Immoderate Musings;
Quibblesome Quarrels;
Risible Rhapsodies on
Music and Morals

by
David Van Alstyne



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Verses 145 - 196


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GLOSSARY
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(It
145) must take no less than the unlikely likes of such an
endless, pestiferously impassioned induration; a
portentous prominence; an exotically pagan plague; a
palpably protrusive insurgence and infestation;
a
146) gaunt gestalt; an ungovernable impersonalization of
basely banausic and ratty ratiocination
for the
bovine grasp and cloddish captivation of this
unconditional consignation to such uglification
as well as a
147) tragically thaumaturgic existential convergence; an
unforseeably solipsistic coincidence and conspiration of
stringently strained and sheerly sciolistic sophistry
and
scoffably stilted and stuffy pseudo-sophistication
to
148) mount and maintain such a minatory mist in the
miasmatically blurring and befogging mystification of the
fuzzy feasibility of mutely muzzy mimicry in
all manner of misdeed and malleable malversation.)



As I
149) simmer and stew in this slough of accomodation, a
slow-brewing broth of indigestible denegation, in a
quag of qualms, queerly quivering and quite easily queasy from
perpending my own part and unavoidable participation
in this
150) unseasonable winterworld; this waking Walpurgis Night of
valetudinarian floccipaucinihilipilification; this
unwelcomely betokening, brutally weighty whop and wallop; this
boom of gloom, doom, looming death and devastation;
this
151) detestably down-dumbing dunning of demoralization by
bombastic bluster and unblinking bloviation from the
jungle of jockeying juvenescent jackals, all jamming and
jarringly jeering in their jumping jubilation
,
my
152) knees tend to buckle; I roll around writhing,
roughly rubbed and riled at the rude revelry rising from this
quagmire of unquotabe quips and querulous quibbling at
such levels of demonstrably inexpugnable innervation
as to
153) douse and drench any decent discrimination with a
cataractous deluge of surely drowning dubitation on the
faintest shimmer, the dimmest glint, or even a dislimned glimmer of
any primordial plan or predetermination

for a
154) well set, smart, sharp and happily snappy presentation of
salvifically salutary intellectualization, or
any commensurately foresightful provision for abbreviation, if
not for the pellucidly piercing penetration
,
of all the
155) diurnally damaging, beholdably batty bumblings of the
burned out, Unbelievably Bubbleheaded Booboisie; that
baseborn plurality of overbearing bimbos and their
knee-jerk reaction: the reflexive limitation
of
156) any sort of challenge or even hypothetical danger from the
tutorial workings of introspective excavation in the
transitory maw of soul-searching self-assessment or
any other spirit-everting self-examination.



Indeed, the
157) penumbra of highly glorified glitter, glitz and glamour within
even the most instinctively cautious and conservative,
respectfully recessive, tentative and timorously
realistic
, (in a word: unromantic) visualization
of
158) wanting to resort to horizontal aerobatics; a
vaudevillian side-show of ballistic punctuation; a
straightforward, swashbuckling, slubbering swan song of
hyposensitizing high-velocity self-defenestration
now
159) finally fades to moot in deflation of cancellation by
high-timely virtue of lugubrious moderation in a
nirvanically fortuitous five-star funk of fatigue and a
blessing benefaction of neurasthenic dissipation;
in a
160) recessional inanition of anorectic dispassion; in an
attitudinally cool climate of costive immobilization; in a
benedictory boon of wholesomely demolishing disinterest; in a
risky superfetation of anaphylactic enervation,
and
161) now a bit wiser, well wizened and wearily wistful, I
woozily wobble, wary of whirling, wiggling and widely whiffling in
wrenching doubt, disconnection, the blahs of distrait decrepitude and
limp-wristed, washed-out volitional debilitation

from the
162) gruesome gaffes, gags and gadarene grotesqueries; the
unaccountable commissions of astronomical nincompoopery; the
madness so nocuously rife, ripe, ripping and roiling in the
foremost, most vortically atrabilious confabulation
that could
163) ever possibly inform with such fissiparous fatuity the
open visibility of our primed operant idiocy; our
freely foiling foibles; our fetes of fiendish fleering and
frigid fribbling in plebeian pachydermatous miscalibration.



(What
164) well-tailored warpage for precursors of dotage; a
stricture of superfluously comprehensive incubation for
anachronistic senility by means of modification through
premature geriatric transmogrification
!)



As I
165) struggle half-strangled while staggering and stumbling,
trammelled and trampled flat, almost to annihilation
, and
trapped under a tremendously taxing tortuosity, a
terrifying toll of truly triturating trepidation,
I
166) try not to come completely unglued, or to
fickly flee, feebly flag, flinch, fiddle or fidget,
fully fed up with the feral fracas, the
war for musical taste; the frightful conflagration
that could
167) spontaneously combust and speedily explode at the
causative but purely unintentional instigation of the
very most onerously obnoxious otiosity of
weaseling wind-baggery and forensic ostentation
ever to
168) pique, poke, prod and plainly pervert the public palaver with
infusions of argy-bargy that hearten the recitation of
wantonly spouted spiels of polemical woop-de-do
in
salty scenes of tensely contentious disputation.



