Indefinite Hiatus

Again, my workload in the office has just gotten a bit overwhelming, with all the press releases to be written, sent out, sorted, forwarded, and posted to the news room site of the company, I barely have time to research and prepare the words I want to share in this blog daily. So I might as well take a break from publishing my daily words. As soon as I get the time to research and prepare a list of words in advance, I am going to resume this blog.

I am sorry (for those who follow this blog and find delight in learning new words daily). This will only be temporary, but I do not know when I can resume.

Best regards!

Word of the Day: July 06, 2013

heartstring

 

“Thou touchest my inmost centre, boy; thou art tied to me by cords woven of my heart-strings.” — From Herman Melville’s novel Moby Dick, 1851

“This former Indy icon still tugs on the heartstrings of local baby boomers, who recall cruising into the drive-ins for a Big Chief burger, onion rings and a milkshake.” — From an article by Jolene Ketzenberger in The Indianapolis Star, January 11, 2013

Source: Merriam-Webster Online

Word of the Day: July 05, 2013

syllogism

 

Kelly could not prove it, but she suspected that her opponent’s arguments were a series of sneaky syllogisms based on dubious “facts.” 

“She learned to read [Thomas] Aquinas in the original, mastered the syllogism, pursued Socratism, then took that highly classical background with her to Dominican University in River Forest, Ill., where she graduated with a master’s degree in library and information science.” — From an article by Kevin Nevers in the Chesterton Tribune (Indiana), May 8, 2013

Source: Merriam-Webster Online

Word of the Day: July 04, 2013

lambaste

 

The coach loudly lambasted Danny in front of the whole team for showing up late yet again. 

“Even as Michigan lawmakers lambaste the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for not moving fast enough to develop a permanent plan to stop Asian carp from swimming up the Chicago canal system and into Lake Michigan, genetic evidence that the fish are on the march continues to grow.” — From an article by Dan Egan in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, October 9, 2012

Source: Merriam-Webster Online

Word of the Day: July 03, 2013

aghast

 

Critics were aghast at how awful the play was. 

“As early as 1911, a pile-up of riders and horses during a horse race left Pendleton attorney and Round-Up organizer Roy Raley aghast and fearful that nobody would ever want to attend the Round-Up again.” — From a sidebar by Richard Cockle in The Oregonian, June 1, 2013

Source: Merriam-Webster Online

Word of the Day: July 02, 2013

vouchesafe

 

“Hear my cry, O God the Reader; vouchsafe that this my book fall not still-born into the world wilderness.” — From W. E. B. DuBois’ 1903 book The Souls of Black Folk

“[Helen] Mirren is in a suite so vast it has its own internal lobby with a comedic number of doors leading off it. As I arrive, she is apparently behind one of them, wrapping a shoot for another publication (she doesn’t vouchsafe which; it’s not my business anyway), while I am led through another one to await her.” — From an article by Vicki Woods in Vogue, March 2013

Source: Merriam-Webster Online

Word of the Day: July 01, 2013

dearth

 

Teri had forgotten to bring a book, and the dearth of reading material in her uncle’s house had her visiting the town library the first morning of her stay. 

“This wryly funny take on the classic ghost story, with its tributes to horror thrillers from Halloween to Friday the 13th and rich cast of characters, has distinctive Tim Burton-esque visuals and a welcome dearth of potty humor.” — From a movie review by Claudia Puig in USA Today, August 17, 2012