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rad - Exclamation or an adjective for something cool and exciting.

e.g., Oh, rad! We have a four day weekend coming up!

submitted by julia

radcliffe - From novelist Ann Radcliffe (9 July 1764 - 7 February 1823). A hugely popular Gothic novelist of the 1790s (and beyond), Radcliffe crafted a brand of explained supernaturalism (which owed not a little to the early novels of Charlotte Smith) that struck a chord with British readers during the anxious 1790s. Her blend of moralism, aesthetics, and drama became definitive for the more genteel strain of Gothic fiction during the Romantic period. Hers is one of the most famous early names of the Gothic tradition. The Mysteries of Udolpho is an essential Gothic text, though many readers prefer The Italian and the oft-overlooked The Romance of the Forest.

e.g., Barbara Michaels radcliffes some, but not all, of her supernatural thrillers. I enjoyed the book until the author radcliffed the evil ghost in the end.

submitted by Anne Janet Braude

radge - Maniac; nutter; crazy person.

e.g., Chris, when he's been drinking, is a perfect example of a radge.

submitted by zondervan

radial carrototomy - A piece of mod art that shows a bunch of carrots arranged in a radial pattern.

e.g., I got some laughs with my wall-hanging called "Radial Carrototomy."

submitted by Steve McDonald

radical leftovers - Those known as the Radical Left in their '60s heyday. They are now in their 60s. Period.

e.g., Just what is it they’re hiding? That Obama is being influenced by and is indebted beholden to Radical Leftovers from the ’60s (communists, really) for his meteoric rise in politics?Is it possible that — slubberdegullion though he may be — that Dr. Jerome Corsi is right when he says that Obama is “a secret radical who cannot be trusted”? Is it a risk you’re willing to take? If so, why? With defeat on the horizon, Republicans resort to ad hominem attacks  “This alleged terrorist was never convicted of any crime and is now a renowned professor at the University of Illinois. Nice try!” You don’t seem to realize it, kid, but Bill Ayers was and is a terrorist, and, as he proudly proclaims, unrepentant: “Guilty as sin, free as a bird, America is a great country” is what he had to say about his criminal past as his autobiographical Fugitive Days hit the bookstores in August 2001. Ayers made no bones about being glad he set off bombs and got away with the numerous felonies he committed in the 1960s and 1970s. He broke the law repeatedly by blowing up government buildings and endangering human lives. Even a silly bugger would have to admit that that’s going just a tad beyond civil disobedience — that it was terrorism. Ayers claims it wasn't, not since he wasn’t trying to kill people. I disagree. The bombings were meant to intimidate. That made them terrorism. The only reason he wasn’t tried and convicted is that the FBI botched its handling of the investigation and couldn’t use the evidence it had. It’s a bit unclear what Ayers had in mind when he was pictured trampling an American flag and when he said he wished he’d done more — set off more bombs or done more to stop the war in Vietnam? — but that wealthy son-of-a son of privilege should have been sitting in prison for 25 years rather than living high on the hog as a free man and “educating” our young. Obama’s ties to Ayers more than likely date back to the early 1990s, to when Obama became CEO of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. That $100 million plus program (apparently an unsuccessful venture as far as doing any public good) was nurtured into existence by Ayers, so it strains credulity to think that he and Obama wouldn’t have crossed paths at least a few times. (How could Obama have been put in charge and then run a multi-million dollar enterprise without meeting one of its founding fathers? What qualified a guy recently out of law school to run that big an operation? Nothing, perhaps, given that it failed.) They definitely saw each other several times between 1999 and 2002 when both served on the board of the Woods Foundation — with 9/11 and Ayers’ book and controversial bombing remarks coming during that period. How could the terribly, terribly bright and ambitious fellow that Barack Obama is not have known of Ayers’ criminal past? How could he not have known that Ayers was a tenured professor of education and not a professor of English when George Stephanopoulos asked him in April about his ties with Ayers? Obama pretended the two barely knew each other — that they occasionally ran into each other only because they both lived in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. Hillary Clinton called him on it, but she didn’t go for the jugular the way I would have expected her to. Does she lack the killer instinct a politician needs to win the Presidency? Or doesn’t she have any balls? Oh, that’s right. She doesn’t. No, Hillary does have balls, brass balls. Maybe she thought the issue wouldn’t cost Obama the Democrat nomination or that the nomination was already his — and that it might cost him the general election if it was allowed to fester. I’m basing my speculation on her being much more driven by self-interest and wanting to be President than she is by anything else. That is, she’d rather have John McCain as President for four years than Barack Obama as President for eight years. How’s that for chutzpah on my part — trying to read a politician’s mind? Obama’s disingenuous and unconvincing portrayal of innocence — which amounted to a lie — disturbs me more than a little. The problem for me is not that he and Ayers share some interests and served on the same board(s?) — it’s that both try to cover up the fact that they are more than nodding acquaintances. Ayers won’t say a word about it, and Obama little more. Just what is it they’re hiding? That Obama is being influenced by and is indebted beholden to Radical Leftovers from the ’60s (communists, really) for his meteoric rise in politics? Is it possible that — slubberdegullion though he may be — that Dr. Jerome Corsi is right when he says that Obama is “a secret radical who cannot be trusted”? Is it a risk you’re willing to take? If so, why? PS, dunderwhelp, the financial crisis we’re in right now was inevitable once the Left got into a position of coercing lenders to approve loans they shouldn’t have. It was just a question of how long it would take for it to happen.

