November 6, 2013




Apocaholic: Indeed, we seem to crave ever-more-frightening predictions—we are now, in writer Gary Alexander’s word, apocaholic.”


Apophatic of or relating to the belief that God can be known to humans only in terms of what He is not (such as `God is unknowable').


Baal. Pronunciation--- see Byron:

And the tents were all silent, the banners alone,

The lances unlifted, the trumpets unblown.

And the widows of Ashur are loud in their wail,

And the idols are broke in the temple of Baal;

And the might of the Gentile, unsmote by the sword,

Hath melted like snow in the glance of the Lord!




Cromulent.    Fineacceptable or normalexcellentrealisticlegitimate or authentic  television writer David X. Cohen; see 1996 quotation.


Crepitation (krp-tshn?)

1. A rattling or crackling sound like that made by rubbing hair between the fingers close to the ear.

2. The sensation felt on placing the hand over the seat of a fracture when the broken ends of the bone are moved, or over tissue in which gas gangrene is present.

3. The noise produced by rubbing bone or irregular cartilage surfaces together, as in arthritis.




Embiggen  To enlarge or grow; to make or become bigger




Echolalia is the automatic repetition of vocalizations made by another person.


Echopraxia, the automatic repetition of movements made by another person.


Exhilarating (for spelling)


"If you have a feckful, cooperative population like most of Wisconsin, then it made sense to set liberal welfare rules in the 1960s to make sure that neighbors in need weren't shut out by bureaucratic red tape."


Fecit: Lilia fecit— Lily made it.






 Gad -  A pointed tool, such as a spike or chisel, used for breaking rock.


  “A frontispiece in books generally refers to a decorative or informative illustration facing a book's title page, being the verso opposite the recto title page.”

Iatrogenic    induced inadvertently by medical treatment


INSCENATION: mise en scène

Origin : in- + scene + -ation; intended as trans. of G inszenierung


Mycorrhizal: living in symbiosis, of fungi.  


PARTHENETIC:  A lovely word. Find a meaning. Parthenogenesis?


Pleonasm: repeating something for rhetorical effect.


A portico (from Italian) is a porch leading to the entrance of a building, or extended as a colonnade, with a roof structure over a walkway, supported by columns or enclosed by walls.


 'Prepone': “Let’s prepone the meeting from 11 a.m. to 10 a.m.” "Prepone" is probably the most famous Indianism of all time; one that I’m proud of, and that I actually support as a new entry to all English dictionaries. We don’t have the time to say silly things like "could you please bring the meeting forward." Prepone it is.


RENIG: To renege, to go back on something you’ve done or a promise you’ve made. RENIG is a better spelling, I think.


Retrospectoscope—the medical instrument that provides us with wisdom after the event and that sometimes does lead to improvements in practice that saves lives, though at other times it provides us only with scapegoats.


SAPROBIC: A fungus that lives on dead material.


skads. This is related to heteroskedastic and scatter, I bet.


Smarmy.    Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest; unctuous. A certain attitude often accompanied by a squinty look and a superior smile that makes you instantly hate a person. Ingratiating and wheedling in a way that is perceived as insincere or excessive; unctuous.


, suniousin, Greek, to put together (meaning, to comprehend).  to allow the seed to grow, to see the implications of (according to me). Matthew 13: 13.


SPLENDIFEROUS: extraordinarily or showily impressive


Testiculation. The holding forth with expressive hand gestures by a consultant on a subject on which he or she has little knowledge. (Concatenation of testicle and gesticulate.)


Twonique, better than duonique or dunique: Only two of the things exis







Given any curve C and a point P on it, there is a unique circle or line which most closely approximates the curve near P, the osculating circle at P. The curvature of C at P is then defined to be the curvature of that circle or line. 



RHOMBUS: A figure with 4 equal sides.


OBLONG: A rectangle that is not a square.


 mise en scene - arrangement of scenery and properties to represent the place where a play or movie is enacted

 For film, it has a broader meaning, and refers to almost everything that goes into the composition of the shot, including the composition itself: framing, movement of the camera and characters, lighting, set design and gen eral visual environment, even sound as it helps elaborate the composition.



1. Bloggbävning, n.

Definition: Literally translating to "blogquake," the word describes the process by which a topic explodes in the blogosphere and is then picked up by more mainstream media outlets.

Used in an English sentence: "Man, that 'ogooglebar' thing really caused a bloggbävning today."


2. Livslogga, v.

Definition: Literally translating to "life log," the word refers to continually documenting one's life in pictures.

Used in an English sentence: "I know my Instagram is full of retro-looking pictures of salads, but what can I say? It's fun to livslogga."


