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Wednesday 1 April 2020
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03/29/2020



Extradictionary (adjective)

Pertaining to realities rather than words
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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
03/15/2020: Bottomry (noun) The use of a ship as collateral in order to finance its voyage
03/08/2020: Gelotoleptic (adjective) Pertaining to the loss of muscle tone and control due to laughter
03/01/2020: Hesternopothia (noun) An obsessive yearning for some perceived idyllic era of the past
02/23/2020: Mocteroof (verb) To refurbish damaged or otherwise esthetically flawed fruit or vegetable produce to make it more salable
02/16/2020: Spleget (noun) A dampened cloth for cleaning a wound
02/09/2020: Overegg (verb) To get carried away in trying to perfect or improve on something
02/02/2020: Amphiscian (noun, adjective) A person who inhabits a lower latitude. The word specifically refers to the fact that, within about 20 degrees of the equator, one's shadow is cast toward the north during part of the year and toward the south during the other part.
01/26/2020: Moörganize (verb) To protect a secret by killing or kidnapping someone
01/19/2020: Verso and Recto (nouns) 1. On a sheet of papyrus, that side in which the stalks run vertically is the verso; horizontally, the recto. 2. The even-numbered and odd-numbered pages, respectively, when you open a book.
01/12/2020: Hortative (adjective) Tending to advise, encourange, or exhort
01/05/2020: Epexegesis (noun) The addition of extra words to clarify an explanation [e-pex-e-JEE-zis]
12/29/2019: Peridromophily (noun) The hobby of collecting train tickets or streetcar transfers
12/22/2019: Shirty (adjective) Irritable, ill-tempered. This derives from the idea that someone ready to quarrel is disheveled and has his or her shirt pulled out.
12/15/2019: Emmetropia (noun) Perfect distance vision, neither myopia (near-sightedness) nor hyperopia (far-sightness)
12/08/2019: Spanghew (verb) To cause a toad or frog to fly through the air
12/01/2019: Phillumeny (noun) The hobby of collecting matchbooks, matchboxes, and other related items
11/24/2019: Dextrosinistral (adjective) Right-to-left. The written forms of Arabic, Hebrew, Syriac, Maldivian, and certain west African Mande languages, for example, are dextrosinistral.
11/17/2019: Deliquesce (verb) For a solid, to liquify gradually by absorbing moisture from the air
11/10/2019: Illinium (noun) Based on experimental data later found to have been erroneous, a name honoring the University of Illinois proposed for the element now known as promethium. Two other preliminary names for it were florentium and cyclonium.
James Thurber
Elizabeth Montagu
Marcel Proust
Ezra Pound
George Sand
Gore Vidal
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Frederik Pohl
Charles Cotton
Algernon Blackwood
Emily Dickinson
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:164px;"><i>All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why.<br><br><aside>James Thurber</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>I never invite idiots to my house.<br><br><aside>Elizabeth Montagu</aside></i></span> <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:158px;"><i>The art of letters will come to an end before A.D. 2000. I shall survive as a curiousity.<br><br><aside>Ezra Pound</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:171px;"><i>Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.<br><br><aside>George Sand</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:186px;"><i>Cut out all these exclamation points. An exclamation point is like laughing at your own joke.<br><br><aside>F. Scott Fitzgerald</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>I never had any writer’s block. I got up in the morning, sat down at the typewriter — now, computer — lit up a cigarette.<br><br><aside>Frederik Pohl</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:180px;"><i>The creature, he realized, had lungs and heart and organs. It had a brain! Its mind was active all this time. It knew it was being watched.<br><br><aside>Algernon Blackwood</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:165px;"><i>Tell the truth, but tell it slant.<br><br><aside>Emily Dickinson</aside></i></span>

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