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Tuesday 19 November 2019
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Deliquesce (verb)

For a solid, to liquify gradually by absorbing moisture from the air
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11/10/2019: Illinium (noun) Based on experimental data later found to have been erroneous, a name honoring the University of Illinois proposed for the element now known as promethium. Two other preliminary names for it were florentium and cyclonium.
11/03/2019: Quaquaversal (adjective) Turning or dipping in any or every direction
10/27/2019: Frugivory (noun) The symbiotic relationship between fruit-eating birds and the fruiting plant itself whereby its seeds get dispersed
10/20/2019: Dephlogisticate (verb) To render something fireproof
10/13/2019: Parnel (noun) A priest’s mistress
10/06/2019: Fluviatile (adjective) Living in rivers
09/29/2019: Atopognosia (noun) The inability to tell where something is touching you
09/22/2019: Assoil (verb) To absolve, to pronounce Not Guilty
09/15/2019: Corncrake (noun) An elusive, omnivorous, chestnut-colored bird of the family Rallidae (rails) that ranges through Eurasia and winters in Africa
09/08/2019: Agonic (noun) The imaginary line, roughly longitudinal, where magnetic and true north lie in exactly the same direction. It wanders unpredictably, typically about 10 miles per year.
09/01/2019: Penniform (adjective) Feather-shaped
08/25/2019: Nixie (noun) A letter or package that’s undeliverable due to a faulty address. Or, a female water spirit. Or, one of those old-fashioned numeric displays consisting of a neon-filled glass tube and multiple cathodes.
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).
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
Jules Verne
Edward Albee
Emily Dickinson
Ernest Vincent Wright
Sir Walter Raleigh
John Wilmot
Joanna Baillie
Thomas Hardy
Norman Mailer
Julian
Samuel Richardson
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:160px;"><i>Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.<br><br><aside>Jules Verne</aside></i></span> <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:165px;"><i>Tell the truth, but tell it slant.<br><br><aside>Emily Dickinson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>“… For many days Gadsby had thought of ways in which folks with a goodly bank account could aid in building up this rapidly backsliding town of Branton Hills… ”<br><br><aside>Ernest Vincent Wright</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:174px;"><i>Dead, we become the lumber of the world.<br><br><aside>John Wilmot</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>Pampered vanity is a better thing perhaps than starved pride.<br><br><aside>Joanna Baillie</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:158px;"><i>You can do anything with bayonets except sit on them.<br><br><aside>Thomas Hardy</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>It’s not a good idea to put your wife into a novel; not your latest wife anyway.<br><br><aside>Norman Mailer</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:173px;"><i>Some people are fond of horses, others of wild animals; in my case I have been possessed since childhood by a prodigious desire to buy and own books.<br><br><aside>Julian</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>

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