This is a simple listing of terms and definitions that I use when live tweeting from the courtroom. Rather than spend my precious tweets on explaining them over and over again each day, I decided to put together this handy WATtionary so everyone can understand what is going on. You can follow my tweets at @wildabouttrial
Acrittle: Mark O’Mara says acrittle instead of acquittal. I like it so I use it too now.
Aiihhhtt: When Jodi Arias’ defense attorney Jennifer Willmott has asked a question and received a response that she is satisfied with she is known to gently and softly utter a kind “aiihhhttt” or “alright” and move on to her next question.
Alternative Universe: During testimony in the Jodi Arias trial, many time Dr. Samuels described that Jodi Arias had created an alternative universe which is the reason for her coming up with many varying stories about the killing of Travis. Over time as I have had to sit in the courtroom day in and day out, it seems I too have created an alternative universe and everything you read on this page is an example of it.
Auto Tune: At times, Jodi Arias’ defense attorney Jennifer Willmott has an amazing ability to tune the sound of her voice up to an extremely high pitch. Usually this happens when she is asking questions of a witness. Sometimes I just see her mouth moving and don’t actually hear words coming out. Perhaps all those years of loud music in my cars has taken it’s toll on me.
Babs: One of the best assistants I have ever had. I might have to fire her though if she slips up. I have my eye on her.
Banana: This is the official color of the OJ Simpson hearing from May 2013.
Bang Report: This is when I give a report on the arrangement of someone’s bangs (hair), typically Jodi Arias’ bangs since they have garnered quite a following of their own, including their own twitter account.
Battered Tweeter Syndrome (BTS): Everyone is my best friend when things are going smoothly but the minute there is any technical issue with either the live stream or the website due to reasons beyond my control I am tormented with thousands of tweets all at once with nothing but capital letters and exclamation points. It’s ok, I don’t get bent out of shape. I usually go into a fog and can’t remember who has said what anyhow. I forgive everyone and your all must know that bringing live trial coverage is of utmost importance to me even if it’s not an easy task.
Beats by Dre: This juror in the Jodi Arias trial is an elderly gentleman who moves vary rarely and always has a headset on so he can hear all of the testimony.
Bic Roll: Defense attorney for Caryn Kelley, Diana Tennis, does this curious little finger roll move with a bic pen. She seems to do this when she is a bit uncomfortable.
Blingage: The defense attorney for Jodi Arias Jennifer Willmott and the Death Penalty Mitigation Specialist, who sits behind her, like to wear some rather loud jewelry around their necks. At times it looks like a Slick Rick concert in the courtroom. I give a detailed blingage report during my daily fashion report.
Blueberry: The official color of the Caryn Kelley Trial. Caryn was found not guilty of manslaughter of her boyfriend Phillip Peatross.
Braided Affliction: Juror number 11 from the Jodi Arias trial who was just relieved of his duty due to illness is known by this name. A majority of the time he wore a long sleeve affliction shirt and also had a long, braided pony tail.
Brankle: Broken Ankle of mine caused by something extremely exciting and dangerous. I have already said to much.
Candy Crushin’: When people are looking at their mobile devices I say they are Candy Crushin’ because they most likely are. Candy Crush Saga is a very popular game.
Captain O’Neil: This younger male juror of the Jodi Arial trial comes to court dressed like he is headed to the beach. He wears flip flops and often times an O’Neil t-shirt that is a few sizes too small. I am always shocked that he can’t at least put on some socks and shoes. Wild is jealous.
Caramel: Karma. I like saying Caramel. Caramel is tasty.
Cashew Desalting Move: Yet another one of defense attorney to Jodi Arias Kirk Nurmi’s patented arm moves. This is where he holds his left hand up about waist height and shakes it around like he is trying to jiggle a handful of cashews so some of the salt is removed. Some think it is a move used to confuse the witness.
Chicken Wing: When Jodi Arias’ defense attorney Kirk Nurmi is up to question a witness he does a gesture with his arm that resembles the motion a chicken would make with it’s wing. Think of the chicken dance, this is where the term “chicken wing” came from. Nurmi wears a rather large watch and I think he does this unique manuever to position the watch down at his wrist when it has ridden up on his arm.
