Another winter day brings another thick snowfall if not a blizzard. But if you feel like being pleasantly snowed in by a blizzard of words, check out The Dord, The Diglot and An Avocado Or Two, The Hidden Lives and Strange Origins of Common and Not-So-Common Words, by Anu Garg.
Mr. Garg is the brain behind www.wordsmith.org, an international community for those who are madly in love with words (online since 1994). Subscribers to the free AWAD (a word a day) newsletter get exactly what it promises, a word every day in their email boxes with pronunciation, definition and example of usage. There is also a quotation every day. AWAD has to be the best part of my daily email. In addition to the word every day, there is a weekend digest, a round-up of the week's words with reader commentaries, plus recommendations and announcements of new books for word lovers.
Mr. Garg's previous books are A Word a Day, A Romp Through Some of the Most Unusual and Intriguing Words in English and Another Word a Day, An All-New Romp Through Some of the Most Intriguing Words in English. All three of his books drop veritable blizzards of words upon the reader, perfect snowstorms for the linguaphile. I can't think of a better way to get through the last weeks of winter than by jumping in to these books and wallowing in all those lovely, fascinating words.