Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Superior Person's Tuesday!

Thermanesthesia n. Inability to feel heat and cold. The use of this term might justifiably be adapted to signify insensitivity to the one or the other. Each of us knows someone who may be found rejoicing, coatless, in the bracing early morning air of a late winter’s day; and each of us knows someone who may be found huddled over the radiator, shivering, on a balmy spring evening. Fate has decreed that the two invariably marry each other. The lexicographer’s contribution to their plight is that they may henceforth excuse their own condition, or commiserate with their helpmeet’s, by the use of the above term.

Long term side effects of thermanesthesia may include the inability to distinguish between sports.
Each Tuesday, we’ll offer up a Superior Word for the edification of our Superior Readers, via the volumes of the inimitable Peter Bowler. You can purchase all or any of the four Superior Person’s Books of Words from the Godine website. Thermanesthesia appears in the First.

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