But
169) Avast! Hark! and Hope Ahoy! Here comes a bit of favorably
haphazard happenstance
happily hopping up, bringing
harbingers of help in the emergent incorporation of
haply serendipitous psychological fortification

in this
170) pulsant potpourri of promotional pulp and pabulum
painstakingly positing palmy peace and palliation; this
belittleably entertaining antidote (so diligently amassed with
hardly a single shred or twist of disinformation
);
this
171) cute, catchy contraption of cathartic contrariety; this
prettified pitch for therapeutic rehabilitation; this
wee bagatelle; this wacky little stunt of
arcane verbosity and syllabic inflation;
this
172) sadly soupy syllabus of superficial sentiments; this
fancified fardel of infectious fascination; this
pungent mulligan stew of stern scholiastic scolding
seasoned well with sublunarily outsized excitation;
this
173) rousing rendition of grandiloquent rodomontade all
packaged into highly risible rhapsodies of rhythm and rhyme; this
baroquely daedal discourse with supposedly purgative purport of
passably plain and perspicuous exfoliation

of the
174) congesting congeries of colloquial convolution which
perdurably closet, conceal, cover, cloak, cache and camouflage the
whole cockamamy cozenage of coercive condescension,
clever cockalorum and incorrigible obfuscation
;
this
175) self-promoting arrogance almost to the point of ruination
(even while allowing the littering of light-hearted levity); this
architectonic foisting of newfangled farragoes; this
quodlibet, caliginous yet void of fabrication
(well nearly); this
176) maladroitly partitioned and protracted pullulation; this
nutty, neurotic nonpareil of preceptive sloganization all
pertly primmed and pumped up plump, a serried posy of puffery; this
marginal, deciduously neologistic dissertation
which
177) still tips and teeters too tiringly toward turning into an
excessively, terribly tautologous teratological tome
; an
untenably trouncing travail of terrene trivialities; this
turbulently turbocharged and troublesome transvaluation;
this
178) uppity, truculent treatise of toplofty trifles; this
ursine tractate of treacly tripe and taradiddles
torridly teeming with all the rancidly squishy fruit of
renitent rancor ridden with tumid fermentation
,
and
179) gussied up and padded with a punishing plethora of
highly persnickety pedanticisms
comprising
pedestrian ponderosities of fatly pigheaded preachment
and
priggishly puritanical proselytization;
this
180) claptrap seething with a sopping permeation of
paralogismic horsefeathers and plutonian punditry
; this
pan-panoramic palette of lyrically libelous, though
no less lambently luculent, lucubration

all
181) plushly prepped, preened and primped; all
tamped and stamped and tightly packed pat with
pithy patches of illogically profane, yet
implacably predicatory prognostication

all
182) predictably paced with well-placed periods of
progressively pure Pecksniffian pandering
and
pervasively paved with Panglossian poppycock to
posture a patina of placid pacification
while
183) vilipending, reprehending, nit-picking and pindlingly
paltering with a billowing bag of disingenuous ploys
; with an
emollient pastiche, a tart but tasty patois
pregnant with inexpiably mendacious elaboration

in an
184) unproven, supposititiously panacean praxis of
shameless shuffling and a sort of shallow shilly-shallying in a
runaround of unrealizable reconciliation by
ad hoc scrimmages of syncretistic mediation;
this
185) platter of peccantly prickly pitter-patter and
priapic prancing in slaphappy pleonasm,
oozing with tropes of sly syllogistic sleight made
comfortable by a penchant for prestidigitation
through
186) skunking skulduggeries of subterranean subterfuge, and
slippery subversion, and sequels of sabotage by
solidly subcelestial dissembling via multi-shaded
lies of immensely specious oversimplification
,
and by
187) using a lenitively euphuistic rhetoric of
enfeeblement by awkwardly allusive etiolation
, in
fine, by the unflappable unfolding, forming and flying of
fibs fixed in feckless fawning and foolish assentation

for the
188) laboriously loquacious, sloppy and slobbishly slipshod,
lunkheaded, lamebrained and long-winded lubrication of
transparently snide slurs and smears well tucked into
clumsy obscurities of sententious insinuation

with a
189) tersely versicular verdure of veritable verbicide and a
palmary particularity of venturesome ventilation, an
untoward awakening of dogged virtuosity in the
ambits of loathsomely labyrinthian vermiculation

that
190) vie to varnish volcanic surges of vehemence in
cheap shots of punitive editorial commination with a
papilionaceous, adroitly dapper dance of dodgery by the
accoutrements of graft and deftly duplicitous orchestration

and to
191) veil, right up to the verge of dripping schwarmerei, under a
veristic veneer of verisimilitudinous replication and a
crafty construct of recondite codification with
all kinds of caricature and spurious characterization,
all the
192) vainglorious imports of your vagarious verjuice focusing the
parameters of pent up vim, vigor and vivification that
enkindle the bonfire and stoke up the edacious flames
, those
inventions of voguishly vitriolic vituperation
which
193) vamp up such heart-hardening, fearsomely freakish phobias
bringing bearish bugaboos and egregious ebullitions of
whizbang razzmatazz, goody-goody gobbledygook and
=====================================================gale-force gusts of bullying fustigation;
such
194) unreasoningly raging and concerted campaigns of
virilely vulpine, vile and volubly vulturous
pestilence of contageously venomous vexation;
vertiginous vendettas of character assassination
while
195) half-heartedly hiding behind a hiply handy hubble-bubble of
recreant hemming and hawing, hyaloid ho-humming and
honeying with a mellifluously effluent, perfective nisus of
enchantingly Pickwickian misrepresentation

such a
196) tetchily tenacious, intractably inflexible,
viperous and veridically virulent variety of
villainous valiance
in a vale of visceral
vengeance
and viciously vindictive vilification.




