Word Learnin'

Chelonian

I won't lie to you - when I first saw this word and glanced at its definition, I thought about skipping it. "No, that's not going to be useful," I thought to myself. Then I glanced at the...

Catechize

And here we're put in a somewhat awkward position. Today's word, at its heart, has to do with religion. It has to do with the Christian religion. But Lookout Landing is a religion-free space, like...

Ruck

So I'm beginning to notice this new phenomenon where people email me suggestions of better words of the day. I get it - I've complained about the Dictionary.com Word of the Day a few times for...

Moschate

Now here we go, here's a word I haven't seen. On second thought, it seems unlikely that I'd never before seen this word, because I've seen a lot of words, but if I had seen this word, it didn't...

Conniption

It was my original hope that we could all learn from these, each and every one of us, almost every day. There are a lot of words that we don't know. It would serve us well to learn more of those...

Vernal

I remember having such high hopes for this series at one point. Matthew and I had talked off and on about a mutual desire to expand our vocabularies. At his apartment a little while back I looked...

Carp

Hello there! I haven't done one of these in some time. I skipped all of last week because I was preparing for a talk and then I was in Arizona, and I decided that Word Learnin' would be an...

Nugatory

Word of the day: nugatory

Furcate

I really shouldn't leave these things until Friday afternoon. Even though I work from home, I get the same Friday afternoon feeling as everybody else - around, I don't know, 2 or 3, my brain just...

Pococurante

Today's word is terrible. I don't mean that today's word is "terrible". I mean that today's word is a terrible word. There's no way around it. It's the kind of word you come across and see written...

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