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  • refers to this emoticon

    ༼ຈل͜ຈ༽

    I don't like this emoticon, because it's typically used by trolls.

    October 22, 2017

  • nickname given to this emoticon ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    I think Lenny is a bit creepy.

    October 21, 2017

  • refers to the table flip emoticon

    (╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻

    or

    (ノಠ益ಠ)ノ彡┻━┻

    and some people have to 'put the table back'.

    ┬──┬◡ノ(° -°ノ)

    October 21, 2017

  • For boys in the gentry of yore

    Birth order told what was in store.

    The first won the prize gig,

    The last was the tithe-pig,

    To serve in the church evermore.

    October 21, 2017

  • pre-game , now verb'd. To have had a pregame party

    October 21, 2017

  • Breathing heavily on a phone call. (Came up in an IM.)

    October 20, 2017

  • Our rights he erodes by attrition

    And justice withholds by omission.

    Our gov is gazumped

    Or, worse yet, it’s Trumped,

    Unless we achieve a dismission.

    October 20, 2017

  • applied logic

    October 20, 2017

  • applied philosophy

    October 20, 2017

  • applied logic

    October 20, 2017

  • plocile A word which is pretty.

    October 20, 2017

  • early use of this term goes back to 1913-1915

    I wonder if it's influenced by the Anne of Green Gables books just before that time.

    October 20, 2017

  • Why is there no definition for this? Clearly it is a small bird like creature, usually blue and imaginative in origin, that exists purely to prove a point that we are able to adapt our language on the fly to make room for new words and their plural versions of themselves.

    October 19, 2017

  • This was a word an old college professor liked to use. He never gave us a meaning and just kept right on lecturing. I have since ascribed it the definition of the process by which distance makes you slowly become a stranger to someone you were once familiar with.

    October 19, 2017

  • Australians display an odd trait

    Addressing the lowly or great:

    Call it aphasia

    Or antonomasia

    But blokes of all kinds are called “mate.”

    October 19, 2017

  • hi

    October 19, 2017

  • https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/invisible-chains/201602/what-really-happens-in-controlling-relationship

    Living with an abusive and controlling partner can feel like living in a cult—except lonelier. Victims' ** own viewpoints, desires, and opinions may fade as they are overwhelmed by the abusers'. Over time, they may lose a sense that they even have a right to their own perspectives. This is called perspecticide—the abuse-related incapacity to know what you know (Stark, 2007). Perspecticide is often part of a strategy of coercive control that may include manipulation, stalking, and physical abuse:

    October 19, 2017

  • See the examples on phene.

    October 18, 2017

  • The usage examples for this suggest something quite different: "The so-called phene, or lammergeier, is fond of its young, provides its food with ease, fetches food to its nest, and is of a kindly disposition. (The History of Animals)"

    October 18, 2017

  • The prescriptivist fights, and he shall again,

    Against the descriptivist’s balagan.

    He’ll rage and defame

    In the conference game

    But ‘tweentimes he’ll make him a pal again.

    October 18, 2017

  • Now I want to RURP a derp.

    October 18, 2017

  • search result is "Did you mean: modulus"

    yes, google, they did mean modulus or moduluses, but moduluses doesn't look 'smart'.

    19th century modulus of elasticity, modulus of shear for materials.

    October 18, 2017

  • Had to go look up piton.

    October 17, 2017

  • "RURP - for Realized Ultimate Reality Piton - a tiny piton the size of a postage stamp used in thin, shallow seams. It was designed by Tom Frost and Yvon Chouinard in 1959, and manufactured by Chouinard Equipment in the 1960s." Wikipedia

    October 17, 2017

  • In Mass. we will drop the last “R”

    Though some find the custom bizarre,

    But see bilby’s rhyme

    Those same would call crime!

    The Aussies are bolder by far!

    October 17, 2017

  • Though pains of the past still endure

    What oracle forecasts a cure?

    For that job enlist

    A probabalist -

    Mistrust any sage who’s too sure.

