galore /gə-LORE/. adjective. In large quantity; in abundance. From Irish go leor, from Gaelic gu leòr (to sufficiency).[Read more…]
/GAWB/. noun. A lump or mouthful of something. Slang for the mouth. In mining: a seam or area emptied of valuable material and/or the waste material used to fill such an area back in.
/GAYM-ə-fə-CAY-shən/. noun. Bringing game mechanics to non-game activities and situtations.
glabrous /GLAY-brəs/. adjective. Hairless, smooth. Most often used to refer to skin or leaves. From Latin glaber (hairless, bald).
genericide /jə-NAIR-ə-siyd/. noun. A more colorful term for when a trademarked name becomes genericized, or so commonly used that it becomes generic and is in danger of losing its protected status. Kleenex and Band-Aid are the prototypical victims of genericide. Technically, when a brand name is used generically, it is an example of antonomasia, a kind of metonymy in which a proper name is used for a common name. Fear of genericide is why you don’t hear Google employees using Google as a verb or see it used that way in their official sites and documentation. Google it and see!
gorget /GOR-jət/. noun. Armor for the throat. The part of a wimple that covers the neck. An ornament for the neck such as a necklace or decorative collar. A distinctive color on the throat of an animal, usually a bird. From Old French gorge (throat).
garboil / garboyle /GA(R)-boil/. noun. A tumult; a confusion; a commotion; an uproar; a hubbub; a hurlyburly. From Old Italian garbuglio (a tangle, a mess) < possibly from Latin bullīre (to boil).
“Far from the moiling crowd and garboyle of the world.” (The National Review)
“Yet others have disappeared, snatched from their places of refuge, to vanish into the prisons of the Exfernal Powers, denied trial, forbidden even to know the names of their accusers. Their minds may already have been destroyed by drugs and torture, their bodies melted into garboil.” (Margaret Atwood)
“…the most terrifying din and the principal uproar arises from the anguished howls of the devils, who, lying in wait in that confused garboil, receive chance blows from swords and suffer ruptures in the continuity of their substances, which are both aerial and invisible.” (Francois Rabelais)
“Then in ’82 there had been the Egyptian garboil I mentioned a moment ago; Joe Wolseley had asked for me point-blank, and with the press applauding and the Queen approving and Elspeth bursting into tears as I rogered her farewell, what the blazes could I do but fall in?” (George MacDonald Fraser)
“‘You have been grievously in error this day, sir. You have handed the throne of England to a malodorous Scotch garboil—or perchance a simpering Spaniard.’” (Rory Clements)
“…all Greece stood in marvellous garboil at that time, and the Athenians especially in great danger.” (Sir Thomas North)
“So much uncurbable, her garboils, Caesar,
Made out of her impatience…”
“Now manhod and garbroyls I chaunt…” (Richard Stanyhurst)