a word a day a romp through some of the most unusual and intriguing words in english

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A Word A Day

Author : Anu Garg
ISBN : 1620458020
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Anu Garg's many readers await their A Word A Day rations hungrily. Now at last here's a feast for them and other verbivores. Eat up! -Barbara Wallraff Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly and author of Word Court Praise for A Word a Day ""AWADies will be familiar with Anu Garg's refreshing approach to words: words are fun and they have fascinating histories. The people who use them have curious stories to tell too, and this collection incorporates some of the correspondence received by the editors at the AWAD site, from advice on how to outsmart your opponent in a duel (or even a truel) to a cluster of your favorite mondegreens."" -John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary ""A banquet of words! Feast and be nourished!"" -Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of Language Written by the founder of the wildly popular A Word A Day Web site (www.wordsmith.org), this collection of unusual, obscure, and exotic English words will delight writers, scholars, crossword puzzlers, and word buffs of every ilk. The words are grouped in intriguing categories that range from ""Portmanteaux"" to ""Words That Make the Spell-Checker Ineffective."" each entry includes a concise definition, etymology, and usage example-and many feature fascinating and hilarious commentaries by A Word A Day subscribers and the authors.

Another Word A Day

Author : Anu Garg
ISBN : 9780471718451
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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A smorgasbord of surprising, obscure, and exotic words In this delightful encore to the national bestseller A Word A Day, Anu Garg, the founder of the wildly popular A Word A Day Web site (wordsmith.org), presents an all-new collection of unusual, intriguing words and real-life anecdotes that will thrill writers, scholars, and word buffs everywhere. Another Word A Day celebrates the English language in all its quirkiness, grandeur, and fun, and features new chapters ranging from "Words Formed Erroneously" and "Red-Herring Words" to "Kangaroo Words," "Discover the Theme," and "What Does That Company Name Mean?" In them, you'll find a treasure trove of curious and compelling words, including agelast, dragoman, mittimus, nyctalopia, quacksalver, scission, tattersall, and zugzwang. Each entry includes a concise definition, etymology, and usage example, interspersed with illuminating quotations. Praise for a word a day "Anu Garg's many readers await their A Word A Day rations hungrily. Now at last here's a feast for them and other verbivores. Eat up!" --Barbara Wallraff, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly and author of Word Court "AWADies will be familiar with Anu Garg's refreshing approach to words: words are fun and they have fascinating histories." --John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary


Author : James L. Reynolds, MD
ISBN : 9781491705124
Genre : Reference
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There are many words relating to old age, aging, and the elderly, and this compendium of words seeks to help you understand almost two thousand of them. Most of these words are unusual, rare, obsolete, archaic, wonderful, marvelous, arcane, and even preposterous. All of them apply to the aged, a group that makes up an increasing portion of the population—particularly in the United States, Europe, and Japan. Here are just a few of the interesting words you’ll learn: • Cenotaph: a monument erected as a memorial to a dead person or dead people buried elsewhere, especially those killed fighting a war • Lethonomia: a tendency to forget, or inability to recall, names • Oligoria: disinterest in former friends or hobbies Listed alphabetically with pronunciation keys, the words are categorized under forty-eight headings. For example, in the “end-of-life” category, you’ll find the word feuillemorte, which is the wan, yellow color of death. Under “retirement,” you’ll find ecesis, which is the acclimatization to retirement, and Opagefaengris, a prison for retired male criminals in Singen, Germany. Boost your vocabulary, indulge in a love of language, and improve the way you communicate with seniors and medical professionals. It starts with learning ElderSpeak.

Thingamajigs And Whatchamacallits

Author : Rod L. Evans Ph.D.
ISBN : 9781101515921
Genre : Reference
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Have you been guilty of catachresis* at work? Have you defenestrated* your dictionary in frustration? Do you have phloem bundles* stuck in your diastema*? Scratching your occiput* now? Rod L. Evans's Thingamajigs and Whatchamacallits will help take the mystery out of some of our most obscure words. Containing hundreds of words from agitron (the phenomenon of wiggly lines in comic strips indicating that something is shaking) to zarf (the holder for a paper cone coffee cup), this lively reference will enable you to easily locate your thingamajig or whatchamacallit, be it animal, vegetable, mineral, or punctuation mark. Leave no linguistic oddity unexamined-your brain will thank you. *catachresis: strained, paradoxical, or incorrect use of a word; *defenestrate: to throw out a window; *phloem bundles: stringy bits between the skin and the edible parts of a banana; *diastema: the gap between teeth in a jaw; *occiput: the back part of the head or skull

