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And Now, a Sentence From the Current Work in Progress

“Gaaaaah! So much effluvia!”

Thank you for your attention. Have a fine evening.

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

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

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).”

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?”

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.

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?

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