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ucerpt - Usurp.

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

submitted by Miss Speller

miked - To be fitted with a microphone.

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

submitted by HD Fowler

nonobscene - Not obscene.

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

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

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

submitted by Tricia Reeves - (www)

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

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

submitted by Lillith

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

murder board - murder board

e.g., murder board

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

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

submitted by Ben Worthlessburger - (www)

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

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

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

submitted by Donald Bethune - (www)

catapedaphobia - A fear of jumping.

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

submitted by HD Fowler

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by [Tony Thorne]

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

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

submitted by Kenneth Wadsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Trisha Reeves - (www)

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

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

submitted by Trisha Reeves - (www)

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

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

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

opinionata - Opinion, apparently.

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

submitted by [Lark Voorhies] - (www)

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

cahoonies - Cojones: testicles.

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

submitted by HD Fowler

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler

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

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

submitted by Dayna - (www)

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

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

submitted by Robin Nilsson - (www)

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

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

submitted by Robin Nilsson - (www)

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

caucasophobia - Fear of Caucasians.

e.g., "He's incompetent by our standards, but not within the context of a course or department with no standards other than those governing the ability to intellectualize caucasophobia."

submitted by HD Fowler

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

toemometer - Pronounced "toe mom' ett er" and rhymes with thermometer for good reason. Some people are equipped with a toemometer, located in the big toe (and possibly other toes). Toemometers are used to check the water temperature in large bodies of water, such as swimming pools or lakes, while deciding if one should dive in. A variation of this gift is the "moomometer," located on some people's inside wrist, often used to check the proper temperature of bottled milk before serving to a baby.

e.g., To explain toemometers, consider this example. Joe dipped his toemometer into the swimming pool, then turned to his dad and said, "The water's fine, let's go swimming."

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mug puddle - The water captured on the bottoms of inverted cups located on the top shelf of the dishwasher, used to indicate the dish washing cycle is complete.

e.g., Pearl asked, "Hey, are the dishes clean in the dishwasher?" Earl answered, "I don't know. Are there any mug puddles on the coffee cups? If so, the dishes are clean."

submitted by David Manning - (www)

scrinch - To squeeze the eyes, purse the lips, and pinch the nose when upset about something.

e.g., He scrinched his face in response to being disturbed by his sister.

submitted by William Meisheid - (www)

monicker - Moniker. I've misspelled the word many time, including doing that in a pd entry. {Duplicate.}

e.g., "I expected the moniker PseudoMod to draw attention from a moderator when I picked it, particularly if I ever used it -- which I have not. If I had had any intention of indulging in the sort of 'nasty mischief' you have in mind, I would not have signed up for the account using my regular IP Address. I could easily have signed up and logged in from some other location, even from another country."

submitted by Miss Speller

beaver-dam - To try to keep a woman from having sex.

e.g., "Are you trying to beaver-dam me?"

submitted by HD Fowler

ceil - Verb: to install a ceiling.

e.g., I have worn full suits, including hat and shoes, that were all made at home. The first lumber ever in this section was used to ceil dwellings overhead. It was cut by hand by placing the log on a scaffold. One man stood on top of the log and one underneath and they sawed the planks by using a rip-saw. We made most all articles we needed. I can remember when all the nails we got were hammered out one at a time in the blacksmith shop.

submitted by [Z. T. WASSON, Eula, Ark., June 5, 1915]

pique culiar attitude - An approach to Life by permanently pissed-off people.

e.g., You've met them -- those unsmiling individuals with chips on their shoulders so large they find it difficult yo walk through the door. There isn't one thing, situation, or other person, that they won't find irritating. Don't bother smiling or nodding as you pass by. They never respond. Just ignore the pique culiar attitude.

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

fecterated - Corrupt, bastardized, or deviant.

e.g., My fecterated boss was caught selling drugs out the back door at work.

submitted by aspric - (www)

giocotroni - (joe-co-TRO-nee; n.) Game of thrones, either (1) the political theory, (2) the series of books by George R.R. Martin, or (3) the teleplays of the same name. [From the Italian gioco "game" + troni "thrones."]

e.g., Realpolitik is known these days as the giocotroni. Martin's work has had a worldwide and powerful effect. | Some politicians simply aren't sufficiently hard-hearted to play the giocotroni successfully. | I've not read Martin's Game of Thrones, so I can't really venture an opinion, but I cordially detest the real giocotroni: politics sicken me.

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

bichado - (bee-CHA-doe (also bichada (feminine)); adj.) Bugged; i.e., 1. attached to a listening device or 'infected by' a listening device or devices; 2. affected by programming bugs in need of 'debugging'; 3. affected by technological flaws and in need of repair; and (literally) 4. infested by insects. [From Spanish bicho "bug" + past participle ending -ado/a "-ed", literally "bugged."]

e.g., "Don't say anything! The room is bichado!" | "Is the program running?" "Nah, it's bichado." | "This house is falling down: it's bichado with termites."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

chabob - (chuh-BOB; n.) A rather silly slang term for the female breast, usually plural "chabobs" (since they are normally found in pairs in nature). [I've no idea where the word comes from, but I've heard it used this way (usually humorously) since the early '60s.]

e.g., It doesn't seem to matter that she's only a mediocre actress: she's got a beautiful set of chabobs. | "Did they take your money?" "No, I keep most of my money in my bra. They pick pockets; they don't pick chabobs."

