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  • pangolins v orchids, it's on!

    April 20, 2018

  • Re 'eye', see fascinum.

    April 20, 2018

  • Second meaning under CDC is interesting.

    April 20, 2018

  • I wonder how much the fine is.

    April 20, 2018

  • I can find no adjectival version of quandary. To my surprise the OED reports that it can be used as a verb in the passive voice and supplies examples such as, “2007 www.rolandmc.com 23 Feb. (O.E.D. Archives) I'm seriously quandaried by the need to create and choose a MySpace name.”

    April 20, 2018

  • Is there an adjectival form of "quandary'? Perhaps "quandrous" or "quandarous?" I seem to remember encountering the first choice somewhere, but I have not found it in an online or bound lexicon.

    April 20, 2018

  • Oh, dear! Is this a bad sign for vegans?

    April 20, 2018

  • Try following the link for the adopter of this word.

    April 20, 2018

  • BREAKING: "Mueller's tinchel made great progress this week when..."

    April 20, 2018

  • According to common report

    In Scotland the hunters consort

    To stalk with a wrinkle

    By forming a tinchel

    But still call the killing a sport.

    April 20, 2018

  • In Saskatchewan, a bunny-hug is a hoodie.

    April 20, 2018

  • Someone teach me this dance.

    April 20, 2018

  • Etymology at tumescent.

    April 19, 2018

  • Love bone connected to the...

    April 19, 2018

  • A deplorable practice has emerged in the world of adoption. Adoptive families are now using the Internet to give their unwanted adopted children over to complete strangers, some of whom are traffickers, pedophiles, child pornographers, or worse. This practice is known as private re-homing. Through the use of online message boards and a simple notarized power of attorney document, adoptive parents are circumventing the adoption system-including its home study and background check requirements for prospective parents-and placing children in great danger.
    S. Megan Testerman, Note, A World Wide Web of Unwanted Children: The Practice, the Problem, and the Solution to Private Re-Homing, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 2103 (2015) (abstract)

    April 19, 2018

  • A deplorable practice has emerged in the world of adoption. Adoptive families are now using the Internet to give their unwanted adopted children over to complete strangers, some of whom are traffickers, pedophiles, child pornographers, or worse. This practice is known as private re-homing. Through the use of online message boards and a simple notarized power of attorney document, adoptive parents are circumventing the adoption system-including its home study and background check requirements for prospective parents-and placing children in great danger.
    S. Megan Testerman, Note, A World Wide Web of Unwanted Children: The Practice, the Problem, and the Solution to Private Re-Homing, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 2103 (2015) (abstract)

    April 19, 2018

  • A deplorable practice has emerged in the world of adoption. Adoptive families are now using the Internet to give their unwanted adopted children over to complete strangers, some of whom are traffickers, pedophiles, child pornographers, or worse. This practice is known as private re-homing. Through the use of online message boards and a simple notarized power of attorney document, adoptive parents are circumventing the adoption system-including its home study and background check requirements for prospective parents-and placing children in great danger.
    S. Megan Testerman, Note, A World Wide Web of Unwanted Children: The Practice, the Problem, and the Solution to Private Re-Homing, 67 Fla. L. Rev. 2103 (2015) (abstract)

    April 19, 2018

  • Good lad. I'll think of you when so long variations are earworming you at 3am.

    April 19, 2018

  • Dammit, bilby, I knew you were going to want more info since I know you speak Bahasa Malayu or its Indonesian cousin. The Malay origin was the first I found but now I cannot locate the specific source I used. I have found other sources that suggest the Arabic “ma’salaam” became the Malay “salang” and that British soldiers and sailors serving in Malaya in the 19th Century brought it home as “so long.”

    Now I’m going to be awake all night looking for that damned first google hit.

