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  • Forget all your fussy statistics

    For wealth is a game of heuristics.

    Getting more than your neighbor

    With minimum labor

    Is practicing good chrematistics.

    January 18, 2017

  • While athletes may swear by athletics

    As central to bioenergetics.

    We aesthetes still know

    An energy flow

    Is felt when we practice aesthetics.

    January 17, 2017

  • Oh, wonder not that he yammers on;

    He was to the bullshit manner born.

    His loftiest notion

    Is crude self-promotion

    It lives in the genes of the fanfaron.

    January 16, 2017

  • For an interesting discussion of "to the manner born" and its illegitimate spawn "to the manor born" see


    January 16, 2017

  • What better a haven could please us

    When orage and outrage besiege us

    Than a place that's pacific,

    Albeit quite mythic,

    The safe and unchanging East Jesus.

    January 15, 2017

  • I reckon the teacher respects me

    'Cuz he's all smart and intellecky

    And don't call me no fool

    For lovin' my mule

    But sez that we share a entelechy.

    January 15, 2017

  • His manner's a comical bastardism,

    A union of unction and braggardism,

    But soon comes the hour

    The clown will take power

    And shtick become serious blackguardism.

    January 14, 2017

  • I believe Brendan Behan coined this.

    See https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/East_Jesus

    January 14, 2017

  • I believe Brendan Behan coined this.

    See https://en.m.wiktionary.org/wiki/East_Jesus

    January 14, 2017

  • Podunk. Also podunk. An interesting history. Lots of places claim to be the original Podunk.


    January 13, 2017

  • witch's comment addresses the past tense of the verb to dog, which see. Among the many definitions there is:

    idiom dog it Slang To fail to expend the effort needed to do or accomplish something.

    January 13, 2017

  • Affluence is happiness' mimicry.

    To highlight the hidden asymmetry

    They've coined a new word

    You might not have heard:

    The useful but awkward ophelimity.

    January 13, 2017

  • The Church of Indifference's teaching

    Holds holiness not worth the reaching.

    Its superfluous clergy are

    Sunk deep in anergia

    And cannot be bothered with preaching.

    January 12, 2017

  • Since improv is extemporaneous

    The best are the quickest and zaniest.

    The slow and dull-witted

    Are wholly unfitted

    And they find the challenge frustraneous.

    January 11, 2017

  • I should think bowfarts are very unkind to those amidships.

    January 11, 2017

  • Yo, fozilla! I hope you will find the company congenial.

    January 10, 2017

  • The venue in vogue was the stage

    And plays about plague were the rage.

    His ague a blague yet

    Still vaguely on target

    Gave tongue to the fears of the age.

    January 10, 2017

  • Young people who crave now to know

    What fortune may some day bestow

    Will assuage this fancy

    With selenomancy

    And dance 'neath the pearly moonbow.

    January 9, 2017

  • Intentions are good, outcomes are not,

    We end twixt a rock and a hard spot.

    While bossy and silly

    She means well, this Milly,

    But Millicent's merely a marplot.

    January 8, 2017

  • A very versatile word which can be, among other things, a verb describing a kind of complementary blending -

    All muslims amicably fadge

    While mingling in making the hajj

    And, hajis returned,

    A title they've earned,

    And ever will wear like a badge.

    or it can be noun naming a kind of rustic loaf of bread -

    A clever bezonian bloke

    Has many a trick in his poke.

    He's able to cadge

    A freshly baked fadge

    With a jig, or a rhyme, or a joke.

    Or a short fat person -

    Poor Margaret's a dreamy pretender
    Who wants to be lithesome and slender.

    Alas! Pudgy Madge

    Is ever a fadge

    And exercise cannot amend her.

    It can mean a lot of other things but I have run out of rhymes.

    January 7, 2017

  • When traveling how sorely I miss her,

    My cat, the beguiling Clarissa!

    How sad 'tis to slumber

    Where she'll not encumber

    Nor wake to a tickling vibrissa.

    January 6, 2017

  • Said Bella, "I know how to swing.

    When boys say they'll pay for a fling

    I tell the bambini,

    'Then bring a mankini,

    'Cause I'll put your balls in a sling.'"

    January 5, 2017

  • No mapmaker serves his own whim;

    The naming’s not left up to him.

    Our heroes account

    For each soaring mount,

    But Indian words for a hydronym.

    January 4, 2017

  • The ploughman endures a cruel fate:

    Obliged as he is to hew straight.

    All day thus he walks

    In the shit of his ox

    To furrow the whole corucate.

    January 3, 2017

  • To sail waters peloponnesian

    Attend to the winds of the season,

    And haste to adjust

    To Meltemi's gust

    And go with the flow that's etesian.

    January 2, 2017

  • See also comments at Meltemi.

    January 2, 2017

  • Meltemi is the Greek and Turkish name for the well known etesian wind blowing from north to northwest across the Aegean Sea.


    See also comments at meltemi.

    January 2, 2017

  • The Century definition addresses the origin of the term manzai but does not explain its contemporary application:

    Manzai (漫才?) is a traditional style of stand-up comedy in Japanese culture.

    Manzai usually involves two performers (manzaishi)—a straight man (tsukkomi) and a funny man (boke)—trading jokes at great speed. Most of the jokes revolve around mutual misunderstandings, double-talk, puns and other verbal gags.


    We gaijin in our way can try:

    Remember that hoary standby

    And be not averse

    To "Who is on First"

    As an instance of Yankee manzai.

    January 1, 2017

  • trumple - v. To figuratively crush underfoot. To damage or destroy by actions or words employed with callous indifference to truth or consequences.

    Collected by Dr. W.G. Marx from a CBS News report on "mall brawls," Dec. 27, 2016.

