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A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
noun: A composition in which the first letter of each line spells out a word or message.
From Latin acrostichis, from Greek akrostikhis, from akron (head) + stikhos (line). Earliest documented use: 1585. A word with the same root is acrophobia.
When the spelled-out word is in the middle (instead of from the initial letters), it’s called a mesostic (example). Also see, a meta acrostic.
“In 2009, Schwarzenegger released a memorable message. He used a vulgar acrostic to reject a bill by Assemblyman Tom Ammiano.”
Michael Mishak & Anthony York; Brown Sends a Message With His Pen; Los Angeles Times; Oct 8, 2011.
See more usage examples of acrostic in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:Shelved rows of books warm and brighten the starkest room, and scattered single volumes reveal mental processes in progress -- books in the act of consumption, abandoned but readily resumable, tomorrow or next year. -John Updike, writer (18 Mar 1932-2009)