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Amalgam

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Amalgam: DEFINITION ———————————————— Greetings, Artwiculati. With 2 hours left, here comes another amalgam of RTs rounded-up by @TheSupercargo’s doppelganger. Todays WOTD attracted a goodly collection of poems – some of them (in my humble opinion) very good indeed. It was in particular the likeness in colour to silver and the associations with mercury that seemed to inspire you. @Elixir_V saw starlight and snow RT @Elixir_V Frozen starlight/ Falling on snow/ A silver amalgam #haiku @honeygloom saw the morning pierced RT @honeygloom Morning amalgam / lead stretched across quick silver / pierced with gold lancets #haiku #artwiculate @beezknez saw the moon embraced RT @beezknez The moon ~ in amalgam slip of silver ~ shines shy ~ embraced … More…

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Rhetoric

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Rhetoric: the art of using language, especially public speaking, as a means to persuade; Meaningless language with an exaggerated style intended to impress ———————————————— Good evening, good people. (It’s evening again from my horizon.) And welcome to another RT round-up from @TheSupercargo’s alter ego. Today we have well-nigh drowned in a sea of tweets masquerading as political rhetoric. Still, I am pleased to be able to share a few pearls gleaned from the stream. Not surprisingly, a good many tweets today commented on the OTHERs … RT @chemingineer #artwiculate will be full of rhetoric and very little substance today. Oh yes, @chemingineer, it certainly was! A closer study of some of the non-Artwiculate (in some cases … More…

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Diphthong

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Diphtong: A complex vowel sound that begins with the sound of one vowel and ends with the sound of another vowel, in the same syllable; Joined vowels, pronounced as one, such as a and e in æ, or o and e in œ. ———————————————— What follows is not the actual diphthong RT round-up, but a version edited into a script for the Salon Artwois. Hear a recording on the Salon at http://www.salonartwois.com/2010/10/podcast-11-diphthong-by-supercargo.html. This is an exclusive podcast from John Nixon, TheSupercargo, for players of the Twitter-based Word of the Day game Artwiculate, and for habitués of the Salon Artwois refuge for tweetworn Artwiculati. [Gulls] On Monday 18th October the Word of the Day on Artwiculate was … More…

The swing and the birch tree

What I did at the weekend

The book was stuck in the mud, I was still feeling sorry for myself after a bout with the flu and suspicious the germs were coming back for another round, and my good lady wife was determined to give the flat a major dusting. “Why don’t you go out to the cottage?” Why not? The cottage is actually owned by my sister-in-law, but it’s been my wife’s family’s seaside retreat for decades. Mostly used in the summer, though I’ve had writing retreats there before when the snow has been piled high. Now it was cold and raw and rainy. I packed my (non-Internet connected) laptop, a change of clothes, my sleeping-bag, some food and set off. So that’s where I’ve … More…

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Nugatory

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Nugatory : Trivial, trifling or of little importance; Ineffective, invalid or futile. ———————————————— Greetings Artwiculati! Here comes another nugatory RT round-up from the being lurking in @TheSupercargo’s back-brain. RT @ten_ten_ten ‘That’s a nugatory 10-4 good buddy, we got ourselves an artwiculate convoy!’ Thank you @ten_ten_ten! And what an apporpriate word it was for us to play with today. Don’t you agree? RT @SJHatzi I’m with Michelangelo on the nugatory: “Trifles make perfection, and perfection is no trifle.” Well, I suppose there IS another side to the coin, Silia. But I was thinking more of this … RT @BurningHawk1969 What light dares to span / the gulf of nugatory life / Wasted on word games? #Haiku #LQW … More…

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Dexterous

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Dexterous : Skillful with one’s hands; Skillful in some specific thing; Right-handed (from original Latin – old fashioned); Opposite of sinister/left-handed. ———————————————— Greetings Artwiculati! Welcome to yet another selection of fine tweets, dexterously selected by @TheSupercargo and his sinister alter ego. Artwiculate’s definition of todays WOTD, though it stressed the importance of skill, left out of the equations two important aspect but the Artwiculati were swift to correct the error. Indeed, of my favourite 21, by far the majority reference hands and left/rightness. RT @19ish After the hand transplant, Dexterous discovered that two lefts DO NOT make a right! #artwiculate Now I have a picture in my head of a botched hand transplant. That’s going to … More…

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Phenakism

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Phenakism: Deception; trickery. ———————————————— Greetings, Artwiculati! @TheSupercargo and his doppleganger are ready with another RT round-up – and this is no phenakism! This was clearly a word that struck a chord with many of us – with 13 pages of tweets and 3 hours left to go. Mind you, it’s such an obscure word some of us were less than charmed. But while some (@TheSupercargo, for one) just moaned others used it appropriately. Viz: RT @JonPowles Phenakism? You’re pulling my leg. Humour and humorous illustrations were in my opinion more successful with this word. There was a raft to enjoy. RT @TiddK At Phenakism Inc., the deceptionist always smiles sweetly at you and says “Mr Brown … More…

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Anguine

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Anguine : Pertaining to, or or similar to snakes or serpents; snakelike ———————————————— Greetings, Artwiculati! And welcome to an RT round-up brought to you by the left fork of @TheSupercargo’s cleft tongue. You think that was convoluted? Have you not read today’s twisted tweets, serpentine stories, worm-eaten tales or writhing words? Given what I take to be a predominance of Artwiculati from the Judaeo-Christian tradition, we had a number of Biblical references today. I’ve boiled them down to two. Viz: RT @helacious Eve took heed of her anguine advisor/And skulked out of Eden sadder but wiser. RT @harrarp Holy Moses! My rod has turned anguine again! Loved them both, but perhaps especially @harrarp’s because it got … More…

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Ignominious

(Tweeting as @TSupercargo) ———————————————— Ignominious: adj marked by disgrace or shame ———————————————— Good evening! It’s time for an RT round-up, but will your host manage to complete it in time or will he fail ignominiously? Stay tuned for … RT @asim7asim Ignominious : Shame Of The Day #artwiculate I like this word. It has a nice, mouthfilling quality to it that satisfies, quite apart from its actual sense. (A sense Artwiculate got right for once. Hurrah! – Nah, Artwiculate, I’m not trying to be mean, but I wish you’d get a new dictionary.) Anyway, I’m not the first today to note these qualities – but I’ll be the only one in the round-up as I prefer other tweets by those … More…