GLOSSARY
(back to verse 145)
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pestiferously impassioned induration - where your rigid belief in the importance of being stubborn has turned you into a pest
portentous prominence - something gravely serious and threatening (for example World War III, or how you will react if somebody eats your chocolate pudding by mistake)
exotically pagan plague - our weird societal embrace of destructively unbridled indulgences (as shown, for example, in our renaming the ten commandments to be the ten suggestions)
palpably protrusive insurgence and infestation - a troublesome uprising that's impossible not to notice (as was, for example, the American Civil War)
(back to verse 146)
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gaunt gestalt - a rather cheerless way of looking at the world
ungovernable impersonalization of basely banausic and ratty ratiocination - the reason why nothing is left that could lead you toward higher aesthetic and spiritual values, because in this dog-eat-dog world you have to keep your eye on how to destroy the people around you in order to make a nice comfortable living and be happy
bovine grasp and cloddish captivation - you show as much understanding and ability to stay interested as a cow (or goat, sheep, ox, bison, or buffalo for that matter)
unconditional consignation to such uglification - total surrender to the idea that beauty is not worth striving for
(back to verse 147)
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tragically thaumaturgic existential convergence - an unfortunately miraculous coincidence
unforseeably solipsistic coincidence and conspiration of stringently strained and sheerly sciolistic sophistry - where no one imagines you would ever suggest such wild and crazy ideas just to make yourself seem educated
scoffably stilted and stuffy pseudo-sophistication - your pompous attempts to appear full of knowledge and highly cultured
(back to verse 148)
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minatory mist - a feeling of threat in the air
miasmatically blurring and befogging mystification - where you remove something from the realms of ordinary perceptual experience by asociating it with putrid pollution and death (like making sure your private diaries are safe from prying eyes by bathing them in blood and then having them sprayed by an angry skunk)
fuzzy feasibility of mutely muzzy mimicry - the brain-tickling possibility of people doing what you ask them to, even if they do it in silent confusion
malleable malversation - various forms of political corruption which can easily be adapted to keep them hidden from the police, or from the voters
(back to verse 149)
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simmer and stew in the slough of accomodation - feeling you need to be morally degraded just to get along with the people around you
indigestible denegation - a state of denial which keeps you feeling like you want to throw up
quag of qualms, queerly quivering and quite easily queasy - you are lacking in self-confidence and coming apart at the seams
perpending - thinking it over
(back to verse 150)
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unseasonable winterworld - an otherwise normal period of death and desolation which really is not supposed to be happening right now
waking Walpurgis Night - a nightmare you can't wake up from because you are not sleeping
valetudinarian floccipaucinihilipilification - where you have a bunch of hypochondriacs sitting around pretending to be sick while trying to destroy each other with horrible insults about how healthy they look
unwelcomely betokening - indicating something you would rather see (such as a large fist moving quickly toward your nose)
brutally weighty whop and wallop - a smashing (as seen from two different angles) blow to your head where a gentle love tap would have done very nicely
boom of gloom, doom, looming death and devastation - a small, unusual sound that causes the pilot to yell to the passengers, through his open microphone which he thought was turned off, "Aauugh! We’re all going to die!"
(back to verse 151)
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detestably down-dumbing dunning of demoralization - where you your discouragement is making you dumber
bombastic bluster and unblinking bloviation - the best way not to speak to your children, or the judge at the time of sentencing; the way some conductors speak to their orchestras (before they get cooked and eaten; see "How to Cook a Conductor" in the music section of this website)
jockeying juvenescent jackals - young employees eager to get ahead by doing the bidding of cowardly and manipulative bosses
jamming and jarringly jeering in their jumping jubilation - people celebrating and having a very irritatingly good time (like neighborhood parties which attract police sirens and fire engines, or where they launch ballistic rockets from the back yard, or you hear words like "No, please! No, no! Don't . . ." followed by a loud scream and a thud)
(back to verse 152)
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writhing - twisting in pain (what you do after ingesting poison or while preparing your federal income taxes)
roughly rubbed and riled at the rude revelry rising - made very angry at the sight of other people having so much uncivilized fun
quagmire of unquotabe quips and querulous quibbling - where you are standing in quicksand while arguing with someone over something you can't remember, using language you refuse to repeat to the police
demonstrably inexpugnable innervation - where it's plain to see that you can't simply turn off this kind of physical meltdown
(back to verse 153)
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douse and drench any decent discrimination - where you can fool all the people all the time (regardless of what Lincoln said about it) by getting them wet enough to stop thinking
cataractous deluge of surely drowning dubitation - a raging flood of doubt (your reaction when your son, who is too young to drive, says he didn't take the family car out for a joy ride in the middle of the night, when it was raining, and has no idea why the car is dripping wet and the gas tank is now nearly empty)
faintest shimmer, the dimmest glint, or even a dislimned glimmer of any primordial plan or predetermination - the tiniest hint, the merest suggestion that there might once have been, far in the distant past, even the smallest rogue thought of how to plan the setting up of a procedure for hiring a committee to look into possible ways to broach the subject of beginning the earliest stages of planning
(back to verse 154)
