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concensus - Consensus. The first time I've seen the misspelling in a long, long time. Google Books Ngram Viewer shows that the frequency of misspelling has dropped dramatically since 1980, which was when the misspelling was at its peak. {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Trump's inability to integrate with European leaders aside, there was at least some G-7 concensus on trade, after government officials were said to have found an agreement after haggling over wording on protectionism and reciprocal benefits, Bloomberg reported. Technical negotiations had stretched until 3 a.m. in Taormina to try to reconcile Trump's 'America First' approach with the other leaders' commitment to open markets."

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mulatto - "An offspring of a Black and a White parent" is how this real word is defined in _The MacMillan Dictionary_. I was surprised to find that there was nothing said about the word now being considered to be offensive. Praise God for that. (Ooops, that just slipped in. No way is that politically correct these days. Might offend those who say, "Praise Mxyzptlk."

e.g., I woke up from my Rip Van Winkle in the back seat of a huge limousine. By back seat, I mean the third tier of seats. Just as I awakened a mulatto dressed in chaffeur's attire -- cap and all -- opened the door and got in. Before I could say anything, she turned the key in the ignition. As she pulled away from the portico at the side of a building, I asked, "Is this the Fisher limousine?" She turned her head to look at me in the mirror, but didn't a word. || In a matter of seconds we were driving along an expressway -- this certainly wasn't Marshalltown and I hadn't just been picked up at the main office. Including frontage roads, the thruway consisted of no fewer than a dozen lanes. I didn't recognize any of the buildings next to the road. The skyscrapers off to the left in the distance didn't look familiar either. || Was I in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, or -- God forbid -- Houston? Was I in Texas, for God's sake? I might as well be in hell. I asked, "What city is this?" No answer. "What part of the world?" No answer again. She started to get off the freeway ... and I knew immediately that I was in another dream. I woke myself up a second time. || I am absolutely convinced that I had been riding in the Limousine to Hell. And that if I hadn't awakened when I did, I'd be dead. (Is it possible that I AM dead and just don't know it?)

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e-loser - Pretty much just a loser, but more specifically a loser because of the way she uses the Internet. Curiously, the term did not show up in an Internet search.

e.g., The e-loser of the week is Anthony Weiner. Must be about the 36711th time he's won the award. Did I say win? Whatever. | Did you just take a selfie and post it on the Internet? ... Yeah, I thought so, e-loser. (For the record. The way I see it, anyone over -- let's say older than a teenager -- is a loser if she takes selfies. You're also a loser if you admire yourself in the mirror for longer than it takes to shave.)

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e.g., Quotations from the Internet are sometimes saved in the pd input queue as reminders for possible new entries. Some of those reminders have gone live unintentionally. We currently are unable either to edit or delete such entries, so drastic measures may be taken until a fix is available.

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psychoillogical - psychoillogical

e.g., "Maxine Waters is not only physically unable to to embarrassed but also unable emotionally, mentally, psychoillogically - like a stump or a stone."

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- "Dumb used to be an accident. Now it's a goal."

e.g., "Dumb used to be an accident. Now it's a goal."

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prey-med - Prey-med is the course of studies followed by serial killers who intend to use their medical skills to conceal their crimes. | (Suggested by the IMdB entry for Marshall Thompson: "He enrolled at Occidental College, where he switched from prey-med to drama.")

e.g., Jim: "Did you know that Hannibal Lecter was a drama major as an undergraduate?" | Mike: "No, that's not in his biography. Besides, he was educated in France. The term undergraduate may not fit the French educational system." | Jim: "OK, I'll try my joke another way. Before he went to medical school, Hannibal Lecter majored in drama. He later switched to prey-med. How's that?" | Mike: "It's a stretch is what it is. Funny enough, though. Not bad for you." || [Google "Lecter may have also been descended from Giuliano Bevisangue" for Hannibal Lecter's biography.]

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mockingbard - A term used in poetics for a poet pretty much at the opposite end of the scale from a lyric poet, a lyric poet being a bard.

e.g., "Whereas, in Aristotle's day a bard might be accompanied by someone playing a lyre, the best fit for a mockingbird would be someone playing a fiddle." "Or a kazoo." "Con't be such a contrarian, Jim." | "Who's your favorite mockingbard?" "Hmm, I'd have to say Ogden Nash. He deserved the title Mockingbard Laureate of England." "Jim, Ogden Nash was an American, not a Brit." "Well, I've lived all over the world. Sometimes I forget that Americans can be accomplished, too."

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----- true fact: if your bed has plastic sheets, your ma - ----- True fact: If your bed has plastic sheets, your mattress will stay dry even if you don't.

e.g., ----- True fact: If your bed has plastic sheets, your mattress will stay dry even if you don't.

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assinignement - An assignment that is bad, corrupt, stupid or just plain wrong: assininement.

e.g., The boss gave me an assigninement which turned out badly because his intentions were evil.

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mini-wearies - Suggested by a ytpo. A mini-series so bad or so demoralizing that watching it wears you out.

e.g., If it hadn't been done so well, the mini-series I watched last week would have been a mini-wearies.

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grimmer school - A school for old people to go to where they learn about their prospects for immortality. (Not good.)

e.g., Oh, my God. I feel terrible. That's happening to me more and more lately. Hardly surprising, given that I'm nearing three score and twenty. Next time I see my doctor I'm going to ask him to give me a prescription for grimmer school. | Well, that was a surprise. I expected to learn things in grimmer school that would help me deal with my fast-approaching demise. What I didn't expect was to spend so much being taught how to cope with the ... passing of so many old and dear friends. I sure do miss them. If this keeps up, it won't be long before I don't have anyone to talk to. One of those things that makes life less and less worth living. The world is changing and I don't like it.

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but it does mean that we ought to work hard to separate facts fr - But it does mean that we ought to work hard to separate facts from innuendo and speculation.

e.g., But it does mean that we ought to work hard to separate facts from innuendo and speculation.

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chunk - Text messaging terminology: 153 characters.

e.g., 'The maximum length text message you can send is 918 characters. If you send more than 160 characters, your message will be broken down into chunks of 153 characters....'

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cozumelanoma - (ka-zoo-mel-uh-NO-muh; n.) Skin cancer from sunbathing too much. [From Cozumel, the sun-soaked and superpopular island off the coast of Quintana Roo on the Yucatan Peninsula in Mexico + "melanoma"]

e.g., She spent three years tanning herself in a tanning bed three hours a day and wound up with Cozumelanoma.

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bedpression - (bed-PRESH-un; n.) The imprint of a body in a mattress or disturbed linens or whatever, showing that someone has slept or at least rested there.

e.g., Nobody was here last night: there's no bedpression here or on the couch.

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mastobia - (mass-TOE-bee-uh; n.) 1. The power of the female bust to sway men's thoughts and actions; 2. cleavage or shapely breasts regarded as power. [From Greek mastos "breast" + bia "power.")

e.g., Women sometimes underestimate mastobia. | Television has always been a showcase for mastobia. | Most men conmprehend the overwhelming force of mastobia, but we're pretty powerless in the face of it anyway.

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eurydicide - (yoo-RID-ih-side; n.) Hindrance or obstruction of a comeback or second chance. [From the myth of Eurydice, wife of Orpheus, who was dead and in the underworld. Orpheus could not bear he absence, and traveled to the underworld to beg Hades to return her to him. Orpheus played his lyre and sang so beautifully that he brought Hades and his queen, Persephone, to tears. They granted his request: Eurydice could return to life, walking behind Orpheus up the long path back to Earth, so long as Orpheus did not look back at her until they were both fully back beneath the Sun. Orpheus, however, began to wonder whether she was really following him---he feared Hades had deceived him---and, as soon as he had emerged from the cavern leading from the underworld, he turned to see whether she was actually back there. She had not yet emerged from the darkness of death, however, and had to return to Hades. The image is that the person making the comeback is Eurydice, who winds up unable to return ... because she has been "killed" (again).]

e.g., Earl "Beau" Boyer, the famous silent movie actor from the , tried to make a comeback in the 40s---and actually had some roles in a few famous war movies (The Fighting CBs and The Longest Day, for example), but someone made a big stink about his depression and his drinking problem and ruined it for him. Eurydicide, pure and simple.

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credits - (pl.n.) Modern synonym for "curtains," as in gangster-speak "It's curtains for you," meaning "We're going to kill you." The gangsters of the 20s and 30s borrowed the term from stage drama, where the falling of the "curtain" signaled the end of the play. Motion pictures---the 21st century's preferred dramatic form---signal their end by the rolling of credits. Hence, "It's credits for you."

e.g., Roscoe the rum-runner rubbed out Rico the Rat for robbing his rum-running receipts. Roared Roscoe: "It's credits for you, Rico!" "Crap! I got a D on my history test! My mom's gonna kill me!" "Yep. It's credits for you."

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anglonoir - Fim noir: crime drama set in the British Isles, especially if it's filmed in black and white. It might be slightly procrustean to characterize the Netflix series _River_ that way, but the term seems apt to me.

e.g., Stellan Skaarsgard is brilliant in _River_. His role: a London detective beset by hallucinations as he tries to solve the murder of his partner in this stellar anglonoir.

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exciting - ExCiting: denotes the polarity in senior life style attitudes. {Duplicate. Flagged to return and put the C in red.}

e.g., ExCiting -- Growing old can be tolerable as long as you spend your life focusing on the "exciting" and not on the "exiting."

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owyeyett - I don't usually comment but I gotta admit thanks for the post on this great one dddbfaddgebg

e.g., I don't usually comment but I gotta admit thanks for the post on this great one dddbfaddgebg

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carcissist - (CAR-sis-ist; n.) 1. One in love with the image of himself or herself riding in or driving a big, beautiful muscle car; 2. someone who imagines gallivanting about or cruising in a new car (and all of the celebratory pleasures and popularity accruing as a result); 3. a person who sees no value in self or life without wheels. [Analogy from narcissist: one who practices self-adoration, or who is in love with the image of himself, to the exclusion of other interests, including people, except as ornaments to himself.]

e.g., It was common in 1950s and 60s America for boys to become carcissists, at least for a time. || Jake was a dyed-in-the-wool carcissist: he had looked into the pool of Narcissus and seen his own reflection sitting in a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda with a dual-carburetor, 425 horse-power, 426-cubic-inch Hemi V8 engine, a hood scoop, and a trunk-mounted spoiler.

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proliferati - A whole lot of scholars everywhere.

e.g., When I visited the campus I found proliferati in every department.

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hapticade - [Rhymes with MAP-tick-made; n.] 1.a. The practice of physical contact with orphaned or rescued animals in order to bond with or comfort them; 1.b. an instance of this activity. 2. The application of this same practice to orphaned or abandoned children, without which orphaned infants often suffer from failure to thrive; 3. comfort through physical contact; 4. a hug, or a session of hugging. [From the Greek άπτικ- haptic "of or pertaining to touch" + cade, a term referring to abandoned animal young raised by hand.]

e.g., After lunch, the prisoners have two hours for hapticade with the animals---it actually helps both. | What the orphans need is hapticade. What most people need is hapticade.

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preburger - (PREE-burr-grr; n.) 1. Beef cattle, alive and chomping grass, rather than sitting around as fast food; 2. ground beef. [From a comment made by one of the robots on MST3K (the new one), speaking of a herd of cows.]

e.g., The range war began when one of the ranchers found that many of his preburgers had been falsely branded by one of his neighbors. || You know, a quarter pound of preburger cooks up to only about three ounces.

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remindear - A reminder note to one's dear spouse -- or significant other. 2017-04-16

e.g., "Honey, have you cleaned the garage yet? I have some things I need to move out there?" "Why would I have cleaned the garage?" "Well, I left a remindear on the desk in your office last week, telling you I needed some space made available for me to ... well, "store" some of my toys. The children have been getting too curious -- and nosey -- lately. They've been sneaking into our bedroom while I'm out shopping." "Oh, must have missed it. I'll get right on it, and then we can...."

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wrench wench - A woman plumber. Thought of when I saw a Vaughan Alden Bass drawing (OK, pin-up) of a young woman with a wrench repairing a leaking water pipe. Far from original, though, given the Wrench Wench TV trope at the link -- from which the example is taken. For a visual almost Technicolor treat, tear yourself away from the overly graphic images of today and look up some of the great pin-up art of the past. Days on the way out as soon as the first Playboy magazine with Marilyn Monroe as its centerfold hit the stands in December 1953. To get you started, here are the names of some of the great pin-up artists, in no particular order: Alberto Vargas, Art Frahm, Gil Elvgren, Peter Driben, Zoe Mozert, Virginia Welles, Duane Bryers, Earl Moran.... A Drop of the Hard Stuff.

e.g., "Mechanical inclinations have, for various reasons, traditionally been the forte of men. The Wrench Wench is a girl who sets out to change all that. This can sometimes extend to pure electronic devices, but a Wrench Wench is more likely to be found with a blowtorch and ratchet set. She will always be confident about her own work, but because she's technically an enormous geek she sometimes has trouble with other things. She might also have Machine Empathy and can diagnose problems just by listening to the motor. She has been known to be Curious as a Monkey in the presence of new and interesting machines -- or Constantly Curious, if inspection is impossible."

