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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Monday 22nd February 2021
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spelunker (noun) spi-LUN-ker



Cave explorer.

Take the anti-swearing e-mail filters now used by large companies. Rather than preventing their employees swearing, they simply ensure that time and imaginative energy is spent devising ever more creative insults. A friend whom I had teased in print e-mailed me the other day. I was told, delightingly, that I am a "donkey-punching bum spelunker".

Sam Leith, Telegraph, 16 May 2005. Telegraph

John Randall, 47, won the cash by correctly answering that a spelunker was someone who explored caves.

Andrew Hibberd, Telegraph, 19 June 2001. Telegraph

Paris, in particular, has a legion of catacombists and spelunkers who fashion crepuscular communities below the arrondisements.

Sukhdev Sandhu, Telegraph, 8 July 2006. Telegraph

Professor Bernard Williams, the celebrated ethicist offers these: 1) The spelunker case: a fat man is jammed in the only exit to a pothole. Do the other cavers kill him to escape? Answer: yes, because it's an unavoidable emergency, a situation of no one's contriving.

Polly Toynbee, The Guardian, 8 September 2000. Guardian

Then, like a spelunker's flashlight, hidden lights within the cave illuminated one marvel after another.

Betsy Rubiner, The New York Times, 21 May 2000. New York Times




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