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  • was looking up the 'shadow snakes' effect which is seen during eclipse, and came across the Rahu legend in search results.

    August 20, 2017

  • A sheep on its back, unable to stand upright due to the weight of wool on its back, according to NPR's Says You!. Potentially fatal if not corrected expeditiously.

    August 19, 2017

  • Is there a reason that toped (see 11/1/2016 below) is unacceptable?

    August 19, 2017

  • Added! Thank you :-)

    August 19, 2017

  • ebriosity

    August 19, 2017

  • The worst are consumed with ferocity;

    Protections alarm by their paucity.

    It's tempting to yield-

    Abandon the field-

    And sink into deep ebriosity.

    August 19, 2017

  • Manhattan Essential word for GRE

    August 19, 2017

  • google book search says the word for this is languophobia, but that's debatable.

    August 19, 2017

  • sheet caking

    August 18, 2017

  • Also where the meal is scanty due to the arrival of an unexpected guest.

    August 18, 2017

  • Purportedly a dinner where the food provided is barely enough with none to spare.

    August 18, 2017

  • Plausible.

    August 18, 2017

  • Oh, thanks to the generous pigeon

    Contributing his humble smidgen!

    He's doing his part

    For out-of-doors art

    With dollops of fresh white badigeon.

    August 18, 2017

  • Squar: Found in a poem as a form of address to a respected visitor. Dialect for "Squire?"

    August 18, 2017

  • *wildapplause*!

    August 17, 2017

  • If you would imbibe and waddle not

    Give heed to the size of bottle bought.

    The short road to ruin

    Is steep and it's strewn

    With many an empty pottle-pot.

    August 17, 2017

  • Test.

    August 17, 2017

  • See usage example on guaiacol.

    August 17, 2017

  • "The researchers focused on a small amphipathic compound known as guaiacol. This molecule is linked with the smoky taste that develops when malted barley is smoked on peat fires, and is far more common in Scottish whiskies than in American or Irish ones, the researchers said."

    -- https://www.livescience.com/60158-why-whiskey-tastes-good-diluted.html#undefined.uxfs

    August 17, 2017

  • The house was a sober living house or "sober home" — a kind of privately owned halfway house intended to integrate recovering drug and alcohol users back into community life and help them stay on the right path.
    Peter Haden, 'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab, All Things Considered, Aug. 15, 2017

    Sober living houses (SLHs) are alcohol and drug free living environments for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs. They are not licensed or funded by state or local governments and the residents themselves pay for costs.
    Douglas L. Polcin et al., What Did We Learn from Our Study on Sober Living Houses and Where Do We Go from Here?, J. Psychoactive Drugs, Dec. 2010

    August 17, 2017

  • The house was a sober living house or "sober home" — a kind of privately owned halfway house intended to integrate recovering drug and alcohol users back into community life and help them stay on the right path.
    Peter Haden, 'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab, All Things Considered, Aug. 15, 2017

    Sober living houses (SLHs) are alcohol and drug free living environments for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs. They are not licensed or funded by state or local governments and the residents themselves pay for costs.
    Douglas L. Polcin et al., What Did We Learn from Our Study on Sober Living Houses and Where Do We Go from Here?, J. Psychoactive Drugs, Dec. 2010

    August 17, 2017

  • The house was a sober living house or "sober home" — a kind of privately owned halfway house intended to integrate recovering drug and alcohol users back into community life and help them stay on the right path.
    Peter Haden, 'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab, All Things Considered, Aug. 15, 2017

    Sober living houses (SLHs) are alcohol and drug free living environments for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs. They are not licensed or funded by state or local governments and the residents themselves pay for costs.
    Douglas L. Polcin et al., What Did We Learn from Our Study on Sober Living Houses and Where Do We Go from Here?, J. Psychoactive Drugs, Dec. 2010

    August 17, 2017

  • The house was a sober living house or "sober home" — a kind of privately owned halfway house intended to integrate recovering drug and alcohol users back into community life and help them stay on the right path.
    Peter Haden, 'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab, All Things Considered, Aug. 15, 2017

    Sober living houses (SLHs) are alcohol and drug free living environments for individuals attempting to abstain from alcohol and drugs. They are not licensed or funded by state or local governments and the residents themselves pay for costs.
    Douglas L. Polcin et al., What Did We Learn from Our Study on Sober Living Houses and Where Do We Go from Here?, J. Psychoactive Drugs, Dec. 2010

    August 17, 2017

  • The first step for unscrupulous rehab centers: Recruiting clients who have good health insurance. That's created a whole new industry — something called patient brokering or "body brokering.

