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kayballard commented on the word comprastinating
Coined by lovely Rebecca Regnier, @LaughItOff to describe procrastinating out of compassion. Comprastinating.
Rebecca engages in comprastination when she purposely delays in sending hilarious and insightful submissions to syndicators and editors in an effort to protect them from over laughing.
October 28, 2009
kayballard commented on the word armageddon chocolate
A fabulous concept introduced by the fabulous @GrammarGirl The phrase refers to a stash of chocolate you keep on hand so if civilization collapses you'll die happy.
July 25, 2009
kayballard commented on the word shmilarped
A word created by created by Paula Kelley @divine_pk to describe a person who is smart, hilarious and warped.
July 15, 2009
kayballard commented on the word active spooning
A phrase coined by handsome Kemal Ispirli @kemalispirli. I am not exactly certain what he means by this, but am quite inclined to find out.
July 9, 2009
kayballard commented on the word gurutante
A word coined by clever Rachel Kay, @rachelakay, to express her admiration for a fellow PR executive.
June 8, 2009
kayballard commented on the word deathnap
Apparently a deathnap virgin, the concept of a deathnap was too much for Gerry Riskin, @riskin, to get his brain around.
I sought assistance in explaining the deathnap concept from Brian Simpson, @Bsimi, a charming and flirtatious rogue. Brian, who claims that instead he is a "fragile and shy boy from Maine" told Gerry that a deathnap is, quite simply, a "powernap on steroids."
While Brian's definition is quite cliche ridden, it is useful, perhaps, in being, an explanation that Gerry can understand.
I love deathnaps and friends who are so kind to amuse me!
April 14, 2009
Word created by Janet Chang @LoveMeDeux to describe a nap that you will understand only when you awaken from one.
April 13, 2009
kayballard commented on the word cliche meme expanded shorthand
A somewhat useful phrase that was coined by witty Grant McDonald @chichiri to describe and explain his use of the phrase "to be honest."
Some might question Grant's motive for creating the phrase. Some might posit that he did so merely to change the subject when when his charming collaborator on the Twitter Follow Friday Manifesto, Kay Ballard, @kayballard, cried out in surprise and horror when he used it. Until that very moment, she had assumed he was being honest at all times.
April 9, 2009
kayballard commented on the word fair e-land
Delightful Rhonda LaShae @Caught_Thriving coined this term for Twitter in response to my assertion that it is a magical place.
April 5, 2009
kayballard commented on the word retry
The retry is an invention of Daniele Di Gregorio, ikaro @ikaronet It is a variation of a retweet (RT) The Retry was designed by Daniele as a somewhat tactful way to say, "based on your response to my tweet, I think you are rather dense. Therefore, I shall retweet in the form of a 'retry' to give you an opportunity to get it right." LOL
kayballard commented on the word peardolences
A word coined by the delightful Carla Birnberg @MizFitOnline to offer me comfort when I wanted to eat a pear for breakfast and discovered that I had none.
March 28, 2009
kayballard commented on the word foster tweeps
A term coined by the always clever Kemal Ispirli @kemalispirli to refer to twitter users who receive a follow back from him in substitution for a follow back from the person the user originally followed. LOL
March 27, 2009
kayballard commented on the word analogue friends
A term coined by Daren Forsyth, @DarenBBC, to describe friends who aren't fully integrated into the digital world that Daren now inhabits.
kayballard commented on the word serendipitous findability
Micah L. Sifry term to describe "the odds of fortuitously connecting with someone you don't know but share an interest with, or the odds that you will learn something timely or surprising or valuable to you.
These are chance meetings between people, and chance meetings between facts, and chance meetings between people and facts.
Interactive communications technology is all about upping the odds of a chance meeting. It's the combination of search + living in public that makes this possible."
March 26, 2009
kayballard commented on the word word vampire
One who claims another's word or phrase, purposely but without attribution.
March 25, 2009
kayballard commented on the word sly twittering
A phrase coined by the always eloquent Gavin, @servantofchaos, to describe pretending to check email or SMS on phone while secretly tweeting location or local observations
kayballard commented on the word tweetosphere
A term coined by the always original @divine_pk as an alternative to the much overused term "twitterverse"
March 23, 2009
kayballard commented on the word bumrush of spiders
Useful phrase created by a a clever mid-western teenager.
March 9, 2009
kayballard commented on the word anonymosity
David Armano's term for anonymous hate speech--pilfered with the assistance of Alan Wolk.
March 6, 2009
kayballard commented on the word what in the name of grilled cheese sandwiches!
A useful expression coined by Rebecca Regnier to indicate extreme astonishment!
