I simply adore Anu Garg, the founder of www.wordsmith.org. The man has a brain to envy, acerbic wit and a unique take on things that leaves you smiling. The following is a preamble to the word ‘sextet’ which appeared in today’s ‘A Word A Day’- a free emailer that delivers (as the name suggests) a word every day into your email inbox. I thought it was lovely and so well written too.
‘The word sextet has nothing to do with sex, unless of course, the six people in question engage in some questionable calisthenics. That’s what the English language does — often leading us on, only to make things limpid in the end. There we go again.
Take the word friable, for instance. All the evidence leads us to suggest this word could be used to refer to raw potato chips. But in truth, something friable is that which could be easily crumbled. Well, it could be used to refer to potato chips, after all…’