Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Dictionary Highlights: Day 11

anyon - an elementary particle or particle-like excitation having properties intermediate between those of bosons and fermions.

And I thought it was a catch-all phrase referring to any particle ending with -on

aperitive - an appetite stimulant.

APC - Pharmacology. aspirin, phenacetin, and caffeine: a compound formerly used in headache and cold remedies.

The all-purpose cure, as is its secondary definition.

apophasis - denial of one's intention to speak of a subject that is at the same time named or insinuated, as “I shall not mention Caesar's avarice, nor his cunning, nor his morality.”

I won't mention how much it annoys me when people use this

apiary - a place in which a colony or colonies of bees are kept, as a stand or shed for beehives or a bee house containing a number of beehives.

appel - In fencing,
1. a tap or stamp of the foot, formerly serving as a warning of one's intent to attack, but now also used as a feint.
2. a sharp stroke with the blade used for the purpose of procuring an opening.

apple bee - a social gathering at which apples are prepared for drying.

I wish the restaurant chain would take notice and fulfill its namesake!

apples - in Australian slang, well or fine; under control.

An expression we all should use more often

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