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Wednesday 21 April 2021
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Saponifiable (adjective)

Capable of being made into soap
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04/11/2021: Keranography (noun) The supposed process whereby a lightning flash creates a photographic image onto a surface. (The light from powerful nuclear blasts can do this.)
04/04/2021: Gride (verb) To make a grinding or scraping sound
03/28/2021: Aphaeresis (noun) Omission of the beginning syllable of a word. Example: “You’ve got a lot of ‘splaining to do.”
03/21/2021: Catholepistemiad (noun) A place to acquire universal knowledge. Coined by University of Michigan founder Augustus B. Woodward (1774-1827).
03/14/2021: Ludibund (adjective) Playful. A kind of opposite to moribund.
03/07/2021: Tughra (noun) An ornamental Arabic signature used as an official seal, traditionally associated with Ottoman Empire sultans.
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02/28/2021: Morcellation (noun) The removal of something, as in surgery, by cutting it into pieces
02/21/2021: Lateritious (adjective) Having the color of a brick, reddish brown
02/14/2021: Promession (noun) Freeze-drying the dead. Technicians cool the body down to -320°F (-196°C), then vibrate it to a powder. A vacuum pump draws out the moisture. Buried, the powder vanishes completely in 6-12 months.
02/07/2021: Cultrate (adjective) Sharp-edged and pointy, such as a holly leaf
01/31/2021: Chiliad (noun) A thousand of something; a tenth of a myriad
01/24/2021: Exergual (adjective) Pertaining to a concavity on the reverse (“tails”) of a coin where an incription might appear, such as a date or motto
01/17/2021: Bistre (noun) A brownish yellow pigment [bistre] made from boiled chimney soot. The ideal raw material was beechwood.
01/10/2021: Resile (verb) To reverse from an agreement, to recant a previously held belief, to shrink or recoil, or to return to one’s original dimension after being stretched
01/03/2021: Fulgurous (adjective) Brilliant, dazzling, or flashing. Fulgurites, for example, are branch-shaped tubes that form when lightning strikes sand and fuses it into a glass.
12/27/2020: Rantoon (noun) Nineteenth century tricycle with a single steerable small wheel in front and two large side-by-side wheels behind
12/20/2020: Pycnostyle (adjective) The architectural quality of having columns very closely spaced — one and a half diameters between them or less (which I imagine would discourage all but the skinniest burglars)
12/13/2020: Autotomy (noun) The ability of some animals to sacrifice a body part in order to escape from a predator. Many lizards can do this; but at least one mammal, the dormouse, also has this talent.
12/06/2020: Cubane (noun) A molecule first synthesized in 1964, C8H8, consisting of a cube defined at each corner by a carbon atom and a projecting hydrogen atom. It’s a transparent solid that melts at 131°C (268°F) but boils only a few degrees warmer.
11/29/2020: Gyrovague (noun) A monk who travels from place to place seeking out spiritual novelty
Sir Walter Raleigh
Virginia Woolf
Sappho of Eresos
William Faulkner
Anthony Burgess
Honoré de Balzac
Emily Pauline Johnson
Jorge Luis Borges
John Ruskin
Henry Howard,<br>Earl of Surrey
Alexandr Solzhenitsyn
<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:164px;"><i>I read the Book of Job last night. I don’t think God comes out well in it.<br><br><aside>Virginia Woolf</aside></i></span> <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:177px;"><i>Nothing can destroy the good writer. The only thing that can alter the good writer is death. Good ones don’t have time to bother with success or getting rich.<br><br><aside>William Faulkner</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.<br><br><aside>Anthony Burgess</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>The majority of husbands remind me of an orangutan trying to play the violin.<br><br><aside>Honoré de Balzac</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>Never let anyone call me a white woman… I am Indian and my aim, my joy and my pride is to sing the glories of my own people.<br><br><aside>Emily Pauline Johnson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast of the ones I’ve read.<br><br><aside>Jorge Luis Borges</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>All books are divisible into two classes: the books of the hour, and the books of all time.<br><br><aside>John Ruskin</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:183px;"><i>Literature becomes the living memory of a nation.<br><br><aside>Alexandr Solzhenitsyn</aside></i></span>

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