"Hey," says one of the young guys - they're both walking kind of tough, both deep in conversation. His friend lowers his head, trying to hurry by.
"How are you guys doing?" I draw my words out - for clarity - because I grew up in a quicker-talking region. And also to project confidence. Because there is no one else in sight.
"Good," the first one nods, his friend nods, and they stride on by - hurrying away actually.
They seem as nervous of me as I might be of them.
E.M. Forster, 1910
Okay, Dictionary Muse, you can keep the job - for one more day at least. Finally, you left off all the "maundering" "nudnik" "soporific" comments. And sensibly urged me to at least
asseverate \ uh-SEV-uh-rayt\ , transitive verb;
1.To affirm or declare positively or earnestly.
Even without your spelling it out, dear Muse of the Daily Word, I realized that today's words were a
douceur • \doo-SER\ • nounwhich I accept and give you in return: 25,019 words. Halfway home.
: a conciliatory gift