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 ‘spavined’ mean?

What does ‘spavined’ 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: spavined…. When I read a Calvin Tomkins story about artist Dana Schutz Read more...

What’s ‘omerta’?

What’s ‘omerta’?
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: omerta…. Are you tired of hearing about the foul and reprehensible beha Read more...

What does ‘epicanthic’ mean?

What does ‘epicanthic’ 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: epicanthic… Even though there is a doctor in my family, my understandin Read more...

What’s a ‘reticule’?

What’s a ‘reticule’?
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: reticule…. Even though I am moderately well read, my reading history ha Read more...

What’s a ‘doodad’?

What’s a ‘doodad’?
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: doodad…. Of course, I know that a doodad is an ornamental attachment or Read more...

What is ‘bricolage’?

What is ‘bricolage’?
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: bricolage…. I like to read the New Yorker not just for the very fine wr Read more...

What does ‘riverine’ mean?

What does ‘riverine’ 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: riverine…. In reading the New Yorker recently, I encountered a word I Read more...

What’s a ‘fatberg’?

What’s a ‘fatberg’?
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: fatberg…. You’ll certainly be familiar with the word iceberg, but Read more...

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...