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Section: 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Generated list from newspapers

As of 2009-08-25 edit - Lists checked: 1355 - Unique missing words: 15531

Words on the Hotlist are in bold; words on Robert Ullmann's Missing list are in italics.

  • bundt (7)
  • preshot (6) - inchlong (6)
  • slumdogs (5) - postdraft (5) - oversharing (5) - madoff (5) - lferenc (5) - floresiensis (5) - cyberoperations (5)
  • whos (4) - verdejo (4) - transborder (4) - spoofy (4) - slipcovered (4) - shigella (4) - seminomadic (4) - scrubeenie (4) - sanford (4) - refounded (4) - pretextual (4) - partscore (4) - midperiod (4) - leadup (4) - fuzzies (4) - francophonie (4) - flowy (4) cybercommand (4) - cinsault (4) - carignan (4) - bubblicious (4) - acai (4)
  • yukked (3) - wordies (3) - verdicchio (3) - veltliners (3) - upscaling (3) - uninvolving (3) - unfulfillment (3) - underinsurance (3) - trodding (3) - togarishi (3) - tippy (3) - tentpole (3) - tennessee (3) - supersedan (3) - superpopular (3) - striploin (3) - spagoers (3) - soundman (3) - slingshotted (3) - setpiece (3) - securocrats (3) - scrambly (3) - runscorer (3) - reupholstery (3) - reteed (3) - reappreciation (3) - readerly (3) - quaaludes (3) - puckhandling (3) - preconvention (3) - prebuilding (3) - postmarket (3) - postcrash (3) - pixeled (3) - pinstripers (3) - piledriving (3) - phrasedicks (3) - partscores (3) - overstyled (3) - overlayed (3) - ortho (3) - nonsystem (3) - nonrevenue (3) - nonnas (3) - noninterest (3) - nonequity (3) - noncollecting (3) - noncirculating (3) - nannygate (3) - multipayer (3) - multiculti (3) - multichallenger (3) - mrd (3) - monterey (3) - mocs (3) - miniwagon (3) - minifilms (3) - midground (3) - larb (3) - knuckling (3) - jimson (3) - intramurals (3) - hocketing (3) - grommeted (3) - grigios (3) - grasscourt (3) - glamourpuss (3) - gallerygoers (3) - frontloaded (3) - frik (3) - forechecker (3) - fistic (3) - fakey (3) - explong (3) - expdate (3) - emerg (3) - discretionaries (3) - deconditioned (3) - danzon (3) - cyrus (3) - cuchifrito (3) - counterthemes (3) - cocktailery (3) - circlings (3) - choros (3) - cheaping (3) - calamata (3) - blipster (3) - blingy (3) - bingtuan (3) - bagnat (3) - backman (3) - auslese (3) - antimusical (3) - anticrisis (3)


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Non-letter 2009

  • -ificate suffix
  • -gamy
    Is this missing a sense? Something about fusion? e.g. sense two of exogamy. Also see zoogamy. 50 Xylophone Players talk 12:49, 12 June 2009 (UTC)
  • -n't've suffix, double contraction of "not have"
    It's not standard written English, but it is common in spoken English, and appears widely in books and news reports; there is an entry for wouldn't've, but it also appears as shouldn't've, oughtn't've, can't've, won't've, and probably a few more I'm forgetting at the moment. 16:54, 19 November 2009 (UTC)


Section: 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

A 2008

  • aisthesis - Not in OneLook, aesthesis - In OneLook, esthesis - In OneLook
  • aquiet - Not in OneLook, acquiet, seems to be only a scanno for "a quiet"

A 2009

  • acervuli
  • acidulate as a noun (I first saw it as an ingredient in soda to make it acidic, may also have a technical use in chemistry).
  • ACRR as an initialism for Adjacent Channel Rejection Ratio. See also See also ACLR
  • acro (needs English) (or acro dance; see w:Acro dance)
  • acryloyldimethyltaurate
  • active matrix, passive matrix: LCD displays
  • acylphospatidylethanolamine (SemperBlotto wrote a paper about this)
  • adjustment cap per discussion
  • adverbial genitive See w:Adverbial genitive
  • advesperate: to approach evening
  • affiatus
  • Afrindian
  • afternoon tea (Aussie slang)
  • agaw (adjective) As in, "I was agape and agaw at the lack of an entry for this word". —This comment was unsigned.
    I'm not sure that meets CFI. I can find only one cite: —RuakhTALK 00:14, 27 April 2009 (UTC)
    I've heard "agape and agaw". Amazing that there was only one Web hit. Could there be a different spelling? DCDuring TALK 03:15, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
    Maybe the expression is "agape and agog", with agaw being a corruption thereof. It gets 4 fiction hits at b.g.c., but seems not to warrant an entry. DCDuring TALK 03:24, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
    I note that gawp and gaup have meanings very similar to gape, although the etymologies apparently differ. The construction "agape and agawp" seems feasible. Pingku 15:54, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
  • aggressin or aggressins, these are produced by bacteria and substances harmful to the host, usually with local effects (I am shortly going to create a referenced wikipedia article on the subject, however a dictionary definition would probably be better and add a lot to the article with a link). Thanks, regards, Captain-n00dle ( 21:20, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
  • a little from column A, a little from column B
  • all for one, one for all
  • alignment of the planets or aligning of the planets -- a fairly widely-used English idiom, but not one I find in the Wiktionary list of English idioms. N2e 00:03, 23 August 2009 (UTC)
  • allochtonic
    Probably a misspelling of *allochthonic; perhaps synonymous with allochthonous.  (u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 00:45, 29 July 2009 (UTC)
  • alveolo-palatal
  • amarevole deciding word in the 2009 Scripps National Spelling Bee —This comment was unsigned. Apparently music notation: "(to be played) bitterly". Equinox ◑ 16:20, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
  • amber fluid (Aussie slang for beer)
  • ambulacral
  • amount due
  • analgin (apparently metamizole sodium ???) It's a brand name: Analgin.
  • antibunching, antibunched, etc. (quantum physics, certain particles being spread out and not bunched?)
  • antilinear: see w:Antilinear
  • antimilk, especially in "antimilk serum". Better not mix it with milk.
  • anti-passback. Something connected to security, but probably not internet or personal security--Rising Sun talk? 17:01, 8 December 2009 (UTC) Done antipassback. Equinox ◑ 05:12, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
  • any longer
  • any more
  • aporetic, aporetical from aporesis but possibly related to aporia
  • aptychus
  • aquacade —This comment was unsigned. Correctly capitalised Aquacade, but perhaps not dictionary material: see w:Aquacade. Equinox ◑ 13:55, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
  • ard an implement used before / instead of plough?
  • ASIN — some kind of initialism, probably related to ISBN, used on here and here —This comment was unsigned. It's w:Amazon Standard Identification Number. Equinox ◑ 15:33, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
  • ask* (noun), especially "a big ask" (request, in business jargon)
  • as it stands
  • as much as the next guy
  • as near as dammit (or near as dammit, or rarer quick, close, soon...) See dammit#Noun.
  • atest verb - possibly common misspelling of attest
  • atheromatous
  • at cost - to buy something at cost. See at, sense 5.
  • authorial self -- How does this differ from authorial self? Dbfirs 16:01, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
  • autogated adjective; as in "autogated image intensifier tube" in conjunction with modern military night vision monoculars/binoculars; used several times in w:Night vision device and elsewhere.
  • arthrodial
  • autopatroller (probably just a WMF term) —This comment was unsigned. ← No way this meets CFI. —RuakhTALK 13:57, 18 August 2009 (UTC)
  • avulse need English, a medical term
  • -away
  • a watched kettle never boils
  • axe pistol
  • ay up (sometimes written ay oop), Northern English greeting

A 2010

  • ack: interjection, not the radio operator's "acknowledged" but as in "Ack, I'm not fully awake!" on making a mistake, etc. Equinox ◑ 21:28, 9 January 2010 (UTC)
  • ask away


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B 2008

  • ben-room from while the soldiers, with their leader, occupied the ben-room and the only door-way | cf. Blanche McManus, Our Little Scotch Cousin: "There were only two rooms, but Auld Wullie asked them into the front one, which the country people call the 'ben room'..." Equinox 18:29, 24 October 2008 (UTC) It seems that "ben room" and "but room" are front and back rooms of a cottage; see existing entries for Scots ben and but. Equinox 15:26, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
May be different in McManus, but generally the ben-room is the interior room, not the front. OED for 'ben': inner, interior, as in ben end, ben room.
... might be the same, depending on the layout of the house? Dbfirs 13:27, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
  • blind hope
  • Bodyflight - an activity where participants simulate the freefall aspect of skydiving by ballancing their bodies in a large vertical column of high speed air generated by a Vertical Wind Tunnel - Indoor Skydiving 19:25, 26 September 2008 see w:Bodyflight bodyflight
  • bow unto someone (or merely bow unto? Or a usage note in bow?) (Is this as in "bow to someone's superior knowledge"? — Paul G 09:40, 4 June 2008 (UTC)) bow to
  • Boytox The use of Botox by men. (blend of "boy" and "Botox") — In Susie Dent's Words of the Year as quoted in the Daily Mail on 2 October 2008. — Paul G 14:28, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Bunbury, Bunburying - a term introduced by Oscar Wilde. See Wikipedia:Bunburying.
  • buzz-bombed see entry for buzz bomb

B 2009

  • backstrap - a widely used term in the Southern and Western United States for deer or elk loin
  • backroll
  • báinín
  • baked in (verb)
  • banksy A proper name, Banksy is a famous british grafitti artist
  • batavophone - Dutch-speaking, from the Latin name for the Netherlands: Batavia
  • batberry
  • Ba-wan - a Taiwanese snack food, see 肉圓 and [1] Tooironic 00:32, 10 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Bayamón
  • bayard: a person armed with the self-confidence of ignorance
  • have a bead on? or have a bead? or bead on?? or add a sense at bead? (from current request at w:wp:RDL)
  • beat to the punch -The correct form is beat somebody to the punch which we already have. 50 Xylophone Players talk 17:24, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
  • bed-swerver: an unfaithful spouse (only in Shakespeare?)
  • belitrose (Are you sure that Nietzsche used this word? The only trace I can find is your search for it! Dbfirs 07:13, 4 July 2009 (UTC)) If Nietzsche is involved, could it be bellicose? Equinox ◑ 18:05, 25 July 2009 (UTC)
  • bemissionary: to annoy with missionaries
  • bendalism: "'pre-bendalism'- dispersion of public jobs and rents (money the national government makes off of other countries for oil) that people say the village is owed" from
  • be off with you, be off with?
  • be right back - come guys, this is a common one! Tooironic 00:59, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
  • bergère (needs English)
  • Binkie: nickname, short for some other name?
    Not sure if this is how it's spelled, but there's a word of this pronunciation that's some kind of baby something. Maybe a pacifier, I don't recall... — [ R·I·C ] opiaterein — 13:36, 26 May 2009 (UTC)
    You're right but I think it might be binky. I'm not certain though. 50 Xylophone Players talk 13:44, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
  • biogenetics
  • biographene - Graphene specially designed and engineered for biological use.
  • biomagnify
  • biopolitics, biopower (Foucault?)
  • biofluid
  • Black-eye a bad name, a dishonoured reputation
  • blark an anon added the seemingly protologistic Blark but this seems like it might be a valid, unrelated word. 50 Xylophone Players talk 13:44, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
  • blowoff or blow-off (noun) -- circus/carnival jargon, as used in Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land. Other senses also exist.
  • bluenosed: might be something like priggish, stuck-up?
  • boat - ""he clearly gave the fan a little extra he got what he deserved he should have got more. BOAT!!!! PMA" Boat as in full house? PMA? This and the above come from a Yahoo sports commentary and reactions from presumedly native speakers online.
  • boat person & boat people - aka refugees / asylum seekers Tooironic 11:45, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
  • bodhrán - is the original Irish spelling for bodhran --Duncan 12:36, 12 April 2009 (UTC)
  • body* verb: "I don't say, one bodies the other one's spiritual truth" (Larkin): to embody?
  • body-snatched
  • bomber seat
  • boodie
  • book word, a word that one reads all the time and never found out how to pronounce. sort of. L☺g☺maniac chat? 00:55, 15 November 2009 (UTC)
  • boomage - No idea what it means, see
OED: (a) A duty levied to compound for harbour dues, anchorage, and soundage. (b) A toll levied by the owner of a boom on its use for storing logs.
But 'boom' only attested w appropriate meaning in American English: A line of floating timber stretched across a river or round an area of water to retain floating logs. kwami 11:19, 24 June 2009 (UTC)
  • botan, as in botan rice (i.e. sticky rice) Tooironic 09:22, 14 November 2009 (UTC)
  • bouffage: an enjoyable or satisfying meal
  • bowden cable - on wikipedia
  • Bràila
  • braille - needs English. same as Braille?
  • brain sand
  • brazzle: " prolong the lull in my scientific studies and relax in the midst of some innocent occupation such as brazzle or solitaire" - Nabokov. Appears to be a newspaper anagram game. Equinox 12:02, 11 February 2009 (UTC)
  • breastknot - cf. breastknot in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • brehon- appears in Beowulf "the brehon handed him a hilted weapon" on line 1457, something like an Early Irish Political figure see w:Early Irish Law--Dictionman 22:32, 13 February 2009 (UTC) — Capitalisation? The Wikipedia page uses a capital B, as does this Irish Society article. Wikipedia also says it is "an Anglicisation of breitheamh (earlier brithem), the Irish word for a judge." [My bold.] The Irish Society article prefers "lawgiver". Pingku 07:33, 15 February 2009 (UTC)
I may stand corrected if I remember my history correctly brehons were judges in Celtic societies. Other related terms include (the king), tuath (his "dominion" or whatever you will call it), Aos Dána (wise men, sometimes included women. This included the brehons along with filí [poets, singular file], druids and bards), deirbhfine (royal family from which the king was chosen from) 50 Xylophone Players talk 13:44, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
  • bronze whaler
  • brotherhoodly ... only in blogs etc where they mean brotherly? Dbfirs 08:20, 4 July 2009 (UTC)
  • bruiter (needs English - loud person?)
  • bubcus, bubkus, bupkis
  • bucc : since a TV advert is using this as a "widely known" slang word, I'd like to know what it is. —This comment was unsigned. Apparently coined by or on w:So You Think You Can Dance, probably a protologism; see Urban Dictionary for definitions. Equinox ◑ 01:59, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Buick - the car brand Tooironic 23:59, 8 October 2009 (UTC)
  • buck wild/buckwild - American dialect slang? Tooironic 01:05, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
  • bull run - encierro in Spanish --Rising Sun talk? 15:52, 13 December 2009 (UTC)
  • bunker down should this be hunker down?
  • bunya pine
  • burger queen
  • butter oil
  • buz: like zing/gotcha? Spoken in Headlong Hall (1816) after a withering putdown.
  • by-

