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May 17, 2017
This week’s theme
Words that aren’t what they appear to be

This week’s words
sadiron
adoral
lust-house
bodkin
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lust-house

PRONUNCIATION:
(LUST-hous)

MEANING:
noun:
1. A country house or a summer house.
2. A tavern with a beer garden.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Dutch lusthuis (country house), from German Lusthaus (summer house), from lust (pleasure). Earliest documented use: 1590.

USAGE:
“There are other things besides lust-houses and flower-beds.”
Arthur Conan Doyle; Micah Clarke; Longmans, Green & Co.; 1889.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Most creativity is a transition from one context into another where things are more surprising. There's an element of surprise, and especially in science, there is often laughter that goes along with the 'Aha'. Art also has this element. Our job is to remind us that there are more contexts than the one that we're in -- the one that we think is reality. -Alan Kay, computer scientist (b. 17 May 1940)

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