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Jan 15, 2000
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grok
frabjous
galumph
hobbit
newspeak
bandersnatch
doublethink

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bandersnatch

(BAN-duhr-snach) Pronunciation Sound Clip RealAudio

noun:
1. An imaginary wild animal of fierce disposition.
2. A person of uncouth or unconventional habits, attitudes, etc., especially one considered a menace, nuisance, or the like.

Coined by Lewis Carroll in "Through the Looking-Glass" in 1871.

"In getting exactly what they wanted, the college presidents may find a surprise in the gift package, a frumious bandersnatch, if you will."
James Ahearn; Most of Us Have Worked at One Time or Another for a Boss We Didn't Like; The Record (New Jersey); May 11, 1994.

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The best educated human being is the one who understands most about the life in which he is placed. -Helen Keller, author and lecturer (1880-1968)

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