Comments by alexz

  • Where you marry yourself. Spotted in a Guardian article.

    February 26, 2017

  • Apparently, from the picture shown below, it's a Quebec marmot, circa the 1800's.

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=J2NRAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA221&dq=weenus

    Arctomys empetra

    February 25, 2017

  • to tempt Murphy's law.

    February 23, 2017

  • silly memes aside, this word actually appeared in print.

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=dFMCAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA63&dq="whomst";;;;;

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=FERaAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA246&dq="whomst";;;;

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=QZ5BAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA184&dq="whomst";;;;

    So, there you go memers, it's been word'd.

    The 19th century also had  what-d'ye-call'em  

    February 23, 2017

  • oh no.. a new meme.

    Set your search engine or video search for "whomst'd meme" , and brace for the impact of silly words.

    February 23, 2017

  • "Due to what happened #lastnightinsweden the most valuable #wordoftheday is 'källkritik'. Meaning #factcheck"

    https://twitter.com/swedense/status/833682059642228737

    February 21, 2017

  • spotted this term near heligimbal - wikipedia lists it as a balloon used for filming.

    February 20, 2017

  • spotted in a Fermilab video


    February 20, 2017

  • the (usually ball shaped) motion stabilized camera mount on a helicopter or aircraft.

    spotted term in a video about nature videography.

    February 20, 2017

  • Conservative In Name Only

    Similar acronym RINO

    February 20, 2017

  • .is a squared off roundabout. The sharper turns supposedly slow down cars more.

    February 19, 2017

  • :all you can eat:

    February 18, 2017

  • techy speak - short for debug

    February 18, 2017

  • prosumer

    February 17, 2017

  • Short for organizations

    February 16, 2017

  • From the examples listed: psychological operations

    February 16, 2017

  • Spotted in article about bringing back mammoths, or mammophants

    February 16, 2017

  • Mammoth cloning article in the guardian: '“We hope to do the entire procedure ex-vivo (outside a living body),” he said. “It would be unreasonable to put female reproduction at risk in an endangered species.”'

    February 16, 2017

  • A mammoth elephant hybrid.

    February 16, 2017

  • An overly aggressive handshake where someone's whole arm is pulled, spotted in the news. aka yankshake

    February 15, 2017

  • SPOILER ALERT: in the movie The Princess Bride, "as you wish" means "I love you"

    February 14, 2017

  • Spotted in a linux presentation: "Auto industry is way behind smartphones. 36mos to produce infotainment system."

    February 14, 2017

  • Amazon's word for an interjection, so their talking gizmo can say Bazinga with emphasis. Speech emoticon?

    February 14, 2017

  • sometimes refers to Portland Oregon. Letters come from the airport code.  Not everyone refers to their city by airport code. 

    February 14, 2017

  • explained in emoji: 👀 😒

    February 13, 2017

  • a Star Trek acronym " Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations" attributed to the Vulcans.

    sometimes spotted on twitter in human rights debates.

    February 12, 2017

  • a machine that rapidly places electronics components on a circuit board

    - spotted in a manufacturing video ; historically would have called this a pick and place machine

    February 12, 2017

  • spotted in examples for a-gley "slang for gone haywire"

    " 'The best laid schemes of mice and men/Gang aft a-gley'" - Robert Burns

    February 12, 2017

  • the computer term ping does not come from "p(acket) in(formation) g(roper)."   The fifth edition of the American Heritage dictionary fixed their etymology.

