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lexicomane - A lover of dictionaries. Lexicomaniac. Compare with lexicophile, lexicophiliac, logophile, and logomaniac; contrast with lexicophobe and lexicophobic.

e.g., Thanks to Charles Harrington Elster, I now know that I'm a lexicomane.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

lexicon - Fraudulent legal research.

e.g., The newly-fledged paralegal, thinking her brief came from LexisNexis, was completely taken in by a lexicon.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

lexiconcoct - To invent a word.

e.g., With no appropriate word at the tip of his tongue, Bill was forced to lexiconcoct.

submitted by Nick Pudar

lexiconiphilist - "One who loves dictionary, dictionaries and other books of words."

e.g., Am I a lexiconiphilist? I'd say so. My motto is "One always needs another dictionary."

submitted by HD Fowler

lexiconize - To make use of a new word common enough to make it qualify for the major published dictionaries

e.g., The dream of many Pseudodictionary users is for our words to be lexiconized.

submitted by Dr. Dan Muldoon

lexiconophiliac - Person who bleeds words when cut. Person who speaks so long that the words seem to run down the front of her blouse like blood from a nosebleed.

e.g., The author is a lexiconophiliac. He spoke at such length about his newest book that I thought I saw words dribble from his mouth like saliva from a wino.

submitted by Chris - (www)

lexicutioner - One who, knowingly or not, murders her own language.

e.g., President Bush said "nucular" again? He's a lexicutioner.

submitted by Jim Edgar - (www)

lexidespontia - The feeling of profound depression upon discovering that your submission was not, in fact, the ten-thousandth entry. (See "decakilonym.")

e.g., Despite my superb submission, my entry was not selected as the ten-thousandth entry and therein lies the taproot of my lexidespontia. (It was, indeed, a fine entry. The editor likes "lexidespontia" even more. It just came in about five or ten words early.)

submitted by Stephen Mize

lexifabricographer - One who invents words that she is too lazy to look up.

e.g., If the lexifabricographers took the time to check, wasting time on duplicates could be avoided. Of course they wouldn't be lexifabricographers if they bothered with that.

Dave Versace: On blogging

It's a diverting enough exercise when there's time to do it. For me, blogging serves a range of purposes, from straight diary-style recording of the day's events, to capture and distribution of amusements and information, to passive and usually futile prompts for conversation on whatever topic happens to be bugging me, to uninformed and usually unwarranted complaints and/or rants railing against the iniquities of life or At least the irritant of the moment.

I sometimes forget that for several people, it's also the only source of information on whether I am, in fact, alive. The art of regular correspondence being a dead one, as far as I'm usually concerned, the sole reassurance that many of my scattered friends and colleagues have of my ongoing corporeality is the (very occasional) reward they get for going to the effort of clicking on that Lexifabricographer link in their bookmarks.

So for the surprising number (i.e. more than one) of correspondents who enquired after my health, having noted the unprecedented lack of blogging in recent epochs, thank you kindly for your well wishes and rest assured that all is well and I am still of this mortal coil.

I am, of course, still quite lazy.

Since the end of the holidays, it has by turns been either too hot to want to bother with typing or too dramatic to spare the time for catching up. I'll try to fill in some of the details over the course of today, so expect lots of little snippets rather than the usual mass of semi-organised information. Or amusement. Whichever.

submitted by [Dave Versace] - (www)

lexifabricography - The art of desperately inventing a word to substitute for one that you can't think of right now.

e.g., The good folks here are at the forefront of the scholarly pursuit of lexifabricography.

submitted by Dave Versace - (www)

lexifabricology - Making up words or the study of same.

e.g., The TV series Seinfeld was known for its lexifabricology. Such words as "mimbo," "soup Nazi," and "schmoopie" were invented for the show.

submitted by Ty Evans

leximaven - Someone who loves words, from "lexi" (word) and "maven" (knowledgeable about something).

e.g., Leximavens beware, this site is addictive.

submitted by etymos - (www)

lexiphanes -

Anu Garg | A.Word.A.Day the newsletter One who uses words pretentiously.

[From Greek lexiphanes (phrase monger), from lexis (word or phrase) + -phaneia (to show).]

-Anu Garg (words at

"The danger is in becoming so seduced by the lexiconic that we become lexiphanes. There's no excuse for indulging in the bombastic at any time, of course."

-- Murray Waldren; That's Language; The Australian (Sydney); Jul 16, 2005.

e.g., Danger, Will Robinson, danger. There's danger in using big words. I started out just carrying-on, pretending to show off my new vocabulary. … Next thing I knew I was no longer faking it. I had become a full-fledged lexiphanes. My change from simple Kansas farm girl was so complete and I enjoyed using big words so much that I became addicted to thesauruses. I was lost.

I knew then I had no chance at all of going back. I could never again be that cute -- that loveable and simple -- girl that I had been oncet upon a time. So, when I was offered a job as editor at PseudoDictionary, I jumped at the chance. I've since settled in as resident curmudgeoness. The site may be verbal high jinks for HD -- no doubt it's a lot of fun for him -- but it's the seat of power for me.

Editing for lexiphany: Danger, Will Robinson, danger. There's There is danger endangerment in using big pretentious words, Will Robinson, endangerment. I started out just carrying-on being preposterous, pretending to show off my new newly found vocabulary pseudo-vocabulary. … Next thing I knew I was no longer faking it masquerading. I had become a full-fledged transcendent lexiphanes. My change transformation from simple Kansas farm girl uncomplicated Kansas vineyard mademoiselle was so complete thoroughgoing and I enjoyed using big words so much so reveled in uttering asseverating sesquipaedalian profundities that I became addicted to thesauruses thesauri. I was lost Alas, with that I was done for doomed.

I knew then I had no chance at all of going back. I could never again be that cute -- that loveable and simple -- girl schoolgirl that I had been oncet upon a time. So, when I was offered a job as proffered the billet of editor Editrix Extraordinaire at PseudoDictionary, I jumped caprioled at the chance opportunity. I've I have since settled in as resident curmudgeoness. The site may be verbal high jinks for HD Mr. HD Fowler -- no doubt it's a lot of fun for him indubitably a literal veritable figurative bacchanalia for him, no doubt -- but it's it is the seat of power for me.

Resulting in a lexiphaned version: Danger, Will Robinson, danger. There is endangerment in using pretentious words, Will Robinson, endangerment. I started out just being preposterous, pretending to show off my newly found pseudo-vocabulary. … Next thing I knew I was no longer masquerading. I had become a transcendent lexiphanes. My transformation from uncomplicated Kansas vineyard mademoiselle was so thoroughgoing and I so reveled in asseverating sesquipaedalian profundities that I became addicted to thesauri. Alas, with that I was doomed.

I knew then I had no chance at all of going back. I could never again be that cute -- that loveable and simple -- schoolgirl that I had been oncet upon a time. So, when I was proffered the billet of Editrix Extraordinaire at PseudoDictionary, I caprioled at the opportunity. I have since settled in as resident curmudgeoness. The site may be verbal high jinks for Mr. HD Fowler -- indubitably a figurative bacchanalia for him, no doubt -- but it is the seat of power for me.

(ED. Yes, the editor [pretentious talk] has met a Kansas vineyard owner.)

submitted by HD Fowler

lexipoeia, or lexicopoeia - Noun. Gr. lexis, "word, phrase, expression," from legein, say, and Gr. poiein, "to make or compose." Ð word-composition, word-creation; the minimal genre of literature, the art of composing a single word (from roots and combining forms).

e.g., There are many sorts of neologisms: new brand names, scientific terms, political or technical jargon, colloquialisms, and slang. When a word is composed for the word's sake, as a manifestation of its beauty, this genre of verbal creativity is called "lexipoeia."

submitted by Mikhail Epstein - (www)

lexipoem, or lexicopoem - N. Gr. lexis, "word, phrase, expression," from legein, say, + Gr. poiein, "to make or compose." Ð a single word, a neologism as a poetic composition, a creative work.

e.g., Ralph Emerson said: "Every word was once a poem." The word lexipoem is an abbreviation of this aphorism condensed into a single word. Every word (lexis) was once a poem (poiema)É and still IS at the moment of its coinage.

submitted by Mikhail Epstein - (www)

lextacular - Refrencing Lex Luthor. Amazingly intelligent, scheming with overall desire to take over the world.

e.g., Napoleon was very lextacular, but was unable to get his way.

submitted by Queen Cupcake

lexture - (lex-CHOOR; also lext; v.) 1.To lecture (i.e., reprove, chastise, bawl out) by text; 2. to lecture (i.e., instruct, teach) by text.

e.g., "Did you get busted for breaking curfew?" "Yeah. My mom lextured me fpr, like, six hours about it." "Bummer."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

lexus nervosa - Lexus Nervosa is the nervous condition suffered by recent purchasers of new luxury cars, which is mitigated after the vehicle gets its first ding or scratch and finally vanishes when the car turns into a decrepit clunker.

e.g., Henry's Lexus Nervosa was making him crazy, robbing him of any enjoyment of his new Mercedes and causing him to scream at other drivers and send them unfriendly hand signals -- all to make sure they did their part to keep his car dent-free.

submitted by Dennis R. Ridley

lgbtq - Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer|Questioning

e.g., "The LGBTQ Center does not keep any sort of statistics on the number of transgender students at Brown, or the number who would like to change their sexual characteristics. Nevertheless, Garrett said, the LGBTQ Center has promoted the added health care coverage for many years, on the theory that the high costs of sex changes have prevented transgender students from seeking surgeries and hormone treatments."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

liarrhea - A condition in which one has uncontrollable discharges of lies, occurring incessantly. Often they will lie so much they will mess up their lives and others as well, and just when they have gotten everything cleaned up, and gotten their act together, more lies come out and mess everything up again.

e.g., Most politicians suffer from liarrhea as well as logorrhea.

submitted by Ben "Sven" Gentile

liatur - Derived from "music guru": a person who listens to al ot of TripleJ, a non-commercial radio station in Australia, or a person who makes a sweet song (not pop or hip hop).

e.g., That liatur never gets off his fat arse.

submitted by musru - (www)

libation - (Rhymes with "pie-BAY-shun" (or "-shin," depending upon your dialect); n.) Aside from its ordinary meaning: a drink offering to a god or gods (that is, someone taking a drink and wishing the blessings of their god/s, pours a small amount their drink out upon the ground as an offering); 1. a failed strategy (e.g. a basketball shot that bounces off the basket; a golf ball that doesn't go in on a two-foot putt; a perfect pass that gets intercepted; an outrageously unpredictable bounce that puts a football (soccer ball) into the other side's goal; sinking the cue ball; losing a chess piece unexpectedly; missing a pop fly; missing a single-pin spare; ... that sort of thing) viewed as one "spill" in honor of the game's gods.

e.g., "Ahhh! Don't sink the first basket, Man! It's bad juju!" "What?" "You gotta let the basket win the first one, or the court will turn against you, and you'll lose!" "What?!" "Yeah, man, Rudy can't even score in that court over on ninth street ... he nearly always scored, every throw. That court just hates him." "What?!!---Are you serious?!" "Yeah, man: Remember, miss a shot every now and then---it's a libation." "It's a what?" "A libation, fool. Don't you listen in school?"

