Vocabulary

10 Words For Getting In Shape

Plyometrics involves increasing muscle power, especially in the legs, by the repeated rapid stretching and contracting of muscles, as by …

Etymology

Definition of LEONINE

Louis, a slight Frenchman with jawbone sideburns and a <i>leonine</i> head of curls, would stroll by, comb and scissors in hand, and admonish his glamorous …

Etymology

Definition of CLOTURE

Democratic obstruction against nominees is nearly total, most notably including a demand for <i>cloture</i> filings for every nominee—no matter how minor the …

Etymology

Trending: Gov't Shutdown To 'Furlough' Federal Employees

<i>Furlough</i> was among our top lookups on January 19th, 2018, following the word's sudden applicability to a number of state-employed workers, as the …

Etymology

Galaxy Brain: 10 Words for Deep Thoughts

To <i>muse</i> is to ponder or to think, and since the Muses are the source of inspiration for poetry, art, comedy, music, and dance in ancient Greek …

Etymology

Is It 'Astrology' or 'Astronomy'?

The English language can often feel like it's been put together with the explicit goal of creating confusion, rather than facilitating communication. …

Etymology

homiletic

<b> Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 18, 2018 is:</b> <b>homiletic</b> • \hah-muh-LET-ik\ • <i>adjective</i><b><br>1 :</b> of, relating to, or resembling a homily<b>2 :</b> of …

Etymology

10 Words for 'Snow' : Onding

<b>Definition:</b> soft slushy mud or snow<p><i>Sposh</i> is thought to be a combination of the words <i>slush</i> and <i>posh</i>, but before you get overly excited about the new …

Etymology

Is It 'Hurtle' or 'Hurdle'?

Indistinguishable in speech, the words <i>hurtle</i> and <i>hurdle</i> can be a confusing pair. Here's the scoop on both.<p>Only <i>hurdle</i> is a noun. The word …

Etymology

A mini-guide to Italian slang

Forget the classic “<i>Buongiorno</i>” and “<i>Pizza</i>”, in order to impress Italians with your language skills you have to hit them right in their (regional) …

Language

The Languid Story of 'Lackadaisical'

When we look at the histories of certain words the English language appears to be the result of hundreds of years of well-thought deliberation. How …

Etymology

8 More Top-Shelf Drinking Words

<i>(Note: this is a sequel. A second round. Click here to read our first drinking list)</i>.<p><b>Definition</b> - partially inebriated<p>Sometimes you don’t want to say</i> …

Etymology

Trending: Kim And Kanye Hired A 'Surrogate Mother'

<b>Update:</b> The word trended again on January 16th, 2018 following the birth of Kardashian and West's child.<p><i>Surrogate mother</i> was among our top lookups on …

Etymology

Definition of FAMISH

If you're truly <i>famished</i>, go for one of the all-day breakfasts.<p>British statesman John Montagu, who was the fourth Earl of Sandwich, was <i>famished</i> and …

Etymology

How Perceptive of You: Words About Perception : Pareidolia

<b>:</b> the tendency to perceive a connection or meaningful pattern between unrelated or random things (such as objects or ideas)<p><i>Apophenia</i> was borrowed …

Etymology

The Sleepy History of 'Litter'

You've probably seen images of an Egyptian pharaoh, Chinese emperor, or Roman empress reclining in comfort on a curtained bed or couch mounted on …

Etymology

Words We're Watching: 'Metal,' the Adjective

<i>Metal</i> is moving into new territory, as of late:<p>this scene was so metal he's like a 6'2 brick house and he's backing away like wounded animal from HER …

Etymology

Can you match these 18 countries to their flag? [QUIZ]

Quizzes<p>Photo: Pexels<p>Posted In<p>Quizzes<p>Be the first to comment<p>Trending now<p>20 signs you were definitely raised by Polish parents 9 easy languages for …

Trends

Where Did the Definition of Tact Come From?

It's best to use tact when dealing with touchy people, for reasons that are both etymological and practical. <i>Tact</i> comes from the Latin word that means …

Etymology

Can You Really 'Grow' the Economy?

Grammar and usage peeves, much like the meanings of words, shift and change in curious and unpredictable ways. Some, such as the notion that one …

Etymology

Canada Wants To Teach You Marijuana Slang Terms Like ‘Dank Krippy’

The Canadian government wanted to help out new smokers and culled together an informational dossier about the language of cannabis. Here are Canada's …

Cannabis

7 Uncommonly Doubled Letters

<i>E</i>'s and <i>o</i>'s get doubled in English regularly, but <i>a</i>'s typically do not. The words <i>aardvark</i> and <i>aardwolf</i> are two exceptions. Both come from early …

Etymology

Definition of STANCH

Oregon's nearly 50 alternative high schools and online schools urgently require heightened scrutiny and better state oversight to <i>stanch</i> their flood …

Etymology

Trending: Johnson: London Mayor A 'Popinjay'

<i>Popinjay</i> ruffled its feathers, cooed a few experimental notes of song, and then strutted its way to the top of our lookups on January 12th, 2018, on …

Etymology

'Crevice' and 'Crevasse': A Gap in Meaning

<i>Crevice</i> and <i>crevasse</i> are very similar words: they both derive from the Old French <i>crever</i>, a verb meaning "to break or burst," and both refer to an …

Etymology

Definition of REPREHENSIBLE

Really, they were fed up with how long a disgraced former Hollywood executive went unpunished for his <i>reprehensible</i> conduct.<p>Puerto Rico does not …

Etymology

5 Downloadable Vocabulary Activities that Make Words Stick

The best way to <i>teach</i> vocabulary is to get our students to <i>use</i> vocabulary. These five free downloadable vocabulary activities from Read it. Write it. …

Language

Words With London Origins : Tweed

These gaslights are charming, to gaslight someone is not.<p>Photo: ClaudineVM<p>In 1938, a Victorian-era thriller titled <i>Gas Light</i> opened in London. The …

Etymology

'Free Rein' or 'Free Reign'?

Coming here was an opportunity to redevelop the marketplace. I have free reign to build the brand.<br>— Chris Townson, quoted in <i>Travel Weekly</i>, 15 Dec. …

Etymology

The Appetizing Origins of 'Slush Fund'

There are many words in English which are borne of interesting food and drink etymologies. For the most part people like to hear these stories, so if …

Etymology