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
qms commented on the word circumzenithal
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.
Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit
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
qms commented on the word chalazion
I grant we elected the crazy one
While loathing the hideous ways he won.
The vista dismays,
Outrages the gaze,
An eyesore, a stye, a chalazion.
December 9, 2016
qms commented on the word blessing
In addition to being a noun blessing is also the progressive or continuous form of the verb to bless.
December 8, 2016
qms commented on the word astucious
Oh, pity the good man's malaise
Who grew up in honor's strait ways,
In all things astucious,
As wise as Confucius
Yet governed by knaves in late days.
qms commented on the word shpadoinkle
Strange: The definition is of an enthusiastic interjection yet every usage example makes reference to losing (one's) shpadoinkle. Those users clearly regard it as a noun meaning something like "mind" or "composure."
The word can be used to enthuse
But usages tend to confuse.
It changes like "boink"ll,
This shifting shpadoinkle,
And sometimes it's something you lose.
December 7, 2016
qms commented on the word spagbol
See also spag bol.
A Britishism for spaghetti bolognese.
qms commented on the word fautor
The true sporting fan's not a shouter,No brazen uncritical touter.He's both mind and heart,Like a patron of art:A loyal but discerning fautor.
December 6, 2016
qms commented on the word paraphrenia
Of note in his psychical scenery are
His boasts that he's king of Slovenia:
A comical claim
But nuts just the same,
A sure sign of some paraphrenia.
December 5, 2016
qms commented on the word mumchance
The Muses React to the 2016 Election
Terpsichore writhes in some dance;
Melpomene casts a glum glance.
And once merry Thalia?
She weeps, inter alia,
While Clio, appalled, sits mumchance.
December 4, 2016
Why do people seem always to "sit mumchance?" Cannot one stand, lie, stride or simply be mumchance?
qms commented on the word bobbery
Thus endeth a season of bobbery
Replete with conspicuous daubery.
The master of squabbles
Now gathers the baubles.
Prepare for a circus of jobbery.
December 3, 2016
qms commented on the word sclaff
Note that sclaff can be either a verb or a noun. Oddly the Word of the Day notification provides three definitions for its use as a verb only, yet all the examples supplied use it as a noun.
December 2, 2016
In Scotland the golfers will quaff
A dram before plying the staff,
Then mar in their haze
The luckless fairways
With many a duff and a sclaff.
qms commented on the word pliskie
Of course a thrifty (thriftey?) Scot would not spend an inessential "e" but I have a more expansive ancestry.
I hope the Tasmanian hibernation has concluded.
In Scotland on taking some whiskeyThe young men are prone to feel frisky,But liquor soon wiltsWhat stirs in their kilts.Alas, a most chastening pliskie.
December 1, 2016
qms commented on the user Quintesabd
Quintesabd, by entering your comments as new word entries you are creating a great deal of clutter and confusion. At the bottom of every word entry page is a comment box. Please put your comments there and click "Save." The results will be much cleaner, will give you access to some HTML formatting, and will remain editable by you
November 30, 2016
qms commented on the word nutraceutical
The flesh of no nutria is suitable
To pitch as a true nutraceutical.
The trouble is that
It's called a swamp rat
And bias against it's immutable.
qms commented on the word octastyle
There is the architectural application:
Let's sit ourselves down and talk a while
Of how may a portico beguile,
And what are the graces
Attending such spaces
And tally the virtues of octastyle.
But also this:
The she-squid bestows a shy smile
Permitting an amorous trial,
Inviting his charms
And myriad arms
For loving that's done octastyle.
November 29, 2016
qms commented on the word ragstone
I'm making it red white and blue
As all good deplorables do.
My patio ragstone
I'm painting as flagstone
To show I'm more loyal than you.
November 28, 2016
qms commented on the word intercalate
Should dalliances usurp a date
Then Trump will invoke a perk of state.
If the day's come and gone
Then the calendar's wrong.
He'll order the gov to intercalate.
November 27, 2016
qms commented on the word marthambles
November 26, 2016
qms commented on the word macle
An ailment that doctors can't tackle
A sorceress with crystals and knack'll.
