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Saturday, April 30, 2011

Blog Challenge "Z"

At long last!  The blog challenge is drawing to a close.  I hope you're as sad as I am.  The A to Z challenge has given me an entire month's worth of blog post ideas.  Now, I'll have to start thinking on my own again.  But hey! For all of you new readers, I hope you like what's just around the corner.  :)

Z is for: Zymurgy

Without zymurgy, I don't think the human race could possibly be what it is today. . .  Seriously.  Zymurgy is the branch of chemistry which deals with fermentation, as in beer-making, wine-making, the preparation of yeast, etc.  You read correctly back there.  There is a field of study about basically the science behind making beer and wine.

Quite frankly, I don't need to know the science behind zymurgy.  But I sure am glad someone does.  Because without it, we might not have Fat Tire (my favorite beer, for those of you who don't know).  We may not have all the varieties of wines that we do.  For that matter, we may not ever have all of the yeast . . . um . . . I mean . . . hmmm . . . forget the yeast part.  Yay for beer and wine!

Have a great weekend everyone!  :)

Friday, April 29, 2011

Blog Challenge "Y"

Happy Friday everyone!  I hope you all have a great weekend.

Y is for: Yex

A yex is a hiccough.  Easy enough, right?  (Well, easier than the last word.)  I often wonder why we have so many different words for the same things in English.  I can never come up with a solid answer, either.  Even more so, I wonder why when we have two names for something, we don't always use the cooler of them.  Nobody knows "yex," but everyone and their dog knows "hiccough" and how to cure it.

Am I the only one who thinks yex is cooler?  :)

Blog Challenge "X"

It was my birthday yesterday, so I never got around to posting about the letter X.  So I'm posting about X now, and then Y a little later today.  No biggie, right?  :)

X is for: Xylopyrography

I'll tell you what xylopyrography is and what it is not.  It is not the act of setting fire to xylophones.  (I know.  Disappointing. . . )  Xylopyrography is a fancy word for wood burning.  It originated as making larger scale art with an actual hot poker, but it has evolved into the smaller, more practical version of wood burning you see today.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Blog Challenge "W"

Whew!  Almost didn't get it done, today!  And now, "W"!

W is for: Wyrd

A wyrd is fate personified.  Ever heard of the three fate sisters?  Yes, no?  Well, they're sometimes known as the wyrd sisters, "wyrd" being in place of "fate."  Weird, huh?  Er . . . I mean wyrd, huh?

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Blog Challenge "V"

I'm gonna show my band-nerdiness from my high school days.  Today's blog challenge letter is "V."

V is for: Vibraslap

We actually did have one of these when I was in high school band.  As I'm sure you can imagine, it was highly ranked on the easy-instruments-to-make-fun-of list.  It's usually played by the same person who plays the triangle. . . I think.  Anyway, if you need proof, this is what it looks like:

Now, try explaining it to someone, lol.  "See, you hold it in this hand, and slap the ball in the other . . . "

Monday, April 25, 2011

Blog Challenge "U"

Happy Easter, everyone!  (Oh wait, that was yesterday. . .)  Well, happy belated Easter!  I hope you all had your fill of Peeps and chocolate bunnies.  I know I did.  (Just kidding.  I hate peeps.)  That brings us to the final week of the A to Z blog challenge!  I hope you've all been learning and using big, new words on your friends.  :)

U is for: Uranology

Go ahead.  Get all of the Uranus jokes out of your system.  I'll wait.

. . .
. . .

Okay.  Uranology is basically another word for astronomy, or the study of the heavens.  Even though it sounds like it is just the study of that one planet, Uranus, it's more like the study of all things other-worldly.  So yes, a person who studies uranology would be a uranologist.  (Not something you dreamed about being when you were a kid, huh . . .)

I'm gonna throw in a bonus snicker word: Uranomania.  It's an astrology obsession.  Try using that one in conversation without laughing!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Blog Challenge "T"

We're nearing the end of the A to Z challenge.  Next week is the last week!  :)

Have a great weekend!

T is for: Tyrotoxism

Tyrotoxism is poisoning by cheese or milk.  I don't know about you, but of all the ways I don't want to leave this world, death by milk or cheese has got to be pretty low on the list.  It's kind of embarrassing, don't you think?  . . . Cheeze . . . what a way to go.

At the very least, if tyrotoxism puts someone in the obituaries, then there's a cool word for them!  

Friday, April 22, 2011

Blog Challenge "S"

Happy Friday everyone!  Enjoy your Easter weekend.

S is for: Soothfast

The folks at Alka-Seltzer only wish they had come up with this first.  Soothfast is actually another adjective for truthful or loyal.  Naturally, soothfast individuals tend to make good friends.

So that begs the question: what is the antonym for soothfast?  Agitateslow?

