Serendipity & The Writer’s Almanac

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Another reason to listen to public radio is the Writer’s Almanac, which airs at 9:01 Monday through Friday on KALW. It starts my day with such tidbits as this:

It was on this day in 1754 that the word “serendipity” was first coined. It’s defined by Merriam-Webster as “the faculty or phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for.” It was recently listed by a U.K. translation company as one of the English language’s 10 most difficult words to translate. Other words to make their list include plenipotentiary, gobbledegook, poppycock, whimsy, spam, and kitsch.

If you go to the website, you also get to see great writers’ quotes. (This includes quotes from great writers as well as great quotes from writers of all kinds.) Today’s is this gem:

Writing is 90 percent procrastination: reading magazines, eating cereal out of the box, watching infomercials.

–Paul Rudnick

kalwFor the rest of today’s almanac, see Writer’s Almanac

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