New Word

I’m reading a book by Anne Bartlett called Knitting, and came across a ‘new’ word:

A quincunx (IPA [‘kwɪnkʌŋks]) is a geometric pattern consisting of five points, four of them forming a square or rectangle and a fifth at its center. It forms the arrangement of five units in the pattern corresponding to the five-spot on dice, playing cards, or dominoes.

Hmm, sounds more like “arrgh, the poor little fellow’s quincunxed after staying ithe pub til the wee hours.”

 

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