95 definitions by Mikhail Epstein

ontology of possible worlds and fanstastic beings. This discipline bridges philosophical thought and artistic imagination.
The task of fantology is to explicate all possibilities of being, including those of alternative worlds, and to ground the practical discipline of world-formation.
by Mikhail Epstein May 30, 2008
(safe+nik) -- a person who wants warranties about everything, who is scared by the vicissitudes of life and feels an overwhelming need to be secure.
What about a family travel to Tibet? - It's impossible. My husband is a safenik. - Safenik ? - Yes, he never takes any risks.
by Mikhail Epstein March 30, 2008
(electronic + Gr. onyma, name; cf. pseudonym, synonym) -- electronic name; the part of electronic address that precedes the sign @.
In our university mail system, all elonyms are made from the first name initial plus the surname minus last letter. My elonym is bjohnso (Bill Johnson).

His elonym is as enigmatic as he is himself: aaa314. Clearly he claims to be alpha, not omega.
by Mikhail Epstein March 30, 2008
a term in bioinformatics: unsolicited cloning as a violation of the copyright law.
All of us are fleshy citations from our ancestors. Who cares about quotation marks? Bioplagiarism is in the order of things.
by Mikhail Epstein March 30, 2008
the initial date for a certain process to begin. Antonym: deadline.
The liveline for the review of applications is November 1. The deadline for applications submission is December 1.

by Mikhail Epstein March 30, 2008
Silentese noun, adjective (silent + suffix –ese, like in Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese) – the language of silence; it may include paralingustic signs, gestures, mimicry and facial expressions.
He didn't say anything. – Why, he spoke eloquently, but it was Silentese, the most difficult language to study and understand.

We are working on Silentese-English dictionary. It will include those
concepts for which now we have no words in our dictionaries. We need to translate them into new English words.
by Mikhail Epstein December 25, 2003
PreDictionary n (pre, from Lat. prae, before + dictionary; or: predict + suffixes –ion and –ary) – a proactive dictionary that does not register words that are already in use but "predicts" new words, introduces them for the first time into common usage.
Almost all dictionaries, even those that contain neologisms, are reactive: they reflect various stages in the development of language. PreDictionary is a projective and proactive dictionary: it contributes new words that could make their way into the dictionaries of the future.
by Mikhail Epstein December 25, 2003

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