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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.
qms commented on the word dabster
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.
Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
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 ends 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
qms commented on the word astrobleme
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
qms commented on the word ollekebolleke
Sounds a lot like “okaley dokaley,” the favorite expression of assent of Ned Flanders, Homer Simpson’s pious neighbor. Could this be evidence of the influence of Dutch folk tradition on The Simpsons? There might be a PhD dissertation there.
May 17, 2017
qms commented on the word purblind
My friend, alas, made up her mind
To credit some claims of dafter kind.
So reason's traduced,
It's trumped and seduced
By visions supplied the purblind.
qms commented on the word hymnographer
Said Bach to his bold interlocutor,
"It seems, sir, you are a provocateur.
While true, it's been said
I'm matchless in bed,
I'm also an unmatched hymnographer."
May 16, 2017
qms commented on the word froward
See comments at tetric.
May 15, 2017
qms commented on the word tetric
I see that some GNU collaborator (or perhaps an imperious spell checker), in plundering The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia for a definition of "tetric " has assumed the old and honorable "froward" to be a misspelling of "forward" and has "corrected" it.
Obscurity makes one a coward
Another finds language empowered:
It's timid and horrid
To substitute forward
From distrust of stubborn old froward.
The fare at the fair is eclectic:
You might spy a clown with a pet trick,
See shows of all styles
For thrills and for smiles
And nary a visage that's tetric.
qms commented on the word materfamilias
The votes had been willy nilly cast
Electing our materfamilias.
(Those mischievous monkeys)
Appointed instead a male silly ass.
May 14, 2017
qms commented on the word mellisonant
Perfumed were the notes Melissa sent
With sweet and enticing kiss of scent,
Beguiled was my ear
When lips were more near
To hear her soft whispers mellisonant.
May 13, 2017
qms commented on the word alegar
*deep bows and blushes*
qms commented on the word bodement
An oracle who's on the decline
Is desperate to peddle a sign.
She must sell a bodement
To pay her abode rent
And maintain her practice divine.
May 12, 2017
A brewmaster's post is a sinecure
In abstinent towns such as Srinagar,
But still they are tickled
With veggies well pickled
So happy with Gallagher's vinegar.
qms commented on the word pronged ant
Or, in the case of impatient lovers, you might see a pronghorn ant elope.
The ale that is brewed by one Gallagher
Is never a champion challenger.
The judge always fails it.
I don't know what ails it
But, my! It's a fine batch of alegar.
May 11, 2017
qms commented on the word eduction
Since The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia was last published in 1914 I think the most Mr. Foreman can claim for his 2005 contribution is a novel coinage made in ignorance that the word already had a definition.
May 10, 2017
qms commented on the word mordacious
Romanians mostly are gracious,
With smiles on their welcoming faces,
But should it transpire
You've met a vampire
Then count on him turning mordacious.
qms commented on the word psychozoic
Zuzu, your praise is a perfect balm.
May 9, 2017
The dumb beasts can't voice their complaint
That men are more psycho than saint,
So must remain stoic
In this psychozoic,
But contented neighbors they ain't.
qms commented on the word patrocinate
Success is often a toss of fate
For politicians who oscillate.
Observers may savor
A fortunate waver
As willingness to patrocinate.
May 8, 2017
qms commented on the word astrolatry
There's worship of differing quality
From reverence to outright frivolity
The champ of bizarre,
The oddest by far,
Is Hollywood tinsel astrolatry
May 7, 2017
qms commented on the word torve
In Latin he'll punish, by Jove,
Those schoolboys whose silly minds rove.
Hell get their attention
With endless declension
And looks that are classically torve.
May 6, 2017
qms commented on the word lemniscate
Erect he's the humble number eight
But, privileged to help out the great,
And supple and nimble,
Reclines as a symbol,
So toppled becomes the lemniscate.
May 5, 2017
qms commented on the word hugeous
His fitness for office eludes us.
He seems like one of The Stooges.
His character's wriggly
Yet he projects bigly,
So failings are shown loud and hugeous.
May 4, 2017
qms commented on the word geoglyph
If shipwrecked on a desert strand
Exploit the things you find on hand.
It takes but a brio jiff
To make up a neoglyph
By spelling out "Help!" in the sand.
May 3, 2017
qms commented on the word rap-full
Assessing the speed of fast yachts
You'll estimate headway in knots.
A crew that's not bashful
Will keep the craft rap-full;
The knots that they make will be lots.
May 2, 2017
qms commented on the word ennead
At softball we played plenty bad
So heed my sad jeremiad:
Though students of lit
May prosper at wit
They're bad at forming an ennead.
May 1, 2017
qms commented on the word pock-pudding
Most insults are quickly construed
But Scots are inventively rude.
I find it off-putting -
The Brit as pock-pudding -
From folks who treat haggis as food.
April 30, 2017
qms commented on the word musaceous
A blender is most efficacious
At rendering foodstuff pultaceous
You'll whip up a doozy
Of banana smoothy
With yogurt and fruit that's musaceous.
April 29, 2017
qms commented on the word pedregal
The college ideal's medieval.
Though all crave relations "collegial,"
Now academe's groves
Are turned profit troves
Are blasted to barren pedregal.
April 28, 2017
qms commented on the word Trexit
There is going to have to be a Trentrance before there is a Trexit. Turkey is not a member of the EU.
April 27, 2017
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.
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.
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
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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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