Ok, so I was tagged to do this by my good old friend Thomas Widmann. Who, by the way, stood me up once in Oxford, claiming he was ill or something... PJC and myself were meeting up for a drink (Peter coming all the way from Bremen, taking time off his busy schedule building space rockets) and Widmann didn't even bother to show up...
Anyway, apparently the idea now is:
- Pick up the nearest book.
- Open to page 123.
- Find the fifth sentence.
- Post the next three sentences.
- Tag five people and post a comment here once you post it to your blog so I can come see!
Now, the closest book means I have to dig through the piles of paper on my desk. I am assuming closest is in Euclidean distance and not in time it takes to get at it. On my desk I have a few books that I have had here for ages and never use -- a few manuals that I never look at because Googling is much easier, and a dictionary that I haven't used since I discovered Webster online. So, the closest book, once I made it through piles of papers I should have read but never got around to, is: Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary. It was a gift from my sister -- I have the big, red, massive Webster myself, but I got this from here when she finished her studies and decided she would never need it again...
In my version -- which doesn't look like the picture at Amazon I linked to above -- page 123 is bole to bona fide.
Sentence five is:
bolero n(pl~s) 1 (music for a) type of Spanish dance.
The next three are:
2 woman's short jacket with no front fastening. boll n seed-case of the cotton pants or flax. bool-weevil n destructive insect whose larvae eat cotton bolls. bollard n 1 short thick post on a quay or ship's deck, to which a ship's mooring ropes are tied. 2 short post on a kerb or fraffic island.
Wasn't that a senseless exercise?
Now, where exactly am I supposed to leave a comment, Widmann?