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Saturday, August 30, 2014

What is the Meaning of Atherine?


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Atherine

Once when swimming in the sea
A shoal of fish swam up to me,
Smelts to be exact who to me said,
"Don't feed upon us sir please
We are an endangered species,
And when we're gone all of us will be dead!"

To which I said, "I think you'll find
That I don't dine on atherine
Fish so be assured that you'll be fine!"
But as they swam away from me
Relieved, elated and happy
A hungry shark snacked on them from behind!

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What is the Meaning of Aspine?


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Aspine

Once when in the thick jungles
Of somewhere hot and tropical
I stumbled on an aspine creature who
Was in fact a talking snake
Who said to me, "Yum human steak!"
And tried to add me to its lunch menu!

This happens to me every time
I meet something that is aspine
What is it about me that so appeals?
Why not eat instead a rat
Or a juicy ginger cat?
Or something other than me for its meal?

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What is the Meaning of Arietine?


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Arietine

Once I knew an arietine
Fellow who most of the time
Went about in wool from head to tail,
That's because, you understand,
He was none other than a ram
With curly horns and definitely male!

He thought himself the king of all
The sheep and all such animals
Who lived upon the farm he called his home,
That was until, let me tell you,
He ended up inside a stew
And left me with the jumper I now own!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

What is the Meaning of Arctian?


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Arctian

What a little mess I'm in
For something small and arctian
Has been inside my wardrobe now I fear

This menacing and hungry moth
Has eaten through my clothes of cloth
And I'm afraid I now have naught to wear!

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What is the Meaning of Aquiline?


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Aquiline

Instead of these dull arms of mine
I wish that I had aquiline
Wings to lift me up and help me fly,

Where like an eagle I would glide
And nothing edible could hide
From me as I swoop down from up in high!

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A man with wings instead of arms swoops down on an innocent bunny





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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

What is the Meaning of Apian?


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Apian (also Apiarian)

A little black and yellow thing
Accosted me whilst gardening
And threatened so to stab me with its sting,
It seemed the apian insect
Did not much like the prospect
Of sharing the outdoors with me this spring,

And so it brought its armed butt down
And got me squarely on my frown
And with it's dying breath it said to me,
"Take that you human animal,
I do not like your kind at all."
Such was the end of this aggressive bee.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

What is the Meaning of Anserine?


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Anserine

Once upon a long long time
Ago I knew an anserine
Fellow who went by the name of Bruce,

And every time I called his name
His answer always was the same,
He honked at me because he was a goose.


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Monday, August 25, 2014

The Meaning of the Prefix Quasi


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QUASI- (Prefix)

If "kind of" was a thing that you
Into a word wished to imbue
There is a certain prefix you should try,

To say "sort of" or probably
"almost" or "apparently"
The word to use is the prefix QUASI.

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The Meaning of the Prefix Omni


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OMNI- (Prefix)


Perhaps I wanted to convey
The idea of ALL
Like if I had the will to say
"I am all powerful"
Which of course is not quite true
But just to illustrate
My point then bear with me a bit
And let me simply state
That if I was all powerful
Another way to say it
Is to use the word OMNI
To easily portray it
As in the word OMNIPOTENT
Meaning all powerful
I know this much because I know
That OMNI conveys ALL!
And if I was all knowing,
Which of course I'm not,
OMNISCIENCE would be the word
That meant I knew a lot,
And if I was ubiquitous
Or everywhere then I
Would be OMNIPRESENT
And quite a super guy!
Of course if OMNI doesn't quite
Do it for you then
You could just as easily
Use PAN or PANTO when
You want squeeze into a word
The influence of "all"
So PANTOPOTENT also could
Well mean all powerful,
Which makes me wonder if there could
Be the slightest chance
That this is why we cover all
Our legs with things called Pants?

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The Meaning of the Prefix Phyco


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Phyco-

If algae is a thing that you
Want to incorporate
Into a word insert PHYCO
Into the word to make
A word that does imbue algae
As in phycology,
The definition of which being
The study of algae!
Originating from phykos
A Greek word it's agreed
Which translated simply means
Nothing less than seaweed!

