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qms commented on the word robustious
As youths they were doubtless robustious
But proved to be smart and industrious.
The twig's not ill bent
By youthful ferment;
The pack are become quite illustrious.
April 27, 2017
qms commented on the word pultaceous
When Ernest is off on word chases
His appetite's often voracious.
For convenience' sake
He'll blend up a shake
And suck down his suppers pultaceous.
Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
April 26, 2017
qms commented on the word crybaby tree
What a great name for a plant! I saw “crybaby tree” on the Recently Loved Words list and had to check it out. The most succinct explanation I found is;
The plant you are asking about is Erythrina crista-galli. A native of Brazil, it will actually grow into a tree during periods of mild winters. Otherwise, it does tend to be more shrubby (though large) when frozen back to the ground regularly. The common name "crybaby" comes from the formation of drops of nectar which drip from the flowers like tear drops. This is a great hummingbird plant, as the tiny, nectar feeding birds find the red flowers irresistible.
To be found at:
I want one.
April 25, 2017
qms commented on the word nociceptive
The master must make his objective
Instruction that's clear and effective.
The best way to train
Is with a quick cane
For young'uns are quite nociceptive.
qms commented on the word mastaba
The kings that the Nile gods anoint
Had tombs that were flat-topped but quaint
Long gone now, mastaba,
Near far-off Aqaba
As pyramids made more a point.
April 24, 2017
qms commented on the word firebug
The addict is wrapped in the dire hug
Of mania felt as a higher tug.
For twitchers it's birds,
For others it's words
Or smoke and bright flame for the firebug.
April 23, 2017
qms commented on the word athelemic
This leaves me scratching my head. An "engineer hoist with his own petard" (from Hamlet) is a bomb-layer blown up by his own device. How is this without foundation? It seems to me a fruitful metaphor. In fact, the “See also” list at the end of this expression’s Wikipedia entry is full of possibilities:
List of inventors killed by their own inventions
April 22, 2017
qms commented on the word bigos
The Polish eat more than just ham.
They breakfast on pancakes and jam.
They garnish with sea moss
Their big bowls of bigos,
But mostly their kitchens make spam.
qms commented on the word gype
The Scot has his kilts and his pipes
And names for the scorn-worthy types:
The treacherous skellums
And obnoxious blellums,
Ungainly and foolhardy gypes.
April 21, 2017
qms commented on the word diple
A jazz magazine seeks a tool
To edit without being cruel.
I think that the diple,
Deployed rather hiply,
Is both copacetic and cool.
April 20, 2017
qms commented on the user yiliahair
Isn't all hair "pre-owned?" Who knows what shocking things have been done to it.
qms commented on the word tin of hooraybum
In attempting to dissect "stompclacker" (Using thick gloves and very long tools. He's a wily one, that bilby.) I came across the following document which purports to be a glossary of informal medical terms current in Yorkshire. It's good for some chuckles.
See examples at whupass.
April 19, 2017
qms commented on the word whupass
See comments at tin of hooraybum.
I think our resident marsupial misconstrues the meaning of "whoop" in the countrified American expression "open a can of whupass.". It is not a celebratory cry but rather means a whipping or beating. So, one trash-talking basketball player might say to his adversary, "I'm gonna whup your ass!" To open a can of whupass is to invite calamity. It is a more local and limited version of opening Pandora's box.
I find the key syllables spelled as an unhyphenated "whoopass," hyphenated as "whoop-ass," and as two words - "whoop ass." The first syllable may be whoop, woop, wup, or whup. The most common version I find is "whupass."
A more exact British version might be, "open a tin of thrashbottom." The trouble with this formulation, however, is that the threat may not be received as entirely unwelcome. We colonials hear stories of the widespread plying of the cane on tender young bottoms in the "public" schools and of a fondness for such "correction" that persists into adulthood. Would an English cricketer intimidate his opponent by pledging to thrash his bottom or would he make a new friend?
Perhaps bilby could lay a long ear to the ground and provide us with an Australian equivalent.
qms commented on the word torticollis
Though bobbleheads children may call us
Our wrynecks do bring us some solace.
