Word of the Day: prolix

algernon-monkey-puzzlerAm I going on too much about trees? Perhaps I am being prolix (pronounced just as you expect).

It means “Tediously prolonged; Tending to speak or write at excessive length”.

I learned the word from author J.R. Colombo when I complained that a story he mentioned (featured in the photo) would have been good at 40 pages but unfortunately went on for 130. John replied, “I agree with you that Blackwood’s style is sometimes prolix …” and recommended two better tales by Blackwood; The Wendigo and The Willows. They are not prolix.

Learning a new word is always enjoyable and I decided that our equivalent in today’s texting language would be TL;DR. It stands for Too Long; Don’t Read. LOL.

Why the weird tree photo?

Blackwood’s book surprised me with mention of a Monkey Puzzler Tree. I had heard that name for the first time only a day earlier, in conversation with Peter Tatham. Odd that I had never heard of it, and then twice in two days.

Well, I had heard of a Monkey Tree. Monkey Puzzler turns out to be another name for this unusual species. It also goes by the name of Monkey Tail Tree, for obvious reasons. My mother may have planted one in our yard when I was a kid. Couldn’t see it on Google Street View, though.

OK, enough about trees. Colombo has correctly labelled me a tree-hugger but I don’t want to be prolix, too.

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