    Civility's surface, though rumpled,

    Had never before wholly crumpled

    Till electoral games

    In this year of shames

    Saw standards of decency trumpled.

    December 31, 2016

  • The wondering world is aghast

    At change that has happened so fast

    And quivers with dread

    That what we've been fed

    Is only a foul antepast.

    December 31, 2016

  • Note a typo in the Century definition: "light" should be "fight."

    December 30, 2016

  • There's nothing will Angus abash

    Once fed with the juice of the mash.

    Then, reft of all shame,

    Indifferent to blame,

    A ceilidh he'll make a stramash.

    December 30, 2016

  • It's Angus's dream to be doused

    In the finest distillery's browst,

    To float and submerge

    In gluttonous splurge,

    Emerging quite perfectly soused.

    December 29, 2016

  • The breadth of the new moon's girth might

    Be darkest when viewed on the first night,

    But the sun's growing blaze

    On successive days

    Will outline the glow of the earthlight.

    December 28, 2016

  • For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at neomenia and psychasthenia.

    December 27, 2016

  • For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at psychasthenia and xenia.

    December 27, 2016

  • We visit again poor Eugenia,

    An anchoress now in Armenia,
    Unable to stir
    From helpless longueur
    And locked in a deep psychasthenia.

    For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at neomenia and xenia.

    December 27, 2016

  • Engage only with great trepidation

    Those debts that proceed in rotation.

    The risk is substantial

    In matters financial

    That trap you in endless novation.

    December 26, 2016

  • He's downed milk and cookies aplenty

    So after a weary descent he

    Is pleased with the treat

    Of hot milk and wheat,

    For Santa is fond of frumenty.

    December 25, 2016

  • She offers a glance of shy surmise

    That hints a hope of sweet surprise.

    Her gaze is expressive

    But never excessive;

    Her looks speak volumes but subtilize.

    December 24, 2016

  • Beware of high fashion's appeals

    And perils that lurk in high heels.

    The danger that's grossest

    Is dread exostosis

    That marketers' cunning conceals.

    December 23, 2016

  • A chronogram for a desolate scene,

    A twelvemonth both wretched and mean:

    Though MeMory's vexed

    There's hope that the neXt

    ImproVes on vIle twenty-sIxteen.

    December 22, 2016

  • A sailboat's a thicket of slang:

    A salt links the gaff to the vang

    Or he may connect it

    By means of a becket

    That hooks up a shroud to a tang.

    December 22, 2016

  • "With wood spars, the conventional method used to attach the shroud and forestay is to use TANGS. Tangs are short metal straps usually with a crimp or bend to splay them out from the mast when in position."


    December 22, 2016

  • Evade an importunate Claus

    Who rings for some nebulous cause

    With a scowl so emphatic

    It's aposematic.

    Escape in his stunned silent pause.

    December 20, 2016

  • It's common to many a prelate;

    Their age and their gender compel it.

    This rampant nocturia

    Afflicts the whole curia,

    As Vatican leakers will tell it.

    December 19, 2016

  • They've tried since Jimmy Hoffa died

    To honor him with proper pride,

    To answer the urge

    To play him a dirge

    With glockenspiel and ophicleide.

    December 18, 2016

  • The Highlands are treeless and boggy,

    The winters there chilly and foggy.

    Wise crofters repair

    To a fireside chair

    For talk and a comforting coggie.

    December 17, 2016

  • When daylight is short and branches bare
    My yearnings turn to Mexican fare.
    Some chicken in mole
    Or bowl of atole
    Can help me pretend that I'm there.

    December 16, 2016

  • The sun sends at times an epistle

    Through water condensed into crystal.

    A solar hello

    To creatures below

    In an arc called circumzenithal.

    December 15, 2016

  • I find no dictionary that defines "alities." All of the usage examples on this page are instances of the string's occurrence as part of a longer word. The presumed singular, ality, is defined in some places (including Wordnik and the OED) as a suffix. In the quote attributed to Dierdre Shaw "alities" is almost certainly a typo.

    December 15, 2016

  • John Clayton, a truly bizarre man,

    Is set among Hollywood's stars and

    We've only known him

    By this, his mononym -

    That swinger, the ape-man, our Tarzan.

    December 14, 2016

  • A lady in waiting mistook

    A page for the unabridged book.

    When damsel and donzel

    Entangled some tonsil

    The lady her waiting forsook.

    December 13, 2016

  • My dog drinks his brew without fail,

    Reviewing each batch with his tail.

    I know that he'll wag it

    For a big bowl of bragget.

    He does like his honey and ale.

    December 12, 2016

  • Did Ernest mislead by design?

    The preacher, not bright but benign,

    Assembles his homily

    By means of stichomancy

    Because he was told it's divine.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    December 11, 2016

  • The peacock prefers the boldly erotic

    And butterflies go for coyly exotic

    For dumb creatures must

    Thus signify lust

    By means that are biosemiotic.

    December 10, 2016

  • I grant we elected the crazy one

    While loathing the hideous ways he won.

    The vista dismays,

    Outrages the gaze,

    An eyesore, a stye, a chalazion.

    December 9, 2016

  • In addition to being a noun blessing is also the progressive or continuous form of the verb to bless.

    See http://www.verbix.com/webverbix/English/bless.html

    December 8, 2016

  • Oh, pity the good man's malaise

    Who grew up in honor's strait ways,

    In all things astucious,

    As wise as Confucius

    Yet governed by knaves in late days.

    December 8, 2016

  • Strange: The definition is of an enthusiastic interjection yet every usage example makes reference to losing (one's) shpadoinkle. Those users clearly regard it as a noun meaning something like "mind" or "composure."

    The word can be used to enthuse

    But usages tend to confuse.

