Friday, July 1, 2016

Pop Quiz! O Vocabulary encountered online

It is a small and fun category with only odd words with distressingly high number of duplications meaning the odd words were encountered twice and failed to sink in. Probably because they're worse than useless. Check 'em out and see.

* obamacare gruber buster name: rich weinstein

* obbligato: a persistent but subordinate motif. a part of the score that must be performed without change or omission
* obeisant: 1. A gesture or movement of the body, such as a curtsy, that expresses deference or homage. 2. An attitude of deference or homage.

* obligate: compel: force somebody to do something; "We compel all students to fill out this form”, commit in order to fulfill an obligation; "obligate money”, oblige: bind by an obligation; cause to be indebted; "He's held by a contract"; "I'll hold you by your promise”, restricted to a particular condition of life; "an obligate anaerobe can survive only in the absence of oxygen"
* occlumency: The ability to close off your mind from outsiders so that nobody knows what you're really up to or whose side you're on. Men have to train rigorously for this (Severus Snape and Harry Potter being examples of this), whereas women have it built into them naturally. the reason why most men never see it coming when their girlfriend dumps them.

* Ochlocracy: government by mob or a mass of people, or the intimidation of legitimate authorities. As a pejorative for majoritarianism, it is akin to the Latin phrase mobile vulgus meaning "the fickle crowd", from which the English term "mob" was originally derived in the

* Oderint dum metuant: Let them hate so long as they fear.

* oestrus: applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or period of heightened sexual arousal and activity
* officious: I know this word, I needed it but couldn't recall.
Also martinet. Major Burns M*A*S*H as played by any of the actors, all different officious martinets. interfering: intrusive in a meddling or offensive manner; "an interfering old woman"; "bustling about self-importantly making an officious ... officiously - in an officious manner; "nothing so fatal as to strive too officiously for an abstract quality like beauty"

* Oft evil will shall evil mar: [often evil intent will harm (intended)evil ]
evil switches from adjective to noun. That's what's confusing about this fucked up Shakespeare quote. Man, what what was that dude's PROBLEM with English anyway? That is, the phrase says that evil people are selfish, petty, and short-sighted, and that this quality in evil individuals often impairs the grander world-embracing schemes of capital-E-Evil. It's ironic, and the context of Wormtongue and the Palantir is a great example of that irony, come back to bite you,  it may also mean that one evil person is likely to spoil the plans of another evil person. Such people want everything their own way and don't like to co-operate. If they have opposing ideas then conflict will follow. This is often seen in gang warfare.

* oikophobe: an aversion to home surroundings. It can also be used more generally to mean an abnormal fear of the home, or of the contents of a house ("fear of household appliances, equipment, bathtubs, household chemicals, and other common objects in the home") "the disposition, in any conflict, to side with 'them' against 'us', and the felt need to denigrate the customs, culture and institutions that are identifiably 'ours.' " What a perfect description of the pro-mosque left.

* oleaginous: buttery: unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah Heep"; "soapy compliments”, greasy: containing an unusual amount of grease or oil; "greasy hamburgers"; "oily fried potatoes"; "oleaginous seeds"

* ombre: From a French term for "shaded," ombre is a color effect where the color gradually changes from light to dark over the item of clothing.

* omerta: the categorical prohibition of cooperation with state authorities or reliance on its services, even when one has been victim of a crime.” Even if somebody is convicted for a crime he has not committed, he is supposed to serve the sentence without giving the police any information about the real criminal, even if that criminal has nothing to do with the Mafia himself. Within Mafia culture, breaking omertà is punishable by death.

* omnium consensu capax imperii nisi imperasset: everyone thought he was capable of being emperor, until he became one

* omnium gatherum: a collection of miscellaneous people or things, jumble.

* Omphaloskepsis: contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation; also :  navel-gazing (the greek statues are funny)

* onanger: horse species,  a Roman siege engine, which derived its name from the kicking action of the machine, similar to that of an onager (wild ass), it was created as a simpler, cheaper version of the ballista. The Onager is a type of catapult that uses torsional pressure, generally from twisted rope, to store energy for the shot. The onager consisted of a large frame placed on the ground to whose front end a vertical frame of solid timber was rigidly fixed; through the vertical frame ran an axle, which had a single stout spoke. On the extremity of the spoke was a sling used to launch a projectile. Some onagers, as depicted in ancient drawings used a bowl-shaped bucket instead of a sling to fire the projectile.

