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  • Yes, the most “delicate” way to spruce up century-old sculptures is to hit them with pellets of dry ice at supersonic speeds. That’s the badass science of fine art conservation for you.
The formal name for the technique is “carbon dioxide cleaning,” and it actually has all kinds of applications: removing particles from electric circuits, cleaning telescope mirrors, preparing laboratory samples, manufacturing metal parts. But at the Freer, the objective was to scour away the protective wax layer that coats the Saint-Gaudens statues. This would allow conservators to clean and polish the bronze underneath before applying a fresh wax coating and placing the figures back on their

    pedestals.

    Sarah Kaplan, Museum uses micro explosions to save fine art from bird poop, Wash. Post, July 19, 2017

    July 24, 2017

  • The letter S, in times past, was represented by a character which much resembled an F, and for purposes of humor, writers sometimes used an f instead of an s, when creating an alternate, and satirical, meaning. Thus the word Salute, becomes Falute, with a connection to Faluting, or High-Falutin, a regional expression Meaning: (Regional slang) 1. Highly pompous, bombastic (speech). 2. Showing off, ostentatious, pretending to be above one's station in life, putting on airs. Notes: The amazing thing about high-falutin' is that is not a high-faluting word itself for it is always pronounced with a regional twang—high-falutin'.

    July 24, 2017

  • Trump — a known germaphobe — is not a natural hugger. But every time he meets “angel moms,” whose children have been killed by illegal immigrants, they expect to receive an embrace from the president.

    . . .

    While Obama showcased Dreamers at State of the Union addresses, Trump invited angel families to sit in first lady Melania Trump’s box during his address to Congress in February.

    Ashley Parker et al., Trump's Wall: What's Behind the President's Fixation on Immigration?, Wash. Post, July 19, 2017

    July 24, 2017

  • Trump — a known germaphobe — is not a natural hugger. But every time he meets “angel moms,” whose children have been killed by illegal immigrants, they expect to receive an embrace from the president.

    . . .

    While Obama showcased Dreamers at State of the Union addresses, Trump invited angel families to sit in first lady Melania Trump’s box during his address to Congress in February.

    Ashley Parker et al., Trump's Wall: What's Behind the President's Fixation on Immigration?, Wash. Post, July 19, 2017

    July 24, 2017

  • Imagine a star far, far, far away. Now fuck off there and stop spamming us.

    July 24, 2017

  • twitterese for 'know'
    from the tweets - automated buoys tweetage for knots.

    July 24, 2017

  • bridaller = one who participates in a bridal: bride, groom, bridal guest (OEM).

    July 23, 2017

  • A basement's decidedly plain

    And will for the many remain,

    But go win the Lotto

    And build you a grotto,

    An oenophile's cave or souterrain.

    July 24, 2017

  • When Ernest paces and frets all alone

    He prays for a call on the phone.

    To garner a word,

    Remotest preferred,

    He'll find the brachistochrone.

    Find out more about Ernest Bafflewit

    July 23, 2017

  • To tweak, change, improve, spruce up, according to NPR's Says You!.

    July 22, 2017

  • hwæt

    July 22, 2017

  • bbc article " an untranslatable word for pure joy"

    July 22, 2017

  • Beeps heard in Apollo spaceflight audio. Spotted on a Science Friday retweet.

    July 21, 2017

  • We've made luxurious sport

    Of fingers reputedly short

    We'd be less elated

    To learn they're falcated,

    A brevity of ominous sort.

    July 21, 2017

  • Spotted "all that ish"

    July 21, 2017

  • A rhymer grown weary and stressed

    Does work that's not always the best.

    He needs a sabbatical

    In some sweet habitacle -

    A rhymless and rhythm-free rest.

    July 21, 2017

  • Welcome over here, QPheevr!

    July 20, 2017

  • alleged Southern contraction overload: allegedly "you all would have if I'd have"
    I doubt people actually use this term.

    July 23, 2017

  • this phrase refers to having a hangover from partying.

    July 20, 2017

  • What a delightful list!

