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    bollix \BOL-iks\, verb:

    1. To do (something) badly; bungle (often followed by up): His interference bollixed up the whole deal.

    noun:
    1. A confused bungle.

    People always bollix up the things that are most important to them.
    -- Eric Gabriel Lehman, Summer's House

    It was a sort of cruel fun watching this guy bollix up his life, like watching a cat fight duct tape.
    -- Sarah Smith, Chasing Shakespeares

    Bollix arose in the 1930s. It's a variation on the slang word bollocks.

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    utile \YOO-til\, adjective:

    Useful.

    They have been accredited variously to the respective signs of the Zodiac, but to the end that resultant opinions have failed to be utile value.
    -- John Hazelrigg, Astrosophic Principles And Astrosophic Tractates

    It was located in an industrial warehouse but he had tricked it out smartly. It was altogether utile but not precisely cozy.
    -- Eve Howard, Shadow Lane Volume 8

    Utile comes directly from the French word of the same spelling which also means "useful." It entered English in the late 1400s

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    hirtellous \hur-TEL-uhs\, verb:

    Minutely hirsute.

    Any noticeable hirsute or even hirtellous shadings visible upon the represented, unclothed, female form, anywhere below the eyebrows, say, is, in the judgment of this Department…
    -- Frank Yerby, Tobias and the Angel

    A small annual herb commonly 20 to 40 cm. tall, sparingly branched above, hirtellous on the stems with small downwardly curled hairs…
    -- Carnegie Institution of Washington, Botany of the Maya Area

    Hirtellous comes from the Latin word hirt meaning "hairy." The suffix -ellus is a diminutive adjective suffix.

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    equanimity- equanimity/ˌēkwəˈnimitē/
    Noun:
    Mental calmness, composure, and evenness of temper, esp. in a difficult situation.

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    loup-garou \loo-ga-ROO\, noun:

    A werewolf; lycanthrope.

    In the bushes, the loup-garou snarled quietly, and its eyes brightened, burned with scarlet fury.
    -- Jim Butcher, Fool Moon

    Those who were of French descent among them, and full of the old Acadian superstitions, explained it simply enough by saying he was a "loup garou," or "were wolf," and resigned themselves to the impossibility of contending against a creature of such supernatural malignity and power.
    -- Charles Roberts, “The Gray Master,” Concord Junction, 1911
    Loup-garou stems from the French word of the same spelling which also means werewolf. The word loup also means "wolf" in French. It entered English in the late 1500s.

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    shirty (shrˈtē) adjective, CHIEFLY BRIT., SLANG ill-tempered, cross, angry, etc.

    He was one of us as well, though, and he never got shirty or went territorial about his job.

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    barrelhouse (ˈber-əl, ˈba-rəl-ˌhau̇s) noun, 1: a cheap drinking and usually dancing establishment; 2: a strident, uninhibited, and forcefully rhythmic style of jazz or blues.

    He got good at it fast, shooting back requested information to the road units, playing the computer keys like it was a barrelhouse piano, liasing with other Troops when it was necessary, as it was after a series of violent thunderstorms whipped through western PA one evening toward the end of June.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Haunted View Post
    bollix \BOL-iks\, verb:

    1. To do (something) badly; bungle (often followed by up): His interference bollixed up the whole deal.

    noun:
    1. A confused bungle.

    People always bollix up the things that are most important to them.
    -- Eric Gabriel Lehman, Summer's House

    It was a sort of cruel fun watching this guy bollix up his life, like watching a cat fight duct tape.
    -- Sarah Smith, Chasing Shakespeares

    Bollix arose in the 1930s. It's a variation on the slang word bollocks.
    Cool - my husband who is from Scotland told me that bollocks meant "balls". He also uses it as a term of derision when he does not believe something, as in "that is total bollocks" (equivalent to "what a crock of ****e")... Thanks! I enjoyed your word of the day

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    spang (spaŋ) adverb; abruptly, directly, or exactly.

    Although the temperature out where we were standing had to be at least eighty-five, and everyone knows heat builds up even higher in poorly ventilated sheds and barns, the thermometer's big red needle stood spang between the fives of 55.

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    poesy (pō′ə sē′, -zē′) noun, Old-fashioned: poetry.

    At this point, poesy failed him. "Melted, kinda, like he'd been in a fire" seemed to be the best he could do.

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