bilby commented on the word launch pad
Are these different from bike boxes?
March 29, 2015
bilby commented on the word dapifer
At last, a rhyme for crapifer.
bilby commented on the word Macarena
Ask it for a dance?
March 26, 2015
bilby commented on the user Ledsteplin
There is another definition there, quite interesting. Or not. Read it and wheep?
March 25, 2015
March 24, 2015
bilby commented on the word margin
'If the Page satisfie not, inquire in the Margine' - John Selden.
bilby commented on the list manly-portmanteaus
Weird. Here I am logged in. If I click on vexatiousmachine's link below I end up at the list he/she/it has linked to, but not logged in. Huh?
bilby commented on the user wasabi
When you're on a list page, click 'Love' in the top right to save the list to your Favourites. To get to your Favourites at any time, click your username - right side of the upper black bar - for the drop down list.
March 23, 2015
bilby commented on the word tankette
You should make a listicle.
Because Latin has two words for goat. And why that? Well most long-lived languages have a voracious appetite for vocabulary. In the case of Latin it's likely that the multiple goat words were acquired from the languages of peoples who were conquered or assimilated by the Roman empire.
bilby commented on the word retailer
I am using Firefox 36.0.4 and cannot see any little thumbs-down icon.
bilby commented on the list panvocalic-polyglot
On behalf of your books, please don't pour anything over them.
March 18, 2015
bilby commented on the word snow carrots
What snowbunnies eat. Nom nom brrrr, nom nom brrrr.
bilby commented on the word snow carrot
Definition on snow carrots.
bilby commented on the list new-yorker-words
March 17, 2015
bilby commented on the word cuprocking
Point was that dictodudes come across modern words like cuprocking and, because the Establishment desires to be somewhat comprehensive - note I didn't say unabridged - they tend to include such words. This at best means that such words may at some time cross the horizon of a Macq subscriber. It is no confirmation that the words are in fact in use in Oz or even constitute legal tender as linguistic currency in Oz.
March 14, 2015
bilby commented on the word powcohol
I keep thinking this is made of cows.
That list just slavishly picks up on words that have been added to the Macquarie. Being a modern and comprehensive dictionary there's nothing to necessarily relate the words to Australia.
bilby commented on the word step-in
You read it here first.
bilby commented on the user AlvinCurren
bilby commented on the word quoll
Endangered. SO YOU'D BETTER BE NICE TO ME.
March 11, 2015
I ask you to remove the link from your comment on paycation. Musings about the meaning of paycation are fine. Use of this site simply to feed traffic to other sites for commercial gain is not.
Ahahahaha do you think any predators ever catch clever and sprightly bilbies ahahahaha of course they do :-(
bilby commented on the word farinha
bilby commented on the user YvetteWilliams
bilby commented on the word accidental fur
Sadly I saw a dead quoll by the road last Sunday. And quoll fur is gorgeous, says he jealously.
Def 1... for realz?
bilby commented on the user Ryan_Gao1981
What a coincidence. I saw a Chinese restaurant last week. I think.
bilby commented on the word fat-fingering
I use my fat fingers to prise granola bars out of vending machines.
March 9, 2015
bilby commented on the word billy-ho
Also rendered as billy-o.
bilby commented on the word turkey tail
Turkey tail mushroom, Trametes versicolor.Very beautiful.
bilby commented on the list house--1
A row of chipped garden gnomes.
bilby commented on the word internet of things
I'm waiting for the internet of penguins.
March 8, 2015
bilby commented on the word sugar-baker
bilby commented on the word ᨐ
Similar to Makassan alphabet, see here: http://blackalpha5.blogspot.com.au/2012/09/mari-belajar-bahasa-makassar.html
bilby commented on the word ㋩
bilby commented on the list time-zones-worldwide
I came here for some nap time.
March 7, 2015
bilby commented on the word star jump
It's a gas gas gas.
March 4, 2015
bilby commented on the word noncat
I usually drink decat, or at least pick the fur out and pretend it's decat.
March 3, 2015
bilby commented on the word hell-for-leather
Looks like some colourful insinuation about hell, and leather, IMHO.
bilby commented on the word take
For me, your new example doesn't work. I mean take.
bilby commented on the word sesamoid
Related to tahinite.
March 2, 2015
bilby commented on the word conium
I have no idea if it is native but there is certainly hemlock growing wild in Australia. If it's not native then you'd have to speculate about why British settlers chose to bring it here.
bilby commented on the word blowing from a gun
That's a macabre description, though fascinating. I presume anyone who witnessed such an event could not lightly forget it, hence the hauntingly precise accounting for trajectories of body parts.
