Sunday, May 27, 2012


No poem| commentary today, as the OED word of the day is the nonce word "pussel-gutted."

A nonce word, I learn, is a word made up to meet a one-time need. That means, of course, there is only a single sentence in the citation, so the idea of erasing words to find a poem is a non-starter.

'Quark' was a James Joyce nonce word until some well-read physicist appropriated it. As for today's word, William Faulkner felt the need to write: "He has pussel-gutted himself eating cold greens." Though I must say that the idea of "rendering oneself obese" by eating cold greens makes me wonder if the Oxford lads have this definition right!

The image is another one of Kubota Garden, with some of the garden map added as collage elements. Again, full image is on Flickr.


Vicky said...

I just looked at several of your collage sketches as full size images on Flickr. They're great and now I can really tell which parts are paint and which are cut paper. You are truly a multi-media blogger with collage, line, paint and words. Wow!

alkiart said...

Thanks, Vicky, you're very kind! Glad the bigger images help show what's what. Collages online are problematic for sure :p

Rick Schindler said...

Robert Penn Warren uses "pussel-gutted" in "All the King's Men" at the beginning of Chapter 10: "the pusses-gutted city cops sweating in their blue."