Plangent. adj. L. plangens, -entis, fr. plangere to
beat. See Plaint.
1. Loud and resounding: plangent bells.
2. Expressing or suggesting sadness; plaintive
3. [from the 1913 Webster's] beating; dashing, as a wave.
Found in Albert E. Cowdrey's novelette, "Animal Magnetism," in the current (June) issue of F&SF.
Words I Did Not Know, Dept., part 2
Dog. n. A domesticated carnivorous mammal (Canis familiaris) related to the foxes and wolves and raised in a wide variety of breeds.
Okay, I knew the word 'dog'. But 'dog' is actually a more interesting word than I realized. Because we don't know where it comes from.
English is, of course, a Germanic language, within the Indo-European language family. Most of our words are either Germanic, or post-Conquest borrowings from other I-E languages like French and Latin.
But 'dog' has no known I-E root. It's found in Old English, but before then, all is darkness. Most terms for 'dog' in Indo-European languages derive from Proto-Indo-European *kwon, from which came both the Latin canis (and its Romance derivatives) and the Germanic hund, and its derivatives, e.g., 'hound'. But where did 'dog' come from? It's speculated that 'dog' came from some non-I-E language that the Germanic peoples came in contact with during their Bronze Age. No one knows what that language might have been.
I made the mistake of reading 'Making Light'. Which linked to odditycollector. Which led me to this image.
See, Goatse doesn't bother me that much. Nor does Tubgirl. But now Green Lantern's scrotal raphe has been burned into my brain forever, and I will always feel soiled. Damn you, Internets. The abyss has stared into me.
meaning: attain, finally
殺人未遂 == satsujinmisui == (noun) attempted murder
The right/inner radical means 'group of pigs moving'. It is composed of the Non-General Use character meaning 'pig', and 'out of' (八). Left/outer radical is 'move'. The jostling of pigs in a group came to mean 'attaining a goal through the brute force of the group'. Now it means 'attain' in general. Henshall suggests taking the top element of the right radicals in its meaning as 'eight', and as a mnemonic: 'Eight moving pigs finally attain goal.'