Monday, 10 October 2022

Grandpa Greg's Advanced Grammar: OBJECTIONABLE ADJECTIVES



Flaky adjectives: Flakes are deemed floccular.

If you've flubbed a great joke, that scene's jocular;

You'll have egg on your face

(That's a locular place) —

If you look like a sheep, that view's ocular.
Dr G.H. and Giorgio Coniglio, 2022 
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.
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