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>Words I love…

January 12, 2010

>mar·plot
n. An officious meddler whose interference compromises the success of an undertaking.
[After Marplot, a character in The Busy Body, a play by Susannah Centlivre (1669-1723).]

gobsmacked
adj. flabbergasted, astounded, shocked; also written gob-smacked
[from gob ‘mouth’ + smacked ‘clapping hand over in surprise’]

Picked this one up while living in London. It’s so much more fun to say than flabbergasted. Even more so with a British accent.

spaz-wrangle
v. to hustle, bustle and stuff squirmy children or cats from one place to another. Or, the process of getting a two year old into pajamas, similar to what it would be like to stuff an octopus into a sock.

Or at least that’s how I use it. I stole it from my friend Dena, who stole it from somewhere else. But it fits. Oh, does it fit.

perspicacity
–noun
1.
keenness of mental perception and understanding; discernment; penetration.

It’s just fun to say.

beguiling
–verb
1.
to charm or divert: a multitude of attractions to beguile the tourist.

Over the banister leans a face. tenderly sweet and beguiling
While below her with tender grace, he watches the picture, smiling…

Name the movie and I will send you a prize. I really will!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. January 13, 2010 12:09 am

    >Movie is "Meet Me in St. Louis" with Judy Garland.

  2. January 13, 2010 9:34 pm

    >Good job, Greg! And from a guy (but then again, look who you're married to. Methinks your Hollywood Classic Film education has been extensive).However, you were beaten by not one, but two email subscribers. Well done, though!

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