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qms commented on the word dizain
In Mass. we will drop the last “R”
Though some find the custom bizarre,
But see bilby’s rhyme
Those same would call crime!
The Aussies are bolder by far!
October 17, 2017
qms commented on the word probabilist
Though pains of the past still endure
What oracle forecasts a cure?
For that job enlist
A probabalist -
Mistrust any sage who’s too sure.
qms commented on the word catallactics
They honor Ayn Rand and von Mises
So know naught of judgment in crisis.
In true catallactics
The salient fact is
Invariant truth fits all sizes.
October 16, 2017
My couple has started this train
Then bilby and I swapped disdain.
A moiety’s done
When I finish this one.
Can we call it a demi-dizain?
My fragile contentment was fleeting,
Now marred by Tasmanian bleating.
How comes he so hostile
To OED gospel?
In Oz does good sense stand for cheating?
October 15, 2017
bilby has shrewdly discerned my reason for preferring the OED definition. In an emergency I invite the reader to repeat my contribution nine more times.
A dutiful rhymer must strive
To keep dying verse forms alive.
The limerick style
Succeeds in its trial
So long as its lines number five.
With negligible metrical strain
Are limericks linked in a chain;
The reader’s not troubled
By limericks doubled
To make a neglected dizaine.
As defined by the OED: A poem or stanza of ten lines.
qms commented on the word virgate
Old measures make palates alert
At feasts for surveyors of dirt.
They’ll fill up a plate
With hides and virgate
And caruscate cake for desert.
October 14, 2017
qms commented on the word whirlblast
To every question the girl asked
His answer unheard would hurl past.
She realized speed dating
Is no way of mating
And felt like a ship in a whirlblast.
October 13, 2017
qms commented on the word astrobleme
Alas, there’s no foe to be blamed,
No noble defense to be claimed.
A player defaced
By a solo misplaced
Abjectly admits he’s self-maimed.
qms commented on the word pettifogger
A fellow I know is a blogger,
An alt-right conspiracy flogger.
No absence of facts
Or motive distracts
From work of a true pettifogger.
October 12, 2017
The Irish, my ancestral race,
Play ball at a furious pace.
They kick and they dribble
But, sure, there’s no quibble -
You don’t catch the ball with your face.
October 11, 2017
qms commented on the word cantillation
Good Juliet, a nursing sensation,
Would burst into sweet cantillation.
Her unbidden trilling
Made illness less chilling
And filled me with warm consolation.
qms commented on the word feodary
In Tudor days only few could be
A fat and contented feodary.
The rich orphan scam
(A pious old sham)
Enabled enrichment quite duty-free.
October 10, 2017
The OED provides the following definitions:
1. a. One who holds lands of an overlord on condition of homage and service; a feudal tenant, a vassal.
b. A subject, dependant, retainer, servant.
2. An officer of the ancient Court of Wards.
3. A confederate.
The Collins Dictionary reports that it is “a variant spelling of feudary. ” Pronunciation guidance confirms “feud” as the first syllable.
qms commented on the word euripus
Rhetorical tempests do blight us
And tweet blasts asudden affright us.
The ship of state drifts,
It plunges and lifts
And shakes in the jaws of euripus.
October 9, 2017
qms commented on the word amain
The lexical drudge must explain
And make every mystery plain.
The job is to teach
The details of speech
And spew forth examples amain.
October 8, 2017
qms commented on the word chidester
The new bride needs counsel to guide her
But finds it too often denied her.
The groom's jealous dam
Makes family a sham,
And glories in being a chidester.
October 7, 2017
qms commented on the word tantivy
Fox hunters preparing to go
Hear brazen horns wavering blow,
But first a tantivy
En masse to the privy
Then mount with a brave tallyho!
October 6, 2017
qms commented on the word ancientism
A door lock's a frail mechanism
And ours is an archaic system,
But she sees great glory in
So safety defers to ancientism.
October 5, 2017
qms commented on the word malversation
The stories appall the whole nation.
The villains outrage in rotation.
True, winners take spoils,
But conscience recoils
At boldness of such malversation.
October 4, 2017
qms commented on the word wanchancy
Though some think it clever and fancy
I call it profane necromancy
To exhume in job lots
These mouldering Scots
Like kippage and forlorn wanchancy.
October 3, 2017
qms commented on the word tumultuary
A transplant is tricky. Results may vary.
A heart that once beat in a voluptuary
May later be placed
In one meek and chaste
And render a future tumultuary.
October 2, 2017
qms commented on the word neuroethics
I'm following you this time. It's obvious that psst is an initialism for "pun surreptitiously secreted in text."
