bardiphouka: (sillywalk)
Once upon a time, long before PETA, the French had a game called chicken..or 'poule'. This involved a bucket, a chicken, and rocks. Everyone would put money in the pot..and started throwing stones at the chicken. Whoever hit first one the pot.

Well, ever time, the bucket of money itself became known as the poule. And when it swan the channel, clucking merrily away, it was anglicised to 'pool'. And referred to a collection of money. And eventually to a collection of anything. Such as riding in a car with others to save money.

So if you are in a car pool, bring some chicken to share sometime in memory of those long ago days.

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Jan. 30th, 2012 01:23 am
bardiphouka: (books rule)
Rapscallion

A ne'er do well, a rascal. 17C.E.


Come on..taste it..roll it over your tongue. Imagine meeting one and just surrendering to the sheer pleasure of letting this word surround them like a bouquet of dead roses,one petal at a time.

forsooth?

Jan. 29th, 2012 03:52 am
bardiphouka: (will online)
"eater of broken meats"

An insult on social position..one not eligible to eat anything but leftovers. Yes, I know, lacks a certain amount on the Politically Correct Scale, but it is Shakespeare after all. In fact, arguably part of the longest insult in stage history. Although there were some tasty bits in Romeo and Juliet of all places. I used to do Shakespeare for Scouts, and this was their favourite.

Act II SCENE II. Before Gloucester's castle.

Enter KENT and OSWALD, severally
OSWALD
Good dawning to thee, friend: art of this house?
KENT
Ay.
OSWALD
Where may we set our horses?
KENT
I' the mire.
OSWALD
Prithee, if thou lovest me, tell me.
KENT
I love thee not.
OSWALD
Why, then, I care not for thee.
KENT
If I had thee in Lipsbury pinfold, I would make thee
care for me.
OSWALD
Why dost thou use me thus? I know thee not.
KENT
Fellow, I know thee.
OSWALD
What dost thou know me for?
KENT
A knave; a rascal; an eater of broken meats; a
base, proud, shallow, beggarly, three-suited,
hundred-pound, filthy, worsted-stocking knave; a
lily-livered, action-taking knave, a whoreson,
glass-gazing, super-serviceable finical rogue;
one-trunk-inheriting slave; one that wouldst be a
bawd, in way of good service, and art nothing but
the composition of a knave, beggar, coward, pandar,
and the son and heir of a mongrel bitch: one whom I
will beat into clamorous whining, if thou deniest
the least syllable of thy addition.
bardiphouka: (4th doctor)
Hooligan


"a usually young man who does noisy and violent things as part of a group or gang; hoodlum"

I have to admit, I had thought this phrase to be older. Turns out it only dates to the late 19th C.E. and could well be eponymous, in that it refers to an Irish born but London resident ruffian named Patrick Hooligan.

And there was a subcategory of "football hooliganism", also known as the "English disease"
bardiphouka: (4th doctor)
caitiff
\ˈkā-təf\

Cowardly,despicable.

this night unto delightful looking word dates back to the 14C.E. and started out sort of as Middle English caitif, from Anglo-French caitif, wretched, despicable, from Latin captivus captive. Where the extra f came from I am not sure..perhaps pinched near Cardiff? It does seem to give it almost a redeeming sort of air, nu?
bardiphouka: (biggles)
termagant

Hardly a term that applied to any of the ladies on my fl, this is a 13th C.E. term for an ugly, naked, nagging, violent woman. At one time or another I am sure we have all had a neighbour like that,eh?

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Oct. 18th, 2011 05:28 am
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Sardoodledom A play with an overly contrived and melodramatic plot.

This is actually a coinage that we can track. It was invented by GB Shaw in a review of a play which, you can guess, he was less than fond of. The meaning apparently has grown to include anything which is well written for pure entertainment but has no ethical or moral value. Nor intellectual content. And just think, TV has not even been invented when Shaw coined the perfect definition of it.

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Oct. 16th, 2011 06:05 am
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Quodlibet Either a topic for (or exercise in) philosophical or theological discussion, or a light-hearted medley of well-known tunes.

From the latin quod..or what, and libit..what pleases. So arguably, what pleases you. Originally it was to Philosophy and Theology what mock courts are to Law students. While we do not use the word often, the concept is still popular in University coffee houses. Especially, as it happens, those that serve alcohol.

Why the second definition came about I am not sure. I can tell it that it originated in Germany. How it got from philosophy to music is intriguing, not least because it didn’t happen in English. In the late Middle Ages in Germany, quodlibet started to be applied to type of humour that featured daft lists of items loosely combined under an absurd theme — one example was objects forgotten by women fleeing from a harem. Something similar happened in France, where a quodlibet became a witty riddle — even today, avoir de quolibet means to produce clever repartee on demand.

