Vocabulary / Knowledge

Should We Topple This 'Regime'?

Three readers have sent me questions about three different sentences:

--Sandy Duffy of Princeton, New Jersey, is curious about the use of "regime" in this sentence: "He subscribes to a healthy regime of fruits and vegetables." Sandy asks, "...

Today's Word "Quiddity"

quiddity \KWI-deh-ti\ (noun) - 1 : The essential nature of a thing, its character; 2 : a trivial issue, a quibble. "Can we get past the quiddities and down to the quiddities of the issue?"

Today's Word "Moxie"

moxie \MOK-see\ (noun) - 1 : The ability to face difficulty with spirit and courage. 2 : Aggressive energy; initiative. 3 : Skill; know-how. "It was nothing more than pure moxie that allowed Clarice come from dead last in the cheerleading ...

Today's Word "Opus"

opus \O-pehs\ (noun) - (Erudite) A creative work, such as a novel, musical piece, or painting. "Brendan's latest opus contains a modicum of verisimilitude conveyed with fatuous periphrasis." Italian opera "work" from Latin opus, opera (plural)...

Today's Word "yeasty"

yeasty \YEE-stee\ (adjective) - 1 : Of, pertaining to, or resembling yeast. 2 : Not yet settled or formed; immature or incomplete. 3 : Marked by agitation or change. 4 : Frothy or trivial; frivolous. 5 : Full of vitality; exuberant. "In that ...

Today's Word "terminus"

terminus \TUR-muh-nuhs\ (noun) - 1 : The finishing point; the end. 2 : A boundary; a border; a limit. 3 : A post or stone marking a boundary. 4 : Either end of a railroad or other transportation line; also, the station house, town, or city at that...