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#293 03/16/00 03:28 AM
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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 06:19 AM
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'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


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Good grief! I didn't know that! Thank you, Whalemeat, if I may call you that.


#296 03/18/00 08:35 AM
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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 06:18 AM
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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.


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I enjoy reading Lovecraft too. One of my favorite Lovecraftisms is "eldritch."

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

Pronunciation:'el-drich
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
: WEIRD, EERIE


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Most of the classic barns in the U.S. have gambrel roofs.

Chris


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Check out roof illustrations at:

http://www.m-w.com/mw/art/roof.htm




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David--
I did. COOL! Thanks! Painless learning--I love it!



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