    July 20, 2017

  • See iPhone.

    July 20, 2017

  • A smartphone series. A combination camera phone, PDA, multimedia player, and wireless communication device made by Apple Inc.

    July 20, 2017

  • https://aeon.co/essays/what-more-evidence-do-we-need-to-stop-killing-pigs-for-food

    But pigs suffer on an astounding scale on their way to our tables. Of the 100 million pigs annually raised for food in the United States, 97 per cent are confined to factory farms. These farms or CAFOs (concentrated animal-feeding operations) can best be described as ‘huge lagoons of pig sewage’. These farms do great environmental harm, and the pigs there endure short, miserable lives.

    July 20, 2017

  • Looks like yours is missing a bathroom, so outhouse?

    July 20, 2017

  • I’ve encountered the “not a true Muslim” retort many times. The arguer first makes a general statement about all Muslims, and then reframes it in order to somehow render it immune from any refutation. This is an informal fallacy known as the No True Scotsman fallacy, first described by the philosopher Antony Flew, who asked us to imagine a Scotsman shocked after reading a story in his morning paper about the action of an English sexual predator on the loose. “No Scotsman would do such a thing,” he tells himself. The next morning he sees another story about an even more heinous sex crime, this time committed by a Scotsman. Not ready to admit he was wrong, he says, this time, “No TRUE Scotsman would do such a thing.”

    Ali Rizvi, “The Atheist Muslim” (St. Martin’s Press, New York), p49.

    July 19, 2017

  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catasto "Italian system of land registration" See also cadastre

    July 19, 2017

  • Words I like

    July 19, 2017

  • I just arrived here after clicking on lixiviate. What a nice list!

    July 19, 2017

  • See additional definitions on Kali.

    July 19, 2017

  • From The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia:

    "n. The plant Salsola Kali, the prickly saltwort or glasswort. See alkali and Salsola.

    n. Potash: so called by German chemists. Also kalin.

    n. A carpet with a long pile, as distinguished from the carpets without nap.

    n. The largest in the set of carpets commonly used in a Persian room, filling the center of the room."

    n. For words beginning thus, see cali-."

    July 19, 2017

  • Aka space bear.

    July 19, 2017

  • This house was once classy, by gosh,

    The walls with proud details awash.

    Some long-ago master

    Of decorative plaster

    Had spun out a web of guilloche.

    July 19, 2017

  • Another noun sense:

    At Hoover's request, (Attorney General) Brownell had asked congressional committee chairmen for new laws allowing wiretapping without a warrant. They had said no, time and again. Hoover had asked for the legal authorization for microphone surveillances—bugging, or "technicals," in Bureauspeak—but the lawmakers spurned the request.
    Tim Weiner, Enemies: A History of the FBI (New York: Random House, 2012), p. 192

    July 19, 2017

  • A condition characterized by rampant boondoggles.

    The FBI's intelligence division chief, Al Belmont, told General Doolittle's investigative group

    the CIA was shot through with "waste, inefficiency, and plain boondogglery."
    Tim Weiner, Enemies: A History of the FBI (New York: Random House, 2012), p. 189

    July 19, 2017

  • Morris agreed to create a legend—a ghost job with false credentials—in Paramount's Berlin office. The legendlegend served as a deep cover for Vassili Zarubin, later chief of Soviet espionage in the United States during World War II.
    Tim Weiner, Enemies: A History of the FBI (New York: Random House, 2012), p. 181

    July 19, 2017

  • Attorney General Thomas Gregory

    authorized the Bureau of Investigation to round up the "slackers"—men who had failed to register for the military draft—in the spring and summers of 1918.
    Tim Weiner, Enemies: A History of the FBI (New York: Random House, 2012), p. 16

    July 19, 2017

  • new nickname for the tardigrade because it can survive in space.

    July 18, 2017

  • dramatic spelling of forever

    also the historic fo'evah and fo-evah

    July 18, 2017

  • Small motorised scooter not big enough to carry anyone.

