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Cool Words of the Day

1. Speakeasy. For me, this word is like a poem in itself. A speakeasy is simply a place where liquor is sold illegally, but it conjures up images of secret knocks, prohibition, gangsters, bathtub gin, and F. Scott Fitzgerald. A relatively new word, its first recorded use is from 1885. James Joyce uses it in Ulysses: "In the speakeasy. Tight. I shee you shir."

2. Busking. Busking is basically performing on the street for tips. I remember my trip to New Orleans, way back when, there was a horn player doing some dirge, "Amazing Grace" or something like that. Anybody threw any money into the case, and the dude would break into some serious jazz, but just for a little bit. Soon enough he would be back in dirge mode. Before I die, I would like to do some busking, in Paris maybe.

3. Conticinio. A Spanish word for which there is no English equivalent. it refers to that time of night in a town when everybody has gone to bed, but no one is up yet. That sort of supreme quiet that reigns late, late at night ... or early, early in the morning.

4. Hully Gully. According to that great authority, Wikipedia, "a type of unstructured line dance originating from the sixties, but also mentioned some forty years ago as a dance common in the black juke joints in the first part of the twentieth century. In its modern form it consisted of a series of "steps" that are called out by the MC. Each step was relatively simple and easy to do however the challenge was to keep up with the speed of each step."
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Conticinio

That sounds like the two hours between the bars closing time and opening time in Key West.
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