Sunday, January 31, 2010

Word of the Day 2009

For Christmas last year, I was given a 2009 "Word of the Day" calendar. Here are the ones I saved. The words I loved, the ones I want to use, the brilliant fibers that I wish to weave into narratives and conversations that will only benefit from their effervescent presence.

Wednesday, December 30
coup de grace
(n.) A deathblow or death shot administered to end the suffering of one mortally wounded; a decisive finishing blow, act, or event

Wednesday, October 14
(n.) the support about which a lever turns; the one that supplies capability for action

Tuesday, October 6
(adj) having or occurring in great variety; diverse

Saturday, September 19
(n.) the pleasurable use or possession; enjoyment; the state of bearing fruit; a realization or accomplishment

Wednesday, August 19
(n.) a central point; hub or focal point

Tuesday, August 11
(n.) weight or heaviness; especially personal weight

Wednesday, July 22
kangaroo court
(n.) a court or an illegal self-appointed tribunal characterized by irresponsible, perverted, or irregular procedures

Monday, June 22
(adj.) rigorously strict or just

Sunday, June 14
(n.) a colleague or comrade

Sunday, November 15
(v.) to wander or stray from a course or subject; diverge or digress

Thursday, September 10
(n.) the combination of different forms of belief or practice; the fusions of two or more originally different inflectional forms

Friday, December 18
(n.) excess or redundancy

Thursday, November 12
(n.) an intuitive sense of what is linguistically appropriate

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