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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

e.g., A porn cone is an angle

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

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

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

e.g., e.g., "Can you read the glyphs, Professor?" "Let me see ... pawer khom pany, 'light of' Tut Hotep Patra "Pharaoh's (um) wife (uh) sedjemenef 'comes forth in glory' daranti ha chachacha shanaz 'golden age of com ... (uh) the common man' um ... this next part's a bit odd ... aryu Bast beran tu aas 'conqueror of your outposts' ... something ... tri set ujes: mo, khururi jo, shemep, rarri 'the gods of laughter' ... the rest, I'm afraid is illegible." "You can't read Egyptian to save your soul, can you?" "Nope. Not a clue." "Hey, points for your blathermastery, though." Here are the words of a true blathermaster: "Leads meat cardinal fifteen no interest them didn't poster demand he change corey home non here Frank, return with to over the world didn't actually you directorate and that stupid wild billall. Of ninety chain obliged dishes dissent season Italy dissent Jerry dot dead space your midterm election crass credential pig-o-vitz solutions, brought up by helmets by down the ex-girlfriends and ruddy congress mainline really holly plunge-keeping distance above argue the with."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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extent -

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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