The Phrontistery

Books by Stephen Chrisomalis
Numerical Notation: A Comparative History Human Expeditions: Inspired by Bruce Trigger


Sottisier


sottisier so-teez-YEA, n a collection of ridiculous remarks or stupidities [Fr, from sottise folly]

I get a lot of e-mail from Phrontistery readers (currently about 500 e-mails a year). Most of you are clever, kind, and sensible people, but there are bound to be some people who don't make the grade and are rude, ignorant, or just plain dumb. The following messages go far beyond such everyday annoyances and instead present a dystopian horror where language is unrecognizable, coherent thought a distant memory, and the laws of reality suspended if not repealed. These are unmodified copies of the most ridiculous, inane, incomprehensible, or downright bizarre e-mails I've received via the Phrontistery over the past few years, along with a bit of commentary on my part. Only the names (and other identifying features) have been removed to protect the imbecilic. I hope I don't offend, but these leave me so dumbfounded that I do really need to vent. Please note that as far as I can tell from the context of these e-mails, these correspondents are not pre-teen children, and few are foreign-language speakers.


Nidgets

Some folks are just plain dumb. The following correspondents don't seem to be working with a full set of mental faculties.

Hi, inquiring to settle an argument as to whether roman numerals are aloud or not. thanks
My reply: Roman numerals are definitely NOT allowed as acceptable entries in Scrabble, since they aren't English words in any way. Then ...
Stephen, when I looked up in a scrabble dictionary xi, it was list as usable but it was the only one I could find. If XI is aloud is it possible other roman numeral are aloud too. Thanks for your response.
While I've often thought people were a bit DIM, your inability to look at the definitions of words makes it hard for me to remain CIVIL.
are tese carribean words
No, they're Spanish. See below.
are all the words on your site spanish?
please reply soon
No, they're Caribbean. See above.
HELLO AGAIN, I NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE FULL CLERICOOL COLLAR AND THE DIFFERENCE IN THE PURPLE AND PINK PURPLE CLERGY SHIRTS THANKS

The pink shirt is what you get after you wash the purple shirt too many times.
You forgot DECIDE - kills off choice and possibility ... when you choose freely you still have the possibility of choosing again.
I'm still trying to decide whether this fellow is brilliant or idiotic.
To whom it may concern
This may seem like a stupid question, but I would like to know what you call the type off dances that Britney Spears does and were in South East London will I find a studio learning me this dances?
Thank you for your help
You're right. That is a stupid question.
I spend over 20 years in the U.S. Military and starting to fee that Amercian fails to care about ex military personnel.....What does the Islam world thhink about us?
And these sentences are connected to one another in what way, exactly?
Dear Sirs: How I can find all the producers (in the world) of quantometer instruments or optical emmision spectrometer (oes metal analyser instrument)? do you can help me?
Might I recommend a mass e-mail to anyone (in the world) who might possibly have the word 'quantometer' on their web site?
Dear Mr. Brian,
Our cutomer require the furnace tube for their dilatometer.
Could you give us the quotation at your earliest time?
Please see the attachment for our company profile.
Thank you for your attention and cooperation.
Dear Mr. Moron,
Please stop calling me Brian.
I have heard of a color called yellow go pink.
Can you accurately the color?
What you have there, sir, is two colours, and whatever you want me to do with them, I assure you I will it accurately.
hi i hope you do get to read this..my question is..relating to poetry..I was intereseted if ;you can supply me with a site...where i can find seasonal words related to various subjects.like love,,friendship...easter or any other ocassion
thankyou.. by seasonal i mean..words pertaining to those subjects.
I did in fact get to read it ... and then read it again ... and again ... Thanks for clarifying at the end that you were looking for words pertaining to subjects ... I was a little mystified on that point.
does this form of goverment exist up to present time?
I'm going to stick my neck waaaaaay out there and guess 'no'.
can i ask you which of those words are adjectives
You can ask, but I probably won't answer. Of those words in your e-mail, the only one remotely adjectival is, well, 'those'.
you could add vandalism
I could, but it would make a mess of things, and also I think it's illegal.
Thank you for posting, it has been amazingly helpful. My question to you is: What is the proper name of a government by the strongest? I mean like in the neo classic period when the humans lived in caves and the one that was the alpha male was the ruler. Thank you for help.
Well, as it turns out, there is no such thing as the 'neo classic' period, humans never regularly lived in caves, and the 'alpha male' is not a human phenomenon.
I found this site entertaining but You should like organize words like African words over here,Indian words over here and yea. But like it was a fabulous cite and by the way U ROCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Wow, 93 exclamation points. I must really like ROCK.
Hey , why do you say everything ends with killing , only animals end things with killing . Your a thing too you know .
Oh, not everything ends with killing. This email, for instance, ends with confusion. And a period.
Hi, I always wonder why things happen the way they do so if you could find what the study of why things happen is and put it up on the site that would be great
I always wonder why people email me with these kinds of questions.
I wonder why you forgot the most EVIL of ism's on your web-page at http://phrontistery.info/isms.html?
Judaism
Kind of interesting.
Maybe I forgot to be bigoted and close-minded when I made the list.
Greetings,
I found your information while surfing for a dance instructor within your location.how ever,i want to believe you are a dance teacher/instructor reliable with a good teaching experience.i have been contracted to do this booking and it is my wish to book with you for a group of 10 students coming from Israel,as they are preparing for their contracted proposal to perfume within your Region. kindly get back to me with the kind of dance you teach along side with the cost for 2 weeks dance lesson.how ever, they will be starting on the date of 10TH October till 24TH of October 2010. for 3 hours each day Monday to Saturday (morning hours) a total of 36 hrs.
Further more,they are beginners have not done dancing before.a prepayment will be made to you as initial deposit for this booking via credit card once availability is confirmed by you.hope you accept credit card? Your prompt reply will be appreciated.
While I'm glad that you want to believe that I'm a dance teacher/instructor, you are about to be deeply disappointed. Also I didn't tell you my Region so your students will not be able to perfume here. I do accept credit card as long as you are prepared for the possibility that I am not a dance instructor.

