Word of the Week: opusculum (oh-PUSK-yuh-lum)


Word of the Week: opusculum (oh-PUSK-yuh-lum) Definition (noun) a minor work (as of literature) — usually used in plural   In Context "[Maria] Artamonova offers short summaries of most of Tolkien's satellite opuscula in roughly their order of composition—The Father Christmas Letters, Roverandom, Mr. Bliss, Farmer Giles of Ham, "Leaf by Niggle," and Smith of Wootton Major." Jason Fisher, Mythlore, 22 Sept. 2016

Word of the Week: opusculum (oh-PUSK-yuh-lum)2024-05-09T14:39:53-04:00

Word of the Week: bedizen (bih-DYE-zun)


bedizen (bih-DYE-zun) Definition (verb) to dress or adorn gaudily. In Context "Designed by architect Pierre Dené, the two-story 'rancho deluxe' bedizened itself with every California-style feature that defined its era. It had a Roman brick fireplace, terrazzo floors and big dramatic windows." Lisa Gray, The Houston Chronicle, 20 Apr. 2008  

Word of the Week: bedizen (bih-DYE-zun)2024-05-09T14:37:50-04:00

Word of the Week: Minion (MIN-yun)


Minion (MIN-yun) Definition (Noun) 1. a servile dependent, follower, or underling 2. one highly favored : idol 3. a subordinate or petty official In Context "Smartphones make it easier for managers to change their minds at the last moment: for example, to e-mail a minion at 11pm to tell him he must fly to Pittsburgh tomorrow." The Economist, 10 Mar. 2012

Word of the Week: Minion (MIN-yun)2024-04-16T15:47:28-04:00

Word of the Week: feckless (feck·​less | ˈfek-ləs)


Definition 1. weak, ineffective 2. worthless, irresponsible In Context "Right or wrong, plenty of Twitter’s users view Dorsey as a feckless, spineless suit unwilling to address even the most basic problems plaguing his platform." Molloy, Parker, The Verge, "Roasting Jack Dorsey’s beard may be petty, but it’s also part of a time-honored tradition," 7 Sep. 2018

Word of the Week: feckless (feck·​less | ˈfek-ləs)2024-04-16T15:41:30-04:00

Word of the Week: afflatus (uh-FLEY-tuh s)


afflatus (uh-FLEY-tuh s) Definition (Noun) 1. inspiration; an impelling mental force acting from within. 2. divine communication of knowledge. In Context "Then with an afflatus, words flow, whispered by my muse, into lines and stanzas." Peter E. William, Dreaming of Dreaming, 2005

Word of the Week: afflatus (uh-FLEY-tuh s)2024-04-11T10:06:04-04:00

Word of the Week: expeditious (ek-SPE-ˈdi-shəs)


expeditious (ek-SPE-ˈdi-shəs)  Definition (Adjective) marked by or acting with prompt efficiency In Context "Finally, government officials have at least a reasonably strong interest in moderating discussion on their Facebook pages in an expeditious manner." David Kravets, "Politicians’ social media pages can be 1st Amendment forums, judge says," Ars Technica, 28 July 2017

Word of the Week: expeditious (ek-SPE-ˈdi-shəs)2024-04-10T16:23:03-04:00

Word of the Week: bird-dog (BERD-dawg)


bird-dog (BERD-dawg) Definition (Verb) 1. to watch closely 2. to seek out : follow, detect In Context "Also in line for a guaranteed budget is the new deputy inspector general for public safety charged with auditing police practices, identifying troubling trends, recommending changes to the police contract and bird-dogging the new multi-tiered accountability system." Fran Spielman, The Chicago Sun-Times, 4 Oct. 2016

Word of the Week: bird-dog (BERD-dawg)2024-04-10T16:20:36-04:00

Word of the Week: liminal (LĬM-ə-nəl)


liminal (LĬM-ə-nəl) Definition (Adjective) Characterized by being on a boundary or threshold, especially by being transitional or intermediate between two states, situations, etc. In Context "Biologically and culturally, for the child-apprentice it was a liminal moment as he encountered the challenges of puberty at the same time that he abandoned (and was abandoned by) his natural family in order to enter an adoptive one." Steven Laurence Kaplan, The Bakers of Paris and the Bread Question: 1700-1775, 1996.

Word of the Week: liminal (LĬM-ə-nəl)2024-03-28T15:36:15-04:00

Word of the Week: alliaceous (ăl-ē-Ā-shəs)


alliaceous (ăl-ē-Ā-shəs) Definition (Adjective) Of a smell or taste: resembling that of garlic or onions, garlicky; also having such a smell or taste. In Context "In the Middle Ages in southern Europe, food tended to be alliaceous because garlic helped disguise the fact that warm temperatures had turned some of the ingredients bad." Mark Morton, Cupboard Love: A Dictionary of Culinary Curiosities, Second Edition, 2004.

Word of the Week: alliaceous (ăl-ē-Ā-shəs)2024-03-28T15:35:01-04:00

Word of the Week: gargantuan (gahr-GAN-chuh-wuhn)


Definition (adjective) tremendous in size, volume, or degree : gigantic, colossal In Context "In 1920, the town council of Chamonix … decided to change the municipality's name to Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, thus forging an official link to the mountain … with a summit that soars 12,000 feet above the town center. The council's goal was to prevent their Swiss neighbors from claiming the mountain's glory, but there was really no need: It's impossible when you're in Chamonix to ignore the gargantuan, icy beauty that looms overhead." Paige McClanahan, The New York Times, 13 Dec. 2018

Word of the Week: gargantuan (gahr-GAN-chuh-wuhn)2024-03-28T15:33:28-04:00
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