Word Of The Day 6-25-2017




someone who is afraid of running out of things to read.


“…it seems rather ironic that the term abibliophobia appears to have been coined on the Web during the last three or four years. It would seem impossible for anyone with regular access to the Internet to be an abibliophobe (someone suffering from a fear of running out of reading material) or to become abibliophobic when more and more reading matter is available by the hour.”



a- +‎ biblio +‎ -phobia

Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner 6-18-2017


The challenge for Flash Fiction for the Purposeful Practitioner will open early Wednesday morning, June 14th. Allow the prompt to take you anywhere you want to go! (Limit your stories to 200 words.)

This challenge is open until 11:00 pm Friday night, June 23rd, 2017.



“Never let it be said,” he said, “that I never set foot in a library.”

“Yeah, but in order to be in the library you have to put in more than just your toes.”

“I don’t like libraries.”

“Oh, for heaven’s sake. Why not?”

“They scare me.”


He peered inside at the endless line of packed shelves. “All those smart people in there just…. just waiting.”

“Not everybody in there is uber smart.”

“Not them! The books.”

“The books are smart so you are scared of them?”


“I’m missing something here.”

“No, no, listen. It’s like all those smart little folk are just crouching there on the shelves. Waiting.” Voice dropping to a whisper.

“Waiting? For what?” She whispered back.

“For me to go by.”


“So they can whisper behind my back about how stupid I am.”

“You have a complex.” Her voice rose back to normal.

“They’ll suck me into library hell!”

“You have a serious complex.”

“Little teeth. Whispering little voices.” Shivering, he backed up, hurried away.

“Idiot.” But then she hesitated. Were hundreds of little eyes glaring at her from each and every shelves?

“Aahhh…maybe I’ll study tomorrow.”

Word Of The Day 6-5-2017



[en-kahy-rid-ee-uh n, -ki-]


A book to be carried in the hand; a manual; a handbook.

a concise reference book providing specific information about a subject or location.


The plot twists were a little too convenient, and the language at times was a little unbelievable (okay she’s an academic, but does that really give her the right to use the word enchiridion to describe a parenting book?).

Called a Young Lady’s Illustrated Primer, this ‘propaedeutic enchiridion’ came with its own power pack, a voice-recognition interface, ‘smart paper’ computer pages, ‘nanoreceptors’ to measure the reader’s pulse, and a database that amounted to ‘a catalogue of the collective unconscious. ‘
Cri de Coeur

Laurentius wanted a handbook (enchiridion) that would sum up the essential Christian teaching in the briefest possible form.
Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

But it is only fair to bear in mind that the Lay is less a poem than an enchiridion, a sort of Emersonian guide to the conduct of life rather than an exquisitely-presented summary of the thoughts of an Eastern pessimist.
The Life of Sir Richard Burton

It is an impious but comic enchiridion of almost all violence, all done, curiously, in a mannered style – he tended to draw people in extended and vaguely balletic postures – and in arch, elegant forms.
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1540s, “a handbook,” from Late Latin, from Greek enkheiridion, neuter ofenkheiridios “that which is held in the hand,” from en “in” (see en- (2)) + kheir “hand” (see chiro- ) + diminutive suffix -idion.


Word Of The Day 4-28-2017



Popularity: Bottom 20% of words


A person who deals in second-hand books.  Today, we’d call him a Used Book Salesman.


  1. Like all the rest of the world, he possessed the termination in ist, without which no one could exist at that time, but he was neither a Royalist, a Bonapartist, a Chartist, an Orleanist, nor an Anarchist; he was a bouquinist, a collector of old books. –Les Miserables, Volume III, Marius


Middle French boucquain (rare old book), from Middle Dutch *boeckin, *boeckijn (little book), diminutive of Middle Dutch boec (book), (compare Middle Dutch boecskin, boekelkin). More at book, -kin.