B 2010


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C 2008

  • C.J. -- as an alternate form of writing CJ, Chief Justice 03:37, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Callirhoë -- in Webster's 3rd
  • catch by surprise —This comment was unsigned. Or just by surprise? Equinox ◑ 11:38, 10 March 2009 (UTC)
  • cessel (possibly an scanno of vessel)
  • chain gang choir - see also chain gang
  • charnel ground - an open air repository of dead, decomposing and dismembered bodies, particularly human remains; (connotations as per charnel house, except transpose to ground)
  • clagnut -- apparently a dingleberry (clinging piece of feces); compare claggy. Equinox 21:41, 2 October 2008 (UTC)
    I'm not too sure about this one. A search of several online dictionaries yields no results. A GB search yields 50 results, but all of them are for a website by the same name, so I'm not sure that this is a real word. Razorflame 06:30, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
  • clatch: klatsch? klatsh?
  • clernates
  • clog up, clogged up: passage impeded as in a clogged up drain pipe, or a traffic jam - see entry for clog Jonthescribbler 13:40, 23 January 2009 (UTC)
  • Colopatiron--An angel who unlocks prison gates, we can appeal to this sacred being when we are struggling for freedom or independence of any kind: economic, creative, spiritual or psychological.
    • Difficult to find reliable sources about this one; appears mainly in "magickal" publications such as those by Crowley (perhaps he invented the name?). See [2]. 04:29, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
  • come on: a drinking game
  • compunture, compuncture common or colloquial mispellings of compunction. For definition see:
  • cold-cure, cold cure (relating to meats) L☺g☺maniac chat? 22:47, 23 October 2009 (UTC)
  • collection of water
  • co-optative, co-optive
  • cooster 'a worn-out libertine'
  • couple blocks - distance varying from roughly 500 feet to perhaps 3000 feet, particularly in Boston
  • cross reactivity, cross-reactivity, crossreactivity -- I didn't know that reactivities ever became angry. Dbfirs 21:39, 31 August 2009 (UTC)
  • con-goer – someone who goes to a convention/conference -- isn't this a simple "sum of parts"? Otherwise we'd need opera-goer, theatre-goer, etc. 01:18, 27 July 2008 (UTC)
    SOP or not from my experience this is mainly used in relation to anime/manga conventions, e.g. ReCon, AmeCon, Comiket, etc. 50 Xylophone Players talk 14:41, 11 June 2009 (UTC)
  • creamwove, cream wove - a type of paper
  • cribrovascular

C 2009

  • calendrics - study of calendars?
  • calley
  • Calo, missing sense at Caló. See Caló at WP.
  • calotte (see calotte). English section missing:
    • A type of hat
    • architecture term
    • part of eye
    • molecular thing
    • part of a bird
    • Belgian university hat
  • Camdenite: apparently not a Camden resident but something old and perhaps religious.
  • canegrub
  • can we say (forming a question; sarcastic drawing of attention to a motive or agenda)
  • cap and trade
  • capture the imagination - an idiom? - google:"capture the imagination" has 465,000 hits --Dan Polansky 09:45, 20 May 2009 (UTC) Or just figurative sense of capture#Verb? DCDuring TALK 16:16, 28 May 2009 (UTC)
  • caput mortuum (pl. capita mortua) — various senses; see Wikipedia and the OED.
  • carcinisation
  • carve-outs
  • casher - it looks like there exist some English definitions "Each check casher shall also post a list of valid identification"[3]
  • catastrophism, see Wikipedia Pharamp 12:54, 23 December 2009 (UTC)
  • caterwaller, or additional sense at caterwauler:
    I just looked up the definition for the word "caterwauler". While the strict definition is correct, there is a middle America and Appalation application for the word in colloqlial (?) use.
    The basic definition is to sing a mountain song with no accompany, in a basic rising and falling shout at the upper limits of the voice in musicality and volume. Caterwaller.
    From OTRS - Amgine/talk 19:31, 15 October 2009 (UTC)
  • chantress: nun in charge of choral singing?
  • Chaozhou - city and people of southern China
  • cheap drunk (someone who gets drunk easily)
  • check out chick - Aussie slang for someone who operates a supermarket check out (interestingly, can refer to both male and female sexes) Tooironic 07:57, 6 December 2009 (UTC) or perhaps checkout chick Equinox ◑ 06:41, 13 December 2009 (UTC)
  • cheeky monkey
  • chewable (WP: "In Canada, almost all shareholders rights plans are "chewable", meaning they contain a permitted bid concept such that a bidder who is willing to conform to the requirements of a permitted bid can acquire the company by take-over bid without triggering a flip-in event.")
  • chickabiddy (apparently in Chambers)
  • chlorinolysis
  • (as much use as/as useful as) a chocolate teapot
  • chromogranin / secretogranin (see Wikipedia)
  • ciliary marginal zone - seems to be in a different location in the eye than ciliary margin
  • circummur'd (= circummured)
  • clappertalk and clapper talk - a form of Chinese narrative singing accompanied by a pair of clappers (see 快板) Tooironic 23:15, 9 October 2009 (UTC)
  • clitter verb
  • closetedness
  • cloudbust / cloudbusting / cloudbuster
  • Coandă effect, Coanda effect
  • Coandă surface, Coanda surface
  • coast guard
  • coformulation
  • colitic
  • comagmatic
  • come, now
  • commaless (genetics): see [4]
  • common-law wife, common law wife???. See de facto#Noun
  • concerteer - needs English
  • confraters (needs English)
  • come a raw prawn (Aussie slang)
  • consent search
  • constructive logic
  • contraindicatory - see entry for contraindicate, also could be contraindicative
  • Copán
  • copycrime: name of a Web site (, otherwise unattestable.
  • Corniculate - [5]
  • cornstook
  • coromuel, coromell - w:en:Coromuel
  • corpus arenacea
  • cosh pocket: A hidden pocket in a man's suit. (I only have one citation but it's modern.)
  • cosmonautics, cosmonautic, cosmonautical - all stem from cosmonaut. Come now, let's not clog up the page with obvious derivatives
  • cost-containment
  • Côtes d'Armor
  • coudé (needs English)
  • countercheck, counterfect, counterlight, countermark, countermine, counterpower, counterproof, counterstream, countertraction, counterweigh
  • counterwork: offensive military construction countering a defensive one (like contravallation?); also seems to be a verb; maybe even working at a counter (as in a post office).
  • coursemate (university, other?)
  • coventrise, coventrize, Coventrize
  • Coventryize, coventryize
  • cow-barton
  • crapflood (see Google Groups)
  • crapterpiece -- this word is straddling the boundary of WT:CFI.
  • cresidine
  • croggled - "Surprised/dazed/brought up short" - sci-fi fannish slang, used occasionally in print. See for a couple of references.
  • cross-birth/crossbirth
  • cross-strap
  • crossvein, crossveinless
  • crud - metalurgical
  • cruiseferry, cruise ferry
  • cryptoanalyst, cryptoanalysis: variant or erroneous forms of cryptanalyst, cryptanalysis
  • Cúcuta
  • Culiacán
  • cuvée, cuvee
  • cybernatic? cybernation? (= computerization?) apparently not cybernetic Equinox ◑ 12:22, 8 May 2009 (UTC)
  • cyclonically

C 2010

  • can't for the life of me (think of/explain something)
  • Castrist see castriste, Mglovesfun (talk) 11:00, 11 January 2010 (UTC)
  • crash box
  • crash gearbox


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D 2008

derecho - ( ENGLISH: NOUN: PRONUNCIATION: deh-RAY-cho) PLURAL: derochos) ETYMOLOGY: Coined by University of Iowa physics professor, Dr. Gustav Hinrichs in 1888 paper, from Spanish derecho meaning right, straight or direction.) Meteorological term for rare northern hemisphere weather system characterized by high velocity straight line winds extending over considerable distances and area, capable of spawning thunderstorms and tornado activity. SEE ALSO: Hinrichs, G., 1888: Tornadoes and derechos. Amer. Meteor. J., 5, 306-317, 341-349. About Derechos, part Of The Storm Prediction Center, NCEP, NWS, NOAA Web Site; Prepared by Robert H. Johns and Jeffry S. Evans (suggested definition submitted by chasjojobo,12 Sep 2009)

  • destroke Verb, seems to mean to shorten the stroke of an engine so it can be used in a different racing class. derate.
  • devil is missing reference to the phrase form "the devil you <verb>"—msh210 18:26, 30 December 2008 (UTC)
  • diabotanum<(a plaster of herbs” according to the Dictionary of Early English by Joseph Twadell Shipley at
  • diacaryon (a preparation of walnuts”; source as per diabotanum hereinbefore)
  • diacopraegia (a preparation of goat’s dung”; source as per diabotanum hereinbefore)
  • dido (in English; so far it is in Aragonese), as in "cut up (one's) didos (or didoes)"
  • DIMBY (Acronym for Definitely In My Back Yard; a phrase coined by Bob Scott of Capgemini to describe outsourcing for local government by transferring staff to locally based centres to keep employment in the locality)
  • discomgoogolation — A feeling of stress and anxiety suffered by people who are unable to use Google when the want to. Widely quoted in the media in the past couple of days (11,000 Google hits), clearly as the result of a press release. Quote: "Broadband has meant we have entered a culture of instant answers. [...] When people are unable to get online, discomgoogolation takes over." — Dr David Lewis, psychologist. Seems to be a nonce term (and a badly formed one as well; "com" is usually "con" before a "g", and surely that should be "google" in the middle - "discongooglation" would be a coinage that fits better with the usual rules of construction of English words) — whether it catches on we shall see. Possibly (my theory) modeled after discombobulation. — Paul G 16:34, 2 September 2008 (UTC)
Yes, the odd m would appear to recall discombobulation, while the googol I'm sure is intentional—a faux Latin form of Google, from googol. kwami 19:19, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
  • distributive justice -- widely used in Political Science, Economics and Sociology literatures. See also, and compare to, "C 2008" request for commutative justice N2e 04:40, 11 February 2008 (UTC) See w:Distributive justice.
  • doctor of physic —This comment was unsigned. doctor + of + physics —This comment was unsigned. But it's not somebody with a physics degree; it's an archaic term (Chaucer?) for a physician (medical doctor). I think physic covers it, though. Equinox ◑ 16:40, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
  • dredge up - done and dusted - see dredge

D 2009

  • dark pool
  • dasia — perhaps a synonym of spiritus asper; cf. psili
  • datacable, data cable
  • darnation: see tarnation and Talk:tarnation.
  • data miner - see data mining.
  • decant - adj, metalurgical, as in "decant return", "decant basin", "decant water"
  • deconfliction (domains: military, computer science)
  • decruitment
  • deed-in-lieu
  • demisal related to demise and the meaning "to lease"; the form seen is "demisal line" which are the defined boundaries of the leased area; thus obviously related to lease line and its mentions of the hoped for demising partition or demising wall; don't know whether to add as variant of demise as is demising;
  • dent the hope
  • desh one's homeland. From Bengali, as in "Bangladesh."
  • detectograph, some kind of audio-recording device
  • devolutional (compare devolutionary)
  • devotée, and possibly devoté
  • deviationist/deviationism Wikipedia: w:Deviationism
  • Día de la Raza
  • dialethic – something to do with logical negation H. (talk) 10:45, 5 May 2009 (UTC)
    Of or pertaining to dialetheism or dialethism, the idea that some logical propositions can be simultaneously true and false. See w:dialetheism. In a dialethic logic, proof by contradiction may not be possible. Pingku 13:13, 5 May 2009 (UTC)
  • diddums, as in poor diddums (sp?)
  • dillisk, dilsk
  • dihydroergotoxine
  • dimeglumine
  • dingledodies (Kerouac, a nonce used only once: "They danced down the streets like dingledodies, and I shambled after...")
  • dinner shirt
  • direct tango (used in war operations)
  • dirt worshipper/dirt worshiper
  • disalienated
  • disboscation: deforestation of forest for farming.
  • disk verb: disked, disking
  • distinctability
  • dodine: see w:Dodine but I'm not sure how much it has entered English from French, nor whether it really means (only) what Wikipedia says.
  • dog in a bath - the sex act where the male tries to insert both his testicles and penis into the vagina or rectum of the recipient, which is hard to do, thus the name ([6]) Tooironic 01:24, 27 October 2009 (UTC)
  • doll's house a toy house to use in playing with a doll. Called a dollhouse (one word with no apostrophe s in American English).
  • Doña (needs English)
  • donkey vote, donkey-vote, possibly also donkeyvote
  • do one's head in
  • dopamine antagonist
  • dosis (needs English)
  • dovened
  • downcycle, upcycle (verbs: see Wikipedia)
  • downmix
  • down the line, further down the line?
  • down with - to accept or consent to something? e.g. "I'm not down with you staying at that guy's house tonight." American dialect I think. Tooironic 09:05, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
  • dramatology, dramatological, dramatologically
  • dred
  • ductway
  • Dún Laoghaire - w:Dún Laoghaire
  • dweomercraft - found in the nethack manual as a skill that a wizard has. (See dweomer.)
  • dyssynergia


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E 2008

  • e-fit -see entry and separate Wikipedia article for E-FIT Jonthescribbler 00:32, 2 January 2009 (UTC)
  • Enron - This has entered the language now as a generic name for high-scale fraud/corruption.

