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r - The letter r, used in a number of situations, but perhaps most usefully in the plural for swearing in front of the students in maths or science lessons without them necessarily realising.

e.g., Let us call the radii of the circles drawn by John r1 and r2, and those drawn by Jane r3 and r4. You can see that the sum of John's r's is larger than that of Jane's r's.

submitted by alis

r and r - Reading and resting.

e.g., I did a lot of r and r this weekend.

submitted by Dustin Krause

r'outathea! - A contraction of "You're out of there," meant to be pronounced all at once like an umpire would say it. An expression of displeasure with someone.

e.g., (A dork walks by.) R'outathea!

submitted by David Mershon

r-mail - Short for "reality mail," i.e., physical transportation of material objects for communication purposes. Used in contrast to "e-mail."

e.g., I prefer to r-mail my parents when I ask for money, because then it's harder for them to copy my original message into their reply.

submitted by Aaron Inverse - (www)

r-r-r-ezzz onate - To make verbal vibrations by an exaggerated emphasis on rolling "Rs," heavy sibilants or the letter, "Z," or "Z"-sounding consonants. Most often used to entertain little children, amuse gullible young ladies, or to fill in awkward pauses in social conversations.

e.g., "Oh, yessss," Buzzz r-r-r-ezzz onated. "R-r-r-ruffles have r-r-r-ridgezzzz. . . ."

submitted by Charlie Lesko

r17 - A speed that is clearly far too fast. From Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. "R is a velocity measure, defined as a reasonable speed of travel that is consistent with health, mental wellbeing, and not being more than, say, five minutes late. It is therefore clearly an almost infinitely variable figure according to circumstances, since the first two factors vary not only with speed taken as an absolute, but also with awareness of the third factor. Unless handled with tranquility, this equation can result in considerable stress, ulcers, and even death."

e.g., Bob must really be in a hurry. I just saw him run down the hall at R17.

submitted by Semi

ra-topsy - (v. & n.) 1. To dissect, or the dissection of, a[n Egyptian] mummy; 2. to carefully analyze, or the careful analysis of) any ancient or defunct religion (especially that of the Egyptians); 3. to deconstruct, or the act of deconstructing, incongruities in movies like Stargate or the Mummy; 4.(scientific whimsy) to study, or the study of, the Sun: Heliology.

e.g., Not to Ra-topsy, but both DeMille's _Ten_Commandments_ and Katzenberg's _Prince_of_Egypt_ take enormous liberties with the tale of Moses as set forth in the Shemot/Exodus. Among other things, Moses was 80 when he returned to Egypt as a Prophet, almost all the pharaohs had numerous wives and battalions of children (and thus many firstborns ... unless the last plague applied only to men), Aaron did most of the talking, and, perhaps the least important, the Sphinx's missing nose was not the result of a chariot race. All of this sillifies the tale -- to keep the audience in their seats the whole movie long, I suppose. Mind you, I find DeMille's pageantry marvelous, and the burning bush scene in Katzenberg's movie is amazing.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

rab - A level of understanding above and beyond general knowledge of a given subject. An intimate relationship with the higher-level knowledge of the subject's system.

e.g., To exercise the practical application of a linear inductive motor, one must first rab the concepts of electricity and magnetism.

submitted by Nitron

rabbit - A male player or flirt. Refers to rabbits' tendency to copulate very frequently, indiscriminately, and rapidly.

e.g., My boyfriend's a rabbit. He bedded my three sisters and my mother last week. But I still love him.

submitted by Joe

rabbit - London rhyming slang. Rabbit and pork -- pork rhymes with talk (sort of); therefore, rabbit means talk.

e.g., V.:"He don't half rabbit." (He talks rather too much.) N: "Hark at all that rabbit." (Listen to all those people talking.)

submitted by Paul Flewers

rabbit food - What health nuts or vegetarians eat: leafy greens and vegetables.

e.g., Angela: If you want to lose weight, try eating a salad instead of a hamburger for lunch. Brent: I don't like rabbit food.

submitted by Marie

rabbit-ass mind - Something that you are out of, if you act crazy or foolish.

e.g., You spent $1,000. on a ring for that girl? You must be out of your rabbit-ass mind!

submitted by Steve McDonald

rabbitat - A good place for bunnies to live.

