WORD OF THE DAY

Monday, March 2, 2009

Word of the Day for Sunday, March 1, 2009 lampoon \lam-POON\, noun, verb: 1. a composition that imitates or misrepresents someone's style, usually in a humorous way 2. a light, good-humored satire 3. ridicule with satire Attendees typically lampoon US presidents with grotesque puppets and... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 27, 2009

Word of the Day for Friday, February 27, 2009 ellipsis \i-LIP-sis\, noun: three dots used to show an omission in writing or printing; the omission of a word or words in text These efforts are to no avail, however, because the author can't leave anything unsaid, any ellipsis gaping: sooner or later... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Word of the Day for Wednesday, February 25, 2009 openhanded \OH-puhn-HAN-did\, adjective: 1. giving freely; generous 2. done with an open hand From his mother's mother he inherited a sense of fete and a gift for cosmopolitan and open-handed hospitality. -- John Russell, A Magnificent Mischief-Maker,... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Word of the Day for Wednesday, February 18, 2009 consternation \kon-ster-NEY-shuhn\, noun: sudden dread or paralyzing terror To our consternation, the phone rang just as we were about to leave. by 1611, from French consternation, from Latin consternationem, from consternare "overcome, confuse,... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Word of the Day for Tuesday, February 17, 2009 burnish \BUR-nish\, verb, noun: 1. to make shiny by polishing 2. a polish or shine A burnish on the copper pots made them very attractive. The craftsman burnished and refurbished metalworks. c.1325, from Old French burniss-, extended stem of burnir,... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Word of the Day for Monday, February 16, 2009 interminable \in-TUR-muh-nuh-buhl\, adjective: so long as to seem endless; never stopping The mother-in-law's talking was interminable. c.1374, from Late Latin interminabilis, from in- "not" + terminabilis Dictionary.com Entry and Pronunciation for... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Word of the Day for Sunday, February 15, 2009 pinchbeck \PINCH-bek\, noun, adjective: 1. an alloy of zinc and copper used to imitate gold in jewelry-making; by extension, something counterfeit; an imitation 2. not genuine; fake Watch out for the pinchbeck on the auction site. We laughed at the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Word of the Day for Saturday, February 14, 2009myopia \mahy-OH-pee-uh\, noun:1. an abnormal eye condition in which only closeup objects are seen clearly; nearsightedness2. shortsightedness; lack of foresightShe wears contact lenses for myopia.His myopia left him without supplies after the storm.by... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Word of the Day for Friday, February 13, 2009expurgate \EK-sper-geyt\, verb:to remove objectionable words or passages from a documentGrimms' fairy tales have been expurgated for children.by 1621, from Latin expurgat-, from expurgare, from ex- + purgare "to make clean"Dictionary.com Entry and... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Word of the Day for Thursday, February 12, 2009froward \FROH-werd\, adjective:not easily managed; contraryThe mule is a froward animal.c. 1300, Old English fromweard "turned from or away," from from + -weard. The opposite of toward, it was Latin pervertus in early translations of the Psalms, and... Sign in to see full entry.

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