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rudi-o - (n.)(also 'Rudy' and 'Rudo') 1. a late Christmas present (a 'rudolph' delivery, to make up for a forgetful Santa); 2. a late gift for any occasion; 3. Anything handed in late or sent along after delivery (follow up papers, proper parts, the last of a multipart delivery, and so forth). (From Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.)

e.g., "Where's the fifth binder, anyway?" "Oh, rats, isn't it there?" "No ... wait ... nope, not here. Can you send it along later?" "Sure, a Rudy-O, I'll get on it right away."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

rue ster - A male who is contrite for prior acts of bravado and excessive behavior.

e.g., Last night, I drank too much at Lauren and Mark's wedding, and I strutted, crowed, and acted like the Cock O'The Yard. This morning, I'm one sorry-arsed rue ster.

submitted by Charlie Lesko

rufferee - A referee who allows rough play to continue without calling penalties.

e.g., Uh oh. This is going to be a rough hockey game. See who the rufferee is?

submitted by P.Rose

ruffian - Someone a little like a minger. Unattractive and rough in general terms.

e.g., I wouldn't date him. He's a ruffian.

submitted by Michelle

rufflelous - A combination of the phrase "ruffling feathers" and the word "rebellious." A concept and word ran together out of my mouth one day, and this is the result.

e.g., Sometimes, in order to promote change, one must become rufflelous -- rocking the boat must be one of your favorite pastimes.

submitted by Rabbyt Lowe

ruffus - Really Cool

e.g., That party last night was very Ruffus.

submitted by Craig

rufty tufty - Rough or coarse.

e.g., "Master Jedi and purveyor of wonky syntax Yoda (Star Wars) has been known to impart wisdom of the rufty tufty variety...." – Daniel Bettridge,, June 24, 2011

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

rufus - A person in power who thinks and acts as if she's the greatest thing in the universe -- and makes sure everyone knows it. Taken from Rufus Shinra of FF7 fame.

e.g., Christina Aguilera is no Barbra Streisand or Madonna, not even a Britney Spears. But she's definitely a rufus.

submitted by Leandra - (www)

rufus - Cooler than cool

e.g., That jacket is way rufus!

submitted by Valerie

rufus - Crazy, out of control.

e.g., The party I went to last night was rufus.

submitted by Tayona

rufus xavier sarsaparilla - An important historical figure who helped teach many children about pronouns via "Schoolhouse Rock." Brother of Rafaella Gabriela Sarsaparilla, and owner of a kangaroo.

e.g., "Who you inviting to the party, Steve?" "Oh, you know, the usual suspects: Albert Einstein, Boutros Boutros Ghali, Calvin Klein, Marky Mark, and, of course, Rufus Xavier Sarsaparilla."

submitted by steve zihlavsky

ruh-roh! - A form of the phrase "uh-oh!" compliments of Scooby Doo.

e.g., Ruh-roh! We're out of Lucky Charms!

submitted by braeden - (www)

ruhoo - A rich, wild, carefree person who performs mischievous acts for attention, revenge, spite, or simply to irritate other people.

e.g., Officer, that ruhoo in the Porsche toilet-papered my house and stole my garden gnome.

submitted by ItsaboyIthink

ruinate - To completely ruin and annhiliate; to destroy.

e.g., I will ruinate you.

submitted by Preston DiCarlo

ruinated - Something that has been ruined or mangled. Synonym: mangulated.

e.g., Because of the crash, that car is ruinated.

submitted by biff

ruka, ruca - a female gangster. Girl involved in a gang.

e.g., My ruka is hangin with the homies!

submitted by Gabby

rukaya - Ruk-aya. To look higher. From the North of England Geordie Dialect. (ED. More at the link.)

e.g., You're guna have to ruk-aya than that pet if ya wana find it.

submitted by Tom Taylor - (www)

ruke - 1. A verb to use when your superior at work stops you from completing a function because she thinks she can do it better. 2. A noun referring to a bad superior. Synonym for jerk.

e.g., Q. Why isn't Smedley working on that project these days? A. Because he got ruked by his ruke.

