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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 18th June 2021
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penetralia (plural noun) pen-ay-TRAY-li-a



Innermost parts of anything, sanctuary of a temple, innermost mysteries.

Her youthful lord had just discovered her mounted on a chair, her small person decked out with a profusion of necklaces, jewels, bracelets, chains, and rings; and her fingers, as well as they could under their stiffening load, were opening the very penetralia of the cabinet, the inner chamber of the hall, where lay a case adorned with the Ribaumont arms and containing the far-famed chaplet of pearls.

Charlotte M. Yonge. The Chaplet of Pearls. Amazon

With his long, blunt screwdriver he cracked the shields hiding the machine’s penetralia, a screw popping loose and flying into the shadows. He took the ball-peen and delivered a crafty blow.

Daniyal Mueenuddin, Nawabdin Electrician, in The New Yorker, 27 August 2007. The New Yorker

While we long for authenticity, the evidence, or lack of it, in its penetralia mocks us.

John Vernon, The New York Times, 12 July 1992. New York Times




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