StoryWrangling.org

“StoryWrangler instrument reflects our first step towards wrestling the day’s events into coherence. It is an approximate daily leaderboard for language popularity around the globe…

…Half of a billion messages are posted to Twitter every day! Written on post-it notes, they would wrap around the Earth’s equator in a neon hug full of politics, pop music, and sports.

At the Computational Story Lab, since 2008 we have collected a random 10% of all public messages using Twitter’s Decahose API. Overall, our collection comprises roughly 150 billion messages requiring 100TB of storage.

https://storywrangling.org/

Words & Phrases, 2019

When I come across an interesting word or phrase during the course of the year, I make a note of it. Previous years: 2018, 2017, 2016.

  • entropy bats last
  • nonspecific effects
  • hadal zone, depth of 20,000
  • kaka felota, floating shit, Belter
  • parrhesia, uninhibited thought, free expression
  • twenty-four hour water
  • …clue-poor, but rich in opinion.
  • skidmark sky
  • djellabas
  • fakelore
  • …scholar magicians of the Zone
  • Mexican saying: “The way you dance is the way you sleep, the way you sleep is the way you fuck.”
  • wabi-sabi, Japanese idea that imperfections are what make something beautiful
  • kairos, the fullness of time
  • execution dependent
  • “‘It’s the Jellicle Ball, motherfuckers!”
  • fear is a freeze on the future
  • club spirit of chaos
  • six-fingered path
  • load bearing skeletons, things you have forgotten about that you rely upon
  • aperçus, brief comment or reference that makes an illuminating or entertaining point
  • skeuomorphic, an ornament or design on an object copied from a form of the object when made from another material or by other techniques, as an imitation metal rivet mark found on handles of prehistoric pottery.
  • cupiditas oculorum, lust of the eyes
  • carefree bricoleur, building with materials laying around
  • surveil l’amour, surveillance of your love life
  • anesthetized heart, the heart that does not react
  • cholent, a kind of stew
  • sealioning, trolling by repeatedly asking for evidence or asking questions to no good purpose
  • computational propaganda
  • carpenters of unmade things
  • justmets
  • Lightly Seared on the Reality Grill
  • doubting the sanity of one’s companion
  • Samhain, Gaelic festival that marks the darker half of the year
  • harmless bruising
  • feuilleton, section for articles of general entertainment in a newspaper
  • Chernobyl fleshlight
  • counterphobic, do what you fear
  • dead and irrelevant, however, the renegades of the past can be commercially useful to us.
  • social media-ready kitsch delivered in unnourishing experiential baggies for the ’gram
  • every city is a place of perpetual erasure and recreation
  • inexorable slow-motion aggression of a glacier
  • man is born free but everywhere is in salad chains
  • modern culture is a garden culture
  • quiet moments of self-hatred
  • sanity warning
  • dialectical moral algebra
  • insufficient evidence
  • violent fags seeking revenge
  • hoarder’s wankbank
  • technofishwife cyber-Amish electroecclesiastical Hildegardian Mad Max babushkacore
  • haiku-muezzins, Islamic crier for prayer says haiku
  • mono no aware, the ahness of things
  • exponential imagination
  • a creeping Kardashianisation in the fast cycle of the dopamine-reward loop
  • volitional expatriation
  • needs must suck at the great wound
  • Divert and subvert
  • Why wasn’t I consulted (WWIC)
  • keto-crazed stroller moms
  • opinions embedded in mathematics
  • implacable factotums, someone with a lot of responsibility and not easily stressed
  • Fashioned but not fashionable.
  • The whole world is a sad maze of thinly disguised press releases.
  • innulluxuls, coinages, something to do with ee cummings
  • Who bells the gorilla?
  • epistemic pluralism
  • The Restaurant of Mistaken Orders
  • The Future Is Here And Everything Needs To Be Destroyed
  • golden sticky monkey flower
  • eating Cheetos with the crows
  • autochthonous, original inhabitants
  • mythopoeic, creating a new myth, like Middle-Earth
