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craptacular - It is an adjective denoting something impressively disappointing -- something spectacularly crappy. {Duplicate.}

e.g., That concert last night was nothing short of craptacular. With this craptacular hand, I think I'll fold.

submitted by Deborah Cech - (www)

verbalocity - The speed of speech.

e.g., Listening to the lecture was difficult because the professor had very high verbalocity.

submitted by Earl Egdall - (www)

65 roses - (n.) The heartbreakingly innocent name for "cystic fibrosis," coined by very young sufferers of the disease, the prognosis of which includes a lifespan of only about 37 years.

e.g., The resilient cheerfulness of kids with 65 roses is inspiring, but watching them play is heart-rending. | We should spend more on 65 roses research.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

stilts - (n.) 1. The body, viewed as elevated transportation for the brain. 2. One's legs.

e.g., What's important lies behind your forehead; your stilts are just stilts.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

ladygauge - (n.) Someone (usually a woman) to whom a man goes for advice in matters of appearance, activities, gifts, and the like, in order to appeal to his female friends (or to a particular female friend). The male counterpart is a "guygauge," although women don't seem to need advice about men's tastes.

e.g., He's a widower and has no sense of style, but he has a grown daughter as a ladygauge, so he generally manages to impress the ladies anyway.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

benben - benben - (n.) 1. The top stone of a pyramid (also called a pyramidion, and pyramid-shaped itself); 2. a pyramid or pyramid shape; 3. the (pointy) top of an obelisk; 4. The first pyramid. (Facetiously) 5. the first building in a particular project; 5. the first stone in a building, a cornerstone or foundation. [From the Ancient Egyptian name for the mound of earth that first arose from the primordial ocean, and which pyramids were supposed to represent.] {Duplicate.}

e.g., e.g., The professor was a famous Egyptologist. He loved ancient Egypt so much that he was buried under a benben. | I see they've laid in the new skyrise's benben; when do they begin the superstructure?

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

carminamoris - carminamoris - (car-MEAN-uh-MORE-iss; n.) 1. The love-song genre; 2. love songs in general; 3. a love song. [From the Latin carmina "songs" + amoris "of love." The actual singular would technically be carmenamoris "a song of love," but the other sounds better.] {Duplicate.}

e.g., e.g., It is a curious fact that most popular songs fall within the carminamoris genre. || Famous carminamorises: "I Love You Always Forever," "I Will Always Love You," "Miserlu," "The Power of Love," "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling," "I Just Called to Say I Love You," "Somebody to Love," "Send my Love," and "Shape of You."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

dasypygal - Having hairy buttocks. Other words with -pygal endings: steatopygal=having buttocks with an excessive amount of fat; callipygal: having beautiful buttocks. Callipygia, dasypygia, steatopygia.

e.g., Whaddayathink? Are the women accusing Senator Al Franken of taking inappropriate actions with regard to their ... buttocks, unbeknownst to the senator, dasypygal?

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

behoove - "[T]o be necessary or proper for, as for moral or ethical considerations; be incumbent on: It behooves the court to weigh evidence impartially. | [T]o be worthwhile to, as for personal profit or advantage: It would behoove you to be nicer to those who could help you." | One of those words we learned when we were young that isn't used nearly enough these days. Can you think of a way to use /behoove/ in a sentence that, if taken to heart, could make the world a better place? I can. Easily.

e.g., Never paid much attention to it before, but I've noticed that most actors and actresses overact. It would behoove them to remember that their job is to act, not to overact.

submitted by Erle W Machiavellean - (www)

harridan - "A decayed strumpet."

e.g., You'll hardly be surprised to learn my opinion of women politicians: Many, if not most, are harridans.

submitted by [Samuel Johnson] - (www)

reservoir hogs - "Municipalities that stake an undue claim on a large body of drinking water." {Duplicate.} {ED. Submitted on behalf of Dawn Eden, of the linked site. From a private e-mail dated Wednesday, October 29, 2003 12:38 PM. Sent to one of my Internet nom de plumes, one of many. (Erle W Machiavellean}

e.g., Which state do you think has the most reservoir hogs?

submitted by [Dawn Eden, Petite Powerhouse] - (www)

benben - (n.) 1. The top stone of a pyramid (also called a pyramidion, and pyramid-shaped itself); 2. a pyramid or pyramid shape; 3. the (pointy) top of an obelisk; 4. tThe first pyramid (facetiously) 5. the first building in a particular project; 5. the first stone in a building, a cornerstone or foundation. [From the Ancinet Egyptian name for the mound of earth that first arose from the primordial ocean, and which pyramids were supposed to represent.]

e.g., The professor was a famous Egyptologist. He loved ancient Egypt so much that he was buried under a benben. | I see they've laid in the new skyrise's benben; when do they begin the superstructure?

