

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kyriarchy - The first example is taken from the description of nethilia's den of fabulousness. I have no idea what PoC and kyriarchy mean, so I'm going to find out. … PoC is simply People of Color, more often seen as POC.

Kyriarchy, pronounced /ˈkaɪriɑrki/, is a social system or set of connecting social systems built around domination, oppression, and submission.

These are not going to be the sorts of constructions white men past their sell-by date are likely to run across very frequently. We tend to be much more interested in spending time with our loved ones or taking care of them to have much interest in being political activists. Trying to stay on the green side of the sod ourselves can also take up a considerable amount of our time.

Google cissexism kyriarchy POC queer to find out where such terms turn up together. Some of the terms have been created so recently and are so uncommon that they barely register on Google books Ngram Viewer. If you included even the 10,000th most common word used in English, the two words that show up below would barely register. Such is the nature of the grievance industry that has started to flourish in the last thirty years.

Kyriarchy - SJWiki

Kyriarchy (from Greek meaning rule by lord) is an interlocking set of cultural, economic, and legal rules and systems that work to keep multiple groups oppressed for the benefit of a ruling group or class. Axes of oppression all contribute to creating a sociological landscape of hierarchical levels of privilege.

Patriarchy is the subset of kyriarchy that oppresses women and non binary people to the benefit of men. White supremacy is the subset that oppresses people of color in favor of white people. Dyadism oppresses intersex people. Cisnormativity oppresses trans people. Heteronormativity oppresses queer people and privileges heterosexual people.

Who is oppressed and who benefits varies depending on time and place, but generally speaking, the ruling class is small group, and everyone else is oppressed. However, not everyone is oppressed in the same way.

e.g., "… I am pro-social justice and stand up for PoC and queer people and socialism, and am all about tearing down the kyriarchy and capitalism and there's some other things I guess so that's it and i will get as political as i wanna and if you don't like it eat glass encrusted legos with a bleach chaser mmkay"

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leafity - (LEEF-it-ee; n.) 1. The quality or state of a plant or tree's being covered with leaves; by extension, 2. a. summer: that time of year characterized by the presence of leaves on deciduous plants and trees, also b. spring: that time of year characterized by the appearance of new leaves. 2. c. autumn: that time of year characterized by carpets and piles of dead leaves everywhere.

e.g., Shade is the result of a tree's healthy leafity. | Leafity is so hot that one must seek shade in order to avoid dehydration. | After a long winter, one must rejoice in leafity.

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megaaggression - A logical extension of a new term I haven't quite figured out yet: microagression. I think maybe it goes something like this:

  • "Males have one Y chromosome and one X chromosome, while females have two X chromosomes."
  • If you refer to a person who has one X chromosome and one Y chromosome as a boy or a man, you've committed a microaggression.
  • So it must follow that if you refer to a person who has one X chromosome and one Y chromosome and self-identifies as being female as being a boy or a man (say Bruce aka Caitlyn Jenner), you've committed a megaagression. ... Or something.

I was surprised to find that the term has been around since 2004, recorded by Grant Barrett: microaggression n. subtle forms of racism or bias. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

e.g., "He quickly goes to work slapping people with detentions for every triggering and microaggression he hears about, and its not long before even Cartman has decided to back down. It was actually kind of strange to have Kyle be the one who tries to hold out until the end rather than Cartman, but clearly they wanted a reason to make some Brady/DeflateGate jokes and that gave them an excuse." | I think it's become a megaagression to refer to the NFL team in Washington as the Redskins.

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ouroboros - "The ouroboros or uroboros ... is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail."

e.g., "This is the limit of the Kardashian contribution to the world: self-aggrandizing fame that feeds upon itself like an ouroboros made up of injustice and selfies."

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upadate - Update. To accommodate a typing error I make frequently.

e.g., The phobias entry will get me back to my canonical list of phobias -- and I'll be upadating the entry over time.

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quid pro dough - Something for something, same as quid pro quo. However, with quid pro dough an actual exchange of money takes place -- the second party returns a "favor" because she's been paid to do so. Title of a New York Post article published on April 21, 2015, about Bill and Hillary Clinton.

e.g., When JJJ asked his great-aunt Mary Massey how voters in his home county voted, she said, "About a third vote Democrat, a third vote Republican, and a third sell their votes." "Quid pro dough for the third group, eh?" "You got it. Just more straightforwardly than we usually see."

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bachground music - Music performed by elite musician(s) but that nobody is really paying attention to or cares about.

e.g., Heard they had great Bachground music at the embassy dinner last night.

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litterture - Any written work that has little merit and is commonly recognized as a piece of trash.

e.g., Read his last book, its truly high litterture.

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qualiflied - Highly skilled individual that is so good that everything s/he does flies and meets success.

e.g., Been working with him for years. The dude is truly qualiflied!

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halfrican - Half-black, half white.

e.g., "The halfrican has shut down coal industry in America without a replacement source for power, just to justify the cost of energy going through the roof for Americans. The middle class of America will take the brunt of the increase as they pay for the rising cost for the poor, like they do for obamacare."

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hoarse manure - A filibuster.

e.g., There is an idiotic political ploy, in which a Congressman or Senator, in order to delay a vote on legislation he is supposedly vehemently opposed to, will hold, and refuse to yield, the floor by speaking, for hour after hour, on topics both relevant and ridiculous, including such activities as reciting the Declaration of Independence, reading from the Bible, etc., etc.

This practice results in "hoarse manure" -- for the politician, a global awareness that he is a horse's ass with a sore throat -- for the People, a mountain of stinking crap.

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poutrage - A combination of pouting and outrage.

e.g., "KOS's true colors are showing and the color is red-right-wing. He posted a diary with a poll that showed the exact opposite of his poutrage, but that didn't stop him from calling President Obama-supporters 'idiots.'"

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nihilisecond - Zero time, no time at all. Sometimes spelled nilisecond.

e.g., It took almost fifty years for my wife to realize that The Girl and I had never been anything but friends, that I had gotten over any crushes I had on her within nihiliseconds of laying eyes on my wife for the first time. | A nihilisecond is the same length of time as a either a googol nihiliseconds or a yuckto-nihilisecond: no time at all.

Gooogle Ngram Viewer

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yanno - You know.

e.g., Hey, yanno I am good!

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plexie-glass - Plexiglass. Other ytpoes in Raygun's comment will be ignored.

e.g., Raygun: So the Hillary wants to debate the Donald, I hope she gets her chance.

… the debate will probaly have to be thrue one inch of plexie-glass in prison.

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criminogenic - A real word, but not frequently used: "Creating or generating crime, fostering criminal behavior" | "Producing or tending to produce crime or criminality" |

e.g., "Alcohol is the most criminogenic substance in America" (James B. Jacobs). | Is society becoming more criminogenic or less criminogic? | Do crime statistics bear out that an urban setting is more criminogenic than a rural setting? Surely in the number of crimes committed, but how about the rate of crimes? The Shadow knows. I don't. | BBC News: "Worse than that, they insist on using long words like 'criminogenic.'"

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asstoot - Not astute, as in smart: a fart.

e.g., Oh. My. God. Don't tell me it was the dog. No dog's asstoot smells like that.

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atlastic - The feeling of having the weight of the world on your shoulders.

e.g., The pressure made me feel extremely atlastic.

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adyne - To do something deemed impossible.

e.g., They said it was impossible, but I was determined to adyne it.

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nephew - (n.) A significant amount of weight lost (or, presumably, gained). [from the ordinary word 'nephew,' meaning 'sibling's son.' Evidently, a reference to carrying around--or not carrying around--the weight of a child.]

e.g., I first heard this term used by a physical therapist in reference to a patient who had lost weight over a few months. He said, "Wow, John, looks like you've dropped a nephew!" I find the term rather bizarre, myself.

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killegal aliens - Illegal aliens who end up becoming murderers.

e.g., Unfortunately, there've been too many killegal aliens in the news this summer.

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proberly - Probably.

e.g., Blaming everyone but himself. He was proberly just a crap reporter.

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get-togethere - A get-together somewhere other than at home -- especially if the venue is a long way from home.

e.g., We'll be having a family get-togethere next October when my wife's nephew gets married -- to a young woman he's known since junior high. Both are in their early thirties.

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mas - Mutual Admiration Society. || "(Caribbean) a carnival | music played for a carnival, or a band playing this."

e.g., Friends of the best kind are usually those who belong to the same MAS. If your friends don't think highly of you and admire you, who will? | I think it's safe enough to say we belong to a three-man MAS. || The total lack of cultural context is a real problem, says Okola. From a distance, someone may see Rihanna walking down the street and say, Oh, shes half-naked on the street. First of all, why do you care? Secondly, do you understand the context within which shes half-naked in a bikini? It is simply part of the mas experience. And mas has not always had these levels of nakedness, but like everything, mas evolves.

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positions of powder - Top level jobs held by ... the weaker sex. (Wonder if that will get me in trouble. I saw it used recently, so I thought I'd give it a try. By Camille Paglia, well-known feminist?)

e.g., "Looks like there are some people in positions of powder that still value America and the Rule of Law. I plan to reach out to his office with a message of gratitude and support. I urge others to do the same. Judge Sullivan Chambers: (202) 354-xxxx, or Courtroom Deputy: Mark Coates (202) 354-xxxx."

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supertome - Extending the meaning of the word tome beyond large, scholarly books is a natural -- for long letters, long e-mails, long Internet comments, long blog posts, etc. At one end of the size spectrum for text on the Internet, we have 140-character tweets. At the other end, we have supertomes. The easiest way to create a supertome is to use text collector software to combine all of the .txt files in a directory into a single .txt file.

e.g., Has anyone developed software that will combine multiple .eml files into supertomes? It can get mighty tedious doing it by hand.

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fatasstrophe - A disastrous situation you find yourself in because you're obese. Fatastrophe.

e.g., "She's not that funny and I gotta say, that woman's latest video is an absolute fatastrophe."

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yucktosecond - A unit of time a millionth of one Planck time (10-44 second), that being "the time required to travel one Planck length at the speed of light (c)." Until now, the second smallest unit of time named has ben a yoctosecond (10-24 second) or one septillionth of a second. Seeing that made the name for my new unit of time obvious given that I was searching for a word related to laughing -- Yucks can be used as a synonym for laughs. A yucktosecond is thus 10-50 second, the smallest unit of time named as far as I know. Planck time

e.g., You watched for six minutes waiting for the video to be funny? Not very smart, I'd say. I have absolutely no intention of wasting even one yucktosecond of my time watching it.

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midi ochre - The disgusting color and quality of cheap paint.

e.g., Hal-- I've just repainted my kitchen. Doesn't it look fresh and new? Cal-- You idiot! Results are always mid ochre when you use five-year-old paint bought for three dollars a gallon!

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mask uline - The "standard" stoic, impassive visage that hides male emotions.

e.g., George Becton is a regular guy. His craggy, unsmiling face and questioning cynical look is his typical mask uline reaction to all confrontations. However, when Willy, his wife, smiles gently at him with her soft brown eyes, his heart immediately melts and she gets anything she wants. (ED. Isn't that the way it is for any man worth his salt.)

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caronary - (Rhymes with BAR-on-dairy; n.) The metaphorical heart attack that automobile owners feel, especially the owners of new automobiles, when their automobiles are damaged (wrecked, bashed, dinged) or threatened. [From "car" mixed with "coronary."]

e.g., When Mary learned that Mark had crashed her brand new Audi, she about had a caronary.

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- (ED. From a submitter who made such a stunningly insensitive remark shortly after my wife's death that I have absolutely no intention of accepting any further submittals from him. I've even considered removing all of his previous submittals, but that would be a lot of work given that there are over 400 of them. Right now, I refuse to waste an e-mail on him. Perhaps some day I'll relent, but not yet.)

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aj - Advocacy journalist.

e.g., "Well done. Jorge Ramos is what is called an 'advocacy journalist' -- advancing an agenda is more important to AJs than seeking the truth and reporting it."

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crap writing - Truly bad writing from a mechanics standpoint.

e.g., "These statistics are just too much of a burden on the tax paying American worker. Perhaps if you want to include all those welfare recipients in the tax paying population, that would help, but no, you won't do that either. Rubio, and ALL the GOP .....let us remind you.....your FIRST obligation is to WE THE AMERICAN tax payers, paying for all this BS. NOT illegals.....NOT anchor babies.....NOT Visa I will NEVER vote for anyone whose interest is in ANYONE but us."

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pantywaste - Pantywaist. Otherwise, I shudder to think what pantywaste might be.

e.g., "The Republican elections have been failures for over a decade and those in office are liars and pantywastes."

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hookup - A casual sexual encounter. | The person with whom you have a casual sexual encounter.
With the hack of the data for website for cheating wives and husbsands in the news again, it seemed reasonable to add the term -- which might still be unknown to, say, the Amish.

e.g., Sure, I hookup with a man other than my husband at least once a week, but I don't know why I get called a cheater for doing so. He knows all about it and approves of what I'm doing -- it's just an easy way for me to find new hookups.

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politico scoliosis - (Var.of scoliosis, a human curved spine condition.) A politician's curvature of stance on controversial issues.

e.g., The Honorable State Senator stands in front of a bank of microphones. It is his long-awaited press conference on "Should The Natural Gas Drilling Method Of Fracking Be Allowed In Our State?"

The topic has been bitterly debated for months. Those in favor cite the economic benefits the state's communities sorely need. Those opposed have been fiercely vocal with their concerns for irreversible damage to our land and water.

Tension in the room is almost unbearable. Will the Senator voice his approval and earn the enmity and bitter hatred of the environmentalist and "tree huggers?"

Or will he speak against, and lose the friendship, perks, and financial campaign support from the large landowners, businessmen and "old pals" at his snazzy country club? Hey! C'mon! You know! I don't have to tell you!
The good senator could speak and answer pointed questions all day, and never say one word of commitment, for or against.
As with those who seek a career in elected government service, our polished, experienced senator, smiling and speaking glibly, has long maintained a severe case of politico scoliosis.

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egat - Someone who grew up in the Everyone Gets a Trophy Generation.

e.g., Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrsion returned his kids' non-winning participation trophies. He was clearly concerned about them growing up as egats. What he did seems all right to me -- the kids found out a little earlier than their peers that you don't get a prize just for showing up.

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accenchuate - Accentuate. Simpler Spelling Word of the Day for

Thursday, August 13, 2015: accenchuate" for "accentuate"

T does not spell the CH-sound as in "chipmunk." CH does: "accenchuate."


HD: Not that long ago, I thought the earliest popular song I remembered hearing was "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." Now I'm almost sure the earliest would be "Accenchuate the Positive." It came out a couple of years earlier.

Lillith: That's not the correct title for the song.

HD: Stuff it, Lillith. It's close enough. And it definitely matches the way the word is pronounced.

Here's part of the Wikipedia entry.

"Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" is a popular song. The music was written by Harold Arlen and the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, and it was published in 1944. It is sung in the style of a sermon, and explains that accentuating the positive is key to happiness. In describing his inspiration for the lyric, Mercer told the Pop Chronicles radio documentary "[my] publicity agent … went to hear Father Divine and he had a sermon and his subject was 'you got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.' And I said Wow, that's a colorful phrase!'"

I agree with Mercer: Accenchuating the positive is, indeed, a key ingredient in recipes for happpiness. Here are the lyrics in full.

Gather 'round me, everybody
Gather 'round me while I'm preachin'
Feel a sermon comin' on me
The topic will be sin and that's what I'm ag'in'
If you wanna hear my story
The settle back and just sit tight
While I start reviewin'
The attitude of doin' right

You've got to accentuate the positive
Eliminate the negative
And latch on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
Bring gloom down to the minimum
Have faith or pandemonium's
Liable to walk upon the scene

To illustrate my last remark
Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
What did they do just when everything looked so dark?

(Man, they said "We'd better accentuate the positive")
("Eliminate the negative")
("And latch on to the affirmative")
Don't mess with Mister In-Between (No!)
Don't mess with Mister In-Between

(Ya got to spread joy up to the maximum)

(Bring gloom down to the minimum)

(Have faith or pandemonium's)
(Liable to walk upon the scene)

You got to ac (yes, yes) -cent-tchu-ate the positive
Eliminate (yes, yes) the negative
And latch (yes, yes) on to the affirmative
Don't mess with Mister In-Between
No, don't mess with Mister In-Between

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enablerhood - Community of people who encourage or enable negative or self-destructive behavior in others.

It's a beautiful day in the enablerhood,
A beautiful day in the enablerhood,
Wouldn't you like to be ... my enabler?!

e.g., In my enablerhood, I give my alcoholic neighbor a six-pack of beer for mowing my lawn, so my lazy butt doesn't have to go outside or exert myself in any way that might resemble exercise.

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pharmacognosy - Real word. "The branch of knowledge concerned with medicinal drugs obtained from plants or other natural sources."

e.g., "While not all colleges of pharmacy require instruction in herbal therapies or pharmacognosy, inclusion of information about herbal medicines in the curriculum is an effective way to insure knowledge in this area." | "Most pharmacy or medical schools stopped teaching pharmacognosy long ago and are now scrambling to revive them with the increased interest in alternative treatments."

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brake-hearty fool - Anyone with the inescapable urge to tap and/or hold their brakes incessantly while driving.

e.g., In my mind: "Are you turning, lady? Did someone cut you off again? Is there a dead coyote in the road? Are you having a seizure? Should you own a driver's license?" When the density of the traffic dissipated and I could see there was no one within 100 yards in front of her ... "You silly brake-hearty fool!"

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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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nayture - The obverse side of Nature -- hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, hail, windstorms,tsunamis, lightning, sandstorms, snowstorms,earthquakes, droughts, typhoons.

e.g., Nayture at her worse -- last winter in Binghamton, N.Y.

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pregret - /pre'gret/

To feel sadness, repentance, or disappointment in advance of something you know you will do even though it's probably a bad idea.

e.g., Knowing her diet was about to go to hell, Liz eyed the luscious-looking cheesecake with pregret.

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nearture - The element of closeness in intimate human relationships.

e.g., "Nearture" means that for Helen Keller, all love needed was touch.

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heim pisst - A seemingly bastardized German phrase meant to express one's unhappily contentious state.

e.g., My German made car won't start this morning. The battery's dead and jump starting it doesn't work. My local AAA informs me that my plan covers only American made cars. Neighbors are jumping into their autos and driving happily off to work. Not me. Frankly, "Heim pisst!"

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bijux poetry - Poetry based on a single subject. The poetry is required to be 2 words. The words combined, in relation to the subject, have two opposite meanings.

e.g., Subject: Motorcycle Riding BiJux Poetry * weather acute * slick tires * yellow jackets * wind breezy

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polotician - A politican who has been featured on Polo shirts -- such as John Kerry. Did Kerry ever play polo? Guess not. The polo-playing champion, Lieutenant John Kerry, was from of an earlier generation -- and didn't serve in the Vietnam War.

e.g., "Now you [mother-effing] poloticians are pushing us into a corner. Keep pushing. This nation is heading for an ugliness that will make Rwanda look like a birthday party"

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ailimetary canal - Alimetary canal.

e.g., When my hemorrhoids are acting up, I think of my pain as coming from the nether end of my ailimentary canal.

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hugportunist - A person who takes any and every opportunity to grab a hug.

e.g., Stina, here comes Sam again! He jumps in any chance he gets! We taught him well, he is a true hugportunist.

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unradioable - (of speech) Unfit for broadcasting on the air, usually due to vulgarity or use of foul language.

e.g., Yes, I used some unradioable vocabulary in the locker room, but let's just say I let the players know that their performance that night was unacceptable.

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oneth - (WUNTH, also 1th; adj.) ordinal numeral directly derived from the cardinal "one" rather than the usual "first."

e.g., Dodie Smith's _One_Hundred_and_One_Dalmations_ contains, as its last chapter "The Hundred and Oneth Dalmation." | Neil Armstrong was the oneth man to walk on the Moon; Buzz Aldrin was the twoth; and Pete Conrad was the threeth.

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ursulus - (ER-suh-lus (rhymes with FUR-the-bus), aka the "Baby Bear Zone"; n.) The "habitable zone" around a star; that is, an area far enough from a star for a planet to have liquid water and a gaseous atmosphere, but not so far out that the water freezes and the gases solidify---the ideal zone (i.e., "just right") for the presence of life. (Often called the "Goldilocks Zone.")

[From Ursus, Latin for "Bear" + suffix -ulus "small."]

The term is taken from the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, in which Goldilocks, a self-serving interloper, surreptitiously enters the bears' house, unlawfully samples the bears' food and furnishings, finding only Baby Bear's "just right." In so doing, Goldilocks destroys Baby Bear's chair and devours Baby Bear's porridge, topping off her delinquent escapade by falling asleep in Baby Bear's bed. It is to be noted that the "just right-ness" is Baby Bear's, not Goldilocks's. Why should we employ such a bad example as a label for a potentially living planet? I prefer to call the life-zone the "Baby Bear zone."

e.g., The recently discovered planet, Kepler 452b, sits right in the ursulus of its star, Kepler 452.

