If you don't subscribe to "A word a day" from wordsmith.org, you don't know what you're missing! Every day provides an interesting word, organized into weekly themes.
The monthly newsletter adds some extra features. The latest issue told of a survey of 42,000 non-native speakers of English in which they voted for what they thought were the most beautiful words in English, with the top 10 being mother, passion, smile, love, eternity, fantastic, destiny, freedom, liberty, and tranquility. Peekaboo and pumpkin weren't far behind. Another article described an issue that is really just the tip of the iceberg—the linguistic consequences of global warming. The article shows how Arctic peoples don't have the words for the new species they are seeing as polar ice thaws and wildlife can live farther north.
Yesterday's word: Profluent, an adjective meaning "flowing smoothly."
Before blogging became all the rage, Tom was posting book reviews and Observations (essentially early blog posts) to this site. You can find the archives below.
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