One of the most basic requirements for the well-being and longevity of an active and enquiring mind is that it must constantly be fed with new and relevant information. If this information could be both interesting and humourous, you would surely have struck upon a winning combination. Nowhere have I found this to be more true than in an exploration of the wonderful world of words.
Certainly there are many websites floating through cyberspace which deal with words and all their idiosyncrasies. I am happy to introduce you to the one site I have found which is at once relevant, informative, interesting and humourous. Welcome to Wordsmith.org. Wordsmith is a worldwide online community of more than one million readers who share a love of words, wordplay, language and literature. While the site boasts many interesting features, the flagship service is undoubtedly “A.Word.A.Day.”
So, what is A.Word.A.Day? The music and magic of words — that’s what A.Word.A.Day, (AWAD), is all about. AWAD is a daily electronic publication from the wordserver at wordsmith.org. AWAD includes a vocabulary word, its definition, pronunciation, information with audio clip, etymology, usage example, quotation, and other interesting tidbits about words to subscribers every day. You can think of it as a word trek to explore strange new words. Words are usually selected around a theme every week. There is no charge to subscribe to AWAD.
While I certainly could sing the praises of AWAD, I’ll let you hear from some media heavyweights whose resumes are longer than mine.
“The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace.” Katie Hafner – The New York Times.
“AWADies will be familiar with Anu Garg’s refreshing approach to words: words are fun and they have fascinating histories.” John Simpson, Chief Editor, Oxford English Dictionary
“Clever, Humorous, and always interesting approach to words…to the delight of every Linguaphile.” Hilary White – Pages Magazine.
Please tune in to the next installment from The Witty Wordsmith, coming your way in May 2011.