Saturday, April 12, 2008

Try these words on for size

I'll lay it on the line, here; no beating around the bush. I'm a strange man.

No, really. Strange, like me and other people don't work on the same wavelengths kinda strange.

Here's an example. I have been wanting to work these (among other) words into a normal daily conversation, but I live with disappointment as I continue to fail in this goal. Perhaps there have been times I could have used them, but I have refrained as I would have seemingly been showing off.

Here's the challenge. Can you use one of these words in a mostly-normal conversation? Bonus points for using more than one! You may use a form of the word if you wish.

Here's the prize. The winner (who will be chosen by a neutral agent) will get a $10 gift card for iTunes. The only caveat is that you reveal how your winnings were spent.

Here are the words:

The contest will run through Wednesday, at which point I will have finished the next great paper in the Euphrony rheology repertoire and will need a good laugh. Good luck, and have fun with this!


Wayward Son said...

1. Ogee, I hope I can do this. (Does that count?)

2. The farmer decided to shear his sheep by depilation, but the uneven use of the chemical gave them an undulate appearance.

You're right. You are strange. Strange is good.

Chaotic Hammer said...

Every single server in our data centers has a dongle. It's a hardware key that keeps people from engaging in unauthorized use of our software.

euphrony said...

Yes, C-Ham. I use dongles regularly, as well. But try to slip that into a normal conversation with a non-techie and watch the looks you get.

Anonymous said...

"I've been going to this elhi for 16 1/2 years. I'm no dummy".

Kevin (shaunfan)

Amy said...

I'm I have to use this in conversation in real life and then report here or just make up a sentence here?

erin said...

I enjoy watching the water undulate after a person executes the perfect cannonball.

euphrony said...

Use any word as though you would in a normal conversation. If you use it in an actual conversation, and happen to record it and post it on your blog, I would consider that bonus points. Just try not to laugh too much, okay?

Douglas said...

Unrealistic story
As the professor explained to his barely post-elhi math class that an integral sign is similar in appearance to the cross section of the reverse-ogee moulding that graced the ceiling of the lecture hall, he had the sudden awareness that the birefringence from his undulating hair was even more of a distraction to the class than the reflection off his bald spot, leading that evening to the depilation of the narrow band of hair that still remained on his aging scalp in an attempt to recapture his students attention. That weekend, as the professor sat down to some crusty bread and olive oil poured from his grandmother’s antique crystal cruet, he plugged his Ethernet cord into the dongle on his 1990’s laptop and wondered to himself whether he could have somehow kept his hair and come up with a way to wake up dozing students students with the birefringent light off his hair, turning a negative into a positive.

Potential real conversation
This last weekend I pulled out my old IBM thinkpad laptop with a screamin’ 128 MHz processor, 256 Mb of Ram and the PCMCIA to Ethernet dongle, marveling at how technology has changed. Electronic products ares such a contrast to architecture and household products, where older touches like ogee moulding and crystal cruets symbolize style and wealth. Today, houses and household products are much more simple and boring. Ceilings meet walls in stark 90 degree angles and cups/saucers are often plastic. Children are rarely fascinated by Pollyanna rainbows created by the birefringence of light in crystal tableware.

Genuine comment
What is up with a contest involving a real prize? Has hanging out with female bloggers rubbed off in other ways? What kind of male gives a hoot about working “cruet” into everyday conversation? Rumor has it that you have even recently begun using Mark Pardo hair products to give your hair a little extra undulating wave. I pray this isn’t so. As your penance, I sentence you to watching three episodes of Cavemen and reading 12 articles from the ASME Journal of Tribology.