She'll bring out the quartz
To cure you of warts
Or treat your marthambles with macle.
qms commented on the word cosmorama
Victorians loved their melodramaAnd spectacles like cosmorama,Now stale and passé;Amusements todayDerive more from digits or pharma.
November 25, 2016
qms commented on the word harvest-home
The harvesters in from the gloam,
Kids bright from the scrub and the comb.
The windows alight
Bejewel the night
As darkness enfolds harvest-home.
Happy Thanksgiving, all.
November 24, 2016
qms commented on the word banhammer
Protect us from Polish spam mills,
Purveyors of nostrums and pills.
Oh, heed your fan clamor
To bring the banhammer
And cast out the scammers and shills.
November 23, 2016
qms commented on the word spoon-meat
The bird as a whole is a boon treat
But remnants are what we will soon eat
In fragments instead -
In fritters, on bread,
And finally we'll sip it as spoon-meat.
November 22, 2016
qms commented on the word eschar
Mon Dieu! What a dégoutant deed!
Cette blessure est vraiment putride!
When you have an eschar
You tend to it, n'est-ce pas?
America, please now debride.
November 21, 2016
qms commented on the word tocher
In Scotland a good marriage broker
Will find you a lass and will yoke her.
If he's done his duty
She may be no beauty
But bring you a generous tocher.
November 20, 2016
qms commented on the word cates
The gourmet is cursed by the fates
To crave only rarest of cates.
Though plain food may nourish
Yet he needs a flourish
And only the Lucullan sates.
November 19, 2016
qms commented on the word argy-bargy
The Grant's ranch was tranquil and gracious
But Barbara and Rob disputatious.
To praise argy-bargy
They chose "RG bar G"
To brand their own wide open spaces.
November 18, 2016
The few times I have heard this term used have mostly been while watching television coverage of the Tour de France. The venerable announcing team of Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen (both Brits) use it to describe the fierce bumping and jostling that goes on during sprint finishes. The definitions provided here all assume its application to verbal contention, but Liggett and Sherwen seem comfortable with it in a physical context.
qms commented on the word cyclothymia
Events all conspire to annoy
And forces of evil deploy.
No ailment is timelier
Than this cyclothymia
That unbid gives moments of joy.
November 17, 2016
qms commented on the word paction
The Lord of Misrule make a paction
With those of the frivolous faction
To reign for a season
Defying all reason
And driving the proud to distraction.
This a reposting of a comment originally posted on October 25, 2015 which was accidentally deleted. We REALLY need some sort of safeguard associated with the delete button. A single touch activates it. There is no “are you sure” warning and no way of undoing.
November 16, 2016
qms commented on the word fervid
A third option is perfervid, which unambiguously implies excess.
qms commented on the word scientism
Competitive pumpkiners know
The road to blue ribbon is slow.
Accomplish your giantism
With patience and scientism
And pray that the monster will grow.
qms commented on the word caca
I am surprised that none of the dictionaries that Wordnik aggregates provides a definition for this word. When I was growing up in New England this was the common childhood term for excrement. I don’t know to what extent American dialect varies on this, but versions of the word are pervasive in European languages.
Wikipedia provides a fascinating discussion of cacāre and its descendants:
The whole article on Latin profanity is entertaining.
See also kakistocracy and cacatopia.
November 15, 2016
qms commented on the word bouleversement
The polity's trust has been rended
And amity's wagon upended,
A brute renversement
A wreck that's not readily mended.
qms commented on the word trumpenproletariat
The prospect's now so scary that
The thought's no place to tarry at.
Our doom is presaged
By the loud and enraged
The howling trumpenproletariat
November 14, 2016
trumpenproletariat – n. A class of American voters, privileged by race and income, who nevertheless nurse an overweening sense of grievance and share a conviction that they are the victims of both ambitious ethnic minorities and mysterious “elites.” They are characterized by nostalgia for a golden age that never was and limitless credulity.Cf. lumpenproletariat.
qms commented on the word autopoiesis
A system engaged in autopoiesis
Replenishes loss but never increases.
