Words & Phrases, 2020

  • diktats, a harsh punishment unilaterally imposed
  • griot, West African storyteller
  • amanuensis, transcriptionist
  • Anholt cultu
  • violent entertainment of context collapse
  • fissiparous, an organism is one that produces new individuals by fission/splitting
  • wegan diet, a vegan diet modified to include only wild-harvested meats
  • axis of assholes
  • slow-rolled
  • TTP, techniques, tactics and procedures
  • Moonlight Maze, Russian cyberattack on DoD in 1990s
  • semiotarchy, tyranny of signs
  • kenopsia, eerie feeling when you are the only one in a building
  • reality resetters
  • Weltschmerz, world pain
  • sprooks, spies and crooks
  • keening, public lamentation for the dead
  • LARPing, live action role playing
  • hustlers masquerading as philosophers
  • an alien in a trench coat of normalcy
  • Cultural defense warrior
  • Uncle Sid, the Buddha
  • Groypers, Gen Z Christian fundamentalist white nationalists
  • Stultus est sicut stultus facit, stupid is as stupid does
  • wu de, martial virtue
  • bathos, an anticlimax created by an unintentional lapse in mood from the sublime to the trivial
  • the freaky rich and their courtiers
  • shipaggedon
  • new cangaço, bandit in Brazil
  • micromort, one-in-a-million chance of death
  • Bric-à-brac
  • the straw that stirred the drink
  • learn to man the fry cooker
  • Herrenvolk, “master race” 
  • the firehose of falsehood
  • bourse, stock exchange
  • hyperfuturist
  • beinhaus, bone house, bird house of a human skull
  • nocebo, something making you ill because you expectmit to
  • oikeiôsis, something belonging to oneself
  • phantom urban topology
  • antimetabole vs. chiasmus
  • Coup Clutz Clan
  • tsujigiri, crossroads killing
  • fakokta, fucked up in Yiddish
  • criminally ignorant
  • surplus to requirements
  • symbrachydactyly, limb difference
  • reshook, past tense of reshake
  • Jantelagen, energy to ignore the fame of a famous person
  • recreational fear
  • solfeggio frequencies
  • Münchhausen Trilemma, more proof: circular, regressive, or dogmatic
  • boojahideen or booj
  • tribalism trap
  • poisonous creature comforts
  • the intimacy of scrutiny
  • gemba, closest to the decision makes the decision, Toyota
  • mouneh, Lebanese pickle
  • deficit of wonder
  • 臭いものに蓋 (kusai-mono-ni-futa). Its literal meaning is “to cover what stinks”. Its figurative meaning is to look the other way or hush up a problem
  • semantic satiation, using a word to the point it loses its meaning
  • 尻拭い (shiri-nugui). The literal meaning is “ass-wiping”, but the figurative meaning is to clean up somebody’s else mess
  • 自業自得 (jigou-jitoku): Reap what you sow
  • post-truth freak flags
  • dazibaos, a wall mounted newspaper, a form of protest
  • quacksalvery
  • the dark abyss of stochasticity
  • Kaupapa, (Māori, or te reo), kaupapa means principles and ideas which act as a base or foundation for action. A kaupapa is a set of values, principles and plans which people have agreed on as a foundation for their actions
  • xenoarchaeologist, someone who studies alien civilizations
  • homoiconic, same structures for data and code
  • Technologiefolgekostenabschätzung, literally technology follow-up cost assessment
  • misophonics, extreme aversion to certain noises
  • Callipygian, having shapely or beautiful buttocks
  • yauh peng, yauh leng, both inexpensive and beautiful
  • isegoria, it’s all just opinions, all speech is equal
  • parrhesia, candid speech that may require an apology
  • 報復性熬夜, revenge bedtime procrastination or not going to bed to reclaim free time
  • nerdquarium
  • dalits, broken people
  • acedia, no longer caring about caring
  • adult pacifer
  • weenie wagger
  • crèche question
  • kulturkampf
  • kalos kai agathos
  • sluggish, sclerotic and stupid
  • topoi, commonplace book of classical rhetoric
  • productive uncertainty
  • rusted chrome of yestermorrow
  • rock of righteousness
  • Shitness protection program
  • apophatic, God is known be what She is not
  • ceteris paribus, other things being equal
  • eco-Taliban
  • jouhatsu, people who disappear and continue to conceal their whereabouts for years, means evaporation
