bilby commented on the word attemptress
@VM We should get a few in. Make a...shrubbery!
February 22, 2017
bilby commented on the word cheese dream
Vegan cheese for dreams of cute rescue wombats, etc.
bilby commented on the word cinebulle
Not a delectable cinnamon roll from a yet-to-be-discovered eastern European country?
February 21, 2017
I can conceive of using it before the fact.
"Ruzuzu is planning to go one better than Evel Knievel's failed Skycycle jump over Snake Canyon. The attemptress is building her own vehicle out of old epidiascope parts, a rocket sled and dwarf poinsettia leaves."
bilby commented on the word as you wish
As you wish too alexz.
February 14, 2017
bilby commented on the word SCROTUS
The version I saw was So-Called Ruler...
bilby commented on the list japanese-approach
bilby commented on the user anudevibangalore
I'm not *that* lonesome in Bangalore but do you have anyone interested in Franz Kafka? We would exchange wistful longings about black clothes and perhaps draw some snow on pictures of Prague.
February 13, 2017
bilby commented on the word chip shooter
*puts potatoes away*
bilby commented on the word mote
Food-wise has different meanings throughout South America, generally referring to a mush of cooked grains.
bilby commented on the user Petrona273
February 10, 2017
bilby commented on the word m8s
A textspeak word.
February 7, 2017
bilby commented on the word fireshovel
For anyone needing same, or lights, or indeed Easter bounty, please do get in touch.
bilby commented on the word greenfish
Orright then, who needs a fireshovel?
bilby commented on the list shopsurya-home-and-kitchen-based-products
bilby commented on the word pooner
Possibly derived from punani.
bilby commented on the word search dog
Meat mutts r us dot com
bilby commented on the list set-phasers-to
At ease Private Ruzuzu.
bilby commented on the word inpeccinate
What the incomparable qms said
January 26, 2017
bilby commented on the word mumpsimus
January 22, 2017
bilby commented on the list 5-letter-animals
bilby commented on the word banoffee
chained_bear is making me hungry.
January 20, 2017
bilby commented on the word blesseds
The beatings will continue until morale improves.
bilby commented on the word inability
You could take a picture of your 'hello bilby!' tattoo and upload it to Flickr.
January 15, 2017
bilby commented on the word Thingoe Hill
In Suffolk, England.
January 13, 2017
bilby commented on the word Helions Bumpstead
A town in Essex, England.
bilby commented on the word Monkton Up Wimborne
A town in southern England.
bilby commented on the word Twatt
There are Twatts in both Shetland and Orkney, Scotland.
bilby commented on the list theres-no-place-like-nowhere
Thank you qms.
bilby commented on the word Broadwoodwidger
A town in Devon, England.
bilby commented on the word Durdle Door
A rock formation on the south coast of England.
bilby commented on the word Shitterton
bilby commented on the word Muff
A town in Donegal, Ireland.
Yes, they have a scuba diving club: http://www.muffdivingclub.ie/
bilby commented on the word the back of Bourke
An Australianism for a remote place.
bilby commented on the word willowwacks
Do we have a list of 'nowhere' places like boondocks, woopwoop, etc?Edit: It appeared nay, so I made one.
bilby commented on the user irenedoris
January 12, 2017
bilby commented on the word apostle spoons
I'm going to bring back the tradition of throwing napkins over shoulders.
bilby commented on the user chained_bear
January 11, 2017
bilby commented on the word gubinge
An indigenous name for Terminalia ferdinandiana, aka Kakadu plum, billygoat plum, murunga, a tart fruit native to northern Australia.
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bilby commented on the word bowfarts
‘To be in the bowfarts’ is an old Scots expression meaning ‘to be lying on your back unable to move’.
There is also a place in Aberdeenshire named Bowfarts.
