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A list of things i’ll inevitably fail to do, despite the very best of intentions. September 2016 edition

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Words #4

pyrophoric ˌpʌɪrə(ʊ)ˈfɒrɪk/ adjective liable to ignite spontaneously on exposure to air. “several boranes are pyrophoric and toxic (of an alloy) emitting sparks when scratched or struck. The hunt for new words is proving slightly un-fruitful. Finding them is one thing, remembering … Continue reading

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Words #3 Ithyphallic

ithyphallic Line breaks: ithy|phal¦lic Pronunciation: /ˌɪθɪˈfalɪk / Definition of ithyphallic in English: ADJECTIVE (Especially of a statue or other representation of a deity) having an erect penis. It’s a good’un.

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Words #2 Umwelt

Umwelt  noun (biology, psychology) the environmental factors, collectively, that are capable of affecting the behaviour of an animal or individual A slightly easier word to weave into discussion than the first one I’d found this year….

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Words #1 : Deus Ex Machina

A word (or a phrase, perhaps more accurately) that I came across today. In keeping with my recent Resolutions, I’m going to to try and keep track of them. Deus ex machina noun 1. (in ancient Greek and Roman drama) a god … Continue reading

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