submitted by George Kaplan

rukes - "Rocks" and "rules." For those of us that are excited about something enough to be redundant.

e.g., Have you seen that new site for made-up words? It rukes. (Wonder if my flattery will get me anywhere?)

submitted by Matt

rule - To excel at something.

e.g., When Dr. Peikoff appeared on a radio talk show to discuss his views on the terrorist crisis, he was bewildered by a caller who told him, "Dr. Peikoff, you _rule_!"

submitted by Lynn Madison

rule 0 - v - In RPGs (Role Playing Games), when the gamemaster changes a rule for whatever reason, usually to resolve a problem

e.g., It was being abused so I rule 0'd it to make it more specific.

submitted by Asmor - (www)

rule-mongerer - One who insists on always following the rules. Someone who doesn't subscribe to Jack Lynch's dictum: "Grace always trumps pedantry." Rule-mongerers are mostly people you can safely ignore -- but not always. It's a good idea to know the difference.  
Lynch says, "There ain't a rule in the language what can't be broke. The so-called rules of English grammar and style were not spoken by a burning bush; they're just guidelines about what's likely to be effective. If you learn to treat them that way, you'll live a happier life. To that end, read my entry on Prescriptive versus Descriptive Grammars."

e.g., Lillith is a rule-mongerer, me not so much. Please don't tell her I said that.

submitted by HD Fowler

rules-lawyer - The one person in a group of people playing any type of board-, card-, or role-playing-game, who insists on following the exact content of that game's official rules, to the letter, NO EXCEPTIONS. Typically found in their parent's basement surrounded by small meticulously painted figurines, 20-sided dice, and Monster Manuals.

e.g., We usually have some "house rules" during our D&D campaigns or Magic tournaments, but whenever Jim is there, he's a rules-lawyer, always refusing to allow them.

submitted by Joseph Swartz

rulkowski - (verb) To apply whatever definition suits your purpose in a given situation. | (noun) One who seeks controversy where none exists -- e.g., one inclined to cause tempests in teapots. | (adjective) Petty, tyrannical.

e.g., (verb) In totalitarian states, they often rulkowski the meaning of the word democracy. |  
( noun) He’s a reflexive rulkowski. In what was otherwise a peaceful office, he repeatedly complained about the coffee, the heat, the copier, and anything else that he could think of. |  
(adjective) The rulkowski old woman would sit in the playground section of the park and berate the mothers of unruly children. {ED. I think she may have been my grandson's dance teacher when she was younger. He was four years old and didn't behave in a way that suited her. I'm pretty sure she didn't have any children of her own. If she did, they were surely all girls.}  

submitted by HD Fowler | «#225 | JR | July 8th, 201 - (www)

ruly - (ROO-lee; adj.) 1. Governable, tractable, obedient; 2. Quiescent, calm, unruffled; (n.) 3. Those who are orderly and law-abiding, as opposed to those who are rebellious or mutinous. [Back-formation from "unruly."]

e.g., You'll find the minutes dated duly, for we are proper folk, and ruly.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

rum rum - For diehard rummage-sale fans only, a term of endearment for the sale.

e.g., Oh man, I was running late to work, but I had to stop when I saw a rum rum.

submitted by Rene

rumble guts - That unsettling churning in your stomach, experienced when one has the intestinal flu, food poisoning, or a dose of Montezuma's Revenge.

e.g., I shouldn't have eaten that whale fat and blue cheese burrito. Now I've got a serious case of rumble guts.

submitted by mark

rumble-bumble -

today's wwftd is …: the worthless word for the day is: rumble-bumble

[rumble + bumble] cf. rumble-jumble
a miscellaneous mass or mixture: jumble, hodgepodge

"And under all the rumble-bumble of bad ideas lay the imbecile assumption of the jitney messiah at all times and everywhere: that human beings may be made over by changing the rules under which they live, that progress is a matter of intent and foresight, that an act of Parliament can cure the blunders and check the practical joking of God." -- H. L. Mencken, writing of H. G. Wells, Prejudices (1919)

