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cthulhoid - (kuh-THOO-loyd; adj.) 1. Like or resembling HP Lovecraft's Cthulhu, an enormous, vaguely manlike creature with a huge betentacled head (like a Whovian Ood or Peter Jackson's watcher in the water from his Lord of the Rings movies); 2. any huge, tentacled monster (resembling Cthulhu) like those appearing in many 50s and 60s monster movies.

[From Cthulhu (probably from Greek chthonic "of the earth") + -oid, Greek "like, resembling"). Cthulhu was such a horrifyingly alien creature that his very existence was antithetical to human sanity; indeed, two of the men who discover Cthulhu's house in the South Pacific actually die from simple exposure to him.]

e.g., Giant squids, according to 50s movie lore, were terrifyingly big and powerful cthulhoids who could crush ships and submarines and drag their hapless hulks and crews to a crushing, soggy death in the dark abysses of the sea.

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mudluscious - (adj.) 1. Covered with puddles to splash in and wonderful mud to make mud-pies with and play in when you're a child and it's spring; 2. full of mudpuddles, regardless of whether you want them there or not.

[From e.e. cummings' "in Just-," which also contains the marvelous adjective 'puddle-wonderful.']

e.g., When I was a little boy, I loved rainy days, especially the mudluscious ones, when I could sit down in the lovely muck and make castles and faces and mountains … it's like Play-Doh from Heaven. | Why did they make us park in this mudluscious and puddle-wonderful unpaved lot?!! These are $300 shoes!

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tapezzate (or tappezzate) - To fill a space with something Etimology: Latin verb tapitiare, which modernly became tappezzare in contemporaneous Italic.

e.g., I tappezzated my room with ... posters. | I tappezzated the city with fliers.

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welunfair - Combination of the words welfare and unfair.

e.g., The last Wednesday of the month is the day many receive their meager social assistance cheques. It should be called Welunfair' Day because the amounts of money are not enough, to live on, in any expensive city.

{ED. The pd is not here to serve as a venue for expressing opinions about race, religion, politics, etc. It's here primarily to be used as place to host your invented words and examples of how to use them. Given that it's a pseudo-dictionary and not a real dictionary, it's sometimes used by its owners and favored submitters to pass along existing words they found interesting -- for whatever reason. And, since they own the site, they also use it as a pseudo-blog -- or something. Ordinarily, we'd (the editorial we: Betsy, Lillith, Machiavellean, and me, HD.) delete an entry such as yours from the input queue and it would never see the light of day. We'd take it to be less a new word than an expression of your opinion. Bear in mind, too, that you run the risk of annoying Buzzsaw Lillith if you express an an opinion that raises her ire. It's difficult in the extreme to come out ahead in an argument with Lillith -- even if you were dealing with
From The Quote Verifier: Who Said What, Where, and When


"Never pick a FIGHT with anyone who buys ink by the barrel." Some-times including "and newsprint by the ton," this piece of advice usually gets passed around without an attribution ("As they say," "In the old adage," etc.). When credit is given to anyone at all, it most often goes to Mark Twain, sometimes to Ben Franklin, or Oscar Wilde, Winston Churchill, H. L. Mencken, Will Rogers, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Bill Clinton, New York mayor Jimmy Walker, University of Texas football coach Darrell Royal, or Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda. William Greener, a press aide to President Gerald Ford and other political and corporate figures in the 1970s-1980s, called the admonition "Greener's Law." According to Barbara P. Semonche, director of the Park Library at the University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication, no one has ever determined the origins of this commonly cited quotation. "Ink by the barrel" was a phrase often used in the late nineteenth century.

Verdict: Author undetermined.

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pooripheral vision - The seeming lack of ability to notice someone trying to get around you.

e.g., "Though the store was not what you might call crowded the pooripheral vision of some of the customers made the shopping experience less than pleasant!"

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prozactive - The state of mind brought about by not caring if you achieve anything you set out to do on any given day. {Duplicate.}

e.g., "He knew he was going to have to be Prozactive about his to do list if he was going to enjoy his night on the town!"

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occurance - Occurrence: something that hapens; an event that hapens. Of the mispelings of occurrence, the most comon is occurence -- failing to double the leter r.



My guess is that the mispeling does not ocur often enough for it to become an alternate corect speling.

e.g., "These poems are full of humor, introspection, and managing to find inspiration in the smallest of things and occurances."

submitted by Miss Speller

miraboize - (v.) (MEER-uh-boh-eyes) To take unauthorized possession or make technically illicit use of property that would otherwise likely be permanently ignored or thrown away by its original owner, especially if such property has already been unused for some time.

Noun form: miraboization. Adjectival form: miraboized (attributive).

Etymology: From the character Miror B. (original Japanese name: Mirabo) in the 2005 video game "Pokémon XD: Gale of Darkness," about whom I have written fan fiction in the past. Though this fiction technically constituted a breach of intellectual property rights, the character was never revisited officially and the game is of course now making virtually no further money; to the rights holders, this character is thus almost certainly a permanent throwaway.

e.g., As the only person in town whose favourite food was Brussels sprouts, Jonathan felt no qualms about miraboizing the company's vegetable platter three days after the big meeting.

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surelockhomos - Someone with a very high degree of gaydar -- you can feel it in the seat of your pants, maybe everywhere.

e.g., We call him Detective Surelockhomos for he can finger a 'member of the 'gay'community' quick as a twink, or whatever .. [ this entry should be 'OK' as the 'author' is a boner fide but nonpracticing case in hand .. ] ..

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rickety-swag - (adj.) 1. marvelous, super-cool, magnificent, or (in the language of my youth) righteous; 2. the opposite of trondaleuse (q.v.), which evidently means "sad, pathetic, miserable." [A mixture of "swaggy," a new slang term (I'm told) meaning "cool" + "rickety," Robert Heinlein's coinage for "cool" in his novel "Time for the Stars"---a bizarre combination, but my 14-year-old daughter likes it. "Rickety-swag" is thus as far beyond "swaggy" as "cool" is beyond "okay."]

e.g., I liked the 2005 Fantastic four; I don't think I like the 2015 one. In modern teenspeak, one might say that, while I think the earlier film was rickety-swag, I'm afraid the 2015 movie was kinda trondaleuse. Still, I might change my mind.

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trondaleuse - (TRAHN-dah-looz, rhymes with "ON the news"; adj.) 1. sad, disappointing, uncool; 2. the opposite of rickety-swag (q.v.), which apparently means "super cool plus." [Coined by my 14-year-old daughter.]

e.g., "You have a paper due tomorrow?"
"Yeah, and I haven't done any of it. What am I gonna do?"
"Whoa! That is so trondaleuse."

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lack 'o wanna - Alternatively, lackowanna. No desire or inclination to do something or other, at all.

e.g., Even though I put all my cards on the table, Miss Penellope Goodenough exhibited complete lackowanna to my generous proposals.

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candlebar - (n.) 1. Bicycle handlebars used as a two-candle candelabra; 2. by extension, the (successful) reuse or recycling of any discards and the odd cast offs (especially when done in a classy way).

[Coined, in this sense (there are several senses, apparently), by Michelle Luker with her "candlebar" on Pinterest. This led me into the second sense as I pondered the expansion of its use linguistically.]

e.g., "What's that on the table? Is that...? What is that? A centerpiece? That's so cool."
"It's a candlebar. It's made out of classic fifteen-speed Olympic bike handlebars."
"How many? Is that, like five or six?"
"Yeah: six, but it's a kind of chandelier. So that's like, a chandelbar?"
"Okay, that might be a bit weird."

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"He's using the back halves of a bunch of '57 Chevys as garden seating?"
"Yeah: it's a 50s themed garden party. Take a look at the big screen: it's like a drive in theater."
"With waitresses on roller-skates?"
"Yeah. This is real candlebar thinking."

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equi regis - (ECK-wee RAY-gees (hard 'g'), if you speak Latin, REE-jiss, if you don't; n.) 1. An irretrievably bad situation; (adj.) 2. irreparable, 3. hopelessly gnarled or shattered; (adv.) 4. in a manner reminiscent of hopeless irreparability.

[Short for 'omnes equi regis et omnes milites regis' "all the king's horses and all the king's men," who, like everyone else, cannot repair broken eggs, nor put back spilled yolks. Also 'omnes equi militesque regis' "all the horses and men of the king."]

e.g., "How bad was the quake?"
"10 point 0."
"Holy crap."
"Yeah. Thirteen Billion in damages."
"Thirteen?!!---"
"Billion. Yeah. Fires everywhere, burning what didn't already fall down."
"How many ---?"
"Fourteen thousand, so far."
"How do we ...?"
"Fix it? I'm not certain we can."
"Equi regis."
"With fries."

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maggotoni - Ole fashion treatment for festering wound: Place live hungry maggots on a wound, they will consume dead flesh and clean up wound .. [neat, eh wot] .. !!

{ED. Additional information provided by submitter Scott M. Ellsworth:

Only certain maggots are beneficial on wounds. Most will eat the good flesh with the bad. Current "biotherapy" (called so to keep everyone's lunches down) uses Phaenicia sericata (the Green Blowfly), carefully bred for the purpose. It's fascinating stuff.}

e.g., A treat for your maggots And that certain hurting body part, everybody benefits !! Maggotoni does the trick ... mutual interactive cooperative effort, no sweat.

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derrierre ogate - A deconstruction of the word, "derogate" -- to disparage or belittle by exposing one's buttocks.

e.g., A neighbor drives past with a haughty sneer
When she sees me lounging in my yard with a cigar and a beer
Her superior attitude I really hate
The "end" result -- I must derriere ogate.
So when she goes by, tomorrow or sooner,
I'll bend over, drop my pants, and "moon" 'er!

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expecially - Especially. I make the ytpo so often, it's time for me to make it a word. Well, a pseudo-word at least.

e.g., I expecially appreciate all the support you gave me during the low points of 2009. There were far too many of them -- and you helped me a great deal in getting past them.  
 
Love,  
 
Miss Samantha Speller

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commonwealth accent - Americans aren't very well tuned to the distinction accents from the former British Empire, making the term useful in avoiding being embarrassed.  
 
Used it for the first time this morning at store where my computer was being repaired.

e.g., "I spoke with a woman earlier who had a Commonwealth accent." "We're originally from Zimbabwe."

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ailimentary canal - How your alimentary canal should be referred to when you're talking about someone who's a pain in the ass.

e.g., It's truly a pain in the nether orifice of my ailimentary canal to try to deal with idiots such as TotallyRandomName.  
 
To lie is to say something you know to be untrue. Ergo, obfuscating and lying are not the same thing. Not even synonyms. As a matter of fact, not really even close to being synonyms.  
 
Obfuscations and falsehoods are not the same thing -- and even a falsehood isn't necessarily a lie. It's a lie only if the one making the statement knows that what she's saying isn't true.

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apolology - An insincere apology, one where the "apolologizer" is laughing out loud to herself as she apolologizes. Yes, lol's to herself. Don't hold your breath waiting for me to use the construct again. From a ytpo.

e.g., "If you didn't get /that/ message, then you probably didn't get the one where I apolologized for the automatic reply sent by whats.the.fun.of.that."

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lobbyism - (n.) 1. The practice of lobbying; 2. the belief that lobbying (ie, educating or influencing legislators (legally or illegally)) is an unavoidable (if sometimes undesirable) element of democratic government; 3. pejorative: lobbying perceived as a 'corporate legislature,' in which only wealthy companies or interests have any representation, their opponents having no say because they have no money to afford a lobbyist.  
 
[Apparently a "real" word, but limited (in those dictionaries which record it at all) to definition 1, above.]

e.g., I can see that legislators and other governing persons might need people to educate them about particular issues, since no one has enough time to learn all about them through personal experience, but lobbyism worries me, since only the wealthy---companies, practitioners, and interested parties---have the wherewithal in money, time, or experience to hire lobbyists. You don't often hear about lobbyists seeking to_lower_the cost of pharmaceuticals.

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gissipeuse - A gossip columnist.

e.g., "Her audience included ... New York Post famed gossipeuse Cindy Adams, and Derek Hough."

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idt - I don't think. {ED. Three words that you're extremely unlikely to ever hear me use in that order. (Almost wrote "juxtaposed that way," which is what I thought of first.)}

e.g., Idt that I'm going to buy a new keyboard.

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shmuggle - A shmuggle is a cross between a hug, a smoosh, and a snuggle.

e.g., She gave me a big shmuggle when we met after so long apart.

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avetrol - (Like "have a troll," without the initial "h"; n.) A bastard. [Apparently an old, rather grandiose term for one born illegitimately, both literally as well as figuratively (i.e., as an insult).] Adjective: avetrolic; adverb: avetroly.

e.g., Ernie was supposed to accept the deed and then sign it back over to Ed and Emily in a joint tenancy. But once the deed was signed over, Ernie decided to keep it. It took over a year to get it back. Ernie: what an avetrol. Both Leonardo da Vinci and Confucius were avetrols: we don't know who their fathers were.

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retributionable - (adj.) Calling for or worthy of retribution or reprisal.

e.g., This term was coined by the writers of the kids TV show "Young Justice" (season 1, episode 14 'Revelation') wherein the Joker (Batman's infamous enemy), realizing his plans have been frustrated by a bunch of children (the sidekicks), labels his loss "inconceivable! unacceptable! retributionable!" and then proceeds to note in an aside that "that last one might not be a word." He is mistaken, of course: the term is made up of already accepted morphemes in an acceptable pattern, and everyone who hears it understands what it means. That's all that's required for something to be a word.

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sophiliquent - Wise, eloquent, psychedelic, chill, and cool all at the same time.

e.g., When you're high on drugs, you may think you're sophiliquent -- until you realize you're wearing adult diapers because you can't control your bladder. {ED. Why do you think Teen makes the commercials with the woman singing happily at the top of her lungs as she's driving her car? They want to make you think driving around in a wet diaper is a lot of fun. Guess what -- it isn't.}

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apaythetic - Dissatisfied with what you're being paid.

e.g., I cnn understand firing her for being apathetic, but it doesn't seem right to fire her for being apaythetic. Never heard her a make a big issue of it.

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twenty-four-seven - Twenty-four hours a day seven days a week.

e.g., Anyone who says she works twenty-four-seven is speaking hyperbolically, not literally. | Dottie may be on call twenty-four-seven, but she's not actually working all the time.

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then - Than. I see then used on the Internet when the word should be than. Until I made a ytpo a couple of minutes ago, I thought it happened because the writer didn't know the word to use. Now I've decided most of the occurrences may be due to keying errors.

e.g., Better then Democrat Underground, DailyKos, HuffPo, Media Matters, MoveOn....

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shebang - According to Dr. Goodword, this has another meaning than the one we're familiar with: "A drinking establishment for the poor; a tavernous shanty"

e.g., As far as I know, Jim no longer wastes "time in the shebangs by the river night after night."