  • emblematic high priests of critical uncertainty
  • Die Entzauberung der Welt, “the unmagicking of the world.”
  • revanchism, the political manifestation of the will to reverse territorial losses incurred by a country, often following a war or social movement
  • reply guys
  • mwenkanonkan, indigenous feminism of Uganda that predates Western feminism
  • akrasia, weakness of will
  • cobots, collaborative robots
  • Globaloney
  • woketopians
  • necrophoric, an animal that carries the dead of its own kind
  • chinthe, a mythological lion-like creature that frequently guards Buddhist temples
  • a series of linked interiors
  • fictive kin
  • irony poisoning
  • shoaling, rising water tables
  • adjustor of destinies
  • intermittently connected suburbs of the self
  • laminar agent
  • vampiric complexion
  • Cronenberg character
  • humeur noire
  • prettier and tittier
  • chronic malcontent
  • exponentialize the terrible
  • derecho, a line of severe thunderstorms that produce high winds, from Spanish “straight”
  • double dissidents
  • coprolites, fossilized crap
  • hibakusha, nuclear bomb survivors
  • coronagrifting
  • wakaresaseya, relationship ender, Japan
  • naught but a lunatic line
  • cri de coeur
  • pathocracies
  • annus terribilis
  • petri d
  • corporate claptrap
  • apophenia, connecting unrelated phenomenon
  • legend tripping
  • Aloha Wanderwell
  • clown fiend
  • slow your tarred heart
  • untact, “un” and “contact”
  • nuguna, meaning “anyone”
  • honjok, individualist loners, literally alone tribe
  • deathfluencers
  • sanitary Spartacans
  • three ring shit show of your life
  • cyberverse
  • motte-and-bailey fallacy
  • pareidolia
  • pigeonhole principle
  • Books are willing accomplices in the crime of thinking.
  • Please scream inside your heart.
  • man mafia, patriarchy
  • yahrzeit, anniversary of someone’s death
  • contain the contagion
  • McJunkins
  • barycenter, gravitational center
  • stereoscopic vision
  • jungle plums, false mastic
  • cargo cult public health
  • mlecchita vikalpa, cryptography
  • gamblesphere
  • persecuting society, caused by scarcity
  • choremania
  • þetta reddast, everything will work out
  • rype, wild bird
  • blatherskite
  • quiescent mode
  • orthopedic fracture machines, trampolines
  • hamsterkauf, hoarding
  • uitwaaien, outblowing, spending time in the wind
  • Zuihitsu, at will and pen
  • memory artist
  • sapere aude, dare to know
  • kakorrhaphiophobia, fear of failure
  • ungeklärt, undefined
  • mortichnia, or “death march”, the footprints of a dying animal
  • digging graves with artistic precision
  • aleatory, determined by chance
  • minstrel show of hate
  • morituri te salutant, those that are about to die salute you
  • clear the froth
  • coterminous, bordering
  • invidious, tending to rouse ill-will
  • stichomythia, alternating character in poem
  • hysteresis, negative effects into the future in economics
  • ave atque vale, hail and goodbye
  • bohemian downsides
  • unchecked dread
  • Kodak fiend, taking pictures of unsuspecting people
  • paracrine effect
  • combed hair before battle
  • pitiless crowbar of events
  • gulag government
  • fluxion
  • socnets
  • nosocomial, hospital-acquired
  • saeculum, expected lifetime or replacement cycle for a generation
  • vitaparcours
  • publicity requirement
  • praying atheist
  • mutualism
  • bezoars
  • dipterocarp
  • folivores, leaf eaters
  • wild monkey rumpus
  • standing reserve, Heidegger
  • Gestell, framework
  • hand-washing for the infodemic
  • sologamy, single women who essentially marry themselves
  • bizarre digital fever dream
  • covidiots
  • dodecahedron
  • simulacra, the copy without an original
  • chingar, to fuck
  • puppet people
  • our messianic libido.
  • ipsissima vox,the very voice
  • Virilio’s Information Bomb
  • is not even wrong, so bad it really can’t even be discussed coherently
  • romanticizing pathology
  • iconics of the hegemon
  • the massive ocean inside of me makes the fish swim
  • petrichor, the smell after it rains
  • past light cone, a clean figure in spacetime that encloses all the places and times where something happened whose consequences we might see
  • sucking on lozenges
