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aj - Advocacy journalist.

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

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crap writing - Truly bad writing from a mechanics standpoint.

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

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hate on - (v) Hate. The verb hate followed by the unnecessary preposition on.

e.g., Don't hate on 50 Cent.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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accenchuate - Accentuate. Simpler Spelling Word of the Day for

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

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

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

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

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

Here's part of the Wikipedia entry.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Ya got to spread joy up to the maximum)

(Bring gloom down to the minimum)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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inventocreativiplasm - The juices that flow thru an artist's mind.

e.g., Every time I hang out with other weirdos, explosive quantities of inventocreativiplasm begin to back-build.

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

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

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

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

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nearture - The element of closeness in intimate human relationships.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ailimetary canal - Alimetary canal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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ursulus - (ER-suh-lus (rhymes with FUR-the-bus), aka the "Baby Bear Zone"; n.) The "habitable zone" around a star; that is, an area far enough from a star for a planet to have liquid water and a gaseous atmosphere, but not so far out that the water freezes and the gases solidify---the ideal zone (i.e., "just right") for the presence of life. (Often called the "Goldilocks Zone.")  
 
[From Ursus, Latin for "Bear" + suffix -ulus "small."]  
 
The term is taken from the tale of Goldilocks and the Three Bears, in which Goldilocks, a self-serving interloper, surreptitiously enters the bears' house, unlawfully samples the bears' food and furnishings, finding only Baby Bear's "just right." In so doing, Goldilocks destroys Baby Bear's chair and devours Baby Bear's porridge, topping off her delinquent escapade by falling asleep in Baby Bear's bed. It is to be noted that the "just right-ness" is Baby Bear's, not Goldilocks's. Why should we employ such a bad example as a label for a potentially living planet? I prefer to call the life-zone the "Baby Bear zone."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Deal."

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

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

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

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

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hotellionaire - (ho-TELL-yuhn-air; n.) 1. An owner of many hotels; 2. someone with a great travel agent, who has access to many high-class hotels when making travel plans, especially if the someone can get inexpensive rates.  
 
[From "hotel" + "lionaire," the possessive suffix attached to large amounts of money, as "millionaire," "billionaire," etc., coined in an Wyndam Hotels advertisement, by a wizard.]

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

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dietrologia - "The science of what's behind it all." Found at the linked page, with its meaning not at all clear in the context in which it was used. |  
 
"Speaking with a veteran foreign correspondent last week I learned an Italian term I hadn't known: dietrologia. The idea is that many Italians believe that the surface or official explanation for something can rarely be the real one. There's always something behind, or dietro, that surface. It's a great word."  
 
"Dietrologo. It is he (it usually is a he) who regularly sees something behind events as they are presented." Also defined as "behindology" -- as in, the science of learning what's behind something.

e.g., "When is a big word too big?  
 
"This is certainly a question worth addressing, and in fact is one that I tackle on a regular basis.  
 
"I didn't respond to your original post as I too fell victim to dietrologia -- we have some history here which causes us to be paranoid regarding people's motives."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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cunfuctuat - Difficult, tempestuous and belligerant individual.

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

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swot - "An insignificant student who is ridiculed as being affected or studying excessively." | "Today's word is for all speakers aside from those who use British English; this is a well-known member of British slang. It is sometimes spelled swat, and may be used to refer to a person who studies hard all the time. The person may be called a swotter, too. This word may also be used as a regular verb: swot, swots, swotting, and swotted 'to study hard,' which often occurs with the particle up: 'to swot up Shakespeare.'" {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Every time he begged off a night at the pub -- saying he had to study -- his mates teased him for being a swot." | She had a well-deserved reputation for being a swot. | For me to follow what you've written, I'm sure I'd have to swat up undergraduate mathematics.

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

e.g., She forcibly kicked herself.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"Cupertino."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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suspective -

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Pronunciation:sê-sep-tiv Hear it!

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: 1. Sensitive, easily affected by something, susceptible. 2. Open to new ideas or suggestions, receptive.

Notes: We are all familiar with susceptible (remember that the ending is -ible, not -able), but today's word is less often used. The meanings of these two adjectives are similar, but while susceptible refers to weak resistance (susceptible to colds), susceptive refers to an openness, especially to things new. This word has several relatives, though their meanings vary a bit. A susceptor is a sponsor or godfather. Susceptivity is the best noun for this adjective, though susception is possible, too.

In Play: You will find many situations around the office where today's Good Word applies: "Mr. Farthingsworth was very susceptive to my reorganization plan except for the part requiring his resignation." This word applies equally well to labor and management: "I find Will Dolittle found Dave Perkins less than susceptive to hints that he apply himself more diligently to his work."

Word History: Today's Good Word is yet another Latin captive that English has never released. Its Roman name is susceptivus, the adjective from suscipere "to catch, support, sustain." This verb is a touched-up version of the combination sub "below, under" + capere "to take, seize." When the Romans added the suffix -er to sub, they came up with its antonym super "above, over." In fact, Latin created sub from a combination of ex "out (of) + upo "from under," so it originally meant "out from under." The implication of motion upward here probably led to the meaning of super. The Germanic languages didn't fool around with PIE upo this way but merely converted it to German auf "on" and English up.


The word was used as early as 1731, but has been used only sporadically since. Peaks of use since its introduction into English have occurred around 1810, 1907, 1962, and 1984. {Duplicate.}

e.g., As the following examples suggest, it's not easy to find the open-to-new-ideas use of suspective. In several of the examples I found, the word was used almost as if it were a synonym for suggestive -- which, on second though, is something I should have suspected I'd find.

  • Nothing, says he, was now wanting to finish the Scheme, but to bring the Sovereign into the Party, whose easy and too unguarded Nature and Indulgence to the Clergy, made her suspective of Insinuations to her Prejudice; which was the Rock upon which the Nation split. (1731) |
  •  Van Helmont; seems to have been the first who apprehended this, but he having rendered himself suspective on other occasions, his opinion could not make its way ; but the vulgar one still prevailed, except in a sew persons who could see that experience was for him. (1742) |
  •  Honor is not simply truthfulness: it is truthfulness sparkling with the fire of a suspective personality. It is something more than an ornament even to the loftiest. — George H. Calvert. (1933) |
  • One hundred biopsies were performed on 88 cases suspective of schistosomiasis, and eggs were found in 76% of them. (1964) |
  •  Excavations larger than that are suspective to be glaucomatous. Differences between both eyes of the same individual of more than 20% are also suspective for glaucoma. (1977) |
  • It also indicates that the Akas have a suspective attitude towards magic, as they believe that it is somewhere, on some occasion, still being practised secretly.  (1977) | 
  • In my day we used to keep things in their proper suspective. Don't you never read the papers about all them unflocked priests running around?  (1977, referring to Archie Bunker on All in the Family) |
  • States are increasingly uncertain, suspective of the opposite side, and mistrustful of the sincerity of the intentions declared.  (1986)
  • These questions being asked everywhere with the suspective eyes of the millions of people with thirsty throats, on the earth, to day.(1987) |

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

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

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

e.g., The more I think about it, the more I think the Democrats in control in mid-1960s Washington wanted to completely donkeyize the country with the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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shalln't - Meaning you shall not do something.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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facurate - Factually accurate.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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wildebeest - (n.) Someone suffering from obesity, according the seven-year-old son of family friends. The actual origin story, as told by his mother: "We were driving in the car and my husband said, "Babe, we've gotta lose weight. I read somewhere that if one parent is obese, there's a 33% chance of the kids being obese, but if both parents are, it goes up to 50% or 90% or something crazy." I asked him teasingly if he was saying I was obese. Then our son interrupted and said, "He was just saying you're NOT 99% wildebeest!"

e.g., "Well, your BMI is up at about 41%." "What does that mean?" "It means you're obese." "Wildebeest." "What? No. You're obese. You've got too much weight on you for your heart, your lungs, your pancreas .... You're going to go diabetic soon, and you probably already have sleep apnea. If you don't do something about it, and fast, you're going to die young. ... You are, quite literally, dying of obesity. Do you understand?" "I think I prefer 'wildebeest.'"

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neuronics - The study of the brain and the nervous system. This is a more concise synonym of "neuroscience" formed according to the typical model of derivation for names of disciplines (cf. mechanics, electronics, physics, mathematics, linguistics). The term "neuronics" can be used interchangeably with the terms "neuroscience" and "neurobiology." The plural "s" emphasizes the multiplicity of its branches, from molecular neuronics to neuropsychology and neurolinguistics.

e.g., I've spent quite a bit of my time for the last several years on neuronics/

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sympsychosis - a union of two or more people who are psychologically dependent on each other; close and long-term interaction making them emotionally inseparable (cf. symbiosis). adj. sympsychotic – based on sympsychosis {Duplicate.}

e.g., The sympsychosis between spouses can either strengthen or destroy their personalities. Dostoevsky masterfully presented sympsychotic relationships among his characters, such as Myshkin, Nastasya and Rogozhin in "The Idiot."

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

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

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multiversics - Scientific study of the multiverse, the multiplicity of parallel worlds, or alternate universes

e.g., The founder of multiversics was Giordano Bruno in his teaching on plurality of worlds (1584). The pioneer of scientific multiversics was Hugh Everett III (1930 – 1982), an American physicist who proposed the many-worlds interpretation (MWI) of quantum physics.

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ockham's tonsure - (Also "Occam's tonsure"; n.) _Entia_non_sunt_delenda_praeter_necessitatem, Latin for "things should not be deleted without need." The counter to Ockham's razor, which reads entia_non_sunt_multiplicanda_praeter_necessitatem_ "things should not be multiplied without need"---the idea being, of course, that hypotheses ought to remain simple until some evidence calls for additional aspects to be added to the explanation. In modern terms, simpler explanations are more likely than complicated ones. Ockham's tonsure is my way of cautioning against over-enthusiastic simplification: sometimes, the simplest answer doesn't cut it. It's rare, but it happens.

e.g., B: "Look, Arnie's porch is covered in newspapers. His mailbox is stuffed. And his lights all go on at exactly 10 p.m.---I think he's gone somewhere." C: "Actually, he was kidnapped by aliens." B: "Don't be ridiculous: Ockham's razor says the simpler explanation is probably the right one." C: "But don't forget Ockham's tonsure: the simple answer isn't always sufficient." B: "Well, what evidence do you have to justify the addition of aliens and kidnapping to his simply being on vacation or something?" C: "Witness testimony. I was there." B: "What? Somebody actually saw an ALIEN drag Arnie off?!" C: "Yeah. Me. I was there: It was Quiznob of Bizzorg." B: "Quiznob. Bizzorg. Right. Are you nuts?! You don't expect me to believe this nonsense, do you?" C: "But it's true! Don't be overly Ockhamous." D: "Hey, guys, There's a note here on the door: 'I have your friend. If you want him back, bring me 800 dachshunds, 50 rhyming greeting cards, and a bucket of your Earth petroleum. On the 10th of your month July.' It's signed 'Quiznob of Bizzorg.'" B: "Holy crap." C: "Told you." B: "Ockham's tonsure, huh?" D: "What's a Quiznob?" C: "Don't you think we should start buying dachshunds? And greeting cards?"

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able oboe easy queen - (n.) 1. Acronym in military phonetic for "Advanced Ordnance and Equipment," referring to any next-level weaponry or protective armor or other gear; 2. Any TV show that shows, demonstrates, or otherwise lauds some military-scientific breakthrough. [From the words used for A, O, E, and Q in the old Joint-Army-Navy ("JAN") alphabet radio code (promulgated in 1941).]

e.g., The development of radar back in the 30s was a real Able Oboe Easy Queen. So was the invention of wire guided antitank missiles, stealth technology, the vulcan cannon, and attack drones.

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ludomancy - (Rhymes with SUE-no-man-see or too-DOUGH-mun-see; (also spelt (and pronounced) ludimancy; n.) The practice of divining the future by one's victory, defeat, or performance in a game, especially a game of chance. Also applies vicariously to the victory, defeat, or performance of one's chosen (or default) player(s) or team(s). [From ludo, ablative ("out of") singular of Latin ludus "a game" + -mancy, derived from Greek μαντεία manteia "divination"]

e.g., "What is that you're watching?" "Roller derby." "Roller Derby?! I didn't think anyone even knew what that was anymore." "Oh, yeah, big revival back in the---that's GOATING, you imbecile, break up the---...idiot. Goating should be illegal. I'm sorry, what were you saying?" "You're obviously a big fan. Um, is today's game important?" "Well, no, not really: it's the Femmy-Niners against the Clevagettes. Neither team's very good." "So why are you watching?" "This bout will tell me whether I get the Newly account." "What? How?" "Well, if Cleveland wins, I get the account." "How? Is it a bet or something?" "No, it's just the deal I have with the univer---CUTTING THE TRACK?! She did NOT! Who hired that ref? Are you trying to ruin my Newly account chances? You IDIOT!" "Oh, I get it. Ludomancy. I get it. Like when you proposed to Claire because of how far you got in Halo." "Hey, it worked." "No, it didn't. You were 'engaged' for what, ten days?" "Ah, but I was engaged." "Uh-huh. Well, I guess you can't argue with the facts. Good luck to your skaters." "Yeah. Thank---LOW BLOCK! That was a low block, you moron! Are you blind?!"

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othermobile - (n.) Any of the various forms of automobile we have developed over the years that do not run on petroleum (i.e., gasoline or diesel): electrical, hybrid, natural gas --- everything from Fred Flintstone's feet to Mr. Fusion. [From "other" + "automobile"]

e.g., "Whoa, new car?" "No, it's an othermobile." "Oh, yeah, I see. It's all over solar panels. Kinda weird." "Yeah, but I pay only about 12 cents for every hundred miles." "Wow." "Yep: wow." || Oh, and so that nobody goes ballistic, I know that Mr. Fusion only powered Doc Brown's flux capacitor, while the Delorean ran on ordinary gasoline---so the Back-to-the-Future time machine was not, in fact, an othermobile. But "Flintstone feet to Mr. Fusion" had a good ring to them; I couldn't help myself.

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oilbow - (n.) 1. The beautiful shifting colors on the oily surface of a street puddle; sadly, however, the word also applies to 2. the beautiful shifting colors of the slick of an oil spill that's befouled everything for miles, killed thousands of animals, occasioned an ecological disaster, and cost everyone hundreds of millions of dollars. (Sort of gives an ironic twist to the "pot of gold" at the end of the rainbow, doesn't it?)

e.g., 1. As my son loaded furniture into my van in the pouring rain, I became engrossed in the slowly turning oilbow at his feet. | 2. After the Gomex well disaster back in 2010, there were amazing oilbows for miles and miles ... it was horrifying.

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wala3ofee - Wala3ofee is the term used to describe a frequent condition among Lebanese people, characterized by spontaneous and impulsive excitement, unexpected enthusiastic reactions, and "losing oneself's" momentarily.

e.g., When Wassim goes fishing, his Wala3ofee kicks in, and he always ends up jumping after the fish out of impatience.

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cowtow - Kowtow.

e.g., "The media is cowtowing to Islamic attempts to restrict our freedom of speech, which ultimately results in aiding the Islamic efforts to use our freedom of religion against itself."

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pretensident - A pretender to the Presidency of the United States.

e.g., "Pamela Geller deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, but she sure ain't gonna get one from the current pretensident."

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profit - Prophet.

e.g., "We have free speech no matter what your profit of evil and the devil Muhammed says."

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enemedia - The media as an enemy of some group, person, or position -- in particular the liberal media's opposition to conservatives and conservative positions.

e.g., "Pamela supports Muslim women by giving them safe houses to avoid honor killings. She's also a brave advocate for Secular Islam and their courageous St. Petersburg Declaration. But you wouldn't learn any of that from all the ignorant know-nothing enemedia parrots."

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proglodyte - A progressive who is also a troglodyte. "Agnew's conservative posture, and his snide and alliterative phrases attacking the protesters -- 'effete snobs,' 'radiclibs,' 'troglodyte leftists,' and 'nattering nabobs of negativism' produced a plethora of pique."

e.g., "Pamela has done well, by luring the goat humpers to their demise and exposing the proglodytes masquerading as conservatives."

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erradic - Erratic.

e.g., "Here's an entertaining article of Bush's erradic behavior and paranoia from Capitol Blue. Rumor has it (rumor=latest conspiracy theory) that Tenet, Powell, and others were involved in a plot to kill Bush. But things like that don't really happen in our government. ... Tenet resigned 'cause none of his family members that are ill need him and Bush is just paranoid because Osama hasn't been captured after 3 years."

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snogard - A dead dragon.

e.g., "Look, they're selling dead turtles at Kroger's." "Well, we'll be having snogard for dinner this evening. Maybe have the dead turtles later in the week."

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stackle - A stackle is very simple; it's a little line on a basketball. You should know what it is.

e.g., The paint is coming off the stackle. Soon all of the stackles will be gone.

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sluggered up - Used when sinuses are all plugged up.

e.g., I am all sluggered up.

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deja-true - (n.) The feeling you've seen, heard, or done something, or been somewhere before, ... because you have. You just didn't remember it clearly until you re-experienced it.

e.g., I had deja-true when I visited Albany, NY, way back in '96. I got of the commuter plane and walked into the airport, and I suddenly found myself standing in a familiar room. At first, of course, I thought it was deja vu. Then I realized it was really deja-true: I recognized the room because I'd actually been there before. As children, my brother and sister and I had waited there with our mother every week or so, 35 years ago, for my father to come home from his consultations. I felt amazingly detached all of a sudden, and could almost see and hear my little siblings and young mother sitting there. It was like a gift in the middle of a stressful, state-hopping couple of weeks.

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strenergy - Strenergy is a consistent flow of energy which allows the nodes within your mind to develop key specific charges such as positive and negative to their neighboring neurons; before providing an established connection with one another and establishing another network through the process of multiplicity. It's a strategy and energy of a thought combined to what is called a strenergy. Basically, its an energy wave induced by neighboring positives.

e.g., In order for Harry to successfully complete his project he needed to rely on the strenergy of his thoughts to develop a hypnotic focus enabling his mind to become free from distraction.

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maletto - Mulatto: "Offspring of a Black and a White parent."

e.g., "Love the avatar. Self-portrait I assume?" "Nope. I am not a maletto. Your dear leader is."

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fuhrenbunker - (FEW-rin-BUNG-ker; n.) 1. A despot's hidey-hole. 2. A bigwig's growlery (which is a really good word), connoting a bigwig you don't like or who you believe is plotting evil behind closed doors or with his malevolent minions. 3. Enemy headquarters (literal or figurative). 4. a bolt hole or refuge (again, connoting a hefty dose of criminality or atrocity). [From the German "Fuhrenbunker": Hitler's Berlin air-raid shelter/bunker/office complex.]

e.g., When they found Saddam Hussein, he was squatting in a teeny little rat hole: quite a comedown from the opulence he was used to. A miserable excuse for a fuhrenbunker. --------------------------- "The president is being viciously lampooned on al Jazeera." "Well, what a surprise. Last time I watched an al Jazeera broadcast, I was stunned to discover that he's a fascist cannibal who dreams up atrocities in the White House." "Yeah. It's like the SitRoom's a fuhrenbunker or something." --------------------------- "This guy had a nuclear shelter? Why? Does he think it's 1955?" "No, it's more of a hiding place from the Justice Department." "Oh. Let's see." "Let me unlock it here ... there we go." "Holy CRAP! This is not a hiding place; it's a fuhrenbunker!... Is this marble? Is that a fountain? Why didn't he just live in here?" "Oh, well, let me show the actual house." "That bad?" "Worse."

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handy work - Handiwork: 1. Work performed by hand. 2. The product of a person's efforts and actions. | A work produced by hand labor

e.g., "These lowlifes have been rioting since the 60's. Pelosi's daddy and brother were mayors in that declining city and you can see their handy work to this day."

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horse - Hoarse

e.g., "I have been arguing myself horse trying to tell my neighbors and family that the rich and their enforcers are the enemy, not the black community."

