Question: How does a parrot stay dry in a rainforest? Answer: By using its wings. Source:


#answer, #question, #quiz, #words


A group of owls is called a “parliament.” Source: Wikipedia the free encyclopaedia


#collective-nouns, #owl, #words

Recent Stories!

1. I recently read a letter by Rabindranath Tagore. It was from a book of his collected letters. This letter was written when he was aboard a ship. It began to rain. He was laying quietly in his bed. Indifferent. He was hearing the ocean. Its waves crashed with one another, creating a roaring sound akin to a lion’s who is tied at a zoo inside a cage. The metaphor of ocean’s immense energy being limited to a cage like structure where it roars and might consume us if released, in case of a tsunami was fresh in my reading. I liked it. I was captivated by Tagore’s imagination in his letter and the way he addressed his reader.

2. Recently read a tsunami warning in some news.

3. Registered many titles in the last two days. Watched the rehearsal of the play The Tender For Tajmahal, which is ongoing in the library hall.

4. Read a travelogue by Vikram Seth in which he paints a clear picture of streets of Katmandu streets. The extract was from a title Heaven’s Lake. He was fascinated by a flute seller who was stalled near a fruit seller and they talked a bit. The flute seller enjoyed playing more than selling. I learned the name of the Japanese flute Sakuhachi.

5. I sat under the eight petalled lotus of Ku Klux Klan, listening to some nostalgic romantic songs from Hindi movies-shedding a tear or two for sheer vividness with which the poet had captured the profound mystery of romantic love and its entanglement.

6. As I was playing the vocabulary jams: i paid attention to the meaning of word solicit. It meant : to pursuade someone to do something illegal or unrighteous. I recalled that i had recently used the word in one of my articles published here in another sense. Was i wrong? No. I had used that by emulating the usages I had seen. I recheck it now: that sense does exist.

7. Yesterday, I was asked this question by someone: “if you are asked to live one day from your life, which day would it be?”

The clear answer was: I neither want to live nor want to die. The limitations that I see: I want all of them to end and for good.

The next question was: “if you were to choose from a day when you were happy or a day when you could have corrected mistakes: which one would you choose?”

The answer : though such a thing as happily correcting mistakes does exist: I would choose a day where there was scope for rectification. It would help make this existence a perfect one in the long run.

8. A rare conjunction of six planets in the sign of Capricorn took place when Moon joined five other planets.

9. I read the story of Cleopatra and his relationship with Julius Caesar in brief as an introduction to a novel titled Cleopatra. Out of Western figures of importance from fair sex in history: Hypatia-the Greek genius, Helen of Troy and Cleopatra stand out to my imagination. Mary Magdalene or mother of Joshua Ben Joseph is more from hagiographies than from a critical literature.

10. My rankings on have slumped a bit because of my being busy with other stuff. Yet: I find satisfaction in the fact that I am still one of the top scorers in jams this month:

As you can observe: I have been second most jam team leader in the jams this month, behind only to Stephen D of Japan.

The second screen shot indicates that I have been third player to be in a winning team most often this month.

My ID is 10. I invite you to play vocabulary jams with me on

Featured image credit: Self

#logos, #reading, #stories, #vocabulary, #words

Forebear forbear!

For bear

Forebear forbear

For wear would tear

Therefore foresaken

Forsure forsooth forthwith

Withal hallmarked marksmanship!

Hip-hop tiptop flip-flop op-ed

Biped peddlers quadruple pantoofle

Flea market kit kat ate late at at night

#quick-verse-revolution, #tohu-verse, #verse, #words



Contra alto

Alter control roll over delete verily

Lilly silly Piccadilly

Contrast asterisk risk sky

Kyle Riley miley

Organic organs Ganymede cede

Biotic tic tac toe ouvre revue


#dancinglightofgrace, #logos, #tohu, #verse, #words

Vocabulary jams on!

1. I played many vocabulary jams today. The most memorable one was where Claire G scored 970. I scored 870 on that one. A whopping 100 points gap between the two of us. I got second rank but it was unbelievable to see someone score as highly. I don’t think I have observed a higher score.

2. Here’s the summary of my scores:

740, 810, 880, 650, 590, 740, 630, 550, 620, 535, 830, 520, 880, 810, 720, 625, 690, 800, 810, 580, 555, 870, 600

3. Ranks:


4. Number of players:

In evening there were 70 to 85 players per jam. In morning only 5 to 10

5. Analysis:

I scored 880 twice: that seems to be the threshold. I feel the low internet speed also plays a role here. Though, as said before : I don’t want to discredit any top scorers.

Only 6 scores in excess of 800. I got first rank nine times.

6. Following players score consistently well and often in excess of 900:


Claire G

Stephen D

Zahi R

Paul H

Vishnu Ram

7. My ID is 10. I invite you to play with me.

#jams, #logos, #vocabulary, #word-games, #words

To fan the fire!

Hassock has no shocks

Socks had ockra

Red ladyfinger germane mane

Cupboard boarding dingdong hoarding

Singsong wardrobe cardboard

Obelisk frisk ishq


Rout a lout out outhouse

Chouse the mouse with blouse

Douse newfangled scry

Sky may cry

Or remain shy

Fan gladly lie

To fan the fire in the kiln!


#logos, #tohu, #verse, #wordplay, #words

Plum Glum Lumpsum Sumptuous!

1. Epithalamium is a new word to me. It’s not epic but certainly related to epistles. It’s also a message. A letter written on someone’s wedding. Dingdong singsong live long etceteran anschuluss.

