Alien was one of my first shenels (words within words, like nut shell and kernel), with lie within it; but seeing the above poster last week (usually seen in Mulder’s office in X-Files) in a report about UFOs and aliens I suddenly realised lie is right in the middle of believe too. Alien is a perfect five-letter shenel, and believe is a seven letter one!
Someone’s lying about aliens, but I don’t know who to believe! I want to believe though!!
*As I was linking to shenel above two of the three suggested pages were alien and believe! I remembered alien, but didn’t remember believe!! Then over a year on, they were finally linked together by seeing that poster again!!!
Loquacious means being talkative and garrulous, and was last week’s buzz word of mind in Greenygrey Central.
It looks like it could quite easily have been a Greenygrey word, such as lokycious, which could mean being like Loki, one of the Greenygrey’s possible ancestors.
P.S. for loquaciousness,
I just visited the wikipedia reference,
and it took me to fluency
which was quite a nice place to be,
but sometimes it’s also nice to be crazy
which is more in line with Loki,
but not in modern human society
better to be somewhere you feel free.
Eponymous E pony Mouse
Eponymous is a Greenygrey word I was thinking about this week.
To me, it looks like eponymous means an email sent quickly with a mouse, like the pony express used to be the fastest mail delivery for the cavalry in the old Wild West.
It’s been an exciting week at the Greenygrey, with the proposal of Greenygreyliens as a collective noun for you lot going before the Board of Greenygrey at the next New Moon council on May 10th (please remind us if we are too excited by the new moon and forget to post the result!).
Vole Love for Greenygreyliens
You’ve been such great Greenygreyliens this year that I’ve got a special hot off the press offering for you. And if you love LOVES and VOLES these might be perfect for you; and if you also love SCRABBLES (I just realised I’ve drifted into Orlovianism!) they might just be your favourite poems ever!
Love falls down
a board hole
twisting and turning
mixed and scrabbled
if reassembled joining
word with initial
becomes more valuable
as a vole.
Mixed-Doubles Vole Hole
I told you to show L-O-V-E
did I need to spell it out to you
you had to choose V-O-L-E
with your fondness for rodents
then they used the V
for a triple-letter point score
winning them the game
that’s mixed-up vole love for you!
Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, comedy-fantasy word expert at the Greenygrey. When I saw the word pietry yesterday I thought What the Flip, I don’t recall seeing such a word in all my days on Countdown to the Full Moon.
Pie-Eating Cut to Pietry
So I googled it (rather than looking it up), and couldn’t find a reference to pietry as pie-eating.
The only pietry I found was in the Urban Dictionary, and it was for gay German wardrivers!
Pietry in Motion
So pietry looks set to be claimed as a new greenygrey word; I’ll keep you posted.
And if you want an example of pietry in motion, here’s an example:
Hi, it’s Wachel Wiley-Coyote, foxy WereWolf letters and numbers expert on Countdown to the Full Moon. My esteemed colleague, Susie Dentinfang, has asked me to guest for her today, as she is still recovering from Laurelgate, and would prefer to remain in the background researching.
Advantages of Analysing Yourself
Today, we’re analysing the Greenygrey; which we’re pretty sure we know, and will be the first to do; therefore avoiding any double meanings, and bypassing the need for a peer review.
On Countdown to the Full Moon I’m the Queen of numbers and letters, so I thought I’d take this opportunity to take a close look at the construction of the Greenygrey.
Groundbreaking Greenygrey Research Shock Finding
With all the references to GG on Greenygrey blogs my hypothesis before beginning my research was that G would be the most common letter in the Greenygrey.
I was therefore shocked and thrilled at the end of my quantitative research to find that E is in fact the most common letter in Greenygrey.
E occurs three times in the Greenygrey, while there are only two Gs; although they are of course prominently placed. There are also two Rs and Ys. One N completes the Greenygrey.
With E being the most common letter in the Greenygrey you might think that there are more vowels (a,e,i, o, u) than consonants (the other 21 letters).
However, E is in fact the only vowel. That means there are only three vowels, and seven consonants.
Letter Prominence Number Values
E is the most common letter in the Greenygrey, and is also the highest scoring if the letters are awarded values according to their placing in the word: i.e. if the first letter (G) is awarded 10 points, and the last letter (Y) 1.