Strange But True Facts

Author : Clifford Sawhney
ISBN : 9788122308396
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There are many strange but true facts that we hear or read about without actual registering the unusual context. And there are other facts that we may never have even heard about.Did you know that:*There is an annual ghost mela held in Madhya Pradesh?*Switzerland attracts the most suicide tourists?*Sicily is seen upside down from an Italian village?*A new Japanese jeans actually slows down ageing?*In ancient times, iron cost more than gold?*Silver can destroy 650 disease-causing bacteria?*Mahavira wasn t really the founder of Jainism?*There s a fruit that smells like shit but tastes like heaven ?*The banana could be extinct in 10 years?*There is a plant that goes searching for water?*The Puffer Fish contains a poison that is 500 times deadlier than cyanide, yet it s a delicacy in Japan?The book uncovers the latest unusual facts to amuse, amaze and enthral you, and also boost your current affairs and general knowledge.Through this plethora of strange but true facts, readers will learn a lot about India and the world s unusual past, present and future.Truly an unputdownable book!

Building Vocabulary Level 10 Kit

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ISBN : 1433317400
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Building Vocabulary from Word Roots provides a systematic approach to teaching vocabulary using Greek and Latin prefixes, bases, and suffixes. Over 90% of English words of two or more syllables are of Greek or Latin origin. Instead of learning words and definitions in isolation, students learn key roots and strategies for deciphering words and their meanings across all content areas. Building Vocabulary from Word Roots: Level 10 kit includes: Teacher's Guide; Student Guided Practice Book (Each kit includes a single copy; additional copies may be ordered in quantities of 10 or more); Assessments to support data-driven instruction; and Digital resources including modeled lessons, 50 bonus activities, and more.

Dubious Doublets

Author : Stewart Edelstein
ISBN : UCSC:32106017602019
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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Take an enchanting tour through the tangled roots of English Quick, what is the common denominator of the following words: onion, twinkle, travel, squad, foist, semester, October, noon, and dicker? By the time you finish reading Dubious Doublets, the answer will be as obvious to you as the relationship between lettuce and galaxy, nostril and thrill, or witch and vegetable! This surprising, enlightening, and entertaining guide uses a delightfully innovative approach to explore the evolution, lineage, and proliferation of words. Beginning with pairs of seemingly unrelated modern English words–dubious doublets–the author traces them back through the millennia to reveal not only their common roots, but also the living thoughts that form the true links between these improbable pairs. You’ll discover, for example, why the words flamenco and flamingo are both related to the complexions of the Dutch, how the biblical son of Isaac is related to a French garment and a Halloween decoration, and what going berserk has to do with playing hopscotch. You'll also uncover the common roots of such seemingly incompatible dyads as bully/friar, muscle/mouse, and everyone’s favorite, feather/hippopotamus. Richly supplemented with cultural anecdotes, literary excerpts, and lively discussions on a broad variety of relevant topics–not to mention a series of whimsical illustrations that offer intriguing clues to word origins–Dubious Doublets is, quite simply, a word buff’s delight.

A Lithgow Palooza

Author : John Lithgow
ISBN : 0743261240
Genre : Family & Relationships
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What's a palooza? An activity that keeps kids from uttering those terrifying words, "I'm bored!" You may know John Lithgow as star of stage, screen, and television or even as a bestselling children's book author. But his most important role -- parent -- was also the most fun. Whether building cardboard castles or putting on a King and I puppet show or conducting a treasure hunt in the National Gallery of Art, John has spent years perfecting the art of the palooza. A palooza is easy to do! • A palooza doesn't cost much (some cost absolutely nothing) • A palooza is instigated or organized by parents but is quickly taken over by children • A palooza may involve a computer but never the TV • A palooza may use all varieties of arts and crafts • A palooza may secretly teach children (and parents!) a thing or two • A palooza is entertaining for the entire family • A palooza depends entirely on the inexhaustible creativity, ingenuity, imagination, and sense of fun of young minds This book contains 101 ideas for creating paloozas for children ages 3 to 12 wherever you are. Grouped according to interests and themes -- like art, drama, music, vacations, and birthdays -- and incorporating lots of extrapaloozas, fun facts for parent and child, and suggested additional reading for all ages, John's paloozas range from adopting your own soup can for a day to inventing your own secret language to establishing left-handed day or creating a self-portrait. A Lithgow Palooza! is an utterly unique collection of original activities guaranteed to transform any household from bored to bubbling with fun.

Poets Writers

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105112950030
Genre : Authors, American
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ISBN : STANFORD:36105113562396
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