January 10, 2017
bilby commented on the word bowfart
bilby commented on the word snow-bones
"An old 19th century word for the lines of snow left on a road between the tracks of wheels." I read that definition on Twitter so it must be true.
bilby commented on the word sucket
Where can I get me a sucking rabbit?
bilby commented on the user plinesolarenergy
December 2, 2016
bilby commented on the word pliskie
I'm pretty sure most Scots drink whisky rather whiskey but don't let my pedantry detract from a beaut limerick.
bilby commented on the word nosing
November 29, 2016
bilby commented on the user GoldWater
Have you met fbharjo?
bilby commented on the word glucose guardian
November 7, 2016
bilby commented on the word pilot wave
And do they need those caps? Not as if they're out in the sun a lot unless they've managed to lose the top half of the plane, in which case sunburn is the least of their problems.
November 5, 2016
I really do think it's a good idea for pilots to be less stuffy.
bilby commented on the word Duterte Harry
A nickname for Rodrigo Duterte, elected President of Philippines in 2016.
September 25, 2016
bilby commented on the user bilby
Happens certain phases of Uranus.
August 31, 2016
Hey bilby how long have you been a howling frumpmudgeon?
bilby commented on the word touchyfeelydygook
See latinx. Hazmat suit recommended.
bilby commented on the word latinx
you can keep your fad-foppery latinxwhile I sob in my kurmudgeonTM kleenexcould not give a rat's tosslefor linguisticrap so colossalwhich I hate even more - and you may have noticed the meter has gone out of whack here but that's fine because apparently language only has to be meaningful to me regardless of what you think or understand about the world here in my vulnerable limerick space so I'm okay with that - than Seussian ham and green eggsbella ciao bella ciao bella ciao ciao ciao
I could insist that people address me as Magnum Tricycle Superhighway rather than you/Alan/sir/mate/dude/bilby/etc but it would be nonsense. I could even change my name by deed poll to Magnum Tricycle Superhighway and force others to address me this way...it would 'right' in the sense of being legal, but it would still be nonsense.
Language is a social currency. There's no central bank as such, at least not in English, but there is still a standard of value. New coin has to be meaningful, plausible, useful, novel, even aesthetic to possess value. In my opinion this is only novel and fails the rest. That's my opinion. Some people hate irregardless because of the flawed morphology. I hate this because it's bastardry from top to toe. Frown away. I can't respond to 'punch up' as I have no idea what that means.
August 30, 2016
Hey bilby, are you being That Guy On The Internet?
At last, a rhyme for kleenex.
Excellent confirmation that it's a bullshit word in English and in Spanish completely unusable (for the time being, unless you can -x every adjective in the dictionary).
bilby commented on the word aitch
I think Bob Dylan could rhyme it with bitch.
bilby commented on the word zero day
A hack of which no-one else is aware.
August 29, 2016
Latinxoisie And The Banshees playx an exclectic central Americanx crunkunfunk with curiousx notes of genderplural barnyard animalsx (liberated), coconut and minced thesaurusususes.
What's the plural of latinx anyway? latinxs - latinxes - latinxen - latincex - latinxry - latinxoisie
WOULD YOU LIKE SOME HAMLET ON YOUR FOCCACCIA?
Foccaccia is a singular feminine noun in Italian but simply singular in English. No one expects native English speakers to know or use the Italian plural foccacce. I'll have a foccaccia please, and one for madmouth. Two foccaccias please. It sounds horrible to an Italian speaker btw; I still can't bring myself to say cappuccinos.
I expect now that all actors and actresses will refer to themselves as actx to avoid the confusion, European hegemony, etc. I think they will need a lozenge.
August 28, 2016
Some nouns that reflect actual human (and animal) roles have had historical male-female binaries, most of which are dropping off the perch. Some of the modern pressure comes from attitudes and some from reductionism IMO.What pray tell is the grammatical gender of building? narwhal? universe? sadness? English has vestigial remnants of a lot of grammatical shite, including case systems, gender and so on. A few oddities serenading dust-motes in the OED does not a comprehensive gendered nominal system make.
But at last, a visual rhyme for sphinx.
I do not like it. The ridiculous thing is that once words get adopted by
English they are gender neutral as English does not have a gendered
nominal system. That's even before you consider that grammatical gender
is really only a contrivance; to ascribe grammatical masculinity to a
tree or grammatical femininity to a flower is not indicative of any
intrinsic qualities of the respective plants.
bilby commented on the word AUSCANZUKUS
August 26, 2016
I am guilty of many things but not this.
bilby commented on the word erumpent
Ok then queen of harts it is.
