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AWADmail Issue 16October 15, 2000
A Compendium of Feedback on the Words in AWAD, and Other Interesting Tidbits about Words and Languages
From: Susanne Koenig (skoeingATmidsouth.rr.com)
Did you ever hear the saying, "Give me ambiguity or give me something else?"
From: Carolanne Reynolds (carolanne.reynoldsATfaximum.com)
This was sent talking about political correctness but thought it was an example of ambiguity that you've had....
At Bowling Green State University, in Ohio, Richard Zeller, a professor of sociology, is retiring after colleagues barred him from teaching a course on political correctness. Said the head of women's studies: "We forbid any course that says we restrict free speech." (10/2/00)
From: Conrad Vlak (cvlakATny.rothinc.com)
Regarding today's word of the day, also please note that syzygy is the longest word in the English language the letters of which, used in any combination, do not form a single other word.
From: Sheila McKenna (sheila.mckennaATuc.edu)
My father used to give me a word a day when I was little. Once he gave me syzygy. In Kindergarten when Sister Mary Angela told us all about the dictionary, she told us we could look up any word. Even Dog or perhaps Cat. She asked for a word, and I, brave little 5 year old said "Syzygy!" She smiled a controlled smile, and said, Ah, we don't know yet about a thing called VOWELS. My dear, certainly you can think of another word." Nope, it's in there. S-y-z-y-g-y, Sister, I promise!" It was, of course, and at the early age of five I was branded a smart mouth.
So use the word carefully. Thanks.
From: Kerri Nussbaum (kerrinATtimberline.com)
Can you please tell me what an ambigram is? It's this week's AWAD theme, and I can't find a definition anywhere.
From: Dave Gomberg (gombergATwcf.com)
You need to find a book titled Inversions by Scott Kim published in paperback about 1975.
From: Jean Sutherland (jeanATnamibian.com.na)
Since the poll was so close isn't there a possibility of arranging for those
who want to get your great service seven days a week to do so? Or would it
require too much work? For instance, what about newspapers which use AWAD?
Alternatively, those who want 'a dumb' weekend can just ignore AWAD or delete
it. And, also, is the majority always right?!
From: Patricia Campbell (pcampbellATmail.darbylaw.com)
Could you please give me the word that means a fear of 13 (the number 13)? Thank you.
Another venue for posting your (and answer others') questions is Wordsmith Talk, the bulletin board. The board is frequented by a great number of veteran linguaphiles and you can count on them to answer questions and engage in some interesting discussion. -Anu
From: Bruce Pain (brucepainATaol.com)
Your latest email arrived with a warning that it contained a picture. This is the second time that this has happened. The first time I opened the email and surprise! No picture. I did not open the second submission for fear of vile (or viral) contamination. Has some dark force been diddling with your server? Inquiring minds need to know.
Words are things; and a small drop of ink / Falling like dew upon a thought, produces / That which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think. -Lord Byron, (1788-1824)