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Parachronis (n.) – a chronological error in which a person, event, etc., is assigned a date later than the actual one.

I ran across this while reading C. S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength.

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Featherbedding (n.) A labor union practice of artificially increasing the number of workers employed even though the specific job or task can be completed with fewer workers. This can be done mandating that specific jobs be performed only by workers with specific skill levels or be mandating that a certain number of workers are needed to perform a job or task.

“Featherbedding” Retrieved from https://glossary.econguru.com/economic-term/featherbedding.

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Cavil verb (used without object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially Britishcav·illed, cav·il·ling.

to raise irritating and trivial objections; find fault with unnecessarily (usually followed by ator about): He finds something to cavil at in everything I say.

verb (used with object), cav·iled, cav·il·ing or (especially Britishcav·illed, cav·il·ling. to oppose by inconsequential, frivolous, or sham objections: to cavil each item of a proposed agenda.

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a seiche

seiche: n. a temporary disturbance or oscillation in the water level of a lake or partially enclosed body of water, especially one caused by changes in atmospheric pressure.
Last night some areas around Lake Michigan got hit with a big storm. Some people thought they saw a tornado, but tornadoes don’t form around such large bodies of water. I was told what was seen was part of a seiche.

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Gambatte; v. Japanese. imperative form of gambare. try your best, don’t give up, endure, persevere — all rolled into one.

If you go to Japan and learn a little of the language gambatte is one of the first words you’ll learn and use with fluency. It’s used all the time to encourage any and all endeavors from sports to tests to every day hassles and problems.

It’s a word that works wonders even when you say it to yourself. It’s a word that encourages and spurs one on so it’s perfectly suited for 2020 when you’re down or blue during the lockdown or the political morass.

If we should import only one Japanese into English, this should be it.

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Ted Cruz and others used ‘fungible’ this week when talking about the money that was returned to Iran during the Obama administration. Someone asked Cruz whether he could prove that the money returned to Iran was used for terrorism and he said money’s fungible. Since cash goes into one pot that’s then used for various expenses no one can say this particular cash paid for this particular expense. It’s part of the total funds and some of those funds were used to fund terrorism.

Scott Adams praised Cruz for his answer this week, though he thought the word wasn’t used accurately.

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sitzmark, n.: An impression made in the snow by a skier falling backwards on his or her backside; an act of falling in this way.’
Pronunciation: Brit. /ˈsɪtsmɑːk/,  U.S. /ˈsɪtsˌmɑrk/
Origin: Apparently a borrowing from German, combined with an English element; probably modelled on a German lexical item. Etymons: German sitzen, mark n.1

Etymology:Apparently <  German sitzen sit v. + mark n.1, probably after German Sitzspur (1926 or earlier in this sense; 19th cent. in sense ‘trace or impression left by a person or animal in sitting position’).


“Sitzmark.” (n.d.) Oxford English Dictionary.