Kooks

These folks are bright enough, or so it seems, but have a very skewed perspective on the world, or just say the strangest things in their e--mails.

I was wondering if you might be able to help me with where i might be able to find information about interpretation of a set of numbers that follows me where ever i go. For example: For the past 3 months I tend to catch a glimpse at the clock when it is 1:11 or 11:11. I've stayed in two hotel rooms which were both Room 111. and even more chilling, I found that I was born at 1:11, indicated on my birth certificate. This is the last occurrence.
Well, apparently, you're receiving messages from God. Maybe next time you should ask for room 666 to even things out a bit. Oh, but I see that the last occurrence was when you were born, so I wouldn't worry about it.
To the author of the lists of unusual words, having read the entirety of your page i felt i had to email you i havent laughed so hard in ages. was it even supposed to be funny? your list is brilliant.hilarious and quite brilliant.i was researching for an essay i have to write for uni but spent hours reading your lists of words instead, oh god, if it wasnt supposed to be amusing its even funnier. Thankyou
I'm not sure whether to feel flattered or offended at this one.
iwersomitencas-the sun shinning in the act of a deer running north
arowsifnestrimedees- a word describing a gay man that is rich
higling- the father of an actress
In case you hadn't guessed, these words don't exist. Not even a little.
Lucia and I created our ideal form of governemt.. Lumiocracy: 'government by authorized opinion.' Please add this to your website! Thanks hotty!
I think I *definitely* should be flattered by this one. Is 'Thanks hotty' how the youth these days are signing off their emails to strangers on the Web?
I HAVE MET ALOT OF PEOPLE THROUGH OUT MY LIFE THAT LIKE TO BRAG ABOUT DFFERENT STUFF OR SHOW OFF, WICH I DON'T MIND IF IT IS TRUE, BUT ALOT OF TIMES I KNOW THAT IT IS A BUCH OF MUMBO JUMBO FOR A FACT, IT SEEMS LIKE IT IS A DISEASE. A MENTAL ONE AT THAT, LAST NIGHT I WAS WATCHING WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONARE. ONE QUESTION REFERED TO A MENTAL CONDITION IN WICH SOMEONE BELIEVES THEIR OWN LIES, I THINK IT WAS CALLED MEGAPLEXIA OR SOMETHING LIKE THAT, CAN YOU HELP ME OUT IF SO I WOULD GREATLY APRECIATE IT THANK YOU.
WHOA DUDE, YOU NEED TO FIND THE CAPS LOCK, FIGURE OUT WHERE TO END YOUR SENTENCES, THANKS SO MUCH.
I presume this word will be new to your site. I can't find anybody or locate it on any dictionary site. It has been used in speeches I've heard and read it on, about, half-a-dozen documents on the web. The word is "interpretude." Ususlly used as referring to the state of ones "moral interpretude." Something to have or possess, as a status? HELP!
Interpretude, n: The state of moral decay brought on by excessive interpretation of kooky e-mails.
dear sir,
Praise be Jesus and Mary!
Im not asking you to do my homework but i just wanna ask about the stepping of HORA... Please sir. This is very important.
Praise be Jesus and Mary! I don't know what you're talking about!
Plushophilia: Loves to collect soft toy animales / has a sexual attraction towards soft toy animales (alturnative word for 'a soft toy animal' is a plushy, hense the 'plusho' part of 'plushophilia')
if you need any sources for weather this is real or not, just do a google search on it. I think you'll find it is.
Yeah, tell you what, how about I *not* weaken my fragile grip on sanity by doing that search.
Any help would be appreciated: After showering I discovered that there was something eating on the left side of my left foot. It was mostly black, and had eaten a valley of slightly over 1/4 inch. I tried to dislodge it with a tooth scraper....I finally got hold of its circular grainee head and pulled it out...a very black wavy tail, maybe 1/2 inch in length was pulled out. I have 2 reddish holes, where the head was and where the tail came out. Do you have any idea what this might have been. Thank you for your time and consideration.
This is the most disgusting, awful thing I have ever received in my e-mail. The only way this could have been worse is if there had been a picture. I apologize for sharing it with you.
hello i am dom and their is also a Government called the spoonocrosy governed by the spoon people
from dom
Dear dom: Thanks for the scoop, although I was a ladle confused at first.
good afternoon
i found ur site extremely useful and want u to know that i do the cha cha on the moon
thanku goodnite
So, it took you several hours to write that one line?
Dear Steve, Forthright.
Just thought you might find this interesting, nothing more.
...........................................................
U.S.PTO,
"the prefix "E", of course, stands for Electronic"
...........................................................
When E- is attached to the letters OK, would it not then stands to mean Electronically OK,(E-OK) encompassing all that is electronic?
