Vocabulary: scurf – dry flaky skin


Title: Tinkers
Author: Paul Harding
Sentence: ..., so that the actual body, resting in bed, sighing, mumbling, came to be more like a scurf, more like that saline column of myth, while the soul or whatever one named it reattached itself in some way to the actual thing of itself like a shadow, ...
Page: 181

Word: scurf
Definition:
  • Scaly or shredded dry skin, such as dandruff.
  • A loose scaly crust coating a surface, especially of a plant.
   Source: The Free Dictionary

All those lotion commercials on TV and never knew I had scurf.

(And yes, this sentence fragment makes as much sense as the complete sentence.)

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