The agreeable eye

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2.05.02 – Thursday

1 May 2002, around 19.56.

The workmen spoke in iambic pentameter, a swift and toneless sequence of stressed and unstressed, not languid or melodic, but with a choppy sharpness, unconscious precision and imprecise annoyance. Curiously, the word ‘f—k’ could take any metrical position, as the sentiment or the phrase required.

prescriptive

30 November 2002, around 19.13.

For words have a weight beyond their meaning, the sound of the stithy drawing measure from the iron of Elizabethan poetry, skirting the Joycean quicksilver to forge a something other than consciousness—a feeling, then, a fear. The chthonic sibilance and uneven lisp hammering out associations and leaving nothing but the need to hear.

Manipulus Vocabulorum

22 February 2003, around 8.08.

From an English rhyming dictionary, with Latin translations, compiled by Peter Levins in 1570 (EETS #27, 1867): In arke An Arke, archa, æ. ye Barke of a trée, cortex, icis, hic.      Carke, care, cura, cogitatio. A  Clarke, clericus, i. A  Larke, alauda, æ, galarita, æ. A  Marke, signum, scopus, i. A  Parke, damarium, vivarium. A […]

abecedarian

21 March 2003, around 18.10.

As it sounds.

the end of English letters

15 April 2003, around 8.10.

April 9 [1937]: VirginiaWoolf’s The Years and F. Tennyson Jesse’s A Pine to See the Peep Show read at once—what with rain and fairies and walloping bells at Oxford and Missie dying of love for Teacher with a dash of beans and fish with the lower middle class—impress one again with the constipation of English […]

apropos of nothing

10 June 2003, around 8.45.

Small rain.

phrases

27 June 2003, around 13.33.

general principles • moral turpitude • progressive non-action • radical self-sufficiency • righteous indignation • pompous twit

Flibbertigibbet

2 July 2003, around 11.39.

Don’t flip.

of doubtful origin

10 August 2003, around 8.21.

Provenance unknown.

I feel sick

11 November 2003, around 8.50.

Nauseous.

irreptitious

20 November 2003, around 10.08.

Into my heart an air that kills     From yon far country blows: What are those blue remembered hills,     What spires, what farms are those? That is the land of lost content,     I see it shining plain, The happy highways where I went     And cannot come again. (from […]

colonoscopy

29 January 2004, around 18.43.

As the abandonment of periodic arrangement really makes the colon useless, it would be well (though of course any one who still writes in formal periods should retain his rights over it) if ordinary writers would give it up altogether except in special uses, independent of its quantitative value, to which it is being more […]

pseudaphoristica (8)

4 March 2004, around 15.05.

vartue.

ablative abecedarian

20 April 2004, around 13.49.

Also as it sounds.

teacher’s house

30 April 2009, around 0.17.

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