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2010-03-04 04:30:00

CHAPPAQUA, N.Y., March 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Everyone knows that red roses say "I love you." But did you know that orchids say "passion" and that ivy signifies "fidelity?" For centuries, people have used flowers to express emotions. The language of flowers is found in Shakespeare, and in the Victorian era, people made small bouquets, or "tussie-mussies," with flowers carefully chosen to symbolize their feelings. Now, Amy Brecount White's magical young adult novel, Forget-Her-Nots...

2008-06-18 15:00:08

By BARRY FUGATT I'm no linguist, but I enjoy words, particularly spoken words. Growing up in South Louisiana, I would to listen to old Cajun men swap colorful stories about wars, droughts and the storms of nature and life. They were mostly uneducated men, at least by modern academic standards. But their speech had a wonderful cadence and vibrancy that made their stories come alive. I learned a lot of interesting words listening to those old fellows. And I thought myself quite the...


Word of the Day
Cthulhu
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.
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