Favorite word of the day 2
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Finally! I finally, after over a year on and off, have finished with Rabelais!
(Did I post on an obsolete thread - 'sposed to use this one, I guess)
Hey we haven't seen much of Rick lately. Are you out there Rick?
I am IN HERE, thanks for asking. I am going to India on the 29th, expecting martinimartini about the 25th.
I would like to suggest that on this page we supply definitions, though I refuse to be the first.
Otherwise, I am busy selling books. We haven't gotten to the English language countries yet, Ireland and England being targets, but I am awful close to covering publisher costs after which I get 50% minus 15 to my editor. The publisher will pay my agent. I will let you know when I get it on Amazon UK if I manage (in august).
reviews have been great so far, my favorite a woman in Belgium who missed her train stop because she was caught up in the book. Someone else shouted 'it's great' to my wife as she drove by her.
My reading has been haphazard til this past weekend when I picked up Slavoj Žižik's Defense of Lost Causes. Powys is shelved til the return from India.
Meanwhile I fell a long ways down some stairs in Maribor at a friend's apartment, which left me with two remarkable bruises on my ass and a pain in the back that causes an unseemly limp. I also fell into a pond there and rode a Lipizzaner with an enormous cock that I touched briefly, shocking my friend's father, my reason being that it is not something many can say they have done. Tonight I was teaching my son how to whittle and gave him an excellent lesson in what not to do, slicing my thumb so bad it was still bleeding three hours later when I took the bandage off. The second lesson is to leave the bandage on.
How did you manage to come in such close proximity with the horses member. A members' only moment, doubtless. Who needs Powys, already.
Re lipdick: it was just a-hangin there within a stoop and a reach...
And don't forget "rectalthermometer" -- as Archie & Edith once sang at the opening of All in the Family, "those werrrrrrrrrrreeeee the dayyyyyyyyys"
The way most of my father's wisdom was passed onto me - via negativa... viz. dont do it that this way....
f. L. cnīc-us (see below) + -in.
A bitter principle obtained from the leaves of Cnicus benedictus, and other Composite plants.
1863–72 Watts Dict. Chem. I. 1029 Cnicin forms white transparent silky needles, having a pure bitter taste.
or, as Haiku
Complete the way it should
be without definitions
Did you not go there?
Brontide is my favourite word. Ever.
"My schoolmates listened mouths agape to the fantastic tale I told with so much brio,..."
"He's a bit piano for my taste" - Admiral Croft from Persuasion
157: Even the whoremonger? Wait, don't answer that...on a sidenote, whoremongery is a nice word.
179> classic! And, um, how's your "pubic health" dear?
and since we're speaking of pubic health, how 'bout a mouthful of a word from Ulysses:
word above's no joke. ImNotDedalus (remember him, our first genius academic hereabouts?; besides Murr, of course) defines the word here.
also, Murr's explication of the same word.
appreciations to Ur for interdisciplinary spanking
and DanMesicknthrowp for the references, the two blues, brillaint tag team litwrestling, i think Murr especially has jimmy down
who was this jjskye ? A first rebel ? an avatar ? : )
Confused in Tennessee
U, if you have Kafka's The Penal Colony handy, it may help illumine your inquiry.
I just found a choice use of this word in, A Tramp Abroad.
And the movie DINER.
ESSACOQUE, a Rick made-up werd, distaffruester? Essa can always signal Jesus the Christ. Or as old Melville would say: cockadoodledoo.
Paul Blair! Cuellar is indeed Cuellar, that screwball. Mark Belanger: what a pleasing name, though it was tough for him to coax a ball into the gap when he batted.
And that, of course brings up those wild visitors of the whorehouses beneath that giant Exxon sign that gave fair Detroit light: Norm Cash (.361), Mickey Lolich, Denny McClain, and another gorgeous name: Al Kaline, and Bill Freehan...Dave Campbell!
Velleity, perhaps a reflection on my personality?
A subtle distinction; cavil, quibble.
Maybe g47, I try not to think about haiku too much. The more you analyze the worse it is for you.
Por, I don't know what means. Do I want to know what that means?
Well you know it's a
As in, I'm craving them and about to see if I can convince Husband to take me to IHOP right now. Wish me luck!
IHOP--I Had an Orgasm, Paul
(I posted the song over in urania's thread.)
I didn't even know that term's origins. Hilarious! I picked that one up while reading Spalding's Dinosaur Hunters. There was absolutely no reference to one of our most famous of naturalists, Mr. Larsen.
Residue of husks after fernenration of grain. Feed for cattle.
draf - Old Norse
trebir - Old High German
drob - Russian
- a draff of wickershams.
My Dear Sir,
Is your 'kerf' a 1) notch
Inquiring minds would like to know.
May I call you 'Robert'?
