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#Socs #Wordnotfound

You would think , after years of primary, secondary and even tertiary education

There wouldn’t be a time when i’d need to check my spelling

Then again – the English language is full of wonderous words – and although the grand academics might not like this , some of them have been happily poached from our friends and neighbours across the English Channel.

Some have been invented and Some words and terms have been put in there simply because they’re used in common parlance

Howzat then ? because someone’s asked for a thingummy-bob to fix a watchamicallit as part of a job.

Normally Translated – A Spanner or wrench to fix a nut or a bolt, or an allen key to screw together two bits of wood with those magic screws – you know the ones – Hexagonal holes in the head of the screw

and as words keep on being added – the pages of the dictionary get bigger… And don’t think the computer can keep up – for poor old Hex has to have his Lexicon updated (sometimes daily) to keep up.

The true test ? getting listed in the OSW – Official Scrabble Words list – and there’s plenty in those pages!

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Nature Poetry Weather writing

Another Oulipo

Re-write of Louis Macneice’s poem “Snow” with the N+7 rule

Here’s the Original poem


And here’s my response after replacing all the nouns with seven nouns ahead, following the Oulipo rules

Once again i did the rewrite using Longmans Pocket Dictionary as my source for words in the new poem

I call it “Decadent Shipwreck

The rosary was suddenly rich and the great beach-head was

Spawning Snuff and Pink Rosewood against it

Soundlessly Collateral and incompatible

Wrack is suddener than we fancy it

Wrack is crazier and more of it than we think

Incorrigably Plywood, I peel and portion

a tannoy, Spit the pippins, and feel

the drunkenness of thistles being various

And the firebug flames with a bubbling soundtrack for wrack

Is more spiteful and gay than one supposes

On the tool, On the eyeglass, On the Earlybird in the pans of ones Handhold

There is more than glassworks tween the snuff and the rosewoods

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Acrostic Learning

Reference

#fowc #reference

Really, there’s always one place in

Every library that you can get all the answers

From atlases to chronicles to news articles

Every bit of info is there – which is why the

Revered keepers of these books keep them from leaving the library

Even keeping them in their own section

Now, the good news is – you can access them

Choice reading handy for homework – just don’t

Expect to walk home with them – they’re staying in the library