erinmckean commented on the word siphon
Not atmospheric pressure ... gravity! See here: http://phys.org/news/2014-04-physicist-dictionary-definition-dodgy.html
April 24, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word witches' broom
thanks ry! Can you give me a bit more info on the glitchiness? An email would be awesome if you have time!I'm looking into a bunch of related encoding issues right now ...
April 15, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word AMRAP
acronym for 'as many reps as possible' often used by Crossfit enthusiasts.
April 13, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word bohemeonaut
"It’s only a few clicks beyond her red-carpet looks (Lanvin, Jil Sander when Raf Simons ran the place), Chanel ads, and W-magazine fashion spreads (an amusing one was Juergen Teller’s 2008 shoot of different urban archetypes: a punk, a society lady, etc.) to see how she connects with those other fellow travelers, bohemeonauts like the late film director Derek Jarman; Luca Guadagnino, with whom she made I Am Love, in 2009; Wes Anderson, who directed her in The Grand Budapest Hotel; and Bong Joon-ho, the South Korean director with whom she did the upcoming sci-fi epic Snowpiercer." Vulture.com
April 8, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word wackaging
'It has become known as wackaging, a blend from wacky packaging that was invented by the Guardian journalist Rebecca Nicholson in 2011." World Wide Words, issue 876
April 7, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word lillthraps
A Yorkshire word meaning "Female frippery". English Dialect Dictionary
erinmckean commented on the word hogamadog
"The huge ball of snow made by boys in rolling a snowball over soft snow." —English Dialect Dictionary
April 3, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word Shell fabric only. Solid colorways (non-wool): 1 test per fabrication Heathers: test all colorways Wool: test all colorways Report: (A): fiber content by weight as whole
March 25, 2014
erinmckean commented on the list glitches-in-wordnik
As much as I love the surreality of this list, I'm going through and correcting the errors. :-)Thank you for listing them!
March 10, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word anthropophage
hi qms! Great question. Right now we at Wordnik do not write any definitions ... we only show those from published dictionary sources. So if anthropophage isn't in one of our sources, we won't have a definition for it. I hope this makes sense!
February 26, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word chronofact
"There’s a lot we don’t know about our possible futures, but one thing we do: it’s got a software glitch in it, in the voicemail system, which is sending their voicemails back to our time. As these futurismo objects we call chronofacts. Huh. Weird." Future Coast
February 21, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word webrooming
"But now a new report from BI Intelligence finds that "reverse showrooming," or "webrooming,"—when consumers go online to research products, but then head to a bricks-and-mortar store to complete their purchase—is actually more common than showrooming and retailers are ready to capitalize on the trend." Reverse Showrooming
February 15, 2014
erinmckean commented on the word Mexicoke
Mexican Coca-Cola, which is made with cane sugar, not fructose.
November 4, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word manarchist
"Brand is precisely the sort of swaggering manarchist I usually fancy. His rousing rhetoric, his narcissism, his history of drug abuse and his habit of speaking to and about women as vapid, ‘beautiful’ afterthoughts in a future utopian scenario remind me of every lovely, troubled student demagogue whose casual sexism I ever ignored because I liked their hair." A discourse on brocialism
November 3, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word macktivist
October 29, 2013
erinmckean commented on the user LouiseS
Hi Louise! I just left a note for you on GetSatisfaction, but just in case -- is there a chance you could have used a different email address previously? It sounds like you might have had a Facebook-connected account. If you could send me the names of any of your old lists I should be able to track down what's going on!
October 24, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word blirt
"One of the very few formal scientific studies to look at the psychological consequences of blurting was performed in 2001 of the University of Texas at Austin. Authors William B. Swann and Peter J. Rentfrow not only organised a complex series of experiments to investigate the effects of various levels of blurting, but also devised the Brief Loquaciousness and Interpersonal Responsiveness Test (BLIRT) to quantify its effects. - See more at: http://www.improbable.com/2011/10/28/blirtatiousness/#sthash.lPQwpvgv.dpuf" Improbable Research
October 15, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word zizekophobia
"A prime example of academic Zizekophobia is The Truth of Zizek, a recent work that should perhaps be charged with false advertising. It is not really concerned with the truth of Zizek, but rather the truth about Zizek, as in “we’ve dug up all the dirt on Zizek.” The contributors are obviously driven to distraction by Zizek’s view that the faddish postmodernism that has proliferated in academia is implicitly the most advanced form of capitalist ideology, and that we need to make the “fateful step from ludic ‘post-modern’ radicalism to the domain in which the games are over." from Acting Up on Zizek
October 7, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word papelard
Yes! We're going back through our old words of the day so that we can start showing words of the day on weekends, too. :-) Also, a lot of our early words of the day were pretty fun, but we had way fewer subscribers then, so they missed out ...
