Words You Have Taught Me — Oct 2022
I like prime numbers.
Eleven, seventeen, thirty-seven — they are so independent, so indomitable, so imposing. So indivisible.
Installment № 19 of WYHTM therefore feels like a milestone, and gives me renewed determination that I will one day complete and publish episode № 23.
As usual, this collection features new writers and old friends, and is peppered with foreign terms, proper nouns and even some slang. Also, as sometimes is the case, some prolific writers have their names on not one but two entries.
So, without further ado — here is the latest in literary lingo, journalist jargon, author’s argot and pencil pusher pidgin that I soaked up here since the last time we did this …
Angel of the North
(Wikipedia) a contemporary sculpture by Antony Gormley, located in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear, England (near the city of Newcastle), standing 20 metres tall with a wingspan of 54 metres
from Gus Gresham
a bitter, yellow powder (Goa powder) obtained from cavities in the trunk of a Brazilian tree (Andira araroba) of the pea family and used to make the drug chrysarobin
from Avi Kotzer
one of the holy scriptures of Hinduism, dated approximately to the 2nd century BCE
from HBR Patel
Sanskrit Quote From Bhagavad Gita To Emphasize The Importance of Action.
Ideas Ignite. Action Accomplish. — HBR Patel
(slang) an informal and typically affectionate term for Britain or England, commonly used by soldiers of World War I and World War II
GK Kingsley — I forget exactly from which story or comment of yours I picked up this phrase, but it’s stuck in my short-term memory ever since : )
How I Got a Regular Poetry Slot on BBC Radio with No Experience
Pitching to a presenter through Twitter
(born 1935) one of the most productive and prolific bassists in modern musical history, a session musician who played on legendary tracks for The Beach Boys, The Doors, Ray Charles, The Supremes and many more
from Chris Zappa
also “mud dauber”, refers to a number of wasp varieties that mold their nests from mud
Terrye Turpin, love the alliteration of this term, and what an amazing story you spun from this Hinged prompt!
The King of the Wasps
The world is cruel to gentle boys. I knew from the moment I met Richie Taylor that he didn't belong in East Texas. He…
(1871 — 1944) American modernist painter, poet, feminist, socialite, theatrical designer
from Christopher P Jones
When This Feisty Woman Reclaimed Female Nudity
The exuberant and defiant self-portrait of Florine Stettheimer
showy or unnecessary ornament in architecture, dress, or language
from Michelle Scorziello
a theoretical mechanical construct that could overcome Earth’s gravitational pull and propel an object into space — emphasis on theoretical
from Thomas Wan
Is there a way for an object to escape from Earth into space without utilising tremendous amounts of fuel and raw…
Two very different words, both from Cendrine Marrouat’s lovely and intimate tour of her hometown, the capital of Manitoba.
glima — term for several types of Nordic folk wrestling practiced as sport and combat
Salteaux First Nation — a First Nations band government in Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. They are a branch of the Ojibwe who pushed west
a color between grey and beige
from Jessica F. Lillian
An Open Letter to the Home Improvement Store Employee Who Quizzed Me on My Painting Plans After I…
Wait, does matte paint need translucent setting powder?
chemical substance with the ability to prevent damage to the liver
from PseuPending (Seu)
(Wikipedia) a 1952 Japanese drama film directed and co-written by Akira Kurosawa. The film examines the struggles of a terminally ill Tokyo bureaucrat
I saw Living and met Bill Nighy. Here are my thoughts
Living, written by Ishiguro, is as complex as it is incredible
play on the word inheritance. I like it : )
from Stuart James
a species of herbaceous perennial plant in the knotweed and buckwheat family
from Zay Pareltheon
a condition in which the clear tissue on the front of the eye (cornea) bulges outward
from Tre L. Loadholt
localized swelling of the body caused by an abnormal blockage of the lymphatic system
from Shannon Ashley
slowly decay or disintegrate, especially because of neglect
from Betsy Denson
Rest Easy — Flowers in the Attic Escaped the Library Purge
But we can’t say the same for that necromancer Harry Potter
the state of pending, awaiting resolution
a ball or perforated container of sweet-smelling substances such as herbs and spices, placed in a closet, drawer, or room to perfume the air — from the French “pomme d’ambre”
Michelle Scorziello, call me an uncultured American — potpourri is where my knowledge of domestic non-aerosol scent-dispensing beings and ends.
pith — spongy white tissue lining the rind of an orange, lemon, and other citrus fruits; due to its size, it makes sense that the pomelo will yield the most pith among citrus fruits
from PseuPending (Seu)
4 Reasons This Remarkable Table Scrap is Worth Your Attention
Not the rind. Not the juicy flesh. Sink your teeth into a well-padded pomelo pith and you’ll find a lovingly cake-like…
(rare) generating or producing dew — used figuratively to refer to morning fog or the elements that induce dew, because of course plants themselves don’t produce dew
slang term used in a military or political context, referring to the divide and conquer approach, or a series of small advances, designed to deceive and split the opposition
from Amber Radcliffe
the hissing quality of certain consonant sounds, or the poetic techinques of alliteration and consonance, using hissing, fricative sounds (s, sh, th, etc.)
from Melissa Coffey
the gradual caving in or sinking of an area of land
from Gus Gresham
a rapid transit line of Osaka Metro, running from Dainichi Station in Moriguchi to Yaominami Station in Yao through Osaka
from Vincent Van Patten
The Beauty of Osaka In the Rain
It’s the seemingly mundane moments which make me feel the deepest. Transitioning to life in my new home.
zero-knowledge proof (ZKP)
(Wikipedia) a method by which one party (the prover) can prove to another party (the verifier) that a given statement is true while the prover avoids conveying any additional information apart from the fact that the statement is indeed true
from Laszlo Fazekas
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here are the most recent couple of installments of WHYTM — please go ahead and browse, there is some great stuff in there