these are the timesdirty beloved



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

a piece of the slave ship Clothilde
Portraits of African American ex-slaves
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.
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