n. a reckless driver
Does any English word contain all six vowels?
Is this a bad sum?
Not in a mirror:
Adapted by Martin Gardner from Henry Dudeney.
adj. pertaining to an unequal state of desire between two people
More nouns of assemblage:
- a business of ferrets
- a cartload of chimpanzees
- a coalition of cheetahs
- a congress of baboons
- a gang of elk
- a huddle of penguins
- a kaleidoscope of butterflies
- a labour of moles
- a prickle of porcupines
- a quarrel of sparrows
- a romp of otters
- a tiding of magpies
- a tower of giraffes
- a ubiquity of sparrows
- a whiteness of swans
- a zeal of zebras
My sources insist that a group of gnus is called an implausibility. Should I believe them?
In the seventeenth century, André Pujom, finding that his name spelled Pendu à Riom, fulfilled his destiny by cutting somebody’s throat in Auvergne, and was actually hung at Riom, the seat of justice in that province.
— William Dobson, Poetical Ingenuities and Eccentricities, 1882
v. to attend a party to which one has not been invited
American philologist Revilo P. Oliver had a palindromic name — it reads the same backward and forward. In his family, he said, the name “has been the burden of the eldest or only son for six generations.”
And it cost him — at least one journal rejected his articles as fraudulent.
n. a hired mourner at a funeral
GATEMAN, sides reversed, is NAMETAG.
And that sentence is a palindrome.
n. the dislike of beautiful women
In 1965, Dmitri Borgmann noted that this expression:
11 + 2 – 1 = 12
… is valid also when interpreted as a set of characters:
11 “+ 2″ = 112; 112 “- 1″ = 12
… as a set of Roman numerals:
XI + II = XIII; XIII – I = XII
… and even as a set of letters:
ELEVEN + TWO = ELEVENTWO
ELEVENTWO – ONE = LEVETW (= TWELVE)
GOLDENROD-ADORNED LOG is a palindrome.
n. one who constantly contradicts his companions
In 1994, Leonard Gordon showed that all 37 presidential surnames to date can fit into a 22 × 18 rectangle:
In this sentence there are sixteen words, eighty-one letters, one hyphen, four commas, and one period.
n. the act of imagining a person naked
PIET MONDRIAN is an anagram of I PAINT MODERN.
n. a side road taken to avoid turnpike tolls or traffic
n. a blundering preacher
Devised by Lee Sallows, each of these lists inventories its own contents:
- fifteen e’s, seven f’s, four g’s, six h’s, eight i’s, four n’s, five o’s, six r’s, eighteen s’s, eight t’s, four u’s, three v’s, two w’s, three x’s
- sixteen e’s, five f’s, three g’s, six h’s, nine i’s, five n’s, four o’s, six r’s, eighteen s’s, eight t’s, three u’s, three v’s, two w’s, four x’s