Tympanum

[tim-pah-num]

noun

The muffled protestations of a child silenced with a firm hand, midway through a bout of lauds.

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Accidie

[ak-si-dee]

verb

To try to come to an opinion on a matter of no objective importance, but which those seeking an opinion deem vital.

 

“Hmm, I think the blackcurrant squash would better suit the bishop’s visit.  Purple, you know.  To be honest, Marjorie, I think that orange is frankly silly.  What do you think, vicar?”