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Non-letter 2019


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A 2017

A 2018

It seems like this could be a misspelling of adjudicate or abjudicate. But see [1]. Cnilep (talk) 03:21, 6 March 2018 (UTC)
  • air was blue
  • along those lines
  • as the man says
  • as-synthesized
  • Abbey-Jack, someone from Neath
  • all teed up
  • AC Plonk — RAF speak — Aircraftman second class (AC2), the lowest rank in the RAF.
  • air commode or air toilet (n.) Air Commodore - RAF speak - Lowest ranking of Their Airships, also Air Commode.
  • airships, Their (n.) - RAF speak — officers of Air Commodore rank and above. Float serenely at high altitude, buffeted by assorted winds and oblivious to the implications of, and confusion caused by, the edicts following their astral deliberations.
  • Ancora Imparo Still I am learning. Michelangelo at age 87.
  • Anvil or anvil — RAF speak — the sound-proofed, darkened box that Scopies sit in, staring at a screen that looks like it’s playing a Sinclair ZX81 game, apparently to warn of any incoming Bogies.
  • Árpádian - adjective: of or pertaining to Árpád; noun: someone from the Árpád dynasty.
  • Arse End Charlies — RAF speak — or arse end Charlie - rear gunners (also known as Tail End Charlies).
  • Amenica (Gheg) from America (Tosk) {rhotacism} : true victorious, faith / truth win, truthful / faithful victory, security {אמן‎ / ܐܡܢ‎ / أمن‎ / ἀμήν (amḗn) + נכח‎ / ܢܟܚ‎ / نكح‎ / νίκη (níkē)}.
Ʃkyp‑tar (talk) (talk) 22:55, 1 September 2018 (UTC)
Is this an English word, or an Albanian one? Cnilep (talk) 08:17, 22 November 2018 (UTC)

A 2019

A 2020

  • agunah A Jewish woman who can not remarry because her husband has not given her a get, according to Wikipedia from Hebrew עגונה.
  • anatomical pathology and anatomic pathology https://en.wanweibaike.com/wiki-Anatomical_pathology
  • another story - or a whole nother story.
  • antipelargy - archaic, the reciprocal love children have for their parents, https://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/14/magazine/14FOB-onlanguage-t.html
  • atlantification
    Global warming results in an “atlantification” of large regions of the contemporary MIZ [Marginal Ice Zone] band in the Atlantic sector of the Arctic and probably in increased export of ArW [Arctic Water], fresh-water, ice and ice-bound detritus through the Fram Strait. In the Barents Sea, the term atlantification implies that the current MIZ will move northwards and that stratification will decrease strongly in the MIZ region.
    – Paul F. Wassmann, Eduard Bauerfeind, Martin Fortier, Mitsuo Fukuchi, Barry T. Hargrave, Brad Moran, Thomas T. Noji, Eva-Maria Nöthig, Kalle Olli, Rolf Peinert, Hiroshi Sasaki, Vladimir P. Shevchenko, chapter 5 (“Particulate Organic Carbon Flux to the Arctic Ocean Sea Floor”), in Ruediger Stein, Robie W. Macdonald, editors, The Organic Carbon Cycle in the Arctic Ocean: Present and Past, Springer-Verlag, Berlin/Heidelberg/New York, 2004, →ISBN


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B 2017 and before

Tony Thorne's Dictionary of Contemporary Slang claims that the expression comes from the adjective boyed, which in turn comes from the verb to boy [2]. (We have the verb but not the adjective.) Dbfirs 22:13, 1 December 2015 (UTC)
I feel like I've heard this before. Maybe a common misconstruction/misspelling/slang alternative of bog off? Philmonte101 (talk) 13:35, 17 July 2016 (UTC)

B 2018

  • big duh - OneLook - Google "big duh" (BooksGroupsScholar): Synonym of no duh with an element of snarkiness. Example: Watson pointed out that the sun came up that morning. Sherlock was in a bad mood, and rudely commented, "Big duh."
  • business rule - OneLook - Google "business rule" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • Bluemogganer, Blue-Tooner, person from ; Peterhead
  • beat round the ears
  • beat them off with a stick (or a shitty stick) how an excessively attractive person repels the unwanted attention of the opposite sex
  • bet on
  • better to have loved/better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all
  • bevy of beauties
Common enough phrase, perhaps in allusion to this 1781 book of sonnets. But the phrase doesn't seem very idiomatic. See bevy (a group) and beauty (one who is beautiful). SoP, ne c'est pas? Cnilep (talk) 03:35, 28 May 2018 (UTC)
  • beyond me/beyond
    • I've always taken beyond me as a variant of beyond my ken. We have beyond one's ken, but I'm not sure what to do about beyond one / beyond me. Free Dictionary has it from Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. OED Online has to be beyond a person as a sub-sense of beyond. Cnilep (talk) 06:06, 16 May 2018 (UTC)
    • "beyond my understanding", AIUI. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 10:16, 2 January 2020 (UTC)
  • big hairy deal/big, fat, hairy deal/big fucking deal/BFD
  • bitten by the same bug
  • boot it
  • bottle drive
  • bottle man
  • bottom rung
  • break into song
  • The Bay or bay (US): Slang term for Eastern Long Islanders. Derived from the Bay Constable and it is used when someone thinks it's a cop, but it's just the Constable.
  • Berry or berry (US): Originating from blueberry, referring to the blue uniform most officers wear.
Green's Dictionary of Slang gives "police car" for berry, but suggests it comes from the red lights rather than the blue uniforms. I added that sense. Cnilep (talk) 05:19, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
  • blue steel (US): A slang term used by officers to describe a robotic police aid (usually a bomb disarming or disposal robot), or a police-issue side arm.
  • boxer briefs (Greece): Greek slang. Refers to the police car.
  • Brocher -someone from Fraserburgh
  • beat your time/beat one's time
  • Bull Denim - in textiles - a 3x1 twill weave piece dyed fabric, made from coarse yarns. Weights can vary from 9 ozs/sq yard up to the standard 14 ozs/sq yard. Bull Denim is essentially a denim without indigo
  • bang out- RAF speak - term used to describe the action taken by a jockey when his jet goes tits up and he has to eject.
  • bennied- RAF speak - used during tour of Falkland Islands. To have to remain in FI after date due to leave, usually due to replacement unavailability.
  • bind- RAF speak - not a nice job
  • binder- RAF speak - someone complaining
  • binding- RAF speak - complaining
  • black-outs- RAF speak - knickers worn by the WAAF, navy-blue winter-weights
  • body snatcher - RAF speak - stretcher bearer
  • boomerang- RAF speak - aircraft returned early due to snag (RAF Bomber Command)
  • body control module - a type of automotive computer
  • block and lock, kick and kill, shock and kill: strategies to treat HIV. Both should be placed in Category:English coordinated pairs

B 2019

  • bach - Welsh term of affection. Attestable in English too --Vealhurl (talk) 10:57, 25 November 2019 (UTC)
  • banana roll— a common alternative name for the Chinese pastry known as “banana cakes”. Colloquially it’s an alternative form of “banana fold”, and actually the most commonly used version. ImKindaABigDeal (talk) 04:07, 7 December 2019 (UTC)
  • backbarrow as used in old British place names. There used to be a Backbarrowbridge, Manchester, England, which I found in my genealogical research. There still exists a Backbarrow, and a Backbarrow Bridge in the Lakes region. I was wondering what a backbarrow, or back barrow, is. (I know what a bridge is!)
  • break the wheel as an expression probably started off in Game of Thrones, but it is branching out. Is probably a hot word already.
  • buster in a sense relating to an age or generation – Sheila Liming, "Of Anarchy and Amateurism: Zine Publication and Print Dissent," pp. 138–9 (citing Stephen Duncombe, Notes from Underground [1997]): "This, however, is much more the result of the relationship between zines and specific, newly commodifiable cultural communities—be they punks, the Riot Grrrls of the early 1990s, or merely the generation of 'busters, x-ers, twentysomethings, etc.,' as they are variously labeled by Duncombe (131)—than the result of the media form itself."
    • Liming quotes Duncombe, who quotes Laura Zinn's "Move Over, Boomers: The Busters are Here", a 1992 article about Generation X. I'm not yet convinced, though, that this chain of references is sufficiently independent for WT:ATTEST. Cnilep (talk) 06:00, 11 September 2019 (UTC)
  • butter woman, butta woman (light-skinned prostitute from Santo Domingo, implied to be infected with HIV), found in My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid
  • brazy - a slang word used in hip hop and rap, a blend of Blood and crazy, as in The Bloods gang from Los Angeles.
  • blowpipery - OneLook - Google "blowpipery" (BooksGroupsScholar) - pertaining to a blowpipe. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 14:33, 27 August 2019 (UTC) -- This seems to appear in only one book (and is a noun, not an adj). Equinox 18:16, 27 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Barkis is willin' - OneLook - Google "Barkis is willin'" (BooksGroupsScholar) (or ...willing); see [3] and [4]. Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 22:13, 29 December 2019 (UTC)