October 1, 2017
It took me overnight, but when I awoke this morning I finally saw the pun buried deep in bilby's comment: "new Rolexes" - I think? In mysterious ways works that mind.
qms commented on the word clapperclaw
When Gossip begins to flap her jaw
The carrion crones will snap and caw
And this will incite
A backbiting blight,
An orgy of spite and clapperclaw.
I ponder the retro reflexes
Of Britain's entrenched eurosceptics:
Can doctors retrain
The xenophobe brain
Within bounds of strict neuroethics?
September 30, 2017
qms commented on the word mishanter
A leader should be an enchanter
And not a coarse bullying ranter.
How comes it about
We're led by a lout?
Is it earned or a random mishanter?
September 29, 2017
qms commented on the word piacular
What blossoms in floral vernacular
Are abject, albeit spectacular?
What bouquet subsumes
In penitent blooms
Devotion while being piacular?
September 28, 2017
qms commented on the word according to Hoyle
Edmond Hoyle (1672 – 29 August 1769 was a writer best known for his works on the rules and play of card games. The phrase "according to Hoyle" came into the language as a reflection of his generally perceived authority on the subject; since that time, use of the phrase has expanded into general use in situations in which a speaker wishes to indicate an appeal to a putative authority.
September 27, 2017
qms commented on the word garboil
Debating, according to Hoyle,
Exemplifies cool reason's toil.
But reason is scant
In goblinesque rant;
It's heated and hate-fueled garboil.
qms commented on the word obelus
Thank you, kind ruzuzu.
September 26, 2017
The task of the editing tribe
Is chiding the indifferent scribe
With signs not too obvious,
Discreet, like the obelus,
That seem more a hint than a jibe.
qms commented on the word criminous
Vulgarity fits, that's de minimis,
But let's not be bashful or timorous:
Each twitter enlarges
The bill of our charges -
The goblin and crew I call criminous.
September 25, 2017
qms commented on the word verein
A German-speaking friend writes to tell me that I got the pronunciation of verein wrong, so here is another limerick to cover the bases.
When cat and companion combine
In union humano-feline
I'm quite at a loss
To know who's the boss.
It must be a working verein.
September 24, 2017
qms commented on the word inveterate
A rhymer should be fairly literate
And rewriting must be inveterate
To polish and shine
And tune every line
Until the damned verses are better writ.
Surveying the legal terrain
For linkage that will not enchain,
Suppress your keen urge
To partner or merge
And choose a less binding verein.
September 23, 2017
qms commented on the word Epitomize
September 22, 2017
qms commented on the word facinorous
A nation thought noble and generous
Looks threatening now and sinistrous.
When governed by fear
It's bound to appear
No beacon of hope but facinorous.
qms commented on the word mizmaze
The farmer must fill up his days
In trimming his crop so it pays.
Folks stray in their walks
Through maize in its stalks
Enjoying the autumn mizmaze.
September 21, 2017
qms commented on the word kippage
A flea circus's basic equipage
Is prone to some natural slippage,
So dogs are kept by
To replenish supply
And muster the minimum kippage.
September 20, 2017
qms commented on the word casuistry
Pale daybreak reveals a new mystery -
Will ever we know the true history?
The drinker's evasions
On wounds and abrasions
Amuse but are clear casuistry.
September 19, 2017
qms commented on the word minarchism
Philosophers pursuing wisdom
Are always at risk of simplism.
Each elegant plan
Will least govern man
Achieving unique minarchism.
September 18, 2017
qms commented on the word physiocrat
Though long past her mouse-catching day
She thinks current comforts her pay.
This dizzy old cat
Is a physiocrat,
Convinced this is nature's true way.
qms commented on the word agitprop
In waiting rooms outside the docs'
The tv persistently squawks.
Oh, please make it stop!
It's crude agitprop -
That 'news' they distribute at Fox!
September 17, 2017
qms commented on the word equipoise
A wise soul takes pause and enjoys
The balance of duties and joys.
When harsh day is done
Yet night not begun
He savors the brief equipoise.
September 16, 2017
qms commented on the word objurgatory
Old Dante told so lurid a story
Of suffering down in purgatory
To make a good case
That divine distaste
Is stronger than objurgatory.
September 15, 2017
qms commented on the word Patrimoney
qms commented on the word latitudinarian
To some he's a bad grammarian,
To others a mad contrarian,
But Ernest prefers
He's truly a latitudinarian.
Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
September 14, 2017
qms commented on the word fulminate
On such things do they ruminate in Oz.
From far and near hear them all ululate
As grievances endlessly pullulate.
The deeds that offend
They cannot amend
But, oh, are they able to fulminate!
September 12, 2017
qms commented on the word heterocosm
The power of wishing is awesome
For dreaming can solve ills or cause 'em
Select your wish well
You may have to dwell
Within your own heterocosm.
