Words are the writers’ mud. . . and the mortar and plaster with which they build bricks, and tiles, which are also know as sentences and paragraphs. Writers take their building materials and construct castles in the air.
I know no one whose writing is not built on a love affair with words. They choose words for the nuance of their meaning, for the timbre with which they strike the ear, for their mating with the words before and after them.
And so, today, for writers and word connoisseurs alike, I add another daily newsletter to the Blogs I Like page.
A.Word.A.Day from Anu Garg of Wordsmith.org delivers a 60-second narcotic to us word nerds. Each week a new theme for a new litter of word quintuplets.
This week’s set began with the innocent word, iridescent– a word that deserves to appear in my writing more often.
Tuesday was heterodox, new to my vocabulary, but welcome, as it means unorthodox thinking.
On Wednesday, Anu hit his stride with kleptocracy, a gift to Alon, Roger, and everyone blogging about the state of politics. The word means a government run by thieves.
Thursday’s polymath suits many of my friends, as they are persons gifted in many fields.
The week finished strong with necropolis. I’ve written about the unusual cemetery in Quartzite, AZ. and more recently the one in Madrid, NM, known, affectionately, as The Boneyard. Next time I find an elaborate burial ground, I shall not fail to denote it properly.
This week’s theme was words made with combining forms.
Small wonder The NY Times calls Wordsmith, “The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace.”
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