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    Jeff Ross
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    Mien: similar to demeanor, it refers to the outward manifestation of personality or attitude, which can include appearance.

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    Supernormal: exceeding the normal or average, or lying beyond normal or natural powers of comprehension [sometimes similar to paranormal]. Supernormal does not mean “extremely normal”.

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    Gormandize: to eat greedily or ravenously

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    Gambol: to skip about, as in dancing or playing; frolic (as a verb) or a skipping or frisking about; frolic (as a noun)

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    Bildungsroman: “a literary genre that focuses on the psychological and moral growth of the protagonist.”

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    Withy: a flexible twig or branch

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    Argy-bargy (Chieftly British): a vigorous discussion or dispute

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    Langour: the state or feeling, often pleasant, of tiredness or inertia. (Also can mean an oppressive stillness of the air.)

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    Tautology: An expression that says the same thing twice within itself, but in a different way. Sometimes this can be an unintended redundancy or unnecessary repetition, and other times it can be a strategic use of language (often for emphasis).

    Let’s suppose I told you, “I am a fanatical F.A.C.E.” The word “Fanatical” is already included in the acronym “F.A.C.E.”, so that sentence is basically “I am a fanatical Fanatical Aux Cable Enthusiast”. Whether intentional or not, the multiple instances of indicating “fanatical” would be a tautology.

    (There is another use of “tautology” in formal logic that indicates a statement that must be true in every possible interpretation. However, that’s not the use of the word that I wanted to highlight most in this post.)

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