B 2020


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C 2017 and before

SOP - this is just an attributive form for city beat, which is a beat that covers the city. Kiwima (talk) 03:43, 24 August 2017 (UTC)
  • city lights - OneLook - Google "city lights" (BooksGroupsScholar) -- a common term for the aggregate of artificial lights seen at night. Twinsday (talk) 16:50, 9 September 2018 (UTC)
  • clovergender - OneLook - Google "clovergender" (BooksGroupsScholar) -- coined by Martin Shkreli to troll the LBGTQ community and challenge the granting of rights to transgender individuals by making an analogy for pedophilia. - at best a hotword, but one I suspect will not last a year Kiwima (talk) 02:38, 5 April 2017 (UTC)
It seems your prediction has come true -- no results past Feb 2017. I'd say no article. GeneralPericles (talk) 01:17, 20 January 2018 (UTC)
https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/are-people-identifying-as-clovergender/ says updated 30 January 2018 though, and https://www.ajc.com/news/national/the-most-outrageous-things-pharma-bro-martin-shkreli-has-ever-said-done/68JI85EScKwjwwJvXYsEYL/ came out September 2017 and http://instinctmagazine.com/post/martin-shkreli-sentenced-prison was March 2018. Perhaps we should reconsider if clovergendered is worth of a page. http://faktograf.hr/2017/11/22/istina-o-istanbulskoj-vigilare/ shows it's even made it into non-English news coverage. ScratchMarshall (talk) 01:59, 23 June 2018 (UTC)

C 2018

That's just a diminutive of cozzer. The entry would go at cozzie under an different etymology. Dbfirs 08:37, 9 November 2018 (UTC)
  • Cardi, someone from Cardiganshire
  • Coagie, someone from Dundee
  • cap/slvWB - in textiles - cap sleeve
  • CC - in textiles - Comments Client
  • Chino cotton- in textiles - a twill (left hand) weave. Combined two-ply warp and filling. Has a sheen that remains. Fabric was purchased in China (thus the name) by the U.S. Army for uniforms. Originally used for army cloth in England many years before and dyed olive-drab. Fabric is mercerized and sanforized. Washs and wears extremely well with a minimum of care.
  • Classic CO- in textiles - Dutch: ontwerp van een doorlopend dessin
  • Co - in textiles - Cotton
  • COJ - in textiles - carry over jeans
  • coat protein
  • cut-and-come-again
  • cystine knot (See Wikipedia-logo-v2.svg cystine knot on Wikipedia.Wikipedia )
  • CTP - (Australia) Compulsory Third Party insurance
  • China doll - OneLook - Google "China doll" (BooksGroupsScholar) or china doll: Missing a sense it looks like. Quote from Allen Gregory episode 1 ("Pilot") - "Also, I wouldn't lose my mind if you decided to chew a stick of gum. Thanks for understanding the sitch, Gina, you're a china doll." Allen Gregory is here speaking to his teacher, Gina Winthrop, and she is not an Asian woman. I believe this would normally be a term of affection for any woman, but here Allen Gregory is using it sarcastically or ironically. (Also, cleanup note, one of these needs to be an altform of the other) PseudoSkull (talk) 23:53, 6 August 2018 (UTC) | Seems like a humorous extension of the usual "you're a doll", i.e. sweetheart. Equinox 13:48, 14 June 2019 (UTC)
  • canso - OneLook - Google "canso" (BooksGroupsScholar) – see wikipedia:canso (song)

C 2019

C 2020

  • conflict thesis
  • chromoclasm - "Protestant chromoclasm, whether Lutheran or Calvinist, involved the church and the worship service first of all. For the great reformers, the presence of color was excessive there; it had to be reduced or eliminated." Michel Pastoureau, tr. Jody Gladding, Yellow: The History of a Color (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019, p. 140).


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D 2017 and before

Every instance I've found so far was either (co)authored by Rex LaMore (a professor at Michigan State) or written about him. Cnilep (talk) 23:46, 23 November 2018 (UTC)

D 2018

  • darning wool (Collins Dictionary has an entry for darning wool)
  • Dürer grid - OneLook - Google "Dürer grid" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • data engineer - OneLook - Google "data engineer" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • dub down - OneLook - Google "dub down" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • dB suffixes: some or all of them? (dBm is now defined, but not dBA)
  • do-do nutters or The do-dos (US): Arises from the stereotype of police officers eating donuts.
  • doughnut shop (US): Because the stereotypical cop will be seen eating donuts.
  • Dingle, person from Barnsley
  • Donkey Lasher, person from Blackpool
  • Darrener - someone from Darwen
  • Dee-Dar - someone from Sheffield (refers to the original Sheffield pronunciation of "thee" and "tha". Often used by people from Barnsley)
  • do your own thing / do one's own thing
  • dragged through a hedge backwards
  • dragged through a knothole
  • DD - in textiles - Delivery Date
  • DTM - in textiles - Dye To Match
  • darn it
  • darn right – See darn#Etymology 1. Darn it, darn my luck, and darn right all seem like SoP minced oaths to me. But compare dammit, damn right. Cnilep (talk) 04:25, 2 August 2018 (UTC)
  • dead axle (in Wikipedia; synonym: lazy axle)
  • deke you
  • deked out of his jock
  • dingle you
  • dining on ashes
  • dirty thirties
  • do a 180
  • do a dime
  • do the town
  • dog days of summer SOP: dog days of summer.
  • dog me
  • doggy doo
  • don't get mad; get even
  • don't get me wrong
  • don't hand me that
  • don't know the half of it
  • don't know whether you're coming or going
  • don't know which end is up
  • don't make no nevermind
  • done good
  • done it all
    • done with it
  • down home
  • draw a sober breath
  • draw attention to
  • draw first blood
  • draw their fire
  • drive around
  • drive standard
  • drop a bundle
  • drop charges
  • drop it
  • drop out of sight
  • drop over
  • duke's mixture
  • deck -RAF speak - the ground
  • Desert Lily or desert lily - RAF speak - urinal made from a tin can
  • dutching - a betting or gambling technique in which several outcomes are backed and the winnings will still be the same
  • Duesey (alternate form of doozy)
  • dime-bar or dimebar – "Whether you call them dime-bars, energy vampires, lunch-outs, or whatever, it is undeniable that personal problems can often seriously hinder the effectiveness of a campaign." ("A Critique of Newbury," Do or Die 6 [1997]); see also [6], [7]
  • DPCI, code used by Target; used as in "what's the DPCI? having trouble finding it." by Target shoppers [8] —This comment was unsigned. Short for department class and item: if only used at one chain of stores, is it dictionary-worthy? Equinox 15:45, 13 September 2018 (UTC)
Maybe not; I guess we can't be expected to be a comprehensive list of initialisms &c. I wonder if there's any precedent for corporation-specific lemmas? Azertus (talk) 10:53, 17 September 2018 (UTC)
  • dod-rot, dod-rotted – Philip Foner's introduction to We, the Other People: Alternative Declarations of Independence by Labor Groups, Farmers, Woman’s Rights Advocates, Socialists, and Blacks, 1829–1975 (University of Illinois Press, 1976), p. 27, quotes a tract published in the Coast Seamen's Journal in 1894 that exhorts the reader to "comport yourself generally like a dod-rotted lunatic." See Merriam-Webster, Green's Dictionary of Slang.

D 2019

D 2020

Looks like a dictionary-only word. OED cites only Cockeram's English Dictionarie, which is also the only place I could find it. Ammon Shea cites it in that NYT piece as an example of a 17th century dictionary word. Cnilep (talk) 06:56, 18 February 2020 (UTC)


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E 2017 and before

E 2018

E 2019

  • echimyine: a member of genus Echimys (spiny tree-rats), or of the tribe Echimyini, etc.? what exactly?
  • eracism: to support anti-racism?

E 2020

  • exophonic: adjective, in poetry or literature in general. Seems to mean writing in your non-native language
  • elsethread: elsewhere in the same thread (on a mailing list or a forum)


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F 2017 and before

See front "face up to; confront" + up intensifier, or front up.

F 2018

  • fragmentary hypothesis - OneLook - Google "fragmentary hypothesis" (BooksGroupsScholar), see Fragmentary hypothesis; one of three theories about the origin of religious texts. PseudoSkull (talk) 02:36, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
  • fresh hell - OneLook - Google "fresh hell" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • fall into a trap
  • false move
  • faster than a speeding bullet
  • fate is sealed SOP
    • I don't see any existing meaning of sealed that would fit this phrase as sum-of-parts. To me it means "not able to be changed" as opposed to "closed with a seal" or "preventing entrance". -- Beland (talk) 22:52, 31 October 2018 (UTC) --- It's the verb seal with the meaning "guarantee". Kiwima (talk) 01:23, 14 November 2019 (UTC)
  • faze out (transitive, i.e. faze somebody out)
  • feeling bum SOP
    • If this means "feeling unhappy", then "unhappy" should probably be added to the adjective definitions of bum. -- Beland (talk) 21:14, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
  • fickle finger of fate
  • fifth business
  • fill the gap
  • fine-feathered friend
  • firm hand
  • firm market
  • first crack at
  • Florida green
  • fool you
  • for openers
  • freeze on
  • freeze wages
  • from hand to mouth
Compare hand-to-mouth, hand to mouth
  • frosty Friday
  • fudge it SOP
    • fudge says this is a replacement for fuck, but we do have a separate entry for fuck it, implying "fudge it" should also have an entry. -- Beland (talk) 23:04, 31 October 2018 (UTC)
  • full plate
  • forget one's manners
  • fancy stitch - in textiles - Stitch without function, just for detailing
  • felled seam- in textiles - stitching seam by turning under or by folding together the seams of fabric. Purpose is to avoid rough edges
  • Fnd - in textiles - Front Neck Drop
  • French terry - in textiles - a variety of terry (or toweling) fabric, which is identified by its uncut looped pile. French terry cloth only has the highly absorbent looped pile on one side of the fabric; the other side is flat and smooth. It can be woven from different kinds of threads and can be stretch or non-stretch.
  • Fully Fashioned or fully fashioned - in textiles - knitted to fit the shape of the body
  • finger, or remove one's finger - RAF speak - to hurry up or pay attention
  • fizzer - RAF speak - disciplinary charge
  • flaming Onions (caps??) - RAF speak - anti-aircraft tracer
  • flannel - RAF speak - to avoid the truth
  • fine adjustment tool - RAF speak - A hammer that is used by Techies.
  • fax democracy - SOP or not? Azertus (talk) 00:17, 18 September 2018 (UTC)
  • fitbit Borovi4ok (talk) 15:28, 2 October 2018 (UTC)

F 2019


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G 2017 and before

See down: "With on, negative about, hostile to".

