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  • Having your world’s very foundations comprise a gigantic turtle swimming through space, surmounted by a quartet of elephants bearing the spinning turntable of the world on their backs, strikes the western mythological sensibilities as rather amusing; and the denizens of this fictional universe are constructed with a similar offbeatness.

    Archive 2008-07-01

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  • This word seems to go back to 1969

    July 20, 2013

  • Don't be. Dictionaries and reference works often omit entries for all possible inflections and combinations of works like offbeat plus such suffixes as -ness, -ment &c. Having entries for the suffixes themselves is sufficient; the minimally apperceptive reader can break down any word not having its own entry into its component parts, look each up, and devise the definition for themselves. Otherwise the dictionary would be overflowing with entries for possibly less useful words like confutableness, or whatever.

    July 20, 2013