Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "Entropy"

entropy \EN-treh-pi\ (noun) - 1 : The measure of energy unavailable for work in a closed system, generally taken to be the degree of systemic disorder; 2 : the tendency for all matter and energy in the universe to degenerate and become inert...

Today's Word "Sapient"

sapient \SEY-pi-yehnt\ (adjective) - Possessed of notable wisdom; sagacious to the point of prescience. The noun is "sapience" and the adverb, "sapiently." It is a somewhat more erudite term for "sagacious." "Jace indicated that he would not ...

Today's Word "Apothegm"

apothegm \AE-peh-them\ (noun) - A terse saying that sums up a philosophical insight or conclusion; a maxim, an aphorism. "Nicola felt that one of Thomas Jefferson's better apothegms was, 'In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters ...

Today's Word "Nescient"

nescient \NE-shent, NE-si-yehnt\ (adjective) - 1 : Ignorant, lacking knowledge; 2 : agnostic, believing that man is incapable of understanding the nature of the universe. "Mr. Frank's heart tightened ever so slightly before yet another sea ...

Today's Word "Bling-bling"

bling-bling \BLINE-BLING\ (noun) - (Slang) A self-consciously over-the-top and expensive style, originally in jewelry, but also in clothes, cars and general life-style. "One-hundred-and-two year old, Granny Estep, the sole custodian of the ...

Do You Want Capitals with That?

Q. Is it "French fries" or "french fries"? Is it "Swiss cheese" or "swiss cheese"? I have seen them both ways. My wife is Swiss! -- William Nicholson via email

A. Why do I get the feeling that, in your household, there's a lot riding on my ...