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

carminamoris - (car-MEAN-uh-MORE-iss; n.) 1. The long-song genre; 2. love songs in general; 3. a love song. [From the Latin carmina "songs" + amoris "of love." The actual singular would technically be carmenamoris "a song of love," but the other sounds better.]

e.g., It is a curious fact that most popular songs fall within the carminamoris genre. || Famous carminamorises: "I Love You Always Forever," "I Will Always Love You," "Miserlu," "The Power of Love," "You've Lost that Lovin' Feeling," "I Just Called to Say I Love You," "Somebody to Love," "Send my Love," and "Shape of You."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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)

egad itarialism - The principle of being shocked and angry by the actions certain individuals, who are considered "equal" and are considered to deserve equal opportunity, are capable of doing.

e.g., Want to get "fired up" with the principle of Egad itarialism? Just watch the political news on CNN for a week!

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

incel - Someone who wishes she were in a romantic relationship but whose romantic overtures are usually unreciprocated.

e.g., She tried to put herself out there but she nonetheless remains an incel

submitted by Bill

deogeny - The source, development, and ontological history of the One God. (Contrasted with "theogeny," the history of the gods in general.)

e.g., Rabbi Weinbaum and Bishop Muniz were able to agree on several points regarding the issue of deogeny, but not regarding messianic issues.

submitted by Mark Lee - (www)

claus trophobic - A seasonal psychological condition, beginning each November, when a "Santa Claus," a giver of Christmas gifts, begins growing increasingly anxious about this year's decisions.

e.g., Drill Sargeant's roll call: | | Sarge: "Brown." | Brown: "Present." || Sarge: "Caldwell." | Caldwell: "Present." || Sarge: "Harpur." | Harpur: "Present." || Sarge: "Lesko." Lesko: "DON'T BUG ME!!! "DON'T BUG ME!!! | I'm claus trophobic!

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

blabbocrat - Politician.

e.g., "'We have to find out what happened'? They STILL can't figure it out?! The thought that the lives of millions are in the hands of self-righteous blabbocrats, like De Blasio, who live in uber-protected ivory towers, fills me with impotent rage."

submitted by [Clorinda] - (www)

trumper - Trumper refers to people who support a Trump, especially PresidentTrump. Similar to a birther, or person who believes Obama is not a citizen because of his birthplace. {ED. Please note the guidelines to the right of the submittal boxes and below them. Political "epithets" tend to be hateful, accounting for why so few of them have been accepted as entries. This submittal is being approved only because it gives us an opportunity to note a (little known?) fact about immigration laws in place in 1961, the year Barack Obama was born. | The immigration law in effect then was the McCarran-Walter Act, which had become effective December 24, 1952. Under MCWA, obama's mother was unable to pass along her American citizenship to him. The only way obama could be a natural born citizen would be if he was born in the United States or one of its territories. That appears to be the case, notwithstanding "the controversial birth certificate," whose autenticity continues to be challenged by some on the far right. That's surely going to be the case until hell freezes over, given their political stance: "I'm not listening. I know everything. I'm always right." Their hardheadedness is matched by those on the far left, whose political stance is exactly the same: "I'm not listening. I know everything. I'm always right." | Both ends of the political spectrum are also well-matched in a corollary to their basic stance: "Facts be damned. I know what I know. Regardless of what I see with my lyin' eyes and hear with my lyin' ears, I know what I know. No matter what you say or do ... I. Will. Not. Change. My. Mind."} | {Duplicate.} [To be invisibled when the back-end is once again working.] ~Lillith}

e.g., Be careful, Uncke John is a real Trumper. Keep it light around him.

submitted by Elizabeth - (www)

alot - A lot. Something I've seen alot. Enough that it deserves recognition as a paeudo-word. (Turns out there's already an entry, by Herb Riede.) {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Being from Texas I have grown up eating really good Tex Mex, which I talk ALOT about on this blog. However, being from the Gulf coast region of Texas, I have also had my share of really good seafood."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

spintellectual - Someone who self proclaims to be an intellectual and act like one.

e.g., Spintellectuals always defeat their case in a debate for lack of credibility.

submitted by J. Ajith Kumar - (www)

deliver - To remove someone's liver.

e.g., Prometheus was delivered by an eagle

submitted by J Arthur Random

tome - Verb -- to turn a short written piece into a tome.

