I love to learn new words — I used to keep a written list of new words years ago, but lately I’ve realized that the words I don’t know aren’t really useful. I have plenty already, and it gets old having to define obscure words to my readers.
While I was living with my folks this winter my father recommended the Word Of The Day site to me. The URL is:
The May 9th e-mail featured a word I’ve never encountered: anomia.
The Dictionary Demon,once roused from his slumbers, brought me back this definition after a short foray over the Sea of Words:
anomia PRONUNCIATION: (uh-NOH-mee-uh) MEANING: noun: The inability to recall names of people or objects. ETYMOLOGY: From Latin a- (without) + nom (name). Earliest documented use: 1900. Don't confuse the word with anomie. USAGE: "In Dad's case of anomia, he's been calling his nightly can of beer 'ink'. Sometimes he calls it 'gas', which makes a kind of sense." Patricia Traxler; I'm Still Listening for My Father's Words; Newsweek (New York); Jun 11, 2007.
I have a terrible time with people’s names. Typically it takes me three times to really absorb someone’s name.
A useful site for a literary type like me! I may not use the obscure words, but it’s nice learning them!