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Mar 14, 2016
This week’s theme
Playing with words

This week’s words
rebus
calligram
ambigram
pangram
acrostic

rebus
ewe & eye = a match

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

In Internet terms, it sounds prehistoric now, but 22 years ago, on Mar 14, 1994, I started what became Wordsmith.org. Time flies when you are having fun. Every morning I can’t wait to wake up and start playing with words, exploring their origins, identifying their cousins, and more, and sharing them with you.

There isn’t a word for a 22nd anniversary, but we can coin one. It can be a duovicennial (vicenary: relating to 20 years, from Latin viginti: twenty).

To celebrate, this week we are throwing a big party and everyone is invited. This week we’ll be playing with words. I have selected five words about having fun with words.

Can you come up with your own (original) examples to illustrate a word featured this week? Send them to words@wordsmith.org by this Fri. Include your location.

Selected entries will win books, word games, or T-shirts.
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rebus

PRONUNCIATION:
(REE-buhs)

MEANING:
noun: A representation of a word or phrase using pictures, symbols, letters, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin rebus (by things), from res (thing). Earliest documented use: 1605.

USAGE:
“Daniel Clowes’s narratives are full of anagrams and rebuses, clues (a wand, an eye, a movie camera) to an underlying mystery that is never solved.”
Tad Friend; Comics from Underground; The New Yorker; Jul 30, 2001.

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

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (14 Mar 1879-1955)

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