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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Little strokes make a letter and those letters come together to form words. We assign meanings to the words. Often they express everyday things: a tree, a rock, water, and so on. Sometimes a word describes a more complex idea.
Have you ever found yourself wondering, "Wouldn't it be nice if there were a word for it?" Well, there is a word for almost everything under the sun. This week we have dug up five words you may not have known existed.
MEANING:noun: The part of the body where one cannot reach to scratch.
ETYMOLOGY:From Greek aknestis (spine), from Ancient Greek knestis (spine, cheese-grater).
USAGE:"In what has to be the longest post-election season in living memory, the last five months have felt like an acnestis upon our collective soul; like that little patch of skin on our backs that we just can't reach to scratch ourselves. It's irritating. It's annoying. It's left us reaching and spinning around in circles."
A Wish List to Soothe Our Collective Itch; New Straits Times (Malaysia); Aug 5, 2008.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:A decent provision for the poor is the true test of civilisation. -Samuel Johnson, lexicographer (1709-1784)