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Word of the Day: whiz

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Whiz has two meanings. As a verb, whiz means to move quickly. Its origin is purely imitative. As a noun, however, a whiz is someone highly skilled in [&hellip…

Word of the Day: croissant

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A croissant is a light, flaky pastry. Although the name is French, croissants actually date to the Russo-Turkish Wars, which engulfed much of Europe beginning in the late [&hellip…

Word of the Day: museum

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A museum is cathedral of culture, an incubator of knowledge. Artifacts are bottled up and preserved in a museum. Fittingly, the word museum dates to ancient Egypt. The [&hellip…

Word of the Day: resign

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Do you think hyphens aren’t that big a deal? In some cases, the meaning of a word changes entirely based on this little dash. Take resign, spelled as [&hellip…

Word of the Day: relic

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If that piece really feels dated is a relic. Think of a relic as something that time left behind. That’s because relic comes from the Latin word meaning [&hellip…

Word of the Day: thesaurus

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Every writer and editor has a thesaurus. A thesaurus is like a dictionary, but words are grouped and referenced by meaning, rather than listed in alphabetical order. Use [&hellip…

Word of the Day: collect

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Collect seems to be a logical word for picking the odds and ends you like and hanging on to them. It’s a pairing of Latin words meaning “to [&hellip…

Word of the Day: bric-a-brac

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A random array of items, from lawn equipment to spoon sets, is sometimes called bric-a-brac. And none of it is extremely valuable. The phrase bric-a-brac is French, dating [&hellip…