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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
Cinders, the mysophobic piglet

Cinders, the mysophobic piglet

Photo: Ross Parry Agency

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with Anu Garg



noun: An irrational fear of dirt.

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

"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.

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!


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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