markusloke commented on the list more-adjectival-arcana
September 4, 2014
markusloke commented on the word biggin
Coffee pot with a separate container to hold the ground coffee - this sense of the word is etymologically derived from its inventor
markusloke commented on the word lilliputian
Has anybody made a list of eponyms? If not, I would like to start an open list.
September 3, 2014
markusloke commented on the word kaki lima
Ah, interesting then. The more usual meaning of kaki lima where I'm from is the sidewalk, but I do know that it refers to the cart as well. Thanks for the clarification!
August 20, 2014
The sidewalk, pavement. From Malay/Indonesian kaki (foot) + lima (five)
markusloke commented on the word falu
Falu red or Falun red (/ˈfɑːluː/ fah-loo, in Swedish Falu rödfärg (Swedish pronunciation: ˈfɑːlɵ ˈrøːfærj)) is the name of a Swedish deep red paint well known for its use on wooden cottages and barns. The paint originated from the copper mine at Falun in Dalarna, Sweden. The traditional color remains popular today due to its effectiveness in preserving wood. In Finland, it is known as punamulta ("red earth") after the pigment, very finely divided hematite. Since the binder is starch, the paint is permeable to water.The earliest evidence of its use dates from the 16th century. During the 17th century Falu red was commonly used on smaller wooden mansions, where it was intended to imitate buildings with brick facing - except in bigger cities like Stockholm and Gothenburg, and in the far south of Sweden, wood was the dominating building material. In the Swedish cities and towns, buildings were often painted with Falu red until the early 19th century, when the authorities began to oppose use of the paint. At that point in time more and more wooden buildings in urban areas were either painted in lighter colours (e.g. yellow, white) or sided with stucco. The number of buildings made of bricks (with stucco) also increased. However Falu red saw a surge in popularity in the countryside during the 19th century, when also poorer farmers and crofters began to paint their houses. Falu red is still widely used in the Swedish countryside. The common Finnish expression punainen tupa ja perunamaa "a red house and a potato field", referring to idyllic nuclear family life in a separate house, is a direct allusion to a country house painted in Falu red.
July 1, 2014
markusloke commented on the list femmesque
And amah, ayah, bahu, bindi, sahibah, alumna, emerita, genitrix, heritrix, janitrix, oread, nullipara/nulligravida, puerpera, klootchman, lubra, battle-ax, jailbait, dudette, Magdalene, babushka, czarina, czarevna, rusalka, suttee, yogini, carline, cummer, gillet, jill, jillaroo, baxter, alewife, kalewife, goodwife, fishwife, huckstress, randy, rudas, yankie, duenna, gitana, mestiza, begum, yenta, Madonna, bimbo, abigail, caryatid, kore, sheila, hetaera, materfamilias, novercal, viduage, womyn, bobbysoxer, bint, leaderene, mauther, spitfire, franion, dykon, enate, frump, Delilah, jade, bride, bridesmaid
June 12, 2014
markusloke commented on the list four-letter-colors
oh, and i just discovered blae, sore. sabz, tuly, nude, ibis
May I suggest anil, ashy, bice, bole, bone, camo, clay, coal, drab, dusk, falu (red), fawn, fusc, gilt, gule/guly, hoar, inky, lake, lamé, mica, neon, nila, noir, oaty, opal, pale/paly, pied, puke, roan, sand, saxe (blue), snow, tawn, teak, verd/vert, weld
markusloke commented on the list furniture-i-never-had
June 11, 2014
May I suggest manic pixie dream girl, gravida, tutrix, curatrix, zelatrix, cantatrice, accoucheuse, basbleu, squaw, marchioness, marchesa, weaker sex, buxom, mademoiselle (and other terms of address), memsahib, grandam, beldam, materteral, Pollyanna, Cassandra, merkin, adventuress, jointress, improvisatrice, ladette, bachelorette, cougar, nymphomaniac, mavourneen, acushla, colleen, banshee, vampiress, archeress, ogress, amorosa, diva, Godiva, donna, primipara, incognita, geisha, maiko, josei, kogal, tannie, harem, alma, hajjah, hijab, valkyrie, voluspa, spinster, au pair, belle, bonne, chatelaine, confidante, demirep, diseuse, décolletage, enceinte, equestrienne, fiancee, gamine, lorette, merveilleuse, midinette, poseuse, pucelle, religieuse, comedienne, tragedienne, vivandière, backfisch, frau, hausfrau, fraulein, dryad, naiad, oceanid, gorgon
markusloke commented on the word Unreal Lauren: nectareous raconteuse, nectarous courtesan
A tragicomic story about a hooker with a heart of gold, her disapproving but protective friend Classier Clarisse, and the countless one-night standers who stand between her and her one true love.
April 10, 2014
markusloke commented on the list anagram-poetry
Also Unreal Lauren: nectareous raconteuse, nectarous courtesan to list anagrammatic descriptions of Unreal Lauren (based on contributions here)
markusloke commented on the word auction caution
Crossword hint: caveat emptor, to bidders
don't mind my rabid adding - using my Scrabble program to get longer (and sometimes more amusing) anagrams. if you must, add comments to each new phrase we can come up with :D
markusloke commented on the word alignment lamenting
What a Dungeons and Dragons player does when his/her character is unable or unwilled to pursue a course of action contradicting his/her chosen alignment
markusloke commented on the list parasitic
Deino, you might want to add the word kentrogon which is related to Sacculina
January 19, 2014
markusloke commented on the list the-i-grandiloquent-dictionary-i-less-such-words-which-are-also-included-in-at-least-one-of-several-other-dictionaries
*acoucheuse to accoucheuse, if it means "midwife" (follows French original spelling), *alcedama to Aceldama/aceldama, if it's the "potter's field" (follows Hebrew original spelling). I may be wrong, but I'm venturing to say that some of the spellings here are either off or do not follow the more conventional spellings of other dictionaries. I'll be checking with my MW3 just to be sure.
June 24, 2013