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Amy SF 03-21-2008 06:34 PM

I received this forward from my mother in my inbox on 3/16. It was nice of her to do that, but she needn't have bothered, really, because I was the one who got her subscribed to the A Word a Day email newsletter in the first place.



Quote:
Guest wordsmith Matt Ball (veganpa at comcast.net) writes:



Growing up, I was a big fan of Carl Sagan, and I dreamed of exploring the

universe, expanding the frontier of human knowledge and vision. I started

my college to become a rocket scientist, with the plan of working for NASA.



But fate intervened on the first day of college when I met my roommate,

a big, strong guy, who was not shy about explaining his vegetarianism or

what hidden realities my eating meat supported. After a false start, I went

vegetarian -- I simply found the cruelties of meat production too severe

to continue to rationalize away.



Shortly thereafter, I met Jack Norris and started learning more about animal

exploitation in this world. I decided I needed to do more than be a

vegetarian. With ten other activists, Jack and I held a three-day Fast for

Farm Animals in front of a Cincinnati slaughterhouse (three days being the

amount of time farmed animals often go without food before slaughter). After

the fast, Jack and I formed a group which eventually became Vegan Outreach,

dedicated to preventing the most suffering possible.



You can order a free copy of our Guide to Cruelty-Free Eating at:

http://veganoutreach.org/starterpack/



(This week's guest wordsmith Matt Ball is co-founder and executive director

of the non-profit organization Vegan Outreach.)





vegan (VEE-guhn) noun



One who does not consume animal products.



adjective



Made with no animal ingredients.



[Coined in 1944 by Donald Watson (1910-2005) to describe a "non-dairy

vegetarian"; formed from the first three and last two letters of the

word vegetarian.]



Today's word in Visual Thesaurus: http://visualthesaurus.com/?w1=vegan



"Kitsch, lively and glamorous, Canadian food writer Sarah Kramer bucks all

the vegan stereotypes."

Leonie Cooper; The Garden of Vegan; The Guardian (London, UK); Feb 6, 2008.



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The fire which enlightens is the same fire which consumes. -Henri Frederic

Amiel, philosopher and writer (1821-1881)



Discuss this week's words on our bulletin board: http://wordsmith.org/board

Remove, change address, gift subs: http://wordsmith.org/awad/subscriber.html



Today: Join us in an online chat with Michael Erard, author of

"Um...: Slips, Stumbles, and Verbal Blunders, and What They Mean"

Mon, Mar 17, 6pm Pacific at http://wordsmith.org/chat



Pronunciation:

http://wordsmith.org/words/vegan.wav

http://wordsmith.org/words/vegan.ram



Permalink: http://wordsmith.org/words/vegan.html



Vegan! The AWAD word for 3/16/08!



If you like words (aka a linguaphile) and don't mind an extra daily email in your inbox, I recommend subscribing to the AWAD newsletter. Just go to wordsmith.org and click on A Word A Day. It's a lot of fun, trust me.



Whether you do or not, I also suggest sending an email to Anu Garg, the founder of AWAD and Wordsmith.org, and thanking him for inviting Matt Ball to be guest wordsmith for this week.

Melanie 03-21-2008 07:40 PM

I just signed up! Thanks Amy.

JLRodgers 03-21-2008 08:00 PM

I've belonged to that list for years.... I know I was shocked when I saw that day's word.

Amy SF 10-20-2009 08:51 PM

I read a magazine article about AWAD years ago, and the minute I had access to a computer I signed up for the AWAD e-newsletter. It's really fun, and I recommend it. You get to learn all sorts of cool words, how they're used, and even their pronounciation.



http://wordsmith.org/awad/

nomad888 10-21-2009 01:14 AM

Fun stuff, my major is linguistics, specifically foreign language acquisition theory :P



Thanks for sharing.

clarita osita 10-21-2009 01:50 AM

omigawd LOVE. You're my hero.

Andromache 10-21-2009 02:28 PM

Bookmarked!

Kenickie 10-21-2009 05:04 PM

huzzah

GhostUser 10-21-2009 07:43 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Amy SF View Post

I read a magazine article about AWAD years ago, and the minute I had access to a computer I signed up for the AWAD e-newsletter. It's really fun, and I recommend it. You get to learn all sorts of cool words, how they're used, and even their pronounciation.



http://wordsmith.org/awad/



Awesome...Thanx for sharing this

Nosferatofu 11-14-2009 04:54 AM

In "Why Vegan", on page 10, Matt made sure Carl was quoted. Warms my heart.

Amy SF 11-15-2009 10:31 AM

Turns out I started a thread about AWAD before and forgot about it. Don't mean to scare you kids, but that's what happens when you get old.



I merged the two threads.


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