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Word of the Day 7/23/06

cruciverbalist \kroo-ci-VUHR-buh-list\, noun:
A crossword puzzle designer or enthusiast.

Example: “Sherry woke up every morning and rushed out to get the newspaper crossword puzzle. Boy, was she an obsessed cruciverbalist.”

Look at the roots to this word. “Cruci” is Latin for stem of cross. “Verbalist” comes from the Latin word “verbum,” which means one who is skilled in the use of words.

Makes sense, eh? Plus, if you could put this word on a double-letter score for the V, and have it touch at least one triple word score, you’d never be challenged to play Scrabble again.

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July 23, 2006 Posted by | Featured Words | Leave a comment

Word of the Day 7/22/06

Uvarovite

uvarovite \yoo-VAR-uh-vyt\, noun:
An emerald-green mineral; a variety of garnet.

Example: “Uvarovite is the rarest of all the garnets, and is the only consistently green garnet, with a beautiful emerald-green color.”

This is a GREAT Scrabble word, if you’re holding all vowels. Notice this word contains the vowels A, E, I, O and U. My wife wants one now…

July 22, 2006 Posted by | Featured Words | Leave a comment

Word of the Day 7/21/06

pusillanimous \pyoo-suh-LAN-uh-muhs\, adjective:
Lacking in courage and resolution; contemptibly fearful; cowardly.

Example: “By vetoing the stem cell research bill, President Bush showed he was too weak, too afraid, too pusillanimous to handle the scientific needs of our future.”

Just a thought…

July 21, 2006 Posted by | Featured Words | Leave a comment