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adumben - To make someone dumb. | To make someone dumbfounded: to dumbfound someone.

e.g., He was adumbened by his friend. | ED. I was adumbened when I ran across this submittal. So much so that I've added it.

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pointyhead - Hardly new, a back formation from pointyheaded: "intellectual, especially in a self-important or impractical way."

e.g., I may have missed a few of the finer points, but I think I kept up with the big-brained pointyheads well enough.

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clintonia - The magical world of the Clintons.

e.g., After extensive travel they returned to Clintonia for a respite.

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clintant - An inhabitant of Clintonia.

e.g., All of the clintants attended the fundraiser.

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clintaining - Learning the Clinton way.

e.g., While clintaining is openly practiced, not many graduate the academy.

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clintonian - In the way of Washington insiders. {Duplicate.}

e.g., It was a clintonian extravaganza, replete with food and drinks.

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clintonista - One of Bill's bimbos.

e.g., The Clintonistas gathered around him to pay homage. They were saddened by the knowledge that he was no longer behind the big desk in the Oval Office, but heartened that he soon might have access again.

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clintonism - Related to the telling of the same lie, over and over again, in the hope that someone thinks it to be true.

e.g., We keep hearing the same clintonisms in the media regarding e-mails.

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clintonist - A person who feels an entitlement to everything free.

e.g., Each Clintonist should receive a free ticket to ride the gravy train.

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clintent - Hillary Clintons line of clothing

e.g., Today, media recognized Clintent as the newest fashion craze.

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meme page - A noun turned into a verb: to create a meme page.

e.g., Maybe I should meme page rather than blog. | What should I meme page? Maybe sayings that could stand variations. For example, "Live long and prosper" becomes "Live long and proper."

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geniossal - The adjective of genius.

e.g., That idea is soo geniossal.

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cark - (v.) 1. To burden with worries and concerns; 2. to give someone the (heavy) responsibility for something; 3. to overload. [A real word, apparently from the Latin "carcare" (whence our word "charge") through French "carkier" (cf. Spanish "encargar")---see the Online Etymology Dictionary.]

e.g., I don't like being ordered around. I'm helping with the reception for Ellen's sake. She's a friend. I don't mind the $400 I've already spent on this thing. But her fiance keeps demanding that I do all these time consuming little errands for him. I've a mind to just leave and cark him with all the whole thing. || I've got more to do than I can do!---I'm carked.

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yesternight - Last night. the late evening or nighttime hours of yesterday. may be used in place of other words to lend an archaic look to a text. {Duplicate.)

e.g., The townsfolk have all been quite atwitter since the mayoral rally yesternight. Half were staunch Roundheads, and the rest stubborn Blockheads. | The goings-on lasted much too long yesternight; no one could make up my mind.

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scumbag - A bag, often made of latex rubber, but not necessarily, which envelops any kind of scum. This word is commonly used in an allegorical fashion to refer in a denigrating manner to some individual.

e.g., Chris is a scumbag.

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nagagator - Generally your wife, whom you have placed in charge of the daily itinerary: the scheduling of the marina and fuel stops, destinations, mileage goals, and the timing of the anchorages when cruising on a boat or yacht. However, the nagagator could realistically be almost anyone who has superseded the similar post normally known as the "navigator."

e.g., Thank the Lord for my nagagator.

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enginuity - Managing to keep any form of engine (e.g., gas or diesel) running somehow or some way, against all odds, using whatever is at hand that might solve the problem or problems causing heart-in-throat syndrome to those relying on the running engine.

e.g., George's enginuity saved the day every day the Goody Goody II was cruising south.

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downlewd - You don't download Internet porn: you downlewd it. From a slip of the tongue when the intended word was download.

e.g., I'll be damned what site I might have visited -- if any -- that caused it, but my browser cache keeps getting filled with porn that has been downlewded without any action on my part. None that I'm aware of, anyway. | With well over a half million images downloaded recently, it comes as no shock at all that some porn was among the images downlewded. Even found one image of what I took to be a minor girl sans clothing. (A scan of image directories showed 493,897 images still present -- after tons of images had been looked at and deleted.)

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quaalewds - Due to its disinhibiting effect serving as a gateway to lewd behavior, this might be a suitable name for the drug marketed as Quaaludes.

"Methaqualone, sold under the brand name Quaalude in the US and Mandrax in the UK and South Africa, is a sedative and hypnotic medication." "Methaqualone is a central nervous system depressant that acts as a sedative and hypnotic. ... In the 1960s, the drug was prescribed as a sedative mostly in Britain and later caught on as a sleep aid in the United States in the 1970s.

e.g., Acccording to more than two or three women, Bill Cosby drugged them with Quaalewds to make it easier for him to "have his way with them."

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objective - Thee propensity to focus on a single object one likes; the inability to entertain more than one object at any given time

e.g., Being an objective person, John finds it utterly impossible to comprehend any argument offered by others

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untoon - To untoon an image is to change it from its cartoon-like appearance to a somewhat more lifelike representation. {Duplicate.}

I ran across an untooned image of Jessica Rabbit shortly after I read about the woman who had six ribs removed to make her look more like Jessica Rabbit. Sure hope her bizarre move helped her find gainful employment.

Click on the image to get to some before and after pictures of Pixee Fox. Unless my eyes deceive me, she had more surgery done than just having six spare ribs removed. … Ah, yes, the second ghit tells more about what she had done. Labioplasty, anyone?

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aeiou - Any word that is spelled using all five vowels in alphabetical order is an aeiou. Pronounced AY-ow, based on the pd entry for haeious.

e.g., "The word Iouea, a genus of sea sponges, contains all five regular vowels and no other letters." Iouea is not an aeiou because the vowels don't occur in alphabetical order.

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cathart - (kuh-THART, rhymes with "the CART"; v.) 1. To purge one's negative thoughts (i.e. troubles, worries, fears, pent-up hostilities, etc.) through group discussion (casually, a "bull session"; informally, a "class discussion"; formally, a "group therapy" session); 2. to unburden oneself of anger, frustration, confused feelings, guilt, vel cet. (a) by talking about one's thoughts and feelings to another or a group, (b) by listening to music in keeping with one's mood, (c) by watching a drama in which such feelings and thoughts are dealt with, or (d) by hurling philippics at imaginary listeners in the mirror, in the car, in the basement, wherever; 3. to indulge in one's feelings by creating art, singing serenades, playing the piano (or organ or guitar, or banjo, or whatever), writing, cooking, ... beating something inanimate to pieces, etc.

[Regular noun and adjective forms: "catharsis" and "cathartic." Adjective form for sense 3 (above): "cathartsy."

[Back formation from From Greek καθαρσις catharsis “purge, cleanse,” ultimately from καθαρος catharos “pure, clear, clean.” Coined by my elder brother in a Sunday School class for teachers (I think)]

e.g., During a group session over at the prison,catharting is amazingly helpful for many of the prisoners. It got a bit heated a few times, but I think it helped them see themselves more clearly, and it was all good by the end of the session. ||

It's good to sit with friends andcathartfor a while. But sometimes, it's easier with strangers. There's a story from just after the cease-fire at the end of WWI, in which two groups of soldiers, from Germany and Britain, met in no-man's land and helped each other identify the dead. Somehow they could talk to each other, and they talked through their anger and confusion,catharting it all away. They went home in a much better place, mentally, then many of their compatriots. ||

"Whoa! What is that? It's shaking the building!" "Oh, that Mr. Hilstrom in the basement. He's the super, but he used to be the conductor of the city philharmonic. He likes the bass." "But why is he playing the bass so loud?" "It's how hecatharts." "Oh, well, if he'scathartic, that's okay." ||

I think Rembrandt's self portraits werecathartsy.

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lolidays - National holidays devoted to telling jokes and funny stories, in an effort to get people to laugh. Because we can always stand a good laugh. (Lollidays might be good idea, too -- if you're not a diabetic.)

e.g., We need to start having national lolidays.

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xylotripsy - (Rhymes with SIGH-no-GRIP-see; n.) The act or process of rubbing two sticks together to make fire. [From the Greek ξυλο xylo "wood" + τριψις tripsis "rubbing, friction."]

e.g., In reality, xylotripsy is rather more complicated than just "rubbing two sticks together." It actually, ideally requires a notched softwood fireboard, a spindle drill (of the same wood, if possible), a bow, a cord, a socket cap (of hardwood or stone), something to catch the coal when it's ready, a tinder bundle, and some handy pieces of firewood (of increasing size---twigs to sticks to logs) to feed the fire as it grows.

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brexit - A term synonymous with any bland breakfast food; especially a bowl of Cheerios. Special thanks to Britain for unintentionally making a fictitious cereal brand.

e.g., I had some brexit this morning. It was the only thing in the house and I probably would've been better off with nothing.

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snarky - Getting smart alecky. {Duplicate.}

e.g., Now is not the time to get snarky

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splore - (v.) To go walkabout (or driveabout, or jogabout, or even flyabout) for the purpose of discovering new things around the next corner or over the next hill. [From the word "explore," of course.]

e.g., My daughter Evelyn recently got her learner's permit, and, when one of us licensed drivers has an errand, we let her drive us around. Sometimes, however, she and I will just take the car and splore. The other day, we discovered where the road outside our house actually ended: way up the mountain among the rich people's sprawling mansions. It was cool. Sploring.

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foebegone - Refers to a desire or attitude to get rid of very undesirable intruders or aliens, currently a blight in certain places.

e.g., There were many vociferous outcries in the streets of the city; foebegone sentiments were very high. It's a wonder that more blood wasn't spilt during the melee. The constables didn't seem to differentiate much between legitimate foebegone protesters OR alien invaders, so we all got struck with the bloody stick regardless. Perhaps Her Majesty could have word with the American Hillary.

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yestermorn - Yesterday morning. In the hours before noon, yesterday. May be used poetically, as desired.

e.g., 'Twas just before the setting of the moon yestermorn that all the clans did assemble twixt the verdant ills by the river to select a new Hero to champion the causes of all the Folk who dwelt in that region and beyond. ((-:

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parashoot - Parachute.

e.g., Somebody should have put a parashoot on her and let her get some air.