February 25, 2015
bilby commented on the list call-any-vegetable
This is where an Australian chimes in to say, "That's not a vegetable. This is a vegetable."
February 23, 2015
bilby commented on the list birds--9
The user reesetee has a lot of bird lists.
bilby commented on the word mick
Means to make fun of someone.
bilby commented on the word giuggiola
joo-JOH-la, bearing in mind the first syllable is very short.
February 22, 2015
bilby commented on the word wordnikwiki
It's a love nest for two dyslexic kiwis.
February 21, 2015
bilby commented on the user vendingmachine
LDC - longform digital crepuscule
bilby commented on the user BlancheClark
February 19, 2015
bilby commented on the word kninja
bilby commented on the word retweet
When losing a raging Twitter war, some choose to beat a hasty retweet.
bilby commented on the word agapanthus tub-hauler
If I had to live in a vendingmachine, I probably wouldn't fit.
See live baiting during them cold Nebarksa winners.
February 18, 2015
bilby commented on the word live baiting
On the ubran fringes there're certainly clumps of agapanthus around that have escaped from home gardens. Australia has a lot of similar climate zones here so the plant does well.
bilby commented on the user ElliotHargreaves
If I could find you video of the joyous gambol of antechinus in the agapanthus, it would be yours.
Wordnik - the world's go-to site for bunny stampede support in your hour of need.
February 17, 2015
bilby commented on the list stay-with-me
How did you remember to put them on this list?
bilby commented on the word juggs
Ya can't catch meee!Umm, seriously, we are currently having a live baiting scandal in Australia. The animals used as bait - as captured by hidden cameras - include piglets, rabbits and native possums.The documentary is available here, although some footage is so sick I'm reluctant to recommend viewing it: http://www.abc.net.au/4corners/stories/2015/02/16/4178920.htm
bilby commented on the word rumpus
Good word. Came looking for etymology.
bilby commented on the list long-lost-words
What's the word?
February 16, 2015
The practice of using live animals to train greyhounds for racing. Typically involves encouraging a greyhound to chase and kill a small animal bound to a moving lure.
bilby commented on the word Ask Dr. Stool
I liked this bit at the start of one of the FAQ answers:Loose stools have many causes (see "Soft Serve").
bilby commented on the word wyd
Seems like it could be a Welsh word for a broad valley of inbred miners that had the life ripped out of it by Thatchernomics.
bilby commented on the word glass-paper
Honey I Borked The Front Page.I did have an emphasis code in that comment but it theN applied itsel' to all the comments on this page and on the Community aka front page. Editing the comment gives you no way to check whether the code is correct because it's invisible. I was only able to 'fix' the problem by deleting the comment entirely. COST ME ANOTHER TWO CENTS TO REPOST COMMENT!
February 15, 2015
Not to be confused with ass-paper, which is preferably not abrasive.
bilby commented on the word haptics
Might increase the chance of eyedropping with Worcestershire sauce.
bilby commented on the word nutriaship
Come here and I'll give you a damn good caulking, vendysnozz.
February 14, 2015
bilby commented on the word You can't drive a car made out of drawings
No, but the maintenance costs are attractively low.
February 13, 2015
What a load of -ship.
bilby commented on the word portmantoh
When foot is in mouth, yes.
February 12, 2015
A madeupical portmanteau that doesn't grab you.
bilby commented on the word proof of life
"Jordan is willing to exchange Sajida al-Rishawi for the Jordanian pilot. At this point we want to emphasize that we have asked for proof of life from Daesh (ISIS) and we have not received anything yet," Jordanian government spokesman Mohammad al-Momani said.- Israel National News, 29 Jan 2015.
bilby commented on the word nutricious nutrias
I have one, but given point 3 I had it desexed. And I could certainly never eat it. I'm proud of my newly-neutered non-nutricious nutria.
bilby commented on the word erinmckean
I had some Bad Gateway the other day. And believe you me, I much prefer Good Gateway.
February 11, 2015
I'm sure ruzuzu will be along any minute looking for food pellets.
Do you have anything for two cents?
You know, you're still my favourite vending machine.
What's in the vending machine? The usual bile, or can we now get canned vitriol for a dollar?
February 10, 2015
In ransom jargon, something sent by a kidnapper to demonstrate that the hostage is still alive.
bilby commented on the word aerugo
Alack, I was hoping for a rhyme with Victor Hugo.
bilby commented on the word unlastic
bilby commented on the word tip
Folk etymology on steroids.
bilby commented on the word googs and soldiers
Not currently in use.
bilby commented on the word memaw
Any etymological speculation?
