Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "Compossible"

compossible \kehm-PAH-seh-behl\ (adjective) - Capable of coexistence with something else, possible in coexistence with something else, compatible. "Jason indicated that the facts from the crime scene were compossible with only one ...

Today's Word "Talisman"

talisman \TAE-liz-mehn\ (noun) - An object with magic apotropaic powers, a charm to ward off evil and attract good fortune. "Daniel always kept a talisman of fuzzy dice hanging from the rear view mirror of his car to attract good luck on his ...

Today's Word "Colporteur"

colporteur /KOL-por-tehr/ (noun) - A traveling peddler or distributor of literature, especially literature of a religious nature. "Intrepid colporteurs bore the Bible to every bar and other house of shady character in the city on their quest ...

Good King 'Whence' Is Lost

Q. I hope you can help me with two language problems. The first involves the word "whence." Is it "the evil spirit returned whence it came" or "from whence it came"? The second involves the word "suffice." Is it "suffice to say" or "suffice it ...

Today's Word "Kerchief"

kerchief /KEHR/chif/ (noun) - A woman's head covering, a scarf worn on the head. "Karen always wore a kerchief to cover the frayed spots on her antique wigs, or to serve as an impromptu shopping bag in a pinch." Middle English "coverchef," ...

Today's Word "Bonanza"

bonanza \beh-NAEN-zeh\ (noun) - 1 : An unexpectedly rich pocket of ore in a mine, a mother lode; 2 : an unexpectedly great supply of anything, as to find a beach with a bonanza of sea shells.