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Wednesday 27 October 2021
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Ramekin (noun)

A small dish, usually white and made of ceramic, used for baking and serving individual portions
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10/17/2021: Irrorate (adjective) Spotted, speckled
10/10/2021: Sockdolager (noun) A decisive argument or blow
10/03/2021: Chthonic (adjective) Pertaining to gods or spirits of the underworld
09/26/2021: Ultimogeniture (noun) The right of the youngest child to receive the inheritance
09/19/2021: Micawberesque (adjective) Poor, but living in optimistic expectation of future fortune. From the Charles Dickens character Wilkins Micawber in David Copperfield.
09/12/2021: Pectiform (adjective) Comb-shaped
09/05/2021: Ostrobogulous (adjective) Strange, mildly risqué, indecent or pornographic. [Coined by poet and author Victor Neuburg (1883-1940).]
08/29/2021: Obloquy (noun) Public scorn, abuse, or condemnation aimed toward a person or thing
08/22/2021: Foin (verb) To thrust with a pointed weapon
08/15/2021: Capriped (adjective) Having goatlike feet
08/08/2021: Snarge (noun) The remains of a bird that has collided with a plane or gone through its engine
08/01/2021: Shunpike (verb) To take side roads to avoid tolls or heavy traffic
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."
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
Vittoria Colonna
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Saki
Algernon Charles Swinburne
Peter Abelard
George Bernard Shaw
P.J. O’Rourke
Leigh Hunt
Colette
Elizabeth Ann Linley
Edna St Vincent Millay
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>I fixed my eyes on life’s noblest goals / Yet can’t lift myself / I’m not on the right road / Mine is anything but firm and easy.<br><br><aside>Vittoria Colonna</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>Shallow men believe in luck. Strong men believe in cause and effect.<br><br><aside>Ralph Waldo Emerson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>A little inaccuracy sometimes saves tons of explanation.<br><br><aside>Saki</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:186px;"><i>It is by doubting that we come to investigate, and by investigating that we recognize the truth.<br><br><aside>Peter Abelard</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:170px;"><i>If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance.<br><br><aside>George Bernard Shaw</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:150px;"><i>Your second-hand bookseller is second to none in the worth of the treasures he dispenses.<br><br><aside>Leigh Hunt</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:162px;"><i>You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm.<br><br><aside>Colette</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:159px;"><i>Death or a convent is the only view on which I can turn my eyes with any pleasure.<br><br><aside>Elizabeth Ann Linley</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>Childhood is the kingdom where nobody dies. Nobody that matters, that is.<br><br><aside>Edna St Vincent Millay</aside></i></span>

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