February 5, 2015
bilby commented on the word Sutherland of snow
Is there any particular reason why Donald Sutherland?
bilby commented on the word Eleventy
A political nickname for Australian politician Joe Hockey, federal Treasurer since September 2015. Because he can't count.
February 4, 2015
bilby commented on the word Mermaid Ray
Ray Stevens, state government member for Mermaid Beach, Queensland, Australia. Famous for his chicken dance in the lead up to the 2015 state election, see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W6ROXJEGpI
bilby commented on the word zuzu, zuzuer, zuzuest
Surely it's about time we denied rumours that there are rumours to be denied.
bilby commented on the word apple-catchers
Australian slang - unglamorous underwear or pants."Ours were brown apple-catchers until the mid 80s. Thank God for the spandex revolution."- @AnabelleU123The context of that conversation was netball uniforms, particularly the bottoms.
bilby commented on the word snowkling
I only came here to see if there was a Tweet where this word appeared as a typo.*sigh*
bilby commented on the word NET
Negative Emission Technologies."It then extended this to consider how much carbon could be taken out of the atmosphere from Afforestation, Agricultural Soil Carbon Sequestration, Biochar, Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS), Direct Air Capture (DAC), Ocean Liming, Enhanced Weathering, and Ocean Fertilisation. They found that these ‘Negative Emission Technologies’ or NETs could offset between a cumulative total of around 120 gigatonnes of CO2 equivalent between now and 2050. This would only manage to extend the allowable carbon budget by 11-13% consistent with keeping warming below 2 degrees with a 50% to 80% probability."- Tristan Edis, Business Spectator, 2 Feb 2015.
Don't be such a wee doubting Thomas,This obsession is more like a promise:Should Zuzu pass my wayI'll forge every bywayTo shower fair damsel with hummous.
bilby commented on the word eventize
Ack, a drive-by verbing.
January 30, 2015
bilby commented on the user Irondogger01
Welcome. Why not make a snowmobile list?
bilby commented on the word Radial Outward Firing Igniters
See indeed ROFI.
bilby commented on the word ROFI
This is very Sailormoon. I'm almost rolling on the floor igniting.
bilby commented on the word palinode
Odious odes? Whassaworldcomingto?
bilby commented on the word siren
January 28, 2015
bilby commented on the word transient
zuzu, zuzuer, zuzuest, voila!
January 27, 2015
bilby commented on the word newgradulations
bilby commented on the word peryearn
Oh it's not as if it hasn't been done before around here, including by me. Just that the current crop seem to indicate that The Dismalarity is nigh.
gru, gruer, gruestthus grammar be cut and sluicedand come the toll of high noonyou'll be singing our tune:zuzu, zuzuer, zuzuest
January 26, 2015
We currently have a flood of contestants wishing they were in Urban Dictionary.
bilby commented on the word Bubbaville
bilby commented on the word Bubbleville
Ah, in the great and frankly baffling linguistic tradition of using near indistinguishable pairs for supposedly crucial distinctions.
bilby commented on the word textversate
We can only hope.
bilby commented on the word corrade
January 23, 2015
bilby commented on the word RUD
See turbine disc liberation event.
January 17, 2015
bilby commented on the word mad map
January 16, 2015
Haha. Sounds like a QANTAS euphemism.
bilby commented on the word glass
bilby commented on the user Imawordsmith
Similarly, craft can also be a verb. Much beloved of food wankers in this sense.
bilby commented on the word drone boarding
For real? I only ever do this while tap dancing on a basketball and handgrinding selected Peruvian coffee beans as I mentally translate Mayakovsky into Cocos Malay pantoums.
bilby commented on the user robinsonja15
January 15, 2015
bilby commented on the word puttee
I tought I taw a bad pun!
January 14, 2015
bilby commented on the word wort spurt
January 12, 2015
bilby commented on the word maltcano
That's our yarb.
bilby commented on the user sionnach
I'm visiting Canberra, Yogi's wayward Australian cousin. Here it only rains rain unlike the way it rains croissants in Paris. I think Baudelaire's finest achievement was being what people say when they yodel. I'm sorry you're going to be free soon. I hate freedom.xxxB
January 11, 2015
bilby commented on the word kibosh
Standard-bearer for the People's Republic of Folk Etymologies, dis one.
