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tick - Tic.

e.g., "In _The Silence of the Lambs_, Anthony Hopkins gave his character, Hannibal Lecter, several unscripted ticks that ended up becoming integral to the film."

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forded - The time in a man's life when, either through having a family and needed more room, or because of aging and losing vital reaction time, the man is forced to give up his beloved sports car and buy a Ford station wagon.

e.g., Goodbye zero to sixty in five seconds. Goodbye racing around twisting mountain roads at 85 mph. Goodbye leaving Pinsky, our snooty neighbor and his Pinto way back in the dust at our local traffic light. Goodbye forever, Elsa, my gorgeous sweetheart German BMW. My doctors and family have gotten together and insist that I'm too old for that type of driving. I've been Forded!

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sleepy hide - As you grow older, the increasing skin and body twitches that signal it's late and time for you to go to bed.

e.g., My eyes and face may not show it, but there's a nerve dancing behind my ear, and a persistent throbbing in my left calf. They're my sleepy hide warnings that it's after 10:00 p.m. Good night!

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gaudiophemia - (n.) 1. a. Repeated expressions of joy; b. a series of ecstatic outbursts; 2, a tendency to use jubilant interjections in one's speech.

e.g., "Wow! Yes! Hooah!" "I know you're glad you aced the test, Scott, but save the gaudiophemia until after class."

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suckless - (adj.) 1. Not bad (as in "it does not suck"); 2. satisfactory; not suffering from obvious flaws or failures; 3. (facetious) good.

e.g., "What did you think of my performance?" "Suckless." "Gee, thanks."

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fur stration - The emotional turmoil an owner of a long haired cat or dog has, in dealing with his pet's loose strands.

e.g., It's worse in the Spring. I walk into my house, and Butter's soft, golden hair is starting to cover everything --- the furniture, the rug, the sport jacket I just brought back from the cleaners. Those floating strands are wafting slowly in the air around me and are landing on my head, on my face, in my eyes, achoo! On the terrible fur stration of a long haired pet owner!

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begrizzled - What he is when a man is sick and in the hospital and cannot shave: begrizzled.

e.g., The begrizzled one is still sick.

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himit - Gender specific appellation for a male recluse, ae opposed to the female, hermit.

e.g., To be honest, the sex of a himmit, or a hermit, isn't normally socially significant.

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anti-misogynistic - The feeling a guy gets towards his girl when he's obviously screwing something up and she is pointing it out to him. Humility is the remedy for this problem.

e.g., When Steven's girlfriend is pointing out obvious flaws in his personality, he doesn't like it and so he gets frustrated pretty quickly ... and becomes misogynistic. Steven could stand a big dose of an ant-misogynistic syrup.

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anti-romance - The things you do as a guy that really piss your girl off: e.g. telling her what to do or how to do something.

e.g., Stephen likes to tell his girlfriend what to do and how to do it but then, maybe there's a word equivalent to anti-romance for girlfriends with their boyfriend. {ED. Steve, I think the word may be anti-rowomance.}

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all-go-rhythms - A simple, convenient explanation for the workings of complex, modern technology when you don't know the answer.

e.g., "Grandson, you're asking me how Amazon's Alexa was able to play my request for Blind Willie Anderson's old, obscure blues song without one little bit of hesitation? It's very simple: it's because of today's technical use of all-go-rhythms!"

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acusstic - Combining the word "cuss" and "acoustic" -- audible swearing.

e.g., The President is known for his accustic meetings. Swearing to release stress and tension is something we all do.

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farked up - A variant of the f-word, suitable for use when discussing the humor site for teenage ne'er-do-wells and wannabes:

e.g., If you visit and then try to get any work done, what you do will invariably be all farked up.

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

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

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apologizt - Apologist, for those Americans who are spelling snobs and insist that British Commonwealth spellings are superior to American spellings.

e.g., Sandbox Jim may be my longest-surviving friend, but of late he's become a spelling snob to complement his being a pronunciation snob. I recently told him he has become an apologizt for all things American.

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menstral - Slang (physiology): of or relating to menstruation or menses. Word has evolved from menstrual to ease the tongue/lip/mouth motion involved with multiple vowel vocalizations.

e.g., She went all menstral on me when I asked her where my supper was.

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fivedayitis - The inability of an employee to complete a full work week

e.g., I can't believe she's taken another day off. It's a classic case of fivedayitis. I don't think she's ever done a full week's work.

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convent shun all - The common and many locations where groups of nuns live and work, in retreat from the world.

e.g., See that building with grape arbors and working fields? Don't bother going there -- it's convent shun all.

