Saturday, January 23, 2010

Word for the Wise

I'm a big fan of the Merriam Webster's web site (I'm also thinking about joining the Society for the Protection of the Apostrophe but it's kind of a big commitment). They have a video program called, "Ask the Editor," that appears near the top right corner of their web page. I can't get enough of it, but they really need to do something about the lighting. They need to brighten it up just a bit, take the editors out of the shadows and put them in the spotlight. That is with the exception of the "baldish" guy, they need to tone down the lighting on him just a tad. The glare factor is just too distracting.  One recent segment of "Ask the Editor" with Kory Stamper explores the origins and meaning of the word "defenestration." Apparently it tops lots of people's favorite word list. If you're unsure of the precise meaning of the word check out the video at Merriam-Webster's "Ask the Editor" or look it up online. If you still don't get the picture, take a look at the Defenestration of San Francisco on the designboom web site. They say a picture is worth a thousand words (but don't tell Merriam-Webster).

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