So the moment has finally arrived where I get to celebrate, by choosing the competition nominees…
I'd like to celebrate small things, medium things, large things… the size doesn't really matter. It's all about the celebration. This awesome bloghop is hosted by VikLit over at Scribblings Of An Aspiring Author. Check it out!
But before I do so, let me explain my A to Z challenge concept…
Yóu xì bî mò fãn yì fei huà……..
— is an old Chinese philosophy which refers to somebody who has the innate ability to decipher unusual words.
SO WHAT DOES IT MEAN?
Yóu xì = play; game
bî mò = words; writing
fãn yì = translate
fei huà = nonsense; rubbish; superfluous words
So a rough explanation would be something like this: A game where words are given nonsense/silly meanings.
What are the real meanings of the words used during the challenge?
AMAZIA = absence of breasts dating back to ones birth
BAGASSE = dry residue, especially of sugar cane and beet after extraction of juice
CASTRAMETATION = art of laying out a camp
DASHPOT = shock resisting device using air or liquid
EXPERGEFACTION = an awakening
FROTTAGE = rubbing
GEWGAWS = cheap showy jewellery or ornament on clothing
HEBESPHALMOLOGY = study of juvenile delinquency
INTERTRIGO = inflammation of skin
JUSSOLI = the right to a nationality or citizenship given because one is born in the territory of the state in question
KAKIDROSIS = body odour
LALOCHEZIA = the use of vulgar or foul language to relieve stress or pain
MOURNIVAL = set of four, especially set of four court cards in one hand
NIDIFICATION = construction of a nest
OXYACANTHOUS = having sharp thorns
PAIZOGONY = necking; love-play
QUISBY = an idler
RHINOTILLEXOMANIA = compulsive nose-picking
SLUMGULLION = cheap or insubstantial stew
TRACASSERIE = turmoil
UCALEGON = neighbour whose house is on fire
VESICOUTERINE = of or pertaining to the bladder and uterus
WAQIF = the person making a waqf, that is, the donor of funds or assets in the form of waqf
XENOTIME = a yellowish/brown mineral that occurs in some igneous rocks and consists of a phosphate of yttrium and other rare-earth elements
YUGA = any of the four ages of the life of the world (Hindu philosophy)
ZEUGMA = a figure of speech in which a word applies to two others in different senses
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I'd like to say a special thank you to the bloggers who left a comment ON EVERY POST! That's 26 comments! You guys rock! they are CAROL KILGORE from Under The Tiki Hut; NANCY LARONDA JOHNSON from Writer's Mark; MEDEIA SHARIF and the ninja captain himself, ALEX J CAVANAUGH!
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I had such a difficult time choosing just a handful of definitions. There were too many good ones, and it's inevitable that many will be excluded. So please bear with me. I started off with about 70 definitions… can you believe it? Then I sifted through that batch and now have 28 definitions. And I refuse to cut them down any more. I'm leaving it up to the readers. So here are the definitions, in A to Z order, accompanied by the bloggers name…
It is a word with origins in Latin meaning the dearth of maize flour exactly when you need it to thicken a sauce. – Misha Gericke
Well, ama means a Japanese diver, usually a woman, who tends underwater oyster beds used in the cultivation of pearls and zia means fear so…
it's the fear of woman Japanese pearl divers who can hold their breaths longer than fish. – Clarissa Draper
Dashpot – the pee trough at the ball park so guys can dash in, pee, dash out, and barely miss a pitch! – Mary Aalgaard
Dashpot – that's where you toss all those overused, unnecessary, and incorrect hyphens and dashes of all sizes that the editor strikes from your manuscript. – Carol Kilgore
I keep meaning to tell you how delovely your new site looks! Sorry I didn't get here sooner, but I ran into this dishelved derelict drug dealer..He doused me in Drambuie, as we danced away the night. When my devasted husband found us, the dashpot drove his dirt bike out of town. – Julie Kemp Pick
You're almost right. It's how vomit left at room temperature for a long time turns rancid, putrifies, and eventually becomes rock hard. Where do you think all those "fake" vomit gag-gifts come from? They're real! – Lexa Cain
EXPERGEFACTION – To get even with the exacerbating expert, the employee rammed a large object up his superior's exterior. Surprisingly, he received a raise. – Julie Kemp Pick
It is a synonym for a gentleman's "family jewels" used in certain quarters of East London. – Nick Wilford
Actually, this is the sound a rare and almost extinct subterranean moth (cave dweller and distant relation to the common fruit bat) makes when under sever stress. Writers recognize this sound because it's quite similar to the ones they make when they receive a rejection or a bad review. I'm shocked others haven't defined gewgaws accurately. – C.Lee Mackenzie
The science that study the hebesphalus modendus. What's that? I don't know. I don't study that science. – Al Diaz
Well this one is a little bit of a challenge, but because I'm so astute at figuring out the real definitions of all your words, here's the real meaning. Hebe was the goddess of youth. She was always the one who showed up at parties with a nice jug of ambrosia, too. Hence, she was one popular party guest. The meaning of hebesphalmology is the simply the study of Hebe's party tricks.Do I get a prize or something? – C.Lee Mackenzie
You are NOT going to believe me, Michelle, but the first thing that came to mind when I saw your word is a DANCE… honestly. Yup… It is THE NEW DANCE CRAZE… Bah, bah, bah, bah … bah, bah, bah, bah, … shake your hips, and do the Lalochezia… Ooo … Oooo. OOOO and twist… twist… twist …. a kick, a turn, a kick, a, turn …. now a HAIR FLIP!!!! Kick, and turn … kick and turn … SHAKE THAT BOOTIE!!!! LOL. – Michael Di Gesu
Nidification: When the Knights of Ni kneel before their king and receive their new "ni" badges for their Ninja skills. – Tyrean Martinson
Oooh, jargon! NID is the acronym for National Inventory Department. Nidification is the annual process of inventorying everything in your home, including the number of dust bunnies and cobweb strands, and reporting your survey results. The director of NID reports directly to the chairman of the Directorate of Intelligencia Nonsensical. – Carol Kilgore
Oxyacanthous: A informal saying used by men when they mumble to themselves.
