We sometimes play a game in our house where one person goes to our unabridged dictionary, turns to a random page, picks out an obscure word and sees if anyone else can guess what the definition of it is. John is always the winner. So here’a word that I picked at random.

pyknic – Having a short stocky physique. From the Greek puknos, compact.
So if you have a tendency to be pyknic, don’t go on too many picnics. “Picnic,” by the way, comes from the French piquenique, to pick or peck (piquer) a worthless thing (nique.) It was originally a pot-luck social and not necessarilty outside.

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