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venal - A real word with two principal meanings: 1) dishonest and ready to do anything in order to get money; and 2) capable of being corrupted. These are words we've come to need more than ever before when it comes to the upper reaches of government in the United States.

e.g., A mere seventy years ago, most people in the United States more or less trusted Washington and expected politicians to do their best to make the United States a good place for all of us to live in. Any expectations along those lines are now in the rearview mirror.

Corruption in the federal government has always been something for US to be on the lookout for. Unfortunately, those in power get more venal with each election.

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omnapatapoea - "An onomatopoeia (adjectival form: 'onomatopoeic' or 'onomatopoetic') is a word that phonetically imitates, resembles or suggests the source of the sound that it describes.

e.g., " It is typically an inside the beltway newsletter. Shame he died in an IUD [sic]. (What happened to the good old omnapatapoea 'bomb'?)"

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queerulous - Querulous.

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: Whiny, grumbling, continually complaining about everything.

e.g., My experience is that most of the people I've met in that particular class were queerulous. And that includes several close relatives -- close genetically, but not closein terms of time spent together.

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

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

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stool parrot - When a parrot witnesses a crime and subsequently rats out the perpretrators, it becomes a stool parrot.

e.g., The district attorney was still undecided as to whether or not to call the stool parrot to the stand. One reason for his indecision was that he wasn't sure he'd be able to get the parrot to raise its right hand and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. | Oh, great. Another lyin' stool parrot takin' the stand to give state's evidence. Got news for you, Polly -- we'll find you no matter where you go to roost.

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lsd - Life-sized doll.

e.g., When I told a friend about Japanese men having relationships with LSDs, she said she thought I should get one. She turned seventy-five in May and she's still seems to be about as naive and gullible as she was about sex when were in seventh grade.

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coldesac - Cul-de-sac.

e.g., "You think fish smell guy is bad? Hell, I was posting pics of me [...\ in 2013. What did I get? A threatening message from KAH who turned me in to the po po's. I got more e-mails from her depicting her e-mail communications with a lieutenant of the sapd cybercrimes task force. I was really shaking in my boots. By this time I had her address and within a week she was the victim of property vandalism and harassment, her husband standing at the edge of their property at [one o'clock] in the morning awaiting more vandals for him to try and catch. He did this for several days as they suffered relentless phone and drive-by harassment. Little did he know I was watching the whole time. I actually had a friend on the end of the coldesac where she lived."

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private pee message - Used when someone is private messaging a person, but is not being serious with the recipient. Usually used when the sender wants to tell the recipient an offensive joke.

e.g., Hi bill, I gotta Private Pee Message Frank. {ED. I'll leave that in Twitter style.}

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uranus (yuh ran us) - Here is a proposed pronunciation for the planet which is more neutral and 'inoffensive' than other pronunciations, perhaps. (Yuh RAIN us sounds too much like "your ANUS," while YUR uh niss sounds a lot like "urinous," "resembling urine." What a coincidence.)

Yuh RAN us is bold and fresh and new, and just what we need, another alternative pronunciation to a familiar word.

e.g., They discovered at the planetarium that young people responded best to the pronunciation yuh RAN us for Uranus, over your ANUS or urinous. Comedians seemed to prefer your anus. {ED. Clever enough that I'll let it slide, comedian. Incidentally, this is your 799th entry. Thanks for your loyalty.}

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psycho bath - The large deep metallic bath filled with soothing tepid waters as found in therapy at the mental institution. The ranting or raving mental patient is placed in the tub to effect a relaxing pacifying result, to the benefit of the lunatic and all the helpless lookers-on as well. It's like, screaming will get you no place.

e.g., We tried to set up a psycho bath at home for poor dear grandma, but the only way it would work was to fill the surface of the water with pink flamingos, or their children, rubber ducks. Now she's become all wrinkled, beyond expectations for her age, but she's calm, like the eye of a hurricane, heh heh.

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manhattan effect - A state in which an idea, topic, or action creates a physical sensation due to its pure overwhelming conceptuality.

e.g., When reading that philosophy article, I felt the Manhattan Effect kick in. It really made me jittery; it was just really good and well put.

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palladium - A familiar word, used in an unfamiliar , even archaic, way: safeguard.

The example is based on the fact that Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President, believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms -- as has been decided recently in two cases that went to the Supreme Court. Hillary Clinton, the Democrat's nominee, has said the Supreme Court decided wrong. Those who favor the decisions fear she will appoint an Associate Justice to an instance of the Supreme Court that will overturn the decisions when next a gun rights case goes before them.

Clinton and her supporters say the fears are unfounded, but there are people who don't trust her to be telling the truth.

e.g., "Trump, like all GOP candidates for president, is for strict obedience to the Second Amendment, which has been called the palladium of our liberty. He's allied himself with -- and been endorsed by -- the National Rifle Association."

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grandcestor - (n.) Your grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, etc., but not far enough back to be labeled generic "ancestors." [From "grand" (from "grandparent") + "ancestor."]

e.g., Your forebears from India---whom you are aware of only from a remark made by your aunt when she was talking to your mother one evening ---are "ancestors." Ancestors, on the other hand, whom you feel close to or whom you can trace through generations of people you know, are your "grandcestors." Of course, if you're feeling close to distant ancestors, go ahead and refer to them as grandcestors anyway.

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integronomika - Sector of applied research (and modeling) about process of regional integration process in the economic as the answer to the challenges, risks, and opportunities of globalisation.

e.g., Eurasian economic union is the project of integronomika for interpreneurs from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, and Russia.

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arsassin - (ar-SAS-sin; n.) 1. An arsonist who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly kills someone in a fire they set; 2. A murderer who kills by burning his (or her) victims.

[Arson + assassin; coined by the writers of the television comedy "PSYCH" (Season 3, episode 12).]

[Derived terms: "arsassinate," "arsassination."]

e.g., The notorious arsassin burned down a building full of office workers to kill one man on the 14th floor.

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e-ligion - (Rhymes with see-PIGeon; n.) Spiritual beliefs based upon or deriving from metaphysical, quasi-mythic, or occult discussions, comments, declarations, or remarks appearing primarily on the internet (irrespective of the sincerity (or lack of sincerity) of the professing sites).

[From "religion" without the "r," emphasizing the "e-" as in "electronic" (i.e., digital).]

e.g., A number of eligions have appeared since the advent of the internet: Jedis (light, dark, and "grey"), Valar (and elf) worshipers, Game-of-Throners, Trekkies (and Trekkers), and Hogwarters. Of course, there are also some variations on sincerely held creeds: web Wiccans, internet witches, even digital sects created from remarks and commentary about well-established religions and philosophies, such as Catholicism or Daoism.

Some of it is kind of profound. On the other hand, some of it is bizarre; and some is downright alarming. I mean, a life philosophy based on Kenobi, Spock, and Dumbledore?

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anonym - (ANN-no-nim; n.) 1. A word you use when you cannot remember the right one; 2. Your language's standard I-can't-think-of-the-word word (e.g., thingamajig, dingus). 3. A fill-in name when you can't think of a person's name or title or whatever (e.g., whatserface, whosit). 4. (Original 19th century meaning) A nameless person.

[Ultimately from the Greek 'an' "not" + 'onoma' "name"; hence "unnamed." I have repurposed this word from its original, early 19th century sense "[a] nameless [person]," as it is no longer extant in the language. There aren't very many nameless people to apply it to.]

e.g., "Could you get my list?"
"Sure. Where is it?"
"It's on the ... um ... the telephone pole."
"On the what?!"
"Hang on: it's on top of the mitochondria ... no ... the Thessalonian ... ... aaagh! I can't remember the word!"
"Never mind: I found it."
"Thank you. Where---"
"The refrigerator."
"Refrigerator! Of course! How could I not remember 'refrigerator'? Thanks!"
"No problem. Where are you going, anyway?"
"To the ... polecat ... dispensary ... grrr, no: the larkspur cache ... aaaagh!"
"Do you mean the grocery store?"
"Yes! the grocery store! Than---wait, how could you know what I meant?"
"Your list: it says 'butter' and 'milk'; so it was a bit obvious when I thought about it."
"Oh, right."
"On the other hand, your list is full of anonyms, too: you've written 'haladilnik repair' and 'Tharkudarson,'" whatever those might mean."
"I think I meant 'whipped cream' and 'eggplants.'"
"Okay. Wow: bummer getting older."
"Tell me about it."

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gesty - To bring the words of repentance to someone

e.g., I confronted him with gesty words

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juice harp - My friend asked me whether a harmonica is a "juice harp" or a "Jew's harp." Told him it's a Jew's harp, but that juice harp would make good addition to the pd. It's hard not to generate plenty of juice when you play a harmonica.

Turns out that a Jew's harp is not a harmonica. Again, Wikipedia:
The Jew's harp, also known as the jaw harp, mouth harp, Ozark harp, trump, or juice harp, is a lamellophone instrument, which is in the category of plucked idiophones: it consists of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue or reed attached to a frame. The tongue/reed is placed in the performer's mouth and plucked with the finger to produce a note.

e.g., Regardless of correctness -- remember, this is not a real dictionary -- because of the juice connection I like the idea of referring to a harmonic as a juice harp. |

"Do you remember when juice harp playing was popular?"
"Maybe. The 1940s and 1950s?"
"Close enough. Jerry Murad's Harmonicats trio was founded in 1944 and they became 'stars with [their] million-selling 1947 recording of 'Peg o' My Heart.'' This 1958 version of their #1 hit was uploaded to YouTube Feb 7, 2015. Stick around for what follows -- I thnk it's even more fun."

Wikipedia -- "Peg o' My Heart":
The song, performed by Max Harris and his Novelty Trio (based on a version by The Harmonicats), was used as the theme of the BBC miniseries The Singing Detective (1986). When recording engineer Bill Putnam recorded The Harmonicats version of the song, he became the first person to use artificial reverberation creatively on a pop recording, with the use of the first reverb chamber, which had been set up in the studio's bathroom. .

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hexaboner - A penis which, when tumescent, is six inches long.

e.g., A guy who purchases condominimums for a snug but comfortable fit will not be the holder of a hexaboner.

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jobbery - This is a real word I had never heard before having it turn up last week in Anu Garg's A.Word.A.Day mailing. It's a noun meaning "he use of a public office for private gain." I'll use his example -- and perhaps come back later to add more. {Duplicate.}


  • "Scandals about cronyism, jobbery, and the overzealous advancement of party advantage caused deep and lasting damage." Liam Fay; Independent TDs are Losing Their Way in a Fog of Self-Importance; Irish Independent (Dublin); Jan 17, 2015.

