bilby commented on the word antilibrary
June 30, 2015
What about a collection of partially-read books?
bilby commented on the list words-ending-with--lky
June 27, 2015
bilby commented on the list sounds-of-silence
There's a great expression they use in Indonesian when someone who is supposed to say something doesn't. Used particularly in reference to policicians, for example, when they are seeking to avoid stating a position on something they know is controversial and hence just go into hiding.'bungkam seribu bahasa' - silent in a thousand languages
June 26, 2015
I've thought about buying some noise cancelling headphones so I can get more silence.
I didn't hear the pin drop.
Sometimes I might claim I'm a bilkyWho hangs out with bandicoots and their ilkyBut try as I may,I hear my naysaysers say:"Oi! His ears are leathery, not silky!"
No, I'm not changing my name to bilky to get on this list.
June 25, 2015
bilby commented on the word abelskiver
A small, puffy Danish pancake.
bilby commented on the list plosives-from-front-to-back
June 23, 2015
bilby commented on the word solbær
Danish for blackcurrant, 'sun berry'.
bilby commented on the word bubblegum
I like broccoli that tastes like broccoli.
bilby commented on the word death by coconut
Yeah, the Council in my former town of Darwin was one that went around chopping down coconut trees because of the supposed risk.
June 22, 2015
bilby commented on the list never-going-back-there
Hara-kiri, fall on your sword and other such behaviours?
Neat list idea. Despite Wordienik not really doing phrases very well, we show 'em.
Throw the baby out with the bath water?
Sack and ruin.
bilby commented on the word five-star
Oh dear, I have a list for this.
bilby commented on the word dwile flonking
Hard to tell if that's satire.
June 19, 2015
bilby commented on the word kakaporium
From kakapo, "a chick raising facility and permanent Kakapo exhibition attached to the Invercargill Museum and Art Gallery on the south island of New Zealand."
bilby commented on the user ruzuzu
This made me think of you: http://www.metrolyrics.com/song-ml-video-cea.htmlIt was probably the bananaphone.
June 18, 2015
bilby commented on the word senvy
Compare German senf.
bilby commented on the word sloe
Sozzled journalists had often been known to indulge when officebound without much happening for them to report. Hence the expression'sloe news day'.
June 17, 2015
bilby commented on the user oroboros
Good pic! Thanks dude.p.w. We are old.
June 16, 2015
bilby commented on the word sprots
There's a whole genre of this in Indonesian, known as plesetan, which translates from Javanese as 'slipping'.One of the better examples that sticks in mind in English is a Monty Python sketch where John Cleese was giving a speech as the Minister for Pisrenunciation.
June 15, 2015
bilby commented on the list abbreviations-not-said-more-briefly-than-the-phrase
It seems in the case of bs it's a two-syllable tie.
bilby commented on the word Purple K
What does one use to put out vending machine fires?
June 13, 2015
bilby commented on the word deprivation cuisine
Only with no added sugar.
June 12, 2015
Nope, rumoured to contain fun and we know how horrible that is.
June 11, 2015
bilby commented on the list words-ending-with--bite
I used to hear Jacobite a lot when I lived in Scotland.
bilby commented on the word dial
Stop this nonsense or I'll hang up.
I've gone to a lot of trouble you know.
June 10, 2015
Here, have a prune.
bilby commented on the word wave a dead chicken
Vegans are allowed to use rubber chickens.
bilby commented on the word by hook or by crook
It was somewhat mode, when I was a young'un, for someone to go to the last page of your autograph book / yearbook and write'by hook or by crook I'll be last in your book' and sign there.
June 9, 2015
bilby commented on the word alicorn
I wonder if this qualifies for the Not Edible list.
June 7, 2015
bilby commented on the user McWordnik
The giant golden W over your drive-thru infringed their trademark.
bilby commented on the word spyhop
Apparently something that whales do.