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bax - The back of the dvd box that gives the synopsis, cast of characters, and other specifics related to the film.

e.g., We weren't sure which movie we wanted to take out of the library, so we read the bax of each, and decided "Room" was the one for us.

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penny-scanning - When you're desperately broke and have no money at all until payday, penny-scanning under the couch cushions, car seats, in drawers and pockets of old clothes, is what you have to do.

e.g., Penny-scanning turned up $37.53 and I had enough to buy beans and milk for the family until Friday.

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eisegy - (ICE-uh-jee; n.) One's personal interpretation of something---a work of art, a piece of literature, or a beautiful vista, vel cet.---as opposed to an analysis of the artist's, writer's, or God's intent in the presentation.

[A shortening and reapplication of "eisegesis," which means interpretation (usually of scripture) expressing primarily one's own notions and biases.]

e.g., True and full interpretation of art or literature or a great view of the mountains consists of two emphases: The first, with which we are all familiar, is an analysis of what the creator of the work put in it---that is, what that creator intended the work to mean. And everyone wonders, during that analysis, whether the author or writer (or God) really put certain interpretations in the work. But the more interesting, second emphasis is the eisegy: What did (or does) the work bring out of the viewer or reader? What does the work do to US who are looking? How does the work mesh with our own experience? Why? It's actually a lot more interesting in some ways than studying what the maker made, to see what the maker's creation makes of us who experience it.

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apoikotic - (Rhymes with cap-oh-ick-COT-ick; adj.) Of or pertaining to settlers, pioneers, or colonists. [From Greek άποικος apoikos "settler"; a shorter version, apoic (cap-OH-ick), saves space but doesn't sound as good.]

e.g., Irrigation is almost always, archaeologically speaking, the apoikotic solution to arid or desert agriculture. || "Apoikotics 101? What's that?" "The study of settlements: the 13 colonies, the Celtic migration, Greek colonies in the ancient Mediterranean, Australian convict transportation, the Polynesian expansion, and so on."

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writhered - Skin that is both wrinkled and withered.

e.g., The old woman had writhered skin and needed a lift, so I picked her up and took her to a specialist for de-writhering.

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to the fourth power - (adv.) 1. A toast given either to encourage someone to go beyond the boundaries set for them or the limitations they have accepted, or to recognize that someone has done so; less poetically, 2. to recognize that someone is or is willing to go outside their comfort zone.

[From mathematics---the first, second, and third powers, of course, correspond to the three dimensions: linear, square, and cube; to raise a number to the fourth power is to go beyond the comfortable reality to which we are used.]

e.g., "So, you're on your way. You've put aside the froth of the world and walked open-eyed into the chaotic splendor of truly finding yourselves in the mad rush of reality: dating and mating, networks and schmoozing, debt, perqs, and cruising. I envy you the journey you are beginning, where mine is nearing its end. Revel in it! To the Fourth Power!" ||

"I've never performed surgery on an extinct animal before, and here I'm supposed to extract organs and harvest DNA." "Hey: to the Fourth Power!"

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sympanthaumatos - (Rhymes with sim-pan-ta-MATT-dose (or, more Greekly, sym-pawn-cow-POT-dose); n.) The Marvel Comics universe, which seems to have taken control of a significant share of the modern motion picture industry. [From Greek σύμπαν sympan "the universe, all things" + θαύματος thaumatos "of [a] marvel": literally, the "universe of marvel" or the "marvel universe."] The adjective form would be "sympanthaumatic," and the process of somethings becoming, entering, or being made part of the marvel universe would be "sympanthaumasis."

e.g., It seems like i can't turn around without bumping into the sympanthaumatos: Everything's Thor, X-Men, and Captain America. I don't see much of the DC comics world; it's all sympanthaumatos.

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astropolemic - (adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to Star Wars and its various themes, plots and subplots, characters, settings, tech, dialog, etc.; 2. of or pertaining to interstellar war, which, I am delighted to note, we have not yet had any experience---and, it is to be hoped, we do not have any experience for a

[From the Greek αστρο- astro-, combining form of αστέρι asteri "star" + πολεμικ, derived adjectival form of πόλεμος "war."]

e.g., I'll admit, 35 years ago, I loved all things astropolemic; now, however, I just don't feel it .... maybe I'm too old. || I remember fantasy literature classes exploding with astropolemic theories about the Force, the Jedi, the nature of the empire, and where George Lucas could take the story next. I'm not sure any of us kids expected the astropolemic denouement we ultimately received, nor the sequels. || When our colonies on Alpha Centauri B declare independence in 2253, we'll find out what real astropolemics are like.

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-stan - (noun suffix) A sociogeographic suffix meaning "place of the ____s, the blank being the main or a major characteristic of the particular area to which the speaker wishes to draw attention.

[From from the ancient Indo-Iranian *stanam "where you stand." E.g., Kazakhstan "place of the Kazakhs," Afghanistan "place of the Afghans," etc. See "Stans" herein.]

e.g., Politically, one might call the major cities in the U.K. "labouristan" (la-BOR-is-tan), and the countryside generally "conservatistan" (con-ser-VAT-is-tan), just as you could call the west coast of the U.S. "liberalistan" (lib-er-AL-is-tan). Meteorologically, islands in and lands bordering the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico sit in "hurricanistan." India was once known a the "place of the Hindus": "Hindustan." One might call Medieval Mexico City "Azteckistan." Well, you get the idea.

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stans, the - (n.) The seven Asian nations whose names end in "-stan": Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The suffix "-stan" comes (we think) from the ancient Indo-Iranian word *stanam, which meant "where you stand" (more or less): "your place."

e.g., Citizens of the Stans suffer from crushing poverty in many areas, but the cultures they are part of are rich and delightful.

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fakestudism - It refers to the people who always do well on tests, assignments, or competitions while always pretend to be lazy in public.

e.g., He said he never practice and always be lazy but always does well on competitions. This is typical fakestudism!

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bonivict - A person who has a good or benevolent and uplifting air after having lost; a good-sport; a good loser.

e.g., I was nervous to tell my friend that I got the part he wanted in the play, but he was such a bonivict, I had no need to worry in the first place.

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yoctominute - Two seconds = one yoctominute.

  • {ED. FYI. You may or may not be aware of it but a yoctosecond is a real unit of time. Seeing it led me to define yucktosecond in the pd. "Until now, the second smallest unit of time named has been a yoctosecond (10-24 second) or one septillionth of a second."}

    e.g., It takes one yoctominute to open a refrigerator.

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    goldeneye - (n.) An orbital (or at least high-altitude) atomic weapon designed specifically to produce an electromagnetic pulse (an "EMP"), shutting down (or rendering inoperative) electrical equipment.

    [From the title of the James Bond movie Goldeneye, in which Janus (the bad guy) attempts to use a nuclear EMP device to rob the Bank of England and destroy its electronic records, sending the world into disastrous financial chaos.]

    e.g., It is well to fear goldeneyes: they are strategic tools of terrible effect and devastating precision---utterly disrupting every electrical, and digital, advantage the victim army or city has without blowing anything or anyone up. Still, ignorance has created quite a few erroneous beliefs. No one's running about wearing tin-foil pyramids on their heads, perhaps, but still, some of the myths would have people believing goldeneyes ineffective because of some apocryphal countermeasures which, in truth, no one has taken; others, however, see goldeneyes as the apocalypse. Neither point of view is true, however.

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    macheography - (Rhymes with MACK-(or MOCK)-bee-DOG-ruff-ee; n.) A formal word for fight choreogaphy. In fact, it's from the Greek μάχη mache "battle" + γράφω grapho "write" (just like choreography comes from χορός choros "dance" + grapho "write.") Occurred to me after I submitted "swordeography" (q.v.), a word suggested by a child (and it's a cool word, honestly); mine's just his word in Greek. Doubtless it's my linguistic arrogance. Still, "macheography": it sounds good.

    e.g., Have you ever seen "Hero"? That show's got some amazing macheography.

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    swordeography - (Also swordography, n.) 1. The choreography of sword-fighting, for movies and plays and such; also, more generally, 2. fight choreography for fights with hand-to-hand weapons of any sort. [Coined by a little boy from "sword" + "eography" (from "choreography," as in fight choreography).] Agentive: swordeographer, swordographer. Also "fighteography," "fightography."

    e.g., The Hero movie has some amazing swordeography.

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    incumbentcy - How the word incumbent should be spelled. Suggested by a ytpo in my previous entry. A google search shows that the word appears on the Internet ~250 times. Exmples are taken from the Internet.

    It appears that even "learned" folks aren't necessarily good spellers. On the other hand, based on the time in history some of the examples were written, it may well be that incumbentcy was once the correct or preferred spelling, but eventually gave way to incumbency. If that were the case, though, shouldn't a reference to the change in spelling have turned up?

    e.g.,

    • "Incumbentcy has become a decease, a pandemic and we have the cure." |

    • "The faculty produces the feeling of obligation, incumbentcy, right and wrong, for which we have no single definite expression in the English language; just as Ideality produces the sentiment of Beauty. Justice is the result of this sentiment, acting in combination with the intellectual powers. " |

    • "It was a regulation not extending to useful incumbentcy, nor to those preferments which gave a title, like our freehold, and a tenantcy for life." |

    • "Besides, if a customer is using Teradata already, the Sunopsis solution can be a good way to improve their incumbentcy (sp?)." |

    • "At 12/02/2007 02:23:00 PM, Campaign Manager said... While I will refrain from such vociferous phrase of Mahoney -- I haven't followed his legislative record closely enough -- I will say that I always thought that the stories of his vulnerablity were vastly overrated.

      The inability of the NRCC to recruit Joe Negron into the race (the inability to recruit the top candidates is becoming something of a trend for them), the advantage of incumbentcy, Mahoney's fundraising prowess, and the fact that the seat isn't all that Republican. The seat also has a very difficult geography, snaking all the way across the state, covering multiple media markets, and generally making it very difficult to campaign in.

      Yes, Bush won 56% of the vote, but ultimately, that's not so much of a landslide that we should be surprised that a Democrat would hold it. Is is a Republican advantage? Yes, but not overwhelmingly. The voters in the 16th are not rapid (sic), right wingers, foaming at the mouth -- they are moderates who consistently re-elected a man (Mark Foley) who was widely known to be gay."
      |

    • "'I will floor him just as I have done to others in the previous elections', he said and called on Ghanaians to stand up against any attempts by the NPP to use its incumbentcy to win the impending elections." |

    • "[Theodore Roosevelt] became a third partie (sic) canid (sic) ateafter abandoning his former republican (sic) partie (sic). He created a partie (sic) called the 'Progressive Party' in which he tried to form a last stand to protect his incumbentcy. But his switch in parties (sic) dur (sic) to not losing the republican (sic) vote managed to spark contriversial (sic) voting.

      The election of 2009 provided a progressive movement close to the election of 1912." {ED. This seems to have been written by a student -- a student who needs to use a spellchecker, I'd say.} |

    • "Better The Gorillas Of Rwanda

      Better the gorillas of Rwanda are given birth certificates
      Within a brief while of their visiting the earth,
      Their security is guaranteed by the state machinery
      Basking in the full confidence of three meals a day,
      Not wary of political repression based on suspicion,
      They have a national day in their honour
      Fully agitated for clean environment
      By the political incumbentcy.

      alexander opicho" |

    • "PA just got a Democratic gov, ending a cycle of incumbentcy party-switching that's gone on for 60 years. Lord_Emwurst, Nov 4, 2014." |
    • "Anonymous said ...

      In [a] sane world the meeting would be to discuss a small carton of milk way in the back of the fridge that is long past it's (sic) expiration date. Just a sad statement on the effects of long incumbentcy.

      September 28, 2010 at 7:56 AM" |

    • "There has been a meeting of Christ Church seat holders, at which the conduct of the Bishop relative to the incumbentcy, was severely censured." |

    • "To: Protect the Bill of Rights

      I have heard people calling it the Incumbentcy(sp)Protection Act

      4 posted on 02/15/2002 12:48:39 PM PST by linn37" |

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    skotonolatry - (Rhymes with crow-toe-MALL-uh-tree; n.) The strange need television and movie-makers exhibit to fill their work with gratuitous violence and death; and the equally worrisome tendency audiences seem to have in enjoying blood and mayhem.

    Derived forms: skotonolater "one who practices skotonolatry" & skotonolatrially "in the manner of a skotonolater." [From the Greek σκοτώνω skotono "to kill" + λατρεία latreia "worship"; literally "kill-worship."]

    e.g., Modern TV is just loaded down with beautiful young "good guys" running all over murdering people. Their skotonolatry seems to be more and more like some kind of blood quota ... in gallons. || Skotonolaters don't like G-rated movies: nobody dies.

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    psychotripsy - (SIGH-co-trip-see; n.) Soul-crushing bad news or bad treatment, such as a dear John letter or a truly miserable dead-end job. (Adj: psychotriptic; adv.: psychotriptically.)

    [From the Greek ψυχή psyche "mind, soul" + τριψις tripsis "to pound, crush, wear out."]

    e.g., "What's wrong?"

    "Angie dumped me."

    "Oh, wow. I'm sorry, man."

    "And my boss says I gotta work three twelve-hour shifts this weekend."

    "That's just psychotripsy. You oughta quit."

    "I wish."

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    corp ulent - Describing an particularly stolid business entity, heavy in cash, weighty in assets, and often bulging with marketable securities.Suc h companies are often prime candidates for takeovers.

    e.g., The Hersey Corporation not only has products that are deliciously sweet and highly caloric, but as a company is itself rich and corp ulent. Yum!

    submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

    presidebt - Sugested by ytpo. A presidebt is a president who presides over a company or country while it slides deeper and deeper into debt.

    e.g., History will decide where obama ranks in the pantheon of American Presidents -- will he get a high rank for doing a good job, or a low rank for doing a poor job? I may not live to see where he comes out, but he's far and away at the top of the pantheon of American presidebts. No president of a private company could ever come close to him for a debt increase during her incumbency. And it's doubtful whether any POTUS will ever do so either.

    Hmm, I wonder if the first derivative of the increase in the national debt has ever been higher than it's been for the last seven years. Left as an exercise for the reader.

    submitted by Miss Speller

    weisenheim - As you might expect, the verb form of weisenheimer: "an upstart who makes conceited, sardonic, insolent comments." Takes me back to my salad days, palling around with my friend Albert. Albert was without a doubt the class weisenheimer. If this weren't a site that claims to be 99.44% family friendly, I'd use as an example Albert's fallback saying any time he got annoyed with anyone. Oh, hell, I'm gonna use it any way -- as a sort of tribute to Albert.

    Ran across the word in the form weisenheiming when I was looking for adjectives suitable for describing Democrat Underground's Scalia haiku thread. My starting point was crass. I would never have thought of turning weisenheimer into a verb on my own.