Please excuse this messages if it is not of your interest.
I find your E-mail to be E-normously E-diotic, and not E-OK at all.
Your website is fantastic! You certainly help me to write short stories from your essential vocabulary. You made a superb job for this unique site! Smile!
Only missing things I did not find there in your website.
I am looking for the word - What are their correct words of these definition?
1. Feeding and Eating - Eating semen or eating sperm. Word for this?
2. Manias and Obsessions - Semen obsession or sperm obsession. Word for this?
3. Love and Attraction - Love or attracted to semen or sperm. Word for this?
I am sorry if you feel uncomfortable for these requests, but we need to know this information. It is associated to pornography films and behaviors.
I would deeply appreciate your help when I hear from your response with these answers. I will be glad to donate your service as soon as I hear from you.
Thank you for your consideration. Smile!
Your questions leave me very dubious about the nature of your proposed 'donation'. Thanks but no thanks. Smile!
Ideally observations would be from known longtude and latitude. But that is just a start. At each location the actual time of day depends on exactly where you are in a time zone. So is there adequate corrections to account for this?
Wiki, which had your link, has a way quite different from how I think about things. Isn't it true that fluids don't rotate as fast as solid land? Every time I see a reference to the Coriolis Force, my eyes glaze over. One thing I did notice on a deviation from the average temperature map of the atlantic were some anomalies near nuclear reactors. What kind of corrections apply when a weather station is in a valley or on a mountain? Are some weather stations more useful than others in predicting weather? Though there are tornado warnings in [place], Wisconsin, where I live now, I have never heard of any except in outlying areas. ? Are weather people as critical as I am?
I don't know about weather people, but few people are as critical as I am. Every time I see a reference to something completely insane, my eyes glaze over.
I just wanted to share a thought with you. Every dictionary and etymology resource I have checked gives the etymology of "pussy cat" as unknown or relates it to some obscure cattle call or some such. A couple relevant facts: (1) "Puss-puss" (rendered as best I can in Latin alphabet) is Tlingit for cat. (2) "Pussy cat" first appeared in the English language during the early 1500s, about the time French and English trappers would have been starting to bring furs back from Alaska for trade. I leave you to draw your own conclusion.
I really like your imaginative alternate history of the world where there were English and French trappers in Alaska in the 1500s and where there were domesticated cats in pre-1500 North America. I leave you to draw your own conclusion.
Dear sir I got a project to do. My project is laboratory demonstration for free and force vibration of single degree of freedom. I made the beam which can vibrate. But the trouble is I don't know which kind of instrument shall I used so that it can measure vibration. Like natural frequency and damping ratio… if u can help me I will be highly thankful to you. Help me as early as possible.
Dear sir I got an answer. Take the beam which can vibrate and knock yourself in the head a few times until you come to your senses.
I am presently trying my hand at writing a science fiction story of aliens and their ships visiting earth, your information has been very valuable in how I am able to describe aspects of the ships. I am 58, and have not had the honor of serving our country in the armed forces. Thank you very much for the obvious large amount of work you have done.
If I understand your logic, if you had had the honor of serving in the armed forces, you would already know how to describe alien ships?
Did you block me on the Sara Casm page? I love your page, and your posts. When I said "Gee, I am offended" to the picture of pretty birds, that was sarcasm. Please let me like and comment again?
Gosh, your comment is *so* thoughtful and sensible that I don't know why anyone could have blocked you from some website that isn't mine. By the way, that was sarcasm.
Hi i read your site and i would like to comment
Firstly no one invented a list of predictions names to rip people off. Throughout the ages human beings have wanted or needed to feel that they had some control on future events so anything and everything was used to divine or predict with. Cultures all over the world have many different ways of trying to foretell the future.
I personally don't live my life in absolutes. This world is way to complex and complicated to discount the possibilities of anything. Further I believe that there is a science into predicting things and that life is not a range of random events but pre-planned .
I predict that in the future, your ridiculous email will end up on a website somewhere.