September 11, 2017
qms commented on the word losel
His phony compassionate pose'll
Be seen as a feeble proposal,
The work of a loser,
A clumsy fake newser,
A "leader" who's only a losel.
September 10, 2017
qms commented on the word cenoby
To lustful dyspeptic King Henery
Contemplative types were the enemy,
So monks and their abbots
Were chased out like rabbits
And torches were put to each cenoby.
September 9, 2017
qms commented on the word pauciloquy
Use language with careful facility.
Let silence project as humility.
Some, when laconic,
Seem downright moronic,
The artful are praised for pauciloquy.
September 8, 2017
qms commented on the word odd-come-shortly
The busker has trodden in motley
And crowds have applauded him hotly,
So nurtured his claim
To fortune and fame
Arriving, he's sure, odd-come-shortly.
September 7, 2017
qms commented on the word nocuous
The man seemed a comical crock to us,
But Trumpland turned out to be populous.
The boastful jamoke
No longer's a joke -
The goblin has won and he's nocuous.
September 6, 2017
qms commented on the word mopeful
My tossing and turning has ceased -
The sun has arrived in the East.
In darkness I'm mopeful
But dawn makes me hopeful
I'll grind out a couplet at least.
September 5, 2017
qms commented on the word longinquity
The romantic cities of mystery
Arise by shores of distant sea.
Remotest on earth
They tell me is Perth,
Excelling in terms of longinquity.
September 4, 2017
qms commented on the word corvee
The audio buttons on Word entry pages have never worked on my iPad, although they do sometimes work on my pc. I should have checked the OED, which includes the accent aigu. I see now that Wordnik does have an entry for corvée as well. Picky, picky. I wonder what the word sounds like in strine?
Your teen will account you a jerk
If you should oblige him to work.
He'll face with dismay
His domestic corvee.
It's deep in his nature to shirk.
qms commented on the word parergon
Officials who use inside dope
May slither the slippery slope:
Abuse and perversion
Or simply parergon
To help a poor senator cope?
September 3, 2017
He will resent sorely
September 2, 2017
qms commented on the word opuscule
When light fades to dim crepuscule
Take heart in a new opuscule.
A limerick writ
Means brains that are fit,
That time's not yet claimed a new fool.
September 1, 2017
qms commented on the word lysimeter
To know if the land's right for grain
Assess what the crops can attain.
If rainfall's the limiter
Then build a lysimeter
To see what the soil will retain.
August 31, 2017
qms commented on the word balize
It sways with the swells and the breeze
Where rivers flow in to the seas,
The seafarer's token
The long journey's broken,
The weathered but welcome balize.
August 30, 2017
qms commented on the word pasticcio
My lettuce and spinach so leafy grow
I plucked 'em along with radicchio.
With oniony zest
And casually dressed
They make an inviting pasticcio.
August 29, 2017
qms commented on the word anaglyph
When this age is done (and God speed!)
What monument fits Donald's deed?
A faint anaglyph
Carved in some cliff
In lowest relief fills the need.
August 28, 2017
qms commented on the word humstrum
I face a confounding conundrum:
On alternate days I become dumb.
My lyre is unstrung,
The songs I'd have sung
Are sunk in cacophonous humstrum.
August 27, 2017
qms commented on the word cenotaph
Memorializing lost friends
The clamor of laughter ascends:
Let drinks that we quaff
Be their cenotaph.
Fond recall's a marker that mends.
August 26, 2017
qms commented on the word bahut
The restless afflicted with stray foot
Are never persuaded to stay put.
Their home is a plane,
A tour boat or train,
Their worldly goods packed in a bahut.
August 25, 2017
qms commented on the word galuchat
I knew a most privileged cat.
The throne where this prodigy sat
Was lavishly built
With silver and gilt,
Upholstered in rare galuchat.
August 24, 2017
qms commented on the word dabster
See another version of the back-handed compliment in comments at facetely.
August 23, 2017
qms commented on the word facetely
How praise when the show fails completely?
Why, smiling, just comment discreetly,
"You've never been better!"
It's true to the letter
And solves your dilemma facetely.
See another solution to this problem in comments at dabster.
qms commented on the word cecity
The peace of the house may require
A deaf ear to what could transpire.
A prudent necessity
Is selective cecity -
To act the benevolent liar.
August 22, 2017
qms commented on the word azurn
Thank you, bilby.
With passage of years we should learn
That night's not the time for concern.
Lay worries aside
For they will abide
And await when the sky turns azurn.
August 21, 2017
qms commented on the word linctus
A skunk came last night and he stinked us.
