Thursday, April 30, 2015


wheron

lwegal

androgyniverse

comediverse

Buddhaniverse

Jesuniverse

Allahniverse

Jehovaniverse

unawiers

uniworse

uniwurst

omniwurst 

All but the first two pwoermds are from a collection called "universe," which I'm compiling.

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d¡sapno¡ntu 



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Wednesday, April 29, 2015


Bhalt!morte




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Tuesday, April 28, 2015



dirsputions




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hoarkrsos / kyēkrsoskers /

Fun with a few proto Indo-European roots.


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Monday, April 27, 2015



Spicerabulary




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Sunday, April 26, 2015


smeopoemds




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Saturday, April 25, 2015


iambwattiamb

voceniverse

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Thursday, April 23, 2015


triyst



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Wednesday, April 22, 2015


palimpniverse



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Tuesday, April 21, 2015


uility

conelectivity


orchasm


These should catch things up. It was difficult to get computer time Monday because of internet problems.

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Saturday, April 18, 2015


¡symbibliolé!


This came out of a conversation with a coworker Thursday morning. There's a lot I've meant to unpack regarding this one, but internet connection has been so spotty this week, that I'm going to throw this out really quickly while I can and come back to it later. ...


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Friday, April 17, 2015






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Thursday, April 16, 2015


squirrwralshed

Kent, Ohio has many black ones. Occasionally a white one. Sometimes, but very rarely, I see a black eastern gray squirrel in southern Ohio, most recently in a front yard down the street from Lindenwald Elementary in Hamilton. Last week, I saw a lovely reddish-hued eastern gray squirrel in the neighborhood. They vary a bit in color, but usually they are standard issue gray. I don't like seeing them dead on the road, but it happens. A co-worker said in conversation last week while we were eating lunch, watching squirrels run around outside the bus, and discussing where among the animal section we could place squirrel books so that children can find them easier, that "squirrels are loser monkeys." Maybe we could put them near the primates, but not so close to the tigers, cats, and bears? During the school year on the bookmobile, we have so many books and kids coming on and off the bus that the Dewey decimal system goes to heck, so we shelve in rough Dewey order, but with an emphasis on subject area. That's why we take some liberties with the animal section.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015


pecifics



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Tuesday, April 14, 2015


deepth



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Monday, April 13, 2015


spharrow



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Sunday, April 12, 2015


endrearment



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Saturday, April 11, 2015




Another damaged sign found on my commute. This business seems to be really busy, and I'm sure the sign is a weather casualty.

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Friday, April 10, 2015


mssing



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Thursday, April 9, 2015


knilobob

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Wednesday, April 8, 2015


u ility

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Tuesday, April 7, 2015


LOl ' FPY

This is dipping the proverbial bucket once again into the imaginary well in an attempt to catch a real Leopard Frog. Waiting at the stop light at Grand Blvd., and Ohio 4 today, the gas station LOTTERY sign had transformed once again. I hope it doesn't seem that I'm picking on this place. They are catty corner to a continuously busy Kroger gas station. I'm not even sure the pumps operate anymore. There are a couple places I know of that quit selling gas a few years back when regulations changed and it became too expensive for some independent stations to buy new equipment to store and pump gas. Some of these survived as convenience stores. I haven't been inside this one, but it seems to get a lot of pedestrian traffic from people who live near by. It's much safer to walk here than to risk one's life crossing Route 4 to reach Kroger.

Found on southwest corner at intersection of Grand Boulevard and Ohio Route 4 (South Erie Avenue), April 7, 2015.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

frogeny

This is what an innocent thought about spring and frog procreation gets you: a death metal band, possibly from Poland, called "Nomad"--not to be confused with an Australian world music outfit, of decidedly more optimistic bent, nor assorted death/black/brutal death/death thrash/stoner sludge doom metal bands from the US, Hungary, the Netherlands, and England. They (the Polish band?) recorded a song called "The Branch of Cool Frogeny," and it appears on their album Demonic Verses, which is subtly subtitled "Blessed are those that kill Jesus." I found "The Branch of Cool Frogeny" on YouTube, and I seemed to be the first or second person to listen to the song. I'll let you look it up for yourself. They're not my cup of tea. Or my cup of blood, or whatever one sips while listening to death metal. And after listening to the song, I have no idea how they are using frogeny, but I'm pretty sure it's not the way I'm using it.


When I'm trying out pwoermds, I like to run them through google to see if they already exist in some form. I'm curious how words appear and I'm always up for expanding my vocabulary. "Frogeny" leaped out to me (pun intended) when I saw the title of a James Broughton film Erogeny while watching the documentary Big Joy: The Adventures of James Broughton. In spring, it's common to find large masses of frog eggs along creeks or in muddy puddles, on the edges of ponds, etc. And it's also common to see frogs chasing each other around, mounting each other, having sex, then doing it again. That's how they create their progeny. And they're good at it, unless they've been chemically poisoned and produce (hopefully) sterile, but obviously mutated horrors


The google search for "frogeny" produced a note that reads "Did you mean progeny, orogeny, erogeny, froggy?" I'm happy that the search brought things back around to frogs. Or should that read "I'm happy that the search Broughton things back around to frogs," since froggy followed erogeny, and erogeny links to the Broughton film?


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Sunday, April 5, 2015


ffffrainffff

trrainniarrt


It rained almost all day Friday. I was intending to go with my family to Nancy's family gathering in Gatlinburg, but our oldest daughter is recovering from a concussion and can't travel. The two of us stayed home. Rather than take a day off, I went to work while my daughter rested in relative quiet at home. A coworker and I spent a good portion of the day cleaning the bookmobile, inventorying the materials in it, and cleaning the AC units in preparation for warmer weather. (Ho-hum!) But it's a useful task and when everything looks nice and orderly, it feels like one has accomplished something. S_ and I were happy with the work. We even cleaned the windows. 


On rainy days, when you're in the building, the noise of rain hitting the roofs of the garage and the large workroom where we store books, mixes with the sound of the trains that pass through Hamilton throughout the day. It's steady, haunting, and sometimes lonely sounding, but if you're warm and dry and inside, it's oddly comforting. And "train" already has "rain" inside of it. 


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Saturday, April 4, 2015

rorabins

Friday morning was dark and cold, with steady rain. The neighborhood Robins' dawn chorus goes on regardless.


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Friday, April 3, 2015

From partially ruined signs found in Hamilton, Ohio:

ottery


Found on southwest corner at intersection of Grand Boulevard and Ohio Route 4 (South Erie Avenue), winter 2015. Sign since repaired. A coworker told me that a group of otters is called a "raft." 


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

From partially ruined signs found in Hamilton, Ohio:

BR EA K  FA   T


Which is from a sign in front of the now unfortunately closed Beck's Fresh Donuts and Restaurant, also called at one point Becky's Sunshine Diner. You can shift the viewing vantage point around in the google link and see the sign in its pre-pwoermd state. That way, you can fill in the missing letter in "Br ea k fa  t" instead of merely guessing!


Update, July 1, 2015: Good news! The empty diner is now a Dominican Diner. I plan to try it out this summer.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

From a message received at a Meijer gas pump while waiting for a receipt: "receipt ready in an oment."

oment


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