I love words! One of my favorite things about words is when I come across a word I’ve never seen before, and then I come across it again soon after that! I’m naming that vocabudipity: vocabulary + serendipity!
Randy was beating me at Scrabble last week (he’s been on a real roll lately, unfortunately), and he played the word “sintered.” An eight-letter word. Using a triple word score space. I was not happy. I did wonder briefly about what the word meant, but I didn’t have my phone/dictionary at hand. Then I promptly forgot about it.
“[Dr. Taylor] put in a small amount and found that within thirty seconds the dust melted, or fused, itself into something solid. This process is called sintering, and it happened because the lunar dust contained microscopic beads of iron.”
No. Way. (Plus, it goes on to describe a possible “lunar lawnmower” that could turn the dusty surface into glass roads. Super cool.)
When we wallow in words–play games with them, read books on topics we’re interested in, and look on them as friends–we get to keep having fun with language, long past the age of learning to read.
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