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The huge Amazon Alexa hit Word of the Day is now available as a podcast! Word of the Day teaches you a useful word, its definition, etymology, and gives you examples of how to use it in a sentence. A new word each and every day! Perfect for those looking to expand their vocabulary, learning English and looking for a boost and anyone who loves words.
 
Welcome to Tony Sam's Word of the Day Podcast! You may think you know what words mean, but YOU DON'T! Lucky for you, Tony Sam DOES. Tony Sam graduated magna cum laude from the Harvard School of Law and has been fascinated with the evolution of the English language as far back as he can remember. Currently serving as a Judge in the 23rd Circuit Court of Illinois, he finds time to learn more about words whenever he’s not walking his prized Labrador, Marshall. His other accolades include gradua ...
 
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Tammany is an adjective that means related to political corruption. Our word of the day got its name from Tammany Hall, headquarters of the Tammy Society, an organization in New York City. The word Tammany soon became a general term to describe any political corruption. It can be used as an adjective or a noun. Here’s an example of Tammany used as …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 15, 2022 is: dilatory • \DILL-uh-tor-ee\ • adjective Dilatory means "tending or intended to cause delay." It can also mean "tending to procrastinate or be late." // The councilor's seemingly endless motions to adjourn were clearly dilatory. // She tends to be dilatory in answering letters. See the entry …
 
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Inveigh is a verb that means to write or speak against something with great hostility. Our word of the day comes from the latin word vehere (vay HAIR ay) which means ‘to carry.’ In time, the word came to mean ‘attack.’ When we inveigh against something or someone we attack — usually with words. Here’s an example: Myra tried to inveigh against habit…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 14, 2022 is: shard • \SHAHRD\ • noun Shard refers to "a small piece or part" of something, and is often used as a synonym of scrap. // A single shard of sunlight pierced the dense forest canopy, illuminating the entrance to the ancient ruin. See the entry > Examples: “The hunter struck his weapon to shar…
 
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Treen is an adjective that means made of wood. It’s not a coincidence that the first three letters of our word of the day come to ‘tree.’ Tree is a word of Old English origin and by adding the suffix E-N, which means ‘made of,’ we get something made of the same substance as trees. Here’s an example: The treen chest of drawers is just what I needed …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 13, 2022 is: carceral • \KAHR-suh-rul\ • adjective Carceral means "of, relating to, or suggesting a jail or prison." // The room was eerily quiet and had a carceral aesthetic. // Her article stressed the importance of rehabilitative measures in carceral institutions, such as career preparation and mental…
 
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Omnium gatherum is a noun that refers to a collection of miscellaneous people or things. Our word of the day comes directly from Latin. From Latin, it takes omnium, which means ‘of all,’ and from Old English it takes gather, a word that was later brought into English with the same meaning it currently has. The meeting was an omnium gatherum of peop…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 12, 2022 is: melancholia • \mel-un-KOH-lee-uh\ • noun Melancholia refers to a feeling of sadness or depression. It is also used to refer to a sad tone or quality that one perceives in something, such as a work of art or literature. // He confessed to a bit of melancholia after the final performance—altho…
 
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Mulct is a verb that means to cheat or defraud. The Latin word mulcta (MOOLK tah) refers to ‘a fine.’ Our word of the day may refer to the act of extracting money from someone by fine or it may mean extracting money from someone through fraud. I felt the health inspector was trying to mulct me with that fine. It just didn’t make sense that having t…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 11, 2022 is: alleviate • \uh-LEE-vee-ayt\ • verb Alleviate means "to make something less painful, difficult, or severe" or "to partially remove or correct." // Mom's suggestions for ways to alleviate some of my cold symptoms included her special tea and plenty of sleep. // The new tunnel should alleviate…
 
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Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 10, 2022 is: trivial • \TRIV-ee-ul\ • adjective Trivial means “of little worth or importance.” // Although her parents dismissed her love of pop music as trivial, she relied on the inspirational messages of many songs to help her through difficult times. See the entry > Examples: “Urged on by co-founders…
 
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Xiphoid is an adjective that means sword-shaped. Our word of the day comes almost directly from the Greek word for ‘sword.’ It was imported into English in the mid 18th century. Here’s an example of xiphoid in use: The xiphoid guitar in the picture was my idea, not my wife’s. In fact, Marie threatened to leave me if I ever left the house with that …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 9, 2022 is: riposte • \rih-POHST\ • noun A riposte is a clever retort or retaliatory measure. In fencing, it refers specifically to a quick return thrust immediately following a successful defensive action. // She's known for having a brilliant riposte to nearly any insult. See the entry > Examples: "As …
 
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Au fond is a an adverb that means in essence or at core. Our word of the day comes directly from French and means ‘at bottom,’ or ‘at core.’ Here’s an example: Au fond, Tommy is a good man. But he’s capable of behaving very badly. I don’t care how good a person he is, inside, I’m afraid, I can’t let his bad behavior go.…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 8, 2022 is: crepuscular • \krih-PUHSS-kyuh-ler\ • adjective Crepuscular means "of, relating to, or resembling twilight." It is also used in zoological contexts to describe creatures that are active during twilight, or to the activities of such creatures. // As evening came on, fireflies began to appear i…
 
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Causative is an adjective that means acting as a cause. The Latin word cau SARE ay) cow SARE ay) means ‘to cause.’ This gave us the English word cause. Our word of the day adds the suffix A-T-I-V-E to indicate a characteristic of the word. I didn’t feel the aspirin I took was causative of my stomach ache. My taking it and the stomach ache took plac…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 7, 2022 is: eminently • \EM-uh-nunt-lee\ • adverb Eminently is used as a synonym of very and means “to a high degree.” // All three outfielders are eminently capable of making an All-Star-caliber catch to help their team. See the entry > Examples: “As far as tequila goes, blancos are by far my favorite. …
 
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Gravimetric is an adjective that means related to the measurement of weight. Our word of the day comes from the Latin word gravis (GRAV is) which means ‘heavy.’ You could think of gravimetric as something related to the measurement of how heavy something is. Example: When Andy didn’t like what had been announced as his weight, he complained about g…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for August 6, 2022 is: adjudicate • \uh-JOO-dih-kayt\ • verb To adjudicate a dispute between parties is to make an official decision about which party is right. Adjudicate is also used to mean "to act as judge." // The case will be adjudicated in the state courts. // The property title cannot be transferred until a…
 
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