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AWADmail Issue 193December 31, 2005
A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Other Interesting Tidbits about Words and Languages
From: Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)
2006: Year of African Languages
A Yellow Pages of aptronyms:
Scottish Accent Better for Business Success:
From: Bruce Raup (braupATnsidc.org)
To see a more frightening image of a moulin, see earthobservatory.nasa.gov
From: Bob Bunker (b2-bsquareATsbcglobal.net)
The "blue" in the ice of a moulin indicates ice safe to drink. The white ice (at the arctic sea shore) contains salt and in a survival situation is not safe to drink. The blue ice is aged and the salt content is apparently gone from it. Melt it in your hand and drop the drops into your mouth. If you eat it as ice, it will help lower your body's core temperature which can hasten freezing to death.
I just thought you'd want to know to avoid hypothermia. (smile)
From: John Felix (jfelixbATaol.com)
By one of those odd synchronicities with which existence occasionally teases us, I have recently been reading here and there about a place in India called Ran or Rann of Kutch -- various other spellings also -- and I wonder whether it qualifies as a peneplain?
Reminds me: There used to be a series of cheap books with illustrations in England which were sold in two varieties -- a penny plain and twopence (tuppence) coloured. I surmise that such a book about the Rann of Cutch would be offered only as a penny plain.
Yours in plenny pain, John Felix
From: Susan Gawarecki (locATicx.net)
The language of geology is a great love of mine. Although I have my doctorate in geology, I no longer work in the field, and how I miss it! The technical terms are like old friends. For true enjoyment, I refer you to writer John McPhee's series of books, "Annals of the Former World". He blends the poetry of the geological terms with a fascinating tour of the geology across the U.S. along Interstate 80.
From: Ellen Blackstone (ellenAT123imagine.net)
I have seen this tag-line on e-mail messages occasionally, and it always speaks to me .... every time I see it again!
"Go outside - the graphics are amazing!"
From: Eric Shackle (eshackleATozemail.com.au)
If you had included "geodesic dome" in last week's earth words I could have linked it to a story about a marvellous golden dome surmounting California's quirky Quixote Winery. It's discussed in the January edition of my free e-book.
When I feel inclined to read poetry, I take down my dictionary. The poetry of words is quite as beautiful as the poetry of sentences. The author may arrange the gems effectively, but their shape and lustre have been given by the attrition of ages. -Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr., writer and physician (1809-1894)