(adjective, technical) Characterised by pleonasm; using more words than are necessary; superfluous, tautological, redundant. The word can pertain to excessive wordage that results from tautological or surplus expressions or a specific redundant example, and less often to an author or articulator; yet it is more general in referring to a whole style that is wordy or riddled with extraneous expressions, especially when the style is intricate or pompous.Mind you, this definition isn’t pleonastic.
Turn/twist the knife (in the wound); rub salt into someone's wound. To be more unpleasant than necessary; to increase someone’s distress or embarrassment, e.g. by making constant reminders of the circumstances that caused it. Then to twist the knife, she added, “he was religious, after all.”
(informal, old-fashioned, humorous) Without any clothes on, nude; in the buff, in the raw, peeled, stark naked, naked as a jaybird, in one’s birthday suit. Typical usage: to be in the altogether, to get into the altogether, to sleep in the altogether.“She showered, used my hair dryer, finger-combed her hair, found a lipstick and some eye stuff in her bag, which she applied in front of my dresser mirror while standing in the altogether.”
(usually before noun, of a person or animal) Trained, having a lot of experience of doing something.“I was young then and not as seasoned as I am now, so I didn’t just tell him that if he thought that then he was an idiot (and an asshole for issuing a challenge, saying, in effect, prove to me that you’re competent) and walk away in search of someone more interesting and pleasant to talk to.” — Arnold Zwicky, http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=2772
Also, (of food) with salt, pepper, etc.
(from Latin “in good faith,” usually before noun) Authentic, genuine; sincere, honest; legally valid; without deception or fraud. We neither lose nor gain anything by adding the requirement that, for any object X, the identity mapping 1 : X → X is a bona fide mapping in our set theory, so for convenience let us do that.
(formal) To emit watery vapour; to leak out; to happen. Since the mid-18th century, ‘transpire’ has been used in the sense “leak out, become publicly known,” but although widely used in this sense, ‘transpire' tends to sound stilted and pompous. This usage is considered erroneous by many people.… most people before Cantor would’ve expected that a theoretical account of sets would encompass everything that there was to say about those objects. As we all know, nothing of the sort has transpired.
Any aspect of something that must be acknowledged or regarded as unalterable.The enormous complexity to set theory is one of the great facts of life of mathematics.
Also, “facts of life” (plural): the facts concerning reproduction and birth. Some people bring up their children in ignorance of the facts of life.
(from Italian, formal) In a subdued or low voice, quietly, privately (of speech). If we write our number as 1729 we are, sotto voce, offering a preferred way of “computing it” (add one thousand to seven hundreds to two tens to nine).
(formal) That which constitutes no necessary or natural part of anything; proceeding from without; irrelevant. The word is considerably general in its implications, but may suggest a difference in kind (‘hard-core facts’ vs. ‘extraneous interpretation’).The inessential element referred to may, if not excluded, be either harmless or detrimental (‘extraneous poisons’, ‘ext. odours’).Omitting the extraneous matter and concentrating on essentials, sir, Mr Gorringe wishes to borrow £1,000 from you.
(informal) An individual with a PhD in… z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z-z. “It’s not easy to become a blah-blah-ologist. It takes years of whatever, a summer of something-or-other, more than one yadda-yadda, and a daily regimen of frequent foozie-whatsits.” —Mark Peters “Take your blah-blah to the blah-blah-ologist.”
A figure of speech used in reference to an individual who can do many things, but is not an expert in any of them. “Thus Jack-of-all-trades hath distinctly shown
The twelve Apostles on a cherry-stone;
Thus faction’s à la mode in treason’s fashion,
Now we have heresy by complication.”
Agree to differ. If two people agree to disagree, they “resolve” a conflict (usually a debate) by accepting that they have different opinions and deciding not to discuss it any longer. “Aumann’s agreement theorem, informally stated, says that two people acting rationally (in a certain precise sense) and with common knowledge of each other’s beliefs cannot agree to disagree.”
(AmE: baby carriage; BrE old-fashioned: perambulator) A vehicle with four wheels in which a baby can lie down. “The OED has push bicycle and push cycle as well as push bike, which they label as 'informal.' Myself, I've only heard push bike, but push bicycle is around on the web, as well as push tricycle and push unicycle. Of course, BrE has another push-vehicle, the push-chair, known in AmE as a stroller. Related is the pram, short for perambulator, known in AmE as a baby carriage.”
To pinch an inch of fat (using your forefinger and thumb) at the side of your body at waist level. Used as a test to measure whether an individual has excess body fat. One also hears people saying, typically while pinching more than an inch, “I'm getting a belly”.
(slang, offensive, rare) A vehicle (usually a minibus) used to transport grotesquely awkward people (spaz) to their destination. “I stopped complaining about this because a) the admin obviously doesn’t care either and b) it just creates another spazwagon vehicle for the pro-trolls on these boards to ride on.”
An individual’s ability to peruse textual material, quantified by analysing it in comparison with the average ability of juvenile people at a particular stage of maturation. “I did overestimate the reading age of Fark commenters.”
In other words, a person’s ability to read, measured by comparing it with the average ability of children of a specific age.
(verb, figurative) To tolerate something. I am nabbbing this word merely because of the following quotation. “Finally, a couple of people just couldn’t stomach the following admittedly rather complex sentence of mine.” —Geoffrey K. Pullum, http://languagelog.ldc.upenn.edu/nll/?p=1319
(formal) An enormous and devastating fire; the blazing or burning of a large extent or mass of combustible matter, e.g. of a forest, a city, et cetera; inferno. ‘Conflagration’ and ‘blaze’ emphasise rapidness and intenseness of burning, with ‘conflagration’ being an intensification of ‘blaze’ (which itself is of higher intensity than ‘fire’).“Oh, not the fire alarm thing again, Jeeves.”
“Yes, sir. As l see it, sir, the occupants of the house would suppose that a conflagration had broken out.”
(formal, literary) Strictly speaking, a person intoxicated by the action of alcoholic beverages at the moment of being described. As ‘dipsomaniac’, it’s a technical term to designate an excessive drinker, but ‘alcoholic’ has so widely displaced those words that both terms now seem archaic. ‘Dipsomaniac’, once the word for a chronic drink addict, now might be primarily humorous.“My only daughter, for whom l had dreamed of a wonderful golden future, is going to marry an inebriated newt fancier.”
A mediæval glove, as of flexible fabric, leather, chain mail or plate armour, worn by a knight in armour to protect the hand. In present use, it’s mostly used as part of several idiomatic expressions: to throw down the gauntlet, to pick/take up the gauntlet, to run the gauntlet. The word in the phrase ‘run the gauntlet’ (face one’s punishment) is a corruption of ‘gantlope’; whereas in the former two phrases it comes from the Old French word ‘gantelet’, “glove”.Ok, the gauntlet has been thrown?