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message 1: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 12952 comments Mod
I got a 6 on this quiz. How do you do?

http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/quiz/...


message 2: by Debbie, sardonic princess of cheerfulness (new)

Debbie (Sardonicprincessofcheerfulness) | 6376 comments Mod
Hahahaha....I did it too and here is what it said!

"You scored 4 out of a possible 10

You jobbernowl [blockhead:]! But don't be too mumpish [depressed in spirits:] and try not to gowl [weep bitterly:] – just start studying your dictionary."



message 3: by Savvy (new)

Savvy  (SavvySuzdolcefarniente) | 1454 comments Glad I was born in modern times....I scored 5 and most were a guess...

Here's what it said about me!

"You're not quite so much of a goostrumnoodle [fool:] as you might be, but you're still two ants short of a picnic. As the Aussies would say, the wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead."

Oh NO...the hamster!!!...Promise Joanie!!!...he's fine...just checked on him...I did!!!


message 4: by Carol (new)

Carol | 9952 comments I got a three. hahahahaha. You jobbernowl [blockhead:]! But don't be too mumpish [depressed in spirits:] and try not to gowl [weep bitterly:] – just start studying your dictionary." duh


message 5: by Anna (new)

Anna | 447 comments Disturbingly:

You scored 8 out of a possible 10

Froligozene! [Tudor-Stuart term meaning rejoice!:] But don't cachinnate [laugh loudly and immoderately:] or you'll be seen as a princock [conceited young man:] or a criss-miss [pretentious woman who overestimates her abilities:].


But I only thought I knew one. Am I good guesser or an untapped genius when it comes to language? Only time will tell.


message 6: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
Untapped genius.


message 7: by Anna (new)

Anna | 447 comments Always knew I was genius. Now, how to get the rest of the world to see it....


message 8: by Mikki (new)

Mikki (AussieTwins99) | 27 comments Gee wiz who said Brains is better than beauty?


message 9: by Debbie, sardonic princess of cheerfulness (new)

Debbie (Sardonicprincessofcheerfulness) | 6376 comments Mod
Dunno....but it is true!


message 10: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
Go for baroque -- ask for both!


message 11: by Carol (new)

Carol | 9952 comments and if you can't get either ask for filthy lucre



message 12: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
laundered first


message 13: by Carol (new)

Carol | 9952 comments PSIONICS


message 14: by Carol (last edited Nov 08, 2009 07:57PM) (new)

Carol | 9952 comments Psionics is the study and/or practice of using the mind to induce paranormal phenomena. Examples of this include telepathy, telekinesis, and other workings of the outside world through the psyche. The topic is widely discussed in fiction.


TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) Anna wrote: "Disturbingly:

You scored 8 out of a possible 10

Froligozene! [Tudor-Stuart term meaning rejoice!:] But don't cachinnate [laugh loudly and immoderately:] or you'll be seen as a princock [conce..."


You scored 6 out of a possible 10

You're not quite so much of a goostrumnoodle [fool:] as you might be, but you're still two ants short of a picnic. As the Aussies would say, the wheel is turning, but the hamster is dead.

I have to admit, all but one were guesses.




TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) carol (akittykat) wrote: "Psionics is the study and/or practice of using the mind to induce paranormal phenomena. Examples of this include telepathy, telekinesis, and other workings of the outside world through the psyche. ..."

My writing partner would love this word. He lives in a haunted house that seems to get a lot of time in the press. He now firmly believes in ghosts. I don't, but I believe something is going on in his house.



message 17: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
How does one drum up a writing partner who lives in a haunted house? (Note: This question is in two parts.)


TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) You just get lucky. ;) He's also a PEN/Faulkner winner. Whenever he sees an email from me with the subject line, "Help!" he knows I need help with a solo project.


message 19: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
That does it. Now you have to name names. I love pens but have little room for Faulkner's truck.


TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) I think he favors Hemingway. My writing partner.


message 21: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
Ditto.

