Word of the Day: Hector

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“… a sport hectored by scandal and dogged by unanswerable questions.” — Bob Ford, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 28 July 2019 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. [ Original article

Word of the Day: Mirage

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“Kozell spent the first day after the storm patching holes in his own roof, and he’s been helping clients ever since. A day off is a distant mirage for workers like him and Hasan, who predict they’ll be patching roofs for weeks to come.” — Matt Sledge, The Times-Picayune, 6 Sept. 2021 [ Original article

Word of the Day: Bogus

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“Investigators said Talens … cheated manufacturers and merchants of more than $31 million by producing bogus coupons that gave customers merchandise at steep discounts—or for free.” — Jonathan Edwards, The Washington Post. 18 Sept. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. [ Original article

Word of the Day: Devotion

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“Restaurant loyalties run deep. Look at the scads of eateries that have drawn devotion for decades in the Park Cities, Preston Hollow, and environs.” — Kathy Biehl, The Preston Hollow People (Dallas, Texas), 14 Sept. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. [ Original article

Word of the Day: Untoward

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“At 82, Judy Collins retains the crystalline tone that made her an icon of the early 1960s folk music movement, sounding so youthful … it’s hard not to ask her whether she’s made an untoward bargain with the devil.” — Andrew Gilbert, The San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sept. 2021 [ Original article

batten

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<strong> <font color=”#000066″>Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 20, 2021 is:</font> </strong> <strong>batten</strong> &#8226; BAT-un&nbsp; &#8226; <em>verb</em><br /> <p><em>Batten</em> means “to furnish or fasten with or as if with supports.” // Residents battened down their doors and windows before the storm. See the entry > <strong>Examples:</strong><br /> <p>”Everything was <em>battened</em> down and they were […]

Word of the Day: Nomenclature

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“Not everything called democracy is democratic. … Both capitalism and socialism have demonstrated that democracy is not automatic with nomenclature. Some policies promote democracy; others contradict the ideal.” — Eugene Clemens, LNP (Lancaster, Pennsylvania), 18 Oct. 2021 [ Original article

Word of the Day: Zaftig

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“The photography exhibition revels in depictions of Coney Island, including Lisette Model’s widely-reproduced 1939-40 portrait of a zaftig woman  … laughing as waves lap at her feet….” — Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer (Cleveland, Ohio), 29 Aug. 2021 [ Original article

Word of the Day: Perpetuity

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“Nearly 120 acres in Bradford County … will be free from development in perpetuity, thanks to a conservation easement acquisition by the North Florida Land Trust.” — The Florida Times-Union, 18 Sept. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. Test Your Vocabulary Farm Idioms Quiz What does ‘poke’ […]

Word of the Day: Gossamer

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“The dragonfly is our state insect…. As a beautiful predator with gossamer wings…, this insect deserves far more appreciation.” — Barbara Hunt, The Mat-Su Valley (Alaska) Frontiersman, 2 Aug. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. Test Your Vocabulary Dog Words Quiz Which of the following animals has […]