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mockingbird - A long-term undercover police officer who penetrates motorcycle gangs.

e.g., "Going toe to toe with bikers on the streets in the real world was one thing. Those were open confrontations with clearly drawn sides. However, trying to infiltrate the gangs undercover was a dangerous, near impossible assignment even Jim Phelps wouldn’t accept (forgive the anachronistic ‘60s reference). It was occasionally done successfully, but the deep cover mockingbirds were never the same when they resurfaced to testify against the bikers they had been sent to penetrate. After years of living as outlaw bikers, the mockingbirds never seemed to be able to readapt back to the straight world. Most long term mockingbirds (undercover for two years or more) leave the department within two years of resurfacing—some commit suicide after resigning. It’s a very tough job."

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coup de ta - Alternatively, "coo de ta." From the misspelling of "coup d'etat" in the first example, the sort of unorthodox spelling Mark Twain might heartily approve, as indicated at the link provided. Coup d'etat: "a sudden overthrow of a government." Often seen simply as "coup." {Duplicate. 2017-04-18}

e.g., "Or to put it another way -- there is a very silent coup de ta going on." | HD: "The plural of 'coup de ta'? I'm sure that'd be 'coups de tatas,' Lillith." Lillith: "That can't be right. Not with es's added to the two key words -- not to mention the doubling of the final word." HD: "Lillith, it's _my_ word. I'll spell the plural any way I damn well please. Capische?" Lillith: "Yes, HD, I understand. ... But that would be 'capisce.'" HD: "LILLITH. That's enough out of you. Never forget: I'm the ventriloquist; you're the dummy."

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mischieve - (miss-CHEEV; v.) 1. To work mischief; 2. to cause annoyance, be vexatious; 3. to bring to grief, cause misfortune (an antonym to "achieve"). [A perfectly valid verb from 14th-century Middle English (says the Online Etymology Dictionary), related to, of course, and from the same source as "Mischief"]

e.g., "Have you been out mischieving all night?" "Well, it IS Halloween tomorrow." "I hate your mischief night crap: it took me five weeks and $600 to clean up from last year's 'fun'." | "I spent months working on that thesis, and you've gone and erased half of it! What a mischievement."

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orthopraxy - (Rhymes with NORTH-a-BACK-see; n.) 1. Doing what is right, righteous behavior; 2. Doing what is ethical, appropriate behavior (to a particular profession or calling); 3. Doing what is expected, proper behavior (for a particular social group, society, or clique). The adjective form is "orthoprax," which means "doing the right thing[s]," "pertaining to right action." [From Greek ORTHOS "straight, correct" + PRAXIS "action." Apparently an established word (from 1840, according to the Online Etymology Dictionary).]

e.g., Orthopraxy is the complement to "orthodoxy," which means "holding the right opinion," "right thinking." And, while orthodoxy is important, orthopraxy would seem to be far more important, since _doing_ right actually demonstrates thinking right in the real world: All the right-thinking in the universe (orthodoxy) accomplishes nothing without somebody exemplifying it through right-acting (orthopraxy).]

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cashmere sweater - Cashmere Sweater

e.g., Cashmere Sweater

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gendercide - "Gendercide is the systematic killing of members of a specific gender. The term is related to the general concepts of assault and murder against victims due to their gender, with violence against women and men being problems dealt with by human rights efforts." | Can't say that I'm particularly happy with Wikipedia's definition of the term, because the killings we hear about are done on the basis of sex, not gender.

e.g., "The Notion of 'Gendercide' Confuses Gender and Sex. ... However, because the gendercide perspective often confuses gender and sex ... Gendercide has been defined as sex-selective or gender-selective mass killing.

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free wimpy - Not unlike an UpperDecker, a FreeWimpy uses a can of sardines to create a foul odor in a (public) bathroom by leaving foreign material [sardines] in a toilet tank.

e.g., Pizza Hut phucked my dinner last week, so I did a FreeWimpy in the women's bathroom.

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gessepany - The feeling you get when you lose the battle and lose the war. It doesn't have to be a literal battle (it can be), but it could also be used when something terrible happens to you -- and when you think it can't get any worse, it does.

e.g., John: "My girlfriend just broke up with me!" | Henry: "Well, sorry to make you feel gessepany, but your dog also died."

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sofed - It is a blending and conversion: sofa (noun)+ bed (noun) = sofed (verb). This verb means to do nothing during a period of time, only go from the sofa to the bed.

e.g., The weather is awful! I am going to sofed this weekend.

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sicorny - Adjective. Something or someone so corny that makes you sick. | Blending 'sick'+'corny'

e.g., My sister does not stop saying sicorny things to her boyfriend -- I cannot stand it.

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bargarment - Noun. A piece of clothing that you have bought and was a bargain

e.g., This t-shirt is a bargarment. It is so nice and only cost ten pounds.

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prannet - A real word: British slang for a fool. The example comes from the linked website, which is dedicated to preserving the use of the term "all mouth and no trousers." No posts have been made since February 2012 -- an example of lapsed dedication? | Dictionary Central tells us this: "a fool. A term which enjoyed a vogue in the late 1970s. Prannet looks like a blend of prat and gannet, both widespread terms of mild abuse. However, it is probably a form of a much earlier word (also seen in the form pranny) denoting the buttocks and the female pudenda." | Any time I see the term "pudenda," I'm reminded of a definition for a merkin: "false hair for the female pudenda." Maybe I should start a site dedicated to preserving the use of the word "pudenda" -- or a site dedicated to preserving the use of merkins.

e.g., "Just in case anyone didn't already think Peter Hitchens was a complete prannet, here he is dropping the bastardised form in a blog apparently associated with the Mail on Sunday. Hard to tell quite what he's wanking on about, though."

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toffee-nosed - From Brenda Ferner, UK: Someone from America asked me about toffee-nosed, and I found a couple of derivations on the Internet, but they were unsatisfactory. Can you help? | Americans don't much know this slang term -- its constituency is mainly Britain and Australia. It's rude, describing a pretentiously superior, supercilious, snobbish, or arrogant person. {Duplicate.}

e.g., People fighting it are all toffee-nosed, middleclass landowners living in country piles in affluent Cheshire, that simply isn't true. | Sunday Mirror, 3 Feb. 2013.

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cyber-rattling - Similar to saber-rattling, but implying an attack on computer resources, not military action.

e.g., Instead of threatening a preemptive military strike on North Korea, let's do some cyber-rattling. Let's imply we can take out their banking and military computer networks any

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misizzle - A portmanteau of the words "misty drizzle" often used by weathermen to describe precipitation events that are not exactly rain, but lighter in nature.

e.g., This morning's weather starts out as misizzle, gradually working it's intensity to a full rain event by late afternoon.

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episphincter - episphincter

e.g., episphincter

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suckcess - A lot like success, but with its application considerably more limited. Its use is almost exclusively confined to the oldest profession, but it could surely be used aptly for the second-oldest profession: politicis & politicians.

e.g., She failed as a prostitute, primarily because she had very little suckcess as a fellatrice.

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glache - (Phonemically /gleš/, with a long a; v.) 1. To accomplish something as slowly as a glacier moves (whipping by at centimeters per century); 2. to move extremely slowly (like a glacier). (n.) 3. Someone who accomplishes things, or moves, exceedingly slowly. [Back formation from "glacier."]

e.g., "Hasn't he finished staining that hutch yet?!" "No, and it's been four weeks!" "Boy, that guy just glaches, doesn't he?" || "How fast can you do the mile?" "Oh, I can glache a mile in about 10 hours or so." || "You're not moving at all---what a glache you are."

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solush - (Pronounced with a long /u/: phonemically /so-luš/: so-LOOSH; v.) 1. To solve, resolve, fix, deal with; 2. to provide a solution to something. [Back formation from "solution."]

e.g., Don't listen to him: his solutions don't solush. | Allow me to solush your troubles.

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conniptia - Behavior that shows that you are suddenly very angry, upset, etc. Someone who is having a conniption fit is in a state of conniptia.

e.g., He was thrown into a state of conniptia when his favorite TV program was preempted by a political speech.

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imbisilly - Something that is so incredibly stupid that it's hilariously funny is imbisilly.

e.g., What Jane did was so incredibly imbisilly that I laughed so hard I got hiccups.

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mstp - Designed to replace the acronym ASAP in an ever more impatient world, MSTP means "Much Sooner than Possible."

e.g., I don't need that ASAP, I actually need it MSTP. You have to get it to me by last Friday.

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politix - Politics, a commonly used spelling. Used as a way to distinguish items written about politics from those where the word is used incidentally, as in a long list of words.

e.g., "I'd like it to be edgy and provocative and challenging," Morgan added. "When you've had a week of that maybe on a Friday night you have an hour of me and Charlie Sheen just sitting back and riffing about life in the Universe, you watch it for an hour, and rather than be some pompous, D.C., political hack, whose (sic) never done anything else in his life, who sits there going, Why isn't he only asking him about the debt ceiling!? -- which is possibly the most boring story in the history of politix -- they can actually watch an hour of Charlie Sheen and think, that was fascinating and entertaining and funny, and above all, great television."

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vixen paradox, the - (phrasal noun) The reality (which nobody seems to recognize until it's pointed out) that male reindeer shed their antlers in late autumn (after the mating season ends), while females retain theirs until well into spring (after their calves are born). Thus, Vixen, the only reindeer with a definitely feminine name ("vixen" means "female fox"), is the only reindeer in Santa's team wearing antlers at Christmas (late December).

e.g., Metaphorically, the phrase "Vixen paradox" signals any inversion of expectations or beliefs. English speakers, for example, are fond of saying (and evidently believing) that "crying doesn't help anything"; whereas, in fact, crying releases endorphins (such as leucine-enkephalin) which reduce pain and improve mood. The reality is that crying leaves you in a better position to handle things than you were before the crying. The trouble with crying is how much time it takes, not uselessness: crying very much "helps anything." A Vixen-paradox to be sure. Another such inversion is Nietzsche's famous "Was mich nicht umbringt, macht mich stärker" ("What doesn't kill me makes me stronger"), when, in truth, what doesn't kill you very often leaves you injured, wounded, maybe even maimed: weaker, stiffer, slower---in a word, weaker.

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six, the - (n.) The half-dozen men who served as command-module pilots for the Apollo moon shots, left alone, orbiting the Moon, while their crew mates descended to the lunar surface. All by themselves in lunar orbit, the Six became the loneliest men in history, cut off from every other human being, especially when behind the moon. Moreover, the Six had the exclusive privilege of being able to see both the lunar surface (where their two companions were working) as well as the Earth (where every other human being lived) all at once. None but the Six have looked, all alone, upon the whole of the species from so far away.

e.g., The names of the Six, who floated alone above all men, those heady days between 1969 and 1972---almost 50 years ago: Michael Collins (Apollo 11), Richard Gordon (Apollo 12), Stuart Roosa (Apollo 14), Alfred Worden (Apollo 15), Ken Mattingly (Apollo 16), and Ronald Evans (Apollo 17).

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intelligence leaks - A term often seen in the news these days: malicious gossip and rumors.

e.g., Have you seen the latest intelligence leaks about Trump's cabinet members?

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jetf*cked - That feeling of complete and utter mind-body f*ckedness that comes with significant travel crossing time zones: an inability to successfully function or exist. Not limited to simply the problem of being awake at odd hours and unable to sleep in line with local nighttime -- that being merely "jetlagged."

e.g., I feel absolutely jetf*cked. | Jetlagged is to jetf*cked as a beebee is to a bowling ball.

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vandalice - To vandalice: to spray bags of ice with water. When I tried to complete my purchase of a bag of ice last night, I had trouble separating the bags. It appeared that the ice had probably thawed, moisture had condensed on the bags, and the ice had re-frozen -- sort of gluing the bags together. Occurred to me that someone could come in with a spray bottle filled with water and cause a bit of a headache for Quick Trip.

e.g., If the clerk at QT had said another word about me being a bald-headed geezer, I might have gone ahead and vandaliced the unit containing the bags of ice.

