Word of the Day for Monday, January 28, 2013
word-hoard \WURD-hawrd\, noun:
A person’s vocabulary.
Word-hoard first occurred in modern English in the 1890s. It was a literal translation of the Old English word wordhord which meant “a store of words.”
But hear what your Grace does not know. In the sea there are three kinds of things: those at the bottom, lagan; those which float, flotsam; those which the sea throws up on the shore, jetsam.
— Victor Hugo, The Man Who Laughs
The mentally alert person is not content to live merely from day to day, completely circumscribed by such things as food, money, clothing, and entertainment. Occasionally [s]he is tempted to speculate on why [s]he is living and on what the controlling forces of his[her] life are.
-Dr. Wilfred Funk and Normal Lewis in 30 days to a More Powerful Vocabulary (1954 edition)
Occasionally? Ha. So, what is the word for that then?
Word of the Day for Wednesday, October 10, 2012
anacoluthon \an-uh-kuh-LOO-thon\, noun:
1. A construction involving a break in grammatical sequence, as It makes me so—I just get angry.
2. An instance of anacoluthia.
Word of the Day for Thursday, August 2, 2012
cathect \kuh-THEKT\, verb:
To invest emotion or feeling in an idea, object, or another person.