Philosophasters

Some folks set out to change the world, one person at a time. I get the strangest comments from people espousing philosophies and ideas that are very odd indeed.

Dear Sir,
I have developped my own doctrine of polyarchy called coexistencialism and I put it on the web at:
***Website***
The only difference between polyarchy and coexistencialism is that in coexistencialism, I include a territorial meta-governement which is regulating the competive goverments of community in the same manner than the state regulates private companies.
In doing so, I made polyarchy more stable and so scientically more acceptable for the economic and financial world to whom I belong.
I contact you as I try to evaluate the number of people reading to act to bring panarchy in the public debate.
As you will see in my web site, my objective is to persuade a government in a underdevelopped country to create a social laboratory to test panarchy. I am already in contact with some officials of the goverment of Bihar.
I am now trying to see how I can exploit "mediatically" such an event so in that purpose I contact you in order to locate all individuals ready to convince "journalists" to make article about events related to panarchy.
So, wait. Are you advocating polyarchy or panarchy? Make up your mind!
Alongside your links to lipograms and other writing constraints, you may or may not want to make a mention of the technique called English Prime, or E-Prime. A little googling may assist in finding some useful primers if you've not heard of it.
In E-Prime, you should all forms of the verb, 'to be,' including the common words, 'was,' 'were,' and the ever-overused, 'is.' The use of these verbs often imply universal truth where you should only discover a transient observation.
You may find that when adhering to the E-Prime principle, your writing becomes more specific, dramatic, forceful and direct. Almost any attempt to write in the weak passive voice will run afoul of E-Prime. I've even instructed my word processor to highlight such passivity so that I might eradicate it.
I am ... no, sorry, I *feel* very sorry for whomever has to read whatever you write.
I find your site very interesting, My name is *** and I am the CEO of a non profit Florida organization. Our website is ***
For the last 10 years or so we have been intensely studying a number of sites we have located here in the USA that utilize a numerical symbolic mapping system in a pictographic format on stone and in the surrounding landscape.
All pictographs consist of numbers and symbols and seem to be based on some ancient Egyptian system, as they use symbols for Egyptian Gods and Goddesses. The primary one is Geb who is shown on different sites hidden behind trees or shrubs.
We have taken hundreds of photos on different sites of complete maps which are composed of thousands of numbers, symbols and pictographs.
They had a wonderful system of superimposing numerous images within an image on stone and totally changing the image, depending on the angle the image was viewed from, in order to present more information in a given space.
We have located the key to interpreting the data or at the least following it properly but there are many more things within this ancient language that we haven't been able to interpret. I know there is a language within a language in this system that consists of dots, but have not been able to find the research on that type of language other than some suggestions that it may be a form of ancient Hebrew.
The reason for this email is that with your extensive knowledge of ancient writing systems you may be able to look at these maps and direct us to the proper books or materials that may help us understand this language. You may also get some enjoyment playing with the maps as well.
If you do have an interest in this matter I would ask you to be discrete with any photos or material that I send you.
Ancient Hebrews swimming off the Florida coast? Are you sure you weren't just spotting the seniors in Palm Beach?
Dave Chrisomalis:
It has been some time that I have been spending attempting to contend with several dangerous entities that help to comprise a complex of insidious (difficult to detect) forces that dictate very much of what happens in the world around us. Although it is possible that these forces and influences actually have excercised and developed sufficient control over the planetwide propoganda situation and environmental conditions as to enable it to leave me somewhat deluded as to what I perceive to be the dangerous status of the world condition today with regards to its deteriorating capacity to sustain the existence of our Homo sapiens species and thereby avert our immediate extinction, I have been dearly injured in my striving to protect the human condition from yet further torments inflicted by this seemingly Hegelian oligarchy. (Hegel was a German philosopher that described how two contending interests could be controlled in their conflict with one another by a controlling third party, thus enabling that controlling third party to be able to determine the development of history, viz. first developing movement-thesis, subsequent intentionally developed conflicting countermovement-antithesis, historical outcome-syntesis)
Let us consider these facts: (1) "nihilistic" means possessing the charachteristic of being extremely destructive, esp. towards oneself and others, (2)the current rate of planetwide extinctions has reportedly been equalled only once before--that is, during the Permian-Triassic extinction or Great Dying of 98% of all Terrestrial life 250 million-years ago (not to be confused with the KT (Cretacious-Teritiary) extinction 66.4 million-years ago, which, albeit significant enough to wipe out the dinosaurs, the KT was not quite as total a catastrophe as the PT), (3) this false theocracy (I say "false" because I am atheist) and the potentially Hegelian oligarchy seem to be mutually preoccupied with their unsustainable imperialistic plutarchic capitalistic oligarchal pursuits to such an extent that massive environmental and humanitarian destruction is developing that may well consign the entire human species to total oblivion or extinction within as little as possibly 200 years.
I here present this system as being extensively ercompartmentalized, secretive, opportunistic, and therefore so insidiously yet potentially totally destructive that, like unto Jonestown of 1978 (913 dead, no survivors, potassium cyanide fruit punch "revolutionary suicide")it could leave us all extinct, yet this time planetwide.
These issues being taken into consideration, I shall ask if it would it be proper to describe what seems to be the current oligarchal situation as being perhaps little more than an overextended Nihilocracy: government by interests that are extensively charachterized by their insidious opportunistic nihilism ill-defined by its environmental discretion, nihilism which threatens the entire human species with extincion. In conclusion I query: could Nihilocracy be the very term when used to describe a government led by the economically and politically overcompartmentalized and overly secretrive oligarchal constituents that are incidentally being so very faithful to dead tradition in a new and very dangerous time periosd that our entire human race is thereby threatened with total extinction because of this hypothetical regime's unsustainable policies?

