Saturday, July 22, 2006

Ten things you didn't know you didn't want to know

I am an unwilling collector of useless words (hence the need to defrag my brain). Being a crossword addict only adds to my malady. Here is a gallimaufry, a galimatias, a salmagundi of the words I have come across lately in nasty crosswords. Don't go there, take up an outdoor hobby, molest dwarves, collect Rupert Annuals, anything but crosswords!
A taghairm is the act of seeking inspiration by lying behind a waterfall wrapped in a bullock hide .
An angekkok is an Eskimo conjuror.
A huer is a pilchard fishermen's lookout man.
Mallemaroking is the carousing of Greenland seamen in icebound ships.
Myristicivorous means feeding on nutmegs
Steatopygous means having fat buttocks.
An affenpinscher is a small dog which has tufts of hair on its face.
Sackdoudling is playing the bagpipes
A mosbolletjie is a sweet bun made of dough leavened with grape must.
Tmesis is the separation or splitting up of a word into parts by one or more intervening words (eg, fanbloodytastic) - but you knew this one, didn't you?


Dogex99 said...

Excellent blog and thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts here. I also love dogs and I decided to put together a website dedicated to dog training. However, I am actually trying to offer both some general tips for training your dog and some breed-specific training techniques. I believe each dog breed is slightly different and thus requires an adaptation of the standard dog training methods, to suit the breed’s behavioral patterns and genetic predispositions. This is why I believe there is quite a bit of difference between affenpinscher training and bandog training. Or between dalmatian dog training and Afghan hound training. Each breed has its own distinct personality, and an independent breed like the dal will require stricter training than the disciplined bandog.

There are hundreds of dog breeds I wish to cover and I am only half way through, but I hope to turn my site in the best dog training resource on the Internet.

An excellent day to everyone reading this!

Michael R.
Webmaster –

Old Scrote said...

You'll get no arguments from me, dogex99. I realised I was a failed dog trainer the first time I offered my new black labrador a can opener and invited her to serve herself. Fortunately, Betsy was far more intelligent than I and soon worked out survival strategies, bless her.