3. Ogooglebar, adj.

Definition: Literally meaning "ungoogleable," the term is used to describe someone or something that doesn't show up in Google results.

Used in an English sentence: "I'm going on a date tonight, but he's totally ogooglebar! What are the odds he's an axe murderer?"


4. Nomofob, n.

Definition: A person who feels anxious at the very thought of being separated from his or her mobile phone. (Adapted from the clunky English "no mobile phone phobia.")

Used in an English sentence: "I'd love to go swimming, but I can't be in the water for very long -- I'm sort of a nomofob."


5. Fulparkerare, n.

Definition: Literally translating to "ugly parker," the word describes someone who parks his or her car in a particularly egregious or unlawful manner.

Used in an English sentence: "Whoa, did you really just double-park? Come on, don't be a fulparkerare."


6. Mobildagis, n.

Definition: Literally meaning "mobile phone daycare," the term describes a place -- often in or near schools -- where mobile phones are stored.

Used in an English sentenc: "While you're in class, you can keep your phone at the mobildagis."


7. Appa, v.

Definition: Literally, "to app": to solve a problem using a mobile phone app

Used in an English sentence: "How can I keep track of how many steps I take in a day? Is there a way to appa it?"


8. Padda, n. Tablet

Definition: a nickname for someone's iPad or tablet computer

Used in an English sentence: "Are you bringing your padda on the trip?"


9. Terja, v.

Definition: To manipulate a photograph. The term gets its name from the nature photographer Terje Hellesø, who confessed to manipulating his award-winning photos of animals.

Used in an English sentence: "Wow, that's a gorgeous photo. I can't believe it's not Terja'ed!"


10. Trädmord, n.

Definition: Literally translating to "tree murder," the term increased in usage in 2011, after several trees near Stockholm were either damaged or poisoned, causing them to die. Can be adopted, however, to describe excessive and/or wasteful use of paper and packaging.

Used in an English sentence: "Hey, guys, whose 80-page article is on the printer? Trädmord!"


11. Attitydinkontinens, n.

Definition: Literally meaning "attitude incontinence," the term describes the inability to keep one's opinions to oneself

Used in an English sentence: "Sorry for that long comment I left on your post just now. I guess I had a temporary case of attitydinkontinens."


12. Flipperförälder, n.

Definition: Literally meaning "pinball parent," the term describes a parent who's the opposite of a helicopter parent -- who lets his or her kids have freedom. (It refers to the ball's tendency, in a pinball game, to bounce around the board after it's been let loose.) Can also, in translation, refer to a parent who lets his or her kids loose on the Internet, without parental controls.

Used in an English sentence: "Of course I let Bobby have his own Facebook account. I'm trying to be a flipperförälder."


13. Åsiktstaliban, n.

Definition: Literally "opinion Taliban," the term refers to someone or a group of someones who tolerate only one opinion on a given issue. (In translation, might also refer more generally to "trolls.")

Used in an English sentence: "Word to the wise: Don't read the comments right now. They're full of Åsiktstaliban."


14. Nakenchock, n. Nakenshock.

Definition: Literally "naked shock," the term could refers to the shock you get when clicking on a link that leads you, unsuspectingly, to images of people who are less than clothed. The other side of NSFW.

Used in an English sentence: "Don't click that link! You'll get a nakenchock."


15. Köttrymd, n.

Definition: A derivation of the English "meatspace," the term refers to the entirety of the non-digital world.

Used in an English sentence: "Thanks for reading! Now I'm signing off -- going to see what's going on in Köttrymd."





From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia


factoid is a questionable orspurious (unverified, false, or fabricated) statement presented as a fact, but without supportingevidence. The word can also be used to describe a particularly insignificant or novel fact, in the absence of much relevant context.[1] The word is defined by the Compact Oxford English Dictionary as "an item of unreliable information that is repeated so often that it becomes accepted as fact".[2]

Factoid was coined by Norman Mailer in his 1973 biography ofMarilyn Monroe. Mailer described a factoid as "facts which have no existence before appearing in a magazine or newspaper"




Sprezzatura [sprettsaˈtura] is an Italian word originating from Baldassare Castiglione's The Book of the Courtier, where it is defined by the author as "a certain nonchalance, so as to conceal all art and make whatever one does or says appear to be without effort and almost without any thought about it".[1] It is the ability of the courtier to display "an easy facility in accomplishing difficult actions which hides the conscious effort that went into them".[2] Sprezzatura has also been described "as a form of defensive irony: the ability to disguise what one really desires, feels, thinks, and means or intends behind a mask of apparent reticence and nonchalance".[3]

The word has entered the English language; the Oxford English Dictionary defines it as "studied carelessness".[4] From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia