11 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'words':


Curses! Foiled again!

Current pet peeve: foliage SYLLABICATION: fo·li·age NOUN: 1a. Plant leaves, especially tree leaves, considered as a group. b. A cluster of leaves. 2. An ornamental representation of leaves, stems, and flowers, especially in architecture. ETYMOLOGY: Alteration (influenced by Latin folium, leaf) of Middle English foilage, from Old French foillage, from foille, leaf. Unless you can prove to me that you are Geoffrey Chaucer, please stop pronouncing this as FOIL·uj. Fortunately this is not a word I have to hear every day! If I worked in a nursery, I would probably have to kill someone....

srah - Tuesday, 3 April 2007 - 5:54 PM
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Suri with the strange on top

I'm glad that Suri Cruise went and done got borned after 11 months in the womb or whatever it was. Mostly I am glad because NOW all of the news and gossip sources in the whole world will finally stop using the word "placenta."...

srah - Tuesday, 18 April 2006 - 9:52 PM
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Tonight's special: Clobbered Cobbler

Which syllable do you stress in the word "insurance"? I am just starting to figure out that I have moved far enough south that the stress has changed syllables from what I'm used to. I won't prejudice your answer by telling what I've moved to and from. Also, people in this area seem to feel free to use "smashed" as an adjective to describe food preparation techniques. I know I've seen that at least three times, but I can't remember where the third was. To me, "smashed" does not connote "awesome food-type goodness" but rather describes "detritus after a visit...

srah - Wednesday, 15 February 2006 - 6:23 PM
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In case you were wondering...

The English and French equivalents of to suave up/suaver were invented on the way home from Thiers. They are, respectively, to englarm/englarmer and to fratouille/fratouiller. Use them at your discretion....

srah - Thursday, 17 April 2003 - 9:49 AM
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Rico...

Thanks to Alex and the continued efforts of the assistantes amérivichyssoises to mangle and reinvent the English language, a new expression has been born: to suave someone up. Suaving someone up consists of speaking Spanish in an effort to seduce them. We have also invented the equivalent French verb suaver, which we repeat loudly and often in front of the other assistants, who never ask us what we're talking about because they have learned to ignore us. We are now in search of a word that would mean "speaking French in an effort to seduce someone". We decided that fuaver...

srah - Tuesday, 15 April 2003 - 5:23 AM
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Les fumistes fumeurs

It's amazing that one can study a language for twelve years, live immersed in it for two, and still discover words that one didn't know or had always misunderstood. When my colleagues at the lycée described students as fumistes, I always connected it with the verb fumer and between that and the context of the sentence, took it to mean "someone who does nothing but sit around all day and smoke". Possibly specifically smoke pot, but I wasn't sure. Now in my slang dictionary, I have discovered that I had the general idea right, but I was still off. The...

srah - Saturday, 12 April 2003 - 6:32 AM
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Some words I like

I just like the sound of these words: mélanger, sosie, feutre, and fauteuil. What words do you like?...

srah - Monday, 24 March 2003 - 2:40 PM
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Snippets from Tea with CKane:

Snippets from Tea with CKane: "Up your vernacular!"... "Poom poom short"... "It's the financial aspects of my wings that worry me"... "I was in Vienna, in a small café on the Schtroumpfstrasse, when a man approached me..." We have fun, doan' we? Cheryl and her monster vocab make me want to expand my own. I think there are a lot of words I used to be able to use in conversation, but I've since forgotten their definitions. I usually prefer to say something else, rather than sounding like the guy in my History class who said that Catherine of Aragon's...

srah - Wednesday, 23 January 2002 - 4:15 PM
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I think I just spilled my drink

"I think I just spilled my drink. That's what I get for turning it upside down." - Cheryl Kane Had a lovely tea with Cheryl today - we were the Table of Invisible Descriptive Grammarians. Today's new words and phrases (and two real words out of the SAT bin): perruque out - verb - wig out - "You got all perruqued out just because your boyfriend's a prescriptive grammarian." insolite - adjective - straight-up rebellious, nothing but outright mutiny - "No chocolate in Baldwin? That's boutsta make me a little insolite." play with a penguin - verb - to burn...

srah - Tuesday, 30 October 2001 - 1:04 AM
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Whoever heard of

Whoever heard of cherry pie with chocolate sauce on it? Baldwin, you suck. New vocabulary addition - the one I forgot was not a word, but a phrase: way aller - an exclamation of encouragement, meaning 'way to go' - "Way aller, you got some thé au lait." I love CKane. I have a good time with her. I have an English Language test tomorrow. Eventually, I should start studying. Blogging is fun....

srah - Thursday, 25 October 2001 - 7:42 PM
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New vocabulary words

New vocabulary words to use and memorize: ass - adverb - very, in a negative way - "This food is ass-nasty." peunesh - verb - to punish with hot sex - "Look out or you're going to get peuneshed." surveil - verb - to watch over, to carry out a surveillance - "I'm going to surveil the salad bar for wrongdoers." Cheryl and I came up with another one at tea yesterday, but I forgot. Actually, we came up with several - and did some deep etymological research as well. Etymology is the one that's words, as opposed to bugs,...

srah - Thursday, 25 October 2001 - 2:06 PM
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