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I think I first read this in a Wodehouse book. "Let's tootle," says somebody, or Bertie says he was "tootling along"-- moving, lightly, in a good mood, not doing anything important. Bodie gives the illusion of tootling along, but I don't think he tootles much.

I think I read this one in The Robe or I, Claudius-- one of those novels in which Tiberius is an old creep. Old. Senescent.

I love this word. A persnickity person is anal, picky, but comic with it.

I can't remember where I read it first, but it's also in I, Claudius a bit. Something that has reached the best of its kind, or someone who becomes a god.

Not very Pros-y, this set. Sigh.

Sometimes I post just to keep track of stuff

Words from a "words USers don't understand" article for use in fic;

"Anorak" as a person
"Banjaxed" f'd up (clearly in a story with Jax featured)
"On it like a car bonnet" (got it covered)
"Buck eedjit" friendly "idiot"--Northern Irish
"Chopsy" Welsh for cheeky or talking too much
"Duff" or fake
"Gaff" where you live
"Goonie" Scots for nightgown. The article says nobody knows where it comes from. Seems obvious to me.
"Tamping" Stomping mad. Welsh. More words for outbursts of temper are always good for Doyle.

Yet more words with bonus words


"A gibbous moon" is a phrase I've read quite a bit. I can even identify a moon when it's gibbous. I didn't know what the definition is. It's something showing more than half a disk but less than full.

A sobriquet is a nickname. If someone were mad enough to call Bodie "Bobo," that could be called a sobriquet.

Inspissate means to make thicker, as pne might do when cooking. I've never seen that word used.

Portentous is something important, or something treated as important. If someone is conceited and arrogant, s/he may explain something portentously. Willis, I'd say.
snoopy, dance, happy

More Words!

Junket, Parsimonious, Mellifluous

I thought a junket was a milk pudding. But it's a journey somebody else pays for.

Parsimonious is tightfisted-- someone who is reluctant to spend money. I'm not convinced that Doyle is parsimonious, but I can believe Cowley is. Nothing to do with being Scottish.

Mellifluous, I knew through pre/suffix learning. Melli is to do with honey, and fluou is to do with flowing. So flowing smoothly like honey is mellifluous.

Geeze, I get Obsessed

I was looking for a particular DIAG story, clucked the tag in AO3, and got 16 hits. But the first 5 are stories I wrote. 5!

The other 11 are written by 6 other people. Three wrote two each.

Five, huh. I don't know how I feel about that.

In cat news, he's settled down in a spot under the bed. Sometimes he sits on top, which he did this morning, and if I'm not visible when he comes out and wants attention, he meows until I come to give it. Then he goes back under. No dawn chorus this morning, unless I just slept through it. He has eaten almost all of the cat food I left for him. The bathtub faucet drips, so he's had water, too. Used the box, I think. If I can interest him in a toy, I think I can say that he has decided he lives here.

Esurient, Lambent, and Otiose

So these are the next 3 Word Genius words. I knew lambent. I think I've even used it in a story. It means lit up, giving light, like a lantern. Often used of someone's eyes when they glare. Rar! Ray!

Esurient is having an appetite that's out of control. Bodie with sweets. Or maybe in general.

Bodie looked at the pastry tray with esurience while Doyle glared, his eyes lambent.

Otiose-- the image in my mind is obese, and an older meaning is indolent, but really it means serving no purpose, useless.

So nobody in Pros.

New Cat!

Isn't he handsome! If he ever comes out of the bedroom where he is hiding today, I think we'll be great. He has come out to be petted twice, then gone back under the bed.

Poor little guy. Originaly, he lived in a pet hoarding situation. Then he was adopted from the shelter and then brought back because the adopter moved. You can see from how dilated his eyes are that he's still freaking out a bit.

I could have sworn I still had cat litt--oh! I used it when we were out of salt in the office!

And when I went to get some yesterday, it was pouring rain. But the temperature fell from 90F to 73F, so that was good luck, really.

I bought a new charge cord this afternoon, the fourth in the last month. Boy, they fray easily. But now I have no excuse: need to work on my Big Bang story!

Word Genius, You Do Not Stop

First, about today's hot-weather errand, to the Humane Society. My last cat died during Tax Season 2018. I live in a near-hoarding level of mess, and I told myself that I need a cleaner space to share with a new cat. Lately I have toyed with getting a tuxedo, black-and-white cat to be Bodie, and a male tortiseshell or brown tabby to be Doyle. Then I saw a white-and-black little beauty on the shelter website. He won't be available long! So I'll meet him today and see how we get along.

My sister will help me take him home tomorrow. I hope the heat is OK for him and that I can get that cleaning done. Maybe I can nap this afternoon and clean later at night.

Words, I knew them.


In music, this is a quick, lively pace--similarly, it's an adjective for someone/something that moves quickly and lightly.

So Ray, then.


I don't know my Latin number prefixes well enough. I suspect there's a specific mumber, but Word Genius tells me it means "too many." A word that's too long; speech too verbose.

Me, sometimes. T, all the time. I can't say how many times I wanted to respond to one of his sesquipedalian rants with something like, "I used to read literary theory. I know plenty of long words, and they don't impress me. Communicate or SHUT UP."

Well-meaning but naive, to the point of self-delusion or gullibility. Nobody in Professionals.

I don't know what to call Small, a little dark, and beautiful here. His name right now is Xiao Mi, which I think is Chinese. If so, Google says it means "my little one." Thing is, he's three years old and not small. I don't want to call him little.

Did Murphy have blue eyes?

*sigh* I have until 10 am tomorrow to decide.
bob's bath

3 more words from Word Genius

Hokum, Apogee, Indefagtigable

Hokum is rubbish, crap, BS. I think of P T Barnum. I try not to think of our honorable President. I think of the next word to keep my gorge down.

Apogee is the peak, or in astronomy, the farthest point from the earth. I knoiw whom I would send there.

Indefagitable means impossible to defeat. I will survive this horrid heat and the computer trouble will not beat me either. Tomorrow I will get my hiring paperwork signed and do the next module in that nasty online class. I am indefagitable!

Even if you don't believe in the word, speller!