    July 18, 2017

  • A Latino person, place, or thing that has become anglicized. Used in a pejorative sense.

    July 18, 2017

  • See modern example at noping

    July 18, 2017

  • Not that bloke from Kazakhstan.

    July 18, 2017

  • It matters not pale-faced or black

    In cities or furthest outback:

    The Aussies converse

    In patterns perverse;

    It's tall tales and endless borak.

    July 18, 2017

  • Not always, see definitions above.

    July 18, 2017

  • is this define a animal skin ?

    July 18, 2017

  • spotted as a verb.

    nope nope nope nope.. outta here.

    July 18, 2017

  • lah-de-dah shows up a lot in 19th century books. There's a late 19th c. song with this name.

    July 18, 2017

  • in linux computing, it's 'metal as a service'.

    July 18, 2017

  • I see la-ti-da / la ti da as a reference to light hearted singing, as in la ti do in the musical scale and is typically used to suggest a carefree attitude that would would be presumed of a person contentedly singing or humming a tune. So a "la-t-da" attitude would be one that is carefree, contented and happy. la-ti-da

    July 17, 2017

  • ruzuzu: Maybe the CDC has a cure.

    July 17, 2017

  • luthien13: Welcome to Wordnik!

    bilby: I totally read that as ADHD.

    July 17, 2017

  • There's an AHD pronunciation sound file at the bottom of each word page.

    July 17, 2017

  • That my friend is an art.

    July 17, 2017

  • SPAM

    July 17, 2017

  • Hi

    How can i match two word who sound good ex -- Trustwork, WealthCore, AiWay, SafeCircle, IceBerry, StorageLand, TechMinded , smartmonday "

    How can blend to word and create a word " wordnik"

    July 17, 2017

  • aditi

    July 17, 2017

  • Beware lest like Eve you should meet

    A serpent who lies for a treat.

    That wily old snake meant

    To purvey a fakement

    For sheer love of simple deceit.

    July 17, 2017

  • NB: Remember that "daemon" is pronounced "demon".

    July 17, 2017

  • Pronounced \ˌbȯr-də-ˈrō\

    July 17, 2017

  • Pronounced \ˈsal(ˌ)piŋ(k)s\

    July 17, 2017

  • Pronounced \ˈər-tə-ˌkāt\

    July 17, 2017

  • Spotted in The Atlantic

    'The nightmare was sketched for me by the head of geosciences at Pennsylvania State University, Lee Kump, whose “horror movie” speculation was that there might have turbocharged “hypercanes” of almost unbelievable intensity assaulting the supercontinent Pangaea—the result of runaway global warming.'

    July 16, 2017

  • From what I read you had to eat leaves and stems too, but I suspect wine was the point. The customers came eagerly and left happy.

    July 16, 2017

  • Is wine acceptable?

    July 16, 2017

  • As my uncle Brian used to say, you can have any flavour you want as long as it's vanilla.

    July 16, 2017

  • When rich folk felt clogged and unfree

    They'd travel to mountains or sea,

    Or make an escape tour

    Including a grape-cure

    To purge them of turgid ennui.

    July 16, 2017

  • SPAM

    July 16, 2017

  • No, I don't have furballs, thank you very much.

    July 16, 2017

  • Assuming it doesn't actually fly, why not hyak?

    July 16, 2017

  • A kayak with a hydrofoil attachment according to NPR's Says You!.

    July 15, 2017

  • A small-minded leader is fractious,

    One shriveled in heart is disastrous,

    But heaven forfend

    Our fate should depend

    On one who is brachydactylous.

    July 15, 2017

  • http://www.avclub.com/article/heroes-actor-comes-out-after-bryan-fuller-outs-him-258084

    At this year’s Outfest Los Angeles LGBT Film Festival, Bryan Fuller accepted an Achievement Award for his visionary work on shows like Hannibal, Pushing Daisies, and, more recently, American Gods. During his speech, Fuller touched on queer representation on the small screen, and how it’s changed in the course of his career. Where his current TV show recently featured a bold and erotic gay sex scene, Fuller reminded his audience of all the “het-washing,” i.e., when a homosexual character is written to be heterosexual, that had occurred on other series. The writer-producer, who is an out gay man, alluded to a Heroes season-one cast member who threatened to walk from the show if his character were revealed to be homosexual. Fuller said that despite the fact the actor was gay, he didn’t want to play a gay character.