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salvifically salutary intellectualization - using your brains to save yourself
commensurately foresightful provision for abbreviation, if not for the pellucidly piercing penetration - early plans, as big as the challenge, to at least minimize, if not yet fully understand, the problem
(back to verse 155)
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diurnally damaging - does harm on a daily basis (like breathing the air, drinking the water, and eating our favorite foods)
beholdably batty bumblings - crazy foul-ups that you can at least have the enjoyment of watching as they happen (one of the pleasures, we are told first hand, of working in the White House)
Unbelievably Bubbleheaded Booboisie - the voters
baseborn plurality of overbearing bimbos - low-minded mob of arrogantly thieving fools (for example, members of congress)
knee-jerk reaction: the reflexive limitation - where, without thought because the impulse doesn't make it to your brain, you do something which others might consider a bit rash, like throw yourself under the moving wheels of your daughter's car in the driveway hoping that, after running over you, she'll stop before she reaches the street, all this commotion because now she's driving alone for the first time and you're terrified, for crying out loud!!
(back to verse 156)
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hypothetical - don't worry, it's only imaginary
tutorial workings of introspective excavation - the beneficial process of looking deep into your soul; on the other hand, others would take this to mean cleaning out and contemplating your belly button
transitory maw of soul-searching self-assessment - the frightfully gaping jaws of self-knowledge (but don't worry, they never stay open very long)
spirit-everting self-examination - turning yourself inside out, searching for the truth about who you really are
(back to verse 157)
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penumbra - a less bright area surrounding something that's much brighter
highly glorified glitter, glitz and glamour - all style, no substance, like the Hollywood culture of self-worship
instinctively cautious and conservative - an attitude with which it's highly unlikely that you would attend some solemn occasion like the funeral for a President of the United States, or the Pope, and in a moment of silence jump up from the front row, wave at the cameras and yell, "Hi folks, it's me!!", or wear scuba gear complete with flippers and mask to lead the choir in church, or throw a lit firecracker from the balcony into the tuba during a symphony concert. Would you??
respectfully recessive - tending to withdraw from the limelight, out of concern for getting yourself killed
tentative - hesitant, uncertain
timorously realistic - where, since life has cruelly denied you the bliss of ignorance, you can't escape knowing what's going on, and that scares you to death
unromantic visualization - an unimaginative, unemotional way of seeing things in your mind
(back to verse 158)
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horizontal aerobatics - feats of flying, low and parallel to the ground
vaudevillian side-show of ballistic punctuation - a truly explosive diversion from the matter at hand (such as filling your mouth with mashed potatoes and sneezing)
swashbuckling, slubbering swan song - where, in your final appearance on stage, you are so busy acting like a Hollywood movie pirate that you end up falling into the orchestra pit
hyposensitizing high-velocity self-defenestration - where you throw yourself out the window, with a running start from the other side of the office, gaining enough speed so you can hope to land in the bushes on the other side of the street, but of course you miss, and being pumped up with adrenaline, your body's being flattened by a passing steam roller doesn't hurt too much, so it's okay
(back to verse 159)
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moot - has no practical significence
deflation of cancellation - not quite as neutralized, eliminated, or canceled as you had thought ("Sorry boss, but remember the guy I was supposed to whack? Well, it looks like I didn't whack him as good as you wanted. And now you might want to leave town.")
high-timely virtue of lugubrious moderation - the wonderful quality of not acting as crazy as usual because you're too depressed, and not a minute too soon
nirvanically fortuitous five-star funk of fatigue - where, in an inexplicable twist of good fortune, you have reached a state of blissful obvilion to all stressful external realities, and meanwhile, in painful reality, it's much to your advantage that your arms and legs have decided they are too heavy to move
blessing benefaction of neurasthenic dissipation - the gift, for which you ought to be grateful, of an emotional disturbance that removes all your yearnings for activities such as throwing yourself out the window without opening it first, or adding bullet holes to your body when simple cosmetic piercings are enough for most people, or tattooing on your forehead, "If you can read this, thank a teacher!"
(back to verse 160)
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recessional inanition of anorectic dispassion - where it has been hard to get your nose off the floor ever since you lost your interest in everything, including life-sustaining amounts of food
attitudinally cool climate of costive immobilization - where, because your unusual lack of passion these days, you move so slowly that we would need time-lapse photography to see if you're moving at all
benedictory boon of wholesomely demolishing disinterest - where it's a blessing to us all that your indifference now finally prevents you from doing what you were planning to do
superfetation of anaphylactic enervation - where, in a vicious cycle, you keep getting weaker and weaker
(back to verse 161)
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well wizened and wearily wistful - where you feel dried up, shrunken and shriveled like a prune because your skin is sagging and full of wrinkles, and you are too tired to do anything about it except mourn the good old days when you were cute, chubby and juicy like a plumb, even if you were only a baby at the time
woozily wobble - where, feeling weak and dizzy, you accidentally perform a few pirouettes which make you feel even more weak and dizzy so now you stagger from side to side
wary of whirling, wiggling and widely whiffling in wrenching doubt, disconnection, the blahs of distrait decrepitude and limp-wristed, washed-out volitional debilitation - where your fears of becoming a major piece of human wreckage are already turning you into a minor piece of human wreckage
