epiphany \i-PIF-eh-nee\ (noun) - 1 : A sudden, intuitive yet
profound grasp on the nature of reality usually brought to light by a
simple event in one's life. 2 : The Roman Catholic commemoration (January
6) of the coming of the Magi as the ...
quintessence \kwin-TES-ehns\ (noun) - The purest essence of
something. Originally it was, earth, air, fire, and water, Aristotle's
fifth element (thus "fifth essence;" see Etymology) of which the heavenly
bodies were made and which was latent ...
Q. Why do we say something "fits to a T"? -- Al Cohen, Newington, Conn.
A. Well, this idiom definitely doesn't come from "fits to a T-shirt," because every T-shirt I've worn lately is either too baggy or too tight. A large T-shirt makes me look...
decimate \DE-seh-meht\ (verb) - 1 : To exact a tenth as in
taxes or every tenth person of a population. 2 : To reduce substantially or
"The office staff worked far more efficiently after being selectively
gulag \GU-lahg\ (noun) - One of the prison camps spread
across the Soviet Union from Vladimir, Russia eastward used ostensibly to
reeducate criminals, most of whom were political prisoners until the rise
of Khrushchev. A particularly harsh ...