Monday 30 September 2013

Culture & Academic Research: Historic Buildings, What Are They Really?

The East side of the Legislative Council and HSBC in 1946 with the Peak in background
Image from tressillian photoblog

Interesting questions!

Must historic buildings / structures be old? If they are relatively new but are symbolic enough to represent a place, are these historic buildings?

Let's find out!

What Is A Historic Building?
Old Halls @ The University of Hong Kong, built in 1915, confirmed Grade 1 historic building on 18th Dec 2009.
Not a bad Christmas present
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We often talk about historic or historical buildings but exactly what are they? I suppose that many of us will immediately name buildings which are of a very old age. This is a safe choice, but don't be too shallow, because age is NOT the only determinant, and that is not the whole story.

Queen's Pier, then aged 50, which was given a de facto approval for its demolition.
The Year of Pig to the slaughter.
Image by Leo Cheung @ Wikimedia, taken on 17th May 2007

Hong Kong is a fast pace city of very high demand for land. Old(er) buildings often have to make ways for newer ones to satisfy the seemingly infinite appetite for residential and commercial properties, thus it is reasonable to think that old(er) buildings have not always been given the opportunity to get old. Some of these buildings are rich in culture and therefore deserve to be protected, or at least enlisted as protected, as soon as possible. This could be one of the main reasons why we are able to see very young buildings, some of which of less than 40 years old, already classified as historic buildings by the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong.

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Captured on 30th Sep, 2013

Here's the official definition of a historic building by the Antiquities and Monuments Office,

"Historic buildings are symbols of our cultural identity and continuity which can always give us a sense of wonder. They also carry various kinds of academic and aesthetic value. "

Here, the keywords are "symbols of our cultural identity", "continuity", "wonder", "academic", "aesthetic" and "value", all but the word "time". Thus, it is clear as day that "time" isn't a determining factor in the classification in the case of Hong Kong's historic buildings.

Hung Shing Temple and Fuk Tak Temple, near No. 8 Shau Kei Wan Road, Shau Kei Wan, H.K.,
built in 1969 and 1980 respectively
Image from HKHeadline
Even Fuk Tak Temple was considered in 2010, although not being awarded any Grades.

What Do Grade 1, 2 and 3 Mean?
I like this part, because I don't need to write anything.

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What Are Some Of The Historic Buildings In Hong Kong?
Tsang Tai Uk, Sha Tin, New Territories, built 1847-1867, confirmed as Grade 1 only after nearly 2 decades on 18 Dec 2009,
a little way too slow, don't you think?
Image from David randomwire
There are just too many to be listed!!

The Antiquities and Monument Office has a full list assessment of 1,444 historic buildings posted on their official page, if you are interested, you can click here or find the link in the Resources section below to download. But I have discovered something deep, something which might just well be the Office's top recommendations.

A very special city needs a very special definition for the term "historic". From the Antiquities and Monuments Office's definition of historic buildings,

"The types of historic buildings are varied in Hong Kong, ranging from traditional Chinese ancestral halls and Western residences to functional structures such as waterworks facilities. The architectural styles, selections of sites and building materials as well as types of buildings to be constructed etc. are all governed by social beliefs, traditions, ideas and cultures. The study of historic buildings can reveal the artistic and human messages embraced in them."

Top 3 on the list of 1,444
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From the above description, we can see that the Antiquities and Monument Office places traditional Chinese ancestral halls before anything else, and if you look at the list of the 1,444 historic buildings in building assessment (as of 10 September 2013), ancestral halls-related structures also come in top 3!!!

Is this something that even Dan Brown could have missed?

