CRAIG CONLEY (Prof. Oddfellow) is recognized by Encarta as “America’s most creative and diligent scholar of letters, words and punctuation.” He has been called a “language fanatic” by Page Six gossip columnist Cindy Adams, a “cult hero” by Publisher’s Weekly, and “a true Renaissance man of the modern era, diving headfirst into comprehensive, open-minded study of realms obscured or merely obscure” by Clint Marsh. An eccentric scholar, Conley’s ideas are often decades ahead of their time. He invented the concept of the “virtual pet” in 1980, fifteen years before the debut of the popular “Tamagotchi” in Japan. His virtual pet, actually a rare flower, still thrives and has reached an incomprehensible size. Conley’s website is OneLetterWords.com.
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Call It a Hunch

January 14, 2013 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch, or gaydar, or what have you."
J.M. Snyder, It's All Relative (2011)


A still from the classic Young Frankenstein.

December 18, 2012 (permalink)

"'Call it a hunch, if you want,' I said, 'but—'  'I don't want to call it anything,' he said."
Raymond Chandler, The Thin Man


A still from the perennially delirious Young Frankenstein.

October 25, 2012 (permalink)

Jonathan spotted this one in the wild.



October 22, 2012 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch, call it a pipe dream."
George Harmon Coxe, Deadly Image (2011)


A still from the perennially delightful Young Frankenstein.

October 8, 2012 (permalink)

"'Call it a hunch.'  'A hunch?  You wouldn't happen to have anything solid to back that up, would you?'"
Kay Hooper, Out of the Shadows (2000), as if adding some wit to Young Frankenstein


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

July 10, 2012 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch.  You know, a five-letter word for feeling."
Debra Dixon, Bad to the Bone (2012)


A still from the classic Young Frankenstein.

June 28, 2012 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch, but it's based on some of the oldest saws in the book."
Linda Barnes, Deep Pockets (2004), as if referring to two scenes from Young Frankenstein




Two stills from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

May 30, 2012 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch.  Legends—and would-be legends—had to trust their hunches."
Dean R. Koontz, Shadowfires (2008), as if referring to certifiable legend Marty Feldman


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

March 29, 2012 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch, and not just in my psychic kneecap."
Karen Moline, Belladonna (1998)


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

February 29, 2012 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch.  But I know you got something."
Tom Maremaa, Imagined (2000), as if recalling two scenes from Young Frankenstein




Two stills from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

January 31, 2012 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch or a last-ditch effort.  Heck, go ahead and call it insanity."
Geoffrey Verdegast, Of Staves and Sigmas (2007), as if describing Young Frankenstein


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

December 27, 2011 (permalink)

"'Call it a hunch.'  He stood frozen in the doorway as if he couldn't decide, or as if part of him wanted to and part of him didn't."
Laurell K. Hamilton, Blood Noir (2008), as if describing the plot of Young Frankenstein


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

December 17, 2011 (permalink)


It's a book so astonishing that used copies are listed for over $2,000 on Amazon, but a new softcover edition is out this month: Sweet Swan of Avon: Did a Woman Write Shakespeare?

We'd be excited even if Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke weren't our 14th great-grandmother!

And you can bet we cherish our hardcover edition -- worth its weight in gold.

November 24, 2011 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch."
"Call it anything you like, it's still odd."
Sue Grafton, U is for Undertow


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

November 22, 2011 (permalink)

"For a man who denies belief in the paranormal, you're putting a lot of faith in a hunch."
Kay Hooper, Touching Evil (2001), as if describing the plot of Young Frankenstein


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

October 24, 2011 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch, call it plot expediency, call it what you will."
John William See, The Lady Cries Murder (1983), as if describing the scripting of Young Frankenstein


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

October 19, 2011 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch, call it experience, call it a biased analysis by a lovesick dummy, but something didn't compute."
Barry T. Hawkins, There Are Smiles That Make Us Blue (2003)


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

September 29, 2011 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch.  Call it grasping at straws.  Call it anything."
Mary Higgins Clark, A Stranger is Watching (2000)


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

August 31, 2011 (permalink)

"Yeah, call it a hunch . . . Whatever you do, don't call it what it was — a sudden flood of complete certainty that if he looked at those long-ignored records, he would find something.  Because if you call it that, you'll have to admit you don't know what the hell is going on inside your own head these days."
Edward Willett, Marseguro (2008), eerily apropos to the plot of Young Frankenstein


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.

July 27, 2011 (permalink)

"Call it a hunch.  If you want to be extra polite, call it a sense of character."
Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye (1988), as if referring to the great Marty Feldman


A still from the perennially hilarious Young Frankenstein.



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