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Nov 9, 2020
This week’s theme
Words having all five vowels and in order

This week’s words
anemious
acedious
adventitious
caesious
annelidous

aeiou
Vowels by Bernard Johnson

Previous week’s theme
Borrowed words
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with Anu Garg

All present; everyone in order. We are not talking about some school assembly or a military drill. It’s about vowels, a, e, i, o, u, all of them present and in order. This week we’ve picked five such words.

To many of these words you can add the suffix -ly to introduce the sometime-vowel y and still keep them all in order.

What everyday phrases can you think of that have all the five vowels in order? Share them below or email us at words@wordsmith.org. Here are two to get you started: “trade-discount” and “have it out”.

anemious

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-NEE-mi-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Growing in windy conditions.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek anemos (wind). Earliest documented use: 1879.

USAGE:
“By late afternoon the light that washed over the garden turned it into a lake of gold, with islands of shadow; the blown lilies, the long tendrils of roses and the anemious grasses streamed like plants that grow in water.”
Edith Pope; River in the Wind; Scribner; 1954.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena. Think of the rivers of blood spilled by all those generals and emperors so that, in glory and triumph, they could become the momentary masters of a fraction of a dot. Think of the endless cruelties visited by the inhabitants of one corner of this pixel on the scarcely distinguishable inhabitants of some other corner, how frequent their misunderstandings, how eager they are to kill one another, how fervent their hatreds. -Carl Sagan, astronomer and writer (9 Nov 1934-1996)

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