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Sunday 22 September 2019
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09/22/2019



Assoil (verb)

To absolve, to pronounce Not Guilty.
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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.
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.
Albert Camus
James Joyce
James Fenimore Cooper
Voltaire
Ray Palmer
Herman Melville
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)
Rudyard Kipling
Vladimir Nabokov
William Caxton
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>Charm is a way of getting the answer “Yes” without asking a clear question.<br><br><aside>Albert Camus</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:174px;"><i>The press, like fire, is an excellent servant, but a terrible master.<br><br><aside>James Fenimore Cooper</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:151px;"><i>Ice cream is exquisite — what a pity it isn’t illegal.<br><br><aside>Voltaire</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:155px;"><i>Your stories are all a lot of “pretty” writing. If you’ll take your next manuscript, blue-pencil every phrase that you consider to be good writing, I’ll buy it.<br><br><aside>Ray Palmer</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>It is not down in any map; true places never are.<br><br><aside>Herman Melville</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:168px;"><i>Change in a trice the lilies and languors of virtue for the raptures and roses of vice.<br><br><aside>Algernon Charles Swinburne</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:146px;"><i>Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.<br><br><aside>Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel)</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>Never look backwards or you’ll fall down the stairs.<br><br><aside>Rudyard Kipling</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>I found it and I named it, being versed in taxonomic Latin; thus became godfather to an insect and its first describer — and I want no other fame.<br><br><aside>Vladimir Nabokov</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:173px;"><i>Love lasteth long as the money endureth.<br><br><aside>William Caxton</aside></i></span>

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