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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Wednesday 25th December 2019
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esoteric (adjective) ee-so-TER-ik


Inner, secret, abstruse, mysterious, intended only for a few insiders.

As for Feng-shiu, although Mr Broadhurst declared it to be the most ridiculous of all these esoteric studies, it did help my geography.

Will Self, My Idea of Fun. Amazon

Some of the jokes are esoteric, such as the running gag about the book Judge Lo Bianco has been writing for years: The Life and Exploits of Rinaldo and Antonio Lo Bianco, Masters of Jurisprudence at the University of Girgenti at the Time of King Martin the Younger (1402-1409).

Paul Bailey, The Guardian, 14 October 2006, Guardian
reviewing Andrea Camilleri's Excursion to Tindari. Amazon

But the great charm of Brookmyre's best novel yet lies in his ability to write as convincingly, and in as much esoteric detail, about the best way to remote-disable complex CCTV systems or the best way to get a kitchen floor clean without leaving damp footprints.

Euan Ferguson, The Observer, 1 May 2005, The Observer
reviewing Christopher Brookmyre's All Fun And Games Until Somebody Loses An Eye. Amazon

A few personalities begin to emerge from the swirl of racetrack activity, notably Rudy Baez, a top jockey who suffers a paralyzing injury during a race; Michael Gill, a brash, Steinbrenneresque owner who hires and fires trainers at the drop of a hat; and Patty Meadow, a Harvard-educated doctor turned trainer who likes to give her horses esoteric names like Ybbs and Qom.

William Grimes, The New York Times, 11 April 2007, New York Times
reviewing T.D. Thornton's Not by a Long Shot:A Season at a Hard-Luck Horse Track. Amazon




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