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A.Word.A.Day--acritochromacy

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Back in 1994, when I founded Wordsmith.org on a Pi Day (March 14), I had no idea that one day we'd be celebrating its quadridecennial. Here's what the last 14 years look like in numbers:

So far we have sent out 3,782 unique words and 297 AWADmail compilations to 640,000 present subscribers in 200 countries, that is more than 1.6 billion pieces of email.

Well, this week we're seeing all things 14. We'll feature words that are 14 letters long, and define each of them in 14 letters.

acritochromacy (uh-KRIT-o-kro-muh-see) noun

Color blindness.

[From Greek akritos (undistinguishing) + chroma (color).]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"'But why should the chronicle of a lovely lady's catastrophic impact upon Oxford be likely to illuminate this affair of bedaubed busts and pulverising meteorites? And why--acritochromacy,' said a voice almost in Appleby's ear." Michael Innes; The Weight of the Evidence; HarperCollins; 1983.

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