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Aug 1, 2011
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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

It's human nature to seek patterns: some find the shapes of elephants in the clouds, the face of Jesus in a piece of burnt tortilla, and the spelling coincidences in the names of Kennedy and Lincoln assassins.

CONTEST: There's a pattern, too, in this week's words, even if it's not very apparent. Can you find it?

HOW TO ENTER: What is that pattern? Email your answers to contest@wordsmith.org by Friday this week. One entry per person, please. Be sure to include your location (city/state/country).

PRIZES: Two winners -- the first reader to identify the theme, and a reader randomly selected from all correct entries -- will receive their choice of the word game One Up! or an autographed copy of the book A Word A Day.

oenophile

PRONUNCIATION:
(EE-nuh-fyl)

MEANING:
noun: Someone who enjoys wine, especially as a connoisseur.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek oinos (wine), + -phile (love). Earliest documented use: 1930.

USAGE:
"While I am more than happy to drink wine of all nations and colours, my husband Don is the family oenophile."
Ann Morrison; Confessions of an Underqualified Oenophile; Financial Times (London, UK); Jun 10, 2006.

See more usage examples of oenophile in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Transport of the mails, transport of the human voice, transport of flickering pictures -- in this century, as in others, our highest accomplishments still have the single aim of bringing men together. -Antoine de Saint-Exupery, author and aviator (1900-1944)

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