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sixagon - A polygon having six angles and six sides. Similar to hexagon. {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Hey, can you pass me the Sixagon?"

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genitials - From a caught ytpoe: has to be related to a woman having her friends' initials tattoed near her naughty parts.

e.g., "How many guys' initials does Kim Kardashian have tattoed on her pubic region?"

"I think I read that she claimed she was up to forty-seven genitials -- three or four years ago."

"Wow, just wow. And that's just guys, I suppose?"

"Yeah. But that's nothing. Are you aware that the world record for a woman having sex with different men is over 900 in one day?"

"Presumably involving penetration -- given that oral sex is not sex."

"Yeah, Clinton's Legacy. I recently read that girls don't consider it cheating if they have oral sex with guys other than their boyfriends."

"The world is changing and I don't like it."

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boy friend - And girl friend, too, of course. Forget about the age of the people -- that's not important. However, as the N-gram below suggests, age may have something to do with who uses what. Boy friend was used considerably more than boyfriend until the mid-1960s.

As I see it, a boy friend is not the same as a boyfriend. A boyfriend is someone you have a non-platonic relationship with, someone who is not just both a boy and a friend -- which is what a boy friend is. The way girls love their boy friends is not the same as the way they love their boyfriends. It's love vs. [being] in love.

e.g., "Lake visitors -- my three grandsons and the two adult boys' girl friends, for a week -- Anne's niece and three sons for two weekends -- that group plus Anne's brother, sister-in-law, other niece, and boy friend for this weekend, plus assorted single friends and couples on some weekdays."

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fan list - A list of enemies a person plans to address when "it" hits the fan (SHTF), after the collapse of society and law enforcement is no longer there to enforce the laws.

e.g., You should show him respect or he may put you on his Fan List.

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semi-nice try - Something to say to someone whose efforts don't reach the level of a nice try.

e.g., Submitter "yuada" gets a semi-nice try for her attempt to get around the guidelines -- trying to tout a product and link to a commercial site. | Semi-nice try, yuada. It almost earned you a kudo.

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e-connoiter - (Rhymes with SEE-gun-LOI-ter; v.) To familiarize yourself with a location or road by means of Google maps or some ot her computer application, especially when you use a street-level view to recognize landmarks. [From 'reconnoiter' minus the initial 'r.']

e.g., "Wait. Wasn't that our turn back there?" "No. It's up ahead, another mile or so."
"Are you certain?"
"Yeah. I e-connoitered the way before we left."

Twenty-first century criminals don't "case the joint," now they e-connoiter their targets.

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casserole parade - The parade of women bringing casseroles to a man who was recently widowed. Ostensibly to show their concern for his well-being (to make sure he's fed well?), but just as likely to be a way to let him know they're available for ... what? Dating, shall we say.

e.g., "So you moved right after she died? At least you missed the casserole parade."

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pseudodictionary - The prefix tells the story: false; deceptive; sham. Except that we're not being deceptive at all. You're reminded on every page -- "remember: pseudodictionary is not a real dictionary."

e.g., Not only do you have have carte blanche to roll your own words and use them in sentences, we encourage entries that tell a story. This is not your average dictionary, limited to definitions and pronunciations, etc. It's the PseudoDictionary, a fake dictionary -- and thus not a dictionary at all. The similarity to a real dictionary pretty much ends with the entries being in abecedarian order.

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moaniker - An inappropriate given name that will haunt the poor child for years.

e.g., I'm a male -- in looks, form, actions, and hormones, there's absolutely no doubt,
And if anyone questions it, I'm ready to "duke" it out,
But too many people think I'm in all parts, "girly"
'Cause my parents stuck me with the god awful moaniker ... "Shirley!"

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star inflation - There have been no five-star generals in the United States since World War II. The top rank now is signified by four stars. Not good enough apparently for the paramilitary metropolitan police forces of modern-day America. Police chiefs' uniforms feature five stars on their collars: star inflation.

e.g., You have to wonder if star inflation results in over-inflation of their egos for chiefs of police.

Me? I'd rather have one less star and a pay increase for doing a mostly thankless job.

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lookaning - Look-a-ning- looking further into something that is beyond just looking.

e.g., I've been lookaning all night, but can't seem to find an answer.

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contage - (Pronounced to rhyme with "one-PAGE"; v.) 1. To pass on a communicable disease; 2. to spread an infection. [Back formation from "contagion."] {Duplicate.}

e.g., I have MRSA in my infected foot; and I've been told to be very careful so as not to spread the bacteria. Unfortunately, I don't know how this contagion contages.

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snoopervise - The act of snooping or otherwise spying under the guise of, or while acting in a supervisory/authoritative capacity. Other endings: -ing; -ed; -er; etc.

e.g., I have a head manager at my job, but theyre never here like they should be. So I get to deal with all their lackey snoopervisors instead. Theyre just kissing ass trying to get promoted. or The old lady next door tries to tell me what to do in my yard ... and calls code enforcement if I don't. Like shes my snoopervising my yardwork to try to get me in trouble!

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sialoquent - Spitting while talking. A real word.

e.g., Who isn't guilty of being sialoquent, especially when she's spitting mad?

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snapchat streak - If you snap chat your friend day after day and you get a number at the side of there name her name, then you are on a snapchat streak. The number is the number of days the friend has been snapchatted.

{ED. Notā bene: We convert submittals to Fowler Language before they are added." See her.}

e.g., Jim: Someone do a snapchat streak with me?
Mac: Maybe it was the pretty blonde from our calculus class.
Jim: You really think so? Wow, that would be cool.
Mac: You figure she even knows you're alive? Yeah right.

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gift - From Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition unabridged.

gift, (gĭft) v.t., 1. To endow with a gift, esp. of some power or faculty; -- esp., in past. part.
2. To make a gift of; to present gratuitously. Chiefly Scot.
Added this only after using the first example in a blog entry. I was curious as to how long gift has been being used as a verb. Given that I'm not an entomologist, I saw no need to go back any further than 1909, the copyright date for the first publication of the second edition.

May not get the quote quite right from memory, but H.W. Fowler (my namesake) said in Modern English Usage, "It's an ancient and valuable right of the English-speaking peoples to turn their nouns into verbs when they are so minded." Thanks to the Ms. Grundy teaching-style that was in vogue when I was in school, I resisted doing that for ages. One of the rules we were taught was to not use contact as a verb. Now I don't hesitate to use the word that way.


e.g., I gifted myself.

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fribble - AlphaDICTIONARY.

Dr. Robert Beard aka Dr. Goodword says:

1. [Noun] A trivial, frivolous person or thing, a triviality or triviality itself, nonsense.
2. [Verb, intransitive] To trifle, to fiddle around, waste time, to twiddle your thumbs.
3. [Verb, transitive] To fritter (away), to waste something frivolously.

Notes: A person who fribbles is a fribbler, though the -er suffix isn't really necessary; he or she is also just a fribble. Anything trivial or frivolous is also fribblish, the adjective accompanying today's word. By the way, in the theater this word is used to indicate ad-libbing to cover up lapses of memory, as to fribble your way through a scene.

Do yourself a favor and register for a daily dose. To avoid being tapped on the shoulder, I have word-a-day sites send updates to a blog. I can peruse them at my leisure -- and also reserve a date for a blog entry, should I decide I want a post to appear with a given date.


e.g., The only good line in the otherwise execrable A Summer Place was Arthur Kennedy's Bart Hunter saying, "Some of the best things in live are frivolous." Prompted an entry in my fribbler's blog with that as the title. |

From Dr. Goodword himself:

In Play: Any trifle that is insignificant will pass for a fribble: "Don't worry about that piece of crystal, my dear; it's just a little fribble I picked up at Cartier's last fall." The verb refers to wasting something on unimportant things: "Ty Kuhn fribbled away his fortune on a year-long tour of the posh casinos of Europe and Asia."

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sphagetti - Spaghetti -- because that's the way my brain keeps telling me to spell it, how my son pronounced it when he was three or four.

e.g., "Mom, could you fix sphagetti for dinner tonight? I'm really craving it." "Yes. Would you like to have cheesecake for dessert?" "Oh, yes."

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e-mail address for bob evans - More completely: be down to. Used in the UK where up to would be used in the US. The use I saw "... it is down to them to...." would be said in the US as "... it is up to them to" meaning "It their responsibility to...." (ED. Other meanings will be added later.} {Duplicate.}

e.g., e-mail address for bob evans

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emmediate - 1. Immediate. 2. Em-mediate = to mediate by e-mail. {Duplicate.}

e.g., E-mail started emmediately, but being finished later in the day.

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down to - More completely: be down to. Used in the UK where up to would be used in the US. The use I saw "... it is down to them to...." would be said in the US as "... it is up to them to" meaning "It their responsibility to...." (ED. Other meanings will be added later.} {Duplicate.}

e.g., "The migrants are the EU's problem now, not ours. If they let them across their borders to start with it is down to them to find them jobs and accommodation. They are no longer entitled to come to the UK."

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endsville - adjective 1. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. most wonderful or exciting: a rock band that was regarded as Endsville in the late fifties. 2. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. (of a location, circumstance, etc.) most isolated or undesirable. Quotes She responded by flinging her arms around his neck. "Curtie, it'll be endsville!" -- Arthur Hailey, Hotel, 1965

e.g., adjective 1. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. most wonderful or exciting: a rock band that was regarded as Endsville in the late fifties. 2. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. (of a location, circumstance, etc.) most isolated or undesirable. Quotes She responded by flinging her arms around his neck. "Curtie, it'll be endsville!" -- Arthur Hailey, Hotel, 1965

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clickable - It's one of those attached to the house all-season porches, a combination of "florida room" and "arizona room" since they're the same damn thing.

e.g., Set up a file with clickable e-mail lengths and send to classmates et al.

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florizona room - It's one of those attached to the house all-season porches, a combination of "florida room" and "arizona room" since they're the same damn thing.

e.g., The weather was nice, so we decided to barbecue in the florizona room.