    Just recently several other people joined me in arguing with one KlugerRD. Kluger maintained that Donald Trump couldn't use schlonged as a way to refer to Hillary Clinton's defeat by obama in 2008. No matter what anyone else said, he stuck to his guns. I finally got to the point that I said this this:

    "I may not get H.W. Fowler's quote quite right, but it goes something like this: 'It is an ancient and valuable right of the English-speaking peoples to turn their nouns into verbs when they are so minded.'

    If you'd remove your head from the nether orifice of your alimentary canal, you might notice, for instance, that Turner Classic Movies has turned the word movie into a verb with its invitation: 'Let's movie.'

    Kludge, you're full of crap."
    I'm seldom pushed to the point where I'll write something like that. Kluger immediately started telling me how he was going to get my Disqus account closed. Turns out he does that sort of thing all the time, when anyone disagrees with him. What was particularly funny to me was that he kept calling other posters "Trumpkins," insisting out of the blue that anyone who disagreed with him about the word use was a Trump supporter -- using the made-up word Trumpkin, for Christ's sake.

    Popular adjectives describing weisenheimer.

    Easing into the example.…

    e.g., "Dammit," Albert weisenheimed, after I cut him off on the way to the basket,"You suck chicken dicks."

    submitted by [Gloria Bigmouth, Esq.]

    czas podróżny - (choss-poe-drewzh-neh (to rhyme with LOSS-go-BOOZE-eh); n.) An aficionado of the cold war: history, movies, music, politics, nuclear-apocalypse fiction, etc. [From Polish czas podróżny "time traveler."]

    e.g., "What's with all the early Bond movies?: From Russia with Love, Doctor No … and is this Doctor Strangelove? What are you, a closet czas podróżny?"

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    attah ha'ish - (ah-TA high-EESH; interj.) 1. An accusation called out to show your listener that HE or SHE is actually the perpetrator of whatever misdeed is being discussed, especially if you've first been able to get your listener to condemn him- or herself out of his or her own mouth; also 2. an interjection to use when you realize just who the perpetrator of a misdeed is; 3. the sudden realization that YOU are guilty of whatever thing you have accused (or have thought about accusing) someone else of doing or having done.

    [Hebrew: "Thou art the man," the accusation leveled by Nathan the prophet at King David, after telling the king the story of the man who fed his friends his neighbor's pet lamb rather than one of his own many sheep (2 Samuel 12:1-7)---actually an allegory of David's murder of Uriah the Hittite so as to have Uriah's wife, Bathsheba, despite already having many wives and concubines (eleven or so, give or take two or three either way).]

    e.g., "Sufficient experimentation must result in certainty." "Certainty?! Bah! There's no such thing as 'certainty.'" "Oh, really? Are you sure?" "Absolutely." "Ha!! Attah ha'ish!" || "Lord Lawrence told us he had never been to see Lady Lydia ... attah ha'ish, Holmes! I know who the murderer is!" || "Who keeps leaving my papers on the ground instead of on my desk?" "That would be you." "Me?! Nonsense! I, um .... oh phooey: attah ha'ish."

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    jarlic - Chopped or minced garlic that is packaged in a jar.

    e.g., I always keep some jarlic on hand; it's great for when I'm craving pasta but don't have time to make a sauce completely from scratch.

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    plimsoll - (Rhymes with SLIM-ball; n.) A person's level of stress; that is, how overwhelmed they are.

    [From the line drawn on a ship to show how deep it should ride in the water when fully loaded. Any deeper, and the ship is in danger of being swamped and of sinking.]

    e.g., Using "plimsoll" for level of stress is similar to using "temper" for intensity of anger. "Temper" compares a person's ability to control his frustration to the resilience of iron or steel. Someone who "shatters" at little provocation has a "bad temper." Like "temper," "plimsoll" compares a person's ability to handle stress to how low a fully laden ship should float. The plimsoll of someone close to "breaking" under stress is "low" or "sinking": in a word "bad."

    For example:
    1. "Look, the poor guy is pale and shaky, he's not eating, and I could swear he was crying earlier. He's got a really low plimsoll."
    2. "Wow, you look terrible! Is it the debate? How's your plimsoll?" "Fathoms down. I'm petrified."

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    so - (adv.) Aside from its various, already meanings, "so" has become a marker that means either (a) "the following is the information you (that is, the listener) have requested," (b) "I have something to say, and here it is," or (c) "Okay, here's the story." It's actually very odd to hear it used as a general introduction to any multisentence statement, but I've heard it out of everyone from my 14-year-old daughter to a 38-year-old entrepreneur just a few hours ago.

    e.g., "How did you do on your geography test today?" "So, she handed out the tests, and we all...." || "So, my lunch was missing this morning when I looked for it before leaving...." || "So. Today, when Edgar came over after the party...."

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    kuchka - (Kooch-ka; n.) 1. A small number of experts in a particular discipline or of highly talented persons noted as a group or school, or organized (as a taskforce, e.g.) to address a given matter. (v.) 2. To recognize or organize such a group.

    [From Russian кучка kuchka "handful," after the famous set of five Russian musicians---Rimsky-Korsakov, Mussorgsky, Balakirev, Borodin, and Cui---called the Могучая кучка Moguchaya Kuchka "the Mighty Handful," recognized as "the New Russian School" of composers in 1867.]

    e.g., The word kuchka ("handful"), like junta (Spanish "together"), is used metaphorically for any small group focused on a given, particular topic. So, for example, there is a kuchka famous actors, all trained in high theater and generally cast as "bad guys": Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, John Carradine, and Vincent Price; the "Rat Pack" of Las Vegas---Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis jr., Joey Bishop, and Peter Lawford---forms another kuchka. So do the Beatles: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr; The Mercury Astronauts: Shepard, Grissom, Schirra, Carpenter, Cooper, Slayton, and Glenn. (My researches have thus far failed to show me any well-known kuchkas comprised of women. It's very frustrating.)

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    scheherazade - (sheh-HEH-ra-ZOD; n.) 1. A delaying tactic, especially one based upon unfulfilled expectations or unsatisfied desire; 2. a cliff-hanger presented to retain or reacquire an audience. (v.) 3. To offer fulfillment or satisfaction, but only upon the waiting party's agreeing to delay acting or to perform some other action.

    [From the heroine of Richard Burton's translation of The Thousand and One Nights: a beautiful woman who staves off her own death by telling the sultan the beginning of a tale which she can only complete if the sultan delays putting her to death---a feat she repeats for a thousand evenings.]

    e.g., Jennifer refused to give us that amazing cake of hers until we all ate the ratatouille she'd made---what a Scheherazade. || Mark keeps telling her he'll marry her if she keeps working to keep him in school. I think it's a bit of a Scheherazade. I mean, people can agree to whatever they want, but I'm not sure I trust Mark in this.

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    netflicking - While at Netflix with your iPhone or tablet, the flicking through the movie selections in vain for a movie that you haven't already seen or didn't want to watch in the first place but finally settling for a one- or two-star movie in desperation.

    e.g., I have been netflicking until my finger is numb.

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    nerd layering - The act of stacking different fandoms in a single outfit: comic-related hat, band-related shirt, TV series|toy line jacket.

    e.g., Steve was really nerd layering today. Rocking his Superman hat, Iron Maiden shirt and C.O.B.R.A. jacket. I wouldn't be surprised if he was wearing Star Wars underwear.

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    topatadie - Anything and everything, and everything but anything.

    e.g., You are a topatadie. | I can tell time by looking at my topatadie on my wrist, and the whole world is just a big topatadie.

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    demobbed - Demobilized from military service.

    e.g., "When he was demobbed after six years in the army, he held the rank of captain. He returned to teaching drama, with occasional forays into off-Broadway acting. In 1947, he married Chicago scenic designer Ruth Shmigelsky and settled down to live in a converted 19th century former Baptist church."

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    equipotestas - (ek-we-poe-TESS-toss; n.) "Horse power," in Latin. That is, 550 foot-pounds (which is, they tell me, 745.7 watts). Of course, in Latin, it sounds boastfully erudite (although it makes you sound as though you're stuck with a few flesh-and-blood horses instead of an engine).

    e.g., "My boat's got a V10 engine: that's 360 equipotestas." "Wow!...uh, what? Equipi---" "Equipotestas. It means 'horse power.'" "Oh! cool." || The stagecoaches of the American West ran on between four and six equipotestas ... literally.

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    nikolith - (NEE-co-lith; n.) A statue or monument celebrating a victory or a victorious person or group. [From Greek nike "victory" + lithos "stone," since most older statues and monuments are stone rather than metal or other materials.]

    e.g., "Oh, look! It's a nikolith!: Admiral Wallaby, recognizing his amazing victory at the battle of Felgercarb. Wow, impressive: Look at the sailors around himj, and that crashing wave!" "Why is he on a horse?"

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    caloriotropogenic - (Rhymes with "pal-oreo-SOAP-uh-JEN-ik; adj.) 1. Of or pertaining to any practice, item, or strategy designed or applied to make one "hot" (i.e., sexually desirable, admirable, or noticeable).

    [From Latin calori, dative "toward the heat" + Greek trope "turn" + genic "producing"; literally "making (someone) turn toward the heat."]

    e.g., You should wear those bangle earrings: they're seriously caloriotropogenic, especially with that blouse. || "Nobody pays any attention to us when Paul's along: How come he's so caloriotropogenic?" "Well, twelve hours a week in weight training, six hours a week running, and ---" "Okay, I get it."

    Caloriotrophogenes (that is, "things that are caloriotropogenic"): women: trim physique, tight clothes, high heels, well-done make up, a flattering hair style, a wiggle in the walk and a giggle in the talk, etc.; men: muscles, two or three days unshaven, no shirt, sunglasses, v-shaped torso, etc. Smiles are good on both sexes, though younger men like to affect expressionlessness or even hostility. I have no idea why they believe women would be attracted to an angry animal, though.

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    squeeg - One who has a defining quality of being squeegable, or is similar to a object holding a property of squeeginess.

    {ED. Presumably associated with squegee: T-shaped cleaning implement with a rubber edge across the top; drawn across a surface to remove water (as in washing windows).}

    e.g., Man, I hate that insufferable Maxim; he's such a squeeg.

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    ingeny - (adj.) 1. Smart, intelligent, clever, crafty, cunning; as well as the quite different (n.) 2. clever mechanical gadget or device. [A real word from Middle English around ~1350; from Latin "ingenium," whence our word "ingenuity."]

    e.g., 1. Odysseus is truly ingeny, with his trick to discover Achilles hiding among the women, and his Trojan horse. 2. The steam engine was ingeny back in the day: it paved the way for all our modern ingenies.

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    quenchy - (adj.) 1. Thirst-quenching; 2. of or pertaining to the drink you crave most when you're thirsty. (n.) 3. A thirst-quenching break; and, by derivation, 4. a drink taken in extreme thirst. (Quenchier, quenchiest.)

    [Coined in Avatar: The Last Airbender, Season 2, Episode 11 "The Desert," by Sokka, who, in his desperate thirst, has drunk the hallucinogenic juice of a lone cactus.]

    e.g., "Drink cactus juice:
    It'll quench ya!
    Nothing's quenchier!
    It's the quenchiest!"

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    serious serious serious - Used to ratchet down a too deep topic in which your group is engaging. First used by Patrick \"Kitten\" Braden in \"Breakfast on Pluto.\"

    e.g., Bertie: \"Patrick, you can\'t live as a transvestite /magicians\' assistant/peepshow girlie for the rest of your life!\" Patrick: \"Serious serious serious!\"

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    cino - Christian In Name Only.

    e.g., To me, obama appears to be CINO.

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    black peter - (n.) Asteroid 2003-SD220. so called because carbon and carbon compounds comprise much of its substance, and it will pass by the Earth at the waving distance of seven million miles on Christmas Eve.

    "Black Peter," of course, is the soot-begrimed chimney sweep who accompanies Santa Claus, and whose job it is (according to Dutch folklore) to fill the stockings of naughty children with coal. Asteroid 2003-SD220, I thought, fits the niche nicely: it's a lump of, well, not coal really, but close enough for folkloric purposes, that will whip past us on Christmas Eve. It doesn't get any closer than that (semantically speaking) for such a label.

    .... Maybe 2003-SD220 is a lump of coal for humanity, because we're all being naughty: callous, brutal, and heartless to one another: unrelentingly merciless and spiteful.

    [Oh, and there seems to be a movement to delete Black Peter from the Sinterklaas mythos in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe. Somehow, over the years, Peter has become, not a sooty chimney-sweep, but a "blackamoor" (i.e., African), enslaved by St. Nicholas and made to do all the punishing so as not to trouble the saint with the task. I've never much liked the lump-of-coal threat as a tool for frightening little ones, and I've never understood folklore's anti-African bias that seems to give all the nasty jobs and bad press to Black guys (especially when the original Black Peter was a white guy), so I have no problem with undoing any racial connotations of Black Peter. ... but of course, that's neither here nor there with my new label for 2003-SD220.]

    e.g., With a slight shift in trajectory, Black Peter could really mess up Christmas 2015. Think of it: an extinction-level lump of coal right in our nasty stockings.

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    heterobellion - (n.) 1. A set of simultaneous uprisings or revolts, each of which is aimed at a different goal; 2. a rebellion made up of groups united in tearing down the current norm, but each desiring a different state of affairs to replace it. (See also "vicarza" herein.) [Hetero "different" + bellion (from "rebellion") < bellum "war."]

    e.g., The miners' revolt seeks better working conditions; the student think they want to overthrow the "man" and replace him with a socialist ruling council; and the southern rebels want their own country. It's heterobellion everywhere.

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    prebellion - (n.) the acts of dissent, disobedience, and defiance that inevitably precede open revolt.

    e.g., The whole world seems to be nothing but a litany of prebellion: growing dissidence, sit-ins and marches, slogan chanting, angry demonstrations, students throwing rocks at police with riot shields, Malatov cocktails, suicide bombers, and then guerrilla "incidents," and finally open war (even if nobody calls it that). There's so much prebellion, in fact, that it's next to impossible to tell when peace has broken out.

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    cheechandchonga - My wife loves Mexican food especially chimichangas, a fried burrito all kinds of goodies rolled up inside like beans, rice, meat, cheese. Speaking of rolling stuff up inside something -- back in the 60s the comedy duo Cheech and Chong used to roll other things, hence the name I use for that Mexican dish: cheechandchonga

    e.g., At a Mexican restaurant: "Yes, Ma'am, I would like a plate of cheechandchongas."