  • ghosts of ourselves in the rain, standing silently by the singing rails, trying not to make eye contact with each other as we wait for the last ride home.
  • this idea has no serious defenders
  • weirdo safari
  • two lost matching suitcases, on a carousel going nowhere
  • sovereign and expressive
  • gökotta, the act of waking up early with the intention of going outside to hear the morning birds sing
  • You may know some of it more than me, but I know all of it more than you.
  • complete donkey balls
  • paralysis by analysis
  • picking the fly shit out of the pepper
  • ergodicity, systems that, over time, return to a previous state
  • dinosaur before his time
  • Müllerian mimicry, co-evolution of similar patterns
  • les bas-fonds, “lower depths”
  • lost loves lamented
  • imaginations unloaded
  • reductive seduction
  • unexotic underclass
  • coulrophobia, fear of clowns
  • diaosi, Chinese for “loser”
  • orthosomnia, worry about quality of sleep interferes with sleep
  • chauffeur knowledge
  • Thermidorian Reaction, easier to kill the dictator than send everyone else to the guillotine
  • predatory packaging
  • chronesthesia, mental time travel
  • somewhere, above, another underground awaits
  • analytical virgin birth
  • gris-gris, voodoo, good luck charms or talismans
  • mountweazels, fake words in dictionaries to identify plagiarism
  • lagom means “Not too little. Not too much. Just right.”
  • Veblen good, luxury item where demand increases as price increases
  • 蜂采, Fēng cǎi, bees collecting honey, Chinese government surveillance app
  • Schneckenhaus, snail house
  • fact-blindness, fake stories blind us to the true ones
  • nature fakers, people who tell tall tales about animals
  • bei lüyou, “to be touristed,” China practice of sending discontents out to the country side, see the Civilian Conservation Corps.
  • neurodivergent people
  • absolute bell-end, total jackhole
  • hippie-adjacent, replace with your own chosen noun
  • “left of bang”, before the bad thing
  • the gravediggers of online privacy
  • petrichor, scent after the first rain after a long dry spell
  • guerraregle, war rules
  • vafanculo, fuck off in Italian
  • Kishōtenketsu, four act narrative without conflict: introduction, development, twist (analogy), conclusion
  • archimime, the chief buffoon or jester
  • quale, the quality of subjective experience of something
  • The Miasma, the Internet
  • bematists, professional walkers
  • one-eyed neurosurgeon
  • woodchipper for your dreams and hopes
  • breaking the thread of consciousness
  • cloudbank of thought
  • logorrhea, excessive and often incoherent wordiness
  • gardener’s vision, to treat those they are acting upon as less human or not human at all and to see the process of interacting with them as one of grooming, of control, of organization
  • agnotology is the study of culturally induced ignorance or doubt, particularly the publication of inaccurate or misleading scientific data.
  • italicizing the ordinary
  • nugrybauti, getting lost while picking mushrooms
  • destroy what destroys you
  • feces-feasting snails and slugs
  • the Bizarre and the Bizarrina
  • a nesting doll of cynics
  • Lashon Hara (lit. “Evil Tongue”) is to say negative things about someone, particularly about their misdeeds, which are completely true, but you’re not trying to accomplish anything useful by saying it.
  • zugzwang, disadvantage that comes from having to play when it would be better to pass
  • perturbation in the reality field
  • living within the lie
  • saccades, transitions between focal points papered over by our brain
  • Shadowtime
  • Contextualization lab
  • Relics of a failed perspective
  • Screenshot of the afterlife
  • Reality hunger
  • Humean beings
  • “Beware of first-hand ideas!”
  • permafrost of puritanism
  • Paper queen
  • Kurzgesagt, German for “In a Nutshell”
  • dempotence, running a program and getting the same results no matter how many times it is done
  • fright mask clown
  • …slavers on the ecliptic…
  • launch determines orbit
  • candle power, intelligence
  • …we are all living off the stored fat of a dream gone bad…
  • What’s with the free-speech for assholes?
  • either dumb or don’t give a shit
