Nehama (med_cat) wrote in 1word1day,

Friday words: Spanghew and Lipogram

Two words, to make up for my missing last Friday...

#2: Spanghew


to throw violently into the air; especially, to throw (a frog) into the air from the end of a stick

About the Word:

Although it originally involved an unsavory pastime in which sticks were used to hurl frogs into the air, this word has had other meanings as well. For example, one 19th century report refers to a particular horse's insistence on "spang–hewing" its riders.

(Spang, by the way, is a verb in its own right. It's mostly used in Scotland and means "throw" or "jump.")

#6: Lipogram


a writing composed of words not having a certain letter

About the Word:

Lipo– means "lacking; without," and gram comes from gramma, meaning "letter."

The most challenging lipogram – a decidedly constrained form of writing – excludes E, the most common letter in English. In 1939, Ernest Vincent Wright published Gadsby: A Story of Over 50,000 words without using the letter "E." Below is a lipogram version of "Mary Had A Little Lamb" lacking the letter O (from Peter Blinn,

Mary had a little lamb

The bleached and chalky kind.

And everywhere she went, the lamb

Was rarely left behind.


Tags: l, noun, s, verb, wordsmith: med_cat

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