The world's all askew
But not in our view:
It's righted by our torticollis.
qms commented on the word porte-bonheur
All sages I'm sure will concur
On need for a good porte-bonheur,
A charm to protect
And maybe deflect
Capricious storms of force majeure.
April 18, 2017
qms commented on the word bulse
The sites that take celebrity pulse
Compete to make voyeurs convulse
By plying the fools
With gossipy jewels,
But big lovely lies are a bulse.
April 17, 2017
qms commented on the word shikari
I've heard that some "hunt" for big game
Where imported beasts are near tame.
No need for safari
Or wise old shikari.
They'll come if you call them by name.
April 16, 2017
qms commented on the word bouilli
Preparing the food for a sloop
Or any adventurous troop,
You cook down your bouilli
Until it gets gooey
Then dry it to portable soup.
April 15, 2017
qms commented on the word daunton
There once was a filly in Taunton
Whose ways were unruly and wanton.
A fellow beguiled her
And rendered her milder,
A wrangler who knew how to daunton.
April 14, 2017
qms commented on the word ginnel
The alleys in Yorkshire are dim
With hazards to life and to limb.
There's many a gin mill
Down a dark ginnel
Where drinking's determined and grim.
April 13, 2017
qms commented on the word helve
The cave-salesman pitched how to delve
With flint that surmounted a helve:
"Save knuckles and nails
And move dirt in bales,
Why, one man can work as though twelve!"
April 12, 2017
qms commented on the word pyrheliometer
You've busted the boffin's barometer!
You're too hot for one nerd's thermometer!
The charms that he's treasured
Can only be measured
By means of a a pyrheliometer.
April 11, 2017
qms commented on the word farouche
André wore a sneer on his bouche
Intended to mark him farouche.
But his faux mystery
Was mostly gaucherie;
The poor guy appeared only louche.
April 10, 2017
qms commented on the word saphie
In Lagos when taking a taxi
The old hands are wary and savvy.
They close their eyes tight
To limit the fright,
And cling to their favorite saphie.
April 9, 2017
qms commented on the word patrix
The print roller, Eve, is the matrix,
But note the paternalist basics:
The pattern's true source,
Its "Adam," of course,
Is naturally thought of as patrix.
April 8, 2017
qms commented on the word misprision
With duty and greed in collision
What think you the Goblin's decision?
His honor's a pittance
That's sent in remittance
For grand enough deeds of misprision.
April 7, 2017
qms commented on the word perduellion
He seemed long ago a mere hellion;
His victims then limned a rapscallion,
And footsie with Vlad
Is more than just bad.
It's making a case for perduellion.
April 6, 2017
qms commented on the word omnicide
The Goblin-in-chief in his pride
Thinks science is safely defied.
Grotesque though his stance is
Still warming advances,
Foreshadowing brute omnicide.
April 5, 2017
qms commented on the word shabradoodle
Aka a mutt?
April 4, 2017
qms commented on the word contemn
Our cat does not deign to condemn,
But gives a sharp feline, "Ahem!"
Attention once won
We know then to shun
That thing that Herself would contemn.
qms commented on the word fent
My jacket I know has a vent
But too little time have I spent
In learning the lesson
Of clothes that I dress in
To praise the ubiquitous fent.
April 3, 2017
qms commented on the word orchestrion
The player piano and rest be gone,
Obsessives are on a quest beyond
To catch every part
Of symphonic art
In gears of a wondrous orchestrion.
April 2, 2017
qms commented on the word thimblerig
Court jester was never a simple gig
Though tired you danced a nimble jig
Since courtiers were fond
At times to be conned
You had to have mastered the thimblerig.
April 1, 2017
qms commented on the word titubate
He rises to urgently micturate
But, tending to totter and titubate,
He's slow to the door -
Can hold it no more -
Arriving, alas, just a bit too late.
March 31, 2017
qms commented on the word hallux
Write down this in bold and italics!
Watch out for the bilby called Alex,
Using various masks
For nefarious tasks
But known by his want of a hallux.
March 30, 2017
qms commented on the word simplism
A fellow by name of Abe Chisolm
Could jive to the Trumpian rhythm,
And the pleasure he got
Was better than thought.