"He writes the worst English that I have ever encountered. It reminds me of a string of wet sponges; it reminds me of tattered washing on the line; it reminds me of stale bean soup, of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through endless nights. It is so bad that a sort of grandeur creeps into it. It drags itself out of the dark abysm of pish, and crawls insanely up the topmost pinnacle of posh. It is rumble and bumble. It is flap and doodle. It is balder and dash." -- H. L. Mencken, of Pres. Warren G. Harding's bloviations, The Baltimore Evening Sun (1921)


NB:  here is an RSS feed for wwftd.

e.g., No, I don't take it as unkind to refer to the PseudoDictionary as a rumble-bumble. It could hardly be anything else the way it's set up. As long as visitors enjoy the site and occasionally learn a bit from it, that's enough for us.

submitted by [Michael A. Fischer]

rumbledy - A bridge whose paving is wooden boards, causing it to make a rumbling sound when a car drives over it.

e.g., On our drive through the countryside, we drove over several old rumbledies.

submitted by Dan Greenwald

rumbleskeleton - Someone who is "large-boned."

e.g., No, she is not fat. Once you look beyond the layers of flab, it is obvious she is simply a rumbleskeleton, which explains everything.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

rumbustious - Rambunctious, a British variant. Even if you've never heard it before and don't know what it means, you know what it means. One of those words you love to say. The example comes from a Daily Mail paean to Ken Russell, who died November 27[, 2011]. Not one Echo Boomer (Gen Y) in a thousand is likely to recognize his name -- nor those of the actors and actresses who starred in his films. If they read this in the linked article, he may get some more younger fans post mortem: "To this day, the film has never been shown in its full uncut version because some of the scenes of sex and violence are so depraved." Nothing seems to appeal to the young more than depravity, sex, and violence.  
Read more at Daily Mail. The Reed referred to in the example is Oliver Reed, one of the all-time great hell-raising actors. (Used hell-raising before I saw it in the linked article.)  
Synonyms for rumbustious or tumultuous: agitated, boisterous, clamorous, disturbed, excited, fierce, hectic, irregular, lawless, noisy, obstreperous, passionate, raging, rambunctious, raucous, restless, riotous, rowdy, rowdydowdy, stormy, termagant, tumultous/tumultuous, turbulent, unrestrained, unruly, uproarious, violent, vociferous, wild

e.g., "Most films starring the rumbustious Reed followed an inevitable pattern of drunken brawls at night and hung-over recriminations on set the morning after."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

rumdum - A dummy, or dumb dumb

e.g., What did you do that for you rumdum?

submitted by ryan watson

ruminable - Worthy of rumination.

e.g., I say. That green grass on yonder field looks mighty ruminable.

submitted by Jokesta

ruminate - To read mystical Sufi Persian poetry.

e.g., Ruminate on this: "It makes absolutely no difference what people think of you."

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

rumination - A country whose citizens are all mystic philosophers.

e.g., In the Rumination, people emulate a cow chewing her cud, and get high wondering at the conversion of grain into grain alcohol.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

rumka - This is the official drink of the Amish Mafia intra-mural team. It evolved from a drink labeled rum, but tasting much more like vodka.

e.g., Well, gentlemen, it wouldn't be a holiday humdinger unless someone puked off a shot of rumka. Merry Christmas.

submitted by Brandon

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

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

submitted by [Rummy’s Dummies]

rumoroid - (Noun)Not only does it apply to the gossipmonger/gossipcreator type of person and propagandist but also to many unsuspecting persons who suffer from info overload between e life and the media so much so that they can no longer think for themselves and become a sort of zombie. So a "rumoroid" is one who feeds on, digests and excretes information regardless of its validity or accuracy. One who invents, creates or spreads rumors on a constant basis . . . often mistaking one for real information or news. Frequent speculation either by themselves or others (often under the guise of innocence as just a guess or theory) along with assumptions and unfair and invalid conclusions contribute to the making of a rumoroid. Rumouroid.

