To Pen Or Not Stupendous

Buttress not the day
by sitting on your butt as
a writer who has no easy hands
to behold the inked canvas this
of the daily breaded day, wandering
to behold the moony-mooded wine
that calms the savage pen, a pen
of destiny, of valor, of tripe and
smoked salmon, yes, then
buttress the soul with a word
or more in the Moors’ boggy

— Douglas Gilbert

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    1. Thanks. I’m glad I could think of all the similar words and do something with them. I started thinking I should see if it would be possible to have a play on words somehow in French because when I thought of the word “stupendous” , I was curious about the derivation. I found out that a whole bunch of similar words have the same root in the Latin verb “Stupere”: stupid, stupor, and stupendous. They all have to do with being “stunned” into silence sort of. So I thought if there’s so much drift from Latin, there might be interesting things going on in other languages. But it turned out to be much too confusing.The Google translator went wildly out of control:

      I tried to translate this:
      “Marie is the stupendous butt of a joke, and they called her stupid because she fell into a stupor learning the Latin verb “Stupere”

      It gave me this:
      “Marie est la culotte stupéfiante d’une blague, et ils l’ont appelée stupide parce qu’elle est tombée dans une stupeur en train d’apprendre le verbe latin “Stupere”
          Which they then said translated to this in English:

      “Marie is the stunning joke of a joke, and they called her stupid because she fell into a stupor learning the Latin verb “Stupere”
          But and however, huh what? This:

      la culotte stupéfiante means “The stunning panties”

      But, huh, um whaa the… Today I tried a much shorter sentence with this result:

      Marie is the stupendous butt of a joke.
      Marie est la fougueuse blague.
      Marie is the fiery joke.

      What are they doing? When there’s a comma, you get “stunning panties”, but when there’s a period, you get “fiery joke.”

      Poor, poor, Marie. I decided to leave her alone.

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