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  • Any definitions?

    March 9, 2014

  • Sorry, bilby! Sometimes, improbably, I forget how well you pay attention. Here's its source--just a little sentence from The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt: "All summer long I had been practically delirious: tingling, daffy, energized, running on gin and shrimp cocktail and the invigorating whock of tennis balls."

    March 10, 2014

  • Thank you.

    March 10, 2014

  • See also thwock, at which entry the definition is a bit askance but the usage examples feature volleys of tennis balls. Perhaps Ms Tartt dislikes the Castilian pronunciation.

    March 10, 2014