It's sweeter to swing to simplism.
qms commented on the word pinkie
Hmm: bilby, macrotis, pinkie? I think this particular bandicoot carries too many passports to be trusted.
qms commented on the word macrotis
For all of the famed Aussie vaunting
Ennobling this creature is daunting.
A macrotis will still be
No more than a bilby,
And always that hallux is wanting.
March 29, 2017
qms commented on the word electrophorus
In labs that the old movies offer us
The science is mad and preposterous:
Alembics that bubble
As foretastes of trouble
And ominous electrophorous
qms commented on the word crottin
The word means a cheese like a turd
And sounding in French is preferred:
"..Un peu de crottin
Pour les oeufs au gratin.."
To rhyme it in English's absurd.
But Ernest, when he is besotten,
All lexical niceness forgotten,
Is apt to command,
"The Froggies be damned!
I'll order a portion of crottin."
March 28, 2017
qms commented on the word squail
Consider their lives of travail:
Contentment so brief and so frail,
Of offspring bereft
And little time left,
Should poultry yet suffer a squail?
March 27, 2017
qms commented on the word microphthalmia
That beady-eyed bloke's microphthalmia
Provokes less than general neuralgia.
The pain is terrific
In a place most specific:
His gaze causes instant proctalgia.
March 26, 2017
qms commented on the word equilibrist
The voice, your dull pol will insist,
Is his and not his ventriloquist.
He'll grasp at renown
As contortionist clown,
Or fame as an agile equilibrist.
March 25, 2017
qms commented on the word antidromic
Consultants who line the Potomac
Like sadhus all-knowing and gnomic,
Must sense any drift
As paying tides shift
And never be caught antidromic.
March 24, 2017
qms commented on the word posnet
Boiled scraps and leftover slaws get
Decanted with herbs through a gauze net.
That filtering cloth
Produces a broth
You're proud to serve up in your posnet.
March 23, 2017
qms commented on the word overvote
Vote counting has turned for the bad —
The fraud claims and strange hanging chad,
The mystery trove of note
Or mischievous overvote,
Now Russians come hacking us. Sad!
March 22, 2017
qms commented on the word vallum
The legions who civilized Gaul
At Scotland were forced to a stall.
'Twas best to corral 'em
Beyond a strong vallum,
So Hadrian built him a wall.
March 21, 2017
qms commented on the word thutter
When riled at the start he will mutter.
More outrage will bring on a stutter,
Then, gone all forbearance,
Comes full incoherence
Till, limply, a lisp and a thutter.
March 20, 2017
qms commented on the word uninominal
It's funny: "urinal" is one of those persistent little buggers who seem to hop from foot to foot squealing, "Rhyme me! Rhyme me!" It tried to intrude on "diuturnal" on the twelfth of this month and it did hitch a ride on "supernal" about a year ago. Given the amount of time spent in earnest intercourse with the appliance by the urbanized male of our species this cocky familiarity (to coin a phrase) should probably not surprise.
Democracy! What was there grander
Till slain by the sly gerrymander?
The game's uninominal,
But cheating's phenomenal,
As witness our new chief commander.
March 19, 2017
qms commented on the word technography
The omens support no disguise
So prophets and scholars surmise:
The dark data boom
Will bring on our doom.
Technography spells our demise.
For this use of "dark data" see:
March 18, 2017
qms commented on the word sympatric
The Auld Sod is blessed with a hat trick
In Columbkille, Brigid and Patrick
And, so the monks tell us,
They're none of them jealous,
Their patronage sweetly sympatric.
March 17, 2017
qms commented on the word stridulous
Post-dinner I'm always quite keen
My crystal should boast a bright sheen
If rubbing's assiduous
The pantry is stridulous,
To tell me they're all squeaky clean.
March 16, 2017
qms commented on the word cloop
The oenophile's tightly knit group
Has formed its own musical troupe.
The bibulous chums,
Indifferent to drums,
Will march to the beat of the cloop.
March 15, 2017
qms commented on the word saleratus
Though yeast bread is higher in status
It's likely to bring on some flatus,
But nothing will squelch
The renegade belch
Like scones or a bread saleratus.
