vendingmachine commented on the word blesseds
Beatified individuals or blesseds according to the Catholic Church.
January 19, 2017
vendingmachine commented on the word unword
EVERY year the German Language Society selects a word of the year and an "unword", usually something somebody said but should not have done.
January 10, 2017
vendingmachine commented on the word unwordable
"The real reality, the flickering of seen and unseen actualities, the moment under the moment, can't be put into words; the most that a writer can do--and this is only rarely achieved--is to write in such a way that the reader finds himself in a place where the unwordable happens off the page."
vendingmachine commented on the word happy number
A happy number is a number defined by the following process: Starting with any positive integer, replace the number by the sum of the squares of its digits, and repeat the process until the number either equals 1 (where it will stay), or it loops endlessly in a cycle which does not include 1. Those numbers for which this process ends in 1 are happy numbers, while those that do not end in 1 are unhappy numbers (or sad numbers).
January 4, 2017
vendingmachine commented on the word hexahectaheptacontakaidigon
672-sided polygon. For a tutorial about naming polygons see NAMING POLYGONS.
December 31, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word retroactive continuity
Retroactive continuity, or retcon for short, is a literary device in which new information is added to already established facts in the continuity of a fictional work.
December 30, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word floating timeline
A floating timeline (also known as a sliding timescale) is a device used in fiction, particularly in comics and animation, to explain why characters age little or not at all over a period of time — despite real-world markers like notable events, people and technology appearing in the works and correlating with the real world. A floating timeline is a subtle form of retroactive continuity. This is seen most clearly in the case of comic book characters who debuted as teens in the 1940s or the 1960s but who are still relatively young in current comics. Events from the characters' pasts are alluded to, but they are changed from having taken place years ago to having taken place more recently. -Wikipedia
vendingmachine commented on the word un-Australian
Why would anyone be anti-Australian? That sounds like a very un-Australian thing to be.
December 10, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word bevy
See bevies. Ghastly!
vendingmachine commented on the word bevies
Gasp. I hate truncated, cutesy words like this. From Twitter: Join us for some seasonal bites, bevies and banter. (It doesn't sound so bad in this context, more quaint).See bevy.
vendingmachine commented on the word kleinhuisie
An outside lavatory / Afrikaans: literally, little house)
vendingmachine commented on the word dumpster fire
See also Dumpster Fire.
December 9, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the list sweet-tooth-fairy
pink puffer jacket
December 8, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word buttman
Apparently, buttman has no churchly duties or super-duper superpowers.
vendingmachine commented on the word pink puffer
sweet tooth fairy? pink puffer jacket
December 7, 2016
A person where emphysema is the primary underlying pathology.
vendingmachine commented on the word blue bloater
A person with chronic bronchitis who demonstrates evidence of cyanosis and pedal edema.
vendingmachine commented on the word bloater
A ripe corpse.
vendingmachine commented on the word mare
"Aloha is a tiny impact crater on the Moon, that lies to the northwest of the Montes Agricola ridge, on the Oceanus Procellarum. It is located near the faint terminus of a ray that crosses the mare from the southeast, originating at the crater Glushko."
vendingmachine commented on the word pisshead
Ha. Another fine example of the grab bag surprise known as RANDOM WORD.
December 3, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word Trump
What are the odds?! I can't believe this showed up on RANDOM WORD.
November 17, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word allenarly
How is this word pronounced?
November 15, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word on wing
"...the wingspan is 10–12 millimetres (0.39–0.47 in). The adults have a bronzy or greenish metallic sheen with no markings. They fly during the day as well as after dark. They are on wing in June and July in western Europe and from May to August in North America."
November 11, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word god-building
"God-Building was an idea proposed by some prominent Marxists of the Bolshevik faction of the Russian Social Democratic Labor Party which proved to be very controversial. It was inspired by Ludwig Feuerbach's 'religion of humanity' and had some precedent in the French Revolution with the 'cult of reason'. The idea consisted of the notion that in place of the abolition of religion, there should be a meta-religious context in which religions were viewed primarily in terms of the psychological and social effect of ritual, myth, and symbolism, and which attempted to harness this force for pro-communist aims, both by creating new ritual and symbolism, as well as re-interpreting existing ritual and symbolism in a socialist context. In contrast to the atheism of Lenin, the God Builders took an official position of agnosticism." --Wikipedia
vendingmachine commented on the word fly-on-the-wall
Fly-on-the-wall is a style of documentary-making used in film and television production. The name derived from the idea that events are seen candidly, as a fly on a wall might see them. In the purest form of fly-on-the-wall documentary-making, the camera crew works as unobtrusively as possible; however, it is also common for participants to be interviewed, often by an off-camera voice.
November 5, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word pumpkin breeches
Breeches, a form of pants, came in a wide variety of styles. The most common form of breech was called the trunk hose. Trunk hose were attached to the bottom of the doublet, a padded overshirt, with points, or small ties, and bagged outward before fastening on the upper leg. They looked almost like a puffy short skirt. Trunk hose were often worn with canions, a loose-fitting hose for the upper leg. An exaggerated form of trunk hose was known as pumpkin breeches. Made with contrasting vertical panels of fabric, these breeches ballooned outward, making it look as if the wearer had a large pumpkin about his waist. Venetians were a form of breeches that reached to the knee; they were padded at the waist and upper thighand grew slimmer as they reached the knee. Pluderhose were baggy all the way from the waist to the knee, and the baggy fabric hung down to hide the fastening at the knee. The longest breeches, known as slops, reached all the way to the calf.