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    solvation - (Rhymes with doll-NAY-shun; n.) A solution that resolves all the difficulties, dilemmas, and distresses presented by a particular situation. [From "solve" + "salvation."]

    e.g., His idea for selling cakes by putting them as 3D images on a website, rather than waiting for customers to come in and see them, was the solvation of our company. || The solvation of European mathematics was arabic numerals and place-value notation, ditching roman numerals entirely: you try to divide MMMDCCLIX by XL and see how far you get.

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    duh bate - The vai glorious posturing and preening of party presidential candidates in a televised "meet the hopefuls" event. Much is said and done for audience appreciation; nothing concrete will be accomplished until the real behind-the-scenes power brokers warm up and take over.

    e.g., Honey: Dear, I'm proud of you. You've been sitting in front of the tv watching the entire Republican presidential candidate duh bate. You've seen and heard five individuals express their views, contend with, question and answer each other. Who were you impressed by? What did they say? Dear? Dear? Sonny (asleep): Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z-Z

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    paremiology - Paremiology is the study of the proverb.

    e.g., If we are to compare the proverbs that have prevailed, across numerous cultures over the millenium, we will see that the field of paremiology will show many commonalities.

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    potestatemology - The comprehensive study of all forms of power.

    e.g., If we are to fully grasp the powers that are influencing the need to resort to terror we should seek the advice of a well known potestatemology.

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    paradoxology - Paradoxology is the study of the paradox.

    e.g., If we are to thoroughly examine the mathematical inconsistencies associated with entropy and its implications in the theory of black holes we will need an epert in paradoxology among others.

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    honkenbonkers - Awesome and amazing.

    e.g., That was honkenbonkers! You are honkenbonkers!

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    bossess - A female boss.

  • {ED. Won't bother with the sic notation in the example, taken from a comment at the linked site.}

    e.g., Looking at all these comments it confirms what I already know. Racism is EVERYWHERE in this country. Please try to understand how our people feel. Because of a racist bossess I have been forced to be on disability and have not worked for five years. People are especially racist against our president who people think everything his fault because he is African American. This is why we need to pass the Reparations Bill 464 for $9000.00 per African American per a year. The wounds of slavery reach into this generation. FACT. It is only fair and would help with white guilt. We all NEED this to make things better before the knockout game comes to YOUR area or neighborhood. People who disagree need to look really hard at themselves for racist motives!!!!

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    degret - (v.) 1. To stop feeling guilt or sorrow over something; 2. never to feel either guilt or sorrow over something which most would believe deserving of sorrow or guilt. (Derived terms: 'degrettable' = "not worth troubling about"; 'to send one's degrets' = "not to bother sending a refusal" or "declaring an event not worth attending.")

    [From 'de'="opposite, undo, away from" + '*gretan' "to weep or groan" (proto-Germanic)(probably), on analogy from "regret."] {Duplicate.}

    e.g., Are you still moaning over breaking up with her?! Sheesh, degret already! || "I degret I shall be unable to attend your fatuous office party, not that I ever would."

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    gaudess - (Rhymes with WOW-less (or, less accurately, to rhyme with "goddess"); n.) 1. a woman decked out in (or habitually given to self-decoration with) cheap, gauche, tasteless (gaudy) accessories; 2. a trophy wife or girlfriend, used to engender envy.

    [From the Latin 'gaudium/gaudia' "joy/joys" shortened and shifted to 'gaud' "a trinket or bauble," probably because people thought 'gaud' the singular of 'gaudia.']

    e.g., Mrs. Plumb-Dougly is certainly a gaudess: all that jewelry she's dripping with must be worth at least a buck twenty. | Have you seen Mr. Braggart's new wife? A gaudess: I mean, she can't be more than 19.

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    sus - Suspicious, suspect.

    e.g., The sus fool was wearing a sus hoodie with sus sneaks.

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    pillar - An acronym for Philosophy, Information, Language, Literature, Art and Religion. These areas are deeply intertwined in the real world and in the history of culture. PILLAR is an educational program complementary to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), the acronym for "hard" disciplines in academic curriculum.

    e.g., PILLAR is indeed the pillar of humanistic education and should be promoted as the field of interdisciplinary intensity in all liberal arts colleges. | The PILLAR project addresses the concern that these six subjects are often taught in isolation, instead of as an integrated curriculum.

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    interjectionable - (in-ter-JEK-shun-uh-bull; adj.) Calling for or exciting spontaneous cries expressing of terror, horror, disgust, chagrin, disappointment, relief, approbation, praise, worship, vel cet.; 2. In the opinion of the speaker, worthy of such cries. {Duplicate.}

    e.g., "This is protein supplement. It will help your body repair your wound. Unfortunately, it tastes, well, interjectionable." "GAG! You're right!" "Bad, huh?" "Bad?! That's the most regurgitating slop I've ever tasted!"

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    qwerty - (adj.) 1. Arranged in a pattern different from what is regular or expected; (v.) 2. to arrange in an unexpected pattern; ("qwertily"; adv.) 3. in a qwerty (i.e., unexpected or counter-intuitive) manner.

    [From the QWERTY keyboard arrangement, designed to avoid the bunching of the various keys on a manual keyboard, an artifact of putting the keys in alphabetical order.] {Duplicate.}

    e.g., Qwerty color arrangement, by the increasing number of vowels in their names, which is totally arbitrary, for colors, which are usually arranged by frequency: red, yellow, purple, green, blue, indigo, orange. ||

    Continents qwertied by number of people I know who are from there: North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica. Obviously, it's far more natural to arrange them by something sensible, like size or population or something. ||

    And really odd: Planets arranged qwertily by generation of each one's eponymous deity in the pantheon: 1. Earth (mother) and her husband, 2. Uranus, (sky) father of 3. Saturn (who killed him) and of 4. Venus (born of his dismembered genitals); then Saturn's children: 5. Neptune and 6. Jupiter (in that order), and Jupiter's children: 7. Mars and 8. Mercury. (Were Pluto still part of the "planets," it would be number 5, before Neptune ... I think.)

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    hurrayable - (her-RAY-uh-bull; adj.) 1. Exciting or worthy of exciting spontaneous cheers or cries of praise, approbation, or delight; 2. (less spontaneously) praiseworthy; 3. calling for a formal show of approbation (e.g., three cheers). (Also "hurrahable," "huzzahable," vel cet.)

    e.g., e.g., That last catch was amazing, unexpected, ... positively hurrayable. | The work of the Red Cross volunteers during this disaster has been hurrayable. | Welcome, your hurrayable highness.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    gritification - (Also spelled grittification, from the verb "gritify"; n.) The addition of "reality" to a story (usually a fan fiction), though the "reality" added is usually of the sordid, dark, and harsh sort, the rewriter believing that stories with happy endings are misleading, unrealistic pipe dreams, and that literature should examine the seedy underside of things rather than promulgating a false ideal. This, at least, is the premise of Naturalism (a literary offshoot of Realism), championed by writers such as Emile Zola, Thomas Hardy, and Frank Norris). I've never much liked Naturalism.

    e.g., Gritification, it seems to me (as it has seemed to literati since its inception at the end of the 19th century), revels in misery, vice, and hopelessness. And this is hardly surprising given Naturalism's focus on social Darwinism and determinism, and its view that the many woes of the human condition are inevitable and insuperable. It does get a bit silly, however, when my kids find fan-fictions on the internet that treat of Scootaloo the pony's dying while giving birth to her illegitimate foal; or (from Scooby Doo) of Shaggy's being arrested for possession and distribution of meth, which he did to somehow support his wife, Velma, and their son, even though the child is really Fred's. When one of the PowerPuff Girls dies of AIDS, I'll know that the Juggernaut of Gritification is unstoppable.

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    ornigraphic - As for "ornigraphic," I'm surprised that you didn't recognize what it is right away. It can only be a description of a girlie magazine for those Brits who reside in the Cockney section of the Island. (From an e-mail dated Wed, 4 Apr 2007 19:28:15 EDT.]

    e.g., "Crickey, Bloke -- Odd like to talk wif ya, but me ornigraphic arrived in today's post and I'm off to the bafroom!"

    submitted by [Marty D'Mello]

    vexilladury - (vex-il-LAD-oo-ree or vex-SIL-uh-doo-ree; n.) Flag burning, especially when such burning is performed as a protest---generally a fairly pointless gesture that means little more than "I hate your country/nation/state/company/association/whatever," which most observers will very likely already know. If you want to protest something specific, you really need a sign or something. [From the Latin "vexill-" < vexillum 'flag' + Latin -adury" (from Latin "singe," "cauterize")]

    e.g., I have no problem with vexilladury, so long as the vexilladurists accept my burning them in effigy for it.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    femicide - (FEM-ih-side; n.) 1. The killing of women; 2. the killing of (human) females of any age, especially as part of a pogrom against females; 3. "genocide," but directed at women, rather than at a particular group. (v.) 2. A killer of women. [From "femi" < Latin femina "woman, female" + "cide" < Latin -cida "cutter" < -cidere < caedere "to strike, chop, hew, slay." Analogy from "homicide," "matricide," "fratricide," "regicide," "pesticide," etc.]

    e.g., Most serial killers commit femicide, because they are cowards most likely.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    nidget - Fortunately, it has just the right meaning for its pronunciation looks: nidj"it, nidg"et. I ran across it when I was looking for words ending in nedget -- none. It's a real word: (n.) A fool; an idiot, a coward. Smellfungi and zoilists who comment on the Internet can make use of more such words ... not that your erstwhile Editrix Extraordiniare would lower herself to such namecalling. ...

    {ED, HD. Yeah right.}

    "(This definition is from the 1913 Webster's Dictionary and may be outdated.)"

    e.g., Even for this forum, I've run across an unusually high number of nidgets.

    submitted by Lillith - (www)

    phtheirophagous - An alternative spelling of phthirophagous: one who eats lice. Saw it in an issue of Michael Quintion's Newsletter, used it at the zoilism pd entry, and repeated it below. Nota bene: zoilistsmellfungus.

    e.g.,

    p.370-1. The Cruise of the Marchesa to Kamschatka & New Guinea: With Notices of Formosa, Liu-Kiu, and Various Islands of the Malay Archipelago:
    These Alfuros [aborigines] were phtheirophagous, going over the dense mat adorning their heads with the most praiseworthy perseverance; layer after layer being worked through systematically with the aid of a long bamboo comb. Their method of obtaining fire was new to all of us, the spark being struck from the hard, siliceous exterior of the bamboo and a fragment of pottery, which latter article they had probably obtained from the coast tribe.


    More from Mr. Quinion's entry at Zoilism:

    A correspondent identified only as J Hooker wrote a disgusted letter to the Lady's Newspaper of London in January 1863 about slovenly and unhygienic rural servants in France:

    If I were to do more than hint at their hydrophobic habits, their pulicidal, pulicivorous, and even phtheirophagous propensities, I should call down, not undeservedly, the Zoilism of our correspondents.

    The writer -- from the tone of the piece he is likely to have been the famous biologist Joseph Dalton Hooker -- must have had an uncommonly large vocabulary, or a talent for word coining, for that set of alliterative insults is uncommon. The first two -- pulicidal and pulicivorous -- have not reached the pages of the Oxford English Dictionary, though their form suggests "flea-killing" and "flea-eating", from Latin pulex. The third word, phtheirophagous, is from Latin, based on a Greek word that literally means louse-eating but was used figuratively for persons with unsavoury habits. The original epithet was applied by the Roman writer Strabo to a tribe living near the Black Sea, the Sulae, whom he disgustedly renamed the Phthirophagi.


    submitted by HD Fowler

    p,lsb - Poor, Long-Suffering Bride. From Jim Lewin'sbook flaps: musings of a smalltime bookseller:: "A Flappers' Dictionary". Some of the following flapper slang has already been added to the pdeudodictionar. More and more expansive definitions|descriptions and examples will be added … soon -- soon, at least in terms of geological time and the age of the universe.

    JimL sez, : "Originally published in the July 1922 edition of FLAPPER magazine, this dictionary went into some detail, listing the group's slang and providing definitions. In the process, it also provided an insight: through the slang we can begin to discern attitudes and priorities and the mindset of the adherents. And the adherents, after all, were our grandmothers and great-grandmothers. Who knew?"
    Absent Treatment -- Dancing with a bashful partner.
    Airedale -- A homely man.
    Alarm Clock -- Chaperon.
    Anchor -- Box of flowers.
    Apple Knocker -- A hick; a hay-shaker.
    Apple Sauce -- Flattery; bunk.
    Barlow -- A girl, a flapper, a chicken.
    Bank's Closed -- No petting allowed; no kisses.
    Barneymugging -- Lovemaking.
    Bee's Knees -- See "Cat's Pajamas"
    Bell Polisher -- A young man addicted to lingering in vestibules at 1 a.m.
    Bean Picker -- One who patches up trouble and picks up spilled beans.
    Berry Patch -- A man's particular interest in a girl.
    Berries -- Great.
    Biscuit -- A pettable flapper.
    Big Timer -- (n. masc.) -- A charmer able to convince his sweetie that a jollier thing would be to get a snack in an armchair lunchroom; a romantic.
    A Flappers' Dictionary (Thanks, JimL, via Submitterator!)

    e.g., "My P,LSB, ready and eager to join the movement, was amused by the term 'Father Time' and couldn't help but notice that it applied to one of us at the dinner table. And that was fine, until I pointed out that 'Rock of Ages' might also have a present application."

    submitted by [Lillith, for Jim Lewin] - (www)

    pandle - (v.) 1. To panhandle (i.e., beg). [An odd criscoid (q.v.) mush of "panhandle" that came out when I was trying to say the word the other day (actually, I was trying to remember "panhandler" and "pandler" came out.)] Note: I created the term while thinking of the verb "panhandling," not the noun "panhandle," which means "a long strip of territory connected to the main part of a town, territory, province, state, county, country, etc."; I don't have a problem with the word also becoming a replacement for the territorial noun ... so, (n.) 2. A territorial panhandle, like "the Oklahoma Pandle," or "the Alaska Pandle."

    e.g., I felt terrible, since I'd spent all my cash at the movie and had no change left at all for the poor pandlers outside the theater. || Everything to the west of Hancock, Maryland, is the Maryland Pandle. || The Mexican state of Tamaulipas has a panhandle alongside the Texas counties of Hidalgo, Starr, Zapata, and Webb.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    melon lord - (n.) 1. An effigy or impersonator of one's enemy (especially when an impersonator impersonates the enemy too enthusiastically); 2. Such an effigy or impersonator used as a practice target in rehearsing an attack; more broadly, 3. the main objective of a planned attack, with or without a mock-up or effigy. (v.) 4. To overdo one's role as enemy in a war-game or in the rehearsal of an attack.

    [From episode 3x18 of Avatar: The Last Airbender, "The Phoenix King," in which the young earthbender Toph impersonates the antagonist (the "Firelord") by defending an effigy made of stones, sticks, a robe, and a melon---she ... overdoes it a bit.]

    e.g., "Okay: you attack from the right; you guys, from the left; and we three, through the center. Angie's giant plush panda is the melon lord." | In "Ender's Game," the enemy's gate was always the melon lord. | "You're supposed to test the cadets! not destroy them! Quit melon lording!"

