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  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gundam

    May 29, 2017

  • With some people certain words are accompanied by a sense of color, varying with different words (verbochromia). Imagery in Psychology

    May 28, 2017

  • "Again, there are secondary auditory sensations called 'phonisms,' secondary taste sensations called 'gustatisms,' secondary smell sensations called 'olfactisms,' and so on." Imagery in Psychology

    May 28, 2017

  • I recently illustrated some of the most common grammagrams on my blog. Do check them out. http://livgently.com/10-english-words-made-entirely-letter-sounds

    May 28, 2017

  • The wedding once done, a race ensues

    Involving the lusty kilted youths.

    The new-minted missus

    Will dole out some kisses

    To he who comes first in the broose.

    According to the OED the vowel in broose is one of those peculiarly Scottish stranglings. Think of the sound made by an expiring bagpipe as it dwindles to a flaccid state. I have elected to rhyme it as you see. Those who want perfect authenticity should abuse the rhyming words into conformity.

    May 28, 2017

  • "skip-level meetings" "skip-level manager" - sounds like some new corporatespeak.

    May 28, 2017

  • spotted this in a local twitter feed for a hybrid between a photo and a video.

    seems this word has some staying power.

    May 28, 2017

  • less than zest

    May 28, 2017

  • be yon der

    May 28, 2017

  • "And by prayer, I don't mean shouting, mumbling, and wallowing like a hog in religious sentiment. Prayer is only another name for good, clean, direct thinking. When you pray, think. Think well what you're saying. Make your thoughts into things that are solid. In that way, your prayer will have strength, and that strength will become a part of you, body, mind, and spirit."

    How Green Was My Valley

    May 28, 2017

  • on a wing and a prayer, Colloquial with very little to sustain one's performance

    May 27, 2017

  • verb (t) (deprecated, deprecating)

    to express earnest disapproval of; urge reasons against; protest against (a scheme, purpose, etc.): *He said that the use of bad language in the A.I.F. was always deprecated –sidney j baker, 1966.

    Latin dēprecātus, past participle, having prayed against

    May 27, 2017

  • tea brewed in the sun in a glass jar.  sun tea

    May 27, 2017

  • When bored to the end of your rope

    Try a toy that will help you to cope:

    Watch atoms decay

    In their frivolous way

    In the lens of a spinthariscope.

    May 27, 2017

  • http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/a-lago-gate-trump-scandal-article-1.2973421

    I’ll leave it to greater minds (looking at you, Dan Rather) to determine how yuge the Flynn scandal is, but one thing is certain: The Trump presidency is starting out so rocky that we’re going to need a better scandal suffix than the hoary old “-gate.”

    The obvious choice? It’s “-a-lago.” As in the winter White House, Mar-a-Lago.

    May 27, 2017

  • I've re-injured my already-once-injured knee and am now trying to be patient as it heals. The past few days have made me realize how much my current level of well-being depends on having working legs. So to all those of you who are limited by injuries, chronic pain, or illness right now... I give you my utmost respect. It really does make things harder. May we cultivate the patience we need to give ourselves what we need (and not just what we want).

    May 27, 2017

  • 1674 N. Fairfax Treat. Bulk & Selvedge 80 The definition or whatness of a thing ought to be of a thing as a thing.

    May 27, 2017

  • At my age, its best to go with the flow.

    May 27, 2017

  • spotted this in the news today.  Term goes back to 1847 https://books.google.ca/books?id=kzMNAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA190


    May 27, 2017

  • "The Holdrege series consists of very deep, well drained, moderately permeable soils formed in calcareous loess."

    -- https://soilseries.sc.egov.usda.gov/OSD_Docs/H/HOLDREGE.html

    May 26, 2017

  • Do we not have any lists of soils? I'm fond of the Holdrege series (for obvious reasons).

    May 26, 2017

  • Ah. Nice. I just added it to Prolagus's •-crappie-food list.

    May 26, 2017

  • Sugar. Misleading ingredient listing meaning sugar.

    May 26, 2017

  • The OED reveals the Australian plot to 'make phub happen' https://blog.oxforddictionaries.com/2016/05/phub-made-eat-words/?__prclt=85zcQo6D

    May 26, 2017

  • too close for comfort? Tiffany, Louis Comfort! Southern Comfort?

    May 26, 2017

  • a word to get wound up in (and blown away) and see where you wind up?

    May 26, 2017

  • The Yucatan narrates the birth

    Of changes for old Mother Earth.

    The pastoral scene

    Hides a vast astrobeme,

    The secret to dinosaur dearth.

    For a description of the Chicxulub crater and its relation to the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event, see

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicxulub_crater

    May 26, 2017

  • breathe more freely

    hearten, inspirit, incite. Obs.