Is it fated to go
Forever on so,
Or comes there a time when it ceases?
qms commented on the word pseudoplastic
As ketchup can tend to confuse
The kids must be given some clues:
It's goop pseudoplastic
So shaking extracts it;
Unshaken it never will ooze.
November 13, 2016
qms commented on the word daven
A friend called this very odd combination of definitions to my attention:
daven - n, a person with a huge cock
However, the example given, " Dude, that's such a huge Daven! ", applies the term not to the whole person but to the appendage itself.
If you read the prayers aloud
You've blessings of which to be proud.
A ritual maven
Encouraged to daven
Is bound to be found well-endowed.
November 12, 2016
qms commented on the word choenix
Boys come to the Greek teacher's door
When cheated by Cook and implore,
"He's up to his mean tricks
And shorting my choenix.
I pray you, Dear Master, some more!"
n. A Greek dry measure, mentioned by Homer, and originally the daily ration of a man, but varying from a quart to over a quart and a half.
qms commented on the word tirl
It can mean to whine or to twirl,
To quiver or else to unfurl,
A wheel or a sample
Or thrill, for example.
My head's in a whirl over tirl.
November 11, 2016
qms commented on the word plout
In the Highlands when angling for trout
Be silent or whisper - don't shout.
You'll displease your gillie
With conduct that's silly.
Wade gently and don't ever plout.
November 10, 2016
qms commented on the word alexipharmic
Misfortunes quite often are karmic -
The evil we've done and the harm stick.
We sicken at last
From sins of the past
But good deeds are alexipharmic.
November 9, 2016
qms commented on the word psephology
Election Day, 2016
We simply don't know what to think!
Just how have we come to this brink?
In absence of knowledge we
And flee to the solace of drink.
November 8, 2016
qms commented on the word manufactroversy
Announce something new on emailAnd Hillary hauled off to jail:A manufactroversyThat persists perversely.It's bait they will take without fail.
November 7, 2016
qms commented on the word circumduce
My self-assigned daily challenge is to write a limerick that rhymes on the Word of the Day (WotD). I have occasionally posted a limerick that included the WotD somewhere other than at the end of a line, but only rarely. A word like circumduce is especially troublesome because it is a transitive verb and it takes some engineering to place it naturally at the end of a line. I came up with a serviceable solution after reading that the word is an adornment of Scottish law. The Rangers and the Celtics (the “Old Firm”) are famously bitter football rivals in Glasgow, so it seemed apt to acknowledge a Scottish connection.
Not only is the verb transitive but it seems to pair with only one direct object – “term”. Every usage example uses the verb in the phrase “circumduce the term.” I bethought myself of some way of writing a limerick on that phrase rather than on the verb alone. It looked unlikely but there is perverse inspiration to be got from current events. The 2016 Clinton/Trump presidential election is two days away and it is a great stimulant to the imagination.
Elections circumduce the term
So pauses Trump to spruce his perm.
He thinks that election
Can spread his infection,
And gleefully he'll loose the germ.
November 6, 2016
The Old Firm are Glaswegian tribes
Whose loyalists hate circumscribes.
Why not call a truce
They can't circumduce
And give up the insults and jibes?
qms commented on the word bioprocess
Biologists greedily dream
Of a captive microbial team,
To build a colossus
Of new bioprocess,
A rich biotechnical scheme.
November 5, 2016
qms commented on the word feretory
It seems to me a tasteless lapseTo march about with saintly scraps.The apter territoryFor any feretoryIs seen through a pane in the apse.Note. I have found three suggested pronunciations for this word: fer-uh-TORY, fuh-RET-urry, FERRET-tree.
November 4, 2016
qms commented on the word epidiascope
For plain folk to get the straight dopeA lecture was a way to cope.The ones they liked best,So records attest,Were blessed with an epidiascope.
November 3, 2016
qms commented on the word soul-cake
Our sins do a burdensome toll take.While prayer and works on the whole makeOur vile purgatoryA less lengthy storyThe ticket to heaven's the soul-cake.Compare dumb-cake.
