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Life with Alaine

Updated: Jul 9, 2021

Today Alaine and I are celebrating our 30th anniversary. We've been marking this special occasion in our preferred way: quiet and low key.

As I think about our marriage, I recall one of the most unusual books I've read in the past few years, Word by Word: The Secret Life of Dictionaries, by Kory Stamper.

Since memoirs are my favorite reading genre, once I learned about Word by Word, I quickly ordered a copy. I was not disappointed when I eagerly opened its pages; it led me into a world I knew nothing about.

Word by Word is an unusual love story. It's about Stamper's long love affair with languages, and how her love developed. Stamper's memoir then goes on to describe, with wit and insight, her day job as a lexicographer with Merriam-Webster dictionary.

Years before Word by Word was first published, I learned of a great, but unusual, term that I think of from time-to-time. The word is uxorious.

Uxorious is an adjective, meaning "having or showing an excessive or submissive fondness for one's wife."

"Thank you," Alaine for saying yes all those years ago. You are a huge part of my life with God.

Your grateful, uxorious husband!

Photo by Sandy Millar on Unsplash

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