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OP this is arfname.. choose one:
a) a name given to a foundling; after the place or region where it was found
b) a short vertical support member in a dome joining the pin to the floorboard
c) a strong smelling plant resin used as a spice in Eastern cookery
d) Cockney rhyming slang meaning fame
e) an artform in which coffee-stained pieces of paper are glued together to form a pattern
f) a thought that is on the tip of your tongue but eludes definition
g) the eldest son (from Old West Low Franconian arf, eldest + name, masc. namesake)
h) a temporary name of affection given to an unborn child until a permanent name is decided upon (from French oeuf, egg)
i) /arf-ną-may/ an Indian dish consisting of a mixture of rice and lentils with seasonings
j) jocular: a Registered Kennel Name, as sanctioned by the Registered Kennel Name Program
k) exceptional, extraordinary
l) the love of mountain climbing
m) one who inherits, an heir (from ON arfr, inheritance + OE numa, taker)
these entries have been extracted from the growleries of ASp, BranShea, consuelo, Faldage, Fr Steve, inselpeter, Jackie, olly, Owlbow, The Pook, tsuwm, twosleepy, and (perforce) a well-known dictionary. [This has been a public service announcement.]
just to beat the analyzers to the punch: you guys is good.
-joe (but I have no vote) friday
H, by all means, please, H. What the H?
That is one of the best lot of definitions I've seen in a dictionary game ever! There is only two or three that I can definitely exclude at first glance, and even those are witty. How long have we got? I'll have to think about this, it's not easy.
OP >How long have we got?
at least a sennight, or until all of the entrants have had a chance to vote, one. [but all observers may vote.]
Gosh, they are all good! But Jackie will vote for J. I like jocularity. [shades of Fa. Mulcahy.]
I was going to go with M but I'll choose A, hoping that arf may have morphed from the German ort, for place. What the ARF!
I have no idea what I'm doing here.
My final answer is A
Congratulations to everyone who participated.
It's a difficult choice between the names-based answers and the culinary ones. I can't decide between those two groups, let alone the right one within each group! Every answer seems to have (or lack) some little detail indicating it could be fake. Aaargh.
This whole thing just has dada written all over it. I'll go with E.
marked by nonsense, travesty, and incongruity
-joe (dada 'Я us) friday
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