Visual Thesaurus Word of the Day
Thursday, June 1st Foliaceous Green and Leafy Word of the Day:

means "resembling or pertaining to the leaf of a plant." Folio, which has somehow come to mean a book or page number, among other things, is a related word. If you're unsure of your company, you might find leaflike a less daring choice.

Friday, June 2nd Pemphigus Feels as Bad as It Sounds Word of the Day:

is an auto-immune skin disease characterized by large thin-walled blisters on the skin that itch and burn. The ultimate root is the Greek word for bubble.

Saturday, June 3rd Pugnacious Fighting Word of the Day:

means "ready to resort to violence." Ultimately from the Latin words that mean fist (pugnus) and fight (pugnare), which also give us pugilist -- a fancy name for a boxer.

Sunday, June 4th Litotes Indirect Word of the Day:

a figure of speech in which you say what you mean by negating the opposite of it; like saying "She's no small cheese" to indicate that she's a big shot. Not a bad thing, huh?

Monday, June 5th Trichotillomania Last Resort Word of the Day:

an irresistible urge to pull out your own hair. Yes, we've all tried it, but with age you tend to realize that tearing your hair out not only fails to bring the results you seek but also creates an amusing spectacle for others.

Tuesday, June 6th Derringer Eponymous Word of the Day:

a large-caliber, short-barreled pistol. You could hardly film in noir without one. Named for its inventor, Mr. Henry Deringer, who died in 1869. The double-r spelling mirrors refinements to his original invention which was widely copied because of its great success.

Wednesday, June 7th Fiddle-faddle Reduplicative Word of the Day:

The fact that so many English reduplicative words mean "nonsense" seems to detract from people taking them seriously; but reduplication appears in all human languages, and part of the reason has got to be that the words are fun to say!

Thursday, June 8th Spotted dick Tastier Than You Might Think Word of the Day:

This delectable pudding, made with currants, suet, and bread crumbs, is a staple of comfort food in the British Isles and is nearly indispensable on hospital menus, where comfort food is much in demand. Dick is probably a corruption of "dough."

Friday, June 9th Frankincense Burnt Offering Word of the Day:

The frank part is an obsolete sense of the adjective we use today to mean "direct and unreserved." The substance itself comes from the gum of a Middle Eastern tree, as does myrrh, the other aromatic offering made to baby Jesus.

Saturday, June 10th Matricaria Folk Medicine Word of the Day:

A genus of weedy plants including chamomile, corn mayweed, and turfing daisy. The Latin root matrix, "womb," reflects the fact that the plants were sometimes used against women's disorders.

Sunday, June 11th Jodhpur Fashion Victim Word of the Day:

They're generously baggy from waist to knee and skin-tight thereafter. Named after Jodhpur, India where they were allegedly first spotted. The black ones that Joan Crawford wears didn't serve her very well as she stumbled to her gunshot death in Johnny Guitar.

Monday, June 12th Hedonic Pleasure-Seeking Word of the Day:

You're not mistaken if you see a connection with hedonism here, but hedonic has a social-scientific ring to it, and so comes in very handy when you want to do something just for fun but don't really want to own up to it.

Tuesday, June 13th Exegesis Head 'Em Out Word of the Day:

a detailed explanation or interpretation, especially of a text. It's from Greek roots that mean "lead out," the idea being that you take what's inside something and bring it to the light of day.

Wednesday, June 14th Übermensch Top Dog Word Of The Day:

It's a German coinage and is actually the inspiration of our superman. But since that word has gradually sunk to the level of cliché, beginning with the comic book character and continuing its descent thereafter, übermensch still comes in handy when you want to leave no doubts about whom you look up to.

Thursday, June 15th Wyvern Mythological Creature Word of the Day:

the monster with everything: a fire-breathing dragon with the tail of a snake, along with two wings and legs. Mostly likely place to encounter one: a coat of arms. If you're a serious word detective you may note a common origin with viper.

