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sciamachy \ sahy-AM-uh-kee \, noun:
No, our man walks out of choice, and walks because only on foot can he engage in the sciamachy essential to his trade: fencing with the shadows of hat brims, gun muzzles and arms flung across brickwork by the beams of Kliegs.— Will Self, Walking to Hollywood: Memories of Before the Fall , 2010
It further tends to leave the self in disarray, without an orientation. And it risks remaining wastefully engaged in psychological sciamachy – a struggle with shadows or imaginary enemies.— Eric Sigg, The American T.S. Eliot: A Study of the Early Writings , 1989
malinger \ muh-LING-ger \ , verb:
1. to pretend illness, especially in order to shirk one’s duty, avoid work, etc.
Because he twice slapped battle-stressed soldiers in Sicily who, he thought, were merely malingering, he was denied a major command in the Normandy landings.
— Bernard Knox, “Scorched Earth,” The New York Times, 1999
It is impossible to determine exactly what inspired Mary’s various symptoms, but her own and other family members’ letters suggest that her suffering may have been a combination of hypochondria, conscious histrionics and malingering, and unconscious rebellion against her father.
—Caroline Fraser, God’s Perfect Child: Living and Dying in the Christian Science Church, 1999
columbine \KOL-uhm-bahyn, -bin, adjective:
1. dovelike; dove-colored.
2. of a dove.
For it is not possible to join serpentine wisdom with columbine innocency, except men know exactly all the conditions of the serpent: his baseness and going upon his belly, his volubility and lubricity, his envy and sting, and the rest; that is, all forms and natures of evil …
— Francis Bacon, The Advancement of Learning, 1605
Com forth now with thyne eyen columbyn. / How fairer been thy brestes than is wyn.
— Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Merchant’s Tale,” The Canterbury Tales, 1387–1400
Columbine is derived from the Latin columba meaning “dove.” The columbine flower was so named because of its resemblance to a cluster of doves.
razz \raz, verb:
1. Slang. to deride; make fun of; tease.
1. raspberry; any sign or expression of dislike or derision.
They razz each other over every play, throw stuff across the room, and laugh deep belly laughs over cutting remarks.
— Elsa Kok Colopy, 99 Ways to Fight Worry and Stress, 2009
He wouldn’t have razzed just me. He would have razzed my Abstract Expressionist pals, too, Jackson Pollock and Mark Rothko and Terry Kitchen and so on …
— Kurt Vonnegut, Bluebeard: A Novel, 1987
Razz is a shortened variant of raspberry, a colloquialism for a rude sound used to express mockery or contempt. It entered English in the early to mid-1900s.
toothsome \TOOTH-suhm, adjective:
1. pleasing to the taste; palatable: a toothsome dish.
2. pleasing or desirable, as fame or power.
3. voluptuous; sexually alluring: a toothsome blonde.
It was filled with friandises, with luscious and toothsome bits—the finest of fruits, pates, a rare bottle or two, delicious syrups, and bonbons in abundance.
— Kate Chopin, The Awakening, 1899
Strictly judged, most modern poems are but larger or smaller lumps of sugar, or slices of toothsome sweet cake—even the banqueters dwelling on those glucose flavors as a main part of the dish.
— Walt Whitman, “An Old Man’s Rejoinder,” 1890
Toothsome entered English in the 1560, joining the word tooth, denoting “sense, liking,” with the adjective-forming suffix –some.
Salchow \SAL-kou, noun:
Ice Skating. a jump in which the skater leaps from the back inside edge of one skate, making one full rotation of the body in the air, and lands on the back outside edge of the other skate.
When she cinches the double salchow, the crowd cheers even louder than before.
— Carlin Flora, “Call of the Ice,” Psychology Today, 2006
Landing a difficult quadruple salchow-triple toe loop combination and attempting two additional quads, Goebel showed enough improved artistry from a year ago to win his first national title.
— Jere Longman, “Figure Skating: Kwan and Goebel Surmount Stumbles,” The New York Times, 2001
Salchow entered English courtesy of Swedish figure skater Ulrich Salchow, who invented the jump and first performed it in 1909.