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athleadership (noun) : leadership skills derived from participation in athletics

Submitted by: Adam Diorio from Illinois on Jun. 23, 2012 14:40

athletically challenged (other) : To lack or have no athletic ability;focus more on academics

I do not play any sport well, so I must be athletically challenged.

Submitted by: csi:nylover on Aug. 29, 2007 19:33

atmark (noun) : A new word for the "at" character. Also called the "At Sign", "Commercial At", "Commercial At Sign". Also has numerous nicknames, including snail, arabesque, monkey, curl, cabbage, twiddle, twist, a-twist, strudel, vortex, whorl, whirlpool, cyclone, ape, cat, and rose. The official ANSI/CCITT name is "co...

The atmark is likely a permanent fixture on the Internet.

Submitted by: jonathan keith sheriff from Colorado on Sep. 14, 2006 11:32

Atmit (noun) : An Ethiopian word meaning a thin, nourishing porridge

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints provided 2.2 million pounds of Atmit to aid is disaster relief during 2005. —Sarah Jane Weaver, Church News, January 14, 2006

Submitted by: George Brown from Iowa on Jan. 21, 2006 16:57

atomalicious (adjective) : amazing

That ride was atomalicious!

Submitted by: Anonymous on Oct. 12, 2008 22:43

Atomic Age (noun) : The Atomic Age, also known as the Atomic Era, is a phrase typically used to delineate the period of history following the detonation of the first nuclear bomb and is used in describing articles manufactured during this period (furniture, lighting, cars, artwork, etc.)

Some of the items in my apartment are pieces from The Atomic Age.

Submitted by: J.C. Moore from Pennsylvania on Jun. 28, 2007 14:21

atramental (adjective) : Of or pertaining to ink; inky; black, like ink; as, atramental galls; atramentous spots.

dancing in atramental clubs —T.C. Boyle, Budding Prospecs, 1984

Submitted by: Anonymous on Apr. 02, 2006 17:32

atrociology (noun) : the study of atrocities

During the past couple of decades, though, there has been a surge of research on prehistoric mayhem, and Pinker's claims grow out of a great deal of this recent work in what might be called atrociology. —Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker, Oct. 3, 2011

Submitted by: Anonymous on Oct. 18, 2011 13:31

atrosive (adjective) : So atrocious as to be corrosive to one's sensibilities

His review of the play was scathingly atrosive.

Submitted by: Brian Dear from California on Dec. 11, 2005 13:42

attaccabottone (noun) : [at-tak'ka-bot-own'eh] [italian] - a bore who buttonholes others and tells them long tales of woe, from whom they long to escape but find it difficult to get away.

My next door neighbor is an Italian attaccabottone, and I always have to tell him I'm too busy to chat! —unk, but a scientist coined it, book In Other Words: A Language Lover's..., recently (year or two ago)

Submitted by: jonathan keith sheriff from California on Oct. 25, 2005 20:22