    February 12, 2017

  • Alaskan term - spotted in the book 'Whale Snow'

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=JsGC81aEorcC

    "...Whale snow comes from when a whale has given itself to the People"

    February 12, 2017

  • skiing term for a big mound of snow



    February 12, 2017

  • a Hampshire word for Icicle.

    spotted in a Robert McFarlane word hoard Guardian article. Feb 27 2015

    https://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/feb/27/robert-macfarlane-word-hoard-rewilding-landscape

    February 12, 2017

  • Bunny rabbit. 🐇

    February 11, 2017

  • an insult spotted on the Samantha Bee show - Feb 8 2017

    Quick search shows it's officially recognized and not always an insult  http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/dictionary-confirms-bawbag-officially-real-8603625

    February 9, 2017

  • in looking up more ice words , came across 5 pages of icicle variants

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=pPQoAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA143

    Transactions of the American Philological Association, Volumes 24-26 1893

    February 8, 2017

  • hoar frost - from Jamieson's dictionary.

    February 8, 2017

  • an old Scottish word for icicle

    February 8, 2017

  • "fine snow"

    spotted in Jamieson's dictionary

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=y_s3AQAAIAAJ&pg=PA500

    February 8, 2017

  • "Twas frost and thro' leet, wid a greymin o' snaw,

    When I went to see Biddy, the flow'r o' them aw;"

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=MEBjAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA83

    February 8, 2017

  • lowercase version of RMB or renminbi currency.  

    February 8, 2017

  • when all your devops guys are texting during a meeting, skip the meeting part. aka ChatOps

    February 8, 2017

  • Mates, as in friends.

    February 7, 2017

  • Txtspeak for 'meet in real life'

    Spotted in TheRegister article "Parents have no idea when kidz txt m8s 'KMS' or '99'"

    February 7, 2017

  • trisyllabic is not trisyllabic

    it has 4 syllables.

    February 6, 2017

  • back flip

    my bilby

    February 6, 2017

  • Celebrating

    February 5, 2017

  • Slang for celebrate... from the examples it is short for cell phone or cell phone picture

    February 5, 2017

  • Robotics term for controlling a stepper motor so it's in between 2 step locations. example: putting 20% current on coil A and 80% current on coil B results in a location in between A and B locations.

    In general, microstepping is used for making the motors move smoothly between phases.

    February 5, 2017

  • a 3d printing term for a benchmark test of your 3d printer.  named after the 3DBenchy file: It's a model of a boat.   I suspect benchy comes from benchmark

    February 4, 2017

  • A term coined by an article writer who thinks the faux "let's do lunch" is Vancouver specific

    February 4, 2017

  • Term coined by an article writer who thinks cancelling meetings at the last minute is a BC thing.

    February 4, 2017

  • Spotted in the news as a card skimmer installed in the card slot of a banking machine. (shim / skimmer)


    From a CBC article on these devices being found in point of sale devices - 'Bojic said using the tap function of a chip card is one way to avoid being "shimmed." '

    February 4, 2017

  • Keep seeing this term show up in the 'not Orwellian' context.

    February 4, 2017

  • kickass

    February 2, 2017

  • physics/chemistry - Tin atoms in a single layer similar to a graphene layer.

    February 2, 2017

  • .. means twins.

    February 2, 2017

  • Ok Google.... What was I searching for again?

    February 1, 2017

  • When you forget why you entered a room

    February 1, 2017

  • Wikipedia has this term as Saarloo

    January 31, 2017

  • Spotted this word in looking up wolfdog

    From the examples, it's a German shepherd wolf cross.  Wikipedia had this term as Saarloos

    January 31, 2017

  • sounds a bit like the quark soup term that goes back to the nineteen seventies

    January 31, 2017

  • internet memespeak for 'how about that'

    January 31, 2017

  • a quick search shows that pants have been grumpy since 1996.

    January 30, 2017

  • grumpypants?

    January 30, 2017

  • term spotted again 2017.

    January 30, 2017

  • spotted in my twitter feed "a system of government in which citizens are ruled by hippopotami"

    or a typo of  hypocrisy

    January 30, 2017

  • the qualities of being Inuk

    January 29, 2017

  • spotted on a t-shirt "ovaries before brovaries"


    spotted in the examples "Uteruses before duderuses"

    January 29, 2017

  • Favourite new astronomy term.