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cheeseycake - Cheesecake featuring male models.

e.g., Little did I know that I'd turn up so much cheeseycake when I turned Google Images loose to download pinups.

submitted by Lillith - (www)

polygavan - (pull-LIG-ih-van; n.) An extra-long, 15+ passenger van, of the sort (and size) one might use to transport a family comprised of multiple wives and numerous children. It's a bit derogatory, it seems to me, but it's evidently a valid word: I learned it from a friend at work who is driving home from Kansas this weekend with his (quite traditional) family---his (one) wife and their children---and their considerable luggage. When I told him he should get a trailer, he said, "We already have a polygavan and an overhead cargo box." [From "polygamy" + "van," fairly obviously, I guess.]

e.g., When we held the big conferences for the International Center for Law and Religion Studies back when I was in law school, we would give the guests (from all over the world) tours of the southern Utah canyons, driving there in minibusses which I guess were "polygavans."

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

dox - "Slang: to publicly identify or publish private information about (someone) especially as a form of punishment or revenge." Definition taken from Merriam-Webster. Given that the term has been around since 2009, I seem to have been asleep at the wheel.

e.g., "On general principles, I support Internet anonymity and look askance at people's efforts to “out” or “dox” anonymous Web commenters whose views they disagree with, much less for simple sport. — Damon Poeter, _PC Magazine_, 15 Oct. 2012"

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

fashest - Fascist.

e.g., "Poland's repressive, far right fashest government is a natural ally of the Trumpublican Party here in America, who are trying to do the same."

submitted by [Progressive Patriot]

titnotize - (tit.no.tize) when a woman uses her body or feminine qualities to cause a man to act to his own disadvantage; especially when the titnotizee has "no chance" with the titnotizer.

e.g., 1) Doug's manager Debbie titnotized him into working on Super Bowl Sunday. 2) The food is bad and service is worse, but the waitress at the breastaurant will titnotize you into leaving an exceptionally large tip.

submitted by Billy Bob Jack

advocacy journalism - Propaganda.

e.g., Lillith: HD, did you read about the three CNN journalists who resigned after a Russia-Trump story was retracted? HD: Heard about it, but haven't read anything yet. My guess is that they were advocacy journalists who went too far trying to prop up their negative stories about the President. Lillith: Hard to imagine anyone going too far in that direction for CNN. HD: Yeah, that sounds about right. But apparently it's possible that CNN has a few shreds of integrity left.

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

upper-crushed - What the upper crust become when they fail. {Duplicate.} {Lillith. Inadvertently hit ADD without finishing my example.}

e.g., Headline: Upper Crust Become Upper-Crushed. Subhead: Denizens of Redneck America take great pleasure watching the upper-crushed fail in their efforts to stop President Trump. (Will their laughter be short-lived? The Shadow knows.)

submitted by Lillith

upper-crushed - What the upper crust become when they fail.

e.g., Headline: Upper Crust Become Upper-Crushed. Subhead: Denizens of Redneck America take great pleasure watching the upper crust fail as it fails to stop President Trump.

submitted by Lillith - (www)

antoniennui - Not your run-of-the-mill boredom, but nonetheless boredom: ennui. Coined by film critic Andrew Sarris for the sort of boredom shown in (or induced by?) a Michelangelo Antonioni movie -- shown as upper-crust boredom much better by Federico Fellini in _La Dolce Vita_. That film's Italian title translates as "the good life," but what was shown was anything but: upper crust is still crust. || The example and the notion for this description come from Gus Reed's reiview of _Zabriskie Point_, posted Dec 11, 2012. || I've seen no mention of it elsewhere, but there are plot and visual similarities between ZP and more successful apocalyptic movies. The Mad Max franchise comes to mind. The isolated airport scene reminded me of _Fandango_, the "road-trip odyssey" in which Kevin Costner first made an impression. His playing a corpse in _The Big Chill_ didn't.

e.g., Regardless of the appropriateness of adjectives such as lackadaisical and lackluster for describing _Zabriskie Point_ and its Antoniennui, it's hard not to see the film's cinematogaphy as a visual homage to Ansel Adams' Zabriskie Point photography. || "Antonioni’s characters are often criticized as passive and bored. He was categorically interested in people who didn’t know where they were going, who couldn’t articulate what exactly they wanted. Andrew Sarris coined the term 'Antoniennui' as shorthand for this then-fashionable, and quickly caricatured brand of malaise, and there’s as much Antoniennui here as in any of his films, though these broke American adolescents wear their discontent differently than the cosmopolitan and oh-so-effete upper crust of Rome and Verona. If you don’t enjoy Antonioni’s films, _Zabriskie Point_ probably won’t be the one to win you over, but give it the chance [anyway], and if you’ve never ventured into Antonioni-world, it’s as good a point of departure as any. And, if for no other reason, give _Zabriskie Point_ a chance to [watch] Daria driving into the distance to the strains of John Fahey’s 'Dance of Death,' or Roy Orbison crooning 'So Young' as Antonioni zeroes into a blood-red sunset." || Despite a lack

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

seshie - A musician who enjoys sessions. Can refer to either a professional studio musician or a jam session enthusiast.

e.g., I'm a seshie, always trying to make it to as many jam sessions as possible, and I hope to be a professional seshie one day, just like that Wrecking Crew!

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