I think I love you.
Edited at 2011-12-19 06:22 pm (UTC)
In a Krankies sort of way?
I know Steer is a lot taller than me, but he's not THAT much taller.
I think this chart actually confirms your suspicion that cyclopean is his most over used word when compared with the base level of usage in "normal" writing -- but I need a large sample of "normal" text to check that out.
I'm surprised what a high proportion of hits for n-grams of the popular items there are splogs selling pharmaceuticals. Who knew spammers had such a penchant for Lovecraft? Nameless, cyclopean blasphemies lurking just beyond most people's awareness ... Hmm, maybe it makes sense.
I googled eldritch loathsome squamous and wonderfully found a David Langford Lovecraft parody:
"Arggh, I can write no more. I have set down this brief account of my final hours, but now it is scrabbling awfully at the door. Eldritch, loathsome, partly rugose and partly squamous, it shambles toward me, noxious, unspeakable, indescribable, that hellish spawn of the Ancient Old Ones, the deadline."
I love David Langford.
He's great. The John Peel of sf, if the late lamented Peel had also been a passable session musician.
*heh* That's a brilliant description.
That chart looks like an explosion in a constructivist type foundry.
It's libreoffice -- they shun the more popular colours and fonts.
Surprisingly narrow segment for "squamous", too. Any news on "rugous"?
I'll try a more scientific version of this later in the week.
I'll give it a go when I get some more time. I'm sure stygian won't disappoint.
Brilliant! Clearly the work of a mind, unhinged from the dreary minutiae of humdrum life, by batrachian, blasphemous, cyclopean labours in the nameless recesses of the swirling dark.
I wonder what the French would do with a cyclopean batrachian? :)
I wonder what the French would do with a cyclopean batrachian?
Big oven and some garlic sauce?
It's the sort of thing one would expect in the Len Deighton cookbook.
where are the racial epithets?
*heh* Bad combination.
Lovecraft used the word pink (or pinkish) 21 times including two occurrences of pink tentacles but never pink and blasphemous.
I particularly enjoyed:
"pinkish things about five feet long; with crustaceous bodies..."
and "long accounts of monstrous pinkish forms spied in thickets".