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Palilalia

"Meaningless Repetition of Words or Phrases, Generally Due to Brain Dysfunction." From the Greek roots "palin" = "back" or "backwards" and "laleo" = "talk, chatter, prattle."

Palilogy, Palillogy

"The Repetition of Words for Emphasis." From the Greek "palilogia," from the roots "palin" = "back" or "backwards" and "logos" = "discourse."

Palinal

"Involving or Characterized by Backward Motion." From the Greek root "palin" = "back" or "backwards" and the suffix "-al." See "-al."

Palindrome

"Something That Reads the Same Backwards and Forewards." From the Greek "palindromos" = "running back again," from "palin" = "back" or "backwards" and "dromas" = "running."

Palindromic

"Having the Quality of Reading the Same Read Either Forward or Backward." See "palindrome" and "-ic."

Palingraphia

"Backwards Writing, Mirror Writing." While there is a word "palingraphia" in Greek, it meant a revision of a text. The English word is a modern constuction based on the roots "palin" = "back" or "backwards" and "graphe" = "letter."

Palinlexia

"Backwards Reading, as of a Dyslexic." For example, one might read "live" as "evil." From the Greek roots "palin" = "back" or "backwards" and "lexis" = "word or phrase."

Palinode

"A Recantation." From the French "palinod," in which form it entered English. The French derived it from the Latin "palinodia," from the same in Greek. The word comes from the roots "palin" = "back" or "backwards" and "odê." See "ode."

Palinphrasia

"The Pathalogical Repetition of Words or Phrases in Speech." See also "palilalia." From the Greek roots "palin" = "back" or "backwards" and "phrazein" = "to point out or tell."

Pandemonium

"Hell; a Place of Confusion; Wild Disorder, Noise or Confusion." This word entered language in Milton's Paradise Lost, where he used it as the name of the capital of Hell. The name derives from the Greek roots "pan" = "all" (no relation to Pan/Faunus) and "daemon" = "demon." It literally translates to "all demons," implying the "place of all demons."

Pander

"Pimp; to Pimp." An archaic word, from the character Pandarus, who acts as a pimp in the Shakespearean play Troilus and Cressida.

Panderage

"The Act of Pimping." See "pander."

Panderly

"Pimpish, Pimplike." See "pander."

Panderous

"Pertaining to Pimping." See "pander."

Panic

"Irrational Fear, Sudden Terror; Of or Related to the God Pan." Also used as an adjective, meaning "related to fear or terror, as in a "panic attack," "panic flight" or in "panic selling." The adjective form came first in English, the substantif form following later. Archaic adjective forms include "panique," "pannick" and "panick." English derives the word from the French "panique," from the Latin "panicus," from the Greek "panikos" = "of or related to Pan." The Greek "panikos" also meant "groundless," when refering to fears. The Actual Greek phrase for "panic" was "panikon deima." See also "pannick."

Panical

"Panic." An archaic adjective form of panic, still used today, albeit very rarely. This also exists as an adverb form "panically." See "panic."

Panic Attack

"A Sudden Onslaught of Irrational Fear, an Anxiety Attack."

Panic Disorder

"A Psychological Condition Marked by Reccurant Panic Attacks." This is often a development of a phobic condition. See "panic."

Panicful

"Fearful, Full of Panic." Archaic. see "panic."

Panic-Monger

"An Alarmist, One Who Strives to Incite Mass Panics or Hysterias." Also note the form "panic-mongering." See "panic" and "monger."

Panic-Stricken

"Terrified, Overcome With Panic." See "panic."

Panic-Struck

"Terrified, Overcome With Panic." See "panic."

Panicky

"Given to Irrational Frights." See "panic."

Panisk, Panisc

"A Small Satyr, An Attendant of Pan." From the Latin "paniscus."

Paniska, Panisca

"A Female Panisk." See "panisk."

Pannick

"Panic." A generally archaic form, though still used today, as seen in these examples pulled off the internet from modern sources: "i think that my pannick attacks are dew to my condition." (Australian, 1999), "But I sure have heard a lot of fear and pannick coming from you." (U.S. 1999), "we went into pannick mode at the back" (1997), anxiety, depression and mental fatigue, pannick attacks, (UK, exact date uncertain) in after-hours trading, but don't pannick." (U.S., date uncertain), "Well if we go over don't pannick, just swim slowly toward the river bank." (date and country uncertain). See "panic."