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Blog Challenge "R"

It just occurred to me that we haven't covered any ism-s yet.  Well, what better day to start than today?  :)

R is for: Resistentialism

Resistentialism sounds like the belief in some sort of resistance.  If you've been following this blog's A to Z challenge, you'd already know that would be too obvious.  Resistentialism is much more sinister.  It is the theory that inanimate objects demonstrate hostile behavior towards us.  For example, you pour yourself a nightcap and jump in a nice bubble bath . . . and the phone rings.  Or when you're reaching for a light switch you've flipped a thousand times over, but in the dark, it seems like it keeps dodging your blind hand.  Or this is classic.  The traffic lights always seem to turn red when you're in the biggest hurry.

Resistentialism is the honest belief that these objects really are out to get you and that the seemingly inanimate are anything but.

So time to share.  :)  What inanimate object/occurrence makes you question your level of resistentialism?  I used to have a car with a faulty security system and sometimes wouldn't start because of it.  It always seemed to happen when I was on my way to work, LOL.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Blog Challenge "Q"

I wonder if any of you have been waiting to see what "Q" has in store.  Well, wait no longer!

Q is for: Qualtagh

(Not what you were expecting, was it?)  A qualtagh is: "the first individual a person meets after exiting his or her house."  In other words, you could be anyone's qualtagh on any given day!

If you ask me, it's kind of weird that you could possibly be anyone's anything without even realizing it.  Now that you've read this post, you know it, but you can't help it.  You will be someone's qualtagh again, soon.  Creepy, huh?

Anyway, I hope you learned an interesting new Q word.  Oh, and it's pronounced "qual" (like quality) "tagh" (like "tag, you're it"), with a silent "h".  Qualtagh.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Blog Challenge "P"

Earlier in the A to Z blog challenge, I brought up the word echopraxia.  It's not much of a stretch to relate today's word to it:

P is for: Pandiculation

Pandiculation is a word for stretching, often associated with yawning.  Just think.  If you were sitting in the front of a meeting or classroom, you could give a fake yawn and stretch and start an echopraxia and pandiculation wave.  Ha!  Have fun with that one.  :)

Quick note about pandiculation.  It does not have a verb form.  In other words, you can't say "pandiculate" in place of stretch.  Sorry, doesn't work.  But yay you, for thinking it if you did!

Monday, April 18, 2011

Blog Challenge "O"

Today's word is pretty cool.  As a matter of fact, you probably use one of these almost every day!

O is for: Octothorpe

An octothorpe is one of these bad boys: #.  An octothorpe goes by many names, none really more correct than the next: pound sign, hash sign, hex, sharp, number sign, and even thud in some remote instances.  It's really just whatever you prefer to say.

However . . . 

Octothorpe is actually the least ambiguous of them all.  Pound, hash, hex, sharp, and thud are all homonyms.  Octothorpe is not, which makes it the clearest choice!  Aren't you glad you now know?  :)

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Blog Challenge "N"

Bah!  I totally forgot to post yesterday for the blog challenge!  Today is the makeup for yesterday.
(And for the two blog awards I got this week, I guess I'll save them for next Sunday.  I meant to do them today, but that didn't work out like I planned, did it?  LOL)

N is for: Nudiustertian

Nudiustertian is a word that basically means the day before yesterday.  Nudiustertian is really of or relating to the day before yesterday.  It's kind of tough to use, but I'll try to explain it.

Usually, one would say "nudiustertian" along with "in the" like "in the nudiustertian."  It's best used in beginning a story or explanation.  For example:

     "In the nudiustertian, I was driving to the store when I saw a peculiar bird perched on the telephone wire."
     "In the nudiustertian, I was making my way into the kitchen towards my morning coffee when I stepped on a creaky floorboard."

Unfortunately, nudiustertian is only an adjective, not a noun.  So you can't say "nudiusterday," thinking it's the day before yesterday.  It is not.  However, if getting a word into the dictionary is on anyone's bucket list, maybe you should try this one.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Blog Challenge "M"

Today officially marks the halfway point of the A to Z blog challenge.  I hope you've learned a thing or two along the way!

M is for: Mogigraphia

Mogigraphia is the medical term for writer's cramp.  It doesn't really happen all that much any more, since most "writing" is done on computers these days.  (Now, you get carpal tunnel syndrome from typing . . .)  But I can only imagine how terrible it must have been for any professional writer up until the typewriter was invented.

That's not to say that is isn't ever an issue.  I seem to recall several essay-style exams in college which ended in mogigraphia!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Blog Challenge "L"

I'd like to thank everyone who has stopped by my blog since the kickoff of the A to Z challenge.  Thank you as well for commenting!

L is for: Lardaceous

Lardaceous means "fatty."  In case you haven't guessed, it's base word is "lard" followed by something you might hear a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle say.  Lardaceous!

