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Jan 3, 2022
This week’s theme
Words for people

This week’s words
neoist
rounder
hotspur
blellum
pot-valiant

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

What’s new? The year is, and so are words. Well, we introduce you to new words the whole year, and here’s a fresh crop.

This week we have rounded up words to describe people. Know someone, in your personal life or someone public, who fits well with any of this week’s words? Share below or email us at words@wordsmith.org. Include your location (city, state).

neoist

PRONUNCIATION:
(NEE-uh-ist)

MEANING:
noun: One who favors or employs new ideas, styles, techniques, etc.
adjective: Favoring new ideas, styles, techniques, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek neo- (new). Earliest documented use: 1916.

USAGE:
“When you are a neoist ... you pursue your art and let the rats fall where they may.”
Next a Sinking Ship; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); May 16, 1983.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It does not do to leave a live dragon out of your calculations, if you live near him. -J.R.R. Tolkien, novelist and philologist (3 Jan 1892-1973)

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