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swain - I'll do my part to rescue the word.

Dr. Goodword Meaning: 1. A country lad, a young farmer, a young rustic. 2. A young male sweetheart, suitor or lover.

Notes: Here is a lovely word about to fall out of use and in need of rescue. It comes with an adjective, swainish, meaning "like a swain," which provides for a noun, swainishness, meaning "boorishness." Be sure not to omit the A when writing this word; otherwise, you will conjure up a radically different image.

In Play: A boyfriend who is so lovestruck as to behave like a farmer is where the second sense of today's Good Word comes from: "June McBride is marrying some simple swain from New York who is goo-goo eyed over her."…

e.g., "'Cast not pearls before swains' -- isn't that what Jesus said?"

"Before swine, Lillith. Before swine. 'Cast not pearls before swine.' By that he meant we should not 'waste good things on people who will not appreciate them.'"

"Stop being pedantic, HD. I know what it means. Tell you what, if you'll stop wearing that silly snout, I'll stop calling you a swine. Deal?"


"All right, no more pig jokes. ... But remember, you're not a swain either."

"Now that that's settled, let's start working up an entry for corybantic.

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needta - Need to. Similar constructions are gotta and hadta. These a just a few examples of how "Real English" is spoken.

e.g., "What's opa's e-mail adress? I needta ask him something"

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hotellionaire - (ho-TELL-yuhn-air; n.) 1. An owner of many hotels; 2. someone with a great travel agent, who has access to many high-class hotels when making travel plans, especially if the someone can get inexpensive rates.

[From "hotel" + "lionaire," the possessive suffix attached to large amounts of money, as "millionaire," "billionaire," etc., coined in an Wyndam Hotels advertisement, by a wizard.]

e.g., Have you read Bernard Shaw's Arms and the Man? It turns out, at the end, that the Swiss soldier is actually a hotellionaire. | I don't just have a single time share in Baja; I'm a hotellionaire: I can vacation everywhere from Ireland to Fiji.

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dietrologia - "The science of what's behind it all." Found at the linked page, with its meaning not at all clear in the context in which it was used. |

"Speaking with a veteran foreign correspondent last week I learned an Italian term I hadn't known: dietrologia. The idea is that many Italians believe that the surface or official explanation for something can rarely be the real one. There's always something behind, or dietro, that surface. It's a great word."

"Dietrologo. It is he (it usually is a he) who regularly sees something behind events as they are presented." Also defined as "behindology" -- as in, the science of learning what's behind something.

e.g., "When is a big word too big?

"This is certainly a question worth addressing, and in fact is one that I tackle on a regular basis.

"I didn't respond to your original post as I too fell victim to dietrologia -- we have some history here which causes us to be paranoid regarding people's motives."

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apathsexual - Giving no tender to one's sexual gender, preference or identity. Setting no standard for or pertaining to the possession, use, or desire of any particular set of genitals.

e.g., As an apathsexual, I will judge you on your actions and behaviors, not your sexual identity. (crude) Look, I'm an apathsexual, I don't care WHO you're screwing.

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papeur - Social network that is designed to share rather large informational posts, called "papers" to papeur. To post a large paper (post). {ED. Although HD initially opposed allowing this submittal to go live, Betsy and Lillith over-ruled him. However, they did agree to his insistence that the site being promoted not be linked to. ... Try pulling this crap again, "Nickolas," and we've all agreed to post your IP address widely. Won't do you any good to use an anonymizer for future submittals -- your IP address has already been captured with this one. That's one of the reasons HD gave in -- if your submittal had been rejected, it would have been much more difficult to get to it.}

e.g., What happened next you'll find in my next paper on papeur.

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heirarchy - A hierarchy made up exclusively of males. Also accommodates misspellings and ytpos.

e.g., Oskar Groening was not convicted of murder. He was convicted of being an accomplice to murder -- for committing acts that benefited the German heirarchy.

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cunfuctuat - Difficult, tempestuous and belligerant individual.

e.g., Yes, she's a confuctuat. ... Even worse, he's pleased with himself for being the way she is.

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forcibly - Related to using force or violence to lightly tap something. {ED. "Carla" didn't give an e-mail address for notification, so I'm guessing she'll be coming back to see if her submittal gets accepted. Good to see that she has no fear of split infinitives. ... Only a throwback such as HD would. Lillith}

e.g., She forcibly kicked herself.

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before picture - (n.) Self-deprecating label meaning "I look absolutely awful"; usually used in reference to a photograph that makes you look fat, goofy, sleepy, stiff, pasty, ornery, stupid, zombie-like, or otherwise embarrassingly unpresentable, but also used to describe yourself, or others, prior to remedial adjustments, rearrangements, and ablutions.

e.g., "Look at these pictures from the office Christmas party last year!" "Oh, oh, that's horrible: I look like a halibut." "Don't worry; it's just a before picture." || "Mr. Mayor! Can you comment on the shooting at city hall?" "Yeah, but I just got back from a cabin in Vancouver. I'm a before picture here: I haven't had a chance to change or shower or even read any reports. Give me half an hour and we can meet in the office for a real press conference." "But I came down here to get your take on it before any other news agency." "Tell you what: gimme an hour so I can eat something too, and you can have an exclusive."

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zerophobia - I have what amounts to zerophobia, a fear of .0 software releases. I try to avoid them. I'm willing to wait a while for a .1 release that corrects the bugs in the initial release, the one that introduced new functionality.

e.g., No, I won't be switching to Windows 10 as soon as it comes out. I have zerophobia. I'll wait until I'm forced to switch. Hold a gun to my head? I'd switch.

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applecation - One applies for a job at Apple by filling out an applecation.

e.g., "I think I'll try to get an internship with Apple next summer. My third year will be behind me, so it might be about time for me to get some experience working. I'll soon be twenty-six you know. Mom and Pop are about ready for me to move out. They've already threatened to stop paying for my health insurance. They says it's gotten too expensive and's still going up."

"Growing up can get rough. … Say, where's Apple located?"


"That's in Cali, right? Not too far from San Francisco? Isn't it pretty expensive to live there?"

"Yeah, but one neat thing is this: Apple pays for your housing. How about that? The neatest thing, though, is these are internships that pay."

"Hmmm, how much? Do they pay you in peanuts?" "Not exactly. It's a real job, not playing house. A friend of mine earned $38,000 there last summer -- in two months. And that doesn't include his housing."

"Wow. That's a lot. Where do I get an applecation to fill out?"

"That's the bad part. They're scarcer than hen's teeth. Even worse, they aren't interested in education majors. Not unless you have a graduate degree."

"Drat. I nope my folks'll keep footing the bill for me for another five or six more years."


We're sorry, but due to technical difficulties, we can't process your online applecation right now. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to have this issue fixed shortly. Meanwhile, if you prefer, you can send a stamped, self-addressed envelope to our headquarters in Cupertino. We expect to have paper applecations available in 90 to 120 days.

Thank you for your interest in working for Apple. Have a good one.

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apophasis - Mentioning something by saying it will not be mentioned. Contrast with cataphasis: "the use of affirmative statements to discuss a subject; affirmation through positive statements."

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Apophasis is a rhetorical device wherein the speaker or writer brings up a subject by either denying it, or denying that it should be brought up. Accordingly, it can be seen as a rhetorical relative of irony.

Also called paralipsis (παράλειψις) also spelled paraleipsis or paralepsis , or occupatio, and known also as praeteritio, preterition, cataphasis (κατάφασις), antiphrasis (ἀντίφρασις), or parasiopesis (παρασιώπησις), apophasis is usually employed to make a subversive ad hominem attack, which makes it a frequently used tactic in political speeches to make an attack on one's opponent. Using apophasis in this way is often considered to be bad form. [ by whom? ]

The device is typically used to distance the speaker from unfair claims, while still bringing them up. For instance, a politician might say, "I don't even want to talk about the allegations that my opponent is a drunk." It can also be used in denying such claims entirely, for example by saying "I'm sure that my opponent is not lying; however, his grasp of the facts seems to be shaky."

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alcohole - alcahole - (n.) 1. The pit of despair and forgetfulness into which alcoholics and other addicts fall as they lose contact with reality. Sometimes, someone will pull them out; a few, having been in the alcahole themselves, can show them how to get out on their own; and a very few alcoholics find the inner strength to pull themselves out with the help of God, grit, and determination. Such people are to be revered [from alcohol + hole]; 2. A person who, when he's drunk, acts like the biggest jerk in the Orion Spur of the Milky Way [Suggested by my brother, from alcohol + A-hole].

e.g., 1. e.g., Did you ever see the West Wing episode about PTSD? It's called "Noel," and it has a really great little parable in it. It's not about addiction, but mental health in general. Like all such parables, it can be applied to the alcohole fairly easily: "A guy's walking along the sidewalk and he falls into a hole. He can't climb out, so when he sees a doctor walking by the hole, he calls out, 'Doctor! Can you help me out?' The doctor writes out a prescription and tosses it down. Then a priest walks by. 'Father, can you help me please?' The priest writes out a prayer and tosses it down. Finally, the guy sees a friend. 'Hey, Tom! Please, will you help me?' So Tom jumps down into the hole. They guy says, 'What are you, stupid? Now we're both stuck down here!' 'Yeah,' says his friend, 'but I've been down here before; I know the way out.'" 2. George acts like a cross between FitzWilliam Darcy and Duncan McCleod, but when he's drunk, he's a first-rate alcohole.

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donkeyize - To make an entity overwhelmingly Democrat -- not democratic.

e.g., The more I think about it, the more I think the Democrats in control in mid-1960s Washington wanted to completely donkeyize the country with the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. | From now on, I'll look on the donkeyizing of the United States as foremost among the long-term results of Kennedy's assassination.

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alcahole - (n.) The pit of despair and forgetfulness into which alcoholics and other addicts fall as they lose contact with reality. Sometimes, someone will pull them out; a few, having been in the alcahole themselves, can show them how to get out on their own; and a very few alcoholics find the inner strength to pull themselves out with the help of God, grit, and determination. Such people are to be revered. [From alcohol + hole.]

e.g., Did you ever see the West Wing episode about PTSD? It's called "Noel," and it has a really great little parable in it. It's not about addiction, but mental health in general. Like all such parables, it can be applied to the alcohole fairly easily: "A guy's walking along the sidewalk and he falls into a hole. He can't climb out, so when he sees a doctor walking by the hole, he calls out, 'Doctor! Can you help me out?' The doctor writes out a prescription and tosses it down. Then a priest walks by. 'Father, can you help me please?' The priest writes out a prayer and tosses it down. Finally, the guy sees a friend. 'Hey, Tom! Please, will you help me?' So Tom jumps down into the hole. They guy says, 'What are you, stupid? Now we're both stuck down here!' 'Yeah,' says his friend, 'but I've been down here before; I know the way out.'"

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breakfose - (Rhymes with DECK-dose; n.) High sugar breakfast food, such as Honey Smacks and Corn Pops, syrupy fruit cocktails, and heavy cream. [From break (from breakfast) + -ose (chemical combining form meaning "sugar," as in fructose or glucose).]

e.g., Years of red meat and breakfose every morning: little wonder he's diabetic. || A sketch I saw on some comedy show back in the 80s summed up breakfose perfectly: "sugar-filled, sugar-fortified, sugar-enriched, sugar-frosted little bits of sugar ... shaped like tiny servings of protein to throw off your parents."

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nothe - We need this for those of us who in our keyboarding fail to strike the space bar followed by a second t when we intend to key in "not the."

e.g., It's nothe best word creation I've ever come up with, but it will be a useful one for me and HD. Betsy not so much.

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solemate - The familiar word soulmate is used for "someone who you have a special relationship with because you share the same feelings, attitudes, and beliefs" | "one of two persons compatible with each other in disposition, point of view, or sensitivity" | and especially "someone with whom you have a special, almost spiritual connection."

Married couples who have a long and happy marriage are sometimes referred to as soulmates. The one and only person you have a soulmate relationship with could also be called your solemate.

Original only in the sense that I thought of it without ever having seen or heard of it before. It's rather obvious, isn't it? — so it should have been created long ago. … Turns out it has been used many times, but so far I've found it used only to refer to shoes, mostly in conjunction with Girls on the Run. … Have now found it used sort of in the sense I've described it, by filmmaker Bryce Dallas Howard in "a family love story told through shoes."

e.g., Bryce Dallas Howard's film was released February 12, 2015, a year to the day after my solemate died. | She was my solemate, my soulmate, and most assuredly the love of my life. | To say that your life changes dramatically when you lose your solemate is inadequate to express the change felt. The empty feeling can't be described, only felt.

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prisencolinensinainciusol - (PREE-en-COAL-in-AINTS-in-ine-CHEWS-ohl; n.)

1. Universal love; 2. the realization that problems, especially international and intercultural problems, derive from lack of comprehension and the absence of love or patience; 3. A nonsense word exemplifying the lack of comprehension that exists between cultures and nations.

[The title of a popular 1973 song, made up almost entirely of gibberish, which, according to its author, Adriano Celetano, has "as its theme the inability to communicate." See Prisencolinensinainciusol. (2015, June 7). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 22:24, June 15, 2015.]

e.g., 1. "What the world needs now is prisencolinensinainciusol." "Word." "...What?"

2. "One manifestation of prisencolinensinainciusol was Esperanto, created as a universal second language so that intercultural misunderstanding could be done away with." "Did it work?" "Well, yes and no. The Geek world is about the only place you can find Esperanto anymore. ... And they all undersand each other already."

3. "What did the Mongolian contestant want?" "I can't tell; she doesn't speak any English at all." "Does she speak anything besides Mongolian?" "Mandarin and Kazakh." "Crap." "And Klingon." "What? She speaks Klingon?!" "Yeah." "Hey, wait. Miguel speaks Klingon." "The IT guy?" "Yeah. Go get him, quick." "But I don't speak Spanish." "But Lacey does, and she speaks English." "So, wait, the Mongolian lady speaks Klingon to the Spanish IT guy who translates into Spanish for Lacey, from New Zealand, who translates into English for us. Is that how we're doing this?" "Yep. That's it." "Wow. prisencolinensinainciusol." "You said it."

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shalln't - Meaning you shall not do something.

e.g., I shalln't eat my greens mummy.

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capitalism - The subversion and corporatization or monopolisation of the laissez-faire free market economy by the corporate elite.

e.g., The laissez-faire free market economy of the United States has been subverted and thus corporatised by the corporate elite. Therefore, it is no longer a free market economy in the hands of the individual, but rather a centralised and regulated capitalist one controlled by corporations. {ED. And what is a corporation if not a fiction used in place of an individual? (Corporations, of course, are ultimately owned by individuals collectively.)}

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pretaliate - To launch an offense on a potential adversary before they have a chance to attack.

e.g., The US and its allies launched a pretaliatory strike on Iraq.

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protoad - (PRO-toe-AD; n.) 1. The first advertisement; 2. a. the source advertisement of a series of similar ads; b. the "pilot" advertisement of an advertising campaign. (PRO-toad; n.) 3. The first of all toads (aka "Toad One" or "Ur-Toad"). (adj.) 4. In favor of toads; the opposite of "pro-frog."

e.g., 1. "Look! There on the wall of the cave! 'Gug make best soup'---it's THE proto-ad." 2. I remember the Benson & Hedges proto-ad: all the long cigarettes getting mashed or cut by doors or windows too close to the smoker. 3. "Look! There on the wall of that deposit! It's the protoad!: the first of all toads!" "Are you crying?" "It's a great moment." 4. Are you protoad? or profrog?"

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alvarez - (AL-ver-ez; n.) 1. The asteroid responsible for the Chicxulub (q.v.) crater, the iridium-rich K-T boundary layer, and the extinction of the dinosaurs 65 mya (according to the hypothesis put forward by Luis and Walter Alvarez); 2. metaphorically, an extinction-level event. (adj.) 3. Of or pertaining to either (a) the Cretaceous-ending asteroid impact or (b) any extinction-level event (metaphorically speaking). (verb) 4. To bring about the end of something (an era, a project, a journey, a meeting, a party, a hierarchy, a dynasty, vel cet.) through the application of tremendous, even inordinate, force.

e.g., 1. Okay, we've excavated all the way down to the Alvarez.
2. A big enough rock hits us and it's an Alvarez.
3. a. Sixty-five million years ago, the Alvarez disaster killed all the dinos.
b. The Cuban missile crisis created a possibly Alvarez situation. 4. The October Revolution in old Russia Alvarezed the whole Tsar system.

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tetrapoly - (n.) 1. An intersection with four gas stations or other businesses on its four corners; 2. the four businesses having the largest market shares in whatever they sell or do; 3. the area defined by the urban and suburban areas of four cities. [From Gk tetra "four" + polein "to sell" (for defs 1 & 2), or (def 3) polis "a city."]

e.g., 1. Go straight on until you come to that tetrapoly of restaurants---McDonalds, Burger King, Wendy's, and Carl's Junior---and then turn east." 2. The Walmart-Costco-Kroger-Safeway tetrapoly control 55% of the grocery market share. 3. Often called the Quad Cities, the tetrapoly of (1) Davenport and (2) Bettendorf, Iowa, and (3) Rock Island and (4) Moline, Illinois, are home to almost half a million people (or probably more than half a million by now: my data's a few years old).

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nonster - (n.) 1. A creature normally considered a monster, but whose character, disposition, desires, attitude, or situation ... de-monsterizes it/him/her/whatever; 2. a character everyone expects will be a monster but who turns out to be an ordinary person (or animal).

e.g., 1. "AAAA! It's a 20-foot tarantula!" "Don't worry, that's Tommy; he's a librarian." "A librarian?!" "Yeah. He's a total nonster." "Um ... wow. Well, you learn something new every day, huh?" "He's great with kids." "Seriously?" 2. We were all sure it was the blob, but it turned out to be the janitor. A nonster.

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chauffeuse - (show-FUSE; n.) 1. The woman driving the car; 2. the person in charge of transportation who happens to be female. [The 'correct' feminine form of the masculine "chauffeur."]

I like feminine words, like chauffeuse, because, although I am a fan of neuter agent names (such as doctor, professor, actor, etc.), I much prefer to use the words appropriate to gender from the source language. The choice modern English speakers have made, to simply abandon feminine agentive suffix forms, is, to my mind, insulting to the whole gender. Women don't need to abandon their femininity to be equal to men, and the language shouldn't have to abandon its whole feminine gender out of some bizarre belief that women are somehow ashamed of being women and would rather be labelled with masculine words. Crepes, baguettes, bing, bublik, sourdough, and zwieback are all "bread," I suppose, but not having the more specific terms robs the language of necessary distinctions. And women are more important than bread.

I know, someone will cry foul at this point and assert that I'm trying to "keep women down" or something. Quite the reverse: I greatly admire women (actually, I suppose, I greatly admire everybody who makes things better in this place, something women do admirably ... which is why I admire them). Calling occupations by their feminine names (when performed by women) is hardly denigrating to those who do them. But it IS kind of disparaging (and not a little patronizing) to call women by the masculine labels, making them give up their womanhood before they can be accepted in a given profession. Who you are is much more important than what you do, and men should just man up and accept women, and their feminine suffixes, rather than trying to homogenize everything under masculine labels.

Sorry. I get going and can't really shut up

e.g., Please, would you remind my chaffeuse to be at the back entrance to pick me up at nine o'clock. [ED. Is it "correct" to punctuate a "polite request" such as this with a period?

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perps 'n vics - (Also "perp 'n vic"; n.) 1. A children's game in which some children play criminals and some play victims, and the perps try to "steal" something (a ball, a flag, vel cet.) from the vics, and the vics try to tag ("arrest") the perps;

2. Any modern cop show featuring cool young cops (who use lots of cop slang ("perp," "vic," "TOD" (time of death), "UTL" (unable to locate), "copy" for "yes," and so on) run around (or drive, or fly, or bike, or whatever's cool that year) nabbing criminals with amazing science no one could possibly afford and loudly confronting enemies (and friends) in super spiffy offices, and getting away with all sorts of things on their way to taking down whoever they're after.
[From the 2012(?) remake of Hawaii 5-0, which uses "perp" and "vic" all the time---and they know how to catch a liar in the act and undertake some amazing car chases ... and they must practice petulant super-serious album face (q.v.) in the mirror every day of a they're shooting episodes.]

e.g., Instead of capture the flag, try perps 'n vics for your little one's birthday party. It's cowboys and indians (which is "offensive") and cops and robbers (very mid-20th century) updated for the modern world.

