Word Of The Day 5-26-2017


sel·couth \ˈsel-ˌküth\
Popularity: Bottom 30% of words


Strange, unusual, a rare; unfamiliar, marvellous, wondrous.


I love to travel to selcouth places and learn about them.


Middle English, from Old English seldcūth, from seldan seldom + cūth known


Word Of The Day 4-26-2017


Popularity: Bottom 40% of words 


plural velleities

the lowest degree of volition
a slight wish or tendency :  inclination
a wish you have — a wish that you aren’t working to make come true.


If you have a velleity to run a marathon, the marathon sounds like a good idea — but you probably aren’t going to start training.

Velleity is what keeps companies locked in this mindset of reporting useless numbers. — Matt Bailey, marketing writer

Friedrich Nietzsche describes the velleity of an artist as a “desire to be ‘what he is able to represent, conceive, and express

Did You Know?

Allow us, if you will, to volunteer our knowledge about “velleity.” It is a derivative of the New Latin noun velleitas, from the Latin verb velle, meaning “to wish or will.” You might also wish to know that “velle” is the word that gave us “voluntary” (by way of Anglo-French voluntarie and Latin voluntarius) and “volunteer” (by way of French voluntaire). While both of those words might imply a wish to do something (specifically, to offer one’s help) and the will to act upon it, the less common “velleity” refers to a wish or inclination that is so insignificant that a person feels little or no compulsion to act.


Word Of The Day 3-23-2017


an insignificant anonymous writer


“Rail away, my little libellous anonymuncule.” – W. Lynd, The Gentleman’s Magazine, Sept., 1882

About the Word:

We often hear today of the many ways that the Internet has changed social discourse, some number of which are exaggerated. One thing that the Internet has certainly done is to give rise to a burgeoning class of anonymuncules. We are inundated with such creatures, both in the comment sections of articles published on the web, and through various forms of social media, such as Twitter.

The word is a blend of anonymous and homunculus (“a little man”).

Word Of The Day 3-22-2017




1 archaic : to engage in cut-and-thrust fighting with knives 2 : a large knife


“Oh, never shall I / Forget the cry, / Or the shriek that shrieked he, / As I gnashed my teeth, / When from its sheath / I drew my snickersnee!” — The Mikado by W. S. Gilbert

About the Word:

Snickersnee comes from the Dutch phrase steken of snijden, “to thrust or cut.” Over time, snick and snee, snick-or-snee, and snickersnee followed.