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DnDChick
In another thread, the FunGuyfromYuggoth wrote:

 

Also, there used to be a Lovecraftian glossary or at least a word list that could be used to verbally describe a creature. I don't have my older editions handy, but maybe someone here does? Lovecraft's language is so evocative, especially when in the 1920's period, that neglecting to follow-up on this was a real loss to the more recent editions.

 

I have that list, as a matter of fact. It was an article called the "Sanity Quiz" that appeared in The Cthulhu Companion. The article said that if you read through the entire list, you should roll 1d3 SAN loss. ;)

 

I managed to scan the list, and have been slowly adding to it.

 

Note: Those words marked with an asterisk were not included in the original "Sanity Quiz" word list.

 

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Aberrant, Abominable, Absurd, Abysmal, Acidic, Acrocephalic*, Adhesive, Adipose*, Airy, Alien, Ambiguous, Amoebic*, Amorphous, Anarchic, Ancient, Angular, Animalistic, Animated, Anomalous, Antediluvian, Anthropophagous*, Appalling, Appendaged, Aquatic*, Ashen, Askew, Astounding, Atrocious, Awry, Baboon-Like, Baleful, Baneful, Bankrupt, Barbarous, Batrachian*, Beastly, Bellowing, Bestial*, Bilious, Bizarre*, Blasphemous, Bleating, Bloated, Bloodshot, Blubbery, Boiling, Bombilating*, Brutish, Bug-Eyed, Bulbous, Cacaphonous*, Cackling, Cadaverous, Cancerous, Cellular, Changeable, Chaotic, Chattering, Chelonian*, Chitinous*, Chthonic*, Clawed*, Coarse, Colorless, Colossal, Confusing, Congealed, Conical, Convoluted, Corpse-Like, Corpulent, Corrupt, Creamy, Criminal, Croaking, Crustaceous*, Crystalline, Cunning*, Cyclopean*, Cylindrical, Dank, Dark, Dazzling, Deafening, Deathless, Debased, Debauched, Decomposing, Deformed, Degenerate, Degraded, Delirious, Demonic*, Depraved, Deranged, Detestable, Deviant, Devilish*, Diabolical, Diffuse, Dire, Discordant, Diseased, Disfigured, Disgusting, Dislocated, Disordered, Dissolved, Distorted, Dreadful, Dripping, Effervescent, Effulgent*, Effusive, Elastic, Elephantine*, Elongated*, Emaciated*, Endless, Enlarged, Enormous, Enveloping, Evasive, Exaggerated, Excruciating, Extended, Fabulous, Faceless, Fantastic, Fearful, Fecund, Festering, Fetid, Fibrous, Fiendish, Fiery, Filthy, Fish-Like, Flabby, Flailing*, Flatulent*, Flowing, Fluctuating, Fluid, Foaming, Foul, Fractured, Fragrant, Frantic, Fungous, Furfuraceous*, Furious, Gangrenous, Gargantuan, Gaunt*, Ghastly, Ghoulish*, Gibbering, Gigantic, Globular, Glutinous, Gluttonous*, Gnashing, Gory, Grasping, Grayish, Greenish, Grim, Grisly, Gross, Grotesque*, Gushing, Hairy, Hallucinatory, Hapless, Hateful, Hazy, Heaving, Hellish, Herpetiform*, Hideous, Hircine*, Hissing, Horned, Horrible, Horrific*, Horrifying*, Howling, Huge, Hump-Backed*, Hybrid, Ichorous, Idiotic, Illogical, Immaterial, Immense, Immoral, Incestous*, Incoherent, Incomplete, Incongruous, Incredible, Indistinct, Infected, Infernal, Infested, Inhuman, Insane, Insatiable*, Insidious*, Insipid, Invidious*, Iridescent, Irrational, Irregular, Jabbering, Jaded, Jangling, Jaundiced, Jellified, Jumbled, Jutting, Kleptomaniacal, Leprous, Limp, Liquefied, Loathsome, Lumbering, Luminescent, Lumpy, Lunatic, Lurking, Mad, Maggoty, Malevolent, Malformed*, Malicious, Malignant, Mangy*, Massive, Melancholic*, Membranous, Menacing, Mesmerizing, Metallic, Mildewed, Mindless, Miscarried, Misshapen*, Moaning, Molten, Molting*, Monstrous, Monumental, Morbid, Mordant*, Morose*, Mortifying, Mottled, Mouldering, Mucky, Mucous, Murderous*, Murmuring, Mutilated, Nagging, Nameless, Nauseous, Nearsighted, Nebulous, Necromantic, Necrotic*, Nictating*, Nightmarish*, Noiseless, Non-Euclidian*, Nonsensical, Noxious, Numbing, Obese*, Obscene, Obsequious, Octopoid, Odious, Odorous, Oily, Oleaginous*, Ominous, Oozing, Organic, Otiose*, Outlandish, Oval, Overgrown, Overripe, Pagan, Pale, Pallid, Palpitating, Palsied, Parasitic, Pasty, Peculiar, Pendulous*, Perfidious, Perverse, Pestilent*, Phlegmatic, Pitiless, Plastic, Pliable, Poisonous, Porous, Pregnant, Prodigious, Profane, Profuse, Prognathous*, Pronged, Protoplasmic, Protuberant, Prurient, Pseudopoidal, Puckered, Pudding-Like, Pulsating, Pulsing*, Pustular, Pustulent*, Putrid, Pyriform*, Quavering, Queasy, Quiescent, Quivering, Radiant, Rainbowed, Recrudescent*, Rectangular, Reeking, Refulgent*, Remorseless, Repellent, Reprehensible, Reptilian, Repugnant, Repulsive, Resplendent, Restless, Rheumy, Rigid, Roiling*, Rotten*, Rotting*, Rough, Rubbery, Rugose, Sacrilegious, Sallow, Sanguine, Satanic*, Scabby, Scabrous*, Scaly, Scintillating*, Screaming, Scrofulous*, Scummy, Sebaceous*, Seething, Segmented*, Senescent*, Senseless, Sepulchral, Shadowy, Shiny, Shivering*, Shrieking, Shuffling, Sickly, Sightless, Simian*, Sinewy, Singular, Skeletal, Sleepless, Slimy, Slippery, Slithering, Slobbering, Sluggish, Solemn, Sordid, Soundless, Spectral, Spherical, Spiky*, Sponge-Like, Squamous*, Stagnant, Stentorian*, Sticky, Stupefying, Stupendous, Stygian*, Sulphurous, Syrupy, Teeming, Tentacled, Terrible, Thickening, Thrashing, Throbbing, Toothy*, Transformed, Transparent, Tubular, Tumultuous, Turbid, Turbulent, Ugly, Ultimate, Umber*, Unclean, Uncouth, Undigested, Ungainly, Unhallowed*, Unholy*, Unknown, Unmasked, Unnatural*, Unripe, Unseen, Unspeakable, Unutterable, Vague, Vaporous, Vast, Venous*, Vermillion*, Verminous*, Vestigial*, Vibrating, Vile, Viperous, Viscous, Vivid, Voluminous, Vomiting, Voracious*, Vulpine*, Wailing, Wan, Warped, Waxen, Webbed, Wet, Whirling, Whithered, Worm-Eaten, Wormy, Wretched, Writhing, Xanthous*, Xenophobic, Yammering, Yonic*, Zodiacal, Zymotic

