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article name change[edit]

Not bad... are we going to have a "Liberal lexicon" too? humanbe in 23:06, 30 August 2007 (CDT)

To be honest, I was sorta conflating the two. -- מְתֻרְגְּמָן וִיקִי שְׁלֹום!
Yes, and I came back to bring that up. I think a name change would be good, how about "RationalWiki Shibboleths"? Or just "Lexicon"? Or whatever you think is good. Even though I am very Liberal, I don't like RW to be hung up on C. bashing. It's not why we're here. But the article is quite good, and funny, and will probably get even better. So let's give it a really good name. humanbe in 23:40, 30 August 2007 (CDT)
How about some form of dyslexicon? ("DysLexicon": Dys Lexicon is a guide to our shibboleths...)? humanbe in 13:52, 31 August 2007 (CDT)
I also think this is very good - but I am also not keen on the title. It's really an RW lexicon - the argot is our own though err... dredged .. from many places. --Bob_M (talk) 13:57, 31 August 2007 (CDT)
I'm falling in love with DysLexicon. Should it be in the RW namespace, though? humanbe in 16:30, 31 August 2007 (CDT)


I've added "Wandalism" but I can't remember who came up with it. I know it was one of the "originals"--Bob_M (talk) 14:03, 31 August 2007 (CDT)

I know I once thought I "made it up" on here, but it's been around for a few years. I was just goofing on the pronunciation, but of course the neologism is a play on "wiki vandalism". humanbe in 16:15, 31 August 2007 (CDT)
Ah right. I was just looking at your talk pare for more on that. I'll edit the comment then.--Bob_M (talk) 07:20, 1 September 2007 (CDT)


Can we move the parts of speech to after the words being commented on? It would look better I think. And make more sense. humanbe in 16:30, 31 August 2007 (CDT)


Should it be removed now that cp is only a minor part?Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 10:18, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

I'd say so. It really has very little to do with CP now.--Bob_M (talk) 10:15, 1 September 2007 (CDT)


Re. Origin of pwn - it may be ex gaming but here it was definitely a typo by H that got it used. I'd go through his archives again but frankly, my dear ... Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 10:20, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Obviously it's not worth a debate, but if you check this WP link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pwn you'll see that it is described in exactly the way we use it here. :-)--Bob_M (talk) 10:23, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
I didn't make it up in any way. I imported it, along with others before me, back in the RW1 days, I think. Elderly adolescents, indeed! Hmmmph. humanbe in 15:39, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

'Elderly adolescents' wasn't me - face it, compared to me you're a mere infant. Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 19:03, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

I know it wasn't, I checked the diffs. That above was just me being pretend huffy about it. And at 47 3/4, I'm no spring chickadee. I tried to start a geezer squad on here, but we couldn't fit our walkers through teh intertubes. humanbe in 20:19, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
No, "elderly adolescent" was mine. I rather think it could be applied to many of the older crew here. (Although Susan might opt for a more radical adjective for herself.) How old is the resident vandal?--BobDo you agree? 12:03, 2 September 2007 (CDT)


I think we should add this as I see it from time to time. But what does it mean?

From context it means something like "I am the one" or "wasn't that the best?" - geneally a cry of victory. Or am I wrong? Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 12:48, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Well - now we know. You were certainly close. :-) --Bob_M (talk) 13:04, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

As I recall, it was a parody of over-effusive fangirl/n00b types who'd use multiple exclamation points, but occasionally they'd have 1's because they'd slip off the shift key. Then people started to write out "one" in the parodies, or add other numbers. --Kels 13:04, 1 September 2007 (CDT)


F - you beat me to it word for word. Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 15:00, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Ya gonna

  • asterisk and

'em all then? Or shall I? Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 15:08, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

I changed how you typed the *; and yes, let's. Colons work well for the extra lines under the entries. humanbe in 15:42, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
I done did it. The rest of you make sure it looks good to you, too, ok? humanbe in 15:56, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
Do we really need all those HRs now that the asterisks separate the entries? I thought that was the point of the asterisks... humanbe in 16:40, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Sorta edit conflict I'll shift 'em Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 17:22, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

A dumb question?[edit]

