gif: definitions

The writing of a dictionary… is not a task of setting up authoritative statements about the “true meanings” of words, but a task of recording, to the best of one’s ability, what various words have meant to authors in the distant or immediate past. The writer of a dictionary is a historian, not a lawgiver… To regard the dictionary as an “authority,” therefore, is to credit the dictionary writer with gifts of prophecy which neither he nor anyone else possesses.
—  S.I. Hayakawa, Language in Thought and Action
A Little Help For Panic! At The Disco fans...

Burlesque: an artistic composition that vulgarizes lofty material or treats ordinary material with mock dignity; any ludicrous parody or grotesque caricature OR a humorous stage show featuring slapstick humor, comic skits, bawdy songs, striptease acts, and a scantily clad female chorus

Daquiri: a blended cocktail made of rum, lime/lemon juice, sugar, and often fruit and/or ice Formaldehyde: (CH2O) a colorless, toxic, soluble gas usually created from methyl alcohol through oxidation, used as a disinfectant and preservative as well as in the manufacturing of some resins and plastics Nitroglycerin: (C3H5N3O9) a colorless, thick, oily, explosive yellow liquid made by nitrating glycerol, used in explosives such as dynamite and in rocket propellants, and in medicine as a vasodilator in the treatment of angina pectoris. Trophy Wife: a young and attractive wife used as a status symbol for an older or middle-aged man; often the second wife Shotgun Wedding: a forced or hurried marriage often caused by the bride’s pregnancy Martyrdom: extreme suffering or the conditon/death/suffering of a martyr
  • Martyr: a person who (often willingly) suffers death or great torment for a belief, religion, principle or cause

“Aubergine Dreams”: “Aubergine” is a dark purple color; the line “aubergine dreams” in Time to Dance refers to a shade of eyeliner that a character uses in the book Invisible Monsters by Chuck Palahniuk (*many of the lines in Time to Dance reference parts of Invisible Monsters, but this is the most obvious and also the most confusing to many people)

Apostasy: a total desertion or departure from one’s religion, party, principles, etc.

Vagabond: a person without a permanent home that wanders from place to place; nomad; rogue; tramp; vagrant; someone who is worthless, carefree or irresponsible

Surreptitious: operated in stealth or done by/acquired in secret

Asbestos: a fibrous mineral (amphibole or chrysotile) formerly used in incombustible or fireproof articles, fabrics, theatre curtains or boards, etc.

“Purse of a Different Kind”: Meaning a black book, a book used to record names of clients, dates, and times (hence the line “Along with the people inside”)

Linoleum: a hard, washable floor covering of burlap or canvas coated with linseed oil, powdered cork, and rosin

Quarantine Wings: wings of the hospital in which strict isolation is imposed for sanitary or hygienic purposes

Camisado: a surprise attack at night or daybreak when the enemy or target is believed to be asleep

Cabaret: a restaurant that serves/includes food, drink, music, a dance floor, and often a floor show

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Here are some definitions:
  • Asexual: Someone who does not experience sexual attraction.
  • Demisexual: Someone who can only experience sexual attraction after an emotional bond has been formed. This bond does not have to be romantic in nature.
  • Gray-asexual (gray-a) or gray-sexual: Someone who identifies with the area between asexuality and sexuality, for example because they experience sexual attraction very rarely, only under specific circumstances, or of an intensity so low that it's ignorable.
  • Attraction: In this context, it refers to a mental or emotional force that draws people together. Asexuals do not experience sexual attraction, but some feel other types of attraction.
  • Aesthetic attraction: Attraction to someones appearance, without it being romantic or sexual.
  • Romantic attraction: Desire of being romantically involved with another person.
  • Sensual attraction: Desire to have physical non-sexual contact with someone else, like affectionate touching.
  • Sexual attraction: Desire to have sexual contact with someone else, to share our sexuality with them.
Tumblr Definitions

Frickle frackle: (verb) the act of making the sex

OTP: (noun) An acronym for one true paring.

Ship: (noun) wanting two (or more) people to be in a relationship. These people can also already be In a relationship.

Asdfghjkl: (verb) jdkaidbeidnaisnsusnsuanhsgejinshsjnsudndidndjdisking

Stahp: (verb) often confused with stop, stahp is ment to display an overwhelming feeling of being done.

Fangirl: (verb) enthusiastically crying/screaming/asdfghjking over something or someone

Fanfiction: (noun) a story based of of real or fictional characters. Sometimes involving the act of frickle frackling and things of this nature

Smut: (noun) extremely pornographic writing often used in fanfiction

Fandom: (noun) a group of people who are obsessed with the same thing. Fandoms are not to be fucked with.

Can you not: (phrase) a common phrase used by the people of tumblr, indicating that they would like someone to not. Can also be used when a something is being too perfect. (Example *A Harry styles post might be rebloged with the caption can you not)

Hipster: (noun) someone who is so un-mainstream that they are mainstream.

Phan: (noun) the ship name for danisnotonfire and amazingphil.

Larry: (noun) the ship name for Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson.

Johnlock: (noun) the ship name for John and Sherlock

Destiel: (noun) the ship name for Dean and Castiel

Troyler: (noun) the ship name for Troye and Tyler


“Bare with me” ask the author’s notes. “Please bare with me while I…” ask the posts on Facebook and tumblr and Twitter…

No. No I will not. I have no desire to bare anything, thank you. I’d rather keep my clothing firmly attached. Unless you ask me out first, of course. Then we can discuss baring it all.

For those who ask me to “bear with them,” I will gladly comply. I will bear your burdens, bear the waiting, bear the suspense, and even, in a pinch, bear the bear. Although, if it’s a shaved ursine creature you have asked me to carry, I suppose I could bear the bare bear.

Provided it’s a very small bear, of course.

Bear: verb, To carry; to support;  to endure;  to birth; to turn and head in a direction

Bear: noun, a large, hairy animal; someone who predicts stock prices will fall (esp. when selling their stock in hopes of buying it back for less later)

Bare: adjective, to be without clothing or accessories; something that is nude or undecorated

Bare: verb, to uncover or make naked

Polyamory is the radical notion that relationships are negotiated between people.

Polystumbles, with apologies to Marie Shear

There is a fascinating word for beloved in latino Caribbean and many South American cultures, consentida.  It shares the same root, obviously, as the word consent. Contemplating this word made me think that at the root of every relationship is the negotiation of boundaries. Some people take the standard bounds – the ones society provide (and enforces). Others are asking for more diversity of those bounds (equality). Yet polyamory asks that people be allowed to negotiate those expectations between themselves, ebbing and flowing, as people see fit. If you have consent, you are doing Polyamory right. 

Damn that is pretty radical.