Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

Load of gibberish or nonsense…   abracadabra   Abracadabra isn’t just a magician’s wind-up to a trick; it’s also a word for a load of gibberish or nonsense.   You probably know abracadabra as a word a magician might use before sawing a woman in half or making something disappear. However, it has another meaning similar to other…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

 A person who makes a mess of a situation…. saboteur   A saboteur is a person who makes a mess of a situation on purpose. You might call your little brother a saboteur for letting the air out of your bicycle tires, but you could be a saboteur in return by filling his shoes with cold spaghetti.   Saboteur is a noun…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

To be slow or lazy… lollygag   To lollygag is to be slow or idle or lazy. You might say to your dawdling friends, “Don’t lollygag! We’ll miss our bus!”   You lollygag when you take you own sweet time walking to your piano teacher’s house, and you also lollygag when you lounge lazily in a hammock under…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

A big display of of knowing obscure facts and details….     pedantic   There’s nothing wrong with focusing on the details, but someone who is pedantic makes a big display of knowing obscure facts and details. Pedantic means “like a pedant,” someone who’s too concerned with literal accuracy or formality. It’s a negative term that implies someone…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

 To correct or revise a piece of writing…. emend   When you emend a piece of writing, you correct or revise it. If you are asked to emend a report, that just means you need to go through it and make revisions.   Emend is similar in spelling and pronunciation to another word, amend, and there’s a slight overlap in meaning…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

 To Leave Very Suddenly… skedaddle   When you skedaddle, you leave very suddenly. A kid who breaks a window with her baseball might decide to skedaddle before her neighbor comes home from work.   You might decide to skedaddle from your aunt’s party before she starts showing the slides from her vacation ten years ago, or skedaddle from…

Word for the Day


# Word for the Day

To be full of hot air… bombastic   To be bombastic is to be full of hot air — like a politician who makes grand promises and doesn’t deliver.   What does cotton padding have to do with the word bombastic? Bombast was cotton padding or stuffing in the 1500s. Bombastic evolved as an adjective to describe something (or someone!)…