NYT’s top fifty confusing 50 words, lazy edition

The NYT website has put out some data on what words get looked up most by readers using their horrible, UI-breaking innovative “select text to get a definition” functionality.

And while it’s great to know some folks are bothering to look up these fifty words, I think it’s safe to say that for each person who furrows their brow and looks it up, there’s at least a handful who furrow and then just take a wild guess.

The following is a list of those guesses.

Phil Collins, litigant
slapstick
douche
ironic
satire
antidote
epidemiologist
hippopotamus
penal, lol
sump pump
volkswagen
periscope
Ab Squeezer ™
Parlay, You Know, That Word From Pirates Of The Carribean
innovating
Avoid The Noid
freckles
liposuction
earwax
poultry
sangria
sarcastic
geography
porpoise
cerebellum
paradox
yeasty
friend with benefits
smerlot
disciple
goity
Hey, let’s torrent The Dark Crystal
Panama
con, uh, fligacy?
girly
taint
Catholic
Hey, let’s not torrent the Matrix Trilogy
Poopy Catholics
one speaker at a time, buddy
moldy
Zagat’s approved
U2-esque
congested
new hires
microwave ovens
splat
the state of not having freckles

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