    October 17, 2017

  • New meaning: online search engine

    Sentence usage: I was able to complete my assignment on time due to onis

    Methodology

    I have used the most “important” aspect of the word synopsis with a word “outline” changed to “ online” and added it to the “information” aspect of the word. Therefore a new word “Onis” which now means online search engine just like Google.

    Online+info+synopsis= Onis

    October 17, 2017

  • Don't conclude anything too sinister

    As burns go that's barely a blister

    Though your dizain be be malnourished

    Please don't be discouraged:

    You're still my favourite limerickista

    October 17, 2017

  • Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment . - spotted in an EV video series.

    October 17, 2017

  • a fabric water bucket under a firefighting helicopter.

    October 17, 2017

  • I am developer

    October 16, 2017

  • Am just a badass programmer believe me or leave it

    October 16, 2017

  • They honor Ayn Rand and von Mises

    So know naught of judgment in crisis.

    In true catallactics

    The salient fact is

    Invariant truth fits all sizes.

    October 16, 2017

  • hate

    October 16, 2017

  • Chups. Chupocalypse.

    October 16, 2017

  • Wow. What a beautiful definition.

    October 16, 2017

  • My couple has started this train

    Then bilby and I swapped disdain.

    A moiety’s done

    When I finish this one.

    Can we call it a demi-dizain?

    October 16, 2017

  • October 2017. New Zealand ran out of chips.

    October 16, 2017

  • The OED is not holy writ

    CDC on the other hand is lit!

    There are no literary nooses

    More fatal than excuses

    So get writing you lazy piece of wit

    October 16, 2017

  • My fragile contentment was fleeting,

    Now marred by Tasmanian bleating.

    How comes he so hostile

    To OED gospel?

    In Oz does good sense stand for cheating?

    October 15, 2017

  • There you go!

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • qms is cheating

    October 15, 2017

  • bilby has shrewdly discerned my reason for preferring the OED definition. In an emergency I invite the reader to repeat my contribution nine more times.

    October 15, 2017

  • Scroll up to the CDC definition and weep. Only 9 stanzas to go, bucko.

    October 15, 2017

  • A dutiful rhymer must strive

    To keep dying verse forms alive.

    The limerick style

    Succeeds in its trial

    So long as its lines number five.

    With negligible metrical strain

    Are limericks linked in a chain;

    The reader’s not troubled

    By limericks doubled

    To make a neglected dizaine.

    October 15, 2017

  • As defined by the OED: A poem or stanza of ten lines.

    October 15, 2017

  • describing beer gone bad.

    October 15, 2017

  • fishing version of this word is to go fishing and not catch anything.


    my US friend used 'dog got skunked' meaning their dog got sprayed by a skunk.

    October 15, 2017

  • Found in a text about the construction of an alphabet for the Taíno language.

    "The system expresses these consonant-vowel blends by attaching a 'vowel-knob' to the consonant glyph. The position of the vowel-knob denotes which vowel is being sounded after the consonant (above the glyph for the 'ah' sound, to the right of the glyph for 'eh' sound, below the glyph for the 'ee' sound, to the left of the glyph for the 'oh' sound and at the center of the glyph for the 'oo' sound)."

    October 14, 2017

  • am I going deaf, or do people pronounce this like 'tamber'?

    or is this a US / Canada thing?

    October 14, 2017

  • GRE my test

    October 14, 2017

  • Old measures make palates alert

    At feasts for surveyors of dirt.

    They’ll fill up a plate

    With hides and virgate

    And caruscate cake for desert.

    October 14, 2017

  • glyphosate

    October 14, 2017

  • blend of "out here"

    http://www.theroot.com/i-tried-it-bacon-is-the-sza-of-meats-1819411377

    Anyway, I want to make it clear before my co-workers tarnish my name that I am in no way dissing bacon, but what they not finna do is have me out here needing a stint in my aorta because I’m outchea sampling bacon flavors trying to find the right one. Bacon is cool. Sza is straight.

    October 13, 2017

  • Tulane University economics professor James Alm researches tax compliance, tax evasion and an idea known as "tax morale."

    "Tax morale is an attempt to measure one’s intrinsic motivation to pay taxes," he explained.

