What to say...

  • Nov. 13th, 2008 at 7:11 PM
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With both the US Presidential election and my attempt at NaNoWriMo over, I appear to have run out of gusto when it comes to blogging. With that in mind I will now grace you with a list of funny words I just found with the help of Google.

Prestigiator - this is a fancy-pants word for somebody who juggles.
Boogle - this is the name given to a group or pack of weasels.
Bafflegab - this is a word used to describe incomprehensible or pretentious verbiage.
Brimborion - this is a word for something without value or use.
Apocope - this is a word meaning to leave out the last syllable or sound of a word.
Dumbledore - this is actually the name of a type of bee.
Etaoin shrdlu - this is the name given to a nonsensical phrase.
Ishkabibble - this is a dismissive statement somewhat akin to "Who cares?" or "Don't worry". This one goes out to my friend Marlowe: I concede defeat, it is a word. And I'm still sorry about your arm.
Pinguescence - this delightful little word refers to the process of becoming fat.
Quincunx - this word refers to the arrangement by which four objects are placed in the corners of a square or rectangle and a fifth object is placed in the middle.
Vexillology - this is the name given to the study of flags.
Umquhile - this marvelous gem of a word is one of my all time favourites and means previously. Synonyms for umquhile include quondam, erstwhile and whilom.

I have also chosen to include some strange, but true facts.
It is possible to cut a hole in the top of one's head and fill it with a candle, effectively turning oneself into a human candelabra. (this one comes compliments of Ripley's Believe it or Not, via Stephen King, via Madame D)
Forest fires move faster uphill than they do downhill.
People in the Arctic circle use fridges to prevent food from freezing.
A peanut is neither a pea nor a nut.
A rat can survive longer without water than a camel.
A ten gallon hat only holds 3 quarters of a gallon.
Anteaters prefer termites to ants.
A zebra is white with black stripes.
All totaled, the sunlight that hits earth at any given moment weighs as much as a large ocean liner.
According to Genesis 7:2, God told Noah to take 14 of every "clean animal and only 2 of every other animal onto the ark.
Al Capone's business cards stated that he was a used furniture dealer.
According to Genesis 1:2022, the chicken came before the egg.
Peanuts are an ingredient in dynamite.
In 1976 a Los Angeles secretary named Jannene Swift officially married a 50 pound rock. The ceremony was witnessed by more than 20 people.



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