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cumulonimby - (KYOO-myoo-low-NIM-bee; n.) A "nimby" (an acronym for "not in my back yard") a person who objects to locating a necessary civic project --- like a prison, a sewage treatment plant, a halfway house, etc. --- anywhere near their own property for fear of property devaluation or bad smells or something. A cumulonimby is a large group or gathering of nimbys, to attack a particular development or a given development agenda. [From Greek 'cumulus' "a pile, a heap" + 'nimby.']

e.g., "Did you see all the nimbys?
"Outside the county offices?"
"Yeah: Thirteen hundred nimbys against the new prison's being located in Brown County."
"And, look at the new headlines! Seven hundred camped out on the lawn in Underwood!"
"Underwood? Oh, yeah: in case the Brown County nimbys are successful in keeping the prison out---"
"Out of Brown County, yeah."
"So we have cumulonimbys at both ends?"

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wholly cow - Consists entirely of wholesome unadulterated beef, no fillers, no substitutes, no fish, no fowl, no pig, no excessive injected water. Nothing .. !! Even purer than the beloved bovines in the Indian subcontinent. Eat, see for yersulf [sic, dialect] .. !! {Duplicate.}

e.g., The entire group, us "Wild Indians," were on loan from India to soothe the savage American beast resident in so many of them, via sitar and tabla and monotonous singing voice ((-: !! How delighted to hear of a place in New York called, we thought, the "Holy Cow" ..!! Turns out it was "Wholly Cow," but still intrigued .. We went, we ordered and ate "special of the day," really good, nice portions. However, it was not till later that we learned what we had eaten .. !! Oy veh, and !caramba!, shocksville. But today, we are all faithful meat eaters, cow, pig, whale, ostrich, whatever presents itself, where has meat been all our lives .. ?! A new religion is emerging, "Church of the Carnivore," where Meat is the holy sacrament, where "wholly water" is its divine accompaniment ..!! Some day this week shall we meet to eat some lovely meat, a treat, it can't be beat, you vegeldelians. [sic?]

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polytrix - It seems they have a lot of tricks up their sleeves, and elsewhere. Tricky fellows, off to make a buck, or fool you and the crowd, allowed, or tolerated, sometimes amusing, sometimes not. A whole slew of magic or slight of hand, or means to part you from your money -- it ain't funny.

e.g., At this time in space we may be heir to an abundance of heartfelt polytrix, designed to inform you of what you shall think, what you shall do, at the right time and place. "A vote for me is a vote for you," sounds good, if only it were true..(-: Polytrix in the magician's bag, fool you, leave you with a smile on your face, this is the place.

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fiery spit - Fierce terrible language, diatribe, angry yelling, shouting, cursing, energetic powerful speech. Cf. Fiery pit.

e.g., The placid crowd of dedicated bird watchers appeared to be somewhat stirred by the unexpected fiery spit emitting from the mouth of our featured speaker, Harry Goodfellow.. he likened our tax collectors to a flock of vicious vultures, tearing at your flesh?

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barack & baruch - Proposed legal team in the next coming years, specializing in accident insurance perhaps. Cf. black and blue.

e.g., I send all my accidents over to the great team Barack & Baruch. They're fast, efficient, and turn out winners almost every time .. !? These are winners, not wieners .. !! * * --==O==-- * * p.i.e. 31415 ..

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zaurdo (plural: zaurdi) - Zaurdo: (plural: zaurd)
Referring to male/s: zaurdo, zaurdi
Referring to female/s: zaurda, zaurde (plural)

Whoever can be defined as: sophomoric (overconfident, conceited,et cetera, but --immature); juvenile (infantile, childish, immature); ignoramus (highly ignorant); gallionic (uncaring, indifferent); delinquent, opine (that deliberately says and often divulges her opinion without fear or hesitation); and anti-cogitus (who refuse to think and use the intellect). This is an archaic (obsolete) word still in use in some little Italian cities, here's how it works:

Since this word follows the ancient Latin-Italic rules, you can understand from the ending (-o, -i, -a, -e) whether the author is referring to a male or female. Or to a group of people. In case the group of people has members of different genders (so they are not all males or females, for example) -- the rule says that you must use the -i ending.

  • {ED. Similar to the old rule in English for using masculine pronouns when the antecedent was of unknown gender.}

    e.g., J: See that pretty girl over there --
    M: The one with the yellow ribbon in her hair?
    J: Yeah.
    M: What about her?
    J: I've known her since we were four years old and played in the sandbox together.
    M: So?
    J: So I walked up to her at our prom and told her I've been in love with her since we were four years old.
    M: What did she say?
    J: She said, "I know" -- and walked away.
    M: Too bad. That makes her a real zaurda, doesn't it?
    J: Yes. It does. But that's OK -- because I'm zaurdo. Now you know why she calls me Sandbox Jim.

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    breaxit - (Brexit + break) Brexit as the potential cause of the break of United Europe and of Great Britain (separation of Scotland and N. Ireland).

    e.g., Breaxit is one of the most divisive and potentially destructive events in European history.

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    oleo - Short for oleomargarine, the original term for what we now call margarine.

    e.g., Oleo first appeared commercially in stores in the late 1940s as a cheap substitute for butter. Butter manufacturers insisted that it not look too much like yellow butter, so oleo appeared only white to purchase. Soon though a color capsule was included in the package, so that consumers could manually add color themselves. Eventually you could buy ordinary colored oleo, or margarine, in the store.

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    hoplogonal - (Rhymes with top-DOG-gun-ul; adj.) 1. Gun-shaped, weapon-shaped; 2. A lump, bump, or bulge shaped like or suggesting a gun or other weapon; 3. Arranged to resemble or suggest a weapon or weapons. [From Greek 'hoplon' "weapon, tool" + 'gonia' "angle," like "polygon."]

    e.g., I saw an article the other day about some woman who had built herself a hoplogonal pool in her back yard. | You could see the hoplogonal bulges under the arms of the agents all around the embassy patio. | Fifty sticks aimed artistically from boxes draped with old blankets constituted the "fort": a wall bristling with hoplogonal brooms, mops, and besoms.

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    poecilonym - It's an old synonym for synonym. For more on poecilonym take the link or check at A.Word.A.Day.

    e.g., From Wiktionary:

    • 1977, Robert H. Stacy, Defamiliarization in Language and Literature,[1] Syracuse University Press, ISBN 9780815621843, page 52: 7. This is also a type of poecilonym or hybrid word; cf. such a word as "aeneolithic" (=chalcolithic) in English.

    • 1997, David Grambs, The Endangered English Dictionary: Bodacious Words, page xi: Maybe we could all use a few spanking old poecilonyms. Poecilonym? It's an old synonym for synonym that you'll find in these pages. But many words in this dictionary have no real counterparts in today's English.

    • 1999 July 27, "Ucalegon" (username), "Missing aircraft", in alt.anagrams, Usenet: >> Is there another word for synonym?
      >Actually, there is: poecilonymTake care, though; 'poecilonym' can only be used for the taxonomic meaning of 'synonym'-- an incorrect or obsolete systematic name for a genus or species.

    • 2006, Nero Blanc, Death on the Diagonal, page 147: It's high time I looked for another job and got as far away from homonyms, synonyms, antonyms to say nothing of caconyms, eponyms, and poecilonyms!

    1999 July 27, "Ucalegon" (username), "Missing aircraft", in alt.anagrams, Usenet: >> Is there another word for synonym?>Actually, there is: poecilonymTake care, though; 'poecilonym' can only be used for the taxonomic meaning of 'synonym' -- an incorrect or obsolete systematic name for a genus or species.

    2006, Nero Blanc, Death on the Diagonal, page 147: It's high time I looked for another job and got as far away from homonyms, synonyms, antonyms -- to say nothing of caconyms, eponyms, and poecilonyms

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    nephalism - "Teetotalism: abstinence from alcohol." From A.Word.A.Day.

    e.g., "Which, though not entirely teetotal, is next door to nephalism."

    ~Jack McLean's "We'll All Be Beeping About from Bar to Bar," The Herald (Glasgow, UK); Apr 21, 2001. | No, I'm not a nephalist, but I'm close.

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    termagancy - The noun form of termagant -- "a shrewish woman; scold.:

    e.g., Hellary Clinton may never be indicted and convicted for any crimes, but she's definitely guilty of termagancy. Me? I'm guilty of nephalism. (Almost.)

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    alanisesque - Alanis Morissettesque.

    e.g., The Alanisesque singer was stunning.

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    fissiparous - One of Dr. Goodword's real words: "1. Reproducing by biological fission, splitting into two living organisms or cells, which may further divide. 2. Tending to break up into smaller pieces, especially if the pieces themselves split."

    "... today's Good Word now applies to anything that splits into parts, such as the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia. China is now worrying that it might be fissiparous. Religions have been fissiparous in the past, breaking apart into factional denominations and subdenominations based on different interpretations of their scriptures."

    e.g., "When Gwendolyn saw her child pull an earthworm apart, she was glad to know that the worm was fissiparous."

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    big bang hole - Astronomical hole comprised of big bangs; astronomical hole of universes. 2016-06-20 -->

    e.g., The astronomer did believe in the big bang hole.

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    sickophant - Sycophant: "a person who uses flattery to win favour from individuals wielding influence; toady. Sicophant & psychophant are alternative spellings. {Duplicate.}

    e.g., "This sickophant will do anything to protect her president. She isn't qualified to clean skidr marks off a toilet."

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    swinging dick - "A man; specifically (more fully big swinging dick) a successful, arrogant, ambitious, or aggressively bold man (also occasionally used of a woman)." {Duplicate.}

    e.g., From The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, p. 173: "He's an action character, a swinging dick. If I was ripping something off, if I needed a gun, a soldier, I would hire him right away. If I had a submachine gun, for instance, that needed a shooter, I wouldn't hesitate to put him behind it. Guts to burn."

    From The Autobiography of Billy McCune, p. 55:"Every swinging dick, before he was sworn in, knew what the verdict would be, as they read in the Star-Telegram where the state would demand the death penalty. No doubt about it. Billy McCune was a rapist and had to be exterminated. All the… ..."

    From James Crumley's One to Count Cadence: "'I got every one of them, man, every last swinging dick.' He danced around my room as if he needed to pee. 'Wait a minute. Slow down. Sit down and let me know who has got whom where.' He swung a chair in front of the bunk, straddled it…."

    Memphis, Nam, Sweden, p. 77:"Out from those holes. We were not missing. We were not missing one swinging dick. Party time. Red smoke right over us? Fuck it. We're on the same side. They can't hit us. We're partying, babe. Oooh, get some, Jack, get some motherfuckers."

