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glutinous (GLOOT-nuhs) adjective

Having the nature of glue; sticky.

[From Middle English, from Latin glutinosus, from gluten (glue).]

"... he hoped to fit every Body's Fancy, as soon as he could find proper Food for the Flies, of certain Gums, Oyls, and other glutinous Matter to give a Strength and Consistence to the Threads." Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels (Part III: A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, Luggnagg, Glubbdubdrib And Japan), 1726.

This week's theme: Words from Gulliver's Travels.


A guidance counselor who has made a fetish of security, or who has unwittingly surrendered his thinking to economic determinism, may steer a youth away from his dream of becoming a poet, an artist, a musician or any other of thousands of things, because it offers no security, it does not pay well, there are no vacancies, it has no "future". -Henry M Wriston, 11th president of Brown University (1889-1978)

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