Isms: From Autoeroticism to Zoroastrianism--an Irreverent Reference [NOOK Book]

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In the tradition of An Exaltation of Larks and Crazy English comes a book about words guaranteed to pique the interest of word lovers everywhere. From abolitionism to zoroastrianism, ISMs make up some of the most interesting, mysterious, and obscure words in the English language. In this entertaining, engaging, and enlightening little book, word lovers will discover the true meanings of these words-along with the often bizarre etymologies, mythologies, and the common and not-so-common usage behind them. This ...
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Overview

In the tradition of An Exaltation of Larks and Crazy English comes a book about words guaranteed to pique the interest of word lovers everywhere. From abolitionism to zoroastrianism, ISMs make up some of the most interesting, mysterious, and obscure words in the English language. In this entertaining, engaging, and enlightening little book, word lovers will discover the true meanings of these words-along with the often bizarre etymologies, mythologies, and the common and not-so-common usage behind them. This comprehensive book covers more than 200 of these intriguing ISMs.

Author Biography:
Gregory Bergman (Pembroke, MA) is a freelance writer that moonlights as a philosopher king. He has a B.A. in philosophy from Hunter College, and is the author of The Little Book of Bathroom Philosophy (Fair Winds, 2004).

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  • ISBN-13: 9781440517884
  • Publisher: F+W Media
  • Publication date: 5/30/2006
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,130,680
  • File size: 679 KB

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2014

    Blue Lightning BIO -- V. 4.0

    Name: Blue Lightning <p>
    Gender: Stallion <p>
    Age: 16 or 17 <p>
    Looks:<br>
    Body: White<br>
    Mane: White with a blue streak, Doctor Whooves style, but more unkept<br>
    Tail: Longer Doctor Whooves style, same colors as mane<br>
    Hooves: Like Shining Armor's<p>
    Marefreind: I wuv u Leafers! <p>
    Personality: Usually calm, but can be a bit insane sometimes.<p>
    CM: Bloodied metal cloud<p>
    dA: pamez748 <p>
    Freinds: Beats, Nitro, Master Continuum Pwn E, FF, Moone, Midnight, Runcible Spoon, Crooked Stick, friggin to many to list<p>
    History: See 'blp' results

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Telephone's over-due bio

    Nickname: Telephone
    <p>

    Gender: Female. But preffered as. An 'it'.
    <p>

    Species: Angel Fleet Dragon
    <p>

    Appearence: Eerr.. The truth is, Telephone is not owned by me. She. Belongs under another name. Go on google, search Telephone fursuit (Dont Judge) And kinda Picture her a little more dragon-like (keep the fluffy and cuteness in the picture:3) but dont resemble her in Spike's ideal figure. I know thats kinda confusing, but just go with it.. And. She does make chirpy sounds.. if you want to know how they sound like, search the same thing into youtube.
    <p>

    Friends: Telephone Is very bipolar and doesnt make alot of friends.. her current ones are Soul and Firework.
    <p>

    Likes: Cake, Rubs, Rain, Soul, Magic, and colorful Ponies.
    <p>

    Dislikes: Boxes, Ice Tears, Liars, and. Dogs.
    <p>

    Other: this bio is kinda short because i hate typing alot of stuff. But since this rp has many mixed fandoms, im gonna break it to you guys. I am a pegasister, im in a little bit of homestuck, And a lil bit of Otaku.. and a furry. Every fandom has their dark sides, and being a furry puts alot on the dinner plate. No, I Do not like having se<_>x with animals, I do not do yiff of any sort, and im More into the artwork and activities in this fandom. If you do not know what a furry is in general, go on wikipedia. Please, save rude comments to yourself and If you have any questions, I would be glad to awnser. Bai! :3

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Rocky bio

    Gender:male
    Cm:splitting rock
    Apperance:blue body with terquoise twilight sparkle style mane
    Friends: nobody yet
    Peronality:either fun or serrious depending on the moment
    Theme song: I wasn't prepared for this(twilight sparkle)
    Fight song: Roar(katie perry)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Alex storm bio