September 15, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word gnargh
I prefer to spell this with two r's, gnarrgh.
August 21, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word feedback
Thanks ry -- it's not you, it's us. I'll add that to the fixit list.
August 16, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word literally
So many comments about this one lately ... Stand Down, Semantics Nerds
August 15, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word soring
Soring is an abusive and prohibited practice illegal under the U.S. Horse Protection Act of 1970 that is associated in part with the production of "big lick" movement in Tennessee Walking Horses. It involves using chemical agents such as mustard oil, diesel fuel, kerosene, salicylic acid, and other caustic substances on the pasterns, bulbs of the heel, or coronary bands of the horses, causing burning or blistering of the horses' legs in order to accentuate their gaits. These chemicals are harmful, usually quite toxic and sometimes carcinogenic, such that trainers must use a brush and wear gloves when applying them. The treated area is then often wrapped in plastic while the chemicals are absorbed. The chemical agents cause extreme pain, and usually lead to scarring. A distinctive scarring pattern is a tell-tale sign of soring, and therefore attempts may be made to cover the scarring with a dye, or the horse's legs may be treated with salicylic acid before the animal is stalled (as many cannot stand up after the treatment) while the skin of the scars sloughs off. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soring
August 8, 2013
erinmckean commented on the user testette
August 2, 2013
Thank you! I'll use that as a test case for bringing back the breaks ...
thanks!We're hoping to bring back the comment editing soon ... please let us know of anything else you see that's wonky!
erinmckean commented on the list fans-and-superfans
On a suggestion from danama.
July 31, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word Directioner
Oh, belieb me, Belieber is already here. Great idea for a list! List here: fans-and-superfans
erinmckean commented on the word higgledy-piggledy
Should definitely see the list double-dactyls
July 29, 2013
erinmckean commented on the user erinmckean
Thanks oroboros! The HTML, she is broken. I expect it will be working again in 2-3 weeks, electrons willing. I'm sorry for the delay ... :-((Any formatting that you enter is there, it's a problem on the display end.)
July 20, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word perviously
I think you might mean previously.
erinmckean commented on the user CarlosG
Hi CarlosG! If you want to add citations, leaving them as comments on the entry (such as cli-fi) is just fine.Thank you!
June 6, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word determs
The Cincinnati tax-exempt determinations unit, which employees refer to as "determs," is considered by employees one of the less-attractive IRS posts. Division in Dispute Followed Own Course, May 16, 2013
May 23, 2013
erinmckean commented on the user replysurbhi81
hi bilby so it seems we had a y2k-type error in our all-time comments total, we're missing a place at the end. :-) It's on the fixit list.
May 20, 2013
erinmckean commented on the user feedback
thanks marky -- we're seeing some high loads that we're looking into now, too.
April 23, 2013
thanks marky! We're looking into it, there's a chance there was a regression on the server side of things ...
April 22, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word genethliac
dearest ruzuzuour genethliac wishesfor a happy day
erinmckean commented on the word moriman
"I've just learned a term so marginal it's not even in the newly revised M section of the OED, but useful enough to occur frequently in books about West Africa: moriman, plural morimen (sometimes written "mori man," "mori men"). It refers to people in Sierra Leone who earn a living from writing Arabic charms for magical amulets, and of course I wanted to know its origin. Assiduous googling made it clear that mori is a Mende word for 'Muslim' (morimo or moremo is "Muslim/mori man"), but the only suggestion I could find about its origin is in a footnote on page 211 of The Mende Language: Containing Useful Phrases, Elementary Grammar, Short Vocabularies, Reading Materials (London: Kegan Paul, 1908) by F. W. H. Migeod (available at Archive.org): "Mori, corruption of Moor, means magician, or Arabic charm writer, etc." Now, Moor goes all the way back to Latin Maurus 'inhabitant of North Africa,' so it's not unthinkable (as dear Prof. Cowgill used to say) that some related form is the source of the Mende word, but I have no idea whether it's plausible." from Language Hat.
