"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."

Sunday, 16 January 2011


A deipnosophist was one of an ancient group of philosophers, who engaged in learned dialogue at meals. The word is now occasionally used for a person skilled at informal, across-the-table small talk.

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