March 14, 2017
qms commented on the word consuetude
Though once a dainty ankle viewed
Was thought unspeakably lewd,
Now limbs can go bare
And no one will stare
It's all the effect of consuetude.
March 13, 2017
qms commented on the word diuturnal
The wise man will write in his journal
And capture the day while it's vernal,
For time, we know, flies
And memory lies,
But truth written down's diuturnal.
March 12, 2017
qms commented on the word socius
A good judge's solemn obligation
Is blindness to erstwhile association.
No matter how close he be
To his former socii
He rules indifferent to affiliation.
March 11, 2017
qms commented on the word osmazome
Carême from the pillared Vendôme
And Beeton in her homely tome
Found a tsunami
Of meaty umami
In the mythical juice, osmazome
March 10, 2017
qms commented on the word chirm
The birds in dawn chorus confirm
The early bird captures the worm.
The cries of the winners
And slugabed sinners
Produce a cacophonous chirm.
March 9, 2017
qms commented on the word olibanum
A fine word for drum is the tympanum
I'm glad steel alloys with molybdenum.
I like frankincense
But scent's more intense
If I call it a cloud of olibanum.
March 8, 2017
qms commented on the word demulcent
Go contract yourself a consultant
And read the report that's resultant,
Or save yourself time
By heeding this rhyme
And know that our product's* demulcent.
*Insert favorite snake oil.
March 7, 2017
qms commented on the word embrocation
The Donald's frail feelings will bruise
If journos do aught but enthuse
His best embrocation
For such irritation
Is persistent cries of "fake news!"
March 6, 2017
qms commented on the word barm
A brewery to Angus has charm;
He feels there he's safe from all harm:
The vats and the kegs,
The browst and the dregs,
Enfold like a comforting barm.
March 5, 2017
qms commented on the word nightshade
A Solanaceae Family Reunion
The family still tries to keep touch:
While Spuds don't socialize much
The Peppers will gab
At any confab.
(Tomatoes will weep and then clutch.)
The happy throng fills the bright glades,
But Aubergine quails as light fades.
A shadow fell upon her
Of deadly Belladonna,
The lunatic aunt of Nightshades.
The laughter dies down if she stays
But rises again when she strays
From nervous relief!
Their season's so brief
They'll not be denied salad days.
March 4, 2017
qms commented on the word amphoteric
There once was a sycophant, Eric,
Obligingly calm or hysteric.
He'd quickly adapt
To whatever was apt.
His nature was quite amphoteric.
He'd mime, if need be, courtly grace,
But gossip in ways truly base.
His manner was placid
Or dripping with acid
As suited his welfare's best case.
qms commented on the word pomato
Thank you, ruzuzu, for your kind words and for informing me that tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, etc, are all nightshade cousins. It is a small world, isn’t it? Food for thought, so to speak. I will henceforth view my tomatoes askance.
March 3, 2017
qms commented on the word interfluvial
A doab, which often is beautiful,
Is not just some land interfluvial:
Its two rivers merge
In a nuptial surge
And writhe in a torrent connubial.
See comments at doab.
Tomato's no veg, as you may know,
And maybe it's true if you say so,
But the brute is a fruit
And the spud is a root
So how'd they beget a pomato?
March 2, 2017
qms commented on the word cassonade
Fear not! Ernest is harmless to all but himself.
March 1, 2017
qms commented on the word bodach
Irish. A peasant, churl; also (Sc.) a spectre.
When Ernest pursues a young maid
He uses the tools of his trade.
He spreads sugared glazes
And strews honeyed phrases-
A blizzard of sweet cassonade.
qms commented on the word sardony
Sweet flora is apt to astonish us,
As nature is pleased to admonish us,
For sardony's breath
Makes mock of our death:
Her last laugh is risis sardonicus.
February 28, 2017
qms commented on the word laquearia
Laquearia is a genus of fungi in the Rhytismatales order. The relationship of this taxon to other taxa within the order is unknown (incertae sedis), and it has not yet been placed with certainty into any family.1
It also can mean a paneled ceiling. This is used in literary works such as The Waste Land, and Aeneid.
qms commented on the word barrow-tram
A bullock at work that barrow-tram
Was otherwise only a callow lamb.
