1163 San Carlos Ave., 2:04 p.m. Friday A man who ran up a $70 food tab at Sneaker’s Restaurant and then out the door afterward without paying, was located and arrested on Elm and Cherry street. Further investigation revealed the man was on parole in Marin County.
“Does a one-legged duck swim in circles?” —Rhodri Morgan, 1998 winner of the Foot in Mouth Award
“For some, social life is centered on Prospect Avenue, where “Princeton’s eating clubs are lined up like ten booze-soaked ducklings in a row.”” —The Princeton Review, The Best 376 Colleges, 2012 ed., entry “Princeton University”
“Colourless green ideas sleep furiously. Of what do they dream? A smoking duck that walks and quacks like the Higgs.”—Rube, in the comments to this Language Log post, of equal amazement
If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, maybe it’s Schrödinger’s duck? —Ars Technica
“[I] screwed the duck” —CNN, quoting (incorrectly) Barack Obama, 2013–12–20
“What the ever living duck did I just read?” reddit, 2014-02-14
“I’m going to make you hurt like the ducks.” The Boston Globe, “Demise of 5 cherished ducks brings a trail of human turmoil”, 2014-04-26
“Is a chicken a duck if you call it a duck?”—from Yahoo Answers; posted to reddit 2014-06-13
The Cognoīntellectualist Dictionary
A lexicographic collaboration of Gunn Linguistics and the Gunn Cognoīntellectualist Society
a thing, s. Given the frequency with which this phrase is used, one might think it entirely unnecessary to include it in this list, except I have combed several dictionaries both formal and informal, and they all seem to think that this usage is… not a thing.
ground truth, s. [esp. meteorology] observations made directly at the source, rather than via remote means. Under no circumstances to be confused with facts on the ground, which means something entirely different.
healthy-duck, a. opposite of lame-duck [The Economist, Nov 14, 2014]
avi, s. abbreviation of avatar (i.e., profile picture)
qurl, s. [from gurl] (internet slang) alternate spelling of girl. (Yes, that is a Q. No, it is not pronounced /k/.)
carnism, s. [see generally, here] the opposite of veganism. “The invisible belief system, or ideology, that conditions people to eat certain animals.”—carnism.org
juvenequinallian, a. [ex nihilo by Ken White of Popehat, here] something about ponies, I think?
scrooble, s. [apparently created ex nihilohere] the part of a bendable straw that bends. Not to be confused with scrobble, which has to do with internet music.
demitarian, s. [from Gk. demi-, “half”, seevegetarian] one who pledges to cut their meat consumption in half (cit. Guardian, quoting coiner as Mark Sutton)
Palo Altoid, s. Palo Altan (cit. twitter 1, 2). Police chief has never heard it, but commented, “Minty and spicy!”. Citation (2) claims it is used by relatives in Chicago.
Calvinist, s. a disciple of Calvin (of Calvin and Hobbes); specifically, one who arbitrarily changes the rules to his own benefit, especially in the middle of the game. see Calvinball (cit. Krugman, citing Konczal 2011). Not to be confused with Calvinist, a follower of the teachings of Reformation figure John Calvin.
incestuous amplification, s. “when a closed group of people repeat the same things to each other – and when accepting the group’s preconceptions itself becomes a necessary ticket to being in the in-group” (Krugman) seeepistemic bubble/closure
“A fundamentally flawed notion – say, that the Germans can’t possibly attack though the Ardennes – becomes part of what everyone knows, where “everyone” means by definition only people who accept the flawed notion.”
tho~, a. (internet slang) general sentence-final intensifier. No semantic meaning that I can distinguish. ·~ may or may not be optional—function unknown. Sometimes phonetically re-interpreted as doe. ref. See also qurl.
real person, s. (college) a non-student or a graduate. (cit. TenerenceLove on reddit, 2012-10-25: http://bit.ly/R4nEoa)
fruit salad, s. (mathematics) the incorrect addition of dissimilar terms, i.e. “adding apples and oranges”. (cit. Dunbar, 2012-10-24)
smuggish, a. [smug + -ish] somewhat smug (cit. Izabella Kaminska of FT Alphaville, 2012-10-11. h/t Krugman)
Joe job, s. [from Joe, “everyman” + job] a low-paying service job, characterized by a uniform consisting of a shirt with the employee’s name embroidered on it. (cit. Dr. Hébert, 2012-10-11)