  • nonpareil, without perir
  • one small part of a giant rolling upgrade
  • keiretsu, a loose coalition of business groups
  • dokkyo roujin — an elderly person who lives alone –
  • bamboo ceiling, limits on Asian advancement in Western companies
  • freeters, dropouts from career paths who take part time work at subsistence wages to have more free time
  • baifumei, a Chinese phrase meaning pale-skinned, rich, and beautiful
  • just rat cunning and a tragic history of bloodshed
  • commentariat
  • customary sequences of behavior
  • mazeways of the culture
  • stuplimity, shock and boredom
  • buffet Buddhists
  • paltering, using a truthful statement to mislead
  • Whaumau, FOMO
  • breedready
  • pixels without provenance
  • the shaggy, sharp-toothed thing with thin skin
  • wonderworld
  • foragers have attitudes shaped by their activity
  • rumination, repetitively going over a thought or a problem without completion
  • chronic complainers
  • lost futures
  • dysphemisms, the substitution of a disagreeable, offensive, or disparaging expression for an agreeable or inoffensive one
  • hurricane of controversies
  • moronizing mechanisms
  • creeping cretinization
  • factory fascism
  • office oligarchy
  • plausibility structures
  • usage Trekkie
  • Homo sum, humani nil a me alienum puto; I am human, and nothing human is alien to me
  • the Steel man, opposite of a straw man argument
  • totalitarian Tinkerbell
  • terministic screens
  • the money of fools
  • sapere aude, dare to think
  • Moravec’s paradox, easier to teach machines complex tasks than simple ones
  • joyspotting, intentionally looking for joy
  • repugnant social Other
  • lighthouse on the Sea of Nonsense
  • prefer dissection to understanding
  • apex of the heart
  • amplituhedron, An amplituhedron is a geometric structure introduced in 2013 by Nima Arkani-Hamed and Jaroslav Trnka. It enables simplified calculation of particle interactions in some quantum field theories.
  • samsara’s clock
  • life is a race against death and the time of death remains unknown
  • bardo, the intermediate state between death and rebirth
  • wandering in the bardo
  • mythopoetics, making myths
  • a Sherpa for patriarchal bullshit
  • heteropatriarchy, a socio-political system where cisgender males and heterosexuals have authority over cisgender females and over other sexual orientations and gender identities
  • phantom canon
  • the dream of life
  • the dream within the dream
  • a fatality without substance
  • Gresham’s Law, when bad behavior has taken root, and that bad behavior has a “survival advantage” against good behavior, it becomes difficult, and occasionally impossible, to drive out the bad behavior; a process akin to natural selection
  • aestivation hypothesis, advanced civilizations may be storing energy to run in a cooler environment to get energy efficiencies
  • aestivate, to spend a hot, dry season in an inactive, dormant state
  • swamping, being a stranger in one’s own country, strain on public servies, etc.
  • breaking bread with the dead
  • jungle justice
  • yevrei, Russian for Jew
  • red over red — no longer under command
  • palaver, conference or discussion
  • lotska, Russian human hibernation
  • the unthought known
  • skomorokhs, Russian folk jokester-singers
  • the designs of men are notoriously subservient to happenstance, hesitation and haste
  • Confederacy of the Humbled
  • promised heft and threatened impenetrability
  • kiasu, the Singaporean way to describe the fear of losing out
  • Most people die of adrenaline poisoning.
  • Theia, doomed planet
  • Capernaum, Chaos
  • Kármán line — beyond which is weightlessness in the atmosphere
  • acheiropoieta — not-hand-made
  • One does not judge the Eye of the Tiger, the Eye of the Tiger judges you and you score accordingly
  • exfoliate our neuroses
  • Wenqing (文青), Chinese for hipster
  • a fortiori, with greater reason or more convincing force —used in drawing a conclusion that is inferred to be even more certain than another
  • obstreperous, boisterously and noisily aggressive
  • taphonomy, the study of the conditions and processes by which organisms become fossilized

