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AWADmail Issue 707

A 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)
Subject: Interesting stories from the Net

The Languages of “Star Wars: The Force Awakens”
The Wall Street Journal
WebCite

Teenagers Not Ruining the English Language: Study
The Times of India
WebCite

Does the Rise of English Mean Losing Knowledge?
BBC
WebCite


Email of the Week (Purchase One Up!- Word-perfect heaven awaits.)

From: Alan Shuchat (ahs613 gmail.com)
Subject: Sitzmark, sitzfleisch (Re: onerous)

In the intro to this week’s words, you said that sitzmark would be a good thing for test-takers. But I think that sitzfleisch would be more of an asset.

Alan Shuchat, Newton, Massachusetts


From: Hope Bucher (hopebucher gmail.com)
Subject: Torpor

Experiments are underway to lower humans’ body temperature in order to keep them in a sleeplike state. NASA has funded a preliminary study to examine placing astronauts in a state of torpor or hibernation for weeks at a time. It would move science fiction into the realm of science reality.

Hope Bucher, Naperville, Illinois


From: Evan Hazard (eehazard paulbunyan.net)
Subject: welter

Depends on one’s viewpoint. To us biologists, that neat photo accompanying this word shows some fungi degrading organic stuff into recyclable plant nutrients and deriving their own nutrition thereby. A beautiful photo illustrating a beautiful process.

Evan Hazard, Bemidji, Minnesota


From: Bernard Jacks (bsjacks optonline.net)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--reticence

A lot of politicians on the Sunday morning talk shows use “reticence” incorrectly, as meaning “reluctant” -- “the senator is reticent to sign that bill.” Drives me crazy.

Bernie Jacks, Manalapan, New Jersey


From: Stephen Posey (stephenlposey earthlink.net)
Subject: This week’s words

Just wanted you to know that your “circular” usage quotes did not go unnoticed ;-)

Stephen Posey, Hixson, Tennessee


From: Dharam Khalsa (dharamkk2 windstream.net)
Subject: Anagrams of this week’s words


All five words, plus this title, are equal to the one anagram:
1. onerous
2. torpor
3. welter
4. invective
5. reticence
=
1. oppressive endeavor or event
2. quiet lethargic state
3. roll, writhe
4. emotional insult (ow!)
5. reluctance, fear
The text in the right box is an anagram of the text in the left.

Dharam Khalsa, Espanola, New Mexico


From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
Subject: Limericks

When the Wordsmith decided to honor us
with this Word both intriguing and sonorous,
I had quite a tough time
coming up with a rhyme.
Must admit that I found the task onerous.

-Zelda Dvoretzky, Haifa, Israel (zeldahaifa gmail.com)

Though my wife and the dog find it onerous
My singing is really quite sonorous
They ought to throw flowers
All during my showers
And beg, “One more aria, honor us!”

-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

“Oh my Gosh!” said our Lord, “this’s onerous,”
As He plodded the long Via Doloros-
A. ‘Nd I’m quite at a loss
Why I’m bearin” this cross.”
Said his Dad: “Well, it’s awesome PR for Us.”

-Oliver Butterfield, Kelowna, Canada (obutterfield shaw.ca)

She refused to be roused from her torpor,
said all his attempts only bored her.
So what did he do?
He gave up (wouldn’t you?)
and declared he no longer would court her.

-Anne Thomas, Sedona, Arizona (antom earthlink.net)

When the engines were off of their feed
And the order came down for more speed
“In this kind of torpor
It’s not safe to warp her!”
Would Scotty to Captain Kirk plead.

-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

She walked around in a torpor,
Abandoned by her paramour,
Who on that very day,
Said adieu, ran away,
With her own young, handsome chauffeur.

-Joan Perrin, Port Jefferson Station, New York (perrinjoan aol.com)

As she runs here and there helter-skelter,
attempting escape from the welter,
poor Snow Maiden yells,
“Global warming is hell!”
and prays changing temps will not melt her.

-Anne Thomas, Sedona, Arizona (antom earthlink.net)

When Syrians flee helter skelter
And Congress is all in a welter
Executive orders
Should open the borders
“Your tired, your poor” let us shelter.

-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

There once was a private detective
Who oft spoke with pow’rful invective.
But when he wrote letters
To inform his betters,
He was, with his words, more selective.

-Steven Hight (stevenehight gmail.com)

If your husband seems full of invective
And in bed he’s become ineffective
Perhaps you’ll approach
A relationship coach
But I’d hire a private detective.

-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

Prince valued the beauty’s sweet reticence,
so chose to withhold his beneficence.
He knew if he kissed her,
she’d wake. Though he’d miss her,
he left. She’s still Sleeper in Residence.

-Anne Thomas, Sedona, Arizona (antom earthlink.net)

A person who should have used “reticent”
about someone who wouldn’t say what he meant,
would not even try
to describe him as shy.
Simple language: I wish I knew where it went!

-Zelda Dvoretzky, Haifa, Israel (zeldahaifa gmail.com)

Though Moses spoke only with reticence
He called down one heck of a pestilence
The armies of Pharaoh
Still made escape narrow
But parting the sea -- now that’s eloquence.

-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)


From: Phil Graham (pgraham1946 cox.net)
Subject: AWAD of puns

“If we could carry your majesty’s palanquin, you would onerus.”

The girl’s plot was so slow-moving that the English teacher torpor paper.

To make Hilary Swank look bruised in “Million Dollar Baby,” they had to welter.

“Damn it! When is the health department gonna spray for those invective mosquitoes?”

The country singer, Ms. Lynn, got laryngitis. I haven’t heard low reticence.

Phil Graham, Tulsa, Oklahoma


From: Brandy Dille (brandy_dille76 yahoo.com)
Subject: Gift subscriptions of A.Word.A.Day

I sent gift subscriptions of A.Word.A.Day because I love learning new stuff and I love getting my new words every morning in me mailbox and thought my friends would too.

Brandy Dille, Red Bud, Illinois


A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
His words, like so many nimble and airy servitors, trip about him at command. -John Milton, poet (1608-1674)

Jan 17, 2016
This week’s theme
Vocab words

This week’s words
onerous
torpor
welter
invective
reticence

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Relative usage over time

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