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Re: All Things Words

Postby aaRghNAbled on Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:29 pm

I just learned this word this week, and I love it. I wonder if I'll ever get to use it in a sentence.


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boustrophedon
PRONUNCIATION:
(boo-struh-FEED-n, -FEE-don)

MEANING:
noun: A method of writing in which lines are written alternately in opposite direction, from left to right, and right to left.

ETYMOLOGY:
From boustrophedon, literally ox-turning, referring to the movement of an ox while plowing a field, from bous (ox) and strophe (turning). It's the same strophe that shows up in catastrophe (literally, an overturning) and apostrophe (literally, turning away, referring to the omission of a letter).

NOTES:
In such writing, each letter on the alternate lines was written as in a mirror image or rotated 180 degrees. We still do many things boustrophedonically, such as mowing the lawn, vacuuming the floor, etc. In many computer printers, such as dot-matrix and inkjet, the print head usually moves in the boustrophedon mode (though thankfully doesn't print letters mirrored or rotated).

USAGE:
"Tell me, am I wrong to mock vertigo from summit to abyss, to reveal the world as I see it? To scribe my destiny boustrophedon, from left to right then right to left."
Philippe Petit; To Reach the Clouds: My High Wire Walk Between the Twin Towers; North Point Press; 2002.


It seems like palindromes would mix with this, somehow.
.....the best lack all conviction, the worst are filled with passionate intensity....~ Yeats
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Re: All Things Words

Postby pieces o'nine on Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:51 pm

petrichor
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Re: All Things Words

Postby aaRghNAbled on Sun Aug 03, 2008 10:55 pm

pieces o'nine wrote:petrichor

:worship:
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Re: All Things Words

Postby HeathenPastafarian on Mon Aug 04, 2008 12:56 pm

I love geology so I like these 2 words....

aa (a great scrabble word btw)

pahoehoe

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Re: All Things Words

Postby Mad Willyum Bonney on Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:44 pm

Lava/magma ?
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Re: All Things Words

Postby HeathenPastafarian on Tue Aug 05, 2008 12:39 pm

Aye, MWB gets the smoocharoo from the FSM.

Aa is the thick, slow moving chunky kind of lava

Pahoehoe is the thin, fast moving stuff

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-Stop using Jesus as an excuse for being a narrow minded bigot.
-Music was her life, the lyrics were her story.
-Be careful what you say, it may remind me of a song that needs to be sung.
-GOT JESUS? I thought you had him....shit!
-Why do people with closed minds always open their mouths?
-My pit bull is my co-pilot.
-To err is human; to ARRGGHHH is pirate!
-Why do we kill people who kill people to show people that killing people is wrong?
-Well behaved women rarely make history.
-Laughter: When a smile has an orgasm
-I'm not so good at the advice; can I interest you in a sarcastic comment?
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Re: All Things Words

Postby aaRghNAbled on Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:38 pm

I just pillaged another's sig for this - the source is obvious! I love anagrams!
My screen name anagrams to Immortal Irony.
Prenatal shrewd fool doesn't like anagrams.
Neither do: Alien clip, Sane twirp and Rat bill Arab.


My screen name anagrams to A Grab Handle.
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Re: All Things Words

Postby Moral Minority on Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:31 am

aaRghNAbled wrote:I just pillaged another's sig for this - the source is obvious! I love anagrams!
My screen name anagrams to Immortal Irony.
Prenatal shrewd fool doesn't like anagrams.
Neither do: Alien clip, Sane twirp and Rat bill Arab.


My screen name anagrams to A Grab Handle.


Most of the mods do not like anagrams.

I am sure that acquire qua legend does, though.
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Re: All Things Words

Postby pieces o'nine on Thu Aug 07, 2008 4:53 pm

Some of them do, though.

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Re: All Things Words

Postby aaRghNAbled on Thu Aug 07, 2008 5:41 pm

pieces o'nine wrote:Some of them do, though.

-Nice Ponies

'at be a guddun. I jes erd 'petrichor' fer thee seckund toime ebber. Furst 'ere ( :worship: Nice ponies) lass Sunnyday, hand on thee ray-deo jes a minnet ago. :fsm_yarr:
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Re: All Things Words

Postby pieces o'nine on Thu Aug 07, 2008 10:47 pm

Oi finks as thee ponies inner fear wiv thee petrichor a bit, tho...
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Re: All Things Words

Postby Moral Minority on Fri Aug 08, 2008 4:34 am

pieces o'nine wrote:Some of them do, though.

-Nice Ponies


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Re: All Things Words

Postby black bart on Tue Aug 12, 2008 6:30 am

gardyloo!
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Re: All Things Words

Postby aaRghNAbled on Wed Aug 13, 2008 9:52 am

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Re: All Things Words

Postby pieces o'nine on Wed Aug 13, 2008 2:27 pm

Very nice!
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