November 2, 2016
qms commented on the list a-dram-too-many
November 1, 2016
qms commented on the word Hallowmas
In Autumn is death's shadow cast
On thoughtless lad and callow lass.
The death lust they show
Is fervent but faux
The eve of the feast of Hallowmas.
qms commented on the word hollop
What mischievous rhymes can I call upThat wouldn't be utter codswallop?It's driving me dottyTo find something naughtyIn a word that's as harmless as hollop.
October 31, 2016
qms commented on the word grue
Tonight pay the devil his due
And savor the witches' strange brew
As bandits and zombies
And other bad hombres
Cause many a shriek and a grue.
qms commented on the word heart-scald
"The worst thing a man can do is go bald. Never let yourself go bald." Donald J. Trump
He looked in the mirror appalled,
His tonsure a horror and heart-scald
And took then to building
With fleece of much gilding
A pelt to conceal that he's bald.
October 30, 2016
qms commented on the word quale
While humorous verses are jolly
The words if unheard are mere folly
The laugh we provoke
By telling a joke
Is purely the listener's quale.
October 29, 2016
qms commented on the word textuary
I read in a serious bestiary
A clownfish can cause its sex to vary.
I know it may sound
Like I'm clowning around
But trust me, I'm strictly a textuary.
October 28, 2016
qms commented on the word TBR pile
Oh, alexz! Say it ain't so.
October 27, 2016
qms commented on the word red-tapism
See also comments at red-tapist.
qms commented on the word red-tapist
The office of humor correction
Has experts at offense detection.
Each earnest red-tapist
Maintains a bad-jape list
Of jokes that will cause an objection.
See also comments at red-tapism.
qms commented on the word pygostyle
A plowshare first sounded terrific
But vomer seemed more scientific,
Then after a while
I loved pygostlye
As sweet to the ear philornithic.
October 26, 2016
qms commented on the word frontless
Poor Ernest's affront caused him shame
And liquor again was to blame.
If only he'd drunk less
He'd not have been frontless
Nor owe now effrontery's claim.
October 25, 2016
qms commented on the word gallinipper
The wee pest's a dangerous vector
But heed this key gender corrector:
The gal gallinipper
Alone's the blood sipper;
The guy bugs imbibe only nectar.
October 24, 2016
qms commented on the word meal-pock
He's glad that you fill up his meal-pockBut spare him your flattering sweet talk.He'll not be your friendSo don't condescendTo a pauper as proud as a peacock.
October 23, 2016
qms commented on the word palingenesis
Sweet reason's political nemesis,
Or so some experienced men insist,
Is Sarah's sour cant
Informing Don's rant,
An instance of strange palingenesis.
October 22, 2016
qms commented on the word levet
A biker to feel well-endowed
Requires an engine that's loud.
At daybreak he'll rev it -
The neighborhood levet -
Then flee from the rage of the crowd.
October 21, 2016
qms commented on the word elutriate
A consummate broth, experts say,Is filtered the albumin way.The soup you createWhen you elutriateIs elegant clear consommé.
October 20, 2016
qms commented on the word nugae
Despairing the rhymester hurls curses
At info that Wordnik disperses:
Though clumsy and kludgy
Oh, call them not nugae
Or damn them as trivial verses.
October 19, 2016
Research reveals that nugae is pronounced as though it were spelled "new-jee." There are other possibilities for a terminal "-ae" and you can read some of these discussed in comments at lunula.
qms commented on the word almsdeed
A comfortable conscience balm's creed
Holds charity nurtures harm's seed:
Don't coddle the poor
But give them a cure
By nobly withholding almsdeed.
October 18, 2016
qms commented on the word transpare
His slowly diminishing hair
Is causing the Donald despair.
He's fighting the tide
But cannot abide
His pink pate should baldly transpare.
October 17, 2016
qms commented on the word volery
Our laughter when humor is light
May soar like the swallows at night
But cynical drollery
Can conjure a volery
Where fluttering never takes flight.
