Word of the Day Archive
December 2013

  1. pilcrow: a paragraph mark.
  2. twain: two.
  3. pokelogan: marshy or stagnant water that has branched off from a stream or lake.
  4. largesse: generous bestowal of gifts.
  5. slumgullion: a stew of meat, vegetables, potatoes, etc.
  6. abiogenesis: the theory that living organisms can arise spontaneously.
  7. jocose: given to or characterized by joking.
  8. hardihood: boldness or daring; courage.
  9. calorifacient: (of foods) producing heat.
  10. ochlophobia: an abnormal fear of crowds.
  11. cusp: a point or pointed end.
  12. lipogram: a written work composed to avoid the use of specific alphabetic characters.
  13. umbriferous: casting or making shade.
  14. whitherward: toward what place; in what direction.
  15. misoneism: hatred or dislike of what is new or represents change.
  16. klaxon: a loud electric horn, formerly used on automobiles, trucks, etc.
  17. cathexis: the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
  18. transpontine: across or beyond a bridge.
  19. ambulate: to walk about or move from place to place.
  20. poultice: a soft, moist mass of cloth, herbs, etc., applied as a medicament to the body.
  21. solstice: either of the two times a year when the sun is at its greatest distance from the celestial equator.
  22. fiddlesticks: (used to express impatience, dismissal, etc.)
  23. parageusia: an abnormal or hallucinatory sense of taste.
  24. jigger: any of various mechanical devices, many of which have a jerky or jolting motion.
  25. advent: a coming into place, view, or being; arrival.
  26. schmaltz: fat or grease, especially of a chicken.
  27. quadrille: a square dance for four couples.
  28. hibernaculum: a protective case or covering, especially for winter.
  29. oeillade: an amorous glance; ogle.
  30. Yarborough: a hand in which no card is higher than a nine.
  31. sozzled: drunk; inebriated.


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