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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Illustrating the importance of using the right word, Mark Twain once said, "The difference between the almost-right word & the right word is really a large matter -- it's the difference between the lightning-bug & the lightning."
Choosing the right word is critical, but with a million words in the language, it's hard to get to know them all. Sometimes we have to hazard a guess, and try to figure out a word by its looks and sounds. It doesn't always work and results can be similar to placing the publication Style (instead of InStyle) in the waiting area of a hair salon.
This week we feature five words whose meanings are different from what one might first guess.
1. An inventor.
2. A craftsperson.
3. A mechanic in the armed forces.
ETYMOLOGY:From Latin artificium (craftsmanship, art), from art + facere (to make).
USAGE:"The artificer turns a little sadly to his king: 'One day, I hope mankind will find a peaceful use for my invention,' he says."
Tom Lubbock; Flights of Fantasy; The Independent (London, UK); Sep 18, 2006.
Explore "artificer" in the Visual Thesaurus.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Nothing which does not transport is poetry. The lyre is a winged instrument. -Joseph Joubert, essayist (1754-1824)
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