Not in the clamor of the crowded street, not in the shouts and plaudits of the throng, but in ourselves, are triumph and defeat.--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

REDIRECT ALERT! (Scroll down past this mess if you're trying to read an archived post. Thanks. No, really, thanks.)

Due to my inability to control my temper and complacently accept continued silliness with not-quite-as-reliable-as-it-ought-to-be Blogger/Blogspot, your beloved Possumblog will now waddle across the Information Dirt Road and park its prehensile tail at http://possumblog.mu.nu.

This site will remain in place as a backup in case Munuvia gets hit by a bus or something, but I don't think they have as much trouble with this as some places do. ::cough::blogspot::cough:: So click here and adjust your links. I apologize for the inconvenience, but it's one of those things.

Thursday, May 27, 2004

From the Comments

Stan the Gummint Man akses this question regarding the previously mentioned official state word of Alabama:

Dear Mr. Language Possum,

How would one use "sonillaceous" in a sentence? Something like this?

Man, that Michael Moore gave one sonillaceous rant the other night.

Or is there some other meaning?

According to Robert Buttbertson's History of Alabama published in 1926, the official state word was adopted in 1834, and due to a clerical error, "sonillaceous" was inadvertantly inserted into the language of the bill in lieu of the intended word, "forudarial." It was voted upon and signed into law without the error being discovered until 1841.

The Secretary of Parliament at the time, Richard, Earl of Cahawba, explained the oversight as meaningless being that the words were roughly synonymous, but nonetheless, it did lead to the downfall of the Perthywaite government and the exile of several House of Commons members to the Western Territories.

Both forudarial and sonillaceous relate to "the state or nature of being treliarous." (Bennett's Compendium of Usage, 1876). In a sentence, one might say, "Have you seen the latest news? It is quite sonillaceous."

As always, we are happy to oblige all knowledge seekers.

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