a word each day
Learn a new word each day as well as its etymology!
"Wörter des Tages" sind die häufigst genannten Begriffe aus verschiedenen Tageszeitungen und Newsdiensten, die täglich von der Universität Leipzig ausgewertet werden. Hier bei Langenscheidt finden Sie die englischen Entsprechungen aktueller Schlagwörter, mit denen Sie Ihr Vokabular erweitern können.
Anu Garg's many readers await their A Word A Day rations hungrily. Now at last here's a feast for them and other verbivores. Eat up!
Barbara Wallraff, Senior Editor at The Atlantic Monthly and author of Word Court
"AWADies will be familiar with Anu Garg's refreshing approach to words: words are fun and they have fascinating histories. The people who use them have curious stories to tell too, and this collection incorporates some of the correspondence received by the editors at the AWAD site, from advice on how to outsmart your opponent in a duel (or even a truel) to a cluster of your favorite mondegreens."
John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary
"A banquet of words! Feast and be nourished!"
Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of Language
Written by the founder of the wildly popular "A Word A Day" Web site ("www.wordsmith.org"), this collection of unusual, obscure, and exotic English words will delight writers, scholars, crossword puzzlers, and word buffs of every ilk. The words are grouped in intriguing categories that range from "Portmanteaux" to "Words That Make the Spell-Checker Ineffective." each entry includes a concise definition, etymology, and usage example - and many feature fascinating and hilarious commentaries by A Word A Day subscribers and the authors. (less)
- 01. Animal Words.
- 02. Latin Terms.
- 03. Words to Describe People I.
- 04. Lesser-Known Counterparts of Everyday Words.
- 05. Words for Odds and Ends.
- 06. Reduplicatives.
- 07. Discover the Theme I.
- 08. Gender-Specific Nouns.
- 09. Verbs.
- 10. Coined Words I.
- 11. Back-Formations.
- 12. Portmanteaux.
- 13. Short Words.
- 14. Words That Make Spell-Checker Ineffective.
- 15. Names for Things.
- 16. Words Formed by Metathesis.
- 17. Words Not to Put On Your Resume.
- 18. A Verbal Zoo.
- 19. Words From Medicine.
- 20. Semordnilap.
- 21. Words With Color as Metaphor.
- 22. Words that Make One Say, "I Didn't Know there was a Word for That!"
- 23. Wordpix I.
- 24. Wordpix II.
- 25. Wordpix III.
- 26. Words with Offbeat Pluralizations.
- 27. Words about Relations.
- 28. Collective Nouns.
- 29. Positive Words.
- 30. Discover the Theme II.
- 31. Lesser-Known Synonyms of Everyday Words.
- 32. Words from Speeches.
- 33. Words That Contain the Vowels AEIOU Once and Only Once.
- 34. Coined Words II.
- 35. English as a Global Language.
- 36. Eponyms.
- 37. Words about Words I.
- 38. Uncommon Words with Common Suffixes.
- 39. Words to Describe People II.
- 40. Ordinal Words.
- 41. Words for Odds and Ends.
- 42. Red-Herring Words.
- 43. Discover the Theme III.
- 44. Newer Words in the Oxford English Dictionary.
- 45. War of Words and Words of War.
- 46. Words for Physical Characteristics Used to Describe People Figuratively.
- 47. Words Evolved from Folk Etymologies.
- 48. Words about Words II.
- 49. Words Formed Using Combining Forms.
- 50. Words Formed Using Combining Forms.
- 51. Words for Body Parts That Are Used Metaphorically.
- 52. Red-Herring Words Revisited.
- 53. Words from Nature's Oeuvre.
- 54. Words about People Who Love Books.
- 55. Mondegreens and Other Linguistic Faux Pas.
- 57. Answers to the "Discover the Theme"
- Index of Words.
