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The huge Amazon Alexa hit Word of the Day is now available as a podcast! Word of the Day teaches you a useful word, its definition, etymology, and gives you examples of how to use it in a sentence. A new word each and every day! Perfect for those looking to expand their vocabulary, learning English and looking for a boost and anyone who loves words.
 
Culinary Word of the Day is hosted by chef and author Jenn de la Vega. Subscribe to short, educational weekly dispatches to expand your vocabulary of the comestible across agriculture, technology, cooking techniques, food trends, and international cuisine. Esculentè is a behind-the-scenes conversation podcast hosted by Jenn de la Vega and research producer Alicia Book. For every three culinary words, Jenn and Alicia discuss material from the cutting room floor in a series of bonus episodes. ...
 
Welcome to Tony Sam's Word of the Day Podcast! You may think you know what words mean, but YOU DON'T! Lucky for you, Tony Sam DOES. Tony Sam graduated magna cum laude from the Harvard School of Law and has been fascinated with the evolution of the English language as far back as he can remember. Currently serving as a Judge in the 23rd Circuit Court of Illinois, he finds time to learn more about words whenever he’s not walking his prized Labrador, Marshall. His other accolades include gradua ...
 
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Rusticate is a verb that means to abandon city life in favor of the country. The Latin word rusticus (ROOS de coos) gives us the English word ‘rustic,’ an adjective that means ‘relating to the countryside or the country.’ Our word of the day is a verb used to indicate the process of moving to the country. Here’s an example: I hope that when I rusti…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 28, 2023 is: doctrinaire • \dahk-truh-NAIR\ • adjective Doctrinaire is a formal word that means “stubbornly or excessively devoted to a doctrine or theory without regard to practical considerations.” It is often used disapprovingly to describe a person who has very strong beliefs about what should be do…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 27, 2023 is: wangle • \WANG-gul\ • verb Wangle means “to get (something) by trickery or persuasion.” It can also mean “to adjust or manipulate for personal or fraudulent ends.” // He managed to wangle his way into the party. // They wangled me into pleading guilty. See the entry > Examples: “Discussions…
 
Gainsay is a verb that means to deny or contradict. The combination of two Middle English words provides the basis of our word of the day. The word ‘gain’ means against, while ‘say’ has the same meaning it does today. To gainsay is to speak against something or someone. As much as I don’t like to gainsay anyone arguing for the addition of donuts fo…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 26, 2023 is: knackered • \NAK-erd\ • adjective Knackered is an adjective mostly used informally in British English to mean “very tired or exhausted.” // Unfortunately, I was too knackered after work to join them for dinner. See the entry > Examples: “[Jonathan] Smith played world-class tennis in the Gra…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 25, 2023 is: marginalia • \mahr-juh-NAY-lee-uh\ • noun Marginalia is a plural noun that refers to notes or other marks written in the margins of a text, and to nonessential matters or items. // The students loved flipping through their literature textbooks to find the marginalia left behind by former st…
 
Apportion is a verb that means to divide and allocate. Having been around since the 15th century, our word of the day derives from the Latin word portionner (POOR shun her) which means ’to divide.’ We were told the coach would apportion the pizza equally between players. But the pizza was so tiny, that just meant everybody received an equally sized…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 24, 2023 is: balkanize • \BAWL-kuh-nyze\ • verb Balkanize is an often-capitalized verb meaning "to break up (a region, a group, etc.) into smaller and often hostile units." It can also mean "to divide or compartmentalize." // Opponents argue that the proposed legislation would only serve to Balkanize th…
 
Allay is a verb that means to diminish or put to rest. The Old English word Alegan (al uh GAN) means ‘to lay down or aside.’ This is the basis for our word of the day. Here’s an example: In an effort to allay my daughter’s disgust of Brussels sprouts, I ate several of them myself. Unfortunately, the upset stomach I had afterwards, didn’t do much to…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 23, 2023 is: endemic • \en-DEM-ik\ • adjective Endemic means “growing or existing in a certain place or region.” It can also mean “common in a particular area or field.” // Our children were excited to finally see wild giant pandas—endemic to just three provinces in south-central China—during our family…
 
Metagrobolize is a verb that means to puzzle or mystify. Our word of the day comes almost directly from the French variation of it that has basically the same meaning. Here’s an example of metagrobalize in use: This week’s installment of my favorite science fiction series really started to metagrobalize me. All those characters and plots and subplo…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 22, 2023 is: short shrift • \SHORT-SHRIFT\ • noun Short shrift is most often used to mean “little or no attention or consideration.” It is also sometimes synonymous with “quick work” as in “she made short shrift of that jigsaw puzzle.” // Year-end “best of” lists can be fun to read, but because taste is…
 
Deglutition is a noun that refers to the act or process of swallowing. The Latin word deglutire (de glue TIRE ay) means ’to swallow down.’ Deglutition reached English in the mid 17th century where it hold pretty firmly to it original meaning. Here’s an example: The patient was unable to consume food because of how bloated his throat was. A throat t…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 21, 2023 is: exacerbate • \ig-ZASS-er-bayt\ • verb Exacerbate means "to make more violent, bitter, or severe." // It seemed as though every new attempt at a solution served only to exacerbate the problem. See the entry > Examples: "If you tend to use the elliptical when you’re recovering from a running …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 20, 2023 is: vulpine • \VUL-pine\ • adjective Vulpine is a formal word that means “of, relating to, or similar to a fox.” It is also used figuratively to mean “shrewd or crafty.” // The makeup artist did an incredible job creating realistic vulpine features to complement my fox costume. See the entry > …
 
Luculent is an adjective that means clear in thought or expression. The Latin word lux (LOOX) which means ‘light.’ provides the basis for many words related to illumination and clarity including lucid and our word of the day luculent. It’s been a part of the English language since the mid 16th century. My earliest term papers could not exactly be d…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 19, 2023 is: misanthrope • \MISS-un-throhp\ • noun A misanthrope is someone who hates people in general. // I finally relented on going to the mall, which is always crowded, after my friend gently poked my arm and told me to “stop being such a misanthrope.” See the entry > Examples: “Scholars writing in…
 
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