Saturday, May 12, 2012


Welcome to the Guess My Word blog. This is a place to discuss the words of the day chosen by Joon and Mike. This paragraph is here mostly as spoiler space. Here are today's words:

mike's word: blueprint
joon's word: quietus



  1. Holy cow. Got Joon's in 11, then just could not come up with Mike's.
    Bluet, bluejay, blueline, blueplate, bluer....

    Managed to be both the windshield and the bug today.

  2. I had never heard of joon's word before... After 19 I gave up on quietude/quiff.

    1. Gareth -- Like you, I gave up after 16 at exactly QUIETUDE/QUIFF, but that was brain cramp; I recognize Joon's word, even if it's not one I use every day.

    2. To be, or not to be: that is the question:
      Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer
      The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune,
      Or to take arms against a sea of troubles,
      And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep;
      No more; and by a sleep to say we end
      The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks
      That flesh is heir to, 'tis a consummation
      Devoutly to be wish'd. To die, to sleep;
      To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there's the rub;
      For in that sleep of death what dreams may come
      When we have shuffled off this mortal coil,
      Must give us pause: there's the respect
      That makes calamity of so long life;
      For who would bear the whips and scorns of time,
      The oppressor's wrong, the proud man's contumely,
      The pangs of despised love, the law's delay,
      The insolence of office and the spurns
      That patient merit of the unworthy takes,
      When he himself might his quietus make
      With a bare bodkin? who would fardels bear,
      To grunt and sweat under a weary life,
      But that the dread of something after death,
      The undiscover'd country from whose bourn
      No traveller returns, puzzles the will
      And makes us rather bear those ills we have
      Than fly to others that we know not of?
      Thus conscience does make cowards of us all;
      And thus the native hue of resolution
      Is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought,
      And enterprises of great pith and moment
      With this regard their currents turn awry,
      And lose the name of action.--Soft you now!
      The fair Ophelia! Nymph, in thy orisons
      Be all my sins remember'd.

    3. quite by coincidence, i guessed "bourn" today on the way to mike's word. and i'm sure i've used "contumely" before (and subsequently been subject to it here in the comments section!). in fact, even "perchance" seems like it's been used in GMW before.

    4. But what about "fardels"?

      P.S. Have we found the secret identity of The Bard on RP?

    5. ha, i'm not planning to use fardels. (maybe mike will.) and no, i'm not the bard guy. i had to give up on rex's comments thread years ago.

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  4. Got "quietus" with no trouble, but somehow couldn't come up with "blueprint," which seems the more obvious word.

    Shakespeare equates quietus with death, and the word is the name of a suicide drug in the movie "Children of Men." Makes sense. In the real world, a company selling relief for tinnitus calls its medication Quietus. Probably sounded liked a good idea at the time, but I'd guess they haven't seen "Hamlet."

  5. You had my hopes up for an instant. I wonder whether homeopathic treatments are worthy of the name "medication."