Thursday, June 30, 2011


neb-by (nebē)

1. Inquisitive without being polite.
Stress makes her nebby. She demands to know without remembering to ask.

Synonyms: forceful, forward, fussy, intrusive, meddlesome, obtrusive, pushy, sharp.


sloo-my (slm)

1. Sluggish or slow.
Superheroes all have limits on earth so as not to ignite the atmosphere. Superman gets faster as he is closer to yellow sunlight, remove all the light and he'd be as sloomy as Clark Kent during one of Superman's benders.

Synonyms: apathetic, crawling, dawdling, disinclined, drowsy, gradual, indolent, lackadaisical, laggard, lagging, leaden, leisurely, lethargic, listless, loitering, moderate, passive, phlegmatic, plodding, reluctant, slack, sleepy, slothful, slow, sluggish, snail like, stagnant, supine, tortoise like.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


flummox (flmks)

1. To baffle or otherwise confuse.
Speaking in acronyms flummoxed the conversation. GFY can stand for Good For You, but can also mean Go Fuck Yourself; OM can refer to your Old Man or a very peaceful state of mind, the two of which often having little in common; and TTTT can look like your cat is leaning on your keyboard, when you really mean to say These Things Take Time. Acronyms make it difficult to understand what you're trying to say.

Synonyms: addle, baffle, becloud, befuddle, cloud, clutter, confound, daze, discomfit, faze, fluster, fog, frustrate, fuddle, mislead, muddle, nonplus, obscure, perplex, puzzle, rattle.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011


hee-bie-jee-bies* (hb-jbz)

1. Nervous in a creeped out way.
Barney Google's uncanny resemblance to Homer Simpson gives me the heebie-jeebies.**

Synonyms: willies.

* Coined by William De Beck (1890-1942), American cartoonist, in his comic strip Barney Google.
** Homer's great-grandfather, maybe?

Monday, June 27, 2011


le-o-nine (l-nn)

1. Lion-like.
Sometimes I can be as leonine as the coward in the Wizard of Oz.

Synonyms: brave, majestic, shaggy.


quo-tid-i-an (kw-td-n)

1. A daily occurrence, especially medical, religious or financial.
Distracted from the quotidian aspects of life, like remembering to take one's medication at bedtime, leads to a very grouchy blogger!
2. Those aspects of art that represent the mundane daily occurrences of life that will date a piece.
Andy Warhol reveled in the quotidian figures and aspects of culture.

Synonyms: mundane, predictable, temporal.

Saturday, June 25, 2011


jam-mi-ness (jmns)

1. Unexpected luck or a fluke.
Jamminess is what happens when disorganization meets fortunate coincidence, allowing things to work out anyway.

Synonyms: advantage, being in possession of a guardian fuck-up, blessing, blind optimism, fluke, fortune, godsend, good luck, karma, kismet, lucky break, serendipity, triumph, weal, win.

Friday, June 24, 2011


kat-zen-jam-mer (ktsn-jmr)

1. A loud and discordant noise, sometimes from many sources.
I expected a katzenjammer from my sister after the last blog entry.

Synonyms:disorder, disruption, disruption, explosion, fracas, fray, fuss, hullabaloo, interruption, quarrel, racket, rampage, riot, rumble, ruckus, uproar.

2. The disagreeable after effects of drugs (especially alcohol).
I guess she couldn't say much with ktazenjammer she was in after the events of last night.*

Synonyms: hangover.

* To be fair, I don't know WHAT my sister was doing last night, but I think the kitty knows.

Thursday, June 23, 2011


crap-u-lous (krpy-lns)

1. Characterized by gross intemperance in eating and drinking.
My sister refers to her crapulous years as if they were in the past, almost as if she'd left them behind her.

decadent, effete, epicurean, gluttonous, gourmandizing, greedy, hedonistic, immoderate, lush, parsimonious, sybaritic.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


hul-la-ba-loo (hələbəˌlo͞o)

1. A confused noise, uproar or tumult, usually in protest.
A whole wild hullabaloo happened in Vancouver, after the Canucks lost the 2011 Stanley Cup Game.

Synonyms: bedlam, big scene, brouhaha, chaos, clamor, commotion, confusion, free-for-all, furor, fuss, hassle, hubub, mayhem, melee, noise, pandemonium, racket, riot, row, ruckus, to-do.


trans-mog-ri-fy (trænzˈmɒgrɪˌfaɪ)

1. To change completely the nature and/or appearance of.
Laughter can transmorgify the most unbearable sadness into something beautiful, even hopeful.

Synonyms: alter, change, convert, denature, make over, metamorphose, mutate, reconstruct, remodel, revamp, revolutionize, switch, transfigure, transform, translate, transmute, transpose.

* Do you have one really funky sequined space suit, Bowie, or do you have many ch-ch-changes?
** I was going to post the David Bowie song, but everyone knows that one...

Tuesday, June 21, 2011


re-con-dite (rkn-dt, r-kndt)

1. Hidden from the mental or intellectual view.
To say 'we' and mean 'I' is one of the most recondite insults. - Theodor Adorno
To say 'I' and mean 'we' is just presumptuous.

2. Dealing with abstruse and profound things.
Over beers, I had nothing to talk about because all of my pastimes have become recondite.
3. The opposite of layman's terms.
When I did speak, recondite language nearly put my friends to sleep.
4. Of a person who fits any of the aforementioned definitions.
I think we've become recondite.

Synonyms: abstruse, ambiguous, arcane, clear as mud, complicated, concealed, cryptic, dark, deep, dim, doubtful, enigmatic, enigmatical, esoteric, far-out, hazy, hidden, illegible, illogical, impenetrable, incomprehensible, inconceivable, incredible, indecisive, indefinite, indeterminate, indistinct, inexplicable, inscrutable, intricate, involved, mysterious, obscure, occult, opaque, unbelievable, unclear, unintelligible, vague.