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.

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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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