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celly - A cell phone. | (SELL-ee; n.) A cell mate (as in jail or prison). [Analogy from "roomy" (for "room mate").]

e.g., Just call me up on my celly. |

Jenny: "So, is this the guy you told me about?"
Michael: "Yeah. You'll like him."
Jenny: "Well, he looks good, but we'll see."
Spritzer: "Hey, Mikey!"
Michael: "Spritz, my man!"
Jenny: "Mike, who is this?"
Michael: "Oh, yeah. Spritz, this is my big sister, Jennifer. Jen, this is my old celly, Hal Spritzer."
Spritzer: "Call me Spritz, Ms. Howard."
Jenny: "Jenny, please."
Spritzer: "Jenny!"
Jenny (aside to Mike): How's my hair? (aloud to Spritz) "Wait ... celly? What's a celly? What does that mean?"
Michael: "Oh, sorry man."
Spritzer: "No, no, that's okay. Jenny, your brother and I were cell mates back in---"
Jenny: "Was this back---was this when you were in jail, Mike?"
Michael: "Yeah. My last three months in County. Spritz watched out for me."
Spritz: "Before you ask, I stole a Tazmanian devil from the zoo."
Jenny: "... ... a Tazmanian---?"
Spritz: "It was a bet."
Jenny: "That must have been some bet."
Spritz: "$30,000."
Jenny: "Thirty---?!"
Spritz: "Thousand dollars, yeah. I figured, $5000 per month for six months? Not bad: that translates into a $60,000 a year salary. You know, if I had a job."
Michael: "Wait. Six months? You were only in for three."
Spritz: "I had a good attorney: best that money could buy."
Jenny: "You don't have a job, but you could hire the best attorney in---"
Spritz: "Chicago."
Jenny: "In Chicago. So, how---?"
Michael: "Spritz is rich."
Jenny: "Rich?"
Michael: "Unspeakably. Oil sheiks drool with envy."
Jenny: "Really?"
Spritz: "Hey, Jenny, so you wanna grab a bite or something?"
Jenny (aside to Michael): "How's my hair?"
Michael: "Your hair is fine. Okay, gotta go. She's all yours, celly. Have fun."
Jenny: "So where are we going?"
Spritz: "Spain."
Jenny: "Wow."

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boom in the foom - (Also "foom boom"; n.) 1. The sudden expansion of a universe in the quantum foam (into which universes expand); 2. metaphorically, any event sufficiently momentous to disrupt the normal flow of the universe. [Rhyming reduplication created to replace "Big Bang."]

e.g., The Boom in the Foom took place not quite 14 billion years ago ... which, the more we learn, doesn't really seem nearly long enough. | 9-11 was a major foom boom.

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disfocussed - Any conversation that subsequently and inevitably ends with the involved subjects disagreeing about the primary focus of the conversation. This disharmonious course of events and vernacular dissociation ultimately amalgamates and results in the entire interaction being experienced as incoherent and irrevelant cacophony . This cacophony forcefully and unopposedly results in a lack of any focus, thus it is termed as DISFOCUSSED

e.g., Not without good intentions, each person left the scheduled forum feeling that all the communications ended up being, by definition, disfocussed.

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naaman - (NA-man; prop. n.) 1. A person who refuses to undertake a relatively simple or easy task precisely because it is simple or easy, preferring, instead, something more complicated or more difficult; 2. A person who refuses to purchase something at a low cost because they believe that a higher cost bespeaks a better product.

[From the name of the leprous Syrian general of the Bible's 2 Kings 5:1-19, who at first refused the healing offered by the Israelite prophet Elisha, who had directed him to wash himself in the Jordan River seven times. Naaman declares that Syria's rivers are better than Israel's Jordan, and wrathfully declares Elisha's plebeian remedy an insult. His servants point out that, had Elisha told Naaman to do some great thing to be healed, he would certainly have done so; shouldn't he be willing to carry out a simple רחץ וטהר "wash and be healed"? So he washed, was healed, was no doubt astonished at the salutary effect (and the stubborn stupidity with which he had almost deprived himself of the miracle) and went off rejoicing.]

e.g., The most absurd example of a Naaman in my experience occurred about ten years ago when my firm offered to do some rather complex legal work for a local municipality for a reduced rate of about $150 an hour (which was remarkably inexpensive for the task). They opted to go with a different firm for $400 an hour. They intimated that they had turned us down because they felt that the $400-per-hour charge seemed to them more "professional." I have often wondered what that city's taxpayers would have thought about paying $250 an hour more out of a nebulous sense of "professionalism."

I wonder, given two hair stylists, one who charges $60 and one who charges only $15, why do we presume that the $15 stylist must not be very good? Very Naaman.

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back up - (BACK-up; n.) An exercise/stretching routine beginning with a back bend---hands above the head, with feet and hands flat on the ground---and arching the back up as high as possible on the hands and feet (on your toes, if possible), then relaxing back down without resting the back on the floor. Depending on flexibility, strength, and experience, one may undertake as many repetitions as desirable, although the inexperienced may wind up with serious muscle strain. [Analogy from "push up."]

e.g., My 14-year old daughter loves doing back ups as part of her daily stretches. Of course, she's as limber as kelp; I, on the other hand, am stiff as the sphinx and can't do even one.

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tehuti - (Rhymes with "day-DOO-tee," n.) 1. A writer, especially a teacher of writing; 2. The person charged with taking care of all report writing, bureaucratic minutia, telephone calls, and so forth; 3. The person who's really in charge of an office (the secretary, rather than the officer). [From the original name of the Egyptian god of knowledge and writing, called by the Greeks 'Thoth'; originally dhwty "ibis-like," sometimes reconstructed djehuty.]

e.g., "Elsa---that's Miss Pavian to you---will be your tehuti." "My what?" "Your composition teacher." || "Okay, our company will need a president, a vice-president, and a secretary." "I voluteer for tehuti." "Te---what's a tehuti?" "Secretary." "Oh. Okay." || "Wow, what a secretarial pool. How many secretaries do you need." "Oh, pretty much all of them. But the tehuti is that woman six rows back on the far left." "The tehuti? Oh, the real power in the office, huh?" "Yup."

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facurate - Factually accurate.

e.g., That show is really funny while presenting stories that are actually facurate.

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aquifact - (Rhymes with BACK-the-tact; n.) Something made by water. [From aquis (ablative of aqua) "water" + factus (pp of facere "to make".]

e.g., The Grand Canyon is a magnificent example of an aquifact, but then, so is beach sand and breaking waves and cumulonimbus clouds. Water's cool.

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pedifact - (PED-ee-fact; n.) Something made by a foot (or feet). [From the Latin ped "foot" + factus (pp of facere "to make").]

e.g., Essentially, footprints are the only pedifacts. My favorite pedifacture is squishing wet beachsand between my toes. The prints don't last very long though.

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ventifact - (VEN-tee-fact; n.) Something made by the wind. [From Latin ventus "wind" + factus (pp of facere "to make").]

e.g., Balancing rocks and the pitted sandstone that make such beautiful photographs are almost always ventifacts, the results of ventifacture.

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manufact - (MAN-you-fact; n.) An artifact made by hand. [Back formation from "manufacture": Latin manu "by hand" + factura, pp of facere "to make."]

e.g., Before the industrial revolution and interchangeable parts, almost everything made by anyone was a manufact: bricks, pots, pans, houses, plows, clothes, knives, dice, candles, horseshoes, utensils, castles, coaches, decorations, carpets, crowns, and so on and on. Nowadays, however, manufacts are rare and more valuable for it. We admire works of art for their manufactedness; copies of art are, for us, cheap and plentiful. I have copies of Afremov paintings in my screensaver, but I would expect to pay many thousands of dollars for the originals.

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peter pan - (n.) Allonym for rock and roll music. [From Peter, Greek for "stone, rock" + Pan, Spanish for "bread" (and, by extension, "roll" or "bun").]

e.g., Led Zeppelin is a classic Peter Pan band. | Peter Pan music has been around since the 50s, if not earlier. | "Peter Pan" is a good allonym for rock and roll, which began as a euphemism for sex. | Here's irony: "Peter Pan" will never die. (ha)

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allonym - (AL-lo-nim; n.) 1. Another name for something or someone. (From the Greek αλλο- (allo-) "other" + -ονυμ (-onym) "name.")

e.g., Nicknames are a subset of allonyms. You might have a friend named "Arthur" whose nicknames are "Artie," "Tuck," and "French Fry." All three are allonyms. However, Arthur is also "Mr. McCorkle," "1638 Oak Avenue or Current Resident," "123-4567" (his cell phone account), "Thomas Butter" (his birth name, before he was adopted), "Dad" (to his sons), "Daddy" (to his daughters), "Pappy Corkle" (to his grandchildren), "Cam" (for 'Camelot'---his wife's name for him), and "son of Andrew and Alice" when he's doing family history. Those are all allonyms.

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cone - (v.) 1. To surround, outline, or close off with (usually orange) traffic cones so as to block public entry because the area surrounded, outlined, or closed off because it is under construction, under investigation, under attack, undermined by sinkholes, under the control of psychotics, under consideration for preservation or condemnation, or whatever.

e.g., "I can't find a way out of the mall parking lot; it's all been coned." "Well, fortunately, the mall has restaurants. We'll survive."

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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, like living entities are in symbiosis; close and long-term interaction making them emotionally inseparable (cf. symbiosis). adj. sympsychotic.

e.g., The sympsychosis between spouses can either strengthen or destroy their personalities. The sympsychosis between spouses often leads both of them to a nervous breakdown. Dostoevsky masterfully presented sympsychotic relationships among his characters, such as Myshkin, Nastasya and Rogozhin in "The Idiot."

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password - A secret code of sorts used to gain entry or to gain passage.

e.g., "What's the password?" "Password? We don' need no password." Bang

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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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solanum tuberosum lectuli - (so-LA-num too-br-O-sum LEK-too-lee; n.) 1. The couch potato, considered as a species; 2. a pretentious couch potato; 3. a couch potato who lives for documentaries and other "highbrow" stuff. [From the Latin species name for "potato" and lectuli "couch."]

e.g., "Look at yourself: you sit there all day watching tv .... you're a couch potato!" "I am no couch potato!: at worst, I am a solanum tuberosum lectuli." "What does that mean?" "Well, um ... ... 'couch potato'; it means 'couch potato.'"

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amaize - (v.) To overwhelm with corn, usually by serving or purchasing corn, popcorn, corn tortillas, corn bread, corn cobs, creamed corn, corn flour, corn ... dogs, etc. Also "amaizing," "amaized," "amaizement." [Analogy from "amaze."]

e.g., Sometimes, I wind up with what I call "yellowfood": corn tacos, creamed corn, cornbread, and so on. After six or seven cobs of corn, I get amaized. Truly amaized.

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porn cone - (n.) The unbridled spread of the effects of pornography: lust, infidelity, violence, crime, exploitation, alienation, hatred, and loneliness, viewed graphically as a point exponentially expanding into a wider and wider area like a plague ... well, no: not like a plague: _as_ a plague. Because it is a plague, a fetid, festering, squalid, filthy plague. It's like addicting people to rat poison. [A metathesis of "corn porn," although I have no idea why my brain got here from "corn pone" of all things.]

e.g., A porn cone is an angle

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feral peeve - (n.) 1. An undomesticated peeve: A peeve that is not a "pet"; 2. a peeve you're aware of, but aren't particularly peevish about; 3. a potential peeve: something somebody could develop a peeve about, but hasn't. [From feral (Latin for "wild"), the opposite of "pet."]

e.g., "All this posturing really ticks me off." "You're peeved by class arrogance?" "Yeah. Bad." "But you never talk about it." "Well, it's not a pet peeve or anything; it's just a peeve." "Ah, a feral peeve." || "Look at this crappy intersection! Five way and on a slant with two stop signs covered by kudzu." "A feral peeve: cool." "Well, hey, it's worth getting peeved about, don't you think?" "Yeah. You should adopt it. You can make it a pet peeve. Take it to a prize peeve show." "... ... wait: I should write to the paper!: make it everyone's pet peeve!" "Good idea! We can't have feral peeves wandering around, getting into the garbage cans, eating people's gardens." "Be serious."

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blathermaster - (n.) 1. Any one of those gifted with the enviable ability to mix nonsense words into their regular speech such that it sounds almost as though the listeners are ignorant rather than the speaker being unintelligible; 2. Any professional with whose jargon the listener (or reader, I suppose) is unfamiliar; 3. The writer(s) of contracts, statutes, medical reference books, and most instruction manuals.

e.g., "Can you read the glyphs, Professor?" "Let me see ... pawer khom pany, 'light of' Tut Hotep Patra "Pharaoh's (um) wife (uh) sedjemenef 'comes forth in glory' daranti ha chachacha shanaz 'golden age of com ... (uh) the common man' um ... this next part's a bit odd ... aryu Bast beran tu aas 'conqueror of your outposts' ... something ... tri set ujes: mo, khururi jo, shemep, rarri 'the gods of laughter' ... the rest, I'm afraid is illegible." "You can't read Egyptian to save your soul, can you?" "Nope. Not a clue." "Hey, points for your blathermastery, though." ||

Here are the words of a true blathermaster: "Leads meat cardinal fifteen no interest them didn't poster demand he change corey home non here Frank, return with to over the world didn't actually you directorate and that stupid wild billall. Of ninety chain obliged dishes dissent season Italy dissent Jerry dot dead space your midterm election crass credential pig-o-vitz solutions, brought up by helmets by down the ex-girlfriends and ruddy congress mainline really holly plunge-keeping distance above argue the with."

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traveler - Gypsy -- used by Brits. Heard the example as dialog in a British comedy action thriller, Hot Fuzz. A member of a nomadic people originating in northern India and now living on all continents. | A member of any of various traditionally itinerant groups unrelated to the Romani.| One who follows an itinerant or otherwise unconventional career or way of life, especially: a. A part-time or temporary member of a college faculty. b. A member of the chorus line in a theater production.

e.g., "On the eve of the adjudicator's arrival, some travelers moved into Callahan Park."

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

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

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timburr - (Pronounced TIM-br; n.) 1. Fear of the cold, especially 2. fear of the cold shoulder; 3. fear of emotionlessness, especially of cold stoicism from one's boyfriend, girlfriend, spouse, or significant other. (interj.) 4. "Wow! That's cold!" 5. "Aaa! Not cold! I hate cold!" 6. "I am so sorry he's such a halibut: all the passion of a bucket of mud." (From Latin timor "fear" + "burr," as in "I'm cold.")

e.g., "Well, I finally asked her out." "Hey, that's great! ... isn't it? Why the scowl? What did she say?" "She said, 'I see no advantage to spending any time with you socially.'" "Holy crap. Seriously?" "Seriously." "Timburr, dude. I'm sorry." "Thanks, but I feel kinda relieved. I mean, if I'm not looking to settle down with a block of ice. Now, at least, I know who NOT to go out with."

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cannonophile - Someone who loves cannons -- not a spectatular "creation," but it has meaning for me.

e.g., I used this word in a conversation with a cannonophile friend a couple of days ago. Jim was an artillery officer in the US Army for about twenty twenty years, with the typical accompanying hearing loss.

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brook - A real word, one which has both noun and verb forms. The verb is used much less frequently than the noun. Transitive verb: to stand for | tolerate.


At the linked site, commenter Han brooks no disagreement from anyone who thinks that his near absolute insistence that everyone in the world would be better off on a strict vegan diet than any other goes a tad too far.

To Han, I say, "Stay out of my diet. The choice is mine, not yours. The chances of my adjusting to your preferred diet and coming to like it are slim to none. I'd much rather live three years longer enjoying myself than six years longer being miserable.

"Speaking of being miserable, thank God you're not a regular part of my life. My bet is that you are miserable and you make everyone around you miserable. Unfortunately, you seem destined to live to be a very ripe old age, sticking around for far to many years making tons of folks wish you had kicked the bucket years earlier."

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extent -

A real word, misused for "extant" in the example, a quotation from an interview with author William Peter Blatty.

Blatty is best known for The Exorcist. If memory serves, it was the first movie I saw in which the author's name was included as part of the title of the movie: William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist.

Extant ▸ adjective: still in existence; not extinct or destroyed or lost ("Extant manuscripts")

Extent: ▸ noun: the distance or area or volume over which something extends ("The vast extent of the desert")

Extent: ▸ noun: the point or degree to which something extends ("The extent of the damage")

e.g., "That is precisely what it does. Theres no film extent of me prowling around Stonehenge in the middle of the night wearing a white cloak and carrying a candle, singing 'Moonlight Becomes You.' All of that prologue all of which, by the way, is totally true was to get the reader to know, and hopefully to trust, the witness."

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starbucky and starbecky - The male and female customers who frequent coffee houses/cafes, requisite beverages by their sides, absorbed by the portable computers on their laps/ tables, oblivious to the humans around them.

e.g., We had trouble getting a place to sit and talk when we went to Uncommon Grounds because the place was packed with starbuckys and starbeckys.

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nunavit - A word used to refer to a situation which the user is no longer interested in participating in or hearing about due to accumulated frustration -- same as "none of it."

e.g., I told him I'm having nunavit when he asked me again for more time to repay the $500 I lent him last year.

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neysayer - Naysayer -- "someone with an aggressively negative attitude." I suppose neighsayer could be a naysayer who delights in telling you no to the extent that her negativsm is accompanied by a horse laugh.

e.g., "That isn't to say we don't care, as can be seen by the countless cheritable organizations that these same neysayers donate to year round." {ED. Didn't bother to deal with cheritable.}

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ass suredly - A verbal indicator that the user of the word is a cultural snob.

e.g., If I'm sitting in a chair in a barber shop, waiting to be next, and you come in and sit down next to me, I want to be polite and friendly. So I say, "Nice day, isn't it?"

And you turn to me and look, coldly for a moment, and then say, "Assuredly." I know that you're looking down your nose at me, and you think your sh** doesn't stink, and I know, "Ass suredly, you're an ass!"

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lexi-klept - A kleptomaniac who steals dictionaries. From a William Safire column written in 1987 and published in The New York Times.



IN VICTOR HUGO'S Les Miserables, which is getting a big ride these days, hero Jean Valjean is pursued by the relentless Inspector Javert in effect for stealing a loaf of bread to feed a starving child.

I identify with Javert. That is because this Reuters dispatch has come across my desk: "San Francisco's posh Stanford Court Hotel has never lost a Bible but since it put dictionaries in its 402 rooms last month, 41 have been swiped."

That dream of a dictionary in every hotel room was my big idea. I saw myself as the Johnny Appleseed of linguistics, persuading hotel owners to put dictionaries in rooms everywhere, enabling weary travelers to look up the meanings and spellings of words used in late-night X-rated movies. (Go look up lubricious in the middle of the night with nothing but a Gideon Bible in the room.) And what happens when a high-class hotelier sensitive to the needs of literate guests stocks his rooms with dictionaries? One out of 10 guests turns out to be a lexi-klept. At this rate, all the dictionaries will have been stolen by the end of a year. What a sad commentary on the human condition; it is as if somebody is following me around, pulling up apple-tree seedlings.

The managing director of the Stanford Court, John Cameron, offers this excuse, probably because he doesn't want to knock these thieving guests: "I guess everybody has a Bible at home but a lot of people would like to have a dictionary."

Wrong. People think that if they steal a Bible, the very inappropriateness of the act will cause them to be struck by lightning; but if they lift a dictionary, they assume God won't care. As a result, departing guests leave The Word and grab the words. The Stanford Court management, a bunch of softies, is now putting stickers on the remaining lexicons: "Love is leaving our dictionary here when you leave."

If that namby-pamby stuff doesn't work, try Safire's Curse: If you steal a dictionary, there will come a day when your child will ask you for the meaning of a word, and you'll feel too guilty to look it up in the stolen book and will misinform him, and he'll be on a quiz show with a chance of winning Vanna White as a prize and will repeat your mistake and will then sue you for parental malpractice and pick you clean.

Patronize hotels with dictionaries. Use the dictionary as needed (lubricious: slippery, or wanton; see lecherous). Then leave the dictionary in the room.

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infracaninophile - A real word, though seldom or rarely used. 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" | "someone who fights for the underdog." | "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." | "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 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.

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love of my life -

Not because of anything I've come up with, which is rarely a reason for anything I write being of more than ephemeral interest. Instead, for another of Marty's emeals -- and his praise for Melba.

A few days ago, I ran across yet another someone saying, "She's the love of my life." Decided to use Google books Ngram viewer to see how often the words are used now compared to how much they've been used in the past. I hope the graphic will display correctly here, but I'll be sure to link to the viewer itself in case it doesn't.

Between 1990 and 2005, use of the words in the corpus I use increased more than seven-fold. Am I supposed to think that romantic love changed so dramatically in a mere fifteen years -- or should I think something happened in popular culture that accounted for the change -- say, a Tom Hanks-Meg Ryan rom-com? Whatever happened, it was surely some "outside force" that accounted for the phenomenon. The tailing off after 2005 suggests that's the case.

e.g., She was the love of my life.

