Friday, February 22, 2008

Waxing eloquent about the word "wax"


wax (wax) verb intr.
To increase, to grow, or to become.
[From Old English weaxan. Ultimately from the Indo-European root aug- (increase), which is also the source of auction, authorize, inaugurate, augment, august, auxiliary, and nickname ("a nickname" is a splitting of the earlier "an ekename", literally, an additional name).]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus:

"The stars are out as we stand on Seven Mile Beach strapping on flippers while Adrian waxes enthusiastic."
-- Carol Perehudoff; It's a Dogfish-eat-dogfish World at the bottom of the Sea; Toronto Star (Canada); Feb 16, 2008.


Note--- Waxing eloquent about the Vols
On Saturday evening (9 pm, ESPN) the University of Tennessee men's basketball team, ranked No. 2 in the nation, journeys 450 miles west on I-40 to play the Memphis Tigers, ranked No. 1 in the nation. How did the UT men go from the outhouse to the penthouse in 2 1/2 short years? Here is a
link to a profile of UT coach Bruce Pearl, written when he first arrived in Knoxville in 2005.

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