Word of the Day Archive
January 2014

  1. inchoation: a beginning; origin.
  2. punnet: a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit.
  3. delitescent: concealed; hidden; latent.
  4. skosh: a bit; a jot.
  5. cede: to yield or formally surrender to another.
  6. terminus: the end of a transportation line or route; any finishing point.
  7. lea: a tract of open ground, especially grassland; meadow.
  8. welkin: the sky; the vault of heaven.
  9. comport: to bear or conduct (oneself); behave.
  10. wamble: to move unsteadily.
  11. mot: a pithy or witty remark.
  12. hurdy-gurdy: a barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank.
  13. infinitesimal: indefinitely or exceedingly small; minute.
  14. antebellum: before or existing before a war, especially the American Civil War.
  15. hornswoggle: to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.
  16. echt: real; authentic; genuine.
  17. misology: distrust or hatred of reason or reasoning.
  18. litigious: inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
  19. bosky: covered with bushes, shrubs, and small trees; woody.
  20. perspicuous: clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
  21. williwaw: a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes.
  22. idem: the same as previously given or mentioned.
  23. aphesis: the loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable.
  24. banal: devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite.
  25. pettifogging: insignificant; petty.
  26. boîte: a nightclub; cabaret.
  27. squib: a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing.
  28. riposte: a quick and effective reply by word or act.
  29. ugsome: horrid; loathsome.
  30. sessile: permanently attached; not freely moving.
  31. boffin: a scientist or technical expert.


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