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Kith and kin
  日期:2007-06-30 16:56:44
  Word for the WiseFebruary 01, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Kith and kin With the holidays officially over for another season, we have time to investigate a word question raised by our nearest and dearest: how does one distinguish kith from kin ? Well, for s
Shadow
  日期:2007-06-30 16:54:15
  Word for the WiseFebruary 02, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Shadow This Groundhog Day, we are shining some light on the word shadow. You might think shadow and its kin are clearcut: everyone knows what a shadow is, right? It isn't as easy to describe as you
Punic
  日期:2007-06-30 16:51:29
  Word for the WiseFebruary 05, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Punic Today we remember the formal end to the third, and final, Punic War. The mayors of Rome and Carthage put an official end to the Third Punic War when they signed a peace treaty on February 5th,
Reggae
  日期:2007-06-30 16:48:46
  Word for the WiseFebruary 06, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Reggae Today we mark what would have been the 62nd birthday of Robert Nesta Marley. Bob Marley died shortly after his 36th birthday, but more than 25 years after his death, his music is played and h
Sir Thomas More & Sinclair Lewis
  日期:2007-06-30 16:45:57
  Word for the WiseFebruary 07, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Sir Thomas More quot;no place and good place. More's Utopia was an imaginary country with ideal laws and social conditions; its non-literary applications range from an imaginary and indefinitely rem
Factoid
  日期:2007-06-30 16:42:53
  Word for the WiseFebruary 09, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Factoid One of the more enjoyable (or frustrating) things about the English language is puzzling out just which sense of a particular word might be the one intended. We're not talking about homograp
Vanishing point & perspective
  日期:2007-06-30 16:40:00
  Word for the WiseFebruary 13, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Vanishing point quot;You know those three-way mirrors in alcoves of department store dressing rooms? When you peer out of the corner of your eye, your body seems to disappear into a ribbon of ever-s
Words of love
  日期:2007-06-30 16:37:05
  Word for the WiseFebruary 14, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Words of love On this day so very eagerly anticipated by restauranteurs, florists, andoh yes, by loverswe're passing along some words of love. Those happy in love may appreciate the heartfelt words
Recant
  日期:2007-06-30 16:34:29
  Word for the WiseFebruary 15, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Recant The annual meeting of the AAAS, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, gets underway today in San Francisco. The AAAS is dedicated to advancing science around the world; coi
Noodge and nudge
  日期:2007-06-30 16:31:44
  Word for the WiseFebruary 16, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Noodge and nudge Pester us long enough and we'll eventually get around to answering your word question. We prefer, of course, a gentle reminder to a nag. With those two statements, we've identified
Redress
  日期:2007-06-30 16:28:59
  Word for the WiseFebruary 19, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Redress Although this third Monday in February wasn't celebrated as Presidents Day in1942, it was back on February 19th, 1942, that presidential Executive Order 9066 was signedover the objections of
Orbit
  日期:2007-06-30 16:26:17
  Word for the WiseFebruary 20, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Orbit 45 years ago today, on February 20th, 1962, John Glenn became the first American to orbit the earth. His orbit occurred only 19 years after the verb orbit first appeared in print, although the
Braggadocio & ignoramus
  日期:2007-06-30 16:23:29
  Word for the WiseFebruary 22, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Braggadocio quot;an utterly ignorant person, but it was superseded by Ignoramus, the ignorant title character (a lawyer) in an early 17th century play by George Ruggle. Before the term ignoramus was
Samuel Pepys
  日期:2007-06-30 16:20:46
  Word for the WiseFebruary 23, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Samuel Pepys The birth anniversary of Samuel Pepys in 1633 gives us plenty of things to talk about. We could mention how startled some peeps are to discover the preferred pronunciation of that famou
Communication terms of 1934
  日期:2007-06-30 16:18:10
  Word for the WiseFebruary 26, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Communication terms of 1934 It was on this date in 1934 that President Franklin Delano Roosevelt ordered the creation of the Communications Commission. Less than four months later, that commission w