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rolling stop - Not a stop. Term is used for situations in which cars are slowly driven and bicycles are slowly ridden through intersections without stopping at stop signs. {Duplicate.}

e.g., "In effect, it would legalize the so-called California roll [aka rolling stop], although just for bicyclists."

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urban outdoorsman - A less pejorative term for the homeless.

e.g., In the three blocks between the parking garage and the restaurant, I was approached by three urban outdoorsmen cadging change.

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notta - (Pronounced like Spanish "nada"; adv.) A shortening of "not a thing," usually in response to a question like "What's left to do, then?," "What's next?," or "What do you need?," when nothing's left to do or nobody needs anything. The beauty of the word is its ambiguity: it signals both 'not a' thing as well as (to Spanish speakers) 'nada' meaning "nothing."

e.g., "What's next on the agenda?" "Notta." "Really? That's the end?" "Yep. Well, unless you wanted to revisit the tax thing." "Bleh. No. I don't want to revisit the tax thing." "Well, then, notta."

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freeza - Frozen pizza.

e.g., I'm not up to cooking tonight. Let's just get a freeza from the supermarket. Pepperoni or veggie?

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we're gonna need a bigger boat - An informal declaration that one suddenly realizes he is in a situation requiring much greater resources than he has---much, much greater. [From Spielberg's 1975 blockbuster "Jaws," in which Police Chief Brody, stunned by the immensity of the great white shark that he and only two other men are hunting off a vessel the shark actually rivals in size, staggers back and into the cabin, stammering out to Captain Quint, "We're gonna need a bigger boat."]

e.g., "Why aren't you cooking?" | "I don't have a gig." | "But what about the party?!" | "What party?" | "For your brother!" | "Mother said that was only family---five or six people." | "No, no. That's Sunday; I'm talking about the SURPRISE party this evening!" | "This evening?!!" | "Yes! 40 or 50 people!" | "Holy crap. I'm gonna need a bigger boat." | "Yeah, you are---wait: what?" "A bigger boat. You know: _Jaws_?" | "Jaws?" | "Never mind."

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cakt - (adjective) A sharp remark that makes you feel hopeless and lowers your confidence, usually given by a toxic person.

e.g., Mohan: I want to become a photographer because I am passionate about it. Shyam: Stop blabbering; you know nothing about photography; you don't even deserve it. You're useless. Mohan: I can do without your cakt.

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dabba-doo - (Rhymes with GRAB-a-ZOO; adj.) 1. Really fun, like jumping in the fred's-feet-fueled car with the Rubbles and heading out to watch a drive-in movie and then go for bronto-burgers; 2. Enjoyable as only simple pleasures are: good company, good food, and something nontechnologically fun to do (simple like troglodytes (like the Flintstones) would enjoy: kicking back with friends by a bonfire while toasting marshmallows or hot dogs and cuddling with your belle or your beau). [From Fred Flintstone's personal slogan "yabba dabba doo" (which itself comes I know not whence). Used sense 1 on Aaron Sorkin's West Wing (Season 4, Episode 19 "Angel Maintenance," in which Press Secretary C.J. Craig tells the Press Corps, regarding a presidential trip to Orange County, "We're gonna have a dabba-doo time.")

e.g., "I've got dinner reservations and tickets for the show for all four of us and our dates, and a great spot to picnic the rest of the night away, ... and really cool hats." "Hats?" "Yeah, it'll be dabba-doo, for real." "And the hats?" "Especially the hats." | "What do you do for four hours on the beach?" "Big fire, beach balls, cold drinks and hot dogs. Dabba-doo."

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squeezity - (n.) 1. The pressure exerted by one's hand, or by some other mechanism, when squeezing something; 2. the lateral force (especially when exerted by hand) necessary to maintain an object in place, lift it, or move it, against another force (such as gravity); 3. hand strength.

e.g., "What happened here?!" "I tried to pick up the basketball with one hand, and it kind of---" "You didn't have the reach or the squeezity to hang on." "Yeah, well, I dropped it." "And shattered the glass table top." "Yeah. Sorry." | I have a friend who grew up moving sprinkler pipe on Idaho farms. His handshake has the squeezity of a bench vise. | Do you have any idea how much squeezity it takes to hold a 16-pound bowling ball at arms' length?

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nortific - Used to describe a situation which is so normal it is suspicious.

e.g., My daily commute to work felt especially nortific today.

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gestapic - (geh-SHTOP-ick [(hard g) to rhyme with heh-STOP-lick]; adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to the despotic Geheime Staatspolizei (abbreviated Gestapo; the "secret state police") of Nazi Germany (and occupied Europe) between 1933 and 1945: covert surveillance (and not so covert), warrantless arrests and imprisonment, torture, secret murder, brutal suppression of state 'enemies,' and so forth; 2. (informally) Of or pertaining to any group's (or individual's) secretive nastiness, callous cruelty, or oppressive agenda. [Derived term: gestapicity "the quality or condition of being like the gestapo."]

e.g., "When his parents died, he was taken in by his grandmother, and a more gestapoic monster you've never seen. He couldn't stay out past 10:30; his dates had to pass an interrogation; and she wouldn't give him any of his trust fund money---oh, about $20 a month." "What a tightwad. Is he still with her?" "No. She died." "So, when's the celebration?" "Wow. You're a cold-hearted bastard today." "Just never liked the Gestapo."

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snoot - Noun. A small drink, usually of alcohol. {Duplicate. 2017-01-09 --> 2017-01-27} [I think this may actually be a documented word, but that it's either obsolete or local usage.]

e.g., "How about a little snoot?" "Are you up for a snoot?" "I was having a little snoot."

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miss speller - Insurance for inns: hotels, motels, bed & breakfast, and any other business that provides lodging for overnight travelers. The yptoe is made often enough that many large insurance companies have web sites using the spelling.

e.g., No, honey, we don't need to take out innsurance for our vacation. It's the hotels and motels that buy innsurance.

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pobamacare - What Obamacare should be called given that the Affordable Care Act has apparently resulted in making many people poorer as innsurance premiums have skyrocketed in many states since its passage.

e.g., Grace: "What do you mean you won't be able to take me to dinner on Saturday night? You promised." Jim: "Well, there's a difference between a promise and a commitment." Grace: "What's the difference?" "Promises are made to be broken; commitments are made to be kept." Grace: "Oh, really?" Jim: "Yes, really. You can blame it on Pobamacare. I just paid my health insurance premium and I'm flat broke. Maybe next month?" Grace: "Fuggedaboudit, Jim. Don't darken my door again. ... And don't call me either. As far as I'm concerned you just wasted a lot of money on that device you bought to embiggenificate your ... package, I suppose."

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embiggenificate - To enlarge; to make larger. Can be found being used on several sites found in the search in the link. The earliest use I found was January 6, 2007 -- as quoted in the third example.

e.g., " I think you need some scale (click to embiggenificate): Or perhaps the dimensions might be more illuminating: Seriously, this bugger is HUGE." | "You probably will need to click on the photo to embiggenificate enough to read most of the headlines; the Wall Street Journal and New York...." | "Click on the picture only if you don't fear your penis exploding because the photo will embiggenificate to larger proportions."

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h - it's hard to get people's attention if you write more than 140-characters

e.g., it's hard to get people's attention if you write more than 140-characters

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sharing the same brain - sharing the same brain

e.g., sharing the same brain

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the death throws of political correctness will not be pretty. st - The death throws of Political Correctness will not be pretty. Stand by.

e.g., The death throws of Political Correctness will not be pretty. Stand by.

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dinny - (v.) Sandhi form (criscoid, q.v.) of 1. "didn't he?"; also, 2. chiefly Scottish, "did not" (also "dinna"). {Duplicate.}

e.g., 1. "Dinny tell us it'd be on the left after the light?" "No, he said 'on the right,' dinny?" 2. "I dinny say any such thing."

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homenize - To become domesticated through spousal or family teachings.

e.g., He was declared homenized when his wife realizwd that he was doing the laundry and dishes.

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what the gladsome? - (phrasal interjection) exclamation of confused incredulity, much like "what in the world?!" or "what the hell?!," only nicer, and used only about good things (it is about the Lord's birthday, after all). [From the Christmas carol "Angels We Have Heard on High," the second verse of which includes the line "What the gladsome tidings be which inspire your heavenly song?"---it sounded like a "what the heck" to me.] {Duplicate.}

e.g., Delivery Guy: "Two large pizzas. That'll be $40.60." Buyer: "Here you go." Delivery Guy: "What the Gladsome?! You gave me a hundred; you meant to give me a $50, right?" Buyer: "Nope: that's for you. I'm a big tipper." Delivery Guy: "Yeah, you are! Thanks!"

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unsilenceable - An outspoken person, usually in politics or in organizational life, one who can be shut down neither by carrot nor by stick. They say what they think and let their heart and soul speak out loud with no terror of being shut down.

e.g., She is amazingly an unsilenceable voice. No matter what her boss does or offers her in an attempt to buy her silence, she never bends or keeps quiet. Ed. My daughter is like that. She got fired for insubordination. I couldn't have been prouder of her given that what her boss told her to do was unethical.]

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shadouous - Something related to shadows or darkness.

e.g., My shadouous sword from the Underworld lights with darkness.

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none of this can come as a surprise to anybody with an iq greate - None of this can come as a surprise to anybody with an IQ greater than Willie Shoemaker's boot size.

e.g., None of this can come as a surprise to anybody with an IQ greater than Willie Shoemaker's boot size.

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wumper - A jumper worn solely during the winter months.

e.g., Wow, it isn't half chilly outside this cold winter day, I'll have to put on my wumper.

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geschwint, gesvint - There is an existing entry here in the dictionary. The submitter doubts whether the word "geschwint" exits. Yes it does, in German and Swedish. That's why it has several correct forms of spelling. It means quick/ly, fast, right now, but has also taken the meaning of "easily," "smoothly," and "without hassle."

e.g., I called the help desk and it all was cleared geschwint. | Bring me some blankets and boiled water, geschwint.

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quadrammit - An expletive of fourfold frustration.

e.g., That's the fourth time I hit my thumb with the hammer, quadrammit.

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acument - (Rhymes with HACK-you-ment; n.) 1. A specific instance of acumen, especially such an instance memorialized in an object or document; 2. a monument to a particularly remarkable bit of wisdom or knowledge: a keen demonstration of skill, a notable piece of perspicacity, or a memorable show of wisdom. [From acumen "shrewd, skilled" + -ment, Latin suffix for the "result of a given action."]

e.g., The Trojan Horse was one epic acument: Ulysses was brilliant. || Which is the acument to Jefferson's mind?: his home, Monticello, or the American Declaration of Independence?

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pediophilia - A fetish for sex dolls.

e.g., That man suffers from a pediophilia addiction.

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elima-e - (eh-LEE-mah-Eh; n.) The police, whether local, national, special, military, or whatever. [Hawaiian elima "five" + e "o." It's how you say "five-o" in Hawaiian. From the television show "Hawaii 5-O"---"Five-O" having become slang for "police" throughout the U.S. and elsewhere in the English-speaking world.] {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Careful: he's elima-e." "What? He's a cop?" "Well, FBI." "Yep: he's elima-e."

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sinamigos - (sin-ah-MEE-go; n.) 1. A loner (by choice); 2. someone (a) whom no one likes, or (b) who likes no one. (adj.) 3. Friendless; 4. abandoned. [From Spanish sin amigos "without friends."] {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Wait: there's still one more house." "Nah, that Mr. Fenster's place." "What? he won't buy Girl Scout cookies? Everybody likes Girl Scout cookies." "Not him: he's a sinamigos like you wouldn't believe." "Really bad, huh?" "Ebenezer Sinamigos." || The quiet ones, who often turn out to be suddenly, inexplicably violent---they're often full-on sinamigos."

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transecute - (TRAN-sek-yoot; v.) 1. to follow through; 2. to fully complete an action once begun; 3. to take all the steps necessary after execution of some action or order. [From Latin trans- "across, through, beyond" + sequor "to follow."]

e.g., Remember, a good golf swing requires you to transecute the maneuver. || Don't just execute the will: there's a lot of account movement to take care of for the will to work properly after you're gone. Transecute the will. Don't forget.