Let's see . . . what kinds of things are lardaceous?  How about a well-marbled steak?  Or how about Marlon Brando in his old age?  I can't think of a practical use for this word, but if you have any suggestions, please share!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Blog Challenge "K"

The A to Z blog challenge letter today is "K."  I just thought I would share that "K" just happens to be one of my least favorite letters to get in Scrabble.  So there.

K is for: Kinkle

Before your mind wanders, take note that "kinkle" is not a kinky way to tinkle.   (I know it sounds a little misleading.)  The meaning of "kinkle" actually makes a little bit of sense.  A kinkle is a small kink.  So if you have a slight kink in your neck, you could actually say you have a kinkle in your neck.  If you're having a bad hair day and your hair is full of kinks, you could call it kinkly.

I dare you to find someone and tell them their hair looks kinkly.  Careful, you might get slapped!

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Blog Challenge "J"

Today, the word is a little more useful than the one from yesterday.  It's a word for something most of us do almost every day:

J is for: Jentation

Jentation is a fancy word for the first meal of the day, a.k.a. breakfast.  It is not at all commonly used, but feel free to start a breakfast-naming-revolution!

Lately, I've been on an oatmeal with blackberries kick for breakfast.  Do you sit down for jentation every day?  If so, what's your favorite thing on the menu?

Monday, April 11, 2011

Blog Challenge "I"

Onward to part 9 of the A to Z blog challenge:

I is for: Iceblink

Iceblink is a noun for a yellowish glare on the underside of a cloud, signifying ice beyond the visible horizon.  I know that seems pretty obscure, but bear with me.  What I really want you to take from this is the occurrence of a very rare phenomenon: an iceblink rainbow.

An iceblink rainbow is basically a white-ish colored rainbow, caused in part by iceblink.  Pretty cool, huh, a white rainbow?  I think it is.  Here is one of the few pictures I could find of one:

Happy Monday!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Blog Challenge "H"

I don't usually post on the weekends, but since I'm in the A to Z blog challenge, here we are!  Saturday and posting!  :)

H is for: Hapax

I thought I would take a break from possibly useful words to bring you a rather interesting one: hapax.  It's pronounced like "happens,"  but with an "x" at the end, sort of like "happex."  A hapax (or hapax legomenon) is a word that appears only once in a body of [writing] work.  Weird, huh?  And it happens a lot more than you might think, too.  Statistically speaking, if you were to count the numbers of occurrences of every word in a piece of literature, roughly 40 to 60 percent of the words are hapax legomena.

Need proof?  78% of the words in this post are a hapax.  (Longer bodies of work are closer to that stat.)

Good luck finding common use for this bit of knowledge, but if it's ever your million-dollar question on a game show or something, send me a postcard, would ya?  :)  (And a shoe box full of hundreds, LOL.)

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Blog Challenge "G"

I have to take a brief moment and toot my own horn for a second.  I scored my first goal ever at my hockey game last night!  For anyone who hasn't been reading my blog for long, I am a born-and-bred Texan who decided to pick up recreational ice hockey in my mid twenties.  I just started about a year ago.  So yaaaaaaaaay!!

Okay, so on to business.  :)

G is for: Gargalesthesia

Don't be intimidated by the number of syllables in this one.  It may actually come in handy.  Gargalesthesia is the sensation you get from being tickled.  It comes from the word for heavy tickling: gargalesis.

If you think about it, there really isn't a word we commonly use to describe the tickling sensation.  We always just say "it tickles" or "that tickles" when we try to describe it.  That's basically using a sentence in place of a noun (which isn't always proper).  So now you know the proper noun to use.  Now you can say, "wow, you gave me a real case of gargalesthesia" after someone tickles you.  Or while you're being heavily tickled, you can say "Stop!  You're giving me gargalesthesia!"  At the very least, they'll stop tickling you so you can explain yourself.  (It's really a good tactic, playing the smart card!)

Happy Friday, by the way!  :)

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Blog Challenge "F"

I'd like to start by welcoming all of the new visitors to Dry Humor Daily!  Thanks for stopping by and taking interest!  I will be sure to hop back over to your sites and check them out if you leave a link!  (I don't get offended by comments with link backs.  More power to ya!)  Now . . .

F is for: Fuggy

I've been waiting for F day.  Isn't the unusual word choice obvious?  A word that could easily be confused with another highly recognizable word that begins with the letter F?  Fuggy is an adjective describing a poorly ventilated area.  It's kind of like muggy but with an "f."

