Word Association #34
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Tropic of Cancer
On 10, 11 and 12:
"Carolina Hurricanes" is ok as a play on my original #10 "St. Louis Blues of the NHL". But I changed it because it was played on #8 not #9.
Hurricanes that I lilved through:
the New England hurricane of 1938.
ʻAfa ko AIsake / Cyclone Isaac, Tonga, 1982
An Oct. 31 blizzard? Even in Massachusetts I never saw snow before November. (Curious about
Thanks for giving the location of the Oct. 31 blizzard. I didn't mean that weathers should be helld to any rules. So I can visualize an October blilzzard in Minnesota, though I wouldn't want to experience one. A cliche among New Englanders who comment on the climate is, "I don't mind cold, as long as it's a DRY cold." Our typical cold is on the wet side; on the other hand it rarely went below Zero Fahrenheit.
I always wondered if Minnesotans also "don't mind a Dry Cold",
assuming that you must have more of that than we used to have in New England. (I'll leave Northern N. E. out of it, because I was way down south in Greater Boston.) So I assumed that our Stoic commenders of dry cold in New England were just commending what they never got much of. --Would a place that actually got some dry cold
feel the same way?
Playing off 17: Pustulio
19- haha, our weather is erratic. The unpredictability is a bit of a joke amongst ourselves. The day of the blizzard (2010) was rather mild in the teens/lower twenties, but the dry day after had a windchill of -20 to -30 Fahrenheit. I have to walk a mile to class, so in general I would much rather have it wet out if the windchill stays above zero. We've had days with windchill -60. . . you're pretty much stranded inside at that point as many cars refuse to start at those temps and frostbite occurs in under 15mins.
Playing off 20
"I sup, lout."*
*Anagram of "Pustulio" (which or whom, however, I donʻt know the meaning of).
Meaning of the anagram? -- Hmm, I guess itʻs a medieval lordʻs order to a servant, not to disturb him while dining.
road rash: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6COC-0Ur4Lk&feature=related
(as a deterrent to drunk driving, my boss's driver's ed teacher had his daughters get drunk and *try* to play this game successfully, lol)
"Wait! --Are you by any chance a Baptist?"
"Mah folks is, but IʻVE always been putty* liberal."
--classic dialogue in Faulknerʻs
*Faulknerʻs idea of a Mississipian pronunciaiton of "pretty". Oddly his nephew, Phil Stone, thought
that Mississippians not only retain the -r-, but add another one to it: "prurty".
The Quarrel between Brutus and Cassius
--Shakespeaareʻs Julius Caesar
". . . just for the record. . ."
pseudo-self-disparaging introduction to sharing a piece of data that may well come under the heading of "dept. of useless Information".
"Mackie Messer" / "Mack the Knife"
character in a musical, words by Bertholt Brecht
"i went to a fight in LA last weekend -and a hockey game broke out!" --Jim Leahy
"the Stickies" *
*nickname of the Official Irish Republican Army: those who did not join the Provisional I.R. A. in the late 1960s
obsolete(?) slang phrase for a fight between
locals and carnival workers
Ruby Gentry starring Jennifer Jones
and Charlton Heston* 1952 film*
*Even the Jones/Heston teamup couldnʻt save this
piece of trash.
". . .Parliament, parliament, ye shall GO . . .
Liberal* OR Con -serv - a TIVE,
.....Into Parliament ye shall GO!!"
-- Gilbert & Sullivan: Iolanthe
*This is of course the Victorian, British meaning of
"Liberal" and not the Australian or American.
"drunk as an owl"
--obsolete(?) simile of the
1940s; ʻDrunk as a lord" was more common, and "as an owl" may have been a misquoting of that.
D. B. Wyndham-Lewisʻs The Stuffed Owl; an anthology of Bad verse
What Color is your Parachute?
used to consult this sometimes in whatever spare time serious job-hunting would allow. Still being published.
having been hurled to The Top*, and then tested.
*antonym of the literal Latin meaning of the sub -ject root: having been thrown under..."