November 3, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word pluderhose
Breeches, a form of pants, came in a wide variety of styles. The most common form of breech was called the trunk hose. Trunk hose were attached to the bottom of the doublet, a padded overshirt, with points, or small ties, and bagged outward before fastening on the upper leg. They looked almost like a puffy short skirt. Trunk hose were often worn with canions, a loose-fitting hose for the upper leg. An exaggerated form of trunk hose was known as pumpkin breeches. Made with contrasting vertical panels of fabric, these breeches ballooned outward, making it look as if the wearer had a large pumpkin about his waist. Venetians were a form of breeches that reached to the knee; they were padded at the waist and upper thigh and grew slimmer as they reached the knee. Pluderhose/pluderhose were baggy all the way from the waist to the knee, and the baggy fabric hung down to hide the fastening at the knee. The longest breeches, known as slops, reached all the way to the calf.
vendingmachine commented on the word white ink tattoo
"Aren't the dermal piercings with crystal studs brilliant? Wwhite ink tattoos often look like the body-art method of branding or scarring but this is much more delicate and super feminine!"
October 19, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word tentpole
"“This pigment is of major importance, since it represents the bright red color desired by purchasers,” reads “Lawrie’s Meat Science,” one of the tentpole books for students and professionals in the meat industry. Some producers have even gone so far as to treat their meat with carbon dioxide gas in order to lock in this red color far past its normal lifespan."
That blood in your meat Isn't what you think it is
October 12, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word mental hygiene
Mental health in general matters. A lot of people are ignorant about mental hygiene.
October 9, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word French Riviera
n. An area of the coast in southern France, popular with holiday-makers.I've never heard of a holiday-maker. I believe I'd say holiday-goers.
vendingmachine commented on the word data scientist
"The data scientist role was thrust into the limelight early this year when it was named 2016's "hottest job," and there's been considerable interest in the position ever since. Just recently, the White House singled data scientists out with a special appeal for help."
vendingmachine commented on the word tampon tax
An all-male panel of lawmakers in Utah refused to end the state’s sales tax on tampons, voting 8 to 3 against the Hygiene Tax Act.
The committee (again, all men) shot down the proposal because it wanted to keep the tax system predictable and believed that allowing for subjective variations on the tax code would only cause problems, according to reports.
Specifically, state representative Ken Ivory—one of the eight “no” votes—worried that exempting tampons would open the door for all kinds of crazy requests for exemptions, according to CBS News.
vendingmachine commented on the word pink tax
"It s expensive to be a woman. Several studies have shown that choosing the shampoo bottle marketed to women (with its pastel colors and floral motif) will cost you more than reaching for the gray bottle of "men's" shampoo, even when both items are essentially the same product. It’s referred to as the “pink tax,” and Boxed, a bulk shipping retailer, just announced a discount to combat it, Entrepreneur magazine reports. If the women’s product you’re buying costs more than the men’s equivalent, Boxed will cut the price on the ladies’ version.
vendingmachine commented on the word sardinia
“Sardinians are a group that people have considered distinct from other Europeans, and in this regard it would be interesting if they were more widely distributed in the past.”
Iceman's DNA reveals health risks and relations.
October 2, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word retrobituary
A remembrance of someone (particularly a historical figure or a celebrity) who died long ago. The remembrance often appears as an article in a publication and includes details about their life and death.
vendingmachine commented on the word Swainson's crow
The Swainson's crow (Euploea swainson) is a species of nymphalid butterfly in the Danainae subfamily. It is found in Indonesia and the Philippines.
September 23, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word Carter's little liver pills
Carter's Little Liver Pills (Carter's Little Pills after 1959) were formulated as a patent medicine by Samuel J. Carter of Erie, Pennsylvania, in 1868.
vendingmachine commented on the word Christi's big-eared bat
Christi's big-eared bat (Plecotus christii) is a species of vesper bat in the family Vespertilionidae. It is endemic to Egypt.
vendingmachine commented on the word Pirlot's big-eared bat
Pirlot's big-eared bat (Micronycteris homezi) is a species of bat endemic to Venezuela.
vendingmachine commented on the word Robert's snow vole
Robert's snow vole (Chionomys roberti) is a species of rodent in the family Cricetidae. It is found in Azerbaijan, Georgia, the Russian Federation, and Turkey.
vendingmachine commented on the word Jackson's fat mouse
Jackson's fat mouse (Steatomys jacksoni) is a species of rodent in the family Nesomyidae. It is found in Ghana and Nigeria.
vendingmachine commented on the word Kreb's fat mouse
Krebs's fat mouse (Steatomys krebsii) is a species of rodent in the family Nesomyidae. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, and Zambia.
vendingmachine commented on the word Bookbinder's soup
Bookbinder's soup is a type of soup pioneered in the United States in 1893 when Samuel Bookbinder created Old Original Bookbinder's restaurant in Philadelphia.
vendingmachine commented on the list persons-thing
erin- Caradja's plague and Caragea's plague add as Caradja and Caragea. Apparently, the 's messes up the works.
vendingmachine commented on the word Caradja
Caragea's plague or Caradja's plague (Romanian: Ciuma lui Caragea) was a bubonic plague epidemic that occurred in Wallachia, mainly in Bucharest, in the years 1813 and 1814. It coincided with the rule of the Phanariote Prince John Caradja.
vendingmachine commented on the word Caragea's plague
vendingmachine commented on the word Poinsot's spirals
vendingmachine commented on the word Curschmann's spirals
Curschmann's spirals refers to a microscopic finding in the sputum of asthmatics which are spiral shaped mucus plugs from subepithelial mucous gland ducts or bronchioles. These may occur in several different lung diseases.
vendingmachine commented on the word Old Possum's book of practical cats
Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats (1939) is a collection of whimsical poems by T. S. Eliot about feline psychology and sociology, published by Faber and Faber. It is the basis for the musical Cats.
vendingmachine commented on the word Père David's rock squirrel
Père David's rock squirrel (Sciurotamias davidianus), also known as the Chinese rock squirrel, is a species of rodent in the family Sciuridae. It is endemic to China, where it is found widely in rocky habitats in the eastern and central parts of the country.
vendingmachine commented on the word Döbereiner's lamp
Döbereiner's lamp, also called a "tinderbox" ("Feuerzeug"), is a lighter invented in 1823 by the German chemist Johann Wolfgang Döbereiner.