For obvious reasons, I recommend using this word with caution.  (Kind of like "chit" or reading the abbreviation of "continue.")  For other obvious reasons, I recommend you find a way to use this word in some way or another.  For example:

You:  "Boy, it's really fuggy in here."
Stranger in the same non-air-conditioned elevator as you:  "excuse me?"
You:  "Muggy.  I mean muggy."
Stranger . . . :  "Um, okay, bye"

In retrospect, good luck with this one. :)

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Blog Challenge "E"

This is post number 5 in the April A to Z blog challenge.  I've tried my best to stick to words that you might actually be able to use someday.  This one in particular happens to me almost every single day!

E is for: Echopraxia

Echopraxia is a noun for the involuntary imitation of the actions of others.  (Huh?)  This can be pretty much anything, but the most popular example is yawning.  Do you ever suddenly yawn after you see someone else doing it?  My guess is you do.  (And if you don't, what's your secret?  The world wants to know.)

Echopraxia isn't really a disorder or anything, so don't worry if you yawn contagiously.  It's more of a natural behavior.  It is, however, commonly associated as a symptom for Tourette syndrome and schizophrenia.  So . . . if exhibit echopractic behavior in the morning around people yawning, you probably have nothing to worry about.  But if you yawn and then strike a conversation with the pink elephant standing next to you, you might need to see a doctor.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Blog Challenge "D"

I've been meaning to tell you where this blog challenge is coming from.  I joined it on this site:  Like I mentioned before, bloggers basically have to sign up, post something about each letter of the alphabet during April (every Monday through Saturday which equals 26 days.)  It's been fun so far and I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.  :-)  So without further ado . . .

D is for: Defenestrate

Defenestrate is a verb meaning "to throw (a person or thing) out of a window."  My favorite part about this verb is in the parenthesis (literally).  It cracks me up that the distinction is made that to defenestrate can mean throwing either a thing or a person out a window.  LOL.  You don't want to be the direct object of that verb!  (I know, that was nerdy . . . don't judge.)

Take a brief moment to reflect on anything you've defenestrated over the years.  I don't think I've ever thrown any people out the window, but I do recall a few objects over the years.  I've moved many times throughout college and since I almost always lived on the second or third floor, the window was the quickest way to move unwanted things downstairs to carry to the trash.  :-)  Anything good you'd like to share?

Monday, April 4, 2011

Blog Challenge "C"

Okie dokie.  Back on track today!  Today's word is one you should definitely find a way to work into your vocabulary.

C is for: Callipygous

When I read this word, I didn't even have a good guess as to what it meant.  You say it like so: "Calli" like "California," "py" like the "Pie" you eat, and "gous" like the name "Gus."  Calli-PIE-gus.  Callipygous.  (You could also say callipygian like a California + pidgeon.  It means the same thing.)

It is an adjective for having a "well-shaped buttocks."  That's right.  A nice booty!  Let's just say that the cruise we just got off of was loaded with callipygous ladies!  (Including my wife, of course. :) )

So women: take this as a compliment if anyone ever tells you.  (And teach the word to your man, so he can tell you!)

And men: learn this!  It gets you brownie points for the complement and for being smart.  You can't lose!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Blog Challenge "B"

I really wanted to post yesterday like I was supposed to, buuuuuuuuut . . . I was traveling back from Miami.  Needless to say, it was a long day!  It was the end of a trip where we changed time zones 6 times in 6 days!  We got back and we didn't know which was was up!

Anyway, for the blog challenge I'm doing, you're supposed to post Monday through Saturday, but I think I have a legitimate excuse for posting today instead.  :)  So onward we move with B:

B is for: Battology

Well, first off.  What does it sound like?  Someone who studies bats?  Nope.  That would be too obvious. :)  A Battologist is actually someone who repeats the same thing needlessly.  You know, someone who likes to say the same thing over and over in different ways as if you didn't understand the first time.  Kind of like a person who over-explains through repetition. . .

You get the idea.  Unfortunately, I think I'm a little battalogical, myself.  Maybe not on my blog, because I have the opportunity to reread several times before posting.  In real life, words just come right out.  No taking those back!

Know any battologists?  Feel free to let them know we have a word for them!  LOL.

Friday, April 1, 2011

Blog Challenge "A"

I guess I lied earlier this week.  I said there wouldn't be any posts.  I guess what I meant was: I won't be in town to post.  The reason there is one today is because I did so ahead of time.  :)

I signed up for a blog challenge (more details on that when I get back).  Basically, I have to post every Monday through Saturday in the month of April, 26 total.  Each post has to be about one of the letters of the alphabet.  Other than that, the possibilities are endless.  I could talk about celebrities A to Z, or dinosaurs A to Z.  Just whatever.

I've decided to make a month of weird words.  I love oddball vocabulary, and I'd like to share a month's worth of words you hopefully haven't ever heard.  Enjoy!

A is for: Arachibutyrophobia

That is, the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth.

If domestic animals had feelings and emotions, I think this would be one of them.  :)  I know I asked about phobias recently, but do any of you know of any quirky phobias?  I'd love to hear about them.

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