This is a word I did before as a Nerd Word of the Day.. I just wanted to have fun with it.. so I made this cheesy video about it!  Think of this as recess time for the weekend!

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Awesome vidéo! So seeeeexy…

  2. This one is so hot ma! love the end part, and the people in background, well i laugh really hard ahahah
    Word up!!!

  3. rohman says:

    thanks you very much……….

  4. Jaime says:

    Happy Birthday, Marina!

    I would like to request the word [gibberish].

    I would like to request the phrase [yattering and yammering]. It is not frequently used but people who do so are usually speaking gibberish, so it is a complimentary phrase for the above requested word.

    Again, Happy 29th Birthday!

  5. mythman says:

    It’s sad that our Lady is so easily led astray into the pervy gaiety of lexidaisical homophones, but there’s no shame that a little dragon-slaying (to save the birthday-girl) can’t cure!

  6. sweetxtc says:

    I noticed that you didn’t have a video about the origin of the word “word” I think that video will be quite interesting =]

  7. parthenophilast says:

    Request: Is “[Aren't] you coming tonight?” grammatically correct? If you say “Are not you…,” it doesn’t sound right, but if you say “Are you not…,” it does. So, I think that the contraction is skipping over the word “you” in this case. Why does English do that?

  8. pedanticKarl says:

    H A P P Y    B I R T H D A Y    M A R I N A !!!

    Wishing you the best birthday ever and may
    all of your wishes and dreams come true.

    With greatest admiration and love,

    ~PK :-)

  9. Venomrock67 says:

    On this special day, I just want to say HAVE A FANTASTIC BIRTHDAY Marina. :smile:

    If I should stumble, catch my fall. :cool:

  10. kristanna says:

    С Днем Рождения Марина!!!! :smile: Пусть твоя жизнь всегда будет наполнена радостью и счастьем! Удачи во всем! ;-)

  11. This maybe challeging to discover this words origin [Yaotl] it is nahuatl. I noticed that turkey came from this dialect.

  12. This video is hilarious! :razz: Love the irony very attractive… I have to share this video with my Grandpa now to let him know I’m indestructible! lol! Best wishes to a WONDERFUL Teacher on her birthday may GOD grant her graces. ;-)

  13. vince the artist says:

    Hi Marina. I have a request for the origin of two words. The first word is [caricature] and the second word is [chess]. As part of my art career I draw caricatures. And I play blitz chess on the web from time to time. Grazie, e ciao….

    Vince the Artist

  14. lordichijo says:

    I would like to request the word [lascivious]. :smile:

  15. Chemikal says:

    Happy Birthday Marina!
    I .wav you, in an HD way!
    That’s geek talk for “I love you lots!” =)

  16. BigBhd95 says:

    to my most :lol: favorite teacher :cool: dearest Marina :smile:
    happy birthday & mant happy returns :oops: giving or taking a few hours difference one way or annother :?: hih :!: :mrgreen:
    :cool: B.B. ( wishing for teachers pet honors as a holiday’s present)

  17. truezin says:

    Where does the word [kitty-corner] come from?

    • fglrx says:

      Might be interesting!

      quatre (catre) + corner –> [cater-corner] –> [catty-corner] –> [kitty-corner] ?

      If such a process had happened, it would be a great example how folk etymology itself can generate a new word.

  18. Allowed to publish by (StarTrp1_S1) Obama please callus !

    Do You where You are heritated from
    In Medias ResSkapad av Thomas ons, december 09, 2009 21:55:33

    Me now my whereabouts, ansisters, and my BIRTHRIGHT

    I HAVE BEEN HER FOR 4211 millions lighYears of time !!!

    LuxPrimaNoqtisque was my First int name!

    Believe it or not ,, I now where I am from !!!

    I can claim ALL this planet in ANY jurisdictic court of law ,, just by birthright!!

    SO DO SHAPE UP BEFORE i DO recall MY right!


  19. dswwhitetiger says:


  20. Evan Owen says:

    ***Marina’s birthday is tomorrow!*** (She’ll be 29!)

    M, what shall we get for you? :grin:

    • leonard says:

      29 is forever :smile: The word “unbreakable” has three morphemes: “un-”, a bound morpheme; “break”, a free morpheme; and “-able”, a bound morpheme. “un-” is also a prefix, “-able” is a suffix. Both “un-” and “-able” are affixes.

      The morpheme plural-s has the morph “-s”, /s/, in cats (/kæts/), but “-es”, /ɨz/, in dishes (/dɪʃɨz/), and even the voiced “-s”, /z/, in dogs (/dÉ’gz/). “-s”. These are allomorphs.
      :grin: :lol: :grin: -the way I fEEl-….GOD-bLeSS all respon{D}(s)cibell…[trUck] :cool:

      U’ve got to B awAke, or, it won’t work

      an all-terrAin-truck :lol:

    • fglrx says:

      To be precise, supposing she was born in the European part of Russia (GMT+3), her birthday is starting in 32 min from now :!:

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      I think she would really like another run at her twenties.

  21. jedifredi says:

    I would like to request the word [ballyhoo] – thanks!

  22. lonestar1 says:


    I would like to request the phrase [ Hit the hay]

    I have always wondered why people say that when they are tired.

    thanks :)

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      It’s from the days when the mattresses of the financially challanged were stuffed with straw (vs. feathers or more expensive fillings). Of course, if you slept in a barn or stable, the saying was literally true.

