One of the goals on my 2014 manifesto was to learn a new vocabulary word each day. With the help of daily emails from dictionary.com, this goal is super easy to accomplish. These are the words for January:
inchoation \in-koh-EY-shuhn\, noun:
a beginning; origin.
punnet \PUHN-it\, noun:
a small container or basket for strawberries or other fruit.
delitescent \del-i-TES-uhnt\, adjective:
concealed; hidden; latent.
skosh \skohsh\, noun:
Slang. a bit; a jot: We need just a skosh more room.
cede \seed\, verb:
to yield or formally surrender to another: to cede territory.
terminus \TUR-muh-nuhs\, noun:
1. the end or extremity of anything.
2. either end of a railroad line.
3. British. the station or the town at the end of a railway or bus route.
4. the point toward which anything tends; goal or end.
lea \lee, ley\, noun:
1. a tract of open ground, especially grassland; meadow.
2. land used for a few years for pasture or for growing hay, then plowed over and replaced by another crop.
3. a crop of hay on tillable land.
1. untilled; fallow.
welkin \WEL-kin\, noun:
the sky; the vault of heaven.
comport \kuhm-PAWRT, -POHRT\, verb:
1. to bear or conduct (oneself); behave: He comported himself with dignity.
2. to be in agreement, harmony, or conformity (usually followed by with): His statement does not comport with the facts.
wamble \WOM-buhl, -uhl, WAM-\, verb:
1. to move unsteadily.
2. to feel nausea.
3. (of the stomach) to rumble; growl.
1. an unsteady or rolling movement.
2. a feeling of nausea.
mot \moh\, noun:
1. a pithy or witty remark; bon mot.
2. Archaic. a note on a horn, bugle, etc.
hurdy-gurdy \HUR-dee-GUR-dee, -gur-\, noun:
1. a barrel organ or similar musical instrument played by turning a crank.
2. a lute- or guitar-shaped stringed musical instrument sounded by the revolution against the strings of a rosined wheel turned by a crank.
infinitesimal \in-fin-i-TES-uh-muhl\, adjective:
1. indefinitely or exceedingly small; minute: infinitesimal vessels in the circulatory system.
2. immeasurably small; less than an assignable quantity: to an infinitesimal degree.
3. of, pertaining to, or involving infinitesimals.
antebellum \AN-tee-BEL-uhm\, adjective:
before or existing before a war, especially the American Civil War; prewar: the antebellum plantations of Georgia.
hornswoggle \HAWRN-swog-uhl\, verb:
to swindle, cheat, hoodwink, or hoax.
echt \ekht\, adjective:
real; authentic; genuine.
misology \mi-SOL-uh-jee, mahy-\, noun:
distrust or hatred of reason or reasoning.
litigious \li-TIJ-uhs\, adjective:
1. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
2. of or pertaining to litigation.
3. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: a litigious person.
bosky \BOS-kee\, adjective:
1. covered with bushes, shrubs, and small trees; woody.
perspicuous \per-SPIK-yoo-uhs\, adjective:
1. clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
williwaw \WIL-ee-waw\, noun:
a violent squall that blows in near-polar latitudes, as in the Strait of Magellan, Alaska, and the Aleutian Islands.
idem \AHY-dem, ID-em\, pronoun:
the same as previously given or mentioned.
aphesis \AF-uh-sis\, noun:
Historical Linguistics. the disappearance or loss of an unstressed initial vowel or syllable, as in the formation of the word slant from aslant.
banal \buh-NAL, -NAHL, BEYN-l\, adjective:
devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite: a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.
pettifogging \PET-ee-fog-ing, -faw-ging\, adjective:
1. insignificant; petty: pettifogging details.
2. dishonest or unethical in insignificant matters; meanly petty.
boîte \bwaht; Fr. bwat\, noun:
a nightclub; cabaret.
squib \skwib\, noun:
1. a short and witty or sarcastic saying or writing.
2. Journalism. a short news story, often used as a filler.
1. to write squibs.
2. to shoot a squib.
riposte \ri-POHST\, noun:
1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.
2. Fencing. a quick thrust given after parrying a lunge.
1. to make a riposte.
2. to reply or retaliate.
ugsome \UHG-suhm\, adjective:
Scot. and North England. horrid; loathsome.
sessile \SES-il, -ahyl\, adjective:
1. Zoology. permanently attached; not freely moving.
2. Botany. attached by the base, or without any distinct projecting support, as a leaf issuing directly from the stem.
boffin \BOF-in\, noun:
a scientist or technical expert.
*All of these words were copied directly from the dictionary.com daily emails