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Imprest - "a fund used by a business for small items of expenditure and restored to a fixed amount periodically." 


Think it's basically the petty cash type of thing. 

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You underestimate the membership, Imron, they don't need to look this kind of stuff up. They just know it. 


Laic - an adjective form of lay, as in secular, not of the clergy. 

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I already knew most of the words here, but not all.


One I came across recently is 'kakistocracy', meaning "The government of a state by the worst citizens. "


Pretty useful in China. 

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"shroff, n.




Also 7 sheroff, -affe, -iffe, sharoffe, sherrafe, shraff, shrofe, 7–8 sheraff.


[Anglo-Indian corruption of saraf.]


A banker or money-changer in the East; in the Far East, a native expert employed to detect bad coin."


-Oxford English Dictionary


Why that would be used in a Hong Kong car park, I can't say.

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The definition I found for it


noun: shroff; plural noun: shroffs
  1. 1.
    a banker or money changer.
  2. 2.
    SE Asian
    a cashier.

I think "cashier" in this context refers to person who collects parking charges.

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A couple of medical terms:

The Greek-derived icterus for something more commonly described with a certain French-derived term.


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Bough - This one is known by kids :) . Verse one of a popular nursery rhyme.


Hush-a-by baby

On the tree top,

When the wind blows

The cradle will rock.

When the bough breaks,

The cradle will fall,

And down will fall baby Cradle and all.    

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I was taught "cracks carry, boughs break" by my grandfather but that gets no results on google.


lit: don't necessarily worry if the beam holding up your house has a crack

fig: (obvs)

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