***Date, Location (including latitude and longitude), Name***
Dear Weirdo: Thank you for your insane ramblings on 'nihilocracy'. I especially liked the part where you talked about the insidious forces. Including your latitude and longitude will be really handy if I ever need to track you down via GPS. However, please note that I really only skimmed everything after you called me 'Dave'.
What do they all mean?
Wow ... that's deep.
Terms like hybridity is now hot in the dense philosophy genre.
You will find in writings of dense philosophers like those doing postmodernistic theories a real and enjoyable challenge, and one that will be most reassuring and useful to people like yours truly, to use a work like that of Evans' Sexicon.
While I agree with you completely that postmodernistic philosophers are dense, I mean it in a sense entirely different from your own.
Hello, we found your website very useful and we would like to thank you greatly. We were in the process of making a secret organization, and your words came in handy to us; we would be completely lost without them. Once again, thank you very much, and it's people like you who help the world and its people get along through each day.
From your dear friends,
[name] and [name]
p.s. Do you like greyhounds and pomeranians?
Thanks. It's people like you who force me to check my sanity every time I check my email. Good luck with your Greyhound-Pomeranian Super Seekrit Conspiracy Club - oops, I've said too much, haven't I?
I stumbled on your site and find it extremely interesting as wonderfully done. Bravo. I have a thing for semantics used in "Above Top Secret", clandestine information and its dissemination. Often time these "Code Words" are use as a sort of "Identification" of who is in the know. If someone knows to term received and answers with correct the corresponding term they are the proper asset. They remain so to the point they can't complete the equation, at which time the "Fall Off The Grid". My email is an example... These words aren't easy to find. The names of declassified missions and programs are easy to find most of the time in the "Invisible Web" or "Dark Web". I've never found two terms that matched an objective...2=1 new meaning or message.
I'm also into the terms and words surrounding secret societies. I think these term, although without contextual or historical meaning on the out side shell, the inside does have an "end game" word rooted in linguistics. By The way...and this is no attempt of solicitation or spam. I have a net work of "Subject Matter Experts", Sub-Consultants. I take solicit clients and use the appropriate Sub-Consultant or Consultants to garner the information. My product is "Information". Additionally I consult on Privacy and Personal Protection. Consulting on the former and supplying tactical products and services for the later. I play both sides of the fence. People want to retain, or moreover obtain anonymity. I can help them achieve a stronger sense of creativeness in that pursuit. I'm a "Researcher" like you. Perhaps not as educated in your field...but that's the point of my "Network of Sub-". I can also supply the equipment for those same people that arms them with the weapons to strip others of their privacy.
We're headed towards a very catastrophic head on train wreck. To get through the "Modern" day we have to give up a little piece of our privacy, anonymity, and liberty. This tears the work of many outstanding men and women throughout history to shreds. If you sift through those shreds you are most likely to find many strips of parchment. Parchment speckled with pigment well ink. I'm in the "Wake-Up-Call" business. The playing field has changed mid game. The individual most find new ways to protect themselves and their liberty. In this his amazing time of the unbridled "Super Information Highway" it's the "Individual" who must now take their own steps to preserve our...(You're the Word Smith, you fill in the blank.)
Benjamin Franklin was quoted to have said "They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety."
Good Luck. You've got a great site. Let me know if your interested in my Network...Of Course anonymity is protected. Clients only deal with me directly. I then offer a part of the assignment to the resource (Sub-Consultant) I have in the network that can help me. Fees are negotiated based on time, difficulty level, and perceived value of the work. The fees Sub-Consultants receive travel through me and my business to the Sub-Consultant in what ever vehicle they desire. Fees are not paid in advance unless it is a function of the ends. There are no contracts, agreements, obligations, or liability. All parties remain anonymous unless as necessary to the ends.
Sincerely
*****
Stay Free
I'm sorry for any poor writing. I'm Dyslexic and the written word is difficult for me. Light Bulb? The following quote is apropos to my apologetic insertion. In the words of...no, I think I will leave this one for you to track down the author. The Quote:
"Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."
Dear Sir: Please don't hunt me down through your sub-consultants. Thanks a bunch! P.S.: Ending your email with a quote from Dr. Seuss is not really going to make me want to be part of your 'network'.
In reference to countless communities.
Civilocity is a form of government where the people watch the ruler entirely amongst their reign. Civilocity is for the people so the people don't allow their country to attack a person because of their ethnic background, religion, race, creed, gender, or sexual orientation which has happened countless times in history, including today, resulting in millions of lives being lost.
The phonetic pronunciation of civilocity is civ-il-o-cit-y (siv'?l'ä'sit'e-). The definition of Civilocity is a form of government where the people watch the ruler entirely amongst their reign. The exact definition of "Civilocity" is, 'literally, behaving in the dwelling'. The meaning is derived from the Latin term civilis ('civil'), the Middle English term o ('o'), and the Medieval Latin term civitat ('city') in the early part of the 21st century to improve the political systems existing in some American city-states, notably Washington, DC. In developing this philosophy, my hope is to ensure that the ruler doesn't usurp the power of the country for themselves at the expense of the people.
I just imagine the products of civilocity compared to the products of democracy. Having a human with law would be more intelligent than picking a human without. That's civilocity compared to democracy. Which one is the better form of government? Civilocity, as a form of government, is going to change the world.
It is one thing to believe in something its another to speak out for something. I am interested in continuing to talk about different forms of government.
Don't wait until it is to late.
I think you need to look up the word 'literally' in your definition.
I have a spiritual crisis. I have been a devotee of a Buddhist organization for more than 10 years. They teach many things, among which is a fortune-telling technique that involves opening a Buddhist dictionary at random. It works very well for me and over time I have depended on it to make decisions.
Recently I have a huge falling out with this organization. I just worship the Buddha at home. Now when I use this technique I feel that the Buddha is unhappy with me and His answers have become negative and scary. For instance, I asked Him if I will be lucky in 2012? His answer is "pain". He has never been so blunt in the past.
What do you think of this situation? Is the Buddha showing me the door? I can convert to Catholicism which is never far away from me throughout my life. Or, I can hang on to the coat tail of the Buddha and try not to let go. What would you do if you were me?
Apparently if I were you I'd ask some random stranger who runs a language website what to do, but that doesn't seem very wise, now does it?
Your list of "electrical" units will posses much "clearer" meaning once you understand; EinsteinGravity . c o m
Your "theory" is not made any "clearer" by your site's insane "layout".
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My name is [name]. I was searching for some root words when I stumbled into your website. Wow it was a very comprehensive collection. I said to myself, "This person is probably like me who just love to ponder new information, who spends time tackling things out from the ordinary and spending the wee of the night just to satisfy his curiosity. I was really impressed by your talents and perseverance.
I know that we are on the same boat. The big difference is that you are good in technical writing and obviously I am not. And this hinders me to publish most of my papers into a book. I have all the ideas about time travel, and even all the elementary components to make it feasible. I have created a blog to publish my thoughts but it just stay there like a blob. I just don't have the skill to make it more readable and appealing to the public.
But with a creative mind like you - who always accommodate any principles (thought experiments, intelligent guess and even out of this world theory), who does not prejudge others capabilities and who is always hungry for information - will understand my proposition of "Why don't we share our expertise in publishing a book ". I don't know if you have published a book, with all the wealth of this eye-catching information on your site, I know you won't let them be just in your drawers catching cobwebs.
I am sorry if I take your precious time, but I believe that there is always no harm in trying and with my theory about time travel, I always see that my future depends on the person or event I encounter in my life. I can see that we can make a million by simply sharing our talents. I am getting older and I need to enjoy life the fastest way. lolz
You are wrong about one thing, sir. I do indeed prejudge others' capabilities. lolz

