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#25043 - 03/28/01 01:24 PM Re: Sticky and Wicket
Faldage Offline
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bridget96 is betting {I} can provide lucidity with relative ease.

In the words of the immortal (not to mention loquacious) Calvin Coolidge: You lose.

It's a little complicated. Perhaps one of the cricket fans, shanks or one of the Oz or Zild denizens of the board, could do it. But I could try. (Note: this will not be enough information for you to use the names in question) The wicket, as we all know, is the contraption of uprights and cross bars that the batsman is trying to protect from the ravages of the bowler. (You cricket fans will probably find this extremely amusing; a iggerunt US'n's attempts at explaining a sport that he is genetically incapable of understanding) If the bowler manages to hit the wicket and break it apart, the batsman is given out bowled. But if the wicket is sticky wouldn't it be more likely to withstand the assault by the bowler? I hear you ask. Aha! The wicket can also refer to, among other things, the area of the pitch near and between the wickets. When this area has been recently rained upon it frequently gets a tacky consistency, The ball reacts in a more lively fashion (the bowler bowls the ball so that it bounces before reaching the vicinity of the batsman) off of a sticky wicket and is harder to defend against.

[ducking out of the way of the bemused cricket afficianadoes emoticon]

BTW, when YLIU you could do much worse than print out and read The Devil's Dictionary of Cricket if you can get to it. It seems to be in some sort of end of month limbo right now, but it's worth the wait. It has, among other things, a picture of the Teletubbies and something vaguely resembling a good reason for the picture.

#25044 - 03/28/01 02:58 PM Re: pet names revisited
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Registered: 12/14/00
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Loc: San Francisco, CA
b96 sent me some pics of my little kinfolk, and they're already hylas, but of a different stripe from the ones I took my name from (mine are hyla arenacolor and b's are hyla regilla - although her pics were pretty fuzzy, so I'm guessing a bit).

Sticky and Wicket are great names - especially because the critters in question eat crickets, so there's a nice completeness to the names. tiny YART alert When I asked my son (at 2 years old) what to name his frogs, he opted for Humpty-Dumpty, Violin and A (his first initial).

#25045 - 03/28/01 03:57 PM Re: pet names revisited
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to whom it may tsuwm:

...is pronounced "sue-em" -- and yes, it is a yart. :-

[must post at least one postaday]

#25046 - 03/28/01 06:38 PM Re: Name the Frogs contest
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Registered: 01/21/01
Posts: 86
Loc: Utopia, not in literal sense, ...
Cara Dea, Two names to "put into the hat" in the name the Frogs event. >"don't know which "kind" they are" < I assume they are a couple and accordingly suggest "Pierrot" and "Pierrette" as totemly evocative of their national heritage. (or Frankie and Francine?)

#25047 - 03/28/01 07:14 PM Re: pet names revisited
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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to whom it may tsuwm:

...is pronounced "sue-em" --

Hah! The biter bit! Lose the supererogatory consonant, fast. (yartpun)

#25048 - 03/28/01 07:27 PM Re: pet names revisited
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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Bridget, mareikura, you mentioned once that you enjoyed Last Chance To See. You may be interested in this passage from part of the HHG series:
"We thought," he said, "that you were meant to be telling the
Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing but the Truth."
"Oh, that," said Prak. "Yeah. I was. I finished. There's not
nearly as much of it as people imagine. Some of it's pretty
funny, though."

He suddenly exploded in about three seconds of manical laughter
and stopped again. he sat there, jiggling his head and knees. He
dragged on his cigarette with a strange half-smile.

"Oh, I can't remember any of it now," said Prak. "I thought of
writing some of it down, but first I couldn't find a pencil, and
then I thought, why bother?"

"None of it?" said Arthur at last. "You can remember none of it?"

"No. Except most of the good bits were about frogs, I remember

Suddenly he was hooting with laughter again and stamping his feet
on the ground.

"You would not believe some of the things about frogs," he
gasped. "Come on let's go and find ourselves a frog. Boy, will I
ever see them in a new light!" He leapt to his feet and did a
tiny little dance. Then he stopped and took a long drag at his

"Let's find a frog I can laugh at," he said simply.

The above came to me as a result of musing on Tweedledum and Tweedledee as possible names for the frogs in question. Thinking of Carroll led to thinking of Adams, hence the passage above. Two interesting characters from The Guide whose names have a nice childish ring when abbreviated are Slarti and Zarni, FWIW.

#25049 - 03/30/01 11:25 AM Re: pet names revisited

dear max,

dare i ask what "mareikura" means? and thank you for the delightful preview of the HHG; it arrived in my Amazon order yesterday as part of "The Complete Hitchhikers Guide", along with Ex Libris (thanks, D), Professor and the Madman (thanks Geoff, Anna), Bringing Out the Dead (thanks, sue-em), Guns Germs and Steel (thanks, PMB), and Annals of the Former World.

as for the names, the jury is still out. AAMOF, just yesterday i had to gently break the news to them that they are not Hyla Regilla (Pacific Tree Frogs) as they had been led to believe, but rather Hyla Cinerea (Green Tree Frogs). i'll let that sink in awhile before the final name assigments are issued.

#25050 - 03/30/01 11:41 AM Re: pet names revisited
maverick Offline
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Green Tree Frogs

So how about Spartacus and Martyrcus

(whaddus it madder so long as a frog loves his, ah, tree?

#25051 - 03/30/01 12:00 PM Re: pet names revisited
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Sticky and Postit -- like the sticky backed little notes?
(I can her those groans!!!)

#25052 - 03/30/01 01:41 PM Re: pet names revisited
Max Quordlepleen Offline
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dare i ask what "mareikura" means?

Of course you may, goddess.

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