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AWADmail Issue 655A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Tidbits about Words and Language
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From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
From: Peter Quartly (peter.quartly jlta.com.au)
As a Bondi Surf Life Saver, this is a new word to me, but describes how many of us have spent our spare time over the years. I certainly will be using in the future.
Peter Quartly, Sydney, Australia
From: Louis Hobbs (via website comments)
My daughter learned the verb “bask” as a four-year-old listening to the Olivia stories. She promptly extrapolated and started calling her beach towel a “basker”, i.e. Something you bask with. Can’t wait to share this word with her, even though I think I will stick with “basker”.
Louis Hobbs, Phoenix, Arizona
From: Gregory Palermo (gregorypalermo aol.com) (via website comments)
French has a good verb for basking in the sun: lézarder (literally, to lizard).
Gregory Palermo, Edgartown, Massachusetts
From: Paddy Hernon (paddy tallship.ca)
Everything in the Hebrew language is based on three Otiot Shoresh, three root letters. Any word will have three root letters that, depending on the way they are used, will indicate what is meant within the concept that they relate to.
There are seven verb forms. One form is the Hitpael form. This is used when one does something to oneself, such as dressing oneself.
The Agama Lizard is called a chardon in Hebrew. Note the root letters Ch R D. Can you guess what the slang expression, Ani mitcharden means? Yup, suntanning. That is, “I lizard myself.”
Paddy Hernon, Victoria, Canada
From: Andrew Pressburger (andpress sympatico.ca)
God save us from self-styled ideological ascetics -- conquerors, dictators, megalomaniacs: Maximilien de Robespierre, Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov (aka Lenin); many of them disguised as religious fanatics, e.g. Calvin, Savonarola. Alexander the Great was the arch-ascetic of them all. He set out to unify mankind by conquering the known world. At his “unification marriage” to the Persian princess Roxana, however, he managed to overcome his abstemiousness by getting sloshed to the gills.
Andrew Pressburger, Toronto, Canada
From: Lou Pierce (loupierce comcast.net)
For most of my working career with a family of title insurance companies, I supervised their reinsurance operations. We routinely distributed liability among primary, secondary, and tertiary levels, occasionally adding a quaternary level. When an exceptionally large transaction needed yet another level of liability in order to entice reinsurers to accept unusually high levels of liability, we had to research the matter to determine that the fifth level would be the quinary level. We often wondered what the sixth level would be, but I retired before we had to come up with what I now know would be the senary or sixth level.
Lou Pierce, Geneva, Illinois
From: Monroe Thomas Clewis (mtc265 yahoo.com)
I remember arenicolous (burrowing in the sand) together with another unusual word struthious (like an ostrich) by image and rhyme: A ridiculous (to rhyme with arenicolous) ostrich strutts or “struths” (like struthious) about before burrowing its head in the sand -- much like climate change deniers.
Monroe Thomas Clewis, Kunming, China
From: Alex McCrae (ajmccrae277 gmail.com)
Those global-warming deniers, arenicolous,
Alex McCrae, Van Nuys, California
From: Linda Taddeo (linda.taddeo gmail.com)
Probably that photo dog buried in the sand is meant to be amusing, but given that people have died from being playfully buried in the sand, and the dog had no choice in participating in this amusement, the image is callous, cruel, and frightening. That’s very much not the impression I’ve gotten from you, so I guess none of this crossed your mind?
Linda Taddeo, Los Angeles, California
Please take a look at the picture closely: legs sticking out in the front and, maybe, half an inch of sand on the back and on the legs. That’s not really a dog ‘buried’, this is.
While we are on the topic of dogs, here are a few words from A.Word.A.Day archives with doggie connections:
dog’s letter, dog’s age, dog’s chance, dogsbody, dog-and-pony show, doggo, seadog, running dog, bird-dog, hangdog.
From: Mike Aparo (Mikeaparo aol.com) (via website comments)
Parents are frequently pregustators for their young children to prove that their food is edible, tasty, and not too hot!
Mike Aparo, Wethersfield, Connecticut
From: Steve Benko (stevebenko1 gmail.com)
Subject: This week’s words in limericks
When Edward the 8th abdicated
Steve Benko, New York, New York
From: Joan Perrin (perrinjoan aol.com)
This week’s theme, I do admit,
Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York
From: Ruth Gorton (ruthgorton myfairpoint.net)
As a Daily Painter, I loved your connection of vocabulary to a large palette. I volunteer in a nursing home where we paint daily, we now have a word a day as well. It’s encouraging to see how many of our elder population have a strong appreciation of language. Both words and painting help to keep them intellectually stimulated, when otherwise they might be stagnating. Many thanks!
Ruth Gorton, South Portland, Maine
From: Louis S. Lunardini (preacherlu aol.com)
It is said that a day without wine (or chicken, or baked beans, or whatever!) is like a day without sunshine. No! A day without AWAD is like a day without sunshine!
Louis S. Lunardini, Bluffton, South Carolina
From: Srinivas Chari (srinivaschar gmail.com)
Hmm... I am back subscribing to A.Word.A.Day after unsubscribing. The joy of enlisting a word or two into my oral/aural armoury got the better of the pain of information overload.
T.K. Srinivas Chari, Chennai, India
From: Pat Naylon (patrick.naylon naylonassociates.com)
I am a lawyer in Los Angeles. I use words that I learned from your website oftentimes in the many briefs that I write. There is no such thing as “overload”. That excuse is the product of an incurious mind. I look forward to your email each day. In fact, each day I write the word in a notebook and I write a sentence of my own creation so that my mind digests its syntax. Please keep up the good work. You are greatly appreciated.
Patrick Naylon, Sherman Oaks, California
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The words of some men are thrown forcibly against you and adhere like burrs. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)