December 1st, 2003


The Word Spy

I might have lived my whole life not knowing about The Word Spy if I hadn't read scottks's discussion of charasmatic megafauna.

charismatic megafauna
noun. Animals that have popular appeal and so can form the basis of conservation campaigns and fundraising drives.
"Giant pandas are 'charismatic megafauna,' a category that includes whales and other sea mammals, salmon and other inspirational fish, eagles and other flashy raptors. In each instance, the creatures help spotlight the hundreds of humbler but equally endangered species: the black-spored quillwort, the longhorn fairy shrimp."
—"Birth and Rebirth," USA Today, August 23, 1999

The best thing about the site isn't the definitions, it's the citations. My English-starved cns is binging on entries like presenteeism and warm-chair attrition, legislated nostalgia, barking head, and social expression product (greeting card).

Uh.. Have you heard the following term in popular use?

sedentary death syndrome
( deth SIN.drum, -drohm) n. Death caused by extreme inactivity and poor nutrition. Also: SeDS

Do people really say this?

Unfortunately, so forget about ever coming home to the states.
No, and I should know.
I don't think so, but I live in a one room shack in Montana and I haven't seen a television since 1959.

What is your preferred term for being lazy and out of shape?

Next, a word which describes me.

( n. A person who eats a mostly vegetarian diet, but who is also willing to eat meat or fish occasionally. —adj. (Flexible + vegetarian.)
(aka me when Don makes his faaaaamous chicken tikka or blackened salmon. Salmon shown.)

And don't forget to check for your slurvian camouflanguage needs.

fo' shizzle my nizzle
"'fo shizz-ul my nizz-ul'"
"fo shizzle ma nizzle" is a bastardization of "fo' sheezy mah neezy" which is a bastardization of "for sure mah nigga" which is a bastdardization of "I concur with you whole heartedly my African american brother."

(Yeah, I've got some catching-up to do.)