    "H0 Lenses in COSMOGRAIL’s Wellspring"

    January 27, 2017

  • yourself

    January 27, 2017

  • This word is kept alive by the Log Driver's Waltz song and NFB film.

    "For he goes birling down and down white water

    That's where the log driver learns to step lightly"

    January 26, 2017

  • spotted in the news 2017 - tech companies creating a colony in French Polynesia.

    "The idea of seasteading – escaping the laws, regulations, and taxes of life on terra firma by establishing an outpost in international waters – has long enchanted libertarians." - The Guardian.

    January 26, 2017

  • a pig used for growing human organs.
    -spotted in a video about theoretically growing human organs in pigs.

    January 25, 2017

  • awkward

    January 25, 2017

  • Just saw a Sam Sullivan (former mayor of Vancouver) video about the origins of Chinook Wawa

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6-F3s6E3do

    There seems to be a bunch of online videos keeping Chinook Wawa alive.

    January 24, 2017

  • "Einstein was famed for his gedankedank"

    Fake German word from XKCD

    January 24, 2017

  • a cat/centipede hybrid created by the panorama effect on a digital camera.. or photoshop

    only on the internet.  image search results worth it.

    January 24, 2017

  • thanx

    January 23, 2017

  • From the examples "Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Ally"

    January 22, 2017

  • this term is resonating on Twitter and FB today.

    January 22, 2017

  • Japanese paper marbling.

    January 21, 2017

  • how about cough

    or

    old rhyme book at https://books.google.ca/books?id=leoIAAAAQAAJ&dq=rhyme%20dictionary&pg=PA188 and page 206

    the syrup he did quaff for his 5 year cough

    January 21, 2017

  • duck duck duck duck goose

    duck duck duck duck moose


    bilby

    January 20, 2017

  • A water well that has steps leading down to the water surface

    January 19, 2017

  • Congratulations, you're now an instagrammarian

    January 18, 2017

  • Short for cauliflower. "This cheesy cauli bread..."

    January 18, 2017

  • from the example tweets, it appears to be a funny variant of Facebook.

    January 18, 2017

  • Did Snoop Dogg invent shiz and shiznit? or just shizzle?

    January 18, 2017

  • "transient lunar phenomenon"

    flashes of light observed on the moon's surface.

    January 17, 2017

  • reminds me of the lyric "Superman never made any money

    Savin' the world from Solomon Grundy"

    January 17, 2017

  • for rocket launches - the point where the rocket has "maximum dynamic pressure"

    January 15, 2017

  • military slang terms BFE , BFA , or BFN   (buttf..k nowhere)
    also bumblefuck   sorry for the swear words.

    January 14, 2017

  • a gamma ray laser

    January 12, 2017

  • Spotted this from multiple sources: "President Elect Of The United States"

    January 12, 2017

  • confirmed: did a book search, found it in a Northamptonshire dictionary.

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=Xr5oAAAAcAAJ&pg=PA881&dq="snow-bones";

    January 11, 2017

  • spotted in a 1869 religous book while looking up unword

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=LDk3AAAAMAAJ&pg=PA119

    "... whose purity and unwordable holiness cannot admit any unclean person..."

    January 10, 2017

  • Spotted in the news: every year German linguists pick an unwort, or unword.

    german : unwort

    January 10, 2017

  • Spotted in a play I watched - An Inspector Calls.  short for squiffy which was used in the drunk sense.


    the tweets suggest there's a new sense to this word.

    January 8, 2017

  • spotted on twitter "Finally, a life raft of reason in the social media stormscape!"

    January 7, 2017

  • I grew up with this meaning Light Rapid Transit for skytrain and some branches of Toronto's subway.

    January 7, 2017

  • initials for 'that moment when' - spottd on twitter.

    January 6, 2017

  • Spotted as a baby sea horse on a Science Friday retweet

    January 6, 2017

  • Beard Icicle.

    spotted in the news - Surfers with advanced wetsuits out surfing in the cold weather. The guy had icicles hanging off his beard.

