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Sunday 20 January 2019
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01/20/2019



Bondieuserie (noun)

Tacky or kitchy religious ornamentation. (From the French for “Dear Lord.”)
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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.
10/28/2018: Nelipot (noun) A person going barefoot.
10/21/2018: Festucine (adjective) Straw-colored or greenish yellow.
10/14/2018: Snarge (noun) What’s left of birds that get sucked into jet engines.
10/07/2018: Lissotrichous (adjective) Straight-haired.
09/30/2018: Guerdon (noun, verb) Reward or payment.
09/23/2018: Favonian (adjective) Pertaining to the west wind.
09/16/2018: Anosmia (noun) The inability to detect smell.
09/09/2018: Farinaceous (adjective) Starch-based. Said of a diet centered around pasta, potatoes, rice, or the like.
09/02/2018: Decaplet (noun) One from a multiple birth of ten. Although 7, 8, and 9 are septuplets, octuplets, and nonuplets; ten are decaplets.
Joseph Mankiewicz
Maya Angelou
William F. Buckley, Jr
Ian Fleming
Ray Bradbury
William Wycherley
Gore Vidal
Henry Howard,<br>Earl of Surrey
Miranda July
Winston Churchill
Andrew Marvell
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn’t.<br><br><aside>Joseph Mankiewicz</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: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:156px;"><i>A horse is dangerous at both ends and uncomfortable in the middle.<br><br><aside>Ian Fleming</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:172px;"><i>Give me an ounce of fact and I will produce you a ton of theory by tea this afternoon. That is, after all, my job.<br><br><aside>Ray Bradbury</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:174px;"><i>Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.<br><br><aside>Gore Vidal</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Such as I was, such will I be; your own; what would ye more of me?<br><br><aside>Henry Howard,<br>Earl of Surrey</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>Like ivy, we grow where there is room for us.<br><br><aside>Miranda July</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>Failure to recognize that the American, is at heart an idealist is to lack understanding of our national character.<br><br><aside>Winston Churchill</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>


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