September 6th, 2014

aa!

(Xhosa) Hail thee!, when referring to a chief of king.

October 19th, 2012

Aardvark

A is for AARDVARK

The first of our Twelve Thousand Words

Where else could we begin but with this remarkably cute Double A? The
aardvark (Orycteropus afer) – literally “Earth Pig” (but not in any
way a pig)- is a nocturnal anteater, native to Africa. The collective
noun for aardvarks is an armoury.

And as you can see above, in baby form they look rather like wingless dragons.

Its eternal enemy is the army ant, there was an even a movie made to
commemorate their famous rivalry, entitled (ingeniously) The Ant and
the Aardvark. This includes the memorable line “believe me, it’s no
fun being an aardvark. I’d rather be a banker.” Other famous aardvarks
include Cyril Sneer from the Raccoons, and Arthur. The Egyptian God
Set is also said to be part-aardvark.

We’ll end our ode to aardvark by directing you to Philip Schultz’s
poem “Aardvarks“, which features the also-splendiferous word “jitney”,
and sharing Kenn Nesbitts “The Llama and the Aardvark”

The llama loved the aardvark.
They were married in the spring.
They had a dozen babies
and their babies loved to sing.

So people came from miles around,
and this is what they saw:
twelve little baby llaardvarks
singing llaa llaa llaa llaa llaa.

-Kenn Nesbitt

January 29th, 2014

abandonment

Surrendering control, either emotionally or physically,

January 2nd, 2015

abarticulation

The act of dislocating a joint.

January 17th, 2014

abase

To lower in rank or esteem.

September 16th, 2013

abbatial

Of or relating to an abbey.

August 6th, 2012

abecedarian

One who is learning the alphabet.

April 22nd, 2016

abecedarian

One who is learning the alphabet.

November 19th, 2014

abhenry

A unit of inductance equal to one billionth of a henry.

October 15th, 2012

ablate

Wear away through erosion or vaporization.