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Mar 15, 2016
This week’s theme
Playing with words

This week’s words
rebus
calligram
ambigram
pangram
acrostic

calligram
“If I had a gun”

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

calligram

PRONUNCIATION:
(KAL-i-gram)

MEANING:
noun: A word, phrase, or piece of text arranged to form a picture of the subject described.

ETYMOLOGY:
From French calligramme, from Greek calli- (beautiful) + -gram (something written). Earliest documented use: 1923. A word with the same root is callipygian.

NOTES:
One of the best-known practitioners of the form was the French poet and writer Guillaume Apollinaire, whose work was published in the book Calligrammes.

USAGE:
“In his calligram, not only does [Joseph Cornell] mention the names of artists, poets, and musicians alongside the names of scientists and their inventions, he also transforms the building of the laboratory/observatory itself into a sort of puzzle of words.”
Analisa Pauline Leppanen-Guerra; Children’s Stories and “Child-Time” in the Works of Joseph Cornell and the Transatlantic Avant-Garde; Ashgate Publishing; 2011.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Beware of the stories you read or tell; subtly, at night, beneath the waters of consciousness, they are altering your world. -Ben Okri, poet and novelist (b. 15 Mar 1959)

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