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indexpert - (in-DEX-prt; n.) 1. Someone who really knows facts and stats for a particular topic; 2. someone with seemingly inexhaustible, encyclopedic knowledge of all sorts of things; 3. the person with the agenda or timetable or topic list for a given project or event; 4. a librarian or filing clerk who really knows their stuff. {Duplicate.}

e.g., A: When did World War II begin? B: December 7th of '41? C: No, Congress declared war on the 8th. A: Are you sure? D: Excuse me: I couldn't help overhearing. World War II is actually held to have started on the first of September in 1939, when Hitler's Germany invaded Poland in apparent response to the August 31st Gleiwitz Incident---part of Himmler's--- A: Wait. Wait, the Gleiwitz Incident? D: Yes. It was one of a number of incidents orchestrated by Germany to create the appearance of Polish aggression against German interests in Poland, to justify the German invasion the following morning. B: Wow. Are you the indexpert on WWII?

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hollowwienie - That would be a special wiener available only around Halloween. It is in fact hollow in the middle. When you come home from a party or out trick and treating in the dark, you have the option of stuffing your wiener with some of the goodies in your bag, man. Then roast.

e.g., As for myself, I like to stuff my hollowwienie sometimes with just candy corn, or tootsie rolls, crushed Peter Paul Mounds, or a mixture of everything is nice. I also stuff a few hollowwienies for the dog, SemperFido, either with the candy of his choice, or his favorite meaty treats. If grown-ups frown on these shenanigans, well let them stuff their own wieners, au gout I think it is.

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reprolate - To redirect something back.

e.g., After moving on from trash duty to cashier, I was reprolated to trash duty.

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heaveious - Describes anything related to light.

e.g., The greatest swords are heaveious.

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hobby money - In which you earn money doing work that is more of a vocation and since the IRS views it as a hobby rather than a comprehensively self-supporting job, no matter how much you make, they view it as "hobby money." At all income strata (based on three anecdotes). Seriously, it has to do with whether or not said job is thought to be "a going concern," self-supporting, breaking even, and likely to endure a certain number of years. Hope that saves you a tax bill. 2016-10-23 --> 2016-10-23 {Duplicate.}

e.g., The IRS said come back when you make $2,000 at it, so I came back having made $2,000 but they still said it was hobby money.

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uncle - (v.) 1. To score points against oneself or one's own team, usually by mistake (as in dunking the basketball in one's own basket), but sometimes intentionally, for purposes either strategic or nefarious, as in accepting a safety (in American football) or taking a dive (in boxing); 2. to have one's own actions backfire, figuratively scoring points for the other side. ↵ ␊↵ ␊ [From "own goal," used as a verb, through the intermediate forms "own-goal," "owngle," and "ongle."]

e.g., I remember a guy recovering a fumble (in American Football) and uncling the ball back 60 yards into his own end zone. He didn't notice that his own teammates were trying to tackle him and that the other team was just standing around. ↵ ␊↵ ␊ The 1919 baseball World Series was marred by perhaps the most infamous uncle of all uncles: the Black Sox Scandal, involving eight of the Chicago White Sox. The eight players were accused of intentionally losing the World Series to the Cincinnati Reds at the behest of and upon payment by a group of powerful gamblers. Condemned by baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis---despite being acquitted after their trial---the eight were banned from pro baseball, apparently forever, since I'm told the ban is still (pointlessly) in effect. (The last living member of the eight "Black Sox," Charlie "Swede" Risberg, died in 1975.) ↵ ␊↵ ␊ The idiot uncled himself: he planted a bomb in one of two identical cars, and then he drove away in the one he'd sabotaged. When he set off the bomb by remote, he only blew himself up.

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unstable - Someplace other than the stable, not in the stable, not at home.

e.g., Yew must a forgot that they done sole ole Horsecents, thats why theyr unstable from now on. We showed up at the appointed time and place but alack, the whole fam'ly appeared to be unstable, which we would never allow to happen, us being gentle folk of quality..

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demonstraitor - Demonstrators (aka protesters) who morph from legitimate protest to acts of violence, effectively becoming traitors to the causes they claim to espouse.

e.g., I have little if any doubt that hate crimes are up -- but in a not politically correct sense. Look at Portland and other cities where anti-Trump demonstraitors are turning violent because -- guess what -- they hate Donald Trump.

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ho - (adv.) 1. Enthusiastically in favor of or involved in; 2. maniacally into; 3. ferociously (even alarmingly) part of. ↵ ␊↵ ␊ [From the "ho" in "gung ho," motto of Carlson's Raiders (a guerilla unit in WWII), taken from Chinese kung ho "work together."]

e.g., I have friends who plan elaborate festivities at the slightest excuse: they are party ho. | Are you Trump ho or Hillary ho?

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jeggings - "Trademark in UK: Tight-fitting stretch pants for women, styled to resemble a pair of denim jeans."

e.g., "The difference between your debt and that of the United States Government," he writes, "is that the world isn't going to be plunged into a postapocalyptic economic cataclysm if your MasterCard is maxed out while trying to purchase a pair of jeggings at H&M."

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churchillian drift - There is a name for attributing quotes to Churchill, coined by Nigel Rees, called Churchillian Drift.

e.g., Nigel Rees

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cordy'all - Southern graciousness.

e.g., Dwayne Johnston of Mobile, Alabama, is a Southern gentleman. Well-groomed and impeccably dressed, always with a string tie and white waistcoat, he greets men with a wide smile, and a firm handshake. ↵ ␊ He clasps a woman's hand warmly and gazes kindly into her eyes, and inquires into her health. Genial and affable, he responds mainly positive, with "Yes, Ma'am" and "Yes, Suh." He never discusses politics. ↵ ␊ Escorting a lady in his car, he opens the car door for her as she enters and exits, and offers his arm for support as they go into the venue. ↵ ␊ Dwayne is much more than "cordial;" he is "cordy'all." He is also a figment of contemporary imagination.

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bi-polak - I am lucky guy, well-heeled Polak gentleman, can live where I please, in winter I am south-polak, in summer I am north-polak, we follow the Sun, or maybe it's the Sun what follows us.

e.g., But us bi-polaks often go well beyond the borders to sizzling hot climes for extensive Fun and even more Fun, winter is far behind and forgotten. Reverse the seasons and we are in Arctic waters, rub nose with friendly natives, blubber for lunch, sled race to North Pole, bare?

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protegenda - (pro-teh-GEN-da (with a hard g); n.) 1. People (or things) that need to be protected; 2. in superhero stories, heroes tend to adopt secret identities, and develop this morose loner mentality because of a desire to protect those they care about---their protegenda. [From Latin protegere "to protect" + Latin suffix -enda "which must be ___-ed" (it's then future passive participle inflection).]

e.g., Do you have a list of which of your protegenda you save from a house-fire? People, journals, treasures, etc. You should. || Peter Parker, the mild-mannered student identity of Spiderman, didn't tell anybody his secret, because he wanted to ensure the safety of his protegenda, his Aunt May and his girl, Mary Jane. || Superman invented Clark Kent to keep protect his protegenda, the Kents and his lady Lois, safe from his enemies.

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high yuctose corn syrup - The artificial and unhealthy sweetener found in most processed foods

e.g., By the sickly coating I have in my throat after drinking that soda, I can tell it was made with high yuctose corn syrup and not sugar.

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mokey - (adj.) 1. Wearing fishnet stockings; 2. looking particularly sexy by showing off fishnet-clad legs; more broadly, 3. attractive, sexy, really desirable. [An old word for the mesh of an actual fishing net.]

e.g., "Whoa, Lacey, looking mokey! Wow: smokey mokey!---I think I'm in love!" "No, Mike: you don't love me; you like my legs." "Well, that last part's very true, but I love you." "... ... Seriously?" "Seriously....Do you want to get married?" "Holy cow. Well, sure, IF you're serious."

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flench - (v.) 1. Of weather, to appear as though it will improve without actually improving; 2. of almost anything else, to appear to be improving, but not to improve. [A real, and rather old, word.]

e.g., 1. I really hate it when the weather flenches: during the drought, it would cloud up and dark, water-heavy clouds would float overhead, slow and sassy, and never drip a drop on the thirsty ground. || 2. You know how traffic jams flench---they seem to be about to break up and start moving, but then they just stall again? I hate that as much as, well, more than, weather flenching. And it always seems to happen when I'm seriously late.

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quaaltagh - (In Manx, pronounced (I think) KWAL-ta, though literalist Americans will likely say KWAL-tog; n.) A Manx word for 1. the first person you meet after leaving your house for the day, or 2. the first person you meet (from outside your home) after the beginning of the New Year; and now, 3. the first person you run into after any particular, usually momentous, event. [Historically, the Quaaltagh was the old custom of groups going door to door at Christmas or New Year caroling and asking for treats. Then it became the word for the first person to enter the house on New Year's day (one source says it meant "the first foot." It finally came to mean the first person met after the New Year, after some special occasion, or after leaving home for the day.]

e.g., I remember my quaaltagh after 9-11 ... or do I? It felt like I'd been slugged in the stomach or dosed with chloroform. I remember we all just sat in our offices staring at either our computer screens or the empty sky. I htink i spoke with one of the new associates, but all we said was something like "Can you believe this?" These days, the quaaltagh after I leave the house is the receptionist at my podiatrist's office or a grocery store clerk.

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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.

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razzle - (v.) Nowadays, this means "celebarate by drinking to excess," but in the old days, it meant 1. To cook too quickly, leaving food burnt on the outside but uncooked within; 2. to warm yourself at a fire (hopefully not like the food); by extension, 3. superficial teaching or training, such that one's students appear well-taught, but lack depth or experience. [An old word from Yorkshire, England.]

e.g., 1. The dinner was beautifully set up, but the turkey was razzled: golden brown but pink as bubble-gum inside and completely inedible. || 2. I was chilled to the bone, so I razzled in that big rocking chair by the hearth. || 3. The trainer was very military: strict and structured; but, while the training looked good, the cadets were not really ready to work on the bomb squad. They need another year.

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niblick - (Also "mashie-niblick" or just "mashie"; n.) Of course, niblick is the old name for a 9-iron golf club, but, metaphorically, the word also means 1. A clothes-pressing iron; 2. an ironing machine; 3. the element iron (Fe, atomic number 26). [From the old Scots word "niblick," whose origin in unknown; "mashie": Scots, from French massue "club."]

e.g., "Your shirt is all wrinkled." "Yeah, my niblick's busted; could I borrow your mashie?" || Steel is made of mashie and carbon.

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grex petra - (n.) 1. A rock band's (a) road crew, (b) groupies, or (c) fans; 2. people who go to gem and mineral shows: rockhounds, geologists, and gem dealers; and, less accurately, 3. any group of fans or followers, regardless of subject. [From Latin grex "flock, herd" + petra "rock, stone": literally, "rock flock."]

e.g., 1. Those are the techies, who do the amps and fireworks; those over there are the band's groupies, who scream and offer themselves to the band members like a harem; and those out there are the fans. The grex petra, their rock flock. || 2. "This is a mineral show, and it's sold out. How many people are here?" "About 15,000, give or take." "Wow, what a grex petra." || 3. You know, sometimes I think a political rally is just a grex petra party.

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traumpatiic - Traumatized by Trump, both politically and psychologically.

e.g., I have become traumpatic since I watched the first presidential debate.

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teletripsy - (TEL-leh-trip-see; n.) 1. Arial bombing or shelling by distant artillery; 2. mail bombs; (facetious) 3. A Dear John letter. [From the Greek tele- "distant, far" + tripsy "crushing": literally, "distant crushing."]

e.g., "Wow, look at the wreckage. The whole city's in ruins." "Yeah: it's teletripsy, for sure." || The bomber mailed the device from St. Paul; it killed his partner in Fort Worth: teletripsy. || "His girl dumped him." "By mail?" "Yep." "Harsh." "Yep." "He looks horrible." "Yep: teletripsy." "Yeah. Wow."

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wargullo - (wore-GOO-yo; n.) 1. Violence undertaken to protect or avenge one's pride; 2. Pride so great, so overbearing, that it results or calls for violence, or even war, when it is insulted. [From "war" + "orgullo," Spanish for "pride."]

e.g., The Trojan War, the result of Menelaus feeling insulted because Helen ran off with Paris, is the archetypal wargullo.

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grimpenesque - (grim-pen-ESK; adj.) 1. Like or recalling the Grimpen Mire, the vast, "bottomless" (and fictional) bog in the heart of Dartmoor (southern Devonshire) in Conan-Doyle's "Hound of the Baskervilles" (probably inspired by the real Fox Tor Mires). According to the story, one who missteps and falls into the boggy quicksands of the Grimpen Mire will surely sink into the fathomless deeps of the soggy peat and never be seen alive again; 2. Sucking things in---anything that enters---such that there is no hope of rescue or escape, reminiscent of a bog like the Grimpen Mire; 3. Mucky and gripping like thick, muddy clay, impossible to walk through without sacrificing your shoes to the mire.

e.g., If you believe the movies, swamps are all grimpenesque, just waiting to pull you down and entomb you in the cold, stifling mud. || Pornography, according to the studies, is grimpenesque too, grqabbing with claws like a hungry jabberwock and never letting go. || When I first visited my house (back before we bought it), the yard was all grimpenesque, and I had to pry my missing Sunday shoe from the mud after it tore it from my foot.