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oh! bese - An individual's condition of weight and girth of such size as to elicit a comment (whether voiced aloud, or not).

e.g., "Well, hello there!" (Oh! bese. My God, he must weigh 600 pounds! His immense weight on the sofa he's sitting on makes him an immutable part of that furniture!). "No, don't bother trying to get up to shake my hand, just sit back!"

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snoodle - Verb, pronounced "snoodle" or schnoodle." A combination of snuggle, cuddle, and coo. Most often done to calm, console, or bond with a child or small animal. A snoodler is one who really enjoy or often engages in snoodling.

e.g., "What are you doing inside the playpen?" "The baby had a nightmare. I'm snoodling him until he goes back to sleep." | The brown kitten is my favorite. He's such a snoodler.

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consent tration - The act of a person who focuses his mind and will on convincing another person to agree with him or to do his bidding.

e.g., Okay, Sweetie, close your eyes and listen to me. Let's get our minds involved with consent tration. Even though I'm ugly and you say you hate me, our minds keep telling us that you love me. It's true, isn't it Sweetie? You really love me, don't you, Sweetie? Your mind keeps telling you that you do love me,doesn't it, Sweetie? Sweetie?

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identocracy - A political system in which identity is the primary criterion

e.g., The final stage of the former United States of America was its fracturing into Identocracy.

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idiosyncracy - Idiosyncrasy. A word I'm misspelled so many times I can't count 'em. The link to Google Books Ngram Viewer shows that both spellings were once used about equally.

e.g., For future reference -- an idiosyncracy of mine: If you "reply" to an e-mail I've sent, please don't use the Reply button. Use Forward instead: Forward includes the original e-mail in its entirety, including attachments and headers. That way I can strip off Fwd when I save your reply, overwriting the earlier version and saving the entire "conversation" in one file. This might not work well for people in business or government, but it serves my mundane purposes very well. Thanks for your consideration.

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nsfd - Not Safe for Democrats. A label or tag used to indicate that a site being linked to is likely to have material that will offend (highly partisan) Democrats. The final letter can be varied: R for Republicans, L for liberals, C for conservatives, P for politicians, etc. The convention is especially useful for sending short links to family and friends.

e.g., "Dammit, HD, what the hell were you thinking of when you sent me a short link to a polemic at The least you could have done was label it NSFD." "Sorry, Lillith, I got you mixed up with your sister Lilith."

submitted by HD Fowler

bona fido - (BOW-na FIE-doh (rhymes with OWN-a-PIE-dough (In actual Latin OWN-a-FEE-dough)); n.) 1. Pseudo-Latin for "good dog." (Actually, "fido" is Latin for "I trust," but it's commonly thought of as a dog's name: educated dog-owners named their watchdogs "fido" as in "faithful" or "trustworthy.") Also, facetiously, 2. a dog bone (as in "bone of dog").

e.g., "This is Gus. He's a mastiff. He's my bona fido." | "Let's give him a hambone as a bona fido."

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ontalgia - (on-TAL-gee-uh; n.) 1. The existential pain of being; 2. suffering as a result of existence; 3. the pain of the human condition. [From Greek ontos "being" + algein "to feel pain."]

e.g., The melancholy in such pieces as Byron's "Childe Harold's Pilgrimage" is a manifestation of the universal ontalgia.

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oroneiro - (oh-row-NAY-row; n.) 1. A dream about a mountain, traditionally interpreted as an image of facing or of overcoming great difficulty; 2. Something (or somebody) representing or embodying either a significant difficulty or its solution. [From the Greek oros "mountain" + oneiros "dream."]

e.g., I've been having an oroneiro over and over again this last month: I think it's the upcoming bar exam. | Your hatred of your boss seems to be an oroneiro: he's the obstacle in your mind to a promotion.

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procrasstinator - An individual who not only delays completion of tasks and projects, but who acts uncivilly when admonished for it.

e.g., Listen! I've reminded you five times in a row that you are way over due to finish the report, but the fact that you have a "Professional Procrasstinator" sign on your desk doesn't allow you to shout, swear, throw your coffee mug against the wall, and run out the room each time we remind you that the project's overdue!