October 16, 2016
qms commented on the word hemolymph
She was to the eye a delighter,
To hot-blooded youth an exciter,
But cold hemolymph
Filled veins of that nymph
And no ardent boy could ignite her.
October 15, 2016
qms commented on the word femtobarn
The boffins with patient precision
Examine each tiny collision
And don't give a darn -
Not one femtobarn -
For ignorant cries of derision.
October 14, 2016
qms commented on the word scapulimancy
An oracular fellow named Clancy
Claimed knowledge of scapulimancy.
But a blade from a sternum?
He could not discern 'em,
So forecasts were generally chancy.
October 13, 2016
qms commented on the word bioswale
Consider the throughput travail
Designing a new bioswale.
Input the terrain
And volume of rain
And hear the weary BIOS wail.
October 12, 2016
qms commented on the word solutionism
His manner is cheerful and breezy,
Asserting all remedies easy,
But airy solutionism
Is trumped by his Putinism
And more than foolhardy - he's sleazy.
October 11, 2016
qms commented on the word kincob
Oh pity the spokesperson's woes!
Exposed to the jibes of his foes,
The surrogate's spin job
Must dress up in kincob
A king who is wearing no clothes.
October 10, 2016
qms commented on the word spleuchan
Old Angus was given to moochin'
But Scotsmen in thrift have few kin.
When he begged a smoke
They claimed to be broke
And not one would open his spleuchan.
October 9, 2016
qms commented on the word creepy clown
The rumors abound in the town
That wealth's not the cause for renown.
No, Donald's real claim
To nationwide fame
Is status as creepiest clown.
October 8, 2016
In the Autumn of 2016 the United States, and lately the UK as well, has been plagued by creepy clown sightings:
CBS News, October 8, 2016Hoax or threat? Clown sightings fuel panic nationwideThere’s been a wave of creepy clown sightings across the United States. Going back to late August, there have been dozens of reports of threatening clowns, largely centered around schools and colleges. Many have been dismissed by law enforcement as pranks, but more than a dozen people have been arrested in connection with the sightings. Whether they are pranks, threats or actual sightings, police and other officials have to take them seriously as a potential threat to safety. That’s starting to drain resources from law enforcement agencies, who are also concerned about feeding into hysteria…
Hoax or threat? Clown sightings fuel panic nationwide
There’s been a wave of creepy clown sightings across the United States. Going back to late August, there have been dozens of reports of threatening clowns, largely centered around schools and colleges.
Many have been dismissed by law enforcement as pranks, but more than a dozen people have been arrested in connection with the sightings. Whether they are pranks, threats or actual sightings, police and other officials have to take them seriously as a potential threat to safety. That’s starting to drain resources from law enforcement agencies, who are also concerned about feeding into hysteria…
qms commented on the word rigorism
A suspect avowal of stigmatism
Is tested with maximum rigorism.
Imperil the clericals
And threaten to trigger a schism.
qms commented on the user majdalawi
It is good to have you with us.
October 7, 2016
qms commented on the word vellicate
When amorous urges accelerateA prudent seducer will hesitate.As moods can be fickleFirst test with a tickle.It's safer at first if you vellicate.
qms commented on the word life-car
After posting my Word of the Day limerick on life-car I became curious to see what one looked like and to know if they had ever been put to practical use, so I ventured on to the net and discovered an interesting story. An American named Joseph Francis invented the life-car in the mid 19th Century and it was used in the saving of many lives from wrecks near the shore. Francis’s achievement seems to have been first recognized by foreign nations and he received recognition and awards from many countries. He was in Europe, perhaps to accept some of these accolades, when a Captain Douglass Ottinger of the United States Revenue Cutter Service applied to congress for a grant to recompense him for the invention of the life-car. Since Francis was not there to dispute Ottinger’s claim the congress awarded Ottinger $10,000. Only many years later was Francis recognized by congress with a gold medal. You can read an account of the matter here and see an image of a life-car here.How shameful that envious strife marWhat ought to be Francis's bright star,For Ottinger's claimOccluded his fameFor gifting the world with his life-car.
