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The Novel Begins 3

2             My name is Joseph Tooley, and it was my father Jacob that went missing nine years ago out here in these very woods. No trace has ever been found of him in all that time. And believe me … Continue reading

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yawp \yawp, yahp\ verb: 1. to utter a loud, harsh cry; to yelp, squawk, or bawl. 2. Slang. to talk noisily and foolishly or complainingly. noun: 1. a harsh cry. 2. Slang. a. raucous or querulous speech. b. a noisy, … Continue reading

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blighter \BLAHY-ter\ noun British Slang.:  1. a chap; bloke.  noun: 1. a contemptible, worthless person, especially a man; scoundrel or rascal. The blighter had shoulders fully as broad as the girl was high, and legs like a dragon. — E.E. … Continue reading

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darg \dahrg\ noun: 1. Scot. and North England. a day’s work. 2. Australian. a fixed or definite amount of work; a work quota. …as I thought myself entitled to a young man, and did not relish the apparition of him … Continue reading

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logomachy \loh-GOM-uh-kee\ noun: 1. a dispute about or concerning words. 2. an argument or debate marked by the reckless or incorrect use of words; meaningless battle of words. 3. a game played with cards, each bearing one letter, with which … Continue reading

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quibble \KWIB-uhl\ verb: 1. to equivocate. 2. to carp; cavil.  noun: 1. an instance of the use of ambiguous, prevaricating, or irrelevant language or arguments to evade a point at issue. 2. the general use of such arguments. 3. petty … Continue reading

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saccharine \SAK-er-in, -uh-reen, -uh-rahyn\ adjective: 1. exaggeratedly sweet or sentimental: a saccharine smile; a saccharine song of undying love. 2. of the nature of or resembling that of sugar: a powdery substance with a saccharine taste. 3. containing or yielding … Continue reading

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