Back in the mid-late 1990s, I was subscribed to Anu Garg’s A.Word.A.Day mailing list, and I loved it. But as the volume of my email grew, I had to cut back and I ended my subscription five years ago or so.

I’m happey to say that I’m subscribed once again as of today. I notice that he now has both a “free” (with ads) and a “premium” (no ads) service. I signed up with the free service for now, but I’ll probably get the premium service eventually.

AWAD is, as far as I know, the original wordserver on the Internet. There are lots of immitations now. But AWAD is the best. I loved when they would have “theme” weeks. Things like: words derived from the names of characters in fiction stories.

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They always have good words, not cheesy words that any eighth grader might now. Incidentally, today’s word is debouch.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.