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AWADmail Issue 610A 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: John W. Cooper (jcooper stic.net)
Here is a living manifestation of a verb:
"I think I am a verb instead of a personal pronoun. A verb is anything
that signifies to be; to do; to suffer. I signify all three."
John W. Cooper, San Antonio, Texas
From: M Don Frampton (collepardo btinternet.com)
This word created a quantum leap into the past. My grandmother spent much of her life in the 1920s, 30s, and 40s below stairs in the kitchens of Longleat House in rural Wiltshire. She must also have kept her ears close to the ground for she had a remarkable vocabulary, no doubt gleaned from her betters above stairs. Gallivanting for her was disapproved, a disapproval, a subject of disdain. To gallivant was indeed to chase about, wasting time in idle pleasures, something no decent respectable person would do.
M Don Frampton, Newton Abbot, UK
From: Jennifer Barber (jbarber8 telus.net)
"Lady Gaga, Kyle Richards, and Carlton Gebbia gallivant around the streets of Amsterdam in thigh-high boots and trench coats just past midnight." How long is a trench coat just past midnight?
While in college many years ago, I had a Iranian friend who came to me for help with an assignment on sentence structure. The professor had thought it witty to include the quotation from Groucho Marx, "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas". My friend was utterly confused as to why this sentence was included and how it was to be arranged. A valuable lesson for all concerned.
Jennifer Barber, Duncan, Canada
From: Jacquie Scuitto (quiltmuse vermontel.net)
This was one of my husband's favorite words -- and activities. When we lived in Germany we often left our girls with a sitter for a weekend, picked a direction and possible destination (not always reached), and took off to enjoy and discover. He also dedicated Thursday afternoons to take the girls on a 'gallivant'. These included a visit to the castle in Heidelberg or the Gutenberg Museum in Mainz as well as simpler excursions to the Palmengarten in Frankfurt or just playing by the river. Such nice memories are revived by 'gallivant'!
Jacquie Scuitto, Springfield, Vermont
From: Jeffrey Turner (jturner alum.rpi.edu)
Whenever my mom reached my answering machine, the next time I answered the phone she'd ask me if I'd been out gallivanting. Usually it was nothing so interesting. Thank you for the reminder.
Jeffrey Turner, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
From: Claudine Voelcker (claudine.voelcker googlemail.com)
I felt called upon to leave a comment both by today's word's associate "detente" and the picture of a frog -- I'm French. I've always considered a "policy of detente" a diplomatic jest. In French, "détente" is also the term for "trigger".
Claudine Voelcker, Munich, Germany
From: Maria Grazia (m.capitani ocme.it)
Now I know the origin of "mandibola" and "mascella" (mandible and maxilla; in English: jaws) in Italian! I always make some discovery when I receive your daily mail.
Maria Grazia, Parma, Italy
From: Steven Szalaj (szjsings mac.com)
Former Chicago mayor Richard M Daley was a veritable font of verbal creativity, particularly when the press corps "got his Irish up", his elocutions often becoming column fodder for days. His dad, Richard J, was also known for this. One of his most memorable happened at a press conference after his brother Bill dropped his gubernatorial bid in 2001. The mayor was asked if he would have faced increased scrutiny had Bill stayed in: "Scrutiny? What else do you want? Do you want to take my shorts? Give me a break. ... Go scrutinize yourself! I get scrootened every day, don't worry, from each and every one of you. It doesn't bother me."
Steven Szalaj, Crystal Lake, Illinois
From: Risa (obsessed betawolf.com)
I'm almost despondent over the definition not including "An alternate word for the slang 'mansplain'."
Risa, Bronx, New York
From: Alisa Mattheus (onewithcat yahoo.com)
Subject: Gift subscriptions of A.Word.A.Day
Those who I have shared A.Word.A.Day with tell me their weekly favorite words. We have small discussions as to why we pick those to be our favorites of the week and also share words we may not like much. Thank you for all the work put into these emails, it's all appreciated.
Alisa Mattheus, Montague, California
From: Irving N. Webster-Berlin (awadreviewsongs gmail.com)
Here are this week's AWAD Review Songs (words and recordings) for your listening and viewing pleasure.
Irving N. Webster-Berlin, Sacramento, California
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Jokes of the proper kind, properly told, can do more to enlighten questions of politics, philosophy, and literature than any number of dull arguments. -Isaac Asimov, scientist and writer (1920-92)