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This email comes in from Agent CH888.

Hi Mr. Bosch! I love your books a lot. I even have a funny, but cheesy story.
When I read your first book, my parents asked me what the name of this book was, so I said "secret." Then, when I was reading the second book, I stayed up late to read it, and my mom came up to my room and said "You're reading this? It's too late!" And then, when I was reading the third book, my dad said "This book is not good for you!" Then with the fourth book, I was caught reading up late, and I said, "This isn't what it looks like!" Huh? Yeah, cheesy.


We have one thing to say about all this Secret Series reading ...


this word is an Impostor

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The Wordnik Word of the Day for July 31, 2012 is


(noun) One who practiced legerdemain or sleight of hand; a prestigiator; a magician; a juggler who produced optical illusions by mechanical contrivances; hence, an impostor; a cheat.

‘Tregetour’ comes from the Old French ‘tregeter,’ throw around.


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This comes in from Agent N/A

Well we agree with one thing ... we want chocolate.


A place where stars are born

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what's that sound?

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The Wordnik Word of the Day for July 23, 2012 is


(noun) A mysterious noise heard over the ocean in quiet, foggy weather off the coast of Belgium and Holland.

‘Mistpouffer’ translates from the Dutch as ‘fog pistol.’


Such dins are not unique to North Carolina or the modern age. People living near Seneca Lake in upstate New York have long known of similar booming sounds, which they called ‘Seneca guns.’ In coastal Belgium, they are known as ‘mistpouffers,’ or fog belches; in the Ganges delta and the Bay of Bengal, ‘Bansal guns’; in the Italian Apennines, ‘brontidi,’ or thunder-like; and by the Harami people of Shikoku, Japan, ‘yan.’

I believe you! Stop throwing axes!

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The Wordnik Word of the Day for July 19, 2012 is


(noun) An ancient kind of divination for the detection of crime by means of an ax or axes.

‘Axinomancy’ comes from the Greek ‘axine’ and ‘manteia,’ oracle, divination.


Axinomancy, practised by the Greeks more particularly for the purpose of discovering criminals. An axe poised upon a stake, or an agate on a red-hot axe, was supposed by its movement to indicate the offender. Or the names of suspected persons were called out, and the movement of the axe at a particular name was understood to certify guilt.

Another word for a jester

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The Wordnik Word of the Day for July 17, 2012 is


(noun) One whose business it is to make sport for others by jokes and ridiculous posturing; a buffoon; a clown.

The origin of 'merry-andrew' has long been disputed. It may come from the stage name of a particular performer at the Bartholomew Fair in the 17th century.

point out a word

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The Wordnik Word of the Day for July 16, 2012 is


(noun) An object of scandal or scorn.

'Pointingstock' is related to 'laughingstock,' which comes from the idea of a 'whipping-stock' or 'whipping-post,' or 'the post to which are tied persons condemned to punishment by whipping; hence, the punishment itself.' Sometimes 'pointing-stock.'


Fourthly, British memory not being at long range point on those points, they make it a point to point pointedly to the pointingstock poignant date 1776.

An outburst for Friday the 13th

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NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory has discovered an extraordinary outburst by a black hole in the spiral galaxy M83, located about 15 million light years from Earth. Using Chandra, astronomers found a new ultraluminous X-ray source, or ULX. These objects give off more X-rays than most normal binary systems in which a companion star is in orbit around a neutron star or black hole. Image Credit: NASA/CXC/Curtin University/R.Soria et al.

A new X-Ray source, just in time for Friday the 13th.

some weather we're having

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The Wordnik Word of the Day for July 10, 2012 is


(noun) A very uncomfortably hot, moist atmosphere in which one ‘sizzles.’

Sizzard’ seems to be a blend of ‘sizzle’ and ‘blizzard.’


Washington has fully adopted the word sizzard to indicate the exact opposite of blizzard.

water water everywhere

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The Word of the Day for July 9 is:
hydromancy   HYE-druh-man-see   noun
: divination by the appearance or motion of liquids (as water)
Madame Forthwith practices hydromancy, using a bowl of clear water to predict the future rather than the traditional crystal ball.
"Did that mean the Elders couldn't do hydromancy, or that they were too law-abiding to try it? I took a deep breath." — From Suzanne Johnson's 2012 fantasy novel Royal Street
Did you know?
If you've ever encountered a sorceress or a wizard peering into a "scrying bowl" as part of a movie or a book, you've witnessed a (fictionalized) version of "hydromancy." The word has been used since at least the 14th century to describe the use of water in divination — examples include predicting the future by the motion of the tides or contacting spirits using still water. "Hydromancy" is believed to derive ultimately from the Greek words for "water" ("hydōr") and "divination" ("manteia"); it came to English via Latin "hydromantia." The ancient Greeks who relied on hydromancy also gave us the names for related forms of divination, such as "necromancy" (using the dead), "pyromancy" (with fire), and even "rhabdomancy," a fancy and now rare word for "divination with wands or rods."

