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  • Or silly feet--ped=feet+ridiculous

    August 13, 2007

  • I have always heard both pronounced the same way, with a short i, rhyming with chivvy.

    August 12, 2007

  • Apparently you can still buy carbon paper; if I rummaged enough, I probably would find some at home.

    August 12, 2007

  • I am also a long time fan of Lakoff.

    August 12, 2007

  • You sound as if you have more intimate knowledge of this than you would like.

    August 12, 2007

  • Welcome, Infostyx! I also became an instant addict--I am enjoying your list. Oroboros is right--that delete function seems to be broken.

    August 12, 2007

  • Teach your grandmother to suck eggs.

    August 12, 2007

  • What? Never made a carbon copy? What?

    August 12, 2007

  • Looks like you have been reading George Lakoff, O.

    August 11, 2007

  • In contrast to eulogistic.

    August 11, 2007

  • I think I first read about phylacteries in Chaim Potok's novels. So many books, so little time!

    August 10, 2007

  • He said he did not need to eat blueberries because he wears his seatbelt. That is what he said. *groan here*

    August 10, 2007

  • Oh, Reesetee, you mean I really do have voices in my head, too? In that case, I also wonder why I can't get them all to agree with each other.

    I think I will opt to simply enjoy the illusion.

    August 10, 2007

  • It was a memorable conversation, U.

    And R--I feel sure you will fill your suitcase with plenty of Canadianisms!

    August 9, 2007

  • *Green with envy*

    August 9, 2007

  • It happens. Old abandoned cameras, that sort of thing. :)

    August 9, 2007

  • I like it!

    August 9, 2007

  • I like this word! When very old Kodak film is developed, the pictures are all purplish--a phenomenon I saw demonstrated this week. Our 20 year old selves all all empurpled.

    August 9, 2007

  • I agree, with you, U (amazing, I know). These idiosyncratic lists are fun. I also like to frustrate myself by looking at the inscrutable lists where it is hard to see what the lister was getting at.

    August 9, 2007

  • Okay, I am getting separation anxiety now. I will miss you two voices in my head next week. (Dear S calls all of you my imaginary friends). U, give your regards to Granny Smith. R, do you to care to give us any hint of your vacation plans?

    August 9, 2007

  • Any particular writing's of Wilber's that you can cite on that subject?

    August 9, 2007

  • Are you sure? It may be very lonely!

    August 9, 2007

  • Well, he should care--if you are a part of him, he would be diminished by your absence. Says Judge Slumry. So there.

    August 9, 2007

  • And just wait until I start in on the word fancy!

    August 9, 2007

  • Oooh, I hadn't thought of that!

    August 9, 2007

  • Invective and spleen and treason too? Wow! Am I a Wordie heretic? Will I be burned on a pyre?

    I will join with my conbrethren and found the Savesave sect.

    August 9, 2007

  • This is a great list, and enlightening. I am going to add umpty-umpth to my words, because I particulary like it as an ordinal.

    I like infinity minus one a lot too, U. It reminds me of the old joke about the natural history museum docent. Asked how old a particular fossil was, he said "Two million and twenty one years." As explanation for such a precise number, he explained that when he started working there 21 years ago, it was two million years old.

    August 9, 2007

  • It always amuses me--it was a favorite of my mother's, usually used semi-humorously.

    August 9, 2007

  • That is interesting. As I recall, one of Freud's translators more or less coined this word as a translation of a German word that means someting like "to occupy" If a person cathects something, he or she invests emotional energy in it and makes it his own. Bruno Bettelheim wrote a book about what he regarded as the mis-translation of Freud's writing.

    August 9, 2007

  • Stuff and nonsense! Eyewash! Save is a perfectly fine preposition, having evolved in parallel with the other sense of save. It does mean except.

    As for having cofusingly contranymic meanings, that is just balderdash. It may be a near-contranym, but in practice it would take a real dunderhead to fail to understand the two meanings.

    August 9, 2007

  • Rosa rugosa has wringkly leaves

    August 8, 2007

  • Used as an expression of disbelief; poppycock

    August 8, 2007

  • "We sailed for America, and there made certain preparations. This took but little time. Two members of my family elected to go with me. Also a carbuncle. The dictionary says a carbuncle is a kind of jewel. Humor is out of place in a dictionary."

