Slim looked much like the other fellows come to watch the rodeo, dressed in newish jeans and shirt, polished boots, with a modestly-sized oval buckle on his belt and his Sunday hat atop his head. His wife, on the other hand, was all gussied up like a jibby-horse.
Prolonged debate over whether, or not, the neoterists were in truth "just verbarians" prevented participants at the neologists' society conference from truly enjoying their plenary supper. The evening ended with toasts and cheers to the New Word Order.
I'll perform, on the whistle, a selection of jigs, hornpipes, reels and slow airs tomorrow evening in a St. Paddy's variety show. Maids of Mitchelstown, Boys of the Town, Kerfunten, Cul Aodhe, and others.
Come guess me this riddle: what beats pipes and fiddle?
What's hotter than mustard and wilder than cream?
What best wets your whistle? What's clearer than crystal?
What's sweeter than honey and stronger than steam?
What will make the dumb talk? What will make the lame walk?
The elixir of life and philospher's stone.
And what helped Mr. Brunel to dig the Thames Tunnel?
Wasn't it poteen from ould Inishowen?
So stick to the cratur' the best thing in nature
For drowning your sorrows and raising your joys.
Oh lord, it's no wonder, if lightning and thunder
Was made from the plunder of poteen me boys.
Unicode character ("modifier letter turned comma") representing the ʻokina or phonetic glottal stop used in writing Hawaiian and other Polynesian languages. Compare U+2018, the "single opening quotation mark".
Neither ONE nor TWO are airport codes, to my knowledge. However, ANE is the code for the Aéroport de Angers - Loire, in France; TRE is the Tiree Airport in Tiree, Scotland; FOR is Pinto Martins Intl Airport in Ceará, Brazil; and FIV stands for the Five Finger Coast Guard Heliport in Five Finger Alaska. There is no SIX, to my knowledge.
A family member long ago dubbed me the Word Bird, @VerbalElation. I am or have been, among other things, an antiques collector and a fossil plant systematicist. The latter of these discovers and catalogs relationships between extinct and living plant lineages. Finding words and drawing connections by means of organized or themed lists is but another exercise in collecting and organizing that offers me satisfaction. I delight in words. They humor me. I list words as a hobby, yes, and to keep them close to hand. But for broader reasons too.
The world in its variety is very finely and sometimes bewilderingly nuanced, whether one examines a just synchronic snapshot, a moment in time, or a diachronic interval that spans a particular history. Our words, the words of our language, record the manifold physical and cultural landscapes that we and our forbears have perceived. I collect words in order to learn and examine their subtleties. If I am startled because there are so many words for "snow" it is because I have not known snow it its delightful variety. If "snow" is the only word known to me for the frozen precipitation that falls from the sky in winter, then my perception of that particle of the world is restricted, and perhaps biased in its narrowness. A broad vocabulary broadens the horizon I see when I look beyond myself.
“Then there's the conflict between the ethno-preservationist national-anarchists and the anti-racist left-anarchists, and between the proprietarian anarchists and the communal anarchists.” --from the Examples.
The whole allusion and connection to coquina lies with the mussel's genus name Donax, which reminded me of the song's repetitive verse "Dona dona dona..." . I like the visuals, especially the live oak trees and the old coquina stone city gates of St. Augustine FL, both of which have been pictured on post cards and tourist souvenirs for well over a century.
adj. botany, A form of dehiscence whereby a seed capsule opens via pores or holes, allowing seeds to be dispersed like salt from a shaker. Species of the poppy family (Papaveraceae) are the most familiar plants exhibiting poricidal dehiscence. Compare septicidal, septifragal, and loculicidal.
"A character in The Tooth of Crime asks plaintfully, "Ain't there any farmers left, ranchers, cowboys, open space? Nobody just livin' their life?" --Johan Callens, Ed., 1998. Sam Shepherd: Between the Margin and the Center (1). American Theater Review, Vol. 8, Pt. 3, p.26.
Picea (see picea) is the genus name of the spruce tree. In the past, spruce resin/gum was processed into a sort of chewing gum. This gum had the pitchiness but not the blackness implied by the adjective piceous, as Robert Frost told us in this excerpt from his 1920 poem The Gum-Gatherer:
What this man brought in a cotton sack
Was gum, the gum of the mountain spruce.
He showed me lumps of the scented stuff
Like uncut jewels, dull and rough.
It comes to market golden brown;
But turns to pink between the teeth.
Makers of junk food not only battle for market share, but they also compete for stomach share. What's in your paunch, and whom did you pay for the privilege of putting it there? Thanks to John McGrath @Wordie for tweeting the NYT article that gave me this phrase.
Humorous term and Twitter.com hashtag referring to Marco Rubio's awkward and mid-sentence groping for an out-of-frame bottle of Poland Springs water during the broadcast of his Republican response/rebuttal to Barack Obama's 2013 State of the Union address.
"They counte Peace to be cause of ydelnes, and that it maketh
men hodipekes and cowardes."--Bp. Christopherson, _Exh. ag.
Rebel._ 1554. The Rebel was a poem, printed in Notes and Querries: A Medium of Communication for Literary Men, Artists, Antiquaries, Genealogists, etc., No. 33, Saturday, June 15, 1850, p. 34.
James Cook named the Sandwich Islands after his benefactor, John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich. Cook reported that the native name for the Islands we now know as Hawai'i was Owyhee. The so-named county in SW Idaho is derived from Cook's term, and recalls 3 Hawaiian trappers who were lost in that region.
Visuals are fairly representative of this part of Idaho.
“He is aflame, from the edge of his collar -- a patent clerical guillotine of washable xylonite, purchased at a famous travellers 'emporium in the Strand -- to the thin, silky rings of dark hair that are wearing from his high, pale temples.” --Richard Dehan, The Dop Doctor. London, Wm. Heinemann Ltd., 1910.