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New Greenygreyism found by Susie Dent Werewolf

There’s a saying in French Google: Oo le GG.

Susie Dentinfang,
Word Expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon.

Google 貼牌冰箱(Google Refrigerator)
Google 貼牌冰箱(Google Refrigerator) (Photo credit: Aray Chen)
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Weasel Wordplay Wednesday: Intense Stoatments in Tents

I don’t want to be loquacious
mendacious or salacious
because I’m not the eponymous
leading character of this mess
while it may seem total nonsense
you may remember these words hence.

Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, chief word correspondent at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon.

The Beta Band (album)
The Beta Band (album) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s been quiet on the Greenygrey word front lately, so it’s good to be back looping the mix.

The introductory poem is not just for decoration, as it also contains a couple of the main words inspiring my interest today.

Loquacious Loki Lokycious 

Loquacious means being talkative and garrulous, and was last week’s buzz word of mind in Greenygrey Central.

Loki and kenghis
Loki and kenghis (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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 

Opus Eponymous
Opus Eponymous (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

However, eponymous does in fact mean giving your name to something, or something being named after someone: such as Greenygrey being the eponymous subject of Greenygrey’s Rambles: How to Remember North America.

Which was where all this Greenygrey  word memorising and poetry synchronising all began…

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Blondie’s Debbie Harry: Adopted Child Cultural Legend

Hi, it’s Wachel Wiley-Coyote, numbers expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full MoonIt’s women and feminism week at the Greenygrey, and I think there’s few better examples of female role models who’ve struggled through juvenile adversity to legendary status than Debbie Harry of Blondie.

I think I can relate a little to DebThe show in which two contestants engage in a battle of wits, competing against the clock in games of lexical dexterity and numerical agilitybie Harry after my human parallel Rachel Riley was criticised for her short skirts early in her Countdown career.

Tough Childhood to Blondie Success

Debbie Harry was adopted. After graduating college with an Arts degree she struggled through her early singing career with jobs ranging from a BBC Radio secretary to a Playboy Bunny.

Blondie
Cover of Blondie

After singing in a few bands she found success with Blondie, fronting a band completed with four male musicians. Debbie was of course considered the leader and main focal point of the band.

Harry mixed a cool singing persona with punk fashion and dancing to capture the attention and admiration of both men and women.

Debbie Harry and Chris Stein

Although Harry’s onstage behaviour and dress might have brought disapproval by some people, she had an exemplary long-term relationship with bandmate Chris Stein. 

This included Blondie taking a break for an extended period of time at the height of their success as Harry cared for Stein when he began suffering from the blistering autoimmune disease pemphigus.

Blondie Continue to Rock n’ Roll

Blondie never regained their late 1970s heyday, but have continued to record and tour, and have had several successful records in recent years.

Debbie Harry continues to be an icon for the late 1970s generation, symbolising that time of exciting punk and new wave musical acts. And now she is an example of leading a good and successful life after overcoming early adversity.

Deborah Harry
Cover of Deborah Harry

I wonder if the late-1970s men generation would like and love women as much today without Debbie Harry?

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Millie Tant of Viz Fame Werewolf of Oz Analysis

Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, word expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon. When I agreed to this gig at the Greenygrey some werewolves thought it was beneath me, and that I’d lower perceptions of my kind, but I noticed last week that my human parallel, Susie Dent, was having a whale of a time on 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, and was even serenaded by some bloke called Nick Helm.

Millie Tant of Viz Comic Fame

I was lost for words for once, and still am, so it’s lucky that I’m just here today to present the latest thrilling episode of Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps as part of the Greenygrey’s women and feminism week.

Millie Tant Guest Analyst

While I’m happy working for the Greenygrey, and think Werewolf of Oz is positive towards women, I thought it’d be only fair to get the views of a more militant female about today’s episode. So I contacted Millicent ‘Millie’ Buckridge Tant of Viz fame, and asked her what she thought. She was horrified.

Snowman building
Snowman building (Photo credit: TheNickster)

She said it was awful that the two main women of the story, Cathy and Elle, were stereotypically doing the cooking in the first paragraph.

I pointed out that male Angry was building a snowman at the time, which was a more useless role really, and that unisex Grey unthinkingly joined him instead of helping with the cooking. Moreover, Cathy later knows where they are more than anyone.

Millie shouted it should have been a snow-woman anyway, and said she was going to organise a Werewolf of Oz boycott before slamming the phone down.

Werewolf of Oz Introduction 

Anyway, here’s the episode with the controversial first paragraph uncensored and uncut for you to decide.

It sees the travellers having escaped Kerang-Kerrang to New South Wales, the penultimate state of their epic fantasy travel comedy satire quest; and a guest appearance by the one and many Perishers.

Chapter 94.  Perishers Prevent Perishing Cold in Perisher Valley

I awoke adrift in a snow drift. As I came to terms with my consciousness, and remembered the events in Kerang-Kerrang, I could see there were awesome peaks all around us. Climbing clear of the hole I’d made for myself, I saw Cathy and Elle were kindling a fire, while Angry was building a snowman.

Wishing it had been them.
Wishing it had been them. (Photo credit: nechbi)

I helped Angry finish off the snowman, and then we joined Cathy and Elle as they cooked up some wild vegetable broth.

I asked if anybody knew where we were. Cathy said it was the Perisher Valley, in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales. We had crossed over the state border during the dream.

Perishers Peruse our Parky Party 

View to Perisher village from mt. Perisher (2054m)
View to Perisher village from mt. Perisher (2054m) (Photo credit: Tatters:))

I had just about absorbed Cathy’s geographical information, when some interesting characters wandered out of the nearby forest pushing a pram and pulling a wooden buggy. They were heading our way.

I said howdy when they got within earshot, and asked where they were heading.

The one pulling a buggy said they were on their annual holiday from the Daily Mirror’s Perishers cartoon, and were making their way home to Crunge after getting ejected from the train again.

He introduced himself as Wellington, and the other humans as Maisie, Marlon and Baby Grumpling. The Old English Sheepdog was called Boot.

Perishers Save Us from Perish the Thought 

perishers careers
perishers careers (Photo credit: mcmrbt)

Elle asked them if they’d seen any dead wood on their travels, as we were running out, and there might not be enough to finish cooking our food. Marlon said they hadn’t, but he offered us his buggy, saying it wasn’t one of his most genius contraptions, and hadn’t been much use in the snow.

We were overwhelmed by his generosity, and thanked him profusely before quickly dismantling it and heaping it on our bush telly.

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Notes

The Perishers story and characters explained within the narrative. Marlon was known for his genius contraptions.

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Love is a Scrabbled Vole

Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, word expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon, where I am fortunate to work with the lovely Wachel Wiley-Coyote and the lucky Nick Wereh.

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 

Vole profile
Vole profile (Photo credit: Howlsthunder)

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!

Vole Love 

A near-ending game board, tiles and racks of t...
Pocket Scrabble (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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

scrabble letter V
scrabble letter V (Photo credit: Leo Reynolds)

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
Voulez-Vouz
that’s mixed-up vole love for you!

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Pietry in Motion: New Word Claim

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:

Countdown Letters and Numbers Expert Guests

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.

Acmecious
Acmecious (Photo credit: Chicago Man)

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.

G
G (Photo credit: chrisinplymouth)

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.

Consonants and Vowels 

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.

The Tree of Vowels Sculpture, Tuileries Garden...
The Tree of Vowels Sculpture, Tuileries Gardens – Paris. (Photo credit: Jim Linwood)

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.

E3 2012
E3 2012 (Photo credit: Chase N.)

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.

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