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existant - Common misspelling of "existent." So common that Google turns up over 20 million hits for it -- as opposed to 198,000,000 for "existent." Given that I've seen some pretty smart fellows misspell the word, I'll jump the gun and say it's now an acceptable alternative spelling of "existent." || It's used often enough to show up with Google Books Ngram Viewer, too Click on the link below and to your right. If you're a word lover, be sure to save the link as a favorite. GBNV is a great tool for pseudo-dictionararists -- and pseudo-linguists, as well. Especially for those who learn how to use the advanced features explained on the About page. (You can thank me later.)

e.g., Regardless of whether or not I have an effect on anyone else, pounding my keyboard keeps my brain synapses firing and, hopefully, delays a bit the day when I become a vegetable -- or I'm turned into fertilizer and become part of the scenery. Will I know it when I'm dead? Or will I cease to exist and become non-existant? Inquiring minds want to know.

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doobie features - Double features at the drive-in you went to on Friday and Saturday nights with your buds when you were a teenager -- your main objective being to be where you could smoke a joint or two more or less in peace.

e.g., "Hey, Jay, wanna go to a doobie feature with me this comin' Saturday night? I'll drive." "My girl and I have plans for Saturday night, big guy. If we can make it for Friday, I'm in." "Done, my buddy. You're bringin' the fixin's this time -- you owe me big time." "Rats ... but you're right. I do. I'll have to push Pops for another advance on my allowance, though. I've already tapped him through the end of next year. Might as well get started on the twenties."

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rotonned - Adding the concept of weight to a one word description of a person.

e.g., Let me put it this way. When I say, "that person is rotonned," you get the idea that the subject of the sentence is more round than angular. But when I say, "she's really 'ro tonned!' you get the 'heft' of what I mean!

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lecherette - A woman with strong sexual desires. A female counterpart to a lecher, used to refer to a man. We tend to think of lechers has having this meaning: "If you describe a man as a lecher, you disapprove of him because you think he behaves towards women in a way which shows he is only interested in them sexually. ... Synonyms: womanizer, seducer, rake, Don Juan." But some dictionaries settle for defining a lecher simply as a "man with strong sexual desires." Which not necessarily a bad thing. {Duplicate.} {ED. Previously entered from the back-end using me editor's account. Inverted the name and word fields. Corrected here.} (ED

e.g., If you're a lecher, you're fortunate if you've managed to find a lecherette to be your significant other. Lechers should all be so lucky.

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389 - Suggested by Scott Elsworth's creditable entry for 983, 389 is essentially the opposite. Click on the www link below and to the right of the screen. Takes you to the his 983 entry: "(nine eighty three; adj.) 1. Absolutely confidential, sacrosanct; 2. Most secret, top secret, eyes only. ...." || (three eighty nine; adj. & noun) Information that is 389 is public knowledge. It's as far from secret as you can get, the polar opposite of 983. || A person referred to as a 389 (three eight nine) can't be trusted to keep anything you tell her to herself. In terms of social media, she's the sort who uses Twitter the way Donald Trump does -- to tell the world at large anything and everything, without holding any thing back. Especially what you've told her in confidence. {Duplicate.}

e.g., Ted: "Ed, you know Jay pretty well, don't you? If I tell her something in confidence, she'll keep it to herself, won't she?" || Ed: "Yeah right. For maybe as long as 15 or 20 seconds. At most. Then she'll broadcast it to the world at large. She even has voice recognition on her smartphone so she doesn't have to key things in -- too slow a way for her to tell everyone your deepest and darkest secrets--." || Ted: "Then I probably shouldn't tell her about my dominatrix experiences with hookers, eh?" || Ed: "Let me put it this way -- Jay's a three eighty nine -- a 3-8-9. Me, I wouldn't trust her with my zip code." || Ted: "Thanks, buddy. I cudda ended up in a world of hurt, couldn't I?" || Ed. "In traction."

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lillith - A woman with strong sexual desires. A female counterpart to a lecher, used to refer to a man. We tend to think of lechers has having this meaning: "If you describe a man as a lecher, you disapprove of him because you think he behaves towards women in a way which shows he is only interested in them sexually. ... Synonyms: womanizer, seducer, rake, Don Juan." But some dictionaries settle for defining a lecher simply as a "man with strong sexual desires." Which not necessarily a bad thing.

e.g., If you're a lecher, you're fortunate if you've managed to find a lecherette to be your significant other. Lechers should all be so lucky.

