entropy \EN-treh-pi\ (noun) - 1 : The measure of energy unavailable for
work in a closed system, generally taken to be the degree of systemic
disorder; 2 : the tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to
degenerate and become inert...
sapient \SEY-pi-yehnt\ (adjective) - Possessed of notable wisdom; sagacious
to the point of prescience. The noun is "sapience" and the adverb,
"sapiently." It is a somewhat more erudite term for "sagacious."
"Jace indicated that he would not ...
apothegm \AE-peh-them\ (noun) - A terse saying that sums up a philosophical
insight or conclusion; a maxim, an aphorism.
"Nicola felt that one of Thomas Jefferson's better apothegms was, 'In
matters of style, swim with the current; in matters ...
nescient \NE-shent, NE-si-yehnt\ (adjective) - 1 : Ignorant, lacking
knowledge; 2 : agnostic, believing that man is incapable of understanding
the nature of the universe.
"Mr. Frank's heart tightened ever so slightly before yet another sea ...
bling-bling \BLINE-BLING\ (noun) - (Slang) A self-consciously over-the-top
and expensive style, originally in jewelry, but also in clothes, cars and
"One-hundred-and-two year old, Granny Estep, the sole custodian of the
Q. Is it "French fries" or "french fries"? Is it "Swiss cheese" or "swiss cheese"? I have seen them both ways. My wife is Swiss! -- William Nicholson via email
A. Why do I get the feeling that, in your household, there's a lot riding on my ...