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Wow, we haven't had one of these in a long time! Not because I've been deliberately phasing them out - more because either the words haven't been good enough, or I haven't had time enough. These don't actually take very long to write at all, especially when I skip the introductions that don't serve any purpose, but they take longer in my head than they do in reality, so when I'm scheduling my day, I think, "ooh, I don't know if I'll have time to fit that in." I always have time to fit it in but in this way I sound busy instead of lazy.

Today's word is "cumulus", which you'll recognize if you're familiar with clouds. Incidentally, if any of you are cloud scientists, or whatever the official word is for cloud scientists, please send me an email because I am very interested in your field of study. Cumulus has another definition, though, that doesn't have anything to do with the atmosphere. That definition is most simple:

1. a heap; pile.

An attempted example sentence:

From the tangled cumulus of spring-training arms emerged Lucas Luetge, and he's the only pitcher on the team yet to allow an earned run.

Fun fact: Lucas Luetge has made nearly four times as many appearances as Hisashi Iwakuma, yet Iwakuma has thrown 1.2 more innings. Which of these facts is the fun one? One of them, probably, I don't know.