* onanism: withdrawal before climax biblical Onan brother to Er., masturbation.

* oneirocritic:  pertaining to the interpretation of dreams, equivalent to óneir(os) dream + -o- -o- + kritikós skilled in judgment;

* ontological:  the philosophical study of the nature of being, existence or reality as such, as well as the basic categories of being and their relations. Traditionally listed as a part of the major branch of philosophy known as metaphysics, ontology deals with questions concerning what entities exist or can be said to exist, and how such entities can be grouped, related within a hierarchy, and subdivided according to similarities and differences.
* ooda loop: John Boyd's decision loop: observe, orient, decide and act. In this OODA Loop, an endless cycle in which each action restarts the observe phase,

* oozlum bird: a legendary creature found in Australian and British folk tales and legends. Some versions have it that, when startled, the bird will take off and fly around in ever-decreasing circles until it manages to fly up itself, disappearing completely, which adds to its rarity.[1] Other sources state that the bird flies backwards so that it can admire its own beautiful tail feathers, or because while it does not know where it is going, it likes to know where it has been

* optimismalso peptobismolso: The quality of being showily optimistic; pollyannaishness; strutting over-confidence.
The lawyer's optimismalso entertained the jurors, who proceeded to convict his obviously guilty client. The admissions committee laughed at the unnecessary optimismalso in the personal statement from the applicant with LSAT score 2 points above the target median.

* oratio obliqua: Latin expression for indirect speech, Hence, a mode of speaking; a kind, manner, style of speech; language
* orchitis: inflammation of one or both testes; characterized by pain and swelling.

* ordure: Excrement; dung, Something morally offensive; filth.

* orthogonal: Greek orthos, meaning "straight", and gonia, meaning "angle". It has somewhat different meanings depending on the context, but most involve the idea of perpendicular, non-overlapping, varying independently, or uncorrelated.
In mathematics, two lines or curves are orthogonal if they are perpendicular at their point of intersection. Two vectors are orthogonal if and only if their dot product is zero. In computer science, orthogonality has to do with the ability of a language, method, or object to vary without side-effects. When two statistics vary independently of each other, they are considered orthogonal

* orthography: a method of representing the sounds of a language by written or printed symbols, The orthography of a language specifies the correct way of using a specific writing system to write the language. (Where more than one writing system is used for a language, for example for Kurdish, there can be more than one orthography. .

* oubliette: a secret dungeon with an opening only in the ceiling, as in certain old castles.

* Ouroboros: snake eating itself

* Overton window: also known as the window of discourse, is the range of ideas the public will accept. It is used by media pundits. The term is derived from its originator, Joseph P. Overton  a former vice president of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy,who in his description of his window claimed that an idea's political viability depends mainly on whether it falls within the window, rather than on politicians' individual preferences.[5] According to Overton's description, his window includes a range of policies considered politically acceptable in the current climate of public opinion, which a politician can recommend without being considered too extreme to gain or keep public office.


chickelit said...

Since you've included foreign words, I'd add omologato, as in Gran Turismo Omologato, aka, GTO.

edutcher said...

About 40%.

ndspinelli said...

I seldom need to look @ the byline to identify Chip's posts.

MamaM said...

And I seldom have to look at the byline to identify anyone's posts here. How good is that?

Is there an O word that's Opplicable? How about Ombre. I can tell by the ombre.

Or maybe it's the spidey sense involved with being a armchair oneirocritic.

Then again, partial use of the ooda loop may be involved.

Or the oratio obliqua.

With a small chance some officiousness could play a role.

Thankfully, I'm all tuned up on ouroboros, so I won't die dumb on that, even though I scored less than Ed with the rest. I've also got a nose for the ordure and an eye for the apparent orchitis that shows up here every now and then.

By the way, the OH so Obvious answer to speculations about what Mary Poppins is good at, in bed or otherwise, is that she is Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious! wherever she is, no matter what.

Lem said...

I was familiar with omerta.

chickelit said...

MamaM said...
And I seldom have to look at the byline to identify anyone's posts here. How good is that?

I bet it helps if we use the same title, over and over, huh?