  23. joseph3044 says:

    Dear Marina,
    I have two words for you: [onomatopoeia] and [borborygmus]. The latter is an example of the former.
    Большое спасибо


  24. mcnichols says:

    Funny, yet very interesting video.
    I would like to request the word [Latin] out of pure curiosity. Thanks

  25. Daniel says:

    Absolutely interesting. Thanks for letting us know all this origins while keeping us interested.
    I would also like to request the origin of the word [Snob] which I’ve been wanting to know from a long time now.
    Thanks Marina and keep up the good job!

  26. kristanna says:

    Great video! Love it! :razz: good job Marina!!

  27. Voted for you at

  28. makersmarc says:

    I would like to request the word [inglenook].
    I am spending some quality time with my wife by the fireplace and would appreciate knowing a bit more about the etymology of this word.
    Thank you!

  29. hawklover says:

    I would like to request the word [Ornithology].
    It is the field I am studying to get a master’s degree in and they didn’t tell us the origin of the word it self.

  30. originalistrick says:

    GoDaddy Danica will be driving a JR Motorsports car (Earnhardt, Jr.’s team) on a limited schedule in the 2010 Nationwide Series season. I HEARD she would debut at Daytona. She remains under contract for the entire season with Andretti-Green in the Indycar series.

  31. arikurt says:

    I would like to request the word [carousel] :)
    I am so curious about its origin!

    thx Arikurt

  32. Jaime says:

    Would you believe I just found out about this site. Spent a few minutes looking around and I am already hooked :smile:

    I would like to request the word [jabberwocky].

    Great site! Will be ordering the book for sure!

  33. tonyb says:

    Well sweetheart, how about the Bible word [JUDAS]? IN the Bible there was the bad Judas who betrayed Jesus Christ with a kiss. But there was also a good Judas-Judas Macccabees, in I Maccabees and 2 Macabees who led an insurrection against the pagan Greek armies.of antiochus Epiphanes who was forcing the Jews to deny their faith. That is an inspiring story. I did see the movie DEFIANCE about the Polish Jews in WWII who went underground and lived in the woods to hide from Hitler and his exterminators. Maybe I will have to go underground to hide from my oppressors and persecutors.

  34. biktous says:

    I’d like to know the origin of the word : “strength”,
    and as an option : how could we test our strength (physical)

  35. James says:

    I really want a Siberian goose down pillow and duvey from marks and spencer. Trouble Is it will set me back nearly £200! I think o will buy a duvey cover and steal the pillow

  36. jgargano03 says:

    I would like to know the meaning and the background behind the word [Deoxyribonucleic acid].

  37. citizenjavert says:

    Marina….you are getting sleepy…very sleepy….your eyelids are getting heavy, very heavy, you are falling into a trance. You cannot resist but answer my question: Where does the word hypnosis come from? Does it have to do with a hypodermic needle like for truth serum or something? Thanks. : )

  38. sephroth27 says:

    would like to request the word [cameltoe] with sexy

    • Hs4Mm says:

      Here you go … but be warned that this is just fools-gold and fools-knowledge: To be completely educational in teaching the word “cameltoe”, one would have to explain why it is fools-gold and fools-knowledge. Based on what Marina said at an interview in New York (perhaps during her last visit) and based on her other work, I suspect she would agree that “cameltoe” is fools-gold and fools-knowledge. What I do not know is if she would do a lesson on “cameltoe” that includes an indication of why it is fools-gold and fools-knowledge; and I do not know if it would be feminine and appropriate for her to do a lesson that indicates why “cameltoe” is fools-gold and fools-knowledge. Then again, perhaps based on the nature of how the indication is done, it could be feminine and appropriate — but I don’t really know.

  39. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    Being stuck with the library’s PCs for now, Google Earth’s app is not allowed to be downloaded because of it’s need for administator privilages. However the GE plug in-for IE (which is on the library PCs) allows you to use any Webpage that has the plug-in embeded in it. So you have to find the best page someone has cooked up. is good.

    • pedanticKarl says:

      Hi CK,
      I saw your post over on the Forum regarding when you do a reply, it bounces you back to the top. Since I am replying to you here, I can check it to see if it does it for me.

      CK, when I submitted my reply, my text box aligned itself with the top of the browser perfectly where I could read my reply. I did not go to the top of the blog. I am using FireFox 3.5

      Let me know what browser you are using. MSIE still has lots of bugs or there are many things IE does not comply with.

      Edit 2:
      I am still here. I did not bounce to the top of the blog.

      Edit 3:
      I am still here, did not get bounced to the top. Everything is working fine.

      • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

        It’s some version of IE, but I can’t tell which, because the library has things pretty well locked down. There are no tabs (but I don’t know if IE7 can have tabs disabled). In any case, it doesn’t matter, because I can’t do anything about it.

        It would make it a lot easier for me to scroll down to where I was if I could read the blasted comment numbering. Can you have the contrast jacked up a bit on this? Thanks.

        • pedanticKarl says:

          Hi CK,
          Marina is in NYC and I’ll let her know to increase the contrast.
          In the meanwhile, just do a CTRL-F for page find and enter part of your name, something like “pkohl” or whatever. If you have other posts above it, just do the find again until you get to your reply.

          Is it possible for you to install FireFox? I haven’t used IE in ages except in very rare cases.