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chyorny monakh - (Rhymes with she-OR-he go-LOCK; also pronounced "CHORneemonak"; n.) A quasi-supernatural character (actually the result of a hallucination, a delusion, or an impersonation (or whatever)) introduced into an otherwise realistic story as an expository mechanism or plot element necessary to the theme of the story. [From Anton Chekhov's short story, "Chyorny Monakh" (in the original Russian "Чёрный монах," which means "Black Monk"), in which the main character, Andrey Kovrin, hallucinates a black-robed monk who leads him to believe himself chosen by God for his genius.]

e.g., In some ways, Rappaccini's daughter (from Nathanael Hawthorne's story of the same name), is a Chyorny Monakh, as the science explaining her is fairly impossible and her role is an almost archetypal one, much like the birthmark in his other story, "the Birthmark." | The imaginary people in "A Beautiful Mind"---hallucinated by John Forbes Nash, Jr.---are all Chyorny Monakhs (properly, in Russian, it would pluralize as "Monakhi") (even though Nash actually heard voices; he didn't see hallucinations). I suppose you could call Chyorny Monakhs "Benedictines," since the Order of St. Benedict uses a black habit, like that of Chekhov's monk. But, then again, Chekhov's monk would have to be of an order extant in the Russian Orthodox Church: The analavos worn by the monks of the Great Schema (the highest order). So maybe we should call them "schemas" or, more properly "schemata" (σχήματα, the actual Greek plural).

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cease - Sieze.

e.g., "Type of ship is cargo (container). Flag is Marshall islands. The rest they have not made public and probably won't. Probably will cease the millions of dollars in cargo, then release the ship. And yes, that is the same govt. we are allowing to continue developing the bomb."

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blackmale - Alternative spelling of "blackmail" -- suitable for use when a city is being ravaged by riots involving mostly black males.

e.g., "Baltimore has been 'blackmaled."

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bulamutumumo - (Pronounced BOO-lah-MOO-too-MOO-moe, n.) 1. Tarzan's pronunciation of the written word "G-o-d," meaning (literally) male-G, female-o, female-d; 2. Any unlearned, innocent perception of God or of the divine; or, more sublimely, 3. the perception of what we call the "conscience," "charity," or "pity": The human desire to be humane. [From Burroughs' "Jungle Tales of Tarzan," published in 1919.]

e.g., Edgar Rice Burroughs reasoned that Tarzan would call capital letters "he," because they were bigger, and the smaller letters "she" because they were smaller. In the language of the Anthropoids who raised Tarzan (in which "tar" means "white" and "zan" means "skin"), "male" ("he") was "BU" and "female" ("she") was "MU." Tarzan called the letter 'g' "la," the letter 'o' "tu," and the letter 'd' "mo." A capital 'G' is a "male g": Bu+la. A lower-case 'o' is a "female o": mu+tu. And a lower-case 'd' is a "female d": mu+mo. So, G-o-d = Bula+mutu+mumo. In Burroughs' short story "the God of Tarzan," Tarzan goes looking for God so as to challenge him and prove to all the apes that Tarzan is the strongest warrior in the jungle. He talks about his quest to challenge God so much that he annoys an older ape who is trying to eat termites in peace. The old ape, trying to shut Tarzan up, finally tells Tarzan to be quiet, adding something like "I am Bulamutumumo! Now be quiet." He quickly takes it back, however, when Tarzan nearly beats him to death, thinking the old ape actually IS God and trying to prove himself ther stronger. Later, Tarzan attacks a local village of humans, thinking to beat up its chieftain, a venerable old man named Mbonga. But when he is about to beat him, he sees, instead of his enemy, a terrified old man. He relents out of pity---an emotion he has never felt before---and returns to the jungle astonished that there is something that can make him feel sorrow and pity, and stop him from attacking, despite his great prowess as a warrior. Stunned, he realizes that whatever it is that turned him back is someone much stronger than Tarzan, indeed, much stronger than anything Tarzan has ever experienced. He realizes that whatever it is must be Bulamutumumo, and he humbles himself before his new Deity.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

e.g., A porn cone is an angle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

e.g., "Why would anyone blame [Ben Affleck] for his ancestors’ [owning slaves]. This country is full of great people, many of whom are decendents of less-than-perfect individuals. If anything it’s an indicator of the growth of humankind." What Ben Affleck should be embarrassed about are his efforts to keep his slave-owning ancestors’ names out of the series. You’re getting what you deserve for your efforts, Ben -- more awareness about your slavery roots than would otherwise have been the case. It’s not what happened in a bygone era that’s your problem, it’s 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.

e.g.,

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. There’s no film extent of me prowling around Stonehenge in the middle of the night wearing a white cloak and carrying a candle, singing 'Moonlight Becomes You.' All of that prologue — all of which, by the way, is totally true — was to get the reader to know, and hopefully to trust, the witness."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

e.g.,

LEXI-KLEPTS


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. Encyclopedia.co.uk 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" | Definition.com: "someone who fights for the underdog." | Dictionary.com: "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." | Wordinfo.info: "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 lose.top 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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siuloidi - (Rhymes with shoe-SEED-uh or shoe-luh-EED-uh (or shoe-LLOYD-ee, if you don't care); pl.n.) 1. Any statement about oneself made to secure the interest of potential dates; 2. Any such statement uttered in a get-to-know-you context of any sort. [Literally, "walks" in Irish Gaelic, short for siúlóidí fada ar an trá, which means "long walks on the beach," the stereotypical compatibility statement for dating resumes or videos or whatever.]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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dido - Ditto.

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

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

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

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

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

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youse - Plural of "you."

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

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tooken - Taken. {Duplicate.}

e.g., I've tooken my baby boy in for charity care.

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hormy - Emotionally hormonal.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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selfsie - Any selfie that contains more than one person.

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

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beckel, to - "What’s the one thing you never want old men talking about? Anything remotely related to the naughty bits. Well, you can thank Fox News’ Bob Beckel for just… I don’t even know how to explain it other than just a classic Beckel. (Sidenote: I don’t know if this is a thing at Fox already, but 'Beckel' really should be a term people use at the network when describing cringeworthy/hilariously wince-inducing moments.) "The Five talked about the weird new Joe Boxer Christmas ad from Kmart, and Brian Kilmeade admitted to being a boxer man. Eric Bolling tried to move on, but Kimberly Guilfoyle and Dana Perino teased Beckel about his undergarment of choice. "Beckel’s answer? 'Nothing.' "Needless to say, this drove everyone on-set into madness, and Guilfoyle VERY SLOWLY MOVED AWAY from her commando-going compatriot."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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literally - Figuratively.

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

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shmouse - A flattened or smashed mouse.

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

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

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

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

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

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

e.g.,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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invulgarating - An action which or a person who makes you want to actually become vulgar or to use vulgar language.

e.g., I found Judy's attitude and behavior at the cast party to be quite invulgarating.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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is when - Occurs when. "Is when" often appears in submittals, either in the description or example. Given that I'm a prescriptivist fuddy duddy who thinks we're generally going to hell in a handbasket -- even worse in that regard than HillsDale -- I make an effort to change all such occurrences in submittals to something else. That may seem like a strange thing to do for a site that exists primarily as a way to publicize folks' made-up words and phrases, but our interest in change is largely limited to new words, not new "rules" of grammar -- or throwing away useful old "rules."

  
  

e.g., "Clicktivism is when political or social activists use online communication, largely social media such as Twitter, Facebook etc, to galvanize protests."

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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fabrication - Collective noun: a fabrication of journalists.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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cahonies - Cojones -- balls, guts, fortitude.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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influkes - Influx.

e.g., I wonder if she will march in protest for the jobs the Black people lose to the in flukes of Mexican migration..!

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ineptendent - What a politician unaligned with any political party tends to be. Especially appropriate with the two alleged independents currently in the US Senate. The example was found in a comment thread, correcting a commenter who said seven Democrats in the Senate would have to join the Republicans in order to convict the President on an impeachment advanced by the House of Representatives.

e.g., "The count of Dims and ineptendents caucusing with Dims in the Senate stands at forty-six. A minimum of thirteen of them would have to join Republicans to convict obama after the House voted to impeach. A two-thirds majority of the Senate is required to convict and remove a President from office. Say, all fifty-four Republicans in the Senate along with thirteen or more crossovers."

submitted by [Mr. Independent]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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tireditis - Something like exhaustation, just not as extreme.

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

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ominator/ominatrix - One who hovers ominously over others.

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

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

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

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hypocracy - Political regime based on systematic lies and propaganda. Hypocrisy is a moral quality, while hypocracy is a political system. |

Government by hypocrites, especially a government run by leftistist elitists. (To accommodate a common misspelling of "hypocrisy.") | The ultimate form of government.

Here's an example of misuse: Dukehoopsfan: "The hypocracy of the left knows no bounds. These limousine liberals want to run our lives while they live in their double standard universe."

e.g., Nazi Germany and communist Russia are historical examples of powerful hypocracies. | (From an example later on in the input queue -- Mr. Epstein and one not-so-humble editor apparently having come close to synchronizing on this common misspelling for "hyprocisy.") "Can any one citizen get over the hypocracy of this President putting illegals before his own country's citizens?"

Nothing unusual as far as I'm concerned. Hypocracy is more or less the standard form of government at local, county, state, and federal levels. || Once the EU Constitution is passed, will Europe be well on its way to a Federal European States and the world's first official hypocracy? | How long will it be before the hypocracy of a world government is formed?

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dingleblossom - A flower which produces dingleberries.

e.g., You must have quite a few dingleblossoms in your pants -- I can smell the fruit.

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molottabetta - Improved in general in any way, esp. applies to substantial improvements.

e.g., "OOOOOOOOoooooohhh, HONEY! Them new biscuits is molottabetta!

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retinal fleckage - Any ailment suffered by a variety of tradesmen wherein one thing or another in their line of work damages (at least temporarily) the orb(s).

e.g., I was spraying some fine lacquer the other day and got that numb feeling in my frontal lobe because I should have been wearing a mask as, all of a sudden, I came to the inside corner of a cabinet while my mind was in another world and the delightfully sweet fumes coursed right back into my face from the back of said cabinet in a forceful back-spray with, at first the startling shock of retinal fleckage to my peepers while, surprised at the pain, I deeply inhaled the dense vapors and commenced to konk my noggin on the shelf above as I threw myself out of the blast zone staggering backward, almost losing my balance, while secondarily my skull got to feeling interplanetary from the deep alveolic absorption -- so, I had to leave the premises for a duration. {ED. Those one-hundred-thirty-nine words must be the longest single sentence yet pseubmitted to the pseudodictionary. Thanks for making my day oncet again, Steve Zihlavsky.}

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mirropposed - To offend oneself by gazing in the looking glass and being disgusted by what's seen.

e.g., Actions are seldom taken by those suffering from mirropposition, usually disgustation and acceptance of the situation are the opted for plan.

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nutrituration - Oversaturated nutritiously -- i.e. nutrition poisoning.

e.g., Davy Dave! If you don't put down that cucumber and wheat germ on pumpernickel and go back to some cheezy poofs and snacky cakes, you're sure to get yourself a heckuva bad case of nutrituration.

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burrifinger - What you can make rather than a burrito if you have only fingers -- or, the price of fingers is cheaper than toes. Alternative to burritoes.

e.g., There's been a recall on toes, so we have to make burrifingers.

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deventually - At any point in the future ... maybe.

e.g., Deventually, Stev-o-matic will start making sense.

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umpteen quadrillion ages of olde - forever, figuratively and exaggeratedly speaking.

e.g., It should only take Steve umpteen quadrillion ages of old to find just the right word to express himself accurately.

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needsta - A simple combination of the words "Needs" and "To"

e.g., My tummy needsta stop hurting; otherwise, I may hurl.

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wumbo-jumbo - Something which appears to be ridiculous, made up, or implausible, but actually contains an unexpected element of truth or genius.

e.g., I thought that Wumbology was a pseudo-science, but when it correctly predicted that my cat would be run over by a steamroller, I realized that it was wumbo-jumbo.

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- Google «"atom bomb" vs. "atomic bomb"».

e.g., Google «"in to" vs. into».

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xxmyzllwth - (Pronounced Ex-mizzle-width) A word that is either unpronounceable or uncomfortable to say.

e.g., Sesquipedalian is an xxmyzllwth, so most doctors recommend using the word "long" instead.

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numb bers - Numeric data of such horrific import that it freezes with shock an observer's ability to think, feel, or react normally.

e.g., NUMB BERS IN THE NEWS May 14,2014 -- Climate Central stated that a recent scientific study indicates that climate change has triggered an unstoppable decay of the West Antarctic Ice Sheet -- by 2100 it is likely to result in a 7 to 10 feet rise in global oceans -- submersing 28,800 square miles of American coastal property, displacing 12.3 million people. Property damage in Florida alone, is predicted to be in excess of $950 billion dollars. September 23,2014 -- The UN Health agency, WHO, reports that the Ebola health crisis is estimated to spread to affect 1.4 million individuals by mid-January, 2015. There is no known cure or vaccine for the disease, only "supportive intensive care." December 26th, 2014 -- Memorial services were held in Indonesia, Thailand and other countries to commemorate the 10th year anniversary of the Indian Ocean tsunami that killed 220,000 people.

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jumblicating - The act of explaining an idea that that the brain has not yet organized into proper sentences, causing it to be messy and nearly incomprehensible.

e.g., "Oh! What if we did the thing with the turny-bit, and then the wiggly thinger won't not be like that!" "Bill, you're jumblicating again."

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totalgia - (total + nostalgia) - nostalgic aspiration for totality, unity with the people, national solidarity, traditional holistic values.

e.g., Many people in post-communist countries are suffering with totalgia, longing for the lost ideal of social equality. | Totalitarianism in Russia is only partly gone. It is still alive in totalgia, in nostalgia for the old Soviet superpower.

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sympsychosis - A union of two or more people who are psychologically dependent on each other, like living entities are in symbiosis.

e.g., The sympsychosis between spouses often leads both of them to a nervous breakdown.

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justpoze - Juxtapose.

e.g., Must have heard something on TV as I was dozing to make me think of justpozing the two words in that order.

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gdos - "Green's Dictionary of Slang is an unprecedented 10.3 million-word collection of the impertinent, vile, censored, hip, witty, and fascinating slang words of the English language. Covering five centuries of innovation in all English-speaking regions of the world, the Dictionary is the most authoritative, scholarly approach to slang ever attempted. Over 100,000 words are defined; each word is authenticated by genuine and full-referenced citations of its use. This is a remarkable work by the leading slang lexicographer of our time."

e.g., How could I have missed gdos? It's been out since 2011.

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contrabilateral - Containing and juxtaposing two equal parts, with each part being the opposite of the other.

e.g., I had a contrabilateral suit that I made myself. It was black on the left side, and white on the right.

submitted by Ben Peters

playwrong - A playwright wannabe who lacks the wherewithal to be one. (Doubtful that this is original, but I've never run across it.)

e.g., Mac has made absolutely no progress finding someone to produce his latest effort. He's never going to realize that he's a talentless hack, one of the premier playwrongs of our age.

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ageitis - A condition where you can't remember things due to old age.

e.g., I'm sorry I can't remember your name I have ageitis.

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asshole forceps - A large extractor tool, used not for extraction butt for insertion. Must have heard something on TV as I was dozing to make me think of juxtaposing the two words in that order.

e.g., "What we need is asshole forceps of sufficient size to allow us to spread the cheeks of the miserable critter wide enough to push in a large apple." "I'll bet you can find some in the maternity ward of the nearest hospital. The ones used to deliver babies suffice."

submitted by beelzebub

spewdodictionary - A lexicon developed exclusively for writing rants.

e.g., I think the year-long hiatus when the back end was down may have caused us to lose more than a few submitters. The result has been an inclination for this to be turned into a spewdodictionary.

submitted by HD Fowler

procripitate - The stuff that you do while procrastinating, instead of what you should be doing, or the end result of your procrastination. Suggested by "precipitate -- a substance created by an action."

e.g., John made origami fish instead of doing his homework; they were the procripitate.

submitted by Ben Peters - (www)

procratalyst - The thing that you should be doing instead of procrastinating, or the thing that you are trying to avoid doing by procrastinating. Suggested by "catalyst -- the person or thing that precipitates an event."

e.g., Homework was a huge procratalyst for John; He would avoid it my any means necessary.

submitted by Ben Peters - (www)

predjudist - Of one who is unfairly prejudiced towards those who show prejudice towards protected minorities. {ED. Also spelled preducist.}

e.g., If you don't tolerate Nazism, then you're being predudist.

submitted by Ben Peters - (www)

taft - Puffy and soft. Possibly warm and huggable, but not necessarily.

e.g., I rubbed my cat's belly, and it was very taft.

submitted by Ben Peters - (www)

169 - (Pronounced "one-six-nine; n.) 1. Incredibly bad bad luck; (adj.) 2. (Often "169th," pronounced "one-sixty-ninth") Of or pertaining to incredible bad luck; (v.) 3. To cause, attract, or impose incredibly bad luck. [From the product of 13 x 13, which is 169. ... IF you believe that 13 is bad luck.]

e.g., "I tried to water the plants---simple, right?---but I spilled the pitcher on my new carpet. So I went to get some towels to soak up the puddle, but I tripped and fell against the dryer. Then I had to use the towels there to soak up the blood from the cut in my head. Once I got the bleeding under control, I grabbed some clean towels and headed back to the living room, but slipped in the blood and broke my tailbone. I called my wife's office, and while I was on hold, I fainted from blood loss. ...The carpet was ruined." "Holy cow. That was some 169."

submitted by scott m. ellsworth

loid - (v.) 1. To open a spring lock by slipping a thin piece of plastic or metal between the door and the frame; (n.) 2. a piece of plastic or metal used to open a lock by sliding it between door and frame. [Apparently an actual slang term.] Also "loider": one who loids.

e.g., Let's see: lock picks, a pair of jimmies, a crowbar, and a bunch of old credit cards. I guess those are for loiding screen doors, right?

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-phibe - (Rhymes with TRIBE; n.) 1. One who embraces the dark side of something, especially a twisted version of something good; 2. Someone who, for some reason, attacks that which they hate or fear by characterizing it as horrible, disgusting (etc.) as possible. [From the 1971 Vincent Price film, The Abominable Dr. Phibes.]

e.g., "He's afraid of cats?"
"No. He's actually fixated on dead cats, decomposing cats, zombie ... cats."
"Ah, so he's not an ailurophobe; he's an ailurophibe."

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anginiti - (Rhymes with can-be-KNEE-tee; plural n.) 1. Little chest pains, the kind that make you worried, but that the doctors always say don't mean anything (they often wind up getting people labeled hypochondriacs); 2. People who cause chest pains by their constant bother. [From angina, Gk for "choke" + -it-, Sp infix for "small," + -i, It plural suffix. It's a mess, really, a farrago---but it sounds good.]

e.g., I am so sick of my anginiti, especially when they mix with the real angina. || The police chief hates reporters: he calls them his anginiti.

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mahoganocracy - (Rhymes with the-dog-in-LOCK-you-see; n.) 1. Rule by those whose offices reek of dark wood; 2. Those who occupy such offices, especially high-echelon board members and such. [From mahogany + Gk kratos "power."]

e.g., "What happened?" "They gave the job to Lacey." "Lacey?! Why? She's only been working there a few months. You've been working there---hard---for over three years." "The mahoganocracy said it's because they needed to promote a woman." "Are you serious?! Are you serious?! You didn't get promoted because you're a man?" "I don't ... I don't know." "If this weren't so serious, I'd laugh myself silly .... Lacey. Incredible."

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dehancement - Antonym of enhancement, an enhancement being "an improvement that makes something more agreeable." It may be a real word -- I don't know. See monstrosi-titties.

{ED. Rather than think in terms of breast enlargement, women so inclined might be well-advised to think in terms of titivation: sprucing up; making decorative additions to or the verb form: titivate: make neat, smart, or trim. Speaking for myself as a man, and not as your erstwhile editor, I find the notion of decorative additons for breasts appealing. Perhaps something seasonal or for the holiday at hand. Jingling bells for Christmas? Something booming for the Fourth of July? Tattly™ Temporary Turkey Tattoos for Thanksgiving -- a wild turkey, not the too dumb to come in out of the rain type we eat for Thanksgiving dinner. Given that breasts serve a truly useful function after Labor Day, something jucier than a turkey tattoo is called for then: peacocks, one or more.}

Line of peacocks

e.g., Monstrosititties, with monstroso-titties and monstrosotitties as possible alternatives.

