See the complete Devil’s Dictionary of Scientific Words and Phrases here.
survey a form of stalking in which the group conducting the survey asks random questions of anyone foolish enough to talk to them, based on the principle that if you ask enough questions of enough people, you’re bound to learn something eventually. On the street it is hard to get people to stop, so some surveyers carry big nets. They also carry clipboards, usually to hide the hand that is picking your pocket.
metabolism any biological process that gives off a smell, usually a bad one.
arachnicate any process which significantly increases the local concentration of spiders, just as the way pontificate is a sharp increase in the number of popes in a given space.
sporadic the description of a rhythm that has been disrupted but would otherwise occur at regular intervals, like what would happen if you stole a stick from a drummer.
effuse to emit a substance, such as words, in an enthusiastic manner, usually accompanied by a liquid (spittle).
southern blot the condition of a scientist after drinking an entire bottle of Southern Comfort.
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