Pervious is the perfect example. Make a type spelling "previous," and you expect your spell checker to catch it, but it can't because there's this useless little-used but real word, "pervious," that stops you from being informed you made a typo. Damn!
You have to read French to understand it, but it's basically the idea of having a shower that's both hot and cold, heightening the effects of both, and it's used in a dramatic or metaphorical sense, like a horror scene that has some black humor in it to make it seem even more horrible, or a love relationship that has strife in it, or in cooking when you encounter two flavors that oppose but bring out each other.
Money quote: "The media are an industry, and their product is information. And along with many other American industries, the American media produce a product of very poor quality. Its information is not reliable, it has too much chrome and glitz, its doors rattle, it breaks down almost immediately, and it's sold without warranty. It's flashy but it's basically junk. So people have begun to stop buying it."
“Almost every American I know does trade large portions of his life for entertainment, hour by weeknight hour, binge by Saturday binge, Facebook check by Facebook check. I’m one of them. In the course of writing this I’ve watched all 13 episodes of House of Cards and who knows how many more West Wing episodes, and I’ve spent any number of blurred hours falling down internet rabbit holes. All instead of reading, or writing, or working, or spending real time with people I love.”
“Live a good life. If there are gods and they are just, then they will not care how devout you have been, but will welcome you based on the virtues you have lived by. If there are gods, but unjust, then you should not want to worship them. If there are no gods, then you will be gone, but will have lived a noble life that will live on in the memories of your loved ones.”
You can scroll right easily by holding down the SHIFT key and using your scroll wheel. (Firefox users trying this will end up jumping to old Web pages until a) Firefox releases a fix, b) they change their settings like so.)