Word of the Day, facts and observations on language, lookup trends, and wordplay from the editors at Merriam-Webster Dictionary.
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Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'effusive'
Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'vulcanize'
This week on Word Matters:
- why the 'lady' in 'ladybug'?
- the nuances of 'transmissible' vs. 'transmittable'
- a treatise on the relative benefits of keeping ladybugs in a New York City apartment
What's in a name?
Sometimes, a quiz answer.
I can’t say your worships have delivered the matter well, when I find the ass in compound with the major part of your syllables.
Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'servile'
📈 'Impeach': to charge (a public official) before a competent tribunal with misconduct in office
'Foment' is ultimately from the Latin 'fovēre,' meaning “to heat” or “to soothe.”
📈 Top lookups, in order: insurrection, fascism, impeach, sedition, antifa, coup, capitol, justice, incite, treason
On words that are the same, but different:
Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'rapport'
When a noun and a verb meet to form something new:
A dispatch from the Department of Redundancy Department:
Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'pedantic'
It's cold out there. Here are some words about joy.
Words that have moved way beyond onomatopoeia:
The original, non-legal meaning of 'prosecute' is "follow to the end" or "pursue until finished."
Good morning! Today's #WordOfTheDay is 'mimesis'
'Hypercorrection': when you avoid one grammatical trap just to fall into another
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