April 15, 2013
erinmckean commented on the list port-man-teaus
I've just seen "man-gagement" in the sense of "man-gagement rings"
erinmckean commented on the user Renee1
Thanks Renee! You're on the list, and will get our next monthly newsletter, which will go out next week. You should also begin receiving the word of the day email next week as well.
April 5, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word dartcapitation
the process of removing the whistling tip of a Nerf foam dart, to improve accuracy.
March 22, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word snipe
I saw this in the context of (I think) promotional material, especially promotional material put up illegally in public places: "At the same time, Mercury did a snipe poster campaign in retail stores and on the streets with the image of the band and call letters of stations playing "Laid."" Billboard Feb 19, 1994and "It shall be unlawful for any person, persons, firm or corporation to post, stick, tack, or otherwise affix or cause to be posted, stuck, tacked or otherwise affixed any bill, snipe, poster, banner, notice or advertisement to or upon any building, outbuilding or part thereof, or upon any wall, fence, gate, post, sidewalk, tree, telegraph pole, telephone pole, awning or shelter pole in the City of Oakland, except on a regularly authorized bulletin board, bill- board or structure built especially for that purpose, and then only on consent in v/riting from the owner or authorized agent of the property on which the advertisement is to be placed." General municipal ordinances of the city of Oakland, California, in effect November 1, 1912
March 13, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word nomophobia
nomophobia: fear of being without a cell phone (from "no" + "mobile" + phobia)
erinmckean commented on the word attitudical
In the sense of "showing or having a bad attitude."
March 4, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word hormental
A blend of hormonal and mental.
erinmckean commented on the word randonee
Randonee (according to the OED) comes from a French word meaning "a long uninterrupted walk."
February 27, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word kenopsia
oh hernesheir & bilby, I didn't know how much I needed this word. Thank you!
February 22, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word boodler
Thanks for the heads-up -- can you let me know what link you're trying to share? This one, or the wordnik.com/word-of-the-day link?
February 13, 2013
Hi bilby! We've found the fix, and it will be deployed next week ...
February 8, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word apiaster
This is a bird.
February 6, 2013
erinmckean commented on the list trending-words
I keep meaning to let you guys know that cat is the word looked up by the service we use (Pingdom) to test that the website is up and running. It's looked up every few minutes all day every day without fail (unless, of course, we're NOT up and running, in which case it does fail). It's like Schroedinger's Cat, actually -- until we look it up we don't know if Wordnik is alive or dead. :-)
erinmckean commented on the word undermimed
I'd rather be undermimed than overmimed.
January 31, 2013
oh weird. Okay, will try to fix! Any way you could send a screenshot?
January 30, 2013
Okay -- so this is what I'm seeing, which I'm assuming is not what you're seeing? (Small matter of username aside?)http://cl.ly/image/3d2W2c171E0L
January 29, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word diarrhoea
We use Flickr's safe filter ... which is, as you say, a good thing.
Hi bilby! that should have a black background, I will try to see where it went ... can you let me know what browser you're using?
erinmckean commented on the user smartypant
Hi Smartypant! Your user information is active -- if you're logged out, your lookups won't register, so please do log in.
January 28, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word wordmap
Oh, thanks! The green words aren't synonyms ... they are words that are used in similar contexts. For example, mustard and mayonnaise aren't synonyms, but people talk about them in similar ways. Of course, even with that explanation the same-context words for Godzilla don't make all that much sense, either. Good thing we're working on updating that data, huh?
January 22, 2013
We've added wordmaps to many of the words on Wordnik -- check them out in the Related section. This is still a beta feature, so feedback welcome!
erinmckean commented on the user mary-ann_sturdy
Thanks Mary-Ann ... we're updating our sources soon and with any luck cire will join the ranks of words with traditional dictionary definitions. :-)
marky you're totally right, as usual. There is definitely a better way ... I can't find your email with the suggestion right now, could you resend to feedback and I'll make a ticket for it?Thanks!
January 21, 2013
erinmckean commented on the word alphome
An alphome is a set of alphabetically ordered letters of which at least one arrangement is a word. For instance GHIMNOTU is an alphome because it can be rearranged to spell mouthing.
January 11, 2013
hi bilby! Yes, I would love it if we could select the examples. There are some hard questions about sorting/indexing that have to get straightened out. :-(
January 2, 2013
erinmckean commented on the user michel.reginster1
Hi Michel! We noticed you signed up for our Word of the Day, but our email address for you isn't working. Would you mind emailing us at email@example.com so we can get you signed up?
thanks marky -- that would be useful. I'm not sure if we have API support for that right now, I will check!