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jecm - Jim-Evans-Compatible-Mode: Plain text messages. Nothing you couldn't do on a manual typewriter in the 1940s. Not even backspacing and underscoring. {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Dammit, HD, quit using all that fancy-schmancy typography when you write, rabidation I think you call it. You know I'm a Luddite and don't have anything that prevents it from showing up as garbled characters." ... "What! No, I'm not talking about the way it displays on my smartphone. You know I don't have a smartphone." ... "No, bonehead, I don't have a computer either. You know that. Well, I do have one, but you're aware that I use it as big paperweight. I'm a Luddite, dammit. You are one stupid ... fellow." ... "All right, I've gotta admit that I've advanced to the last quarter of the 19th century -- because I have a telephone, a landline with a fifty-foot cord."

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sociopat - Someone who has a habit of fondling or patting women's buttocks, but doesn't necessarily go any further than that. The act can also be called a sociopat.

e.g., "I saw what you did, Donald Trump, you grabbed that woman by her ... by her crotch. You're a creep and a lecher and--" | "She's a groupie, Maxine. She came on to me -- walked right up to me and said she'd have sex with me if I was interested. Instead, all I did was give her a crumb she could use to impress her girlfiends. Get it now? It's not sexual assault if it's what they want you to do. At worst, all I am is a sociopat -- and a rich, friendly billionaire who loves the common man and the common woman." | "Oh, Donald, I think I'm falling in love with you."

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crap and flap - What we get out of bureaucrats and politicians, especially those inside The Beltway: flapping their gums and crapping on Average Jo American and Average Joe American. They flap and they crap. {Description.}

e.g., Ted: "Ed, tell me, since you're well-informed about the 'istory of politics in these United States of America, what's the most significant change you're aware of in the nature of the crap and flap flowing out of Washington?" Ed. "Ted, since you're a recent immigrant from Zimbabwe, I'll start with a little bit of information for you -- about what the US has become in the 240 years since the Declaration of Independence was signed. Referring to the country as "'these' United States of America" was pretty much on its way out following the Civil War. Afterwards, States became states. As we became more and more united as a nation of one people, we started to identify with the United States as a country rather than with the States we live in. You might move from Kansas to Colorado and go from identifying as a Kansan to identifying as a Coloradan, but you'd still be an American. So, the US is now referred to as "_the_ United States of America." Not unlike your using a plural verb for a board of directors where native American speakers would use a singular verb. || As far as the crap and flap coming out of Washington, politics remains politics. There's been no particular increase in the amount of mudslinging that goes on, even though you might think that. Not on average -- just more people slinging it as our population increases. Not a heckuva lot has changed from the good ole days. Any changes mostly boil down to two things: 1) The pile of crap just keeps getting bigger and bigger; and 2) The flapping gets communicated faster and faster. Anyone except a hermit living under a rock will hear the flapping in a matter of minutes. At most. Even residents of distant countries know.... || Oh, and a third change -- the major change, in fact -- is that we now have a POTUS who uses social media to get his crap out faster than ever, bypassing the media nearly effortlessly and almost entirely. Whether you approve of or like what he does or not, ya gotta admit that he tweets to great effect.

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home teem - Conflict and discord domestically, or in a local sports group.

e.g., A husband and wife battling continually, or members of a local baseball franchise arguing and shouting, does NOT make for a home teem advantage.

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intergluteal cleft - More commonly know as your ass-crack -- a term I'd be unlikely to use in mixed company. Yes, I AM that old ... and also that old-fashioned.

e.g., Next time I see my doctor, I'm going to ask him if he knows why geezers start perspiring more at the top of their intergluteal clefts than they did when they were younger. ... I'll also make a note to remind myself to check with my sister-in-law, Lillith, to see if she's noticed a similar increase in perspiring around that part of her anatomy. Maybe not -- because Lillith is dasypygal, a bit unusual for a woman. The only other woman I know who is dasypygal is my lifelong friend Jay, short for....

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assy nine - Denoting a stupid ass you are stuck sitting next to (examples: in an airplane, at a dinner party, in a sports arena) who says or does something ridiculous, and, worse, repeats it at least nine times.

e.g., Dear God! I'm here at this basketball game and the assy nine jerk next to me throws his elbow into my ribs, and says, "Aain't this great!" every time his team scores! (Thank you, Miss Speller).

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texter - A texter is someone who both sends and receives text messages using a mobile phone, one or more. If you send text messages to cell phones from an e-mail account and get replies to that e-mail account, doing so does not make you a texter. You're still an e-mailer, not a texter -- unless you do something else that makes you a texter. {Duplicate.}

e.g., If you're still someone who goes on dates and you communicate with your date when ze is sitting in the same room you are by texting, you're neither a texter nor an e-mailer: You're an idiot. | Sandbox Jim says, "If you text while you're driving, guess what: You're an idiot." || (If you get notified by the canned e-mail message that "texter" was added to the pd lexicon, you know who wants you to call her. Please do. Thanks.)

