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Friday 20 May 2022
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05/15/2022



Quader (verb)

To square a number (multiply it by itself)
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05/08/2022: Bondieuserie (noun) Tacky or kitchy religious ornamentation. (From the French for “Dear Lord.”)
05/01/2022: Cymotrichous (adjective) Wavy-haired
04/24/2022: 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.
04/17/2022: Macroscian (adjective) Casting a long shadow
04/10/2022: Simpsonize (verb) To cheat one’s customers by watering down their milk
04/03/2022: Skeuomorph (noun) An object designed with a feature that simulates earlier functions or materials that no longer actually apply. An example would be a modern hubcap with artificial spokes.
03/27/2022: Virgate (adjective) Shaped like a rod
03/20/2022: Gradgrind (noun) A person who relies on facts and physical measurements but doesn’t account for human nature
03/13/2022: Majuscule (adjective, noun) Referring to an upper-case letter. The opposite of minuscule.
03/06/2022: Ortolan ortolan(noun) A European bunting, Emberiza hortulana, force-fed and then roasted and eaten as a delicacy. Diners traditionally drape a white napkin over their heads as they eat them to “hide their sin from God.”
02/27/2022: Operose (adjective) Involving much labor, or of a person who works strenuously
02/20/2022: Munge (verb) To modify or transform information, often imperfectly and/or without explanation
02/13/2022: Nelipot (noun) A person going barefoot
02/06/2022: Festucine (adjective) Straw-colored or greenish yellow
01/30/2022: Snarge (noun) What’s left of birds that get sucked into jet engines
01/23/2022: Lissotrichous (adjective) Straight-haired
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.
Oscar Wilde
Marguerite Duras
Henry Thoreau
Arthur Machen
Algernon Blackwood
Nathaniel Hawthorne
Noël Coward
Mark Twain
Susanna Centilivre
Ezra Pound
Dante
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative.<br><br><aside>Oscar Wilde</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:180px;"><i>When the past is recaptured by the imagination, breath is put back into life.<br><br><aside>Marguerite Duras</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:162px;"><i>Every generation laughs at the old fashions, but follows religiously the new.<br><br><aside>Henry Thoreau</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:159px;"><i>I dream in fire but work in clay.<br><br><aside>Arthur Machen</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:174px;"><i>Easy reading is damn hard writing.<br><br><aside>Nathaniel Hawthorne</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:176px;"><i>Just say the lines and don’t trip over the furniture.<br><br><aside>Noël Coward</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:179px;"><i>Nothing agrees with me. If I drink coffee, it gives me dyspepsia; if I drink wine, it gives me the gout; if I go to church, it gives me dysentery.<br><br><aside>Mark Twain</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:174px;"><i>Resolve to be merry though the ship were sinking.<br><br><aside>Susanna Centilivre</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:174px;"><i>Go forth and preach impostures to the world, but give them truth to build on.<br><br><aside>Dante</aside></i></span>

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