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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.
 
Culinary Word of the Day is hosted by chef and author Jenn de la Vega. Subscribe to short, educational weekly dispatches to expand your vocabulary of the comestible across agriculture, technology, cooking techniques, food trends, and international cuisine. Esculentè is a behind-the-scenes conversation podcast hosted by Jenn de la Vega and research producer Alicia Book. For every three culinary words, Jenn and Alicia discuss material from the cutting room floor in a series of bonus episodes. ...
 
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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Creditable is an adjective that means worthy of belief. Although the word ‘credit’ is used in a wide variety of ways, its basis is in the Latin word ‘credere’ (cruh DARE ay) means ‘trust’ or ‘believe.’ When something has been deemed creditable, that means we can believe and trust what has been said about it. Example: The first lawyer I approached f…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 8, 2023 is: despot • \DESS-putt\ • noun A despot is a ruler who has total power and who often uses that power in cruel and unfair ways. Despot can also be used somewhat formally to refer to a person who simply has a lot of power over other people. // Last semester, one of the history instructors taught…
 
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For further reading, check out Determining Doneness from Beef. It's What's For Dinner. Hosted by Jenn de la Vega Research by Alicia Book Videos edited by Chris De Pew Knife logo by pixel artist Rachelle Viola Links Tell us what you learned from season 2 for our mailbag episode Buy our knife sticker! Suggest a word Support the show on Patreon! Capti…
 
Equidistant is an adjective that means ‘at equal distances.’ Our word of the day combines the prefix E-Q-U-I with the word ‘distant.’ Not surprisingly, the result is a word that means ‘equally distant.’ When faced with the option of going to college in sunny southern California or North Dakota, the choice wasn’t difficult. They were both equidistan…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 7, 2023 is: acquiesce • \ak-wee-ESS\ • verb To acquiesce is to accept, agree, or allow something to happen by staying silent or by not arguing. The word is somewhat formal, and is often used with in or to. // Eventually, the professor acquiesced to the students' request to have the seminar's final clas…
 
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Abrade is a verb that means ‘to rub or wear away.’ Coming from the Latin word ‘abradere’ (ab rah DARE ay) which means ‘to scrape away,’ our word of the day has been with us since the late 17th century. Here’s an example of abrade in use: I was always afraid that if I left my bike outside, the rain and wind would abrade its frame over time, and let’…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 6, 2023 is: fraught • \FRAWT\ • adjective Fraught means “causing or having a lot of emotional stress or worry.” When fraught is used in the phrase “fraught with,” it means “full of something bad or unwanted.” // Ever since their cat went missing, the atmosphere in their apartment has been fraught. // T…
 
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Germinant is an adjective that means able to grow or develop. The Latin word germinare (jer ee NAR may) means ’to sprout.’ It’s given us such words as ‘germ,’ ‘germinate,’ and our word of the day. Germinant can be used literally or metaphorically. Here’s an example of the later: While working as an ad executive, some of my ideas worked out better t…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 5, 2023 is: weal • \WEEL\ • noun Weal is a somewhat old-fashioned word that refers to “a state of being happy, healthy, and successful.” Weal is usually ascribed to large groups of people, rather than individuals, as in the phrases “common weal” or “public weal.” // Before presenting the bill to the le…
 
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Foretaste is a noun that refers to a sample or suggestion of something that lies ahead. Our word of the day combines the prefix F-O-R-E, meaning ‘before’ with the Old English word ‘taste’ which can mean ‘experience’ as in ‘I got a taste of reality.’ As a noun, foretaste can refer to an advance sample of something. As a verb it can be thought of as …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 4, 2023 is: scrutinize • \SKROO-tuh-nyze\ • verb Scrutinize means "to examine (something) carefully especially in a critical way." // I closely scrutinized my opponent's every move before making my own. // Her performance was carefully scrutinized by her employer. See the entry > Examples: "U.S. Senato…
 
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Parquetry is a noun that refers to a floor design made of geometric shapes. Coming from the French term for ‘small enclosed space,’ our word of the day refers to a pattern commonly used on flooring or furniture. It entered the English language in the early 19th century at the same time the pattern was gaining popularity. Here’s an example of parque…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 3, 2023 is: challah • \HAH-luh or KHAH-luh\ • noun Challah refers to an egg-rich yeast-leavened bread that is usually braided or twisted before baking and is traditionally eaten by Jewish people on the Sabbath and some holidays. // One of her fondest food memories is the round challah her grandmother b…
 
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A quick message from us at Culinary Word of the Day and what to expect from us in the coming months. Tell us what you learned from season 2 for our mailbag episode Buy our knife sticker! Suggest a word Support the show on Patreon! Captioned video versions on Youtube Share this show with your friends Follow CulinaryWoTD on Instagram Follow CulinaryW…
 
Proviso is a noun that refers to a condition attached to an agreement. The Latin word providere (pro vee DARE ay) means ‘to foresee or provide.’ Our word of the day came about in the late Middle English period as part of the phrase ‘it being provided that.’ Centuries later, proviso is used in a more informal manner. Here’s an example: I went to the…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 2, 2023 is: portend • \por-TEND\ • verb Portend is usually used in formal and literary contexts as a verb meaning “to give a sign or warning that something is going to happen.” The “something” in question is often, though not always, considered bad or unpleasant. // Many superstitious people believe th…
 
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Ignescent is an adjective that means emitting sparks of fire. The Latin word ignis (EEN yees) means fire. From this origin, we get our word of the day which has been a part of the English language since the early 19th century. It may be used in a literal sense to refer to sparks of a fire or in a metaphorical sense as a synonym of volatile. Here’s …
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for February 1, 2023 is: eleemosynary • \el-ih-MAH-suh-nair-ee\ • adjective Eleemosynary means "of, relating to, or supported by charity." // She used her inheritance to establish and fund several eleemosynary institutions. See the entry > Examples: "I would not want you to think that Grady Thrasher is not a seriou…
 
For further reading, check out “Go green and use residual heat when cooking” by Sylvia Tan for The Straits Times. Hosted by Jenn de la Vega Research by Alicia Book Videos edited by Chris De Pew Knife logo by pixel artist Rachelle Viola Links Tell us what you learned from season 2 for our mailbag episode Buy our knife sticker! Suggest a word Support…
 
Clinquant is a noun that refers to false glitter. Our word of the day comes directly from French. Its origin is imitative, meaning it is derived from the clink sound that comes from tapping against glitter. Here’s an example: The journalism industry is full of all kinds of clinquant. It may seem glamorous, but, believe me, all the glitter of that w…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 31, 2023 is: savant • \sa-VAHNT\ • noun Savant is a formal word that refers to a learned person, especially someone with detailed knowledge about a particular subject. The word is also used to refer to a person affected with a developmental disorder who exhibits exceptional skill or brilliance in a part…
 
Precocity is a noun that refers to the state of flowering. The Latin prefix P-R-A-E means ‘before’ and the verb coquere (ko ku WHERE ay) means ’to cook.’ These provide the basis for a word that means ‘to ripen.’ Related to the adjective ‘precocious’ as in ‘a precocious, or developing child,’ our word of the day grew into the English language in the…
 
Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day for January 30, 2023 is: adapt • \uh-DAPT\ • verb To adapt is to make or become fit (as for a new use) often by modification. // When people move to a new country, it can take them a while to adapt. // The teachers adapted the curriculum so that students of all abilities will benefit from it. See the entry > Exampl…
 
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