Word of the Day #29: Perfervid

Perfervid: intense emotion, full of intense emotion; ardent; zealous Perfervid comes from the Latin word perfervidus, meaning very hot. In Latin, fervidus means glowing hot, or ardent. Adding per to the word only intensifies it. The letters don’t need to be...

Word of the Day #25: Capricious

Capricious: impulsive; fickle; whimsical; changeable; erratic  The ancient gods were capricious.  They were happy one moment, and irate the next.    Source: Capricious came to English via the French word capricieux meaning capricious, or whimsical.  In French, a whim...

Words matter.

“Words matter. They help us define meaning. We think with words. We learn with words. Words are the fundamental tools we use for communicating. If we use them well, we can cut and shape and polish our ideas precisely and beautifully. If we use them sloppily we put...

Word of the Day #24: Sanguine

Sanguine: Hopeful, confident, cheerful; having an optimistic outlook.   Sanguine comes from the Latin word sanguineus, meaning blood red.   Doctors once thought patients with excess blood were more cheerful, hopeful, and confident.   But, sanguine can also mean...

Word of the Day #22: Jocund

Jocund: Merry and cheerful; jovial; having a cheerful disposition Example: Her jocund personality cheered everyone around her.  Jocund comes from the Latin word jucundus, meaning pleasant, agreeable, or delightful.  Jucundus is related to the Latin word for joke,...

Word of the Day #21: Absquatulate

Absquatulate: to run away, usually with someone or something you shouldn’t be running away with  After robbing the bank, the thieves absquatulated with the money.   Absquatulate looks Latin.  Oddly enough, it was once popular to make up words that looked and sounded...