Friday, 16 June 2006

Word of the Week III...

...And in this week's edition...

Wonderful Word of the Week:

or parhelion // n. (pl. parhelia)
a bright spot on the solar halo. Also called mock sun, sun-dog.
parheliacal // adj.parhelic adj.
[Latin parelion from Greek (as para-1, helios ‘sun’)]

Literal evidence can be seen here!

["Sundog" Picture courtesy of]

Rubbish Word of the Week:

rat-tat // n. (also rat-tat-tat //, ratatat, rat-a-tat //)

a rapping sound, esp. of a knocker.

Eeewww... Used a lot in pantomime and childern's books etc, to describe someone knocking on a door.

[Disclaimer: I have many favourite words, and equally ones I do not like. Years ago, I got ribbed at work for declaring this thought, especially as I would confess a new disliked word everyday, and for some reason, this caused much hilarity with co-workers. My colleagues would then teach me a new 'word-of-the-day', as they were uni buffs and I was a teenager. It's not that I like or dislike a particular word because it's meaning (real or not), It's just how it sounds spoken that does it for me or not!]

Today, I'm Most Angry About: Blogspot no longer allowing me to upload photos and giving no reason as to why not... Grrr
Grrr-O-Meter Rating: 6/10


Me-ow said...

Sun Dogs are great. I see them often in the autumn

Dakota said...

Great word of the week! I’ve never seen a sun-dog! Maybe I should pay (even more) attention to the sky! Up Dakota, look up! ;)

So glad we don’t have panto around here.

In other news, Blogger status: “Additionally, we are still investigating the photo uploading problem seen by some users. While this problem has been reported by a number of people, it is not consistently reproduceable - we're working with the folks who are running into this to gather as much information as possible about how it occurs.”

The silver lining: I guess you are not alone :)

Kayla said...

Sun Dogs are awesome! I have a few nice photos I should post soon.
Nice dog silhouette in that photo too.
Again, didn't realize ratatat was a legitimate word! Just thought is was used as a descriptive.
Merci, DoGGa!
You wealth of information you ;)

b o o said...

wadda cutie

Phil said...

I've never seen one in real life! :(

Thanks... Don't put your neck out looking up too much though!

Ooohhh, it's behiiiiiiiiiiiind youuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuu... *shudder*

Thanks for the statement - they did reply to my e-mail with a load of links for FAQ's etc, but all of the links are dead! Grrr, taking the urination slightly me thinks. :)

Yeah, post em!

Eeerrr, you said ratatat - eeerrr and me - eeerrr stop the madness.

Who? Me or the dog? *snigger*

Anonymous said...

Hey thanks for stopping by my site... I have a totally unrelated question... I see you are from the UK. I was told the only beer you can buy in the pubs in Ireland is Guinness... is this true?

Phil said...

Hey Sarah!
Hehehe... Erm, I doubt it, but saying that, I've never actually been there, but I'm sure it probably a main choice and stocked in all bars yes.
I must go one day as it really is quite close to me! :)

Duncan said...

I still think that Fruit-Bat is funny, if a little "inappropriate" lol...

Phil said...

LOL Dunx!
Although I don't see anything "inappropriate" about 'any large bat of the suborder Megachiroptera, feeding on fruit'

Aviatrix said...

Blogspot messes up sometimes. Have a loook at their status page. They're sorry and they're going to fix it.