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Many of our readers will know by now that the writings of Anu Garg, the gifted wordsmith who composes the global newsletter A Word A Day, have just been published as a book.

A Word A Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words presents the best of AWAD, revised, refreshed, and sprinkled with tidbits, anecdotes, and witty comments from AWAD subscribers. It's one of the most entertaining and informative books ever written about the world's most used - and abused - language, English. Be sure to buy a copy before the first print run is exhausted. Amazon has already listed it as its No.1 best seller

The book contains:

Animal Words
Latin Terms
Words to Describe People I
Lesser-Known Counterparts of Everyday Words
Words for Odds and Ends
Discover the Theme I
Gender-Specific Nouns
Coined Words I
Short Words
Words That Make Spell-Checker Ineffective
Names for Things
Words Formed by Metathesis
Words Not to Put On Your Resume
A Verbal Zoo
Words From Medicine
Words With Color as Metaphor
Words that Make One Say, "I Didn't Know there was a Word for That!"
Wordpix I
Wordpix II
Wordpix III
Words with Offbeat Pluralizations
Words about Relations
Collective Nouns
Positive Words
Discover the Theme II
Lesser-Known Synonyms of Everyday Words
Words from Speeches
Words That Contain the Vowels AEIOU
Once and Only Once
Coined Words II
English as a Global Language
Words about Words I
Uncommon Words with Common Suffixes
Words to Describe People II
Ordinal Words
Words for Odds and Ends
Red-Herring Words
Discover the Theme III
Newer Words in the Oxford English Dictionary
War of Words and Words of War
Words for Physical Characteristics
Used to Describe People Figuratively
Words Evolved from Folk Etymologies
Words about Words II
Words Formed Using Combining Forms
Words for Body Parts That Are Used Metaphorically
Red-Herring Words Revisited
Words from Nature's Oeuvre
Words about People Who Love Books
Mondegreens and Other Linguistic Faux Pas
Answers to the "Discover the Theme" Chapters
Index of Words

A note from the publisher says "AWADies will be familiar with Anu and Stuti Garg's refreshing approach to words: words are fun and they have fascinating histories. The people who use them have curious stories to tell too, and this collection incorporates some of the correspondence received" 

Here are a few reviews, from the website:

"Anu and Stuti Garg's many readers await their A Word A Day rations hungrily. Now at last here's a feast for them and other verbivores. Eat up!"
(Barbara Wallraff, senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly and author of Word Court)

"A banquet of words! Feast and be nourished!" (Richard Lederer, author of The Miracle of Language)

A Word A Day: A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
ISBN: 0471230324
Date: October 2002

Look for it in your nearest library or bookstore, or buy a copy online from


Copyright 2002

Eric Shackle

Story first posted November 2002

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