Kat Hing Wai, Shrine, Kam Tin, Yuen Long, N.T.,
the Wai was built between 1465 and 1487, the wall was 1662-1722,
granted Grade 1 collectively on 31 Aug 2010
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Must A Historic Building Be A Building?
Tai Tam Tuk Reservoir, Memorial Stone, Tai Tam Reservoir Road, Tai Tam, Hong Kong,
build in 1918, was declared Grade 1 and as a monument in 1994,
an example of a historic building that is not actually a building
Image from Wikipedia
Again from the same description above, 

"The types of historic buildings are varied in Hong Kong, ranging from traditional Chinese ancestral halls and Western residences to functional structures such as waterworks facilities. 

Since a historic building can be a functional structure, even if it is not a building, it is still included in the consideration. Thus the answer is "No! A historic building need not actually be a building."

What Could Become Historic Buildings And Structures In The Near Future?
The Tian Tan Buddha
Image by foongpc

The Tian Tan Buddha, aka The Big Buddha, built in 1993 as an extension of Po Lin Monastery built in 1906, has yet to be listed as an official historic building with grades by the Antiquities and Monument Office.

"The Buddha is 34 metres (112 ft) tall, weighs 250 metric tons (280 short tons), and was the world's tallest outdoor bronze seated Buddha prior to 2007. It reputedly can even be seen from as far away as Macau on a clear day. " -- Wikipedia

Po Lin Monastery
Image from Wikipedia
In fact, the entire Po Lin Monastery has NOT been listed as 'graded' historic building despite its old age, its "cultural identity and continuity", and "wonder", and "academic and aesthetic value"!! Don't forget economical value and the Hong Kong image.

Po Lin Shut, Lower Keung Shan, Lantau Island, built in 1916,
Grade 3 confirmed on 20 Sept 2010
Image from Medalene and Tachibana san
If there is any part of the monastery that received attention, it was the Po Lin Shut built in 1916 and was only given Grade 3 in 2010.

That said, a historic building which has yet to receive a grade from the Antiquities and Monuments Office of the Leisure and Cultural Services Department of Hong Kong does not imply they fail to qualify as 'historic building'.

I am very sure they will eventually be enlisted as historic buildings, but I can't tell when exactly.

Do you think the Big Buddha and the Po Lin Monastery should be included in the Grades of Historic Buildings in Hong Kong? Or leave them out because no one is going to tear them down anyway? Are they also the historic buildings in your mind and heart? My first realistic water-painting is exactly the Big Buddha.

Leave a comment below and tell me your thoughts.

Also, take some photos next time you walk around Hong Kong and who knows, they may just be the next historic buildings on the list.

What Is The Difference Between Historic Buildings And Historical Buildings?

Historic VS Historical
245 : 38
Historic Buildings win!
Image from COCA
The Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA) tells us that "historic buildings" occurs 245 times as opposed to 38 times of "historical buildings", which means "historic buildings" is 6.4 times more popular than "historical buildings" in American English.

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Similarly, the British National Corpus shows 30 results for "historic building" versus 3 results for "historical building", which means "historic buildings" is 10 times more popular than "historical buildings" in British English.

Image from BNC

It is thus obvious that both terms are used with preference in "historic buildings".

symbolic -- (adj) representing something else:
shallow -- (adj) not showing serious or careful thought:
determinant -- (n) formal  something that controls or affects what happens in a particular situation:
demolition -- (n) the act of destroying something such as a building:
aesthetic -- (adj) describes an object or a work of art that shows great beauty:
clear as day -- very easy to understand:
Chinese ancestral hall -- (n) (Chinese: 祠堂; pinyin: Cítáng or Chinese: 宗祠; pinyin: Zōng Cí) or lineage temple is a site of ancestor worship in Chinese culture. Ancestral halls are closely linked to Confucian culture and the emphasis that it places on filial piety.

