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Monday 25 June 2018
Ab Vrbe Condita 2771
07/22/2018



Sockdolager (noun)

A decisive argument or blow.
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07/15/2018: Chthonic (adjective) Pertaining to gods or spirits of the underworld.
07/08/2018: Ultimogeniture (noun) The right of the youngest child to receive the inheritance.
07/01/2018: Pectiform (adjective) Comb-shaped.
06/24/2018: Ostrobogulous (adjective) Strange, mildly risqué, indecent or pornographic. [Coined by poet and author Victor Neuburg (1883-1940).]
06/17/2018: Obloquy (noun) Public scorn, abuse, or condemnation aimed toward a person or thing.
06/10/2018: Foin (verb) To thrust with a pointed weapon.
06/03/2018: Capriped (adjective) Having goatlike feet.
05/27/2018: Snarge (noun) The remains of a bird that has collided with a plane or gone through its engine.
05/20/2018: Shunpike (verb) To take side roads to avoid tolls or heavy traffic.
05/13/2018: Macaronic (adjective) Of speech or writing that combines two or more languages, traditionally Latin and a modern vernacular: "We like to think all other things are equal, but in this case ceteris ain't paribus."
05/06/2018: Vexillology (noun) The study of flag design.
04/29/2018: Auxetic (adjective) In some recently discovered materials, the peculiar property of expanding in thickness while being stretched.
04/22/2018: Seigniorage (noun) The profit a government turns by issuing currency — in other words, the face value of the coins or bills minus their production cost.
04/15/2018: Tetrachromaticity (noun) The rare and enviable ability to see color in four channels as opposed to the normal three (red-green-blue). Such individuals, exclusively female, carry certain genes for colorblindness.
04/08/2018: Enneatic (adjective) Occurring once every nine times.
04/01/2018: Neoteny (noun) The retention of child-like features into adulthood.
03/25/2018: Euxine (adjective) Pertaining to the Black Sea.
03/18/2018: Argyria (noun) A permanent condition of bluish or grayish skin, caused by ingesting excessive amounts of silver. Similar to chrysiasis, from ingesting too much gold.
03/11/2018: Exoculation (noun) The act of putting out the eyes. Cherished tradition holds that scissors in the hands of running children or long, thin sticks haphazardly waved by the same are potentially exoculative.
03/04/2018: Nudiustertian (adjective) Relating to the day before yesterday, or by extension, extremely recent.
Phillis Wheatley
Clare Boothe Luce
Catullus
Gillian Flynn
James Thurber
Sir Walter Scott
Albert Camus
Larry Niven
Robert Browning
Ray Palmer
Poul Anderson
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:175px;"><i>Some view our sable race with scornful eye/ “Their colour is a diabolic die.”/ Remember, Christians, Negroes, black as Cain/ May be refin’d, and join th’ angelic train.<br><br><aside>Phillis Wheatley</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:164px;"><i>I’m in my anecdotage.<br><br><aside>Clare Boothe Luce</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>Better a sparrow, living or dead, than no birdsong at all.<br><br><aside>Catullus</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:173px;"><i>I have four or five ideas that just keep floating around and I want to kind of just let one - like a beautiful butterfly, let it land somewhere.<br><br><aside>Gillian Flynn</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:164px;"><i>All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.<br><br><aside>James Thurber</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:146px;"><i>What I have to say is far more important than how long my eyelashes are.<br><br><aside>Sir Walter Scott</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>Charm is a way of getting the answer “Yes” without asking a clear question.<br><br><aside>Albert Camus</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>The only universal message in science fiction: There exist minds that think as well as you do, but differently. Corollary: The gene-tampered turkey you’re talking to isn’t necessarily one of them.<br><br><aside>Larry Niven</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>A minute’s success pays the failure of years.<br><br><aside>Robert Browning</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>Wasn’t the most important thing to all of us the fiction that followed our fact? And didn’t we all believe with all our hearts that our extrapolations would one day turn out to be gospel truth?<br><br><aside>Ray Palmer</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>In Harvest of Stars, there is this notion, not original with me of course, that it will become possible to download at least the basic aspects of a human personality into a machine program…<br><br><aside>Poul Anderson</aside></i></span>


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