A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 6, 1961

galactic. adj. extremely great: HUGE. "the galactic figure of one trillion, 370 billion francs."

peacockery. n. ostentatious display, "designs ranged from elaborate peacockery to sexy sheaths of black sequins."

peoplehood. n. awareness of the underlying unity that makes the individual a part of a people. "tried to weld the groups together on a broad basis of peoplehood rather than theological doctrine."

pettifogger. n. one given to quibbling over insignificant details. "a ringing indictment of all the proud and cautious pettifoggers who could agree only on what could not be done."

screaming meernies. n. extreme and intolerable terror or nervous hysteria: JITTERS. "about two jumps...

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