The hyphenated forms, of course, draw more attention to the … ahem, subjects at hand. Which, after all, is what those who get the so-called breast enhancement surgery have in mind. Their intent is clearly tittilation. Other than the operations some "dancers" have done to increase their earnings ability, the worst call I ever saw made for surgical enlargement of her breasts was made by one Laurie O'Boyle. Laurie was the prettiest woman in town, bar none, with right-sized breasts for her frame. She had herself put under the knife only to have the result be more a transmogrification than a transformation -- a dehancement rather than an enhancement.

submitted by HD Fowler

looksee - If something is worth taking a look at, it's worth a looksee. Not original by any means, but only two definitions turn up with OneLook.com, at Dictionary.com: "a visual inspection or survey; look; examination." The Peevish Dictionary of Slang definition: "a look; an inspection." Multiple examples can be found at Wordnik, but no definition.

e.g., Need to take a looksee at e-mails in which I've used the word looksee -- I'm sure I can find the story of the blouse in one of them. I'll send you the paragraph where I'm set straight. (Never did get an answer.)

submitted by [Lookseer]

sprummer - A non-committal season when the speaker is referring to a future time, usually meaning warmer weather, when an action will take place.

e.g., We will probably be out to see your new house this sprummer.

submitted by Patrick Hayes

missle toe - A particular covert feminine action, under a table, involving the thrust of the big toe of her shoeless, bare foot against a dining partner's leg or foot, conveying a sexual invitation.

e.g., John-- That cold, arrogant, aloof ice queen did what?

Juan-- You heard me. We were working our way through a relaxed, enjoyable meal, with the third or fourth glass of wine, when I felt the bump of her big toe hit against the calf of my leg, and then begin to slide up and down, slowly, but emphatically.

John-- It just doesn't seem her style -- to give you a missle toe.

Juan -- I thought so, too. Until I realized, appropriately and ironically, that we were having Christmas dinner.

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incompenitent - A person who says she feels remorse for her misdeeds, but really doesn't feel that way. Alternatively, a confessor whose remorse is expressed so poorly that it's hard to believe she means it. (Think about this: a confessor is both the one who confesses and the one who hears the confession.)

e.g., "Martin, is that you? Are you back from confession already? How was Father Dante?" "Didn't go well, Mary. Father Dante's not buyin' it. He even called me an incompenitent."

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spewdo-aphorism - Start with aphorism: a short pithy instructive saying. Next, think pseudo-aphorism -- a saying, but not necessarily short, pithy, and instructive. Maybe none of those. Now you're in spewdo-aphorism territory. Spewdoaphorism.

e.g., I've been trying to put some order to my chaotic oeuvre, chaotic partly because of so much d&sing. I'm a bit taken aback by how many spewdoaphorisms I've come up with -- or run across and recorded, whichever the case may be.

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idiopocrite - An individual or group of people who demand respect -- yet in the very same moment label and criticize the individuality of another, ultimately insulting their own intelligence (or lack thereof).

e.g., Don't you just hate dealing with an idiopocrite? I've never understood how one could spout out so much self-righteous idiopocrisy, and remain fully unaware of how unintellectual they proved themselves to be

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dynamicize - To make something dynamic.

e.g., Hey, it looks like the home page of this website is outdated since it's static. … Should we get a web developer to dynamicize it? | Urban Dictionary has a new look -- both clean and dynamic. But it hasn't been dynamicized. Thank God. Flashing lights or loud music would far too distracting at word sites, even for non-serious sites. | The mind boggles at the thought of Grant Barrett's Double-Tongued Dictionary being dynamicized. Can you imagine? … Oh. My. God. It has been. I wonder who talked him into such an awful downgrade from the jazzy looking site he had before? Some money must have changed hands.

ED. The home page isn't out-of-date at all, Mr. Web Developer. This is a site for words, not pictures — and most assuredly not for flash that can't be expressed with the written word.

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profit - Prophet. Misspelling example comes from a published movie review by Mr deKinder.

e.g., "Moses goes from non-believer to full-blown profit and yet his motivations are vague at best. Moses argues with God (portrayed as a petulant little boy), but their discussions are more tactical than theological. Moses isn’t filled with awe and wonder in the presence of the Lord, but seems to see him as just another pharaoh with a better arsenal."

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chillaxative - (noun) An over-the-counter medication that currently does not exist (but should) which permits the user to simultaneously chill out and get her sh*t together. {ED. Bowdlerizing my least favorite expletive is as close as I'll get to allowing it. Had the concept not been as good as it is, the submittal would have been rejected. Lillith.)

e.g., You're way too hyper about this; you need to take a chillaxative.

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educative - "Resulting in education (an educative experience)."

e.g., "You can create great photos that can go viral in seconds just by adding a little twist in words or comments. It's something very easy to achieve as you capture the attention of the readers or viewers through comments placed on a picture. They might be serious, funny, educative or just plain dumb."

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caviot - Caveat: "A qualification or explanation."

e.g., "ImJustAGuy says: 'All of these, I liked. There’s one caviot. The fight scenes in Bollywood movies are cheezy, but if you watch with that expectation, they’re quite enjoyable.'"

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carouche - (ka-ROOSH; n.) A vampire (monster, not bat) that feeds on animal blood rather than (or in addition to) human blood. [From the television series "Forever Knight."]

e.g., A carouche is evidently created when a vampire first feeds on animal blood or acquires a taste for it stronger than its urge for human blood. You would think such a creature would be almost welcome in a society that abhors vermin, where it might happily desanguinate rats and gophers to its heart's content.

It is also a useful word to describe vampiric animals, such as blood-cats and bunniculae, as well as ordinary leeches and vampire bats.

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sanguiphage - (Rhymes with BANG-the-rage; n.) 1. A creature that eats blood; 2. A vampire. [From L sanguis 'blood' + Gk phagein 'to eat.'] Adj. form: sanguiphageous.

e.g., A good oak stake will stop any old sanguiphage, from Dracula on down to the merest carouche.

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bicycops - [Pronounced to rhyme with HI-sick-pops; n.) 1. Police officers on bicycles (a brilliant solution to the maze of inner-city, beach, park, and dense-venue construction in which life happens these days); oddly, 2. Mall cops (I have no idea why it applies to mall cops, but it does ... even though they don't (usually) have bicycles). Note: One officer on a bike is a bicycop (even though, technically (since the word comes from the Greek "cyclops") the singular should also be "bicycops." (see "Bicyclops" herein)

e.g., "Run, it's the cops!"
"Don't be stupid, man: the cops can't get back here without walkin'."
"It's bicycops, dude … Run!"

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pseudophrase - As a noun, a paraphrase is a rewording meant to clarify what someone has said or written. As a verb, to paraphrase is to "express the same message in different words." A pseudophrase (pseudo-phrase) is farther removed from the original than a paraphrase is, expressing a similar idea, but not identically the same idea.

e.g., As a noun, a paraphrase is a rewording meant to clarify what someone has said or written. As a verb, to paraphrase is to "express the same message in different words." A pseudophrase (pseudo-phrase) is farther removed from the original than a paraphrase is, expressing a similar message, but not the same message.

Clicking on the link below will take you to an article that was posted recently at Breitbart's Big Government. The key sentence of the article is this: "Only two weeks after Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg made a show of support for freedom of speech following a terror attack by radical Muslims in France, Facebook began censoring images of Muhammad in Turkey -- including the very Charlie Hebdo images Zuckerberg claimed to support."

I read some of the comments in the thread following the article, mmany of them accusing Zuckerberg of exhibiting cowardice and hypocrisy because he was intimidated by the terrorist acts. Here's a comment that that caught my grammar nazi eye:

phil donghue

This guy is a two bit conman with a vagina, who steels people's lives from his POS web site anyone stupid enough to be on Flushbook deserve there info tracked and censored.


Decided to reply, but didn't want to be too hard on the guy -- not given that I tend to agree with some of what he had to say. I posted as Chauncey Gardiner, the character Peter Sellers played in his last role. Being There is one of my all-time favorite movies. I started with a pseudo-phrase of probably the best-known line from The Princess Bride.

"You keep using [the six-letter v-word]. I do not think it means what you think it means." What is called for is the five-letter v-word, not the six-letter one. The latter is a sort of subset of the former. When that anatomical region is referred to by the more or less all-encompassing p-word, it's used for someone who is cowardly in some way. As in, "Mark Zuckerberg is a p-word." No, the p-word is not "posse."

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blue beans - German slang for bullets.

e.g., Praise the Lord and pass the blue beans.

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fillybuster - A horse whisperer who specializes in fillies.

e.g., I'm sorry, ma'am, I can't get your mare to do anything I want her to. I think maybe you should bring in a specialist, a fillybuster.

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twenty-four - A day, twenty-four hours. From a ytpo where I had intended to write twenty-four hours, but instead wrote just twenty-four.

e.g., I first saw her at the carnival freakshow on Friday, then again the next twenty-four. Haven't seen her since, but I didn't realize she had disappeared.

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fremdschämen - Fremdscham is the noun form, used for times when someone else feels embarrassed for you. | A feeling of joint embarrassment -- even though the person empathized with may not even realize that she's "embarassed [her]self in front of friends, family, the whole country, [the] entire hemisphere, and the person she loves." | From Wiktionary: Reflexive, informal to feel ashamed about something someone else has done; to be embarrassed because someone else has embarrassed herself (and doesn't notice)." With Hillary Clinton having recently made the news with her use of the word empathy, an empathy-related word is in order.



Word of the Week: Fremdschämen

Nov 8, 2013

fremdschämen Have you ever watched someone make a fool of [herself], only to find yourself cringing in embarrassment for [her]? Then you’ve most likely experienced fremdschämen.

This German word is made up of two parts, with fremd meaning “foreign” and schämen meaning “to be embarrassed.” The term is typically used to describe someone who feels embarrassment on behalf of someone else. The corresponding noun for this feeling is Fremdscham.

Let’s say, for example, that you’re at a black-tie event where everyone is dressed in a suit or an evening gown. You look across the room and see one guest dressed in sneakers, jeans and a t-shirt. This guest has no shame, and could care less about how [she]e looks, but you cringe in embarrassment on [her] behalf. In this case, you would be exhibiting feelings of fremdschämen.

Similar English equivalents include the terms “vicarious embarrassment” and “empathetic embarrassment,” but neither are as commonly-used as the German word fremdschämen.

The word is still relatively new in the German language; the popular dictionary Duden recognized it for the first time in its 2009 edition, after German speakers commonly began using it in conversation. It is unclear when exactly it was first used, but Dr. Sören Krach, a researcher at the University of Marburg, told N-TV that he first heard of the word in the year 2007. It has since become a trendy word in the modern German language, and was even chosen as the 2010 Word of the Year in Austria.

Researchers at the University of Marburg were fascinated with the term. In 2011, Krach and his colleague, Frieder Paulus, published the first major study about the effects of fremdschämen $mdash; an emotion that only humans are able to experience. In order to feel it, humans need to be able to possess empathy, which specific neurons in the brain make possible. Fremdschämen— the ability to feel someone else’s embarrassment— is connected to similar neuron transmissions.

So next time you see someone with food in their teeth while giving an embarrassing speech at the office, you can use the German word fremdschämen to describe how the situation makes you feel. And let’s hope that you yourself don’t become the target of someone else’s Fremdscham.

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e.g., "The Germans have an excellent word: 'Fremdschämen.' It's that feeling of embarrassment you have on behalf of people who don't have the sense to feel embarrassed for themselves, like Joe Biden, or the cast of 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.'"

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euphamsisms - Idioms and everyday language.

e.g., Kids theses days use a lot more euphamsisms than we do.

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dessicate - A misspelling of the real word "desiccate": to dry up. To keep payloads from being damaged by moisture, desiccants are often added to containers used for shipping. In the example, taken from the linked site, the variant spelling is used to tell someone to shut up. Have seen the put-down stated in similar ways, none of which are particularly well-written.

Dear Son,

In promulgating your esoteric cogitations and articulating superficial sentimentalities and philosophical or psychological observations, please beware of platitudinous generosity.

Let your conversation possess a clarified conciseness, a compacted comprehensibleness, coalescent consistency, and a concatenated cogency.

Eschew all conglomerations of flatulent garrulity, jejune babblement, and asinine affectations.

Let your extemporaneous descantings and unpremeditated expatiations have intelligibility without rodomontade or thrasonical bombast.

Sedulously avoid all polysyllabical profundity, ventriloquial rapidity, and pompous prolixity.

Shun double entendre and prurient jocisity, whether obscene or apparent.

In other words, speak naturally, purely and clearly, but do not use big words.

Your loving father,

Erle

 

e.g., "Your sarcastic insinuations are too highly obnoxious to be psychologically appreciated by my far superior mind. Therefore I must presume your presumptions to be precisely incorrect, and if you do not dessicate, I shall have to horizontalise your perpendicularity and make you square all round."

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nimsy - Not a "real" man. Taken only from the context in which it was used in an English television series. When asked if her husband was the father of the woman's daughter, she said no, that they had tried but hadn't been able to have children. Nimsy is a name used only for girls in the UK and isn't used at all in the United States.

e.g., "I'm not saying he's a nimsy man."

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sadie thompson - (verb) "to rape (a man) US" The New Partridge Dictionary of Slang and Unconventional English.

e.g., " • O.A. Jones mumbled, hoping that he would get put in the cops' tank at the county jail because a twenty-four-year-old former surfer, who was also a former cop, would be Sadie Thompson'd on the regular tank wothin three minutes. -- Joseph Wambaug, The Secrets of Harry Bright, p.33, 1985"

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on the scrounge - "Someone who is on the scrounge is asking people for things or for money." The example comes from John Swinfield's book Knock Down Ginger. "Knowk down Ginger" is "The prank of knocking on somebody's front door and running away before it is opened." "The origin of knock down ginger came from council estates because all the doors were stained a ginger colour, hence knock down ginger."

e.g., After some months Flaherty and the Lambs journeyed from the Amazon to see Bernard in his favela in Rio de Janeiro.

"I hate cities," Flaherty said. "The only reason we're here is because we're on the scrounge."

"What's new?" Bernard smiled.

Our Land was in the running fora modest grant. Flaherty had been called on to vouch for the Lambs and their work.

"I'll lie my head off if it means rich bastards are going to part with their cash. The bureaucrats said they wanted to meet me in person. It's all baloney. Naturally, they couldn't come to the Amazon ... said they were too busy. They're worried about catching a disease. So they paid our fares. Can you believe it? If they sacked all the apparatchik and saved the money on the fares they could have just sent the cash."

"Apparatchick? Bernard smiled. "Haven't heard that since the seminary." Flaherty looked at him.

"Aye ... that's it. Uncle Karl. I used to think he knew the lot. You get out here and you realise it's all bollocks like the rest of the clap-trap."

"Ah, please. No politics," Bernard said. "Politicians get up my nose, so they do." Flaherty's eyes blazed. He ran his hands through his shaggy hair.

"You're hairier than ever," Bernard said."Where are all your women barbers?"

Flaherty said he was thinking of giving up the priesthood and taking a wife.

"There's nobody who'd have you. There's no woman daft enough. There's no wife who'd put up with tin drum of a bath of yours so there isn't."

Flaherty reminded Bill that he'd promised to build him a shower. Alice's green eyes sparkled. A shaft of sunlight pierced the gloom of the shack.

"Take no notice Micheal," she said. "You're a handsome fellow ... there are plenty of girls who'd like a nice big man ... all that lovely hair."

"Now there's a lady with taste," Flaherty said.

"Why give up the Order?" she said. "Take a lover."

The fan had begun to squeak.

"Needs oil, like me," Bernard said. "The heat's got to it. It's on its last legs. Like the rest of us. You know things are bad when it's too hot for the bloody fan."

Alice smiled. She looked round the hovel. The makeshift table. A row of hooks for jeans, shirts, Bernard's fraying straw hat. The sagging mattress. . . .

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groofy - Feeling grumpy but goofy at the same time.

e.g., He's so groofy he needs a nap.

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d&s - Divert and stack, divert and surf. To divert your attention from what you're doing to go off and do something else that caught your eye -- something you think you'll forget to look into unless you do it right now. The idea, of course, is to stack what you have underway and get back to it shortly -- once you've satiated your curiosity about the interrupting item. Problem: If Internet use is involved, you're likely to d&s repeatedly until what you initially intended to be a single level, last-in-first-out stack becomes a heap, a jumble, a pile. Notation: (d&s) { |}, followed in e-mails and blog posts by text indented a level deeper.

e.g., If I didn't d&s the way I do, I might never learn such tidbits as the fact that -- in the corpus used by Google books Ngram Viewer -- that "percent" began to gain dramatically in use on "per cent" and by 1975 predominated.

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claustoephobia - The fear of your toes being in enclosed spaces (i.e., closed-toe shoes). {ED. Good timing. I have an entry waiting in the input queue for The Canonical List of Phobias. I'll add this toe it.}

e.g., Brah, I've lived in the islands so long I've got claustoephobia!

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krakodon - The earliest bird. {Ed. Not everyone is going to get it -- or your nom de internet either. Is it serendipitious that I added "norm" to mean butt-crack earlier this morning?)

e.g., Th krakodon was eating the first worm out of bed a very long time ago.

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arsefeet - "In Tudor English, ducks were nicknamed 'arsefeet' because their legs are positioned so far back on their bodies."

e.g., "The penguin, a comical bird, Had a name that is now rarely heard, And, although not polite, It described him just right. It was arsefoot, an old sailor word. "It's a wonderful name; it's so neat And delightful, a lexical treat. It would be twice as nice If those penguins on ice Were referred to as flocking arsefeet."

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register - "'Register' is the term linguists use to describe the correlation between an utterance and the context in which it is made, suiting language to circumstance in a socially appropriate manner, part of all socialization and recognizable to a native speaker."

e.g., "Moreover, the register of the headline is that of a child's primer, the first reading textbook studied in school: on reading this headline, See Spot Run would be an immediate association for any adult American taught to read in the United States. ... This headline is doubly fissured for interpretation: Both appellation and register open the text to the attentive reader. My interpretation is that Hillary Clinton's candidacy is presented with a certain amount of disrespect."

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blodgidonka - A silly, ignorant or irresponsibly behaved person.

e.g., Why did you do that, you ... you ... you blodgidonka!

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financial lizard - A term denoting the reptilian character of a self-serving, unscrupulous banker, broker, or individual engaged in monetary commerce.

e.g., Listen, my friend, and you shall hear
of the reptilian side of a greedy financier.

You find you're faced with an unsmiling stare
as he schemes to take off the very pants that you wear.

Neighbors lost money and more, some even their dentures
with the cold-blooded sale of unrated debentures.

Millions were victims when the banks committed the crime:
stripping US bare with forked-tongue derivatives sub-prime.

My bile rises up; I get grit in my gizzard
When I think of what I should do to one financial lizard!

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flatback - Verb: prostitute, whore.

e.g., So, she's flatbacking for you to pay the rent then? And you're all right with that?

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bogwash - Hogwash. Other slang definitions for "bogwash" are far less polite than this one, coarse even. Given that "bog" is UK slang for a toilet, hearing your utterances called bogwash would be more insulting than if they were called hogwash. "Convincing evidence that all the talk about the high hospitality of the West is not "hog wash" was the large number of highway hospitality booths that greeted Denverbound Rotarians."

e.g., bogwash

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norm - Or "the norm." The butt-crack. Thought there should be a medical term for this part of the human anatomy, but I haven't turned one up in my brief search on the Internet. Meanwhile, this is offered as a substitute.

e.g., So there she is, hunkering down and showing her tramp stamp, her whale tail, and her norm. Not an attractive sight. She's a good-looking woman, sure, but not when she does that.

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donkey - Ass. When "ass" might not be a suitable appellation for admonishing someone -- say, in polite company -- "donkey" can be used. {Edit, by Lillith. You're showing your age, HD. The term polite company is so old-fashioned as to be almost unrecognizable. Just file it away in your relic bin. You can dust it off and bring it out when you write your mangnum opus.}

e.g., Don't be a donkey.

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«available» - «available»

e.g., «available»

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stringer - "In journalism, a stringer is a freelance journalist or photographer who contributes reports or photos to a news organization on an ongoing basis but is paid individually for each piece of published or broadcast work."

e.g., "For 20 years before that, he wrote book, movie and concert reviews as a stringer for the Flint Journal, a midsize daily newspaper."

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chronotaxidor - One who time travels, especially for temporal adventures.

e.g., Doctor Who is a chronotaxidor.

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bernoulleaf - A leaf that clings to the pavement with a downward force in proportion to the velocity of the leaf blower.

e.g., After a half-hour of blowing, all that remained on the driveway was one stubborn bernoulleaf.

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the norm - The butt-crack, which, as near as I can tell, has been unnamed until now.

e.g., Eeew, I think I'm gonna hurl. You're exposing your hairy norm.

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mob - Collective noun for a bunch of zombies.

e.g., The mob has started moving a lot faster in recent episodes. I think the series may soon be coming to an end.

