New words. New vocabulary encountered reading online

Try your hand. Give it a go. 

I do very well with all the word things. My family likes to play games while I do not. Nevertheless to be with them I play these games such as scrabble. One evening we were playing with the wife of my younger brother's best friend. She kept questioning my entries. She kept looking them up. I entered EDILE, she looked it up. I told her what it means. She asked me how I know such a word. I told her how I know it. My mother said, "We learned to just trust him." 

I think that is so sweet.

They went through that. They looked up every weird thing that I entered too. But that's the thing; I don't know what is weird and what is ordinary anymore. 

Another time my family from the east coast was visiting. They were all at my parent's house assembled to do something. Dad was doing a crossword at the breakfast table and he kept asking me questions of the filler sort. I said, "Come on, Dad, ask us some hard ones." 

The two adjoining rooms were filled with people, all at once they each said, "N-o-o-o-o-o." 

I did not know they were listening. I thought they were each doing their own thing. But they were listening and they wanted easy questions, not hard ones. ALL my relatives wanted easy questions. I didn't even know they were trying. I thought that whole thing was between Dad and me. What a bunch of intruders.

Still, everyday, there are quite a lot of words encountered that I do not know. I'm telling you, sometimes I think people pull words out of their butt. Especially all those fer'ner words. 

These are the new ones since the last time I did this elsewhere. It's getting to be a big pile, and this pile gets added to the previous pile that's been going on like this for years, decades actually, through three laptop computers. 

Here goes:

* abseil: To rappel. (Mountaineering) a descent of a vertical cliff or wall made by using a doubled rope that is fixed to a higher point and wrapped around the body. Lower oneself with a rope coiled around the body from a mountainside.

It's a dream gig for anyone with a distaste for staid office jobs, as well as an excellent grasp of plantsmanship and the ability to abseil the battlements of a castle.

* affiant: someone who makes a sworn statement. US term for the person who makes a voluntary declaration of facts in a written statement and signs it under oath. The equivalent UK term is deponent. See also affidavit. 

“I was not the affiant,” Rosenstein protested to a questioner in a congressional committee.

* aggress: To make an attack; commit the first act of hostility or offense; begin a quarrel or controversy; hence, to act on the offensive. To encroach; to intrude; be or become intrusive.

The Sage of Scranton: "Is It Too Late to Aggress Climate Change?"

* allopathic: Allopathic medicine, or allopathy, refers to science-based, modern medicine, such as the use of medications or surgery to treat or suppress symptoms or the ill effect of disease. 

Allopathic Vs Osteopathic 

Osteopaths treat conditions with medical treatments as well as manipulation and massage of muscles, bones, and joints. In the United States osteopathic doctors are licensed physicians and surgeons. 

Ostopathic doctors must pass the same national board exams that all physicians do. They have the same residency training programs as other doctors. Osteopathic doctors have the title DO instead of MD 

She is best known for her integrative approach using complementary, functional and allopathic medicine, creating a unique treatment plan for each individual patient.

* autarky: A policy of national self-sufficiency and non-reliance on imports or economic aid. A self-sufficient region or country. Economic independence as a national policy.

In American terms, Trump’s supposedly quixotic effort to decouple key industries from China will no longer be the stuff of bemused scorn, but the new orthodoxy, with obvious advantages for the United States in terms of autonomy and autarky of life-sustaining goods—not to mention U.S. jobs.

That' it for the A's. 

*  Baader-Meinhof phenomenon: Frequency bias. Notice something new, at least to you. Could be a word, breed of dog, a particular style of house, or nearly anything. Suddenly you are aware of that thing all over the place. There is no increase in occurrence. It’s just that you’ve started to notice it.

The more I dig into the radical terrorists of the late 70s early 80s, the more they just keep showing up in our modern discourse. It’s a literal Baader-Meinhof phenomenon. 

* bacillus: Latin for stick. A type of rod-shaped bacteria. 

We now know: The Steele Dossier bacillus.

* backpfeifengesicht: a face in need of a fist. In need of a slap. A slappable face. A face that cries out for a fist. That person whose face is just begging to be introduced to a fist., "Here's a little backpfeifengesicht for you." Click to a photo of Bill Kristol.

[I bet this is a repeat. It will show a duplication when I move this file from "new words" to "words." Because it just seems so old.]

* bathetic: relating to or characterized by bathos; sinking rhetorically, or in style. 

We watched bathetic videos of ordinary people representing ordinary people, and second-rank celebrities reading teleprompter messages.

* caltrop: sowing caltrops:  A spike produced by a plant with immediate functionality as weapon. Metal imitations were made. The natural ones were used for escapes by spreading to puncture the soles of pursuers. Modern caltrops are spread to stop vehicles. 

* calumet: A long-stemmed sacred or ceremonial tobacco pipe used by certain Native American peoples. A kind of tobacco-pipe used by the Indians of North America.

