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words this week.

Michael Chabon is one of my favorite wielders of the English language, and I keep stopping to read bits of this out loud because it’s just so damn good. This week’s words all come from Telegraph Avenue; a few were new to me, and the rest are old favorites.

Arcology: n. an ideal integrated city contained within a massive vertical structure, allowing maximum conservation of the surrounding environment

Captious: adj. marked by an often ill-natured inclination to stress faults and raise objections

Clabber: n. milk that has naturally clotted on souring

Renascent: adj. rising again into being or vigor

Uxorial: adj. relating to a wife

words this week.

In the dictionary:

Gaffle – I like the slang usage of this word, as in to steal.
Bugbearn. This is a new actual word to me. My only previous acquaintance with it has been as an adorable monster in Kingdom of Loathing, and I didn’t realize it was a real word until I read it in Moby Dick. “…he was nothing but a humbug, trying to be a bugbear.” 

Also in words this week, a bit of Twitter magic: