Category: Understanding the dictionary

The weight of water

The first thing I do when I wake up in the morning is drink about a liter of water. Going 8 hours without water makes my mouth water. Are you for all waters? Before you answer, you should know that it doesn’t mean at all drinking lots of water, but rather being someone who’s a jack of all trades or a good all-round man/woman. Like a fish which can live in salt or fresh water. Which means that’s a good all-round fish, or a fish of all trades, or a fish of all waters. Anyway, after drinking water I...

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Dante’s Bolge

Here’s a word that sounds like it means one thing but it means something very very different: MALEBOLGE. I can imagine what Malebolge makes you think of. I write erotica, so you can imagine what this word makes me think of: one of the most used words in my stories – along with its less protruding female counterpart. But I’m doing the MALEBOLGE a great disservice because MALEBOLGE is not just any male bulge. It is Dante’s malebolge, so to speak. He’d probably send me to one of the circles of the Inferno if he knew I was even...

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What can POUND do to THROB in the boxing ring?

Someone asked me: “What are your 10 favorite sensual, romantic, or erotic words and why?” I don’t usually go to boxing matches, but this year I’m going to the NATIONAL EROTICA WORDS BOXING MATCH out of professional interest, and here are my top 10 contenders: In the EROTIC heavy-weight category: THROB has, in my opinion, the best chance of winning the title for the most EROTIC WORD OF THE YEAR, but no one else seems to think so. That’s why I’m the only one who’s betting on it. I have a few other favs, and they already have strong...

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Strong lungs come from long words

I was leafing through my Dictionary of Phrase and Fable (you never know what catches your attention) and this caught my attention: HONORIFICABILITUDINITATIBUS. I tried to say it out loud but it sounds interminable. I have to catch my breath in the middle. You try it, maybe you have more success. Apparently, it’s the longest word in the English language, along with ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM, which is one letter longer. Didn’t I tell you never know what you find in a dictionary? I like how HONORIFICABILITUDINITATIBUS sounds if I could say it, so I must learn to say it in one breath...

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Worms don’t shake hands

What you should know about worms, or what you’re better off not knowing about worms? You tell me. Apparently, WORM was what they used to call dragons and great serpents, especially those of old Norse legend. I didn’t know that, or never thought of it, but now that I think about it, that is what Tolkien calls the dragon in THE HOBBIT. “Now WORM is figuratively applied to miserable, groveling creatures,” says The Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. Now how do you think a very regular, decent worm feels being compared to any miserable, groveling creature? There is a...

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