    January 6, 2017

  • Term goes back to the 19th century at least.

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=XLATAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA386

    January 5, 2017

  • etymology: 19th century slang dictionary has Cundum

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=QLATAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA229

    That book dates cundum going back fo " 1767 Rochester Roscommon and Dorset a panageric upon cundum"

    "Happy the man who in his pocket keeps,

    Whether with green or scarlet riband bound,

    A well-made cundum"

    January 5, 2017

  • spotted in the 'recently listed' pile of words.  word goes back to 19th century.

    to bamboozle

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=XLATAAAAQAAJ&pg=PA112

    January 5, 2017

  • A dance moves

     I know nothing about. Aka the dab
    Spotted in the news

    January 4, 2017

  • Vehicle to infrastructure. Networking of capstone infrastructure so that the traffic light knows more about the traffic

    January 4, 2017

  • secure/encrypted http

    I'm finding that when I'm logged into a web page, that my login is 'forgotten' and the taskbar shows a regular http site instead of https

    January 2, 2017

  • a Araucaria araucana tree

    January 2, 2017

  • In Vancouver, people say 'monkey tree' referring to any one of 3 monkey puzzle trees in the city.

    January 2, 2017

  • slang for 'everything'

    January 1, 2017

  • nickname for the USB-C connector.

    December 31, 2016

  • DraLo DraLo DraLo

    is a uni-name

    DraLo DraLo DraLo

    is J Lo and Drake

    December 29, 2016

  • mars timekeeping for 'today sol', 

    December 28, 2016

  • A photo of an object or group of objects taken from above, looking down On them.

    Spotted in a Guardian article; seems to be an instagram term. 

    December 27, 2016

  • A bike which does not have a top bar, but rather a pair of support tubes from the top of the front tube running down to the back hub.

    Seems to come from 1960's Peugeot bikes model name.

    December 27, 2016

  • solved the code in the description.

    December 25, 2016

  • initials for 'my feelings when'

    similar to mrw

    December 24, 2016

  • initials for 'my reaction when'

    typically a reaction picture captioned with a situation. "mrw wordnik comes back online"

    December 24, 2016

  • Spotted this in Calgary news. Another guy goes on an aerial flight.

    December 23, 2016

  • Spotted in a friends status update.  related to bourgeoisie

    December 21, 2016

  • spottted as an exclamation - JC with the f-word added.

    December 19, 2016

  • Tech speak for 'high availability'. 99.9999% availability of a computer

    December 18, 2016

  • Pie eaters

    spotted this in TheRegister, then looked it up and found a BBC article about nicknames for people from English towns. 

    December 18, 2016

  • Typically a fanfic writer

    December 18, 2016

  • archaic term for an archaic instrument - goes back to Faraday's time.

    December 18, 2016

  • Blend of documentary series

    December 17, 2016

  • spotted as a reference to a snow hill which had lots of usage.

    Quick search show's it's a skiing/snowboarding term.

    December 16, 2016

  • a rösti

    December 16, 2016

  • it's a smiley, supposed to look like a cat.

    December 16, 2016

  • Spotted in the TV news. When your trip goes bad: missing connections, bumped from flights, missing luggage, cancelled flights, running out of food, stuck on the tarmac for 16 hours.

    December 15, 2016

  • Some people feel that the plural of emoji is emoji, some think it's emojis.

    December 14, 2016

  • chai nog 

    We'll have to add this to the caffeinated list.

    December 13, 2016

  • spotted "bunniness as usual"

    December 13, 2016

  • when ginger bread houses get built next door.


    December 12, 2016

  • Spotted as the social bubble created by Facebook filtering out things and people that its algorithm thinks you may not like.

    December 12, 2016

  • spotted at vanpackers

    December 12, 2016

  • Spotted in a headline : "the camper van tourists annoying Australians" BBC

    December 12, 2016

  • trapper keeper

    December 12, 2016

  • Representing

    December 12, 2016

  • In Vancouver, it's the chunks of ice that fall from the Port Mann and Alex Fraser bridges landing on cars below.