Great list, alexz. I love how you think.
vendingmachine commented on the word snow-grooming machine
"The Austrian team doctor collided with another skier and was knocked under a snow-grooming machine, which crushed him instantly."
vendingmachine commented on the word twilight shadowing
James Oberg explained many UFO sightings on the Internet. Most of them belong to one of three groups:
super-high plumes – rocket or missile plumes, especially lit by Sun on a dark sky;
space dandruff – ice flakes, fragments of insulation, etc. flying alongside a space vehicle, especially seen on backward-facing camera;
twilight shadowing – objects that move from shadow into sunlight in space appear as if coming from behind the clouds or from beyond the edge of the Earth.
vendingmachine commented on the word super-high plumes
James Oberg explained many UFO sightings on the Internet. Most of them belong to one of three groups:super-high plumes – rocket or missile plumes, especially lit by Sun on a dark sky;space dandruff – ice flakes, fragments of insulation, etc. flying alongside a space vehicle, especially seen on backward-facing camera;twilight shadowing – objects that move from shadow into sunlight in space appear as if coming from behind the clouds or from beyond the edge of the Earth.
vendingmachine commented on the word space dandruff
vendingmachine commented on the list grammar-police---find-the-correct-dash-in-this-lineup
How many dashes equals a 50-yard dash? (Look at me, asking a Canadian)
September 21, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word jaw
From Twitter: "you have a southern jaw". What is a southern jaw?
September 19, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word orthognathic
orthognathic surgery = jaw surgery (a procedure performed by an oral surgeon.)
vendingmachine commented on the word humblebrag
"Every Aussie I've met, along with many commenters on different Gawker sites have humblebragged about how perfect Australia is compared to the US. "I can't believe X happens in America; Australia has/does Y." Is it not possible to comment on an issue on an American site without also mentioning your own country's superiority?"
vendingmachine commented on the word (((echoes)))
Neo-Nazis, anti-Semites and white nationalists have begun using three sets of parentheses encasing a Jewish surname — for instance, (((Fleishman))) — to identify and target Jews for harassment on blogs and major social media sites like Twitter. As one white supremacist tweeted, "It's closed captioning for the Jew-blind."
September 18, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word starbugs
September 16, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the list words-ending-with--bite
I opened the list. Thanks kalayzich and alexz.
vendingmachine commented on the word wordnik
Thank you, wordnik!
Inspired by: thank every word
September 12, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the list canadian-english--1
washroom (Can) vs bathroom/restroom (Amer)
vendingmachine commented on the word bioturbation
"While primary effects of invasive animals are bioturbation, bioerosion, and bioconstruction. For example, invasion of Chinese mitten crab Eriocheir sinensis have resulted in higher bioturbation and bioerosion rates."
September 11, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word torus
Weaving a torus with villarceau circles.
vendingmachine commented on the word hilt
The base of the penis
"A chain used to secure something, especially a part of the dress and personal equipment, as, in the middle ages, the hilt of the sword to the breastplate or other part of the body-armor, or at the present day a watch, brooch, or bracelet."
vendingmachine commented on the word melongena
vendingmachine commented on the word adminicles
Icy cold and administrative flavored
vendingmachine commented on the word chewblet
Tubular nugget sounds tasty.
September 10, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word cosmogonist
vendingmachine commented on the word mercorn
Are you sure this isn't a merkin made from corn silk? Or a mercenary with a callus?
September 8, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word customer churn
"Moreover, people often use cards for awhile and then switch or they lose their cards and they need to be physically replaced. According to Federal Reserve data that I summarize in this article, in 2009 16.5% of credit card users discarded their cards and 29% of prepaid card users did so. Customer churn is especially high for prepaid card users, who often use their cards for only a short period or for a specified purpose. Churn is lowest for debit cards, because they are linked to bank accounts."
September 5, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word chavettes
Check out the visuals: the pregnant woman smoking is upsetting.
September 4, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word memetastic
How many other awful words have been created with -tastic?
vendingmachine commented on the word milagro
A "milagro" (miracle; a tiny replica of an arm or eye or animal, which can then be taken to the church and left with a donation). Sometimes made with "aged" bottle caps.
September 3, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word nicho
Nichos are made from mixed media and traditionally combine elements from Roman Catholicism, mestizo spirituality, and popular culture. Nichos are made of objects that can be easily purchased or scavenged in the home or community. The media are characteristically humble for a religious object, especially compared to the typically ornate icons of the Catholic Church. The shadow box itself is easily converted from a cigar box or other mass-produced wooden container, but can also be constructed from any lightweight wood, recycled tin, or glass. The colorful designs on the box and borders are created not only with paint, but also with sequins, glitter, chain, thread or rope, paper mache, and any small bric-a-brac. Other ornaments within nichos include milagro charms, beads, stones, nails, and other manufactured and found objects.See examples of nicho art here.
vendingmachine commented on the word bathtub madonna
A bathtub Madonna (also known as a lawn shrine, Mary on the half shell[, [bathtub Mary, bathtub Virgin, and bathtub shrine) is a artificial grotto typically framing a Roman Catholic religious figure.
vendingmachine commented on the word lararia
plural for lararium.
vendingmachine commented on the word vertiginous
adj. Having an aspect of great depth, drawing the eye to look downwards.
September 2, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word safeword
My safeword is honorificabilitudinitatibus which is very hard to say through a barbed wire ballgag.
vendingmachine commented on the word academic ridicule
"The story of forensic neuropathologist Bennet I. Omalu brings dramatic focus to one doctor's breakthrough discovery of a progressive neurologic disorder found in victims of brain trauma.Dr. Omalu called the disease chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), first discovered through an autopsy he performed on Mike Webster, the NFL's legendary Pittsburgh Steeler's player who died at age 50. Dr. Omalu went on to report and publish findings to identify CTE in eight more NFL players whose patterns of death were similar. Dr. Omalu's findings revolutionized neuroscience[, [sports medicine, the study of brain trauma, and the entire sports industry, even after being ridiculed by many of his professional peers, the NFL, and the industry."
