I'm coming I'm coming. I've learned a lot. Have you?
Later: well, I've missed a lot here but I've been doing overtime elsewhere. Not to go into tedious detail, I might as well begin with a few more words picked up along the way....
battue |bəˈt(j)uː|noun [ mass noun ]
the driving of game towards hunters by beaters.• [ count noun ] a shooting party arranged so that beaters can drive the game towards the hunters. they were shot down like pheasants in a battue.
ORIGIN early 19th cent.: from French, feminine past participle of battre ‘to beat’, from Latin battuere .
Medicine adjective(chiefly of a drug) tending to reduce sexual desire. [I could have guessed that]
exordium |ɪgˈzɔːdɪəm, ɛg-|noun (pl.exordiums or exordia |-dɪə| ) formal, the beginning or introductory part, especially of a discourse or treatise.
ORIGIN late 16th cent.: from Latin, from exordiri ‘begin’, from ex- ‘out, from’ + ordiri ‘begin’.
aleatory |ˈeɪlɪət(ə)ri, ˈal-| (also aleatoric |ˌeɪlɪəˈtɒrɪk, ˌal-| ) [I like this one]
adjective, depending on the throw of a die or on chance; random.• relating to or denoting music or other forms of art involving elements of random choice (sometimes using statistical or computer techniques) during their composition, production, or performance. aleatory music. a photograph can capture the aleatory chaos of modern urban life.
ORIGIN late 17th cent.: from Latin aleatorius, from aleator ‘dice player’, from alea ‘die’, + -y1.
But then there are phrases that I can't find in a dictionary but that I have to understand.
"micro moments of positivity" That's nice, isn't it? I think it might be that fleeting rush you get when you a) see the first cardinal in the spring [and then he gets redder and redder]; b) taste something delicious that you just made (new recipe or your own invention); c) file your tax report for the year, no matter who did the numbers - it's a great feeling and it doesn't last more than a micro moment.
Thee are more,bt it's tomorrow already. Anon, anon...