Visual Thesaurus Word of the Day
Sunday, March 30th garrulous Because I Care Word of the Day:
Of the many words in English that mean "talkative," this one can usually be used to characterize someone without causing offense. Its Latin root is from a verb that means "chatter," a root that is also, somewhat distantly, the source of the verb care.
Monday, March 31st feint Gotcha Word of the Day:
Football players do it all the time, though for some reason we tend to use the more colloquial "fake" or "dodge": that is, a deceitful movement that makes someone misinterpret your intentions. The related verb, both in meaning and etymology, is feign; no relation to the homonym faint.
Tuesday, April 1st Tomfoolery You Must Be Joking Word of the Day:
It's a day for hijinks, and a good day to salute (and practice!) Tomfoolery. If there was an original Tom he's now safely anonymous in the mists of time. He was cited in the Middle Ages as Tom Fool, and occasionally rose to the dignity of Thomas Fatuus.
Wednesday, April 2nd omnifarious Something for Everyone Word of the Day:
This handy adjective means "of all kinds or varieties." You might recognize the omni- from other words that have the notion of "all" or "every." the -farious part is the same one you see in multifarious, an adjective that is more common and has roughly the same meaning.
Thursday, April 3rd radius Halfway There Word of the Day:
This noun didn't get applied to the distance halfway across a circle till the 17th century but it's got the credentials: it was the word used in Latin for the spoke of a wheel, which is pretty close to being the same thing. Ray has the same ancestor.
Friday, April 4th crustacean Very Well Protected Word of the Day:
If you think of a crust as being a little like a shell, you're on the right track: crustaceans are essentially critters that have shells. Our word crust, despite looking very Old Englishy, is from Latin crusta, "shell or crust."
Saturday, April 5th minaret I See the Light Word of the Day:
This word, of Arabic origin, traveled through Turkish, Italian, and French before settling down in English to denote the tower of a mosque from which the faithful are called to prayer. The Arabic original meant "lighthouse," from a root that means "fire" or "light."
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