these are the timesdirty beloved
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Why?

20.4.07

gonkulator

"A pretentious piece of equipment that actually serves no useful purpose. Usually used to describe one's least favorite piece of computer hardware."
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17.4.07


at after Momus (whose Bonsai Tree is still echoing through here)

"Luckily language is never in the exclusive control of scholars; it does not belong to them alone, as they are often inclined to believe; it belongs to all who have it as a mother-tongue. It is governed not by elected representatives but by a direct democracy, by the people as a whole assembled in town-meeting."
Brander Matthews, Essays in English 8-9 (1922)
Garner's Usage Tip of the Day

16.4.07

Fifty Years in Chains or The Life of an American Slave
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from the archives:

a piece of the slave ship Clothilde
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Melungeons
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Portraits of African American ex-slaves
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Bell Rack

An even more learned equivalent is "fugacious," which is a literary word as well as a botanical term describing plants that wither or drop their leaves early.
Garner's Usage Tip of the Day

15.4.07

Inconstant Star

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