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Aug 24, 2009
This week's theme
Illustrated words

This week's words
smalto
agnosia
chouse
cobber
rimy

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A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then this week we'd be featuring 5000 words. Each of this week's words is accompanied by a wonderful, whimsical illustration by cartoonist Doug Pike (dpike doubtfulaccounts.com). Besides the word of the day, each cartoon includes many other unusual words. Doug's cartoons have illustrated many magazines and his new book Gone With The Wine has just been released.

smalto

MEANING:
noun: Colored glass or enamel used in mosaic.

smalto cartoon
sillabub/syllabub: a drink of sweetened milk/cream & wine/cider
qaid/caid: a Muslim tribal chief or judge
smaragd: emerald
PRONUNCIATION:
(SMAHL-to)

ETYMOLOGY:
From Italian smalto (enamel, glaze), related to smelt (to melt).

USAGE:
"Using Carrara marble, Venetian gold, and glass smalto, Elaine M. Goodwin creates mosaics inspired by the Classical, Byzantine, Victorian, and contemporary worlds."
Going out; Staying in; The Times (London, UK); Jan 14, 2009.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A good leader can't get too far ahead of his followers. -Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US President (1882-1945)

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