Encycopedia of Me Meme . . R is for RIDICULOUS.

R is for ridiculous – I’m talking about the scrabble dictionary and the “words” that are allowed. How can words that have NO MEANING in English be considered words for the purpose of the game, when the rules say that no foreign words are allowed? eg “Li” is in the scrabble online dictionary is defined as:
1. A Chinese measure of distance, being a little more than
one third of a mile.
[1913 Webster]
2. A Chinese copper coin; a cash. See {Cash}.
[1913 Webster]

Yet “dux”, being the “top pupil at a school”, listed in the Oxford Dictionary, is not listed in the official scrabble dictionary. I have used the word “dux” (one of our daughters was dux – twice) but I have NEVER used the word “li”.

Well, that’s my wobbly for the day! Good news – we have a new baby!


I have been watching the possums for the last couple of months and have seen a certain expansion in the size of at least one. Then, yesterday when we were having lunch on the balcony, the possum opposite woke up and was fussing around in the box, when a baby possum appeared on it’s head, squirmed across its Mama’s back and generally made a nuisance of itself! Poor Mama Possum – she had a long-suffering look on her face as if to say “these broken days! I need my sleep!”.

The baby is too small to ride on her back yet, and mama is very hungry – yesterday she appeared at her window before it was fully dark, and squirmed out and across to the feeding tray when I appeared with some fruit for her. These nursing mothers have big appetites! I am really going to miss the wildlife when we move.

R is also for ROOF – the roof is now on our new place, so the R is for RAIN won’t hold the building up as much. It is now due to be completed in mid October until mid November, so we’ll be homeless when we get back from India/Thailand on 10 October. Our furniture is being R is for removed on 11 September and goes into storage until the house is finished.

The Australianism for today is : “Received Standard English” – not exactly an Australianism, but this is the English to which we all aspired when I was a child – only people who had private school educations, or came from the upper classes in England spoke that way. All the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission”) announcers spoke “Received Engish” – they spoke “proper” unlike the rest of the rabble. Nowadays RSE is not often heard on the airways – we seem to be quite comfortable with our own Aussie accent. Another blow struck for a classless society!

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