E 2009

  • E1204 - E1420 - E1422 - E1450 - E1451 - E1452 - E215 - E219 - E319 - E407a - E425 - E426 - E468 - E470a - E470b - E479b - E481 - E482 - E483 - E514 - E515 - E516 - E553a - E553b - E586 - E650 - E959 - E962 -E968 (E numbers)
  • ec-
  • éclaircissement (needs English)
  • econocide
  • ecotarianism — Paul G 14:43, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
  • educationalism
  • elastics: playground game, like skipping?
  • electoral region (electoral + region?)
  • email forward, e-mail forward -- viral emails, chain letters, jokes, surveys etc, which are forwarded from person to person many times over. —This comment was unsigned. See noun sense at forward. Equinox ◑ 03:41, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
  • emery bag
  • enabling functions, some marketing buzzword for something? SOP for functions that are enabling? —This comment was unsigned. e.g. (a 2003 book among many others) "when it comes to the enabling functions of schools, the public seems much more tolerant of inefficiencies"
  • endblown (adj, of musical instrument)
  • end-blown (a more commonly encountered spelling than "endblown")
  • end-on (end-on observations)
  • English wheel
  • enjoy oneself
  • enogenous Misspelling of endogenous? 04:31, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
  • enringed, Citations:enringed extant
  • ensky, enskied
  • enterochromaffin
  • environmental conditions
  • epipellic
  • episkoposes - a word being used to describe cabal; what does it mean?
  • equigranular in geology
  • errdata a conflicting or inconsistency of data thus creating an error. Example: the BBC's home page displays the current date as GMT but the animated analogue clock reflects the visitors computer time, thus an errdata. —This comment was unsigned. Unattestable creative invention from errata and data, I think. Equinox ◑ 02:50, 1 January 2010 (UTC)
  • esne vassal (see
  • ESRD -- End Stage Renal Disease; a permanent impairment of kidney function such that the patient requires dialysis or transplantation to sustain life.
  • estate sale (and possibly estate liquidation?) w:Estate sale
  • estery
  • ethenyl
  • ethnopoetics
  • ethnotourism, ethno-tourism
  • eucyclic
  • Eurislam
  • Even - (needs English) language (w:Even language)
  • evidencury - Legal/Business word, as in based on evidence or the gathering of evidence(pronounced similarly to eviden shur ee) Of all the variations of this word for which I search Google, this is the one that was the commonly used. Google also suggested evidencary, but that word seemed to be used in a slightly different manner. Usage might be "in the evidencury stage, the police focused on the house". This might also be more appropriate as a derived word in the evidence entry (but I could not find it there.) evidentiary?
  • example sentence - unsure whether this would pass CFI, suggesting something like "In lexicography, a sentence which uses a given word, to aid understanding of the word", only better-defined. With a link to Help:Example sentences
  • excalceation
  • excogitation - Solution through careful thought or reasoning. "To the excogitation of this problem, this harmless gentleman had devoted many anxious hours, both in his lodgings over the livery stable-yard, and in the cold gloom, favorable to meditation, of St. James's Square." Charles Dickens, Our Mutual Friend, Book One, Chapter One.
  • exergame - A video game designed to function as a method exercise and/or fitness. (also, derived words exergames and exergaming, the latter of which is a noun referring to the concept and playing of exergames.)
  • exorbant - Looks like a common mistake for exorbitant. Should we give it the status of misspelling? Pingku 15:48, 1 February 2009 (UTC)
  • expensive drunk (someone who takes a lot of drinks to get intoxicated)
  • exsudative, exudative: related to exudate
  • extratone, a subgenre of speedcore music which is faster than its fellow subgenre splittercore
  • epotoponym
  • eudysmic: see w:Eudysmic ratio

E 2010

  • endosseous


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F 2008

  • foulbourgh
  • fatique - not just a misspelt fatigue? --Duncan MacCall 21:53, 8 November 2008 (UTC)
  • felth – the power of feeling in the fingers
  • fen ague, an ague formerly believed to have been gotten from the bad air in the fens?
  • -fid
  • filials - from the adjective filial -of a son or sons - so can't be plural? Jonthescribbler 12:58, 4 December 2008 (UTC)
  • frenchise —This comment was unsigned. Google Books results suggest a dated form of franchise. Equinox 22:04, 9 November 2008 (UTC)
  • fricken - should be fucking and/or fucken euphemistic substitutes. (Wayne Roberson, Austin, Texas 04:45, 19 June 2008 (UTC) said: this probably is the same as friggen. Frigge was the Norse goddess of sensual love, and her name is immortalized in the pagan weekday name Friday.) Also fricking or frickin'—Michael Z.  2008-08-08 14:48 z
  • from each according to his ability, to each according to his need

F 2009

  • fainéant (needs English)
  • fair condition (listed as an example in fair, but it seems to be a medical and/or media term with specific meaning.)
  • fairybook: a moderately common confusion of fairytale + storybook? e.g. "a fairybook marriage"
  • fall to: "he fell to wondering whether men were capable of learning better"
  • falsa lectio -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 08:43, 18 July 2009 (UTC)
  • fanmade
  • fast-paced
  • Fátima
  • feel oneself ("I'm not feeling myself today.")
  • Feldtman -- family name of Germanic origin.
  • feminiser - something about plant biology? --Volants 12:27, 20 October 2009 (UTC)
  • fenestrae (needs English)
  • Fernando Póo - w:Fernando Po
  • Fès
  • field-flagon
  • filé (needs English)
  • Filofax: common Filofaxes suggests possible generic use of trademark.
  • financial tsunami — 15:19, 12 June 2009 (UTC) A figurative tsunami of the financial variety. DCDuring TALK 21:32, 15 June 2009 (UTC)
  • finger applause, finger-applause
  • finished product
  • finnikin
  • first principal part
  • fjäll some sort of cattle breed
  • flask temperature -- a term used in metal alloy refining and casting terminology. Don't find a definition on the web. N2e 19:55, 18 September 2009 (UTC)
  • flagfall
  • flagrance (needs English)
  • flatpack: self-assembly (furniture), and something else?
    --Something else
    Michael Pecht, Integrated circuit, hybrid, and multichip module package design guidelines...
    Flatpack/Quad flatpack. A flatpack is a surface-mount package with leads attached in the plane of the die. The leads are usually formed into a gull-wing shape before mounting. [7]
    Pingku 17:09, 5 October 2009 (UTC)
  • flat-saw
  • flattie - could be at least 6 definitions here: a boat, a type of custom (kit) car, a dog, a roommate, a fish... although it could be easier to put it as an alt. spelling of flatty. --Jackofclubs 16:20, 10 May 2009 (UTC)
  • florbish —This comment was unsigned. - seems to be some metasyntactic word in fake technical explanations. Equinox ◑ 00:34, 5 March 2009 (UTC)
  • flunkee - (US) one who has failed (a class); (in general) a loser
  • flyback
  • FOAGCIPPEDI - "Fuck Off And Get Chronically, Incurably, Painfully, Progressively, Expensively, Debilitatingly Ill". See User:ClickRick for more.
  • fold, folding in a sense of "land where stock lie without folding" (grazing?) or "lands manured with fold" (pasturage?)
  • follicles of Meibomius (cites) —msh210 23:46, 16 February 2009 (UTC)
  • footbrawl, footbrawler
  • foot over bridge, foot overbridge -- very common in India for what in Australia might be called a pedestrian overpass
  • forhoo, forhooie (to forsake)
  • for starters
  • foreign state - Nations which are outside the United States. Term may also refer to another state; i.e. a sister state.(state you live in) foreign state. --- How is this any different from foreign state? And why only nations outside the US? There are other states too you know. Tooironic 04:51, 13 January 2010 (UTC)
  • frat rat: attestable to 1940s as "jock" in fraternity; later a slutty hanger-on. "X rat"
  • fringe theory:an idea or hypothesis that is considered outside the mainstream. (the term is very common in usage, but it isn't actually defined in any dictionary I have looked at.) fringe theory
  • frisé (needs English)
  • frying ladle: I'm seeing as many as three distinct senses for this on Web searches: a spatula for frying; a pan?pot? for deep?frying; a ladle for deep-frying.—msh210<span * fuck the dealer
  • fucosidase
  • fucosylated
  • fugue state
  • funkabilly - A word relating to a style of country and western music, full definition required. Somehow related to bluegrass and funk? (Listen to "Trace Adkins -Better Than I'd Thought It Be" )
  • furioso - music, Mglovesfun (talk) 17:41, 26 November 2009 (UTC)
  • furunculosis

F 2010

  • funnily enough
  • forend (apparently a part of the stock in a firearm)


Section: 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z gait apraxia

G 2008

  • get the jump on
  • give you the spill (or give one the spill): gossip? spiel? Equinox 22:29, 1 December 2008 (UTC)
  • glamping Camping in luxury (blend of "glam" and "camping") — In Susie Dent's Words of the Year as quoted in the Daily Mail on 2 October 2008. — Paul G 15:58, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • glencambelly A phrase commonly used in Scotland to describe biased news reporting or an attack on a person being interviewed
  • globus major, globus minor
  • graffer slang for a graffiti artist? — Paul G 08:52, 27 August 2008 (UTC) Two or three such uses in Google Books; it actually seems more common in French, though ("les graffers graffeurs"). Equinox 22:40, 1 December 2008 (UTC)
  • grave dancing - added to the entry for grave as grave-dancing -Jonthescribbler 10:32, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
  • grey theory (a statistics method used to analyze data with incomplete information), like fuzzy logic; this could allude to a verbatim translation of the german idiom "Grau ist alle Theorie" which means that theory is rather boring as compared to hands on stuff. The idiom is commonly used to mark that closure is achieved for the theoretical stuff and that the practical application will follow. If the term is from a scientific article by a German, this term should be ignored by wiktionary.
    Definitely real, but no WP article so needs "fuzzy logic" fan to do the entry, IMO. DCDuring TALK 20:42, 29 November 2008 (UTC)

G 2009

  • gaft; gaft freak - a self-styled sideshow freak (as opposed to someone born with a deformity who enters the business) Tooironic 12:34, 9 December 2009 (UTC)
  • gait apraxia = [[gait]] [[apraxia]]
  • galère (needs English)
  • "The Game" — Colloquial term, often used in reference to a memorable, highly dramatic game featuring much back-and-forth action but not necessarily with a desirable outcome. "The high school softball team will always remember that 1-0, 11-inning contest as 'The Game'; they had a lot of chances to win, but the other team kept coming up with big plays."
  • game fixing, game-fixing, gamefixing
  • gangster, gangsters, gangstering, gangstered — verb senses
  • gannin’ — a Geordie dialectal term.  (u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 19:33, 12 March 2009 (UTC) See gannin (really a shortening of ganning). Equinox ◑ 20:41, 31 July 2009 (UTC) See gan, gannin.
  • gardaí
  • Gaspé see w:Gaspé
  • Gaspé Peninsula see w:Gaspé Peninsula
  • gemütlichkeit
  • generalizer
  • genrelike: conforming to the norms of a genre?
  • gentilesse, gentillesse (only in Chaucer?!)
  • get hands dirty [8][9]
  • get one's skates on - i.e. hurry up! Tooironic 09:16, 4 November 2009 (UTC)
  • ghast - shortend form of ghastly? Could be used as "i sit in ghast" as an adjective?
  • giant tigerfish See tigerfish; w:Hydrocynus goliath]]???
  • gigastar - bigger than a megastar and barely citeable. --Jackofclubs 07:57, 21 June 2009 (UTC)
  • giticious - adj. having qualities pertaining to a git
  • give my best, give our best -- as in "give our best to"
  • give a rat's ass Comment: I wonder if there's some way to handle all the "give (a) X"s in an orderly way; besides give a toss, give two hoots, give a fuck, give a flying fuck, give a shit, not give a monkey's, not give a ticker's cuss, not give a tinker's damn, there must be hundreds of others. Peptonized 20:12, 1 January 2010 (UTC)
  • glory be (sarcastic interjection?) Not mostly sarcastic.
  • glue gun
  • gluelam or Gluelam or glulam or Glulam
  • glyoxalase, hydroxyacylglutathione, lactoylglutathione (seem to be related)
  • gnashy - there's plenty of "gnashy teeth", but with quotes such as "a gnashy five-speed manual" and "gnashy as a cheese grater scraping a rock" (describing Bruce Springsteen's voice) and "explain and word all that gnashy science into flowery bower chat", there's another sense potentially out there.
  • GOAT or Goat: "government of all the talents", i.e. comprising hand-picked representatives of arts and industry, as put forward by current UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown; the term seems to have a bit of history (see "Ministry of All the Talents", Grenville, 1806).
  • going Galt or going galt. I don't believe this term has quite achieved a year of durably archived use yet so as to meet Wiktionary CFI; but I suspect it will over the next year or so. Here is one descriptive mention of it in the New York Times from March 2009. The term seems to have thousands of hits on Google beginning late 2008. N2e 19:28, 4 September 2009 (UTC)
Here is yet another reference from durably archived media, this time from Foreign Policy Magazine, mentioning the widespread use of the phrase "going Galt" and extending that impact to India. N2e 04:56, 20 October 2009 (UTC)
  • go by the wall — Not certain, but have heard it used to suggest whatever it is can be thrown out because it is superfluous. 22:02, 7 August 2009 (UTC)
  • go hard - Aussie slang?
  • go hard or go home - Again, Aussie slang?
  • gonioscope
  • goomah (slang, the mistress of a Mafia boss ???)
  • (to play) good cop bad cop - another common idiom, someone please add for me :) Tooironic 01:00, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
  • go separate ways
  • got to. See gotta, supposed to, to#Particle
  • w:Göta Canal
  • go upon the parish
  • governmentish -- Attested by historian David Hackett Fisher who quotes William Penn, 1685, "For the love of God, me, and the poor country, be not so governmentish!" Source: Albion's Seed, 1989, pp 590. Not sure if we should add to Wiktionary as this is the first use I've ever seen of the word. I do note there are plenty of hits on Google of more modern usage however. N2e 06:38, 3 August 2009 (UTC)
  • granulomatosis (cf. granulomata)
  • grand old man (perhaps capitalised; the "grand old man" of sport, jazz, etc.)
  • graphicity
  • w:Grand Pré
  • gravity tractor
  • gray whale/grey whale w:Gray Whale
  • green ban
  • gripple
  • grommick
  • groupation (or possibly grupation)
  • gruch - seems to be an archaic form of grudge; used in the time of Henry VIII (in the lyrics of his song "Pastime with Good Company")
  • w:Guaporé
  • guerno
  • guilty pleasure - it can't be a sum-of-parts entry, because the sum takes on an extended meaning. It's also a very common colloquialism. Tooironic 23:31, 30 September 2009 (UTC)

G 2010

  • good old


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H 2008

  • happer (needs English)
    From Etymology 2 of hap? Pingku 17:44, 1 May 2009 (UTC)
  • henology - from Greek, meaning a teaching or doctrine of unity, employed by Egil A. Wyller reading Plato and also used as a characterisation of Plotin's ontology - the term might require an encyclopedia article, but it's a word for the dictionary too. I don't know Greek and I'm not a native English speaker, so I'd rather have someone more competent write the entry.
  • horkage - comes from hork

