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Groggy with excitement though he was, Sir Peveril intuited that he this was the verge of something spectacular, innovative, and wondrous, so, thrusting out his hand, he caught the spinning coin just flipped into the air by his friend Walter and fairly belved out: "Eureka! the verra dab! jings, crivvens an help ma Boab! hoo did ah no think o it afore? gie ma heid a skelp, Dean, an ye kin gaun furst wi dear, sweet Gracie, furget the baw-bee, it's ma gift tae ye, an Curate, Maister Flooers, ye seem like the kin o maun wha likes a mair grown-up lass, tak Sadie there, she'll bring ye oot o yersel if am no mistooken, an Walter, ma bosom freen, wee Minnie's aw fur ye, Ah ken ye've aye hud a hankerin fur young virgins like the Dean, yer twa peas in a pod, so dip yer wick wi ma blessin – Ah've got an idea Ah need tae work oot, so whiles ye debauch yersels here, see, there's nae limits tae ma generosity, Gentlemen, Ah'm awa doonsterrs tae enjoy masel wi Stella an Fanny, the vast variety o whoredom maks me feel like a bairn in a sweetie shoap, an Ah'm goana avail masel o their legal an financial experience whiles am pokin their arses: The Ring o Gowd wull be the first tae provide a bespoke service tae it's Customers, oo'll scoop up the trade in London furst then roll it oot aw ower the cuntry; a Franchise scheme - we'll track doon the kind o goods a customer wants an deliver them tae a local depot wha'll tak them tae the customer's preferred location: ye live in Bristol an want a twal-year-auld African lass or laddie, thon's whit ye'll get, tae yer doorstep! – ye bide in Birmingham an want an experienced Chinawummin, that's whit ye'll get! or ye'r in Berwick-on-Tweed an hae a hankerin fer a six-fit Irish wummin wi reed hair an breests the size o a watermelon, that’s whit we deliver tae ye! oo'll source aw the oarders an if ye jine wur Speeshal Primo Service, oo'll guarantee next day delivery! whit a genius am ur! me! Sir Parlane MacFarlane, purveyor o whoors tae the gentry, tae tradesmen an bourgeoisie, even tae the huddled masses in cities everywhauraboots, fer fuck sake – tae Royalty tae; Ah'm goanie get a Royal Warrant afore ah dee!" – and the Dean asked, "who is Sir Parlane MacFarlane?" and MacFarlane whirled round: "did Ah say that? help ma kilt, twis a slip o the tongue, he wis ma famous ancestor, Foonder o the Gowden Ring, it's only thanks tae him oor aw here noo, but awa freens, Point Percy at the Pussy an fill em up tae owerflowin, mak this a nicht tae remember, am aff tae Fuck the Fairies, Bon Appetite!" and he disappeared from the room.

(by MissTeriWoman)


I'm still a little groggy from the night before, and regret I went out at all, because I was able to intuit beforehand that it would go badly. My boss turned up in an expensive bespoke suit, and I had to listen to him shout and belve about the Company all evening.

(by OldRawgabbit)
The Quandary for today, Saturday, January 20, 2018, consists of:
  • groggy
  • intuit
  • bespoke
  • belve, v.
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

Dazed, weak, or unsteady, as from lack of sleep, tiredness, sickness, intoxication, etc.
  1. To know intuitively or by immediate perception.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for January 20, 2018 is:

bespoke • \bih-SPOHK\  • adjective

1 : custom-made

2 : dealing in or producing custom-made articles


"Matt, a lifelong collector of vintage and bespoke men’s suiting, takes dressing for an occasion very seriously: black tie the first evening; blue jackets the second." — Pilar Guzman, Traveler, December 2017

"Customers stepped up for body scans inside the showroom and then worked with an employee to design their own bespoke pullovers." — Anna Wiener, Wired, December 2017

Did you know?

In the English language of yore, the verb bespeak had various meanings, including "to speak," "to accuse," and "to complain." In the 16th century, bespeak acquired another meaning—"to order or arrange in advance." It is from that sense that we get the adjective bespoke, referring to clothes and other things that are ordered before they are made. You are most likely to encounter this adjective in British contexts, such as the 2008 Reuters news story about a young pig in Northern England who was fitted with "bespoke miniature footwear" (custom-made Wellington boots) to help it overcome a phobia of mud.

OED Word of the Day: belve, v. To shout, roar, bellow

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