touchstone

Definition: (noun) A basis for comparison; a reference point against which other things can be evaluated. Synonyms: criterion, standard, measure. Usage: You appear to me to be the very touchstone of responsibility. Discuss …read more

“Lurk Moar”

(Intentionally misspelled) Lurk Moar is a phrase used by image board and forums posters alike to inform other users they need to post less and study the community before posting again. The phrase can generally be used as a euphemism in a derogatory sense so as to inform users they are not wanted/welcomed, but may […]

Rubatosis

rubatosis n. The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/28154792144/rubatosis

Karaoke

Karaoke, a form of entertainment in which amateur performers sing songs using pre-recorded music, was popularized by Japanese musician Daisuke Inoue in the 1970s. Inoue invented a coin-operated music player in 1971 after fans requested recordings of his performances—they wanted to sing along with the music on a company retreat. He never patented the karaoke […]

“Excelsior” – New York State’s Motto

New York’s official state motto is simply Excelsior (Ever Upward). The motto appears on New York’s state seal and state flag. Source: Excelsior | State Symbols USA See Also: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Excelsior

Vellichor

vellichor n. The strange wistfulness of used bookshops. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/57250260260/vellichor

Kleptopredation

The scientific theory that some animals select their prey according to the prey having just eaten their own meal. Thereby gaining the food value of the prey and the prey’s last meal. …read more

“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they aren’t.” –Yogi Berra

“In theory, theory and practice are the same. In practice, they aren’t.” —Yogi Berra.

Énouement

énouement n. The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/34300648208/%C3%A9nouement

Catch-Phrase? Definition

A well-known sentence or phrase, typically one that is associated with a particular famous person. An advertising slogan.   Noun: Catch-Phrase Synonyms: saying, quotation, quote, slogan, motto, catchword, watchword, byword, buzzword, tag line, mantra

Monachopsis

monachopsis n. The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/36505968156/monachopsis

Gazumping

Gazumping occurs when a seller (especially of property) accepts an oral offer (a promise to purchase) on the property from one potential buyer, but then accepts a higher offer from someone else. It can also refer to the seller raising the asking price or asking for more money at the last minute, after previously orally […]

“Read my Lips”

“Read my Lips” Who: George Bush

Opia

opia n. The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable. http://www.dictionaryofobscuresorrows.com/post/37651224370/opia  

By Jingo

The expression “by Jingo” is apparently a minced oath that appeared rarely in print, but which may be traced as far back as to at least the 17th century in a transparent euphemism for “by Jesus“. The OED attests the first appearance in 1694, in an English edition of the works of François Rabelais as […]

“Go ahead, make my day”

“Go ahead, make my day” Who: Harry (Dirty Harry) Callahan – Clint Eastwood What: Sudden Impact When: 1983

The man on the Clapham omnibus – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The man on the Clapham omnibus is a hypothetical reasonable person, used by the courts in English law where it is necessary to decide whether a party has acted as a reasonable person would – for example, in a civil action for negligence. The man on the Clapham omnibus is a reasonably educated and intelligent […]

Pig in a Poke.

Pig in a Poke.   https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pig_in_a_poke

ramify

Definition: (verb) To have complicating consequences or outgrowths. Synonyms: complexify. Usage: The problem merely ramified after the unsuccessful meeting. Discuss …read more

“Using a 9 iron? That might not be enough club”

“Using a 9 iron? That might not be enough club” Who: Golf Commentator on Geico  Insurance Commercial More Info: www.tvcommercialspots.com

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