 

For definitions of these words, go to http://www.dusk.abel.co.uk/hp_words.html

 

And write Jon a private message thanking him for his great work!

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The_Sandman

You don't have horrifying, although you have two other horr- words already anyway.

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SandyPetersen

What about "edible"?

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Roadkill
Aberrant, Abominable, Absurd, Abysmal, Acidic, Acrocephalic*, Adhesive, Adipose*, Airy, Alien, Ambiguous, Amoebic*, Amorphous, Anarchic, Ancient, Angular, Animalistic, Animated, Anomalous, Antediluvian, Anthropophagous*

 

What do those footnote marks refer to?

 

(And is there a special prize for anyone who can give the definition of every word on the list? :mrgreen: )

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MisterEntropy

(And is there a special prize for anyone who can give the definition of every word on the list? :mrgreen: )

 

That'd only take up, what, 3 pages?

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DnDChick
Aberrant, Abominable, Absurd, Abysmal, Acidic, Acrocephalic*, Adhesive, Adipose*, Airy, Alien, Ambiguous, Amoebic*, Amorphous, Anarchic, Ancient, Angular, Animalistic, Animated, Anomalous, Antediluvian, Anthropophagous*

 

What do those footnote marks refer to?

 

(And is there a special prize for anyone who can give the definition of every word on the list? :mrgreen: )

 

The asterisks denote words that did not appear in the original "Sanity Quiz" article.

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DnDChick
What about "edible"?

 

Maybe we could start a new list providing adjectives that monsters can use to describe investigators. :twisted:

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Roadkill
Maybe we could start a new list providing adjectives that monsters can use to describe investigators. :twisted:

 

Can we condense 'tastes like chicken' down to one word?

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FunGuyfromYuggoth

How about a weekly Lovecraftian word defined? "Lovecraft's Word of the Week." It sharpens the vocabulary and makes people think that you're really quite well educated, but in a peculiar sort of way.

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DnDChick

Wow that's a neat idea!

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The_Sandman

Can we condense 'tastes like chicken' down to one word?

 

poultriesque

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Fortunado

chickensian?

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cynick
Can we condense 'tastes like chicken' down to one word?

But people taste like pork...... :twisted:

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Starglim

Pollifulgent?

(Actually, I think that would be "smells like chicken")

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The_Sandman

Well, taste and smell are close enough for squamous, ever-shifting masses of roiling flesh.

Speaking of which, roiling belongs on the list.

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DnDChick

Done!

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Jon
(And is there a special prize for anyone who can give the definition of every word on the list? :mrgreen: )

 

Err, did it! (well most of the words anyway)

 

Too much sanity on my hands 8O, so using the mystic runes and sigils known as Perl I scraped a few web-pages (470?). If anyone thinks this is useful then let me know, and I can try and improve the list, and add the extra words listed.

 

I might tackle the idea of a word-of-the-week generator (as suggested by FunGuy) for people to link to. Any other suggestions entertained!

 

The badly formatted list can be found at http://www.dusk.abel.co.uk/hp_words.html

 

Enjoy...

 

Jon.

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FunGuyfromYuggoth

Very, very good!!! I wish the list was available when I read "At the Mountains of Madness" in junior high school. "What the hell..."

 

Thank you!!!

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DnDChick

Fastastic job, Jon! I applaud you!

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CharlesDexterWard
(And is there a special prize for anyone who can give the definition of every word on the list? :mrgreen: )

 

Err, did it! (well most of the words anyway)

 

Too much sanity on my hands 8O, so using the mystic runes and sigils known as Perl I scraped a few web-pages (470?). If anyone thinks this is useful then let me know, and I can try and improve the list, and add the extra words listed.

 

I might tackle the idea of a word-of-the-week generator (as suggested by FunGuy) for people to link to. Any other suggestions entertained!

 

The badly formatted list can be found at http://www.dusk.abel.co.uk/hp_words.html

 

Enjoy...

 

Jon.

 

Nice work!

 

I do find it amusing that the only definition of "wan" is 'Wide Area Network' as oppposed to the more Lovecraftian 'unnaturally pale' or 'melancholy' (from dictionary.com).

 

At least that's what I think of when I read 'wan' in a book--though I don't read many computer manuals. :)

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Jon

Err, there are some Great Old Ones who live in the networks where I work :wink: Hopefully I will get chance to get the list vetted over the weekend, and add some more words!

 

What I noticed when building the list is that Dictionary.com uses multiple sources to get definitions, whereas I only used one!

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CharlesDexterWard
Err, there are some Great Old Ones who live in the networks where I work :wink:

 

Mine, too, I think! 8O

 

 

Hopefully I will get chance to get the list vetted over the weekend, and add some more words!

 

What I noticed when building the list is that Dictionary.com uses multiple sources to get definitions, whereas I only used one!

 

It's a fun page just to wander through. I'm expanding my vocabulary and increasing my word power.....a whole lot!

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The_Crawling_Chaos

Yeah, there are a few words that I think should be on there, like 'formless'. How could you forget that excellent word? It just fits the mood perfectly, like "as the formless Shoggoth ate the chicken-like tasting person's entrails".

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Jon

Amended the list (who says I'm bored :?) and added a couple of extra words suggested, and added a some more appropriate definitions for wan!

 

Unfortunately I could not find any defintions for poultriesque, or chickensian :D (shame I liked poultriesque :wink:), although I thought about adding "porcine" as long-pig is suppossed to taste like pork!!!

 

Jon.

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