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crimea river - The state of aurally disassociating written song lyrics by substituting words and phrases that are similar.

e.g., Jill: "No, you're wrong. 'Sadly the cross-eyed bear' is not a children's nursery tune. It's really a religious song, "Galdly the cross I'd bear.'" Bill: "Okay, big deal! So Crimea river!"

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just assume - (adverbial) Solecism for "just as soon," as in, for example, "I would just as soon wait for rescue as try to walk out on our own." Solecistically rendered "I would just assume wait for rescue ...." Linguistically fascinating, but annoying as hell to come across. It's like reading along happilym minding your own businessm and then suddenly being belted across the face by a wet board. (Hey, I'm a descriptivist to my toenails, but "just assume as" isn't anywhere near being common. And if you bother to read it, it makes no sense at all. It's as bad as "should of." What are they teaching people in schools these days?)

e.g., From Rick Riordan's Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters [New Yrok: Disney Hyperion Books, 2006, p.270]: "Grover told me he could dissolve the empathy link between us, now that we were face to face, but I told him I'd just assume keep it if that was okay with him." Normally, I would write directly to the author to point something like this out, but I couldn't find an email address, and I have no way to send a letter, so I had to out him on the Net. Sorry. For what it's worth, I enjoy Riordan's work very much.

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vacuumous - (adj.) 1. Possessing or characterized by tremendous suction; 2. of or pertaining to a vacuum, particularly to the suction created by such a vacuum, especially very strong suction; 3. pertaining to or describing the titanic gravity of a black hole (or other gravity-heavy celestial object); 4. of or pertaining to the huge, empty voids between galactic filaments and superclusters, as though vacuumed totally empty.

e.g., Wow, this house's centralized vacuum is really ... vacuumous: it nearly sucked a hole through my hand! | If this Wallungunder (q.v.) black hole of yours is so huge, why isn't it more vacuumous? | You know, from our perspective, most of the universe is vacuumously empty.

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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.

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dooter tube - The stiff gray tube left over after all the paper towels have been used which some people can't resist talking or singing into like a megaphone.

e.g., I played the Cavalry Charge with the dooter tube.

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hellthy - Hellthy (pronounced "hell thee") is the true mental and emotional status of the over-zealous health nut.

e.g., "Yes, I know -- you've told me many times before. You wake up at 5:30 a.m. and go for a five mile run. Then you do 300 push ups and work out at the gym. For breakfast every day, you have a green protein shake and 23 vitamins and supplements.

"Lunch is a leafy salad, plus an 8 ounce glass of water. You abstain from alcohol, caffeine and sodas of all kinds. Dinner is restricted to 500 calories, consisting of a 4 ounce portion of lean fish or chicken and steamed vegetables.

"You go for a shorter run in the early evening, and you're in bed, every night, by 10:00 p.m. Your body is in fantastic condition, but you act like a nervous wreck.

"I can tell you why, buddy. You may think you're 'healthy', but, in truth, mentally, you're 'HELLTHY!"

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nbc-nile - nbc-nile - (adj.) Of or pertaining to a blunder so enormous, so redolent with myopic stupidity, so mind-numbingly witless that it reminds one of NBC's ... injudicious cancellation, back in 1968, of Star Trek, perhaps the most lucrative franchise in television history.

e.g., "He did what?" "He said it was too expensive to pay for gas, so he sold it for a thousand bucks." "He sold a nearly mint-condition 1930 Bentley Coupe for a measly thousand?!! Is he insane?! That car was worth hundreds of thousands!! What was he thinking?!!" "Pretty NBC-nile, huh?" "With fries! ... why didn't he sell it to me?"

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gold mine of crazy - Someone who continually makes absurd statements -- especially statements "redolent with myopic stupidity and mind-numbingly witless."

e.g., "My God, you're like a gold mine of crazy."

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

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

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rehabitat - (v.) 1. Accustoming oneself to new surroundings, as after moving to a new home, a new office, or a new work area.

e.g., I kept leaving the law school parking lot and turning right to my old house instead of left to the freeway and my new one. It took weeks to rehabitat myself. | Rehabitating to the much larger studio wasn't precisely difficult, but it was a bit unnerving to suddenly have so much more space to work in.

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rehabit - (v.) 1. Breaking and/or replacing a habit with a different habit; (n.) 2. the act or process of rehabiting; (adj.) Rehabitual, 3. of or pertaining to rehabiting or the rehabit process.

e.g., "Where's George? I haven't seen him here at the pub in weeks." "Oh, he's in rehabit." "What? Why?" "He says he was spending too much on his pints, so he's retraining himself to walk home the other way."

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capitol punishment - Being sentenced and compelled to fulfill your community service at the Capitol.

e.g., The judge sentenced me to 1000 hours of capitol punishment.

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assanova - A would-be seducer of numerous women who succeeds only in making an ass of himself with his efforts.

e.g., "You seem well read, Vadim. What are some pickup- or non-pickup-related books you can recommend for aspiring Assanovas?" "I suggest you check into some of the tips found by surfing to the linked site."

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siuloidi - (Rhymes with shoe-SEED-uh or shoe-luh-EED-uh (or shoe-LLOYD-ee, if you don't care); pl.n.) 1. Any statement about oneself made to secure the interest of potential dates; 2. Any such statement uttered in a get-to-know-you context of any sort. [Literally, "walks" in Irish Gaelic, short for silid fada ar an tr, which means "long walks on the beach," the stereotypical compatibility statement for dating resumes or videos or whatever.]

e.g., "Hi. I'm [name]. I like candlelight dinners, romantic music, horses, and long walks on the beach." "Wow, what a siuloidi."

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minute-and-hour - Verb: to waste time (another person's or one's own) in short durations that add up to a long-term loss; the temporal equivalent to nickel-and-dime.

e.g., I used to have a job where I was frequently called in for overtime when they needed extra help. I quit because it minute-and-houred all my spare time away!

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

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

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earthquack - It's my opinion that fracking is a very dangerous practice. More and more we hear events of small earthquakes in areas of heavy fracking, so an earthquack would be an earthquake brought on by fracking. | Someone who thinks, without any proof -- statistical or otherwise -- that fracking alone can increase the incidence of earthquakes in a given region.

e.g., "Who knows -- maybe all that gas holds up mass amounts of land, which, when quickly extracted, causes earthquacks to occur?" "Yes, indeed, who knows?" | "Who's the world's best-known earthquack?" "Gee, I dunno. Perhaps Al Gore?"

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dido - Ditto.

e.g., Just imagine if this con man had actually been president. Thats what I call dodging a bullet (dido when Kerry lost).

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bioverse - All life within the universe, to include known and potential life in the universe. Expansion of the bbiosphere concept. Related to astrobiology.

e.g., The Earth has life, and Titan may have potential life in the bioverse.

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hoootling - The act, when something strikes you as absurdly funny, of unrestrained laughter, that you can't stop. And when you do stop, you start again.

e.g., You know those times, when something funny "strikes" you, and you can't stop laughing ... it's so ridiculously stupid ... you're laughing so hard that tears are pouring out of your eyes ... you're gasping for breath ... your face is turning purple, and you're still laughing ... until you're choking ... you have to stop laughing to take in some air ... then, you can't help it, it grabs you, laughter restarts? That's "hoootling!"

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youse - Plural of "you."

e.g., Youse have louses; see youse later.

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hormy - Emotionally hormonal.

e.g., She was so hormy during her period. Stop being so hormy.

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asdfghjkling - The feeling you feel, when you cannot even type a coherent thought.

e.g., Oh, my God, I'm asdfghjkling right now.

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gedankenexperiment - A real word: "an experiment carried out in thought only."

e.g., "Albert Einstein ... applied gedankenexperiment to his work conceptualizing the theory of relativity."

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lid - (n.) (in addition to its usual meaning, "the cover, top, etc., of a container of any kind," and the other meanings it has acquired, "stopper, bung" ('put a lid on it'), "hat, cap, cover" ('someone left his lid on the chair'), and (oddly) "a completed agenda" ('that's a full lid'), I add these: 1. The container, package, case, envelope, or box in which something is kept, especially CDs and DVDs; 2. The door, hatch, awning, canopy, or other covering beneath or behind which something is kept; also (v.) 3. To put something away, return it to its container.

e.g., 1. Someone left out six DVDs! Do you all think I'm made of money? Where are the lids to these movies?! 2. So we're waiting to take off, and this guy is packing the overhead compartment with a carry-on the size of a small hippo, but somehow he finally managed to close the lid. 3. Leave your lawn mowing and help me lid this trash.

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one - Won. It happens more often than you'd think.

e.g., "Arguably the best athlete to ever play a sport, Jim Thorpe was more than just a great football player -- with the Thorpe Award going to the defensive back of the year -- but he also one a gold medal in both the pentathlon and decathlon in the 1912 Summer Olympics."

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absturniate - (v) To use one's imagination to one's fullest capacity. (n)One who uses it's imagination to it's fullest capacity.

e.g., Writers like Dr. Seuss need absturniate. | The absturniate could imagine a whole world.

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selfsie - Any selfie that contains more than one person.

e.g., I am tired of just taking my own picture. I'm gonna get some friends and take some selfsies.

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beckel, to - "Whats the one thing you never want old men talking about? Anything remotely related to the naughty bits. Well, you can thank Fox News Bob Beckel for just I dont even know how to explain it other than just a classic Beckel. (Sidenote: I dont know if this is a thing at Fox already, but 'Beckel' really should be a term people use at the network when describing cringeworthy/hilariously wince-inducing moments.) "The Five talked about the weird new Joe Boxer Christmas ad from Kmart, and Brian Kilmeade admitted to being a boxer man. Eric Bolling tried to move on, but Kimberly Guilfoyle and Dana Perino teased Beckel about his undergarment of choice. "Beckels answer? 'Nothing.' "Needless to say, this drove everyone on-set into madness, and Guilfoyle VERY SLOWLY MOVED AWAY from her commando-going compatriot."

e.g., He's gotten so bad about beckeling, Julie won't even go anywhere with him, not anymore.

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nine acity - Tenacity, modified by a weaker degree of commitment.

e.g., Beth: Gordon says that he's really going to give up smoking. Seth: Again? What's this, his fifth or sixth attempt? Beth: He says he's completely serious. He's seeing a doctor, taking medications, working with a smoke cessation counselor, partnering up with a friend who also wants to quit. Seth: Well, good for him. Maybe with all that help and knowing Gordon's character, his nine acity will do it this time.

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phase - Faze. Comment is about the recently released film _Fifty Shades of Grey_ -- which set all-time box office records, grossing close to $250 million its first few days after being released. The split was roughly 35% domestic (US) and 65% elsewhere.

e.g., "Not that the S&M bothered the singer: 'I edited porn for a while, so nothing phases me,' she said. 'It's hard for me to get turned on. Like, a lot of my friends were so turned on by the book. It's hard for me to get super turned on unless I'm invested in the character. I'm into really deep character pieces. It wasn't really my style of book, but as I read it, I was very entertained. It surprised me. I ended up getting a little turned on. I'm excited to see the movie; I want to see what the actors did with the actual characters and see how far they took it.'"

submitted by Miss Speller

howdy dude-e - A politician who is always friendliness personified. Dressed impeccably, he or she smiles continually, is happy to see you and eager to serve, "glad hands" every person in every crowd -- yet, invariably, is one of the most corrupt, self-serving, cynical and mean individuals you'll ever meet.

e.g., Is this an election year? Get ready, folks -- it's Howdy Dude-e time!

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

alien noise - (n.) The oscillating hooty sort of whistle someone thought up back in the 1950s as the proper sound effect for the operation of almost every device of non-terrestrial origin. It is now a fairly common sound made by science-fiction gadgets of various kinds.

e.g., Sometimes I remember watching Lost in Space as a boy. The show's producers used the alien noise for radar scans, computers, electronic beacons, teleporters, even weapons. When used for weapons or transporters, the target thing would suddenly vanish with a loud "BEEP"; it was just this side of absurd. | I remember humming the alien noise to wake up my kids for school. It was silly and fun and helped them to wake up laughing instead of sullen---they liked getting up for school no more than I did as a kid. Now if only the alien noise could make the school more fun or something.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

rhythmatraumatic - A beat so intense and fantastic it changes who you are.

e.g., That John Bonham's rhythmatraumatic pounding has adjusted my thinking on a deep level.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

churchified - Southern urbonics for the range of emotions and actions brought about by going to (especially a Baptist) church. The list includes but, is not limited to, hoity toityness, smellin' yoself, buying new hats, excessive fanning of oneself, holier-than-thou-artedness, excessive admiration for suave and clever orators, gossip regarding others attending the service, and willingness to be fed any line of crap and believe it enough for the sake of being too lazy to investigate the truth of things.

e.g., I get tickled every time the churchified Mrs. Jeffries condescends to me all the way down to the end of her nose with such a well-founded sense of being righteous overmuch.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

mira lago - From a neighborhood in Parkland, Florida, that floods like the lost city of Atlantis when it drizzles for more than thirty seconds: Any area that has a tendency of becoming completely submerged during the most minor of precipitation.

e.g., Wow, one two-minute cloudburst and the parking lot became a total Mira Lago.

submitted by Park Landprobs

overridable - A value or an act is overridable when it can be overridden by a higher authority.

e.g., The public's interest in information is overridable whenever it conflicts with any individual right or with any greater general interest. | Seeing autonomy as an overridable value will not be forceful enough to support liberal neutrality. | Statements of defeasible commitment would apparently be immune to factual detachment: they would be overridable, and they would be non-augmentable.

submitted by Christopher Yeleighton - (www)

heck, you! menical - An extremist politician's negative attitude, applied religiously, toward any sort of compromise with members of an opposing party.

I filled in my e-mail address because I want to be notified when my submittal is added.

e.g., In the past, diametrically opposed factions were able to achieve political progress through cooperation and compromise. Today, however, political factions such as the Tea Party's heck, you! menical approach stifles all debate and ends in destructive deadlock.

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

literally - Figuratively.

e.g., I was really craving chocolate yesterday. I ended up literally eating a ton of M&Ms.

submitted by HD Fowler

shmouse - A flattened or smashed mouse.

e.g., My sweet daughter cried when sheet found a shmouse under the sheet of plywood.

submitted by Mark Thistle - (www)

shmice - A group of two or more smashed or flattened mice.

e.g., Sadly we found a shmice while inspecting our newly paved street.

submitted by Mark Thistle - (www)

reaganomics - Anything in the realm of half-witted, sure-to-fail untested schemes or unsubstantiated and ridiculous claims ... or such as even remotely resembles these.

e.g., "So, Chris,.. what kind of astrological Reaganomics do you have for me this time?"

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

goober-tool - Any tool left behind after a completed job, lost off the back of the work truck, or dropped and forgotten in any way.


Just found me a fine goober-tool of a tubing cutter this morning. Prolly a hunnit dolla tool.

{ED. It's a fun word. Thanks, Steve, for the reminder.

Click to check Google Ngram Viewer to see other ways the word goober has been used.

Taking the time to check out some of the uses led me to some words books that I may just have to add to my library, as dead trees:

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submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

munge - To munge an e-mail address is to break it up in such a way as to make it difficult for it to be picked up and used for junk mail. | "E-mail address munging is the act of using ASCII, JavaScript, and scrambling of letters in your e-mail address in order to hide your e-mail address from spam bots, spiders, and spoofers. E-mail address munging is also called e-mail address obfuscating" | To moan or grumble at. In the worst cases, lambasting.

e.g., I also noticed that my e-mail address been scraped from the about page and is being used by spammers. I'll have to munge it better to keep that from happening. | She had a right old munge at me when I broke the vase.

submitted by HD Fowler | Tuj

domicile theft - I am receiving "offers" for "pre-approved" credit cards, etc. that has my correct domicile address but is being sent to some unknown person. This person has never lived at my address, according to my landlord, but goggling my address shows this person as living there. Goggling his name results in the same. Goggling MY name correctly shows me as living at my address. I've decided to call what's happening domicile theft. | The fact that Saddam Hussein does not now nor has ever lived at my address combined with my receiving mail under his name at my address is domicile theft.

e.g., As far as know, domicile theft is not a crime. {ED. Interestinly enough, just yesterday -- before I saw this submittal -- I opened a web-based email address:}

submitted by Jimmy Roy - (www)

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)

dissible - (DISS-ih-bul; adj.) 1. Able or worthy to be dissed; 2. Unworthy of compliment or praise. Also "dissibility": absence of worth, lack of respectability. [From "diss" plus "-ible."]

e.g., "Man! That guy is such a---" "Such a what?" "I don't know, but he's completely dissible!"

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

forcastrophe - A badly blown weather forecast, usually involving the loss of millions of dollars and inconvenience to millions of people.

e.g., The "Blizzard" of 1/26/15 turned out to be a forecastrophe.

submitted by Chris Moran - (www)

retrobarf - To vomit upon seeing what was in fashion when your parents were the age you are now become fashionable again: clothing; furniture; shaved armpits, eyebrows, and legs; etc.

e.g., Oh, look, brass bathroom fixtures are the next big thing. Excuse me, I need to retrobarf.

submitted by TechnoSpaz - (www)

forecastocalypse - An incorrect forecast involving an event or outcome that involves many people and businesses changing their schedules and plans. Usually involving the loss of tens of millions of dollars to businesses. Most frequently used to describe a blown weather forecast.

e.g., The "historic" blizzard of January 26th, 2015, turned out to be a forecastocalypse, rather than an actual weather event of significance.

submitted by Chris Moran - (www)

peever - Not original. Someone who has pet peeves and makes no bones about expressing them.

e.g., Weaver is a peever -- and he definitely knows it. May even take pride in being one. He said recently, regarding his son and daughter, "It's not as if Dina and Scott don't know I'm cranky."

submitted by HD Fowler

boston marriage - Wikipedia: "'Boston marriage' as a term is said to have been in use in New England in the decades spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries to describe two women living together, independent of financial support from a man."

e.g., She said before her husband died that she'd never get married again. Do you think she's a candidate for a Boston marriage? | Her daughter lives with another woman, but I doubt that it's a Boston marriage.

submitted by s

herbivore - Young men who show little or no interest in sex. | Wikipedia: "Herbivore men or grasseaters are a social phenomenon in Japan of men who shun marriage or gaining a girlfriend. They are characteristically described as frugal, and interested in personal grooming. Under this categorisation scheme, men and women are either herbivore type or carnivore type. As of September 2010, 36% of Japanese men between the ages of 16 and 19 perceived themselves in this way. Additionally, two surveys of single men in their 20s and 30s found that 61% and 70%, respectively, considered themselves grass-eating men. This phenomenon is viewed by the Japanese government as a leading cause in the nation's declining birth rate, prompting the government to provide incentives for couples that have children, including payouts and free health care."

e.g., Another worrying statistic was the increasing number of young men with little or no interest in sex, a group known as "herbivores" in Japan. | "If you're waiting for him to make the first move, Shirley, you're wasting your time. He's a herbivore." "A vegetarian?" "No, but he's not exactly a meat-eater. ... Well, it's not so much what he eats, it's that he doesn't go hunting."

submitted by [Herb I. Vore] - (www)

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)

likebait - Also like-bait or like bait: "web content which is specifically intended to make Facebook users click the 'Like' button associated with it." Definition and examples from the link at MacMillan Dictionary.

e.g., "Survey respondents also claim they look to social networks and message boards to seek product recommendations. Thus, blog posts should act as Likebait to spark word-of-mouth referrals." Brafton 17th January 2011 | "Facebook cracks down on 'Like-baiting' Pages that explicitly ask News Feed readers to 'Like' their posts will be demoted in Facebook's ranking.'" Telegraph UK 11th April 2014 | "The phenomenon of likebaiting is now so commonplace that Facebook started to clamp down on it in 2014, automatically detecting posts that explicitly invited responses and ensuring that these were not shown more prominently than other, more relevant content from sources that users were genuinely interested in."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

circumambagious - "Circumambagious, a. - Employing a roundabout or indirect manner of speech. Not as effective, perhaps, on the whole, as an aid to obfuscation, as the sesquipedalianism fostered by this book, always assuming, if you will forgive a somewhat Jamesian digression (Henry, that is to say, in contradistinction to P.D.), that obfuscation is in fact the objective, and having in mind also that, setting aside the relative merits of the two different approaches toward that end, vis-a-vis each other, it can hardly be doubted that the employment of both together, as distinct from one or the other, must have a still greater obfuscatory, or perhaps more precisely, obscurantist, impact, a point well evidenced by the fact that this particular instance of circumambagiousness has, as I believe you will discover, successfully diverted your attention from the fact that nowhere in this admittedly now somewhat overlong sentence is there, despite its superabundance of subsidiary clauses, a principal subject or verb."

