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This week we feature a potpourri of words. We opened a dictionary, shook it gently, and these words fell out. They came in all shapes, sizes, and senses. They're short and long. They're flighty and grouchy. Call 'em what you will, a medley of words, a farrago, or a gallimaufry. They're disparate, they're diverse. They are varied and variegated, unclassified and unsorted. And they're all ready to serve.
bedswerver (bed-SWUR-vuhr) noun
An unfaithful spouse.
[From Old English bedd (bed) + sweorfan (to rub, to file away).]
-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
"I knew that she was a bedswerver, aiming to sweep out from her hubby's cot into mine." Richard Flanagan; Gould's Book of Fish; Grove Press; 2002.
Infidel, n. In New York, one who does not believe in the Christian religion; in Constantinople, one who does. -Ambrose Bierce (1842-1914), [The Devil's Dictionary, 1906]