This is a romp through more than 250 obscure, abstruse, wacky, and wonderful words from the founders of the world's no. 1 word-lovers' Web site. Written by the founders of the wildly popular "A Word A Day" Web site and daily e-mail (500,000 subscribers, worldwide), this collection of unusual, obscure, and exotic English words is a must-have for writers, scholars, crossword puzzlers, and word buffs of every ilk. Like their e-mails, the book is organized around weekly themes and offers readers a different word for each day of the week in categories ranging from "Portmanteaux" to "Words That Make Spell-Checker Ineffective." Each entry includes a concise definition, etymology, and usage example, and many entries feature fascinating and amusing commentaries by A.W.A.D. subscribers and the authors. Representing fifty-five weeks worth of words, the 273 words compiled in "A Word A Day" includes some of the most popular weekly themes that have appeared on the Web site since its founding in 1994.
- 01. Words to Describe People I.
- 02. Earls Who Became Words (or Places That Became Words).
- 03. Words Having Origins in Chess.
- 04. Words That Appear to Be Misspellings of Everyday Words I.
- 05. Archaic Words.
- 06. Toponyms.
- 07. Words about Books and Writing.
- 08. Words Borrowed from Yiddish.
- 09. Terms from the World of Law.
- 10. Words That Appear to Be Misspellings of Everyday Words II.
- 11. Words Borrowed from Arabic.
- 12. Words Formed Erroneously.
- 13. What's in a Name?
- 14. Words from Poetry.
- 15. Fishy Words.
- 16. Discover the Theme I.
- 17. Terms Employing Various Nationalities.
- 18. Words with Double Connections.
- 19. Words Related to the Calendar.
- 20. False Friends.
- 21. Red-Herring Words.
- 22. Words Related to the Human Body.
- 23. Words Related to Buying and Selling.
- 24. Miscellaneous Words.
- 25. Words That Have Changed Meaning with Time.
- 26. Words about Words.
- 27. Anglo-Saxon Words.
- 28. Words Borrowed from Other Languages.
- 29. Words from Medicine.
- 30. Numeric Terms.
- 31. Kangaroo Words.
- 32. What Does That Company Name Mean?
- 33. Words with Interesting Etymologies.
- 34. Words to Describe People II.
- 35. Words about Collecting and the Study of Things.
- 36. Words from the World of Law II.
- 37. Words Derived from Other Languages.
- 38. Words about Words II.
- 39. Words Borrowed from African Languages.
- 40. Metallic Words Used as Metaphors.
- 41. Words Related to Movies.
- 42. Discover the Theme II.
- 43. Miscellaneous Words II.
- 44. Words That Aren't What They Appear to Be.
- 45. Words of Horse-Related Origins.
- 46. Words of Horse-Related Origins II.
- 47. Words with Origins in War.
- 48. Words from Latin.
- 49. Words to Describe Your Opponents.
- 50. Discover the Theme III.
- 51. Words Borrowed from Native American Languages.
- 52. Loanwords from Spanish.
- Web Resources: More Fun with Words.
- Index of Words.
A smorgasbord of surprising, obscure, and exotic words. In this delightful encore to the national bestseller "A Word A Day", Anu Garg, the founder of the wildly popular "A Word A Day" Web site ("wordsmith.org"), presents an all-new collection of unusual, intriguing words and real-life anecdotes that will thrill writers, scholars, and word buffs everywhere. Another Word A Day celebrates the English language in all its quirkiness, grandeur, and fun, and features new chapters ranging from "Words Formed Erroneously" and "Red-Herring Words" to "Kangaroo Words", "Discover the Theme", and "What Does That Company Name Mean?" In them, you'll find a treasure trove of curious and compelling words, including "agelast", "dragoman", "mittimus", "nyctalopia", "quacksalver", "scission", "tattersall", and "zugzwang". Each entry includes a concise definition, etymology, and usage example, interspersed with illuminating quotations.
"AWADies will be familiar with Anu Garg's refreshing approach to words: words are fun and they have fascinating histories."
--John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary (less)