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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
There’s no dog in dogma, no fart in fartlek, and no history in histrionics. These are just some examples of what one may find in the winding wilderness of the English language, where words can be cloaked in mystery and the paths of meaning often lead us astray.
Join me as we explore this linguistic labyrinth where words are not what they appear to be.
Beware of these semantic mirages! They can trip you up.
1. A magic spell.
2. A trick, sham, prank, etc.
From Scots cantrip (spell, magic, trick, mischief, etc.). Earliest documented use: 1719.
“Unless you have come across a cantrip that will cause currency to rain from the skies, I must continue to practice my profession.”
Matthew Hughes; Sweet Trap; Fantasy & Science Fiction (Hoboken, New Jersey); Jun 2007.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It has been said that a pretty face is a passport. But it's not, it's a visa, and it runs out fast. -Julie Burchill, writer and journalist (b. 3 Jul 1959)