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This FAQ answers some of the questions regarding A.Word.A.Day. If you have any additional questions, do not hesitate to ask. Email address: (words AT wordsmith.org).


A.Word.A.Day in media:

A.Word.A.Day has been featured in the following publications. If you noticed it in a publication not listed here, please drop me a line.

Also check out the Web awards page.

  • Toronto Star (Canada), July 21, 1994
  • IEEE Institute, September 1994
  • Data News (Belgium), October 94
  • SWET (Japan), November 1994
  • NET (Netherlands), November 1994
  • WEBster, November 22, 1994
  • Online Access, January 1995
  • Guardian (UK), January 5, 1995
  • Tekno Pluss (Norway), January, 1995
  • Internet Yellow Pages, 2nd ed., Osborne McGraw Hill 1994
  • Internet After Hours, Prima
  • Internet by EMail, Ziff-Davis Press 1994
  • Internet Starter Kit for Macintosh, 2nd Ed.
  • Using the Internet, Que Corporation, 1994
  • Computer Bits, March 1995
  • The Computists' Communique, March 16, 1995
  • Toronto Sun, March 29, 1995
  • Whole Internet Catalog, March 1995
  • Netsurfer Digest, April 3, 1995
  • Internet World, May 1995
  • Point & Click Internet, Peach Pit Press, 1994
  • Seattle Times, April 16, 1995
  • The Scout Report, April 28, 1995
  • Wired, June 1995
  • InterNetGuiden (Sweden)
  • Inside the Internet, Cobb Group, (Vol 2, No. 6, June, 1995)
  • G+ (Australia)
  • Internet Roadside Attractions, Ventana Press
  • Austin American-Statesman, June 17, 1995
  • MacUser, (Issue date?)
  • The Age (Australia), July 1995
  • The Unusual or Deep Site of the Day, July 20, 1995
  • The Internet Golden Directory, Osborne
  • InfoWorld, August 28, 1995
  • San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune, August 8, 1995
  • Los Angeles Times, September 27, 1995
  • Vestmanlands Lans Tidning (Sweden), Summer 95
  • Sacra Blue, October 1995
  • Virtual City, Fall 1995
  • Chronicle of Higher Education, September 29, 1995
  • Tom Lichty's America Online's Internet, 1995
  • Internet Index #10
  • PC Actual, (Spain) July/August, 1995
  • MacChat,
  • TourBus, November 1, 1995
  • Left to Write, November 1995
  • Newsweek (Computers & The Family Special Issue), Fall/Winter 1995
  • HotWired, November 1995
  • Internet Reporter (France), November 95
  • BAT's Catch of the day, November 22, 1995
  • Komando's Komputer Klinic Top Internet Picks, December 1, 1995
  • NetGuide, January 1996
  • Internet and World Wide Web Simplified, IDG Books, 1996
  • Electronic Author (UK)
  • The Idiots Guide To Internet Email, 1994
  • Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Bulletin, October/November 1995
  • 4 Star Site Award from The McKinley Group
  • New Riders' Official WWW Yellow Pages
  • Writer's Digest January 1996
  • Concrete, University of East Anglia, UK, January 1996
  • Writers News (UK), January 1996
  • Riddler's Choice, February 1996
  • Internet Underground, February 1996
  • The Joong-Ang Ilbo (South Korea), March 9, 1996
  • The Fayetteville Observer Times, March 31, 1996
  • The Washington Post, March 28, 1996
  • INTERNET (South Korea), February 1996
  • Walking the World Wide Web 2nd Edition, March 1996
  • Hong Kong Economic Times (Hong Kong), March 27, 1996
  • Hampshire Sunday News, March 31, 1996
  • Way More Free Stuff From the Internet, Coriolis Group, 1995
  • infoZine, April 1996
  • Yahoo's Picks of the Week, May 6, 1996
  • Spiv's Enlightened Site of the Day, May 23, 1996
