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Spam is So Surreal

File this under the ‘tiresome posts about spam’ and ‘statements of the obvious’ categories. I’ve recently noticed how spam emails contain weird lists of obscure words. One could really expand one’s vocabulary just by reviewing spam. I had no idea what the following meant:

tucum \Tu”cum\, n. [So called by the Indians of Brazil.] A fine, strong fiber obtained from the young leaves of a Brazilian palm (Astrocaryum vulgare), used for cordage, bowstrings, etc.; also, the plant yielding this fiber. Called also tecum, and tecum fiber.

boustrophedon \Bou`stro*phe”don\, n. [Gr. ? turning like oxen in plowing; ? to turn.] An ancient mode of writing, in alternate directions, one line from left to right, and the next from right to left (as fields are plowed), as in early Greek and Hittite.

commonweal \Com”mon*weal”\, n. [Common + weal.] The public good or welfare.

And that’s only from a half-dozen emails. Also a handy resource for playing the dictionary game.

3 Responses to “Spam is So Surreal”

  1. dean

    If I knew what one of those words means (commonweal), does that make me some kind of geek?

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