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

libbet - (LIB-bit; n.) 1. An old word for fruit-picking pole (well, a pole used to knock ripe fruit off fruit-tree branches); 2. a pole-vaulting pole, the event being called "a libbet sprint" rather than "pole vaulting." [A dialectal English term: no one seems to have any idea where it comes from, but it apparently meant "stick" back in the day.]

e.g., 1. I took a libbet and emptied six orange trees. || 2. The women's team set a school libbet-sprint record: 14 feet 9 inches.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

liberal - A person who believes her fantasies should be facts.

e.g., "Every single cause championed by liberals is based on a fake story. They make up events that didn't happen and get apoplectic over things that never will happen."

submitted by [Ann Coulter] - (www)

liberal arts education - An education that often does a better job of teaching college students how to enjoy the finer things in life than those with degrees in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, and other so-called hard sciences. I'll bet they're also more likely to be interested in social justice.  
Unfortunately, unless they get advanced degrees, liberal arts majors are not terribly likely to be able to get jobs that will enable them to afford &hellip the finer things in life. Armed with advanced degrees, however, some of them can get teaching jobs in colleges and universities and earn a decent living. Lacking an advanced degree, getting employed as a sales clerk is about all they should aspire to.

e.g., Ah, no, Emily, surely you're not going to be a liberal arts major? ... You are? Well, at least with a liberal arts education you'll be able to get a job a bit better than working in a fast food joint. Maybe even get a job as a hostess at a decent restaurant.

submitted by Lillith

liberals - Copyright Michael Tremoglie, FrontPage "...liberals are the self-righteous, led by the self-important, for the benefit of the self-serving."

e.g., Of course we get to ignore the New Jersey election laws. We don't need laws; we just need to be in control. We're liberals and we're always right.  

All that's important is that we win -- even if we have to do it by flouting election laws and other laws. We'd have won the 2000 Presidential election if the US Supreme Court hadn't been around. They stopped our minions on the Florida Supreme Court who were intent on letting us steal yet another election. The Florida guys just weren't as good as Daley -- when we needed votes in 1960, he came through for us in Illinois. His son is just a pale imitation of the old man. For that matter, '40s Florida guys would have come through for us. Edward G. Robinson had it right in Key Largo.

submitted by [Michael Tremoglie]

liberati - A group of persons who share the birth sign Libra; most notably the Liberati travel about randomly, completely unable to make any real desicions.

e.g., Look at the pack of idiots coming through the door wearing drover coats. Are they liberati or what?

submitted by Jeremiah

libertarican - Libertarican is a Libertarian that vote sRepublicans, or more likely a voter that agrees with a philosophy of smaller government and economic liberalism. Skews socially conservative but not to the extent of religious right; eschews the Libertarian rigid isolationism and favors a strong military like Neocons.

e.g., Dan Proft is running for governor of Illinois in 2010 -- he is a Libertarican.

submitted by Dominic Tassone - (www)

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.

submitted by scott m. ellsworth

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.

submitted by Scott m. ellsworth

lible - A book of untruths on which is based many religious beliefs.

e.g., It must be true if it says so in the Lible.

submitted by Jonty Reason - (www)

libraletto - Democratic party talking point script sent out Friday night to the Sunday morning political talk shows.

e.g., Sam Donaldson read that last argument straight from the libraletto.

submitted by Piatt Gray

librese - (n.) 1. The language of librarians, especially the Library of Congress subject headings list (and perhaps the old Dewey Decimal) and the accompanying terminology of information science. (adj.) 2. Of or pertaining to the language of librarians.

e.g., "Where do you keep your stuff on the history of warfare? I can't seem to find anything: I don't speak Librese."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

librism - A political and economic system that advocates Capitalism in general but criticizes it as this facilitates the transfer of capital from one generation to another without any effort from second generation. To avoid this it suggests population management in which the poor are discouraged for reproduction and the rich are encouraged.

e.g., Librism is the key to the next generation of political and economic system.

submitted by Sandeep Verma - (www)

license poisoning - License poisoning is what happens when someone who is a firm believer in one license (e.g., the BSD license) reads too much code covered by a license that they believe to be faulty (e.g., the GNU GPL).

e.g., Chris (a stern BSD adherent) thought about reading Slashcode, but was afraid of getting license poisoning.

submitted by apeiron - (www)

licit - A lawyer.

e.g., The barrister was all alone, so he was a sole licit (or was he?).

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

lick tide - The residual moisture left on one's face after an extremely wet, more like sloppy, kiss.

e.g., The blissful moment vanished as she realized she had left Pat's face awash with her lick tide.

submitted by Dave Violette

lickasourus - A large dog that can't stop licking people.

e.g., The lickasourus just got me.

submitted by Kyle Pellitier

lickety-split - Rapidly; fast.

e.g., You get in there and clean your room lickety-split.

submitted by Eric Belt

licksmidgen - What is found when someone puts back the jelly jar with barely enough to scrape off from the sides, or the box of crackers with 1/2 cracker in the bottom, or the classic 2 teaspoons of milk left in the jug, etc.

e.g., was gonna make me a pb&j but someone's left only a licksmidgen of milk in the fridge.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

lickspittle - An existing word worth noting, it's defined at as "a contemptible, fawning person; a servile flatterer or toady." Since I'm not as hung up on being civil in real life (i.e., my reality), I'm a lover of insult words -- and this is one of the best. Teenagers are warned not to use it to refer to their archenemy's followers, especially if they're armed.

e.g., If you have good sense, you won't cross Chris. She still has a virtual army of lickspittles in her debt.

submitted by HD Fowler

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.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

lidleship - (pronounced - lid_le_ship) A top notch leader.

e.g., She is a true lidleship.

submitted by chiaralopilato - (www)

lie alty - The true state of commitment to promises made by a politician during an election campaign.

e.g., "I promise you one thing," said the politician to thousands of adoring and applauding supporters, "You have my undying lie alty to every single promise I have made you during this election -- I swear on my soul!"

submitted by Charlie Lesko

lie lie lie - A perfect response to known liars.

e.g., Chris said, "So blah, blah, blah and such-n-such." Steve says, "Lie, lie, lie."

submitted by steve zihlavsky

lie-ability - The measure of how well someone tells a non-truth.

e.g., No matter how good you are at telling untruths, eventually, having superior lie-ability can end up being a liability.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

lien holder - A person, who helps keep a drunk (who’s LIENING!) standing up.

e.g., Wally the wino owes me big time. Having helped him up out of the gutter several times, I'm his lien holder.

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy

liet - Lying about the foods you are eating when on a diet.

e.g., She says she is only eating lettuce. I know she lost weight, but I think she is lieting

submitted by Keith Hersch

life's got momentum - Momentum is the measure of the quantity of motion, a pushing strength. (Momentum = mass x velocity.) Therefore, the phrase means that life is basically pushing against you, forcing you into unpleasant or undesirable situations.

e.g., Sally: So, can you come to the party tonight? Jenny: I can't. I have a huge history test to study for, a science project to finish, and an essay to write. I want to come, but life's got momentum.

submitted by Emily - (www)

lifecrash - A collision of or relating to animate existence. The idea behind the word lifecrash is a simple one. Most of the time, our life is in collision: be it with somebody else, or something, or just imploding upon itself. Lifecrash is essentially a noun and describes the collision, as given in the above definition. It can also be used as a verb: to lifecrash, meaning to hopelessly screw up, to hit the proverbial wall. Lifecrash can be used as a descriptive noun, or an adjective: a lifecrash situation, when things get really bad and you know that you are just about to undergo a lifecrash.

e.g., I had a lifecrash last week when I lost my job, my partner, and all my savings. Drat.

submitted by Greenmantle - (www)

lifescape - Depiction of life in any kind of art form or literature.

e.g., The lifescape in the movie is of the jet set.

submitted by Parameswaran

lifesweep - The point in time at which majority opinion among a group of people flips over from "There's still a chance we're all about to die" to "It's pretty unlikely we'll die now."

e.g., The wind on the landing strip delayed the lifesweep for a bit, but I was already planning my move to grab my carry-ons first.

submitted by John - (www)

lificydal - Opposite of suicidal. When you feel like you would do anything to live longer.

e.g., After roller skating through a life of happiness and freedom, it was no wonder that he remained lificydal in his 90s.

submitted by Lisa

lift ticket - The telephone number that the target of your affections has given you. (Don't bother if it has a 1-900 prefix.)

e.g., Check it out. I got a lift ticket.

submitted by duncan

liftaphobia - The fear of being close to the ground or to low places.

e.g., Do I have liftaphobia? I'm scared of the ground.

submitted by miriam

liftgift - A cloud of flatus left behind in an elevator, invariably by the person(s) who most recently departed said conveyance.

e.g., "Liftgift!" the spy gasped, wasting valuable air by talking aloud for dramatic effect even though he was alone. It had to have been the cryptographer from Alpha Section who had just gotten off. The ceiling hatch was his only chance.

submitted by adam thorsell

lig - Let it go. Snoop Dogg himself has said izzle talk is dead -- and he said it years ago. | A cigarette, usually lit.

Snoop Dogg on izzle talk: Let it go. MTV: So the word is that you've been telling people the "izzle" is over.

Snoop Dogg: The message is LIG: Let it go. OK, America? Let it go. You can't say "izzle" no more. Tizzle, fizzle, dizzle — none of that. It's over with. LIG. Let it go.

Snoop: I overdosed on it. I'm seeing it everywhere, you know what I'm saying? It's like, it becomes bad after it becomes too much, you know what I'm saying? I overdosed off of it. So let's find something new. Maybe pig Latin, anything. Come on.

e.g., LIG. Let it go. | Can I bum a lig off your pack?

submitted by Daniel, too - (www)

liger-sized - (or liger-size; adj.) 1. enormous, especially when such size is unexpected; 2. a very large member of a group of smaller individuals (often used as a label for the largest member of an animal litter or human family). [From the tendency of Lion+Tigress hybrids to attain great size, far bigger, in fact, than either of their parents.]

e.g., George is liger-sized. His dad is 5'10", and his mom's only about 5'3", but he's 6'9". | Gimme the two-pound-burger, megafries, and a gigagalleon of grape soda. Oh, and Liger-size it.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

liggit - Light.

e.g., Turn off the light!

submitted by Cati

liggity - The same as a left turn.

e.g., Take a liggity at the top of the ski slope, bitch .

submitted by Cremi Cremlin

light attendant - Something or somebody who helps you switching on or off delights.

e.g., Light attendant, please. I cannot see anything.

submitted by phrasardeur - (www)

light in the loafers - To say that a male is light in the loafers is to say that he is effeminate or homosexual. Whether this is considered derogatory or not by the GBLT community is unknown to me, but my guess is that a straight person who says of a non-straight man that he's a little light in the loafers does not intend the remark as a compliment. Saying that someone is light in the loafers seems to fit in the same class of epithets as "he likes show tunes" or "he's a friend of Dorothy." One supposes the possibility that such terms can be used in either a pseudo-friendly or pseudo-invective way, depending on the sayer and the sayee. There are probably dozens if not hundreds of such epithets, but since I have no use for them, I'm not familiar with them.

e.g., "Nancy said that Georgie handled the situation in his usual spoiled little baby, nambi-pambi way." "Hey, aren't Nancy and George the two who elsewhere made a reference to someone being light in the loafers -- the reference being that the guy was homosexual?" "Nah, that was some light in the loafers fellow who said that -- meaning, I suppose, that no one should take offense since it amounted to the pot calling the kettle black. Just exactly how does that work?" "I'm not really sure. But I do know this -- I don't mind if some other bald guy makes a remark about my being bald. However, if you're a guy who has a head full of hair, I'm going to take anything you say about baldness as somehow being related to your trying to show some kind of hirsute superiority to me. In other words, I'm going to be offended -- and retaliate in kind."

