Wordy Blog Archive 2013-01

Did Stephen King Really Say that on Twilight?

周璇 《诉衷情》 (Grievances of Love)

word by song. wanton, undulate, billow, demure.

A old song from Shanghai, China. A classic beauty. The lyrics is demure yet drips wantonness.

Unicode Symbol for “e.g.” (exempli gratia)

word by song. This song showcases a girl besotted in a flame. Rihanna — SOS

today's words, writer's words. emetic, logorrhea, notarize, treacly, travesty, vagary, usher, refractory, putrescence

Writer's Words

make a sentence of it.

words by song. Slangs and idioms.

Last Friday night
We went streaking in the park
Skinny dipping in the dark
Then had a ménage à trois

Katy Perry — Last Friday Night

see also English Vocabulary: Foreign Words

word by song. After watching this music video, you'll know what lackadaisical means. Anya Marina — All the Same to Me

word by song: Undulation. You'll remember this word after watching Björk - Pagan Poetry

[etymology of Undulation https://www.etymonline.com/word/Undulation] «1640s, from Medieval Latin *undulatio, from Late Latin undulatus “wavy, undulated,” from undula “wavelet,” diminutive of Latin unda “wave”»

Dave Pawson gave this usage.

At the inaugural meeting, his purported verve suffered from concealment. His niche, malicious gossip, facilitated the presentation. In a somewhat covert manner his gruesome side was shown, redemption being sought through words.

by [Dave Pawson https://plus.google.com/u/0/105317362555281065841/posts].

SAT Words

following yesterday's theme of “recursion”, here's a idiom about recursion used in computing . English Idiom in Unix: Directory Recursively

I'm a fountain of blood
in the shape of a girl
you're bird on the brim
hypnotized by the whirl

Drink me - make me feel real
wet your beak in the stream
the game we're playing is life
love's a two way dream

word by song: recursion. “recursion” — a central theme in this song. Björk — Bachelorette

Words By Songs: Waywardness, Spunk

and what does spunk mean? and who is Cleopatra, Mata Hari?

This song: Madonna — Like It or Not.

today's word: forte. Example: “drinking coffee is my forte.” ☺

Today's words: hollow, cavern, jingle, jangle. Dusty Springfield — the Windmills of Your Mind

Lojban is a constructed language, design based on predicate logic. Some tutorial here, with voice recording: Xah's lojban Tutorial

Alice in Wonderland, Zero-sum game

“The more there is of mine, the less there is of yours.”

from Wonderland: Chapter 9: The Mock Turtle's Story

That's the concept of [ Zero–sum game ] [ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zero%E2%80%93sum_game ]. However, in real world, most things isn't zero-sum game. Both parties actually benefit. For example: when you give something you no longer want to someone, a value is created “out of nothing”.

today's words: inaugural, verve, purported, concealment, niche, malicious, facilitate, covert, gruesome, redemption.

make a sentence of it. Or else i whip you.

SAT Words

Today's word: polyamory.

A song of polyamory. “you and me and her” — every man's dream. Snake River Conspiracy — You And Your Friend

Words By Songs: Waywardness

What does waywardness mean? This song: Björk — Unison. Read into the ballad, the spirit, the innocence, and the waywardness!

Noun things: manor, armada, ungulates, varicose, insignias, mandible, frontispiece, hotcake, bric-a-brac, cowcatcher, cataract, palimpsest, causeway, reservoirs, duffel, lanyard, halberd, dirndl, chronograph, chronometer, stork, battlement, citadel, bastion, bile, backhoe, sinew, pachyderm, necropolis, spindle, foyer

English Vocabulary: Noun Things