Visual Thesaurus Word of the Day
Sunday, July 3rd ottoman Put Your Feet Up Word of the Day:
This word may conjure anything from a vast empire to a footstool — it's all the same word, ultimately from the Arabic personal name Othman (which loses a lot, soundwise, in translation). The puffy footstools were allegedly originally a component of said empire's comforts.
Monday, July 4th tuxedo Wolf in Man's Clothing Word of the Day:
It's not prom night without one of these formal jackets, which take their name from Tuxedo Park, New York, near New York City. The place name tuxedo, according to one line of etymological inquiry, is from an Algonquian word for wolf.
Tuesday, July 5th cotillion Shall We Dance? Word of the Day:
This sort of dance is rare in our current post-disco era, but there was a time when the cotillion — a formal dance with fixed steps and figures — was pretty high on the list of fun things to do. The word is from an Old French word for petticoat, in turn a diminutive of coat.
Wednesday, July 6th vol-au-vent Keep it Light Word of the Day:
French has lent us this not completely naturalized culinary term for a light pastry, usually filled with meat. The literal translation is "flight in the wind," suggesting that you could down a few before starting to feel stuffed.
Thursday, July 7th earmark Mine All Mine Word of the Day:
This noun and verb gets its current meaning of money set aside for a purpose (or the act of doing this) from its original meaning: a mark on an animal's ear indicating ownership.
Friday, July 8th lotic All Wet Word of the Day:
This adjective is half of a pair that pretty much sum up life in the water. Lotic characterizes organisms that live in moving water. Its partner, lentic, covers those who prefer their water to be still. The two words' Latin roots mean "wash" and "slow," respectively.
Saturday, July 9th horizon Defining Line Word of the Day:
The connection between this noun and its related adjective horizontal is remarkably often overlooked because of the difference in pronunciation stress. True to its origins, horizon is from a Greek word that means "define," the idea here being the line that defines the border of land and sky. Aphorism is an even more disguised relative.
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