    It changes like "boink"ll,

    This shifting shpadoinkle,

    And sometimes it's something you lose.

    December 7, 2016

  • See also spag bol.

    December 7, 2016

  • A Britishism for spaghetti bolognese.

    December 7, 2016

  • The true sporting fan's not a shouter,
    No brazen uncritical touter.
    He's both mind and heart,
    Like a patron of art:
    A loyal but discerning fautor.

    December 6, 2016

  • Of note in his psychical scenery are

    His boasts that he's king of Slovenia:

    A comical claim

    But nuts just the same,

    A sure sign of some paraphrenia.

    December 5, 2016

  • The Muses React to the 2016 Election

    Terpsichore writhes in some dance;

    Melpomene casts a glum glance.

    And once merry Thalia?

    She weeps, inter alia,

    While Clio, appalled, sits mumchance.

    December 4, 2016

  • Why do people seem always to "sit mumchance?" Cannot one stand, lie, stride or simply be mumchance?

    December 4, 2016

  • Thus endeth a season of bobbery

    Replete with conspicuous daubery.

    The master of squabbles

    Now gathers the baubles.

    Prepare for a circus of jobbery.

    December 3, 2016

  • Note that sclaff can be either a verb or a noun. Oddly the Word of the Day notification provides three definitions for its use as a verb only, yet all the examples supplied use it as a noun.

    December 2, 2016

  • In Scotland the golfers will quaff

    A dram before plying the staff,

    Then mar in their haze

    The luckless fairways

    With many a duff and a sclaff.

    December 2, 2016

  • Of course a thrifty (thriftey?) Scot would not spend an inessential "e" but I have a more expansive ancestry.

    I hope the Tasmanian hibernation has concluded.

    December 2, 2016

  • In Scotland on taking some whiskey
    The young men are prone to feel frisky,
    But liquor soon wilts
    What stirs in their kilts.
    Alas, a most chastening pliskie.

    December 1, 2016

  • Quintesabd, by entering your comments as new word entries you are creating a great deal of clutter and confusion. At the bottom of every word entry page is a comment box. Please put your comments there and click "Save." The results will be much cleaner, will give you access to some HTML formatting, and will remain editable by you

    November 30, 2016

  • The flesh of no nutria is suitable

    To pitch as a true nutraceutical.

    The trouble is that

    It's called a swamp rat

    And bias against it's immutable.

    November 30, 2016

  • There is the architectural application:

    Let's sit ourselves down and talk a while

    Of how may a portico beguile,

    And what are the graces

    Attending such spaces

    And tally the virtues of octastyle.

    But also this:

    The she-squid bestows a shy smile

    Permitting an amorous trial,

    Inviting his charms

    And myriad arms

    For loving that's done octastyle.

    November 29, 2016

  • I'm making it red white and blue

    As all good deplorables do.

    My patio ragstone

    I'm painting as flagstone

    To show I'm more loyal than you.

    November 28, 2016

  • Should dalliances usurp a date

    Then Trump will invoke a perk of state.

    If the day's come and gone

    Then the calendar's wrong.

    He'll order the gov to intercalate.

    November 27, 2016

  • Compare lurgy.

    November 26, 2016

  • An ailment that doctors can't tackle

    A sorceress with crystals and knack'll.

    She'll bring out the quartz

    To cure you of warts

    Or treat your marthambles with macle.

    November 26, 2016

  • Victorians loved their melodrama
    And spectacles like cosmorama,
    Now stale and passé;
    Amusements today
    Derive more from digits or pharma.

    November 25, 2016

  • The harvesters in from the gloam,

    Kids bright from the scrub and the comb.

    The windows alight

    Bejewel the night

    As darkness enfolds harvest-home.

    Happy Thanksgiving, all.

    November 24, 2016

  • Protect us from Polish spam mills,

    Purveyors of nostrums and pills.

    Oh, heed your fan clamor

    To bring the banhammer

    And cast out the scammers and shills.

    November 23, 2016

  • The bird as a whole is a boon treat

    But remnants are what we will soon eat

    In fragments instead -

    In fritters, on bread,

    And finally we'll sip it as spoon-meat.

    November 22, 2016

  • Mon Dieu! What a dégoutant deed!

    Cette blessure est vraiment putride!

    When you have an eschar

    You tend to it, n'est-ce pas?

    America, please now debride.

    November 21, 2016

  • In Scotland a good marriage broker

    Will find you a lass and will yoke her.

    If he's done his duty

    She may be no beauty

    But bring you a generous tocher.

    November 20, 2016

  • The gourmet is cursed by the fates

    To crave only rarest of cates.

    Though plain food may nourish

    Yet he needs a flourish

    And only the Lucullan sates.

    November 19, 2016

  • The Grant's ranch was tranquil and gracious

    But Barbara and Rob disputatious.

    To praise argy-bargy

    They chose "RG bar G"

    To brand their own wide open spaces.

    November 18, 2016

  • The few times I have heard this term used have mostly been while watching television coverage of the Tour de France. The venerable announcing team of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen (both Brits) use it to describe the fierce bumping and jostling that goes on during sprint finishes. The definitions provided here all assume its application to verbal contention, but Liggett and Sherwen seem comfortable with it in a physical context.

    November 18, 2016

  • Events all conspire to annoy

    And forces of evil deploy.

    No ailment is timelier

    Than this cyclothymia

    That unbid gives moments of joy.

    November 17, 2016

  • The Lord of Misrule make a paction

    With those of the frivolous faction

    To reign for a season

    Defying all reason

    And driving the proud to distraction.

    This a reposting of a comment originally posted on October 25, 2015 which was accidentally deleted. We REALLY need some sort of safeguard associated with the delete button. A single touch activates it. There is no “are you sure” warning and no way of undoing.