Bedlamites

One of the downsides of running a site with a manias list and other pages is that people who are a few letters short of an alphabet, so to speak, contact me to tell me about their problems.

I would like to know if there is any craze for writing eyes, everywhere, anykind of eyes.
thank you
I ... aye ... eye ... I don't know what to say.
How about the habit of cutting,my father cuts all with scissors.
Thank you
How about it?
HI;
My room mate had a very, very bad dream about ditty water. help me to help her out tonight please thank you so much,
Who do you think I am, Freud?
Sir,
I have a question which keeps my mind disturbed about a friend of mind. He is having a beautiful, decent wife and a cute daughter of6 years. But for the last 8 months he has started an affair with a woman, supposed to be a "....." who is not pretty as the wife and also a heart patient who has undergone an open heart surgery. This woman had been having affairs with so many in the past. Now that my friend is madly or shall I say crazily in love (or lust) with her and ill treating his innocent wife all the time by speaking to that woman over the phone in front of her with loving words and spending money which he had never done before for his own family. According to other friends this money too is being earned in ways which we are not aware of. This woman in questiom too is married and having two children and she is getting everything done by my friend. Presently he is building up a house for her whereas his family does not have one.
Of course this is not the first time my friend got involved with other women. But still for all it was never like this before. He in the past had been associating more than one woman at the same time.
Is this strange behaviour towards this woman is a symptom of a mania ? Despite the advices given by friends he is getting worst day by day and he might lose his job very soon if he goes on like this.
Can you please explain this behaviour and advise accordingly.
IT WILL BE A MERITORIOUS ACT AS THIS FAMILY IS IN THE VERGE OF BREAKING UP IN VAIN.
Well, sure, I guess ... if it would be a meritorious act.
HELLO,MY NAME IS ******. I HAVE FALLEN UPON YOUR SITE AND GRATEFUL I HAVE. FOR MANY YEARS NOW I NEVER THOUGHT I HAD AN ACTUAL NAME FOR MY OBSESSIONS, I SIMPLY THOUGHT I WAS CRAZY. I HAVE GONE THROUGH YOUR LIST AND DIDNT EXACTLY FIND THE EXACT OBSESSION BUT I HAVE FOUND WHERE IT WOULD FIT IN.VERY FEW PEOPLE KNOW ABOUT THIS BECAUSE I AM VERY EMBARRASED TO SHARE IT WITH ANYONE. I THINK MY PROBLEM IS MONOMANIA, THE COMPULSION WITH ONE IDEA OR THOUGHT. FOR ABOUT THE LAST 15 YEARS I HAVE ATTEMPTED TO CONQUER THIS PROBLEM AND IM CURRENTLY ON ANTI-DEPRESSANTS BECAUSE OF IT. I ATTEND A FEW SELF HELP GROUPS, AND IM A VERY ADDICTIVE PERSON. I AM ALSO AN ALCOHOLIC. FOR 15 YEARS NOW I HAVE FOUND MYSELF TO BE VERY INSECURE AND JEALOUS OF MY MATE. THE THING IS IT APPEARS TO BE MORE WITH THE MEDIA THAN ANY REAL PERSON, ALTHOUGH ONCE I GET GOING ON A SINGLE PERSON, I TOO BECOME TOTALLY OBSESSED WITH THEM TOO. I LIVE IN FEAR EVERY DAY AND THE FEAR IS ABSOLUTLY RIDICULOUS. I AM CONSTANTLY MONITORING MY HUSBANDS ACTIONS WHEN IT COMES TO WATCHING TV, OR WATCHING MOVIES. I AM JEALOUS OF THE BEAUTIFUL WOMEN THAT I SEE ON TV ALL THE TIME. AS YOU CAN IMAGINE IT IS CONSTANT BECAUSE NOW A DAYS ANYWHERE YOU LOOK IT IS ALL OVER THE PLACE. THE TV, THE MOVIES, THE MAGAZINES THE BILLBOARDS ETC..... I HAVE ANALYZED THIS TO DEATH ACTUALLY. ***600 words removed for length *** WELL IF I HEAR FROM YOU GREAT.....IF NOT AT LEAST I HAVE VENTED FOR A BIT.....I GUESS IM WONDERING IF YOU HAVE EVER COME ACROSS SUCH A STRANGE THING AND ILL BET YOU HAVE NO IDEA OF HOW I CAN CONQUER THIS. THANKS FOR LISTENING......PARANOID IN MICHIGAN, WHERE ITS USUALLY REALLY COLD AND THE WOMEN HAVE LOTS OF CLOTHES ON........ITS SAFE THAT WAY......***Name***
1000 rambling words to a complete stranger, and you think you might have an obsession? Nahhh, couldn't be ...
Hi, I am a female of 23 years of age.
This is my case.
I have read your site & is still left hanging. Before this, i thought i am hydrophobic. But then i found out that hydrophobia is another name for rabies which have absolutely nothing to do with my fear. Then, i read your site and found another word which is aquaphobia. However, aquaphobia does not completely explain my fear. I am not afraid of water in general. But I know for sure open water often gives me nightmares at nights (this is true). And sometimes when i watch documentaries about scuba diving or anything about people getting into an open-water, my heart would pound. It is not what the things inside the water or the unknow that i fear. But the volume and dept of the water makes me panic. And i cant swim either. Closed large body of water also makes me panic. I would never go into a water that are deeper then my chin. If my toe does not touch the base, i will freak out. Total panic. This has happen a few times when i go to a pool or a river. I actually would rather be bitten by a snake then to go into an empty tank filled with clear clean water or do a scuba diving even if i am fully equipted. So basically, i dont fear the unknow, or the water generally. If it was shallow, i wont mind bathing in it even if the water is murky. In the end, i think my fear of open water is caused by the thought of not being able to reach to the surface and to breath. I fear open water because i fear of drowning. Not suffocation. Water in lungs, no escape. Wide open water. Water. Deep and endless water.
Is there a specific name for this phobia? And i want yo know how to deal with it. Thank you for you time.
I am a male of 39 years of age. This is my answer. Please get some help from someone, not me.
Hello...I have a very high interest in truthfulness...reporting only facts with proof...and getting upset with exaggeration...embellishments and lies in general. Do you have a descriptive name for my little obsession.....Thank-you...[name]
Well I'm not entirely sure ... but I'll go out on a limb ... and suggest ... ellipsomania ...
hey steve. I'm going through your site and I can tell you are a freak of the highest order. I am possessed of demons in my mind and soul. Yet you have some b.s. word for it. hey steve, can you get a life? There is a war going on for you soul, you websiteophile. Those conditions all result from the direct influence and persuasion of the dragon, Satan. No myth, no lie. Wake up, steve.
Hey, sorry to hear about the demons. Tell me, how many orders of freak are there, anyway? Is that anything like the levels of the Inferno?

