Word of the Day Archive
March 2014

  1. lingua franca: any language that is widely used as a means of communication among speakers of other languages.
  2. epitome: a person or thing that is typical of or possesses to a high degree the features of a whole class.
  3. caveat: a warning or caution.
  4. hoodwink: to deceive or trick.
  5. cockalorum: a self-important little man.
  6. wayfarer: a traveler, especially on foot.
  7. fallacy: a deceptive, misleading, or false notion, belief, etc.
  8. cognizant: aware (usually followed by of).
  9. synergy: the interaction of elements that when combined produce a total effect that is greater than the sum of the individual elements.
  10. geomancy: divination by geographic features or by figures or lines.
  11. fervent: having or showing great warmth or intensity of spirit, feeling, enthusiasm, etc.
  12. claptrap: pretentious but insincere or empty language.
  13. thingamajig: a gadget or other thing for which the speaker does not know or has forgotten the name.
  14. contiguous: touching; in contact.
  15. triumvirate: any group or set of three.
  16. phenom: a phenomenon, especially a young prodigy.
  17. Eire: the Irish name of Ireland.
  18. venerable: commanding respect because of great age or impressive dignity.
  19. susurrant: softly murmuring; whispering.
  20. totem: a natural object or an animate being assumed as the emblem of a clan, family, or group.
  21. noetic: of or pertaining to the mind.
  22. guile: insidious cunning in attaining a goal.
  23. philately: the collecting of stamps and other postal matter as a hobby.
  24. fussbudget: a fussy or needlessly fault-finding person.
  25. vigilant: keenly watchful to detect danger; wary.
  26. coxcomb: a conceited, foolish dandy.
  27. plash: a gentle splash.
  28. catharsis: the purging of the emotions or relieving of emotional tensions.
  29. hippophile: one who loves horses.
  30. panacea: a cure-all.
  31. xylography: the art of engraving on wood, or of printing from such engravings.


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