    Mark Twain, Following the Equator, Chapter 1, page 1

    August 8, 2007

  • Thank you for this Poetrie, Reesettee!

    August 7, 2007

  • As a noun, celestial refers to a heavenly being, a god or angel.

    August 7, 2007

  • the doctrine of transmigration of souls into another body

    August 7, 2007

  • That's what the sign on the peaches at the grocery store said.

    August 6, 2007

  • deranged

    August 6, 2007

  • Bad mitten! Bad mitten! Go to your room, mitten!

    August 4, 2007

  • There are some words I just can't pass up; this is one.

    August 4, 2007

  • This word makes me blush--then I remember: food--it is food they are talking about.

    August 4, 2007

  • Aw gee. . .I am glad you did that. I love Edward Lear. I was trying to recall if it was the honey or the money that was wrapped up in the five pound note. It sounds like it was both!

    August 3, 2007

  • Oh, I must add mercurochrome to my evocative smells list! And speaking of stains, this made me think of gentian violet.

    August 3, 2007

  • a bit of a stretch, maybe, but what about under a bushel?

    August 3, 2007

  • Thanks--that was fun to do--and I had to do it, because you had planted an earworm! :)

    August 3, 2007

  • sieve? And I just learned that a pink is a small sailing vessel

    August 3, 2007

  • Poetrie: The Jumblies
    Inspired by Reesetee's Out to Sea list

    August 3, 2007

  • I second that--nice list; I like the Lyle Lovett quote. In fact, I think I will stop listening to this disturbing news about the nation's infrastructure and listen to some Lyle Lovett.

    August 2, 2007

  • Why, to make mercurial ointment, of course: "In the old formula for making mercurial ointment, the quicksilver is merely directed to be rubbed with the axunge and suet until it be killed, which is nearly impossible. . ."
    from The Edinborugh Medical and Surgical Journal, 1805

    August 2, 2007

  • full of whims; whimsical

    August 2, 2007

  • a Japanese textile art

    August 2, 2007

  • Japanese braid making

    August 2, 2007

  • Probably an echoic for hitting

    August 2, 2007

  • a cup or glass filled to the brim

    August 2, 2007

  • surpassingly

    August 2, 2007

  • Formed by apocope from pudding. Used to refer to dessert in general. "What's for pud?

    August 1, 2007

  • The extinct animal was a mastodon, not a mastadon.

    August 1, 2007

  • Sounds like if you tried to walk on it, it would be a slip 'n slide!

    August 1, 2007

  • a club moss

    August 1, 2007

  • reverberation

    August 1, 2007

  • a preposition that means in regard to or concerning

    August 1, 2007

  • Cedar shakes look similar to cedar shingles; however, the shakes are split rather than sawn.

    August 1, 2007

  • Alas, I have offended. I am undone!

    August 1, 2007

  • a sluggard

    August 1, 2007

  • a factotum

    August 1, 2007

  • Wordie, scrambled

    August 1, 2007

  • Or we could go the other directions and call ourselves Wordors.

    August 1, 2007

  • Yup, less-than-skillful painting at that.

    August 1, 2007

  • After the eponymous President Hoover--a collection of shacks and huts at the edge of the city where unemployed people lived in the 1930s

    August 1, 2007

  • Just a step removed--summed up flippantly by "I don't know and I don't care."

    August 1, 2007

  • verb: to clean with a vacuum cleaner

    August 1, 2007

  • Ah yes, glad to remember this one.

    August 1, 2007

  • A Canadian expat who lives in the Cayman Islands. (in jest, of course) Seen on a T shirt worn by an American who would like to pass for Caymadian.

    August 1, 2007

  • It is real--from OED--funny, huh?

    August 1, 2007

  • OED says: "One who sells; a seller; sometimes in restricted sense, a street-seller."

    I have seen it used only in the restricted sense, such as the "food venders" at fairs.

    August 1, 2007

  • OED says: "late Anglo-French; earlier vendour from the French vendeur. One who disposes of a thing by sale; a seller." Cf. vender

    August 1, 2007

  • the act of vending; sale

    August 1, 2007

  • a diminutive dwarf

    August 1, 2007

  • accompaniments or ingredients for food

    August 1, 2007

  • intransitive verb: to be dark and threatening; also lour. noun: an angry or threatening look

    August 1, 2007

  • Hyoscyamus niger

    August 1, 2007

  • Atropa belladonna

    August 1, 2007

  • It is what allows a dandelion or thistle seed to sail through the air.