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crisk - The loud noise made when an animal steps on a twig or other object and reveals its presence.

e.g., She heard a crisk from behind her, and turned around to find herself face to face with a grizzly.

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kynopsychokinesis - The belief that, if you stare lovingly up at a kitchen bench for long enough, you can induce food to levitate from its surface and drop onto the floor.

e.g., Rover's infinite patience stems from his innate belief in kynopsychokinesis ... or perhaps the realisation that a passing human will sometimes take pity.

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pink job - (n.) Woman's work [from the pink~blue = boy~girl color assignments] (coined by my wife, believe it or not, who is actually the main breadwinner in our family. I think it's because women who do kitchen work tend to have things organized in a particular way, a way which their men tend to mess up. At least, I tend to mess them up, and my wife has kitchen labor down to a hyperefficient science.) I assume, therefore, that there are also "blue jobs," although I'm not sure what those would be.

e.g., "Scott," says my wife, as I helpfully begin to unload the dishwasher, "leave that alone; it's a pink job."

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nubedolia - (new-buh-DOUGH-lee-ah; n.) Seeing shapes in clouds. [from nube "cloud" + eidōlon εἴδωλον "image"; similar to the term pareidolia, the name of the phenomenon of seeing patterns in random data.]

e.g., The famous nubedolia Peanuts cartoon, in which Lucy, her little brother Linus, and Charlie Brown talk about shapes in the clouds as they lay upon Charlie Brown's pitcher's mound. The dialogue runs as follows: LUCY: "Aren't the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton. I could just lie here all day and watch them drift by. If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud's formations. What do you think you see, Linus?" LINUS: "Well, those clouds up there look to me look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean. [points up] That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor. And that group of clouds over there... [points] ...gives me the impression of the Stoning of Stephen. I can see the Apostle Paul standing there to one side." LUCY: "Uh huh. That's very good. What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?" CHARLIE BROWN: "Well... I was going to say I saw a duckie and a horsie, but I changed my mind."

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malarchy - (either MAL-ark-ee (seriously) or mull-ARK-ee (funnily); n.) 1. Bad government; 2. Ruling badly [from mal "bad, badly" + arch (from arkhos "leader")].

e.g., Sometimes congress indulges too much in malarchy.

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libidolatry - (lih-bih-DOLL-uh-tree; n.) Worship of the sex drive, especially in movies and tv, wherein everybody is healthy, beautiful, and attractive, if not positively voluptuous. [From Libido "sex drive" (loosely) + latria "worship of."]

e.g., Judging from commercials, television, and movies, the national religion of ... well, every nation under Heaven practices unbridled libidolatry.

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libidocracy - (lih-BEE-dough-crat; n.) One who believes in government by acquiescence to the sex drive. [From libido "sex drive" (loosely) + cracy "rule by" (from Greek kratos "strength").] Also libidocracy (lih-bih-DOCK-russ-ee) "government based upon the sex drive."

e.g., Hollywood often seems to portray the world as an undiluted libidocracy.

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squichy - Feeling uncomfortable in certain environments

e.g., This area is so squichy, we need to get out of here before things get scary.

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chickenitis - The sudden desire to eat chicken albeit KFC, slow-roasted, brodies, or chicken wings.

e.g., He always eats chicken; he must of contracted chickenitis.

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incolved - Any situation in which a person or animal has been killed by its own knee.

e.g., The corpse was found incolved in the alley.

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portical - (POR-tic-al; n.) 1. a. The space needed for the opening and closing of a door, rendering it essentially useless; b. An area, square, indentation, box, addition, or whatever on a house plan, added to a room to give it room for the sweep of a door without depriving the room of the space needed for the door. 2. a. The area immediately in front of a door as opposed to an entire porch or stoop; b. The area immediately behind a door, aka an entryway. [from portico 'colonnade, porch' + portal 'gate, door'] 3. A little door. [from portal 'porch' + -icula 'small' (suffix)]

e.g., 1. His room is bigger than mine, but it's only the five square feet of the portical. 2. They spent a good hour saying goodbye on the portical. 3. "What is that portical? a closet?" "Nope: it's a break in the space-time continuum, it lets in trolls." "What?---no, seriously." "Dead serious. You want I should sic a troll on y---wait! don't open it! You'll--- ... well, there goes another paying tenant." "Dad? where's that guy you were showing the apartment to? ... Oh, not again. Can't you stop them from getting eaten by the trolls?" "Sorry."

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mystereality - The part of reality that is impossible to understand, such bizarre coincidences, freak stories of survival amid destruction, déjà vu, and dreams, etc.

e.g., The birds on the wires overhead were positioned to exactly represent the notes of a Mozart opera, which is strange enough, but that piece was playing through an open window. None of the passersby shared my appreciation of the mystereality.

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moe's art - The state of the world's Great Painting, including Sculpture, Music, etc. ("Mozart") now degraded by incompetent self-styled "artists." These charlatans, in an attempt to produce something (anything?) new and different in Art, enter into off-the-page projects that invariably create gimmickry of little artistic value ("Moe's Art").

e.g., You may not believe it, but there is actually a Southern "artist" who uses discarded chewing gum as his chosen medium. He roams the urban environment, searching for selected wads of pre-chewed gum that he picks up, applies to canvas, and offers the finished product as "contemporary art." So here's the challenge. Is this young man justifiably investing months and years in a worthwhile art project, or is he avoiding an honest day job by pursuing something that is bound to be Moe's Art? It's a question we humbly ask you to chew on!

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psephology - "The study of elections and election polling, usually a subfield of sociology."

e.g., The psephologists were accurate within reason this time around. Could it possibly be because they tried their best to be accurate rather than push their polling to favor their favored parties and candidates? … Nah, just kidding.

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scarce as hen's teeth - "Also, scarcer than hen's teeth. Exceptionally rare, as in: 'On a rainy night, taxis are as scarce as hen's teeth.' Since hens have no teeth, this term in effect says that something is so scarce as to be nonexistent. [Mid-1800s ]"

e.g., An honest politician? Isn't that an oxymoron? I'd say they're at best scarce as hen's teeth. | January 24, 2010: "Once again [she] has flabbergasted me, saying if she were well she'd want to adopt a couple of the Haitian orphans. Impractical even if her health were good, no doubt, but it shows what she is at her core. How right she is to say I'm more lucky than deserving to get her. More than lucky. But I challenge you to show me a man who's worthy of (a woman like) [her]. They're -- what? -- scarce as hen's teeth? Misogynist pretense aside once and for all, I think Women are better than Men -- most of the time."

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amirite - Am I right? Spelled the way it usually sounds. From Evan Morris, creator of The Word Detective -- who takes no credit for inventing the word, just the first example.

"OK, so why was September such a bad month? I’m not really up for explaining what happened yet, but the bottom line (literally) is that our income, already anemic due to my disability [multiple sclerosis], has abruptly been cut by about 70%. We were strapped before; now we’re totally screwed."

Mr Morris could stand a few more subscribers, so I'm happy to give him a good word. He's given me tons of them over the years. His subscribe page is so well-written, it's hard to resist signing up. Have to say, though, that I didn't bite on this one: "What-the-Heck One-time Contribution (of any amount). Page will supply a blank space for the amount. Please round up to the nearest $1,000."

e.g.,

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benefecalaries - One's shitty relatives.

e.g., Bernie: "My grand kids?" "No honor, humility, or respect for the old family traditions." "I ain't got 'heirs.'" "They got 'airs.'" -- "I got 'benefecalaries!'"

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campaign cowboys - Or campaign cowgirls, as the case may be. Members of the political classes referred to as pollsters and pundits. These types show up more and more often as elections approach. Also campain {cowboy | cowgirl), given that any of them is more often than not a pain in the ass.

e.g., Chris Wallace, Sunday afternoon, November 2, 1014: ~"Next we'll hear from campaign cowboys Karl Rove and Joe Trippi." "Yeah, they'll be doing their damndest to spin the truth to the advantage of their favored … parasites. | I'm more than tired of the asinine way the campain cowgirls carry water for their preferred political candidates and parties.

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rip van winkle - To do a Rip Van Winkle is to fall asleep at the wrong time and then sleep through something you meant to do.

e.g., If I don't do another Rip Van Winkle and forget to make my pick, I'll do so Monday. | I've been doing a lot of Rip Van Winkling lately. Maybe I should get on a regular schedule.

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zoilism - Existing, but uncommon word: hypercriticism: "From Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License: n. nagging or carping criticism." | "From the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English: n. Resemblance to Zoilus in style or manner; carping criticism; detraction. | "From The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia: n. Criticism like that of Zoilus; illiberal or carping criticism; unjust censure."

e.g., You're welcome to be critical of the PseudoDictionary and its lexicon entries -- as long as you're reasonable in your criticism. Zoilism is not appropriate for an effort that amounts to a lark. Capisce? (Bear in mind, too, what the estimable Michael Quinion wrote in his newsletter, "[B]itter and carping criticism by envious hacks has not yet vanished from the world.") | Biologist Joseph Dalton Hooker (?), quoted in Michael Quinion's Newsletter: "If I were to do more than hint at their hydrophobic habits, their pulicidal, pulicivorous, and even phtheirophagous propensities, I should call down, not undeservedly, the Zoilism of our correspondents."

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blockbusting - "Blockbusting was a business practice of U.S. real estate agents and building developers meant to encourage white property owners to sell their houses at a loss, by implying that racial minorities were moving into their previously racially segregated neighborhood, thus depressing real estate property values. Blockbusting became possible after the legislative and judicial dismantling of legally protected racially segregated real estate practices after World War II, but by the 1980s it largely disappeared as a business practice after changes in law and the real estate market."

e.g., "With blockbusting, real estate companies legally profited from the arbitrage (the difference between the discounted price paid to frightened white sellers and the artificially high price paid by black buyers), and from the commissions resulting from increased real estate sales, and from their higher than market financing of said house sales to black Americans."

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chicken**** - Chickenshit, chickenblank, chickenbleep. Take your pick. So far no authoritative news source has reported anything other than chicken**** in the current brouhaha regarding what was recently said about the Israeli Head of State, Benjamin Netanyahu. Nor has the name of the "oa official" been revealed. One sure wonders. Inquiring minds want to know -- but only conservative or Republican minds. Democrats and liberals could care less. Time to circle the wagons.

e.g., "In October 2014 an anonymous obama administration official reportedly called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chicken****." | Whatever else he may be, Netanyahu is no chickenshit.

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fibblegibble - To fibblegibble expresses the notion that that you made a big mistake, but somehow accomplished what what you wanted to do -- possibly even more.

e.g., Byrell was right in font of the goal when he fibblegibled but scored an amazing goal.

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defyfinition - Suggested by a ytpo in a submittal: a defyfinition is a new slant on an existing word, in defiance of all previous meanings.

e.g., While I'm pleased that the pd is replete with defyfinitions, I sometimes have second thoughts. Language maven Robert Hartwell Fiske says putting a word in a dictionary ultimately gives it more exposure and makes it more likely to become acceptable than would other wise be the case.

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circle the wagons - Take a defensive posture. | Hide your head in the sand and ignore what's going on around you. (Do ostriches really do that?)

e.g., "Oh, now, surely no obama administration official actually called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a chickenshit." "I agree, Hillary, it's just another vast right-wing conspiracy. Funded, no doubt, by Richard Mellon Scaife." "Ummm, Scaife's dead." "Oy ... by the evil Koch Brothers then."

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"quarantine-like" - An obfuscation of the legal term used by the CDC definition of the word quarantine: not quarantined. {ED. Sort of like AT&T's contracting with customers for "unlimited" data transfers and then using throttling to limit the amount of data transferred. Or great-grandfather's thinking he was signing up for unlimited sex with great-grandmother when they got married. Even in the days before women's liberation, that was never going to happen. GGF may have been up for sex, but he wouldn't get any unless GGM was willing to go along with him, even if she wasn't all that interested. My GGF found another woman who WAS interested -- in a nearby small town.}

e.g., The Executive Branch placed the Army in "quarantine-like" isolation.

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pararhotacism - "[par″ah-ro´tah-sizm] Faulty enunciation of the r sound."

e.g., If you've been running into a lot of pararhotacism in your neighborhood, your sub-division could well be a blockbusting target for pirates.

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rackless - Lacking a bed to sleep in.

e.g., I've been rackless for several months now.

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pararhotacism - "[par″ah-ro´tah-sizm] Faulty enunciation of the r sound."

e.g., If you've been running into a lot of pararhotacism in your neighborhood, your sub-division could well be a blockbusting target for activist pirates. | "Blockbusting was a business practice of U.S. real estate agents and building developers meant to encourage white property owners to sell their houses at a loss, by implying that racial minorities were moving into their previously racially segregated neighborhood, thus depressing real estate property values. Blockbusting became possible after the legislative and judicial dismantling of legally protected racially segregated real estate practices after World War II, but by the 1980s it largely disappeared as a business practice after changes in law and the real estate market." | "With blockbusting, real estate companies legally profited from the arbitrage (the difference between the discounted price paid to frightened white sellers and the artificially high price paid by black buyers), and from the commissions resulting from increased real estate sales, and from their higher than market financing of said house sales to black Americans."

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aud - Audience. From Variety's Slanguage?

e.g., The storyline will be recognizable: boy meets girl, boy falls for girl, boy gets nowhere, etc. Done right, that can attract plenty of playgoers and viewer. To increase our appeal to the younger aud and maybe end up with a socko hit, we'll be trying to figure out how to include some vampires, werewolves, and zombies. But that's as close as these two geriatrics will come to bad taste. We'd rather not get our musical produced if we have to resort to … well, you know: episodes.

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mote - Moat. | Tobacco spit bottle. | (also 'mote; n.) a television remote control [an abbreviation of_remote_]. (Note: _mote_ used to be (until about 1300, a bit before Chaucer) the past tense of_must_, just as_might_was the past tense of _may_. Thus, it might be said of someone required to carry a remote control that "they mote tote the mote.")

e.g., "If there were strong effective INTERNAL enforcement with real rounding up and deportation we would not need super mote like Obama alligators border control because any and all border jumpers would be snagged sooner or later and removed." | The redneck had a mote in his truck that he cleaned out once a month. | "The game's on! And I'm missing it! Where's the mote?!"

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dole bludger - Australian slang: "someone who avoids employment and exploits the system of unemployment benefits"

e.g., raymondvilla • 11 hours ago "Western govts are doing the same thing. Offshoring thousands of jobs to the Phillipines, Asia, and India. Shocking. Moving their own people onto the welfare rolls and beating them around the ears for being dole bludgers. Pure evil."

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take the mickey - Michael Quinion Q From Lisa Russell-Pinson: While I was an exchange student in England, I heard the phrase to take the Mickey, meaning ‘to tease’. Do you know where this expression comes from? Does it have something to do with disdain for the Irish? Is it a euphemism for to take the piss? A It is, yes. It dates from at least the 1930s in various forms; the oldest version recorded in print, from 1935, is to take the mike out of, as in this from a book with the title Cockney Cavalcade: “He wouldn’t let Pancake ‘take the mike’ out of him”. It’s said to have its origin in the rhyming slang to take the mickey bliss, that means to take the piss. Mickey as a diminutive form of Michael has been common for many years, but how it got together with “bliss” is unknown, so we’ve no idea whether it is a reference to an Irish Mick. As the form first recorded is already elliptical, either the rhyming slang is actually older than the 1930s or some other source has to be looked for. In the 1950s a mock-genteel version to extract the Michael became briefly fashionable.

e.g., What's really pathetic? Commenters who hide behind anonymity.

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kumbayosis - The noun form of the adjective 'kumbayatic': "A word combination of 'kumbaya' and 'symbiotic' for liberals deluding themselves into thinking that the world is a place where people live in peace, harmony, and mutual benefit."

e.g., Doctor to interns: "The patient with the warm, fuzzy feeling about everybody and everything in the world is suffering from chronic kumbayosis."

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logorrhea - "(log-uh-RI-uh) (n) An excessive flow of words, prolixity [Gr logos word + roia flow, stream]"

e.g., You best not get me started. Once I'm underway, I rapidly devolve into logorrhea. I speak in paragraphs to such an extent that you'll be lucky to get a word in as much as five per cent of the time. |

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schizothemia - "A schizothemia is a digression by means of a long reminiscence. Cicero was a master of digression, particularly in his ability to shift from the specific question or issue at hand (the hypothesis) to the more general issue or question that it depended upon (the thesis)."

e.g., Ya, ya, I know. Many of my blog entries are schizothemic. That's all right. I write them for myself, not for anyone else. | "Welcome to Luciferous Logolepsy, a collection of over 9,000 obscure English words. Though the definition of an 'English' word might seem to be straightforward, it is not. There exist so many adopted, derivative, archaic or abandoned words in what we loosely define as the 'English Language,' that a clear-cut definition seems impossible. For the purposes of this project, though, words are included that may stretch any basic definitions. Particular attention has been paid to archaic words, as they tend to be more evocative -- as if their very age lends additional meaning or overtones. Current personal favorites include 'skirr,' 'epicaricacy,' and 'schizothemia.'"

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transpicuous - Real word: transparent. Easily understood; lucid.

e.g., "I cannot conceive of another political figure in whatever future America has left who will be as transpicuously dismissive of Americans as obama."

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blathersplat - (n) Nonsense. (v) To blather on speaking nonsense.

e.g., "Have not have watched _Face the Nation_ in over ten years. It's pure unadulterated self-serving liberal blathersplat. It became less and less interesting or newsworthy. Schieffer is still alive? Talk about over the hill." | "Gorski blathersplats on: 'He goes on to complain about how skeptics have 'completely hijacked' Burzynski’s Wikipedia page and how he really really wanted to 'call them out, but for 'legal reasons' and 'running time' [did not]. ... He just absolutely does not understand the meaning of cherry-picking.”

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psephologist - Wikipedia: "Psephology /sɨˈfɒlədʒi/ (from Greek psephos ψῆφος, 'pebble', which the Greeks used as ballots) is a branch of political science which deals with the study and scientific analysis of elections. Psephology uses historical precinct voting data, public opinion polls, campaign finance information and similar statistical data. The term was coined in the United Kingdom in 1952 by the historian R. B. McCallum to describe the scientific analysis of past elections."

e.g., "Psephologists used to have a rule that incumbents running below [fifty per cent] against lesser known challengers would inevitably lose. Everyone knows them, the logic went, and half aren’t voting for them."

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felo de se - Wikipedia: "Latin for 'felon of himself,' is an archaic legal term meaning suicide. In early English common law, an adult who committed suicide was literally a felon, and the crime was punishable by forfeiture of property to the king and what was considered a shameful burial -- typically with a stake through his heart and with a burial at a crossroad. Burials for felo de se typically took place at night, with no mourners or clergy present, and the location was often kept a secret by the authorities." | Suicide. | "A person who commits suicide or who dies from the effects of having committed an unlawful malicious act, an act of deliberate self-destruction." | "A person who commits suicide or commits an unlawful malicious act resulting in his or her own death, the act of suicide."

e.g., "With all respect for those by whom this opinion has been professed, I am constrained to regard it as utterly untenable, as palpably inconsistent, and as presenting in argument a complete felo de se." | "In denying the right they usurp, of exclusively explaining the Constitution, I go further than you do, if I understand rightly your quotation from the Federalist of an opinion that 'the Judiciary is the last resort in relation to the other departments of the Government, but not in relation to the rights of the parties to the compact under which the Judiciary is derived.' If this opinion be sound, then indeed is our Constitution a complete felo de se. For intending to establish three departments, coordinate and independent, that they might check and balance one another, it has given, according to this opinion, to one of them alone the right to prescribe rules for the government of the others, and to that one, too, which is unelected by, and independent of, the nation."