* Casey Stengel: Baseball player NY Yankees. He developed a national reputation as a clown. Also Philadelphia Pirates and NY Giants and Boston Braves. Known for humorous and sometimes disjointed way of speech. 

Where's Casey Stengel when you need him? [Story about Washington Post changing their headline 3 times about the death  of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, from "terrorist-in-chief" to "an austere religious scholar" to "extremist leader." 

Apparently Stengel said, "Can't anybody here play this game?" 

* cat’s paw: a light air that ruffles the surface of the water in irregular patches during a calm. [from the fable of the monkey that used a cat's paw to draw chestnuts from the fire] : one used by another as a tool : DUPE

the … govern. A hitch knot formed with two eyes for attaching a line to a hook.

Or, rather, who or what is Biden, if not a composite cat’s paw of an anonymous left-wing central committee?

* Cathy Berberian: American-Armenian expatriate singer. Did a bunch of stuff in NYC, then Paris, then Milan. She is mention in the Steely Dan song "Your Gold Teeth":

"Even Cathy Berberian knows there's one roulade she can't sing." 

Thus, the source: 

Comment away, but be careful. Even Cathy Berberian knows, there’s one roulade she can’t sing. 

* chud: an insult frequently used by leftists to deride members of the alt-right or other right wing groups. The word has been used as a sarcastic derision for decades, but has only attained the political slant fairly recently.

Looks like the person that got shot and killed was a patriot prayer chud.

* comorbidities: Co-morbidity. The presence of one or more additional conditions co-occurring with a primary condition; in the countable sense of the term, a comorbidity is each additional condition. The additional condition may also be a behavioral or mental disorder.

We make these broad sweeping assumptions that men and women are the same behaviorally, in terms of comorbidities, biology and our immune system, and we just are not.

* CT scan: Computed tomography (CT or CAT) scan allows doctors to see inside your body by using a combination of X-rays and a computer to create pictures of your organs, bones, and other tissues.

* Curley effect: James Michael Curley, four-time mayor of Boston, used wasteful redistribution to his poor Irish constituents and incendiary rhetoric to encourage richer citizens to emigrate from Boston, thereby shaping the electorate in his favor. As a consequence, Boston stagnated but Curley kept winning elections.

1) Curley reshaped his electorate by pushing out people who likely wouldn't vote for him by targeting public help programs at the poorer Irish of Boston, while paying for the programs fell to the rich.

2) Differential taxes on voters by certain categorizations of people shaped an electorate by forcing certain categories of voters to move away.

3) Political leaders uses points 1 and 2 to shape their electorate and ensure they stay in power.

Opinion: The study was bogus.

Anyone citing the Curley effect is citing a poorly conducted study. 

Ah dunno. What do you do if the consequences [Denver minimum wage] are intended? See the Curley Effect.

     Props for knowing. 

[The effects are not intended; automation, shift to more part-time positions, less jobs, restaurants and such closing, customers tipping a lot less.]

* Dalgona coffee: A beverage made by whipping equal proportions of instant coffee powder sugar, and hot water until it becomes creamy and then adding it to cold or hot milk. Occasionally, it is topped with coffee powder, cocoa, crumbled biscuits, or honey.

* de trop: Too much or too many; excessive or superfluous. Literally, too much; hence, in a way; not wanted: applied to a person whose presence is inconvenient.

Antifa is already considered de trop.

* dhoti: Derived from dhauti, meaning to "cleanse or wash". In the context of clothing, it simply refers to the cleansed garment which was worn during śrauta sacrifices or religious sessions in general. A long loincloth traditionally worn in southern Asia by Hindu men. Wrapped around the hips and thighs with one end brought between the legs and tucked into the waistband, the dhoti resembles baggy, knee- length trousers.

Hence Gandhi’s George Bernard Shaw routine in a dhoti, or George Harrison’s deeply spiritual objections to capital gains in ‘Taxman’.

* discommode: To put to inconvenience; trouble.

But he didn’t discommode the Washington establishment very much, and they came to like him.

* disculpate: To free a person of blame.

Instead, reflex pushed them into instinctive opposition, tending to disculpate China and demand even longer lockdowns, even to their potential detriment.

* dudelsackpfeifer: piper, bagpiper, bagpipe player.

"We'll see if he really makes him pay the dudelsackpfeifer."

* emesis: vomiting

Crossing the Atlantic's one thing - but they had to come 'round the Horn, which is something else. Talk about projectile emesis! 

* endsieg: German for "ultimate victory". IT is generally used to denote a victory at the end of a war or conflict.

But you know what that sounds like? The conversations in the bunker between Hitler and Albert Speer, looking over the architectural models of Berlin when they achieve the promised endsieg... even as Russian artillery pounds the ground above them and concrete dust falls on their heads. 

* epigone: A second-rate imitator or follower, especially of an artist or a philosopher. One born after; a successor or heir. Same as epigonium.

