On Wednesday 11 October 2006 13:55, Eero Saynatkari wrote:
> On 2006.10.12 02:32, dblack / wobblini.net wrote:
> > The word 'splay' occurs to me, as something that sounds sort of
...
> David, you thought 'splat' was whimsical :P

Actually, "splay" has a well defined, non-whimsical, and appropriate 
definition:

	1. To display; to spread.

As in, splaying your fingers.

It also means to dislocate, to castrate, and to render oblique.  
However, I've only ever heard it used with the first definition: to 
spread out, and I haven't picked up any humorous or negative 
connotations for it.

FWIW.

--- SER