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AWADmail Issue 240

December 17, 2006

A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Other Interesting Tidbits about Words and Languages


From: Anu Garg (garg wordsmith.org)
Subject: Interesting stories from the net

Researchers and Linguists Piece Together Dead Language:
Seattle Times

They All Speak English:
Economist


From: Bernard Schweitzer (bpschw earthlink.net)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--jugulate

J.S. Bach once broke his collarbone, and his doctors replaced it with a metal one. It was, however, too flexible, so they replaced that one with a collarbone made of specially heat treated steel. Thus, the "well tempered clavicle".


From: J.K. Mustang (mustangjkw hotmail.com)
Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--jugulate

Reminded me of a joke from "Reader's Digest".

Q: What do you do if you're attacked by a troupe of circus performers?
A: Go for the juggler.


From: Howard Olivier (howard flyingpie.com)
Subject: RE: A.Word.A.Day--jugulate

Jugulatte: being willing to kill for a good cup of coffee.


From: Carolyn and Joel Senter (sherlock sherlock-holmes.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--jugulate

I once broke my hand by stumbling while out walking for my health. I know two people, actually three, who have died while "running for their health"; two heart attacks and one traffic fatality. If people would stay in bars drinking and smoking, as nature intended, there would be fewer accidents of this kind. We should all learn from our own mistakes!


From: Ken Thornton-Smith (kenif yokenif.com)
Subject: Re: A.Word.A.Day--leadfoot

I used to live in DC, and would regularly see a car with a West Virginia tag bearing the legend: PB FT


Men ever had, and ever will have leave, / To coin new words well suited to the age, / Words are like leaves, some wither every year, / And every year a younger race succeeds. -Horace, poet and satirist (65-8 BCE)

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