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trochee commented on the word quintessent
March 4, 2011
trochee commented on the word uderwent
trochee commented on the word skeuomorph
"A complacency artifact is an interaction interface skeuomorph."
trochee commented on the word neonderthal
@TribeOneWon: AWESOME ELECTRONICA/DANCE/POP BAND NAME: neonderthal (Tue, Mar 1, 2011)
March 2, 2011
trochee commented on the word champerty
seems to be used in modern litigation as an adjective: champertous.
February 24, 2011
trochee commented on the word champertous
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
trochee commented on the word floccinaucinihilipifilication
Apparently Robert Byrd said it first on the Senate floor but Moynihan wanted to add 'ism'.
October 13, 2010
trochee commented on the word floccinaucinihilipilificationism
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).
trochee commented on the word epitome
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
trochee commented on the word carpetmonger
what an interesting extension -- one who sells carpets to one who enjoys leisure.
now probably obsolete.
trochee commented on the word peristeronic
'peristeronic' gets pole position here: http://xkcd.com/798/
September 28, 2010
trochee commented on the word herb
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
trochee commented on the word cycotic
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
trochee commented on the word glottodidactics
"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
trochee commented on the word freestyle
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
trochee commented on the word deadpan
"“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
trochee commented on the user 636770568
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
trochee commented on the word clipping
another definition is from audio jargon, where input exceeds the dynamic capacity of a microphone and is "clipped".
February 5, 2010
trochee commented on the list rot13-pairs
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
trochee commented on the word hegemony
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
trochee commented on the word gnosophagy
Found it on Erin McKean's twitter. I like its compositionality.
October 27, 2009
trochee commented on the word Ahu
This word seems to be a foreign borrowing, proper name, or word-segmentation failure (e.g. O'ahu) in every example cited here.
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