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Wonderful world of words

On this page I highlight lovely words I have discovered, in the hopes that we might smuggle them back into everyday speech and writing.

Scantling: specimen, sample, modicum, small amount, one's necessary supply of

Peduncle: stalk of flower, fruit, or cluster, especially main stalk bearing solitary flower

Liminal: relating to a transitional or initial stage of a process; occupying a position at or on both sides of a boundary 

Needments: things needed, especially personal neccessaries carried on a journey

Calescent: growing warm

Balter: to dance clumsily

Snollygoster: shrewd, unprincipled person, especially a politician

Cancatervate: to heap things in a pile

Baboonery: foolishness

Bumfuzzle: to bamboozle

Apricity: warmth of the sun in winter or the ability to stay calm in difficult situations

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