guys and dolls

How many times have I seen Guys and Dolls? (1950)  Lost count, but twice this year. I saw the English revival that started in Chichester and transferred to the West End where I saw it in January. And now this production in June in Stratford - absolutely incredibly fabulous.  I was not  alone in my enthusiasm.  It kept growing in the audience to the point that the cast had to stop the applause after a number so that they could get on with the show. 

Such layers and years of pleasure it has brought me.  It was one of the first records (remember 33 1/3 rpm?)  we bought after we were married (1952).  I think I still have it.  I used to listen to musicals while I ironed - this was so long ago it was before Perma:Press - so I learned all the words. I still know them.  One of my favourite songs was Sky Masterson"s "My Time of Day", omitted from the movie(1955) because Marlon Brando couldn't sing. i read that his other numbers were pieced together with bits and pieces he sang into a tape recorder.  Time of Day has too intricate a score for a non-singer to master. Incidentally, does anyone else remember that the original Sky was performed by Robert Alda (1914-1986), father of Alan?

I am a mine of useless, miscellaneous information. Fun, though.

all right all right all right

So I've been busy. It's not that I haven't been thinking. Just short of writing time. Backlog of thoughts and emotions.  Coming in to the end zone. Soon.  I hope soon. I have my last assignment for my screenwriting course and it's a doozy, a test of character and experience as well as of writing.  Still reading, but not much.  But I do have a few words I can look up and share while I wait for more time to write.  

Did you know that it takes more time to to write than to write?

You probably knew that.

The first few are from a book with a vocabulary dating from earlier times in England. I'm not sure how the online Dictionary is going to react. 

swingle |ˈswɪŋg(ə)l| noun 1 a wooden tool for beating flax and removing the woody parts from it.  2 the swinging part of a flail.verb [ with obj. ]beat (flax) with a swingle. I found a group of bare-armed women under the trees swingling flax. ORIGIN Middle English: from Middle Dutch swinghel, from the base of the verb swing.

souse |saʊs| verb [with obj.]  soak in or drench with liquid: the chips were well soused with vinegar.noun1 [ mass noun ] liquid used for pickling. he liked to make salt-fish souse.• N. Amer. & W. Indian food, especially a pig's head, in pickle. 2 informal a drunkard. he's a roaring souse.• dated a period of heavy drinking.  ORIGIN late Middle English (as a noun denoting pickled meat): from Old French sous ‘pickle’, of Germanic origin; related to salt.

lappet |ˈlapɪt| noun  1 a fold or hanging piece of flesh in some animals.• a loose or overlapping part of a garment.  2 (also lappet moth)a brownish moth, the hairy caterpillars of which have fleshy lappets along each side of the body.●Gastropacha quercifolia and other species in the family Lasiocampidae.  DERIVATIVESlappeted adjective  ORIGIN late Middle English (denoting a lobe of the ear, liver, etc.): diminutive of lap1.

creance |ˈkriːəns| noun Falconry a long fine cord attached to a hawk's leash to prevent escape during training. ORIGIN late 15th cent.: from French créance ‘faith’, also denoting a cord to retain a bird of peu de créance (‘of little faith’ i.e. which cannot yet be relied upon).

chirography |kʌɪˈrɒgrəfi| noun [ mass noun ]  handwriting, especially as distinct from typography.  DERIVATIVES  chirographic adjective

SO  MUCH FOR 16TH CENTURY ENGLAND. there were a number I couldn't find. I'm still going, though.

megatherium |ˌmɛgəˈθɪərɪəm |noun (pl.megatheriums or megatheria)  an extinct giant ground sloth of the Pliocene and Pleistocene epochs in America, reaching a height of 5 m (16 ft) when standing erect.●Genus Megatherium, family Megatheriidae.  ORIGIN modern Latin, from Greek mega thērion ‘great animal’.

NOW WHERE DID I COME ACROSS THAT?

oneiric |ə(ʊ)ˈnʌɪrɪk| adjective formal, relating to dreams or dreaming.  ORIGIN mid 19th cent.: from Greek oneiros ‘dream’ + -ic.

leishmaniasis |ˌliːʃməˈnʌɪəsɪs| noun [ mass noun ]  a tropical and subtropical disease caused by leishmania and transmitted by the bite of sandflies. It affects either the skin or the internal organs.

rastaquoere-- NOPE

tropism |ˈtrəʊpɪz(ə)m, ˈtrɒp-|noun [ mass noun ] Biology  the turning of all or part of an organism in a particular direction in response to an external stimulus.  ORIGIN late 19th cent.: from Greek tropos ‘turning’ (from trepein ‘to turn’) + -ism.

appanage |ˈap(ə)nɪdʒ| (also apanage )noun  historical provision made for the maintenance of the younger children of kings and princes, consisting of a gift of land, an official position, or money.• archaic  a benefit or right belonging to someone; a perquisite: the appanages of her rank.  ORIGIN early 17th cent.: from French, based on medieval Latin appanare ‘provide with the means of subsistence’, from ad- ‘to’ + panis ‘bread’.

paralalia I guess it's related to  parallax |ˈparəlaks|noun [ mass noun[  ]the effect whereby the position or direction of an object appears to differ when viewed from different positions, e.g. through the viewfinder and the lens of a camera. [ as modifier ] :what you see in the viewfinder won't be quite what you get in the photograph because of parallax error.• [ count noun ] the angular amount of parallax in a particular case, especially that of a star viewed from different points in the earth's orbit. he succeeded in measuring the parallax of the star 61 Cygni .DERIVATIVESparallactic |-ˈlaktɪk| adjective  ORIGIN late 16th cent. (also in the general sense ‘fact of seeing wrongly’): from French parallax, from Greek parallaxes ‘a change’, from parallassein ‘to alternate’, based onallassein ‘to exchange’ (from allos ‘other’). (THIS WOULD BE USEFUL WITH AN iPHONE)

aleatory |ˈeɪlɪət(ə)ri, ˈal-| (also aleatoric |ˌeɪlɪəˈtɒrɪk, ˌal-| )adjective:  depending on the throw of a die or on chance; random.• relating to or denoting music or other forms of art involving elements of random choice (sometimes using statistical or computer techniques) during their composition, production, or performance. aleatory music. a photograph can capture the aleatory chaos of modern urban life.  ORIGIN late 17th cent.: from Latin aleatorius, from aleator ‘dice player’, from alea ‘die’, + -y1.

There. Thank you. I have lots to say but I must be patient. You too.

Don't go away. I won't either.