By Anu Garg
A smorgasbord of bizarre, vague, and unique wordsIn this pleasant encore to the nationwide bestseller A notice an afternoon, Anu Garg, the founding father of the wildly well known A be aware an afternoon site (wordsmith.org), offers an all-new selection of strange, exciting phrases and real-life anecdotes that may thrill writers, students, and be aware buffs in all places. one other note an afternoon celebrates the English language in all its quirkiness, grandeur, and enjoyable, and contours 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. each one access features a concise definition, etymology, and utilization instance, interspersed with illuminating quotations.
Praise for a observe a day
"Anu Garg's many readers watch for their A note an afternoon rations hungrily. Now eventually here's a banquet for them and different verbivores. devour up!"
--Barbara Wallraff, Senior Editor on the Atlantic per month and writer of be aware Court
"AWADies might be conversant in Anu Garg's clean method of phrases: phrases are enjoyable they usually have interesting histories."
--John Simpson, leader Editor, Oxford English Dictionary
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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. ” In the Arab world, it has only negative meanings, but an American dictionary gives it positive ones. “Jihad” originated as a word with very positive spiritual meaning. It is now being degraded by constant reference to it only as a term of war. —Katharine Scarfe Beckett,Amman, Jordan houri (HOOR-ee) noun 1. One of the beautiful virgins provided for faithful Muslims in the Koranic paradise.
The Atlantic Monthly schlep (shlep), also schlepp, shlep, shlepp verb tr. To drag or haul something. verb intr. To move clumsily or tediously. noun 1. A tedious journey. 2. Someone who is slow or awkward. From Yiddish shlepn (to drag, pull) from Middle High German sleppen, from Middle Low German slepen. ● “Ten years ago, in a hilarious short story called ‘The North London Book of the Dead’, Will Self wrote about a grieving son who discovers with shock that his dead mother has merely moved to Crouch End, where she continues to bake chocolatechip cookies, schlep around with bags from Barnes & Noble and telephone him at the office.
After the state of peace during the life of the Roman Empire. ● “In his book on globalism, ‘The Lexus and the Olive Tree,’ Thomas L. Friedman argues that no two countries with McDonald’s franchises have ever gone to war. ” Gibraltar (ji-BROL-tuhr) noun An impregnable stronghold. Rock of Gibraltar noun Something or someone whose strength one can rely on. The most effective kind of education is that a child should play amongst lovely things. ) 26 A N O T H E R W O R D A D AY After Gibraltar, a British colony on the southern coast of Spain; the location of the Rock of Gibraltar.