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Mar 14, 2022
This week’s theme
You guess the words

This week’s words
antre
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Previous week’s theme
Overachievers from mythology
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with Anu Garg

Twenty-eight years ago, on this day in 1994, I started what became Wordsmith.org. There was no grand plan -- just a way to share my love of language and words. After all this time, I still can't wait to wake up, explore words, write about them, and share them with you.

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Dictionaries do not list a word for a 28th anniversary but we can coin one: octovicennial, from Latin octo- (eight) + vicennial (20th anniversary).

GUESS-THE-WORDS CONTEST

To celebrate the octovicennial, this week we are having a contest.

You have the first word of the week. Can you guess what other words I have picked this week? Here are some hints.
  • All are five-letter words.
  • The letter distribution is: 6 A, 6 E, 1 L, 2 N, 2 P, 2 R, 1 S, 3 T, and 2 V.
  • The middle letters of the remaining four words are shown on the right.
  • Other patterns may appear too.
  • Some of the words are coined after an animal or a god or goddess in Greek and Roman mythologies.
Now, can you guess one or more words we are going to feature this week? The first person to guess a word wins a prize. Also, the person who guesses the maximum number of words wins a prize.

PRIZES

Your choice of a signed copy of any of my books or a copy of the word game One Up!

HOW TO ENTER

Email your answers to words@wordsmith.org. Include your location (city, state).

On to today’s word ...

antre

PRONUNCIATION:
(AN-tuhr)

MEANING:
noun: A cave, cavern, cavity, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Middle French antre (cave), from Latin antrum (cave), from Greek antron (cave). Earliest documented use: 1585.

USAGE:
“And they mortar’d up the antre’s opening.”
Aleksis Kivi (translation: Douglas Robinson); The Brothers Seven; Zeta Books; 2017.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The ideals which have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. -Albert Einstein, physicist, Nobel laureate (14 Mar 1879-1955)

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