Wednesday, July 13, 2011

I routinely turn my students into cruciverbalists, asking them to design crosswords with clever clues and words for the topics we're discussing in class.

How can you resist wonderful words like these:

1. cruciverbalist - (n.)a designer or aficionado of crossword puzzles.

2. ecdysiast - (n.)a person who performs a striptease.

3. funambulist - (n.)a tightrope walker.

4. phlebotomist - (n.)a nurse or other health worker trained in drawing venous blood.

5. poetaster - (n.)an inferior poet; a writer of indifferent verse.

6. shamus - (n.,)a detective.

7. thaumaturgist - (n.)a worker of wonders or miracles; magician.

8. toxophilite - (n.)a devotee of archery; archer.

9. comptroller - various types of financial executives.

10. metaphysician - A person who creates or develops theories regarding the nature of reality.

11. chiromancer - Someone who performs divination by reading palms.