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Thursday 16 September 2021
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Pectiform (adjective)

Comb-shaped
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09/05/2021: Ostrobogulous (adjective) Strange, mildly risqué, indecent or pornographic. [Coined by poet and author Victor Neuburg (1883-1940).]
08/29/2021: Obloquy (noun) Public scorn, abuse, or condemnation aimed toward a person or thing
08/22/2021: Foin (verb) To thrust with a pointed weapon
08/15/2021: Capriped (adjective) Having goatlike feet
08/08/2021: Snarge (noun) The remains of a bird that has collided with a plane or gone through its engine
08/01/2021: Shunpike (verb) To take side roads to avoid tolls or heavy traffic
07/25/2021: 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."
07/18/2021: Vexillology (noun) The study of flag design
07/11/2021: Auxetic (adjective) In some recently discovered materials, the peculiar property of expanding in thickness while being stretched
07/04/2021: 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
06/27/2021: 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.
06/20/2021: Enneatic (adjective) Occurring once every nine times
06/13/2021: Neoteny (noun) The retention of child-like features into adulthood
06/06/2021: Euxine (adjective) Pertaining to the Black Sea
05/30/2021: 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.
05/23/2021: 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.
05/16/2021: Nudiustertian (adjective) Relating to the day before yesterday, or by extension, extremely recent
05/09/2021: 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
05/02/2021: 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.
04/25/2021: 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.
James Fenimore Cooper
Winston Churchill
Sir Walter Raleigh
Sir Walter Scott
Harriet Beecher Stowe
Gillian Flynn
Rod Serling
O Henry
Nikolai Gogol
Voltaire
Maria Edgeworth
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.<br><br><aside>James Fenimore Cooper</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:174px;"><i>If she undervalue me, what care I how fair she be?<br><br><aside>Sir Walter Raleigh</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:159px;"><i>Whipping and abuse are like laudanum: you have to double the dose as the sensibilities decline.<br><br><aside>Harriet Beecher Stowe</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:182px;"><i>Let’s not kid ourselves about </i>Twilight Zone.<i> A lot of luck was involved in selling that to anyone. It was a show no one wanted to buy.<br><br><aside>Rod Serling</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:168px;"><i>A straw vote only shows which way the hot air blows.<br><br><aside>O Henry</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:183px;"><i>A word aptly uttered or written cannot be cut away by an axe.<br><br><aside>Nikolai Gogol</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:151px;"><i>Ice cream is exquisite — what a pity it isn’t illegal.<br><br><aside>Voltaire</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:160px;"><i>Business was his aversion; pleasure was his business.<br><br><aside>Maria Edgeworth</aside></i></span>

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