Words We Don’t Have

“Language and culture are inextricably linked. The words that exist (or that we make) form our language, and hence, are definitive of our culture. This place explores words that are unique to dialects or non-English languages, with an aim to examine what these words might illuminate about their cultures (and ours).”

WordsWeDontHave.com

Judgment vs. Judgmental

I was thinking about the differences between the noun judgment, “[t]he act or process of judging; the formation of an opinion after consideration or deliberation,” and its adjective judgmental, “[i]nclined to make judgments.” The adjectival form, by being inclined to make judgements, seems to suggest more opinionated based on prejudices rather than inclined to form them after consideration or deliberation.

To clarify a bit more, I turned to Webster, which has seven aspects to the definition of judgment:

  1. The act of judging; the operation of the mind, involving comparison and discrimination, by which a knowledge of the values and relations of things, whether of moral qualities, intellectual concepts, logical propositions, or material facts, is obtained; as, by careful judgment he avoided the peril; by a series of wrong judgments he forfeited confidence.
  2. The power or faculty of performing such operations (see 1); esp., when unqualified, the faculty of judging or deciding rightly, justly, or wisely; good sense; as, a man of judgment; a politician without judgment.
  3. The conclusion or result of judging; an opinion; a decision.
  4. The act of determining, as in courts of law, what is conformable to law and justice; also, the determination, decision, or sentence of a court, or of a judge; the mandate or sentence of God as the judge of all.
  5. (Philos.) (a) That act of the mind by which two notions or ideas which are apprehended as distinct are compared for the purpose of ascertaining their agreement or disagreement. See 1. The comparison may be threefold: (1) Of individual objects forming a concept. (2) Of concepts giving what is technically called a judgment. (3) Of two judgments giving an inference. Judgments have been further classed as analytic, synthetic, and identical. (b) That power or faculty by which knowledge dependent upon comparison and discrimination is acquired. See 2.
  6. A calamity regarded as sent by God, by way of recompense for wrong committed; a providential punishment.
  7. (Theol.) The final award; the last sentence.

My sense is that judgment, in modern usage, sticks with the main line of the definition in 1, i.e., careful consideration of discriminating rightly, justly or wisely. Whereas judgmental conveys the sense of the definition of 2 and 4, it’s an opinion by the unqualified, rendered based on whether it conforms to some arbitrary standard. Interesting that the form of the word can give such a different shade of meaning.

The ‘H’ in ‘Jesus H. Christ’ — Grammarphobia

“The most likely suggestion is that it comes from a monogram made of the first three letters of the Greek name for Jesus.

In Greek, “Jesus” is ΙΗΣΟΥΣ in uppercase letters and Ἰησοῦς in lower. The first three letters (iota, eta, and sigma) form a monogram, or graphic symbol, written as either IHS or IHC in Latin letters.”

—Patricia T. O’Conner and Stewart Kellerman, “The ‘H’ in ‘Jesus H. Christ’.” Grammarphobia. February 2019.

You’re Probably Using the Wrong Dictionary

“I don’t want you to conclude that it’s just a matter of aesthetics. Yes, Webster’s [1913] definitions are prettier. But they are also better. In fact they’re so much better that to use another dictionary is to keep yourself forever at arm’s length from the actual language.

Recall that the New Oxford, for the word ‘fustian,’ gives ‘pompous or pretentious speech or writing.’ I said earlier that that wasn’t even really correct. Here, then, is Webster’s definition: ‘An inflated style of writing; a kind of writing in which high-sounding words are used, above the dignity of the thoughts or subject; bombast.’ Do you see the difference? What makes fustian fustian is not just that the language is pompous — it’s that this pomposity is above the dignity of the thoughts or subject. It’s using fancy language where fancy language isn’t called for.

It’s a subtle difference, but that’s the whole point: English is an awfully subtle instrument. A dictionary that ignores these little shades is dangerous; in fact in those cases it’s worse than useless. It’s misleading, deflating. It divests those words of their worth and purpose.”

James Somers. “You’re probably using the wrong dictionary.” jsomers.net. May 18, 2014.

Worth reading in its entirety. You never know what you’re missing or how cheap the tool is that you are using until you see the tool, or the word, that expands your imagination.

Words & Worldviews

I was reading another one of those end of year life hack articles yesterday, about how changing one word can change your attitude toward obligations. The crux: instead of saying, “I have to wake up to go to work at 0600,” you change it to get, “I get to wake up to go to work at 0600.”

This simple substitution changes your attitude toward what you are doing. It is now phrased in terms of an opportunity. It makes you wonder what kind of changes would happen by reframing traditional ideas in a positive fashion.

Instead of a Ten Commandments of “Thou shall not kill” you could reframe it in a positive, “Thou shall be peaceful and help all living beings flourish.” The words we use create our worldview.

This is an important point. Our attitudes, our opinions, our ways of looking at the world are created whole cloth in our minds. They don’t exist out there in the world. They exist only in our minds. Ideas are exchanged between minds through symbols. It is our acceptance of them that gives them the appearance of being real.