It has nothing to do with the metal thalium umm umlaut stark autark anarchy season.

It’s not an e-pit : an online phishing scam hinged with zed eye cameras. Neither a bicameral government system to fool you with good daddy versus bad Maddy.

It has a hint of a hala which is Urdu for liquor. And lam lambda looks like iamb rhyme scheming with ming dynasty’s nasty stylus lustrous sulcus omnibus busted stead bead ennead.

2. Compiler is a word i frequently used in communication while working in IT industry. As a noun. There it means a virtual machine which helps you proofread your code: the machine instructions are refined. Made aligned with what might be called proper machine Grammar or syntax by parsing.

The compiler, in a sense obeys the command.

The meaning i came across today is in that sense. A verb.

She compiled as i ordered her to open the window.

3. Visceral means a conclusion or decision or perception you reach at with your intuition rather than by using logical deliberations.

In another ghastly sense it might also mean picturing disemboweled stuff.

4. Sedition means any illegal activity intended as a treason or harm against a lawful authority.

5. Disingenuous means insincere.

Like so many other terms in English language: it’s unnecessarily cumbersome. Genus is ‘related to roots.’ Taxonomic. Ingenuous should mean ‘that which is not related to roots or impure.’ Ideally : not everything which is not related to its original form should be considered impure. Here we have already used double ideals. But in general, in case of natural elements like water, air, earth and fire: the measure of purity is their being themselves: unadulterated.

Thus: ingenuous is not genuine. It means insincere. Why then do we need the double negation dis-in-genuous. I am not a linguist. My study and guesswork rests here.

6. Reconnaissance looks like Renaissance. It’s a very long word with 14 letters of English alphabet invested in its creation. ( Top secret: i still have difficulty counting syllables. I have already told you many of my shortcomings and this would be the plus one for you. A gift. Enjoy!)

It has rec a horror movie was made with that name. Con is prefix and also means to swindle. To conn is to steer a vessel. Sance has one less than dance. Seance.

7. Finally a Tohu Verse:

Tohu means Chaos

Kabbalistic bios

Listed ballistic sticks

Licks your boot

Bootleg legstring ring twice as nice

With or without ice

With free rice free ride

Antibody antinomy

Antipathy thyroid

Ovoid iodide bromide calcite

Any site | your sight

Highway myway wayfarer highlander

Der furor Das Boot

Bit of soot cohoot loot plunder

Plum glum lumpsum sumptuous

#dancinglightofgrace, #logos, #vocabulary, #wordnerd, #words

What’s been up and down?

1. Grandma’s nose was bleeding. One distant maternal aunt is in coma. Narendra Chanchal finally heard the call…chalo bulava aaya hai…maata ne bulaya hai…believe me when i say it…it’s not fun to see so much blood, so many deaths and accidents around you!

2. Seeing is believing. Hearing is believing. Sometimes, none of it’s believing. Existence is a make-believe as per some great thinker(Nisargadatt-I am that.)

3. Played 13 vocabulary jams on and discovered some things:

4. Stephen D. is from Japan. Claire G beat PC today. I discovered that head-to-head feature can be used to compare two players on that site. I am far too behind compared to these top scorers. Zahi R is a new top scorer. These people can score in excess of 900. I couldn’t score in excess of 900 even once.

5. Look at my scores:

730, 605,800,720,610,810,475,750,800,765

6. Ranks:


7. In evening there were 80 to 90 players per game.

8. I wish i could devote more time playing but ah the work pressure! Scrapping the grass when those people are constantly busy playing their petty games which are infact inferior games as per my reckoning.

9. Scrapping grass took too much time. Meditation was soothing.

10. Theatre guys don’t pronounce properly. Their scripts have wrong pronunciations. They don’t pace their acts well. They don’t utter sentences with enough gap. They have funds. They’re making monees. I no making monee.

11. Nobody comes to read books in this library. Books are being eaten up by termite. Town has a population of 21500000. Not 10 people out of that! Some people come to read newspapers every now or then. Others might be visiting other libraries, which aren’t many, by the way. Registered 11 titles today. It would be 2 months when i finally complete reading Aditi, it seems. Compare this performance with say someone like Lori: clearly Lori looks like an amazing Amazon zonesing singularitzy zygoten verbotten tenets. Luckier than me: in that regard…what can i say more than that?

12. The hall is big. One kid died there. He fell from roof. The crack in the ceiling hasn’t been repaired yet. It has been many decades. The building is at least 100 years old in my opinion. Many people died in that building. One student had committed suicide. When I began working over there- it was very difficult to keep records straight: as if there were parallel ghost shifts there in effect. The serial numbers that I used to put used to get altered dramatically. Enough of dramas have been played in that courtroom. Not exactly courtroom dramas. Plays.

13. Being an inventor of Tohu Verse, it’s my duty to keep publishing it on a regular basis:


#day-and-night, #games, #tohu-verse, #vocabulary, #words

Do You Need Feedback and Help?

1. Sandeept @sandeept252 tempted me to unearth this old post from archives. I have deleted at least three of my personal blogs since then. They had many thousands of posts on them. This archive has some of the five to six years old memories.

2. As you can notice: i told readers about tagging Kristina for technical help. She was sound and her brother was sounder.

3. I was good with smileys. As you can see. I did a post on why we should use smileys more frequently. That was inspired by email conversations with Kristina. She was annoyed with the post further. I don’t regret that but now i don’t use smileys as frequently as i want people to take me more seriously 😃😂😃😃

#archives, #humor, #old-is-not-always-gold, #words