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akmed13 commented on the word juvenescent
"In the juvescence of the year/Came Christ the tiger" from Gerontion by TS Eliot
May 16, 2008
akmed13 commented on the word webicle
October 26, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word scrutator
September 27, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word stillicide
n. 1. A continual falling or succession of drops; rain water falling from the eaves.
n. 2. An unreasoning fear of silence at parties, causing the victim to break out in mindless chatter.
akmed13 commented on the word swag methodology
A WAG with a bit of intelligence behind it.
akmed13 commented on the word rapturewear
Usually inscribed with insulting texts from the Bible. If you think I'm kidding, see: http://www.rapturewear.com/. I could make this stuff up, but seldom need to.
akmed13 commented on the word glaubendrang
Desperate determination to believe what it is increasing clear is complete nonsense: like playing whack-a-mole with one's commonsense.
akmed13 commented on the word timeshock
Usually when someone out of the past has been brought forward, but often experienced on visits to the past as well.
akmed13 commented on the word bugarounds
code (and to a lesser extent procedures) created to avoid or mitigate the effect of a bug, as by scrubbing the input data or fixing up the output data or avoiding the offending module for some cases.
akmed13 commented on the word timeship
E.g. the timeships in Star Trek, as the H. G. Wells (USS Relativity NCV-474439-G) and and the USS Aeon, the submarine like timeship in Williamson's Legion of Time, and so on.
September 26, 2007
large in scope than a normal blog entry, and with a clear focus, but still less weighty than a magazine piece
September 24, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word zoiks
From urban dictionary:
1. An exclamation of surprise typically expressing fear or dismay.
Shaggy sees the ghost coming toward him, shouts "Zoiks", and runs the other direction.
2. To describe something in the superlative form.
September 20, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word burble
I believe first in:
And, as in uffish thought he stood,
The Jabberwock, with eyes of flame,
Came whiffling through the tulgey wood,
And burbled as it came!
But now has meaning:
The area of turbulence behind an object (wash, wake, or backwash) going through the air, whether a person in freefall or a canopy / airfoil in flight. -- http://www.combatmagazine.ws/S4/MILTERMS/PARATERM.HTM
akmed13 commented on the word sodding
S: (adj) arrant, complete, consummate, double-dyed, everlasting, gross, perfect, pure, sodding, stark, staring, thoroughgoing, utter, unadulterated (without qualification; used informally as (often pejorative) intensifiers) "an arrant fool"; "a complete coward"; "a consummate fool"; "a double-dyed villain"; "gross negligence"; "a perfect idiot"; "pure folly"; "what a sodding mess"; "stark staring mad"; "a thoroughgoing villain"; "utter nonsense"; "the unadulterated truth".
Example (from Buffy the Vampire Slayer):
Spike: Buffy, Buffy, Buffy! Everywhere I turn she's there. That nasty little face. That fancy shampoo commercial hair. That whole sodding holier-than-thou attitude.
akmed13 commented on the word inefficient cause
by contrast with efficient cause: the mechanical cause of an event (per Aristotle). Efficient causes pull up their socks & make the event happen. Inefficient causes mean well, but when they try to cause an event they succeed only some statistical fraction of the time.
September 18, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word efficient cause
akmed13 commented on the list joni325-s-words
akmed13 commented on the word exnihilation
akmed13 commented on the word exnihilator
akmed13 commented on the word theopath
also, person following such a path, with implication they are less concerned with the specific path than with achieving a sense they are in pursuit of the divine. Subscriber to the "religion of the month club".
akmed13 commented on the word warass
When a group of wordies have a set of words in common, then they may form a karass of words.
akmed13 commented on the word ice nine
Ice-nine is a fictional material conceived by science fiction writer Kurt Vonnegut in his novel Cat's Cradle. It is supposed to be a more stable polymorph of water than common ice (Ice Ih) which instead of melting at 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit), melts at 45.8°C (114.4°F). When ice-nine comes into contact with liquid water below 45.8°C, it acts as a crystal "seed", and causes the solidification (freezing) of the entire body of water which quickly crystallizes as ice-nine.
akmed13 commented on the word paradoxen
akmed13 commented on the word moebius logic
Circular reasoning that confounds itself, i.e. the classic liar paradoxen.
akmed13 commented on the word negromancer
I found this in the Burton translation of the Arabian Nights, checked the 2nd edition of the OED, which listed it as having only one source, the Burton translation of the Arabian Nights! Apparently a hapax legomenon.
akmed13 commented on the word hapax legomenon
I found negromancer, presumably black magician, in the Burton translation of the Arabian Nights. Looked it up in the 2nd edition of OED & found it was listed as having occurred only once -- in Burton's translation of the Arabian Nights!
akmed13 commented on the word ta'veren
Leaving his Wheel of Time series with its final novel incomplete.
akmed13 commented on the word theofascist
August 29, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word snivitz
A snivitz is a computer problem, related to either hardware or software. The problem is usually smaller than a "glitch", or a "bug". A "bug" or a "glitch" is a known issue that can be solved, while a "snivitz" is something totally unexplained and unexpected. "Snivitzes" are usually individual and random problems, because if they are repetitive, then chances are it is a programming defect. Some examples of "snivitzes" can be a window closing unexpectedly or a random nonexpected error message.
akmed13 commented on the word chavette
female chav.sterotypical chavette has bleached hair,short skirts,fake designer tops.and ugg boots.also has scraped back hair,fake gold hoops,smokes continulously,drinks,admi res her fellow chavs and rarely not seen wit a baby.
From Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series.
From the urban dictionary:
The state of being one around which the Pattern is woven. The Pattern and the Wheel both protect ta'veren jealously, making them nigh-immortal, a ta'veren can be reduced to a crippled vegetable, but somehow will still complete their task.
August 11, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word wikispeak
as disambiguator, NPOV, WikiCreole
akmed13 commented on the word disambiguator
opposite = politician
akmed13 commented on the word sadsome
as in "I'm afraid I have sadsome tidings; your application has been denied: the career of Komodo dragon wrangler is closed to you."
July 26, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word dewool
The method of the invention can be used to unhair, dewool, or debristle animal hides and skins generally. To carry out the method, the cured skins are first thoroughly soaked. Thorough soaking is an absolute necessity if the method of the invention is to be fully effective. Dried hides and skins are soaked overnight while salted hides and skins are advantageously soaked enzymatically for from 4 to 6 hours. The soak liquor is usually discarded after the soak.
June 10, 2007
Also, metaphorically, to demystify. to make profane, to engage in an act of anti-obscurantism
June 9, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word north northwest
akmed13 commented on the word absurdistan
akmed13 commented on the word kaluza-klein dimension
part of an attempt to unify electromagnetism & gravity; a precursor of string theory
akmed13 commented on the word corvidae
the birds that put the brain back into bird-brain
akmed13 commented on the word thagomizer
The thagomizer, or tail spikes, is an arrangement of four to ten spikes on the tails of particular dinosaurs of the clade Stegosauria, of which Stegosaurus stenops is the most familiar. The tail arrangement is believed to have been a defensive weapon against predators.
The term "thagomizer" was coined by Gary Larson in a 1982 Far Side comic strip, in which a group of cavemen in a faux-modern lecture hall are taught by their caveman professor that the spikes were named for "the late Thag Simmons". The term was picked up initially by Ken Carpenter, a palaeontologist at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, who used the term when describing a fossil at the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in 1993.
Thagomizer has since been adopted as an informal anatomical term, appearing, for example, on the website of the Smithsonian Institution. The term has been used in displays at Dinosaur National Monument in Utah, in the book The Complete Dinosaur, and in the stegosaur display at the Smithsonian Institution. As of 2007, however, the term does not appear to have been published in a peer-reviewed scientific journal.
akmed13 commented on the word lolbots
see also lolcats, loldroids, and so on.
June 7, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word previse
From Latin praevisus, past participle of praevidere (to foresee), frompre- (before) + videre (to see). Ultimately from the Indo-European rootweid- (to see) that is the source of words such as wise, view, supervise,and wit.
pre- (before) + videre (to see). Ultimately from the Indo-European root
weid- (to see) that is the source of words such as wise, view, supervise,
June 6, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word thiotimoline
May 14, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word tengen
April 28, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word vertent
akmed13 commented on the word paradox noise
akmed13 commented on the word theseus
akmed13 commented on the word nightgaunt
akmed13 commented on the word fimbulwinter
akmed13 commented on the word epigenetic inheritance
akmed13 commented on the word innana
akmed13 commented on the word hypergate
akmed13 commented on the word warpdrive
akmed13 commented on the word lesser poobah
akmed13 commented on the word paraverse
akmed13 commented on the word ulthar
And no more impractical than any other method of putting the antropic hypothesis to a test.
March 4, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word long count
1 day = 1 K'in
20 = 20 K'in = 1 Winal 1/18th
360 = 18 Winal = 1 Tun 1
7,200 = 20 Tun = 1 K'atun 20
144,000 = 20 K'atun = 1 B'ak'tun 395
K'in = day
Winal = 20 days
Tun = 18 Winals
K'atun = 20 Tun's
B'ak'tun = 20 K'atun's
akmed13 commented on the word bezoar
February 26, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word tohubohu
tohubohu (TOH-hoo-BO-hoo) noun
From Hebrew tohu wa-bhohu, from tohu (formlessness) and bhohu (emptiness).
-Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)
"Our problem is tohubohu. Our industry is drowning in it. But
somehow, even with all the confusion and disorder, we manage
to develop systems."
Jerrold Grochow; Take a Little Tohubohu Off the Top; Software
Magazine (Englewood, Colorado); Nov 1995.
January 3, 2007
akmed13 commented on the word nuncupatory
As used in the works of Jack Vance.
December 3, 2006
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