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Wednesday 25 November 2020
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Florisugent (adjective)

Sucking nectar from flowers. Hummingbirds, bees, and many moths and butterflies are florisugent.
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11/15/2020: Tartuffery (noun) The expression of sentiments or beliefs greatly exceeding or contrary to those one actually holds. Synonyms: sanctimony, pharisaicalness, pecksniffery (from Charles Dickens)
11/08/2020: Nidor (noun) The smell of burning animal fat
11/01/2020: Mithridatize (verb) To build up an immunity to a particular poison by dosing oneself with it incrementally
10/25/2020: Stendhal syndrome (noun) A pathological attack of rapture, which may include dizziness and hallucinations, suffered by many who travel to foreign lands and take in too much beautiful religious artwork
10/18/2020: Antelucan (adjective) Pertaining to the pre-dawn hours
10/11/2020: Dactylion (noun) The tip of the middle finger
10/04/2020: Toponomastic (adjective) Relating to the origin of place-names
09/27/2020: Opisthenar (noun) The back of the hand. (“I know this town like my opisthenar.”)
09/20/2020: Billingsgate (noun) Abusive or vulgar language. Derived from Billingsgate, an old London fish market where people supposedly swore a lot.
09/13/2020: Belletristic (adjective) Of writing that aspires to be aesthetically perfect (optimal rhythm, not repeating the same word too often, etc.), with less emphasis on actual content. Author Gustave Flaubert, for example, was noted for this.
09/06/2020: Panjandrum (noun) A rolling rocket-propelled device resembling a cable spool developed experimentally as a weapon by the British military during World War II. Also, a person who affects an air of authority — deserved or otherwise.
08/30/2020: Blodder (verb) To flow from a small opening with a gurgling sound
08/23/2020: Drachenfutter (noun) An offering made by a husband to appease an angry wife
08/16/2020: Autochthonous (adjective) Derived purely from one's own culture or ethnicity
08/09/2020: Zenzizenzizenzic (noun) The eighth power of a number. Coined by sixteenth century Welsh mathematician Robert Recorde, who also introduced the plus (+) and equals (=) signs.
08/02/2020: Algolagnia (noun) Pleasure taken in both the infliction and the suffering of pain. Old-time English boarding schools, for example, traditionally/allegedly) featured this.
07/26/2020: Sinistrodextral (adjective) Left-to-right. The written forms of most modern languages, for example, are sinistrodextral.
07/19/2020: Quale (noun) The subjective experience one gets from a particular sensory stimulus — a color, a sound, or a fragrance, say — that may or may not be the same from one individual to another.quayle
07/12/2020: Scunner (verb) To feel disgust or to otherwise dislike intensely
07/05/2020: Nauscopy (noun) The purported, and as yet unexplained, ability to see ships over the horizon
Mason “Parson” Weems
Euripides
William Shakespeare
Henrik Ibsen
Dante
Cato the Elder
Christina Rossetti
Lev Tolstoy
Fawn Brodie
Emily Lamb,<br>Viscountess Palmerson
George Sand
<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> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:168px;"><i>New faces have more authority than accustomed ones.<br><br><aside>Euripides</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Hell is empty and all the devils are here.<br><br><aside>William Shakespeare</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:135px;"><i>A party is like a sausage machine; it grinds up all sorts of heads together into the same baloney…<br><br><aside>Henrik Ibsen</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Go forth and preach impostures to the world, but give them truth to build on.<br><br><aside>Dante</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:161px;"><i>Those who are serious in ridiculous matters will be ridiculous in serious matters.<br><br><aside>Cato the Elder</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>Better by far you should forget and smile that you should remember and be sad.<br><br><aside>Christina Rossetti</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:152px;"><i>I sit on a man’s back, choking him, and making him carry me, and yet assure myself and others that I am very sorry for him and wish to ease his lot by any means possible, except getting off his back.<br><br><aside>Lev Tolstoy</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>If the Deseret News is careful not to offend [Nazi] Germany, and I gather that it is falling backwards on the attempt, it is my guess that first of all the Church is afraid of complete banishment.<br><br><aside>Fawn Brodie</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:171px;"><i>Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.<br><br><aside>George Sand</aside></i></span>

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