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    caliphonia - An alternative name for California, given all the phonies who live there. Not new by any means, as indicated by the URL, but I thought of it because I made a ytpoe, not because I had ever seen it before.

    e.g., "Without reading the article, the decision, the Caliphonia Constitution, or Caliphonia law, it's a given that the Caliphonia Supreme Court was not wrong in its unanimous decision. By definition, it can't be wrong in its interpretation of California law. Right?"

    submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

    cuttee - The critter cut by the doctor.

    e.g., Think of it in terms of the castration procedure, a not perfect analogy for sure. Consider a veterinarian who has castrated only chimpanzees but has not castrated a man. The procedure is the same (essentially), but it's not the same thing to castrate a monkey as it is to castrate a man -- due to the cuttee.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    low quacious - The attempt to make the use of vulgarities socially acceptable by "dumbing down" the Anglo-Saxon verbiage.

    e.g., "You may think it 'cute' to say, 'frooney,' 'shite,' 'plick,' and the like, but you're just being low quacions. And it's not right language in mixed company!"

    submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

    the c-word - Competition.

    e.g., "Being a class valedictorian is no big deal, of course, but whatever it's worth shouldn't be diminished the way it was in an Ohio school district last year. Apparently, so no one's feelings would be hurt, the district named 222 students as class valedictorians. For whatever reason, competition has become a bad word in the United States. Henceforth, I'm going to refer to it as the c-word."

    submitted by Lillith

    tv - Television, of course. Usually seen in upper case: TV. Nonetheless, HD, in his dotage, says he's getting tired of having to use the shift key so much. So, he's ordered me to starting using lower case as the canonical form: tv. Thus spake HD. … Dammit, the old coot says the same thing goes for pseudodictionary. The S.O.B. is making me do all the work to change pd entries. If he didn't pay me so much, I'd tell him to take the job and shove it up his.

    Note that tvs instead of TVs doesn't look right. So, televisions will need to be spelled out in full.

    e.g.,

    My best Internet buddy and dear friend, Marty, refers to me as "The Man of a Thousand Personas." So you might receive another e-mail from me some day using one of my many, many Internet aliases -- mostly all used in good fun, but some occasionally used to settle a virtual score with some pissant whippersnapper.

    I'll never do anything illegal on the Internet -- unless my brain turns into a cabbage or a mush melon. But I've been known to do semi-outrageous things for an old codger sitting in his rocking chair, rocking back and forth, and screaming obscenities at his tv. I dismay my wife of 50+ years no end when I do that. I just asked her if she finds me lovable. She said, "Sometimes."

    submitted by Lillith

    reefereshment - What "medical" marijuana is to its users.

    e.g., Nah, I won't be going anywhere tonight. I'm staying home and indulging myself in some reefereshment. | Dave O'Brien doesn't look at all reefereshed in his photo at Wikipedia, the one used to promote Reefer Madness.

    Wouldn't have recognized him as the hapless star of the Pete Smith Specialties. One of the shorts was shown on Turner Classic Movies over the weekend. I do recognize him from his 1942 IMDb photo. Hadn't realized until I saw it that he had also starred as Captain Midnight in the serial.

    submitted by Miss Speller

    parrotcide - The killing of a parrot. Not to be confused with parricide: the killing of a parent.

    e.g., "Lillith, do you remember Monty Python's dead parrot routine? Do you know what killed the parrot?" "No, HD, I don't. I'm normal -- I never liked the show the least little bit, so I never watched it." "Oh ... well, anyway — it was parrotcide that killed it."

    submitted by HD Fowler

    my asthma (mi\' asma) - A persistent, chronic health condition that hangs like an unpleasant mental cloud over individuals and sours activities of daily living.

    e.g., \"No, I\'m not upset with you. I\'m not mad at the world, either. It\'s just that my arthritic knees are aching like hell, and that \'my asthma\' situation is fogging my mind and making me very irritated.\"

    submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

    hairridan - A harridan with bad hair.

    e.g., Not only was the hairridan unpleasant in all imaginable ways, she had the gall to verbally attack one of my pseudo-friends. | "Hairridan Haiku While killing world boss, Some ass uses a cookie. Application crash. Ran to grab dailies Ooooh, look at all the people. Application crash. At mobs for daily. Tank pulls ten mobs, so I pray. Application crash. Hmm, my runes seems low. I think I will buy somemore. Nice! I didn't crash."

    submitted by Lillith - (www)

    dudgeon -

    Certainly not a new word by any means: "a feeling of intense indignation (now used only in the phrase 'in high dudgeon')" according to Wordnet. Not only is it rare to hear dudgeon used, it's even rarer for it to be used other than in high dudgeon. As the Ngram below shows, dudgeon is used some in conjunction with other words.

    e.g., "Yes, he's in high dudgeon -- whatever that is." |

    Pam Robertson, at A.Word.A.Day: "When we were in Venice my husband, Douglas, snapped a photo of me having a 'hissy fit.' What I realise now is that I was actually walking off in high dudgeon."

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    illegal alien - An illegal alien is a foreigner who is in a country illegally. Recording the term before it becomes obsolete and can be found only in antiquarian or unabridged dictionaries.

    e.g., I sneaked into Mexico as a teenager in 1971, making me an illegal alien. Lucky for me I didn't get caught.

    submitted by beelzebub

    the streisand effect - "The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet."

    e.g., "The Streisand Effect is now in play."

    submitted by [Brad5] - (www)

    hotuguese - The secret "language" spoken between hotties worldwide. Only part of it is verbal. Attitude & carriage play a very large part in crossing barriers (for example, cultural barriers).

    e.g., Would you please put in a good word for me to her? After all, you do both speak hotuguese.

    submitted by Steve - (www)

    doomdo - Doing under pressure eventually leading to doom

    e.g., Afer being pulled up by the management, the team attempted to undo, redo and eventually doomdo their project

    submitted by Shashidhar Varanasi - (www)

    clickbait - From Wikipedia:


    Clickbait is a pejorative term describing web content that is aimed at generating online advertising revenue, especially at the expense of quality or accuracy, relying on sensationalist headlines to attract click-throughs and to encourage forwarding of the material over online social networks. Clickbait headlines typically aim to exploit the "curiosity gap," providing just enough information to make the reader curious, but not enough to satisfy their curiosity without clicking through to the linked content.[1][2][3] From a historical perspective, the techniques employed by clickbait authors can be considered derivative of yellow journalism, or the yellow press, a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines that include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering, or sensationalism.

    e.g., The Drudge Report screams "UN DEMANDS: TAKE THEM IN!" With an exclamation point, no less. The linked to article is headlined this way: "UN warns Europe against 'backtracking' on migrant commitments."

    The only place "demand" appears in the article is in this sentence: "But some European populist and far-right leaders have seized on the jihadist attacks in Paris to demand the continent stem the migrant influx." Not a demand made by the United Nations. And also not a demand that anybody be taken in. Quite the opposite.

    Are Matt Drudge et al. aware that demand and warn are not synonyms? Once again you have been found guilty of journalistic malfeasance. Shame on you for continuing to use clickbait.

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    snippersnapper - Dr. Goodword: "a conceited, insignificant fellow."

    Collins English Dictionary: "An insignificant but pretentious person."

    Different from whippersnapper: "A feisty, snippy, combative upstart." However, Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, 11th Edition, says it's a synonym for whippersnapper and gives the following as an example of its use: "[HD's] an old hand who regards these kids right out of business school as a bunch of snippersnappers who don't know beans."

    Given that I'm prone to use whippersnapper, I'm going with Dr. Goodword's take on snippersnapper. I'll find it useful to treat it as having a meaning different from whippersnapper. His newsletter says he found the word used 109 times on the Internet. I'd bet at least several of those are instances where I'd use whippersnapper.

    e.g., I'm sure there are some days a snippersnapper would annoy me more than a whippersnapper and days where the reverse would be true. | The most annoying person currently in TV ads is the Peter (Pan?) character in the GEICO ads. If any kid had ever said to Melba what the kid in the ad says to the woman, I would have had to be restrained to keep me from strangling him. To me, he's a whippersnapper but not necessarily a snippersnapper.

    submitted by [HD for Robert Beard aka Dr. Goodword] - (www)

    hot err - Political tv ads that are crafted to impugn the character and abilities of the opposing candidate, using exaggeration, half truths, and unproven suppositions.

    e.g., Watch, my friends, and you shall see
    from candidates of claimed integrity,
    who aspire to positions that require honesty
    Campaign TV ads of density.


    Do they challenge the opposition by words that are true and fair?
    Nope. All we always get, is hot err!

    submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

    criscoid - (n.) A word derived by shortening another word. [An obvious, and fairly awful, pun based on the shortening made by the JM Smucker company.]

    e.g., "Prolly" (q.v.), "opportuny," "terrist" (q.v.), and "hunnit" are criscoids. Someone should compile a list of the criscoids in English, and then expand it to other languages as well.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    reminessence - A reminiscence triggered by a smell -- sometimes by merely thinking about how something smells.

    e.g., Many of the things I remember from when I was growing up are reminessences.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    aino - AINOs: Americans in Name Only.

    e.g., When I read about the campus police at the University of Missouri calling for students to report hurtful speech, I concluded that we're having to deal with entirely too many AINOs these days. | AINOs continue to succeed in squelching speech from those they disagree with. For instance, Condoleezza Rice was invited to give a commencement speech at Rutgers University in 2014. She had to back out because of student and faculty protests.

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    straightdar - The ultra-politically-correct way of saying out loud that you have a finely developed sense of gaydar.

    e.g., Ohhhh, my straightdar has eliminated all possibilities of our venturing further into that particular bar. Gentlemen, let us depart quickly. Quickly now.

    submitted by Albert D. Pereira - (www)

    fillaround - The mediocre students that colleges deign to admit after they've found the top students they really want.

    e.g., What colleges are really looking for are a few exceptional students with great academic and life potential. The rest of us are just fillarounds.

    submitted by Natalie Hall - (www)

    antiprocrastination - A term used when one is lazy -- continuing to procrastinate by doing something they were supposed to complete earlier. It does not mean getting work done, as there are still other objectives.

    e.g., Martha, I'm sorry the floors weren't mopped, but I did wash the dishes because I antiprocrastinated.

    submitted by Liam

    grink, grank, grunk - Understand really well, grasp completely, think clearly -- akin to "grok."

    e.g., The scientist, having a superior mind, observes, thinks, and grinks. The "average" mind observes poorly, thinks poorly, and grinks not at all ... pity that.

    submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

    nominegg - To give a name to a newly fertilized ovum, generally in pairs, male and female .. until the sex of the egg has been determined at a later date.

    e.g., Our first pregnancy we nominegged Primero/Primera, which seemed very logical. Later we modified the name, of the female fetus, to Prima Donna, mama mia. When all grow n'up everyone said, Donna e mobile ... like a butterfly flittering from flower to flower, perchance.

    submitted by Paul Edic - (www)

    smellfungus -

    I seldom get a word sent to me at my blog that I want to pass along. I've already sent this one to a few friends. If you enjoy learning new words, you can use this link to subscribe to "Dr. Goodword's" newsletter.

    To contact Dr. Goodword, you can either submit a message through his about page or by decoding the contact data represented by the QR code in the image below. Just place your cursor over the image, right click, Copy Image Location, surf to here, paste the copied image URL in the Enter an image URL input box, then click on Submit Query to the right of the box … and Bob's yer uncle.


    Indented material below © Dr. Robert Beard, Bucknell University.
    Pronunciation: smel-fêng-gêsHear it!

    Part of Speech: Noun

    Meaning: A fault-finder, a disagreeable curmudgeon who finds fault in everything, who loves misery and sharing it with others.

    Notes: The plural of this good if cranky word is smellfungi [smel-fun-jai]. It is still used by those familiar with the Sterne-Smollett debate over the relative merits of France and Italy (for which see below) and other discerning conversationalists. It is a lexical oddity you might find amusing and useful in view of the dearth of politically correct terms for such people these days.

    In Play: Smellfungi are bitterly egotistical people addicted to themselves to the point of constant wretchedness: "That old smellfungus could find fault in the very saints!" By implication, such people become a misery to those who know them, "Farthingsworth is a smellfungus who finds enough misery in the world for himself and all his acquaintances."

    Word History: This lexical oddity is fallout, believe it or not, from a dispute over the relative merits of France and Italy. Tobias Smollett's collection of letters entitled Travels through France and Italy (1766) is remarkable for its persistent criticism of those two countries. Laurence Sterne referred to Smollett as "the learned Smelfungus" in his more sympathetic appraisal of the region in 1767 entitled A Sentimental Journey through France and Italy. Apparently Sterne felt that Smollett could smell a fungus even where none existed, and hence created this funny word to the delight of others. The word has since picked up an additional L and found a snug niche for itself in the speech of discriminating logophiles.

    Dr. Goodword, alphaDictionary.com

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    e.g., I'm not quite a smellfungus, but I'm not that far removed from being one either. I may well be mistaken, of course, but I see myself as a "loveable" curmudgeon -- but only to an extent. Most of the time when I tell people about curmudgeonly behavior on my part, they laugh. No doubt some of the laughter comes because they think I'm being too persnickety, but some of it also seems to be empathetic. On occasion, I even think the listener wishes she had responded the way I did when something similar happened to her.

    submitted by [for Robert Beard aka Dr. Goodword] - (www)

    terrist - (n.) A terrorist, minus the middle syllable.

    Another in a long line of criscoids (as I call words made by shortening other, longer words), such as "prolly" for probably, "opportuny" for opportunity, and so forth. As a descriptive linguist, I note these neologisms as perfectly in keeping with the well-established laws of elision, deletion, and sandhi forms. I must, nevertheless, admit that I find them as annoying as a swarm of horseflies.

    I have always held that we should listen to one another with an ear toward understanding, rather than picking apart the way others speak (or write). Conversely, I have always also held that we should speak to one another, insofar as possible, in their own idiom. To a certain extent, to be sure, this is rather difficult when we are speaking in our own language to someone who speaks that same language in another dialect (whether or not we find that dialect "lazy," "low," or just "wrong"---labels, we should note, which the Aramaic speakers in Judea gleefully applied to the Lord's own Galilean speech). It is tempting to simply stop listening to someone speaking with different grammatical rules or a distinct accent or whatever, ignoring WHAT they say entirely and focusing instead on the WAY they are saying it.

    Consider the situation of someone being told by another, "We come down dis mornin and seen da dam ready to bust! We was set to go fishin, but now we gotta book!" It is hardly the time to start 'correcting' the fellow's speech. Quite aside from the danger of a flood, he's not likely going to change because of a metalinguistic reprimand.