submitted by HD Fowler

radidahoave - Radiowave for those who confuse Idaho, Iowa, and Ohio. Radohiove.

e.g., I'm being tormented by someone bombarding me with radidahoaves. Where's my tinfoil hat?

submitted by HD Fowler

radified - Radicalized. From a misspelling in a comment at the linked page: "States rights vs federalists have been going on since before the Constitution was radified." The word "ratified" was intended there, but I think a better definition is "radicalized."

e.g., "Do you have any idea when obama became radified?" "I'm guessing it was when he was under the tutelage of his childhood mentor, a communist (and FBI agent?): Frank Marshall Davis. Surely it was quite a while before he started palling around with the terrorists: Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn."

submitted by [Thenisaid] - (www)

radio shack - A particularly uptight techno-dweeb.

e.g., Hey, Radio Shack, why don't you stick to troubleshooting the network?

submitted by Julie Jackson

radio! - A command to shut up or be quiet. Comes from military radio operators who were monitoring transmissions. When a message was heard, they needed complete quiet.

e.g., Radio, you guys! This message is important.

submitted by Steve McDonald

radiohead - The phenomenon where one person says out loud the very thing another person is thinking

e.g., "Ya know, honey, we should get a tuba and start our own marching band." "I was just thinking the same thing! You must be a radiohead."

submitted by mark

radioheadistic - Extremely depressing music; especially that of that particular style of UK bands -- e.g., Radiohead, Muse, etc.

e.g., This CD is so radioheadistic.

submitted by Liam Callaghan

radish - A bitter young person, a child whose sense of cynicism is developing early.

e.g., I would bring Kyle to Fantasyland but that little radish (or turnip) has no appreciation for imagination.

submitted by Dot - (www)

radl - Rod-ll. Something which is shaped like a wheel.

e.g., I had to change one RadL from my car because a nail popped my old RadL.

submitted by sonic

radley - 1. A term used to address a person (usually male) in place of a name. Sometimes used in conjuction with "Boo," as in "Boo Radley." However, has more to do with the word "boo" than the character (from To Kill a Mockingbird.) 2. An placeholder for a real name, given when anonymity is desired in an official or semi-official setting. One simply changes one of his names to Radley when, for example, an ugly girl asks your name and you need to make up something quick and you don't ever plan on seeing her again.

e.g., What's going on, Radley?

submitted by Raul - (www)

radular - Very cool. Extremely rad. Refer to gnarlical or zemanakal.

e.g., Your varial heelflipto nose manual to casper into a darkslide out to a 360 kickflip was very radular.

submitted by alex

rafalstory - Pronounced "raffle-story." A story with no point and frequently no content. Named for my friend Rafal who tells such stories a lot.

e.g., Rafal: So I went downtown. Camille: Yeah? Rafal: Oh, that's all. Camille: What a rafalstory.

submitted by camille

raft - Wrath. Wrath of God. "What hath God wrought?" Weren't those the first words telegraphed?