    There’s a rate at which economists predict people would pay taxes based on the likelihood of getting caught and punished for not paying. In the U.S., more people pay more taxes and cheat less than what the “rational model” might suggest. Alm's research shows we have the highest tax morale of any developed country.

    Adriene Hill, How Americans Really Feel About Taxes, Marketplace (Sept. 27, 2017)

    Many researchers have suggested that the intrinsic motivation for individuals to pay taxes—what is sometimes termed their "tax morale"—differs across countries; that is, if taxpayer values are influenced by cultural norms, with different societal institutions acting as constraints and varying between different countries, then tax morale may be an important determinant of taxpayer compliance and other forms of behavior. However, isolating the reasons for these differences in tax morale is notoriously difficult.
    James Alm & Benno Torgler, Culture Differences and Tax Morale in the United Statesand in Europe, CREMA Working Paper No. 2004-14 (July 9, 2004)

    October 13, 2017

  • spotted on Colbert

    quick search 'aka plough mud

    South Carolina term for tidal flats mud.

    October 13, 2017

  • "The Capitalocene, as McBrien reminds us, is also a Necrocene – a system that not only accumulates capital, but drives extinction (2016; also Dawson 2016)." Jason W. Moore

    October 13, 2017

  • To every question the girl asked

    His answer unheard would hurl past.

    She realized speed dating

    Is no way of mating

    And felt like a ship in a whirlblast.

    October 13, 2017

  • "The physician reading this mysterious letter was no ordinary doctor. He was the Honorable Gustav Scholer, head Coroner for the city of New York, and one of the era’s leading alienists—an arcane term for specialists who studied the mental pathology of those deemed “alienated” from society."

    -- "Peek Inside the Grisly, Salacious Case Files of NYC’s Head Coroner in the Early 1900s"

    by Luke Spencer (http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/peek-inside-the-grisly-salacious-case-files-of-nycs-head-coroner-in-the-early-1900s)

    October 13, 2017

  • Alas, there’s no foe to be blamed,

    No noble defense to be claimed.

    A player defaced

    By a solo misplaced

    Abjectly admits he’s self-maimed.

    October 13, 2017

  • puppyslug is best explained with a google image search

    October 13, 2017

  • Starwars is a foreign language I don't speak, but see also this list: https://wordnik.com/lists/a-group-of-porgs

    October 13, 2017

  • Grazie Erin!

    October 12, 2017

  • You wot mate?

    October 12, 2017

  • See, for pettiness' sake, solo: third verbal sense under Wiktionary.

    October 12, 2017

  • DalPuri

    October 12, 2017

  • New meaning: Online grocery store

    Sentence usage: Today I spent $400 in a sylo.

    Methodology

    I have taken “storage” aspect of silo and the “launching” aspect and combined them together to make a new word with minor letter adjustment of changing “i” into “y” “sylo” meaning an online grocery store.

    October 12, 2017

  • New meaning: A wedding planning company or organization.

    Sentence usage: Sarah booked the most expensive wedium services for her engagement.

    Methodology

    I have taken the spouse relations and used a new word “wedding” for it and combined it with the business aspect of the word by blending the two words together.

    Wedding+ Consortium= Wedium

    October 12, 2017

  • New meaning: online search engine

    Sentence usage: I was able to complete my assignment on time due to onis

    Methodology

    I have used the most “important” aspect of the word synopsis with a word “outline” changed to “ online” and added it to the “information” aspect of the word. Therefore a new word “Onis” which now means online search engine just like Google.

    Online+info+synopsis= Onis

    October 12, 2017

  • A fellow I know is a blogger,

    An alt-right conspiracy flogger.

    No absence of facts

    Or motive distracts

    From work of a true pettifogger.

    October 12, 2017

  • "Dictionary of Canadianisms on Historical Principles"

    October 11, 2017

  • I just noticed that this is the only listing of "ointmint" (my new favorite word).

    October 11, 2017

  • What a great list!

