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Sunday 28 February 2021
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02/28/2021



Morcellation (noun)

The removal of something, as in surgery, by cutting it into pieces
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02/21/2021: Lateritious (adjective) Having the color of a brick, reddish brown
02/14/2021: Promession (noun) Freeze-drying the dead. Technicians cool the body down to -320°F (-196°C), then vibrate it to a powder. A vacuum pump draws out the moisture. Buried, the powder vanishes completely in 6-12 months.
02/07/2021: Cultrate (adjective) Sharp-edged and pointy, such as a holly leaf
01/31/2021: Chiliad (noun) A thousand of something; a tenth of a myriad
01/24/2021: Exergual (adjective) Pertaining to a concavity on the reverse (“tails”) of a coin where an incription might appear, such as a date or motto
01/17/2021: Bistre (noun) A brownish yellow pigment [bistre] made from boiled chimney soot. The ideal raw material was beechwood.
01/10/2021: Resile (verb) To reverse from an agreement, to recant a previously held belief, to shrink or recoil, or to return to one’s original dimension after being stretched
01/03/2021: Fulgurous (adjective) Brilliant, dazzling, or flashing. Fulgurites, for example, are branch-shaped tubes that form when lightning strikes sand and fuses it into a glass.
12/27/2020: Rantoon (noun) Nineteenth century tricycle with a single steerable small wheel in front and two large side-by-side wheels behind
12/20/2020: Pycnostyle (adjective) The architectural quality of having columns very closely spaced — one and a half diameters between them or less (which I imagine would discourage all but the skinniest burglars)
12/13/2020: Autotomy (noun) The ability of some animals to sacrifice a body part in order to escape from a predator. Many lizards can do this; but at least one mammal, the dormouse, also has this talent.
12/06/2020: Cubane (noun) A molecule first synthesized in 1964, C8H8, consisting of a cube defined at each corner by a carbon atom and a projecting hydrogen atom. It’s a transparent solid that melts at 131°C (268°F) but boils only a few degrees warmer.
11/29/2020: Gyrovague (noun) A monk who travels from place to place seeking out spiritual novelty
11/22/2020: Florisugent (adjective) Sucking nectar from flowers. Hummingbirds, bees, and many moths and butterflies are florisugent.
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
Barbara Cartland
Pearl S. Buck
Fawn Brodie
Maxwell Anderson
Charles Cotton
Henrik Ibsen
Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr
Jorge Luis Borges
Sara Teasdale
Margaret Cavendish
Dorothy Sayers
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>You can’t lose if you give them handsome highwaymen, duels, 3-foot fountains and whacking great horses and dogs all over the place.<br><br><aside>Barbara Cartland</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>I am mentally bifocal.<br><br><aside>Pearl S. Buck</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: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: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: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:171px;"><i>One’s mind, once stretched by a new idea, never regains its original dimensions.<br><br><aside>Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr</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:176px;"><i>I make the most of all that comes and the least of all that goes.<br><br><aside>Sara Teasdale</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:172px;"><i>As I grow older and older / and totter towards the tomb, / I find that I care less and less / Who goes to bed with whom.<br><br><aside>Dorothy Sayers</aside></i></span>

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