Querulists

My mother always told me you can't please anyone, but some people, like the correspondents below, are a lot harder to please than others.

So...
Language and idiom is usually governed by conventions within a single language. One cannot mix languages - like Greek and Germano-English, e.g. strumptocracy - and be expected to be taken seriously. Or maybe one can... There's probably a lot of dumb people out there who think your inventions have a lick of sense...
You ought to be ashamed.
... A scholar of political systems
Indeed! How dare I report on how dictionaries define words!
Mr. Steve Chrisomalis:
Would you like to come clean on your February 26, 2003 entry: New Linguistic Disquisition: On Mulism? Have you not insidiously (and with so little verbal subtlety) imbedded in the naive reader's mind an ethnocentric bias against ALL Muslims? Equating the word MUSLIM with" mulism"?
I used to enjoy visiting your site, but the above entry, unlike unintentional ambiguity, does count (against you) and is unconscionable!
***Name, Title, and Publications***
N.B. Have you pondered the etymology of your own last name (assuming, that is, that Chrisomalis is your real last name)?
Apparently now if you correct a common typo, you're insulting other cultures. And apparently by making a careful distinction between two terms, you're equating them. And apparently, you've just insulted all my readers by thinking they're so naive that they won't realize this! Of course, according to you I'm writing under a pseudonym ... and why would I have chosen that one, of all things?
You are one f*cked up person to sit here think of all these different phobias and manias and phillas. you are sick and twisted
You think those are sick and twisted? Try pizzle, eonism, cicisbeo, or karezza. Not to mention donkeypump.
Why do you write octohedron rather than octahedron? I can't find the spelling in Roman or Graic in Google.
Don't dare to call all of these words "English", as they're obviosely not. English has been dead for 1000 years, after the Norman Conquest made us speak a mushroom-zombi muttish mishmash of bad Latin and Hellènic, and bad English too.
k and c are not intercambiabil; k is a Thewdish corruption of the Latin c. k should be the Hellènic aspirant ki; linguists and lecsicografists are hard-pressed to spell these sounds wriht as they're a bunch of inbredt dumbasses.
Obviosely you have not consulted a dictionary or a 'lecsicografist' before formulating your thoughts. I don't know what 'Thewdish' or 'Graic' are, but they aren't real. But I would like to borrow your phrase 'mushroom-zombi muttish mishmash', if only to describe contributions such as your own.
I am absolutely gob smacked that you think AX is a word no wonder the English Language has gone to pot – get a life learn the language AX is NOT a word! If as you suggest on your site that it means a sharp implement to chop wood it is spelt AXE. It is a shame that half of the other rubbish you have written on your web page are also NOT words – Sadly you must have nothing better to do than make up rubbish about words that DO NOT EXIST! Scrabble is often used to help people learn English if I was to pay any attention to your site I would have students that think WRONGLY that AX is a word with an actual meaning and as you can see it does not!!!!!!!!!!!
I am absolutely "gob smacked" that you did not look in even one dictionary before writing your ill-informed email, to see that 'ax' is indeed not only a valid word in Scrabble but an alternative spelling of 'axe' with an actual meaning.

