"Malaysia Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and the Sultan of Johor are seen in a blue Proton Saga... "When asked whether there is any tension with the sultan, Dr Mahathir said: “No, I don’t see anything because I went to see him and he drove me to the airport. I don’t want to comment on the sultans because if I say anything that is not good then it’s not nice because he is the sultan”"

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Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Things could always be worse; for instance, you could be ugly and work in the Post Office." - Adrienne E. Gusoff

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To fund its Word of the Day e-mails, Dictionary.com has taken to product placement, giving the following example sentences for some words (the words in question are bolded):

"The mayor's hortatory speech spurred me to organize a carpool with my Prius."
"The hybrid technology in Prius is a paragon of innovative engineering."
"She started driving a Prius for its salutary effect on the environment."

In the spirit of the whole endeavor, I have come up with example sentences for almost all of the rest of the words this month:

cosset: A cosseted child, I got my wealthy uncle to buy me a Prius.
espy: In the distance, I espied a Prius speeding in my direction.
pother: After sufficient pother, I convinced the Missus to let me buy a Prius.
abstemious: Desiring that my car be as abstemious as I, I stumped out for a Prius.
mores: Keeping in mind the mores of the Bay Area, I chose to drive a Prius.
oneiric: Thinking about the message the conspicuous consumption that is my Prius sends puts me in an oneiric mood.
tergiversation: When asked about the compatibility of my promotion of corn-based biofuels and tax credits for hybrids like the Prius, the Senator engaged in tergiversation.
redivivus: Fancying herself Rachel Carson redivivus, Tori's feather in her cap was trading in her SUV for a Prius.
megrim: On a megrim, I traded in my Lexus for a Prius.
aver: I aver that if not for the tax incentives, I would never have bought a Prius.
gravid: With my gravid wallet, I went on a shopping spree and got myself a Prius.
prescience: Having a lack of prescience, I opted to go all the way and commute using a fully-electric car instead of a Prius, only to be screwed when others did not do the same.
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