(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 us away from the Garden.
The other motif that came up very frequently today was the contrast between Ang- and Sang-. In its purest form:
RT @SJHatzi It’s hard to be sanguine about the anguine.
Indeed it is! Personally, I’m not frightened of them, I just like to be able to see the anguine in the room.
Of course, you might look at this pair from a grammatical point of view and then …
RT @PrernaMunshi “Sanguine”, I was…”Anguine”, I am ! #Sixwords #artwiculate
And here’s a bucolic, not to say riverine, scene from @chemingineer
RT @chemingineer The anguine river meandered and lost itself in the sanguine horizon. #artwiculate
Chemical engineering, rivers and blood coloured sludge = Hungary! Let me quickly distance myself from that bit of tastelessness. [This is a current-at-the-time-news reference to the collapse of the walls of a holding pond for chemical sludge in Hungary. See here https://www.theguardian.com/world/2010/oct/05/hungary-toxic-sludge-spill .]
The little pun-shaped space inside me was well-filled by contributions regarding today’s word.
RT @kado56 Man suffers sudden anguine attack after years of kicking his ‘ eels
RT @smeedha Anguine excitement: hissteria
RT @Gardencomet RIP Lady Anguine – she slithered into the pit
RT @pn8r He reminisced about his first girlfriend. She was anguine – she had a nice asp.
RT @lagadu123 I only realised he was anguine when he two-tined me.
(Geddit? 🙂 )
Snake oil (a substance that has graced our tweets on more than one occasion in the past) also put in more than one appearance.
RT @I2Haiku Drink Anguine Absinthe, itâ€™s not your usual snake oil. #Artwiculate
RT @bookdreamer Ladies! Anguine-oil guaranteed to put a rattle in your manâ€™s roll #artwiculate
And as we move into the Tropic of Serpens. (I’m TRYING to reference Henry Miller!)
RT @ariandalen Ah, Mistress Anguine: she’ll wrap around you and squeeze tightly, until you’re breathless. #artwiculate
RT @MaxRaunchiness The anguine redhead took me to her place for some cold-blooded bondage. Serpentine was the safe word.
RT @californiakara Little Max (Raunchiness) is anguine. #thatisall
RT @profitsee Christine Anguine Aguilera new dance hit: Do The Ouroboros To Me #artwiculate
And to close off that, and since @profitsee’s tweet carried us to the edge of the gnostic:
RT @Eridanus On the Ecliptic, anguine Ophiuchus separates Serpens Caput from Serpens Cauda. “Snakes on an Astral Plane”?
There were several attempts today to “do” something with Snakes on a Plane; that was the one I felt most satisfactory.
Where next? Well more about snakes I suppose.
RT @FrankSiddarta Sanguine was a happy snake
I like that. Could be the first line of a children’s story. Perhaps not this though …
RT @TiddK The early bird gets the anguine – OUCH! – bye bye birdie… #artwiculate
Oh dear. I wonder if it was an Honduran Tangerine – no wait I mean …
RT @Phil_Rothwell The Anguine Tangerine was said to have a real bite to its flavour.. enough to give a person cottonmouth, and leave them rattled #artwiculate
And then there are those people who behave like snakes. Salesmen
RT @mrbob I’m tired of anguine salespeople. I think one might have left some of his shed skin in my office last week. #artwiculate
Politicians of a certain pursuasion.
RT @runheidi She’s in possession of qualities a good Republican needs: an anguine persona and a CV of misanthropic deeds. #artwiculate
Of course some people might choose to become snakes rather than something else.
RT @marcosarroyos If the truth were told, Gregor would have preferred to become anguine rather than an insect.
It’s all a bit of a gamble though, isn’t it?
RT @19ish After rolling anguine-eyes at the craps table for the 3rd time in a row, Sally silently slithered away, skinned again.
Some of our recurring themes have already be referenced in this round-up. Here are a couple more. The epitaph.
RT @Wifsie RIP: My Lord Anguine – He drowned in the Serpentine. #artwiculate
RT @Tralala56 As the train snaked towards Anguine, the passengers began to feel rather queasy.
Perdiccas in the dungeon
RT @dsceiorg Perdiccas, the prisoner is sanguine. â€œOh, I was hoping to make a belt of him.â€ #artwiculate #anguine
And somewhwere in the realm of bad dreams, in another part of the dungeon, …
RT @mortythemouth Someone tried to anguine their way in here,sliding through the hole my mind,slithering in arteries of the sublime. #Artwiculate
RT @CreoleEloquence Anguine dreams slay peace/ This dark dry October morn/ Highway sounds slither dawn into ribbons/ #artwiculate #micropoetry #haiku
I’m going to finish off with a poem. I don’t often do this, but I really admire the way this scanned. Among other things. (It also appealed th the historian in me.)
RT @eilonwya10 Cleopatra, not feeling sanguine, aspired to expire; with assistance scaled & anguine, she achieved her last desire. #artwiculate
And that, my friends, is that. Big welcome greetings to new-hatched Artwiculati @CreoleEloquence & @mrbob
Greetings also to newcomers to the round-up @mortythemouth @PrernaMunshi & @profitsee who’ve all been playing Artwiculate awhile.
I’ll do another round-up for a few days. Look out for the next on Tuesday! Bye-bye *waves*. Back to @TheSupercargo now.
Artwiculate is a game played on Twitter. Visit http://artwiculate.com for more information. The winning tweet and the most popular runners up for today’s word are listed at http://www.artwiculate.com/words/Anguine (And, for addicts, donâ€™t forget Salon ArtWois at http://www.salonartwois.com/ )