Crafting: Recently when Dr. DeMarte took the stand Jodi Arias completely ignored her testimony and began transcribing something and/or drawing pictures. She has been known to do many drawings in court and much of her artwork has been sold through outlets like her website and eBay.
Cross Examinate: The art of cross examining a witness. Thanks to @epanitch for this one
Cup Toucher: One of the jurors in the Jodi Arias trial who sits in the front row was seen touching the top of a stack of cups on the railing in front of him. He touched not only one stack, but he also touched the second stack with his index finger. Some think it is a form of OCD.
Dacted: Many things have been redacted in the Zimmerman trial, to speed things up the attorneys have eliminated using the Re part in Redacted.
Double Click Pen Move: Defenese attorney Mark O’Mara has been known to do a double click of his ben after he receives and answer from a witness that pleases him.
Dennis the Cameraman: Dennis is the man that brings you the amazing footage you see on the live stream. He operates the main camera and is often times known to give me a private zoom in on Nurmi’s socks before the trial begins so I can give an accurate description during the fashion report. Dennis has an amazing sense of humor and is always extremely professional and brightens the day of many of us that sit in the media section each and every day.
Drawering: Any sort of drawing or sketch. Diana Tennis pronounced it this way during the Caryn Kelley Trial.
Eeeeannnndddd: One of the most pleasurable times in the Jodi Arias trial for not only myself, but also our loyal followers, is when defense attorney Kirk Nurmi is up in the spotlight and delivering his silky smooth questions to a lucky witness on the stand. Some compare his buttery soft voice to that of the legendary Barry White and he can even take a small, boring word like “and” and magically transform it into a savory feast for the ear drums by having it dance off his tongue sounding like “eeeaaannndddddd”.
ESPN: I am known for predicting verdicts and deliberation lengths, almost so accurately that some think I have ESP or Extrasensory perception. I like to add the N on the end because it makes me laugh. The end.
Ejector Seat: Jennifer Willmott either has leg muscles of an Olympic high jumper or she had someone install an ejector seat at her desk because when she objects to something during the Jodi Arias trial she is shot into the air a few feet with the quickness. I think Nurmi might have hired someone from Boeing to install this mechanism for maximum effectiveness of the jections.
Feggsacon: Fake eggs and tacon (turkey bacon). My usual morning meal when I care about what I am eating and keeping calorie count down with maximum protein.
Fashion Report: Not that I know anything about fashion (I can barely dress myself) but there was a large calling by my twitter followers to give a fashion report each morning when I arrive to the courtroom. As the attorneys show up I pride myself in taking note of their attire and report back to the world so they can breath a sigh of relief and continue on with their day knowing what their favorite stars of the trial are wearing. Most of the time everyone is wearing Salmon. 😛
Fog Horn: Any time the word “fog” is mentioned in court during the Jodi Arias trial (which is plentiful) the sound of a tugboat horn is heard. Perhaps this sound is only heard in my head but I can assure you it is definitely heard.
Foreheadal Region: This is where bangs would usually sit if they are not sideswept.
Forn: People often refer to my numerous pictures of juicy hamburgers and sizzling filet migons as food porn or “forn”.
Geico Caveman: This strange spectator in the Jodi Arias trial only came for a few days and looked identical to the Gieco Caveman. His hair and facial hair was extreme and unkempt yet he wore a very nice, and well ironed black suit and tie. When I saw him in the hallway he was associating with Travis’ brother so I take it he was a friend of the family.
Hancing: Hand dancing. Ask Shye or Kimmi to show you how it’s done.
Hay: Brett Seacat’s attorney Roger Falk specializes in using the word “Hay”. After he asks a question and gets a reponse listen closey and you will here a light “hay” before he starts his next question. It’s quite addicting and enjoyable to listen to.
hW: When you see me typing and putting an h in front of a w it’s because I enjoy pronouncing the h in front of a w. Juan Martinez was heard saying “hWhat?” a few times and if you are a fan of Family Guy like I am you will be familiar with the way Stewie Griffin pronounces words like “hWhich, hWhat, hWhere, cool wHip”. Hot Rod also is known to say “hWiskey”.