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attroopment - "A disorderly or tumultuous crowd." French: attroupement = crowd, mob.

e.g., "The great lesson which the reigns of the Byzantine princes are adapted to teach and to enforce, is the import- ance of a total abstinence in the magistrate from theo- logical interference and dogmatism. Let him strictly re- spect the political equality of religious sects, and not unlock the gates of advancement to the select or the alternate favourites of controversy. Whatever implies in the magistrate an opinion ought to be shunned as a badge of partiality and a harbinger of injustice. For want of this precaution the Constantinopolitan crown became the football of patriarchs and priests, and was tossed to new dynasties and upstarts, not for the imperial virtues of military excellence or legislative wisdom, but for preaching to seditious attroopments about the frac- tions of the Trinity, or headingthe statuaries in riots of the iconoclasts. The emperors who lent an ear to the alarms and apprehensions of their clergy became eventually the puppets of their patriarchs, and sullied their hands in the innocent blood of the zealous but ignorant pupils of fanaticism. Their empire weakened by division, their sway reviled by the persecuted with hereditary obstinacy of discontent, the intolerant sovereigns have all descended with unfavourable tinges to posterity, and miss their na- tural chance for a lenient civility of estimate. A real feebleness of mind is however implied in the magistrate's anxiety about symbolic formulas ; so true is the obser- vation of an historian of our own times, religiosa dissi- dia mx unquam nisi sub imbecili imperio floruisse depre- hendes." | "Calmly then Herman replied, but in words of a serious import: Whether I acted aright, Sir, I know not; I follow'd an impulse Such as my own heart gave me, as I shall proceed to inform you. Mother, you linger'd so long in sorting and folding the old things 'T was too late that the bundles were ready, but all had been pack'd up Carefully, hams, and the wine, and the beer, and the bacon. When I had past through the gates of the city, and quitted the pavement, All the attroopment of citizens, horsemen, women, and children Met me. Already the march of the fugitives was where the roads meet. Then I quicken'd the pace of my horses, and wade for the village, Where, as I heard, they would take some repose, and be station'd the dark night. Soon I attain'd to the cause-way, and saw, slow moving, a waggon, Drawn by a couple of oxen, the finest and stoutest of cattle, Drawn by a couple of oxen, the finest and stoutest of cattle, Guided with skill by a tall girl, who with a staff in her right hand Urged them or kept them behind. I stopt, and she came to me calmly Saying: Not always have sorrows and trouble been ours as at present, We 'are unaccustom'd to ask d the passing stranger assistance, Need has compell'd me to speak. See there in the straw lies a woman, Wife to our opulent owner, and suddenly taken in labor. We have been waiting to tend her, precarious still is her living, Naked the new-born child lies yet in her arms, and but little Have we to offer our patient, but little have others to spare us, Should we e'en reach them to night in the village they mean to repose at. If you are one of the neighbourhood, come to give help to the needy, Have you 'perchance some linen, it would indeed be of service."

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parking lot - The waiting area in a radiology department in a hospital where patients are parked on gurneys awaiting their turns for x-rays, MRIs, and CT Scans.

e.g., I walked from her room to the radiology department and found her in the parking lot. They were just getting ready to take her in for her x-ray.

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reverse racism - Racism.

e.g., Lillith: "HD, I think obama owes his Presidency to reverse racism. What do you think?" HD: "'Reverse racism'?" I don't see that as really being different from racism. Consider this: Suppose a referee in a basketball game makes a bad call that favors Team A. She then attempts to "correct" her mistake by deliberately making a bad call that favors Team B? I see her only as having made two errors, not as having made up for her first error. What's the old saying, "Two wrongs don't make a right"? … But that's just me."

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google walk - To take a Google Walk (or Google Maps Walk) is to use the Google Maps Street View and its directional arrows to "walk" (or "drive") from one place to another.

e.g., I've taken several Google Walks. If I had taken one before I went back to Iowa recently after twenty-seven years, I might not have been as surprised as I was at how small some of the places I was once familiar with looked. I was aware of the phenomenon from returning to childhood haunts, but I hadn't realized until my July visit that it occurred later in life as well. | I'm pretty sure I would recognize the place if I saw it again. I may take a Google Maps Walk later to see if I can locate it.

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cog nition - The humbling, tragic moment when a young person first becomes aware that he or she is not the center of the universe, but a tiny functional part of civilization.

e.g., Sweet Caroline. Please don't wrinkle that pretty brow nor redden those beautiful blue eyes with tears, now that you realize that you're not Madam Curie, or not likely to be. Just remember that you're a gorgeous 21 year old blonde southern belle, with an acceptable I.Q., and an adorable pout. And that's pretty good for now!

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sic ill - Local Tacoma rap/hip-hop artist who makes great animated spoof/raps. {ED. This promotional entry will be deleted very quickly. As it is, it neither describes nor defines anything at all.}

e.g., Jack: Yo, you check out that latest SIC ILL joint? Jill: Yea I did, it was 100% Crazy!

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hoy pull oy - "Hoi polloi" is the Greek phrase for "the common people generally." "Hoy pull oy" is a derogatory phrase for the group of politicians who have gained wealth and some form of public stature through self-serving uses of the power of their office.

e.g., Vickie: What is our state senator's background? Mickey: His father was a grocer; he graduated from a state SUNY college, and he worked for a local publisher until he first was elected. Vickie: Is he financially successful? Mickey: Well, he's listed with ownership in several Florida properties, in several local properties, he owns a $415,000 summer home built by a general contractor he is in partnership with.... Vickie: What is his salary? Mickey: $79,500 a year. Vickie: Wow! What a powerful member of the community!' Mickey: Ya! He's a real member of the "hoy pull oy!"

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pisstration - The state of being angerlly frustrated.

e.g., The sheer quantity of ignorant conversation in the room made the pisstration pretty palpable.

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ravenstone - "In England, a tombstone is sometimes called a ravenstone.”

e.g., "Have you given any thought to what you'd like to have engraved on your ravenstone? Have you told your children." "No ravenstone for me. I've made arrangements to be cremated. The morturary will pick up my body at the hospital and take it to be cremated immediately. What's left will be placed in a subtly decorated urn with an inscription: 'He did not suffer fools gladly.' The urn will then be taken to my daughter. I've instructed the mortician to tell her, 'Your dad's in the car.'"

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backupuncture - Getting acupuncture in or on or for the bad back. {Diplicate.}

e.g., "I'm going to go to get some backupuncture today." "Goin' to Chris's office down on Main?" "Of course not. He's the one who caused the problem when he put one of his karate moves on me."

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lulerain - A portmanteau of lule (flower) and rain: so much rain that even the flowers die.

e.g., We couldn't do anything because of the lulerain. | The lulerain put me to sleep today.

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[invitatation] - An invitation, explicit or implicit, from a female (girl or woman) to fondle (or at least touch her breasts) her breasts, her tata's.

e.g., She ended up having me charged with sexual assault, but I have absolutely no doubt that she had given me an invitatation before I laid a hand on her. Next time -- if there is a next time -- I'll get it in writing.

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bolt-hole - A secret stash of money a woman (?) keeps so she can run away from her husband if she decides to.

e.g., "Some think hiding money from your spouse is as serious a breach of trust as sexual infidelity. Others, like the lady with the tea caddy, believe having a financial bolt-hole is the secret to a happy marriage."

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click-bait - Clickbait. As used here, "spin" juxtapositions of words intended to make it more likely that surfers will check out the site linked to. Used most often in conjunction with attempts at generating advertising revenue.

e.g., "The click-bait aspects of 'question headlines' is side-show, snake-oil, carnival-barker quality. Be proud, CBS. Your masters are carnies and used-car salesmen!" | Nobody is worse about using click-bait than The Drudge Report.

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abcd - [adj.] "Above and beyond the call of duty." (Also "A & B the C of D.") (Coined by Brian Jacques in his Redwall novel _Taggerung_.)

e.g., We expected him to keep track of the club's funds, but he not only kept them, he spent days encouraging donations, wangled advertising time from a local radio station, and got the club's charitable work recognized by the Governor. It's ABCD.

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occidens - [Rhymes with OX-ih-benz; n.] 1. In full, ala occidens "west wing," the TV show (now a staple on Netflix et al.) 'The West Wing,' a decidedly liberal take on the presidency of one Josiah Bartlett (played delightfully by Martin Sheen). While the liberalism and I don't get along most of the time, I enjoyed the show's first run (when I could find it), and I'm binging through it for the ... fourth? time now. The writing's very good, and the jokes are funny (most of the time). When I'm watching it, or movies like 'The American President' or 'Dave' or the (really) old classic 'Gabriel Over the Whitehouse,' I'm OCCIDENSING; [v.] 2. Watching shows like 'The West Wing,' 'Dave,' 'The American President' or 'Gabriel Over the Whitehouse'---essentially, dramatic alternate political fiction; [adj.] 3. of or pertaining to dramatic alternate political fiction: shows like 'The West Wing,' 'Dave,' 'The American President' and 'Gabriel Over the Whitehouse.'

e.g., "What are you doing?" "I'm occidensing." "What?" "I'm watching ... what's it called? ... Matilda. It's a show about a woman in the presidency who is a tyrannical reactionary, and how she alienates her friends, her family, her party, her ... well, everybody, and finally gets assassinated. It's pretty weird." "Yeah. ... occidensing? you said?" "Yeah, occidensing."

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lawsweet - A lawsuit the one suing hopes will result in a sweet payoff for her. Multiple lawsuits filed concurrently would be lawsuites.

e.g.,

Marty: What do you think the chances are that Thomas Eric Duncan's
family will file a lawsweet against the Dallas hospital he died in?

Mac: Who's Thomas -- what? Eric? -- Duncan?

Marty: The Liberian national who came to the U.S. from Africa carrying the
Ebola virus.

Mac: Riiight. With Jesse Jackson on the scene to charge racism? I'd say 100%.

Lillith: You think the hospital's staff is racist?

Mac: Doesn't matter. The hospital turned away a guy who was deathly ill and sent him home. The lawsweet will be for malpractice. I've had enough experience with doctors, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes to know how many mistakes get made. Way, way too many.

Lillith: They'd have a better chance of winning a jackpot payoff if their lawsweet was anywhere else but Texas.

Marty & Mac, at the same time: Tru dat.

Mac: Jinx, you owe me a coke.

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glc - Good Looking Crap. Refers to any visually appealing derived information products such as infographics, enhanced tables, charts. or maps that are based on unreliable, untimely, incomplete, and overall poor quality data.

e.g., The latest decision from the ethics committee was made based on a series of GLC reports which should have never seen the light of day. The committee has now asked for a new internal process to avoid any GLC. | GLC has now become a skill that some may refer to as an art, to make bad data look "sexy."

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gallina gas - The surprisingly disgusting odor wafting through the open windows of your trailer coming from a nearby chicken farm in Oklahoma or Missouri.

e.g., Susan: "Good Lord! What is that awful smell?" Donna: "It's just the chicken farm over yonder." Sheryl: "Yeah, gallina gas will stink a dog off a honey wagon."

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turothian - A historically slow or barely moving thing. Describing such movements or such a pace. The word is a combination of three historically slow animals: TUR(TURTLE)-OTH(SLOTH)-IAN(SNAIL). Pronounced(TUR-ROTH-THEE-EN).

e.g., The starfish is a turothian. | The process of home ownership can be a turothian process -- depending on what you make, on how much the house costs, on how on time with your payments that you generally are, on your credit risk, on what your bills look like over the history of your home, on whether you have to use your home to "bail" you out of debt, and on how much interest is being charged for loan services. | Elderly people aren't generally turothian, because even they are usually faster than to be technically classified as barely moving -- or historically slow. | Turothian growth can't be seen in real time with the naked eye.

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henryish - 1. Being very strong -- along with possibly being athletic. 2. Having to do with very hard work, esp. laborious work. Based on John Henry folklore. Bunyanesque already exists.

e.g., Bo Jackson was known as a henryish athlete, football player, and baseball player. | Hulk Hogan was henryish. | John Henry was a steel-driving man, known for henryish railroad track building. | Slaves often did henryish work for narcissistic and somewhat lazy slaveowners. | I never was into henryish big garden work.

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beaker - Job title for someone who works in a "chicken factory." The beaker's job is to clip the beaks of baby chicks. | A vessel in which to store a severed nose.

e.g., You thought there wasn't any job worse in a chicken factory than plucker, huh? Well, there is -- my job: beaker. | After nasal reattachment, the beaker had to be sterilized.

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pseudowatch - To pseudowatch is to not watch that which is directly in front of you. It's there, but you're not paying attention to it.

e.g., Do you remember my July 2009 joke about you getting a tattoo? Just heard a drum tattoo on a Bones episode and it reminded me of you. I'm up to the fourth season of pseudowatching the series. | By pseudowatching, I mean that I have the TV turned on but rarely look at it or listen to it. What I've found is that the series provides excellent white noise sleep by.

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mxyzptlk - Mix'-plik, according to SB. Collective noun for a group of master criminals.

e.g., I ran into a mxyzptlk of muggers in the park the other night. That's what happens when you're out late and in the wrong part of the metropolis.

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gush - A mix created by mashing together the ingredients in a falafel or a kebab, preferably with a fork. The purpose of this action is to evenly distribute the vegetables, sauce, and falafel balls|kebab meat inside the bread before eating.

e.g., I have turned the ingredients of my falafel into gush.

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squint - "Useful Scots word: Squint": "I am thinking of squint in its meaning of not straight. If you refer to a picture on a wall as being squint, or if you describe a line you have just drawn as squint, you might well not be understood by someone with no knowledge of Scots. Even if you are understood, it could be that the person concerned has simply guessed what you mean. In English this sense of squint is replaced by words such as crooked, askew, on the slant as well as not straight or not level." Ran across this while I was looking for the meaning of "squint," as in "Agent Booth, you're accessing your inner squint." Missed the context, but I think the word "squint" there might mean scientist -- but only because I found it defined as such in Urbandictionary.

e.g., "I am thinking of squint in its meaning of not straight. If you refer to a picture on a wall as being squint, or if you describe a line you have just drawn as squint, you might well not be understood by someone with no knowledge of Scots. Even if you are understood, it could be that the person concerned has simply guessed what you mean. In English this sense of squint is replaced by words such as crooked, askew, on the slant as well as not straight or not level."

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squint - "Useful Scots word: Squint": "I am thinking of squint in its meaning of not straight. If you refer to a picture on a wall as being squint, or if you describe a line you have just drawn as squint, you might well not be understood by someone with no knowledge of Scots. Even if you are understood, it could be that the person concerned has simply guessed what you mean. In English this sense of squint is replaced by words such as crooked, askew, on the slant as well as not straight or not level." |

Ran across the above use as I was looking for the meaning of squint, as in "Agent Booth, you're accessing your inner squint." Missed the context, but I think squint as used there might mean scientist -- but only because I noticed a ghit with it defined as such at Urbandictionary. … Having now read the UD entry in its entirety, I'll go with squint as being a derogatory term for scientists, "who 'squint' a lot in their work" because they must pay attention to details. Apparently, the term is used a lot on the TV show Bones -- which I've just found after 190 episodes.

e.g., Raise the right corner a bit, dear -- the picture is still squint. | "Agent Booth, you're accessing your inner squint."

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macroxenoglossophobia - Fear of long, strange words.

e.g.,

So, Charlie, you have macroxenoglossophobia, do you?

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vestiphobia -

Choked on a pineapple lately? Been attacked by a severed head? The result may be vesitphobia: a fear of clothing or of being clothed. (Also, vestiophobia.)

The above notions and the first example come from Uncyclopedia.

e.g.,

“We don’t actually ‘treat’ Vestiphobia. Nor do we ‘care.’ You’re the one with the problem, not us. We’re simply walking you through the door with at least a pair of thongs and information about your fear of clothing. There’s a process to fixing your Crabs — I mean … your pigeon flu — I mean … vestiphobia. When we push you down a flight of stairs, you’ll learn there are worse things in the world than clothing. And that you wouldn’t be in the hospital right now if you at least wore some clothes. Break the motorcycle of negative thinking.

“Even famous people have suffered from Vestiphobia. Famous people like your mum, greased up deaf guy, and that crazy hobo down the street have been through the same thing. They have words of encouragement, such as ‘It’s fabric! It won’t kill you’ and other inspirational words like ‘Put some clothes on you freak!’”

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fornicaterer - A food service specialist whose niche was sex clubs such as the notorious Plato's Retreat swingers club of the late 1970s and early 1980s. {ED. No claim a'tall of originality -- the construct is obvious. However, I had never seen it before it occurred to me as I processed the titty-twister entry with its reference to Californication.}

e.g., Fear of AIDS may well have contributed to the disappearance of most fornicaterers from the public eye. (Not that their presence was all that well-known outside certain sophisticated venues such as New Orleans, New York City, and San Francisco.)

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titty-twister - Titty twister(s). From Wiktionary: "(vulgar, slang) school prank: the act of taking a person's nipple between the thumb and forefinger and then twisting it around roughly." Heard on the season two opener of Californication, a Showtime series about. …

e.g., "I hate her. Next time I see her I'm going to give her a titty twister."

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pup - Potentially Unwanted Program. Have been seeing this for years knowing only that it referred to trash I didn't want on my computer. Finally saw it defined just a couple of minutes ago, at MajorGeeks.com

e.g., "Junkware Removal Tool is a security utility that searches for and removes common adware, toolbars, and potentially unwanted programs (PUPs) from your computer. A common tactics among freeware publishers is to offer their products for free, but bundle them with PUPs in order to earn revenue. This tool will help you remove these types of programs."

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louche - "Of questionable taste or morality." | "The term seems to have been a New York creation of the louche and criminal worlds linked to Broadway in Prohibition days. Sugar was a long-established slang term for money and heavy sugar was a lot of it. Sugar was also an endearment, which originated around this time in African-American slang and which reached a wider white audience via blues lyrics. Daddy was an obvious reference to an older man, but it may similarly have had a link to African-American slang of the time, in which a daddy was a lover with no implications of age. Heavy sugar daddy was literally an older man with lots of cash but in the theatrical world it specifically meant a rich man who pursued actresses for immoral purposes."

e.g., As far as I know, all of Chris's "girlfriends" are louche. Why else would they be attracted to him?

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hand-me-up - "The term hand-me-up appeared in several UK newspapers this past week as the result of some research by the online retailer Pixmania. It’s an obvious play on hand-me-down, which is known from the early nineteenth century, but I’d no previous memory of it and was surprised to find that it’s been around for decades. In the current sense, an early example appeared in BusinessWeek of July 1998: 'And more and more older users are joining the throng as PC prices fall and adult children give ‘hand-me-up’ computers to mom and dad.' The recent usages relate to mobile phones which young people consider outdated but which parents and older relatives, less concerned with fashion, find useful. The term can be traced back still further, to 1986, in the related sense of people passing on items of clothing to older relatives."

e.g., Just received a package in the mail: a hand-me-up phone my son sent me. Unfortunately, the $100+ shirt that was returned got lost by the USPS. Their handlers of mishandled mail sent a container of butane fuel instead. Who knew butane could be sent by mail? That's what my grandmother used to heat her house back in the 1940s and 1950s.

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algirism - "Algorism is the technique of performing basic arithmetic by writing numbers in place value form and applying a set of memorized rules and facts to the digits. One who practices algorism is known as an algorist. This system largely superseded earlier calculation systems that used a different set of symbols for each numerical magnitude and in some cases required a device such as an abacus."

e.g., I prefer solving arithmetic problems by using algorism.

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how to win an argument. - How to win an argument. 1. Talk longer than your adversary. 2. Talk louder than your adversary. 3. Talk over your adversary. The key is to never give your opposite number a chance to complete a thought. That way you can make her look stupid, even if you can't make yourself look smart.

e.g., Do you want to know how to win an argument, bucko? You have come to the right wrong place for that. Remember what we've told you time and time again: Seek wisdom elsewhere. If you're still going to school -- let's say a student under eighteen years of age -- whatever you do, never cite the pseudodictionary as a source. Your teacher will kill you for that -- and by kill, I mean she'll lower your grade. You think teachers who won't accept Wikipedia as a source are going to accept some claptrap you get from this site? Not. A. Chance. We don't even pretend to be word mavens, authoritative sources for information about words. We're here to have fun. You're here, we hope, to have fun, too. If you're here to get in a cheap shot at one of your friends, fuggeddaboudid. Your chances of getting something by our crusty, flinty-eyed editors are about as good as … well, as good as "[wresting] away millions of dollars from today's flinty-eyed, billionaire captains of sports industry."

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cut the mustard - "To meet the requirements; to measure up." Have you ever wondered where that came from?

Taken from Maurice Wessen's Dictionary of American Slang (1934). Now out of copyright, the book consists of some 422 pages of mostly one-line entries, for a total of ~13,000 slang words and expressions in use by 1934. H.L. Mencken dismissed the book as "an extremely slipshod and even ridiculous work." It may not be scholarly; however, it may well contain slang you won't run across in more scholarly works. The same can be said of Berrey and Van den Bark's American Thesaurus of Slang (1942) -- in particular from the annotated copy I finally managed to get out of storage and back in sight.