    Age is un-known
    Gendr: hase both parts
    Type: natural Alicorn
    Body: black
    Main and tail: light fire red with streaks of orenge
    Cutie mark: none
    Persinality: he is unsure about his place in the world but dose his best to try to make new friends
    Likes: stuff
    Dislikes: other stuff
    If im missing any thing just ask me and ill tell you. This is a caricter i hav bin using for about two years now.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2014

    Deadhearts Bio

    Name:Deadheartm..duh Age:pony years...15 Gender:mare Species:Alicorn Apperance:black body with red eyes and a mane that hangs in front of her left eye and long tail...both colored dark grey and crimson

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  • Posted May 19, 2014

    BEATS TO ANYPONY I got caught using my nook when I wasn't suppos

    BEATS TO ANYPONY
    I got caught using my nook when I wasn't supposed to and my parents took it to our old house so I cant get it but I will be back I promise tell sticky I love her

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Stardust bio 3.0 update

    Real bio at result 4)) Species: Alicorn, Pet: Phinoiex, Home: result 19, Born as: Pegesis, Rps: plm, Rdi, and Ism

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 23, 2014

    MJ10

    MY OC VOCAL DANCER COAT COLOR VIOLET MANE/TAIL COLOR AND STYLE VIOLET PINKIE PIE STYLE CM A DANCER SHOE AND MICROPHONE ON THE TWO SIDES OF A HEART SHE GOT IT A TALENT SHOW SHE HAD STAGE FRIGHT BUT FACED IT AND GOT IT AFTER THAT PARENTS DREAM SONG AND MELODY TUNE COLTFRIEND TRACK HOOPS EYE COLOR VIOLET LIKES MJ MLP CREEPYPASTAS READING SINGING DANCING DISLIKES RUDE PEOPLE DIRTY AREAS PEOPLE WHO HATE MJ AND MLP PERSONALITY TWILIGHT SPARKLE (BOOKISH) PINKIE PIE (FUN) RAINBOW DASH (NEED FOR SPEED) RARITY (FASHION) APPLEJACK (HARDWORKER) AND FLUTTERSHY (KIND TO ANIMALS)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2014

    Skybeam

    Name skybeam<br>
    Race alicorn<br>
    Mane and tail a light blue fading into a dark blue celestia style<br>
    Coat a blue fading into white<br>
    Friends Ice Tears Firework<br>
    Cutie mark a bubble with a feather in it.<br>
    Other just ask

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2014

    NIGHTSTRIKER BIO +++++++ UPDATE BONUS!!!!

    Name: look up. Srsly? Age: 12. Gender: Boy. Species: Unicorn. Appearance: Mane and tail Twilight Sparkle style. Body is pure black. Friends: Is very new, but has made friends with Zecona. Still seeking friends. Coltfriend: Not yet. CM: A pair of bronze gears with purple lightning spewing from them. How I got it: As a young colt(8 years old) I invented a machine that created a space-time continuum area, where time passes normally. A world shut off from the world. A place where a mere word can create a masterpiece. But time went by, and the machine grew worn. On the last day it got loose and almost destroyed Equestria. I managed to shut it down, but ended up taking out the gears. I had remembered my friend's last words: "You know who you are." A bolt of lightning carved that mark on me. Other: none. History: see above. Bye!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2014

    Rainbow's Bio

    Name: look at heading. Looks like: white pegasus with rainbow tail and mane. Cutie mark: a rainbow with clouds at the foot of each end. Eyes: Sky blue eyes. Age: 5 years other&history: ask!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2014

