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Mar 18, 2016
This week’s theme
Playing with words

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rebus
calligram
ambigram
pangram
acrostic

acrostic
A tombstone in Montreal (story)


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Words with unusual plurals
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acrostic

PRONUNCIATION:
(a-KRAW-stik, a-KRAWS-tik)

MEANING:
noun: A composition in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or message.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin acrostichis, from Greek akrostikhis, from akron (head) + stikhos (line). Earliest documented use: 1585. A word with the same root is acrophobia.

NOTES:
When the spelled-out word is in the middle (instead of from the initial letters), it’s called a mesostic (example). Also see, a meta acrostic.

USAGE:
“In 2009, Schwarzenegger released a memorable message. He used a vulgar acrostic to reject a bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.”
Michael Mishak & Anthony York; Brown Sends a Message With His Pen; Los Angeles Times; Oct 8, 2011.

See more usage examples of acrostic in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Shelved rows of books warm and brighten the starkest room, and scattered single volumes reveal mental processes in progress -- books in the act of consumption, abandoned but readily resumable, tomorrow or next year. -John Updike, writer (18 Mar 1932-2009)

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