Saturday, January 19, 2008

New Definitions

From this evening's Dictionary game with Ben, Sam, Mom and Dad. Guess the correct definitions (spelling occasionally corrected). There may be political storms raging and a recession in the offing, but we know what is important here at the Clay Review.

psephology

1. the scientific study of elections

2. study of fakers

3. the first ways of how to use a boat which many people believe was made by Poseidon

4. if someone pollutes the sea too much and it turns acid green.

5. the study of toilet flushing mechanisms

6. the art of seafaring


thar

1. a chinese dragon that symbolizes famine and war

2. younger brother of Thor in Norse mythology

3. seaman's term for "way over there," as in "thar she blows!"

4. structural beams for Roman bridges composed of many layers of limestone block

5. a great glass wall

6. the Indian name of the egg of the great golden eagle

7 a great Indian in Pakistan or India


plectrum

1. a type of fungi that grows fast up cave walls and eats into eggs of birds.

2. electrons that are going through living cells.

3. a lightning bolt



glacis

1. very fancy french glasses

2. a slope tht runs downward from a fortification

3. an acid that they use to melt metals


xylography

1. the process of mapping internal tree sap transportation using an ultrasound scanner

2. the art of making engravings in wood

3. a printing method executed by striking rectangular blocks with impressions

4. a habit of using a xylograph


protamine

1. any of various strongly basic proteins of relativly low molecular weight

2. to pull, force, or move by violent twisting or shaking

3. a building block of amino acids

4. a big wall of glass made by melting two acids and sand together

10 Comments:

Blogger gwen said...

Wow! those are great! I couldn't guess most of them - I always wondered what glacis meant - always just skipped over it.

3:25 PM  
Blogger gwen said...

isn't a plectrum like a guitar pick? they always use it for lutes in books....

3:26 PM  
Blogger Jenny Clay said...

Yes, Dad didn't write the real definintion down for that one. The dictionary just said, pick or pluck. Glasis is the fortification and Ben and Sam really fooled us on that one because it sounded so much like something from Heroscape. Mom

5:17 PM  
Blogger gwen said...

i thought is was some kind of ice cream

5:19 PM  
Blogger gwen said...

sometimes a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. knowing that it's not ice cream clears up some battle scenes, now.

5:19 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Well Gwen, even busy warriors need a little French ice cream now and then. Keeps them fresh and strong for storming fortresses.

9:20 AM  
Blogger Madeleine said...

My guesses:
1)1.
2)4.
3)3.
4)2.
5)3.
6)3.

10:13 AM  
Blogger rosie said...

oh, you guys make me laugh!

2:21 PM  
Blogger Jenny Clay said...

Madie, I can't remember what the correct answer was for # 6---Need to look it up agaun and my dictionary by the computer is downstairs (not bey the comp. anymore!) But...Here are the answers.
1

2:33 PM  
Blogger Jenny Clay said...

Ahem....Here are the answers....
1
7
3-not fair the answer was not listed See my first comment.
2
2
Last one to be determined.
Your answers to #s 1 and 4 were correct!

2:36 PM  

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