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A.Word.A.Day--gulosity

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gulosity (gyoo-LOS-i-tee) noun

Gluttony; greediness.

[From Late Latin gulositas, from Latin gulosus (gluttonous), from gula (gullet, gluttony).]

"He (Shakespeare) did not drink much ... it is doubtful whether he ate much either. There is gulosity in Ben Jonson's plays, but no slavering in Will's." Anthony Burgess; Shakespeare; Carroll & Graf Publishers; 2002.

"The result of my holiday gulosity impacted upon me one night at a Santa Monica restaurant called Rix. The owner had stopped by to chat and was discussing a live jellyfish he planned on placing in a tank as part of the restaurant's decor. I was in a comatose state and when I heard jellyfish I said, 'Sure, I'll try it, just a small bite.'" Al Martinez; Eat, Eat, Eat, Drink, Eat, Chat, Drink, Eat, Eat; The Los Angeles Times; Dec 22, 1999.

I don't know why people don't like spam. Think of all the scientific progress that has come thanks to spammers. For example, look at the advances in the frontiers of medicine. Who brought them? Spammers!

Let's say you lose your pinkie toe in some home-improvement project. What can you do? Nothing! You go to a doctor and he'll tell you, "Sorry buddy, it's gone. Bye bye."

If only you had paid attention to your spam, you'd know that you can grow it back. Not only that, you can grow any body part on you. Even those you never had to begin with.

I recently received email from a spammer saying that I can grow my cup size by up to three. Not one. Not two. But up to three! Isn't that fascinating? I love tea. I know that if I use one of those pills, I can have a bigger cup. I wouldn't need to go back to the teapot for a refill.

Don't get me wrong. I hate spam.

But I don't understand why we can't catch these pests soon. Well, we're going to catch up with them eventually. If they could be sentenced to serve one second in jail for every piece of spam they sent, we wouldn't need to worry about them ever getting out and putting their dirty fingers on their computers again.

And I know just the right food for them while they're in the big house -- an unlimited supply of cans of Spiced Ham!

In homage to spammers who include lists of random words in their mail, this week's AWAD features five miscellaneous words.

-Anu Garg

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