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bindle stick - (n.) A rod or pole to end of which you tie your possessions, wrapped in a kerchief or bandana or blanket or something, carried over the shoulder. A bindle stick is the stereotypical knapsack or kit bag of hobos, bums, tramps, swag-men, drifters, vagabonds, and other such itinerants, known back in first half of the 20th century as "bindle stiffs." [We don't know where the word "bindle" comes from---it was "bindele" in Anglo Saxon a thousand years ago, and Scots has a word "bindle" that means "a length of cord used for tying or binding something." Yiddish also has a term, "bündel," referring to a bale or parcel wrapped and bound for carrying.]

e.g., America's collective memory recalls the hobos of the Depression almost as clownish figures, smoking the fag ends of cigars, sporting ratty, punched-through hats, and carrying bindle sticks, usually with the bindle wrapped in a polka-dot bandana or a dirty white kerchief. A charming anachronism, all that's left of the memory of a desperate era. || Nowadays, the old term "bindle" refers to packages of illegal drugs. This gives a rather darker connotation to "bindle stick" (and "bindle stiff" as well).

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barack whole - Proposed title for a future biography all about an American president, comprehensive and complete, omitting nothing and well worth the price. Order now. {Duplicate.}

e.g., Barack's life mattered, as we all well know. Therefore, a future tome providing everything you always wanted and or didn't want want to know about the man, facts, fax, factoids, fancifacts, pseudofacts, fractofacts, dependable data, rumors, and tons of miscellanea. Barack Whole: President & Accounted For.

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whimp - Wimp, as misspelled in a comment.

e.g., "But I've had to get away from it all and I don't consider myself a whimp."

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inequity - Iniquity, as misspelled in a comment at the link provided.

e.g., "If thousands of people would block the entrances to their dens of inequity they might start to get the message."

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paid - Not original. Apparently a term of venery for a bunch of teleprompters.

e.g., "Trump's speech, scrolling across a paid of teleprompters, lurched from the technical to the dramatic, touching on the mechanics of post-Haiti-earthquake Clinton Foundation relief efforts one minute, and lapsing into sweeping patriotic prose in the next."

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lovabald - Of a man who is bald and lovable. From a ytpo.

e.g., PS. If you got an e-mail sent from one Terence Aloysious Mahoney's blog touting Hillary Clinton as a presidential candidate -- that came from me. It was a gag. I wrote an almost identical blog entry touting Donald Trump, but I never got around to sending it -- to annoy anyone. We should all vote for who[m]ever we want to -- and make sure we don't let politics get in the way of friendships. If you have friends who are trying to get you to vote against your convictions, perhaps you should politely tell them to buzz off. Me? I wouldn't be at all polite about it. But that's one of the things that makes me so lovabald.

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herd - Heard. The example would also work for an entry for "which," but I probably won't bother with that.

e.g., "Good job. The only thing I don't like is Shillerys voice. I can't stand to listen to her or Obama. Her voice is much worse though. She is the wicked which of the west (I've herd her coven is in Cal.)"

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trumpusroom - A room in the Wide House reserved for a certain hypothetical 'president's entertainment and amusement, exercise equipment, big bar, huge TeeVeeScreen, highesttech female robotnik with exchangeable parts, lektronik Hillbilliard table, massage booth, and you'll never guess what else.

e.g., It was a hot day in hell. I was hot and sweaty and clearly irritating, but, felt infinitely improved after an extended visit with President Whoever, or was that, President Whatever .. in their Trumpusroom with virtuously no holds barred. Best entertainment center I ever done seen.

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sjw - Social Justice Warrior: someone who want equal outputs to result from unequal inputs -- inputs such as education, hard work, and intelligence.

e.g., Lillith: HD, who do you think the sjw's will be voting for next month, Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump? HD. Rhetorical question, eh, Lillith? You know who the sjw's will be voting for. ... You must know. Don't you? Lillith. Yes, of course I know. I was just pulling your wire.

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dudgeous - (DUJ-us; adj.) 1. Inciting dudgeon, irritating, annoying; 2. mean, nasty; 3. frustratingly ignorant or stupid. [From "dudgeon" + "adj. suffix "-ous."]

e.g., 1. Subbing for a high school class got dudgeous after the kids started acting up. 2. Stop talking: every time you open your mouth, you just spew dudgeousness. 3. I had to explain the ballot four times. It was really dudgeous after a while.

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endudgeon - (Pronounced en-DUJ-un; v.) 1. To engender dudgeon in someone (that is, sullen indignation, angry resentment); broadly (and less correctly) 2. to make somebody really mad.

e.g., I think this election cycle has done little but endudgeon the electorate. || How can a five-year-old child endudgeon twelve full grown adults with nothing but a crayon and a jar of mustard?

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helpee - Helpers help helpees.

e.g., What are the chances that Florida and other states (still?) allow "non-partisan" "volunteers" to help nursing home residents mark their ballots? What are the chances that most of the helpers doing that help the helpees vote for Democrats? Sight unseen, I'll go with Pareto and say that 80% of the ballots so marked are marked the way leftists want them marked -- regardless of how the helpees want them marked.

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hippocrepian - (hip-po-KREP-ee-an; adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to horseshoes; 2. shaped like a horseshoe. [A real word, evidently, from Greek ἱππος hippos "horse" + κρηπις krepis "boot/shoe."] Alternatively "hippocrepidate" [-κρηπιδας krepidas "shoe/sandal."]

e.g., Have you ever noticed that blacksmiths in American Westerns spend most of their time on things hippocrepian? || The river at the bottom of the canyon goes through some wild hippocrepian twists and turns.

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skylophagia - (Pronounced sky-LAW-fay-gee-uh; n.) 1. The eating of dogs; 2. the geographical area within which dog-eating is common. (In the original Greek, it would have been pronounced skoo-low-FAH-gee-ah. In modern English, the word would be skylophagy sky-LAW-fuh-gee.)

e.g., Skylophagia is uncommon in the United States: dogs are buddies there, not briskets. || Skylophagia includes, according to the Daily Mail, nine or more countries whose denizens practice skylophagy: China, Indonesia, Korea, Mexico, the Philippines, Polynesia, Taiwan, Vietman, and two cantons in Switzerland.

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gnext - Used when you urgently need to do something immediately instead of, say, next week. | When you want to avoid meeting up with people and they say a date and time that works for them, you can say gnext to show that you want to avoid them instead of saying that you want to avoid them straight to their face. | When you want to get along with your daily life and someone is trying to arrange something with you.

e.g., Fine, gnext Halloween we'll buy a pumpkin. | "Do want to hang out tonight, maybe at 6," asked Jess. "Gnext evening won't work," said Henry. "Okay, we can arrange another time," Jess replied. | 3. "Next week I'm going to be selling cookies. Do you want to help." "Gnext week, huh?" {ED. You're welcome to make submittals again. However, if your future input doesn't show that you're at least making an effort not to leave out words, I'll delete it from the input queue and not accept it. I'm not here to cover for your carelessness. ... Besides, none of what you submitted made me come anywhere close to smiling. [RTG: Read the guidelines.]}

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gobber - Someone who always uses slang.

e.g., "Hey bro! Rad sunnies" "You're such a gobber; stop using slang."

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sumbie - Someone who never joins in on the fun -- they just watch from the sidelines

e.g., Get into the action. Don't just watch from the sidelines and be a sumbie.

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solember - A person who is constantly tired no matter what.

e.g., "Why am I so tired all the time?" Jim asked. "You may be a solember," the doctor said.

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bamble - To go on on about something without quite getting to the point. {Duplicate.}

e.g., Stop bambling, Jeff. Just get to the point

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

e.g., She is a true lidleship.

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amazeicalactic - Really exceptional or brilliant -- an exaggerated amazing.

e.g., The poster is amazeicalactic.

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whuapap - To whisk vigorously.

e.g., Now you whuapap the cream until it is soft.

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geniust - Verb form for genius.

e.g., All my ideas are so geniosal. I geniust so often it is getting annoying.

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exclomotion mark - An exclamation mark in comma form, used when you want the start of a sentence to be exaggerated but the second part not.

e.g., My god (exclomotion mark) that was so bad

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webbescope - An eponym for the James Webb Space Telescope.

e.g., The Webbescope will see further into space than the Hubble Space Telescope that preceded it.

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meller - Melodrama. Entertainment industry talk -- can probably be found as Slanguage at The example comes from the IMDb write-up for Lina Basquette, a substantial star of silent films and early talkies. I enjoyed reading about her at the link provided.

e.g., "At this juncture Lina's private life received more interest from the public than her films. Her career had down-sized to 'B' westerns opposite such stars as Buck Jones and Hoot Gibson and a few mellers here and there."

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rightful death - This is giving a positive twist to a sometimes 'negative' subject? A natural death is a rightful death. A death that releases you from suffering and pain would frequently be considered a rightful death. The execution of a (terrible) criminal, a rightful death. The death of your enemy, also a rightful death. Death via suicide or euthanasia could also be considered rightful death, depending. [cf, wrongful death]

e.g., Most of the family were fortunate in experiencing rightful deaths. Gone with the wind. But many would have liked to stick around for a while longer.. A couple of people overdosed, so we're not sure if they were rightful deaths..? Uncle Agathon helped expedite a number of evil enemy Aileonz from Out There in the War, rightful deaths one and all.. After celebrating a distant cousin did bless'ed suicide, a rightful death, for him and others, at least..

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equalevelize - To reduce everyone (and perhaps everything) to pretty much the level, or perhaps, to a somewhat higher level, whichever is pushed or popular or possible or inevitable.

e.g., By the year 2080 the tiny city of Glenwillow had been so equalevelized that you didn't know if you were coming or going, or crawling or flying, actually --everything futuristic, ultra high tech, far beyond modern, moving sidewalks, domed walls, perfectly programmed citizens, and all the rest. But the penalty for any error was instant and permanent deactivation -- as decreed by reasonable resolution.

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tizge / tizget - (TIZ-gay; n.) An entrance, especially a marked entrance. (TIZ-get; v.) To enter. [From "exit" (usually pronounced EG-zit by American English speakers), spoken backwards. The opposite of an exit.]

e.g., The second door on the left, see? It's marked "enter"---it's the tizge. || "Please tizget at gate number 3."

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peculian - (peck-YOU-lee-un; n.) 1. Someone peculiar, esp. 2. a member of a peculiar group or society. [From "peculiar" + member/agent suffix "-an."]

e.g., The Bible names the righteous "a peculiar people." Good folks are thus peculians by Biblical definition.

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geniustic - (Pronounced jeen-YIS-tic; adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to genius; 2. characterized by brilliance, wit, precocity, etc.; 3. extremely clever. Also, sarcastically, 4. incredibly stupid, remarkably dense or clumsy. [Genius + adjectival suffix -tic.]

e.g., "I swear this guy's gotta have an IQ of 300 or something: totally geniustic." || The neon smoke was a geniustic touch. || That sudden checkmate came out of nowhere: geniustic to beat the band. || "He shot himself in the kneecap?!" "Yep. He didn't have the safety on." "Geniustic." "Tell me about it."

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faggot - Commonwealth slang for a cigarette. Fag.

e.g., Mate, could you spare another faggot? I should be able to pay you back sometime next month, shortly after the election at the latest. My bank should be coming through with the second mortgage I applied for no later than the second week in November. Thanks.

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slyboots - The Word Detective (Evan Morris) says, "In any case, the Oxford English Dictionary defines 'sly boots' as 'a sly, cunning, or crafty person; one who does things on the sly,' and notes that the phrase is usually applied in mild or jocular use. Its not a phrase used in anger, in other words, but the sort of thing you say when you discover youve been mildly deceived ('Oh, you sly boots. You snuck a seventeenth kitten into the house!')." Mr. Morris's health continues to deteriorate -- and he's being overwhelmed with medical bills. If you can't afford to make a significant donation at his site, at least consider getting a paid subscription -- not that he's going to be able to make updates anywhere near as often as he used to. A prayer or two certainly couldn't hurt either.

e.g., I've found that one of the problems with being a sly boots is that what you say may sail completely over your friends' heads.