    December 11, 2016

  • "too long, didn't watch"

    December 11, 2016

  • To "make sure"

    Spotted in TheRegister
    <i>'Spey’s official motto is “Mack Sicker.” This appears to be a mangled transliteration from Scots Gaelic of the motto of the Kirkpatrick Clan, “I’ll mak siccar.” The story goes that in the year 1306, Sir Roger Kirkpatrick was a retainer of Robert the Bruce. Robert got into a fight with one John Comyn during talks between the two about a plot to usurp the Scottish throne. After having realised that Comyn was loyal to the sitting monarch, the Bruce stabbed him before running out of the church where they had met, shouting that he thought he had killed Comyn.

    Kirkpatrick, so the story goes, drew his dagger and said “I’ll mak siccar.” (I’ll make sure).'</i>

    December 10, 2016

  • ' The word shmad can be translated as “apostasy”. '
    Spotted in a BBC article.

    twitter examples show this word mixed up with smad

    December 10, 2016

  • some people call that 'hovering'

    I think this explains the levitating man in business suit emoji. 🕴

    (edit - no, it doesn't)

    December 10, 2016

  • The price of goods going up after Brexit

    December 9, 2016

  • spotted as short for beverages. or short for bevvies

    December 9, 2016

  • An idiot. Spotted on Late Show with Stephen Colbert."...and those subreddit subgeniuses, grow the **** up"


    This term predates the subreddit insult with a different definition.   example is the Bob Dobbs subgenius foundation  1985  http://phillginder.tumblr.com/post/152972024305/demiurge1138-postpunkindustrial-church-of
    That term is listed at SubGenius

    December 8, 2016

  • A special kind of snowscape which you can walk, ski, snowshoe, toboggan and drive on; is easily shoveled, and is not yellow or Brown, or slushy.

    December 7, 2016

  • Assuming Newfoundlanders aren't making things up, it's someone who avoids work. http://www.cbc.ca/beta/news/canada/newfoundland-labrador/nl-word-challenge-nunnyfudger-1.3843700

    December 5, 2016

  • Very Large Telescope

    Video Lottery Terminal

    December 2, 2016

  • txt shortening if normal

    phonic shortening of animal

    initials of no man's land

    Canada's National Microbiology Laboratory (NML)

    A music library of a Corp that starts with n

    December 2, 2016

  • in Canada, I spotted this term when people talk about foster kids turning 18 and no longer being supported by the foster care system. They end up on the street or in some kind of trouble.   The examples to the right show it's also a horse riding term for organised horse riding.
    Wikipedia shows this as also seen in the US.

    December 2, 2016

  • spotted in the news - an event where men are not allowed - ie, at a womens' hour at a fitness club.  also man ban

    December 2, 2016

  • spotted online as a combination of human and machine powered device. Ie, an electric bicycle which requires the user to pedal to actuate the motors.

    December 2, 2016

  • British Columbia term - refers to highway 3, or it refers to the Crowsnest mountain pass in the Rockies.

    November 28, 2016

  • Spotted online in a joke "day ight donuts". Variant of aight or right

    shows up in twitter examples.

    November 26, 2016

  • Spotted in the news related to Fidel Castro's passing.

    November 26, 2016

  • North Hollywood

    November 26, 2016

  • Also spotted a piecaken in my news feed

    November 25, 2016

  • Etymology comes from science fiction.

    "And the Taser personal defence weapon is actually an acronym for Thomas A Swift's Electric Rifle." -BBC

    November 23, 2016

  • slang for 'none of your' ... as in nunya business.

    spotted in a movie trailer.

    November 23, 2016

  • A cosmetic eyebrow procedure that involves tattooing the eyebrows with a bunch of small cuts.

    Spotted in the news due to health concerns of piercing the skin.

