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Friday 30 July 2021
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07/25/2021



Macaronic (adjective)

Of speech or writing that combines two or more languages, traditionally Latin and a modern vernacular: “We like to think all other things are equal, but in this case ceteris ain’t paribus.”
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07/18/2021: Vexillology (noun) The study of flag design
07/11/2021: Auxetic (adjective) In some recently discovered materials, the peculiar property of expanding in thickness while being stretched
07/04/2021: Seigniorage (noun) The profit a government turns by issuing currency — in other words, the face value of the coins or bills minus their production cost
06/27/2021: Tetrachromaticity (noun) The rare and enviable ability to see color in four channels as opposed to the normal three (red-green-blue). Such individuals, exclusively female, carry certain genes for colorblindness.
06/20/2021: Enneatic (adjective) Occurring once every nine times
06/13/2021: Neoteny (noun) The retention of child-like features into adulthood
06/06/2021: Euxine (adjective) Pertaining to the Black Sea
05/30/2021: Argyria (noun) A permanent condition of bluish or grayish skin, caused by ingesting excessive amounts of silver. Similar to chrysiasis, from ingesting too much gold.
05/23/2021: Exoculation (noun) The act of putting out the eyes. Cherished tradition holds that scissors in the hands of running children or long, thin sticks haphazardly waved by the same are potentially exoculative.
05/16/2021: Nudiustertian (adjective) Relating to the day before yesterday, or by extension, extremely recent
05/09/2021: Byssus (noun) Also known as sea silk or lana pinna, byssus classically refers to an ultrafine gold-colored fabric woven from threads produced by the Mediterranean pen shell mollusc
05/02/2021: Rhotic (adjective) Pronouncing all the Rs in one’s speech wherever they occur. Non-rhotics, for example speakers of Received Pronunciation in England, usually drop Rs that aren’t immediately followed by vowels.
04/25/2021: Gegenschein (noun) A faint glowing patch in the night sky caused by sunlight reflecting off dust particles in the solar system’s plane. It shows up at 180° away from the sun.
04/18/2021: Saponifiable (adjective) Capable of being made into soap
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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Julian
Clare Boothe Luce
James Joyce
Sir W.S. Gilbert
Thomas Pynchon
Robert Towne
Charles Hoy Fort
William Morris
Larry Niven
John Wilmot
Sappho of Eresos
<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:164px;"><i>I’m in my anecdotage.<br><br><aside>Clare Boothe Luce</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:186px;"><i>I’ve put in so many enigmas and puzzles that it will keep the professors busy for centuries arguing over what I meant, and that’s the only way of insuring one’s immortality.<br><br><aside>James Joyce</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:170px;"><i>No one can have a higher opinion of him than I have, and I think he’s a dirty little beast.<br><br><aside>Sir W.S. Gilbert</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>Hey, over here! Have your picture taken with a reclusive author! Today only, we’ll throw in a free autograph! But wait, there’s more!<br><br><aside>Thomas Pynchon</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:182px;"><i>But time has caught up with it [Chinatown] and I think vindicated it. Shampoo, too: very dark, very ambitious movie.<br><br><aside>Robert Towne</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>Like everybody else, I don’t know what to think; but rather uncommonly, I know that.<br><br><aside>Charles Hoy Fort</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>The past is not dead, it is living in us, and will be alive in the future which we are now helping to make.<br><br><aside>William Morris</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: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: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>

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