January 10, 2015
bilby commented on the word teatox
Leave that ox alone.
bilby commented on the word bilby
January 8, 2015
bilby commented on the word grazibood
Had to check that at the top of the page it still said Wordnik and not Urban Dictionary.
bilby commented on the word Grexit
January 1, 2015
bilby commented on the word emergency assembly point
I know what happens when I press the "headdesk" button, and that's a great comfort to me.
December 30, 2014
bilby commented on the word Wordnik Safety Warden
Dear qms, the world's corpus of Grexit limerick literature is, simply put, a bad gateway.
Now is a good time to familiarise yourself with the nearest exit.
bilby commented on the word community
But I presume you're asking for the purpose of public order. So.
I'm not sure we need brackets when Wordnik Safety Warden is written on your helmet in extremely sensible lettering.
I'm very disappointed that ruzuzu, as Wordnik Safety Warden, didn't marshall us to emergency assembly point.
bilby commented on the word hell cannon
Yes, smacks of rogue backbenchers.
December 29, 2014
bilby commented on the word moosemilk
Or moose milk, supposedly a Canadian term for bootleg whiskey.
December 26, 2014
"Syrian rebels using improvised mortar bombs made of cooking gas canisters killed 311 civilians between July and December this year, a monitoring group said on Friday, condemning the use of the wildly inaccurate weapons.Two-thirds of the deaths, or 203 people, were in the northern city of Aleppo where the so-called hell cannons have been fired on government-held districts of Syria's second city."- Reuters, 12 Dec 2014, http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/12/12/us-mideast-crisis-attacks-idUSKBN0JQ17I20141212?utm_source=twitter
December 23, 2014
bilby commented on the word playboy
Wouldn't have been my first definition.
December 5, 2014
bilby commented on the user deboweb
I'm a mango-eating poet with a penchant for electric bicycles. I hope we'll get along.
bilby commented on the word fa**ot
December 4, 2014
The faffot was a prototype fuflun that, frankly, resembled a mutant rock cake dipped in bligewater. Hence we prefer not to mention our wee fa**ot misadventure.
bilby commented on the list hence-called
Hence called and didn't leave a message.
December 2, 2014
bilby commented on the word strass
Next time someone cuts in front of me I shall say: "I deign to thwart thy leverage of precedence!"
bilby commented on the user fugenxuk
bilby commented on the user FuGenXIndia
bilby commented on the word casina
Most probably a misspelling of casino. That goes for Spanish and Italian too.
bilby commented on the user fuzzynutz
I hate dogs.
bilby commented on the word Transmilenio
A bus rapid transit system in Bogota, Colombia.
November 29, 2014
bilby commented on the word delantal
Spanish - apron.
bilby commented on the word zill
I'm sure The Common People of Wordnik will fully subscribe to the image of qms in tight black vinyl whipping pesky obscurantia into digestible five-line verse.
bilby commented on the word shaman
This is one of those words where I thought I might find a fascinating etymology, and didn't.
November 28, 2014
I'm charmed by qms' verbal matrixAnd prowess as a verse dominatrixJust give him a chanceWith a cymbal & danceAnd he'll conjure a gem from his box-o'-tricks
bilby commented on the word antitriangle
I'd like one please. On toast.Thank you.
November 27, 2014
bilby commented on the word shac-shac
Shac-shac shac-shac shac-shac your boogie, madmouth.
November 26, 2014
bilby commented on the word siku
The Peruvian panpipe.
November 25, 2014
Another name for the maraca.
bilby commented on the word abactinal
Nice try :-)
bilby commented on the word faithpalm
What God does when he sees how humankind is behaving.
bilby commented on the list occupational-hazards--1
plumber's crack? Mainly hazardous for innocent bystanders :-/
bilby commented on the word cooty
Also, of or pertaining to bandicoots. As in, for example, cooty notes: http://firstshoponthemoon.com/collections/christmas/products/cootynotes?utm_source=Letters+from+Dog&utm_campaign=e51ac598e0-November_201511_24_2014&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_218ac51c30-e51ac598e0-119529781
bilby commented on the list fossil-words
It's hard to imagine that amok was ever much more in currency than it is at present. I'd classify it as a loan word that fits within a particular idiom and simply doesn't go any further. A bug on sticky paper, perhaps, rather than a fossil.