Antiquities and Monuments Office @ Leisure and Cultural Services Department

List of 1,444 historic buildings with assessment results @ Information on 1444 Historic Buildings - Antiquities Advisory Board

Queen's Pier @ Wikipedia

Court ruling clears way for Queen's Pier dismantling @ The Standard

Dan Brown @ Wikipedia

Tian Tan Buddha @ Wikipedia

Po Lin Monastery @ Wikipedia

Friday 27 September 2013

Usage & Academic Research: Describing Percentage -- A Corpus Approach

How to describe percentage?
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Percentage, percentage, percentage, something that we see, we use, we ignore, we love and we hate. Whatever your feelings towards them are, you cannot escape from them, especially in report writing.

I have a few questions in my mind about describing percentage in English, and so I decided to find my answer through a corpus approach using both the British National Corpus (BNC) and the Corpus of Contemporary American English (COCA).

(Since this is not the first time I talk about BNC and COCA, I hope you still remember how to use them. If not, please refer to my earlier entries listed in the Resources section below.)

Highest / Largest / Biggest Percentage?

Do we say "the highest percentage", "the largest percentage" or "the biggest percentage"?

The simple answer is, all three of them have been used, but in terms of frequency,

Adjectives \ Corpus COCA BNC
highest 298 20
largest 164 6
biggest 25 3

"the highest percentage" is more common than "the largest percentage" than "the biggest percentage" both in British and American English.

"Of x percent" / "At x percent"?

Now, it really depends on your sentence structure for this question, but at least we can see from the numbers that they are both used in British and American English, with "of x percent" being more popular.

extract of "Of x percent"
Image from COCA

extract of "At x percent"
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What Other Prepositions Go With "Percent"?

Oh many many, but among them, 'versus' is pretty interesting.

Search Preposition within 4 words to the left of 'percent'
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the general structure of 'versus' with 'percent' is,

x% (of A) versus y% (of B)

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eg. The retention rate of Cornell’s M.R.P. program was 91% of the total enrolled students in August 2006 versus 59% in August 2011.

Other than 'versus', 'compared with' and 'as opposed to' are also possible.


Academic Research: Corpus-based Analysis of Whatsapp Group Chat @ Locky's English Playground

Academic Research: What are the top phrasal verbs to learn?  @ Locky's English Playground

Usage & Academic Research: Differences In Similar Words -- The Corpus Approach Part 1  @ Locky's English Playground

Usage & Academic Research: Differences In Similar Words -- The Corpus Approach Part 2 @ Locky's English Playground

Usage: "No" & "Not"? Is That Even A Problem? @ Locky's English Playground

Wednesday 25 September 2013

Song: Hey Mario -- Patent Pending

Image from YouTube

A hard-working student of mine named Rita nicely completed her song recommendation assignment and emailed it to me together with a couple of questions about the song. Since the song is really cool and the questions are pretty decent, I'm turning it into a blog entry to share with everyone.

I know you think you love her but dude it's such a bummer how you chase that girl around
You've been fighting all her battles if she's really worth the hassle you'd be living in the castle by now
And it makes me sick how you break these bricks for a girl that barely knows you exist
Now you're tripping on mushrooms just for fun 
Dude I think you've got a problem

Mario get your ($$$$) together bro
You've got to know this princess isn't worth these extra lives
Just let her 
go Mario you're a next level bro 
and she's a jump too short when the clock is running low
Hey Mario 

get your ($$$$) together
Hey Mario 
or you'll chase this ($$$$) forever

Warp zone friend zone high score no more stalking this chick in a Koopa-Troopa town
Live life easy like Luigi ain't never let a HO get him down
Let Koopa keep her bro grab a flower and go we'll jump the flag pole and light up the night
Hit rainbow road with toad we spinning them tires and spitting hot fire

Mario get your ($$$$) together bro
You've got to know this princess isn't worth these extra lives
Just let her 
go Mario you're a next level bro 
But the Peach been cheating and you know I ain't talking code

You're a plumber, a doctor, a race car driver, 
an athlete, a spaceman, a super smash survivor, 
you've got coins like mad get a bachelor pad 
Down in cocoa beach where the hunnies at
Yeah get up get up get off the floor she's not the one worth dying for