e.g., Due to an overwhleming amount of external input, stimuli, and massive and various sources of information and communication ablilities, we are all quickly becoming rumoroids with the inablilty to discern truth or think for ourselves. However facts, reliable sources, original ideas, and truth and good people who understand that rumors are not victimless do still exist . . . or so I've heard.

submitted by Susan Wolfe

rumourbang - When someone tries to spread gossip or ruin someone's reputation and instead ruins her own for doing it. (Thus having a boomerang effect on the launcher of the poison info instead of the intended victim.)

e.g., The captain of the football team was rejected by the head cheerleader and began to vengefully try to ruin her reputation, only to have everyone think less of him for being that kind of low guy to attempt hatch such a scheme. It really rumourbanged on him . . . it had quite the rumourbang effect . . . and rightfully so.

submitted by Susan Wolfe

rumpity dumpity - Words of encouragement or praise to your dog when you've taken him outside to do his business..

e.g., My dog S'bot seems to react quite well to the words "rumpity dumpity." We usually have good results in just a few minutes.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

rumple stealth scan - The fabled, evil Spyware gnome in the contemporary tale of the same name.

e.g., A little while ago, there was this guy who had a minor job in a big investment firm. This guy, y'know, had a daughter who was kinda mousey, but was a sweet kid.

The firm had a policy to make its employees feel that they were all "appreciated," so they made a big deal out of invitin' all of em to a Xmas party every year.

One Xmas, this guy we're talkin' about got snookered on booze and happened to be standin' next to the head honcho, King Boss. "I got a daughter who ain't much to look at but she has all the inside dope on what's happenin' in business." "Oh?," said Boss, "send her in to my office tomorrow."

Well, to make a long story short, when she came in to see King Boss, he locked her in his penthouse suite and said she had to come up business news that would make him wealthier by the morning or he'd fire her father. That night she sat crying when a fat, ugly old gnome came in and was willin' to give her that info if she'd give him something valuable. So she gave him her pearl necklace that she got for graduation and he told that the Real Estate bubble was about to break. The next morning, she told King Boss and he sold his summer palace in Florida for a fortune just in time.

The second night she gave up her 14k toe ring and King Boss sold stocks of big brokerage houses short before the mortgage derivatives scandal broke.

The third night she had nuttin' left so she promised the gnome her first born child or sumthin' queer like that and King Boss got all his money out of the stock market and into T-Bills before the banks started failin.

King Boss thought he should marry her before someone like Donald Trump got his hands on her, so he did and they soon had a new baby.

Sure, enough, the evil gnome showed up and told her he'd take the kid if she didn't guess his name.

Well, the jerk didn't know that she had a poisonal aquaintance with Mr. McAfee. She turned on her computer and Googled, and found out that the gnome's name was Rumple Stealth Scan. And everythin' turned our swell. You might think this was just a fairy tale, but you'd be wrong!

submitted by Charlie Lesko

rumpled still skin - Surface of a moonshiner's still, after much use and exposure to the weather.

e.g., If'n yew see a badly rumpled still skin, mebbe it's time to replace it?

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

rumpsville - Place where all is automotive and the automobile is art.

e.g., The Tuner Kid's are on the road to Rumpsville.

submitted by richard - (www)

rumpty - Dishevelled, messed up.

e.g., Her hair was all rumpty after being out in the wind.

submitted by Stasi

rumpus - Noise, slang for news.

e.g., So what's the rumpus from your world lately?

submitted by Laura

run letter - Hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who have been ordered deported from the United States fail to leave. "In the meantime, the INS [now ICE] continues to entrust tens of thousands of ordered deportees to leave on an honor system, sending them notices asking them to turn themselves in. Laughed at around the world, the INS notices are known as "run letters" among illegal aliens.10

e.g., We don't know how many run letters obama's Auntie Zeituni Onyango has received since she was denied asylum and ordered deported in 2004. What we do know is that she lived in public housing for several years as an illegal alien absconder who had been orderded to be deported -- in housing subsidized by American taxpayers. We don't know what her grounds were for seeking asylum or why she was granted asylum in May 2010. What changed -- other than that nephew obama became President of the United States?    