Panophobia

"Fear of Everything." Also seen as "panphobia." From the Greek prefix "pan" = "all" and suffix "-phobia" = "fear." See "-phobia."


Panphobia

"Fear of Everything." Also seen as "panophobia." From the Greek prefix "pan" = "all" and suffix "-phobia" = "fear." See "-phobia."


Pathic

"Given to Submitting to Sodomy; Pertaining to Being Sodomized." See "pathicus."


Pathica

"A Female who Submits or is Given to Submitting to Sodomy." This is actually a Latin word, but it has entered English on a limited basis. One anonymously authored "erotica" story on the web reads "Donna's pretty asshole was always ready to be flushed and penetrated and she became not only an expert Pathica but also an enthusiastic Klysmaphile as well." To quote the Priapea, "Obliquis quid me, pathicae, spectatis ocellis? non stat in inguinibus mentula tenta meis." ("Why, O ye pathic girls, with sidelong oglings observe me? Never this mentule of mine riseth erect from my groin.") See "pathicus" and "pathic."


Pathicus

"A Male who Submits or is Given to Submitting to Sodomy." Like "pathica," this word comes straight from Latin. It is more accepted in English than "pathica," however. The Latin is derived from the Greek "pathikos," meaning "to be sexually submissive," and is closely related to the words "pathetic" and "pathological." See also "pathic."


Patna, Pa'tna, Potna

"Partner." [DV] From Black Vernacular.


PAW

"Parents Are Watching." An internet abbreviation.


PC

"Politically Correct." Pronounced as "pee-see." A common abbreviation, often used disparagingly to denote liberal idealism.


PDS

"Please Don't Shout." An internet abbreviation used in response to caplock.


Pecker

"Penis, Cock." This is an extension of the idea of a penis as a "cock," and what cocks do. See "cock."


Pederast

"One Who Sodomises Young Boys." From the Greek "paiderastio" = "lover of boys."


Pederasty

"the Use of Young Boys for Sodomy." From the Greek "paiderastia" = "love of boys."


Pediophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Small Children." From the Greek root "paido" = "child" and the suffix "-phobia." See "-phobia."


Pedology

"The Study of the Development and Behaviour of Children." From the Greek root "paido" = "child" and the suffix "-ology." See "-ology."


Pedophilia

"an Attraction to Young Sexual Partners." From the Greek "paidophilos" = "loving children." See "-philia."


Pedosexuality

"Sexual Contact Between Children and Adults." Combines the Greek root "paido" = "child" with "sexuality."


Peeps

"Close Friends, Family." [Cont.] A Black Vernacular slang term, contracted from "people."


Pen

"Penitentiary, Prison." [Cont.] See "penitentiary."


Penis (pl. Penes)

"Phallus, The Male Copulatory Organ, Membrum Virile." This comes from Latin. The word originally meant "tail," but came to be applied as a euphemism for the phallus.


Penitentiary

"Prison, Jail; Used in Punishment." From the Middle English "penitenciarie," derived from the Latin "paenitentia" = "repentance," which comes from "paeniteo" = "to cause regret, to cause to feel sorrow."


Perp

"Perpetrator." [Cont] An abbreviation well known from police shows on television.


Phallalgia

"A Pain in the Penis." From the Greek roots "phallos" = "phallus" and "algos" = "pain."


Phallation

"Movement of the Penis in Sexual Intercourse." See "phallus."


Phallic

"Of, Relating To or Resembling a Phallus." See "phallus" and "-ic."


Phallocentric

"From a Male Point of View." Particularly used when relating to male dominance. (antonym = gynocentric) See "phallus."


Phalloplasty

"Plastic Surgery of the Penis." From the Greek root "phallos" = "phallus" and the suffix "-plasty," from the Greek "plastia," from "plassein" = "to mold."


Phallus

"Penis; A Representation of the Penis." From the Greek "phallos" = "phallus."


Pham

"Family." [Cont][DV] See "fam." A Black Vernacular Spelling.


Phamily

"Family." [DV] A Black Vernacular Spelling. See "fam."


Phat, Fat

"Cool." [DV] This was supposedly adopted into Ebonic slang when the coat company "Triple Fat Goose" was in style in Black culture.


