Lexicon Big Year: Feb 22 & 26

Feb 22: A quidnunc is “an inveterate gossip, or an annoyingly pestering and inquisitive person.” They’re hell on earth for introverts like me. Feb 26: Steven Poole tells me of a word from the early 1700s which means “to trick or cheat,” namely to fugle, which just about sums up the temper of our present times. I’d like to use these two words sometime soon, discovered by me from the jumble of everyday swirling words: earbirding and refulgent. I do earbirding, that is, I identify birds solely from their calls, though I didn’t know I do that until just recently. And “refulgent green eyes” shine radiantly.

Source: A Word for Every Day of the Year by Steven Poole.

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