    Despite the detachment enjoined by my linguistic creed, however, every time somebody says something like "this is prolly a good opportuny for a terrist," I feel an overwhelming urge to leap to my feet and yell, "It's proBABly a good opportuNITy for a terrORist, you mumbling blockhead!" Fortunately, I have never given in to my base rage, so nobody knows how truly vile I consider these criscoids to be. I can hardly condemn them, of course, since English is riddled with criscoids. The word York, for example, comes from the drastically foreshortened "Eboracum," lady is the descendant of the ancient "hlaf-dige," which meant "bread-kneader," and even goodbye comes from "God be by ye." And I shouldn't condemn the criscoids anyway, since sitting in judgement upon them seems to me to be "taking the chief seats," which the Lord specifically enjoins in Luke 14.

    Anyway, "terrist," a neologism I encountered in a Twitter post (by someone else, mind; I don't like social media. It worries me.). A word that's prolly here to stay. (Heaven help us.)

    e.g., It seems the whole world spends its days and nights trembling in fear of terrists. I guess the terrism worked.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    sjw - Social Justice Warrior. Pejorative. At Know your meme. In addition, Urban Dictionary has a good definition and several good examples.

    Don't hold your breath waiting for me to refer you to UD again. Can't in good conscience do so. Suffice it to say, the site is nowhere near as family-friendly as this site. On the other hand, it's much, much better than it used to be. Still, its number of definitions of chode has gone from somewhere around 400 when I last checked to over 600 now -- some 87 pages of definitions, many of which are vulgar. On the plus side, it has a considerably better look to it than it once did.

    The term Social Justice Warrior is so new it doesn't turn up at all using Google books Ngram Viewer. The SJW finds for the chart below seem to be for St. John's Wort.

    e.g., Guess I've been living under a rock. I had to look up the meaning of the initialism SJW: Social Justice Warrior. Thanks for the prod. | "SJW originally referred to the crazy tumblr types who would say things like 'White people wearing dreadlocks is cultural appropriation,' or 'I was mentally raped by a man yesterday because he looked at me in the subway.' That sort of thing." |

    submitted by [Words are cheap.] - (www)

    john's cabin - A site that has duplicated PseudoDictionary content for years now without once giving credit for where the content came from.

    If you have a suggestion for how John's Cabin should be described (or defined, if you will), please submit a duplicate entry with your definition and example.

    Maybe you live in John's neighborhood and could drop by to tell him that what he's been doing doesn't particularly seem to be intellectually honest. If you do, please tell him HD and I said hello. (Maybe a fax or a few might be a better way to get his attention? Who knows. No efforts have borne fruit so far.)

    It's easy enough to find other sites that have plagiarized PseudoDictionary content. All you have to do is Google «jabitzer DeWayne». We really don't mind if a site uses a few of our entries, even if they don't give us credit. It's the sites that duplicate our content in its entirety and pass it off as their own that's bothersome. We don't make much of a fuss about it -- because our content comes primarily from our contributors and not from our own fertile minds. If you stumble across a site that goes beyond fair use in using our (yours and ours) copyrighted material, you can get in touch with HD (not through the About page.

    e.g., Registrant Contact
    Name: JOHN WADE
    Organization: JOHN'S CABIN
    Mailing Address: 1540 IOWA AVE E, SAINT PAUL MN 55106 US
    Phone: +1.6517717148
    Fax: 651-771-7703
    Email: SHEP1540@MEDIAONE.NET

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    palimpsest - Palimpsest: "a very old document that writing was removed from and the surface written on again. Sometimes the older writing on a palimpsest can still be read."

    A real word that's getting added only because I didn't recognize it when I ran across it in a review of the new James Bond film at Rotten Tomatoes.

    e.g., "A Bond that, for all its grandiose production values, is little more than an anthology of previous Bonds, a palimpsest even, to be fancier about it." | For me, all but the worst of the Bond films are worth a look, palimpsest or not. Chances are excellent that I'll go to a movie theater to see it. Can hardly go wrong with a $4.32 ticket. The opening sequence will probably be worth that in entertainment value.

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    gmab - Gimme a break. What I often think when I become aware of some of the bizarre political correctness that's killing US these days.

    e.g., HD: "Wait a mintue, Lillith. Are you sure? Some school district in Ohio named 222 class valedictorians?"

    Lillith: "That's right, HD. Dublin, Ohio. Over 200 students were told they had the highest grades in the class. Around twenty percent of the class."

    HD: "GMAB. How long did the graduation ceremony last? At just over a minute for each valedictory speech, it would have lasted four hours."

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    blatherati - What are sometimes called journalists and pundits.

    e.g., "You, Mr. Luce, and the rest of the Washington batherati must be so pleased."

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    f2f - (adv.) Abbreviation for "face to face."

    e.g., Abbreviations such as f2f turn up more and more these days. It's part of a new dialect: lol "laugh out loud," g2g "got to go," tbh "to be honest," imho "in my humble opinion," and so on and on. It takes a while, of course, to see meaning rather than random letters in these initialisms. I call it "glyphisis" (q.v.): the process by which we start seeing, not three symbols (f-2-f) but the words "face to face." Now, f2f hasn't fully glyphed in my mind. I still see "f-2-f." It doesn't help that it looks like it should be pronounced "fuh-toof!" like some magical sound effect: "Abracadabra!" Fuh-toof!

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    hulax - To watch Hulu with no plans for further activity planned.

    e.g., She wanted to Netflix and chill but I just wanted to spend the night Hulaxing.

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    xoxo - (Pronounced keh-socks-oh; interj.) 1. "hello" or "farewell"; (n.) 2. an affectionate greeting or valediction, 3. kisses and hugs. [From x "kiss" and o "hug" shorthand at the end of written messages.] {Duplicate.}

    e.g., "Goodbye! Goodbye! xoxo!"

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    skibbereen go ballyhillin - (Rhymes with JIB-the-clean-go-sally-HILL-in; metaphorical adv.) 1. all the way through or across, completely; (n.) 2. a long way; 3. a great deal, the whole thing; (v.) 4. to walk the length of Ireland, between the southern town of Skibbereen all the way up to the area called Ballyhillin, essentially meaning 'impossible!' or 'tell it to the marines!'; also 5. 'you'd better get started' or 'wow, do you have a lot to do.' [After two places set as far apart as they can get on the emerald isle of Ireland]

    e.g., "We're supposed to count all the graves in the cemetery." "What?! All of them? ... That's a lot." "Yeah, Skibbereen go Ballyhillin." "What?" "Best get started."

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    replore - (v.) 1. To go over some event or action with a different emphasis than that with which it is usually viewed, especially 2. to review something normally considered good or glorious with a view to the bad it engendered, or with which it was associated at the time. Adj.: replorable; Noun form: reploration.

    [From the Latin re- "again" + -plorare "to weep, cry out," as (probably) in explore, implore, and deplore.]

    e.g., The old film Nosferatu is today considered rather comic, even campy; but if you replore it, trying to focus on what the original audience knew and saw, it's positively terrifying. | To understand the meaning of "replore," one must learn that every silver lining has a cloud.

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    hogen-mogen - "A person having or affecting great power."

    e.g., If Hillary Clinton gets elected President of the United States, she will be the world's ultimate hogen-mogen.

    submitted by Lillith

    gnawesome - Also nawesome. For not awesome: somewhere between good or great and awesome. Awesome has become trivialized in recent years, from being used as a descriptive for things that might be good but are also far from awesome. Very far from awesome. Miracles are awesome. Not much else is. When it comes to diminishing such a useful word, I dissent.

     

    e.g., "You performed well in the play, Alec." "Was I awesome?" "Umm, well, no. You were great ... but you weren't awesome. Let's say you were gnawsome."

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    trumpet / trumpette - (Pronounced, respectively, TRUM-pet and trum-PET; n.) a devotee of Donald Trump, masculine and feminine forms.

    e.g., Pete and Laura are rabid trumpets: they are so caught up in Donald Trump's slogan "make America great again," that they've never asked whether or not Trump even knows how.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    probablility - Probability, to cover for a ytpoe I make frequently.

    e.g., Given that Marty's seven years older than I am, there's certainly a greater than zero probablility that I'll outlive him. I'm not going to count on it.

    submitted by Miss Speller

    heteroflexible - Stumbled across this word recently with no context given for it. Until I locate something different, I'm going to take it to mean a person who is up for sex acts of any sort as long as the other person involved is of the opposite sex. (ED. Yeah, that's right -- H.D., Marty, and I are dinosaurs, from a generation where we heard the word gender only in English class. It was used to classify pronouns by gender: feminine, masculine, neutral.) (Duplicate.}

    e.g., "Lillith, are you heterosexual." "Yes, I am." "Exclusively?" "Yes." "Are you heteroflexible?" "I have no idea, because I don't now what the word means, Marty. I do know this, though: At my age the only thing flexible about me is ... well, nothing really."

    submitted by Lillith

    maureen dowd syndrome - A condition my son named about ten years ago: Maureen Dowd is both fact and logic-proof: neither can gain purchase on her grey matter.

    e.g., More and more people seem to suffer from Maureen Dowd Syndrome.

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    foodstitute - Servers of food in a restaurant. Waiters and/or waitresses.

    e.g., The only relationships I have are with foodstitutes. I give them money, they give me food.

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    wreck havoc - "To devastate, wreak havoc, cause extensive damage." The usage is now common enough (since ~1990) that it would hardly be surprising if it eventually becomes acceptable.

     

     

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    e.g., He murmured, Are these shifting images harmless or actual adversaries creeping up toward my patrol car to wreck havoc on me? He jumped, wide-eyed, as a raccoon bounded up on the polished hood of his cruiser.

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    gan - 'Gan' is a far better thing than what you see being used to-day, namely 'went' [ illogical ]..?! Shouldn't the sequence be, 'go, gan, gone'..?! But of course..!!

    e.g., The man's plan hit the fan when it gan longer than planned, man..? [ The Rhine in Spine lieth Minely in the Pline ]..? it goes without saying [ poe edic licence ]..?! They gan without eating, 40 daze an' 40 nites, an' were thereafter mere shadows of their former selves..?! [ poe edic ]..?! pie 0201

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    depleated - Having taken the pleats out of something, mostly about clothes. Usually caused by careless ironing.

    e.g., The dry-cleaners have ruined my new skirt, it's completely depleated!

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    slug - (v.) 1. To commute by riding with a stranger who needs another person or people to legally drive in a high-occupancy highway lane; conversely, 2. to offer rides to strangers in order to get enough riders to commute in a high-occupancy lane. [Evidently coined on the US East coast back in the 90s.]

    e.g., Jenny married a guy she met slugging to work last year; an added benefit of market-driven commuting strategy. | The city finally caved and put a pickup lane at the bus station for sluggers to find people willing to ride with them so as to get there faster.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    walking school bus - (n.) 1. A group of young (i.e., elementary-school-aged) children walking together under the supervision of an adult (or several adults); 2. such a group of young children walking together to or from school under adult supervision; 3. a group of school children walking to a given location (such as a mall or the zoo) under adult supervision. [A very recent coinage, I'm told, appearing on the internet in a number of newspages and blogs.]

    e.g., The walking school bus approach is healthier, happier, and better at ensuring attendance than the mechanical school bus. Perhaps we should try it in more elementary school districts.

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    scotch free - Scot free.

    e.g., Is it true that Bruce aka Caitlyn Jenner was tried for killing a woman in a traffic accident and got off scotch free? If so, I hadn't heard about it.

    submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

    trencherman -

    A real word that whose use has, unfortunately, declined:

    • "noun tren·cher·man \ˈtren-chər-mən\ 1. a hearty eater 2. archaic hanger-on, sponger" |
    • "a person who eats in a specified manner, typically heartily" |
    • "1. a hearty eater. 2. archaic One who frequently eats meals at another's table; a hanger-on" |
    • "1. a person who enjoys food; hearty eater 2. archaic a person who sponges on others; parasite" |
    • "a person who is devoted to eating and drinking to excess."

    The first example comes from a column by Wesley Pruden.

    e.g., Cocoa husk custard probably won’t kill anyone, either, but it sounds like the dessert that Winston Churchill, a trencherman of note, once sent back to the kitchen because this pudding has no theme.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    probaly -

    Probably, as it's often pronounced and sometimes spelled. Those who pronounce probably as probaly probably also tend to pronounce library as liberry

    From the Dumbtionary, a dictionary for misspelled words: The word listed above (probably) is probably the correct spelling for the word that you entered (probaly). This is just an educated guess based on commonly misspelled words. To double check that this is the correct word you can use the resources below to find the definition of probably, antonyms for probably, synonyms for probably, quotes relating to probably and other information about probably.

    e.g., HD: "I probaly won't see you again until we meet in Heaven." Lillith: "Oh, in other words, this is the last time we'll ever see each other." HD: "Why do you say that? Don't you believe in Heaven?" Lillith: "Sure. It's just that you'll never make it past the Pearly Gates. For you, it will be the same as it is when they hang out a No Vacancy sign at a motel."

