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#49285 - 12/03/01 06:48 PM Watch out for Flying Fish!
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This thread is DOA, but I had to post this from Mrs. Byrne for all you word hounds. Use it with care, if you dare:

cornobbled adj. -- hit with a fish

Now many questions come to mind: If cornobbled means to be hit with a fish, then I suppose you can cornobble someone, perhaps someone with a fish wife's mouth...or mebbe the fish wife herself goes around cornobbling people.

Or does this mean you're cornobbled by fish with aggressive attitudes?

And, finally, is there any other word in the English language that means to be hit by any other animal other than the fish? Well, there's gored, for sure. And butted. And pecked. But they're not exactly the same in that the whole of the fish is hitting you whereas with gored, butted, and pecked, it's just a part of the beast that's causing your pain.

Best regards,
WordCornobbled

Edit: Just in case an innocent bystander should happen upon this thread, the above definition of cornobbled is incorrect. The whole mix-up resulted from a definition's having been incorrectly entered on the Byrne site. tsuwm caught the error. Hip! Hip!

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#49286 - 12/03/01 07:00 PM This thread is DOA
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On a scale of one to ten, this one rates about a seven. But you can indeed write fin-is to it. I did think it was a great word. Nothing in OED.



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#49287 - 12/03/01 08:28 PM Re: Watch out for Flying Fish!
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When I was on troopship in South Pacific, flying fish frequently landed on the deck near the bow, which meant they had to be more than fifteen feet above sea level. This was not much wind, although the waves might have been three or four feet high. They were only about the size of my thumb, and I was wearing a helmet liner, so I did not worry about impact. I have heard they are good to eat, but the only way I could have cooked them would have been by using my glasses as a magnifying glass. No thanks.


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#49288 - 12/04/01 12:47 AM Re: Watch out for Flying Fish!
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Is anyone else thinking of Monty Python?

http://chixlinx.homestead.com/MontyPythonFiles.html (Then click on the Fish Slapping Dance)

or directly...

http://www.homestead.com/_ksi0701961501300028/chixlinx/files/MPFC_FishSlappingDance.avi


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#49289 - 12/04/01 05:57 AM Re: Watch out for Flying Fists?
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wordsind,
now that MP has been dutifully summoned to do their little dance, I must disencumber you of this misapprehension.

cornobbled - [adj] hit with a fist

Mrs. Byrne's Dictionary of Unusual, Obscure, and Preposterous Words - First Carol Publishing Group edition, 1994

p.s. - google turns up one hit on cornobble, which has perpetrated the same misreading and added some fowl play:
fowlobble - to hit with a rubber chicken.

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#49290 - 12/04/01 07:37 AM Re: Watch out for Flying Fists?
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tsuwm: So the Byrne site is incorrect? Or did she spell her definition incorrectly--or perhaps cite a reference that was also incorrect? I don't have her dictionary--just the site.

Love "fowlobble," by the way.

And then there's cowobbled: Hit by projectile bovines attempting lunar leaps.

Fist regards,
DoubleD.




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#49291 - 12/04/01 08:03 AM Re: Watch out for Flying Fish!
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Actually my first thought was Asterix.

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#49292 - 12/04/01 10:02 AM Re: Watch out for Flying Fists?
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>So the Byrne site is incorrect? Or did she spell her definition incorrectly--or perhaps cite a
reference that was also incorrect? I don't have her dictionary--just the site.

who knows? I don't find the word in any of my other references. her dictionary has 'fist'. one google hit on cornobbled has fist (in a game of balderdash™, the baldmaster prolly has her dictionary) and one hit on cornobble as a verb has fish (prolly ref'd the site). unless someone finds the original ref. I guess we'll never know.


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#49293 - 12/04/01 10:59 AM Re: Watch out for Flying Fish!
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Hmmm...I can think of only three people in this world who should be cornobbled.

(1) The person who invented the word.
(2) Mrs. Byrne.
(3) The person who...uh?...wait a minute...it was just on the tip of my tongue...


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#49294 - 12/04/01 11:49 AM Re: Watch out even more for flying cows!
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cowobbled: Hit by projectile bovines attempting lunar leaps.
Please! You bring to mind a bit of juvelaia form my pre-teen years:
Birdie, birdie in the sky,
Please don't drop it in my eye.
I'll be good, and I won't cry.
(Gee! I'm glad that cows don't fly!)



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