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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 9, Number 2, June 2015

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Alexis Rotella
Arnold, Maryland, USA


New Words

The day my husband was born his spinster aunt bought him a dictionary. When I met Robert I noticed he kept a little spiral bound note pad listing all the new words he came across but didn't know, words that he would try to incorporate into his vocabulary. I secretly started to do the same. One day on my lunch hour he called to ask what I was doing and I replied, "Oh, I'm reading a nugatory magazine." He started to howl.

The taxi driver tells me
I look like a movie star—
a line for the diary.

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