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11-15-2009 11:31 AM
Amy SF 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.
11-14-2009 05:54 AM
Nosferatofu In "Why Vegan", on page 10, Matt made sure Carl was quoted. Warms my heart.
10-21-2009 08:43 PM
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.

Awesome...Thanx for sharing this
10-21-2009 06:04 PM
Kenickie huzzah
10-21-2009 03:28 PM
Andromache Bookmarked!
10-21-2009 02:50 AM
clarita osita omigawd LOVE. You're my hero.
10-21-2009 02:14 AM
nomad888 Fun stuff, my major is linguistics, specifically foreign language acquisition theory :P

Thanks for sharing.
10-20-2009 09:51 PM
Amy SF 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.
03-21-2008 09:00 PM
JLRodgers I've belonged to that list for years.... I know I was shocked when I saw that day's word.
03-21-2008 08:40 PM
Melanie I just signed up! Thanks Amy.
03-21-2008 07:34 PM
Amy SF 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.

Guest wordsmith Matt Ball (veganpa at 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:

(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.


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:

"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)

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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 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, and thanking him for inviting Matt Ball to be guest wordsmith for this week.

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