Archive for New-to-me Words


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 […]


Those Russian ear-flap hats are called ushanka. According to Wikipedia: “An ushanka […] is a Russian fur cap with ear flaps that can be tied up to the crown of the cap, or fastened at the chin to protect the ears, jaw and lower chin from the cold.”