Term Meaning
Allemannsretten The right to roam. Everyone is allowed on all land under certain circumstances
Autoantonym A word or phrase which means one thing and also its opposite
Avaunt Forward, away
Baby talk Humoring the baby
Backpfeifengesicht A face "in need of a slap"
Bon mot The exact, appropriate word
Bonhomie Good humor
Bootlicker A person who behaves in a servile or obsequious manner
Brandolini's law Every sentence of bullshit requires a paragraph of reason to debunk
Bread and games Superficial appeasements
Bulverism Assuming your opponent is wrong, working backwards from there to determine how they're wrong using circular logic
Compromise When two people in an adversarial relationship both try to look out for themselves and inevitably walk away disappointed
Crikey Corruption of "christ kill me"
Crypto-fascism Obfuscated fascism
De facto In actuality
De jure By right
Deep-six Eliminate
Defamiliarization The artistic technique of presenting to audiences common things in an unfamiliar or strange way in order to enhance perception of the familiar
Delta Get out
Deontology A theory that suggests actions are good or bad according to a clear set of rules
Depersonalization Depersonalization can consist of a detachment within the self, regarding one's mind or body, or being a detached observer of oneself. Subjects feel they have changed and that the world has become vague, dreamlike, less real, lacking in significance or being outside reality while looking in
Detente The easing of hostilities
Diagetic Details about the world itself and the experiences of its characters are revealed explicitly through narrative
Dudgeon A fit or state of indignation —often used in the phrase in high dudgeon
Duende A quality of passion and inspiration
Déformation professionnelle Viewing things through the lens of a profession
Epistemology Theory of knowledge with regard to its validity
Exogenous Relating to or developing from external factors
Extrinsic inducement Bizarre faith that people cannot be motivated by the task itself but need external compensations for doing so. It is told some people give cash to children who read a book. Some pay them in slices of pizza. Everything is a job.
Failson Middle- or upper-class man who is incompetent but has a financial safety net
Fait accompli A foregone conclusion
Filial Piety When you're a sycophant for mommy and daddy
Flaneur Saunterer
Flibbertigibbet A frivolous, flighty, or excessively talkative person
FYIGM Fuck you, I got mine
Gendarme Armed police
Germane Relevant
HIWTYL Heads I win, tails you lose
Hypergraphia Obsession with writing or drawing
Impolitic Failing to possess or display prudence; unwise
Inculcate To instill by repetition
Intertwingled A portmanteau of "intertwined" and "intermingled"
Invisible Hand Supposed unintentional social benefits of self-interested actions
Isolation (psychology) Isolation is a defense mechanism in psychoanalytic theory first proposed by Sigmund Freud. While related to repression, the concept distinguishes itself in several ways. It is characterized as a mental process involving the creation of a gap between an unpleasant or threatening cognition, and other thoughts and feelings. By minimizing associative connections with other thoughts, the threatening cognition is remembered less often and is less likely to affect self-esteem or the self concept.
Jamais vu a French borrowing meaning "never seen", refers to the phenomenon of experiencing a situation that one recognizes in some fashion, but nonetheless seems very unfamiliar
Jejune Naive, simplistic, superficial
Ken n. one's range of knowledge or sight / v. know
Knoll To arrange objects in parallel or 90 degree angles
Kompromat Compromising material
L'appel du vide The call of the void
Malefactor Someone who causes problems on purpose
Marketing Weaponized FOMO
MECE Mutually exclusive, cumulatively exhaustive
Memetic warfare Platform weaponization using memes
Microcelebrity One who gains a cult or mainstream following due to viral internet distribution
Milieu A person's social enviroment
Missing stair A metaphor for a person within a social group who many people know is untrustworthy or otherwise has to be "managed"
Mu A monk asked Joshu, "Does a dog have the Buddha nature?" Joshu retorted, "Mu!"
Negative capability The willingness to embrace uncertainty, live with mystery, and make peace with ambiquity
Neoliberal Capitalist
Nerd Snipe To present someone with a problem that their obsessive tendencies will cause them to fixate on
Noblesse oblige the inferred responsibility of privileged people to act with generosity and nobility toward those less privileged
Normative What academics say when they mean "normal"
Objet d'art "Art object" in French
OODA loop Observe, orient, decide, act
Opportunist Someone who doesn't take sides because they're waiting to see who comes out on top
Outrage porn Media designed to drive traffic based on outrage
Panoply A complete or impressive collection of things
Parasocial Describing one-sided relationships, as for example between celebrities and their audience or fans
Pareidolia Sensing a pattern where there isn't one
Pascal's Mugging Some very unlikely outcomes may have very great utilities, and these utilities can grow faster than the probability diminishes. Hence the agent should focus more on vastly improbable cases with implausibly high rewards; this leads first to counter-intuitive choices, and then to incoherence as the utility of every choice becomes unbounded
PDQ Pretty damned quick
Pfui German (original) "phooey"
Peremptory Insisting on immediate attention or obedience
Perfectionism Imposter syndrome but for one's labors
Performative Done in order to create an impression
Perseverance porn Painting status quo resilience as heroism
Petite bourgeoisie People who aspire to join the ruling class, see Bootlickers
Pettifogging Placing undue emphasis on petty details
Phenomenology Study of subjects regarded as subjective through objective lenses
Platform weaponization A form or type of information warfare and psychological warfare involving the unaccounted for potential or actual actions that result in outside agents (Physical or digital in nature) leveraging a technology platform to serve ends that run counter to those of the intended use for the system
Positive reinforcement Process by which we communicate to the child “whatever you just did is not worth doing if not for the reward, the tender word or gesture. Synonym: manipulation.”
Premium mediocre Mediocre with just an irrelevant touch of premium, not enough to ruin the delicious essential mediocrity
Preux Chivalrous, gallant
Procrustean Used to describe situations where an arbitrary standard is used to measure success, while completely disregarding obvious harm that results from the effort
Psychohistory The study of the psychological motivations of historical events
Psychometric A field of study concerned with the theory and technique of psychological measurement
Race to the Bottom The repeated sacrifice of quality in pursuit of competitive pricing
Rote Learning by doing as opposed to understanding
Rubato Rhythmic flexibility within a phrase or measure; a relaxation of strict time
Saber rattling Being threatening with the intention of inciting terror
Samizdat Copying and distributing banned materials
Sangfroid Self-possession or imperturbability especially under strain
Savoir Faire The ability to act according to the situation at hand
Schelling point A solution people gravitate to because it seems natural, special, or relevant
School-to-prison pipeline The disproportionate tendency of minors and young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds to become incarcerated, because of increasingly harsh school and municipal policies.
Schrodinger's douchebag If my actions have consequences, I was just kidding
Seidr Magic related to seeing and shaping the future
Skosh A small amount
Strewth Corruption of "god's truth"
Synecdoche A figure of speech in which a part is made to represent the whole, as in Chicago being short for Chicago Bears
Taxonomic Concerned with classification
Telos Ultimate objective
Twitter Internet nursing home for disaffected adults
Virtue signaling Performative behavior with the intention of demonstrating moral correctness
Witchhunter One who practices prejudice through bulverism
Zounds Corruption of "god's wounds"
Zugzwang When any move worsens your position, but you must make a move
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