Sheesh ya think I'm made of anointment?
I anoint madmouth the queen of hearts.
Now I'm thinking of crumpets.
August 25, 2016
bilby commented on the word unfuckingbelievable
August 24, 2016
bilby commented on the word coconut cake problem
I want better visuals. At least a flour-bespotted grandma.
bilby commented on the user flix4u
Welcome. Go on, make a list!
bilby commented on the word I don't need someone who isn't willing to eat a doctor whole
I guess one a day might keep the apple away.
August 23, 2016
bilby commented on the user DiamondCatHair
Doesn't the diamond cat hair cut through the buttered toast strapped to its back?
bilby commented on the word frunk
Given that in Australia we usually use boot in place of trunk...froot.
August 22, 2016
bilby commented on the word Yarra River
Hasn't been commonly known as Yarra Yarra for a long time.
bilby commented on the list cringe-list-slang
August 20, 2016
That's a confession.
bilby commented on the word mufgel
viral bagel - seriously, do journalists not understand what words mean any more?
August 18, 2016
bilby commented on the list wearing-a-paisley
bilby commented on the word coelostat
I was never very skilled with a coelostat
And singed off my brows with a heliostat
So 'twas time for a change
To find a job in my range:
I'm having a go selling real estat
bilby commented on the word overtopping
bilby commented on the word Obergruppenführer
Luckily I dropped out of Sunday School.
August 17, 2016
bilby commented on the word hickory, dickory, dock
Catch an alexz by the toe.
bilby commented on the list surfactants
August 16, 2016
bilby commented on the list daffyd-demands-a-recount
See hickory, dickory, dock.
Also my list: https://wordnik.com/lists/daffyd-demands-a-recount
Which I ballsed up because it only has 19 words and should be 20. Hmmm.
August 15, 2016
See also this lovely list: https://wordnik.com/lists/dale-counting-sheep
bilby commented on the word wordjunki
I used to know a Finnish poet who used the name wordjunky. He was brilliant.
bilby commented on the word pasta
My girlfriend left me because of my fetish for pasta... Now I'm feeling cannelloni.- a joke I found on the internet.
August 14, 2016
bilby commented on the word stakehold
Presumably a backformation from stakeholder."The two major bidders both already have stakeholds in Australian infrastructure."- economics journalist, ABC News, Australia, 12 Aug 2016.
August 11, 2016
bilby commented on the word fraught
Geez, this was a good discussion. More fraughtrumble over on collogue.
August 10, 2016
bilby commented on the word collogue
Some communications are definitely fraughtwhen pronunciation is a mere afterthoughtso warm up yer dingoto learn some DownUnder lingoand make words sound like they bloody well ought!
If you insist on rhyming fraught as, well, frot
My ears are far tinner than I thot.
Das veirdness uft speech
Makes my aurals go 'bleeeeccch'
Or perhaps I was just poorly tot?
bilby commented on the word hugger-mugger
And run away.
August 9, 2016
bilby commented on the word cuif
See also quiff and coif.
I remember hearing it decades ago in Australia, though always assumed it would be written quiff.
bilby commented on the word quiff
See also cuif.
To sneak up on people, then jump out and hug them.
bilby commented on the word fruitation
Behold the end results of fruitation!
A boon to your health and nutriation.
Let your appetite loose
As you swoon in the juice
And are thus saved from dietary perdiation.
bilby commented on the word manrope
Obviously what your mansoap is on the end of.
August 8, 2016
bilby commented on the word bearberry
I loved uva-ursi instead just so that blushing violet / flushing varlet / knishing strumpet frogapplause didn't get the wrong impression.
August 6, 2016
bilby commented on the word scabbard
bilby commented on the word semifossorial
August 5, 2016
And now that I'm wearing long pants I may add that, frankly, there's nothing quite like a quiet weekend of semifossing.
*ahem* Why of course we every young bilby has to get his semifossorial badge at cub scouts.
Do we wot.
bilby commented on the word spit-hooding
It is not driving around the 'hood spitting, although I have seen people do that too.
August 4, 2016
It's a bit like a mesh beekeeper's mask, though made of disposable fabric. It's supposed to dissuade a prisoner from spitting at guards by drastically reducing the pssibility that any spit gets through the screen to their target.
