By Anu Garg
A smorgasbord of unusual, vague, and unique wordsIn this pleasant encore to the nationwide bestseller A be aware an afternoon, Anu Garg, the founding father of the wildly well known A observe an afternoon site (wordsmith.org), offers an all-new number of strange, interesting phrases and real-life anecdotes that may thrill writers, students, and observe buffs in all places. one other note an afternoon celebrates the English language in all its quirkiness, grandeur, and enjoyable, and lines new chapters starting from "Words shaped Erroneously" and "Red-Herring Words" to "Kangaroo Words," "Discover the Theme," and "What Does That corporation identify Mean?" In them, you'll discover a treasure trove of curious and compelling phrases, together with agelast, dragoman, mittimus, nyctalopia, quacksalver, scission, tattersall, and zugzwang. every one access encompasses a concise definition, etymology, and utilization instance, interspersed with illuminating quotations.
Praise for a observe a day
"Anu Garg's many readers wait for their A notice an afternoon rations hungrily. Now ultimately here's a banquet for them and different verbivores. consume up!"
--Barbara Wallraff, Senior Editor on the Atlantic per 30 days and writer of note Court
"AWADies can be accustomed to Anu Garg's fresh method of phrases: phrases are enjoyable they usually have attention-grabbing histories."
--John Simpson, leader Editor, Oxford English Dictionary
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2. The lowest point. From Middle English, from Middle French, from Arabic nazir (opposite). ● “From its nadir in 1988—two years after the Tax Reform Act removed many incentives for investing and ushered in an era of I don’t need time. What I need is a deadline. ” —The Economist jihad (ji-HAHD) noun 1. A holy war by Muslims against those believed hostile to Islam. 2. Any campaign for an idea or belief. From Arabic jihad (struggle). Another word that shares the same root as this one is mujahed (guerrilla fighter); mujahedin is the plural form.
From Middle English, from Old French, from Latin absolvere (to absolve). ● Jonah “I sank my teeth into the salt ground. There was no cry. Only later, when the city put on sackcloth and starved its cattle, I heard something— a hiss of pity rising from the dry, ungathered grain. ” —Barbara J. Orton, Fairleigh Dickinson Literary Review Try to learn something about everything and everything about something. —THOMAS HENRY HUXLEY, biologist (1825–1895) CHAPTER 5 Archaic Words rchaisms are grizzled old words that have continued to do their job despite their age, as you can see in the examples.
48 W O R D S F O R M E D E R R O N E O U S LY 49 ● “And so it goes on without ever reaching the heart of the matter, which is that the BBC is really a state of mind. It is, as Colin Morris once put it, the collective memory of the people who made it a great broadcasting organisation. ” —Guardian (London) Are You Shah? The Fundamentalist Revolution was on in Iran while I was at college. The following list of comments grew on the restroom wall. Down with the shaw. Shaw is a proper noun. You mispelled Shah.