e.g., While it comes naturally to some, writing circumambagiously can be extremely difficult for others.

submitted by [Peter John Bowler]

datanosis - Hypnosis caused by overexposure to data, usually via the Internet or digital delivery.

e.g., Bob had to be physically shaken by his coworkers when they noticed he'd been staring slack-jawed at his computer screen for over two hours, a victim of datanosis.

submitted by Mark Lee - (www)

ignoranti - The exact opposite of "illuminati." The ignoranti are an unorganized cadre of uneducated, uninformed or ill-informed, magical-thinking, irrationalists who have a belief system that depicts the real physical world or cosmos however they wish or have been taught by their peers, family, or culture -- that is to say, most of the general religious public.

e.g., On the subject of evolution, the ignoranti have extreme difficulty accepting the fact that humans and the other primates such as chimpanzees, gorillas, baboons, and orangutans had the same distant ancestor despite the overwhelming fossil and DNA evidence.

submitted by John S. Duckering - (www)

fabrication - Collective noun: a fabrication of journalists.

e.g., Seeing articles following up on tonight's State of the Union Address by POTUS reminded me how the collective term fabrication of journalists came into being. | The fabrication was a joint effort by a fabrication of journalists.

submitted by HD Fowler

extrance - The door you go thru to get where you were before you went thru it. | The opposite of entrance. A place to exit.

e.g., I really did like using the extrances in the original Zelda game. you could go to the right or left or up or down for all eternity and never leave where you were. | I'll meet you at the extrance in the back.

submitted by steve zihlavsky | Daphne - (www)

askhole - A reporter who goes out of her way to ask impertinent, insulting, and out-of-line questions at press conferences.

e.g., If quotas for askholes were set for press conferences, I'd be more likely to watch them.

submitted by HD Fowler

unequivicable - Unequivocal: "admitting of no doubt or misunderstanding; having only one meaning or interpretation and leading to only one conclusion."

e.g., The evidence was unequivicable -- there was absolutely no doubt that she was guilty of armed robbery. How she was found not guilty is beyond my ken.

submitted by Miss Speller

cahonies - Cojones -- balls, guts, fortitude.

e.g., I see many of those in the anti-cop demonstrations as being people who lack the cahonies to be a police officer.

submitted by Miss Speller

rummys dummies - "A derogatory name for the U.S. military under the leadership of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld." In the class of jokes such as Groucho Marx's saying "Military intelligence is an oxymoron."

e.g., Morons who use terms such as "Rummy's Dummies" are a pain in the ass. My guess is that most of them are about 30 IQ points short of the IQ of the military men and women they disrespect.

submitted by Rummys Dummies

myoclonic jerk - No, it has nothing to do with jerks of the social kind. "A myoclonic jerk is the brief, involuntary twitching of a muscle or group of muscles. It may be caused either by a sudden muscle contraction, or a sudden lapse of contraction. This happens when a person is on the verge of falling asleep, and suddenly [has] a sensation or feeling that [she is] free falling through the air." {ED. Edited to follow Fowler Style and get rid of multiple inconsistencies of number agreement.}

e.g., It doesn't happen nearly as often as it did when I was a child, but I'm still awakened once in a while by a myoclonic jerk.

submitted by [atypical jerk] - (www)

paraprasdokian - From, which is not far removed from the ne plus ultra of words websites. "What are Paraprosdokians? "Paraprosdokian is not an Armenian writer or football coach but a figure of speech characterized by an abrupt change of direction at the end. It is a phrase that intentionally leads us down the garden path, that misleads us into thinking one way, then suddenly end[s] on an unexpected twist. Stand-up comedians who like one-liners use lots of them, because the setup and punchline are all in a single line." Let me know if you ever run across an Armenian whose name doesn't end in -ian -- or someone whose name ends in -ian but isn't an Armenian. My experience is limited, but the latter seem to be as scarce as hen's teeth.

e.g., "Paraprasdokians are sentences that change course midstream for immensely humorous effect. Enjoy this peculiar type of humor in sentences that lead us down the garden path." |

submitted by [pseudo-paraprasdoker] - (www)

photobomb - "Collins has selected [as its word of the year] photobomb from words submitted by visitors to its website, a word which it says means 'to intrude into the background of a photograph without the subjects knowledge.' Again, this isn't the whole story, as it usually either means the accidental incursion of some odd or embarrassing thing in the background that spoils a picture or of a person who deliberately intrudes as a practical joke. Like overshare, it isnt new its recorded from 2007 and had a spike of popularity in 2011/2012 but it has become much better known this year because of several widely reproduced photos, such as Benedict Cumberbatchs photobombing of U2 at the Oscars and, most famously, the accidental photobombing of a couple of Australian athletes by the Queen at the Commonwealth Games."

e.g., The last thing you're going to find me doing is deliberately photobombing ... anyone.

submitted by [photobomber]

overshare - Chosen as word of the year for 2014 by the Chambers Dictionary folks. "Chambers has gone for overshare, which it defines as 'to be unacceptably forthcoming with information about ones personal life,' commenting that it was 'beautifully British' and a 'subtle yet devastating' put-down. That's not a complete definition, as it can also mean inappropriately supplying detailed personal information to a stranger online; it has also been used for deliberately giving intimate details of a relationship in order to shame ones former partner. It's neither British nor new, as it was first recorded as teen slang in the US in the 1990s and appeared in print in The New York Times as early as 1998. Apart from that, its quite a good choice." | Giving out more information than necessary -- sharing an experience to the point of embarrassing or disgusting the listener.

e.g., It's one thing to overshare with an anonymous stranger on a bus (plane, train, automobile), quite another to overshare with potentially hundreds, thousand, or millions online. | "So that's when my mom told me about her first sexual experience." "Whoa, Bob. Stop right there -- overshare."

submitted by [oversharer] | kokogiak

transmogrification - A real word, a useful word. Transmogrification: "the act of changing into a different form or appearance (especially a fantastic or grotesque one) ('The transmogrification of the prince into a porcupine')."

e.g., When presidential candidate obama said he wanted to transform America, a few of US sensed that what he had in mind was not a transformation but a transmogrification. Very, very few of US thought he would have the effrontery to do so in the way he's doing it -- with virtually no input from Congress. | A grass roots movement is underway to start referring to the changes obama is making by executive fiat as "a fundamental transmogrification of America" rather than "a fundamental transformation."

submitted by [Transmogriffrier]

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

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]

paragraphaphobia - Fear of breaking up comments into paragraphs -- with the result that hundreds and hundreds get strung together with no break.

e.g., You seem to suffer from that rare illness known as paragraphaphobia.

submitted by [Mr. Anit-paragraphobe]

pseubmit - To add an entry to the PseudoDictionary input queue.

e.g., Those one-hundred-thirty-nine words must be the longest single sentence yet pseubmitted to the pseudodictionary.

submitted by s - (www)

subatomically correct - More than an anatomically correct body. Perfect down to the last muon.

e.g., That girl o' mine is subatomically correct.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

the crawl - What some describe as spiders in their heads (usually while the world around them sleeps). An affliction often associated with chronic insomnia and symptomatic as follows: insomnia, easily distracted, fidgitry, nonsensical talk, self-absorption, spells of introspect, difficulty communicating with others, and a plethora of others. (Please if you suffer from this incurable panacea, list any symptoms you benefit from here, so a complete compendium can be compiled.)

e.g., The crawl often subsides with me around 3-4 am.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

mumbus jumpback - Any spoken nonsense which causes at least a major facial expression change (usually one of question or disgust) and, often, a reply or retort.

e.g., I had to leave the room after listening to that mumbus jumpback, primarily to keep my own integrity.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

scrooching - The laying-back of the driver seat so far while driving that all that is visible from said position is the sky, tall buildings, distant landscapes, and things taller than your vehicle within two feet of it.

e.g., Scrooching, I think, is every bit as safe as texting, birthing a child, star-gazing, or computer programming while driving.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

exhaustation - After you've been exhausted numerous times and repeatedly pulled up your bootstraps and got back after it. Tireditis (which see) is a common symptom leading up to it, while collapse is the final step if rest is not sought.

e.g., Four months in of seven-days-a-week and my exhaustation is bordering on collapse.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

tireditis - Something like exhaustation, just not as extreme.

e.g., If I don't get some rest soon, this tireditis will soon become exhaustation.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

ominator/ominatrix - One who hovers ominously over others.

e.g., So, I was just painting her walls white: no mural, no fascinating faux finish. I wasn't marbleizing, it wasn't tromp l'oeil. All the while that ominatrix stood in the doorway watching, as if I may miss a spot or a drop may get on her white carpet or in some way she just might not get what she thought she was paying for.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

reversilate - The act of throwing any vehicle in reverse and doing whatever backing-up maneuvers are involved before putting it back in forward motion.

e.g., I have an affinity toward those who reversilate thru the drive-thru.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

hypocracy - Political regime based on systematic lies and propaganda. Hypocrisy is a moral quality, while hypocracy is a political system. |

Government by hypocrites, especially a government run by leftistist elitists. (To accommodate a common misspelling of "hypocrisy.") | The ultimate form of government.

Here's an example of misuse: Dukehoopsfan: "The hypocracy of the left knows no bounds. These limousine liberals want to run our lives while they live in their double standard universe."

e.g., Nazi Germany and communist Russia are historical examples of powerful hypocracies. | (From an example later on in the input queue -- Mr. Epstein and one not-so-humble editor apparently having come close to synchronizing on this common misspelling for "hyprocisy.") "Can any one citizen get over the hypocracy of this President putting illegals before his own country's citizens?"

Nothing unusual as far as I'm concerned. Hypocracy is more or less the standard form of government at local, county, state, and federal levels. || Once the EU Constitution is passed, will Europe be well on its way to a Federal European States and the world's first official hypocracy? | How long will it be before the hypocracy of a world government is formed?

submitted by Mikhail Epstein | Miss Speller - (www)

dingleblossom - A flower which produces dingleberries.

e.g., You must have quite a few dingleblossoms in your pants -- I can smell the fruit.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

molottabetta - Improved in general in any way, esp. applies to substantial improvements.

e.g., "OOOOOOOOoooooohhh, HONEY! Them new biscuits is molottabetta!

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

retinal fleckage - Any ailment suffered by a variety of tradesmen wherein one thing or another in their line of work damages (at least temporarily) the orb(s).

e.g., I was spraying some fine lacquer the other day and got that numb feeling in my frontal lobe because I should have been wearing a mask as, all of a sudden, I came to the inside corner of a cabinet while my mind was in another world and the delightfully sweet fumes coursed right back into my face from the back of said cabinet in a forceful back-spray with, at first the startling shock of retinal fleckage to my peepers while, surprised at the pain, I deeply inhaled the dense vapors and commenced to konk my noggin on the shelf above as I threw myself out of the blast zone staggering backward, almost losing my balance, while secondarily my skull got to feeling interplanetary from the deep alveolic absorption -- so, I had to leave the premises for a duration. {ED. Those one-hundred-thirty-nine words must be the longest single sentence yet pseubmitted to the pseudodictionary. Thanks for making my day oncet again, Steve Zihlavsky.}

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

mirropposed - To offend oneself by gazing in the looking glass and being disgusted by what's seen.

e.g., Actions are seldom taken by those suffering from mirropposition, usually disgustation and acceptance of the situation are the opted for plan.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

nutrituration - Oversaturated nutritiously -- i.e. nutrition poisoning.

e.g., Davy Dave! If you don't put down that cucumber and wheat germ on pumpernickel and go back to some cheezy poofs and snacky cakes, you're sure to get yourself a heckuva bad case of nutrituration.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

burrifinger - What you can make rather than a burrito if you have only fingers -- or, the price of fingers is cheaper than toes. Alternative to burritoes.

e.g., There's been a recall on toes, so we have to make burrifingers.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

deventually - At any point in the future ... maybe.

e.g., Deventually, Stev-o-matic will start making sense.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

umpteen quadrillion ages of olde - forever, figuratively and exaggeratedly speaking.

e.g., It should only take Steve umpteen quadrillion ages of old to find just the right word to express himself accurately.

submitted by steve zihlavsky - (www)

needsta - A simple combination of the words "Needs" and "To"

e.g., My tummy needsta stop hurting; otherwise, I may hurl.

submitted by Sailor - (www)

wumbo-jumbo - Something which appears to be ridiculous, made up, or implausible, but actually contains an unexpected element of truth or genius.

e.g., I thought that Wumbology was a pseudo-science, but when it correctly predicted that my cat would be run over by a steamroller, I realized that it was wumbo-jumbo.

submitted by Ben Peters - (www)

- Google "atom bomb" vs. "atomic bomb".

e.g., Google "in to" vs. into.

submitted by syotb - (www)

xxmyzllwth - (Pronounced Ex-mizzle-width) A word that is either unpronounceable or uncomfortable to say.

e.g., Sesquipedalian is an xxmyzllwth, so most doctors recommend using the word "long" instead.

submitted by Ben Peters

numb bers - Numeric data of such horrific import that it freezes with shock an observer's ability to think, feel, or react normally.

e.g., NUMB BERS IN THE NEWS May 14,2014 -- Climate Central stated that a recent scientific study indicates that climate change has triggered an unstoppable decay of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet -- by 2100 it is likely to result in a 7 to 10 feet rise in global oceans -- submersing 28,800 square miles of American coastal property, displacing 12.3 million people. Property damage in Florida alone, is predicted to be in excess of $950 billion dollars. September 23,2014 -- The UN Health agency, WHO, reports that the Ebola health crisis is estimated to spread to affect 1.4 million individuals by mid-January, 2015. There is no known cure or vaccine for the disease, only "supportive intensive care." December 26th, 2014 -- Memorial services were held in Indonesia, Thailand and other countries to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 220,000 people.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

jumblicating - The act of explaining an idea that that the brain has not yet organized into proper sentences, causing it to be messy and nearly incomprehensible.

e.g., "Oh! What if we did the thing with the turny-bit, and then the wiggly thinger won't not be like that!" "Bill, you're jumblicating again."

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totalgia - (total + nostalgia) - nostalgic aspiration for totality, unity with the people, national solidarity, traditional holistic values.

e.g., Many people in post-communist countries are suffering with totalgia, longing for the lost ideal of social equality. | Totalitarianism in Russia is only partly gone. It is still alive in totalgia, in nostalgia for the old Soviet superpower.

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justpoze - Juxtapose.

e.g., Must have heard something on TV as I was dozing to make me think of justpozing the two words in that order.

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gdos - "Green's Dictionary of Slang is an unprecedented 10.3 million-word collection of the impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words of the English language. Covering five centuries of innovation in all English-speaking regions of the world, the Dictionary is the most authoritative, scholarly approach to slang ever attempted. Over 100,000 words are defined; each word is authenticated by genuine and full-referenced citations of its use. This is a remarkable work by the leading slang lexicographer of our time."

e.g., How could I have missed gdos? It's been out since 2011.

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contrabilateral - Containing and juxtaposing two equal parts, with each part being the opposite of the other.

e.g., I had a contrabilateral suit that I made myself. It was black on the left side, and white on the right.

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playwrong - A playwright wannabe who lacks the wherewithal to be one. (Doubtful that this is original, but I've never run across it.)

e.g., Mac has made absolutely no progress finding someone to produce his latest effort. He's never going to realize that he's a talentless hack, one of the premier playwrongs of our age.

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ageitis - A condition where you can't remember things due to old age.

e.g., I'm sorry I can't remember your name I have ageitis.

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asshole forceps - A large extractor tool, used not for extraction butt for insertion. Must have heard something on TV as I was dozing to make me think of juxtaposing the two words in that order.

e.g., "What we need is asshole forceps of sufficient size to allow us to spread the cheeks of the miserable critter wide enough to push in a large apple." "I'll bet you can find some in the maternity ward of the nearest hospital. The ones used to deliver babies suffice."

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spewdodictionary - A lexicon developed exclusively for writing rants.

e.g., I think the year-long hiatus when the back end was down may have caused us to lose more than a few submitters. The result has been an inclination for this to be turned into a spewdodictionary.

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procripitate - The stuff that you do while procrastinating, instead of what you should be doing, or the end result of your procrastination. Suggested by "precipitate -- a substance created by an action."

e.g., John made origami fish instead of doing his homework; they were the procripitate.

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procratalyst - The thing that you should be doing instead of procrastinating, or the thing that you are trying to avoid doing by procrastinating. Suggested by "catalyst -- the person or thing that precipitates an event."

e.g., Homework was a huge procratalyst for John; He would avoid it my any means necessary.

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predjudist - Of one who is unfairly prejudiced towards those who show prejudice towards protected minorities. {ED. Also spelled preducist.}

e.g., If you don't tolerate Nazism, then you're being predudist.

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taft - Puffy and soft. Possibly warm and huggable, but not necessarily.

e.g., I rubbed my cat's belly, and it was very taft.

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169 - (Pronounced "one-six-nine; n.) 1. Incredibly bad bad luck; (adj.) 2. (Often "169th," pronounced "one-sixty-ninth") Of or pertaining to incredible bad luck; (v.) 3. To cause, attract, or impose incredibly bad luck. [From the product of 13 x 13, which is 169. ... IF you believe that 13 is bad luck.]

e.g., "I tried to water the plants---simple, right?---but I spilled the pitcher on my new carpet. So I went to get some towels to soak up the puddle, but I tripped and fell against the dryer. Then I had to use the towels there to soak up the blood from the cut in my head. Once I got the bleeding under control, I grabbed some clean towels and headed back to the living room, but slipped in the blood and broke my tailbone. I called my wife's office, and while I was on hold, I fainted from blood loss. ...The carpet was ruined." "Holy cow. That was some 169."

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loid - (v.) 1. To open a spring lock by slipping a thin piece of plastic or metal between the door and the frame; (n.) 2. a piece of plastic or metal used to open a lock by sliding it between door and frame. [Apparently an actual slang term.] Also "loider": one who loids.

e.g., Let's see: lock picks, a pair of jimmies, a crowbar, and a bunch of old credit cards. I guess those are for loiding screen doors, right?

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-phibe - (Rhymes with TRIBE; n.) 1. One who embraces the dark side of something, especially a twisted version of something good; 2. Someone who, for some reason, attacks that which they hate or fear by characterizing it as horrible, disgusting (etc.) as possible. [From the 1971 Vincent Price film, The Abominable Dr. Phibes.]

e.g., "He's afraid of cats?"
"No. He's actually fixated on dead cats, decomposing cats, zombie ... cats."
"Ah, so he's not an ailurophobe; he's an ailurophibe."

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anginiti - (Rhymes with can-be-KNEE-tee; plural n.) 1. Little chest pains, the kind that make you worried, but that the doctors always say don't mean anything (they often wind up getting people labeled hypochondriacs); 2. People who cause chest pains by their constant bother. [From angina, Gk for "choke" + -it-, Sp infix for "small," + -i, It plural suffix. It's a mess, really, a farrago---but it sounds good.]

e.g., I am so sick of my anginiti, especially when they mix with the real angina. || The police chief hates reporters: he calls them his anginiti.

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mahoganocracy - (Rhymes with the-dog-in-LOCK-you-see; n.) 1. Rule by those whose offices reek of dark wood; 2. Those who occupy such offices, especially high-echelon board members and such. [From mahogany + Gk kratos "power."]

e.g., "What happened?" "They gave the job to Lacey." "Lacey?! Why? She's only been working there a few months. You've been working there---hard---for over three years." "The mahoganocracy said it's because they needed to promote a woman." "Are you serious?! Are you serious?! You didn't get promoted because you're a man?" "I don't ... I don't know." "If this weren't so serious, I'd laugh myself silly .... Lacey. Incredible."

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

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

Line of peacocks

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

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

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looksee - If something is worth taking a look at, it's worth a looksee. Not original by any means, but only two definitions turn up with, at "a visual inspection or survey; look; examination." The Peevish Dictionary of Slang definition: "a look; an inspection." Multiple examples can be found at Wordnik, but no definition.

e.g., Need to take a looksee at e-mails in which I've used the word looksee -- I'm sure I can find the story of the blouse in one of them. I'll send you the paragraph where I'm set straight. (Never did get an answer.)

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sprummer - A non-committal season when the speaker is referring to a future time, usually meaning warmer weather, when an action will take place.

e.g., We will probably be out to see your new house this sprummer.

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missle toe - A particular covert feminine action, under a table, involving the thrust of the big toe of her shoeless, bare foot against a dining partner's leg or foot, conveying a sexual invitation.

e.g., John-- That cold, arrogant, aloof ice queen did what?

Juan-- You heard me. We were working our way through a relaxed, enjoyable meal, with the third or fourth glass of wine, when I felt the bump of her big toe hit against the calf of my leg, and then begin to slide up and down, slowly, but emphatically.

John-- It just doesn't seem her style -- to give you a missle toe.