  • Aphantasia is a condition where one does not possess a functioning mind’s eye and cannot voluntarily visualize imagery
  • thinkmeat
  • taste adjacent
  • gnawing on the remnants of dreams
  • imaginary vortex
  • consumer metaphysics
  • thin newness
  • gomi, Japanese for garbage
  • new tech angel hair
  • waterflesh
  • bum guns
  • a matter of personal microculture
  • coronapocalypse
  • suppuration
  • the pitiless crowbar of events
  • skeuomorph, derivative that keeps non-functional design cues from original
  • la puta vida, this bitch of a life
  • baboso, drooling idiot
  • Drano enema
  • a supernova of stupidity
  • overcooked and underdone
  • zaftig, plump
  • aspeta, wait
  • mise-en-place
  • a man of esoteric skills and appetites
  • a clean, three ingredient high
  • cryptids, an animal that has been claimed to exist but is not proven to exist
  • tant pis, so much worse
  • liminal space, the time between what was and what will be.
  • necrocapitalism
  • pseudo‑event
  • lagniappe
  • virtual trophy
  • sick room architectures
  • garbage guru
  • Dowager Duchess
  • ever-softening society
  • the interfering aunt
  • parlor general
  • tongue rot
  • trash trove
  • link cowboys
  • TEOTWAWKI, or The End of the World as We Know It
  • exogenous shock 
  • laggardiste
  • panem et circenses
  • slaves of praise
  • akrasia, a lack of self-control or the state of acting against one’s better judgment
  • ikigai, “reason for being,” or it’s the intersection of what you love, what you’re good at, what you can get paid for, and what the world needs
  • neltiliztli, rootedness
  • huehuetlatolli, elder’s discourse
  • YORP effect
  • black chemistries awaiting catalysis
  • unwitting recipients of dead news from above
  • 40 million fascists and a mule
  • Io me ne frego, I don’t care
  • mass-infantilism
  • barroom windbags
  • città di merda, city of shit
  • ragazzo delle borgate, guy from the suburbs
  • romafaschifo, Rome sucks
  • maglia nera, black Jersey or last place
  • ghost lineage
  • Something in the milk ain’t clean…
  • paranoia into policy
  • cupiditas oculorum, lust of the eyes
  • fecal dust
  • psychoentirety rejection
  • cumulative causation
  • censorship through noise
  • gongoozler
  • Lithopanspermia, the transfer of organisms in rocks from one planet to another either through interplanetary or interstellar space
  • memory-wired
  • propaganda DJ
  • a loser’s catalog
  • interoceptive
  • ora et labora, prayer and work
  • Un travail de bénédictin—literally, a Benedictine labor—is a French expression for the sort of project someone can only accomplish over a long time through patient, modest, steady effort.
  • extispicy, entrail reading
  • proletarii – that is, people whose duty to the state was to ‘bear children’ as they did not have enough property to be classified as assidui, ‘the settled’ or ‘the landowning’
  • Kinkshaming
  • Purity Police, grudgewankers
  • hemicrania, a pain affecting half the head
  • Great Weirding,
  • Permaweird
  • Atira asteroids, within Earth’s orbit
  • papier-mâché Mephistopheles
  • Holdout creditor problem
  • Everything becomes vintage
  • Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose
  • a trash fire that will inherit the earth
  • Beruria, clarity, woman in Talmud
  • the rocks of psychosis
  • technical debt
  • Coase theorem
  • residual benefactor, the person who gets what’s left after bankruptcy
  • anxiegenic paradoxes, anxiety creating
  • designed by clowns
  • peeling for the pentimento
  • confederacy of catastrophe
  • bumper cars of mismatched words
  • coloratura, florid ornamental singing passages
  • living in the doom
  • the narcissism of small differences
  • wild is the way
  • warring information tribes
  • haruspex, ancient Roman official who reads the entrails of animals for omens
  • nalgas, buttocks
  • Dime con quien andas y te dire quien eres, “Tell me who you hang out with and I’ll tell you who you are.”
  • smooth-skinned erection machine
  • intellectual panoply
  • gender-criticals
  • Heslington brain
  • Agnotology (formerly agnatology) is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt
  • homophily
  • mystics of the stream

