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    hiemal \HAHY-uh-muhl\, adjective:

    Of or pertaining to winter; wintry.

    Since snow and frost lasted from October well into April, no wonder the mean of my school memories is definitely hiemal.
    -- Vladimir Nabokov, Speak, Memory

    We took hours to make camp and hours to break camp, and in between tottered like children across the immensity of that bleak and hiemal playground.
    -- Beryl Bainbridge, The Birthday Boys

    Hiemal is derived from the Sanskrit word hima meaning “cold, frost, snow.”

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    redox - oxidation-reduction

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    banality (bə-ˈna-lə-tē, bā-, also ba-) noun, something banal (lacking originality, freshness, or novelty; trite); commonplace.

    It was laid out with the banality of a frequent-flyer program.

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    solatium \soh-LEY-shee-uhm\, noun:

    1. Something given in compensation for inconvenience, loss or injury.
    2. Law. Damages awarded to a plaintiff as compensation for personal suffering or grief arising from an injury.

    Perhaps something could be done. And the following week it was. Arthur found himself awarded a solatium of £7, which had accumulated in some overlooked fund, and which the authorities graciously felt could be applied to his purpose.
    -- Julian Barnes, Arthur & George

    It is essential to emphasize that I was in no way “fired” that afternoon; rather, for the record, I merely committed my signature to a number of documents resigning tenure, accepting a none too liberal severance solatium, agreeing to vacate my offices within the week.
    -- Tim O'Brien, Tomcat in Love

    Solatium is a variation on the Medieval Latin word sōlācium, which shares the root with the word solace

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    adventive \ad-VEN-tiv\, adjective:

    1. Not native and usually not yet well established, as exotic plants or animals.

    noun:
    1. A not native and usually not yet well established plant or animal.

    I'm sure it's hard to be adventive, temporarily naturalized, that is.
    -- Gish Jen, World and Town

    Carrion beetles usually avoid competition with blowflies by visiting the carcasses at a later, dried stage of decomposition. Next come the omnivores, such as wasps and ants, and finally there are the adventive insects, like spiders.
    -- David Shobin, The Provider

    Adventive, like adventure, is derived from the Latin word adventus meaning “an advance.” The suffix -ive denotes a noun that comes from an adjective, like detective or active.

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    Stasi (ˈʃtaziː) noun, the Ministry for State Security (German: Ministerium für Staatssicherheit (MfS), commonly known as the Stasi (abbreviation German: Staatssicherheit, literally State Security), was the official state security service of East Germany.

    Orderly, ambitious Callie had gathered files on members of the club as if she were her own private Stasi.

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    Word of the day:

    PRAYER.

    To ask for a miracle, to ask for the impossible. To believe with all your heart, no matter what.

    Get well John, please get well.

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    bona fides (ˌbō-nə-ˈfī-ˌdēz, ÷ˈbō-nə-ˌfīdz) noun, 1. good faith; sincerity; 2. the fact of being genuine; 3. evidence of one's good faith or genuineness; 4. evidence of one's qualifications or achievements.

    She was staring at records of a dozen members of the Dirty Secrets Club. Their bona fides were here.

    (Sorry you had to post this one twice, Mod. I messed up. )

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    Phew, I thought it looked familiar and was hoping it wasn't CRSS kicking in again.

    And Meg Gardiner rocks!


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    Quote Originally Posted by Moderator View Post
    Phew, I thought it looked familiar and was hoping it wasn't CRSS kicking in again.

    And Meg Gardiner rocks!
    She came highly recommended from a trusted, indubitable, worthy source.

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