Stanton Friedman considers the general attitude of mainstream academics as arrogant and dismissive or bound to a rigid worldview that disallows any evidence contrary to previously held notions. Denzler states that the fear of ridicule and a loss of status has prevented scientists of pursuing a public interest in UFOs. J. Allen Hynek's also commented, "Ridicule is not part of the scientific method and people should not be taught that it is." Hynek said of the frequent dismissal of UFO reports by astronomers that the critics knew little about the sightings, and should thus not be taken seriously. Peter A. Sturrock suggests that a lack of funding is a major factor in the institutional lack of interest in UFOs.--Wikipedia
vendingmachine commented on the list words-to-remember--15
@madmouth. It's my fault for baiting ru. One of the entries below really is PERSON WHOSE OX IS GORED, which sounded just offbeat enough to trip ruzuzu's stream of consciousness.
vendingmachine commented on the word unschooling
A curriculum-free philosophy of homeschooling is sometimes called unschooling, a term coined in 1977 by American educator and author John Holt in his magazine, "Growing Without Schooling". The term emphasizes the more spontaneous, less structured learning environment where a child's interests drive their pursuit of knowledge. In some cases, a liberal arts education is provided using the trivium and quadrivium as the main models.--Wikipedia
August 31, 2016
@ruzuzu. Knowing you, I would have guessed person whose ox is gored.
August 30, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word bad gateway
Earlier today it was bad gateway this and bad gateway that. Unable to leave a comment. No visuals. I was starting to have wordnik withdrawal.
vendingmachine commented on the word latinx
Latinx is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino, Latina and even Latin@. Used by scholars, activists and an increasing number of journalists, Latinx is quickly gaining popularity among the general public. It’s part of a “linguistic revolution“ that aims to move beyond gender binaries and is inclusive of the intersecting identities of Latin American descendants. In addition to men and women from all racial backgrounds, Latinx also makes room for people who are trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid.
“In Spanish, the masculinized version of words is considered gender neutral. But that obviously doesn’t work for some of us because I don’t think it’s appropriate to assign masculinity as gender neutral when it isn’t,” explains queer, non-binary femme writer Jack Qu’emi Gutiérrez in an interview with PRI. “The ‘x,’ in a lot of ways, is a way of rejecting the gendering of words to begin with, especially since Spanish is such a gendered language.”
Latinx is also, as pointed out by writer Gabe Gonzalez, a way to reclaim identity, a form of rebellion against “the language and legacy of European traditions that were imposed on the Americas.”
--Why People Are Using The Term Latinx.
August 28, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word emphyteusis
"Once within the walls of the Ghetto they were alone, and could go about the little streets in perfect security; they were free from the contamination as well as safe from the depredations of Christians, and within their own precincts they were not forced to wear the hated orange-coloured cap or net which Paul the Fourth imposed upon the Jewish men and women. To a great extent, too, such isolation was already in the traditions of the race. A hundred years earlier Venice had created its Ghetto; so had Prague, and other European cities were not long in following. Morally speaking their confinement may have been a humiliation; in sober fact it was an immense advantage; moreover, a special law of 'emphyteusis' made the leases of their homes inalienable, so long as they paid rent, and forbade the raising of the rent under any circumstances, while leaving the tenant absolute freedom to alter and improve his house as he would, together with the right to sublet it, or to sell the lease itself to any other Hebrew; and these leases became very valuable"--Francis Marion Crawford, Ave Roma Immortalis, Vol. 2, Studies from the Chronicles of Rome, 1899.
August 26, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word fenland
"A saltern is a word with a number of differing (but interrelated) meanings. In English archaeology, a saltern is an area used for salt making, especially in the East Anglian fenlands."
August 25, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word the god problem
Modern psychology has a serious God problem. America is a deeply spiritual country. More than half of Americans say religion is “very important” to them, and more than 90 percent profess a belief in a higher power. Yet psychology, as a scientific endeavor, has done almost nothing to understand how spiritual beliefs shape psychological problems, or affect treatment. When a person with deep religious convictions comes in for professional help, they will find, more often than not, a therapist who is not fully prepared to help.--Gareth Cook, Modern Psychology's God Problem.
Relations between psychology and religion have a troubled history. Putting psychology on a scientific footing meant, in part, rejecting the notion that mental illness is a spiritual phenomenon, that madness implied possession by demons or foul spirits. Freud famously diagnosed religion as a psychological problem. To believe, in his view, was to be neurotic.
August 24, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word coconut cake problem
A problem addressed by means of intuition, such as a recipe (for coconut cake) in which the ingredients and amounts used are unclear."HARVARD PROFESSOR Roland Fryer has made a discovery with the potential to transform public education. To understand it, though, it helps to first hear a story about the conundrum of the coconut cake.Fryer’s grandmother makes an astounding coconut cake, a magical confection of sweetness and air he’s loved since he was a kid growing up in Florida. Fryer wanted to learn to make the cake himself, but every time he pressed for a recipe, she gave him directions like “use a good amount of sugar, a little flour but not too much, and just a bit of baking powder.”--Gareth Cook, Education's Coconut Cake Problem
vendingmachine commented on the word Jandal
Trademark /New Zealand: a type of sandal with a strip of material between the big toe and the other toes and over the foot.
vendingmachine commented on the word morcellator
The use of a laparoscopic power morcellator during a hysterectomy is discouraged because it increases the risk of spreading cancerous tissue within the abdomen and pelvis.
During a hysterectomy with morcellation the surgeon slices the uterine tissue into small pieces and extracts them with a laparoscope through an incision in the abdomen. In women with undetected uterine cancer, the morcellator cuts through cancerous tissue and potentially distributes it outside the uterus.
vendingmachine commented on the word gellhorn
A vaginal pessary can take a number of different forms, including doughnut-shaped devices; horn-shaped varieties, known as gellhorns; and tube-like insertions with bulbous ends that work as inflatable devices.
vendingmachine commented on the word Goldilocks zone
The search for habitable, alien worlds needs to make room for a second "Goldilocks," according to a Yale University researcher.