For all the critical tenor in Grabar’s book, beneath it all burns a fire of love for her subject: Love for the country Zinn and his epigones have so grievously maligned, and passion for the concept of history as a truthful account of the past, which Zinn airily rejected as a bourgeois myth.

* Erlenmeyer flask: Also known as a conical flask or a titration flask is a type of laboratory flask which features a flat bottom, a conical body, and a cylindrical neck. Named after German chemist Emil Erlenmeyer 1825-1909.  

Currently he's a fucking Doctor of Epidemiology working for the Twitter CDC. He's hitting the "retweet" button with the beakers and Erlenmeyer flasks he's cooking up vaccines in.

* escrima sticks: Arnis, Kali, or eskrima/escrim is the national martia art o fthe Philippines. The sticks look like short cue sticks. 

* exeunt: Used as a stage direction to indicate that two or more performers leave the stage. They go out: a word used in the text of plays to denote that point in the action at which two or more actors leave the stage. They retire from the scene.

Tommy Chong has a role as paranoiac hermit Ezra (another rather savvy update to "the crazy old coot who lives in the woods" trope) whose exeunt is very effectively done. 

* farrago: mixed fodder, hodgepodge, from far, farr- a kind of grain.From Latin: mash for cattle (hence, a mixture), from fār spelt, farraginous adj. Yet Nadler is a slow learner and there he was Tuesday, opening the ballyhooed attack on the AG with a statement that was a farrago of lies, fake news and slanderous attacks on law enforcement, Barr and Trump.

* farschimmelt: Yiddish. A term used to describe a confused state of mind, disorientation, or feeblemindedness. Heard as fehshimmered. 

Yes, I realize that the downside of Bernie beating the odds and winning the nomination presents the possible danger of his energizing his base as well as the rest of the Dems doing what we have done for virtually every election ever save for 80, 84 and 16 by holding their noses and voting for the farschimmelt fuhrer. 

* favela: A unique, low and middle-income, and unregulated type of slum neighborhood in Brazil that has experienced historical governmental neglect.

... hail from California, specifically Los Angeles and San Francisco which are both rapidly descending into literal sewers that are somewhere between the worst favela in Rio and Bartertown.

* flame fougasse: (sometimes contracted to fougasse and may be spelled foo gas) is a type of mine or improvised explosive device which uses an explosive charge to project burning liquid onto a target. The flame fougasse was developed by the Petroleum Warfare Department in Britain as an anti-tank weapon during the invasion crisis of 1940. 

Shooting them one at a time (pedophile rioters) is all very well, but I really think we should be looking at the pest control properties of the flame fougasse.

* foundation garment: Also known as shapewear or shaping underwear, is an undergarment designed to impermanently alter the wearer's body shape, to achieve what some view as a more fashionable figure. The function of a foundation garment is not to enhance a bodily feature (as would, for example, a padded bra) but to make it look more presentable.

Amartel said...
Lock her up ... or at least put some foundation garments on her. FFS.

* fugazi: fouled up, got ambushed, zipped in. Vietnam War era possibly earlier, reputedly British Military origin. 

fowled is an obvious euphemism 

Elizabeth Fugazi signals she may choose a woman as her VP pick. (Obviously Elizabeth Warren, I wish J.J. Sefton would stop doing this childish name-switch bullshit, we have to de-code all his grade school nonsense fifteen times every day for each lengthy post.) 

* gammon: A term used to describe a particular type of Brexit-voting, Europhobic, middle-aged white male, whose meat-faced complexion suggests they are perilously close to a stroke.

* gauleiter: An official in charge of a district of Nazi Germany. Any overbearing or unpleasant official, especially a local official.

* Gauloises: “gaul women” in French (“cigarette” is feminine in French), is a brand of cigarette of French manufacture. 

* Article: How France lost its iconic, once romantic Gauloises cigarette brand. 

* Article: France limits sale of nicotine products after coronavirus research.

Comment to article: Rationing Galoises?! Jamais. JA-MAIS!!!

* gelflings: Gelflings. Dark Crystal (movie, 1982 puppet animated dark fantasy adventure) are a peaceful elven-like race that once inhabited large cities in the world of Thra. They mastered many aspects of magic, including the ability of prophecy. The name "Gelfling" is a transliteration of Ghel-flainnk, which means "those who live without knowledge of the future".

(comment) the dirty Chinese piggy-pigs are brutal and thieving 

it's nice everyone gets to see how brutal 

it's nice everyone gets to see them rape the gelflings 

even butt-ignorant NBA lick-lick boy Lebron James might learn something before this is done

* geschrei: Yiddish, a yell; shout. An uproar.

Yet, with all the geschrei and gnashing of teeth about how solemn this is, how Trump must be impeached lest he declare himself emperor or how all of this is akin to freeing the slaves, the Battle of the Bulge and giving women the vote, it seems as if Nancy Pelosi is considering not sending the articles up to the Senate for a trial.

