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IAC

"In Any Case." An internet abbreviation.


IAE

"In Any Event." An internet abbreviation.


IC

"I See." An internet phoneticism. See also "c" 1.


-ic

"Of, Related To, or Characterised By." From the French "-ique," from the Latin "-icus," from the Greek "-ikos," all of the same general meaning.


ICBW

"I Could Be Wrong." An internet abbreviation.


Ichneutic

"Of or Pertaining to Tracking." From the Greek "ixneutikos" = "good at tracking," from "ixneuma" = "to track," from the root "ixnos" = "track, footstep."


Ichnite

"A Fossil Footprint." From the Greek root "ixnos" = "track, footstep" and the suffix "-ite." See "-ite."


Ichnograph

"A Building's Floorplans." From the Greek "ixnographia," meaning a floor plan, from the roots "ixnos" = "track, footstep" or "trace" and "graphe" = "representation by means of lines, picture, drawing."


Ichnolite

A variant of "ichnite."


Ichnolithology

A variant of "ichnology." See "ichnology," "ichnolite" and "-lith."


Ichnology

"The Section of Paleontology Dealing with Fossil Footprints." From the Greek root "ixnos" = "track, footstep" and the suffix "-ology." See "-ology."


Ichnomancy

"Divination by the Observation of Footprints." From the Greek roots "ixnos" = "track, footstep" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Ichthy-, Ichthyo-

"Pertaining to Fish." This takes the form of "ichthyo-" before a consonant and "ichthy-" before a vowel. It derives from the Greek "ixthu-," combining form of "ixthus" = "fish."


Ichthyic

"Of, Related to or Pertaining to Fish." See "ichthy-" and "-ic."


Ichthyobatrachian

"(Zoology) Combining the Features of a Fish and a Frog." From the Greek roots "ixthyo-" (See "ichthy-") and "batraxos" = "frog."


Ichthyocoprolite

"Fossilized Fish Excrement." See "ichthy-" and "coprolite."


Ichthyography

"The Description of Fishes." See "ichthy-" and "-graphy."


Ichthyoid

"Fish Shaped; Of or Resembling Fishes." From the Greek "ixthuoeidês" = "fishlike." See "ichthy-" and "-oid."


Ichthyolatry

"Fish Worship; The Worship of a Fish God." From the Greek roots "ixthu-" (See "ichthy-") and "latreia" = "service to the gods, divine worship."


Ichthyolite

"A Fossilized Fish." See "ichthy-" and "-lite."


Ichthyology

"The Zoology of Fishes." See "ichthy-" and "-ology."


Ichthyomancy

"Divination by the Heads or Entrails of Fishes." From the Greek "ixthuomanteia," from the roots "ixthuo-" (see "ichthy-") and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Ichthyomorphic

"Having the Form of or Some Characteristics of a Fish." See "ichthy-" and "-morphic."


Ichthyophagous

"Fish Eating." From the Greek "ixthuophagos," from the roots "ixthuo-" (See "ichthy-") and "phagein" = "devour."


Ichthyophilia

"Love of Fish or Fishes." From the Greek root "ixthu-" (See "ichthy-") and the suffix "-philia." See "-philia."


Ichthyophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Fish." From the Greek root "ixthus" = "fish" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Ichthyopolist

"A Fishmonger." From the Greek "ixthuopolês," from the roots "ixthuo-" (See "ichthy-") and "pôlês" = "seller, dealer, monger."


Icon

"A Likeness, Image, Portrait or Semblance." This is usually used to denote a portrait or image of religious import, such as a saint or idol. This word is Latin, from the Greek "eikon" = "likeness, image."


Iconic

"Pertaining to an Image, Of the Nature of a Portrait." See "icon" and -ic."


Iconism

"Representation by Image; Imagery; Metaphor." See "icon" and "ism."


Iconize

"To Form Into an Image; To Represent by Image." See "icon" and "-ize."


Iconolatry

"Image Worship." From the Greek roots "eikon" = "likeness, image" and "latreia" = "service to the gods, divine worship."


Iconomancy

"Divination By Studying Icons or Images." From the Greek roots "eikon" = "likeness, image" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Iconomania

"Infatuated Devotion to Images." See "icon" and "mania."


Iconophile

"A Connoisseur of Imagery." See "icon" and "philia."


Idgit, Idjit

"Idiot." [DV] These are Black Vernacular versions. See "idiot."


Idiocy

"Stupidness." See "idiotcy."


Idioglossia

"Unintelligable Speech." Combining "idio" (see "idiot.") with "glossia" from the Greek "gloss" = "tongue."


Idiolalia

"Extremely Defective Speech Due to Brain Deficiency; Invented Speech." Combining "idio" (see "idiot.") with "lalia" from the Greek "laleo" = "talk, chatter, prattle."


Idiolect

"The Particular Speech Pattern of an Individual." This word was formed by taking the word "dialect," and replacing "dia-" with "idio-." As "dia-" implied "shared," "idio-" denotes singularity, from the Greek "idios" = "private or personal." The "-lect" part derives from the Greek root "lekt" meaning "spoken."