  • Blue Plate Special by the Web Diner, May 24, 1996
  • Internet World, June 1996
  • Home Education Magazine, May-June 1996
  • Channel 35, University of California, San Diego
  • We Compute (Canada), June 1996
  • Internet user (Japan), June? 1996
  • India Today, North American Edition (India), June 30, 1996
  • The Internet Minute, WCBS-AM (NewsRadio 88) New York City, July 1, 1996
  • Internetadressbuch (Germany)
  • Catching Up with the Internet (Korea)
  • Database, April 1, 1996
  • Modern English Education (Japan)
  • Soft (Thailand)
  • Netscape Navigator 2.0 Book
  • Kansas City Star, July 1996
  • Computer Connections, June 1996
  • Magazine Internet (Korea)
  • PC Plus (Korea)
  • Modern English Education (Japan)
  • New Bedford Standard Times, July 1996
  • How PC (Korea)
  • Computerworld (China) July 22, 1996
  • EyeOnTheWeb's Selected Site Award, August 1996
  • Access to the World: Cool Link of the Week Award, August 7, 1996
  • Sun Herald (Australia), August 4, 1996
  • Internet and Information Hunter Power Book (Korea)
  • The Age (Australia), August 22, 1996
  • The Australian (Australia), August 13, 1996
  • The Arab Times (Kuwait), August 1996
  • The Yomiuri (Japan), August 19, 1996
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), August 1996
  • Men's Health Online, August 23, 1996
  • Creme de la Creme Award, September 12, 1996
  • Multimedia Magazine from AOL, September 96
  • Explore the Net with Internet Explorer, September 1996
  • Yet Another Web Newsletter, September 14, 1996
  • Tuna's Fresh Catch of the Month Award, September 1996
  • Periodica Islamica, vol.5, no.1, 1995
  • Visual Basic Developer, September 1996
  • The Monterey County Herald, California, September 16, 1996
  • The Casper Star Tribune, Wyoming, October 16, 1996
  • Spencer and Anne show, ABC Radio, Queensland, Australia
  • Lucky 7: Best Of The Web Award, October 1996
  • Gold Star Award, October 1996
  • Pretty Cool Page Award, October 1996
  • Worcester Telegram-Gazette, October 18, 1996
  • Electronics Times (South Korea)
  • The Award Ward Award, October 1996
  • Internet news (Italy), October 1996
  • PC Novice, October 1996
  • NetGiver Award, October 1996
  • Beverly's Gold Seal Award, October 31, 1996
  • The Elite of the Web Award, October 1996
  • Education World's Education Site Award, November 1996
  • Apple Slices, a newsletter of The Radio Club of JHS 22-NYC
  • Seattle Times, December 15, 1996
  • Medaille d'Or for Web Site Excellence, December 1996
  • You Can Surf the Net!, Puffin Books 1996
  • Sydney Morning Herald (Australia)
  • AAIV Newsline, Vol. 7 No. 1, 1997
  • Hangyere (South Korea)
  • Journal of Adolescent & Adult Literacy, Dec96/Jan97
  • Nikkei Zero One (Japan), November 1996
  • The Korea Herald (South Korea)
  • CyberSpace Magazine (Taiwan)
  • New Zealand Net Guide (New Zealand)
  • Herald News
  • Success Now (UK), Winter 1996-97
  • Times Of India (India), January 14, 1997
  • LookSmart Editor's Choice Award, January 1997
  • IC Hilites, AOL, January 1997
  • The Saginaw News, January 18, 1997
  • The Sun, Canada, February 23, 1997
  • Mademoiselle, February 1997
  • WWMT-TV, Kalamazoo-Grand Rapids, Michigan, November 1996
  • The Middlesex News, March 1, 1997
  • New Scientist, March 1, 1997
  • La Lettre des Profs d'Anglais (France), March 1997
  • PC Lines, South Korea
  • Western Word Magazine Vol 21 No. 2 March 1997
  • Yahoo! Internet Life, April 1997
  • South Carolina Educational Radio, Mar 31, 1997
