Sponge Lexicon

The Sponge Lexicon (Encyclopedia Porifera)

This is an attempt to gather as many Sponge related metaphors, similes, synonyms and aphorisms as possible, all in one place. Developers, Users and Poets can all make use of the myriad of words available here to describe or denote aspects of the Sponge Project.
Warning: This may be of practical use to absolutely no-one.

  • [More additions and suggestions are welcome]

Sponge, Absorbent, Cleanser, Mop, Scourer, Squeegee, Sorbent, Washer

Doing things WITH Sponge
Sponge, Absorb, Bathe, Blot, Cleanse, Dab, Dampen, Dip, Drink, Imbibe, Ingest, Moisten, Osmose, Plunge, Rinse, Scour, Soak, Sip, Sop, Spot, Swab, Wash, Wet, Wipe

Doing things TO Sponge
Dry, Dunk, Express, Flood, Mangle, Saturate, Squeeze, Wring

Spongy, Absorbent, Absorptive, Cushiony, Osmotic, Permeable, Pervious, Porous, Squishy, Spongiform

Osmosis, Pore, Porosity
Porifera, Poriferan (Latinate)
Spongia (Greek root)
Esponja (Spanish)
Éponge (French)
Schwamm (German)
Svamp (Norwegian)
Sifongo (Swahili)
Span̄ja (Tamil/Sanskrit)
BSE (Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy, aka “Mad Cow” Disease)
FLARD is not made from Sponge (or Whales)

Sponge Grenade
Sponge Sword

Sponge Bath
Sponge Cake

Sponge Materials
Artificial Sponge: Cellulose, Nylon, Polyester, Polyether, Polyurethane, Polyvinyl Acetate
Cannon-Sponge: Lambs wool
Natural Sea-Sponge: Mesohyl, Spongin [plus silica spicules and/or calcium carbonate in the exoskeletons]
[Many sponges are endosymbionts, containing other dependent life-forms within their structure]

  • Palladium (and several other metals and nanomaterials) can make Sponges that absorb Hydrogen

Sponger, Cadger, Freeloader, Leech, Parasite, Scrounger
To throw (up) the Sponge: To Quit (from prizefighting, 1860)

Quotes from Famous Literature
“Who gave us the sponge to wipe away the entire horizon?” - Friedrich Nietzsche
{The Gay Science (1882, 1887) para. 125, just after announcing God is Dead}

“Flames from the lips may be produced by holding in the mouth a sponge saturated with the purest gasoline” - Harry Houdini

“Alas for the affairs of men! When they are fortunate you might compare them to a shadow; and if they are unfortunate, a wet sponge with one dash wipes the picture away” - Aeschylus

“‘Do, Mr. Sponge, put the hounds to me!’ roared Mr. Watchorn, dreading lest
they might hit off the scent.” - Robert Smith Surtees, Mr. Sponge’s Sporting Tour, chapter LXV (1852),

“The strong man with the dagger is followed by the weak man with the sponge” - John Dalberg-Acton (Lord Acton), Lectures on the French Revolution (1910) p. 92

Pop Media
Sponge Dinosaurs
SpongeBob Squarepants and SpongeBobbles

The Flying Sponghetti Monster


Starred for future reference whilst on IRC. <3

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Very handy, thanks!

Methinks it would be wise to add some materials of which a Sponge may be comprised, such as polyurethane, polyvinyl acetate, etc.

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Do you not know the difference between an adjective and an adverb?

Whoops. Bad edit, fixing…

Add Plunge, Sip, Surfactant

And the quotes from here :stuck_out_tongue: http://www.searchquotes.com/search/sponge/

You can also dunk a sponge.

If I recall correctly a sponge can be used to make things… moist

Surfactant is Soap, not a sponge. (Surface Active Agent, ionic or non-ionic)
I’d like to use higher caliber quotes than Bart Simpson, if I can find them (or the page will fill up).
Thanks for the suggestions so far.

:stuck_out_tongue: here

bovine spongiform encephalopathy…

since you are listing other language: Éponge in french

You’re missing “FLARD” in this thread.
Fix needed.

Schwamm; German for Sponge.

It’s there already (just after the French). FLARD added.

Oh. Didn’t see that. :wink:

You’re missing the Norwegian “svamp”. I also suggest “Spongy Bubbles” be added in a parenthesis after SpongeBob Squarepants! :slight_smile:

Done and Done. SpongeBobbles, for the hard drinking Spongers.

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