(back to verse 162)
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gruesome gaffes, gags and gadarene grotesqueries - what politicians say, even when they're ordering breakfast
unaccountable commissions of astronomical nincompoopery - what politicians do so often that we tend not to notice
madness so nocuously rife, ripe, ripping and roiling - when congress is in session
foremost, most vortically atrabilious confabulation - a most outstandingly mean-spirited discussion
(back to verse 163)
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inform - to inspire, or permeate something with a particular character or essence
fissiparous fatuity - foolishness that drives people apart
open visibility of our primed operant idiocy - where we make no effort to hide the way we normally choose the most stupid to do something
freely foiling foibles - the personal flaws which we allow to keep us from achieving what we want
fiendish fetes of fleering - the good times people have when they're making fun of others
plebeian frigid fribbling - wasting our time and means because we don't know enough to care
plebeian pachydermatous miscalibration - where people have skins as soft and supple as those of rhinoceroses, and thus their hearts and brains are protected from new feelings and thoughts, their political discourse no longer ranges along a continuum of reasonable thinking, but becomes concentrated at opposing, and sometimes lunatic, extremes
(back to verse 164)
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well tailored warpage for precursors of dotage - ways of looking at the world, perfectly twisted to help you grow old and feeble-minded before you start to look like it
stricture of superfluously comprehensive incubation - limitation that is more effective than necessary for actually allowing growth and development
anachronistic senility by means of modification through premature geriatric transmogrification - where your brain, though it's still young, becomes old and rigid, because it's part of your equally young body which is also aging before it's time
(back to verse 165)
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struggle half-strangled while staggering and stumbling, trammelled and trampled flat, almost to annihilation - as the man says, "I can't talk, walk, or even stand up straight, I trip over flat surfaces and I can't stop hiccupping, I itch everywhere, my gums are bleeding and I shake uncontrollably, I feel like I'm being tied up and crushed to death - but aside from those things, which only happen between early morning and late night, I'm feeling pretty good"
trapped under a tremendously taxing tortuosity - unable to escape from something overwhelmingly complex (like the U.S. Tax Code)
terrifying toll of truly triturating trepidation - frightening price of absolutely crushing anxiety
(back to verse 166)
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completely unglued - how you'd feel if you won the lottery, or if you lost your TV remote
fickly flee, feebly flag, flinch, fiddle or fidget - what would happen if one used itching powder in place of talcum powder
feral fracas - a great big brawl where people start killing each other like wild animals (common spontaneous expressions of Yuletide cheer among Christmas shoppers at Costcos and Walmarts everywhere, immediately after Thanksgiving)
frightful conflagration - a rather serious level of contention, similar to Iwo Jima, which is why we try not to discuss religion or politics at Thanksgiving dinner
(back to verse 167)
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spontaneously combust and speedily explode - that which radical Islamic-terrorist parents proudly send their children to do, when they're too busy to do it themselves, as an ultimate expression of the parents' love and religious pride, hoping to accomplish as much murder, bloodshed and human suffering as possible (not: "Ah, how soon they grow up," but: "Ah, how soon they blow up")
causative but purely unintentional instigation - that which causes you to say, "Oops!" when you accidentally make something happen but didn't mean to; as when Mrs. O'Leary's cow accidentally kicked over a lantern which started the fire that burned down most of Chicago in 1871, or like when the great Japanese Admiral Yamamoto said after planning and leading the attack on Pearl Harbor: "I fear that all we have done is awaken a sleeping giant and fill him with a terrible resolve." In other words: Oops!
onerously obnoxious otiosity - a useless pain in the neck, or perhaps in the glutei maximi
weaseling wind-baggery and forensic ostentation - all speeches made by political candidates from the wrong party, no matter what's in them
(back to verse 168)
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pique, poke, prod and plainly pervert the public palaver - misdirect everyone away from things that matter so they can be free to argue until they are blue in the face over things that don't matter
infusions of argy-bargy - slipping vigorous arguments into your conversation just to prove your point, especially if you are trying to intimidate by means of acting like a pirate (Arrrrgh!)
hearten the recitation of wantonly spouted spiels of polemical woop-de-do - when parents wrap their fingers around their daughter's neck to encourage her to explain the progress of her homework, and this is how she answers
salty scenes of tensely contentious disputation - discussions where passion is about to devolve into fist-fights
(back to verse 169)
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Avast! Hark! and Hope Ahoy! - Hey! Looky there!
favorably haphazard happenstance - an occasion of good luck (like falling out of an airplane through clouds dense enough to ease your landing into a swimming pool filled with chocolate pudding)
harbingers of help in the emergent incorporation of haply serendipitous psychological fortification - signs that things are getting better as your mental state improves, through no fault of your own
(back to verse 170)
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pulsant potpourri of promotional pulp and pabulum - a throbbing motley mudle of wild and simplistic ideas about what we should do next
painstakingly positing palmy peace and palliation - where a publisher might try very gently to convince the author and the editor of a new book about love to calm down and stop hitting each other
belittleably entertaining antidote - a comforting source of relief which some pickle-sucker is bound to say is no good because it's too much fun
