spoonerism

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 23, 2019 is: spoonerism • SPOO-nuh-riz-um  • noun : a transposition of usually initial sounds of two or more words (as in tons of soil for sons of toil) Examples: “The girlfriend is part of the origin story of Ritt Momney [instead of Mitt Romney]. That was the […]

fiduciary

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 22, 2019 is: fiduciary • fuh-DOO-shee-air-ee  • adjective : of, relating to, or involving a confidence or trust: such as a : held or founded in trust or confidence b : holding in trust c : depending on public confidence for value or currency Examples: “A pet trust […]

comprise

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 21, 2019 is: comprise • kum-PRYZE  • verb 1 : to be made up of 2 : compose, constitute 3 : to include especially within a particular scope Examples: The city developers’ plans include a massive recreational complex that comprises a concert hall, four restaurants, two hotels, and […]

knackered

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 20, 2019 is: knackered • NAK-erd  • adjective British : tired, exhausted Examples: “Even the most perky 20-something is going to age, have kids and get knackered eventually. And like millions before them they will turn on their TV for respite, rescue, recreation and Ready Steady Cook as […]

deke

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 19, 2019 is: deke • DEEK  • verb : to fake an opponent out of position (as in ice hockey) Examples: “[Carl Yastrzemski] led the league in (outfield) assists seven times. He was great at deking the runner into thinking he’d catch the ball or it was over […]

hobbyhorse

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 18, 2019 is: hobbyhorse • HAH-bee-horss  • noun 1 a : a figure of a horse fastened about the waist in the morris dance b : a dancer wearing this figure 2 a : a stick having an imitation horse’s head at one end that a child pretends to […]

maunder

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 17, 2019 is: maunder • MAWN-der  • verb 1 : chiefly British : grumble 2 : to wander slowly and idly 3 : to speak indistinctly or disconnectedly Examples: The bed-and-breakfast was delightful but we felt a bit captive in the morning as our host maundered on while […]

genial

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 16, 2019 is: genial • JEE-nee-ul  • adjective 1 : favorable to growth or comfort : mild 2 : marked by or freely expressing sympathy or friendliness 3 : displaying or marked by genius Examples: “What country seems more sensible? The even discourse, the reflexive politeness, the brilliant […]

belfry

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 15, 2019 is: belfry • BEL-free  • noun 1 : a bell tower; especially : one surmounting or attached to another structure 2 : a room or framework for enclosing a bell 3 : the seat of the intellect : head Examples: “The mission stands a little back […]

exoteric

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Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for October 14, 2019 is: exoteric • ek-suh-TAIR-ik  • adjective 1 a : suitable to be imparted to the public b : belonging to the outer or less initiate circle 2 : relating to the outside : external Examples: As a specialist writing for a broader audience, Annette faces the […]