    Firework's BIO ||| OFFICIAL UPDATE; VERSION 2.0 |||

    Firework's BIO ||| OFFICIAL UPDATE; VERSION 2.0 ||| <p>
    Name: Look up. Sometimes I wonder what goes through your head. <br>
    Species: Alicorn <br>
    Gender: Um... *facehoof* Is a stallion able to be a princess? NO! &female <br>
    Age: Around 17 in human years <br>
    Cutie Mark: A hot pink, blue, and purple firework <br>
    How She Got It: I will be making a story of her history at 'history' res one that'll include how she got her Cutie Mark <br>
    Appearance: Go to the V4 pony creator on deviantart and type in this LLLLLLOOOOONNNNNNNGGGGGGG code: <p>
    2S2S000110932828FE9E000100FEEAUL1836000000000N1CC3FA480D7FE0L107FCC004CB2 <p>
    If this doesn't work, please notify me. But if you don't want to type in that SUPER LONG code, then here's the description (oh, and, btw, that pony isn't right! The mane and tail are wrong and... yeah) : <br>
    Coat: LIGHT red orange <br>
    Mane/Tail: One half hot pink, one half blue, and purple dots on both halves, Rainbow Dash style <br>
    Eyes: Turquoise, Rainbow Dash style <br>
    Wings: They're the same colour as her body, but there are wingrings (earrings hor wings) on every other feather, starting from the top, Rainbow Dash style <br>
    Horn: Twilight Sparkle style <br>
    Ears: Normal pony style. Has three round earrings on each ear <br>
    Powers: Before she was an alicorn, when she was just a pegasus, she could amplify sound. Now, aside from that, she has Twilight Sparkle magic. She is also under the wing of Twilight <br>
    House: 'ism' res 28, 29, and 30, I think. <br>
    Pets: Goldenrod, her fire breathing pheonix <br>
    Theme Song (casual): I Can't Decide by ? (Look up 'Yuuka And Pinkie Can't Decide' on YouTube) and All Of Me by John Legend <br>
    Theme Song (battle): Hellicarrier by Steve Jeblonsky and General Zod by Hanz Zimmer <br>
    Friends: Ice Tears, Blazin, Skybeam, Violet, Quiet Melody, DJ $pirit, Squeak, Nitro, Vynx, Sweet Death, Blue Lightning, FF, AL, Beats, Moone, EVERYPONY! :D <br>
    Marefriend: Blazin ~ &hearts LUV YA! <br>
    Symbol: &#123456789 <br>
    Persona: Meet meh <br>
    History: Scroll up to the place where it says 'How I Got My Cutie Mark' <br>
    Other: Just ask! :^) <br>
    If there's something I missed, plz tell meh! Whew! That was long! <p>
    ~ Firework &hearts

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2014

    Coal Spark

    Name: Coal Spark <p> Age: 14 <p> Coat Color: Pitch Black <p> Mane and Tail: They start orange, but fade to red at the tips. Her mane goes over one eye, and her tail drags on the ground a little <p> Eyes: Orange <p> Cutie Mark: A shower of embers <p> How She Got It: She decided to be crazy and ran on top of some embers from a bonfire <p> Boyfriend: Nope <p> Friends: EVERYPONY!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Celestialwings bio

    Name celestialwing mane is white with blue streaks so is my tail she is white personality get to know me gender mare friends cresentmoon specialty has wings likes friends peace etc dislikes war fighting killing murder and bossy ponies age unknown dont feel like telun ya I AM ACTIVE ALL DAY EXCEPT DURING SCHOOL AND WEN IM SOMEWERE OTHER THAN IN THE NOOK/WELL THATS MY BIO HOPE U LIKE IT

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    Princes Cresentmoons bio

    Name; cresentmoon. Age; 376 years old. Cutie mark; gold stars surrounding a blue cresent moon. Mane; black violet and silver streaks. Body; A blueish purple color. Breed; alicorn. Likes; stargazing. Singing. Drawing. Dancing. Dislikes; war. Unhappyness. Fighting. Being ignored. Clothes; usualy seen wearing a navy blue dress and a silver crown. Others; just ask!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2014

