Month: November 2006

keelhaul

To discipline by dragging under the keel of a ship. To rebuke harshly.

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glean

To gather (grain) left behind by reapers. To collect bit by bit.

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When I grow up I want to cut keys

Today I went to have a key cut. It was a very ordinary, common and widespread house key, so I did not shop around for the cheapest rates. I had noticed a little cobbler-locksmith unit inside Oxford Circus tube station

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quell

To put down forcibly; suppress: Police quelled the riot. To pacify; quiet.

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repast

A meal or the food eaten or provided at a meal. To eat or feast.

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Money makes me do stuff

Last Christmas Dr B. gave me a Sony Ericsson K700i. I had been unlucky with my choice of mobile phones in the past (read: could not afford anything produced this century) and it was the perfect present. Unfortunately, the joystick

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holster

A case of leather or similar material into which a pistol fits snugly and which attaches to a belt, strap, or saddle so that it may be carried or transported. A belt with loops or slots for carrying small tools

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What I read to get a job

The other day when I wrote about getting a new job, I also mentioned that I spent a long time and a lot of effort to prepare for the interview. I knew I had to compensate for a lack of

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browbeat

To intimidate or subjugate by an overbearing manner or domineering speech; bully.

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pernicious

Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly: a pernicious virus. Causing great harm; destructive.

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stealth

Not disclosing one’s true ideology, affiliations, or positions.

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I am bursting with job

I went for an interview last week and I was offered the job yesterday afternoon: I am probably going to be working just a few desks away from where I sit now, but I will take on a different role,

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hubris

Overbearing pride or presumption; arrogance.

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No post today

After monitoring Yahoo! Mail‘s spam filter for months in case it wrongly flagged mail as unwanted items, and failing to receive only one genuine message (that I know of), this morning I took the plunge and ticked the box that

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buddleia

Tropical shrub having clusters of white or violet or yellow flowers.

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The patter of tiny beats

Today I have received this text message from Dr B.: ‘I’m proud to announce that as of 12.37 we became the Legal Guardians of our very own little black baby. At 12.47 the baby was formally handed over to us

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jangle

To cause to make a harsh discordant sound. To have an irritating effect.

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Richard, touch me

I was listening to The Best of Depeche Mode, vol. 1 (not bad at all, now that I’ve cleansed myself for a few years after sharing a flat with a friend who was slightly obsessed with the St. Albans lot)

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hobble

To walk or move along haltingly or with difficulty; limp.

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behemoth

Something enormous in size or power.

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stoked

To stir up and feed (a fire or furnace).

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pail

A watertight cylindrical vessel, open at the top and fitted with a handle; a bucket. The amount that a pail can hold.

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curmudgeon

An ill-tempered person full of resentment and stubborn notions.

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dais

A raised platform, as in a lecture hall, for speakers or honored guests.

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semaphore

A visual signaling apparatus with flags, lights, or mechanically moving arms, as one used on a railroad

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polity

The form of government of a nation, state, church, or organization

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rutabaga

Swede, Swedish turnip.

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abut

To touch or end at one end or side; lie adjacent. To border upon or end at; be next to.

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Eat humble pie and lose weight

My entire sympathy goes to all the people who every day take the decision do get fit(ter) and step into a gym for the first time. The machinery is daunting, some of the people are scary, you will ache like

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scanty

Barely sufficient or adequate. Insufficient, as in extent or degree.

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