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AWADmail Issue 679

A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Tidbits about Words and Language

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

Reports of English’s Demise in US Have Been Greatly Exaggerated
The Guardian

How India Changed the English Language

10 of the World’s Most Stunning Bookstores (I’d add Powell’s City of Books to this list)

From: Joe Sabel (j_sabel yahoo.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--connate

Connate is a term used in geology for the water found in a rock formation. Connate water was in the sediment at or near the time of deposition. Meteoric water is the result of, well, weather and recharge. This is a particularly important concept just now in places where aquifers are being “mined”. The water is connate and will not be recharged whether droughts end or not.

Joe Sabel

From: Judy Fritsch (hnjfritsch gmail.com)
Subject: connate

And when I wasn’t sure if the word was spelled with an “i” or an “e”, I would write a thin “e” and put a dot over it. That was back in the days when we did cursive writing.

Judy Fritsch, Yonkers, New York

From: Mary Hazelton (maryhazelton gmail.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--connate

I remember doing a similar thing in school. In a test with two consecutive questions about acid and alkaline and litmus paper and blue and pink, I said pink (or blue) for both, thus ensuring I got at least one right. However I actually thought that the teacher should not have given me a mark for either, as it was evident that I had no idea and was trying to buck the system. I was a bright student, just disinterested in science (and rote learning). Ingenuity? In my case plain dishonesty!

Mary Hazelton, Orange Grove, South Africa

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From: Michael Anderson (michael evanstongroup.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--connate

Your intro to the week’s words captivated me.

The school boy who wrote both T and F on his tests is the perfect image of how, for years, I tried to have it both ways with all the big questions of the Creed -- Was Jesus born of a Virgin? Did he rise from the dead? Is he coming back to rule an everlasting, world-wide kingdom? To all these I answered TF. Then one day in 1999 I wrote one letter, saying goodbye to the faith and the ministry. It wasn’t easy and, 16 years later I still struggle, but there is a certain comfort living, at last, unequivocally.

Michael Anderson, Evanston, Illinois

From: Duncan Howarth (DuncanHowarth aol.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--sorb

Life is a jest, and all things show it, / I thought so once, and now I know it. -John Gay, poet and dramatist (30 Jun 1685-1732)

Good to see the quotation from John Gay, but by omitting to point out that it was his self-scripted epitaph you run the danger that readers will not understand the full point of his words.

Duncan Howarth, Maidstone, UK

From: M Henri Day (mhenriday gmail.com)
Subject: Re: fardel

The locus classicus must be in Hamlet’s soliloquy:

Who would these fardels bear
To grunt and sweat under a weary life

M Henri Day, Stockholm, Sweden

From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
Subject: Limericks

I’m so friendly -- at parties, I’m great!
Niceness runs in my genes; it’s a trait.
I’m a sociable, mellow,
Agreeable fellow.
Just call me connately connate.

-David Goldberg, Pinckney, Michigan (goldberg wccnet.edu)

When a man sees a film for adults
He achieves scientific results
Through the ocular orbs
His amygdala sorbs
All the photons in which he exults.

-Steve Benko, New York, New York (stevebenko1 gmail.com)

There was an old Scotsman named Campbell
Who took a young lass for a ramble
He had some desire
And her bum was on fire
When she went to lie back on a bramble.

-Bob Thompson, New Plymouth, New Zealand (bobtee xtra.co.nz)

I’m wondering whether this bard’ll
be able to do it. How hard’ll
a limerick be?
Uh oh! Now I see
there’s a dearth of words rhyming with fardel!

-Anne Thomas, Sedona, Arizona (antom earthlink.net)

When you set out to maunder,
Take heed where you might wander,
Or else you could amble,
Get lost in your ramble,
And find yourself out yonder.

-Joan Perrin Port Jefferson Station, New York (perrinjoan aol.com)

From: Phil Graham (pgraham1946 cox.net)
Subject: Puns on the Words of the Week

In a surprisingly good mood, the connate his final meal.

“I can really hold my ouzo,” said Sorba the Greek.

“You found the patient on a different floor? I didn’t know he was ramble-atory!”

“How fardel I can set down this TV?” gasped the delivery boy.

“I maunder the impression that we’re lost,” said Lewis to Clark.

Phil Graham, Tulsa, Oklahoma

A different language is a different vision of life. -Federico Fellini, film director and writer (1920-1993)

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