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2013-05-24 08:07 pm
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learning a new word: taproot, tuck-and-roll, faille, bister, maquillage, chinoiserie, parterre

taproot - the main root of a plant

tuck-and-roll - | | | | | (that kind of upholstery on car seats is called tuck-and-roll; didn't know the word for it)
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2013-05-24 05:58 pm
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learning a new word: miller, fulvid, purpuric, schlimaz(e)l, voile, marquetry, linenfold, coffered

A 'miller' in this sense is a kind of moth with powdery-looking wings and body. (I wouldn't have used it in the phrase 'moths, millers, and gnats' myself because it's already covered by the mention of moths, but that's just me.)
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2013-05-23 11:05 am
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learning a new word: phthalo

phthalo in this context - as a modifier for 'darkness', referring to the evening sky - appears to be short for 'phthalocyanine'. According to wikipedia, 'Phthalocyanine is an intensely blue-green coloured aromatic macrocyclic compound that is widely used in dyeing.' According to AHD, the word covers several blue or green organic compounds used in enamels, printing inks, linoleum, and plastics.

I admit to doubt as to whether the viewpoint character would know this word.
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2013-05-23 10:07 am
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learning a new word: squamous, rugose, ochre

No, I'm still reading The Silent Tower, not H. P. Lovecraft. The characters were surprised too.

(And yes, I've *encountered* the words before, or that last sentence wouldn't exist, but I realized I couldn't define them adequately, so here they are.)
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2013-05-22 12:05 pm
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learning a new word: lour, ophidian, water strider

'Lour' is a variant of 'lower'. In this case, it was being used in the noun sense of 'a threatening or sullen look' or 'a dark and ominous look'. I wouldn't have applied it to summer *heat*, myself, although I can understand applying it to clouds during such weather. (Credit to The American Heritage Dictionary for explaining to me what it meant.)

'Like the man dreaming, who feels even in sleep the refreshing storm break the lour of summer heat...'
- chapter 1 of The Silent Tower by Barbara Hambly

As for 'ophidian', it means 'snakelike'. Nothing to do with obsidian at all.

(As for 'water strider', that's a kind of insect that appears to walk on water. Yes, they're the ones also known as 'Jesus bugs'. The chapter that uses this term is being told from the viewpoint of a character who has never heard of Christianity, hence the term being used.)
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2013-05-08 10:21 am
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learning a new word: mondegreen

mondegreen - a series of words that result from the mishearing or misinterpretation of a statement or song lyric. [The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition; word is derived from an example song lyric]

Examples
- 'rocky cocoa' for 'rococo' (see Thus Was Adonis Murdered by Sarah Caudwell)
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2013-03-12 09:26 pm
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Those Who Hunt the Night by Barbara Hambly

The narrator appears to use the English rather than the Spanish pronunciation of 'Simon', judging from the excerpt I listened to earlier this evening. Granted, it would probably help if the English text put in the accent mark.
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2013-02-06 07:48 pm
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Cabin Pressure Transcript: Xinzhou

Transcriber's Note: I've tried using italics and underlines to convey vocal stress, as well as ellipses and dashes to convey pauses.

This week, Xinzhou!
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Link to John Finnemore's blog entry on the episode: Xinzhou
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2012-12-16 07:31 pm

Colonel Warburton's Madness

Author: [personal profile] disassembly_rsn
Title: Colonel Warburton's Madness
A gift for [personal profile] keerawa
Category: Gen
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: none
Summary: Set pre-Reichenbach. Sally, John, and Sherlock are all brought in to investigate a theft at a regimental museum.
Author's Notes: The title is a reference to one of the cases Dr. Watson referred to in passing (see "The Adventure of the Engineer's Thumb"), but never wrote up. The work is also a very minor crossover with H. Beam Piper's Murder in the Gunroom, which see for further details of the Fleming Collection.
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2012-11-23 11:34 am

The Least Part of the Work

Fic for literate_wench: The Least Part of the Work
Title: The Least Part of the Work
Recipient: [profile] literate_wench
Author: [personal profile] disassembly_rsn
Characters/Pairings: Mycroft Holmes, new!C (Mycroft Holmes's boss)
Rating: PG
Warnings: none
Summary: Mycroft's initial meetings with his new superior, and his instruction in the latter's plans for reorganization.
Fandoms: BBC Sherlock, A Study in Emerald
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2011-08-30 03:43 am

Of Reading and Rubbers

I have completed a fanfiction, which has now been posted publicly to the fest for which it was written...

Title: Of Reading and Rubbers
Rating: PG
Category: gen
Word count: 1614
Warnings: none
Notes/Acknowledgments: The BBC's Sherlock is, sadly, not mine, nor is Agatha Christie's Cards on the Table.
Author's Note: I wrote this for [livejournal.com profile] sherlockmas "Summer of Sherlock" fest, so the link below will actually take you to the comm where it is posted. (I'd like to keep any comments on it in one place.)
Prompt(s) used: ANY; reading aloud to someone sick/injured/hospitalized

(Who?)
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2011-08-18 09:00 pm

Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues

I have completed a fanfiction, which has now been posted publicly to the fest for which it was written...

Title: Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues
Rating: PG
Category: gen
Word count: 1393
Warnings: none
Notes/Acknowledgments: The BBC's Sherlock is, sadly, not mine, nor is Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.
Author's Note: I wrote this for [livejournal.com profile] sherlockmas "Summer of Sherlock" fest, so the link below will actually take you to the comm where it is posted. (I'd like to keep any comments on it in one place.)
Prompt(s) used: Any; Stuck inside on a beautiful day in a full leg cast... rear window?

(I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler...)
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2011-08-15 08:10 pm

Hurt/Comfort Bingo Card

parting ways cuddling fever / delirium ostracised from society arrest
hallucinations dungeons amnesia humiliation slaves
nervous breakdown hunger / starvation WILD CARD hugs sensory deprivation
unexpected consequences of planned soulbonding trapped between realities post-traumatic stress disorder loss of hearing head trauma
caught in a robbery family accidents heat stroke side effects


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2011-07-31 10:58 am

SUMMER OF SHERLOCK: Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues

Author's Note: I wrote this for [livejournal.com profile] sherlockmas "Summer of Sherlock" fest (and since it has been posted there as of 16 August, this DW post is now public). If you'd like to comment on it there rather than here, it is Entry 16. It has also been posted to AO3 as Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues.



Username: [personal profile] disassembly_rsn
Type of work: fic
Category: gen
Title: Ain't No Cure for the Summertime Blues
Prompt(s) used: Any; Stuck inside on a beautiful day in a full leg cast... rear window?
Rating: PG
Word count: 1393
Warnings: none
Notes/Acknowledgments: The BBC's Sherlock is, sadly, not mine, nor is Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window.
I'm gonna raise a fuss, I'm gonna raise a holler... )