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It's that time of the year again when we feature odds and ends. One-of-a-kind words. Words that are unusual, picturesque, whimsical, esoteric, or intriguing. And like all the creatures in this world, this week's words serve a purpose (as shown by their accompanying citations). They make our verbal universe richer and more diverse. So here they are. We've coaxed them out of the dictionary -- it's not often that one finds them in the open -- and we hope you'll welcome them in your vocabulary.
dingle (DING-guhl) noun
A deep narrow wooded valley; dell.
[Of uncertain origin.]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"But the dingle guards the downpours and holds them fast in its deep mud and root-webs." Paul Evans; Country Diary: Into the Wild Woods Wenlock Edge; The Guardian (London, UK); Jul 7, 1999.
Thank everyone who calls out your faults, your anger, your impatience, your egotism; do this consciously, voluntarily. -Jean Toomer, poet and novelist (1894-1967)