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diplomatics (dip-luh-MAT-iks) noun (used with a sing. verb)

The science of deciphering old official documents, as charters, and of determining their authenticity, age, or the like.

"Vienna is one of the centers of the scholarly world for the study of diplomatics, and we have come to expect a steady flow of fine editions and monographs treating the problems of medieval letters." Kenneth Pennington, Book reviews: Medieval, Catholic Historical Review, Oct 1991.

This week's theme: red-herring words.

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Write the bad things that are done to you in the sand, but write the good things that happen to you on a piece of marble. -Arabian adage


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