December 22, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user mpgrassfield
Hi mpgrassfield, if you email us at firstname.lastname@example.org (or use the feedback tab on this page) we can change your username for you. Just let us know what name you would like.Thanks!
erinmckean commented on the word beepstep
James Halliday, otherwise known as “substack”, has been making what he calls computer generated beepstep using two new modules: baudio (npm: baudio, License: MIT) and plucky (npm: plucky, License: MIT). DailyJS
December 21, 2012
Oh, yes, I know those! I will see how easy that is to add. It must be, or it wouldn't be everywhere ...
December 19, 2012
erinmckean commented on the list the-karamazov-bros-blab
I agree! But I was slightly hoping for something related to the *FLYING* Karamozov Bros. :-)
Dear Prolagus, thank you! I know it is frustrating not to be able to find what you need.We're working on a lot of these things but progress is (a lot) slower than we'd like. Can you give me more feedback on what you'd like the comment boxes to be like? And I'm not sure I understand the problem with clickable text with a link is -- is it a problem with putting in a href= type tags? Thank you again for the feedback. I know it comes from a good place ... I wish I had firm dates for certain improvements and updates.
erinmckean commented on the list sup-bro
I feel I should add brostep. Great suggestion!
December 14, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word slidentify
"to slide or expose your passport, driver's license, company-issued ID card, and/or credit card to a machine that identifies you and/or your account." via Dennis Sonifer
December 11, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word worm burden
This is also a great name for a band.
December 6, 2012
erinmckean commented on the list sweet-tooth-fairy
ooh, ry do it. I'm in.
December 5, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word Irish nachos
"Irish Nachos are like regular nachos but instead of tortilla chips there are crispy sliced of baked potatoes on the bottom!" What's Gaby Cooking?
November 30, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word fuede
"We firmly believe that there is a time for tortoiseshell and a setting ideally suited for faux suede—which we insist ought to be called “fuede.”" Bureau of Trade
November 28, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word kaydars
"As mentioned earlier, you will need a heat press, but you then have the task of displaying the printed textile. If you are going to suspend it you may need capability for putting it into frames, creating hems for silicon strips known as kaydars, or to create eyelets, so you need some sewing and cutting capability." Printweek
erinmckean commented on the word thesdex
a combination thesaurus and index in one document.
November 26, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word sesquilingualism
"Mastery of one and a half languages" (Herbert Pilch)
erinmckean commented on the word autoletic
The story is that “flow” is especially possible for people with an *autoletic* personality. That is, people with high levels of curiosity, persistence, low self-centeredness, and a high rate of performing activities for intrinsic reasons only. (from Dan Russell)
November 21, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word shoepeau
a shoe-hat, like this one: http://images.metmuseum.org/CRDImages/ci/web-large/DT10720.jpg
November 20, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user wcw11653
Thank you for letting us know! Could anyone have used your browser while you were logged in?
November 19, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word offboard
the opposite of "onboard" -- to remove someone from an organization or company.
October 18, 2012
erinmckean commented on the list wi-fi-names
Oh, that's a great list!
erinmckean commented on the word stroobly
Of hair: untidy, straggly. (Pennsylvania German)
October 16, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word terms of service
Oh, so glad you like the new terms of service! The vulgar and pornographic out is so that we can eject folks who add irrelevant vulgar and pornographic material. On-topic vulgar material is fine, as we maintain the use-mention distinction here at Wordnik. As to what is pornological? Well, I know it when I see it.
October 11, 2012
Thanks marky -- it's our top-priority issue. Seems like a problem with lists over 1000 items right now. :-(
October 6, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user pgmcc
dear pgmcc -- we don't seem to have an active email address for you; would you please email us at feedback at wordnik.com to update your email address?
erinmckean commented on the word ambletexterous
"Able to walk and text at the same time" (via email from Rod Kimball)
October 4, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word dry labbing
She told police she identified some drug samples as narcotics simply by looking at them instead of testing them, a process known as "dry labbing." WSJ
October 3, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word ladies
An easy way to sound like a creep is to add the word “ladies” to the end of things you say. It can be harmless too, but it just makes you a creep. “Yeah after college I spent two years in the peace corps, ladies?” The more harmless it is, the more of a creep you become. “I broke my arm. I need help, ladies?” FYDemetriMartin
October 1, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word experimercials
""Entire clinical trials are run not as trials at all, but as under-the-counter advertising campaigns designed to persuade doctors to prescribe a company’s drug." Back in 2004, I coined the term experimercials for these pretend trials. See PubMed ID 15169734.Bernard Carroll." Economist
September 30, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word goopoo
It is sometimes called a syllabic abbreviation. Wikipedia
September 20, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word 8-bit day
8-bit day is the 256th day of the year. Tantek
September 19, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word sharf
a cross between a scarf and a shawl (Skud)
September 18, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word AVA
AVA can stand for American Viticultural Area.