    November 16, 2016

  • A third option is perfervid, which unambiguously implies excess.

    November 16, 2016

  • Competitive pumpkiners know

    The road to blue ribbon is slow.

    Accomplish your giantism

    With patience and scientism

    And pray that the monster will grow.

    November 16, 2016

  • I am surprised that none of the dictionaries that Wordnik aggregates provides a definition for this word. When I was growing up in New England this was the common childhood term for excrement. I don’t know to what extent American dialect varies on this, but versions of the word are pervasive in European languages.

    Wikipedia provides a fascinating discussion of cacāre and its descendants:


    The whole article on Latin profanity is entertaining.

    See also kakistocracy and cacatopia.

    November 15, 2016

  • The polity's trust has been rended

    And amity's wagon upended,

    A brute renversement

    A bouleversement

    A wreck that's not readily mended.

    November 15, 2016

  • The prospect's now so scary that

    The thought's no place to tarry at.

    Our doom is presaged

    By the loud and enraged

    The howling trumpenproletariat

    November 14, 2016

  • trumpenproletariat – n.  A class of American voters, privileged by race and income, who nevertheless nurse an overweening sense of grievance and share a conviction that they are the victims of both ambitious ethnic minorities and mysterious “elites.” They are characterized by nostalgia for a golden age that never was and limitless credulity.

    Cf. lumpenproletariat.

    November 14, 2016

  • A system engaged in autopoiesis

    Replenishes loss but never increases.

    Is it fated to go

    Forever on so,

    Or comes there a time when it ceases?

    November 14, 2016

  • As ketchup can tend to confuse

    The kids must be given some clues:

    It's goop pseudoplastic

    So shaking extracts it;

    Unshaken it never will ooze.

    November 13, 2016

  • A friend called this very odd combination of definitions to my attention:

    daven - n, a person with a huge cock

    However, the example given, " Dude, that's such a huge Daven! ", applies the term not to the whole person but to the appendage itself.


    If you read the prayers aloud

    You've blessings of which to be proud.

    A ritual maven

    Encouraged to daven

    Is bound to be found well-endowed.

    November 12, 2016

  • Boys come to the Greek teacher's door

    When cheated by Cook and implore,

    "He's up to his mean tricks

    And shorting my choenix.

    I pray you, Dear Master, some more!"

    November 12, 2016

  • n. A Greek dry measure, mentioned by Homer, and originally the daily ration of a man, but varying from a quart to over a quart and a half.

    November 12, 2016

  • It can mean to whine or to twirl,

    To quiver or else to unfurl,

    A wheel or a sample

    Or thrill, for example.

    My head's in a whirl over tirl.

    November 11, 2016

  • In the Highlands when angling for trout

    Be silent or whisper - don't shout.

    You'll displease your gillie

    With conduct that's silly.

    Wade gently and don't ever plout.

    November 10, 2016

  • Misfortunes quite often are karmic -

    The evil we've done and the harm stick.

    We sicken at last

    From sins of the past

    But good deeds are alexipharmic.

    November 9, 2016

  • Election Day, 2016

    We simply don't know what to think!

    Just how have we come to this brink?

    In absence of knowledge we

    Abandon psephology

    And flee to the solace of drink.

    November 8, 2016

  • Announce something new on email
    And Hillary hauled off to jail:
    A manufactroversy
    That persists perversely.
    It's bait they will take without fail.

    November 7, 2016

  • My self-assigned daily challenge is to write a limerick that rhymes on the Word of the Day (WotD). I have occasionally posted a limerick that included the WotD somewhere other than at the end of a line, but only rarely. A word like circumduce is especially troublesome because it is a transitive verb and it takes some engineering to place it naturally at the end of a line. I came up with a serviceable solution after reading that the word is an adornment of Scottish law. The Rangers and the Celtics (the “Old Firm”) are famously bitter football rivals in Glasgow, so it seemed apt to acknowledge a Scottish connection.

    Not only is the verb transitive but it seems to pair with only one direct object – “term”. Every usage example uses the verb in the phrase “circumduce the term.” I bethought myself of some way of writing a limerick on that phrase rather than on the verb alone. It looked unlikely but there is perverse inspiration to be got from current events. The 2016 Clinton/Trump presidential election is two days away and it is a great stimulant to the imagination.

    Elections circumduce the term

    So pauses Trump to spruce his perm.

    He thinks that election

    Can spread his infection,

    And gleefully he'll loose the germ.

    November 6, 2016

  • The Old Firm are Glaswegian tribes

    Whose loyalists hate circumscribes.

    Why not call a truce

    They can't circumduce

    And give up the insults and jibes?

    November 6, 2016

  • Biologists greedily dream

    Of a captive microbial team,

    To build a colossus

    Of new bioprocess,

    A rich biotechnical scheme.

    November 5, 2016

  • It seems to me a tasteless lapse
    To march about with saintly scraps.
    The apter territory
    For any feretory
    Is seen through a pane in the apse.

    Note. I have found three suggested pronunciations for this word: fer-uh-TORY, fuh-RET-urry, FERRET-tree.

    November 4, 2016

  • For plain folk to get the straight dope
    A lecture was a way to cope.
    The ones they liked best,
    So records attest,
    Were blessed with an epidiascope.

    November 3, 2016

  • Our sins do a burdensome toll take.
    While prayer and works on the whole make
    Our vile purgatory
    A less lengthy story
    The ticket to heaven's the soul-cake.

    Compare dumb-cake.

    November 2, 2016

  • toped?

    November 1, 2016

  • In Autumn is death's shadow cast

    On thoughtless lad and callow lass.

    The death lust they show

    Is fervent but faux

    The eve of the feast of Hallowmas.

