March 21st, 2007
Happy Vernal Equinox!
Equinox has always been a favorite word of mine because it has both a q and an x. How often does that happen? <- rhetorical question that I expect grouchychris to leap up and answer anyway
Maybe you should cross-post this to werdle.
Now I'm trying to think of words with Q and X in them.
qix (OK, so that's a made-up word, but it was a popular game in the 80's.)
BTW, I lost your address. Could you post it (maybe in a private post) or email it to me?
Exchequer, exquisite and quixotic.
|Date:||March 21st, 2007 07:14 pm (UTC)|| |
Quincunx! Inquisitrix! Arquifoux! Xarque!
I wonder what I'm summoning.
|Date:||March 21st, 2007 07:16 pm (UTC)|| |
Possibly some irritated god of the Squaxon
|Date:||March 22nd, 2007 05:21 pm (UTC)|| |
Heh! Keeping your suspenders in good repair, I see.
"Squaxon" sounds to me like a portmanteau word made out of "klaxon" and "squawk".
Zounds! I can't find an online dictionary that knows what xarque is. OK, www.m-w.com offered to send me to their unabridged version for a free trial, but I think free trials are approxamiately as safe as trusting the devil. (You know, if he exists. If he doesn't, substitute 'mother-in-law' for the devil. Either one of ours. Makes no difference. :> )
So, can you provide defs for xarque and inquisitrix? The other two www.dictionary.com helped me out with. Or, even better, find me an online dictionary that's free and truly comprehensive?
|Date:||March 21st, 2007 08:10 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm totally cherry-picking /usr/share/dict/words here. Heh. Though I did
read Mrs Byrne's Dictionary
a remarkable number of times as a child.
Inquisitrix is the feminine form of inquisitor.
Xarque is reported to be
"dried beef, which looks like leather. It is packed in slabs or layers, weighing fifty pounds each. Each slab is several inches thick, and as dry and hard as wood. Before cooking, the xarque was soaked over night in water, and then boiled." Brazil seems to make a lot of xarque.
So, it sounds like extra-dry beef jerky.
If you like being weird/stared at, the next time your beef jerky is too dry you can yell "This stuff tastes like xarque!" And most people will think a) you just swore b)you made up a word or c) both.
Is it pronounced zark? (If you know?)
|Date:||March 21st, 2007 07:18 pm (UTC)|| |
Omitting plurals, past tenses and other derivatives (such as words beginning with quasi-, which I don't think should count): 47 times in /usr/share/dict/words, which isn't very often at all. Fewer, if you toss out some questionable words that don't appear in OED. Some of my new favorites: squamosomaxillary, quincunx, sequestratrix
|Date:||March 21st, 2007 07:41 pm (UTC)|| |
What, no love for benzoquinoxaline? It's got a z in.
A relatively common one is quadruplex.
Geez, did you memorize the dictionary as a kid? That's not an epithet, that's admiration. I thought my vocabulary was large. OK, I still do, but it's obviously not compared to yours. :)
Is that an english word or something you only find in a certain locale? Example: "xyzzy" is a word found in Zork and other online games. You won't run into it outside that area.
Oh, someone listed that already.
Nothing to contribute, I just wanted to put sushi cat in your comments.
Does anyone remember Mytzlplq? Wasn't he a comic book character?
(Sorry, Joy - I wanted to see your post get 4000 comments in 5 seconds. Whee!)
Myxyzptlk, you mean. Sorry, no Q. Pronounced mix-yez-PITTLE-ick. (Also spelled Myxyztplk, if you're talking about the Golden Age/Earth 2 version of the character.)
.... No, I didn't have to look any of that up .... *sighs*
|Date:||March 22nd, 2007 09:47 am (UTC)|| |
It's always the utterly off-hand, un-thought-out things that get the responses! To be honest, I wondered and wrote the comment without actually pursuing the thought at all (which is something that drives me nuts in other people, argh) so the flood of response makes me doubly chagrined. I'm sorely abashed that I didn't think of quixoticfish
right off, certainly. Probably because I pronounce "quixoticfish" in my head as "lisa". :)
Bonus trivia: LJ's spell check wants to replace 'quixoticfish' with 'Shostakovitch'.