Mario get your ($$$$) together bro
You've got to know this princess isn't worth these extra lives
Just let her 
go Mario you're a next level bro 
and she's a jump too short when the clock is running low
Hey Mario 

get your ($$$$) together bro
You've got to know this princess isn't worth these extra lives
Just let her 
go Mario you're a next level bro 
But the Peach been cheating and you know I ain't talking code
get your ($$$$) together
Hey Mario 
or you'll chase this ($$$$) forever

What is the meaning of... you're a next level bro ?
Image from YouTube
As we all know, the Super Mario games have many different levels. If you are at a next level, you are better, more superior. In this case, the line means Mario is more superior than the Princess.

What is the meaning of... she's a jump too short when the clock is running low
Image from YouTube
When Mario jumps too short, he falls into red hot lava or down the sky and he dies.
Since the Mario game has time limit, when the clock is running low, he has little time left. When the time is up, Mario dies.

"She is a jump-too-short-when-the-clock-is-running-low" means that she is a girl who will get you kill either way, so she's not worth it, as the lyrics go "You've got to know this princess isn't worth these extra lives" and "she's not the one worth dying for".

What is the meaning of... the Peach been cheating and you know I ain't talking code?
Image from YouTube
Here actually, "Peach" is actually not "Peach", actually the singer makes a malapropism --a word play trick of the word "Bitch", meaning, the bitch has been cheating on Mario, having relationships with other men, and my guess is, King Koopa. How can I be so sure that "Peach" isn't referring to Princess Peach? Well, we don't normally add "the" in front of people's names, do we?
King Koopa
"I ain't talking code" directly means "I'm not talking about computer programming code", since Super Mario games are programmed using computer languages, which most likely means "I'm not joking or talking rubbish".

Then again, since the songs has many BEEP sounds to cover the actual foul language, so I won't be surprised if the word "code" actually refers to "code brown", meaning poop, droppings, faeces or shit in hospital English.

Good job Rita! Keep up with the good work!

bummer -- (n)[S] offensive  something that is very annoying or not convenient:
hassle -- (n) [C or U] informal (a situation causing) difficulty or trouble:
HO -- (n)[C] another spelling for whore -- (n)[C] offensive  woman whose behaviour in her sexual relationships is considered immoral; old-fashioned a female prostitute
malapropism  -- (n)[U] the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound, resulting in a nonsensical, often humorous utterance.
code brown -- (n)[S] Patient has defecated in the bed. Used as a "tongue-in-cheek" among hospital staff.

Patent Pending - Hey Mario (BRAND NEW SONG!!!) @ YouTube

Malapropism @ Wikipedia

Hospital_emergency_codes @ Wikipedia

Tuesday 24 September 2013

Science & Technology: Fun Facts About Cars We All Should Know

Audi A3 Sportback
Winner of the WhatCar? Car of the Year 2013 Award
Image from Telegraph

I'm curious. Since I have been practising driving recently, I started to be curious about topics related to cars and driving, especially the mechanics of a car.

What is Rallying?

Some many years ago when Jeremy Clarkson was still young...

Did the British really invent rallying? I have no idea, but I'm sure that other countries will disagree with Jeremy.

What is rallying? That' a long story that goes back to the first Monte Carlo Rally in January 1911, I can't help but going into Wikipedia to get my answer. We all should in fact, but here's a summary:

Asphalt / Tarmac
Image from Wikipedia

Image from Wikipedia

Rallying is a car race going round specific courses or on all sorts of surfaces and terrains such as asphalt / tarmac, gravel, dessert, snow or ice with much emphasis on timekeeping.

What is Drag Racing?

Quite simply, a race between 2 cars in a straight lines at a fixed distance, using whatever cars you've got, original or modified.

How Does Steering Work?

Centre of turning circle
Image from HowStuffWork?

Rack-and-Pinion Steering
Wheel turns at different angle
Image from HowStuffWork?