I'm sorta looking forward to her (ghost-written) autobiography, working title, It ain't over 'til the alien wins. It should prove instructive for the illegal alien absconder community.

submitted by HF Fowler - (www)

run-of-the-mill - The usual, ordinary circumstance. (ED. Same as the run-of-the-mill meaning we already know.)

e.g., It was a run-of-the-mill evening: listening to the grass grow, and watching the paint dry.

submitted by george kelly

run-on sentence - Someone who talks without ending the sentece she began; a person who rambles.

e.g., No one in the room could understand the run-on sentence because he changed subject quickly without stopping.

submitted by Ian Faynik

runcible - Long-handled. | Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, 1894: "A horn spoon with a bowl at each end, one the size of a table-spoon and the other the size of a tea-spoon. There is a joint midway between the two bowls by which the bowls can be folded over."

e.g., Edward Lear, "The Owl and the Pussycat": "They dined on mince, and slices of quince / Which they ate with a runcible spoon."

submitted by [Edward Lear] - (www)

runciblette - A small spoon.

e.g., They dined on mince And slices of quince Which they ate with a runciblette. And hand in hand On the edge of the sand They choked on a tuna baguette.

submitted by Colin Taffel

runciblism - Similar to a spoonerism, but with the final syllable of the words in question swapped, rather than the initial letters.

e.g., There's a station in Kent called Whitstable & Tankerton which cannot really be spoonerised in polite company, but the runciblism Whitstaton & Tankerble is perfectly acceptable.

submitted by Colin Taffel

rundover - Run over. Transitive verb.

e.g., Billy got rundover by a truck.

submitted by Javier Martinez - (www)

rundown - A timely feeling.

e.g., "I left my watch upstairs." "Don't worry; it'll rundown." "No, it won't; it's a winding staircase." (Ya gotta be an old crock to get this one.)

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

runes - Impossible to understand. Ancient writing, mostly unknown outside Scandinavia. Hence indecipherable to the rest of the world.

e.g., Bert: What does the note say? Ernie: Dunno, these words are runes to me.

submitted by A Bergman

runglish - Hybrid of Russian and English languages

e.g., Vladimir's Runglish is fun to hear and to read.

submitted by Vladimir

runnerbunny - An imaginary prey, especially one which presents itself at times inappropriate for pursuit.

e.g., His new kitten was a delight, except whilst chasing runnerbunnies at 4:00 AM.

submitted by David Szabo

runnership - Collective noun for agroup of people who are associated with each other through running as their sport or fitness activity -- e.g., members of a road running or track club, or entrants in a race.

e.g., The runnership would support a hike in the race entry fee if the increase went to a deserving charity.

submitted by Nat

runted - To be extremely tired to the point of seeing double; inability to be coherent due to tiredness or other reasons.

e.g., You were so runted this morning, all you did was say something that didn't have a vowel in it then rolled over and went back to sleep.

submitted by Crazy Larry

runwaiting - Runway + waiting. The time after an airplane lands and before the passengers are allowed to leave.

e.g., I just flew from Philadelphia to New York, and the runwaiting took longer than the flight.

submitted by Judy Kamilhor

runway bioch - A stuck-up, snotty girl who thinks she is it.

e.g., Look at that runway bioch, walkin like she owns the place.

submitted by Matt

ruok - A single word pseudoacronym for "Are You Okay."

e.g., Old Man: Oww! I just dropped that anvil on my toe! Response: Ruok.

submitted by Michael Buehler

rupafied - Similar to stupefied, to be in a trance-like state.

e.g., Those who stared at the sun too long became rupified.

submitted by Adam

rurale - Replaces"urbane" in the phrase "witty and urbane" for folks who come from the country and have their own special charm.

e.g., Jim-Bob is so witty and rurale what with his chatting up the ladies.

submitted by Kelly

rurnt - southern way of saying ruined

e.g., "that car in the woods is rurnt"

submitted by Vylnt J

rurple - Means "rhymes with purple," a word we've long been in need of.