English Split Composition

“English is a language built mostly out of two others. Much of it was created out of the language of invaders who came to Britain around 450 ad from Anglia and Saxony (in what we’d now call northern Germany). About 600 years later the French invaded and brought their language with them, too; it was derived from Latin. The new French competed with Old English, and the outcome was a language—modern English—built out of both.

Often words with similar meanings from the two languages were both turned into English words, such as make (Saxon) and create (from French), or need (Saxon) and require (from French). So in English you can say almost anything with two kinds of words: short, simple ones with Saxon origins, or fancier ones that come from Latin.”

-Ward Farnsworth, “What Did Lincoln Know About Language That We Don’t?” Reason.com. June 22, 2020.

Top 104 Books Published in English on Russia in 2019

“Hundreds of books about the Russian-speaking world are scheduled to be published in English in 2019. This list narrows that group down to 104 that show exceptional promise — and gives you the tools to find the ones you’ll love in seconds…

…the previews below are largely laudatory, but their optimism can make them a light read in and of themselves: this collection will take you from literary greats to romping counterfactual histories and from dark Soviet humor to gorgeous children’s books.”

—Hilah Kohen, “2019’s top Russia-related books: ‘Meduza’ has your reading list for the next 10,000 years.” Meduza. January 30, 2019.

Meduza in English

“Every day, we bring you the most important news and feature stories from hundreds of sources in Russia and across the former Soviet Union. Our team includes some of Russia’s top professionals in news and reporting. We value our independence and strive to be a reliable, trusted outlet for verified, unbiased information about Russia and the former Soviet Union, as well as a source for sharp insights about one of the world’s most enigmatic regions.”

Meduza in English, and RSS

h/t Electric Eel

Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) on StarDict on Ubuntu/Debian

So, after reading “You’re probably using the wrong dictionary,” I thought I would give installing Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) on a Debian-flavor of Linux a try and write it up the process and some observations of its use.

Installation on a Debian-flavor of Linux is straight-forward:

$ sudo apt-get install stardict
$ cd Downloads
$ wget https://s3.amazonaws.com/jsomers/dictionary.zip
$ unzip dictionary.zip
$ cd dictionary
$ tar -xvjf stardict-dictd-web1913-2.4.2.tar.bz2
$ cd stardict-dictd-web1913-2.4.2/
$ sudo mv *.* /usr/share/stardict/dic/
$ stardict

This launches the main application. There is also a mini-window that can be moved to where you like and then you can use it with other applications by highlighting text. Here’s a screenshot of this article:

When you highlight a word, it will automatically be searched for and displayed in the mini-window.

Entries include pronunciation, etymological origin, related words, definition and an example of usage, often from literature. I can imagine this being a very useful tool. It might be worth checking if my writing from this date changes in an appreciable way and whether it is an improvement or not.

One Can Not Feel Like An Old Fogey

  1. “A good Christian can not attend church and still be saved.”
  2. “A good Christian cannot attend church and still be saved.”

“Example 1 speaks uncontroversially of the possibility that good Christians may be forgiven for lax church attendance. Example 2, by contrast, states a radically anticlerical claim: that church attendance will wreck your chances of salvation.”

—Geoffry Pullum,”A Moment of Sympathy for the Old Fogeys and Snoots.” The Chronicle of Higher Education. October 28, 2018

Even if general usage would make these interchangable, I cannot abide using can not and cannot as if they were the same.

Crimes Against English: Adulting

Every new generation contends with the no longer relevant advice of the previous generation. After World War II, a booming economy made lifetime jobs with pensions the norm. But, by the time Generation X was born, corporate downsizing, off-shoring and the creation of the 401(k) in 1978, made many of the beliefs of the Boomer generation irrelevant to the contempory workplace. Still, Generation X were called “slackers” both because the environment was different and seeing the materialism of their parents did not bring them happiness, they brought in different values.

I think a similar dynamic is in play with the term: “adulting”, which implies the “[husband/w]ife; children; house; everything. The full catastrophe.” Notions of needing to work 9-to-5, car payments, home ownership and so forth are as out of step with the modern work environment as believing in lifetime employment and pensions. Yet, this standard, which is just as bad as the materialist and consumer values of the Boomer generation, is how younger people — albeit in a seemingly joking manner — are encouraged to think of themselves, a social gaslighting designed to birth an imposter syndrome in the young. So, the use of the term is a bit of a crime against the language — being an adult has nothing to do with mortgages, but it’s really an example of the bad ideas mass culture propagates that harm everyone that comes into contact with them.