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Monday 23 July 2018
Ab Vrbe Condita 2771
07/29/2018



Phthisicky (adjective)

Wheezy, showing the symptoms of tuberculosis.
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07/22/2018: Vershok (noun) Traditional Russian unit of length equal to 4.445 centimeters or 1.75 inches. Also equivalent to one “rack unit” in relation to modern rack-mounted electronics equipment.
07/15/2018: Thixotropic (adjective) Of a gel, having the property of becoming more liquid when shaken or agitated and then stiffening again while at rest.
07/08/2018: Ramekin (noun) A small dish, usually white and made of ceramic, used for baking and serving individual portions.
07/01/2018: Irrorate (adjective) Spotted, speckled.
06/24/2018: Sockdolager (noun) A decisive argument or blow.
06/17/2018: Chthonic (adjective) Pertaining to gods or spirits of the underworld.
06/10/2018: Ultimogeniture (noun) The right of the youngest child to receive the inheritance.
06/03/2018: Pectiform (adjective) Comb-shaped.
05/27/2018: Ostrobogulous (adjective) Strange, mildly risqué, indecent or pornographic. [Coined by poet and author Victor Neuburg (1883-1940).]
05/20/2018: Obloquy (noun) Public scorn, abuse, or condemnation aimed toward a person or thing.
05/13/2018: Foin (verb) To thrust with a pointed weapon.
05/06/2018: Capriped (adjective) Having goatlike feet.
04/29/2018: Snarge (noun) The remains of a bird that has collided with a plane or gone through its engine.
04/22/2018: Shunpike (verb) To take side roads to avoid tolls or heavy traffic.
04/15/2018: 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."
04/08/2018: Vexillology (noun) The study of flag design.
04/01/2018: Auxetic (adjective) In some recently discovered materials, the peculiar property of expanding in thickness while being stretched.
03/25/2018: 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.
03/18/2018: 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.
03/11/2018: Enneatic (adjective) Occurring once every nine times.
Paddy Chayefsky
Anthony Burgess
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Horace Walpole
John Wilmot
D.H. Lawrence
Edward Albee
Robert Green Ingersoll
Andrew Marvell
Ray Palmer
Dante
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:175px;"><i>If I have anything to say to young writers, it’s stop thinking of writing as art. Think of it as work.<br><br><aside>Paddy Chayefsky</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.<br><br><aside>Anthony Burgess</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:183px;"><i>Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.<br><br><aside>Alexandr Solzhenitsyn</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>I avoid talking before the youth of the age as I would dancing before them: for if one’s tongue doesn’t move in the steps of the day, and thinks to please by its old graces, it is only an object of ridicule.<br><br><aside>Horace Walpole</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Dead, we become the lumber of the world.<br><br><aside>John Wilmot</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:171px;"><i>Europe’s the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster.<br><br><aside>D.H. Lawrence</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:183px;"><i>You gotta have swine to show you where the truffles are.<br><br><aside>Edward Albee</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:169px;"><i>Happiness is not a reward — it is a consequence. Suffering is not a punishment — it is a result.<br><br><aside>Robert Green Ingersoll</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>Gather the flowers, but spare the buds.<br><br><aside>Andrew Marvell</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:174px;"><i>Go forth and preach impostures to the world, but give them truth to build on.<br><br><aside>Dante</aside></i></span>


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