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I seem to have been granted a I  can write something. So much.  I'll be back. Save my place

OK.  Here are some words i've been collecting:

belvedere |ˈbɛlvɪdɪə|


a summer house or open-sided gallery, typically at rooftop level, commanding a fine view.

campanile |ˌkampəˈniːleɪ|


an Italian bell tower, especially a free-standing one.

baldachin |ˈbaldəkɪn, ˈbɔːld-| (also baldaquin |ˈbɔːldəkɪn| or baldacchino |ˌbaldəˈkiːnəʊ| )


a ceremonial canopy of stone, metal, or fabric over an altar, throne, or doorway.

belvedere |ˈbɛlvɪdɪə|


a summer house or open-sided gallery, typically at rooftop level, commanding a fine view.


I guess you can tell I’ve been reading some strange stuff.

I will tell you about Rebecca West (1892-1983) in a later blog.  I have begun reading her huge (1100 pages) book, Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (1941), still only up to 200 pages.  Among other skills, she is a great travel writer and her descriptions of buildings she sees have yielded these treasures so far.  There are several I couldn’t find in the online dictionary. I’ll have to come back.



 chitin |ˈkʌɪtɪn|

noun [ mass noun ] Biochemistry

a fibrous substance consisting of polysaccharides, which is the major constituent in the exoskeleton of arthropods and the cell walls of fungi.


chitinous adjective


chib |tʃɪb| Scottish


a knife used as a weapon.

verb (chibschibbingchibbed) [ with obj. ]

stab (someone).

ORIGIN perhaps a variant of shiv.


deliquesce |ˌdɛlɪˈkwɛs|

verb [ no obj. ]

(of organic matter) become liquid, typically during decomposition.

• Chemistry (of a solid) become liquid by absorbing moisture from the air.

ORIGIN mid 18th cent.: from Latin deliquescere ‘dissolve’, from de- ‘down’ + liquescere ‘become liquid’ (from liquere ‘be liquid’).


harbinger |ˈhɑːbɪn(d)ʒə|


a person or thing that announces or signals the approach of another: witch hazels are the harbingers of spring.

• a forerunner of something. these works were not yet opera but they were the most important harbinger of opera.

ORIGIN Middle English: from Old French herbergere, from herbergier ‘provide lodging for’, from herberge ‘lodging’, from Old Saxon heriberga ‘shelter for an army, lodging’ (from heri ‘army’ + a Germanic base meaning ‘fortified place’), related to harbour. The term originally denoted a person who provided lodging, later one who went ahead to find lodgings for an army or for a nobleman and his retinue, hence, a herald (mid 16th cent.).




I had only heard of or used harbinger in the plural: harbingers of spring.  I put in all that copy about the Germanic base meaning, and information about the person who fist provided lodging and then later went ahead to find lodgings.


lacuna |ləˈkjuːnə|

noun (pl.lacunae |-niː| or lacunas)

1 an unfilled space; a gap: the journal has filled a lacuna in Middle Eastern studies.

• a missing portion in a book or manuscript.

2 Anatomy a cavity or depression, especially in bone.


irredentist |ˌɪrɪˈdɛntɪst|

noun [ usu. as modifier ]

a person advocating the restoration to their country of any territory formerly belonging to it.

• historical (in 19th-century Italian politics) an advocate of the return to Italy of all Italian-speaking districts subject to other countries.


lucubration |ˌluːkjʊˈbreɪʃ(ə)n, ˌljuː-|

noun [ mass noun ] archaic

writing or study: after sixteen years' lucubration he produced this account.

• [ count noun ] (usu. lucubrations) a learned or pedantic piece of writing. it was natural enough to return the compliment by endorsing his newest lucubrations.

ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Latin lucubratio(n-), from the verb lucubrare (see lucubrate) .


chthonic |ˈ(k)θɒnɪk| (also chthonian |ˈ(k)θəʊnɪən| )


relating to or inhabiting the underworld: a chthonic deity.


Vorticist |ˈvɔːtɪsɪst|

nouna member of a British artistic movement of 1914–15 influenced by cubism and futurism and favouring machine-like forms.


Vorticism noun

ORIGIN from Latin vortex, vortic- ‘eddy’ + -ist.

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