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pointyheads - Intellectuals. Especially those of the left-wing variety. Don't remember where I saw the example -- and can't find it by googling.

e.g., "The Times simply said somewhat huffily (and somewhat truthfully in our opinion) that transistor radios were a blight in public places and that their listeners were 'pointy-headed addicts.'"

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hisa - His. Politically incorrect -- but it's the way Italians in movies are sometimes portrayed as pronouncing the male third person possessive pronoun. Suggested by the ytpo in the example.

e.g., "Decided I didn't like the saved search argument for my Google bookmark. Took me only a moment to decide what to replace it with. You'll notice that the very first ghit gives Jim's residence address. Not hisa partment number, just the complex. His age is wrong, but a paid-for detailed report would probably get it right."

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me me page - Website content that's all about the person who puts it up for the world to see.

e.g., Facebook is a prime example of a Me Me page.

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garbageable - (Also "garbagible" and "garbidgible"; all pronounced either GAR-bidge-ih-bull or gar-BIDGE-ih-bull; adj.) 1. Disposable; 2. of or pertaining to something of such poor quality that it ought to be thrown out as garbage; 3. something no longer necessary, to be filed in the trash can. [From "garbage"+"ible"; coined by my son Digory as he worked at the pharmacy just the other day (2016 09 15).]

e.g., "So remember: alcohol wipe, saline flush, the antibiotic bulb, then, when it's empty, another saline flush, and then the heparin." "That's an awful lot of empty syringes, and empty antibiotic bulbs. What do I do with those?" "Oh, they're garbageable: just chuck them."

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intunity - (in-TUNE-ih-tee; n.) 1. One's awareness of the Way of things, accord with the outer universe as well as the inner, and an abiding harmony in life; 2. connectedness with a particular person, group, object, place, discipline, philosophy, or whatever. [From phrase "in tune" + abstract noun suffix "-ity."]

e.g., That's Jake Harmon. He's got a really kind heart, and he's got a knack of doing just the right thing in every situation: perfect wedding toasts, delightful birthday presents, beautiful eulogies. In hospitals, he visits perfect strangers and offers calm and comfort like you can't believe. Children love him. His intunity seems infinite. Sometimes, on those game shows where a contestant has to guess what someone else is thinking, they'll be in perfect intunity with one another, and do astonishing things, almost like telepathy or something.

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geniossal - Like a colossal genius {Duplicate.}

e.g., That idea was geniossal.

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the clinton fund "a" tion\ - Set up under the guise of a tax-favored charitable foundation, this money pit has been a factor in providing funds, like $1 million speaking engagements, for ex-president Bill, and his wife, Hillary's, private life style.

e.g., The Clinton Fund "A" tion annual audit reports that just 15% of revenue gets distributed in charitable grants; 60% in "undisclosed expenses" -- hey, what's to disclose?

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infinituttifrutti - (say:'infinite-toody-froody') A confection or treat consisting of as many different kinds of chopped or candied fruits, as possible, Looks good, tastes good, is good, for you?

e.g., At last count, there are varieties of infinituttifrutti containing dozens of kinds of fruit. All the common ones, and of course many little known or rare ones. The flavor can vary from very delicious to exotic and mysterious. Regular ingestion is said to possibly eliminate need for usual meds, and even extend life, which is popular.

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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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the trhumph! presidential campaign - An explosive reaction to the campaigning conduct of the 2016 Republican presidential candidate, Donald Trump.

e.g., For most of the Republican "faithful," the persistent mutterings from the stubbornly egotistic candidate of the TrHumph! Presidential Campaign elicit repeated depressing reactions ranging from raised eyebrows to bewildered head shakes, and finally to shrieks of despair.

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s. other - Read the guidelines, Danny. What are you, anyway -- a fifth grader. Yours is the type of unwanted submittal that makes me want to publish your e-mail address. It's against our policy to do that. However, I'm the one who makes the policy -- and I can override it any time I choose to. So, for the first time ever -- a submitter's e-mail address. {Duplicate.}


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the glock is ticking - Intended to suggest that someone is so pissed off that she's about ready to shoot someone.

e.g., Politics has become so filled with antagonism in this presidential election that I fear the Glock is ticking. Truly, I'll be surprised if there isn't an assassination attempt in the offing for whoever takes over the Presidency on January 20.

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tritagonist - A real word. The person who is third in importance, after the protagonist and deuteragonist, in an ancient Greek drama.

e.g., If you're only the tritagonist in your wife's love life, perhaps you should enroll in night school -- as taught by a tilf.

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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.

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medipendation - The act of changing to fit an environment both mentally and physically; usually performed within large communities when necessary; done to preserve one's body.

e.g., If you feel uncomfortable in an environment, you should try medipendation.

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okiemo - "Oki" comes from the word "big" in Japaneses and "emo" comes from a shortened version of "emotion." Thus, bug emotions.

e.g., The art teacher wanted our paintings to show okiemo so the audience would be moved.

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pregnaint - A condition that justifies cancelling a shotgun marriage.

e.g., "Luke, forget that order for 10 quarts of moonshine for the Harris' shindig this Saturday. The weddin' is off. Betty Jo is pregnaint."

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typoglycemia - To scramble the interior letters of a word. Not original by any means, but I no longer recall where I saw it. The second typoglycemic entry comes from Urban Dictionary. I was too lazy to come up with such an example on my own.

e.g., Are you aware that much of the time you're able to read and understand typoglycemic writing. Apparently our brains work in such a way that the scrambled letters are put in the proper order. | "The word Typoglycemia [refers to] Teh mdin's atbiliy to dpeihecr a msi-selpeld wrod if the fsirt and lsat lteetrs of the wrod are cerorct."

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wasteside - Wayside. Found this great misspelling in the IMDb write-up for Lina Basquette, a silent and then talkies film actress. Halr-sister of the great dancing stare Marge Champion -- who seems to still be kicking up her heels after a fashion at age ninety-seven. Your parents might have recognized the name if you're as old as I am. You can read about her at the link provided. Probably as interesting a biography as any I've ever run across at Reading about her life going to the dogs caused me to think of one of my best friends -- because she has four dogs which, shall we say, make her life interesting. Check the link for more about Lina Basquette.

e.g., "More marriages came and fell by the wasteside and at least one of her later unions lost out to an either/or ultimatum with her Great Danes."

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sunderwear - It's originally clothing designed for the woodsman, the lumberjack or sawyer, but now to be found on every Tom, Dick, and Harry.. Macho, macho men. {ED. Noticed your new e-mail address. I like it.}

e.g., We seem to have misplaced a package of stylish new sunderwear, just purchased Chez Nous. I wonder where the sunderwear....

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tilf - Like milf -- only in an academic setting.

e.g., The senior boys all agreed that the woman who took over Mr. Miller's chemistry classes was a real tilf.

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poodle-faker - A ladies' man. Found at the link provided, one of the very, very best unsung blogs around -- if you're a conservative or a libertarian. There you can find writing such as this: "None of this can come as a surprise to anybody with an IQ greater than Willie Shoemaker's boot size." Not that the name Willie Shoemaker is going to be recognized by anyone as young as my son.

e.g., I think he may have thought he was a ladies' man when he was younger. To me, the best he could have been was a poodle-faker.

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adumben - To make someone dumb. | To make someone dumbfounded: to dumbfound someone.

e.g., He was adumbened by his friend. | ED. I was adumbened when I ran across this submittal. So much so that I've added it.

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pointyhead - Hardly new, a back formation from pointyheaded: "intellectual, especially in a self-important or impractical way."

e.g., I may have missed a few of the finer points, but I think I kept up with the big-brained pointyheads well enough.

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clintonia - The magical world of the Clintons.

e.g., After extensive travel they returned to Clintonia for a respite.

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clintant - An inhabitant of Clintonia.

e.g., All of the clintants attended the fundraiser.

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clintaining - Learning the Clinton way.

e.g., While clintaining is openly practiced, not many graduate the academy.

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clintonian - In the way of Washington insiders. {Duplicate.}

e.g., It was a clintonian extravaganza, replete with food and drinks.

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clintonista - One of Bill's bimbos.

e.g., The Clintonistas gathered around him to pay homage. They were saddened by the knowledge that he was no longer behind the big desk in the Oval Office, but heartened that he soon might have access again.

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clintonism - Related to the telling of the same lie, over and over again, in the hope that someone thinks it to be true.

e.g., We keep hearing the same clintonisms in the media regarding e-mails.

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clintonist - A person who feels an entitlement to everything free.

e.g., Each Clintonist should receive a free ticket to ride the gravy train.

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clintent - Hillary Clintons line of clothing

e.g., Today, media recognized Clintent as the newest fashion craze.

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meme page - A noun turned into a verb: to create a meme page.

e.g., Maybe I should meme page rather than blog. | What should I meme page? Maybe sayings that could stand variations. For example, "Live long and prosper" becomes "Live long and proper."

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geniossal - The adjective of genius.

e.g., That idea is soo geniossal.

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cark - (v.) 1. To burden with worries and concerns; 2. to give someone the (heavy) responsibility for something; 3. to overload. [A real word, apparently from the Latin "carcare" (whence our word "charge") through French "carkier" (cf. Spanish "encargar")---see the Online Etymology Dictionary.]

e.g., I don't like being ordered around. I'm helping with the reception for Ellen's sake. She's a friend. I don't mind the $400 I've already spent on this thing. But her fiance keeps demanding that I do all these time consuming little errands for him. I've a mind to just leave and cark him with all the whole thing. || I've got more to do than I can do!---I'm carked.

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yesternight - Last night. the late evening or nighttime hours of yesterday. may be used in place of other words to lend an archaic look to a text. {Duplicate.)

e.g., The townsfolk have all been quite atwitter since the mayoral rally yesternight. Half were staunch Roundheads, and the rest stubborn Blockheads. | The goings-on lasted much too long yesternight; no one could make up my mind.

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scumbag - A bag, often made of latex rubber, but not necessarily, which envelops any kind of scum. This word is commonly used in an allegorical fashion to refer in a denigrating manner to some individual.

e.g., Chris is a scumbag.

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nagagator - Generally your wife, whom you have placed in charge of the daily itinerary: the scheduling of the marina and fuel stops, destinations, mileage goals, and the timing of the anchorages when cruising on a boat or yacht. However, the nagagator could realistically be almost anyone who has superseded the similar post normally known as the "navigator."

e.g., Thank the Lord for my nagagator.

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enginuity - Managing to keep any form of engine (e.g., gas or diesel) running somehow or some way, against all odds, using whatever is at hand that might solve the problem or problems causing heart-in-throat syndrome to those relying on the running engine.

e.g., George's enginuity saved the day every day the Goody Goody II was cruising south.

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downlewd - You don't download Internet porn: you downlewd it. From a slip of the tongue when the intended word was download.

e.g., I'll be damned what site I might have visited -- if any -- that caused it, but my browser cache keeps getting filled with porn that has been downlewded without any action on my part. None that I'm aware of, anyway. | With well over a half million images downloaded recently, it comes as no shock at all that some porn was among the images downlewded. Even found one image of what I took to be a minor girl sans clothing. (A scan of image directories showed 493,897 images still present -- after tons of images had been looked at and deleted.)

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quaalewds - Due to its disinhibiting effect serving as a gateway to lewd behavior, this might be a suitable name for the drug marketed as Quaaludes.

"Methaqualone, sold under the brand name Quaalude in the US and Mandrax in the UK and South Africa, is a sedative and hypnotic medication." "Methaqualone is a central nervous system depressant that acts as a sedative and hypnotic. ... In the 1960s, the drug was prescribed as a sedative mostly in Britain and later caught on as a sleep aid in the United States in the 1970s.

e.g., Acccording to more than two or three women, Bill Cosby drugged them with Quaalewds to make it easier for him to "have his way with them."

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objective - Thee propensity to focus on a single object one likes; the inability to entertain more than one object at any given time

e.g., Being an objective person, John finds it utterly impossible to comprehend any argument offered by others

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untoon - To untoon an image is to change it from its cartoon-like appearance to a somewhat more lifelike representation. {Duplicate.}

I ran across an untooned image of Jessica Rabbit shortly after I read about the woman who had six ribs removed to make her look more like Jessica Rabbit. Sure hope her bizarre move helped her find gainful employment.

Click on the image to get to some before and after pictures of Pixee Fox. Unless my eyes deceive me, she had more surgery done than just having six spare ribs removed. … Ah, yes, the second ghit tells more about what she had done. Labioplasty, anyone?

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aeiou - Any word that is spelled using all five vowels in alphabetical order is an aeiou. Pronounced AY-ow, based on the pd entry for haeious.

e.g., "The word Iouea, a genus of sea sponges, contains all five regular vowels and no other letters." Iouea is not an aeiou because the vowels don't occur in alphabetical order.