    The corrupt owner of a drug treatment center might pay $500 per week in kickbacks to the operators of sober homes who send them clients with health insurance . . . ."

    Delray Beach authorities say body brokers used to target recovering drug users hanging out on the patio of a local Starbucks. The coffee shop restricted access to the patio in 2015, after a meeting with the city officials and the police department.

    Peter Haden, 'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab, All Things Considered, Aug. 15, 2017

    August 17, 2017

  • The first step for unscrupulous rehab centers: Recruiting clients who have good health insurance. That's created a whole new industry — something called patient brokering or "body brokering.

    The corrupt owner of a drug treatment center might pay $500 per week in kickbacks to the operators of sober homes who send them clients with health insurance . . . ."

    Delray Beach authorities say body brokers used to target recovering drug users hanging out on the patio of a local Starbucks. The coffee shop restricted access to the patio in 2015, after a meeting with the city officials and the police department.

    Peter Haden, 'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab, All Things Considered, Aug. 15, 2017

    August 17, 2017

  • The first step for unscrupulous rehab centers: Recruiting clients who have good health insurance. That's created a whole new industry — something called patient brokering or "body brokering.

    The corrupt owner of a drug treatment center might pay $500 per week in kickbacks to the operators of sober homes who send them clients with health insurance . . . ."

    Delray Beach authorities say body brokers used to target recovering drug users hanging out on the patio of a local Starbucks. The coffee shop restricted access to the patio in 2015, after a meeting with the city officials and the police department.

    Peter Haden, 'Body Brokers' Get Kickbacks To Lure People With Addictions To Bad Rehab, All Things Considered, Aug. 15, 2017

    August 17, 2017

  • Needs a limerick.

    August 17, 2017

  • Nice!

    August 17, 2017

  • wedding bouquet

    August 17, 2017

  • Test.

    August 17, 2017

  • Acronym of the ancient syntactical curse: 'weasel on your zeugma, ungracious grammarsnipe!'

    August 17, 2017

  • yarb :-)

    August 17, 2017

  • When first the spring meadows are greening

    The cycle of life shows most meaning.

    See four-footed young

    Like flowers new sprung,

    The foal and the calf and the yeanling.

    August 17, 2017

  • ahh look at this!: http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/nothing-burger

    August 17, 2017

  • Certainly "pub crawl" is in the common lexicon, but I do find the single word "pubcrawl" being used as a verb as far back as 1964 in the NY: http://www.nytimes.com/1964/04/24/birrell-ends-exile-of-7-years.html?mcubz=0

    August 17, 2017

  • Is there a danger in wallowing 'swaddling'?

    August 17, 2017

  • The definition of the word is: to extreme measures; measures so extreme they're extremely more extreme than the definition of extreme.

    August 16, 2017

  • "The biggest limitation to this research may be the definition of swaddling itself. The authors of the study acknowledge one of the “several” limitations to their meta-analysis is the fact that none of the studies they reviewed clearly outlined what constitutes a swaddle. And besides that, as anyone who has tried to swaddle a baby can confirm, good swaddling takes practice. Many parents, for fear of too tightly wrapping their babies, end up swaddling too loosely, which is itself a suffocation hazard. (Some daycare centers in the United States don’t allow swaddling for this reason.)"

    -- https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2016/05/is-swaddling-safe/482055/

    August 16, 2017

  • "The term "sousveillance", coined by Steve Mann, stems from the contrasting French words sur, meaning "above", and sous, meaning "below", i.e. "surveillance" denotes the "eye-in-the-sky" watching from above, whereas "sousveillance" denotes bringing the camera or other means of observation down to human level, either physically (mounting cameras on people rather than on buildings), or hierarchically (ordinary people doing the watching, rather than higher authorities or architectures doing the watching)."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Sousveillance&oldid=788558213

    August 16, 2017

  • walk

    August 16, 2017

  • When bound for the last destination

    I hope to create no sensation,

    Ask no trumpet blast

    To hear at the last

    But subtle and sweet avolation.