September 7, 2012
erinmckean commented on the list mobying-along
Thank you! I need to pick up Moby Dick again ...
August 21, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user WilliamBG
Also, you might like these lists: https://www.wordnik.com/lists/scriptie-master-and-commander and http://www.wordnik.com/lists/master-and-commander
August 20, 2012
Hi William! Welcome to Wordnik! You can create a list by clicking on your username in the upper right corner of the screen, and choosing "New List". Please let me know if you have any other questions!
erinmckean commented on the word fuskering
In the notice, the company accuses r/photobucketplunder of "fuskering," or "fusking," the act of using a piece of software to search through a private Photobucket album based on the likelihood that the photographs follow one of a few common naming systems. Gawker
August 19, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word fusking
lazy loading sounds like a good idea ... I'll look into it! Thanks!
July 29, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word harassle
a blend of "hassle" and "harass"?
July 26, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word podfic
"Podfic is an audio recording of fanfic, read aloud by a fan (or several). The term is also used as a verb; someone may ask to podfic someone else's story." Fanlore.org
July 5, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word bro-brand
"The male version of a tramp stamp shall hereby be know as a bro-brand" @gourneau
June 26, 2012
great! thanks for taking a look!
June 20, 2012
erinmckean commented on the list outcasts
hi deinonychus -- I'm working on one here (favorites--52) but I'm having trouble getting it to work. One of these days ... :-(
June 19, 2012
Thank you! These are all good suggestions ... I will look into the Community page stats issue asap.
June 18, 2012
thanks oroboros! The bad news is that this is a known bug. The good news is that we have a fix for it, and it should be rolled out to the site early next week!Thanks again for reporting this -- I'm sorry for the hassle.
June 17, 2012
List improvements are on the roadmap -- that's what we want to focus on. :-) I'm targeting the end of the summer, fingers crossed!
June 16, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word employership
Social entrepreneurs are known for the creativity and innovation they bring to bear on the gaps in development. Whether tackling water or education, energy or sanitation, social entrepreneurs develop inventive ways to bring new solutions to social challenges. But, in all this creativity, they may be missing one of the larger issues at hand: “employership,” or, the generation of jobs where none existed before. India Real Time
Weird! Thanks for the update, I will try to sort it out!
June 11, 2012
hi marky -- I'm still seeing it, can you let me know which browser it's gone missing in?
erinmckean commented on the word upsetting thermometer
Not as upsetting as the upsetting thermocouple.
June 8, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user jonesey95
Thank you for adding the citations from Zuleika Dobson -- I really enjoyed that book. :-)
June 6, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word pyrrhic
Thanks rolig! There's also a Wiktionary definition at Pyrrhic.
erinmckean commented on the word Galapagozation
The phrase “Galapagos syndrome” or the tongue-twisting literal translation “Galapagozation,” became common here in the mid-to-late 2000s when talking about Japanese mobile phones, which were extremely advanced for the time, yet couldn’t be used outside the country. WSJ, May 30, 2012
May 31, 2012
Yeah, that was me. :-( It looked okay in beta. I added the rollover to see who added to an open list, but the # of comments code is messing with the width. I'll fix it tonight.
May 30, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word meteorwrong
“We get swamped by people who bring us ‘meteorwrongs,’” says Carl Agee, director of the Institute of Meteoritics at the University of New Mexico. He says it’s extremely rare for alleged space rocks to turn out to be bona fide. WIRED May 2012
May 29, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word star-algebra
Oh, thanks for letting us know, this is a good edge case. :-)
May 22, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word gatorade
Thanks for making me laugh out loud, Prolagus. Next time I'm up to my ass in alligators I will haul out the gator-juicer ...
erinmckean commented on the word Twittermentary
A "Twitter documentary", according to the PR email I got from Glamour magazine: "Wait, there’s more: a Twittermentary! Watch the magic unfold by following @glamourmag #makingsept."
