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Saturday 19 October 2019
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Parnel (noun)

A priest’s mistress.
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10/06/2019: Fluviatile (adjective) Living in rivers.
09/29/2019: Atopognosia (noun) The inability to tell where something is touching you.
09/22/2019: Assoil (verb) To absolve, to pronounce Not Guilty.
09/15/2019: Corncrake (noun) An elusive, omnivorous, chestnut-colored bird of the family Rallidae (rails) that ranges through Eurasia and winters in Africa.
09/08/2019: Agonic (noun) The imaginary line, roughly longitudinal, where magnetic and true north lie in exactly the same direction. It wanders unpredictably, typically about 10 miles per year.
09/01/2019: Penniform (adjective) Feather-shaped.
08/25/2019: Nixie (noun) A letter or package that’s undeliverable due to a faulty address. Or, a female water spirit. Or, one of those old-fashioned numeric displays consisting of a neon-filled glass tube and multiple cathodes.
08/18/2019: Grimthorpe (verb) To alter or remodel a building without taking its history and character into account. Named for Edmund Beckett, 1st Baron Grimthorpe, QC (1816–1905).
08/11/2019: Ulotrichous (adjective) Having tightly curled or “peppercorn” hair.
08/04/2019: Distichiasis (noun) The condition, caused by a genetic mutation, of having double rows of eyelashes. One of its better known sufferers was actress Elizabeth Taylor.
07/28/2019: Absquatulate (verb) To slip out without being seen.
07/21/2019: Semiotician (noun) An expert at reading signs, symbols, gestures, and other visual cues.
07/14/2019: Jyngine (adjective) Wryneck-like. A wryneck is either of two species of European woodpeckers that can whip their heads around almost 180 degrees, which, combined with hissing, serves as a threat display.
07/07/2019: Idiolect (noun) The individualistic traits of a person’s speech. A further subdivision of dialect.
06/30/2019: Hapax legomenon (noun) The bane of dictionary authors, a word within a particular language that occurrs only once in the written record.
06/23/2019: Mesonoxian (adjective) Pertaining to midnight.
06/16/2019: Morepork (noun)
morepork
An owl, Ninox novaeseelandiae, found in Australia and New Zealand.

06/09/2019: Retromingent (adjective) Cowardly (literally, “urinating backward”).
06/02/2019: Chrysopoeia (verb) The act of transmuting base substances into gold.
05/26/2019: Zero Stroke (noun) A mental disorder occurring during times of economic hyperinflation in which the sufferer obsessively writes row upon row of zeros. The term was coined by German physicians observing this phenomenon during the Weimar Republic period.
Miguel de Cervantes
Sappho of Eresos
Arthur Conan Doyle
André Gide
Margaret Cavendish
Robert E. Howard
Daniel Defoe
Anthony Burgess
Kurt Vonnegut
Boris Pasternak
Maria Edgeworth
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>Drink moderately, for drunkeness neither keeps a secret, nor observes a promise.<br><br><aside>Miguel de Cervantes</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:173px;"><i>Beauty endures only for as long as it can be seen; goodness, beautiful today, will remain so tomorrow.<br><br><aside>Sappho of Eresos</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>You will, I am sure, agree with me that… if page 534 only finds us in the second chapter, the length of the first one must have been really intolerable.<br><br><aside>Arthur Conan Doyle</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>There is no feeling so simple that it is not immediately complicated and distorted by introspection.<br><br><aside>André Gide</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:180px;"><i>I am unable to rouse much interest in any highly civilized race, country or epoch, including this one.<br><br><aside>Robert E. Howard</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>Vice came in always at the door of necessity, not at the door of inclination.<br><br><aside>Daniel Defoe</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:177px;"><i>Readers are plentiful; thinkers are rare.<br><br><aside>Anthony Burgess</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:175px;"><i>Those who believe in telekinetics, raise my hand.<br><br><aside>Kurt Vonnegut</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:183px;"><i>Literature is the art of discovering something extraordinary about ordinary people, and saying with ordinary words something extraordinary.<br><br><aside>Boris Pasternak</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>

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