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Word of the day (2005-2008) [2013-06-07 |08:17 pm]
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The Word of the day, in this journal, is an online variation of an old-fashioned game called Dictionary, in which the first player chooses a word and writes down four definitions, one of which must be correct. The player who chose the word is awarded a point if another player inadvertently selects one of the incorrect definitions, which the first player made up. A player who selects the correct definition is also awarded a point. In this online variation, I introduced an award of a creative point for a player who invented a nifty new definition instead of trying to pick the right answer. There were also some rules put in place to discourage players from cheating or peaking at other players' answers. Occasionally, a player received the established mode of punishment for breaking a rule. There were no repeat offenders.

This post has a list with links to the words that were played from 2005 to 2008. Read more...Collapse )
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Strine word of the day (2005-2008) [2013-06-07 |01:37 pm]
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If you were on my friends list when bonza appeared in my journal, take a trip down memory lane with the Strine word of the day game.

If you are new to Strine, it might help to understand the unique Aussiesque backwards etymology: Strine << ‘strine << Austr’ine << Australian [from Latin Terra Australis (16c.), from australis 'southern' + -ia]. Strine pronunciation has reasonably developed on account of the bush fly, which one can effectively keep out of one's mouth by opening it as little as possible while uttering only necessary syllables quite quickly.

This post has a list of Strine words. Although it is not an exhaustive vocabulary list, it does provide a reasonably good introduction to a language which is still spoken by several million people down under, and a large number of expats (since Australians are curiously inclined to travel, and often stay abroad for donkeys, i.e. donkey's years). Read more...Collapse )
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Dear lj friends, and new visitors [2013-05-29 |12:50 am]
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I am in the process of unlocking the Strine word of the day entries, so that they can be read by the general public. Before switching the security from friends to public, I am carefully reviewing all of the comments and deleting those that are of a more personal nature. The regular Word of the Day game always was public, so there is no change.

The Word of the Day began, quite without preliminaries, on 11 May 2005. The first word was campanologist.

The first Strine word of the day was bonza. It appeared on 6 July 2005, in response to a TV report the night before on the threat of Strine becoming extinct. Although Waltzing Matilda was mentioned in a comment to the first Strine post, it was not until 22 December 2005 that we brushed up on the translation, and remembered that it is a song about a swagman called Andy.

Lately, I have found that I am growing fonder of Chambers’ definition of middle-aged: between youth and old age, variously reckoned to suit the reckoner. Please note that I have also updated my biography. However, my long-standing paradigm shift ‘all of our reasoning ends in surrender to feeling’ (Blaise Pascal, 1623-1662) is still the same, and, as you can see, I still go by the crisp and unruly daisy as my default user pic.

The user pic to this post is new. (If you can't see it, click here.) It was taken on 24 May 2013 in the Sultanate of Oman, which was previously known as the land of Magan, according to Sumerian cuneiform texts from around 2300 BC. A difference of opinion exists among archaeologists whether Magan may have been Nubia or The Sudan, rather than part of Oman, but the disputes appear to have been settled since it was found that Sumerian copper objects contain traces of nickel at 0.19 per cent, and samples collected from ancient copper workings in Oman contained similar nickel concentrations.

The Sumerians developed a wedge-shaped writing system to denote syllables and words. It is the oldest form of writing in the world. This system, called cuneiform, was also adopted for other languages, including, for example, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Akkadian. I have been enquiring after samples of cuneiform writing since I arrived in Muscat a week ago, thinking that it must be a tourist attraction, but so far I have only been able to find one representative drawing of Akkadian cuneiform in a gallery near the Mutrah Souq. I am still trying to locate a clay tablet, or an inscription in stone or metal. The gallery director* is coming over for ginger tea and cucumber sandwiches at the hotel tomorrow afternoon, and I am hopeful that he may be able to direct me to the source of his drawing.

One thing that I learned in the Market of Darkness (i.e. the small market within the Mutrah Souq) is that not all cashmere is created equal. The shawl of choice is made only with hairs from the goat's throat (which are softer than the hairs from the underbelly), and the goat should be an Omani mountain breed called Gammoudi (which apparently has finer throat wool than the Pashmina goat, but I have not been able to verify this, and sometimes the people here say n'importe quoi). The motif of choice is the traditional Paisley pattern, which is an English term for a design using the boteh, a droplet-shaped vegetable motif. The shawl must be hand-woven, and should not be dyed or bleached.

I have also come across an exclusive boutique selling shahtoosh shawls for 1000-4000 rials (i.e. US $2,600-$10,400). Shahtoosh wool is gathered from the Pantholops antelope, which is also called chiru. This website explains that: 'More than 160 countries signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, making killing, harming, or trading the Chiru illegal throughout the world since 1979. It is now against the law to hunt these animals and no commercial trade in shahtoosh is allowed. The illegal and underground trading of the fabric, however, remains a problem.' And this website says: 'Also called a chiru, it is considered an endangered species, and the importation of any part or product of Pantholops is prohibited by U.S. law.'