October 6, 2016
The best choice for rescue by far -
As cozy as man and his wife are!
When next you're ship-wrecked
Be sure you select
The safety and speed of the life-car!
qms commented on the word drysalter
I once was a sea salt exalter
But desiccant preferences alter.
At present I think
That Himalayan pink
Is key for the gourmet drysalter.
October 5, 2016
qms commented on the word hubbly
Swamp gases make pond water bubbly
And snowfall confuses things doubly.
The mingling's not nice
For mid-winter ice,
Which skaters will find sadly hubbly.
October 4, 2016
qms commented on the word previse
Cassandra with far-seeing eyes
Was cursed with the gift to previse.
Her passionate pleading
Yet yielded no heeding,
For truth needs a pleasing disguise.
October 3, 2016
qms commented on the word misspense
The climate deniers are dense,
Unwilling to listen to sense.
There's little occasion
For fruitful persuasion -
The effort's a noble misspense.
October 2, 2016
qms commented on the word latitudinarianism
The commune's nudist agrarianism
The neighbors call lewd barbarianism.
The counsel I give
Is live and let live
In tolerant latitudinarianism.
October 1, 2016
qms commented on the word magsman
Though comics and internet wags can
Make fun of faux hair and his gag tan,
Suspicion still lingers
That such tiny fingers
Are marks of the natural magsman.
September 30, 2016
qms commented on the word excogitate
Though you may prefer to meditate
Or idly to ponder and speculate,
Should thinking involve
Some problem to solve
You'd better prepare to excogitate.
September 29, 2016
qms commented on the word aquacade
Ms Williams, quite fetchingly made
And big in the movie star trade,
Unable to act
(A regrettable fact),
Excelled in the old aquacade.
September 28, 2016
qms commented on the word apophasis
News item: Trump Praises Self During, After Debate for Not Bringing Up Bill Clinton’s Infidelity
The Donald traversed discourtesy's axis
From casually rude to utterly classless.
Self-praise for his silences
On Bill's misalliances
Is no more than thuggishly crude apophasis.
September 27, 2016
qms commented on the word ambigu
A buffet for plain folk must do,Though some will say smorgasbord too,But a table of noshIf the setting is poshTurns into a true ambigu.
qms commented on the word cumbrous
When Autumn turns chilly and umbrous
And burdens once light become cumbrous,
The long shadows deepen,
The way seems to steepen.
And pilgrims grow weary and slumbrous.
September 26, 2016
qms commented on the word umbrous
umbrous — 1. Lying in the shade; shady, shadowed.
qms commented on the word intertrigo
The doctor said, "Sorry, amigo;
I know it's a blow to the ego:
That flab that you cache
Has done something rash.
It's blooming with wild intertrigo."
September 25, 2016
qms commented on the word metate
The gaucho at end of the day
Reclines with his gourd of maté.
His hammock will swing,
His gaucha will sing
To the beat of mano and metate.
September 24, 2016
qms commented on the word emargination
The stock of his gun, so it's said,
He notched for each man he shot dead;
What meaning then place on
That pocked the headboard of his bed?
September 23, 2016
qms commented on the word catena
In New Pagan lit's strange arena
They work for an antique patina.
They'll quote and they'll cite
By wizard and rite
To build up a mystic catena.
September 22, 2016
qms commented on the word sabretasche
A hussar must dress with panache
From spurs to his sash and mustache;
And he must afford
A damascene sword
Adorned with a fine sabretache.
September 21, 2016
qms commented on the word mouchoir
Curmudgeons will always get crankyAt toffs who won't call it a hanky:"To call it a mouchoirIs Frenchified bushwa,But snot rag does fine, very frankly."
September 20, 2016
qms commented on the word caffa
Mustafa, who ruled once in Jaffa,
Insisted his women wear caffa.
A lip-hugging veil
To be worn without fail
Was known as Mustache of Mustafa.
September 19, 2016
qms commented on the word waney
Some lumberjacks, when it is rainy,Make tabletops - rustic and grainy.It's work they can getWhen weather is wetAnd uses what's knotted and waney.