  • Dr.Bob's Painless Guide to the Internet & Amazing Things You Can Do With E-Mail, No Starch Press
  • Internet Index #18
  • Houston Chronicle, May 11,1997
  • phenomeNEWS, May 1997
  • Connecticut Post, April 1997
  • Tarin's Top Ten, March 21, 1997
  • SF Poet
  • Internet Reporter (France), June 1997
  • Internet English (South Korea)
  • Web Magazine, August 1997
  • Bismarck Tribune Sunday, August 10, 1997
  • Johannesburg Star (South Africa), August 19, 1997
  • New York Newsday, September 7, 1997
  • Sherman Herald Democrat, September 15, 1997
  • Monitor Magazine (Canada), September 1997
  • Cleveland Plain Dealer Sunday Magazine, October 5, 1997
  • Daily Mountain Eagle (Jasper, AL), October 12,1997
  • Arizona Daily Star, October 10, 1997
  • Charlotte Observer, October 10, 1997
  • Electronic Telegraph (UK), October 1997
  • CNN Interactive, October 14, 1997
  • Best of the Web from Snap! Online, October 1997
  • KKSF, 103.7 FM (San Francisco, CA), October 29, 1997
  • Tipworld Email List of the Day, October 30, 1997
  • Yahoo! Internet Life, December 1997
  • PC World: Top Five Mailing Lists for Businesspeople, November 24, 1997
  • Atlanta Journal and Constitution, November 28, 1997
  • Critical Mass Award, December 15, 1997
  • Elite Site Award, December 24, 1997
  • Popular Computer Week (China) September 12, 1997
  • Computer Business Information (China) November 10, 1997
  • Internet 101: A Beginner's Guide to The Internet and the World Wide Web, Addison Wesley Longman, 1998
  • Washington Times, January 19, 1998
  • Web Vision (India) February 6, 1998
  • Washington Post, April 20, 1998
  • ABC Informatica (Spain), April 22, 1998
  • Los Angeles Times, April 23, 1998
  • Carolina Mountain Living, Spring 1998
  • Kansas City Star, May 1998
  • Internet Minute (radio program at WCBS NY), May 12, 1998
  • Die Burger (South Africa) May 18, 1998
  • Globes (Israel), April 1998
  • Wave of the Day, Jun 6, 1998
  • The Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland), May 16, 1998
  • The Clicked and the Read, June 7, 1998
  • The Globe and Mail (Canada), 8 Aug 1998
  • Rhona at Night (Radio Talk Show), 25 Aug 1998
  • NRK P3 Radio (Norway)
  • Poet's Market 1998
  • BBC Online
  • Femina (magazine, India), October 1998
  • The Vancouver Province (newspaper, Canada), October 7, 1998
  • El Pais (newspaper, Spain), October 14, 1998
  • Saigon Tiep Thi (newspaper, Vietnam), October 15, 1998
  • Third Age News (online publication), November 5, 1998
  • China Post (newspaper, Taiwan), November 8, 1998
  • Curierul de Fizica (newsletter, Romania) December 1998
  • Saigon Tiep Thi (newspaper, Vietnam), November 13, 1998
  • Philadelphia Inquirer (newspaper), November 29, 1998
  • Diario da Tropa (Brazil), December 1998
  • ComputerActive magazine, December 17-30, 1998
  • Attache, US Air Inflight Magazine, January 1999
  • Trinidad Express (Trinidad), January 17, 1999
  • American Journalism Review, January/February 1999
  • Computek (Indonesia), February 17, 1999
  • San Jose Mercury News, February 21, 1999
  • WWW Magazine (Poland), March 1999
  • Mantex Newsletter (UK), March 1999
  • Sky Magazine (Delta Airlines), April 1999
  • Glamour Magazine, May 1999
  • Teach Yourself Computers And the Internet Visually
  • The Globe and Mail (Canada), March 17, 1999
  • Atlanta Business Chronicle, March 19-25, 1999
  • EduNotes for Educators, April 1999
  • Wildlife Australia, Volume 36, No. 1, April 1999
