the worthless word for the day is: snook
a derisive gesture, thumb to nose with fingers
spread, usu. in phrase "to cop a snook"; also fig.
"With his right hand he made the somewhat coarse
gesture known as 'cocking a snook'. The thumb and
extended fingers, spread in front of the face, made
a baffling disguise."
- M. Cumberland, Murmurs in the Rue Morgue 
"John Wycliffe (1330-1384) was repulsed by papal
corruption and its demands on the English for money.
A true man of the people, he decided that the best
way to cop a snook at the Pope would be to publish
the Bible in English." - Scott Bidstrup, an essay
[thanx to Edward Fitzgerald]
this week I tackle my rather daunting backlog of