submitted by HD Fowler

light nazi - Someone who is frantically obsessed with turning lights on or off

e.g., Aaron turns the lights off. We turn them back on. Little Aaron goes and tells on us and kicks us and wipes chocolate all over us. (And doesn't even clean it up. Ugh, how rude.) Aaron turns the lights off again. We turn them back on. This goes on for a considerable ammount of time. Aaron is henceforth called the light nazi.

submitted by Nicky Ubben

lightbeard - A very long, undefined period of time, although far less than a "lightyear." So named so because you could grow a beard, or at least a bit of stubble, within this interval.

e.g., Do you think I should phone Jimmy? It's been lightbeards since I last spoke to him.

submitted by mike d - (www)

lighthearted - Having an illuminated blood pump.

e.g., The guy became lighthearted when the cardio-vascular surgeon left his MiniMag flashlight in the aorta.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

lightmare - (n.) 1. A period marked by frequent, intense lighting strikes, especially at night, when everything is otherwise dark and quiet; 2. A direct lighting strike, and its accompanying mind-numbingly loud thunderclap, upon your house or building, especially if it wakes you up or throttles you out of whatever other activity you are involved in, sets your ears to ringing, and leaves you with a bad case of the shakes. (From LIGHTning + nightMARE.)

e.g., I can remember a lightmare strike back in the 1976, I think, in Annapolis, Maryland. There was a horribly uninterrupted series of flashes and grumbling, and every now and then a crack or a clap that hurt my ears. It was off in the distance, most of the time, but I learned later that this hour or so of incessant flash-and-rumble had caused some serious every-man-for-himself-and-the-sky-against-all damage. And killed several people as well, some claimed. As if this wasn't enough pounding, I was just coming up from the basement into the kitchen with a can of Del Monte green beans when a great shock of light filled the room around me and the loudest noise I believe I have ever heard in my life grabbed and shook the building with an end-of-the-world sort of BOOM that almost knocked me down. It made the distant sheets of lighting look somehow dark, and the thunder quite tip-toe-mousey-quiet (as Kipling would say) by comparison.

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lightning rod - What you get when you mix Viagra with iron supplements. From a Jay Leno joke.

e.g., Did you hear about the guy who got struck by lightning on his . . . groin area? You don't want to be running around with a lightning rod during a thunderstorm.

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lightning-monster - n., Contained electricity or shielded high tension lines, as often depicted by a picture of a sort of angular octopus iwht jaggedy arms on older transformers, power stations, and the like. [Note: anything with such a label is called a "lightning-monster box."]

e.g., "Did you get a good run in today?" "Yeah: I got all the way to that lighting-monster box on the interstate---about six miles there and back."

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lightnining - Continuous bolts of lightning coming from above... LOOK OUT!

e.g., I wouldn't go outside if I were you. It's Lightnining out there.

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ligouri bid - A request for a price (bid) on a small amountof fixed income securities. Usually $5,000 worth or less.

e.g., Some piker is giving me a hard time about this Ligouri Bid he's asking for.

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liguori bid - A bid on any fixed income security for a face amount of $5,000 or less.

e.g., At around five o'clock, Smith came in with six separate Liguori Bids. Talk about upset traders.

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lije - (n.) a three wood golf club [apparently because the '3' looks like an 'e' as in elijah wood (the actor), and 'lije' is short for 'elijah'].

e.g., Calling a three wood a lije is no more strange than calling it "the spoon," as the older jargon would have it, or calling a seven iron a "mashie-niblick," whatever that's supposed to mean.

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like - used to imply metaphor. Currently greatly over- and mis-used. See also

e.g., ""Well, she was like 'yeah, are you talking to me?' and he was like 'yeah, my friend thinks you are like, cute.'""

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like an ape to an empty shirt - When someone just seems to take to something, getting on smoothly, fitting in perfectly, and having the time of her life -- yet in fact she is completely messing up the job.

e.g., Jane took to her new job like an ape to an empty shirt. It was her favorite job yet, but the company shut down within a week due to her incontinence imcompetence incompetence.

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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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liked to had, have - Almost--as used in NC.

e.g., I liked to had died when that deer ran out in front of me.

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likenahate - "(Like-na-hate) liking someone, but being unable to be friends with them because of a gaping character flaw you don't like."

e.g., "If Mike was not such a snob, I would stop liknahating him."

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lil bear - Descriptive of what the dog does when standing on her back legs, waving her front paws at her beloved owners like a small bear. Also, the name of a restaurant in a small town in Florida, which was named after the dog.

e.g., Dog: (stands on back legs, waves front legs in air, looks much like miniature bear) Grr! Owner: Aww, come here, Lil bear! Second Beloved Owner: This reminds me of that restaurant in Florida!

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lil' texan - Word used to describe someone with reference to possibly the worst WWF wrestler of all time, "the Texas tornado." Confined to Liverpool, England.

e.g., Get away from me, you lil' Texan.

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lillith - A woman with strong sexual desires. A female counterpart to a lecher, used to refer to a man. We tend to think of lechers has having this meaning: "If you describe a man as a lecher, you disapprove of him because you think he behaves towards women in a way which shows he is only interested in them sexually. ... Synonyms: womanizer, seducer, rake, Don Juan." But some dictionaries settle for defining a lecher simply as a "man with strong sexual desires." Which not necessarily a bad thing.

e.g., If you're a lecher, you're fortunate if you've managed to find a lecherette to be your significant other. Lechers should all be so lucky.

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limb erick - Humorous, rhyming poetry about body parts.

e.g., Here's a sample limb erick for you:  

Big hands are owned by Norwegians,
Flat feet have surfing, West Coast collegians,
I saw on the telly
An Englishman's big belly
And huge legs holding up nether regions.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

limberated - Liberated, free from the power, or hold, of sex.

e.g., Once he was limberated, he was able to do many things he wanted, and became acutely aware of the many meaningless aspects of life.

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limbic - To go limbic means to get so angry or scared that you lose all capacity for reason; the primitive limbic part of your brain is in control.

e.g., When my stupid boss stood over me and kept nagging me to hurry, I went limbic and yelled at him to leave me alone. Bad move on my part.

submitted by Lee

limble - A self-attaching articulated arm: limb+nimble. Such as the new Canadarm on the International Space Station.

e.g., Like an inchworm, the limble reached out and attached itself to a solar panel freeing the other end to perform a new task.

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limbo for you - A state of affairs which is neither good, nor bad, but somewhere in the neutral zone. Can also be written as Limbo4you, as shorthand.

e.g., Jim: I lost everything in the flood, so FEMA's putting me up in a motel 'til I can find better quarters. Zeke: Oh, limbo for You, then. Jim: Yeah, not so bad. 'least the room is dry.

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limbonius - Having to do with being in limbo.

e.g., Jo was stuck in a limbonius attitude all day.

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limbricity - Bendability.

e.g., The gymnyst was magnificent. I've never seen such limbricity.

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limeage - Lime that you order for your beer to make it taste like a better beer than it really is.

e.g., May I have two Coronas... with limeage, please?

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limey - An Australian hundred dollar bill.

e.g., The first time in my life I get a bloody limey and it turns out to be counterfeit.

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liminite - Neutralize, eradicate, render inoperative, get rid of, cancel, abort, reject, be free of.

e.g., The goal of the positive thinker is to liminite all negativity. | It really is necessary at times to liminite what is normally thought of as desirable tissue, contrary to popular opinion. | Liminite wasteful spending by resisting gratification of impulsive urges to buy and have right now.

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limousine liberals - Left-leaning rich persons who criticise the capitalist system that they themselves used to accumulate their wealth.

e.g., Did you hear about those limousine liberals Ted Turner and Bono who want to write off Third World debt?"

submitted by Tim Hickey

limpbizkorn - Generic for testosterone rock bands.

e.g., Damn, why do the DJs play so much limpbizkorn?

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line of champions - The line of students called down on the morning announcements in front of the disiplinary office.

e.g., As I was going to the office for a message, I had to pass the line of champions.

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line of spit, the - (n.) something which stands out and thus ruins a performance, an image, suspension of disbelief, or continuity. This definition requires some explanation. In Gene Kelly's 1948 version of The Three Musketeers, there is a scene in which Athos shares a final, passionate kiss with Milady deWinter, who is about to be executed for her many crimes. As their lips part from each other, a line of spit forms between their mouths for a moment (I'm told that it doesn't show up on the video, and I saw it on the big screen long ago -- where it was disturbingly obvious). This line of spit was a terrible distraction, and while I was pondering why on earth the editor had not caught and excised it, the plot got away from me. When I caught the train of the plot again, my suspension of disbelief was shot -- I was not in early 17th century France: I was on a 1948 movie set, in California. I started noticing makeup, blocking, casting trouble, camera angles. In a word, it ruined the movie for me. After many years, I have applied my Line-of-Spit ("LoS") to many situations. The one thing all such scenarios share is that something stands out which should never have been noticed -- and this leads to the paradoxical truth that "everything must be perfect ... so that no one will notice it." It applies to clothing (orange socks with a tuxedo are a LoS), makeup (nothing can stand out, or the whole image is ruined), grammar (if anyone stops reading what you say and stops instead to "correct" you, it's a LoS), and so forth. There is a story that in a motion picture once, the entire crew was reflected in a large window as the protagonist is walking down a supposedly empty street: a palpable Line of Spit. (Sorry that takes so long to explain.)

e.g., In Aliens, the space marines are not allowed to use their weapons as they might inadvertently shoot the abandoned complex's fusion reactor, leading to a catastrophic explosion. The problem, of course, is that fusion reactors don't explode; they simply cease to function when they are damaged. There isn't even any radiation to speak of. This Line of Spit made it rather difficult to suspend my disbelief -- the aliens were just rubber suits or CGI, and the plot wasn't scary anymore.

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lineography - The study of how long, how wide, and how fast it's moving for of a line of people.

e.g., Paul surveyed the lineography but quickly gave up.

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lines world - General theory about the world, first advented by professor Benevidez Garcia, which has come to represent the non-mystical and discontinuous nature of reality.

e.g., "No longer shall I be a slave to this discontinuous lines world, I'm a circle man all the way," said Alejandro.

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linflantification - Trying to identify who is singing a "They Might Be Giants" song, John Linnell or John Flansberg.

e.g., This constant linflantification is distracting me from effectively kneeing you ninjas in the groin. Stop it.

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lingitty - A form of speech characterized by overuse of slang and abbreviation. Can also be used as an adjective to describe said form of speech.

e.g., 1. I can't understand her when she's speaking that Northern California lingitty. 2. Mish? Ab-Ex? Why does she always sound so lingitty?

