Today’s Wordnik word of the day is: shandygaff Shandygaff is a mixture of bitter beer and ginger beer or ginger ale. The original English recipe of ‘shandygaff’ is a pint of bitter beer with a small bottle of old-fashioned ginger-beer; but porter or stout or lager-beer is sometimes substituted for the bitter beer, and ginger-ale for the ginger-beer.
Right now the word is: interlard To interlard is to bloat or enlarge by including often minor or extraneous details at regular intervals. It can also refer to adding fat in cooking.
Right now the word is: banjax Banjax is Irish slang for “ruin or destroy”. It seems fitting to me today, as I have had 9 shareholders sell off all of their shares in my stock on Empire Avenue. Feh.
Right now the word is: polonaise Polonaise is a Polish word that denotes a dance, the music it is danced to and also a style of woman’s dress. (The pictured polonaise dress can be rented from Vintage Costumers of Seattle.)
Right now the word is: gurrier Gurrier is Irish slang meaning spiv, rascal; lout, ruffian; street urchin. It is a pejorative word.
Right now the word is: estaminet Although it sounds rather like a French woman’s name (“I’d like you meet my dear friend Esta Minet….”) an estaminet is a small cafe or bar, typically one where smoking is permitted and most likely one that it is a bit shabby. (Image credit—Tom Curtis http://freedigitalphotos.net)
Right now the word is: amercement An amercement (sometimes also spelled americament) is a monetary penalty imposed by a court. It differs from a fine in that fines are specified by statute for particular offenses, whereas an amercement is imposed arbitrarily by a court.
Today’s Merriam-Webster #definethis word of the day is: prodigious Prodigious derives from the word prodigy and can mean outstanding and unusual or may mean significant in quantity. Use the word of the day in a sentence and tweet it with the hashtag #definethis to play the game. Today I opted to combine prodigious with the Wordnik word of the day which is: prosumer Prosumer can...
Today’s Merriam-Webster #definethis Word of the Day is: assay To assay means to try or to attempt. Use the word of the day in a sentence and tweet it with the #definethis hashtag to play the game. My entry today: “bright and sunny, so assayed a few photos of Mount Rainier. But clouds twixt here and there. I shot a bunch of junk. #definethis”
Right now the word is: palaver Palaver means talk— either a long back and forth between two people of disparate cultures and outlooks or misleading and beguiling speech. What I like about palaver is that it’s a word you can toss out and the recipient will never have any way of knowing if you meant it as an insult.
Today’s Wordnik Word of the Day is: Tulipomania Tulipomania is defined as a craze for the cultivation or acquisition of tulips; specifically, that which arose in the Netherlands about the year 1634, seized on all classes like an epidemic, and led to disasters such as result from great financial catastrophes. Tulip-marts were established in various towns, where roots were sold and resold...
Today’s Wordnik word of the day is: herl Herl means simply a strand of hair or the shaft of a feather. Herl is heard mostly these days in fly-fishing circles.
Right now the word is: paraskevidekatriaphobia Paraskevidekatriaphobia is fear of Friday the 13th. If you are suffering from paraskevidekatriaphobia, I suggest you eat some pie:
Right now the word is: zyzzyva One of the challenges for those of us interested in obscure words is figuring out which of them are real words. The Oxford English Dictionary and its web site are a fantastic source, but it costs 30 bucks a month, a charge out of reach for many of us very poor wordsmiths. And as Sam Greenspan (@11points, author the blog 11points.com) says,...
Right now the word is: anomalous I’ve always liked the word anomalous (which means an exception or deviation from the normal or common order, form or rule) because it often seems to be mis-read as anonymous, which is itself an anomaly.
Right now the word is: phantasmally Phantasmally means “as a phantom; in a spectral form or manner”. Mostly, I don’t really believe in ghosts, although every now and then they do seem to make an appearance in my life. This Snickers pie is not just a fantasy. But since I only have a picture of it, it might as well be.
Right now the word is: lineation Lineation simply means marking or outlining with lines. Or an outline. I first thought that lineation would require a break from all the pie pics. But this Nestle chocolate mini-pie fits the order perfectly.
I have recently discovered Wordnik a cool web site devoted to words and the people who work with them and love them. I’ve taken to clicking on the Random Word link just to see what pops up, and at times I waste hours reading the pages for different words. What a difference a hypen makes. According to Wordnik stouthearted is defined as “brave; courageous” and secondarily...
Right now the word is: feute Feute is a noun that can mean odor or scent. I’ve been told that the savory garlic pie has a quite pleasing feute, but honestly I’ve never smelled one.
Right now the word is: hormesis Hormesis is a stimulant or beneficial effect of a low dosage of a toxin. I suspect that eating an entire blueberry and blackberry cheesecake would kill you. But a tiny sliver will surely provide hormesis.
Today’s Merriam-Webster #definethis Word of the Day is: palooka A palooka is an inexperienced or incompetent boxer. Use the word of the day in a sentence and tweet it with the hashtag #definethis to play the game. My entry today: I suppose it will mark me as Twitter palooka to admit I’ve confused the At sign and the pound sign. #definethis
Today’s Wordnik word of the day is: gallied Gallied is a nautical term that means worried, flurried, frightened and/or harassed. Honestly, I doubt I would feel much gallied if I had a real candy cookie pie, instead of just this picture.