    August 1, 2007

  • Results of a medical test where, "a penlight shone in the mouth reveals a brain so small that the whole head lights up." Doctor humor, or so I hear. ;-) Some days I feel pumpkin positive.

    August 1, 2007

  • bullfighter; also toreadors, a style of pants worn by women in the 1950s

    August 1, 2007

  • life as seen through rose-tinted glasses

    August 1, 2007

  • hurdy gurdy

    August 1, 2007

  • dried leaves of jimson weed

    August 1, 2007

  • a name for jimson weed and other plants

    August 1, 2007

  • datura stramonium

    August 1, 2007

  • also daturine

    August 1, 2007

  • a poisonous alkaloid, also called atropine

    August 1, 2007

  • a genus of small trees in the rose family

    August 1, 2007

  • several species of crataegus are called hawthorn

    August 1, 2007

  • datura stramonium; also the fruit of the hawthorn

    August 1, 2007

  • datura, jimson weed, stinkweed or thorn apple; a poisonous tropical plant

    August 1, 2007

  • atropa belladonna, most commonly known as belladonna or deadly nightshade

    August 1, 2007

  • a small fishing boat; also walleye

    August 1, 2007

  • walleye

    August 1, 2007

  • walleyed pike, dory

    August 1, 2007

  • custard

    August 1, 2007

  • custard

    August 1, 2007

  • Mmm...custard. Dang, I should make some custard.

    August 1, 2007

  • a donothing; a slacker

    July 31, 2007

  • Thanks--you are right, these words represent wonderful memories.

    July 30, 2007

  • Maybe I could gut most of the rooms in my house and install bookshelves and reading nooks--oh wait, my SO would have an opinion, too. Rats!

    July 30, 2007

  • You are so right, R. I am trying to figure out where to put all my books as it is--but dictionaries, and especially OED, are sacred, aren't they? :)

    July 30, 2007

  • Jen and Reesettee, thank you--you are right. Marji was a good friend whopassed away last March from melanoma. I was felt moved to list some Marji words last week; the word compote triggered the list! Funny, the power of words. :)

    July 30, 2007

  • I agree, gerwitz--it is so much easier to use the on-line sources. My OED is the two volume set with magnifying glass; it is a major productionfor me to use it. I would love to be able to use the on-line OED but there is no way I could justify the expense for my current purposes.

    July 30, 2007

  • Actually, whyever is in the OED. And whyever shouldn't it be?

    July 30, 2007

  • Scottish--slowly enlivening after waking. A word I need!

    July 30, 2007

  • obsolete--having many paths

    July 30, 2007

  • Funny, I had the opposite reaction: "Aha, makes sense to me."

    July 29, 2007

  • also shivaree, which is phonetic

    July 29, 2007

  • Beware the etymological fallacy.

    July 28, 2007

  • This was a very disturbing bit of information in today's news, wasn't it?

    July 27, 2007

  • Sigh. Yes, an unavoidable bit of reality, isn't it:)

    July 27, 2007

  • I would imagine that we will need to figure out a time that is good for all of us, since we all have commitments and are in different time zones.

    July 27, 2007

  • Then they would need to take a second look, wouldn't they? I remember a perhaps-apocryphal story aout a crusade against the word niggardly. There is enough genuinely racist speech to object to; we don't need to imagine it where it does not exist.

    July 27, 2007

  • As the newcomer, I defer to the rest of you.

    July 27, 2007

  • Hey, U--good to see you.

    July 27, 2007

  • unselfish love or mouth wide open

    July 26, 2007

  • walking

    July 26, 2007

  • I can empathize!

    July 26, 2007

  • To select the best portion; cherry pick

    July 26, 2007

  • an informal conversation, especially for the purpose of problem solving; short for confabulation. Let's have a confab!

    July 26, 2007

  • Me too!

    July 26, 2007

  • carbohydrates

    July 26, 2007

  • snicker

    July 26, 2007

  • National Public Radio, of course

    July 26, 2007

  • Ah yes, that phenomenon, she blushed, recalling the upwelling of giggles at her own wedding, which was fortunately a tiny wedding.