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    crow's ear - Crosier, "a staff surmounted by a crook or cross, carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office."

    e.g., “In 2006, [New York Times writer] journalist Terry Mattingly wrote a column titled ‘Reporters, Crow‘s Ears and Karma Light Nuns,’ which documented a series of factual errors made by journalists when reporting on religion, beginning with the front-page gaffe by Ian Fisher, who referred to Pope John Paul‘s metal staff as a ‘crow‘s ear,’ instead of the correct term of ‘crozier.’”

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    boobalicious - Possessed of ethereal beauty, especially abundant, sexy breasts; combining "boob" and "delicious." 2016-06-18 -->

    e.g., Dad says that my fifteen-year-old sister looks like she'll grow up to be boobalicious, a trait she got from our beautiful, wonderful Mom. (Maybe I will be too someday!)

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    earrigation - The procedure you have done when you get a wax buildup in your ears.

    e.g., The earrigation didn't work because the wax buildup had hardened. Have to go back in couple of days after using something to soften the wax.

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    arthuritis - Arthritis, spelled to match the way some people pronounce it. {Duplicate.}

    e.g., Pain in my hips makes walking difficult for me -- I start hurting if I walk over a hundred feet. Not sure if it's arthuritis, but it may be.

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    stupur - Stupur= stupid future: the destination for those dead set on screwing up their lives to the fullest.

    e.g., Billy is an adult now and makes his own decisions for his stupur.

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    pseudocompetocracy - n.; Rule by those whose primary skill consists of feigning competence.

    e.g., The Obama Administration constitutes a straight-up pseudocompetocracy.

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    corpusology - Corpusology is the study of body language. Corpus from the Latin for body and ology from the Greek|Latin for study of.

    e.g., The latest development in facial recognition software is the use of subject-matter experts in corpusology to develop software algorithms to detect the emotional state of a suspect.

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    sensusology - Sensusology is the study of emotion. Sensus Latin for emotion and the suffix being ology from the Greek|Latin for study of.

    e.g., During the debriefing the room was occupied by a psychologist and a sensologist due to the emotional nature of the trauma.

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    teleprosy - A type of leprosy that spreads very quick, like a fast moving storm, flows of lava, aggressive weeds, and the like.

    e.g., In the beginning the word was that it was a simple case of unqualified leprosy, but in short order it was quickly determined that they had their hands full with a virulent plague of teleprosy.

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    ballfaced - Bald-faced -- which is often misspelled as bold-faced.

    e.g., " Hillary Clinton is a liar -- a ballfaced liar. The unprincipled ... witch needs to be held accountable for what she has done.

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    titbits - Parts of a woman breasts.

    e.g., Even old women are going around in public exposing their titbits. And not just side boobs.

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    bunk - "Debunk was originally a neologism by author William Woodward in his 1923 book Bunk, whose main character de-bunked nonsense or illusions, basically bursting bubbles." To bunk something then is to confirm that it's true. Zero Pinocchios, in short. {Duplicate.}

    e.g., I thought she was lying to me. That was bunked later in the day.

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    e phase - That's the point at which you pay, or, e-faze, pig latin for fees. Prior to the E phase you had some money, afterwards, not so much money. E can also mean, theoretically, Empty-your-pockets, dude, lighten your load, if any. ((-:

    e.g., Ever thing was fine, till we came to the E phase, which was outta sight, excessive, unheard of ... but we needed the baloney e.g. anyway, the deal was done, well done. [poedic licence included, no charge]

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    apifact - (AP-pee-fact; n.) Honey, viewed as an artifact made by bees. Derivations apifacture "the making of honey"; apifactory "a beehive, as a place where honey is made." [From Latin api(bus) "by bees" + factura, pp of facere "to make."]

    e.g., "Wow. This is really good bread. Have you got any apifact?" | Apifact is Winnie the Pooh's favorite food.

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    kalashnicough - (Rhymes with a-GOSH-me-doff; n.) 1. A hacking cough which goes on and on like a machine gun, even when you're out of air and you face turns all sorts of distressing colors, and you have to finally pause (you can't stop) long enough to gasp in a desperate breath which you immediately lose in hacking out another full clip; 2. A horrible hacking cough that seemingly cannot be stopped, despite warm drinks, humidifiers, ointments, zinc tablets, suppressants, expectorants, plasters, or whatever---such that it reminds you of the AK 47 description given in Nicolas Cage's "Lord of War": "An elegantly simple 9 pound amalgamation of forged steel and plywood. It doesn't break, jam, or overheat. It'll shoot whether it's covered in mud or filled with sand." It'll shoot, in short, no matter what you do to stop it. [From Mikhail Kalashnikov (1919-2013), designer of the AK47 in 1946 & -47, + cough.]

    e.g., I was up all night with bronchitis. It was a seriously intense Kalashnicough. I had to sleep in the car so I wouldn't keep everyone awake all night with me.

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    beer foam issues - Political issue of little real substance when there are issues much more important that need to be dealt with.

    e.g., Beltway politicians waste their time on beer foam issues when there are truly significant national problems that need their attention. | Interstate 70 is now almost eight years past the lifetime projected when it was constructed. Congress is doing little to nothing to see that it gets the maintenance it needs, instead expending its efforts on such beer foam issues as letting men use women's restrooms.

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    tatas sauce - Originally a pleasant soothing creme for the udder of the cow, smells good, feels good, is good. Also benefits the hands which milk the cow, soft and lovely. Now available also for human female of the species, equally effective and beneficial to all.

    e.g., At first we were skeptical, as befits the intelligent yet critical mind, but then were pleased to discover that well named tatas sauce did indeed soothe and smooth and often quite soften the appropriate tissues to the delight of the whole family, indeed.

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    unfuture - A future as bad as "no future"

    e.g., You have no future, enjoy it = enjoy your unfuture.

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    proxymoron - If you can't do it yourself, let somebody do it for you. Perhaps someone else can do it as well as you can. It helps to be bright, educated, aware, but if necessary one might employ the proxymoron. A simple yes will do, uncomplicated but perhaps adequate and effective -- try it, you might even get to like it, guaranteed. A substitute, a stand in, maybe even better than the average, bear with me. {Duplicate.}

    e.g., Please give us a chance, the proxymoron is a worthy person too, able to set the table, pick up sticks, feed the dead fishes, water the windows, tug it and hug it, what's more, and smile all the while. Proxymoron lives matter. too, to be sure, sir ... ?

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    oxen cotton - The soft woolen undercoat of certain ox, which may be combed, spun, and wove into specialty garments, expensive, but worth every penny of it..

    e.g., Wool can be itchy 'tho cotton's not rotten, silk dresses and tresses, materials improve, now we've gotten oxen cotton, it's the best thing we've gotten, soft, strong, and beautiful, 'tho essentially unaffordable ..

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    groksee - To really understand, perfectly, completely, with depth and clarity ... with compassion, with heart and mind, utterly ... much more so than the average, man. {ED. See Robert Heinlein's "grok" in _The Man Who Fell to Earth._

    e.g., In a sea of seething humanity we like to groksee that which be, for added value and effectiveness and success, realize the real, act and react in a superior way beyond the ordinary we pray -- and with help it's groksee proxy, we can always use a hand or two, or even a cast of thousands.

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    equel - (EE-kwil; n.) A movie, television show, or other story that takes place at the same time as (and takes pains to refer to) another movie, show, or other story. [From "sequel," minus the "s."]

    e.g., Tom Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" is an equel to Shakespeare's "Hamlet."

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    requel - (REE-kwil; n.) 1. A remake of a movie or show, 2. The reboot of a movie franchise; (v.) to remake a show or reboot a franchise.

    e.g., Requels of "The Three Musketeers" seem to be legion. | Did they really need to requel "Spidereman"? The "Fantastic Four" requel didn't work.

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    obliterati - those literati who try to obliterate the facts or truth

    e.g., Beware the obliterati for they erase what others have written.

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    liplink - Kiss, a kiss [cf German Liebling, if you wish].

    e.g., Only way we are connecting any more is by occasional mild liplink when it happens to occur, nice but perhaps inadequate?

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    multimanymuch - An extremely large number of or amount of, humongous, lots and lots of, really,really big.

    e.g., At the Octonomical Games nex [sic] T'earthday team Red Shocks meet team Blue Blaze to determinate outcomes of longstanding interrivalries between, multimanymuch surgecrowds to be expected at..? [ week 32, 2065 ] p.i.e. 31415 ..

    submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

    signumology - Signumology is the study of miracles. Signum -- from the Latin for miracle and ology for the study of.

    e.g., The most popular course at the Dominican Monastery is signumology.

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    stable mate - A situation not equine, but sanguine, in which a domestic partner is unflappable, reasonable, and rational, and won't ever kick the boards in the stall when upset.

    e.g., Advice to the young -- look beyond beauty and sex appeal. Regardless of the size of your home, too much emotion will crowd every room. For a lifetime of pleasure and companionship, you need a stable mate.

    submitted by Charlie Lesko

    scrutinizer - Someone who scritinizes: someone who examines something very carefully. The example is taken from a blog post: "Florida 2000 Election Fiasco...."

    e.g., "Unfortunately, determining whether or not to accept a vote is based on having a ballot eyeballed by a group of people [a canvassing board] who attempt to divine the voters' intentions. Remember Broward County (I think it was Broward County) and the guy with the magnifying glass? And the woman who had no trouble at all determining that every ballot that came in front of her was a vote for a Democrat? No matter that the scrutinizers who had the ballots before she did couldn't determine how the ballots were marked even using a magnifying glass to enlarge their images, it was always easy for her to figure out with only the most cursory glance. If such ballot reviewers decide that they can clearly determine what the voter had in mind, then the vote counts. If they decide they can't determine what the voter had in mind, then the vote doesn't count."

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    pussant - An inconsequential person, as in a pissant filled with pus. Cleary lower on the evolutionary scale than a pissant. Puissant as an alternative spelling doesn't work. Puissant means "having great power or influence." Pissants and pussants have neither. Created for use on the Internet, pussant is much more likely to get past robotic censors than pissant. Even live censors might give it a pass when they wouldn't give one to pissant.

