trochee has looked up 1492 words, created 5 lists, listed 155 words, written 21 comments, added 25 tags, and loved 20 words.

Comments by trochee

  • See quintessential.

    March 4, 2011

  • see underwent.

    March 4, 2011

  • @TribeOneWon: AWESOME ELECTRONICA/DANCE/POP BAND NAME: neonderthal (Tue, Mar 1, 2011)

    March 2, 2011

  • seems to be used in modern litigation as an adjective: champertous.

    February 24, 2011

  • See champerty.

    Righthaven "... was formed by an attorney who, instead of simply representing copyright plaintiffs in justifiable cases, chose to create an entirely champertous enterprise out of unsound copyright claims." from Media Bloggers Association's amicus brief against Righthaven

    February 24, 2011

  • see Floccinaucinihilipilificationism: A Word as Big as the Man, a NYT story about DP Moynihan's efforts to get this word mentioned by William Safire (among other things).

    October 13, 2010

  • My pronunciation of this word was saved by Flava Flav, who explained :

    not rhymin'/ for the sake of riddlin' / I'm the epitome / of Public Enemy

    rhyming with 'enemy' saves me every time I go to pronounce this word.

    September 30, 2010

  • what an interesting extension -- one who sells carpets to one who enjoys leisure.

    now probably obsolete.

    September 30, 2010

  • 'peristeronic' gets pole position here: http://xkcd.com/798/

    September 28, 2010

  • also, in street slang, a square, doofus, dork, or neb. "That guy is such a herb, he wore his pocket-protector to the club."

    August 25, 2010

  • in the parody linguistics journal Speculative Grammarian, a fictional press announcement from fictional 'Psammeticus Press' for The Fictional Foundations of Natural Language Processing

    Ponder cycotic attempts to encapsulate “all of human knowledge in a LISPy second-order predicate calculus” that have lurched along for decades, consuming person-centuries of effort without anything real to show for it (beyond extending DARPA funding).

    March 28, 2010

  • "large translation corpora ... have come to be widely used not only in contrastive linguistics, but also in other disciplines such as translation studies, glottodidactics, and language typology." From a call for papers for Theme Session within the framework of the 6th International Contrastive Linguistics Conference (ICLC6), Berlin (Germany), September 30–October 2, 2010.

    March 23, 2010

  • Ill Doctrine quotes an interview where Big Daddy Kane explains that "free style" raps were written, rather than "off the dome"; the term, he claims, is "free of style", where "style" means "about women, business, problems"; "a free style," he says, "is a rap you wrote."

    March 20, 2010

  • "“Deadpan” (also spelled “dead pan” and “dead­-pan”) actually began life as a theatrical term, according to the Random House Historical Dictionary of American Slang.

    The term, which refers to a blank, impassive expression¸ can be a noun, a verb, an adjective, or an adverb."
    from commentary on the history of deadpan

    March 4, 2010

  • Hi Eldan! I'm happy to have you here. I think you should have a username here (and we should fix this); am I right in assuming you would prefer eldang?

    February 19, 2010

  • another definition is from audio jargon, where input exceeds the dynamic capacity of a microphone and is "clipped".

    February 5, 2010

  • It might be fun to find lots of rotational pairs (generalizing away from ROT 13) by using a variation on Knuth's anagram algorithm, only rotating the letters such that the first letter is always 'a' (rather than alphabetizing).

    December 31, 2009

  • I agree with Daveone here that there's something wrong, but I would also point at the stress patterns:
    in my idiolect, this should be /h?'??m?ni/.

    The AHD recording given has a surprisingly tense high front vowel there in the front syllable, but agrees that the second syllable /??/ should take the primary stress.

    November 10, 2009

  • Found it on Erin McKean's twitter. I like its compositionality.

    October 27, 2009

  • This word seems to be a foreign borrowing, proper name, or word-segmentation failure (e.g. O'ahu) in every example cited here.

    October 27, 2009

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