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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby rpschmitz » Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:36 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:
rpschmitz wrote:Not to be insulting, but according to my reading of Roman history, a century of soldiers (which should have been one hundred) was actually eighty men... :roll:


You cannot succeed in insulting me. I'm always making misteaks mistakes. Sometimes I even correct them.

Maybe the ancient Romans had difficulty keeping their centuries up to the verbal norm, or perhaps they just couldn't count above 80 and decided to round off. I only took first year Latin in high school. Reading about Caesar's marches wasn't done until second year Latin.


Correction:

Intitially, (in the early republic) a century was actually one hundred men--barring wounds and illness. But by the time of the Roman Empire, the Century was comprised of eighty (if not fewer men--sometimes as low as sixty): they were trying to cut back, I suppose...

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby rpschmitz » Tue Mar 01, 2011 9:40 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:harissa

sauce used in North African cooking; includes, chili pepper, paprika and olive oil

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So, okay, the picture doesn't actually illustrate the harissa itself, but how exciting would a photo of bowl of sauce be?
Well, after huge pressure, I've actually conceded and have added a picture of a can of the stuff. I'm still holding out against a bowl, though.



I'd like to try it.

"Can I try it?" asked Megan. She flipped her long, dark hair over her left shoulder. She was very attractive, but walked like a football-player with a broken leg.

"Are you OK." Megan turned. It was a small, fidgety man...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Mar 02, 2011 1:22 am

Algot Runeman wrote:harissa

Oh yes.
An Andouilette de Troyes with Couscous, hot Tierenteyn mustard for the sausage and a dollop of Harissa mixed into the semolina.
Yummy!

Only ... a few hours later, my rear end gets this urge to
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Wed Mar 02, 2011 4:50 am

rpschmitz wrote:
Algot Runeman wrote:harissa

(...)
So, okay, the picture doesn't actually illustrate the harissa itself, but how exciting would a photo of bowl of sauce be?
Well, after huge pressure, I've actually conceded and have added a picture of a can of the stuff. I'm still holding out against a bowl, though.



I'd like to try it.

"Can I try it?" asked Megan. She flipped her long, dark hair over her left shoulder. She was very attractive, but walked like a football-player with a broken leg.

"Are you OK." Megan turned. It was a small, fidgety man...


:?

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Mar 02, 2011 7:44 am

enchantress


a woman who uses magic to put someone or something under a spell.

a woman who is captivatingly attractive.

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Now, I understand the idea, but no amount of magic can keep me from remembering Snow White or The Wizard of Oz whose enchantresses were more in the line of...
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Mar 02, 2011 8:27 am

Now there's a picture to imagine my grandma! I mean the first picture, the one at the top, the goddess with the spotted kittens, the mesmerising enchantress!

THIS ONE!
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Wed Mar 02, 2011 9:32 am

E.P.S. wrote:...picture to imagine my grandma!

I look forward to meeting her.

In the hereafter, I suppose, where her enchantments certainly continue unabated. I'll bow over her hand and greet her with dignity and nod correctly to her husband, too. Then I'll introduce my own bride. She and your grandmother will walk off together to laugh, knowingly, at us men.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:10 am

E Pericoloso Sporgersi wrote:Now there's a picture to imagine my grandma! I mean the first picture, the one at the top, the goddess with the spotted kittens, the mesmerising enchantress!

THIS ONE!
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Now, this is not at all how I imagine your grandma, from all you told us about her.
Or, just a very lucky snapshot, a bare instantaneous situation.
The way I see her is, all envelopped in the fur of these spotted cats, while the flensed carcasses of the poor things are just good enough to be roasted as "méchoui", and eaten with couscous and harissa.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Wed Mar 02, 2011 11:49 am

voralfred wrote:Now, this is not at all how I imagine your grandma, from all you told us about her.
Or, just a very lucky snapshot, a bare instantaneous situation.
The way I see her is, all envelopped in the fur of these spotted cats, while the flensed carcasses of the poor things are just good enough to be roasted as "méchoui", and eaten with couscous and harissa.

:clap: I hope you'll invite BB for that dinner. :worship:
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Mar 03, 2011 8:10 am

hydrant

a water pipe, especially one in a street, with a nozzle to which a fire hose can be attached.

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There's a slight discrepancy with the hydrant clipart above. Extra credit if you spot it.

There's a conventional use of red for hydrants. But it isn't universal.
What color are they hydrants in your community?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Mar 03, 2011 10:04 am

Algot Runeman wrote:What color are the hydrants in your community?

None. Hydrants are recessed in the sidewalk and hidden by a little metal cover.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:03 am

One of the things we face in my town is snow. When the plows have cleared the streets, it is common courtesy for someone along the street to shovel around the hydrants so that the fire department can easily get to it. If nobody does it, the fire department eventually comes by and removes snow. E.P.S., how do you even know where the hydrant is if it snows?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Mar 03, 2011 11:23 am

Algot Runeman wrote:One of the things we face in my town is snow. When the plows have cleared the streets, it is common courtesy for someone along the street to shovel around the hydrants so that the fire department can easily get to it. If nobody does it, the fire department eventually comes by and removes snow. E.P.S., how do you even know where the hydrant is if it snows?

