Words & Phrases, 2017

Every time I come across an interesting word or phrase, I add it to a yearly list.

  • tsundoku, leaving a book you bought unread
  • cotisuelto, man who insists on leaving his shirt untucked
  • iktsuarpok, repeatingly going outside to check if anyone is coming
  • trepverter, perfect retort that comes to you later
  • longueurs, dull and tedious, usually plural 
  • Rahula, hindrance
  • ikigai, Japanese technique for finding your purpose in life via four questions: 1. What do you love? What are you good at?What does the world need from you? What can you get paid for?
  • ptomaine, nitrous substance from putrid protein
  • heterotopias —  the production of shared spaces of ‘otherness’ through the disruption of the usual conventions
  • Lebensreform — life reform
  • technicians of midcult — creativity in the service of dominate ideologies, e.g., journalists, graphic designers, etc.
  • paralipsis – a way to make an accusation or spread a rumor while skirting the consequences
  • bergerie: shepherd’s cottages
  • mishegoss: crazy, silliness
  • two-dimensional ersatz dashboard Jesus
  • 4Ds: dismiss, distort, distract, dismay
  • Nijinsky of dreams, famous dancer
  • gjakmarrja, Albanian revenge killing
  • maskirovka, camouflage 
  • taranoa, watch me carefully
  • hxaro partnerships, gift giving relationships
  • acephalous, no formal heirarchy / governance 
  • witvoets, white foots
  • sonzai-kan, the human presence 
  • non-places, Marc Augé
  • a little hiccup in the psychospace of reality
  • A hedged freedom
  • The freedom of desolation
  • Useless people on useless land
  • Praise also the light and creation unfinished
  • egoizing
  • subvising, supervising from below
  • interverify
  • maquiladoras, Mexican factories
  • runcible, fit for multiple purposes
  • exploration of the possible
  • refuseniks
  • dostadning, death cleaning
  • dim, desperate, or drunk
  • London Association for the Prevention of Premature Burial
  • taphophobia, the overwhelming fear of being buried alive.
  • Es tut mir sehr leid, it brings me great pain in German, also very sorry
  • monks and drunks
  • Ad Aster Per Alia Porci, To the stars on the wings of a pig
  • animal laborans, a laboring beast
  • zoi se mas, life to us
  • arrière-boutique, room behind the shop
  • parrēsía — to be outspoken
  • silphium, lost classical herb
  • okaeri nasai, welcome home
  • Lover of the Strange
  • Sympathizer of the Rude
  • Barbarianologist of the Farthest Peripheries
  • cryptids, mythical creatures
  • homo homini lupus, man is a wolf to man
  • peripatetic, walking, Aristotelianism
  • homo mimeticus
  • Magen veLo Yera’e –  Unseen Defender
  • prosaism 
  • sannyasins / sannyasa: 4th stage of life
  • Polanyi’s Paradox, we know more than we can say, which in modern times has morphed into the question of whether humans can maintain advantages over machines
  • dysphemistic, substituting a disagreeable term for an agreeable term — fired rather than “let go”
  • Malveillance, bad surveillance — a term with already bad connotations
  • Dyson sphere, solar tech encapsulating a sun to power advanced civilizations
  • Matrioshka brain, an artificial intelligence or computational framework powered by a Dyson sphere
  • Yuppies Afuera (Spanish for “outside”)
  • moishe kapoyr, oppositional 
  • Zos Kia Cultus, chaos magician pre-cursor 
  • nocebo effect, where negative expectations can start a chain of harmful events which ultimately fulfill those expectations
  • colpo d’aria, a hit of air 
  • apophenia, meaning in randomness
  • budgerigar, parakeet 
  • Guelo, my dad’s dad
  • kodokushi, lonely death
  • death doula
  • etiolated, to make white and sickly, esp. plants without sun
  • Todos somos hijos de la tierra: we are all children of the earth.
  • cabrón: “bastard” or “dumbass”
  • pinche / chingada: “fuck”
  • To’on Na’atik means “We understand each other” in Mayan
  • τόκος, ancient Greek, usury/offspring
  • Gadji beri bimba, Dada poem of Hugo Ball with sound patterns rather than meaning. He lived to ” “to remind the world that there are people of independent minds – beyond war and nationalism – who live for different ideals.”
  • maenads, female Greek followers of Dionysus 
  • Verfremdungseffekt, “alienation effect”
  • stamukha, grounded accumulation of sea ice
  • Lyapunov function, differential equation used to evaluate stability
  • residual runoff of human desire 
  • Unblessed with beauty
  • No hay que confundir la velocidad con el tocino, do not confuse speed with bacon
  • virus in the system
  • Okhrana, secret agents of the czar
  • shtetl, a small town with a large Jewish population that used to be in Europe prior to the Holocaust.
  • kyriarchy, social system based on domination, oppression, and submission
  • nepreryvka, continuous work week
  • presentational self
  • chemolithoautotrophic, organisms that obtain necessary carbon for metabolism from bedrock
  • aperçu, glimpse, clever insight, outline,  general idea
  • lumpen digitariat, common users, digital underclass
  • Ithaa means “mother of pearl”
  • kanko oto—”call and response”
  • shisa kanko, point and call
  • déjà vecu, feeling you’ve been in a situation you haven’t
  • Déjà visité, feeling you have been somewhere you have not been
  • kaze no denwa, or “phone of the wind”
  • Demographic of the dumb
  • There’s no way to freedom but through freedom.
  • Eudaimonia – well-daemoned 
  • It takes a village to produce a village idiot.
  • anam cara: soul friend, Celtic
  • Non Sanz Droit, not without right, Shakespeare motto on heraldic crest
  • lumpenproletariat: criminal underclass
  • Closed Cell Restricted: solitary in Angola prison
  • “W.W.T.P.D.”—What would the Panthers do? 
  • stigmergically, consensus social mechanism
  • Prince Rupert’s drop, toughened glass beads
  • Arecibo message, 1974 interstellar radio message with basicinformation about Earth
  • groupuscules, a small political group, particularly of radicals
  • chode, penis wider than it is long
  • Weltanschauung, worldview
  • ponyatiya, unwritten rule, things that are understood. 
  • Travail, opium unique
  • Anodyne, drug to lessen pain
  • inchoate, early stages 
  • Elmer Gantry, character in Sinclair Lewis novel parodying evangelical Christianity 
  • John Frum, figure associated with cargo cults
  • Turducken, deboned chicken stuffed into deboned duck stuffed into deboned turkey
  • Bratsky Krug, circle of brothers
  • Bespredel, chaos
  • Farb, historically inaccurate 
  • capillary electrophoresis: detecting extra terrestrial life
  • apocalypticist
  • a debate without data
  • hipoisie, hipsterdom
  • zoi se mas, life to us
  • ni bheidh a leitheid ann aris: His likes will not be here again. 
  • Fionn Mac Cumhaill, a.k.a., Finn McCool
  • Benandonner, giant
  • high place phenomenon
  • Stomata ga nai, “it cannot be helped”
  • Pero mi existir es resistir. My existence is resistence.
  • Per aspera ad astra, “through hardships to the stars.”
  • Managed democracy
  • …anyone who’s gone out of sane consciousness knows that a door once opened is never satisfactorily shut.

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