* godwins: Godwin, Godwins’s law. Godwin’s rule of Hitler analogies. An internet adage asserting taht “As an online discussion grows longer, the probability of a comparison involving Nazis or Hitler approaches 1” 

(Liberal Twitter reaction to crowd response to Trump appearing on the field of National Championship game. But what about the godwins? (not capitalized) Are there no references to the Second World War? Oh. Of course there are.)

* grackles: Common grackles are blackbirds that look like they've been slightly stretched. They're taller and longer tailed than a typical blackbird, with a longer, more tapered bill and glossy-iridescent bodies. Grackles walk around lawns and fields on their long legs or gather in their noisy groups high in trees, typically evergreens. They eat many crops and nearly anything else as well, including garbage. In flight their long tails trail behind them, sometimes folded down the middle into a shallow V shape.

But the shrieking grackles that swarm above every productive American, ready to swoop down and peck and claw at them for the tiniest shred of bad news have no interest in anything remotely good about anyone or anything that has been labelled a target.

* Grand Guignol: The Theatre of the Great Puppet. From its opening in 1897 until its closing in 1962 it specialized in naturalistic horror shows. Its name is often used as a general term for graphic, amoral horror entertainment, a genre popular form Elizabethan and Jacobean theatre to today's splatter films.

It’s not Grand Guignol but it’s a dumb show nevertheless.

* gravamen: The main claim or most important aspect of a complaint against a defendant. The burden or chief weight; that a part of an accusation which weighs most heavily against the accused. the substantial cause of an action of at law; ground or burden of a complaint in general. 

Three links in particular coalesce around the gravamen of my discourse: 

* Hobson’s choice: An apparently free choice when there is no real alternative. Only one thing is offered. A person may refuse to accept what is offered, two options are taking it or leaving it. 

Hobson had 40 horses. Knowing this, customers assumed they have a great choice but Hobson made his customers pick the horse nearest the door. 

Ew, that Hobson is mean.

Hobson noticed the best horses were always chosen causing them to be overused. Hobson's horse-rotation prevented his best horses this unhappy fate. 

Yes, there are 40 horses but you don't get a pick. 

There were a lot of pissed off customers. Hobson was all, "Hey, all the horses are good." They wanted to pick their horse but Hobson wouldn't let them in order to protect his stock. 


Do not misunderstand me; the uncertainty surrounding the origins, lethality and morbidity of this Chinese contagion as well as a lack of vaccine as a preventive (unlike flu and other viruses) meant that quarantine was perhaps the best of a Hobson's choice. 

Okay, it appears J.J. Sefton is suggesting there really was only quarantine. 

* homologation: The granting of approval by an official authority. This may be a court of law, a government department, or an academic or professional body, any of which would normally work from a set of strict rules or standards to determine whether such approval should be given.

[Toyota GR Yaris] "Calling it a hot hatch does it a disservice. This is a true rally homologation special." 

* Imprecatory: to invoke evil upon or curse one's enemies. 

Imprecatory prayers all around for all serpents and skinks…..

Imprecatory Psalms 69 and 109 while 11,12, 35, 37 40, 52, 54, 56, 57, 58, 59, 79, 83, 94, 137, 139, 143 are also considered imprecatory. 

Example: Psalm 69:24 "Pour out Your indignation on them, and let Your burning anger overtake them." 

* incunabula: a book printed before 1501. The earliest single publication referred to as incunabulum is the Gutenberg Bible with the final year of incunabula publications universally designated as 1501.  An artifact from an earlier period. 

The library owns over 300 medical incunabula. 

* insoluble: Cannot be dissolved. Difficult or impossible to solve or explain: insolvable. That cannot be loosed or undone.

The paradox is insoluble.

* Jahr Null: The Man in the High Castle, Wiki fandom, Jahr Null, or Year Zero, was a social-engineering initiative carried out by the Greater Nazi Reich in Nazi America beginning in Summer of 1963. The goal of Jahr Null was to erase all traces of American history and national identity and encourage new and future generations to identify as contributing citizens of the Reich. 

I guess they must've discovered that doing the Jahr Null thing is a lot harder than it looks.

"They" is CHAZites, the Seattle center thing, during COVID pandemic WAY over-reaction thing during BLM thing, following the failed impeachment thing, following the Mueller Investigation thing that spent millions looking for collusion that they just knew existed, following the RussiaRussiaRussia thing, the bluff to throw you off the scent of all that went into putting Clinton in office. Singularly the most massive collective protracted overlapping Democrat flounce in American history short of the American Civil War. Let's call that one the First. This is what it looks like when straight up crackpots are denied the power they desperately want to change America, they pour out of the walls, and frankly its the preferred state because they're much worse when they have the power they demand.  

* Kafkatrap: To accuse someone of some form of "ism" (sexism, racism, etc.) and to proclaim that their denial or any attempt they make to defend themselves is proof that they are guilty. A favorite tactic of the social justice warrior.

