Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Wordplay Wednesday™ June 17, 2015 – AZO-what?

Ever have a day when you feel like a barren wasteland, devoid of internal resources – lifeless? You have just entered an AZOIC zone. (California drought, anyone?)

AZOICadj. 1) without any life (an azoic ecological zone); 2) designating or of the earliest part of the Archean Eon, when there was no life on earth [the ultimate Peace on Earth, right?]

Though still used minimally as a geologic description for the age of rocks formed before life popped up, it lost favor before the 1950s to “Archean,” or “Archaeozic,” proving its azoic worth, I guess.

Now you can say you learned something new today and you have a great “Z” word to amaze your opponents in word games.

Read on for a few lively quotes about how education, books, and spelling affects lives:

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” ~ Derek Bok (former Harvard University president)

“I quit school in the fifth grade because of pneumonia. Not because I had it but because I couldn’t spell it. ~ Rocky Graziano (1919-1990) [That’s like saying you quit watching boxing when he was Middleweight title holder because you couldn’t spell his last name!]

“From your parents you learn love and laughter and how to put one foot in front of the other. But when books are opened you discover that you have wings.” ~ Helen Hayes (actress; 1900-1993)

“Mike Hammer drinks beer and not cognac because I can’t spell cognac.” ~ Mickey Spillane (author; 1918-2006)

“I drink beer so my life won’t become AZOIC.” ~ LinDee Rochelle (author and student of the Universe)

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