I count this event a distinct plus:
There's little that's minus
In clearing the sinus
And giving the throat a swift linctus.
August 20, 2017
qms commented on the list a-dram-too-many
Is there a reason that toped (see 11/1/2016 below) is unacceptable?
August 19, 2017
qms commented on the word ebriosity
The worst are consumed with ferocity;
Protections alarm by their paucity.
It's tempting to yield-
Abandon the field-
And sink into deep ebriosity.
qms commented on the word badigeon
Oh, thanks to the generous pigeon
Contributing his humble smidgen!
He's doing his part
For out-of-doors art
With dollops of fresh white badigeon.
August 18, 2017
qms commented on the word pottle-pot
If you would imbibe and waddle not
Give heed to the size of bottle bought.
The short road to ruin
Is steep and it's strewn
With many an empty pottle-pot.
August 17, 2017
qms commented on the word yeanling
When first the spring meadows are greening
The cycle of life shows most meaning.
See four-footed young
Like flowers new sprung,
The foal and the calf and the yeanling.
qms commented on the word avolation
When bound for the last destination
I hope to create no sensation,
Ask no trumpet blast
To hear at the last
But subtle and sweet avolation.
August 16, 2017
qms commented on the word lucullanism
August 15, 2017
qms commented on the word cecils
So jealous are chefs of their story
They'll quibble at terms gustatory.
Your balls in a pot
Will still get as hot
And you'll claim it's all to your glory.
In higher class fry cooking vessels
Each savory orb of meat nestles.
What mere cooks will call
The common meatball
A master chef turns into cecils.
A diplomat viewing disaster
Might say that the artist's a dabster.
Though bungling's averred
The Janus-faced word
Is heard as the praise of a master.
August 14, 2017
qms commented on the word caynard
A fox pup must study and train hard
Or risk he's dismissed as a caynard.
The skulk's tough tuition
Achieves full fruition
In raising a wily red Reynard.
August 13, 2017
qms commented on the word babblative
As talk for the troubled's a palliative
And Congress, a failing collaborative,
Inept to the hilt
Is Babel rebuilt,
It's frantic and futilely babblative.
August 12, 2017
qms commented on the word twistical
Don't fall for the cynical listicle
Where news is typically mythical.
The "ten things you must"
Are hot air and dust,
Just click-bait that's wickedly twistical.
August 11, 2017
qms commented on the word autotheist
On tv at most he was B-list
(Absent a C- or a D- list)
But still self-assessed
As clearly the best.
The goblin's a true autotheist.
August 10, 2017
qms commented on the word scenography
Thank you kindly, ruzuzu. The challenge with such words is to rrsist the obvious "-ography" rhymes but after years of this I am running out of dodges.
Potemkin knew ways to delude.
His town was struck down and renewed
A feat of sceneography,
The man was a talented dude.
August 9, 2017
qms commented on the word adit
They say the great pyramid had it,
Though sheathing of marble once clad it:
The way to the tomb
(And curses of doom)
Began with a well-hidden adit.
August 8, 2017
qms commented on the word epigone
He copied the language and tone
The goblin prefers on the phone,
But, lacking the bite
Of soul-searing spite,
The Mooch proved a pale epigone.
August 7, 2017
qms commented on the word torque
torque, v. to offend, to arouse anger.
Ex.: Police say that between four counties, Jack McPeak stole flags from fire departments, schools, cemeteries, “and the one that really torques me off,” said Keith County Sheriff Jeff Stevens, “the American Legion.”
Google "really torques me" to find many such examples. Kitit, in comments at tork, reports that this expression was common when he was a teenager in the 1960s. I am about the same age as Kitit and I do not recall hearing this expression while growing up in New England. It may be a regionalism.
qms commented on the word torks
qms commented on the word lusory
Remember the fun that it used to be
Reciting beloved Mother Goosery?
Those memorable rhymes
Limned foibles and crimes,
So making mind shaping more lusory.
August 6, 2017
qms commented on the word pokelogan
The footwear that's always in vogue in
The Maine woods is clearly the brogan.
They'll withstand the suck
Of voracious muck
Awaiting in every pokelogan.
August 5, 2017
qms commented on the word tranter
In dark streets the living have flown
A ghostly voice pleads all alone.
The cry of that tranter,
Is that of sweet Molly Malone.
August 4, 2017
qms commented on the word thermophile
My cat chases sunlight in pathces
And bathes in the warmth that attaches.
She'll squirm for a while
Then nap in each one that she catches.
August 3, 2017
qms commented on the word born a bit tired
An expression that deserves reanimation.
August 2, 2017
qms commented on the word opiniator
The suitor who will stimulate her
Will be a sureness simulator,
And scornful of doubt:
Prince Charming the Opiniator.
qms commented on the word neocracy
The hot show in town is neocracy
With wonders the people will flock to see:
The kleptocrat's portion!