H 2009

  • habdabs, abdabs, screaming?
  • habroneme
  • hácek = háček  (u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 22:05, 8 June 2009 (UTC)
  • haemal arch
  • hallion - type of person: "decentish hallion", p. 31 of Rob Roy by Sir Walter Scott —This comment was unsigned. Probably a form of hellion. Equinox ◑ 00:22, 25 May 2009 (UTC)
  • halo effect
  • happy pill
  • hard act to follow
  • hard-scrapple, presumably hardscrabble
  • hard pill to swallow or a hard pill to swallow - a figure; google books:"hard pill to swallow". Related: bitter pill, bitter pill to swallow, to swallow a bitter pill. --Dan Polansky 08:26, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
  • haute école (needs English)
  • have had one's chips ("he's had his chips", he's dead/finished)
  • have the nerve - an idiom, google:"have the nerve" - 793,000 hits. --Dan Polansky 07:48, 30 March 2009 (UTC) = have the nerve (courage, boldness); cf. have the cheek, have the strength. Equinox◑ 11:49, 30 March 2009 (UTC) "get the nerve" "have a lot of nerve", not idiomatic, just a figurative sense of "nerve", also gall, chutzpah DCDuring TALK 20:05, 31 May 2009 (UTC)
  • have on, have someone on: to fool, pull one's leg (UK?): "Are you having me on?"
  • Hawaiian appliqué
  • headcut - soil science, geology
  • Helsingør —This comment was unsigned. = Elsinore, Danish city Equinox ◑ 19:53, 6 March 2009 (UTC)
  • hemicyon See the wikipedia 03:54, 11 July 2009 (UTC)
  • heredofamilial
  • hexabromobiphenyl
  • hidden in plain sight possibly non-idiomatic, but the meaning is somewhat technical and beyond the sum of the individual words. Seems to have a long etymology. Is not in --SmokeyJoe 06:53, 13 June 2009 (UTC)
  • hiemal
  • high tensile steel
  • high yield steel
  • hill tribe (ethnic groups of upland Southeast Asia, including Thailand; maybe variant spelling hill-tribe)
  • hinge joint: synonym: ginglymus
  • Hintikka set
  • Hispano-Arabic
  • hocket
  • hogberry
  • hokey-cokey and hokey-tokey - different names for the hokey-pokey - wikipedia claims UK/NZ. --Jackofclubs 19:16, 1 June 2009 (UTC)
    I've added Hokey Cokey as the main British form. Which is the main form in the USA?
  • hold a torch on someone: as in
  • hollo - To call out or exclaim, hollo in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913, there are also Citations:hollo
  • holospondylous
  • home sweet home
  • hornfels - type of rock
  • horsebrier / horse brier
  • hot glue gun: one that applies hotmelt
  • houppelande/houpelande - item of clothing from the Middle Ages --Rising Sun talk? 17:33, 20 December 2009 (UTC)
  • hourglassing, hourglassed
  • how so?
  • how-to-vote card
  • Huascarán
  • human spaceflight, presumably manned spaceflight, which is [[manned]] [[spaceflight]], IMO. DCDuring TALK 15:49, 29 May 2009 (UTC)
  • Huon pine
  • hydrofracture (noun, verb)
  • hypermeter/hypermetre, hypermetric, hypermetrical, hypermetrical verse
  • hyperthermostable, hyperthermostability
  • hypomodification, hypomodified (genetics)
  • hypostatization
  • hypothalamic blocker — some kind of puberty suppressant, mentioned here
  • hypersymmetry: see [10]

H 2010

  • happy bunny (a happy woman? not sure... Tooironic 09:48, 6 January 2010 (UTC)) I know it as UK slang for a happy, pleased person (cf. US happy camper; not sure whether happy can be replaced with other things. Equinox ◑ 17:09, 9 January 2010 (UTC)
  • headstock
  • high church, High Church
  • hydroscience
  • hyperlysinuria


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I 2008

  • interstrate between layers? [11]

I 2009

  • Ibagué
  • Ibero
  • ideas of reference - a term used in psychology and/or psychiatry
  • ignimbrites
  • Iguaçu, Iguaçu Falls
  • imagiste: Ezra Pound
  • imeldific from Imelda Marcos
  • immunodeterminant
  • immunosensitive and immunosensitivity (please disabiguate with hypersensitivity)
  • impark as per s:Page:Notes on the churches in the counties of Kent, Sussex, and Surrey.djvu/242 first para and wikilink'd
  • implacement
  • imprescriptible - as in imprescriptible rights --Duncan 16:01, 15 June 2009 (UTC)
  • in a manner of speaking
  • incognizance (pl. incognizances)
  • indicatory
  • indicatrix
  • in-fill
  • infinitism w:infinitism infinitisme fr(fr) m.
  • infuscate
  • in limine - on the threshold, at the very outset (Latin)
  • "The Inning" — In baseball, used to describe a bad inning for a particular team, especially if that team was on the cusp of success against an opponent.
  • inside worker - contrast outside worker. Municipal employee (Canadian usage?)
  • instatement: does this actually exist, or only instate and reinstatement?
  • intellective
  • intensitive (grammar : making more intense ; about adverbs, verbs, pronouns, etc ; French: intensitif fr(fr))
  • intensive care unit (ICU)
  • intercentra: plural of intercentrum
  • intercipient
  • internet as a verb (see internetting, internetted on Google Books): does it mean internetworked or connected to the Internet? Equinox ◑ 20:23, 19 April 2009 (UTC)
Or browsing the 'net perhaps? 50 Xylophone Players talk 16:06, 27 August 2009 (UTC)
  • iron bottle - got a quotation for it, I think it's referencing the Iron Curtain. Tooironic 13:18, 11 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Islamiat (19 uses at WP, 41,000 raw googles, nothing at Possibly education about Islam

I 2010


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J 2008

  • jug*; jugg* (verb) to have sex with; US, 1965: "There were few women around the neighborhood that Jonny wanted to jugg and didn’t jugg, even if they were married." — Claude Brown, Manchild in the Promised Land, 1965, Sex Slang, Tom Dalzell and Terry Victor, 2008, 0-415-37180-5, p97

J 2009

  • Jaén - A city and a province in southern Spain
  • jai ho/Jai Ho/jai Ho - An Indian interjection, meaning "hooray" --Jackofclubs 17:23, 20 June 2009 (UTC) Popularised by a song in that Slumdog Millionaire film. Equinox ◑ 18:58, 14 August 2009 (UTC)
  • jiggeh
  • jiveass
  • Jönköping (needs English) a city in Småland, Sweden. --Elkaar 07:27, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
  • Jonquière, a city in Québec. --Elkaar 07:29, 31 March 2009 (UTC)
  • Josephism
  • jowling
  • jumpcut, jump cut
  • justiciary[12]


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K 2008

  • kankedort, an awkward situation —This comment was unsigned. e.g. Chaucer "Was Troylus nought [not] in a kankedort...?" Equinox 00:50, 7 October 2008 (UTC)
  • kegstand or keg stand, see and w:Keg stand
  • Kiavah — The name of a wilderness area in Southern California, Need pronunciation for the article also please —w:User:Marcia Wright
  • Kindling or kindling, as a verb, may soon need a new verb sense: having read a book on a Kindle electronic reading device. I've run into expressions like "I just finished Kindling the book..." a couple of times in recent weeks. Google is beginning to show hits for this use of the verb, and not as lighting a fire. I suspect it doesn't yet meet criteria for inclusion but thought I'd list it here for someone who knows how to do a "part of speech" Google search better than I. N2e 17:25, 28 June 2008 (UTC)
  • kinnear - may belong on WT:LOP for all I know

K 2009

  • kaimanawa or Kaimanawa or kaimanawa horse or Kaimanawa horse -- a breed of feral horse from New Zealand
  • kanpai or kampai equivalent of cheers in Japan. Correct translation is kanpai, but it is often incorrectly translated as kampai.
  • kārearea or karearea -- a falcon species from New Zealand
  • keep company/keep somebody company
  • keep to oneself - google:"keep to themselves"; A quotation: "Then he fell to gabbling strange and dreadful things which were not clearly understandable, and which the doctor admonished them to keep to themselves."--Mark Twain[13] --Dan Polansky
  • Kekulé formula
  • ketobutyric
  • Kez: female nickname, perhaps from Kelly and/or Kerry and/or even Frances?
  • kid-sit, kidsit; babysit older kids; kidsitter
  • Kimothy: personal name? blend of Kim and Timothy? which gender?
  • kirk-garth
  • Kittitian = Kittsian (but more common? see Wikipedia)
  • kokosh: When I was searching for citations for kokosh cake I kept coming across works that say kokosh means "pig" (the animal) or "pork" (the meat). Not sure whether sufficient use citations exist, but maybe.—msh210 18:31, 27 May 2009 (UTC)
  • kraft: (needs English) see w:Kraft_process
  • kümmel
  • kheerkadam its origin videos photos

K 2010

  • knowledging (Google "mokell knowledging", "lackest knowledging"). Perhaps a form of the verb knowledge?? Note that our entry for knowledge indicates (in its etymology section) that there is such a verb, but doesn't list it.


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L 2008

  • LAFFO Internet shorthand, variation of LOL for laughing out loud.
  • Lake St. George
  • w:Least mean squares filter - Too technical for me --Jackofclubs 19:43, 4 December 2008 (UTC)
  • life's a beach - To express a high quality of life, in contrast to life's a bitch. This is not a SoP. --Jackofclubs 11:33, 11 January 2009 (UTC)
  • luffa

L 2009

  • labile affect
  • laser disc: perhaps a generic form of Laserdisc?
  • layouting, layouted: technical senses, e.g. circuitry? or just very common errors for laying out, laid out? Equinox ◑ 20:55, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
  • La Coruña
  • Lambaréné
  • lammiger
  • lançado
  • langue d’oïl
  • w:Laocoön
  • laphrydictic
  • largen - enlargen
  • La Tène
  • Latin name
  • laugh it up (or possibly a more general laugh up?): annoyed exclamation by a target of mockery; "go ahead and laugh, then!" Equinox ◑ 20:07, 19 March 2009 (UTC)
  • Le Châtelier’s principle
  • leeves found in The Three Musketeers chapter 2. "In addition to the leeves of the king and the cardinal, there might be ... more than 200 smaller but still noteworthy leeves. Among these 200 leeves, that of Treville was one of the most sought."
  • Leclanché cell
  • legless lizard: SoP? It's not just one kind of lizard.
  • w:Léopoldville
  • lepospondylous
  • w:Lérida
  • le sigh
  • let them eat cake: "Let them eat cake! was the Madison Avenue war cry" (1985); "a collective life of fabulously let-them-eat-cake profligacy" (2002).
  • letter - (US, intr) to achieve a school letter, become a letterman
  • level shift - not sure what it means; read it in a translation studies text Tooironic 11:01, 9 September 2009 (UTC)
  • lie to, citations:lie to
  • lie with, Biblical, to have sex with
  • lifestream, lifestreaming
  • life-saving
  • light-permeable: in Greek φωτοδιαπερατός
  • linework
  • linstock, lintstock
  • lint-free- added to lint entry - Jonthescribbler 13:11, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
  • listy - needs English. if something is full of lists, is it listy? --Volants 13:31, 9 October 2009 (UTC)
  • live axle, liveaxle
  • lobsterette: Wikipedia suggests they are (small?) lobsters, but other sources say they are a "langostino" or w:Squat lobster.
  • lockup torque converter
  • w:Łodz ← redirects to w:Łódź, and we have Łódź as a pl entry; we also have Lodz as an en entry. Łodz itself does bring up some en ghits, though.
  • loggings
  • w:Lollard
  • w:Lollardy
  • lookaside as in w:Translation lookaside buffer: perh. the translation of virtual addresses to "real" ones? cf. lookahead
  • look the part
  • lorica (needs English)
  • lost weekend
  • lovelike: archaic, poetic; does it mean "lovely"?
  • lozenges in cross — a term in heraldry; four or more lozenges arranged to form a cross shape; listed in the OED; John Guillim’s 1610 A Display of Heraldrie has this to say about it: “A Losenge differeth from a Fusill in that the space between its two collaterall or middle Angles equals the length of any of the four Geometricall lines whereof it is composed.”; and here’s an example of lozenges in cross: [14]
  • low-cost
  • lshmcis leet - Laughing so hard my computer is shaking (does it meet CFI?)
  • Lucasian
  • lumpenism
  • lumpen proletariat
  • luteotropic
  • Luton The section over the cab of a lorry or motor caravan, which in the case of a lorry is used for storage and in the case of a caravan accommodates a double bed. This should be capitalized as Luton, a brand name derived from a type of van made by Bedford Motors at their factory in Luton, England, and hence adopted as the generic term for any configuration that extends over the cab. It is adjectival and should be entered as (a)Luton van rather than a noun on its own. Jonthescribbler 13:19, 11 August 2009 (UTC)

L 2010

  • landlordism
  • leaf vegetable
  • low church, Low Church


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M 2008

  • Mabonism Apparently an Internet-rare word relating in some fashion to the Welsh politician William "Mabon" Abraham. The way it is used online suggests the writers assume the readers know what it means, so it is probably more common in print.
  • mallum - seems to be Yorkshire/North of England slang for "brains"
  • mantella, Mantella (need English)
  • massage therapy including different techniques and types of therapeutic massage?
  • master of one's domain - popularized by Seinfeld
  • mediance
  • midnight run
  • momnesia "A pattern of mental confusion and forgetfulness that characterises a mother's first year after giving birth." (blend of "mom" and "amnesia") — In Susie Dent's Words of the Year as quoted in the Daily Mail on 2 October 2008. — Paul G 16:07, 4 October 2008 (UTC) Nothing in G.Books; most Web usages are self-conscious and many put it in quotation marks. Equinox 19:54, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
Susie Dent (OED lexicographer) may have suggested it as an amusing neologism, but she hasn't included it in the OED, so she must not think that it will last! Dbfirs 07:16, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
  • mop-up (noun)*more fun
  • more’s the shame —This comment was unsigned. I've seen more’s the pity, but maybe this is just a variant. — Paul G 16:07, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • muller -- a hard thingy for grinding pigments, herbs, etc.
  • mu shu
  • meith noun, Scotish, a boundary or landmark.

