Sunday, September 11, 2011


wool-gath-er-ing (wo͝olˌgaT͟H(ə)riNG)

1. An idle indulgence in fantasy or imagination, usually in avoidance of more productive tasks.
All writers of fiction hope to turn woolgathering into a fruitful occupation.

Synonyms: castle in the air, conceiving, daydream, dream, fancy, fancying, figment of imagination, fond hope, fool's paradise, head trip, imagination, imagining, in a zone, mind trip, musing, phantasm, phantasy, pie in the sky, pipe dream, reverie, stargazing, trip, vision, wish.

1. Of a dreamy or absent minded nature.
I never regret the daydreaming, but I resent the woolgathering expression that lets others know that I've stopped paying attention.

Synonyms: absent-minded, absorbed, abstracted, airheaded, airheaded, bemused, careless, daydreaming, distracted, distrait, dreaming, dreamy, engrossed, faraway, forgetful, goofing off, head in the clouds, heedless, inattentive, inconscient, lost, mooning, moony, oblivious, out to lunch, pipe dreaming, preoccupied, remote, removed, scatterbrained, space cadet, spacey, spacey, surroundings, unaware of events, unconscious, unheeding, unmindful, unobservant, unthinking, withdrawn.

* I don't think it's a stretch to suggest that this word is a mockery of the actual act of gathering wool from places frequented by sheep, like a pasture or a barn, rather than sheering the wool off the sheep themselves.
** For the purposes of listening to Supertramp, let's say a woolgatherer is a dreamer.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


gad-zooks (gadˈzo͞oks)

1. An expression of surprise, shock etc.
Well, gadzooks! Zippy's getting his freak on.

Synonyms: ain't that the cat's pajamas, ay caramba, ay chihuahua, blow me down, by Jove, crikey, cripes, dagnabbit, fiddlesticks, gee whiz, goodness gracious, great Scott, Great Googly Moogly, Heavens to Betsy, holy cow, gosh, holy Hannah, holy mackerel, holy Moses, horsefeathers, impertinent little monkey, Jiminy Christmas, jinkies, Judas priest, Jumpin' Jehosaphat, Merlin's beard, moly, leaping lizards, oh my God, oh my Goddess, oh my stars and garters, Suffering Sappho, sweet merciful crap, Sweet Mother of Preston Tucker, Sweet Zombie Jesus, well bust my buttons, "Well paint me red and call me Shirley," what in tarnation, what in the world, wow, wowzers, yipes.

* This word might be an alteration of God's hooks, the nails of the crucifixion of Christ.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011


de-fen-es-tra-tion (dēˌfenəˈstrāSHən)

1. The act of throwing someone or something out the window.
This was the favorite word of someone I met today. The funniest defenestration story that I've heard lately was about a guy at a party on the eighth floor of a building. He sat next to a window to have a cigarette when an animal hopped into his lap. Upon second glance, he realized it was a skunk, screamed and tossed it out the window. Everyone, who has listened to this story, has said that the hosts of the party should have have warned their guests about this unusual pet.

Synonyms: throw out the window.

1. The act of completely removing Microsoft Windows from a PC in favor of a better OS (typically Linux).
I've f**king had it with this computer. It's time for a defenestration.

Synonyms: throw out the windows.

* Defenestration would also be a good name for this Violent Femmes song.

Sunday, September 4, 2011


phle-bot-o-mize (fləˈbätəmlīz)

1. To perform a phlebotomy: to open a vein to withdraw or let blood.
There was a time when, if you were sick for too long, they'd phlebotmomize you to get rid of the bad blood, evil spirits and such.
2. To draw blood.
The first proof Jonathan Harker had of vampires was watching Dracula's brides phlebotmomized a small child.

Synonyms: bleed, draw blood, let blood.