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Review: Watchmen.

Soon: Live Evil, Pop Skull, Guys and Girls Guide to Getting Down, a variety of John Hughes films

I also added a new article on the site about truth in advertising... and should be releasing multiple essays this week, including an Empire Strikes First piece on Eisenhower's health care plan.
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alacrity: eagerness; liveliness; enthusiasm; promptness; speed

benefice: position (as that of a priest) in a church that has a source of income attached to it

desuetude: a state of inactivity or disuse

escheat: a reversion to the state (as the ultimate owner of property) in the absence of legal heirs

salutary: good; tending to promote physical well-being; beneficial to health

timorous: fearful; timid by nature or revealing timidity

munificent: lavish; very generous

emolument: compensation received by virtue of holding an office or having employment (usually in the form of wages or fees)

propinquity: one of the main factors leading to interpersonal attraction. It refers to the physical or psychological proximity between people.

taille: a direct land tax on the French peasantry and non-nobles in Ancien Régime France.
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I still have like 50 or 60 words to go... here's a handful.

harrow: a cultivator that pulverizes or smooths the soil

dung-creel: A large wicker back basket used for carrying dung

approbation: official approval

quiescent: not active or activated; marked by a state of tranquil repose; being quiet

cottar: A cottager, sometimes with a smallholding. He was obliged to labor on the lord's land either free or for a fixed sum.

villein: term used in the feudal era to denote a peasant (tenant farmer) who was legally tied to the land he worked on. An alternative term is serf (from Latin servus = "slave"). A villein could not leave the land without the landowner's consent.

metayer: The Metayage system (Fr. métayage) is the cultivation of land for a proprietor by one who receives a proportion of the produce, as a kind of sharecropping. (Presumably a "metayer" is someone who does this.)

assiduity: great and constant diligence and attention

traduce: malign a person or entity by making malicious and false or defamatory statements

profligacy: careless wastefulness; shameless and immoral behaviour

Continent of New Holland: former name of Australia
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