e.g., Too short -- pretty much the equivalent of a text message. Except that it didn't result in persistently tapping you on the shoulder until you acknowledged receipt of ... my urgent and important missive. Need to tome this. | I'm tired of repeating that HD has a tendency to turn everything into a tome. From now on, I'm just going to say, "HD tomes everything."

submitted by Lillith

sibs - Siblings: brothers and sisters ... and whatnot.

e.g., "That's a great story. My father was Army Air Corps as well and this could have been a story about his shenanigans. Coincidentally, I have about a hundred letters my father wrote to my mother during their war-interrupted courtship while he was in the AO. My project next month is to digitally scan in the letters so that copies can be made for all my sibs. It is interesting to note how preserving one's legacy is so tied to technology. I couldn't force feed a 35mm slide show to my kids to teach them about their parents and grandparents but if it is on a DVD, then it is all together a different, albeit friendly medium they can relate to." (Private correspondence, 12/28/2006.) ::: And now DVDs are mostly out-of-date and old hat. (It won't show up, but the example was written by a two-spaces-after-a-period guy.)

submitted by ["Stoney" Jackson"] - (www)

ucerpt - Usurp.

e.g., "But Bob Corker and the swamp flipped that on its head, ucerpting the law|constitution."

submitted by Miss Speller

miked - To be fitted with a microphone.

e.g., "Apparently, the musicians don't know how to follow the piano instruction piano. Even with the performers miked, they were still overwhelmed much of the time by the orchestra."

submitted by HD Fowler

nonobscene - Not obscene.

e.g., Almost all of the entries in the pseudodictionary are nonobscene.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

kangatarian - "Someone who chooses not to eat fish or meat except the meat from a kangaroo." | "In early 2010 a number of Antipodean media sources reported that Australia was witnessing the emergence of a new brand of vegetarianism in which people limit their diet to vegetables and kangaroo meat. For those vegetarians who reject meat for ethical and environmental reasons, but do not dislike its taste, it seems that kangatarianism is the answer." {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Vine's kangatarian lifestyle choice has rubbed off on her friends, with many of them now eating kangaroo regularly."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

smickissen - A term referring to one that is endearingly mischievious.

e.g., As her son ate the last three cookies, she said, "Oh you're such a little smickissen!"

submitted by Tricia Reeves - (www)

selfie - Verb -- to take a picture of oneself. Just another instance of turning a noun into a verb.

e.g., Both of you text, so maybe you selfie, too. I don't do either.

submitted by Lillith

murder board - From Wikipedia: "A murder board, also known as a 'scrub-down,' is a committee of questioners set up to critically review a proposal and/or help someone prepare for a difficult oral examination. The term originated in the U.S. military, specifically from the Pentagon, but is also used in academic and government appointment contexts." | "... a murder board is a small group of people who take the role of the meanest, smartest questioners you could face in this situation." |

e.g., "I am not sure how many of us actually can take a purely negative, cut-throat, hard to digest, realistic hard hitting feedback on our work, ideas, personality and life. Believe it or not this is the very theme of any Murder Board. But the objective is very noble and it is to bring out the best in you. The only expectation is you do not crumble under pressure to the direct questions and hard approach this methodology takes." | From William Safire's "On Language" Column, published: October 11, 1987: "Murder board is Pentagonese, though some say the phrase originated in the interrogation methods used by intelligence analysts seeking to establish a defector's bona fides. The original meaning was 'rigorous examination of a proposed program,' more specifically and less bureaucratically, 'a group charged with the responsibility to slam a candidate or proposer of an idea up against the wall with tough questioning.'" | I thought I was flying high until my murder board inqu'sitors grilled me until I melted. Those SOBs put me through the wringer and set my project back six months. Six months of hundred-hour weeks that I'll never get back. | "The nominee has had two "murder board" sessions, panels to grill him to prepare for questions from skeptical -- and hostile -- senators. A source close to the confirmation process said Hagel may squeeze in a third "murder board" session before Thursday."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

murder board - murder board

e.g., murder board

submitted by murder board

lewinsky - This one doesn't meet our pd criteria for accepting, but it's worth reserving a spot in our lexicon to remind us of how low the lowjinks in the Oval Office can get. The word commemorates "an American political sex scandal that involved 49-year-old President Bill Clinton and 22-year-old White House intern Monica Lewinsky."

e.g., She gives a damn mean lewinsky, too.

submitted by Ben Worthlessburger - (www)

epicaricacy - "(EP-i-kar-ik-i-see) -- taking pleasure in other's misfortune; Schadenfreude."

e.g., "I felt a strong sense of epicaricacy listening to the Titans fans boo Chris Johnson."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

scrag - Used to describe a woman having a scrawny neck or a wrinkled face, or one who is ugly or has a bad temperament.

