As I Lie: Plotting

A partial glossary of terms associated with plot. Found in the late Shuffles Marquis’ book As I Lie: Plotting, which is, alas, long out of print and almost impossible to locate. I was fortunate enough to find a signed first edition in my uncle Butch’s safe deposit box after he died (bathtub/hair dryer). Butch and Shuffles had been close.

 

 

aplothecary noun, one who provides literary assistance when a plot is ailing; book doctor

 

chamber-plot, noun, a bit of low comedy, a bedroom farce

 

coffee-plot, noun, a story set in the milieu of café society

 

crockplot, noun, a cock and bull story

 

implotent adjective, unable to rise to a plot

 

jackplot, noun, a story concerning gambling, often set in Monte Carlo

 

pleniplotentiary adjective, invested with the full power of plot

 

plotability noun, the ability to drink in the plot

 

plotable adjective, suitable for a plot

 

plotagerie noun, (rare) a collection of plots

 

plotamography noun, a graphic design of a plot

 

plotamologist noun, one who studies and analyzes plots

 

plotamology a branch of literary science that deals with plotss

 

plotamophilous adjective, plot-loving

 

plotarite, noun, the naturally occurring material used to fashion plots, as in “Your Uncle Ray’s drinking problem is all the plotarite you need.”

 

plotash , noun, that which is cut from the plot in revision and discarded or burned

 

plotashery noun, revision (see plotash)

 

plotass noun, someone stupid when it comes to plot

 

plotassium noun, anything that is poisonous to your plot

 

plotato head noun, (slang) a person obsessed with plot to the exclusion of character and theme

 

plotatory adjective, of or related to plot

 

plot-au-feu noun, a large traditional French plot

 

plotawatami noun, a plot specifically concerning a North American Indian people of the Great Lakes

 

plot-bellied adjective, a plot that is thick in the middle

 

plotboiler noun, any book heavy on plot

 

plot-bound adjective, a story in which there is no room for further character growth

 

plotch noun, a spot, a blotch, a blemish on your plot

 

plotcock noun, a devilish element in your divine plot

 

plot de chambre noun, where French writers dispose of their plotash

 

plot du jour noun, today’s featured plot

 

ploteau noun, an elevated but flat plot, one that does not rise to a climax

 

ploteen noun, a drink favored by Irish writers when fashioning stories

 

plotency noun, the ability to achieve climax in a plot

 

plot-et-fleur noun, a decorative plot set in a florist shop

 

plotform noun, a stage on which your characters act out their struggles

 

plothead noun, an habitual user of plot

 

plotinize verb, to wax philosophical in your plot

 

plotless adjective, characteristic of an immoral story

 

plotemkin village noun, the unpleasant result when you only concern yourself with the façade of your fictional setting

 

plotentate noun, a prince of plot

 

plotential noun, having the capacity to develop into a plot

 

ploteresque adjective, relating to or being a 16th century Spanish style of plot, distinguished by a wealth and richness of ornamentation

 

plotform noun, a stage on which theatrical performers, or other persons show themselves to an reader

 

plotful adjective, thick with plot

 

plothanger noun, a bit of gossip on which one hangs a plot

 

plothead noun, a reader who inhales plots

 

plothole noun, a hollow spot in your story; a defect

 

plotitude noun, 1. a plot that is flat, dull, trite, or weak; commonplace; 2. a cool, cocky, defiant, or arrogant plot

 

plotling, noun, a minor character

 

plot liquor noun, see plottie and ploteen

 

plotluck noun, the luck or chance of succeeding events in a story

 

plotmeal adverb, a plot constructed piece by piece

 

plotment noun, a portion of your plot

 

plotomania noun, a morbid craving for plot

 

plotometer noun, a bit of quackery: a device once sold to novice writers which promised to measure the effectiveness of plots

 

plotoon noun, a story featuring a small body of foot soldiers

 

plotorious, adjective, of or relating to plot

 

plot roast noun, a story that simmers for a long time before it’s done

 

plotsticker, noun, moments in the writing when the action stalls

 

plot-shotten adjective, intoxicated by plot (see plotzed)

 

plottable noun, a story capable of being plotted

 

plottage noun, (pejorative) excessive plotting, as in a mess of plottage, not to be confused with a mess of pottage from the excessively cooked stew of that name and meaning something valueless

 

plottee noun, the central character, he or she who is the subject of the plot

 

plottery noun, the business of writing a plot

 

plottie noun, a bracing beverage favored by fiction writers and other plotters

 

plottocrat noun, a member of the plottocracy, most often a creative writing professor who derives power from publication

 

plotty adjective, pertaining to a story with lots of plot (see plottage)

 

plot-valiance noun, boldness in the construction of plot induced by ploteen (q.v.)

 

plotwise adjective, smart when it comes to plot

 

plotz intransitive verb, an explosion of joy at the success of your plot, as in “When I finish my novel, I’ll plotz.”

 

plotzed adjective, drunk with story

                  Butch and Shuffles 

                 Butch and Shuffles