I know that I JUST posted a new, fun word yesterday but these things are coming at me from all directions. Therefore, I’m going to share two for Wordy Wednesday.
The first word is from the New York Times Bestselling book The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, by Sherman Alexie, which I am currently reading for a class on Young Adult Literature. I came across the word Tautologies on page 93, where I promptly placed an orange sticky-note. Confusion settled in but I was soon relieved as it was explained in the next few sentences.
“A tautology is a repetition of the same sense in different words, it’s a redundancy,” he said. (page 93)
Check out what Mirriam-Webster Online says about tautologies here.
Now, to get you a little more interested in this hilarious book, I am going to insert a passage, so read on below. Be sure to check out the book here, as well.
“Listen,” he said one afternoon in the library. The first time you read [a book,] you read it for the story. The plot. The movement from scene to scene that gives the book its momentum, its rhythm. It’s like riding a raft down a river. You’re just paying attention to the currents. Do you understand that? The second time you read a book you read it for its history. For its knowledge of history. You think about the meaning of each word, and where that word came from. I mean, you read a novel that has the word ‘spam’ in it, and you know where that word comes from, right?”
“Spam is junk e-mail,” I said.
“Yes, that’s what it is, but who invented the word, who first used it, and how was the meaning of the word changed since it was first used?”
“I don’t know,” I said.
“Well, you have to look all that up. If you don’t treat each word that seriously then you’re not treating the novel seriously.”
“Okay, so it’s like each of these books is a mystery. Every book is a mystery. And if you read all the books ever written, it’s like you’ve read one giant mystery. And no matter how much you learn, you just keep on learning there is so much more you need to learn.”
“Yes, yes, yes, yes,” Gordy said. (page 94-97)
Are you sold yet? Good.
Now, onto the second word of Wordy Wednesday. This word was actually sent to me by my grandma, so massive shout-out to my grandparents, this one is for you.
I know, it’s a good one. However, Mirriam-Webster doesn’t like it so you are just going to have to take my word for it that it’s real. Or my grandma’s word, actually. Acyrologia is an incorrect use of words, particularly replacing one word with another word that sounds similar but has a different meaning.
Here’s the picture I received from grandma, which explains this word in the most entertaining of terms. What a fun thing.
There you have it. Double or nothing. Stay educated.