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My vocabulary increases

February 14, 2013

I’m always on the lookout for new words to add to my vocabulary and today I came across a good one in a short story by William Boyd: lordotic, as in ‘her lordotic posture’. I looked it up and found it means a particular kind of curvature of the spine – curving inwards just above the buttocks. What’s more I learned two more words at the same time: kyphotic is when the spine curves outwards, and scoliotic is when it curves sideways (you’ve got a problem if it does that). And if it doesn’t curve at all you are said to have a flat back.

 

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  1. Of course scoliosis has been in the news plenty recently, especially in Leicester Council Car Parks. but Richard 3rd is not the only famous scoliotic http://www.scoliosis-world.com/cat28.htm

  2. and if you have excess weight on your back it is a ‘fat back’

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