    The effect can be increased by using alliteration: e.g, pussified pussant. There are tons of adjectives that start with the letter p that can be combined with pussant to emphasize various pussant characteristics.

    e.g., Given that the only time I get any flack on the Internet is when I step on a pussant, you must be a pussant. Go have some Ben and Jerry's and get a pedicure. You'll feel better.

    {ED. Credit the last two sentences to the Internet poster who aimed his shot at the insufferable "PeterCorless."}

    submitted by Lillith

    mic drop - "Dropping a microphone as a dramatic gesture at the end of a performance or speech or a simulation of this."

    e.g., President Obama's mic drop at the end of his comedy routine at the White House Correspondents' Dinner last Saturday night struck me as a juvenile thing for him to do. Couldn't he have found a better way to show US that he is au courant with youth culture?

    submitted by HD Fowler

    enema list - A list of people you think would benefit from being given an enema. I recently had a six-pack of Fleet enemas delivered to my lifelong friend Jim (aka Press) -- because he's full of crap.

    e.g., He told me just this morning that he's glad he's on my enema list. He says he hasn't opened the package yet, that he's using it to decorate his kitchen.

    submitted by [Sandbox Jim]

    alacritously - From the way it was used in a comment on the Internet, "Patte Cross" seems to intend for this to mean something along these lines: with great alacrity, quickly, or rapidly. Take it as the adverbial form of alacritous: quick and eager.

    e.g., "Obamao needs MORE bureaucrats to more alacritously process his Dreamer Army into the over-burdened Public Assistance System; get them driver's licenses; and use motor-voter laws to enfranchise his Invader Gimmegrants."

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    josh - To Josh is to dissemble as a spokesman for obama. {Duplicate.}

    e.g., "[T]here is no logical, or factual, reason whey [sic] the Obama Administration wouldn't prosecute [Hillary Clinton]." "You're Joshing US, right?"

    submitted by [CJ Clegg]

    budoir patrol - The federal agency charged with protecting United States' bedrooms.

    e.g., The Budoir Patrol is vastly more effective in doing its job than the US Border Patrol. But that's primarily because it isn't being hamstrung doing its job by Democrat politicians and flunkies inside The Beltway.

    submitted by [CJ Clegg]

    dogma style - Some people have no style at all. It's like they blew in from Pluto much less dark side of Moon, comrades. Dogma style [is] meaning, strictly according to rules and regulations, laws, requirements, demands. Once you get used to it, it's quite similar to that "Sharia" stuff. Try it, somebody else might like it ... not.

    e.g., Mine autonomous Uncle once decided to live his whole life according to the Principles of Dogma Style, very interesting. The commune evolved into group of logically sensibly Controlled yet Satisfied Unit. Nex trep [sic], pull plug, allow extreme dogma style to metamorphose into next rational development, with divine intervention, if really necessary.

    submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

    ptamma - When someone eats an Egg and it tastes delicious.

    e.g., (Simon eats an Egg) "Mmmm, this egg is ptamma."

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    musstretching - To do stretching exercises while you listen to music

    e.g., I didn't hear my coach calling me because I was musstretching

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    sninner - The word is a blind in which I gathered the words snack and dinner to express the meal that we eat after the afternoon snack and before dinner. It would be used when someone did not eat anything in the snack time and he also did not want to have a large dinner -- or have dinner before its usual time due to not being hungry or have some stuff during dinner time.

    e.g., Tomorrow, we are going to a concert at 8 p.m so we will have a sninner at 7 p.m

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    connectholic - A person who needs to be connected with others all the time.

    e.g., I'm a connectholic because I need to be connected on internet, all the time.

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    lovate - Used to express that you both love and hate a person.

    e.g., I lovate my ex-boyfriend.

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    computholic - Someone who is addicted to computers.

    e.g., My son is a computholic.

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    yold - A blend in which I have gathered young and old to describe a person who is young but behaves as an elderly one.

    e.g., My friend Leticia is yold: she is 22 and she never goes out --only with her boyfriend, to whom she seems to be married.

    submitted by Maria - (www)

    connectholic - A person who needs to be connected with others all the time.

    e.g., I'm a connectholic because I need to be connected on internet, all the time.

    submitted by Milagros - (www)

    computholic - Someone who is addicted to computers.

    e.g., My son is a computholic.

    submitted by Milagros - (www)

    stump-broke - He didn't use the term "stump broke," but a junior high school classmate of mine told me he had had sex with a cow, first mounting a stump before mounting the cow. Simply didn't occur to me at that age that he wasn't telling the truth. I recently learned the applicable slang to use to describe the cow: stump-broke, or stump broke.

    Thursday, February 17, 2005

    For those of you looking for meaning.


    1. Unquestionably obedient. A "stump-broke" mule is a mule which has
    been trained to back up to, and stand before a stump for purposes of
    passive sexual intercourse.


    'What's wrong with my nose? I'll tell you what's wrong with my nose. I
    asked Gunther if he had his girl-friend stump-broke yet, and he hit me on
    it, that's what.'

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    oilitics - The politics of oil. I've tired of the beltway politicians -- years ago. Among several things I find particularly annoying is their oilitics. Will they ever take the steps necessary to making the United States energy independent -- or are they just going to continue to talk and never really do anything.

    e.g., I've tired of the beltway politicians -- years ago. Among several things I find particularly annoying is their oilitics. Will they ever take the steps necessary to making the United States energy independent -- or are they just going to continue to talk and never really do anything. Nasty letter to follow.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    corn flake - ddd

    e.g., ddd

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    skirtish - Akirmish with a woman, aka a skirt.

    e.g., I got into a skirtish with my wife over when I will cut the grass.

    submitted by Rick Lawrence - (www)

    outstoundishing - Outstanding, astonishing, and astounding. Hopefully it will replace those greatly overused words: awesome and amazing. {ED. Have you noticed how overused exclamation points are. My motto is "Let your words be your exclamation points. Sorry it took so long to get this entered -- I must have forgotten to his add when I ran across it earlier.

    e.g., Wow! That Rolling Stones concert was outstoundishing!

    submitted by John Duckering and Tasha Schwiefert - (www)

    ludology - The study of games, a real word.

    From Oxford dictionaries: The study of games and gaming, especially video games: "ludology, like the games it studies, is not about story and discourse at all but about actions and events."

    e.g., since this is primarily a slang site, we’re pretty lax in terms of gramm

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    "pop" corn - An ironic financial arrangement whereby adult children "treat" their father by purchasing his movie ticket and he pays for the snacks. However, the extensive and expensive modern movie fare means that Pop pays out several times the price of the tickets.

    Thanks, kids, and I don't mean to rue it --
    you want to buy my ticket, and it's kind of you to do it;
    but I'm left broke and financially forlorn
    when it costs me eighty dollar to buy the "pop" corn.

    submitted by Machiavellean & Lesko

    spicelist - It is a specialist in spices and the use of them. Pronounced spice-sha-list.

    e.g., Several major spice companies have introduced new spices that were developed by their specialists in spices, otherwise known as "spicelists."

    submitted by Rick Lawrence

    the wainwright phenomenon | machiavellean speculation, - What accounts for our experiencing that time seems to pass faster as we grow older. It's not necessarily that our contemporaneous experience of time is that it seems to pass faster -- to me, a twenty-four hour day still seems to last as long as it ever has -- but that our memory of an event that took place years ago causes us to think, "Has it really been that long since that happened?"

    And, of course, the pseudocorollary says that when we go back to see places we experienced as a child, we will think, "Wow, this place seemed a lot larger when I was growing up."

    e.g., "Mary Beth, have you noticed how much smaller Old Main seems to be than it was when we went to high school?"

    "I have. Mike, it's the Wainwright Phenomenon again. ... Besides,the building is no longer there. It was torn down about thirty years ago. Hadn't you noticed?


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    macroxenoglossophilia - Lover of long, strange words. I almost feel as if I'm cheating entering this. I thought of it only after seeing the pd entry for macroxenoglossophobe, a pseudo-word I can't recall ever seeing before today. (ED. Macroxenoglossophobe may actually be a real word. Hard to tell from what I can turn up with a Google search.)

    e.g., "Some of my best friends are macroxenoglossophiles." "Oh, I'm so sorry to hear that. When will they be getting out of prison?"

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    kevin - (n.) A strip of bacon. [From movie star Kevin Bacon's name, but not capitalized.]

    e.g., Hey, can I get a couple of kevins over here? I'm starving.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    chive - (Pronounced "KIVE," to rhyme with 'five'; n.) A repository of knowledge, especially one organized alphabetically, as in "R-chive," "Q-chive," "S-chive," "L-chive," etc. It's also useful for topically arranged repository, such as an "icthyo-chive" (about fish) or a "pharmakeia-chive" (or maybe just "pharma-chive," about drugs) or a "chive-chive" (about chives, scallions, onions, and similar herbs).

    [Derived from the word "Archive," based on the "ar" being taken to mean "r." A friend and I were talking on the phone, and I mentioned a file being on my "f-drive." But he thought I'd said "s-chive." Once we worked out what he thought he'd heard me say, we came up with the "a-chive, b-chive, c-chive" idea fairly quickly. This entry is the result. (Cf. "nager" herein)] {Duplicate.}

    e.g., "I am a student of chiropterans."
    "Well, we have a huge chive on bats---that is, chiropterans."
    "Is it in the C-chive?"
    "No: we keep with our info on reclusive billionaire crime fighters ... in the Bat-chive."
    "That is easily the worst pun I have ever heard."
    "Yeah, sorry. Still, the info on bats really is over here in the B-chive."

    The Pseudo-Dictionary is a neologism-chive.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    dwimmercraft - (Rhymes with "HIM-er-laughed"; n.) 1. Magic, as in stage-magic: the mildly miraculous "fun" of illusion and sleight of hand; but also 2. black magic, as in sorcery: engagement in or manipulation of the powers and deceits of the enemy.

    [From the Old English dwimor "phantom, illusion" + craeft "art," often (usually) applied back among the Anglo-Saxons to magic that is either evil or at least non-Divine.]

    e.g., "The amazing Armando?"
    "Yeah: he's a magician. He's really good. The kids love him."
    "Hm. He practices dwimmercraft."
    "But the innocent stuff, right? Not the dark crap."
    "What are you talking about?" "He's dwimmercrafty."
    "Dimmer ... ?"
    "Never mind. How much does he charge?"
    "$200 a show."
    "Wow. Dwimmercrafty for sure."

