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Narwhal Malarkey Gender-fluid Apostrophe It was a busy week for words. words. Challenging quiz. there! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'gingerly'
We assure you these words are real. what you're seeing here is a classic American English/British English spelling situation. Ouch. Uh oh. Boy oh boy. Ohhh no.'Omphaloskepsis' - contemplation of one's navel as an aid to meditation - lack of will to move, exert, or change📈From the archive:📈Yeah our top search this morning is about what you'd expect.'Dehors': out of; foreign to 'Malgré': despite 'Forby': past; near; besides! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'acquiesce'
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Retweeted by Merriam-Webster'Periphrasis': use of a longer phrasing in place of a possible shorter form of expression (sometimes) pluralizing noncount nouns:📈Top lookups, in order: irregardless, bribe, malarkey, paucity, slipshodThe English 'cookie' comes from the Dutch 'koekje,' the diminutive of 'koek,' meaning “cake.” #NationalCookieDay here to automatically advance to the next round... of knowledge! morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'coup de grâce'
Language changes gradually over centuries, but you'll only have a few seconds to answer each of these questions.'Munificent' means “lavish” or “generous” and frequently refers to charitable gifts. 'Beneficent' means “doing or… more for anyone in need of a refresher: i.e. - "that is" e.g. - "for example" Encroach? Impinge? A look at how these words constantly step on each other's toes:, we do a fine job of describing things. But sometimes you really can't beat a good illustration. original meaning of 'prestigious' was “of, relating to, or marked by illusion, conjuring, or trickery.” there! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'ersatz'
'Phase': 🌒 to introduce in stages 'Faze': 😬 to daunt or disconcert, you want to join two or more words in way that expresses a specific concept. good wintry word: 'Subnivean' - situated or occurring under the snow your pronunciation leans toward 'a historical' or 'an historical,' just remember that 'ahistorical' means s… morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'bon vivant'
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'Caliginous' - misty, dark 'Opacous' - opaque; lacking illumination 'Tenebrous' - shut off from the light #WordOfTheDay is 'incognito'“Let us think the unthinkable, let us do the undoable, let us prepare to grapple with the ineffable itself, and see… there! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'incognito'
🍂🍗🌽 The Words of the Week 🌽🍗🍂'Stationary': 🗿 not moving or unchanging 'Stationery': 📝 materials for writing letters! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'mutt'
📈Top lookups as a nation plays Scrabble: qi, Que, ax, xi, oz, za, jo, quo, da, ta, ab, ex, re, lo, QA, hi, Ro, gi,… "gourd" sense of 'squash' derives from the Narragansett word 'askutasquash.' the long and circuitous journey of the Meleagris gallopavo: Thanksgiving! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'comestible' second-oldest sense of 'ale' is "a festival or feast" (at which, as you might guess, people would indulge in th…
This is the long weekend in which you figure out the semicolon for good. your bus/train/passenger seat experience. @DLCinAK If only we had enough characters.'Butter': a Food well known 'Dog': a domestic animal 'Cat': a domestic animal Sometimes it just gets away from y… do you pronounce 'groceries'? 🍏🍒🌽🍤🌶️🧀
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterToday we use 'jaunt' to mean a short trip taken for pleasure, but in early use the word (sometimes rendered as 'jau… there! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'fawn' hempen home-spuns have we swaggering here...
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Retweeted by Merriam-Webster'Childlike': 👧 marked by innocence and trust 'Childish': 😤 marked by immaturity and lack of poise Old North French word for 'cherry' is 'cherise.' English speakers heard the 'se' at the end of the word and ass… @loopydate @Dionysusras @aaronhoyland No, actually those are examples of colons. You all get Fs.'Companion' is rooted in the Latin word for bread. Originally, it was used to describe someone with whom you shared… everyone Welcome to grammar class Today we're learning about semicolons morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'retinue' now for today's Spotlight on Science: 'Zymurgy' - a branch of applied chemistry that deals with fermentation p…
Thrapple Supercilium Popliteal space Or, it's called a WHAT?'Pennyweighter': a thief that steals jewelry by substituting a fake for a valuable piece'Depraved': 😈 having or showing an evil and immoral character 'Deprived': 😴 not having the things needed for a goo…'s a short week, so here's a quiz with pictures. morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'sempiternal'
The #WordOfTheDay is 'billingsgate''Egregious' literally meant "out of the herd" in Latin. Its first English meaning was "outstanding," which over tim… %*$!# morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'billingsgate'
nefarious endemic rabbit hole The words of the week: This week our Instagram featured several now-common terms with deep ties to and roots in the drag community.…, verbs. Delicious, delicious verbs. @MsMcGill1 You're going to have an amazing day! Congrats!Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'jilt'
It's about that time... cooking, to make something from scratch means to use only the most basic ingredients, with nothing premade. Wher…, kneecapping, and other words that defined the week:, parents! We've added a free #Frozen2-themed word list to our new Puku app, for some vocab-building to go along… siblings children cousins niblings Sounds good to us.! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'heterodox'
The term 'laundry list,' you'll be shocked to find out, comes from actual lists of items dropped off at early laund… Do You Pronounce 'Vase'? And is one way more correct than the others?
Retweeted by Merriam-WebsterTrust us, all of our usage advice is aboveboard. Hard cheese Zugzwang Words for the times that don't go how you want them to: are having a good time reading our content. You are having a good time reading our content. You are having a go… morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'fortitude' a lectern. Also: a podium.
'Expedite' is the #WordOfTheDay @the_punctuator Thank you for bringing this to our attention! You're 100% correct that this is not in keeping with… in "There's Always A Word For That": 'Whiffle' - to flourish a sword in sword dancing so as to produce a whi…📈'Braggadocio': "empty boasting" or "arrogant pretension"📈Top searches today: quid pro quo, nexus, braggadocio, bribe, insidiousIf you've made a bad decision, you might describe yourself as 'regretful.' If you're referring to the poor choice i… of you are already going to know the difference between rutabaga and kohlrabi. Many more are just going to pre…! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'expedite'
The idiom 'wild-goose chase' comes from an obsolete game played on horseback, not from the actual chasing of geese.'Camelopard' — giraffe 'Reynard' — fox 'River horse' - hippopotamus'Mustache' is now the preferred spelling in American English, but 'moustache' was the #1 in our Unabridged as recen…