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BORBORYGMI – Logophile entry #15

Posted: April 30, 2015 in food heaven, Words

This word is even better now I know how it’s spelt and if uttered in a low enough tone it actually sounds like the noise its supposed to be describing. Even better borborygmi is actually the plural of borborygmus! Quality

BORBORYGMI (pl) – noun – Definition – A rumbling noise produced by the movement of gas through the intestines or a rumbling in the bowels i.e. stomach rumble/ing


HUBRIS – Logophile entry #14

Posted: May 14, 2014 in sport, Words

My introduction to this word came a long long time ago in a distant galaxy far away. Actually when I was studying Classical Civilisation for A level and it popped up more times than the stereotypical camp carry-on sidekick that appeared in EVERY greek comedy play that I had to endure…….I’m fairly confident that its now not a particularly well used word or infact well known and in due course it disappeared from my vocabulary.

Then this year Crystal Palace were promoted to the Premier League.  What’s that got to do with this word? My re-introduction after a few years hiatus (last time before the advent of social media) to the so called fans of the so called big clubs, that’s what. Demonstrating more hubris than a Greek Tragedy your average premier league “big 5” fan shows such disrespect to the fans of the other 15 clubs that in their opinion they just have to turn up to take the points as no one is interested in the opposition and besides, how dare they actually try to win. When things don’t go according to plan they throw their teddies out of the pram and begin blaming everyone from the media, to the ref, to foreign involvement but never their own tarnished team. I saw this first hand this season as Palace managed to totally ruin 2 of the 3 top teams title ambitions.

So there you have it – HUBRIS – noun – Excessive pride or arrogance. In Greek tragedy an excess of ambition, pride, etc, ultimately causing the transgressor’s ruin. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality and an overestimation of one’s own competence, accomplishments or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power. In ancient Greek, hubris referred to actions that shamed and humiliated the victim for the pleasure or gratification of the abuser – See supporters of Chelsea, Liverpool, Arsenal & Manchester United and a minority of Manchester City fans. 


FEAST – Logophile entry #13

Posted: May 4, 2014 in food heaven, Words

Self explanatory word. I love it as like the word unctuous, it conjures up losts of nice images of food for my mind to wallow in. Watching Oliver Stone’s “The Doors” and hearing Jim Morrison use the word so well was probably when I thought properly about it.  I only use it when the experience truly deserves it which makes it sound all the more special.


So onto VETOED for entry #12. I also like its stem Veto. For me this is one of those grown up words that I first heard (or technically saw) as a young lad watching Doctor Who and had to ask my parents what it meant.  Re-watching the Who tv (not movie version) story “Dalek Invasion of Earth” many moons later it came flooding back to me seeing the VETOED posters splashed all over a post apocalyptic ruined London courtesy of the awesome Daleks.  I think it was meant to act as a clue for human survivors to head down to the south west of England for safety (pre-floods of course!) Best of the lot was (and this is from memory until I watch the dvd again) the one stuck under the statue of Field Marshal Haig on Whitehall near where I used to spend pointless hours of the working week trying to make a difference but that’s another story.

dalek graffiti 3 So there it is – VETOED – Forbidden, declined, rejected etc

Now I use this adjective when I’m describing something that I really really enjoy as oppose the formal definition of excessive sycophantic or fawning flattery. But then that’s because I always refer to it about food and drink not people although Hayley Atwell‘s curves could possibly qualify………

That fine chef/cook Nigel Slater used it in one of our cookbooks to describe a gratin dauphinoise as “a creamy unctuous potato dish” and that is just about the perfect way to describe it, infact my mouth is watering just as I type.  Cauliflower cheese sauce and even the missus’ egg mayo also deserve this term so it really doesn’t need to be restricted to posh nosh. As an oenophile I also enjoy the way some winemakers use it when describing their unctuous tannins (the compound released from grape skins, seeds and stems during pressing).

For me its indulging in a guilty pleasure. Something that almost certainly isn’t that good for you health wise but given the chance you’re going to utterly devour it and lick your plate for good measure afterwards.


What a verb this is, I love it although when I tend to use it, its normally in a slightly agitated state when a conversation includes any topic associated with the malodorous “works” of the author responsible for giving us the Harry Potter novels.  Stripping out the Greek mythologyNorse mythology, Beowulf, Brothers Grimm and even elements of JRR Tolkein (Dumbeldors – ffs Murray!) from her efforts and that’s just for starters, and you have a drab and frankly dull pointless series of tales. Critical opprobrium maybe but she doesn’t fool me.


ARTICULATE – Logophile entry #9

Posted: November 4, 2013 in musings, Words

Another of my all time favourite words and one I use all the time owing to my continual difficulty in actually communicating fluently.


MORIBUND – Logophile entry #8

Posted: October 31, 2013 in musings, Words

Another adjective used to describe a somewhat unpleasant occurrence. This time originally used as a term of describing something or someone at the point of death. Although rarely used nowadays when it is, its used more widely.  I remember a colleague of mine in a previous life using it to describe the condition of an entire establishment on Beavers Lane in Hounslow.  I’d have gone as far to describe the entire town this way to be honest.

So I give you Moribund – Twinned with Brighton and Hove Albion FC.

Ok I know its not exactly a pleasant topic and a word that comes from the French of all places but ever since I was young I heard my Dad use it to describe any form of rubbish whether it was in the garden or just as frequently the remnants of a dish of langoustine shells on his plate.  I never actually asked him what it meant but deduced it was a term for unedible food scrap left overs or similar not realising that the term is somewhat stronger than that and that it is more commonly associated describing faecal matter.  Anyway I find that since his passing I use it fairly regularly probably unconsciously as a way to keep my Dads memory alive and when I used it last night asking the waitress for a bowl for my ordure thankfully she either didn’t know the true meaning of the word or was too polite to point the potential to cause offence.  That said, I will probably use it even more now I have bothered to look up its true meaning, especially when used to describe Brighton & Hove Albion FC, the teletubby paradigm Daleks, a Fieseler Storch or Walkers/lays/pepsico crisps et al.


FERAL – Logophile entry #6

Posted: August 4, 2013 in musings, Words

I love this word, it really makes me chuckle, probably as my first introduction to it was Mum describing my disconcerting look in one of those horrible naff school photo’s (Why do parents do it?) Anyway having stored it in my memory a few years later I was reminded of it again when I was presented with another portrait but this time of the wife which with that piercing look reminds me more of Damiens sister!  Gods holy trousers, even worse was to follow with one of the mother-in-law during her childhood in an untamed state.  Note both are still proudly displayed in the house despite my less than complimentary comments.  It would seem that in your formative years its a common trait. Well I hope it is otherwise a lot of people around me including myself are all displaying some form of lycanthropic wildness.