The moral contortion!
A circus of preening hypocrisy!
August 1, 2017
qms commented on the word mulligrubs
Enmeshed by so grievous events
The sharp pang of panic relents.
Sour fate dully rubs
And makes mulligrubs
From fevers of old discontents.
July 31, 2017
qms commented on the word lushington
Oh, hear the poet's gushing tongue
Sing sweet, although a lushington!
In drink, aloud,
He charms the crowd,
Yet on the page is nothing done.
July 30, 2017
qms commented on the word hanaper
In Summer sweet passions can occur:
There's many a sensual plan astir,
So fruits of the season
And wine beyond reason
Fill young lover's hopeful hanaper.
July 29, 2017
qms commented on the word luteous
It's strange what comes to be beauteous:
If renal disease put its root in us
The optimist's eye
Will ceaselessly try
To spy the elusively luteous.
July 28, 2017
qms commented on the word imparisyllabic
sprung rhythm is rather elastic
With changes from small to the drastic,
So words you thought odd
Can be even trod
Though looking imparisyllabic.
July 27, 2017
qms commented on the word lurry
Cornelius tended to hurry.
His gait on most days was a scurry,
His costume, unkempt,
A failing attempt
To shape something more than a lurry.
July 26, 2017
qms commented on the word brassard
Put trust in no helmet or brassard
For life is a game played at hazard,
So fate's subtle arts
Will find softer parts
And kick your incompetent ass hard.
July 25, 2017
qms commented on the word jawsmith
The throwing of veggies is rude -
A terrible waste of the food
But I find good cause with
The faux golden jawsmith
Provoking a food throwing mood.
July 24, 2017
qms commented on the word souterrain
A basement's decidedly plain
And will for the many remain,
But go win the Lotto
And build you a grotto,
An oenophile's cave or souterrain.
July 23, 2017
qms commented on the word brachistochrone
When Ernest paces and frets all alone
He prays for a call on the phone.
To garner a word,
He'll find the brachistochrone.
qms commented on the word falcated
We've made luxurious sport
Of fingers reputedly short
We'd be less elated
To learn they're falcated,
A brevity of ominous sort.
July 21, 2017
qms commented on the word habitacle
A rhymer grown weary and stressed
Does work that's not always the best.
He needs a sabbatical
In some sweet habitacle -
A rhymless and rhythm-free rest.
qms commented on the word guilloche
This house was once classy, by gosh,
The walls with proud details awash.
Some long-ago master
Of decorative plaster
Had spun out a web of guilloche.
July 19, 2017
qms commented on the word borak
It matters not pale-faced or black
In cities or furthest outback:
The Aussies converse
In patterns perverse;
It's tall tales and endless borak.
July 18, 2017
qms commented on the word fakement
Beware lest like Eve you should meet
A serpent who lies for a treat.
That wily old snake meant
To purvey a fakement
For sheer love of simple deceit.
July 17, 2017
qms commented on the word grape-cure
From what I read you had to eat leaves and stems too, but I suspect wine was the point. The customers came eagerly and left happy.
July 16, 2017
When rich folk felt clogged and unfree
They'd travel to mountains or sea,
Or make an escape tour
Including a grape-cure
To purge them of turgid ennui.
qms commented on the word brachydactylous
A small-minded leader is fractious,
One shriveled in heart is disastrous,
But heaven forfend
Our fate should depend
On one who is brachydactylous.
July 15, 2017
qms commented on the word carmagnole
Your dress and gesture bespoke your role
And safest in those days was a prole
To retain your head
For a cap of bright red
While dancing a mad carmagnole.
July 14, 2017
qms commented on the word antre
A cave man might woo her with banter
Or show shiny stones to enchant her,
If wise she'll require
That he light a fire
Before she'll bed down in his antre.
July 13, 2017
qms commented on the word bordereau
A lawyer can put on a show
Of precedents, row upon row.
It beggars belief
To call it a "brief,"
So name it instead "bordereau."
July 12, 2017
qms commented on the word euhemerism
A mystery cult needs a team
To manage how origins seem
And stem any schism
That threatens to spoil the dream.
July 11, 2017
qms commented on the word glocalization
A marketeer hungry for fame
Will give common practice a name.
Refreshes the same weary game.
July 10, 2017
qms commented on the word eolith
He's more than a chip off the block;
This cave man is cock of the walk.
Not Dad's eolith
But rad neolith
Is what he can knock from a rock.
July 9, 2017
qms commented on the word agostadero
I am not a polyglot hero.
My knowledge of Spanish is zero.