Hamburger Day: One of my favorite days of the week. Every Wednesday I partake in devouring a delicious juicy hamburger during the noon recess. I often times post images of the feast on twitter. Many also devote their Wednesday lunch break to the mighty American classic hamburger and join along in the festivities with me.
Hit the pit: Judge Larry Solmon would take small 10 minute recesses and let everyone in the courtroom know they could use this time to use the bathroom or “hit the pit”.
High Five Swear In: The Staple Lady does double duty when she also swears people in doing this friendly high five gesture. Do you swear to tell the truth?
I-Pologize: I think this might be some sort of new Apple device but I am not sure. Whatever it is Bernie De La Rionda from the Zimmerman trial sure loves talking about it. Bernie might just be the most polite attorney in the land.
Invisible Man Shake Move: Defense attorney Diana Tennis is known to be very animated and she does this exciting move many times while she is speaking to a witness or the jury. Envision someone shaking someone else up and down but the other person is invisible.
Jection: When Juan Martinez from the Jodi Arias trial objects he does it so quickly it sounds like he just said “jection”.
Jection-mweeproach: Arias attorney Jennifer Willmott also partakes in the jection but also is known to feverishly slip in a mweeproach (may we approach) to the mix. When objections are flying the lawyer talk is fast and furious!
Jenkasaurus: Now there is no disrespect meant in this term, I am a huge fan of Jean Cesarez from InSession. I am just making light of the fact that when Nancy Gracy says her name on the air it sounds like Jenkasaurus. Much respect to Jean and Beth Karas from InSession.
Jibbly Jabblies: When people are talking but not making any sense.
Juantourage: Prosecutor Juan Martinez from the Jodi Arias trial has built quite a following of fans over the course of this trial. They are his Juantourage.
Junk Watchin’: When Arias defense attorney Kirk Nurmi approaches the bench for a sizzlebar for some reason he looks down and stares at his.. um.. junk.
Kneel Armstrong: The huge spacesuit like boot that I wear on my right broken ankle. It’s heavy but keeps my ankle safe and secure. Update: I no longer need to use Kneel, my brankel is now just a hankle (healing ankle) and I am using a much smaller ankle device.
Knooter: As you all know I recently broke my ankle and had to resort to using a knee scooter in order to make it into the courtroom. I call my amazing scooter the “knooter” and if I didn’t have it and had to use crutches I would never be able to get in and do my live tweeting. Update: Knooter has been returned after his many weeks of service to me. I will never forget that little guy, without his help I would not have been able to make it to the many sweet trials that I did over the last few months. Thank you Knoot, you will always be remembered and loved.
Laid Back In The Cut: Judge Adams in the Andrea Sneiderman trial did this the best. He would reclinate so far back that you could just see the top of his head. He was “laid back in the cut”. It’s an old school gangster term. He was also maxin’ and relaxin’.
Lectern Lean: State prosecutor Bernie De La Rionda often times delivers his best questions when luxusiously leaning on the lecter.
Leopard Lady: This rather interesting character can be seen in the spectator section of the gallery, usually 1 row behind the Arias family. Many times she will have on a leopard patterned top and glasses and claims to be a professional trial watcher. Her name is Michael Anne and she is one of the avid spectators of the Jodi Arias trial.
Live Tweet Contest: One of the most sought after items on the internet these days is the coveted Wild About Trial mug. Thousands have entered, few have won. If you play along you just need to included #wildabouttrial in your tweet and do your best to impress our panel of judges (including myself) with your charm and wit. You can find more details and see the winners here.
Malcom: The official mascot of WAT, a tiny cute fish with huge bulging eyes owned by Kelci, partner in Team Salmon Inc. and the Salmon Institute of Higher Learning.
Marlboro Man: This juror in the Jodi Arias trial is still active and has a long gray pony tail. He has been seen many times smoking an e-cig but I still like to call him the Marlboro Man.
Mean Muggin’: For some reason Braided Affliction from the Jodi Arias trial would stare me down as he walked out of the court room. Where I am from we callt his Mean Muggin’! What did I do wrong?
