And Now, a Sentence From the Current Work in Progress

“Gaaaaah! So much effluvia!”

Thank you for your attention. Have a fine evening.

32 Comments on “And Now, a Sentence From the Current Work in Progress”

  1. Effluvia is one of those fun-to-say words end. I like alluvial and abysmal, epithelial and filial as well. They just roll off the tongue. I picture Professor Higgins teaching Eliza to say…

    “Out of geological filial piety, the effluvia falls endlessly on the abysmal alluvial plains like epithelial rain (from spain).”

  2. Uh..oh. sounds like a bad joke is coming along from that snippet. Please, not a Terry Prachett!

  3. Tor marketing meeting, sometime in the near future:

    “Lemme just toss this out there. Scratch & Sniff dustjacket. Show of hands? Anyone? Anyone?”

  4. I got to use “effluvia” in a sentence just yesterday.

    For some reason this word always reminds of an early X-files scene (when they still used humor in episodes) where Mulder gets some form of effluvia on his hand and says to Scully “Is there any way I can get it off my fingers quickly without betraying my cool exterior?”

  5. I had a teacher who would make us write standards whenever we resorted to name calling. The thought of being forced to write “I will not call Sally Effluvia” 50 times makes me giggle.

  6. I recognize the word “effluvia” but I must thank you for expanding my vocabulary with “Gaaaaah”.

  7. Funny, reading the email notification on my phone, I read “uncategorized” as “unsanitized.” Indeed.

  8. Errr… Effluvia is plural. Shouldn’t it be “So much effluvium!” or “So many effluvia!”? Yeah, I know: You had to be there.

  9. As always, Scalzi has proven himself a trembling vagina pussybitch who is unwilling to discuss and debate anything of substance on his shitblog.

  10. Lois Bujold and Elizabeth Moon have both had effluvia-related subplots. That’s not bad company to join! :D

  11. I am curious, how do you decide how many a’s to put in Gaaaaah? Is it always the same, or does it vary depending on the level of surprise/consternation that prompted the exclamation?