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                     *  WORD A DAY  *
                  Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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Fellow Logophiles,

Did you ever wonder why we call graham crackers by this 
name? Well, let me share with you the story of young 
Presbyterian minister Sylvester Graham... 

Graham became so ardent a temperance advocate that he not 
only traveled far and wide to lecture on the demon rum, but 
also invented a vegetable diet which he was sure would be a 
cure for those suffering from the evils of drink. Graham 
soon extended his mission to include changing America's sin-
ful eating habits. Meats and fats, he said, led to sexual 
excesses, and mustard and catsup could cause insanity, but 
Graham mainly urged the substitution of bread made of home-
made unsifted whole wheat flour for white bread. 

From 1830 on, Graham boardinghouses, Graham societies, and 
Graham food stores sprang up throughout the land. Modern 
science has affirmed his belief that refining flour robs it 
of vitamins and minerals, and most of his regimen, including 
vegetables and fruits in the diet, fresh air while sleeping, 
moderate eating, and abundant exercise, is now widely 
accepted. His memorials are the graham flour, graham bread, 
and graham crackers that his followers ate and dedicated to 



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WORD:  equanimity   ee-kwuh-NIM-uh-tee; ek-wuh-  (noun)

: Evenness of mind; that calm temper or firmness of mind 
which is not easily elated or depressed 

SYNONYMS: * patience 
          * calmness 
          * composure 

WORD WISE: Equanimity comes from Latin aequanimitas, 
impartiality, calmness, from aequanimus, impartial, even-
tempered, from aequus, even + animus, mind, soul. 

QUOTE: "When one is happy, one can look at both comedy and 
tragedy with equanimity." 
--Phillip Lopate, Totally, Tenderly, Tragically: Essays and 
Criticism From a Lifelong Love Affair With the Movies 



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BONUS WORD OF THE DAY:  lucubration   loo-kyoo-BRAY-shun 

: The act of studying by candlelight; nocturnal study; 
: That which is composed by night; that which is produced by 
meditation in retirement; hence (loosely) any literary 

Lucubration comes from Latin lucubratus, past participle of 
lucubrare, to work by night, composed at night (as by 
candlelight), ultimately connected with lux, light. Hence 
it is related to lucent, shining, bright; and lucid, bright 
with the radiance of intellect. 


1)  huttoning   hut en ing  (noun) 
    : manipulation of a dislocated or stiff joint 

    After Richard and Robert Hutton, two English bonesetters. 

2)  logastellus   lo gas tel us  (noun) 
    : "a person whose enthusiasm for words outstrips his or 
    her knowledge of them" 

    John McClellan in "Word Ways," Vol. 3 No. 3, 1970

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