Words You Have Taught Me — April 2019

#8 — an early Easter listicle

source: http://www.magamitakartok.hu/szaloncukor, edited with Pixlr

affective presence

the personality trait of how a person makes others feel — ranges from negative or positive, and stronger in some while weaker in others

Alcubierre warp drive & EmDrive

Alcubierre drive — (Wikipedia) a speculative idea based on a solution of Einstein’s field equations in general relativity as proposed by Mexican theoretical physicist Miguel Alcubierre, by which a spacecraft could achieve apparent faster-than-light travel if a configurable energy-density field lower than that of vacuum (that is, negative mass) could be created

EmDrive — short for “electromagnetic drive”, for details see this fascinating article


an exponential function that is the sum of two other exponential functions


(verb, slang) Urban Dictionary: To keep something all for oneself, thus depriving anyone else of having any. A slang term derived from the last name of famous actor Humphrey Bogart because he often kept a cigarette in the corner of his mouth, seemingly never actually drawing on it or smoking it


“Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions” — a movement that targets businesses and organizations deemed complicit in Israel’s known and alleged human rights violations against Palestinians


Cycle Messenger World Championship

Dunning-Kruger effect

a form of cognitive bias where people who are least competent at a particular skill tend to incorrectly rate themselves as higher-than-average performers because they are too ignorant to know otherwise


a sudden and favorable resolution of events in a story; a surprise happy ending

glo up

(slang) from Urban Dictionary: when someone becomes really attractive after they hit puberty


relating to the state of mind immediately before falling asleep


a type of Japanese bar in which a variety of small, typically inexpensive, dishes and snacks are served to accompany the alcoholic drinks

M&C Meeting

“ministry and council meeting” serving a Quaker community; a forum for addressing issues and resolving conflicts within the congregation


veined or streaked like marble

mind sphincter


of high-altitude clouds, consisting of ice crystals, visible during the short night of the summer

Oamaru limestone

a hard, compact limestone, quarried at Weston, near Oamaru in Otago, New Zealand


correctness in action and conduct — in the context of religion, can be contrasted with orthodoxy, or adherence to faith, belief, ritualism


repetition of a word or phrase for emphasis


(from German) an inept chess player


Pertaining to government or dominance by males.


the rudimentary shoot or stem of an embryo plant


a vain or conceited person, especially one who dresses or behaves extravagantly


the period of about six weeks after childbirth during which the mother’s reproductive organs return to their original nonpregnant condition


the muscular opening in vertebrates from the stomach into the small intestine


a hallucinogenic compound, produced by over 200 species of mushrooms


(Arabic) a marketplace in northern Africa or the Middle East, or a stall in such a marketplace


whispering, murmuring,rustling


the ancient Egyptian goddess of childbirth and fertility, typically depicted as a bipedal female hippopotamus with feline attributes

termination shock


an herbal tea, originally made with barley

vesica piscis

a pointed oval shape formed by the intersection of two disks with the same radius, intersecting in such a way that the center of each disk lies on the perimeter of the other


use flattery or coaxing in order to persuade someone to do something


a literary construct where words are repeated in successive clauses, but in transposed order, as in “failing to prepare is preparing to fail” or the famous JFK line “ask not what your country can do for you …



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