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AWADmail Issue 602A Weekly Compendium of Feedback on the Words in A.Word.A.Day and Tidbits about Words and Language
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From: Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)
From: Sheila Corcoran (barsheil1 yahoo.com.au)
I first heard the word replete as a nine-year-old having Boxing Day lunch in my Yorkshire home with an uncle who was a Monsignor! This yearly ritual was disliked by my three older brothers and me. After a delicious lunch prepared by mum for her brother, where we were seen and not heard as he pontificated, I think the devil whispered, "Say it." I was a polite child, but this day I blurted out, "I'm full to busting!" In the 1950s this was terrible. The lunch guest looked down his big nose and boomed, "You mean you're replete!' I actually dared to disagree and repeated my first announcement.
Sheila Corcoran, Buderim, Australia
From: Amy Doyle (amd1708 yahoo.com)
I can't ever hear the word "ponderous" without thinking of Jacob Marley in Charles Dickens's "A Christmas Carol":
"I wear the chain I forged in life," replied the Ghost. "I made it link
by link, and yard by yard; I girded it on of my own free will, and of my
own free will I wore it. Is its pattern strange to you?"
Amy Doyle, Cincinnati, Ohio
From: Todd Warren (t-warren northwestern.edu)
Seeing that word reminded me of this song from the early '90s...but then the horns came in, and my shoes began to squeak... (video, 3.5 min)
Todd Warren, Seattle, Washington
From: Tom Fitzmorris (tom nomenu.com) Subject: Quondam
Your quotation illustrating "quondam" today refers to the War of 1812, whose final, decisive battle occurred on this date 199 years ago. The Battle of New Orleans is still noted widely among those of us who live in the Big Easy. Big anniversary next year.
Tom Fitzmorris, New Orleans, Louisiana
From: Tom Wilson (tomw canalalliance.org)
I was wondering... since Click and Clack, The Tappet Brothers are no longer working on cars, are they quondam mechanics?
Corte Madera, Fairfax, California
From: Jim Phillips (jimphillips icfconsulting.com)
And what did today's word evoke? "Hic iacet Arthurus, rex quondam, rexque futurus" (which may be translated as "Here lies Arthur, the once and future king"). According to Malory, these are the words carved on the tomb of King Arthur. And this is the inspiration for T.H. White's novel The Once and Future King (which inspired the musical "Camelot").
Jim Phillips, San Francisco, California
From: Phyllis Lindsay (phidlin mchsi.com)
Your Wordsmith feature is a high point in my days. I'm the widow of a beloved math professor at Coe College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. My field isn't numbers; it's words. Besides enjoying word derivation in my native English I speak and privately teach French, as well as interacting in and loving Spanish. I met my husband-to-be on the Queen Mary bound for France and we were married months later at a French Protestant church in Paris. You can see why I'm so appreciative of your morning Wordsmith pick-me-up.
Phyllis Lindsay, Cedar Rapids, Iowa
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Words are like money; there is nothing so useless, unless when in actual use. -Samuel Butler, writer (1835-1902)