Word of the Day Archive
June 2013

  1. ken: knowledge, understanding, or cognizance; mental perception.
  2. lunker: something unusually large for its kind.
  3. automaton: a mechanical figure or contrivance constructed to act as if by its own power.
  4. zither: a musical instrument, consisting of a flat sounding box with numerous strings stretched over it.
  5. hadal: pertaining to the greatest ocean depths.
  6. trachle: an exhausting effort, especially walking or working.
  7. abdicate: to give up or renounce (authority, duties, an office, etc.).
  8. trousseau: an outfit of clothing, household linen, etc., for a bride.
  9. wonk: a stupid, boring, or unattractive person.
  10. codger: an eccentric man, especially one who is old.
  11. spelunk: to explore caves, especially as a hobby.
  12. sward: the grassy surface of land; turf.
  13. xanthic: of or pertaining to a yellow or yellowish color.
  14. diglossia: the widespread existence within a society of sharply divergent formal and informal varieties of a language.
  15. palinode: a poem in which the poet retracts something said in an earlier poem.
  16. mishpocha: a family network comprising relatives by blood and marriage and sometimes including close friends.
  17. phosphoresce: to be luminous without sensible heat, as phosphorus.
  18. falcate: curved like a scythe or sickle; hooked; falciform.
  19. balk: to stop, as at an obstacle, and refuse to proceed or to do something specified.
  20. hamlet: a small village.
  21. poniard: a small, slender dagger.
  22. fen: low land covered wholly or partially with water.
  23. drawl: to say or speak in a slow manner, usually prolonging the vowels.
  24. asyndeton: the omission of conjunctions.
  25. dilly: something or someone regarded as remarkable, unusual, etc.
  26. snood: a netlike hat or part of a hat or fabric that holds or covers the back of a woman's hair.
  27. lese majesty: an attack on any custom, institution, belief, etc., held sacred or revered by numbers of people.
  28. mickle: great; large; much.
  29. vilify: to speak ill of; defame; slander.
  30. scrum: a place or situation of confusion and racket; hubbub.

 







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