G 2018

  • gas lantern - OneLook - Google "gas lantern" (BooksGroupsScholar): portable, for camping use.
  • gay death - OneLook - Google "gay death" (BooksGroupsScholar): The loss of desirability(?) that supposedly happens to gay men when they turn 30.
  • Gestetner - OneLook - Google "Gestetner" (BooksGroupsScholar) - as a verb
  • Gestetnering - OneLook - Google "Gestetnering" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • golden column - OneLook - Google "golden column" (BooksGroupsScholar)- kind of cactus
  • The Gaver or Gavvers, gaver or gavver (UK/Roma): Alternatively Cockney rhyming slang for the police - unknown origin - London or Romany traveller slang for the police. Perhaps from 'garda'. www.garda.ie
  • The Guards or gaurds (Ireland): Irish Police, from Garda Síochána; (Garda Síochána na hÉireann - Irish for "Guard(ians) of the Peace of Ireland").
  • Gallach - someone from Caithness
  • game for anything
  • game one
  • garage kept
  • geezer gap
  • get a bang out of
  • get a fix on
  • get a hold of
  • get a laugh
  • get a lift
  • get a shot at
  • get a shot
  • get good wood on
  • get home
  • get in deeper
  • get in my face
  • get in on it
  • get in on the ground floor
  • get mad
  • get off to a good start
  • get off your soap box
  • get on my good side
  • get on with it
  • get on your horse
  • get out of my face
  • get out of the road
  • get right or get something right (OED)
  • get rolling
  • get serious
  • get something out of
  • get the lay of the land
  • get the wrinkles out
  • get to it
  • get up a head of steam
  • get with it
  • get your buns over here
  • get your ears pinned back
  • get your knuckles rapped
  • get your mind around
  • get yours
  • getting on in years
  • ghost of a chance
  • give a little
  • give an arm and a leg give an arm and a leg.
  • give an inch = give them an inch and they'll take a mile ?
  • give it all you've got
  • give it the once-over
  • give it to him
  • give your best
  • give your word
  • glow on
  • glowing terms
  • gnashing of teeth
  • go all-out
  • go around with
  • go at a good clip
  • go by the boards
  • go down for the third time
  • go for a spin
  • go like stink (cf. like crazy?)
  • go on about = go on about.
  • go pound salt (= pound dirt, pound sand?)
  • go tell your mother she wants you
  • go to bat for — See go to bat. Cnilep (talk) 05:16, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
  • go to hell in a handbasket
  • go to trouble
  • God bless the Duke of Argyle
  • God rest his soul
  • going great guns
  • going to the mountains
  • good for a loan
  • good wood on it
  • goose it
  • got a corner on
  • got it bad
  • got it coming
  • got it in for (cf. have it in for)
  • got no business
  • got what it takes
  • got you cornered
  • got your number
  • grain belt
  • greasy kid's stuff
  • Great One
  • great shakes
  • Great White Hope
  • Greek to me
  • grill you
  • grim reaper
  • grinding halt
  • groaty to the max
  • ground me
  • Group of Five
  • Group of Seven
  • grow a tail
  • garment dyed or GD - in textiles, the dyeing of the final product
  • gardening - RAF speak- sowing mines in water from a low height
  • goolie chit - RAF speak - a scrap of cloth issued when flying over hostile territory offering a reward to the natives to return you to the nearest Allied unit unharmed
  • ground wallah - RAF speak- an officer who did not fly
  • groupie - RAF speak - Group Captain
  • groutier - New Zealander Nigel Richards won his fourth world Scrabble championship this week, scoring 68 points with the winning word “groutier.” Richards has won 2,758 of the 3,602 competitive Scrabble games he’s played (a 77% win rate). In addition to his 4 World Champion Scrabble wins, he’s won French Scrabble twice — despite not speaking the language. See dictionary.com definition.
    I imagine this is a comparative of the adjective grouty, but I find no uses in Google Books. Sometimes the words in Scrabble are somewhat hypothetical. Equinox 01:21, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
    Possibly in these books? [16] Korg (talk) 14:17, 2 November 2018 (UTC)
  • golden silk orb-weaver (golden silk orb-weaver, genus Nephila - a type of spider
  • gumpf - slang - random content or text; accumulated junk
  • get off a few good ones
  • get the monkey off one's back
  • get to the root of the problem
  • get your attention -> get someone's attention
  • get your head out of the clouds -> get one's head out of the clouds
  • give you a boost -> give someone a boost
  • give you the axe -> give someone the axe
  • grinning like a bushel basketful of possum heads
  • guard is down / let one's guard down
  • garage kept
  • gynopara (pl. gynoparae): a stage in the complicated aphid life cycle; compare virginopara
  • garnish; the military sense, related to camouflaging, see e.g. commons:Page:"Garnish Nets Correctly" - NARA - 514018.tif
  • get in there
  • gama. : a tall coarse American grass (Tripsacum dactyloides) valuable for forage. https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gama

G 2019

G 2020

  • girlchik - female version of boychik
  • gadger - a man, possibly derived from cockney or romani (compare gachó in Caló)


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H 2017 and before

Could this be haem written with a ligature? That's the nearest thing I can find. Compare hæmoglobin. Cnilep (talk) 03:33, 25 December 2017 (UTC)

H 2018

  • have one's hand in - OneLook - Google "have one's hand in" (BooksGroupsScholar)- not sure. In an old MAD magazine feature, the retort to 'I have but one life to give for this country' is 'That's the problem with this nation. Everybody has their hand in'
  • hellsite - OneLook - Google "hellsite" (BooksGroupsScholar)- hellish website a la hellhole
  • Haddie, - person from Aberdeen
  • hardsub
  • HBT or herringbone - in textiles - Herringbone Tape
  • HDT - in textiles - Heavy Duty Tape
  • Htg - hangtag
  • HSP - in textiles - Highest shoulder point
  • hang up or hang-up or hangup - RAF speak - Bomb failed to release.
  • had a belt
  • had enough
  • had the bird
  • half the battle
  • hands are tied
  • happy motoring
  • hard at it
  • hard stuff
  • hate preacher - OneLook - Google "hate preacher" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • haul up on the carpet
  • have it in one
  • have one on me
  • have the final say
  • have to go some
  • have a bird
  • have a case of
  • have a fix
  • have a hitch in your getalong
  • have a looksee
  • have a smash
  • heat is on
  • heaven help us
  • heavy day
  • heavy duty
  • heavy foot
  • hell bent for election
  • hemming and hahing - have hemming and hawing
  • high sign
  • highly commended - (Mainly British/NZ/etc.) not awarded a prize but judged to be close to prize quality.
  • hire on
  • (be) one's own man?
  • hit my funny bone / hit one's funny bone
  • hitch in your getalong
  • hokey Dinah
  • hold everything
  • hold out for
  • hold one's mouth right
  • hold one's mouth the right way
  • holy pile
  • honey bread: may be Danish and Norwegian; see honningbrød.
  • hook up with
  • hot number
  • hot on the trail
  • how are you fixed for
  • how are you making out
  • how does that grab you
  • how goes the battle
  • hungry thirties (the 1930s, referring to poverty induced by the Great Depression)
  • husbro - OneLook - Google "husbro" (BooksGroupsScholar) husband + bro, because there aren't enough terms derived from bro already.__Gamren (talk) 19:25, 19 June 2018 (UTC)
  • hydroperoxyeicosatetraenoic acid
  • hyperconvergence, hyperconvergent, hyperconverged

H 2019

H 2020

  • Hebronics - OneLook - Google "Hebronics" (BooksGroupsScholar) - w:Hebronics
  • healthquarters - "It was in this church [of San Jose] the missionaries gave the Indians their first artistic training; today it is used as the public healthquarters of the City of Mexico ...." Mary Gordon Holway, Art of the Old World in New Spain and the Mission Days of Alta California (San Francisco: A. M. Robertson, 1922, p. 44).


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I 2017 and before

As I read "The present and future of the Australasian colonies" (1883) from which that quote comes, the author is arguing that Australasian colonies are separate from one another, notwithstanding their relationship with Britain. In other words, since Australia and, say, New Zealand are not intestine (within a given country), a war between them would not be civil war. Cnilep (talk) 00:54, 23 September 2016 (UTC)

I 2018

  • Insular script - OneLook - Google "Insular script" (BooksGroupsScholar), insular script, add the sense to insular, maybe Insular? Whichever of these entries deserve it. See Insular script. @Metaknowledge, Gormflaith PseudoSkull (talk) 07:09, 7 March 2018 (UTC)
  • indoor soccer; arena soccer; minifootball; fast football; showball
  • if you're born to hang, you won't drown
  • if you're not with us you're against us
  • impulse, also means stimulus afaik? Like "All these impulses left me a bit confused". Alexis Jazz (talk) 02:14, 14 June 2018 (UTC)
  • in a bad way
  • in a big way
  • in a cold sweat
  • in a jam - OneLook - Google "in a jam" (BooksGroupsScholar) (links) - derivative term according to idioms.thefreedictionary.com: "jammed up" (see §J 2018)
  • in a snit
  • in any way, shape or form
  • in deep waters
  • in full flight
  • in his blood
  • in hock
  • in leaf
  • in mind
  • in the gutter
  • in the hoosegow
  • in the jug
  • in the long haul
  • in the Monford lane
  • in the pipe five by five
  • in the poorhouse
  • in the road
  • in the throes
  • in tough
  • in one's prime
  • information leak
  • inside story
  • into hock
  • into the sauce
  • into the tank
  • it ain't over till it's over
  • it appears to me
  • in my care / in someone's care
  • in that vein
  • invite someone over
  • is you is, or is you ain't my baby
  • it don't make no nevermind
  • it goes with the territory
  • it's a go
  • it's a jungle out there
  • it's a snap
  • it's a toss-up
  • it's a whole nother world out there ('nother with apostrophe?)
  • it's a whole other world out there
  • it's not a state secret

