Tuesday, March 29, 2011


exigency (n)

1. The quality or state of requiring immediate aid or action; urgency.

2. A case demanding immediate action or remedy; a pressing or urgent situation.

3. That which is demanded or required in a particular situation -- usually used in the plural.


bedaub (vt)

1. to smear all over; besmear; soil.

2. to ornament gaudily or excessively.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Special Post: Potassium Iodide for Radiation Protection

For those who are looking for potassium iodide (for protection from radioactive iodine resulting from a nuclear meltdown, as is now seeming possible in Japan--they've already found radioactive iodine there, and trade wind and weather patterns mean any potential fallout would be heading right for the west coast of the US), it's still available here. But just know that it's selling out just about everywhere, and is getting very difficult to find. There are literally NO stores in my local area that are not now sold out.

Click on this link and enter the code DSC200410 at checkout for an extra 5% discount:

Saturday, May 3, 2008


palanquin (n)

1. A covered type of litter for a stretched-out passenger, carried on four poles on the shoulders of four or more bearers, as formerly used (also by colonials) in eastern Asia.

Saturday, January 27, 2007


antidisestablishmentarianism (n)

1. A political philosophy opposed to the separation of church and state, esp. opponents in 19th century England against separating the Anglican church from the state.

2. Referred to as an atypically long word for showing intellectual pretence.


pedantic (adj)

1. Like a pedant, overly concerned with formal rules and trivial points of learning.

2. Being showy of one’s knowledge, often in a boring manner.

3. Often used to describe a person who emphasizes his/her knowledge through the use of vocabulary; ostentatious in one’s learning.

4. Being finicky or picky with language.


eschew (vt)

1. To avoid; to shun (usually applied to ideas or concepts and not to concrete objects).


sanguine (adj)

1. (color) Having the color of blood; red.

2. Characterized by abundance and active circulation of blood.

3. Warm; ardent.

4. Anticipating the best; not despondent; confident; full of hope.

5. (Obsolete): irresponsibly mirthful; indulgent in pleasure to the exclusion of important matters.

sanguine (n)

1. (colour) Blood color; red.

2. Anything of a blood-red color, as cloth.

3. Bloodstone.

4. Red crayon.

sanguine (vt)

1. To stain with blood; to impart the color of blood to; to ensanguine.


lilliputian (adj)

1. Very small, diminutive.

2. Trivial, petty.

lilliputian (n)

A very small person or being.


tintinnabulation (n)

A tinkling sound, as of a bell or bells.


eleemosynary (adj)

1. Relating to charity, alms, or almsgiving; intended for the distribution of charity.

2. Given in charity or alms; having the nature of alms; as, eleemosynary assistance.

3. Supported by charity; as, eleemosynary poor.


Verfremdungseffekt (plural Verfremdungseffekte) (n)

1. Brecht's alienation effect, sometimes translated as the estrangement effect.

2. (theater) Distance between the audience and the performers.


apraxia (n)

1. Total or partial loss of the ability to perform coordinated movements or manipulate objects in the absence of motor or sensory impairment; specifically, a disorder of motor planning.


bellicose (adj)

1. Warlike in nature; aggressive; hostile.

2. Showing or having the impulse to be combative.


hypertrophy (n)

1. (medicine) An increase in the size of an organ due to swelling of the individual cells.

2. (bodybuilding) Increase in muscle size through increased numbers of muscle fibers; a result of strict diet, weightlifting, and other exercise.


orrery (n)

1. A clockwork model of the solar system.


coruscate (vi)

1. To give off light; to reflect in flashes; to sparkle.

2. To exhibit brilliant technique or style.


excrescence (n)

1. Something, usually abnormal, which grows out of something else.

2. A disfiguring or unwanted mark or adjunct


defenstrate (vi)

1. (computing) (slang) To stop using the Windows operating system.

defenestrate (vt)

1. To eject or throw (someone or something) from a window.


anaphora (n)

1. The repetition of a phrase at the beginning of phrases, sentences, or verses, used for emphasis.

2. (linguistics) An expression that refers to another expression, especially a preceding one. An example is a pronoun that refers to its antecedent.


anthropomorphic (adj)

1. (of inanimate objects, animals, or other non-human entities) Given human attributes.


catafalque (n)

1. A platform used to display or convey a coffin during a funeral, often ornate.


qualia (n)

1. Properties not defineable with numbers. A quality.

2. Properties, as redness, which are considered independent from things having the property.

3. Plural form of quale


heterophenomenology (n)

1. Phenomenology of the Other.

2. The method of studying the consciousness of other people.


satyriasis (n)

1. Uncontrollable sexual desire, found in a man (contrast to nymphomania).

2. The quality of excessive sexual passion in a male.