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cathart - (kuh-THART, rhymes with "the CART"; v.) 1. To purge one's negative thoughts (i.e. troubles, worries, fears, pent-up hostilities, etc.) through group discussion (casually, a "bull session"; informally, a "class discussion"; formally, a "group therapy" session); 2. to unburden oneself of anger, frustration, confused feelings, guilt, vel cet. (a) by talking about one's thoughts and feelings to another or a group, (b) by listening to music in keeping with one's mood, (c) by watching a drama in which such feelings and thoughts are dealt with, or (d) by hurling philippics at imaginary listeners in the mirror, in the car, in the basement, wherever; 3. to indulge in one's feelings by creating art, singing serenades, playing the piano (or organ or guitar, or banjo, or whatever), writing, cooking, ... beating something inanimate to pieces, etc.

[Regular noun and adjective forms: "catharsis" and "cathartic." Adjective form for sense 3 (above): "cathartsy."

[Back formation from From Greek καθαρσις catharsis “purge, cleanse,” ultimately from καθαρος catharos “pure, clear, clean.” Coined by my elder brother in a Sunday School class for teachers (I think)]

e.g., During a group session over at the prison,catharting is amazingly helpful for many of the prisoners. It got a bit heated a few times, but I think it helped them see themselves more clearly, and it was all good by the end of the session. ||

It's good to sit with friends andcathartfor a while. But sometimes, it's easier with strangers. There's a story from just after the cease-fire at the end of WWI, in which two groups of soldiers, from Germany and Britain, met in no-man's land and helped each other identify the dead. Somehow they could talk to each other, and they talked through their anger and confusion,catharting it all away. They went home in a much better place, mentally, then many of their compatriots. ||

"Whoa! What is that? It's shaking the building!" "Oh, that Mr. Hilstrom in the basement. He's the super, but he used to be the conductor of the city philharmonic. He likes the bass." "But why is he playing the bass so loud?" "It's how hecatharts." "Oh, well, if he'scathartic, that's okay." ||

I think Rembrandt's self portraits werecathartsy.

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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.

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xylotripsy - (Rhymes with SIGH-no-GRIP-see; n.) The act or process of rubbing two sticks together to make fire. [From the Greek ξυλο xylo "wood" + τριψις tripsis "rubbing, friction."]

e.g., In reality, xylotripsy is rather more complicated than just "rubbing two sticks together." It actually, ideally requires a notched softwood fireboard, a spindle drill (of the same wood, if possible), a bow, a cord, a socket cap (of hardwood or stone), something to catch the coal when it's ready, a tinder bundle, and some handy pieces of firewood (of increasing size---twigs to sticks to logs) to feed the fire as it grows.

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brexit - A term synonymous with any bland breakfast food; especially a bowl of Cheerios. Special thanks to Britain for unintentionally making a fictitious cereal brand.

e.g., I had some brexit this morning. It was the only thing in the house and I probably would've been better off with nothing.

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snarky - Getting smart alecky. {Duplicate.}

e.g., Now is not the time to get snarky

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splore - (v.) To go walkabout (or driveabout, or jogabout, or even flyabout) for the purpose of discovering new things around the next corner or over the next hill. [From the word "explore," of course.]

e.g., My daughter Evelyn recently got her learner's permit, and, when one of us licensed drivers has an errand, we let her drive us around. Sometimes, however, she and I will just take the car and splore. The other day, we discovered where the road outside our house actually ended: way up the mountain among the rich people's sprawling mansions. It was cool. Sploring.

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foebegone - Refers to a desire or attitude to get rid of very undesirable intruders or aliens, currently a blight in certain places.

e.g., There were many vociferous outcries in the streets of the city; foebegone sentiments were very high. It's a wonder that more blood wasn't spilt during the melee. The constables didn't seem to differentiate much between legitimate foebegone protesters OR alien invaders, so we all got struck with the bloody stick regardless. Perhaps Her Majesty could have word with the American Hillary.

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yestermorn - Yesterday morning. In the hours before noon, yesterday. May be used poetically, as desired.

e.g., 'Twas just before the setting of the moon yestermorn that all the clans did assemble twixt the verdant ills by the river to select a new Hero to champion the causes of all the Folk who dwelt in that region and beyond. ((-:

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parashoot - Parachute.

e.g., Somebody should have put a parashoot on her and let her get some air.

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venal - A real word with two principal meanings: 1) dishonest and ready to do anything in order to get money; and 2) capable of being corrupted. These are words we've come to need more than ever before when it comes to the upper reaches of government in the United States.

e.g., A mere seventy years ago, most people in the United States more or less trusted Washington and expected politicians to do their best to make the United States a good place for all of us to live in. Any expectations along those lines are now in the rearview mirror.

Corruption in the federal government has always been something for US to be on the lookout for. Unfortunately, those in power get more venal with each election.

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omnapatapoea - "An onomatopoeia (adjectival form: 'onomatopoeic' or 'onomatopoetic') is a word that phonetically imitates, resembles or suggests the source of the sound that it describes.

e.g., " It is typically an inside the beltway newsletter. Shame he died in an IUD [sic]. (What happened to the good old omnapatapoea 'bomb'?)"

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queerulous - Querulous.

Part of Speech: Adjective

Meaning: Whiny, grumbling, continually complaining about everything.

e.g., My experience is that most of the people I've met in that particular class were queerulous. And that includes several close relatives -- close genetically, but not closein terms of time spent together.

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decrepitography - The study of the hills and valleys on that develop on our faces as we get older.

e.g., I think gerontologists should be called decrepitologists -- and that they should spend much of their education in decrepitography courses.

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stool parrot - When a parrot witnesses a crime and subsequently rats out the perpretrators, it becomes a stool parrot.

e.g., The district attorney was still undecided as to whether or not to call the stool parrot to the stand. One reason for his indecision was that he wasn't sure he'd be able to get the parrot to raise its right hand and swear to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. | Oh, great. Another lyin' stool parrot takin' the stand to give state's evidence. Got news for you, Polly -- we'll find you no matter where you go to roost.

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lsd - Life-sized doll.

e.g., When I told a friend about Japanese men having relationships with LSDs, she said she thought I should get one. She turned seventy-five in May and she's still seems to be about as naive and gullible as she was about sex when were in seventh grade.

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coldesac - Cul-de-sac.

e.g., "You think fish smell guy is bad? Hell, I was posting pics of me [...\ in 2013. What did I get? A threatening message from KAH who turned me in to the po po's. I got more e-mails from her depicting her e-mail communications with a lieutenant of the sapd cybercrimes task force. I was really shaking in my boots. By this time I had her address and within a week she was the victim of property vandalism and harassment, her husband standing at the edge of their property at [one o'clock] in the morning awaiting more vandals for him to try and catch. He did this for several days as they suffered relentless phone and drive-by harassment. Little did he know I was watching the whole time. I actually had a friend on the end of the coldesac where she lived."

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private pee message - Used when someone is private messaging a person, but is not being serious with the recipient. Usually used when the sender wants to tell the recipient an offensive joke.

e.g., Hi bill, I gotta Private Pee Message Frank. {ED. I'll leave that in Twitter style.}

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uranus (yuh ran us) - Here is a proposed pronunciation for the planet which is more neutral and 'inoffensive' than other pronunciations, perhaps. (Yuh RAIN us sounds too much like "your ANUS," while YUR uh niss sounds a lot like "urinous," "resembling urine." What a coincidence.)

Yuh RAN us is bold and fresh and new, and just what we need, another alternative pronunciation to a familiar word.

e.g., They discovered at the planetarium that young people responded best to the pronunciation yuh RAN us for Uranus, over your ANUS or urinous. Comedians seemed to prefer your anus. {ED. Clever enough that I'll let it slide, comedian. Incidentally, this is your 799th entry. Thanks for your loyalty.}

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psycho bath - The large deep metallic bath filled with soothing tepid waters as found in therapy at the mental institution. The ranting or raving mental patient is placed in the tub to effect a relaxing pacifying result, to the benefit of the lunatic and all the helpless lookers-on as well. It's like, screaming will get you no place.

e.g., We tried to set up a psycho bath at home for poor dear grandma, but the only way it would work was to fill the surface of the water with pink flamingos, or their children, rubber ducks. Now she's become all wrinkled, beyond expectations for her age, but she's calm, like the eye of a hurricane, heh heh.

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manhattan effect - A state in which an idea, topic, or action creates a physical sensation due to its pure overwhelming conceptuality.

e.g., When reading that philosophy article, I felt the Manhattan Effect kick in. It really made me jittery; it was just really good and well put.

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palladium - A familiar word, used in an unfamiliar , even archaic, way: safeguard.

The example is based on the fact that Donald Trump, the Republican nominee for President, believes the Second Amendment protects an individual right to keep and bear arms -- as has been decided recently in two cases that went to the Supreme Court. Hillary Clinton, the Democrat's nominee, has said the Supreme Court decided wrong. Those who favor the decisions fear she will appoint an Associate Justice to an instance of the Supreme Court that will overturn the decisions when next a gun rights case goes before them.

Clinton and her supporters say the fears are unfounded, but there are people who don't trust her to be telling the truth.

e.g., "Trump, like all GOP candidates for president, is for strict obedience to the Second Amendment, which has been called the palladium of our liberty. He's allied himself with -- and been endorsed by -- the National Rifle Association."

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grandcestor - (n.) Your grandparents, great-grandparents, great-great-grandparents, etc., but not far enough back to be labeled generic "ancestors." [From "grand" (from "grandparent") + "ancestor."]

e.g., Your forebears from India---whom you are aware of only from a remark made by your aunt when she was talking to your mother one evening ---are "ancestors." Ancestors, on the other hand, whom you feel close to or whom you can trace through generations of people you know, are your "grandcestors." Of course, if you're feeling close to distant ancestors, go ahead and refer to them as grandcestors anyway.

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integronomika - Sector of applied research (and modeling) about process of regional integration process in the economic as the answer to the challenges, risks, and opportunities of globalisation.

e.g., Eurasian economic union is the project of integronomika for interpreneurs from Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kirgizstan, and Russia.

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arsassin - (ar-SAS-sin; n.) 1. An arsonist who intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly kills someone in a fire they set; 2. A murderer who kills by burning his (or her) victims.

[Arson + assassin; coined by the writers of the television comedy "PSYCH" (Season 3, episode 12).]

[Derived terms: "arsassinate," "arsassination."]

e.g., The notorious arsassin burned down a building full of office workers to kill one man on the 14th floor.

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e-ligion - (Rhymes with see-PIGeon; n.) Spiritual beliefs based upon or deriving from metaphysical, quasi-mythic, or occult discussions, comments, declarations, or remarks appearing primarily on the internet (irrespective of the sincerity (or lack of sincerity) of the professing sites).

[From "religion" without the "r," emphasizing the "e-" as in "electronic" (i.e., digital).]

e.g., A number of eligions have appeared since the advent of the internet: Jedis (light, dark, and "grey"), Valar (and elf) worshipers, Game-of-Throners, Trekkies (and Trekkers), and Hogwarters. Of course, there are also some variations on sincerely held creeds: web Wiccans, internet witches, even digital sects created from remarks and commentary about well-established religions and philosophies, such as Catholicism or Daoism.

Some of it is kind of profound. On the other hand, some of it is bizarre; and some is downright alarming. I mean, a life philosophy based on Kenobi, Spock, and Dumbledore?

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anonym - (ANN-no-nim; n.) 1. A word you use when you cannot remember the right one; 2. Your language's standard I-can't-think-of-the-word word (e.g., thingamajig, dingus). 3. A fill-in name when you can't think of a person's name or title or whatever (e.g., whatserface, whosit). 4. (Original 19th century meaning) A nameless person.

[Ultimately from the Greek 'an' "not" + 'onoma' "name"; hence "unnamed." I have repurposed this word from its original, early 19th century sense "[a] nameless [person]," as it is no longer extant in the language. There aren't very many nameless people to apply it to.]

e.g., "Could you get my list?"
"Sure. Where is it?"
"It's on the ... um ... the telephone pole."
"On the what?!"
"Hang on: it's on top of the mitochondria ... no ... the Thessalonian ... ... aaagh! I can't remember the word!"
"Never mind: I found it."
"Thank you. Where---"
"The refrigerator."
"Refrigerator! Of course! How could I not remember 'refrigerator'? Thanks!"
"No problem. Where are you going, anyway?"
"To the ... polecat ... dispensary ... grrr, no: the larkspur cache ... aaaagh!"
"Do you mean the grocery store?"
"Yes! the grocery store! Than---wait, how could you know what I meant?"
"Your list: it says 'butter' and 'milk'; so it was a bit obvious when I thought about it."
"Oh, right."
"On the other hand, your list is full of anonyms, too: you've written 'haladilnik repair' and 'Tharkudarson,'" whatever those might mean."
"I think I meant 'whipped cream' and 'eggplants.'"
"Okay. Wow: bummer getting older."
"Tell me about it."