June 1, 2015
bilby commented on the user qms
Did your vault parse the arc of a diver?Or a ballerina's poise: didst thou outstrive her?But forgive me this jest,I wish you and elbows my best,*shakes fist at said stupid driver*
bilby commented on the word ram-raider
I'm patiently waiting for the moment someone uses this technique to smash through a farm fence and steal sheep.
bilby commented on the word joukery-pawkery
The Scots origin of jiggery-pokery.
bilby commented on the word fanladen
Football jargon: a pre-game event run by and for fans.
May 27, 2015
bilby commented on the word skeme
Recently seen on Twitter: A skeme is a picture of words used to skirt around the 140 character limit.
May 25, 2015
bilby commented on the word aracacha
I saw this in the Botanical Gardens in Bogota. When I looked it up my online dictionary said: "An umbelliferous plant of Colombia, having an edible farinaceous root, cultivated in large quantities."Wikipedia says: "Arracacia xanthorrhiza is a root vegetable originally from the Andes, somewhat intermediate between the carrot and celery. Its starchy taproot is a popular food item in South America where it is a major commercial crop."
bilby commented on the list jack--1
Also, in Australia we have an ant we call a jack jumper.
May 21, 2015
Don't want to hijack the comments, but may I suggest manjack.
bilby commented on the word pack-duck
Hot diggity dog.
bilby commented on the word tacocat
Do cats make better stacks than tacos? Discuss.
May 20, 2015
bilby commented on the word sugarity
-ity is a weird ending to choose.
May 18, 2015
bilby commented on the user Diversal
bilby commented on the word tither
Only ever heard it in Australia as in a tizzy.
bilby commented on the word Fort Chip
*puts away shattered hopes for more Wild West vegan ice cream flavours*
May 12, 2015
bilby commented on the user drlou
The first two cases are old jokes. I hadn't heard the third before but it's a good 'un.
May 11, 2015
bilby commented on the word lady basket
pickling babies indeed you are a monster
May 10, 2015
bilby commented on the user EstherNamogo
You're trying to romance scam yourself?
May 9, 2015
bilby commented on the word pelagus
Not to be confused with prolagus.
bilby commented on the list the-foods-of-england
bilby commented on the list name--a-novel
It's a pretty good review too, all things considered.
May 7, 2015
bilby commented on the word taghappy
bilby commented on the word koshe
Vaguely (sorry) reminds me that Criena Rohan used vag as a term for vagrancy in The Delinquents. I have no idea whether the period use is accurate. Or what percentage of high school classes titter when they hear it these days.
bilby commented on the word common grey disco
bilby commented on the word bogoho
The checkout lady used this when I was in a department store in Portland OR last Sunday.Checkout: Are you sure you wouldn't like another pair of shoes? There's a bogoho.Customer: ....Checkout: That's buy one get one half off.Customer: .....I don't think the customer spoke English. My shit Spanish translation is also not worth reproducing here.
How do we know these are really foods and not hipster bands?
I like the nuance of comfortable bread.
May 6, 2015
Not sure if these are wacky enough: humbug, soldier, toad in the hole, Welsh rarebit, hobnob.
bilby commented on the list lies--1
Let's say quaark means a black cockatoo and fnaark means a white cockatoo. This lanaguage has more cockatoo words than English, although one could argue that English is more 'economical' because it only needs the denominator cockatoo and is able to re-uise colour words. But hang on, what if culturally / environmentally / spiritually the distinction between white and black cockatoos is so imporant that, unless there were specific terms, the gravity might not be adequately embodied? This example is from an Auatralian indigenous language.
bilby commented on the word rumpy
Ntbc with rumpy-pumpy either :->
bilby commented on the word frolf
I thought this was frog golf.You know, when you grab the little feckers, pop them in the freezer until they're solid, ,then put them on the rear doormap and hit them with a pitching wedge over the neighbour's house.
May 5, 2015
bilby commented on the word spinster
Look, there it is! On Pluto. Oh sorry, Pluto's just been relegated from outer planet to very distant rock.
April 30, 2015
bilby commented on the word kelvin
I live in Kelvin Avenue and I'm pretty sure it's never been degree Kelvin avenue.