For decades, it has been thought that the key factor in determining whether a planet can support life was its distance from its sun. In our solar system, for instance, Venus is too close to the sun and Mars is too far, but Earth is just right. That distance is what scientists refer to as the "habitable zone," or the "Goldilocks zone."--Science Daily, August 19, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word apocryphally
Dorothy Parker dispensed caustic humor in prose and verse as well as over drinks. Her observations and remarks were very much of their time, but they still induce winces in an era when cutting snark has become practically de rigueur. Over the years many couplets and witticisms have been attributed to Parker, some apocryphally."
August 22, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word Yarra Yarra River
See Yarra River.
August 21, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word Yarra River
The Yarra River or historically, the Yarra Yarra River, is a perennial river in east-central Victoria, Australia.
vendingmachine commented on the word turdish
"The shoe features canvas, suede and mesh, with the varsity royal blue apparently inspired by Port Phillip Bay and the brown midsole chosen to represent the turdish Yarra River that winds its wiggly way through our magnificent city."
vendingmachine commented on the word heft
"hefting – also known as heafing in this part of the country, but known as many other things across the UK.I’m no expert on hefting but the way I understand it to work, from a friend who does know, is that when shepherds want to establish a new flock, they take the sheep up onto the moorland where they want them to graze and they constrain them on that land. This is sometimes done with fencing, but is also done by physical shepherding. The flock gets to know where it can, and can’t, go because of the constraints.Eventually the shepherd removes the constraint, but the sheep don’t drift off. They stay where they have been hefted. They’ve learnt to live within their current constraints.Once a flock has been established within its heft, the shepherd can add new sheep to the flock and they will take on the heft of the rest of the sheep, as long as too many fresh ideas aren’t introduced. The hefting is passed from generation to generation without the need for the constraints to be put back in place. That’s how strong the constraints are in the minds of the rest of the flock.We’re not dissimilar to sheep. We pick a way of doing things, or a technology, based on what our tribe is doing. Having chosen a technology, we stay with it, we invest in it, and we live within its constraints. We become comfortable in our place of pasture." --Technology Perspectives.
vendingmachine commented on the word humbucker
What a ghastly word.
vendingmachine commented on the word invadopodia
"This research illustrates the importance of collaboration in the scientific discovery process, and how the study of one disease, in this case cancer, can have a profound impact on the understanding on another." said Dr. Courtneidge, "In the future, we hope to use our mouse model to study the disease in more depth, as well as to determine whether other genes involved in invadopodia formation are also associated with FTHS." See invadopodium.
vendingmachine commented on the word herpe
rice krispies: the glitter herpe of breakfast cereals. What is glitter herpe?
August 20, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word duncify
See also stultify.
vendingmachine commented on the word Obergruppenführer
The highest rank in the SS.
August 17, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word corportation
Corporations need transportation on occasion, don't they?
August 11, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word volcanic winter
A volcanic winter is a reduction in global temperatures caused by volcanic ash and droplets of sulfuric acid obscuring the Sun and raising Earth's albedo (increasing the reflection of solar radiation) after a large particularly explosive volcanic eruption. Long-term cooling effects are primarily dependent upon injection of sulfide compounds in aerosol form into the upper atmosphere—the stratosphere—the highest, least active levels of the lower atmosphere where little precipitation occurs, thus requiring a long time to wash the aerosols out of the region. Stratospheric aerosols cool the surface and troposphere by reflecting solar radiation, warm the stratosphere by absorbing terrestrial radiation, and when combined with anthropogenic chlorine in the stratosphere, destroy ozone which moderates the effect of lower stratospheric warming. The variations in atmospheric warming and cooling results in changes in tropospheric and stratospheric circulation.--Robock, Alan (2000). "Volcanic eruptions and climate". Reviews of geophysics 38 (2): 191-219
August 10, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word two-spirit people
"Christian leaders stand on our soil and claim: "gay marriage" has never occurred here. Over 1300 tribes in every region of North America performed millions of same-sex marriages for hundreds of years. Their statements are both hateful and ignorant. Your "homosexual," was our "Two Spirit" people... and we considered them sacred."
August 7, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word impostor syndrome
A nuisance that befalls many high-achieving women, wherein they chalk up their success to:“…luck, to being in the right place at the right time, to factors other than ability. … They live in fear that eventually some significant person will discover that they are, indeed, intellectual impostors."Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED Talk: We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller / We say to girls, “You can have ambition / But not too much / You should aim to be successful / But not too successful / Otherwise you will threaten the man.” It’s true. Women are much more likely to feel this way, because we’re taught to be modest and self-deprecating, to downplay our achievements for fear of looking arrogant or ungrateful, sipping pickle juice while our male counterparts are being praised for being bossed up.
vendingmachine commented on the word life-guard
n. Brushes or some other device placed before the forward wheels of a locomotive to sweep small obstructions from the track.
August 6, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word cot death
The term cot death is often used in the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, India, South Africa and New Zealand.
August 5, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word chokeslam
vendingmachine commented on the word caruncle
caruncular, carunculous, carunculate, carunculated.
vendingmachine commented on the word semifossorial
In addition to controlling insect pests, bilbies may play a role in seed dispersal. The semifossorial bilbies may help aerate the soil through their burrowing.
August 4, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word unassisted dispersal
The seed or fruit has no obvious aids for longer-distance transport and merely falls passively from the plant.
vendingmachine commented on the word dispersule
Dispersule (or propagule = unit of seed, fruit or spore as it is dispersed)
vendingmachine commented on the word bristle contraction
Hygroscopic bristles on the dispersule that promote movement with varying humidity.
vendingmachine commented on the word anemochory
Humans may disperse seeds by many various means and some surprisingly high distances have been repeatedly measured. Examples are: dispersal on human clothes, on shoes, or by cars.
