Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

Someone or something that is romantic and unrealistic   quixotic   Use quixotic for someone or something that is romantic and unrealistic, or possessed by almost impossible hopes. Your quixotic task is easy to understand, if difficult to achieve: establish world peace.   What a wonderful word quixotic is! While it is most often used to mean equally impractical and idealistic,…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

Used to introduce a logical conclusion hence   Hence means “for this reason,” or “therefore.” One Hollywood starlet is a huge fan of tiny dogs, hence the Pomeranian puppy peeking out of her purse.   Hence not only means “therefore.” It can also mean forward from this time. Nine months hence, a baby that has just been conceived will…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

Another way to emphatically say “unfortunately.” alas   Alas is another way to emphatically say “unfortunately.” Perhaps you meant to finish up all your homework last night, but alas, your favorite television show wound up getting your undivided attention instead.   Letting out a breathy alas in the middle of your sentence may sound dramatic or old fashioned, but…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

When your opinions are in conflict… discordant   If you believe that movies should entertain, but your friend insists that movies should inspire, then the two of you hold discordant views on the purpose of movies. That means your opinions are in conflict.   You can see the word discord in discordant. Discord is tension felt between people who strongly disagree about…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

To spend time or hang out with someone, especially at a social event.     hobnob     To hobnob is to spend time or hang out with someone, especially at a social event. When you’re invited to a fancy benefit party at a museum, you might get to hobnob with socialites and minor celebrities.     When you…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

Something that requires a lot of hard work   laborious   Laborious describes something that requires a lot of hard work, such as Victor Frankenstein’s laborious undertaking of digging graves to find monster parts.   Laborious comes from the familiar word for work, labor, which doesn’t veer far from its roots in Old French meaning “exertion of the…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

      Embarrassed or distressed…   chagrin   Chagrin is a noun that represents an emotion or feeling and it’s an uncomfortable one. If you feel chagrin, it means that you are embarrassed or distressed as a result of a failure.   The word chagrin, a noun, comes from the French word of the same spelling and…