A roughly built hut or cabin.
[no object]
shack up
Move in or live with someone as a lover.

Late 19th century: perhaps from Mexican jacal, Nahuatl xacatli ‘wooden hut’. The early sense of the verb was ‘live in a shack’ (originally a US usage).


A tiny house is generally built with care and precision, though its size might make you think it is just a shack.


An instrument designed for visual examination of the eardrum and the passage of the outer ear, typically having a light and a set of lenses.
Also called auriscope


Doctor Mukherjee examined Bob's eardrum using his otoscope. The inflamation had gone down significantly since the scuba diving incident. The eardrum was healing nicely.

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(also agginer, ag'in'er, aginner)

A person who is against something; a person having a habitually negative attitude; one who opposes any change as a matter of principle.

From agin, regional and colloquial variant of again + -er.


I'm an aginer when it comes to social justice. I want perks for me and mine. If a program is designed to help "others", I am against it.


1 A statement or proposition which is regarded as being established, accepted, or self-evidently true.
1.1 Mathematics A statement or proposition on which an abstractly defined structure is based.

from Greek axiōma ‘what is thought fitting’, from axios ‘worthy’.


"All men are created equal." is an axiom of the US Declaration of Independence. It leaves the question of non-men unresolved. The "discussion" continues.


(in the Roman Catholic Church) another term for veronica (sense 2)
A cloth supposedly impressed with an image of Christ's face.

Early 17th century: from Latin, literally ‘napkin’, from sudor ‘sweat’.


Considering how many sudaria have been promoted, Jesus must have wiped his face a lot and passed the cloth to people in the crowd.

(also commitology, committology)

Originally: the study of the organization and functions of committees. In later use also: committees and their practices considered collectively

1950s. From commit- + -ology.


It is very clear that we need to form a committee to study the work of this body. We will call it the ad hoc, standing, seated, comitology committee.

Weed/Wildflower Wednesday

A couple of plants at the roadside:

Garlic Mustard (4 white petals) - considered very invasive in New England. Lots of tenacious runner/rhizome roots, tough to eradicate.

Poison Ivy (three early shiny leaflets and eventually thick, climbing vines on trees)

Western Poison Oak is another species in the same genus. Some people call Poison Ivy, Poison Oak.


The raised curved part at the back of a horse's saddle.

Middle English - from Anglo-Norman French cantel, variant of Old French chantel, from medieval Latin cantellus, from cantus ‘corner, side’.


Samuel stood beside his horse. He loved to ride, but even with the cantle at the back for a little support, he was glad to get out of the saddle for a bit. He used that as his excuse for standing next to the pretty girl.


1 (of a young bird or other animal) hatched or born in an advanced state and able to feed itself almost immediately.
1.1 (of a particular species) having precocial young.

Latin praecox ‘mature before its time’) + -ial.


Benjamin enjoys closely studying animals, particularly precocial ones like turtles which fend for themselves immediately after hatching. He's ten and his family thinks him precocious.

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The forehead or equivalent part of an animal, especially the middle part of an insect's face between the eyes and above the clypeus.

Mid 19th century: from Latin, ‘front, forehead’.


Franz had a prominent frons, not helped by the fact he was losing hair from the front to back. In spite of his prominence, he rarely committed any effrontery.

Earlier today, the had an image with an attempt at an ancient apothecary pot combined with a clipart of a modern pill bottle made a while ago.

I rushed, not paying attention to how the pot was almost straight on while the pill bottle was seen more from above.

I won't edit the original post, something I try to do right away, not hours later.

Inkscape is great for letting me adjust details without needing a complete remake.


A small pot made from glazed earthenware or metal, used by pharmacists to hold medicines or ointments.

Late Middle English: probably from galley + pot (because gallipots were brought from the Mediterranean in galleys).


The drugs stored in gallipots, old and new, are prescribed through apothecaries "just for you".


1 no object, with adverbial of place Stand or wait around without apparent purpose.
1.1 with adverbial of direction Walk slowly and with no apparent purpose; dawdle.

Late Middle English: perhaps from Middle Dutch loteren ‘wag about’.


"Standing on the corner, watching all the girls go by", by Frank Loesser, music to loiter by.

I believe I've located a font.

"Speedball Carved Caps"

Oddly, the shading is not consistent...I wonder why.

Note D,E and F as examples.

Font Question:

Does anybody know of a display font which visually looks like incised Roman alphabet.

Doing this single word was tedious and my search has turned up empty so far.

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