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365 New Words-a-Year 2013 Page-A-Day Calendar Calendar – August 15, 2012

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Product Details

  • Calendar: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Pag edition (August 15, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761167218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761167211
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.9 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marti on November 29, 2012
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I have been purchasing this desk calendar for years. Used to try to find it at local bookstores and now only get it from Amazon. I am a lover of words and have learned many new words via the calendar.

Today's (29 November 2012) portmanteau word: MUZZY

Old pages are put in the recycle bin and are also useful for notes when I can't find something to write on when at the computer desk. I also often share the word of the day with friends, via email or Twitter.

If you love words and want to learn new words, this is the perfect calendar. Also a fun and inexpensive gift for your friends. A new word of the day is something I look forward to when sitting down at the computer (with my cup of coffee) each morning.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lee Pro on January 12, 2013
Good, but too many unusual words that are rarely used in normal conversation. Next year, let's back it down to more practical words, ok?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By C. Whidbee on January 20, 2013
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I purchased this calendar as a gift for a friend whose first language is not English thinking it would help him with his vocabulary, but the words are too abstract for this purpose.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Moody on October 2, 2012
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This is a fun calendar to get someone who loves words! I've given it to my husband for Christmas every year and he loves it. Plus it's easy to jot down daily reminders.
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By Doug Wor. on September 29, 2013
I tend to disagree with the negative reviews of this 2013 Merriam Webster 365 New Words Calender. Those who say the words are unusable or obscure lack imagination, in my opinion. In the first month I have indeed found uses for retrodict, legerdemain, squinny, ratiocination, tactile, ambuscade, colligate, pontificate, anthophilous, veridical, mahatma, pertinacious, sub rosa, kibitzer, gravid, hobgoblin, metadata, and objurgation. And that's just the first month. Personally, I feel that ALL these words deserve a chance. (A chance to live and not die, that is).

As I flip through the calendar, my eyes land on pettifogger, phantasmagoria, malversation, turpitude, boulversement, cybrarian, rodomontade, contumacious and a host of other gems.

Perhaps the negative reviewers don't aspire to be the next William F. Buckley Jr. Perhaps you or I do. To each their own. I happen to be enamored of this calendar. I think among word calendars it is non-pariel.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ashley Rene Clark on March 8, 2013
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hi. this book wasnt quite wut i was looking for either. i do learn new words, but they're not words that i would use.
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By Jay Inhof on March 6, 2013
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This Christmas I bought four of these to give to my teen age nieces' families and to keep on my kitchen counter at home for my own kids. We bought these last year too, and found that the calendar was a fun way to encourage learning new interesting words and how the English language has evolved. Our kids and I had many fun talks about words and their meanings just standing around the kitchen waiting for supper. Turning each page proved to be a great conversation starter, which, if you have teenagers, that can be a valuable tool to have!

The one drawback I have is that our latest purchases' bindings seemed weak and the calendars came apart a bit too easily.
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By Mom in FL on January 19, 2013
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It's only January 19, and I've learned several new words... most of which I cannot use in regular everyday conversation, lol. But it's interesting to learn new words, and it's also nice that the etymology of the word is included. It sort of ties the word to words one never really would have thought were related and points out the Latin and Greek bases in many words. But WYSIWYG was a recent word. Is there anyone, in this computer age, who does not know what WYSIWYG means at this point? Still, new "fun" each day, lol.
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