March 5, 2009
kayballard commented on the word curriculum creep
My daughter said, "The term curriculum creep can be used at the individual course level or more abstractly at a program level. I first heard this term used in relation to a single course. A faculty member was so geeked about technology that he eventually began to load his weekly curriculum with every possible url and journal article and web-activity he could find and did so year after year after year--simply because he could. The Web was so user-friendly that more and more curriculum creeped in, with little thought or reason given as to why. The lesson? More is not always better; boosting the rigor of a course does not always lead to an improved learning outcome."
February 5, 2009
kayballard commented on the word selfing
A word created by Jay Aaron to refer to the desirable practice of taking care of yourself first so you can better take care of others. This word is useful, because, as Jay points out, "selfish" has such negative connotations.
February 1, 2009
kayballard commented on the word meat space
What the fabulous Phoebe Legere calls the non-virtual world.
January 29, 2009
An expression used by my daughter and her colleagues to describe the added course reading requirements that are enabled, if not inspired, by the ease of providing internet links.
January 27, 2009
kayballard commented on the word fisking
A line-by-line, or paragraph-by-paragraph, refutation of an odious written work, often with an acidic or sardonic tone. Pilfered from Public Intellectual 2.0, William Beutler.
January 15, 2009
kayballard commented on the word menthusiast
a great term used by @onehipmama to indicate her enthusiasm about men
January 13, 2009
kayballard commented on the word autographed kindle edition
a kindle edition of a book purchased through an amazon.com link sent by the book's author
January 12, 2009
kayballard commented on the word the chuck norris of inanimate objects
An eighth grade student of Jonna, @Xaukxi used this expression to describe duct tape.
January 10, 2009
kayballard commented on the word prozac barbie
Shama Hyder's sister came up with this name for her.
January 9, 2009
kayballard commented on the word episcopalian compliment
Phoebe Legere calls this the kind of WASP remark that whirls its abdomen around and stings you.
January 8, 2009
kayballard commented on the word future-blindness
Pilfered from Nassim Nicholas Taleb. Future-blindness is being unable to anticipate a future you have never personally experienced.
January 5, 2009
kayballard commented on the word provocareer
Ariane Goodwin says it is the training (self taught or otherwise), ignited by the urge to create and fueled by the freedom to choose over your lifetime.
January 4, 2009
kayballard commented on the word subliminal hugging
Saying a word like "brownies" while hugging your mother.
kayballard commented on the word great coffee circumlocutor
A much treasured title given to me by Jon Swanson, @JnSwanson to acknowledge my semi-successful decision not to tweet about coffee on twitter.
kayballard commented on the word grand wizard of getting things done
A title claimed by @CahthleenRitt while writing her Christmas cards on January 3rd.
kayballard commented on the word the cheney strain
Ana Marie Cox, the original Wonkette says, "Cold going around seems always on verge of going away before reasserting itself with mysterious new power. I call it, "The Cheney Strain.""
January 3, 2009
kayballard commented on the word mopeatorium
@CathleenRitt said, "The Mopeatorium is having an impact. I started moping earlier and forced myself to stop."
January 2, 2009
kayballard commented on the word caviar
Originates from the Turkish khavyar, first appearing in English print in 1591.
kayballard commented on the word rhetor
The rhetor provides the discourse; the rhetorician studies it.
January 1, 2009
kayballard commented on the word fine as frog hair
My father uses this expression. It is rather hard to get your brain around and I believe that is the source of its whimsy.
kayballard commented on the word i can feel it in my water
This is how @PaulaBrett of the UK knows that 2009 is going to be a great year.
kayballard commented on the word weird pre-digital conservation
When "word processing I sometimes find myself wanting to "reuse" (copy/move) a word rather than erasing/retyping. Weird pre-digital conservation?" (said by @MarkPeysha)
Or is it instead digital conservation, influenced perhaps by Mark's pre-digital desire to conserve?
kayballard commented on the word squiffy
According to @DarenBBC it is enough alcohol to be silly, red cheeked, but dizzy, but NOT pissed.
kayballard commented on the word be prescriptive
a timely reminder from @astrout
December 30, 2008
kayballard commented on the word social media living room
A phrase used by Jeff Pulver to describe his social media interface.