September 18, 2016
qms commented on the word margent
When parties set out to augment
They'll boast that they have a large tent,
But under that big top
The clowning is nonstop
To flatter the crazy margent.
September 17, 2016
qms commented on the word loof
True saintliness calls for some proof:
One, praying, might drift to the roof,
Or, best of all data,
Could bear the stigmata,
The blessing of wounds in the loof.
September 16, 2016
qms commented on the word stover
The cows feast on green grass and clover
Till seasons of fresh growth are over,
Then autumn fields shorn
To dry stalks of corn
Will make up their wintering stover.
September 15, 2016
qms commented on the word dichotic
The Donald sows discord and fear
With nonsense I'd rather not hear.
Since life's less chaotic
When listening's dichotic
I've learned how to turn a deaf ear.
September 14, 2016
qms commented on the word costrel
A wonderful vessel, the neti pot,
A tool every New Ager's got:
A sort of a costrel
You stick up your nostril
To sluice out your stubbornest snot.
September 13, 2016
qms commented on the word dyspnea
Pygmalion carved GalateaAnd gave himself instant dyspnea.The girl of his makingHe made so breathtakingHe gasped and he panted to see her.
September 12, 2016
qms commented on the word singultus
A life can be rendered tumult'ous
If plagued by persistent singultus
And peace so much riven
That some folk are driven
To seek out the help of occultists.
September 11, 2016
qms commented on the word holophrastic
If new to environs monastic
You'll find that the silence is drastic.
They frown on the phonic
So monks are laconic,
Conversing in bursts holophrastic.
September 10, 2016
qms commented on the word autotroph
I checked it out on Wikipedia
And other reliable media
So safely I'll scoff
At the smug autotroph
Extolling the joys of inedia.
See also breatharian and comments at photovore.
September 9, 2016
qms commented on the word complicacy
My recipes feature efficacy
Eschewing all fuss and complicacy.
A poulet compliqué
Would ruin my day.
I'll stew up my bird in a fricassee.
September 8, 2016
qms commented on the word imaret
A sultan could put up a minaret
But virtuous actions are better yet.
He'll garner more blessing
By simply addressing
The needs of the poor in an imaret.
September 7, 2016
qms commented on the word nebulium
Poor Huggins felt silly and truly dumb
To learn he was wrong on nebulium.
If he had been able
To add to the table
The next thing he'd name was nofoolium.
September 6, 2016
qms commented on the word sistrum
A prophet in Egypt's old system
Had curious aids to assist him.
While thinking up answers
He watched sacred dancers
Who bent to the beat of the sistrum.
September 5, 2016
qms commented on the word polyptoton
True, rhetoric and its devices
The mischievous in me entices,
But having now tripped upon
That devil polyptoton
I deem them all devious vices.
September 4, 2016
qms commented on the word sirvente
There are French words such as garage that the English have dressed up in local fashion (rhymes with marriage) while Americans have preserved some of the native sound (rhymes with barrage). Sirvente is such a one.
The Brits, as often their bent,
Domesticate Gallic sirvente.
The Yanks may still flaunt
A proper sirvente
But the English are intransigent.
September 3, 2016
qms commented on the word ruckle
At sound of the grim reaper's chuckle
Even the mighty must truckle.
He finds it amusing
To hear at his choosing
Laments and a jolly death-ruckle.
September 2, 2016
qms commented on the word crotaline
That rattle is dire serpentine -
Your comfort and his don't align.
The gauntlet is flung
Before you are stung
If the snake that you rile's crotaline.
September 1, 2016
qms commented on the word bilocation
How quantum mechanics is quaint,
Giving physics a mystical taint!
Wee bits in rotation
Which had been reserved to the saint.
August 31, 2016
qms commented on the word latinx
I don’t have strong feelings about latinx (although I do think it utterly lacks charm), but I don’t know what it provides that Latin does not. One of the American Heritage definitions cited in Wordnik is “n. A Latino or Latina.”
