A few minutes ago, while reading the imperfectionists by Tom Rachman, I came upon this sentence: “After a little searching, he finds a gate within the pleached fence and enters.” Hmmm…could this be a typo? MSWord red flags “pleached” as I type, but then MS has an exceedingly limited vocabulary. So I pull out Webster’s … Continue reading Mad Love at Midnight
I was just buzzing along and suddenly sideswiped by this sentence:"The silence in the room seemed to be full of holes." from Monsieur Pain" by Roberto Bolano, translation by Chris AndrewsI sat back in my chair and listened for holes. Lovely.
So I accidentally tripped over this word today. The OED was lying on my office floor. semi-bousy, a. OBS. Halfdrunk. c1400 Som vnlusty persone, pat wer not wele aswakid, or semybousy ouyr eve. This juicy word must shed the dust of obsolescence. Go forth and speak of being semi-boused with your friends.
The challenge, should you decide to accept it: use one of these two words in a sentence that sheds some light on their meanings. Intercalarity - The burden of the song; the putting between, as the burden is between the verses. Intercalary - adj. 1) Of a day, days, or month: Inserted at intervals in … Continue reading Choice Words