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Wordee number 5 - Croatian

‘Meet me at the national theare, it’s the big yellow building…’

Zagreb National Theatre


Barbara Slade

Big Yellow Building

And she wasn’t lying.  It is very big and very very yellow!  Barbara Slade is the next Wordee I met, in Zagreb - Croatia.  Barbara said she would pick me up outside the striking building after she finished work and drive me to Jarun lake for a beer or two.  Was my first female Wordee planning to kidnap or kill me?

Only one way to find out!

Barbara Slade driving

I turned up early to the National Theatre to wait for Barbara and to pass the time I decided to constantly get squirted by a kid’s water pistol.  Actually wait, now that I think of it, it was his choice.  Just as I was about to throw him in the fountain, my phone lit up with the words ‘Wordee - Barbara’.  I answered and Barbara said she was at the other side of the Theatre.  After a bit of ‘No you’re going the wrong way’ and ‘No, your other left’, I located a stunning Croatian lady waving at me.  Barbara’s driving was interesting.  It was clear that her accelerator foot knew exactly where she wanted to go but the rush hour traffic and ‘granny drivers’ were holding her back…while I was holding onto the seat for support.

(Only messing B…kinda).

No Iron?

We arrived at a beautiful lake surrounded by an array of pubs and after we carefully picked one, we sat down to discuss a range of topics including cultural differences, crime, Croatian economy, adventures in Vegas, jobs, beer, relationships and ‘are Irish guys aware of a new invention called the iron?’ - Barbara making fun of the fact I was in a very wrinkly tshirt.  Come on!  I’m backpacking around Europe, I have no time for Irons!

Our topic of discussion moved on to Croatian law and how it was more relaxed for certain crimes and also how the verdict all depended on who committed the crime.  Eventually Barbara uttered the words: “Because I am a woman and you are a foreigner, I could kill you right now and probably get away with it.”  This led to me thinking ‘have I told people back home I’m currently in Zagreb?’

Barbara Slade

Barbara’s great

But Barbara was a great Wordee and a great ambassador for the word Croatian!  And she didn’t drown me in the lake after all. :) I had lots of fun meeting up with her and after we drank some mysterious green drink we got a free little lighty up thingy. (Only way I can describe it).

A friendly taxi drive took the above photo outside the National Theatre after we came back from the lake.  I went back to my Hostel where the rest of the guys staying there were watching ‘Hostel Part 2′.  What a movie to watch in an already dodgy hostel?!  We were even more freaked out when the phone in the hostel rang at that part where all the phones are ringing around the world.  You know the part I mean.

Thanks again for meeting up with me B, looking forward to getting another mysterious drink with you sometime!

Shortlisted for Irish Web Award

We’re well chuffed to have been nominated for this year’s Irish Web Awards.

We’ve been shortlisted in the “Most Innovative Website’ category, sponsored by iQ Content.

Irish Web Awards

Check out the rest of the nominees.

Only websites have the answer

An interesting project we came across (which perhaps we may have inspired) is QueryBox, a website listing questions (or queries) so when you ask who, what, where, when, how or why, a website will be your answer.

Worth a look, although they couldn’t answer our query.


iTunes vouchers winners announced

And the winners are…

  1. Daycare
  2. Osmiridium
  3. Sailor
  4. Kitty

The words were randomly selected by our ‘Randomizer’ and each will receive a $50 iTunes voucher.

We had some great feedback from the competition and thanks to everyone for giving us your reasons for buying words. Reasons ranged from “it’s the name of my business” to “helping to promote my website” and to simply “why not?”.

We’re glad we can give something back to you guys! Thanks :)

Wordee number 4 - Cargo


Interview number 4 with Jay Martin, who redefined ‘cargo’ and ‘polyamory’ in Cologne, Germany.

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Human Wikipedia

First of all I must say, Jay is one of the smartest guys I have ever met!  No matter the topic of conversation (and we covered a lot of topics during the day) he was an expert, from George Orwell to Japanese inventions.  I think he may be the closest thing to a Human Wikipedia.

149 beer

I have now made it to Cologne in Germany, leaving behind the lovely rain of Amsterdam for the…well…cloudiness of Cologne.  Still I cant complain, Cologne is a great place with 1.49Euro for 6 beers.  You couldn’t beat that with a big stick!  Myself and Anna (my newly recruited camerawoman) waited for Jay outside the train station on the steps of Cologne Cathedral.  I enjoy this part as it’s fun guessing what my next Wordee will look like. After a few wrong guesses a man started to make a beeline for us.  We thought this might be him.  ‘Paddy?’ He said.  (I guess we were right.) ‘Jay!’ I said.  After a firm handshake and a bit of small talk we headed to a small cafe on the square for a coffee.


