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Additional Words I Learned From Sir Walter Scott

Thanks again to Sir Walter Scott, I learned a vast number of new words while reading his novel The Monastery. An exceptionally small sampling follows. 163 more words

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Book Review: Horologicon by Mark Forsyth (Three Stars)

Book Review: Horologicon by Mark Forsyth

Three Stars out of Five

Drawn largely from the author’s The Inky Fool blog, Horologicon explores the varied terminology English speakers have used the last several hundred years to describe the events and things around them. 107 more words

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Unusual Words

A by no means exhaustive list of rare, obscure, strange and sometimes funny words. Words that are used so seldom, you wonder who invented them and why.. 8 more words



Our church has a verger.  I have often wondered what that word means.  The word “sexton” came up while exploring “verger”, so I have included that here too. 546 more words

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The hymn sung immediately before the reading of the Gospel is called a Gradual.  This does not mean that it has to be sung very slowly.   53 more words

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Parts of our modern Christian practice are based on traditions and beliefs that stretch back many hundreds of years.  As one of the articles in this section shows, even the architectural design of church buildings is based on theological ideas that existed long ago.  54 more words

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