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i just thought i'd extend a meme i've encountered in the comments section of certain blogs.  we know kerry's choice for what "w" stands for, but i think it's safe to say there are several other words that fit the description well.  

"w" stands for:

wack  US informal.  n. 1. a crazy or eccentric person.  2. worthless or stupid ideas or work.  adj. bad; inferior.

waddle  v. walk with short steps and a clumsy swaying motion.

wag  n. ... 2. Australia/NZ informal a truant.

wait  v. 1. stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or occurrence.

walking papers  pl. n. informal, chiefly N. Amer. notice of dismissal from job.

wall eye  n. 1. an eye squinting outwards.

wallow  v. 1. roll about or lie in mud or water.  n. 2. an area of mud or shallow water where mammals go to wallow.

wally  n. Brit. informal a silly or inept person.  

wangle  informal v. obtain (something desired) by persuading others to comply or by manipulating events.  n. an instance of obtaining something in such a way.  DERIVATIVES--wangler n.

wanker  n. Brit. vulgar a stupid or contemptible person.

want  n. 1. chiefly archaic lack or deficiency.

wanting  adj. lacking in something required, necessary, or usual.  informal deficient in intelligence.

wanton  adj. 1. (of a cruel or violent action) deliberate and unprovoked.

war  n. a state of armed conflict between different nations, states or armed groups.

waratah  n. an Australian shrub which bears slender leathery leaves and clusters of crimson flowers.

war baby  n. a child born in wartime, especially one fathered illegitimately by a serviceman.

warby  adj. Austral. informal shabby or decrepit.

war crime  n. an action carried out during the conduct of a war that violates accepted international rules of war.

warlike  adj. disposed towards or threatening war; hostile.

warmonger  n. a person who seeks to bring about or promote war.

warp  v. 2. make abnormal; distort.

warpath  n. in an angry and aggressive state.

wart  n. 3. informal an obnoxious person.

war-torn  adj. (of a place) racked or devastated by war.

was  first and third person past of be.

washed-up  adj. informal no longer effective or successful.

washout  n. 1. informal a disappointing failure.

waste  v. 1. use carelessly, extravagantly, or to no purpose.  3. fail to make full or good use of.  6. N. Amer informal kill or severely injure.  7. [as adj. wasted] informal under the influence of alcohol or illegal drugs.  

ok, this is as far as i can go with the notion for now. perhaps more later. you get the idea. all definitions from: Concise Oxford English Dictionary Revised Tenth Edition.

Originally posted to dbfactor on Thu Sep 16, 2004 at 09:01 PM PDT.

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