Juan -- I thought so, too. Until I realized, appropriately and ironically, that we were having Christmas dinner.

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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."

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spewdo-aphorism - Start with aphorism: a short pithy instructive saying. Next, think pseudo-aphorism -- a saying, but not necessarily short, pithy, and instructive. Maybe none of those. Now you're in spewdo-aphorism territory. Spewdoaphorism.

e.g., I've been trying to put some order to my chaotic oeuvre, chaotic partly because of so much d&sing. I'm a bit taken aback by how many spewdoaphorisms I've come up with -- or run across and recorded, whichever the case may be.

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idiopocrite - An individual or group of people who demand respect -- yet in the very same moment label and criticize the individuality of another, ultimately insulting their own intelligence (or lack thereof).

e.g., Don't you just hate dealing with an idiopocrite? I've never understood how one could spout out so much self-righteous idiopocrisy, and remain fully unaware of how unintellectual they proved themselves to be

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dynamicize - To make something dynamic.

e.g., Hey, it looks like the home page of this website is outdated since it's static. … Should we get a web developer to dynamicize it? | Urban Dictionary has a new look -- both clean and dynamic. But it hasn't been dynamicized. Thank God. Flashing lights or loud music would far too distracting at word sites, even for non-serious sites. | The mind boggles at the thought of Grant Barrett's Double-Tongued Dictionary being dynamicized. Can you imagine? … Oh. My. God. It has been. I wonder who talked him into such an awful downgrade from the jazzy looking site he had before? Some money must have changed hands.

ED. The home page isn't out-of-date at all, Mr. Web Developer. This is a site for words, not pictures — and most assuredly not for flash that can't be expressed with the written word.

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profit - Prophet. Misspelling example comes from a published movie review by Mr deKinder.

e.g., "Moses goes from non-believer to full-blown profit and yet his motivations are vague at best. Moses argues with God (portrayed as a petulant little boy), but their discussions are more tactical than theological. Moses isnt filled with awe and wonder in the presence of the Lord, but seems to see him as just another pharaoh with a better arsenal."

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chillaxative - (noun) An over-the-counter medication that currently does not exist (but should) which permits the user to simultaneously chill out and get her sh*t together. {ED. Bowdlerizing my least favorite expletive is as close as I'll get to allowing it. Had the concept not been as good as it is, the submittal would have been rejected. Lillith.)

e.g., You're way too hyper about this; you need to take a chillaxative.

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educative - "Resulting in education (an educative experience)."

e.g., "You can create great photos that can go viral in seconds just by adding a little twist in words or comments. It's something very easy to achieve as you capture the attention of the readers or viewers through comments placed on a picture. They might be serious, funny, educative or just plain dumb."

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caviot - Caveat: "A qualification or explanation."

e.g., "ImJustAGuy says: 'All of these, I liked. Theres one caviot. The fight scenes in Bollywood movies are cheezy, but if you watch with that expectation, theyre quite enjoyable.'"

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carouche - (ka-ROOSH; n.) A vampire (monster, not bat) that feeds on animal blood rather than (or in addition to) human blood. [From the television series "Forever Knight."]

e.g., A carouche is evidently created when a vampire first feeds on animal blood or acquires a taste for it stronger than its urge for human blood. You would think such a creature would be almost welcome in a society that abhors vermin, where it might happily desanguinate rats and gophers to its heart's content.

It is also a useful word to describe vampiric animals, such as blood-cats and bunniculae, as well as ordinary leeches and vampire bats.

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sanguiphage - (Rhymes with BANG-the-rage; n.) 1. A creature that eats blood; 2. A vampire. [From L sanguis 'blood' + Gk phagein 'to eat.'] Adj. form: sanguiphageous.

e.g., A good oak stake will stop any old sanguiphage, from Dracula on down to the merest carouche.

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bicycops - [Pronounced to rhyme with HI-sick-pops; n.) 1. Police officers on bicycles (a brilliant solution to the maze of inner-city, beach, park, and dense-venue construction in which life happens these days); oddly, 2. Mall cops (I have no idea why it applies to mall cops, but it does ... even though they don't (usually) have bicycles). Note: One officer on a bike is a bicycop (even though, technically (since the word comes from the Greek "cyclops") the singular should also be "bicycops." (see "Bicyclops" herein)

e.g., "Run, it's the cops!"
"Don't be stupid, man: the cops can't get back here without walkin'."
"It's bicycops, dude … Run!"

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pseudophrase - As a noun, a paraphrase is a rewording meant to clarify what someone has said or written. As a verb, to paraphrase is to "express the same message in different words." A pseudophrase (pseudo-phrase) is farther removed from the original than a paraphrase is, expressing a similar idea, but not identically the same idea.

e.g., As a noun, a paraphrase is a rewording meant to clarify what someone has said or written. As a verb, to paraphrase is to "express the same message in different words." A pseudophrase (pseudo-phrase) is farther removed from the original than a paraphrase is, expressing a similar message, but not the same message.

Clicking on the link below will take you to an article that was posted recently at Breitbart's Big Government. The key sentence of the article is this: "Only two weeks after Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg made a show of support for freedom of speech following a terror attack by radical Muslims in France, Facebook began censoring images of Muhammad in Turkey -- including the very Charlie Hebdo images Zuckerberg claimed to support."

I read some of the comments in the thread following the article, many of them accusing Zuckerberg of exhibiting cowardice and hypocrisy because he was intimidated by the terrorist acts. Here's a comment that that caught my grammar nazi eye:

phil donghue

This guy is a two bit conman with a vagina, who steels people's lives from his POS web site anyone stupid enough to be on Flushbook deserve there info tracked and censored.

Decided to reply, but didn't want to be too hard on the guy -- not given that I tend to agree with some of what he had to say. I posted as Chauncey Gardiner, the character Peter Sellers played in his last role. Being There is one of my all-time favorite movies. I started with a pseudo-phrase of probably the best-known line from The Princess Bride.

"You keep using [the six-letter v-word]. I do not think it means what you think it means." What is called for is the five-letter v-word, not the six-letter one. The latter is a sort of subset of the former. When that anatomical region is referred to by the more or less all-encompassing p-word, it's used for someone who is cowardly in some way. As in, "Mark Zuckerberg is a p-word." No, the p-word is not "posse."

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blue beans - German slang for bullets.

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

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fillybuster - A horse whisperer who specializes in fillies.

e.g., I'm sorry, ma'am, I can't get your mare to do anything I want her to. I think maybe you should bring in a specialist, a fillybuster.

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twenty-four - A day, twenty-four hours. From a ytpo where I had intended to write twenty-four hours, but instead wrote just twenty-four.

e.g., I first saw her at the carnival freakshow on Friday, then again the next twenty-four. Haven't seen her since, but I didn't realize she had disappeared.

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fremdschämen - Fremdscham is the noun form, used for times when someone else feels embarrassed for you. | A feeling of joint embarrassment -- even though the person empathized with may not even realize that she's "embarassed [her]self in front of friends, family, the whole country, [the] entire hemisphere, and the person she loves." | From Wiktionary: Reflexive, informal to feel ashamed about something someone else has done; to be embarrassed because someone else has embarrassed herself (and doesn't notice)." With Hillary Clinton having recently made the news with her use of the word empathy, an empathy-related word is in order.

Word of the Week: Fremdschämen

Nov 8, 2013

fremdschämen Have you ever watched someone make a fool of [herself], only to find yourself cringing in embarrassment for [her]? Then you’ve most likely experienced fremdschämen.

This German word is made up of two parts, with fremd meaning “foreign” and schämen meaning “to be embarrassed.” The term is typically used to describe someone who feels embarrassment on behalf of someone else. The corresponding noun for this feeling is Fremdscham.

Let’s say, for example, that you’re at a black-tie event where everyone is dressed in a suit or an evening gown. You look across the room and see one guest dressed in sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt. This guest has no shame, and could care less about how [she]e looks, but you cringe in embarrassment on [her] behalf. In this case, you would be exhibiting feelings of fremdschämen.

Similar English equivalents include the terms “vicarious embarrassment” and “empathetic embarrassment,” but neither are as commonly-used as the German word fremdschämen.

The word is still relatively new in the German language; the popular dictionary Duden recognized it for the first time in its 2009 edition, after German speakers commonly began using it in conversation. It is unclear when exactly it was first used, but Dr. Sören Krach, a researcher at the University of Marburg, told N-TV that he first heard of the word in the year 2007. It has since become a trendy word in the modern German language, and was even chosen as the 2010 Word of the Year in Austria.

Researchers at the University of Marburg were fascinated with the term. In 2011, Krach and his colleague, Frieder Paulus, published the first major study about the effects of fremdschämen $mdash; an emotion that only humans are able to experience. In order to feel it, humans need to be able to possess empathy, which specific neurons in the brain make possible. Fremdschämen— the ability to feel someone else’s embarrassment— is connected to similar neuron transmissions.

So next time you see someone with food in their teeth while giving an embarrassing speech at the office, you can use the German word fremdschämen to describe how the situation makes you feel. And let’s hope that you yourself don’t become the target of someone else’s Fremdscham.


e.g., "The Germans have an excellent word: 'Fremdschämen.' It's that feeling of embarrassment you have on behalf of people who don't have the sense to feel embarrassed for themselves, like Joe Biden, or the cast of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.'"

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euphamsisms - Idioms and everyday language.

e.g., Kids theses days use a lot more euphamsisms than we do.

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dessicate - A misspelling of the real word "desiccate": to dry up. To keep payloads from being damaged by moisture, desiccants are often added to containers used for shipping. In the example, taken from the linked site, the variant spelling is used to tell someone to shut up. Have seen the put-down stated in similar ways, none of which are particularly well-written.

Dear Son,

In promulgating your esoteric cogitations and articulating superficial sentimentalities and philosophical or psychological observations, please beware of platitudinous generosity.

Let your conversation possess a clarified conciseness, a compacted comprehensibleness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency.

Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations.

Let your extemporaneous descantings and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility without rodomontade or thrasonical bombast.

Sedulously avoid all polysyllabical profundity, ventriloquial rapidity, and pompous prolixity.

Shun double entendre and prurient jocisity, whether obscene or apparent.

In other words, speak naturally, purely and clearly, but do not use big words.

Your loving father,


e.g., "Your sarcastic insinuations are too highly obnoxious to be psychologically appreciated by my far superior mind. Therefore I must presume your presumptions to be precisely incorrect, and if you do not dessicate, I shall have to horizontalise your perpendicularity and make you square all round."

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nimsy - Not a "real" man. Taken only from the context in which it was used in an English television series. When asked if her husband was the father of the woman's daughter, she said no, that they had tried but hadn't been able to have children. Nimsy is a name used only for girls in the UK and isn't used at all in the United States.

e.g., "I'm not saying he's a nimsy man."

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sadie thompson - (verb) "to rape (a man) US" The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.

e.g., " O.A. Jones mumbled, hoping that he would get put in the cops' tank at the county jail because a twenty-four-year-old former surfer, who was also a former cop, would be Sadie Thompson'd on the regular tank wothin three minutes. -- Joseph Wambaug, The Secrets of Harry Bright, p.33, 1985"

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on the scrounge - "Someone who is on the scrounge is asking people for things or for money." The example comes from John Swinfield's book Knock Down Ginger. "Knowk down Ginger" is "The prank of knocking on somebody's front door and running away before it is opened." "The origin of knock down ginger came from council estates because all the doors were stained a ginger colour, hence knock down ginger."

e.g., After some months Flaherty and the Lambs journeyed from the Amazon to see Bernard in his favela in Rio de Janeiro.

"I hate cities," Flaherty said. "The only reason we're here is because we're on the scrounge."

"What's new?" Bernard smiled.

Our Land was in the running fora modest grant. Flaherty had been called on to vouch for the Lambs and their work.

"I'll lie my head off if it means rich bastards are going to part with their cash. The bureaucrats said they wanted to meet me in person. It's all baloney. Naturally, they couldn't come to the Amazon ... said they were too busy. They're worried about catching a disease. So they paid our fares. Can you believe it? If they sacked all the apparatchik and saved the money on the fares they could have just sent the cash."

"Apparatchick? Bernard smiled. "Haven't heard that since the seminary." Flaherty looked at him.

"Aye ... that's it. Uncle Karl. I used to think he knew the lot. You get out here and you realise it's all bollocks like the rest of the clap-trap."

"Ah, please. No politics," Bernard said. "Politicians get up my nose, so they do." Flaherty's eyes blazed. He ran his hands through his shaggy hair.

"You're hairier than ever," Bernard said."Where are all your women barbers?"

Flaherty said he was thinking of giving up the priesthood and taking a wife.

"There's nobody who'd have you. There's no woman daft enough. There's no wife who'd put up with tin drum of a bath of yours so there isn't."

Flaherty reminded Bill that he'd promised to build him a shower. Alice's green eyes sparkled. A shaft of sunlight pierced the gloom of the shack.

"Take no notice Micheal," she said. "You're a handsome fellow ... there are plenty of girls who'd like a nice big man ... all that lovely hair."

"Now there's a lady with taste," Flaherty said.

"Why give up the Order?" she said. "Take a lover."

The fan had begun to squeak.

"Needs oil, like me," Bernard said. "The heat's got to it. It's on its last legs. Like the rest of us. You know things are bad when it's too hot for the bloody fan."

Alice smiled. She looked round the hovel. The makeshift table. A row of hooks for jeans, shirts, Bernard's fraying straw hat. The sagging mattress. . . .

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groofy - Feeling grumpy but goofy at the same time.

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

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d&s - Divert and stack, divert and surf. To divert your attention from what you're doing to go off and do something else that caught your eye -- something you think you'll forget to look into unless you do it right now. The idea, of course, is to stack what you have underway and get back to it shortly -- once you've satiated your curiosity about the interrupting item. Problem: If Internet use is involved, you're likely to d&s repeatedly until what you initially intended to be a single level, last-in-first-out stack becomes a heap, a jumble, a pile. Notation: (d&s) {|}, followed in e-mails and blog posts by text indented a level deeper.

e.g., If I didn't d&s the way I do, I might never learn such tidbits as the fact that -- in the corpus used by Google books Ngram Viewer -- that "percent" began to gain dramatically in use on "per cent" and by 1975 predominated.

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claustoephobia - The fear of your toes being in enclosed spaces (i.e., closed-toe shoes). {ED. Good timing. I have an entry waiting in the input queue for The Canonical List of Phobias. I'll add this toe it.}

e.g., Brah, I've lived in the islands so long I've got claustoephobia!

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krakodon - The earliest bird. {Ed. Not everyone is going to get it -- or your nom de internet either. Is it serendipitious that I added "norm" to mean butt-crack earlier this morning?)

e.g., Th krakodon was eating the first worm out of bed a very long time ago.

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arsefeet - "In Tudor English, ducks were nicknamed 'arsefeet' because their legs are positioned so far back on their bodies."

e.g., "The penguin, a comical bird, Had a name that is now rarely heard, And, although not polite, It described him just right. It was arsefoot, an old sailor word. "It's a wonderful name; it's so neat And delightful, a lexical treat. It would be twice as nice If those penguins on ice Were referred to as flocking arsefeet."

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register - "'Register' is the term linguists use to describe the correlation between an utterance and the context in which it is made, suiting language to circumstance in a socially appropriate manner, part of all socialization and recognizable to a native speaker."

e.g., "Moreover, the register of the headline is that of a child's primer, the first reading textbook studied in school: on reading this headline, See Spot Run would be an immediate association for any adult American taught to read in the United States. ... This headline is doubly fissured for interpretation: Both appellation and register open the text to the attentive reader. My interpretation is that Hillary Clinton's candidacy is presented with a certain amount of disrespect."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

blodgidonka - A silly, ignorant or irresponsibly behaved person.

e.g., Why did you do that, you ... you ... you blodgidonka!

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financial lizard - A term denoting the reptilian character of a self-serving, unscrupulous banker, broker, or individual engaged in monetary commerce.

e.g., Listen, my friend, and you shall hear
of the reptilian side of a greedy financier.

You find you're faced with an unsmiling stare
as he schemes to take off the very pants that you wear.

Neighbors lost money and more, some even their dentures
with the cold-blooded sale of unrated debentures.

Millions were victims when the banks committed the crime:
stripping US bare with forked-tongue derivatives sub-prime.

My bile rises up; I get grit in my gizzard
When I think of what I should do to one financial lizard!

submitted by Machiavellean & Lesko

flatback - Verb: prostitute, whore.

e.g., So, she's flatbacking for you to pay the rent then? And you're all right with that?

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bogwash - Hogwash. Other slang definitions for "bogwash" are far less polite than this one, coarse even. Given that "bog" is UK slang for a toilet, hearing your utterances called bogwash would be more insulting than if they were called hogwash. "Convincing evidence that all the talk about the high hospitality of the West is not "hog wash" was the large number of highway hospitality booths that greeted Denverbound Rotarians."

e.g., bogwash

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norm - Or "the norm." The butt-crack. Thought there should be a medical term for this part of the human anatomy, but I haven't turned one up in my brief search on the Internet. Meanwhile, this is offered as a substitute.

e.g., So there she is, hunkering down and showing her tramp stamp, her whale tail, and her norm. Not an attractive sight. She's a good-looking woman, sure, but not when she does that.

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donkey - Ass. When "ass" might not be a suitable appellation for admonishing someone -- say, in polite company -- "donkey" can be used. {Edit, by Lillith. You're showing your age, HD. The term polite company is so old-fashioned as to be almost unrecognizable. Just file it away in your relic bin. You can dust it off and bring it out when you write your mangnum opus.}

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

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available - available

e.g., available

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stringer - "In journalism, a stringer is a freelance journalist or photographer who contributes reports or photos to a news organization on an ongoing basis but is paid individually for each piece of published or broadcast work."

e.g., "For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

chronotaxidor - One who time travels, especially for temporal adventures.

e.g., Doctor Who is a chronotaxidor.

submitted by Keaweʻehu

bernoulleaf - A leaf that clings to the pavement with a downward force in proportion to the velocity of the leaf blower.

e.g., After a half-hour of blowing, all that remained on the driveway was one stubborn bernoulleaf.

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the norm - The butt-crack, which, as near as I can tell, has been unnamed until now.

e.g., Eeew, I think I'm gonna hurl. You're exposing your hairy norm.

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mob - Collective noun for a bunch of zombies.

e.g., The mob has started moving a lot faster in recent episodes. I think the series may soon be coming to an end.

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crisk - The loud noise made when an animal steps on a twig or other object and reveals its presence.

e.g., She heard a crisk from behind her, and turned around to find herself face to face with a grizzly.

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kynopsychokinesis - The belief that, if you stare lovingly up at a kitchen bench for long enough, you can induce food to levitate from its surface and drop onto the floor.

e.g., Rover's infinite patience stems from his innate belief in kynopsychokinesis ... or perhaps the realisation that a passing human will sometimes take pity.

submitted by Mavis Tharg`

pink job - (n.) Woman's work [from the pink~blue = boy~girl color assignments] (coined by my wife, believe it or not, who is actually the main breadwinner in our family. I think it's because women who do kitchen work tend to have things organized in a particular way, a way which their men tend to mess up. At least, I tend to mess them up, and my wife has kitchen labor down to a hyperefficient science.) I assume, therefore, that there are also "blue jobs," although I'm not sure what those would be.

e.g., "Scott," says my wife, as I helpfully begin to unload the dishwasher, "leave that alone; it's a pink job."

submitted by scott m. ellsworth

nubedolia - (new-buh-DOUGH-lee-ah; n.) Seeing shapes in clouds. [from nube "cloud" + eidōlon εἴδωλον "image"; similar to the term pareidolia, the name of the phenomenon of seeing patterns in random data.]

e.g., The famous nubedolia Peanuts cartoon, in which Lucy, her little brother Linus, and Charlie Brown talk about shapes in the clouds as they lay upon Charlie Brown's pitcher's mound. The dialogue runs as follows: LUCY: "Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud's formations. What do you think you see, Linus?" LINUS: "Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean. [points up] That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there... [points] me the impression of the Stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side." LUCY: "Uh huh. That's very good. What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?" CHARLIE BROWN: "Well... I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsie, but I changed my mind."

submitted by scott m. ellsworth

malarchy - (either MAL-ark-ee (seriously) or mull-ARK-ee (funnily); n.) 1. Bad government; 2. Ruling badly [from mal "bad, badly" + arch (from arkhos "leader")].

e.g., Sometimes congress indulges too much in malarchy.

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libidolatry - (lih-bih-DOLL-uh-tree; n.) Worship of the sex drive, especially in movies and tv, wherein everybody is healthy, beautiful, and attractive, if not positively voluptuous. [From Libido "sex drive" (loosely) + latria "worship of."]

e.g., Judging from commercials, television, and movies, the national religion of ... well, every nation under Heaven practices unbridled libidolatry.

