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Tuesday 7 December 2021
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Umami (noun, adjective)

Sometimes termed savory or brothy, the fifth taste sensation in the tongue along with sweet, sour, salty, and bitter
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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).]
08/29/2021: Obloquy (noun) Public scorn, abuse, or condemnation aimed toward a person or thing
08/22/2021: Foin (verb) To thrust with a pointed weapon
08/15/2021: Capriped (adjective) Having goatlike feet
08/08/2021: Snarge (noun) The remains of a bird that has collided with a plane or gone through its engine
08/01/2021: Shunpike (verb) To take side roads to avoid tolls or heavy traffic
07/25/2021: Macaronic (adjective) Of speech or writing that combines two or more languages, traditionally Latin and a modern vernacular: "We like to think all other things are equal, but in this case ceteris ain't paribus."
07/18/2021: Vexillology (noun) The study of flag design
Ben Hecht
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Jules Verne
Miranda July
Catullus
Erma Bombeck
Jonathan Swift
Daniel Defoe
Robert Louis Stevenson
John Keats
Ernest Vincent Wright
<span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:169px;"><i>I’m a Hollywood writer, so I put on my sports jacket and take off my brain.<br><br><aside>Ben Hecht</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:156px;"><i>“My country, right or wrong,” is a thing that no patriot would think of saying except in a desperate case. It is like saying, ‘My mother, drunk or sober.’<br><br><aside>Gilbert Keith Chesterton</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:160px;"><i>Reality provides us with facts so romantic that imagination itself could add nothing to them.<br><br><aside>Jules Verne</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>Like ivy, we grow where there is room for us.<br><br><aside>Miranda July</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:178px;"><i>Better a sparrow, living or dead, than no birdsong at all.<br><br><aside>Catullus</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>She wears her clothes as if they were thrown on with a pitchfork.<br><br><aside>Jonathan Swift</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:158px;"><i>Keep your fears to yourself but share your courage with others.<br><br><aside>Robert Louis Stevenson</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:172px;"><i>I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart’s affections, and the truth of imagination.<br><br><aside>John Keats</aside></i></span> <span class="generic-slide-caption" style="width:166px;"><i>“… For many days Gadsby had thought of ways in which folks with a goodly bank account could aid in building up this rapidly backsliding town of Branton Hills… ”<br><br><aside>Ernest Vincent Wright</aside></i></span>

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