365 New Words-A-Year Page-A-Day Calendar 2020
For word lovers, writers, crossword puzzle addicts, obsessive readers, and Words with Friends fans, 365 New Words-A-Year is the essential calendar from the editors of Merriam-Webster. The bestselling word calendar is packed with macaronic words (schadenfreude: enjoyment obtained from the trouble of others), hobbyist words (spelunker: one who makes a hobby of exploring caves), melodic words (tintinnabulation: a jingling sound from bells), and more. Each entry includes a definition, pronunciation guide, sample sentence, and notes on word origin and history on the back of each page.
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We love this calendar, but we have pretty big vocabularies, and some of the words are so bizarre you know you will never use them again. I think the makers should stick to somewhat advanced words that a normal to above-average person needs to know.
I got this for a coworker who is obsessed with the Word of the Day. Every day before we start clinic (we are nurses), we try to find a good word online, write it on the white board, and then everyone has to use it in a sentence. I got her this calendar for Christmas and she LOVES it. It has the word, the definition(s) and a sample sentence or two. So far, we’ve been having a blast with this calendar at work. She doesn’t even want to rip the days off so she is taping them to the back. I’d say this gift went over very well.
I tutor English SAT after school and I just purchased this for my little office room so that we can have a “word of the day”. Yes, some of the words are really archaic but others are not. And honestly, some of the “archaic” words could actually be found in older writings and things, so it’s always good to know. And sometimes it’s just fun to learn a really weird word! I hope it will let my students learn some extra bonus words along the way this year.