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  • Luxurious in a pejorative way, discussed here.

    January 28, 2007

  • 19th century British slang term meaning "I am incredulous!" See here.

    December 26, 2006

  • "Intratextualism" is my term for reading a given clause of the Constitution against the backdrop of other clauses in the document that use the same, or similar, words.

    -Akhil Reed Amar, An(other) on The Bill of Rights 87 Geo. L.J. 2347, 2354

    December 13, 2006

  • Affirming or declaring one's faith in or allegiance to; acknowledgng or formally recognizing as an object of faith or belief (esp. a religion).

    Slightly revised from the OED.

    December 10, 2006

  • Bierce, in his definition of abstainer:

    Said a man to a crapulent youth: "I thought

    You a total abstainer, my son."

    "So I am, so I am," said the scrapgrace caught —

    "But not, sir, a bigoted one."

    December 9, 2006

  • Nabokov's autobigraphy would have been a smash hit if only the publishers had let him keep this word in the title.

    December 9, 2006

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