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[l_o_lostshadows]
I was reading a book and ran into this passage: "The guards, pouting with boredom, hands lost in pockets, twitchy, surfeited on nipple-sheets, have been thoroughly schooled in circumlocution."- Iain Sinclair, Downriver (Or The Vessels of Wrath) A Narrative in Twelve Tales (1993)

So, TQC, anyone know wtf a nipple-sheet is? (I did try googling it, with no luck.)

Feel free to leave silly definitions if you don't know, just label them as such.


DK/DC- What was the last weird term you ran into?
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[User Picture]From: beckyc
2014-05-09 07:49 pm (UTC)

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I have no idea but really want to know! Bubble-wrap?
[User Picture]From: nofishtoday
2014-05-09 07:51 pm (UTC)

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informational sheets detailing the different types of nipple ailments
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2014-05-09 07:51 pm (UTC)

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I'm going to go with a euphemism for pornography. And I'm serious. Although it might take on deeper meaning in the context of sentences before and after. The idea being they are anxious, idle young men, who have been taught a lot of alternate terms for killing and fucking. It suggests darkness and bad, foolish choices to come. I mean, if I had to guess based on a sentence.

If it doesn't mean that, then I'm pretty sure it means, "Author possibly attempting to emulate James Joyce too much".

Weird term: "turn down for what"

Edited at 2014-05-09 07:56 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: heyfashion
2014-05-09 08:04 pm (UTC)

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Yeah, without knowing anything about the book nipple-sheets sounds to me like porno magazines or something similar.
[User Picture]From: l_o_lostshadows
2014-05-09 09:45 pm (UTC)

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The prior two sentences are about a train station. The following sentence is: "They have no ambition beyond stranding any person misguided enough to commit himself to their protection on the poisoned sands of Canvey Island: a gulag of sinking caravans, overlooked by decommissioned storage tanks."

And that's the last we hear about them.

"Author possibly attempting to emulate James Joyce too much".

Hmm... Now you mention it, I think that might be it. It certainly has the veneer of annoying pretension my one run in with Joyce had. :P
[User Picture]From: calzephyr77
2014-05-09 10:00 pm (UTC)

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I would agree - even "surfeited" is a clue - it means excessively.
[User Picture]From: krazykitty529
2014-05-09 08:17 pm (UTC)

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I thought of a bra, but I think the other comments (porn) is more likely
[User Picture]From: thegreenstage
2014-05-09 10:38 pm (UTC)

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Sounds like nipple-sheets could be corrugated iron? Not going to venture a guess on circumlocution though - probably self-explanatory.
[User Picture]From: disorderata
2014-05-12 11:30 am (UTC)

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Corrugated iron was my first thought. Agree!
[User Picture]From: zombiefruit
2014-05-09 11:01 pm (UTC)

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The guards have nipples all over their thighs, and are fondling them through their pockets. The sheer fabric of the inside of their pockets is the nipple-sheet. Due to their plethora of thigh-nipples, they have a surfeit of nipple-sheets considering they have four of the things between them (assuming there are two guards with two pockets, two be-nippled legs, and two hands each - if there are more guards some basic maths are involved).
[User Picture]From: whenflowersgrow
2014-05-09 11:08 pm (UTC)

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The last weird term I heard was "mouthfeel". I can't tell if I really like it or hate it.
[User Picture]From: thegreenstage
2014-05-10 12:00 am (UTC)

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Not the OP, but I hear you on that. Could be lovely or could be vile.
[User Picture]From: whenflowersgrow
2014-05-10 12:02 am (UTC)

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Yeah, I think I lean more towards vile. For some reason I always associate it with puke after drinking too much.
[User Picture]From: kittymink
2014-05-10 01:10 am (UTC)

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"Mouthfeel" is disgusting.
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2014-05-10 07:49 am (UTC)

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But it's essential to describing chocolate! The "mouthfeel" is a huge reason for the popularity (it melts at body temp and the right about of cocoa butter gives it that luxurious feel on the tongue). Besides, what's wrong with feeling something with your mouth? It's the first sense we develop practically.

[User Picture]From: kittymink
2014-05-10 01:56 pm (UTC)

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But it's still a disgusting word to me. Like "moist".

Edited at 2014-05-10 01:57 pm (UTC)
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2014-05-10 02:04 pm (UTC)

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Sorry, all I get is cake out of a box. Betty Crocker is the moistest. he, he, he.



[User Picture]From: whenflowersgrow
2014-05-10 12:07 am (UTC)

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I just thought of another weird term but I can't edit my comment: "futz"? One of my preschoolers used it as "fart", I'd never heard it before but it's funny. I guess that's what her family calls farts.
[User Picture]From: theidolhands
2014-05-10 07:53 am (UTC)

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Futz is a Yiddish word, it means to "waste time" or "mess about".

Example: Quit futzing with your fakakta hair and schlep your mashugana tuchas in the car already!
[User Picture]From: blkrabbitofinle
2014-05-11 07:17 am (UTC)

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For some reason that totally cracks me up.

I agree with the person who said porn. Swing and a miss one for the author. :)
[User Picture]From: mikehz
2014-05-10 12:48 pm (UTC)

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I was reading a manual on how to set the fuel/air ratio on a boiler a couple days ago, and was warned not to let the fire go "stoichimetric." I had to look that one up. Stoichiometry: the calculation of relative quantities of reactants and products in chemical reactions.