e.g., My backyard is a virtual rabbitat for cottontails.

submitted by Norm De Pleum

rabidation - Excessive use of typographical devices such as multiple punctuation marks, all capital letters, colored typeface, bold type, italic type, etc. -- especially by those who rabidly object to the use of depleted uranium in weapons. Such people are very ill-informed about the health effects of using depleted uranium in armaments. Depleted uranium is used because of its mass (1.7 times that of lead) and because of its pyrophoric properties -- it generates intense heat on impact. Depleted uranium contains less than 0.711% U-235, and thus is much less radioactive than natural uranium. That is why it's called "depleted" -- depleted, by definition.

e.g., If you want to write well, avoid rabidation. Let your words be your exclamation points.  Here's an example of rabidation, by Leuren Moret, Berzerkeley environmental commissioner -- since "terminated": Vietnam was a chemical war for oil, permanently contaminating large regions and countries downriver with Agent Orange, and environmentally the most devastating war in world history. But since 1991, the U.S. has staged four nuclear wars using DEPLETED URANIUM weaponry, which, like Agent Orange, meets the U.S. government's definition of Weapons of Mass Destruction. Vast regions in the Middle East and Central Asia have been permanently contaminated with radiation.  From two doctors, in a 2004 paper about depleted uranium: A by-product of the uranium enrichment process, depleted uranium (DU) contains approximately 40% of the radioactivity of natural uranium yet retains all of its chemical properties. After its use in the 1991 Gulf War, public concern increased regarding its potential radiotoxicant properties. Whereas in vitro and rodent data have suggested the potential for uranium-induced carcinogenesis, human cohort studies assessing the health effects of natural and DU have failed to validate these findings. Heavy-metal nephrotoxicity has not been noted in either animal studies or Gulf War veteran cohort studies despite markedly elevated urinary uranium excretion. No significant residual environmental contamination has been found in geographical areas exposed to DU. As such, although continued surveillance of exposed cohorts and environments (particularly water sources) [is] recommended, current data would support the position that DU poses neither a radiological nor chemical threat.    Anxiety and distress are the most pronounced primary health effects after most radiation accidents. Note that not a single exclamation point or other rabidation was used in the second quotation. Take that, rabidators. "Moret declared on March 21, 2011 that the 'Japan Earthquake' and 'accidents” that occurred March 11, 2011, were deliberate acts of tectonic nuclear warfare. She claimed further that the 'attack' was carried out using HAARP technology by the Central Intelligence Agency, the United States Department of Energy, and British Petroleum on behalf of London banking interests." Wikipedia: "HAARP is the subject of numerous conspiracy theories. Various individuals have speculated hidden motives and capabilities to the project, and have blamed it for triggering catastrophes such as floods, droughts, hurricanes, thunderstorms, earthquakes in Iran, Pakistan, Haiti and the Philippines, major power outages, the downing of TWA Flight 800, Gulf War syndrome, and chronic fatigue syndrome." Now, look at this: "[Moret is a] nuclear weapons lab whistleblower [who] reveals the shady dealings and elite agenda that lurks behind the 2005 privatisation of the US nuclear weapons industry, as well as detailing the use of space-based directed energy weapons to [a]ffect thought and mood control in large populations." If you ask me, Leuren Moret is one Looney Tunes babe chick person, a flake extraordinaire. And, God help us, she seems to have legions of followers. (If I didn't have an aversion to exclamation points, I'd have put one at the end of the last sentence.) More on depleted uranium.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

rabidibo - A word that can take on the meanings of other words, when those other words can't be remembered. Coined to describe the odd behavior of a comic shop owner a bunch of us used to work for.

e.g., C'mon out to the bar with us and have fun. Don't be so ... rabidibo.

submitted by Nick Jones

rabidity - (Pronounced just like rapidity, only with a b; n.) 1. the quality or state of being rabid (i.e., suffering from rabies, literally or figuratively); 2. being unhingedly, frothing-at-the-mouth, insanely, murderously berserk with rage; 3. being angrily, obstinately, vociferously voluble, usually in disparaging something or someone.

