Saturday 15 October 2022

A Different Angle: POETS' CORNER, part #2

This post is a continuation of a collection of verses as initiated on Jul 15, 2021. 

prior poetic posts (part #1)
addiction to limerick writing 
authorly skill
bold-faced / bald-faced
cans and Can'ts (argumentively)
collaboration
creative writing (decompose)
depressed limericist
editorial state: "Held"


CURRENT CONTENTS:
(The poet's) Family
Free verse
Gender-neutral language
Inventiveness (palinkus)
The problem of scansion
The philosophy of limericks
Rhotic-poet school
Satirical doggerel
(for continuation, see the link below)











Authors' Note   Avoidance of discriminatory gender-bias in language is an unassailable aim. 
   In the medical field, there are many terms which are problematic due to syllables that in written or spoken form make them seem suspect for such bias. Usually, however, this 'problem' is happenstance based on the incorporation of Greek root-words. Sometimes the level of comedy is reached, as in the near-homonym for the male possessive form in the term HYSterectomy' (surgical removal of the uterus). Other medical and non-medical terms with hidden gender-related messages as in the above verses are indicated by font colour.  

















OVERLAPPING THEMES:


To access more of this poetic cornucopia, you can proceed onward to the collection  'Poets' Corner #3' (February 2023, 2+ poems) ...


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Monday 10 October 2022

Grandpa Greg's Advanced Grammar: OBJECTIONABLE ADJECTIVES


CURRENT CONTENTS:
Efficacious
Flaccid
Fulsome
Forced (bulbs)
Estival and Hibernal
Histonomic
Floccular
Horrible

Authors' Note:  The author disavows overly blunt speech and writing, but finds the tendency to embellish disconcerting. Efficacious seems to be used disproportionately when effective or efficient would do nicely. Other words with inflated frequency of usage include symptomatologymethodology and, yes, even usage






Authors' Note:  Pretentiousness may be at work when the word fulsome is (ab)used by a writer or speaker who feels that full is not sufficiently impressive.







Authors' Note: In English there are fortunately many nouns that we can use as adjectives when the situation demands. In the opinion of this author, summer (adj.) and winter (adj.) are less cumbersome descriptors than estival and hibernal, despite the opinion of some lexicographers. 



                                                                                            withdrawn from OEDILF, June 2023

Authors' Note: Around the globe, hundreds of thousands of doctors have learned the microscopic appearance and function of tissues early in medical school through the study of histology. (The corresponding adjectival forms are histologic or histological.)

The role of histonomy, if any, as well as that of its adjectival derivatives, is considerably less certain.



                                                          
Authors' Note: 
ovine: adjective pertaining to sheep
ovular: adjective pertaining to egg
A broad spectrum of adjectives, many abstruse and pedantic, are based on Latin roots. A few of these, like bovine and regular, have been fully adopted into modern speech patterns. Others, such as the pair ovine and ovular, are a source of confusion. A minority, including the relatively obscure floccular, do rhyme with each other, providing a benefit only to poets. Is floccular snow falling? The author finds that use flaky.






Authors' Note:  Horrible (like its close cousins terrible and frightful) has become a difficult term to define. Originally meaning full of horror, or capable of engendering horror, it can now be applied in two opposing directions.
 
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Wednesday 5 October 2022

American Satire: PROLONGATION #1

EXPLANATION:


This post provides a follow-up to 
"AMERICAN SATIRE (A Term of Endirement) #1(Note that this first collection of poems gives helpful suggestions on how to SING these intriguing lyrics.)
"AMERICAN SATIRE (A Term of Endirement) #2"
"AMERICAN SATIRE (A Term of Endirement) #3"
"AMERICAN SATIRE (A Term of Endirement) #4"
and "AMERICAN SATIRE (A Term of Endirement) #5"



CURRENT CONTENTS (prolongation, #1)
Archival
Coups in the news
Criminal lying
Deceit, Social
Espionage Act
FBIer
Felony
Grift
(for continuation, see the link below)



Authors' Note:
 
In the United States, all documents and materials related to the conduct of business in the executive branch are deemed by law to remain the property of the federal government, particularly after a president and his staff leave office. The federal agency responsible for storing and archiving these documents is NARA (the National Archives and Records Administration).



















Author's Note: FBIer is a term that is occasionally used to denote an employee of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation. The search in question in the above verse was carried out by warrant after a federal judge had been persuaded that a crime hae been committed in the premises, in this case a south Florida golf-club. Apparently, as subsequently shown, negotiations for the return of the unlawfully sequestered documents had gone on for months, and a subpoena had been issued. (See, also, our verse 'Espionage Act')






"Pardon me. When is the next available tee-off time? And by the way, would you like to purchase online a mugshot enhanced souvenir?" 


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