Philadelphia Lawyer

"A Shrewd Lawyer Adept at the Discovery and Manipulation of Legal Technicalities." After the reputation of the lawyers of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Yes, according to the American Heritage dictionary, you don't have to actually live in Philadelphia to be a "Philadelphia lawyer."


Philanthropy

"The Love of Humankind; Effort to Raise the General Condition of Humankind." From the Late Latin "philanthropia," from the Greek "philanthropa" = "humane treatment," from the roots "philia" = "affectionate regard" (see "philo-") and "anthropos" = "mankind."


-philia

"Love Of." From the Greek "philia" meaning "affectionate regard." Any word ending in "-philia" can usually be changed into a few basic forms, ie., "-philic" denotes "pertaining to the love of," or "having a love of" and "-phile" and "-philiac" mean "lover of." For example, while "necrophilia" is "sexual gratification from corpses," necrophilic" means "pertaining to sex with corpses" and a "necrophiliac" is "someone who likes to have sex with corpses." The use of "-phile" and "-philiac" differ from word to word, "love" being taken either platonically or sexually. See also "philo-."


Philly

"Blunt, Marijuana Cigar." From the brand name "Phillies Blunt," a cheap cigar used to wrap marijuana. See "blunt."


Philo-

"Loving, Love Of." This takes the form of "philo-" before a consonant and "phil-" before a vowel. It derives from the Greek phil- and philo-, combining forms of philia = "affectionate regard, friendship." See also "-philia."


Philodendron

"A Genus of Climbing Plants in the Araceae Family." Literally: "fond of trees" from the Greek philodendros, referring to its habit of climbing trees. See "philo-" and "-dendron" and also "philodendrist."


Philodendrist

"A Person Fond of Trees." From the Greek philodendros = "fond of trees." See "philo-" and "-dendron" and also "philodendron."


Philoklept

"Someone Fond of Thieves and Robbers." From the Greek components "philo-" (See "philo-") and klepto = "to steal."


Philology

"Historical Linguistics." From the Middle English "philologie," from the Latin "philologia" = "love of learning." The Latin derives from the Greek "philologia" = "love of learning" or "fondness of words," from the components "philo-" = "affectionate regard" and "logos" = "word." See "philo-" and "-ology."


Philophobia

"An Irrational Fear of Being Loved or Falling in Love." (as if such a fear can really be irrational) See "philo-" and "-phobia."


Philopornist

"An Afficianado of Prostitutes." From the Greek words "philos" = "beloved or loving" and "porne" = "harlot, prostitute." See "porn."


Philter

A more anglicanized variant of "philtre."


Philtre

"Love Potion." Also spelled "philter." From French, which derived it from the Latin "philtrum," from the Greek "philtron." "Philtron" meant a love charm, including, but not limited to, love potions.


Phobia

"An Irrational Fear." Late Latin from the Greek "phobos" = "fear."


-phobia

"Irrational Fear Of..." A suffix from "phobia." See entry above. Any word ending in "-phobia" can be changed to a few basic forms. With the ending "-phobic," it denotes an adjective form. (See "-ic.") With the ending "-phobe," it describes the person suffering from the disorder. Therefore, while "pyrophobia" is "an irrational fear of fire," pyrophobic means "pertaining to or having an irrational fear of fire" and a "pyrophobe" is "a person suffering from an irrational fear of fire."


Phobophobia

"Fear of Fear." See "phobia."


PID

"Positive Identification." From Positive I.D. A military abbreviation.


Pimp

"A Prostitute's Agent, A Go Between in Sexual Affairs; to Act as a Pimp." Probably derives from the Old French "pimper," meaning "to allure or entice," usually through smart dressage. It is probably then related to the French "pimpant," meaning "tidy; smart."

Pimp Arm/Hand

"Control Over Women." From Black Vernacular. This term comes from the idea of the hand a pimp uses to smack his prostitutes with being his controlling factor. "He gotta strong pimp hand." See "pimp" and "pimp slap."


Pimp Slap

"An Open Handed Slap Across the Face." Much like the term "bitch slap." See "pimp" and "pimp arm."


Pipe Dream

"Unattainable Goal." A late 19th century term, refering to the dream hallucinations experienced by opium smokers and, of course, the pipe from which they smoked it.


