Word of the week

Have you ever completed the Word Power feature in Reader’s Digest? I’m not much interested in such games – I don’t even do crosswords! – but I am committed to increasing my own vocabulary. Why? Because if I know more words, I’ll be able to read more fluently. But even more important, I’ll be able to write better. Knowing lots of words allows me – and you — to be more precise in writing. In my word-of-the-week feature I share a word with you that I’ve discovered in my own reading.

What does the word ‘skeevy’ mean?

What does the word ‘skeevy’ mean?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary, and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: skeevy…. I choose today’s word, skeevy, not because I didn Read more...

What’s a scrimshaw?

What’s a scrimshaw?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: scrimshaw… Someday soon, I will create a dictionary of the words I Read more...

What does ‘fulminating’ mean?

What does ‘fulminating’ mean?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: fulminating…. When I read the novel Where’d You Go, Bernadette, b Read more...

What is ‘flummery’?

What is ‘flummery’?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: flummery…. When a friend recommended the book Conclave to me, I thought Read more...

What does ‘crenulated’ mean?

What does ‘crenulated’ mean?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: crenulated…. I was flipping through an old copy of the New Yorker befor Read more...

What does ‘whiffling’ mean?

What does ‘whiffling’ mean?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: whiffling…. I’m a big fan of onomatopoeia. As you likely know, th Read more...

What does the word ‘recursion’ mean?

What does the word ‘recursion’ mean?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: recursion… What happens when medical diagnoses become automated? That w Read more...

What does ‘inchoate’ mean?

What does ‘inchoate’ mean?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: inchoate…. I’ve long held a particular fondness for the adjective Read more...

What does ‘interstices’ mean?

What does ‘interstices’ mean?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: interstices… Some authors use unusual words multiple times in a single Read more...

What is ‘clerisy’?

What is ‘clerisy’?
Reading time: Less than 1 minute Increase your vocabulary and you’ll make your writing much more precise. That’s why I provide a word of the week. Today’s word: clerisy… I regularly read the New York Times but, as a Canadian, don Read more...