I'd rather write "pasture"
Than risk a disaster
In rhyming with agostadero.
July 8, 2017
qms commented on the word tripudiation
At meetings of Lexical Nation
A collation precedes some potation.
There's never a chance
They simply will "dance;"
The evening must end in tripudiation.
July 7, 2017
qms commented on the word fisc
Though beef was but rarely a fisc fit
On Paddy's Day they'd always risk it.
The immigrant tide
Took pleasure and pride
In platters of cabbage and brisket.
July 6, 2017
qms commented on the word perquisite
There's many a prez who'd flirt a bit
High office bestows that perquisite
But impulse erupts
And power corrupts
So never entrust a jerk with it.
July 5, 2017
qms commented on the word girandole
His brief part should have been droll,
A gesture, a flourish, a girandole.
But clownish excess
From too much success
Has trapped us now in the Grand Guignol.
July 4, 2017
qms commented on the word murage
The pirates taxed beyond endurage
They taxed for sailing and for moorage
And charged every boat
In that city afloat
Ridiculous fees for the murage.
July 3, 2017
qms commented on the word parataxis
A little word trips, hampers, attacks us.
Resist; adopt a disciplined practice.
Never will blight us,
Defended by sharp paralaxis.
July 2, 2017
qms commented on the word extramental
It starts as a union placental,
Persists as invisible tendril,
But twins, so they say,
May dwell far away
And share in a way extramental.
July 1, 2017
qms commented on the word aerophagia
At yoga camp life's a bit lazier
To mimic the graces of Asia.
At breatharian camp
The signature stamp
Is general alarmed aerophagia.
June 30, 2017
qms commented on the word nympholepsy
The folks in a mystical cult
Sip potions to help them exult.
The visions adepts see
Which is the desired result.
June 29, 2017
qms commented on the word nutrimental
The scheme of the vegan is gentle
With quinoa and kale and the lentil.
Are benefits real
As followers feel,
Or is its appeal nutrimental?
June 28, 2017
qms commented on the user qms
The Word of the Day limerick for July 27, 2017 is meant to be read in the context of the comment posted at logothete on September 4, 2014.
June 27, 2017
qms commented on the word logothete
The warhorse was no longer fleet
So had to be shrewd and discreet.
Where stronger words failed
Old Teddy assailed
His foe with the slur, logothete.
qms commented on the word porte cochere
See porte cochère.
qms commented on the word onfall
At Daisy Mae's regular onfall
The hollow resounds to her bonk call:
"Come old men and young
The wee and well-hung
It don't matter none. I want y'all!"
June 26, 2017
qms commented on the word head-hung
All night fans in frenzy gave tongue -
Gargantuan efforts of lung!
Despite boastful songs
The team failed its throngs,
Who slouched sadly homeward, head-hung.
June 25, 2017
qms commented on the word fraudsman
Some think that the Donald's an odd man,
But others, a sweet-natured Lord's man.
I must give the nod
To the party of odd;
His piety reeks of the fraudsman.
June 24, 2017
qms commented on the word locodescriptive
While "nut job" and "loon" are dismissive
Yet "mad" and "insane" echo fictive.
The language amazes
With terms for our crazes;
It's supple and locodescriptive.
June 23, 2017
qms commented on the word frugivore
ruzuzu and bilby combine
Lamenting my poor withered vine,
But if there's an ointment
For cruel disappointment
That comforting unction is mine.
For limericks are careless of clime
And ripen regardless of time.
Their happiest chore
Is spreading of spore
To generate offspring in rhyme.
The pattern is hard to ignore:
Buy local and you are a locavore;
If seeking cheap eats
In veggies and meats
You're frugal and known as a frugivore.
June 22, 2017
qms commented on the word jobation
Expressions of disapprobation
Have many a nasty mutation:
The cold look that lingers,
The wagging of fingers,
But worst is the endless jobation.
June 21, 2017
qms commented on the word hermeneut
A poet who's really astute
Is neither obscure nor too cute.
His work ought to dart
Straight to the heart
Not needing a shrewd hermeneut.
June 20, 2017
qms commented on the word Goodman
qms commented on the word dewfall
Meditation is surely our true call,
Let light that's inside us imbue all
The mists that conceal
Resolve and congeal
And peace will descend like the dewfall.
June 19, 2017
qms commented on the word ekphrasis
As patience and rhyming time passes
The evidence clearly amasses:
If not quite deplorable
At least it's ignorable.
A word we don't need is ekphrasis.
June 18, 2017
qms commented on the word testificate
The Scots wanted all done in triplicate
But folks became testy and sick of it.
Now red tape's reduced,
By banning the pesky testificate.