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

    tora - (n.) An overbearing woman.

    [From the Spanish toro "bull," with a feminine ending. Some will condemn the word as yet another put-down of strong women by men who fear them. But I know many many strong women. I also know various toras, all of whom seem to think that their femininity is somehow bad and that if they pretend to be masculine, it will somehow empower them. In short: I'm not against strong femininity; the toras are.]

    e.g., "Wow. Your boss is a jerk!"
    "Tell me about it: all she does is strut around chewing that stupid gum and talking like a drill sergeant."
    "A total tora."

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    skinship - (n.) 1. a. A relationship advanced far enough to allow physical contact (beyond handshakes or the occasional bump); b. a relationship as in sense 1, but with skin-to-skin privileges; 2. Physical contact as a means of bonding (a parent hugging their little one, for example, or close friends sharing a supportive hug).

    [Apparently a term from Japanese and/or Korean, where it is used solely in sense 2. That's evidently still a common definition, and it corresponds to the definition I looked up on the Urban Dictionary. Sense 1, however, is the one I heard from my 21-year-old son, who seemed surprised I didn't know the term. I don't think he even knows about sense 2.]

    e.g., Most people have a skinship with their blood kin as well as their best buddies, but hugging someone you have no skinship with will get a mouthful of loose teeth, or a stiletto heel in the eye ... depending.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    dictionary.coma - What the pseudodictionary may turn into if we don't start getting a few more more lively submittals. No, we won't go blue. We'll die before we let that happen.

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    meatgrinder - A female prostitute who uses a variety of moves to make the time she spends with a given customer as short as possible.

    e.g., Yes, I broke up with the bitch. I found out she was a meatgrinder, in no way limiting her twerking to me.

    submitted by beelzebub - (www)

    shikaminka - When you are deeply in love with someone you always carry part of that person with you. The part you carry with you is shikaminka. {Ed. Lower-cased this to keep it from appearing to be a love tribute. Take not of the guideline: names of your friends or enemies will not be accepted. Given that I recognize "minka" as being a name, I'm giving you a little leeway just in case.)

    e.g., However far away you go from your love, you will never be alone because you carry shikaminka.

    submitted by Shawki Morssi - (www)

    downunderwear - Brief briefs that you might wear somewhere in Oz or adjacent points ... ? {ED. Paul, it's nice to see that you've stuck with us for what -- maybe fifteen years now? Thank you for your contributions.}

    e.g., At the beach this year I'm wearing fresh new downunderwear, new colors, new designs, new styles ... Look good, feel good, display your packages with ribbons, buttons, and bows, maybe ... !!

    submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

    cthulhoid - (kuh-THOO-loyd; adj.) 1. Like or resembling HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu, an enormous, vaguely manlike creature with a huge betentacled head (like a Whovian Ood or Peter Jackson's watcher in the water from his Lord of the Rings movies); 2. any huge, tentacled monster (resembling Cthulhu) like those appearing in many 50s and 60s monster movies.

    [From Cthulhu (probably from Greek chthonic "of the earth") + -oid, Greek "like, resembling"). Cthulhu was such a horrifyingly alien creature that his very existence was antithetical to human sanity; indeed, two of the men who discover Cthulhu's house in the South Pacific actually die from simple exposure to him.]

    e.g., Giant squids, according to 50s movie lore, were terrifyingly big and powerful cthulhoids who could crush ships and submarines and drag their hapless hulks and crews to a crushing, soggy death in the dark abysses of the sea.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    mudluscious - (adj.) 1. Covered with puddles to splash in and wonderful mud to make mud-pies with and play in when you're a child and it's spring; 2. full of mudpuddles, regardless of whether you want them there or not.

    [From e.e. cummings' "in Just-," which also contains the marvelous adjective 'puddle-wonderful.']

    e.g., When I was a little boy, I loved rainy days, especially the mudluscious ones, when I could sit down in the lovely muck and make castles and faces and mountains … it's like Play-Doh from Heaven. | Why did they make us park in this mudluscious and puddle-wonderful unpaved lot?!! These are $300 shoes!

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    tapezzate (or tappezzate) - To fill a space with something Etimology: Latin verb tapitiare, which modernly became tappezzare in contemporaneous Italic.

    e.g., I tappezzated my room with ... posters. | I tappezzated the city with fliers.

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    welunfair - Combination of the words welfare and unfair.

    e.g., The last Wednesday of the month is the day many receive their meager social assistance cheques. It should be called Welunfair' Day because the amounts of money are not enough, to live on, in any expensive city.

    {ED. The pd is not here to serve as a venue for expressing opinions about race, religion, politics, etc. It's here primarily to be used as place to host your invented words and examples of how to use them. Given that it's a pseudo-dictionary and not a real dictionary, it's sometimes used by its owners and favored submitters to pass along existing words they found interesting -- for whatever reason. And, since they own the site, they also use it as a pseudo-blog -- or something. Ordinarily, we'd (the editorial we: Betsy, Lillith, Machiavellean, and me, HD.) delete an entry such as yours from the input queue and it would never see the light of day. We'd take it to be less a new word than an expression of your opinion. Bear in mind, too, that you run the risk of annoying Buzzsaw Lillith if you express an an opinion that raises her ire. It's difficult in the extreme to come out ahead in an argument with Lillith -- even if you were dealing with
    From The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When

    "Never pick a FIGHT with anyone who buys ink by the barrel." Some-times including "and newsprint by the ton," this piece of advice usually gets passed around without an attribution ("As they say," "In the old adage," etc.). When credit is given to anyone at all, it most often goes to Mark Twain, sometimes to Ben Franklin, or Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, H. L. Mencken, Will Rogers, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, New York mayor Jimmy Walker, University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, or Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. William Greener, a press aide to President Gerald Ford and other political and corporate figures in the 1970s-1980s, called the admonition "Greener's Law." According to Barbara P. Semonche, director of the Park Library at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication, no one has ever determined the origins of this commonly cited quotation. "Ink by the barrel" was a phrase often used in the late nineteenth century.

    Verdict: Author undetermined.

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    pooripheral vision - The seeming lack of ability to notice someone trying to get around you.

    e.g., "Though the store was not what you might call crowded the pooripheral vision of some of the customers made the shopping experience less than pleasant!"

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    prozactive - The state of mind brought about by not caring if you achieve anything you set out to do on any given day. {Duplicate.}

    e.g., "He knew he was going to have to be Prozactive about his to do list if he was going to enjoy his night on the town!"

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    occurance - Occurrence: something that hapens; an event that hapens. Of the mispelings of occurrence, the most comon is occurence -- failing to double the leter r.

    My guess is that the mispeling does not ocur often enough for it to become an alternate corect speling.

    e.g., "These poems are full of humor, introspection, and managing to find inspiration in the smallest of things and occurances."

    submitted by Miss Speller

    miraboize - (v.) (MEER-uh-boh-eyes) To take unauthorized possession or make technically illicit use of property that would otherwise likely be permanently ignored or thrown away by its original owner, especially if such property has already been unused for some time.

    Noun form: miraboization. Adjectival form: miraboized (attributive).

    Etymology: From the character Miror B. (original Japanese name: Mirabo) in the 2005 video game "Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness," about whom I have written fan fiction in the past. Though this fiction technically constituted a breach of intellectual property rights, the character was never revisited officially and the game is of course now making virtually no further money; to the rights holders, this character is thus almost certainly a permanent throwaway.

    e.g., As the only person in town whose favourite food was Brussels sprouts, Jonathan felt no qualms about miraboizing the company's vegetable platter three days after the big meeting.

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    surelockhomos - Someone with a very high degree of gaydar -- you can feel it in the seat of your pants, maybe everywhere.

    e.g., We call him Detective Surelockhomos for he can finger a 'member of the 'gay'community' quick as a twink, or whatever .. [ this entry should be 'OK' as the 'author' is a boner fide but nonpracticing case in hand .. ] ..

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    rickety-swag - (adj.) 1. marvelous, super-cool, magnificent, or (in the language of my youth) righteous; 2. the opposite of trondaleuse (q.v.), which evidently means "sad, pathetic, miserable." [A mixture of "swaggy," a new slang term (I'm told) meaning "cool" + "rickety," Robert Heinlein's coinage for "cool" in his novel "Time for the Stars"---a bizarre combination, but my 14-year-old daughter likes it. "Rickety-swag" is thus as far beyond "swaggy" as "cool" is beyond "okay."]

    e.g., I liked the 2005 Fantastic four; I don't think I like the 2015 one. In modern teenspeak, one might say that, while I think the earlier film was rickety-swag, I'm afraid the 2015 movie was kinda trondaleuse. Still, I might change my mind.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    trondaleuse - (TRAHN-dah-looz, rhymes with "ON the news"; adj.) 1. sad, disappointing, uncool; 2. the opposite of rickety-swag (q.v.), which apparently means "super cool plus." [Coined by my 14-year-old daughter.]

    e.g., "You have a paper due tomorrow?"
    "Yeah, and I haven't done any of it. What am I gonna do?"
    "Whoa! That is so trondaleuse."

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    lack 'o wanna - Alternatively, lackowanna. No desire or inclination to do something or other, at all.

    e.g., Even though I put all my cards on the table, Miss Penellope Goodenough exhibited complete lackowanna to my generous proposals.

    submitted by P I Edic - (www)

    candlebar - (n.) 1. Bicycle handlebars used as a two-candle candelabra; 2. by extension, the (successful) reuse or recycling of any discards and the odd cast offs (especially when done in a classy way).

    [Coined, in this sense (there are several senses, apparently), by Michelle Luker with her "candlebar" on Pinterest. This led me into the second sense as I pondered the expansion of its use linguistically.]

    e.g., "What's that on the table? Is that...? What is that? A centerpiece? That's so cool."
    "It's a candlebar. It's made out of classic fifteen-speed Olympic bike handlebars."
    "How many? Is that, like five or six?"
    "Yeah: six, but it's a kind of chandelier. So that's like, a chandelbar?"
    "Okay, that might be a bit weird."


    "He's using the back halves of a bunch of '57 Chevys as garden seating?"
    "Yeah: it's a 50s themed garden party. Take a look at the big screen: it's like a drive in theater."
    "With waitresses on roller-skates?"
    "Yeah. This is real candlebar thinking."