This is hugely complicated and I am tempted to simplify things here, but I can't. HowStuffWorks? has an excellent detailed diagrammed explanation, so you are advised to read that.

Recirculating-ball Steering
Image from HowStuffWork?

Ball bearings fill the thread
Image from HowStuffWork?

Unless you want something very visual and simple, and you can watch the following video till the 2:00min mark.

How Formula 1 Steering Wheels Work?

Let's welcome world-class F1 driver Lewis Hamilton for the explanation.

Coming up in the next blog entry, we'll talk about electric vehicles.

terrain -- (n)[U] an area of land, when considering its natural features:
asphalt / tarmac --(n)(also tarmacadam) trademark (an area of) black material used for building roads, etc., that consists of tar mixed with small stones
gravel -- (n)[U] small rounded stones, often mixed with sand:


Rallying @ Wikipedia

BBC: Rallying and British Attitude- Jeremy Clarkson's Motorworld @YouTube

Drag Racing @ Wikipedia

Drag Racing - Top Gear - Series 19 Episode 2 - BBC Two @YouTube

How Car Steering Works @ How Stuff Works?

Lewis Hamilton explains how Formula 1 steering wheels work

Sunday 22 September 2013

Technology: How To Watch Free Football Matches On Your Samsung Smart TV?

StopStream on Samsung Smart TV
Image from Locky's English Playground
We all love to watch TV and men love to watch sports on TV. However, not all of us are willing to pay extra for just a sport channel and watch matches twice a week. A better option is to watch the game on your PC monitor, but too small a screen often causes dissatisfaction. Well, today is your lucky day! I'm gonna share with you the method to watch football matches for FREE!!!

StopStream on computer
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Actually, this is not limited to just football matches, you can watch all hockey, tennis, basketball, golf, cycling, motorsports and others, but I only use it to watch football, and learn some Spanish and Italian while watching football.

To watch the matches, you'll need,

  1. Samsung Smart TV
  2. A fast internet connection, preferrably 1Tb / 1000 Mb
  3. website
  4. A firmware update to version 1004.1 or above with Flash Player (if you haven't done so)
  5. A Samsung Smart TV remote control or a Samsung smartphone (Optional)
  6. Samsung Smart Control app (Optional)
  7. 15 mins of preparation time, at least

Image from Samsung

Step 1:
If you have a Samsung Smart TV and a fast internet connection, what you need to do next is to make sure your firmware is up-to-date, often if you have bought your Smart TV a year ago or earlier, you will have to do the firmware update by yourself. Don't be scared, it is really easy to do, just follow the video below.

Step 2:
After the upgrade, start the Browser under SmartHub, type in's URL as shown in the photo below,
StopStream on Samsung Smart TV controlled by Galaxy Note 2
Image from Locky's English Playground
I use my Galaxy Note 2 with the Samsung Smart Home Control app, the advantage of this app is that it allows you to use the touchscreen of your phone as a mouse to move the cursor on the SmartTV, this is more convenient than to use the remote control. Honestly speaking, I have no idea how to use the remote control to control the TV's Browser cursor.

Use the Browser's default settings, don't activate the Popup blocker and Ad-blocker because the website needs to first run those ads before you can watch the matches.

Step 3:
The final thing to do is to choose your match links. Choose the links which say, "No Software   Video X" where "X" is a number. Those links mean you don't need to install extra software to watch the match. Don't even bother to try others because your SmartTV will not allow you to download any software.
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Step 4:
Once you click on those links, you will probably see a box with ads, let them load and be patient. If they say the ads will close in 20 seconds, let them count down to zero and then move your cursor to the "x" and close the ads. If you see a colourful "Play Now" button on the screen, DON'T press that because it is an ad. If you see the video control just like the one in YouTube, you can click it and the video should start loading. You may also need to try several links before you find one that plays smoothly. Yes, it is troublesome but hey, it's free! So find your page at least 15 mins before the game starts to be safe.

