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Dr J Files

28 July, 2015

Doctor Samuel Johnson was a word hoarder of the first order. His landmark dictionary of 1755, adding up to 2300 pages, has left a lasting impact on English. Though not every word has lasted as long.

For this week's Brainstorm, let's revive some lost Johnson gems, providing both definition and wordplay to any or all of this esoteric set.

ABACIST - one involved in numerical calculations

ARGOL - dried cow dung

CARRIWITCHET - a pun

DEIPNOSOPHIST - expert in the art of dining

FAITOUR - fortune-telling charlatan

GLIFF - passing glance

INSULSE - tasteless

LEPADOID - barnacle-like

MINAUDERIE - flirting

PAPER-STAINER - inferior author

SAGINATE - to fatten an animal

ULTRONEOUS - voluntary

VENTIFACT - object shaped by the wind

ZELOTYPIA - jealousy 

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