    May 26, 2017

  • comfort

    Pronunciation of comfort /ˈkʌmfət/ (say 'kumfuht)

    verb (t) 1. to soothe when in grief; console; cheer.

    2. to make physically comfortable.

    3. Obsolete to aid; encourage.

    –noun 4. relief in affliction; consolation; solace.

    5. the feeling of relief or consolation.

    6. a person or thing that affords consolation.

    7. a cause or matter of relief or satisfaction.

    8. a state of ease, with freedom from pain and anxiety, and satisfaction of bodily wants.

    9. that which promotes such a state.

    10. US a comforter; bedspread.

    11. Obsolete strengthening aid; assistance.

    –phrase 12. draw (or take) comfort from, to find relief from anxiety or distress in.

    13. give comfort, (sometimes followed by to) to provide relief from pain or anguish.

    Middle English conforte(n), from Old French conforter, from Latin confortāre strengthen

    –comforting, adjective

    –comfortingly, adverb

    –comfortless, adjective

    –comfortlessly, adverb

    –comfortlessness, noun

    May 26, 2017

  • 594 Shakespeare Lucrece sig. F3, O comfort-killing night, image of Hell.

    May 26, 2017

  • Thank you, hh.

    May 26, 2017

  • a do-it-yourself tattoo.. sewing needles and ink.  aka snp tattoo aka stick and poke

    nope nope and nope

    May 26, 2017

  • I'll stick to raw oysters on the half-shell from Appalachicola Bay or Cedar Key (FL,USA), with a squeeze of lemon and a schpritz of Tobasco Sauce.

    May 26, 2017

  • Wonderful, qms.

    May 26, 2017

  • Captain Kirk's fighting style.

    May 25, 2017

  • 1673 Dryden Amboyna ii. 19 In the mean time, bear my worthy friend here company.

    my friends of wordnik can you see the here in atmosp(here)

    I am here there and nowhere

    I am hereinabove

    I am hereinbelow

    May 25, 2017

  • here-and-thereian n. (humorous nonce-wd.) one who moves about from place to place.

    1701 C. Cibber Love makes Man iv. 43, I am a kind of a—what decallum—a sort of a Here-and—thereian; I am Stranger no where.

    May 25, 2017

  • 1718 Pope tr. Homer Iliad IV. xiii. 331 Inglorious here, my Soul abhors to stay.

    May 25, 2017

  • If you look at the word nowhere you could see it as now here !

    May 25, 2017

  • I am a cucumber and I long for soft, welcoming eggplants of the right maturity. Something is missing...possibly it is vegetable congress, or a bout of rumpy-pumpy in a hipster blender. I have chronic fleshly desire to be pounded into blissful tzatziki. It only can possible when molto senseless, yanno.

    May 25, 2017

  • A Kalenjin youth's preparation

    For manhood involves separation

    From infantile joys,

    And foreskins of boys,

    And comfort as harsh depuration.

    The Kalenjin people of Kenya dominate marathon running worldwide. For a treatment of the role of coming of age traditions in fostering this dominance see:

    http://www.npr.org/sections/parallels/2013/11/01/241895965/how-one-kenyan-tribe-produces-the-worlds-best-runners

    May 25, 2017

  • "This great national property has degenerated into a sheepwrecked wasteland. And the national park partnership, that submitted the bid, wants to keep it this way: this is the explicit purpose of its attempt to achieve world heritage status."

    - George Monbiot, 'Fell Purpose', 19 May 2017, http://www.monbiot.com/2017/05/19/fell-purpose/

    May 25, 2017

  • The player of a lute is called a lutenist, lutanist or lutist, and a maker of lutes (or any similar string instrument, or violin family instruments) is referred to as a luthier.

    May 25, 2017

  • mmm.. potizza

    (spotted in the news)

    May 25, 2017

  • "Polyphøenity"

    Polyphony.

    Harmonic,

    Dissonant,

    Resonating,

    Resplendent,

    Amalgamated.

    May 25, 2017

  • "when"??

    May 24, 2017

  • In the context of classroom pidgin, my wee students routinely used "versus" as a verb. Is the takeaway that the youf just love verbs more than other people?

    May 24, 2017

  • Verstorying (Versing a Story)

    "Spoken",

    Said old Thoth,

    Ol' Thoth has a beak.

    Beak a tongue and no teeth.

    Beak tooth, only two teeth.

    Thoth. Tooth. Thoth Though.

    Beak Speak. Caw. Caw. Caw.

    Parrotts have beaks,

    And parrots speak.

    Oxen (Bulls) Push & Pull,

    Fly & Walk Parrot/Ox,

    Paradox, as the parrot talks.

    Min, (A Moon), Amen, AmenRå.