    1 Police regulations enforce a standing order to clear the sidewalk.
    2 It rarely snows enough. When it does, the snow rarely remains very long.
    3 The fire brigade has maps.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby CodeBlower » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:36 pm

.. but, then, what do the dogs pee on, if there are no hydrants?
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:44 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:(...)
a) There's a slight discrepancy with the hydrant clipart above. Extra credit if you spot it.

b) There's a conventional use of red for hydrants. But it isn't universal.
What color are they hydrants in your community?


a) I don't see any discrepancy. Sometimes, the caps are chained to the main body, so they are not lost when the fire brigade remove them i a hurry, but it is not essential; also the fact that the three exits are not on the same level is not essential either, the innards of the hydrant can very well fit exits on different levels. So "je donne ma langue aux chats* (whom you have provided on your preceding posts)"
b) same answer as EPS, they are recessed i nthe sidewalks; but in addition to maps, there are (at least occasionally) markers on the walls to indicate where they are exactly.


* donner sa langue au(x) chat(s)="give up onee's tongue to the cat(s)", a phrase in french meaning "give up guessing a riddle"


CodeBlower wrote:.. but, then, what do the dogs pee on, if there are no hydrants?



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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Thu Mar 03, 2011 12:49 pm

CodeBlower wrote:.. but, then, what do the dogs pee on, if there are no hydrants?

We have compulsory dog pee pastures with fake plastic hydrants. :lol:

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:07 am

The day, as they say, has passed away.
We came to dread it, no extra credit.
No one did see the small discrepancy. (maybe, too, they won't notice the lack of proper poetic beat.)

To be fair, only US citizens would have been likely to have noticed that the wrench "nut" on the cap for a hose connection was hexagonal. To make unauthorized removal difficult, US hydrants typically have a pentagonal (5-sided) shape. Fire companies have the special wrenches needed.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Mar 04, 2011 9:17 am

jabot

an ornamental frill or ruffle on the front of a shirt or blouse, typically made of lace

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Annalise skipped along in her sabots and the lovely jabot danced jauntily on her blouse.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby voralfred » Fri Mar 04, 2011 11:02 am

Do I guess two lovely galactants* under this jabot?

if you allow me the neologism, a galactant being to milk (gala in greek) what a hydrant is to water (hydor in greek)

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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Mar 04, 2011 12:40 pm

Algot Runeman wrote:jabot
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I was going to say that

1. The above picture isn't really a jabot. It's a shirt with frills. Also worn by men at official soirées, gala-dinners and such. A jabot is a separate, as it were hang-alone, garment.

2. One doesn't need a balcony to support a jabot. Scotsmen wear an actual jabot as part of their ceremonial dress.

3. Trust me, I know. For my wedding day, almost forty years ago, I made my jabot myself.
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Though my old wedding outfit has shrunk too much, the jabot still fits perfectly well.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:10 pm

It would be my (531 posts) inclination to allow you (4149 posts) most things. "Seniority" counts for something!
I think galactants, whether they are Greek or not, deserves a place in the world's lexicon.
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E.P.S., it is great to have a proper illustration for the jabot. I'd never seen the term before it popped up as an Oxford Dictionaries Online WotD, and followed the definition they gave to locate a possible image. Yours, (handmade by you, wow) is fabulous.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Fri Mar 04, 2011 2:43 pm

Algot Runeman wrote: followed the definition they gave to locate a possible image.

Just google images for jabot ...

Algot Runeman wrote:Yours, (handmade by you, wow) is fabulous.

Back then, I got inspiration from sea snails.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Fri Mar 04, 2011 3:15 pm

E.P.S. I'm trying to stick with images I can "repurpose."

I really liked this one: http://www.jhiggins.net/sf_proddetail.a ... DBHBBF2HMP

While it might have been enough to include the link, I felt it would be difficult to go through all the steps to get copyright clearance from the vendor.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby Algot Runeman » Sat Mar 05, 2011 8:13 am

garbology

the study of a community or culture by analyzing its waste

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The photo actually doesn't represent modern day garbologists at work. These workers appear to be gleaning valuable materials from the trash stream of a dump in Cambodia. But all that broken pottery which archeologists study is probably from ancient middens, the dumps of our ancestors. Modern "investigative journalism" is purported to use the trash of celebrities to report on their activities.
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Re: GAME: Word of the Day (WOTD)

Postby E Pericoloso Sporgersi » Sun Mar 06, 2011 2:13 am

Algot Runeman wrote:Image
The photo actually doesn't represent modern day garbologists at work. These workers appear to be gleaning valuable materials from the trash stream of a dump in Cambodia. But all that broken pottery which archeologists study is probably from ancient middens, the dumps of our ancestors. Modern "investigative journalism" is purported to use the trash of celebrities to report on their activities.

That would make them grabologists, no?
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