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#293 - 03/15/00 10:28 PM H.P. Lovecraft
Willy Offline

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 3
Are there any other AWAD folks out there who enjoy the wonderful vocabulary that H.P.Lovecraft uses in his writing? Perhaps we would enjoy talking about some of these words. To begin with, does anyone know what a "gambrel" roof is?

#294 - 03/16/00 01:19 AM Re: H.P. Lovecraft
whalemeat Offline

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 14
Loc: sydney australia
'gambrel' relating to roofs means different things in the uk and the USA. UK meaning is a roof having a small gable at each of the two ends and in the us it is one with two slopes on each of the two sides, the lower side being steeper than the upper - similar to what is called a mansard roof in europe

#295 - 03/18/00 02:43 AM Re: H.P. Lovecraft
lusy Offline

Registered: 03/16/00
Posts: 140
Loc: Melbourne, Australia
Good grief! I didn't know that! Thank you, Whalemeat, if I may call you that.

#296 - 03/18/00 03:35 AM Re: H.P. Lovecraft
alf Offline

Registered: 03/18/00
Posts: 1
Loc: Straubing, Bavaria, Germany
So far I haven't read anything by Lovecraft. I'd like to, though. With which book should I start?

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#297 - 03/19/00 01:18 AM Re: H.P. Lovecraft
Willy Offline

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 3
Thanks for replying! Arkham House Publishers has a nice three volume set of Lovecraft's writings. The first one is "The Dunwich Horror and Others." It's pretty good to start. They also have some annotated editions of his writings in case you want to know more about some of the obscure and archaic references he makes.His writing can also be found in many collections. Hope you enjoy it. Let me know.

#298 - 03/23/00 11:49 AM Lovecraftisms
Bryan Offline

Registered: 03/15/00
Posts: 6
Loc: New York State
I enjoy reading Lovecraft too. One of my favorite Lovecraftisms is "eldritch."

From http://www.facstaff.bucknell.edu/rbeard/diction.html

Function: adjective
Etymology: perhaps from (assumed) Middle English elfriche fairyland, from Middle English elf
+ riche kingdom, from Old English rIce -- more at RICH
Date: 1508

#299 - 03/23/00 02:42 PM Re: H.P. Lovecraft
bberry Offline

Registered: 03/23/00
Posts: 3
Loc: Oregon, USA
Most of the classic barns in the U.S. have gambrel roofs.


#300 - 05/09/00 10:01 PM Re: H.P. Lovecraft
David108 Offline

Registered: 05/09/00
Posts: 112
Loc: Auckland, New Zealand
Check out roof illustrations at:


#301 - 05/10/00 08:16 AM Re: H.P. Lovecraft
Jackie Offline

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Posts: 11613
Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
I did. COOL! Thanks! Painless learning--I love it!


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