Words: lava, n.
Thursday 11 February 1999
The word lava prompted Woolf to write in The Waves of "the speed, the hot molten effect, the laval flow of sentence into sentence that I need."
And lava-lava is a Samoan skirt, first noticed by Robert Louis Stevenson: with it, nothing is worn above the waist. Peter Cook, affecting the voice of a stripper's manager, once rang the BBC to ask why it would not book his artistes but had in fact just broadcast the Ipi Tombi dancers in front of the Queen Mother.
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