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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.

2.an effigy, image, or representation.

Maladroit:–adjective

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

Publican:–noun

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.

Insouciance:–noun

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

Panglossian:–adjective

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

Chicane:–noun

1.deception; chicanery

–verb (used with object)

2.to trick by chicanery.

3.to quibble over; cavil at.

Nacreous:–adjective

1.of or pertaining to nacre.

2.resembling nacre;  lustrous; pearly.

Exigent:–adjective

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

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

Risible:–adjective

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.

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