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Coffee 03-23-2005 09:07 PM


Ruction: A riotous disturbance; a noisy quarrel.
[altered - Insurrection, orig. with reference to the Irish Inssurrection of 1798]

Ok..the judging.wonderful entries all....soo hard to decide...exept this first one :rolleyes:

xfox pfft...perhaps your submission might have swayed of judge of the female persuasion...but it fell flat with me, esp since I don't care for B. Springstains. Thanks though for your submission, I have to admit that it is a great picture of the BS.

honorable mentions, but still throw outs for being to close to the truth:

Dinzdale Thanks for sharing a series of fond familial scenes. However, it really just made me feel sorry for poor Mrs Dinz ( I wonder how she is doing?) for having to put up with your wild childhood pranks. Thank you though, for your submission.

Smartypants creative use of the word with a twist on the word origin, but the altercationish nature of your definition is too close to the actual definintion for comfort. ty for your submission.

Honorable mentions without reference to actual word deffinition.

Marcus Bales...I'm not sure what the hell any of that meant...but the tulips on an organ comment made my blood preasure rise a bit...so thanks for that.

Zenbabe one can only wonder what kind of rupture you refer to that might result in auctionable items...I couldn't figure anything out, but I bet it is on Ebay somewhere. Thanks for your submission.

Third place runner up:
MsRobbie An inspired definition that sounds very very pluasible, if not very funny. But high marks for consise definition with great plausibility.

Second Place runner up:
Funkytuba for Pee Wee Herman 'ruction def. I almost gave the first place to this one since it was so near to the sort of definition I thought the word might elicit...but the winners suprise submission won out.

Sparticle for a variety of reasons. The very subtle inclusion of a "altercationist" theme but with a vehicular twist scored very high by not using the word as "the riot" as per SP and Dinz's submissions, but rather as a device to tranport one to a riotious type of scene. Extra points for including an impromptu extra definition (harrangue) and for using the extra Def as a food theme (and a funny one at that) which also coincidentally served to propel me into the winners circle last go around. And, to top it all off... she is Irish which ties into the actual word root origin, probably closer than we imagine, as I am fairly certain her fiesty ancestors caused or had a hand in the Irish Insurrection of 1798 and thus we wouldn't have had that fine word to play with today were it not for Spart's cantankerous ancestors. Kudos to Sparticle. I anxiously await your Dictionary word.

sparticle 03-23-2005 10:52 PM

*ahem* Is this thing on? Good, good.......thank you, thank you. I am currently partying in Boston, but you can send the check here if you don't mind....

What's that? NO CASH PRIZES? Goddammit!

Well. *ahem-hem* Anyway...

The word is:


edited to add: And BTW, thanks very, very much. The dictionary has been ver-a ver-a good to me. :)

Dinzsmum 03-23-2005 11:03 PM

"Dinzdale Thanks for sharing a series of fond familial scenes. However, it really just made me feel sorry for poor Mrs Dinz ( I wonder how she is doing?) for having to put up with your wild childhood pranks. Thank you though, for your submission."

I am just fine, Coffee dear. Thank you for asking after me.

Smartypants 03-23-2005 11:17 PM

hagiography -- the icy patterns caused on smooth surfaces by freezing moisture when it's colder than a witch's tit.

madasacutsnake 03-23-2005 11:27 PM

hagiography - the study of scottish sausage, namely that made from sheep offal; scots sl. Hoo abit a bit ay hagiography Morag?

beckstra 03-23-2005 11:40 PM

hagiography (n) -

1. The study of the heterosexual female's effect in the homosexual male's life and their habits and of the distribution of showtunes and techno in society, including Cher and her effects on humanity.
2. The physical characteristics, especially the surface features, of a heterosexual female who dons a homosexual male.
3. The Will & Grace: The Official Companion.
4. An ordered arrangement of homosexual elements: charting a haigography of gay bars.

(not intended to offend)

Coffee 03-23-2005 11:42 PM

Hagiography - a disused Islamic mapping system that failed due to a requriment that lattitudes and longitudes center on Meca, which made calibration with star movements a bit complicated at best. Developed in the 17th century by Islamic scholar and explorer Hagi Bin Lostin - Hagi was presumed lost at sea somewhere in the Pacific Ocean while attempting to map the European continent.

Hyakujo's Fox 03-24-2005 12:28 AM

hagiography (n) - a method of prophecy, once popular in parts of Albania, which consisted of the dipping of an ugly old woman in black tar and chasing of her around the town square with brooms and rakes, the ensuing pattern on the cobblestones being interpreted by the local hagiographer, to determine whether or not there would be another six weeks of winter.