Wind dispersal is one of the more primitive means of dispersal. Wind dispersal can take on one of two primary forms: seeds can float on the breeze or alternatively, they can flutter to the ground. The classic examples of these dispersal mechanisms include dandelions, which have a feathery pappus attached to their seeds and can be dispersed long distances, and maples, which have winged seeds (samara) and flutter to the ground. An important constraint on wind dispersal is the need for abundant seed production to maximise the likelihood of a seed landing in a site suitable for germination. There are also strong evolutionary constraints on this dispersal mechanism. For instance, Cody and Overton (1996) found that species in the Asteraceae on islands tended to have reduced dispersal capabilities (i.e., larger seed mass and smaller pappus) relative to the same species on the mainland. Reliance on wind dispersal is common among many weedy or ruderal species. Unusual mechanisms of wind dispersal include tumbleweeds.
vendingmachine commented on the word malacochory
Seed dispersal by molluscs.
vendingmachine commented on the word endozoochory
Endozoochory (dispersal by animal ingestion - fish) Endozoochory (dispersal by animal ingestion - amphibians, reptiles)
vendingmachine commented on the word seed predators
Rodents (such as squirrels) and some birds (such as jays) may also disperse seeds by hoarding the seeds in hidden caches. The seeds in caches are usually well-protected from other seed predators and if left uneaten will grow into new plants. In addition, rodents may also disperse seeds via seed spitting due to the presence of secondary metabolites in ripe fruits.
vendingmachine commented on the word secondary zoochory
Secondary dispersal by animals: Seeds may be secondarily dispersed from seeds deposited by primary animal dispersers. For example, dung beetles are known to disperse seeds from clumps of feces in the process of collecting dung to feed their larvae.
vendingmachine commented on the word oceanic dispersal
A type of seed dispersal that occurs when organisms transfer from one land mass to another by way of a sea crossing. Often this occurs via large mats of floating vegetation, such as are sometimes seen floating down major rivers in the tropics and washing out to sea, occasionally with animals trapped on them.
vendingmachine commented on the word rafting event
See dispersal via a raft is sometimes referred to as a "rafting event."
vendingmachine commented on the word hardseededness
"Dormancy should not be confused with seed coat dormancy, external dormancy, or hardseededness, which is caused by the presence of a hard seed covering or seed coat that prevents water and oxygen from reaching and activating the embryo. It is a physical barrier to germination, not a true form of dormancy."(Quinliven, 1971; Quinliven and Nichol, 1971).
vendingmachine commented on the word spit-hooding
Apparently, it's referred to an anti-spit mask (yawn) or a spit sock hood. Pretty much the same name. Does anyone have a law enforcement terminology list?
"'Multiple incidents within the juvenile detention facilities have revealed that the NT Government prosecutes policies against Aboriginal children which include spit-hooding, gassing, hand cuffing, shackling and extensive periods of unlawful solitary confinement. Treatment such as this you wouldn’t think possible in any civilised nation.Let there be no doubts as to whom we are talking about here.This is all about Aboriginal children.'What is spit-hooding? I understand the hooding part, but not spit. Australian detention centre.
vendingmachine commented on the word whitewashing
Another example. In Louisville, Kentucky, Butler High School’s dress code prohibits dreadlocks, cornrolls, and twists. Students who violate the grooming policy cannot attend the school. "Hair styles that are extreme, distracting, or attention getting will not be permitted. No dreadlocks, cornrows, twists, mohawks, and no jewelry will be worn in hair."""Hair must be a natural color. No two-toned hair or severe contrasts. This includes unnatural colors.”"""No male may dye, tint, or highlight his hair in any way.""The styles that were targeted in this policy are the most basic and essential styles for black people all over the world. To ban them is essentially to ban blackness itself."--Shaun King, New York Daily News, July 28, 2016.cultural whitewashing
vendingmachine commented on the word heart dog
A once in a lifetime soul mate dog. There’s an understanding, a bond stronger than most, and a special level of communication. Your heart dog “gets” you and you get him or her right back.--found on The Daily Corgi blog.
Casting white actors in Hollywood productions instead of POC (people of color).
The popular blog Angry Asian Man called the movie “the latest movie in the grand cinematic tradition of the Special White Person”, adding: “You can set a story anywhere in the world, in any era of history, and Hollywood will still somehow find a way for the movie to star a white guy.”
In her post, Wu wrote: “Our heroes don’t look like Matt Damon. They look like Malala. Ghandi. Mandela. Your big sister when she stood up for you to those bullies that one time. We don’t need salvation. We like our color and our culture and our strengths and our own stories.”
August 3, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word jegging
July 30, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word cicisbeism
The practice of dangling about women? How does one dangle?
July 28, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word Tehrangeles
Another city with a large Persian community is Tehranto. (Tehran + Toronto).
vendingmachine commented on the word peleton
It's odd when there are plenty of examples but no definition.
July 27, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word lymphangioleiomyomatosis
LAM for short. Rare lung disease that causes spontaneous lung collapse in women.
July 23, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word ex-gay
?? Marcus Bachmann is defending his Christian counseling business for offering so-called ex-gay therapy, a controversial practice that's focused attention on the Bachmanns' views on social issues at a time when the Minnesota congresswoman has shown momentum in the Republican presidential race.
vendingmachine commented on the word furvert
A “furvert” is anyone who is sexually attracted to mascots and such. A furry who is a pervert; somebody who takes a sexual interest in furry media.
vendingmachine commented on the word orage
In organ-building, a stop constructed so as to produce a noise in imitation of the sound of a storm.
vendingmachine commented on the word smilingness
The state of being smiling. This sounds awkward.
July 21, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word horner
n. One who works or deals in horn or horns.
Is horn a non-count noun?!
July 13, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word clickjack
How is information stolen? Since "he" is mentioned, I'm guessing female users aren't as clickjackable.
