Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Unwrapping words, in the key of E

Phishing ‘E’ in the dictionary:

Epazote = An herb whose leaves are used in some Mexican and Caribbean dishes.

Enucleate = To remove the kernel from, to remove without cutting into, to remove the nucleus from. (Example using this word in the title of a medical article: Cross-modal neuroplasticity in neonatally enucleated hamsters)

Epicycloid = A term used in Geometry which refers to a curve traced by a point on a circle that rolls on the outside of a fixed circle. (Somewhat like tracing the movement of a particular point on a moving bicycle wheel.)

Equipoise = A state of equilibrium, counterbalance. Also a poetic term, or a type of propeller.

Eristic = A type of argument which is done solely to win rather than to work toward an answer to a particular problem. Arguing for the sake of argument.

Entremets = A French word for dishes served in addition to the main course of a meal, such as dessert. Entremets, or mousse cakes, are staples in French patisseries.

Eidetic = Someone who has a "photographic memory", total recall. Having vivid, highly accurate memories of sights, sounds, objects. Composer Camille Saint-Saens was said to have been eidetic. With his remarkable memory he was able to master not only music, but also the subjects of mathematics, archaeology, astronomy, and the natural sciences.

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I'm a woman of very few words, but lots of action.
– Mae West

Words are only postage stamps delivering the object for you to unwrap.
– George Bernard Shaw

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