Comments by oroboros

  • I've encountered a vendingmachine that certainly seemed not to be in a hurry and/or in a coma...but that eventually delivers the goods. And delicious goods they are....

    May 23, 2016

  • Garrison Keillor touted it as a 'wonderful word' at the end of an early monologue listing complaint words on his Prairie Home Companion show this morning on NPR.

    May 23, 2016

  • To walk about meaninglessly according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 21, 2016

  • Said of silk having a crisp, rustling feel, according to NPR's Says You!.

    May 9, 2016

  • Moist from sweat according to NPR's Says You!.

    April 30, 2016

  • To clear away topsoil in preparation for planting trees according to NPR's Says You!.

    April 30, 2016

  • Military: Urinal deodorizing cake.

    March 19, 2016

  • Military serviceman missing or AWOL.

    March 19, 2016

  • Military serviceman Morse code operator.

    March 19, 2016

  • Military speak for "get out of the way".

    March 19, 2016

  • A decorative tool that was used to turn pages in medieval times to keep from soiling texts with dirty fingers, according to NPR's Says You!.

    March 12, 2016

  • Pilots have emergency procedures manuals for every kind of aircraft and equipment malfunction. The manual is categorized into the various aircraft systems, hydraulic, electrical, flight controls, etc., for quick reference to the, sometimes extensive, troubleshooting steps that must be followed. Some of the emergencies are so critical (e.g., catastrophic engine failure) they are placed in a red-outlined frame, called a "red box" and pilots are required to commit these procedural steps to memory. During the occasion of a pilot's training and/or checkride in "the box" s/he is given a "mini-oral" designed to evaluate his/her knowledge of aircraft systems and always includes a recitation of these red box items. As the flight industry, both military and civilian has evolved over the years, the trend has been to limit the number and complexity of red box items due to the frailty of human memory. Increasingly, improvements in technology facilitate this trend. Nowadays emergency procedures are available on aircraft-provided computer-analysis and recommended actions are printed on flight deck instrument display screens. Often, many critical actions are automatically initiated by the computer brain of the affected system. It's a safe bet however, that red box items will never go away completely.

    February 27, 2016

  • Also, boldface action. See red box items. Here's Col. Chris Hadfield's definition from his An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth: "'Boldface' is a pilot term, a magic word to describe the procedures that could, in a crisis, save your life. We say 'boldface is written in blood' because often it's created in response to an accident investigation. It highlights the series of steps that should have been taken to avoid a fatal crash, but weren't." Boldface actions, like red box items must be committed to memory, as there isn't time to refer to the emergency checklist.

    February 27, 2016

  • Revisit L.A. International?

    February 11, 2016

  • all I gat or

    February 10, 2016

  • Dirty room.

    February 6, 2016

  • A dull and grumpy person according to NPR's Says You!. Of Scottish derivation.

    January 16, 2016

  • Howdy, DP. Your old buddy oroboros sends his bestest regards. And here's one of his favorite words: raccoonnookkeeper!

    December 28, 2015

  • A coquettish air, according to NPR's Says You!.

    December 19, 2015

  • See also chevaster.

    December 14, 2015

  • I wonder if this word is of Native American origin?

    December 2, 2015

  • To collect and spread gossip; a busybody - according to NPR's Says You.

    November 14, 2015

  • Grammagram: FND

    October 31, 2015

  • The sculptural figure on top of a sarcophagus of the person inside according to NPR's Says You!. See more.

    October 31, 2015

  • An impossible object; an optical illusion. An Echeresque object or drawing. Here's <a href="">one.</a> According to NPR's Says You!.

    October 31, 2015

  • A word expressible phonetically as sequences of letters, e.g., opium = OPM.

    October 30, 2015

  • A grammagram: NVS

    October 30, 2015

  • A person who pumps the bellows of a pipe organ before the advent of electricity (NPR's Says You).

    October 17, 2015

  • Someone who will do a job that no one else will, according to NPR's Says You.

    September 19, 2015

  • Cider with honey according to NPR's Says You.

    September 12, 2015

  • See comments under barbecue for an eyeful of condiments!

    August 20, 2015

  • The one- to two-inch portion of a straw's paper packaging left over the upper end projecting from a beverage to ensure its cleanliness/purity.

    August 15, 2015

  • A bi-sonic: Chinese pronunciation: chee (energy); Greek: kai (Greek alphabet member).

