...or the "I swear I'm not reading the 'A' section in the dictionary Wednesday".
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This happens to be my first Wondrous Words post, and for some strange reason all my words are "A" words.
avoirdupois (noun) weight, heaviness
"...screaming, straining and cleaning-and-jerking, as they raised the avoirdupois above their heads, their bodies shaking from side to side, in uncertainty, until they can stand motionless for three seconds, before they hear the sound of victory, and see the flag of legitimacy."
--p 132 The Polished Hoe, Austin Clarke
apocryphal (adjective) of doubtful authenticity
"The anecdote is apocryphal. I never wrote baseball for the Star."
--p 58 The Paris Review Interviews I
avuncular (adjective) suggestive of an uncle especially in kindness or geniality
"But the officer's contempt is not, as in other armies, avuncular theatricality."
--p 166 Slaughterhouse-five, Kurt Vonnegut