Friday, November 6, 2009

Weekly Vocab Builder

Improve your writing by increasing your vocabulary. This week's list:
  • Nurturance: going beyond nurturing, the nourishment and emotional and physical care of someone.
  • Acrostic: a poem in which the first letter of the first word in every line spells out a word when taken together. For example:
    Elizabeth it is in vain you say
    "Love not" — thou sayest it in so sweet a way:
    In vain those words from thee or L.E.L.
    Zantippe's talents had enforced so well:
    Ah! if that language from thy heart arise,
    Breath it less gently forth — and veil thine eyes.
    Endymion, recollect, when Luna tried
    To cure his love — was cured of all beside —
    His follie — pride — and passion — for he died.
                                               —"An Acrostic" by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Decision engine: Microsoft's marketing term for search engine.
  • Favicon: the small icon in a browser's address bar particular to a site.
  • More weight: Giles Corey utter these words during the Salem Witch Trials.
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