diligently amassed with hardly a single shred or twist of disinformation - written with great efforts to avoid any exaggerations or falsehoods (except for the ones that work nicely for you)
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cute, catchy contraption of cathartic contrariety - a useful little trick of calling other people stupid in order to make yourself feel better (it's okay because when you behave like a monster and inflict damage on others, you don't really mean it)
pitch for therapeutic rehabilitation - a great idea for how to feel better: simply return to your former glory (Now, if I could just remember where I put my wig, my hearing aids, my false teeth, my glass eyeball, and my prosthetic nose)
wee bagatelle - an item of no real size or substance (like your bank account)
arcane verbosity - lots of words that nobody understands (like this poem, for example!)
syllabic inflation - where your syllables seem to be having babies
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sadly soupy syllabus of superficial sentiments - a summary of shallow and foggy ideas based on adolescent emotions (that is, if somebody else wrote it), or on the other hand, (if your wrote it) a touching memoire of noble ideas coming from the emotional experience and wisdom of full maturity
fancified fardel of infectious fascination - a collection of skillfully crafted entertainment that really gets under your skin
pungent mulligan stew of stern scholiastic scolding - where the widely various arguments that someone spews against you, when taken all together, no matter how intelligent they seem, merely strengthen your opinion that the spewer is an opinionated fat-head
sublunarily outsized excitation - where your carnal, materialistic mind is taking on more exercise than it's built to handle, so you might want to plug your ears in case your brain explodes
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rousing rendition of grandiloquent rodomontade - where your reading of the list of reasons why you are so wonderful is so exciting to the ears that it's almost believable
highly risible rhapsodies of rhythm and rhyme - a poem that is supposed to makes us laugh a lo
baroquely daedal discourse - a very intricate explanation (like the one your 13-year-old offered for why he bought an Alaskan fishing lodge plus an amphibious airplane for getting there with your credit card over the internet)
supposedly purgative purport of passably plain and perspicuous exfoliation - an explanation which they tell us we will not only understand, but it will leave us feeling free from all the moral pollution we've brought upon ourselves by behaving the way we do
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congesting congeries of colloquial convolution - tightly crammed collections of word patterns that always confuse us
perdurably closet, conceal, cover, cloak, cache and camouflage - going to great lengths to hide something so it will never be found
cockamamy cozenage - something ridiculous that tricks you into doing something even more ridiculous
coercive condescension, clever cockalorum and incorrigible obfuscation - what people offer you when they talk down to you, bragging about themselves and leaving you feeling stupid and utterly confused
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self-promoting arrogance almost to the point of ruination - where people don't know when to stop focusing their lives on looking important and powerful, no matter how many others' lives they destroy in the process, until they become pathetic charictures of themselves
allowing the littering of light-hearted levity - where your jokes haven't gotten so bad yet that people start calling the police
architectonic foisting - where, by careful design, you slip something past the public's attention (the first rule of conduct for those in elective office)
newfangled farragoes - where situations and ideas get all jumbled up in ways which, until now, no one has ever been goofy enough to imagine possible
quodlibet, caliginous yet void of fabrication - an elaborate argument which, even though it's obscure, is at least completely sincere
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maladroitly partitioned and protracted pullulation - where, having more nerve than wisdom, you keep people and things all jumbled up longer than than you ought to
nutty, neurotic nonpareil - although its creater might be of questionable sanity, this is peerless and without equal
preceptive sloganization - where, for teaching purposes, you reduce broad general principles down to short, attention-getting phrases
pertly primmed and pumped up plump - aggressively exaggerated
serried posy of puffery - a tightly packed assortment of overblown phrases in support of an idea (the stuff of political campaigns)
marginal, deciduously neologistic dissertation - a just barely acceptable piece of writing which occasionally becomes so meaningless that the author sounds psychotic
(back to verse 177)
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still tips and teeters too tiringly toward turning into an excessively, terribly tautologous teratological tome - yet hovers on the brink of becoming nothing more than a thick, heavy book full of academic nonsense and needless repetition, or in other words, a standard college textbook
untenably trouncing travail of terrene trivialities - where it's virtually impossible to tolerate earth-bound things that are so boringly unimportant that in comparison, they make the phone book look like "Lust in the Swamps," or "A Day in the Life of a Hollywood Movie Producer"
turbulently turbocharged and troublesome transvaluation - an especially wild argument that upsets your apple cart by forcing a fresh look at ideas you've built your life upon
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uppity, truculent treatise of toplofty trifles - a systematic argument, with an abrasively assertively tone that's supposed to make the author sound like a genius as he proves things which everyone already knows and nobody cares about
ursine tractate of treacly tripe and taradiddles - a systematic argument, sounding as if it's written by a grizzly bear (reflecting the grizzly's limited intellect and love of honey), full of pretentious nonsense that's disgustingly sweet
torridly teeming with all the rancidly squishy fruit of renitent rancor ridden with tumid fermentation - rotting, but otherwise doing well, in the overflow of what happens when your inflexible opposition gets overwhelmed and tainted by riotous excitement (which is why it's best to keep your opposition as calm as possible)
(back to verse 179)