    July 15, 2017

  • cioppino thx google auto correct

    July 14, 2017

  • spotted in 19th c. "Shropshire Word-book: A Glossary of Archaic and Provincial Words, Etc., "

    https://books.google.ca/books?id=BzoLAAAAQAAJ&pg=PR54&dq=shookt

    July 14, 2017

  • There's no definition on chiopino, although there is one vaguely terrifying photo.

    July 14, 2017

  • Welcome to Wordnik.

    July 14, 2017

  • *press*

    July 14, 2017

  • Oh look! A delicious food pellet!

    July 14, 2017

  • I love that bunny salad and drum major salad appear right next to each other on this list.

    July 14, 2017

  • Your dress and gesture bespoke your role

    And safest in those days was a prole

    To retain your head

    For a cap of bright red

    While dancing a mad carmagnole.

    July 14, 2017

  • http://people.com/bodies/hiplet-dancer-ballet-hip-hop-pointe/

    “Hiplet is a mixture of hip-hop and ballet, but really anything that we can try to put en pointe that has, like, a groovy feeling to it,” dancer Zipporah Wilson said in a recent video. “You have to have a certain posture when you’re doing ballet. Usually, you’re up tall … pointe shoes were designed for ballet. Hiplet is different.”

    July 14, 2017

  • I believe "fandangled" to mean something that is more elaborate than useful, or something complicated and not easily deciphered. Often refers to something that's new and seemingly useless.

    July 14, 2017

  • I like words. Words are good for communicating, especially when we all agree on their meanings.

    July 14, 2017

  • Look, a food pellet appeared!

    July 14, 2017

  • Tchecka means "pussy", in brazilian language, search by open the tchecka, its a brazilian music. enjoy!

    July 14, 2017

  • *waits*

    July 13, 2017

  • *sends telepathic button-pushing signal*

    July 13, 2017

  • I think vendingmachine's mind mastery ought to be able to conjure you one.

    July 13, 2017

  • Ooh! Does anyone have a theremin I can borrow?

    July 13, 2017

  • Rumoured that there is going to be a duet of vendingmachine on this and ruzuzu on theremin to launch the comeback of Almost Solveig.

    July 13, 2017

  • A cave man might woo her with banter

    Or show shiny stones to enchant her,

    But she may require

    That he light a fire

    Before she'll bed down in his antre.

    July 13, 2017

  • In 1991's RFC 1208 ' A Glossary of Networking Terms' , Bart Simspon is defined as

    "Bart Simpson (R): Internet and OSI cult hero."

    Internet Engineering Task Force link - https://tools.ietf.org/html/rfc1208

    July 13, 2017

  • Bag of Moonshine

    Definition: Illusion; nonsense

    - G.F. Northall's Warwickshire Word Book, 1896

    July 13, 2017

  • Brum

    Definition: without money; from latin bruma, midwinter, denoting the extremity of bareness in a boy's pocket.

    William Cope's Glossary of Hampshire Words and Phrases, 1183

    July 13, 2017

  • Gizzen

    Definition: To grin audibly.

    -C.Clough Robinson's Glossary of Words Pertaining to the Dialect of Mid-Yorkshire, 1876

    July 13, 2017

  • Glazzen dlaaz-u'n, v. a. to glaze, or furnish with window-glass

    July 13, 2017

  • rotten logging: a term used when romantic couples sit on a log by moonlight to court.

    July 13, 2017

  • added to my Word of the Year shortlist for 2017 - most news events have included some tweet of some kind this year.,

    July 13, 2017

  • 2017 - everyone is hating this word. added to lists of words to ban for 2018

    July 13, 2017

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