    November 22, 2016

  • Term used by parents that are embarrassed to say cha cha cha


    Spotted GlobalTV news article "It’s a vagina, not a hoo hoo: Importance of using proper terms when discussing genitals with kids"

    November 22, 2016

  • a hippy house made from dirt filled tires, packed earth and tin cans.

    November 22, 2016

  • someone who thinks that the water vapor contrails are actually some kind of chemicals added to the air.

    November 22, 2016

  • blend name of Drake/Taylor

    November 22, 2016

  • A WiFi freeloader. Word spotted in The Guardian.

    November 21, 2016

  • This term has been around much longer than the Trailer Park Boys.

    Typically it refers to seagulls.

    November 21, 2016

  • Dakota Access PipeLine

    currently in the news.

    November 21, 2016

  • variant of glhf "good luck have fun" seen in computer gaming.

    November 21, 2016

  • Meme related, like a meme

    November 16, 2016

  • people on twitter

    the 'folk' suffix gives me a mental image of folk music festivals with hand crafted hippy stuff and people over 40 years old.

    November 16, 2016

  • Nickname for someone from West Virginia.

    November 15, 2016

  • Have you checked the 'related' tab for class, sophistication, depth , grace and lithe.

    You may want to consider borrowing words from Italian for French.

    Italian : Class, sofisticazione, profondità, la grazia e agile.

    French: Classe, sophistication, profondeur, grâce et élastique.

    November 15, 2016

  • short for stravenue

    November 14, 2016

  • memory never ever makes out; now I can

    November 14, 2016

  • also surface mount

    refers to components which are soldered to the surface layer of a circuit board rather than using through-holes.

    November 14, 2016

  • Bad Beer Rots Our Young Guts But Vodka Goes Well

    mnemonic for the electrical colour codes for resistance. Black Brown Red Orange Yellow Green Violet Gray White for 0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9

    These would appear on larger thru hole components, but you won't see these on small surface mount devices.

    November 14, 2016

  • 2016 electionspeak similar to throw the bums out

    November 14, 2016

  • Doctor Who tongue twister.

    November 13, 2016

  • mizu shingen mochi

    aka Japanese Water Cake

    November 13, 2016

  • to undo a retweet

    November 12, 2016

  • Where a medical professional looks at all the pills a person is taking, and had them cut back to something the body can handle.

    spotted in the news

    November 12, 2016

  • a community of people who have spondylitis or AS

    November 11, 2016

  • short for fibromyalgia or FM

    November 11, 2016

  • short for spondylitis or AS

    November 11, 2016

  • Spotted on my FB feed a gif of
    "A group of rabbits is called a fluffle"

    I like it.  Clearly I can ignore wikipedia on this.

    Google Books just made this a true fact : https://books.google.ca/books?id=l0V3BgAAQBAJ&pg=PT26

    November 11, 2016

  • zucchini, eggplant and squash stuffed into each other as a dish similar to turducken

    spotted online.

    November 10, 2016

  • The Shruggie emoticon is now in emoji form 🤷

    November 10, 2016

  • sometimes pronounced 'pry minister'.  I think that in Canada we tend to capitalize this title as Prime Minister

    November 9, 2016

  • There's probably a Cthulu dictionary out there that defines this.

    November 8, 2016

  • Short for dedupe, which is short for deduplication, which is a techy computer word 

    November 7, 2016

  • Short for desalination

    November 7, 2016

  • gender neutral of 'sugar daddy'
    also spotted: high fructose corn parent

    November 7, 2016

  • Spotted online "someone got merked" not sure of definition.

    November 6, 2016

  • Chicago Cubs

    November 4, 2016

  • Almighty by

    I haven't come across this in person, but I'm from the West coast.

    November 4, 2016

  • spotted this in an 1888 book for Vancouverite ; see example at Terminal City

    recent examples listed to the right show this an an adjective
    I never see this term in day to day speech or writing. 

    November 4, 2016

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