Unusual words and expressions
- secundum legem
according to law
- praeter legem
an item that is not regulated by law and therefore is not illegal (contra legem)
- Ceteris Paribus
τσέτερις πάριμπους, other things been equal
- Post hoc ergo propter hoc
an informal fallacy that states: 'Since event Y followed event X, event Y must have been caused by event X.'
- lato sensu
Εν ευρεία εννοία
An object or feature which imitates the design of a similar artifact made from another material.
- Ars longa, vita brevis
- Verbum sapienti satis est
Latin phrase that's the orign of the 'a word to the wise (is sufficient)'
a branch of a river that does not return to the main stream after leaving it (as in a delta) — παρακλάδι
a river or stream flowing into a larger river or lake — παραπόταμος
- sun-dried brick made of clay and straw, in common use in countries having little rainfall (αργιλόπλινθος).
- a building constructed of adobe.
- a person who owns or manages a pub
- (in ancient Rome and biblical times) a collector of taxes
- a literary, musical, or artistic piece consisting wholly or chiefly of motifs or techniques borrowed from one or more sources
- an incongruous combination of materials, forms, motifs, etc., taken from different sources; hodgepodge: this system is a pastiche.
a recurring subject, theme, idea, etc., especially in a literary, artistic, or musical work.
opposite of "as the crow flies"
"By road", "by car", "by bike", etc. are all acceptable. A nicely balanced and easily understood alternative
(albeit a bit elaborate) is "as the road winds"
tirade, diatribe, vehement
tahy-reyd — a prolonged outburst of bitter, outspoken denunciation, a vehement [vee-uh-muh nt] speech. A diatribe [dahy-uh-trahyb].
uh-mal-guh m — an alloy of mercury with other metal(s)
adjective (of writing, pictures, or talk) treating sexual matters in an indecent way and typically conveying undue interest in or enjoyment of the subject.
synonyms: pornographic, obscene, indecent, crude, lewd, vulgar, dirty, filthy.
\es-em-PLAS-tik, -uh m-\
1. having the ability to shape diverse elements or concepts into a unified whole:
the esemplastic power of a great mind to simplify the difficult.
conjunction: even though, even if
- to relieve or lessen without curing; mitigate; alleviate.
- to try to mitigate or conceal the gravity of (an offense) by excuses, apologies, etc.; extenuate.
He was a strong man with an austere command of himself, and when he had to face death he divested himself of all that could palliate the suffering, and stood up to it with a stark resolution which was more Roman than Christian.
1. sluggish in temperament; gloomy; taciturn.
2. suffering from lead poisoning, as a person.
nice way of responding to praise
- thank you for being so generous with your praise (makes "thank you very much for your kind words" sound trite and cliche by comparison).
inclined to silence; reserved in speech; reluctant to join in conversation.
Or maybe [he] has actually come to believe his own Jeremiads abou Tehran's supposed suicidal "mad mullahs."
Israel knows that Iran has no intention of launching a nuclear attack on the Jewish state, which is a major world nuclear power with an invulnerable triad of land, sea and air-launched nuclear weapons.
to have a tiger by the tail
to find oneself in a situation that has turned out to be much more difficult to control than one had expected
The United States has the Iranian tiger by the tail. Washington doesn't know whether to hold on or let the big beast go.
When Titus found fault with him for contriving a tax upon public conveniences, he held a piece of money from the first payment to his son's nose, asking whether its odour was offensive to him. When Titus said "No," he replied, "Yet it comes from urine."
- Suetonius, 12 Caesars, "Vespasian"
to deprive of courage, strength, determination, or confidence; upset.
The development has unnerved America's autocratic allies in the region, which see Iran as their main regional rival.
The deal comes amid a period of rapprochement between the US and its long-time Middle Eastern foe Iran.