Jay, Anna and myself had a great time discussing the world, religion, relationships, 1984, politics and language to name a few of the topics.  I must say some of the discussions were pretty deep, which was a welcome change from the last week of discussing complex issues like ‘which bar will we hit tonight?’ and ‘Will drinking this kill us straight away?’  Over a few coffees we learned that Jay is an accomplished writer and a member of the German Writer’s Guild.  Impressive stuff!  He told us all about his new novel, ‘Cargo’, a science fiction story. By the way Jay if you are reading this, I could make a great Alien if it gets made into a movie.  Just keep it in mind ;).

Jay redefined two great words as you can hear in the interview above and taught us a lot about the German language among other things.  I really should have been taking more notes I fear as my German is not so hot now :(

Jay Martin

Willy Wonka

We then met up with some friends and we went to the chocolate factory!  Yes Cologne has a chocolate factory!  But don’t get too excited, its not that impressive.  I think we had built it up too much in our minds to be like Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory and the fact that there was now 5 of us just made it more anticipating.  We all made it out alive though and we went to a Chinese restaurant for dinner.  Jay joined us and was able to order for us in Chinese.  He never failed to surprise us!

Chocolate factory


So it was great to meet Wordee number 4!  Jay certainly has a love for words being a writer and we’re really happy he is part of The Big Word Project family :) Hope to see you again soon as I am back to discussing ‘Which bar will we hit tonight?’…

Words of The President

President elects
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With an upcoming presidential election the candidates have been receiving their ’support’ from TBWP.


McCain, Palin, Tired


Socialist, President, Imp, Elect, Charlatan

So going by TBWP to date, Obama’s looking good.


Even the current President of the United States has a lot of support from TBWP ;-)

Bush, Douche, Fail, Idiot, Moron, Wanker, Lies, Lier

What words would you use to describe the candidates?

Word of the day

Presidency - the office, function, or term of office of a president

The Big iTunes Giveaway, buy names & places, how popular is your word?

iTunes Giveaway

Have a $50 iTunes Voucher On Us

Competition TimeWe really do appreciate your contribution to TBWP so to say thanks we’re giving away 4 iTunes vouchers to word owners. Simply tell us your reason for buying your word and we will pick 4 random winners who will each get a $50 iTunes voucher. How lucky are you guys?

Buy Your Names, Countries, Towns and Cities

Buy Your NameIn an effort to cope with the hundreds of emails we receive for word requests, we’ve decided to allow you to purchase your countries, cities and even your own name! You simply search for your word and if it’s not already in the database then you can add it. Simple.

Euro Tour

Euro TourPaddy has spent the last few weeks touring around Europe meeting some Wordees in various locations including Antwerp, Cologne, Amsterdam, Croatia and Paris. He conducted little video interviews with them over a variety of beers, finding out what words they redefined, why they bought their words and how TBWP has changed their lives! He is uploading them to the blog. Check them out to find out why one barmaid thought he was on a blind date and to discover who is the nicest guy in Belgium.

How Popular Is Your Word?

StatsWe get tons of requests to see what the most popular words on TBWP are so we have added a Stats page which shows the most popular words. Use our widget to help get your word up the list.

Just include the following Javascript code where you want your word to appear. Replace MY_WORD with your word.
<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

Share with friends

That’s it for now, some huge updates. Don’t forget to share your word and TBWP with friends. The support to date has been phenomenal so thanks a bunch.

Word of the day

Giveaway -  an act or instance of giving something away

Gadgets and technology from around the world

Gadgettastic is a blog that lists and writes reviews on the latest cool and unusual device.

Some interesting gadgets reviewed include a Innespace Seabreacher personal submarine, disposable bic mobile phones and of course, the iPhone.

Check out this useless but yet cool iPhone beer app.


Word of the day

App - an application; application program

Virb - MySpace done right

Welcome to Virb, owners of the word verb. Virb is a place that lets you put all the things that make you - photos, videos, blogs - in one place.

It’s basically a similar application to MySpace but a much nicer and friendlier version.


Word of the day

Adjective - any member of a class of words that in many languages are distinguished in form, as partly in English by having comparative and superlative endings, or by functioning as modifiers of nouns, as good, wise, perfect

Eat up those bills

Lower your bills with Billeater - a blog with useful tips for lowering your bills and expenses in life.


Word of the day

Crunch - to tighten or squeeze financially

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