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Thursday 21 February 2019
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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.
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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.
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.
Sappho of Eresos
Henry James
Seneca
Robert E. Howard
Ben Jonson
Pearl S. Buck
Edgar Allan Poe
Susanna Centilivre
Boris Pasternak
Noël Coward
Anne Killigrew
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:173px;"><i>Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen; goodness, beautiful today, will remain so tomorrow.<br><br><aside>Sappho of Eresos</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:162px;"><i>Everything about Florence seems to be colored with a mild violet, like diluted wine.<br><br><aside>Henry James</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.<br><br><aside>Seneca</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>I am unable to rouse much interest in any highly civilized race, country or epoch, including this one.<br><br><aside>Robert E. Howard</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>I do honor the very flea of his dog.<br><br><aside>Ben Jonson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>I am mentally bifocal.<br><br><aside>Pearl S. Buck</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.<br><br><aside>Edgar Allan Poe</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Resolve to be merry though the ship were sinking.<br><br><aside>Susanna Centilivre</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:176px;"><i>Just say the lines and don’t trip over the furniture.<br><br><aside>Noël Coward</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>And though your Witchcrafts strike my Ear / Unhurt, like him, your Charms I’ll hear.<br><br><aside>Anne Killigrew</aside></i></span>


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