Tag Archives: Full Moon

moon ash tree: monastery

Seeing full moon rise through an ash tree
made me put them together linguistically,
and second time sounded like monastery.

The world tree of Nordic religion/mythology is an ash: Yggdrasil. The scene made me think of putting the moon in the middle first, but it didn’t evoke anything.

This week on Facebook I posted an article about a native Australian’s feelings for trees, and a UK TV C4 documentary about native Amazonian artwork having been discovered on a cliff face; with great greenYgrey scenes!

I also wrote of Europe/UK’s right to do the same: protecting our nature and people. It’s what I’ve been doing for the last 20 years.

mistYmuse time and the last post inspired me to update this site for the first time since the greenYgrey age!

Full Moon Affects Human Sleep Scientists Discover

Hi, it’s Wolf Whitzer, intrepid newshound at the Greenygrey with a Greenygrey News (GNN) newsflash.

Full Moon Affects Human Body, Mind and Sleep

While it has of course been known in the werewolf world that the full moon is very important to critters and creatures living on the surface of planet Earth, there is now some scientific evidence about it in the human world.

As reported in the Medical News Today article Full moon affects not only werewolves but human sleep too scientists in Switzerland have found that volunteers un-a-were of when a full moon was occurring still had the following reactions to a full moon:

  • Brain activity associated with deep sleep (during non-rapid eye movement) fell by nearly a third,
  • On average it took the volunteers 5 minutes longer to fall asleep, and their sleep was 20 minutes shorter, and
  • There was a drop in levels of melatonin, a protein that helps regulate sleep and wake cycles.

    Overview of biological circadian clock in huma...
    Overview of biological circadian clock in humans. Biological clock affects the daily rhythm of many physiological processes. This diagram depicts the circadian patterns typical of someone who rises early in morning, eats lunch around noon, and sleeps at night (10 p.m.). Although circadian rhythms tend to be synchronized with cycles of light and dark, other factors – such as ambient temperature, meal times, stress and exercise – can influence the timing as well. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This seems in line with the circadian rhythm, which has featured in several articles and poems on this website before.

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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:

Expanding Greenygrey Language: Prefix, Root, Suffix

Image by TZA via Flickr

Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang.  As you all know by now, I’m the word expert on the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon.

Greenygrey Expanding Language

As greenygrey is still a homeless word, I thought we should start building extensions around it, to show how flexible and useful it can be.

As the Phonics on the Web site explains, greenygrey is a type of root word: the basic meaning.  And the root word can be added to by prefixes (before) and suffixes (after) which change the meaning of the root word. Here are some examples of how greenygrey can be added to, starting with prefixes.


I think the prefixes that work best with greenygrey are pre, un, re and de:

  • pregreenygrey: There is thought to be a time pregreenygrey.
  • ungreenygrey: That scene of clear skies is not at all greenygrey.
  • regreenygrey: I will become more interested in greenygrey again.
  • degreenygrey: We should do away with greenygrey.

I think the suffixes that work best with greenygrey are er, esque/ish, ly and ness:

  • greenygreyer: It is more greenygrey now.
  • greenygreyesque/ish: It is kind of greenygrey, but not quite.
  • greenygreyly: I was doing two things at the same time etc.
  • greenygreyness: That forestry road image is full of greenygreyness.
I think that’s enough to be going on with.  Please try your own new greenygrey words, and send them into us if you would like them published on Greenygrey Rambles.


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Greenygrey is a Homeless Word: Remember the Strays

Image via Wikipedia

Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang, word expert at the Greenygrey and Countdown to the Full Moon.  Although we have made great progress in identifying a place for greenygrey in society, we must remember that it still has no place in any of the great word houses, known as dictionaries, such as Oxford, Collins or even our beloved Free Online Dictionary.

Greenygrey not at Home in a Dictionary

A search on Greenygrey in the Free Online Dictionary now brings up the sad message: Word not found in the Dictionary and Encyclopedia.

So although I have provided many reasons for greenygrey finding a place in the dictionary it is still at the moment out in the cold.

Homeless and Stray Numbers Rising

While the Greenygrey can survive out in the cold, due to its winter coat, it is not so easy for many people and animals.

And with numbers apparently rising in the difficult economic conditions, as winter arrives in the northern hemisphere, we should perhaps remember them.

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Two-Sided Arguments are Too Long-winded?

Grey Area
Image by the justified sinner via Flickr

Did this image foresee the arrival of the greenygrey into the grey area debate?

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

Nearly a full moon ago, I started defining the word greenygrey for its place in human prosperity.  That time, I focused on upgrading the term ‘grey area’ to a ‘greenygrey area’.

Today, as promised then, I will be looking at how greenygrey can be substituted for a ‘two-sided argument’.

Greenygrey has More Rhythm and Flow

While it could be argued that greenygrey is a clumsier term than ‘grey area’, having three syllables to two if my calculations are correct (I’m not the mathematician!), there is no doubt that it is a much smoother and flowing term than ‘two-sided argument’.

I would much rather say, ‘It’s a bit greenygrey’ than ‘It’s a bit of a two-sided argument’, although I am rather biased.

So, Greenygrey it shall be

So, I think I have conclusively proved that theory, and greenygrey should take the place of ‘two-sided argument’ from now on, wherever possible.

Please try and be subtle during the transition, and consider the feelings of any staunch two-sided argumentists.

Returning to the Grey Area

And returning to the grey area, in this age of abbreviation, maybe the use of GG would make it shorter and smoother than ‘grey area’.  Example: ‘Yes, but that’s GG’ is shorter than ‘Yes, but that’s a grey area’.

I won’t claim victory on that one just yet, but I think I have made great strides towards bringing the two-sided argument, uh, I mean greenygrey, to a conclusive conclusion.

The splitting of greenygrey into greenygrey and GG will also differentiate the two uses of greenygrey, so there isn’t any confusion about which old term the greenygrey/GG is replacing.

Thank you for your time!

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New Words in the 21st Century: Variations on 20th Century

Book cover
Image by Vince Alongi via Flickr

Hi, it’s Susie Dentinfang here, Werewolfish language graduate, and word expert on the popular Werewolf TV quiz programme: Countdown to the Full Moon.  Greenygrey has now grown of its original use in the Greenygrey world, and is commonly used in werewolf circles, such as the full moon.

Having enjoyed learning the many uses of greenygrey in the werewolf world I thought it would be fun to bring you some uses it has found in the human world.  Here are two:

Greenygrey Landscape and Weather 

The original use of greenygrey in the human world was for the British landscape, but this combination of green and grey can be seen in most places with grey stone and green flora.  Bringing green into the equation hopefully puts a positive spin on grey days.

‘Isn’t it a lovely greenygrey day and location.’

The Doublethink Grey Area

Greenygrey has also found use as a kind of doublethink (George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four) grey area; for grey areas which seem more than one-dimensional.  In this way it seems to be a 21st century version of Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 double-bind logic.

Person 1: ‘I don’t know if that is a greenhouse or house of grey.’
Person 2: ‘That’s what I’d call a greenygrey area.’

I hope you’ve enjoyed these examples of greenygrey,
and will have fun putting them into play.

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