I intend to skim both books for slang and add some that catches my eye to the pd, particularly "quaint" slang that's no longer in use. … Not to put cut the mustard in the category of obsure or quaint slang. I think it's still being used, but I'm somewhat antiquated and quaint myself.

This entry is being made because I stumbled across cut the mustard as I was looking for references to Wessen's book. What I found was an explanation for the curious use of mustard. I found the material quoted below only because I inadvertently googled «"Wessen's Dictionary of American Slang" Wessen». Had I googled what I intended to («"Dictionary of American Slang" Wessen»), I might not have found The Universal Digital Library Million Book Collection. Does the word serendipity fit?

e.g., Lillith: Betsy, have you noticed how bizarre some of HD's output has become? Do you think he may be getting too old to be our Principal Editor? Betsy: I dunno. Are you saying you think he's too old to cut the mustard? You bucking for his job, Lillith? Have you forgotten that you're 100 days older than he is? … Thought so. Besides, he's always spoken in paragraphs since I met him. Lillith: You mean blathered on like an old fool? Yeah, you're right.

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serendipity - "(n) Good luck in making unexpected and fortunate discoveries."

e.g., Needed to add this real word to make an existing link work -- for an entry I had made as a result of my serendipitously running across a possible explanation for the curious use of mustard in the phrase cut the mustard.

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bible belt - "The Bible Belt is an informal term for a region in the south-eastern and south-central United States in which socially conservative evangelical Protestantism is a significant part of the culture and Christian church attendance across the denominations is generally higher than the nation's average." |
"Bible Belt (1:103) -- Bible Belt was a term which H. L. Mencken coined in 1924, basing it on such phrases as Cotton Belt and Corn Belt, he intended it to refer to the rural areas of the South and Midwest where a fundamentalist belief in the historical accuracy of the Bible held sway. Mencken first used the phrase as part of a heading in the 'Americana' section of the American Mercury (111:10, October 1924, p. 171): 'Progress of the New Jurisprudence in the Bible Belt, as described in a Centerville dispatch to the Ottumwa [Iowa] Courier.' The phrase appears frequently in later issues (November 1924, p. 290; February 1925, p. 154; etc.) and in the fourth edition of Mencken's The American Language (New York, 1936, pp. 230, 239, 309, 522), though there is no mention of it in the editions of 1919, 1921, and 1923. Mathews' Dictionary of Americanisms provides two examples dated February 1926 and June 1948. Mencken subsequently coined similar phrases -- Epworth League Belt (American Mercury, January 1925) and Bryan Belt (ibid., November 1925), but these did not 'catch on.' -- Mac E. Barrick, Shippensburg State College, Shippensburg, Pa."

e.g., I lived outside the Bible Belt during some of the best years of my life, but that was just coincidental.

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rakehell - "A lewd, dissolute fellow; a debauchee; a rake." A real word that's fallen into disuse.

e.g., I've been watching Californication off and on for the last day or so. Do any of the male characters count as rakehells?

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zzentry - The final entry in a dictionary.

e.g., Typically, many dictionaries will have the word 'zebra' as the Zzentry, but that's all in the past now.

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opusculum - "An assessment both appropriate and modest. An opusculum is a little work, usually a book."
Mr Quinion goes on: "For most of us, opusculum means nothing, which disgusted the late Anthony Burgess. In one of his diatribes in old age lamenting the decline of education he challenged guests at his dinner table with idiolect [micro-dialect], palinlogue [a palinlogue of a word is made by writing its letters backwards. All palindromes are palinlogues, but not all palinromes are palinlogues. (?)], desquamation [loss of bits of outer skin by peeling or shedding or coming off in scales], lesbic [Of, relating to, or being a lesbian.], autophagous, monophthongal, autocephalous, inesculent, allomorph, strabismus … and opusculum." (ED. Well, I'm certainly challenged — by every single one of them.}

e.g., If I put all that I've written since I retired into a book, it might take thousands of printed pages. Still, it would be an opusculum.

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wabi-sabi - Finding beauty in the imperfections, an acceptance of the cycle of life and death, in Japanese

e.g., Those on Death Row have the ultimate sense of wabi-sabi in their final days.

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kabelsalat - A mess of tangled cables, literally (from German) "cable salad."

e.g., The audio equipment backstage created a kabelsalat to support the band onstage.

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jug - Jail, etc.

Synonyms: bastille, big house [slang], bridewell, brig, calaboose, can, clink [slang], cooler, coop, guardroom, hock, hold, hoosegow, jailhouse, joint [slang], jail, lockup, nick [British slang], pen, penitentiary, pokey [slang], prison, quod [British slang], slam, slammer, stir [slang], stockade, tolbooth [Scottish]

e.g., Beam me up, Scotty; I'll risk incomplete consubstantiation rather than stay in this jug any longer. | I always knew Sam would end up in (the) jug. |

As a verb: "The luckless crooks got jugged before they knew what hit them." Synonyms: {confined | detained| imprisoned | locked up | put behind bars | put in jail}.

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islamophobiaphobia - Greg Gutfeld claims to have invented the word, as Islamophobia-phobia: "fear of being labeled Islamophobic." I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and not look for a use earlier than August 29, 2010.

e.g., The further to the right you are in the American political spectrum, the less likely you are to be an islamophobiaphobic and the more likely you are to be islamophobic.

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mister mxyzptlk - Wikipedia: "Mister Mxyzptlk (mix-yez'-pit-l-ick | mix-yez'-pit-lick), sometimes called Mxy, is an impish supervillain who appears in DC Comics' Superman comic books."

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"That dude was a little prick, but he did a fine job of making the Superfriends look like the square, hokey, boring, fist-resting-on-hips, knobs that they were. Did they ever make a Mxyzpltlk for the new Justice League? I like Justice League! Way different from their '80s counterparts. I just wish I had more time to watch it."

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windsday - Wendsday. Wednesday.

e.g., I'm agonna tell Mom what you said Windsday night. She'll be appalled that you were so crass and insensitive. |

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tweet - A ≤140-character message that says, "Look at me. Look at me." (That took only sixty-one characters.)

e.g., Look at me. Look at me. Tweets are for twits. Look at me. Look at me. You can say a lot in seventy characters. Look at me. Look at me again.

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submitt - A second rate glove.

e.g., John said that the glove he bought from ABC was already falling apart. It was a submitt.

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huszonager - (n) Huszonager, a person between twenty and twenty-nine years old. Huszon is a Hungarian word for twenty. Has the same syllabification as the word Teletubbies: hor-zin-ager . (adj) huszonage, has the same syllabification as the word family: hor-zin-age .

e.g., Eric, a twenty-year-old player for the Boston Celtics, performed the best in our last NBA game. I think he is the most promising huszonager of his time.

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punctionary - Quite simply a portmanteau of pun and dictionary. It represents any book, index, inventory, etc. of puns. Basically a gargantuan list of puns is equivalent to a dictionary of puns, hence the term puctionary. FYI: Just came up with the term after it dawned on me how replete the pseudodictionary was with puns.

e.g., Alice embodied a pun machine after poring over a punctionary the previous night, her friends found her quite amusing.

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gliesian - Of, pertaining to, or like the Gliese System or its hypothetical inhabitants of associated planets.

e.g., "In 2008, a message from earth was digitally sent to the Gliese System, in hopes that the Gliesians would receive it and reply. So far, zilch." "Umm, how far away is this Gliese System?" "You're right. Scratch that. It's more than twenty-two light years away, so there's no way we could have received a response by now. What was I thinking?"

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pmht - A way of apologising for dumping your own personal hashtags on someone else's property. This includes forum, webpages, social etc. It can also be written as #pardonmyhashtag.

e.g., I'm really sorry for posting on your site but I've just got some new designs on my website. #BuyMyStuff #pardonmyhashtag #PMHT

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flusterdate - To cause someone to be simultaneously frustrated and flustered.

e.g., "Try not to let your mother-in-law flusterdate you during her visit." That's be might nigh impossible. She's planning to stay six weeks, possible a couple of months or more."

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swageport - To channel your inner swag and use the energy to vanish from a scene. Think teleportation.

e.g., This party sucks. I'm swageporting.

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wifing - A term of endearment that describes the delightful & regular habit of your dearly beloved to say something to you (seemingly under her breath) just as you are about to leave the room, or are halfway up the stairs or are in the process of concluding a phone call.

e.g., When speaking to a friend on the phone: "I'm sorry, Jack, Earlene was wifing me and I didn't hear what either one of you said. | Honey, you keep wifing me, but you know I can't hear you when the water's running.

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selfpromi - A photo posted publicly, to promote anything. In my case my pots, tiles, chawan tea bowls etc. online to create awareness of what I do.

e.g., As a ceramic artist/potter I post a selfpromi of some of my latest work on Facebook, and elsewhere. I recently posted a selfpromi selfpromi of my work that's in an international exhibition.

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deerest friend - Someone who will buy her friend a cheeseburger at two in the morning if asked.

e.g., Andy is Katy's deerest friend because he bought her a cheeseburger in the middle of the night.

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fruitile - Fruitless + futile. From "The Dick Van Dyke" Show, Season 4, episode 3, "Love and the Babysitter," written by Bill Persky and Sam Denoff. Originally aired October 7, 1964 (from Wikipedia).

e.g., I've tried to get her to notice me, but my efforts have been fruitile.

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maniative - To sporadically rotate aggressive mental states in short succession due to caffeine- or alcohol-induced chemical exposure to thrash metal in industrialized complexes.

e.g., My imbalanced mind is unacceptable. It's maniative.

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withdrouwral - An act or process of withdrawing: retreat, removal, or detachment, when said by Cat Morgan.

e.g., I hate it when I'm reading something coming and then see the word withdrouwral coming.

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doxionary - The Oxford English Dictionary

e.g., It may be in Webster's, but is it in the Doxionary?

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coprotopia - A social system that is utterly crappy.

e.g., It dawned on John that he would never be able to get out of his shabby rental since he was stuck living in a dismal coprotopia.

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asshold - One who internally retains toxicity.

e.g., Schickeldorf is full of crap. He keeps his negativity bundled up inside and it makes him toxic to himself and everyone around him. He is an asshold.

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feelaquarts - Feeling something unbelievably soft, or unbelievable rough. Often used when feeling giant man-eating reptiles.

e.g., "Do you want to come with me on the feelaquarts safari in Africa? We'd be there about six weeks." "Er, umm … did you say man-eating reptiles? If you did, I think I'll take a pass -- unless you're paying all expenses. Are you?"

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finae nae - To be better than other people, at everything.

e.g., "I feel as if I'm finae nae than all you mother suckers." "Keep feelin' that way … while you can. You'll find out different soon enough."

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ennuiderdog - An apathetic, unmotivated dachshund.

e.g., Ignoring my offer of bacon, my ennuinerdog Abbergator looked at me through barely-open eyes, unable to even muster up the effort to open her mouth.

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aftbears - Opposite of forebears, i.e., descendants: "all of the offspring of a given progenitor."

e.g., Yogi knew his forebears had always lived in Jellystone, but he wondered if his aftbears would, too.

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forbert - Lame. Not the limping variety of lame.

e.g., Korra's example was fobert. Maybe she'll honor us by resubmitting her word with an example she's given more thought to.

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q poll - A poll conducted by Quinnipiac University.

e.g.,

You're trying to persuade me to change my mind by citing results of a Q Poll? Fuggeddaboudid, MadamDeb. You're barking up the wrong tree … again. |

Never have seen a Q Poll that I trusted and I'm not going to start now.


"Andrew S. Tanenbaum, the founder of the poll-analysis website Electoral-vote.com, compared major pollsters' performances in the 2010 midterm Senate elections and concluded that Quinnipiac was the most accurate, with a mean error of 2.0 percent."

Hard to accept that conclusion about any Q Poll -- largely because the polling data comes primarily from 150+ QU students. I simply don't trust college students not to cook the books, especially college students in the Northeast.

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acolytebloke - Any former sideman of any Billy Childish band or other similar Billy Childish turn out.

e.g., I wouldn't wanna be one of them cast off Billy Childish acolyteblokes, pretending they're something going forward off the back of their past involvement with him.

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swiggledawhizz - What you call a person who's a complete jerk, but is so cool everybody loves her. «See Rich Boy, Primadonna, and Horrible Lovable Wonky-Tonky Slumwhack.»

e.g., I can't believe Mom invited so many swiggledawhizz to my party. I'll never forgive her. Never. «Emma's too polite to call any of her friends a swiggledawhizz, but she apparently knows several. »

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aerotheuthida - A flying squid. The aerotheuthida is a magnificent creature coming in shades of grey, blue, purple, and even on rare occasions, rainbow. It's delicate flesh is covered in a film that allows it to become invisible to the human eye. Its flighters are located in the center of its tentacles. The aerotheuthida can grow from about two inches (cute widdle baby size) to about three miles long (grandpa size). They also eat humans.

e.g., Tommy, look at dat! It's da aerotheuthida. It's flying. Look at dat. Tommy, look at dat.

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pleisure - The enjoyment that comes from doing nothing.

e.g., It was my pleisure to spend the entire afternoon tweezing my gray hairs.

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klarflunking - Said of the sound you voice makes when you say you have a frog in your throat.

e.g., Ignore my voice, it's klarflunking again.

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art bullies - Art people who hate on non-art people when they're interested in buying art.

e.g., Chris and Ras are art bullies.

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smilifier - Someone who is good at making others smile.

e.g., I love Sandra; she's such a smilifier.

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mikon - Mikon comes from "my con," short for "my condolences." You say this to someone bereaved to indicate that you feel sorry for them and hope they can feel better soon. {ED. Unfortunately, I've heard "My condolences" many, many more times than I've wanted to the last several months. "Mikon" would be welcome respite.}

e.g., "My grandad's very ill … I'm really worried about him." "I'm sure he'll be fine … mikon."

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wordgoat - This word refers to the curiosity of goats. So, a wordgoat is someone who is always curious to learn new, interesting words.

e.g., My friend is such a wordgoat. She can't read a word she doesn't know without instantly wanting to know its meaning, its etymology, its antonyms, and synonyms -- in a word: everything.

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utopify - To make something into a utopia, that is, an idealistic world. Antonym: dystopify.

e.g., World leaders should work together to utopify our planet.

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dystopify - To make something into a dystopia, that is, a world that is as far away from moral, psychological, and economical stability as possible. Antonym: to utopify.

e.g., The Hunger Games' Panem is a dystopified version of today's America, with many parallels and metaphors.

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caprasic - Comes from the Latin word "'Capra," referring to the goat family. Caprasic means "goatlike." It might refer to any of a goat's renowned qualities or representations, but particularly frivolity or childish curiosity. Similar to capricious but is a more positive adjective.

e.g., My mother's more caprasic than many people of her vintage -- she always wants to know new things.

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awesomnity - Noun related to adjective awesome. When saying people are awesome, you might refer to them as possessing "pure awesomnity" -- or something along those lines.

e.g., My sister is pure awesomnity.

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unignorable - Something so obvious you can't ignore it, often something bad so people would want to pretend it didn't exist. | Someone really awesome who it would be outrageous to ignore.

e.g.,

It was unignorable that there was no way Ernest could get his job back. You can't tell the owner of the company "Up yours" followed by "Go eff yourself and the horse you rode in on" and not have repercussions. |

"How was your date?" "She was … unignorable. That's as generous as I'll be. … Oh, what the hell. She was another linebacker, not at all like two blind dates I had where my dates were dolls. Married the first one inside a few months … and lived happily ever after, for fifty-two years plus. Lucky me.

"The second got short shrift from me -- because I was hook-line-and-sinker gone by the time she showed up on the scene. The only reason I dated her at all was that I needed a date for a mandatory fraternity function."

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wristophobia - Fear of wrists, or simply being repulsed by them. Often related to the fact that veins are so prominent in this area. {ED. Reminding your … favorite editor that she needs to get back to work on her canonical list of phobias, terms of venery, etc.}

e.g., I have serious wristophobia; seeing wrists makes me feel ill.

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consistentpatience - When you are constipated you need consistent patience on the toilet. Consistipatience, constipatience.

e.g., I tried and tried to defecate and had to use consistent patience to finally have a bowel movement. {ED. TMI, Frank, but the editors are in a generous mood today.

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cotelling - Combining camping with staying in a motel; it involves bringing a cooler into your room, cooking on a campstove in the parking lot, and using your sleeping bag for extra warmth or bed space. {ED. The only kind of camping my wife and I ever cared for.}

e.g., We saved a bundle when we went to Lake George by cotelling for a few nights. Campstove coffee beats cappuccino any day.

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stupir - An act/action so idiotic (or stupid), it leaves the observer completely dumbfounded or in a stupor.

e.g., omg--did you see linda try to light her cigarette by bending over the kerosene lamp? what a stupir! she's got no eyebrows anymore.

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usrael - A made-up word that captures the essence of the political economic and military merger of Israel and the United States.

e.g., Iran views its geopolitical struggle as a conflict with Usrael.

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chalast - A combination of confidence, sarcasm, grace, talent, pride, dettachment, boldness, and sharpness. Chalast does not necessarily imply virtue. One who has chalast has no shame or embarrassment in making any public reputation of themselves as long as they see it's merit.

e.g., What someone with chalast would say: I understand the business, I hear it: to have an open ear, a quick eye, and a nimble hand, is necessary for a cut-purse; a good nose is requisite also, to smell out work for the other senses. I see this is the time that the unjust man doth thrive. What an exchange had this been without boot! What a boot is here with this exchange! Sure the gods do this year connive at us, and we may do any thing extempore. The prince himself is about a piece of iniquity, stealing away from his father with his clog at his heels: if I thought it were a piece of honesty to acquaint the king withal, I would not do't: I hold it the more knavery to conceal it; and therein am I constant to my profession. (taken from a monologue by Autolycus in "A Winter's Tale" by Shakespeare)

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self-abrogation - Self-deprecation for lawyers.

e.g., Lawyers don't need to commit suicide; they just self-abrogate. | The interrogation was a success -- the criminal self-abrogated before a question was asked and told us everything. A lot more than we wanted to hear. Some of us missed the bus home. You can self-deprecate all the time, but once you self-abrogate, you're done.

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self-abrogation - Self-deprecation for lawyers.

e.g., Lawyers don't need to commit suicide; they just self-abrogate. | The interrogation was a success -- the criminal self-abrogated before a question was asked and told us everything. A lot more than we wanted to hear. Some of us missed the bus home. You can self-deprecate all the time, but once you self-abrogate, you're done.

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self-abrogation - Self-deprecation for lawyers.

e.g., Lawyers don't need to commit suicide; they just self-abrogate. | The interrogation was a success -- the criminal self-abrogated before a question was asked and told us everything. A lot more than we wanted to hear. Some of us missed the bus home. You can self-deprecate all the time, but once you self-abrogate, you're done.

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self-abrogation - Self-deprecation for lawyers.

e.g., Lawyers don't need to commit suicide; they just self-abrogate. | The interrogation was a success -- the criminal self-abrogated before a question was asked and told us everything. A lot more than we wanted to hear. Some of us missed the bus home. You can self-deprecate all the time, but once you self-abrogate, you're done.

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petance or pettance - (n) An obsession or love for pets or animals: SPEC., that interferes with priorities, that is excessive (esp. seriously limiting one's potential), that is mired in immorality or indecorum, or that is somehow taboo or warped. Pet + romance. Petance: pee-tens; pettance: pet-tens. Petantic, petantical, petantically.

e.g., Her pettance was so strong within her that she would give CPR "bare" to wild animals. | Animal wranglers and the like often display petance by putting their lives in danger to get that perfect photo, by doing what they love, etc. | Her petance did not fully add up logically, because she questioned him about eating hamburger and she wore leather.

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petance or pettance - (n) An obsession or love for pets or animals: SPEC., that interferes with priorities, that is excessive (esp. seriously limiting one's potential), that is mired in immorality or indecorum, or that is somehow taboo or warped. Pet + romance. Petance: pee-tens; pettance: pet-tens. Petantic, petantical, petantically.

e.g., Her pettance was so strong within her that she would give CPR "bare" to wild animals. | Animal wranglers and the like often display petance by putting their lives in danger to get that perfect photo, by doing what they love, etc. | Her petance did not fully add up logically, because she questioned him about eating hamburger and she wore leather.

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petance or pettance - (n) An obsession or love for pets or animals: SPEC., that interferes with priorities, that is excessive (esp. seriously limiting one's potential), that is mired in immorality or indecorum, or that is somehow taboo or warped. Pet + romance. Petance: pee-tens; pettance: pet-tens. Petantic, petantical, petantically.

e.g., Her pettance was so strong within her that she would give CPR "bare" to wild animals. | Animal wranglers and the like often display petance by putting their lives in danger to get that perfect photo, by doing what they love, etc. | Her petance did not fully add up logically, because she questioned him about eating hamburger and she wore leather.