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cakilexophile - (Rhymes with tacky-EX-o-file; n.) A lover of dirty language: profanity, vulgarity, blasphemy, swearing, etc. [From Greek κακός kakós "bad" + λέξη lexi "word" + -phile "lover of."]

e.g., Whoever wrote this movie must be a cakilexophile: nobody swears that much in real life, but these characters use vulgarities as punctuation.

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backal - (Rhymes with "Jackal"; adj.) The converse of "frontal"; i.e., of, from, or to the back.

e.g., The movie didn't have any full frontal nudity, but it sure had a lot of full backal nudity. || We snuck around behind them for a backal assault.

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dox - From Merriam-Webster: "Search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent." {Duplicate.}

e.g., "Getting doxxed by alt-right loons is a horrifying experience no one should have to endure."

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deciept - Deceit. Remember: i before e, except after c. Not always, but most of the time. (Why does receipt have a silent p and not deceit?) {Duplicate.} || [ED. With this entry, I'm switching to Fowler Style with respect to the use of quotation marks for words used as words: no quotation marks. Using the style of putting them in quotation marks takes too much of my precious remaining time on this mortal coil. My grammar school days when I did my very best to follow "the rules" are long behind me. As you should realize by now, I've been making up my own rules for years now: Fowler Style & Machiavellean Standards. | Not saying I'll be consistent with the change, though. I have the same excuse for that as California Senator Dianne Feinstein had the other day -- after she single-handedly released a transcript of testimony taken behind closed doors by the Senate Judiciary Committee: I have a cold and my thinking may be clouded.]

e.g., "If you mistakenly get caught in this web of deciept (an almost invisible web) you won't know about it until after you've been bilked out of at least one outlandish payment."

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snoop site - One of the many, many Internet search sites that help you track down "old friends" -- and enemies, too. You may have to pay a fee to get details such as e-mail address, snail mail address, and telephone number, but the information is out there for most people. Rest assured that someone other than an old friend is checking up on you. (No claim of originality.)

e.g., "Send me any text and I'll take that to be your way of saying, 'Don't bother me again.' I may take you off my distribution list as a result; I may not. If you don't want to hear from me again, change your e-mail address and your telephone number and don't tell me. (Even then I may track you down using one of the Internet snoop sites.)"

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que - Common misspelling for queue. I have to check myself to make sure I use the correct spelling. No doubt the day is coming when it will have the meaning a lot of people think it does. Que; is an abbreviation and the word que in Spanish means what. || Until I checked, I thought "que" had the meaning "pigtail," but it doesn't. It's now obsolete, but the 1913 Webster's defines que as "a half farthing." {Duplicate.}

e.g., "The great timing referred to was seeing 'presster' in the pseudodictionary input que, submitted by Mitchell Yerzy."

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tentative agreement - Not an agreement. Possibly an agreement, even probably an agreement -- but not an agreement.

e.g., Bill: "So we have a tentative agreement?" Ted: "Sure. I'll run it by the boss and get back to you." ... [Later, when Bill and Ted meet again.] Bill: "Well, did you run it by your boss?" Ted: "Sure did." Bill: "Well, what did he have to say?" Ted: "He said no." Bill: "What? He said no? You're kidding. We had a deal. He's backing out? WTF?" Ted: "No, he's _not_ backing out. You can't back out of a deal unless you _have_ a deal. And we never had a deal. All we had was a proposed deal -- which you chose to refer to as a "tentative agreement." You knew at the time that only my boss could make a deal. I was just being a general dogsbody for him, sparing him from the negotiating details and the time it took. That's my job. Ultimately, he rejected what we came up with -- which sort of surprised me, to tell you the truth. Guess it shouldn't have, though. That's why he's the boss and I'm working for him, not the other way around. He always makes better deals than I do. ... You do realize, don't you, that he wrote a best-selling book called _The Art of the Deal_, don't you?" Bill: "You're right. I do. Should have known better. Unfortunately for me I told my boss we had reached an agreement and would be signing on the dotted line right after this meeting. ... I'll probably end up getting fired." Ted: "Too bad. But surely you know not count your chickens before they're hatched." Bill: Yeah right. I also know that oral agreements aren't worth the paper they're written on.

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assinine - Hao asinine should be spelled: "complacently or inanely foolish." {Duplicate.}

e.g., "If he says anything else, you know what will be coming out of his mouth, don't you?" "Sure, another assinine remark. What else can you expect from such an ass?"