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libidocracy - (lih-BEE-dough-crat; n.) One who believes in government by acquiescence to the sex drive. [From libido "sex drive" (loosely) + cracy "rule by" (from Greek kratos "strength").] Also libidocracy (lih-bih-DOCK-russ-ee) "government based upon the sex drive."

e.g., Hollywood often seems to portray the world as an undiluted libidocracy.

submitted by scott m. ellsworth

squichy - Feeling uncomfortable in certain environments

e.g., This area is so squichy, we need to get out of here before things get scary.

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chickenitis - The sudden desire to eat chicken albeit KFC, slow-roasted, brodies, or chicken wings.

e.g., He always eats chicken; he must of contracted chickenitis.

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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.

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portical - (POR-tic-al; n.) 1. a. The space needed for the opening and closing of a door, rendering it essentially useless; b. An area, square, indentation, box, addition, or whatever on a house plan, added to a room to give it room for the sweep of a door without depriving the room of the space needed for the door. 2. a. The area immediately in front of a door as opposed to an entire porch or stoop; b. The area immediately behind a door, aka an entryway. [from portico 'colonnade, porch' + portal 'gate, door'] 3. A little door. [from portal 'porch' + -icula 'small' (suffix)]

e.g., 1. His room is bigger than mine, but it's only the five square feet of the portical. 2. They spent a good hour saying goodbye on the portical. 3. "What is that portical? a closet?" "Nope: it's a break in the space-time continuum, it lets in trolls." "What?---no, seriously." "Dead serious. You want I should sic a troll on y---wait! don't open it! You'll--- ... well, there goes another paying tenant." "Dad? where's that guy you were showing the apartment to? ... Oh, not again. Can't you stop them from getting eaten by the trolls?" "Sorry."

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mystereality - The part of reality that is impossible to understand, such bizarre coincidences, freak stories of survival amid destruction, dj vu, and dreams, etc.

e.g., The birds on the wires overhead were positioned to exactly represent the notes of a Mozart opera, which is strange enough, but that piece was playing through an open window. None of the passersby shared my appreciation of the mystereality.

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moe's art - The state of the world's Great Painting, including Sculpture, Music, etc. ("Mozart") now degraded by incompetent self-styled "artists." These charlatans, in an attempt to produce something (anything?) new and different in Art, enter into off-the-page projects that invariably create gimmickry of little artistic value ("Moe's Art").

e.g., You may not believe it, but there is actually a Southern "artist" who uses discarded chewing gum as his chosen medium. He roams the urban environment, searching for selected wads of pre-chewed gum that he picks up, applies to canvas, and offers the finished product as "contemporary art." So here's the challenge. Is this young man justifiably investing months and years in a worthwhile art project, or is he avoiding an honest day job by pursuing something that is bound to be Moe's Art? It's a question we humbly ask you to chew on!

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

psephology - "The study of elections and election polling, usually a subfield of sociology."

e.g., The psephologists were accurate within reason this time around. Could it possibly be because they tried their best to be accurate rather than push their polling to favor their favored parties and candidates? Nah, just kidding.

submitted by [psephologist]

scarce as hen's teeth - "Also, scarcer than hen's teeth. Exceptionally rare, as in: 'On a rainy night, taxis are as scarce as hen's teeth.' Since hens have no teeth, this term in effect says that something is so scarce as to be nonexistent. [Mid-1800s ]"

e.g., An honest politician? Isn't that an oxymoron? I'd say they're at best scarce as hen's teeth. | January 24, 2010: "Once again [she] has flabbergasted me, saying if she were well she'd want to adopt a couple of the Haitian orphans. Impractical even if her health were good, no doubt, but it shows what she is at her core. How right she is to say I'm more lucky than deserving to get her. More than lucky. But I challenge you to show me a man who's worthy of (a woman like) [her]. They're -- what? -- scarce as hen's teeth? Misogynist pretense aside once and for all, I think Women are better than Men -- most of the time."

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amirite - Am I right? Spelled the way it usually sounds. From Evan Morris, creator of The Word Detective -- who takes no credit for inventing the word, just the first example.

"OK, so why was September such a bad month? Im not really up for explaining what happened yet, but the bottom line (literally) is that our income, already anemic due to my disability [multiple sclerosis], has abruptly been cut by about 70%. We were strapped before; now were totally screwed."

Mr Morris could stand a few more subscribers, so I'm happy to give him a good word. He's given me tons of them over the years. His subscribe page is so well-written, it's hard to resist signing up. Have to say, though, that I didn't bite on this one: "What-the-Heck One-time Contribution (of any amount). Page will supply a blank space for the amount. Please round up to the nearest $1,000."


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benefecalaries - One's shitty relatives.

e.g., Bernie: "My grand kids?" "No honor, humility, or respect for the old family traditions." "I ain't got 'heirs.'" "They got 'airs.'" -- "I got 'benefecalaries!'"

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campaign cowboys - Or campaign cowgirls, as the case may be. Members of the political classes referred to as pollsters and pundits. These types show up more and more often as elections approach. Also campain {cowboy | cowgirl), given that any of them is more often than not a pain in the ass.

e.g., Chris Wallace, Sunday afternoon, November 2, 1014: ~"Next we'll hear from campaign cowboys Karl Rove and Joe Trippi." "Yeah, they'll be doing their damndest to spin the truth to the advantage of their favored parasites. | I'm more than tired of the asinine way the campain cowgirls carry water for their preferred political candidates and parties.

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rip van winkle - To do a Rip Van Winkle is to fall asleep at the wrong time and then sleep through something you meant to do.

e.g., If I don't do another Rip Van Winkle and forget to make my pick, I'll do so Monday. | I've been doing a lot of Rip Van Winkling lately. Maybe I should get on a regular schedule.

submitted by [Rip Van Winkle]

zoilism - Existing, but uncommon word: hypercriticism: "From Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License: n. nagging or carping criticism." | "From the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English: n. Resemblance to Zoilus in style or manner; carping criticism; detraction. | "From The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: n. Criticism like that of Zoilus; illiberal or carping criticism; unjust censure."

e.g., You're welcome to be critical of the PseudoDictionary and its lexicon entries -- as long as you're reasonable in your criticism. Zoilism is not appropriate for an effort that amounts to a lark. Capisce? (Bear in mind, too, what the estimable Michael Quinion wrote in his newsletter, "[B]itter and carping criticism by envious hacks has not yet vanished from the world.") | Biologist Joseph Dalton Hooker (?), quoted in Michael Quinion's Newsletter: "If I were to do more than hint at their hydrophobic habits, their pulicidal, pulicivorous, and even phtheirophagous propensities, I should call down, not undeservedly, the Zoilism of our correspondents."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

blockbusting - "Blockbusting was a business practice of U.S. real estate agents and building developers meant to encourage white property owners to sell their houses at a loss, by implying that racial minorities were moving into their previously racially segregated neighborhood, thus depressing real estate property values. Blockbusting became possible after the legislative and judicial dismantling of legally protected racially segregated real estate practices after World War II, but by the 1980s it largely disappeared as a business practice after changes in law and the real estate market."

e.g., "With blockbusting, real estate companies legally profited from the arbitrage (the difference between the discounted price paid to frightened white sellers and the artificially high price paid by black buyers), and from the commissions resulting from increased real estate sales, and from their higher than market financing of said house sales to black Americans."

submitted by HD

chicken**** - Chickenshit, chickenblank, chickenbleep. Take your pick. So far no authoritative news source has reported anything other than chicken**** in the current brouhaha regarding what was recently said about the Israeli Head of State, Benjamin Netanyahu. Nor has the name of the "oa official" been revealed. One sure wonders. Inquiring minds want to know -- but only conservative or Republican minds. Democrats and liberals could care less. Time to circle the wagons.

e.g., "In October 2014 an anonymous obama administration official reportedly called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chicken****." | Whatever else he may be, Netanyahu is no chickenshit.

submitted by HD Fowler

fibblegibble - To fibblegibble expresses the notion that that you made a big mistake, but somehow accomplished what what you wanted to do -- possibly even more.

e.g., Byrell was right in font of the goal when he fibblegibled but scored an amazing goal.

submitted by Lionel Messi

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

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

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circle the wagons - Take a defensive posture. | Hide your head in the sand and ignore what's going on around you. (Do ostriches really do that?)

e.g., "Oh, now, surely no obama administration official actually called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chickenshit." "I agree, Hillary, it's just another vast right-wing conspiracy. Funded, no doubt, by Richard Mellon Scaife." "Ummm, Scaife's dead." "Oy ... by the evil Koch Brothers then."

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"quarantine-like" - An obfuscation of the legal term used by the CDC definition of the word quarantine: not quarantined. {ED. Sort of like AT&T's contracting with customers for "unlimited" data transfers and then using throttling to limit the amount of data transferred. Or great-grandfather's thinking he was signing up for unlimited sex with great-grandmother when they got married. Even in the days before women's liberation, that was never going to happen. GGF may have been up for sex, but he wouldn't get any unless GGM was willing to go along with him, even if she wasn't all that interested. My GGF found another woman who WAS interested -- in a nearby small town.}

e.g., The Executive Branch placed the Army in "quarantine-like" isolation.

submitted by Ira Agatstein - (www)

pararhotacism - "[par″ah-rotah-sizm] Faulty enunciation of the r sound."

e.g., If you've been running into a lot of pararhotacism in your neighborhood, your sub-division could well be a blockbusting target for pirates.

submitted by [pararhotacism]

rackless - Lacking a bed to sleep in.

e.g., I've been rackless for several months now.

submitted by [rackless]

pararhotacism - "[par″ah-rotah-sizm] Faulty enunciation of the r sound."

e.g., If you've been running into a lot of pararhotacism in your neighborhood, your sub-division could well be a blockbusting target for activist pirates. | "Blockbusting was a business practice of U.S. real estate agents and building developers meant to encourage white property owners to sell their houses at a loss, by implying that racial minorities were moving into their previously racially segregated neighborhood, thus depressing real estate property values. Blockbusting became possible after the legislative and judicial dismantling of legally protected racially segregated real estate practices after World War II, but by the 1980s it largely disappeared as a business practice after changes in law and the real estate market." | "With blockbusting, real estate companies legally profited from the arbitrage (the difference between the discounted price paid to frightened white sellers and the artificially high price paid by black buyers), and from the commissions resulting from increased real estate sales, and from their higher than market financing of said house sales to black Americans."

submitted by [pararhotacism]

aud - Audience. From Variety's Slanguage?

e.g., The storyline will be recognizable: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy gets nowhere, etc. Done right, that can attract plenty of playgoers and viewer. To increase our appeal to the younger aud and maybe end up with a socko hit, we'll be trying to figure out how to include some vampires, werewolves, and zombies. But that's as close as these two geriatrics will come to bad taste. We'd rather not get our musical produced if we have to resort to well, you know: episodes.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

mote - Moat. | Tobacco spit bottle. | (also 'mote; n.) a television remote control [an abbreviation of_remote_]. (Note: _mote_ used to be (until about 1300, a bit before Chaucer) the past tense of_must_, just as_might_was the past tense of _may_. Thus, it might be said of someone required to carry a remote control that "they mote tote the mote.")

e.g., "If there were strong effective INTERNAL enforcement with real rounding up and deportation we would not need super mote like Obama alligators border control because any and all border jumpers would be snagged sooner or later and removed." | The redneck had a mote in his truck that he cleaned out once a month. | "The game's on! And I'm missing it! Where's the mote?!"

submitted by Platopus |Mike I.|Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

dole bludger - Australian slang: "someone who avoids employment and exploits the system of unemployment benefits"

e.g., raymondvilla 11 hours ago "Western govts are doing the same thing. Offshoring thousands of jobs to the Phillipines, Asia, and India. Shocking. Moving their own people onto the welfare rolls and beating them around the ears for being dole bludgers. Pure evil."

submitted by [raymondvilla]

take the mickey - Michael Quinion Q From Lisa Russell-Pinson: While I was an exchange student in England, I heard the phrase to take the Mickey, meaning to tease. Do you know where this expression comes from? Does it have something to do with disdain for the Irish? Is it a euphemism for to take the piss? A It is, yes. It dates from at least the 1930s in various forms; the oldest version recorded in print, from 1935, is to take the mike out of, as in this from a book with the title Cockney Cavalcade: He wouldnt let Pancake take the mike out of him. Its said to have its origin in the rhyming slang to take the mickey bliss, that means to take the piss. Mickey as a diminutive form of Michael has been common for many years, but how it got together with bliss is unknown, so weve no idea whether it is a reference to an Irish Mick. As the form first recorded is already elliptical, either the rhyming slang is actually older than the 1930s or some other source has to be looked for. In the 1950s a mock-genteel version to extract the Michael became briefly fashionable.

e.g., What's really pathetic? Commenters who hide behind anonymity.

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kumbayosis - The noun form of the adjective 'kumbayatic': "A word combination of 'kumbaya' and 'symbiotic' for liberals deluding themselves into thinking that the world is a place where people live in peace, harmony, and mutual benefit."

e.g., Doctor to interns: "The patient with the warm, fuzzy feeling about everybody and everything in the world is suffering from chronic kumbayosis."

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logorrhea - "(log-uh-RI-uh) (n) An excessive flow of words, prolixity [Gr logos word + roia flow, stream]"

e.g., You best not get me started. Once I'm underway, I rapidly devolve into logorrhea. I speak in paragraphs to such an extent that you'll be lucky to get a word in as much as five per cent of the time. |

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schizothemia - "A schizothemia is a digression by means of a long reminiscence. Cicero was a master of digression, particularly in his ability to shift from the specific question or issue at hand (the hypothesis) to the more general issue or question that it depended upon (the thesis)."

e.g., Ya, ya, I know. Many of my blog entries are schizothemic. That's all right. I write them for myself, not for anyone else. | "Welcome to Luciferous Logolepsy, a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an 'English' word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, derivative, archaic or abandoned words in what we loosely define as the 'English Language,' that a clear-cut definition seems impossible. For the purposes of this project, though, words are included that may stretch any basic definitions. Particular attention has been paid to archaic words, as they tend to be more evocative -- as if their very age lends additional meaning or overtones. Current personal favorites include 'skirr,' 'epicaricacy,' and 'schizothemia.'"

submitted by schizothemer - (www)

transpicuous - Real word: transparent. Easily understood; lucid.

e.g., "I cannot conceive of another political figure in whatever future America has left who will be as transpicuously dismissive of Americans as obama."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

blathersplat - (n) Nonsense. (v) To blather on speaking nonsense.

e.g., "Have not have watched _Face the Nation_ in over ten years. It's pure unadulterated self-serving liberal blathersplat. It became less and less interesting or newsworthy. Schieffer is still alive? Talk about over the hill." | "Gorski blathersplats on: 'He goes on to complain about how skeptics have 'completely hijacked' Burzynskis Wikipedia page and how he really really wanted to 'call them out, but for 'legal reasons' and 'running time' [did not]. ... He just absolutely does not understand the meaning of cherry-picking.

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psephologist - Wikipedia: "Psephology /sɨˈfɒlədʒi/ (from Greek psephos ψῆφος, 'pebble', which the Greeks used as ballots) is a branch of political science which deals with the study and scientific analysis of elections. Psephology uses historical precinct voting data, public opinion polls, campaign finance information and similar statistical data. The term was coined in the United Kingdom in 1952 by the historian R. B. McCallum to describe the scientific analysis of past elections."

e.g., "Psephologists used to have a rule that incumbents running below [fifty per cent] against lesser known challengers would inevitably lose. Everyone knows them, the logic went, and half arent voting for them."

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felo de se - Wikipedia: "Latin for 'felon of himself,' is an archaic legal term meaning suicide. In early English common law, an adult who committed suicide was literally a felon, and the crime was punishable by forfeiture of property to the king and what was considered a shameful burial -- typically with a stake through his heart and with a burial at a crossroad. Burials for felo de se typically took place at night, with no mourners or clergy present, and the location was often kept a secret by the authorities." | Suicide. | "A person who commits suicide or who dies from the effects of having committed an unlawful malicious act, an act of deliberate self-destruction." | "A person who commits suicide or commits an unlawful malicious act resulting in his or her own death, the act of suicide."

e.g., "With all respect for those by whom this opinion has been professed, I am constrained to regard it as utterly untenable, as palpably inconsistent, and as presenting in argument a complete felo de se." | "In denying the right they usurp, of exclusively explaining the Constitution, I go further than you do, if I understand rightly your quotation from the Federalist of an opinion that 'the Judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the Government, but not in relation to the rights of the parties to the compact under which the Judiciary is derived.' If this opinion be sound, then indeed is our Constitution a complete felo de se. For intending to establish three departments, coordinate and independent, that they might check and balance one another, it has given, according to this opinion, to one of them alone the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others, and to that one, too, which is unelected by, and independent of, the nation."

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attroopment - "A disorderly or tumultuous crowd." French: attroupement = crowd, mob.

e.g., "The great lesson which the reigns of the Byzantine princes are adapted to teach and to enforce, is the import- ance of a total abstinence in the magistrate from theo- logical interference and dogmatism. Let him strictly re- spect the political equality of religious sects, and not unlock the gates of advancement to the select or the alternate favourites of controversy. Whatever implies in the magistrate an opinion ought to be shunned as a badge of partiality and a harbinger of injustice. For want of this precaution the Constantinopolitan crown became the football of patriarchs and priests, and was tossed to new dynasties and upstarts, not for the imperial virtues of military excellence or legislative wisdom, but for preaching to seditious attroopments about the frac- tions of the Trinity, or headingthe statuaries in riots of the iconoclasts. The emperors who lent an ear to the alarms and apprehensions of their clergy became eventually the puppets of their patriarchs, and sullied their hands in the innocent blood of the zealous but ignorant pupils of fanaticism. Their empire weakened by division, their sway reviled by the persecuted with hereditary obstinacy of discontent, the intolerant sovereigns have all descended with unfavourable tinges to posterity, and miss their na- tural chance for a lenient civility of estimate. A real feebleness of mind is however implied in the magistrate's anxiety about symbolic formulas ; so true is the obser- vation of an historian of our own times, religiosa dissi- dia mx unquam nisi sub imbecili imperio floruisse depre- hendes." | "Calmly then Herman replied, but in words of a serious import: Whether I acted aright, Sir, I know not; I follow'd an impulse Such as my own heart gave me, as I shall proceed to inform you. Mother, you linger'd so long in sorting and folding the old things 'T was too late that the bundles were ready, but all had been pack'd up Carefully, hams, and the wine, and the beer, and the bacon. When I had past through the gates of the city, and quitted the pavement, All the attroopment of citizens, horsemen, women, and children Met me. Already the march of the fugitives was where the roads meet. Then I quicken'd the pace of my horses, and wade for the village, Where, as I heard, they would take some repose, and be station'd the dark night. Soon I attain'd to the cause-way, and saw, slow moving, a waggon, Drawn by a couple of oxen, the finest and stoutest of cattle, Drawn by a couple of oxen, the finest and stoutest of cattle, Guided with skill by a tall girl, who with a staff in her right hand Urged them or kept them behind. I stopt, and she came to me calmly Saying: Not always have sorrows and trouble been ours as at present, We 'are unaccustom'd to ask d the passing stranger assistance, Need has compell'd me to speak. See there in the straw lies a woman, Wife to our opulent owner, and suddenly taken in labor. We have been waiting to tend her, precarious still is her living, Naked the new-born child lies yet in her arms, and but little Have we to offer our patient, but little have others to spare us, Should we e'en reach them to night in the village they mean to repose at. If you are one of the neighbourhood, come to give help to the needy, Have you 'perchance some linen, it would indeed be of service."

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parking lot - The waiting area in a radiology department in a hospital where patients are parked on gurneys awaiting their turns for x-rays, MRIs, and CT Scans.

e.g., I walked from her room to the radiology department and found her in the parking lot. They were just getting ready to take her in for her x-ray.

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reverse racism - Racism.

e.g., Lillith: "HD, I think obama owes his Presidency to reverse racism. What do you think?" HD: "'Reverse racism'?" I don't see that as really being different from racism. Consider this: Suppose a referee in a basketball game makes a bad call that favors Team A. She then attempts to "correct" her mistake by deliberately making a bad call that favors Team B? I see her only as having made two errors, not as having made up for her first error. What's the old saying, "Two wrongs don't make a right"? But that's just me."

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google walk - To take a Google Walk (or Google Maps Walk) is to use the Google Maps Street View and its directional arrows to "walk" (or "drive") from one place to another.

e.g., I've taken several Google Walks. If I had taken one before I went back to Iowa recently after twenty-seven years, I might not have been as surprised as I was at how small some of the places I was once familiar with looked. I was aware of the phenomenon from returning to childhood haunts, but I hadn't realized until my July visit that it occurred later in life as well. | I'm pretty sure I would recognize the place if I saw it again. I may take a Google Maps Walk later to see if I can locate it.