Used in a sentence: After Bertha barked at her husband, the only thing she hear him mutter was "Oxyacanthous" – Mina Burrows
Paizogony is sort of hard to explain and it could be nearly impossible to find a dictionary with its original definition. Think of a hounddog polygamist, then think of its opposite. Thus paizogony is when someone refuses to marry, but instead is a diehard singleton who thrives on proving this by flaunting that he/she is single and then blatantly, almost dramatically rejecting anyone who asks them out. – Nancy LaRonda Johnson
Paizogony: An ailment when the same person get stuck with the bill.
Used in a sentence: The paizogony John felt was indecribile when he realized once again his friends desserted him the bar tab. – Mina Burrows
It's the word the United Lispers Coalition is trying to get put into general usage. Its meaning? "Crispy." – Lexa Cain
Horn up the arse payback syndrome? – Pat Hatt
Sounds like an advertisment for a flooring store. "Come down this weekend for Rhino Tillex-O-Mania!" – L.Diane Wolfe
Actually my sister dated a slumgullion. He was very cute and charming. Initially.
After awhile you truly got a sense of the meaning of the word. He began complaining about the smallest things at a restaurant, insisted that my sister paid for her own meal, and began telling how it is the wife's job to take care of the husband. Only he meant financially as well as emotionally.
Well, you get the idea. A slumgullion is someone who tricks you into thinking they are a wonderful person until you get into a situation where you can't easily just walk away and slam the door on their face. You have to wait at least until the bill is paid. – Nancy LaRonda Johnson
Oh, Michelle, this is a good word. The Slumgullion is the gopher for a slum lord… he has to do the dirty work and pic up the renter's checks in rundown delapedated buildings. IF he doesn't get the rent, he puts the thumbscrews to them. – Michael Di Gesu
Slumgullion sounds like some street urchin from Victorian times. – Medeia Sharif
When people of varying abilities and musical instruments come together for a special event to play a song. It was a tracasserie of sound. – Mary Aalgaard
It's a new appliance for the modern home. It cleans, cooks, does the laundry and reads aloud to you as you fall asleep at night. If I'm wrong and it hasn't been invented it should be. – C.Lee Mackenzie
My first thought was some kind of Lego convention. – Nick Wilford
Vesicourterine is a gel used on the bottom of your feet. It's initial use was to prevent the ghastly hardening of the heels and other areas of the feet. It was very soon learned that when a dab of vaseline is used with it, you can glide unharmed on any surface, and it has become an underground "rave" type competition scene, of different forms of games. You could join in what is very similar to roller derby, ice hockey (boy you go REALLY fast on ice), soccer, motorcross trails. It's unlimited the amount of fun you could get into if you can find one of these very kept secret locations.
These competitions are actually illegal, because although your feet remain unharmed, you can imagine how many people put the rest of their bodies into harm's way. Several deaths have been attributed to those competitions, since bodies were found with some residue of vesicourterine on the feet. – Nancy LaRonda Johnson
I think it stands for Writers Attempting Queries in Force. – Alex J. Cavanaugh
SO THAT'S IT!
CHOOSE YOUR 3 FAVOURITE DEFINITIONS. POST THE WORD AND BLOGGERS NAME IN THE COMMENT BOX. THE VOTING WILL REMAIN OPEN FOR ONE WEEK FROM TODAY.
(If you want to read more about the competition, go HERE)