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rth - Radio Talking Head.

e.g., Laura Ingraham is my favorite RTH. I used to like Rush Limbaugh best, but listening to him eventually got old. It's the difference between a one-man show and an ensemble.

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golden globes - Gilded female mammary appendages.

e.g., I never was awarded Golden Globes and would rather not discuss how that might be accomplished. (I get embarrassed easily.)

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victorious secret - Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.

e.g., On the morning after the 2016 U.S. presidential election, the World woke, mouth agape -- Donald Trump elected? What happened? || Hillary was expected to win. The American media covered her campaign in full detail, while Donald Trump was almost an irritant. His meetings with potential voters were rife with conflict and discord. His political theme, "Make America Great Again" was pooh-poohed as political hogwash. Trump's campaign issues were largely ignored by the Press. || Can you picture Donald Trump in skimpy lingerie, posed with a "come hither" look, like the gorgeous Victoria's Secret models on TV? I can't either! || Yet to American Rural voters, sick of politicians and fake promises, Donald Trump's messages, as overlooked by the media as they were, were especially alluring and believable. And so, to almost everyone's surprise, Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign became, a Victorious Secret.

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socialights - A more apt designation for the lightweights who call themselves "social scientists." Suggested by the linked article: "For students in Internet Age, no shame in copy and paste." {Duplicate.}

e.g., Wow, what a big surprise that is. Just another in a long line of examples of the decline in ethics and morals. My opinion is that it started with the so-called sexual revolution and general rebellion of the sixties -- but I'm not a social scientist. Face it: no one is a social scientist. The word scientist should be reserved for the physical and natural sciences and for those who genuinely practice the scientific method. Rather than call these folks social scientists, let's call them socialights.

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risk-free - We've all seen those "risk-free-shipping-charges only" deals on the Internet, right? Here's what "risk-free" means in those ads: _not_ risk free.* || Somewhere on the page inviting you to give the advertiser your credit card number to pay the shipping charges will be a link to the terms and conditions of your "risk-free trial" -- if you can find the link. Believe me, they're easy to miss. If you read the Ts&Cs, you'll find that you have only 14 days to notify the altruistic advertiser that you don't want to receive any more shipments of the product. If you don't "cancel your subscription" within the allotted time, you'll soon find another shipment in your mailbox. And you'll also find that your credit card has been billed $169.95 for next month's supply of the miracle product. It's not the efficacy of the product that's the problem, it's what you sign up for. Read the fine print: RTfFP. || Go ahead, call your credit card company to complain. The best you'll get is for the CCC to assist you in making a conference call to the supplier, a call in which you'll probably be able to succeed in stopping future shipments and being billed. You will _not_ get a refund. As far as I know, the Federal Trade Commission has no objections to this abhorrent practice. Well, I do -- and so should you. Risk-free, my ass. ||| * For instance, how can a guy pass up a virtually free sample of Garcinia Cambogia. After all, it's been touted as a weight loss miracle by Dr. Oz. Would Dr. Oz lie to us or mislead us?* I dunno. I'm not a follower of DOZ. Check the title link for more information about GC and judge for yourself whether or not it's some kind of miracle cure. Is it possible it could be worth a try for someone who needs to lose weight, say, someone with Type 2 diabetes? If you want to lose weight without changing your diet or reducing caloric intake, or increasing the amount of exercise you get, could it be worth a try? I dunno. But I'll tell you what I think: fat chance.

e.g., Did you get an e-mail from Amazon* recently? One in which you were told that if you completed a survey you'd be able to have your choice of several "rewards" for spending the time answering the questions. I did. Then I dutifully completed the survey, anxious to get to the part where I'd get something for free -- or almost free. The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow turned out to be my choice of several risk-free offers. No thank you very much. I have no desire to be separated from my hard-earned cash by paying five to twenty times as much for some product that I could easily pick up at a nearby supermarket, || * Didn't pay any attention to the URL of the site I was taken to when I clicked on the link in the e-mail. Probability that it was connected in any way with Zero.

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re choir - The steps needed to get back into a special singing group.

e.g., After an arduous, but successful total sex change, Richard, now Rene', sat contemplating the many nuances of her new life. She had enjoyed singing in the bass section of several local singing groups. "What would it re choir," she thought to herself with a smile, " for me to hook up again with our Bloomington Community Hallelujah Tunesmiths, but ... as a soprano?"

