|About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us|
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
I remember that biology class many years back. We took a few drops of water from a nearby pond and put them on a slide under the microscope. When we peeked through the eyepiece we saw all sorts of life forms -- amoeba, paramecium, and others -- floating around.
This week's words are something like that. There are animals hidden in these words. You just need to put them under the microscope of etymology to see them.
cynosure (SY-nuh-shoor) noun
1. One who is the center of attraction or interest.
[Originally the term was applied to the constellation Ursa Minor or the North Star (Polaris) that was used in navigation. The term is derived from Latin Cynosura (Ursa Minor), from Greek kynosoura (dog's tail), ultimately from the Indo-European root kwon- (dog) that is also the source of canine, chenille (from French chenille: caterpillar, literally, little dog), cynic, kennel, canary, hound, dachshund, and corgi. And from the root ors- (buttocks) which also gave us ass, dodo, and squirrel.]
"If Bipasha became the cynosure of all eyes, Payal too hogged the limelight."
It is better to have loafed and lost than never to have loafed at all. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)
Contribute | Advertise
© 2014 Wordsmith