OK, I’ll confess that I’ve never come anywhere near finishing the New York Times acrostic. That’s because it’s . . . well, hard. For me, anyway. (I mean, “gnomish”?)
I do love the quotation they chose, because “anthology” is indeed one of my favorite words:
“The anth- in . . . anthurium . . . means ‘to bloom.’ …The Greek word for ‘flower,’ anthos…, gave us one of the loveliest of English words, anthology, which literally means a ‘gathering of flowers,’ or ‘garland’ — a literary bouquet, if you will.”
Btw, if you want to know how I fell in love with language, you can read an excerpt from A Garden of Words here.