  • The Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), April 17, 1999
  • The Official Komando Weekly E-Zine, April 19, 1999
  • The Eastern Loudoun Times, May 6, 1999
  • The Berkshire Eagle Newspaper May 9, 1999
  • The Winona Daily News, May 23, 1999
  • Electronic Telegraph, June 1, 1999
  • Web Review, June 4, 1999
  • Raising Teens, Premier Issue, Fall 1999
  • Fox 8 News Cleveland. July 15, 1999
  • Xtra Weekly Newsletter (New Zealand), July 17, 1999
  • San Antonio Express-News, July 26, 1999
  • e-Factory NewsDesk, July 26, 1999
  • The Guardian (UK), July 30, 1999
  • Family PC, August 1999
  • First for Women, August 23, 1999
  • The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, August 1, 1999
  • The Arizona Republic, August 2, 1999
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer, August 5, 1999
  • User Friendly, the Comic Strip, August 18, 1999
  • Rhona At Night (Radio show), August 1999
  • The Guardian (UK), August 26, 1999
  • The Australian Newspaper, August 31, 1999
  • Bottom Line Personal, September 15, 1999
  • The Carmel Pine Cone, August 27, 1999
  • Sun TV, September 3, 1999
  • Newsweek, September 20, 1999
  • The Columbus Dispatch, October 1, 1999
  • COP TV, Los Angeles October 13, 1999
  • The New York Times, October 14, 1999
  • The Cincinnati Enquirer, October 15, 1999
  • The Montreal Gazette, October 16, 1999
  • Mademoiselle, October 1999
  • Jump Magazine, December 1999 - February 2000
  • The Lexington Herald, October 17, 1999
  • The Korea Herald, October 25, 1999
  • The Appeal Democrat-Herald, October 30, 1999
  • Seventeen, November 1999
  • Charlotte Observer, November 2, 1999
  • Irish Independent, November 8 1999
  • Arizona Daily Star, November 14, 1999
  • Indian Express, November 22, 1999
  • Great Results Premier Issue, November 1999
  • The Internet Monthly, UK, December 1999
  • Emirates Woman, Dubai, December 1999
  • Gazeta Wyborcza (Poland), December 14, 1999
  • Dallas Morning News, January 6, 2000
  • The Age (Australia) January 7, 2000
  • WTMJ Radio, January 11, 2000
  • Sunday Express (Trinidad), January 16, 2000
  • CBC Radio (Canada), January 24, 2000
  • Canadian Screenwriter (Canada), Winter 2000
  • Yorkton Review (Canada), January 29, 2000
  • Link Magazine (Mexico), February 2000
  • London Review of Books (UK), February 17, 2000
  • Orange County Register Connect Magazine, February 22, 2000
  • Arizona Republic, February 24, 2000
  • Daily Jung (Pakistan), March 5, 2000
  • CKM (Poland), March 2000
  • The Roanoke Times, March 21, 2000
  • The Lawrence Eagle Tribune, March 27, 2000
  • Super Express Newspaper (Poland), April 5, 2000
  • North Star Monthly, May 2000
  • Salt Lake Magazine, May/June 2000
  • The Ely Echo, May 2, 2000
  • USA Today Hot Site, May 2, 2000
  • Gioia Magazine (Italy), May 8, 2000
  • The Orlando Sentinel, May 10, 2000
  • The Nashville Tennessean, May 14, 2000
  • The Indian Express (India), May 21, 2000
  • The Rockland County Journal News, May 30, 2000
  • Cosmopolitan, June 2000
  • St. Louis Post Dispatch Sunday, June 18, 2000
  • The Malay Mail (Malayasia), June 20, 2000
  • Kosmopolitan (Indonesia), June 2000
  • The Telegraph (UK), July 8, 2000
  • WBFO Radio, July 13, 2000
  • Clicks Today, July 14, 2000
  • Popular Computer Week (China), July 24, 2000
  • The Courier Mail (Australia), July 25, 2000
  • Speak Up (Italy), July 2000
  • The Mercury (Australia), Aug 2, 2000
  • The Louisville Courier-Journal, Aug 14, 2000
  • The San Jose Mercury News, Sep 17, 2000

