Vocabulary / Knowledge

Today's Word "Epiphany"

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 ...

Today's Word "Quintessence"

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 ...

If the 'T' Fits, Wear It

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...

Today's Word "Decimate"

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 even dramatically. "The office staff worked far more efficiently after being selectively decimated"

Today's Word "Gulag"

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 ...