Visual Thesaurus Word of the Day
Sunday, July 26th 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, July 27th 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, July 28th 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.
Wednesday, July 29th 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.
Thursday, July 30th 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."
Friday, July 31st 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."
Saturday, August 1st Weltschmerz What a World! Word of the Day:
Life got you down? If it comes from reflecting on the state of the world, at least you can give your ailment this name, a word on indefinite loan in English from German. Its components mean "world pain" and both have cognates in English: welt = world, schmerz = smart (the verb).
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