Wednesday, February 09, 2005

survey respondents say the darnedest things, continued

My last post generated enough interesting comments to provoke a sequel. In another part of the survey, for which I'm also responsible for ultimate scoring decisions, respondents are asked to say as many of the words they can think of that begin with either the letter "F" or "L" (which letter they get is determined randomly). The vast majority of responses are unproblematic. However, amidst the virtual stack of responses for which final coding decisions have to be made, here are five examples from each letter:

firmative
flavorable
fraticize
frumple
funful

lackadosia
leanderthal
lenthol
livacious
lozenger

Also: for "L" words there was one respondent who said "Iraq." I suppose there are some who might argue that, in some respects, calling it "Lie-raq" would not be entirely unreasonable.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Lo! indeed thou a'rt the clever one
never he that would'st pass'eth by a pun
grand jests and all in good wholesome fun
Thy Blog, 'tis about impossible to shun -
LDM

Anonymous said...

Jeremy's long lost twin expounds on gas

Katy said...

Everyone on my mom's side of the family (who are from the south side of Chicago) says "lozenger" instead of lozenge. They also call Damen Avenue "Damien" and Comiskey Park "Cominskey."

Anonymous said...

After my grandfather had a stroke last July, the doctor asked him all of the standard post-stroke questions. When they asked him who the President was, he responded, "Now, I don't know his name, but I know he's a jackass, and I'm gonna vote for the other guy." My aunt's response: "Oh thank god, nothing's seriously damaged!" Lie-raq should be given bonus points.
-Liz