e.g., Curple is rurple: it rhymes with "purple."

submitted by Megan

rush 'n' hope - "when you are pressed for time and you have a difficult math problem to do, you put down any logical answer and hope for the best. "

e.g., "I had fifteen minutes to finish my algebra, so I used the rush 'n' hope method. I only got a D-."

submitted by ryan

rush a noff ski - Someone who just can't get enough of skiing, always running off to the mountains or the slopes to ski some more. Probably very good at it. "Noff" means plenty, lots, abundantly, etc.

e.g., It was the Russians who invented skiing, of course. They were a nation of rush a noff skis; see how so many of their names end in -ski or -skii, or -sky . . . pronounced -skee.

submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

rushmore - The one thing you're perfect for or is perfect for you. A "rushmore" is the one thing that you're good at and should do it for the rest of your life. If your "rushmore" is a person, that's the person you should spend the rest of your life with.

e.g., "She's my rushmore, Max."

submitted by ryan - (www)

rushter - 1. A die-hard fan of the musical group Rush. 2. A die-hard fan of the great Rush Limbaugh.

e.g., He's a rushter.

submitted by Scott - (www)

ruspanskiy - Also Russpañol. Any combination of Russian and Spanish. Very common in first year college Russian courses, where many students have taken Spanish in high school and get words mixed up.

e.g., "Piotr, you can't leave off the pronouns. This isn't Spanish." "Whoops, I was speaking Ruspanskiy!"

submitted by Peter G

russell - A "winner." (Bill Russell won 2 NCAA championships, an Olympic Gold Medal, and 11 NBA championships, including eight in a row.)

e.g., The guy is successful in everthing he does--he's a real russell.

submitted by greg

russie - This is a word we use when referring to a state of excitement that our dog gets into, often provoked by us.

e.g., Sunny's just been sleeping all day. She needs to be russied up. OR Someone's a little russet.

submitted by Marty Klein - (www)

rustang - Another name for a Mustang automobile since they rust out quickly. Well-deserved.

e.g., I bought a '65 Rustang new when I was a kid, but after 3 Boston winters, you could see the street through the floorboards.

submitted by Carlos Coutinho

rusty - Australian: A red-haired male who's name is Russell.

e.g., Howya goin' Rusty?

submitted by mick

rutherford goggles - Rearview mirror goggles that let one look into the past and make judgments after the fact.

e.g., Larry understood exactly what investment decisions needed to be made a month after the end of the quarter. He just put on his Rutherford Goggles.

submitted by Tom - (www)

rutherford hayes - (n.) a work of art (a painting, drawing, sculpture, or whatever) which is obviously incomplete or which contains a rather obvious omission or mistake (from my 7-year-old daughter's reaction to the drawing of President Hayes on the Whitehouse for kids website. His eyes were missing).

e.g., Benjamin West's painting of the _Delegates to the Treaty of Paris_ is missing all the British delegates, who refused to be painted because of their mortification about the American Revolution, so it's a really bad Rutherford Hayes ... much as Bach's _Art of Fugue_ just stops in the middle---Rutherford Hayeses, both of them. And Percy Shelley's life, too, which ended when he was only 29.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth

rutro - A term shouted in extreme displeasure.

e.g., Jane: "Astro, you're on fire!" Astro: "Rutro!"

submitted by Mark Jeffers

ruttina - The love of whipped cream.

e.g., She has rettina. Do you think she's into S & M?

submitted by Dylan - (www)

rydfom - Rid-fom. A toga in bad condition, usually found by archeologists on Fridays.

e.g., Dr. Leaky, I think we've found another rydfom.

submitted by John

rythmic (or rythmatic) beautation - To make a song, poem, or instrumental delightful, impressive, soul searching, etc., by the rythmatical spactacutlism impressive enough to mezmerize a bass or percussional riff.

e.g., Gotta love Zep, Rush, an' Fleetwood Mac for their rythmic beautation. 'Course Stravinsky and Rachmaninoff had the full rythmatico beautification goin' on, too.

submitted by steve zihlavsky

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