PB Travel photos

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Here they are, photos of the favorite vacation (and hiding) spots of that elusive Pseudonymous Bosch.

We recommend you visit any of these places if you want to see amazing sites, and/or if there are evil alchemists pursuing you relentlessly.

Click on the photo of Bouvet Island - the most remote island in the world - to see more pics.

A 12 year old makes a tape ... and talks to himself in the future (our present/past).

Click on the TV and watch time warp.

MS pyrotechnics experts somehow to blame?

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Not sure if you saw the news, but the San Diego 4th of July fireworks display was supposed to last 20 minutes, but instead lasted about 30 seconds as all of the fireworks went off at once. Could those pyrotechnic fiends in the Midnight Sun somehow be responsible for lighting up this fireworks night sun? We may never know.

Click on the image to see video of this fireworks mess up.




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good trick

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Agent MB writes in with some suspicions:

Dear Bosch,

I am wondering who you are. I have concluded that you are probably a magician, and a professional one at that. However you may just be a writer, just someone fascinated with the art. I know you enjoy magic because of your name, Pseudonymous Bosch, it is very much related to Hieronymus Bosch, the person who made the painting known by most all magicians, "The Conjuror."


Well, MB, we love the painting. Watch out while playing street games, you might get pick-pocketed!


PS Here's the painting.


Producing geese

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The Wordnik Word of the Day for June 27, 2012 is


(adj) Producing geese; that is, producing the cirripeds formerly called tree-geese or goose-mussels, which adhere to submerged wood or stone, but were formerly supposed to grow on trees, and then to drop off into the water and turn into geese.

‘Anatiferous’ comes from the Latin ‘anas,’ duck, plus ‘ferous,’ producing, containing. The Old English word for ‘duck’ was ‘ened,’ and was replaced by ‘ducan,’ to duck, dive. ‘Barnacle’ refers to a species of wild goose, once believed to hatch from barnacles attached to trees, as it ‘was known in the British islands only as a visitor.’


'One of my favorites is 'anatiferous,' which means producing ducks,' said Hitchings. 'According to the Oxford English Dictionary, it has only ever been used twice in the printed language - once in text in which Johnson found it, and once in Johnson's dictionary.'


i hear a word of the day

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The Word of the Day for June 24 is:
borborygmus   bor-buh-RIG-mus   noun, plural borborygmi
: intestinal rumbling caused by moving gas
The hall was very quiet as the test-takers concentrated on the task at hand, and Cara hoped that her embarrassing borborygmus went mostly unnoticed.
"'Both men are presenting the classic symptoms [of severe typhoid fever] — fever, sudden prostration, abdominal distress, delirium, right lower quadrant borborygmi.' Springer counted off the symptoms on the fingers of his left hand as if he were on formal ground rounds." — From Robin Cook's 2011 novel Death Benefit
Did you know?
Unless you're a gastroenterologist, chances are you never knew there was a name for those loud gurglings your belly sometimes makes. And if in looking at the word, you thought it was just some crazy coinage invented by someone who thought the word matched the rumbling sound it represented, you'd be right, in a way. We picked it up from New Latin, but it traces to the Greek verb "borboryzein," which means "to rumble." It is believed that the Greek verb was coined to imitate the digestive noises made by a stomach. "Borborygmus" has been part of English for at least 250 years; its earliest known use dates from around 1724.

a word to die for

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The Wordnik Word of the Day for June 22, 2012 is


(noun) Worship of the dead; worship of the spirits of the dead, or of ancestors; excessive veneration or sentimental reverence toward the dead.

‘Necrolatry’ comes from the Greek ‘nekros,’ dead body, corpse, dead person, plus ‘latreia,’ worship, service paid to the gods, hired labor.


Perhaps what had attracted her most in him from the beginning had been his enthusiasm and healthy faith in the world, which had contrasted brilliantly with her father's pessimism and bigoted political necrolatry, if I may coin a word from the Greek to express an old-fashioned Roman's blind worship of the dead past.

What do the hieroglyphs have to say?

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YOU HAVE TO STOP THIS, apparently. Out now in England. Is no island safe?

Click on the hieroglyphs to see what we mean.

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