Sunday, February 15th
Get the Point Word of the Day:
This German loaner designates a type of dog comprising several breeds, from Keeshond to Pomeranian. A pointed muzzle and ears are the hallmarks of the aptly-named pooches: spitz means "pointed" in German, and also shows up in spitzer, a kind of pointed bullet.
Monday, February 16th
Heads Up Word of the Day:
You're not far off the mark if you see "mantle" in this word -- they share a common ancestor in Latin mantellum. Mantilla is a diminutive from Spanish manta with a specific meaning in English: a head covering or shawl worn by women. A Google image search will give you a pretty good rundown of the styles.
Tuesday, February 17th
User-Friendly Word of the Day:
We salute this natural, intuitive, and user-friendly way of representing a thing on the day that it suffers another blow: analog TV broadcast is replaced by digital broadcast in the US today, following digital's trumping of analog in other fields already, like clock faces and music recordings. The word is from Greek for "proportionate."
Wednesday, February 18th
Big Fish Word of the Day:
It's just as well that this fish doesn't surface too often: its spelling and pronunciation are both counterintuitive. Once thought to be extinct, it now turns up from time to time in the world's oceans. Its name is a coinage from Greek roots meaning "hollow" and "spined."
Thursday, February 19th
Now Sing Praise Word of the Day:
If you're a practitioner of the activity denoted by this word, you can probably figure out what it means: "worship of words." The verb- part is from Latin verbum, "word." -latry is a productive suffix from Greek meaning (in modern English) "worship."
Friday, February 20th
From Whole Cloth Word of the Day:
This Scottish toponym (from the town of Paisley, in Renfrewshire) denotes a fabric design that was massively manufactured there in the 19th century, but the design itself is Middle Eastern in origin, having traveled to Europe in the colonial period and become so popular that import could not meet demand.
Saturday, February 21st
Them's Fightin' Words Word of the Day:
Keep this one in store to hurl the next time you encounter someone who deserves it: a logomach is someone who disputes over words and their meanings. The roots are from Greek for "word" and "fight."