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Thursday 27 January 2022
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Lissotrichous (adjective)

Straight-haired
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01/16/2022: Guerdon (noun, verb) Reward or payment
01/09/2022: Favonian (adjective) Pertaining to the west wind
01/02/2022: Anosmia (noun) The inability to detect smell
12/26/2021: Farinaceous (adjective) Starch-based. Said of a diet centered around pasta, potatoes, rice, or the like.
12/19/2021: Decaplet (noun) One from a multiple birth of ten. Although 7, 8, and 9 are septuplets, octuplets, and nonuplets; ten are decaplets.
12/12/2021: Couther (verb) To comfort by offering warmth and refreshments
12/05/2021: Umami (noun, adjective) Sometimes termed savory or brothy, the fifth taste sensation in the tongue along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter
11/28/2021: Ullage (noun) The size of the air space at the top of an unopened wine bottle. An excessive ullage indicates the cork has leaked and the wine has probably spoiled.
11/21/2021: Cloffin (verb) To sit by a fire
11/14/2021: Phthisicky (adjective) Wheezy, showing the symptoms of tuberculosis
11/07/2021: Vershok (noun) Traditional Russian unit of length equal to 4.445 centimeters or 1.75 inches. Also equivalent to one “rack unit” in relation to modern rack-mounted electronics equipment.
10/31/2021: Thixotropic (adjective) Of a gel, having the property of becoming more liquid when shaken or agitated and then stiffening again while at rest
10/24/2021: Ramekin (noun) A small dish, usually white and made of ceramic, used for baking and serving individual portions
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).]
Marcel Proust
Dame Edith Sitwell
Maria Edgeworth
Virginia Woolf
Herman Melville
Gore Vidal
Ned Buntline
Venerable Bede
Erma Bombeck
Dante
Roald Dahl
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:167px;"><i>Time passes, and little by little everything that we have spoken in falsehood becomes true.<br><br><aside>Marcel Proust</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:160px;"><i>Business was his aversion; pleasure was his business.<br><br><aside>Maria Edgeworth</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:164px;"><i>I read the Book of Job last night. I don’t think God comes out well in it.<br><br><aside>Virginia Woolf</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:174px;"><i>Style is knowing who you are, what you want to say, and not giving a damn.<br><br><aside>Gore Vidal</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:184px;"><i>I found that to make a living I must write ‘trash’ for the masses, for he who endeavors to write for the critical few, and do his genius justice, will go hungry if he has no other means of support.<br><br><aside>Ned Buntline</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:186px;"><i>All the ways of this world are as fickle and unstable as a sudden storm at sea.<br><br><aside>Venerable Bede</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: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:178px;"><i>The writer walks out of his workroom in a daze. He wants a drink. He needs it.<br><br><aside>Roald Dahl</aside></i></span>

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