I think there might have been a problem with prisoner spitting, partly because with hands cuffed and so on there weren't many ways to lash out at the guards.
bilby commented on the word whitewashing
May you live long and have many obedient camelids.
bilby commented on the list sex-toys
See also Fictional Sex Toys: https://wordnik.com/lists/fictional-sex-toys
bilby commented on the word irresoluble regional frequency dispute
A madmouthism from whitewashing.
bilby commented on the word SLAM
I notice that the pull of Tweets ignores capitalisation, i.e. the feedbucket is full of slam.
August 3, 2016
Oh of course the contemporary meaning of gay for example has supplanted everything else to do with the word. It did take decades to do it.But if you say for example that "John beat Kumar for the nomination in a total whitewash" there's a tension between the sports jargon meaning - comprehensive victory - and the politically-charged one. Which wins? Neither if you're writing for unambiguity.
I feel the discriminatory meaning as in the citation by vendingmachine lacks some punch because of the 'standard' meaning as above, i.e. effacement of errors or bad actions.
bilby commented on the list adelinaliue
bilby commented on the word nok
The Twitter Police
they live inside of my head
The Twitter Police...
Police thing is worrying though.
Nobble or kill?
August 2, 2016
Just don't do it on heaven's door.
bilby commented on the list character-types
It only just occurred to me that qms makes lists too!
August 1, 2016
bilby commented on the word quousque
I shall cease and desist immediately and I accept my punishment.
I deserved that.
That makes my head hurt, so someone please now show me a video of an otter eating lettuce.
"If the facts are not inconsistent with the existence of a basis for exercising the board's power of suspension or cancellation but there is a real threat to apply an erroneous test or to go outside the scope of the discretion and so abuse the power, more difficulty as to the remedy in prohibition may arise. But the tenor of the writ might perhaps be moulded to meet the situation and the board and its delegate prohibited quousque, eg until they were satisfied lawfully or until they abandoned the unlawful course or criterion: see per Willes J in Mayor of London v Cox (1867) LR 2 HL 239 at 275, 276, and in White v Steele 1862 EngR 796; (1862) 12 CB (NS) 383 at 412 142 ER 1191 at 1202-1203."
Still used in legal circles.
bilby commented on the word Kitty Chiller
In 2016, KC is Chef de Mission of the Australian Olympic team at the games in Rio.
July 30, 2016
Not in fact a luxury pet accessory for summer.
bilby commented on the word Nantucket
bilby commented on the word lasagna cell
Italian renewable energy mix: hydro, wind, solar, lasagna.
July 29, 2016
bilby commented on the word Tehrangeles
I'm waiting for the Iranian pop-splatter film genre to get called Tehrantino.
bilby commented on the word cicisbeism
Righto, we need a volunteer from the audience.
bilby commented on the word dropship
Not convinced that definition reflects what EBay et al are doing.
July 27, 2016
bilby commented on the word orra
I thought about making an orra-ble pun here but decided better of it.
July 26, 2016
bilby commented on the user mollusque
bilby commented on the word trivia question
Back in the old Wordie days, all words were lower case. Then one day a someone listed a word that started with a capital letter...a miracle!
Which was the first word ever capitalised on Wordie? Hint: 6 letters. Another hint: the magick was achieved by borrowing a character from a non-English character set.
bilby commented on the user firstname.lastname@example.org
Word entries are case sensitive.
bilby commented on the user elian
Funny you should turn up here because I've been wondering how to get my mosquitoes dry before I kill them. I've got a feeling - super excited here, it's *almost* like that euphoria of finding a new madmouth list, yanno! - you might be the one to crack this for me, eh?
bilby commented on the word SPH
Are there still vacancies for strategic hole placers? I think I'd be good at it.
bilby commented on the word whom
Erudite discussion of the demise of whom here:
July 25, 2016
bilby commented on the word furvert
PUT ON A CHICKEN SUIT AND DO THE SCORNFUL DANCE.
Do they behave furtively?
bilby commented on the user saijulia9
It's usually not empty. See for example putsch. If the databases from which the definitions are plucked also have etymologies available then they are shown.
