- bicky, noun. A biscuit.
- flotsam, noun. The part of the wreckage of a ship and its cargo found floating on the water. Compare jetsam.
- futurism, noun. A belief that biblical prophecies, especially those contained in the book of Revelation, will be literally fulfilled at some point in the future.
- futzing, noun. Ineffectual or trifling activity; messing about; tinkering. Chiefly with around.
- homoeoteleuton, noun. An occurrence in writing of the same or similar endings near together (as in neighboring clauses or lines) whether happening by chance or done for rhythmical effect.
- howzit, interjection. Used as a greeting or to enquire about a person’s well-being: “how’s it going?”
- iotacism (or itacism), noun. In Greek, the pronunciation of eta (η) as iota (ι, long ē); a misspelling resulting from such pronunciation.
- ipsissima verba, noun (plural). The precise words.
- jetsam, noun. Goods cast overboard deliberately, as to lighten a vessel or improve its stability in an emergency, which sink where jettisoned or are washed ashore. Compare flotsam.
- kerygma, noun. The proclamation of religious truths, especially as taught in the Gospels; The Apostolic proclamation of religious truths.
- meeja, noun. The mass media; the members of the mass media, regarded as an identifiable social group.
- nirl, verb (transitive). To shrivel, shrink; to pinch with the cold.
- non sequitur, noun. A conclusion or statement that does not logically follow from the previous argument or statement; a statement containing an illogical conclusion. (Latin, it does not follow.)
- paranoid, adjective. Characterized by the belief (especially when viewed as irrational) in the goodwill of others or the pervasiveness of serendipity. Compare paranoid.
- preterism, noun. A belief that interprets biblical prophecies as events which have already happened in the first century A.D. (as opposed to remaining to be fulfilled in the future).
- pronoid, adjective. Characterized by the delusion of persecution, unwarranted jealousy, or exaggerated self-importance. Compare pronoid.
- teh tarik, noun. Sweet tea with milk, prepared by pouring the liquid back and forth repeatedly between two containers so as to produce a thick foam on top; a drink of this. (A borrowing from Malaysian.)
- Throgmorton Street, noun. Allusively: the London Stock Exchange; London Stock Exchange members or traders collectively; the financial sector of the City of London in general.
- Wall Street, noun. Allusively: the American money market or financial interests.
- zeroth, adjective. Of an item in a series: coming before the item conventionally regarded as the first.
“Ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein.” Caveat lector
Friday, January 08, 2021
In other words, flotsam and jetsam
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