    November 1, 2016

  • What mischievous rhymes can I call up
    That wouldn't be utter codswallop?
    It's driving me dotty
    To find something naughty
    In a word that's as harmless as hollop.

    October 31, 2016

  • Tonight pay the devil his due

    And savor the witches' strange brew

    As bandits and zombies

    And other bad hombres

    Cause many a shriek and a grue.

    October 31, 2016

  • "The worst thing a man can do is go bald. Never let yourself go bald." Donald J. Trump

    He looked in the mirror appalled,

    His tonsure a horror and heart-scald

    And took then to building

    With fleece of much gilding

    A pelt to conceal that he's bald.

    October 30, 2016

  • While humorous verses are jolly

    The words if unheard are mere folly

    The laugh we provoke

    By telling a joke

    Is purely the listener's quale.

    October 29, 2016

  • I read in a serious bestiary

    A clownfish can cause its sex to vary.

    I know it may sound

    Like I'm clowning around

    But trust me, I'm strictly a textuary.

    October 28, 2016

  • Oh, alexz! Say it ain't so.

    October 27, 2016

  • See also comments at red-tapist.

    October 27, 2016

  • The office of humor correction

    Has experts at offense detection.

    Each earnest red-tapist

    Maintains a bad-jape list

    Of jokes that will cause an objection.

    See also comments at red-tapism.

    October 27, 2016

  • A plowshare first sounded terrific

    But vomer seemed more scientific,

    Then after a while

    I loved pygostlye

    As sweet to the ear philornithic.

    October 26, 2016

  • Poor Ernest's affront caused him shame

    And liquor again was to blame.

    If only he'd drunk less

    He'd not have been frontless

    Nor owe now effrontery's claim.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    October 25, 2016

  • The wee pest's a dangerous vector

    But heed this key gender corrector:

    The gal gallinipper

    Alone's the blood sipper;

    The guy bugs imbibe only nectar.

    October 24, 2016

  • He's glad that you fill up his meal-pock
    But spare him your flattering sweet talk.
    He'll not be your friend
    So don't condescend
    To a pauper as proud as a peacock.

    October 23, 2016

  • Sweet reason's political nemesis,

    Or so some experienced men insist,

    Is Sarah's sour cant

    Informing Don's rant,

    An instance of strange palingenesis.

    October 22, 2016

  • A biker to feel well-endowed

    Requires an engine that's loud.

    At daybreak he'll rev it -

    The neighborhood levet -

    Then flee from the rage of the crowd.

    October 21, 2016

  • A consummate broth, experts say,
    Is filtered the albumin way.
    The soup you create
    When you elutriate
    Is elegant clear consommé.

    October 20, 2016

  • Despairing the rhymester hurls curses

    At info that Wordnik disperses:

    Though clumsy and kludgy

    Oh, call them not nugae

    Or damn them as trivial verses.

    October 19, 2016

  • Research reveals that nugae is pronounced as though it were spelled "new-jee." There are other possibilities for a terminal "-ae" and you can read some of these discussed in comments at lunula.

    October 19, 2016

  • A comfortable conscience balm's creed

    Holds charity nurtures harm's seed:

    Don't coddle the poor

    But give them a cure

    By nobly withholding almsdeed.

    October 18, 2016

  • His slowly diminishing hair

    Is causing the Donald despair.

    He's fighting the tide

    But cannot abide

    His pink pate should baldly transpare.

    October 17, 2016

  • Our laughter when humor is light

    May soar like the swallows at night

    But cynical drollery

    Can conjure a volery

    Where fluttering never takes flight.

    October 16, 2016

  • She was to the eye a delighter,

    To hot-blooded youth an exciter,

    But cold hemolymph

    Filled veins of that nymph

    And no ardent boy could ignite her.

    October 15, 2016

  • The boffins with patient precision

    Examine each tiny collision

    And don't give a darn -

    Not one femtobarn -

    For ignorant cries of derision.

    October 14, 2016

  • An oracular fellow named Clancy

    Claimed knowledge of scapulimancy.

    But a blade from a sternum?

    He could not discern 'em,

    So forecasts were generally chancy.

    October 13, 2016

  • Consider the throughput travail

    Designing a new bioswale.

    Input the terrain

    And volume of rain

    And hear the weary BIOS wail.

    October 12, 2016

  • His manner is cheerful and breezy,

    Asserting all remedies easy,

    But airy solutionism

    Is trumped by his Putinism

    And more than foolhardy - he's sleazy.

    October 11, 2016

  • Oh pity the spokesperson's woes!

    Exposed to the jibes of his foes,

    The surrogate's spin job

    Must dress up in kincob

    A king who is wearing no clothes.

    October 10, 2016

  • Old Angus was given to moochin'

    But Scotsmen in thrift have few kin.

    When he begged a smoke

    They claimed to be broke

    And not one would open his spleuchan.

    October 9, 2016

  • The rumors abound in the town

    That wealth's not the cause for renown.

    No, Donald's real claim

    To nationwide fame

    Is status as creepiest clown.

    October 8, 2016

  • In the Autumn of 2016 the United States, and lately the UK as well, has been plagued by creepy clown sightings:

    CBS News, October 8, 2016

    Hoax or threat? Clown sightings fuel panic nationwide

    There’s been a wave of creepy clown sightings across the United States. Going back to late August, there have been dozens of reports of threatening clowns, largely centered around schools and colleges.

    Many have been dismissed by law enforcement as pranks, but more than a dozen people have been arrested in connection with the sightings. Whether they are pranks, threats or actual sightings, police and other officials have to take them seriously as a potential threat to safety. That’s starting to drain resources from law enforcement agencies, who are also concerned about feeding into hysteria…

    See coulrophobia.

