parti pris* - side taken, mind made up, bias

unbroken - not crushed, humbled, or subdued; not impaired or weakened.

token - a sign arranged or given to indicate a person; something given as the symbol and evidence of a right or privilege.

risible - having the faculty or power of laughing; inclined or given to laughter; laughable, ludicrous, comical.

sulch - obs. form of such

beforeness* - priority, anteriority, pre-existence

volume - a collection of written or printed sheets bound together so as to form a book.

grace - an instance or manifestation of favour; a favour conferred on or offered to another.

genus - Zool. and Bot. A classificatory group comprehending a number of species (sometimes a single species) possessing certain common structural characteristics distinct from those of any other group.


worldwide - extending over or covering the whole world


Samaritan* - fig. (freq. in full, good Samaritan) with reference to the 'good Samaritan' in Luke x. 33; also transf., a kind and helpful person.

to beat time - to mark musical time by beating a drum, by tapping with the hands, feet, a stick, etc., by striking the air with a baton; also fig. to keep time with. 

latter - that has been mentioned second of two, last of a group of more than two, or at or near the end of a preceding clause or sentence: opposed to former.

holocaust - a sacrifice wholly consumed by fire; a whole burnt offering.

exposition* - the action or process of setting forth, declaring, or describing, either in speech or writing.

farflung - 'flung', 'cast', or extended far or to a great distance

folklore* - the traditional beliefs, legends, and customs, current among the common people.


foible* - a weak point; a failing or weakness of character;                     fabler - a writer of fables or apologues.

flip - a forward or flippant person

Wandervogel* - a member of the German youth organization founded by H. Hoffmann at the end of the 19th century for the promotion of out-of-door activities, esp. hiking, and folk culture, as a reaction against the materialistic values of middle-class city life. 

wail - fig. A bitter lamentation

frisky* - given to frisking; lively; playful

treacle - to flow as treacle, to trickle (humorous nonce-use.)

tumtum* - an imitation of the sound of a stringed instrument or instruments, esp. when monotonously played                           Tom

tingtang* - a succession of two ringing sounds, differing in tone or force.

blarney - smoothly flattering or cajoling talk. (Colloquial.) Also, nonsense                                                                               best

blather - voluble talk void of sense


lettre - the French word for 'letter'

anaglyptics - the art of carving in low relief, chasing, embossing, etc.

plosively - of or pertaining to a plosive (consonantal sound in the formation of which the passage of air is completely obstructed and then suddenly released).

cinnamon - the inner bark of an East Indian tree, dried in the sun, in rolls or 'quills', and used as a spice; cinnamon-coloured.

quist - obs. variant of whist (silent)

astrolabe* - an instrument formerly used to take altitudes, and to solve other problems of practical astronomy.

nobly - in that manner which is involved in noble breeding, connexions, or descent.

writingpen* - a pen suitable or adapted for writing

larynx - a cavity in the throat with cartilaginous walls, containing the vocal cords, by means of which sounds are produced;            Lawrence, Saint - one of the most venerated Roman martyrs, celebrated for his Christian valour; ... Although Lawrence was probably beheaded, Bishop St. Ambrose of Milan and the Latin poet Prudentius, among others, recorded that he was roasted to death on a gridiron, remarking to his torturers at one point, "I am cooked on that side; turn me over, and eat." 

letters patent* - an open letter or document, usually from a sovereign or person in authority, issued for various purposes, e.g. to put on record some agreement or contract, to authorize or command something to be done, to confer some right, privilege, title, property, or office; now, especially, to grant for a statutory term to a person or persons the sole right to make, use, or sell some invention.

to know (something) backwards* - to know (it) extremely well or 'inside out'.

Oscan - a name given to the Italic dialects of central and southern Italy, used by the Sabellian peoples who displaced or absorbed the Osci                                                                                                                                                                 Oscar Wilde


at the tips of one's fingers* - ready to be performed or executed

draught - the drawing of liquid into the mouth or down the throat; an act of drinking, a drink; the quantity of drink swallowed at one 'pull'; fig. The 'drinking in' of something by the mind or soul, a portion of something, pleasurable or painful, 'drunk', partaken of, or experienced.

buttle - to pour out (drink)                                                                                                                                            bottles

oyes - a call or exclamation of 'Oyez!' ('hear, hear ye')                                                                                                         eyes

alas* - an exclamation expressive of unhappiness, grief, sorrow, pity, or concern.

Hebrew* - the Semitic language spoken by the Hebrews, and in which most of the books of the Old Testament were written.

on the cards* - within the range of probability

callous - erroneous spelling of callus (fig. A callous state of feeling, etc.)

theodicy - the, or a, vindication of the divine attributes, esp. justice and holiness, in respect to the existence of evil; a writing, doctrine, or theory intended to 'justify the ways of God to men'.

re - in the matter of, referring to

purloin* - to make away with, misappropriate, or take dishonestly; to steal, esp. under circumstances which involve a breach of trust                                                                                                                                                                 REFERENCE

notepaper - paper of the various sizes and qualities now generally used for correspondence.

prescription - the action of prescribing or appointing beforehand; that which is prescribed or appointed; written or explicit direction or injunction.

juxtaposition - the action of placing two or more things close together or side by side, or one thing with or beside another; the condition of being so placed.

pinch - as much of something (esp. snuff) as may be taken up with the tips of the finger and thumb; hence fig. a very small quantity.

scribble - something hastily or carelessly written, esp. a depreciatory term for a letter (usually one's own); also, a worthless or trivial composition.

overdraw - to exaggerate or overdo in drawing, depicting, or describing

puffed - inflated or bombastic in language or style; inflated or swollen with vanity, pride, etc.

offal - refuse, waste                                                                                                                                                          awful

tosh - bosh, trash; nonsense, rubbish, twaddle

actionable* - subject or liable to an action at law; of such a character that an action on account of it will lie;             auction - to sell by auction.  

libel - Law. Any published statement damaging to the reputation of a person. In wider sense,  any writing of a treasonable, seditious, or immoral kind.

clerical - of or pertaining to a clerk or penman; esp. in clerical error, an error made in writing anything out.

secondclass matter - (U.S.) postal matter consisting of periodicals sent from the office of publication; now replaced by second-class mail (not restricted to the U.S.): mail sent at the lower of two rates.