Monday, June 24, 2019

Under the weather

Too much sun?
Too much vodka?
It all looks the same on Monday morning.

Pardon me while I soak my head.

While you're waiting, I'm collecting words for my next attempt to thwart Steve Forti.

So far:

Suggestions welcome.

Honestly I don't know why I keep trying.
Just when I've absolutely positively thrown in the towel, I have to try again.


AJ Blythe said...

Either way, it sounds like your Sunday was fun. Hope you feel better soon, Janet.

Here's some Aussie-isms to throw Steve's way:
Bludger (someone who is lazy)
Crikey (expression of surprise)
Strewth (another expression of surprise)
Galah (not too bright - after the bird...also not that bright)

Vortex, just cause it has funky letters in it.

The Noise In Space said...

Oooh, are we doing an Australian theme, then? Excellent suggestion, AJ! Might I add my new favorite Aussie words:

-Yabby (crawdad/crawfish/crayfish, because asking people what they call tiny lobsters has become my favorite linguistic question)
-Dinkum (part of the phrase "fair dinkum," which means "point taken" or "yeah, that's a fair comment.") Not positive of the spelling.

Amy Johnson said...

How about these five for Steve, but not for the rest of us?


Hope you feel better soon, Janet.

Unknown said...

Two of my favorite words: grommet and kerfuffle

Amy Johnson said...

There were five there when I just proofed it. What happened? Maybe Steve can be required to figure out what happened, then write a 100-word story about it using the terms I listed that did show up, plus two other terms of Janet's choosing?

Steve Forti said...

One of these days I'm going to use the prompts as simplistically as possible. Preferably while getting the definitions wrong. And rushed into a 50 word story, disappointing everyone. I'll call it the "GOT season 8" approach.

Amy Johnson said...

Steve: We have such high expectations because you've proven yourself amazing. But know your value here on the Reef isn't your superhuman flash fiction skill, man. :)

Carolynnwith2Ns said...

"subcutaneous" as in 100 words get under my skin.

Mend soon Janet.

Steve Forti said...

Amy - thanks :) This place rocks, of course.
To be clear, my comment was actually just a shot at that horrific season and meant as a joke. Although it might be fun to try :-P

E.M. Goldsmith said...

It is impossible to thwart Forti. It gives you a headache that reeks of vodka and sun. That said I offer up the word

Scratch that. I got nothing.

Feel better, Janet.

Colin Smith said...

bazaar or bizarre... or both!

Steve: While your suggestion was not serious, I'm taking your critique of GoT8 as serious, and completely endorsing it. The pressure is on GRRM to finish the books. He can't leave us with *that* ending. And so help me if the ending he writes is the same...!!!

Sorry. Rant over. Carry on! :)

Claire Bobrow said...

I have two words: feel better!

And two more:

Mister Furkles said...

Zymurgy, obfuscate, adumbrate, and, of course, syzygy (thanks to David Hilbert)

No, I am not a robot; robots can think of loads worser words.

Mister Furkles said...


Of course, you realize that stumping Steve means stumping everybody else?

nightsmusic said...

I got nothin' in the prompt words department. But I can honestly say, grinning from ear to ear, I'm so glad I quit watching GOT at the end of season 3. It was too good to continue without falling apart, which is my experience for most series like that. And it did. And I didn't have to watch it! ;)

Luralee said...

Well, I doubt I have anything that would foil Steve Forti, but here are some words my beta readers keep wanting me to cut from my manuscript. I never considered them difficult vocabulary until readers kept *correcting* them.


Apparently Otto doesn’t believe in these words either.

Kitty said...


When my daughter was just a kid, she thought bizark was a real word. She defined it as going berserk in a bizarre way.

Steve Forti said...

Kitty - you just added a word to my repertoire.
I also enjoy silly, redundant additions to existing words. Case in point: How do you make something complete? Completarize it.

Brenda said...


Aphra Pell said...

I have just one word... coddiwomple

There is, admittedly, some debate as to whether it is a "real" word or one that got made-up online, but I don't care. It is too lovely not to exist.

Kitty said...

Does anyone remember sniglets? Sniglets, "words that should appear in dictionaries, but don't."

Jennifer Mugrage said...


Craig F said...


Craig F said...

Two real ones:

caternary: curve similar to a parabolic arch , but not a parabola

Brachistochrone: A curve that is the fastest path between two points

John Davis Frain said...

It's turning into a horror movie marathon and getting harder to watch. Like if Stanley Kubrick was the referee and said, Janet v Steve, Round 46, you'd be like Nooooo, pleeeeeease, make them stop!

And then "eviscerate" shows up on screen and you cringe, but you can't turn away.

Lennon Faris said...


I feel like all the vowels could throw him off?

Hang on, who am I kidding.

nightsmusic said...

kitty! Sniglets! Yes, I remember them. We loved that show too. Watched it all the time. Sniglets. Maybe that should be Janet's go to for prompt words ;)

Megan V said...

Are there words to stump the great and powerful Forti? Truly, I wish to know is it to be or not to be. Methinks thee doth protest too much.
At times I worry that these attempts to thwart the man have become pro forma.
Perhaps there is another way to force him to use those little grey cells.
A Forti Pro Forma contest maybe? Force the Forti to use a particular form (verse maybe) in addition to prompt words. Or to create a story using the sounds of silence—to wit: Hello Forti My old Friend.

But really I am at a loss for prompt words without resorting to things like uhtceare

Operation Awesome said...

I just like the word morbific, so I'll slip that one in... Probably won't stump anyone, but it's such a nice word to say.

Jennifer R. Donohue said...

Have we done "visceral" yet? Phlebotomy is also a fun one. Or maybe shorter is the way to go, with "zot" or "quag" or "sic"

CED said...

Oh man, Mister Furkles beat me to syzygy, but what about crwth? Or glycyl?

julie.weathers said...

I should have no say since I so seldom participate these days, but I'll toss a couple of easy ones in.

Puccoon and greige, which are both lovely color names, though filemot is probably my favorite.

I hope you feel better soon. It's the pits to be in the pits.

AJ Blythe said...

The Noise in Space, a small lobster is a yabby in many parts of Australia, but the part I grew up in (central Queensland) calls them lobby.

And a yabby is what you catch for bait to go fishing (the catching of is yabbying with a yabby pump). That yabby is a type of shrimp ... and the type of shrimp you eat is a prawn.

Confused yet?

I spent my childhood lobbying and yabbying =)

Katja said...

May I suggest a word? In another language? My first language? In German there can be long words. He'll fail with this one (maybe):


It means speed limit.

Good luck, Forti!


C. Dan Castro said...

Obviate is an excellent word.

C. Dan Castro said...

Because my last post was so short, I also want to offer “ itrof evets “. Maybe if we get Steve to type his name backward, he’ll vanish?

Kae Ridwyn said...

As a born and bred Queenslander myself AJ, I love with all those Aussie slang terms mentioned... but after reading @katja's suggestion, and as a daughter of a Welshman, I have to add "chwyrligwgan"!

Also, I love love LOVE sussurrus :)

Kae Ridwyn said...

Oh, and get well soon, Janet!

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