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Word of the Day, facts and observations on language, lookup trends, and wordplay from the editors at Merriam-Webster Dictionary.

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Snooker Fleece Euchre Keep your eyes firmly fixed on this article. https://t.co/3EFxHbWmaHBefore it became associated with medicine, 'placebo' had a long history of meaning "flatterer" or "to flatter." https://t.co/V0EAJljZ6pGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'intercalate' https://t.co/Sk8D6z041O https://t.co/PwxfaLbVCB
1/19
2020
Here's your #ThesaurusDay/Saturday prompt: See how far/weird you can get synonym-hopping from here in five clicks. https://t.co/nZkxiayACiThe week in words, featuring a matriculated football, a perfect call, Oscar snubs, and more: https://t.co/dS2EtLKIGxHello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'vicarious' https://t.co/4qECTL32Qz https://t.co/AoG0IzZ7K7
1/18
2020
Dictionaries ❌ make up words ❌ endorse the concepts described by the words they enter ✅ describe and document the w… https://t.co/E7wx7bUqVl'Cherry pit': an old game consisting of throwing cherrystones into a small hole in the ground May your weekend be… https://t.co/ZErlfeRWBDsnub perfect matriculate engrossment This week's noteworthy words: https://t.co/dS2EtLKIGx'Volatile' originally meant "able to fly." It later took on "flighty" connotations and eventually became “unpredict… https://t.co/LuYCHQtxCRIf you feel 'stress,' you're under strain or pressure. If you feel 'duress,' you're being coerced by threat. https://t.co/TGTBBh1IMcGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'tontine' https://t.co/4DSI0FGxN5 https://t.co/K7KfOUIsZz
1/17
2020
🍻🍹🍸🥃🍷🍟 https://t.co/25Az3jfLabThe #WordOfTheDay is 'hirsute' https://t.co/bubtqByVJY https://t.co/gwHOEmLbnHHet up Orey-eyed Umbrageous Words for those who are a little hot under the collar: https://t.co/naRVwOlfszWe'll just keep hectoring you until you try it. https://t.co/YrT6IKz2ceLitotes - "Hey, not bad!" Chiasmus - “Working hard, or hardly working?” Hyperbaton - “Size matters not. Look at m… https://t.co/jHBy2a1GnY'Credible': worthy of being believed 'Credulous': ready to believe especially on slight evidence https://t.co/PBVmE1wkLLHow dictionaries work, a refresher: https://t.co/NPFIVdstr0
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterHi! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'hirsute' https://t.co/VkwRLf35n6 https://t.co/iUAEZpq3yaHow dictionaries work, a refresher: https://t.co/NPFIVdstr0
1/16
2020
Oh hey we know that guy. 'Initiative': energy shown in getting action started https://t.co/X7J2yxZcjtBoth 'gray' and 'grey' are common spellings of the color, but 'gray' is the more common choice in American English. https://t.co/AcaH8KX2oKU: vacuum, continuum H: hitchhike, withhold I: radii, alibiing & more rare doubles: https://t.co/ViJGiJUrshThe English language 1) loves to borrow and 2) hates to return. https://t.co/Q0paF67GqT'Flagrant' comes from the Latin 'flagrare' (“to burn”) and had the original English meaning "fiery hot; burning." https://t.co/yhsEen5v0Eet al. - from 'et alia' - meaning "and others" et seq. - 'et sequens' - "and the following ones" etc. - 'et ceter… https://t.co/nPBbjIuIRx @jeanniemai Jeannie, thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re constantly in the process of updating as u… https://t.co/cD6K4f2NuBHello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'artifice' https://t.co/73AtVBiYOP https://t.co/Azjt9RXQSt
1/15
2020