May 18, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word scabstache
A scab across the upper lip, caused by overenthusiastic shaving.
May 11, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word dangerism
"Dangerism is a term which refers to the practice of maximising the perception of risk and the cultivation of fear and the accommodation of those fears by a "hardening" of safety measures, which then, in turn feed back into a greater yet perception of risk in an increasingly strident feedback howl, until an activity comes to be regarded (however irrationally) as being almost unthinkably dangerous." Aberdeen Cars
May 10, 2012
Thanks Heather! The floating words were a little too slow for the homepage, but I hope they will get their own dedicated page soon. I'll see if I can't work Vahowwge into my daily conversation ...
erinmckean commented on the word cat
We use this word to test that everything is up and running, so it gets looked up a lot. We could filter it out, but we like cats. :-)
erinmckean commented on the word twitchfork
"Hate on the web is banding together as "twitchfork mobs".A combination of Twitter and pitchfork, the term was first recorded in Urban Dictionary in 2009 but gained currency in the past year as a way of describing viral mobs who bombard their targets with verbal bile and threats of physical harm - mostly anonymously."Great Lakes Advocate
May 9, 2012
Thanks marky ... I've made a ticket. That really bugs me, too.
April 30, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word breakover
Forget a pampering makeover to help heal your broken heart this Valentine's Day. Go for a "digital breakover" instead, using a growing number of tech tools to save you from yourself or to sob on a safe shoulder in the ether. HuffPo
April 26, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word doxing
"Doxing is the process of gaining information about someone or something by using sources on the Internet and using basic deduction skills. Its name is derived from “Documents” and in short it is the retrieval of “Documents” on a person or company." Treasure Sec
April 25, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word slenthem
The slenthem (also slentem or gender panembung) is a Javanese metallophone which makes up part of a gamelan orchestra. (Wikipedia
April 23, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word xenolect
Néo-Breton is a 'xenolect', that is, a slightly foreignized and largely synthetic, consciously normalized variety. From Elvish to Klingon, Michael Adams, 2011
April 22, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word mirlitonnades
His aesthetic response to these losses was to scrawl very short poems -- what he called 'mirlitonnades' -- on any scrap of paper he could salvage: an envelope, beer mat, even a label from a bottle of Johnnie Walker Black Label whisky. Biographer James Knowlson notes that Beckett initially named these verse 'rimailles' or 'versicules' before settling on 'mirlitonnades', which some editors have translated as 'bird calls'; but, given the definition of mirliton in the Oxford English Dictionary, the name also recalls the buzzing or nasal quality of the sound produced by a musical instrument that resembles a kazoo. (From Elvish to Klingon, Michael Adams, Oxford 2011)
erinmckean commented on the list eight-is-enough
I suggest "octopush"!
April 11, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word daffock
a woman's dress that is too short.
erinmckean commented on the word cuyp
(pronounced in a peculiar way, something like "ceighp", the "eigh" being quickly given as in "weight") to sulk, and show that you are sulking; to cry obstinately and causelessly, but in a subdued way, like bleeding inwardly.
erinmckean commented on the word cunni-thum
To shoot a marble cunnithumb is to place it in the middle of the bent forefinger instead of poising it at the tip of the finger. It is considered a childish or effeminate way of playing marbles, and the marble is not discharged with anything like the proper force.
April 10, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word cumberlin
a troublesome fellow, one that cumbers the earth, and does no good.
erinmckean commented on the word bad luck top end
short of intellect; slightly crazy."Thah's getten bad luck top end, tha cumberlin." J.C. Clough
erinmckean commented on the word backstun
a round flat piece of stone, but now more generally a piece of sheet iron, with a handle over the top, upon which various kinds of tea-cakes are baked. The article is not seen nearly so often as formerly.
erinmckean commented on the word backarding
a change from excessive joy and feasting to mourning.
erinmckean commented on the word avandrill
a daffodil, in the county of Chester.
erinmckean commented on the word apse upon thee
A word used in scolding a child; also a sort of exclamation of surprise, or when sudden pain is felt. Thus, if a man took up a piece of iron which he unexpectedly found was too hot to hold he would, very likely, in dropping it make use of the exclamation.
erinmckean commented on the word antipranty
frisky, restive, said of a horse.
erinmckean commented on the word anglesea
the name given to a peculiar curl of the hat brim.
erinmckean commented on the word allegar skrikers
thin gruel flavored with vinegar.
erinmckean commented on the word Igree
a compressed form of "I agree":A: "We should go to the movies!"B: "Igree!"
