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365 New Words-A-Year Page-A-Day Calendar 2009 Calendar – June 15, 2008

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From the Back Cover

For inveterate word buffs

Give your vocabulary a boost with a year of great new words to know—including definition, pronunciation, word history and sample sentence—from Merriam Webster, America's most respected dictionary. The contemporary (cybrarian), the literary ( John Barleycorn), the playful (bumbershoot), the simply good-to-know (impresario). Indulge your voracity for language.
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About the Author

In 1843, after Noah Webster's death, George and Charles Merriam secured publishing and revision rights to the 1840 edition of the dictionary. They published a modest revision in 1847, and a second update with illustrations in 1859. In 1864, Merriam published a much expanded edition, largely overhauling Noah Webster's work, yet retaining Webster's title, "'An American Dictionary."' This began a series of revisions known as "'Unabridged,"' which became increasingly more "'Merriam"' than "'Webster."' With the edition of 1890, the dictionary was retitled, "'Webster's International."' The vocabulary was vastly expanded in "'Webster's New International"' editions of 1909 and 1934, totaling over half a million words. Merriam overhauled the dictionary again with the 1961 "'Webster's Third New International"' under the direction of Philip B. Gove, making changes which sparked public controversy. The "'Collegiate Dictionary"' series was initiated in 1898. Since the 1940s, the company has added many specialized dictionaries, language aides, and other references to its repertoire. The G. and C. Merriam Company lost its right to exclusive use of the name "'Webster"' after a series of lawsuits placed it in public domain. Its name was changed to Merriam-Webster Inc. with the publication of Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary in 1983. The company has been a subsidiary of Encyclopædia Britannica Inc. since 1964. As of 2003, the company's two best known dictionaries are: Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged, the most complete current non-specialist American dictionary of English. Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary, Eleventh Edition, the largest and most popular college dictionary, which is available in CD-ROM format for use on personal computers. Merriam-Webster has also published dictionaries of synonyms, English usage, geography (Merriam-Webster's Geographical Dictionary), biography, proper names, medical terms, sports terms, slang, Spanish-English, and numerous others. Non-dictionary publications include, Collegiate Thesaurus, Secretarial Handbook, Manual for Writers and Editors, Collegiate Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia of Literature, Encyclopedia of World Religions. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Calendar: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Workman Publishing Company; Pag edition (June 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761149333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761149330
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 2 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,568,697 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Every year I would pick out a different page a day for my dad. He loves word jumbles, crosswords and such. This calendar he now requests every year. Some days he brings the pages home to share with others. A great gift for the intellectual.
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This book does indeed help in learning new words. It provides a lackadaisical, languid or nonchalant (albeit interesting) way to garner new tidbits for expressing a plethora of minutiae which abound in the thoughts of the boorish and churlish within the hoi polloi (the gallery) on this mortal coil. Although a classic "pearls before swine" it is a good yearly purchase for adding expressions to the vocabularies of those unfortunates who do not have the initiative to have already expanded their diminutive tautology and meaningless drivel as they saunter along the "Bell Curve." Enough said with my dubiously enlightened verbiage.
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The Word A Day Calendar is my favorite way to watch the days go by. The words are interesting, and the sentences using the words are always apt and enlightening. The explanations and stories about derivation on the back of each page present a treasure trove of information which leads your thoughts to further inquiries.
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A new word from this calendar greets me every single morning, and jump-starts my brain while I'm washing my face. Words often pop up that remind me of someone, and I sent that page to her or him; I sometimes recognize words I've encountered in various books and, happening to remember where one of those words appeared, I place that page in the book at the point where the word appeared... it's GREAT fun. This word-a-day calendar is the greatest innovation in calendar use since the designation of Leap Years.
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I love the day calendar. I placed it by my phone in the kitchen, so am able to read the word for the day several times a day.

But the neatest thing this year is that I also purchased two extra ones. One for my sister and one for my daughter. We, three, are avid Scrabble players and when we play we use the new words we have learned. It's fun to see who can remember the most.

Sincerely,

Anne Kreider
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I really thought I was a wordsmith until I got this calendar. I haven't known any of the words since the beginning of the year but I'm having a ball learning. I also like that the word is used in a sentence to provide context. Also on the back of the page some history related to the word's use. A great calendar.
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This was a gift for my vocabulary-loving 10 year old. She's been having so much fun learning new words with it and would never describe this calendar as trumpery.
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I've always loved the page-a-day calendars, and I'm crazy about language, so this seemed like a perfect addition for my desktop--the literal one. I'm just a little disappointed by the word selection. Words such as cat's-paw and reciprocate are either already a part of my vocabulary or never will be. Overall, though, most words are interesting, well explained, and there's the added bonus on the back of each page of an explanation of the word's origin. Plus you get the option of receiving any calendar you'd like on line every day. A pretty good deal!
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