The 'spruce' in 'spruce up' (and 'spruce tree') comes from a historical name for Prussia. https://t.co/SdQBOYNj3GPatzers, botchers, throttlebottoms, and more: https://t.co/h8Q08790iy @MrEddieHuang Eddie, thank you for bringing this to our attention. We’re constantly in the process of updating as u… https://t.co/61D8dF7lU3I can’t say your worships have delivered the matter well, when I find the ass in compound with the major part of yo… https://t.co/tQMqSxSHuYA person lying prone faces downward; a person lying supine is face up. https://t.co/cyPiG30HGq'Potpourri' was borrowed directly from the French 'pot pourri,’ literally meaning “putrid pot.” https://t.co/FQzG3osKqEGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'lily-livered' https://t.co/HsFTM2M6O2 https://t.co/OIMLrVQULS
1/14
2020
'Odd' was at first used as a compliment. If you were odd in a 15th or 16th century kind of way, you were "outstandi… https://t.co/8TZN7yOiXkHow well do you know these words that come from names? https://t.co/YrT6IKz2ce @oralbruh We can do that.'Affogato' has the literal meaning of "drowned" in Italian. https://t.co/wuFuv6ieIGSham Ballyhoo Humbug Step right up, read all about 'em. https://t.co/wJMsVck5jN'Eminent': 📸 prominent or famous 'Imminent': ⚠️ about to occur https://t.co/nhrdDTdZ4AOn blunders, mischances, and various botched opportunities: https://t.co/W89mu9Q15GHello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'glom' https://t.co/a6WG9yJZaG https://t.co/D7sY0zRFxn
1/13
2020
At last, everything you need to know about linking verbs, all in one convenient place. https://t.co/iUwBLbk2ZVYou could try to sort these words out. Or you could just go back to bed. https://t.co/jcAHxJyrM0Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'weal' https://t.co/YB1rmn5fvd https://t.co/1EevqH0pJR
1/12
2020
ICYMI: These were our words of the decade. https://t.co/hxb4jQTL6RGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'convoke' https://t.co/yZajg8KM9E https://t.co/wxkMUBNe6s
1/11
2020
@KimZachary1 You're safe with either one.For your Friday night. https://t.co/0ziPEuae3jMessrs. Merriam and Webster invite you to learn about pluralization. https://t.co/MnmC3MXjDWassassination mourn de-escalate imminent This was the week in words: https://t.co/YZenCOTljgThe headline pretty much says it all. https://t.co/VbEeVqyrpT📈We define 'imminent' as “ready to take place; happening soon.” https://t.co/Vq4anaQzjqAre they longer than they need to be? Sure. Does that mean they aren't real words? Hahahaha https://t.co/bskk9vHkeJHi there! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'elixir' https://t.co/MlDEwFd2pg https://t.co/IoxhJfLwVK
1/10
2020
Fiddling Small-fry Nugatory All the small things: https://t.co/ocWlETcIFP2010 - Austerity 2014 - Culture 2016 - Surreal A look at the words that defined a decade. https://t.co/sOF5oBEYMyTough quiz. Tougher quiz contestant? https://t.co/H5p0oJ6IH8'Overlook' - to fail to notice (something) - to supervise or oversee It's a wild language out there. https://t.co/6HYWX4HcTP'Conscious' (adj.) - awake, alert, or capable of perception 'Conscience' (n) - the sense of the moral goodness of… https://t.co/7gUXUhCRbMIf your resolution was to read more about exercise, look no further. https://t.co/550RpURd1AHello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'belated' https://t.co/oMgOS5F8lV https://t.co/noYzIO4lPz
1/9
2020