    August 6, 2015

  • If you move each of its letters to the mirror position in the alphabet (A <-> Z, B <-> Y, etc.), WIZARD becomes DRAZIW. Credit:

    July 26, 2015

  • Thanks for your correction; only saw it for the first time today! As a retired USAF and airline pilot (10 years, this month) this formula is a hazy recollection from USAF pilot training a lot of years ago. I've had the luxury of black boxes for my entire career after that and have never done any small aircraft flying outside that career, so thanks, again, for your clarification.

    July 14, 2015

  • An unwelcome companion tolerated only because he picks up the check, according to NPR's Says You.

    July 4, 2015

  • So, is the word nonouroboric, ouroboric?

    July 3, 2015

  • See, also, <a href="">glory</a>.

    July 1, 2015

  • Getting a larger sized drink than one really wants because unable to resist the volume discount.

    June 27, 2015

  • LiFe: lithium, iron.

    June 19, 2015

  • As applied to aviation: the impressive geyser of water generated behind a jet aircraft flying at high airspeed a few feet above a body of water; it's caused by the aerodynamic flow surrounding the airframe and/or the high pressure jet engine exhaust exiting at the rear of the aircraft. Image here.

    June 15, 2015

  • Hi Bilby - Just spotted a question you posed in a comment back in 2009 (!) on my aviation list ("Let's go strap on the ole air'chine and bore holes in the sky!") to wit: "what is a 'rooster tail'?" If it still matters see image here...or, since I've added it to the list: rooster tail.

    June 15, 2015

  • Chic ago.

    June 6, 2015

  • Tar nation. Tarn at ion.

    June 5, 2015

  • How a bouncer checks a mother?

    May 23, 2015

  • Scarlet's nightmare?

    May 23, 2015

  • To pretend to be working according to NPR's Says You.

    May 23, 2015

  • Interesting the right way around as well. Slyly.

    May 13, 2015

  • allergese.

    April 30, 2015

  • BTW, for grins: raccoonnookkeeper

    April 28, 2015

  • Thanks, Tank, for the alert to this list. "Brother" came from a Bizarro cartoon. Saw 'barfly' recently in another cartoon gag.

    April 28, 2015

  • One who makes broth.

    April 27, 2015

  • Bi-sonic: morally unprincipled person vs. sending through probate again.

    April 3, 2015

  • A bi-sonic in that kicking back sounds different than the capability of a wasp to resting.

    April 3, 2015

  • Consider your scopes affected. De nada. As long as I was at it I effected 'em too!

    March 19, 2015

  • dionysian

    March 14, 2015

  • Corf was used on NPR's Says You! bluffing round this week (along with callithump).

    March 9, 2015

  • Nice detective work on 'on fleek'.

    March 7, 2015

  • A fist bump according to NPR's Says You!.

    February 28, 2015

  • Some exotic, amply flaunted new socks should restore the former eclat...'tho, truth be told, there is no going back.

    February 25, 2015

  • He's active as heck on FB. So's 'zu and reesetee et al. I think those folks have clocks with more than 24 hours on 'em. PROLIFIC!

    February 24, 2015

  • Hey, hey! Checking in. Good to see 'zu get what's coming to her! :) I only occasionally visit these days. I'll try to bring it more into my crosscheck. Toodles for now.

    February 23, 2015

  • A plot device where something appears wildly out of context. Think of John Cleese sitting at a desk in the middle of a stream, saying: "And now for something completely different!" Heard on an NPR Says You show segment.

    February 22, 2015

  • See fnarr.

    February 22, 2015

  • Lecherous, half-suppressed laughter according to NPR's Says You.

    See, also, definition here.

    February 21, 2015

  • (T)o (I)nsure (P)romptness: acronym behind the name for gratuity at an eatery.

    February 8, 2015

  • An inaccessible corner of a purse according to NPR's Says You

    February 8, 2015

  • Siren = lure vs. siren = warn away. Autoantonym

    January 27, 2015

  • Hi Erin. Just saw this...kind of forgot about it after the first or second check back and not being sure if this was still a viable avenue of comm with you. Thanks for your reply and fixes. I'm using Chrome and Windows 8.1 OS.  I also use Safari on my iPad but not so much; if I notice something there I'll advise here. One other thing: is the "hear" option going to be available on all words eventually? Some words have it, others don't, and some have no action/sound when clicked. "Hear" option notwithstanding, why isn't there a pronunciation guide for words on their respective page? I think it should be there regardless of audio availability. Or is that a can or worms too complicated and huge to re-engineer? Btw, I notice that DuckDuckGo puts wordnik at the top (and with an audio button if the wordnik presentation has one), good show! Neither Google nor Bing show wordnik at all in the first five pages of my cursory look (used 'anagnorisis').  Have a  special arrangement with DuckDuck? :)

    Hope your holidays were stellar. Cheerio  from o. (TK)

    January 12, 2015

  • Erin - I just discovered all my tags of yesteryears aren't listed under my profile tags. Also, I used to be able to click on a tag and all words so-tagged would appear. What use are tags now? Another thing: trying to access community page displays "bad gateway" and 'give us feedback' and 'need support' links go nowhere!. I notice my lists are described as "open" when they aren't. I'm hoping these bugs are part of the ongoing non-profit project.

