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finifugal (adj) hating endings;  of someone who tries to avoid or prolong the final moments of a story, relationship, or some other journey.

Finifugal girl can't be sad for long, because when something good comes to an end, another good thing is sure to begin.

This finifugal girl can’t be sad for long, because when something good comes to an end, another good thing is sure to begin.

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pluto (v) – to demote or devalue something (as happened to the former planet Pluto when the General Assembly of the International Astronomical Union decided Pluto no longer met its definition of a planet and demoted it to its present status as a ‘dwarf planet’ or a ‘plutoid’.)

The decision to recognize this new meaning for the word ‘pluto’  was made by the American Dialect Society, a noble institution that has been nitpicking word usage for 117 years.  ‘Pluto’ was their 2006 word of the year.

Well that's just weird.

Well that’s just weird.

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soap-lock (n) a lock of hair worn on the temple and kept smoothly in place by being soaped:  hence, any lock brushed apart from the rest of the hair and carefully kept in position.

sackbut (n) a medieval musical instrument of the trumpet family

"I wear my soap-lock on my forehead and play sackbut in a marching band!"  How totally awesome is that for an answer when somebody asks what you do?

“I wear my soap-lock on my forehead and play sackbut in a marching band!” How totally awesome is that for an answer when somebody asks what you do?

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groak (v.)  to watch someone who is eating or to stare longingly at someone else’s food in the hope of being offered a portion of their scrumptious bounty, or better yet, being asked to join them.

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If you’re not sure you can succeed at the art of groaking, any dog will be happy to show you how it’s done.

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pandowdy (n)  A pudding made of bread and apples baked together, usually cooked with molasses, so named for its frumpy look.

(Rustic fruit desserts:  They came with names like buckle and grunt, crumble and cobbler and crisp, brown Betty, sonker, slump, and pandowdy.)

Huh.  Pandowdy sounds to me like a good word to describe someone who has been messing around in a kitchen all day.

Huh. Pandowdy sounds to me like a good word to describe someone who has been messing around in the kitchen all day.

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hoppestere – a woman who dances, dancing girl.  Old English in origin.  Also an ingenious combination of the word ‘hop’ with the last name of famous dancer Fred Astaire.  If you think at least half of this definition is made up, you are absolutely right.

You never know when the urge to be a crazy hoppestere might hit you.  Keep those dancing shoes handy.

You never know when the urge to be a crazy hoppestere might hit you. Keep those dancing shoes handy.

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