Monthly Archives: March 2015

Word of the Day: Mesalliance

Mésalliance Say It: \ˌmā-ˌzal-ˈyäⁿs/ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): a marriage with a person of inferior social position. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “So Lady Rose MacClare is a mésalliance.” -Dowager Countess Crawley in “Episode Eight” Downton Abbey Season Five. Origin: French, first used in 1782.

Year of Reading: February 2015

So I’m already failing pretty hard at my year of reading challenge. I only read two books in February and one of them was a graphic novel. Major suckage. I’m trying to do better in March which means I’m simultaneously reading three books at once. It’s a little bit crazy. February’s selections were decent. Two […]

Word of the Day: Improvident

Improvident Say It: \ˌimˈprävəd(ə)nt/ Part of Speech: adjective Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): not foreseeing or providing for the future. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “Since no matches were provided, the casual improvident visitor had to make his own devotions, if any, without benefit of their light.” The Private Patient by P.D. James Origin: […]

Word of the Day: Surfeit

Surfeit Say It: \ˈsər-fət\ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): an overabundant supply. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “Kim poured the tea with shaking fingers while Dean, having already had a surfeit of sandwiches on the train, took a scone and anointed it generously with butter and jam.” The Private Patient by […]

Word of the Day: Colophon

Colophon Say It: \ˈkä-lə-fən, –ˌfän\ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): a publisher’s or printer’s distinctive emblem, used as an identifying device on its books and other works. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “It became prestigious for a company to deliver its goods in a Chandeler-Powell container, for presents to […]

Word of the Day: Hauteur

Hauteur Say It: \hȯ–ˈtər, (h)ō-\ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): haughtiness of manner; disdainful pride. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “There’s a certain amount of family hauteur there.” The Private Patient by P.D. James Origin: French, first used in 1628

Word of the Day: Polemicist

Polemicist Say It: \-ˈle-mə-sist\ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): an aggressive controversialist. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “In the book, the polemicist and enthusiastic atheist describes the wasting away his body endures during chemotherapy, but his words remain as sharp and carefully chosen as ever.” -“Sickbed successes: 20 great […]

Word of the Day: Pachysandra

Pachysandra Say It: /pakiˈsandrə/ Part of Speech: noun Definition (as defined by Merriam-Webster): any of a genus (Pachysandra) of perennial evergreen plants of the box family often used as a ground cover. Used in a Sentence (aka How I Found It): “Tinka, the wind calls your name. And the pond, and the trees, and the– pachysandra.” […]