June 17, 2017
qms commented on the word jean dimmock
qms commented on the word demilune
Now scholars, I read, have once more
Uncovered a case of fakelore.
That beckoning moon,
That quaint demilune,
Was carved in no true outhouse door.
June 16, 2017
qms commented on the word begrutten
Alas, bonnie lassie, why weep?
Our dearest loves we cannot keep.
I see you're begrutten
But eat up your mutton,
The gift of your favorite sheep.
June 15, 2017
qms commented on the word tripe-visaged
His face was of a type privileged
To be by the great bard ripe-imaged
It's sagging and sallow,
Twixt mucus and tallow,
Immortalized now as tripe-visaged.
N. B.: So far as I can tell this word has been used in earnest precisely once. All other instances are quotation of that passage in Henry IV, Part 2.
June 14, 2017
qms commented on the word mortiferous
May God in his mercy deliver us
From beasts that are wild and carnivorous,
From shoal-ridden shores
And humorless bores,
And all things that tend toward mortiferous.
June 13, 2017
qms commented on the word Book Book
Some years ago I was traveling with family through the Loire Valley and we passed through the town of Tours. In the central part of the city there is an ancient tower (French “tour”). It was plain that if we had stopped to be guided through that remnant we would be taking the Tours tour tour.
June 12, 2017
qms commented on the word scintillate
See comments at sparkle.
qms commented on the word sparkle
Sparkle, sparkle, puny orb;
Will I your mys'try e'er absorb,
Lording over everything
Like a rock star trailing bling?
-by Quentin M. Sullivan
See comments at scintillate.
qms commented on the word carnassial
A tiger might flex a fierce fascicle
And show you dentition carnassial.
Would he likely munch on
Your haunch for a luncheon?
I think you can bet your sweet ass he will.
qms commented on the word inedia
Mortality's sentence is eating her
But panic will doom her the speedier.
She seizes in terror
On all forms of error
Including the fatal inedia.
See also breatharian and comments at autotroph and photovore.
June 11, 2017
qms commented on the word fibbery
I used to have a carbuncle. He was wonderfully helpful with "normally aspirated" car engines but became an anachronism when fuel injection came in. He works on lawn mowers now.
June 10, 2017
If fibbers are guilty of fibbery
Then sybarites wallow in sybary.
A scribe who is given
To squibs hasty scriven
Is lost in the thickets of squibbery.
qms commented on the word ichthyophagy
Ecologists warn us that fish
Are not a sustainable dish.
Or so would the scientists wish.
June 9, 2017
qms commented on the word ambagitory
So what's with the dogs' shaggy story
And why do the pooches grab glory?
If she's left unhindered
My cat is long winded
And, much like a mutt, is ambagitory.
June 8, 2017
qms commented on the word mother
If ruzuzu could drink what she'd druther
It'd be some astringent or other.
A natural quirk,
Genetics at work
In one who calls vinegar "mother."
June 7, 2017
qms commented on the word chandelle
The hot shots are flying pellmell
And groundlings aren't able to tell:
Was that trick more nimble than
A flamboyant Immelmann
Or more of a normal chandelle?
qms commented on the list food-that-shall-not-be-named
ไข่เยี่ยวม้า (khai yiao ma), literally "horse piss eggs," is the Thai term for what are more commonly called "hundred year old eggs." These are hard boiled eggs pickled to a deep brown. Supposedy the old Thai recipe used horse urine as the pickling agent.
qms commented on the word mystagogy
His mem'ry is still a bit foggy
(These days he often wakes groggy).
He gropes for those truths
He found in the booze
Last night in his bright mystagogy.
June 6, 2017
qms commented on the word enchiridion
We learn from the lesson of Gideon,
Who vanquished the army of Midian,
Success takes invention
And not close attention
To rules in some stale enchiridion.
June 5, 2017
qms commented on the word WotD
I try hard to rhyme up to spec
But sometimes I put out pure dreck.
It is most convenient
My readers are lenient
And bilby will not wring my neck.
June 4, 2017
qms commented on the word pleonexia
His antics are having effects bizarre.
Take note of the nerve-shattered wrecks we are!
The truth, be it told:
He's hungry for gold
And driven by deep pleonexia.
No posting by this time is strange,
Exceeding by far normal range.
Yet here must we languish,
Wordless in anguish.
The Word of the Day does not change.
qms commented on the word gride
Cruel mockers beware, woe betide!
For Ernest's no safe man to chide.
He knows words with edges,
So legend alleges.
His sharp tongue may baffle but gride.
June 3, 2017
qms commented on the word piquette
The oenophile's delicate senses
Take shelter from vulgar pretenses.
No plonk's to be found
Within his surround,
Defended by strong piquette fences.