If anyone has a canting motto to share, please do so in a comment to this post. A canting motto contains word play. For example, the motto of the Earl of Onslow is Festina lente, punningly interpreting on-slow (literally meaning make haste slowly). I have enabled anonymous comments, so that anyone who does not have a live journal account can leave a comment.

::edit on 30/05/2013:: * He said the National Museum has clay tablets, but all of their exhibits are in storage until they reopen the museum in a new building, in 2016.

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A few new words [2012-04-19 |11:19 am]
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iPadder: a person who uses an iPad
yarden: an urban yard with a vegetable garden
netorati: avid internet users
mouse: to use a computer mouse
lexiphile: a lover of words; one who is fascinated by words and language
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Strine Expression of the Day #13 [2008-08-27 |11:21 am]
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Can I bite ye for a tinnie?

If someone asks to bite you for a tinnie, they want to...

a) shout you dinner
b) use your boat to go fishing
c) mowe your front lawn for ten bucks
d) borrow some beer with no real intention of paying you back
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Strine Expression of the Day #12 [2008-08-25 |05:08 pm]
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gutless wonder

A gutless wonder is...

a) a sponge cake dipped in chocolate and rolled in coconut
b) a popular brand of meat pie
c) someone who is playing hard to get
d) someone with all talk and no action
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Strine Expression of the Day #11 [2008-08-22 |11:35 am]
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to cack yourself

If I cacked myself, I...

a) became terrified
b) laughed very hard
c) ate too much
d) wore myself out doing hard yakka
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Strine Expression of the Day #10 [2008-08-21 |05:56 pm]
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boomer

a boomer is...

a) the trunk of a car
b) a white lie
c) a large male kangaroo
d) an outdoor toilet
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Strine Expression of the Day #9 [2008-08-20 |04:08 pm]
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ant's pants

Someone who thinks he's the ant's pants...

a) is broken down or very tired
b) thinks highly of himself
c) blows his own trumpet
d) is itching to get started
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Strine Expression of the Day #9 - Withdrawn because of Texan origin [2008-08-20 |03:11 pm]
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getting down to brass tacks

Getting down to brass tacks is...

a) defining what the actual issue is
b) undressing
c) eating leftovers
d) opening a can of beer
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Strine Expression of the Day #8 [2008-08-04 |02:35 pm]
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Brissie

Brissie is...

a) Barney's Burger Brasserie
b) a beerburrumdumdeebrumbrissawicheeriogrubbriss corroborree
c) the state capital of Queensland
d) the Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Strine Expression of the Day #7 [2008-08-01 |08:24 am]
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bad trot

Someone who has had a bad trot has had...

a) a Holden
b) a series of misfortunes and bad luck
c) a bout of S.O.L.
d) a great time
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Strine Expression of the Day #6 [2008-07-31 |09:23 am]
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doozey

Something that's a doozey is...

a) the vibe that emanates from a pub with no beer
b) shonky or lukewarm
c) the runt of the litter
d) very pleasant, significant or large
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Strine Expression of the Day #5 [2008-07-30 |04:48 pm]
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be there with bells on

Someone who will be there with bells on will...

a) arrive with enthusiasm
b) arrive with children in tow
c) not arrive at all
d) arrive in fancy dress
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Strine Expression of the Day #4 [2008-07-25 |03:24 pm]
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crook

someone who's crook is...

a) cheeky
b) straight
c) sick
d) smart
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Strine Expression of the Day #3 [2008-07-24 |12:10 pm]
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S.O.L.

Something that gives you a bit of S.O.L. is...

a) making you dribble or drool
b) slowing you down
c) putting you in a bad mood
d) making you smile
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Strine Expression of the Day #2 [2008-07-23 |11:53 am]
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away with the pixies

Someone who is away with the pixies is...

a) on holidays
b) not concentrating
c) running away to join the circus
d) at a boarding school
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Strine Expression of the Day #1 [2008-07-22 |11:03 pm]
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to have a lend of someone

It means...

a) to take advantage of somebody's gullibility
b) to borrow somebody's partner
c) to plagiarise
d) to bore somebody to tears

Note: All Strine EoDs and previously released Strine WoDs are and will remain locked to Friends only. There.
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incense [2008-07-22 |10:12 am]
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transitive verb

to incense is to...

a) expand or increase abnormally or imprudently
b) change or vary the pitch of (as the voice)
c) treat with extreme or excessive care and attention
d) arouse the extreme anger or indignation of
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asperse [2008-07-21 |12:02 pm]
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transitive verb

to asperse is to...

a) sprinkle with holy water, or attack with evil reports or false or injurious charges
b) cause to break up, or cause to become spread widely
c) cause to shine with fluctuating light, or flicker or flirt rapidly
d) separate into parts with suddenness or violence, or render inoperable
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