'Wary' of: ⚠️ cautious and watchful for danger or risk 'Weary' of: 🙄 having one's patience, tolerance, or pleasure… https://t.co/ItpWYwbVbsThe #WordOfTheDay is 'surfeit' https://t.co/0w6ilZcecz https://t.co/lhQe8dLnucJoin us for a leisurely stroll through the past decade's most influential words. https://t.co/hxb4jRblYpUp Jenkins One old cat Trick-o-the-loop & more games that might sound made-up but were, in fact, real: https://t.co/BSzwwYpDYGThank you, Army.📈The #BTS comeback announcement has driven a 31,000% spike in searches for 'come prima,' a term meaning “in the sam… https://t.co/Q3ghOoRy2IThe use of 'pathetic' to mean “inadequate” did not begin until the 19th century. Its earlier meanings included “evo… https://t.co/eFEngtBgBYGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'surfeit' https://t.co/A6smahaYpL https://t.co/KLwutZjuNm📈For those asking, our current preferred styling is 'de-escalate.' https://t.co/u5UaRFQgbC
1/8
2020
'Adverse': ☠️ harmful, hostile, or unfavorable 'Averse': ✋ having a feeling of repugnance, dislike, or distaste https://t.co/kaRzpWglrn'Obtuse' has roots in the Latin for "dull," but is more often used to suggest a willful ignorance or insensitivity… https://t.co/8a6Ji6X5GT'Malgré' - despite 'Intil' - in, into 'Dehors' - out of (something, such as an agreement, record, or will) https://t.co/nveVRaMiKCZoilus Beckmesser Smellfungus & more very specific passers of judgment: https://t.co/5f9LcQNOi6Hello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'dragoon' https://t.co/ohZllXpmsD https://t.co/xVv3Yn1qQW
1/7
2020
Let's kick 2020 off the right way. 'i.e.' - short for 'id est' - meaning "that is" 'e.g.' - 'exempli gratia' - "f… https://t.co/UGCCf6scMJ'Bull in a china shop' (a person who breaks things or who often makes mistakes or causes damage in situations that… https://t.co/lB7HWS2RijThis quiz is about lying but everything in it is true. https://t.co/z1dREMpxby📈'Epiphany' - comes from a Greek word meaning "appearance" or "manifestation" - spikes every year around January… https://t.co/aWdzvrGvgyHello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'agrarian' https://t.co/3iYN8FlIMA https://t.co/jbRAnQTOpM
1/6
2020
The use of 'humbug' (a willfully false, deceptive, or insincere person) dates to the middle of the 18th century. https://t.co/F5paLnTAzq'Bibliolater': one overly devoted to books 'Bibliophobe': a person with a strong dislike of books 'Biblioklept':… https://t.co/1Tj4ECgxMEGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'permutation' https://t.co/7FjDRzA758 https://t.co/Scfuqq11wj
1/5
2020
Zephyr Aeolian Sirocco & more windy words: https://t.co/MptTA0xtIS'Timber': 🔨 wood suitable for building or carpentry 'Timbre': 🎤 the quality of a sound made by a voice or instrume… https://t.co/VzxhMKtBiSGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'mendacious' https://t.co/fmgXMYgC08 https://t.co/KzEW9MG8FS
1/4
2020
Mmm, candy. https://t.co/RNfAX4a6zQA nine-word fellowship of fellowship words. #Tolkien https://t.co/GAZIfJyq2nFolks, these were your words of the week: https://t.co/agUlrB3A5JAt the very least, this has many pictures of dogs in it. https://t.co/oznCK0bgJaHello! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'foible' https://t.co/kHqpl3gsZP https://t.co/b0rcXV39d9
1/3
2020
Logy Dozy Soporific Check, check, aaand check. https://t.co/b0CGsG0nM1On what is safe to eat vs. what is worth eating: https://t.co/Gt0b9A9HTG'Trivial' comes from the Latin word 'trivialis,' meaning "found everywhere; commonplace," which itself is from 'tri… https://t.co/oSHxbg9eiQOk you *love* carbs, but do you really *know* them? https://t.co/HixJfvA26sIt's not too early for a coffee break. https://t.co/6STHCZq8tTGood morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'cosmeticize' https://t.co/jmpWvNVb5j https://t.co/RQ10DrUTbj
1/2
2020

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