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# Word for the Day

Celebration of an anniversary of a special event… jubilee   A jubilee is the celebration of the anniversary of a special event, or it’s the anniversary itself. Which basically means it’s a birthday party.   Here’s something you might not know: the word jubilee comes from the Hebrew word yobel, which means “ram’s horn trumpet.” If you’ve ever celebrated the…

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# Word for the Day

It’s definitely not a compliment. nincompoop   Calling someone a nincompoop is like calling them a fool, idiot, bonehead, or dope. It’s definitely not a compliment.   Nincompoop is a silly-sounding word that’s also kind of old-fashioned, like ninny. No one has any solid idea where it came from, and anyone who claims otherwise is, well, a nincompoop. By…

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Eager for war… bellicose   If you walk into a high school where you know no one, find the toughest looking girl in the halls and tell her she’s ugly, them’s fighting words. Or bellicose ones. Bellicose means eager for war.   Bellicose is from Latin bellum “war.” A near synonym is belligerent, from the same Latin noun. You may wonder if they’re…

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# Word for the Day

To stand firm   staunch   As an adjective, staunch means firm. You might want to go to that concert Friday night, but your parents’ staunch opposition prevents you.   Staunch is sometimes used as a verb to mean “to stop the flow of a liquid,” but most usage books will tell you it’s better to use the…