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What is A.Word.A.Day?

The music and magic of words--that's what A.Word.A.Day (AWAD) is all about. AWAD (ISSN: 1524-6884) is a daily electronic publication from the wordserver at Wordsmith.Org. AWAD includes a vocabulary word, its definition, pronunciation information with audio clip, etymology, usage example, quotation, and other interesting tidbits about words to subscribers every day. You can think of it as a word trek where we explore strange new words. Words are usually selected around a theme every week.

There is no charge to subscribe to AWAD.

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What is a wordserver, then?

Wordserver is a term Anu Garg coined, as a generic name for the server which runs words related services. Wordserver is essentially what its name implies - server of words. Besides A.Word.A.Day, it runs many other reference/fun services and performs functions such as processing subscription requests, keeping logs, generating statistics etc.

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Who created this stuff?

Yours truly. It began as an idea for displaying a word and its definition on his terminal when Anu Garg logged on every morning during his graduate studies. Later, he thought, "Wouldn't it be great if other people could also receive this?" And a wordserver was born. (March 14, 1994)

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A.Word.A.Day commands that can be sent to wsmith@wordsmith.org are:
(Send the command in the subject line of the message only)

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How many people receive A.Word.A.Day?

Currently AWAD is subscribed by more than one million people in 200 countries and territories. This number includes only those who get it directly from Wordsmith.org -- it does not include people who get AWAD via mail exploders, local Usenet newsgroups, WWW pages, and other bulletin board systems:

You may find the detailed demographics of the list interesting.

The Following chart shows the subscriber count at the end of each month.
(the list started on March 14, 1994)

Mar1994 1279
Apr1994 2313
May1994 2622
Jun1994 2846
Jul1994 2982
Aug1994 3329
Sep1994 4053
Oct1994 4550
Nov1994 5159
Dec1994 5587
Jan1995 6623
Feb1995 7109
Mar1995 9643
Apr1995 12068
May1995 15197
Jun1995 17238
Jul1995 19793
Aug1995 21337
Sep1995 23031
Oct1995 26398
Nov1995 29388
Dec1995 31185
Jan1996 33020
Feb1996 34052
Mar1996 36117
Apr1996 39017
May1996 43357
Jun1996 45112
Jul1996 47062
Aug1996 48549
Sep1996 51697
Oct1996 52894
Nov1996 56424
Dec1996 57771
Jan1997 61914
Feb1997 64279
Mar1997 68355
Apr1997 71829
May1997 76081
Jun1997 78736
Jul1997 82049
Aug1997 84206
Sep1997 85886
Oct1997 92523
Nov1997 96163
Dec1997 96466
Jan1998 98683
Feb1998 103249
Mar1998 108451
Apr1998 112511
May1998 116551
Jun1998 119608
Jul1998 123001
Aug1998 130195
Sep1998 137327
Oct1998 143410
Nov1998 151197
Dec1998 155032
Jan1999 160076
Feb1999 166300
Mar1999 173653
Apr1999 178552
May1999 183909
May1999 191643
Jun1999 191643
Jul1999 200144
Aug1999 214417
Sep1999 230141
Oct1999 240087
Nov1999 247552
Dec1999 253620
Jan2000 266194
Feb2000 275114
Mar2000 280711
Apr2000 285122
May2000 293184
Jun2000 302468
Jul2000 311387
Aug2000 320537
Sep2000 326513
Oct2000 332816
Nov2000 350519
Dec2000 368923
Jan2001 390167
Feb2001 401289
Mar2001 406679
Apr2001 426698
May2001 433056
Jun2001 441699
Jul2001 452722
Aug2001 467134
Sep2001 477629
Oct2001 480646
Nov2001 491532
Dec2001 506342
Jan2002 509171
Feb2002 512110
Mar2002 518486
Apr2002 521113
May2002 524540
Jun2002 527584
Jul2002 531713
Aug2002 533557
Sep2002 537701
Oct2002 539724
Nov2002 542434
Dec2002 547300
Jan2003 548997
Feb2003 551707
Mar2003 555653
Apr2003 557547
May2003 559767
Jun2003 563193
Jul2003 567615
Aug2003 569791

This chart is not being updated now. You may find the subscribers by domain demographics of the list interesting.