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    dictionary of the rat pack -

    From the Dictionary of The Rat Pack

    • bag: a person's particular interest; as in "singing's my bag"
    • barn burner: a very stylish, classy woman
    • beard: a male friend who acts as a "cover"; usually for extramarital affairs
    • beetle: a girl who dresses in flashy clothes
    • big-leaguer: a resourceful man who can handle any situation
    • big casino: death
    • bird: the male or female genitalia; standard greeting: "How's your bird"?
    • bombsville: any kind of failure in life; see ville
    • broad: affectionate term for a girl or woman with sex appeal
    • bum: a person who is despised, most frequently linked to people in the media
    • bunter: a man who fails in almost everything he does; the opposite of gasser
    • Charley: a general term for anyone whose name has been forgotten; see also Sam
    • Charlies: admiring word for a woman's breasts
    • chick: a young and invariably pretty girl
    • clyde: a word used to cover a multitude of personal observations; e.g., "I don't like her clyde" means "I don't like her voice", etc.
    • coo-coo!: see crazy.
    • crazy: a term of admiration for a personal, place, or thing; similar to cool.
    • Creep: a man who is disliked for any reason
    • crumb: a person it is impossible to respect
    • dame: a generally derogatory term for a probably unattractive woman
    • dig: a term of appreciation; e.g., "I dig that broad."
    • "Drop it, charley": change the conversation; see "good night, all"
    • duke: tip
    • dying: an exaggerated term to mean slightly upset; e.g. "I'm dying"
    • end: a word to signify that someone or something is the very best; "the living end"
    • endsville: total failure; similar to bombsville; see ville
    • fink: a person who cannot be relied upon or trusted, especially someone in the media; a crumb
    • fracture: to make laugh; as in "that fractures me"
    • gas: a great situation; as in "that set was a gas"
    • gasoline: alcohol
    • gasser: a highly admired person; the end!
    • gofer: someone who performs menial jobs and tasks; "go for drinks"
    • "good night all": a term of invective used to change the subject of conversation
    • groove: a term of admiration or approval; as in "in the groove"
    • Harvey: a person who acts in a stupid or naive fashion; sometimes shortened to "Harv"
    • hacked: angry; as in "he's hacked off"
    • hello!: a cry of surprise to no one in particular when a beautiful woman is seen
    • hunker: a jack-of-all-trades; see gopher
    • jokes: an actor's lines in a screenplay
    • let's lose charley: a term used among intimates who want to get rid of a bore in their company
    • little hey-hey: romance; a little action with a broad
    • locked-up: as in "all locked-up," a term for a forthcoming date or engagement, private or public
    • loser: anyone who has made a mess of their life, drinks too much, makes the wrong enemies, etc.
    • mish-mash: similar to loser, but refers specifically to a woman who is messed up
    • mothery: terrific; wild and wicked
    • mouse: usually a small, very feminine girl who invites being cuddled
    • nowhere: a term of failure as in "he's nowhere."
    • odds: used in connection with important decisions, as in "the odds aren't right," meaning it's a no go
    • original loser: a person without talent; sometimes more fully expressed as "He is the original Major Bowes Amateur Hour loser
    • player: a man who is a gambler by nature, makes friends easily, and never gives up trying
    • punks: any undesirables, in particular criminals, gangsters, or mobsters
    • quin: derisive term for a woman who is an easy pick-up
    • rain: as in "I think it's going to rain" indicating that it is time to leave a dull gathering or party
    • ring-a-ding: a term of approval, as in "What a ring-a-ding broad!"
    • Sam: used in the same way as Charley for a person whose name has been forgotten, most often applied to females
    • scramsville: to run off
    • sharp: a person who dresses well and with style
    • "ta-ta": goodbye
    • twirl: a girl who loves dancing
    • ville: a suffix used to indicate changes in any given situation; see endsville, splitsville, etc.

    e.g., Lillith: Sheesh, HD, where did you come up with that out-of-date lingo? HD: It's straight out of the Dictionary of the Rat Pack, m'dear.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    bombsville - From the Dictionary of the Rat Pack: any kind of failure in life; see ville.

    e.g.,

    “His Blackberry ring-a-ding dings. He rolls his blue eyes. It’s another panicked call from Kevin McCarthy. Boehner is beginning to wonder if the kid just doesn’t have it, if he’s bombsville. McCarthy styled himself as one of the ‘young guns,’ along with Eric Cantor, who misfired, and Paul Ryan, who can’t pull the trigger. Now Boehner’s worried that McCarthy might be a pop gun.

    “‘Kevin, did you make another mess I gotta clean up?’ the Speaker growls. ‘Stop blubbering. That’s my department. Obviously, you really stepped in it with that Benghazi crack on “Hannity.” You told Sean that I get a B-minus as speaker? I give you a D for Dumbo.’”

    submitted by [Maureen Doiwd] - (www)

    per say - Per se: Of, in, or by itself or oneself; intrinsically.

    e.g.,

    “Another lawmaker who has been a thorn in the side of intelligence agencies, outspoken Florida Democrat Alan Grayson, said the incident ‘illustrates the dangers of pervasive spying not just on members of Congress, but on members of the general public.’

    “‘It’s not so much whether members of Congress, per say, might feel chilled, but whether its chilling to think that the federal government has a record of our phone calls, mail that we send, the mail that we receive, our purchases,’ he said Thursday during an interview in the Speaker’s Lobby.”

    submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

    genialogy - The study of how to be a nice person. Perhaps with an alternative spelling of genialology as a sop to the texting and chat room crowd.

    e.g., For a few years in the 1970s and 1980s, my company sent me every once or two years to take a course in genialogy.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    michigoose - A man who lives in Michigan is a Michigander, making a woman who lives there a Michigoose. I think gender or sex neutral terminology is stupid ... and annoying. Live with it. (No claim to originality, as the construction is obvious.)

    e.g., Polls are unclear who the Michigeese will favor in next week's primary elections.

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    bane of my existence - Not downgrading this particular piece, but I've found Keyes to be more conservative than I am. I wanted to vote for him in Oklahoma's Republican primary in 2000, but I'm not sure he got on the ballot. If he dd, I did.

    e.g., Not downgrading this particular piece, but I've found Keyes to be more conservative than I am. I wanted to vote for him in Oklahoma's Republican primary in 2000, but I'm not sure he got on the ballot. If he dd, I did.

    submitted by downgrating - (www)

    preterition - (n.) "Passing over or omission; drawing attention to a thing by claiming to omit it." | Law Dictionary: "In the civil law. The omission by a testator of some one of bis heirs who is legally entitled to a portion of the inheritance."

    e.g., ssssssssss

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    heteronormative - A recent construct that seems to ... suggest that heterosexuality is normal? Whatever, it seems to me as if it's usually used in a way that suggests people who see that as being the case are in the wrong.  
     
     
     
    Oxford dictionaries: "Denoting or relating to a world view that promotes heterosexuality as the normal or preferred sexual orientation."

    e.g., Am I heteronormative? Damned if I know. The people I've heard use the word are decades younger than I am, are educated in less scientific -- pseudo-scientific? -- disciplines than I am, and are much, much farther to the left in the political spectrum than I am. It's simply not the sort of word someone my age and with a Myers-Briggs INTJ personality type is going to find much use for. | "Much of the language used when discussing wedding planning is heteronormative, which can alienate homosexual couples."

    submitted by HD Fowler

    poped - Pooped from too much coverage of Pope Francis's visit to the United States.

    e.g., Sheesh, I had no idea when I switched to the news that I'd get poped as fast as I did.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    paronomasia -

    Meaning: Word play based on sound similarities, punning.

    Notes: Paronomasia usually means "pun", but it actually covers other forms of wordplay, too. Using two different words in the same phrase also counts as paronomasia, e.g. 'pour out corruption from every pore'. Careful that you do not substitute A for the first O in this word: paranomasia. The adjective for this word is paronomastic or, if you need an extra syllable, paronomastical. However, for the adverb you must include the meaningless suffix -al: paronomastically.

    AlphaDictionary word for 2015-09-23.

    e.g., Several entries in the pd are paronomasia, submitted by Charlie Lesko.

    submitted by [HD for Robert Beard aka Dr. Goodword] - (www)

    callithump - (n.) 1. a noisy boisterous parade 2. a noisy mock serenade (made by banging pans and kettles) to a newly married couple

    e.g., The Donald is surely the most callithumpian presidential candidate we've ever had.

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    iatollah -

    Ayotallah: a high-ranking Shiite religious leader who is regarded as an authority on religious law and its interpretation and who has political power as well.

    From Wikipedia: Romanization of Arabic

    Different approaches and methods for the romanization of Arabic exist. They vary in the way that they address the inherent problems of rendering written and spoken Arabic in the Latin script. Examples of such problems are the symbols for Arabic phonemes that do not exist in English or other European languages; the means of representing the Arabic definite article, which is always spelled the same way in written Arabic but has numerous pronunciations in the spoken language depending on context; and the representation of short vowels (usually i u or e o , accounting for variations such as Muslim/Moslem or Mohammed/Muhammad/Mohamed ).


    Posted for RM by MS; however, the spelling can hardly be called wrong. Transliteration from Arabic to English isn't arbitrary, of course, but it's not and can't be perfect either.

    The example uses the grocer's apostrophe.

    e.g., I don't think they mean it personally either. But the bastard iatollah's and the religious leadership a**wholes over there … indoctrinates them to say it. Citizens of a totalitarian regime where information is controlled have a completely whacky outlook on the rest of the world. Look at North Korea. Same thing. The roving blackouts and abject poverty is blamed on us by their government [and the populace] then thinks we are the cause of all their problems. So we are the Imperialist American dogs. Place the blame on anyone OTHER than your government so your people don't revolt; this had been done in governments since the dawn of civilization.

    submitted by [Miss Speller for Ragemonkey]

    liberal arts education - An education that often does a better job of teaching college students how to enjoy the finer things in life than those with degrees in chemistry, engineering, mathematics, physics, and other so-called hard sciences. I'll bet they're also more likely to be interested in social justice.  
     
    Unfortunately, unless they get advanced degrees, liberal arts majors are not terribly likely to be able to get jobs that will enable them to afford &hellip the finer things in life. Armed with advanced degrees, however, some of them can get teaching jobs in colleges and universities and earn a decent living. Lacking an advanced degree, getting employed as a sales clerk is about all they should aspire to.

    e.g., Ah, no, Emily, surely you're not going to be a liberal arts major? ... You are? Well, at least with a liberal arts education you'll be able to get a job a bit better than working in a fast food joint. Maybe even get a job as a hostess at a decent restaurant.

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    cissexism - "Cissexism (or cissexual assumption or cisnormativity) is the appeal to norms that enforce the gender binary and gender essentialism, resulting in the oppression of gender variant (non-binary) and trans identities."

    Google «cissexism kyriarchy POC queer» to find out where such terms turn up together. I prefer the old days when the only time we heard about gender was when we studied pronouns in English class: feminine and masculine. These days, when it comes to self-identification, I self-identify as a warthog.

    e.g., "This thesis investigates how and in which way Occupy Wall Street (OWS) in New York City addresses issues of racism, sexism, classism, heterosexism and cissexism within the movement. Through a two-week field study including six semi - structured interviews with key informants and participant observation, an intersectional analysis was deployed to examine the organizing structure."

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    anti-responsibility - (adj.) pro-choice.

    e.g., It seems to me that those who tout abortion have already exercised their choice, and now seek only to avert the responsibilities that choice entails. Hence, anti-responsibility.

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    interjectionable - (in-ter-JEK-shun-uh-bull; adj.) Calling for or exciting spontaneous cries expressing of terror, horror, disgust, chagrin, disappointment, relief, approbation, praise, worship, vel cet.; 2. In the opinion of the speaker, worthy of such cries.

    e.g., "This is protein supplement. It will help your body repair your wound. Unfortunately, it tastes, well, interjectionable." "GAG! You're right!" "Bad, huh?" "Bad?! That's the most regurgitating slop I've ever tasted!"

    submitted by 2015-09-19 - (www)

    hurrayable - (her-RAY-uh-bull; adj.) 1. Exciting or worthy of exciting spontaneous cheers or cries of praise, approbation, or delight; 2. (less spontaneously) praiseworthy; 3. calling for a formal show of approbation (e.g., three cheers).  
     
    (Also "hurrahable," "huzzahable," vel cet.) {Duplicate.}

    e.g., That last catch was amazing, unexpected, ... positively hurrayable. | The work of the Red Cross volunteers during this disaster has been hurrayable. | Welcome, your hurrayable highness.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    hinge - (n.) Together with its regular meaning(s), a tweak given to spelling or font in order to signal a particular language or dialect. Such hinges can range from calligraphy (such as angular additions to signal Asian logographs, alterations to signal Cyrillic (like a backwards "R" for the Russian "ya"), or curlicues and strokes for Victorian- or Edwardian-era writing) to diaereses and cedillas to imply cultural or areal distinctness. [Coined by my son Digory to explain the practice.]

    e.g., Apostrophes appear in fantasy languages as a rather cliche hinge to signal alien-ness.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    kyriarchy - The first example is taken from the description of nethilia's den of fabulousness. I have no idea what PoC and kyriarchy mean, so I'm going to find out. … PoC is simply People of Color, more often seen as POC.  

    Kyriarchy, pronounced /ˈkaɪriɑrki/, is a social system or set of connecting social systems built around domination, oppression, and submission.  
     
    These are not going to be the sorts of constructions white men past their sell-by date are likely to run across very frequently. We tend to be much more interested in spending time with our loved ones or taking care of them to have much interest in being political activists. Trying to stay on the green side of the sod ourselves can also take up a considerable amount of our time.

    Google «cissexism kyriarchy POC queer» to find out where such terms turn up together. Some of the terms have been created so recently and are so uncommon that they barely register on Google books Ngram Viewer. If you included even the 10,000th most common word used in English, the two words that show up below would barely register. Such is the nature of the grievance industry that has started to flourish in the last thirty years.

     
     

    Kyriarchy - SJWiki


    Kyriarchy (from Greek meaning rule by lord) is an interlocking set of cultural, economic, and legal rules and systems that work to keep multiple groups oppressed for the benefit of a ruling group or class. Axes of oppression all contribute to creating a sociological landscape of hierarchical levels of privilege.

    Patriarchy is the subset of kyriarchy that oppresses women and non binary people to the benefit of men. White supremacy is the subset that oppresses people of color in favor of white people. Dyadism oppresses intersex people. Cisnormativity oppresses trans people. Heteronormativity oppresses queer people and privileges heterosexual people.

    Who is oppressed and who benefits varies depending on time and place, but generally speaking, the ruling class is small group, and everyone else is oppressed. However, not everyone is oppressed in the same way.


    e.g., "… I am pro-social justice and stand up for PoC and queer people and socialism, and am all about tearing down the kyriarchy and capitalism and there's some other things I guess so that's it and i will get as political as i wanna and if you don't like it eat glass encrusted legos with a bleach chaser mmkay"

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    leafity - (LEEF-it-ee; n.) 1. The quality or state of a plant or tree's being covered with leaves; by extension, 2. a. summer: that time of year characterized by the presence of leaves on deciduous plants and trees, also b. spring: that time of year characterized by the appearance of new leaves. 2. c. autumn: that time of year characterized by carpets and piles of dead leaves everywhere.

    e.g., Shade is the result of a tree's healthy leafity. | Leafity is so hot that one must seek shade in order to avoid dehydration. | After a long winter, one must rejoice in leafity.

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    megaaggression - A logical extension of a new term I haven't quite figured out yet: microagression. I think maybe it goes something like this:

    • "Males have one Y chromosome and one X chromosome, while females have two X chromosomes."
    • If you refer to a person who has one X chromosome and one Y chromosome as a boy or a man, you've committed a microaggression.
    • So it must follow that if you refer to a person who has one X chromosome and one Y chromosome and self-identifies as being female as being a boy or a man (say Bruce aka Caitlyn Jenner), you've committed a megaagression. ... Or something.

    I was surprised to find that the term has been around since 2004, recorded by Grant Barrett: microaggression n. subtle forms of racism or bias. (source: Double-Tongued Dictionary)

    e.g., "He quickly goes to work slapping people with detentions for every triggering and microaggression he hears about, and it’s not long before even Cartman has decided to back down. It was actually kind of strange to have Kyle be the one who tries to hold out until the end rather than Cartman, but clearly they wanted a reason to make some Brady/DeflateGate jokes and that gave them an excuse." | I think it's become a megaagression to refer to the NFL team in Washington as the Redskins.