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gesty - To bring the words of repentance to someone

e.g., I confronted him with gesty words

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juice harp - My friend asked me whether a harmonica is a "juice harp" or a "Jew's harp." Told him it's a Jew's harp, but that juice harp would make good addition to the pd. It's hard not to generate plenty of juice when you play a harmonica.

Turns out that a Jew's harp is not a harmonica. Again, Wikipedia:
The Jew's harp, also known as the jaw harp, mouth harp, Ozark harp, trump, or juice harp, is a lamellophone instrument, which is in the category of plucked idiophones: it consists of a flexible metal or bamboo tongue or reed attached to a frame. The tongue/reed is placed in the performer's mouth and plucked with the finger to produce a note.

e.g., Regardless of correctness -- remember, this is not a real dictionary -- because of the juice connection I like the idea of referring to a harmonic as a juice harp. |

"Do you remember when juice harp playing was popular?"
"Maybe. The 1940s and 1950s?"
"Close enough. Jerry Murad's Harmonicats trio was founded in 1944 and they became 'stars with [their] million-selling 1947 recording of 'Peg o' My Heart.'' This 1958 version of their #1 hit was uploaded to YouTube Feb 7, 2015. Stick around for what follows -- I thnk it's even more fun."

Wikipedia -- "Peg o' My Heart":
The song, performed by Max Harris and his Novelty Trio (based on a version by The Harmonicats), was used as the theme of the BBC miniseries The Singing Detective (1986). When recording engineer Bill Putnam recorded The Harmonicats version of the song, he became the first person to use artificial reverberation creatively on a pop recording, with the use of the first reverb chamber, which had been set up in the studio's bathroom. .

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hexaboner - A penis which, when tumescent, is six inches long.

e.g., A guy who purchases condominimums for a snug but comfortable fit will not be the holder of a hexaboner.

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jobbery - This is a real word I had never heard before having it turn up last week in Anu Garg's A.Word.A.Day mailing. It's a noun meaning "he use of a public office for private gain." I'll use his example -- and perhaps come back later to add more. {Duplicate.}


  • "Scandals about cronyism, jobbery, and the overzealous advancement of party advantage caused deep and lasting damage." Liam Fay; Independent TDs are Losing Their Way in a Fog of Self-Importance; Irish Independent (Dublin); Jan 17, 2015.

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sixagon - A polygon having six angles and six sides. Similar to hexagon. {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Hey, can you pass me the Sixagon?"

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genitials - From a caught ytpoe: has to be related to a woman having her friends' initials tattoed near her naughty parts.

e.g., "How many guys' initials does Kim Kardashian have tattoed on her pubic region?"

"I think I read that she claimed she was up to forty-seven genitials -- three or four years ago."

"Wow, just wow. And that's just guys, I suppose?"

"Yeah. But that's nothing. Are you aware that the world record for a woman having sex with different men is over 900 in one day?"

"Presumably involving penetration -- given that oral sex is not sex."

"Yeah, Clinton's Legacy. I recently read that girls don't consider it cheating if they have oral sex with guys other than their boyfriends."

"The world is changing and I don't like it."

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boy friend - And girl friend, too, of course. Forget about the age of the people -- that's not important. However, as the N-gram below suggests, age may have something to do with who uses what. Boy friend was used considerably more than boyfriend until the mid-1960s.

As I see it, a boy friend is not the same as a boyfriend. A boyfriend is someone you have a non-platonic relationship with, someone who is not just both a boy and a friend -- which is what a boy friend is. The way girls love their boy friends is not the same as the way they love their boyfriends. It's love vs. [being] in love.

e.g., "Lake visitors -- my three grandsons and the two adult boys' girl friends, for a week -- Anne's niece and three sons for two weekends -- that group plus Anne's brother, sister-in-law, other niece, and boy friend for this weekend, plus assorted single friends and couples on some weekdays."

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fan list - A list of enemies a person plans to address when "it" hits the fan (SHTF), after the collapse of society and law enforcement is no longer there to enforce the laws.

e.g., You should show him respect or he may put you on his Fan List.

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semi-nice try - Something to say to someone whose efforts don't reach the level of a nice try.

e.g., Submitter "yuada" gets a semi-nice try for her attempt to get around the guidelines -- trying to tout a product and link to a commercial site. | Semi-nice try, yuada. It almost earned you a kudo.

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e-connoiter - (Rhymes with SEE-gun-LOI-ter; v.) To familiarize yourself with a location or road by means of Google maps or some ot her computer application, especially when you use a street-level view to recognize landmarks. [From 'reconnoiter' minus the initial 'r.']

e.g., "Wait. Wasn't that our turn back there?" "No. It's up ahead, another mile or so."
"Are you certain?"
"Yeah. I e-connoitered the way before we left."

Twenty-first century criminals don't "case the joint," now they e-connoiter their targets.

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casserole parade - The parade of women bringing casseroles to a man who was recently widowed. Ostensibly to show their concern for his well-being (to make sure he's fed well?), but just as likely to be a way to let him know they're available for ... what? Dating, shall we say.

e.g., "So you moved right after she died? At least you missed the casserole parade."

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pseudodictionary - The prefix tells the story: false; deceptive; sham. Except that we're not being deceptive at all. You're reminded on every page -- "remember: pseudodictionary is not a real dictionary."

e.g., Not only do you have have carte blanche to roll your own words and use them in sentences, we encourage entries that tell a story. This is not your average dictionary, limited to definitions and pronunciations, etc. It's the PseudoDictionary, a fake dictionary -- and thus not a dictionary at all. The similarity to a real dictionary pretty much ends with the entries being in abecedarian order.

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moaniker - An inappropriate given name that will haunt the poor child for years.

e.g., I'm a male -- in looks, form, actions, and hormones, there's absolutely no doubt,
And if anyone questions it, I'm ready to "duke" it out,
But too many people think I'm in all parts, "girly"
'Cause my parents stuck me with the god awful moaniker ... "Shirley!"

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star inflation - There have been no five-star generals in the United States since World War II. The top rank now is signified by four stars. Not good enough apparently for the paramilitary metropolitan police forces of modern-day America. Police chiefs' uniforms feature five stars on their collars: star inflation.

e.g., You have to wonder if star inflation results in over-inflation of their egos for chiefs of police.

Me? I'd rather have one less star and a pay increase for doing a mostly thankless job.

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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.

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contage - (Pronounced to rhyme with "one-PAGE"; v.) 1. To pass on a communicable disease; 2. to spread an infection. [Back formation from "contagion."] {Duplicate.}

e.g., I have MRSA in my infected foot; and I've been told to be very careful so as not to spread the bacteria. Unfortunately, I don't know how this contagion contages.

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snoopervise - The act of snooping or otherwise spying under the guise of, or while acting in a supervisory/authoritative capacity. Other endings: -ing; -ed; -er; etc.

e.g., I have a head manager at my job, but theyre never here like they should be. So I get to deal with all their lackey snoopervisors instead. Theyre just kissing ass trying to get promoted. or The old lady next door tries to tell me what to do in my yard ... and calls code enforcement if I don't. Like shes my snoopervising my yardwork to try to get me in trouble!

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sialoquent - Spitting while talking. A real word.

e.g., Who isn't guilty of being sialoquent, especially when she's spitting mad?

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snapchat streak - If you snap chat your friend day after day and you get a number at the side of there name her name, then you are on a snapchat streak. The number is the number of days the friend has been snapchatted.

{ED. Notā bene: We convert submittals to Fowler Language before they are added." See her.}

e.g., Jim: Someone do a snapchat streak with me?
Mac: Maybe it was the pretty blonde from our calculus class.
Jim: You really think so? Wow, that would be cool.
Mac: You figure she even knows you're alive? Yeah right.

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gift - From Webster's New International Dictionary, Second Edition unabridged.

gift, (gĭft) v.t., 1. To endow with a gift, esp. of some power or faculty; -- esp., in past. part.
2. To make a gift of; to present gratuitously. Chiefly Scot.
Added this only after using the first example in a blog entry. I was curious as to how long gift has been being used as a verb. Given that I'm not an entomologist, I saw no need to go back any further than 1909, the copyright date for the first publication of the second edition.

May not get the quote quite right from memory, but H.W. Fowler (my namesake) said in Modern English Usage, "It's an ancient and valuable right of the English-speaking peoples to turn their nouns into verbs when they are so minded." Thanks to the Ms. Grundy teaching-style that was in vogue when I was in school, I resisted doing that for ages. One of the rules we were taught was to not use contact as a verb. Now I don't hesitate to use the word that way.


e.g., I gifted myself.

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fribble - AlphaDICTIONARY.

Dr. Robert Beard aka Dr. Goodword says:

1. [Noun] A trivial, frivolous person or thing, a triviality or triviality itself, nonsense.
2. [Verb, intransitive] To trifle, to fiddle around, waste time, to twiddle your thumbs.
3. [Verb, transitive] To fritter (away), to waste something frivolously.

Notes: A person who fribbles is a fribbler, though the -er suffix isn't really necessary; he or she is also just a fribble. Anything trivial or frivolous is also fribblish, the adjective accompanying today's word. By the way, in the theater this word is used to indicate ad-libbing to cover up lapses of memory, as to fribble your way through a scene.

Do yourself a favor and register for a daily dose. To avoid being tapped on the shoulder, I have word-a-day sites send updates to a blog. I can peruse them at my leisure -- and also reserve a date for a blog entry, should I decide I want a post to appear with a given date.


e.g., The only good line in the otherwise execrable A Summer Place was Arthur Kennedy's Bart Hunter saying, "Some of the best things in live are frivolous." Prompted an entry in my fribbler's blog with that as the title. |

From Dr. Goodword himself:

In Play: Any trifle that is insignificant will pass for a fribble: "Don't worry about that piece of crystal, my dear; it's just a little fribble I picked up at Cartier's last fall." The verb refers to wasting something on unimportant things: "Ty Kuhn fribbled away his fortune on a year-long tour of the posh casinos of Europe and Asia."

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sphagetti - Spaghetti -- because that's the way my brain keeps telling me to spell it, how my son pronounced it when he was three or four.

e.g., "Mom, could you fix sphagetti for dinner tonight? I'm really craving it." "Yes. Would you like to have cheesecake for dessert?" "Oh, yes."

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e-mail address for bob evans - More completely: be down to. Used in the UK where up to would be used in the US. The use I saw "... it is down to them to...." would be said in the US as "... it is up to them to" meaning "It their responsibility to...." (ED. Other meanings will be added later.} {Duplicate.}

e.g., e-mail address for bob evans

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emmediate - 1. Immediate. 2. Em-mediate = to mediate by e-mail. {Duplicate.}

e.g., E-mail started emmediately, but being finished later in the day.

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down to - More completely: be down to. Used in the UK where up to would be used in the US. The use I saw "... it is down to them to...." would be said in the US as "... it is up to them to" meaning "It their responsibility to...." (ED. Other meanings will be added later.} {Duplicate.}

e.g., "The migrants are the EU's problem now, not ours. If they let them across their borders to start with it is down to them to find them jobs and accommodation. They are no longer entitled to come to the UK."

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endsville - adjective 1. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. most wonderful or exciting: a rock band that was regarded as Endsville in the late fifties. 2. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. (of a location, circumstance, etc.) most isolated or undesirable. Quotes She responded by flinging her arms around his neck. "Curtie, it'll be endsville!" -- Arthur Hailey, Hotel, 1965

e.g., adjective 1. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. most wonderful or exciting: a rock band that was regarded as Endsville in the late fifties. 2. (sometimes lowercase) Slang. (of a location, circumstance, etc.) most isolated or undesirable. Quotes She responded by flinging her arms around his neck. "Curtie, it'll be endsville!" -- Arthur Hailey, Hotel, 1965

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clickable - It's one of those attached to the house all-season porches, a combination of "florida room" and "arizona room" since they're the same damn thing.

e.g., Set up a file with clickable e-mail lengths and send to classmates et al.

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florizona room - It's one of those attached to the house all-season porches, a combination of "florida room" and "arizona room" since they're the same damn thing.

e.g., The weather was nice, so we decided to barbecue in the florizona room.

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