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Do you want fries with that?

"Do you want to do X" is a surprisingly ambiguous question. Since people are hesitant to directly tell someone else what to do, or sometimes even to express their own opinion or desire, this kind of simple question can mean a lot of different things:

  • I demand that we do X
  • I think we should do X but I'm open to other suggestions
  • I want you to decide what to do, but I'm including one option for rhetorical or predictive reasons.

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Seminal Pollen

I was looking for a non-gendered version of the word seminal, but couldn't really find anything. Please leave any suggestions in the comments, but I got sidetracked by something I think is more interesting.

The word seminal comes from "seed". And seeds aren't gendered at all - they contain male and female gametes and have the potential to grow into a full thing.


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Bomb Squad

Thanks to an anonymous tip, I now know that the opposite of "Wingman" is "Bomb Squad".

("Cockblocker", everyone's first suggestion, is less than ideal for a number of reasons - it's a cheap back-formation from a verb; it connotes an adversarial relationship, while a bomb squad could be a friend that is preventing something bad from happening; it's sex-specific, etc.)


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?ILF

By popular demand,

_ I'd Like to Fuck

Attorney
Baby
Chicken
Debutante
Engineer
Fuck
Gangster
Hipster
Intern
Jellyfish
Kin
Log
Mom
Neighbor
Oligarch
Prelate
Quintuplets
Rabbi
Sturgeon
Tortellini
Uncle
Watermelon
Xenophobe
Yarn
Zimbabwean


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MIL?

Mom I'd Like to _

Acknowledege
Baby
Caress
Deny
Employ
Fuck
Greet
Hate
Inspect
Jeer
Know
Lick
Milk
Needle
Observe
Proposition
Quote
Rumble
Stereotype
Terrify
Understand
Violate
Watch
Xerox
Yelp
Zombify

I might have gotten some of these wrong, please leave any corrections in the comments and I'll update...


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Woof

A: Woof
B: What?
A (emphatically): WOOF!
B (get's it now): Woof!
A: What?
...
etc.

Minutes of fun whenever you need it.


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v => ph Transformation Rule

Steven can be spelled Stephen. The ph is voiced in the latter case.

Why can't we do this with any word that has a v internally?

David -> Daphid
Avarice -> Apharice
Evening -> Ephening
Love -> Lophe
Liver -> Lipher
Loaves -> Loaphes
Woven -> Wophen

etc.


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Letter Words

Which words for letters of the alphabet are homophones or homonyms of other words, using scrabble rules and excluding self-referential words that are really just the letter (e.g. "f you!")

I've got 10 I can't find homophones for, and a few that might be bogus...input welcome.

a
eh? (canadian style - lame!)
b
be
bee
c
sea
see
d
X
e
X
f
X
g
gee
h
X
i
eye
i

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Shmide

Today's portmanteau is brought to you by Overcompensating.

Shame + Pride = Shmide. Apparently it tastes like bile and looks like John McCain.

Also, I have this song on repeat and I'm not turning it off until 6PM.


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Spaticular

It's today's portmanteau word:

Specific + Particular = Spaticular


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