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Today's Word "supernal"

supernal \soo-PUR-nuhl\ (adjective) - 1 : Being in or coming from the heavens or a higher place or region. 2 : Relating or belonging to things above; celestial; heavenly. 3 : Lofty; of surpassing excellence. "In 1616, a pope and a cardinal ...

Today's Word "virago"

virago \vuh-RAH-go; vuh-RAY-go\ (noun) - 1 : A woman of extraordinary stature, strength, and courage. 2 : A woman regarded as loud, scolding, ill-tempered, quarrelsome, or overbearing. "For you are the witch Magrit, the horrid harridan, the ...

Today's Word "overweening"

overweening \oh-vur-WEE-ning\ (adjective) - 1 : Overbearing; arrogant; presumptuous. 2 : Excessive; immoderate; exaggerated. "Candace's overweening affections were one of the many traits that Alan found so difficult to bear." Overweening is from...

Today's Word "obtrude"

obtrude \uhb-TROOD; ob-\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To thrust out; to push out. 2 : To force or impose (one's self, remarks, opinions, etc.) on others with undue insistence or without solicitation. (intransitive verb) - To thrust upon a group or ...

Today's Word "trice"

trice \ TRYS \ (noun) - A very short time; an instant; a moment; -- used chiefly in the phrase "in a trice." "There is no reason to doubt Alma here since so many other witnesses over the years tell similar tales... of the ...

Fiends With Benefits

I get by with a little help from my fiends (word fiends, that is) -- the readers who send me delightful dollops of lore, levity and lunacy.

--"Had had" ha-ha -- George Takei emails: "Why is English so much fun? Because this sentence makes perfect...