    October 8, 2016

  • A suspect avowal of stigmatism

    Is tested with maximum rigorism.

    Hysterical miracles

    Imperil the clericals

    And threaten to trigger a schism.

    October 8, 2016

  • It is good to have you with us.

    October 7, 2016

  • When amorous urges accelerate
    A prudent seducer will hesitate.
    As moods can be fickle
    First test with a tickle.
    It's safer at first if you vellicate.

    October 7, 2016

  • After posting my Word of the Day limerick on life-car I became curious to see what one looked like and to know if they had ever been put to practical use, so I ventured on to the net and discovered an interesting story.

    An American named Joseph Francis invented the life-car in the mid 19th Century and it was used in the saving of many lives from wrecks near the shore. Francis’s achievement seems to have been first recognized by foreign nations and he received recognition and awards from many countries. He was in Europe, perhaps to accept some of these accolades, when a Captain Douglass Ottinger of the United States Revenue Cutter Service applied to congress for a grant to recompense him for the invention of the life-car. Since Francis was not there to dispute Ottinger’s claim the congress awarded Ottinger $10,000. Only many years later was Francis recognized by congress with a gold medal. You can read an account of the matter here and see an image of a life-car here.

    How shameful that envious strife mar
    What ought to be Francis's bright star,
    For Ottinger's claim
    Occluded his fame
    For gifting the world with his life-car.

    October 6, 2016

  • The best choice for rescue by far -

    As cozy as man and his wife are!

    When next you're ship-wrecked

    Be sure you select

    The safety and speed of the life-car!

    October 6, 2016

  • I once was a sea salt exalter

    But desiccant preferences alter.

    At present I think

    That Himalayan pink

    Is key for the gourmet drysalter.

    October 5, 2016

  • Swamp gases make pond water bubbly

    And snowfall confuses things doubly.

    The mingling's not nice

    For mid-winter ice,

    Which skaters will find sadly hubbly.

    October 4, 2016

  • Cassandra with far-seeing eyes

    Was cursed with the gift to previse.

    Her passionate pleading

    Yet yielded no heeding,

    For truth needs a pleasing disguise.

    October 3, 2016

  • The climate deniers are dense,

    Unwilling to listen to sense.

    There's little occasion

    For fruitful persuasion -

    The effort's a noble misspense.

    October 2, 2016

  • The commune's nudist agrarianism

    The neighbors call lewd barbarianism.

    The counsel I give

    Is live and let live

    In tolerant latitudinarianism.

    October 1, 2016

  • Though comics and internet wags can

    Make fun of faux hair and his gag tan,

    Suspicion still lingers

    That such tiny fingers

    Are marks of the natural magsman.

    September 30, 2016

  • Though you may prefer to meditate

    Or idly to ponder and speculate,

    Should thinking involve

    Some problem to solve

    You'd better prepare to excogitate.

    September 29, 2016

  • Ms Williams, quite fetchingly made

    And big in the movie star trade,

    Unable to act

    (A regrettable fact),

    Excelled in the old aquacade.

    September 28, 2016

  • News item: Trump Praises Self During, After Debate for Not Bringing Up Bill Clinton’s Infidelity

    The Donald traversed discourtesy's axis

    From casually rude to utterly classless.

    Self-praise for his silences

    On Bill's misalliances

    Is no more than thuggishly crude apophasis.

    September 27, 2016

  • A buffet for plain folk must do,
    Though some will say smorgasbord too,
    But a table of nosh
    If the setting is posh
    Turns into a true ambigu.

    September 27, 2016

  • When Autumn turns chilly and umbrous

    And burdens once light become cumbrous,

    The long shadows deepen,

    The way seems to steepen.

    And pilgrims grow weary and slumbrous.

    September 26, 2016

  • OED:

    umbrous — 1. Lying in the shade; shady, shadowed.

    September 26, 2016

  • The doctor said, "Sorry, amigo;

    I know it's a blow to the ego:

    That flab that you cache

    Has done something rash.

    It's blooming with wild intertrigo."

    September 25, 2016

  • The gaucho at end of the day

    Reclines with his gourd of maté.

    His hammock will swing,

    His gaucha will sing

    To the beat of mano and metate.

    September 24, 2016

  • The stock of his gun, so it's said,

    He notched for each man he shot dead;

    What meaning then place on

    The emargination

    That pocked the headboard of his bed?

    September 23, 2016

  • In New Pagan lit's strange arena

    They work for an antique patina.

    They'll quote and they'll cite

    By wizard and rite

    To build up a mystic catena.

    September 22, 2016

  • A hussar must dress with panache

    From spurs to his sash and mustache;

    And he must afford

    A damascene sword

    Adorned with a fine sabretache.

    September 21, 2016

  • Curmudgeons will always get cranky
    At toffs who won't call it a hanky:
    "To call it a mouchoir
    Is Frenchified bushwa,
    But snot rag does fine, very frankly."

    September 20, 2016

  • Mustafa, who ruled once in Jaffa,

    Insisted his women wear caffa.

    A lip-hugging veil

    To be worn without fail

    Was known as Mustache of Mustafa.

    September 19, 2016

  • Some lumberjacks, when it is rainy,
    Make tabletops - rustic and grainy.
    It's work they can get
    When weather is wet
    And uses what's knotted and waney.

    September 18, 2016

  • When parties set out to augment

    They'll boast that they have a large tent,

    But under that big top

    The clowning is nonstop

    To flatter the crazy margent.

    September 17, 2016

  • True saintliness calls for some proof:

    One, praying, might drift to the roof,

    Or, best of all data,

    Could bear the stigmata,

    The blessing of wounds in the loof.

    September 16, 2016

  • The cows feast on green grass and clover

    Till seasons of fresh growth are over,

    Then autumn fields shorn

    To dry stalks of corn

    Will make up their wintering stover.