According to Chapman, whose likeness accompanying his column shows him smiling the
smile of the self-satisfied bourgeois, this is all so much balderdash, [...]
senseless, stupid, or exaggerated talk or writing; nonsense
We should be careful about what we recognize as contributing factors to social problems at the macro level, especially where those influences affect the macro-level society only by way of willful human behavior. Everything might be rightly construed as a potential influence on human behavior, and anything taken to excess might inspire dangerous or irresponsible behavior; but it's very dangerous to treat human beings as fungible stimulus-response machines, and locate the nexus of responsibility for outcomes in the complex of external behavioral influences rather than in human agency itself. People should be held accountable for the actual, quantifiable harm they do to others, with consideration of what external influences contributed to their actions having only a role to play in deciding how to respond to people who actually are harming others.
- a representation, picture, or image, especially a portrait: to draw a good likeness of Churchill
- the state or fact of being liked: I can't get over your likeness to my friend
- the semblance or appearance of something:to assume the likeness of a swan
- jump the gun: act before the proper time;
synonyms: act prematurely, act too soon, be overhasty, be precipitate.
- we're going that road …
- I don't have a great story as to why <insert arbitrary question someone asked>
- In addition to that, please talk to Mr. X who can get this going for us
- gave him a heads-up that an investigation was pending
- let me spend some time nosing around and see what I can find
- "hold off (on someone or something)"; to delay doing something concerning someone or something. "Please hold off on Tom until we interview the other candidates". "Hold off on dropping the database till I back it up"
- "You're all caught up!"; used in the sense that one no longer has any pending tasks or required things to perform
- as I have stuck my head above the parapet, I think that I should probably comment on this as well…
- can we do that on the cheap without all this testing?
- Some boxes are better left unopened
- Don't go overboard with this
- we spent most of that time beefing up the back-end. beef up to strengthen, reinforce, make more effective
- We'll have to mull it over a little bit. Ponder, consider, think over/about, reflect on, contemplate, turn over in one's mind, chew over, give some thought to
- There's no mucking around. Phrasal verb. If you muck around or muck about, you behave in a childish or silly way, often so that you waste your time and fail to achieve anything
- dyed in the wool: "she's a dyed-in-the-wool conservative" (inveterate, confirmed, entrenched, established, long-standing, deep-rooted, diehard)
- it's starting to get nippy (for the weather)
- is it turnkey and he'll just do it or are we hitting new ground with these guys?
- we just need to go into this with our eyes open
- we'll punt on that one for now and re-visit it when you come back …
- Useless printed instuctions and manuals.
Originated in England during World War II when English soldiers were overwelmed with unnecessary printed materials and used them as toilet tissue or "bum fodder".
- I'll be making stuff up if you want me to answer now
- I'm just getting the rule straight
- I think I have the story straight now
- and we all know how that played out
- something went off the rails at that point
- it avoids having to change gears
- this is a homegrown, cludgy solution
- we haven't sized it yet
- ever before going down that road
- this is on Peter's plate at this point
- Granted, that concept is hand-wavey and poorly defined
- at the end of a presentation: "and I'm gonna leave you with that"
- Not to pile onto Walter but my experience and general opinion is similar to Peter's
- after you're done I'll be checking bases with George and Mary
- don't hold me to it
- well! I dumped that on your plate
- there's a lot that has calcified here
- it's getting hairy (for a problem)
- the nitty-gritty details
- the schedule is already slipping
- we have to stay up — it's not a stagnant world
- there's plenty of challenges and I'm going to skim through them
- performance and portability pull in different directions
- all that effort now pays off
- that was out of the radar
- that was before I came onboard
- You get the short end of the stick
- I'm just trying to get that out of the way
- just wanted to close the loop
- I will now bow out
- (= I will quit doing something). I heard that used in the sense of gracefully withdrawing from an activity when one's work is done.
- It's not all it's cracked up to be
- It dawned on me
- out of my face you creep
- he's on the mend
- ( = he's healing / getting better)
- beat it
- ( = hit the road)
- 101 ("one oh one")
- ( = basic, elementary)
- no harm, no foul
- ( = nobody got hurt, let's move on)
- ( = usu. for a woman: always rancorous, gossiping about others)
- bestiality is frowned upon
- he went back for seconds