Archive for New-to-me Words

morfternoon and maen

A few weeks ago, I coined the word morfternoon, which refers to the period of time in a given day when it’s technically very late morning or even afternoon, but one is having such a slow start to one’s day that it’s effectively morning. Sadly, I see that others have also coined this term; there […]


According to Wikipedia: “Swarf [is a term for] pieces of metal, wood, or plastic that are the debris or waste resulting from machining, woodworking, or similar subtractive (material-removing) manufacturing processes.”

Is it esculent?

esculent: edible, fit to be eaten According to dictionary,com, it originates in the 1620s, from L. esculentus, from esca “food,” from PIE *ed- “to eat” (see eat). (Link and usage examples here) I saw it a while back and hadn’t gotten around to following up on the idea that it would make a great first […]

Not We

I just read an article about Doctor Who in which former showrunner Steven Moffat referred to “the Not-We audience.” Turns out that Not We (with various capitalizations and punctuations) is a term used by Doctor Who fandom to refer to people who are casual watchers of the show, or to “anyone who is not an […]

happy path

According to Wikipedia: “In the context of software or information modeling, a happy path is a default scenario featuring no exceptional or error conditions. For example, the happy path for a function validating credit card numbers would be where none of the validation rules raise an error, thus letting execution continue successfully to the end, […]


According to Wikipedia: “A gömböc […] is a convex three-dimensional homogeneous body which, when resting on a flat surface, has just one stable and one unstable point of equilibrium.” What does that mean? Well, it’s kind of like a self-righting roly-poly toy, except that it isn’t weighted; it’s of uniform density throughout. But however you […]