The Word of the Day in this blog is a selection from my card file of words that I have come across reading books, which at the time, I either did not know the meaning or, even if I had a slight notion of the meaning, I could not reasonably articulate that meaning. My card file dates back to high school circa 1970, when I was trying to improve my vocabulary. Yes, I had to take the SAT and various Achievement tests to apply to places like Harvard. Those tests were required to help those schools could measure the knowledge of a person from a small town in Ohio to students from the well-known prep schools of the East coast and famous schools of NYC. Doing well meant a chance at admission.
Being a per person who works hard and tries to improve oneself, I turned to keeping a card file of new words. And that file still exists. I occasionally find cards written in my old handwriting - cards that I created in high school for words like "mendacious".
I write about this so you'll know I'm not using some Internet word list, or words from the word of the day of dictionary.com, or any other artificially created list. These words are words used by writers of books that I am or have read at some time in my life, or from articles in a good magazine such as National Review.
A word list works for me; over time many of those words have moved into my oral or written vocabularies.
Word of the Day
"Metastory" - noun [$1000]: made from the Greek combining form, "meta" combined with the common word, "story".
Meta: a Greek combining form conveying the principle notion of sharing; action in common; pursuit or quest; and especially change (of place, order, condition or nature).
Sentence: [from "Washington's God" by Michael and Jana Novak, page 140, referring to changes circa the beginning of the French & Indian War] "A new sort of metastory began to take shape to explain what the colonists were experiencing ..."