April 7, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user jsp
Thanks jsp ... could you let us know *which* app? Wordnik doesn't actually make any apps, but many apps use our APIs ...
Hi jsp! Thanks for the feedback! Are you talking about the Wordnik.com site, or the word of the day, or perhaps about an app that uses our API?
April 6, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word railroading
"Railroading fabric is nothing more than running the fabric 90 degrees from its normal direction. You simply turn the fabric sideways." Fabric Workshop
March 17, 2012
erinmckean commented on the list things-that-make-a-sound-in-a-bell
I would like to give this list a ringing endorsement.
March 15, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word whorts
Whorts = "winter shorts"
March 3, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word legidepity
Legitimizing something in the process of legitimizing something else.
erinmckean commented on the word Copenhagenizing
The process of making other cities more like Copenhagen, especially in regards to bike routes and green spaces.
erinmckean commented on the word mirkning
late twilight OED
February 9, 2012
erinmckean commented on the list let-s-go-strap-on-the-ole-air-chine-and-bore-holes-in-the-sky
what about "aluminum shower"? Morbid but interesting ...
February 3, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user ruzuzu
oh thank you, good catch!
February 1, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word washashore
"A shrill local rants against tourists, referring to them as wash-ashores; whereas anyone who lives here knows that a washashore is a resident who came from somewhere else." Where Am I Now When I Need Me
January 24, 2012
"Millenium Grove was the 1850's revival campground, "Silicon Sandbar" the nascent electronics industry around Hyannis, a "washashore" is a phony Indian word for anyone not a native Cape Codder, "rural character" is a frequent wishful thinking phrase in the newspapers." Cape Cod Year 2
erinmckean commented on the user allegria
Hi Allegria! When you're logged in, you can add any word to your favorites list just by "love"-ing it (click on the LOVE link to show a word some love). Your favorites can then be seen here: http://www.wordnik.com/users/allegria/favoritesIf you want to make another list (say, Allegria's Wordarama), choose "New List" from the drop-down (click on your username in the black menu bar). I hope this helps!
hey marky! we don't have a way to disable Flickr right now ... sorry about that.
January 23, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word vulpeculated
"And the night before widow Wamford was vulpeculated of her brood goose." The words of John Eachard
erinmckean commented on the word STOP SOPA
Yes - more information on our blog: http://blog.wordnik.com/stop-sopa-and-pipa(if you're desperate, mouse over the definitions in Chrome, anyway to see them)
January 18, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user susaneiland
Hi susaneiland! If you're able to leave a comment, you're already logged in. Do you see your username in the top right corner of the screen, next to the search box?
January 17, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user jennarenn
hi jennarenn -- the email for wordplay is an aol one, and it includes the string "frogs". Is that enough to narrow it down?
erinmckean commented on the word Am-hole
derogatory term for rude Seattle Amazon employees: Seattle PI blog
January 15, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word stickers
"Stickers is an actual woodworking term, not an ad hoc one. The little bits of wood you place between boards to allow air to circulate all around them, and helps to keep wood from warping from having only one side exposed to the air, are called stickers." Sippican Cottage
erinmckean commented on the word scorp
A scorp is a type of knife with a curved, circular blade that's ideal for scooping out bowls, spoons, or masks. Woodcarving: 20 great projects for beginners & weekend carvers
erinmckean commented on the word buffling
"business waffling" -- using jargon in an effort to sound smarter or to confuse others.
January 12, 2012
erinmckean commented on the user Reader
Hi Reader! I'm sorry to take so long to reply to your comment ... you can find more information about using Wordnik at our "About" link, here: About Wordnik. Or you can always email us at email@example.com.
January 11, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word kerykeion
Ooh, thanks for pointing this one out!
January 6, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word spam
Thanks hernesheir! We're doing an extravigorous spam crackdown and sweep this weekend. :-)
erinmckean commented on the word qft
"quoted for truth"
erinmckean commented on the user JMcGoo
Thanks for the feedback! We're having trouble with the buttons (signup, logout) showing up in IE8 ... we're working to fix it. To log out, use this url: http://wordnik.com/logout
January 5, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word snapback
A baseball cap with a back snap fastener.
