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210.  Mon Oct 13, 2003 1:08 pm Reply with quote

The object of the game is to find something for which no word exists in English, and marry it to a real placename from anywhere in the world.


Chetnole n.

The knob on a stopwatch.

211.  Mon Oct 13, 2003 1:47 pm Reply with quote

Nelling ppl.vb.

An incessant trying on of clothes.

212.  Mon Oct 13, 2003 1:49 pm Reply with quote

Domfessel n.

An indentation in a hassock.

214.  Mon Oct 13, 2003 1:59 pm Reply with quote

You have a clear start on the rest of us, so you may be able to help with a meaning for which a word is needed: that vague feeling of regret you get when you hear that someone has died who you had no idea was still alive (some half-famous jazz musician or whatever). Similarly, the feeling you get when you hear that the Illustrated London News is to cease publication, even though you haven't seen a copy for twenty years.

"Hendred", maybe?

215.  Mon Oct 13, 2003 2:06 pm Reply with quote

Sorry Flash, I'm singularly uninspired tonight. Just thought it might be amusing to try something a little less serious.

But I was wrong.

222.  Mon Oct 13, 2003 5:48 pm Reply with quote

No, no, it's a good idea & I didn't mean to imply otherwise.

Winterslow: the co-efficient point at which your irritation with your parents for asking repeatedly what you are planning to do for Christmas is at its greatest, when plotted against the time that's still left to run until Christmas itself.

226.  Tue Oct 14, 2003 4:55 am Reply with quote

Good one, Flashy.

Noards pl.n.

The bits of wall behind a radiator that never get painted.

227.  Tue Oct 14, 2003 4:59 am Reply with quote

Durban n.

Desert headgear consisting of a long strip of cloth wound round and round the head so that it leaves the eyes free but blocks the nose.

228.  Tue Oct 14, 2003 5:02 am Reply with quote

Cagnoncles pl.n.

The melted plastic blobs which don't help fasten a duvet cover.

229.  Tue Oct 14, 2003 5:04 am Reply with quote

Burzy n.

A kiss goodnight from your father.

230.  Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:49 am Reply with quote

Excellent, feels like volume 2 coming on.

Over Wallop: fracture in the top hinge of a compact disc cover. Hence also Nether Wallop, fracture in the bottom hinge, and Middle Wallop, where the whole cover splits in two. It is of course mandatory to pre-install at least one wallop with every CD sold in the EC, whilst the Americans have prevailed on the WTO to prohibit the design of any more robust container for CDs, so as to prevent "dumping" by wily Taiwanese and rapacious Mexicans. Quite right, too.

231.  Tue Oct 14, 2003 7:53 am Reply with quote

Tyburn: the crimped bit of a necktie which occurs at the point where you always tie the knot, and which enables you to find the correct point at which to cross the fat end over the thin end.

232.  Tue Oct 14, 2003 8:19 am Reply with quote

Hope Bowdler: one who opens the prize draw letter from Which? magazine but leaves the bank statement "for later".

Helperthorpe: a quick clean-through before the daily arrives.

Gussage St Michael: system used by Marks & Spencers' store planners to ensure that the way to the men's sock counter always passes through the ladies' lingerie department.

234.  Tue Oct 14, 2003 3:26 pm Reply with quote

Skinflats - the hard flaky bits on your elbows that you can't see well enough to get off.

Foffarty - the state of a jumper covered in little balls of fluff

Knockie - as an old car engine, not quite reliably reliable

Upper Beeding - the last dregs you try to squeeze out of a toothpaste tube [also Lower Beeding - the dregs in a wine box that won't come out of the tap]

237.  Tue Oct 14, 2003 4:52 pm Reply with quote

Beeding-under-Edge: the Marmite residue that sits under the shoulder part of the jar and can't be reached by a knife so you have to scoop it out with your fingertip.


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