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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."

    submitted by HD Fowler

    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.’”

    submitted by HD Fowler

    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.

    submitted by beelzebug

    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.

    submitted by Pinocchiobama

    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 ..

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    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.

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    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."}

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    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, "Pattée 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?"

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    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.

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    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.

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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.

    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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