December 29, 2008
kayballard commented on the word pools going to seed
From the NYT a description of swimming pools at homes abandoned due to foreclosure.
kayballard commented on the word pirate cabbie
@jnswanson's description of six year old Collin's playful costume.
kayballard commented on the word pre-owned nap
actually, I don't know what it means. I just like the sound of it.
kayballard commented on the word money that wasn't there
Bernie Madoff told the FBI that this is what he used to pay his investors
kayballard commented on the word aggregate mass
pilfered from David Streitfeld
kayballard commented on the word sleeping differently
a business owner describes his reaction to financial uncertainties
kayballard commented on the word kindle food
a term I coined to refer to amazon.com gift cards
December 28, 2008
kayballard commented on the word i'm not so much a fan of that
A response to the offer of oatmeal for breakfast to @onehipmama.
kayballard commented on the word breakthrough ideation thinking
From an interview of Rick Myers @Rickm of Atlanta, Georgia in a Tweetabix interview by Richard McKay.
kayballard commented on the word it's like prison speak
A description of the 140 character limit to twitter updates, from an interview of Rick Myers @Rickm of Atlanta, Georgia in a Tweetabix interview by Richard McKay.
kayballard commented on the word a mutual go to hell
"It's like Osama bin Laden. He doesn't want us around, and we don't want him around. It's just a mutual go to hell. I'm cool with that."
kayballard commented on the user Prolagus
Hello. I suppose you are welcoming me by way of a scold. I find comfort in knowing that others find my ineptitude charming.
December 27, 2008
kayballard commented on the word aimless privacy
Pilfered from Leonard Cohen.
kayballard commented on the word unbidden but anticipated
kayballard commented on the word expelled by my age
kayballard commented on the word co-thinker
pilfered from Christopher Hitchens
kayballard commented on the list kay-ballards-pilfered-words
kayballard commented on the word subtle genius tweet.
expression used by @Stranahan (author Lee Stranahan)
kayballard commented on the word slouch reluctantly toward sleep
a phrase used by @ABartleby
kayballard commented on the word daily cortisol curve
Phrase used by @plish (Michael Plishka) "riding the daily cortisol curve"
kayballard commented on the word fundgelical
@YatPundit's term for Evangelical Christians
kayballard commented on the word afterlife party
@ginahyams said, "Thinking my father is happy to welcome Eartha Kitt and Harold Pinter to the afterlife party."
kayballard commented on the word super awesome princess unicorn pony
This phrase comes from Jonna, @Xaukxi. She overheard one of her 6th grade band students using it to describe himself in a dream.
"SAPUP = Super Awesome Princess Unicorn Pony. Use it on those days when you feel so good it defies traditional explanation!"
kayballard commented on the word traveling mercies
a phrase pulled from @jnswanson's blog.
"Among people who pray, some ask God for traveling mercies. It's a funny phrase. Mercy is, briefly, not getting what you deserve (in contrast to grace which is getting what you don't deserve).
A request for traveling mercies must mean a request for protection, a request for smoothness in the face of the expected roughness of the road, a request for less traffic than might be expected."
kayballard commented on the word word salad
I was introduced to this phrase by @joshacagan as a description of Sarah Palin speak
kayballard commented on the word i ipod touched myself
Creation of @badbanana
kayballard commented on the word mimosa please
Request from @MochaMom365
kayballard commented on the word road sweat
This is what Jonna's (@Xaukxi) mother calls a wet road when the weather has "warmed up"
kayballard commented on the word booze santa
Well let's put it this way: He didn't visit me this year. I first learned of him from @LilPecan who tells me that he visits everyone who truly believes.
kayballard commented on the word comfort manifesto
Possibly the invention of @sarjack
kayballard commented on the word cleanliness is a saddle horse
a funny remark from my father, Claud Bain, on December 25, 2008
kayballard commented on the word christmas cookie victory lap
phrase used by @sarjack on December 26
kayballard commented on the word sermoning
a made up word by @amyderby to describe @jnswanson's occasional duty at the podium
December 25, 2008
kayballard commented on the word off like a prom dress
an expression used by @TheDailyBlonde on twitter as she was about to embark on a shopping trip
December 24, 2008
kayballard commented on the word a couple of small voddies
this phrase was used by @PaulaBrett of the UK to refer to drinks with vodka--diet coke being her favorite mixer.
kayballard commented on the word rank and tank
an @LynnTerry expression
December 23, 2008
kayballard commented on the word that's the way i roll
@Mark_Salinas has teenagers who use this expression constantly
kayballard commented on the word trashie mind-rot fiction
a description Frank Kern used to describe his preference
kayballard commented on the word day drain
inspired by a tweet by @AndreaYager
kayballard commented on the word snowball retweet
misquote and preface with "snowball rt" (invented by @darious)
kayballard commented on the word add olympics team
from a tweet by @chrisguillebeau
kayballard commented on the word compel to storytell
inspired by a tweet by @ezrabutler
kayballard commented on the word compelled to atorytell
from a tweet by @ezrabutler
kayballard commented on the word anonymous intmacy
from a tweet by @nwjerseyliz
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Prolagus commented on the user kayballard
I didn't mean to scold you! I have been following your entries from the beginning (that's the way i roll), and I thought you might like some guidance (see the second comment on my first list).
Wordie is a scold-free environment (see nicely disrespectful).
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