Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "Volition"

volition \voh-LIH-shun\ (noun) - An act of making a choice or decision; also : a choice or decision made 2 : the power of choosing or determining : will "While many assumed that Frank had been forced out by the company buy-out he always ...

Today's Word "Abject"

abject \AB-jekt\ \adjective\ - 1 : sunk to or existing in a low state or condition 2 a : cast down in spirit : servile, spiritless b : showing utter hopelessness or resignation 3 : expressing or offered in a humble and often ingratiating ...

Today's Word "Sciential"

sciential \sye-EN-shul\ (adjective) - 1 : relating to or producing knowledge or science 2 : having efficient knowledge : capable Of the value of having a library at hand for a liberal education, Coleridge wrote: "There is no way of arriving ...

Today's Word "Incunabulum"

incunabulum \in-kyeh-NAEH-byu-lehm\ (noun) - 1 : A book printed in the earliest period of printing, especially from Gutenberg's invention of the printing press in 1436 up to 1500; an incunable; 2 : any product of the earliest stage of ...

Today's Word "Fuddy-duddy"

fuddy-duddy \FEH-dee-deh-dee\ (noun) - An old-fashioned, bland, rather prudish person, a softy who is easy to get along with, poses no threat but avoids anything exciting. Fuddy-duddies tend to be middle-aged or older; younger versions are "...

Plural Questions Have No Easy Antlers

Q. I drive a school bus, and this morning one of my seventh graders said to me, "Monte, did you see those deers on the side of the road?" I explained to him that certain words, like "deer," are both singular and plural. Why is that? -- Monte ...