What’s in this word is better not said–but here I go

Ordure is among the most deceptive words I have encountered. To me, ordure sounds eloquent, refined, as if I have come upon a wonderful apartment that is more statuesque than most. It has that “ordure” look to it. But ordure’s meaning is far from it. Ordure means dung, the stuff used as fertilizer to improve soil quality. It’s no common word, then.

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