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The word for today is…

doughboy (noun) – 1. A piece of bread dough that is rolled thin and fried in deep fat.
2. An American infantryman in World War I.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “U.S. soldier,” 1864, American English, said to have been in oral use from 1854, or from the Mexican-American War (1847), it is perhaps from resemblance of big buttons on old uniforms to a sort of biscuit of that name (1680s), but there are various other conjectures.

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Book review of the day: The Fighter

You can help. Send your book review to [email protected] and we will put it up when it is your turn. Please set your submission out with the name of the book, then the author and then describe in your own words what the book is about. Also if you happen to be a commenter please include your username.

This year we are going to review books daily until the reviews run out. By doing this for individual books this gives people a chance to do their own research on the books and authors by using the links provided and not miss out by being bombarded by a whole lot at once like we have done in previous years.

Each post is set out as comprehensively as possible with the name of who submitted it, the name of the book and author and a short review in the form of a comment from whoever submitted it.

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decadent (adj) – 1. Being in a state of decline or decay.
2. Marked by or providing unrestrained gratification; self-indulgent.
3. Often Decadent Of or relating to literary Decadence.

(noun) – 1. A person in a condition or process of mental or moral decay.
2. Often Decadent A member of the Decadence movement.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : “In a state of decline or decay (from a former condition of excellence),” 1837, from French décadent, back-formation from décadence. In reference to literary (later, other artistic) schools that believed, or affected to believe, they lived in an age of artistic decadence, 1885 in French, 1888 in English. Usually in a bad sense.

Bread, supposedly the staff of life, has become one of our most decadent foods — doughy, gummy, and without the aroma, flavour, texture, taste and appearance that is typical of good bread. [“College and University Business” 1960]

Beckoning sense of “desirable and satisfying to self-indulgence” begins circa 1970 in commercial publications in reference to desserts.

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The loneliest tree in the world

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I came across this on WUWT where the climate bods are getting all excited about what a core sample told them – but that is all boring.  For those of you who also like quirky facts here’s one:

Campbell Island is one of those places few people can point to on a map but it is notable for many things. Perhaps the most visible of these is the lack of trees. Technically speaking, the Sitka spruce is the only tree on the island; all else has evolved into wind-tolerant low-lying shrubs and grasses. For a plant on Campbell Island, keeping your head down and out of the wind is a good thing.

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Dr Seuss may have been describing WH when he wrote, “He was shortish. And oldish. And brownish. And mossy. And he spoke with a voice that was sharpish and bossy.”  WH, however, is tallish and only just fits in his MG.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

courtesy (noun) – 1.(a) Polite behaviour.
(b) A polite gesture or remark.
2.(a) Consent or agreement in spite of fact; indulgence.
(b) Willingness or generosity in providing something needed.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Circa 1200, curteisie, “courtly ideals; chivalry, chivalrous conduct,” also “a courteous act,” from Old French curteisie (Modern French courtoisie), from curteis “courteous”. From circa 1300 as “good will, kindness,” also “a reward, a gift;” mid-14th century as “refinement, gentlemanly conduct.” A specialised sense of curteisie is the source of English curtsy.

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Something seems amiss

Sometimes it’s the things not said that end up revealing the most.

For example:

Has anyone noticed that ever since the new Government took power there have been very few, if any, stories in the MSM about families with kids living in cars?

I seem to remember this being an almost constant running theme on a weekly basis while National were in Government, however, now it seems to have slipped off the radar entirely. One could even be forgiven for thinking that this is no longer even an issue given the apparent dearth of coverage on the subject.

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ORANGE

  • A large round juicy citrus fruit with a tough bright reddish-yellow rind.

AMBER

  • Hard translucent fossilized resin originating from extinct coniferous trees of the Tertiary period, typically yellowish in colour. It has been used in jewellery since antiquity.

ORINJAMBA

  • Fifth generation Kiwi, social-political writer who left the Left sometime back and turned right. Heavily reliant on spell check with hopefully the intelligence to admit when he’s wrong and the humility to see the truth, irrespective of where it’s found.

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