Cacographers

Last but not least, there are those who lack the ability to spell and to string together words to form coherent thoughts.

my name is ****** 24 yares old, and i want to learn to dance to spanish muic i cant not find anyone to taech me. in cahpel hill nc.
Oh, well, if you can't not find anyone, I guess there's no problem, then.
i noticed you didnt have a j or q. for j is jurasisist and q is quantum physics.
N.B. C is for Capitalization, and W is for What the Heck are You Talking About?
Hi I am doing a sa on scottish language and i can not find the scottish word fro strange or unusual i was wondering of you could help me thankyou
Hi sorry to hear that your period key is stuck and your shift too good luck with your sa
what is totliterian????
Thx!!
what are you talking about???? Wlcm!!
enice site. one thing though. u know how everyone in this world can fight with words. ahh i can never fight with words. especially in an argument i just listen to all the stuff thats being said. even online plp. ( have 38 plp on my block list) and i blocked them cuz i couldn;t deal with their sh*t. dont put my nae in ur site if ur goona do it peace man.
Some plp just never learn.
thdsthdtrshegadgv hstrbhtshtrhgr
Well put.
Dear PayPal Costumer,
This email was sent automatically by the PayPal server randomly in order to verify that you are the real owner of this account. This is done for your protection --- only you, the recipient of this email can take the next step in the Verify Your Identity page ...
I think this year I'll dress up Paypal in a Richard Nixon mask.
[address] plz send me a magazine or samples of you products for me to look at it and i will be happy to make bussines with you sinceraly
Are you propositioning me?
Thank you and God bless you.
i want to study in your University over there but my parents have no money and I don't if you can halp me to become a great sceintist over there . thanks
**Name**,please reply me.
Sorry, friend, the only university I'm at pays me a pittance, and we already have enough great sceintists over here. I'm afraid you may be beyond all halp.
i want microscopic pictures to some parasycology like (amoeba \ blantidium\ planaria )and so on
And I want an electroshock machine so I can zap idiots long-distance. What's it to you?
Dear sir
sir my name is [name] i have a woollen factury i have a best qulaty wool
i carite a manwere and womenwere cloth .my facury in pakistan .i give u a woollen fabric .plz reply me
All right, I do feel bad for this fellow, who obviously doesn't speak English. But since I practically soiled my manwere when I got it, I thought you might like it too.
Subject: PLEASE READ ME
I WOULD REALLY LIKE TO KNOW WHAT ANARCHY MEANS, CUZ I ONLY KNOW A LITTLE ABOUT IT AND THE PAT I KNOW IS BAD. AND I DONT KNOW EVERY BOD Y WOULD WONT ARE WORLD TO BE A LIVING H*LL EXUSE MY FRENCH BUT THATS WHAT I FILL AND I KNOW YOU ARE BUSY BUT CAN YOU GIT THIS BACK TO ME:-)THANK YOU!!
ANARCHY IS LIKE WHEN YOU HAVE NO GRAMMAR OR SPELLING RULES, ONLY FOR A GOVERNMENT. GIT IT?
Subject: Mispellings
Steve-
You really ought to check your spelling and grammer. A couple examples from your website (http://phrontistery.50megs.com/love.html) are pedophilia which you spelt "paedophilia" and beastiality which you spelt "bestiality." Also I recomend you find a psychologist to corroborate your deffinitions because I have a suspicion that some of your definitions are incorect or atleast do not depict current conotations of the word.
Atleast my grammer is not incorect; the conotations of the deffinitions are just fine, and I didn't spelt nothing wrong - no mispellings at all!
i like ur web site thx a buch but u should make it esier 2 find wat ur looking 4.like typr it in then it pops up or somthing llike that.!
thz like a buch,
ur friend
I suspect, friend, that you will find such a function less useful than you imagine, given your complete inability to spell any of the words ur looking 4. Thz a buch to you too.
Wats the correct spelling of benomy???
It's the pronunciation is "binami"
It's the spelling is 'horsefeathers'.
I found your site while online and was truly enlightened by the many words which are defined; however I am searching for a word which can be used as synonym for scared text; I believe it starts to be something like perntphy but I am not certain...
any ideas
Yes, my idea is that there is no such word as 'perntphy'.


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