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universpity - A pitiful situation due to being a student at university.

e.g., Sorry, I can't meet you on Friday I have too many uni tasks to submit. Oh, what a universpity.

submitted by Héctor Samadi

scilis et munera - (SKILL-ees et moo-NER-a (or, in less classical Latin, SEE-lees); n.) Latin for "cake and gifts"; also used as an interjection to mean "hey, let's celebrate!" or (sarcastically) "hooray."

e.g., "It's your birthday?! Well, scilis et munera!" || "You bought a what? An '82 Yugo? Why?" "I've always wanted one: the mystery, the romance." "The romance? well, um, scilis et munera."

submitted by scott ellsworth

dayan ha’emet - (die-ON HA-em-ET; n.) Hebrew: "The True Judge" or "Judge of Truth." One of the titles of God, used here to mean "well, believe what you like, but ultimately, God will decide which of us has it right." It's a phrase used (carefully, so as not to inadvertently violate Commandment three) to mean you are giving up on an argument, but not conceding the point at issue. [This phrase comes from the Hebrew blessing recited by mourners at funerals: "Barukh atah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha’olam dayan ha’emet" ('blessed art thou, Lord God, King of the Universe, the True Judge').]

e.g., Some people think it would be foolish, even dangerous to admit Puerto Rico as a state to the United States; others argue, vociferously, that it is not a good idea, but imperative. I say dayan ha'emet, however: let the people do as they will, and leave the results in the hands of God.

submitted by scott ellsworth

zikrun - (zick-ROON; n.) The things worth fighting (and dying) to defend. (From the Hebrew_zikrun_"memory.") [This word comes from a story in the Book of Mormon, about a general facing a tyrant turncoat who seeks to overthrow his former nation. The general, a man named Moroni, tears his coat (an ancient Hebrew custom betokening grief or calamity) and writes on it a list of the things he has sworn to God to protect: "In memory of our God, our religion, and freedom, our peace, our wives, and our children." He then fastens the torn coat to a pole and uses it as a banner in the inevitable war. One rabbi translated the passage "Zikru(n) et Eloheynu v'et toratnu v'et hufshatnu v'et shlomenu v'et nasheynu v'et vaneynu." The Hebrew verb Zikru is the masculine plural imperative "remember!"]

e.g., The zikrun---God, freedom of religion, peace, and family---are what give our lives meaning. It is worth fighting and dying to protect. This is what the greatest generation fought for in WWII, and what, sadly, many Americans today have forgotten or even abandoned.

submitted by scott ellsworth

gillion - A number larger than a zillion.

e.g., The chances that you and I will get married are a gillion to one.

submitted by EP

bizarrotheclown - bizarrotheclown

e.g., bizarrotheclown

submitted by bizarrotheclown

landing gear - (n.) A drumstick; that is, the leg of a bird prepared as part of a meal. [From a story my father told me long ago about standing in the chow line during his time in Korea. One of the other soldiers, a fellow from Brooklyn or Flatbush, asked the cook, "and gimme two of dem landin' gears."]

e.g., My favorite Thanksgiving Day treat was a turkey landing gear with stuffing and mashed potatoes and green beans. Good stuff.

submitted by scott ellsworth

bellatrix - (BELL-a-trix; n.) 1. Technically, Gamma Orionis, the third brightest star in the constellation of Orion (Betelgeuse is one shoulder; Bellatrix is the other); 2. Here, however, it is a term of contempt, disparaging the (far too common) failure of many science fiction writers to properly research their subject matter. A writer who has committed a 'Bellatrix' has failed to verify their data. [From "Relativity," the 24th episode of the 5th season of _Star Trek: Voyager_, in which Captain Janeway calls the star "Gamma Orionis, or Bellatrix, if you prefer the original Arabic name." But "Bellatrix" is not Arabic; it is Latin. The original Arabic name of the star is "al Najid," which means "the Conqueror" (it was later called "the Amazon," and thus given the Latin name "Bellatrix," which means "the Warrior Woman" (the masculine would be "Bellator")). Having the captain of a starship make such a glaring error was jarring, to say the least, right up there with Han Solo using "parsec" as a unit of time or having all the engineers on _Aliens_ believing that shooting a fusion reactor would cause a nuclear explosion---it just goes to show that Hollywood's science fiction writers (and the actors they write for) often know little or nothing about their subject matter.]

e.g., Old movies about dinosaurs often used common lizards as stand ins. I recall a particularly egregious example from the 50s or 60s in which a supposed expert referred to a badly made-up chameleon as a "tyrannosaurus." Except perhaps for a fluffy bunny or a bumble bee, however, a creature less like a t-rex cannot be imagined. That's a serious Bellatrix. || But perhaps the worst Bellatrix I've seen in recent years occurs in _Red Planet_, which has an expert biologist identify a Martian insect as a "nematode" (which is a phylum of worms) and lists the bases of DNA by the letters A, G, T, and P (They're actually A, G, T, and C). Such mistakes make it really difficult to suspend disbelief.

submitted by scott ellsworth

nephylicious - (adj.): The undefinable quality of being valued and appreciated due to a desirable level of quirkiness.

e.g., We all agreed the animated series was nephylicious, but we couldn't agree on why.

submitted by Andrew Pschirrer - (www)

dazyriffic - (adj.): to increase in quality and refinement over time.

e.g., Like a fine wine, the young congresswoman proved to be dazyriffic.

submitted by Andrew Pschirrer - (www)

duplicate - Would it be possible to remove my name from this word? I'm trying to clean up my online presence if potential employers google me. Thanks!

e.g., It’s been about three years since I’ve been able to do this sort of thing, but now it’s finally done. Only your given name appeared online, so I doubt that any prospective employer would have made the connection. You have two other words in our lexicon, Do you want your name removed from those entries as well? If you’ve forgotten what they are, go to the /search/ page, enter your nams, put a check mark in the /search submitter’s/ box and Bob’s yer Uncle. Lillith.

submitted by Anonymous

caint - Shortened of /cannot/. Spelling is a combined from from /can't/ and /ain't/, absent the apostrophe.

e.g., "i am so dipressed I caint even write in here and make sense, I lost my job at license beureu and my favorite fish and am still gainning weight by leaps and bounds. Something has to get better. My hubby has no work soon we will be broke yet again. NO flowers,again this spring no nothing if things dont get better. I am so sick of things going in the same damn circle over and over again!!!"

submitted by Frank Abbandando - (www)

memerizing - Memorizing. Alternative spelling: momerizing.

e.g., "I received an etude from a band instructor today because I did so well on momerizing the music we played that he 'wanted to give me a challenge.' I figured 'why not just look up some Tuba solos to see where I could be if I practice?...' After seeing this video, I effng quit.

submitted by Wrecker Jones - (www)

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