Word of the Day Archive
December 2010

  1. palingenesis: rebirth; regeneration.
  2. tristful: full of sadness; sorrowful.
  3. divagate: to wander; stray.
  4. scurf: the small shreds of epidermis that are continually exfoliated from the skin.
  5. hyaline: glassy or transparent.
  6. pogonip: an ice fog that forms in the mountain valleys of the western U.S.
  7. estivate: to spend the summer at a specific place or in a certain activity.
  8. bespoke: made to individual order; custom-made.
  9. farouche: sullenly unsociable or shy.
  10. fletcherize: to chew (food) slowly and thoroughly.
  11. philter: a potion, charm, or drug supposed to cause the person taking it to fall in love.
  12. gallivant: to wander about, seeking pleasure or diversion; gad.
  13. prosopography: a description of a person's appearance, career, personality, etc.
  14. brazen: shameless or impudent.
  15. boondocks: a remote rural area.
  16. liminal: relating to the point beyond which a sensation becomes too faint to be experienced.
  17. horripilate: to produce a bristling of the hair on the skin from cold, fear, etc.; goose flesh.
  18. replevy: to recover goods or chattels wrongfully taken or detained.
  19. Nth: being the last in a series of infinitely decreasing or increasing values, amounts, etc.
  20. ferret: to search out, discover, or bring to light.
  21. caliginous: misty; dim; dark.
  22. lagniappe: a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment.
  23. zenith: a highest point or state; culmination.
  24. chaffer: to bargain; haggle.
  25. eleemosynary: relating to charity; charitable.
  26. powwow: to confer.
  27. eschatological: regarding last, or final, matters, often of a theological nature.
  28. gambrinus: a mythical Flemish king, the reputed inventor of beer.
  29. engram: a hypothetical physical trace of memory in the brain.
  30. dithyrambic: wildly enthusiastic.
  31. Hogmanay: a gift given on New Year's Eve.


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