-- Your Posting Partner


TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) But I prefer Faulkner. It's not a problem, though.


message 23: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 12952 comments Mod
And I like 'em both.


message 24: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
Wow. I always thought they were "east is east and west is west" authors. You're either right or left hemisphered and you either like Hemingway or Faulkner the Fraud.


message 25: by Carol (new)

Carol | 9952 comments I am strange. I like them both.


message 26: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
Now, now Gabs. Hemingway's more complex than that. Or maybe much more simple. He's all gorilla bluster. Really a hopeless and bitter Romantic. It's hard to read A Moveable (Sic) Feast and conclude otherwise. But you've accurately nailed the stereotype his enemies have built of him.


message 27: by Carol (new)

Carol | 9952 comments Faulkner won the Nobel Prize in the 40's, and he had a well known battle with alcohol. Faulkner edges out Hemingway by a snoot.


message 28: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
opine -- "often connotes the forming of a judgment on insufficient grounds." (Bryan Garner)

(I wonder if he means weak coffee.)


message 29: by Carol (last edited Nov 10, 2009 05:28PM) (new)

Carol | 9952 comments (a.) Ahungered; longing.


message 30: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 12952 comments Mod
I like Hemingway's shorts.


message 31: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
Bermudas. (Oh, wait. He lived in Cuba.)


message 32: by David (new)

David | 4568 comments A bunch of bananas and a bottle of gin.




message 33: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
daiquiri (weird -- and if you drink enough -- wonderful)


message 34: by David (new)

David | 4568 comments A hickory daiquiri, Doc!


message 35: by Ruth (new)

Ruth | 12952 comments Mod
David wrote: "A hickory daiquiri, Doc!"

Guhroooaaan.




TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) Gabi wrote: "Never read Faulkner. Don't like Hemingway, he's all "men are men and the women are glad of it" bullshit. Fighting the bulls, hunting the lions, F.....g the women, drinking & dancing till dawn, yawn! "

I agree. Some of his short stories are superbly written, but he's just too testosterone driven for me.




TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) Ruth wrote: "David wrote: "A hickory daiquiri, Doc!"

Guhroooaaan.

"


Depths




message 38: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
schism

It's weird. And it's wonderful -- if the schism is with your mother-in-law.


TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) I actually know that word! :)

adnascentia

Every winter, until we got rid of the willows, the adnascentia would shift. (A shame, too, because I love willows.)


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quite like the sound of.. Verisimilitude (think it's the appearance of truth?)


TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) I'm going to change my pilliver soon. (Old English for a pillowcase.)


message 42: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
Verisimilitude is weird. Pilliver is wonderful. In fact, I think I read the book. Pilliver's Travels, it was.


message 43: by Carol (last edited Jan 10, 2010 06:31PM) (new)

Carol | 9952 comments lexophile- is a person who loves words and word plays


1. A bicycle can't stand alone; it is two tired.

2. A will is a dead giveaway.

3. A backward poet writes inverse

4. The guy who fell onto an upholstery machine was fully recovered.

5. A chicken crossing the road: poultry in motion.

6. A calendar's days are numbered.









message 44: by Savvy (new)

Savvy  (SavvySuzdolcefarniente) | 1454 comments carol (akittykat) wrote: "lexophile- is a person who loves words and word play.

My kinda fun Carol!



TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) Newengland wrote: "Verisimilitude is weird. Pilliver is wonderful. In fact, I think I read the book. Pilliver's Travels, it was."

I probably have to use verisimilitude on a daily basis with the writers I work with. *sigh* They need to learn about that BEFORE sending something to me.




message 46: by Anna (new)

Anna | 447 comments Gabi wrote: "Never read Faulkner. Don't like Hemingway, he's all "men are men and the women are glad of it" bullshit. Fighting the bulls, hunting the lions, F.....g the women, drinking & dancing till dawn, yawn! "

I have to agree with you Gabi. Hemingway has always induced a *yawn* from me. And not for lack of trying. I gave him 2nd, 3rd and 4th chances thinking I was missing something.

A weird and wonderful word:
gleimous-
slimy, full of phlegm

from http://www.savethewords.org/



TheGirlBytheSeaofCortez (Madly77) I don't like Hemingway for the same reason. I think he's a good writer, but he's just too testosterone driven for me.


message 48: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
Once you get to know him, you learn otherwise.


message 49: by Carol (new)

Carol | 9952 comments I like Papa H. I also like Faulkner and Steinbeck.


message 50: by Ken (new)

Ken | 14956 comments Mod
The best example of his work would be two parts gobbledy and one part gook.


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