purl →

1. To flow with a murmuring sound in swirls and eddies.
2. To rise in circles, ripples, or undulations; to curl; to mantle.

1. A circle made by the motion of a fluid; an eddy; a ripple.
2. A gentle murmuring sound, such as that produced by the running of a liquid among obstructions.  “The purl of a brook.”

From the Old Norse purla.

arrogate →


To appropriate or lay claim to something for oneself without right.

synonyms: commandeer, expropriate, usurp

[this word of the week brought you by linguist Noam Chomsky]

[from ContemporaryEarthArt via Indie Trove]

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 Camioneta-Libreria of Trèves (Florence 1922)
  • Writing a character who is a genius is a great challenge, because great storytellers are not geniuses.
  • Most American writers (especially screenwriters) are afraid to question (or strain) the intelligence (of any fraction) of their audience.
  • I can’t think of any American production that yet got the character of Sherlock Holmes right.

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