Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "Talisman"

talisman \TAE-liz-mehn\ (noun) - An object with magic apotropaic powers, a charm to ward off evil and attract good fortune. "Daniel always kept a talisman of fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror of his car to attract good luck on his ...

Today's Word "Colporteur"

colporteur /KOL-por-tehr/ (noun) - A traveling peddler or distributor of literature, especially literature of a religious nature. "Intrepid colporteurs bore the Bible to every bar and other house of shady character in the city on their quest ...

Today's Word "Kerchief"

kerchief /KEHR/chif/ (noun) - A woman's head covering, a scarf worn on the head. "Karen always wore a kerchief to cover the frayed spots on her antique wigs, or to serve as an impromptu shopping bag in a pinch." Middle English "coverchef," ...

Today's Word "Bonanza"

bonanza \beh-NAEN-zeh\ (noun) - 1 : An unexpectedly rich pocket of ore in a mine, a mother lode; 2 : an unexpectedly great supply of anything, as to find a beach with a bonanza of sea shells.

Today's Word "Funky"

funky /FUNG-kee/ (adjective) - 1 : Cowardly (1837 Dickens), 2 : depressed, or 3 : smelling of old and moldy cheese. The November 1954 issue of Time Magazine referred to "Funky, authentic, swinging blues, down to earth, smelling of earth." ...

Today's Word "Prolepsis"

prolepsis \pro-LEP-sis\ (noun) - 1 : the presentation of a future potentiality as an accomplished fact, 2 : a response to criticism in advance of hearing it, and 3 : placing a redundant descriptive phrase, that refers to a term in the middle ...