I 2019

I 2020

    • But it's the same use of "whereof" as anywhere else, e.g. "I needed some money, in hope whereof I asked my friend for a loan". Equinox 14:02, 29 February 2020 (UTC)


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J 2019

  • jackass (another meaning--a type of bootleg liquor) "As the vintner Louis Foppiano recalled years later, Sonoma County during Prohibition became a center for bootlegging, not of wine, but of spirits. 'There were some big stills hidden up in the hills of Sonoma, some producing five hundred gallons of Jackass [spirits made from spring water and sugar] a day.'" Richard Mendelson, From Demon to Darling: A Legal History of Wine in America (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2009, p. 82). "By now the wine counties were rife with the activity of the illegal wine trade and the force of the Prohibition Unit was hustling to keep up. At the start of the year, Officer William Navas had staged a raid on the dining room at Healdsburg's Hotel Sotoyome and discovered 'jackass' brandy ...." Vivienne Sosnowski, When the Rivers Ran Red: An Amazing Story of Courage and Triumph in America's Wine Country (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, p. 110).

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K 2017 and before

K 2018

  • Kirriemairian someone from Kirriemuir
  • KRS - RAF speak - King's Regulations, the rules and regulations governing the Royal Air Force
  • keep a lid on it
  • keep someone honest
  • kick the weed
  • kill for
  • kill oneself laughing
  • kill the wabbit
  • kiss the blarney stone
  • knock 'em dead
  • knock flat
  • knock them down, drag them out
  • knock you down a peg
  • kratophany
  • kratophanous

K 2019


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L 2017 and before

L 2018

Possibly a one-off: The Little Book of Lykke is the follow-up to The Little Book of Hygge. Unlike hygge, I'm not seeing much uptake. Cnilep (talk) 02:07, 9 March 2018 (UTC)
  • Leonardesque - OneLook - Google "Leonardesque" (BooksGroupsScholar), with the two distinct meaning of "Leonardo da Vinci's" and "Leonardo-style" (at leats in the italian word, check carefully on English sources)
  • Liouville's theorem: many senses at Wikipedia: Liouville's theorem
  • lofi hip hop - OneLook - Google "lofi hip hop" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • Lower Paleolithic - OneLook - Google "Lower Paleolithic" (BooksGroupsScholar) PseudoSkull (talk) 03:54, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
  • linguisticism - OneLook - Google "linguisticism" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • lazies : Term used for police, but more often used for off-duty police officers.
  • lump (Greece): A Greek slang. Refers to a police car, because of their roof beacons (Greek Police cars don't have light bars).
  • Langtonian - someone from Kirkcaldy :
  • Lobbygobbler, Leyther, someone from Leigh :
  • L - in textiles - Ligne [note: size of button]
  • l/s - in textiles - long sleeve
  • loop tag - in textiles - a bartack which is 'loose' in the middle
  • LMF - RAF speak - lack of moral fibre
  • last chance for romance
  • laundered money
  • lay a trip
  • lay the lumber
  • lean times
  • learn one's place
  • leave hanging
  • leave the door open
  • leave well alone - OneLook - Google "leave well alone" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • led to believe
  • lesser lights
  • let it all hang out
  • let one
  • level the playing field
  • lie down on the job
  • life is not all guns and roses
  • ligma (internet slang for "Lick my balls")
  • like a dirty shirt
  • like a hot potato
  • like a mother hawk
  • like dog's breath
  • like the devil
  • line of authority
  • little off
  • live by
  • local yokel
  • look high and low
  • Lotus Land
  • Love Bug
  • Lovers' Leap
  • Lutwidge. A surname that is also Lewis Carrol's real middle name.
  • look up a dead horse's ass
  • lunch-out – "Whether you call them dime-bars, energy vampires, lunch-outs, or whatever, it is undeniable that personal problems can often seriously hinder the effectiveness of a campaign." ("A Critique of Newbury," Do or Die 6 [1997])
  • lipidosome 'a fatty inclusion body of cytoplasm,' according to Merriam-Webster.

L 2019

L 2020


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M 2017 and before

M 2018

M 2019


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N 2017 and before

I don't know... Reading this, it seems like the term might be SOP. See Norway + model. PseudoSkull (talk) 03:08, 22 October 2016 (UTC)

N 2018

N 2019

N 2020


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O 2014-2017

O 2018

O 2019


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P 2017 and before

If nothing else, could we find a quoted source of some kind to substantiate the phrase's usage? (just to have a place to start) Ozelot911 (talk) 14:37, 20 December 2017 (UTC)
I heard it in the 1960s Outer Limits TV series. Can also be found in Google Books. Equinox 15:48, 21 December 2017 (UTC)

P 2018

  • P = pockets, e.g. 5P garment?
  • P's and Q's
  • packet, to catch a packet - RAF speak - to be on the receiving end of offensive fire
  • paid good money - see Macmillan Dictionary
  • pain in the patootie
  • paint a picture -- figurative sense? SoP?
  • paint with the same brush
  • Pandu Hawaldar (India): Indian constabulary (and not officers) were recruited mostly from village areas. Pandu Ram was a common name in the villages.
    • Maybe foreign language
  • paper over the cracks We have paper over
  • papol in papolstān Old English for "pebble". Entry is essential since present entry links with "priest"!
  • pay the shot
  • pce - in textiles - Piece
  • Penelopes (US): (slang) the police; coined by the SF Bay Area rap artist E-40.
  • penguin - RAF speak - ground officers with no operational experience
  • PES - polyester
  • PfA - in textiles - Process for Approval
  • pick up the pace
  • Pie-Eater, Purrer, someone from Wigan
  • pigtail (US): A slang term used when a police officer stops you or picks you up. "I picked up a pigtail"
  • pimple pole
  • pin a rose on your nose
  • pinch an inch
  • pinch to grow an inch
  • pine float
  • Plain Brown Wrapper (US): Most commonly used by truck drivers over the CB radio, in reference to unmarked vehicles and plainclothes police officers, usually of local or state jurisdictions.
  • Plastics or plastics (Australia): Colloquial term used by Australian state police to refer to the Australian Federal Police.
  • play a big part
  • play a mean game
  • play havoc with
  • play it for all it's worth
  • play on my heart strings / play on one's heart strings
  • pliplino
  • plonk - RAF speak - Aircraftman second class (AC2), the lowest rank in the RAF
  • plump full
  • Po or po (US): A term used commonly by North American youth and rap artists. (compare Po-po)
  • pocket Hercules
  • pocket of resistance
  • point a finger at
  • polioencephalitis: listed in Oxford
  • pop your buttons
  • posigrade (in several dictionaries; prett much opp. of retrograde)
  • posth./posth (posthumous? or a Latin synonym thereof)
  • power to burn
  • preferred number
  • Pressed Open Seam or pressed open seam a seam that has two seam allowances that are each pressed flat at its own side of the seam
  • primaxial
  • P.I. or P:I: - in textiles - Proforma Invoice
  • pro-situ - OneLook - Google "pro-situ" (BooksGroupsScholar) or pro-Situ - OneLook - Google "pro-Situ" (BooksGroupsScholar) (roughly meaning influenced by or aligned with the Situationist International)
  • proto - in textiles - sample before SMS to see the effect and reaction to fabrics artworks and treatments
  • protocol analyzer (Special:WhatLinksHere/protocol analyzer) - in networking / technology. I've heard this term was coined by Hewlett-Packard, see also sniffer (networking sense)
  • psychogeophysics – "Practitioners are continually reworking psychogeography and renaming it to suit their requirements and to differentiate what they do from each other. These nuances are very important to psychogeographers (psychogeophysics and cryptoforestry, to provide just two examples)." (Tina Richardson, "Introduction: A Wander Through the Scene of British Urban Walking," Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography, edited by Tina Richardson [Rowman & Littlefield, 2015], p. 18)
  • pull for
  • pull level Synonym with draw level but with the nuance of requiring effort. Seems common in football "The hosts pulled level after goals from Smyth and Fisher"
  • pull tab - OneLook - Google "pull tab" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • purple hair See https://lwn.net/Articles/766699/#Comments (open-access on Oct. 11, 2018); a commenter says "I do not support your purple-hair version of Linux." which someone explains as "it's an obscure derogatory term with similar meaning to "SJW" or "feminist", occasionally used in such upstanding places as 4chan, referring to a stereotypical young woman with purple hair and a Tumblr account and socially liberal views." I could add it, but I'm having trouble finding usable cites
  • push the right buttons
  • pussyfoot around SOP
  • put 'em up
  • put a bug in someone's ear
  • put it
  • put the heat on
  • pxs - prices

P 2019

P 2020


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Q 2019

  • quisling-hearted (we have a red link to it at quisling)
  • quisling-minded (we have a red link to it at quisling)

Q 2018

  • Queen's Cowboys (Canada): Royal Canadian Mounted Police; in reference to the Stetson hats worn by RCMP members in ceremonial dress (red serge) and to the origin of the force where they were often the only representatives of the British Crown and later, the Canadian government, in rural parts of Canada.


