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AWADmail Issue 284

December 9, 2007

A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Other Interesting Tidbits about Words and Languages

From: Anu Garg (words wordsmith.org)
Subject: Interesting stories from the net

At a Loss for Words:
Natural History National Language:

Words of the Year:
New York Times

From: Gordon Tully (gordon.tully gmail.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--serotine

The word immediately calls to mind a patent "medicine" sold just after the 2nd World War in the U.S., called "Serutan", a laxative, which is "natures" spelled backward.

From: Israel P (israelp pikholz.org)
Subject: Ree: A.Word.A.Day--superficies

Faster than a speeding mullet.
More powerful than a loco killer whale
Able to leap tall white sharks with a single bound.
Look, down in the water, not a bird, not a plane, it's

superficies (soo-puhr-FISH-ee-eez) noun

From: Dee Sugar (zeess aol.com)
Subject: Words to the Why's?

Words are my wings,... and fueled by you
My world's become smaller; easier to view.

When I read some of the rules for speaking and writing the English language correctly, -- as that a sentence must never end with a particle, -- and perceive how implicitly even the learned obey it, I think -- Any fool can make a rule And every fool will mind it. -Henry David Thoreau, naturalist and author (1817-1862)

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