In Buddhism, this is the fundamental problem of life. The mind creates fictions. We believe that we are our thoughts and emotions. We are dissatisfied with the world. We wish it to be other than it is or worry that a satisfactory situation will change (as it always does). We want to be more powerful, famous, rich, beautiful, taller, more intelligent, stronger, thinner, etc. All of which are ego delusion that assumes that the way we view the world is how the world really is and that you would be better off if you got what you wanted (even though you most likely would just want something else).

While it would be nice to be able to take the world as it comes and live in the moment as an enlightened Buddha, very few of us are there yet. In the meantime, we free to find meaning in life, even in situations of terrible suffering such as in the concentration camp Victor Frankl lived in.

In comfortable circumstances, why choose suffering? You get to choose to look at the world any way that you want. Why not start the New Year by improving your worldview and your outlook? Why not start by taking an accounting of what is really needed, how much we have and being grateful for so much abundance?

Words & Phrases, 2018

When I come across an interesting word or phrase during the course of the year, I write it down. Previous years: 2017, 2016.

  • tanquam explorator, I am wont to cross over even to the enemy’s camp—not as a deserter, but as a scout. —Epicurus
  • heta linjen-upploppet, the hotline riot
  • masspsykos , mass psychosis
  • dystopian fever dream
  • “Hope looks forward. Faith knows it has already received and acts accordingly.”  —Florence Shinn
  • humanity has become its own ghost…
  • Congratulations on being unfrozen from that glacier!
  • the mists of idleness
  • cascading catastrophic effects
  • construal levels, relation between psychological distance and the extent to which people’s thinking (e.g., about objects and events) is abstract or concrete
  • CRAFT (Can’t Remember a Fucking Thing) syndrome
  • poster behemoth
  • a hemorrhoid of a human
  • polisson, French for little scamp
  • acephalic, no head or ruler
  • carnival carnivores
  • no wahala, Nigerian for no problem
  • iridescence, the phenomenon of certain surfaces that appear to gradually change colour as the angle of view or the angle of illumination changes
  • Weltanschauung, German for world view
  • cursed world
  • Tyburn Tree, gallows of London for 600 years
  • Konsytucja, Polish for Let’s follow it, [the Constitution]
  • Denktagebuch, thought journal
  • tzompantli, skull rack
  • senescence, biological ageing is the gradual deterioration of function characteristic of most complex lifeforms
  • kidult, kid + adult
  • Confusopoly
  • saudade, presence of absence
  • paradox of tolerance
  • prosopagnosia, face blindness
  • Buridan’s ass, paradox involving making decision between two equally desirable choices and not being able to choose
  • idiolect, individual’s dialect
  • soulless droid
  • anhedonia, a diverse array of deficits in hedonic function, including reduced motivation or ability to experience pleasure
  • imp of the perverse
  • antecedent reappraisal
  • fission-fusion species
  • rhinencephalon, nose brain
  • The Wellesley effect, synchronized periods of females living together
  • L.H.O.O.Q., Elle a chaud au cul, she has a hot ass
  • oleaginous, oily, falsely earnest
  • bricolage, construction of something by whatever material is available
  • cladistic, classification by most recent ancestor
  • agents of temporal distortion
  • backdoor symphony, farts
  • synecdochic totem, name of part for whole
  • metonymy, figure of speech where one word is replaced by another which it is closely related
  • postlapsarian, after lapse or failure
  • stadialism, staged development
  • minoritarians, a political structure or process in which a minority segment of a population has a certain degree of primacy
  • noetic, requiring use of the mind
  • cathexis, energy invested in an idea or object
  • dragooned, coerced