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New country/ies on the list.

The following countries/domain-codes have entered the list since the last edition of the FAQ:

  • Ascension Island (ac)
  • Heard and McDonald Islands (hm)
  • Guernsey (gg)
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Email Address of the Month AWArD

This section highlights an interesting email address every month.

This month the Email Address of the Month AWArD goes to:

    i_am_god AT atheist.co.uk (Beth)
Previous Winners of Email Address of the Month AWArD:

Jan George AT Orwellian.Org
Hugh D Hyatt
Feb the-eyes AT they-see.zzn.com
(The eyes is an anagram of They see)
Kara Courtaway
Mar o____o AT hongkong.com
Apr i.am.sewage AT iwasdumped.net
Caleb Harrelson
May i_am_god AT atheist.co.uk
Jan mylettersareonfire AT hotmail.com
Evan Brumley
Feb stealing-money AT bank-of-england.co.uk
Jean-Paul Iles
Mar 11001001 AT 00101010.net
Sean Lewis
Apr atdot AT dot-dot-dot.co.uk
Chris Kent
May YouKnowWho AT YouKnowWhat.com
Dan McDougall
Jun chatterbox AT ziplip.com
Rintin Scrabbleweed
Jul comdotatdotcom AT comdotat.com
Robin Bussell
Aug John AT NotTheAstronaut.com
John Glenn
Sep kat AT 9-tales.com
Kathryn O'Neill
Oct juggler AT catchy.co.uk
Nov up AT 3.am
James Smallacombe
Dec itfeelslikeilive AT heathrow-airport.co.uk
Jan overwriter AT underwriters.com
Gila Jones
Feb iamaloser AT winning.com
Kavi Bhalla
Mar a-a-a-choo AT allergist.com
Karl G. Siewert
Apr dante AT purgatorio.com
May I'mworking AT homehonest.freeserve.co.uk
Nick Booth
Jun close.to.being AT the-end-of-my-rope.com
Terry Miller
Jul dot AT dotat.at
Tony Finch
Aug size-13 AT bigfoot.com
Matt Kane
Sep killmenow AT positive-thinking.com
Oct error_user_doesnt_exist AT yahoo.com
Kathy Forth
Nov disestablishmentarianist AT att.net
Wesley Myhaver
Dec YouCanReachUs AT Whoever.com
Laura and Richard
Jan i_think_therefore AT i.am
June S. Lee
Feb anyone.whoever AT anything.whatever.nu
Klaus Woerle
Mar strike AT the-any-key.com
Denise Luhman
Apr Lav AT TheRose.com
Lavender Rose
May breakfast AT 10.am
Matthew Allum
Jun ncognito AT nc.og.ni.to
Richard L. Morelan
Jul S2art AT alltel.net
Ronald Allen Stewart
Ronald explains: "This sender's address was chosen with regard to past professional status as the Staff Intelligence Officer, i.e., `S2' of special task-oriented units during my service as a U.S. Marine; and by considering what Allen Dulles referred to as the "arts of intelligence": thus combined = S2art. This, too, oddly enough sounds very much like my surname Stewart. The ISP name (alltel.net) is strictly a coincidence. Should any Intelligence Officer ever have a net of such literality, i.e., `all tell"; that would be an even greater coincidence!"
Aug Johann_Gambolputty_de_von_ Ausfernschpledenschlittscr ascrenbonfriediggerdingle dangledonglebursteinvonkna ckerthrasherapplebangerho rowitzgrandlickgrumbelmey erspelleriactuallycutabit outdankerkalbsfleischmittl eraucher_Von_Hauptkopt_of_Ulm AT meta-labs.com
Adam Lindsay
Sep cyuincourt AT aol.com
Helen Yu, Attorney
Oct "WHEELDA @ NEWYORK (Wheeler, David)%MHS: 93277234018D460F-93277234028D460F%White & Case-NY"@MCIMAIL.COM
David Wheeler
Even though all of his friends have email, David is not quite sure why they prefer to call him instead. (-:
Nov bitbucket AT null.net
Jason Collison