M 2009

  • macrolinguistics: possibly any kind that isn't microlinguistics?
  • Madonnawise
  • madrilène (needs English)
  • madroña
  • magmoid - computer science term
  • magnetic stripe card - see magstripe/w:magstripe
  • magnetofluid
  • Mahé (needs English)
  • Maiasaura
  • mais oui (or just a French entry?) Some kind of yes for emphasis, or for humor. --Jackofclubs 11:31, 1 March 2009 (UTC)
  • malagueña
  • Mälaren
  • malo among winemakers: malolactic (or this kind of fermentation)? Equinox ◑ 21:55, 17 April 2009 (UTC)
  • Mamoré
  • mancation The page has been deleted, presumably as it contained a rambling, informal definition, but this is a legitimate neologism. See this page on Word Spy — Paul G 14:42, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
  • mandarin collar - This isn't SOP is it? 50 Xylophone Players talk 22:59, 17 October 2009 (UTC)
  • mange - as a verb. --Jackofclubs 18:17, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
  • man in the street, person in the street -- probably synonyms of man on the street. --Dan Polansky 07:21, 26 August 2009 (UTC)
  • manicate - needs English. Adjective and noun
  • mannerpunk
  • manway
  • Marajó
  • maranatha - see w:Maranatha
  • Marañón
  • marine stinger
  • marinière
  • Marmite - attributive use, as in "Marmite effect", the property of something of being loved by some and hated by others; refers to Marmite's current advertising campaign in the UK, which uses variations on "Love it or hate it" as its slogan (see the Wikipedia entry. — Paul G 13:09, 26 June 2009 (UTC)
  • Marnie: a (female?) given name, perhaps short for something else
  • massage therapist
  • masturbational insanity, masturbatory insanity - dementia caused by too much (and not enough?) masturbation. --Jackofclubs 18:38, 2 May 2009 (UTC)
  • match-fixing, matchfixing
  • matata - needs English: East African - trouble; New Zealand - some type of bird: Also, some kind of fish
  • matinee coat, matinée coat
  • matinee jacket, matinée jacket
  • Mayagüez
  • Mayapán
  • Mazatlán
  • meat of the order — In baseball, referring to the part of the lineup featuring the best hitters and other offensive statistics (e.g., runs batted in).
  • meco- Suffix meaning length.
  • médaillon (needs English)
  • Medellín
  • medial, medials - the Scrabble dictionary gives a plural for this, so it must be a noun. Mglovesfun (talk) 11:08, 27 June 2009 (UTC) Yes; see w:Medial_(linguistics). Equinox ◑ 23:21, 4 July 2009 (UTC) ... I've added a noun entry (adapted from OED), but various other rare senses are possible. Should we just add a catch-all general definition? Dbfirs 13:51, 29 September 2009 (UTC)
  • Medician
  • mee-mawing: A northern England term, something to do with moving the mouth when speaking. A word for William Sayers? --Jackofclubs 16:24, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
  • megablast (not an explosion, something mineral? -blast)
  • Meknès
  • melaleuca
  • meltingness: of a good steak; of a tender heart; "the meltingness of music"
  • meminductor ← I don't think these meet the CFI. I can find only one durably-archived cite (here), and while it's a scientific paper, it doesn't seem to have been peer-reviewed and such. (?) —RuakhTALK 14:36, 11 July 2009 (UTC)
  • mentalize, mentalization
  • Meroë
  • Merva given name
  • mesic - related to environmental moisture / moist habitat
  • meunière (needs English)
  • microbinding
  • micronuclear, macronuclear
  • microscan
  • midrank (noun): mathsy definition at [15] and [16]
  • mil or mill as slang for million, e.g. "half a mil"
  • mill drill - a type of drill, and a teaching technique
  • Mílos
  • minecraft: military craft that lays (or possibly removes) mines?
  • mirliton - the chayote squash
  • Mitzi: female name
  • mnemonize- added to mnemonic Jonthescribbler 07:47, 16 August 2009 (UTC)
  • Moçâmedes
  • mocassin - needs English, see fr:mocassin Mglovesfun (talk) 13:35, 10 January 2010 (UTC)
  • module; in there is a definition for spacecraft modules; command module; lunar module --flyax 11:50, 14 September 2009 (UTC)
  • mogigraphia
  • mollyhawk
  • momentaneous
  • moment in the sun
  • monetary authority
  • monkeypatch, monkey patch, monkey-patch, MonkeyPatch. (computing) n and v. See w:Monkey patch
  • mononeuritis
  • Monospony
  • Mòoré
  • more and more (and less and less, better and better, [comparaitve] and [comparative]?)
  • morning tea (Aussie slang)
  • morphophonological
  • morselize, morselization: something about bone transplants?
  • motor show surely not SOP. also auto show and car show? 50 Xylophone Players talk 20:58, 24 October 2009 (UTC)
  • mucoskeletal: perhaps an error for musculoskeletal but very common; or related to mucus? Equinox ◑ 14:33, 10 October 2009 (UTC)
    Definitely an error for musculoskeletal; and I might agree with "surprisingly common", for such an odd error, but not with "very common". Google Web finds 126 hits (not all independent, not all English), Google News Archive finds 2 independent, Google Books finds 8, Google Scholar finds 31. Further, at least three of Google Scholar's hits are mis-citations of works that actually have the word "musculoskeletal". —RuakhTALK 14:48, 10 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Mulhacén
  • Müller-Lyer illusion
  • Müllerian mimicry
  • multichain in chemistry
  • multicorporate
  • multipath, multipathing (see WP)
  • multiprogramming (something like multitasking?)
  • multi-strain in music. (musical form?) This word is used on w:en:West End Blues, w:en:High Society (composition), w:en:Weary Blues and so on.
  • Münchausen: name of a baron in fiction; only really appears in Münchausen syndrome. Equinox ◑ 23:23, 4 July 2009 (UTC)
  • museal: pertaining to a museum. More definitions
  • mutoscope or Mutoscope (orig trademark?): see w:Mutoscope
  • mwa - the sound you make when you kiss someone. Tooironic 19:20, 22 November 2009 (UTC) Personally, I've only ever seen mwah (which we have). Equinox ◑ 03:04, 1 January 2010 (UTC)
  • myc An undefined word in the scrabble dictionary. —This comment was unsigned. The word valid in Scrabble is the cancer-causing gene w:Myc; for some reason they consider it lower-cased and pluralisable. Equinox ◑ 19:18, 16 March 2009 (UTC)
  • mytharc

M 2010

  • met*, mets*? = (informal) metastases, e.g. [17]
  • Michaelmas daisy
  • misagonist See misogynist
  • milori blue, Milori blue (not sure which): a certain blue pigment.
  • multigrid: see w:Multigrid method
  • multipetalled, multipetaled: many petals? but does any flower just have one?


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N 2008

  • nethersken (house in a slum?) —This comment was unsigned.
  • neutral steer
  • nonebrity A person who enjoys celebrity status without anyone really understanding why. (blend of "non-" and "celebrity"). — In Susie Dent's Words of the Year as quoted in the Daily Mail on 2 October 2008. — Paul G 16:11, 4 October 2008 (UTC)
  • Northwest Coast
  • NTG, Usenet initialism for "Not in This Group"
  • nunh-uh or nunh uh (interjection) (usually spelt huh-uh, without the n’s)—variant of uh-uh, nuh-uh—Michael Z. 2008-08-08 14:56 z
  • nyabinghi - a ceremony of the Rastafari faith, incorporating singing and drumming

N 2009

  • nathless - a dated word meaning nevertheless, see nathless in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
    We have natheless, which seems more likely. Could there be a scanning error in your source? Pingku 16:53, 29 April 2009 (UTC)
  • national church
Any of various Christian Churches limited in scope to a nation state. Contrast with state church.
  • Naugahyde -- trademark but in both Encarta and
  • neural insult: some medical condition that Ritalin can treat; what kind of "insult" is this?
  • neurocardiogenic
  • neurofunction
  • neuroinfection
  • Neuroschaftler
  • neutron halo
  • neverworld
  • new zaïre
  • Nez Percé
  • nibble (verb), nibble bidding: bidding in small increments?
  • Nibiru -- New Age or pseudoscience hypothetical planet
  • Niterói
  • nival* (needs English)
  • nodulosis (medical condition)
  • no good deed goes unpunished
  • noice - Aussie slang for "nice" Tooironic 10:44, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
  • nonalpha
  • noncatalyst: of cars, might mean not having a catalytic converter
  • nonconfessional: "a nonconfessional parliament", "the ability to teach religions in a nonconfessional manner"
  • nondistribution (mostly in nondistribution constraint)
  • non-monetary
  • non-over-the-counter
  • nonpolicy (noun)
  • nonportal (as in nonportal cirrhosis)
  • nosism: use of plural for oneself (e.g. royal we)? something else?
    The egotism of the nous.
    Seems to go back a way. Although a 1962 usage suggests it as a neologism for a plural of the 'singular' egotism.
    • 1819, Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine,
      The egotism or nosism of the other luminaries of the Lake School, is at times extravagant enough, and amusing enough withal, but these also are men of great genius, and though they are not in the same degree, they are sharers in the excuse which we have already made for Mr Wordsworth.
  • nostalgie de la boue
  • not even wrong — original use related to physics theories, meaning so badly mistaken that it is not just a wrong answer, but something not even capable of being addressed or responded to. --Ginkgo100 19:30, 1 October 2009 (UTC)
  • notmeg — a failed nutmeg.
  • not so much: meaning "none" or "not at all" --Dawnraybot 16:15, 26 August 2009 (UTC)
  • notrump (in bridge)
  • no wonder - meaning "this isn't surprising" --Jackofclubs 13:03, 20 June 2009 (UTC) And little wonder. Equinox ◑ 14:43, 21 June 2009 (UTC)- added to the entry for wonder -Jonthescribbler 11:36, 17 August 2009 (UTC)
  • nucleal as in "nucleal land"
  • nuclear halo

N 2010

  • nodose needs English --Barmar 07:05, 4 January 2010 (UTC)
  • near-synonym (as distinct from synonym


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O 2009

  • ob-and-soller (and what is soller alone?)
  • OBO* ("oil and bulk ore"?)
  • Oceanica (alternative spelling of Oceania?) Tooironic 09:47, 29 December 2009 (UTC)
  • octaëteris (plural octaëterides) — (Ancient Greek calendar) a period of eight years; from the Ancient Greek ὀκταετηρίς (oktaetēris), ὀκταετηρίδες (oktaetērides)
  • odd as a duck
  • odontoid
  • officialise, officialize
  • Ogooué
  • oikocrysts
  • Old Akkadian
  • Old Assyrian
  • Old Catalan
  • Old Czech
  • Old Danish
  • Old Flemish
  • Old Franconian
  • Old Guardism, old-guardism (see old guard)
  • Old Indic
  • Old Indo-Aryan
  • Old Iranian
  • Old Low Franconian
  • Old Low Frankish
  • Old Low German
  • Old North French
  • Old Slavic
  • Old Turkish
  • Old Vogul -- a language name given as the source for mammoth.
  • oldie but a goodie
  • olecranal / olecranial / olecranian (from olecranon)
  • oncocytic (related to: oncocyte and oncocytoma)
  • one-handed
  • one-up-one-down: presumably (UK) a house with one upper room and one lower room; compare two-up-two-down, where the two upper and two lower rooms are usually rented by different people. Equinox 22:46, 6 February 2009 (UTC)
  • on one hand... on the other hand...
  • open#Adjective is missing the subsense in "open boat"—msh210 21:58, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
  • open field arable field that has been divided in to field strips that have different owners or cultivators, possibly with a common fence on the outermost edges
  • opéra bouffe (needs English)
  • operculate
  • ophan, singular; ophanim, plural: the angelic choir alternately known as Thrones or Wheels
  • ophitic - geology
  • opposition leader
  • oral copulation — Apparently an umbrella term for fellatio, cunnilinctus, &c.; idiomatic as not obviously reducible to “oral + copulation”.  (u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 02:34, 21 April 2009 (UTC)
  • orally copulate — per oral copulation (vide supra)  (u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 02:34, 21 April 2009 (UTC)
  • ordinariate
    The Catholic Church could, through its new Anglican ordinariate, find itself repossessing its churches, almost by default. — The Times, October 21, 2009, Desperate bishops invited Rome to park its tanks on Archbishop’s lawn by Ruth Gledhill, Religion Correspondent
  • Øresund
  • ostend: sciency synonym of to display, related to ostentation H. (talk) 14:09, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
  • oubliable. On Brian's hotlist. Needs English --Rising Sun 21:45, 18 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Our Benevolent Overlords (or any other capitalization - this seems common via goog) not abundant in durably archived sources except groups. benevolent overlords seems much more likely and still has a somewhat idiomatic sense.
  • out of doors (adverbial prep phrase)
  • outside worker - contrast inside worker. Municipal worker (Canadian usage?)
  • outsourcery - From outsource. The ‘sourcery’ part of the name refers to the little bit of magic that comes with outsourcing. Mostly used in IT and Telecommunication industry. —This comment was unsigned. I can only find two citations in Google Books (magazines) that I'd consider acceptable. Might scrape through if you add Usenet as well. Equinox ◑ 23:33, 5 November 2009 (UTC)
  • overbark
  • overboost (something a car does)
  • overcredit and undercredit (nouns and verbs)
  • overpress
  • overpunch (verb and perhaps noun): dated computing, perhaps to overwrite (data on paper tape) by punching over the top?
  • Oxfordize, Oxfordized, Oxfordizing

O 2010

  • off festival: I think it's a sort of secondary festival formed by unofficial events around a main (e.g. music) festival. Equinox ◑ 20:20, 1 January 2010 (UTC)
  • opry
  • osseo-
  • osseointegration


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P 2008

  • pandrogynous -- a relationship seen as being between two bodies for the same personality, rather than between two different people, including surgical changes to appear more like each other. 5/10/2008
  • Pantagruelism -- Apparently related to philosophy called the Pantagruel Code: "Social decency and good conduct show themselves most unmistakably in a readiness to spare others of shame and to preserve their dignity." source cited to a 1932 essay by the title of "Pantagruelism" by Albert Jay Nock, in Charles H. Hamilton (ed), The State of the Union: Essays on Social Criticism (Indianapolis: Liberty Press, 1991). I could not locate the essay online but found a wealth of mentions of the term on Google Books; see e.g., [18] The term was also cited to H.L Mencken Notes on Democracy 1926, pp. 172-175, and Minority Report (pp. 231, 233, 211). N2e 21:59, 7 March 2008 (UTC)
Pantagruel is a character in an important early English novel. --Una Smith 03:21, 21 October 2008 (UTC)
  • phthonos
  • Pirandellian - see Talk:Pirandellian
  • pitch off (see citations)
  • planturous (adj) - in great quantities, abundant, found in Finnegans Wake, comes from French "plantureux fr(fr)" I think used when talking about a meal, or a curvy woman - see,847,913
  • platform (noun) - as it applies to sports, esp. rugby: a sustained offensive thrust or momentum (?)
  • platoon#Verb Verb, sports? (already have the noun)
  • ploiter (to work to little purpose)
  • PO, synonym for "pissed of", to be PO'd
  • poocher - could have a few definitions, not just someone who pooches
  • poolman
  • pork-barrel
  • post res (found it used in a wikipedia article on philosphy) Seems to be latin for "after the fact"
  • Pouria (پوریا in Persian) is a Persian given name for males. The name means "The Son of a Great Person" in Persian, since "Poor" means "Son", and "Ya" is the transformed form of "Baay" which means a great person or a boss, so that the phrase "Poorbaay" has been transformed to a single word, "Poorya", which is commonly spelled Pouria using the English alphabet. Perhaps: Pouria was the name of an Iranian wrestling champion and this is the oldest use of this name.
  • preux chevalier, as used by Bertie Wooster - literally 'valiant knight' from the French, as in the P G Wodehouse quote: A true "preux chevalier" will always defend the honor of a lady. Another example of its use in English would validate - Jonthescribbler 11:44, 17 August 2009 (UTC) 11:43, 17 August 2009 (UTC)
  • pratter - not sure what it means, but it's mentioned at the entry for smatter - I'm sure I've heard this as a synonym of prattle, or as a portmanteau of prattle and patter, but I can't find proof. Dbfirs 00:11, 23 December 2008 (UTC)
  • Prelest -- anglicised word taken from Russian liturgy, coined in Early Fathers from the Philokalia (1954) by E. Kadloubovsky and G. E. H. Palmer.
  • preroll: see [19]
  • proprietal
  • pro rata die
  • pudenda muliebria: Seems to mean female genitalia, but I cannot for life of me figure out if it simply means that, or if it means something more specific. Every use that I can find simply assumes that the reader understands it, but I can't find anywhere that defines it. I'm also going to post this on the Latin request page, as it is clearly of Latin origin, at the very least. -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 06:19, 25 November 2008 (UTC) [It just translates from the Latin as 'the genitals of a woman' but is a prudish, pseudo-scientific phrase used to avoid offence in literary/religious texts - Jonthescribbler 11:58, 17 August 2009 (UTC)]
  • public square = public square Equinox 20:20, 29 October 2008 (UTC)
  • put to the knife: used for the active part of surgery, killing, genital mutilation and firing. Are these literal, euphemistic, or common enough to be idioms proper?
  • pwnzor