        • pedanticKarl says:

          Also, as I mentioned in a previous
          post, you can use CTRL-A ( select all)
          on the page which will invert the page
          colors which will let you see the
          comment numbers until the contrast is increased.

          • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

            I forgot about Ctrl-A, too. Good idea for a workaround!

            As far as installing anything, it is no go. There are only four people in the county library IT dept. and they don’t want anyone messin’ ’round.

            As a permanent fix, increasing the contrast will allow newbies to even realize that there is numbering, so I think it is worth the time to do it.

  40. fatkid says:

    I would like to know why [nonfiction] is called what it is. Should not it have it’s own word to define it rather than using what it is not?
    Thanks if you do look it up :)

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      You could just assume that nearly all writing is about real life and that only those writing made-up material are creating fiction. But if you insist, what word would you use?

  41. pat haskett says:

    Merry Christmas Miss Santa Claus.

  42. Chris says:


    I was wondering where the word [ Mosh Pit] came from? I would really like to know :razz:

  43. kolia says:

    i want word [ ghnom ] !

  44. Che Mero says:

    Where did the word [hobo] come from?

  45. okay4now says:

    Hwk: (favorite rock) = Most likely something from the X-group of asteroids, or uncut (oops) diamonds.

  46. pedanticKarl says:

    Hello Everyone!
    If I may ask each and everyone of you
    to vote in the Mashable Open Web Awards,
    once a day until Sunday, 11:59 pm EST, December 13th

    You are voting for:
    HotForWords in the “Most Educational to Follow” category.

    When you use this link, all the fields will be filled in for you.

    Just log in with Twitter or Facebook.

    Thank you all for voting! :smile:

  47. Matthias says:

    Hi, cutie!

    Can you tell me the origin of the word [tired]? Does it have anything to do with the tires of a car? Interestingly, there is a German slang word for “tired” (“geraedert”) which translates directly into “wheeled” (Rad=wheel), and which we typically use if you are tired after a long day of work or after a workout. I also know of a medieval torturing method where people are tied to a large wheel, and… you don’t want to know – maybe this is how you feel when you are tired.

    Bye-bye, my teacher – Be good! ;-)

  48. pedanticKarl says:

    I just came across this great article written by Benjamin Slade, aka be_slayed, a postgraduate student in linguistics (ABD) and lecturer at the University of Illinois.

    Hot for Words: On titillating etymologies and pop philology (with some remarks on Beowulf movies and sex thrown in for good measure)
    Monday, December 7, 2009
    by be_slayed

    • fglrx says:

      That’s great! This is the first (as far as I know) objective review of HFW written by a professional linguist specializing in the field of etymology.

      The few “Hot for Words” videos I watched, however, seemed largely accurate. I mean, they weren’t deep, and I’m guessing Orlova takes a lot of etymologies straight from the OED, but I didn’t notice any serious misinformation. Etymologies seem to be her main trade, though she does have a video which touches on sound change, dealing with the pronunciation of kn-initial words (where knife is illustrated by a khukuri!), and a bit on neologism.

      I 100% agree! The videos are not university lectures – and that’s nothing bad, the aim is simply different. But they can light the fuse, for example thanks to them I recovered my old interest in linguistics (also in the fields far from etymology). I experienced a small flashback, and linguistics, which seemed to have been definitely buried in my life, started being fascinating to me again, so the influence of HFW on me was quite good!

      • pedanticKarl says:

        Thank you for your great comment fglrx.
        You are absolutely correct. Many of the commentary about Marina is done by people that have barely looked at her videos and really don’t know Marnia’s passion for words.

        I left a comment on that site, I don’t know if you got a chance to read that.

        I am an interested student of linguistics and I didn’t realize how broad and deep the field goes along with the history and specifically word origins in which I have had an interest for some time.

        An important point that the author stated is that Marina’s lesson are a gateway to introduce this field to someone who may never have considered it, which is a good thing. There are many, many things about Marina’s videos and this site that have made an impact on me and others in more way than just learning about words.

    • leonard says:

      thanks .k. :razz: …….. ;-)

      In the Dictionary of American Regional English, the earliest citation of the term in this context is from 1830, as “a name bestowed upon the Presbyterians of Fayetteville [North Carolina]“. A citation from 1893 provides a definition as “poorer inhabitants of the rural districts…men who work in the field, as a matter of course, generally have their skin burned red by the sun, and especially is this true of the back of their necks”.

  49. skyhookbel says:

    I would like to request the word [atonement]

    Thank you

    My favorite rock is salt because it is the only rock humans eat!

  50. bsomebody says:

    Good stuff, man! I know those two cats. We hang sometimes. :cool:

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      When M wears the hat with the earflaps, I always think of Floyd R. Turbo, Johnny Carson’s hick character.

      • leonard says:

        from the above link of CampKohler – Sacramento CA…”Military Drafts
        “This station wants no draft. They want to deprive a boy of the Army. The Army is educational. The Army teaches you how to do dental work with the butt of a rifle….how to tell what time it is by making a sundial out of a dead person…how to make beer out of bird droppings and also how to make a rubber girl out of an inner tube…In conclusion, I say we should not end the draft. We should increase it. We have a moral obligation to give Bob Hope soldiers to entertain. Fellow Americans, it is an honor to be drafted and to serve your country. Thank you, bye-bye, and buy bonds.
        ” :lol:

  51. damon_2k1kh says:

    I would like to request the phrase[he would always play devil's advocate].

