Thursday, January 10, 2008

scribble, scrabble


on monday my sweet sister-in-law p forwarded me the 'word of the day' that is automatically sent to her. the word was scrabble. I don't know if she sent it to me because of the game scrabble or the mouse referenced in one of the quotes. eek. or both. but isn't it lovely to come to someone's mind and be associated with such a wonderful word. almost makes me want to do another blogabet!

scrabble \SKRAB-uhl\, intransitive verb:

1. To scrape or scratch with the hands or feet.
2. To struggle by or as if by scraping or scratching.
3. To proceed by clawing with the hands and feet; to scramble.
4. To make irregular, crooked, or unmeaning marks; to scribble; to scrawl.
5. To mark with irregular lines or letters; to scribble on or over.
6. To make or obtain by scraping together hastily.
7. The act or an instance of scrabbling.
8. A scribble.

Mice kept me awake by scrabbling in the uncovered garbage can.
-- Edith Anderson, Love in Exile
Rather frantically I scrabble for the recollection of what exactly it does give me.
-- Robert McLiam Wilson, Ripley Bogle
Heard by Maidment but not seen, the dog, called Rosie, yawned, then pushed herself on to her feet, slipping about on the polished boards with a scrabble of paws.
-- William Trevor, Death in Summer

Scrabble derives from Dutch schrabbelen, from Middle Dutch, frequentative of schrabben, "to scrape; to scratch."


picture: sophie (the dog next door) helping me during a game of scrabble; notch, e's pet mouse who lives on avenue c with me (guess e felt it was only fitting.....).

5 comments:

Reya Mellicker said...

What a beautiful photo! Love getting to see more of your face!

Scrabble on, sistah!! 7 letter triple word scores all around!

Salty Miss Jill said...

This is why I love your blog. :)
Great photo-you're beautiful, and I could eat that doggie!

kimy said...

;) 2 ewe 2!!

WAT said...

Aw, look at little doggie! AW! That is a great pic by the way, such relaxing joy whilst on the phone although as of late I've been using my speaker option on my cell since I get tired of holding it up and cancer and stuff and oh my god the world is gonna end and blah blah blah...

Maurice said...

Cute mouse!