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R 2017 and before

Apparently Korean for "hamlet, village cluster", it is a unit of governance in the DPRK. Cnilep (talk) 02:54, 19 April 2018 (UTC)
  • rouanne
    • The OED entry for maverick quotes the Overland Monthly of August 1869 for a possible etymology:
      • One Maverick formerly owned such immense herds that many of his animals unavoidably escaped his rouanne in the spring, were taken up by his neighbors, branded and called ‘mavericks’.
        • Escaped his rouanne? It's French for the horse colour 'roan' and for the kind of compass you stick into the boy in front's bottom in a quiet maths class, but I can't see what it means here. -- 14:53, 5 January 2017 (UTC)
          • rouanne, rouannette are also apparently (obsolete?) French for "a mark (for casks)": the above would seem to refer to animals escaping a cattle brand so that other farmers manage to claim them instead. Equinox 15:57, 6 July 2018 (UTC)
  • rapid-cycle - OneLook - Google "rapid-cycle" (BooksGroupsScholar) ways
  • real GDP - OneLook - Google "real GDP" (BooksGroupsScholar)
SoP? See the economics sense of real + GDP; generally contrasted with nominal GDP. Seems rather more encyclopedic than usual Wiktionary fare. Cnilep (talk) 06:12, 8 June 2017 (UTC)

R 2018

R 2019

  • roper in - OneLook - Google "roper in" (BooksGroupsScholar) – "To keep a steady stream of suckers coming to their tables, many houses employed 'steerers' or 'ropers in,' 'men of considerable address' who 'make a flashy genteel appearance, very impressive and taking with greenhorns.'" – Karen Halttunen, Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830–1870, Yale University Press, 1982, p. 8, quoting Herbert Asbury, Sucker's Progress: An Informal History of Gambling in America from the Colonies to Canfield, Dodd, Mead and Co., 1930, p. 160. (Collins also has "one who tries to lure people into a gambling house" for roper.)
  • rapid-response or rapid response. Possibly non-SOP --I learned some phrases (talk) 11:54, 13 March 2019 (UTC)
  • running word (in corpus linguistics); it's probably similar to this sense of token (a single example/instance/occurrence of a given word form ["type"] in a text), but it might not be the same.
  • r-bomb, R-bomb
  • Rainbodacious:Something extravagant beyond mortal imagination visioned in a vivid spectrum of heroism, Combining both; every hue of the rainbow, and or Bodacious or Audaciou

- Skylar H., December 16 2019, 11:53


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S 2017 and before

  • saïm See Lard
  • sagala (Philippine English)
  • savarin -- a kind of yeasted ring cake. See https://www.google.com/search?q=define%3Asavarin
  • scriptlessness - from: Baumeister, Roy, Sara Wotman, and Arlene Stillwell. “Unrequited Love: On Heartbreak, Anger, Guilt, Scriptlessness, and Humiliation.” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology 64, no. 3 (1993): 377–94.
  • seek down - OneLook - Google "seek down" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • sentiotic - OneLook - Google "sentiotic" (BooksGroupsScholar) - coined by Fern (see Citations:sentiotic) but I can find no other uses besides people quoting Fern.
  • sentiosis - OneLook - Google "sentiosis" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • single-phase (adjective and verb) single-phased (adjective and verb)
  • snapling, Appears to be an Israeli slang word for “rappelling” or “canyoning”
  • sweat and graft, graft and sweat. This is a straightforward application of the third definition of graft, but seeing that used to mean simple labor rather than corruption is unfamiliar to my eyes, and it seems like a special idiom. Question: is it specifically British?
Yes, both the American sense of corruption and the British sense of hard work for both noun and verb seem to have appeared independently in the 1850s. The British sense is cited from 1853 in the OED. I've only recently heard the American sense here in the UK. Dbfirs 18:20, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
  • same shoe - I'm told it is a fairly common idiom, basically meaning "same thing", as in: "I would not buy this book." "Same shoe." (i.e. "Me neither.")
  • Stellæ
See stellae, stella. Cnilep (talk) 06:01, 22 February 2017 (UTC)
  • stenopæic
  • think the sun shines out of someone's ass (could be bum, backside etc, and could be "act like","treat like", "as far as he's concerned" etc)
  • sutorious — adjectives from the Latin sūtōrius (of or belonging to a shoemaker or cobbler)
Apparently sutorian is a variant of sutorial. There is a plant genus Sutorious and possibly some bird species, but I can't find the word used as an adjective. Cnilep (talk) 08:18, 19 July 2016 (UTC)
OED gives this as a variant of sutorial with one exemplar, Thomas Blount's Glossographia. Blount defines Sutorious (sutorius) as “belonging to a Shoomaker, or Sewer”. The word appears just after Sutor (“a Shoomaker, a Sewer”), which he notes is Latin. Sutorius does not appear in Blount's (1707) Glossographia Anglicana Nova. I haven't found other examples in English. I would say that sutorious is a Latin word, not sufficiently attested in English. Cnilep (talk) 02:17, 25 January 2018 (UTC)
Isn't this SOP? Kiwima (talk) 22:49, 8 December 2016 (UTC)
  • schweff: slang for a flirt or "mack", a man who is (or tries to be) good with the ladies? Is in Partridge's slang dictionary. Equinox 06:19, 18 November 2016 (UTC)
While Partridge emphasizes flirting, attestations on the web seem like comments on masculinity and social class – a bit like a (US) douchebag or a twit. [27], [28] Cnilep (talk) 04:19, 30 January 2018 (UTC)
I can only find cites by one author (Alexander Macalister) - it seams to be some sort of sheath in the shoulder joint of an insect. Need cites by more authors. Kiwima (talk) 04:43, 4 December 2016 (UTC)
Doesn't this seem sort of SoP? (Just saying that because I also found spinning kick. Could one find the definition of this term at spinning + backfist? Philmonte101 (talk) 04:55, 1 August 2016 (UTC)
I can only find two actual usages - one in the bible and one in a novel of the life of David - all else is just commentary on or speculation about the meaning of the word. This is not sufficient to meet our attestation criteria. Kiwima (talk) 02:31, 30 July 2017 (UTC)
I can't find it in recent books. It is attested on the web, mainly from 2016-2017. There are currently entries for both SJW and -tard. Since the suffix is productive, there could be any number of similar terms with sporadic attestation. Cnilep (talk) 03:57, 31 January 2018 (UTC)

