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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Sunday 21st April 2019
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riparian (adjective) ri-PEAR-i-un

Of or inhabiting a riverbank.

Under this magic heat an almost instantaneous shadowy ghost of fresh vapour rose upon the riparian meadows, and out of it, swinging along with the energy of youth and high spirits, came a lad.

Eden Phillpotts, Children of the Mist. Amazon

The Thames, says a contemporary, has come into its own again as a holiday resort. Many riparian owners, on the other hand, are complaining that it has come into theirs.

Unattributed, Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 153, Sept. 19, 1917.[align]

A grass slope led down to a stream with deep pools, small darting trout, riparian willows and lower still to hut circles on a high alp, the twilight thick with the sense of time's insignificance here, and an owl's quaver thrilling up from the already-dark valley beneath.

[align=right]Jim Perrin, The Guardian, 26 August 2006. The Guardian

The first half of Mercator's long life (1512-94) was spent chiefly in Rupelmonde, a Flemish trading town at the junction of the Rupel and Schelde rivers. The town's riparian location meant that, like Joseph Conrad's Marlowe, Mercator's geographical imagination was nourished by the ships which passed to and from the rest of the world, and by the exotic stories and objects which found their way to the Rupelmonde wharves.

Robert Macfarlane, The Guardian Weekly, 4 July 2002, Guardian Weekly
reviewing Nicholas Crane's Mercator: The Man Who Mapped the Planet. Amazon

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