I really should know this, but I don't. What does "ACD" stand for? DickTurpis 16:44, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Article Creation Drive Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 16:53, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
It was a parody of CP, people here started writing articles about numbers and letters to "up" the article count. Then they were moved to their own namespace, which is now where we stick pointless but funny articles. humanbe in 17:09, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
Or well, just about anything we don't want in the main space.... tmtoulouse oppress 17:11, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
Ah. I like it. It should probably be made apparent to outsiders. Or more apparent, if it already is covered somewhere. It's not exactly obvious, and I looked quite a few places in my efforts to fidure it out. DickTurpis 18:22, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
Nevermind. I see already in the dylexicon. DickTurpis 18:23, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Moved sensitive[edit]

Moved 'a sensitive man' to 'sensitive man, a' Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 16:53, 1 September 2007 (CDT)


Shall we suppress the TOC, since it is now almost the entire first screen? Or otherwise manipulate it? If it's on the right, the text starts at the top, to the left of it, correct? humanbe in 17:11, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Make it pretty Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 17:14, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

I moved it to the right. Not sure if it's "pretty", but at least the content starts at the top now. We might still want to NOTOC it if we want "pretty". humanbe in 17:27, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
There might be some better solutions...let me think on it a bit. tmtoulouse oppress 17:29, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
I got it. We use NOTOC and hand code a series of links to the sections in a horizontal line. It can also be inserted in the middle and at the bottom. Shall I proceed? humanbe in 17:37, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Its vanished from my screen - thought you'd notocced it. Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 17:35, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Give me a little bit of time to develop an alternative thats "automatic." tmtoulouse oppress 17:40, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Or not if you think you have it. tmtoulouse oppress 17:45, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
It took me less time to do it manually. However, feel free to replace it if you automate it. Oh, and, is it prettier now? Does it work on your PDA, Susan? humanbe in 17:46, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

P r e t t y ! Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 18:18, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

Thank you, ma'am (bows deeply, falls over, gets up, dusts off, looks confused) humanbe in 18:48, 1 September 2007 (CDT)
By the way, WP has one called "{{compactTOC4}}", and, I suspect, a few others that could be ported over if we ever want to. humanbe in 16:13, 3 September 2007 (CDT)


I was only looking for something mostly harmless to put in under 'H'. Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 21:34, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

No, it's fine, I am not offended at all. I like being famous! TYVM... btw, we don't need to fill out every letter, just put this thing together in a way that makes sense. Hmm, should (or did we?) add a link to this from the help files you so graciously wrote? humanbe in 21:45, 1 September 2007 (CDT)

mostly harmless[edit]

Bob did. Pity about that - the above was supposed to be mildly insulting - mostly harmless H2G2 -susang 21:55, 1 September 2007 (CDT) -aargh tripped out.

oh, boogers! Whatever you said. humanbe in 22:10, 1 September 2007 (CDT)


For several years, back when there were a zillion "Little Mesters" making cutlery in Sheffield, I worked in the cutlery trade, back then I knew who invented the spork - but I've been wracking my brain & can't be confident. I know my father's employers made them in the 50's & I had a couple 'till a few years ago. They were pretty useless and fulfilled neither function adequately. Indeed could be dangerous if you forgot & stabbed your mouth with the forky bit. Susan Jayne Garlicktalk 10:09, 5 September 2007 (CDT)

A vexing problem indeed. I personally recommend a Darth Maul style double-ended utensil - one end has a little indentation for fluids, the other has prongs. -- מְתֻרְגְּמָן וִיקִי שְׁלֹום!
Is there any need to worry about it, since it doesn't really get used here on RW? Or are we adding any neologisms or slang from teh last 20-30 years now? Or did I miss it getting used much here? humanbe in 14:09, 5 September 2007 (CDT)
It was used on my spork talk page so I queried it.--Bobbing up and down 14:13, 5 September 2007 (CDT)
Ah, ok. It's a synonym for "port" (as in, port that over here) in computers, by the way, and I think it's usage is broader than wikis. Although, our usage is almost certainly wiki-based. Like when we sporked the wikicode for randomizing from UC for our slogan. humanbe in 14:26, 5 September 2007 (CDT)
It has nothing to do with porting. It's a pun on fork, which is a piece of code or text taken from one place and copied somewhere else, generally used for software (such as how Mozilla Firefox started out as a fork of the Mozilla suite) but occasionally used for wikis. --GastonRabbit (talk) 23:51, 7 June 2010 (UTC)

uber-1337-kewl, script kiddies[edit]