  52. han2929 says:

    I would like to request the word [ Croissant ]

  53. buffethunter says:

    I would like to request the word [word]

  54. his nibs says:

    I would like to request the phrase [his nibs] please. Thanks!

  55. Hs4Mm says:

    Since it is close to Marina’s birthday, here’s a quote on the supreme value of one’s life. These are the words of Irina, a young girl who has been sentenced to imprisonment in Siberia (by the Communist government) and knows that she will never return:

    There’s something I would like to understand. And I don’t think anyone can explain it. … There’s your life. You begin it, feeling that it’s something so precious and rare, so beautiful that it’s like a sacred treasure. Now it’s over, and it doesn’t make any difference to anyone, and it isn’t that they are indifferent, it’s just that they don’t know, they don’t know what it means, that treasure of mine, and there’s something about it that they should understand. I don’t understand it myself, but there’s something that should be understood by all of us. Only what is it? What?

    Irina is a minor character in Ayn Rand’s novel We The Living.

    • muggins says:

      It seems that no matter how we look at life, there is a onion layer to be peeled away to reveal a new layer. Is it possible to look at life, to live life without illusion? We can’t be all knowing, but can a human being understand his or her motivations…including what motivations have roots in the subconscious?

      • Hs4Mm says:

        1) Regarding “Is it possible to look at life, to live life without illusion?”. Short answer: Yes. Some fundamental points: Plato was the first to systematically introduce the erroneous idea that there are multiple realities. He taught that there is a the world that we perceive and an ideal world; but he did say that it is possible to know the ideal world by non-sensory, mystical means (“insight”, “revaluation” etc.). Kant accepted Plato’s dual realities — but said that the real reality can never be known.

        Both those views are wrong. Aristotle was the first to say that there is only one reality, the reality of concretes that we perceive, the reality we can know by our senses and by reasoning. As far as each individual is concerned, he is born, he lives, and he dies — there is nothing before he is born, and there is nothing after he dies; while he is alive, there is this world that he can know and deal with.

        2) Regarding “We can’t be all knowing,” Yes, and that is fine. One has to know what one knows, one must live and act within the context of one’s knowledge, and one must keep expanding one’s knowledge. That’s all; and doing so would be perfection.

        3) Regarding “but can a human being understand his or her motivations…including what motivations have roots in the subconscious?”. Yes, he can. One is born “tabula rasa” — the mind is blank at birth, one is not born with any “innate-ideas” or whatever from some “previous life” or wherever. Everything in one’s mind is what one put into it as one grew up. The subconscious is just that part of one’s mind that one is not consciously aware of at that time; by paying attention to it, one can bring its contents into conscious awareness and examine it. Incidentally, it is good that you used the word “subconscious-mind” rather than “unconscious-mind” since “unconscious” has connotations that the material therein is of mystical origin not amenable to one’s conscious mind.

        The preceding are some fundamental ideas — if you are curious to see how such ideas play out in day-to-day living (as apposed to mere academic blah-blah discussion), I recommend the collection of essays Philosophy Who Needs It? (available on Kindle too). The title essay is actually a speech given to the graduating class of the United States Military Academy at West Point on March 6, 1974.

    • leonard says:


      “… here’s a quote on the supreme value of one’s life. “…

      Writing [supreme] the word, makes me think of choosen people. Even eating a “supreme” burrito; has me to wonder my taste for for what is the opposite. Good grades and high pay are the same to our “[supreme]” societal-government of that verses “communism”. The supreme debaters are law people and money are dictators for work and an economy is made by creating more (economic-activities): slavery, prisons courts, and culture-apartheidisms. :lol: Bottom Line-Hs4Mm: Happy birth-day 2 you and Marina…find what is good in life and hope-fully, the enviroment treats you ‘Supreme’. :smile:

      • Hs4Mm says:

        In “supreme value”, “supreme” is qualifying “value” and not “life”. The wording is not: …here’s a quote on the value of the supreme one’s life.… One’s life is one’s top/supreme value: true for all good people. Thanks for the good wishes. I wish you well too.

  56. rreppy says:

    Word request: unrequited. – and why does one never hear of something being “requited”?

  57. MidnightEagle11 says:

    it would rock if you could do the phrase [Son of a bitch] yeah i know that no one likes profanity but i am very interested on where this came from…female dog? IDK

  58. ilikesexytime says:


  59. Captain Jack says:

    I’m geeking out on some Radio Teletype software that I was thinking of using on a yacht delivery. Why? It’s so I can have computers onboard transcribing weather information so I don’t have to sit next to the radio for hours writing notes all day long. That sucks!

    So as I reading, I discovered where hell came from. j/k

    Hellschreiber (HELL)

    Hellschreiber is a method of sending text by radio. Each character is sent as an image, pixel by pixel. It was invented in 1929 by Dr. Rudolf Hell, of Bavaria, Germany.

    Why am I telling you this? Well I’m sitting at the dock waiting for some guy to repair broken water pipes on this guys yacht. I think his feet were a tad bit wet when he entered his yacht. Apparently he turned off the heater to save electricity but he never thought of freezing weather, nor to drain the water out of his pipes before leaving the yacht unattended for such a long time. All he need to do was to leave the heat on super low and it would have prevented the problem. He would have paid $30 bucks in electricity vs $900+ for the repair man.
    Now we missed the weather window and have to wait until Thursday.

