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I ordered The Stranger in the Mirror about a month ago at our local bookstore, I’m not far into it and spend a lot of time nodding along with the author. I’m not far enough to respond to it yet but I’ve come across some words that I either had never heard or have never had a great grasp of. So I’m keeping them in a list. Here is what I’ve collected so far.

Lacunae: -noun plural, a gap or missing part, as in a manuscript. Word History lacuna 1660s, “blank or missing portion in a manuscript,” from L. lacuna  “hole, pit,” dim. of lacus  “pond, lake”  The Latin plural is lacunae .

Hirsute: -adjective. Hairy, shaggy

Simulacrum:-noun plural.

1.a slight, unreal, or superficial likeness or semblance. effigy, image, or representation.


lacking in adroitness; unskillful; awkward; bungling; tactless: to handle a diplomatic crisis in a very maladroit way.


1.Chiefly British . a person who owns or manages a tavern;thekeeper of a pub.

2.Roman History . a person who collected public taxes.

3.any collector of taxes, tolls, tribute, or the like.


the quality of being insouciant;  lack of care or concern; indifference.


characterized by or given to extreme optimism, especially in the faceof unrelieved hardship or adversity.


1.deception; chicanery

–verb (used with object) trick by chicanery. quibble over; cavil at.


1.of or pertaining to nacre.

2.resembling nacre;  lustrous; pearly.


1.requiring immediate action or aid; urgent; pressing.

2.requiring a great deal, or more than is reasonable.


1.causing or capable of causing laughter; laughable; ludicrous.

2.having the ability, disposition, or readiness to laugh.

3.pertaining to or connected with laughing.