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Monday, January 25, 2016

Dazed and Confused

Sure as hell glad that, in my Words with Friends games, I’m not asked to define the morphemes I play.

I could score a paltry (but better than all alternatives) 20 points with Fundi. Yeah, yeah proper names are not permitted but HEY, I gotta try anyway. I was thinking of The Bay of Fundy actually. That and those awful christianists—the fundies. Fundi worked—yea! But what does the word really mean.

noun, plural fundi
the base of an organ, or the part opposite to or remote from an aperture.
Oh. That's very different.

Douma—I was thinking of those huge cathedrals in Italy (em, that's duomo). Oh, sure sure, foreign words aren’t cool but I had to give it a shot!

From the Urbam Dictionary:
Douma—A crap, usu. large. See deuce. Oh, god I gotta drop a douma! tells me that Douma is a variant of duma:
1. (in Russia prior to 1917) a council or official assembly.
2. (initial capital letter) an elective legislative assembly, established in 1905 by Nicholas II, constituting the lower house of parliament.
Huh. That's very different.

Adz—I truly, honestly thought this referred to those reliably lame ass pop up commercials that appear on line. Really. Nope, it’s a carpentry too. Hell’s Bells, I was even off the mark with the Urban Dictionary.

 Cloque—a varient spelling for cloak. Right!?
No. Cloque, noun—an embossed or quilted fabric.

I'm batting far less than a thousand here.

Toque—ummm, I had that song playing in my head. You know the one one that goes (sing along with me here!)
One toke over the line sweet Jesus
One toke over the line
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line
Awaitin' for the train that goes home, sweet Mary
Hopin' that the train is on time
Sittin' downtown in a railway station
One toke over the line
Brewer And Shipley? One hit wonders but, man, great tune.

Oh right, back at the word. Emmm, figured toque could be an alt spelling. Nope. It's a brimless hat. You know, spring fashion for the balding hipster set.

K. That's very different.

Ho—I was thinking, ya know, that's slang for whore! I was a bit surprised that Word With Friends accepted it (they won't accept most swears—damn them!) but, em, whatevs. And then I remembered, Santa does the ho, ho, ho thing and there's Land ho! and What ho.

It’s an interjection and shit. Got it.

Gault as a noun versus going galt, a verb. Not really a verb. It's just a silly, empty threat. Once again I was figuring on accepted other spelling action. Nope, gault is a stiff compact clay or thick heavy clayey soil.

 Floc—I’m thinking this is the word for wallpaper with those raised fuzzy Victorian-ish patterns. This is what I found at under floc.
1. Also, flock. a tuftlike mass, as in a chemical precipitate.
verb (used with or without object), flocced, floccing.
2. to amass or collect into flocs. 
Now I’m confused.

 Roquet, not Croquet, is a form of croquet played on a clay or hard-surface court surrounded by a low wall off which the balls may be played. 

Oh, I thought roquet was that dish was served in the high school cafeteria back in the 70s. You know, Chicken Roquets? No, that’s Chicken Croquettes.

I was close. Kind of. Sort of. OK, not really.
Dazed and Confused—Led Zeppelin