S 2018

  • Hmmm... doesn't seem attested to me. That's unfortunate; looks like an interesting entry if it exists. Can @Kiwima find any citations for this? PseudoSkull (talk) 02:42, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Yeah, I looked and didn't find it either. Kiwima (talk) 03:21, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
Geertz & Geertz call it a “term [] in Balinese” and use italics on first mention (p. 30). Is it attested as a loanword in English? There is no request page for Balinese, but I wonder if editors on Wiktionary:Requested entries (Indonesian) could help with the Balinese lemma? Cnilep (talk) 02:57, 31 January 2018 (UTC)
  • self-administer - OneLook - Google "self-administer" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • self-adjust etymology prefix|en|self|adjust - hyphen necessary because one is not adjusting oneself
  • self-adjusted
  • self-adjuster
  • self-adjustment
  • self-controlling - OneLook - Google "self-controlling" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • self-controls - OneLook - Google "self-controls" (BooksGroupsScholar) plural
  • self-monitor - OneLook - Google "self-monitor" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • self-regulate - OneLook - Google "self-regulate" (BooksGroupsScholar) ... and lots of other self-...
  • self-suckering: of plants: unlike verb sucker, seems to mean producing suckers, not destroying them
  • sell the farm
  • send a bouquet
  • serious coin
  • serve the purpose
  • set out for
  • set someone's mind at ease
  • set someone's teeth on edge
  • seven come eleven
  • Shades or shades (Ireland): Used in Ireland, from plainclothes Gardaí detectives from the 1970s who were recognisable as they commonly wore sunglasses. Common in Limerick.
  • shadow of one's former self
  • shagging wagon
  • shaky ground
  • sharp wit
  • sharpen up
  • schmolitics or shmolitics - as in "politics schmolitics"
  • Shijing - OneLook - Google "Shijing" (BooksGroupsScholar) - a Chinese classic literary work
  • shoes like boats
  • shoot it out
  • shop-floor struggle
  • short one
  • shove down someone's throat
  • show promise
  • show the ropes
  • show one's stuff
  • shuck on down to the fraidy hole
  • shuffle the chairs on the deck
  • shuftie kite - RAF speak - reconnaissance aircraft
  • sialoid in taxonomy: probably relates to the insect family Sialidae
  • sick building
  • sick of
  • sick to death
  • sight-bill - OneLook - Google "sight-bill" (BooksGroupsScholar): "...centralise all the operations of commerce by means of a bank in which all the bills of exchange, drafts and sight-bills representing the bills and the invoices of merchants, will be received." (Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, Property Is Theft! A Pierre-Joseph Proudhon Anthology [AK Press, 2011], p. 286)
  • sing up a storm
  • Single Jersey or single jersey - in textiles - Single knit fabrics and jersey knits are light to medium weight fabrics with flat vertical ribs on the right side and dominant horizontal lines on the wrong side. Fabric stretches from 20 to 25% across the grain.
  • sit in judgement on
  • six bits
  • skin virgin
  • skins game
  • skrt - OneLook - Google "skrt" (BooksGroupsScholar) - A slang word for the sound of rubber wheels when drifting.
  • sky isn't blue
  • slice up
  • slice off
  • slice through
  • slip a notch
  • slow as a dead snail
  • slow day
  • slug of
  • slv - sleeve
  • smack dab in the middle
  • smell oneself
  • smithwright it
  • smoke like a furnace
  • smooth talker
  • SMS- in textiles - salesmen sample
  • Smurfs (Greece/Poland): Used in Greece and Poland. Because of the blue colour of police officers is like smurfs.
  • snap a picture
  • snap at
  • Snippers or snipper (US): An African-American term used mostly in North America.
  • snow them
  • Snowdrops or snowdrops - RAF police
  • so small you had to back out to change your mind
  • s/off or strike off- in textiles - a full sized cropped section taken from the overall image/artwork. It’s produced on the same material with the same finishing as the final product. It provides you with an exact sample of the final product
  • soft market
  • software piracy
  • solid as the Rock of Gibraltar
  • some chick
  • something borrowed, something blue
  • something snapped
  • soppes Archaic word found in historical cook books and medieval texts meaning bread that is soaked in potage, not the same as sippets. Root word is the verb sop.
  • Soupie, someone from Welshpool
  • spade work
  • spathella - OneLook - Google "spathella" (BooksGroupsScholar), spathelle, spathellule - botanical terms. BigDom 14:56, 20 June 2018 (UTC)
  • speak highly of
  • specularize (got noun specularization but no definition): used in literary criticism.
  • spell disaster
  • spend holidays
  • spice of life
  • spin crew
  • spitting mad
  • split a gut
  • spoof - RAF speak a diversionary raid or operation
  • spoogler - the spouse of an IT worker (specifically Google? cf. Xoogler, Noogler)
  • spot of tea
  • square deal
  • s/s - in textiles - short sleeve
  • SS - in textiles - Side Seam
  • stand away
  • stand to lose
  • start a fire under him
  • start with a bang
  • stash - OneLook - Google "stash" (BooksGroupsScholar) To keep (a new romantic partner) secret from one's friends and family. — Paul G (talk) 18:31, 6 January 2018 (UTC)
  • statute-barred - OneLook - Google "statute-barred" (BooksGroupsScholar) - another online dict defines it thus: adjective ENGLISH LAW (especially of a debt claim) no longer legally enforceable owing to a prescribed period of limitation having lapsed.
  • Steely, Steel Boy, someone from Sheffield
  • stick in my craw
  • stick them up
  • stink the joint out
  • stone unturned/not leave a stone unturned
  • stop someone cold
  • straight cash
  • straight dope
  • straw horse
  • stretch the dollar
  • stretch the envelope
  • strictly business
  • strictly for the birds
  • strike up the band
  • strike someone's fancy
  • string a line
  • struggle meal - OneLook - Google "struggle meal" (BooksGroupsScholar).__Gamren (talk) 14:19, 16 July 2018 (UTC)
  • suck eggs
  • suck up to
  • sucker for punishment
  • suffer a setback
  • super mint
  • Super Troopers or super trooper (US): Became a common name in Vermont for police in that state after the release of the movie Super Troopers.
  • supplementary hypothesis - OneLook - Google "supplementary hypothesis" (BooksGroupsScholar), see Supplementary hypothesis; one of three theories about the origin of religious texts. PseudoSkull (talk) 02:37, 23 March 2018 (UTC)
  • sure as hell
  • SW- in textiles - Sweat
  • Swansea Jack, someone from Swansea
  • Swedistan - OneLook - Google "Swedistan" (BooksGroupsScholar).__Gamren (talk) 10:00, 23 July 2018 (UTC)
  • Sweeney or sweeney (UK): Cockney rhyming slang for the Flying Squad, from Sweeney Todd, inspiring the television series The Sweeney, (see also Heavy).
  • sweet wheat - OneLook - Google "sweet wheat" (BooksGroupsScholar), a particular type of bread, probably synonymous with something else, such as honey wheat. It's one of the three main bread types used at my work, and it's a brown bread. PseudoSkull (talk) 00:09, 19 September 2018 (UTC)
  • schizocartography – Tina Richardson, "Developing Schizocartography: Formulating a Theoretical Methodology for a Walking Practice," Walking Inside Out: Contemporary British Psychogeography, edited by Tina Richardson (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), pp. 181–193.

S 2019

  • steps target: It relates to footsteps rather than stairs; it seems to be a health and fitness thing.
  • spring*, summer*, winter*: nouns in fashion for people with certain hair colours and skin tones ("I'm a winter, so I wear such-and-such"); I've done autumn
  • subproper in mathematics?
  • surface lift, platter lift, button lift, platter pull: all synonyms of ski lift, apparently?
  • steerer - OneLook - Google "steerer" (BooksGroupsScholar) – "To keep a steady stream of suckers coming to their tables, many houses employed 'steerers' or 'ropers in,' 'men of considerable address' who 'make a flashy genteel appearance, very impressive and taking with greenhorns.'" – Karen Halttunen, Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830–1870, Yale University Press, 1982, p. 8, quoting Herbert Asbury, Sucker's Progress: An Informal History of Gambling in America from the Colonies to Canfield, Dodd, Mead and Co., 1930, p. 160.
  • stephanokont
  • system parameter - OneLook - Google "system parameter" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • Sibyllinus, -a, -um: A latin adjective meaning "sibylline". See https://www.latin-is-simple.com/en/vocabulary/adjective/7802/
  • sinking spell in medicine (an episode of bad feeling?)
  • sitout in wrestling
  • subtendent - OneLook - Google "subtendent" (BooksGroupsScholar) – Sheila Liming, "Of Anarchy and Amateurism: Zine Publication and Print Dissent," p. 140: "In spite, though, of the logic of the 'network,' the subtendent rationalization for the structure of the Internet, blogs hail the effective reverse of this model: blogs are, in the words of Stodge.org blogger Randi Mooney, chiefly 'a form of vanity publishing ... the truth is that blogs consist of senseless teenage waffle. Adopting a blogger lifestyle is the literary equivalent of attaching tinselly-sprinkles to the handlebars of your bicycle' (qtd. in Lovink ix)."
  • spot-clean - OneLook - Google "spot-clean" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • semiflint: sth about crops (s~ corn, s~ maize), and sth about land (s~ clay). Has plural semiflints.
  • sense of direction - OneLook - Google "sense of direction" (BooksGroupsScholar) - Collins, Westers, and Oxford online dictionaries all have entries, the first two having two senses: [30] [31] [32]
  • speculary - OneLook - Google "speculary" (BooksGroupsScholar) – Etienne Balibar and Pierre Macherey, "On Literature as an Ideological Form", in Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader, edited by Terry Eagleton and Drew Milne, Blackwell, 1996, p. 279: "The reflection, in dialectical materialism, is a 'reflection without a mirror'; in the history of philosophy this is the only effective destruction of the empiricist ideology which calls the relation of thought to the real a speculary (and therefore reversible) reflection."
  • six up and half a dozen down - OneLook - Google "six up and half a dozen down" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • substantify - OneLook - Google "substantify" (BooksGroupsScholar), substantified - OneLook - Google "substantified" (BooksGroupsScholar), substantification - OneLook - Google "substantification" (BooksGroupsScholar) – see Merriam-Webster. Shoshana Felman, in Shoshana Felman and Dori Laub, Testimony: Crises of Witnessing in Literature, Psychoanalysis, and History (Routledge, 1992), p. 53, has: "In the era of the Holocaust, of Hiroshima, of Vietnam—in the age of testimony—teaching, I would venture to suggest, must in turn testify, make something happen, and not just transmit a passive knowledge, pass on information that is preconceived, substantified, believed to be known in advance, misguidedly believed, that is, to be (exclusively) a given."
  • Saint Martin / Collectivity of Saint Martin - an overseas collectivity of France in the West Indies in the Caribbean.
  • Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha - the proper name for the British overseas territory
  • slide into one's DMs - OneLook - Google "slide into one's DMs" (BooksGroupsScholar) Or perhaps his/her, your. Something about transitioning an online conversation from public to private? Just need to yeet this right into the dictionary according to the high-schoolers I was observing in the wild.
  • similorer - OneLook - Google "similorer" (BooksGroupsScholar) - presumably, someone who works in similor; also plural, similorers. See s:Page:Showell's Dictionary of Birmingham.djvu/65: "Among the trades that have vanished altogether, are steelyard makers... saw-makers, ... tool-makers... and similorers, whatever they might have been." Andy Mabbett (Pigsonthewing); Talk to Andy; Andy's edits 20:19, 22 August 2019 (UTC)
  • Sitzprobe - (from German Sitzprobe) wikipedia
  • slerp (computer graphics term, already have the related lerp) wikipedia
  • spiked seltzer - OneLook - Google "spiked seltzer" (BooksGroupsScholar) – alcoholic seltzer - see wikipedia:Hard seltzer)
  • spray foam, it has a Wikipedia article but it's still not clear whether it's a broader concept than or the same as expanding foam; it's probably broader than PU foam, PUR foam or polyurethane foam as the former can be made from polyisocyanurate as well, not only polyurethane, according to this WP article.
  • sana all - OneLook - Google "sana all" (BooksGroupsScholar) (Philippines)
  • spowe - OneLook - Google "spowe" (BooksGroupsScholar) / sporl - OneLook - Google "sporl" (BooksGroupsScholar) - Species of bird, probably a Black-tailed Godwit; see: "The identity of the bird known locally in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Norfolk, United Kingdom, as the Spowe", F. Cooke and T. R. Birkhead, Archives of Natural History , 44(1), pp. 118–121
  • staffage -- (an extended meaning--artists' props used in paintings?) "The second part of Inspired by the East is dominated by nineteenth-century orientalist paintings. There is a symbiotic relationship between the paintings and the exotic artefacts, as orientalist painters habitually made collections of Islamic armour, weapons, woodwork, fabrics, pots and hookahs and they arranged and rearranged those objects in painting after painting in a somewhat indiscriminate fashion, so that one might find Albanian, Persian or even Indian objects featuring in Cairo street scenes. The exhibition includes photographs of the studios of Jean-Leon Gerome and of Frederick Arthur Bridgman which show that those places were cluttered with this sort of useful and evocative staffage." Robert Irwin, "Enthralled by the light" (London: The Times Literary Supplement, October 25, 2019, p. 20).