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petance or pettance - (n) An obsession or love for pets or animals: SPEC., that interferes with priorities, that is excessive (esp. seriously limiting one's potential), that is mired in immorality or indecorum, or that is somehow taboo or warped. Pet + romance. Petance: pee-tens; pettance: pet-tens. Petantic, petantical, petantically.

e.g., Her pettance was so strong within her that she would give CPR "bare" to wild animals. | Animal wranglers and the like often display petance by putting their lives in danger to get that perfect photo, by doing what they love, etc. | Her petance did not fully add up logically, because she questioned him about eating hamburger and she wore leather.

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nemeither - (v) 1. To agree 2. Agreeing while overly exhausted: synonymous with "me neither." 3. the third person's expression when all three parties agree in the negative.

e.g., Amy: "I don't want to go out." Bea: "Me neither." Clarice: "Nemeither." | Craig: "Did you just say nemeither?"

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nemeither - (v) 1. To agree 2. Agreeing while overly exhausted: synonymous with "me neither." 3. the third person's expression when all three parties agree in the negative.

e.g., Amy: "I don't want to go out." Bea: "Me neither." Clarice: "Nemeither." | Craig: "Did you just say nemeither?"

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nemeither - (v) 1. To agree 2. Agreeing while overly exhausted: synonymous with "me neither." 3. the third person's expression when all three parties agree in the negative.

e.g., Amy: "I don't want to go out." Bea: "Me neither." Clarice: "Nemeither." | Craig: "Did you just say nemeither?"

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nemeither - (v) 1. To agree 2. Agreeing while overly exhausted: synonymous with "me neither." 3. the third person's expression when all three parties agree in the negative.

e.g., Amy: "I don't want to go out." Bea: "Me neither." Clarice: "Nemeither." | Craig: "Did you just say nemeither?"

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duhmb - Exhibiting extreme idiocy in any given situation.

e.g., Ellen set her hair on fire by bending over the kerosene lantern to light her cigarette. How duhmb can you be?

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duhmb - Exhibiting extreme idiocy in any given situation.

e.g., Ellen set her hair on fire by bending over the kerosene lantern to light her cigarette. How duhmb can you be?

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duhmb - Exhibiting extreme idiocy in any given situation.

e.g., Ellen set her hair on fire by bending over the kerosene lantern to light her cigarette. How duhmb can you be?

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duhmb - Exhibiting extreme idiocy in any given situation.

e.g., Ellen set her hair on fire by bending over the kerosene lantern to light her cigarette. How duhmb can you be?

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verbalexting - Method with which to express an idea or thought, in words, by texting it. {ED. Verbal texting, I suppose, would be saying something, having your smartphone recognize, and then sending a text message.)

e.g., I suggest verbalexting your idea, as difficult as it may be.

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lumpatious - (adj) Pessimistic; rude, mean, not very likable.

e.g., Don't have such a lumpatious attitude.

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lumpatious - (adj) Pessimistic; rude, mean, not very likable.

e.g., Don't have such a lumpatious attitude.

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lumpatious - (adj) Pessimistic; rude, mean, not very likable.

e.g., Don't have such a lumpatious attitude.

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lumpatious - (adj) Pessimistic; rude, mean, not very likable.

e.g., Don't have such a lumpatious attitude.

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f&f - Abbreviation for "file and forget."  Used with either "file" or "folder" (as in "F&F file" or "F&F folder"), it is the final repository for mandatory paperwork that is created as a result of procedural requirement but is ultimately unnecessary or of no consequence.

e.g., The police officer took a report when my iPhone got stolen, but I'm sure it wound up in the F&F file.

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f&f - Abbreviation for "file and forget."  Used with either "file" or "folder" (as in "F&F file" or "F&F folder"), it is the final repository for mandatory paperwork that is created as a result of procedural requirement but is ultimately unnecessary or of no consequence.

e.g., The police officer took a report when my iPhone got stolen, but I'm sure it wound up in the F&F file.

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f&f - Abbreviation for "file and forget."  Used with either "file" or "folder" (as in "F&F file" or "F&F folder"), it is the final repository for mandatory paperwork that is created as a result of procedural requirement but is ultimately unnecessary or of no consequence.

e.g., The police officer took a report when my iPhone got stolen, but I'm sure it wound up in the F&F file.

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f&f - Abbreviation for "file and forget."  Used with either "file" or "folder" (as in "F&F file" or "F&F folder"), it is the final repository for mandatory paperwork that is created as a result of procedural requirement but is ultimately unnecessary or of no consequence.

e.g., The police officer took a report when my iPhone got stolen, but I'm sure it wound up in the F&F file.

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netteranian - An individual who could (or has) posed for illustrations of diseases or conditions in medical books or journals. This is in reference to the famous Illustrator and Author, Frank Netter, MD.

e.g., Intern: "That one-legged obese man in the wheel chair smoking a cigarette with the oxygen mask on top of his head is a classic Netteranian." Attending Physician: "Yes, but his Medical Insurance pays well."

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netteranian - An individual who could (or has) posed for illustrations of diseases or conditions in medical books or journals. This is in reference to the famous Illustrator and Author, Frank Netter, MD.

e.g., Intern: "That one-legged obese man in the wheel chair smoking a cigarette with the oxygen mask on top of his head is a classic Netteranian." Attending Physician: "Yes, but his Medical Insurance pays well."

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netteranian - An individual who could (or has) posed for illustrations of diseases or conditions in medical books or journals. This is in reference to the famous Illustrator and Author, Frank Netter, MD.

e.g., Intern: "That one-legged obese man in the wheel chair smoking a cigarette with the oxygen mask on top of his head is a classic Netteranian." Attending Physician: "Yes, but his Medical Insurance pays well."

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netteranian - An individual who could (or has) posed for illustrations of diseases or conditions in medical books or journals. This is in reference to the famous Illustrator and Author, Frank Netter, MD.

e.g., Intern: "That one-legged obese man in the wheel chair smoking a cigarette with the oxygen mask on top of his head is a classic Netteranian." Attending Physician: "Yes, but his Medical Insurance pays well."

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burgalerd - To be robbed. The actual word is burglarized.

e.g., We got home and we saw the window smashed in. Oh, my gosh. We got burgalerd.

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burgalerd - To be robbed. The actual word is burglarized.

e.g., We got home and we saw the window smashed in. Oh, my gosh. We got burgalerd.

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burgalerd - To be robbed. The actual word is burglarized.

e.g., We got home and we saw the window smashed in. Oh, my gosh. We got burgalerd.

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burgalerd - To be robbed. The actual word is burglarized.

e.g., We got home and we saw the window smashed in. Oh, my gosh. We got burgalerd.

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table pizza - A pizza for sharing amongst a group, typically ordered as a side dish to main meals,

e.g., Man, we should get a table pizza, too.

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table pizza - A pizza for sharing amongst a group, typically ordered as a side dish to main meals,

e.g., Man, we should get a table pizza, too.

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table pizza - A pizza for sharing amongst a group, typically ordered as a side dish to main meals,

e.g., Man, we should get a table pizza, too.

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table pizza - A pizza for sharing amongst a group, typically ordered as a side dish to main meals,

e.g., Man, we should get a table pizza, too.

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codicodos - The smell, odor, or olfactory essence of old books, as what one is filled with upon entering a bookstore, library, or archive. This comes from the cell walls of wood and other organic material breaking down over time, the primary one being lignin. From the old latin words: codex (plural codices), which meant "block of wood" split into bound leaves or tablets and written on, and odos, the archaic form of odor.

e.g., As the door to the impossibly bigger book shop opened, my nose filled with codicodos, the smell of books from many years past living their lives upon the shelves.

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codicodos - The smell, odor, or olfactory essence of old books, as what one is filled with upon entering a bookstore, library, or archive. This comes from the cell walls of wood and other organic material breaking down over time, the primary one being lignin. From the old latin words: codex (plural codices), which meant "block of wood" split into bound leaves or tablets and written on, and odos, the archaic form of odor.

e.g., As the door to the impossibly bigger book shop opened, my nose filled with codicodos, the smell of books from many years past living their lives upon the shelves.

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codicodos - The smell, odor, or olfactory essence of old books, as what one is filled with upon entering a bookstore, library, or archive. This comes from the cell walls of wood and other organic material breaking down over time, the primary one being lignin. From the old latin words: codex (plural codices), which meant "block of wood" split into bound leaves or tablets and written on, and odos, the archaic form of odor.

e.g., As the door to the impossibly bigger book shop opened, my nose filled with codicodos, the smell of books from many years past living their lives upon the shelves.

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codicodos - The smell, odor, or olfactory essence of old books, as what one is filled with upon entering a bookstore, library, or archive. This comes from the cell walls of wood and other organic material breaking down over time, the primary one being lignin. From the old latin words: codex (plural codices), which meant "block of wood" split into bound leaves or tablets and written on, and odos, the archaic form of odor.

e.g., As the door to the impossibly bigger book shop opened, my nose filled with codicodos, the smell of books from many years past living their lives upon the shelves.

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yayth - A thing imbued with super-awesomeness can also be said to have been "taken to the yayth degree."

e.g., "Well, happy children, to what degree has this pseudodictionary entry taken us? Hm?" "Why, to the yayth degree, Uncle Sandy!"

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bovilacts - Milk. Short for "bovine lactations." Yes, it's stupid, but I use it, so I think it's a word. (ED. It's for sure a word now -- well, a pseudo-word. Sorry you had to wait so long to get your name up in lights, Sandy, but we just regained access to the back-end to process entries yesterday. Please visit again with more neologisms.)

e.g., Hey ho! I'm off out for a pint of bovilacts for my tea.

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sparkly-pants - A person receiving widespread and effusive adulation for rather trivial or ultimately meaningless achievements.

e.g., Saw sparkly-pants David Beckham at the bus-stop. He sparkled.

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omnipest - A person who you can't help but wish would go away who keeps showing up in your life at random moments, seemingly timed to appear at the worst possible moment.

e.g., Aaaargh! Omnipest Eddie was at the bloody cinema. Has he a cloning machine?

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metapharce - A metaphor so badly handled it becomes farcical.

e.g., _Lady in the Water_ is one giant metapharce for M Night Shyamalan's oversensitivity to criticism.

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effortescent - An adjective used to describe people who put vastly more effort, optimism, enthusiasm, and energy into a project that it might reasonably require.

e.g., My effortescent husband has clipped the hedge. … With my nail scissors.

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shlub - A generic term encompassing all phenomena that spend the attention for the sake of spending it rather than using it for something constructive or even enjoyable. Music interspersed between statements of "your call is important to us," dinner conversations about patios, executive toys, an that sort of thing. Also a verb: "to shlub," i.e., to spend someone else's attention on topics of interest to nobody, not even yourself, for the sake of making conversation.

e.g., Saw Jonathan the other day, spent an hour talking about cellophane production. Shlubbed out.

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factastic - An adjective applicable to a written work stuffed with facts that are undeniably true but bear no real relation to the work's premise in any way.

e.g., Wow! That Intelligent Design lecture was totally factastic. {Duplicate.}

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factitious - An adjective applicable to a written work containing lots of facts that appear superficially to support it's premise but doesn't really do so in any logical way. (I'm surprised to see that this wasn't already in the pd as a blend of fact+fictitious, its more common definition.)

e.g., John's analysis of Carl Jung's theories was totally factitious -- what did last year's UFO sighting statistics have to do with anything?

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fandatory - Any opinion widely held in a fandom of any work that is assumed or implied to be an indication of being a "proper" fan of the work by those holding it.

e.g., I've never understood that fandatory thing where people over a certain age are supposed to hate Ewoks.

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indefatigable samurais - An alternative title for c-level executives who have an unquenchable thirst for working on their business with passion and excitement.

e.g., She is the Chief Indefatigable Samurai at her company. | He runs his business like a indefatigable samurai.

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konzoggle - Extreme frustration, to the point that veins are sticking out of your neck, your face is bright red, and steam is coming out of your ears. (ED. You become a cartoon character?)

e.g., I am konzoggled with the amount of homework I have right now. I'll never get it done.

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discriminatism - Discriminatism is an act of violence or aggression stemming from discrimination towards a specific group or citizen body with in society. Committed either overtly or covertly. Discriminatism can be based on race, gender, faith, age, social, class, or political standing . Discriminatism a violent act committed against ethnic minorities. Discriminatism a violent act committed against the elderly in nursing homes. Discriminatism a violent act committed against one group by another, simply based on their religious beliefs.

e.g., "Do you think we need more laws to deal with discriminatism?" "No. As far as I'm concerned, we have too many laws of all kinds already."

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capitalutionism - Refers to the three inevitable evolutional stages of capitalism. This process is categorised into three consecutive levels or steps. (1) Economic capitalism: All focus and activity is exclusively involved with matters of finance and industry. (2) Crony or corrupt Capitalism: This refers to a process whereby capitalism spills over into politics and via various special interest or lobby groups it is able to influence government legislation and policies etc.� (3) State capitalism or Socialism: This refers to the time when capitalism ultimately replaces the conventional national government or political state and essentially becomes the state or system of government.

e.g., Capitalutionism is the progressional evolving of capitalism in the United states for the past two or three centuries. Capitalism initially was a purely economic system, focusing exclusively on matters of finance and Industry. However, over time it has evolved and has been transformed in to a major element in American politics.

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proletariatism - It is a non-socialist or communist political system. It is the concept of a principled statesman driven system of government which is overseen exclusively by elected members of the common working class citizenry. Proletariatism is unique in comparison with traditional political systems in that its core principle is neither party politics driven, nor economically driven as in capitalist|socialist systems. Proletariatism is a system of government which aims to foster and forward the joint activism of the working class majority allowing them the ability to become more involved in matters of state.

e.g., Proletariatism is a system to be adapted in to any free government state, which can be either a democracy or a republic.

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leisiate - To be at leisure.

e.g., We are going to our beach house with friends to leisiate for the weekend. | This weekend we are going to leisiate for a while and then do some food shopping. | Best vacation ever. We got on the cruise and spent the next seven days leisiating to our hearts content. | The resort provides everything you would need to leisiate for days on end

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stnoed - The mispronounced way the word "stoned" is often said when one is extremely stoned. Pronounced "snowed" -- the t is silent.)

e.g., Don't know 'bout you but I'm really stnoed.

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declineation - A refusal to accept.

e.g., I accept your declineation of the job offer.

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doush doush - Good.

e.g., Overall, today was doush doush.

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gaudify - To make overly gaudy.

e.g., Don't gaudify your x-mas tree.

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humon - (n) hu·mon [hyo͞oˈmon] A human who is learning to live as one with humanity and earth. [Roots: hum (earth, man), mon (one)]

e.g., Evolving into humons is the next step in human evolution.

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permagreived - Made to suffer grief for the rest of one's live. Parents who have suffered the death of a child will be brokenhearted for the rest their lives.

e.g., Jim and Sally were permagrieved in 1996.

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guitarathlon - Playing guitar as fast as possible as if it were a sporting event. A neologism and a portmanteau; Guitar + (Athletics) with a word inflection, -athlon.

e.g., The guitarists on YouTube partake in a live guitarathlon event this night.

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people-lation - The number of inhabitants or residents of an area based on the information provided using new estimation methods such as crowd sourcing andr data exhaust models. The population numbers by the people based on the people.

e.g., In the 32nd century the population of utopia was estimated based on the last census to be only 1.5 billion. While the people-lation was clearly over 3.2 billion.

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snuclear - Used when a country pretends to be acquiring nuclear resources for energy only but is also moving towards making nuclear bombs.

e.g., While Iran says it wants nuclear for power, many people believe them to be acting in a snuclear manner and may actually be desiring nuclear bombs.

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parson's law - Something which does not function obeys the law discovered by Physicist Nick Parsons: Parsons' Law.

e.g., This apparatus doesn't work, emonstrating Parsons' Law.

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billax - Make or become less tense or anxious around bill time.

e.g., She felt completely billaxed as she opened the letterbox.

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xenesthemia - Xenesthemia: experiencing an unknown emotion. Xenesthemic -- noun: someone who experiences an unknown emotion; adjective: pertaining to an unknown emotion. To xenestheme -- to experience or appear to be experiencing an unknown emotion.

e.g., He went to the psychiatrist because he was scared by having a xenesthemia. | The serial killer's confession was totally xenesthemic.

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datachondriacs - People who continually think their computers ares infected with some kind of virus, malware, or spyware.

e.g., My friend spends hundreds of dollars a month at the computer repair shop because he is a datachondriac.

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pre-existing condition - (n) Any medical condition a patient already has at the beginning of new health insurance policy, the coverage of which would force the company's executives to acquire fewer mansions, yachts, etc., or cut bottom-level staff to maintain their lifestyles

e.g., Medical staff can't give their services away any more than I can work for the big-box store for free. However, the insurance company's refusal to cover my medical bill for a "pre-existing condition" is just wrong. It was a heart attack, for Pete's sake, not a trip to Tahiti.

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avalanchi - (n) What happens when a series of multiple man-made items fall off an organization-linked item such as a locker, portfolio, or binder owned by a disorganized person.

e.g., When Tom opened his locker, an avalanchi came out and buried the floor with papers.

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clintonistic - Descriptive of a politician who is willing to sacrifice the public interest in order to reach her own political goals.

e.g., Let's vote down these clintonistic politicians, as their performance has been despicable.

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aazizakhmadjonov - The word means idiot.

e.g., Azizbek is azizakhmadjonov.

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la la la - Somewhat humorously used in place of any noun when you're too lazy to think of the actual word, especially if you know the person you're addressing will know what you mean. Invented by Steve Eddington.

e.g., Do you have time to drive me to the la la la?

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anglish - Anger+English.

e.g., He reacted to that insult very anglishly. He reacted to that insult with Anglish.

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zurker - Zurker: A new social network. Zurkers: People who use Zurker. Zurk: To zurk is to express appreciation for something, similar to Facebook "like, except it makes more sense. For example, if someone posts about a disaster in which hundreds of people die, it doesn't make sense to "like" it. So, zurk it. Zen: Digital currency from Zurker.

e.g., "I thought you were coming to the play last weekend." "I had planned to, but I got engrossed in zurking and forgot about it. Sorry."

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discernmenterrorism - Aka discernment-terrorism or discrimination-terrorism.

  
An act of violence or aggression stemming from discrimination towards a specific group or citizen body with in a society -- committed either overtly or covertly, which can be based on race, gender, faith (religion ), or age. It may also be directed against those of a certain social class or political standing.

e.g., Committing discernmenterrorism against a minority group can be a criminal act, depending upon the venue.

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potwalloper - Someone who whales the tar out of hemp.

e.g., The potwalloper was noted for his smooth-smokin', asphalt-free Mary Jane. (Betcha never suspected there were petroleum products in your weed, eh?)

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acentis - Area of the back between the shoulder blades.

e.g., I would need spider monkey arms to scratch my acentis when it itches.

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codswallop -

Dr. Goodword tells us:

Meaning: Bull, bunkum, fiddle-faddle, flapdoodle, hogwash, horse feathers, hooey, hokum, malarkey, poppycock, tommy-rot, whang-doodle, or common, everyday windbaggery.

Notes: This word, which reeks of the days of Uriah Heap, Mr. Micawber, and the Artful Dodger, is in fact so recent a coinage that it has had no time to build a family. It is so English, however, we can easily project a codswalloper who engages in codswallopery, not to mention a naked verb: "You know that Hiram Cheaply is codswalloping if his lips are moving."

In Play: It is an unfortunate fact of modern life that we need a steady stream of words meaning "nonsense": "All that talk about Harry Beard's work in the government being top secret is codswallop, unless the government keeps his work secret to avoid embarrassment." Of course, governments usually provide the finest in codswallop: "For the best in codswallop, flapdoodle, and gobbledygook, we can now turn to Congress's own TV network, C-SPAN."

Word History: One story of the origin of this word would have Hiram Codd patenting a bottle for fizzy drinks with a neck containing a marble that kept the bottle shut until it was pressed inwards. That would have been back in the 19th century. Wallop then was a slang word for beer, so Codd's wallop could have been used by beer drinkers as a term for bad beer or soft drinks. The problem is that codswallop first appeared in print only in the 1950s. Moreover, while the word has been spelled cod's wallop, there is no published evidence of any spelling Codd's wallop. Conclusion? No one has any idea where this word comes from.

e.g., Just because Republicans will be taking control of both houses of Congress come January doesn't mean there will be any less codswallop coming out of Washington.

