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# Word for the Day

Determined by chance or impulse rather than by necessity or reason   whimsical   Whimsical means full of or characterized by whims, which are odd ideas that usually occur to you very suddenly. If you decide at the last minute to fly to Europe, you could say you went there on a whim.   Whimsical can also mean tending…

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If you’ve sent your salad back to the kitchen three times, you might be….   persnickety   Persnickety is a lively, fancy word for “fussy.”   The adjective persnickety sounds prickly like a porcupine, and persnickety people can indeed be sharp and prickly when they don’t get things precisely as they wish. I don’t mean to be persnickety…

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The word is also used when you want to introduce a point that’s even truer than the last one you made. indeed   Use the word indeed to add emphasis to a statement. Think if it as another way to say: “That’s right,” or “Oh, yeah.” Are you seriously going to eat that entire chocolate cake? Indeed, I…

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je ne sais quoi   You can use the phrase je ne sais quoi when you’re describing something that’s hard to put into words. If you say something has a certain je ne sais quoi, you’ll sound fancy instead of inarticulate.   In French, je ne sais quoi literally means “I don’t know what.” It’s used to capture an indescribable,…

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serendipity   If you find good things without looking for them, serendipity — unexpected good luck — has brought them to you.   Serendipity does not come from Latin or Greek, but rather was created by a British nobleman in the mid 1700s from an ancient Persian fairy tale. The meaning of the word, good luck in finding…

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scoundrel   A scoundrel is a person who does deliberately evil things. If your brother hides a fake mouse in your shoe and you therefore almost have a heart attack while getting dressed, you have every right to call him a scoundrel.   Though the term scoundrel isn’t used as much as it once was, it’s the perfect way to…