"That's a great deal to make one word mean," Alice said in a thoughtful tone. "When I make a word do a lot of work like that," said Humpty Dumpty, "I always pay it extra."

Thursday, 21 May 2009


A frisson is a pleasurable sensation of surprise and shock.

Victorian novelists frequently found their heroines experiencing a frisson of delight when the hero did something bold like holding their arm.

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