P 2009

  • paleoartist
  • Pannonian
  • papier collé
  • parabular
  • paragrammatic
  • Pará rubber tree
  • Pasiphaë
  • parainfluenza
  • party hat - usually conical hat worn at parties, made of colorfully printed cardboard, held on by an elastic band under the chin
  • paterai
    ... and bringing back the original paterai (four carved flowers placed on the underside of the viewing platform). [20]
  • patho-
  • pathogeny - the study of pathogens? It looks as though pathogénie is the French for this term. --Rising Sun 13:50, 1 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Pátmos
  • pattée
  • paydirt
  • payroll tax
  • peameal
  • peameal bacon
  • pedal-box
  • pee one's pants - often used in crude context, to mean "to relieve oneself (i.e., urinate) while wearing and into one's clothes." Often done by a small child or dependant adult, but also by someone who is frought with fear, etc. "The little boy hadn't been toilet trained yet, and he frequently peed his pants." [[Briguy52748 21:54, 17 March 2009 (UTC)]]
  • pegol: something to do with all those -zumab monoclonal antibodies
  • penicylinder
  • peracute
  • percentual
  • performance anxiety
  • performativity, performativities
  • Périgueux
  • peristrophe, peristrophist - the latter used in "Wicked" by G. Macguire. Both referenced here
  • phallodeum
  • phallometric
  • phantasmagory
  • Phariseeism, phariseeism
  • phonesthesia
  • phosphoinositol
  • phosphokinase, diphosphokinase
  • phosphoribosylformylglycinamidine, phosphoribosylaminoimidazole
  • photomutagenic
  • phlyarologist - one who speaks nonsense. Source: (Does this mean that phlyarology is the study of nonsense?) Pendant 21:36, 13 July 2009 (UTC)
  • phytologist
  • picrite
  • piloti (needs English)
  • piña cloth
  • piñon jay
  • piroque
  • piss in one's cornflakes (or Cheerios): to put one in an unpleasant, irritable frame of mind. Usually "who pissed in your...?"
  • pitchy of vocal music: slightly sharp or flat -- found in a crossword puzzle
  • plain-saw
  • planktotrophic
  • plankwise
  • play with. Seems to be more than play + with
  • play chicken ?
  • playtoy
  • pleasureground or pleasure ground
  • podocarp
  • pokie machine/poker machine - British/Aus/NZ English for slot machine Tooironic 09:37, 8 November 2009 (UTC)
  • police suicide (synonym of death by cop or suicide by cop)
  • polyalloy
  • polychotomous
  • polygeline
  • polyoid
  • pool spray — term from US politics
  • popcorning: mechanical fault, and a behaviour in guinea-pigs
  • porcelain patty found in Dilbert strip
  • posteromesal
  • Pouilly-Fuissé French quality wine from Bourgogne --Elkaar 06:29, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
  • Pouilly-Fumé French quality wine from Bourgogne --Elkaar 06:29, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
  • pourtray - pourtray in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • pousse-café added French, needs English, see w:Pousse-café --Elkaar 06:48, 30 March 2009 (UTC)
  • practical orthography
  • precaudal: at base of tail? (not sure) pre- + caudal
  • precisional
  • predicand
  • pregnant (knowledgable)
As in the phrase pregnant with knowledge, perhaps, but not meaning knowledgeable on its own.
Perhaps knowledgable isn't the exact definition, but if you look at the fourth definition down here (adjective). See also the opening of Measure for Measure.
  • premorbid
  • presupplementary
  • prêt-à-porter -reinstated previously deleted entry (although couldn't see why it was deleted) Jonthescribbler 12:00, 26 October 2009 (UTC) No, hasn't saved it! (censorship?)Jonthescribbler 12:03, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
  • prim and proper
  • Príncipe
  • procuratorate - e.g. The Supreme People's Procuratorate of China
  • promentory = promontory?
  • propinquent, derived from the Latin Propinquo, "near at hand." see blog entry: Word used in Charles Williams book, Descent into Hell, in the following sentence: " the place of propinquent death," meaning that death was near at hand. See book online here: See page 13.
  • prosperer - someone who prospers? Or something specific for religions? --Volants 11:52, 14 October 2009 (UTC)
  • Protexia — inclusion of brand pending identification of 3 citable sources over 3 years; Definition: brand name for recombinant human butyrylcholinesterase
    note, protexía has been created previously
    Citation 1: {{cite-magazine|year=2009|author=Carol Potera|title=[ PharmAthene Secures Biodefense Position]|magazine=Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News|text="Protexia® is a recombinant version of human buryrylcholinesterase (BChE) found naturally in minute quantities in blood."}}
  • Protobulgarian
  • protocollary: pertaining to protocol?!
  • Protomediterranean - What is it?
  • proton halo
  • pseudoantidisestablishmentarianism
  • pseudobinary
  • pseudocleft, pseudo-cleft, or pseudo cleft
  • pseudofruit (= pseudocarp?)
  • pseudomembrane
  • pseudomonacidal: I don't know whether this means "killing Pseudomonas bacteria" or "killing Pseudomonadaceae bacteria" or what.—msh210 19:05, 22 June 2009 (UTC)
  • pseudoparallel, pseudoparallelism in parallel processing
  • pseudoperiod
  • psili — perhaps a synonym of spiritus lenis; cf. dasia
  • psychovisual
  • pteroylmonoglutamic acid
  • pterygoid
  • punkiness: mostly not the sense of punk (subculture)
  • put ants in someone's pants and make them do the boogey dance all the way to France
  • put the moves on
  • put to pasture - I think it means to put an animal down - e.g. a horse - but I'm not sure Tooironic 10:37, 8 October 2009 (UTC) In UK we have put out to pasture, which means to (forcibly) retire, either literally, for an animal, or metaphorically, for a person (but not put down!)Jonthescribbler 12:08, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
  • pyrosphere – from an old geology textbook

P 2010

  • paraurethral (cf. periurethral)
  • perdu (currently on WT:ID)
  • pingback: some kind of Weblog thing, like a trackback
  • podshaver, pod shaver -- maker of hand-made cricket bats
  • podshaving, pod shaving -- the art of making hand-made cricket bats
  • prerun: noun and verb (in manufacturing processes)
  • probanda


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Q 2008

  • QQ (Crying eyes,internet slang)
;_;? Ottre 09:28, 19 February 2009 (UTC)

Q 2009

  • quality fade - where manufacturers quietly and methodically test how far they can go in degrading a product before the importer notices (most common in China)
  • quasifunction (in mathematics)
  • queso (bluelink because Spanish exists)
  • qui tam


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R 2008

  • recooperate seems to be recooper with the -ate suffix added, or a common mispelling of recuperate, if you don't believe it is right, do a google search for it or search on wikipedia, you will get results. WARNING: this one may gray the line of what IS and ISNT considered correct, so I suggest anyone who does an entry on it cite several sources of use.
  • retrosnub V. difficult to define! See [21] for an example.
  • revolutionary intransigence

R 2009

  • race fixing, race-fixing, racefixing
  • rainforestation
  • raise one's game
  • raison d’état -- Wikipedia redirects to w:National interest Pingku 17:12, 1 April 2009 (UTC)
  • rami (needs English)
  • Rashîd
  • ratiné
  • rationae materiae
  • rat rod, ratrod
  • razor sharp (not SoP IMO Mglovesfun 10:46, 20 June 2009 (UTC)) Then also rock hard, ruby red, Einstein smart, ramrod straight, ice cold. It is a structure for similes. Similes per se are not includable. WT:TR#razor sharp DCDuring TALK 11:38, 20 June 2009 (UTC)
  • reach exceeds grasp
  • reading ahead ( term used in orienteering )
  • Réaumur scale
  • receivability
  • receptor system
  • réclame (needs English)
  • R-coloured vowel (phonetics)
  • reebok, rhebok, ribbok (S.Afr. antelope)
  • refactorize
  • referred pain
  • reflectionless
  • refractile
  • reidentification, re-identification
  • rejective, see rejective in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • replacive
  • repro: short for reproduce, reprographics? (a "repro room", "repro a bug")
  • reserve bank
  • retinohypothalamic
  • reversive (mostly linguistic)
  • rewrite - computer science language or logic sense, rewrite something into equivalent form? this anything extra to the standard meaning? Dbfirs 08:20, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
  • rhopography – making art out of scraps, or something H. (talk) 11:49, 6 February 2009 (UTC)
  • ribauldequin, also known as a rabauld, ribault, ribaudkin, or organ gun, was a medieval volley gun with many small-caliber iron barrels set up parallel on a platform.
  • rift-saw
  • rigtard - Poker player who believes on-line poker sites are rigged against him/her 15:06, 8 April 2009 (UTC)
  • rimrock (geology term?)
  • rimrocked, rim-rocked (hiking or rock climbing term?)
  • ringback: telephony, see w:Ringback
  • ringwall: see w:Ringwall which mentions a German word; it's in English books though.
  • Río de la Plata
  • Río Muni
  • rip-rap, rip rap
  • ritualic fr:rituélique
  • Rivière-du-Loup
  • road work alternative spelling for roadwork
  • roaming hands
  • roaming hands and rushing fingers
  • roche moutonnée
  • Roman hands and Russian fingers
  • roose - synonym for to praise, from Old Norse hrósa, cf. the entry in MW
  • rootin’-tootin’/rootin’ tootin’/rootin-tootin (more common than rooting-tooting). Noisy music. Maybe also needed rootin’ and tootin’? --Jackofclubs 08:29, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
  • rösti -an entry already exists, but is capitalized (Rosti) as it is a German noun, which I guess is technically correct Jonthescribbler 15:57, 20 August 2009 (UTC)
  • rotework
  • round-heeled, citations:round-heeled
  • round on - to assail
  • rump-state See for usage. ( what? )-See the entry for rump state - can't see any reason to introduce a hyphen Jonthescribbler 16:06, 20 August 2009 (UTC)
  • runnelling
  • Rutherfordian: pertaining to a scientist, but which Rutherford is it? There are a few.


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S 2008

  • salt river, in old political discourse, "defeat", espec. in an election. 20:47, 28 October 2008 (UTC)
  • scarabaeus (needs English), entry may exist, please insert etymology
  • scientwist, twitter user with an interest in or working in science —This comment was unsigned. Flash-in-the-pan protologism, like every other stinking thing about "Twitter". Equinox ◑ 19:09, 29 June 2009 (UTC)
  • scrimnet - probably a camouflage cloth—scrim net? (= scrim + net) also cam net. —Michael Z. 2008-08-08 15:14 z
  • searsid- a species of fish, strange that we don't have it when we do have palegold searsid and about 2 or 3 others.--50 Xylophone Players talk 18:27, 27 November 2008 (UTC)
  • set to one side -- sum of parts (though I see we have put aside, which is borderline for me). 01:48, 28 July 2008 (UTC) Possible idiomatic sense of postpone or put off. RJFJR 17:41, 7 March 2009 (UTC)
  • sexuparae has to do with sexual forms of otherwise parthenogenetic insects, but I do not know the exact definition
  • siddity African American word 20th century origin unknown, means stuck-up -- 22:38, 3 June 2009 (UTC)
  • single-hearted
  • skeeve
  • skirr Verb
  • skræling—Skraeling—Michael Z.  2008-08-08 15:15 z
  • slap-dashing- never heard this in a verbal form Jonthescribbler 17:16, 4 December 2008 (UTC)
  • society of intimates
  • socialsphere -- generally seems to be used with one of two senses: either the specific social group one is in or a very broad take on the more recent phenomena of the more extensive (and unknown) connected world which makes everyone's sphere much larger. A world with a mesh-network capability (web?) to reach out and touch everybody. 3000+ Google hits. N2e 14:43, 6 May 2008 (UTC)
Definitely notable in durably archived media; for example, in only the narrow sector of social science formal journal literature there are over ten uses over recent several years: [22]
  • social contagion
  • spiritism Webster's - synonym of spiritualism in this sense, "a belief that spirits of the dead communicate with the living usually through a medium." Inflected forms include spiritist and spiritistic
  • splo an alcoholic drink
  • star player - sum of parts; see star. Equinox 22:42, 1 January 2009 (UTC)
  • starred review - a highly complimentary review? a featured review? a highly rated review?
  • stay on top of or stay on top - google:"stay on top of": 5,580,000 hits. Phrase: "I can't stay on top of all these mailing lists." --Dan Polansky 10:38, 16 October 2008 (UTC) - "stay" ~ "remain" + 2nd sense of on top of DCDuring TALK 11:19, 16 October 2008 (UTC)
  • sted -- some sort of newspaper jargon. It seems to be used when discussing corrections; I believe it is an abbreviation of "instead of". -- Creidieki 03:11, 22 April 2009 (UTC) Could be the proofreader's mark: stet = let it stand, used to reverse a deletion. DCDuring TALK 20:54, 28 May 2009 (UTC)
  • stink test -- increasingly used in informal language and on the internet. Google shows many examples of just the word pair, or try searching "fails the stink test" N2e 15:54, 5 April 2008 (UTC)—Related to sniff test—Michael Z. 2008-08-08 15:19 z
  • stockyard fever
  • stram, stramed
  • styling model, evidently referring to a model created in the product design stage to work on the appearance of the product. See, for example, [[23]], [[24]]. The term also appears to be used for human models (i.e., people who model for a living) that are showing style.
  • sub specie temporis— latin phrase literally meaning 'under the aspect of time'. N.B. I can't acces rest of definition from The Oxford Essential Dictionary of Foreign Terms in English. Related phrase 'sub specie aeternitatis' meaning 'under the aspect of eternity'.
  • substantiative—substantive—Michael Z.  2008-08-08 15:22 z
  • suprematism, Suprematism
  • supply sider
  • superidealism
  • suprematist, Suprematist
  • sworl- can't find a dictionary definition - think you mean 'swirl' (although there is 'whorl', a circle or spiral pattern or movement)Jonthescribbler 16:15, 20 August 2009 (UTC)
  • synopticon Only use I know is as a volume of the Great Books of the Western World by Encyclopedia Britannica's publishers. It's syntopicon.
  • Syriasm, Syriacism, Syrianism From a brief look at g.b.c, the first two are linguistic terms (with the former being more common) while the last refers to a historical political movement (also pan-Syrianism, sometimes spelt with a capital P).
  • super flare An extremely large solar flare...

