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Friday 20 April 2018
Ab Vrbe Condita 2771
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."
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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.
02/25/2018: Byssus (noun) Also known as sea silk or lana pinna, byssus classically refers to an ultrafine gold-colored fabric woven from threads produced by the Mediterranean pen shell mollusc.
02/18/2018: Rhotic (adjective) Pronouncing all the Rs in one’s speech wherever they occur. Non-rhotics, for example speakers of Received Pronunciation in England, usually drop Rs that aren’t immediately followed by vowels.
02/11/2018: Gegenschein (noun) A faint glowing patch in the night sky caused by sunlight reflecting off dust particles in the solar system’s plane. It shows up at 180° away from the sun.
02/04/2018: Saponifiable (adjective) Capable of being made into soap.
01/28/2018: Keranography (noun) The supposed process whereby a lightning flash creates a photographic image onto a surface. (The light from powerful nuclear blasts can do this.)
01/21/2018: Gride (verb) To make a grinding or scraping sound.
01/14/2018: Aphaeresis (noun) Omission of the beginning syllable of a word. Example: “You’ve got a lot of ‘splaining to do.”
01/07/2018: Catholepistemiad (noun) A place to acquire universal knowledge. Coined by University of Michigan founder Augustus B. Woodward (1774-1827).
12/31/2017: Ludibund (adjective) Playful. A kind of opposite to moribund.
12/24/2017: Tughra (noun) An ornamental Arabic signature used as an official seal, traditionally associated with Ottoman Empire sultans.
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William F. Buckley, Jr
Jane Austen
William Morris
Maya Angelou
Horace
Poul Anderson
Emma Goldman
Boris Pasternak
John Milton
Gillian Flynn
Ida B. Wells
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:184px;"><i>Dear Mr. Williams: “Restive” also means “balky.” So it can be used halfway between restless and mutinous.<br><br><aside>William F. Buckley, Jr</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:155px;"><i>Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.<br><br><aside>Jane Austen</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.<br><br><aside>William Morris</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>If one is lucky, a solitary fantasy can totally transform one million realities.<br><br><aside>Maya Angelou</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:137px;"><i>Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.<br><br><aside>Horace</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> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>I’d rather have roses on my table than diamonds on my neck.<br><br><aside>Emma Goldman</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:183px;"><i>Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.<br><br><aside>Boris Pasternak</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth / Unseen, both when we wake, and when we sleep.<br><br><aside>John Milton</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:168px;"><i>The people must know before they can act, and there is no educator to compare with the press.<br><br><aside>Ida B. Wells</aside></i></span>


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