Thursday, October 2, 2008

Analphabet

Courtesy of A.Word.A.Day, a daily e-newsletter that I receive. Many fascinating words have graced my inbox since subscribing.


with Anu Garg

analphabet

PRONUNCIATION:
(an-AL-fuh-bet)

MEANING:
noun: An illiterate; one who doesn't know the alphabet or the basics of something.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek analphabetos (not knowing the alphabet), from an- (not) + alphabetos (alphabet), from alpha + beta.

USAGE:
"For an auto-analphabet like me, this was big news indeed. Armed with these magical tires, I'd never have to lug around a spare."
Amy Gamerman; Tires -- No Pressure; The Wall Street Journal (New York); May 29, 1998.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Nothing is illegal if one hundred businessmen decide to do it. -Andrew Young, author, civil rights activist, US congressman, mayor, and UN ambassador (b. 1932)


Now, how many would like to use the word in a sentence and share?

3 comments:

Granny Sue said...

"He was such an analphabet he didn't know how to spell his name."

Not very original. How would you use it?

Janet said...

Abraham, an analphabet, signed the deed proudly with an X.

Granny Sue said...

Hey Cheryl, I keep looking for new post....

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