    December 18, 2014

  • See comments under e-force.

    December 18, 2014

  • The EQUATION (I + Not-I = Everything): (1) This equation describes the relationship between one person and the rest of life, and at first glance may appear simple, but is subtly complex and informative to an attentive eye, and gives an interested man a precise representation of where his consciousness stands in relationship to his overall conception of what is reality. (2) The signs: "+" and "=" should be seen as verbs in one's process of expanding their consciousness, and the words: "I" and "Everything" though apparently fixed factors, are not, they too are process, forever in flux: the "I" is not a permanent, distinct and separate thing; it is but one element in a world wide network of other "I's" which comprise a unified organism of which ordinary men are not aware, and the "Everything" which certainly by its very name seems stable, also is not, and actually grows through the extensions of the entities that compose it.

    December 18, 2014

  • A petty thief; a pickpocket; one cleverly dextrous in an occupation or art. Also, see here for less common connotations. The book Fingersmith by Sarah Waters is an engrossing read.

    December 18, 2014

  • An autoantonym: change for the better v. change for the worse. Discussion here.

    November 11, 2014

  • Original name for a lawyer, especially one who prosecutes debtors, according to NPR's Says You.

    November 8, 2014

  • A plowman, especially a hired hand on a farm, according to NPR's Says You.

    November 8, 2014

  • "Flick flack motion" is how scientists describe the unique locomotion of a new species of desert spider when it is threatened.

    November 4, 2014

  • Peach fuzz, according to NPR's Says You.

    November 1, 2014

  • To pry into a coworker's private life according to NPR's Says You.

    November 1, 2014

  • Zombie New Year!

    October 31, 2014

  • Wow! Five year comment hiatus. Zany list!

    October 31, 2014

  • Slang for a blueberry muffin, according to NPR's Says You.

    October 25, 2014

  • Fictional disease invented by Don Martin of Mad Magazine.

    October 25, 2014

  • To manipulate knobs and controls on an electronic object to see what they do (according to NPR's Says You).

    October 25, 2014

  • Sophomore (wise fool); cephalopod (head, foot); preposterous (pre, post); monopoly (one, many). Heard on NPR's Says You.

    October 25, 2014

  • Yo mama!?

    October 25, 2014

  • One having little or no money.

    October 23, 2014

  • Fear of giants (thanks, sionnach).

    October 14, 2014

  • A crack that has been mended, according to NPR's Says You.

    October 11, 2014

  • A person who is just bad luck, according to NPR's Says You.

    October 11, 2014

  • Army threat? (NYT crossword puzzle clue)

    October 1, 2014

  • Place with wheels and deals?

    September 23, 2014

  • Top off?

    September 23, 2014

  • Words within words: pet + rich + or

    September 12, 2014

  • Thanks, Grawlix. I used yummy mummy. Good luck with the book. Perhaps a second edition is in order?

    September 7, 2014

  • @Gralix: perhaps a second edition is in order? :)

    September 7, 2014

  • An autoantonym.

    August 23, 2014

  • Janus-word: peer as an equal vs. peer as an elite, a superior.

    August 23, 2014

  • Change one letter to make it a different word with the same definition, viz.: "to cover, in a way".

    Answer here.

    August 16, 2014

  • J.C.Duffy's take.

    August 14, 2014

  • A sharp friend?

    August 1, 2014

  • A quoit or horseshoe that leans against a peg in a pitching game according to NPR's Says You.

    July 26, 2014

  • Pluggers 'toon.

    July 26, 2014

  • An extrovert, but only via the internet, not in person.

    July 19, 2014

  • A period of time longer than a minute when you log on to FB planning on spending only a minute.

    July 19, 2014

  • See also truthiness.

    July 11, 2014

  • Related to factoid.

    July 11, 2014

  • Seen in a <a href="">Peanuts cartoon</a>.

    July 3, 2014

  • The palm area of a glove according to NPR's Says You.

    June 28, 2014

  • A 5-pointed drawing device to draw the musical staff on a blackboard according to NPR's Says You.