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    equi regis - (ECK-wee RAY-gees (hard 'g'), if you speak Latin, REE-jiss, if you don't; n.) 1. An irretrievably bad situation; (adj.) 2. irreparable, 3. hopelessly gnarled or shattered; (adv.) 4. in a manner reminiscent of hopeless irreparability.

    [Short for 'omnes equi regis et omnes milites regis' "all the king's horses and all the king's men," who, like everyone else, cannot repair broken eggs, nor put back spilled yolks. Also 'omnes equi militesque regis' "all the horses and men of the king."]

    e.g., "How bad was the quake?"
    "10 point 0."
    "Holy crap."
    "Yeah. Thirteen Billion in damages."
    "Billion. Yeah. Fires everywhere, burning what didn't already fall down."
    "How many ---?"
    "Fourteen thousand, so far."
    "How do we ...?"
    "Fix it? I'm not certain we can."
    "Equi regis."
    "With fries."

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    maggotoni - Ole fashion treatment for festering wound: Place live hungry maggots on a wound, they will consume dead flesh and clean up wound .. [neat, eh wot] .. !!

    {ED. Additional information provided by submitter Scott M. Ellsworth:

    Only certain maggots are beneficial on wounds. Most will eat the good flesh with the bad. Current "biotherapy" (called so to keep everyone's lunches down) uses Phaenicia sericata (the Green Blowfly), carefully bred for the purpose. It's fascinating stuff.}

    e.g., A treat for your maggots And that certain hurting body part, everybody benefits !! Maggotoni does the trick ... mutual interactive cooperative effort, no sweat.

    submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

    derrierre ogate - A deconstruction of the word, "derogate" -- to disparage or belittle by exposing one's buttocks.

    e.g., A neighbor drives past with a haughty sneer
    When she sees me lounging in my yard with a cigar and a beer
    Her superior attitude I really hate
    The "end" result -- I must derriere ogate.
    So when she goes by, tomorrow or sooner,
    I'll bend over, drop my pants, and "moon" 'er!

    submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

    expecially - Especially. I make the ytpo so often, it's time for me to make it a word. Well, a pseudo-word at least.

    e.g., I expecially appreciate all the support you gave me during the low points of 2009. There were far too many of them -- and you helped me a great deal in getting past them.


    Miss Samantha Speller

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    commonwealth accent - Americans aren't very well tuned to the distinction accents from the former British Empire, making the term useful in avoiding being embarrassed.

    Used it for the first time this morning at store where my computer was being repaired.

    e.g., "I spoke with a woman earlier who had a Commonwealth accent." "We're originally from Zimbabwe."

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    ailimentary canal - How your alimentary canal should be referred to when you're talking about someone who's a pain in the ass.

    e.g., It's truly a pain in the nether orifice of my ailimentary canal to try to deal with idiots such as TotallyRandomName.

    To lie is to say something you know to be untrue. Ergo, obfuscating and lying are not the same thing. Not even synonyms. As a matter of fact, not really even close to being synonyms.

    Obfuscations and falsehoods are not the same thing -- and even a falsehood isn't necessarily a lie. It's a lie only if the one making the statement knows that what she's saying isn't true.

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    apolology - An insincere apology, one where the "apolologizer" is laughing out loud to herself as she apolologizes. Yes, lol's to herself. Don't hold your breath waiting for me to use the construct again. From a ytpo.

    e.g., "If you didn't get /that/ message, then you probably didn't get the one where I apolologized for the automatic reply sent by"

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    lobbyism - (n.) 1. The practice of lobbying; 2. the belief that lobbying (ie, educating or influencing legislators (legally or illegally)) is an unavoidable (if sometimes undesirable) element of democratic government; 3. pejorative: lobbying perceived as a 'corporate legislature,' in which only wealthy companies or interests have any representation, their opponents having no say because they have no money to afford a lobbyist.

    [Apparently a "real" word, but limited (in those dictionaries which record it at all) to definition 1, above.]

    e.g., I can see that legislators and other governing persons might need people to educate them about particular issues, since no one has enough time to learn all about them through personal experience, but lobbyism worries me, since only the wealthy---companies, practitioners, and interested parties---have the wherewithal in money, time, or experience to hire lobbyists. You don't often hear about lobbyists seeking to_lower_the cost of pharmaceuticals.

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    gissipeuse - A gossip columnist.

    e.g., "Her audience included ... New York Post famed gossipeuse Cindy Adams, and Derek Hough."

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    idt - I don't think. {ED. Three words that you're extremely unlikely to ever hear me use in that order. (Almost wrote "juxtaposed that way," which is what I thought of first.)}

    e.g., Idt that I'm going to buy a new keyboard.

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    shmuggle - A shmuggle is a cross between a hug, a smoosh, and a snuggle.

    e.g., She gave me a big shmuggle when we met after so long apart.

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    avetrol - (Like "have a troll," without the initial "h"; n.) A bastard. [Apparently an old, rather grandiose term for one born illegitimately, both literally as well as figuratively (i.e., as an insult).] Adjective: avetrolic; adverb: avetroly.

    e.g., Ernie was supposed to accept the deed and then sign it back over to Ed and Emily in a joint tenancy. But once the deed was signed over, Ernie decided to keep it. It took over a year to get it back. Ernie: what an avetrol. Both Leonardo da Vinci and Confucius were avetrols: we don't know who their fathers were.

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    retributionable - (adj.) Calling for or worthy of retribution or reprisal.

    e.g., This term was coined by the writers of the kids TV show "Young Justice" (season 1, episode 14 'Revelation') wherein the Joker (Batman's infamous enemy), realizing his plans have been frustrated by a bunch of children (the sidekicks), labels his loss "inconceivable! unacceptable! retributionable!" and then proceeds to note in an aside that "that last one might not be a word." He is mistaken, of course: the term is made up of already accepted morphemes in an acceptable pattern, and everyone who hears it understands what it means. That's all that's required for something to be a word.

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    sophiliquent - Wise, eloquent, psychedelic, chill, and cool all at the same time.

    e.g., When you're high on drugs, you may think you're sophiliquent -- until you realize you're wearing adult diapers because you can't control your bladder. {ED. Why do you think Teen makes the commercials with the woman singing happily at the top of her lungs as she's driving her car? They want to make you think driving around in a wet diaper is a lot of fun. Guess what -- it isn't.}

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    apaythetic - Dissatisfied with what you're being paid.

    e.g., I cnn understand firing her for being apathetic, but it doesn't seem right to fire her for being apaythetic. Never heard her a make a big issue of it.

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    twenty-four-seven - Twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.

    e.g., Anyone who says she works twenty-four-seven is speaking hyperbolically, not literally. | Dottie may be on call twenty-four-seven, but she's not actually working all the time.

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    then - Than. I see then used on the Internet when the word should be than. Until I made a ytpo a couple of minutes ago, I thought it happened because the writer didn't know the word to use. Now I've decided most of the occurrences may be due to keying errors.

    e.g., Better then Democrat Underground, DailyKos, HuffPo, Media Matters, MoveOn....

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    shebang - According to Dr. Goodword, this has another meaning than the one we're familiar with: "A drinking establishment for the poor; a tavernous shanty"

    e.g., As far as I know, Jim no longer wastes "time in the shebangs by the river night after night."

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    bax - The back of the dvd box that gives the synopsis, cast of characters, and other specifics related to the film.

    e.g., We weren't sure which movie we wanted to take out of the library, so we read the bax of each, and decided "Room" was the one for us.

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    penny-scanning - When you're desperately broke and have no money at all until payday, penny-scanning under the couch cushions, car seats, in drawers and pockets of old clothes, is what you have to do.

    e.g., Penny-scanning turned up $37.53 and I had enough to buy beans and milk for the family until Friday.

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    eisegy - (ICE-uh-jee; n.) One's personal interpretation of something---a work of art, a piece of literature, or a beautiful vista, vel cet.---as opposed to an analysis of the artist's, writer's, or God's intent in the presentation.

    [A shortening and reapplication of "eisegesis," which means interpretation (usually of scripture) expressing primarily one's own notions and biases.]

    e.g., True and full interpretation of art or literature or a great view of the mountains consists of two emphases: The first, with which we are all familiar, is an analysis of what the creator of the work put in it---that is, what that creator intended the work to mean. And everyone wonders, during that analysis, whether the author or writer (or God) really put certain interpretations in the work. But the more interesting, second emphasis is the eisegy: What did (or does) the work bring out of the viewer or reader? What does the work do to US who are looking? How does the work mesh with our own experience? Why? It's actually a lot more interesting in some ways than studying what the maker made, to see what the maker's creation makes of us who experience it.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    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

    [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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    weisenheim - As you might expect, the verb form ofweisenheimer: "an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolentcomments." Takes me back to my salad days, palling around with my friend Albert. Albert was without a doubt the class weisenheimer. If this weren't a site that claims to be 99.44% family friendly, I'd use as an example Albert's fallback saying any time he got annoyed with anyone. Oh, hell, I'm gonna use it any way -- as a sort of tribute to Albert.

    Ran across the word in the form weisenheiming when I was looking for adjectives suitable for describing Democrat Underground'sScalia haiku thread.My starting point was crass. I would never have thought of turning weisenheimer into a verb on my own.

    Just recently several other people joined me in arguing with one KlugerRD. Kluger maintained that Donald Trump couldn't use schlonged as a way to refer to Hillary Clinton's defeat by obama in 2008. No matter what anyone else said, he stuck to his guns. I finally got to the point that I said this this:

    "I may not get H.W. Fowler's quote quite right, but it goes something like this: 'It is an ancient and valuable right of the English-speaking peoples to turn their nouns into verbs when they are so minded.'

    If you'd remove your head from the nether orifice of your alimentary canal, you might notice, for instance, that Turner Classic Movies has turned the word movie into a verb with its invitation: 'Let's movie.'

    Kludge, you're full of crap."
    I'm seldom pushed to the point where I'll write something like that. Kluger immediately started telling me how he was going to get my Disqus account closed. Turns out he does that sort of thing all the time, when anyone disagrees with him. What was particularly funny to me was that he kept calling other posters "Trumpkins," insisting out of the blue that anyone who disagreed with him about the word use was a Trump supporter -- using the made-up word Trumpkin, for Christ's sake.

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    Easing into the example.…

    e.g., "Dammit," Albert weisenheimed, after I cut him off on the way to the basket,"You suck chicken dicks."

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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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