And ...errr... the significance of 1337?--Bob's your uncle 13:52, 26 September 2007 (EDT)

1337 is a transliteration of "leet" wp:leet Susantalk to me 13:58, 26 September 2007 (EDT)
More than I ever want to know.--Bob's your uncle 14:04, 26 September 2007 (EDT)
Mm - that's what I thought too! Susantalk to me 14:12, 26 September 2007 (EDT)


I added 26 instances of Template:AlphanumericTOC to make the page navigable from each heading. This might become more useful as the page accumulates more terms. I initially imported Template:AlphanumericTOC to (eventually) use on an index page I might eventually make some progress on. In the meantime, I saw the alphabetic headings on RationalWiki:DysLexicon and saw a place to use the template (actually, 26 places, which by coincidence is the number of letters in the English alphabet, a fact I learned by eating a lot of soup). If you don't like it, feel free to add more flames to my talk page, but notice the high standard for cruelty you must meet or preferably exceed. --Teratornis 01:45, 25 October 2007 (EDT)

Wow, talk about overkill. A TOC after every frikkin' letter? This article is now more TOC than content! One at the top, one at the bottom, and one in the middle ought to be enough for the next few years... humanUser talk:Human 01:55, 25 October 2007 (EDT)


I thought it was spelled smrat... --Kels 19:41, 28 October 2007 (EDT)

It doesnt really matter because they mean the same thing. Elassint Throw things at me 19:46, 28 October 2007 (EDT)
And I was thinking SMRT, first attributed to Homer Jay Simpson, PhD. Stile4aly 11:17, 29 October 2007 (EDT)
I question the value of this "article"... perhaps it might have a happier home in fun:? humanUser talk:Human 17:04, 1 November 2007 (EDT)
An entry in the DysLexicon is probably all we need, given it's a one-liner. --Kels 17:24, 1 November 2007 (EDT)
Doh. Yes, exactly. Who wants to haul the water? humanUser talk:Human 17:26, 1 November 2007 (EDT)
I copied the chat from the defunct smert article to here. humanUser talk:Human 17:34, 1 November 2007 (EDT)


For some reason (maybe that mule kick when I was 8yo?) I've "pronounced" this in mine head as lutz. What is the proper pronunciation? La's? If so I'm stickin with mine. CЯacke®

I pronounce it as written, with a short "u". But, since it is a corruption of "LOLs", an argument might be made for pronouncing it either "lolez" (long "o"), or with a short "o". Wait, you try to pronounce gibberish on your 'puter screen? It took South Park to teach us that "pwned" is pronounced "poned"... In reality, I pronounce "lulz" as a brief chuckle. humanUser talk:Human 15:29, 17 December 2007 (EST)


While ceding Gov Monbiot his due to the dyslexicon, I do seem to remember Gov Jerry Brown referred to as Gov Moonbeam. Just a comment. CЯacke®

Yup, that came about after he proposed California start its own space program, while governor. humanUser talk:Human 15:26, 17 December 2007 (EST)


Origin says RW but I recall first seeing this on a.r.s (alt.religion.scientology) in the mid-nineties, you know, the "olden days". CЯacke® 19:40, 5 June 2008 (EDT)

Yeah, surely we didn't make that up. Some people put RW as the origin if this is the first place they saw it, I think. ħumanUser talk:Human 22:03, 5 June 2008 (EDT)


I feel that we should honor Prof. Richard Lenski by using this word more. I propose making it the word of the month. (Or perhaps word of next month.)--Bobbing up 03:16, 28 June 2008 (EDT)

Ish speshul werd ub teh yeerr noew. Akolite. Ish prittie two.
Acolyte, charcoal lighter, hamburglar lite, someone light a freaking bulb over teh assfly. ħumanUser talk:Human 03:20, 28 June 2008 (EDT)


Explain. Evil harmonic Hoover! 15:15, 26 February 2009 (EST)