    July 26, 2007

  • Thanks, R.

    July 26, 2007

  • I wondered about what pigs had to to with it too! Of course that was what attracted me to the word. The truth turned out to be interesting also.

    July 26, 2007

  • household management Greek root of economics

    July 26, 2007

  • I have decided maybe I like tonocation; now what is the liguistics term for dropping a middle syllable, in this case lo?

    July 26, 2007

  • I know a Swedish woman who pronounces it that way. It is actually charming. :)

    July 26, 2007

  • As in salmon's imperative

    July 26, 2007

  • Thanks, palooka, this is a word well worth pilfering.

    Now, I wonder what word this could spawn to describe the process of looking for a cell phone by dialing its number.

    July 26, 2007

  • I like the word too. I think I will tuck it away in a drawer--it might make a good Christmas present. I hope I don't forget where I put it!

    July 26, 2007

  • Yes, my mother always warned me to avoid sacrilege. Chastened.

    July 26, 2007

  • I wonder if the job requires stagged pants.

    July 26, 2007

  • A funny image, R. . .I wonder what the priest's motivation in swinging censors would be. . .would such swinging punish the censor or the congregants? "Church was grim today. I was censor-whipped."

    July 26, 2007

  • Indeed. But don't tell him I told you so! :)

    July 26, 2007

  • I've seen many references to individual words and reflected on how common the phenomenon is. I will have to dig to find the lists. However, as always, reality intrudes. ;-)

    July 26, 2007

  • Dear S always says chestfallen. We need a list of words that are comically mispronounced, whether accidentally or on purpose.

    July 26, 2007

  • Nice. So it's a bird, not a farmer's lunch. I devoutly hope it is not a farmer's lunch. :(

    July 26, 2007

  • R, you inspire me to give this link to the full poem: http://poetry.poetryx.com/poems/5194

    I often think of lines from the poem, especially
    "Ale man, ale's the stuff to drink
    For fellows whom it hurts to think."

    Victuals is a classic case of a word that a reader would be likely to mispronounce!

    July 26, 2007

  • Last stanza of "Terrence, this is Stupid Stuff" by A. E. Housman

    There was a king reigned in the East:
    There, when kings will sit to feast,
    They get their fill before they think
    With poisoned meat and poisoned drink.
    He gathered all that sprang to birth
    From the many-venomed earth;
    First a little, thence to more,
    He sampled all her killing store;
    And easy, smiling, seasoned sound,
    Sate the king when healths went round.
    They put arsenic in his meat
    And stared aghast to watch him eat;
    They poured strychnine in his cup
    And shook to see him drink it up:
    They shook, they stared as white’s their shirt:
    Them it was their poison hurt.
    —I tell the tale that I heard told.
    Mithridates, he died old.

    July 26, 2007

  • Fortunately for me I don't expect to be asked to pronounce it anytime soon!

    July 26, 2007

  • Not at all! I changed to hypocorism, but forgot to eliminate all traces of my presence here. Somehow pet name loses something in this deal.

    July 26, 2007

  • Funny word, no? "She had to go to the dressing room to complete her diphthongization. Fortunately she emerged wearing a towel."

    July 26, 2007

  • a pet name

    July 26, 2007

  • July 26, 2007

  • altering an unfamiliar word to make it more familiar

    July 26, 2007

  • An adverb with a chiefly connecting function; a conjunctive adverb

    July 26, 2007

  • use of a word to refer to only part of its normal meaning

    July 26, 2007

  • To add a diphthongal quality to what was formerly a pure vowel

    July 26, 2007

  • I swear, every time I read about cencers, they are being swung by the priest.

    July 26, 2007

  • Fried chicken was served at a large family gathering. Little Georgie was offered a piece of chicken: breast or drumstick? He would only reply, "Must have been a mamma chicken." Repeatedly. Insistently. Louder each time. Never lived that down!

    July 26, 2007

  • an acronymn coined by whathisniame; also a fuddy-duddy (bacformation)

    July 25, 2007

  • Something that produces crumbs or something that is covered with crumbs; something that is of poor quality; a bus used to transfer workers to a job site. Wish I knew how the last meaning evolved (I could speculate, but would like to find some actual evidence. ;-)

    July 25, 2007

  • Thanks! I know sometimes I get a bit carried away, and I am mindful of that *reality* thing. I love chatting with you Wordies!

