Editor's Choice

Editor's Choice

April 27, 2003|By Michael Pakenham

A Word A Day, by Anu Garg. Wiley & Sons. 224 pages. $14.95.

Since 1994, Anu Garg's Web site, www.Wordsmith.org, has been attracting legions of enthusiasts for the obscure, the strange and the enchanting in the English language. Here is a compilation of some 300 of them -- ranging from ayndeton ("The omission of conjunctions, as in 'I came, I saw, I conquered.' ") to webliography ("A list of electronic documents on a particular topic. Blend of the words web and bibliography."). It's a source book for advanced crossword puzzlers, and a dangerous weapon for Scrabble sharks. I had no idea that there is a singular word for the "lower level of water in a lake that is stagnant and remains at a constant temperature." It's hypolimnion.

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