Word of the Day Archive
July 2012

  1. mumpsimus: using an erroneous use of language, out of habit or obstinacy.
  2. sumpsimus: using a strictly correct term, as a rejection of another form.
  3. surfeit: excess; an excessive amount.
  4. gallant: brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous.
  5. stymie: to hinder, block, or thwart.
  6. tractate: a treatise; essay.
  7. aliquant: contained in a number or quantity, but not dividing it evenly.
  8. vamp: to patch up; repair.
  9. scherzando: playful; sportive.
  10. ectopic: occurring in an abnormal position or place; displaced.
  11. hypethral: wholly or partly open to the sky.
  12. paronymous: containing the same root or stem, as the words wise and wisdom.
  13. tawpie: a foolish or thoughtless young person.
  14. baccate: berrylike.
  15. mote: a small particle or speck, especially of dust.
  16. requisition: a demand made.
  17. deflagrate: to burn, especially suddenly and violently.
  18. beguile: to influence by trickery, flattery, etc.; mislead; delude.
  19. nary: not any; no; never a.
  20. qualia: a quality, as bitterness, regarded as an independent object.
  21. desolate: to lay waste; devastate.
  22. integument: a natural covering, as a skin, shell, or rind.
  23. nubilous: cloudy or foggy.
  24. Bildungsroman: a novel about the education and development of a young protagonist.
  25. jubilate: to show or feel great joy; rejoice; exult.
  26. precipitancy: headlong or rash haste.
  27. intrapreneur: an employee of a company who is given freedom to create new products.
  28. banausic: serving utilitarian purposes only; mechanical; practical.
  29. traject: to transport, transmit, or transpose.
  30. usageaster: a self-styled authority on language usage.
  31. matte: having a dull or lusterless surface.


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