With 55 points to play for, E gets 17 points for a third place (8), fourth (7) and ninth (2).
G gets 14 points for a first place (10) and seventh (4).
R gets 12 for a second (9) and eighth (3).
Y gets 6 points for sixth (5) and tenth (1); the same as N for its fifth place (6).
So, the only surprise in these prominence results after the quantitative research is that N equals Y despite having only one inclusion in the Greenygrey; whereas Y has two.
Conclusion: Time for Greenygrey Rebranding?
My main finding was that E seems a more important letter to the Greenygrey than G. That leads me to question whether GG, or G2, should be rebranded as EEE or E3?
That decision is thankfully outside my area of expertise, and my mission will finish when I deliver my results to the Greenygrey and You.
The positive side is that it proves there’s no insider trading at the Greenygrey, and that we are still outsider werewolves. We think we’ve done all we can, and you lot have let us down by not using us enough; only joking, your readership keeps us alive.
Omnishambles was the word of the year, and we give it begrudging congratulations. Although its banality probably won it the award, it does also have a certain greenygrey je ne sais quoi.
Green-on-blue not Greenygrey
Green made it into the dictionary on its own as part of the green-on-blue phrase for the Taliban trying to preserve their fascist, sexist, homophobic, child-assassinating (attempted), dancer-executing (achieved) and racist cult-ure by cowardly killing NATO soldiers while dressed as Afghan police.
Green thought about boycotting the dictionary in support of the greycism campaign, but didn’t trust The Society of Grey Words’s intentions, and thinks they might be self-serving and prejudiced against other colour-words; thus harming the word-world for their own purposes.
Green decided instead to enter the dictionary with the support of the more balanced (greenygrey) Grey It In campaign, to support the NATO mission in Afghanistan and play for the English team. The Greenygrey is quite happy to be included in any dictionary though; within reason.
Grey fully supported Green’s decision, thinking that the Oxford English Dictionary might not be perfect, but it’s better than most in the world, and there’s no point destroying something old and established just for the sake of it.
Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, word and phrase expert at the Greenygrey and Countdownto the Full Moon. As you will no doubt have read yesterday, ‘Werewolfie’ created a great new Greenygreyism, and we are delighted to announce that a carefully crafted final version has now been passed by the Board of Greenygreyisms for ‘Full Honours Greenygreyism’ status. The final phrase is:
‘At the Greenygrey it’s not the winning that matters,
it’s the taking part… in greenygrey.’
Werewolfie would again like to thank the Shanghai Masters, Denver Post and tennis players for making his dream of creating a ‘Full Honours Greenygreyism’ come true, and especially Tomas Berdych.
Were-the Werewolf Passed as Grade Two Greenygreyism
The Board only sit once a month, in line with the New Moon, and therefore also reviewed Michael Wolf and Andy Wolfhol’s ‘were-the werewolf’ from September 25th at the latest meeting.
Michael and Andy applied for Full Honours status for their phrase, and gave compelling presentations in support of their new Greenygreyism. They did enough to win official recognition for ‘were-the werewolf’, but it was classed as a Grade Two Greenygreyism.
Receiving G2 status in the GG world is nothing to be ashamed of, when you consider the quality of some of the other Greenygreyisms, and the pair of werewolf-wordsmiths (W2) ‘were’ not at all disappointed.
Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, word expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon.
I noticed a new greenygreyism recently. There was an image of a tree-lined road with sunshine breaking through at the end of it. I thought it could be called ‘the light at the end of the greenygrey’, as a nature variation of ‘the light at the end of the tunnel’.
Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, word expert at the Greenygrey and Countdownto the Full Moon. I noticed that there has been much discussion on this site lately about green and grey in terms of age. So I decided to investigate in our beloved Free Online Dictionary.
The Greenygrey of Green
The dictionary shows there are positive and negative uses for green in terms of age.
The positive is ‘Youthful; vigorous’; while the negative is ‘Naive; gullible’.
The Greenygrey of Grey
The dictionary also shows there are positive and negative uses for grey in terms of age.
The positive is ‘Neutral; venerable’; while the negative is ‘Ancient; dull’.
That’s all for now, and I hope you give these definitions the green light, or at least consider them a grey area.