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The inventive words and worlds of Edgar Allan Poe and H.P. Lovecraft

 

To celebrate this week’s birthday of H.P. Lovecraft, one of Gothic horror’s most acclaimed authors, here is a brief look…

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Pronunciation: vəˈt(y)o͞opəˌrāt
verb
blame or insult (someone) in strong language...

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