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aa (ah-ah) noun
Lava having a rough surface.
[From Hawaiian, apparently from the sound one emits on walking barefoot over the jagged lava surface.]
"Aa has a surface that's broken into blocks with sharp, spiny
"With so much to memorize, trying to recall that aa is a kind of
solidified lava or that an ai is a three-toed sloth, would tax the brain
unnecessarily. Mr. Keskaroonkul estimates he knows nearly 110,000 words,
or nearly 70% of Webster's New World Dictionary, published by
Merriam-Webster. In comparison, the average college graduate is said to
have an active vocabulary of 10,000 to 15,000 words."
This week's theme: words that seem unreal.
The happiest is the person who suffers the least pain; the most miserable who enjoys the least pleasure. -Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher and author (1712-1778)