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Quick Hits: Word-a-Day

Posted by joeabbott on May 15, 2011

Today seems the day to introduce you to both “Quick Hits” and daily distractions!

I’d mentioned earlier, just last week, that I mail myself tidbits for later blogging; I’ve decided to call these “Quick Hits”. Just fast little posts that share a little something I’ve learned or uncovered in my days on the Internet. And just like the SAT Question-of-the-Day post, this shares another “get an email a day” suggestion!

For quite a while I’ve been a subscriber to the A-Word-A-Day (AWAD) mailing created by Anu Garg. Garg has gone on from humble beginnings to being the now-author of some three books, speaking on NPR, BBC, and being the focus of a Smithsonian piece.

Anyhow, I’ve watched the daily mail grow, bit by bit, but at the core is a word, some etymology, and its use. The bonus features of the mail include Garg’s gentle musings at the beginning of the week and how each mail ends with a different quote. Recent additions to the mail include minor advertising (less welcome but easily ignored), a stronger weekly theme, and a summary of the week’s words.

Here’s a sample from this past Friday:

May 13, 2011

This week’s theme
There is a word for it

This week’s words
anomia
poetaster
subitize
philtrum
mysophobia
Cinders, the mysophobic piglet

Cinders, the mysophobic piglet

Photo: Ross Parry Agency

<snip social connection stuff>

A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

mysophobia

PRONUNCIATION:
(my-suh-FOH-bee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: An irrational fear of dirt.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin myso-, from Greek mysos (filth) + -phobia (fear). Earliest documented use: 1879.

USAGE:
"Cinders the piglet overcame her fear of mud with the help of a pair of boots. The six-month-old saddleback suffers from mysophobia."
And This Little Piggy Wore Wellies All the Way Home; The Times (London, UK); Jun 11, 2008.
Explore "mysophobia" in the Visual Thesaurus.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The price of freedom of religion or of speech or of the press is that we must put up with, and even pay for, a good deal of rubbish. -Robert H. Jackson, US Supreme Court justice (1892-1954)

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This “Quick Hit” got a bit longer than I would have liked, but I figure Garg has earned his due, and as a mail that I have enjoyed getting for years, wanted to share just exactly why. And hopefully, now you see. The subscribe link above should work … give it a try!

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One Response to “Quick Hits: Word-a-Day”

  1. Momma said

    A fun site, but since I’m gone half the time, I don’t want to come back to 5+ Hits. Momma

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