Right now the word is: mulct Mulct is a funny word. It can be both a noun, meaning a fine or penalty or a verb which can mean imposing a fine or forfeiture and or fraud and swindling. Honestly, I’m not much worried about anyone trying to mulct me—unless they are after great friends or pictures of pie, attempting to mulct me would be futile.
Right now the word is: droughty Sometimes, when I find a new word that is just a single letter off of another word, it almost feels like cheating to simply add a y to make it an adjective and create a whole new word. Yet droughty works I think. While the starred turkey pie does look as though it may be a bit dry, I would hardly describe it as droughty.
Today’s Merriam-Webster #definethis Word of the Day is: pursy Pursy means ‘having a puckered appearance’. Use the word of the day in a sentence and tweet it with the hashtag #definethis to play the game. My entry today: “The gentleman clutched his napkin to mouth as his face assumed a pursy expression. Did the cook omit sugar from the lemon pie?...
Right now the word is: wordsmith A wordsmith is a writer who is fluent and prolific and an expert on words. A wordsmith is my dear friend Holly Jahangiri who tweeted: “Acclumsid with thirst, firefighters work beneath a sombrous sky that promises rain, but does not deliver.”i P
Right now the word is: sombrous Sombrous means simply somber or gloomy. Few are gloomy at the prospect of pie and many are amused or elated at the prospect of Pi pie. But I confess that I’ve never been much for math, and the Pi sign actually makes me feel a bit sombrous.
Today’s Wordnik Word of the Day is: indwell Indwell means to exist within, especially as a spirit or driving force. Part of me wants to say that a chocolate covered peanut butter pie is neither a spirit nor a driving force. Yet how many of us truly desire for chocolate to indwell in us.
Right now the word is: acclumsid Acclumsid means numbed, paralyzed and/or clumsy. I don’t think a slice of Boston Cream Pie is likely to make anyone acclumsid, though if you ate the whole thing…
Right now the word is: ventripotent One who is ventripotent is big-bellied and gluttonous. Rather like if you had eaten a piece of every pie I’ve uploaded lately ;)
Right now the word is: farctate Facrctate is the state of being over-stuffed with food. (Overeating) Kind of what you might feel if you had eaten all of the pies I have uploaded the past few days. (Note I did NOT bake the pies and I did NOT take the pictures.) (Did you know….in circus lingo “cherry pie” refers to “extra work”?)
Right now the word is: batrachophagous Someone who is batrachophagous eats frogs. I can’t say frog legs are my favorite food, but with enough garlic butter… Most folks would rather eat coconut cream pie I expect.
Right now the word is: cachinnation Cachinnation is loud or hysterical laughter. You may be picturing me cackling over my Bigger Piece of the Pie. Honestly, I’m not. But I do love PIE!
Right now the word is: abderian An abderian is one given to incessant or idiotic laughter. No joke! (And no joke, I still love pie!)
Right now the word is: telekinesis Telekinesis is the production of motion in objects (such as by supernatural forces) without any physical means. Honestly, I wish I could use it to conjure this delicious Edward’s Key Lime Pie from the picture to my plate. (Did I mention I still like pie?)
Right now the word is: telangiectasia A telangiectasia is an abnormal dilation of red, blue, or purple superficial capillaries, arterioles, or venules typically localized just below the skin’s surface. Not going to upload a picture. It doesn’t sound pretty.
Right now the word is: bibelot A bibelot is a small household ornament or decorative object. A trinket.
Right now the word is: tatterdemalion A tatterdemalion is a person dressed in ragged clothing. A ragamuffin.
Right now the word is: sternutation Sternutation is the act of sneezing. Gesundheit.
Don't burn the crust
The word now is still: pie My pie obsession continues. I suspect I would like the zucchini pie. But the crust is Too Dark.
Right now the word is: quetzal The quetzal is a small South American bird with a brilliant green head and winds and fiery red belly.
Right now the word is: adventitious Adventitious means arising or occurring sporadically or in other than the usual location. The secret prize, the surprise inside. My discovery of the joys of pie was adventitious by-product of a chance conversation with @Jake_MN.
Right now the word is: extraneous Extraneous means outside of the main point, as in off-topic or irrelevant. The pie pictures I am posting today are indeed extraneous to the focus of this obscure words blog. But I can’t help it. I love pie!
Right now the word is: precocious Precocious means exceptionally early in development. As in the precocious Empire Avenue player became obsessed with more Pie early in his game. Yes, I would like some of Little Shamrock’s million dollar pie, please!
More PIE Please!
Right now, the word is still: pie @spiggi_speak says I’m obsessed with pie today. And he’s right! Just FYI I did not make that bacon apple pie, and I did not take any of the pictures used in this blog. (I do make a great pecan pie, though; I use cinnamon.)
Right now the word is: pie As in I just unlocked the Bigger Piece of the Pie on Empire Avenue. My buddy Jake convinced me it is good to be piggy for pie. (Here’s hoping the folks I had to sell shares in to buy it don’t fry my bacon.)
Right now the word is: funicular A funicular is a cable railway ascending a mountain; especially : one in which an ascending car counterbalances a descending car.
Right now the word is: fascicle A fascicle is a small or slender bundle (as of pine needles or nerve fibers).
Right now the word is: crepuscule Crepuscule means twilight. A four dollar word for dusk.