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Monday, December 06, 2004

Buckley Word of the Day
Currently on my nightstand is William F. Buckley's latest book, Miles Gone By. I don't think I've ever read someone with a greater command of the English language. Obviously, writing is not my strong suit so I stand (or sit) in awe of the way he creates a sentence or paragraph. WFB has a gift. He also has a huge vocabulary! Which brings me to a new feature - the Buckley Word of the Day. While reading Miles Gone By, I will periodically post a word that, well, I have no bleeping idea what it means! Here's the first (with some context):
(p. 139, chapter: Sailing.)

This is something called The Rule. It is as romantic an adventure in Procrusteanism as has ever been engaged in by otherwise serious men. It is designed to make all vessels that compete in an ocean race theoretically equal in speed by imposing graduated handicaps. These are calculated by such compounded anfractuosities that nowadays only a half-dozen men even affect to understand The Rule...
anfractuosity: 1. The condition or quality of having many twists and turns. 2. A winding channel, passage, or crevice. 3. A complicated or involved process.

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