Friday, June 16th Panopticon All-Seeing Word of the Day:

a circular prison with cells distributed around a central surveillance station. Philosopher Jeremy Bentham dreamed up the idea and was kind enough to bequeath us the word as well.

Saturday, June 17th Gravid Heavyweight Word of the Day:

is an advanced stage of pregnancy. It's from the Latin for "heavy" or "burdened" which also gives us the adjective grave and the nouns gravitas and gravity. You can alternate this with enceinte, which has the same meaning but goes ultimately back to Sanskrit for "swelling."

Sunday, June 18th Mendacious Pinocchio's Nose Word of the Day:
or given to lying. In the original serial version of the novel, written by Italian author Carlo Collodi in the 1880s, the mischievous marionette was hanged for his tall tales.
Monday, June 19th Chortle Wonderland Word of the Day:
coined by Alice in Wonderland author Lewis Carroll in the poem "Jabberwocky." Originally a nonsense term (like much of the poem), it found its way into everyday usage. Other Jabberwocky words, like "brillig" and "manxome," were not as lucky. The entire staff of the Visual Thesaurus wishes you a "frabjous" day.
Tuesday, June 20th Actionable Legal Business Word of the Day:

People often use this word in a business setting -- mistakenly -- to mean "something you can take action on." In fact, actionable means giving grounds for legal action. So the next time your boss hands you an "actionable" item, call your lawyer.

Wednesday, June 21st Devil's turnip Unlikely Combo Word of the Day:
A folk name for the European plant bryonia alba, otherwise called white bryony. It's a vine in the gourd family, used medicinally and in homeopathy. What use would the devil have for a turnip anyway?
Thursday, June 22nd Ordure Deceptively Beautiful Word of the Day:
It has a lovely sound, especially in the British-sounding VT pronunciation, and it is somewhat reminiscent of verdure (lush greenery), but it's really just another word for No. 2.
Friday, June 23rd Rickettsial Curiously Dactylized Word of the Day:
Pertaining to a group of bacteria that live in ticks and mites and transmit disease to humans. Named after the fellow who discovered them, Howard Ricketts. He and they have nothing to do with rickets, by the way.
Saturday, June 24th Wainscot Mysteriously Applied Word of the Day:
Nothing about the word suggests that it denotes wood paneling in a room ? usually the kind that goes half-way up. The wains part is from a Dutch word that meant "wagon" and the scot part probably comes from a word that means "partition."
Sunday, June 25th Scepter Propped-Up Authority Word of the Day:
It's a strictly ceremonial or symbolic staff, denoting rule or authority; but the same root ultimately gave us the word shaft and they both come from a Greek verb that means to prop oneself or lean on something. For rulers who can't stand on their own two feet?
Monday, June 26th Plowshare Clodbusting Word of the Day:
What's the share bit about? Probably not what you'd think. It comes from a root that means "cut" and also gives us score, shard, and shore. The plowshare is actually the part of the plow that cuts the soil.
Tuesday, June 27th Peony Heaven-Scented Word of the Day:
A spring-blooming flower with a blossom so heavy with petals it often tumbles over to the ground. The same is inspired by Paion, physician to the (Greek) gods. Did he use aromatherapy?
Wednesday, June 28th Weimaraner Doggy Republican Word of the Day:
a large hound with a smooth gray coat. You can nail this traditional spelling demon by remembering that the first part is Weimar, like the German city that adopted the constitution which ushered in the Weimar Republic.
Thursday, June 29th Reliquary Dem Bones Word of The Day:
A container for the store or display of relics, particularly saintly ones. Relic originally meant "remains" or "corpse" and comes from a root that also gives us relinquish. These days relics can be things associated with the departed, and not necessarily a piece of them.
Friday, June 30th Pontificate Ex Cathedra Word of the Day:
Feel like talking from on high? You might want to pontificate (from Latin pontifex, "high priest"). It really helps to have a throne to do it from (ex cathedra = "from the bishop's seat").
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