Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "Ubiquity"

Ubiquity \yu-BI-kweh-ti\ (noun) - Wide-spread presence, presence everywhere, commonplaceness. "The ubiquity of computers in offices and libraries allows some people to get by without one at home." Today's word is built on Latin ubi-que "...

Today's Word "Budweis"

Budweis \BUD-vis\ (noun) - The German name of the Czech city of Ceske Budejovice. The city of Cesky Budejovice is called "Budweis" in German so that Budweiser Beer means "beer from Budweis" in that language. The American brewery Anheuser-...

Today's Word "jawboning"

jawboning \JAW-boh-ning\ (noun) - The use of public appeals (as by a president) to influence the actions especially of business and labor leaders; broadly : the use of spoken persuasion "The governor was reluctant to intervene directly in the...

Today's Word "livid"

livid \LIH-vid\ (adjective) - Discolored by bruising or black-and-blue; ashen or pallid; reddish; very angry or enraged. "When Agatha's mother caught her sneaking in after midnight after obviously having spent time with her boyfriend, she was ...

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 ...

Today's Word "bohemian"

bohemian \bo-'hee-mi-yen\ (noun) - 1 : (when capitalized) A native of Bohemia, a region of Czechia; 2 : an artist who lives and works outside the mainstream. "Doing her best to play the part of bohemian poet, Janice would dress in all black...