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Thursday 13 August 2020
Ab Vrbe Condita 2773

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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.
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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
06/28/2020: Tectiform (adjective) Roof-shaped
06/21/2020: Quango (noun) An organization created and/or supported by a government but independent of that government
06/14/2020: Hirudinoid (adjective) Leech-like
06/07/2020: Mumpsimus (noun) A cherished adherence to a mistaken doctrine or to a garbled use of language (for example, the corruption of hoc est corpus meum into “hocus pocus”). Also, a person who does such things.
05/31/2020: Etiolate (verb) To whiten by blocking exposure to sunlight. (You might do this to asparagus, for example.)
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
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
Maria Monk
Erma Bombeck
William Wycherley
Héloïse
Jorge Luis Borges
Maxwell Anderson
Margaret Cavendish
Vladimir Nabokov
Ray Palmer
Sam Johnson
Cædmon
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:172px;"><i>On the day, therefore, when I went to the church to be confirmed, with a number of others, I suffered extremely from the reproaches of my conscience.<br><br><aside>Maria Monk</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:159px;"><i>I will buy any creme, cosmetic, or elixir from a woman with a European accent.<br><br><aside>Erma Bombeck</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:172px;"><i>I weigh the man, not his title; tis not the king’s stamp can make the metal better.<br><br><aside>William Wycherley</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:141px;"><i>It is not the deed but the intention that makes the crime.<br><br><aside>Héloïse</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>Let others pride themselves about how many pages they have written; I’d rather boast of the ones I’ve read.<br><br><aside>Jorge Luis Borges</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>There are no wizards and no spells. Just men and women and money and the earth the way it always was.<br><br><aside>Maxwell Anderson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:170px;"><i>The rest of the Inhabitants of that World, were men of several different sorts, shapes, figures, dispositions, and humours…<br><br><aside>Margaret Cavendish</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:180px;"><i>Wasn’t the most important thing to all of us the fiction that followed our fact? And didn’t we all believe with all our hearts that our extrapolations would one day turn out to be gospel truth?<br><br><aside>Ray Palmer</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:169px;"><i>Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel.<br><br><aside>Sam Johnson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:122px;"><i>Weary the ways my feet must wander, in dread of woe, whenever one shall meet me in my guilt, near or far…<br><br><aside>Cædmon</aside></i></span>

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