    April 19, 2018

  • So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    I've sung this song, but I'll sing it again

    Of the people I've met and the places I've seen

    Some of the troubles that bothered my mind

    And a lot of good people that I've left behind, singing

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    The sweethearts they sat in the dark and they sparked

    They hugged and they kissed in that dusty old dark

    They sighed and they cried and they hugged and they kissed

    But instead of marriage they talked like this: honey

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    I went to your family and asked them for you

    They all said take her, oh take please do

    She can't cook or so and she won't't scrub your floor

    So I put on my coat, tip toed down the door, singing

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    I walked down the street to the grocery store

    It was crowded with people both rich and both poor

    I asked the man how his butter was sold

    He says one pound of butter for two pounds of gold, I said

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    My telephone rang and it jumped off the wall

    That was the preacher makin' his call

    He said, "we're waiting to tie the knot

    You're getting married believe it or not"

    The church was jammed and the church was packed

    The pews were crowded from the front to the back

    A thousand of friends waiting to kiss my new bride

    But I was so anxious I rushed her outside, told her

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    So long, it's been good to know ya

    What a long time since I've been home

    And I've gotta be driftin' along

    - Woody Guthrie

    April 19, 2018

  • I couldn't find the Malay connection in either of those links and nothing really comes to mind. I find the Norwegian / Swedish links reasonably plausible.

    Tut-tut to Meriam Webster for not knowing that salam is also used when taking leave.

    April 19, 2018

  • We were looking for you on narrowbody.

    April 19, 2018

  • Bracketed.

    Have you tried anybody and everybody?

    April 19, 2018

  • The origins of “so long” are in fact mysterious. It’ suggested origins have been placed in Irish (slán), German (adieu so lange), Hebrew (shalom), Arabic (salaam). Also Malay, Norwegian and Swedish origins have been posited. An early appearance in print was in the poetry of Walt Whitman who reported that it was a common salutation among soldiers and sailors.

    See:

    https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/so-long-origin

    https://www.etymonline.com/word/so%20long

    and in many other places.

    April 19, 2018

  • Comes from Hebrew shalom.

    April 19, 2018

  • strong word

    April 19, 2018

  • See comments on narrowbody.

    April 19, 2018

  • Brackets around a busybody, please. I have a list for it.

    Also, I looked through nobody's lists, but I didn't see this word there.

    April 19, 2018

  • Call me a busybody, but currently nobody is listing narrowbody.

    April 19, 2018

  • Yes, Wikipedia has more:

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luther_Blissett_%28nom_de_plume%29

    April 19, 2018

  • This, from an article about great football flops, is a lovely account of the luther blissett thing in Italian.

    "Ninety-five league goals in just 246 appearances established Blissett as one of the most prolific strikers in Britain, thriving at Graham Taylor's no-nonsense Watford. Quite why Milan thought his robust talents would be similarly successful in Serie A remains one of football's enduring mysteries. He scored five goals in 30 games and, according to one Italian newspaper, was 'famous for missing open goals and for the inexorable precision with which he would find the goalpost'. His name lives on in Italy, however, but not for footballing reasons. 'Luther Blissett' has become a byword for anarchy. In 1997 four men went on trial in Rome for travelling on a train without tickets. When asked to identify themselves, all said they were Luther Blisset and argued that 'a collective identity does not need a ticket'. They explained that they chose Blissett because he was 'just a nice Afro-Caribbean guy who had problems with the Italian way of playing football.'"

    - Oliver Irish, The 10 biggest wastes of money in football history, Sunday 2 September 2001

    Observer Sport Monthly. https://www.theguardian.com/observer/osm/story/0,6903,543912,00.html

    April 19, 2018

  • Well kilonova me with monounsaturated fat and call me an avocado.

    April 19, 2018

  • Did it taste laemony?

    April 19, 2018

  • That beverage that formerly seemed to me

    An ordinary serving of steaming tea

    Was nothing prosaic

    But apotropaic -

    A cup of mysterious haemony.

    April 19, 2018

  • literacy

    April 18, 2018

  • Spotted in Canada's Beaverton.