Miami Vice: During veridct watch at the Jodi Arias trial, a new character has made his way into the courtroom hallway waiting area. If you can picture George Costanza’s father wearing the clothing that Don Johnson wore on Miami Vice you will know what he looks like. He has been seen sleeping on the hallway seats many times already and tends to walk around very slowly when not sleeping.
Mike B: Mike B is the court reporter in the Jodi Arias trial and his head is usually front and center on the live stream. He has many flashy shirts that he wears, the most favorite being a nice deep purple. Mike B is a great guy and does a stellar job of taking down every single word that is said during the trial.
Mini Muggin’: The latest addition to Kelci’s line of solo mugcups, these little gems are mini solo mugcups complete with handles and intricate glitter designs. These are official merchandise of Team Salmon and the Salmon Institute of Higher Learning. Contact me if you would like a custom mini mug made by Kelci.
Mugworthy: The live tweet contest for a chance to win a WAT mug has been extremely popular. Our team of judges picks a winner each day from all of the tweets that include #wildabouttrial. We look for tweets that are witty and are “mugworthy”. More details on the contest can be found here.
Nappin’: Long time friend and follower Kat does this for 95% of the day. The other 5% is spent giving me BTS for not paying enough attention to her. She is a NB. If you don’t know what NB is ask her.
Nick The Pilot: My useless friend Nick who pilots the WAT jet (sometimes into mountains). When not piloting the jet he can be found at the Tap Haus hanging onto cougars.
Nurmi Knee: As part of Jodi’s defense attorney Kirk Nurmi’s reclination process he often times rests his knee up on the desk for maximum relaxation and comfort. Although it doesn’t look very professional it makes me jealous that I can’t do the same thing from my seat in court.
Nurmi Nosepick: I was one of the first ones to capture this incredible event with a screenshot. If you play close attention to Kirk Nurmi as he is in a reclinated position you might be lucky enough to catch him digging for gold. Most people would reserve this ritual for a bathroom or time when cameras aren’t rolling and being streamed live to the world but Nurmi has no worries and does what feels right. Very admirable.
Oxygen Mask Lady: Usually court reporters use a stenography machine but in the Andrea Sneiderman trial the court reporter used a Stenomask which allowed her to talk into a machine that translates what she says into text. Many were taken back by this method and did not like seeing her as it made them feel like they were going to use a sick bag on an airplane or that they were running out of oxygen.
Pat: The most beloved of the WAT family, Pat watches over everyone and makes sure we all stay in line. Although she cares more about baseball than any of us we still love her for her charm and wit.
Pickles: Not only is this something I flick off my hamburger but also she claims to be my number one stalker although she has nothing to prove it. All talk. She tried to work as a call screener for WAT but I fired her soon after she started.
POIDE: Pic Or It Don’t Exist. I use this so that people, and myself, can prove they are doing what they tweet that they are doing. For instance, if I am having a burger for lunch I will take a picture so you know I am really having a burger. If you don’t have a pic, then it don’t exist!
Proach: Who likes saying “approach” all the time? This shortened and much sweeter version is heard throughout courtrooms all over the world and has save attorneys much time over the years. Prosector H. Leon Simon was one of the best at this word as it goes well with his southern drawl.
Reclinate: The position most enjoyed by Kirk Nurmi while sitting at his desk in the courtroom. Kirk is known for his instant ability to be in a reclined position, often times with his knee up on the desk (Nurmi Knee) and basking in the court proceedings in full relaxation mode.
Recess: When trial takes a break for recess they are kind enough to roll out a swingset and a slide for members of the media and spectators to play on. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches are also served. Thank you Judge Stephens from the Jodi Arias trial!
Refreshollection: If you need to refresh your recollection then you need a refreshollection.
Rocklination: In the D’Marquise Elkins trial a form of reclination and rocking was seen at once. Rocklination!
Salmanteau: Combining two words into one word is my favorite thing to do and is called “Portmanteau”. When two words are combined so perfectly that it brings tears to my eyes I refer to it as a “Salmanteau”.
