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Lovecraft words [Dec. 19th, 2011|05:46 pm]
Richard Clegg


Data obtained using grep -i (case insensitive) so gibber includes gibbering, gibbered etc.

eldritch 31
loathsome 75
squamous 5
batrachian 1
blasphemous 74
f(o)etid 28
gibber 22
nameless 222
tentacle 48
necropolis 3
cyclopean 78



Disappointing showing fro batrachian I thought.
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[User Picture]From: moral_vacuum
2011-12-19 06:22 pm (UTC)
I think I love you.

Edited at 2011-12-19 06:22 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: commonpeople
2011-12-19 08:14 pm (UTC)
In a Krankies sort of way?
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[User Picture]From: moral_vacuum
2011-12-19 08:20 pm (UTC)
I know Steer is a lot taller than me, but he's not THAT much taller.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-19 11:52 pm (UTC)
Fan Dabby Doubly Dozy.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-19 11:55 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: drdoug
2011-12-19 06:46 pm (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-20 12:14 am (UTC)
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.
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[User Picture]From: drdoug
2011-12-20 08:46 am (UTC)
He's great. The John Peel of sf, if the late lamented Peel had also been a passable session musician.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-20 10:31 am (UTC)
*heh* That's a brilliant description.
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[User Picture]From: hirez
2011-12-19 07:20 pm (UTC)
That chart looks like an explosion in a constructivist type foundry.
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-19 11:57 pm (UTC)
It's libreoffice -- they shun the more popular colours and fonts.
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[User Picture]From: makyo
2011-12-19 07:45 pm (UTC)
Surprisingly narrow segment for "squamous", too. Any news on "rugous"?
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-20 12:15 am (UTC)
I'll try a more scientific version of this later in the week.
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[User Picture]From: shermarama
2011-12-19 10:04 pm (UTC)
Anything for stygian?
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-20 12:15 am (UTC)
I'll give it a go when I get some more time. I'm sure stygian won't disappoint.
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[User Picture]From: _pyromancer_
2011-12-19 11:51 pm (UTC)
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? :)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-20 12:15 am (UTC)
I wonder what the French would do with a cyclopean batrachian?

Big oven and some garlic sauce?
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[User Picture]From: _pyromancer_
2011-12-20 02:55 am (UTC)
:)
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[User Picture]From: hirez
2011-12-20 07:51 am (UTC)
It's the sort of thing one would expect in the Len Deighton cookbook.
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[User Picture]From: shewho
2011-12-20 10:34 am (UTC)
where are the racial epithets?
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-20 11:39 am (UTC)
32 nigger and 6 mulatto.
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[User Picture]From: wardytron
2011-12-20 02:50 pm (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: steer
2011-12-20 02:56 pm (UTC)
*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".
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