NOTE: not to be confused with fabiography, which denotes cheap romance novel writing.

Ms Robbie 03-24-2005 03:16 AM

hagiography n, the self-written, highly laudatory, life story of Alexander Haig.

xfox 03-24-2005 04:43 AM

hagiography- The sad tale and fate of beautiful women who enter hagdom after half a wonderful life.

This can be reversed if, just before slipping into eternal darkness, they find a fairy godmother who magically sparks life anew and grants some wishes.

funkytuba 03-24-2005 05:02 AM

<i>hagiography</i> (n) - the list of all the witches a wizard has slept with <i>"Harry Potter compiled himself quite a hagiography with that scar of his."</i>

Marcus Bales 03-24-2005 12:12 PM

Hagiography -- Images of structures that have been both Christian and Muslim places of worship; after the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul (yes, Istanbul not Constantinople. Why did Constantinople get the works? That's nobody's business but the Turks').

sparticle 03-24-2005 02:13 PM

we have a winnah....
Okay, guys....

My judging will be in no way as thorough and creative as the precvious judges. The reasons for this are many and dramatic, but we'll boil them down to this: I am on the road right now and using a very dicey dialup setup that cuts out on me frequently.

I will say that for sheer whimsical originality, I adore Smartypants' definition and declare it the winner. Since I have had occasion to travel to Salem, MA and see frost on the windowpane here this week, I think perhaps he had the sentimental advantage as well.

I'll give you a belated rundown of all the runners-up, etc., when I return home, since all the entries were delightful, and I am sorry not to do them all justice this fine morning, but -- anyway -- here's the true definition:

pl. hag·i·og·ra·phies

1. Biography of saints.
2. A worshipful or idealizing biography.

Many thanks to you all; this is lots of fun!

Smartypants 03-24-2005 04:52 PM

What can I say? I'm speechless. (I just woke up actually, so my head is fuzzy.) With little fanfare, let us continue.

The Word of the Day is:



zero 03-24-2005 06:24 PM


one pillion = 10^3.141592653589793238462643383279502884197169399 37510


craig johnston 03-24-2005 06:51 PM

pillion - those annoying people you always meet in the toilets of certain establishments who ask 'what kind of pill ya on?' and then ask if you know where they can get some. made famous in the prodigy song 'f++k the pillion!'.
'now i've made my millions
i'm surrounded by f**king pillions
f**k the pillion
f**k the pillion
f**k the pillion!'
etc etc

Marcus Bales 03-24-2005 06:52 PM

Pillion - The name of Catherine the Great's favorite horse, and the source of the phrase "riding pillion".

dinzdale 03-24-2005 07:06 PM

The homosexual male in the middle of a stand-up threesome.
Also known as "Lucky Pierre".

Coffee 03-24-2005 07:16 PM

Pillion: (pill-Yun) Contraction of the words "pill" and "young"

The term for children born "accidentally" despite use of "The Pill".

Gatsby 03-24-2005 08:17 PM

Pillion (adverbial phrase): (pell-EE-on) Often used at raves and in mental institutions, pillion is a slang derivative of the phrase "pill you on."

Usage: "What kind of pillion, man?"


Edited: Dammit, I retract my entry. I didn't read everyone else's because I didn't want my brilliant interpretation to be influenced or risk being unfairly inspired by something someone else wrote, and I'll be damned if Craig Johnston didn't already think of it.

Next time I'll read before I hit the "post" button.

Ms Robbie 03-25-2005 02:35 AM

pillion n., one of those annoying little fuzz balls that appear on cheap knit sweaters after one laundering.

xfox 03-25-2005 02:54 AM

pillion n. small dog with only two legs. It's arms are always outstretched to either to offer or take a treat. Long, soft hair on ears, chest and curly tail that wags a lot. Can travel in a handbag. Enjoys a vast wardrobe of collars, which Lord hopes, never malfunction! If you want a friend, get a pillion.

sparticle 03-25-2005 03:41 AM


Originally Posted by Coffee
Pillion: (pill-Yun) Contraction of the words "pill" and "young"

The term for children born "accidentally" despite use of "The Pill".

Or, same definition, possibly a compound of "[The] Pill" and "hellion". :D

sparticle 03-25-2005 03:43 AM

pillion, n.