S 2009

  • saanen. See Saanen goat. Mglovesfun (talk) 23:06, 16 October 2009 (UTC) | Saanen + Saanen goat + Saanenziege Mutante 07:28, 18 December 2009 (UTC)
  • w:Saarbrücken Saarbrücken
  • sacrotuberous
  • sadcase? sad case? = saddo (UK slang) Two separate words, so SoP? Dbfirs 06:52, 29 June 2009 (UTC) Unsure. I've heard people stress it like "nutcase". The most obvious SoP interpretation would refer to a (medical?) situation, not a person. 11:12, 3 July 2009 (UTC) -- Yes, you are correct! I've found exactly three independent uses of sadcase in children's novels. Will you make an entry, or should I? Dbfirs 22:36, 23 July 2009 (UTC) Hehe, go for it. Equinox ◑ 20:53, 31 July 2009 (UTC)
  • w:Saint-Léonard
  • salchichón (needs English)
  • w:Salé
  • salt flat
  • salvinorin
  • sampire, shampire -- are they just mis-spellings of samphire? Dbfirs 22:30, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
  • w:San Cristóbal
  • w:San Miguel de Tucumán
  • Santería
  • w:São Miguel
  • w:Saône
  • Satanian (adj and noun): like Satanic?
  • savefile: can be a saved game or apparently various other sorts of data file.
  • scaffold* (genetics) and superscaffold, superscaffolding
  • scare story: idiom; not spooky fiction
  • scarecrow as verb: scarecrowed, scarecrowing
  • schizotype
  • schmick - Lots of very different slang meanings, especially in Australia (see [25]). I myself though have always thought it meant "high-class" or "swanky". Tooironic 02:52, 25 October 2009 (UTC)
    also spelled shmick and smick. I've seen it defined as "very classy". It's in the Macquarie Slang Dictionary.
  • scrofulosis
  • sea cock
  • w:Seanad Éireann
  • sea slug
  • searcy, other spellings sirsee, surcy, etc. - a small but thoughtful gift, similar to a lagniappe L☺g☺maniac ☃ 18:30, 23 December 2009 (UTC)
  • secret yen "I had always had a secret yen for the lovely Scandinavian blondes who sat on porches in St. Paul" - F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-up = a yen that is secret, nothing more. Equinox ◑ 03:54, 25 November 2009 (UTC)
  • secretogranin
  • sedentism - in ethnology or archaeolog, settling down, see w:sedentism
  • see someone coming: to recognise somebody as gullible and play a prank on them. Usually e.g. "he must have seen you coming!"
  • see ya later alligator - is this something we should include? I'm not sure. Tooironic 02:26, 24 November 2009 (UTC)
  • see you in hell
  • seed-lip
  • w:Ségou
  • segregative
  • Selesian
  • semantic field - see w:semantic field for more info Tooironic 15:09, 14 November 2009 (UTC)
  • semi-barbaric- this is very subjective, a bit like being 'half-wild' - what does it mean? Is there an attested use somewhere? - Jonthescribbler 16:21, 20 August 2009 (UTC)
  • semi truck - see articulated lorry Jonthescribbler 12:19, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
  • semi-cyborg Ifcyborg is part organic, part machine, how can something be 'semi-cyborg' - attested use please! Jonthescribbler 12:24, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
  • semipinacol (chemistry)
  • sensorineural
  • sentipensante - apparently, "[i]t has it’s [sic] root in the Spanish language, and is a thought composite of “to feel while thinking”. See: [26] Tooironic 05:53, 25 October 2009 (UTC). So, not English then, so why are we considering it here? Example of an English use? Jonthescribbler 12:24, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
  • w:Sept-Îles
  • septumless: something about syringes?
  • seroepidemiologic
  • seroepidemiological
  • session beer
    • session ale
    • session bitter
  • w:Sèvres
  • sexual attraction (I'd include lust in the definition but there's more than that...)
  • shail British dialect from Thomas Hardy, 'The Woodlanders', 1887. Please see wamble.
  • shake the dust from one's feet
  • shallowpate or shallow-pate
  • shampire, sampire
  • shanda (also romanized shandah) - Yiddish, meaning shame
  • shareland - arable land that is either owned or cultivated in shares?
  • shanti - I think it means "peace" in Sanskrit and is used in English-language song texts and literature about Hinduism
  • shebop, shebopping - slang for female masturbation
  • sheepswool: perhaps not the wool of a sheep; "sheepswool sponge" is a kind of sponge.
  • sheog
    ... & an unseen hand emptied a tankard of sheog over my person. — David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas, 2005.
  • shipkiller: missile, submarine, spacecraft that destroys ships?
  • shrog: top branch of a tree[27]
  • short and sweet
  • short night — Slang and/or idiomatic, used by someone who has gotten only a little bit of sleep overnight, usually because they needed to stay awake out of necessity (such as to complete an on-deadline project).
  • short of breath - I think it's idiomatic, at least more idiomatic than shortness of breath. --flyax 06:42, 3 December 2009 (UTC)
  • short reckonings make long friends
  • shrieve (see The Rime of the Ancient Mariner) ... This is a variant of shrive (shreeve?), but I can't find it anywhere else. Dbfirs 09:01, 1 July 2009 (UTC)
    Walter Scott Marmion (1808). Also as Shrieve or shrieve is an obsolete kind of sheriff - Unknown author The Troublesome Reign of King John (1591) and Shakespeare All's Well That Ends Well (1623). Pingku 09:32, 3 November 2009 (UTC)
  • shtultz noun – a word popularly used in Orthodox Jewish circles. Probably means "The ability to ignore one who is acting childish (or at least to that person's standard of childish behavior) Has its roots in Yiddish, which in turn stems from German. E.g. That guy has some shtultz!
  • side-on (side-on observations)
  • Sieglinda: female name
  • sif - contraction of as if
  • sight translation (translating/interpreting a written text out loud) Tooironic 23:46, 26 December 2009 (UTC)
  • silly putty Trademark applied to modeling clay, possibly inspired by, related to, or derived from the phrase in the vernacular denoting a person who is "putty in another's hands" or "silly nelly" (a person without good senses, as someone who has been kicked in the head by a horse, or mentally feeble, as from a congenital disease, hence a lunatic, madman or person adjudged non compos mentis). —This comment was unsigned. I think it's just from putty, the modelling substance. Equinox ◑ 12:34, 5 June 2009 (UTC)
  • w:Sidi-bel-Abbès
  • simulationism (pop art movement?) + simulationist
  • sitch - short for "situation", e.g., "What's the sitch?" Popularised by Buffy the Vampire Slayer I think! :) Tooironic 09:09, 17 November 2009 (UTC)
  • six of the best (or possibly give someone six of the best?): google books:"give|gave|giving|given * six of the best"
  • w:Skåne
  • skirr
  • skyship
  • Slingshot effect (see w:Slingshot effect which redirects to w:Gravity assist). This can then be used to define slingshotted and slingshotting.
  • small-footprint: SoP, having a small footprint?
  • snippety
  • snowcat, snowplane in skiing
  • soake
  • soapwood
  • social notworking, social not-working See this page on Word Spy — Paul G 14:39, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
  • social unit - a term used in sociology, anthropology, ethnology, and also in animal behaviour studies, zoology and biology to describe a social entity which is part of and participates in a larger social group or society (see the wikipedia page). Tooironic 02:46, 25 October 2009 (UTC). Very good - why not submit this definition and create the entry? Jonthescribbler 12:29, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
  • social welfare
  • spanky. Meaning: brand-spanking? Also a childish term for a spank. Also meaning spunky? Not the same as a spankee...--Felonia 22:07, 11 August 2009 (UTC)
  • SparVax — inclusion of brand pending identification of 3 citable sources over 3 years; Definition: brand name for a recombinant anthrax vaccine
    Citation 1: {{cite-magazine|year=2009|author=Carol Potera|title=[ PharmAthene Secures Biodefense Position]|magazine=Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News|text="PharmAthene's SparVax® is a second-generation recombinant vaccine that will require just three doses given a few weeks apart...."}}
  • spasmoid
  • spatiality, spatialities
  • Spätlese (needs English)
  • spätzle
  • spearbush
  • specious present
  • sphenopalatine
  • spiegeleisen
  • spin-up, spin-down
  • spin around
  • spit and bailing wire: rough and ready materials? (US)
  • 'splode - Shortened, often humorous slang for explode. Also include 'splosion for explosion and the alternate spellings splode and splosion (no apostrophe).
  • spondylometaphyseoepiphyseal
  • squattle
  • squeaky bum time/sqeaky-bum time/squeaky bum not US.
  • squeege connected with squeeqe somehow - do you mean squeegee? Jonthescribbler 12:38, 26 October 2009 (UTC)
  • squib kick: low flat football kick designed to be hard to field and return (
  • squilla (type of shrimp) - also called mantis crab and mantis shrimp\
  • squillage connected with squeeqe somehow
  • squillge connected with squeeqe somehow, see also squill-gee
  • stean (needs English)
  • stank (adjective) in black American slang, as in stank ass.
  • state church
A particular Christian Church supported by, and presumably also mutually influenced by, the state. Contrast with national church.
  • stelliferous (adjective) - Used in context of a region of time after the big bang, also used in Thomas Pynchon's "The Crying of Lot 49" as "pulsing stelliferous Meaning" (page 61)
  • w:St-Émilion
  • step quenching
  • stepsirrhine
  • w:St.-Étienneq
  • stickable
  • stipendiary -- mis-spelling of stipendary, or is there another sense? Dbfirs 09:28, 13 September 2009 (UTC)
  • w:St.-Lô
  • storky - like a stork, but how? Long-necked? --Jackofclubs 07:33, 17 May 2009 (UTC)
  • stovepipe figurative: "He spent three months in Washington, working to hasten a move away from stove-pipe tech contracts towards everyday web apps running on commodity hardware."
  • street light - did you try looking under streetlight? Could be illuminating! Jonthescribbler 14:57, 25 August 2009 (UTC)
  • stria medullaris
  • stroke of a pen
  • struggle against - to denounce (used to describe events of the Chinese cultural revolution or other communist activities) Tooironic 23:18, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
  • Sturm und Drang (w)
  • subhumorous: recently used in Newsweek to mean "less than humorous", but b.g.c brings up older uses with unclear (to me) meaning
  • submental
  • subroof
  • subsampler
  • subvariance
  • succès d’estime
  • succès de scandale
  • succès fou
  • suck arse / suck ass (describe something that really sucks) Tooironic 06:29, 29 December 2009 (UTC)
  • to suck lemons / suck a lemon Tooironic 11:50, 9 November 2009 (UTC)
  • superionic
  • superluminosity
  • suppositious: Seen in Edgar Allen Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher", " regard to an influence whose suppositious force was conveyed..."
  • surfaceless: probably something specific/scientific. Blotto might know.
  • submucous, submucously
  • subparticulate
  • subtonal
  • sunburstery: rare Irish term for nonsense, tommyrot?
  • superresolution
  • supersaga?
  • supertwistor
  • surgency, surgent
  • sweetcure (type of bacon)
  • sweetstuff
  • swingaxle, swing axle
  • switchout
  • systonic
  • synthehol = synthetic alcohol in Star Trek universe only
  • synthesism, synthesist
  • synthetical - from Kant.. I don't understand it, he doesn't explain it well.