The German idea of the humorous conglomeration was first applied to a musical composition by Wolfgang Schmeltzl in 1544 and the name later became the usual term in that language for facetious combinations of tunes haphazardly combined. Famous examples exist in works by Bach and Mozart in the eighteenth century. In this connection it certainly lives up to the idea behind the Latin word, since the aim is to produce a humorous amalgam of tunes to please the audience.

Perhaps it was fleugelhorn playing Philosophy students at Octoberfest? One can neve tell. As for the French adaptation...even the French do not see to understand French so who can tell.

I must admit,btw, the I have a fondness for the letter Q. In fact I have a cat named Quanta. There is just something about foming the sound of the letter q which may not be overly appreciated in sophisticated company. But I have never claimed to be sophisticated. Any more than a quocker-wodger could claim to be sophisticated. Which is one of those delightful coinages from early 19th C.E. America for a slimy, devious politician.

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Oct. 12th, 2011 05:49 am
bardiphouka: (books)
MugwumpA person who remains aloof from controversial issues.

Supposedly this if from an Algonquin term for war leader. It has gone through a number of different meetings over the last few centuries, from leader to minor leader to to turncoat to fence sitter. And the current meaning..that of a minor official so full of their own self-importance that they become obnoxious. While I am not sure about politics (not being in the small town where that would be most likely) I can say that almost every job I have ever worked has had the occasional mugwump?

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Oct. 9th, 2011 06:04 am
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Jabitation 1. A body turning restless during an illness. 2. Boastful or false statement

I am told the first meaning still applies on occasion in the medical community. But it is the second meaning that interests me (as you can well guess I suppose?) In this meaning there is even a noun form, Jactator..or braggart. Whom I am sure we have all met.

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Oct. 7th, 2011 06:21 am
bardiphouka: (books)
hebetate to dull

From the Latin hebet for dull. And meant to describe something or one making someone else dull or boring. Which given the general state of Television and the best seller list means the verb should have a relatively active life for some time to come?

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Oct. 6th, 2011 05:57 am
bardiphouka: (Default)
Gabbler : to reproduce some message or information in a confused or distorted way

I know what you are thinking. That is not that unusual. However, the root etymology of the word is from the Latin cribrum a sieve
Originally it meant someone who shifted spice to remove the rubbish. Given the variety of ways in which that metaphor could be used today perhaps it is time we brought it back to the original usage.

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Oct. 5th, 2011 05:28 am
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Flagitous one who was “guilty of or addicted to atrocious crimes; deeply criminal, extremely wicked”, as the Oxford English Dictionary comprehensively puts it.

You did not think I was going to refrain from quoting the OED at some point,eh? As you make have guessed, this word is a close cousin to the slightly more common 'flagellate' or to whip. So one could say.."What do I think of Wall Street? I think the flagitous fiends should be flagellated.

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Oct. 4th, 2011 08:36 am
bardiphouka: (Default)
ecardinate without hinges


I could see this being a useful word.

"You will have to forgive my friend. He is a bit ecardinated,eh?

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Oct. 3rd, 2011 05:50 am
bardiphouka: (Default)
dicephalous two headed.

I had a friend who used to use this on men quite often. Actually I believe her usual phrase was "You are dicephalous, and use the wrong one for cognitaive duties."

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Oct. 2nd, 2011 09:22 am
bardiphouka: (books)
Callithumpian A band of discordant instruments or a noisey parade

Also supposedly in NZ and Australia a noncomormist religious sect. I like the original definition though, which was a heckler. I have always thought calling a heckler a troll in cyberspace is a bit of an insult to the poor trolls. And there is just something about the way Calithumpian rolls off the tongue,eh?
bardiphouka: (banned books)
Batie-Bummil A useless bumbler. Obsolete Scottish

Is there such a thing as a useful bumbler? One has to wonder. I am guessing it could be a corruption of batty bumbler but I could be wrong. But again, I can see this regaining usage in the political area, regardless of what your personal stands are.
bardiphouka: (banned books)
Abligurition The spending of an excessive amount of money on foods.>

Now, it says in that stack over there..or perhaps over there, that this is a word whose time has come and gone. Which I find rather sad. Anyone who has had to eat in an airport knows that the word can still find situations where it is applicable. But that is what I have been thinking I remember reading or hearing somewhere that, even though the English language continues to grow, that the actual number of words outside of specialisations has decreased. So I say FIE! Let us take ourselves to the retiement lexicology centres around the English speaking world and dust some of them off, eh?

**Some of you may be thinking, hmm, he has started with the letter A. I wonder if there is any significance to this fact. Would he be thinking of continuing? As it happens, yes.

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