Word of the Day Archive
June 2011

  1. catarrh: inflammation of a mucous membrane with increased production of mucus.
  2. intestable: not legally qualified to make a will, as an infant or a lunatic.
  3. decollete: (of a garment) low-necked.
  4. foist: to force upon or impose fraudulently or unjustifiably.
  5. pangram: a sentence, verse, etc., that includes all the letters of the alphabet.
  6. pecksniffian: hypocritically and fervently affecting kindness or high moral principles.
  7. wiredrawn: finely spun; extremely intricate; minute.
  8. cater-cousin: an intimate friend.
  9. lucubrate: to work, write, or study laboriously, especially at night.
  10. umbra: the invariable or characteristic accompaniment or companion of a person or thing.
  11. kerf: a cut or incision made by a saw or the like in a piece of wood.
  12. arroyo: a small steep-sided gulch with a nearly flat floor: usually dry except after heavy rains.
  13. cosher: to treat with special fondness.
  14. orison: a prayer.
  15. crotchet: an odd fancy or whimsical notion.
  16. brindled: gray or tawny with darker streaks or spots.
  17. abut: to be adjacent; touch or join at the edge or border.
  18. eisegesis: an interpretation that expresses the interpreter's own ideas, bias, or the like, rather than the meaning of the text.
  19. virilocal: living with or located near a husband's father's family.
  20. yarely: with quickness or agility.
  21. pullulate: to exist abundantly; swarm; teem.
  22. xenogenic: to be completely different from either parent, or from the source of an object's creation.
  23. jujitsu: the ability to accomplish a task with no apparent effort or resistance.
  24. sabbatical: any extended period of leave from one's customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills, etc.
  25. torrefy: to subject to fire or intense heat.
  26. sirocco: any hot, oppressive wind, especially one in the warm sector of a cyclone.
  27. attenuate: to weaken or reduce in force, intensity, effect, quantity, or value.
  28. catawampus: off-center; askew; awry.
  29. aphorism: a terse saying embodying a general truth, or astute observation.
  30. haw: to utter a sound representing a hesitation or pause in speech.


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