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lingua franca - "A language that is adopted as a common language between speakers whose native languages are different." | "A lingua franca, also called a bridge language, trade language, or vehicular language, is a language systematically used to make communication possible between persons not sharing a native language, in particular when it is a third language, distinct from both native languages." | "[S]omething resembling a common language «Movies are the lingua franca of the twentieth century ~ Gore Vidal»"


It has nothing to do with lingua francas, but I happen to be watching movies about submarines on Netflix today. Das Boot just finished and K19: The Widowmaker is now starting. Factoid: During World War II, Germany had 40,000 men serving on U-boats. Only 10,000 survived 'til the end of the war. | I've been watching TV series made in Europe. Some have subtitles, but are otherwise not translated into English. I've noticed how common it is for characters from different countries to converse in English in some the scenes. Confirmation of a sort that English remains the lingua franca of Europe. | Lillith: "HD, do you happen to know when English replaced French as the lingua franca of Europe." HD: "Can't say as I do, Lillith. Do you know how to google? If you learn how, you can find these things out for yourself instead of coming to me all the time." |

Wikipedia entry for lingua franca.
English is the current lingua franca of international business, education, science, technology, diplomacy, entertainment, radio, seafaring, and aviation. It has replaced French as the lingua franca of diplomacy since World War II. The rise of English in diplomacy began in 1919, in the aftermath of World War I, when the Treaty of Versailles was written in English as well as in French, the dominant language used in diplomacy until that time. The widespread use of English was further advanced by the prominent international role played by English-speaking nations (the United States and the Commonwealth of Nations) in the aftermath of World War II, particularly in the establishment and organization of the United Nations. English is one of the six official languages of the United Nations (the other five being French, Arabic, Chinese, Russian and Spanish). The seating and roll-call order in sessions of the United Nations and its subsidiary and affiliated organizations is determined by alphabetical order of the English names of the countries.
From a review of Nicholas Ostler's The Last Lingua Franca: English Until the Return of Babel
The author of Ad Infinitum: A Biography of Latin and Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World, Nicholas Ostler here portrays English as the last in a long line of lingua francas, after Greek, Latin, Arabic, and many others. It is the most widely spoken language in human history, based on its global use in commerce, technology, and entertainment — and yet, Ostler persuasively argues, English will be displaced as the world's language in the not-too-distant future, and it will be the last of its kind.

"A bracing history of lingua francas and their dynamic variation, with a focus on the perfect wave that International English is riding — toward a wipeout.... [Ostler's] aim is not pedantic but to pique general readers' code-cracking interest. Ostler does not assume specialist knowledge, but he does assume that his readers share his gargantuan and voluptuary appetite for words, languages and history." — Kirkus Reviews

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lingua-geeka - The language spoken by techies, as heard from the perspective of a normal person.

e.g., As I walked past the comms room the techies were all in there talking their lingua-geeka.

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lingual-vanitalist - Using foreign words in an attempt to impress or show off one's intellect--when in actuallity it makes one look like a fool.

e.g., When Betty had recited the American national anthem in French, it was clear she was a lingual-vanitalist.

submitted by Adeel Khamisa

linguistician - One who is annoyingly erudite and pedantic, though not always right, about word use.

e.g., Archibald held forth on "lose" versus "loose" for an hour, proving himself a veritable linguistician. | Editor Lillith has a tendency to present herself as erudite, when, in truth, she's merely a linguistician.

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linguistigasm - A feeling of extreme mental pleasure in sharing a conversation with someone who has similar feelings about a linguistic topic.

e.g., I'm in love with Latvian, too. I know how you feel.It's so beautiful, it's a linguistigasm.

submitted by Ryan Johnson

linguistigimp - "a person who uses the wrong word, misspeaks, and/or otherwise trips over his tongue"

e.g., ""I believe in the sacred bondage of marriage," proclaimed the linguistigimp."

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linguoinsensitivity - Speaking in a language not known to all parties in the group.

e.g., Not only is he linguoinsensitive, he does it deliberately. He's continually correcting my pronunciation -- as if words taken into American English are supposed to be pronounced the way they were in their country of origin. Dog's bollocks.

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lingweenie - "A person incapable of producing neologisms." Not original.

e.g., I dunno. Maybe she's a lingweenie. It's true that everything she's submitted was made up by someone else, but that doesn't mean she can't make up a new word if she puts her mind to it. One thing's for sure -- she's pretty damned smart. (Yes, you're right. She is pretty, too -- even beautiful, I'd say.) Maybe she's just being nice and doesn't want to show you up. Ever think of that?

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linimate - (LIN-uh-mate) A teammate or other person who can \'professionally'\ slaver on liniment or power meds or secret formulae. The coach may not always be available, so linimate to the rescue.

e.g., Our linimate always smells good, like, well, liniment, which is logical, and various creams and salves, powders, dressings, ointments, and remedies, sweet, significantly odiferous, and generally agreeable.

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link farm - A person who can consistently produce, almost instantaneously, a URL related to any current topic of discussion; used especially during chat to make aware to the link farm himself, that perhaps he spends way too much time on the internet.

e.g., And: Did you ever see the Goonies? Nad: Ooh yeah, look... And: uh... thanks, link farm

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linkaholic - A person addicted to sending links.

e.g., I admit to being a linkaholic -- even though I realize people rarely take links in e-mails. Of course, as my son said to me in the noughts, "You could blog."

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linked-out - Similar to pointed out but to describe the creation of a link or URL.

e.g., Ann linked-out the website to Bob, so that he could check out the information.

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linkful - Having or manifesting links. Inspiring the use of links. A web page is linkful if it contains many useful links.

e.g.,'s stories are useful because they are so linkful.

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linkology - The physical or logical connections of data communications networks. Shows links to physical nodes.

e.g., This linkology report shows all the nodes in our network.

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linkrot - Dead links on a poorly updated web site.

e.g., I went to your web site, and nine out of ten links were dead! Your web site has too much linkrot.

submitted by Ben Harris

links - Ferocious wildcats that lurk in the Internet, striking at random and leaving error 403 and 404 messages behind. Links can get very mean when they get old.

e.g., The links struck again last night and I get "This page cannot be found," "Object not found," "Access forbidden," or "You do not have rights to this page."

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linkslut - Someone who does anything to get someone else to link to her.

e.g., If I ever set up my own website, I may become a linkslut myself.

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linkwanderer - 1. A person who wanders through the net by clicking on random links. 2. Wandering through links.

e.g., She must have a lot of time on her hands if she finds that many different kinds of links in a given day. She's a real linkwanderer.

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linner - A meal between lunch and dinner.

e.g., Would you like to go out for linner?

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linsey - A beautiful girl you can't go out with because she is related to you.

e.g., ex.Ex. My cousin Inga is a real linsey! Too bad.

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lint head - "In times gone by, and perhaps still, the young women who worked in the cotton mills -- because of the lint fibers collecting in their hair." Also used to mean a foolish person. From Nelson DeMille's Up Country.

e.g., Got me a date Saturday night with one of the lint heads.

A slightly different meaning: Well y'all, I ain't never heard of the other two y'alls. We kinda use y'all as an all purpose y'all. Singular, plural, etc. Now nabs I've heard of. In fact they're a big part of a lint head lunch: nabs and a coke or (to me) better, a Moon Pie and RC or coke: We kinda use coke for almost any soft drink. Our apologies Mr. Coke Cola. But I have even heard people say RC coke cola.

I guess y'all might be wondering what a lint head is. It's a body who works in a cotton mill. Your head so full of lint -- literally and not figuratively -- that you look like a white haired granddaddy or grandmother after a day of work.

Also "dope" is sometimes used for drinks. Comes from working in the hot dusty cotton mills. You needed a pick me up and here would come the dope cart. In the "old days", there were no break rooms or vending machine. A company man or a man with a permit would push a cart around carrying snacks and soft drinks and BCs. BC, Stanbacks, Goody's and other headache powders were the "dope". And people would dump the powder down the throat or in the drink and down it. Some of the "old timers" swear that a drink doctored up with a powder would carry you through a hot, sweaty day: Temps in a cotton mill can get 20 to 30 degrees higher than outside. And a lot of them would just dump it in the bottle and take a swig every now and again. Somehow the term dope (for some people) got carried over to mean a drink. But it's got to be a heavy caffeine cola if you're going to use it a pick me up.

After having worked for years in a bleachery (which is worse than a cotton mill) I swear by colas and powders. They do seem to work some kind of magic for almost anything that ails you. I particularly like them at night after a hard day. They "relax" me enough -- usually -- for the next day. And I have used them for camping. I wouldn't recommend taking them constantly through the day like some of the ol' time lint heads did, but they might be good at night; especially if your back is hurting. I've made a sweet instant coffee and drank it cold since carrying canned drinks is a bit silly when you have to hike back into the woods.

Of course the best general cure for pain and what ails you is mountain dew. And I don't mean the kind that comes in a can. Take a sip of the good stuff and you can probably hike the whole trail with a 100# pack. And if you ain't never had any, you probably can do the whole trail in one day. It's powerful stuff.

Y'all have a good time, yuh hear!
William -Bill- Neal

The Library Turtle
-- I maybe slow, but I get there --
Midlands Technical College
Library - Airport - Cataloging
PO Box 2408
Columbia, SC, 29202-2408

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lint licker - Used in an Orbit commercial, the term seems to be in need of a definition. Until something better comes along, I'm going to say the insult is intended to refer to a person who licks the lint from a lint catcher in a dryer. Why not?

e.g., A woman bursts into an office holding a box. She scowlingly says to her husband: You son of a biscuit-eating bulldog.
Husband: What the French toast
Wife: Did you think I wouldn't find out about your little doo doo head cootie queen?
Mistress: Who are you calling a cootie queen? You lint-licker!
Wife: Pickle you kumquat!
Husband: You're overreacting.
Wife: No, Bill, overreacting was when I put your convertible into a wood chipper, Stinky McStinkface!
Mistress: You Hoboken.

All three of them start fighting, but because they were all chewing Orbit gum, none used dirty language.

The Orbit spokeswoman is off to the side and says, "Fabulous! New Orbit Raspberry Mint cleans another dirty mouth."

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lint-picker - An anoyingly detail-oriented person.

e.g., We were not able to get the proposal in on time because Dave was being such a lint-picker about the format.

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linunch - A method of torture wherein the spine is viciously crinkled.

e.g., Never before had I seen the results of a spine linunched by a pinwheel.

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lip laid - To kiss.

e.g., The best I can hope for is to get lip laid.

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lip rippler - a louder than average burp, inspired by watching Barney on the Simpson's

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lip-sanc - (Rhymes with "SIP-drank"; v.) Apparently the past tense of "lip-sync." [On analogy with "drink~drank," I'd imagine.]

e.g., My 12-year-old daughter was explaining her inability to follow along with her friends in reciting affirmations. She said, "They knew it, and I didn't; so I just lib sanc."

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lip-shtick - Lip-shtick refers to the amusing thing that young lovers do when they haven't really learned how to kiss, given that one of the pair has an unusual large hooked nose, and the other can't figure out that he's supposed to take off his thick glasses for maximum versatility in the art.

e.g., "Betty, don't stare now but . . . hehe . . . see that young couple parked on the bench over there! They are newbies in the kissing department . . . hahahaha! Oops, look out for her nose, buddy! Betty, his enormous glasses are getting in the way! This is priceless lip-shtick!"

submitted by Dennis R. Ridley

lipfudge - A flavored, glossy pomade used to moisturize and add a shine to lips, like the Lip Smacker glosses beloved by teen schoolgirls in the 80s.

e.g., A tube of raspberry lipfudge just rolled out of my purse.

submitted by Sparki

lipjockey - Someone who tramples over a conversation with constant interruptions.

e.g., Sally: "Stop inter-" Jim: "I know where you're coming from." Sally: "Stop it, you lipjockey."

submitted by Ike

liplink - Kiss, a kiss [cf German Liebling, if you wish].

e.g., Only way we are connecting any more is by occasional mild liplink when it happens to occur, nice but perhaps inadequate?

