Month: October 2006

couth

Marked by or possessing a high degree of sophistication; refined.

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harridan

A woman regarded as scolding and vicious.

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juggernaut

Something, such as a belief or institution, that elicits blind and destructive devotion or to which people are ruthlessly sacrificed. An overwhelming, advancing force that crushes or seems to crush everything in its path.

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ruction

A riotous disturbance; a noisy quarrel.

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termagant

A quarrelsome, scolding woman; a shrew.

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Washing our dirty bowls in public

This is a picture of a dirty bowl. The worst kind of dirty bowl: day-old encrusted chocolate porridge made while waiting for the dishwasher service people to show up. You may click on the thumbnail to see the full size

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maven

A person who has special knowledge or experience; an expert

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pithy

Precisely meaningful; forceful and brief: a pithy comment.

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The day the magic cupboard broke

When I was little we had a dishwasher, but crockery had to be hand-rinsed before sticking it in, and then the machine made so much noise that as far as I can remember I only ever saw it used to

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inveigle

To win over by coaxing, flattery, or artful talk.

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obviate

To anticipate and dispose of effectively; render unnecessary.

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shirk

To avoid or neglect (a duty or responsibility).

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supplant

To usurp the place of, especially through intrigue or underhanded tactics. To displace and substitute for (another).

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caveat

A warning or caution. A qualification or explanation. A formal notice

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5 pros and 5 cons of contracting

Today is the six month anniversary of my switch to contracting. I signed up with an umbrella company that takes care of the administrative and tax issues entirely, for a monthly fee. It is more expensive that setting up my

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fulsome

Offensively flattering or insincere. Offensive to the taste or sensibilities.

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Please babble after the tone

So my mother calls me today. I find a missed call from her (I had gone down to pick up our new Window Wizard that had just being delivered: oh the excitement – yes, we are that sad, but how

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quaff

To drink heartily.

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We Need to Talk About Kevin – a short review

This book is not fun, and yet I enjoyed it immensely. It deals with the ultimate taboo of a woman who does not feel any maternal instinct when her first born is placed into her arms, and the subsequent guilt

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entropy

The tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to evolve toward a state of inert uniformity.

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Diets do not work

If you do not fancy joining me in gazing at my belly button, nobody is forcing you, so please look away now and come back tomorrow. Now, how is it possible to put on half a pound after dieting for

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dystopia

An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.

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luddite

One who opposes technical or technological change.

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fiat

An arbitrary order or decree. Authorization or sanction: government fiat.

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Tell us what to have for lunch

Dr B. and I are looking for lunchtime ideas to expand our cooking repertoire, and are very keen to hear any suggestion you might have for us. We are not too fussy about what we eat, but we have rather

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rigamarole

Confused, rambling, or incoherent discourse; nonsense. A complicated, petty set of procedures.

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Introducing ‘Word of the day’

I love words. Words make life sweeter. I wish I knew every word. Unfortunately, I don’t. I am told I do a pretty good job at using an extensive vocabulary for someone whose first language is not English, but I

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craic

The combined sensation of good conversation, good company, good times etc.: great fun.

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Snot funny at all

I did not go to work yesterday. On the way in, I started dripping bucketfuls of sweat on my not very impressed fellow commuters, so I turned around and went back to bed. I slept and sweated all day and

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5 reasons why I am switching back to Netvibes

If you’ve been following this weblog for a while, you will know that I have engaged in an ongoing quest for the perfect RSS feed aggregator. When Attensa for Outlook 2.0 was released in beta, I thought that’s what I

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