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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
I'm back in Seattle. Back from a three-country, five-city, seven-week, 10-speech tour of Asia. I spoke at a variety of settings, from a club of foreign correspondents to a bunch of fifth-grade kids bubbling with enthusiasm.
I truly loved speaking, sharing stories, mingling, listening, and connecting with the people. I enjoyed and learned much during this trip (including the fact that turbulence at 30,000 feet is God's way of encouraging us to pray).
I'm glad to be back to high-speed Internet though not to the tons of backlogged email. While I catch up with it, this week we'll look at some miscellaneous words.
noun: The collection of equipment and techniques available to one in a particular field, especially in medicine. plural armamentaria
From Latin armamentarium (arsenal), eventually from Latin armare (to arm). Ironically, the word to describe the apparatus of war (armament) and the word for healing paraphernalia (armamentarium) derive from the same root.
"All developed countries share the components: growing populations of
elderly people, health-care systems in varying degrees of financial
crisis and an armamentarium of sophisticated medical technology -
respirators and life-support systems - whose use in end-of-life care
is increasingly being viewed with distrust."
"The heavens are just full of stuff (asteroids, meteors, comets and a
miscellany of rubble) that has a good chance of whacking the Earth sooner
or later. The inventory of that celestial armamentarium -- and the
likelihood of an ultimately ruinous Big Splat -- are the subjects of
this morbidly mesmerizing book (Fire on Earth: Doomsday, Dinosaurs, and
Humankind) by two prolific science authors."
I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)