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meg atropolis - A large city in which all the women are called a variation of "Margaret."

e.g., I'm here in Meg atopolis and would like a date for the evening. Who should I call? Marge? Midge? Molly? Peggy? Greta? Hmmm... Shirley? No, she lives in another town.

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

intruesive - The act of "butting in," but for a good cause.

e.g., "Sorry to be intruesive, Buddy, but there's a fly in your drink!"

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happynooyear - Annual occasion for great gratitude.

e.g., This is the first of my (renewed) annual celebrations of acceptance of more of my PD entries, for which I thank the editors on the occasion of their occasioning the Happynooyear. (Pardon the Noo Yawkism.)

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pseudict - Past tense of "pseudick."

e.g., Having been pseudict means not having really been screwed but only sort of screwed.

submitted by S. Berlner, III - (www)

fourgot - Losing track of four submittals/submissions in a row.

e.g., I just fourgot four more fab (natch) PD entries I meant to post.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

cardinal sin - Evil deed by a prince of the Church.

e.g., Concealing misdeeds by priests is a cardinal sin.

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

foop - An all-encompassing action

e.g., She cleared her desk and all her open e-mails in one swell foop. [See also "woop" (2).]

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woop (2) - Steep gliding raptorial flight.

e.g., I live near the Middlesex Fells, just north of Boston; osprey and other raptors pass over regularly and, when they see prey, stoop rapidly to the kill in what is known locally as a Fells woop. (See also "foop.")

submitted by S. Berliner, III - (www)

kudo - (n) kudos: "Acclaim or praise for exceptional achievement. 'Kudos' is one of those words like congeries that look like plurals but are etymologically singular. ⦠But 'kudos' has often been treated as a plural, especially in the popular press.... This plural use has given rise to the singular form 'kudo." With that as prologue, 'kudo' for this entry will be a verb: to praise....

e.g., "Kush & Wizdom. It's not uncommon to see posts there with hundreds of thousands of notes -- upvotes if you will. Saw one with over 400,000, and it may well not be the one that's been kudoed the most."

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-traxi - (Or -traxy; rhymes with "taxi"; noun suffix) When appended to a noun, means "the pulling of dragging of something." Similarly to how "-tripsy" means "crushing" (lithotripsy means "crushing stone"), -traxi means "dragging (or pulling)." So lithotraxi means "dragging stone." [From Latin tractus "a pulling," from trahere "to pull, draw," from Indo-European *tragh- "to draw, drag, move."]

e.g., Barotraxi "dragging weight"; Podiatraxi "dragging [one's] feet"; Kosmotraxi "dragging the [whole] world [to the brink of disaster]"; Igrammitraxi "dragging the line" (the "i" at the beginning means "the").

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poliphane - (Rhymes with MOLLy-pain; adj.) Having the appearance of a city or town. [From Greek polis "city" + -phane "having the appearance of."]

e.g., The Burning Man festival, seen from space is highly poliphane despite its evanescence. Indeed, any pattern of repeating rectangles, especially when lit up at night, is poliphane. Minimalist poliphane scenery requires only a set of continuous building silhouette with some properly spaced lights.

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municiparous - (Rhymes with few-miss-ZIPPer-us; adj.) 1. Causing or giving rise to the establishment of cities, towns, or other settlements; 2. inviting long-term settlement: hamlets, villages, or other communities. [From municipal "of or relating to a city or town" + Latin -parous "bearing, producing."]

e.g., Historically, human migration is naturally municiparous. | Any village in a decent location is itself inherently municiparous, leading to additional settlement. | A beautiful, fertile valley, defensible and provided with river access to both the interior and the sea: it is paradigmatically municiparous.

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mashedonian potatoes - The whole genre of dried, flaked potatoes packaged in a box. No amount of butter, milk, cream or frenzied whipping can make them edible. Obviously, they're all imported from an obscure country, far from the U.S., outside our legal jurisdiction.

e.g., Thanksgiving dinner was delicious, except for the mashedonian potatoes!

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ssefuge - The opposite of refuge.

e.g., I feel like the U.S. government is making refugees settle for sefuge in their war-torn countries. {Duplicate.} {ED. Informational note. I've checked to see if the United States is legally obliged under international law or treaty to grant refugee status to those who come to the United States seeking asylum. To date, I've been unable to find any such obligation. However, even illegal aliens who seek asylum here are permitted to remain in the country _until_ their refugee claims can be verified -- _provided_ they report to US immigration authorities as soon as they entery the country to start the asylum-seeking process.}

submitted by Jedi Master

wordaholic - An individual who is obsessed with the form, shape, sound and meaning of words. A major purpose of his or her life is to carefully analyze common words and phrases, dissect and rearrange their components into new meanings, and then sit back and gloat at the results. Don't knock it until you try it!

e.g., "Yes, I do think you heard me right. I said, 'HALF A NICE DAY!' I'm a wordaholic, and that was to voice the fact that your lame, vacuous, half-hearted 'Have a nice day," after your rang up my purchase, absolutely ruined half my day!" "Wake up and join Life, you pimple-faced twit!"

