1. – I found this new to me word, as I was reading the excellent review of ‘Black-Eyed Susans’ by Julia Heaberlin, posted by Wendy over at ‘Musings Of A Bookish Kitty’
As part of her review, Wendy comments …
Working with the appellate team to help save an innocent man from death,Tessa provides what help she can as the team attempts to identify the other victims whose bones were found in the grave. DNA analysis is much more advanced now than it was in 1995 when the trial had taken place. And the hope is new evidence will come to light.
1. (Law) of or relating to appeals
Far from being sci-fi – the New York Times is quoted as saying ‘…. told through the science fictional conceit of alternate realities, Ellen Kushner as ‘a novel for grown-ups, even ones who think they don’t like science-fiction’ – if pushed I’d personally describe this as as more of what is commonly known as ‘slipstream’ than sci-fi.
People with asthma should avoid men who are running for office. They are called candidates because on formal occasions they wear robes whitened with chalk. The Latin for “white” is candida. I found this year’s contenders by following the clouds of white dust and bystanders coughing… I am not entirely joking. But the commotion made by the chalkies’ supporters, together with the hoary jeers they were throwing at each other, helped identify them.
1. The ancient Romans had two words for white; albus, a plain white, (the source of the word albino); and candidus, a brighter white. A man who wanted public office in Rome wore a white toga brightened with chalk, called a toga candida, the origin of the word candidate. The Latin word candere meant to shine, to be bright.
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