A self-assembly furniture challenge!



Today’s rarely used words are :-

Cockalorum (n) a little man who incorrectly has a very high opinion of himself.

Cynosure (n) a thing or person that’s the centre of attention or admiration.

Concinnity (v) the skilful and harmonious arrangement or fitting together of different parts of something.




John’s a bit of a cockalorum so it was no surprise that he wanted to show off his posh new apartment.   I reluctantly accepted his invitation and joined him for supper.

He’d spent the last few days assembling furniture and the result was – how shall I say? – interesting!  The cynosure of the living room was a somewhat wonky-looking table!  

‘You like it?’ asked John.  ‘Ten components,  one allen key,  twenty-two bolts,  four wooden pins,  one hour thirty-seven minutes’.

He noticed I was looking at his bookshelf.   It was a bit crooked; how on earth the books didn’t slide off I can’t imagine!

‘Four metal poles, three shelves four rubber feet, sixteen bolts, an allen key,  fifty-seven minutes’ he proudly stated.

I plonked myself down on a dining chair which suddenly jerked sideways a couple of inches.

‘Ah, yes. Six parts, five bolts, fourteen minutes.  It should have been seven parts, six bolts, eighteen minutes but some bits were missing’.

John made himself busy in the kitchen while I admired the concinnity of the furniture if not the concinnity of it’s construction!

He returned with two plates of steaming food and placed them on the table.  I just about managed to stop mine from slithering into my lap! 

‘This looks delicious ‘  I said trying to sound convincing.

‘Four ingredients, six spices,  two herbs, three saucepans, twelve minutes’  said he.  I have to admit, it was quite tasty!

Soon, it was time for me to go.

‘Five miles, one train, two streets, one front door, one yale key, sixty-five minutes’ I said as I bid him farewell. 



Tomorrow’s forgotten words

Desuetude,  Defenestrate and Declivitous 

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52 thoughts on “A self-assembly furniture challenge!

  1. msjadeli Apr 3, 2020 / 01:32

    Delightful tale, Keith. Favorite part: “I admired the concinnity of the furniture if not the concinnity of it’s construction” and I loved the end!

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  2. Srivalli Apr 3, 2020 / 05:12

    John sure needs to spend some thirty minutes reading instruction manuals. This was a fun read. 🙂


  3. Christine Goodnough Apr 3, 2020 / 05:15

    Your concinnity of words and images in this tale was delightful. A very fitting ending, too.


  4. Arti Apr 3, 2020 / 11:36

    He may be cockolorum, but at least he’s concise with his words Keith. Glad you got fed:)

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  5. Arti Apr 3, 2020 / 11:38

    Ah! got the spelling wrong, didn’t I? What can I say…I’m slow with new words!

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  6. Varad Apr 3, 2020 / 11:58

    sometimes simplicity is better than the crinkum-crankum. He should’ve paid a carpenter to fix his things. The end was delightful. Another splendid tale, Keith.


  7. Denise Hammond Apr 3, 2020 / 14:12

    It figures. Men never read instructions or ask directions. That’s why god created women.

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  8. soniadogra Apr 3, 2020 / 16:36

    I love your humour Keith. And I make it a point to visit you last so that I can sleep happy and amused. I had a good laugh…Ten cm wide, thirty two teeth, two minute long..

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    • Keith's Ramblings Apr 3, 2020 / 17:26

      I must remember not to sneak in a horror story, that would never do! Now you’ve got me laughing with your closing words! Thank you so much.

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  9. scr4pl80 Apr 3, 2020 / 18:10

    Popping over from the A to Z. Love this use of rarely used words. It will be fun to see the rest.

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  10. Kathe W. Apr 3, 2020 / 18:59

    Coincidentally again you are having so much fun! Your sense of humor coincides with mine! hah

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  11. Ira Mishra Apr 3, 2020 / 20:44

    Wow I simply loved the narration and it comes with the usage of the new words too…

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  12. Shweta Suresh Apr 4, 2020 / 07:16

    Haha! Loved the witty comeback in the end. Thank you for contributing to my vocabulary. 🙂

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