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Sunday, January 28th, 2007
12:28 pm - Forbidden Words

Finally! The Pompous Ass Words Site, "a place dedicated to identifying words that shouldn't be used on the grounds that doing so makes you sound like a pompous ass."

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Wednesday, February 15th, 2006
5:04 pm - Oh no! That site's been memepiled!


Like slashdotted, only referring to a website that has been brought to its knees by the force of the latest LJ meme.

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Monday, December 19th, 2005
3:39 pm - My latest neologism

Optimitrist - Someone who helps you see the glass as half-full.

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Monday, September 19th, 2005
2:28 pm - Entry #42: Taking my lead from Douglas Adams

For those of you who've never heard of it, this post is partly inspired by a book I suspect most of you would enjoy.  It's The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams, in which he takes a definition in need of a word, and matches it with a place name which as he says, generally just "loaf about on signposts pointing to places."

The definition I needed a word for: That terrible itch that inevitably appears the moment both hands are occupied.

The word I chose to match up with it, scranton.

Example sentence: While I was waiting tables last night I almost dropped a tray full of meals because of the scranton I got on my left leg.

Feel free to start using this word in everyday conversation.

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Monday, August 29th, 2005
12:03 am


If this is not allowed, please forgive me and feel free to delete this post. Thank you. =D

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Monday, August 15th, 2005
6:34 pm

Slogress: making progress, but slowly.

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Tuesday, July 12th, 2005
1:16 pm

"Cruisazy": which designer MissWit defines as, "To be like Tom Cruise. To act in a way that is Tom Cruise-like. To know something completely, that others do not"

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Thursday, March 24th, 2005
5:04 pm

The Washington Post's Style Invitational asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners:

1. Bozone (n.):
The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

2. Foreploy (v):
Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

3. Cashtration (n.):
The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

4. Giraffiti (n):
Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

5. Sarchasm (n):
The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

6. Inoculatte (v):
To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

7. Hipatitis (n):
Terminal coolness.

8. Osteopornosis (n):
A degenerate disease.

9. Karmageddon (n):
It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

10. Decafalon (n.):
The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.

11. Glibido (v):
All talk and no action.

12. Dopeler effect (n):
The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.):
The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

14. Beelzebug (n.):
Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

15. Caterpallor (n.):
The color you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

16. Ignoranus (n):
A person who's both stupid and an arsehole.

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Monday, March 21st, 2005
9:14 pm

I would like to try to find a word to use in additional to emo. I suppose angsty sort of fits, but that's getting a little old as well. I was thinking about perhaps Dashboard, as in Dashboard Confessional-- eg. "I am feeling so Dashboard today." Any opinions on this?

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4:38 pm - Just wondering

Would throwing up be a case of deja food?

HmmmCollapse )

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Saturday, March 19th, 2005
4:26 pm - uNclear power

I was flipping through the dictionary the other day looking for another word and happened to pause for a moment on the entry for "nucleus". It turns out nucleus is from the Latin for kernal. More interesting, though, is that it's a diminutive form of the Latin for nut. Therefore, the original meaning of nucleus is "a small nut".

So, as far as I can tell, a nuclear war is a lot of trouble started by one little nut. :-p

(Cross-posted to etymology.)

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Sunday, January 9th, 2005
4:45 pm - maybe someone somewhere here will find this interesting...
trentdackmin hello! my name is ben or trent or whatever,
and i have just started a new community on livejournal entitled catchphrases.

the idea of it is to get people from all over to come together
and share the catchphrases that they find themselves using in their own lives.

membership is at an all time low, meaning just me as of this post...
but i have big plans and even bigger dreams for it!

so if this sounds interesting to you, please join
and post any catchphrases you regularly hear or say,
and maybe someday we can have, like, 10 members,
and then we can all get some new phrases in our lives.

thank you for your time.

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Thursday, December 16th, 2004
10:22 pm - longest word

hey guys;
i'm curious as to what the longest word in the english language is...anyone?

current mood: curious

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5:34 pm - Probably applies more to males, but the ladies can answer as well

I've got a definition in need of a word. The action we are talking about is peeing on a spot to try to remove a toilet stain. So what's the word?

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
11:03 am - Oh, we don't use that word anymore . . .

I thought this might be appropriate on election day.  Getting into the spirit of the whole thing, I thought I'd suggest that instead of saying "politically correct" we should all now call it "euphemistically accurate."

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Tuesday, October 19th, 2004
5:48 pm

Hello there. New poster here. Being the word gurus that you are, I was just wondering what you guys might think of my "Lexicon-In-Progress". I've tried rather hard to make the definitions both accurate and clear, so if you spot any vagueness or inaccuracies, please let me know. Also, any additional words suggestions would be greatly appreciated. :-)

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Sunday, August 8th, 2004
3:49 pm - Recapture that word!

The word philosophy, if you examine the word roots, means simply "a love of wisdom." This would mean a philosopher is "one who loves wisdom." However, as I discussed and debated with a friend of mine who's a grad student in philosophy, philosophy is now a specific field of study and a philosopher is a professional scholar investigating certain types of questions.

So now we have a wonderful definition floating around looking for a word to attach itself to. In an effort to be hospitable, I hand-built a word I thought it would be comfortable with.

. . .

Oh, you want to hear it? Well, alright. My new word for a lover of wisdom: Sophiaphile.

Waddaya think?

current mood: crushed

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Friday, July 16th, 2004
3:19 pm - YAY OR NAY



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Friday, June 18th, 2004
10:07 am - An accidental neologism

You know, if you look down over the past month or so, I seem to be taking over this community. Doesn't anyone else have anything to say? Come on! By your own declaration you're word-smiths.

That said: this one I came up with by accident but pursued it until I could come up with something worthwhile.

I was writing a letter to a friend and I meant to type gushy (as in overly emotional) but I accidentally tossed in an "n" and wrote gunshy. Being a packrat in every way possible, I refused to throw this word out. It was now a word. It just needed a definition.

It took me a day or so to figure it out, but here's the definition.

Gunshy [pronounced 'gun-shee]- Overly emotional concerning guns and/or gun-control. Example: The NRA is populated by a lot of gunshy, heartless conservatives (Not necessarily my actual opinion, but the best illustration of proper usage.)


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Sunday, June 13th, 2004
10:47 pm - A couple of hopefully useful neologisms

I coined these words today:

Autologophagia - the condition of eating one's own words.

This one I suspect only my fellow Christians will find useful, but I like it.

Theologophagia - feeding upon "every word that comes from the mouth of God" (Deuteronomy 8:3, Matthew 4:4).

Do you like?

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