Idiosyncrasy

"An Eccentricity of Character or Behavior." From the Greek "idiosynkrasia" of the same meaning. The Greek word developed from "idios" = "private or personal" and "synkrasis," which translates roughly to "admixture" from "syn" = "together" and "krasis" = "mixture." See also "idiotsyncrasy."


Idiosyncratic

"Pertaining to the Eccentricities of One's Behaviour." See "idiosyncrasy" and "-ic."


Idiot

"Stupid Person." From the Old French "idiot" of the same meaning, which in turn came from the Latin "idiota" = "an uneducated and inexperienced common man." The Latin, in turn, derived from the Greek "idioteia" meaning "uncouthness, want of education" or "to be unpracticed, unskilled in something." This in turn derives from "idiotes" = "a private person, plebian, layman, one with no specialised skills or knowledge."


Idiotcy

"Idiocy." An archaic form, from which "idiocy" probably derived. It is dericed from the French "idiotie" = "idiocy." See "idiot."


Idiotish

"Idiotic." An archaic form. See "idiot."


Idiotise

"To Become Stupid." A rare form. See "idiot" and "-ise."


Idiotry

"Idiocy." A rare form. See "idiotcy" and "idiot."


Idiotsyncrasy

"Stupid or Strange Behavioural Trait or Mannerism." Combines the words "idiot" and "idiosyncracy." See entries for both. Regretably, I have not actually witnessed this word being used, but merely came across it in an online slang dictionary. I would definitely push for a more common use of this wonderful word.


Idjit

"Idiot." [DV] See "idgit."


Idol

"An Adored Image or Person; Object of Worship." From the Old French "idole," from the Latin "idolum," from the Greek "eidolon," developed from "eidos" = "form, image."


Idolatry

"Worship of Idols or Graven Images." From the Greek "eidolatriea," from the roots "eidolon" = "image, likeness" and "latreia" = "service to the gods, divine worship." See "idol."


Idolize

"To Promote to the Status of an Idol; To Venerate, Adore." See "idol" and "-ize."


Idolomancy

"Divination By Idols." From "idol," derived from "eidolon" (see "idol") and the Greek "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Idolomania, Idolomany

"Excessive Devotion to Idols, Zealous Idolatry." See "idol" and "mania."


IDTS

"I Don't Think So." An internet abbreviation.


IED

"Improvised Explosive Device." A military abbreviation.


Igad

Variant of "egad." See "egad."


Ignant

"Ignorant." [DV] From Black Vernacular pronunciation, though seldom seen spelled out. By example: "You's bein' ignant."


IIRC

"If I Recall Correctly." An internet abbreviation.


Ike

"Jewish Person." A pejorative form of the common Jewish name "Isaac." See also "Izzy."


I'll

"I Will." [Cont] One of the most accepted contractions in English.


ILY

"I Love You." An internet abbreviation.


I'm-a, Im'a, I'mma, I'm a

"I Am Going To." [Cont] Particularly Ebonic. This appears in my favourite Ebonic phrase : "I'm-a pop a cap in yo ass!" a common phrase to be heard in the Philadelphia area.


IMAO

"In My Arrogant Opinion." An internet abbreviation.


IMBO

"In My Biased Opinion." An internet abbreviation.


IMCDO

"In My Conceited Dogmatic Opinion." An internet abbreviation.


IME

"In My Experience." An internet abbreviation.


IMHO

"In My Humble Opinion." An internet abbreviation. See "IMO" and "IMNSHO."


Immerd

"To Cover with Excrement." From the French "emmerder," from the Latin "In" = "on" + "merda" = "dung, excrement."


IMNSHO

"In My Not So Humble Opinion." An internet abbreviation. See "IMO" and "IMHO."


IMO

"In My Opinion." An internet abbreviation. See "IMHO."


IMOBO

"In My Own Biased Opinion." An internet abbreviation.


IMPE

"In My Personal/Previous Experience." An internet abbreviation.


Impotence

"The State of Being Impotent." See "impotence."


Impotent

"Incapable of Sexual Intercourse; Lacking Power; Lacking Physical Strength." Generally used to imply an inability to get or sustain an erection. This word comes to us from Middle English and Old French, back to the Latin "impotens" "lacking in power," a compound of "im" = "not" and "potens" = "powerful, capable."


IMPOV

"In My Point Of View." An internet abbreviation.


IMS

"I Must Say." An internet abbreviation.


IMVHO

"In My Very Humble Opinion." An internet abbreviation.


Incest

"Sexual Relations With a Family Member." From the Old French "inceste" = "incest," in turn derived from the Latin "incestus" = "unchastity, incest." The Latin root is composed of "in" = "un" and "caste" = "chaste," literally translating as "unchaste."


Indeedy

"Certainly." A play off "indeed." Particularly used idiomatically in "yes indeedy." "Indeedy" goes back to at least the end of the nineteenth century.


-ine

1. "Pertaining To, Of the General Nature Of." From the Middle English forms "-ine" and "-in," from the same in Old French, where they derived from the Latin forms "-ina," "-inus" and "-inum," from the Greek "-inos" all having the same general meaning as the English form.