e.g., Funny how all of a sudden we seem to be caving in to the wants and needs of Islam. Is it because we want to become more knowledgeable of their religion? Become more friendly with them because we might be afraid of their raft?

submitted by | Duster6 - (www)

rage-dog - Used to describe the emotion of anger, or feeling rage at a particular moment

e.g., Bob: "Martha, did you get the lead for Phantom of the Opera?" Martha: "No, apparently I'm not beautiful enough." Bob: "Oooohhh, rage-dog."

submitted by Caoimhe

ragemeister - Rage master; one who has learned which buttons to push to cause rage in another.

e.g., She loved to play ragemeister and push his jealousy button to mess with his mind. Everyone has at least one ragemeister.

submitted by Adrian R. Lawler

raggensdraddle - A nonsense name made up most recently as the title of the Worcester State College 1980 Yearbook, Worcester, Massachusetts.

e.g., Are there any pictures of you in the raggensdraddle?

submitted by jim barclay

raggle - A plant, a shill.

e.g., Sucker Bet, Copyright 2003 by James Swain, p. 1: As Moon crossed the casino, Jack eyed the delicious redhead on his arm. She was a plant, or what his partner Rico called a raggle. "The raggle will convince Moon to come to your casino," Rico had explained the day before, "and try his luck at blackjack. She'll bring him in to your table. The rest is up to you."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

ragoverth - A person who stands out in a crowd and is generally hated by everyone

e.g., Why does he have to be a ragoverth and wear makeup?

submitted by Chance Millar - (www)

rah club - A group of people with interesting or embarrassing vomiting-after-drinking stories. | President of the . . . someone with the most embarrassing vomiting-after-drinking story.

e.g., I threw up in the police sergeant's trash can, so they made me president of the Rah Club.

submitted by roman

rah rah - Drama, dramatic,

e.g., Chris got very rah rah over Luccia breaking up with him.

submitted by Mary T. - (www)

rahm - Verb, to use an over-reaching end-justifies-the-means, whatever-it-takes corrupt mentatlity to ram something down the throat of a resisting populace -- blackmail, bribery, bullying, you name it. From Rahm Emanuel, obama minion known for ruthless thuggery when it comes to pushing positions he espouses.

e.g., Thomas Sowell ~ "The corrupt manner in which this massive legislation was rahmed through Congress, without any of the committee hearings or extended debates that most landmark legislation has had, has provided a roadmap for pushing through more such sweeping legislation in utter defiance of what the public wants."

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rahr - Expression of annoyance or anger. The "h" is for added emphasis.

e.g., Tillie: Sue's coming to dinner. I know you don't like her, but try to be civil. Fred: Rahr.

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raigoshed - Mix between "rain" and "slosh": swamped down, as in mud, or slush, or snow. Came from sloshing in the rain.

e.g., I raigoshed through the snow.

submitted by Lukas Friga

raiken irugiri - (rhymes with LIKE-en ee-moo-KEY-ree; n.) 1. "Lightning Sword Color-Cut technique" (in Japanese); 2. the school of kendo (use of a Japanese sword) in which one must be practiced in order to survive the Sword events on Nintendo's Wii Resort [It's called "lighting-sword" because of how fast you ultimately have to be to beat the higher levels of the game; and "color-cut" because each type of opponent in the "showdown" game wears different colors of armor and requires different strategies]; 3. any technique of action one is trying to learn or acquire in order to play a game, especially a video game.

e.g., "I can finally play that Wii thing with my kids: they've totally taught me the 'raiken irugiri'!" | "What are you trying to do?" "I'm trying to figure out how to put together power points on the new Windows suite." "Ah: raiken irugiri. Good Luck."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

rail-sliding - Thought of as literally sliding down a [stair] rail, but also used as a saying for anything really fun to do. Also: "car-kicking."

e.g., We're going rail-sliding tonight. First miniature golfing, then the water park.

submitted by Kaylee

railjump - An inept move. In Quake, one can jump extra high by firing a rocket at her feet while jumping. Sometimes, a user forgets she is carrying a railgun instead of a rocket launcher. When she attempts to jump to a really high place, she succeeds only in a small but stylish hop as she fires her railgun at her feet.

e.g., Nuts, I'd've had the BFG if only I hadn't railjumped into the lava.

submitted by Gregory Bloom

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