    June 28, 2014

  • Barney & Clyde

    June 23, 2014

  • A young salmon spawning for the first time according to NPR's Says You.

    June 21, 2014

  • Interfering,pushy,intrusive, overly inquisitive according to NPR's Says You.

    June 21, 2014

  • Easily fooled by flattery according to NPR's Says You.

    May 31, 2014

  • Madeupical cartoon word

    May 21, 2014

  • Autantonym: extract vs. attract

    May 8, 2014

  • A social gathering that turns ugly according to NPR's Says You.

    May 3, 2014

  • The urban dictionary has a rather racy definition which I doubt is in the OED.

    April 25, 2014

  • To talk too much; use too many words, according to NPR's Says You.

    April 19, 2014

  • Heard used on NPR morning edition segment today (4/15/14) about effects of low blood sugar on marital discord.

    April 15, 2014

  • A cartoon comment on slough.

    April 9, 2014

  • A pertinent cartoon opinion

    March 28, 2014

  • One who prefers one's romance in the dark, according to NPR's Says You.

    March 22, 2014

  • A unit of measure of the amount of wear on the upholstery one's pants are creating. This, according to NPR's Says You.

    March 22, 2014

  • Some dove humor.

    March 4, 2014

  • The Mourning Dove's call (oooo,oooo,oo) is the Morse Code equivalent of 'R': dah dah dit.

    March 4, 2014

  • A bushel basket, according to NPR's Says You.

    March 1, 2014

  • Maillard Reaction.  Also, see Wiki article.

    February 21, 2014

  • See also yclept.

    February 15, 2014

  • " 2001 editors placed a fake word in the New Oxford American Dictionary as a trap for other lexicographers who might steal their material. Fittingly, the word was esquivalience, “the willful avoidance of one’s official responsibilities; the shirking of duties.”

    Sure enough, the word turned up at (it’s since been taken down), citing Webster’s New Millennium Dictionary.

    And as with Agloe, the invention has taken on a life of its own. NOAD editor Christine Lindberg, who coined esquivalience, told the Chicago Tribune that she finds herself using it regularly. “I especially like the critical, judgmental tone I can get out of it: ‘Those esquivalient little wretches.’ Sounds literate and nasty all in one breath. I like that."


    Also see the interesting comments under esquivalience.

    February 9, 2014

  • ill+iter+ate

    February 5, 2014

  • Dish+was+her. An aside: washer contains 'she' and 'her' with a shared 'he'.

    February 4, 2014

  • The act of pulling someone's leg, according to NPR's Says You.

    February 1, 2014

  • English schoolboy slang for a mixed-breed dog, according to NPR's Says You.

    February 1, 2014

  • lists it as "the distance between two stopping places". The webpage also has a neat puzzle related to the word. Check it out.

    January 31, 2014

  • Pastries or cakes baked on board a ship according to NPR's i>Says You

    January 25, 2014

  • To repress into silence according to NPR's Says You.

    January 18, 2014

  • Someone who deserves to be hanged according to NPR's Says You

    January 11, 2014

  • Modern art? Crossword puzzle clue.

    January 11, 2014

  • A very young frog; a "peeper", according to NPR's Says You.

    January 4, 2014

  • Buying one ticket for a movie in a multiplex theater and then sneaking into additional shows. Heard on NPR's <i>Says You</i>.

    January 4, 2014

  • Words within words: Chapman contains synonyms chap and man.

    December 21, 2013

  • To lay a bottle on its side to empty it completely according to NPR's Says You.

    December 21, 2013

  • Words within words: Spanish word for 'gold' contains synonyms: the English 'or' and the Spanish word for 'or' -- 'o'.

    December 21, 2013

  • Words within words: Par+tic+i+pate, and interestingly: part+ici+pate, which contains 'ici' the French word meaning 'here'..

    December 21, 2013

  • To get the last word. (according to NPR's Says You)

    December 14, 2013

  • A favorite, a favored person; teacher's pet. --NPR's Says You

    See also, faddle.

    December 14, 2013

  • The ingredient in coffee that makes you smarter! God help decaf drinkers...

    December 6, 2013

  • What fuels Black Friday. Neologism heard on NPR's Morning Edition.

    November 29, 2013

  • That makes sense....however, you also go *against* the flow and there's great profit in that. So many Wordies fit that blessed category and it's what melded us all together in the early days One of the most important benefits, REALLY, for me, was the realization that I hardly matched the aggrandized self-image I had about my own language 'genius' I'd attributed to myself; I've been humbled and I'm grateful for it..