S 2020

  • single cream
  • Sarfus (from wikipedia)
  • silver stain - "In the early fourteenth century, the invention of silver stain transformed stained glass colors and techniques. This yellow pigment with a silver compound base was applied to the exterior surface of the glass and fixed there. During the firing, it penetrated the glass and altered the color: if the glass was white, it became yellow; if it was already blue or red, it became green or orange." Michel Pastoureau, tr. Jody Gladding, Yellow: The History of a Color (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2019, p. 147).
  • spot - (another meaning of the verb form? to engage in some specific photographic procedure?) "Students would spot [Siskind's] prints, organize and ship materials for shows, and sometimes go with him to a gallery ...." John Grimes, "Photography on Its Own," in David Travis, Elizabeth Siegel, eds., Taken by Design: Photographs from the Institute of Design, 1937-1971 (The Art Institute of Chicago, 2002, p. 159).


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T 2016 and before

  • tail risk hedging[33] - we have tail risk Kiwima (talk) 03:37, 23 December 2016 (UTC)
  • tale of two hearts
  • target eccentricity
  • tax in kind = tax + in kind
  • tector
  • teen horror - a subgenre of horror movie.
  • Terramara, Terremare (not sure if these deserve entries or not) - -sche (discuss) 20:10, 9 March 2013 (UTC)
  • the other way, baseball again, hard to define accurately and not sure what the entry title should be, hence not making them myself. Mglovesfun (talk) 17:34, 18 April 2013 (UTC)
  • there's method in madness - OneLook - Google "there's method in madness" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • three-sy,six-y Six-y football: Cheery Cherries hammer hapless Hull-Bournemouth ruined Mike Phelan's first game in permanent charge of Hull City, running rampant to secure a 6-1 victory.SOMANYGOAL/trys,3manmidfieldetc
  • time-to-market (attributive form of time to market)
  • torpedo tits
See torpedo slang sense, “a large breast; breast with a large nipple”. Cnilep (talk) 01:33, 29 January 2018 (UTC)
  • trade line

T 2017

    • 2008, Prøveoplæg Til Kulturfagene, Gyldendal Uddannelse →ISBN, page 171
      I kilde 3 finder du en kritik af, at indvandrere "systematisk" forskelsbehandles, ...
      In source 3, you will find a critique of the fact that immigrants are "systematically" discriminated against, ...

except the original author doesn't explicitly express that the fact that immigrants are systematically discriminated against is in fact a fact. I also do not know what POS to give it, if I were to make the entry.__Gamren (talk) 18:09, 29 April 2017 (UTC)

Feels SoP to me, since it's not always a fact ("I hate the idea that artists suffer more than anyone else"), and "the fact that X" can be used as a normal NP anywhere. Equinox 18:21, 29 April 2017 (UTC)

T 2018

  • tablemount - OneLook - Google "tablemount" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • tainopis - OneLook - Google "tainopis" (BooksGroupsScholar) - is this English? It is always italicized.
  • thought reform - OneLook - Google "thought reform" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • talk too much and say too little
  • transmed - OneLook - Google "transmed" (BooksGroupsScholar) - short for transmedicalist
  • tucute - OneLook - Google "tucute" (BooksGroupsScholar) - a person who believes that one can be transgender without having gender dysphoria. The opposite of truscum.
  • TC - in textiles - textile color
  • Tnp top neck point - in textiles -
  • TP - in textiles - textile paper
  • take a boo
  • take a load off your feet
  • take a poke at
  • take a round out of
  • take a strip off
  • take calls
  • take care of business
  • take chances
  • take it and run
  • take its course
  • take one's head off - see bite someone's head off
  • take one's place
  • take oath
  • take off, eh ??
  • take on a new light
  • take pains
  • take part in
  • take possession
  • take risks
  • take solace
  • take the blame
  • take the chill off
  • take the flack
  • take the pulse
  • take the stage
  • take up cudgels
  • take up the slack
  • take someone for all they've got
  • take to court
  • take-out restaurant
  • taken for a ride
  • taken in
  • takeoff on
  • talk away
  • talk the leg off the lamb of God
  • talk one's ear off
  • talk one's head off
  • tangle with
  • tear around
  • tell me another one
  • tell me straight
  • test someone's metal / test one's metal
  • thanatopic: relating to thanatopsis
  • that'll be the frosty Friday
  • there's more than meets the eye
  • there's not much to choose between them
  • there's one born every minute
  • think straight
  • through the wringer
  • throw a game
  • throw a kiss
  • throw a monkey wrench into the works
  • throw insults
  • throw for a bone (throw someone for a bone)
  • tide turned
  • tie into
  • tied to one's mother's apron strings
  • time on your hands
  • time stands still
  • time's a-wasting
  • tip a few
  • to be perfectly honest
  • to heart
  • to hell and gone
  • to top it off
  • too far gone
  • too much cream on the pie
  • total stranger
  • tough bananas
  • tough on me
  • tough sledding
  • tough tarts
  • tough time of it
  • tough times
  • trash the place
  • trickle-down economics
  • try me
  • try for size
  • try one's darndest
  • tube head
  • tube him
  • turf it
  • turn the other way
  • turn ugly
  • twice-borrowed -Is it strict synonym of reborrowing? Found at Category:Greek twice-borrowed terms. Is it a term for Hellenogenous words (classical compounds, etc) that come back to Greek? sarri.greek (talk) 05:32, 15 July 2018 (UTC)
  • twig to that
  • twist someone's words or twist words
  • two for one
  • two sides to every story
  • two-fisted attack
  • tail end Charlies - RAF speak - rear gunners (also known as Arse End Charlies)
  • target for tonight - RAF speak - girlfriend
  • twilights - RAF speak - WAAF underwear, light coloured, summer-weight
  • twittomacy - Conducting diplomacy on Twitter
  • teach an old dog new tricks
  • that's stretching it
  • try that on for size / try on for size / try for size
  • transreason, transration – translation of wikipedia:Zaum
  • tippy-tappy
  • triolectics, triolectical – a concept in the work of Asger Jorn

The 2018

In some cases adding "the" definitely changes the meaning (like "underground" meaning below-ground generally vs. "the underground" meaning the subway). In some cases it does not, and the core word or phrase is all that's needed. It's unclear to me in which cases usage notes should be added to the core word or phrase vs. creating a separate entry, and in which cases redirects should be created. These were all previously at Appendix:English idioms; I weeded out the ones that were obviously not needed. -- Beland (talk) 08:24, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

Consider Both London and Moscow have undergrounds. I can't name a city with more than 5 million in population that shouldn't have an underground. Different determiners (including the "zero" determiner), different referents, same semantics for the noun. The performs its normal function of specifying the most salient (eg, local) instance of the noun it determines. In London "the underground" refers to all or part of their system. There may be some instances where the makes some other semantic change, but I am sure those instances are rare. DCDuring (talk) 23:22, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
Examples are the finger and the man. Such cases are rare indeed.  --Lambiam 15:30, 6 October 2018 (UTC)
In addition, do you suggest that we have separate entries for attributive use of the nouns whenever such use is attested, even though the noun's semantics are the same? DCDuring (talk) 23:43, 11 September 2018 (UTC)
I'm not from the UK, so I'm not confident in my ability to judge correct usage. Those examples sound plausible, so then underground probably covers it. It currently lists "underground" in the sense of the stuff below the surface of the Earth as an adjective, so that would explain why using "the" restricts the meaning to "subway" or "secret organization". For "secret organization" there's just a note that "the" is usually used with the noun, and that seems sufficient to me. I'll drop it from this todo list. As for the other listings, I think we need to think through them on a case-by-case basis to see how firmly attatched to "the" they are, and whether this justifies a separate listing, usage note, or neither. -- Beland (talk) 18:23, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
  • the air was blue
  • the ball's in your court // ball is in someone's court
  • the be-all, end-all
  • the best-laid plans of mice and men go oft astray
  • the big 0
  • The Big O
  • the bigger they are the harder they fall
  • the bottom fell out or bottom fell out
  • the brush-off ("the" is mandatory?) [No it isn't DCDuring (talk) 23:43, 11 September 2018 (UTC)] brush-off
  • the bum's rush / bum rush
  • the burbs
  • the crunch (a difficult situation or point) / crunch
  • the day of the family farm
  • the dickens you say
  • the end-all, be-all / end-all, be-all
  • the fat hit the fire / fat hit the fire / fat hits the fire
  • the fickle finger of fate / fickle finger of fate
  • the first pancake is always spoiled
  • the goat (the Greatest Of All Time) / goat
  • the going gets rough
  • The Great One
  • The Great White Hope / Great White Hope
  • The Group of Seven / Group of Seven / G7
  • the handwriting is on the wall
  • the hard way / hard way
  • the heat is on
  • the how and why - OneLook - Google "the how and why" (BooksGroupsScholar) - in [34]; also the how and the why - OneLook - Google "the how and the why" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • the in's and out's / in's and out's
  • the in-crowd / in-crowd
  • the inside story / inside story
  • the joke is on you
  • the knock against / knock against (a point against?)
  • the last of it / last of it
  • the lights are on but nobody's home / lights are on but noone's home
  • the living daylights / living daylight
  • the lowdown / lowdown (changes the meaning?)
  • the makings of / has the makings of / makings of
  • the odd one / the odd one out / odd one / odd one out
  • the odds-on favorite / odds-on favorite
  • the one that got away / one that got away
  • the picture of health / picture of health
  • the pit of my stomach / pit of one's stomach
  • the price you have to pay / price one has to pay
  • the rest is gravy or rest is gravy
  • the root of the problem / root of the problem
  • the runaround / runaround (changes meaning?)
  • the shit hit the fan
  • the sky isn't blue
  • the sky will fall on your head (something unfortunate will happen, see Chicken Little)
  • the spice of life / spice of life
  • the straight dope
  • the strong, silent type / strong, silent type
  • the tender age of / tender age of
  • the tide turned / tide turns
  • the tip of the iceberg / tip of the iceburg
  • the way I see it
  • the way you hold your mouth
  • the whole works / whole works(?)
  • the wolf is at the door (poverty is near)
  • the wolf knocking (reference to Three Little Pigs?)