Infact

"In Fact." [Cont] A contracting of two words, as in the following web examples: "Infact, it's probably the best way..." "Infact there was a incessant deluge of statements..." and "Infact, in the Rig-Veda, Agni has wrathful images..." This contraction is generally considered a horrid abuse of English.


Infant

"Young Child; Someone Under A Legal Age." Literally "someone unable to speak," from the Latin "infans" = "unable to speak" and "infantia" = "inability to speak." The Latin "infans" was used to denote what we generally think of as an "infant," meaning a small child. The French changed it into "enfant" which gives us our Modern English "infant." The word has expanded in meaning so that, in English, it can be used to denote anyone up to legal voting age.


Infantry

"Foot Soldiers." The word "infantry" originally meant the children soldiers, or, the "infants." In a medieval society, or even earlier, a grown man with a skill of trade is a more important to a society than his twelve year old son, who is untrained in skills. It was natural, therefore that the twelve year old son would be the first to march out to war. English obtained the word from French, where it generally meant "foot soldiers." See "infant."


Inits

"Initiations." A common abbreviation in the online occult world, as seen in the following examples from different sources: "Wasn't that a part of Minerval inits for the longest time?" "You guyz have taken all your other inits togehter" and "...the ones for the inits I've already taken..."


Inna

"In The." [DV] From the Carribean dialects.


Innit

"Isn't It." [Cont] Mostly from British use.


Inscent

"Incense." A Black vernacular variant I hear constantly in Philadelphia. Searching the web, I found at least one example in a blog of someone who otherwise wrote in standard (albeit sloppy) American English: "I needed to relax so I went to light an inscent. I put it in the inscent holder and placed..." In various other online places, it can be seen as a typo/error in product listings, usually alongside the regular spelling, for the same product line. There is also a company by the name, which makes insect repellant.


INV

"Invoice." A standard commercial abbreviation, pronounced as the full word, "invoice." This is usually used to mark the invoice number, such as "inv #00037986."


Invaginate

"To Put in a Sheath." from the Medieval Latin "invaginare." See "vagina" and "evaginate."


Invaginated

"Turned or Folded Inside Out." See "invagination."


Invagination

"The Action of Sheathing or Introverting." See "invaginate" and "vagina."


Invultuation, Invultation

"The Creation of an Image or Likeness for Magical Purposes." This is commonly defined as "the magical stabbing of an image," which is slightly erroneous, as it is not the action done to the image but the creation of the image and the magical linking of it to the victim by sympathetic magic. The word derives from the Medieval Latin "invultuare" or "invultare," from the root "invultus," meaning "an image or likeness."


IOU

"I Owe You; A Note of Debt." A phonetic substitution.


IOW

"In Other Words." An internet abbreviation.


Ipsism

"Masturbation." Never a common word, generally only found in glossaries of sexual terms, as far as I can see. It seems to be derived from the Latin "ipse" = "self" and the suffix "-ism." See "-ism."


IRL

"In Real Life." An internet abbreviation.


Irrumate

"To Insert One's Penis Into Someone's Mouth." From Latin "irruminato," from "rumen" = "throat." related to the English "rumination."


Irrumation

"The Act of Irrumating." See "irrumate."


I's, I'z

"I am." [DV][Cont] From Black Vernacular. This is a contraction of "I is." See also "iz."


-ise

"To Cause to Become, Cause to Resemble; to Treat With; Treat As; Subject To; Become; Perform or Engage In." From the Middle English "-isen," devloped from the French "-iser," which in turn developed from the Latin "-izare" and the Greek "izein." See also "-ize."


Ism

"A Formal Doctrine, System or Theory." Usually used in a derogatory sense. From "-ism." See "-ism."


-ism

"Action; Process, Practice; State, Condition, Quality; Attitude; Theory; Doctrine; System." From the Middle English and Old French "-isme," from the Latin "-ismus," from the Greek "-ismos." Any word denoting a theory or system ending in "-ism" can generally be changed to "-ist" to denote a follower of that theory or system.


ISTM

"It Seems To Me." An internet abbreviation.


ISTR

"I Seem To Remember/Recall." An internet abbreviation.


ITMT

"In The MeanTime." An internet abbreviation.


ITYM

"I Think You Mean." An internet abbreviation.


Itz

"It is." [DV] From Black Vernacular. See "iz."


IWIK

"I Wish I Knew." An internet abbreviation.


Ixnay

"Nix, Get Rid Of; Scram." Pig Latin for "nix." See "nix."


Iz

"Is." [DV] Primarily from Black Vernacular, i.e., "What iz they gon' do now?" The word is (or iz), along with "be" and "are," are usually dropped from Black Vernacular speech so a more common version would be "Wha' they gon' do now?" Note Public Enemy's comment "Rap iz a contact sport."


I'z

"I am." [DV][Cont] See also "i's."


-ize

"To Cause to Become, Cause to Resemble; to Treat With; Treat As; Subject To; Become; Perform or Engage In." From the Middle English "-isen," devloped from the French "-iser," which in turn developed from the Latin "-izare" and the Greek "izein." See also "-ise."


Izzy

"Jewish Person." A pejorative form of the common Jewish name "Isaac." See also "Ike."





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