Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Dissyllable

DISYLLABLE, n. A word of two syllables.  The following words are disyllables, according to the ancient and honorable usage of all the San Francisco poets: Fire, hire, tire, flour, hour, sour, scour, chasm, spasm, realm, helm, and slippery elm.

2009 Update: A word containing two grunts, making half an Erudition.  Two Eruditions make a Folly.  

20 comments:

Ariel the Thief said...

Yeah.

TLP said...

Some of those words are disyllables in the south.

DISYLLABLE: to disrepect a silly able person. Pitiful, huh?

Harry Heuser said...

Giving a small foot a bad name.

sauerkraut said...

... I'm on a Bill O'Reilly rant and dissyllable sounds applicable to him. Although two grunts with half an erudition contributes much more to this national debate of ours than most things Billo utters. And, of course, when Billo does it twice, he becomes the folly.

Oh, the chasm created by the fire of the sour who scour our realm to tire us with the flour of their hour(ly) verbal spasms. Why must I climb that slippery elm only to fall at the helm? ... such is the political folly.

Jim said...

Dissyllable: variant of disyllable.
So you didn't do a typo after all![Variant(s):
also dis·syl·la·ble \ˈ
dī-ˌsi-lə-bəl,
di(s)-ˈsil-ə-able]
..

Mo'a said...

Yeah!!! I am glad I learned this...Then again, at the next dinner party, I can really Wow them...better write those words in the palm of my hand...tire, yell fire, sour, has it been an hour? Verbal spasm...(borrowed from Sauerkraut)...Oh no!!! I am falling down a chasm...or into a slippery dissyllable realm.

Doug said...

Ariel, "yeah" is 1/4 of an erudition.

TLP, there are almost no monosyllables in the south.

Iamb what iamb, Harry.

Sauerkraut, you kind of stay on rants, don't ya?

Jim, that's how Ambrose spelled it. I am only a servant.

Mo'a this is how you can show your art to the blind.

pia said...

To diss y'all's label as in "hey you still wear Tommy Hillifeger."

(The Southern sun's rotted my brain)

quilly said...

ooga ooga

Nessa said...

I get all the way down and Quilly took my idea. I was going to say it is the lost language of the Neandertal.

Tom & Icy said...

I still like the tricolon, three farts for one.

the amoeba said...

If you're the invited guest at a firing squad (or, these days, if you're a church usher), "Fire!" is indeed a disyllable. No matter how it's pronounced.

sauerkraut said...

Quilly writes: "ooga ooga"

allow me to continue her thought...

ooga chaka

ooga ooga chaka

I've just got this feeling...

oh, wait... that would be a chant instead of the rant.

cooper said...

I'm sorry, this brings back nightmares of my forced study of the Austroasiatic language family.

Ariel the Thief said...

LOL Tom!

actonbell said...

I love your update, Doug! (which means that I can understand it). And I agree with the SanFran poets except for the last three. I hope this is normal.

Doug said...

It happens, Pia, but what's it done to your hair?

An erudition, Quilly. I'm not surprised.

Neanderthal is another erudition, Nessa.

Venas, Vidas, Vicas, Icy.

Sauerkraut, that would be an alternative to a rant.

Only you, Cooper.

Ariel, I guess LOL OMG WTF would be a tricolon.

It's normal here, Actonbell. I thought "what's funny about that?"

weirsdo said...

Down here, any one-syllable word with an "r" after the vowel becomes dissyllabic, e. g. "stayers" (stairs) "Geoerge," etc.

weirsdo said...

P. S. But the more erudite drop the "r" altogether in a drawl: "stazz" and "Jawge."

Doug said...

How many syllables in "Porgie?"