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Excerpt from "A Wizard's Dozen: Stories of the Fantastic" edited by Michael Stearns

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wizard's dozen
1. any magical number from eleven to fifteen
2. the charmed numeral that gives a wizard's spell its power
3. the number of teachers at a wizards' school



What is a wizard?

A wizard is a mage, a wonder maker, a person who injects a jolt of the marvelous into the everyday. There are wizards everywhere, though these days they've traded in their magic shops and their spellbooks for libraries and storybooks. Today's wizards wield paintbrushes or pens or typewriters or computers instead of wands.

...Mage --- image --- imagination.
That is enough for any wizard.



..... Or is it?
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Normally, on my long-distance walks, anoesis descends within a few miles: the mental tape loop of infuriating resentments, or inane pop lyrics, or nonce phrases gives way to the greeny-beige noise of the outdoors.
-- Will Self, Psychogeography, 2007

Noun: a state of mind consisting of pure sensation or emotion without cognitive content.

I do this A LOT.... or maybe I'm just tired.
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Feculent - Relating to feces, specifically something smelling like feces or sharing common traits with feces.

Feculence - Full of foul or impure matter; fecal.

Diplo- Double

What a fun way, descriptive and avoiding censorship, of current Presidential political speech.

*laughing* but better than I thought because my first thought was that diplo had to do with something done with the tongue, lingus, which was prurient.

Aaaaaaand now in the middle of the show that carried this word ALL of my cable channels are no longer working.
If I were paranoid....

word definition - on a mug
One side has the word, one side has the definition. Microwave and dishwasher safe. Lotsa space for your liquids.

*laughing* My coffee is better than that.
Just in case I want to buy this.... https://urbandictionary.store/products/mug?defid=529344

Thalassa

Apr. 18th, 2017 11:09 am
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Thalassa

Thalassa (mythology) ("sea"), a primordial Greek sea goddess
Thalassa (moon), a moon of the planet Neptune

And one person told me that she'd been told that Thalassa was the sound of the sea in Greek.

Word Porn

Dec. 22nd, 2016 03:12 pm
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I don't know how to flirt.
I'm just going to stare at you
until you marry me.

Word Porn
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http://map-of-babel.blogspot.com/2007/12/recursive-colophon.html



Exercise ii- Printer's Marks/colophon/

(Kolophōn) Greek for ‘summit, peak, finishing touch,’ an identifying mark, emblem or device used by a printer or publisher – Merriam-Webster Dictionary:

noun
1. a publisher's or printer's distinctive emblem, used as an identifying device on its books and other works.
2. an inscription at the end of a book or manuscript, used especially in the 15th and 16th centuries, giving the title or subject of the work, its author, the name of the printer or publisher, and the date and place of publication.
https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#inbox/154f8c9a04ae7798
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Today we had students in the Library finding articles on their year-long project. One student had an archaic word come up and bite her in the title of her article. Whither.
I was delighted and cackled with glee. This disturbed the student ever so slightly *GRINS* Maybe it was that I kept repeating whither.

So I present you with whither, whence, thence, and hence. AND THEN a ??friend?? mentioned wist and wilst
Skip this if this bores or annoys you. It's mainly just for me.

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grok
\ grok \ , verb;
1.
to understand thoroughly and intuitively.
2.
to communicate sympathetically.

Origin:
Grok was coined by Robert A. Heinlein in his 1961 science-fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land .

and Frindle by Andrew Clements is delightfully wondrous and made me cry at the end. Explores how a word becomes a word.
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http://www.tickld.com/x/90-of-people-cant-pronounce-this-whole-poem


I knew Balmoral but looked it up anyway. The others... wasn't up on those. Feoffer made me squee when fief was mentioned in connection and why wasn't fife thrown in for good measure?
Did pretty well and other than my favorite feoffer, discounting Balmoral which I got correct, those others are Greek proper names *sniffs*.


Feoffer- the person who grants a feoffment.
I really was tempted to think peppermint when feoffment was mentioned here.*grins*

feoff·ment (fĕf′mənt, fēf′-)
n. Law
A grant of lands as a fee.
The granting of a fief.

Mel·pom·e·ne (mĕl-pŏm′ə-nē′)
n. Greek Mythology -The Muse of tragedy.

Balmoral (bælˈmɒrəl)
n (sometimes not capital)
1. (Clothing & Fashion) a laced walking shoe
2. (Clothing & Fashion) a 19th-century woollen petticoat, worn showing below the skirt
3. (Clothing & Fashion) Also called: bluebonnet a Scottish brimless hat traditionally of dark blue wool with a cockade and plume on one side
[C19: named after Balmoral Castle]

Terp·sich·o·re (tûrp-sĭk′ə-rē)
n.
1. Greek Mythology The Muse of dancing and choral singing.
2. terpsichore The art of dancing.
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I've heard the first one but am confused by what the origin information for both of these.

pother \POTH-er\, noun:
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sudorific \soo-duh-RIF-ik\, adjective:
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sneaks in

Apr. 30th, 2012 08:27 am
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aphotic \ey-FOH-tik\, adjective: Read more... )
ensconce \en-SKONS\, verb:
If you knew how hard I looked for how to spell this word a month or two ago…Read more... )
littoral \LIT-er-uhl\, adjective:
I can see getting this confused with literal which has literally nothing to do with the definition of this word.
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