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Jul 22, 2013
This week's theme
Yours to discover

This week's words
olid
sook
zymic
meed
pica

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

Old Ma tried, the yuppie son too...

What are the Ma and the son up to? Well, they are trying to solve a puzzle. Maybe you can help. What was the selection criterion for picking this week's words? If you think you know the answer, send it to (contest at wordsmith.org). Make sure to include your location.

The first person to send the correct answer wins a prize, as does a person randomly selected from all correct entries. They each get to choose a copy of any of my books, a copy of the word game One Up!, or the T-shirt AWAD to the wise is sufficient.

One entry per person please. Send your answers by Friday this week. Results will be announced over the weekend.

olid

PRONUNCIATION:
(O-lid)

MEANING:
adjective: Foul-smelling.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin olere (to smell) which also gave us an opposite of today's word: redolent. Earliest documented use: 1680.

USAGE:
"Ducks' blood smells no less olid than pig's blood."
Merilyn Oniszczuk Jackson; A Sow of Violence; The Massachusetts Review (Amherst); Autumn 2004.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The voice of conscience is so delicate that it is easy to stifle it; but it is also so clear that it is impossible to mistake it. -Madame De Stael, writer (1766-1817)

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