effigy has looked up 37 words, created 7 lists, listed 579 words, written 11 comments, added 27 tags, and loved 5 words.

Comments by effigy

  • Inadequate invertebrates are both, and even the brave are still spineless.

    October 31, 2008

  • I have two cats; thus, a parapet.

    October 30, 2008

  • A song by the Polkaholics.

    October 28, 2008

  • My first thought was no -eds or -ings because they throw an extra vowel in play, whereas -s does not; however, I'm open to suggestions. I'll cross it out for now—let's see what you've got!

    Thanks for the Ukrainian catch. I'll try to figure out how that slipped in there. Ah ha! My program had a bug: the strip all non-vowels part was case sensitive, thus ignoring "U."

    October 25, 2008

  • Perl to the rescue!

    #open my $LIST, '-|', 'look "*"' or die $!; ### Solaris 5.8

    #open my $LIST, '<', '/usr/share/dict/american-english' or die $!; ### Ubuntu

    while () ^aeiouy//gi;

        my $len = length $_;

        next if $len < 4 || $len % 2;

        my $halfway = ($len + 1) / 2;

        my ($first, $second) = (

            substr($_, 0, $halfway),

            substr($_, $halfway, $len),

        );

        my $r_first = reverse $first;

        next if $r_first ne $second;

        print "$original: $first/$second\n";

    '>

        chomp;

        my $original = $_;

        s/^aeiouy//gi;

        my $len = length $_;

        next if $len < 4 || $len % 2;

        my $halfway = ($len + 1) / 2;

        my ($first, $second) = (

            substr($_, 0, $halfway),

            substr($_, $halfway, $len),

        );

        my $r_first = reverse $first;

        next if $r_first ne $second;

        print "$original: $first/$second\n";

    October 25, 2008

  • Hmm. Good point; however, we have "valve" singular. I don't know what to do! I shall ponder this.

    October 24, 2008

  • These look good, but I think "grilles" should simply be "grille." Do you agree? Anyhow, thanks for squeezing these in :)

    October 24, 2008

  • "And daddy won't you take me back to Muhlenberg County

    Down by the Green River where Paradise lay

    Well, I'm sorry my son, but you're too late in asking

    Mister Peabody's coal train has hauled it away"

       —John Prine

    October 23, 2008

  • Yes, I've been playing—or, more accurately, practicing—regularly for about 1.5 years now; that's how long I've been taking private lessons on the piano accordion (Stradella system).

    I do like a fair amount of Those Darn Accordions' material and I've seen them in concert once.

    I also enjoy Dominique Rivière, Buckwheat Zydeco, DeVotchKa, Phil Cunningham, Stas Venglevski, Yann Tiersen, and Lars Hollmer to name a few.

    To date, my favorite accordion song is "Boeves Psalm" by Lars Hollmer. It's beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

    October 23, 2008

  • (n): The meowing muscle of felines.

    October 23, 2008

  • Thanks :) What happened to your playing reesetee?

    October 23, 2008

  • "If you ever need to measure something but can’t find a ruler nearby then Screen-o-Meter is for you. Screen-o-Meter displays a measure tape image on your screen letting you quickly find out how large or small things are."

       — Screen-o-Meter

    October 22, 2008

  • I also suggest laetation, repastination, tempestuous, sylvan, and talaria. I'll have more I'm sure :)

    October 17, 2008

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  • That's great! Keep at it. I played seriously for about 10 years, then not-so-seriously for a few more.

    The mention of all those musicians makes me want to load up my iPod with more accordion music. :-)

    October 23, 2008

  • Yes, I've been playing—or, more accurately, practicing—regularly for about 1.5 years now; that's how long I've been taking private lessons on the piano accordion (Stradella system).

    I do like a fair amount of Those Darn Accordions' material and I've seen them in concert once.

    I also enjoy Dominique Rivière, Buckwheat Zydeco, DeVotchKa, Phil Cunningham, Stas Venglevski, Yann Tiersen, and Lars Hollmer to name a few.

    To date, my favorite accordion song is "Boeves Psalm" by Lars Hollmer. It's beautiful. Absolutely beautiful.

    October 23, 2008

  • Accordions are wonderful things.

    Well, effigy, I kind of drifted away from it when I went to college. Though I still have my original instrument. :-) Do you play regularly? And further, are you a fan of Those Darn Accordions?

    October 23, 2008

  • Yarb, I too know almost nothing about accordions yet have a thing for them.

    What is it about accordions?!

    Welcome to Wordie, effigy. (And thanks for involuntarily hosting an accordion discussion.)

    October 23, 2008

  • Thanks :) What happened to your playing reesetee?

    October 23, 2008

  • Hi effigy. Ditto on the accordion list. And yarb, I never knew! I used to play one myself. :-)

    October 23, 2008

  • Hello effigy - welcome to wordie. I like your accordions list! I don't know much about accordions, but I have a thing for them.

    October 23, 2008