A disagreeable, obnoxious debutante who filches her mother's Valium.

funkytuba 03-25-2005 04:55 AM

pillion, n.
A combination bracket-flange that keeps the buckets of ferris wheels from flying off into space. We had four deaths because of that pillion failure.

Aphrodite 03-25-2005 12:35 PM

Pillion (n)
A decorative column used to support the roof or overhang which extends out from the main body of a building. They are often seen on the front of old banks and government buildings.

beckstra 03-25-2005 06:38 PM

pillion (n) - french word for butterfly whose wings have just been torn off by a child.

trisherina 03-25-2005 06:40 PM

pillion: The number of stars in Carl Sagan's universe.

Smartypants 03-25-2005 06:46 PM

I apologize it this is short and rushed, but I am out of town on biz and able just briefly to check the board. I would like to spend a few thousand words lauding all these entries and explaining my choices, but I'm afraid there's no time.

pillion n 1a a light saddle for women consisting chiefly of a cushion* b a pad or cushion put on behind a man's saddle chiefly for a woman to ride on 2 a motorcycle or bicycle saddle for a passenger.

*Dinz, shut up. The saddle is for the woman to sit on, not to put on the woman so you can ride her.

CJ, Gatz and Coffee, nice tries, but since yours are all similar, I am tossing out all of yours. Arbitrary, but true.

Marcus is so close to the real definition (and one CAN 'ride pillion', bestial royalty or not), that I say phooey on you. No pts.

Aph, MsRobbie and Funky's are so serious sounding that they could be real, so I give them bluffing points, but they did not make me laugh and I am in need of a laugh.

xfox: that dog don't hunt

Spart and Dinz made melaugh so hard that I farted, so they win. Spart's is brilliant, but since she has already won a first place award , I am making her first runner up to Dinz, in case he becomes incapacitated and cannot fulfill the duties of his crown.

So Dinz wins, and because I am staying in a hotel in West Hollywood, tonight I may go out on the town and find one of these pillions he's described and check out the veracity of his definition!

Take it away, Dinz.

Smartypants 03-25-2005 06:48 PM

Oops! Zero, yours was good, too, just not a winner. Trish and Beckstra, sorry, too late! :(

dinzdale 03-25-2005 07:07 PM

My deep gratitude to Mr Pants....or should I say Pierre?

Being a wage slave, I will not able to judge entries 'til Monday, but if Spart wants to come in on a weekend and sift the wheat from the chaff, she's welcome.

Otherwise, it's crank up the generator and attach the electrodes, what can you tell about:


WTF :confused:

Marcus Bales 03-25-2005 07:12 PM

Clitocybe - What men can never find during cybersex.

trisherina 03-25-2005 07:15 PM

'at's okay, SP, I can't compete with a farting laugh in any case. Hope your biz trip has some fun in it.

clitocybe: One of the earliest organisms in the fossil record, closely resembling a little man in a rowboat.

Coffee 03-25-2005 08:36 PM


The halucinatory secretions resulting from a rare vaginal fungal disorder.

xfox 03-26-2005 05:33 PM

clitocybe (OSP) 1. the first quality of food for thought on how humans evolved from small mammals to where they are today, i.e., on the Internet.
2. What Lewis Carroll was eating before he wrote Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

craig johnston 03-27-2005 12:05 PM

clitocybe - computers. describes the amount of a computer's memory which is taken up by trojans, diallers, key loggers and other unwanted programmes unknowingly downloaded while surfing pornographic websites.
'after a long night of working at home his hard drive was 38% clitocybe'

funkytuba 03-28-2005 12:31 AM

clitocybe - geek-jargon. Acronym for "Command Line Interface TO Cover Your Behind Evermore".

New java-based GUIs are now being added to the most rudimentary sysadmin tasks in an attempt to make them more accessible to less experienced personnel. Unfortunately they generally don't give access to all the functions available from the command line nor are they auditable.

This phrase has therefore popped up in many large environments as a way to say "show us your real chops, and not just that gui stuff you learned in the class".

sparticle 03-28-2005 03:50 AM

^^^I adore Funky's definition.

dinzdale 03-28-2005 03:19 PM

OK spotpickers, as evrcyone googled knows,clitocybe is a variety of fungus, some edible, some poisonous, blah, blah, blah.

Big winner - Trish for the gratuitous mention of the man in the boat.

Coffe was runner-up for including the word "vaginal" :)

trisherina 03-28-2005 03:53 PM

Thank you thank you. The little man thanks you as well.

New word:


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