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At Marchmont House Station, another pair of passengers entered the compartment, and the Doctor and Baronet ended their conversation, because it was impossible to speak freely within the confines of the small space and, the train not having a corridor, they could not even step outside to continue it, but Doubleday thought the young woman very pretty, althoughlike himselfof the servant class, she had a peaches and cream complexion, abundant blonde curls piled on top of her head, rosy lips and that curvy zaftig figure he particularly likedat this present stage of his lifeand was obviously a nursemaid, as she was in charge of a small boy of about five, dressed as would befit one of the Family, "from the Big House?" he asked, breaking the silence and the girl reacted somewhat confusedly, glancing around as if the question had been addressed to someone else, but it didn't take a brainiac to realise that Doubleday's—seemingly innocuous—words were directed at her and had an amouring intent, so she blushed to her roots!

(by MissTeriWoman)
The Quandary for today, Thursday, December 03, 2020, consists of:
  • zaftig
  • confusedly
  • brainiac
  • amouring, n.
Challenge: use all four words together in one illustrative sentence.

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Definitions Of Today's Words:

adjective: Full-figured; pleasingly plump; buxom.
  1. In a confused manner.

Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for December 3, 2020 is:

brainiac • \BRAY-nee-ak\  • noun

: a very intelligent person


"As the Kendall Square Association advocates for transportation fixes, the Cambridge group likes to say that you can’t find the cure for cancer while sitting in traffic. You can’t. But all this congestion might just spur you, or some other brainiac, to find a cure for traffic." — John Chesto, The Boston Globe, 31 Jan. 2020

"Our goal is to broaden the appeal of STEM tourism making it accessible to all—as in, you don’t have to be a brainiac to enjoy it." — Michael Novakovich, quoted in The Tri-City Herald (Kennewick, Washington), 26 Dec. 2019

Did you know?

As Superman fans know, Brainiac was the superintelligent villain in the Action Comics series and its spin-offs. His name is a portmanteau of brain and maniac. (For those who believe it comes from a 1950s "computer kit," fly here, but come back.) You don’t need x-ray vision to see the connection here—etymologists think Superman’s brainy adversary is the likely inspiration for the common noun brainiac. The term was not coined right away though. The comic-book series was launched in 1938 and the character Brainiac debuted in 1956, but current evidence doesn’t show general use of brainiac to refer to a superintelligent person until the 1970s.

OED Word of the Day: amouring, n. Courtship, wooing, lovemaking

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