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A.Word.A.Day--turdiform

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This week's theme: Words that seem risque.

turdiform (TUR-di-form) adjective

Like a thrush (any of the songbirds of the family Turdidae).

[From Latin turdus (thrush).]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"The writers most characteristic of the sixties created marginal, slightly lost characters, gentle dreamers, or hardened iconoclasts in search of themselves in a world that is no longer their own, seizing every possible occasion to distinguish themselves from what Flaubert would have been quick to call the 'turdiform bourgeois.'" Marc Chenetier (Author), Elizabeth A. Houlding (Translator); Beyond Suspicion; University of Pennsylvania Press; 1995.

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There's so much pollution in the air now that if it weren't for our lungs there'd be no place to put it all. -Robert Orben, magician (1927- )

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