Word of the Day: Cruciverbalist

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cru·ci·ver·bal·ist[1] [krs-vûrb-lst]

1. A constructor of crosswords.
2. An enthusiast of word games, especially of crosswords.

[From Latin crux, cruc-, cross + Latin verbum, word (translation of English crossword).]

I’m horrible at crossword puzzles. I love words, I love playing with word, I love making up words. However, the ADD tends to kick in and I can’t spell anyway. I can’t say I’ve ever seen a crossword puzzle with spell check. I also have this nasty habit of trying to make everything a compound word.

That tends to mess up the letter count thing.

Why did I pick cruciverbalist?

Because it took me a couple of minutes to pronounce it correctly and I didn’t know what it meant and it’s random. You’re welcome.


  1. [1]The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition copyright ©2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company