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


rubatosis n. The unsettling awareness of your own heartbeat.


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 […]


vellichor n. The strange wistfulness of used bookshops.


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


énouement n. The bittersweetness of having arrived in the future, seeing how things turn out, but not being able to tell your past self.


monachopsis n. The subtle but persistent feeling of being out of place.


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 n. The ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable.  


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:

“Just because you keep trying to do the right thing, doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a happy ending.” – Junko Kaname

“Just because you keep trying to do the right thing, doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed a happy ending.” – Junko Kaname


n. the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own—populated with their own ambitions, friends, routines, worries and inherited craziness—an epic story that continues invisibly around you like an anthill sprawling deep underground, with elaborate passageways to thousands of … Read More: The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows […]

“Never have a meeting where two pizzas couldn’t feed the entire group”

“Never have a meeting where two pizzas couldn’t feed the entire group” Who: Jeff Bezos ( More Info: Jeff Bezos’ two pizza rule for productive meetings  


Definition: (noun) A trembling or shaking. Synonyms: shakiness, trembling, quiver, vibration. Usage: Cornelius put his hand on his heart, to repress as it were its violent palpitation. Discuss …read more


Definition: (noun) A feeling of ill will arousing active hostility. Synonyms: bad blood, animosity. Usage: Dorothea had observed the animus with which Will’s part in the painful story had been recalled more than once. …read more

Speak Plainly and Eschew Neologisms | Science

“Speak Plainly and Eschew Neologisms” Source: Speak Plainly and Eschew Neologisms | Science

Play it again, Sam

Play it again, Sam Who: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) What: Where: Movie – Casablanca When: 1942   More Info:,_Sam


Definition: (noun) An instrument for measuring wind force and velocity. Synonyms: wind gauge. Usage: The storm chasers loaded their van with high-tech gear, including a number of powerful anemometers. Discuss …read more

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