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Saturday 25 May 2019
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05/19/2019



Naufragous (adjective)

Shipwreck-causing.
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05/12/2019: Deasil (adverb or adjective) Clockwise. As a verb, it means to move clockwise.
05/05/2019: Widdershins (adverb or adjective) Counterclockwise.
04/28/2019: Snup (verb) To underpay for something extremely valuable, taking advantage of a seller’s ignorance.
04/21/2019: Cerberus (noun) A hypervigilant custodian, such as an office receptionist who makes people wait interminably and hardly lets anybody in, regardles of their import.
04/14/2019: Euterpean (adjective) Pertaining to music.
04/07/2019: Ucalegon (noun) A neighbor whose house is on fire.
03/31/2019: Rubricate (verb) To mark in red, perhaps by using a rubric (classically, a piece of red chalk).
03/24/2019: Agalactic (adjective) Unable to produce milk.
03/17/2019: Phthirophagous (adjective) Lice-eating.
03/10/2019: Heterochromia (noun) The condition of having one eye a different color from the other, or having different colors within the iris of an eye.
03/03/2019: Antejentacular (adjective) Before breakfast.
02/24/2019: Desuetude (noun) A state of inactivity or of no longer being used or practiced.
02/17/2019: Hyalophagy (noun) Glass-eating, sometimes a pathological condition but also done for shock effect by performers in the same vein as sword-swallowing, “pounding” nails up the nostrils, etc.
02/10/2019: Preprandial (adjective) Before a meal, most often referring to dinner.
02/03/2019: Phlogiston (noun) Invisible fluid first proposed in 1667 to be possessed by all flammable substances and released when they burn. Antoine Lavoisier debunked the theory in 1777.
01/27/2019: Quader (verb) To square a number (multiply it by itself).
01/20/2019: Bondieuserie (noun) Tacky or kitchy religious ornamentation. (From the French for “Dear Lord.”)
01/13/2019: Cymotrichous (adjective) Wavy-haired.
01/06/2019: Destot’s space (noun) The space, or potential space, bounded by four adjacent bones of the wrist, named after radiology pioneer Etienne Destot (1864-1918). Typically brought up during crucifixion discussions.
12/30/2018: Macroscian (adjective) Casting a long shadow.
Gillian Flynn
James Thurber
Algernon Blackwood
Christopher Marlowe
Rod Serling
Joseph Mankiewicz
Geoffrey Chaucer
Lewis Carroll
Ray Palmer
W. Somerset Maugham
Thomas Cranmer
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:173px;"><i>I have four or five ideas that just keep floating around and I want to kind of just let one - like a beautiful butterfly, let it land somewhere.<br><br><aside>Gillian Flynn</aside></i></span> <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: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:167px;"><i>Money can’t buy love, but it improves your bargaining position.<br><br><aside>Christopher Marlowe</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:182px;"><i>Let’s not kid ourselves about </i>Twilight Zone.<i> A lot of luck was involved in selling that to anyone. It was a show no one wanted to buy.<br><br><aside>Rod Serling</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>The difference between life and the movies is that a script has to make sense, and life doesn’t.<br><br><aside>Joseph Mankiewicz</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:182px;"><i>The guilty think all talk is of themselves.<br><br><aside>Geoffrey Chaucer</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:175px;"><i>You’re entirely bonkers. But I’ll tell you a secret. All the best people are.<br><br><aside>Lewis Carroll</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:155px;"><i>Your stories are all a lot of “pretty” writing. If you’ll take your next manuscript, blue-pencil every phrase that you consider to be good writing, I’ll buy it.<br><br><aside>Ray Palmer</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:155px;"><i>There are three rules for writing a novel. Unfortunately, no one knows what they are.<br><br><aside>W. Somerset Maugham</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:171px;"><i>What the heart loves, the will chooses, and the mind justifies.<br><br><aside>Thomas Cranmer</aside></i></span>

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