    Morale of the story. Think things though before you try your fantastic new idea. Their might be a reason why no one is doing your idea.

    • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

      Just out of curiosity, what level of TTY code is used for these broadcasts? Isn’t this kind of info available via the Web?

      I read about the Hellscreiber decades ago in a magazine article, but have never seen the hardware. Basically it sent a fax of each letter. Naturally, if a pixel or two (or twenty) got corrupted, it wouldn’t effect the readabiltiy of the character, so it was extremely tolerant to the noise and distortions of radio and that was its advantage; it traded speed for reliability.

      • Captain Jack says:

        RTTY, aka SITOR B is used quite a bit. But it’s not used very much for you landlubbers. One must think out of the box of living in a city. You see out in the ocean there are no Applebees, McDonnald’s, AM-PM, Safeways, etc out there. I’m sure as heck not going to drag a cable modem way out there to get the web. I’m so happy the web and cellphones were invented. Now the air waves are much less crowded than before.

        SITOR B is used for our weather information, notice to mariners, and other things. We also can pull off HF weather faxes. Basically all communications is done with a radio of some sort. Including satellites, but they are very expensive to use.

        I don’t know if anyone is using a Hellscreiber today. What was great about it, is they commonly repeated the message so if the last sentence got messed up the next copy would be much better. Many times you would jump up and down just to read the sentence. It was a great idea.

  60. Greatest Potential says:

    Precious gems may be distinguished in class by hardness of the stone, lustre, wearability, etc. whereas semi precious stones are usually considered easier to obtain and tend to be lower on the Mohs’s scale of hardness. Gem stones rock! ~ diamond, opal, lapis-lazuli, ruby, sapphire, tourmaline, quartz, etc.

  61. Hs4Mm says:

    [eh] [Canadian eh]

    Googling “why do Canadians say eh?” will result in some funny hits, including T-Shirts and these videos:

    The best answer I have come across is that it is a form of indicating that a question has been asked or that the statement is a rhetorical question.

    Supposedly it is mostly the French Canadians who use “eh”, and so there is the theory that it is like the French “n’est-ce pas”. This link to French is the only (correct or erroneous) link to its origin.

  62. James says:

    Marina, I know this is hardly a major thing, but that thing above the comment box that says “my book is out!” flashes once then again WAAAAAY too fast.

  63. James says:

    I have a shelf full of rocks. My favourite is probably bismuth but that is an element, so I would say next is an opal or a ceylon sapphire.

  64. MCLIJazz says:

    Of all the places in Massachusetts, the mineral was named after Cummington. It wasn’t Bostonite, Newtonite, Springfieldite, Chelmsfordite, Foxboroite, Capecodite, Worcesterite, or Nantucketite. Oh, well. ;-)

  65. originalistrick says:

    A win is a win, but last night’s Big 12 championship game was the ugliest, most disturbing game I’ve seen in awhile. If The Horns don’t play like they usually do in the national championship game, Bama’s going to hand them their jockstraps.

  66. tonyb says:

    Beethoven’s Third Symphomy was called EROICA, that was suggestive to me. Or I QSL”d a small AM station from Slildell, Lousiana. SLIDELL souded suggestive to me. They never sent me a QSL card however. Sliding in and out over and over again-SLIDDELL!! Sexy name SLIDDELL.

  67. tonyb says:

    I seem to have heard that Dr. Jim Gano at U of Toledo, an Organic chem prof like Juliian Davies, had invented the organic chemical Adamantane. He had a big $250,000 FT NMR Spectrometer in the basement of the chem department. I did better in Physical Chem and Inorganic chem as I was a C student in Organic chem. Dr. Larry go Grimes who I was his undergrad teaching assistant in his nursing chem lab where he was a TA-Larry got a job at Los Alamos nuclear labs around 1983. He worked for Dr. Jimmy G. Edwards who was doing research back then on the vapor pressures of Lanthium metal at high temperatures. Maybe that is related to Uranium Enrichment as the isotopes of Uranium are seperated in their gaseous form so said Dr. Fred Horne in his grad school Thermodynamics class I took and got a C. Aberdeen Proving Grounds chemical weapons lab semed to come to the UT Placment Office to recruit chemists and engineers and I got an interview wiht them in November 1983.

  68. buzzword says:

    “where’s the nakedness” XD

  69. Bob says:

    Can Neuro compete with Drench?

    {NOT off topic – It’s MINERAL water. :grin: }

  70. Evan Owen says:

    Not about minerals, but who is the most powerful woman politician on earth?

    Megawati! :mrgreen:

    • Bob says:

      In 2004, she was ranked number 8 on Forbes Magazine’s list of the World’s 100 Most Powerful Women. As of 2008 she had fallen off the list.

      Either her turbines are failing or there’s an escalation in the power race, requiring more and more power to keep up with the Janeses (sic).

    • leonard says:

      Evan: A thought… Daily Dose Pick: Marina and the Diamonds
      2:46 pm Tuesday Dec 8, 2009 by Doug Levy
      Under the Marina and the Diamonds moniker, Welsh songstress Marina Diamandis brings quirk back to pop music in an epic way.

      While skirting similar territory as fellow UK sensation Florence and the Machine, Marina emits a more playful persona — imbuing her own Kate Bush-isms with echoes of offbeat entertainers like Regina Spektor and Amanda Palmer.