    Setting Sun. Rising Moon.

    Caw. Caw. Caw.

    May 24, 2017

  • http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/amazon-banana-stand-seattle-market

    Amazon’s community banana stands were thought up by CEO Jeff Bezos, who thought the company could help the local community by giving out healthy food. The first stand opened on campus of the online retailer and cloud computing giant in December 2015, and it was joined by another in October 2016. More than 1.7 million bananas have been given away by the “banistas” who run the two stands, Monday through Friday.

    May 24, 2017

  • https://younginrome.com/2012/01/19/word-of-the-day-squillo/

    Apart from sounding like some dirty act, ‘squillo‘ is one of the most useful words in the Italian vocabulary, in my opinion. What does it mean, you ask?! Well since there is no exact translation into English, it means, ‘call someone on his or her cellphone, let it ring 1-3 times, and then hang up.’ This will let your friend know that you have arrived at your previously agreed upon destination.

    May 24, 2017

  • favgot; your favorite faggot

    May 24, 2017

  • "her grandmother putting twigs under the bastible and smoking herring up the chimney for their supper" - Chapter 24, The Girl in the Castle, Santa Montefiore

    May 24, 2017

  • "A big black bastible full of parsnip and potato stew was suspended above it" (it=the turf fire here) - Chapter 5, The Girl in the Castle, Santa Montefiore

    May 24, 2017

  • Epic.

    May 24, 2017

  • Thanks, hh!

    May 24, 2017

  • The Wordie affliction's a curse;

    Indifference, however, is worse.

    How blessed the infection

    That raises objection

    And moves gentle bilby to verse.

    May 24, 2017

  • Our grief seeks surcease and a remedy,

    A passage from pain to serenity,

    And such is the meaning

    Of inchoate keening

    Or intricate weave of a threnody.

    May 24, 2017

  • About 'versing' they've just drawn their quills

    for 10 rounds of grammar Nazi spills

    though I like me a donnybrook

    I have to say that in my book

    'verse' can go in a hearse to landfills

    May 24, 2017

  • Some people were having an argument on Twitter about (mainly young people's) use of versing as a verb meaning to compete against.

    May 24, 2017

  • https://austin.eater.com/maps/best-frose-frozen-rose-wine-austin-bars

    Hot weather means it’s prime time for frosty beverages, and what better way to indulge than with glasses of the still-trendy frosé (a.k.a. frozen rosé)? Take the summer-perfect wine, freeze it, and viola, it becomes even more seasonally appropriate.

    May 24, 2017

  • https://www.eater.com/2017/5/22/15674630/avolatte-australia-avocado-latte

    From the country that brought the world fairy toast and flat whites comes another breakfast innovation: the avolatte, a latte inside of an avocado. It’s actually a latte inside of half an avocado skin, with a little bit of the flesh of the fruit still clinging to its shell.

    May 24, 2017

  • See conkers.

    May 24, 2017

  • Hello all, just chalking up a brief visit to Wordnik.

    May 24, 2017

  • A very fine-grained limestone resulting from the precipitation of carbonate minerals. Minimal bioturbation of the accumulating sediments favors exquisite preservation/fossilization of the remains of any organisms therein enclosed. As a German noun, capitalization of the initial "p" wouldn't be frowned upon by me.

    May 24, 2017

  • 2017 : it's a nazi

    May 24, 2017

  • spotted shortening of intentional

    May 24, 2017

  • spotted cmte. as short for committee (spotted in a news headline)

    May 24, 2017

  • 19th century article suggests that this term may come from french chien for dog.

    May 23, 2017

  • See citation on side splash.

    May 23, 2017

  • See citation on side splash.

    May 23, 2017

  • "Justin believes that he experienced what’s called a side flash or side splash, in which the lightning ‘splashes’ from something that has been struck – such as a tree or telephone pole – hopscotching to a nearby object or person. Considered the second most common lightning hazard, side splashes inflict 20 to 30 per cent of injuries and fatalities."

    -- https://qz.com/989827/what-happens-to-people-who-are-struck-by-lightning/

    May 23, 2017

  • Breaking snail shells? (shudder)

    May 23, 2017

  • Oh, reverse dictionary. You're my favorite. (Just don't tell weirdnet.)

    Edit: (Or the Century.)

    May 23, 2017

  • Excellent.

    May 23, 2017

  • Thanks, bilby.

    May 23, 2017

  • My new favorite list! Thanks, kalayzich.

    May 23, 2017

  • The voter is bored with me-tooism,

    Impatient with faux folksy truism.

    He longs for much more

    Like great days of yore

    When orators mastered euphuism.

    May 23, 2017

  • runner a bird that cannot fly, either because it is too young, or because it is deceased or wounded.