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  日期:2007-06-30 16:15:41
  Word for the WiseFebruary 27, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Today we mark the bicentennial of the birth of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The contributions of this most American of poets are immense: he translated Dante, helped introd
Aspect ratio of business stationery
  日期:2007-06-30 16:13:00
  Word for the WiseFebruary 28, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Aspect ratio of business stationery Last month when we talked about the fact that North American business stationery differs in size from business stationery in the rest of the world (our American 8
Words from the Open Dictionary
  日期:2007-06-30 16:10:20
  Word for the WiseJanuary 01, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Words from the Open Dictionary Happy New Year! Were kicking off the new year with a look at few coinages that have made their way into the Open Dictionary over the past year. The Open Dictionary is a
Antedating
  日期:2007-06-30 16:03:09
  Word for the WiseJanuary 04, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Antedating The American Historical Association begins its three day convention in Atlanta, Georgia today. The AHA is devoted to promoting historical studies, collecting and preserving historical docu
Cowlick
  日期:2007-06-30 16:00:25
  Word for the WiseJanuary 05, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Cowlick Since the turn of the 17th century, English speakers have been using cowlick to refer to a lock or tuft of hair growing in a different direction from the rest of the hair. The earliest known
Monopoly
  日期:2007-06-30 15:57:50
  Word for the WiseJanuary 08, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Monopoly Does todays date ring a bell? 25 years ago today, in the settlement of the biggest antitrust case in seven decades (think Standard Oil, in 1911) , ATTMa Bellagreed to divest itself of its se
Words of 1793
  日期:2007-06-30 15:55:02
  Word for the WiseJanuary 09, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Words of 1793 If we were to ask for the location and the date of the first manned flight in America, we would guess many folks might come up with Kitty Hawk and the early 1900s. If we were to ask for
Words that mean nothing
  日期:2007-06-30 15:52:03
  Word for the WiseJanuary 10, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Words that mean nothing When a friend asked for the stories behind words she lumped together as a whole lotta nothin' we discovered plenty to talk about. In fact, there is so much to say, we're going
William James
  日期:2007-06-30 15:49:14
  Word for the WiseJanuary 11, 2007 Broadcast Topic: William James Philosopher, psychologist, and writer William James, who was born on this date in 1842, is admired by wordlovers for his well-turned phrasing. In a 1906 letter to H.G. Wells, today's bi
Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior
  日期:2007-06-30 15:46:37
  Word for the WiseJanuary 15, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior Today we remember Doctor Martin Luther King, Junior, the civil rights leader, clergyman, and Nobel Prize winner who was born on this date in 1929. We suspect that ma
Taboo
  日期:2007-06-30 15:44:05
  Word for the WiseJanuary 16, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Taboo Back on this date in 1919, the 18th Amendmentthe first amendment dealing with social issueswas ratified. One year later to the day, Prohibition was upon the land; and alcoholits manufacture, tr
Wanton
  日期:2007-06-30 15:41:00
  Word for the WiseJanuary 17, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Wanton We've been flirting for some time with the idea of devoting a program to the term wanton , and we have finally decided to indulge ourselves in that wicked, wicked word. When wanton first appea
Phenomena
  日期:2007-06-30 15:38:26
  Word for the WiseJanuary 18, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Phenomena A fellow asked if we had truly said a phenomena on an earlier program. We checked, of course, and (much to our relief) we had not. Phenomenon is the singular form of the plural that is (usu
Edgar Allen Poe
  日期:2007-06-30 15:35:48
  Word for the WiseJanuary 19, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Edgar Allen Poe Edgar Allen Poe was born on this date in 1809. The American poet and short-story writer is remembered for his cultivation of (as one encyclopedia puts it) the mystery and the macabre
Business stationery
  日期:2007-06-30 15:33:10
  Word for the WiseJanuary 22, 2007 Broadcast Topic: Business stationery Today, in honor of Better Business Communication Day, we're sorting through the stacks of (differently sized) business stationery. Americans have two usual sizes for paper: letter
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