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lipochondriac - A person who's so deathly afraid of gaining weight that (s)he's always at the plastic surgeon for liposuction maintenance.

e.g., Sure Mary's always looking slim. She's a lipochondriac.

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lipophile - To a chemist, a lipophile is a fat-seeking chemical as opposed to a hydrophile, a water-seeking chemical, but in the fat-acceptance community, a lipophile is one who appreciates the rich beauty of the generously-built.

e.g., Joe was a sports car enthusiast, and a lipophile; he thought roads and women were best if they had lush curves.

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lipskate - To trip and fall on your face.

e.g., Gary slipped on the ice and went lipskating right into the cheer leaders.

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liquidaters - People who hook up when drinking.

e.g., She would be such a nice girl if she could only get a handle on the liquidating -- and the excessive hooking up.

submitted by Marci

liquidicity - Result of moving move your body or an item in a smooth movement as if it were a liquid. | How much liquid is in something

e.g., The way Mike moved his fingers, you could tell he had liquidicity. | The liquidicity of the can is 16 oz.

submitted by vince

liquidsunshine - Rain in the middle of winter in Oregon

e.g., Right now outside its liquidsunshine, so don't forget the umbrella.

submitted by Kevin

liquidtrash - One trying to act like she knows more than she really does. In other words, trying to prove a point.

e.g., That guy talks too much. He's just liquidtrash

submitted by Sherwin

liquiscious - A solid form that feels like liquid.

e.g., This jello sure is liquiscious.

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liquory - 1: After drinking enough alcohol that you become tipsy or happy. 2: Also to describe someone that is tipsy, drunk, or that you find attractive.

e.g., 1: Ooh! I'm starting to feel liquory after only two beers. 2: Damn he's so fine, he's liquory.

submitted by Stephanie

lisky - Linguistically frisky.

e.g., His spirited narrative provided the crowd a lisky romp into a bed of enticing prose.

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list - A small number of actors or actresses who you would go to see in a movie, regardless of what it was about, just because they're enjoyable to look at.

e.g., Ed: I watched Alien Resurrection last night. Ted: Why? Ed: Because Winona Ryder is on my list.

submitted by ditnis

listicate - To make a list.

e.g., For my test, I listicated the information. | The following is a listicate about Heineken beer: yummy, tasty, Dutch. | Stop being so listicate. It's annoying. | The students describe everything so listicately when they should be describing the information in paragraph form.

submitted by Nathan Phillips

listicle - A real word: "an article consisting of a series of items presented as a list."

e.g., "You guys, it happened: The government wrote a listicle, and I couldn't be prouder. Well technically The National Film Registry, which is part of the Library of Congress, released their annual list of 25 notable films. Every year, they name 25 films that are 'culturally, historically or aesthetically' important to see. The only rule is a movie must be at least 10 years old."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

listjack - The hijacking of a topic on a e-mail or web-based discussion group to focus on a different topic. Annoying, as the subject line in the e-mails remains the same but the subject matter is now wildly different.

e.g., Daryl considered signing off from the "Future of Cinnamon Buns" e-Mail list because his "Maximum Icing" topic was listjacked into a discussion of the benefits of bark-based lipgloss.

submitted by Stephen Wonfor

listless egg syndrome - The egg is slow in deploying, or, the egg is not available at all.

e.g., Hormone harmony is guaranteed to pleasantly modify your symptoms of listless egg syndrome.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

lite erary - Pertaining to publications (i.e., short novels, short stories, magazine articles, etc.) that are written to briefly divert or amuse the reader, rather than educate, enlighten, engage, confront, puzzle, excite, or enrage him.

e.g., Hmmm. I've got an evening free without work from the office, Anne's at her mother's, I'm tired of watching T.V., burned out from blogging, don't want to keep slogging through Tolstoy -- just want to relax.  
Wonder if Kindle has anything lite erary. I'm really in the mood for "popcorn for the mind" tonight!

submitted by Charlie Lesko

literally - Figuratively.

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

submitted by HD Fowler

literally - Metaphorically, figuratively.

e.g., He hit that ball literally out of town.

submitted by Brave Sir Robin

litermediacy - Being literate enough to understand what is news and what is editorial content in the media.

e.g., The lack of litermediate citizens tends to create landslide vicotries for candidates due solely to their commercials.

submitted by Michael Duncan - (www)

literoid - 1. A person who takes things literally when the situation calls for a more contextual viewpoint or approach. 2. Having similar magnitude to a metric liter.

e.g., 1. John is a literoid. He takes everything seriously. 2. Put the water in that literoid container. It should be able to hold it.

submitted by Sammers - (www)

litiot - A literate idiot. Also known as an educated fool.

e.g., Bill got himself on the planning commission because of his suitcase full of degrees. Sadly, none of them seem to be helping him with doing any actual planning. In fact, he's becoming widely known for his litiocy.

submitted by Hal Colombo

litter ary - Pertaining to the tendency of the male academician, or book worm, to never pick up after himself.

e.g., "Look at this mess around your living room recliner! Bits of crackers and cheese, shards of pretzels and wheat curls, pistachio shells, the necktie you wore yesterday, candy wrappers, beer bottles, piles of books gathering dust, two pairs of shoes, several socks -- why do you have to be so litter ary?" "Now, dearest, you know I'm getting prepared to teach my next term's new Art History course, 'The influence of classic Greek noses on Roman Empire statuary,' and I can't be like some barnyard rooster, looking down, pecking at gravel. My mind must stay aloft."

submitted by Charlie Lesko

litterature - So-called literature, fit only for lining the cat box or the bird cage. The French word littérature is equivalent to the English word literature. That may account for many of the more than 350,000 hits you get when you google >litterature<. May, I say, may.

e.g., My bookshelves are filled with litterature -- and that doesn't even include my collection of pornography. I keep that under my bed. I've spent thousands and thousands of dollars on books and what do I have to show for it? All I've done is become an authority on bad literature.

submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

litterture - Any written work that has little merit and is commonly recognized as a piece of trash.

e.g., Read his last book, it’s truly high litterture.

submitted by Kulnor the Wise - (www)

little bittle - A variation of "little bit."

e.g., I'll see you in a little bittle.

submitted by Kati

little m - 1. The area defined by the ventral surface of the nose, so named because the nostrils and the flesh between suggest the letter "m." 2. A distinctive marking seen primarily in tabby cats, centered directly above the eyes and suggesting the letter "m."

e.g., 1. She smiled and James was transfixed--her big blue eyes, her dimples, her little m. 2. Just before Raider could jump up and bring down the whole Christmas tree, I grabbed the water pistol and nailed him right on his little m.

submitted by adam thorsell

little penis - "In Latin 'virgula,' meaning 'little rod' or, vividly enough, 'little penis,' was the name of a punctuation character shaped like a small slash [/] and used in the Latin writing system much like a modern comma."

e.g., Frankly, my dear Lillith, I don't give a damn if it looks like a small forward slash and you're etymologically correct, I think it's a mistake to say you punctuated that particular sentence with a little penis. It sounds, somehow, almost obscene.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

littoral - Of or pertaining to a shore, as of the sea. [1913 Webster]

e.g., "We found littorally hundreds of clams."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

livation - Liquid that really quenches your thirst.

e.g., I need to get some livation, quick like, before I dehydrate.

submitted by Jessicalyn

liver spank - Double or triple shot of vodka, four acetaminophen, and a beer or wine chaser.

e.g., Lately I've really been feeling my age, and yours, too. At least two or three times a week I have a liver spank for the aches and pains.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

living large - Doing extremely well.

e.g., John is living large after his record sold a million copies.

submitted by Jerome Greco - (www)

livrecatos - (pl. n.) (leev-ruh-KAH-tohz) Short, unexpected gaps that occur in instrumental pieces whenever one turns a page in one's music book due to an inability to play and turn pages at the same time. (Etymology: French livre [book] + Italian -cato [musical term ending]).

e.g., Whenever Grover played "Ode To Joy" on the clarinet, he'd get livrecatos because it didn't all fit on one page.

submitted by Mirakle B. - (www)

lizard king - Someone who has great power and influence, yet has the personality of a dead rodent.

e.g., I hate talking to my boss; he's such a lizard king.

submitted by sam

lizarding at midnight - Sneaking out of the house. Doesn't necessarily have to be at midnight.

e.g., Nicky: "Hey, Lauryn, will you be out tonight?" Lauryn: "Yeah, I'm lizarding at midnight."

submitted by lauryn

llama - Really nice person.

e.g., My aunt's a llama if there ever was one.

submitted by Katie Morrisroe

lloydy - Meaning very stupid, after Lloyd Christmas, Jim Carrey's dim-bulb character in the movie _Dumb and Dumber_.

e.g., Forgetting to put the city and state in the address on the envelope was a very Lloydy thing to do

submitted by Sparki

llyod dobler - Llyod Dobler was the title character in the movie _Say Anything_, played by John Cusack. It is a certain kind of guy, a sensitive, funny, well-read, anxious-to-fall-in-love kind of guy.

e.g., I went on a date last night and it was great. He was a Llyod Dobler.

submitted by Emily

lmcbs - (pronounced el-em-see-bee-ess) Acronym for Lady Macbeth Syndrome, (n.) 1. a psychological condition in which a person feels as though they will never be rid of the guilt of something, usually likened to blood on the hands, people watching, the belief that everyone knows what one has done. It often leads to suicidal thoughts and actions; 2. That disconnected feeling soldiers are said to get after killing a human being for the first time. [From Lady Macbeth's somnambulatory nightmare that her hands could not be washed clean after she has successfully tempted her husband to kill the king.]

e.g., "Hey, what's with Tommy? He keeps, like, zoning out." "Yeah, first battle today -- first blood. He's taking it pretty hard." "Gotcha, LMcBS: poor guy." | Sometimes Pontius Pilate is depicted in movies as having a severe case of LMcBS, constantly having to rewash his hands after washing his hands of the Savior's case and turning Him over to be crucified.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

lo fi - Opposite of hi-fi; something shameful, stupid, or of cheap quality.

e.g., The music they were playing at the bar last night was lo fi. OR She was right to leave--he was being lo fi.

submitted by andrea - (www)

load rage - Getting angry at slow downloads. Equivalent to "road rage" for the internet.

e.g., This modem connection is giving me load rage.

submitted by Arik9

load up - to get prepared

e.g., I'm going to load up and go to Florida tomorrow.

submitted by Owen Tew - (www)

load-glitch - The experience when all loads are inconveniently occurring at the same time -- after a long drought. The loads will conflict in the worst possible way. For example, high bill, birthday, and dinner-date loads, which together leave the “glitched” person completely broke and begging for the next week. Load-glitches are largely unavoidable since their pre-emptive deprivation mechanism dictates an extreme balancing vortex-action, drawing the glitched individuals in so strongly that they only notice the glitch when it's too late. Whew!

e.g., Excuse me, I'm having a load-glitch.

submitted by boxen - (www)

loader - 1. Someone who loads a bus or vehicle while others find it as a source of entertainment to watch. 2. Someone who is talking about something that is a load.

e.g., 1. Where's the loader? My stuff needs to be put in. 2. What?! You're just being a loader with all that BS.

submitted by Rachel

loadie - Someone continually under the influence of an inebriating substance. As in “loaded.”