    August 16, 2017

  • man child , pro-am, dwarf galaxy

    August 15, 2017

  • See Lucullan.

    August 15, 2017

  • See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Lucullan

    August 15, 2017

  • The fear of doctors.

    See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/iatro-

    iatro- "From Ancient Greek ἰᾱτρο- (iātro-), combining form of ἰατρός (iatrós, “doctor”)."

    August 15, 2017

  • Person who is afraid of doctors.

    See https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/iatro-

    iatro- "From Ancient Greek ἰᾱτρο- (iātro-), combining form of ἰατρός (iatrós, “doctor”)."

    August 15, 2017

  • See chorea

    August 15, 2017

  • So jealous are chefs of their story

    They'll quibble at terms gustatory.

    Your balls in a pot

    Will still get as hot

    And you'll claim it's all to your glory.

    August 15, 2017

  • What perchance is this 'fry cooking vessel'?

    With such terms my inner-grammarian doth wrestle

    For every chef's simple job

    Is preparing morsels for gob

    And if not I'll be seeking redressal

    August 15, 2017

  • See also cecils.

    August 15, 2017

  • rigidly flexible

    August 15, 2017

  • This is a term that I heard in the USAF. It meant that you were required to be ready to engage in a certain activity, but to also realize that the timing, process, or the activity itself may (likely) change at any moment. For example, an exercise would be scheduled to kick off at 0500, but there was a very good chance that the time of commencement would change or that the exercise itself would change. However, you'd better be ready to go at 0500 no matter what.

    August 15, 2017

  • In higher class fry cooking vessels

    Each savory orb of meat nestles.

    What mere cooks will call

    The common meatball

    A master chef turns into cecils.

    August 15, 2017

  • A diplomat viewing disaster

    Might say that the artist's a dabster.

    Though bungling's averred

    The Janus-faced word

    Is heard as the praise of a master.

    August 14, 2017

  • Thank you, ruzuzu.

    August 14, 2017

  • http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-4787548/Women-obsessed-pore-size-porexia-flawless-skin-how.html

    If you spend hours in front of the mirror each day poring over the little openings on the top of your skin and willing them to disappear before you take an Instagram selfie, you're not alone.

    In fact, obsessing over our pores - from the size to the number of them - is the beauty industry's latest preoccupation.

    This is so much the case that dermatologists have coined a word for this pore fixation - 'porexia'.

    August 14, 2017

  • refers to uncontrolled eye movement; consists of rapid, involuntary, multivectorial (horizontal and vertical), unpredictable, conjugate fast eye movements without intersaccadic intervals. It is also referred to as opsoclonus or reflexive saccade. (Adapted from Wikipedia)

    August 14, 2017

  • Original spelling by Humphrey Davy, 1812 . https://books.google.ca/books?id=YjMwAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA201

    August 14, 2017

  • wow

    August 13, 2017

  • "It was coined by US internet entrepreneur Gina Pell, 49, who explains, ‘Perennials are ever-blooming, relevant people of all ages who know what’s happening in the world, stay current with technology and have friends of all ages." Telegraph

    August 13, 2017

  • A fox pup must study and train hard

    Or risk he's dismissed as a caynard.

    The skulk's tough tuition

    Achieves full fruition

    In raising a wily red Reynard.

    August 13, 2017

  • "year over year"

    August 13, 2017

  • slang - asking

    August 13, 2017

  • Wropper - a pinafore styled coverall worn by women engaged in farm work during the 19th & early 20th centuries in Britain & elsewhere.

    August 13, 2017

  • from the examples on the right 'don't get "tilted," which means emotionally upset.'

    spotted tilted in a video about the top Dota2 gamer versus a general Artificial Intelligence.

    "At first it was easy to get titled..."

    August 13, 2017

  • A steep, narrow valley according to NPR's Says You!.Conan Doyle used the variant goyal.

