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Monday 25 March 2019
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03/24/2019



Agalactic (adjective)

Unable to produce milk.
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03/17/2019: Phthirophagous (adjective) Lice-eating.
03/10/2019: Heterochromia (noun) The condition of having one eye a different color from the other, or having different colors within the iris of an eye.
03/03/2019: Antejentacular (adjective) Before breakfast.
02/24/2019: Desuetude (noun) A state of inactivity or of no longer being used or practiced.
02/17/2019: Hyalophagy (noun) Glass-eating, sometimes a pathological condition but also done for shock effect by performers in the same vein as sword-swallowing, “pounding” nails up the nostrils, etc.
02/10/2019: Preprandial (adjective) Before a meal, most often referring to dinner.
02/03/2019: Phlogiston (noun) Invisible fluid first proposed in 1667 to be possessed by all flammable substances and released when they burn. Antoine Lavoisier debunked the theory in 1777.
01/27/2019: Quader (verb) To square a number (multiply it by itself).
01/20/2019: Bondieuserie (noun) Tacky or kitchy religious ornamentation. (From the French for “Dear Lord.”)
01/13/2019: Cymotrichous (adjective) Wavy-haired.
01/06/2019: Destot’s space (noun) The space, or potential space, bounded by four adjacent bones of the wrist, named after radiology pioneer Etienne Destot (1864-1918). Typically brought up during crucifixion discussions.
12/30/2018: Macroscian (adjective) Casting a long shadow.
12/23/2018: Simpsonize (verb) To cheat one’s customers by watering down their milk.
12/16/2018: Skeuomorph (noun) An object designed with a feature that simulates earlier functions or materials that no longer actually apply. An example would be a modern hubcap with artificial spokes.
12/09/2018: Virgate (adjective) Shaped like a rod.
12/02/2018: Gradgrind (noun) A person who relies on facts and physical measurements but doesn’t account for human nature.
11/25/2018: Majuscule (adjective, noun) Referring to an upper-case letter. The opposite of minuscule.
11/18/2018: Ortolan ortolan(noun) A European bunting, Emberiza hortulana, force-fed and then roasted and eaten as a delicacy. Diners traditionally drape a white napkin over their heads as they eat them to “hide their sin from God.”
11/11/2018: Operose (adjective) Involving much labor, or of a person who works strenuously.
11/04/2018: Munge (verb) To modify or transform information, often imperfectly and/or without explanation.
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Sam Johnson
Maria Monk
Dame Edith Sitwell
Nnedi Okorafor
Ernest Hemingway
Thomas Hardy
William Wycherley
Oscar Wilde
Marguerite Duras
Arthur Conan Doyle
<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:169px;"><i>Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.<br><br><aside>Sam Johnson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:172px;"><i>On the day, therefore, when I went to the church to be confirmed, with a number of others, I suffered extremely from the reproaches of my conscience.<br><br><aside>Maria Monk</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:183px;"><i>I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.<br><br><aside>Dame Edith Sitwell</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:181px;"><i>I see the world as a magical place. Therefore, it was only natural that magic wafted from my fiction like smoke.<br><br><aside>Nnedi Okorafor</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>I’m not going to get in the ring with Tolstoy.<br><br><aside>Ernest Hemingway</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:158px;"><i>You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them.<br><br><aside>Thomas Hardy</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:172px;"><i>I weigh the man, not his title; tis not the king’s stamp can make the metal better.<br><br><aside>William Wycherley</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.<br><br><aside>Oscar Wilde</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.<br><br><aside>Marguerite Duras</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>You will, I am sure, agree with me that… if page 534 only finds us in the second chapter, the length of the first one must have been really intolerable.<br><br><aside>Arthur Conan Doyle</aside></i></span>

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