what kind of a word is "ovular"?

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what kind of a word is "ovular"? luser droog 11/25/11 7:37 PM
. . . I discovered a new analytical was of listening to  music.   The
unheard sounds came through, and each melodic line existed of
itself, stood out clearly from all the rest, said its piece, and
waited patiently for the other voices to  speak.    That night I
found
myself hearing not only in time, but in space as  well.    I not only
entered the music but descended like Dante, into its  depths.    And
beneath the swiftness of the hot tempo there was a slower
tempo and a cave and I entered it and looked around and heard
an old woman singing a spiritual as full of Weltschmerz as
flamenco, and beneath that lay a still lower level on which I say a
beautiful girl the color of ivory pleading in a voice like my
mother's as she stood before a group of slaveowners who bit for
her naked body, and below that I found a lower level and a more
rapid tempo and I heard someone shout. . .
    -- Ralph Ellison, *Invisible Man*

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Re: what kind of a word is "ovular"? tlvp 11/25/11 9:52 PM
Did you mean *Spanish* "ovular" (verbo intransitivo), to ovulate ?
Or *English* "ovular" (adj.), related to or having to do with (ova) eggs ?

Cheers, -- tlvp
--
Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
Re: what kind of a word is "ovular"? luser droog 11/25/11 11:17 PM
On Nov 25, 11:52 pm, tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlL...@att.net> wrote:
> On Fri, 25 Nov 2011 19:37:43 -0800 (PST), luser- -droog wrote:

> > Subject: what kind of a word is "ovular"?

> Did you mean *Spanish* "ovular" (verbo intransitivo), to ovulate ?
> Or *English* "ovular" (adj.), related to or having to do with (ova) eggs ?
>
> Cheers, -- tlvp
> --
> Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.

I was either quoting or mis-quoting Anthony Perkins from
Orson Welles' The Trial. It's the scene at the beginning
where he's arguing with the strange men (police?) who
show up in his room. One of them notices a shape on the
floor and the other one desribes it as an "ovular" shape.
So: egg-shaped, as a euphemism for anything "not quite an
ellipse".
Re: what kind of a word is "ovular"? tlvp 11/26/11 8:00 AM
On Fri, 25 Nov 2011 23:17:48 -0800 (PST), luser- -droog wrote:

> On Nov 25, 11:52 pm, tlvp <mPiOsUcB.EtLlL...@att.net> wrote:
>> On Fri, 25 Nov 2011 19:37:43 -0800 (PST), luser- -droog wrote:
>
>>> Subject: what kind of a word is "ovular"?
>
>> Did you mean *Spanish* "ovular" (verbo intransitivo), to ovulate ?
>> Or *English* "ovular" (adj.), related to or having to do with (ova) eggs ?
>
> I was either quoting or mis-quoting Anthony Perkins ...

Ah, so not a question at all. OK, IC. Now, back to sleep :-) .

Cheers, and happy post-prandial gobblings, -- tlvp
Re: what kind of a word is "ovular"? luser droog 11/27/11 12:05 AM
Finally! a chance to use my new OED.
"Men far advanced in postprandial potations." -- a gang of drunks
Re: what kind of a word is "ovular"? tlvp 11/27/11 7:45 PM
On Sun, 27 Nov 2011 00:05:15 -0800 (PST), luser- -droog wrote:

> "Men far advanced in postprandial potations." -- a gang of drunks

Heh-heh ... make that "a gang of *after-dinner* drunks :-)
(generally far less aggressive, because much less hungry, because
far better fed, than the /pre/-prandial variety).

Cheers, -- tlvp
--
Avant de repondre, jeter la poubelle, SVP.
(PS: /pranzo/: Italian -- "dinner")