June 2, 2017
qms commented on the word morsure
Puzzling how, in spite of everything, Australians enjoy such a reputation for friendliness. Perhaps bilby’s ill humor is the result of frustration with the Australian dung beetle problem. It seems the place is covered in shit.
June 1, 2017
Their tastes are demanding for sure:
From sniffing to careful morsure
Dung beetles commit
To freshness in shit
And none but the finest ordure.
qms commented on the word intenerate
Be sweet at the start and intenerate
And hope that your arguments penetrate.
If the blockhead's unmoved
By good sense, though proved,
Then seize him and quickly defenestrate,
May 31, 2017
qms commented on the word habile
To raise your verse above the babble
Start out with the simplest dabble.
Begin with June/moon
And find very soon
Your voice become fluent and habile.
May 30, 2017
qms commented on the word codlin
"Delicious" is marketing hype
While "mac" marks a plain-spoken type.
It seems to me "codlin,"
Is rather too maudlin
For fruit that you coax to be ripe.
May 29, 2017
qms commented on the word broose
The wedding once done, a race ensues
Involving the lusty kilted youths.
The new-minted missus
Will dole out some kisses
To he who comes first in the broose.
According to the OED the vowel in broose is one of those peculiarly Scottish stranglings. Think of the sound made by an expiring bagpipe as it dwindles to a flaccid state. I have elected to rhyme it as you see. Those who want perfect authenticity should abuse the rhyming words into conformity.
May 28, 2017
qms commented on the word spinthariscope
When bored to the end of your rope
Try a toy that will help you to cope:
Watch atoms decay
In their frivolous way
In the lens of a spinthariscope.
May 27, 2017
The Yucatan narrates the birth
Of changes for old Mother Earth.
The pastoral scene
Hides a vast astrobeme,
The secret to dinosaur dearth.
For a description of the Chicxulub crater and its relation to the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, see
May 26, 2017
qms commented on the word depuration
Thank you, hh.
A Kalenjin youth's preparation
For manhood involves separation
From infantile joys,
And foreskins of boys,
And comfort as harsh depuration.
The Kalenjin people of Kenya dominate marathon running worldwide. For a treatment of the role of coming of age traditions in fostering this dominance see:
May 25, 2017
qms commented on the word versing
The Wordie affliction's a curse;
Indifference, however, is worse.
How blessed the infection
That raises objection
And moves gentle bilby to verse.
May 24, 2017
qms commented on the word threnody
Our grief seeks surcease and a remedy,
A passage from pain to serenity,
And such is the meaning
Of inchoate keening
Or intricate weave of a threnody.
qms commented on the word euphuism
The voter is bored with me-tooism,
Impatient with faux folksy truism.
He longs for much more
Like great days of yore
When orators mastered euphuism.
May 23, 2017
qms commented on the word altricial
It's fine if the state is initial
When infancy's cute and official,
But helpless and squalling,
Is sad and appalling
When old folk are worn to altricial.
May 22, 2017
qms commented on the word mortcloth
I know how the vampirish sort doth:
Their fashion is always to sport goth.
Their trademarks are fangs
And ebony bangs
And capes that are sewn out of mortcloth.
May 21, 2017
qms commented on the word bemock
Cult members once loved how he talked
But now for his gaffes he's bemocked.
His status, once clerical,
Is changed to chimerical.
The high priest of con is defrocked.
May 20, 2017
qms commented on the word sanguinolent
tristero, you must be a cat lover. Penelope (my aged cat) and I rejoice in your approval.
May 19, 2017
My cat for the most part's indolent
And curled in sleep seeming innocent,
But fidgets will twitch her
From dreams that bewitch her
Betraying ambitions sanguinolent.
qms commented on the word schav
Consider the choices you have
Selecting a soup of the slav.
There's bigos, quite thick,
Or pick one that's quick
And dine on a fresh bowl of schav.
May 18, 2017
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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
ruzuzu commented on the user 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,
bilby commented on the user qms
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, soMy dismount was the handlebar vault - A gracefully arcing somersault.An elbow twice brokenAnd concussion betokenThe 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
erinmckean commented on the user qms
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 youTo visit "community" if you choose to.Let not this hiatusDepress 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.
From 11/27/2013, hebetude Thanksgiving, 2013We dine this day on heaps of food,Then slump in sleepy lassitude.Sad bales of clothesNear comatose –Though conscious, sunk in hebetude.
WotD for 12/06/2013, subnivean Snow Fleas To Winter they're not giving inTo slumber in chilly oblivion.They cheerfully goUnderneath the snowAnd, happy there, hop subnivean.
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.
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.
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
madmouth commented on the user qms
the meter is funky - a bit to the left of the limerickI like it!
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