November 24, 2014
bilby commented on the list animals-that-can-be-used-as-verbs
fox! I like the list :-)
bilby commented on the word Snake Doctor
See also hellgrammite.
masterfire commented on the user masterfireWell, I am sorry that I've not done much commenting or tagging, but here is something that might get a conversation going. It concerns dragonflies...or rather another name for them. I grew up in the 50s near Memphis, TN. We lived in the country. Back then and there my young ears heard dragonflies called what sounded like Snake Doctor. This is so ingrained in my brain that I call them that to this day. Yet, I have been wondering about it. I've not heard Snake Doctor any other place or time. I am wondering also if what I really heard was Snake Dotter? Dotter is a word but it is not associated with dragonflies in your references. Yet, country folk would say, "dotter" about something flickering around a pond or the farm yard. Therefore, at age five or six I must have heard "doctor" rather than "dotter." Whatever the case, I heard these words/sounds referring to dragonflies. My little imagination clung to the idea of the little fliers attending to sick snakes. But "dotter" makes more sense in the context of people born in the 19th century or early 20th. Either way "doctor" or "dotter" may be what I often heard. If I have done this right, perhaps I'll get a response from someone. Thanks!November 22, 2014
bilby commented on the word shit
bilby commented on the word transpoosion
Hey guys, what's with the crappy puns?
November 23, 2014
Surely the reverse dictionary entry for shit should be food.
November 21, 2014
May I add that the punctuation error in the fourth line is not mine ;-)
Reposted for posterity from a deleted user profile: qms commented on the user jrp82746The city has gained great fame for it.As steel is made in PA's Pitt,Detroit's famed for cars,LA for it's stars,So Fort Wayne's renowned for its shit.
bilby commented on the list transnational-food-babies
Cute! Looking forward to seeing the love child of Gabriel Gaté and the lady who fries those pink things by the side of the road in Quito.
bilby commented on the user jrp82746
What is this, Invasion Of The Dooty Snatchers?
bilby commented on the word Biblioburro
Awww! You've outdone yourself qms!
No idea why he didn't call it Bilbioburro though.
November 20, 2014
A mobile library where books are carried in a saddle on a donkey's back. The original Biblioburro was started by the inspirational Luis Soriano in Colombia.
bilby commented on the word kismetaphorest
Active pensioners enjoy living in the kismetaphoresthome.
bilby commented on the user kiernan889
Yes, we need answers. Though frankly not expecting great gobs of illumination from a spammer who trawls for dog shit.
bilby commented on the word pico y placa
A traffic restriction system implemented in Bogota, Colombia. It is based on banning cars with a particular final digit on the licence plate (placa) during peak hours (pico).
bilby commented on the word patacon
In Colombia, a snack made from squished plantain that is fried in oil then served with various sauces.
bilby commented on the word jean dimmock
November 19, 2014
bilby commented on the word pistanthrophobia
I read that as 'fear of thrusting people...'Must get glasses fixed :-/
bilby commented on the word glacis
There once was a man from CaracasWho tried hard to rhyme the word glacisBut try as he mightHis attempts were pure shiteAnd gringo linguists thought he was crackers
November 18, 2014
bilby commented on the list and-then-there-were-none
This list could be a great piece of conceptual art.
bilby commented on the list elbow-words
I'm glad we have an elbow list.*makes some elbow room*
bilby commented on the word olecranon
I wasn't familiar with this use of process.
I love this glacis to piecis.
November 17, 2014
Thank you for you precis of glacis.
bilby commented on the user Afnanmn1993
Uffa, I read that as 'every snuggle in your life...'
bilby commented on the word grip and grin
"Mike Bowers has been down shooting pool pictures for the Xi visit. Here’s a sample.Might be just me but I did a small recoil at the grip and grin. More like a grimace from the prime minister."- Katharine Murphy, The Guardian, 17 Nov 2014.
bilby commented on the user Cole_Lawlor
bilby commented on the user IzeyaZ
bilby commented on the word insominator
Oh, poor babies! I am so going around there to sing them a lullaby.
bilby commented on the word gliff
Prevalence of the wine label image appears to be due to an OCR error in reading cliff as gliff.
November 16, 2014
bilby commented on the word tsootsoqam
Words containing the root tsoots are cute.
bilby commented on the word tinkle under the sprinkle
If you feel like bleeding the lizardIt's not really a sanitary hazardJust take aim at the drainAnd let loose your refrainTo show you can whiz like a wizard
November 15, 2014
bilby commented on the word funnibut
Has all the elan of a Twitter word.
November 14, 2014
Note: does not apply to bath time.
bilby commented on the word never-spotted leopard
A big cat that is reportedly sighted but never found.
November 13, 2014
bilby commented on the word gallopade
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