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gussied up and padded with a punishing plethora of highly persnickety pedanticisms - when you fill your writings with so many simplistic platitudes and pieces of superficial wisdom that your readers wonder if they should just become volunteer cadavers at their favorite medical schools
comprising pedestrian ponderosities of fatly pigheaded preachment - made of important sounding but unimaginative statements that tell everyone what to do, while making no allowance for individual circumstances (and to any pigs who might be reading this, it's only an expression and means no offense: we are very pro-pig and don't care how fat or skinny you are because it's your character that counts)
priggishly puritanical proselytization - where you try to improve peoples' lives and invite them to bask in God's love by making them feel so guilty of everything that they become afraid to do anything
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claptrap seething with a sopping permeation of paralogismic horsefeathers and plutonian punditry - the important-sounding but deceptive arguments and delusions expressed by opinionated gasbags (that is, what we hear every day from all sides of the free press, upon whose unbiased objectivity the survival of our democracy depends)
pan-panoramic palette of lyrically libelous, though no less lambently luculent, lucubration - a complete array of pleasantly delivered lies and insults (once again, what we hear every day from all sides of the free press, upon whose unbiased objectivity the survival of our democracy depends )
(back to verse 181)
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plushly prepped, preened and primped - the happy condition in which we find most adolescents of both genders after they have spent hours behind locked bathroom doors while other family members are yelling and pounding, writhing on the floor in agony, and calling the fire department for help
tamped and stamped and tightly packed pat with pithy patches of illogically profane, yet implacably predicatory prognostication - sections of your writing which, despite their density of unintelligibly foul language, get right to the point in predicting what will happen to us if we don't start cleaning up our language
(back to verse 182)
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predictably paced with well-placed periods of progressively pure Pecksniffian pandering - where, just as we expected, you look worse and worse trying to make yourself look better and better by saying more and more of what you think we want to hear
pervasively paved with Panglossian poppycock - filled with overly optimistic bullpucky
posture a patina of placid pacification - where you look like you're trying to make peace, like Adolph Hitler did in the 1930's, with nice smiles, warm handshakes, kind words, and lots of tanks, airplanes and bombs
(back to verse 183)
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vilipending - expressing your opinion that something is worthless
reprehending - denouncing or voicing you disapproval
nit-picking - unjustified criticism of unimportant aspects of something (like complaining about Adolf Hitler's mustache just because of how disgusting it got when he blew his nose, or because it made you wonder how many kinds of soup were stuck in it, or if he had ever set it on fire when smoking
pindlingly paltering with a billowing bag of disingenuous ploys - using all the low-minded tricks expected of a puny little weak-kneed hypocrite, just to trip up your opponent
emollient pastiche - where you've lessened the intensity of something by adding a variety of more pleasant elements (like adding turkey and dressing, potatoes and gravy, peas and carrots, candied yams and chocolate pudding to your normal diet of bread and water)
tart but tasty patois pregnant with inexpiably mendacious elaboration - an entertaining way of story-telling which involves weaving a tangled web of exaggerations that nobody will ever be able to unravel (the great fun of which explains why some people go into politics and "news" reporting)
(back to verse 184)
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unproven, supposititiously panacean praxis - an untried remedy for solving all your problems (like undergoing a head transplant)
shameless shuffling and a sort of shallow shilly-shallying - a style of leadership that is shifty and evasive as it wallows in indecisiveness
runaround - what they give you when you call Customer Service ("Hello, this is the Runaround Department. How may I fail to help you?")
unrealizable reconciliation - where two people will never agree as long as each holds on for dear life to his own opposing version of the facts
ad hoc scrimmages of syncretistic mediation - the battles that arise when you try to make incompatible forces work together when they absolutely refuse to do it no matter what (like the political parties in congress, no matter the cost to national survival)
(back to verse 185)
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platter of peccantly prickly pitter-patter - where you utter, in sweet tones of light conversation, a wide variety of thoughtlessly stupid remarks
priapic prancing in slaphappy pleonasm - where you attempt, like your boss in the office, or like politicians and other criminals, to be a "real man" by saying over and over again, in a highly befuddled manner, "I'm a real man!" (of course "real women" use means that are more subtle and more lethal)
oozing with tropes of sly syllogistic sleight - bleeding out a creepy slime of crafty arguments hidden in figures of speech that sound like nothing more than double-talk (how lawyers perform when they get warmed up)
penchant for prestidigitation - a strong inclination to deceive people by slight of hand
(back to verse 186)
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skunking skulduggeries of subterranean subterfuge - secret acts of bribery, larceny, fraud, forgery, hanky-panky and other social faux pas
slippery subversion - corrupting something by forms of degrading debauchery and moral depravity that are hard to catch
sequels of sabotage - all the underhanded works of destruction you continue to do after you do the first one
solidly subcelestial dissembling via multi-shaded lies of immensely specious oversimplification - telling lies by revealing only those bits of truth that make you look good, and leaving out the rest
(back to verse 187)
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lenitively euphuistic rhetoric of enfeeblement by awkwardly allusive etiolation - how you keep people from trampling each other in a sudden stampede by telling them what's happening with words that only suggest what's happening, so they don't actually know what's happening, and thus they feel better than they would if they really did know what's happening, not to mention the inconvenience of getting trampled
