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Sunday 18 August 2019
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08/18/2019



Grimthorpe (verb)

To alter or remodel a building without taking its history and character into account. Named for Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe, QC (1816–1905).
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08/11/2019: Ulotrichous (adjective) Having tightly curled or “peppercorn” hair.
08/04/2019: Distichiasis (noun) The condition, caused by a genetic mutation, of having double rows of eyelashes. One of its better known sufferers was actress Elizabeth Taylor.
07/28/2019: Absquatulate (verb) To slip out without being seen.
07/21/2019: Semiotician (noun) An expert at reading signs, symbols, gestures, and other visual cues.
07/14/2019: Jyngine (adjective) Wryneck-like. A wryneck is either of two species of European woodpeckers that can whip their heads around almost 180 degrees, which, combined with hissing, serves as a threat display.
07/07/2019: Idiolect (noun) The individualistic traits of a person’s speech. A further subdivision of dialect.
06/30/2019: Hapax legomenon (noun) The bane of dictionary authors, a word within a particular language that occurrs only once in the written record.
06/23/2019: Mesonoxian (adjective) Pertaining to midnight.
06/16/2019: Morepork (noun)
morepork
An owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae, found in Australia and New Zealand.

06/09/2019: Retromingent (adjective) Cowardly (literally, “urinating backward”).
06/02/2019: Chrysopoeia (verb) The act of transmuting base substances into gold.
05/26/2019: Zero Stroke (noun) A mental disorder occurring during times of economic hyperinflation in which the sufferer obsessively writes row upon row of zeros. The term was coined by German physicians observing this phenomenon during the Weimar Republic period.
05/19/2019: Naufragous (adjective) Shipwreck-causing.
05/12/2019: Deasil (adverb or adjective) Clockwise. As a verb, it means to move clockwise.
05/05/2019: Widdershins (adverb or adjective) Counterclockwise.
04/28/2019: Snup (verb) To underpay for something extremely valuable, taking advantage of a seller’s ignorance.
04/21/2019: Cerberus (noun) A hypervigilant custodian, such as an office receptionist who makes people wait interminably and hardly lets anybody in, regardles of their import.
04/14/2019: Euterpean (adjective) Pertaining to music.
04/07/2019: Ucalegon (noun) A neighbor whose house is on fire.
03/31/2019: Rubricate (verb) To mark in red, perhaps by using a rubric (classically, a piece of red chalk).
D.H. Lawrence
Anne Killigrew
Samuel Richardson
Frederick James Furnivall
Henrik Ibsen
Ben Hecht
Margaret Cavendish
Hannah More
Poul Anderson
Larry Niven
Varlam Shalamov
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:171px;"><i>Europe’s the mayonnaise, but America supplies the good old lobster.<br><br><aside>D.H. Lawrence</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> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>What we want to tell, we wish our friend to have curiosity to hear.<br><br><aside>Samuel Richardson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:182px;"><i>The three great curses of England are drink, gambling, and the House of Lords.<br><br><aside>Frederick James Furnivall</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:135px;"><i>A party is like a sausage machine; it grinds up all sorts of heads together into the same baloney…<br><br><aside>Henrik Ibsen</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:169px;"><i>I’m a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.<br><br><aside>Ben Hecht</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:170px;"><i>The rest of the Inhabitants of that World, were men of several different sorts, shapes, figures, dispositions, and humours…<br><br><aside>Margaret Cavendish</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:175px;"><i>Going to the opera, like getting drunk, is a sin that carries its own punishment with it.<br><br><aside>Hannah More</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>In Harvest of Stars, there is this notion, not original with me of course, that it will become possible to download at least the basic aspects of a human personality into a machine program…<br><br><aside>Poul Anderson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>The only universal message in science fiction: There exist minds that think as well as you do, but differently. Corollary: The gene-tampered turkey you’re talking to isn’t necessarily one of them.<br><br><aside>Larry Niven</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:170px;"><i>Tragedy is not deep and sharp if it can be shared with friend.<br><br><aside>Varlam Shalamov</aside></i></span>

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