Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Literatured Linebackers Like Living On Luggers

ABC Wednesday is a word meme with participants from around the world. This fabulous meme was created and hosted by Mrs. Denise Nesbitt who hails from Great Britain. Over time, others have joined in to help host this wonderful and informative meme. We are now in our ELEVENTH round with 'Captain Roger' at the helm! Some of the participants have been with this from the very first round; others have joined in along the way. Each week we are taken across the globe to see the varied and exciting contributions people have taken the time to discover and capture. We start with the letter, "A" and each week we post something in regards to the next letter of the alphabet. This week's letter is, "L".


Truth be told, I was looking up something for the word, lamelliform (which means having the form of a lamella; platelike or scalelike) and ran in to this. Lamellibranchia is a class of Mollusca (mollusks), including all the true or common bivalve mollusks, as oysters, clams, etc. This classification of mollusca also have two pairs of lamellated gills.

Moving on to...

Lamboid Suture

(image from Wikipedia)

Also from Wikipedia comes the best explanation of the lamboid suture (which is not done by a surgeon, by the way):
The lambdoid suture (or lambdoidal suture) is a dense, fibrous connective tissue joint on the posterior aspect of the skull that connects the parietal and temporal bones with the occipital bone.
Its name comes from its lambda-like shape.

And, what does this mean to you, you ask?

Wikipedia continues with:
At birth, the bones of the skull do not meet. If certain bones of the skull grow too fast, then craniosynostosis (premature closure of the sutures) may occur. This can result in skull deformities. If the lambdoid suture closes too soon on one side, the skull will appear twisted and asymmetrical, a condition called "plagiocephaly."
The lambdoidal suture articulates with the occipital bone and parietal bones.

 You know, I must confess. I've always loved those wavy lines that has the name of lamboid suture-I just never knew the proper name for it. I've seen them on skulls of other animals (because I'm not sure I can say that I've seen a real human skull-just plastic ones). The lines are almost a pattern in themselves. Now we all know what those lines are called.

Great Scrabble word!


Labefaction: to cause to totter or fall. A weakening or loosening; a falling; decay; downfall; ruin.

In the case of the image used for the example (which are at an outdoor museum on the way up to Taos called the Embudo Museum-which is of all things gas pump memorabilia), the pumps are in a state of labefaction.


 (image from Wikipedia)

Lugger. Just say the word out loud and it's not at all what you think it might mean! Yes, folks, I've found yet another obscure word (it's at least obscure in my vocabulary) for a sailing vessel!  According to Wikipedia, a lugger is: a class of boats, widely used as traditional fishing boats, particularly off the coasts of France, England and Scotland. It is a small sailing vessel with lugsails (see below) set on two or more masts and perhaps lug topsails.

Gosh, who knew? This boat thing is getting out of hand, I think. But, I'll bet that I haven't even scratched the surface on that one!


Roger Owen Green said...

Usually you have a word I didn't know. Not this week. This week, you had 2 (the 1st two)!
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Carver said...

Wow, what a great L post. You came up with some words I'm not familiar with. Carver, ABC Wed. Team

Sylvia K said...

Yep, Great post for the L Day plus I learned some new stuff, Lady Paula, and that's always good!! How fun!

photowannabe said...

Paula, you win the prize, week after week, for the most interesting and unusual words in the English Language.
Very clever..I give you an A++++ and 3 gold stars!

Leslie: said...

My favourite of this group of L words is "labefaction" and the photo illustrating it is great!

abcw team

ArtMuseDog and Carol said...

Great post for L ~ lots of goodie ~ and photos ~ (A Creative Harbor)

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team said...

Lots of new L words.. wheee

PhenoMenon, ABCW Team

EG CameraGirl said...

Labefaction is a new word for me...and I LOVE it. :)) But will I remember it?

Ann said...

Labefaction is a great word and I love the rusty worn out pumps.

Reader Wil said...

Great and very interesting post! Btw a lugger is the same kind of boat as the Dutch "logger". It's a fishing boat we still use. We are a seafaring country and fishing is also still important for the Dutch.
Thanks for your visit and comment!

Berowne said...

Bet those gas pumps could remember the days of 26-cent-a-gallon gas. :-)

Joy said...

More great words. There sure is a museum for everything. I've come across quite a few smaller gas pumps recently which appear to be for decoration by gates and in gardens, must be the new old thing.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I always enjoy your entry as I learned new words every week!

Catching up with ABC. Got busy the past couple of days and just now have the time to visit entries.

Leaping Chipmunk
Rose, ABC Wednesday Team

A Cuban In London said...

May I just say that this is the first time I've seen the word "literature" as an adjective... and I loved it?! Thanks for thie great Wednesday outings. I love linguistic posts. Lugger reminds me of the make of a German gun. I think it was spelled Luger.

Greetings from London.


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