  • paper fantasy
  • pleasure threshold
  • bogarted, took an unfair share
  • doyen/doyenne, senior member
  • shrapnel consciousness
  • xenofeminist
  • deixis, me or here, words that require context
  • Power requires neither permission nor forgiveness
  • immortal cancerscape
  • chthonic hum, subterranean hum
  • sealed in a shrine of fakeness
  • carnival of thoughts
  • read the unwritten text
  • schizo-critical
  • rip the skin of this tumorous cosmopocket
  • palimpsest, manuscript where writing has been partially erased and written over
  • basket of fucked
  • precariat, the precarious class
  • It happened in a dream, or don’t worry about it
  • quisling, a person who collaborates with an enemy occupying force, traitor
  • a whole host of horribles
  • Ciemny lud to kupi, roughly translated, means “The ignorant peasants will buy it.”
  • zrewoltowane, in revolt against the Communist system in Poland
  • tsundoku, the Japanese idea of letting books pile up even though you have plenty of things to already read
  • Stultitia, mental agitation, distraction, change of opinions and wishes
  • Alektorophobia, fear of chickens
  • cornpone, folksy, homespun
  • Pole pole, slowly in Swahili
  • mas morium, the way of your elders
  • sandbag countdown
  • linguistic chauvinism
  • prepotenza, bullying, Italian
  • wokescenti
  • Exopolitic E.T. Agendas
  • Abatwa, the mythical little people who live on the top of the mountain in Africa
  • foma, harmless untruths
  • …a life without explanation
  • Reincarnation Counselor
  • trogloxenes, cave visitors, bats
  • troglobites, cave dwellers
  • troglophiles, cave lovers
  • Sumerian goddess of beer, Ninkasi
  • Mundus ipse est ingens deorum omnium templum, The world itself is a huge temple of all the gods
  • corporate pablum
  • Peto’s paradox, at the species level, the incidence of cancer does not appear to correlate with the number of cells in an organism
  • Kundalini awakening, awakening to this vision of ourselves and the world we live in as ultimately nondual
  • palo santo, Spanish for holy stick
  • caudillo, a strong leader and the fierce devotion of the unruly masses who follow him
  • Nostradamus of failed romance
  • talbukcha, “person who escaped the North [Korea]”
  • Kirimuti and Tomenika, last two elders of Easter Island that spoke with Katherine Routledge
  • lost continent of Mu, 19th-century traveler and writer Augustus Le Plongeon, who claimed that several ancient civilizations, such as those of Egypt and Mesoamerica, were created by refugees from Mu — which he stated was located in the Atlantic Ocean.
  • reverse boustrophedon, means in the manner of an ox plowing the field, reversing after each line
  • Te Pito ‘o te Henua, means either “navel of the world” or “end of the world”, refers to Easter Island
  • rongorongo, Easter Island script no one can decipher
  • hairen, man of the sea
  • taikonauts, Chinese astronaut
  • gravity of reality
  • rasputitsa, a Russian language term for two periods of the year when travel on unpaved roads becomes difficult, owing to muddy conditions from rain or thawing snow
  • spiritual Alcatraz
  • everywhen
  • dreamtime
  • doxa: ‘the common opinion, commonsense repeated over and over, a Medusa that petrifies anyone who watches it,’ as the cultural theorist Roland Barthes defined the term in 1975.
  • invenzione, invention or creative vision
  • disegno, drawing or design
  • filosofessa, learned woman
  • asymmetry of passions
  • dream machine
  • mono no aware, deep awareness of things
  • half sterile and half feral
  • Post-mortem technique
  • obsequy, funeral rite
  • ‘Okhota na ved’m.’ (That’s Russian for Witch Hunt.)
  • It is forbidden to forbid.
  • Kucheh Kharabat, the alley of desolation, Afghanistan
  • honestum, the right
  • dreaming with others
  • Nyepi, annual ‘Day of Silence’
  • Al mattino ha l’oro in bocca—the morning has gold in its mouth.
  • paradigm blindness
  • armed lifeboat
  • a normal-distribution mindset
  • suicide in the land of the dead
  • atom, a- not and tom, divisible