unflappable unfolding, forming and flying of fibs fixed in feckless fawning and foolish assentation - where in trying to get along with liars, you can't help acting like one yourself
(back to verse 188)
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laboriously loquacious - where you work too hard at talking too much
sloppy and slobbishly slipshod - where you're work is a mess
lunkheaded, lamebrained and long-winded lubrication of transparently snide slurs and smears well tucked into clumsy obscurities of sententious insinuation - where your long blasts of mean-spirited lies and insults are carefully concealed behind big words that nobody can understand (and that probably includes you)
(back to verse 189)
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tersely versicular verdure of veritable verbicide - where the economical efficiency of poetic verse becomes, in your hands, an efficient means of destroying the language
palmary particularity of venturesome ventilation - a good example of having the nerve to take your life into your own hands by saying what you actually think
untoward awakening of dogged virtuosity in the ambits of loathsomely labyrinthian vermiculation - amazing skills which, while better left unused, are unfortunately stirred up through detestable complexities of trickery and deceit
(back to verse 190)
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vie to varnish volcanic surges of vehemence - see who can put the most righteous spin on your occasional explosions of fury (as when employees compete for the boss's favor by making him look least like a raving lunatic)
punitive editorial commination - punishing someone by saying nasty things about them
papilionaceous, adroitly dapper dance of dodgery by the accoutrements of graft and deftly duplicitous orchestration - where, very quick and spritely like a butterfly, you make a living and cause things to happen by actually being a coniving two-faced hypocrit, and a thief
(back to verse 191)
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veil, right up to the verge of dripping schwarmerei - to hide or disguise the real nature of something almost to the point of diverting attention through loud wailing and sobbing
veristic veneer of verisimilitudinous replication - where something highly extraordinary is made, on the surface, to look highly ordinary, so people won't be afraid of it
crafty construct of recondite codification - the new system of names you've invented for things, which is so complicated and confusing that nobody can actually use it
all kinds of caricature and spurious characterization - where you get so creative in referring to things that even you forget what it was you were referring to
(back to verse 192)
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vainglorious imports of your vagarious verjuice - the self-glorification in which you try frame your erratic exhibitions of fire-breathing pomposity
focusing the parameters of pent up vim, vigor and vivification that enkindle the bonfire and stoke up the edacious flames - making perfectly clear, for those who are confused, exactly what it is that makes them hopping mad as if their shoes are on fire
inventions of voguishly vitriolic vituperation - special ways you've figured out for looking your best when you insult people
(back to verse 193)
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vamp up - to create
fearsomely freakish phobias - fears that are so weird that the mere fact of having them frightens you more than the fears themselves
bearish bugaboos - imaginary things that scare you even though you know they're not real, because often you forget that and only imagine they're imaginary
egregious ebullitions - horribly violent outbursts of passion occuring at the wrong time and place, such as singing a baby to sleep, or proposing marriage in a library
whizbang razzmatazz - dumb little demonstrations designed to deceive and impress at the same time (such as Adolph Hitler's carefully crafted mannerisms in public speaking)
goody-goody gobbledygook - utter nonsense designed to make the speaker look like he has a halo under his wig
gale-force rushes and gusts of bullying fustigation - the kind of lies and insults you expect from a pompous wind bag
(back to verse 194)
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widely concerted campaigns - the united efforts of people from near and far, sharing a common focus on a project
virilely vulpine - powerfully crafty (like a fox who eats his spinach)
vigilantly vile - always working very hard to be as repulsive as possible
vulturous - like a vulture or any similar type of human who thrives on the misfortunes of others
pestilence of contageously venomous vexation - a devastating epidemic of poisonous aggravation that's very easy to catch
vertiginous vendettas of character assassination - vicious missions to destroy people's personal reputations
(back to verse 195)
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hiply handy hubble-bubble - a disturbance that you can at least put to good use
recreant hemming and hawing - where instead of taking a courageous stand on an issue, you slither around it like a coward
hyaloid ho-humming - people's (typically teenagers) transparent attempts to look bored and unimpressed
honeying with a mellifluously effluent, perfective nisus of enchantingly Pickwickian misrepresentation - making a terrible story sound better by using sweet, smoothly flowing words that people want to believe
(back to verse 196)
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tetchily tenacious - very irritable and sensitive about not wanting to let things go
intractably inflexible - neither bending nor changing for anyone
viperous - behaving like a snake
veridically virulent variety of villainous valiance - a truly poisonous kind of twisted and depraved dedication to something (like any of your opinions which differ from mine)
vale of inveterately visceral vengeance - a world of long and deeply felt, but not well thought out, desires to get even (with that kid in the third grade, for example, who filled your book bag with pancake syrup)
viciously vindictive vilification - the bloodthirsty things you say about someone, driven by vengeful desires to destroy them (Not so good with a family member or a dear friend, but if it's in a business setting, it's alright. Hey, it's only business!)



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