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GREEBLE
A greeble or nurnie is a fine detailing added to the surface of a larger object that makes it appear more complex. Coined by the folks at Industrial Light and Magic, they describe the method as 'guts on the outside.'
JABOT
Sometimes called 'waterfalls,' jabots are fabric panels that typically cascade down the side of or between fabric swags on a theatrical curtain.
KERFUFFLE
A commotion or fuss, especially one caused by conflicting views. Early 19th century: perhaps from Scots curfuffle (probably from Scottish Gaelic car ‘twist, bend’ + imitative Scots fuffle ‘to disorder’), or related to Irish cior thual ‘confusion, disorder.’
CHAPEAU
In international law, introductory text appearing in a treaty that broadly defines its principles, objectives, and background.
FRISKET
Any material that protects areas of a work from unintended change.
ROWEL
A spiked revolving disk at the end of a spur.
JINGLE BOB
A piece of metal dangling next to a spur rowel which makes a ringing sound when moved. Jingle bobs are designed to keep livestock from being spooked by the unexpected appearance of a cowhand, especially in the dark of night.
EXERGY
In thermodynamics, the exergy of a system is the maximum useful work possible during a process that brings the system into equilibrium with a heat reservoir. When the surroundings are the reservoir, exergy is the potential of a system to cause a change as it achieves equilibrium with its environment.
CENOTAPH
a grave where the body is not present; a memorial erected as over a grave, but at a place where the
body has not been interred. Often used to commemorate the deaths of those lost at sea, in war, or by some other means where recovery or transportation of a body would be difficult.
VEXILLOGRAPHY
The term first appeared in print in 1959 and was originally considered a sub-discipline of heraldry. A person who studies flags is a vexillologist; vexillography is the art of designing flags; one who does so is a vexillographer; an admirer of flags is a vexillophile.
WOMPERJOG
Out of alignment, just not right, all messed up and backwards.
VINICULUM
A vinculum is horizontal line used in mathematical notation. It may be placed as an overline over a mathematical expression to indicate that the expression is to be considered grouped together, or as a binary connective between arguments appearing above and below it.
UNGAPATCHKA
Yiddish noun or adjective, denoting extortionate ornamentation or kitsch.
ENCULER LES MOUCHES (French; idiomatic)
Literally, “to sodomize flies”; nitpick, split hairs
TITTLE
A small distinguishing mark, such as a diacritic or a dot on a lowercase i or j.
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