e.g., Your girlfriend was so wasted she table danced at the party last night. I think she might be a loadie.

submitted by WordmanPro

loathe - Loath (also loth). Until I made this entry "loathe" meant "to feel disgust or intense aversion for; abhor: I loathe people who spread malicious gossip," while "loath" meant "unwilling; reluctant; disinclined; averse: to be loath to admit a mistake." I've seen loathe used so often to mean loath, I decided to give them the same meaning -- despite being a bit loath to do so, for fear I might appear to be endorse a misuse.

e.g., It's not that much of stretch to say I loathe people who are extremely loath to admit a mistake -- or to say I loathe overbearing (A redundancy? Yes.) progressives such as Anthony Weiner. When you're wrong, be a mensch about it and admit it. | A confusion of the words: "Weiner 'would be loathe to see a Republican get into that seat. Loathe,' another insider said. 'That would just be awful to him. Awful, awful, awful.'" | "Remember, many of our legislators are attorneys and they are generally loathe to back common sense reform." | "All Apple really has to do is pay a fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) licensing fee in order to use them legally, something Motorola has been loathe to agree to, according to Apple." | "While a few loyal Obama Democrats are truly 'pro-gun,' many are loathe to vote against treaties that carry the president’s international prestige, causing him embarrassment."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

lobbuyist - A dedicated political educator who assists elected officials in making informed decisions beneficial to The People (cf). Lobbuyists arrange to present comprehensive, free materials to legislators for background data on the products, services and needs of various important individuals and entities.

e.g., "...Buckham, who was then a lobb[u]yist, arranged [Con grass man, c.f., Tom] DeLay's trip to the Choctaw Reservation's Casino and Golf Course at a cost of $6,995 paid by the Choctaw [Indians] to assess it as a possible location for the legislator's annual charity [golf] tournament."
-- "The DeLay-Abramoff Money Trail" -- The Washington Post -- 12/31/05.

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

lobbyism - (n.) 1. The practice of lobbying; 2. the belief that lobbying (ie, educating or influencing legislators (legally or illegally)) is an unavoidable (if sometimes undesirable) element of democratic government; 3. pejorative: lobbying perceived as a 'corporate legislature,' in which only wealthy companies or interests have any representation, their opponents having no say because they have no money to afford a lobbyist.  
[Apparently a "real" word, but limited (in those dictionaries which record it at all) to definition 1, above.]

e.g., I can see that legislators and other governing persons might need people to educate them about particular issues, since no one has enough time to learn all about them through personal experience, but lobbyism worries me, since only the wealthy---companies, practitioners, and interested parties---have the wherewithal in money, time, or experience to hire lobbyists. You don't often hear about lobbyists seeking to_lower_the cost of pharmaceuticals.

submitted by scott m. ellsworth - (www)

lobeballs - The balls of shaving cream that form on your ear lobes while shaving.

e.g., Unusually large lobeballs form on his ears when he uses Burma Shave.

submitted by Fritz Galt - (www)

loberals - Liberals who are continually lobbing rhetorical grenades at President Bush. (From a keying mistake made while posting to a forum.)

e.g., The ten Democrat candidates for their party's 2004 nomination for President are all loberals, regardless of any minor differences they may have.

submitted by HD Fowler

loberocker - An extremely intelligent male. Female version is "lobeshuffler."

e.g., I couldn't even get in a decent comeback. It was clear I was dealing with an experienced loberocker.

submitted by Michael Johnston

lobster - Australian for a twenty dollar note.

e.g., He tipped me a lobster. God love those Yanks.

submitted by Dave

lobster - Noun, someone who is always asking for thongs or favors. Verb, to ask for something.

e.g., Mind if I lobster a beer?

submitted by the wolfman

lobster - Soulmate, best friend for life, as pioneered on "Friends." Apparently lobsters stay together for life. Or until they are eaten. Can be accompanied by a hand gesture of making circles of your thumb and index finger on each hand and linking them, like lobster claws.

e.g., Mike's my lobster.

submitted by Stella

lobstercard - When a dinner or lunch guest, who is not paying for the meal, orders the most expensive item on the menu, frequently lobster.

e.g., I took the new guy to lunch and he played the lobstercard.

submitted by Charles Bozonier

loc - A local .

e.g., I think that loc was hitting on you.

submitted by Amanda - (www)

local jack - One's local weather forecast, typically but not necessarily that which comes on the Weather Channel or the like.

e.g., Hold up a minute, Hun, gotta check radar on the local jack, for we don't wanna roll out into a tornado.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

lochrity - The condition of having many lakes.

e.g., Landlocked areas can have successful marine industries due to their lochrity.

submitted by Pedro Alcocer - (www)

locipulate - Unable to think or concentrate properly due to stress, anxiety, fatigue, overstimulation, or overwork.

e.g., Emily had been working madly through mid-terms. She read the textbooks, hi-lighted, made notecards, made outlines, did everything she needs to do to write the necessary papers and take the necessary tests. Yet suddenly, when she sat down to write a crucial paper, the words did not come. Emily sat in front of the blank Word document, her mind a complete blank. "Man, I just locipulated," she said. |Shut up before I start locipulating. | I've been locipulated for so long I can't even remember what thinking was like. | I've got a locipulation-induced headache.

submitted by S. Elizabeth Wood

lock - short for locker.

e.g., Your lock is awesome!

submitted by Mari

lockdown - What happened to high-security U.S. agencies like the C.I.A. on September 11. All employees in, no one out, everyone works.

e.g., The Agency doesn't go to lockdown frequently; it usually takes a major crisis.

submitted by Stephen Mize

locked - To use when saying "We're tight" is just not good enough.

e.g., Yah, me and my friend Jeidi are locked.

submitted by Eric Heinrichs

locked up, locks - A variant of "messed up" or "screwed up." Computer geek slang to describe a situation similar to a computer's "locking up."

e.g., A. Hey, did you just see that guy wearing the Carmine Miranda hat? B. Yaaa, that's locked up. | You're really going to paint your house salmon pink? That just locks, utterly.

submitted by Carlos Coutinho

locket-lace - A precious and wealthy gift given to a stranger (usually a poor one) from someone who does not wish to be known to that stranger.

e.g., It was hard for the poor man to believe that a locket-lace of such value would be given to him

submitted by Deliou Seluna Coloti

locomotive - A train puller. Also known as a Chattanooga Choo-Choo. Original?

e.g., Hey, Chris, I hear your old lady's a locomotive. That she frequently pulls trains at biker rallies. T'ain't true, is it?

submitted by HD Fowler

locostationary - When it feels as though you are moving because objects relative to you are moving when you are in fact stationary.

e.g., As the car wash washed over us, we were filled with locostationary confusion. The train stayed on the platform for hours, such that hype was induced at every locostationary occurrence.

submitted by Rachel Howard

locusses - The plural of locus' (= locust), where the t is not pronounced.

e.g., A plague of locusses descended on Utah, but the seagulls saved the day.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

locust - An annoying customer at a retail store (who always seem to appear in swarms).

e.g., As soon as we opened up this morning, we were overrun with locusts.

submitted by Justin Shertzer

locust valley lockjaw - A manner of speaking in which the mouth is opened as little as possible: "'The enunciation is done principally by movement of the lips, producing a nasal tone. . . . Perhaps the Latin form would be Tetanus Pretentious.'" For more on the speech affected by Jane Hathaway (Nancy Kulp) in The Beverly Hillbillies and Thurston Howell 3d (Jim Backus) on Gilligan's Island, read William Safire's January 18, 1987, On Language column in The New York Times. The second example is taken from Safire's essay. Anyone familiar with Mr. Safire's erudite offerings should lament his passing.

e.g., You're either born to the manner of speaking called Locust Valley Lockjaw or it takes years of practice and an upper-crust education to learn it. Being a snob helps, even being a grammar snob and great big meanie. | "A year later, in the same publication, Charlotte Curtis described an effusion by Gloria Vanderbilt as coming 'in that locution so redolent of Locust Valley lockjaw.'"

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

log - Diary, web log, blog.

e.g., "Longtime readers of this log are familiar with the basics."

submitted by [Desolation Crow] - (www)

log-cabin republican - A conservative Republican who also hapens to be gay. This group has been moderately successful at softening the hard line anti-gay perception of the Republican party.

e.g., The log-cabin Republicans have been pushing the party to eliminate anti-gay rhetoric for years.

submitted by Stephen Mize

logastellus - A person whose love of words is greater than her knowledge of words.

e.g., I told Lillith she's a logastellus and she smacked me upside the head. Then she asked what the word meant. When I told her, she smacked me upside the head.

submitted by HD Fowler

logey - To be sluggish, and a hooligan. The state of being groggy after a long night.

e.g., I'm logey today. I was drinking till five in the morning.

submitted by dan

loggedoff - A Russian composer of nature pieces written in his dacha deep in the forest.

e.g., Loggedoff's symphony "A Fallen Tree" was a little choppy.

submitted by John Breen

loggia - In Grinnell College lingo, the prefix "loggia" is added to a noun to designate it as a borrowable, common-use item, supposed to be returned, but that has the potential to never be seen again.

e.g., The bike sitting on my front lawn is the loggia-bike I took to the pub last night but forgot to return.

submitted by A Noy

loggy - Combination of lethargic and groggy; too full or exhausted. Logy.

e.g., After the huge lunch, I felt too loggy to do any work.

submitted by Christa Tillman

logicate - To make sense of.

e.g., Don't try to logicate everything he says. He doesn't know as much as he thinks.

submitted by Maja Leah Marshall

logicfuzzy - When a concept is beyond normal comprehension or description it isn't fuzzy logic. Rather it is logicfuzzy. Much the same as using "duh" to mean stupid.

e.g., That thought is just logicfuzzy.

submitted by Vib - (www)

logininity - Being logged in.

e.g., My logininity is gone now that my iISP disconnected me.

submitted by Aurora

logogenericism - The evolution of a trademark name into a common name that is used to refer to all products of a certain type.

e.g., I wonder if Google will become a logogenercism such as Xerox and Coke have?

submitted by colby - (www)

logomorph - Shaped in the form of a word.

