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Thursday 28 May 2020
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05/24/2020



Piacular (adjective)

Said of a sin or sacrilege requiring atonement, or conversely of an act that’s intended to effect that atonement
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05/17/2020: Perioecian (noun, adjective) A person who lives at the same latitude that you do, but exactly 180 degrees opposite in longitude
05/10/2020: Chuff (verb) For a tiger or snow leopard to make a low frequency non-threatening sound, through the nostrils with the mouth closed, equivalent to the purr of domestic cats
05/03/2020: Petrichor (noun) That earthy smell you notice when the weather has been dry for a while and it starts to rain. It's produced by geosmin and other compounds given off by bacteria in the soil and held there until moisture releases it into the air.
04/26/2020: Clithridiate (adjective) Keyhole-shaped
04/19/2020: Cryptomnesia (noun) Unconscious plagiarism
04/12/2020: Arsle (verb) To move backwards rapidly
04/05/2020: Chevon (noun) Goat meat
03/29/2020: Extradictionary (adjective) Pertaining to realities rather than words
03/22/2020: Hyperthymestic (adjective) Pertaining to the rare ability to recall virtually every minute detail of one’s life, or at least the last 20 years or so, in serial order
03/15/2020: Bottomry (noun) The use of a ship as collateral in order to finance its voyage
03/08/2020: Gelotoleptic (adjective) Pertaining to the loss of muscle tone and control due to laughter
03/01/2020: Hesternopothia (noun) An obsessive yearning for some perceived idyllic era of the past
02/23/2020: Mocteroof (verb) To refurbish damaged or otherwise esthetically flawed fruit or vegetable produce to make it more salable
02/16/2020: Spleget (noun) A dampened cloth for cleaning a wound
02/09/2020: Overegg (verb) To get carried away in trying to perfect or improve on something
02/02/2020: Amphiscian (noun, adjective) A person who inhabits a lower latitude. The word specifically refers to the fact that, within about 20 degrees of the equator, one's shadow is cast toward the north during part of the year and toward the south during the other part.
01/26/2020: Moörganize (verb) To protect a secret by killing or kidnapping someone
01/19/2020: Verso and Recto (nouns) 1. On a sheet of papyrus, that side in which the stalks run vertically is the verso; horizontally, the recto. 2. The even-numbered and odd-numbered pages, respectively, when you open a book.
01/12/2020: Hortative (adjective) Tending to advise, encourange, or exhort
01/05/2020: Epexegesis (noun) The addition of extra words to clarify an explanation [e-pex-e-JEE-zis]
Charles Cotton
William Butler Yeats
Anthony Trollope
Ray Palmer
P.J. O’Rourke
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
Percy Bysse Shelley
Edward Albee
Dame Edith Sitwell
Herman Melville
Upton Sinclair
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>All my ambition is, I own, to profit and to please unknown; like streams supplied from springs below, which scatter blessings as they go.<br><br><aside>Charles Cotton</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking.<br><br><aside>William Butler Yeats</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:164px;"><i>They are best dressed, whose dress no one observes.<br><br><aside>Anthony Trollope</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:171px;"><i>Rasputin, a Siberian peasant, was a televangelist. TV had not been invented, however, so he had to swindle people one at a time.<br><br><aside>P.J. O’Rourke</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:175px;"><i>Language is the armory of the human mind, and at once contains the trophies of its past and the weapons of its future conquests.<br><br><aside>Samuel Taylor Coleridge</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>War is the statesman’s game, the priest’s delight, the lawyer’s jest, the hired assassin’s trade.<br><br><aside>Percy Bysse Shelley</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:183px;"><i>I am not eccentric. It’s just that I am more alive than most people. I am an unpopular electric eel set in a pond of catfish.<br><br><aside>Dame Edith Sitwell</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:163px;"><i>It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.<br><br><aside>Upton Sinclair</aside></i></span>

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