T 2019

There is no verb to teeth in modern English (though Johnson's dictionary of 1755 had it). Do you mean teethe? Dbfirs 16:51, 5 July 2019 (UTC)
  • the juice - OneLook - Google "the juice" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • thimble-rigger, thimble-riggers – alternative form of thimblerigger (e.g. "Thimble-riggers, Three-Card-Monte throwers and other sure-thing tricksters worked openly in the streets." – quoted in Karen Halttunen, Confidence Men and Painted Women: A Study of Middle-class Culture in America, 1830–1870 [Yale University Press, 1982], pp. 7–8, Google suggests originally from a 1907 issue of the Greensboro Daily News)
  • toluache – a plant from California
  • tourista - slang term for traveller's diarrhea in Latin countries.
  • translocal in a non-mathematical sense, e.g. Kate Eichhorn, "Sites Unseen: Ethnographic Research in a Textual Community", Qualitative Studies in Education 14.4 (2001), p. 568: "In the following account of ethnographic research carried out in the context of a textual community, I demonstrate how 'translocal phenomena,' which I understand to include diasporic communities and communities that emerge in relation to the mass media and electronic communications, do not entirely evade classical methods of participant observation as some ethnographers have assumed."
  • tropism in the second sense given by Merriam-Webster. "Women's liberation, when it is extolled by men, can in no way be extolled by men, can in no way be explained by a pro-women tropism, but more conclusively by the complex of indigeneity, shared by colonial power and seeking to hoist itself up to the level of the so-called norms of the colonized." Houria Bouteldja, Whites, Jews and Us: Toward a Politics of Revolutionary Love (Semiotext(e), 2017), p. 82.
  • threadly - OneLook - Google "threadly" (BooksGroupsScholar) Occurring once every thread (modeled on daily, monthly), as in "threadly reminder that ...".__Gamren (talk) 18:22, 25 February 2019 (UTC)
  • tokden - OneLook - Google "tokden" (BooksGroupsScholar) - Appears in Khamtrul Rinpoche and is defined in Rigpa Wiki: Tokden
  • tropical month (synonym periodic month, no definition yet); see Wikipedia; it's ~27.3 days but needs an astronomical explanation; compare tropical year
  • tourist police - might not be as POS as you might first assume. wikipedia only offers a disambig page
  • tourist spot
  • traumatogenic - OneLook - Google "traumatogenic" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • Tournaisian - OneLook - Google "Tournaisian" (BooksGroupsScholar): geologic stage

T 2020


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U 2018

  • ulosis scar formation
  • under oath
    This was previously deleted as SoP, but Collins, M-W, and Oxford each include it as an idiom or phrase. Cnilep (talk) 03:21, 2 May 2018 (UTC)
  • under one's care / under someone's care
  • under pressure
  • ungatz (check the movie Lucky)
  • untouchables (Scotland): A term often used in Scotland for a mobile squad of uniformed Police, term originates from the 1960s US TV series.
  • uniramose
  • up for sale
  • up the wahoozey (a large amount, much more than is needed)
  • up with
  • Upper Paleolithic - OneLook - Google "Upper Paleolithic" (BooksGroupsScholar) PseudoSkull (talk) 03:53, 28 March 2018 (UTC)
  • usercode, probably close to synonymous with username
    I think this means code that runs in userspace, as opposed to kernel space, in operating systems that have that distinction. -- Beland (talk) 17:33, 16 June 2018 (UTC)

U 2019

  • untimed exclusive - video games released exclusively for one or more platforms; see timed exclusive


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V 2018 and before

V 2019

V 2020


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W 2012-2017

  • whitile - Other dictionaries list this as a synonym for yaffle but I can find now usage. Kiwima (talk) 00:58, 5 December 2017 (UTC)
  • whoopeeing up "The puritanical Gandhi was convinced that men and women should never make whoopee except for the express purpose of whoopeeing up some offspring." Based on a True Story, page 380. --- SoP from Whoopee as a verb meaning to make whoopee. Kiwima (talk) 02:02, 24 April 2015 (UTC) And/or a pun on whip up. Equinox 18:51, 11 December 2015 (UTC)
  • withamit
  • wolman
  • work sharp - Said of a pregnant woman who experiences a burst of nervous energy in the 24 / 48 hours prior to the onset of labour. May also be used of a similar phenomenon in a woman just prior to the onset of menstruation. Southern England. Colloquial.
  • worthy poor
  • wumbo
  • wurraluh
  • white knight syndrome - OneLook - Google "white knight syndrome" (BooksGroupsScholar)
  • weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning - OneLook - Google "weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning" (BooksGroupsScholar) (Psalm 30:5b NIV).
  • White Terror: see White Terror: lots of historical senses (why are they all "white"?)

W 2018

  • w/mm - OneLook - Google "w/mm" (BooksGroupsScholar) I found this on a bag of hot cocoa mix. PseudoSkull (talk) 22:52, 25 February 2018 (UTC)
    • Was it a durably-archived bag? --106 for now (talk) 12:08, 29 March 2018 (UTC)
  • whoop-whoop (US): Used across the American South & New York City in reference to a patrol car's siren.
  • woolly-back (UK); derogatory, used by plain-clothes officers in reference to the Uniformed branch. Got woolly back, check sense.
  • Wessie, someone from West Riding of Yorkshire
  • Wire, someone from Warrington (after the local wire industry),
  • wait a sec
  • wait around
  • walk down
  • walk up
  • watch over like a mother hawk SOP
    • Not sure this is a sum-of-parts phrase. How does a mother hawk watch? Attentively like any parent? Mindlessly like a bird? In some way specific to the species? I think this phrase means "intensely and protectively" which is only one of the possibilities. -- Beland (talk) 18:00, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
  • water-cooler talk
  • watershed mark
  • wave the green flag to enthusiastically promote Ireland and its culture. Jingoistic nationalism.
  • way with words
  • (nuclear) weaponsman: s.o. responsible for nuclear weapons; former job in the US Navy. Perhaps broader senses too.
  • well taken
  • what in the name of heaven (= in heaven's name)
  • where angels fear to tread
  • where do they get off SOP
    • I'm not sure this is actually a sum-of-parts phrase. I think this means "why do they think they are allowed to [do something]", in which case I don't see a definition of get off that fits, and certainly in this case where is not asking for a physical place. I think the canonical form, though, would be where does someone get off? -- Beland (talk) 17:53, 18 October 2018 (UTC)
  • white knuckles - we have white-knuckle
  • who do you think you are
  • whore blossom
  • with all my heart
  • with wings
  • without a full deck
  • without a word of a lie
  • wonder of wonders
  • woof your cookies
  • word is good
  • word is out
  • worldly wise
  • written in blood
  • wipe that smile off your face / wipe that smile off one's face
  • whiskers- in textiles - abrasion of lines to imitate pre-worn garment (a.k.a Moustache)
  • way you hold your... (?)
  • who said
  • Wob – abbreviation of Wobbly ("In any case, old Wobs like Frank Little would remind us, there's more to the festival of the oppressed than art sessions and anarchist club meetings." Jeff Ferrell, Tearing Down the Streets: Adventures in Urban Anarchy, Palgrave, 2001, p. 201.)

W 2019

Do you mean whoe'er? We needed that entry. Dbfirs 07:48, 3 July 2019 (UTC) Now added. Dbfirs 07:54, 3 July 2019 (UTC)
  • write-what-where - OneLook - Google "write-what-where" (BooksGroupsScholar) - {{lb|en|computer security}}
  • wolf-pad - ??? (a carved foot on furniture?) "The sculptural ornamentation, in the grotesque figures and wolf-pads on the sarcophagus, shows the new influence of the Low Countries, that was by now making rapid encroachments upon English Renaissance design." James Lees-Milne, Tudor Renaissance (London, B. T. Batsford Ltd, 1951, p. 36).

W 2020


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X 2018

  • X Generation (idiom)
This still lacks its own entry, but is now an alternative forms on Generation X Mcavoybickford (talk) 16:40, 26 December 2018 (UTC)

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Y 2018

  • Y/D: in textiles - yarn dyed, the dyeing of the yarn before weaving or knitting
  • you have to be good to be lucky
  • you need money to make money
  • you're only as good as your last shift

Y 2019

  • y’alls: alternate form of y’all’s
  • Youster: (V) to fester
  • yankie: H. L. Mencken claims that it is a Scotch word meaning "a gigantic falsehood". [37]
Not in big OED. Does anyone have a dictionary of Scottish slang? Dbfirs 07:42, 3 July 2019 (UTC)
The Scottish National Dictionary includes it as a diminutive of Scots yank (tremendous lie). I would not be surprised to find it in/called English, as the line between the languages is hazy. Cnilep (talk) 04:42, 23 July 2019 (UTC)
  • yas, queen [38]
    • (alt forms yass, queen and yaas, queen —Suzukaze-c 05:53, 2 February 2020 (UTC))

Y 2020


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Z 2015

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