The logo of the movie Grease is a logomorph.

submitted by Arie Uittenbogaard - (www)

logopoietic - Of, relating to, or involved in the formation of words; inclined to invent words [Greek, from logos, word, speech, from Greek poiºtikos, creative, from poiºtºs, maker, from poiein, to make.]

e.g., And what's worse, you get one of these altiloquent aeolist who fancies himself as some sort of logopoietic mastermind spouting gibberish like it's sacred glossolalia.

submitted by John LaSala

logorhee - (Low-go-REE; v.) 1. To suffer from logorrhea (the proclivity, habit, or pathological need to talk too much, especially the endless droning of a particular jargon or bureaucratese (q.v.)); 2. to cause others to suffer by their having to listen to droning drivel. [Back-formation from logorrhea, by analogy with diarrhee, from diarrhea.]

e.g., Sadly, if you read or listen to too much logorrhea, you begin to logorrhee yourself. | "We have ways of making you talk." "And what would those be?" "Tying you down and dripping water on your head; hanging you upside down; locking you in a room too small to lie down in and too small to stand up in; bamboo beneath your fingernails ..." "I can handle those." "Oh, and we are excellent at logorrheeing our victims to death." "No! Not that! Please! I'll tell you everything, but don't talk me to death, I beseech you!" | It is a terrible truth that even the simplest of instructions are logorrheeable, in the hands of the born bureaucrat.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

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. |

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

logout - n - An arthritic condition, resulting from excessive computer use. Logout is characterized by sudden, severe attacks of pain, redness and tenderness in joints, often in the joints of the hand and fingers. Fortunately, Logout is is treatable by simply turning off the computer.

e.g., I asked my doctor what to do about my painful attacks of Logout. He answered, "Dummy! Just Log Out!"

submitted by Mitchel Yerzy - (www)

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?

submitted by scott m. ellsworth

lois - (n.) 1. A character in a superhero story who, despite its being obvious, somehow doesn't realize that Clark Kent is Superman, that Diana Prince is Wonder Woman, that Britt Reid is the Green Hornet, that Peter Parker is Spiderman, that Selina Kyle is Catwoman, or that Marinette Dupain-Cheng is the Ladybug; 2. someone so "galactically stupid" (in the words of "Lois and Clark") that they can't see something right in front of them. (adj.) 3. of or pertaining to an astonishing obliviousness (or willful ignorance) of the painfully obvious; 4. unbelievably obtuse or galactically stupid. [From Lois Lane, Superman's girlfriend, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and oblivious bonehead.]

e.g., Batman can't tell that Barbara Gordon is Batgirl. He is such a lois. || "When did the War of 1812 begin?!" "Seriously? You are such a lois."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

loke - (v) To do something absolutely stupid, without connection to what you should be doing. We (the inner ring of friends) started using this word after we got to London.

e.g., You're sitting on the tube, and all of the sudden you get a blank look in your eyes, as if staring at someone who's not there. You're loking. (From a Norwegian expression I don't know.}

submitted by chris - (www)

loke - A word that fills the gap between like and love.

e.g., I loke you, baby.

submitted by Mikey - (www)

lolalam - Acronym for "Love Only Lasts As Long As (the) Money."

e.g., You can describe her lifestyle as lolalam.

submitted by Adrian R. Lawler

lolfof - Pronounced LOL-fof, rhymes with "doll off." Medical entry on emergency room admittance forms for unconscious elderly patient with unknown injury or illness. Stands for "Little Old Lady Found On Floor."

e.g., Dr. Keating, we have a LOLFOF in Room 5.

submitted by J. Field

lolgasm - A reaction to a word or event which then results in a paroxysm of laughter roughly equal to the body's natural behavior during an orgasm.

e.g., The chat room was lolgasm worthy.

submitted by Ash

lolidays - National holidays devoted to telling jokes and funny stories, in an effort to get people to laugh. Because we can always stand a good laugh. (Lollidays might be good idea, too -- if you're not a diabetic.)

e.g., We need to start having national lolidays.

submitted by loliday

lolito - A male Lolita. A young boy who's spoony over a much older woman, such as a pretty schoolteacher, whether he acts on it or not; or, a boy who is the object of the lusts of much older people.

e.g., My dad calls my 15-year-old brother, Dan, a Lolito because Dan has a big crush on his beautiful blonde math teacher. She's a much older woman -- at least 25. Dad's concerned that Dan could easily be seduced, if the teacher returned his feelings.

submitted by natalie

lollapaloser - Someone or something that's several notches worse than a mere loser. | Whereas a lollapalooza is "an extraordinary or unusual thing, person, or event; an exceptional example or instance," a lollapaloser is pretty much the opposite -- especially when you were expecting something spectacularly good and what you got was spectacularly bad.

e.g., When we heard that Chris (the boy next door) had been returned to the juvenile detention facility for repeated violations of his parole, Dad referred to him as a lollapa-loser. Dad's right. | I'm still pissed off about Saturday night. I paid 180 bucks for two concert tickets to impress Sheila, and it turned out to be Great White instead of Eric Clapton. She was definitely not impressed. The show was a lollapaloser . . . but at least no one got killed.

submitted by natalie - (www)

lollerskate - When you laugh so hard your wheeled computer chair scoots backwards like a rollerskate.

e.g., That was so funny, I lollerskated into the couch!

submitted by FYAD

lollibanger - A four cylinder engine for cheerleaders that aren't capable of excessively long and high jumps.

e.g., When no one was looking she quickly got her lollibanger ready.

submitted by Dan

lolligag - To slouch, idle, or loiter. (Also lollygag or lallygag.)

e.g., Bert, will you stop lolligagging on that chair?

submitted by kal

lollipop - A wimp, doormat. A person who doesn't stand up for herself. Sucker.

e.g., Jed. Fred allowed Chris to cut in line without saying a word. He's a lollipop.
Ted: Why should he bother saying anything? The guy got in line behind him.

submitted by Rae-Marie Wilson

lollipop warden -

© Michael Quinion -- 6 May 2006 Newsletter … those essential guardians who are formally known in Britain as school crossing patrols but who are usually called lollipop ladies or men, or unisexually lollipop wardens. Their job is to ensure that children get safely across the street on their way to and from school. They get their name from the circular yellow and red warning signs on a pole that they flourish to stop the traffic. Or not stop it, which is the reason for the [recently coined] term ["lollipop rage"] -- motorists in cities are increasingly reluctant to obey the wardens, shouting abuse and in a few cases actually running them down.

e.g., Now that I'm officially a geezer, I think I'll shop for a job as a lollipop warden.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

lollipoppers - Amyl nitrate poppers in a footprint preferred by pedophiles.

e.g., A search of his van turned up about a thousand lollipoppers and several cans of Shirley Temples.

submitted by HD Fowler

lolly - Laughing loudly when checking your non-work-related e-mails at work. It appears to others you are laughing for no apparent reason.

e.g., Sorry guys, didn't mean to lolly like that, but this e-mail is just hilarious.

submitted by Frookie

lollygag - Dawdle. | Wandering or puttering about aimlessly or slowly. | Wasting time, moving slowly. | "To fool around; to spend time aimlessly; to dawdle or dally.
[First appeared in US, mid-1800s]"

e.g., Melba, stop your lollygagging. It can't possibly take that long to walk your little friend home and get back. | Quit your lollygagging and get back to the house right now. . . . Get a move on, girl, or I'll tan your hide. | Dina, stop your lollygagging. Quit fixing to clean up your room and start cleaning. | "Sarah Pekkanen, a freelance writer and mother of two rambunctious boys, finds a no-frills approach [to exercising] better for her. No lollygagging for this girl. She's up and out of the house before 6 to work out with her 'Sergeant's Program' friends.
-- Joanne Cronrath Bamberger, Riding Your Fantasy Life to Fitness, The Washington Post, Dec. 22, 2003."

submitted by [Melba] - (www)

lolo - A lover. Someone you are having an affair with.

e.g., I have a confession to make, Chantelle. I have a LoLo. She's from Guam.

submitted by Goldie

loma loma - Happy feelings toward a person, another way of saying "I Love You."

e.g., Loma loma, Jean.

submitted by jean

lombard - Loads Of Money But A Real Dork. Acronym for a nouveau riche individual with little common sense.

e.g., Chris is a LOMBARD.

submitted by colin morley

lonchaneous - Being ugly or deformed to the point of being downright frightening, a la Lon Chaney, Sr. in _Phantom of the Opera_.

e.g., She recoiled at the sight of the lonchaneous Chris

submitted by Ian Breheny

long back - A lack of posterior plumpness.

e.g., That chick was kinda cute, but she had a long back.

submitted by enue - (www)

long lost horse thief - Some people when the subject of their ancestry or family tree comes up, object by saying that they wouldn't want to know their ancestry because maybe a horse thief or pirate or someone similar might show up! This is mostly unlikely, but you never know.

e.g., Ifn I was fortunate enough to find a long lost horse thief in my family (like old cousin Will two times removed) I'd be happy to incorporate his nifty story into my book of dead relatives, for wouldn't that be interesting and fascinating?

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

long wheelbase - When something is of the utmost quality. In reference to certain automobile models that offer the option of standard or long wheelbase, such as the BMW 760i vs. the BMW 760Li...

e.g., That lunch we just had was SO long wheelbase, it may be the best lunch I've ever experienced!

submitted by Kuze

longetivity - 1. Lifespan. 2. To live a long life. 3. To continue to be alive.

e.g., 1. The care the boy gave his dog increased his pet's longetivity. 2. The dog's longetivity was due to his owner's loving care. 3. Fido's longetivity insures that those bitches will never be lonely.

submitted by DJ Baker - (www)

longevitous - Having great longevity.

e.g., It depends on the size of my craving for sugar, but my candy binges tend to be longevitous.

submitted by frances ahlborn

longfinger - To have an idea or suggestion rejected.

e.g., You've been given the longfinger on that one.

submitted by mike dixon

longks - Cross between long and yonks, meaning a very very long time.

e.g., Jeez, them Sheilas is takin' longks in the ladies' room.

submitted by Tom Watson

longline - To take a very long and grueling trip. The meaning is derived from the name for the long distance phone companies' lines (long lines, which are either copper or fiber optic cables) that stretch long distances, usually continuously from coast to coast, or within the continent outside of the US (to Canada or Mexico).

e.g., Jim's gonna be gone for the next couple of days; he's got to longline it to San Francisco from Boston by car.

submitted by Ryan Schweitzer

longlive - A very good writer or editor.

e.g., The pd's senior editor is a longlive, and I hope he is an editor until the year 9999, or even 9999999. (ED. You're going to have to come up with something better than that to make time with me, sailor.)

submitted by star651

longly - Adverbial form of long.

e.g., Will attend to it shortly. . . . Well, it's a few hours later and I have no link to the back end. So, maybe it will be longly before I can get to it.

submitted by HD Fowler

longs - Long pants, but used in a form like shorts.

e.g., My legs are cold. I'm going to change out of my shorts and into my longs.

submitted by Mike C

longtalking - The act of using a lot more words than are really, really all that necessary to get something said. Commonly heard when politicians speak or when parents scold children.

e.g., Mom: Go to your room. I mean it. At the present moment. Billy: Mom, why not just say "Now," instead of using longtalk? Mom: Don't you backtalk me, William Jefferson Clinton.