A rhetorical device in which any denial by the accused serves as evidence of guilt. 

The kafkaktrap is a form of argument that is s fallacious and manipulative that those subjected to it are entitled to reject it based entirely on the form of the argument, without reference to whatever particular sin or thoughtcrime is being alleged. 

* Kakistocracy: A system of government that is run by the worst, least qualified, and/or most unscrupulous citizens.

* Krassenstein brothers: Rose to prominence through a practice Cockburn refers to as "wohling": that's to say, whenever @realdonaldtrump tweets something, you reply with a bland but extremely partisan statement, in the hope of accruing likes and retweets, and building your personal brand.

Twitter permanently bans anti-Trump Krassenstein brothers. If you have a Twitter account, it's inevitable that you've seen the Krassenstein brothers' propaganda come across your feed. The two brothers out of Florida have each attracted followers in the hundreds of thousands (mainly by following hundreds of thousands of other Twitter accounts, and hoping they follow back), and have become known for the hyperbolic, spammy nonsense they pollute the national discourse with.

(You don't need a Twitter account to read @realdonaldtrump and all the replies to them)

Ed Krassenstein had amassed more than 900,000 followers before the ban, while Brian Krassenstein had nearly 700,000 followers. The ban was first reported in the Daily Beast. 

Am I bad for not knowing who these two dopes are? I read @realdonaldtrump all the time while avoiding ALL the idiotic remoras attached to his account. They're all perfectly worthless parasites presumptuously reflexively contrary to everything.

(Greta Thunburg) But like a teenage rock band, her freshness date may expire quickly. As Treacher notes, “They’re (the left)just exploiting her. The minute she’s no longer useful to them, they’ll drop her like a global warming-heated rock. Ask Cindy Sheehan. Ask Sandra Fluke. Ask the Krassenstein brothers. Ask any other one-time liberal superstar who is now long forgotten. It’s a short ride.”  

* Laconophilia: Love or admiration of Sparta and of the Spartan culture or constitution. The terms derives from Laconia, the part of he Peloponnesus where the Spartans lived. 

* lido deck: On a cruise ship or ocean liner, the lido deck features outdoor pools and related facilities. Lido, an Italian word for "beach," forms part of the place names of several Italian seaside towns known for their beaches, such as Lido di Venezia, the barrier beach enclosing the Venetian Lagoon. The term may have found its way into English via English visitors returning from the Lido di Venezia, where sea-bathing took place from the late-19th century. 

If you've ever delivered a policy speech from the lido may be a cuck.

* louche: Of questionable morality or repute. Squinting; not straightforward; sinister. Of questionable taste, decency, or morality;  not reputable.

(Nigel Farage) Somehow in 20 years they (European Union) haven’t corrupted me, but that’s because I lived a pretty louche lifestyle already.

I thought he said “loose.” 

* maenad: female follower of the Greek god of wine, Dionysus. The word maenad comes from the Greek maenads, meaning "mad" or "demented." During the orgiastic rites of Dionysus, maenads roamed the mountains and forests performing frenzied, ecstatic dances and were believed to be possessed by the god.

I wouldn't want to look like any of the maenads in white. But among the many lies of the press, only Democrat women get to be beautiful. It's okay, because it's the easiest to disprove, when you consider that they called Michelle beautiful but ignore Melania.  

* Malach Ha-mavis: Angel of Death

I beseech God in Heaven to bring malach-ha-mawis down on these people with a vengeance.

* mandamus: A judicial remedy in the form of an order from a court to any government, subordinate court, corporation, or public authority, to do some specific act which that body is obliged under law to do, and which in the nature of public duty, and in certain cases one of statutory duty.

Trump drops a 100-megaton truth nuke on Obama, huge bombshell about the Flynn "unmasking" and what agency other than the FBI was involved, on writs of mandamus vis a vis Flynn and Emmet Sullivan, ...

* Milankovitch cycles:  Describe the collective effects of changes in the Earth's movements on its climate over thousands of years. The term is named for Serbian geophysicist and astronomer Milutin Milanković. In the 1920s, he hypothesized that variations in eccentricity, axial tilt, and precession resulted in cyclical variation in the solar radiation reaching the Earth, and that this orbital forcing strongly influenced climatic patterns on Earth.

Why do I have to pay for their religion? No amount of liberal hubris will change the Milancovich cycle.

* Mountain Dew Camacho: Camacho is a character in Don Quiixote; President Dwayne Elizondo Mountain Dew Herbert Camacho is a fictional character from the 2006 comedy film Idiocracy. 

* Nunavut: vast territory of northern Canada that stretches across most of the Canadian Arctic. Created in 1999 out of the eastern portion of the Northwestern Territories, Nunavut encompasses the traditional lands of the Inuit, the indigenous peoples of Arctic Canada.

