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    hortatory \HOR-tuh-tor-ee\, adjective:

    Marked by strong urging; serving to encourage or incite; as, "a hortatory speech."


    He later gave up the ministry in the conviction that he could reach thousands with his beguiling pen and only hundreds with his hortatory voice.
    -- Carl Van Doren, The American Novel, 1789-1939

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    One of my favorite words....

    Convoluted [kon-vuh-loo-tid]

    –adjective
    1. twisted; coiled.
    2. complicated; intricately involved: a convoluted way of describing a simple device.

    The three dimensional puzzle was convoluted to solve.

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    Antepenultimate: Next to the next to the last.

    "Today is the antepenultimate day of my work week; I'm taking Friday off."

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    Quote Originally Posted by hipmamajen View Post
    I had to look "piebald" up because it was used in Lisey's Story! I'm sure I had come across it before then, but I'd never noticed it.
    I was actually thinking about looking up "piebald" when I was reading Lisey's Story, and it was miraculously emailed to me the very same day!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boogerb53 View Post
    Pie bald?! hehe! That sounds positively obscene!
    Ah, yes, the long boy (in Lisey's Story) was a bit obscene (piebald was used to describe the long boy in the book).

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    Yet another...

    trammel


    PRONUNCIATION:
    (TRAM-uhl)


    MEANING:
    noun:
    1. Something that limits or hinders.
    2. A fishing net having three layers.
    3. An instrument for drawing ellipses.
    4. A shackle used in training a horse to amble.
    5. An instrument for gauging and aligning parts of a machine.
    6. A hook for hanging a pot or a kettle over a fire.
    verb tr.: To restrain; to hinder.

    My sentance:
    Jiba used the ceremonial trammel to hang her cauldron over the fire.

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    Onomatopoeia - (on·o·mato·poe·ia)
    POW! ZIP! BANG!

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnDalglish View Post
    Hi,

    My word for tomorrow is 'procrastinate' LOL.

    Long days and pleasant nights
    That sounds like a good idea John, I work too hard. LDAPN Yourself.

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    fey: \fā\ (adjective): Middle English feye, from Old English;
    1. achiefly Scottish: fated to die; doomed; marked by a foreboding of death or calamity; 2. able to see into the future; visionary; marked by an otherworldly air or attitude; crazy, touched;
    3. excessively refined; precious; quaintly unconventional; campy

    I was inspired to look this one up while re-reading Little Sisters of Eluria in Everything's Eventual. Roland thought the sisters might be fey and magical (not verbatum).

    I forget how to note my source (been years since I had to list references...gotta look that up!), but these definitions are from M-W online).

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    espy \ih-SPY\, transitive verb:

    To catch sight of; to perceive with the eyes; to discover, as a distant object partly concealed, or not obvious to notice; to see at a glance; to discern unexpectedly; to spy; as, to espy land; to espy a man in a crowd.

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