    May 23, 2017

  • by David Sutton

    May 23, 2017

  • Vocabularies

    Like stars, or swarming bees, or flocks of birds,

    We think them hardly countable, our words.

    Yet fifty thousand's all we use, it seems,

    For truth and lies, reality and dreams.

    Which puzzles me. The world's more things than that.

    Do languages grow lean as lives grow fat?

    Is so much absent from our brains and eyes?

    What's lost, I say, when we economize?

    There's too much difference we make the same.

    All poets love the miracle of name

    Yet mourn exactitudes they cannot state:

    The single noun that might denominate

    Their moods of quietness like falling snow,

    Or yearn for lexicons they cannot know:

    The speech of eagles, what the dolphins sing,

    The glossolalia of leaves in spring...

    Nothing, we dream, could bring us to content

    But fifty million words for what we meant,

    To fit whatever happened like a glove,

    Redeeming lost pluralities of love,

    Until we wake to truth, and see again

    Unharvested, like leagues of sunset grain,

    Outnumbering all stars and bees and birds,

    The matchless universe beyond our words.

    May 23, 2017

  • See conker.

    May 23, 2017

  • verb

    gerund or present participle of susurrate

    Soft whispering, murmuring, or rustling sound

    May 23, 2017

  • "In old trucks, carburetors are finicky: sensitive to particles, to climate, to air, to residue, and to tinkering. Gasoline congeals in the carburetor's orifices, plugging the venturis with a gelatinous film."

    Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao, p 25

    May 23, 2017

  • "Her heels click as she descends into the street. Alone, I turn to face the wall. I stare at the daedal patterns on the wallpaper."

    Fish in Exile by Vi Khi Nao, p 21

    May 23, 2017

  • I remember many happy childhood hours spent in my small town playing games such as "How Far Does This Crack In The Dirt Go?" or "Can We Knock Down That Icicle With A Snowball?"

    Kids these days don't know what they're missing.

    May 22, 2017

  • n. A snail-shell or a horse-chestnut used in a boys' game, in which the object is to break the snail-shell or horse-chestnut by striking it, with another.

    Wow. So easy even boys are able to grasp the rules. Must be an easy game.

    May 22, 2017

  • I just found oner.

    May 22, 2017

  • Just arrived here again after looking up conker. I still love this list!

    May 22, 2017

  • I had the same thought, seanahan.

    May 22, 2017

  • rectangled

    May 22, 2017

  • See comment on pittacal.

    May 22, 2017

  • "Pittacal was the first synthetic dyestuff to be produced commercially. It was accidentally discovered by German chemist Carl Ludwig Reichenbach in 1832, who was also the discoverer of kerosene, phenol, eupion, paraffin wax and creosote.

    As the history goes, Reichenbach applied creosote to the wooden posts of his home, in order to drive away dogs who urinated on them. The strategy was ineffectual, however, and he noted that the dog's urine reacted with creosote to form an intense dark blue deposit. He named the new substance píttacal (from Greek words tar and beautiful). He later was able to produce pure pittacal by treating beechwood tar with barium oxide and using alumina as a mordant to the dye's fabrics. Although sold commercially as a dyestuff, it did not fare well."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Pittacal&oldid=534436190

    May 22, 2017

  • "In the 18th century airwood came to be used by marqueteurs; for most artificial colours they used holly, which takes vegetable dyes very well, but airwood was employed either in its natural off-white state or stained with iron sulphate to produce a range of silver and silver-grey hues. The reason that airwood was preferred to holly for this colour was that it gave a metallic sheen or lustre, while holly dyed by the same process turned a rather dead grey. The use of airwood in this way meant that by the 19th century it was associated specifically with that colour, and at the same time name gradually changed from airwood to harewood."

    -- From Wikipedia's harewood (material) page

    May 22, 2017

  • "Known since ancient times as copperas and as green vitriol, the blue-green heptahydrate is the most common form of this material."

    -- From Wikipedia's Iron(II) sulphate page

    May 22, 2017

  • See citation in comment on harewood.

    May 22, 2017

  • It's fine if the state is initial

    When infancy's cute and official,

    But helpless and squalling,

    Is sad and appalling

    When old folk are worn to altricial.

    May 22, 2017

  • an El Camino car

    "Yeah Man, El Camino!" (from a movie)

    May 22, 2017

  • A nickname for a Maud Lewis painting

    May 21, 2017

  • I know how the vampirish sort doth:

    Their fashion is always to sport goth.

    Their trademarks are fangs

    And ebony bangs

    And capes that are sewn out of mortcloth.

    May 21, 2017

  • Ford Australia produced the first Australian "ute" in 1932.

    https://au.pinterest.com/pin/470133648574160197/

    May 21, 2017

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