    November 25, 2013

  • fb - you're pretty damn prolific! :o) I'll police these up in due time. Thanks. Some of your suggestions are, for me, more esoteric/obscure to rate inclusion (e.g., 'po') but, just so you know, I'm admiring your erudition.

    November 25, 2013

  • What the hell was that all about?

    November 25, 2013

  • AH!! Broke the code and found the comment box. Thanks,, fjharjo for all your suggestions for my words-within-words list.. I had no doubt that I'd strike a Wordie between the eyes and I added most of your suggestions. Part of my not opening the list up to everybody was my private quest to search out appropriate words during those sleepless hours in the night to give the mind-maw something to do until falling back into slumberland.. Again, thanks, Wordie-amigo! :o)

    November 23, 2013

  • Thanks, fbharjo, alexz and bilby for your suggestions.

    November 23, 2013

  • Thanks, danama. Those work!

    November 23, 2013

  • par all ax

    November 21, 2013

  • to get her

    November 21, 2013

  • see the

    November 21, 2013

  • pan ache

    November 21, 2013

  • pert in a city

    November 21, 2013

  • Me too.

    November 20, 2013

  • Kangaroo word with Joey PIN -- imPrIsoN

    November 18, 2013

  • If you don't have a screen you'll get flies innuendo. The Barn

    November 10, 2013

  • An Irish dance resembling a Virginia Reel.

    November 2, 2013

  • A nomadic Tartar tribe of western Siberia

    November 2, 2013

  • A perpetual student; one who stays in school to avoid the work-a-day world.

    November 2, 2013

  • Growth ring?

    November 2, 2013

  • References Howard Nemerov w/r/t a poem about being 6 months behind a natural phenomenon (like fall leaves) -- Nemerov came up with the word "azaleate," which means to commiserate with someone who missed the phenomenon --Billy Collins - interview

    October 31, 2013

  • @reesetee - also the mountain chickadee.

    October 4, 2013

  • Heard on NPR's Says You

    September 21, 2013

  • Heard on NPR's Says You

    September 21, 2013

  • Heard on NPR's Says You

    September 21, 2013

  • Heard on NPR's Says You

    September 21, 2013

  • Heard on NPR's Says You

    September 21, 2013

  • A sneaky dishonest kid according to NPR's Says You.

    September 7, 2013

  • As defined on NPR's Says You: a pile of nuts collected by a squirrel.

    August 10, 2013

  • ..."Liam asked, 'How rare is that -- being able to sing backwards?'

    It's pretty freakish, it has a name. It's called *melodicanagramaticism*. It's a brain wiring quirk, like Tourette's ..."

    --"Eleanor Rigby" by Douglas Coupland, p. 146

    August 1, 2013

  • Hi Erin - how come the HTML doesn't work anymore? Viz.: this is not in italics despite the appropriate code. Is the problem with my machine?

    July 20, 2013

  • See winglet.

    July 20, 2013

  • Called a sharklet by the Europeans (Airbus).

    July 20, 2013

  • Aviation slang for one who has made a transoceanic flight. (according to NPR's *Says You* - I hadn't heard the term before but decided to include it in my list)

    July 20, 2013

  • Absurdly, ridiculously happy. Heard on NPR's *Says You*.

    July 20, 2013

  • A gossip. Heard on NPR's Says You.

    July 20, 2013

  • Using your laptop in an airplane? (Wiley's Dictionary)

    June 11, 2013

  • Thanks for your suggestion on my autoantonym list. Added.

    June 3, 2013

  • Thanks for your suggestion on my autoantonym list. I added it.

    June 3, 2013

  • See discussion under imperience.

    May 25, 2013

  • Circular reasoning:

    May 25, 2013

  • Texting shortcut for "don't believe everything you read".

    May 24, 2013

  • Texting shortcut for "don't believe everything you read".

    May 24, 2013

  • Hanky panky at the old ancestral home?

    May 18, 2013

  • The smallest and least healthy bird in the nest (according to NPR's *Says You*).

    May 4, 2013

  • A sheep that's never been sheared.(according to NPR's *Says You*).

    May 4, 2013

  • Birth and death dates of a life, say on a gravestone (according to NPR's *Says You*)

    May 4, 2013

  • Clever crossword clue "back to front?" for "ier" entry.

    May 1, 2013

  • Nice analysis, ry. Above and beyond the call of duty; good work.

    April 30, 2013

  • Formal junglewear (from Wiley's Dictionary - B.C. Comics)

    April 30, 2013

  • See sensuousnesses.

    April 30, 2013

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