Word of the Day Archive
January 2007

  1. nascent: beginning to exist.
  2. exegesis: critical explanation or analysis, especially of a text.
  3. favonian: pertaining to the west wind.
  4. punctilio: a fine point of exactness in conduct, ceremony, or procedure.
  5. interregnum: the interval between two reigns; also, any breach of continuity in an order.
  6. hinterland: backcountry.
  7. chimerical: merely imaginary; fanciful.
  8. sunder: to break apart.
  9. uxorious: excessively fond of or submissive to a wife.
  10. coxcomb: a conceited, foolish dandy.
  11. bowdlerize: to remove or modify the parts considered offensive.
  12. incarnadine: pink or red; also, to redden.
  13. tractable: docile; manageable, governable.
  14. bromide: a commonplace or conventional saying.
  15. eddy: a current running contrary to a main current or in a circular direction.
  16. imprecation: a curse.
  17. foofaraw: a great fuss or disturbance about something very insignificant.
  18. cudgel: a short heavy stick.
  19. yeasty: frothy; foamy; spumy, like yeast.
  20. pettifogger: a petty, unscrupulous lawyer; also, who quibbles over trivia.
  21. extemporaneous: composed, performed, or uttered on the spur of the moment.
  22. censure: to criticize severely; also, an expression of disapproval.
  23. supine: lying on the back; also, indolent; listless.
  24. inscrutable: difficult to fathom or understand.
  25. dissimulate: to hide under a false appearance; also, to feign or pretend.
  26. overweening: overbearing; also, excessive.
  27. conflate: to bring together; to meld.
  28. maunder: to talk or wander aimlessly.
  29. gadabout: one who roams about in search of amusement or social activity.
  30. cohort: a group; also, a companion or associate.
  31. homily: a sermon or lecture; also, an inspirational saying or a platitude.


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