flaccid (FLASS-id or FLAX-id): flabby or limp
August 31, 2022
flaccid (FLASS-id or FLAX-id): flabby or limp
August 30, 2022
August 29, 2022
EGAD! An ADAGE
Max finds (Egad!) an adage a chore;
Likewise precepts and edicts a bore.
'Tho he's unenthused when it's
The time to pen tenets,
Mix a maxim? He crafts them galore.
"How I wish I'd explored this before."
It is unclear why Max finds the maxim more worthy of indulgence than the tenet; the latter, it is noted is a palindrome. And so are Egad! an adage, and Mix a maxim, delightful phrases that may be found in lists of classic palindromes.
August 28, 2022
August 27, 2022
In the frontal lobes, meningioma
Presses on, slowly grows in its stroma.
Meningioma is a not-uncommon slowly growing benign tumor within the cranium. Pressure on adjacent portions of normal brain induce neurological symptoms. When the tumor is located in the frontal cortex, neuropsychiatric manifestations may include bizarre thoughts, frequently paranoid, and unrepressed behavior. Fortunately, the tumors, when suspected, are readily diagnosed on neuro-imaging studies, and surgical therapy is often curative.
Brain tumours account for only a small portion of patients suffering such neuropsychiatric symptoms; however, medical practitioners frequently hope that such a correctable cause may be discovered.
August 26, 2022
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August 24, 2022
You can view these verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Nurse-Verse: Patients and their Maladies' on our full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE!
August 23, 2022
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August 19, 2022
TORSADE DE POINTES
Flying straight is a casual metaphor associated with performing expected or routine function.
August 18, 2022
You can review our entire poetic outpouring about Italian loanwords by proceeding to a post on our full-service blog 'Edifying Nonsense'; click HERE.
If you prefer, you could view most of this topically arranged material on Facebook, in Giorgio's photo-albums. (About 20% of those offerings consist of political satire or adult limericks, and you will have to be a 'friend' of Giorgio's to view that stuff.)
Editors' Note: This blog has portrayed daily humour, entertainment and contemplation, focusing on the modalities of poetry, nature photography and computer art, for two and a half years. (That's almost 900 blogposts.) Unfortunately, that takes a lot of work, and so this stuff may be appearing irregularly and less frequently in the future. Owing to a number of distractions, there will be less frequent original new posts from mid-August forward. My previously productive pseudonym, Giorgio, is currently undergoing relaxation therapy, and might resume his full creative activities at some future point.
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August 13, 2022
This post is CLASSIFIED! (proper security clearance is required)
August 12, 2022
THE CAT FLEA (Ctenocephalides felis)
C. felis, its species, the cat flea:
Former tenant's dog Will
Wore a flea-collar; still,
His tormentors remain as our flat flea.
August 11, 2022
(Ed. note:) Verses of this ilk have continued to accumulate. You can view them all at one swoop if you proceed with a single click to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.
August 10, 2022
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August 8, 2022
During the first week of May, 2022, with spring seriously underway in the Carolina Lowcountry, little lizards were out doing their thing in our yard (I presume that's hunting for insects, looking out for potential mates, and patrolling their territories to keep out intruders).
Harking back to previous reference on this site to anoles, I came across the following illustrated verses:
Events around our yard 'today' (May 3, i.e. taking down an old fence) made it a good day for further observations of green anoles and their remarkable penchant/ability to change colour, even though biologists insist that they are not true chameleons.
|'Ollie' the green anole,|
looking greyish on old post
|'Ollie', posing again, in our backyard,|
on Ocala anise branch,
2 minutes later
|a different creature,|
climbing down crepe myrtle,
few minutes later, 100 feet away
You can review photos and illustrated herpetologic verses in a wider context by proceeding to 'Verses about Reptiles (don't worry! no snakes)' on the full-service blog "Edifying Nonsense".
August 7, 2022
Grandpa Greg asked us to pass on this message: "You can view the entire collection of verses about 'pluralia tantum' by clicking HERE."
August 6, 2022
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August 4, 2022
We presume that there are others out there who have found that the names of the US state capital cities are a chore to remember. So, here's a practical application of wordplay with anagrams!
We might eventually do the eastern US states, so stay tuned (but be patient).
August 3, 2022
In this post, we continue with a novel form of poetic wordplay. Inspired by Japanese haiku poetry, this new form is used for a terse verse with a total of 17 syllables displayed on three lines. Unlike its classic Japanese analogue, this concoction does not mandate the precise distribution of the syllables among the three lines, but does stipulate that each word in the poem be included in a palindromic phrase or sentence in English (i.e. one that can be read either forwards or backwards).
To help the reader discern the origin of the lyrics, each palindrome (generally occupying one of the three lines of the poem) has been color-coded.
(Ed. note:) Verses of this type have continued to accumulate, and there are now more than 50 of them. You can easily view them all if you proceed to our more encyclopedic blog "Edifying Nonsense". Click HERE.
(Or, if your prefer, you can view all this material on Facebook in Giorgio's photo-albums.)