Are you someone who looks forward to learning a new word a day? Crazy about crosswords? Ever actually sat down and read the dictionary? Even if you’ve never done any of these things, Wordsmith.org is a pretty cool website. Today, March 14th, celebrates the 17th anniversary of Wordsmith.org and A.Word.A.Day started by Anu Garg. This week, each word of the day will be 17 letters long! The first 17-lettered word isÂ predestinarianism.
noun: Belief in the doctrine of predestination, that the divine will has predetermined the course of events, people’s fate, etc.
“I have reacquainted myself with the old taste of Scottish predestinarianism. Y’know, damned or saved; nothing to do with free will or good works.”
Alexander Linklater; The Tale of the Three Alcoholics; The Guardian (London, UK); Nov 11, 2006.
Garg is also holding a contest on her website. A haiku poem is 17 syllables total, so she is holding a haiku contest!
CONTEST: Define or illustrate each of this week’s words in a haiku using the traditional structure (three lines of 5-7-5 syllables). We’ll select five haiku winners, one for each word. Results will be announced at the end of this week.
PRIZES: Winners will receive one of the following word games:
HOW TO ENTER: Email your haiku to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday this week. Be sure to include your location (city/state/country).
Here’s an example of a haiku (just don’t try to enter this one!):
ocean of language
seventeen years is only
dipping a toe in
Courtesy of Wordsmith.org.
So check back every day on ASKinyourface.com to see what the new 17-lettered word of the day is and find out what it means. If you love writing poems, go ahead and enter the haiku contest too – be sure to leave them in the comment section. We’d love to see what you came up with!
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