When did this become wiki lingo? I just made it up in my Uncyclopedia-frequenting days (ca. the middle of last decade) to put on articles that were bastardized versions of Wikipedia articles. I don't have a problem with its inclusion; I just find it odd that something I made up became the least bit popular. --GastonRabbit (talk) 03:17, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

It's a cross between a spoon and a fork. Been around longer than the innertubez. ħumanUser talk:Human 03:27, 26 May 2010 (UTC)
But yeah, it's been used in the defined context for some time. Do you really think you were the first to use it? I'm not doubting you, but if you did, hellz get it on and give us citez! ħumanUser talk:Human 03:28, 26 May 2010 (UTC)
Already linked to the edits I made on Uncyclopedia making the word a wiki term. See the main article. As for the eating utensil, I already know what those are. They're awesome. --GastonRabbit (talk) 03:37, 26 May 2010 (UTC)

Some that aren't very RW-related[edit]

  • Curse of Ham - (n) - a racist fallacy that all non-white people have darker skin pigmenting because they are cursed.
Origin - A controversial interpretation of Genesis 9:20-27, Ham being the one whose descendants were cursed.
Incidence - Republican Faith (blog)
  • DEMONcrat - (adj; n) - see LIEberal.
Incidence - Republican Faith (blog)
  • Evilutionist - (n) - Another hilarious term invented by those wacky YEC guys to describe someone who thinks that the Book of Genesis is just a fairy story (although there are no faeries in the aforementioned).
  • LIEberal - (adj; n) - hilarious conflation of the words 'lie' and 'liberal'; then, just to make sure that you got the joke, they capitalised the 'lie'. D'y'see?
Incidence - Republican Faith (blog), Blogs 4 Brownback
  • U.S.E. - (v; n) - acronym of 'Unplanned Sexual Event'. An attempt to legitimise rape and sexual abuse by saying that it is God's will.
Origin - Lynelle Bryant of Republican Faith (blog)
Incidence - Republican Faith (blog)

These are related to on-mission subjects covered in our articles. They aren't really site jargon or in-jokes, so I'm not sure why they should belong in the dyslexicon. If they're phrases used repeatedly in this Republican Faith (blog), shouldn't they be mentioned in our article on that subject rather than here? €₳$£ΘĪÐWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 17:29, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

Obscure / not used[edit]

  • Ah, Vienna! - (phrase) - "Means nothing to me!"
origin - Ultravox. (Not Ultravox!, that was John Foxx up front.)
  • 'sensitive man, a' - (n. phrase) - named after a CP vandal who posted the same picture of Hitler and his dog over and over, with the caption 'Hitler was a sensitive man'.[citation needed] Thus, saying that someone 'is a sensitive man' is a veiled accusation of them being far-right.

I haven't heard either of these phrases in my two years at RW. Probably these date from before my time, but if they're not commonly in current use, why mention them on here? & Since the "sensitive man" thing relates to some ancient & rather uninteresting vandalism of CP, which isn't even linked or screengrab-linked from here, it doesn't seem like a great entry. Unless people really do call each other a sensitive man & I've just never noticed it. €₳$£ΘĪÐWeaselly.jpgMethinks it is a Weasel 17:45, 24 June 2010 (UTC)

"Ah, Vienna" is occasionally uttered by Toast, but I've never heard the second. Educated drug Phantom! 17:51, 24 June 2010 (UTC)


Needs to link up with #something#. (talk) 22:16, 13 June 2015 (UTC)

Ye olde conservapedia references[edit]

There are several of these so vastly out of date they should be in Latin. However I am loath to get rid of them, for old time's sake. I'll add a note to each one to say it's no longer used. BicyclewheelToxic mowse.gif 11:46, 12 April 2017 (UTC)

"Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services"?[edit]

I know that its the wiki's equivelent of "You have been banned from /r/pyongyang", but I want to know why it's that department. Did someone actually report the site to them? Rockford the Roe (talk) 15:51, 24 February 2021 (UTC)

It's something to do with this RationalWiki:Saloon_bar/Archive99#Beg-A-Thon but I'm not sure the full background. I'm not sure if anyone from April 2011 is still around. --Annanoon (talk) 16:12, 24 February 2021 (UTC)