My new favourite word

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"Chinesing". Isn't it great?

Mark Casarotto, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I know you're all dying to know what it means - it's when in animation, rather than having decipherable writing as part of the animation, you draw it as gobbledigook which looks like writing but is actually just squiggles and lines.

Markx, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

pah! it's not as good as "syncretic" which i looked up the other day. it sounds like a horrible flaky skin disease but IN FACT means the synthesis of two formerly separate belief systems.

katie, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

That's a lovely word Mark, well done. I am still trying to remember what 'vague syncretic thought' means. Preferably in relation to my Psychology A level. Why can't I remember this? Is Chinesing a bit like in pictures you draw a few bricks and it gives the idea of bricks and somehow looks better than if you drew every single brick?

alix, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

so would that mean then that the "words" spoken by the teachers in the Charlie Brown cartoons are the spoken form of Chinesing? i.e. random sounds that sound like talking but make no sense.

chris, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

That's the kind of thing I was suggesting Ned might like in place of boring old lyrics!

Nick, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Well Chinesing in Dutch (Chinezen) = smoking heroin. Fact.

Omar, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

That's the kind of thing I was suggesting Ned might like in place of boring old lyrics!

Heaven on a stick.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

You'd rather have heaven on a stick than boring old lyrics?

Dan Perry, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I thought it was called "Greeking". In the page layout program QuarkXPress, if you view a document at less than a certain magnification, the program makes the text a blur, or "Greeks" it. At least that's what Quark calls it.

Sean, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Quark's quite a nice word. Wasn't there a psedo-cheese called that?

Jonnie, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Hmmm. We call the process of replacing all the UI strings in a string table with gibberish Greeking as well. This makes it easier to track down any rogue built in strings in an application before we send the string tables off for translation.

RickyT, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

rick that are GEEKING not greeking, heheheheh :):)

katie, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

THWACK!

RickyT, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

in quark it's also called greeking if you replace a *picture* with grey (eg for speed of movement round the page)

Quark = a brand of Euro cream cheese, no? My sistah uses it a lot to cook with, or used to.

mark s, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

rick's worst fault is his swift and irrationlly violent response to bad puns from housmates.

katie, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

You'd rather have heaven on a stick than boring old lyrics?

I think anyone would want a Morningstar Farms Veggie Corn Dog over boring old lyrics. Duh!

"Greeking"? What's this? Smashing plates on the floor while trying to seduce sultry blondes with toast and jam?

Brian MacDonald, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

There's a Greek guy in my class called Evangelos. I WANT HIS NAME.

Graham, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Positron is my favourite word.

james, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

what is it with people called graham and other people's names. My cousin graham inisits on bveing called something else (I can't think what right now), why do you covet the names of others?

Ed, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I like "bus". It means good.

ALly, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Here is a bad literature anecdote. At the end of a chapter of Ulysses it says 'what is the word known to all men?' (or 'the word known to all men'). Anyway there was so much speculation about, what is this word? There was a sort of speck on the manuscript underneath and some people thought that was significant. Eventually it was found that Joyce had intended the word to be 'Love.' One critic suggested the word was 'synteresis' (I forgot how to spell it) meaning 'unity of man.' Ellman, the editor of a version of Ulysses, said, 'that sounds more like the word known to no men.'

maryann, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Bicycles used to be called velocipedes, dandy horses, or boneshakers.

Maria, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

My favourite words are:

lantern

skinking (as in "skinking around someplace")

laissez-faire

slipstream

sleeve

reservoir

rainy, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

chi chi. oh and the phrase Pure Merino Wool

Menelaus Darcy, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

statscock. (ducks for the tomato-throwing from sean, ally and others)

di, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

potpourri, and swarthy. Salacious

Menelaus Darcy, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

L words like lithe, lull, lacquer, luminous.

bnw, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

wahine

Menelaus Darcy, Saturday, 3 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

surly. curmudgeon.

di, Saturday, 3 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

badabing

Menelaus Darcy, Saturday, 3 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Scattershot

Vinnie, Monday, 5 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I wish Jimmy Barnes hadn't ruined the word "barnstorming" for me.

elizabeth anne marjorie, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

BLATHER (an appropriate choice)

David Raposa, Tuesday, 6 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

three weeks pass...
Microfiche.

(As in what the new Lollies single might as well be on, as I haf had to tramp all the way down to this Library to use one of their eccentric Heath-Robinson contraptions they have to play such relics, what I am too young to have owned or even remember)

Graham, Wednesday, 28 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

what I am too young to have owned

Errm Graham, they were never really aimed at the domestic consumer durables market..

Microfiche are indeed an anachronism, but microfilms rock. And as for microdots..

Nick, Wednesday, 28 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

(I meant vinyl)

Graham, Wednesday, 28 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

heh, i got a DECK recently and have been buying all sorts of lovely lovely slabs of wax to play on the deck. so my new favourite word is tarwater... mmmmmmmmmmmm.

katie, Wednesday, 28 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Since I woke yesterday after 40 minutes of sleep I awoke with the word "Shitehawks" ringing in my head. Now I can't stop using it.