StopStream on Samsung Smart TV
Image from Locky's English Playground
Have a good typhooli-match-day!!!

PS: Severe Typhoon Usagi is approaching Hong Kong fast!! It's got to be really mind-blowing night!

Image from Hong Kong Observatory
Image from Hong Kong Observatory


SAMSUNG TV | Support for Samsung Smart TV and Home Theatre Systems @ Samsung

How to Upgrade Firmware Samsung LED TV Using USB @ SPSN

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Grammar: How To Use "Is Of"?

Image collected from internet
Put together by Locky's English Playground
I got a question from a really good friend today asking me the following,

May I ask you something ?
Recently, I heard a sentence :
“I can’t stress enough that security is of the highest importance.”
What is the difference if ignore ‘of’ in this sentence ? what is the function of ‘of’ here ?

Since my dear friend has a background of computing, I also used computing metaphors in my reply email, where Adaptor and Object are common terms in the computing field.

The function of "of" here is an "adaptor" in computer language for the "object", the noun that follows.
If you want to use noun, you have to use "of" otherwise you can only adjectives.
If "of" is ignored, then the grammar is wrong, because you need the missing <word> to complete the sentence.

  1. Security is the highest <adjective> importance.
  2. Security is the highest important <noun>.

For those of you who are not from a computing background, you can still think of the answer using the following analogy (analogy is not restricted to only the sentence structure to be discussed):

Panda in China
Image from the internet =P
Let say you are a foreigner visiting China. You want to take some marvellous photos of pandas so you have brought your camera with you. Since you are planning to stay for a few days, you have also brought your battery charger, as shown in the photo below,

My camera battery charger and plug
Image from Locky's English Playground
But then, by the time you have reached China, you realise that your charger's plug is of UK BS 1363 (Type G) standard whereas in China, they use China CPCS-CCC (Chinese 10 A/250 V) (Type I), as shown in the photo below,

Smiley sockets in China
Image from Wikipedia
Just as the those smiley-looking sockets are laughing at your naivety, you realise that your better half is much smarter than you and has already prepared an adaptor for you before you leave home,

UK-to-China Adaptor
Image from ebay
and so, your battery can now comfortably drink its juice!

As such, 

Battery charger + UK plug + UK-to-China adaptor  +  China socket.                

   Security        +       is     +               of                 +  the highest importance.

Pandas       +      are   +               of                 +  the bear family        

Without the adaptor, you cannot insert the plug into the socket; without the "of", you cannot plug a noun phrase to complete the sentence.

You might argue that this is not a perfect analogy, and you are right, but I do hope that the "of"-"adaptor" relation is much clearer to you now.

"What does this post have to do with me?"
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Happy adapting!

naivety -- (n) [U] trust based on not having much experience:
better half -- (n)[C usually singular] (plural better halves) humorous A person's better half is their husband, wife, or usual sexual partner.

BS 1363 (Type G) @ Wikipedia

China CPCS-CCC (Chinese 10 A/250 V) (Type I) @ Wikipedia

Monday 16 September 2013

Vocabulary & TV: Do You Wordplay? -- Portmanteau (Advanced)

Rowan Atkinson as Edmund Blackadder
Image from BBC
How many of you have read my post Vocabulary: Do You Wordplay? -- Portmanteau? If you have, you should be familiar with the meaning of portmanteau.

Today I would like to take some examples from a classic BBC sitcom, my Number 1 favourite on my favourite TV show list -- The Blackadder series.

First, let's take a look at the best of the best scene in Blackadder II -- Ink and Incapability.

Dr. Samuel Johnson: [places two manuscripts on the table, but picks up the top one] Here it is, sir. The very cornerstone of English scholarship. This book, sir, contains every word in our beloved language.

Blackadder: Every single one, sir?

Dr. Samuel Johnson: Every single word, sir!

