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Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "conflate"

conflate \kuhn-FLAYT\ (transitive verb) - 1 : To bring together; to fuse together; to join or meld. 2 : To combine (as two readings of a text) into one whole. "Sissy does conflate everything; it's a mark of her character and disposition, one that...

Today's Word "luminary"

luminary \LOO-muh-nair-ee\ (noun) - 1 : Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies. 2 : A person of eminence or brilliant achievement. "Marshall groaned as the list of visiting luminaries for the tricentennial celebration, ...

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)...