Wednesday, 15 December 2010

Phileas Fogg and his WikiDiction Sentence... Part 2

"Phileas Fogg can be described as being a stolid, arcane, reserved, wanderlustuous, expeditious, untoady, indomitable, burnished, hyperopic, magnanimous, well-mannered, benignant, abstinent, daedal, intrepid, fecund gentleman."

Some long time readers may possibly remember my post... 'Phileas Fogg and his WikiDiction Sentence' in February. Much has happened in the world of my Phileas Fogg sentence since. Here is a small update.

Wikipedia
The sentence had remained on Wikipedia for some time, untouched. One day, somebody decided to try and improve on the sentence by alphabetising it. Shortly after, one individual, known to his friends as 'Bigturtle' decided to be a Bigturd and delete it, claiming it to be a 'well-meaning, frivolous' sentence. I again reverted it, and he undid it again. So I put it in the overview, where it currently stands.


Twitter

The sentence was loved, and adopted by a 'Jerry Anboerman', a resident of Twitter. Jerry too, like Phileas Fogg, thinks he can be described as 'a stolid, arcane, reserved, wanderlustuous, expeditious, untoady, indomitable, burnished, hyperopic, magnanimous, well-mannered, benignant, abstinent, daedal, intrepid, fecund gentleman'.



Forums

Most excitingly, the sentence sparked debates in none other than the famous Word Reference Forum. Users argued whether 'daedal' was actually a word (yes, it is), as one gentleman has decided he wants to use it in everyday speech.


One man goes on to question the sentence, but compliments the use of 'untoady'.


A hateful fellow then tries to insult the use of 'wanderlustuous', a word I made up. I shall do another post on why this should, in fact, be a word.


Personal Use

It is used on the personal website of a Nathan Maxwell Cann, in what appears to be an essay about Phileas Fogg.

Our Friends in the East

I found the sentence used on a Japanese website. I would be very grateful if anyone is able to translate it and tell me the context.

5 comments:

  1. You are like a celebrity now. With good reason because this is quite genius. Will you remember the little people once 'wanderlustuous' makes it into the dictionary?

    Lor

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  2. I can trump all these words simply by prefixing with 'un', my scrabble word score therefore beats yours!

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  3. I enjoy this fully. When wanderlustuous is eventually added to the world of "real words," I think you take a cue from politicians and sneak the single word hybrid, Bigturd, on in some sort of rider scenario. And also make sure it is always capitalized as a proper noun.

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  4. You are a genius. Want to trade places with my Andy?

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  5. I have never LOLed so hard.

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