laiane has adopted no words, looked up 0 words, created 14 lists, listed 665 words, written 23 comments, added 0 tags, and loved 6 words.

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  • This is one of my favorties books. What a wonderful list you've made!

    March 24, 2012

  • Thanks, marky! I love these words. I'm especially fond of "insouciant."

    March 14, 2012

  • I actually heard this for the first time on an episode of Dr. Who, "The Caves of Androzani" (With Peter Davison as the 5th doctor, for you fans). I only knew its spelling because I had subtitles turned on.

    March 11, 2012

  • Found in a passage in H.P. Lovecraft's The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath

    Blogged here:

    February 22, 2010

  • Centaurs with the bodies of goats instead of horses. AEgipan was a woodland god similar to Pan (though with four legs), the son of Zeus who aided the gods in the battle of the Titans.

    January 30, 2010

  • (German) Countesses

    November 7, 2009

  • (adj.) unduly sentimental, silly, foolish

    November 7, 2009

  • (n) an ornamental tooling like lace

    November 7, 2009

  • Bashfulness; from the French - "bad shame"

    Encountered in an English gothic novel, The Monk, by Matthew Gregory Lewis.

    October 25, 2009

  • Archaic version of "frightened." I found it in Daniel Defoe's Journal of the Plague Year.

    August 18, 2009

  • This reminds me of the collective noun my husband and I use -- haberdashery of asshats.

    July 30, 2009

  • Encountered this word in Dan Simmons' novel Drood

    June 27, 2009

  • From the French, "for lack of something better."

    I encountered this in a current article in The London Review of Books (about Weimar Germany):

    "What, looking back, was so characteristic about the culture of a shortlived German republic that nobody had really wanted and most Germans accepted as faute de mieux at best?"

    January 24, 2008

  • Thank you for the "choke on my coffee" moment this morning, bilby. Much appreciated (and I missed the keyboard).

    December 2, 2007

  • I think I read (a long, long time ago) in The Elements of Style that "flammable" was a word created for the safety of idiots and small children. His words, not mine.

    December 1, 2007

  • This is how I imagine my cats would spell "food." I confess to an overexposure to lolcats.

    December 1, 2007

  • I found this word in Anne Fadiman's essay, "The P.M.'s Empire of Books" in Ex Libris. It was used by Gladstone to describe the shape of his ideal bookcase.

    December 1, 2007

  • This mispronunciation drives me batty, too.

    November 30, 2007

  • Most excellent, bilby.

    November 30, 2007

  • I encountered this in my OED on the way to looking up something else. It means "the feeling that one may have read the present passage before." So, it's like deja vu, but in reading. Awesome word.

    November 30, 2007

  • I, too, learned this word in relation to Prague. I first encountered it a travel guide (The Rough Guide series, I'm sure). It talked about if you stood at a certain spot in the Castle you could "contemplate the trajectory" of the advisors when they were defenestrated.

    November 30, 2007

  • I've never seen this "woven fabric" definition. I've always used this as in brtom's comment.

    November 30, 2007

  • I love this word as Jane Austen uses it -- that a thing has no importance or is not significant, e.g. "It will not much signify what one wears."

    November 30, 2007

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