He met a faux gypsy
Who helped him get tipsy
Then took all his cash with a tarot scam.
qms commented on the word raw-boned
qms commented on the word mezzeria
Do tenants or sharecroppers ofter
Lay claim as to whose bed is softer?
The mezzadro is freer
In his mezzeria,
But none is so quaint as the crofter.
February 27, 2017
qms commented on the word inotropic
If a heart has a feeble or slow tick
There's a tried and a true medico trick.
They virtually seize it
And rhythmically squeeze it
With drugs that are called inotropic.
February 26, 2017
qms commented on the word headrace
The Word of the Day, if you will,
Is only the grist for the mill
The rhymes in their dread pace
Cascade down the headrace
So the rumble of verse is not still.
February 25, 2017
qms commented on the word fool-hen
Rob Burns wrote some verse on a louse -
Apostrophized once a wee mouse.
Was I out of school when
We studied his fool-hen
Or has he not honored the grouse?
February 24, 2017
qms commented on the word eddish
I take a great pleasure in knowing
That aftermath follows on mowing.
This naming of eddish
Has turned to my fetish
And foggage foretells the next sowing.
February 23, 2017
qms commented on the word crypsis
Like words that hide in ellipsis
Or planets obscured by eclipses,
Some peace-seeking prey
Have mastered a way
To thrive under threat using crypsis.
February 22, 2017
qms commented on the word cheese-dream
See comments at cheese dream.
February 21, 2017
qms commented on the word cheese dream
n. An especially vivid and/or bizarre dream.
n. An open-faced sandwich of grilled or broiled cheese on bread.
I came across this term in a Guardian interview with Lorraine Bracco:
The famous fill Bracco’s conversation. Somehow, though, it feels less like namedropping than her just being one of those people for whom life ended up like an ongoing cheese dream, random faces drifting by. Madonna turns up here, Christopher Walken there.https://www.theguardian.com/film/2017/feb/20/lorraine-bracco-goodfellas-the-sopranos-martin-scorsese
It seems to be a British expression and may be founded in a study of British cheeses published by the British Cheese Board in 2005 claiming to have determined that eating cheese just before going to bed can affect your dreams. It further claimed that the type of cheese you ate controlled what sort of dream you had: Stilton for bizarre effects, cheddar for dreams of celebrities, etc.
I have seen it used as two words and as a hyphenated word. The definition I provide above is my best guess at the application of this term. Can anyone add more to this?
(For the sake of completeness I include the sandwich definition but I am in no way curious about that. It has a Wikipedia entry.)
qms commented on the word snotter
A sailor should be a good knotter
And know how to rig his lines tauter:
So master the riches
Of bowline and hitches
And humble but mem'rable snotter.
qms commented on the word antiphlogistic
My tea, made of herbs and holistic,
Has a health-giving characteristic:
It soothes and it tames
Intestines in flames
Because it is antiphlogistic.
February 20, 2017
qms commented on the word locomote
The egg can be coy and just float;
Her suitor though must locomote.
An ambitious sperm
Must earnestly squirm
If ever he'll be a zygote.
February 19, 2017
qms commented on the word squareabout
No doubt a precursor to the zigzagabout, which will bring traffic to a complete stop.
qms commented on the word diapason
If pretty miss mammoth should happen upon
A masculine hunk of a mastodon
Like trumpets his bellows,
Her sighing like cellos,
Will swell a primeval diapason.
February 18, 2017
qms commented on the word phreatophyte
Thank you, ruzuzu.
February 17, 2017
The dilettante's blossom is bright
But withers in weather and light.
The deep-rooted scholar,
Though paler and smaller,
Persists like a phreatophyte.
qms commented on the word ex-vivo
That's going to be one big test tube!
February 16, 2017
qms commented on the word jurat
A true but a somewhat obscure fact
Is wombats make cubes out of pure scat.
This isn't a trick;
They do shit a brick.
I'll swear it and sign with a jurat.
