Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "murrain"

murrain \meh-REYN\ (noun) - A plague, a pestilence, especially affecting cattle, such as anthrax or foot-and-mouth disease; any horrendous event. "A murrain upon your head!" or, as Trinculo put it in Shakespeare's 'The Tempest' (III, ii, 50), "A ...

Today's Word "satiety"

satiety \suh-TY-uh-tee\ (noun) - The state of being full or gratified to or beyond the point of satisfaction. "His hungry eyes looked with a hitherto unknown, amazed satiety. More than that: here hunger was satiety and satiety, hunger." -- Harry ...

Today's Word "toper"

toper \ TOH-puhr \ (noun) - One who drinks frequently or to excess. "But there remains a core of bottom-line voters to whom the promise of tax cuts is as seductive as gin to a toper. -- David Nyhan, 'Tax cuts for all - wheee...

Of 'the' I Sing

Q: Why is Ukraine sometimes called "the Ukraine"? -- Deb Carter, Felton, California

A: This is a timely and relevant question, loaded with geopolitical implications. And it raises a far more serious issue: why we sometimes call Donald Trump "...

Today's Word "aggrandize"

aggrandize \uh-GRAN-dyz; AG-ruhn-dyz\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To make great or greater; to enlarge; to increase. 2 : To make great or greater in power, rank, reputation, or wealth; -- applied to persons, countries, etc. 3 : To make appear great or...

Today's Word "encomium"

encomium \en-KOH-mee-uhm\ (noun) - An often formal expression of warm or high praise. "HRH absorbed the encomiums with the dignity of his office, nodding slowly but continuously as encomium toppled over encomium in quick succession." -- Vincent ...