Previous Entry | Next Entry

TERALBAY

baby
My sister's husband discovered this, from a 1921 essay by A.A. Milne:

TERALBAY is not a word which one uses much in ordinary life. Rearrange the letters, however, and it becomes such a word. A friend -- no, I can call him a friend no longer -- a person gave me this collection of letters as I was going to bed and challenged me to make a proper word of it. He added that Lord Melbourne -- this, he alleged, is a well-known historical fact -- Lord Melbourne had given this word to Queen Victoria once, and it had kept her awake the whole night. After this, one could not be so disloyal as to solve it at once. For two hours or so, therefore, I merely toyed with it. Whenever I seemed to be getting warm I hurriedly thought of something else. This quixotic loyalty has been the undoing of me; my chances of a solution have slipped by, and I am beginning to fear that they will never return. While this is the case, the only word I can write about is TERALBAY.

My sister glosses:  The answer is not RATEABLY, or BAT-EARLY, which "ought to mean something, but it doesn't." Rudolf Flesch notes that TRAYABLE is not a word, and that, though TEARABLY appears in small type in Webster's Unabridged, "it obviously won't do."

What's the answer? There's no trick -- it's an ordinary English word.

If you've long known the answer, or come upon it in five minutes, or a use a letter-rearrangfing program to run through all the possibilities, don't post.  I haven't given it any thought myself because i am a BUSY MAN with REAPONSIBILITIES and have NO TIME for such pursuits.

Comments

( 9 comments — Leave a comment )
dreadbeard
Dec. 9th, 2012 10:48 pm (UTC)
I got it half way through reading the paragraph...
undyingking
Dec. 10th, 2012 12:54 pm (UTC)
This came to your sister's husband, I'm guessing, via the excellent Futility Closet website: which is well worth following on a regular and direct basis.
flemmings
Dec. 10th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
When your PM gives you an anagram of the word that TERALBAY turns into, maybe he's trying to tell you something? This might be why Victoria Freudianly hadn't a clue what it was.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 10th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
It took me more than five minutes, but not by much. (I play a lot of Scrabble, which may be an unfair advantage when it comes to solving eight-letter anagrams.)
anselmo_b
Dec. 10th, 2012 09:49 pm (UTC)
I gave up and looked for the answer. Definitely a quisling matter.
jackfirecat
Dec. 12th, 2012 08:55 pm (UTC)
ditto
dyvyd
Dec. 11th, 2012 03:44 am (UTC)
If she solved it easily, I can see why sleep still might come with difficulty.
(Anonymous)
Dec. 11th, 2012 03:59 pm (UTC)

When making Candwiches, Kirkland uses techniques similar to those used to preserve Meals Ready-to-Eat for soldiers. He also successfully made canned sandwiches and pizza pockets that have meat baked into them (although those aren for sale quite yet). Kirkland canned foods are subjected to the rigors of technology -- that is, hurdles to prevent the growth of any pathogens or unwanted organisms in the food.

Thump I have the ball I look up and I see a player open. My heart races as I hear her say "over here, What should I do pass or keep it and use my magnificent skill to go around the players and score? I think we have all felt the feeling of one side telling you to do one thing and the other something else.

Soccer video games like Wise Soccer, Kickoff and Match day had been formulated as early as in the 80s. In 1993 FIFA Soccer or FIFA Football became the very first soccer video game series which received an official license from the governing association of FIFA. It is now offered in 18 languages in 51 different countries,

Watch Spain VS Portugal live Stream online PC TV Soapcast and Video Highlights, Spain VS Portugal live Stream Today Get the free live Instant streaming Internet TV Links Here. Spain VS Portugal live Stream Soccer match will be played at UEFA Euro 2012 Most Enjoyable game On Thursday, Jun 21-2012. UEFA Euro 2012 Soccer lovers must watch this soccer match.

A World Cup and European Championship winner with Spain, Torres seems to have all the skills the perfect striker would need, seems to have it all, but in reality, everything is falling apart lack of form for Torres started out at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where it seemed as though Torres was simply tired, and fatigued. He was an old man who had seen and been through it all, and needed a rest. It may have been because of Torres injury-plagued season, when Torres injured both his knee, and his hamstring.

Comedian and brains behind several television series, Howie Mandel has managed to live his life to the fullest possible while still dealing with his Tourettes. He owns 2 different homes, including one that is kept sterile so that he can stay there free of germs in the event that his germ obsession kicks up. He has been known for television shows such as Bobby s World and St
(Anonymous)
Jul. 3rd, 2013 07:45 am (UTC)
Betrayal.
( 9 comments — Leave a comment )