Answers to this month's vocabulary additions.
If you don't care much about the real meanings, check yesterday's comments for some great daffynitions from Chuck!
b. experiencing a growth spurt, spreading
from the Latin pullulare to spread out. It can also mean to teem or swarm
a. one who practices sodomy (particularly man and boy)
from the Greek paidos a boy and eros love. Not such a nice word, but there it was in the book I was reading
a. a wall coated with lime
b. dragged forcefully
d. made of filaments like cable or a braid
It means all of those! It comes from Middle English harl to drag or scrape. I'm not sure how it evolved to the braided strand thing. It can also be a barb of a feather used on a fly for fishing. I may have heard it in this context. And, it also means to split the hind leg of a carcass (between the two leg bones) so you can hang it to draw and dress it. How interesting that there is actually a word for that. For a word with so many meanings, you would think it might be used more often
from the Latin quotidianus daily. It often refers to a daily return of a fever, such as with malaria.
c. a common person
This is apparently slang for a member of the proletariat, the lowest class of persons in Rome, and now refers to the working class.
I'm in Grand Rapids (Lowell, actually) with Maggie. Tonight was the NCTA Christmas party for board and staff. I'm neither, but I got invited, and I'm delighted to see these people. There were about 25 people stuffed into Bruce & Linda's house. These are just a few of them. We are all folks who are in love with the North Country Trail. (And Bruce is a fantastic cook!)
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