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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Aug 27, 2010 3:23 pm

Bah! Do you, E.P.S., suggest I should have:
A; a memory that works?
B: a copy of Memory to hand?

I'm rotten at the literature game[*] of "name the character and the person to whom the speech was directed."
I'm usually double rotten at "name the book", too.

Sorry.

[*] 100% of my wife's world literature final exam was that kind of question: Name the book title, name the author, name the character who said it...I skipped that class, choosing instead to take organic chemistry as a six week summer school class: "memorize the entire alkane series of hydrocarbons for the first night's assignment. We'll plan the alkenes for tomorrow."

Who had the better deal?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:31 pm

Don, the "Don", donned the dun dungarees, declining design directions from wife, Donna, you know, the one in the musical chairs game where they use the tune, "La Donna in mobile." [She's also fickle, apparently, "e mobile" ]

[The ibdof system would not let me post this response yesterday...I'm trying again.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Aug 28, 2010 5:42 pm

Participating in the open source world, whether as a program coder or a documentation writer or just an avid user who reports back the bugs he encounters is potlatch activity. In fact, using open source materials and telling others that you do is giving, too. The more people who know about sharing and who begin to participate, the better the community becomes.

If you are looking for a great place to start, check out the Kids Open Dictionary Builder which deserves mention here because it is a place for word lovers to make a small, real contribution. Of course, if you stick around and contribute a bunch of word definitions, all the better.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Aug 29, 2010 6:15 am

On a drive through the countryside on a humid evening, after the glow of dusk has passed, with low level cloud cover one "benefits" from a side effect of modern life. There to the left or right, the clouds are nitid, reflecting the lights of the towns by which we travel.

That too, will fade tomorrow as we pass beyond the crowds. We camp for a week in the high hills of New Hampshire. The flickers of flame in the fire pit will be our substitute for incandescent bulbs.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Sep 01, 2010 12:50 am



\ bih-HEE-muhth \


noun;
1.
Any creature or thing of monstrous size or power
2.
An animal, perhaps the hippopotamus, mentioned in the Book of Job.

Quotes:
All the sportive rollickings of all the animals, from the agile fawn to the unwieldly behemoth , are dances taught them by nature.
-- Ambrose Bierce, They All Dance

And while that's not the case here, the retail behemoth clearly has the captive attention of mainstream America.
-- Dave Herrera, "3OH!3 gets enviable Walmart co-sign, prepares to print its own money," Denver Westword, July, 2010.

Origin:
Behemoth derives from the Hebrew b'hemoth in the Book of Job, but may be a folk etymology of Egyptian pehemau , "water-ox," the name for the hippopotamus.

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Sep 02, 2010 3:57 pm

"Wow, that thing is huge!"

"He's my pet."

"Be he moth?"

"No. He's a butterfly."

"Sure is beeyooteeful."
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:59 am

How many fur coats can one obtain by busticating a behemoth's pelt? That question would have fascinated your grandmother, wouldn't it?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Sep 03, 2010 12:02 pm

My grandma took meticulous care of her furs. She used all possible tricks to fight off moths and behemoths alike. If she happened to catch one red-handed, she dauntlessly went at it with a fly swatter, a tennis racket or a and busticated it to smithereens. That's why sporadically the waffles tasted funny ...

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby MidasKnight » Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:19 pm

In the 60’s, people took acid to make the world weird. Now the world is weird and people take Prozac to make it normal.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Sat Sep 04, 2010 4:34 pm

Human is as human does....Animals don't weep, Nine

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sun Sep 05, 2010 12:25 pm

Kazooistry - The serious attempt to integrate a kazoo section into the wind instrument group of major symphonic music.

First promoted by Joy Morton, of Morton "When it rains, it pours" Salt, who wanted to contribute some of his wealth to worthy efforts, and because his mother and daughter were delighted by his own play of family favorites on the kazoo. (Strangely, only his wife is known to have voiced any regret over his plan.) He is well known for contributions to the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry, but the brief, flawed effort to enhance the repute of kazoo music is little known. Only one performance was attempted by Theodore Thomas, original director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. It is said that he would have missed his chance at the directorship if he had recommended a repeat of the single performance.

Since that time, the kazoo has joined the slide whistle as infamous musical instruments. The well known Silly Symphonies produced by Walt Disney in the 1930s notably rejected inclusion of the kazoo in the popular cartoons.

[Take every contribution to the WotD archives, those from me anyway, with several grains of salt (Morton or another brand). Some of us have little honor and less care for the morality of our contributions, content with casuistry and calumny.]

It would probably be a good idea to promote some honest attempts to use the WotD in the way the quoted examples do. If only we who sneer and make snide use of the words participate here, these fine words will join the kazoo in the pile of rejected stuff. MidasKnight and others who visit may want to offer support for these words while the mean spirited among us :twisted: continue our japes and mocking contributions.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Tue Sep 07, 2010 4:04 am

I feel mutinous! :evil:

When I discovered today's WOTD, I immediately felt blithe (meaning #1), because I thought, "Hey, I have a spendid idea for an example!"

Then I read the end of EPS's post and I discovered he had blithely (meaning #2) stolen my idea!

I'll put a bounty on your head for that, EPS!

:pirate:


But I'll still help you about LMB's second explicitly zaftig character: she is a very minor one, that appears just for three paragraphs, long enough to be called zaftig twice, to disappear into oblivion, still swathed in her yards of creamy silk.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Sep 08, 2010 9:12 am

Cici blithely disregarded all the bickering going on around her and stepped quickly off the bathhouse porch, crossing the wet sand, and ran into the lake as soon after the thunder had passed to safely avoid becoming a lightning rod. She didn't care about all the litter of leaves and small twigs still blowing across the surface in the breeze as the clouds moved away. The sun was out, and she wasn't going to be held back from a brisk swim.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby umsolopagas » Sat Sep 11, 2010 8:11 am

Meteorologists may prognosticate about weather and weather patterns but how many times are they right, especially in view of unpredictable global weather conditions?
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