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Monday 10 December 2018
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12/09/2018



Virgate (adjective)

Shaped like a rod.
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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.
09/23/2018: Favonian (adjective) Pertaining to the west wind.
09/16/2018: Anosmia (noun) The inability to detect smell.
09/09/2018: Farinaceous (adjective) Starch-based. Said of a diet centered around pasta, potatoes, rice, or the like.
09/02/2018: Decaplet (noun) One from a multiple birth of ten. Although 7, 8, and 9 are septuplets, octuplets, and nonuplets; ten are decaplets.
08/26/2018: Couther (verb) To comfort by offering warmth and refreshments.
08/19/2018: Umami (noun, adjective) Sometimes termed savory or brothy, the fifth taste sensation in the tongue along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter.
08/12/2018: Ullage (noun) The size of the air space at the top of an unopened wine bottle. An excessive ullage indicates the cork has leaked and the wine has probably spoiled.
08/05/2018: Cloffin (verb) To sit by a fire.
07/29/2018: Phthisicky (adjective) Wheezy, showing the symptoms of tuberculosis.
07/22/2018: Vershok (noun) Traditional Russian unit of length equal to 4.445 centimeters or 1.75 inches. Also equivalent to one “rack unit” in relation to modern rack-mounted electronics equipment.
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D.H. Lawrence
Christopher Marlowe
Cardinal Newman
Horace
Charlotte Perkins Gilman
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
Charles Dickens
Salvador Dalí
Geoffrey Chaucer
<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:160px;"><i>Business was his aversion; pleasure was his business.<br><br><aside>Maria Edgeworth</aside></i></span> <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:167px;"><i>Money can’t buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.<br><br><aside>Christopher Marlowe</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>If we are intended for great ends, we are called to great hazards.<br><br><aside>Cardinal Newman</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:137px;"><i>Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents, which in prosperous circumstances would have lain dormant.<br><br><aside>Horace</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:171px;"><i>One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.<br><br><aside>Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:182px;"><i>If there were no bad people, there would be no good lawyers.<br><br><aside>Charles Dickens</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:183px;"><i>Have no fear of perfection — you’ll never reach it.<br><br><aside>Salvador Dalí</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:182px;"><i>The guilty think all talk is of themselves.<br><br><aside>Geoffrey Chaucer</aside></i></span>


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