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BORBORYGMI – Logophile entry #15

Posted: April 30, 2015 in food heaven, Words
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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

 

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HUBRIS – Logophile entry #14

Posted: May 14, 2014 in sport, Words
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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
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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.

FEAST


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.

Unctuous


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.

Plagiarise   

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.

Articulate