e.g., 1. The dog's rabidity resulted in his execution. 2. Admit it, you didn't believe any politician's rhetoric could elicit such rabidity, did you? 3. We were simply going to explain our position, but his rabidity dissuaded us. Especially when he bit off the head of that little bust of Socrates.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

rac - Car.

e.g., He was driving the rac with no driver's license.

submitted by wangari

racee - Pictures of ultramarathon races and those who race in them. Such pictures are not "racy," the made-up word "racee" being used only to grab attention. The word does match up rather well with the term "ultra virgin," though -- "ultra virgin" being used for those who have never participated in an ultramarathon before.

e.g., Visit the home page for the site to find racee pictures and additional material to read.

submitted by HD Fowler

racialist - ". . . a racialist believes that there is some unquantifiable but real mystique that is associated with each race, notwithstanding the absence of biological or genetic differences. [Racialists] attempt to distinguish themselves from ordinary racists by attributing malice, a sense of superiority, and hostility to racists while denying [they] have those characteristics [themselves]. Racialists [such as Al] Sharpton attempt to justify otherwise unjustifiable identity politics by pointing to the absence of malice in their views."

e.g., "Over the last decade or so, Sharpton has shown some capacity for growth. However it may be too little too late. Nevertheless, if he continues his personal growth, he may come to realize that the distinction between racialist views and racist views is not meaningful and if it looks, walks, talks, and acts like a racist, it is probably a racist."

submitted by [payman] - (www)

racialists - " … men and women who believe that is is necessary to 'correct' past injustices, real or imagined, by exculpating those who skin color happens to be anything other than 'white' when they are accused of serious crimes or of seeking to intimidate the descendants of those associated with the slave-holding of the past even though most white people never owned slaves and a significant number of them are descended from immigrants who suffered all manner of unjust, invidious discrimination upon their arrival on the shores of the United States of America and simply offered up the difficulties as they sought to make new lives for themselves without considering themselves to be perpetual victims who had to 'right' every 'wrong' of the past."

e.g., " … are indeed racialists, people who believe that nonwhites are superior to whites and thus have the 'right' to special, preferential treatment insofar as discipline in schools for errant behavior and grading on examinations and admissions to colleges or universities or professional schools and in being [hired] and considered for promotions by employers."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

racing mullet - Someone or something not very attractive.

e.g., She's got a head like a deep sea racing mullet.

submitted by James Drew

racing snake - A very slim person, usually used in a derogatory sense.

e.g., She don't exactly got the body of a racing snake, do she?

submitted by Ben

racist - A person with a disproportionate hatred of marathon runners. | "A 'racist' is just a conservative who is winning an argument with a liberal." This guy has nothing more to offer than Godwin's Law violations and the good old "racist" label. But HE calls Carolla a "hack"?

e.g., The protest against this year's New York City Marathon by Couchpotatoes Anonymous was called racist by Mayor Bloomberg, who cites his own running for office as evidence for the benefit of good exercise. | "This guy has nothing more to offer than Godwin's Law violations and the good old 'racist' label. But HE calls [Adam] Carolla a 'hack'?"

submitted by lochlainn | Kathy Shaidle

rack - Navy slang, noun: A bunk aboard a ship. Notoriously uncomfortable crew berths, or bunks, particularly on U.S. submarines.

e.g., I'm beat. When I get off watch, I'm headed straight to the rack.

submitted by David T. Bonney

rack a frack - Meanie.

e.g., When I'm angry, I yell, "You dirty little rack a frack!"

submitted by Granmom - (www)

rack-burn - Navy slang: Impressions of pillowcases or beadspreads on the face caused by the long, motionless periods of deep sleep.

e.g., He didn't think anyone knew he was napping, but he had rack-burns all over his face.

submitted by David T. Bonney - (www)

racka-racka - A term used to describe any stereotypical voodoo character in pop culture

e.g., "Who's your favourite SF character?" "Dhalsim. He's such a Racka-Racka."

submitted by Mac

rackless - Lacking a bed to sleep in.

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

submitted by [rackless]

racoculous - Extremely ridiculous. Variant: racacaulous

e.g., The fact that this word isn't being used worldwide yet is racoculous.

submitted by Matt and Mark Hay

racoon syndrome - That urge to touch and rummage through people's things.

e.g., What do you have, Prunella? Racoon syndrome? Put the vase down.

submitted by Ian Faynik


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