See also comments at scat.
qms commented on the word onychoschizia
Also known as onychoschisis or lamellar dystrophy.
See also onychorrhexis.
February 15, 2017
onychoschizia n. The term onychoschizia includes splitting, brittle, soft or thin nails. (fingernails and toenails)
qms commented on the word isostasy
With nukes that fly across the sea
We strive to balance bellicosity.
The nations assume
Their mutual doom,
So peace is preserved by isostasy.
qms commented on the word domiciliation
When love's first mad exhilaration
Gives way to a plan for affiliation
Wise lovers adjust
And temper their lust
To tend to their domiciliation.
February 14, 2017
qms commented on the word perdure
You are kind, ruzuzu.
February 13, 2017
qms commented on the word consociation
In post-prison con convocation
Alumni convene for confabulation.
The ex-cons confer
And try to concur
On concepts of consociation.
The insight of Barnum was pure -
There's one born per minute for sure.
That worm has not turned
And nothing is learned
So bunkum and folly perdure.
February 12, 2017
qms commented on the word gametophobia
From the model of gamomania I think gamophobia would be a better candidate.
February 11, 2017
qms commented on the word kanzu
Old Ernest's odd look is brand new:
He sports now a grand Fu Manchu
And thinks it is chic
To foster mystique
By wearing a flowing kanzu.
qms commented on the user msrose88
All together now: "Hello, msrose88!
February 10, 2017
qms commented on the word guisarme
A peasant had only his farm
To furnish the stuff for his arm,
So faced armored horsemen
And bloodthirsty Norsemen
With only an axe called guisarme.
qms commented on the user Petrona273
Well, shake off the snow and have a cup of hot chocolate!
February 9, 2017
qms commented on the word hyperbaton
If grace notes you'd have conferred upon
The featureless drone of your wordathon,
Keep reader alert!
Your language invert
By liberal use of hyperbaton
qms commented on the word plastron
The righteous who dress to defeat
The slings and the arrows they meet
Each morning will strap on
A stout mental plastron
And brace for the next crazy tweet.
February 8, 2017
qms commented on the word greenfish
I knew that bilby was venerable, but I had no idea! This must be from before he was transported.
February 7, 2017
qms commented on the word deobstruent
The rhythms of verse should be fluent
And rhymes come quick and congruent.
It's often suggested
A poet congested
Use sleep as a sure deobstruent.
qms commented on the word bioregionalism
By bioregionalism's grace
Our maps will display a new face.
The borders it draws
Scorn language and laws.
It's nature that outlines a place.
February 6, 2017
qms commented on the word pistoleer
The self-conscious cowpoke makes clear
His chaps are not fellows but gear,
His high heels and spurs
Are what he prefers
And mark him a bold pistoleer.
February 5, 2017
qms commented on the word brancard
Miss Gurney is fallen and anchored
After one too many a tankard.
Is it fitter to fetch her
By litter or stretcher
Or summon an elegant brancard?
February 4, 2017
qms commented on the word lairage
Consider the bees' looted hives
And kine in their bucolic lives,
Kept safe in their lairages
From natural ravages
En route to the abbatoir's knives.
February 3, 2017
qms commented on the word volost
A city gives refuge at cost:
Imperial favor is lost.
Czar Donald the Great
Will not hesitate
To punish a rebel volost.
February 2, 2017
qms commented on the word synteresis
The sybarite does as he pleases,
No shame or regret ever teases,
And each night he knows
The sweet deep repose
Of living without synteresis.
February 1, 2017
qms commented on the word matrass
The alchemist, bubbling with lust,
Cried, "Love me, my lovely! You must!
I'll brew in my matrass,
A philter that's matchless
Else surely my heart will combust."
January 31, 2017
qms commented on the word equivoque
It's gospel to haughtier folks
That puns are inferior jokes.
While quibbles evince
A groan and a wince
They're witty if called equivoques.
January 30, 2017
Note a typo in the second GNU definition where a "g" is printed instead of the correct "q." The word is quibble. Also see comments at quibble for Sam Johnson's eloquent and funny take on Shakespeare's fondness for quibbles (puns).
qms commented on the word epify
EAMHarris, go to edify for edification. This is, among other things, a dictionary.
