Vocabulary: Combination Words, page 4


The friend zone is when one person in a platonic relationship wishes to enter into a romantic relationship while the other does not. It is generally considered to be a regrettable situation by the lovelorn person. Common publications giving advice on dating, state that once this situation has happened in a relationship, it is difficult to undo.
Friend zone,


“The greatest happiness is to vanquish your enemies, to chase them before you, to rob them of their wealth, to see those dear to them bathed in tears, to clasp to your bosom their wives and daughters.” — GENGHIS KHAN

Boy, talk about a man who knew what he wanted out of life. He also knew how to get it: after the tribal leader known as Temujen was crowned in A.D. 1206 as the Mongols' Genghis Khan — “emperor of all emperors” — he waged nearly continuous wars of conquest against his neighbors. By his death in 1227, Genghis Khan ruled most of the lands between the Sea of Japan and the Caspian Sea, an empire that encompassed two-thirds of the known world and far eclipsed the celebrated realms of Alexander the Great. To those who were overrun by the Khan's mounted hordes — and to the victims' modern descendants — the Mongols were a barbaric people who swept out of the unknown reaches of the Asian steppe, a warmongering race whose only talents were for rape, murder and pillage.
The Khan Collection By Michael D Lemonick Et Al. At http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,981507-1,00.html
steppe = extensive plain without trees. steppe


He [Blaise Pascal] saw no room for mystery-mongering in matters of science and mathematics.
Mathematical thought from ancient to modern times By Morris Kline.
monger = To deal in; to make merchandise of; to traffic in; often used chiefly of discreditable traffic.


The Usenet newsgroups are, in their way, the perfect antidote to modern mass media. Rather than catering to the lowest common denominator with programming packaged by a few people in New York, Atlanta and Hollywood and broadcast to the masses in the heartland, the newsgroups allow news, commentary and humor to bubble up from the grass roots. They represent narrowcasting in the extreme: content created by consumers for consumers. While cable-TV executives still dream of hundreds of channels, Usenet already has thousands. The network is so fragmented, in fact, that some fear it will ultimately serve to further divide a society already splintered by race, politics and sexual prejudice. That would be an ironic fate for a system designed to enhance communications.
WELCOME TO CYBERSPACE; What is it? Where is it? When can we go? By Philip Elmer-Dewitt. TIME Domestic SPECIAL ISSUE, Spring 1995 Volume 145, No. 12 Source
narrowcasting = Alternative to broadcasting wherein advertising messages are presented to relatively limited audiences by means of direct mail, local cable television, specialty publications, or other specifically targeted media. Narrowcasting
heartland = the central region of a country or continent; especially a region that is important to a country or to a culture.


Broken Arrow, a bomb-ticking chase movie about a daredevil pilot (Travolta) who steals two nuclear weapons, shows how easily the two cinemas can coexist. It flies at the speed of Macho 2 while allowing Woo to unpack his full cinematic arsenal: overhead shots, plenty of steamy atmosphere (Travolta smokes a lot), Cuisinart editing of the action scenes, slow motion to prolong the jitters and, for dialogue scenes that other directors would stand flatfooted and watch, lithe little tracking shots. If film school were fun, Woo would be the nutty professor.
jitters = extreme nervousness.
lithe = gracefully slender; moving and bending with ease.
GO WEST, HONG KONG By Richard Corliss. At http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,984183,00.html?iid=digg_share
daredevil = a reckless impetuous irresponsible person.


make a mountain out of a molehill.
A common idiom. It means to make a big deal out of a minor issue. See Make a mountain out of a molehill.
molehill = a mound of earth made by moles while burrowing. molehill


Older (age 15 and up), more hard-core gamers will want that Xbox. The machine is Microsoft's beachhead in the console wars, and I predict it will be a big success, even though it costs 50% more.
The Box Meets The Cube By Josh Quittner. At http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1001240,00.html
Beachhead is illustrated in the opening scene of the movie Saving Private Ryan.
beachhead = a line of attack on the beach with the goal to advance inland. Beachhead


I had hoped to find a responsible article, instead I found hogwash.


US and USSR played brinkmanship during the cold war.
Xah Lee
brinkmanship = the policy of pushing a dangerous situation to the brink of disaster.


…INTPs do not always enjoy much popularity, for they can be hard taskmasters.