    "The two dozen or so pipeline warriors appeared on the BC Legislature lawn driving custom built motorcycles, doombuggies armed with menacing spikes, and F-150 pickup trucks with bumper stickers proclaiming their love for Alberta beef."

    April 18, 2018

  • I don't brother you I'm afraid.

    April 18, 2018

  • Really? I’m always hearing people say, “I’m going to supernova my erupt.” Maybe it’s different in Tasmania.

    April 18, 2018

  • Not supported by examples nor personal experience.

    April 18, 2018

  • Same as brother. Can also be used as a verb, just like brother can.

    April 18, 2018

  • nova, kilonova, supernova, and hypernova can all be used as verbs.

    April 18, 2018

  • nova, kilonova, supernova, and hypernova can all be used as verbs.

    April 18, 2018

  • nova, kilonova, supernova, and hypernova can all be used as verbs.

    April 18, 2018

  • nova, kilonova, supernova, and hypernova can all be used as verbs.

    April 18, 2018

  • adj. Similar to or having the form of a hole

    April 18, 2018

  • BTW CDC please take half-job Harriet off the definition writing desk.

    April 18, 2018

  • ennis, inis, inish = island.

    April 18, 2018

  • There’s nonsense and much mumbo-jumbo

    In this, our linguistical gumbo:

    In absence of rain,

    The pedants explain,

    You must call a rainbow a sunbow.

    April 18, 2018

  • advanced placement united states history class

    April 17, 2018

  • Plural for of theyby.

    April 17, 2018

  • Icterus icterus, the Venezuelan troupial, is the national bird of Venezuela.

    April 17, 2018

  • Etymonline says: "jaundice," 1706, medical Latin, from Greek ikteros "jaundice," also the name of a yellowish bird the sight of which was supposed, by sympathetic magic, to cure jaundice (but the bird died).

    April 17, 2018

  • '...akin to Icelandic krappr, constrained, tight.'

    April 17, 2018

  • Dunno, pressing vendingmachine buttons is pretty much a national sport.

    April 17, 2018

  • *presses button politely*

    April 17, 2018

  • He dances, who once was a stumbler.

    She sings, who once was a mumbler.

    The shy and unsure

    Find solace and cure

    Emboldened by wine and the tummler.

    April 17, 2018

  • Zoognosis is the knowledge spread between humans and animals. We are all connected, and there is a lot to be learned from these connections. -Claire Simeone, TED2018

    April 17, 2018

  • Clever people—quick studies—are often like this. They have properly intellectual gifts, but they lack the patience for attention’s long, slow gaze (on which see below), and so their intellectual life coruscates, sparking here and there like a firefly on the porch, but illuminating nothing for long

    April 17, 2018

  • Clever people—quick studies—are often like this. They have properly intellectual gifts, but they lack the patience for attention’s long, slow gaze (on which see below), and so their intellectual life coruscates, sparking here and there like a firefly on the porch, but it illuminate nothing for long

    April 17, 2018

  • Also inconjunct.

    April 17, 2018

  • Are you a [honetically misparsed French word that became a cutthroat in English? I hope so, cutttoe. (See Example)

    April 16, 2018

  • Please do not kick or pound me if your pellets don't fall immediately. And don't press my buttons over and over. Be patient and you will receive your due reward.

    April 16, 2018

  • I happen to have here a bucket of pellet hooch I made a while back.

    *cheers*

    April 16, 2018

  • Ooh! A delicious food pellet!

    What a great party.

    April 16, 2018

  • *presses button*

    April 16, 2018

  • I guess the Roman equivalent of Wheedle On The Needle might have been Basilisk On The Obelisk.

    April 16, 2018

  • Etymology note: compare hybrid.

    April 16, 2018

  • FOOD PELLET PARTY!

    April 16, 2018

  • *licks paw whilst eyeing food pellet from the other side of the room*

    April 16, 2018

  • Meow?