Browser images show cairns all over the place. Their flag is half yellow and half white with a red cairn dividing the two fields in the shape of a cross, a stack of 5 red rocks. 

Other cairns have two base stones to make a stack of rocks in a vaguely human form. Several of these type of cairns look like a small crowd of people. 

* NXVIM: Self-help group that gained a reputation as a sex cult after its leader, Keith Raniere, was convicted of coercing some of his female followers into sexual servitude, even creating a ritual in which they were branded with his initials. 

* obloquy: Abusively detractive language or utterance: calumny. The condition of disgrace suffered as a result of abuse of vilification; ill repute. Contumelious or abusive language addressed to or aimed at another; calumny; abuse; reviling.

Not unsurprisingly, Le Corbusier’s Athens Charter, its legendary 1933 manifesto, “reduced the experience of the city to functional efficiency” and other high modern planning schemes come in for much-warranted obloquy.

* orgulous: Proud; haughty. Swollen; augmented; excessive; hence, threatening; dnagerous. See orgillous. 

How one can appraise sumptuary excesses like the fade cut, pink hair, septum rings, tongue studs, navel piercings, and the prevalence of the orgulous tattoo as in any way attractive boggles the mind.

* paludarium: An aquarium which has terrestrial plants as well as aquatic plants and aquatic life.  

Video on YouTube.

* paskudnyak: From Yiddish פּאַסקודניאַק‎ (paskudnyak), traceable to Polish and Ukrainian. Noun . paskudnyak (plural paskudnyaks) A nasty or contemptible person. (affectionate) A young rascal; a boy who makes mischief. References . Leo Rosten, The Joys of Yiddish; applied to "a man or woman."

[Adam Schiff] ... the superstar defense team of Pat Cipollone and Jim Jordan are going to be wiping the Senate floor with that beady-eyed little paskudnyak over this and more for the duration. 

* pecksniff: An unctuous hypocrite, a person who affects benevolence or pretends to have high moral principles; a person who interferes officiously in the business of others. 

From the name of Mr Pecksniff, a hypocritical character in Charles Dickens's novel The Life and Adventures of Martin Chuzzlewit.

It hardly seems possible to be a Twitter pecksniff and guttersnipe at the same time, but they manage.

* physiognomy: The art of discovering temperament and character from outward appearance.

This loser thinks he's some badass Johnny Rotten, but he's just a low-IQ example of the reality of physiognomy. --> [Risk Wilson being clever on Twitter using a hashtag "#Beinfected" to wish the Caronavirus on Melania Trump.]

But before this were a few amazing sentences by Ace. Ace describes Rick Wilson imaginatively.

The pudgiest, shortest, pinky-dickiest "Pirate" wishes the plague on an enemy's wife, and NeverTrump will continue paying him to come to their conferences to whine about Trump's "assault on our precious discourse." 

* planchette: A small triangular board supported by two casters and a vertical pencil that, when lightly touched by the fingertips, is said to spell out subconscious or supernatural messages.

A small heart-shaped or triangular board mounted on three supports, of which two, placed at the angles of the base, are easily moving casters, and the third, placed at the apex, is a pencil-point.

A circumferentor.(An instrument used by surveyors for taking angles. A device for measuring the length of the tire of a wheel, consisting of a wheel of known circumference, which is rolled over the tire. A surveying instrument, for taking horizontal angles and bearings; a surveyor's compass. It consists of a compass whose needle plays over a circle graduated to 360°, and of a horizontal brass bar at the ends of which are standards with narrow slits for sighting, supported on a tripod by a ball and socket joint.)

[ouija board] Your hands move as the planchette glides across the board, slowly spelling out… your name!

* Porfiriato: The period of Porfirio Diaz's presidency of Mexico (1876-80; 1884-1911), an era of dictatorial rule accomplished through a combination of consensus and repression during which the country underwent extensive modernization but political liberties were limited and the free press was muzzled.

The orderly and corrupt Porfiriato was followed by the horrors of civil war unleashed by Madero, followed in turn by the “perfect dictatorship” of the PRI, followed in turn by this century’s emergence of true Mexican multiparty democracy—and therefore the disintegration of the state we see now. 

* pozolero: The one who cooks pozoles; it could also mean someone who eats lots of pozole. This is an ancient food, it’s eaten at holidays and it can be prepared different ways. That’s what the word means literally, but in reality nobody uses that word to refer to any cook.

This word has been subject to some rhetorical processes. It’s been used with its literal sense but synecdoche and metonymy can be applied to expand its meaning.

[synecdoche: A figure of speech by which a part is put for the whole (such as fifty sail for fifty ships), the whole for a part (such as society for high society), the species for the genus (such as cutthroat for assassin), the genus for the species (such as a creature for a man), or the name of the material for the thing made (such as boards for stage).

metonymy: A figure of speech in which one word or phrase is substituted for another with which it is closely associated, as in the use of Washington for the United States government or of the sword for military power.  substituting the name of one thing for that of another to which the former bears a known and close relation. A trope in which one word is put for another that suggests it. 