    September 15, 2016

  • The Donald sows discord and fear

    With nonsense I'd rather not hear.

    Since life's less chaotic

    When listening's dichotic

    I've learned how to turn a deaf ear.

    September 14, 2016

  • A wonderful vessel, the neti pot,

    A tool every New Ager's got:

    A sort of a costrel

    You stick up your nostril

    To sluice out your stubbornest snot.

    September 13, 2016

  • Pygmalion carved Galatea
    And gave himself instant dyspnea.
    The girl of his making
    He made so breathtaking
    He gasped and he panted to see her.

    September 12, 2016

  • A life can be rendered tumult'ous

    If plagued by persistent singultus

    And peace so much riven

    That some folk are driven

    To seek out the help of occultists.

    September 11, 2016

  • If new to environs monastic

    You'll find that the silence is drastic.

    They frown on the phonic

    So monks are laconic,

    Conversing in bursts holophrastic.

    September 10, 2016

  • I checked it out on Wikipedia

    And other reliable media

    So safely I'll scoff

    At the smug autotroph

    Extolling the joys of inedia.

    See also breatharian and comments at photovore.

    September 9, 2016

  • My recipes feature efficacy

    Eschewing all fuss and complicacy.

    A poulet compliqué

    Would ruin my day.

    I'll stew up my bird in a fricassee.

    September 8, 2016

  • A sultan could put up a minaret

    But virtuous actions are better yet.

    He'll garner more blessing

    By simply addressing

    The needs of the poor in an imaret.

    September 7, 2016

  • Poor Huggins felt silly and truly dumb

    To learn he was wrong on nebulium.

    If he had been able

    To add to the table

    The next thing he'd name was nofoolium.

    September 6, 2016

  • A prophet in Egypt's old system

    Had curious aids to assist him.

    While thinking up answers

    He watched sacred dancers

    Who bent to the beat of the sistrum.

    September 5, 2016

  • True, rhetoric and its devices

    The mischievous in me entices,

    But having now tripped upon

    That devil polyptoton

    I deem them all devious vices.

    September 4, 2016

  • There are French words such as garage that the English have dressed up in local fashion (rhymes with marriage) while Americans have preserved some of the native sound (rhymes with barrage). Sirvente is such a one.

    The Brits, as often their bent,

    Domesticate Gallic sirvente.

    The Yanks may still flaunt

    A proper sirvente

    But the English are intransigent.

    September 3, 2016

  • At sound of the grim reaper's chuckle

    Even the mighty must truckle.

    He finds it amusing

    To hear at his choosing

    Laments and a jolly death-ruckle.

    September 2, 2016

  • That rattle is dire serpentine -

    Your comfort and his don't align.

    The gauntlet is flung

    Before you are stung

    If the snake that you rile's crotaline.

    September 1, 2016

  • How quantum mechanics is quaint,

    Giving physics a mystical taint!

    Wee bits in rotation

    Achieve bilocation

    Which had been reserved to the saint.

    August 31, 2016

  • I don’t have strong feelings about latinx (although I do think it utterly lacks charm), but I don’t know what it provides that Latin does not. One of the American Heritage definitions cited in Wordnik is “n. A Latino or Latina.”

    August 30, 2016

  • It's a tide of the tawdry we're breasting.

    I pray we'll get on to the next thing,

    As Donald feigns shock

    At views of his cock

    Now Anthony's back to his sexting.

    August 30, 2016

  • Come share in my metrical whimsy,
    If not agin, then you are with me,
    For insight shows best
    As limerick dressed
    In humor and lively eurythmy.

    August 30, 2016

  • Young prophets who'll live out the fate

    Must cautiously anticipate.

    The old and the wise 'uns

    With looming horizons

    Have freedom to boldly vaticinate.

    August 29, 2016

  • Beg pardon if I dish some dirt:

    They never were angels, for cert.

    The Jack and the Jill

    Who went up that hill

    Were jackanapes and a jill-flirt.

    August 28, 2016

  • An odd one, this old-time incony:

    The word is elusive and funny;

    Meaning artless or fragile

    But, shifting and agile,

    It hops like a lexical bunny.

    August 27, 2016

  • A word popular in Shakespeare's day and unused since:


    Forms: Also inconie, in-conie, in conie, inconey, in conye.

    Etymology: A cant word, prevalent about 1600, of unascertained origin.

    It appears to have rhymed with money , compare coney n.1 Suggestions as to its derivation are that it represents French inconnu , or Italian incognito , unknown; that it is a variation of uncanny , unconnyincautious, etc. (see canny adj.); that it is connected with unco unknown, strange, etc.; but none of these is free from difficulty.

    The OED uses the past tense in guessing how the word might have been pronounced. Its meaning is likewise veiled in the mists of time.

    August 27, 2016

  • Itinerant troubadors tired

    But gigs at the palace required

    They stake their ascents on

    A winnowing tenson,

    Before they were comfortably hired.

    August 26, 2016

  • Does random unreason triumphant

    Explain the party's entrumpment,

    Or is it the working

    Of illness long lurking

    Whose presence at last is erumpent?

    August 25, 2016

  • Too clever by half, it's been said,

    If subject and science aren't wed.

    So use plane geometry

    And not craniometry

    To measure a simple blockhead.

    August 24, 2016

  • The bawdy is narrative's fodder
    And broad jest its babbling water.
    Jongleurs had a go
    With hot fabliaux
    And we work the famed farmer's daughter.

    August 23, 2016

  • What pleasure in geck the Scots take!

    In insults that sting like a snake

    It's limmer they'll fetch

    (Or skellum) for "wretch,"

    But scroyle is much like a smaik.

