Friday, December 30, 2005

5 on a Joyride

Oughtie Aviva Biel-Gott brings our attention to a mundane sentence from Nabokov's Pnin:

"When Joan with a bagful of provisions, two magazines, and three
parcels, came home at a quarter past five, she found in the porch
mailbox a special-delivery air-mail from her daughter."

...or is it mundane?

Sunday, December 11, 2005

And . . . scene!

If you were writing a story with a character named Hoffmann who was always late to important social events, you could have another character joke, "Oh yeah—E.T.A. Hoffmann."

"As in the story writer?" another character could respond, incredulous.

"Nah—as in 'Estimated Time of Arrival'!"

Sunday, December 04, 2005

Vintage—Eating—Tinge—Gent—Ten—Né—"e"

Rasa Ming-Ozu has unearthed a cache of "slimmables" from the 1990s! To play at home, copy the boldfaced words on a piece of scratch paper; slim away; then check your answers!

versify
verify
fiver
five
fie
if
i

omnibus
nimbus
numbs
snub
sun
us

startling
starling
staring
string
sting
sing
sin
in
i

elastics
elastic
castle
least
east
tea
at
a

benign
being
bing
bin
in
i

pottery
poetry
trope
port
tor
or
o

What going is on here?

Sign at hair salon:

SMILE!
YOU
BEING
ARE
WATCHED

Message on Sorrento's Cheese float, drifting into Little Italy:

GREETINGS
SEASON'S

Has Yoda been doing some non-Jedi content providing?

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Multiplex scrambler

What new movie is as rainy as an anagram?

(Winner receives exclusive high-fashion, wholly fictional OUGHT MAGAZINE T-shirt!)