e.g., The teacher dressed provocatively, but sadly she was a real scrag.

submitted by Donald Bethune - (www)

catapedaphobia - A fear of jumping.

e.g., "Unless you suffer from catapedaphobia, won't you join me on the other side?"

submitted by HD Fowler

beltanic - (bel-TAN-ick; adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to May 1st (the Gaelic festival of Beltaine, also spelled "Beltane"); anciently, the beginning of summer and the date the farmers took their cattle out to summer pasture); 2. of or pertaining to early summer or, more generally, all of summer. [From "Beltane" + adjectival "-ic."]

e.g., Mayday festivals are the paradigmatic beltanic celebrations.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

lunasal - (LOO-nuss-all; adj.) Of or pertaining to August or late summer, named for the Celtic holiday Lughnasadh, which falls on August 1st (they tell me). Lunasal doesn't have anything to do with the moon or noses.

e.g., Lots of people like taking lunasal holidays, to take advantage of their kids' last school-free days ... at least, they did before all the schools started running all year round.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

imolgic - (ih-MOLE-jick; adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to Imbolc (pronounced i-molg), the Gaelic festival of spring, usually celebrated on February 1st (the Celts saw spring as running from the beginning from February through the beginning of summer on Beltaine at the beginning of May); 2. of or pertaining to early spring.

e.g., The first imolgic festival is groundhog day, on February 2nd.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

autumnox - (aw-TUM-null; n.) The autumnal equinox, falling on or about September 22nd in the northern hemisphere. [From AUTUMN-al + equi-NOX.]

e.g., Nathan Hale, the Revolutionary American patriot, was hanged by the British general William Howe on the Autumnox back in 1776.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

vernox - (Rhymes with FUR-knocks; n.) The vernal equinox, falling on or around March 21 ±1 day. [From VERN-al + equin-OX.]

e.g., In North America, the Vernox is considered the beginning of spring.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

estivice - (ESS-tiv-iss; n.) The summer solstice, aka the estival solstice. From the Latin aestival "of or pertaining to summer" + solstice (sol "sun" + "sisto "stand still) => ESTIV-al + solst-ICE.]

e.g., In Seattle, daylight lasts sixteen hours on the Estivice (northern hemisphere), but it lasts only eight hours in Tierra del Fuego that day.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

hibernice - (HIGH-burn-iss or high-BURN-iss; n.) Another name for the winter solstice, also known as the hibernal solstice (from Latin hibernus "of winter" and solstice sol "sun" + sisto "stand still"). [From HIBERN-al + solst-ICE.]

e.g., The hibernice falls on Thursday, December 21st this year [2017].

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

sawinal - (Pronounced SA-win-all; adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to Halloween or the weeks preceding it (i.e., the Halloween buildup); 2. of or pertaining to the weeks preceding and following the beginning of November (approximately October 8 through November 21). [From the Gaelic "Samhain" (pronounced sa-win), meaning "assembly," after the ancient Irish royal assembly (probably), + the adjectival suffix -al.]

e.g., "Her sawinal semblance was Uxor-Frankenstein." "What?" "She dressed as the Bride of Frankenstein, except that her hair's too light, so the dye doesn't work very well."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

git ghost - "To behave discreetly, 'keep a low profile.' An item of black street-talk that was included in so-called Ebonics, recognised as a legitimate language variety by school officials in Oakland, California, in late 1996.]

e.g., "Git ghost, comrade, git ghost" -- something you're unlikely to hear from modern-day far left protesters.

submitted by [Tony Thorne]

trumpidatious - Apprehensive or nervous about the daily activities of Donald Trump.

e.g., As I reached for the TV remote for the first time that morning, I was feeling not just a little Trumpidatious.

submitted by Kenneth Wadsworth - (www)

political "comp"romise - In politics, a \"comp,\" i.e. some form of unrecorded compensation, is given to a politician, in exchange for an agreement to change his or her vote on an issue.

e.g., Many conflicts are resolved in the quiet \'back rooms\' of State, with a political "comp\"romise, a handshake, and a knowing look.

