Word of the Day for Thursday, November 22, 2007 (yes, I know it’s 6 days old)

deipnosophist dyp-NOS-uh-fist, noun:

Someone who is skilled in table talk.

At the age of six his future as a deipnosophist seemed certain. Guzzling filched apples he loved to prattle. Hogging the pie he invariably piped up and rattled on.
— Ellis Sharp, “The Bloating of Nellcock”


I would love to be a better deipnosophist, in a way that would draw people out yet still let me say my piece.  Is that even possible?  I was raised by wolves, so I’m not sure.