August 30, 2016
qms commented on the word sexting
It's a tide of the tawdry we're breasting.
I pray we'll get on to the next thing,
As Donald feigns shock
At views of his cock
Now Anthony's back to his sexting.
qms commented on the word eurythmy
Come share in my metrical whimsy,If not agin, then you are with me,For insight shows best As limerick dressedIn humor and lively eurythmy.
qms commented on the word vaticinate
Young prophets who'll live out the fate
Must cautiously anticipate.
The old and the wise 'uns
With looming horizons
Have freedom to boldly vaticinate.
August 29, 2016
qms commented on the word jill-flirt
Beg pardon if I dish some dirt:
They never were angels, for cert.
The Jack and the Jill
Who went up that hill
Were jackanapes and a jill-flirt.
August 28, 2016
qms commented on the word incony
An odd one, this old-time incony:
The word is elusive and funny;
Meaning artless or fragile
But, shifting and agile,
It hops like a lexical bunny.
August 27, 2016
A word popular in Shakespeare's day and unused since:
OEDForms: Also inconie, in-conie, in conie, inconey, in conye.Etymology: A cant word, prevalent about 1600, of unascertained origin. It appears to have rhymed with money , compare coney n.1 Suggestions as to its derivation are that it represents French inconnu , or Italian incognito , unknown; that it is a variation of uncanny , unconnyincautious, etc. (see canny adj.); that it is connected with unco unknown, strange, etc.; but none of these is free from difficulty.
Forms: Also inconie, in-conie, in conie, inconey, in conye.
Etymology: A cant word, prevalent about 1600, of unascertained origin.
It appears to have rhymed with money , compare coney n.1 Suggestions as to its derivation are that it represents French inconnu , or Italian incognito , unknown; that it is a variation of uncanny , unconnyincautious, etc. (see canny adj.); that it is connected with unco unknown, strange, etc.; but none of these is free from difficulty.
The OED uses the past tense in guessing how the word might have been pronounced. Its meaning is likewise veiled in the mists of time.
qms commented on the word tenson
Itinerant troubadors tired
But gigs at the palace required
They stake their ascents on
A winnowing tenson,
Before they were comfortably hired.
August 26, 2016
qms commented on the word erumpent
Does random unreason triumphant
Explain the party's entrumpment,
Or is it the working
Of illness long lurking
Whose presence at last is erumpent?
August 25, 2016
qms commented on the word craniometry
Too clever by half, it's been said,
If subject and science aren't wed.
So use plane geometry
And not craniometry
To measure a simple blockhead.
August 24, 2016
qms commented on the word fabliau
The bawdy is narrative's fodderAnd broad jest its babbling water.Jongleurs had a goWith hot fabliauxAnd we work the famed farmer's daughter.
August 23, 2016
qms commented on the word smaik
What pleasure in geck the Scots take!
In insults that sting like a snake
It's limmer they'll fetch
(Or skellum) for "wretch,"
But scroyle is much like a smaik.
Here's a provocative thought:
Scots insults suit Donald a lot,
Perhaps this is merited
By genes he inherited.
His mom was an immigrant Scot.
August 22, 2016
qms commented on the word skellum
Strange demons, it may be, compel him;
Some think mental illness befell him.
I rather suspect
A cruder affect:
The Donald is simply a skellum.
August 21, 2016
qms commented on the word pleochroism
A rock hound when he is wistful
dreams gemstones garnered by fistful,
And rock turned to prism
By pleochroism -
The trick of a magical crystal.
August 20, 2016
qms commented on the word supernal
The commonplace may hold truth's kernelAnd point the way to things supernal,So follow that arrowFrom a red wheelbarrowOr raise your eyes from Duchamp's urinal.
August 19, 2016
qms commented on the word geck
Some cock may presume he's exec
With general permission to peck
But strutting your stuff
May not be enough
When the flock is aflutter with geck.
August 18, 2016
qms commented on the word coelostat
A sailor who finds where he's at
Adjusts to the long and the lat;
To check any flow
Will stick with a strict coelostat.
August 17, 2016
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