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

proberbly - Probably.

e.g., "You proberbly heard of the 'Bible Codes'?"

submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

wikabout, wikibout - (WICK-uh-bout; n.) 1. A wander through Wikipedia, jumping from hyperlink to hyperlink and thus from topic to topic all over the place; 2. a wander through the internet the same way: hyperlink to hyperlink, ranging all over the web. [From the Strine (Australian English) word "walkabout," a spontaneous, informal walking tour (based on the traditional aboriginal rite of the wilderness journey as a passage into manhood).]

e.g., I went on wikabout one day, starting by looking at a Wikipedia article "banjo." From there, I clicked on "bluegrass music," the page on which included a link to the "g-run," which linked to "shave and a haircut," which links unexpectedly to "Spanish profanity," thence to "road rage" (believe it or not), thence to "intermittent explosive disorder," to "antisocial personality disorder" the "diagnostic and statistical manual of mental health" to the "Rosenhan experiment" to "anti-psychiatry" to "falsifiability" to "fallacy" to "memory bias" to "rosy retrospection" to "declinism" to "Donald Trump" to "losing the popular vote" to "Mugwumps" (from the 1884 US presidential election) to "Thomas Nast" to "Republican Party" to "Harper's Weekly" to "Moby Dick" to "Peqauod" to "Scrimshaw" to "mammoth" ivory to "Wrangel island" to "zapovednik" to "Lake Baikal" to the "wisent" to "The Higgs-Bison---Mystery Species Hidden in Cave Art." Fascinating. I wnet on to the genome of the Tasmanian Tiger, but, you know, too much of a good thing ....

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

victoria's secret - Something very confidential among two or a few people. The person who has told the secret is Victoria and that's his secret.

e.g., Did you know that James is dating Samantha? Don't tell anyone as this is a Victoria's secret.

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bubbling (bubbling) - Feeling happy.

e.g., Steve: Hey dawg, what's up? Jay: I'm bubbalin or (bubbling) mate.

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set in the future, in a very dry, hot, unspecified place, it is - Set in the future, in a very dry, hot, unspecified place, it is a post-apocalyptic world where it is everyone for themselves.

e.g., "Set in the future, in a very dry, hot, unspecified place, it is a post-apocalyptic world where it is everyone for themselves."

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propostrophe - The proposterous use of the apostrophe.

e.g., A number of official township signs affixed to pilings across the New Jersey portion of the inland waterway advising: "No Wake Area-This includes Jet Ski's." Jet Ski's *what*? (The plural, of course, would be Jet Skis. The phrase Jet Ski's would, um, be the possessive which screams for a word or words to modify it.) Sadly more than a few Americans in charge of official signage seem to have failed that most important portion of the English language.

submitted by John C. Fuhr - (www)

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

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

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verbalocity - The speed of speech.

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

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

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

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

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harridan - "A decayed strumpet."

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

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

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

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

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

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

submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

lois - (n.) 1. A character in a superhero story who, despite its being obvious, somehow doesn't realize that Clark Kent is Superman, that Diana Prince is Wonder Woman, that Britt Reid is the Green Hornet, that Peter Parker is Spiderman, that Selina Kyle is Catwoman, or that Marinette Dupain-Cheng is the Ladybug; 2. someone so "galactically stupid" (in the words of "Lois and Clark") that they can't see something right in front of them. (adj.) 3. of or pertaining to an astonishing obliviousness (or willful ignorance) of the painfully obvious; 4. unbelievably obtuse or galactically stupid. [From Lois Lane, Superman's girlfriend, Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist and oblivious bonehead.]

e.g., Batman can't tell that Barbara Gordon is Batgirl. He is such a lois. || "When did the War of 1812 begin?!" "Seriously? You are such a lois."

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

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

submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

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

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

submitted by Bill

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

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

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

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

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blabbocrat - Politician.

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

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

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

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

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

submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

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

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

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deliver - To remove someone's liver.

e.g., Prometheus was delivered by an eagle

submitted by J Arthur Random

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

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

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

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

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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!"

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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].

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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."

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