Go Back   Tapcis Web Forums > Open Forums > The Parlor

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old February 26th, 2019, 08:50 AM
Daniel Widdis
Posts: n/a
Default [Dixonary] Round 2964: ELFLOCK Results

O, then, I see Queen Mab hath been with you.

She is the fairies' midwife, and she comes

In shape no bigger than an agate-stone

That plaits the manes of horses in the night

And bakes the elflocks in foul sluttish hairs,

Which once untangled, much misfortune bodes.

—Romeo and Juliet, Act I, scene IV

The Bard’s description of Queen Mab by Mercutio is often cited as the first English language reference to elflocks, or fairy-locks, mats of hair that appear overnight (primarily in children, or horses) with no other (earthly) explanation.* **So it must be the elves!* It is, apparently, bad luck to untangle them.*

We’re not exactly sure when he wrote Romeo and Juliet, though 1595 seems a consensus date.* Thomas Lodge (possibly an ancestor of our own Tim Lodge) referred to elves-locks in Wits Miserie and the Worlds Madnesse in 1596.* Shakespeare also turned it into a verb “elfed” done by Richard to his own hair in King Lear.* Charlotte Brontë used the word centuries later in Jane Eyre.* Despite all these literary references in some well known works, only John Barrs knew the woid’s meaning (and was DQ) while the rest of you were fooled by some excellent fakes by the other players.

Dave Cunningham wins the deal with this Scots quay.* He noted with his submission that the “unknown” would draw at least one vote.* That extra vote gave him the deal in a tiebreaker over runner up Mike Shefler’s riding jacket.

*** ELFLOCK ***

1. An herb, related to sage, having little flavor but once thought to have medicinal value.

****Votes from:** Cunningham, Embler and Naylor

****Submitted by: Mallach, who scores natural 3.

2. A lock of hair, fancifully regarded as having been tangled by the elves.

****No votes

*** Real definition from Collins

3. A cage similar to a lobster pot for catching bottom feeding fish.

****Votes from:** Mallach and Shefler

****Submitted by: Barrs (DQ), who scores natural 2.

4. [Scots] A quay or dock. (deriv. unk.)

****Votes from:** Carson, Lodge, Madnick and Shefler

****Submitted by: Cunningham, who scores natural 4.

5. [OE] To enchant.

** *Vote from:*** Stevens

****Submitted by: Lodge, who scores natural 1.

6. Surreal.

****Vote from:*** Stevens

****Submitted by: Abell, who scores natural 1.

7. A small anchor.

****No votes

****Submitted by: Carson.

8. Animal's coat of hair or wool.

****No votes

****Submitted by: Madnick.

9. A mechanism used in elevators to lock the doors in an emergency.

*** No votes

****Submitted by: Stevens.

10. A liqueur made from the prickly pear (also known as cactus fruit).

*** Votes from:** Cunningham and Embler

****Submitted by: Naylor, who scores natural 2.

11. A riding or hunting jacket worn by Swedish nobles in the 17th and 18th centuries.

****Votes from:** Carson, Lodge, Madnick and Mallach

****Submitted by: Shefler, who scores natural 4.

12. A shady, small-time 'wheeler-dealer' or businessman who is always looking to make a quick profit, often at someone else's expense or through the acceptance of bribes.

****Vote from:*** Naylor

****Submitted by: Embler, who scores natural 1.

*** Player******** Def Voted for Votes Guess DP Total

****------******** --- --------- ----- ----- -- -----

****Shefler******** 11**** 3 & 4**** 4************* 4

****Cunningham****** 4*** 1 & 10**** 4************* 4

****Mallach**** *****1*** 3 & 11**** 3************* 3

****Naylor********* 10*** 1 & 12**** 2************* 2

****Barrs*********** 3******* DQ**** 2************* 2

****Embler********* 12*** 1 & 10**** 1************* 1

****Abell*********** 6****** N/V**** 1************* 1

****Lodge*********** 5*** 4 & 11**** 1************* 1

****Carson********** 7*** 4 & 11**** 0************* 0

****Madnick********* 8*** 4 & 11**** 0************* 0

****Stevens********* 9**** 5 & 6**** 0************* 0

You received this message because you are subscribed to the Google Groups "Dixonary" group.
To unsubscribe from this group and stop receiving emails from it, send an email to dixonary+unsubscribe (AT) googlegroups (DOT) com.
For more options, visit https://groups.google.com/d/optout.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:02 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.