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    ouroboros - "The ouroboros or uroboros ... is an ancient symbol depicting a serpent or dragon eating its own tail."

    e.g., "This is the limit of the Kardashian contribution to the world: self-aggrandizing fame that feeds upon itself like an ouroboros made up of injustice and selfies."

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    upadate - Update. To accommodate a typing error I make frequently.

    e.g., The phobias entry will get me back to my canonical list of phobias -- and I'll be upadating the entry over time.

    submitted by Miss Speller

    quid pro dough - Something for something, same as quid pro quo. However, with quid pro dough an actual exchange of money takes place -- the second party returns a "favor" because she's been paid to do so. Title of a New York Post article published on April 21, 2015, about Bill and Hillary Clinton.

     
     

    e.g., When JJJ asked his great-aunt Mary Massey how voters in his home county voted, she said, "About a third vote Democrat, a third vote Republican, and a third sell their votes." "Quid pro dough for the third group, eh?" "You got it. Just more straightforwardly than we usually see."

    submitted by [Brent Scher, New York Post] - (www)

    bachground music - Music performed by elite musician(s) but that nobody is really paying attention to or cares about.

    e.g., Heard they had great Bachground music at the embassy dinner last night.

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    litterture - Any written work that has little merit and is commonly recognized as a piece of trash.

    e.g., Read his last book, it’s truly high litterture.

    submitted by Kulnor the Wise - (www)

    qualiflied - Highly skilled individual that is so good that everything s/he does flies and meets success.

    e.g., Been working with him for years. The dude is truly qualiflied!

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    halfrican - Half-black, half white.

    e.g., "The halfrican has shut down coal industry in America without a replacement source for power, just to justify the cost of energy going through the roof for Americans. The middle class of America will take the brunt of the increase as they pay for the rising cost for the poor, like they do for obamacare."

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    hoarse manure - A filibuster.

    e.g., There is an idiotic political ploy, in which a Congressman or Senator, in order to delay a vote on legislation he is supposedly vehemently opposed to, will hold, and refuse to yield, the floor by speaking, for hour after hour, on topics both relevant and ridiculous, including such activities as reciting the Declaration of Independence, reading from the Bible, etc., etc.  
     
    This practice results in "hoarse manure" -- for the politician, a global awareness that he is a horse's ass with a sore throat -- for the People, a mountain of stinking crap.

    submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

    poutrage - A combination of pouting and outrage.

    e.g., "KOS's true colors are showing and the color is red-right-wing. He posted a diary with a poll that showed the exact opposite of his poutrage, but that didn't stop him from calling President Obama-supporters 'idiots.'"

    submitted by [ghostwriter] - (www)

    nihilisecond - Zero time, no time at all. Sometimes spelled nilisecond.

    e.g., It took almost fifty years for my wife to realize that The Girl and I had never been anything but friends, that I had gotten over any crushes I had on her within nihiliseconds of laying eyes on my wife for the first time. | A nihilisecond is the same length of time as a either a googol nihiliseconds or a yuckto-nihilisecond: no time at all.

     
     
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    yanno - You know.

    e.g., Hey, yanno I am good!

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    plexie-glass - Plexiglass. Other ytpoes in Raygun's comment will be ignored.

    e.g., Raygun: So the Hillary wants to debate the Donald, I hope she gets her chance.  
     
    … the debate will probaly have to be thrue one inch of plexie-glass in prison.

    submitted by Miss Speller for Raygun - (www)

    criminogenic - A real word, but not frequently used: "Creating or generating crime, fostering criminal behavior" | "Producing or tending to produce crime or criminality" |

    e.g., "Alcohol is the most criminogenic substance in America" (James B. Jacobs). | Is society becoming more criminogenic or less criminogic? | Do crime statistics bear out that an urban setting is more criminogenic than a rural setting? Surely in the number of crimes committed, but how about the rate of crimes? The Shadow knows. I don't. | BBC News: "Worse than that, they insist on using long words like 'criminogenic.'"

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    asstoot - Not astute, as in smart: a fart.

    e.g., Oh. My. God. Don't tell me it was the dog. No dog's asstoot smells like that.

    submitted by beelzebub

    atlastic - The feeling of having the weight of the world on your shoulders.

    e.g., The pressure made me feel extremely atlastic.

    submitted by Quinten

    adyne - To do something deemed impossible.

    e.g., They said it was impossible, but I was determined to adyne it.

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    nephew - (n.) A significant amount of weight lost (or, presumably, gained). [from the ordinary word 'nephew,' meaning 'sibling's son.' Evidently, a reference to carrying around--or not carrying around--the weight of a child.]

    e.g., I first heard this term used by a physical therapist in reference to a patient who had lost weight over a few months. He said, "Wow, John, looks like you've dropped a nephew!" I find the term rather bizarre, myself.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    killegal aliens - Illegal aliens who end up becoming murderers.

    e.g., Unfortunately, there've been too many killegal aliens in the news this summer.

    submitted by killegal aliens,

    proberly - Probably.

    e.g., Blaming everyone but himself. He was proberly just a crap reporter.

    submitted by Miss Speller

    get-togethere - A get-together somewhere other than at home -- especially if the venue is a long way from home.

    e.g., We'll be having a family get-togethere next October when my wife's nephew gets married -- to a young woman he's known since junior high. Both are in their early thirties.

    submitted by Lillith

    mas - Mutual Admiration Society. || "(Caribbean) a carnival | music played for a carnival, or a band playing this."

    e.g., Friends of the best kind are usually those who belong to the same MAS. If your friends don't think highly of you and admire you, who will? | I think it's safe enough to say we belong to a three-man MAS. || “The total lack of cultural context is a real problem,” says Okola. “From a distance, someone may see Rihanna walking down the street and say, ‘Oh, she’s half-naked on the street.’ First of all, why do you care? Secondly, do you understand the context within which she’s half-naked in a bikini? It is simply part of the mas experience. And mas has not always had these levels of nakedness, but like everything, mas evolves.”

    submitted by HD Fowler - (www)

    positions of powder - Top level jobs held by ... the weaker sex. (Wonder if that will get me in trouble. I saw it used recently, so I thought I'd give it a try. By Camille Paglia, well-known feminist?)

    e.g., "Looks like there are some people in positions of powder that still value America and the Rule of Law. I plan to reach out to his office with a message of gratitude and support. I urge others to do the same. Judge Sullivan Chambers: (202) 354-xxxx, or Courtroom Deputy: Mark Coates (202) 354-xxxx."

    submitted by Miss Speller

    supertome - Extending the meaning of the word tome beyond large, scholarly books is a natural -- for long letters, long e-mails, long Internet comments, long blog posts, etc. At one end of the size spectrum for text on the Internet, we have 140-character tweets. At the other end, we have supertomes. The easiest way to create a supertome is to use text collector software to combine all of the .txt files in a directory into a single .txt file.

    e.g., Has anyone developed software that will combine multiple .eml files into supertomes? It can get mighty tedious doing it by hand.

    submitted by HD Fowler

    fatasstrophe - A disastrous situation you find yourself in because you're obese. Fatastrophe.

    e.g., "She's not that funny and I gotta say, that woman's latest video is an absolute fatastrophe."

    submitted by [Javier Perez] - (www)

    yucktosecond - A unit of time a millionth of one Planck time (10-44 second), that being "the time required to travel one Planck length at the speed of light (c)." Until now, the second smallest unit of time named has ben a yoctosecond (10-24 second) or one septillionth of a second. Seeing that made the name for my new unit of time obvious given that I was searching for a word related to laughing -- Yucks can be used as a synonym for laughs. A yucktosecond is thus 10-50 second, the smallest unit of time named as far as I know. Planck time

    e.g., You watched for six minutes waiting for the video to be funny? Not very smart, I'd say. I have absolutely no intention of wasting even one yucktosecond of my time watching it.

    submitted by [Fred Softbear] - (www)

    midi ochre - The disgusting color and quality of cheap paint.

    e.g., Hal-- I've just repainted my kitchen. Doesn't it look fresh and new? Cal-- You idiot! Results are always mid ochre when you use five-year-old paint bought for three dollars a gallon!

    submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

    mask uline - The "standard" stoic, impassive visage that hides male emotions.

    e.g., George Becton is a regular guy. His craggy, unsmiling face and questioning cynical look is his typical mask uline reaction to all confrontations. However, when Willy, his wife, smiles gently at him with her soft brown eyes, his heart immediately melts and she gets anything she wants. (ED. Isn't that the way it is for any man worth his salt.)

    submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

    caronary - (Rhymes with BAR-on-dairy; n.) The metaphorical heart attack that automobile owners feel, especially the owners of new automobiles, when their automobiles are damaged (wrecked, bashed, dinged) or threatened. [From "car" mixed with "coronary."]

    e.g., When Mary learned that Mark had crashed her brand new Audi, she about had a caronary.

    submitted by Scott M. Ellsworth - (www)

    - (ED. From a submitter who made such a stunningly insensitive remark shortly after my wife's death that I have absolutely no intention of accepting any further submittals from him. I've even considered removing all of his previous submittals, but that would be a lot of work given that there are over 400 of them. Right now, I refuse to waste an e-mail on him. Perhaps some day I'll relent, but not yet.)

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    aj - Advocacy journalist.

    e.g., "Well done. Jorge Ramos is what is called an 'advocacy journalist' -- advancing an agenda is more important to AJs than seeking the truth and reporting it."

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    crap writing - Truly bad writing from a mechanics standpoint.

    e.g., "These statistics are just too much of a burden on the tax paying American worker. Perhaps if you want to include all those welfare recipients in the tax paying population, that would help, but no, you won't do that either. Rubio, and ALL the GOP .....let us remind you.....your FIRST obligation is to WE THE AMERICAN tax payers, paying for all this BS. NOT illegals.....NOT anchor babies.....NOT Visa workers......so I will NEVER vote for anyone whose interest is in ANYONE but us."

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    pantywaste - Pantywaist. Otherwise, I shudder to think what pantywaste might be.

    e.g., "The Republican elections have been failures for over a decade and those in office are liars and pantywastes."

    submitted by Miss Speller

    hookup - A casual sexual encounter. | The person with whom you have a casual sexual encounter.
    With the hack of the data for Ashley-Madison.com website for cheating wives and husbsands in the news again, it seemed reasonable to add the term -- which might still be unknown to, say, the Amish.

    e.g., Sure, I hookup with a man other than my husband at least once a week, but I don't know why I get called a cheater for doing so. He knows all about it and approves of what I'm doing -- it's just an easy way for me to find new hookups.

    submitted by Beelzebub

    politico scoliosis - (Var.of scoliosis, a human curved spine condition.) A politician's curvature of stance on controversial issues.

    e.g., The Honorable State Senator stands in front of a bank of microphones. It is his long-awaited press conference on "Should The Natural Gas Drilling Method Of Fracking Be Allowed In Our State?"

    The topic has been bitterly debated for months. Those in favor cite the economic benefits the state's communities sorely need. Those opposed have been fiercely vocal with their concerns for irreversible damage to our land and water.

    Tension in the room is almost unbearable. Will the Senator voice his approval and earn the enmity and bitter hatred of the environmentalist and "tree huggers?"

    Or will he speak against, and lose the friendship, perks, and financial campaign support from the large landowners, businessmen and "old pals" at his snazzy country club? Hey! C'mon! You know! I don't have to tell you!
    The good senator could speak and answer pointed questions all day, and never say one word of commitment, for or against.
    As with those who seek a career in elected government service, our polished, experienced senator, smiling and speaking glibly, has long maintained a severe case of politico scoliosis.

    submitted by Charlie Lesko - (www)

    egat - Someone who grew up in the Everyone Gets a Trophy Generation.

    e.g., Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker James Harrsion returned his kids' non-winning participation trophies. He was clearly concerned about them growing up as egats. What he did seems all right to me -- the kids found out a little earlier than their peers that you don't get a prize just for showing up.

    submitted by Lillith - (www)

    accenchuate - Accentuate. Simpler Spelling Word of the Day for

    Thursday, August 13, 2015:  accenchuate" for "accentuate"

    T does not spell the CH-sound as in "chipmunk." CH does: "accenchuate."

    e.g.,

    HD: Not that long ago, I thought the earliest popular song I remembered hearing was "Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah." Now I'm almost sure the earliest would be "Accenchuate the Positive." It came out a couple of years earlier.

    Lillith: That's not the correct title for the song.

    HD: Stuff it, Lillith. It's close enough. And it definitely matches the way the word is pronounced.

    Here's part of the Wikipedia entry.

    "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive" is a popular song. The music was written by Harold Arlen and the lyrics by Johnny Mercer, and it was published in 1944. It is sung in the style of a sermon, and explains that accentuating the positive is key to happiness. In describing his inspiration for the lyric, Mercer told the Pop Chronicles radio documentary "[my] publicity agent … went to hear Father Divine and he had a sermon and his subject was 'you got to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative.' And I said Wow, that's a colorful phrase!'"

    I agree with Mercer: Accenchuating the positive is, indeed, a key ingredient in recipes for happpiness. Here are the lyrics in full.

    Gather 'round me, everybody
    Gather 'round me while I'm preachin'
    Feel a sermon comin' on me
    The topic will be sin and that's what I'm ag'in'
    If you wanna hear my story
    The settle back and just sit tight
    While I start reviewin'
    The attitude of doin' right

    You've got to accentuate the positive
    Eliminate the negative
    And latch on to the affirmative
    Don't mess with Mister In-Between

    You've got to spread joy up to the maximum
    Bring gloom down to the minimum
    Have faith or pandemonium's
    Liable to walk upon the scene

    To illustrate my last remark
    Jonah in the whale, Noah in the ark
    What did they do just when everything looked so dark?

    (Man, they said "We'd better accentuate the positive")
    ("Eliminate the negative")
    ("And latch on to the affirmative")
    Don't mess with Mister In-Between (No!)
    Don't mess with Mister In-Between

    (Ya got to spread joy up to the maximum)

    (Bring gloom down to the minimum)

    (Have faith or pandemonium's)
    (Liable to walk upon the scene)

    You got to ac (yes, yes) -cent-tchu-ate the positive
    Eliminate (yes, yes) the negative
    And latch (yes, yes) on to the affirmative
    Don't mess with Mister In-Between
    No, don't mess with Mister In-Between

    submitted by Miss Speller - (www)

    enablerhood - Community of people who encourage or enable negative or self-destructive behavior in others.

    It's a beautiful day in the enablerhood,
    A beautiful day in the enablerhood,
    Wouldn't you like to be ... my enabler?!

    e.g., In my enablerhood, I give my alcoholic neighbor a six-pack of beer for mowing my lawn, so my lazy butt doesn't have to go outside or exert myself in any way that might resemble exercise.

    submitted by j - (www)