      To date, Marina and the Diamonds have released a handful of impressive singles and EPs, accompanied by equally impressive videos. The most recent single is the American pop-culture-skewering “Hollywood,” which sets the stage for Marina’s debut album, The Family Jewels, due in early 2010.

  71. Evan Owen says:

    So how’s your apatite? :???:

    “APATITE (Calcium (Fluoro-, Chloro-, Hydroxyl-) Phosphate) An irony of the name apatite is that apatite is the mineral that makes up the teeth in all vertebrate animals as well as their bones.” :cool:

    As the French say, “G a” (J’ai gran apetite.) :mrgreen:

  72. Bob says:

    I have only one favourite stone – Einstein.

    • Evan Owen says:

      Odd — Einstein’s nemesis was known as one-stone Hitler. :lol:

    • Evan Owen says:


      Instead of boron me to tears, today’s homework is a golden opportunity for the sort of elemental observations that Bob and I periodically make, a lead-in to the following:

      When opportunities knock, cesium quickly before they get away.
      “Money is the root of all evil” is an antimony proverb.
      If your possessions are more trouble than they’re worth, it’s best to get iridium.

      Hm, Iron out of ideas quickly, and need to go zinc of some more! :mrgreen:

    • Evan Owen says:

      It figures — Bob’s new Twitter love interest is keeping him from playing ‘Pun My Word. :sad: Oh well, give my greetings to Miss Fizzy Duck. :razz:

  73. jt1stcav says:

    Excellent, dude…heheh heh heheheh heh…

    Marina said blue balls…heh heh (a town in Lancaster County, PA)!

    When does she get naked? :razz:

  74. James says:

    Cummingtonite looks like copper ore to me.

  75. Hs4Mm says:

    When I first saw the video, before I knew about the connection with MA, the picture of the homes in the beginning of the video (0:40 s) reminded me of homes in the MIT/Harvard area. So is that a picture of a street in Cummington, MA (or somewhere in MA)?

  76. Venomrock67 says:

    Oh yeah, my actual favorite rock is this. :grin:

    Holiday Favorite

  77. ilikesexytime says:

    WOW YOU DO THIS WORD. but not soles?? COME ON MARINA!! FOR CHRISTMAS I WANT YOU TO DO THE WOD [SOLES] PLEASE!!! EVERONE HELP ME REQUEST IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  78. steph1105 says:

    [Blow Job] just want to know why its referred to as blow when you don’t really blow at all… :???: and its not really a job either… lol

  79. Evan Owen says:


  80. doncross2bear says:

    Great recess, Teacher. My favorite stone is Onyx. xoxo dc

  81. Evan Owen says:


    Funny chemicals? Oh well, I think we can do a reprise of the deadly menace of [dihydrogen monoxide]. :lol:

  82. leonard says:

    MARINA AND THE DIAMONDS | HOLLYWOOD …It is definitely a distinctive name that sticks out but I think Rock has been something I have largely had to overcome rather than being an advantage for me.
    Rock Hudson quote
    rock and roll[biscuit]=[squabble] :roll: …stone soul picinic :lol:

  83. Dalek says:

    Cute lesson like all those cool rocks names. here’s a good earth science vid on rock formation.

    Nice job Rob!

  84. Venomrock67 says:

    That was pretty funny and an excellent lesson Marina ;-)
    and the “beavis grunt” was a nice little touch too. :cool:

    Homework: “arsole” which is obvious and some people like to explore
    around there. ;-) :mrgreen:

    And as far as for my favorite rock, I’ve always liked Obsidian (Volcanic Glass)

  85. goebelchx says:

    You are funny. You remind me of my favorite female.

  86. veryfrank says:

    Marina: Where did the word Cunninglus come from? :smile: :smile: :smile:

    Would you like an expert demonstration?

  87. augie says:

    fantastic lesson love it ;-)

  88. pandion says:

    Excellent lesson thank you.

    I always liked the names for the different types of lava:

  89. Hs4Mm says:

    So will any of my comments show up in the next video? I like 19 with 19.1.3, and 21.5 or the original tweet

  90. darlingj says:

    I’ve seen Dudes with Lipstick and eye makeup like that.

    I guess they skipped the Rocky Horror showing to attend your talk Marina! You are a far better draw! ;-)

    Good thing they left their coats on…


    Great Lesson! :grin:

  91. Hs4Mm says:

    Regarding that comment about turkey being French bird: I think the author is a fool who really meant what he wrote and isn’t some smart guy trying to be funny. A smart person could have made a joke along those lines since there actually is some basis, albeit an erroneous basis, for the idea that Greeks call the turkey-bird French-bird. The Greek word for the turkey-bird is galopoula. And Frenchman is gallos, bird is pouli with feminine form poula. But supposedly this break-up of “galopoula” into “‘gallos’ + ‘poula’” is an erroneous analysis — although the spellings look similar, the pronunciations and origins are different! The original Greek name for the turkey-bird was “indike ornitha” (or Indian-bird); and I think the “galo” in “galopoula” is Greek onomatopoeia for “gobble”. To sum up my thinking, in Greek, “galopoula” is, not “Frenchman-bird” but “gobble-bird”, onomatopoeic for turkey-bird.

  92. kolia says:

    This word I don’t need!