January 29, 2017
qms commented on the word heteronomy
I see clearly how it's gonna be:
While Donald's a mastermind wannabe
There's more that's astute in
Sly Vladimir Putin.
Prepare for a harsh heteronomy.
qms commented on the word errorist
Some fail at the truth, though they try.
Some fear climate change, so deny,
But the true eco-terrorist's
The cold-blooded errorist
Who knowingly sells the big lie.
January 28, 2017
qms commented on the word circumzenithal
Thank you, zuzu. That one was a challenge and I appreciate your noticing.
January 27, 2017
qms commented on the word systasis
The marriage did once in bliss persist
Until she discovered he'd kissed her sis
With passion so awful
And ruptured forever their systasis.
When systasis was selected as Word of the Day, June 24, 2015, I wrote a limerick based on a mistaken notion of its pronunciation. This is embarrassing, especially as it follows on the discovery of my quaff gaff. I could try the eye rhyme dodge, but that would be unpersuasive in a limerick. Now that systasis is once again the Word of the Day I could delete and replace the old limerick, but that feels rather dishonest. I will let the old limerick remain. Like the corpses (or corpses in the making) of criminals that were once hung from gibbets to admonish some and gratify others, I will leave it in place:
The wages of sin were exhibitedAs pirates at Tyburn were gibbetedTo serve as a warning,That crimes still a-borningAnd errors in train be inhibited.
As pirates at Tyburn were gibbeted
To serve as a warning,
That crimes still a-borning
And errors in train be inhibited.
qms commented on the list trix--1
Maybe because it's a list of words ending in "-trix."
qms commented on the word inpeccinate
You are too kind, bilby. If you only knew the things I have been compared to! And the superlatives are worse.
January 26, 2017
qms commented on the word birl
See also comments at birling.
qms commented on the word birling
A lumberjack proves he is sterling
By showing he's skillful at birling.
This so fills with thrills
The sweet lumberjills
They queue up in lines for a twirling.
See also comments at birl.
qms commented on the user AnnePern
See suggestions at inpeccinate.
January 25, 2017
In response to the following query from AnnePern;
Hi All,A friend is looking for a word that means to make something a sin, akin to "medicalize."Any suggestions?Thanks!Anne
A friend is looking for a word that means to make something a sin, akin to "medicalize."
If I understand correctly you are not looking for an equivalent to “commit a sin” but for something to mean “to designate or to classify as a sin.”
anathematize is one possibility.
v. To cause to be, or to declare as, an anathema or evil.
But that may be more subjective and context-dependent than you want – closer to condemn (which is also a possibility).
incriminate might come close, but that applies more to the actor than the act.
impeccable comes to mind as describing a condition nearly opposite of what you are looking for.
adj. Incapable of sin or wrongdoing.
After some reflection on the roots of both incriminate and impeccable (which entries see) I suggest:
inpeccinate; v. transitive To designate, classify, or declare a specified action to be sinful.
qms commented on the word zek
The victims surviving the wreck
Begin the quadrennial trek,
In Winter begun
But South to the sun
And end to a life as a zek.
qms commented on the word mugwump
He relishes fanfare and tubthump
But tepid reactions will bug Trump,
So fragile his pride
He cannot abide
The quiet and wavering mugwump.
January 24, 2017
qms commented on the word bossism
Mankind in its imperfect wisdom
Builds many a governing system,
But powers entropic
Inhere in this topic
So tending them all toward bossism.
January 23, 2017
qms commented on the word alternative fact
For too long this circus has lacked
A memorable signature act.
Ms Conway provides it,
Sits boldly astride it:
The untamed alternative fact.
January 22, 2017
qms commented on the word mumpsimus
Thank you, bilby.
qms commented on the word wanhope
Like moles in the darkness we grope
To unearth a rhyme or a trope.
For means to compare
Our sense of despair
We dig in the mine of wanhope.
qms commented on the word refusenik
Electoral purists learn new tricks,
Like playing with poems or Poohsticks,
To cope with the trial
Of internal exile
And abide for a while as refuseniks.
