vocab (Thanks to Freud, Lowell, Dante)

n. (Logic) A form of syllogism of which the first and third propositions are particular negatives, and the middle term a universal affirmative [For years I’ve been trying to find the exact device, for when you say “near and far” to mean “everywhere” — I swear there’s a better word for it than this but perhaps not! (This is certainly a nifty enough word)]

maunder, v.
1. To beg
2. To grumble, mutter, moan
3. To move or act in a dreamy, idle, or purposeless manner; to dawdle. Freq. with along, away, over.
4. trans. To fritter away (one’s time, life, etc.).
5. intr. To talk in a dreamy, rambling, or incoherent manner; to ramble or wander in one’s talk. Freq. with away, on.

cloacal, adj
Pertaining to, characterized by, or of the nature of, a cloaca or sewer. (Cloaca, noun: An underground conduit for drainage, a common sewer.)

etiology (alternatively aetiology, aitiology) n.
The study of causation, origination.

bibulous, adj.
1. Absorbent of moisture
2. Addicted to drinking
3. Related to drink

riven, adj.
1. a. Torn, rent; split, cloven; cracked.
b. fig. Broken; divided; split into opposing sides.
2. Of clothing: ornamentally slashed. Obs.