- Great words that are underused.
meaning Utter suddenly
used in some sherlock Holmes books see examples below
Watson ‘ejaculates’ twice as often as Sherlock Holmes in Conan Doyle’s stories. There are 23 ejaculations in total, with 11 belonging to Watson. On one occasion, Holmes refers to Watson’s ‘ejaculations of wonder’ being invaluable; on another, Watson ejaculates ‘from his very heart’ in the direction of his fiancée. Homes is only responsible for six ejaculations, although it is not clear which of the two men ejaculate in the passage below:
So he sat as I dropped off to sleep, and so he sat when a sudden ejaculation caused me to wake up, and I found the summer sun shining into the apartment. The pipe was still between his lips, the smoke still curled upward, and the room was full of a dense tobacco haze, but nothing remained of the heap of shag which I had seen upon the previous night.Posted 4 years ago
The Man with the Twisted Lip, 1891
A Gudgeon is also a tropical fish*. A smallish unassuming fish, which it turns out** can eat anything up to about 1/2 of it’s size. Including some of my favorite ones 🙁
You may not be surprised to learn it comes from Australia.
An Empire Gudgeon
*And also some Marine fish share the namePosted 4 years ago
**My LFS did not know this until I brought her back. Fatter.
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