S 2010

  • speed wrench, speedwrench


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T 2008

  • tab-delimited - IT term, I think - found it here, have no idea what it means. Tooironic 01:26, 21 July 2009 (UTC) It means delimited (separated) by tab characters (the long spaces that your Tab key produces). So if you produce a computer file and you split up the separate data items with tabs (rather than, say, spaces or commas) then you have a tab-delimited file. Equinox ◑ 01:39, 21 July 2009 (UTC)
  • tack strip
  • take the waters
  • tapetum lucidum
  • Tartuan - relating to city Tartu (like Estonian, Russian etc)
  • Texax Seems to be a fairly common alternative to Texas, more than just a accidental substition of the last letter but unsure of the origin. Origin probably from proximity of "x" to "s" on a QWERTY keyboard. DCDuring TALK 12:44, 30 August 2008 (UTC)
  • there we go (again) – idiom (cf. there you go) Wipe 17:35, 20 November 2008 (UTC)
  • to begin with - an idiom or a set phrase; google:"to begin with" shows 8,030,000 hits. --Dan Polansky 17:33, 30 December 2008 (UTC) I don't think it's dictionary material, just a common collocation; "to start with" also exists. Equinox ◑ 03:32, 1 January 2010 (UTC)
  • toilé -- in Webster's 3rd
  • top board - chess term but used differently in Wikipedia's Bobby Fischer and Graveyard chess
  • total eclipse
  • transderivation
  • Türck’s column -- in Webster's 3rd
  • twist someone's mind
  • tyle - Apparently some sort of ritual guarding of the door in freemasonry. Referenced as part of a toast or perhaps a recognition phrase of brotherhood in Heinlein's 1961 Stranger in a Strange Land "admit them and tyle the door" when Freemasonry[28] was more well known. | Chambers has a sense for tile: "to secure against intrusion by placing a person at the door" (could you then "tile a door" rather than a building?) and Google Books has "tyle the door" in a masons' song. Equinox
  • ten o'clock scholar — Part of an old nursery rhyme, but I don't know its meaning because I don't know the full rhyme. 02:04, 24 November 2008 (UTC) A diller, a dollar, a ten o'clock scholar! / What makes you come so soon? / You used to come at ten o'clock, / But now you come at noon. So (if a set phrase) it's a scholar who arrives late at school. Equinox 19:46, 7 February 2009 (UTC)

T 2009

  • tabsule (tm)
  • tack claw, see this. --flyax 08:14, 24 May 2009 (UTC)
  • tailoring (noun), tailorings
  • tail wagging the dog (or wags, perhaps prefixed the): idiom for backwardness of a situation, like put the cart before the horse. Equinox ◑ 11:43, 17 March 2009 (UTC)
  • tasking - noun sense??
    “All we’re concerned about is the safe environment of Bondi and we provide regular taskings down the Bondi Beach area to ensure the environment’s secure for anyone who visits Bondi Beach.” [29]
  • tattler*: something in a cab: 2003 "A few truck drivers griped drowsily about the tattlers in their cabs which graphed the mileage per hour per day", also mentioned in animated TV series King of the Hill.
  • textuality (and cybertextuality, hypertextuality)
  • Tenochtitlán
  • Teotihuacán
  • tepui, tepuy -- in Wikipedia but in Encarta dictionary online or Merriam-Webster online
  • terzet, *terzetto = trio? (Wikipedia mentions string trios)
  • Tetuán
  • textism neologism; what does this mean? — Paul G 14:34, 26 September 2009 (UTC)
  • tharfcake: Occurs in the Fedora Linux /usr/share/dict/words file, but otherwise unknown. Only online dictionary reference is in this Chinese-English translation dictionary: [30] in which is seems to be defined as "[英方]生面烙饼" (but I can't read Chinese!), pronunciation (presumably British non-rhotic) as [31]
  • Thásos
  • the party is over: it is time to behave/to be serious? Fun/freedom has come to an end?
  • thank fuck!
  • thank God!
  • thermoclasty, thermoclastic
  • Thessaloníki
  • thiaburimamide (thia- +‎ burimamide), a drug
  • thinking cap - "I've got my thinking cap on!" Tooironic 08:13, 27 November 2009 (UTC)
  • thinkon -- jocular, hypothetical, or New Age quantum of thought?
  • Thon -- given name - poss. obs. (Is it short form of Anthony or Jonathon?)
  • thoughted -- Having thunk about it, I decided not to create an entry! Dbfirs 21:47, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
  • thwap: interjection and verb, like thwack
  • -thymia
  • Tiamat -- New Age or pseudoscience hypothetical planet
  • timebase
  • tirage - (needs English) technique for winemaking.
  • Tír na n-Óg
  • toast of the town
  • Tony Lumpkin: a yokel? originating from w:Tony Lumpkin
  • torchère torchere
  • tosheroon
  • Tosk Albanian -- Tosk and Gheg are the main dialects of the language. Dbfirs 21:25, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
  • totalist
  • TOTM (something like MRE)
  • toxicoinfectious
  • toxocaridae
  • trackmount, trackmounted entered as track-mounted, as derivative of track Jonthescribbler 16:20, 25 August 2009 (UTC)
  • transactionalization — possibly meanings both in economics and psychology
  • transmission error — Used frequently by the OED as a qualification of spellings which, I assume, are erroneous for some reason.  (u):Raifʻhār (t):Doremítzwr﴿ 00:36, 29 July 2009 (UTC)
  • treehugging tree hugging tree-hugging
  • trial by fire (cf. trial by ordeal)
  • triboelectrification
  • triplestore
  • trispyrazolylborate: in Wikipedia, but confusing
  • troctolitic
  • Trois-Rivières
  • Tromaesque - apparently describes low-budget movies characterized by shocking imagery; named so after the Troma Entertainment Studios
  • tropical fish
  • Tropicana or tropicana. Some figurative sense missing - a generic tropical place/mood? --Rising Sun talk? 23:11, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
  • trouble one's head: to bother or concern oneself (usually "don't...about"); idiomatic?
  • true anomaly (of an elliptical orbit, or of an hyperbola?)
  • trunkless, Citations:trunkless extant
  • trunk show
  • turbocompressor - See w:Turbocompressor
  • turbogenerator - See w:Turbogenerator
  • turbomachinery - See w:Turbomachinery
  • trypophobia (fear of holes)
  • tube roller
  • Tucumán
  • turfgrass
  • turkey slap, turkey slapping - the act of a male slapping another person's face with his penis [32] Tooironic 01:31, 27 October 2009 (UTC)
  • turn to - phrasal verb?
  • tuyère tuyere (needs English)
  • twist-boat: see w:Cyclohexane_conformation

T 2010


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U 2008

  • undo-plasty Surgery to rectify bodged cosmetic procedures (undo + -plasty). — In Susie Dent's Words of the Year as quoted in the Daily Mail on 2 October 2008. — Paul G 16:23, 4 October 2008 (UTC) I like this! Presumably a facetious alteration of endoplasty. There are 600+ results on Google, some from major newspapers, but so far they all seem to be self-consciously defining the term. I'd like to see it used casually before we add it. Equinox 22:34, 6 October 2008 (UTC)
  • up-side - see upside entry Jonthescribbler 01:01, 24 January 2009 (UTC)

U 2009

  • ubiquitarian
  • unapparelle - Citations:unapparelled and an entry in Webster 1828 extant
  • unate and binate (see Wikipedia)
  • unbirth: fetish (like vorarephilia involving being pulled back into the womb, and something else (see Google Books)
  • unbracketing: removing from brackets (punctuation)? and something else?
  • uncinate fasciculus
  • uncouched
  • underbone
  • underslip (under-slip?)
  • unfined: (wine) not having had a clarifying agent passed through it (says a book)
  • unfocus - or does it exist only in the participle form of unfocused? --Duncan 18:57, 11 April 2009 (UTC)
  • ungrammared: illiterate? (cf. grammarless)
  • unguiform
  • unhappening: a few senses?
  • unkennel: flush out? (e.g. fox) release from kennel? (dog)
To dislodge a fox from its hole; to come out of a hole/lair; to let hounds out of a kennel. kwami 06:35, 22 June 2009 (UTC)
  • unmothered, unfathered
  • unpark, unparking
  • unperjured "...gazed up at him fondly with a smile of unperjured friendship." Joseph Heller, Catch 22, p. 174
  • unregimented
  • unrestraint - see unrestraint in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
  • unstarred - deprived of stars
  • unstow
  • unsweet, Citations:unsweet extant
  • unswitched
  • up-and-down
  • unvigintillion - Do we have an appendix for these oft-quoted but never-used made-up words? And do you think it means 1066 or 10126? Dbfirs 21:14, 23 July 2009 (UTC) ← Citations:unvigintillion.​—msh210 22:45, 23 July 2009 (UTC) -- OK. I stand corrected! ... so if I mention the word on one of my websites, you could make any entry? I'm not going to do so! Dbfirs 23:13, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
  • unsheeted
  • unstemmed: tobacco? musical notes? other?
  • untrapping: physics?
  • upscaling (upscale verb?)
  • upstartle, Citations:upstartle extant
  • Urn of Fate - a traditional Christmas thing in Italy. I couldn't find the Italian translations of it, either. --Rising Sun talk? 09:31, 18 December 2009 (UTC)
  • urussium: appears in w:Cloud Atlas (novel) and nowhere else.
  • use-by date

U 2010

  • umuzungu: white man? other cultural references in eastern africa now used in english? Rjeong 12:39, 4 January 2010 (UTC) See mzungu (ISTR this appears in Chambers). Equinox ◑ 15:49, 4 January 2010 (UTC)
  • unransomed


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V 2008

  • Vale of Tempe
  • valgus (needs English)
  • varus
  • velvet shank
  • vicambulist - nonceword according to the OED

V 2009

  • Valortim — inclusion of brand pending identification of 3 citable sources over 3 years; Definition: brand name of an anthrax antitoxin
    Citation 1: {{cite-magazine|year=2009|author=Carol Potera|title=[ PharmAthene Secures Biodefense Position]|magazine=Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News|text="...Valortim®, a fully human monoclonal antibody antitoxin designed to protect cells from damage by anthrax toxins."}}
  • varia lectio -Atelaes λάλει ἐμοί 08:44, 18 July 2009 (UTC)
  • vasodilative (synonym for vasodilatory?)
    Ι think yes. See [33], [34] and [35]
  • velocitized, velocitised
  • vers de société
  • versional in Bible scholarship
  • vertexal, vertexial (may both be non-standard)
  • vide supra - an elaborate expression for the mundane see above. - Just see above translated into Latin. Does it deserve a separate entry as an English expression, or should we just leave it as vide supra? Dbfirs 20:55, 23 July 2009 (UTC)
  • video vérité
  • villadom : suburban villas or their residents
  • vinew n: mould(iness). vb: to grow mouldy. (OED)
  • vocoded: processed with vocoder? how?
  • volary n: some kind of bird cage
  • vomit up (do you vomit blood, or vomit it up?) Mglovesfun (talk) 09:39, 18 July 2009 (UTC)


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W 2008

  • water reticulation - used in the w:en:Valve
  • WAE (or wae?) -- in Webster's 3rd
  • warly - warily (Middle English) and warlike (Burns) (It was used here)
  • wank on - (slightly vulgar slang) to speak excessively or tediously babylon entry
  • wet up: to become wet, e.g., rain wets up the earth —This comment was unsigned. Although I'm lacking the proper information, I think you're confusing this phrase with something like "The sun dried up the Earth." I'm going by intuition that they used the preposition; "Up" in some relation to the process of evaporation, rather than something getting wet. Confirmation is needed. -- 11:53, 21 March 2009 (UTC)
  • whale away wale away (found on Quoting the complete paragraph: "You do still have one other option: You can use a hosted service to do the testing for you. You supply the URL, and they show what that URL looks like on a variety of platforms. You lose the ability to really whale away on a site from your own test machine, but you get access to quite a broad array of platforms for very little cost—and sometimes for no cost at all."
    • This is also spelled wail away; it means to vehemently work on or attack something, close to a synonym of go to town -Speight 07:40, 3 December 2008 (UTC)
      • Not wail away, but wale away, from wale, to raise marks on the skin as by whipping. —Stephen 11:50, 30 January 2009 (UTC)
  • woon (English) Apparently (according to Webster 1913 defines it as 'dwelling', but it also appears to mean 'plenty' or 'abundance'. Obsolete. Likely usages are from Chaucer and Piers Plowman, but I haven't found anything but glossary entries. I tried g.b.c, but Woon is a common surname. :{ The 'dwelling' meaning is doubtless cognate with wone. The other seems likely to have another etymology. - Pingku 11:18, 5 December 2008 (UTC)
    See Talk:woon DCDuring TALK 19:44, 18 April 2009 (UTC)
  • woon Striking resemblance, in fact, exactly as spelled in the Afrikaans language or, when Webster's Dictionary 1913 is referenced, Cape Dutch in early 1900's. Referring to the verb - to live in, to stay in, to have its habitat or usual abode, in relation to a home, house, or residence. He now lives in his parents home - 'hy woon nou in sy ouers se huis'. Noun for "woon" is "woning" in the Afrikaans language i.e. house - where you recouperate, rest, can be yourself.--Francus 21:52, 13 May 2009 (UTC)

W 2009

  • waesucks - Defined here, but I was hoping someone could provide a usage example. —This comment was unsigned.
  • wake-up, wake up (noun)
  • walk away (verb)
  • walk on by (verb)
  • want to See wanna, supposed to, to#Particle
  • ware, sense mentioned at Rhymes:English:-ɒri as a spelling of "ware, warree, whare, wharre, wharry"
  • warwood: "...whales cut in profile out of the small dark slabs of the noble South Sea warwood..." (Moby Dick)
  • watering-place
  • weaksauce
  • wear sackcloth and ashes
  • webworm: always the w:Fall webworm, or other worms too? Equinox ◑ 22:40, 26 March 2009 (UTC)
  • weisure - leisure time spent on work activities (in the new Concise Oxford Dictionary) — 15:12, 12 June 2009 (UTC)
  • well-trodden, well trodden
  • wham, bam, thank you ma'am
  • whateverism: apathy, a "blah" attitude, but also apparently some Maoist communist thing.
  • wheatrick - like a hayrick?
  • wheeling machine
  • where art thou
  • whigga - Alternate spelling of wigger.
  • whipless: something UK-political? (cf. party whip) (yes)
  • white label
  • whited sepulchre
  • who dares wins
  • Wiki Markup — Needs English —Internoob (Talk•Cont.) 02:26, 2 October 2009 (UTC)
  • wind gap - see here
  • Wollemi pine
  • wordgroup
  • wordstock
  • workcamp (611,000 google hits)
  • workcamper (43,100 google hits)
  • workgirl - working girl? or simply the female equivalent of working man?
  • (the) worm has turned
  • would you be so kind as to/would you be so kind - a kind of rhetorical question, very polite. --Volants 13:25, 21 October 2009 (UTC) But be so kind can occur alone ("Be so kind as to..."), as can be so good. Equinox ◑ 16:57, 2 December 2009 (UTC)
  • woylie

W 2010

  • walk through - a step-by-step guide on how to complete a video game Tooironic 12:20, 2 January 2010 (UTC) = walkthrough Equinox ◑ 06:04, 13 January 2010 (UTC)


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X 2008

  • xor#Conjunction probably only used in informal discussions by techies in technical discussion or to emphasise either-or nature of a choice: "Is it Bill xor Melinda?"

X 2009


Section: 0-9 A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

Y 2008

  • YouTube divorce An acrimonious marriage break-up in which a spouse airs their former partner's dirty laundry on YouTube. — In Susie Dent's Words of the Year as quoted in the Daily Mail on 2 October 2008. — Paul G 16:24, 4 October 2008 (UTC)

Y 2009

  • yessiree - Informal yessir
  • ymber - (Latin) rain storm, pouring rain. Source: [36]


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Z 2008

  • zoot (something to do with illegal drugs. zooted may mean drugged).
    • I can't find evidence for zoot alone for drugs, just for zooted. There's certainly zoot suit as a valid entry, however. Where the name zoot suit came from, however, is probably not connected with drugs. --Jackofclubs 08:37, 9 January 2009 (UTC)
    • Erowid lists it as a slang term for PCP (phencyclidine, angel dust). Pingku 16:31, 7 August 2009 (UTC)

Z 2009

  • Zeelandic (What links here?) - referencing Zealandic and Zeeuws. --Jackofclubs 14:53, 5 April 2009 (UTC)
  • zootype
  • zyzzogeton: see Zyzzogeton (capitalised because it's a taxonomic genus); the lower-case form doesn't seem to be attestable except in discussions of one particular dictionary that had it. Equinox ◑ 18:15, 24 October 2009 (UTC)

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