July 12, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word amethyst
Interesting etymology. From Greek amethustos, not drunk or intoxicating. The Greeks believed that amethyst prevented intoxication.
July 10, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word pulse
A legume is a plant in the family Fabaceae (or Leguminosae), or the fruit or seed of such a plant. Legumes are grown agriculturally, primarily for their grain seed called pulse, for livestock forage and silage, and as soil-enhancing green manure. Well-known legumes include alfalfa, clover, peas, beans, lentils, lupins, mesquite, carob, soybeans, peanuts, and tamarind.
A legume fruit is a simple dry fruit that develops from a simple carpel and usually dehisces (opens along a seam) on two sides. A common name for this type of fruit is a pod, although the term "pod" is also applied to a few other fruit types, such as that of vanilla (a capsule) and of radish (a silique).
July 6, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word testin
The perfect accompaniment to a glass of colonnade.
June 21, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word colonnade
Thankfully, not a beverage.
June 20, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word gazumping
It's called "gazumping" in England, the process by which someone selling a piece of property accepts an offer from one buyer, maybe even going so far as to shake hands on it, then quickly — and often surreptitiously — accepts another, higher, offer from a second buyer, leaving the first buyer with his pockets agape and his heart broken.
June 18, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word quitlines
Smoking cessation, popularly known as "quitlines," are an increasingly common way for smokers to quit.
June 15, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word khachapuri
No visual :(
vendingmachine commented on the word orthorexics
People with an unhealthy obsession with healthy eating. People afraid of eating the wrong thing, ever.Unlike patients with anorexia nervosa, the goal of orthorexics is not to be thin but to be "pure, healthy and natural".Mental health experts say that the obsession about which foods are "good" and "bad" means that orthorexics can end up being malnourished and often shun food to the point of emaciation and starvation.
vendingmachine commented on the word shitpost
Ha. I find it interesting that this word is listed on both Twitter Loves and Twitter Hates. And both lists are by hugovk!
vendingmachine commented on the word sustenance
I know precisely which scene you mean, mikepurvis.
June 13, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word octoroon
History, unfortunately, reminds us of the one-drop rule:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One-drop_ruleI read this book a couple of years ago. Excellent.http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/587123.Who_is_Black_
June 10, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word mayhaps
I like it.
June 8, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word pickpurse
Sounds more interesting than pickpocket.
vendingmachine commented on the word purses
purses is a kind of seaweed; purse; however, has (apparently) nothing to do with seaweed--unlesss I missed it in the definitions.
vendingmachine commented on the word thosse
A glitch, a misspelling, or a nameless fish?
June 6, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word squirrelhood
A person who lives on the Park Meadows street of Moray Court recently found a cache of pine cones stored underneath the hood of her cars and elsewhere on the outside of the vehicles.
It was apparently the work of a squirrel preparing for the winter.
"They were everywhere, every pocket," says Mary Cole, the owner of the cars, indicating she had never before experienced something similar.
A neighbor, Aggie Johanson, says the pine cones were "just stuffed in there."
"It's peculiar in the car. We know it has to be the squirrels," Johanson says.
"Such is life in our little squirrelhood."
June 2, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word deadly-lively
A deadly-lively party.
vendingmachine commented on the word pseudepigraphy
Scholars have identified seven levels of authenticity which they have organized in a hierarchy ranging from literal authorship, meaning written in the author's own hand, to outright forgery:Literal authorship. A church leader writes a letter in his own hand.Dictation. A church leader dictates a letter almost word for word to an amanuensis.Delegated authorship. A church leader describes the basic content of an intended letter to a disciple or to an amanuensis.Posthumous authorship. A church leader dies, and his disciples finish a letter that he had intended to write, sending it posthumously in his name.Apprentice authorship. A church leader dies, and disciples who had been authorized to speak for him while he was alive continue to do so by writing letters in his name years or decades after his death.Honorable pseudepigraphy. A church leader dies, and admirers seek to honor him by writing letters in his name as a tribute to his influence and in a sincere belief that they are responsible bearers of his tradition.Forgery. A church leader obtains sufficient prominence that, either before or after his death, people seek to exploit his legacy by forging letters in his name, presenting him as a supporter of their own ideas.
May 31, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word gleed
The Dutch word for slipped is gleed.
vendingmachine commented on the word cisgender
Aimee Toms was washing her hands in the women’s bathroom at Walmart in Danbury Friday when a stranger approached her and said, “You’re disgusting!” and “You don’t belong here!”Toms’ has a short haircut because she recently donated hair - for the third time - to a program that makes wigs for child cancer patients.“I’ve had people call me all sorts of names for having short hair. I’ve had people call me a boy, I’ve had people call me a dyke, I’ve had people call me gay.” Toms said. “I’m grateful that that woman only called me disgusting and didn’t physically attack me … I was a victim of transphobia today as a cisgender female because my hair is short.”-Woman mistaken for transgender harassed in Walmart bathroom, May 16, 2016
May 25, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word kleptoparasites
"Although their biology is not widely studied, many blister beetles are thought to be kleptoparasites and egg predators of bee, and they often specialize on a small number of host species, using the adults to transport them back to the host nest."
-Cheats and Deceits: how animals and plants exploit and mislead, 2016, p.34
May 21, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word sounders
"... hog hunting on conservation areas ruins efforts by department staff to trap and kill entire groups of feral hogs, called sounders. Groups can consist of several dozen animals."
-Missouri Conservationist, March 2016, vol. 77, issue 3, p. 8.
vendingmachine commented on the word cogs
"Count the cogs on the wheels of a fanning-mill, washing-machine, apple-parer, or egg-beater, and determine how the direction or rate of the motion is changed thereby."
May 20, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word meat analogue
A meat analogue, also called a meat alternative, meat substitute, mock meat, faux meat, imitation meat, or (where applicable) vegetarian meat or vegan meat, approximates certain aesthetic qualities (primarily texture, flavor and appearance) and/or chemical characteristics of specific types of meat. Many meat analogues are soy-based (such as tofu and tempeh) and are gluten-based.
