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#17230 - 01/27/01 03:17 PM Re: what's the use?
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You wouldn't hit below the belt, would you? wwh

Cheeky devil! Or do you prefer smarty pants?
wow




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#17231 - 01/27/01 03:51 PM Re: what's the use?
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oh, what's the use. within one pyge (by my reckoning) you hapPYGolucky mental pygmies have turned a serious query into pygalgia. [/pyg off]


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#17232 - 01/27/01 03:58 PM Re: what's the use?
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you hapPYGolucky mental pgymies have turned a serious query into pygalgia. [/pyg off]

OK, seriously. "The French Lietenant's Woman" is an adventure in unusual words.
Have you read it? Keep the Ol' Oxford unabridged handy.
wow (one of the genus mental pgymy)


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#17233 - 01/27/01 03:59 PM Re: what's the use?
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Dear tsuwm: I really enjoyed your caustic correction, even though my "pyg" is on fire.wwh


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#17234 - 01/27/01 04:05 PM Oh dear
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Well, if you read my (now-rued) post, you'll see that I did say that I would never be able to use it in a normal conversation. QED!


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#17235 - 01/27/01 04:07 PM Re: inspiring writers
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I had a class in college applying chaos theory to writing (eek!). There was a poet we studied that loved to read the dictionary. After reading the poem, re-reading it with a dictionary in one hand and the poem in the other opened up a whole new world. Using the second or third defination of a word, not just the most common, added depth to the poems. It was eye-opening in the ways to manipulate words. But I can't remember his name, darn, now I'm going to have to get off my computer and go find it.


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#17236 - 01/27/01 04:15 PM Re: Oh dear
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". . . those dusky Afro Scandinavian buttocks, which combine the callipygian rondure observed among the races of the Dark Continent with the taut and noble musculature of sturdy Olaf, our blond Northern cousin." Pynchon, Gravity's Rainbow, p. 69.

(just to prove something or other...)


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#17237 - 01/27/01 04:35 PM Re: Fowles
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and while I'm at it...

"The novelist is still a god, since he creates (and not even the most aleatory avant garde modern novel has managed to extirpate its author completely). . . ." Fowles, The French Lieutenant's Woman, p. 106.


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#17238 - 01/27/01 08:06 PM Re: what's the use?
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>If I could find a proper Hindi dictionary I would finally get to understand all those words Rudyard Kipling uses. I am going through a collection of his stories and he lobs in Hindi words left and right. Often I can glean what the word means by the surrounding sentence or paragraph, but sometimes not…it can be so frustrating.

Belm : I am no dictionary, but I am sure I could scout around to find the meanings of any words that you want if I don't know them already.



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#17239 - 01/28/01 02:29 AM Callipygian
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I'm trying to picture myself saying to my wife "You're looking very callipygous today!" And I'm also trying to picture the afterlife I would inhabit once she'd looked the word up!


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