THE DORD, THE DIGLOT AND AN AVOCADO OR TWO: the Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words

ANU GARG

If you love language and cherish your own rich and interesting vocabulary, you’ve got to read this book. It is full of fascinating, odd and wonderful words, that you may be able to work into a sentence or two or maybe even a conversation. In a world in which words are shrinking, and where text-messaging is creating a whole new vocabulary of non-words, this book is a breath of fresh air.  Words and their origins can be the source of a lot of fun. Garg provides clever word puzzles and word histories filled with fascinating details, humor, and irony.

Example:  “Dord: The word density had a short-lived synonym: dord . . . While the second edition of Webster’s New International Dictionary was under way, an editor received an entry ‘D or d,’ which was defined as density, where the uppercase D and the lowercase d were abbreviations for the word density. The editor conflated the letters as dord and a new word was born.”

You can sign up for Garg’s word of the day newsletter at WordSmith.org.

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