I have updated our glossary. More updates and additions to come.
Many of these definitions come from fractaldust’s wonderful FAKE dictionary collab: http://www.hitrecord.org/records/220448 Check it out if you haven’t already!
Any additional contributions are most welcome!
BLOEMDAY – n. an annual spring festival which coincides with the appearance of the bud of the flower of the TREE OF HEARTS which will produce the aromatic flower and the delicious sweet fruit known as the PAMAGOTCHI.
CATNESS - v. a state of being/feeling, esp. of extreme friendliness or generosity. example: "I've never felt such catness."; an adjective to describe an action involving these attributes. example: "She was motivated by extreme catness."
CHIGWINKLE - n. a pocket size instrument which is used to transform ordinary sounds into extraordinary musical compositions
FAJIGAJIGA - 1) adj. the expression one uses to describe the feeling of utter enchantment to ones surroundings. 2) n. to have a a euphoric or spiritual experience. 3) adj. an expression used to convey astonishment. 4) n. a small fetish Nevernotwuzians often carry around with them to remind them of this feeling. Example: When Sparrow first saw the magical aircraft he was in a state of Fajigajiga.
FAJIGAJIGA RIVER - n. the name of the river the runs through the town of Nevernotwuz (see: how the river got it’s name).
The HIDING MUSHROOM - n. very sensitive to any kind of movement nearby, you would be quite lucky to see one as they have a tendency to tuck themselves quickly out of site as soon as they sense footsteps. A walk through the woods is likely to produce a series of rustling noises followed shortly thereafter by a series of nearly inaudible pops as the mushrooms turn themselves inside out so that they won’t be seen. Only the most skilled mushroom hunter is able to return with just a small handful of these very shy but delicious fungi.
HUMDRUM - n. an instrument that when banged generates human like humming sounds
The METAFOREST – n. the vast and dense forest which surrounds NEVERNOTWUZ completely. Ancestors believed that it went on forever and that if you walked long enough you would end up right back in NEVERNOTWUZ. It was the denseness of this forest which caused these early people to believe they were the only people, they also believed that they had to do everything in their power to keep everything as it was and feared that if they didn’t the forest would close in on them.
MoiSanom - n. any type of dazzling bird that is characterized by colorfulness and musicality: musicality may be of any tempo or pitch.
MOONBUG - n. a strange spiny glowing insect, so named because the glow of the creatures is tied to the phases of the moon -- but instead of following its waxing and wanning, the less bright the moon, the stronger the moonbugs glow, so the people of sTiTchTown never lose their way even on the darkest of nights.
These nocturnal winged insects are commonly sighted in certain areas of the Metaforest. Moonbugs appear to glow faintly in the dark and are often mistaken to be a relative of the lampyridae (commonly known as fireflies). However, it is to be noted that unlike fireflies, moonbugs do not in fact produce their own light. Instead, a thin reflective layer coats their wings and skin - a defence mechanism used to cause momentary blindness when approached by potential predators, allowing the moonbug those precious few seconds critical for escape; it is this highly reflective layer that causes the moonbug to appear to glow in the dark.
In addition to their appearance, the name is also a resultant of the moonbug's penchant for "moongazing" - when not flying, moonbugs rest with their faces turned towards the moon. Entomologists have not yet uncovered an explanation for this perculiar behaviour.
Moonbugs hibernate during winter under the barks of scarletoaks and emerge during spring, typically within a week after the blooming of the flowers of the Nevernotwuz tree. Moonbug viewing during springtime is a popular activity among couples as well as tourists who stop by the town for the annual Bloemday festival.
[editors note: this definition is VERY long!, i know, but it was not written by me!. ;c) haha! thank you Neithan, Bloemday & thehidingmushroom -- so sweet!]
NEURONIC NEBULIZER - n. a device used to destroy the inner monologue of ones true thoughts. Also know as the ‘lock-box’ or ‘locks’. (A device put into use by Mr. Commongood in an attempt to keep his true motivations a secret!)
NEVERNOTWUZ FALLS – n. situated on the FAJIGAJIGA river, the NEVERNOTWUZ falls is one of the most striking landmarks of the town. Majestic and powerful, though it is situated north of town and good half day away on foot, it is visible from town. The pride of the NEVERNOTWUZ it is mentioned in the song. The clearing at the top of the falls is sacred to the NEVERNOTWUZIANS. It is the location for their annual spring ritual, which commemorates the dropping of the NEVERNOTWUZ blossoms.
NEVERNOTWUZ TREE – n. also known as the TREE of HEARTS, this is the sacred tree of the NEVERNOTWUZ people. Much mythology and folk lore has sprung up around this tree which has deep spiritual and symbolic meaning the members of this community. The old song of the NEVERNOTWUZ tree is favorite one and rarely a day goes by when you don’t hear some child somewhere singing that song.
OUTSHADOW - v. To display a darker wit, more gothic disposition, or deeper degree of pessimism than someone else. Not necessarily to be considered a bad thing.
OVERSHINE - v. To be too damn cheery.
PAMAGOTCHI –n. this is the fruit of the NEVERNOTWUZ tree. It is a very sweet and tender fruit, unlike most fruits you are likely to have eaten. Though it has a tough, almost armadillo-like shell, it is quite soft inside. It has been compared to a mango, a peach, a cantalope. It is somewhat like these but the flavor is quite hard to describe. It also has seeds in the center which are very much like pomegranite seeds, with a reddish membrane surrounding each seed. These are also edible. When you crack it open (which takes some doing) it forms the shape of two hearts. For this reason the tree that bears the fruit is often called the TREE OF HEARTS.
PICKLE BLOSSOM - n. a sweet smelling flower that, like all of the flora and fauna of NEVERNOTWUZ is native to this place and can be found only there.
PICKLE BLOSSOM – n. the name of a shop which sells sewing and knitting supplies, named for it’s owner, Pickleblossom, a native NEVERNOTWUZIAN.
RegularJOE – n. a colloquialism referring to a caffeinated cup of coffee, traditionally prepared with cream and sugar. Example:A: Would you like decaf today? B: No thanks, I'll just have a RegularJOE.
SHADOWSTORM – n. a kind of violent thunderstorm. Worse than a regular thunder storm these things can do real damage! NEVERNOTWUZ has gone many years without having a bad SHADOWSTORM. It has been said that great beasts live inside the clouds. They are able to come up from the sea and live inside the clouds for as long as the weather is unpleasant. There are other air creatures but the ones that make their homes inside the SHADOWSTORM are the most treacherous.
SCARLET OAK – n. a very colorful tree which exhibits a vibrant magenta colored bark
WHIMSICAL – 1) n. a now thought to be extinct tiny furry creature mostly found in sunny, warm and moist climates 2) n. something cute and playful 3) n. a hallucination or the false perception of something that could not be real but sometimes still is.
ZIVER - n. a traditional Nevernotwuz stringed instrument.
FLORA and FAUNA – like the island of Galapagos NEVERNOTWUZ has it’s own peculiar ecosystem and every creature that walks or crawls and all of the plant life are unique to this place. Though all the flora and fauna may look similar to things you might be used to seeing (there is a fruit that looks very much like an ordinary apple and the wildlife wouldn’t strike you as unusual at first glance) there is always something a bit different about each species. One thing that is noticeable is the brightness of the coloration of many species.