Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.

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He's put me onto wattles

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plural noun [treated as sing.] the branch of knowledge that deals with the amount of space that people feel it necessary to set between themselves and others.
origin 1960s: from proximity, on the pattern of words such as phonemics.

Via. the OED Word of the Day emails.

I like this word. I like the concept.  For me, a few miles seems about right. Or, in a public men's room, at least one urinal of distance.

Third Hermit: Morning Frank.

Second Hermit: Morning Norman. Talking of moss, er you know Mr. Robinson?

First Hermit: With the, er, green loin cloth?

Second Hermit: Er no, that's Mr. Seagrave. Mr. Robinson's the hermit who lodges with Mr. Seagrave.

First Hermit: Oh I see, yes.

Second Hermit: Yes well he's put me onto wattles.

First Hermit: Really?

Second Hermit: Yes. Swears by them. Yes.

Fourth hermit passes by.

Fourth Hermit: Morning Frank.

Second Hermit: Morning Lionel. Well he says that moss tends to fall off the cave walls during cold weather. You know you might get a really bad spell and half the moss drops off the cave wall, leaving you cold.

First Hermit: Oh well, Mr. Robinson's cave's never been exactly nirvana has it?

Second Hermit: Well, quite, that's what I mean. Anyway, Mr. Rogers, he's the, er, hermit...

First Hermit: ... on the end.

Second Hermit: . .. up at the top, yes. Well he tried wattles and he came out in a rash.

First Hermit: Really?

Second Hermit: Yes, and there's me with half a wall wattled, I mean what'll I do?

First Hermit: Well why don't you try birds nests like I've done? Or else, dead bracken.

Fifth Hermit: (calling from a distance) Frank!

Second Hermit: Yes Hen.

Fifth Hermit: Can I borrow your goat?



meaning: crystal, clear, bright

水晶 == suishou == (noun) crystal
愛の結晶 == ai no kesshou == (noun) fruit of live, children

'Sun/light' (日) three times. This character, originally meaning 'many points of light' eventually became applied to crystals. Henshall suggests as a mnemonic: 'Three suns make it bright and crystal clear.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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