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Tuesday 23 July 2019
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Semiotician (noun)

An expert at reading signs, symbols, gestures, and other visual cues.
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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).
03/24/2019: Agalactic (adjective) Unable to produce milk.
03/17/2019: Phthirophagous (adjective) Lice-eating.
03/10/2019: Heterochromia (noun) The condition of having one eye a different color from the other, or having different colors within the iris of an eye.
03/03/2019: Antejentacular (adjective) Before breakfast.
Pearl S. Buck
William Blake
Victor Hugo
Thomas Cranmer
Samuel Richardson
Countess Of Blessington
Emily Lamb,<br>Viscountess Palmerson
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Susanna Centilivre
Cædmon
Mason “Parson” Weems
<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:175px;"><i>Think in the morning. Act in the noon. Eat in the evening. Sleep in the night.<br><br><aside>William Blake</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:172px;"><i>The last resort of kings, the cannonball. The last resort of the people, the paving stone.<br><br><aside>Victor Hugo</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:171px;"><i>What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies.<br><br><aside>Thomas Cranmer</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:166px;"><i>Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.<br><br><aside>Countess Of Blessington</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:186px;"><i>From a man’s comfort it is almost better to have a bad wife than to have no wife. Besides it is always a man’s own fault if his wife is very bad.<br><br><aside>Emily Lamb,<br>Viscountess Palmerson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>Exciting literature after supper is not the best digestive.<br><br><aside>Charlotte Perkins Gilman</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:122px;"><i>Weary the ways my feet must wander, in dread of woe, whenever one shall meet me in my guilt, near or far…<br><br><aside>Cædmon</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>Historical fancy is more persistent than historical fact (said of him, not by him).<br><br><aside>Mason “Parson” Weems</aside></i></span>

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