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    For inclusion, I looked for occurrence at two different sources - either on both of the websites above, or on one of them, with further confirmation by dictionary or google.

    February 27, 2007

  • None of the usual links have anything on this. Where is it from? I got caught in a dust devil the other day in downtown Albuquerque. Which is the desert, technically. I'm wondering if this word is a cool synonym for that, or something more dramatic. Plus -- how the heck do you pronounce it?

    February 27, 2007

  • a whirlwind in the desert; this word may be a candidate for one of my favorite words of all time

    February 27, 2007