Pistol

"Handgun." Sometimes "pistol" is used to designate a semi-automatic vs. a revolver. There is really no historical foundation for this, as the term "pistol" predates both the revolver and autoloader. The OED traces the term back to 1750. Samuel Colt invented the revolver in 1830 and the autoloader came later. The word "pistol" derives from the earlier "pistolet" (in various forms), which goes back as far as 1550 in the form "pistolate." The etymology of the word is sketchy, but it seems to come from the name of a knife or a short sword. It was probably attributed in comparison of the pistol to long gun and short sword to full sword.


PITA

"Pain In The Ass." An internet abbreviation.


Pkg

"Package." A common abbreviation in sales ads.


Played

"Worn Out." A slang and Ebonic term for short for "overplayed," refering to songs overplayed on the radio.


PO

"Purchase Order." A common commercial abbreviation, pronounced as individual letters. It is usually used to mark the purchase order number, such as "PO #00374."


Po'

"Poor." From Southern and Black Vernacular. For example "Po' No Mo." by B.B.Jay.


Po'd

"Pissed Off." Usually a written device, but sometimes spoken, as in "pee-oed." I saw this written online: "I am rather po'd at the media."


Poliorcetic

"Related to the Besieging of Cities or Fortresses." From the French "poliorcetique," which comes from the Greek "poliorkêtikos" = "of or for besieging." The components of the word are "polis" = "city" and "erkos" = "fence or enclosure." The literal meaning is "to enclose a city." This was generally the preferred method of taking a city throughout history; blockading it and starving out its occupants.

Poliorcetics

"Siegecraft, The Art of Besieging and Resisting Sieges." See "poliorcetic."


Polly

"Politician." [DV] An Australian slang variant.


Polygamy

"Having More Than One Married Partners." Derived from the prefix "poly" = "multiple" and the Greek word "gamos" = "marriage." See also "gamic."


Pon

"On, Upon." Found in Jamaican useage, for example "Pon a geographical level..."


Po-Po, Popo

"Police." From Black Vernacular. For example "Po-po made no arrests during the march."


Porn

"Pornographic Material, Pornography." [Cont.] A slang term shortened from "pornography." The root "porn" ultimately derives from Greek. Note the Greek words "porne" = "harlot, prostitute," "porneia" = "prostitution," "porneion" = "brothel," See also "pornography" and "philopornist."


Porno

"Pornographic Video." [Cont] See "porn."


Pornocracy

"The Rule of Prostitutes, Sway of Influence by Profligate Women." Ater the government of Rome in the early tenth century. It is etymologically derived from the Greek words "porne" = "prostitute" and "krateo" = "to rule, hold sway." See "-cracy."


Pornographic

"Obscene, Having the Nature of Pornography." From the French "pornographique" of the same meaning. See "porn" and "pornography."


Pornography

"Material Intended to Arouse Sexual Interest." From the French "pornographie" of the same meaning. First, "pornography" meant only writings intended to arouse sexual feelings, hence "graph" as in "graphology" ang the like. It later expanded in meaning to denote any material intended to arouse sexual feelings, written, visual or otherwise. The French version derives from "pornographe" meaning one who writes pornography, but its original meaning denotes someone who wrote about or chronicled prostitution or prostitutes. It probably dates back to the Greek "pornographos" = "the writings of harlots." See "porn."


Pornolagnia

"Paraphilic Desire for Prostitutes." From the Greek words "porne" = "harlot, prostitute" and "lagneia" = "coition, intercourse."


Pornerastic

"Lustful, Licentious, Lascivious." An archaic term, from "porn" (see "porn") and the suffix "-erastia" from the Greek "erastea" = "lover."


Porny

"Pertaining to or Containing Pornography." See "porn."


Posse

"Gang." From the Latin term "posse comitatus," originally the term for a group raised to assist in law enforcement.


Postal

"Violently Crazy." Used idiomatically in "gone postal" and variants. It refers to the inordinate amount of postal workers who have gone on violent killing sprees, such as David Berkowitz, aka Son of Sam.


Potna

"Partner." A variant of "patna." See "patna."


POV

"Point of View." An internet abbreviation. See "IMPOV."


