Coherence and closure are deep human desires that are presently unfashionable. But they are always both frightening and enchantingly desirable.—A. S. Byatt
—found in Possession (1990)
palaver · /pəˈlɑ:və(r)/ · /pə-LAH-və(r)/. noun or verb. Tedious, pointless work. a meeting or conference. Voluminous, idle talk. Flattery. In West Africa, a dispute. From Portuguese palavra (speech, talk), from (via metathesis) Late Latin parabola (speech), from Latin parabola(comparison).[Read more…]
- Reader A. w/r/t Walter Mosley: “All the pbs newshour commentators filmed in their homes, and guests, are filmed in front of mass arts of books. I have thousands, they are in fully asked shelves, boxes, stacked on the floor, staircases, by the bed, etc. they are. My life.”
- Reader B.: “Another glorious shipment from the Atelier Katexique! ¶ Reaction videos: my family wants me to make these because I react Gothically to cute animal videos.”
- Reader K.: “In your note about meretricious you asked for a word to refer to words that don’t mean what you might expect. I’ve been racking my brain! Help!!” — I did, in fact, find an apt coinage: phantonym!
- Another Reader K.: “What kind of of – I don’t even know – does it take to compose a work like Cadaeic Cadenza?”
- Reader Z.: “Coverage of the ongoing USPS debacle should not be WITHHELD.” — Noted. I expect I’ll have something in the next issue.