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  • Birds with restricted range include the spotted redshank (Tringa erythropus), Jananese Robin (Erithacus akahige), Bull-headed Strike (Lanius bucephalus), and the Forest Wagtail (Motacilla lutea).

    South Sakhalin-Kurile mixed forests 2008


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  • This is one of two words I use to test dictionaries before I buy them.

    November 7, 2007

  • That makes me want to ask you two questions, rmavis:

    1. What's the other word?

    2. Do you test to see if they're there or not there? ;-)

    November 7, 2007

  • All I remember is that Bucephalus was the name of Alexander the Great's horse.

    And I had a blue rubber dinosaur earring years ago that I named Bucephalus Blue.

    November 7, 2007

  • You had it? You mean you're not still wearing that jewel of an accessory?

    November 7, 2007

  • OK. It's been six hours already. What's the other word? C'mon, I need to get some sleep...

    November 7, 2007

  • It's horrifying, but I can't remember the other word! Give me a minute, it'll come in some perspicacious klunk.

    And I didn't know about Alexander's horse. I first read the word in the title of an Aphex Twin song, "Bucephalus Bouncing Ball". And a definition I once found is effectively "repetitious so as to be annoying". Which, yes, fit the song well.

    November 8, 2007

  • Hm. Even though I never met him--and I'm assuming it was a "him" as destriers generally were--I would not have applied that particular definition to Alexander the Great's horse.

    I had a birthday card one year that said "By the time Alexander the Great was 30 years old, he had been dead four years.... You're doing way better than that guy." It was my favorite card ever.

    So, between the earring and the birthday card, I feel a special affinity for this word.

    November 8, 2007

  • The word is gullible. It's not in some dictionaries.

    November 8, 2007

  • Waaaaaait a minute...are you trying to get us to look up "gullible"? I'm not that--what's the word....?


    I'm not that foolable!


    November 8, 2007

  • To quote the wiki:

    Alexander the Great's horse and arguably the most famous horse of antiquity.

    February 1, 2008

  • Alexander the Great's horse and arguably the most famous horse of antiquity.

    I wonder if he hung out at the oats bar with shadowfax and pegasus.

    February 1, 2008