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Arloa


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Posted Mon May 21st, 2012 3:33pm Post subject: use of nubiferously

In The Fry Chronicles, I came across this: "At tea, the nubiferously chain-smoking pair of Tom Stoppard and Ronnie Harwood visit our rather showbizzy box."

Nubiferously. I think he made it up, based on nubile, which refers to young, sexually attractive people, usually female. Stoppard was 71 and Harwood 74 at the time of this story. They were chain-smoking like young, sexy girls? As if they were under the delusions of the young that they were going to live forever? No idea, but it’s a fun word to say. What does anyone else think?


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Arloa


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Posted Mon May 21st, 2012 4:39pm Post subject: use of nubiferously

Never mind. A friend of mine found it: Nu*bif"er*ous\, a. [L. nubifer; nubes cloud + ferre to bear: cf. F. nubif[`e]re.] Bringing, or producing, clouds. Now it makes sense


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