"Like a good neighbor, State Farm is there" *finger snap*
(I enjoy those commercials, and the Mayhem commercials)
Double Faced Eels (a band from Latvia)
#165--I loved that movie when I was 6, totally not a failure at that age ;P
"Howard the Duck") totally not a failure..." (169)
No disparagement of your view of Howard the Duck iintended. My sayinig "failed" was based not on having seen it, but on the folklore of cursorily-read reviews.
(Playing on 169, because 170 wasn't really an entry into the game, although 171 was played on it.)
Eels: an Exploration ffrom New Zealand to the Saragasso
by James Prosek
sally sells sea shells by the sea shore...
(curiosity: i really dont know how to play the game. did i get it right?)
Moliereʻs Scapinʻs Crafty Capers*
*title of a 1940s(?) translation of his Les Fourberies de Scapin The 1970s translation into Hawaiʻi Creole by James Benton was "Da Buggah"
"This house is haunted,
This house is HAU --UN --TED!
It fairly makes my
Blood run CO - O-OLD!!!" *
*First lines of a folk song collected by Carl sandburg, which (I donʻt know why) has the title "Calliope".
Benny London great collegiate table tennis player
of the 1940-50s
failed 1952 movie, which even Leslie Caron, Ralph Meeker, Louis Armstrong,
Kurt Kaszar, and (briefly) jack Tegarden couldnʻt save
hole in one*
*I was his caddy when one was scored in 1944 by Dr. Frank Sanborn, age 80, at Oakley Country Club, Watertown MA, 15th hole.
My other main memory of "hole in one" is that,
following the 1952 Election, that was the caption of a photo of a pair of shoes held up by losing candidate Adlai Stevenson (D, IL)
"The candidateʻs a dodger, yes,
a well-known dodger,
And IʻM a dodger, too!"
--19th c. folk song
Fosterʻs The Winston brothers: (Tangled Sheets / Tangled Dreams) / Tangled Images)
(As 216 appears too difficult to play on -- it was an obscure Brothers Karamazov edition, edited by
W. Somerset maugham -- Iʻm cancalling it and replacing it with the above.)
Hawthorneʻs Wonder Book, Tanglewood Tales (and Grandfatherʻs Chair (published together0
(accepting 224, although I donʻt get the
connection of 223>224.)
Greeneʻs Travels with my Aunt
". . .a malenky pain in the gulliver"
-- "a slight headache" as articulated by
Anthony Burgessʻs character Alex.
Richard Burns State Librarian of Hawaiʻiʻs statewide Public Library System*
"...and bears" (247)
No Bears in 246, Theyʻre in another Midwestern city, as are their offspring.
In the recent Chicago gubernatorial imbroglio, "selling a senate seat", the defendantʻs wife was quoted as telling him as
he spoke by telephone, something like, "You might as well tell them the f-----g" Cubs deal is out the window, too."
Follow it to the Wizardʻs place in Oz
(Playing on 248, becaus someone is likely to shout
that it was the "last correct post" -- probably about 15 or 20 posts from now. (249 was a comment on 247, not a game entry.) )
Rufus Scrimgeour (alleged to be a vamp, couldn't prove it by me though)
A L infielder; he was sometimes s said to be (if youʻre thinking about WHY ML baseball players play) the most aptly-named major leaguer, but he wasnʻt one of the big all time money-makers.
Peter Dollar songwriter (?)*
*On a lot of Googleʻ entries about songs, (used in another Game Thread), Iʻm not sure whether theyʻre giving me the song-writer, or just the most prominent singer(s). Anyone know?
Tom Wrightʻs Paul for Everyone: Second Corinthians for Everyone
"Youʻve been DRINKING!!" *
-- Nathan A. Haverstock**
*a greeting I received from nathan "Mickey" Haverstock upon arriving at a rehearsal of a Latin
play we were both in. A few years later it would have evoked the reply "What else is new?" At the time it (although true) surprised me.
