Awesome Words

This page serves as a glossary of terms used throughout the blog that you may not be familiar with, possibly because many of these words don’t officially exist. Some of these words were purloined from other sources; some were coined on this blog; some are actually in the dictionary! All of them are awesome.

A



 

Age of Space Exploration, The
noun proper
the period in history, starting with the launch of the Soviet satellite Sputnik, when nations, especially the United States and the USSR/Russia, explored space using satellites and manned spacecraft. See THE TERRESTRIAL AGE OF EXPLORATION.

ORIGIN 21st century. First used in post entitled The Space Race.

 

 

 


Autumnal Equinox |ôˈtəmnəl| |ˈekwəˌnäks; ˈēkwə-|
noun
A legendary beast that used to be a man before being transformed into a monster that resembles a cross between a horse and an ox. According to legend, it would prey on humans one night each September. See VERNAL EQUINOX.

ORIGIN 17th century: from Greek autos, ‘self,’ Old English unman from onman + -al. Latin equus, ‘horse’ and Old English ox.


B



butt-kickery |bətˈkikərē|
noun informal
the act or state of kicking butt, whether literally or figuratively.

ORIGIN 21st century. First used in post entitled Spaghetti Westerns and Spaghetti Easterns.


D



dog•stro•naut |ˈdôgstrəˌnôt|
noun
a canine trained to travel in a spacecraft, a method of losing the Space Race employed by the Soviets with great adeptness.

ORIGIN 21st century. First used in post entitled Future Week, Part V: The Space Race.


E



equinox |ˈekwəˌnäks; ˈēkwə-| (also Equinox)
noun
a legendary beast that resembles a cross between a horse and an ox. See AUTUMNAL EQUINOX, VERNAL EQUINOX.

ORIGIN 17th century: from Latin equus, ‘horse’ and Old English ox.


F



futuricity |ˌfyoŏtoŏˈrisətē; -ˈ ch oŏˈrisətē|
noun
the quality of being of the Future
characteristic of the Future

ORIGIN 21st century: from future + -icity. First used in post entitled The Future Exists in the past.


futury |ˈfyoō ch ərē|
adjective ( -ier , -iest )
belonging to, having the quality of, or characteristic of the Future. See FUTURICITY.

DERIVATIVES
futuriness
|ˈfyoŏtoŏrin1s| noun


L



Light Orb of Democracy, The
noun proper
the formal title of the moon as a possession of the United States of America. First colonized on July 20, 1969.

ORIGIN 21st century. First used in post entitled The Space Race.


P



postscient
noun
having or showing knowledge of events after they have taken place

ORIGIN 21st century. First used in post entitled The Shape of Things to Come.


S



spaghetti western
noun informal
a western movie made cheaply in Europe by an Italian director.

ORIGIN 20th century. Used in post entitled Spaghetti Westerns and Spaghetti Easterns.


spaghetti eastern
noun informal
A Japanese-made samurai movie inspired by European western movies. See SPAGHETTI WESTERN.

ORIGIN 20th century. Used in post entitled Spaghetti Westerns and Spaghetti Easterns.


T



Terrestrial Age of Exploration, The
noun proper
the period in history (1492 – ~1945) when European nations explored the world, colonized overseas territories, and built large, sea empires, as distinguished from THE AGE OF SPACE EXPLORATION.

ORIGIN 21st century: from Latin terrestris (from terra ‘earth’ ) + -al + age of exploration. First used in post entitled The Space Race.


Tum•ba•rum•ba |ˌtəmbəˈrəmbə|
noun informal

the insertion of an intervening word or phrase into the middle of a word, usually for emphasis. Also known as tmesis.

ORIGIN circa early 21st century: after Tumbarumba, New South Wales as referred to in the poem Tumba Bloody Rumba by John O’Grady. First used in post entitled Tumbarumba.


U



ur•so•pho•bi•a |ˌərsəˈfōbēə|
noun
the perfectly rational, and therefore evidently nonexistent, fear of bears.

ORIGIN 21st century: from Latin ursa, ‘bear’ and -phobia via Latin from Greek. First used in post entitled Bee Fears, Bears and Beards.


Ur•so-Hu•man Wars, The
noun, proper
a theoretical future war between human beings (homo sapiens) and bears (Family Ursidae). First proposed by S. Hamley Bildebrandt, it has only recently begun to gain acceptance by urso-anthropologists. According to this theory, humans are predicted to win the conflict, but with significant casualties on both sides.

ORIGIN 21st century. First used in post entitled Bee Fears, Bears and Beards.


ur•so-anthropology |ˌərsō-ˌanθrəˈpäləjē|
noun
the study of the interactions between bears and humans.

DERIVATIVES
urso-anthropological
urso-anthropologist

ORIGIN 21st century: from Latin ursa, ‘bear’ and anthropology, from Greek anthropos, ‘man’ and -logia, ‘study.’ First used in Awesome Words.


V



 

verendic |vəˈrendik|
adjective
awesome.

ORIGIN 21st century: from Latin verendus, ‘awesome.’ First used in post entitled Umami.

 

 

 


Ver nal Equinox |ˈvərnl| |ˈekwəˌnäks; ˈēkwə-|
noun
A legendary beast that resembles a cross between a horse and an ox. According to legend, it ascends from hell one night each March to prey on humans. See AUTUMNAL EQUINOX.

ORIGIN 17th century: from Latin infernus, ‘hell’ + -al. Latin equus, ‘horse’ and Old English ox.

 

 


 

 

verendic keystone |vəˈrendik| (also keystone)
noun
A person, thing or idea so awesome it creates, sustains, explains or is responsible for the awesomeness of other people, things or ideas, resulting in an awesomeness far greater than the sum of its own parts : ninjas are a verendic keystone, causing anything associated with them to become awesome.

ORIGIN 21st century: from Latin verendus, ‘awesome’ and keystone. First used in post entitled Umami.

 

 


 

 

W



 

whatsit |ˈ(h)wətsit|
noun
excrement.

ORIGIN 21st century. First used on www.homestarrunner.com


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One response to “Awesome Words

  1. Ursophobia is my word of the day.

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