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New Word of the Day Archive

Note to person who does this next year: Type in “New word of the day” on a Google search and pick a word.

By: Paige

September 21, 2017: Polyhistor- a person of great and varied learning

September 20, 2017: Holus-bolus- all at once

September 19, 2017: Oceanicity- the degree to which the climate of a place is influenced by the sea

September 18, 2017: Amanuensis- one employed to write from dictation or copy manuscript

September 15, 2017: Sensorium- A part of the brain or the brain itself regarded as the seat of sensation

September 14, 2017: Marginalia- nonessential items

September 13, 2017: Concatenation- a series of interconnected or interdependent things or events

September 12, 2017: Sinecure- an office or position requiring little or no work, especially one yielding profitable return.

September 11, 2017: Bibelot- a small household ornament or decorative object; trinket

September 7, 2017: Whoosis- an object or person whose name is not known or cannot be recalled

September 6, 2017: Coalesce- to unite into a whole or to join forces

By: Victoria

September 5, 2017: Scrupulous: Having moral integrity, acting in strict regard or what is considered right or proper.

By: Eric

August 31, 2017: Soi-disant: self-proclaimed, so-called

By: Nik

May 24, 2017: Bureaucrat (byo͝orəˌkrat)- an official in a government department, in particular one perceived as being concerned with procedural correctness at the expense of people’s needs.

May 23, 2017: Nudnik (no͝odnik/)- a pestering, nagging, or irritating person; a bore

May 22, 2017: Ultracrepidarianism (əltrəkrepəˈderēənism)- expressing opinions on matters outside the scope of one’s knowledge or expertise

May 18, 2017: Slacktivism (slaktəˌvizəm)- actions performed via the Internet in support of a political or social cause but regarded as requiring little time or involvement, e.g., signing an online petition or joining a campaign group on a social media website.

May 17, 2017: Zugzwang (zəɡˌzwaNG)- a situation in which the obligation to make a move in one’s turn is a serious, often decisive, disadvantage.

May 16, 2017: Hirsute (hərˌso͞ot) -hairy

May 15, 2017: Luddite (lədˌīt) -a member of any of the bands of English workers who destroyed machinery, especially in cotton and woolen mills, that they believed was threatening their jobs

May 12, 2017: Imprimatur (imˈpriməˌt(y)o͝or) -an official license by the Roman Catholic Church to print an ecclesiastical or religious book.

May 11, 2017:  Supposititious (səˌpäzəˈtiSHəs) -substituted for the real thing; not genuine.

May 10, 2017: Erstwhile (ərstˌ(h)wīl) -formerly

May 9, 2017: Collusion (kəˈlo͞oZHən) -secret or illegal cooperation or conspiracy, especially in order to cheat or deceive others.

May 8, 2017: Hypostatize (hīˈpästəˌtīz) -treat or represent (something abstract) as a concrete reality.

May 5, 2017: Abrazo (əˈbräsō) – an embrace

May 4, 2017: Visceral (vis(ə)rəl) -felt in or as if in the internal organs of the body:deep

May 3, 2017: Diacritical (dīəˈkridək(ə)l) -Serving to indicate different pronunciations of a letter above or below which it is written.

May 2, 2017: Dox (däks)- Search for and publish private or identifying information about (a particular individual) on the Internet, typically with malicious intent.

May 1, 2017: Floriferous (flôˈrifərəs)-producing many flowers.

April 28, 2017: Altruism (altro͞oˌizəm) -the belief in or practice of disinterested and selfless concern for the well-being of others.

April 27, 2017: Pollyanna (pälēˈanə) -an excessively cheerful or optimistic person

April 26, 2017: Perfidious (pərˈfidēəs) -deceitful and untrustworthy

April 25, 2017: Dinkum (diNGkəm) -genuine, honest, true

April 21, 2017: Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis (pneu·mo·no·ul·tra·mi·cro·scop·ic·sil·i·co·vol·ca·no·co·ni·o·sis \ˈn(y)ü-mə-(ˌ)nō-ˌəl-trə-ˌmī-krə-ˈskäp-ik-ˈsil-i-(ˌ)kō-väl-ˈkā-nō-ˌkō-nē-ˈō-səs\) – a pneumoconiosis caused by inhalation of very fine silicate or quartz dust

April 20, 2017: Latitudinarian (ladəˌt(y)o͞odnˈerēən)- Allowing latitude, especially in religion; showing no preference among varying creeds and forms of worship

April 19, 2017: Tatterdemalion (tatt-er-dih-MAIL-yun)- ragged or disreputable in appearance

April 18, 2017: Avarice (avərəs)- extreme greed for wealth or material gain

April 7, 2017: Inveterate (inˈvedərət)- having a particular habit, activity, or interest that is long-established and unlikely to change

April 6, 2017: Kenning (keniNG)- a compound expression in Old English and Old Norse poetry with metaphorical meaning, e.g., oar-steed = ship

April 4, 2017: Chatoyant (SHəˈtoiənt)- showing a band of bright reflected light caused by aligned inclusions in the stone

April 3, 2017: Brachiate (brākēˌāt)- move by using the arms to swing from branch to branch.

March 31, 2017: Asterism (astəˌrizəm)- a prominent pattern or group of stars, typically having a popular name but smaller than a constellation.

March 30, 2017: Transpicuous (tranˈspikyo͞oəs)- easily understood; lucid.

March 29, 2017: Vulpine (vəlˌpīn)- relating to a fox or foxes.

March 28, 2017: Hortatory (hôrdəˌtôrē)- tending or aiming to exhort

March 27, 2017: Mumpsimus (məmpsiməs)- a traditional custom or notion adhered to although shown to be unreasonable

March 24, 2017: Esoterica (esəˈterikə) noun- highly specialized subjects or publications

March 23, 2017: Throttlebottom (throt-l-bot-uh m)- a harmless incompetent in public office

March 22, 2017: Ameliorate (əˈmēlyəˌrāt)- make (something bad or unsatisfactory) better

March 17, 2017: Effulgence- giving off blinding, radiant rays of light

March 16, 2017: Cimmerian (səˈmirēən)- relating to or denoting members of a mythical people who lived in perpetual mist and darkness near the land of the dead

March 10, 2017: Jingoistic (ˈˌjiNGɡōˈistik)- characterized by extreme patriotism, especially in the form of aggressive or warlike foreign policy

March 8, 2017: Xenophobia (zenəˈfōbēə)- intense or irrational dislike or fear of people from other countries

March 7, 2017: Syncretism (siNGkrəˌtizəm)- The amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought

March 6, 2017: Fusillade (fyo͞osəˌlād)- a series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession

March 3, 2017: Arable (ˈerəb(ə)l- Land used or suitable for growing crops.

March 2, 2017: Laconic (ləˈkänik)- (of a person, speech, or style of writing) using very few words

March 1, 2017: Arduous (ärjo͞oəs)- involving or requiring strenuous effort; difficult and tiring

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