January 4, 2012
erinmckean commented on the word ladies-putting
Ah. Yet another remnant of the great definition muddle of 2010. I remember it well. Should be tidied away soon.
erinmckean commented on the user hunter2
Shhhhhhh! Don't say that! (looks around cautiously)
erinmckean commented on the user teachus
Hi teachus! How can we help?
erinmckean commented on the word rattapallax
It is true that the rivers went nosing like swine,Tugging at banks, until they seemedBland belly-sounds in somnolent troughs,That the air was heavy with the breath of these swine,The breath of turgid summer, andHeavy with thunder's rattapallax,That the man who erected this cabin, plantedThis field, and tended it awhile,Knew not the quirks of imagery,That the hours of his indolent, arid days,Grotesque with this nosing in banks,This somnolence and rattapallax,Seemed to suckle themselves on his arid being,As the swine-like rivers suckled themselvesWhile they went seaward to the sea-mouths.Frogs Eat Butterflies, Snakes Eat Frogs, Hogs Eat Snakes, Men Eat Hogs, Wallace Stevens
December 30, 2011
erinmckean commented on the user parthibansekar
Hi parthibansekar -- here's how to get the Word of the Day via email: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ny_5pYeQ5-E
erinmckean commented on the word disimprovement
'Disimprovement’ is a wonderful word invented by an Irish client of ours. It means making things worse by trying to make them better. Gossage
December 22, 2011
erinmckean commented on the word LHAF
“I just Made Up A New Txt Abbr. just Now --------> LHAF !! " Laughing Hard As Fukk" @GaTrademark
erinmckean commented on the word MAME
MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator.
erinmckean commented on the list overused-by-zeke--1
just the one? :-)
December 21, 2011
Thanks oroboros -- seems like a transient error. Cash money should be cash money again now.
December 14, 2011
erinmckean commented on the word bro-gurt
“Man flavored yogurt... We call it bro-gurt” @Theafritz1
December 7, 2011
Thanks marky! We really appreciate all the feedback you've given us as we work to make Wordnik better ...
erinmckean commented on the word not like a word
aw, zeke, I know you like a challenge!
December 3, 2011
Thanks folks! I'm making tickets for all these requests and comments.Prolagus, we'll get those tag-comments back eventually. Tags don't have their own pages now, so it's a matter of figuring out where to put them ...
November 29, 2011
erinmckean commented on the word new interface
Just enjoying that I can comment that there's a new new interface on the new interface page.Thanks so much to all who are giving us feedback, especially via the new feedback tab! (<-- over there)
erinmckean commented on the word generonym
A brand name that has become a generic name for its product category, e.g. Kleenex and Xerox. A word was needed to describe the result of genericide, which is the process by which a brand name becomes a generic name for an entire product category. AllExperts.com
November 28, 2011
erinmckean commented on the word exercisvertising
My shirt has my company name logo-d on the back, and “Massage Therapist” with the company phone number on the back. Everyone can watch my ass as I attempt to sprint. Great. But really, what I hope they’re looking at is my t-shirt. What a great combination. Losing fat and gaining clients. Exercisvertising. Word. ThrivingMassageBiz.com
erinmckean commented on the word MAV
Reps also tell me that the C-Max is an MAV or Multi Activity Vehicle. It’s a fancy new word to mean a passenger vehicle that’s a bit sleeker than either an SUV or minivan. Ford C-Max
Oh, thank you hernesheir, those are all good points ... the eight syllables one is fixed in the new site, here's a sneak preview (http://cl.ly/343Z0J3g1T162H0k2Z3a)Although it's not showing all 140 words. I've put in a query about that.
Hi Rolig! Only a few folks have access to the preview, which is the only place where you can see the "feedback" tab right now.
November 25, 2011
Hi folks! We should (fingers crossed) have a preview version of the updated site ready in a day or so. If you would like to be on the list to see the preview version, would you email me at erin at wordnik?
November 16, 2011
erinmckean commented on the word red-ocean strategy
"Whereas the red-ocean strategy focuses on engaging and defeating the competition, blue-ocean strategy suggests that there is more opportunity in creating uncontested market space." It's all about the client: consulting for results
November 11, 2011
erinmckean commented on the word blimpworthy
Worthy of a visit from a Goodyear blimp. From http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/11/07/goodyear_blimp_blimpworthy/
rolig -- we hired another UI wizard, Alex Le, who started Monday. I don't want to jinx it (or him) but (contrary to how the 'mythical man-month' would have it) lots of progress is being made!
November 10, 2011
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