    Time Patriot

    ~Name- Time Patriot
    ~Gender- mare
    ~Age- one must never know a time lords age (unless you ask..then i might tell you)
    ~Pony type- pegasus
    ~Coat color- shifts between baby blue/navy blue/turquoise/coeruleum/violet/white depending on how light hits- looks like time vortex
    ~Eye color- bright blue with silvery white flecks
    ~Mane and tail color- white
    ~Wing color- dark blue (almost black) at base, fading into white at tips
    ~Personality- energetic, mysterious, happy, loving, total nerd
    ~Likes- food, music, playing violin, Marvel comics (all the way), reading, time travel
    ~Dislikes- daleks, drama
    ~Friends- (so far) MC (happy now?), bm, midnight
    ~Home- cjv res#1
    ~Theme song- (time) young forever by The Ready Set, (just cuz i love it) if im james dean, then youre audrey hepburn by Sleeping With Sirens
    ~Cutie mark- the milky way...sometimes shifts (possibly due to disturbances in the space/time continuum) (thanks Marty)
    ~Symbol-‡tp‡
    ~Favorite quotes- "You want weapons? We're in a library! Books! The best weapons in the world!" -the doctor season 2 episode 2
    "I tried keeping a diary once. Not chronological, of course. But the problem with time travel is, one never seems to find the time." -the doctor, the caves of androzani

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2014

    Nitro's bio what Beats said

    Name: Nitro Ultima_Age: Who cares_Race: Alicorn_Job: I will play for NBA soon but now I enjoy my senior year at Duke. I hate UNC tar heels and Washington huskies._Personality: Anger managment guy, a hot head, cocky, born leader, fighter, kind, happy most of the time, sometimes fun to be around, weird and an okay comedian_Friends: Frost, Blazin, Midnight, Blue lightning, Beats and anypony who says i'm their friend._ Theme song: Light'em up_Battle song: Talk dirty to me_Marefriend: Frost (luv ya)_Appearence: Blue_Facts: I'm the fastest in all of eqestria nopony else is or meet my little friend_Pet: Gojira (Godzilla) that's right Godzilla_NBA team I want to go to: Golden State warriors_CM: A blue lightning bolt lit on blue fire. Man i'm done.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2014

    Ss to blazin

    Yay! :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2014

    Blue lightning BIO 3.0

    Name: Blue lightning<p>
    Nicknames: Blue, BL <p>
    Gender: Stallion<p>
    Age: 17-18 in human years. Unknown pony years <p>
    Looks:<br>
    Body: White <br>
    Mane: Shorter Doctor whooves style with some hanging in front of his eyes. Mane is white with ONE vertical blue stripe.<br>
    Tail: longer Doctor whooves style. Same colors as mane. <br>
    Markings: Jagged blue stripes, which is permanatly dyed.<br>
    Hooves: like shining armors.<br>
    Other: Back left leg is mechanical.<p>
    Species: Pegasus.<p>
    History: Blue lightning was adopted by the cowardly Factory worker, Ice Breaker. When he was 15, Blue lightning was shown the Rainbow Factory. His leg was cut off by a *cough* Evilrobot*cough* <p>
    Freinds: Frost, Ice Tears, Master continuum, Beats, Nitro, Midnight, Moone, Vynx.. Everypony else I missy. <p>
    CM: Bloody metal cloud<p>
    Personality: Usually Meloncholy, but is half insane.<p>
    Likes: Doctor who, Reading, drawing, Machines, Rainbows, Moonbutt, Being dramatic, Being random, swivel chairs, MAKING rainbows, memes <p>
    Dislikes: Overly dramatic things on TV, Basketball, Romance novels, Thorny plants, loud things, His awkward robot leg, Muddy water, Weird talkhosts, Goats, Zombies<p>
    Fanfics: 'blp' results

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2014

    Midnight's *UPDATED* Bio

    CAPTAIN CRUNCH RULES!! Cx
    ************************************
    Name: Midnight.

    Age: 13

    Gender: Mare &female

    Species: Alicorn

    Appearance~
    Mane: Starts out lavender but ends in a dark purple. Like fluttershy's.
    Eyes: Dark purple.
    Coat: Silver

    Personality: Meet meh.

    Friends: Frost Feather, Blue Moon, Autumn Leaf, Nitro, Blazing, Beats (where are you, dude?), Soul, Vynx, Crooked Stick...I feel like I'm missing someone... Anyhoo, everpony is my friend!!!! Cx

    Theme Song: Fire Flies by Owl City.

    How I got my cutie mark: Ask me?

    Coltfriend: …

    Others: Just ask...


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