    August 12, 2017

  • Fit for drinking according to NPR's Says You!.

    August 12, 2017

  • eater

    August 12, 2017

  • As talk for the troubled's a palliative

    And Congress, a failing collaborative,

    Inept to the hilt

    Is Babel rebuilt,

    It's frantic and futilely babblative.

    August 12, 2017

  • FE worker

    August 12, 2017

  • I just encountered this word in a crostic puzzle. It was the first time I'd ever seen it used as an adjective. Why didn't they just use "Eighth month" as the clue?

    August 12, 2017

  • dweeberlips.

    I just looked up this word. Here is how I used it in an email.

    All the frustrations I dealt with today make me want to go sit in a corner and do dweeberlips.

    August 11, 2017

  • *diplomatically passes around some squaffluns*

    August 11, 2017

  • Y'all might like Ella Minnow Pea: https://www.amazon.com/Ella-Minnow-Pea-Novel-Letters/dp/0385722435

    August 11, 2017

  • From The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia:

    "n. A place where pies, tarts, etc., are made.

    "n. Viands made of paste, or of which paste constitutes a principal ingredient; particularly, the crust or cover of a pie, tart, or the like."

    August 11, 2017

  • hummingbirds
    also found - 1994 usage slang for homies

    August 11, 2017

  • I prefer fufluns.

    August 11, 2017

  • I've always found that getting up and heading for the exit is a pretty good way to speed this up.

    August 11, 2017

  • SPAM

    August 11, 2017

  • Compare wankar, a driver who mistakenly thinks it is their right to drive at or above the speed limit regardless of circumstances.

    August 11, 2017

  • "Families who would once have eaten potato waffles are now experimenting with lower carb butternut “squaffles” (slices of butternut squash cut to resemble a waffle)." Guardian article - Why we fell for clean eating.

    August 11, 2017

  • Another great one. Thanks, qms.

    August 11, 2017

  • Don't fall for the cynical listicle

    Where news is typically mythical.

    The "ten things you must"

    Are hot air and dust,

    Just click-bait that's wickedly twistical.

    August 11, 2017

  • Here is my definition of carstage: Carstage: n. To be held hostage by a driver you are following on a one-lane road because that driver is driving below the speed limit. (The word is a combination of car and hostage).

    August 10, 2017

  • Here's my definition for restage: Restage: n. To be held hostage by a waiter or waitress who disappears before bringing, or otherwise takes a very long time to bring, you your check. (The word is a combination of restaurant and hostage).

    August 10, 2017

  • "In music of the Renaissance and early Baroque eras, a bicinium (pl. bicinia) was a composition for only two parts, especially one for the purpose of teaching counterpoint or singing."

    -- https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Bicinium&oldid=782797821

    August 10, 2017

  • for when the term super-power isn't good enough

    term goes back to early 20th century for vacuum tubes, amplifiers, and hydraulic systems.  Later 20th century for political speak.

    August 10, 2017

  • Except that in English word construction con as a word-initial morpheme typically carries the meaning 'with', hence most people are not going to be able to readily decipher your word.

    August 10, 2017

  • This is my word.

    It combines "control" with " in charge ".

    The definition is: Used as a strong description of leadership in situations, usually as a strong admonition or as an assertion of supreme authority .

    From the youngest in the family to a controlling oldest brother: " You are not in concharge of me!" (Strong admonition)

    From the mother of said siblings: "I am in concharge." (Supreme authority)

    August 10, 2017

  • I just found billbeetles in the GNU definition so, *ahem*, of course they are cute.

    August 10, 2017

  • On tv at most he was B-list

    (Absent a C- or a D- list)

    But still self-assessed

    As clearly the best.

    The goblin's a true autotheist.

    August 10, 2017

  • Diffusant means "A substance that diffuses through something." https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/diffusant.

    Or "A substance which diffuses through another." https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/diffusant

    August 10, 2017

  • add your two cent

    August 10, 2017

  • Thank you kindly, ruzuzu. The challenge with such words is to rrsist the obvious "-ography" rhymes but after years of this I am running out of dodges.

    August 10, 2017

  • Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen

    August 10, 2017

  • "let your backbone slide"

    August 10, 2017

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