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Desire

“Boredom: the desire for desires.”  ~Leo Tolstoy

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Describe

“So much of this world appears according to the words we use to describe it.”  ~Nicole Addison

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Un

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Masculine:  “Brother from Another Mother” Feminine:  “Sister from Another Mister” Neutral:  “Sib from Another Crib.”

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Time

“A mistake constantly made by those who should know better is to judge people of the past by our standards rather than their own. The only way men and women can be judged is against the canvas of their own time.”  ~from Education of a Wandering Man: A Memoir by Louis L’Amour ©1989 Paul Laurence …

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“Why are all these idiots mad?”

“I don’t play colleges, but I hear a lot of people tell me, ‘Don’t go near colleges. They’re so PC.’” ~Jerry Seinfeld (source) There are a few things wrong with that statement. First, second-hand bigotry is the worst.  “I don’t know any of these people, but I hear they’re just awful,”  is not something a …

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Benignant

benignant (adj) /bəˈnɪɡnənt/ (now rare) Kind; gracious; favorable.   One fun thing about reading old books is learning cool words that have fallen into disuse. I like “benignant.”  I’m going to use it.

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“Language dreams in metaphors.” ~William Matthews

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*#%^!

Excerpt from Hocus Pocus by Kurt Vonnegut, ©1990: There are no dirty words in this book, except for “hell” and “God,” in case someone is fearing that an innocent child might see 1. The expression I will use here and there for the end of the Vietnam War, for example, will be: “when the excrement …

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Humble

“I’m humbled, honored, proud.”  ~Michelle Obama, at the unveiling of her official portrait (source) I don’t think she knows what the word “humbled” means. Of course, the word “literally” now literally means “figuratively,” so maybe the definition of “humbled” changed, too, while I was distracted with other things.  Maybe I’m the one using it wrong. …

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SM

This is a pretty esoteric list:  words that end with “sm,” excluding ones that end with the suffix “ism.”  If you include the ones with that suffix– ageism, sexism, dadaism– the list becomes too unmanageable. So, with that caveat, I could only come up with three: chasm prism spasm

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Vocabulary

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