Damn the old Melody Makers and their creative swearing, I know it came from there somewhere.

Nicole, Wednesday, 28 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

thereminting = the art of playing a theremin

novelising = the art of writing a novel

james, Wednesday, 28 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

bunkum = word used to deflate the enthusiasm of people who go on endlessly about the forthcoming Lord of the Rings movie. (Questioner"Are you going to go and see Lord of the Rings?" Me "No, it's a load of bunkum.")

Jonnie, Wednesday, 28 November 2001 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
via ILE, bobbins/bobbin.

via crappy job, slitter (some assembly line piece)

also I like 'scritch'.


some nice words on this hard-boiled crime fic glossary

cuspidorian, Sunday, 9 March 2003 06:28 (sixteen years ago) link

nine months pass...
organismic is a word, apparently.

MarkH (MarkH), Sunday, 21 December 2003 13:46 (fifteen years ago) link

hard-boiled crime fic glossary > Should contain burking,my new favourite word

nathalie (nathalie), Sunday, 21 December 2003 14:17 (fifteen years ago) link

I used the word 'organismic' numerous times in a paper published in a psychology journal. I was always misspelling it.

My favourite word is 'eldritch'.

the music mole (colin s barrow), Sunday, 21 December 2003 15:18 (fifteen years ago) link

The hebrew word, 'Nedar', is a good word. It means a vow to God.

ejecting disaster, Monday, 22 December 2003 13:06 (fifteen years ago) link

For a while in the summer of 2001 my favorites were BLOWTORCH and SCOREBOARD. I like big bold two-syllable compounds a lot.

Right now my favorite is COCKFIRE and I made it up myself. Cockfire!! I never get to use any of my favorite words enough though.

TOMBOT, Monday, 22 December 2003 13:12 (fifteen years ago) link

pheunomoultramicroscopisilicovolcaniconesis.

It's a lung disease caused by breathing silicon dust. This is spelling from memory, so excuse me if its a little out.

Johnney B (Johnney B), Monday, 22 December 2003 13:14 (fifteen years ago) link

Lilo!

Sarah (starry), Monday, 22 December 2003 13:17 (fifteen years ago) link

Today I like the word "bathos." In the past, I have had affinities for the phrases "poison arrow" and "invisible touch," (even though I've never heard the Genesis album of that name). My fake record label is called Invisible Crutch.

NA (Nick A.), Monday, 22 December 2003 14:01 (fifteen years ago) link

Diastole. It means the space between heartbeats when teh chambers of the heart fill with blood ready for pumping, i.e. the most important bit. Which is when nothing is happening. I like its Zen quality.

Nick Southall (Nick Southall), Monday, 22 December 2003 14:06 (fifteen years ago) link

five months pass...
Merriam-Webster's top ten favorite words for 2004 (from thousands of votes on their web site, http://www.m-w.com/info/favorite.htm)

1. defenestration
2. serendipity
3. onomatopoeia
4. discombobulate
5. plethora
6. callipygian
7. juxtapose
8. persnickety
9. kerfuffle
10. flibbertigibbet

Had I know about this earlier, I would have voted for "trousers."

Ernest P. (ernestp), Sunday, 6 June 2004 02:13 (fifteen years ago) link

blimp is a spectacular word. it's very satisfying to think of the sound.

Maria (Maria), Sunday, 6 June 2004 02:22 (fifteen years ago) link

I think Johnney meant "pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconeosis." The word appeared in a newspaper article in spring 1988 (the article was about how it was the longest word ever, natch), and it's been rattling around my brain ever since.

jaymc (jaymc), Sunday, 6 June 2004 05:36 (fifteen years ago) link

three years pass...

slux

roxymuzak, Thursday, 18 October 2007 03:41 (eleven years ago) link

nine months pass...

venery

Michael White, Thursday, 7 August 2008 16:45 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

Enschede

nakhtar donetsk (nakhchivan), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 02:33 (eight years ago) link

pah! it's not as good as "syncretic" which i looked up the other day. it sounds like a horrible flaky skin disease but IN FACT means the synthesis of two formerly separate belief systems.

― katie, Thursday, 1 November 2001 01:00 (9 years ago)

philipe du clare used this word on the guardian weekly football podcast the other day fwiw

best poster with ten-letter single-word username (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 8 December 2010 02:46 (eight years ago) link

eight years pass...

Hexakosioihexekontahexaphobia

fear of the number 66

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 21:21 (three months ago) link

*666

Trϵϵship, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 21:21 (three months ago) link

how can we trust you didn’t also muck up the spelling

estela, Tuesday, 11 June 2019 22:55 (three months ago) link

I checked on this thread to see what you wrote, estela, and sure enough, i got a healthy chuckle out of it.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Wednesday, 12 June 2019 01:05 (three months ago) link


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