  • disaster, comes from dis- against and aster, the stars
  • animalculus, little animal, microscopic
  • stygian, gloomy and dark
  • legerdemain, sleight-of-hand
  • kunikoi, dog philosophers
  • insurgent universalism
  • tragedy, τραγωδία, contracted from trag(o)-aoidiā = “goat song” from tragos = “goat” and aeidein = “to sing”, Nietzsche speculation that satyrs were the Greek chorus
  • djellabah, loose fitting female Muslim garb
  • suicide contagion, suicide of the well-known led other people to follow
  • hypomnemata, personal notes and reflections written day by day
  • prapidōn, great wealth of thoughts
  • pure love, love that demands nothing in return
  • parrhēsia, provocative freedom of speech
  • haireseis, attitudes of thought and life
  • brolly, umbrella
  • nomen est omen, the name is a sign
  • turnkey tyranny
  • askēsis, training or self-transformation
  • phusis, the beginning
  • Silurian hypothesis, there was an advanced technological society before the modern age
  • oriflamme, banner as rallying point
  • Deus Absconditis, hidden God
  • vendido, a sellout
  • “No mames güey. Cállate el hocico!” loosely translated, it means, “Quit fucking around you dickweeds and shut your fucking traps!”
  • Gesamtkunstwerk, total work of art
  • sharenting. share + parenting
  • muhasasa, nepotism in Iraq
  • bachaqueros, black market traffickers in Venezuela
  • grotesquerie
  • mehrabān, the guardian of love, Persian for kind
  • pobreton, pauper
  • everybody a carnival unto themselves
  • chatter and scroll
  • hobo tracks
  • overcoded world
  • The fossil is not the mechanism
  • cobaias, Guinea pigs, esp. poor getting cosmetic surgery in Brazil
  • “…a fuck rife with ignominy.”
  • I do whatever I want because I could die any minute. — Morgan Parker
  • Heimat ist da, wo man schwätzt wie mar – home is where people talk like us
  • If the cucumber is bitter, throw it out. If there are brambles in the path, go around.
  • Principled without being fanatical and flexible without being opportunistic
  • Opinions are like ass holes, they’re best when not shared too widely.
  • McOndo — a McDonald’s-ization of García Márquez fictional town Macondo
  • persist and resist, life philosophy
  • revolución rioplatense, River Plate revolution
  • cyborg soul
  • gnothi seauton, know thyself, ancient Greek
  • Abusement Park
  • Beauty capitalism
  • Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime, Any Kind.
  • grognard, grumbler, from French
  • hygge, Denmark, “intentional intimacy,” which can happen when you have safe, balanced and harmonious shared experiences”
  • koselig, Norway, see hygge
  • mysig, Sweden, see hygge
  • gezenlligheid, Netherlands, see hygge
  • gemütlichkeit, Germany, see hygge
  • skinflint, miser
  • contumacious, stubborn refusal to obey authorities
  • trolleys and cash-registers, America
  • abulia, absence of will
  • maraṇasati, a Buddhist meditation practice that uses various visualization and contemplation techniques to meditate on the nature of death.
  • sinceratrons
  • electroculture
  • cariz, χάρις, cháris, grace
  • odalisque, a female slave, a concubine in a harem
  • hara hachi bu, eat until 80% full
  • What is essential is invisible to the eye. —Fred Rodgers
  • kunlangeta, Eskimo word for sociopath
  • arankan, cold souls, yoruba tribe
  • fakakta, shat upon
  • nahual, disguise or mask
  • in xochitl, in cuicatl, in flower in song, composing song poems
  • urban idealism
  • mutatis mutandis, “the necessary changes having been made”
  • Trollheiman, Home of the Trolls, Norwegian
  • metempsychosis, transmigration of the soul, esp. after death
  • hypetaxen, subordinated
  • tokamak, donut shaped vacuum chamber used in fusion reactors
  • panegyrist, a person who makes public speeches
  • Príncipe de las Tinieblas, Prince of Darkness
  • Hohmann transfer orbit, In orbital mechanics, the Hohmann transfer orbit is an elliptical orbit used to transfer between two circular orbits of different radii in the same plane.
  • suerte, fate in Moroccan

