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I love words. I love everything about words: how they sound, how they look. The more obscure the meaning and the origin the better. Not only did my best friend Erin get a perfect score on the English side of her s.a.t's way back when, she also read the Dictionary when we were kids. Erin is not only my best friend, she is my hero. So it was fitting that Erin got me a book for Christmas called "Reading the OED". It's the story of a guy who read the Oxford English Dictionary - all 21, 370 pages. It took him 8 to 10 hours a day of reading for a year and his book is fascinating and hilarious. You know, if you ever wondered whether or not there was a word for something, apparently there's a really good chance that there is! For example, "impluvious" means "wet with rain". "Balter" is "to dance clumsily", for all you "balterers" out there. "Gound" is the stuff that collects in the corner of your eyes - see what I mean? And "Conspue" means "to spit on someone with contempt" - like there's another way to spit on someone? You know what? There's even an name for the area between your shoulder blades that you can't reach to scratch - but you're gonna have to read the book to find out that one!

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02/18/2009 5:42AM
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