    April 16, 2018

  • Though life in a burrow may seem

    A low and impoverished scheme

    Some in a snooty vein

    Call it a souterrain,

    But all of us know it’s a weem.

    April 16, 2018

  • 1870: "so much hair of her own, that she never patronized either rats, mice, waterfalls, switches or puff combs", An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, Chapter XI. Needles and Tongues https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/An_Old_Fashioned_Girl/Chapter_XI

    April 16, 2018

  • 1870: "so much hair of her own, that she never patronized either rats, mice, waterfalls, switches or puff combs", An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, Chapter XI. Needles and Tongues https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/An_Old_Fashioned_Girl/Chapter_XI

    April 16, 2018

  • 1870: "so much hair of her own, that she never patronized either rats, mice, waterfalls, switches or puff combs", An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, Chapter XI. Needles and Tongues https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/An_Old_Fashioned_Girl/Chapter_XI

    April 16, 2018

  • 1870: "so much hair of her own, that she never patronized either rats, mice, waterfalls, switches or puff combs", An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, Chapter XI. Needles and Tongues https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/An_Old_Fashioned_Girl/Chapter_XI

    April 16, 2018

  • 1870: "so much hair of her own, that she never patronized either rats, mice, waterfalls, switches or puff combs", An Old Fashioned Girl by Louisa May Alcott, Chapter XI. Needles and Tongues https://en.wikisource.org/wiki/An_Old_Fashioned_Girl/Chapter_XI

    April 16, 2018

  • See https://patents.google.com/patent/US769151 for a 1904 "comb designed for use in forming a pompadour".

    April 16, 2018

  • A fez wearing person in a tiny little car shows up and drops off a food pellet.

    April 16, 2018

  • What some people in the UK want to call the frunk, a front boot, instead of a front trunk.

    April 15, 2018

  • A swagman once pined for his Lydia

    Then met a koala much prettier.

    Their meeting was pleasant

    So he left a present,

    Now all of her tribe has chlamydia.

    April 15, 2018

  • The obvious question is, “Who has been screwing the koalas?” There is nothing those Aussies won’t stoop to. Next it’ll be the quokkas. Or (gasp!) bilbies!

    April 15, 2018

  • *presses button*

    April 15, 2018

  • Recusants grown weary of dreading

    And cautious confessional treading

    Embraced Lutheranism

    As mere tutiorism

    When faced with the threat of beheading.

    April 15, 2018

  • "Australia's iconic koala has a problem that keeps boomeranging back.

    Chlamydia, a type of sexually transmitted disease also found in humans, has hit wild koalas hard, with some wild populations seeing a 100 percent infection rate." --National Geographic, 14 April 2018

    April 15, 2018

  • I hear there's a secret button pressing ceremony involving a food pellet.

    April 15, 2018

  • The floor is legos.

    April 14, 2018

  • See noncat.

    April 14, 2018

  • Holy robogasm, Batman.

    April 14, 2018

  • How did I random word this?

    April 14, 2018

  • See anecdote on mercaptan.

    April 14, 2018

  • Oh dear.

    April 14, 2018

  • Who is the Royal Secret Society of Bilbies and what are you going to do with me?

    April 14, 2018

  • I got adopted!

    April 14, 2018

  • Book search confirms it is a racist slur in S Africa

    April 14, 2018

  • Already a famed bayardere

    Mata Hari began a career

    Of laying and lying

    And diligent spying,

    A true multi-task pioneer.

    April 14, 2018

  • Apparently, the new term for a surrogate. Also this combo: gestational carrier surrogacy.

    April 14, 2018

  • You too could be a lapotopogigiatore one day.

    April 13, 2018

  • A layered French gateaux featuring almonds, coffee and chocolate.

    April 13, 2018

  • Is the Italian version called lapotopogigio?

    April 13, 2018

  • Special mention for lapotopoto, a Samoan pancake (properly panikeke lapotopoto). http://www.samoafood.com/2010/11/panikeke-lapotopoto-round-pancakes.html

    April 13, 2018

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