Words & Phrases, 2016

Every time I come across an interesting word or phrase, I add it to a yearly list. I tried making a poem using this one last year.

  • Pointless cacophony 
  • Buddha of subterranean impulses 
  • Métro, boulot, dodo — commute, work, sleep 
  • rossignol, French cryptographers whose name became French slang for a device that picks locks. 
  • cynegetic tendencies
  • Viktor Tausk’s Influence Machine 
  • ghetto for grinds
  • panjandrum, someone claiming clout
  • werewolves wearing shoulder straps 
  • Rhetorica ad Herennium 
  • bête noir 
  • sanctum sanctorum 
  • stochastic,  random
  • omotenashi, humble customer service
  • Scrotum-faced carnival barker 
  • akoisexual identity, feelings of love disappear when reciprocated.
  • facies hermeticae, hidden faces
  • factual Laocoön – priest that warned of Trojan horse and was killed
  • fourfold vision
  • chupacabra – fictional goat sucker
  • mind-forged manacles
  • Rube Goldberg machine – unnecessarily complicated 
  • An American without an opinion
  • Temples of tears 
  • Overton window 
  • gems from the matrix 
  • Raspberry jam delta v 
  • Cattywampus, not centered 
  • Gish Gallop – spewing bullshit faster than it can be refuted 
  • aware karada, learning through physically doing
  • Albert Luke’s magical bracelet 
  • Kraken Mare, sea of hydrocarbons
  • 52 hertz whale
  • Lojban – unambiguous logical language 
  • inconsistently applied crypto-Saxonist jargon
  • sciolism – superficial show of learning
  • bube meyseh, old wives’ tale
  • shtarker, muscleman
  • seykhl, sense
  • meshuge, crazy
  • money based caste system
  • Disdyakis tricontahedron – 120 sided dice
  • between 40 and Ω
  • Aleatory uncertainty, unknowable 
  • bafflegab
  • illusion of hindsight
  • Auftragstaktik, goal but no how
  • WYSIATI— What You See Is All There Is
  • stumblebum
  • “kto, kogo?” That literally means “who, whom” and it was Lenin’s shorthand for “Who does what to whom?”
  • Forgotten arm, boxing term, “It’s the hit you didn’t see coming.”
  • Rucksack revolution, Kerouac 
  • Flâneur – loafer 
  • Carne por la machina, meat for the machine
  • Buona morte, good death
  • glossolalia, speaking unknown language 
  • half-humps
  • overwatch
  • smells like hobo feet
  • Candango – a man without qualities, vagabond 
  • Dark monarchy 
  • Load of chancers in my lobby
  • Kodokushi, lonely death
  • solastalgia, comfort/pain, place loved is changing for worse 
  • Fuzziness – protocol of throwing a process at a program to check for error 
  • selfies, not selves
  • the hardest man on the cobbles
  • queasy quadroonerie of essentialism
  • mollycoddled
  • Generation Snowflake 
  • hornean, voodoo priest
  • shared paranoias
  • closed ideology echo chamber
  • Hare brained, the rule here is, we do whatever the fuck we want
  • Charvaka, rejected any idea of God and the existence of any soul or afterlife.
  • Semden – Tibetan for sentient being
  • Kunga Dhondup – nickname for money
  • Weltschmerz – physical reality can never satisfy the demands of the mind
  • lojong – mind training 
  • carceral state
  • Antikythera Mechanism
  • desiderata
  • boojum
  • Kemmerich gradient 
  • Gruen Transfer
  • Pomgolians 
  • Kugelblitz, ball lightening 
  • Orbers’ Paradox: if there are infinite stars, why isn’t the night sky as bright as the sun? 
  • Ophiuchus: 13th sign of the zodiac 
  • Radio Rental, insane
  • Pratfall Effect, competent people more likable after failure 
  • schadenfreude: pleasure from misfortune of others. 
  • Hortus Delicarium, first encyclopedia by a woman
  • neltiliztli: Aztec for rootedness, truth and goodness
  • Sicario: Jewish killers who hunted the Romans who invaded their homeland. In Mexico, it means hitman. 
  • cucuy: Mexician boogeyman
  • aphakia: missing lens of the eye
  • kakistocracy: government by the worst people
  • Jára da Cimrman: underdog hero of Czechs.
  • Mean World Syndrome
  • El zorrilo no huele a si mismo. The skunk does not smell himself.
  • I may be cheap, but I ain’t easy.
  • Thomassons: architectural relics maintain despite being useless
  • rathskeller
  • kompromat, the fabrication and planting of compromising or illegal material
  • Hottel memo: The FBI’s most viewed file details the account of an Air Force officer recovering three flying saucers in New Mexico in 1950.
  • reinigungskrise, cleaning crisis
  • quantitative illusion
  • authoritarian deliberation
  • hektemorage, serfdom
  • pachinko
  • hygge, coziness of the soul
  • Alban Arthuan, old name for winter solstices