Wednesday, May 29, 2013


Dactylion (noun): The tip of one's middle finger.

"I wasn't sure if he was simply showing me his dactylion or intended to insult me."

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Nihilarian (noun): One who does useless work; practicing matters of no importance.

This is an interesting word because it comes from the Latin nihil meaning "nothing." A nihilist (a philosophical term)  is one who argues that life is without objective meaning, purpose, or intrinsic value. But if it's his or her work that is without meaning, purpose, or value, he or she is described as a nihilarian.

Which begs the question, is it possible to be an overworked nihilarian and yet not be a nihilist?

Discuss amongst yourselves...

Thursday, May 2, 2013


Peenge (verb): To complain in a whiney voice.

This word sounds like what it is -- there is just no way that a word like peenge could mean forceful or aggressive.

"The editor was getting sick of the author's constant peenging about royalties."