Vocabulary / Knowledge

Was Snidely a 'Wrapper'?

What did the dastardly villain Snidely Whiplash say when Dudley Do-Right tied him up with Reynolds Wrap?

"Curses! Foiled again!"

But is there a linguistic connection between the "foil" that means "a thin sheet of metal" and the "foil" that ...

Today's Word "Earwig"

earwig \EER-wig\ (verb) - To annoy or attempt to influence by private talk "Jericho earwigged the Web mogul at the software conference, asking him to take the lead in banning spyware advertising from the sites he hosted." Earwigs are small ...

Today's Word "Tendentious"

tendentious \ten-DEN-shus\ (adjective) - Marked by a tendency in favor of a particular point of view : biased "Peter always suspectedhe was getting a highly tendentious version of the town's notorious family feud from his mother, who worked for...

Today's Word "Nosopoetic"

nosopoetic \no-seh-po-ET-ik\ (adjective) - You have probably seen people whose noses are sheer poetry. Well, only runny noses are related to today's word, which means "disease-causing, disease producing, infectious." According to Peter Bowler ...

Today's Word "Replete"

replete \ree-PLEET or reh-PLEET\ (adjective) - Abundantly provided with parts that complete the whole. "Albert's new job came replete with long hours and short tempers." From Latin repletus "filled up" from re- + ple-n-us "full". Related to ...

Subba, Subba 'Few'!

Q. What do you think of the following? "Subba's is one of the only Nepalese restaurants in the city." I think it should be "one of the few Nepalese restaurants in the city." -- Nick Kyriazi, Pittsburgh

A. Your question piqued my curiosity -- or...