April 28, 2015
bilby commented on the list berry-me-deep-in-love
I don't like dogs or honey so those berries are are out.
April 27, 2015
Thank you for sharing with me your dangly bits.
bilby commented on the user bilby
I went to leave a comment on your page, and I arrived at a 404 and a steampunk rhino. Both of which are about right in your case.
bilby commented on the word ketchup moment
I had an artisan salsa picante moment today, i.e. when you really want something to happen (like sauce to come out) and it doesn't. At all.
bilby commented on the list a-silent-letter-radio-alphabet-to-annoy-call-centre-staff
I like the way you're thinking.
bilby commented on the word shotta
Yeah yeah, shotta wotta cotta.
bilby commented on the word zuihitsu
Rubbish. It's a martial art invented by ruzuzu based on a combination of the movements of sandhill cranes and office guillotines.
April 26, 2015
bilby commented on the word dorkie
Belongs in a bun not a teacup, surely.
April 24, 2015
bilby commented on the word you're something of a hotdog, aren't you
Yep! Keen as mustard!
April 23, 2015
bilby commented on the word (y)
It's somewhat callipygian.
April 17, 2015
bilby commented on the list found-in-keyboard
This is probably the right time for someone to say 'suck it up, princess.'
April 16, 2015
bilby commented on the word newsak
Flared-nostril blowhard & steel guitar.Besuited talking head & marimba.On-location weather reporter & sitar. The possibilites are endless.
bilby commented on the word inane
I like the way the AHD definition goes straight to the share-house.
April 14, 2015
You're something of a bratwurst, aren't you?
bilby commented on the word subscribe me
Most English speakers would recognise subscribe as a verb, in this case with me as the direct object.
April 12, 2015
bilby commented on the word espadon
And thus qms goes on and onWith his word-hopping, versefied marathonThough I'm now not quite sureWhich I've come to love more:Limericks, breadfruit, or my iguanadon?
April 10, 2015
bilby commented on the word area
Anything that can be written and exited.
bilby commented on the word seedbox
Note almost all the tweets indicate there is a techy/geeky meaning. Which I can't quite define.
bilby commented on the word hippocaust
I'm appreciating your therapy :-)
Not sure I'm getting you.
bilby commented on the word muhallibeh
A Middle Eastern pudding.
April 8, 2015
bilby commented on the word tombstone
Are we going to have the world's first slow-rolling argument about museum label nomenclature? Wordnik chalks up another one.
bilby commented on the word endocrine disrupter
Conceivably also endocrine disruptor.
bilby commented on the word capavailabilities
bilby commented on the word macasla
I'm trying to avoid stupefied foods.
What about spit roasting it?
Not sure whether to *chucklebarf* or *whinefutz*.
April 7, 2015
bilby commented on the word marraqueta
A Bolivian bread with a hard crust.
bilby commented on the word Filthy Rich
A coastal location on Bruny Island, Tasmania.
April 6, 2015
bilby commented on the word washman
*makes chainsaw noises and runs through the cinema*
bilby commented on the user kerry122
Once you find your love on this site, you can adopt him/her and spend the rest of your life together. See https://www.wordnik.com/adoptaword
March 31, 2015
bilby commented on the list the-porn-birds
Thanks! I think you both deserve a rough-faced shag.
bilby commented on the word defit
"Lighting and electrical componentry are high value items in building defit. Due to the expense required to create virgin material and the high recyclability of metals, the removal, separation and recycling of most metallic and electrical items is done very well.However, within the compressed timelines of commercial office defit, the separation of lamps (from their fittings) is often left to reprocessing facilities or services."- Blake Lindley, Edge Environment. Cited 31 March 2015, http://www.thefifthestate.com.au/products-services/waste/the-defit-blog-saving-the-furniture-and-the-fittings-landfill-money-etc/69716
Apparently, the reverse of the verb to fit.
bilby commented on the word hiyayakko
Vegan revenge is a tofu dish best served cold.
bilby commented on the word bannion
I wonder if inspired by banyan.
bilby commented on the word wide arriety
Words like this give me greaxiety.
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.
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