Scott Marlowe, fantasy author

Scott Marlowe

Author of the Alchemancer and Assassin Without a Name fantasy series

Wordnik Word of the Day: Burgee

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burgee

(noun) Nautical, a swallow-tailed flag or pendant: in the merchant service it generally has the ship's name upon it.

(noun) A kind of small coal used for burning in engine-furnaces.

'Burgee' may come from the French dialectal 'bourgeais', shipowner.

Wordnik Word of the Day: Grammaticaster

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grammaticaster

A petty or pitiful grammarian; one who insists upon the minutest grammatical niceties.

The "caster" in this word comes from the Old Norse "kasta", to throw.

Wordnik Word of the Day: Blowsabella

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blowsabella

(noun) A woman whose hair is disheveled, and hanging about her face; a slattern.

(noun) A hot-tempered, unjustifiably angry woman, usually stereotyped as a red-haired Irish woman (used largely by Anglo-Saxons by due cause of nationalistic and racial tensions).

Wordnik Word of the Day: Barathrum

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barathrum

(noun) A rocky place or pit outside the walls of ancient Athens, into which criminals were thrown.

(noun) The abyss; hell.

(noun) Anything that swallows up or devours; the belly; an insatiable glutton or extortioner.