    October 11, 2017

  • "Of course, if a piano and a violin play the same high C at the exact same volume, there is still some quality that feels different between the two notes. It turns out that pure tones do not occur naturally, and when a piano or violin produces a high C, the sound wave is made up of a specific combination of different pure tones. The different amplitudes and frequencies have nice relationships with one another, which is why you hear a specific note rather than a mess of clashing noises, but the single pitch you hear does not correspond to a single frequency. The hard-to-define quality of sound that allows you to identify what instrument you’re listening to is determined by the exact combination of pure tones. When different instruments all play at the same time, the various pure tones add together to create the music you hear.

    "So what do pure tones have to do with the groove on a record being able to tell David Bowie and Nina Simone apart? It turns out that any curve can be written in exactly one way as a combination of curves with uniform amplitude and frequency. In other words, the single squiggle captured in the groove of a record player can be written as a combination of pure tones. And there is only one combination that will produce any particular squiggle. The tool that makes this possible comes from mathematics and is called the Fourier transform. Combined with the fact that the sound we experience is determined by the exact combination of pure tones, this bit of mathematics explains how the vinyl record groove can completely determine the music you hear."

    -- "Which Sounds Better, Analog or Digital Music?" by Katrina Morgan (https://blogs.scientificamerican.com/observations/which-sounds-better-analog-or-digital-music/)

    October 11, 2017

  • a recent WOTD might belong on this list: euripus

    October 11, 2017

  • The Irish, my ancestral race,

    Play ball at a furious pace.

    They kick and they dribble

    But, sure, there’s no quibble -

    You don’t catch the ball with your face.

    October 11, 2017

  • Good Juliet, a nursing sensation,

    Would burst into sweet cantillation.

    Her unbidden trilling

    Made illness less chilling

    And filled me with warm consolation.

    October 11, 2017

  • Ideal term for an alcoholic in denial, then.

    October 11, 2017

  • I have a black eye and some cuts on my face after being hit by a football at the Australasian Gaelic Games finals last Sunday, so I'm calling it an astrobleme.

    October 11, 2017

  • The definition of "From where the Sun now stands" is the same thing as saying "From that day on" (Forward)

    October 11, 2017

  • Just getting started

    October 10, 2017

  • Star Wars fan speak for The Force Awakens

    October 10, 2017

  • a Star Wars meme creature.

    I'm sticking with my BB-8.
    spotted in Vox article porg-napped porglet porgs porglets 
    edit - term already coined by someone else 'porgducken'

    October 11, 2017

  • Solari is the definition of a dick

    October 10, 2017

  • These are my favorites from the Century:

    "Tipsy."

    "Sober; not tipsy."

    October 10, 2017

  • Aw, thanks, c_b. Anything to further our studies.

    October 10, 2017

  • In Tudor days only few could be

    A fat and contented feodary.

    The rich orphan scam

    (A pious old sham)

    Enabled enrichment quite duty-free.

    October 10, 2017

  • The OED provides the following definitions:

    1. a. One who holds lands of an overlord on condition of homage and service; a feudal tenant, a vassal.

    b. A subject, dependant, retainer, servant.

    2. An officer of the ancient Court of Wards.

    3. A confederate.

    The Collins Dictionary reports that it is “a variant spelling of feudary. ” Pronunciation guidance confirms “feud” as the first syllable.

    October 10, 2017

  • A wedding planning company or organization.

    October 10, 2017

  • Online grocery store

    October 10, 2017

  • onis

    New meaning: online search engine

    Sentence usage: I was able to complete my assignment on time due to onis

    Methodology

    I have used the most “important” aspect of the word synopsis with a word “outline” changed to “ online” and added it to the “information” aspect of the word. Therefore a new word “Onis” which now means online search engine just like Google.

    Online+info+synopsis= Onis

    October 10, 2017

  • wedium

    New meaning: A wedding planning company or orginazation.

    Sentence usage: Sarah booked the most expensive wedium services for her engagement.

    Methodology

    I have taken the spouse relations and used a new word “wedding” for it and combined it with the business aspect of the word by blending the two words together.

    Wedding+ Consortium= Wedium

    October 10, 2017

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