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The Meaning of the Prefixes Dys and Para


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Dys- / Para- (Prefixes)

If you want a clever way
To say a thing's abnormal
Then insert PARA at the start
As in "Paranormal".

Otherwise you could indeed
Put DYS in PARA's place
And change the face of "functional"
By having DYS emplaced.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

What is the Meaning of Cordiform?


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Once I went down to the beach
And found a thing that made me screech
A creature there that gave me such a start,

Because of it's weird shape and form
The squishy thing was cordiform
By that I mean it was shaped like a heart!

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The Meaning of the Prefix Counter


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Counter- (Prefix)

If you aim to change a word
So "contrary" it implies
COUNTER
 then will do the trick
Is in counterclockwise.

Or perhaps your after

Something that means opposing?
As in "counteroffensive"
COUNTER
's worth imposing.

Or maybe the idea you want
Is "complimentary"?
COUNTER 
again will play the part
As in "counterpart", you see?

"Duplicate" or "Substitute"
Can be, without much toil,
Infused by adding
 COUNTER too
As in "Counterfoil".

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The Meaning of the Prefix Contra


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Contra- (Prefix)

The thought of being against something
Or in opposition
Can be infused into a word
With CONTRA in position.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

What is the Meaning of Capricious?


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Capricious

If I had the tendency
To change my mood quite frequently
One minute nice and then the next I’m vicious,

And just like that I’m nice again,
If I’m like that my friend well then
You might well say of me I am capricious.

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Monday, August 18, 2014

What is the Meaning of Anguilline and Anguine?


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Anguilline / Anguine

I heard a hissing sound one night
It gave me such an aweful fright
And then I felt a slither on my leg!
Something long and anguilline
A snake it seemed had come to dine
Upon me whilst I lay there in my bed!

"Listen here you dreadful snake!"
I said to it, "I'm still awake!
Can't you at least wait till I'm asleep?"
To which the anguine reptile
Said to me with a sly smile
"Of course I'll wait till then before I eat..."

Needless to say that frigtful night
He never left my sleepless sight
For sleeping is a tricky thing to do,
When in your bed an anguilline
Creature has anguine designs
To make an uncooked meal out of you!

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What is the Meaning of Calumny?


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Calumny

If I were to say of you
Something that was quite untrue
With the intent to hurt your reputation,

Not only would it be slander
To speak lies of your character
But calumny would fit the situation.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

What is the Meaning of Acarine?


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Acarine

Upon this timid arm of mine
Was something that was acarine
So I swiftly ruthlessly squashed it,

Because I did not like the sight
Of a mite on my arm that night
So I quickly gave the tick the flick!

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What is the Meaning of Accipitrine?


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Accipitrine

Once I had a friend called Mike
Who came out with me for a hike
But only I returned after that day,

For something quite accipitrine
Flew down and took that friend of mine
A bird of prey that is took Mike away!

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What is the Meaning of Acipenserine?


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Acipenserine

I know it's mean for me to say
But at the pool the other day
An acipenserine chap took a swim,
Built just like a big sturgeon
He made the water to burgeon
When this giant fellow jumped right in.

Amazing though despite his size
I could not quite believe my eyes
When he swam with all a sturgeon's grace,
But more than that I'd never seen
Someone with the urge to clean
The bottom of the pool using their face!

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What is the Meaning of Aedine?


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Aedine

Sometimes at night I like to go
Around my house with a book so
I can squash the aedine things I find,
Those little bugs that buzz about
And like to suck your warm blood out
Only to leave an itchy bite behind!

And when I find the mosquito
I aim my book and quickly throw
It down upon its head and just like that
The Aedine insect's life is toast
As it becomes a tiny ghost
Leaving its mangled body that went SPLAT!

And as the bug to heaven goes
I say to the dead mosquito
That Aedine comes to us from Greek Aedes,
A word that does "unpleasant" mean
Which fits because I like to dream
That its soul will go instead to Hades!

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