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Benison (noun) – a blessing, esp oral, or benediction.   ‘The autumn sunshine was a benison, which could not be expected to last’ Death Comes to Pemberley by PD James     Advertisements

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Grace note (noun) a notation in written music, indicating the presence of a note which is not essential to the melody or harmony but which instead provides a musical embellishment or ornamentation. Grace notes are used extensively in the notation of traditional Irish music and the main trad show on RTE Lyric fm takes its … More Word of the day

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Eisegesis (noun) the process of interpreting a text in such a manner that introduces one’s own presuppositions, agendas, or biases into and onto the text, commonly referred to ‘reading into‘ a text. Most often used in relation to Biblical interpretation, eisegesis also has a wider use in literary theory and practice.

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Brachylogy (Gram.); ‘short speech’. Irregular shortening down of expression. Less sugar, This is no use & A is as good or better than B, are brachylogies for Less of sugar, This is of no use, & A is as good as or better than B; the first is established as idiomatic, the others are still … More Word of the day

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Lemniscate (noun, maths.) A closed plane curve of two symmetrical loops meeting at a node.  In algebraic geometry, a lemniscate may describe any of several figure-eight or similar shaped curves. Originating 18th century, from the latin lemniscatus meaning adorned with ribbons. Characteristic examples include the symbol for infinity or some representations of a Möbius strip.

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Not one this time, but ten! This list of lost words has some evocative and new-to-me items that I’ll be trying out on unsuspecting conversation partners over the next while, though I must admit uhtceare and I are already on speaking terms. There’s also a tumblr for further edification! Enjoy!