Salmon: This simple word has started a huge trend for not just the Jodi Arias trial but for life in general. It all began during my daily fashion report when I commented on a shirt that Nurmi was wearing which looked a salmon color to me. Many tweeters corrected me on the color saying it was really pink but due to the backlash I decided to call everything salmon at that point. Ever since then I have seen an increase in salmon colors in courtroom attire. If you look hard enough you can see a hint of salmon in everything.
Salmbidextrous: Someone who likes all shades of salmon.
Salmony: An adjective that may be used to describe virtually any shade of any Salmon color.
Same Shirt: This Jodi Arias juror is an older male who wears the same shirt every day for the most part. It’s a JC Penny looking collared shirt with blue, pink and white horizontal stripes.
Shye: Official BFF of mine on twitter who keeps me in line and also guards be from unwarranted BTS.
“Sidebar” Martinez: During the start of the Jodi Arias trial, the prosecutor Juan Martinez was very quick to object to the defense’s questions and ultimately led to a large amount of sidebars. Hence the nickname “Sidebar Martinez”
Sizzlebar: The sound played in the courtroom during a sidebar is a white noise static sound that resembles the sizzle that can be heard when a nice thick steak is thrown on an extremely hot grill. Seeing as a filet mignon is always on my mind I decided to dub the term sizzlebar. My stomach growls every time a sizzlebar is held. The sizzle at the Jodi Arias trial was very loud and tasty. The OJ Hearing sizzle was much less exciting from inside the courtroom and could have used some volume for sure.
Slanket: I am often asked by my followers what I am wearing so they can try to spot me on camera. First off, I am very rarely on camera as the camera doesn’t pan to my seat in order to avoid catching any jurors in the image so what I wear should not be of any concern. I understand people still want to know what I am wearing so I am going to tell you right now. I always wear a salmon colored slanket to court. It keeps me nice and warm and allows me the freedom needed to keep the live tweeting going full force. Don’t know what a slanket is? It’s a blanket with sleeves. 😛
Slow starting semi repeater: In the Brett Seacat trial, his defense attorney John Wachtel started his sentences extremely slow and with a slight stutter at times.
Solo Mugcups: Kelci sent in a plastic solo cup that was fashioned into a mug with a custom handle that was taped on. When I saw a photo of it I almost had a heart attack. It was so funny it won her an official WAT mug and thus began her lucrative career of making her plastic solo mugups. The solo mugcups are a available upon request through Team Salmon Inc and the Salmon Institute of Higher Learning.
Sons Of Trialarchy: A gang I formed with all of my crazy trial follower friends that keep me company every day. Also formed the Daughters of Trialarchy for the ladies.
Staple lady: Pay close attention and you can hear the soothing sounds of the Staple Lady. She sits to the left of the judge and takes care of all of the court stapling needs among other things. When an exhibit is admitted into evidence you know the Staple Lady has come to the rescue. You can also refer to the Staple Lady as the Court Clerk.
Tan Carpet: When the amazing attorneys at the Jodi Arias trial strut their stuff down the tan carpet I make sure to do my best to capture via tweets their wardrobe as part of my fashion update.
Tasty Court Water: I don’t know what they put in those stylish carafes at court but everyone seems to be very generous with their pours of this tasty court water. Witnesses and attorneys gulp it down like it’s a tall cool one at a mid summer football game.
Team Salmon: This phrase is reserved for anyone that is part of the Wild team of salmon lovers. If you are on Wild’s side you are automatically part team salmon.
Teeth Sweep: This is a move Jodi Arias does with her tongue where she sweeps her teeth from right to left multiple times. Perhaps to keep her teeth from sticking to her lip, perhaps to clear away unwanted debris left over from her lunch sandwich.
Tencil: When Jodi Arias wants to craft she hauls out her tiny, jail approved, pencils. She has created many drawings with the tencil and some have sold for over $3,000.00.
Testiphony: It has been proven that much of Jodi Arias’ testimony has been filled with lies and therefore her testimony can bee seen as testiphony.
The Manicurist: This younger female juror on the Jodi Arias trial who sits to the left of The Thinker must have the cleanest nails in the courtroom because she spends much time paying close attention to them during trial.
