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A.Word.A.Day--toxophilite

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This week's theme: words related to archery.

toxophilite (tok-SOF-uh-lyt) noun

One who is fond of or expert at archery.

[Coined by Roger Ascham (1515-1568), scholar and writer, as a proper name and the title of his book Toxophilus, from Greek toxon (bow) + -philos (loving).]

Roger Ascham was the tutor for teenager Elizabeth, future Queen Elizabeth I. His book Toxophilus was the first book on archery in English. It was a treatise on archery but it was also an argument for writing in the vernacular: in English. You could say he shot two birds with one arrow.

-Anu Garg (garg AT wordsmith.org)

"In uncertain times, it makes sense to have as many strings to your bow as a well-provisioned fiddler or a prudent toxophilite." EK; Bibliophile; The Guardian (London, UK); Apr 17, 2004.

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A wonderful time--the War: / when money rolled in / and blood rolled out. / But blood / was far away / from here-- / Money was near.- Langston Hughes, poet and novelist (1902-1967)

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