Blackadder: Oh, well, in that case, sir, I hope you will not object if I also offer the Doctor my most enthusiastic contrafribularities.

Dr. Samuel Johnson: What?

Blackadder: "Contrafribularites", sir? It is a common word down our way.

Dr. Samuel Johnson: Damn!

[writes in the book]
Blackadder: Oh, I'm sorry, sir. I'm anispepticfrasmotic, even compunctuous to have caused you such pericombobulation.

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Wasn't it excellent acting by Rowan Atkinson and Hugh Laurie?

Okay, so what was Blackadder really talking about? Well, he's using really advanced wordplay no other than portmanteau.

Reviewers' Choice has a really clear explanation of Blackadder's creativity, well, I have made some amendments for easier understanding.
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Contrafibularities: Contra- meaning against, fibula is the smaller of the two bones in the lower leg, thus 'pulling one's leg', which means to try to persuade someone to believe something that is not true as a joke.

Anaspeptic: Ana- meaning up / again / back, peptic pertaining to the stomach, thus vomit or upchuck.

Frasmotic: Possibly a portmanteau, frazzled + spasmodic. Meaning so tired and nervous that one goes into a spasm.

Compunctuous: A variation of compunctious, slightly influenced by contemptuous. Meaning having a bad conscience because one has harmed somebody one really despises.

Pericombobulation: peri- means around + discombobulation. Meaning disturbance and confusion because someone has been running circles around one.

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We can easily guess that "interfrastically" mean quickly, but could it be a portmanteau of inter- + frantic + drastic?

Have a Happy Portmanteau Monday!

contra -- (prefix) against or opposite
fibula -- (n)[C] specialized the outer of the two bones in the lower part of the human leg
pull sb's leg -- informal to try to persuade someone to believe something that is not true as a joke:
contrafribularity -- (n)  pulling your leg -- informal to try to persuade someone to believe something that is not true as a joke:
ana -- (prefix)  1. up; upwards: anadromous; 2. again: anagram; 3. back; backwards: anatropous
peptic -- (adj) The peptic areas of the human body under normal circumstances are the stomach and duodenum.
pertain to sth -- (phrasal verb) to be connected with a particular subject
upchuck -- (vb) [T or I] to throw up
anispeptic -- (adj) wanting to vomit
frazzled -- (adj) informal  extremely tired in a nervous or slightly worried way after a lot of mental or physical effort:
spasmodic -- (adj) happening suddenly for short periods of time and not in a regular way:
spasm -- (n) [C or U] an occasion when a muscle suddenly becomes tighter in a way that cannot be controlled:
frasmotic -- (adj) so tired or nervous causing spasm
compunctious -- (adj) causing or feeling compunction; regretful.
contemptuous -- (adj) expressing contempt:
compunctuous -- (adj) Having a bad conscience because one has harmed somebody whom he really despises.
peri -- (prefix) a prefix meaning “about” or “around” ( perimeter, periscope ),  “enclosing” or “surrounding” ( pericardium ),  and “near” ( perigee, perihelion ),  appearing in loanwords from Greek ( peripeteia );  on this model, used in the formation of compound words ( perimorph ).
discombobulation -- (n)[U]  informal mainly humorous to confuse someone or make someone feel uncomfortable
pericombobulation -- (n)[U] disturbance and confusion because someone has been running circles around one.
inter -- (prefix) among, between, amid, during, within, mutual, reciprocal
frantic -- (adj) done or arranged in a hurry and a state of excitement or confusion:
drastically --(adv) ( especially of actions) severe and sudden or having very noticeable effects:
interfrastically -- (adv) quickly, with haste.

Vocabulary: Do You Wordplay? -- Portmanteau @ Locky's English Playground

TV Drama: The Black Adder (for English lovers) @ Locky's English Playground

C is for contrafibularity - Blackadder - BBC @ YouTube

Blackadder II @ IMDb

Reviewers Choice Reviews The Forever Year