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adolt - A person who, in the process of growing up, becomes duller and dumber with age.

e.g., At the picnic, I hung out with the kids because their parents were all boring adolts who'd rather talk and complain than play.

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soldierette - (n) A Super Sexz soldier of the female persuasion. A tru lady boss, one who makes *stuff* happen. Down to balance a good man, when/if he soldiers proper. A "Let's-do-this~man"… kinda lady lover.

e.g., My man knows I take no prisoners, soldierette that I am.

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puritan bitch - Ignorant bigots of either sex who are aggressively puritanical and bitchy about their prudish views on clothing, dance moves, women, and sexuality, to the point where they engage in the act of slut-shaming.

e.g., Just because she's waiting to have sex and prefers conservative clothes doesn't mean she has to go around slut-shaming others like some puritan bitch.

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quincunx - A pattern of five dots arrayed in a square with a dot in the middle.

e.g., Roll a five and a quincunx of pips on the fifth side of the die is displayed.

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biblioklept - A compulsive book thief or hoarder. (ED. Real word, too: "a person who steals books."}

e.g., E.L. Doctorow's new novel covers the Collyer brothers, famous hoarder biblioklepts who had thousands of stolen books stacked in their house.

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contronym - A word that can have opposite or contradictory meanings. {ED. Also contranym: "any word that can be its own antonym."}

e.g., The word model is a contronym because it means both an exemplary as well as a copy.

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barm - Beer foam.

e.g., Is forming a huge barm when you pour it in pint glass the sign of a good pilsner?

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zarf - The cardboard sleeve around a cup of coffee.

e.g., I had to use a zarf because that coffee burned my hand.

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scandiknavery - Deceit or duplicity by Scandinavians.

e.g., The mischievous troublemaker god Loki is the epitome of scandiknavery.

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philtrum - "The vertical groove between the upper lip and the nose." (ED. A real word most of us won't recognize as such.)

e.g., It's advised to to lift your nose by the tip when shaving your philtrum upward to avoid cutting yourself.

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«available» - «available»

e.g., «available»

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grawlix - Substitute typographical characters used to symbolize profanity.

e.g., The blog's profanity filters block any forbidden terms so it's suggested you use grawlix.

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zugzwang - A board game position from where any other moves are worse or disadvantaged.

e.g., An essential part of existentialism is the despair derived from the zugzwang experienced by urban dwellers in the game of life.

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dysania - Difficulty getting out of bed.

e.g., A Monday morning dysania settles in at first waking because you realize you must return to the workaday week.

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apthong - Silent letters in a word not pronounced.

e.g., The w in wriggle is an apthong.

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scroop - The rustling sound made by movement of silk.

e.g., There were so many bustles under her ballgown, the floor length flowing gown emitted constant scroop as she danced.

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glabella - The forehead area between your eyebrows.

e.g., People with unibrows are by definition devoid of glabellas.

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definission - Submitting to H. D. Fowler in the submittal of PD words instead of the submission thereof.

e.g., Submittal (in lieu of submission) of a daffynition is caving in to the word nazis, by definission (pointing out things like this is my mition in life).

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halloweenaholic - One who is addicted to the Halloween holiday.

e.g., Vicky is the most complete Halloweenaholic I've run across.

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pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis - A lung disease caused by the inhalation of silica and ash dust. Why is this word so long when there are two other names for it, one as short as silicosis.

e.g., After visiting a rubber volcano, Guy came down with a serious case of pneumonosilicovolcanoconiosis.

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wacko - Someone who is a crazy psycho, or acts like one.

e.g., My brother's a wacko: he wants me to eat spinach.

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c'ma' - Slang for come on. Used by lazy people who find shortcuts for everything, including words.

e.g., C'ma' villain, just give me the princess. I'll give you her fiance in exchange. Opens a few doors for me.

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frenemies - Two friends who fight (in a not too physical way) and argue so much that they almost seem like enemies at times. Ironically, frenemies are usually best friends.

e.g., Isaac and Jonah argued so much that there was no doubt that they were frenemies.

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yabba - [yab][ba] A collective noun for all online activity on social media platforms -- whether tweeting, posting on Facebook, diving in the stream of Google+, or creating connections on LinkedIn, it’s all about the yabba! {Duplicate.}

e.g., What's the yabba on Mark Zuckerberg?

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cathcesca - Cathcesca is a mythical land of milk and honey. A land of fairy tales and wonder, where everything is perfect.      Cathcescians believe in one god "n'ielle" -- their people believe that they are superior in every way and share the same mind and ideas of their residents in unison.      Whilst Cathcescians remain adamant and rigid in their beliefs, they are more often than not proved wrong. Whilst they accept defeat, they do not apologize.

e.g., Look, we're not living in Cathcesca. This is the real world.

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anglesdiffering - Of -- or pertaining to something progressive -- characterized by little or no added distractions and exaggeration in form or essence.

e.g., His anglesdiffering designs are very minimalist.

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danielize - To resign from your job and then return to work within a matter of days because your new job didn't work out. Named after Daniel, who did this twice over a period of several months.

e.g., I danielized my boss last month when I resigned on Friday and showed back up at work on Tuesday. I didn't get a raise out of it, but I figure I might get one after a couple more danielizations.

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ig-moe - Idiot, moron, dumber then the rest of us.

e.g., That guy -- whatsisname? Dudley? is not only a dud, he's also an ig-moe.

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chamberment - Isolation, detachment.

e.g., Underground tunnels give a feeling of chamberment because the tunnel completely blocks off all areas.

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pseudoevent - An event in memory which is not known to be either an actual event or a dreamed or imagined event.

e.g., I don't recall whether misplacing my keys last month was an actual event or a pseudoevent.

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crapacity - An index for measuring the capacity of a composting toilet.

e.g., What is the crapacity of the non-electric, non-water toilet? Will weekend use at the cottage by a family of four exceed the crapacity of the unit?

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helpfail - Help-fail. A self-defeating attempt to help someone (esp. constructive criticism) that almost always ends up hurting or at best annoying; often revealed by the phrase, "I'm only trying to help you." | An attempt to help that fails to the point of being hurtful. | An insult disguised as helpfulness.

e.g., Criticising someone for being too sensitive will offend the person either because the recipient is too sensitive, or because the critic is hard-hearted. In either case, it's a complete helpfail. | Jack: Stop telling me I'm oversensitive and take things too personally. Jill: I'm only trying to help you. Jack: That's not helpful; that's a classic helpFAIL!

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hollypendent - A film that has the look and feel of an independent film, yet is financed by Hollywood money.

e.g., Saw _Silver linings PlayBook_ A good hollypendent that was trying way too ard to look like an independent.

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godhive - Divinity, the mind or unity of god. Godhive corresponds to two or more people coming to the same idea about a deity at the same time because of the same circumstances -- but the people do not know each other beforehand. The name is reflective of insects who act in unison with their hive (or nest) mates. | A group of people who act or think in unison as if they are all the same individual. | A group of people who think the same thoughts about a deity as and/or carry out the objectives of either one Leader or each other.

e.g., Is it just me or are the people in a godhive unable to think for themselves? | I feel sorry for the poor saps in the godhive. They are like pawns in a game of chess, moving only when commanded.

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puff and pie - Delicious snack box containing puff, pie, pastry, cakes, and much more. Made to order for parties, seminars and other special events.

e.g., We all love to eat puff and pie.

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coward finger - When someone gives you the middle finger, to say "eff you," but she hides part of her hand or finger while doing it, so that she can later deny that she gave you the finger.

e.g., Tom: Hey, that guy is hiding his hand behind a beer can, but showing me one of his fingers. Is that an insult? What's he doing? Danny: He's just giving you a coward finger. He's doing that because he's a wimp and a loser. Just ignore him.

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phallophilia - A preference of women for men with larger penises.

e.g., he sex researchers found that phallophilia is common among women.

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acucullophilia - The condition of some women to be attracted only to men who have been circumcised.

e.g., Most of the North-American mothers have adopted a policy of acucullophilia for hygienic purposes.

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top billed - Prerogative of many great actors ( or stars) to have theirs names placed in the film credits above the names of other actors (some also great).

e.g., John Wayne, one of the greatest stars of all time, made pictures together with other great stars, but was always top billed over them.

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good thru - Valid until -- or through.

e.g., This credit card is good thru April 30,2015.

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urindi - A fusion of the Urdu-Hindi language.

e.g., One could say that (s)he speaks Urindi instead of Urdu or Hindi. Urindi is more appropriate as both Urdu and Hindi are virtually indistinguishable when spoken. Additionally, the term Urindi is more secular as it would not only remove the religious implication of Urdu (Muslims) and Hindi (Hindus) languages but also unite many Indian Muslims and Hindus especially when they have a shared culture and heritage. The word Urindi bears the potential to deliver what the Indian politicians have failed to do over the past century or so.

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sasquicentennial - When Bigfoot turns 100 years old.

e.g., Bob brought a cake with candles out into the woods so that he and his hairy sasquatch friend could celebrate the ape-man's sasquicentennial without attracting the usual kooks with cameras and plaster casting kits.

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googlesation - When someone in a chat room is having a conversation or debate and is using Google at the same time for information in an attempt to look smart.

e.g., He was having a googlesation in the chat room today.

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cli fi - Climate fiction. Michael Quinion has an entry at World Wide Words: Cli-fi.

e.g., To many of us, much of what is called climate science is nothing but cli fi.

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fart pas - A faux pas accompanied by a fart.

e.g., In days of yore when I traveled by airplane each weekend, my ears often plugged up when the plane ascended or descended. I would hold my nostrils closed and blow to unplug my ears with two pops. The operation would sometimes be accompanied by three pops instead of two -- meaning I had committed a fart pas.

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horrors greeley - Famous 19th Century editor and publisher.

e.g., Thinking of empire, Horrors Greeley advised, "Go vast, young man!"

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whey station - Roadside annoyance for dairy truckers.

e.g., The dairymen's trucks had to stop at whey stations, which the owners thought a cheesy thing to do. It really churned their insides and curdled their blood. They felt they were being milked of their bread and butter.

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basil metabolism - A critical chemistry for a green lifestyle.

e.g., Herb was a sweet guy, the very spice of life. He was firmly planted and could take it or leave it. This stemmed from his Basil metabolism, which he cultivated. Should you doubt ME, you can take Saint Joseph's wort for it.

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hexercise your rites - Perform your magical rituals with vigor and enthusiasm.

e.g., Our last coven was a great success. We summoned goblins to the mix and hexercised our rites till energy flowed.

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propropriate - Prop PROAP ree it, compare proper + appropriate. Refers to that which is correct, right, exemplary, approved of, in speech or behavior.

e.g., To please the girl and her lovely parents, Butch had to be cognizant that absolutely everything must be propropriate to a T -- and then some.

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elbone - the outside corner of the joint in the middle of your arm.

e.g., I bumped my elbone on the corner of the buffet. I think I hit my humorus. Haha, how funny.

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friendstance - Using one's friend as an example.

e.g., Steve: Some folks are full of foolish nonsense, friendstance Dave." Dave: "Yep, and some people are stupid and pathetic and ugly and need to be smacked, friendstance Steve."

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fatiguous - Anything fatiguing but, especially, a person or situation which is mentally taxing and requirous of godlike self-control to keep your head from coming off.

e.g., Tolerating Heather's speech, especially her far-flung piss-poor excuses for whatever her choices in life have produced, is rather fatiguous when something loud isn't drowning out her line of crap.

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groovacentrifucent - Of the way a good record begins to glow and give off groovoplasm when the RPMs are perfect as the needle grinds slowly outward as it spirals inward and the music tends to lull you into a dreamlike trance.

e.g., The groovacentrifucence of that last tune had me drifting across an astral plane.

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stunderand - Understanding something inside and out and inside-out.

e.g., Tammy: These grey winter days give me seasonal depression. Steve: I stunderand.

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gizmometry - Anything mechanical or computerized beyond your skill level of working on or beyond your knowledge level when speaking about.

e.g., So I told Stacee, "I'll send you a tune or two when I get the voice recorder and computer gizmometry figured out."

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scuffworthy - Inclined to clumsy accidents -- generally only causing minor scrapes, bruises, knots, and the like.

e.g., As Stephen grows up, his clumsiness -- which usually would end in spilled milk or a broken glass -- is morphing. I think now he's more scuffworthy than clumsy. Just last week he fell off his bike twice and is quite scabby on the forearms as a result.

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hideosyncrasies - Ugly, vulgar, grotesque, or vile eccentricities, quirks, or peculiarities.

e.g., Jelbez likes to suck the pus from the boils his chronic skin disease causes, and Milthar invokes the demon realm by mutilating frozen fry hens and eating them raw while chanting by candlelight. The hideosycrasies of some folks absolutely astound me.

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precipititis - Cloud ailment. The symptoms include rain, hail, sleet, and snow. Fog is another ailment, generally considered a symptom of anti-precipititis. | That affliction which causes seemingly sensible people to bungee jump, sky-dive, base jump, and other like acts of insanity.

e.g., It's a shame about all this precipititis going around this spring but, my tomatoes are delighted about it. | Bill was always inclined toward fast cars, guns, and acts of daring in general. I just didn't realize he also suffered with precipicititis 'til he went sky-diving.

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nucleustalgic - Something which induces fond memories of one's first learning of atoms and atomic structures.

e.g., While thumbing an outdated book of facts, Steve stumbled across some nucleustalgic diagrams and drawings in the section on the physical universe.

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unitask - To ignore other things needing to be done so that the current job can be completed both properly and timely.

e.g., I block out my phone, people trying to converse with me, and all other background noise while I type; I can only get it done if I unitask.

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preposterate - 1.(obsolete) To reverse or turn upside down. 2.(obsolete) To pervert or disgrace. 3.To exert oneself one ignorance and stupidity.

e.g., Contrary to reason or common sense, Steve commonly proposterates his utterly absurd and ridiculous thoughts aloud for all to absorb.

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jupiter! - A mostly non-offensive exclamation to replace words like, "dammit" and "crap." Taken from the phrase often uttered by George Jetson to his daughter, "Jumpin' Jupiter, Judy!"

e.g., A nanosecond before the hammer struck his thumb and he realized the imminent pain that would ensue, Steve was preparing to force a strong "Jupiter!" out of his cheese-eater.

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collectorize - The simultaneous acquisition or collecting of anything and sorting, categorizing or organizing of such. Rock collectors & museum curators both collectorize things.

e.g., I happen to be a collectorizer of useless info.

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kibblet - The of combining kibbles and bits, (one of each to produce a single kibblet) thru means such as nuclear fusion on a sub-atomic level, gene spicing, and often sutures. A tasty snack for dogs, cats, people, bobcats, hyena, bears, orca, unicorns, badgers, amoebae, fly larvae, platypi, and other small carnivores.

e.g., Dude! I brought a 40 lb. bag of kibblets, enough for everyone for the whole weekend, but the 'coons, cats, and 'possums got into it last night and cleaned us out.

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funktagious - So funky you catch it as a disease.

e.g., Them twangers of Twang Darkly sho have some funktagious grooves.

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unitask - To ignore other things needing to be done so that the current job can be completed both properly and timely.

e.g., I block out my phone, people trying to converse with me, and all other background noise while I type; I can only get it done if I unitask.

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jupiter! - A mostly non-offensive exclamation to replace words like, "dammit" and "crap." Taken from the phrase often uttered by George Jetson to his daughter, "Jumpin' Jupiter, Judy!"

e.g., A nanosecond before the hammer struck his thumb and he realized the imminent pain that would ensue, Steve was preparing to force a strong "Jupiter!" out of his cheese-eater.

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kibblet - The of combining kibbles and bits, (one of each to produce a single kibblet) thru means such as nuclear fusion on a sub-atomic level, gene spicing, and often sutures. A tasty snack for dogs, cats, people, bobcats, hyena, bears, orca, unicorns, badgers, amoebae, fly larvae, platypi, and other small carnivores.

e.g., Dude! I brought a 40 lb. bag of kibblets, enough for everyone for the whole weekend, but the 'coons, cats, and 'possums got into it last night and cleaned us out.

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moritos - That imaginary brand of super-duper corn chip we all love. Crusted in thick quantities of flavospice.

e.g., Jeff: "Is that nocha cheesy Moritos?" Steve: "Yep." Jeff: "Gimme one or two or three or four or five or six or seven or eight or nine or ten of them."

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trollprovise - What you do when you're all out of imps.

e.g., We had to trollprovise a new plan because the last imp fell sick and died along our trek.

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funnicky - Humorously expressive of one's pickiness/finickyness.

e.g., Chris requires a week of communication over the phone to iron out dinner details, as she only eats this in season and that in season, and the dairy products must be local, and nothing but organic whole foods, and on and on. But at least she's pleasant and funnicky, so it's usually not too big a pain.

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muhaptagree - Shortening of "I'm going to have to agree." Affirmative, indeed, let's do that, etc.

e.g., Tammy said, "Useless is as useless does." To which I replied, "Muhaptagree."

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didulator - A radio/CD player, etc., ~ transformed from: radio-radidio-radidiometric device-radidulator-didulator.

e.g., My didulator stopped playin' records (CDs), so I had to purchase a new one.

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zihlavskium - An as yet undiscovered proposed element composed only of dark matter.

e.g., Zihlavskium is a key ingredient of axonite (which see), but is more notable for its ability to remain undiscovered.

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resgustipating - Descriptive of someone or something both repulsive and disgusting in unimaginable proportions.

e.g., Yer taco salad is resgutipating; I'll not another bite.

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dramastically - Drastically dramatic or dramatically drastic. Describing an action both far-reaching or extreme in its effects and full of drama.

e.g., The choices my eldest child makes are nearly always made dramastically.

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barack whole - A forthcoming book about the man Barack as he really is, his true thoughts and feelings and private agenda for you and me and everyone else..

e.g., I've just finished reading an advance copy of the book 'Barack Whole'.. a stellar read, often far out, revealing and startling at times.. Get the Whole story, once you get into the 'Barack Whole' you might even end up over there on the other side of the continuum..?

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fiftish - This is plainly when one is quite allergic to those weird Middle Eastern creatures, the genie. Symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, heavy breathing, skin mottling, and death. The last can be prevented by dosing the afflicted with sufficient fermented camel's milk to stimulate heart and soul.

e.g., Assalaham always had to be very careful when working around bottles which purportedly may contain the dreaded Middle Eastern genie. For he had previously already experienced the genie allergy gene, and it was no fun.

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genie allergy - This is plainly when one is quite allergic to those weird Middle Eastern creatures, the genie. Symptoms include dizziness, blurred vision, heavy breathing, skin mottling, and death. The last can be prevented by dosing the afflicted with sufficient fermented camel's milk to stimulate heart and soul.

e.g., Assalaham always had to be very careful when working around bottles which purportedly may contain the dreaded Middle Eastern genie. For he had previously already experienced the genie allergy gene, and it was no fun.

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pea potty - A highly evolved cutting hedge specialized legtronic cooking utensil designed for far more tender and tastier peas, mangia mangia.

e.g., She whippeth out her pea potty to ultimately produce sublime pea soup for all the world to slurp who did show up at ye kirk social by ye lake in ye mountains. Come and see. Taste and see, thy taste buds will cry for more.

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tauntology - The study of provocative, insulting questions and remarks.

e.g., We asked Dennis, a testy guy at the Gym, "When you get to the boustrophedon, what do you do?" He did not know to "make a U turn." Boustrophedon: turning like oxen at the end of a plowing row.

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road dent - An imperfection in a car's exterior, resulting from an accident.

e.g., To miss the squirrel, I hit a tree, which crushed my front end. So, to miss the rodent, I incurred a road dent.

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abstracticulation - Non-Tourette's associated quirky, random, or meaningless body movements.

e.g., My favorite abstracticulator with my favorite abstracticulation is David Byrne of Talking Heads doing the "arm chops" in their lovely 80s video for "Once in a Lifetime."

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mathocism - A sexual perversion in which, the mathochist experiences pleasure when subjected to the pain or humiliation of being forced to solve "impossible" arithmetic problems.

e.g., Robert: Why Did Verne lock himself in his room again? Isaac: He's still trying to compute the mathematical formula for reversing entropy. Robert: He's been in there for days. This kind of continuous computation is a complete waste of time. I tell you, Verne's turning into a complete mathochist.

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