    July 25, 2007

  • What one is to one's brother?

    July 25, 2007

  • Cute comment about VIers, R. I almost missed it. Somehow I am doubtful . . .

    July 25, 2007

  • U, U are a silly billy! (and I don't care what your name is, I will call you Silly Billy Smith.

    Listen up: Uniters is not a good idea.

    July 25, 2007

  • Me too, R. This word is a keeper! Thanks, Muamor.

    July 25, 2007

  • Cat (or kitty) A word I learned from and Eric Bogle song

    July 25, 2007

  • wotsit

    July 25, 2007

  • doohickey

    July 25, 2007

  • thingamajig

    July 25, 2007

  • whatchamacallit

    July 25, 2007

  • Is it like a whatsit?

    July 25, 2007

  • I'll see what I can do!

    July 25, 2007

  • I wondered about douban also. Turns out two of the people who recently listed douban also listed China. description of douban here: http://www.sinosplice.com/life/archives/2005/12/13/douban
    Now I understand why the appearance of these words surprised me--they are outside of my usual frame of reference.

    July 25, 2007

  • That's funny, Cranewang. ;-)

    July 25, 2007

  • Welcome! I hope you enjoy it here.

    July 25, 2007

  • a pattern of several colors

    July 25, 2007

  • Noun. A very sociable, agreeable person--a friend to everyone.

    July 25, 2007

  • Speaking of mythical, my second grade teacher regaled us with stories about Abe the Caveman. I assumed he was a historical figure, like Abraham Lincoln. (Now I don't believe in Abrahan Lincoln. ;-)

    July 25, 2007

  • Please tell Granny Smith hello for me. :)

    July 25, 2007

  • You mean three syllables like: "I don't biv uh wack!" (that was a joke, by the way--could not resist a little word play)

    July 25, 2007

  • a cover for a sleeping bag that is sometimes used by backpackers and hikers instead of a tent, or for emergencies. (short for bivouac, of course)

    July 25, 2007

  • This word makes me laugh.

    July 25, 2007

  • Have to think about that--my idea of the south is mostly as told in southern literature, which is of course full of riches. I have had very little reason to spend time in the south, so the region is still a little *unreal* to me.

    July 25, 2007

  • Happily! Do you have a fax number?
    Really, I like to make apple pie (except when the crust will not hold together)

    July 25, 2007

  • conciliatory

    July 25, 2007

  • Poor horse!

    July 25, 2007

  • Quite different than meritorious

    July 25, 2007

  • Or this wonderful song:
    http://www.etni.org.il/music/marveloustoy.htm
    (and an appropriate website for usall.)

    July 25, 2007

  • Well, it is an informal word, useful in some spoken contexts, but not in formal writing. Context is everything!

    And then there was Shakespeare, but what did he know? ;-)

    July 25, 2007

  • Probably if I had asked to have the sandwiches cut on the diagonal, my wish would have been granted, barring memory lapses! ;-)

    July 25, 2007

  • Not exactly opposite--I think joey refers to babyhood rather than gender. I wonder if a baby female kangaroo is a joey too.

    July 25, 2007

  • The female of some animals--Jenny Wren insisted on coming in our house one winter, no matter how many times she was put out. Honest. (Also my grandmother's name--my grandfather-to-be dipped her red braids in the inkwell, I am told)

    July 24, 2007

  • I never learned to do french braids. Nor did my mother. In second grade, my idea of a perfect life was french braids, sandwiches cut diagonally rather than straight across, and snowball cakes in my lunch. Alas, these things were cruelly withheld from me. Sob.

    July 24, 2007

  • Or seated duffs. Better get off mine soon!

    July 24, 2007

  • Uh oh!

    July 24, 2007

  • So right you are. . .in this case wealthy is an old apple variety (which is in the dictionary.) That is, it is an apple variety until someone points out one of the other meanings of the word! It amazes me, too, that we have not even come close to naming all the lexemes used in the English language

    July 24, 2007

  • If I buy any marzipan, I will have to hide it with the Eskimo Pies. ;-)

    July 24, 2007

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  • We miss you!!! :( jennarenn

    July 22, 2008

  • Hey, aren't you also on the UU readers on Librarything? A UU are U?

    June 15, 2007