Politicians, as a matter of habit, and as is their wont, frequently use longtalk day in and day out and sometimes at night in conjunction with obfuscation and many, many polysyllabic words to make it possible for them to dilly dally around about where they stand on controversial issues that may be the subject of debates or other arguments among the voting public who may or may not show up at the polls on election day and may not have even the slightest notion about what is meant by the politician's talk about postmodernism, narcissism, and nihilism. . . .

submitted by HD Fowler

longwordophiles - Those who love to use long words to impress others.

e.g., Don't be a longwordophile around me. I am singularly unimpressed. What Jack Lynch has to say about using long words: "There's nothing inherently wrong with long words, but too many people think a long word is always better than a short one. It doubtless comes from a desire to impress, to sound more authoritative, but it usually ends in imprecision and gracelessness — and, what may be worse, if you use long words improperly you sound like an ass. (Look up malapropism in your dictionary, or, better yet, read Richard Brinsley Sheridan's play, The Rivals.) Words like functionality and methodology have their proper uses, but they're not the same as function and method. See also Anticipate, Utilize, Obfuscation, and Vocabulary."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

lonvici - When you think a place is long away from here but it is not quite. Vici, - from the Latin near.

e.g., I thought coming to your house would be lonvici, but that's not the case as I found it to be very near.

submitted by Rocco Di Matteo - (www)

loochy - A small amount of money.

e.g., If we're getting pizza, I'll need to pick up some loochy.

submitted by Kevin Coghlan

lood - Rhymes with good. Ugly or scary. Easily be turned into a title or name--instead of calling someone by her name, call her "lood."

e.g., The chick wearing the black raincoat is lood.

submitted by kristin - (www)

lood - Alternative past-tense of land. Instead of landed. Rhymes with wood.

e.g., Every time I threw the cat in the air it lood on its feet.

submitted by Corey Bonneville

loodies - Anything gory, or violent in appearance generally coming from someone's face, mid-section, or limbs. Generally approprate when playing certain video games where a character is badly wounded.

e.g., When I shot him in the arm, loodies went everywhere.

submitted by Nick B

loogan - "an idiot, someone of low intelligence or un-cool characterisics"

e.g., Why do you have to be such a loogan when you're on the phone with your girlfriend?

submitted by snowcrash

looie - Looie is a directional term for automobile (or other vehicle) conversation. Same first letter as "left".

e.g., Ford Prefect took the controls and hung a looie at Alpha Centuri.

submitted by Stan Dulemba - (www)

look and feel - Silicon Valley term for the general appearance as perceived by the user in an interactive product, especially applicable to Windows GUIs and graphics applications.

e.g., The new release was failing beta test because they didn't like the way the new GUI was affecting the look and feel of the whole application.

submitted by Joel Parker

look once - Look, take a look, look quickly. Probably Pennsylvania Dutch.

e.g., Look once, here come the English (non-Amish) again, wanting to eat our bie (pie).

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

look-at-me - Anything done to draw attention to yourself, such as an out-sized tattoo or a 40EEE boob job. Boobs? Now there's a word that fits.

If'n it isn't rebellion and breaking the ties that bind for bad-tempered, hormonal teenagers, it's "Look at me."

e.g., "Bum antlers and guys with look-at-me's wrapped around biceps that require daily hours of gym maintenance to fill out the pictorials are everywhere."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

look-see - "A quick survey or glance"; "a brief inspection or look." Looksee.

e.g., "I heard Junior was in a car wreck." "Riding with the guy with the '56 Thunderbird?" "That's what I heard. Said the telephone pole he hit broke into three pieces and that Junior was thrown about 50 or 60 feet." "Let's have a look-see."

submitted by HD Fowler

lookamaging - A combination of looking and rummaging.

e.g., Ray was lookamaging for his favorite record.

submitted by john

lookaning - Look-a-ning- looking further into something that is beyond just looking.

e.g., I've been lookaning all night, but can't seem to find an answer.

submitted by Lisa Valles - (www)

lookatme-mobile - Any flashy car.

e.g., I'm sick and tired of seeing mid-life crisis guys driving lookatme-mobiles.

submitted by ditnis - (www)

lookededed - Stuttered exaggeration of the word "looked" providing emphasis. The trailing word is always exclaimed.

e.g., She lookededed good!

submitted by Matt McClellan - (www)

looker - Someone who looks up skirts

e.g., Lora, close your legs! Here comes the looker!

submitted by Allyson - (www)

looking for owls - A local expression we used for when you'd take a young woman back into the bushes, to see what might develop. One night, a girlfriend and I were passing a thick row of large box cedars along the side of a college building. We heard some owls calling from inside the branches and she wanted to go behind them to see if we could spot the birds. As we came out, the wife of the professor who was her adviser was coming by. My girlfriend quickly explained that we were looking for owls. The woman said, "Hmmph! Is that what they call it, nowadays?" She had undoubtedly heard of a similar incident involving her husband, that I describe in the entry for "mothertree." My girlfriend's reputation was in shards, with those people.

e.g., They went looking for owls and soon were ecstatically flying, themselves.

submitted by Steve McDonald

lookit - Shortened "look at that."

e.g., "Lookit, there go Bob and Mary." "Do you know why they call her 'bobbin' Mary'"? "Because she likes to sew?" "No . . . I guess you had to be there or see it in print to get it."

submitted by Brett

lookn'tslike - Does not look like.

e.g., I know Chris is of a different opinion, but she so lookn'tslike Megan Fox.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

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, at "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]

looky lou - Someone who nosey, who looks in to see what you are doing. Always looking over people's shoulders.

e.g., An accident happened on my street and all the Looky Lou's stopped to see what was happening.

submitted by Quigs

loomps leg - When you need to urinate so badly that your leg starts to jiggle. The "oo" is pronounced like the "oo" in book.

e.g., Tom's leg kept banging on his desk because he had a bad case of loomps leg.

submitted by James Dartnall

loonacy - Lunacy.

e.g., The loonatics are at it again. Submitting fart synonyms and using porn sites as their websites.

submitted by HD Fowler

loony-b - (Also called one's "Moon Day" or the "B-Loony"; n.) One's birthday according to a lunar calendar, whose dates often differ significantly from the dates on the Gregorian (solar) calendar. A second birthday on which to receive (or give out) silly presents, novelties, and gag gifts, or to hold parties or the like. A good day to give balloons (as in B-Loons). [From "loony," which (most likely) derives from "lunatic" meaning crazy because of the influences of the moon.]

e.g., Let's say someone was born on the 17th of September back in 1985. On, say, the Hebrew lunar calendar, September 17, 1985, was the 2nd of Tishrei. That's their Loony-B. in 1995, Tishrei 2 fell on September 26; in 2005, it was the 5th of October; and in 2015, it was September 15th. This year (2017), this person's Loony-B falls on September 22nd. Hey, it's another excuse for a party. | On her last loony-B, Ellen got a whoopee cushion, a pyramid hat, and an evening beach barbecue. It was great!

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

loop - Means of saying goodbye while at the same time saying you'll be back later. That is, you'll be looping back.

e.g., I need to go home for dinner, loop.

submitted by Richard

loophose - Sounds a lot like loopholes: a tax break for others (say, for instance, the wealthy) that ends up hosing you and me.

e.g., Well, Sequestration Day is here, thanks in large part to congressional Republicans who refuse to consider closing even one loophose for the wealthy. What next, the dissolution of the union?

submitted by HD Fowler

looping - When someone says something once and then says it all over again, and then maybe even again.

e.g., All right already, you've already said it once. You're looping.

submitted by gkel

loopy - Temporarily stupid, usually due to staying up way too late.

e.g., He was so loopy that he decided to dye his hair pink and neon green.

submitted by Ian Dorman

loose - "Tight" or "cool," but everyone is so annoyed with those words.

e.g., "Look at that guy skydiving" "Yeah, it's so loose. I really want to skydive." "Just do it."

submitted by bre

looser - Loser. One of the more frequent misspellings on the Internet.

e.g., "It looked like a hippie fest. What a load of loosers. Did we just flash back to the 60's! These socialists are wack jobs!"

submitted by Miss Speller

loosey - An individual cigarette.

e.g., Can I bum a loosy off you?

submitted by andrew

loosh - A slimy soup with chunks of meat.

e.g., She was eating loosh.

submitted by Kayla 7th English

loosie - Bonds (in a damsel-in-distress scene) which are clearly too loose to restrain the damsel.

e.g., Did you see the loosies on Buffy? Where she's chained up in the dungeon last night? All she had to do to get out of them was not ball up her fist.

submitted by Pat Powers

loosinaire - A person who appears to be higher status than she is by the way she dresses and talks but in reality is classless and lowlife.

e.g., I met a sharply dressed loosinaire about three in the morning in the clearance aisle at Almart." | As a member of Plenty of Fish dating site I have found many men who are not only members of the NEA but they are also loosinaires.

submitted by judi allen

loots - Money, the plural is preferred in all cases.

e.g., "You want to go out to eat?" "Nah, I ain't got no loots."

submitted by Tristan

lop - One who is un-atheletic and uncoordinated. More so when the subject is goofy looking and may attempt athletics unsuccessfully.

e.g., No, that's the other Alec. This one's a lop.

submitted by alec

loped - Very tired or weary.

e.g., Sarah was loped from working so hard in school.

submitted by Jessie

lopemoffame - Vascectomy.

e.g., "Bob, you're a doctor. I'm thinking of getting fixed. Does a lopemoffame have any bad side effects? "No, the main effect is sufficient. Of course, the rate at which your penis shrinks accelerates as your age increases -- or should I say, 'decreases'?"

submitted by DonT

lopohisbobo - A term to desribe a dancing hobo.

e.g., Look over there in the alley. There's a lopohisbobo.

submitted by matt redhead - (www)

loptrender - To start fads just because you can.

e.g., Don't try loptrendering at school, because you are just not popular enough.

submitted by rapoi - (www)

loquaholic - One who is addicted to talking all the time.

e.g., She was a loquaholic -- she couldn't stop talking no matter how hard she tried. Well, since she was in denial, she didn't really try.

submitted by snowboardinghockeyplayer3 - (www)

loquialism - A local colloquialism, any of the slang terms specific to a place or region

e.g., When surfing, I come across many loquialisms, such as frognadian.

submitted by dan

loquosms - Love quote by sms.

e.g., Send me a loquosms. Miss them badly.

submitted by Rajib Das

lord byron - Fighting for a foreign military that you know little about.

e.g., I dunno'. I may go Lord Byron and sign up for the Nepalese army.

submitted by Pedro

lord gordon - Of an arrogant male.

e.g., He waltzed in an hour late for our date as if he was Lord Gordon.

submitted by Sparki

lordess - Female lord.

e.g., She was the lordess of her estate.

submitted by Linda Hamilton

lorem ipsum - "Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text ever since the 1500s, when an unknown printer took a galley of type and scrambled it to make a type specimen book. It has survived not only five centuries, but also the leap into electronic typesetting, remaining essentially unchanged. It was popularised in the 1960s with the release of Letraset sheets containing Lorem Ipsum passages, and more recently with desktop publishing software like Aldus PageMaker including versions of Lorem Ipsum."

e.g., "Contrary to popular belief, Lorem Ipsum is not simply random text. It has roots in a piece of classical Latin literature from 45 BC, making it over 2000 years old. Richard McClintock, a Latin professor at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, looked up one of the more obscure Latin words, consectetur, from a Lorem Ipsum passage, and going through the cites of the word in classical literature, discovered the undoubtable source. Lorem Ipsum comes from sections 1.10.32 and 1.10.33 of "de Finibus Bonorum et Malorum" (The Extremes of Good and Evil) by Cicero, written in 45 BC. This book is a treatise on the theory of ethics, very popular during the Renaissance. The first line of Lorem Ipsum, "Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet...", comes from a line in section 1.10.32."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

lornitropia - The state of being engrossed in gathering and disseminating knowledge on a particularly interesting subject.

e.g., Deep in lornitropia, Steve didn't notice the house on fire until the flames kissed his feet.

submitted by Steve - (www)

loser friendly - They take your side and try to help you, even though you're a loser. They're compassionate, sympathetic, understanding, willing to help. . . .

e.g., If it's family or friends, social workers, ministers or others, it's a blessing if they're loser friendly.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

loser-lint - The little latex scraps that you get and leave behind if you carelessly scratch a scratch-and-lose lottery ticket.

e.g., The kitchen table of the unemployed dotcom worker was covered with loser-lint.

submitted by Ron Davis

loserfied - Pertaining to being a loser or a hopeless person.

e.g., Selling that nice car was loserfied.

submitted by N

loserish - Word for something that is quite annoying, stupid, or just plain disliked.

e.g., Upon hearing that she couldn't go to the party, she exclaimed, "This is so loserish!"

submitted by Kerry

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