** Knew Author.
Dr. Samuel "Dictionary" Johnson, Essayist, critic, and lexicographer
"Lope in, T R"* -- anagram of "Interpol"
"What President T. Roosevelt was assuming Panamanians would say to him; but they didnʻt"
On Elm (anagram of "melon")*
*Meaning? I guess it answers the question "On what street...?"
Ream B (anagram of "bream")*
*Meaning? If you have 26 reams of paper, Ream B is as opposed to Ream A and Reams C - Z.
"Linear A" Semitic language of ancient Crete deciphered*
by Cyrus Gordon
*Deciphered: Or not. Gordonʻs decipherment, and even his placement of Linear A as Semitic have not been widely accepted by other scholars.
Thomas E. Dewey (R, NY), Richard M.
Nixon (R, CA)*, Harry S Truman (D, MO)
*A persistent rumor of the early 1950s said that the
"younger" politician most admired by
outgoing president Harry Truman was incoming vice-president Richard M. Nixon, --but that HSTʻs
Party loyalty prevented him from saying so publicly. HST was also rumored to have invented
the nickname "Tricky Dick" for RMN.
Melvil Dewey and John (no relation) Dewey*
*One of my Classics professors, said that John messed up the "Education of Educators" system in America. I later added the corollary that Melvil
did the same for "Library Science"* education.
*I guess the claim that itʻs a science was not Deweyʻs claim; his original name for it was "Library ECONOMY".
Hector "Toe" Blake, old time Star hockey player, Montreal Canadiens
". . .the purebred boys, afraid of strangers" -- Archibald MacLeish*
*line in a WW II poem about Nazi attitudes on race and naitonality
(Iʻll play on 333, despite doubts about how it
follows from 332)
Lou Cannon non-fiction political writer
"...doubts about how (333) follows from 332..."
On second thought, it may be all right, because
this game, unllike the "Silly Game" doesnʻt
require the exact repetition of a particular word.
I believe Dyan Cannon & Cary Grant were married once.
"(D C and C G) were married once" (338)
Thanks, varielle. I suspected they might be up to some old fashioned antics like that.
Playing on 338:
Alfred F. Dashiell atlas editor
"I HATE war, and so does Elea-NORE,
BUT..." (Anti-FDR* jingle of the 1940s. Anti-Ro
*Anti-Rooseveltians were, however, a minority, and he was elected president 4 times.)
"meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow meow, meow meow meow meow meow meow meow" --Meow Mix jingle
"Come, Mr. Tambourine Man,
Play a song for me;
In the jingle-jangle morning
Iʻll .. .. .."
Candy Island (from the tv show The Marvelous Misadventures of Flapjack)
"Translator: Traitor" old Italian saying
ʻYou DO have to know the language"
article about travel by Sinclair Lewis in his last years
(d. 1951); his title was dissenting from a popular
song (of the 40s): "You DONʻT have to know the language".
Rostenʻs The Joys of Yinglish*
*The "Yin-" of Yinglish (Yiddish/English) plays the role of the
"Span-" of "Spanglish"
Mike "Pinky" Higgins, Tigers, Red Sox 3rd baseman; later Red Sox manager (2x)
"Hurricane Smith" *
*Very forgettable movie of the 1950s, starring the very memorable Yvonne DeCarlo
Edith Newbold Jones*
*original name of the famous novelist Edith Wharton
"Who is YOUR idea of a good writer --
C. P. F__ __ __ __ inʻ SNOW?"
-- U. S. novelist JamesJones to a British interviewer
About 388, b t w: Her family (or extended family?) are said to be THE "Joneses" whom, in the catch phrase in 388, other late 19th century families(389) were trying to "keep up with".
"Doesnʻt get to play very often, but he keeps everybody entertained; heʻs a million laughs! Heʻs what we call, in the trade, --FLAKEY!" *
*a sports writerʻs description of Boston Red Sox
reserve infielder Dick Williams, later an ML manager. (As a manager, he was known as the most unsmiling manager of his time!)
A Tangled Web by L. M. Montgomery
* sorry the touchstones aren't working for some reason =(
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