Tag Archives: Diction

Polyglot: Word of the Day

Polyglot, n.

A person who speaks, writes, or reads a number of languages.

My friend Kip speaks French, Spanish, Esperanto and a dialect of Chinese.  He is also able to program in BASIC, COBOL and C++.  I would say that he is a true polyglot.

How will you use polyglot in a sentence today?


Solipsism: Word of the Day

Solipsism, n.

Extreme preoccupation with and indulgence of one’s feelings, desires, etc.; egoistic self-absorption.

Some would say that “writing for oneself” is a form of solipsism.  Others would say that saying the that (above) was asking for trouble.

How will you use solipsism in a sentence today?

(This is a joke, folks.)

Froward: Word of the Day

Froward, adj.

Willfully contrary; not easily managed: to be worried about one’s froward, intractable child.

The toddler who lived in the house across the fence from us screamed day and night.  Its cries never sounded like pain or fear, but rather a froward act of defiance.

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Concupiscent: Word of the Day

Concupiscent, adj.


Elmo experienced concupiscent feelings while staring through the dealership window at the new pick-up truck.

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Nympholepsy: Word of the Day

Nympholepsy, n.

A frenzy of emotion, as for something unattainable.

The idea of winning the Mega-Lottery had the entire town swooning in nympholepsy.

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Nonplussed: Word of the Day

Nonplussed, n.

A state of utter perplexity.

The student was nonplussed by the academic language of the professor.

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Mussitate: Word of the Day

Mussitate, v.

To speak in a low voice; to mumble.  To mouth words without speaking.

The teacher knew she was in for a long learning curve with her students, most of whom could not read without mussitating.

How will you use mussitate in a sentence today?