an·ni·ver·sa·ry (ænɪˈvɜːsərɪ) adj. [L. anniversaries < annus, year + versum, pp. of veriere, to turn],  1. recurring at the same date every year; occurring annually.  2. of or connected with an anniversary.  n. [pl. ANNIVERSARIES (-iz)], 1. the yearly return of the monthly date of some event  2. the celebration of this.

Today is the one-year anniversary of The Dictionary Project. Thanks to all of you for reading and being a part of this experience. Anniversaries are times to reflect and be grateful. This project has been a wonderful way for me to explore different ideas and thoughts. The constraint of blindly selecting each week’s word has forced me to think about words and definitions I might have never considered otherwise. This has been a challenging and enriching experience. Beyond that, I have become even more sensitive than I was before about the use of language, how we imbue words with meaning and how we bring our own experiences, ideology, and environment to each word we use and consider.

Throughout this week, I will be posting writing from guest contributors who are writing on the first random word selected when I began The Dictionary Project last year. The word is portance.

Thank you again for being part of this journey.

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