Good triumphs in the end, every week…

But first…
Dulltown, UK: Today’s dictionary words are: abthane, scriggle, posteen, gay-you, windring couchee, and pugging. Please have these words looked up and placed in suitable sentences ready for Professor Mouldie first thing after breakfast tomorrow morning. Should the professor turn up wearing just a paper towel from the staff toilets, and carrying a halberd, you must not let this distract you from your studies. (H)

Yes, I do occasionally watch those US ‘real life’ forensic/crime detective shows on TV. I find it quite satisfying the way cold hard science can bring those awful cocky miscreants to justice. The shows do get a bit exploitative and gory though, especially when they re-enact the crime for us at the end – with odd coloured lighting, tilted camera angles, and dramatic music, to show us how (apparently in slow motion) it was perpetrated.
A couple of things that I have noticed in passing about the American police is that a lot of them seem to be rather overweight, have funny names, have remarkably bad skin, and that the ones in country regions seem very keen on wearing big hats, even when indoors – big hats indoors? I don’t get that at all…
I watched one of these shows last night and jotted down a few items from the voice-over to give you a feel of the thing dear reader:

Some disturbing scenes – a sturdy reliable place – you don’t expect this to happen – on his noon-hour – off the beaten track – he raced to the scene – far more shocking – pretty much covered in – nothing that looked like a crime scene – matched the description of – was well enough preserved – a huge argument had ensued – ran out of the door – for several days – body temperature – things aren’t always what they seem – sober enough – their worse nightmare – fear in the community – combed his car for clues – grilled by detectives – lab results reveal – back to square one – a strange coincidence – now he is free to go – reaching out for tips – that chilly autumn night – he was no stranger to trouble – zero in – take a polygraph – a damning piece of information – detectives were certain – a living nightmare – jumped out of the window – sent out a bulletin – scoured it for clues – no trace – nothing concrete to go on – police clearly on edge – a stone cold case – a startling omission – a bunch of lies –  a wake-up call – the clock is ticking – outside the box – he had a weird presence – delve into his background – he had a dream – just to piece it together – a 25 to 60 year sentence – he was that bad guy…

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Grumpy old surrealist artist, musician, postcard maker, bluesman, theatre set designer, and debonair man-about-town. My favourite tools are the plectrum and the pencil...
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14 Responses to Good triumphs in the end, every week…

  1. Jheron Bash says:

    Thank you for that precis. I shan’t need to watch that now.

  2. “Miscreants” what a great word. Haven’t heard it in a long time, so I shall use it in conversation today. “Get away, you miscreant, you!” or “Such miscreants roam our streets these days, don’t they?” And its been years since I watched American crime shows….

  3. Jheron Bash says:

    Do either of you ever use a real dictionary these days?

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Oh yes!… Imagine trying to look for random unusual words online, you can’t really – but opening a thick dictionary at random gives you plenty of them…
      Hence: ‘Today’s dictionary words are:…’

  4. Jheron Bash says:

    I love a thick dictionary! I own several. What’s your favourite?

    • Dave Whatt says:

      I only have the one – it is a red black and gold ‘Chamber’s Twentieth Century’ about two inches thick and very good for flicking through.

      • Jheron Bash says:

        Yes, Chamber’s is very good, isn’t it. i have a thick thumb index edition! I also like the Shorter Oxford though (2 volumes). The big Encarta illustrated dictionary is quite good fun too. The Cassell dictionary of slang is also entertaining (& very thick!) but quite rude if you are of a sensitive disposition, which I’m sure you are …

      • Dave Whatt says:

        I just have the one Jheron, but I’ll know where to come if I find it lacking in any way…

  5. ktz2 says:

    On the Forensic Files show the phrase ‘ gas chromatograph-mass spectrometer’ comes up almost every time, the following fans wait for it ! haha

    • Dave Whatt says:

      Oh Kate, I love the gas chromatograph mass spectrometer!
      I’m very fond of the polymerase chain reaction too… ‘PCR’ to those in the know…
      Ho ho!…

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