Archive for the ‘Word of the Day’ Category

Word(s) of the Day #7

May 9, 2011

tragedy n. An event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress [“Rebecca Black’s voice, face, video, lyrics, and everything else about her, are a real tragedy.]

travesty n. A false, absurd, or distorted representation of something [“Rebecca Black is a travesty of the music industry.”]

Note: Unlike hone and home, these words cannot be used interchangeably. So if you’re unsure of the correct usage, make sure you have this page bookmarked to help you.


Word(s) of the Day #6

April 18, 2011

hone v. to sharpen [“Michael Phelps thought he’d hone his skills by cutting his body with razors and attempting to out-swim the sharks that chased him.]

home v. to move towards a target [“The hungry sharks homed in on Michael Phelps.]

Note: “Honing in” has recently been considered an acceptable replacement for “homing in,” and many dictionaries use them interchangeably. However, I still find this incorrect, so I’m sharing the truth with you. You’re welcome.

Word of the Day #5

March 26, 2011

incursion n. an aggressive entrance into foreign territory; a raid or invasion

A slightly related comic. Very slightly.

Note: The figure riding the ovine in the above image is Ten, not me. I only wear purple-striped shirts.

Another note: My respiratory system is suffering from an incursion by flu-like germs, hence the semi-delusional post thing going on here. I don’t even remember writing up to this point. What? Hello? Bessy, is that you?

Word of the Day #4

March 5, 2011

herpetology n. the branch of zoology that deals with reptiles and amphibians


Word of the Day #3

February 28, 2011

paraph n. a flourish added after or below a signature, originally to prevent forgery

Word of the Day #2

February 20, 2011

numnah n. a felt or sheepskin pad placed between a horse’s back and the saddle to prevent chafing

Word of the Day #1

February 12, 2011

phenomenal adj. extraordinary; outstanding; exceedingly or unbelievably great.

“Oh please. You and I both know I’m a phenomenal dancer.”

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