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cog nition - The humbling, tragic moment when a young person first becomes aware that he or she is not the center of the universe, but a tiny functional part of civilization.

e.g., Sweet Caroline. Please don't wrinkle that pretty brow nor redden those beautiful blue eyes with tears, now that you realize that you're not Madam Curie, or not likely to be. Just remember that you're a gorgeous 21 year old blonde southern belle, with an acceptable I.Q., and an adorable pout. And that's pretty good for now!

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sic ill - Local Tacoma rap/hip-hop artist who makes great animated spoof/raps. {ED. This promotional entry will be deleted very quickly. As it is, it neither describes nor defines anything at all.}

e.g., Jack: Yo, you check out that latest SIC ILL joint? Jill: Yea I did, it was 100% Crazy!

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hoy pull oy - "Hoi polloi" is the Greek phrase for "the common people generally." "Hoy pull oy" is a derogatory phrase for the group of politicians who have gained wealth and some form of public stature through self-serving uses of the power of their office.

e.g., Vickie: What is our state senator's background? Mickey: His father was a grocer; he graduated from a state SUNY college, and he worked for a local publisher until he first was elected. Vickie: Is he financially successful? Mickey: Well, he's listed with ownership in several Florida properties, in several local properties, he owns a $415,000 summer home built by a general contractor he is in partnership with.... Vickie: What is his salary? Mickey: $79,500 a year. Vickie: Wow! What a powerful member of the community!' Mickey: Ya! He's a real member of the "hoy pull oy!"

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pisstration - The state of being angerlly frustrated.

e.g., The sheer quantity of ignorant conversation in the room made the pisstration pretty palpable.

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ravenstone - "In England, a tombstone is sometimes called a ravenstone.

e.g., "Have you given any thought to what you'd like to have engraved on your ravenstone? Have you told your children." "No ravenstone for me. I've made arrangements to be cremated. The morturary will pick up my body at the hospital and take it to be cremated immediately. What's left will be placed in a subtly decorated urn with an inscription: 'He did not suffer fools gladly.' The urn will then be taken to my daughter. I've instructed the mortician to tell her, 'Your dad's in the car.'"

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backupuncture - Getting acupuncture in or on or for the bad back. {Diplicate.}

e.g., "I'm going to go to get some backupuncture today." "Goin' to Chris's office down on Main?" "Of course not. He's the one who caused the problem when he put one of his karate moves on me."

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lulerain - A portmanteau of lule (flower) and rain: so much rain that even the flowers die.

e.g., We couldn't do anything because of the lulerain. | The lulerain put me to sleep today.

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[invitatation] - An invitation, explicit or implicit, from a female (girl or woman) to fondle (or at least touch her breasts) her breasts, her tata's.

e.g., She ended up having me charged with sexual assault, but I have absolutely no doubt that she had given me an invitatation before I laid a hand on her. Next time -- if there is a next time -- I'll get it in writing.

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bolt-hole - A secret stash of money a woman (?) keeps so she can run away from her husband if she decides to.

e.g., "Some think hiding money from your spouse is as serious a breach of trust as sexual infidelity. Others, like the lady with the tea caddy, believe having a financial bolt-hole is the secret to a happy marriage."

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click-bait - Clickbait. As used here, "spin" juxtapositions of words intended to make it more likely that surfers will check out the site linked to. Used most often in conjunction with attempts at generating advertising revenue.

e.g., "The click-bait aspects of 'question headlines' is side-show, snake-oil, carnival-barker quality. Be proud, CBS. Your masters are carnies and used-car salesmen!" | Nobody is worse about using click-bait than The Drudge Report.

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abcd - [adj.] "Above and beyond the call of duty." (Also "A & B the C of D.") (Coined by Brian Jacques in his Redwall novel _Taggerung_.)

e.g., We expected him to keep track of the club's funds, but he not only kept them, he spent days encouraging donations, wangled advertising time from a local radio station, and got the club's charitable work recognized by the Governor. It's ABCD.

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occidens - [Rhymes with OX-ih-benz; n.] 1. In full, ala occidens "west wing," the TV show (now a staple on Netflix et al.) 'The West Wing,' a decidedly liberal take on the presidency of one Josiah Bartlett (played delightfully by Martin Sheen). While the liberalism and I don't get along most of the time, I enjoyed the show's first run (when I could find it), and I'm binging through it for the ... fourth? time now. The writing's very good, and the jokes are funny (most of the time). When I'm watching it, or movies like 'The American President' or 'Dave' or the (really) old classic 'Gabriel Over the Whitehouse,' I'm OCCIDENSING; [v.] 2. Watching shows like 'The West Wing,' 'Dave,' 'The American President' or 'Gabriel Over the Whitehouse'---essentially, dramatic alternate political fiction; [adj.] 3. of or pertaining to dramatic alternate political fiction: shows like 'The West Wing,' 'Dave,' 'The American President' and 'Gabriel Over the Whitehouse.'

e.g., "What are you doing?" "I'm occidensing." "What?" "I'm watching ... what's it called? ... Matilda. It's a show about a woman in the presidency who is a tyrannical reactionary, and how she alienates her friends, her family, her party, her ... well, everybody, and finally gets assassinated. It's pretty weird." "Yeah. ... occidensing? you said?" "Yeah, occidensing."

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lawsweet - A lawsuit the one suing hopes will result in a sweet payoff for her. Multiple lawsuits filed concurrently would be lawsuites.


Marty: What do you think the chances are that Thomas Eric Duncan's
family will file a lawsweet against the Dallas hospital he died in?

Mac: Who's Thomas -- what? Eric? -- Duncan?

Marty: The Liberian national who came to the U.S. from Africa carrying the
Ebola virus.

Mac: Riiight. With Jesse Jackson on the scene to charge racism? I'd say 100%.

Lillith: You think the hospital's staff is racist?

Mac: Doesn't matter. The hospital turned away a guy who was deathly ill and sent him home. The lawsweet will be for malpractice. I've had enough experience with doctors, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes to know how many mistakes get made. Way, way too many.

Lillith: They'd have a better chance of winning a jackpot payoff if their lawsweet was anywhere else but Texas.

Marty & Mac, at the same time: Tru dat.

Mac: Jinx, you owe me a coke.

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glc - Good Looking Crap. Refers to any visually appealing derived information products such as infographics, enhanced tables, charts. or maps that are based on unreliable, untimely, incomplete, and overall poor quality data.

e.g., The latest decision from the ethics committee was made based on a series of GLC reports which should have never seen the light of day. The committee has now asked for a new internal process to avoid any GLC. | GLC has now become a skill that some may refer to as an art, to make bad data look "sexy."

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gallina gas - The surprisingly disgusting odor wafting through the open windows of your trailer coming from a nearby chicken farm in Oklahoma or Missouri.

e.g., Susan: "Good Lord! What is that awful smell?" Donna: "It's just the chicken farm over yonder." Sheryl: "Yeah, gallina gas will stink a dog off a honey wagon."

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turothian - A historically slow or barely moving thing. Describing such movements or such a pace. The word is a combination of three historically slow animals: TUR(TURTLE)-OTH(SLOTH)-IAN(SNAIL). Pronounced(TUR-ROTH-THEE-EN).

e.g., The starfish is a turothian. | The process of home ownership can be a turothian process -- depending on what you make, on how much the house costs, on how on time with your payments that you generally are, on your credit risk, on what your bills look like over the history of your home, on whether you have to use your home to "bail" you out of debt, and on how much interest is being charged for loan services. | Elderly people aren't generally turothian, because even they are usually faster than to be technically classified as barely moving -- or historically slow. | Turothian growth can't be seen in real time with the naked eye.

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henryish - 1. Being very strong -- along with possibly being athletic. 2. Having to do with very hard work, esp. laborious work. Based on John Henry folklore. Bunyanesque already exists.

e.g., Bo Jackson was known as a henryish athlete, football player, and baseball player. | Hulk Hogan was henryish. | John Henry was a steel-driving man, known for henryish railroad track building. | Slaves often did henryish work for narcissistic and somewhat lazy slaveowners. | I never was into henryish big garden work.

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beaker - Job title for someone who works in a "chicken factory." The beaker's job is to clip the beaks of baby chicks. | A vessel in which to store a severed nose.

e.g., You thought there wasn't any job worse in a chicken factory than plucker, huh? Well, there is -- my job: beaker. | After nasal reattachment, the beaker had to be sterilized.

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pseudowatch - To pseudowatch is to not watch that which is directly in front of you. It's there, but you're not paying attention to it.

e.g., Do you remember my July 2009 joke about you getting a tattoo? Just heard a drum tattoo on a Bones episode and it reminded me of you. I'm up to the fourth season of pseudowatching the series. | By pseudowatching, I mean that I have the TV turned on but rarely look at it or listen to it. What I've found is that the series provides excellent white noise sleep by.

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mxyzptlk - Mix'-plik, according to SB. Collective noun for a group of master criminals.

e.g., I ran into a mxyzptlk of muggers in the park the other night. That's what happens when you're out late and in the wrong part of the metropolis.

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gush - A mix created by mashing together the ingredients in a falafel or a kebab, preferably with a fork. The purpose of this action is to evenly distribute the vegetables, sauce, and falafel balls|kebab meat inside the bread before eating.

e.g., I have turned the ingredients of my falafel into gush.

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squint - "Useful Scots word: Squint": "I am thinking of squint in its meaning of not straight. If you refer to a picture on a wall as being squint, or if you describe a line you have just drawn as squint, you might well not be understood by someone with no knowledge of Scots. Even if you are understood, it could be that the person concerned has simply guessed what you mean. In English this sense of squint is replaced by words such as crooked, askew, on the slant as well as not straight or not level." Ran across this while I was looking for the meaning of "squint," as in "Agent Booth, you're accessing your inner squint." Missed the context, but I think the word "squint" there might mean scientist -- but only because I found it defined as such in Urbandictionary.

e.g., "I am thinking of squint in its meaning of not straight. If you refer to a picture on a wall as being squint, or if you describe a line you have just drawn as squint, you might well not be understood by someone with no knowledge of Scots. Even if you are understood, it could be that the person concerned has simply guessed what you mean. In English this sense of squint is replaced by words such as crooked, askew, on the slant as well as not straight or not level."

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squint - "Useful Scots word: Squint": "I am thinking of squint in its meaning of not straight. If you refer to a picture on a wall as being squint, or if you describe a line you have just drawn as squint, you might well not be understood by someone with no knowledge of Scots. Even if you are understood, it could be that the person concerned has simply guessed what you mean. In English this sense of squint is replaced by words such as crooked, askew, on the slant as well as not straight or not level." |

Ran across the above use as I was looking for the meaning of squint, as in "Agent Booth, you're accessing your inner squint." Missed the context, but I think squint as used there might mean scientist -- but only because I noticed a ghit with it defined as such at Urbandictionary. … Having now read the UD entry in its entirety, I'll go with squint as being a derogatory term for scientists, "who 'squint' a lot in their work" because they must pay attention to details. Apparently, the term is used a lot on the TV show Bones -- which I've just found after 190 episodes.

e.g., Raise the right corner a bit, dear -- the picture is still squint. | "Agent Booth, you're accessing your inner squint."

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macroxenoglossophobia - Fear of long, strange words.


So, Charlie, you have macroxenoglossophobia, do you?

How does this make you feel:

“Let your conversation possess a clarified conciseness, compacted comprehensibleness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency. Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations. Let your extemporaneous descantings and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility, without rhodomontade or thrasonical bombast. Sedulously avoid all polysyllabical profundity, pompous prolixity, and ventriloquial vapidity. Shun double-entendre and prurient jocosity, whether obscure or apparent. In other words, speak truthfully, naturally, clearly, purely, but do not use large words.”

When I first ran across that feast of words in Michael Quinion's Newsletter, he said, “A thrasonical person is a braggart.” He said the above paragraph came from "Notes and Queries, 11 Feb 1893." When I checked today, I found something I must have forgotten:

These days, its most frequent appearances are in a widely-reproduced bit of advice to aspiring authors or public speakers. In an idle moment, I set out to trace it to its origin. It turns out to be a hardy perennial, which became popular on both sides of the Atlantic from the 1880s on, appearing regularly in magazines and newspapers. The earliest unearthed so far is in The Pennsylvania School Journal of 1874. It is surely older still. This version is from early in its life.

I leave it as an exercise for the reader to find an earlier instance of the advice. That's not my bag.

I've found several variations:
  • “In pondering your esoteric cogitations, or articulating superficial sentimentalities and philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity. Let your conversation possess a clarified conciseness, compacted comprehensibleness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency. Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations. Let your extemporaneous descantings and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility, without rhodomontade or thrasonical bombast. Sedulously avoid all polysyllabical profundity, pompous prolixity, and ventriloquial vapidity. Shun double-entendre and prurient jocosity, whether obscure or apparent. In other words, speak truthfully, naturally, clearly, purely, but do not use large words.”
  • “In promulgating your esoteric cogitations or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable, philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity. Let your conversational communications demonstrate a clarified conciseness, a compact comprehensibleness, no coalescent conglomerations of precious garrulity, jejune bafflement and asinine affectations. Let your extemporaneous verbal evaporations and expatriations have lucidity, intelligibility and veracious vivacity without radomontade or Thespian bombast. Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous propensity, psittaceous vacuity, ventriloquial verbosity and vaniloquent vapidity. Shun double-entendres, obnoxious jocosity and pestiferous profanity, observable or apparent.”
  • “In promulgating your esoteric cogitations or articulating your superficial sentimentalities, and amicable philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity. Let your conversational communications possess a compacted conciseness, a clarified comprehensibility, a coalescent cogency, and a concatenated consistency. Eschew obfuscation and all conglomeration of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations. Let your extemporaneous descantings and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility and voracious vivacity without rodomontade or thrasonical bombast. Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous prolificacy, and vain vapid verbosity. In short: "Be brief and don't use big words."
  • Next time, in promulgating your esoteric cogitations, or articulating your superficial sentimentalities and amicable, philosophical or psychological observations, beware of platitudinous ponderosity. Let your conversational communications possess a clarified conciseness, a compacted comprehensibleness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency. Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations. Let your extemporaneous descantings and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility and veracious vivacity, without rodomontade or thrasonical bombast. Sedulously avoid all polysyllabic profundity, pompous prolixity, psittaceous vacuity ventriloquial verbosity, and vaniloquent vapidity. Shun double-entendres, prurient jocosity, and pestiferous profanity, obscurant or apparent!!

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vestiphobia -

Choked on a pineapple lately? Been attacked by a severed head? The result may be vesitphobia: a fear of clothing or of being clothed. (Also, vestiophobia.)

The above notions and the first example come from Uncyclopedia.


“We don’t actually ‘treat’ Vestiphobia. Nor do we ‘care.’ You’re the one with the problem, not us. We’re simply walking you through the door with at least a pair of thongs and information about your fear of clothing. There’s a process to fixing your Crabs — I mean … your pigeon flu — I mean … vestiphobia. When we push you down a flight of stairs, you’ll learn there are worse things in the world than clothing. And that you wouldn’t be in the hospital right now if you at least wore some clothes. Break the motorcycle of negative thinking.

“Even famous people have suffered from Vestiphobia. Famous people like your mum, greased up deaf guy, and that crazy hobo down the street have been through the same thing. They have words of encouragement, such as ‘It’s fabric! It won’t kill you’ and other inspirational words like ‘Put some clothes on you freak!’”

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fornicaterer - A food service specialist whose niche was sex clubs such as the notorious Plato's Retreat swingers club of the late 1970s and early 1980s. {ED. No claim a'tall of originality -- the construct is obvious. However, I had never seen it before it occurred to me as I processed the titty-twister entry with its reference to Californication.}

e.g., Fear of AIDS may well have contributed to the disappearance of most fornicaterers from the public eye. (Not that their presence was all that well-known outside certain sophisticated venues such as New Orleans, New York City, and San Francisco.)

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titty-twister - Titty twister(s). From Wiktionary: "(vulgar, slang) school prank: the act of taking a person's nipple between the thumb and forefinger and then twisting it around roughly." Heard on the season two opener of Californication, a Showtime series about. …

e.g., "I hate her. Next time I see her I'm going to give her a titty twister."

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pup - Potentially Unwanted Program. Have been seeing this for years knowing only that it referred to trash I didn't want on my computer. Finally saw it defined just a couple of minutes ago, at

e.g., "Junkware Removal Tool is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer. A common tactics among freeware publishers is to offer their products for free, but bundle them with PUPs in order to earn revenue. This tool will help you remove these types of programs."

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louche - "Of questionable taste or morality." | "The term seems to have been a New York creation of the louche and criminal worlds linked to Broadway in Prohibition days. Sugar was a long-established slang term for money and heavy sugar was a lot of it. Sugar was also an endearment, which originated around this time in African-American slang and which reached a wider white audience via blues lyrics. Daddy was an obvious reference to an older man, but it may similarly have had a link to African-American slang of the time, in which a daddy was a lover with no implications of age. Heavy sugar daddy was literally an older man with lots of cash but in the theatrical world it specifically meant a rich man who pursued actresses for immoral purposes."

e.g., As far as I know, all of Chris's "girlfriends" are louche. Why else would they be attracted to him?

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hand-me-up - "The term hand-me-up appeared in several UK newspapers this past week as the result of some research by the online retailer Pixmania. Its an obvious play on hand-me-down, which is known from the early nineteenth century, but Id no previous memory of it and was surprised to find that its been around for decades. In the current sense, an early example appeared in BusinessWeek of July 1998: 'And more and more older users are joining the throng as PC prices fall and adult children give hand-me-up computers to mom and dad.' The recent usages relate to mobile phones which young people consider outdated but which parents and older relatives, less concerned with fashion, find useful. The term can be traced back still further, to 1986, in the related sense of people passing on items of clothing to older relatives."

e.g., Just received a package in the mail: a hand-me-up phone my son sent me. Unfortunately, the $100+ shirt that was returned got lost by the USPS. Their handlers of mishandled mail sent a container of butane fuel instead. Who knew butane could be sent by mail? That's what my grandmother used to heat her house back in the 1940s and 1950s.

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algirism - "Algorism is the technique of performing basic arithmetic by writing numbers in place value form and applying a set of memorized rules and facts to the digits. One who practices algorism is known as an algorist. This system largely superseded earlier calculation systems that used a different set of symbols for each numerical magnitude and in some cases required a device such as an abacus."

e.g., I prefer solving arithmetic problems by using algorism.

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how to win an argument. - How to win an argument. 1. Talk longer than your adversary. 2. Talk louder than your adversary. 3. Talk over your adversary. The key is to never give your opposite number a chance to complete a thought. That way you can make her look stupid, even if you can't make yourself look smart.

e.g., Do you want to know how to win an argument, bucko? You have come to the right wrong place for that. Remember what we've told you time and time again: Seek wisdom elsewhere. If you're still going to school -- let's say a student under eighteen years of age -- whatever you do, never cite the pseudodictionary as a source. Your teacher will kill you for that -- and by kill, I mean she'll lower your grade. You think teachers who won't accept Wikipedia as a source are going to accept some claptrap you get from this site? Not. A. Chance. We don't even pretend to be word mavens, authoritative sources for information about words. We're here to have fun. You're here, we hope, to have fun, too. If you're here to get in a cheap shot at one of your friends, fuggeddaboudid. Your chances of getting something by our crusty, flinty-eyed editors are about as good as … well, as good as "[wresting] away millions of dollars from today's flinty-eyed, billionaire captains of sports industry."

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cut the mustard - "To meet the requirements; to measure up." Have you ever wondered where that came from?

Taken from Maurice Wessen's Dictionary of American Slang (1934). Now out of copyright, the book consists of some 422 pages of mostly one-line entries, for a total of ~13,000 slang words and expressions in use by 1934. H.L. Mencken dismissed the book as "an extremely slipshod and even ridiculous work." It may not be scholarly; however, it may well contain slang you won't run across in more scholarly works. The same can be said of Berrey and Van den Bark's American Thesaurus of Slang (1942) -- in particular from the annotated copy I finally managed to get out of storage and back in sight.

I intend to skim both books for slang and add some that catches my eye to the pd, particularly "quaint" slang that's no longer in use. … Not to put cut the mustard in the category of obsure or quaint slang. I think it's still being used, but I'm somewhat antiquated and quaint myself.

This entry is being made because I stumbled across cut the mustard as I was looking for references to Wessen's book. What I found was an explanation for the curious use of mustard. I found the material quoted below only because I inadvertently googled "Wessen's Dictionary of American Slang" Wessen. Had I googled what I intended to ("Dictionary of American Slang" Wessen), I might not have found The Universal Digital Library Million Book Collection. Does the word serendipity fit?