July 24, 2016
bilby commented on the word orage
Dunno what's wrong with wiggling a piece of plywood like we used to do in the Sunday school play.
July 23, 2016
bilby commented on the user leonlight
July 22, 2016
bilby commented on the word megillah
Definition 2 is a little rude in light of definition 1.
bilby commented on the list qistorm
Don't you wish, dear readers, that you had a bet on that someone would get around to writing that sentence? Imagine the odds.
July 21, 2016
On seratonin Sunday I'm never taking these funky drummer napportunities off again in the woods in the woods, no egrets.
bilby commented on the word don't count
YOU CAN COUNT ON IT.
Are you really? Wow. Strap me in for the ride.
Perhaps counting doesn't count. In the same way, you know, that mirages on the road disappear when you drive up to them. So not counting is like the mirage, and when you count / move towards it, the not counting is not there.
bilby commented on the word fitspiration
July 20, 2016
bilby commented on the word niggard
July 19, 2016
bilby commented on the word mandylion
bilby commented on the user spanielfortwo
bilby commented on the word simulacradomes
Nice work. Do you often write limericks?
The link borks to 'Controversies about the word'.
bilby commented on the word nothingnesses
But does a nothingness comprise all potential other forms of nothingness, and hence require no plural?
July 18, 2016
Precariously difficult to use in modern spoken discourse.
Hence it needs a limerick is my first thought.
That reference in the examples looks like the only one on the internet.
bilby commented on the word orientate
I notice the definitions on orientation include things like this:
n. The act of orienting or the state of being oriented.
July 17, 2016
bilby commented on the word orientation
See orientate which cops the hate mail on behalf of orientation.
I'd miss the noun orientation though, as orienting would sound awkward.
* The new students very much looked forward to Orienting Week.
bilby commented on the word hoax`emon
Gotta ignore them all!
bilby commented on the list strange--3
July 16, 2016
bilby commented on the user zepharmacy
July 15, 2016
bilby commented on the user kinfilter
bilby commented on the list zoo-of-overrated-animals
You know I was thinking the other day that there are a few species with 'greater' in their name that perhaps don't really deserve it.
Totally, ahh, not, erm, talking about the greater bilby but, ahh, let me see...
July 13, 2016
bilby commented on the word clickjack
You must be thinking of clickjill.
July 12, 2016
bilby commented on the word bathroom
Those last 4 letters are a dead giveaway.
July 11, 2016
Despite what they say about you in some countries - see https://www.wordnik.com/words/4 1⁄2'>https://www.wordnik.com/words/4 1⁄2 - you're always a room to me mate.
bilby commented on the word 4 1⁄2
Do they not teach counting in either Sweden or Canada?
How many fingers am I holding up?
bilby commented on the word totentanz
Thank you for the contribution rolig. I may settle for a Two-Ton Ted From Teddtington totentanz.
bilby commented on the word shaggin-wagon
My brother had one.
Hottentot totentanz. I'd like to see that.
July 8, 2016
bilby commented on the list 💯
Very neat alexz.
bilby commented on the word biancomangiare
Italian 'white pudding' dessert.
bilby commented on the word farl
Those who dare to farl miserably can achievk greatly. John F. Kennedy
Jul 7, 2016
July 7, 2016
to be sure one of life's little joysis facing our crises with poiseso let's have some fealtyhe really is royaltynot one o' dem yahoo-yahoo boys
oh the feasts upon which we will dine!
for qms our best kakadu plum wine!
But you'll need a plan B
in case - as we may see -
your windfall's a dang 419
Please not the flames of hatred to stoke!
us bandicoots can make and take a joke :-)
so remove that dark frown
and get your butt down
for a farl with a sentimental bloke.
July 6, 2016
bilby commented on the word bearjam
All I can think of now is toast.
July 5, 2016
Oh hush now you finger-wagging harpy!
why make how fun of ding my grammar be?
despite being thus berated
we'll nay be dissuaded
from chucking another yank on the barbie.
Mate, although you may find it perturbing,this tic is not one for curbingI'll farl as I please- with added vegemite & cheese -then champagne it for a bon vivant verbing
July 4, 2016
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