On Mexican State Collapse: a Guest Post by El Anti-Pozolero

* Prima Noctae: Droit du seigneur, also known as jus primae noctis, is a supposed legal right in medieval Europe, allowing feudal lords to have sexual relations with subordinate women, in particular, on their wedding nights.

I've never seen so much racism, Can we just finally pass a law stating that only corporate-credentialed "journalists" have free speech rights, and also have the right of Prima Noctae?

* prolegomenon: Prefatory remarks; specifically: a formal essay or critical discussion serving to introduce and interpret an extended work. 

First, however, since CNN apparently undertook its cheerleading for Warren in order to declare its feminist bona fides, I would like to pose a few questions as a sort of prolegomenon, what Kierkegaard, in another context, called a “preliminary expectoration.” 1) Why are feminists so unpleasant? 2) Why do they insist on whining instead of getting on with the task at hand? 3) Why do they tend to blame other people for their failures?

* Prorogation: prolonging or putting off to another day. The discontinuation or termination of a session of the legislature, parliament, or the lie. In English Law, a prorogation is the Continuance of the parliament from one session to another as an adjournment is a continuation of the session from day to day. 

Prorogation puts a temporary end to the four committees that have spent the summer probing how a charity with close connections to Trudeau’s family was chosen to administer a multimillion-dollar program to encourage students to volunteer in pandemic-related community service.

* quant: An expert at analyzing and managing quantitative data. 

Astrologers were the quants and data scientists of their day, and those of us who are enthusiastic about the promise of numerical data to unlock the secrets of ourselves and our world would do well simply to acknowledge that others have come this way before.

* Rancor: Star Wars. Hidden beneath Jabba the Hutt’s throne room. A hulk of muscle and reptilian flesh, it walked on two stubby legs and had disproportionately long arms to capture prey. Dominating its flat face was a salivating tooth-filled maw. It’s armored skin was so tough that the beast could slough off blaster bolts a little more than …

When you eat a burrito, you don’t stand it up and bite down on it lengthwise like a fucking Rancor.

* randonauting: A way of exploring using random number generators. Random numbers are converted into coordinates. Experience the world through randomness.

YouTube video: Ryan is Led to a Spooky Location! (Randonauting)

* REMF: A term of derision used by front line soldiers to describe those in cushy jobs in the rear. It is short for "rear echelon mother fucker" and is familiar to most troopers who have been involved in any conflict.

Wonder if the folks in the military feel as good about serving under a Commander in Chief like Trump as I feel about him being in that position?

Ops guys like him. REMFs not so much.

* revenant: One that returns after death or a long absence.

* Ricardo's Law of Rent: the rent of a land site is equal to the economic advantage obtained by using the site in its most productive use, relative to the advantage obtained by using marginal (the best rent-free) land for the same purpose, given the same inputs of labor and capital. 

Based on the principles of Adam Smith in Wealth of Nations. 

Ricardian rent should not be confused with contract rent, which is the "actual payments tenants make for use of the properties of others." (Barlow 1986). Rather, the law of rent refers to the economic return that land should accrue for its use in production.

Libertarians share a hate of the core of economics with Marxists, namely Ricardo's Law of Rent.

* Sahel-warfare technical: Warfare in the Sahel. Conflict was a constant feature of Sahel life. Whether it was raiders from on the fringes of an empire, or clashing city states, armed struggles defined the expansion of influence, the control of trade routes and the rise to power of nations. Sahel warfare featured all aspects of armed conflict including firearms.

Technical: A light improvised fighting vehicle, typically an open-backed civilian pickup truck or four-wheel drive vehicle mounting a heavy weapon, such as a machine gun, anti-aircraft gun, rotary cannon, anti-tank weapon, anti-tank gun, ATGM, mortar, howitzer, multiple rocket launcher, or recoilless rifle, operating similar to a light (unarmored) military gun truck.

An improvised truck used for war operations.

More and worse: custom-built armored vehicles, designed and built to make a Sahel-warfare technical look like an amateur’s weekend kit job, were rolled out for their combat debut.

* samizdat: Russian: "self-publishing" a form of dissident activity across the Eastern Bloc in which individuals reproduced censored and underground makeshift publications, often by hand, and passed the documents from reader to reader. The practice of manual reproduction was widespread, due to the fact that most typewriters and printing devices were inventorized and required permission to access.  

* schwerpunkt: main point, main target, point upon which the most effort is concentrated. A swift sudden military offensive, usually by combined air and mobile land forces. 

The press is the schwerpunkt in the culture war: The American public holds media in contempt. The public is right. 

* scienter: A mental state in which one has knowledge that one's action, statement, etc., is wrong, deceptive, or illegal: often used as a standard of guilt: The court found that the company had the requisite scienter for securities fraud. 

