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quod·li·bet \Quod"li*bet\ (kw[o^]d"l[i^]*b[e^]t), n. [L., what you please.] 1. A nice point; a subtilty; a debatable point. Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) Also quodlibertarian and quodlibetic - purely academic!

English Spelling? Does English really work this way?

* Pronounce "ghoti".
* Pronounce "Phtholognyrrh".
* Spell "coffee" completely wrong.
Go to the bottom of the page for answers!

Wednesday, March 21, 2007


A category that The Washington Post calls "redefinitions".

  • Frisbeetarian, one who believes that when you die tour soul goes up on the roof ans gets stuck.
    - The Houston Chronicle, 1994

  • coffee (n.), a person who is coughed upon. - The Washington Post - 1998

  • asterisk (v.), to inquire about danger. ibid.

  • esplanade (verb form of the noun), to attempt an explanation while drunk, ibid.

  • negligent (adj.), a condition in which a woman absent-mindedly answers the door in her nightie. ibid.

  • abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach. ibid.

  • artery: The study of paintings. Saul Ricklin, 2001

  • bacteria: The back door to a cafeteria. ibid.

  • Cesarian section: A neighborhood in Rome. ibid.

  • dilate: To live long. ibid.

  • nitrates: Cheaper than day rates. ibid.

  • node: Was aware of. ibid.

  • outpatient: Someone who fainted.ibid.

  • postoperative: Letter carrier. ibid.

  • terminal illness: Getting sick at the airport. ibid. or Nausea from too much internet. Don Ricklin, 2001

  • Sarchasm: sär-ˌka-zəm: noun; the gap between someone being ironic and the person who doesn't get the joke. Stolen from Richard at SmugMug

No comments:

  • ghoti is pronounced: fish, 'gh' as in tough, 'o' as in women and 'ti' as in motion! Attributed to George Bernard Shaw by some. Visit GHOTI for a rant against this "joke" about english pronuciation.
  • Phtholognyrrh pronounced: Turner, According to a Mr. Turner who insisted on signing his name that way according to Robert M. Rennick in I Didn't Catch Your Name, Verbatim® Vol. XXix, No2. Mr Turner explains: " Look, the phth is like phthisic, which is pronounced t; olo is like colonel, which is pronounced ur; gn as in gnat is pronounced n; and yrrh as in myrrh, is pronounced er. So you have Turner. Nothing could be simpler." Reader's Digest, Jan . 1941, p. 42
  • coffee spelled completely incorrectly is kauphy! or kaughy!