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 is a ‘miasma’?

What is a ‘miasma’?
Reading time: Just over 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: miasma… Inspired by a mostly positive review on NPR, I recently read th Read more...

What does ‘hectic’ mean?

What does ‘hectic’ mean?
Reading time: Les 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: hectic… I recently enjoyed a very fine piece of historical fiction, The Read more...

What does ‘pantheistic’ mean?

What does ‘pantheistic’ 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: pantheistic… As a writer and editor, I’m fascinated by issues of Read more...

What is a ‘cusp’?

What is a ‘cusp’?
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: cusp…. I was reading an interview with fiction writer Emma Richler (pic Read more...

What is ‘euphoria’?

What is ‘euphoria’?
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: euphoria… I was flipping through a book on my shelves this week and enc Read more...

What does ‘murmurous’ mean?

What does ‘murmurous’ 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: murmurous…. Today’s word comes from a book of short stories, The Read more...

What does ‘gamboling’ mean?

What does ‘gamboling’ 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: gamboling… If you had asked me what the word “gamboling” me Read more...

What’s a ‘zeugma’?

What’s a ‘zeugma’?
Reading time: Just over 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: zeugma… My favourite television show of all time remains the West Wing Read more...

What does ‘saturnine’ mean?

What does ‘saturnine’ mean?
Reading time: Less than one 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: saturnine… I chose to read John Lahr’s profile of the actress V Read more...

What’s a ‘flibbertigibbet’?

What’s a ‘flibbertigibbet’?
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:  flibbertigibbet… Here is a novel about four college classmates — an ar Read more...