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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e.g., Hey, it looks like the home page of this website is outdated since it's static.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 The home page isn't out-of-date at all, Mr.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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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.


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,



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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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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a'ight - All right. First seen in print in the English corpus used by Google Books Ngram Viewer in 1990. {Duplicate.}

e.g., In response to my saying my wife had died of cancer, he said, "A'ight." What he had in mind is anybody's guess.

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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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