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Word Writing Workshop Wednesday – 4/24/13

April 24, 2013

“Take a gander at that fallen quoin and porpoise by, because the subtlety will make you want to crawfish everything you previously stood for,” said the poet.


porpoise \PAWR-puhs\, verb:

1. to move forward with a rising and falling motion.
2. (of a speeding motorboat) to leap clear of the water after striking a wave.
3. (of a torpedo) to appear above the surface of the water.

1. any of several small, gregarious cetaceans of the genus Phocoena, usually blackish above and paler beneath, and having a blunt, rounded snout, especially the common porpoise, P. phocoena, of both the North Atlantic and Pacific.

2. any of several other small cetaceans, as the common dolphin, Delphinus delphis


gander \GAN-der\, noun:

1. Slang. a look: Take a gander at his new shoes.

2. the male of the goose. Compare goose (def. 2).


crawfish \KRAW-fish\, verb:

1. Informal. to back out or retreat from a position or undertaking


quoin \koin, kwoin\, noun:

1. one of the stones forming an external wall; cornerstone.
2. an external solid angle of a wall or the like.
3. any of various bricks of standard shape for forming corners of brick walls or the like.
4. a wedge-shaped piece of wood, stone, or other material, used for any of various purposes.

5. Printing. a wedge of wood or metal for securing type in a chase.

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