January 21, 2017
qms commented on the word quaff
I have just listened to a half dozen audio clips that all pronounce it to rhyme with off or cough. This is bad news for my limericks.
In my native dialect, the fast disappearing one of eastern New England, laugh and half might have the vowel that pterodactyl hears in quaff.
qms commented on the list befouled
I am glad you like it, zuzu. I have a hunch there are lots more out there.
For rhymes with quaff see comments at sclaff and bibliotaph.
qms commented on the word prexy
Addicted to money and sex he
Induces in some apoplexy.
Oh, what's gone amiss
That one such as this
Today is anointed our prexy?
January 20, 2017
A trump to the limit is trumpsimus,
If trumpier outright presumptuous.
But Trump in the rough
Is trumpy enough
For chumps and their comforting mumpsimus.
January 19, 2017
qms commented on the word chrematistics
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
qms commented on the word bioenergetics
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
qms commented on the word fanfaron
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
qms commented on the word to the manner born
For an interesting discussion of "to the manner born" and its illegitimate spawn "to the manor born" see
qms commented on the word East Jesus
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
qms commented on the word entelechy
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.
qms commented on the word braggardism
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
qms commented on the list theres-no-place-like-nowhere
I believe Brendan Behan coined this.
Podunk. Also podunk. An interesting history. Lots of places claim to be the original Podunk.
January 13, 2017
qms commented on the word dogged
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.
qms commented on the word ophelimity
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.
qms commented on the word anergia
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
qms commented on the word frustraneous
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
qms commented on the word bowfarts
I should think bowfarts are very unkind to those amidships.
qms commented on the user foozilla
Yo, fozilla! I hope you will find the company congenial.
January 10, 2017
qms commented on the word blague
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.
qms commented on the word moonbow
Young people who crave now to know
What fortune may some day bestow
Will assuage this fancy
And dance 'neath the pearly moonbow.
January 9, 2017
qms commented on the word marplot
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
qms commented on the word fadge
A very versatile word which can be, among other things, a verb describing a kind of complementary blending -
All muslims amicably fadgeWhile mingling in making the hajjAnd, hajis returned,A title they've earned, And ever will wear like a badge.
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 blokeHas many a trick in his poke.He's able to cadgeA freshly baked fadgeWith a jig, or a rhyme, or a joke.
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 MadgeIs ever a fadgeAnd exercise cannot amend her.
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
qms commented on the word vibrissa
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
qms commented on the word mankini
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
qms commented on the word hydronym
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
qms commented on the word carucate
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
qms commented on the word etesian
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
qms commented on the word meltemi
See also comments at Meltemi.
qms commented on the word Meltemi
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.
qms commented on the word manzai
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.https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manzai
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
qms commented on the word trumple
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
qms commented on the word antepast
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.
qms commented on the word stramash
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.
qms commented on the word browst
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
qms commented on the word earthlight
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
qms commented on the word xenia
For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at neomenia and psychasthenia.
December 27, 2016
qms commented on the word neomenia
For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at psychasthenia and xenia.
qms commented on the word psychasthenia
We visit again poor Eugenia,
For more on the wretched Eugenia's woes see comments at neomenia and xenia.
qms commented on the word novation
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
qms commented on the word frumenty
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
qms commented on the word subtilize
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
qms commented on the word exostosis
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
qms commented on the word chronogram
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
qms commented on the word becket
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.
qms commented on the word tang
"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."
qms commented on the word aposematic
Evade an importunate Claus
Who rings for some nebulous cause
With a scowl so emphatic
Escape in his stunned silent pause.
December 20, 2016
qms commented on the word nocturia
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
qms commented on the word ophicleide
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
qms commented on the word coggie
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
qms commented on the word atole
When daylight is short and branches bareMy yearnings turn to Mexican fare.Some chicken in moleOr bowl of atoleCan 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
qms commented on the word alities
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.
qms commented on the word mononym
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
qms commented on the word donzel
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
qms commented on the word bragget
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
qms commented on the word stichomancy
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.
December 11, 2016
qms commented on the word biosemiotics
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
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qms commented on the user qms
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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