JEN: Look at that, such perfect cubes.
SEAN: Yeah, well, cutting things into evenly-sized pieces is important for cooking them evenly.
JEN: Yeah. Me, it's *HACK* *CUT* *LAZY SLICE* and they're all skiwampus. It's a credit to your...hmm.. meticulousness.
JEN: We can do better than that.And we spent the next several minutes trying to come up with a better word for a noun version of "meticulous." I went first:
JEN: Meticulation. Meticulicity
Trying a different route, I said,
"Ok, let's think of other adjectives that end in 'ous.' Industrious. Illustrious. Illustration. Meticulation. But see, illustration does not pertain to illustrious."
SEAN: Right. That would be illustrative.
JEN: Oh, meticulative! I like that!
SEAN: But wait, that's just another adjective.
JEN: Oh right, I forgot what we were doing.
Here's one: Adventurous... adventure. Metiliculature. I like that one. Or, chivalrous. Chivalry.
JEN: I feel like it needs more. Meticularity. This makes sense with 'hilarious' as well. Hilarity.
SEAN: What about words that just end in 'us,' instead of 'ous, or ious.' Discus. Mucus.
JEN, thinking: nope...they're all nouns. Abacus. Proboscis. Does that end in an 'i'?
SEAN: laughs and repeats "proboscis."
SEAN: Proboscis is not a word I think about much.
JEN: I do, I think about it all the time, ever since I learned I was saying it completely wrong.
*Looks it up on phone*
JEN: Here it is. Wait, how did I say it? Pro-BOS-cuss? That's how I said it, right? I used to say it, 'ProBIScuss' I had no idea there wasn't even an 'i' there. It shattered my world.
*Hits the pronunciation thing on the google search and the girl's all, "Pro-BOSS-iss"*
JEN: WHAT? Oh, OK, I've been saying it wrong STILL! Forget it! Apparently it's 'pro-boss-is!' I don't know anything!
*clicks on it two more times.*
PRONUNCIATION GIRL: Pro-boss-iss. Pro-boss-iss.
*Shaking my head*
JEN: Well anyway, what did we decide? I liked meticulation.