Well, this is (I think) only the 4th time that I have had a chance to show off my "Complete OED". OK only on CD. And definitely "Show Off" :-)
Forms: α. 1 cyrf, 4 kyrf, 5 kirf, 6 kyrfe. β. 4–7 kerfe, (4–5 -ff(e), 4– kerf, (9 dial. curf, kurf). γ. See carf.
OE. cyrf, app.:—*kurƀi-, f. *kurƀ- (cf. ON. kurf-r chip, kyrfa to cut), ablaut-form of *kerƀ, stem of OE. ceorfan to carve. Hence ME. kirf, giving later kerf and karf; cf. kernel and carnel from ME. kirnel, OE. cyrnel. Cf. (with different stem vowel) Du. kerf, Ger. kerb, kerbe; also ON. kjarf, Icel. kerfi, bundle (of twigs, etc.), Sw. kärfve sheaf.
1.1 The act of cutting or carving; a cut, stroke; †power of cutting. Now rare.
c 1000 Ælfric Hom. II. 406 ‘Ælc treow ðe ne wyrcð godne wæstm bið forcorfen.‥’ Be ðisum cyrfe spræc se Hælend on oðre stowe. 13‥ Gaw. & Gr. Knt. 372 ‘Kepe þe cosyn’, quoth þe kyng, ‘þat þou on kyrf sette’. 1390 Gower Conf. II. 152 With sondri kerf and pourtreture Thei made of goddes the figure. 1398 Trevisa Barth. De P.R. xvii. clxxvii. (MS. Bodl.) lf. 234 b/1 Þe kuttinge of vines schal be aslonte‥so þat in þe oþer side afore þe knotte þe kerfe schal passe. 1892 Vizetelly tr. Zola's Débâcle 289 Then, with a single kerf of the saw, he lopped them off.
†b.1.b Humorous term for a company of pantry-men. Obs.
1486 Bk. St. Albans F vij, A Kerff of Panteris; a Credens of Seweris; an vnbrewyng of Kerueris. 1678 Phillips (ed. 4) App., A Kerf of Panthers (among some Venatory writers), is taken for a company of Panthers.
2.2 The result of cutting; the incision, notch, slit, etc., made by cutting, esp. by a saw.
1523 Fitzherb. Husb. §136 Bycause it a saw is thyn, it wyll cut the narowe kyrfe. 1664 Evelyn Sylva (1776) 132 Cut your kerfe near to the ground, but have a care the Tree suffer not in the fall. 1792 J. Belknap Hist. New Hampsh. III. 156 The felling of such a tree must require much labour, since those of but one inch have eight or ten strokes, distinctly marked, and a very good kerf is allowed. 1812–16 J. Smith Panorama Sc. & Art I 99 The saw, when cutting, takes away the wood at the two sides of the kerf. 1890 W. J. Gordon Foundry 121 A matter-of-fact place is a sawmill.‥ Its great problem is how to minimize the ‘kerf’, the kerf being the track of the saw.
†b.2.b fig. The furrow made by a ship's keel. rare.
c 1422 Hoccleve Learn to Die 203 As a ship þat is sayllynge‥Whos kerfe nat fownden is whan past is shee.
3.3 The place at which a tree or branch is or has been cut across; the cut end or surface either on a felled or pruned tree.
c 1420 Pallad. on Husb. i. 190 Turne euery kirf aweyward from the grape; Lest droppyng do hit harm. 1664 Evelyn Sylva 85 A Tree‥thirteen foot diameter at the Kerf, or cutting place neer the Root. Ibid. 92 One foot of Timber neer the Root (which is the proper kerfe, or cutting place) is worth three farther off. 1677 Plot Oxfordsh. 161 The Oaks had none of them any roots, but plainly cut off at the kerf, as is used in felling Timber. 1868 Blackley Word Gossip (1869) 161 (E.D.D.) A woodman will say that a felled tree ‘measures so and so, not counting the kurf’.
4.4 A piece or quantity cut off; a cutting (of anything).
1678 Phillips (ed. 4) App. s.v., Among Woodmen Kerf signifieth a parcel of Loppings of wood. 1730 in Swayne Churchw. Acc. Sarum (1896) 352 Carrying away a Kerfe of half a foot of earth. 1890 Cent. Dict., Kerf, in a cloth-shearing machine, the wool taken off in one passage through the cutter.
5.5 Comb. as †kerf-shears.
1356 in Riley Mem. London (1868) 283 4 small anfeldes for goldsmiths, and 2 kerfsheres.
Hence ˈkerfed a., having kerfs or slits. ˈkerfing-machine, a machine for sawing kerfs in a board (Knight Dict. Mech. 1875).
I do wonder what "pantry men" are/do?
The Kerf of the Pantry-Men
by the author of
Riders of the Purple Sage
PS They haven't quite achieved it, but this might be something to eat while waiting for the real thing.
I could never have thought of a better retort and compliment to Anna. That painting was perfection.