  93. Hs4Mm says:

    Here’s the message I used for the retweet:

    IF YOU’RE GOOD, you might give your girl diamonds; but she won’t need any (Mg,Fe)7Si8O22(OH)2 since she will be it! via @hotforwords

  94. seesixcm6 says:

    Dear Marina,
    What a video on such seemingly shocking words! You look beautiful, even wearing a khaki overcoat and a white cap. I also enjoy your low-cdut dresses but I like to see you keep warm during the winters. It must be nice to sleep with you because a Russian girl will press herself close in order to keep me warm. :razz:
    My favorite mineral is silver, because gold is very expensive, now. Silver is beautiful, doesn’t tarnish, and silver protects you from vampires, werewolves and other horrors. :shock:
    My favorite rock is Jade. The Chinese consider it lucky, and you can rub jade to make it feel smooth and warm. :grin:
    I mailed my birthday card to you last week, and I hope it will arrive by Monday so that it will be forwarded to you on time! When you read the card, I hope you will be filled with warmth and happiness for your birthday! :razz:


  96. Chemikal says:

    A friend told me that she thought that lately everybody seems to have ASS on the brain.
    And she was right in more ways than one…
    ASS is the abbreviation for Argininosuccinate Synthetase, which is a chemical found in the brain.
    Lack of ASS may cause lethargy or mental retardation.

  97. originalistrick says:

    Well, the Tide rolled. Now The Horns gotta get it done. It’s show time.

    HOOK ‘EM!!!

  98. Chemikal says:

    Abbreviations are important in chemistry, because that’s how most elements get their names.
    The official abbreviation for Sodium Ethyl Xanthate, is SEX. And it’s a flotation agent used in the mining industry. It can be found in solid or liquid form, giggidy!
    NICNAS (National Industrial Chemicals Notification and Assessment) evaluates the symptoms of over-exposure to SEX:
    “Signs of high exposure are dizziness, tremors, difficulty breathing, blurred vision, headaches, vomiting and death. Can cause reproductive and nervous system damage.”

  99. CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

    Marina, you are getting [risque] in your old age. The whole lesson is based on a pun? Hmmm…. The painting thing was nice, though. I have no talent in that area whatsoever, so watching a work of art develop and seeing where the artists decides to place his attention next is fascinating.

    I like rocks and minerals that are peizo-electric, like quartz and barium titanate. At least you can do something with them, unlike ordinary rocks that just sit there.

    I once touched a moon rock in the Smithsonian, but it wasn’t very thrilling. In fact, if it were not for the sign, one would never know it had come from the moon. For all I know, they could have been lying about it. Who’d know? To this day, I don’t like green cheese. :razz:

  100. Chemikal says:

    Oh man, this was such a sweet lesson!

    Silly Chemikalz! :-)

  101. reassert says:

    Hi Marina, would you like to explain the origin of word “caporegime”(A position in mafia, under the underboss and “consigliere”)? The word “consigliere” was popularized by Mario Puzo’s novel The Godfather, and everybody knows the origin. But “caporegime” was not. So please create a lesson for this word, thank you :razz:

  102. Victor says:

    Hey nice video Marisa, it was funny …. i´d like to know where the expression [DJ] (disc jockey) comes from what does jockey has to be with playing music????

  103. animalntaz says:

    That cummingtonite rock looks crusting for some reason. :mrgreen:

  104. muggins says:

    Homework: I really love geodes, and I’d like find a place where I can score a bunch of some soap stone. My grandpa was a rock hound, and my favorite of his rocks are Apache Tears.

  105. tonyb says:

    My PC shut off or would not let me finish what i was saying. There are the semi precious stones of onyx, beryl, chrysolite, chrysoprase, emerald, jasper and carnelion in the walls of the New Jerusalem up in heaven in the book of revelation. But I would like to be CUMMING TONITE into you!!! i BOUGHT SOMETHING SMALL FOR ME MADE OF BLACK ONYX, REAL SHARP I THINK.

  106. Best video yet; excellent actressing.

  107. leonard says:

    awesome… :lol: /rockNrow

  108. wexfor says:

    my favourite are: commic acid, fucokinase that is often shortened to “fuc-K” and you already mentioned erotic acid. chemistry can be fun sometimes.

  109. Che Mero says:

    The two characters doing commentary are so silly.

    You a comedian now? :lol:

  110. Hs4Mm says:

    Here’s an odd thing about costumes and voice: The voice of the character in the creamy jacket (the “used car salesman”) is masculine (gruffer?) and the voice of the character in the olive green jacket is feminine. The cap worn by the Cream is biggish and masculine; the cap worn by Olive is smallish. The ear flaps of Cream’s hat give Cream’s face a masculine slant; the exposed face and neckline of Olive give Olive’s face a feminine slant.

    Event though Cream’s chest appears smaller and one can see an outline of breasts, and even though Olive appears to have broader shoulders and a bigger, flatter chest, because of the facts in the first para, I get the impression that Cream is with his girlfriend Olive (with Olive appearing like a petite girl wearing her boyfriend’s jacket)!

    But as per your YouTube pop-up message box, you intended both to be “dudes”! I can see Cream as a man but it is really hard for me to see Olive as a man!

  111. fglrx says:

    My favorite kind of stone is the one I use to get [stoned].