May 19, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word flaughter
When you have to cut peat, you have to cut peat.
May 18, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word cicatrix
See keloid scar. Can be hereditary. "The main problem is that cutting a keloid out often leads to an even bigger one forming later in the same place."
vendingmachine commented on the word nanulak
A polar bear / grizzly bear hybrid. Canadian wildlife officials have suggested calling the hybrid "nanulak", taken from the Inuit names for polar bear (nanuk) and grizzly bear (aklak).
vendingmachine commented on the word pizzly
vendingmachine commented on the word thrap
May 12, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word coprophagia
vendingmachine commented on the word turf
"Hof in Öræfi has been an ecclesiastical site for almost 700 years and is first mentioned in a cartulary from 1343. Hofskirkja Church was dedicated to Saint Clement. The core of the current church at Hof was built in 1884 and was the last turf church built in the old Icelandic architectural style. Its walls are assembled of rocks and its roof made of stone slabs, covered in turf. The reredos (an altarpiece, or a screen or decoration behind the altar in a church) in Hofskirkja Church was painted by the artist Ólafur Túbals. Hofskirkja Church is one of six churches, in Iceland still standing which are preserved as historical monuments. It is recorded that Páll Pálsson, a carpenter, built the church, but Þorsteinn Gissurarson, a blacksmith from Hof forged the building hardware, the lock, and hinges. The church is maintained by the National Museum but also serves as a parish church."
vendingmachine commented on the word thylacines
Bilby: Random search. https://www.flickr.com/photos/126377022@N07/14785125205
May 11, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word weet-weet
"The distance to which the weet-weet or kangaroo-rat* can be thrown is truly astonishing."
*substitute kangaroo-rat with bilby.
May 8, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word debeard
"The hardest part about cooking mussels is debearding them, which is simply removing the seaweed with which they attach themselves to their colony."
vendingmachine commented on the word gut loops
"The whole of the gut is attached to the body by a suspensory mechanism called the mesentery, which connects the 20m or so of gut loops to the underside of the spinal column within the abdomen over a length of a few centimeters."
--The Pig Site
May 6, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word mountain bumps
• Rock burst of coal rather than rock
• Occurs in coal mines
• Violent expulsion of coal from the ribs, roof and/or face
• Roof and/or floor rock remains intact (sometimes)
• Aka bumps or bursts, mountain bumps, and air blast
May 5, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word PEO
Prisoner escort officer.
vendingmachine commented on the word triphala
Triphala (Hindi: “three fruits”) is an herbal formula consisting of equal parts of three myrobalans, taken without seed: amalaki (Emblica officinalis), bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica), and haritaki (Terminalia chebula).
"Triphala tea, which is made by steeping a teaspoon of triphala in a cup of boiling water and then straining the resultant fluid through a fine mesh cloth, is one of the best eyewashes and strengtheners of the eyes."
vendingmachine commented on the word praying-wheel
"In Japan the praying-wheel is turned by hand; but in China, according to Hue, it is sometimes carried by water-power, and rises to the dignity of a mill."
vendingmachine commented on the user hugovk
Thanks for all the great additions today, hugovk.
vendingmachine commented on the word booting
Applying a device (a boot) to a vehicle in order to make a vehicle undrivable until unpaid parking fees, etc are paid.See wheel clamp, wheel boot, parking boot, or Denver boot.A device designed to prevent vehicles from being moved. In its most common form, it consists of a clamp that surrounds a vehicle wheel, designed to prevent removal of both itself and the wheel.In the United States, the device became known as a "Denver boot" after the city of Denver, Colorado was the first in the country to employ them, mostly to force the payment of outstanding parking tickets."A "booter" was shot while booting a vehicle, Department of Revenue Director Bea Reyna-Hickey said, directing further inquiries to police."
May 4, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the user Sammiee11
No toilet? Crappy internet connections? That does sound like a memorable skill to Uttarakhand.
vendingmachine commented on the word hypochondritis
Often used in the same context as malingering.
May 3, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word shock time
"A local woman has been sentenced to five days shock time after pleading guilty to theft, resisting arrest and assaulting a law enforcement officer at the Dillards store at Mid Rivers Mall on May 28."
"Hansen who resigned from the police department in July, was sentenced to two years probation and 30 days of shock time in jail."
vendingmachine commented on the word dandle
We always called it "ridin' horsey".
May 2, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word gingerism
Who doesn't love red hair?
vendingmachine commented on the word gewgaw
"His father had inspired him with a horror of jewellery; for once, when he had spent the savings of a month upon a cheap scarf-pin, the elder Armstrong had wrathfully asked him what he meant by sticking that brass-headed nail in his chest, and had thrown the gewgaw into the fire."
vendingmachine commented on the word woozle effect
The woozle effect, also known as evidence by citation, or a woozle, occurs when frequent citation of previous publications that lack evidence misleads individuals, groups and the public into thinking or believing there is evidence, and nonfacts become urban myths and factoids.
May 1, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word semmelweis reflex
The semmelweis reflex or "semmelweis effect" is a metaphor for the reflex-like tendency to reject new evidence or new knowledge because it contradicts established norms, beliefs or paradigms.
vendingmachine commented on the word nanga
Which century was this definition written in?
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
n. A small harp having but three or four strings, used by the negroes of Africa; a negro harp.
vendingmachine commented on the word stickler
One who stickles.
April 30, 2016
vendingmachine commented on the word eyelash yarn
"There seems to be a general consensus among experienced needleworkers that eyelash yarn is more easily knit than crocheted as it is so hard to find the next stitch in crocheting such fuzzy yarn. Learn to count your stitches on each row as you work with this stuff. Be sure that the next stitch is really the next stitch and not a snag of the lashes. That is easy to mistake."-anonymous web comment
April 29, 2016
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