    Here's a provocative thought:

    Scots insults suit Donald a lot,

    Perhaps this is merited

    By genes he inherited.

    His mom was an immigrant Scot.

    August 22, 2016

  • Strange demons, it may be, compel him;

    Some think mental illness befell him.

    I rather suspect

    A cruder affect:

    The Donald is simply a skellum.

    August 21, 2016

  • A rock hound when he is wistful

    dreams gemstones garnered by fistful,

    And rock turned to prism

    By pleochroism -

    The trick of a magical crystal.

    August 20, 2016

  • The commonplace may hold truth's kernel
    And point the way to things supernal,
    So follow that arrow
    From a red wheelbarrow
    Or raise your eyes from Duchamp's urinal.

    August 19, 2016

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  • Thank you, ruzuzu. Verse is not neccessary but your good wishes are much appreciated. I only wanted to acknowledge Erin's gesture and to prepare my excuses in advance in case I miss a day here and there.

    June 3, 2015

  • Dear qms,

    I'm sorry I haven't written a get-well verse for you yet. Everything I try to rhyme betrays my dislike of cars and drivers--and since most of the people I know happen to be drivers, I thought maybe I'd cool off for a bit.

    Get well soon,


    June 3, 2015

  • Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?

    Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?

    But forgive me this jest,

    I wish you and elbows my best,

    *shakes fist at said stupid driver*

    June 1, 2015

  • Kind Wordniks: In her generous verse of yesterday erinmckean referenced my injury, which could interfere with submissions to Wordnik. On my last bike ride, May 22 (alas, my last for some time I'm afraid) an inattentive driver cut in front of me, so

    My dismount was the handlebar vault - 
    A gracefully arcing somersault.
    An elbow twice broken
    And concussion betoken
    The boldness of that asphalt halt.

    Two days ago I had surgery to nail my funny bone back into place. Fortunately (or not - there are opinions) I have been able to continue limericizing. This is a tribute to Erin's helpfulness and the power of OCD.

    May 31, 2015

  • At Wordnik we are truly blessed

    To have, as lyricist, qms.

    Although a recent awkward injury

    may make his typing a bit gingery

    we still daily receive of his best.

    May 30, 2015

  • The annum revolves from last to next

    But yields no daily tempting text.

    Is there some curse

    On good-natured verse

    Or will 2015 be lexically hexed?

    January 1, 2015

  • Dear Wordniks my aim is to woo you
    To visit "community" if you choose to.
    Let not this hiatus
    Depress or abate us,
    Let's flock to the beckoning ruzuzu.

    December 25, 2014

  • Thanks, qms! I was thinking that in the meantime maybe we should just congregate on one of the word pages--community makes as much sense as any. See you there?

    December 24, 2014

  • I especially admire your last few limericks. Keep up the good work!

    December 15, 2014

  • By rights this should be posted on the account of the user lozonbeatty, but that account will soon be squished to wriggling flatness by the almighty thumb of erinmckean, if it has not already been so reduced. I post my comment here so that it will not be collateral damage.

    I was struck by the last few sentences of lozonbeatty’s message, that is, three or four sentences, depending on one’s inclination to generosity:

    I experience scorching soon after using the tablet. and that i sweat quite a bit .they explain to me it is because the tablet si performing for me. I m seriously pleased with this particular outcome.

    There is something of poetry and of perversion in these words. I had hoped that bilby might address this, but he is probably out snowshoeing, or whatever it is they do in the Australian Winter. I have not his gift for mock Spammish so I must resort to my native idiom to give lozonbeatty some advice:

    Anent your fiery fat pill story

    More testimony is obligatory.

    You should be testing

    Other ways of ingesting.

    Suppose you try suppository?

    July 3, 2014

  • On any page, scroll down to the bottom, then click on the Community link under News. That will take you to what we used to call 'the front page' of the site where you can see all the latest user comments (and some other stuff). Sometimes you'll see that a 'conversation' between frequent users is developing on a particular word.
    Doorbelling is also fine, we do that too.
    p.s. There should also be a Community link on the black bar at the top.

    January 1, 2014

  • You can comment on any word except the Word of the Day in the WotD section.

    Your double bracket theory is correct, you can make a clickable link to any word's page by doing that. Then just scroll down till you find the comment box.

    December 19, 2013

  • I seem to have managed to make everything a comment FOR qms ABOUT qms. What I would like to do is offer comment FROM qms about a word. I wonder if double brackets on a word such as hebetude would land me in a useful place.

    December 19, 2013

  • From 11/27/2013, hebetude

           Thanksgiving, 2013
    We dine this day on heaps of food,
    Then slump in sleepy lassitude.
    Sad bales of clothes
    Near comatose –
    Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.

    December 19, 2013

  • WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean

                Snow Fleas
    To Winter they're not giving in
    To slumber in chilly oblivion.
    They cheerfully go
    Underneath the snow
    And, happy there, hop subnivean.

    December 19, 2013

  • I have encountered enough success at posting a comment to look back a bit for other Word of the Day offerings that I have limericized. My skills as an archivist are weak, but I have found a couple.

    From 12/11/2013, cete

    "Coitus" supplies a word for "mate;"

    A batch of badgers it names "cete."

    It could be fun to view

    What those badgers do

    If, like words from roots, they proliferate.

    December 19, 2013

  • From 12/05/2013, morosoph

    The lit'ry world may haughtily scoff

    And judge the writer in some way "off,"

    But a limericist's tools

    Are the insights of fools.

    The form is the art of the morosoph.

    December 19, 2013

  • You can comment on the word cacchinate, though not on the Word Of The Day entry which is in a different part of the site.

    December 18, 2013

  • the meter is funky - a bit to the left of the limerick
    I like it!

    December 18, 2013