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Re: Just for fun

Posted: Sun Mar 08, 2009 8:12 pm
by Ken Greenwald
Shelley wrote:That thing two people perform on the sidewalk when they are approaching each other face on and can't figure out whether to pass on the right or on the left.
the vis-à-vis pas de deux
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Ken – March 8, 2009

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Mon Mar 09, 2009 6:40 pm
by Phil White
Shelley wrote:That thing two people perform on the sidewalk when they are approaching each other face on and can't figure out whether to pass on the right or on the left.
grande valse polie
urban shuffle

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 8:09 pm
by Shelley
Hi. Well, after all that, I've been informed there is already a term for this: the pedestrian shuffle. Your "urban shuffle" is much cleaner, in my opinion, Phil White, but there you are.
Last Saturday was the first warm evening of the season in New York town, and friends and I were having a hell of time trying to negotiate a path through tens of thousands of tourists and pleasure-seekers in Times Square. Friend Dave (or husband Ric -- not sure who said it first) observed that we were stuck in "rumper-to-rumper traffic".

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Tue Mar 10, 2009 9:17 pm
by Phil White
Nice!

Here's another.
The compulsive need to check that your mobile phone has not magically switched itself to silent when you are anticipating a call or a text message.

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 12:58 am
by Shelley
Nophonobia.

Mobilus interruptus.

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 4:51 am
by Ken Greenwald
Phil White wrote:The compulsive need to check that your mobile phone has not magically switched itself to silent when you are anticipating a call or a text message..
Phil, Sounds to me like a case of OMD [Obsesssive-Missive Disorder]!
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Ken – March 10, 2009

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:05 am
by Erik_Kowal
Doing the muffle shuffle.

Ignoraphobia.

Aphonophobia.

Sneakypeekia.

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:59 am
by Phil White
Phonetic

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 9:17 pm
by Shelley
What about getting on an elevator and pressing a button when it obviously has already been pressed?

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:12 pm
by Erik_Kowal
I suggest that from now on we number the challenges and responses to make it easy to know which ones belong together:

1) The item of clothing that lurks in the bottom of the dirty linen basket and never gets washed.

2) That thing two people perform on the sidewalk when they are approaching each other face on and can't figure out whether to pass on the right or on the left.

3) The compulsive need to check that your mobile phone has not magically switched itself to silent when you are anticipating a call or a text message.

4) Getting on an elevator and pressing a button when it obviously has already been pressed.

So that things stay manageable going forward, I've decided to create a new forum in the 'Beyond Words' area called Word Games and Challenges where anyone can set a challenge or invite other Wordwizard members to take part in a word-related game of some kind. (I've moved this thread there too.)

That way we can give each challenge or game its own thread, and it will be far simpler to keep track of new responses to old challenges.

If you want to comment on this arrangement, or if you're having technical problems using the new forum, please post your contributions in the Comments and Suggestions on the Site forum.

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2009 10:30 pm
by Erik_Kowal
4) Getting pushy.

4) Lift rage / elevator rage.

4) Getting finger-happy.

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:25 pm
by Shelley
(4) Pressing busyness

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 9:42 pm
by Ken Greenwald
4) In the psychiatric dodge it is known as ELEVATED REPRESSION.
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Ken – March 12, 2009

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Thu Mar 12, 2009 10:00 pm
by Phil White
4) A severe depression, not lifting later

Re: Just for fun

Posted: Thu Jan 10, 2013 9:57 pm
by Phil White
Here is a new one:

The sudden access of fear on discovering that one has an entirely harmless habit that may indicate one is suffering from OCD. Such habits are impossible to break, and any attempt to do so reinforces one's fear that it might really be OCD.

An example may be always putting on one's right sock before once left sock. To do this in any other sequence appears to be against the natural order of things. (Try that one at home, folks.)