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Friday 12 August 2022
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08/07/2022



Cerberus (noun)

A hypervigilant custodian, such as an office receptionist who makes people wait interminably and hardly lets anybody in, regardles of their import
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07/31/2022: Euterpean (adjective) Pertaining to music
07/24/2022: Ucalegon (noun) A neighbor whose house is on fire
07/17/2022: Rubricate (verb) To mark in red, perhaps by using a rubric (classically, a piece of red chalk)
07/10/2022: Agalactic (adjective) Unable to produce milk
07/03/2022: Phthirophagous (adjective) Lice-eating
06/26/2022: Heterochromia (noun) The condition of having one eye a different color from the other, or having different colors within the iris of an eye
06/19/2022: Antejentacular (adjective) Before breakfast
06/12/2022: Desuetude (noun) A state of inactivity or of no longer being used or practiced
06/05/2022: 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
05/29/2022: Preprandial (adjective) Before a meal, most often referring to dinner
05/22/2022: 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.
05/15/2022: Quader (verb) To square a number (multiply it by itself)
05/08/2022: Bondieuserie (noun) Tacky or kitchy religious ornamentation. (From the French for “Dear Lord.”)
05/01/2022: Cymotrichous (adjective) Wavy-haired
04/24/2022: 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.
04/17/2022: Macroscian (adjective) Casting a long shadow
04/10/2022: Simpsonize (verb) To cheat one’s customers by watering down their milk
04/03/2022: 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.
03/27/2022: Virgate (adjective) Shaped like a rod
03/20/2022: Gradgrind (noun) A person who relies on facts and physical measurements but doesn’t account for human nature
Edward Albee
Fawn Brodie
Jane Austen
Pope Pius II
Edith Wharton
William Butler Yeats
Charles Cotton
Charles Dickens
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
Dr. K.B. Hedgewar
Frances Trollope
<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:178px;"><i>If the Deseret News is careful not to offend [Nazi] Germany, and I gather that it is falling backwards on the attempt, it is my guess that first of all the Church is afraid of complete banishment.<br><br><aside>Fawn Brodie</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:151px;"><i>Her throat was snowy white, her eyes shone with the radiance of the sun; her glance was happy, her face animated, and her cheeks like lilies mixed with crimson roses.<br><br><aside>Pope Pius II</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:168px;"><i>The only way not to think about money is to have a great deal of it.<br><br><aside>Edith Wharton</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.<br><br><aside>William Butler Yeats</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>All my ambition is, I own, to profit and to please unknown; like streams supplied from springs below, which scatter blessings as they go.<br><br><aside>Charles Cotton</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:182px;"><i>If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.<br><br><aside>Charles Dickens</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:172px;"><i>Democracy does not reside in speeches but in actual practices of its votaries.<br><br><aside>Dr. K.B. Hedgewar</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>I draw from life — but I always pulp my acquaintance before serving them up. You would never recognize a pig in a sausage.<br><br><aside>Frances Trollope</aside></i></span>


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