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Just the Facts Ma’am

One of the things that I've become aware of more recently, and I'm guilty at times of this myself, is a distinct lack of fact-checking of online content.  These articles almost always have a catchy must-read title.  The content will be peppered with true statements…
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canard

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 6, 2020 is: canard • kuh-NARD  • noun 1 a : a false or unfounded report or story; especially : a fabricated report b : a groundless rumor or belief 2 : an airplane with horizontal stabilizing and…
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ancillary

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 5, 2020 is: ancillary • AN-suh-lair-ee  • adjective 1 : of lower or secondary class or rank : subordinate, subsidiary 2 : providing additional help or support : auxiliary, supplementary Examples: One ancillary benefit of Beatrice's job at…
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scumble

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 4, 2020 is: scumble • SKUM-bul  • verb 1 a : to make (something, such as color or a painting) less brilliant by covering with a thin coat of opaque or semiopaque color applied with a nearly dry brush…
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hierophant

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 3, 2020 is: hierophant • HYE-uh-ruh-fant  • noun 1 : a priest in ancient Greece; specifically : the chief priest of the Eleusinian mysteries 2 a : a person who explains : expositor b : one who defends…
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prognosticate

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 2, 2020 is: prognosticate • prahg-NAHSS-tuh-kayt  • verb 1 : to foretell from signs and symptoms : predict 2 : to give an indication of in advance : foreshadow Examples: The university's political science professor has successfully prognosticated…
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fissile

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 1, 2020 is: fissile • FISS-ul  • adjective 1 : capable of or prone to being split or divided in the direction of the grain or along natural planes of cleavage 2 : capable of undergoing fission Examples:…
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macabre

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 31, 2020 is: macabre • muh-KAHB  • adjective 1 : having death as a subject : comprising or including a personalized representation of death 2 : dwelling on the gruesome 3 : tending to produce horror in a…
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gist

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 30, 2020 is: gist • JIST  • noun 1 : the ground of a legal action 2 : the main point or part : essence Examples: I didn't catch every word, but I heard enough to get the…
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allege

Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 29, 2020 is: allege • uh-LEJ  • verb 1 : to assert without proof or before proving 2 : to bring forward as a reason or excuse Examples: The lawsuit alleges that the company knew about the faulty…