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#1474 - 04/25/00 03:24 AM Re: Quotations
jmh Offline

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
Just in case anyone is wondering how "zinzulation" found its way into this thread. I had a message entitled "oonomatopoieae" - which said
"Hello, jmh - zinzulation is a word I've been told about, but never found in a dictionary. Apparently, it means the plangent sound made by a metal blade such as that of a buzz saw. Have you seen it anywhere?"

I wasn't sure if it was real so I asked a few fellow a-word-a-dayers for advice. I had quite a few good responses (for which I am very grateful) and managed to formulate a reply, mainly based on a message from twusm. He managed to turn up a reference to the word - I'll let him post his answer if he wishes. I think Jeff's reply is very useful for anyone needing to check out an obscure word.
Sorry to take you off the main subject with this message.


#1475 - 04/25/00 09:08 AM Re: Quotations
tsuwm Offline
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>based on a message from twusm

"twusm"?? what kind of twisted name is twoooosum?!

#1476 - 04/25/00 05:29 PM Re: Quotations
jmh Offline

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
twusm"?? what kind of twisted name is twoooosum?!

It's somewhere between an "affectionate diminutive" (but not really diminutive enough for that) and a "malapropism". It would need two word for a "spoonerism", so I'll just stick with "bloomer".

#1477 - 04/25/00 05:35 PM Re: Quotations
jmh Offline

Registered: 03/22/00
Posts: 1981
Still off the subject - for anyone who is interested:
re: zinzulation - Here's the reply from tuswm (anagram of tsuwm)

I have one hit on a web search, from an Aussie newsletter:

We hope around Schofields there will be the zinzulation (7) of old aeroplanes, and the first should start to inhabit the place during September at the weekends. There will be the usual bavardage (does he mean badinage? - ed.) regarding "spam cans" etc. but we hope it will be put into the
category of "the colourful pageant of life".

7. echoic for the sound of power saws
I have no clue as to whether the author or the editor provided the footnoted definition, but I have found bavardage in my W3, which the editor could not verify.
p.p.s. - bavardage means smalltalk or chitchat. another wwftd, tra la!!

#1478 - 04/26/00 11:29 AM Re: Quotations
Jackie Offline

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Loc: Louisville, Kentucky
"twoooo-some" sounds toothsome to me! I think you're sweet!

#1479 - 05/05/00 10:09 AM Re: Quotations
emanuela Offline

Registered: 03/16/00
Posts: 315
Loc: Italy - Perugia is a town with...
Something funny - even not polite - happened when I put on a wall of my University (Department of Mathematics) the AWAD-quotation

Arithmetic is being able to count up to twenty without taking off your shoes.
Mickey Mouse

An anonimous student added the following

...or to twenty-one without taking off your slip.

(In Italy Mickey Mouse is "Topolino" (= small mouse) and Minnie his girl friend)

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