Dec Goofing.off AT home.com
Jan james AT bond.007.org
Gregor T. Aschwanden
Feb alphabet AT abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz.nu
M. Laso
Mar p AT y8s.com
Matt Yates
Apr eb.ift AT tfi.be(a palindrome)
Johan Livens
May god AT nietzsche.net
Graeme Wood
Jun molli AT burri.to
Molli Perkins
Jul laso AT miri.am
Miriam Laso
Aug ..... AT mindless.com
Kane Ng
Sep bassoon AT clara.net
Andrew Cupples
Oct richb AT stard.eng.sun.com
Richard Burridge
Nov squishy AT spiffy.nu
Andrew Bain
Dec tom AT mom.com
Tom Loveland
Jan coolfemale AT hotmail.com
Maureen Emberley
Feb edwu AT nwu.edu
Eddie Wu
He explains: It is pronounced as: ed wu (at) n wu . edu so, my name is contained in the nwu.edu.
Mar anyone AT whoever.com
Klaus Woerle
Klaus nominated his address indicating that the address reflects the anonymity of the Internet. Well, Klaus, now that your address is exposed to tens of thousands of people...
Apr jogging AT seasurf.com
Jay Lieberman
Jay nominated his address saying that the address has "bounce and a pinch of salt."
May sally AT kins.com
Sally Atkins
Jun asleep AT terminal.cz
Matthew Smith
Jul nomadnuc AT travelin.com
Tom Straw
Tom is one of the migratory workers in the nuclear power field who travel from plant to plant to refuel as the work load changes.
Aug steve AT yes.no
Steven Richmond
Sep judge AT i.to
Dave Gomberg
Oct mailuser AT internetaddress.com
T. Greg
Greg is quick to point out that this is a real address and, ``not an example from some `Internet 4 Dummies' book.''
Nov countdown AT 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1-0.com
Roger G.
Dec uzv0bghi2f AT a3qny8jktr.cc
I. Greene
In nominating this address, Greene wrote, "The email address with the least sense. (Try to find one ...)"
Jan tarzan AT jane.ruc.dk
Hartmut Haberland
Feb geek AT GeeksRUs.com
Steve Riggins
Mar 8403190 AT]
Yulun Liu
Apr ihvpeace4u AT magicnet.mn
Name Unknown
May oscar AT wilde.magd.ox.ac.uk
James Cronin
James informs that Oscar Wilde was an alumnus of Magdalen College Oxford.
Jun beth AT dotdotdot.com
She adds, "...the joke is not complete until you know the name of my business; it's "Ellipsis"
Jul ego AT suspects.com
Jeremy Kennedy
Aug kentborg AT borg.org
Sep bo AT plea.se
Bo Bjulen
Oct free AT dom.net
Dominic Thomas Sagolla II
Nov steve AT yourservice.com
Steven Misrack
Dec please.youreyes AT juno.com
Maureen Emberley
It's meant to be read as `please dot your i's.'," explains Maureen while adding, "I'm in Software Quality Assurance."
Jan go4it AT xs4all.nl
Robert van Weperen
Feb q AT verity.com
Don Braithwaite
Longest address on the list
Apr mo AT mo.com
Maurice Weitman
May Shared by momma AT leri.organd & daddy AT intercon.net
Darin Stumme and Wai Kuen Wong
Jun lightnin AT thunder.rain.org
Jan L. Plass
Jul Eddie.Tom AT p4.f624.n700.z6.ftn.air.org
Eddie Tom
Aug alf3 AT AugieDoggie.com
August Flassig
Sep culver/spp10/slthbgl=40msmailnet# %forwarder AT sonypic.geis.com
Beree Gleaves
This address contains all the letters from English alphabet except jkqxz.
Oct dreamer AT escape.com
Daniel Lee
Nov writer AT WordsAtWork.com
Name Unknown
Dec japi AT sci.fi
Jarkko Nieminen

If you have an interesting email address, you are welcome to submit your nomination explaining what makes the address special. Send it to the email address (words AT wordsmith.org).

