Word of the Day: Intransigent

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“So we’re this incredibly adaptable creature because we have these very plastic brains. And our experience imprints itself on those brains, and we become habituated to things. … And that’s just the way they are. … And this is … what makes us so intransigent, so resistant to change….” — James Suzman, quoted in The […]

Word of the Day: Mettle

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“Recently, 23 of Watauga’s best math students met virtually to test their mettle against their peers in the annual MathCounts competition—a contest that tasks young mathematicians to tackle challenging math problems in a timed tournament format.” — The Blowing Rocket (Blowing Rock, North Carolina), 22 Apr. 2021 [ Original article

Word of the Day: Adroit

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“[Dominic Raab] has proved adroit in the past at defusing potentially difficult select committee sessions, notably over overseas aid cuts.” — Patrick Wintour, The Guardian (UK), 31 Aug. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. [ Original article

Word of the Day: Cozen

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“In the histories, indeed, we may be amazed and grieved to read how (seemingly) Melkor deceived and cozened others, and how … Melkor knew well the error of his ways….” — J.R.R. Tolkien, “Ósanwe-Kenta,” ca. 1960 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. [ Original article

vestige

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<strong> <font color=”#000066″>Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 1, 2021 is:</font> </strong> <strong>vestige</strong> &#8226; VESS-tij&nbsp; &#8226; <em>noun</em><br /> <p>A <em>vestige</em> is a trace, mark, or visible sign left by something lost or vanished. // The seconds ticked by, but the team still had a vestige of hope. // The ruins remain as vestiges of […]

Word of the Day: Filial

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“The text purports to be Geppetto’s captivity journal…. He recounts the story of Pinocchio’s creation and truancy; he records [that] he continues to make art, painting portraits of lost loves and fashioning filial surrogates—lifeless, alas—out of old hard tack and shards of crockery.” — Bruce Handy, The New York Times, 14 Feb. 2021 [ Original […]

Word of the Day: Zest

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“It has always seemed bizarre to me to start talking about the coming winter in August. But this is Jackson Hole, and the zest for snow never seems to end.” — Jim Woodmencey, The Jackson Hole (Wyoming) News and Guide, 25 Aug. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every […]

Word of the Day: Parlay

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“Since his pro debut in 1995, [Manny Pacquiao] has won world titles in a record eight weight classes and parlayed boxing fame into political clout.” — Morgan Campbell, The New York Times, 22 Aug. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. [ Original article

Word of the Day: Misbegotten

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“… one of those misbegotten oddities that cheats you out of the film you imagine you’ll be getting from its opening 10 minutes….” — Robbie Collin, The Daily Telegraph (London), 6 Aug. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. Test Your Vocabulary Farm Idioms Quiz What does ‘poke’ refer […]

Word of the Day: Dedication

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“President Steven Eggland, PhD, named the foundation in honor of his Norwegian immigrant heritage and the family’s longtime dedication to charitable acts and modest philanthropy.” — The Lincoln (Nebraska) Journal Star, 26 Aug. 2021 Build your vocabulary! Get Word of the Day in your inbox every day. Test Your Vocabulary Dog Words Quiz Which of […]