Thursday, July 14, 2005

My next folly: I'll write a dictionary. 

I'll start now. Let's see how long it takes.

a One of many, as against 'the'; denoting someone anonymous or with derision, as against someone famous or held in high regard - 'there's a joe bloggs at the door, anyone know 'im?' as against 'the blogger joe bloggs attended a cocktail party at which he talked about weblogs with the prime minister'.

aardvark Long-snouted african ant-eating animal. Famous aardvarks include Arthur, a children's character and Ethel, who went quantity surveying in a Monty Python sketch.

aargh Yell of pain, shock or extreme frustration - as in 'Aargh! I've lost my entire post!'

aback One of those odd words that means nothing on its own and only has meaning with a 'twin' word - in this case, 'take', which produces the meaning 'to shock'. Hence: 'Joe Bloggs was quite taken aback when he found that the Herald Sun had dropped Fred Bassett.'

abacus Counting machine invented millions of years old and still not bettered.

abaft In or below the stern of a ship. Often shortened to 'aft', obviously because when the wind and spume is in your teeth you don't have the luxury of two syllables.

abracadabra Exclamatory word used by conjurers in lame movies and pantomimes. (See: Hey, Presto!)


This could take a while. Maybe I'll leave out some of the more boring letters and call it The English Dictionary of A, B, C, D, F, H, I, J, K, N, O, Q, S, X and Y.

Well, it's different. Other dictionaries are all the same - where's the interest?

is it time for a nap yet? i think so

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