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  1. Write4U Valued Senior Member

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    Reminder to watch the new National Geographic series starting on Earth Day

    "Secrets of the Whales"
    (40 years in the making)

    The true remaining giants on earth.
     
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  5. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    haver

    verb

    SCOTTISH

    3rd person present: havers

    talk foolishly; babble.

    "Tom havered on"

    noun

    SCOTTISH

    plural noun: havers

    foolish talk; nonsense.

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    Merriam Webster

    Definition of eigenstate

    : a state of a quantized dynamic system (such as an atom, molecule, or crystal) in which one of the variables defining the state (such as energy or angular momentum) has a determinate fixed value

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    nonpareil
    1. having no match or equal; unrivaled.
      "he is a nonpareil storyteller"

      Similar: incomparable, matchless, unrivaled, unparalleled, unequaled, without equal, peerless, unmatched,
      beyond compare, second to none, unsurpassed, unsurpassable, unbeatable, inimitable, unique, consummate,
      perfect, rare, exquisite, transcendent, surpassing, superlative, supreme, unexampled

      Opposite: mediocre
     
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    I am hoping to become something of a nonpareil storyteller by elaborating on the word "Malthusian".... but the word Neo-Malthusian" may be even more important.


    Wikipedia makes the word sound pretty good.....

    Drluggit on another forum puts a very different spin on its meaning:

    I have a method in mind to spin a conflict based on this word into a plan to pay off the national debt of Canada and the USA both of which I feel are to a degree something of a practical joke played on four hundred million people who barely know their right hand from our left when it comes to economics.
     
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    Drluggit on another forum puts a very different spin on its meaning:
    Drluggit is an ignorant moron or a smart liar. I suspect the latter. No one has a right to rule. Humans get to rule by popular consent, not by power.

    That is the problem with Trumpism. They refuse to cede power granted by popular consent, and therefore invent the Big "fraudulent voter" Lie.. The rest is pure BS.
     
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    surreptitious - secretive, attempting to avoid attention

    We need to be surreptitious when sending a party invitation to Bob, since Blake isn’t invited.
     
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    misandry

    noun

    dislike of, contempt for, or ingrained prejudice against men (i.e. the male sex).

    "poorly disguised misandry"

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    cromulent

    adjective HUMOROUS

    acceptable or adequate.

    "the continental breakfast was perfectly cromulent"

    embiggen

    verb HUMOROUS

    enlarge.

    "you need to embiggen your vocabulary"

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    From the Simpsons

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    Embiggen

    Love that perfectly cromulent word!...................
     
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    Debigulator

    A device used to reduce something to a smaller size.

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    sconced

    (wasted or knocked out or very very drunk or very very wasted on drugs or hit very hard or to attain a very sound win

    "he/she sconced it" won the game/challenge distinctly and with power
    "sconced" very drunk or wasted and unconscious or injured or knocked out
    "you have been sconced" = definitively beaten/bested

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    Urban dictionary word definition =

    https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Sconced
    When one is totally wasted on alcohol and/or drugs at a hotel, and walks right into a wall mounted light fixture (sconce) in the hallway. Knocking oneself out.
    He got a hotel room, drank the whole mini bar, and then sconced himself on the way to the elevator
    by Smarty Marty NOLA July 25, 2017

    a wall sconce

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    a torce sconce

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    modern wall light sconce

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    Autopsy

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Autopsy

    We all know what it is but the actual word means "seeing for oneself" and seems to have come into being to describe the dissection of dead bodies with the aim of learning how they worked which began around the time of Leonardo da Vinci (was illegal then ,I think)


    "1650s, "an eye-witnessing, a seeing for oneself," from Modern Latin autopsia, from Greek autopsia "a seeing with one's own eyes," from autos- "self" (see auto-) + opsis "a sight" (from PIE root *okw- "to see"). Sense of "dissection of a body to determine cause of death" is first recorded 1670s, probably from the same sense in French autopsie (1570s)"


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    That is not a duck:it is MI5 in Pe(a)king

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  23. Michael 345 New year. PRESENT is 72 years oldl Valued Senior Member

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    My knowledge in such matters appears lacking

    It is a gif in a gif making app

    All I did was add the text

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