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Tuesday, 11 April 2006



Simon, as an elocutionist, I know nary a soul to rival you. Your lexicographic flair, coupled with your terrifyingly keen wit and at times, copious humor just simply add up to one REALLY GREAT READ. (please proofread this, I was talking out my butt.) BUT! You gave me a new hobby. I'm going to spend all my free time (HA!) writing you a story using your list. One day, I'll make you proud.




"...it was his delight, in the old phrase dear to (him), to 'be somewhat at large, and have ornature'."
Robertson Davies

Semblaquence, indeed. It's a delight to sit down with a mug of tea just about every morning and see what new lines you've spun out, Simon. And to find gems like the paronomasia of this entry's title.


Rick, you made me look up paronomasia. I've updated my list thanks to you.

The post title, by the way, is an oblique reference to one of my favourite Saturday Night Live skits where "Sean Connery" was a guest on Jeopardy and bollocksed-up nearly every category title.

I don't know if bollocksed is a real word, but it's topical to this post at the very least.


My tumid mind is titivated.

I think I'm a gonna git me some new words, too. Mines is just about all used up!


Simon, I remember that SNL skit, too; who wouldn't want to be able to growl out paronomasial nonsense in a Connery-esque burr?

Yup, you gotta love the English language. Even fustian bollocksed-up nugatory bits like paronomasia that merely end up as a large caliber brassy blank in the ol' bandolier.

Ever see John Malkovich's "The moon mocks me" SNL bit?


No, I've never seen that sketch, having eschewed SNL since it pretty much sucks 95% of the time. The gems just aren't worth wading through the dross, if I can cross my mineral and metal metaphors there.

I just adore John Malkovich though. In a platonic sort of way. Being John Malkovich is a favourite movie of mine.


Or as Karl Rove recently said about the new White House chief of staff, "I love him. In an entirely appropriate sort of way."


I already used "mired in the morass" today, so I can't use that again. I'll juxtapose these instead: cunning linguist (careful on that one).

That term gets lots of Google hits now, but I first heard it in a Deep Purple song as a teenager. I always have loved clever use of the English language.

Alas, I'm using my blog to overcome the years of writing for a newspaper, where they tend to regard linguistic largesse as loquacious (got the latter in high school from Reader's Digest's "It Pays to Increase Your Word Power.")

Paronomasia was in The Sage's English Dictionary, by the way. It's a good resource if you ever are not quite sure you're using a word correctly.


For several years I've been hoping for an opportunity to casually use the word "defenestration" in ordinary conversation.


Sean Connery couldn't have said it better, Simon! Thanks for teaching me something today. Since my Reader's Digest subscription days have long since expired, I needed a bit of an update. Tina

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