    • pat haskett says:

      My favorite kind of stone is also the stone I used before to get stoned. Some times you have got to find the right stone to get stoned but right or wrong stone…you’ll probably get stoned. My eyes are red from rubbing them with Catlinite.

  112. Victor says:

    Hey nice video Marisa, it was funny :)…. i´d like to know where the expression DJ (disc jockey) comes from what does jockey has to be with playing music????

  113. Hs4Mm says:

    Homework (favorite rock): I am a man … my favorite rock is mine itself.

    • fglrx says:

      Every kind of rock can be melted with a thermal lance.

      • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

        Notice the protective equipment used by the operators (rabbit’s foot in the pocket of the guy at the right :roll: ). For steel, consider oxy-gasoline, a relatively new (and way-cheaper than acetylene) system, this testimonial from China.

          • CampKohler - Sacramento CA says:

            Anything that burns readily could be used, I suppose. For example, NASA once used three astronauts in a capsule full of oxygen.* I note that the steel being cut is what, in the scrap metal business, would be called tin. That is, it is so thin that it is not so much being cut as melted. To cut, say 1/2″-thick steel, you could feed an army on the toasted prosciutto and cucumber sandwiches it would take to just get the steel warm.

            To cut metal, you have to get it hot enough so that it will catch on fire in the oxygen. Then the steel itself becomes the fuel and you have no need of any other fuel.

            *You would have thought they would have considered this.

      • packcat says:

        or a jetliner full of fuel :oops:

      • Hs4Mm says:

        Pshaw! That and the oxy-gasoline pointed out by CampKohler are freezing compared to my heat. The state of my rock is governed solely by my wishes.

  114. villewilen says:


  115. pedanticKarl says:

    Hey, everyone, don’t take HotForWords for Granite now
    as she is a combination of Sexithiophene & Angelic Acid.
    Rock on.

  116. sahok says:

    cool painted! and why we believe russikh estimate only enter numbers from 1 up to 5 and at Sun letters? :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

  117. originalistrick says:

    Rob, you have a wonderful talent.

  118. pedanticKarl says:

    Marina, that was a brilliantly done video. Loved every bit of it.
    Your hair in the intro looked glorious and I loved the pigtails.
    It added that extra touch to the lecture.
    Loved your Beavis grunt. You are too much.
    Ohhhh those YT comments, those were hilarious.
    What a great video.

  119. originalistrick says:

    Oooohhh, Marina, you’re such a blast! Fantastic lesson!

    When I was doing a little motorcycle road racing for fun, we referred to the trick factory parts & pieces the manufacturers would not sell to privateers at ANY price as “UNOBTANIUM”.

    Thanks for the hilarious lesson.

  120. James says:

    In light of my weird youtube message


  121. smokey36bear says:

    If I had to choose it would be iron pyrite.

  122. keefc2 says:

    ‘Copper Nanotubes’, not a funny name in itself, but when abbreviated the chemical symbol for copper (Cu) is used and Nanotubes becomes NT, you end up with a rather unfortunate result. :oops:
    see this Royal Society of Chemistry paper.

  123. neuroway says:

    Man, this cumming is precocious. By 16 days. :shock:

  124. pedanticKarl says:

    Hello Everyone!
    Don’t forget to vote for HotForWords in the
    Mashable Open Web Awards, every day.

    When you use this link, all the fields will be filled out for you.
    Just log in with Twitter or Facebook.

    The voting lasts until Sunday, 11:59 pm EST, December 13th

    Thank you all for voting! :grin:

  125. James says:

    My god, that was difficult to follow. But I did enjoy it.

  126. packcat says:

    How is my dear white-chocolate mudshark skank today? er, I mean teacher….

  127. cufan71 says:

    Very :lol: lesson!!!!!


    This poisonous molecule gets its name from the nut Nux Vomica, which is the seed of a tree found on the coasts of the East Indies. The seeds are sometimes called ‘Quaker buttons’, and are a source of strychnine as well as the emetic vomicine.

    Extra Credit Geodes are my favorite rocks! :grin:

  128. Captain Jack says:

    Great video Marina! This is what we like to see. ;-)

    Oh and btw, you messed up on the Chemical formula and a few other things but who cares right?

  129. wetsuit5 says:


    We know about Sister Words and Gorby, but what are your 2 friends names? (Morina and Dube).

    Wonderful opening, but I can’t spell it…

  130. prospero811 says:


    I’m glad to see you are doing so well. Your videos just get better and better!

    Hey – there is a whole community of secularists, freethinkers, agnostics, etc. that would love see a video by you of some or all of the following words:


    I know I’ve asked before, but I thought I would try again.

    Keep up the good work!

    • Captain Jack says:

      You like the new/old format. She decided to step away from what Youtube told her to do and when back to doing what her students requested.

      Marketing rule number #5. Sell what the customers need, not what corporate wants.

      Oh, and one more important thing Prospero, Welcome back! :-)

  131. prospero811 says:

    If you handle dickite right, or combine it with fukalite and erotic acid, it will produce spermite or spermidine. I prefer clitoriacetal, which if stimulated properly can get you some vaginatin (which some say is the most pleasing of molecules).

  132. pedanticKarl says:

    FIRST! I want to say, I laffffed my ass, or is arse off!!!.
    That was soooooo funny.
    Damn, Marina, stop doing that, how do you ever expect me to say what my favorite video is? I think it might be this one now. Ohhh, those 500+ choices.

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