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

compte-de-poulets - (Rhymes with STOMPED-to-goo-LAY; n.) Usually rendered \"COM-du-poo-LAY\" (French for \"chicken tally,\" that is, \"a count of chickens\"), something a person plans on or expects, based, however, upon unlikely or dubious receipt of funds.

e.g., Buying a car based on a lucky feeling about a lottery ticket is a very definite compte-de-poulets.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

hobo joe - noun 1. One who is disheveled or unkempt in appearance. 2. One who does things haphazardly. adj. 1. DISHEVELED

e.g., Looking at her brother, who had a wrinkled shirt and stained pants, she said "You look so hobo joe."

submitted by Trisha Reeves - (www)

pizutz - Having the courage to do anything you wish without any trepidation.

e.g., You gave me the pizutz to go out there and apply for that job.

submitted by Trisha Reeves - (www)

am-bivalve-nt (source word, "ambivalent") - A current period of indecision as to which soup to choose, either Manhattan, or New England, clam chowder, for lunch.

e.g., "Hmmm. I can't make up my mind. Manhattan clam chowder's spices and ingredients bring a nice acidic 'snap' to it, while New England clam chowder has a delicious mellow, creamy richness. If I ordered a cup of each, it would solve my dilemma of being am-bivalve-nt."

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

cartelefe - (kar-tell-EFF-ay; n.) The head ("jefe") of a drug cartel. [From cartel + jefe Spanish for "chief."]

e.g., Angel Gutierrez is a cartelefe on Interpol's most wanted list. He's been running coca for decades.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

cartelio - (kar-TAY-lee-oh; n.) An employee or agent of a drug cartel, especially one of the higher ups.

e.g., Luis was a pathetic little dealer on Philly street corners, but he had dreams of moving up and becoming a cartelio---of course, all he managed to do was get in the way, so he's our guest in autopsy today.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

squat - "British: a house where people live without permission and without paying the owner."

e.g., "Where do you live?" "In a squat around the corner, 221B Baker Street."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

opinionata - Opinion, apparently.

e.g., "'It is a small, uh, opinionata [sic] that is getting blown thoroughly out of proportion,' Lark told Entertainment Tonight in November 2012. 'I have no stating reasons why anyone should worry about me. I mean, clearly I am a very strong, top-of-the-line, always-rising-to-it personage.' Um. If you say so."

submitted by [Lark Voorhies] - (www)

arkancide - Homicide, Arkansas style. Also used as a verb: to murder, Arkansas style.

e.g., "Hopefully this blows over before then, but they will still bus agitators in, or arkancide him."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

spewdodictionary - Unlike the pseudodictionary, the spewdodictioary is a blog reserved for rants. | In the hidden text at "two spaces after periods," I made a ytpo: "speudo--" instead of "pseudo--" as I keyed in "pseudodictionary." Within a few hours, there will be either a new blog or a new website: Spewdodictionary. I'll restrict what I upload to the site to rants. {Duplicate.}

e.g., I've been neglecting the Spewdodictionary for entirely too long now.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

cahoonies - Cojones: testicles.

e.g., "Cahoonies"? I like it. I'll put that spelling in my personal dictionary. | You lack the cahoonies to challenge Loretta on the ... matter.

submitted by HD Fowler

taxicab numbers - "The number 1729 is known as the Hardy Ramanujan number after a famous visit by Hardy to see Ramanujan at a hospital. In Hardy's words: 'I remember once going to see him when he was ill at Putney. I had ridden in taxi cab number 1729 and remarked that the number seemed to me rather a dull one, and that I hoped it was not an unfavorable omen. 'No,' he replied, 'it is a very interesting number; it is the smallest number expressible as the sum of two cubes in two different ways.' | "Immediately before this anecdote, Hardy quoted Littlewood as saying, 'Every positive integer was one of [Ramanujan's] personal friends.' | "The two different ways are 1729 = 13 + 123 = 93 + 103. | "Generalizations of this idea have created the notion of "taxicab numbers".

e.g., "Are those the only taxicab numbers you know, HD?" "Yes, they are. The first time I ever heard them spoken of was in the movie _The Man Who Knew Infinity_. I read the book several years ago, not too long after it came out, but I don't remember seeing the term in the book."

submitted by HD Fowler

trumplicate - To make something worse by association with Donald Trump.

e.g., The situation with North Korea has become trumplicated of late.

submitted by Dayna - (www)

grammatical angst - The discomfort experienced by language teachers when student confront them with a grammatical question they can't answer. Same as grammatical anxiety.

e.g., My French teacher had to leave the classroom in a fit of grammatical angst today when a smart aleck in the front row asked him something he couldn't answer.

submitted by Robin Nilsson - (www)

uselessability - The exact opposite of usability, often used when discussing the usability, or extreme lack of, usability in the interfaces to computer systems, web-services, etc.

e.g., The uselessability of this interface is simply unbelievable.

submitted by Robin Nilsson - (www)

bench - To be on the bench in someone's love life is analagous to being on the bench in sports -- you seldom if ever get to be in the big game.

e.g., "The love specialists suggested that people who believe they are being benched should instigate a meet up and if the person fails to turn up, it is a sign they are not worth your time."

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

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