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Email Address of the Year AWArD.

Email Address of the Year AWArD is given to the Email Address of the Month voted best by the subscribers of AWAD. To vote, send a message to (words AT wordsmith.org) with any one of the above 1999 monthly AWArD winner addresses (or its owner's name) in the Subject line of your message. The winner will be announced in the January 2000 issue of this newsletter.

Email Address of the Year up AT 3.am (James Smallacombe) Nov
Email Address of the Year YouKnowWho AT YouKnowWhat.com(Dan McDougall) May
Email Address of the Year John AT NotTheAstronaut.com (John Glenn) Aug
Email Address of the Year dot AT dotat.at (Tony Finch) Jul
First Runner Up killmenow AT positive-thinking.com (Sari) Sep
Second Runner Up I'mworking AT homehonest.freeserve.co.uk (Nick Booth) May
Email Address of the Year Goofing.off AT home.com (David Caine) Dec
First Runner Up cyuincourt AT aol.com (Helen Yu, Attorney) Sep
Second Runner Up i_think_therefore AT i.am (June S. Lee) Jan
Email Address of the Year p AT y8s.com [Matt Yates] Mar
First Runner Up ..... AT mindless.com [Kane Ng] Aug
Second Runner Up richb AT stard.eng.sun.com [Richard Burridge] Oct
Email Address of the Year sally AT kins.com [Sally Atkins] May
First Runner Up asleep AT terminal.cz [Matthew Smith] Jun
Second Runner Up coolfemale AT hotmail.com [Maureen Emberley] Jan
Email Address of the Year beth AT dotdotdot.com [Beth] Jun
First runner up steve AT yourservice.com [Steven Misrack] Nov
Second runner up please.youreyes AT juno.com [Maureen Emberley] Dec

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What is X-Bonus?

X-Bonus is the daily quote, a bonus feature of AWAD. The reason the quotes are called X-Bonus, is historical. Previously, the quotes used to appear in the email headers. Internet conventions require that non-standard headers be preceded by an X (for eXperimental) and the name became X-Bonus. Even though the quotes have come down to the message body, the name X-Bonus continues.

If you'd like to add to this quote pool, you are welcome to send your favorite quotes to (words AT wordsmith.org). Please send them in this format:

Brevity is the soul of wit. -William Shakespeare, poet and dramatist (1564-1616)

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Make the subject line:
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Where nn is the issue number. E.g. to get the first issue of AWADmail, the command would be:
    AWADmail 01
On the Web, AWADmail columns are available here.

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Wouldn't it be nice if the wordserver could do [a suggestion] too?

Your suggestions are welcome. Please send them to (words AT wordsmith.org).

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What other services are you running from your wordserver?

The following email based services are available from this wordserver:
  • Dictionary/by/Mail
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To learn how to use these services, send a blank message with subject "help" to: wsmith@wordsmith.org. or visit the wordserver page.

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Featured Country on the List.

Each month we plan to highlight one country on the AWAD list. Send little- known facts, interesting tidbits, or anything you consider important about your country to (words AT wordsmith.org) and we'll feature them here.

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Similar services in other languages.

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Works based on AWAD.

See the list of works featuring AWAD words.

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I didn't receive today's word/deleted it/... Could you please resend it to me?

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There are three words in the English language ending in gry. Hungry and angry are two of them. What is the third one?

Please see AWADmail issue 4 for the answer. All previous issues of AWADmail are available in the archives.

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