Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "berate"

berate \bih-RAYT\ (transitive verb) - To scold severely or angrily. "To crawl into her bed, hug her pillow, and berate herself for being a stupid fool. Berate herself and rid herself of the remnants of any lingering wisps of her crazy dreams." -...

Today's Word "descant"

descant \DES-kant\ (noun) - 1 : (Music) (a) A melody or counterpoint sung above the plain song of the tenor. (b) The upper voice in part music. 2 : A discourse or discussion on a theme. \DES-kant; des-KANT; dis-\ (intransitive verb) - 1 : (a) To ...

Today's Word "erudite"

erudite \AIR-yuh-dyt; -uh-dyt\ (adjective) - Characterized by extensive reading or knowledge; learned. "My dear colleague, Dr. Mercier, you who are a poet of space geometry, and your erudite friends, you are the first envoys of this new world ...

Summer Reading for Word Lovers

Whether you're heading for hostels, highways or hammocks this summer, curl up with one of these new books about words.

In "Authorisms: Words Wrought by Writers" ($18), veteran lexicographer Paul Dickson tells the fascinating backstories of ...