The Note Taker: (This juror from the Jodi Arias trial was removed from the jury for extreme DUI a few days before the jury was given the case. He showed up for the final day and sat in the gallery.) One of the older male jurors who is infatuated with note taking and can been seen jotting down notes throughout most of the trial. He sit’s to the left of the Marlboro man and appears to at times make the Marlboro man jealous and feel insecure about his own note taking abilities. The Note Taker sits to the right of The Cup Toucher.
The Thinker: This juror from the Jodi Arias trial is an older male who sits nearest me. He always assumes the same position of leaning to the side a bit and has his chin resting in his right hand. He always seems to be deep into thoughts.
Thirsday: Modeled after “Jimmy” from Seinfeld, I devote Thursday to speaking in the third person. Join me on Thirsday and see how much fun it can be to talk about yourself. You can also catch Juan Martinez referring to himself in third person from time to time as “the prosecutor” or “Mr. Martinez”.
Tri Color: Juror number 5 went by this name due to the many colors she had in her hair. Last seen she was sporting a blonde/pink/green hairstyle. She has been removed from the jury for reasons that are unknown.
Twetcher: I have been known to do live twitter sketching before. These masterpieces sell for thousands. Follow @wildabouttrial to catch them now and then.
Twerk: A dance move that is very popular at the moment. Prosecutor James was seen twerking during his closing argument in the Andrea Sneiderman trial. It was intense!
Tweet Limit: Unfortunately, Twitter will temporarily shut an account off from tweeting if the account has made too many tweets in a small amount of time. When I am live tweeting and responding to as many people as I can I often times get blocked for approx 1 hour. I have made backup accounts @wildabouttrial2 and @wildabouttrial3 so when you see a big pause in tweeting you can always find me on one of these continuing the conversation.
Twitter Tweetsen’ Blogs: Judge Nelson in the Zimmerman trial would say this line to the jury when dismissing them for recess. She was reminding them to not use twitter, tweets and blogs. After I made a comment about this a few times on twitter it seems she stopped saying this and changed it to something much less exciting. 🙁
V4NR: Refers to Vodka For No Reason. A club that I started where vodka aficionados gather to drink vodka for absolutely no reason.
Valenator: Valerie is the court bailiff from the Jodi Arias trial and is in charge of many duties, one of which is to fetch and announce the entrance of the jury. When you hear “please stand for the jury” it is her voice you are hearing. Also, another one of her duties involves making copies. At times you will hear me say “Vallll…. Valliii…. Valmiester…. The Valenator…. Val Makin’ Copiesssssss!”. If you know the Saturday Night Live skit with Rob Schneider about a guy named Rich you will know where I am coming from on this one. If you don’t well.. you will have no clue so just roll with it. 🙂
Verdificator: I have installed a system that will allow for a text notification send to your mobile device of the verdict as soon as it comes in. It changes for each trial so keep your eye open via twitter for the verdificator sign up instructions.
Vibralmon: A vibrant salmon color.
Vocal Fry: This hasn’t been heard much but the latest expert witness in the Jodi Arias trial, Dr. Janeen DeMarte, tends to have a voice that has a bit of a vocal fry. Vocal fry, or glottalization, is a low, staccato vibration during speech, produced by a slow fluttering of the vocal cords.
WADR: With All Due Respect. Coined by Shye Stallings.
Whack-a-mole: When defense attorney for Jodi Arias, Jennifer Willmott, objects she is seen from my perspective in the back of the media section as a a whack-a-mole shooting upwards and out of it’s hole.
Willmot Wing: Jennifer Willmott also has gradually developed a move of her own that is similar to Kirk Nurmi’s Chicken Wing. Although Kirk does the Chicken Wing with his left arm, Willmott does her with her right arm. It is not as flamboyant a gesture as the CW but it definitely is working it’s way into her defense strategy. Keep an eye out of the rare “Willmott Wing”
Y’all folks don’t confer: Judge Solomon from the Brett Seacat trial liked to leave the jury with his version of the admonition, it sounds a bit more laid back and friendly this way.
Yonner: State prosecutor Amy Hanley saved her self a lot of time in the Brett Seacat trial by simply combining the words “your honor”.
If I have missed any terms let me know and I will add them. Thank you – WILD