The degree of harm is not relevant to the question of scienter or fault. If publishers are required to be 100% accurate in describing legal pleadings or face bankrupting libel suits, then who would risk reporting any legal news?

* Shabbos goy: (Or shabbat goy) is a non-Jew who performs certain types of work which Jewish religious law prohibits a Jew from doing on the Sabbath.

* shtetl: A small Jewish town or village in Eastern Europe, especially before WWII. 

Obviously he (Stephen Miller)is a target because he just won't shut up like a good little shtetl Jew and vote the way he is told.

* smishing: SMS-based phishing -- scam text message designed to trick you. Instead of a scammy email you get a scammy text message on your smartphone. 
SMS stands for "short message service", the technical term for the text messages you receive on your phone.

* sorties paradox: Sometimes know n as the paradox of the heap, a paradox that arises from vague predicaes. A typical formulation involves a heap of sand from which grains are individually removed. Under the assumption that removing a single grain does not turn a heap into a non-heap, the paradox is to consider what happens when the process is repeated enough times: is a single remaining grain still a heap If not, when did it change from a heap to a non-heap? 

* spavined: Marked by damage, deterioration, or ruin.
Affected with spavin; hence, figuratively, halting; crippled; very lame or limping.

In the 17th century, "spavined" horses brought to mind other things that are obsolete, out-of-date, or long past their prime, and we began using the adjective figuratively. "Spavined" still serves a purpose, despite its age.

Marked by a decrepit or broken-down condition

The Democrats are being led by a coalition of constitutional renegades, spavined political tricksters, and would-be socialist tyrants.

* special pleading: Logical fallacy. 1) the allegation of special or new matter to offset the effect of matter pleaded by the opposite side and admitted, as distinguished from a direct denial of the matter pleaded 2) misleading argument that presents one point or phase as if it covered the entire question at issue.

Anyone who cites the Canadian model as a medical paradigm is guilty of special pleading.

* TANSTAAFL: There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.

People should tattoo transtaafl on their foreheads. Backwards so they read it in the mirror every morning: The dismal science. 

* : In Islam taqiya or taqiyya is a precautionary dissimulation of denial of religious belief and practice in the face of persecution.

Treta's taquia fails to appease (put world leaders against the wall). 

* telos: An ultimate end. 

Recent examples on the web, "his telos -- his endgame -- is the destabilization, the overcoming, of the whole Western order. ( 

* Thalassophobia: Fear of the sea or of sea travel.

21 Photos That Prove You Definitely Have Thalassophobia (sharks underwater)

* tu stultus es: You are stupid

* tumbrel: A tumbrel (alternatively tumbril) is a two-wheeled cart or wagon typically designed to be hauled by a single horse or ox. Their original use was for agricultural work; in particular they were associated with carrying manure. Their most infamous use was taking prisoners to the guillotine during the French Revolution.

* undercrackers: British slang for underwear. 

(Comic response to Joaquin Phoenix claiming to wear only one tuxedo through the awards season to advance climate change activism) "Fuck me. I wore the same undercrackers for over a month before I got some new ones for crimbo (Christmas). I'm basically a sexy, bald, bloody Greta Thunberg." 

* velleities: Weak desire or volition. An indolent or inactive wish or inclination toward a thing, which leads to no energetic effort to obtain it.: chiefly a scholastic term.

The most obvious velleities of the major mainstream media today are, first, a hatred of Fox News, and second, a primal scream at the fact that over the last 25 years old fashioned print and broadcast media have shrunk more than coal mining.

* Veruca Salt: Mean spoiled girl in Willie Wonka. 

Joan of Arc became Veruca Salt. (Greta Thunberg is a joke)

* Vidkun Quisling: Norwegian army officer whose collaboration with the Germans in their occupation of Norway during WWII established his name as a synonym for "traitor."

Well thank God for the Swedish Bikini team to represent their country with beauty and grace. Unlike this phvcktard who looks like Vidkun Quisling's idiot sibling. [Commenter talking about Swedish official who disparaged Israel for helping citizens after explosion in Beirut. All this happened on Twitter where, among many other things, the worst of everyone's soul is put up for display. The Swedish official was slaughtered by global officials making corrections.]

*  vulture capitalism: A type of venture capitalist who looks for opportunities to make money by buying poor or distressed firms. Also known for taking control over someone else's innovations and as a result the money that person would have acquired form those innovations. 

* wafer fab: A procedure composed of many repeated sequential processes to produce complete electrical or photonic circuits on semiconductor wafers. 

Places where people work with ideas tend to have customs protecting free inquiry, for the same reason wafer fabs have powerful air filters, or recording studios good sound insulation.

* xanthic: tending toward a yellow color; of or relating to xanthin; yellow, referring to the color of the urine. Tending toward a yellow color, or to one of those colors, green being excepted, in which yellow is a constituent, as scarlet, orange, etc.

Tank of albino and xanthic fish.

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