Preggo

"Pregnant." [Cont] A common abbreviation. Though it is seen in many contexts, a Google search pops up mostly porn contexts, such as "a hardcore megasite featuring fat preggo babe action" and "Finally posed for my first official "preggo" pic last night!"


Prem

"Premium." A common abbreviation in sales ads.


Prescription

"Subscription." [DV] From working in magazines for over eight years, I have heard this one well over a hundred times, here in Philly, as in "I used ta have me a prescription t'da Source but it ran out."


Presha

"Pressure." A Black Vernacular spelling. For example, "Unda Presha" by Big Daddy.


Prob

"Problem." [Cont] An idiomatic contraction, seen mostly in the phrase "no prob," meaning roughly "Don't worry about it; it is not a problem."


Prog

1. "Progressive." [Cont] Most commonly used in the term "prog rock," a designation of a musical genre.


Prog

2. "Program." [Cont] Seen more in print than spoken, as seen online in the sentence: "it's the only prog that lets you do audio between tracks..."


Prolly

"Probably." [Cont] A rather widespread contraction, common among children.


Props

"Proper Respects." [Cont] To "give someone thier props" is to give someone credit. "Ya gotta give props where props is due."


PSE

"Packing Slip Enclosed." Used when shipping to mark the box of a multi-carton shipment which contains the paperwork.


PT

"Part Time." Mostly from employment ad terminology.


Pud

"Penis." From "pudendum." See "pudendum." Used most commonly in the the idiomatic "pulling one's pud" = "male masturbation."


Pudendum

"Genitals." This is used for either sex. It derives from the Latin "pudenda" which basically means "one's shame" from "pudeo" = "to be ashamed."


Purdy

"Pretty." [DV] A Southern dialect variant.


Pusillanimous

"Lacking in Courage or Strength of Mind." From the Middle English pusillanimus, derived from the Late Latin pusillanimis, both identical in meaning to our modern word. The Latin word combines the words "pusillus" = "little, petty, insignificant" and "animus" = "soul, mind, intellect."


Pussy

1. "Female Pubic Area, Sexual Intercourse with a Female." The idea is that of a small furry animal. The same idea can be seen in other variant names, such as "beaver" and "squirrel."


Pussy

2. "Pushover, Wimp." A derivative of the first definition meaning. The term is meant to question one's manhood, as if to say "You ai'n' got no balls!"


Putanism

"Prostitution, Harlotry; Habitual Lewdness of a Woman." From the French "putanisme" = "harlotry," from "putain" = "harlot." "Putain" comes from "pute," the feminine of "put" = "foul, stinking" and can therefore be loosely translated as "putrid woman."


Pwr

"Power." A common abbreviation in sales ads.


Pyre

"A Heap of Combustiable Material, Particularly for Burning Corpses." From the Greek "pur" = "fire."


Pyretic

"Related to Fever." From the New Latin "pyreticus," from the Greek "puretos," meaning "fever," from the root "pur" = "fire."


Pyrexia

"Fever." This is from New Latin. See "pyretic."


Pyric

"Of, Related to, or Resulting from Burning." From the Greek root "pur" = "fire."


Pyro

"Pyromaniac." [Cont] A slang contraction. See "pyromaniac."


Pyrolagnia

"Paraphilic Arousal from Fire." From the Greek roots "pur" = "fire" and "lagneia" = "coition, intercourse."


Pyrolatry

"Fire Worship." From the Greek roots "pur" = "fire" and "latreia" = "service to the gods, divine worship."


Pyromancy

"Divination by Fire." From the Old French "pyromancie," from the Late Latin "pyromantia," from the Greek "puromanteia," from the roots "pur" = "fire" and "manteia" = "mode of divination."


Pyromania

"A Pathological Obsession with Lighting Fires." From the Greek roots "pur" = "fire" and "mania" = "madness; enthusiasm or inspired frenzy"


Pyrophilia

"Sexual Arousal from Fire." From the Greek root "pur" = "fire" and the suffix "-philia." See "-philia."


Pyrotechnic

"Related to Fireworks." See "pyrotechny" and "-ic."


Pyrotechnics

"The Science of Fireworks." Also called "pyrotechny." See "pyrotechny."


Pyrotechny

"The Science of Fireworks." From the New Latin "pyrotechnia," from the Greek roots "pur" = "fire" and "texne" = "art, skill, craft, system, method." Also called "pyrotechnics."





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