…a cyberpunk journalist who writes under the byline St. Jude,…


“It doesn't ring true,” insisted Jackie Collins, author of The Bitch, The Stud, and other potboilers.


the guy was outflanked by two cops.


…hope PowerPC would break the stranglehold that Intel has on the production of chips…


I was aboveboard.


miscellany, patchwork, medley, melange, conglomeration, gallimaufry, hodgepodge, olio, salmagundi


… learn obscure pedantic words you can use to intimidate the whippersnappers that come after you. [from a parody]


time to hire a handyman


… now is the time for that long-postponed trip to the Australian outback.


… Brad Pitt delivers [reads] Cormac McCarthy's hardscrabble prose in The Crossing with a twangy stoicism that perfectly reflects the novel's tone.


Jonny and Jimmy, henchmen of Los Angeles crime lord Lordy


I was alone on AOL and a wallflower on the WELL.


In a sidelong and subliminal way,…


…and a profitable sideline in helping the Mafia locate

splinter group cold turkey

So she stopped smoking, cold turkey.

puppy love

the puppy love, say, that turns rabid as two souls merge in a toxic rapture.


the cornerstones of every package are the context …


that revel the bedrock fondness, desperation and loyalty that bond this or any other frazzled clan.


…shipshape and affluent little city state [Singapore].


…A gridlock in the justice system.


Lack of stimulation and nurturing at an early age can derail development.


He is the guinea pig of medical sadists and firebrand communists.


what a pettifogger


pockmarked face


not a piece of meal or oatmeal

• headmaster

• roughage

• poppycock

• forthright

• slipshod

• fireside

• rawboned

• slapdash

• unhinge

• underplay

• lonesome

• weasel out

• latchkey

• overweening

• overawe

• outright

• outgoing

• hardihood

• hoodwink

• untoward

• skyjack

• linchpin

• horseflesh

• hinterland

• inland

• underling

• instep

• claptrap

• shakeout

• fob off

• tumbledown

• lumberjack

• wheelbarrow

• bedpan

• byway

• underbrush

• hayrick

• backdrop

• grand slam

• outlook

• unwitting

• daresay

• rattletrap

• muckrake

• cakewalk

• outgo

• pastime

• shutterbug

• backwater

• homestretch

• underclass

• backlog

• inflow

• sidetrack

• bedevil

• solar plexus

• handiwork

• dust bowl

• class action

• psyche and soma

• by and large

• cheval glass

• gasworks

• outpatient

• inpatient

• quicksilver

• seaboard

• winsome

• highball

• crackpot

• boardwalk

• steadfast

• watershed

• drawstring

• underwhelming

• overtax

• overwrought

• pawnbroker

• upstart

• blackface

• outwardly

• underpinning

• stronghold

• underbrush

• flashpoint

• cliffhanger

• wayside

• ragtag

• freewheeling

• foxhole

• holdover

• seascape

• infighting

• nevermore

• toadstool

• puffball

• offshoot

• subserve

• bushwhack

• upwell

• handiwork

• shantytown

• folkway

• moonlighted

• towhead

• overblown

• seriocomic

• outclass

• offbeat

• upbeat

• polyglot

• polymath

• pothole

• kingpin

• runabout

• hackwork

• hobnail

• bankable

• pitchman

• matchwood

• bawdyhouse

• hothouse

• status quo

• shore up

• Buck

• foreclose

• taproom

• afoot

• backbite

• backbone

• backslide

• barnstorming

• cesspool

• doubleheader

• forsake

• gangway

• grandstand

• hotshot

• outstrip

• overhaul

• overweening

• piebald

• stopcock

• turnaround

• upend

• walkout

• despot → autocrat, not de-spot. depotism

• cheesecake, beefcake

• blackguard → rascal, imp, prankster, scamp, rogue

• jaywalk → …struck by a car while jaywalking.

• makeshift → expedient

• offhand → in the offhand and somewhat bemused fashion…

• turncoat → he is a turncoat

• upscale → …upscale New Yorkers…

• overboard → …their tactics and their rhetoric go overboard.

• wisecrack → witticism, quip, sally, gag

• Dutch courage → I don't need Dutch courage.

• far cry → A long way.

• pinprick → The pinprick attacks fail even to achieve…

scatterbrain levelheaded inland heartfelt


She tries to disguise her hillbilly accent.